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The Bride Adorned for Her Husband

Bride of Christ

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John tells us that he saw the new heaven and the new earth, because the first heaven and the first earth had passed away (Revelation 21:1). This is covenantal language, which implies, first of all, that all things were fulfilled under the Old Covenant (Matthew 5:18), so it passed away to give place for the New Covenant. Secondly, the Old Covenant was represented in the embroidery on the veil of the Temple, symbolically picturing the heavens and the earth.[1] Therefore, when Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed in 70 AD, “the first heavens and the first earth” were set on fire and destroyed, thus bringing the Old Covenant to an abrupt end, ushering in the new heavens and the new earth. In other words, the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple established the New Covenant. This is what John said he foresaw take place. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Who Is Gog of the Land of Megog?

Gog and Megog - 4

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Gog of the land of Megog (Revelation 20:8) represents those who were deceived by the dragon, who had been released from his prison (Revelation 20:2-3, 7). So, Gog went up to the beloved city along the breadth of the land in order to surround the camp of the saints (Revelation 20:9). According to Ezekiel 38:11, at the time of the war of Revelation 20:8 the camp of the saints was unprotected.[1] In other words, their cities had no walls or gates. They dwelt safely in that their confidence lay not in the strength of man but in the Lord. It was against these people that Gog, the prince of Megog (Ezekiel 38:2-3) arose to slaughter (Revelation 20:9) in order to take a spoil (Ezekiel 38:8-12). Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Supper of the Great God!

Supper of the Great God

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In Revelation 19:17 John saw an angel standing in the sun (i.e. in the east), and that angel called to all the fowls of the air to come to the supper of the great God! What I find interesting is what God had prepared for them to eat. It was not a meal that normal people would be expected to enjoy. Rather it was a meal that one would expect carnivorous or predatory beasts to gather to eat. It was: “the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great” (Revelation 19:18). The question is: is this the Marriage Supper of the Lamb? The Greek word used for supper is deipnon (G1173), and it is the same word used in Revelation 19:9. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Wedding Feast!

Wedding Feast

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One of the great themes of the Bible is the wedding feast, which John begins to describe in the nineteenth chapter of the Apocalypse. Jesus, himself, uses the theme of a wedding in several of his parables. According to the perspective of the New Covenant (Matthew 25:1-13) the women await the coming of the Bridegroom (verse-10), which, of course, pointed to Jesus’ coming at the end of the age (Matthew 25:13; cp. 24:3). Here in Revelation 19:7 the great multitude who had been praising God, declared that the time of the wedding had come. That is, Jesus was at that time returning to take his Bride to himself. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 2, 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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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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Jerusalem Is Like an Atlantis that Sank

Atlantis

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In Revelation 18:20 the righteous are told to rejoice over the fall of Jerusalem (cp. Psalm 96:11-13), and this includes the slain Apostles and prophets that the Lord had sent to her (Luke 11:49-50). At long last, judgment had come, and the righteous had been vindicated (Revelation 6:9-11). The seventh bowl of the Lord’s wrath was poured out “into the air,” and it was done (Revelation 16:17). Prior to the pouring out of the seventh vial, it was dangerous for the righteous to speak into the air (Ephesians 2:2), whose tension or spirit was controlled by the children of disobedience! The dangerous environment, which the Jewish authorities had created for Jesus’ disciples, had turned back upon them. Now, they were slain and taken captive. Now, they were persecuted and died of famine and pestilence. The air had suddenly changed, for Jesus had returned and the righteous were caught up together …in clouds, to meet the Lord in the air” (1Thessalonians 4:17)! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Ships of the Sea

ships of the sea

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The merchants of the earth were made rich by doing business with Jerusalem. About a week before he was crucified, Jesus drew an analogy of the Kingdom of God by speaking of tax collectors doing business for their master (Luke 19:11-27). When Jesus delivered his Parable of the Pounds, he had been a guest at Zacchaeus’ home in Jericho (Luke 19:1-10). Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector, and I believe Jesus’ parable was modeled after Zacchaeus’ business of collecting taxes, fees, exchanging currency and loaning money. It was something the people could readily see and understand. This was important, if they were to understand Jesus’ point about his Kingdom. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Vindicating the Apostles and the Prophets

Vindication

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One of the great discrepancies of a futuristic view of the Apocalypse is that such a rendering of the Scriptures simply cannot be harmonized with what Jesus claimed during his ministry. Nor does it agree with what Paul said during his ministry. John tells us in Revelation 18:20 that by judging the great harlot God had avenged his holy Apostles and prophets. How could the destruction of any modern day army or nation avenge the persecution and deaths of the Apostles and prophets? Just as the vain traditions of men in the first century AD made the word of God of no effect, so, too, do modern day “vain traditions of men” make the word of God, particularly the Apocalypse, of no affect among his people. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 15, 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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Reward Her Even As She Rewarded You

Babylon - His feet on Mt. Olives

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After the elect were safe (Revelation 18:4), the text concludes that the Lord remembered the iniquities of the great harlot (Revelation 18:5-6). It is not that the Lord had forgotten all that Babylon had done, but later he, suddenly, recalled it all. Rather, the sense is that the Lord is unveiled in the Scriptures as though he were handing down his verdict over what Jerusalem had done. Her deeds were remembered in that the Lord was now ready to judge her! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 8, 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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