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The Ten Horns Have No Kingdom as Yet!

Delegated Authority

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The ten horns mentioned in the seventeenth chapter of the Apocalypse are described as ten kings (Revelation 17:12). Yet, these ten kings have no kingdom of their own. One could say that a king without a kingdom is no king at all, at least no king of any consequence. This understanding is true, but not entirely so, that is to say: it may be a rule, but there are exceptions to the rule. Notice that these kings “have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast” (Revelation 17:12). Moreover, the text concludes that they give their power or authority as kings over to the beast (Revelation 17:13). In other words, they are the beast’s source of power. Without these ten kings, the beast, upon whom the great harlot sits (Revelation 17:3) would have no power at all to carry out its will! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Seven Heads Are Seven Kings

Seven Hills of Jerusalem

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In the seventeenth chapter of the Apocalypse, the angel began to unveil the identity of the beast by saying: “The seven heads are seven mountains,[1] on which the woman sits” (Revelation 17:9). That is, she rests or finds her life in these seven heads. Much has been said by Biblical scholars to show that Rome was built upon seven hills (or mountains), thereby seeking to substantiate their futuristic conclusions about the Apocalypse. After all, Rome wasn’t destroyed in the first century AD, so the Apocalypse must have been written with a view toward some point in time far into the future. Nevertheless, there were other cities in the ancient world that were built upon seven mountains or hills. Jerusalem was one of those cities.[2] Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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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 War Waged Against the Saints

War on the Saints

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Those who “worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name” must “drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb; and the smoke of their torment ascends up forever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:10-11). Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Giving Life to the Image to the Beast

Image of the Beast - Life

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The false prophet commanded the “dwellers of the earth” or those who inhabited Jewish lands to make an image to the beast, which, of course, was forbidden for a Jew to do, but we need to keep in mind that the false prophet was a great deceiver (Revelation 13:14). He caused folks to do what they wouldn’t ordinarily do, if they were truly aware of the significance of their deed. So, we probably need to be looking for a figurative image rather than one made of wood or stone. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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My Study and Josephus

Josephus

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In previous studies I have concluded that the Jewish high priest, Annas, is the “fallen star” of Revelation 9:1. That is, he brought the independent Jewish state back into existence, represented in the smoke arising from the pit of the abyss (Revelation 9:2). Nevertheless, the first century AD Jewish historian, Flavius Josephus, would not agree with my position, because he completely exonerates all the “high priests and the men of power.[1] Therefore, it becomes necessary to discover whether or not Josephus’ record is completely unbiased and true. If his record is true, my understanding about Revelation chapter nine is completely wrong, because my whole argument hangs upon the corruption of the high priests, especially Annas, and their desire to govern themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Smoke of the Abyss

Smoke of the pit

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In Revelation 9:2 the fallen star (verse-1) opened the bottomless pit (G12) or the pit of the abyss (G12), and immediately smoke arose out of the pit. Most often in the Old Testament, smoke is used to express the presence of the Lord either in the form of salvation of the righteous (cf. Exodus 19:18) or in the form of judgment upon the wicked (Genesis 19:28). Here, after the blowing of the Fifth Trumpet, the smoke, as the smoke of a great furnace, arose out of the abyss, and the sun was hid, which may signify that what was done by opening the abyss hid heavenly light. That is to say, opening the abyss resulted in a final rejection of or at least the continuation of hiding the truth, which in the context of the Apocalypse means: the smoke hid the truth of the Gospel, as it was then being preached by Jesus’ disciples, whom the Jewish authorities were persecuting. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Who Is the Fallen Star?

AnnasIn an earlier study I identified the star in Revelation 8:10 as the Jewish leadership, especially the high priest at Jerusalem. The Third Trumpet indicated widespread persecution against those who preached the Gospel. Therefore, such persecution had to have a common source. Something that involves common matters doesn’t spring up over a wide area of the world at the same time without it having a common source. Someone in high authority is responsible for such a thing. This authority must have had influence over the areas where the persecution took place, and the only authority in the Roman Empire, other than the Emperor, himself, who had such authority over the Jews was the high priest at Jerusalem. Therefore, the fallen star must be a Jewish high priest, but which one? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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He Who Has the Key of David

Key of David

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In my previous study about the church in Philadelphia, I demonstrated that spies had probably infiltrated the church throughout Asia, including this church that is often thought of as a perfect church, one of the two that had no faults for the Lord to mention. However, I believe this is a misconception. Jesus is addressing problems and praiseworthy matters that each of the churches have. Each one may accentuate one or the other, but, in reality all the churches have problems, and all have good works. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Doctrine of Balaam

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Although the church at Pergamos had been preaching the Gospel, while holding fast to the name of Jesus and had not denied the faith, even under the pressure of risking their lives, Jesus said they had among themselves those who held to the doctrine of Balaam (Revelation 2:14)! What does this mean? Who was Balaam, and what was his doctrine? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Who Is Barabbas?

Barabbas - 1

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The practice of Roman governors releasing Jewish criminals is never mentioned in ancient books, except in the New Testament. Moreover, many ancient manuscripts don’t have it mentioned in Luke, but this is of no real import, because, even if Luke doesn’t mention it in Luke 23:17, it is mentioned in all three of the other Gospel narratives (Matthew 27:15; Mark 15:6; John 18:39). Moreover, the fact that there is no mention of the practice in Jewish literature is no reason to conclude that the Gospel narratives are wrong, because many ancient records would have been destroyed in the Roman-Jewish War  in 66-70 AD. The fact is that Rome did practice such a custom in other countries of the Empire, where it is recorded that Roman governors released local prisoners during a lectisternium, festivals of the local gods. If this was introduced by Pilate to compensate for the cruelty, for which he at times treated the Jews, it would fit the context of the Passover—an event commemorating the release of Jews from captivity in Egypt (cf. John 18:39). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Profiteering Inside the Temple

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Jewish tradition tells us that the money-changers (Matthew 22:17-21) were licensed by the high priests, the authorities at Jerusalem. Without any doubt, Annas and his family figured prominently among them, and most of the high priests profited very well for the business conducted by the money-changers and those who sold animals for sacrifice inside the Temple compound. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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What Was the Sin of the Unjust Steward?

Unjust Steward

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In Luke 16:1 we have come to the Parable of the Unjust Steward. In my previous post I identified the unjust steward as the high priest in particular, but in general he could be any one of the Jewish authorities in Jesus’ day. In the parable it doesn’t appear that the rich man immediately deprived his steward of his office (Luke 16:4) and neither was Eli, the high priest when Samuel was a boy (cf. 1Samuel 2:31-33), immediately deprived of his office as. Rather, they would continue, until that faithful priest would come along whom the Lord had chosen (cf. 1Samuel 2:35). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Lord Comes Suddenly to His Temple

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During the days of the judges, when Samuel, the prophet, was a little boy ministering in the Temple, a man of God came to Eli, the high priest, and told him that not only had God rejected him, but had rejected the priesthood of Aaron in favor of a priest of his own choosing (1Samuel 2:27-36). Similarly, during the days of Annas, the high priest, Jesus came into the Temple at age 12, answering and asking questions that astonished the teachers of the Law (Luke 2:46-47). Just as Samuel was his mother’s firstborn, but was not redeemed, causing him to be dedicated to the Lord and so was attached to the priesthood, so Jesus, without a record of his redemption at birth (Luke 2:22), and being his mother’s firstborn, was, therefore, dedicated to the Lord and was technically a Priest of God from birth. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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The Spies of the First Century AD

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It is inferred by Luke that Annas, the high priest, had sent Ananias and Sapphira into the nascent church (cf. Acts 5:1-13) in order to spy out what was done and bring believers under the authority of the high priest. The same is inferred in Galatians 2:12-13, once one realizes that James didn’t send these people to do what they had done (cf. Galatians 2:4). From time to time Paul had to rebuke a wrong spirit of prophecy or a message or letter that was allegedly from him or one of the other apostles (2Thessalonians 2:2), inferring that others were seeking to gain a foothold in the churches he raised up. Moreover, John also shows there were people who had identified themselves with the apostles but broke away, showing ulterior motives existed among those who did so. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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