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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. 20:1-3

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. 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. 18:7-8

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. 18:4-6

5/2/10 Even to the very end God’s people will be called out of Babylon. Obviously, this is before probation closes. To this point in the deception, apparently, some have not yet heard the call to come out. They are God’s people and they will hear it, but they are still a part of the deception. But the plagues that will destroy Babylon are soon to begin. Why? Because her sins are “glued together” up to heaven.

Is 52 and Jer 50 and 51 are the allusions here. These chapters describe in brutal detail how God will punish Babylon. With the sins piled up to heaven this might even be an image of the tower of Babel.

Justice requires punishment that is equal to the crime, so God pays her reward according to her deeds. That is what the seven bowls were all about. They were God’s judgments on Babylon.

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 18:1-3

5/1/10 Anther angel, the first of the three angels, come down from heaven. Angels are messengers and the three angels represent God’s people bringing this message to the world that Babylon will fall. It is stated as a forgone conclusion even though Babylon has yet to exist in its end-time form.

This angel has great authority and the earth is illumined by his glory. When the message began to be preached it started a movement. This and the next angel unite with the first and the third of the three angels of Rev 14. They are now confirming the warning brought by God’s people. It is time for Babylon to disappear. She has become wholly corrupt. There is nothing good in her. The entire world has followed her willingly and have benefited from her.

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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