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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 Inexplicable Joy of the Believer

Great Joy

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According to Revelation 19:2, the Lord had judged the great harlot and vindicated his people who lived in fear of persecution at her hand. The fact is: Jerusalem had so corrupted the world through her influence that she intimidated Pilate into crucifying Jesus, and, no doubt, was the influence behind Nero’s blaming Christians for the fire that nearly destroyed all of Rome.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Fourth Bowl and Great Heat

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We are presently involved in the study of the seven bowls of wrath, sometimes referred to as the Seven Last Plagues. The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon a heavenly body, the sun. The text goes on to say that, in doing so, men were scorched (G2739) with fire. The Greek word used in Revelation 16:8 for scorched is used in only two other places in the New Covenant text. It is used in the next verse (Revelation 16:9) and once more in Mark 4:6 in Jesus’ Parable of the Sower. There, Jesus describes the seed of the Gospel falling upon stony ground (Mark 4:5-6), which describes a hard heart wherein the word of God couldn’t take a deep root (Mark 4:17). The seed sown in ‘stony ground’ or into a hard heart never matures properly. The word of God may be well received at first, but it has no depth in that one’s heart. So, when they are scorched (G2739), i.e. afflicted or persecuted because of the word of God, they become offended and abandon Christ and the Gospel (Mark 4:16-17). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Third Bowl & the Troubled Fountain

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Presently we are in the midst of a study of the seven bowls of wrath in Revelation 16. The third angel poured out his bowl of wrath from God upon the rivers and the fountains of waters (Revelation 16:4), and the wrath of God turned the waters into blood. It may be that Revelation 16:5-7 is a summary of the first three bowl judgments.[1] What occurs here is the angel of the waters speaks out and declares the Lord righteous for his judgment (Revelation 16:5). The reason he offers for his declaration is that they (i.e. the earth and the sea and the fountains of waters, which include the rivers that form from the flow of the fountains) **they** have shed the blood of the saints and the prophets. Therefore, i.e. because of the blood guilt of the earth, the sea, and the fountains of waters, the Lord gave them blood to drink (Revelation 16:6). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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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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The War Waged Against 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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Babylon Is Fallen!

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Yet another angel mentioned in the Apocalypse told John: “Babylon is fallen! is fallen! that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication” (Revelation 14:8). Babylon was the spiritual name for an existing city in the first century AD, and all of John’ readers would have known who he meant. According to Revelation 17:5 she is called mystery Babylon the Great! There she is called a harlot (G4204 – Revelation 17:1) and the mother of harlots (verse-5), and she was responsible for all the blood of the saints and disciples of Jesus (Revelation 17:6). Jesus said Jerusalem was responsible and would be judged for all the righteous blood that was shed from the time of Able to the first century AD, and he included those disciples of his that he would send to her with the Gospel (Matthew 23:34-35; cf. 23:37-38). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2019 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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The Dragon Had but a Short Time

Dragon -- Revelation 12

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As I conclude this study on Revelation 12, we come to the place where the dragon realized he was cast to the earth, and he knew that he had only a short time left, before he would be bound (cf. Revelation 20:1-2), so he persecuted the woman (the elect) who brought forth the male Child, Jesus (Revelation 12:12-13). This literally played out in the life of Herod the Great after he failed to discover where Jesus (“he who was born King of the Jews” – Matthew 2:1-2), was living (Matthew 2:7-8, 11-12, 16). Joseph had taken Jesus and Mary to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-14). It wasn’t until about a year later that Herod was stricken terminally ill, and he knew he had but a short time left before he would die. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Holy City Is Trodden Down

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In Revelation 11:1 John was given the task to measure the Temple of God, but he was told leave out the outer courts (Revelation 11:2), which included the Altar of Burnt Offering and the Molten Sea of brass (1Kings 7:23; 2Kings 25:13), and all the way out to the Eastern Gate of the Temple compound. John’s measurement was to include only the House, itself, with its two main rooms and the furniture therein. The only exception was that he was also to measure the people who worshiped inside the House. This seems to act as a kind of separation between the elect and the unbelievers, as we have also seen in Revelation 7:1-8. Therefore, if nothing outside the House was measured, that also included the people outside the house worshiping in the Temple courts. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 8, 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 Fifth Trumpet

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Albert Einstein once said that logic would take one from A to B, but imagination would take one everywhere. I could say something similar about how one interprets the Apocalypse. Scripture will take us from “A” to “B”, but imagination will take us everywhere. It seems to me that some folks really believe that, if they could imagine a thing to be true as an interpretation of the Apocalypse, then that thing **must** be so. Some of the places the commentaries take us in this book are really bizarre. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 22, 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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Blowing the Third Trumpet

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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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