At times I wonder if it isn’t easier to convince an unbeliever of the truth about the Lord and his word than to convince a believer who believes wrong doctrine and thinks he is correct. It doesn’t seem to matter how many Scriptures I use to prove a point, the brother will cling to the error taught him by a man he trusts or the organization of which he is a member. Read the rest of this entry »
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After the Holy Spirit fell down upon the Apostles and all those within the house where they were gathered for prayer, the Apostles began to speak in tongues. Many Jews scattered abroad were attending the Feast of Pentecost and wondered what was taking place. All seemed to be hearing the Apostles in their native tongues. That is, the tongues of their homeland, not the universally understood commercial language of Greek in the West or Aramaic in the East. At this point Luke enumerates twelve different countries to which the Jews had been scattered (Acts 2:9-10). The point of the miracle was to emphasize that this was the time for the regathering of God’s people out of those places where they were scattered. The time of restoring all things to their original God-intended beauty and meaning had begun (cp. Acts 3:21). Read the rest of this entry »
Many folks seem to be looking for an end-time figure who would rule the world for a short time, and this political figure would set up a deal with the Jews and later betray them. It would look like he would make peace, but in the end terrible destruction eventually takes place. They have several names for this political person: the Beast, the Man of Sin, the Son of Perdition and even Antichrist, because he is supposed to also persecute Christians. What about these things; are they true? No, they are actually false conceptions. I have already written about the Beast and about the Man of Sin, who is also the Son of Perdition. At this time I intend to address the name Antichrist. Read the rest of this entry »
Many folks believe that one of the signs we are living in the last days is that only in today’s culture could the things of Revelation be understood. Only in today’s culture could some of the things that we find there be done. For example, how could people be prevented from buying and selling in the past? It is only through the technology of today’s culture that such a thing could be done. A computer chip could be implanted in the right hand and scanned by the store clerk and presto, no one could ever steal one’s identity or one’s goods. It all seems very logical and practical, but is it Biblical? We find the foundation for this idea in Revelation 13; notice: Read the rest of this entry »
Revelation, as we all should know, speaks in apocalyptic language, so a literal interpretation for many of the things we find in this book is by far out of the question. For example, who ever saw a wild beast with more than one head? Who ever saw an animal with 10 horns? These among other things in the Apocalypse show us that we cannot take everything we find here literally. But, if this is so, how should we understand these things without permitting our imaginations to run wild?
In order to keep its readers from placing our own individual interpretation upon the meaning of scripture, scripture, itself, often defines its own terms. For example, Daniel 7:24 defines a horn as a king or ruler, as does Revelation 17:12. So, how should we understand the ‘mouth’ of Revelation 13:5? Quoting the scripture in its context:
And there was given unto him [the Beast – v.4] a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. (Revelation 13:5-10 KJV) – brackets mine
The Beast as I claimed in The Beast with Seven Heads is apostate Jerusalem. In other words, the Beast can exist only when the Jews have a nation. The deadly wound represents the time the Jews were in exile in Babylon. For all intents and purposes, the nation of the Jews was dead–it didn’t exist. Up to the time of Cyrus, this was how all warfare was conducted against rebellious and conquered nations. If the nation didn’t submit, they were removed from their lands and other loyal citizens were eventually placed there. Cyrus was the first ruler to grant a release and permit his captive subjects, the Jews, to return to their original homelands. Thus the Jews’ return under Zerubbabel and almost immediate apostasy afterward represented the healing of the Beast’s deadly wound. Just as the mouth gives expression to the body, the mouth of Revelation 13 gave expression to the beast. How are we told the beast expressed himself?
The ‘mouth’ spoke great blasphemies and authority was given him to ‘continue’ for 42 months (v.5). The word translated continue is so translated only here. It is poiesai (G4160), and means “to act, work, make.” The question is to act, work or make what? The context of Revelation 13:4, 7 would seem to indicate making (war), specifically with the “saints” or Messianic Jews (Revelation 13:7). That is, the ‘mouth’ or spokesman of the beast (apostate Judaism) was given authority over all Jews no matter which “kindred” (tribe), language spoken and no matter where in the Empire they had settled. Moreover, all the Jews of the land (Palestine) would worship him. That is, they would worship the beast (apostate Judaism) by obeying the authority of the spokesman—apostate Judaism’s mouth. Only Messianic Jews—Jews who believed in Jesus as their Savior and Messiah—would not worship the beast or apostate Jerusalem. It was these Jews with whom the beast (apostate Judaism) would make war at the command of their spokesman.
So, who is this mouth? The mouth of the beast is the false prophet, the “second beast” of Revelation 13, and this works out to be Annas, the high priest who had Jesus crucified. He is the false prophet (Revelation 13:11-18; 16:13; 19:20; 20:10) and the Man of Sin (2Thessalonians 2:3) to whom the New Testament refers. I understand this is not a view held by most Christians today, but it fits, nevertheless, and, if it fits, it should be considered.
Annas made it his personal vendetta not only to crucify Jesus, but to hunt down and persecute Jewish believers in Jesus all over the Promised Land and, eventually, into all the Roman Empire. His final surge of persecution involved starving the Messianic priests who served in the Temple, killing James (the brother of the Lord) and undertaking an empire-wide effort to destroy the Church of God. This final effort incorporated a 3 ½ year period that culminated in his own death and the beginning of the Jewish war with Rome. I hope this becomes clearer in future studies.
 This present study has been edited to reflect my present understand, which has changed from how I understood the so-called “end times” years ago. This study used to point to my study: The Seven-Headed Beast of Revelation 13, but that study no longer represents my understanding of the Apocalypse. I have left it untouched to show what I used to believe. This study will be used to support a new series of studies on the Apocalypse that I expect to begin posting in October of 2018.
 B (Vaticanus) reads, “to make war” (compare Revelation 13:4, 7). But A (Alexandrinus), C (Codex Bezae), Vulgate, Syriac, and ANDREAS omit “war.”
 See Josephus: Wars 2.17.1 through 10. The entire 17th chapter tells of the beginning of the Jew’s war with Rome. The High Priest, Ananias, spoken of there and killed in the fight is the same Annas who had Jesus crucified. Ananias is another way of spelling or pronouncing his name see Josephus: Antiquities; 20.9.1 where it tells of Ananus, the son of Ananus, killing James (the brother of Jesus). Here is another spelling of the same name, which is made even clearer in Antiquities 20.9.3.
In Matthew 24:14 Jesus said the Gospel of the Kingdom of God would be preached in all the world, and then the end would come. What does this mean? Did Jesus mean it must be preached to every remote tribe or village on every continent and island on the planet? Did he mean it had to be preached to every people-group, as is assumed by many today? If Jesus cannot come, until the Gospel is preached according to his command, then it should be obvious in the text what Jesus meant. Otherwise, how would the disciples know what to do? So, what does the text actually say? Read the rest of this entry »
In Matthew 24:30 Jesus said he would come in the clouds, and all the tribes of the land (of Israel) would mourn. Men have taken this passage to indicate Jesus’ Second Coming to this earth. However, Jesus never says he would come to the earth here in the Olivet Prophecy or anywhere else. He is speaking of his coming in judgment over the Jewish nation that had rejected him as their King, and he used the Roman armies to carry out that judgment. Read the rest of this entry »