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Rev. 21:1-4

5/20/10 John saw bits and pieces of the life to follow the thousand years, but first he sees the New Jerusalem making its descent. The first heaven and the first earth are being re-created. And God’s heaven (the third heaven, 2 Cor 12:2) is being moved to earth and they are being combined. God’s capital will be on earth among his “rulers.”

No longer will there be any sea. Some say that this sea must be literal, citing that heaven and earth are literal so therefore the sea must be also. However, that doesn’t necessarily have to be. It would be a pretty obvious possibility for heaven and earth to be literal and the sea to be symbolic given the way that the sea has been used symbolically throughout the book of Revelation. Thus no longer being any sea would symbolize the absence of the negative aspects of nations, peoples, and languages (Rev 17:15). That said, however, there’s no reason that the sea couldn’t be literal as well. That would only mean that when God re-creates the earth it would be easy enough for him to change the earth’s geography to not include massive oceans. However, that detail probably isn’t the primary reason it is included.

So the city of God, the New Jerusalem, comes down as a bride “made ready.” The Greek form of the word there is the completion of a transformation begun in process before.

As the city descends a loud voice announces that God is moving in. He will be among us and live among us. We shall be his in an unfathomable way and he will be our God as he is to no one else.

All pain of the emotional sort anyway, will be over. Death is gone, finished. All that has been of evil are passed away. There is no corner of the universe where the former things still exist, even if they are screaming in pain. In other words, hell can’t be forever ongoing.

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Posted by on July 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 20:7-10

5/18/10 The background allusion here is Eze 38-39. The thousand years are done. Satan has been imprisoned on the decimated earth with no one to deceive because the wicked died at the glory of the Second Coming and the righteous went to heaven. The holy city coming down isn’t described until the next chapter, but this scene takes place after the holy city has descended from heaven.

Satan is released by a resurrection of all the wicked who have lived since the beginning. Fhe forces of Gog in Ezekiel are listed and they are all traceable back to Noah. So Satan deceives the nations (four corners of the earth) convincing them that they can take the city for themselves.

There is an innumerable host of them and they surround the city. It would have to be a great number in order to surround a city that is possibly 1,500 miles per side, or maybe 300 miles. Still, either way, it’s big.

When the New Jerusalem descends it creates a vast plain. This is where the wicked gather and God rains down fire upon them. This is hell. They are devoured, literally “ate down.” They will be like stubble, says Malachi. The devil himself will receive his punishment and the earth will be purified of all evil and made ready for re-creation.

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 20:4-6

5/17/10 This is obviously a judgment scene with allusions to other judgment scenes in the Bible. In Dan 7:9 the Ancient of Days is seated and judgment was given to the saints. In Mt 19:28 Jesus talks about the same scene. In 1 Cor 6:2 Paul says the saints will judge the world.

The picture here is of the redeemed going to heaven during the thousand years and being given the work of judging and sentencing the wicked dead. Specifically mentioned here are those who went through the tribulation, but there is also an allusion to the souls under the alter of Rev 6:9, which seems to refer to all saints, at least those who have suffered. They have an incredible reward and task awaiting them. V. 6, they will be priest and kings with Christ!

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 20:1-3

5/16/10 The sequence of events continues chronologically. The world is in its former state and John sees an angel coming to perform some actions which are symbolic of what will really happen someday.

The angel holds a key and a chain representing God’s power to release and restrain the powers of evil at will. He seizes the dragon and throws him into the abyss and lock and seals it over him.

While pictured as a hole in the ground with a lid on it and a chain actually binding Satan, these elements represent the fact that Satan is restricted to earth–the abyss without form and void.

This passage has Is 24 in view. At the second coming the earth is decimated, the wicked mourn and die, the righteous rejoice. The earth is in shambles. For a thousand years the devil cannot deceive anyone because there is no one to deceive. After the thousand years it will be necessary to release him for a short time. Why would it be necessary? Because there is still a little more to be revealed about God in the actions of Satan after the thousand years.

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 19:17-21

5/11/10 John sees an angel standing in the sun, which may be Jesus or a separate herald. The one who looks like the sun is Jesus, so this angel may be standing hear him or it may be him. This angel stands “constantly” in the sun. He called out to the birds to come to the feast, which is the alternative to the wedding feast of the Lamb. At this feast there is to be total destruction.

This call to the birds is an ancient language of personal combat. See, for instance, David and Goliath’s verbal sparring where they threaten to feed each other to the birds.

Next John sees the beast, the same beast as Rev 17 probably, and the kings of the earth. The other beast, the sea beast who is also the prostitute Babylon, has, by this point in the story, been destroyed by the scarlet beast. Now, the people see Jesus and the armies of heaven and they know they are doomed. They assemble to fight for their lives, but they are easily captured by Jesus.

The allusions here are to Eze 39 where it says that Topheth has been prepared. That was the place of human sacrifices offered to Molech. So Jesus, by the word or sword of his mouth, creates a lake of fire and burns them, and those not included in this fire are struck down by his glory and his word.

In the end, after all of the plages have devastated the planet and taken it nearly to complete ruin, this fire now finish it it off. The world is once again an abyss without form and void like it was in the beginning.

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 19:7-10

5/9/10 The universe is right to celebrate. Evil conspired against this event, but it has come. It is the wedding of the Lamb and his bride who has been made ready. His bride is the New Jerusalem, which is in contrast to Babylon. Babylon symbolizes the apostate church, Jerusalem symbolizes the true church of Christ.

The people of God and the kingdom of earth are all involved in this wedding/coronation. God’s people are ready. They have been purified in the fire of suffering as Jesus was. They have dressed themselves in the righteousness of Christ living in them and working through them. They have been transformed in heart and deed.

Later when the New Jerusalem comes down out of heaven prepared as a bride, it is the people of God returning to the kingdom of earth as Jesus claims it as his own and sets us up as rulers, as Adam had been originally.

John was commanded to write this down, “Blessed are those called to the wedding banquet.” It’s a forgone conclusion. There is no question about the outcome of this controversy. God’s word is never void. He is never wrong.

John, overwhelmed, responds to this part of the vision in a way he has not responded so far in everything he has seen. He falls down to worship, but the angel must stop him saying that he is only a bond servant like John. We labor together with angels.

“Worship God.” That is what all this has been about: worship. The testimony of Jesus is defined here. It’s not a testimony about Jesus in just any terms, but specifically in prophetic terms.

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 18:20-24

5/7/10 The people of God are commanded to rejoice. Babylon is being judged as she has judged, and with the measure she used it will be measured to her. Specifically mentioned are apostles and prophets among the saints. They especially have suffered at the cruelty of Babylon’s false religion.

Then a strong angel threw a huge boulder into the sea and said, “In this way will Babylon be thrown down.” This was a common technique the prophets used to illustrate their predictions. Babylon won’t just fade away, it will crash and burn quickly.

The next verses poetically describe her desolation. There are many allusions to the OT here, especially Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel’s descriptions of Babylon’s fall. And the reason given for all of this is that she is a deceiver, that she lied to the world, and that she has on her hands the blood of God’s people.

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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