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The Fifth Bowl and Darkness

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In our study of the seven bowls of wrath of Revelation 16, we have come to the fifth bowl. The fifth angel poured out his bowl of wrath upon the seat of the Beast. Scholars have long assumed and even sought to prove through the annals of history that the seat of the beast (i.e. his throne or center of government) was Rome or the Vatican,[1] but, unless one embraces Preterism for one’s eschatology, it is really difficult to find anyone who would claim Jerusalem was the seat or throne of the Beast. Yet, as an honest consideration of the facts would reveal, this is the perspective that Scripture takes. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Mighty Angel

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There seems to be a great deal of confusion over who this mighty angel is in chapter ten of the Apocalypse. Some conclude he is the Emperor Justin who ruled in favor of orthodoxy and against the Arians concerning the deity of Jesus. Others say he is evil and represents the papacy and the little book his cannons and decrees. Still others want to say the angel is Luther and the other reformers of his day and the little book is represents the Protestant doctrines of reformation. Nevertheless, all of these interpretation represent the newspaper exegetes of their day, and what they say is purely subjective in nature, without an ounce of objective evidence. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and in this case the eating has to do with the word of God. The Scriptures tell us who this angel is, and what was really in his hand. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Blowing the 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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Apocalyptic Language

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Probably some of the greatest errors in Biblical understanding occur because folks take literally what should be understood spiritually. Jesus told those to whom he preached that they erred because they didn’t take into consideration that the words he spoke were spiritual (John 6:61-63), and they kept trying to make sense of them literally (John 6:60). We can avoid this type of misunderstanding, if we use the word of God to interpret itself for us, by comparing one part of Scripture with another part (1Corinthians 2:13). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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