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Rev. 18:14-19

5/6/10 The fruit (results) you have desired, which would likely be unopposed rule, is now obviously not going to happen. Once the saints were eradicated her authority and power would have been complete, and she gets very close to accomplishing her purposes. But something happens. The world will at once come to hate her and at the same time mourn over her destruction, for she was their last hope. They take up a figurative lament as they think of all they have lost by her destruction.

As they watch her crumble they do not assist her for they brought about her destruction. And according to v. 17 it happens in one hour, also stated earlier as one day, signifying a short time rather than a specific time.

The phrase “threw dust on their heads” recalls some Old Testament images, for instance Joshua 7 is the story of the defeat of Israel by Ai when Israel rebelled against God. It also recalls Job’s three friends mourning Job’s losses. The were “confused” friends. Also Lamentations uses similar imagery.

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Posted by on June 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 18:11-13

5/5/10 The merchants of the earth and their trade goods may be literal, but given the symbolic nature of Revelation it seems preferable to see this more from a spiritual standpoint, although literal riches would certainly be a part of such an organization.

The nations of the earth weep and mourn over Babylon because no one buys her cargoes any longer. What has Babylon being dealing in? Religion. No one is accepting her teachings, doctrine, falsehoods, any more. The list given of literal trade goods probably isn’t intended to be broken down for specific symbolic value. Instead what we’re seeing is an overall comprehensive idea of the magnitude of Babylon’s spiritual deceptions. It is all stuff that looks good but in the end turns out to be of no value at all. It ends up treating both body and soul of men as worthless.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 18:9-10

5/4/10 So when her destruction comes it will come quickly and dramatically. One of the allusions is to Eze 26-27, which describes the fall of Tyre. It’s a pattern for the fall of Babylon. Tyre was a small city-state with tremendous influence because of her trade. The world benefited greatly from her business and the people admired and followed her. But when her destruction comes and she is burned, the nations of the earth who had joined her in this adulterous affair, will mourn her destruction. It’s clear that it’s the nations who actually bring about her destruction, but they aren’t pleased with what they had to do.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 18:7-8

5/3/10 Babylon, at the end of the sixth trumpet and just before the seventh, will be at the height of her power. It appears that her scheme to rule the world unopposed even by the people of God is about to happen. She boasts, “I sit as queen.” The reality is, though, that the bride of Christ is queen. Babylon is a counterfeit. She says she is not a widow, that her husband is God himself. But God commands her doom.

Isaiah 47 is the language used here. God will make his true bride his queen. He will bring on the plagues he has held back. They come quickly in one day (or one hour in other places). It’s doubtful this is a precise time indication but rather a symbol of speed in general. Her pride and luxury will be suddenly stripped from her, her support from the nations of the earth will fall away. She will be burned. This is figurative since an organization can’t really be burned, although things associated with the organization may be literally burned.

And this is all brought about by God who is strong. Babylon, comparatively speaking, never was strong.

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 17:15-18

4/30/10 The angel said to John, “the waters that you saw…” But  what he actually saw was a desert, a woman, and a scarlet beast that she was sitting on. So the waters are the scarlet beast, which are people’s, crowds, nations, languages of the earth. Apostate religion, Babylon, is ruling the earth’s nations (v. 11).

The ten horns, which are ten kings that have not yet received their kingdom, will somehow come to hate the prostitute. The OT story of Amnon raping his sister then hating her is an interesting background. And Ezekiel 16 is very much in view, that the judgments of God fall on the prostitute via the nations of the earth. They strip her, devour her, burn her with fire.

The only time that the punishment for prostitution was burning instead of stoning in the OT was in the case that the prostitute was the daughter of a priest.

V. 17 makes it clear that God engineers this situation just as he did all of his mighty acts. He put unity in their hearts to accomplish his purposes. These powers don’t normally get along. Satan has to unite them, but his kingdom isn’t one of unity. Nevertheless, God makes that happen so that his own purpose will be accomplished.

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 17:12-14

4/29/10 V. 12, The ten horns on the beast, which are the nations of the world, are the ten kings that haven’t yet received their power, so they are as yet unidentifiable.

They become rulers for one hour. This time period need not necessarily be seen as prophetic time but may easily symbolize of a short, non-specific period of time. First, one hour is not an unusual way to state a period of time; second, prophetic time isn’t necessarily required to make sense of the prophecy; and third, chapter 18, which is an exposition of this part of the vision, calls this same time period one day and one hour interchangeably (Rev 18:8, 10, 17, 19).

V. 13, These kings have one purpose, they are given authority by the nations of the earth to bring the entire earth into unity with the beast. This is their sole function, and they accomplish it. This union of religion and civil power has one purpose also: the annihilation of God’s people.

V. 14, They wage war against the Lamb, via his people. But the Lamb overcomes, as usual, because he is king of kings and Lord of all lords. And those who are with him are his called, chosen, and faithful people–the same who are part of the kings from the East (Rev 16:12).

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 17:10-11

4/28/10 The seven heads are seven heads and seven mountains and seven kings. Five have fallen. John is viewing a situation at the time of the end, so perhaps the angel is explaining things from that perspective. If so, the five that have fallen would be from Babylon to the apostate Christian church. The one that is would be the apostate Christian church in its wounded stage. And the other that hasn’t yet come would be the revived apostate Christian church.

This all seems a bit forced, though, because John isn’t viewing the woman and the beast in the wounded stage. When John sees her apostate Christianity has been revived. And also this beast is a representation of the nations of the earth and not the religious beast of Rev 13. Perhaps the option of counting two world empires prior to Babylon is preferable.

The beast to come that was, is not, and will be, is an eighth but is one of the seven. Some suggest it is the sum of the seven not an actual eighth power. The literal translation is it comes “out of the seven.”

I wonder if the unity of the nations of the world could be in view rather than a specific kingdom. There was worldwide unity in John’s day, there wouldn’t be in his future, but there would be again during the time that would be controlled by the woman on the scarlet beast.

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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