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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). 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

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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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