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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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Over Whom Did the Beast Reign?

Beast of Revelation 13b

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The beast had power or authority over Jews, and only Jews who were the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He, indeed, had authority over all tribes, no matter which language was spoken, and no matter where they resided in the Roman Empire (Revelation 13:7). However, that authority was limited to the Jewish race. It did not include gentiles. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Murders, Sorcery, Fornication and Theft

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The text in the ninth chapter of the Apocalypse continues on to say that the rest, who weren’t slain by the judgment of the Sixth Trumpet, refused to repent of their murders, sorceries, fornications and thefts (Revelation 9:21). I don’t believe the sense has to be immediately following the deaths of one-third of the Jewish population. Rather, I think the sense pertains to during the judgment itself, while the deaths were occurring all around them, still the Jews didn’t consider their deeds and repent. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Locusts Prepare for Battle!

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The Roman army was a very sizeable and mighty force to reckon with. They were noted for how swiftly they were able to mobilize their military forces and bring them to the battlefield. The locusts are compared with the war horse in Revelation 9:7, which are mentioned again in Joel 2, concerning a day of darkness and thick clouds (cf. Revelation 9:2), when a mighty army comes as horsemen in battle (Joel 2:2-4). Any Jew who was acquainted with the Scriptures would have understood that his only hope in gaining victory over such a military machine was, if God would take his side against the Roman oppressor. Nevertheless Jesus and his disciples through their preaching the Gospel claimed this would be a time of judgment against his people. Now, all the Jews could do was wait for the battle to come to them. They rejected their only Savior, so they faced the greatest war-machine of their day without any hope of victory (Luke 23:29-30; cf. Revelation 6:16). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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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

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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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A Star Called Wormwood

Wormwood

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In my two earlier studies entitled: Blowing the Third Trumpet and A Great Star Fell from Heaven, I tried to show that the star that fell from heaven was a Jewish spiritual and civil leader, namely, one of the influential high priests at Jerusalem, who stood against the Lord and the Gospel that was then being spread throughout the Roman Empire by Jesus’ disciples. He had planned and executed a great persecution against the Messianic church immediately following Paul’s imprisonment at Caesarea. All of the General Epistles: James, 1 & 2 Peter; 1, 2 & 3 John, and Jude were written, in my opinion, during Paul’s incarceration and in an effort to stem the attack of the Jewish leadership at Jerusalem against the spread of the Gospel. This persecution of believers didn’t go unnoticed by the Lord, and he retaliated against the unbelieving Jewish nation, as I hope to show in this study. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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