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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. 18:7-8

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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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. 17:3-4

4/25/10 Doing what he promised, the angel takes John to show him the great prostitute. In vision he takes John to the desert and there he sees a woman (Babylon, v. 5) astride a scarlet beast (many waters, v. 1).

The many waters is the Euphrates River, which the Bible prophets used as a code word for the resources of Babylon. This woman is controlling the resources of the nations as her own. So they are her resources.

The scarlet beast was full of blasphemy, claiming to be equal to God. It had seven heads and ten horns like the sea beast and the dragon. So it is related to the political powers that came before: Babylon, Medo Persia, Greece, Rome, and the divided nations that came out of Rome.

The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, the colors of royalty and priesthood. She was covered with gold and rare stones and pearls, most of which priests and royalty wore. She held a golden cup like a priest offering drink offerings, but the cup contained abominable, filthy acts of her immortality.

This woman is the same woman who was carried into the desert to be cared for for 1,260 days, but she has apostatized. She has changed and has become a counterfeit of the pure woman. The great red dragon, the scarlet beast, and the woman clothed in scarlet are significant in that scarlet in the OT symbolizes sin.

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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