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The Locusts Prepare for Battle!

Roman Horseman

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The Roman army was a very sizeable and mighty force to reckon with. They were noted for how swiftly they were able to mobilize their military forces and bring them to the battlefield. The locusts are compared with the war horse in Revelation 9:7, which are mentioned again in Joel 2, concerning a day of darkness and thick clouds (cf. Revelation 9:2), when a mighty army comes as horsemen in battle (Joel 2:2-4). Any Jew who was acquainted with the Scriptures would have understood that his only hope in gaining victory over such a military machine was, if God would take his side against the Roman oppressor. Nevertheless Jesus and his disciples through their preaching the Gospel claimed this would be a time of judgment against his people. Now, all the Jews could do was wait for the battle to come to them. They rejected their only Savior, so they faced the greatest war-machine of their day without any hope of victory (Luke 23:29-30; cf. Revelation 6:16). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Locusts Who Hurt Men for Five Months

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In Revelation 9:2 the star or the high priest was given authority over the key to the abyss. In other words he could either open the pit or leave it closed. The choice was his. We are told that, he opened the pit, and this caused smoke to arise immediately and darken the air and the sun.[1] I am reminded at this point of Revelation 8:3-5, where Jesus, the High Priest, takes the prayers of the saints, represented in the smoke of the incense and casts them to the earth in a kind of judgment from God. In Revelation 9:2 the fallen star or a corrupt high priest seems to hide heaven with his prayer represented in the smoke.[2] Apparently, the answer to this prayer was a foregone conclusion in that the nation rebelled and expected God to support their effort by sending their messiah—but not Jesus.[3] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 1, 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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The Second Seal – The Red Horse

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Keeping in mind that the book that Jesus was unsealing in chapter six of the Apocalypse is the same book the Father had given him that would unveil Jesus to his disciples (Revelation 1:1-3), the second seal was removed by Jesus who sat upon the throne (viz. Revelation 5:1-5). When the second seal was broken, John saw the second living being, probably the one who was like a bullock (Revelation 4:7), who then commanded the second rider to “Go!” (Revelation 6:3), and John saw a fiery colored horse, and its rider was given a huge sword (Revelation 6:4). This is the vision, but what does it mean? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Word of Christ’s Patience

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According to Revelation 3:10, Jesus claimed the church at Philadelphia had kept the word of his patience (G5281). Patience is what is required of believers who have done the will of God, as they ‘wait’ for their reward (Hebrews 10:36). In fact, the fruit of the labor of a good and honest heart is brought forth with patience (Luke 8:15). This is simply how this is done. The seed or the word of God is planted, and it gives birth to the plant or the ‘life’ produced by the seed (word of God), and that ‘life’ produces fruit or good works after the sower waits patiently for that inner ‘life’ to do its work. In other words, the church preached the Gospel and waited with patience (G5281) for the fruit to be produced. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Beating Swords Into Plowshares

Sword and PlowshareAll futurists predict violence in the Second Coming of Christ, which (according to them) has yet to occur. Dispensationalists tell us, for example, in the Battle of Armageddon Jesus will destroy about 200 million soldiers. Others conclude that all of the enemies of Christ will be destroyed, until the only survivors are believers. Therefore, if Christ came today, considering the number of believers v/s unbelievers, I wonder how many billions of people would be wiped out, for no other reason than their leaders led them astray. I once read and later reread Paul Copan’s book: Is God a Moral Monster. Nothing that is recorded in that book, which the new atheists have said to accuse the God of the Old Testament of evil, even comes close to killing billions of people for no other reason than doubt or uncertainty. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2018 in AD 70 Eschatology

 

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Debunking Premillennial Eschatology

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I am involved in a study of Matthew 16:27-28. According to the premillennial[1] interpretation of eschatology, we must place a gap between verses 27 and 28 of Matthew 16. The reason being, the Second Coming of Christ could not have occurred in the first century AD, when Jesus said it would in Matthew 16:28. Therefore, Jesus’ coming in his Kingdom (verse-28) **must** be different from his coming in the glory of his Father (verse-27). The problem with this point of view is that the scriptures never speak of a third coming of Jesus, nor do they speak of a second Second Coming, i.e. a Second Coming in two parts. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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