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My Study and Josephus

Josephus

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In previous studies I have concluded that the Jewish high priest, Annas, is the “fallen star” of Revelation 9:1. That is, he brought the independent Jewish state back into existence, represented in the smoke arising from the pit of the abyss (Revelation 9:2). Nevertheless, the first century AD Jewish historian, Flavius Josephus, would not agree with my position, because he completely exonerates all the “high priests and the men of power.[1] Therefore, it becomes necessary to discover whether or not Josephus’ record is completely unbiased and true. If his record is true, my understanding about Revelation chapter nine is completely wrong, because my whole argument hangs upon the corruption of the high priests, especially Annas, and their desire to govern themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Smoke of the Abyss

Smoke of the pit

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In Revelation 9:2 the fallen star (verse-1) opened the bottomless pit (G12) or the pit of the abyss (G12), and immediately smoke arose out of the pit. Most often in the Old Testament, smoke is used to express the presence of the Lord either in the form of salvation of the righteous (cf. Exodus 19:18) or in the form of judgment upon the wicked (Genesis 19:28). Here, after the blowing of the Fifth Trumpet, the smoke, as the smoke of a great furnace, arose out of the abyss, and the sun was hid, which may signify that what was done by opening the abyss hid heavenly light. That is to say, opening the abyss resulted in a final rejection of or at least the continuation of hiding the truth, which in the context of the Apocalypse means: the smoke hid the truth of the Gospel, as it was then being preached by Jesus’ disciples, whom the Jewish authorities were persecuting. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Who Is the Fallen Star?

AnnasIn an earlier study I identified the star in Revelation 8:10 as the Jewish leadership, especially the high priest at Jerusalem. The Third Trumpet indicated widespread persecution against those who preached the Gospel. Therefore, such persecution had to have a common source. Something that involves common matters doesn’t spring up over a wide area of the world at the same time without it having a common source. Someone in high authority is responsible for such a thing. This authority must have had influence over the areas where the persecution took place, and the only authority in the Roman Empire, other than the Emperor, himself, who had such authority over the Jews was the high priest at Jerusalem. Therefore, the fallen star must be a Jewish high priest, but which one? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Blowing the Fifth Trumpet

Fifth Trumpet

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Albert Einstein once said that logic would take one from A to B, but imagination would take one everywhere. I could say something similar about how one interprets the Apocalypse. Scripture will take us from “A” to “B”, but imagination will take us everywhere. It seems to me that some folks really believe that, if they could imagine a thing to be true as an interpretation of the Apocalypse, then that thing **must** be so. Some of the places the commentaries take us in this book are really bizarre. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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What Is the Bottomless Pit?

Bottomless Pit

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In Revelation 9:1 we are told that a star (cf. Revelation 8:10-11), which had fallen from heaven to the earth was given a key to the bottomless pit. However, before we can understand what power was given to the star, we need to come to understand what the bottomless pit or the pit of the abyss actually is. The Greek word is abussos (G12) and means bottomless (from a intensive and bussos, meaning a depth). The Greek word, therefore, describes an immeasurable depth, hence the rendering bottomless. The word occurs nine times in the New Testament. It first appears in Luke 8:31, then in Romans 10:7. The rest of its occurrences are found in the Apocalypse: Revelation 9:1-2, 11; 11:7; 17:8; 20:1, 3. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Blowing the Fourth Trumpet

fourth trumpet

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When the fourth angel blew his trumpet, a third part of the sun, moon and stars were darkened, so that the heavenly lights didn’t shine for a third part of the day and a third part of the night (Revelation 8:12). By way of being prophetic an event such as this literally occurred during the time Jesus hung on the cross. Many interpret it to be an eclipse, but this would have been impossible during the Passover season. The moon would have been full during the Passover, meaning it was in the opposite end of the sky as the sun. Just about the time the sun was setting in the west, the moon would have been rising in the east, so an eclipse would have been impossible. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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A Star Called Wormwood

Wormwood

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In my two earlier studies entitled: Blowing the Third Trumpet and A Great Star Fell from Heaven, I tried to show that the star that fell from heaven was a Jewish spiritual and civil leader, namely, one of the influential high priests at Jerusalem, who stood against the Lord and the Gospel that was then being spread throughout the Roman Empire by Jesus’ disciples. He had planned and executed a great persecution against the Messianic church immediately following Paul’s imprisonment at Caesarea. All of the General Epistles: James, 1 & 2 Peter; 1, 2 & 3 John, and Jude were written, in my opinion, during Paul’s incarceration and in an effort to stem the attack of the Jewish leadership at Jerusalem against the spread of the Gospel. This persecution of believers didn’t go unnoticed by the Lord, and he retaliated against the unbelieving Jewish nation, as I hope to show in this study. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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A Great Star Fell from Heaven

Fallen Star

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When the third angel sounded its trumpet, a great star fell from heaven (Revelation 8:10), but what does this mean? First of all, a star represents kings, especially the Messiah (Numbers 27:17), but they can also represent leaders of the church (Revelation 1:16, 20), or even the nation of Israel, itself (Revelation 12:1; cf. Genesis 37:9-12). Secondly, if we consider the veil of the Temple, the significance of the star falling from heaven might impact the reader in a very unexpected manner. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Blowing the Third Trumpet

Trumpet - 3rd

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When the third angel sounded its trumpet, a great star fell from heaven (Revelation 8:10). It would be ridiculous to take such a thing literally, since a star crashing into the earth would completely destroy the whole planet. Therefore, it must be taken symbolically to represent something or someone else. Metaphorically, a star can represent Christ (Numbers 24:17), rulers of the land (Daniel 8:10), and the spiritual leaders of the seven churches in Asia (Revelation 1:20). Jude refers to men who have attacked the Gospel as wandering stars (Jude 1:10-13), meaning false teachers. So, the star that fell from heaven in Revelation 8:10 can indicate either a civil leader or a spiritual leader who fell from his high office to do evil in the sight of the Lord. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Blowing the Second Trumpet

Trumpet - 2nd

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When the second angel blew his trumpet, a great mountain, as though it were burning with fire, was cast into the sea. If we consider Jesus’ words in Matthew 21:21 or Mark 11:23, it needs to be said that neither Jesus nor any of his disciples had ever prayed to remove a literal mountain and cast it into the sea. Jesus did cause a literal tree to dry up, but nothing was ever done to a literal mountain. Therefore, it seems to me that Jesus was speaking metaphorically, and, if so, he couldn’t have been speaking of Mount Olivet, as many commentaries assume. Rather, he spoke of Jerusalem in a spiritual or metaphorical sense (cf. Daniel 2:35; Zechariah 4:7). Jesus’ words: “this mountain…” was, probably, a gesture toward Jerusalem, which would have been in view from the point where Jesus and his disciples were standing and discussing the dried up fig tree. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Blowing the First Trumpet

Trumpet - 1st

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As the first angel sounded his trumpet, John saw “hail and fire mingled with blood” and they were cast upon the earth (Revelation 8:7). By earth the Scripture means the land of the Jews—Judea and Galilee (and perhaps Samaria). So, the judgments are largely confined to this area. Therefore, the Apocalypse could not be speaking of the whole world, but, rather, it concerns itself with a specific area within the Roman Empire (viz. Revelation 16:2, 10, 12) and a specific period of time. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Preparing to Blow the Seven Trumpets

four TrumpetsAfter the Angel (High Priest) had cast the Golden Censor to the earth (Revelation 8:5), John noticed that the seven angels with the seven trumpets were preparing themselves to sound out (Revelation 8:6). It seems awfully unnecessary to say “the seven angels… prepared themselves to sound,” if all they had to do was draw a breath. No preparations were necessary for the Four Horsemen in Revelation 6:1-8, nor were any preparations necessary for the first four angels who poured out their vials of judgment upon Babylon in Revelation 16:1-9. Yet, concerning the angels who would blow the trumpets, it was said they “…prepared themselves to sound” (Revelation 8:6). What can we say of this? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Jesus’ Final Work as High Priest

Angel Inscense

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Just after the opening of the seventh seal (Revelation 8:1) and besides the seven angels who were given the seven trumpets, John saw another angel standing at the Golden Altar or the Altar of Incense, which is before the Throne (Revelation 8:3). In his hand the angel had a golden censor, and he was given much incense to offer to God with the prayers of the saints. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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