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Revelation Chapter 13: The Beast and His Power – Parenthetical section 3 Part 2

Chapter 13 is a continuation in the broad story line of chapter 12. Without directly saying it, chapter 13 is referencing the time of the Abomination of Desolation. This chapter zooms in on a more specific time frame that is yet to come and is revealing the nature and character of the beast energized by Satan.

Verse 5 makes a reference to the final 3.5 years when mentioning 42 months. This chapter is giving us specific information about the time of the abomination of desolation. It is important to remember Revelation chapters 12,13 and 14 are a parenthetical section. The angel giving John the vision pauses the story line to catch John up with details that contain future and historic knowledge.

Revelation 13:1

“Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.”

The sea is the sea of nations or a gentile people. In Revelation 17 we see imagery of the Harlot sitting on many waters. The angel goes on to tell John that the many waters represent “peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.”

When Jesus says we can move mountains with the faith of a mustard seed in Matthew 17, Does he mean real mountains or corrupt kingdoms?

Daniel 2:41-42; Daniel 7:7; Daniel 7:20; Daniel 7:24; Revelation 17:3-16

  • The ten horns are symbolic of ten nations(kings) in the end times who will work with the beast. Revelation 17:12 clearly tells us that it is ten kings

Daniel 7:7; Daniel 7:20; Daniel 7:24; Revelation 17

Revelation 13:2

“Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.”

  • The dragon is Satan. The dragon is described in Revelation 12 using 4 descriptions that clearly identify the dragon as the devil. Satan will give the beast power.
  • The beast described in verse 2 uses the same imagery as Daniel 7 when it describes the first 3 beasts. The same ferocious animals are used to describe the empires and the final beast. Revelation is literally telling us to go read Daniel. A Jew familiar with the old testament would immediately understand the imagery and its implications.
  • The fourth beast of Daniel 7 is similar to the Dragon of Revelation 12.

READ DANIEL 7

Revelation 13:3

“And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast”

  • A dramatic event takes place that seemingly kills the first beast and his empire but both will be resurrected.

Daniel 7:8

Revelation 13:4

“So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”

  • Once the beast is resurrected he will appear as to be all powerful. Being raised from the dead many will be seduced into his power. This lays an even larger canvas for him to openly mock Jesus and the Father, as he will be resurrected in the same way that Jesus was.
  • The antichrist will most likely make claims that Jesus is still in the grave and point to himself as the source of life. The Boastful words of Daniel 7:8 will contain some of the most unthinkable blasphemies, however, they will seem like wisdom to the world. In this time the social pressures on Christianity will be at their highest. This all takes place after the Abomination of Desolation.

Daniel 7:25

  • To Study the Abomination of the desolation, refer to these verses. All of these verses together give a clear timeline of the Abomination of desolation. This is meant to provide clarity for believers.
Daniel 9:27; Introduces 7 year period (1 week) in the middle cuts sacrifices
2Thess 2:4; Antichrist sits as god in temple (Reveals himself)
Daniel 12:7; Time, Times, half a time
Daniel 12:11-12; 1290 Day period
Matthew 24:15-22 Jesus says to flee when you see the AOD
Matthew 23:37-39; Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord

Revelation 13:5-6

“And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven.”

  • The “forty-two months” is a key that helps us lock in on a time frame and understand all the details scripture provides regarding this time frame.
  • The Bible repeats many of the same events in different ways giving us new details each time. If we are not aware of this we will read them as separate events and it will throw us off from the information that is actually pretty simple. Verses that play together, stay together.

2Thessalonians 2:4;

Daniel 7:8; Daniel 7:11; Daniel 7:20; Daniel 7:25; Daniel 8:24; Daniel 11:36

Revelation 13:7

“It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.”

  • A common misconception about the book of Revelation is that the saints are Judged by God while on the earth. Seals, Trumpets, Bowls. However, this is not the full testimony of scripture. However, satan and the antichrist will rage against the saints like never before and persecute them in many ways. It is important for us even now to remain unoffended and make the determination to remain faithful regardless of any opposition on our lives.
  • Loving your neighbor is of the utmost importance. This is what Jesus calls us to, every day. Our hearts must be tender toward him and other people. We are called to love and pray for those who persecute us. Right now we are hardly persecuted. In America, reproach is the harshest form of persecution, however, this can not offend us as we must learn to bear much more than this. This type of love is expressed through the first commandment Matthew 22:37-38
  • If we prepare our hearts for the worst, every other instance of opposition in our life is much easier to overcome. We do not want to be shocked or unprepared for the levels that satan will go to, in order to offend the human heart.

Revelation 13:8

“All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

  • The word “all” used in this verse is meant to help us understand the weight and the momentum of the antichrists political power. He will be popular and famous, however, the Bible clearly states that not “All” people who dwell upon the earth that are unsaved will worship him.
  • Unsaved resistors on the earth during the time of tribulation. They do not receive Jesus, but they do not bow down to the Antichrists will.

Isaiah 4:3
Isaiah 10:20
Isaiah 11:11
Isaiah 49:6
Isaiah 65:8
Isaiah 66:19
Jeremiah 31:2
Ezekiel 20:38-42
Ezekiel 36:36
Amos 9:9-10
Joel 2:32
Zechariah 12:14
Zechariah 13:8

Daniel 12:1

Revelation 13:9-10

If anyone has an ear, let him hear. He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

“If anyone has an ear let him hear” is recorded 8 times in the Gospel. It is a serious call to listen to, and meditate on what the Lord is saying in these verses. Those who fight pressure with pressure will receive the result with which they fight with. If they their primary mode of battle is human idiologies then their solutions will be human solutions. You die with what you live by. If you are committed to humanistic answers and solutions you will fall vitctim with the consequeses of humanistic solutions. The practice and patience of the saints will be humility and mercy. It will be our inheritance to posture ourselves in the meekness Jesus describes in Matthew 5. The saints today and in the last days cannot combat the injustices of the world with rage and anger. The saints will take a Matthew 5 approach to political and social conflicts.

Jeremiah 15:1-3;; Jeremiah 43:11

Revelation 13:11

Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.

  • The false prophet will present his authority. Horns regularly represent governing authority in the Bible. He will present himself as a gentle harmless lamb, but he is a cruel beast just like the antichrist. He will seduce many to embrace Satans agenda.

Revelation 13:12

And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

  • The false prophet will use demonically inspired speeches to unite the world in worshiping the antichrist.
  • It’s noteworthy that the antichrist will have a cheerleader much like Jesus did with John the Baptist in his first coming.

Revelation 13:13

He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.

  • These signs mimic the miracles of Exodus. This will be astonishing to Jews, especially those devout to the word of God.

Revelation 13:14-15

And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.

  • Much like the arrogant and boastful Nebuchadnezzar, the false prophet will have a statue made of the antichrist. He will demand that all bow and worship the image by the threat of death. For more understanding read Daniel 3. It’s the same story playing out again but on a larger scale.
  • This will be the worship movement that the bible refers to as the Abomination of Desolation.
    Matthew 24:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

Revelation 13:16-18

He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.

  • Because of social-economic pressure, many will give in to the demands of the antichrist. Some out of ignorance and some because they have fully given their life to him in worship. The number of a man will be a sign or symbol representing each individual’s choice to join the worship movement.
  • This symbol will be a sign that you are either for the Antichrist or against him, there will be no neutral ground. It will require many to make open declarations of where their allegiance lies. I believe the Lord will use this as a catalyst for boldness in believers to be more aggressive about their declarations in the name of Jesus.

 

 

 

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Revelation session 11: The trumpet judgments part 6 the seventh trumpet

Old Testament Rapture Verses

Psalm 50:3-6

Our God comes
    and will not be silent;
a fire devours before him,
    and around him a tempest rages.
He summons the heavens above,
    and the earth, that he may judge his people:
“Gather to me this consecrated people,
    who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”
And the heavens proclaim his righteousness,
    for he is a God of justice.[a][b]

 Key Terms:Gather to me my faithful ones,
Isaiah 26:19-21

19 But your dead will live, Lord;
    their bodies will rise—
let those who dwell in the dust
    wake up and shout for joy—
your dew is like the dew of the morning;
    the earth will give birth to her dead.

20 Go, my people, enter your rooms
    and shut the doors behind you;
hide yourselves for a little while
    until his wrath has passed by.
21 See, the Lord is coming out of his dwelling
    to punish the people of the earth for their sins.
The earth will disclose the blood shed on it;
    the earth will conceal its slain no longer.

Key Terms: Dead shall live

Daniel 12:2

Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.

Key Terms: Many of those who sleep shall awake.

New Testament Rapture Verses

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Key Terms: Trumpet, dead in Christ will rise first, Then we who are alive will rise

Matthew 24:29-31

29 “Immediately after the distress of those days

“‘the sun will be darkened,
    and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
    and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’[a]

30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth[b] will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.[c] 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

Key Terms: Immediately after the tribulation,with power, gather together His elect, Trumpet

1 Corinthians 5:10
Key Terms: to be judgedreceive what we deserve

1 Corinthians 15:51-57

51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”[a]

55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”[b]

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Key Terms: Last Trumpet, Dead shall be raised incorruptible, We shall be changed

2 Thessalonians 2:1-5

Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the [a]coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your [b]composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a [c]message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the [d]apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above [e]every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things?

Key Terms: Gathering together to him

Colossians 3:4

When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Key Terms: with him in glory

Revelation 22:12-13

12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

Key Terms: my Reward, to give everyone according to his work

Revelation 14:14-18

14 I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man[a] with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. 15 Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, “Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16 So he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.

17 Another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 18 Still another angel, who had charge of the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, “Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth’s vine, because its grapes are ripe.”

Key Terms: white cloud, son of man, reap, harvest

Revelation 11
Key Terms: Comes in power, dead shall be judged, rewards prophets and saints

 

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Revelation session 9: The trumpet judgements part 4 parenthetical section part 2

The parenthetical sections

The parenthetical sections of the book of Revelation are thought to be a rewind telling a parallel part of the story line that has been previously described. The parenthetical sections explain certain things that are transpiring in, and between, the main order of events such as the seals, trumpets and bowls.

The parenthetical section found in Revelation 10 and Revelation 11 are thought to have taken place during the first 6 trumpets, not sequential to the order of the trumpets themselves.

Review the parenthetical sections of the Book of Revelation

Parenthetical Section #1: Sealing for protection: physical and spiritual (Rev. 7:1-17)
Parenthetical Section #2: Prophetic Ministry: direction and power (Rev. 10:1-11:13)
Parenthetical Section #3: War in the Spirit: Antichrist and False Prophet (Rev. 12:1-14:20)
Parenthetical Section #4: Fall of Babylon (Rev. 17:1-19:10)
Parenthetical Section #5:Victory of the Bride (Rev. 21:9-22:5)

Mighty angel from heaven Revelation 10:1

Many scholars disagree on the identification of this angel. Some believe it is the post incarnate Christ others believe it is a mighty angel (Michael or Gabriel) as described.

I personally believe it is an angel and not the Christ. If this angel was the Christ it would be the only time in the new testament or post resurrection, that Jesus would appear as an angel and not as Christ himself.

See also Ezekiel 1:26-28

Descriptions of the Angel

  • Clothed with a cloud –
  • Rainbow on his head – Promise of Covenant
  • face like the sun – Presence of God
  • Feet like pillars of fire – Judgement

This angel in appearance and message is similar to the angel that appears in Daniel 10

The little book and the angel plants his feet Revelation 10:2

  • The Angel has a little book open in his hand
  • The Angel set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land

The Book
The book is open because it is being revealed and is available. I personally believe it is specifically being revealed to those who want it.

As believers, we should be prompted to ask the question. “What is in the book?” And I believe the Lord would say “I’m glad you asked.”

The Feet
I personally believe what the angel is stating by holding the little scroll with one foot in the sea and one foot on land that the message has authority over the entire created order both land and sea, both man and beast, both the natural and spiritual realms.

Notice the beast comes out of the sea in Revelation 13 See more in Revelation 13:5

These two thoughts are speculative, we should not close our minds to the ideas the Holy Spirit would give us through study and prayer.

The Seven Thunders Revelation 10:3-4

Actions of the Angel

  • Cried out with a voice like when a lion roars
  • Utters Seven Thunders

John was commanded not to write down the what the Seven Thunders said. There is a lot of room to speculate, however we must remain cautious. What is important to note is that information was given to John specifically that he was not supposed to write down v4 “Seal up the things the Seven Thunders uttered and do not write them down”.

I personally believe The Lord wants us hungry for this information. Its compared to a movie series, where you have seen the first two movies but you are highly anticipating the 3rd movie. Or like a book series that you have read all the current books but are waiting for the author to finish the final book.

The point is the Lord wants us to anticipate with awe, wonder and excitement. There is more information available but it will not be revealed until the proper time. However, we can directly ask the Holy Spirit about these verses.

The Oath of the Angel Revelation 10:5-6

Mystery of God will be finished  Revelation 10:7

In the days when the seventh angel is about to sound the trumpet the mystery of God will be finished as revealed to His servants the prophets.

What is the mystery? The mystery is 2 fold.
Check out this document on the mystery »

Isaiah 60-66, Zechariah 14, 1 Kings 9:5, Daniel 12, Acts 1:6-7., Romans 16:25,

John takes the book  Revelation 10:8

  • John is commanded to take the book from the angels hand.

I personally believe this is an invitation for us to take the message that God has delivered to us (the Bible). I’m not sure the book in the angels hand is the bible, however it is an important message. As believers we are to bear the same burden John does for the full council of scripture and eschatology.

John takes the book  Revelation 10:9-10

  • John says “Give me the book”.

Notice he does not ask for the book. He almost demands the book. He has bought into Gods purposes and is taking ownership of his part of the story.

  • Angel says “Take and Eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter but it will be sweet as honey in your mouth”.

Bitter in your stomach: John must bear the weight of the message and carry it with him. The message of Judgement, The wrath of God and the real agony of those who will be lost forever.

Sweet as honey in your mouth: The message that John was to carry was good news, so it was sweet on his lips and in his mouth. The message was hopeful and redemptive but the context of the message was to be fulfilled on the Lords terms, which is typically different from our own. Jesus was coming back to take full ownership of the earth and there are those who will reject him and the way he conducts himself, even in the church.

Ezekiel 2:8-10, Ezekiel 3:1-12, Jeremiah 15:16

John is commissioned  Revelation 10:11

“You must prophesy again about many peoples, tongues, and kings.”

At this point John is no longer being told a story, he is a part of it. He is being commission again like in Revelation 1:11. He has eaten the scroll and is willing to carry the message regardless how bitter or burdensome the message is, and in the face of rejection and ridicule.

Ezekiel 37:9

I personally believe in this chapter the Lord is asking every believer to put themselves in Johns place. Are we willing to consume this message and then bring it forth to the our neighbors, neighborhoods, cities and nations?

The book is open for those who are hungry for it.

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Revelation Session 8: The Trumpet Judgements Part 3

Trumpet 6 Revelation 9:13

v13 Voice from the four horns of the golden altar

The Golden Altar of incense is another reference the prayers of the saints also seen in
Revelation 6:9, Revelation 8:3

v14 Commands the sixth angel to release the four angels bound at the Euphrates river.

Because these angels are bound, most likely these angels are demons.

Has there been a demonic strong hold beyond the Euphrates since before the time of Abraham? Possibly why the region promised Abraham does not extend past the river? Or is the river simply the actual border of the Lords desired promised land?

Genesis 15:18
The Lords original covenant with Abraham extends from the river of Egypt to the Euphrates river.

Deuteronomy 1:7
Again Moses tells the Israelite to possess the land up to the Euphrates river.

Joshua 1:4
The Lord also told Joshua to take the land up to the Euphrates river.

Abrahamic Covenant Map
Land promised to Israel through Abraham

V15 The four angels have been prepared for the hour, day month and year.

This is premeditated plan, it is not reactionary. It has been thought out and and is meant to be executed at a precise and strategic moment.

The demons released with the six trumpet are described much like the demons released from the abyss, yet they are not the same. It is likely these particular demons are of a different rank and authority.

Horsemen Description

  • 200 million horsemen
  • Those who sat on the horses
  • Riders had Fiery Red, Hyacinth Blue, Sulfer Yellow Breasplates.
  • Horses heads were like lions heads.
  • Horses breath fire, smoke and brimstone
  • Horses have tails like serpents with heads (snake)

The colors of their breastplates possibly correspond with the the their destructive nature.

  • Fiery Red – Fire
  • Hyacinth Blue- Smoke. In some instances smoke can appear as blue or purple depending on what is burned.
  • Brimstone – Sulfur (more»)

V18 These plagues kill 1/3 of man kind

There is not a lot we can derive from John’s description of the 6th trumpet. He gives us many details, but much like the 5th trumpet there is room to speculate and discuss the possibilities without becoming dogmatic about the information. Will these demons be visible to humanity? Possibly. However it seems more likely these 4 demons who have been bound at the Euphrates that lead 2 million horsemen have not been visible through history, so why would they suddenly be visible? It is purely speculation, but I see these demons being unbound and their demonic influence effecting the middle east and the earth. The manifestation of these demons would be some type of catastrophic fire that would kill 1/3 of mankind through burning alive, suffocation or inhalation of smoke and and poison from inhaling toxic elements. It is possible these events are natural disasters to the human eye, but are demonic to their core.

Again, we always need to remain open and pliable on these topics. It could very well be a visible demonic invasion.

V20 but the rest of mankind who were not killed did not repent

The purpose of the plagues is two fold

  1. To Judge those who willfully partake in idolatry.
  2. To bring societies to repentance.

If men do not chose to repent by the Lords word the other option is judgement.
Ephesians 5:6, Hebrews 10:26-31

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Revelation Session 7: The Trumpet Judgements Part 2

Trumpet 5 Revelation 9:1-12  Compare to Exodus 10:12-15

A.  Star fallen from heaven to the earth and to him was given a key to the bottomless pit.

First we must understand that heaven has 3 dimensions

The 1st Heavens is the Earths atmosphere. Humanity and Creation. Genesis 1:7

The 2nd Heavens is the moon the sun and the stars. Demons and Satan. Deuteronomy 4:19, Ephesians 6:12, Ephesians 2:1-2

The 3rd Heavens is the throne and presence of God and his Angels 2 Corinthians 12:2

The key and the bottomless pit

The key could be a physical supernatural key or the key could be symbolic of authority given to the star. The “star” could be a demon. However the star is described as “fallen” which would lead most to believe this is a fallen angel or a demon that resides in the second heavens. Luke 10:18

The bottomless pit which is opened at this time is a place for angels who had fallen in history and are bound with chains of darkness. This place is called Tartarus in the greek. 2 Peter 2:4.

Demons begged Jesus to not be cast into the abyss. Luke 8:31.

The abyss is a place for angels who served God at one time and then rebelled.  Jude 1:6-7

This is speculation. It might have been mandatory for this pit to be opened so Satan can later be thrown into the abyss through the same pit. Revelation 20:1 This may or may not be the same pit. Using the same type of chain as described in 2 Peter 2:4. Once again in this instance an angel comes down with a key and a great chain and locks him into the abyss.

Also read: Eze 31:3-16, Lamentations 3:53-55

More on Tartarus »

Smoke from the pit darkens the sun and the air.

Out of the smoke demonic locusts came upon the earth. A natural locusts plague is crippling to a society it destroys the food source and ultimately the economic health of that country.

These locusts however are the most devastating in all history as they are not to harm the trees or plants of the earth but instead they are to inflict pain on humans for 5 months. Which is typical of a natural locust plague which would last through the spring and summer.

Will these demons be seen in the natural or only operate in the supernatural dimension? Will they be seen or will this be viewed as pestilence or a new sickness in the earth like the swine flu, bird flu or bubonic plague. Whichever it is we know that it is a sickness that be very painful but will not kill those it infects.

Locusts commanded not harm those who have the seal on their foreheads.
God has always been faithful to seal and protect those whom he ask called. The Lord protected the Jews in Goshen while Egypt was being Judged with the plauges. Exodus 8:22-23, Exodus 9:46, Exodus 10:23Ezekiel 9:4

Men will seek death and not find it. Job 3:21

Locusts Description

• Shaped Like Horses prepared for battle
• Crowns on there heads of something like gold
• Faces like faces of men
• Breastplates like iron
• Wings sounded like many chariots with horses running into battle
• Tails like scorpions with a sting that hurt for 5 months

Locust plague had a king over them named Abbadon(Hebrew) and Appollyon(Greek)
His name means destroyer. Exodus 12:23 the final plague on Egypt was also executed by one call “The Destroyer”.

Also check out: Psalm 88:11 , Proverbs 15:11, Proverbs 27:20

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Revelation Session 6: The Trumpet Judgements

Understanding trumpets and their purpose in Scripture

The First Four Trumpets

The first four trumpets are different than the last 3. Following the pattern of the first 4 seals carried out by the horsemen which were different than the last 3 seals.

  1. The first four trumpets primarily effect the natural created order but are not executed directly on the inhabitants of the earth. This includes trees, grass, the sea, creatures in the sea, ships, rivers, springs of fresh water, the sun, the moon and the stars.
  2. The first four trumpets only effect 1/3 of the earth

Three of the trumpets echo the judgements on Egypt in the book of Exodus.

Trumpet 1 Revelation 8:7 compare to Exodus 9:23-25

Trumpet 2 Revelation 8:8-9 compare to Exodus 7:20-21

Trumpet 4 Revelation 8:12 compare to Exodus 10:21-23

The Trumpets in Detail

Trumpet 1 Revelation 8:7 

Hail with fire mingled with blood thrown to the earth. 1/3 Trees and grass burned up.
Because of the primary result of the first trumpet being 1/3 of the habitable land being burnt up we can assume that fire is the main element or characteristic of this judgement.

What would the implications of this type of judgement be? How would peoples and nations respond?

Trumpet 2 Revelation 8:8-9 

A mountain burning with fire thrown to the sea.
I assume this is an asteroid of some kind. Since the same verbage is used “thrown”. Since the hail was thrown and comes from the sky, it would imply that this mountain is thrown and comes from the sky. It seems the term “mountain” would be the only way John would know how to describe an asteroid. Again this effects 1/3 of the sea and turns it to blood.

Trumpet 3 Revelation 8:10-11 

A great star burning like a torch fell on a third of the rivers.
This could be another smaller asteroid. This object turns 1/3 of the fresh water bitter and makes men sick to the point of death.

Trumpet 4 Revelation 8:12-13 

1/3 of the sun, the moon and the stars are struck with darkness
This is a clearly foreshadowed in the book of Exodus 10:21-23 and a precursor to the worst of the judgements yet to come. This darkness is an introduction to the next three judgments knows as the 3 woes which are fare worse than the first for trumpets and all seven seals. We must remember that the judgements get increasing more devastating to turn those with hard hearts to the Lord. These events will open great doors opportunity to spread the Gospel.

People will be terrified and will be asking if God is angry with us. Their minds have been opened to hear the gospel of the kingdom. They will have a desire to know more about God and to be saved from the destruction ravaging the world.

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Revelation Session 2: 30 Descriptions of Jesus

The 30 descriptions of Jesus found in Revelation 1-3

You want to wear these three chapters out in your Bible. There is not a more detailed description of Jesus in all of scripture like that of Revelation 1-3

How to study the 30 descriptions

The descriptions of Jesus are like a gold nugget buried shallow in the dirt.

Pray, ask the Holy Spirit for revelation – This information takes tenacity and effort, you will not get this on the run.

Why we study the 30 descriptions of Jesus
In total there is close to 100 descriptions of Jesus, in chapters 2-3 there are 30 ways he is described. Each description contains a deeper message. Personally I like to view each description as the title of a book. This information is a deep well.

2 things the descriptions of Jesus do in every believer

1. Trust his leadership
2. A deeper level of adoration for Jesus

A. He walks among the lamp stands Revelation 1:13
Jesus interprets this symbol himself in Revelation 1:20. He walks amongst the churches, he is in their midst he is deeply invested in the 7 churches spiritual health.

B. Seven Stars in his hand Revelation 1:13
Again Jesus interprets this symbol himself in Revelation 1:20
The stars represent the seven angels who have influential authority over the seven churches. These angels fight on the behalf of the churches. Even today we have an angelic authority over the churches of Springfield.

C. One like a Son of Man Revelation 1:13

There is ONE prophecy in the old testament that refers to the Messiah as the “Son of Man” Daniel 7:13-14 Jesus referred to himself 85 times in the 4 gospels as the “Son of Man”. When Jesus used this title he was simply referring to himself as the Messiah that the Jews had been waiting for.
Son of Man is also a reference to his humanity, like Son of God would be a reference to his deity.

D. Fire in his eyes Revelation 1:14

Hebrews 4:13

God’s fire does two things.

1. It refines our hearts in holiness. We grow in our appreciation of his being holy and pure.
2. burns away that which is unholy.

When we feel disconnected from God, we must remember to continually bring our heart before the all consuming fire of the Lord. Jesus has eyes of fire because he sees us down to our core, what motivates and energizes our ambitions. His eyes of fire are personally invested in your holiness.

E. Feet of bronze Revelation 1:15
Refined with fire, speaks of his zeal for love and severity of Judgement.

The alter of burnt offering was made of bronze and fire was used to to consume the sacrifice, the fire represents the judgement of God. The bronze in the fire is then refined through the sacrifice.
Song of Songs 8:6-7, Isaiah 66:15-16

Jesus was refined by the fire of life. He walked perfect and blameless and was sacrificed as an innocent man, and bore the full Judgement of God. Therefor his feet were refined in the fire of sacrifice, because his walk was blameless.

F. Sword from his mouth
His words have the ability to pierce hearts of believers by calling them to whole heartedness (the 7 letters Revelation 2:3) and do battle against against wickedness and all unrighteousness. The sword of the mouth is his word.

Hebrews 4:12

We receive the seven letters because Jesus is surgically removing compromise from the heart of believers.

Proverbs 18:21
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue,

2 Thessalonians 2:8
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.”

Revelation 20:21

These truths about Jesus help us resist offense

When we begin to understand the ways Jesus is describing himself in Revelation chapter 1 it protects our hearts from being offended by his actions in the rest of the book.

In Revelation 15, Revelation 19Some of Jesus most obvious attributes are mentioned again in the context of battle. Isaiah 63, Zechariah 14, Ezekiel 38-39 These attributes in these chapters begin to point back to the old testament and broaden our scope of Jesus overall plan.

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Session 3: The Four Horsemen

I. The Throne Room & Dominion of the Earth

The basic time line of the earths dominion

  1. The Father gives all dominion to Adam Genesis 1:26-28
  2. Adam surrenders all dominion and gives authority to satan Genesis 3
  3. Satan offers Jesus all the kingdoms of the earth Luke 4:5-7
  4. The nations are Jesus Inheritance. Psalm 2:7-9
  5. Jesus receives the scroll from the Father Revelation 5:8-14
  6. Jesus physically takes the earth as his possession Revelation 11:15-19
  7. Jesus plan to heal the nations comes back to the Tree of Life Revelation 22 Ezekiel 47:7-12

II. The Seven Seals

It’s important to note that Jesus is releasing the seal judgments. The judgements do not come from satan nor does satan have the power and authority to release the judgments.

The 21 judgement events are against a world wide worship and economic system (The Harlot)

Revelation 19:2
“For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication;

Revelation 19:7
“Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.

The 4 horsemen Revelation 6:1-8

We must understand that it is Jesus who releases the Antichrist. Satan does not have the authority to put anyone in power, he only desires to control those who have places of influence. This is one of the most offensive concepts in the Bible. That God would put men in power and leadership who carry out evil deeds.

Matthew 24:3-8 Jesus describes the four horsemen and beckons us not to be troubled. In this chapter we are being clued in on more details of what is later revealed in the book of Revelation chapter 6

Zechariah 6 The Four Horse Chariots

Matthew 24:3-5  –  Revelation 6:1-2 Antichrist
Matthew 24:6-7  –  Revelation 6:3-4 War
Matthew 24:7  –  Revelation 6:5-6 Famines
Matthew 24:7  –  Revelation 6:3-4 Pestilence

See also:
Zechariah 1:8
Zechariah 6:3

  • Each of the first four judgements include the statement “Come and see”. This was an invitation for john to see and understand the vision. We can take this as a personal invitation to understand the scriptures and all the details given to us on this topic by the Holy Spirit.
  • The first four judgements are natural, meaning they can happen without any supernatural activity. In essence God is lifting his hand and allow men to suffer the consequences of their own foolishness.
    Habakkuk 1

Seal 1: The rider on the white horse that is crowned and conquering
We must understand that it is Jesus who releases the Antichrist. Satan does not have the authority to put anyone in power, he only desires to control those who have places of influence. This is one of the most offensive concepts in the Bible. That God would put men in power and leadership who carry out evil deeds.
Habakkuk 1

Antichrist – The counterfeit Jesus.  Jesus will also come on a white horse but with the sword of his mouth. Jesus announces his coming with a procession (Every Eye will see him.) The Antichrist will come quickly from seemly nowhere and will suddenly have power. We will unmistakably know who he is because of the great falling away and the Abomination of Desolation.

Daniel 9:27 – Abomination of Desolation
Daniel 7 – Describes the Antichrist
2 Thessalonians 2:3
Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin[a] is revealed, the son of perdition,

We know from this verse. The man of sin comes first. Jesus comes after. Jesus is not coming any minute.

Seal 2: Red Horse and World war

Zechariah 1:8
The horses serve multiple purposes throughout the bible. Each horse can signify many things. Each horse and its rider have the spiritual authority to lose and to bind principalities.

This will be a result of the Antichrist rise in power. He will attempt to destroy any nation that stands against him. This will create massive conflict in the nations as many will clamor for him to be in power but some will resist him. He will be “Like a beast” You will not be able to reason with him. There will be no place for diplomacy.

Daniel 7:7
Daniel 7:23
Revelation 11:7
Revelation 13:4

Seal 3: Black horse with scales Famine

A nation is weakest when it is in poverty. Because of the lack of money there will be a lack of resource. People will work long hours with little to no excess time. Because of this, it will be exceedingly difficult to change your living condition. These conditions make it easy for a Government to control a people and a nation. The citizens lack the resource, time and energy to revolt or rebel. Many will live under the threat of losing what little they have, if they do not comply to the laws of the land. This will create fertile ground for corrupt leaders to oppress the lower class for capital gain. Wicked leaders will be drunk on power and wealth.

This will be a result of  the war of in the second seal. There will be an economic crisis where many will not be able to afford everyday items like food and water.

“A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”

In ancient times a single denarius could purchase 8 quarts of wheat. The economic power will be so low that you could not buy  a single quart of wheat for a denarius. It will take 3 denarius to buy a single quart of wheat. This is to illustration exactly how poor the economic situation will be globally.

Wheat is a superior grain in taste and quality but it will be less accessible to many, barley is inferior to wheat but will be more accessible to the masses. The oil and the wine represent the portion of the upper class that will not be touched by the famine and the economic crisis. This will cause civil strife among the nations.

Seal 4: Pale horse – Death and Pestilence

This will be the result of the 3rd seal. The economic crisis and famine will make it difficult for people to gain access to proper nutrients, rations and medical attention the famine will create discord between men. Animals will come from there habitats and take greater risks to find food. There are 4 specific pieces to the 4th seal.

  1. Men will kill with sword
  2. Men will die by hunger
  3. Men will die by death (Sin)
  4. Men will die by beasts of the Earth See also:

This particular judgement appears multiple times in scripture. The reason these terms are repeated through scripture is because their significance.

Jeremiah 15:2-3
“And I will appoint over them four forms of destruction,” says the Lord: “the sword to slay, the dogs to drag, the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy.
Jeremiah 24:10
Jeremiah 29:17
Ezekiel 14:21

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Revelation 1

Prologue

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants[a] the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant[b] John, Daniel 2:28-29 who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.

Greeting to the Seven Churches

John to the seven churches that are in Asia:

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, Isaiah 11:2 and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood Genesis 49:11; Psalm 89:27

and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Exodus 19:6; Isaiah 61:6Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail[c] on account of him. Even so. Amen. Daniel 7:13 ; Zechariah 12:10-14

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Isaiah 41:4

Vision of the Son of Man

I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet 11 saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”

12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, Exodus 25:37 Exodus 37:23 13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. Daniel 7:13 ; Daniel 10:5Daniel 16 14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, Daniel 7:9Daniel 10:6 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. Ezekiel 1:7 Ezekiel 1:24 Ezekiel 43:2 Daniel 10:6 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. Judges 5:31; Isaiah 49:2

17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, Isaiah 41:4; Isaiah 44:6; Isaiah 48:12; Daniel 8:17-18Daniel 10:9-10Daniel 10:12; Daniel 10:15; Daniel 10:19 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. 19 Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this. 20 As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Footnotes:

a. Revelation 1:1 Greek bondservants
b. Revelation 1:1 Greek bondservant
c. Revelation 1:7 Or mourn

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Revelation Session 1: Overview of the book of Revelation

 Four parts of the book of Revelation

  1. John’s call to prophecy. Revelation 1
  2. Letters to the 7 churches. Revelation 2-3
  3. Jesus receives the scroll. Revelation 4-22
  4. The battle plan to cleanse the earth (5 chronological sections)

Part 1. John’s call to prophecy. Revelation 1

This is the most detailed chapter in the Bible about how Jesus thinks and feels. This information about Jesus equips the church to be confident in Him and His instruction, as His tenderness and leadership are revealed through 30 detailed descriptions.

Each of the 3o descriptions is like the title of a book in the library of Heaven. Each description of Jesus in Revelation 1-3 is a dynamic door to seeing into His heart and leadership. It is important to know these 30 descriptions and ask Jesus about them. He chose to reveal himself in this way for a reason; ask Him about it and thank Him for it.

In your prayers, thank Jesus for being the firstborn from the dead. Thank him for being the faithful witness and ask Him what it means. These descriptions change the way we relate to Jesus.

The 30 descriptions prepare our hearts to receive the encouragement and weighty correction in the letters to the seven churches.

30 descriptions »

Part 2. Jesus’ letters to the seven churches

How to apply the Seven Letters

  • Individually – they inspire wholehearted love in our personal lives.
  • Historically – these letters were for the seven historical churches. Just as Paul wrote letters to the churches, these are Jesus’ letters to the primary churches at that time.
  • Universally – these letters are beneficial to the whole body of Christ throughout history.
  • Eschatalogically – the letters are beneficial to the end time church; the final generation of the church in this age.

Common Elements in the letters

The letters to the 7 churches are the information that the saints need to overcome persecution and temptation. Jesus is telling us in plain and clear language how he wants us to operate as a body.

Jesus’ letters to the seven churches are to encourage the church not to quit or leave the faith, specifically in the face of persecution. Jesus speaks into the virtues of each of the churches and encourages them in their good works but also sternly warns them in their areas of weakness.

I believe these areas of weakness are the primary issues the church has dealt with through history and the primary issues the church will deal with at the end of the age. Jesus’ primary message is “don’t be deceived.”

  1. Jesus reveals something about himself in each letter. These revelations equip us to deal with persecution. In the western world the primary facet of persecution is reproach; being mocked or laughed at. If you preach the seven letters you will bear reproach in the church. There is a struggle to accept how straightforward Jesus is in these letters and how he wants his Church to respond to him.
  2. Jesus affirms each church’s area of faithfulness. These statements give us insight into what is important to Jesus and what he finds valuable in the church’s actions.
  3. Five out of seven churches get a correction. What is interesting is that the areas Jesus corrects are still relevant to the church today. Jesus highlights six specific temptations to “overcome”…
    1. Immorality & Idolatry
    2. Doctrine of the Nicolaitans
    3. Leaving our First Love
    4. Having a name that we are spiritually alive but are actually spiritually dead
    5. Lukewarmness – Of the six temptations highlighted there are three primary compromises that Jesus addresses
      1. Immorality
      2. Idolatry – Covetousness
      3. Spiritual Passivity – Spiritual Passivity is the compromise that is addressed most frequently in the seven letters, a total of three times.

The #1 warning in the seven letters is “do not fear.”

  1. Promise to the overcomers
    Jesus describes specific rewards to the churches for overcoming these areas of temptation. In total, there are 18 rewards that Jesus describes. It’s important for believers to have an introductory understanding of each reward because they motivate us to obey Jesus in a wholehearted way.  Many scholars and commentaries surmise that these rewards are something every believer receives. I believe Jesus coupled these rewards with the specific areas of compromise so, if we overcome those areas, we get those specific rewards.  “I am the first”. The 30 descriptions prepare our hearts to be confident in His leadership in the face of persecution. He is the first, He is the source of everything good we have; and when they take it away, they are first taking it from Him.  If we claim that we are building a church after God’s own heart, Revelation 1-3 should be our central point of emphasis on what a church after God’s own heart looks like.

Part 3. Jesus receives the scroll (title deed) of the earth.

A. The interesting thing about the earth is that it has been given to men and will always be ruled by men. Men have sinned against it and a Man also redeemed it. Jesus, in His purity and complete innocence is the only man worthy of taking the scroll and receiving the earth as His inheritance as King. The earth was originally given to Adam.

B. Genesis 1. Adam gave his authority to Satan. Satan has used corrupt men to rule the earth for a time. Revelation 4 is the title deed of the earth being given to Jesus. The title deed contains the battle plan for Jesus to take back His inheritance and be placed as King of Kings with full power, authority and dominion over the earth.

Jesus to receive the nations as King of Kings.

I saw in the right hand of Him [the Father] who sat on the throne a scroll…sealed with seven seals. 2 I saw a strong angel proclaiming… “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?”…5 One of the elders said, “…the Lion of the tribe of Judah…has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals”… 6 in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God…7 He took the scroll out of the right hand of Him…on the throne.

Daniel 7:13–14,

13 “I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. 14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.

Jesus referred to himself as the “Son of Man” 85 times total in the four gospels. He was referring to this ONE verse in the Old Testament. This is the only “Son of Man” prophecy.

Psalm 2:8
Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession.

Part 4. Jesus’ battle plan in action against the antichrist army. (Chronological Section)

The 4th part has five sections. We strongly the believe the sections are intended to be presented in chronological order, making the storyline easy to understand.

One of the most offensive, yet true, doctrines to the Church today is that Jesus himself will judge the nations. Jesus does not have a mean or bad streak. The way we think of Jesus is deficient if we limit Him to our own personal definition of “good.” We must be committed to defining love on His terms and not our own. When we lean on our own understanding, we have difficulty seeing Jesus as the judge.

The purpose of judgment is to remove everything that hinders love being expressed in the nations.  Jesus does not lose His love because He judges; He judges because He loves. John 5, Romans 2:4-16, Matthew 25:31-45,

  • Chronological Section #1 – The seal judgment
    Revelation 6

    • The first four seals stem from the wickedness of man. The Lord will pull back some of his protection and favor and will allow men to wallow in their foolishness. They will suffer the consequences of their sin.
    • The fifth, sixth, and seventh seals involve supernatural activity from Heaven.  Each seal naturally leads to the release of the next seal.
    • The first seal Revelation 6:2 the release of the Antichrist, naturally leads to seal #2 war, which causes seal #3 famine, naturally followed by seal #4 death and disease. Angelic Explanation #1 – Revelation 7
  • Chronological Section #2 – The trumpet judgments
    Revelation 8-9
    The Trumpet Judgments serve a three-fold purpose

    1. To hinder the antichrist’s spread of evil and persecution
    2. To warn unbelievers
    3. To rally to war and rally the saints to prayer
    • Trumpet Judgments begin at the end of the seal judgments. The trumpet judgments are progressively more severe than the seal judgments.  Trumpet judgments are not symbolic.
    • Joshua 6
      The familiar story of Jericho plays out again, but on a global level. Joshua has the priests blow seven trumpets seven times, and on the seventh time Jericho supernaturally is destroyed and Israel has a sure victory. In Revelation the seven trumpets will blow, and with each trumpet the antichrist’s empire and resources will be destroyed. On the seventh trumpet Jesus returns.The trumpet judgements also begin similarly to the plagues of Egypt. It is a retelling of the story of Exodus but on a global level.
    • Angelic Explanation #2 – Revelation 10-11
  • Chronological Section #3 The second coming of Jesus
    Revelation 11:15-19
    The replacement of world governments. – Revelation 1515The seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” This makes the nations angry!Revelation 15:18, Psalm 2

    • Four primary things that happen when Jesus Returns
      1. Jesus inherits the earth and replaces world governments.
        Psalm 2
      2. The dead are sentenced.
        The dead are judged and sentenced to hell until after the millennium. Then they are thrown in the lake of fire.
      3. The saints are rewarded.
        The saints are rewarded according to their works. The works are the saints’ expressions of love in the context of the great commission. The rewards are outlined in Revelation 2-3
      4. Jesus will destroy those who destroy the earth. Jesus will destroy those who have put wicked policies into place. He will rule them with an iron rod and dash them to pieces. Psalm 2, Isaiah 63,
    • Angelic Explanation #3 – Revelation 12-14
  • Chronological Section #4 The bowl judgments
    Revelation 15-16
    It’s important to note that the plagues of Egypt and the bowls of wrath mirror each other. This gives us confidence as believers for interpreting Bible prophecy. This has already happened once the past; therefore, it will happen as described in the future. No mystery; it means what it says and says what it means.

    • Micah’s prayer for revival and deliverance will be answered in fullness at the end of the age.Micah 7:15
      “As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt, I will show them wonders.” We would not say the plagues of Egypt were symbolism or a fable. The trumpets and bowls mirror the plagues of Egypt and not by accident; it’s plain and clear that this is the Exodus story retold.  Moses split the Red Sea – the people had their backs to the water with no hope of escape, but God through Moses supernaturally splits the sea and makes a way for the people through a valley of water, leading them to safety and ultimately the promised land.
      Exodus 14:21 Jesus will split the Mount of Olives – the people will once again be cornered with no hope of escape. Jesus himself will split the Mount of Olives and create a valley through which Israel can escape to safety and ultimately to the New Jerusalem (Millennium)
      Zechariah 14, Revelation 15:3-4 The Israelites will once again sing the “Song of Moses”.  The song of Moses Deuteronomy32 was to serve as a reminder to the Israelites of God’s faithfulness.  When they would commit apostasy (turn their backs on God), the song would remind them of their deliverance from Egypt.  Angelic Explanation #4 – Revelation 17-18
  • Chronological Section #5 Jesus enters Jerusalem
    • Seven Scenes of Revelation 19-20
      1. Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem (19:11-16). Isaiah 63, Zechariah 14
      2. Jesus defeats the Antichrist at the Battle of Jerusalem (19:17-21).
      3. Satan will be cast into prison for 1,000 years (20:1-3).
      4. Saints will be given governmental leadership over the earth (20:4-6).
      5. Satan is released after 1,000 years (20:7-10).
      6. God’s great white throne judgment of all His enemies (20:11-15).
      7. The Father will establish His throne with His people on the new earth (21:1-8).
    • Angelic Explanation #5 – Revelation 21-22

Seven main symbols in the book of revelation

The primary symbols in the book of revelation are given to us to create clarity for what John is describing. The symbols are not meant to generate unknowable information regarding the end times. The symbols are used to describe key parts of the book so we will know what the key players in the storyline are like.

  1. Dragon – Satan
    Revelation 20:2, Revelation 20:2
  2. The Beast – the Antichrist
    Revelation 19:19-21, Revelation 20:10
  3. Another Beast – the false prophet
    Revelation 13:11
  4. Ten Horns – Ten nation confederation that serves the Antichrist
    Daniel 2:41-42, Daniel 7:7, Revelation 17:3-16, Revelation 13:1Revelation 12:3
  5. Harlot Babylon – A demonically inspired worldwide economic and religious system.
    Revelation 17-18
  6. Woman with a male child – Faithful remnant of Israel through history.
    Revelation 12