A Study in Revelation/End Times pt.8

THE WRATH OF GOD

Rev. 15:1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.

2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

“For they judgments are made manifest.” Jesus has returned to dwell on earth, he has pronounced his kingdom (the crown of which he received shortly after his resurrection) and he is back to claim what and who is his.

Rev. 15:5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:

6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.

“The” seven angels. This likely indicates these were the same that sounded the trumpets. But I’m not certain of this. It remains that there are seven angels having the seven plagues, the seven vials, or bowls, of wrath.

Rev. 15:7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.

This is the day of wrath. The angels now have the vials of wrath we were rescued from when the Mystery of God was ended.

Rev. 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

Rev.16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

Will these affect us?

We are in our new bodies…saved, rescued from this. We saw the trumpets for what they were, now we are raised incorruptible or changed immortal.

But the nations are saying “peace and safety.” The beast is seemingly pacifying the earth, remember?

Rev. 16:2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.

It is unlikely that the mark of the beast is anything other than microchip technology based on the UPC code that is being developed today. The microchips they are installing today based on UPC code technology are powered by lithium batteries. In an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event, such as detonation of a nuclear device, lithium batteries will burst.

If this happens under the skin, the result will be painful sores exactly matching what is described here.

Do I believe the implants of today are the mark of the beast?

No. But this technology will be used. And it will implant barcode technology, and 6-6-6 codes, as the numbers of the recipient, ‘the number of a man.”

So after the Mystery of God is finished, whoever controls this technology will be the Beast.

Rev. 16:3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.

During the tribulation of the seals, trumpets and thunders, a third of the seas were killed off. This kills the seas dead.

Rev. 16:4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.

5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.

6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.

There are those who might take a certain glee in that evil men are getting such a severe comeuppance. But this is a great horror. We should rejoice in our salvation and that these days are shortened, not that many will be effected therein or that the wicked are receiving the consequence of their error. But for the grace of God go we, anyway.

Rev. 16:7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.

8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.

9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

Rather than repenting, they are still seen turning further away from God. From Man’s perspective, God is punishing Man, torturing them. But the Scriptures tell us the Devil has the power of death.

From God’s true perspective, these men of these days are in actuality simply being given over to reap the consequence of their trust and servitude to the god of this world.

Rev. 16:10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,

11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.

The Kings of the East are the rulers of Asia. Remember their army of two hundred million?

Rev. 16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

Old Testament prophets spoke of this day, as did Jesus, when the holy city Jerusalem would be tread underfoot of Gentiles, and the Kings of Earth gathered to battle the Lord.

Rev. 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

Even though the Rapture has been seen, his coming announced by the shining from east to west, Jesus as Son of the true God will be rejected. Remember, Mankind has largely rejected faith. Those who remain alive and unrepentant will reject him as the true Christ. He will be seen as an invader, not as the Lord who shall prevail.

They will get their news from the media of the enemy, who is not falling all over himself to reveal that Christ is back to claim his Kingdom, the Kingdom we saw was his since his resurrection and before his ascension.

When he left, his ascension was witnessed by a few. His return will be seen in the skies as the elect are gathered, but his actual presence will be without great fanfare, as a thief in the night.

It is likely that his adversaries will think of themselves as defenders of earth from an alien menace or from some past ‘superbeing,’ good enough to rule superstitious ancients but modern Man has ‘evolved’ past this, you know.

Nevertheless his elect including the 144,000 will be fully aware of his presence and mission. It did not overtake us as a thief in the night.

And he’s come back as King of kings, Lord of lords. They’ll not defeat him, they’ll not nail him on a tree again. He indeed shall prevail.

Rev. 16:16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

In the Hebrew, “Har Megiddo” is the Mt. Megiddo. It’s not really a mountain, but a rise where centuries of the town renewing itself built up a mound.

Rev. 16:17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

This is the second part of the duel prophesy to Isaiah. It is the fifth mention of earthquakes in Revelation. This however stands apart: this one flattens mountains and islands tumble in the sea.

It is during this time that the Great Whore Babylon falls.

Rev. 16:20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.

21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

Rev. 17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

This is not a literal woman like the false prophetess Jezebel.

The Beasts of Revelation are spirit-beings. The beast of seven heads and ten crowns, this “woman” sits upon…directing this beast, having her own power derived from the same. More on that shortly.

Rev. 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.

6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

Certainly her power and glory are great, that a prophet should wonder in awe.

Rev. 17:7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

“I will tell thee the mystery of…”

A mystery, as we have seen, is not another riddle, puzzle or analogy. It is the straight doctrine, the innermost revelation of truth.

Up till now, the beast was shrouded in secrecy…but the angel says he will tell John the mystery of the beast, the straight doctrine behind it that we should be aware of.

Some say it is all analogy. They refuse to take the prophesies of the seals and trumpets and thunders and bowls as things that will come to pass as described.

Some think that the analogies have already occurred, since they just have to be events that if exaggerated could appear similar to these.

But we have seen these prophesies are very detailed. We have the promise this day will not overtake us as a thief and that we are saved from wrath to come.

Rev. 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

The beast was, and is not, and yet still remains.

Just like with the Mesopotamian Babylon, the power of the Beast is rooted in antiquity, in the very first systems of power, back when Nimrod created an empire. The Beast ascends from the bottomless pit: from the machineries of war, as we have briefly touched upon with the locust.

The devils, Satan’s minion spirits, that organize and maintain devilish infiltration and control over so many of the armies of Man, one of these is the Beast. And he shall control a force beyond any seen by Man.

The Great Whore sits upon the beast, on this system. “She” controls trade, culture, politics.

Rev. 17:9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

Some have said these are the seven hills of Rome. Some have said they are the seven hills New York city are built upon.

However, they could as well be seven major capitols around the world…like the capitols of the G-7. But neither make total sense in light of the next verse:

Rev. 17:10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.

There are ‘seven kings,’ pivotal rulers or political systems. While there are no guarantees that the seven kings are one for each ‘mountain,’ each civilization (remember Mediggo was built on a ‘mountain’ of past generations?) it seems likely, seems to be the gist of how this is written.

Whatever world system this refers to, at the time John wrote, five of the kings had fallen. One was, the other not yet come.

Babylon refers to religious idolatry. The hills refer to political power.

The center of the ancient worldly religious centers at this time was Rome, which was the center of the greatest political system as well.

The religion of Nimrod travelled the same basic path as the political power structure. The religious structure of the ‘high priest,’ and the pantheon of deities, went from Babel (which would become Babylon) to Assyria to Phoenicia (the Canaanites, and Ba’al) to Egypt to Greece to Rome.

(An alternative, and possible, path for the high office of pagan religion has been Babel, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Egypt and Rome. For this study I’ll favor the former, but I know in spite of contradictory evidence the office of high priest went through Babylon, “Gate of the Gods,” through one of the aforementioned paths to Egypt, and was reunited with Imperial Roman political might in Augustus who claimed leadership over Egypt’s religion as well.)

This religious structure was centered around the high priest, whom the romans called The Pontifix Maximus.

Who is Rome’s heir? An argument could be made that it was Rome itself, only the Christian Rome, whose bishop Leo took for himself the title in the 5th Century. During Leo’s reign the Germanic tribes reached ascendancy in Europe. The European Greco-Roman civilization and its offshoots have been challenged oft, but have bested and influenced every comer since.

A seventh head, or ‘mountain upon which the woman sits’ will last but a short time.

The Beast would be after that, an ‘eighth head’ of this world system.

Rev. 17:11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

Ten rulers will share power with the Beast. The system Babylon will ‘straddle’ them, as in mount on a horse.

Rev. 17:13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

See? No crucifixion this time. Jesus will prevail.

Rev. 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

The political system of the ten kings ‘shall hate the whore,’ the religious system that has sat upon the political system, the seven hills.

Rev. 17:17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

Babylon, the whore, traces itself back to the earliest concepts of organized pagan religion on Man’s part. It is believed that at some point, a king of Babylon called Nimrod called himself God and his ministers became his priests as well. But then he died, his wife Semiramis shortly thereafter becoming pregnant.

Had she confessed to cheating on Nimrod, on ‘God,’ it would not have gone well for her.

So according to some accounts, it seems she claimed that Nimrd appeared to her, impregnating her with…himself.

So her son Tammuz was supposedly the reincarnated god-king Nimrod. Nimrod’s ministers retained a stronger measure of political clout, Nimrod ruled both the religion and politics of his people.

As Babylon (Gateway of the Gods) fell, others took the mixture of politics and religion for themselves.

This even eventually contaminated the Church, as the bishops of Rome and the Cardinals loyal to them came to wield great power first in the Empire, and then over much of the world.

But the political rulers inheriting the Babylonian power tradition have historically resented the religious rulers. They have resented being bound by her rules, dictates, and spiritual edicts they were to adhere to.

Furthermore, this ‘woman’ sits on the seven hills. She has been present start to finish, no more enthroned in a single temple than the horns of the beast have been enthroned in a single palace.

Rev. 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

See? The religious and political systems of Babylon have influenced all nations. All nations have indulged in her sins.

Rev. 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.

7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

Her downfall, which takes place during the wrath, comes about in one day.

People argue as to what city is the heir of Babylon, takes her spiritual seat. Some say its Rome, sitting on seven mountains. But we’ve seen the ‘mountains’ are the lands seven kings are kings of, and they are not simultaneous.

Some argue it’s the Catholic Church, and the Pope. I tend to give this credence.

The Roman Church took over vast amounts of Imperial power as Rome’s empire decayed. It has been involved in great evil.

But the most convincing evidence also points away as well.

The ‘son of perdition’ will sit in the Temple of God, saying he is God.

The Church is the Temple, and to many, Rome is the Church.

Thus after the Christians of all denominations, including Catholic, who are born of God’s seed are gathered in the Rapture, what remains of a ‘Church,’ the ‘Temple of God,’ will be as counterfeit as Nimrod and Tammuz and as much rooted in that tradition.

So I’m thinking that it’s a real possibility that the Church or Rome is destroyed, but the Son of Perdition remains to rule as or in the name of the Beast.

But I really do not think that Rome is spiritual Babylon.

Two other great cities match its description: New York, ‘Capitol of the World,’ and Brussels. Excellent arguments could be made for either.

There are those who say this Babylon is Jerusalem. Jerusalem in not a great port. In fact, its not a port at all.

When a lot of facades and false appearances during the wrath are stripped away, I doubt there will be any confusion to those having and believing a book of Revelation. Thus, it will be at THAT time that Babylon will have to match the prophesy, and it will. To the tee.

Rev. 18:9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,

10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

One hour. Destruction will be quick and certain.

Rev. 18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:

12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,

13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.

14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.

15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,

16 And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!

17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,

See? Rome is not the center of trade anymore. It is unlikely Rome will be during wrath. But who knows? If this time had occurred in the 16th Century, the question would not have been “Is New York Babylon,” it would have been “What is the City of New York?”

Rev. 18:18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!

19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

People being hurt is not what we are to rejoice over We are to rejoice that Babylon can no longer cause spiritual darkness.

She can no longer do the things that we are avenged for.

Rev. 18:21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;

23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

A system of repression and error existing since Nimrod ruled Babylon is now cast down. The second meaning of the Old Testament prophets duel prophesy is fulfilled.

THE THOUSAND YEAR REIGN

Rev. 19:1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:

2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

3 And again they said, Alleluia And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.

4 And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.

5 And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.

6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

Jesus spoke of the “marriage supper” of his Bride.

But the Bride he spoke to was Israel. We are the Body of Christ. It will be in these days we are enmeshed in Israel joined to the natural olive tree, become one.

Rev. 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Is this the white horse of the first seal? Since Scripture NEVER clarifies for certain that it is or is not, I cannot claim to be certain one way or the other. But it is pure speculation, an effort to see if pieces fit that look like they do but don’t, I’ll have to say I do not believe so.

The Word of God can seem like a puzzle. Push hard enough down and you can make a piece that doesn’t really fit go into a spot. I’m not a fan of pushing hard. If the piece fits, a gentle pressure will get it in place: the effort of studying and comparing.

Rev. 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.

Jesus is here to set things right, to claim the kingdom of righteousness he earned by his sacrifice.

Rev. 19:17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

Those of earth who still serve God can rest assured the victory is already a foregone conclusion.

Rev. 19:19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

And thus, it ends.

With the religious part of the kingdom of the Beast destroyed, he is put at nought with the Word that proceeds out of Jesus’ mouth. Said and done.

Rev. 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

Again, there are those who think this is but an analogy. But it is actually very clearly written what will happen. Whatever life force, whatever spirit is the Beast and his prophet, they are cast into ‘a lake of fire.” Does not say they are cast into hell. It says ‘a lake of fire.”

People assume this refers to Dante’s version of hell. As we shall see, this is clearly not the case.

Rev. 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

How clear can you get? Those which will be beheaded AND not worship the beast nor his prophet or receive his mark, etc., these are they who will be part of this first resurrection.

And they will reign with Christ for the thousand years. Sometime after that, the rest of the dead will live again.

Rev. 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

We of the Body who died shall live again, such as the two witnesses in Jerusalem. But not all shall be dead. We are resurrected, but the greater event is not referred to as a resurrection. Why? Because not all involved are raised from the dead.

But all those involved in this first resurrection are dead, having been beheaded. These are non-Christian saints beheaded for Jesus in this tribulation/wrath period.

In our final installment on this study we shall see exactly how the final chapters written in the Book of Life play out, with God as winner, and us with a new heaven and earth.

 

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