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New Jerusalem and Heavenly Jerusalem

Heavenly Jerusalem

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New Jerusalem is the Bride, who has been prepared and adorned for her Husband, Christ (Revelation 21:2). John’s vision in Revelation 21 is in contrast with his vision of the Great Whore, who “was arrayed in purple and scarlet-color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls” (Revelation 17:4). The Great Whore, of course, is the former Jerusalem, which represents the Lord’s former, unfaithful wife (cp. Jeremiah 3:8, 20). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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I Heard a Voice from Heaven!

Voice from heaven

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The Psalms are filled with songs of rejoicing, but the very first time the word rejoice is used in Scripture is found in the Law. It had to do with the children of Israel coming into the presence of the Lord with thanksgiving for what he had done for their forefathers in Egypt, bringing them to this very land in which they lived. It was similar to America’s celebration of July 4th. Except, Israel had three seasons of rejoicing. Seven days in the spring, one day in the summer and ten days in the fall. Each season represented something the Lord had done for the forefathers, as he took them from Egypt and planted them in the Promised Land. Their times of rejoicing were seasons of their thanksgiving to the Lord. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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More About the Great Harlot

Marriage Covenant

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In a previous study I identified the great harlot, Mystery Babylon the Great, of Revelation 17 as the ancient city of Jerusalem, which contradicts just about all of present day eschatology. Some want to make the great harlot Rome, the Vatican, literal Babylon in modern Iraq or some such city that fits their idea of what the “end times” should look like. Nevertheless, the Bible never speaks about the end of time. Imagine that! The **Bible** never once mentions the end of time. In fact, the Scriptures claim the Kingdom of God, which was set up by Jesus during the days of the Roman Empire, would continue forever (Daniel 2:44). How can this be, if one’s eschatology demands the destruction of the universe? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Adultery and the Kings of the Earth

Babylon is fallen - 4

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The Scriptures identify the great harlot’s judge as God, himself, saying he is strong, implying that his judgment is sure to occur (Revelation 18:8). Moreover, such a judgment – death, mourning and famine – would come in a single day! However, this shouldn’t be understood to be a literal day, as indicated in Revelation 18:10, 17, 19, where her judgment had come upon the great harlot in one hour, instead of a day. The sense seems to be that judgment would come quickly and suddenly, similar to what the Lord had claimed in his Olivet Prophecy (Matthew 24:36-42). There, Noah’s preaching ministry about the coming judgment lasted 120 years (cp. Genesis 6:3), but no physical event supported Noah’s prophecy until the day and the hour the floods finally came. On the contrary, everything appeared normal, but judgment fell immediately following Noah and his family entering the ark (Matthew 24:37-39; Luke 17:27). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Come Out of Her My People

Babylon Come out of her my people

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Late in his ministry, Jesus told parables about merchants, the first in Matthew (Matthew 25:14-30) and the second in Luke (Luke 19:12-27). In these stories the merchants were Jesus’ disciples who acted out of faith to gain other disciples for Jesus, thus, enlarging the Kingdom of God.[1] The point is that “the merchants of the earth, (who) were waxed rich through the abundance of the great harlot’s delicacies” (Revelation 18:3), were the followers of the leadership of the Jerusalem’s authorities, who had rejected the Gospel by persecuting Jesus’ servants. These merchants were those who peddled Judaism around the world, and their works benefited from the adulterous acts of Jerusalem, the great harlot of the first century AD. In other words as the Jews looked to Caesar more and more (John 19:15), and the more they benefited in terms of wealth and prominence in Caesar’s world, the more Judaism was held in high esteem. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Babylon the Great Has Fallen!

Babylon the Great

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Years ago, when I was a young man, beginning to read the Bible for the first time in my life, while I was a member of my country’s armed forces, I began with the last book of the Bible! Imagine, reading the final chapter before reading the first. That’s simply not the way to read any book. Nevertheless, I was captivated by the Apocalypse and wanted to learn all I could about it. Over a period of two years I found many folks who were more than willing to unveil its mysteries to me, and I ended up in what many Christians termed a cult. Its leader was very dogmatic about what the Bible says, and his word, i.e. the leader’s word was to be trusted at all costs. I spent close to four years in that fellowship, and it almost cost me my faith. It would be years before I would attend another church. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Great Harlot

Great Harlot - 3

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We are told in chapter 17 of the Apocalypse that the great harlot sits on many waters (Revelation 17:1, 15). The angel defines many waters as “multitudes and nations and tongues” (Revelation 17:3, 9). This has been understood by many Biblical scholars as the human race (Revelation 5:9) as a whole serving the beast (Revelation 13:3, 8, 12, 16). Yet, the text speaks not of the beast, but of the great harlot who rides the beast. The great harlot sits upon many waters (multitudes, nations and tongues). So, if these serve anyone, they serve the harlot. Moreover, just as Revelation 5:9 points to a remnant from all nations serving the Lord, Revelation 17:3, 9 cannot be forced to say “multitudes, nations and tongues” mean the whole world serves the harlot. Rather, there are multitudes of people in many nations, who speak different tongues (languages) that serve the harlot. That is, a portion of the world, not the whole world, serve the harlot. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Great Harlot of the Apocalypse

Harlot - Revelation 17

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John describes the great harlot of Revelation 17:1 as one who “sits upon many waters.” She is immediately introduced after the Lord’s judgment upon the great city, Babylon, in the previous chapter (Revelation 16:19; cp. 14:8), so the two seem to be the same. Whoever the great city, Babylon, is, that one is also the great whore or great harlot of Revelation 17. The contextual references of the use of the name, Babylon, in the Apocalypse, thus far, seem to point to Jerusalem.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 13, 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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Babylon Is Fallen!

Babylon is Fallen - 1

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Yet another angel mentioned in the Apocalypse told John: “Babylon is fallen! is fallen! that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication” (Revelation 14:8). Babylon was the spiritual name for an existing city in the first century AD, and all of John’ readers would have known who he meant. According to Revelation 17:5 she is called mystery Babylon the Great! There she is called a harlot (G4204 – Revelation 17:1) and the mother of harlots (verse-5), and she was responsible for all the blood of the saints and disciples of Jesus (Revelation 17:6). Jesus said Jerusalem was responsible and would be judged for all the righteous blood that was shed from the time of Able to the first century AD, and he included those disciples of his that he would send to her with the Gospel (Matthew 23:34-35; cf. 23:37-38). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Ark of the Covenant

Ark of the Covenant

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Where is the Ark of the Covenant?[1] Will it ever be found? Does it even exist at all? According to the Biblical record, it is never mentioned after Nebuchadnezzar had both Jerusalem and the Temple destroyed in the sixth century BC. What happened to it after this is disputed in extra-biblical literature. Some rabbis claim it was carried off to Babylon, while others claim it was hidden by Jeremiah in a cave on Mt. Nebo[2] located in modern Jordan (2Maccabees 2:4-7), where Moses stood to look at the Promised Land before he died (Deuteronomy 34:1-5). Still others claim it was hidden somewhere on the Temple mount, itself. More modern claims that the Ark had been found have been mentioned, but for various (convenient) reasons, nothing has ever been produced in the form of objective evidence that the Ark still exists. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Matthew 22 and Revelation

Lord Almighty Reigns

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In the past few studies I have been demonstrating that The Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14) foretells the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the Old Covenant. I have also been showing how Jesus’ eschatology was being drawn from the Old Testament prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea and Malachi. Moreover, when we compare the New Testament epistles with Jesus’ parables, we find a common eschatological theme, showing the coming of the Lord, God’s judgment upon Jerusalem and the Temple, the ending of the Old Covenant and the resurrection all occur in the first century, cir. 70 AD. In this study I hope to show, using the content of Matthew 22, that the very same themes run through the book of Revelation. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Judging First Century AD Babylon

Song of Moses - 4

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When I was a premillennialist, I didn’t consider it all that important to know when Jesus would return, because, after all, no one could know the “day or the hour” (Matthew 24:36), and I was repulsed by the never-ending line of prophet wannabes in our modern era, who were so willing (for a price) to tell others when Jesus would return. Therefore, I usually stayed away from anything that dealt with eschatology. The last days can’t be known, so I busied myself doing what I could do, today, hoping that in some way what I did was pleasing to the Lord. However, all this has changed since the summer of 2017. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2018 in AD 70 Eschatology

 

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The Coming of the Lord in Judgment

Coming of Christ

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The Lord tells us in Isaiah 42:8 and 48:11 that he will not give his glory to another. Yet, Jesus tells us in Matthew 16:27 that he will come in the glory of the Father. Paul says in Philippians 2:6 that, before he became man, Jesus was in the form of God and was equal with God. Late in his earthly ministry Jesus prayed to his Father, asking that he would glorify him with himself—i.e. with the person of the Father, which was the glory he enjoyed before creation (John 17:5). In other words before he became man, Jesus was God and with God (John 1:1). Therefore, for Jesus to say he would come in the glory of the Father (Matthew 16:27), he was saying he would come in the glory not of man but of God. He would come again (i.e. his Second Coming) as the Lord had come in the past—i.e. in the Old Testament. What would that look like in the context of the New Testament? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Apocalyptic Language

Apocalyptic language

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Probably some of the greatest errors in Biblical understanding occur because folks take literally what should be understood spiritually. Jesus told those to whom he preached that they erred because they didn’t take into consideration that the words he spoke were spiritual (John 6:61-63), and they kept trying to make sense of them literally (John 6:60). We can avoid this type of misunderstanding, if we use the word of God to interpret itself for us, by comparing one part of Scripture with another part (1Corinthians 2:13). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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