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Rev. 22:10-12

6/7/10 The angel, speaking directly for Jesus verbatim, tells John not to seal up the book. This is the opposite of the command given to Daniel to seal up the book about the 2,300 days because it concerned the distant future. The implication in “do not seal,” is actually a command to publish the book for everyone to read. Daniel’s time prophecies are finished. The prophecy is about to be understood. The end times have begun and Jesus’ return is immanent.

The freewill God has given to man is to be respected as their choice, particularly at the close of probation. We are sealed permanently in our choice for or against God. Jesus is bringing his rewards with him at his second coming. And that reward will be based on the deeds of every person, both good and bad.

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Posted by on August 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 22:6-9

6/6/10 Everything John saw, heard, and understood God guarantees to be true and will happen. The same God who gave the prophecies to other prophets gives them to John. The past prophecies have come about without fail, so will this one.

God’s design for Revelation was to show his people the things that necessarily must happen in this drama, so that we will not be discouraged. We can see that God has foreseen it all and that he is in control.

He is coming quickly to put an end to sin. Though the process seems drawn out to us, in the grand scheme it’s not long.

We must pay attention to this prophecy. John puts his own signature to the book. Once again he feels the need to worship and falls down before the angel. But the angel again tells John that God is the only one we are to worship. That is what this whole controversy has been about.

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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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. 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. 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. 16:19-21

4/23/10 The great city, Babylon, is split into its three original parts: the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet. The false prophet is the U.S. but it is part of the religious Babylon because it has become a religious figure in some sense.

Also the cities (plural) of the nations fall. The rest of the nations of the world break their unity and there is worldwide division, chaos, and carnage, as they attack one another with the weapons they were going to use against the saints. It is God who is controlling all of this.

At this climax of earth’s wickedness, and after showing over and over that people are unwilling to repent of their wickedness, Jesus finally comes. The earth itself begins to move. Islands sink, mountains melt, huge hailstones fall, and inhabitants of the earth react by cursing God.

It will have been made abundantly clear that God is on the side of his persecuted people and that the wicked are wrong, but they blaspheme God. The line of demarcation is clear between those choosing God and those rejecting him.

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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