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The Song of the Lamb

Song of the Lamb

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John tells us that the overcomers of Revelation 15:2 sang the Song of Moses and the Song of the Lamb (Revelation 15:3-4), but what is the Song of the Lamb? Many scholars would point us to the song in Revelation 5:9-13, but, if we consider the exact words of Revelation 15:3, we have to admit the song OF the Lamb would not be a song about the Lamb. The Lamb is the one praising God in Revelation 15, while the Lamb is the object of praise in Revelation 5:9-13. I believe the Lamb, the One who was Jesus, is praising the Father in this chapter. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Babylon, the Ancient Land of Israel

Babylon Is Israel

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I find it interesting that Revelation 14:8 mentions that Babylon has fallen. The context of her fall seems to be the appearance of the 144,000 with the Lord on Mt. Zion (Revelation 14:1), and they are the firstfruits, redeemed among men for the Lord (Revelation 14:4). Moreover, the first time we meet with the 144,000 is in chapter seven of the Apocalypse. There, they were sealed from among the 12 tribes of Israel.[1] What seems interesting is that the city of Babylon is mentioned with the Lord’s covenantal people. Why would that be so? The Lord never had a covenant with Babylon, so why is this city mentioned alongside of the 144,000, who are the firstfruits for the Lord? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Harvest!

Winnowing Fork

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One of the great themes of the Bible is that of the harvest. In the Old Covenant Scriptures, the three great Holy Day festivals centered around the spring and fall harvest seasons. They not only celebrated real occurrences in the establishment of the nation of Israel, but they also foretold the, then, future coming of the Messiah, the Holy Spirit and the final Judgment by the great King. The theme of the harvest also appears in the New Covenant Scriptures, and this is particularly so in Jesus’ parables. So, the theme of harvest clearly portrays the subjects of judgment and salvation in the Gospel narratives. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The War Waged Against the Saints

War on the Saints

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Those who “worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name” must “drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb; and the smoke of their torment ascends up forever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:10-11). Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Judgment!

Judgment

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Yet, a third angel in the fourteenth chapter of the Apocalypse arose and said: “…If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb” (Revelation 14:9-10). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Fire-Breathing Witnesses!

Two witnesses - fire

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The men who would like to hurt the two witnesses would find fire coming out of the witnesses’ mouths to devour them, and every enemy who would seek harm the Lord’s witnesses would be killed in this fashion (Revelation 11:5). Of course this is apocalyptic language and not to be taken literally. There never was a fire breathing dragon, nor was there ever a man who was able to devour men, literally, through fire coming out of his mouth. The language is a metaphor for how the ministry of the witnesses would be protected by the Lord. For example, it was prophesied of Jesus that “he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked” (Isaiah 11:4). Obviously, Jesus didn’t literally slay anyone during his public ministry 2000 years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Little Book

Little Book

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The Angel who stood on the sea and on the land had a little book in his left hand (Revelation 10:2, cf. verse-5; Ezekiel 2:9). Although many scholars don’t believe the book in the Angel’s hand is the same book that was sealed in Revelation 5, it seems to me that they are the same. I think this is why John specifically pointed out that this little book was opened (Revelation 10:2). At this point in the Apocalypse the sealed book of chapter five would have been open with all of its seals broken. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Tails that Brought Judgment

Army of God - 1

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John tells us in Revelation 9:17 that the 200,000,000 horsemen had breastplates of fire, jacinth and brimstone. It was Paul who encouraged believers to put on the breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6:14) and the breastplate of faith and love (1Thessalonians 5:8), but the breastplates of these horsemen were of fire, jacinth and brimstone (Revelation 9:17). What does all of this mean? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Blowing the Fourth Trumpet

fourth trumpet

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When the fourth angel blew his trumpet, a third part of the sun, moon and stars were darkened, so that the heavenly lights didn’t shine for a third part of the day and a third part of the night (Revelation 8:12). By way of being prophetic an event such as this literally occurred during the time Jesus hung on the cross. Many interpret it to be an eclipse, but this would have been impossible during the Passover season. The moon would have been full during the Passover, meaning it was in the opposite end of the sky as the sun. Just about the time the sun was setting in the west, the moon would have been rising in the east, so an eclipse would have been impossible. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Preparing to Blow the Seven Trumpets

four TrumpetsAfter the Angel (High Priest) had cast the Golden Censor to the earth (Revelation 8:5), John noticed that the seven angels with the seven trumpets were preparing themselves to sound out (Revelation 8:6). It seems awfully unnecessary to say “the seven angels… prepared themselves to sound,” if all they had to do was draw a breath. No preparations were necessary for the Four Horsemen in Revelation 6:1-8, nor were any preparations necessary for the first four angels who poured out their vials of judgment upon Babylon in Revelation 16:1-9. Yet, concerning the angels who would blow the trumpets, it was said they “…prepared themselves to sound” (Revelation 8:6). What can we say of this? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 4, 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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The Composition of the 144000

144000

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If we are to understand what is happening in Revelation 7:5-8, there are several things we need to consider about how this group of people is comprised. First of all, Levi is numbered with the tribes that were sealed, and Levi was never numbered with his brethren (Numbers 1:49), because he had no inheritance in the Land. Rather, the Lord was his inheritance. Secondly, Dan isn’t mentioned at all among the tribes that were sealed, and finally, Ephraim isn’t specifically mentioned, although Joseph is, but Joseph includes the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, yet Manasseh is specifically mentioned by itself. Knowing this, it doesn’t seem as though we should look to this group of people in the same sense that we understand the group that Moses took out of Egypt, which we find recorded in the book of Exodus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Wrath of the Lamb

Wrath of God

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When the sixth seal was opened and the heavenly signs were seen, the kings of the earth and their nobility, the commanders of the military, the wealthy and the powerful men of society, both slave and free – all hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains (Revelation 6:15). If this were literally true, it would indeed have been an event worthy headlining any newspaper or television newscast throughout the world. Nevertheless, the phraseology is simply a metaphor that pointed to the world’s response over Jesus’ judgment upon Jerusalem and the Temple. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Fifth Seal – Persecution

fifth seal

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When Jesus opened the fifth seal, John’s attention was drawn toward the Altar of Incense, where the prayers of the saints were offered to God by the High Priest. There John was given a vision of those who were martyred for the testimony they bore, concerning the Word (Logos, G3056) of God (Revelation 6:9). Martyr vindication is a major theme found throughout the Bible (Matthew 23:29-33, 35-36), and it is this very matter that is referred to in the question the souls asked the Lord. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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