Awhile ago, I had been reading about a particular study theme in Lee T. Dahn’s blog showing both the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts have an underlying theme that contrasts the priestly family of Annas with the priesthood of Christ, the one being corrupt and the other holy. I found his point of view very interesting, and because of my reading his study, I have begun to recognize this theme behind some of the symbols in the book of Revelation. For example, I’ve already made the claim that the Image of the Beast is actually the seven sons or descendents of Annas, the high priest. Read the rest of this entry »
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I think that of all the people who never read the Bible or know much about the Bible, the one thing they are most likely to know about the Bible is some misconception of 666. Undoubtedly, their misconception is founded upon their attending one of the creations of the equally ignorant Hollywood productions like the Omen series. Did you ever wonder how we would know the number of the so-called Beast? Would the number be written 666 beneath the hair of his scalp like it was done in the Hollywood production? If so, why does the Bible say we must calculate his number (Revelation 13:18)? In the 1970s I remember that some folks thought Henry Kissinger was the Antichrist, because someone calculated K-I-S-S-I-N-G-E-R and came up with 666! Read the rest of this entry »
I think one of the major difficulties we have in seeing what Peter is saying about our salvation in his first epistle is that we have been taught very well what our salvation is and what Jesus went through to secure eternal salvation for us. Nevertheless, in the first century this was something very new to one’s thinking. When the Pharisees spoke of resurrection, they spoke of rising from the dead to live again on earth. Whether they believed in eternal life is hard to say. Certainly the Jews teach eternal life today, but did they back in the first century CE? Personally, I believe this was strictly a Jesus’ teaching, and it caught everyone by surprise. Folks in Palestine who waited for the Messiah simply believed he would “save” the Jewish people from the Romans and make them a supreme power that would defeat all their enemies. The proposition that the Messiah would come and give us eternal life was simply not suggested. Read the rest of this entry »
In the final chapter of his epistle, James addressed the troublemakers, the false teachers that had arisen and divided the churches. He foretold their judgment (James 5:1), because they held back what they could have offered to help their brethren (James 5:2-3). James implied that these false teachers worshiped among the brethren for some time, because he claims they held back the “hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields.” In other words, they had been helped by true leaders of the churches. Their lives were better, because of the Gospel that was preached to them, yet they held back the “wages” of those who labored on their behalf (James 5:4-5), and not only so, but they had lifted up their voices against the very ones who had labored to make their lives better (James 5:6). Using encrypted language, James says the false teachers had condemned and killed the just (or the true leaders of the churches) and they have not resisted. That is, they have not responded in kind, but had prayed to the Lord (cp. Jude 1:8-9). While the false teachers slandered the true leaders of the churches (cp. James 4:7 where devil really means slanderer—then compare this with Jude 1:8). The leaders that God had set up in the churches didn’t respond in kind, but prayed that God would rebuke the evil workers, knowing the Lord is the true Ruler (Jude 1:9). Read the rest of this entry »
In the third chapter of his epistle, James gets down to the nitty-gritty. The empire-wide trial that had come upon the churches of God had to do with false doctrine spread by false teachers. This was an organized conspiracy begun by Annas, the High Priest of Jerusalem, the very same who had Jesus crucified. It was a secret plan whereby he had planted false brethren throughout the Christian assemblies in Asia, Galatia and Greece (cp. Acts 5 and the Ananias and Sapphira incident). Paul knew about the plan, but, of course, was not privy to the identity of the false brethren. He told the churches in Greece that the conspiracy was already at work (2Thessalonians 2:7), but Paul’s presence among the churches in the area was enough to keep secret evil plan from gaining a strong foothold among them. Read the rest of this entry »
In my two previous posts, seen HERE and HERE, I have presented an argument for consideration that Jesus is the two witnesses. The Scriptures clearly show that in the Temple the oil (symbol for the Holy Spirit) comes out of the two Anointed Ones to the seven lamps which symbolize the seven churches in Asia, representing the whole Church of God. The question arises, how can any man be the source for oil (the Holy Spirit) for the Church of God? Obviously, it is not possible for this to occur through man. It must come from God, and it does—through Jesus, the God-Man who is the Two Witnesses of Revelation 11. Read the rest of this entry »
As I claimed in my previous post the “Two Witnesses” are really Jesus. Yet, you may ask how can Jesus, who is one, be two? Well, Jesus said of himself that he came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets. Moses and Elijah appeared to him while he was transfigured before Peter, James and John. Both Moses and Elijah were the two witnesses of the Old Testament. Moses represents the whole Law of God and Elijah, being the first of the prophets of God, represents the Prophets and Writings of the Old Covenant. Jesus embodies the entire witness of God and came to fulfill all. Remember that the book of Revelation is a highly pictorial and apocalyptic book. It is not stretching truth to see him this way. Read the rest of this entry »
I have heard all sorts of stories about the two witnesses of Revelation 11. They have been interpreted symbolically and pointing to men that other men were impressed with, especially when folks thought the end was near. When we think the end of the age is upon us, we tend to dream up all sorts of scenarios to make sense of the prophecies we have read in the Bible, and Hollywood has made a great deal of money fleshing out what we have told them. Isn’t that strange? What is the truth concerning the two witnesses? Let’s begin with Zechariah… Read the rest of this entry »
It is interesting to say the least how far off the track most of our modern interpretation of the harlot in Revelation 17 is. One can see what the prevailing beliefs are by simply doing a web search for “mystery Babylon the great.” While one could use the Scripture as a warning to the church today, it has nothing to do with a church or false church system. The Bible itself tells us who the harlot was. The real problem with such more modern interpretations is that they take our eyes off Jesus and what he said. The interpretations do for us today exactly what wrong doctrine did for the Jews of the 1st century CE. False doctrines concerning prophecy take our eyes off the truth wherein we are drawn toward God and place our eyes on men and what they say about the future. Instead of looking for the return of Christ, men who believe such falsehood would tend to look for a future ‘strong man’ to become influential in the Middles East, and many other similar things that exalt men and their ideas over the truth of God. Read the rest of this entry »
It was the second beast of Revelation 13 that caused the mark to be placed on the right hand and into the forehead (mind) of the Jewish people. I believe I have presented a good argument that this second beast was Annas, the High Priest, and the Image of the Beast was his high priestly family—namely seven High Priests who reigned in Jerusalem out of his family, while Annas was still alive. Therefore, if Annas is responsible for the mark that refers to the beast with the deadly wound, the mark should have something to do with Jewish worship that turned the Jews away from God and caused them to ignorantly worship the Beast. Read the rest of this entry »
Whatever the mark of the beast is, it is needed to carry on the business of buying and selling (Revelation 13:17). The question is—buying and selling what? For example, in Jesus parable of the ten virgins the five foolish virgins are told to go to those who sell and buy the oil they need. It is implied that the oil has a spiritual value; so too the business of trading or buying and selling has a spiritual significance in his parables of the talents and pounds. Read the rest of this entry »
The False Prophet, as I claimed in my blog The Little Horn of Daniel, is Annas, the High Priest, who was responsible for condemning Jesus to die. Annas was the first Jewish High Priest appointed by Rome. He was appointed by Quirinus, governor of Syria, to be the first High Priest appointed in Jerusalem after the Herodian dynasty was removed from Judea, and it seems Rome was particularly interested in him and his family. Josephus says that his five sons were appointed High Priests and this honor was not bestowed upon any other priestly family. In many ways Annas was Rome’s man in Jerusalem. Read the rest of this entry »
Chapter seven of Daniel records for our consideration several beasts which it interprets as kings or kingdoms. One kingdom in particular, the fourth, had 10 horns, which it also interprets as 10 kings. These things I have already spoken of in earlier blogs, but what I am interested in at this moment is the strange little horn that has a mouth and eyes. What is this all about? Read the rest of this entry »
The Book of Revelation is a book for the times of the first century and had to have been written very early in the apostles’ ministry. It is probably one of the first New Testament books written rather than its last. Revelation 13 tells of a seven-headed beast with ten horns upon one of its heads; also one of its heads seemed to have incurred a deadly wound but this wound was healed. What does this mean?
Notice that this beast has seven heads (Revelation 13:1), and receives its power from Satan (Revelation 13:4). According to Revelation 17:9-10 these heads are seven mountains (kingdoms) and refer to seven particular kings who ruled those kingdoms. These kings and nations have done something to God’s people, the Jews, that no other Gentile nation in history had ever done. That is, they, and they alone, have captured Jerusalem, the capital of the Jewish nation. These kings are:
Shishak – King of Egypt – who was the first to take Jerusalem after the death of Solomon. He plundered the Temple, leaving nothing precious behind. He did this without having to fight to gain access to Jerusalem (1Kings 14:25-27); compare Josephus: “Antiquities of the Jews,” Book VIII, chapter 10, paragraph 3
Neubchadnezzar – King of Babylon – who plundered and destroyed both the city and the Temple (2Chronicles 36:5-20), leveling everything to the ground in the month of Ab on the 10th day (Josephus: “Antiquities of the Jews;” Book X, chapter 8, paragraph 5).
Ptolemy I (Soter-“savior”– the Great) – took Jerusalem by deceit, pretending to desire to make a sacrifice to God. Thus, he entered in peace and plundered the Temple (the King of the South of Daniel 11:5); see Josephus: “Antiquities of the Jews;” Book XII, chapter 1, paragraph 1
Antiochus IV (Epiphanes – “god manifest”; the King of the North in Daniel 11:21-35); took Jerusalem without a fight by pretending peace, then pillaged and desecrated the Temple; Josephus: “Antiquities of the Jews;” Book XII, chapter 5, paragraph 4
Pompey the Great (representing and later the leader of the Republic of Rome) fought very little and gained access to the Temple trough treachery, plundered it and took much from the treasury. He noted the devotion of the Jews to God and set up a priesthood friendly to Rome, thus taking away its (i.e. the priesthood’s) former dignity and gave it away for a price. – Josephus; “Antiquities of the Jews;” Book XIV, chapter 4, paragraphs 1 through 5.
Herod the Great besieged Jerusalem and took it but did not allow the Temple to be plundered. Josephus; “Antiquities of the Jews;” Book XV, chapter 1, paragraphs 1 & 2; “Wars of the Jews;” Book I, chapter 18, paragraphs 1 through 3.
Titus (general and son of the Emperor of Rome) took Jerusalem and though he tried to stop it, could not keep the soldiers from destroying the Temple on the 10th day of the month of Ab, 70 CE, two days after taking the lower city.—Josephus: “Wars of the Jews;” Book VI, chapter 4, paragraphs 1 through 8; & chapter x, paragraph 1.
Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, was taken seven times in her history. These are the men who did it. They represent the seven nations of Egypt, Babylon, Grecian Egypt (King of the South), Grecian Syria (King of the North), the Republic of Rome, Edom, and the Empire of Rome.
These heads or kings are Gentile powers, but their importance to Scripture is that they ruled or had great influence over God’s people, the Jews, represented in the body of the Beast. These kings are the heads or influences over apostate Judaism. This means that the Beast, as such, was in power or animated only as long as the Jewish nation existed. The book of Revelation shows that one of the seven heads had been given a deadly wound but that wound was healed. What this means is when Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the kingdom of Judah, Jerusalem, its capital and its Temple, the Beast, in reality, no longer existed. For all intents and purposes the “Beast” as a nation was dead. It simply no longer existed! The existence of the Beast is tied to the existence of the Jewish nation. If there is no Jewish nation, there can be no Beast. The Beast is apostate Judaism, and it received a deadly wound to its second head when the Jewish nation was destroyed. The deadly would was healed when Cyrus permitted the Jews to return to their land under the leadership of Zerubbabel, the governor, and Joshua, the high priest. The Beast, through the Babylonian / Persian influence over the Jewish nation, had returned to life.
We find the same Beast in Revelation 17, and what seems significant there is, an indicator is present that points to the time that John is writing the book of Revelation. It is recorded that, concerning the seven heads, five are fallen one is and one is yet to come (Revelation 17:10). In other words, the one that “is” is alive and in power over Jerusalem at the time of John’s vision. What does this mean? If the above is correct concerning the identity of the heads of the Beast, shouldn’t six have fallen? We have the kings of Egypt, Babylon, Grecian Egypt, Grecian Syria, the Republic of Rome and Edom. That is six kings or kingdoms. Herod the Great died and with him Edom’s influence over the Jewish capital, Jerusalem. Well, this is true, but not exactly so. Three of Herod’s sons reigned over his kingdom, but Archelaus who reigned over Judea and Samaria was banished after reigning only a few years. Technically, Edom had no influence over Jerusalem after Archelaus was removed. This remained true until Herod’s grandson, King Agrippa I, was appointed king over Judea and Samaria in addition to the other lands he ruled. This made Agrippa ruler over virtually all of his grandfather’s territories. Therefore, it could be said anytime between 41-44 CE that five kings have fallen, one is (Herod / Agrippa), and one is yet to come. While it is true that in later years the descendents of Herod were placed in authority over the office of high priest, replacing them when circumstances would dictate, it seems that John wrote the Book of Revelation during the time of personal persecution (Revelation 1:9).
If my understanding is correct, wouldn’t John have written the book of Revelation during the reign of Herod Agrippa the Great over Judea and Jerusalem (41-44 CE). John had fled to the isle of Patmos due to the persecution arising out of the execution of James, his brother, and while on Patmos John received the prophecy as recorded in the book of Revelation. John was then able to share this prophecy with the church in Palestine and throughout the world long before the Jewish war with Rome.
 Daniel 2 represents the fourth kingdom (Rome) with the two legs of the image. The two legs represent two different forms of government of the same nation or people. At first Rome was a republic, but it turned into an empirical state. Thus, it is represented by the two legs in Daniel 2 and two heads of the seven-headed beast of Revelation 13.
Chapter seven of Daniel tells of four Beasts. These Beasts have to do with ruling and influencing the Jewish people. They are Gentile rulers and the terrible Beast of Daniel 7:7 is very strange, having ten horns. What does all this mean? Daniel wanted to know the interpretation of the vision and requested information from the angel in his vision (Daniel 7:15-16). He was told the Beasts represented kings or kingdoms. The fourth kingdom would have 10 horns, which were also kings or rulers (Daniel 7:20, 24). Read the rest of this entry »