THE LAST TRUMP
UNDERSTANDING THE PROPHESY OF REVELATION, THE END TIMES, AND THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH
this study, we will look at scripture from various periods of Scriptural
development to see exactly what it says about the end times, about the redemption
of Israel, about the Rapture of the Church, and about the return of Jesus
We will start in the Old Testament, the promise of redemption to Adam and Eve, regarding the prophesies to Israel and the Jews.
Next we will go line by line over what Jesus said to his twelve disciples, men of Israel and heirs to the promise of Israel.
After that we will look at the Mystery of God, the Body of believers (Jew and Gentile fellowheirs) whose doctrine had been hidden but is now clearly revealed, and what the revelation to the Body says about the end times and about the return of our Lord and Savior.
Finally we will go line by line through Revelation of Jesus to John regarding his return.
And in each step we will compare it to what we’ve already seen, because we know that when properly understood for what was written rather than for what we assume it will say, Scripture never ever contradicts itself.
Is this study ‘the final Word?’ Of course not. That distinction is reserved solely to what God Himself has, is, or will reveal via His words to us. But I believe it will help give you a firm blueprint, written directly in the Word of God, regarding the promises made and those things supposedly kept secret, but the New Testament prophets declared were freely given to you.
We need not that day overtake us as a thief. This study can show you why that is so.
God bless you. May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ open the eyes of you understanding so that you can know what to expect, and can build your life accordingly.
After all, our hope itself is in the return of our Lord, and God Himself has promised that the eyes of our understanding can and should be opened.
OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY AND CHRIST
Gen. 3:14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between
thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy
head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
In Gen. 3:14-15 the pattern of God’s redemption for all Mankind. The bruised head of the serpent lethal, the bruised heel of the redeemer in reality not so.
Isaiah 9:5 For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.
unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be
upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,
The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
His name shall be called. This clearly says what his name will be, not what he shall be. There is a huge difference.
Elihu’s name literally meant “God Himself.” But it was an honor to God, not a claim Elihu was God. Same with Elijah, but no one in or out of Scripture seriously entertains that the prophet Elijah was God in the flesh.
With Jesus, it was not “he shall be…The Mighty God,” as many read this, but very specifically “his name shall be called “The Mighty God,” just as Elihu’s and Elijah’s names were God.
Isaiah 9:7 Of the
increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of
David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and
with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will
Once he is upon his throne, it is permanent. We shall see in this study the point when his reign officially begins.
Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
2 And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;
3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the
meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and
with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
“…for the meek of the earth…” has already happened. But “…and he shall smite the earth? Not yet.
Isaiah 11:5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
10 And in
that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the
people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
At that time, in that day, these things will happen. They haven’t yet but they will.
Isaiah 11:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
Real quick point: Prophesy of Scripture can tell forth
things that have happened, are happening, or will happen. Prophecy is not
automatically fore telling. It IS speaking for God.
Luke 4:15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.
16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
21 And he
began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
Jesus said this Scripture was fulfilled IN THAT DAY, the day (period of time, era) he was in. But let’s look at the Scripture from Isaiah he was reading:
Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3 To appoint unto them that mourn
in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the
garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees
of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
Not all of Isaiah 61 was fulfilled IN THE DAY Jesus read the passage. He stopped at what had was occurring. The rest is future: the rest occurs sometime IN THE DAY of a future point, which is obviously after his return from the Heavens.
But in understanding Scriptural prophecy, we must learn to separate what has happened from what is happening from what will happen. And keep in mind that often times, as with what we will see with Babylon, something is exactly as written but contains a piece of revelation about future events.
BUT also keep in mind we only know this if other revelation tells us…we can’t just guess.
Isaiah 12:1 And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.
2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
4 And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.
5 Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.
6 Cry out and shout, thou
inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.
See? This speaks of what will happen when he is among his people Israel.
Isaiah 13:1 The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.
2 Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles.
3 I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even them that rejoice in my highness.
4 The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the Lord of hosts mustereth the host of the battle.
5 They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the Lord, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.
ye; for the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the
The day of the Lord is at hand when these things happen.
Isaiah 13:7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt:
8 And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.
the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the
land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
We read Jesus say the day of vengeance comes before the comforting of all that mourn. It will be a cruel day.
Isaiah 13:10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.
14 And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land.
15 Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword.
16 Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.
17 Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.
18 Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children.
Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees'
excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
Remember this. In this cruel day, Babylon, THE GLORY OF KINGDOMS, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
Some say that this spoke of the original city and that these things are past.
This EXACTLY happened to the kingdom of Babylon, just as Isaiah spoke.
But in Scripture, there are sometimes things known as “duel prophesies.”
It both speaks of things occurring now, plus is a foretelling of things to come.
Heb. 1: 8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
This is what is said of Jesus Christ. It is also a quote from Psalms, which is rich in prophesy of Jesus Christ, and in duel prophesies.
Isaiah 45:1 My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
2 Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.
3 Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.
4 And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.
5 Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; whereby the people fall under thee.
6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.
7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
8 All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.
daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy
right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir.
See? The original prophesy concerned the King David, whom God Himself refers to as “God” because of his throne, this ‘forever’ throne David’s grandsons would inherit, including Jesus Christ.
But Jesus never took women as wives as did David, not King’s daughters, not the queen of Ophir.
Back to the prophecy of Babylon:
Isaiah 13:20 It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.
21 But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.
22 And the wild beasts of the
islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant
palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.
Once the Babylon that conquered Judah is overthrown, it shall never be inhabited again. Remember this.
Isaiah 14:1 For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.
2 And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the Lord for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors.
3 And it
shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give thee rest from thy
sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve…
Isaiah 13 is a foretelling of what was to happen to Babylon, never to be inhabited again.
Isaiah 12 & 14 make a “burden of Babylon” sandwich…relates it to what will happen to Israel in reference to the fall of Babylon.
But we will find, ONLY because Scripture will tell us this later, that Isaiah 12-14 is a duel prophesy, like Isaiah 45:6 referred to both David and Jesus Christ.
We see in Revelation, chapter 16:
16:19 And it came -- the great city -- into three parts, and the cities of the nations did fall, and Babylon the great was remembered before God, to give to her the cup of the wine of the wrath of His anger,
And in chapter 18,
18:1 And after these things I saw another messenger coming down out of the heaven, having great authority, and the earth was lightened from his glory,
2 and he did cry in might -- a great voice, saying, `Fall, fall did Babylon the great, and she became a habitation of demons, and a hold of every unclean spirit, and a hold of every unclean and hateful bird,
3 because of the wine of the
wrath of her whoredom have all the nations drunk, and the kings of the earth
with her did commit whoredom, and merchants of the earth from the power of her
revel were made rich.
So we see that the end of ancient Babylon is not the only event the Scriptures in Isaiah referred to. But more on that when the time comes.
Daniel 7:1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters.
2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.
3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it.
5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
6 After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.
7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little
horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots:
and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking
We will see later these are kingdoms. Which kingdoms they are will be obvious WHEN these things take place, but are spoken of in riddles till that day.
I.E., we can try to say “The ten kings are Rome,” or “Europe,” or whoever all we want, but until the Word tells us we do not know.
One thing coming up will tell us when these things have taken place.
Daniel 7:9 I
beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose
garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his
throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.
Keep this in mind.
Daniel 7:10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body
destroyed, and given to the burning flame.
This refers to the Beast and his prophet cast into the lake of fire, when Satan will be chained for a thousand years. It is clearly written here. Revolution wraps it up, so keep these in mind.
Daniel 7:12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.
13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people,
nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting
dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be
Note that in segments, these are chronological events, but the segments are not necessarily chronological, not 100% revealed in the order they will take place.
Verses 2-7 tell of fairly simultaneous events. It doesn’t say “I saw after this,” it says “After this I saw,” meaning the revelation came after, not the event revealed. Verse 8, however, clearly is subsequent to all these having occurred.
They could be subsequent but we cannot just assume. Either it will tell us later, or it will be unimportant and we will not know until it happens.
Daniel 7:15 I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.
16 I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.
17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.
18 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.
19 Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;
20 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.
21 I beheld,
and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
“Same horn made war with the saints (the sanctified people) and prevailed…” Keep this in mind.
Daniel 7:22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
23 Thus he
said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be
diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it
down, and break it in pieces.
We know from this there will be a kingdom ruling the whole earth, a one-world government.
This will happen.
And now we are learning details of these kingdoms.
Daniel 7:24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
25 And he
shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of
the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into
his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
Most scholars agree this ‘time, times, and the deviding of time’ is 3 1/3 years, a year (time, singular,) 2 years, (times, plural) and ½ a year (the dividing of time).
Daniel 7:26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
27 And the
kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven,
shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is
an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
After Jesus is given the Kingdom, there will be one last assault on it, at the end of the time spoken of in verse 12. But it will be an eternal kingdom.
Daniel 7:28 Hitherto
is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me,
and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart
COMING” OF CHRIST REVEALED DURING THE FIRST
We learned from Old Testament prophesy that a King will establish an everlasting kingdom, a “forever” throne. We learned of certain political events leading to this, of a time this King (whom we know to be Jesus the Christ) would arrive and set things right.
But if the Old Testament prophecy, or the New Testament prophecy, is to be trusted it has to match, it has to fit together.
13:36 Then Jesus sent the multitude
away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare
unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
Jesus spoke in parables to those who did not believe, but clearly to believers. We make great mistakes when we try to exalt that spoken in parables over that spoken clearly to those who believe.
13:37 He answered and said unto them,
He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
See? The sower is the Son of Man, Jesus himself. No guesswork.
Matt. 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
39 The enemy
that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the
reapers are the angels.
The harvest is the end of the world…again, no guess work. We are told plainly.
Matt. 13:40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of
Again, a very clear sequence of events that agrees 100% with what we learned from the Old Testament: a burning at the end of the world, referred to as a judgment in the Old Testament.
Matt. 13:43 Then shall the righteous shine
forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him
Very clear. THEN, when the casting into the furnace takes place, THEN shall the promises to Israel take place.
Matthew 16: 24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
28 Verily I say unto you, There be
some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of
man coming in his kingdom.
There are some who argue that Jesus was telling them they would see the Second Coming, but Jesus, being human, not knowing the future as well as his Father, made a mistake.
Jesus is human, he is the Man who makes intercession for us. Let’s look at two other versions:
Contemporary English Version: 28 I
promise you that some of those standing here will not die before they see the
Son of Man coming with his kingdom.
If you believe Jesus made a mistake, that he foretold “coming with” his kingdom, this is a great translation. But it is not entirely accurate.
Matt. 16:28 Amplified version 28 Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in (into) His kingdom.
This is a very accurate rendition: Jesus coming into his Kingdom. Literally,
(αμην λεγω υμιν εισιν τινες των ωδε εστηκοτων οιτινες ου μη γευσωνται θανατου εως αν ιδωσιν τον υιον του ανθρωĻου ερχομενον εν τη βασιλεια αυτου)
you is some those here standing who no not taste death unto whosoever seen the
son the man coming in the kingdom his.
There were those there who saw the risen Jesus, saw Jesus coming unto the glory of the Father.
Matt. 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. It is NOT synonymous with Christ coming with his angels.
Matt. 13: 41 The
Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his
kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
He shall. But there is no indication this will be an instant process.
Context of Matt. 16:29? 19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
The very power these disciples would have in his name, to bind not only in earth but Heaven would be because Christ came unto his authority. This would happen at his resurrection, not wait until his return.
Mark 9:1 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be
some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have
seen the kingdom of God come with power.
We have seen this power told, some of us have witnessed the power of Christ’s kingdom for ourselves, in signs, miracles, in healings.
Luke 22:15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:
16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:
18 For I say unto you, I will not
drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
Jesus said he would not eat or drink until the Kingdom of God was come. Look at Luke, a period of time after resurrection but prior to ascension.
Luke 24:34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.
36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?
42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
43 And he took it, and did eat
He would not eat, would not drink, until he had come unto his Kingdom. Obviously, he has come unto his kingdom. And not all who heard him speak in Luke 22, before his resurrection, had died.
Acts 2:36 Therefore
let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus,
whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
Israel had crucified him, but God made Jesus Lord and Christ.
Was he Lord and Christ before God made His Son that way?
Of course not.
But we see that at some point after the resurrection before the ascension, Jesus had come into his Kingdom, and at least some of those who heard him in Luke 22 saw the King in Luke 24.
Revelation 1:4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is
the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the
kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his
The message from Revelation is from God, and from he who is (not will be, is) the prince of the kings of the earth.
It is not when Jesus would return from his ascension Jesus was speaking of in Luke 22:18, but when he would legally be King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
But here the Old Testament prophesies take an ‘abeyance.’ The prophesies of a time of great cruelty, and of the elect being overwhelmed by the Beast, are on hold.
To find out what happens, we will next start to look at what Christ himself said regarding his second coming.
JESUS AND THE END
Matthew 24:24 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
3 And as
he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying,
Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming,
and of the end of the world?
Jesus’ disciples were often asking for clarification on his coming, and on the end of the world. It is a fascination we still have today.
Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye
shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye
be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not
All the time we hear people say wars are an indication of the end of days.
Jesus says, no, they are not. False Christs and antichrists will deceive, wars will grow greater and greater, but what? The end is not yet.
Matthew 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
these are the beginning of sorrows.
False christs, wars, famines, earthquakes and pestilences are only the beginning of sorrows.
Matthew 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness
unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
In all nations today, the gospel of the kingdom is preached. Now we look for ‘the abomination of desolation.”
24:15 When ye therefore shall see the
abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy
place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Daniel spake of occupation and destruction of Jerusalem, which had taken place both during his life, and during the reign of Messiah.
Daniel 9:16 O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us.
17 Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake.
18 O my
God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which
is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for
our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies.
See? Destruction so great it was referred to as ‘desolation,’ which is ‘devastation’ or ‘ruin.’
Daniel 9:19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.
20 And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God;
21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.
the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to
shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore
understand the matter, and consider the vision.
The ‘man’ Gabriel, a messenger of God, is giving Daniel understanding.
Daniel 9:24 Seventy
weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the
transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for
iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision
and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
These ‘weeks’ are not each ‘a seven day period.’ They are ‘shabua,’ a seven. A seven of days was referred to as a ‘shabua,’ but so was a seven of years.
Thus, this is not a figurative usage of shabua that means where ever in Scripture we see ‘week’ it might mean seven years. It was Gabriel expounding clearly.
This was not some mystical code.
Daniel 9:25 Know
therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to
restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven
weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the
wall, even in troublous times.
Gabriel was clearly saying that from the time Darius commanded the Temple to be rebuilt to Messiah (Jesus referred to as the anointed) would be 62 plus 7 shabua, 69 periods of seven years.
Daniel 9:26 And
after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself:
and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the
sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the
war desolations are determined.
After the 62, Messiah was ‘cut off.’ We know this as his crucifixion. We know this crucifixion occurred after his triumphant entry into Jerusalem where the people greeted him as a king shortly before he was executed, cut off, not for his sake but for ours.
The 40 days between his crucifixion and his ascension are all that are gone of the last of these shabua.
Daniel 9:27 And
he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the
week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the
overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation,
and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
And so we again will see desolation in Jerusalem. We cannot assume this week of confirmation is immediately after the 62. In fact, we find no real mention of the seven shabua immediately after the 62.
But in the last week, the Messiah confirming the covenant to Israel, there will be desolation in Jerusalem, and the people of a prince will come to destroy the city and the Messiah will cause the sacrifices to cease.
Keep this in mind, we’ll get back to these missing seven years.
Matt. 24:16 Then
let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
When this desolation occurs, a prince will come to destroy the city, and there will be a flood. During this flood, head for the mountains, or stay on the rooftops.
Matt. 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for
the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
These days will be horrid. But this happens before the second coming.
Matt. 24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25 Behold, I have told you before.
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
27 For as
the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth
even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
There are numerous men in history and even today who claim to be the second coming of Christ.
Simon the sorcerer in Acts hinted he was Christ. Hong Xiuquan, who led to the deaths of countless millions and started the infamous Boxer Rebellion. Sun Myung Moon. At least sixteen religious leaders today claim to be Jesus and have followers.
But the second coming, meaning the return from Heaven, of Christ shall be a global show. Jesus won’t be teaching in the desert or in chambers like during his ministry to Israel.
It will be a global phenomenon, a light show coming out of the east and shining to the West.
Matt. 24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall
not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the
heavens shall be shaken:
After this great tribulation that except the days are shortened no flesh would survive, the very powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then, when all this is done, shall the Son of Man come with power and great glory.
Matt. 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 And he
shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather
together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Keep this in mind: Tribulation, the heavens shaken, coming of Christ, the elect gathered.
Matt. 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be
Here we seem to have a problem. That generation had come and gone, but these things have not happened.
But what does verse 34 really say?
The word "parelthe"
is the word "elthe," meaning "go"
or "come," with the prefix "par," or "through."
Its literal meaning is to "come through" or "go through,"
and has been translated "Come along" or "pass through," the
latter its idiomatic connotation.
Literally Jesus said, “This generation shall not come along unto all these things being fulfilled.”
Matt. 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36 But of
that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels
of heaven, but my Father only.
Jesus is a man. He doesn’t know the hour. Some mock and say, taking his time, huh? And they either reject Scripture or worse, twist it to mean something else.
If Jesus was saying these things were to happen very soon in verse 34, why was he preparing them for a long time in verses 35 and 36?
But realizing that he was really preparing us for a long haul, that we need to bunker down and be patient because no one in that generation would even be around to see it, we know that indeed, Mankind will see that Heaven and earth will melt, but his word will come to pass.
Matt. 24:37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Even if it seems Heaven and earth will pass first (its already been two millennium) the words of our Lord will not pass.
Matt. 24:43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for
in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
“Be ye ready.”
Mark 13 agrees with Matthew 24:
Mark 13:1 And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!
2 And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,
4 Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?
5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:
many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Again, we see the pattern: false Christs, wars, the gospel to all nations, and wars but the beginning of sorrows.
Mark 13:7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.
8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
10 And the
gospel must first be published among all nations.
Today, there is not a nation on earth that does not have Christians in it. Even in the 50 or so nations where almost 3,000 were killed in 2013 for clinging to the name of Jesus Christ, his gospel is preached.
And the first or second tongues of all people either have translations, or the work is being done.
Christ will not return just because of this. He will not come faster if this is completed faster…the time and the season is in God’s power, no man knows the hour but He does.
But this was foretold.
Mark 13:11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.
13 And ye
shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the
end, the same shall be saved.
We see this hate rise and become greater.
Today, Christians are harassed and persecuted by ‘humanists,’ human secularists, communists, autocrats, Islamists, Hindus, Shinto, animalists, and ‘liberal Christians.’
The followers of Christ are indeed hated for Christ’s sake.
Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
15 And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:
16 And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.
17 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
18 And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.
19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but
for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
See? Agreement with Matthew 24.
Mark 13:21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:
29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be
Again, that generation did not come unto all those things coming to pass. Same as Matthew 24, this was mistranslated because of misunderstanding the nuance of usage.
Mark 13:31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
34 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
It may seem as if the Lord is slack. He will be here when the time is right.
It is impossible to understand our place, we the Church, in the return of Christ without understanding the ‘mystery’, the core revelation to the church, that God revealed first to Paul.
So we start our understanding of the Christian Church in Acts:
Acts 1: 4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost
not many days hence.
John baptized disciples with water. It was symbolic of spiritual cleaning. We are baptized, not with water, but with holy spirit.
Acts 1: 6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
8 But ye
shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall
be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and
unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Here they are interested in the restoration of the Kingdom. Which of them was going to get which government post?
But we read earlier only the Father knows. But he said they would receive, not political power, but a greater ability once the ‘Holy Ghost,’ the holy spirit, was come upon them.
Acts 1: 9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
11 Which also said, Ye men of
Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up
from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into
As Jesus was lifted up, he will return to Israel. Until then, we have baptism in holy spirit, we have the power from holy spirit.
Romans 11: 22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.
24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?
25 For I
would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should
be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until
the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
It is called a ‘mystery’ that we are grafted into the ‘olive tree’ of faith, Israel.
When we think of a ‘mystery,’ we think of a secret, an enigma, a puzzle.
But in New Testament Scripture, ‘mystery’ is the English transliteration of the Greek word ‘musterion.’
It is not a translation. It spells out a form of the original word itself.
‘…For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery…’
If it’s a secret, an enigma, a puzzle, how can we help but stay ignorant of it?
‘Musterion’ is the Greek work denoting a pagan religion’s innermost doctrines.
While those outside the fold will indeed be ignorant of these doctrines to some degree, to those inside the fold, a mystery is that which has been taught, a revelation.
Vine’s defines musterion thus:
“In the ordinary sense a mystery implies knowledge withheld ; its Scriptural significance is truth revealed.“
I’ve heard God’s revelations of mysteries referred to as ‘sacred secrets.’
That might work to literally (if a bit inaccurately grammatically) define the ‘revelations’ to the inner echelon of a pagan religion.
But as Christians we want the pure truth, the pure meaning: the mysteries given us by God are revelations, they are instructions.
That we are grafted into the good olive tree Israel, into the Body of Believers, is such a mystery, a revelation we are not to be ignorant of.
Rom. 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father's sakes.
29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
In Romans 16 we see more of this mystery, and here it is called THE mystery.
Romans 16: 25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
27 To God only wise, be glory
through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.
It was the gospel taught by Paul, but the power to establish us in it remains God’s, as Jesus Christ is taught ACCORDING TO the revelation of the mystery.
Not just any old revelation: But that which is now a mystery, a revelation of truth to God’s people, but at one time was NOT a mystery…it had been kept secret since the world began.
But NOW this revelation of Jesus Christ is a mystery, a revelation, made known by the prophets of the Church, and the Scriptures they (Paul, John, Peter, there may have been more) wrote.
The ‘New Testament’ after the Gospels.
1 Cor. 2: 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not
have crucified the Lord of glory.
THIS is why the mystery had been a secret and not a mystery, a revelation.
The princes of this world, the dark spiritual powers which rule it, they knew of what Jesus would do according to Old Testament prophesies, and the prophesies Jesus made during his day.
But the ‘grafting in’ of the Gentiles wouldn’t happen without the crucifixion. This mystery, this revelation, was made only after his resurrection. Before that God hid it in Himself.
1 Cor. 2: 9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
Ephesians reveals more of the mystery by which we are to view Christ:
Eph. 2: 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain
the enmity thereby:
See, before Christ, the Law was the mediator, and a poor one it was. Now, however, those of us far off, even Gentiles, have peace with God.
Eph. 2:17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the
God living and dwelling in us! WE are the Temple of God!
Eph 3: For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his
promise in Christ by the gospel:
Here we see EXACTLY what was hid.
It was no secret that Gentiles could be blessed under Christ, but wasn’t he to rule them with a rod of iron? But here, we see a way Gentiles, rather than ruled with a rod of iron, have a choice that they can be fellowheirs and partakers!
Eph. 3:7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.
8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
9 And to make all men see what is
the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been
hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
This, brethren, is the hidden: the fellowship and the reality of Jews and Gentiles in one Body, so great that Satan himself would have foregone crucify his rival and hated enemy Jesus rather than take pleasure in his death but making Christ OUR sacrifice as well as for Israel.
Col. 1: 26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
28 Whom we preach, warning every
man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man
perfect in Christ Jesus:
See, the inner doctrine of Christianity are the details regarding Christ’s relationship to his Church, one Body comprised of joint heirs, one Body of partakers comprised of Jews and Gentiles.
The Body analogies are part of this doctrine. Christ the Head. We the Body. Each fulfilling his role in the Body.
“Christ in you?” The ‘you’ is plural. He is in the Body, where ever he needs to act as head.
1 Cor. 15: 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
28 And when all things shall be
subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put
all things under him, that God may be all in all.
This will be how it ends.
But in between now and then? At some point, a point we can see clearly when we know what THE mystery of God is, our fate is as follows:
1 Cor. 15: 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a
moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall
sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
At the last trump, the trumpet shall sound. There are those who say this must take place during one of the Old Testament feasts. Maybe it does.
Matt. 24: And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Was the mystery at this time revealed? No, the details were a secret hid in God. There were hints. Jesus knew the trump would sound, the elect would be gathered. Jesus knew Gabriel had not told Daniel about the seven shabua between his cut being off and spending the last shabua confirming the covenant.
So no one knew these elect would include Gentiles when Jesus spoke of it. No one could tell from Jesus’ words there would be one Body, that Gentiles would be partakers of the promise.
But to be partakers of a promise you have to have a promise. Here is a promise: The angels would be sent with the sound of a trumpet and gather the elect.
Sometimes in Scripture similar events are confused. But sometimes the same event told by different narrators are called different because we truly do not understand all the details.
1 Thes. 4: 13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another
with these words.
Now, there are those who say the trumpet of Jesus and the trumpet of Paul are different events.
They say that Paul’s ‘Last Trump” is the specific trump of a memorial of trumpets, while Jesus refers to a generic blowing of trumpets.
But we can’t just guess at that. If that were the case, why does Paul not point that out? Why would he communicate to Gentiles in Hebraic code they would not understand?
After all, we are not the unbelieving sheep during Jesus’ ministry, spoken to in riddles and parables, secrets and enigmas and puzzles.
We are the Church, the eyes of our understanding opened, knowing what has been FREELY given us by God.
At the last trump, just like Jesus revealed that the elect would be gathered, and Paul said the dead in Christ are raised and the live in Christ changed, to meet the Lord in the air!
Christians, we do not need to wonder if Christ is in the desert or in the chambers, because when we meet him in the air, how much doubt can there be?
So shall we EVER be with our Lord.
1 Thess. 5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4 But ye,
brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
The day when Christ returns, the day of vengeance of our God, will overtake unbelievers by surprise. But when we quit looking for riddles and secrets, we will find the Word of God to us is entirely clear as to what will be happening at this time: we are NOT in darkness if we simply believe what is written in God’s Word!
1 Thess. 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
9 For God hath not appointed us
to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ…
We are not promised exclusion from tribulations and trials.
But we are promised salvation rather than wrath.
As we shall clearly see, we are gathered together before the day of wrath.
REVELATION AND THE SEVEN CHURCHES
Rev. 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of
all things that he saw.
The first thing to know is that this book is revelation of Jesus Christ. The first thing to know about revelation of Christ is that it comes from God.
Rev. 1:3 Blessed
is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of
this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is
There are many who interpret this to mean “the time is soon,” that every thing written in this book is promised to happen soon. It does not say that. It says the time is ‘at hand.’
Right now, near me, I have ‘at hand’ a candle, a camera, a fishing bobbin, and a Young’s Analytical Concordance to the Bible. But I’m likely to use only one of these soon. They are still ready to use, within my reach, instantly.
Many things are revealed in the revelation f Jesus Christ. The time for them to begin is ‘at hand,’ ready at an instant. When that instant will come, however, is a good question, a time Jesus said in Acts 1:7 the Father has put in His own power.
And remember 1 Thes. 5:7 told us to watch, not because we’d know when it came, but because we could recognize it as it got here. And we keep the words of this prophesy in so doing.
Some of these things have surely come to pass. The prophesies regarding the ‘Seven Churches,” as we shall see.
And each thing that happens indeed falls quickly, as will the return of Christ.
But as we will see, some things in Revelation happened ‘soon,’ in the traditional sense, and some? They will happen ‘hereafter.’
Rev. 1:4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and
dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
John wrote to seven churches, seven called out groups of Christians in Asia. To my knowledge there is not one single piece of historic documentation that the Church questioned who these churches were in the first and second century. No Christian writer quoted anyone from the time this was written as having a question.
When John wrote this, there were seven Christian congregations in Asia Minor that this was specifically addressed to.
They were of the Body of Christ. This was addressed to Christians, revelation of Jesus Christ..
Rev. 1:7 Behold,
he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced
him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because
of him. Even so, Amen.
Does he come with clouds? Yes, both in the clouds of Heaven and with clouds of angels. Shall every eye see him? Yes. “…And they also which pierced him.” Shall they see him?
They shall see him at the resurrection of the just and unjust. This book will tell us about that.
But some assume that those who pierced Jesus Christ saw his return in the clouds. This may leave that open for an opinion, but it does not clarify, and we have the advantage of knowing their seeing him will be at the resurrection.
Rev. 1:8 I am
Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith
the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Without getting sidetracked with its connotations, most texts read “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord.” Now we get into the narrative of the message of Revelation.
Rev. 1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
10 I was
in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a
This was not the voice of a trumpet, it was a voice as if a trumpet. Furthermore, he said he was in the spirit in the Lord’s day. We are to keep in mind that this book is focused on the events of the end of time.
Rev. 1:11 Saying,
I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches
which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos,
and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
Again without getting sidetracked, the oldest texts simply read “Saying, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; etc.” They do not say this speaker claims to be an Alpha and Omega. That was added in later texts.
Rev. 1:12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me,
saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
The Lord God is Alpha and Omega, the Arche and Telos. Telos is the final. God is the Arche, the architect, He is Who decrees what is and what will be.
Jesus is the first and last, the protos and enteros. First of the series and best of the series.
We, Christians, are the series, we and the olive tree, Israel, we are grafted into.
Rev. 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which
shall be hereafter;
John was to write these things: What he sees, of things that are and things that are hereafter.
So not all of Revelation was intended to be looked at as a series of future events. Some was at that time ‘what is,’ like the seven Churches. We shall see that specifically at the end of this section.
Rev. 1:20 The
mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my
right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels
of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
Remember, a mystery is not a secret, it is a revelation to the inner circle. It is revealed.
This coming up is the revealing of the seven churches. It was shrouded but no longer. This will explain it clearly.
Rev. 2:1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
We read the great revelation to the Ephesians, how they loved God, how they were faithful.
To the Ephesians God sent revelation regarding, the Mystery, the Body with Christ as the Head, that we are filled with the fullness of God.
But by the time John wrote this, they had grown somewhat cold, had left this love. They labored, but not with the fervor.
Rev. 2:5 Remember
therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or
else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his
place, except thou repent.
“Remove thy candlestick.” Does this say he will condemn them to hell or eternal death?
No. But their candlestick, their high honor, will be removed. Brothers and sisters, the message to the seven Churches reveals how Christians will be judged for highest honors when Christ comes back.
Rev. 2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.
7 He that
hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto
the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to
eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
Even in the Church, there are some to high honor, some to obscurity. Do we as Christians think just because we are promised salvation we are likewise guaranteed the highest honors of the Kingdom?
”1 Cor. 3:13: Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any
man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be
saved; yet so as by fire.”
If a Christian builds on the foundation of Christ lies, idolatry, hate, etc., he is saved but his works are burned. Him shall God ‘mar,’ shall keep from being among the most honored in New Jerusalem.
Rev. 2:8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some
of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten
days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
A crown of life. This too is of honor and glory. Smyrna was a persecuted Church. They would suffer for the name of Christ. But in standing, they would get a crown of life. A crown is authority, responsibility and privilege. But the life of the believer himself is in the foundation Christ lays, as we are told in 1 Cor. Not in his works, even if he (or she) is honored with a crown.
Rev. 2:11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
You might think it odd that this does not say “He that overcometh shall not be killed of the second death.” It says ‘hurt.’ ‘Adikethe,’ injured.
Our slate as Christians is not wiped out at the gathering Paul spoke of, though we shall ever be with the Lord. It is wiped at the Judgment, when the elements will melt with fervent heat.
Rev. 2:12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;
13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
15 So hast
thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes,
which thing I hate.
This cries against several things, things we are not to contaminate ourselves with.
Pergamos was home to ‘the Great Altar,” which resides in a museum in Germany now. At the time of this writing, it was where Satan himself hung out, from where he ruled the kingdoms of this world through the influence of subordinate spirits.
But the Scriptures were dabbling in the doctrine of Balaam: False prophesies, ‘seer’ speaking ‘foretelling prophesies’ on demand, like we see in some Churches.
Some even held to the gnostic mysticism and religious sexuality of the Nicolaitanes, who preached unbridled sexuality as a form of spiritual nirvana and passageway on earth.
Many of us have seen these doctrines creep into our own Churches.
Rev. 2:16 Repent;
or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the
sword of my mouth.
“Or else I will come?”
This obviously does not speak about the second coming, but rather like Jesus’ appearance to Paul on the road to Damascus. Yes, Jesus can do this. He is, after all, Head of the Body.
Rev. 2:17 He that
hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto
the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to
eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a
new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that
See? This is not about eternal life. It is about honor and glory and even privilege.
Rev. 2:18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;
19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.
20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
23 And I
will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he
which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give
unto every one of you according to your works.
Remember God is not mocked. Jezebel was a real woman in a very real Thyatira who lead God’s children into idolatry and set an example of open fornication, promiscuity. A consequence she by now long ago received was that her children were given to death, and I’d bet it was not of old age.
Whether we call our idolatry gods or saints, and justify our fornications by ignoring God’s Word, we allow ourselves to be suckered in, this is the judgment.
Rev. 2:24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.
25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.
26 And he
that overcometh, and keepeth
my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
Those who can resist these situations and temptations can rule nations. We see our own national leaders following fornication, religious leaders doing likewise calling themselves prophets.
Neither are fit to lead. That’s not my opinion, that is from revelation of Jesus Christ.
Rev. 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
28 And I
will give him the morning star.
God does not give this awesome responsibility to those who abuse leadership to satisfy their own lusts. And Jesus as Lord is the morning star. These shall work immediately with the Lord of Lords and King of Kings.
Rev. 2:29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Rev. 3:1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.
watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I
have not found thy works perfect before God.
In all these situations, we can relate to some. Here most of those in Sardis have entirely abandoned faith, who are told to repent.
But there are those who have not just said, “Heck with it. No one else is standing, why should I?”
Rev. 3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
5 He that
overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white
raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will
confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
Those who stand when no one else seems to be will be clothed in white.
Rev. 3:6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of
temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon
Some just stand, day in, day out. They keep his word, and do not deny his name. Such will be spared ‘the hour of temptation’ and will receive a crown.
Rev. 3:11 Behold,
I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
He comes quickly. That word, again, is ‘tachios,’ quickly. Not ‘soon.’ When he comes, snap, done. So don’t let it catch us.
Rev. 3:12 Him
that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of
my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my
God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh
down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
We the Christians are the Temple of God, in whom He lives and dwells. These that simple unswervingly stand on the word of patience will be pillars.
Rev. 3:13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then
because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue
thee out of my mouth.
We’ve seen the social club Christians. We may be or may have been one. They mentally assent but neither fully reject or fully believe. Lukewarm.
Rev. 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I
will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
One of the most difficult environments to overcome is this lukewarm environment.
“Yeah, I’m a Christian, I go to Church, but that Joe, and that Sara, they are some kind of religious nuts.”
Rev. 3:21 To him
that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my
throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
Through each environment, as we stay focused intently upon God, we have opportunities to receive blessings, honor and recognition in the Kingdom.
But this is all based on our steadfast love for God and His Son and His peoples.
These are what each of these Churches will be judged by, and what each Christian will be judged by, according to his or her circumstances and how well they did to overcome.
These, brothers and sisters, are things now. These are the things we are told in the first chapter of this revelation to keep.
And as we do so, we shall indeed be blessed.
Rev. 3:22 He that
hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto
Our mystery, our revealed doctrine regarding the seven churches and rewards, i.e., our judgment, is basically:
Each aspect is what applies most in any situation, any spiritual environment we might find ourselves in.
Ephesus? Their challenge was a church environment of complacency, of people pursuing things of this world except in Church. They had ‘left’ their first love.
Smyrna was hot for God, but the persecution was horrible.
Pergamos was a city fully given to evil, and the believers had to overcome an intense culture of wholehearted idolatry and a church leadership that was self-serving in their service to the Church.
Thyatira was an environment of spiritualism in the Church, and sexual misconduct.
Sardis’ Church was nothing more than a social club. Believers had to have faith when the others around them claiming to be Christian were dead in their faith, barely if at all even going through the motions.
Philadelphia was a major center of trade, Greek culture, and Roman Imperial rule. The rulers of the Jewish community were wholly given to Satanic service. There was every influence of temptation for lust and profit, riches and comfort.
Laodiceans had the temptation of a comfortable situation. The believers there were lukewarm on their faith. Mental assent. They thought they were so well, Laodicea was a wealthy city, but it was illusion. The spiritual reality is they weren’t doing much for Christ.
But using these examples as guides that we today can follow to see how we are to deal with our situations, we can see our obligation to Christ pertaining to that situation.
And we can behave as Christ tells us, keeping the words of this book.
THE SEALS OF THE BOOK
this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice
which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up
hither, and I will shew thee things which must be
Now we get to things hereafter. Remember, we read John would write “the things which (he) hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;”. The situations of the seven Churches were ‘the things which (at that time) are.” At the time this was written, these things that are about to be revealed hadn’t started. But this is what they will be:
2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to
him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and
We get so hung up on who these beasts and elders are, we forget to concentrate on what they are revealing. But since they serve God Who is Spirit, I believe these beasts are spirit beings. We will see the Beast rising out of the sea later on. While that Beast will wield political power, a best assumption might be that the Beast itself is the spirit who controls the political mechanizations.
We assume there is a mystery of a riddle to every description.
But when John describes beasts full of eyes, that’s what he saw. If we ever see these spirits, these beasts after Christ comes back, they will probably look to us like John saw them.
There may indeed be many details we can learn from these descriptions, but they are always subordinate to that which we are clearly told.
However, later we will see descriptions of beasts that ARE symbolic rather than literal. But the symbolism WILL BE EXPLAINED. We will NOT have to guess.
“Eph. 1: 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10 That in
the dispensation of the fulness of times he might
gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and
which are on earth; even in him:”
See? The innermost revelation is made known to us. The puzzles are simply delicious little details. Not without significance, but subordinate to what is clearly described.
Rev. 4:10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Amen. The Lord God is the Arche, the Archetect. Jesus is the protos, the prototype, and we are in his image in the series.
Rev. 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
3 And no
man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the
book, neither to look thereon.
Angels are sometimes referred to as men. No being, no angel creature, in heaven, no being in earth, BUT…
Rev. 5:4 And I
wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book,
neither to look thereon.
And. Not ‘then.’ And. While this was going on.
Rev. 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
Now, I do not know if this refers to the twelve patriarchs of the tribes of Israel and the twelve apostles, or to others.
If it refers to men, John is shown what will happen the way Peter was shown Gentiles were to be accepted. It was like Jesus talking to ‘Moses’ and ‘Elias’ on the Mount if transfiguration, a vision of these men. Why?
Because the dead know nothing and the patriarchs of Israel are dead and the twelve apostles are dead, they sleep in Christ. They do not get back up until the last trump, remember?
And as we shall clearly see later in Chapter 11, this hasn’t happened yet when Jesus opens this book.
Rev. 5:11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
14 And the four beasts said, Amen.
And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
We are about to get to where Jesus opens the book.
Rev. 6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
2 And I
saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown
was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
Some say this is Jesus.
I do not want to assume that. Jesus will conquer, with the words of his mouth, but his time is not yet. We will see him clearly later on, AFTER all seven seals are opened.
Rev. 6:3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat
thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another:
and there was given unto him a great sword.
There have been wars since Cain slew Able.
Some of these wars have been brutal affairs, like the destructions of Carthage or Sardis.
But these are spiritual forces that have a hitherto unseen ability to conquer and power to take peace from earth.
Rev. 6:5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I
heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a
penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil
and the wine.
This third was a new economic situation. Every major drought or siege sees famine. The seal signifies something locked in that has been released. This will not just be Somalia or somewhere. This will be the widespread norm, it will increase and overtake.
Rev. 6:7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I
looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and
Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of
the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the
beasts of the earth.
We’ve seen this since Revelation was written. A fourth of Europe and Asia devastated by plague. WW II, where we saw numbers like these. It will likely happen again.
Rev. 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that
they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants
also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be
There have been times of great persecutions against Christians. But this has intensified to this day, wherein Christians face persecution and evil horrible deaths from secularists in America and Europe, Communists in China and Vietnam, Hindus in India, and Muslims from the Philippines to Nigeria.
But ‘rest,’ sleep, just a little while.
Wars have always been devastating. Populations decimated (large portions) or annihilated by adversaries. But since the time of Christ we have seen leaders on murderous rampages. Rome which under the Catholics who spent centuries purging apostates and heretics and pagans, torturing entire cities. Mohammed and the Muslims who slaughtered those refusing to convert, whose barbaric warring continues to this day. Genghis Khan and the Mongols who would encircle entire regions and slaughter all but one of every man and beast trapped within.
And remember the brutal wars of the twentieth century. It is estimated over eighty MILLION died in the six years of WW II, and nuclear devastated was unleashed on two cities.
And China freely states she plans on waging any war against America with nuclear force.
There have been times in which a fourth of the global population have been killed by disease.
I myself am pretty certain the first five seals are open. I’m not sure about the sixth.
Rev. 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
15 And the
kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief
captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid
themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
Whether from a volcanic explosion, an astrological event or nuclear war, an earthquake will proceed a global event.
It may have been the volcanic explosion of Tambora in 1815 that triggered a global cooling or Krakatoa in 1883 that likewise technically filled the details here.
We may already be at the sixth seal. But again, I myself am not convinced it is or is not open.
Rev. 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17 For the great day of his wrath
is come; and who shall be able to stand?
During this sixth seal, who is saying the wrath of God is come?
Jesus warned, we read it before, “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
Yet the end is not yet. These are the beginning of sorrows.
But when the sixth seal is or was opened, many will say the end is here, yet there will be a little while.
Nevertheless there will be a point in which the events cannot be mistaken for any other, and this is coming soon in this sequence of events. We now look at the firstfruits to Christ, the sealed of Israel.
THE SEALED OF ISRAEL
Rev. 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the
servants of our God in their foreheads.
This is why I believe the 6th seal is yet to be opened. After a global event that leads the population of earth en toto to believe the end is here, we will see that 144,000 of Israel will be sealed by God.
But there is a period of time between the 6th seal and the seventh. And until the 144,000 are sealed, the seventh trump will not sound.
!The 144,000 must be sealed before the first trumpet sounds.
Rev. 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
5 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.
6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.
7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.
8 Of the
tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the
tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were
sealed twelve thousand.
12,000 of each tribe of Israel are sealed, 144,000.
Many claim that because Israel is sealed, that the Church has been raptured.
It is no coincidence that in the past 50 years a messianic Judaic movement centered on faith in Christ as the Messiah has grown to nearly 300,000 people.
But we have not seen the last trump or a mention of meeting the Lord in the air. We know that until the Rapture, Jews can be both Israel and of the Body of Christ.
Rev. 7:9 After
this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all
nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood
before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in
After this. Not, ‘then.’ ‘Then’ is always subsequent, indicating immediacy. This may or may not be immediate, in fact if immediate, ‘then’ would have been used. We’ll keep reading.
Rev. 7:10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
17 For the Lamb which is in the
midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains
of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
The time of God wiping away all tears, it comes later in Revelation. Has it come during the time of the seven seals? No. But this is a reminder of those persecuted, slin for the name of Christ.
During the time of these seals, God wants the saints persecuted to know their stand is not in vain. Those with the seal of God have a special protection. The rest of the Church does not. But when the 144,000 are sealed, it is a reminder the victory is ultimately ours. Our martyrs will rejoice.
And it is no coincidence that in the past 50 years a messianic Judaic movement centered on faith in Christ as the Messiah has grown to nearly 300,000 people. And it is growing larger daily.
But after the 144,000 are sealed, the seventh seal will be opened.
SEVENTH SEAL AND THE SEVEN TRUMPETS
Rev. 8:1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
2 And I
saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
Seven angels, seven trumpets. There has been no indication these are or are not the angels of the Churches.
Rev. 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.
5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
6 And the
seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
Now the seven angels shall sound, and since the 144,000 have been sealed, the injunction on the four angels not to hurt earth and sea are no longer in effect.
Rev. 8:7 The
first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and
they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and
all green grass was burnt up.
When a trumpet sounding followed by something satisfying the description ‘hail and fire’ burn up a third of the earth, we know the 7th seal is open and the first trump is sounded.
People following all the elaborate theologies of the end times will be confused…but those of us simply believing this will understand.
For the very first time, a unique event other than the seal of the 144,000 shows that the end is at hand. I exclude the seal of the 144,000 because it is difficult to say whether the average person will understand that as prophesy, or even be aware of the seals.
But if the events of these specific prophesies come to pass, we know the sealed of God are somewhere about.
Rev. 8:8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
9 And the
third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the
third part of the ships were destroyed.
Again, an unmistakable event. Between the earthquake of the sixth seal and the destruction of a third of land and sea, we know 7 seals are open and two trumpets have sounded.
When we understand and believe this, the day of the Lord will not overtake us as a thief. We will understand that these things are trials, and great tribulation, but are not the wrath the kings proclaimed it to be.
Rev. 8:10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
11 And the
name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became
wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
Remember, a global event. Many would have died from the first two soundings as a third of land and sea is destroyed. Now the drinking supply of water is poisoned.
Rev. 8:12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!
You will actually have trumpets sounding and angels floating in the darkness proclaiming what is going on!
Rev. 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
4 And it
was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither
any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal
of God in their foreheads.
Like I mentioned before, only the 144,000 will have protection. The rest of us will need to really exercise faith.
Rev. 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
6 And in
those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to
die, and death shall flee from them.
Torture. Men will want to die.
Rev. 9:7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.
8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.
9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.
10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name
in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek
tongue hath his name Apollyon.
‘Abaddon’ and ‘Apollyon,’ the Destroyer. Associated with war. Possibly, but this is conjecture, from biological or robotic military technology. I would not suggest teaching this as doctrine or that we should expect this as such.
Locust are extremely carnivorous given opportunity. And if there is a ‘bottomless pit’ where a species has hidden for all these centuries, there is no telling what might arise.
Rev. 9:12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound
in the great river Euphrates.
These four angels that before were held back are unleashed, to destroy a third of earth’s remaining population.
Rev. 9:15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
16 And the
number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
200,000,000. Two hundred million.
Rev. 9:17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.
18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.
20 And the
rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the
works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold,
and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear,
!A third of the earth, the seas and the waters will be destroyed by an army of two hundred million. Global catastrophe, and how many perished? Now another third of humankind is destroyed by an army of horsemen. And these horsemen have some rather unusual weaponry. This is again unprecedented. And we know the sixth angel has sounded.
Yet the majority of survivors repent not.
Rev. 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
Rev. 10:1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:
2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,
3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I
heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven
thunders uttered, and write them not.
After the sixth trump sounds, before the seventh, an angel descends and cries, and ‘seven thunders’ utter their voices.
We do not know what these seven thunders are, for they are sealed up. They are secret.
Remember in Daniel the missing seven shabua? The days of the sixth trump may have something to do with those 49 years. But remember, I do not know. Nor do you.
Properly understood for what was written, Scripture reveals Jesus said his RETURN would be quick, ‘tachios.’ But when Jesus gave the narrative of his return, we saw an extended process whereby “Heaven and earth would pass, but not his words.”
It is not unreasonable to believe the sixth trumpet signals a time that may be nearly five decades long, with a huge army killing a third of all who live during that time. We do not know it is, either.
But these seven thunders are kept secret, and those seven shabua are not expounded on.
But when this happens it will likely be obvious. It certainly will be after an army of two hundred million horsemen, during a time a third of the earth is slain.
Rev. 9:5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,
6 And sware by him that liveth for ever
and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth,
and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein,
that there should be time no longer:
“Time no longer” does not mean hours and days and years disappear.
But in Scripture, eras are referred to as ‘ages’ and ‘times.”
In other AGES, other TIMES, it was not known that Jews and Gentiles would be joint heirs.
Now, the Day of the Lord is upon us.
There are still things that will occur that will constitute radical changes. But from here on out, Christ will be here to establish his rule. It will be the Day of the Lord.
Rev. 9:7 But in
the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the
mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the
In the days of the voice of the seventh angel, the last trump sounding, when the angel begins to sound, the mystery of God will be finished.
The mystery of God.
We looked carefully at the Mystery as it was revealed to Paul. Jews and Gentiles, one Body. Now this mystery is finished.
Not ‘The secret of God,” as we have been taught to understand this. But that crucial doctrine of revelation God gave us.
Christ the Head, we the Body, Jews and Gentiles joint heirs, partakers of the promise.
This mystery of God is finished, completed, when the seventh, the last trump begins to sound.
It is at this time that spoken by Jesus, “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
It is at this time that written by Paul, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed,”
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
The believers reading Revelation when it was written knew of the seven Churches, and they knew what the Mystery of God is.
When they read this, the connecting of the dots were instantaneous. We however need to carefully track phrases and words and their usages carefully at times.
But at the beginning of the sounding of the seventh and last trump, the Mystery, the Church of the Body of Christ, is finished, as in complete.
Rev. 9:8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.
9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.
10 And I
took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my
mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.
Something happens related to these seven thunders that taste sweet but are in fact sickening. Remember the Mystery is finished. We during this time have met or are meeting the Lord in the air.
It reminds me of Paul’s words to the Thessalonians: “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” 1 Thess. 4:2-3
Whatever happens during this time will seem sweet as honey to those ‘eating’ it but it will be sickening, it will be bad.
But we are back to the book of the seven thunders, just before the sounding of the seventh trumpet.
Rev. 10:11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
Rev. 11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
2 But the
court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is
given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty
and two months.
John’s focus is on the Temple and Jerusalem. Notice John is still writing of the days leading up to the sounding of the last, seventh trump, as we shall soon see further clarified.
First he told us that as the last trump sounds the mystery of God will be finished. Now he is leading us up to that climactic event, as we will see very clearly. He is telling us about a three and a half year period, forty-two months.
During this time, Gentiles shall tread the city. Like Daniel prophesying that a prince would come to destroy the city.
Rev. 11:3 And I
will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two
hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
These two witnesses are preaching these three and a half years, these 1260 days. They are preaching before the last trump.
They are Christians. It’s the last months before the last trumpet sounds and the Mystery is finished.
!And the last trump will begin to sound 3 and a ½ years into the ministry described herein.
Rev. 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against
them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
The beast that arises out of the bottomless pit shall make war and kill these two.
These two are not resurrected prophets or angels as some have speculated.
They are men, men who shall be killed. They are great Christian men, the olive trees and candlesticks standing before the God of the earth, fighting the righteous fight.
Rev. 11:8 And
their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually
is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
Men have dead bodies. These are not angels, spirits, or Old Testament prophets sent back to earth. They are great believers, and their dead bodies shall lie in the street in Jerusalem, the great city our Lord was crucified in, and nations shall see and rejoice, the nations that will not repent.
Rev. 11:9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and
shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that
dwelt on the earth.
When this calls them prophets, understand there are prophets in the Church. This is no reference to Old Testament prophets, but of prophets of the Body of Christ. So evil will the survivors of earth be that they will literally send gifts to each other in celebration of the deaths of God’s champions.
Rev. 11:11 And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they
ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
The spirit of life enters these men, and they stand up!
Rev. 11:13 And the
same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell,
and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were
affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
And the people of Jerusalem give glory to God.
Rev. 11:14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
locust were the first woe. These men, and the three and a half years they witnessed,
and the waged war with the beast at the end of their testimony, were the
Now we will see the sounding of the last trumpet. And the workings of the Kingdom of the beast.
THE KINGDOM OF THE BEAST
Rev. 11:15 And the
seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The
kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ;
and he shall reign for ever and ever.
And the seventh angel sounded.
It does not read, ‘THEN the seventh angel sounded.’
But, ‘and,’ as the two dead witnesses were raised to life, and as the world watched, the last trump sounds, and the dead made incorruptible, like the two dead Christian witnesses.
The living shall be changed.
These two didn’t just float up in an ethereal spirit form.
They stood up. Then a voice said “Come up hither,” and they did.
We have little bumper stickers warning that driver may disappear at the sound of the last trump.
Our meeting the Lord in the air will be decently and in order. The angels will gather, like these two men hearing one of the angels Jesus said would be sent to gather the elect, “Come up hither.”
The world will be watching us change and leave to meet our Lord in the air!
We’ll park our cars, we’ll probably have time to look at those ‘Left Behind’ and offer encouragement.
Rev. 11:16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
18 And the
nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they
should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward
unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name,
small and great; and shouldest destroy them which
destroy the earth.
It is now when times of different ways God has of dealing with Mankind are over.
No more burning bushes, he has sent His Son back to rule directly.
Sure there is another thousand tears before Judgment.
But what and when is no longer unknown to Man, Man can no longer say “Why does God not just appear to us?”
Jesus is here to rule. Now the people say “if God was real, why doesn’t He just show Himself?” He did, through Christ. And now Jesus is back.
Rev. 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
Rev. 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
6 And the
woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that
they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
“The woman” is not specifically Mary. Mary has not lived to be fed in the wilderness when the prince Daniel prophesied would come to destroy Jerusalem arrived.
The woman is Israel, being attacked because the Dragon’s (Satan) hatred of God extends to His chosen Israel, from whence sprung Christ.
The Dragon indeed attacked the woman to destroy the baby Jesus, slaughtering the firstborn of an entire coastland up to two years of age. He will now seek to destroy Israel entirely, in revenge.
Rev. 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
Now, right now, Satan is daily before the throne of God accusing the brethren. But when these things take place, we see Satan and his angels having no more access.
Rev. 12:9 And the
great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which
deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the
earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
See? During these days, the seventh angel sounded, the Mystery of God is finished, Satan is cast down to earth with no more access to Heaven like he had in Job.
Rev. 12:10 And I
heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and
the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our
brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
NOW is salvation. NOW is the Kingdom of God and the power of his Christ come to liberate Earth from the enemy. As we will see, this process takes over a thousand more years, to the Great White Throne Judgment. But we are still right after the return of Jesus and the gathering of the Elect.
Rev. 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters
of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great
wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short
Earth is now the full focal point of the ancient war between God and Satan. And who has great wrath?
Rev. 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
17 And the dragon was wroth with
the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the
commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
By the time the trump sounds and we are carries to meet the Lord in the air, many of Israel had been saved. 144,000 were saved and sealed, remember?
But while the world and their enemies were unrepentant, the remnant of Jerusalem had given glory to God. These and others of the remnant of her seed that keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ now face the wrath of the beast.
We are forever with our Lord, but where is he? Earth. We are still here. We will meet Jesus in the air, as he is coming the way he left, and shall be with him as he returns.
Rev. 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
3 And I
saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was
healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
Satan’s full attention is focused on war now. And his power is focused, power great enough to deceive the nations.
Rev. 13:4 And
they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped
the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with
There is a lot of speculation on who this beast shall be. But again, we can guess and guess and guess. But Scripture will explain it soon enough. Remember however the spirits by the throne of God were referred to as beasts.
Rev. 13:5 And
there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and
power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
Another three and a half years.
Rev. 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
7 And it
was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power
was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and
During this time, those who war against the beast won’t do very well. We are with our Lord, we are the saints. He overcomes, but he doesn’t destroy.
Rev. 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
10 He that leadeth
into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth
with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the
faith of the saints.
It won’t be a good idea to align yourself with the beast, and go to war on his behalf. At the time, however, it will prove immensely tempting.
THE MARK OF THE BEAST
Rev. 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of
those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to
them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast,
which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
This is not the seven headed, ten horned beast of Daniel. This is a new, subservient apparition. Like the Beast that arose from the bottomless pit (whose king is the king of war) this one arises from the earth (literally, from the people of the earth, the Gentile nations. )
Rev. 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
Six hundred threescore and six. No man can buy or sell
without the mark, or the name, or the number of the name of the beast.
Based on UPC code technology, there is already a universal system in place that allows massive production, movement, sales and tracking of every product in the global economy.
Divided into two parts by three ‘guard bars,’ the left hand code is the manufacturer code, the right hand code is the product code, and the two are separated by three ‘guard bars.’ Looks like this:
The codes “1,2,3,4,5” for the manufacturer code and “6,7,8,9,0” are the short bars, the guard bars the two long ones far left, the two long ones far right, and the two long ones right in the middle.
Notice these bars are the same thickness, more importantly having the same gap space.
Now look at the two shorter bars to the right of the center guard bar. The bars are the same, the gap is the same. As you can see, the bar for ‘6’ is the same as the bar for the guards. 6-6-6, or more accurately, six in the first column, six in the second, six in the third: 600 and 60 and 6.
Here is another example. Again, the three guard bars are identical to the sixes. And these are randomly picked UPC codes: Universal Product Codes. Universal, as in “without which no man can buy or sell.”
I tell you why I do not believe the UPC is itself the mark of the beast.
First, it is not the number of a man. It is the number of a product and the manufacturer.
But after the seventh trumpet, when the beasts comes to total power, he will control this prophesied technology. And each man will be given a code.
Technically the guard bars do not represent any numeric code. But if you graphically transpose the six bar with the guard bar and vice versa, and adjust the height, they are indeed interchangeable. The very first few months of bar codes, label printers actually stamped a ‘6’ under each guard bar.
Now they are taking this technology and putting it into microchips. To scan or read these microchips, it is best to put the chips under thin skin: near the temple on the forehead, or on the back of the hand.
Remember: UPC codes are not the mark of the beast, they are ‘the number of a company’ and the ‘number of a product.’ But this is the technology the beast will use to number a man rather than a product.
Rev. 14:1 And I
looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and
with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written
in their foreheads.
!The Lamb is of course our Lord Jesus Christ.
Since he returned at the last trump, he is now here to stand on Mount Sion. And these are the 144,000 sealed before the seventh trump.
Rev. 14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are
they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.
These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits
unto God and to the Lamb.
These were the firstfruits unto God. They were Christians born of the twelve tribes, living godly and chastely, sealed before the Rapture itself…first fruits. Remember, the mystery was finished at the sounding of the seventh trumpet. These were sealed between the sixth and the seventh.
Rev. 14:5 And in
their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of
Being Jews, they weren’t suckered in by the wrong doctrines introduced into Christianity by pagan influences, many of which weaken us as Christians to the temptations and pressures of this world.
Rev. 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his
judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and
the fountains of waters.
This is a call to repentance. A last warning as it were.
Rev. 14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
Remember the prophesy in Isaiah? Babylon of ancient days is long gone. But the duel part of the prophesy will be occurring in these days.
Rev. 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
11 And the
smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and
ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image,
and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
!AT THIS TIME we have the wrath and judgment of God. Not back during the opening of the seals, Christ stands on Mount Sion, but he’s not here to preach the acceptable year, he’ll be here to preach the day of vengeance of our God.
Rev. 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
13 And I
heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die
in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit,
that they may rest from their labours; and their
works do follow them.
Christ has returned. But the war begun in Heaven is now focused on earth. Many of those clinging to Christ during these dark days will be killed.
Rev. 14:14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
20 And the winepress was trodden
without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse
bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
Yes, now as the beast reigns and Babylon is fallen we have the wrath of God.
We were rescued from this at the sound of the seventh, the last trump. These next few chapters reveal the details of wrath as it relates to the kingdom of the beast.
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.
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
“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.
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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,
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.
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
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,
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.
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.
All those involved in this first resurrection are dead, having been beheaded.
JUDGEMENT AND THE NEW HEAVEN AND EARTH
Rev. 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the
earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to
battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
Some point to conditions today and say they see signs of Gog and Magog gathering.
No, they do not.
This takes place more than a thousand years in the future. While we can be sure Gog and Magog involve whoever is living in certain areas at the time, we can not be 100% certain what nations they will be, what exact languages they will speak. A thousand years ago what became English was considered Germanic, and it certainly was not spoken by 300,000,000+ North Americans.
Gog was a Biblical person whose descendants likely became the Indo-Iranians, whose people today include some tribes from Pakistan, Afghanistan, most Fardi-speaking Iranians, Kurdistan, deep into Central Asia and as far as Europe.
Magog means “Land of Gog.” So in spite of sometimes elaborate treatises to the contrary, “Gog and Magog” are not two nations, it is a nation and that nation’s country.
I would venture to say that likely, these Indo-Irani peoples are involved, centered in this attack. As it foretells in Isaiah, and we have already read, “Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.” The meads are some of the Persians, whom today we know as Iranians.
Rev. 20:9 And
they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints
about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and
While it may have sprung from Gog and Magog, from the Medes, it will become a global rebellion against Jesus Christ himself!
Rev. 20:10 And the
devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where
the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for
ever and ever.
A better translation of verse ten, again comparing how these words are generally used, is “they shall be tormented into the age the ages.”
“Into the final age”, not “forever and ever”. There will be no pit of eternal suffering for millions, billions of spirits and souls while we are in Heaven partying it up.
The Devil, the beast and the prophet will die a horrible, stretched out death, but there will be death, and release from torment.
Rev. 20:11 And I
saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and
the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
This is the White Throne Judgment, and the fleeing of Heaven and Earth is spoken of in great detail in Psalms and in 2 Peter 3:
Psalm 97:5 The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
2 Pet. 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
As we have seen, this will be during the ‘Day of the Lord,” the time of the Lord being personally present that began with Christ’s return.
Rev. 20:12 And I
saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and
another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged
out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Those of the Church are already resurrected or changed into incorruptibility at the last trump. This does not apply to us. We are already judged.
But notice the ‘and.’ As the world is dissolving, the dead are being judged.
Rev. 20:13 And the
sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead
which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
This is the ‘second’ resurrection of Jews and Gentiles, and the Apostle Paul speaks of this day of judgment for Jews and Gentiles:
Rom. 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
there is no respect of persons with God.
God is not mocked. He gets the final word. We see from Paul (and as we study, elsewhere,) that Jews and Gentiles are judged according to their works.
As the Church of the Body, of the Mystery of God, we are saved by grace. However, God is not mocked; our works were judged when we were face to face with Christ. But the people themselves, saved.
For the rest of the world, the return might seem at first anticlimactic. A big bang as he appears in the sky with a great trumpet and fanfare, then he settles in to the business of organizing his kingdom and leading the war.
For us, we will have a whole new life.
But this White Throne judgment, for the rest of humanity that wasn’t raised or changed at the return, or in the first resurrection, this is their deciding hour. Their moment to shine or be passed into eternity.
Rev. 20:14 And
death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
See? From this point on, death itself is cast into the Lake of Fire. Hell, the grave, as well. For those who find grace in this Judgment, Jew or Gentile, there will be no more death, no more burial.
Rev. 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Today, through Christ, we have a get out of the Lake of Fire
free card. He paid the price of admission to all who confess him as the Lord,
who bow to his authority so to speak, and who believe in their heart God raised
him from the dead.
But while some today will reject this salvation, they will still be judged.
And as Paul said, “Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:”
Exactly what is this lake of fire that all these spirits and people are cast into?
Remember, as the Judgment is taking place, the elements, heaven and Earth, are melting. It is this to which those not found in the Book of Life are delegated.
Rev. 21:1 And I
saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were
passed away; and there was no more sea.
There are those who claim all prophesy has been fulfilled.
But have the elements of all the world and Heaven melted, fled away as both Peter and John so vividly described, so that there is no place found for them?
Over and again we are told to look for a new Heaven and earth. This will be it.
Rev. 21:2 And I
John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven,
prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Before he left, Jesus said “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
Because Jesus said this, many assumed he meant we would go to Heaven to be with him.
But here we see the place he prepared coming down to earth! He’s come again as promised, and brought the new place with him.
Rev. 21:3 And I
heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with
men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself
shall be with them, and be their God.
For those who will be brought to the new Heaven and Earth, God will not be some unknowable Spirit. He will dwell with us.
Now we begin to see the details of what was briefly spoken of before.
Rev. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he
that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto
me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
God promises all things will be new. It is, after all, a new Heaven and Earth.
Rev. 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that
overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be
his God, and he shall be my son.
If a human has made it this far, has overcome, the Arche and Telos promises sonship.
The Boy and Bride married, right? Gentiles judged according to the works of thei hearts?
Rev. 21:8 But the
fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers,
and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake
which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the
It is written that some of us in the Body of Christ had this old man nature, but by grace, we have the foundation laid by Christ, a new man.
Our works will be judged, but woe unto those not receiving at least the foundation of Christ, who are judged by these works. They have no ride ‘to the other side.’
Rev. 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
10 And he
carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending
out of heaven from God,
Here are the details of the new city.
Rev. 21:11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
14 And the
wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve
apostles of the Lamb.
Twelve main gates.
Rev. 21:15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
16 And the
city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as
the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs.
The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
New Jerusalem will be approximately half the size of the moon. It will cover approximately modern day Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Egypt and the northern two thirds of the Arabian peninsula. There are a lot of mansions. There a lot of redeemed.
Rev. 21:17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
22 And I
saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of
Usually, a temple is referred to the place God dwells and where men worship him. But God and His Son are the Temple of New Jerusalem…there will be zero separation between God and His creation.
Rev. 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
24 And the
nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of
the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
There will be life outside the gates as well. Earth will not be a dead planet.
Rev. 21:25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
27 And there shall in no wise
enter into it any thing that defileth, neither
whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book
This is a description of the city that is being prepared.
Rev. 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the
midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree
of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month:
and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Men will still be human. There will still be a need for therapy. For what? Aching muscles? There is no more death so I doubt its for anything serious.
Rev. 22:3 And
there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in
it; and his servants shall serve him:
No more disease. The curse is gone.
Rev. 22:4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the
sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they
shall reign for ever and ever.
This city will not need lights. God will give the Light.
Rev. 22:6 And he
said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy
prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the
things which must shortly be done.
This book of Revelation is comprised of reports of things that “must shortly be done.” A more accurate rendition of the Greek, ‘a dei genesthai en.tachei,’ would be ‘things (that) must begin quickly.”
‘Genesthai’ is a form of ‘beginning’ or ‘origin,’ like ‘genesis.’ And ‘tachei’ is ‘quickly.’
Rev. 22:7 Behold,
I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the
sayings of the prophecy of this book.
Blessed is he who keeps the prophesies of this book.
We saw practical application for the Church in heeding the warnings to the seven churches. Also, when we wait until the certain unique events take place for signs the end is actually clse, we will be keeping the prophesy, we will be blessed.
And the end is at hand, the next sequence of events could begin at any time, and when the final and unique prophesies are fulfilled the actual return will be tachios, quick.
Rev. 22:8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of
them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
Worship God, He alone is worthy of our total adulation. Not an angel.
Rev. 22:10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this
book: for the time is at hand.
‘At hand’: at the ready.
The judgment of the Churches definitely were close at hand. I am certain that the four horsemen have been released. Attila, Mohammed, Genghis Khan, the Spanish, Napoleon, the British, Hitler, Stalin, Communism…unprecedented and escalating would-be world rulers and their wars.
The black horse is global scarcity because of these wars. This description is a soldier’s rations. Today, globally one in 5 children go hungry, hundreds die daily of starvation, all in areas where war is in extent.
And entire centuries since the first century have been marked by huge segments killed by these wars and scarcities, often the quarter of entire global populations.
Has the fifth seal been opened?
The early Church had persecutions by Jews and isolated Pagan populations. But soon after John received Revelation, persecution began to be throughout Rome. And today, there is pressure against Christians in all parts of the globe, and in China, India and the Hindu world, to be a Christian can spell death.
So yes, the first five seals are surely open.
Rev. 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according
as his work shall be.
This angel reminds us that when he comes with his bowl of wrath, it will be quickly. The reward mentioned here then is the wrath that those who reject God will receive.
Nest is a new thought, a new speaker. The angel is not the Alpha and Omega.
Rev. 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and
idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
Alpha and Omega is the Arche and Telos in most texts. Then, blessed are they who today do His commandments, they shall enter the city. Notice the change in perspective between verse 14 and 13. It underscores that at this point we see several different beings voicing this section, which today often confuses us.
First the angel, who is coming quickly.
Then the Alpha and Omega.
Next we see a third voice: Jesus, by whom this revelation came to John. It is his voice through verse 20.
Rev. 22:16 I Jesus
have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the
root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
The things we are seeing should be taught in the Churches, among the congregations.
Rev. 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if
any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall
take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from
the things which are written in this book.
Does this say someone CAN’T add or take away from what was written?
But those who do face dire consequences.
Rev. 22:20 He
which testifieth these things saith,
Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Again, ‘quickly’ does not mean ‘soon.’ It means that it will be rapid when it happens, without time to change the course of one’s life. So we stand, we watch, we obey.
Rev. 22:21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
message leaves us with one vital thought: the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be
with you all.
During the trying days this revelation warns of, during the trials warned of to the seven churches (which all of us will find ourselves in at least one of those environments) we indeed will need the grace of Christ.
As the trumpets sound and the world is in turmoil, we will need the grace of Christ.
And those who do not find Christ until after the seventh trump, they will surely need the grace of Christ.
May indeed the grace of Christ be with you all, Amen.