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The Great Harlot, Drunk with Power

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John tells us that he saw the woman, i.e. the great harlot of the seventeenth chapter of the Apocalypse, and she was drunk (Revelation 17:6).The state of drunkenness is usually caused by an over consumption of alcohol. Drinking too much alcohol impairs one’s speech and one’s mobility. Yet, this doesn’t completely describe the state of intoxication. One doesn’t behave normally, while intoxicated, but this isn’t simply a matter of one’s normal speech being impaired, or one’s normal activity being impaired. Drunkenness also emboldens one to act differently and to say things one normally wouldn’t say. Drunkenness often removes the barriers one normally uses as a guide, concerning what is customarily accepted in civilized society. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 18, 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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Giving Life to the Image to the Beast

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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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The Mighty Angel

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There seems to be a great deal of confusion over who this mighty angel is in chapter ten of the Apocalypse. Some conclude he is the Emperor Justin who ruled in favor of orthodoxy and against the Arians concerning the deity of Jesus. Others say he is evil and represents the papacy and the little book his cannons and decrees. Still others want to say the angel is Luther and the other reformers of his day and the little book is represents the Protestant doctrines of reformation. Nevertheless, all of these interpretation represent the newspaper exegetes of their day, and what they say is purely subjective in nature, without an ounce of objective evidence. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and in this case the eating has to do with the word of God. The Scriptures tell us who this angel is, and what was really in his hand. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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My Study and 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

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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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