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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. 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. 15:1-4

4/14/10 The reaping part of the vision ends and John sees another great sign in the heavens. These are not chronological pictures. John just got done seeing the Second Coming. Now the vision goes back to the events that will precede the Second Coming.

In vs. 1 he tells us what is coming: the seven last plagues. But before the horrific results of these plages John is shown the outcome. He gets to see the end of the story for the saints.

V. 2, He sees the throne room of heaven and an expanse of a glassy, crystalline floor of some sort that he can’t really describe. It looks like glass mixed with fire. On that floor stand the saints who have come through the terrors of the final crisis including the plages that John is about to see. Obviously they have come through it all just fine. They overcame the beast, his image, and his number of his name.

So now they hold harps and sing. Their song is the Song of Moses, which Israel sang after their deliverance through the Red Sea. Their situation was hopeless and God worked a miraculous deliverance for them. The saints praise him for his deliverance and they echo the first angel’s message in v. 4 of fear, glory, and worship.

“The nations will come and worship before you,” after the millennium this will happen. “For your righteous works have been brought into the open,” which was the whole point of the wrath of God and the way he worked. He is out to prove his character and clear his reputation of the charges of Satan.

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 14:1-5

4/7/10 Then John sees the Lamb standing on Mt. Zion and with him 144,000 who have Lamb’s and his Father’s names on their foreheads. John just finished describing the beast and those who had his name on their foreheads and hands. The 144,000 are the same as the great multitude in Rev 7. The Lamb’s name on their foreheads are his character and loyalty to him.

Then John hears a sound like a voice from heaven. John is at a loss how to describe the sound so he gives several descriptions: many waters, loud thunder, many harpists. And the 144,000 were singing.

I’m not clear if the sound was their singing or accompaniment to their singing, but it’s probably their singing that was the sound. They stood before the throne of God that John had seen earlier with the elders and living creatures, and they sang a new song that only they could sing. Why could only they sing it? Because the song was about their redemption. They were the ones purchased by the blood of the Lamb, so only they could sing about it.

This group is made up of those who had been faithful to Jesus. They had not followed after strange women, which is standard metaphor for the church. They had remained faithful to the church of Christ and not followed apostate beliefs. They are the ones willing to do whatever the Lamb asked in spite of the consequences. They are the harvest of earth, the wheat among the tares.

No lie was found in their mouths. Laodiceans lie a lot because they say they are rich and in need of nothing, whereas they are really wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. The 144,000 aren’t lying because they have admitted their true condition and have overcome it by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony. Therefore they are blameless.

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 13:11-12

4/3/10 As John watches a second beast arises, but this one from the earth. The only description of it is that it has two horns like a lamb (the one instance out of 29 instances that lamb does not refer to Jesus in Revelation) and spoke like a dragon.

This verse is written in the aorist so John from his perspective of the end time conflict of Rev 12:17 is speaking of the beast from its time before the final battle.

The beast from the land looks like a good character to some degree because it looks like a lamb, but at some point at least it begins to speak like a dragon. The Greek may be rendered “is speaking” according to the SDA Commentary.

Waters, according to Rev 17:15, represent peoples, multitudes, nations, and languages. Land, then, would represent sparse population. This power arises out of the parts of the earth with relatively few people. Given that it doesn’t have much of a history like the sea beast does, it likely is a relatively new power, because it arises after the sea beast, which ruled until 1798.

What great nation began around that time? The U.S. It arose from the new world not the populated old world. It arose with the lamblike qualities of peace and liberty. But at some point it will begin to speak like the dragon. Indeed (v. 12) it will exercise on its behalf all the authority of the first beast that the dragon gave to it. In other words, the one carrying out the orders of the first beast will be the land beast. The orders of the sea beast will be “Make the world worship me,” the one who was resurrected. The emphasis here is the worship of Christ, but unfortunately a counterfeit representation of him.

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 13:8-10

4/2/10 At the time of the final battle all will worship the beast from the sea who looks like Christ (Mt 24:24) in his pedigree. At least all whose names aren’t written in the Lamb’s book of life will worship him.

There appears to be some disagreement over the translation of Rev 18:3 concerning the placement of “from the foundation of the world.” Does it describe those written in the book of life from the foundation of the world as Mt 25:34 and Rev 18:8 use it, or is it describing the Lamb slaughtered from the foundation of the world?

V. 9 says “if anyone has an ear…” which is the language of the letters to the seven churches. Then in v. 10 is an allusion to Is 33:1 and/or Jer 43:11. Is 33:1 is about the judgments and salvation of God: judgment on those who destroy his people and salvation for his people. Jer 43:11 is the story of the remnant going to Egypt for safety and God sending Babylon to conquer Egypt for the sake of his people.

During these things in the final crisis God’s people must have patience and faith that God will see them through.

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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