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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

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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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Blowing the Second Trumpet

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When the second angel blew his trumpet, a great mountain, as though it were burning with fire, was cast into the sea. If we consider Jesus’ words in Matthew 21:21 or Mark 11:23, it needs to be said that neither Jesus nor any of his disciples had ever prayed to remove a literal mountain and cast it into the sea. Jesus did cause a literal tree to dry up, but nothing was ever done to a literal mountain. Therefore, it seems to me that Jesus was speaking metaphorically, and, if so, he couldn’t have been speaking of Mount Olivet, as many commentaries assume. Rather, he spoke of Jerusalem in a spiritual or metaphorical sense (cf. Daniel 2:35; Zechariah 4:7). Jesus’ words: “this mountain…” was, probably, a gesture toward Jerusalem, which would have been in view from the point where Jesus and his disciples were standing and discussing the dried up fig tree. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Blowing the First Trumpet

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As the first angel sounded his trumpet, John saw “hail and fire mingled with blood” and they were cast upon the earth (Revelation 8:7). By earth the Scripture means the land of the Jews—Judea and Galilee (and perhaps Samaria). So, the judgments are largely confined to this area. Therefore, the Apocalypse could not be speaking of the whole world, but, rather, it concerns itself with a specific area within the Roman Empire (viz. Revelation 16:2, 10, 12) and a specific period of time. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 6, 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 Fifth Seal – Persecution

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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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