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The First Bowl and the Grievous Sore

seven Vials -- 1

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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

GLory of God filled 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

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

Big Dipper

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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

Babylon Is 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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