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The Fifth Bowl and the Seat of the Beast

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The fifth bowl of wrath, then, affected the power or authority of the Beast. It affected the extent to which his throne or seat of authority was felt throughout the world. Peter mentions in his first epistle that believers were under persecution in five Roman provinces that now comprises part of modern day Turkey (1Peter 1:1, 6-7; 4:12). I argued in a previous study, The Persecution in Asia Minor, that such a widespread persecution had to have had a common source. That source couldn’t have been the Emperor, although he had the power to cause such a persecution. The reason why it couldn’t have been him is that Rome simply killed their adversaries. They didn’t infiltrate them in order to gain power over them (cp. 2Peter 2:1-3). The only other entity who had power to cause such widespread persecution was the high priest in Jerusalem. He had such power, and the first three persecutions of Jesus’ disciples were begun under the influence and authority of the high priest officiating out of the Annas family of high priests. Annas, remember, was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, and Jesus was brought before him first (John 18:12-13). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Fifth Bowl and Darkness

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In our study of the seven bowls of wrath of Revelation 16, we have come to the fifth bowl. The fifth angel poured out his bowl of wrath upon the seat of the Beast. Scholars have long assumed and even sought to prove through the annals of history that the seat of the beast (i.e. his throne or center of government) was Rome or the Vatican,[1] but, unless one embraces Preterism for one’s eschatology, it is really difficult to find anyone who would claim Jerusalem was the seat or throne of the Beast. Yet, as an honest consideration of the facts would reveal, this is the perspective that Scripture takes. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Fourth Bowl and Great Heat

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We are presently involved in the study of the seven bowls of wrath, sometimes referred to as the Seven Last Plagues. The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon a heavenly body, the sun. The text goes on to say that, in doing so, men were scorched (G2739) with fire. The Greek word used in Revelation 16:8 for scorched is used in only two other places in the New Covenant text. It is used in the next verse (Revelation 16:9) and once more in Mark 4:6 in Jesus’ Parable of the Sower. There, Jesus describes the seed of the Gospel falling upon stony ground (Mark 4:5-6), which describes a hard heart wherein the word of God couldn’t take a deep root (Mark 4:17). The seed sown in ‘stony ground’ or into a hard heart never matures properly. The word of God may be well received at first, but it has no depth in that one’s heart. So, when they are scorched (G2739), i.e. afflicted or persecuted because of the word of God, they become offended and abandon Christ and the Gospel (Mark 4:16-17). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Third Bowl & the Troubled Fountain

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Presently we are in the midst of a study of the seven bowls of wrath in Revelation 16. The third angel poured out his bowl of wrath from God upon the rivers and the fountains of waters (Revelation 16:4), and the wrath of God turned the waters into blood. It may be that Revelation 16:5-7 is a summary of the first three bowl judgments.[1] What occurs here is the angel of the waters speaks out and declares the Lord righteous for his judgment (Revelation 16:5). The reason he offers for his declaration is that they (i.e. the earth and the sea and the fountains of waters, which include the rivers that form from the flow of the fountains) **they** have shed the blood of the saints and the prophets. Therefore, i.e. because of the blood guilt of the earth, the sea, and the fountains of waters, the Lord gave them blood to drink (Revelation 16:6). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Second Bowl and the Sea

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We are considering the seven bowls of wrath as mentioned in Revelation 16. They represent the Lord’s final judgment upon mankind. The second angel poured out his bowl containing the wrath of God upon the sea (Revelation 16:3). As a result, the sea became “as the blood of a dead man” (cp. Exodus 7:14-24), and every living soul in the sea died! How should we understand this? For centuries literalists have been looking for events to occur that would validate their understanding that sometime in the future the judgment of God would turn the sea all over the world into a reddish color. The sea, or at least parts of it have been known to turn red in color, such as China’s Dead Sea and the phenomena that occurred in Sydney, Australia in February of 2016. However, are these natural events what John had in mind when he mentioned the sea had become “as the blood of a dead man” (Revelation 16:3)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The First Bowl and the Grievous Sore

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Many have written or spoken about the seven bowls of wrath in Revelation, chapter sixteen, some calling them the seven last plagues. These incorporate the whole wrath of God, and men love to tell us what that might mean. Of course, some tell us these things will yet occur in our future, while others conclude they have been occurring throughout church history. So, things have been written, and voices have been heard, and opinion has been formulated, and sides have already been taken. But, what if most of what has been written or spoken about in the Apocalypse that formulated Christian opinion about the, so-called, End Times, was all wrong. What if, the Apocalypse was written about the judgment of the Jews during the first century AD, just as the writers of the New Covenant text have been telling us? What if… Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Glory of God Filled the Temple

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John closes the fifteenth chapter of the Apocalypse by telling us he saw seven angels come out of the Temple in heaven, and they had the seven plagues. They were clothed in pure white linen, with their breasts girded in gold. He also saw one of the four beasts, and he had seven golden bowls or vials, which were full of the wrath of God, and he gave them to the seven angels Then John said that the Temple in heaven was filled with smoke from the power and the glory of God (Revelation 15:6-8). What does this mean? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Temple OF the Tabernacle of Witness

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After the sign of the seven angels was seen (Revelation 15:1), and after John saw the overcomers standing upon the glassy sea before the throne of God (Revelation 15:2, and after John heard them sing the Song of Moses and the Song of the Lamb (Revelation 15:3-4), he looked and saw in heaven that the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony was open (Revelation 15:5). But, what kind of language is “the Temple OF the Tabernacle etc.” To some scholars this doesn’t make sense. Others immediately say it refers to the Holy of Holies, but they don’t bother to explain what “the Temple OF the Tabernacle” means. Still others tell us that probably the Tent of Meeting or the Tabernacle of Witness is in view (Numbers 9:15; 17:7), rather than the Temple at Jerusalem. What can be said of these things? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Song of the Lamb

Song of the Lamb

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John tells us that the overcomers of Revelation 15:2 sang the Song of Moses and the Song of the Lamb (Revelation 15:3-4), but what is the Song of the Lamb? Many scholars would point us to the song in Revelation 5:9-13, but, if we consider the exact words of Revelation 15:3, we have to admit the song OF the Lamb would not be a song about the Lamb. The Lamb is the one praising God in Revelation 15, while the Lamb is the object of praise in Revelation 5:9-13. I believe the Lamb, the One who was Jesus, is praising the Father in this chapter. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Glassy Sea

Glassy Sea

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According to John’s record, the very next thing he saw, after mentioning the seven angels with the seven last plagues was “a sea of glass, mingled with fire” (Revelation 15:2). The text says that those who were victorious over the beast, his image and the number of his name were able to stand upon the glassy sea (thalassa – G2281), which was “mingled with fire” (Revelation 15:2). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Cup of His Indignation

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In chapter fifteen of the Apocalypse, John saw yet another heavenly sign. Remember, John at this point in the book is still measuring the Temple of God. That is, John was told to measure the actual building, but he was to cast out those who treaded down the holy city. The holy city in this context would be New Jerusalem, not the physical city that would be destroyed at the Lord’s coming. The holy city was the spiritual city, which would come out of heaven (viz. the Temple building) to the earth (viz. the outer courts of the Temple compound), as we find demonstrated in Revelation 21:1-2. A separation of sorts was being conducted in John’s task (Revelation 11:1-2; cp. Matthew 13:41-43; 24:31; 25:31-32), in that the saints were offered protection, while the wicked were set aside to be judged. In this is fulfilled the saying: what one sows, that shall he reap (Job 4:8; Galatians 6:7-8). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Babylon, the Ancient Land of Israel

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I find it interesting that Revelation 14:8 mentions that Babylon has fallen. The context of her fall seems to be the appearance of the 144,000 with the Lord on Mt. Zion (Revelation 14:1), and they are the firstfruits, redeemed among men for the Lord (Revelation 14:4). Moreover, the first time we meet with the 144,000 is in chapter seven of the Apocalypse. There, they were sealed from among the 12 tribes of Israel.[1] What seems interesting is that the city of Babylon is mentioned with the Lord’s covenantal people. Why would that be so? The Lord never had a covenant with Babylon, so why is this city mentioned alongside of the 144,000, who are the firstfruits for the Lord? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Reaping the Clusters of the Vine

Vine Clusters

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John saw an angel with a sharp sickle come out of the Temple in heaven (Revelation 14:17), and yet another angel came out from the altar and told the angel with the sickle to reap the vine clusters for the fruit was ripe (Revelation 14:18). It seems that the angel with the sickle is, again, Jesus who was ready to judge the earth, which appears to be a reiteration of Revelation 14:14-16, but with an emphasis upon the wicked. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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