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The Mysteries of God

Mysteries of God

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John tells us in Revelation 10:7 that in the days of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, that is: before the seventh trumpet was blown, the mystery of God would be complete. What, then is the mystery of God? Well, as it turns out, there are several mysteries of God, and the Apostles, Paul, and the other New Covenant writers are the stewards of what is called the mysteries of God (1Corinthians 4:1; Ephesians 3:4-5). Jesus told his disciples that the world could not understand these mysteries, because it was given that only his disciples would know them (Matthew 13:11; Luke 8:10; in Mark 4:11 it is put in the singular). The Gospel, which is the preaching of Jesus Christ, is the mystery (of God), which was kept secret since the world began, is now revealed according to the command of God, and is to be made known to the nations for obedience through faith (Romans 16:25-26). Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Wanabee Prophets and the Apostles

Newspaper Exegesis

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Literally, John tells us that when the seventh angel was “about to sound[1] the mystery of God would be finished, just as the Lord had claimed through his servants, the prophets. So, these things will be fulfilled just before the sounding of the seventh trumpet, according to John. Now, there are several mysteries of God, such as the mystery of godliness (1Timothy 3:16, the mystery of blindness of the Jews (Romans 11:25), the mystery of the faith (1Timothy 3:9), the mystery of iniquity (2Thessalonians 2:7) etc., but all were preached through the Gospel. These mysteries and therefore the goal of the Gospel would be completed by the time the seventh angel was ready to sound his trumpet. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Sealing the Words of the Seven Thunders

7 Thunders

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In Revelation 10:4 John tells us: “When the Seven Thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write.” The fact that he was ready to write down what he had heard indicates the “thunder” must have been intelligible. John seems to have understood what was said, so what was heard must have been in the sense of John 12:28-29. In other words, those who have ears to hear would be able to understand (Matthew 13:9). However, we are then told that John heard a voice from heaven (cf. Revelation 1:10-13; 4:1; 18:4; 21:5, 15), commanding him not to write what he heard. This seems to contradict what John was told earlier (Revelation 1:11, 19). Therefore, we need to consider closely what John was told to do in place of writing what he heard said. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Little Book

Little Book

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The Angel who stood on the sea and on the land had a little book in his left hand (Revelation 10:2, cf. verse-5; Ezekiel 2:9). Although many scholars don’t believe the book in the Angel’s hand is the same book that was sealed in Revelation 5, it seems to me that they are the same. I think this is why John specifically pointed out that this little book was opened (Revelation 10:2). At this point in the Apocalypse the sealed book of chapter five would have been open with all of its seals broken. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Mighty Angel

Mighty Angel - 2

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There seems to be a great deal of confusion over who this mighty angel is in chapter ten of the Apocalypse. Some conclude he is the Emperor Justin who ruled in favor of orthodoxy and against the Arians concerning the deity of Jesus. Others say he is evil and represents the papacy and the little book his cannons and decrees. Still others want to say the angel is Luther and the other reformers of his day and the little book is represents the Protestant doctrines of reformation. Nevertheless, all of these interpretation represent the newspaper exegetes of their day, and what they say is purely subjective in nature, without an ounce of objective evidence. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and in this case the eating has to do with the word of God. The Scriptures tell us who this angel is, and what was really in his hand. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Murders, Sorcery, Fornication and Theft

Sorcery

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The text in the ninth chapter of the Apocalypse continues on to say that the rest, who weren’t slain by the judgment of the Sixth Trumpet, refused to repent of their murders, sorceries, fornications and thefts (Revelation 9:21). I don’t believe the sense has to be immediately following the deaths of one-third of the Jewish population. Rather, I think the sense pertains to during the judgment itself, while the deaths were occurring all around them, still the Jews didn’t consider their deeds and repent. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Works of Their Hands

Works of their hands

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According to Revelation 9:20, they, who were not among the third of the population of the Jewish state who were killed, did not repent of the evil they committed that brought the Lord’s judgment upon them. The text says: they “…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, nor walk” (Revelation 9:20). It is obvious, therefore, that the sin which the Lord judged was idolatry.  Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Tails that Brought Judgment

Army of God - 1

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John tells us in Revelation 9:17 that the 200,000,000 horsemen had breastplates of fire, jacinth and brimstone. It was Paul who encouraged believers to put on the breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6:14) and the breastplate of faith and love (1Thessalonians 5:8), but the breastplates of these horsemen were of fire, jacinth and brimstone (Revelation 9:17). What does all of this mean? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Whole Army of God

Army of God

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After he blew his trumpet the sixth angel was told to “Loose the four angels who are bound in the great river Euphrates” (Revelation 9:14). It seems that these angels held back something of import that, if not held in check, would spread across the whole of the land of the Jews prematurely. It is often thought that, because these angels are “bound,” they must be evil angels, but such is not necessarily so. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Blowing the Sixth Trumpet

Sixth Trumpet

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The unveiling of the Sixth Trumpet judgment seems, on the surface, to threaten mankind with a great war involving 200 million mounted warriors, the largest military force to ever terrorize the world. The combined military forces of the Allies and the Axis powers of World War II was only 70 million, a terribly destructive force, indeed, but it had only one-third of the destructive power of that of the Sixth Trumpet, if taken literally. Of course, today’s political climate is not without its newspaper exegetes, who are ready to proclaim this trumpet is about to sound. They point to the current political climate surrounding the area of the Euphrates river, which begins in northern Turkey, then flows through Syria and Iraq on its way to empty into the Persian Gulf. The fact that this same area is also the stronghold of ISIS only adds to the explosive climate, and, of course, this is used to stir the apocalyptic pot enough to legitimize the opinions of the prophet wanabes who claim the end is near. Does this interpretation have any Biblical merit? In a word—No! Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The King Called Abaddon or Apollyon

Vespassian

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As I mentioned in earlier studies, real locusts don’t have a king (Proverbs 30:27), which further emphasizes that the locusts mentioned in Revelation 9 aren’t really locusts at all. They refer to something else, which I conclude was the Roman military machine, which did have a king. According to Revelation 9:11, his name was Abaddon in the Hebrew and Apollyon in the Greek. Both names point to destruction, but in the sense of ruin rather than obliteration. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Locusts Prepare for Battle!

Roman Horseman

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The Roman army was a very sizeable and mighty force to reckon with. They were noted for how swiftly they were able to mobilize their military forces and bring them to the battlefield. The locusts are compared with the war horse in Revelation 9:7, which are mentioned again in Joel 2, concerning a day of darkness and thick clouds (cf. Revelation 9:2), when a mighty army comes as horsemen in battle (Joel 2:2-4). Any Jew who was acquainted with the Scriptures would have understood that his only hope in gaining victory over such a military machine was, if God would take his side against the Roman oppressor. Nevertheless Jesus and his disciples through their preaching the Gospel claimed this would be a time of judgment against his people. Now, all the Jews could do was wait for the battle to come to them. They rejected their only Savior, so they faced the greatest war-machine of their day without any hope of victory (Luke 23:29-30; cf. Revelation 6:16). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Locusts Who Hurt Men for Five Months

locust

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In Revelation 9:2 the star or the high priest was given authority over the key to the abyss. In other words he could either open the pit or leave it closed. The choice was his. We are told that, he opened the pit, and this caused smoke to arise immediately and darken the air and the sun.[1] I am reminded at this point of Revelation 8:3-5, where Jesus, the High Priest, takes the prayers of the saints, represented in the smoke of the incense and casts them to the earth in a kind of judgment from God. In Revelation 9:2 the fallen star or a corrupt high priest seems to hide heaven with his prayer represented in the smoke.[2] Apparently, the answer to this prayer was a foregone conclusion in that the nation rebelled and expected God to support their effort by sending their messiah—but not Jesus.[3] Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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