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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. 16:13-14

4/20/10 This is Armageddon, last great battle to happen in the final crisis. The gospel is going out to the world in great power and people are being converted to God’s side. So the unholy trinity puts together its own gospel three angels. They look like frogs–the last plague to fall on the Egyptians, which they were able to counterfeit.

These frog-like spirits are spirits of demons performing signs and it’s an allusion to 1 Kg 22 where God is conversing with evil spirits deciding who will go deceive King Ahab. The spirit that is chosen says that he will work through false prophets.

In the context of Armageddon this false gospel and the evil prophets doing miracles convince the nations of earth to gather in unity for the great day of God Almighty. This will be a high point deception after a false Pentecost and false Second Coming. This is the Mt. Carmel experience and this time bringing fire down from heaven is something the false prophet has in his power.

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 14:9-11

4/11/10 John sees a third angel flying through the air–the people of God giving a third message in the context of the gospel going to the world. And that message is a warning specifically related to the final crisis. “If anyone worships the apostate Christian church or the union between religion and civil power by either believing that God is at work or by going along to get along, then that person is going to meet with the wrath of God.

God’s mercy will not allow time to go on and his mercy will end the problem of sin. His justice will reward and punish according to our choices. Those who follow the beast and its image will burn and will suffer for a time in punishment according to their deeds.

The smoke of their torment ascending forever is an allusion to Is 34:8-10. The same image concerning Edom is given there, when God destroyed Edom and the fire was promised not to be quenched day or night and the smoke would go up forever from generation to generation–it would be desolate.

The fire and brimstone image comes from Gen 19:24. It’s the story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, which, the NT says, is an example of eternal fire. They have no rest day or night during the time of their punishing, until their eternal death.

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 14:8

4/10/10 John watched as another angel flew through mid heaven saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the Great…” Babylon the Great is further discussed in Rev 17 where the woman riding the scarlet best is called Babylon. Babylon is one of the key symbols in Revelation. It is opposed and paralleled by Jerusalem.

Nimrod first founded Babylon back at the tower of Babel. It was a city that from the beginning was set up as anti-God. Early on it became the standard metaphor for any power that set itself up against God.

Many sources can be cited for the fact that the first century Christians applied this title to imperial Rome. And that is how Revelation uses the term. But it is expanded in meaning and scope as we get closer to the end of time. It will reach its complete fulfillment when the religions of the world band together for some common reason. At that point Babylon will again rise to power over the nations of the world as she did in the Middle Ages.

She will force the world to drink the wine of the wrath of her fornication. In Rev 17 we see the kings of the earth committing adultery with her and the nations drunk with this relationship between religion and civil power.

Part of the message that God’s people will fearlessly deliver will be of Babylon’s coming doom. It’s not necessary that Babylon be in full power before this is preached, but as a prediction of what will happen. Besides, even though Babylon isn’t yet complete in its end-time form, it is cumulatively and progressively moving toward more and more “Babylonianness.”

In Rev 18 comes the call, “Come out of her my people.” That call must go out now, but at some point during the final crisis that call will be issued with special urgency as the saints endeavor to convince the truth-neutral to commit to God.

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 14:6

4/8/10 Another angel, representing God’s people, goes throughout the earth evangelizing the world with the gospel. The same words here “every nation, tribe, tongue and people” are parallel to Rev 13:7 where the beast wars against the same. Evangelism is war. We demolish strongholds, arguments, anything that sets itself up against the knowledge of God (2 Cor 10:4-5).

So God’s people before the parousia go out proclaiming the gospel. Their message is “fear God.” How do we fear God? Ec 12:13-14 says “Fear God and keep his commandments for this is the whole of man.” We fear God by taking him seriously, by obedience to him. This is what the saints are known for: keeping the commandments (obedience) and having the testimony of Jesus (sharing the gospel, evangelism).

“Give him glory,” is the second part of the gospel message. We teach people holistically how to glorify God in our bodies, in our actions, in our characters, in our obedience. Glorifying God is an all-life encompassing proposition.

This passage has a strong allusion to Ps 96 in which the world is called to fear, glorify, and worship God in a context of judgment–and to do so in the understanding that he is the Creator.

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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