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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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Blowing the Third Trumpet

Trumpet - 3rd

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When the third angel sounded its trumpet, a great star fell from heaven (Revelation 8:10). It would be ridiculous to take such a thing literally, since a star crashing into the earth would completely destroy the whole planet. Therefore, it must be taken symbolically to represent something or someone else. Metaphorically, a star can represent Christ (Numbers 24:17), rulers of the land (Daniel 8:10), and the spiritual leaders of the seven churches in Asia (Revelation 1:20). Jude refers to men who have attacked the Gospel as wandering stars (Jude 1:10-13), meaning false teachers. So, the star that fell from heaven in Revelation 8:10 can indicate either a civil leader or a spiritual leader who fell from his high office to do evil in the sight of the Lord. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Jesus’ Final Work as High Priest

Angel Inscense

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Just after the opening of the seventh seal (Revelation 8:1) and besides the seven angels who were given the seven trumpets, John saw another angel standing at the Golden Altar or the Altar of Incense, which is before the Throne (Revelation 8:3). In his hand the angel had a golden censor, and he was given much incense to offer to God with the prayers of the saints. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Opening the Seventh Seal

Seventh Seal

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One is almost tempted to look upon the opening of the seventh seal as a type of celebration. I am reminded of the fireworks we see on occasion at weddings and the celebration of our nation’s birth and independence etc. First, comes one explosion and then another and still more after it, but, when the end comes, we have the celebratory Grand Finally, where explosion after explosion lights up the night and colors the darkened sky. So, too, are the opening of the seven seals. The first four reveal the vision of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, then the fifth and sixth seals, but the seventh and final seal explodes into seven trumpets, which, like the seals, are unveiled one after another, until the seventh trumpet, itself, explodes into seven final vials. When the vials are poured out, so ends the wrath of God, and the judgment upon the Great Harlot is over. Then comes the end, when each man is rewarded according to his works. Perhaps some wouldn’t see it this way, but I have to wonder, if we could ask believers in the first century AD, would they have looked for and longed for the appearing of the Lord at which time judgment would occur? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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These Came Out of the Great Tribulation!

Great Tribulation - 1Many Bible students believe the Great Tribulation is in our future, but this idea simply isn’t true. If we truly believe that only Jesus (the Lamb) was able to open the seven sealed book (Revelation 5:5-7), which God gave to him to disclose to his disciples (Revelation 1:1), then we need to simply stop prognosticating our own ideas, thinking they are true, when all we have shown ourselves to be is newspaper exegetes. Nevertheless, Jesus told his disciples in the Olivet Discourse that at least some of them would see the beginning of the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:15; cf. 16:27-28). Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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