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Adultery and the Kings of the Earth

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The Scriptures identify the great harlot’s judge as God, himself, saying he is strong, implying that his judgment is sure to occur (Revelation 18:8). Moreover, such a judgment – death, mourning and famine – would come in a single day! However, this shouldn’t be understood to be a literal day, as indicated in Revelation 18:10, 17, 19, where her judgment had come upon the great harlot in one hour, instead of a day. The sense seems to be that judgment would come quickly and suddenly, similar to what the Lord had claimed in his Olivet Prophecy (Matthew 24:36-42). There, Noah’s preaching ministry about the coming judgment lasted 120 years (cp. Genesis 6:3), but no physical event supported Noah’s prophecy until the day and the hour the floods finally came. On the contrary, everything appeared normal, but judgment fell immediately following Noah and his family entering the ark (Matthew 24:37-39; Luke 17:27). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Come Out of Her My People

Babylon Come out of her my people

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Late in his ministry, Jesus told parables about merchants, the first in Matthew (Matthew 25:14-30) and the second in Luke (Luke 19:12-27). In these stories the merchants were Jesus’ disciples who acted out of faith to gain other disciples for Jesus, thus, enlarging the Kingdom of God.[1] The point is that “the merchants of the earth, (who) were waxed rich through the abundance of the great harlot’s delicacies” (Revelation 18:3), were the followers of the leadership of the Jerusalem’s authorities, who had rejected the Gospel by persecuting Jesus’ servants. These merchants were those who peddled Judaism around the world, and their works benefited from the adulterous acts of Jerusalem, the great harlot of the first century AD. In other words as the Jews looked to Caesar more and more (John 19:15), and the more they benefited in terms of wealth and prominence in Caesar’s world, the more Judaism was held in high esteem. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Babylon the Great Has Fallen!

Babylon the Great

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Years ago, when I was a young man, beginning to read the Bible for the first time in my life, while I was a member of my country’s armed forces, I began with the last book of the Bible! Imagine, reading the final chapter before reading the first. That’s simply not the way to read any book. Nevertheless, I was captivated by the Apocalypse and wanted to learn all I could about it. Over a period of two years I found many folks who were more than willing to unveil its mysteries to me, and I ended up in what many Christians termed a cult. Its leader was very dogmatic about what the Bible says, and his word, i.e. the leader’s word was to be trusted at all costs. I spent close to four years in that fellowship, and it almost cost me my faith. It would be years before I would attend another church. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Seven Heads Are Seven Kings

Seven Hills of Jerusalem

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In the seventeenth chapter of the Apocalypse, the angel began to unveil the identity of the beast by saying: “The seven heads are seven mountains,[1] on which the woman sits” (Revelation 17:9). That is, she rests or finds her life in these seven heads. Much has been said by Biblical scholars to show that Rome was built upon seven hills (or mountains), thereby seeking to substantiate their futuristic conclusions about the Apocalypse. After all, Rome wasn’t destroyed in the first century AD, so the Apocalypse must have been written with a view toward some point in time far into the future. Nevertheless, there were other cities in the ancient world that were built upon seven mountains or hills. Jerusalem was one of those cities.[2] Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Sixth Bowl and Three Unclean Spirits

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Presently we are finishing up on the study of the seven bowls of wrath of Revelation 16. In Revelation 16:13 John mentioned that he saw three unclean spirits come out from within the bodies of the Dragon,[1] the Beast and the False Prophet. How should we understand this? At least the Dragon and the Beast are metaphors for realities that extend over time and include not only different empires but different kings. What would it look like, for example, for a spirit to leap out of the Babylonian, the Persian, the Grecian and the Roman empires, all of whom, according to Scripture, are different from one another? Can a spirit be in more than one place at the same time? Could this same spirit be in different ages at the same time? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 4, 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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Who Is Able to Fight the Beast?

Persecution

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Because the earth (“ge” – G1093) wondered over the beast’s return to power, they worshiped the dragon (Revelation 12:3-4, 9), whom they believed had caused it to occur (Revelation 13:4). What needs to be kept in mind is that the Greek word for world (G1093) in the KJV is translated so, only here in Revelation 13:4. Everywhere else in the New Covenant Scriptures (242 other occurrences) the Greek word, ge (G1093), is translated earth, land, ground or country (in the KJV). So, it isn’t the world, per se, that “wondered after the beast” but rather the citizens of the land—the Jews. They wondered after the beast and ended up worshiping the dragon for giving the beast its authority. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Healing the Deadly Wound

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There are many theories among scholars concerning the beast receiving a fatal wound to one of its heads and its subsequent, miraculous healing. Some, for example, believe Nero’s death was the deadly wound, and his resurrection as Antichrist would be its healing.[1] Others claim that Nero was killed and “rose” to life in the person of Domitian.[2] Still others see the fall of the Roman Empire as the deadly wound, and its healing occurred with the rise of Charlemagne.[3] Yet, none of these (nor similar interpretations that might be named) seem to fit the context of the Apocalypse, which seems to put its culmination or fulfillment in the first century AD. Moreover, if no one was able to open and understand the contents of the scroll with its seven seals (Revelation 5:1-3), what causes us to think we are able to understand this book without letting Jesus reveal it to us through his words found elsewhere in the Bible (Revelation 5:4-5; cf. 2Peter 1:20)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 19, 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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The Whole Army of God

Army of God

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After he blew his trumpet the sixth angel was told to “Loose the four angels who are bound in the great river Euphrates” (Revelation 9:14). It seems that these angels held back something of import that, if not held in check, would spread across the whole of the land of the Jews prematurely. It is often thought that, because these angels are “bound,” they must be evil angels, but such is not necessarily so. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 10, 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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The Controversy Over Authority

Jewish AuthoritiesAuthority is a very sensitive matter. Who has authority? The state claims authority over much of our lives. Some consider that they intrude upon matters they should not, that some personal things shouldn’t interest the state. In America it is claimed that the ordinary citizen has certain inalienable rights, or put another way, we have inalienable authority over certain matters. A case in point would be we have personal authority over our faith. The state has no right or authority to intrude upon that personal authority, unless we abuse it by intruding ourselves upon the personal rights or authority of another person. Authority has always been a sticky matter, and Luke tells us of the suspicion of the Jewish authorities over the claims Jesus was making against them in matters dealing with authority. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Hatred Toward Jesus and the Publicans

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As far as the collection of taxes was concerned, the official responsible to Rome during the time of Jesus, would have been Herod Antipas for Galilee and Peraea. Matthew would have been one of Herod’s agents. In matters dealing with Judea and Samaria, the official agent responsible to Rome for collecting taxes would have been either Pilate or the president of Syria, and Zacchaeus would have been one of his agents. It seems, however, that the text places a greater responsibility upon Zacchaeus than upon Matthew, who may have been responsible for only a specific location in or near Capernaum. Zacchaeus, on the other hand, seems to have been the taxing authority in Jericho, and, no doubt, he had other taxing agents working under his authority. These agents would have been responsible to him, but he was responsible to the Roman authority accountable for collecting taxes for Rome. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Zacchaeus, the Chief Tax Collector

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Who is Zacchaeus? His name is a form of Zechariah, which means righteous one. We find him only in Luke’s Gospel account, and then only in Luke 19. We are able to understand that he at least heard about Jesus, if he hadn’t already met him. He is a short man, and, because he cannot see Jesus passing by, he ran ahead of the disciples in order to climb a tree and thereby get a glimpse of Jesus over the heads of the crowd, as Jesus and his disciples passed by. One has to wonder what this is all about. It seems from the text that the Lord looked for him, because he says he must stay at his home overnight, as though he had a prior appointment with him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Judgment and a Warning

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In Luke 17:31 Jesus seems to be speaking of the days were coming when the Jews and Rome would be at war. This war would come as one of Jesus’ first acts of judgment against those who judged him and refused to repent (Matthew 26:64; Mark 14:62). The war would come as judgment that would destroy both the city of Jerusalem and its Temple (cf. Daniel 9:26). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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