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What Is the Bottomless Pit?

Bottomless Pit

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In Revelation 9:1 we are told that a star (cf. Revelation 8:10-11), which had fallen from heaven to the earth was given a key to the bottomless pit. However, before we can understand what power was given to the star, we need to come to understand what the bottomless pit or the pit of the abyss actually is. The Greek word is abussos (G12) and means bottomless (from a intensive and bussos, meaning a depth). The Greek word, therefore, describes an immeasurable depth, hence the rendering bottomless. The word occurs nine times in the New Testament. It first appears in Luke 8:31, then in Romans 10:7. The rest of its occurrences are found in the Apocalypse: Revelation 9:1-2, 11; 11:7; 17:8; 20:1, 3. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 20, 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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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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The Great Multitude Standing Before God

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Presently, I am discussing what John had seen in his heavenly vision just after the opening of the sixth seal. After the sealing of the 144000, John saw a great multitude stand before the Throne (Revelation 7:9). These came out of all nations, and tribes, and people, and tongues. The multitude included Jews, but, obviously, were not entirely Jews in the physical sense (cf. Galatians 3:28). They were clothed in white robes, which indicates they were righteous (cf. Revelation 19:8), having washed their robes in the blood of Christ (Revelation 7:14; 19:14). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Sealing the Israel of God

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The sealing of the one hundred and forty-four thousand in Revelation, chapter 7, has been a point of interest to many Bible students throughout church history. In fact, some even interpret this group of believers to point to their own denomination, believing they are the most faithful of the faithful. The predominant view, however, is that the number is symbolic of a complete group of disciples of Christ with none missing. Yet, even this point of view is divided into two interpretations. The first explanation is that the group is made up of only believing Jews, i.e. the complete group of Jews with none missing, while the second understanding includes gentiles, pointing to the spiritual understanding of the Israel of God in the New Testament (Romans 2:28-29; 9:6-7). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Fourth Seal – The Pale Horse

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With the opening of the fourth seal, the fourth living being commanded the fourth rider: “Go!” (Revelation 6:7; cf. 4:7). What John saw was a pale or greenish horse, whose rider was called Death. It is the only rider that is named among the four, and Hades followed him. Obviously, both Death and Hades are personified in the vision. In chapter one we are told that Jesus had the keys to Death and Hades (Revelation 1:18), so did Jesus actually send out Death and Hades upon the land, or was John given a vision of a time before Jesus took possession of those keys? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Worthy Is the Lamb

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John beheld and heard the voices of a group of innumerable angels, together with the voices of the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures (Revelation 5:11). The elders and the beasts and the great myriads of angelic beings shouted: “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing” (Revelation 5:12). The object of their praise was the Lamb (Jesus). Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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