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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. 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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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. 18:4-6

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. 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. 17:5-7

4/26/10 On the woman’s forehead a name was written, which many scholars recognize along with her dress and cup, etc, as a parallel to the high priest of Israel. On the priest’s miter covering his forehead was written “Holiness to the Lord.”

The woman is Babylon, a counterfeit of the true people of God. She takes the role of priest and rules the nations of the earth as such. That this title is on her forehead insinuates that this is her conscious choice. She knows what she is doing.

This mysterious Babylon the Great is the threefold combination of the dragon, the sea beast, and the false prophet, which make up a religious confederacy that unites the religious world of all religions and organizations. She is the mother of harlots. Her children are all religions that join her.

She was drunk with her success in persecuting and killing the people of God, the remnant. John was shocked at what he saw. The angel promises to explain what is going on.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 17:1-2

4/24/10 One of the seven angels (the one with the sixth bowl, we later discover) tells John to come and be shown the judgment of the great prostitute who sits on many waters. John doesn’t see her yet. He is just told to come see.

The great prostitute is shown to him in Rev 17:3 and it is the woman sitting on the scarlet beast who is Babylon Rev 17:5, the great city Rev 17:5. The many waters she sits on are the Euphrates River, which represents peoples, multitudes, nations, and languages Rev 17:15. They are her resources. The harlot is an allusion to Is. 1:21, which says, “How the faithful city has become a harlot, she who was full of justice! Righteousness once lodged in her, but now murderers.”

This woman had once been a faithful church to Jesus Christ, but no longer. Now she “sits” on many waters, her resources, those who support her (see Jer 50:35-38).

The kings of the earth, the nations, come into some kind of illicit relationship with her, presumably because both they and the church thought this would be mutually beneficial. So the prostitute, apostate Christianity, hooks up with the nations of the world. It is a union of church of state. But the inhabitants of the world are just drunk and confused by all of these developments.

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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