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The Bottomless Pit & Revelation 9 & 20

Bottomless Pit - 1

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There are many terms found in the Apocalypse that are either found nowhere else in the Bible, or they are found in only one or two other places in Scripture. For example the term bottomless pit (G12; abussos) is found seven times in the Apocalypse, but only once in Luke and Romans, respectively. What does it mean, and how does abussos affect the interpretation of the texts in which it is found? The pagans believed that Orcus (we call him Satan), the god of the underworld, ruled the abussos (G12), which was also supposed to be the abode of demons. Whatever light the New Covenant text sheds upon this Greek word, they certainly would not embrace the pagan thought about Orcus, the god of the underworld, nor would it be the abode of demons, in the sense they would be evil spirit beings roaming about in an imagined underworld, to which one’s spirit goes when one dies. Nevertheless, this seems to be what many modern Christians perceive, when they imagine Satan to be the ruler of hell. Such doctrines are purely pagan and are not supported in the Bible. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Open Up the Heavens!

Heaven Opened

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In Revelation 19:11 John tells us he saw heaven opened! The Greek word, anoigo (G455), is the perfect passive participle, and the verb should be translated as in Young’s Literal Translation: “having been opened.”In other words, John saw an existing condition not an action.[1] All three Synoptics record that the heavens opened just after Jesus’ baptism (Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:21), and all four Gospel accounts record that the (Holy) Spirit (of God) descended and remained on Jesus (Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22; John 1:32-34). Moreover, not only had the heavens opened, but the Greek shows they stand open (John 1:51).[2] So, in the context of Revelation 19:11, John either turned his attention to the already opened heavens, or he was given a vision of the fact that the heavens were open. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Alleluia! The Lord God Almighty Reigns

Praise God

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The third Alleluia of the New Covenant Scriptures was expressed through the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures (Revelation 19:4). We need to keep in mind that the Seventh Vial judgment of Revelation 16:17-21 is concurrent with the blowing of the Seventh Trumpet (Revelation 11:15-19), and both of these occur simultaneously with the opening of the Seventh Seal (Revelation 8:1-5). Each are the work of Christ expressed as High Priest (the seals), as the Prophet (the trumpets) and as the King of kings (the vials). The Lord holds all three offices and operates out of them in all of his labors. So when he operates as High Priest, he is acting as The Prophet and The King of kings, all at the same time. The Apocalypse expresses his labors in these offices separately, but the Lord is High Priest, Prophet and King of kings all at the same moment. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 29, 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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The Dragon and His Seven Heads

Dragon of Revelation 12

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Something concerning the dragon of Revelation 12 occurs in the Gospel of Luke. Jesus had dispatched the Seventy (70 disciples, including the 12 Apostles) two by two throughout Samaria, as he proceeded on his way to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51; 10:1). Upon the return of the Seventy, they greeted Jesus with great joy, saying even the demons were subject to them in his name. Albeit, Jesus warned them not to rejoice over this but, rather, be glad that their names were written in heaven (Luke 10:17-20). What is most interesting is that Jesus said he beheld Satan “having fallen from heaven, as lightening” (Luke 10:18). In other words, Jesus beheld the fall of Satan from heaven as an accomplished fact during his earthly ministry! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Measuring the House of God

Measure the TempleRevelation 12:11 seems to encapsulate the entire Gospel period of the first century AD, that is, the period between Jesus’ public ministry and 70 AD. It was in 70 AD that the Kingdom of God was established, because, as the Old Covenant was fulfilled at that time, it was also immediately terminated with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. The word, they, in this verse refers to the woman who brought forth the male child (Jesus) and those who were taught by Jesus for 3 ½ years or during his public ministry. The “they” in the text refers to all the elect or, in other words, the remnant who believed in and trusted the Lord. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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There Was War in Heaven

War in heaven -- Polaris and Thuban

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Keeping in mind my previous studies on Revelation 12, showing that the Lord had originally named the stars in their constellations in the sky (Psalm 147:4; Job 9:9), there was war in heaven and the conductors of that war were the dragon and Michael, the Archangel. In the context of the theme of the battle between the dragon and the Strong Man in the heavenly constellations, this would be Satan versus Christ. Now, Christ is not an angelic being, but he does rule the angels of heaven, and that is all the prefix, arch, in archangel means. Jesus is God (John 1-3, 14) and not an angel (Hebrews 1:5-8, 13), but he is the Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament, who bears the name YHWH (Genesis 22:11-12, 15-18; 28:12-22 compare with 31:11-13; 48:15-16). He is the Messenger (Angel) of the Covenant in Malachi 3:1, and this is Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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A Great Star Fell from Heaven

Fallen Star

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When the third angel sounded its trumpet, a great star fell from heaven (Revelation 8:10), but what does this mean? First of all, a star represents kings, especially the Messiah (Numbers 27:17), but they can also represent leaders of the church (Revelation 1:16, 20), or even the nation of Israel, itself (Revelation 12:1; cf. Genesis 37:9-12). Secondly, if we consider the veil of the Temple, the significance of the star falling from heaven might impact the reader in a very unexpected manner. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Heaven Was Opened

Hevens opened

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This incident reminds me of Exodus 14:16 when Moses parted the Red Sea for Israel to pass safely through its waters to the other side (cf. Isaiah 43:15-16), but, when Pharaoh’s army tried to follow, they perished as the walls of the sea came crashing down upon them like the powerful waters of a great flood (Exodus 14:26; cf. Nehemiah 9:11). Nevertheless, if God parted the waters of the Red Sea and made a way through them for his people to safely cross, how would this apply (if at all) to the heavens parting just after John baptized Jesus? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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How Close Is Heaven?

Heaven - 2

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Many religions believe God is someplace far away and cannot be bothered with people. The Buddhists, for example, believe God created the world but left us to our own desires. In other words, he has no real interest in what we do or think. Many people today believe that, if there is a god, he certainly isn’t interested in us. If he were a moral god and interested in what we do, certainly our world wouldn’t be in such a terrible condition. How could a just god or a moral god permit so much evil in the world in which we live, knowing we are powerless to change it for the better? If god exists, it seems he must be either immoral and doesn’t care about our pitiful condition, or he is incapable to do anything about our destructive behavior. In either case why should we be concerned about what he thinks or desires? – …or so goes the argument! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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