The Book of Revelation
To begin our study on the Book of Revelation, we will start with the meaning of the word Revelation. If we go to the Greek dictionary of the Strong's concordance, we will find that it means "Apocalypse," or the unveiling. (#602 apokalupsis from the prime #601 apokalupto) which means, "to take off the cover." (i.e. disclose or reveal). Many priests, pastors, scholars, and critics will tell you that you cannot understand this book, or that it does not apply to us. Many people even believe they will not be here during the tribulation; an integral part of the book that will be discussed in detail. DO NOT BE DECEIVED! The book of Revelation would not be part of the Bible if was not meant to be understood. In fact, the third verse of chapter one tells us that blessed are the ones who read, understand, and teach this prophecy. The Book of Revelation was written approximately 95 or 96 A.D. in the aisles of Patmos by the apostle John, better know as "John the revelator," while he was imprisoned. John was full of zeal and a little quick tempered, which earned him the nickname "Boanerges," given to him by Christ. The name means "Son of Thunder."
It is very important as we study this book that you keep in mind (in the tenth verse of chapter 1), John was taken in the Spirit to the future. He would see events taken place in the Lord's day, or the millennium period of time. Throughout the Book we go back and forth in time from the future millennium age to the beginning of time itself. Also very important is to keep in mind that 1,000 of our years is one year with the Lord, as stated in (2 Peter 3:8). There is a lot of controversy between scholars about certain chapters and verses in the book of Revelation, but if we carefully follow the book, it all flows and comes together revealing the finale days of God's glorious plan, as we enter into a new world and heaven age.
1The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his
servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by
his angel unto his servant John: The angel was sent by God to John to
show unto His servants. John was shown these future activities that would occur
in a vision.
2Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. John wrote down all the words of God, testimony of Jesus Christ, and everything he heard and saw in his vision.
3Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. If you read this prophecy aloud to the church, you will receive a special blessing from the Lord. Those who listen to it being read and do what it says will also be blessed. The time is near when all these things will come true.
4John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; To the seven churches which circled around in Asia Minor. (This is how you will be able to choose the right church, or see if your church is teaching the full truth). Grace and peace from the God who is, and was, and is to come. And from the seven fold Spirits before His throne. (Speaking of the Holy Spirit).
5And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood. Jesus Christ who faithfully reveals all truth to us. (He was the first to rise from the dead to die no more). Christ paid the awesome price for us at the crucifixion; His blood was shed to wash away all our sins.
6And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Today we are His servants; but in the future those who are faithful, He will make kings and priests in His Kingdom.
7Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. When Christ returns at the seventh trump, everyone will know. (We will all be changed to our spirit bodies). Everyone will see Him come; even those who pierced Him. (All nations will weep in sorrow and terror when He comes). "And so it will be."
8I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. From A-Z, the Alpha and Omega; the beginning and the end. (This would be the full Godhead; The Father, The Son, The Holy Spirit).
9I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. John, our brother in Christ, who has suffered for the Lord's sake for the testimony of Christ. John received this revelation when he was exiled to the island of Patmos. (John had been teaching at the church of Ephesus in Asia Minor, where he was arrested at the orders of Emperor Domitian). After the Emperor died in AD 96, John was released and went back to the city of Ephesus.
10I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet. As we said in the introduction, you must understand this verse and keep it in mind throughout our study. John was in the spirit on the Lord's day, and taken to the future at the beginning of the millennium. Again as stated in (2 Peter 3:8-10), 1,000 of our years is one year with the Lord. (The millennium). God is longsuffering that any should perish, but all would come to repentance in the millennium. (The 1,000 year period when people will learn the truth and all evil will be destroyed).
11Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. God is the A-Z, the beginning and the end. Paul was to write down all he was about to see and send it to the seven churches in Asia. These churches represent all churches, and you can identify your church by these examples and what they would teach.
12And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; There is a great deal of symbology used in the book of revelations. Jesus will tell us what the seven golden candlesticks represent below in verse 20.
13And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. The "Son of man" is Jesus Christ. Daniel used this title to describe the coming Messiah. (Daniel 7:13).
14His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; The actual presence of God.
15And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. Waters utilized here means many peoples. (All will understand and hear the voice of the Lord).
16And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. We will find out what the seven stars represent below in verse 20. (The sharp two edged sword represents the Word of God). The Word can cut deep into our soul revealing our sin, or it can bring out the good and build us up. Can you see the symbolism? For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12). His countenance was like the sun shinning in its strength. (His look, or face brings forth the light). Peter, James, and John saw it when they seen Jesus transfigured. And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. (Matthew 17:1-2). "They seen Jesus shine at the peak of His glory."
17And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: From A-Z, the Alpha and Omega; the beginning and the end. (I am that I am). (John fell to his face in worship). This is what happens when one gets a glimpse of glory. Did it happen before? As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake. (Ezekiel 1:28). Ezekiel saw the very likeness of the glory of God; the same that John seen when he was taken in the spirit?
18I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Christ lives! Through the Holy Spirit He will give us the knowledge to open the doors of truth; and the truth shall set you free. "Jesus Christ holds the key to Heaven and hell."
19Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; These things were given to the apostle John to write down from the Lord's day.
20The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. Here is the big mystery of the seven stars and seven candlesticks. The seven stars represent the seven angels, or overseers of the church. The seven candlesticks represent the churches themselves. No mystery here; you see, symbology helps simplify His teachings.
Chapters 2 & 3 in the book of Revelation are written to the churches of Asia minor, which made up the group of churches representing the churches of the world. We will discover in these two chapters which churches were pleasing to God. Only two of the seven churches were pleasing to God because of what they taught. The two churches were the church of Smyrna and the church of Philadelphia. These names have nothing to do with names of churches today, they just represent a type. They will however tell us what your church should be teaching. (It would be their righteous deeds that apply to us today).
the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the
seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden
candlesticks; Speaking to the church of Ephesus. Again, the mystery of the
seven stars represent the seven
angels, or overseers of the church, and the seven candlesticks represent the
2I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: They did not tolerate sin among their members and they carefully examined those who claimed to apostles but were not. (Always check out your teacher with the word so you are not deceived).
3And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. They patiently worked hard at it without quitting.
4Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. But, they wondered away from Christ, the living Word. (To many traditions and nonsense teaching).
5Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. Remember how it was with thy first love (Christ), when you followed the Word. Now they just play church and follow doctrines of men. (If they do not repent and change their ways, they will be removed from the place among the churches).
6But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate. The good part was that they hated the immoral deeds of the Nicolaitanes. The Nicolaitanes were Balaamites; followers of the man who induced the Israelites to fall by lust and attend idol feasts. (Revelation 2:14, Numbers 31:15-16).
7He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. Do you have an ear to hear? To everyone that overcomes and is victorious, "He will give the tree of life which is Christ." (Paradise is the Garden of God).
8And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; This message was from Christ, who died for us and came back to life; defeating death and the one who had the power of death which is Satan. (Hebrews 2:14).
9I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. We are not speaking of our brother Judah, but those who claimed to be Jews and were not. We are speaking of the Kenites who were the sons of Cain (the first murderer), who are sons of the devil. (John 8:42-44). A church must know the truth and not be afraid to teach it. Knowing who the children of Satan are (The Kenites), and teach it. Does your church teach this?
10Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. We should not fear living in the pre-tribulation, or what lies ahead in the tribulation. The important part for Christians in the tribulation is taught in (Mark 13:9-11); when we will be delivered up before Satan in the hour of temptation. We are not to think, or premeditate what to say at that time, because the Holy Spirit will speak for us like on Pentecost day. Not an unknown tongue, but a language that everyone understands. They can't harm us in any way as stated in (Luke 21:18). If we are faithful till the end, even when facing death, God will give us the Crown of Life. (An unending glorious future). Tribulation ten days: Even though the tribulation of antichrist will last five months, our trials as Christians will not last more than ten days.
11He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. He who overcomes will not fear the second death. (The only one who has the power to destroy your soul is Christ).
12And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges. Out of the mouth of Christ comes the Word that is the two edge sword.
13I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. They lived in a city where Satan was at the center of their worship. Antipas was one of the church's first martyrs. But we must not forget that Antipas also has another meaning we should be aware of. In the Strong's concordance numbers 493, 473, and 3962 in the Greek dictionary it means "instead of," or anti-father. As stated in (2 Thessalonians 2), there will be a falling away first (apostasy), and the man of sin be revealed (the son of perdition). Who will this be? The antichrist (anti-father), that sits in the temple of God, claiming to be Christ.
14But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. They tolerated things of Balaam such as sexual sin and idol worship. (Balaam's main sins was that he was a preacher for money). Sound familiar?
15So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate. "The Nicolaitanes were a Greek form of Balaamites." Doctrines of false teachings and traditions, as many churches do today. "We call them hypocrites." (Those who act holier than thou playing church).
16Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. When Christ returns, He will fight against such churches, "using the truth of the Word."
17He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. The manna is the truth of God's Word. The stone could identify Christ. (Revelation 3:12, 19:12). But wait, A stone is also used in (Revelation 13:18), to count the number of the beast. Remember their is a true Christ and a false Christ (antichrist), who will come first. Make sure that your stone (your rock), is Jesus Christ, and not the stone used to identify Satan who comes pretending to be Christ.
18And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass. Eyes that can see right into the core, and the treading feet of polished brass. (Many scholars compare this church to the Roman Catholic Church).
19I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. Their kindness, gifts, service to the poor, and constant improvement in all these things.
20Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. Jezebel is a type that would teach that sexual sin is not important, practice immorality, and idolatry. (False religions, sexual immorality, and traditions). It's the church system we are talking about. (Not the true believers within the church). Does this fit any church you know?
21And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. She just kept it up with her pagan rights, and heathen religions. (No repentance at all).
22Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. They will be cast into a sickbed of intense affliction, or in the bed with Satan, unless they repent and change their ways.
23And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. He will make them spiritually dead according to their evil works.
24But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. Those who have not followed these false teachings and tradition of men, He will ask nothing further of them.
25But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. Speaking of those holding tightly to the truth until Christ returns.
26And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations. Those who overcome and hang till the end with truth, He will give the strength. (This applies to all nations of the world).
27And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. Jesus Christ will rule with those who overcome; and those who do not, will be smashed just like a clay pot.
28And I will give him the morning star. The "Morning Star" is Christ. But, the morning star is also one of Satan's names, and he is coming first to deceive many. (Strong's Hebrew dictionary #1966 heylel, "in sense of brightness" the morning star - Lucifer). But he is the fake that come first. Remember (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4)? Make sure you follow the true "Morning Star."
29He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Do you have an ear to hear?
In chapter 3 we will find the other church that Christ found favor in, that aligned with the church of Smyrna. It is the church of Philadelphia, who's meaning is brotherly love. They both taught the truth of God's Word and are examples of what all churches should be teaching. But first we start with the church of Sardis.
1And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he
that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that
thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Sardis was a live and
active church, but they were spiritually dead. They looked so holy and alive,
but they were just hypocrites. Sardis was a merchant town and
was the area of what many would call "the low life."
2Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Not everyone in the church was spiritually dead, but many are getting close to dying. Their deeds were far from right in the sight of God.
3Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. He is warning them to repent and turn back to Him again. A warning to wake-up and watch for the return of Christ. (Matthew 24:42-44). "Be ready for His return." (Matthew 24:45-51). Are you working on things that need to change in your life, or are you in party mode all the time? (Just let the good times roll)!
4Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. Some in Sardis have not soiled their garments with the worlds filth. They stuck with the Word and follow the ways of Christ. They had righteous acts and were fine examples of believers. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. (Revelations 19:8). The white robes (garments), made of fine linen represents the righteous acts of the saints.
5He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. Everyone who overcomes with the help of the "Holy Spirit" will be clothed in white robes. The white linen garments that are woven by your good works here on earth. They will not be blotted out of the book of life. Does this mean a person has led a perfect life? Not at all, we are all sinners, and no one is perfect. We are talking of one who has has repented for their sins, changes their ways, and tries their best to live a more righteous life in this corrupt world. (Christ will stand for you come judgment day).
6He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Listen up! These are the facts that the spirit is telling us.
7And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; Philadelphia meaning brotherly love. He finds no fault with this church because they have the "key of David" that shows you all truth. (The seed of David which is Christ). Read our study topic titled "The Key of David" for a better understanding.
8I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Many think God only uses big fancy churches and famous pastors. No so... The church of Philadelphia (a type), was not a strong church, or large popular church, but they kept God's Word and knew the truth. They kept the words of Christ close, and Christ is the key.
9Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Speaking of those in the synagogues who caused trouble to the early church. (Again, the Kenites who have caused Judah much dismay over the years). The church Philadelphia aligns with the teachings of Smyrna, who taught about the Kenites. Christ taught about this in the "parable of the sower." (Matthew 13 and Mark 4). Read our study topic: "Sons of Cain," if you are not familiar with the kenites.
10Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. If you keep His Word He will keep you from failing in the hour of temptation during the great tribulation. "i.e. you will be protected during the tribulation." (You are not going to fly-away like many believe). But, you must first know the truth of His Word before you can keep it. Have ye not read?
11Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Your crown is coming if you stand strong and know the truth.
12Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. For those who overcome (totally faithful), we will be pillars of strength to hold up in the temple of God. (New Jerusalem coming down from heaven). "Jesus will write God's Holy name upon us."
13He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Do you have ears to hear and eyes to see the truth? Church is where the truth of God's Word is being taught, then Christ is present. It has nothing to do with a big, or fancy building. We have one more church to cover below, but Smyrna and Philadelphia are the examples of what churches should be teaching today.
14And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; Amen meaning "That's That," or it is complete. One who stands firm, the faithful and true witness, the primary source of God's creation.
15I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. Just trying to please everyone; afraid to offend anybody because it may drive them out of the church. It is good to teach the truth of the Word because it weeds out the non-believers. (Don't always try to just be a popular church).
16So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. God does not like it when you are just lukewarm and spiritually dead. You must teach the truth and not be afraid to do so. "Boldly teach what others will not."
17Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: Laodicea was a wealthy city and church that thought they had no needs. They may be financially rich, but are spiritually dead and blind to the truth. How is your church doing?
18I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. Speaking of spiritual gold that is refined truth form Christ. (This keeps us clothed in white raiment and not ashamed). The eye salve, or spiritual medicine helps us to see the truth. Even Solomon would say: How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. (Proverbs 16:16).
19As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Christ will continually discipline and punish everyone He loves, till they turn from their indifference, repent, and become enthusiastic about the things of God. Not the things of the world.
20Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Christ will not beg people to be saved and we can't either. When you hear Him calling you need to answer, and then He will come and fellowship with you. Conversion comes from within. Read our study topic: "Christian Conversion."
21To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. To all that conquer, He will let sit beside Him on the throne, just as He conquered and took His place with the Father on His throne.
22He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. This is what the spirit is saying to those who have an ear to hear. This completes the letter to the churches.
In the first verse of chapter 4, many will tell you this is the rapture of the church. The writings to the church are over in chapter 3 of revelation. The church has no article in the first verse of chapter 4. Remember in chapter 1 verse 10 of the book of Revelation, that John was taken in the Spirit to the first day of the millennium, not the church.
1After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the
first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which
said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
It is Christ that is going to show John what is going to happen, not the church. This
has nothing to do with rapture.
2And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. Again, it was John that was in the Spirit. (Here we are talking about the throne of God).
3And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. In those days, on the breastplate of the priest there were twelve stones, each representing a tribe of Israel. The jasper and the sardis stone were the first and the last of the twelve stones. (Exodus 28:17-21). These two stones were symbolic of the twelve tribes of Israel. (The rainbow being the prism of all the stones).
4And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. These represent the twelve patriarchs (Fathers of those tribes), and the twelve apostles (Disciples), of Christ.
5And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. The seven spirits of God. (Represented by the seven lights of the menorah). The Menorah with its seven branches is a perfect picture of the Seven Spirits of YHWH, as shown in (Isaiah 11:2-3). "The Spirit of YHWH shall rest upon him, the Spirit of Chochmah (Wisdom), and Binah (Understanding), the Spirit of Atzah (Counsel) and Gevurah (Might), the Spirit of Da'at (Knowledge), and of the Yirah (Fear), of YHWH."
6And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. Crystal always represents purity. The four beasts are the Cherubim's (Zoon or Zoa, living Protectors), to guard the throne of God. These are living creatures that are all knowing. Keep in mind that we are seeing what John had seen. (God's throne at the beginning of the millennium).
7And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. Again, these four beasts (living creatures), with wings are Cherubim; symbolic representation of the Glory of God in His divine attributes. The face of a lion is the image depicting God's strength. The face of a calf depicts His sacrifice. The face of a man is God as He was manifested in the flesh. The face of the flying Eagle, is His judgment, or protection over us. These symbols point directly to the Glory of God. (Whenever Israel camped, it was according to these standards). Dan (The Eagle), took the north, Judah (The Lion), took the east, Reuben (The Man). took the south, and Ephraim (The calf, or Ox), took the west. Reference: (Numbers chapter 2).
8And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. These four beast (living creatures), were created without free will to guard the throne of God. Believed by most scholars to be the same living creatures described in Ezekiel chapter one between 550 and 600 B.C., when God's throne was said to be aboard the vehicle described by Ezekiel. (Ezekiel 1:4-14).
9And when those beasts give glory and honor and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, They live to give God glory. (That is what they were created for).
10The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, As in verse four, these are the twelve twelve patriarchs (Fathers of those tribes), and the twelve apostles (Disciples), of Christ. They tip their crowns to the "King of King's and Lord of Lord's."
11Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. God created all things for His pleasure, but He has given us free will. He will not force anyone to love Him, because that would be fake love. God is long suffering, and is willing that all will come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9). Do you wish to be saved and come to repentance? Remember that we are all sinners in the eyes of God, and we all need to repent and come to know Jesus Christ.
Verses 1-4 in chapter 5 talks of one being worthy to open the book or scroll. In John's time, official messages were often sent rolled up and then a wax seal was applied to hold it shut. The seal usually contained an official stamp. (Jesus' tomb itself was sealed in this manner). To break the seal was not a matter of ability, but of authority. In today's terms, it's illegal to open someone else's mail. It was apparent that this particular seal required supreme authority to open. Let us continue to see who that was.
I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and
on the backside, sealed with seven seals. Seven meaning spiritual
completeness. The book, or scroll is the Logos (Written Word), or Jesus Christ who is
the Living Word.
2And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? A mighty angel was shouting: Who is worthy to break the seals on this scroll, and unroll it?
3And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. No one in all heaven and earth, or among the dead was permitted to open the book and read it. But, don't let anyone tell you that this means you cannot study the book of Revelation. "The word revelation means to reveal."
4And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. John was kind of bummed that no one was worthy to open the book. No man, or woman was worthy. (All failures).
5And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. The Lion of the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:9-10), and the root of David (Isaiah 11:1), is Christ. Jesus paid the price on the cross at His crucifixion, and was the only one worthy to break the seals and open the scroll.
6And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. The Lamb that was slain was Christ. (John 1:29). The seven horns and seven eyes which represent the seven fold Spirit of God. (Zechariah 3:9, and 4:10). (Those seven eyes patrol the whole earth). Part of the seven fold spirit of God is "eyes that can see," with understanding. Do you have eyes to see and ears to hear the truth? Read our study topic titled: "Eyes of the watchman."
7And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. Speaking of our Heavenly Fathers Throne. Jesus Christ was the only one qualified to take the book. (The near-kinsman). He became fully human. (Hebrews 2:14). He paid the price. (Hebrews 9:24-26).
8And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. They fell down to worship before the Lamb playing harps. (Kithara, meaning harp, or guitar). In the future they may be playing some awesome licks. The odors, or incense are the prayers of the saints (God's people). He always hears our prayers when we need it.
9And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; A new song everyone will love. Yes, there is going to be music in heaven; God gave many musicians talent, and He loves to hear them play. Christ's blood has bought our salvation, if we accept it. All people, and all nations, can have eternal life. (1 Peter 1:17-19). There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28).
10And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. Those who have overcome (the saints), He will make kings and priests. (Revelation 1:5-6). Gather into His Kingdom to reign with Christ a thousand years. (Revelation: 20:6). As "kings," we will rule with Him; as priests, we will teach, and bring the people to God sharing the truth.
11And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; John was overwhelmed by the number of angels; a countless number singing around the throne of God.
12Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. They were singing of the lamb slain being worthy, and the seven things that were received. Power (dunamis), from the Holy Spirit to give us the ability to serve Him. Riches (spiritual riches), through His word to build the soul, not our bank book. Wisdom (sophia), a wise mind in God's ways, not the ways of the world. (2 Timothy 2:15). Strength (ischus), physical strength. God is all powerful; we are not. However, He will give us the strength to stand and carry on His work. Honor (respect and high value on life), a hard thing to find in today's world. Glory (doxa, splender, brightness, fame), giving all the credit to God. (You are nothing without God). Blessing (eulogia), good words towards God as well as others. (We can never give enough gratitude towards God).
13And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. This takes place on the Lord's day when every knee will bow.
14And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever. When they say Amen; It means "That's, That." That is how it is and will be forever.
In the next two chapters we are going to cover six of the seven seals. Keep in mind that the seals are not in chronological order as far as time is concerned, but are given in chronological order for a better understanding of events that will take place. The seals are a teaching tool. The trumps and the vials are in chronological order as far as time is concerned. However, the sixth seal, the sixth trump, and the sixth vial, all align in order and refer to the time of antichrist and his number (666).
I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise
of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. One of the first
living creatures (Angelic beings, the cherubim), will be involved in this
first seal. He tells John to come and see what
2And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. A white horse is always a symbol of victory. That is why many believe the one riding the white horse here is Christ. It is not... The white horse here represents the antichrist. The bow in his hand described here means (toxon); Strong's Concordance Greek Dictionary #5115 meaning cheap fabrication, or fake. (The crown represents exalted rank and prize to victors). Conquering and to conquer: (He will grow in political power). Keep in mind, the antichrist come first before the real Christ, and he is coming in peace, acting like a savior. (Remember Matthew 24:4-5 and Mark 13:5-6). Christ has foretold us all these things so that we would not be deceived.
3And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. Christ (the lamb), opens the second seal. One of the second living creatures invites John to come and see.
4And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. The red horse represents war. (Remember the wars and rumors of wars mentioned in Matthew 24:6 and Mark 13:7). There will probably be signs of a global nuclear war threat. (Man has never created a weapon that he did not try to use). Satan will utilize this time to try to bring peace to the earth gaining favor with those who follow him. Through his peace he will deceive and destroy many. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. (Daniel 8:25).
5And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. Christ opens the third seal and the angel tells John to come and see. (Balances stands for justice, and black represents famine). There will be famines in the land just as there is today, but the famine in the end time is not for bread or water, but for hearing the truth of God's Word. (Amos 8:11-12).
6And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. There will be famines in the land as stated in (Matthew 24:7 and Mark 13:8). The time is coming when you will work a full day for a loaf of bread. Were not that far off now with the rising cost of living. People barely getting by working paycheck to paycheck, without even a dollar left over at the end of the day. (Were not that far from an economic crash). But wait... What about the oil and wine? (Won't affect those). Oil and whine are considered to be luxuries. For the common man and poor it will seem like a famine; for the wealthy, there will be no lack. "Its happening today my friend, be ready."
7And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. The fourth living creature says to John, come and see with understanding.
8And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. The pale horse represents death. The power is given to the "Beast System," that looks so religious, but is controlled by Satan. (Remember that Satan represents death). Do not be deceived by this false religious system.
9And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: The fifth seal is opened and we go back to the beginning of time. John had seen all those souls slain, who stood up for the Word of God. (Thousands upon thousands put to death for their faith in Jesus Christ).
10And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? The revenge of the Lord for all those souls that were persecuted for following God. Vengeance is for the Lord. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. (Romans 12:19).
11And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. This refers to the ones who remain on earth till this day that will also be persecuted for their faith. Many will be delivered up before Satan at the hour of temptation. (Mark 13:9-12). Again, Christ has foretold us all things. (Mark 13:13-23). Don't worry; those who remain faithful till the end, not one hair on our heads will be touched. (Luke 21:18). Be patient, He is coming soon. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9). God wants to give all His souls a chance at repentance first.
12And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; We see plenty of earthquakes around the world today. This one at the sixth seal may be the big one. (The time of the end). The sun turns black and the moon blood red. The whole sky turns dark because of all the deception and lies. (This is how it will look when evil has filled the air).
13And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. Speaking of the bad figs that are harvested out of season. The time when Satan is here with his band of angels and is exposed. (666); The sixth seal, the sixth vial, and the sixth trump. Then after the days of the tribulation; "Not before," is when the real Christ shall appear. (Mark 13:24-27). This is when our gathering back to Christ will be. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12).
14And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. This is the time when the second Heaven age ends and the third heaven age begins. (Read our study topic titled "Three Earth Ages," for a better understanding).
15And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; Hiding from the return of Christ. All that were deceived and in shame for what they believed and taught to others. "False teachers that had been deceived."
16And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: They will want to die because they are ashamed. (They let Satan and false teachings deceive them).
17For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? Remember (Revelations Chapter 1 verse 10), John was taken in the spirit to the Lord's Day, and the wrath of the Lord has come. Who will survive It? Keep in mind that there are two tribulations. The tribulation of antichrist which comes first (you will be here), and then the tribulation of the real Christ. The first tribulation, God's people stand against the antichrist. (No need to worry, the "Holy Spirit" is with you). If you are in Christ, you do not need to worry about the second tribulation, "Christ is not coming to harm you." (You are part of the many member body of Christ, and will not be harmed by God's wrath).
Again it is very important to remember as stated in the tenth verse of chapter 1, in the book of Revelation, that John was taken in the Spirit to the future, (the Lord's day), or the millennium. So we will continue this study into the future of the Lord's day.
after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth,
holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth,
nor on the sea, nor on any tree. In biblical numeric,
four means earth. When we mention the holding of the four winds of the earth, it
has to do with the end of this earth age, as mentioned in (Daniel chapter 7),
"Vision of the four beasts," and (Ezekiel Chapter 37), "The valley of dry bones."
The four winds are being held back till this time of the end.
2And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, This is the angel that would sound the seventh trump. He has the job of putting the "seal of the living God" on the faithful servants of God.
3Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. Ordered not to hurt certain things of nature that are about to be destroyed till the servants of God have the seal of God in their heads. (i.e. their brain). The seal of God in our "foreheads" is a working knowledge of the truth of God's Word. The "beast mark" is just the opposite. (False doctrine, false teachings, and traditions of men, brought forth by Satan to deceive as many as he can). No one can deceive you when you have the seal of God in your head. "You are a servant of God now."
4And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. This does not mean that 144,000 are the only ones that are going to heaven as many want you to believe believe. Their will be many from all the tribes of Israel. (The subject here is the sealing of the truth in their foreheads). Many included here are those who overcame in the past; even as far back as the first earth age that did not follow Satan.
5Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. Juda being the first of the twelve thousand from the tribes of Israel that were sealed.
6Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.
7Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.
8Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand. Benjamin being the last of the twelve thousand from the tribes of Israel that were sealed. (In Biblical numerology, 12 is the number of governmental perfection). Many scholars believe the 144,000 sealed here could be the teachers in the millennium. However, they are not the only ones who will have salvation, standing before the throne of God, as we will see in the next verse.
9After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; There will be a number of people so big standing before God's throne, that no man can count it. Gentiles and Jews alike; all peoples of the world of every race and kind, clothed in white robes (their righteous acts), will have part in God's kingdom. The palm branches are ancient symbols of Israel, and represent victory. Palms were also used for the feast of tabernacles as stated in (Leviticus 23:39-41).
10And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. Salvation belongs to our Heavenly Father.
11And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, They were giving honor to God.
12Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. Amen, (Meaning That is That). These (7) things are stated to the Lamb. In (Revelation 5:12), the same (7) things are stated "worthy" is the Lamb. (The spirits of God).
13And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? John is given a little pop quiz here by one of the twenty-four elders. He is asked; who are these people and where did they come from? Lets see how John answers.
14And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. These are the ones who hung in there through the tribulation and were not deceived by Satan. (They did not want to fly-away in a false rapture). They did the work they were supposed to do, and they washed their robes with the blood of the Lamb, "which is Christ." (Those who had righteous acts and waited on the Lord).
15Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. These are the ones who serve and work for the Lord. He will be with them forever.
16They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. They will hunger for the "Word" no more, for they will have the truth of God's Word sealed within. Read our study topic: All To Remembrance.
17For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. Christ will constantly feed them and be their shepherd, leading them to the fountains of living water. When the "truth in the word" is opened up to you, it is a wonderful thing. (You can feel the living water bubble-up in your spirit). Study His Word and exercise the spirit.
As we study the eighth chapter of the book of Revelation, remember that the seals are not in chronological order in reference to time, like the trumps and the vials. They simply forewarn us of what is to come in the future. Most importantly, they let us know for sure that Satan (antichrist), appears on the scene before the real Christ. Satan will try to deceive as many as possible, coming in peaceably and prosperously, with all his deceptions and lies. Do not be deceived!
when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space
of half an hour. This last seal has been opened. Silence in heaven for a
short period of time. (A slight pause because many things are about to take
place concerning the events of the tribulation). Some believe this is speaking
of the first half, of the "hour of temptation." The hour of temptation is
when Gods elect are delivered up before antichrist.
(Matthew 24:9, Mark 13:11). It may also be a short
pause in time when we see the abomination of desolation spoken by Daniel
the prophet, standing in the holy place. (Matthew 24:15, Daniel 9:27, 12:11).
One thing we know for sure; "there will be a period of silence."
(Perhaps God just wants everyone to shut-up for a moment and think about
what is going to happen). There is usually
silence before a great battle.
2And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. The word trumpets here means "action," or "charge" just as the seven angels were ready for. In the ancient book of (Enoch 20:1-7), but not a book of the bible, he gives the names of the seven angels: (Uriel, Raphael, Raguel, Michael, Sariel, Gabriel and Remiel).
3And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. This is a totally different angel from the ones holding the seven trumps. The incense represents all the prayers of the saints. When we pray for things in line with Gods Word, He answers our prayers. (They are sweet like incense to our Heavenly Father). When we pray for nonsense (things not in line with His word or will), He will not answer our prayers. (They stink to Him).
4And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand. This angel makes sure that all your prayers are heard. Not just yours, but the prayers of all the saints.
5And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. Keep in mind that God is that "consuming fire" of the alter. He can warm the hearts of many with the "Holy Spirit." (Those who know the truth of His Word and follow His ways). But, He can also consume those who follow Satan and scoff at the word.
6And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. The angels are ready for action, prepared to blow their mighty blasts. (Silence always comes before the storm).
7The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up. This is speaking of nature being destroyed on the earth. (Lightning, hail, and fire mingled with blood). Remember the seventh plague that Moses brought upon Egypt with Gods power. It was hail mixed with fire. (Exodus 9:24).
8And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; This mountain could very well represent a large meteor, or asteroid being cast down upon the earth and sea. Remember also, that the "waters" represent multitudes of people. (Revelation 17:15). Again, it was the first plague in Egypt that turned the waters into blood. (Exodus 7:20).
9And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed. Many of the living things in the sea will die. But wait... Will it be a physical death? Again, the waters represent the people. Many will die a spiritual death because they have been deceived and fallow the false messiah. Then here we also have "ships" that many scholars say represent commerce. Well, just take a good look at our economy and see where it is heading in the future.
10And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters. We are talking of "Satan" here, pretending to be Christ. Remember that "Lucifer" was the morning star that fell in the "first earth age." The "lamp or light" here is deception from Satan. Christ warns us in (Luke 10:18), about Satan falling from heaven. Remember that Christ is our true morning star, but He does not return till after the antichrist. (Matthew 24:29-30, Mark 13:24-26).
11And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter. The wormwood here is "Bitterness," or "Grievous." The star that falls is (Satan), who makes the waters (the people), become bitter and die a spiritual death, because of his deception and lies. (Totally deceived by Satan).
12And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise. The brightness of the sun, stars, and moon will be decreased by one third. (The sky's darkened after this catastrophic event). These are the signs in the sky's given to us as visual warnings of the end times. As stated in (Genesis 1:14), for signs and for years.
13And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound! A warning to the people of earth its about to get worse. This particular angel here is translated "Eagle" because of it's cry with a loud voice. The first four trumpets had to do with things of nature and the earth. (The next three trumpets will be concerning the flesh).
We are coming up to the fifth and sixth trump, and many get confused about who shows up on the scene first. We will find that the fifth trump warns us of who is coming at the sixth trump. The antichrist appears as the sixth trump is sounded, and it is the fifth trump that gives us the clues. God always gives us warnings, as Christ has foretold us all things. (Mark 13:23).
1And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the
earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. Star is
translated as angel here. Just as in (Revelation 1:20), "the stars are the
angels." Here it is believed by most scholars to be a satanic person.
"One of the
fallen angels, or Satan himself." Isaiah describes Satan's fall. (Isaiah
14:12-15). Many believe this star is a reference to Christ. The problem with
that is; Christ does not appear until the seventh trump. (Satanic being makes
the most sense).
2And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. A counterfeit (satanic being), has appeared. (Followed by smoke and darkness of the sun and air). This is just the opposite of what happens when Christ comes.
3And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. The locust devours everything in it's path; but these were not like regular locust that feed on vegetation. "They had the power like the scorpion." A scorpion stings with power in it's tail and paralyzes it's victim by injecting its body fluid. (This body fluid turns it's victim to mush before it devours it). Satan does the same to the minds of people that he deceives. He turns their minds to mush through false teaching and traditions of men. Remember, judgment begins at the pulpit. (1 Peter 4:17). How is your church doing?
4And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. Again, these are not ordinary locust that destroy vegetation. The locust army is commanded to hurt only those without the seal of God in their minds. What is the seal of God? "The Word of God." A working knowledge of the Word and God's overall plan, so you cannot be tempted, or deceived by Satan and receive his mark. This mark is known as "the beast mark." This locust army was sent by God among His own people, as spoken of in (Joel 2:25-31). It speaks of the outpouring of God's spirit, just before the great and terrible day of the Lord. These locust cannot hurt the ones with the seal of God in their heads; because they have power over them and over Satan, as stated in the Book of Luke. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19). They can only hurt the one's who are deceived and follow Satan. Read our study topic titled: "The Locust Army," for a better understanding of the locust army.
5And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. For five months this locust army will torment as the scorpion. (Keep in mind the time of the locust is May through September). Satan will feed you so much deception during this time; that he will start to control you if you let him.
6And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. They will want to die because they are ashamed for following Satan and his lies. Death flees them because death is about to be destroyed at the seventh trump.
7And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. Horses represents power, and they are ready for battle. They had crowns of gold because they were servants of the king. (However, their king is not our king). "They are led by Satan!"
8And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. The hair of a woman represents gentleness, and they appeared gentle. "But they have the teeth of a lion, that rips and tears it's prey."
9And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. A priest wears the breastplate, but these are false teachers with breastplates of iron.
10And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. Remember that they cannot touch those who have the seal of God. (Only those without Gods seal). They will only have five months of power. Now, when will this five month period take place? No one knows the exact date, but Christ does tell us the time period when referring to the locust. (The time of the locust is May through September as stated before). This is the natural time of the locust, and God always uses nature in His Word to give us insight and clues in the Word.
11And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. Satan is their king; Apollyon means destroyer. Satan is the destroyer and son of perdition, playing his roll as antichrist. This is spoken of in (2 Corinthians 11:13-15), when false apostles are transforming themselves into apostles of Christ, and Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. In the Strong's, "transformed" is to "transfigure or disguise." Strong's #3345 in the Greek dictionary. DO NOT BE DECEIVED!
12One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter. One terror now ends, but there are two more coming.
13And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, These are the four horns of power that come from the golden altar of God.
14Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. Euphrates represents the boundary between Gods children and Babylon. The angels that are bound are bad angels. These angels are spoken of in (Jude 1:6). "The fallen angels." Paul would also speak of these angels in (1 Corinthians 11:10). The woman must have the power of God (the word of God), upon her head to protect her from the return of the "fallen angels." Read out study topic titled: "The Fallen Angels."
15And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. These four angels to be released upon the earth in that moment.
16And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. An army of at least 200 million in Satan's army. This could be a larger number in view of the world population will be over 6 billion in the near future. (We are dealing with Satan's little band of angels as we speak). Can you figure out who they are?
17And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. They are playing the roll of priests, and out of their mouths comes lies and deception. (Kind of like a lot of preachers today).
18By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. They die a spiritual death, because of the lies and deception. "False religious teachers." They look and act so holy, but deceive one third of the people on earth.
19For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. The only power they have is from following the serpent. Satan; the master of lies! It will hurt when they lie to you. Did you ever have someone lie to you just to find out later? It hurts, doesn't it?
20And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: The ones claiming to be servants of God. "They can't save anyone." (Hypocrites that worship idols, following false teachings and traditions of men).
21Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. Spiritual murders, polluting the minds of others trying to steal Gods Kingdom. Do you know what "sorceries" means in the bible? Strong's Greek dictionary #5331 "Pharmakeia" from #5332 "Pharmakeus" meaning medication, a spell-giving potion, a druggist, a poisoner! There are a lot of legal and illegal drug dealers out there in the world today that are poisoning the minds of adults and children. You know who they are, and God does not like it! "We call them pushers; and the pusher is a monster."
In chapter 10 of the Book of Revelation we are going to touch on the seven thunders. In order to understand the thunders, we need to know that it is lightening that causes thunder. The thunder always comes after the lightening, or after the action. Keep in mind that Satan falls like lightening as stated in (Luke 10:18).
1And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a
cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and
his feet as pillars of fire: The mighty angel of God Himself.
Many believe this is Michael the archangel.
Michael has a big part in the last days. And
at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the
children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was
since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people
shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. (Daniel
2And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, He held open in his hand a small scroll, standing in all powerful.
3And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. A great shout as the roar of the lion, as the seven thunders crashed their reply.
4And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. The voices of the seven thunders were not to be revealed at this time. Many teachers will tell you that this sealed the book of revelation and we are not to understand, or teach it. Wrong! It is the seven thunders that were sealed. "Not the Book of Revelation." Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. (Revelation 1:3). "We need to read and understand this book."
5And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, The mighty angel of God lifted his right hand to heaven pointing to the source; the One who makes these words true.
6And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: The time is up! There is no more delay. You better believe what this angel is about to say.
7But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. Through the prophets (Amos 3:7), God has told us of the "great mystery." Jesus speaks of it in (Matthew 13), the "parable of the sower," and the "parable of the tares," of the field. It was the understanding of this "Mystery" that separated the church of "Smyrna and Philadelphia" from the other five churches. (Revelation 2, 3). It is important that we understand this "mystery" and the parable. Read our study topic titled: Mysteries of God for a better understanding.
8And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. The book (scroll), is opened and it is being offered to John to take it.
9And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. John was given the book to devour it. (It would first taste sweet as honey, but after he chews on it and swallows it, it will become bitter). As Christians, we need to ask for the knowledge of the Word before we receive it. To eat it means to gain knowledge, or to digest the Word. When you first take the Word in it is as sweet as honey (feels so good and exciting), but as you digest the truth, and see the things that will happen in the end times to the unbelievers (those who have been deceived and follow Satan), it will sour your stomach. (Not to exciting for the unbeliever).
10And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. The bitterness is what you are going to see in the near future.
Ezekiel experienced this same thing.
Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that
thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. (Ezekiel
Receive My word into your mind and soul. Digest it and let it
be your nourishment. (The meat of the word). "Give this message I have given you
to the house of Israel."
So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat
that roll. (Ezekiel 3:2). Ezekiel obeyed the
Heavenly Father and took in the message of the scroll. (Gods word).
And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly
to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat
it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness. (Ezekiel 3:3).
When you take in the truth of Gods word, it
is as sweet as honey and it nourishes the soul. (Psalm 119:103, Proverbs
2:10-11, Revelation 10:9-10).
And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee
unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them.
(Ezekiel 3:4). Go to the people of Israel and give them My message.
Ezekiel was to prophecy to the people, just as John will be instructed to do
11And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. John was told to prophecy to the people. We are supposed to prophecy the truth of the Word to the unlearned. Just as they did on Pentecost day, spoken by the prophet Joel. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Acts 2:16-21). "All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved; before the great day of the Lord." (The millennium). DO NOT BE DECEIVED!
As we study chapter 11, keep in mind that the book of Revelation is the fulfillment of the old and the new testament. We will find out in this chapter about the two witnesses, and how God will work through His followers. (The many member bodied temple that will take place at the return of Christ).
1And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood,
saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that
worship therein. This reed is likened to a rod of correction, or
2But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. Keep in mind that any prophecy that is given in months, or moons is speaking of the antichrist (Satan), because he represents the night, or dark side. This forty two months, or 3-1/2 years is the time of great trials and persecutions as stated in (Daniel 12:5-10). The time will be shortened to five months for the elects sake.
3And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two witnesses, the two individuals or prophets clothed in sackcloth that shall prophecy 1,260 days. Again keep in mind that any prophecy given in days are solar and of the sun, light, or of God. No one knows who the two witnesses will be, but most scholars believe they will be Moses and Elijah. Remember that Moses was buried by God as stated in the last chapter of Deuteronomy, and Elijah did not die, but was taken by a whirlwind as stated in (2 Kings 2). Two men with super powers, Moses and Elijah. (Exodus 14:21, 2 Kings 1:10-11). "They will have super powers from God."
4These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. The two olive trees are the two witnesses (the anointed ones), that help God as stated in (Zechariah 4:11-14). The two candlesticks I believe could represent the two churches that God approved of that were the church of Smyrna and Philadelphia. (In Revelations chapter 1, the seven candle sticks represented the seven churches).
5And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. God warning not to touch His anointed ones.
6These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. The two witnesses have the power to control nature any way they please. They will also be able to drive people to the truth. In (Revelations 17:15), it states that the waters represent peoples of every race and nation.
7And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. In (Revelation 9:4), it states not to touch anyone with the seal of God in their minds. However, Satan breaks this direct rule from God. Satan is the tyrant that rises from the bottomless pit and destroys them (the two witnesses), when they complete their 3-1/2 years of solemn testimony.
8And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. Their corpse will lie in the city of Jerusalem where Christ was crucified. (Spiritually dead city compared to Sodom). Why? Because the people have gone back to their old ways of bondage and sin. Isaiah compared Jerusalem and its rulers to Sodom long ago. Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. (Isaiah 1:10).
9And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. For 3-1/2 actual days the two witnesses will lie there for people from many nations to gaze at. No one will be allowed to bury them because Satan does not want to make martyrs of them.
10And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. There will be a worldwide holiday, and people everywhere will rejoice partying and giving gifts to one another because of the death of the two witnesses. Why? Because they had tormented them with the truth of God's Word. (The biblically illiterate and non-believers who have been deceived by Satan).
11And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. After 3-1/2 days, God brings them back to life in their spirit bodies, and a paralyzing fear comes upon the people.
12And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. They will rise to Heaven as their enemies watch. They are the only two that ascend to Heaven, so don't get in a hurry to leave. (No rapture here).
13And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. The 7,000 who die are believed to be the "fallen angels" who came to earth to seduce woman. Read our study topic titled: "The Fallen Angels." (Those who didn't die from the earthquake were frightened and gave glory to God).
14The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly. The first two woe's were the locust from the pit and the two witnesses, and the third quickly follows.
15And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. The seventh and final trump, the return of Christ, and the time we are changed to spiritual bodies. (The Lord and His anointed shall now rule the world from this day to eternity).
16And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, These are said to be by many scholars the 12 Patriarchs and 12 disciples, but we will not know till that time.
17Saying, We give thee thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. From the beginning, till the end times, and forever.
18And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. The time has come for Christ to judge the dead and reward His servants and prophets, and destroy those who destroy and corrupt the earth.
19And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail. The very temple of God in Heaven is opened to us and the "Ark of the Covenant" could be seen. "God's contract with us." The thunders, earthquake and hail is when Armageddon is taking place. The Ark of the Covenant: Many believe that it still remains here on earth, but it was taken by God and is in Heaven at this time. That is why they will never find it here on earth. (Sorry Indiana Jones).
Keep in mind that chapter 12 of Revelation covers a very long time span that goes back as far as the first earth age, as well as far into the future.
1And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the
sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: The
woman represents Israel, or a type.
2And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. Some believe this represents Mary giving birth to the Messiah, some see it as the nation of Israel giving birth to the Messiah. Some scholars say her delivery here represents a birth of a new world age. Read our study topic titled: Three Earth Ages, then you decide what makes more sense.
3And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. A sign in heaven... The great red dragon is Satan, and he utilizes the same government as he did in the first earth age. In the first earth age he wanted the mercy seat of God. He no longer wanted to serve God, but wanted to be like God. (Satan will have a lot of authority here on earth for a while).
4And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. The stars of heaven are the children of heaven. Satan's tail represents his flood of lies as he drew 1/3 of the angels in the first earth age. Now we switch to the woman in this earth age who represents the virgin Mary giving birth to her child. (The Messiah). Satan wanted to destroy Him but failed.
5And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. The man child would be Christ who ascended into heaven and would return in the second advent.
6And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. 1,260 days as compared to the days in Daniel. And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. (Daniel 12:11). From the time the daily sacrifice was taken away, (Christ's crucifixion was the daily sacrifice), till the abomination of desolation is set up, is 1,290 days. (A.D. 33 till 1948 = 1,290 of Daniels days). (33 years from 1948 = 1915). (1915 divided by 1,290 = 1.48). There is 1.48 of our years in one day of Daniel's, making it a common denominator. (Read appendix 89, 90).
7And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels. The war in heaven against good and evil. And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. (Daniel 12:1).
8And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. The dragon loses the battle and is no longer in heaven.
9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. This is when Satan is cast out of heaven and into the earth. (Up to this period it was just his spirit roaming the earth). Satan will be cast out to the earth just before the return of Christ, the 5 months of tribulation when Satan will be here in the flesh pretending to be Christ. (Mark 13:22-25). Jesus warns us in the seven seals (Revelation 6:12-13), and also in (Matthew 24:36-38). It will be as in the days of Noah when they were eating, drinking, and marrying with the fallen angels. (Genesis 6). Noah's flood also lasted 5 months.
10And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. The accuser is Satan. He is the accuser of Gods children. It was Satan who accused Job in the old testament. (Job 1:6-11). It is Satan who accuses us today, every time we sin.
11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. They overcame by the blood of the lamb and the Word of their testimony which is the Word of God. The truth of God's Word is what sets you free and brings salvation; not false teachings and traditions of men.
12Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. They rejoice in heaven because Satan is gone. But here comes that third woe we were waiting on. "Satan is right here on earth." He will not go quietly and is really ticked off. He wants to bring as many as possible with him through his deception and lies.
13And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. He persecutes the children of God and wants to hurt them. (Remember verse 1, the woman represents Israel).
14And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. 3-1/2 years that is shortened to 5 months Satan persecutes the children of God. God is the great eagle that protects His children, and the two wings represent the two witnesses. (Deuteronomy 32:10-12). Moses' Song, God protects as the eagle and carries the weak.
15And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. The flood of lies that come from Satan's mouth. The whole world will be deceived by Satan, including many deceived Christians. Remember the man child in (Revelation 12:5), is speaking of Christ. We as Christians follow Christ, and Satan (who comes first), loves to deceive Christians.
16And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. Satan and his flood of lies and deception will be exposed. Israel being rescued from the antichrist.
17And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Now Satan goes after the remnant of the woman. (Those who keep Gods commandments and have the testimony of Jesus Christ). Don't worry, these are the ones who remain till the end and stand for Christ. Satan will have no power over them. They have a secret weapon for spiritual warfare. "The sword of the Spirit." And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:17).
In chapter 13 we will find the rise of two beasts. One will be the rise of a one world political system and the other will be the rise of the religious beast which is the antichrist. There are analogies in this chapter that many find confusing, but if we follow the chapter carefully (verse by verse), and stay focused on the subject and object in His Word, it all comes together without confusion.
1And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the
sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon
his heads the name of blasphemy. In (Revelation 17:15), it tells us that the
waters represent the mass of people from every race and nation. Out of the
waters, are the people that the one world political system will rise from. This
same type of beast rose against God in the first earth age as stated in
The ten crowns: These are ten spiritual kings that antichrist brings with him
upon the earth.
(Blasphemy written upon their heads)!
2And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. Swift like a leopard, trample like a bear, and the tearing power of the lion. Satan's spiritual powers will utilize this political system, or one world order. (This one world order started to take shape around 2005 and continues to grow stronger).
3And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. This one world power will almost come together but it receives a deadly wound and falls apart. But, Satan will come as antichrist playing the roll of Jesus to heal the wound, and bring it all together. Much of the world will marvel at this miracle and follow after Satan. Remember, the deadly wound will be to a governmental system. (A one world order).
4And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? Many will worship Satan and the political system. This is when the spiritual war will take place against him.
5And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. Remember that Satan's prophecy is given in months, or moons.
6And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. He blasphemes Gods temple and all who are in heaven. This is the time when Satan comes to power and claims to be God. Christ spoke of this blasphemy in (Luke 12:8-12), about the hour of temptation, when some will be delivered up to antichrist. Paul speaks of this time in (2 Thessalonians 2:2-12), as it is the time just before the true Christ returns.
7And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. This is the time when Satan makes war against God's people (the true believers), and the two witnesses when he kills them. (This takes place three days before the real Christ returns).
8And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. The foundation of the world in the first earth age when the overthrow of Satan took place. "Remember that 1/3 of the children followed Satan." (These were the bad angels). Read out study topic titled: Three Earth Ages if you are not familiar with the foundation of the world.
9If any man have an ear, let him hear. Do you understand about the events that have come to pass, and the ones about to happen?
10He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. Some of God's people will be put into prison and some put to death. But, if anyone imprisons you, he will be imprisoned. If anyone kills you, he will be killed. How much faith do you have? You will find yourself in bondage (Captivity), with antichrist if you are not familiar with God's Word. Do Not Be Deceived!
11And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. The religious beast (antichrist), comes to power on earth and appears to be the lamb slain; but he speaks as a dragon. Why? "Because he is the dragon." The two horns representing he has come to maturity. (Horns always represent power). Maybe that's why you always see pictures of the devil with two horns and a tail. Just kidding, "He won't look like that." If he did, he would not fool anyone.
12And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. He = Satan, and he utilized the first beast (the one world political system). Many will fall for this system and worship the beast. Why? Because the beast system will be offering peace and prosperity to all who support the system. (Pay your bills and get a free check every month). Look how many people are using and abusing the system already. (Everyone will want a piece of the action).
13And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, Makes miracles happen, like lightning coming from the sky at his command. (Satan's going to hold one big religious revival and it will be quite a show). Don't fall for this imposter and be deceived!
14And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. Many will worship and use the one world political system to their benefit. An image: This will be broadcast all over the world. (Televised if you will; and did you ever hear of holography)? His image will appear everywhere.
15And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. Satan brings to life and gives authority to the religious beast, or one world religious/political system. (Worship the image of the beast or die). Sound familiar? Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego where three young men who refused to bow to the image. However, nothing happened to them. (They were protected by God). But here, to worship or take part in this one world system would be to die a spiritual death. You see, Satan wants your soul. (He wants you to surrender and worship him and he will give you what you want). He tried the same thing with Jesus in (Matthew 4:1-9), when he offered Jesus all the kingdoms of the world. Who will Satan utilize as the one world religious beast/political system? Many scholars believe he will use the largest and most popular of the Christian organizations. Who could that be? (As we speak they are trying to unite all religions together under one system). "Keep your eyes and ears open, and do not be deceived."
16And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: Many will receive the beast mark, but it will not be on their head, it will be in their head through the deception of Satan. The mark in the hand is a metaphor for doing the work of Satan. (The Greek word for in = en or in, and that is exactly what it means). Support a false teaching ministry and your doing the work of Satan.
17And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. They must receive the mark of the beast, or know the number of his name in order to benefit from the beast. Look at how everything is leaning to a money free society. All finance is moving toward the use of credit cards and finger prints. (They want to keep track of all your finances). "You want the money, you worship Satan and his system."
18Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. Lets take the word count back to the Greek. (Strong's Concordance #5585 & #5586 Greek Dictionary, to use pebbles in enumeration, a pebble worn smooth by handling, a verdict or ticket, a vote: stone, voice). Remember the white stone of (Revelation 2:17), that we could identify with Christ. Here we identify the number of the beast (Satan), which is the fake rock, or stone. How can we count the number of the beast? One way is that at the sixth seal, sixth trump, and sixth vial, Satan appears on the scene. (The appearance of a man and his number, and his number is 666). This will identify the antichrist and his angels when he comes to earth to deceive the world. Don't worry, you will know when this happens. God always keeps His children informed. "If you study His Word."
Chapter 14 in the book of revelation will take place right here on earth. The true Christ returns as King of Kings and Lord of Lord's.
1And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an
hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their
foreheads. The lamb here is Christ when He returns to mount Zion. Revelation
7:3 told us who the 144,000 were. (The servants of God, His disciples).
Those with the
spiritual seal of God in their minds; those who have overcome. Paul
would speak of this end time event in the book of Hebrews. (Hebrews 12:22-29).
2And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: The singing of the choir (many people), accompanied by harps because the victory is ours.
3And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. The ones who overcame and were redeemed from the earth.
4These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. These are the ones that were converted and not defiled by the great harlot. (Undefiled and pure as virgins).
5And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God. Guile used here from the Strong's Concordance #1388 is (Dolos) meaning a trick, deceit, or lie. Those with the spiritual seal believed and received the truth of God's Word. However, as stated in (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12), those who do not receive the truth; God will send them strong delusion that they should believe a lie. Just as so many do today listening to doctrines of men and false teachings. Why would God let some believe a lie? Because if they new the truth, they would not believe it anyway. (They would not be constructive with Gods word). How many people have you passed on a truth of God's Word and they just brushed it off, or said that it was ridiculous. (If they are comfortable with their ignorance in the word, just let them be).
6And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Those deceived will finally here the truth of the Word. (Speaking of the ones who never had the chance to hear the real truth). Look at all the people out there that don't even have a clue of what is going down. God loves all His children, and is longsuffering that they will all come to repentance and hear the truth. "His truth is marching on."
7Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. Speaking of our Heavenly Father, as He sits as judge, who made all things. (This takes place after the millennium).
8And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. Sister Babylon the harlot. Babble means confusion, and here all confusion will be removed. (The one world system will collapse and exist no more).
9And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, Speaking of the one world system, the false Christ, and his mark of deception. (Being deceived and following Satan will get you in big trouble).
10The 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: Remember that God is that consuming fire. This is the cup of wrath that Jesus would say "Let this cup pass from me," in (Matthew 26). He didn't want this cup of wrath to be poured out on the world if possible. But, if the unbelievers, or those deceived by Satan do not come around to the truth after the millennium, then it will be to late.
11And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Speaking of those who are deceived and follow Satan. Psalm 27 also speaks of the wicked and those who follow the ways of Satan; the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of the lambs; smoke shall consume them away. Psalm 27 also tells us to never worry about the wicked who seem to always get ahead in this world; for their day is coming and they will get what is coming to them. Remember that we are all God's children. (God is fair and concerning). Don't think that God is happy that some of His children are ridding the gravy train in life, while others struggle from day to day.
12Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. Those who are steadfast and keep Gods commandments, and faith in the true Christ, not the fake!
13And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. Your works are the only things that will go with you to the next life. The good things that you do in this life. As stated in (Revelation 19:8). The fine linen that makes up our robes for the wedding feast of the lamb are (righteous acts of the saints), our righteous acts, or good works in this life.
14And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. Harvest time! First He sowed the seed, which is the Word of God; Now He comes to harvest.
15And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. The time has come for judgment day that needs to be brought upon the earth. Only one judge this time, our Heavenly Father.
16And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. The Reaper has appeared. "You don't want to be part of this guy."
17And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. Stay in Christ and "Don't fear the reaper."
18And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. Again, God is a consuming fire in His wrath. (Hebrews 12:29). Now, if you know anything about agriculture; you don't harvest grapes with a sickle if you plan to use them, because it will smash and crush them. This is the wrath of judgment upon the earth because the time has come.
19And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. Crushed by the winepress of Gods wrath. (This is where we get the phrase, "the grapes of wrath"). Our Heavenly Father is not happy, because of man and the ways of the world. Don't worry, God is not unhappy with those who follow Him, only those who do not.
20And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs. Blood will flow about 200 miles long and as high as a horse's bridle. Spoken of in the Old Testament "Song of Moses" (Deuteronomy 32:32-35). You can't hide from the wrath of God if you are His enemy. This will all take place at the battle of Armageddon. (Revelation 16:16).
In chapter 15 of revelation we will see in heaven the preparation for the last blow of Gods wrath, and those who have overcome the great tribulation.
1And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels
having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.
The seven angels bringing the last of Gods wrath for only those He is angry with.
No need to worry, God is not angry with His obedient children.
2And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. The 666 mark (six seal, six trump, six vials), all describing the time of the antichrist. (Those who hand till the end get the victory over the beast). The sea of glass represents purity, as it is pure in Heaven.
3And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. The complete Song of Moses can be found in (Deuteronomy 32:1-43). The song of the lamb would be the entire Word of God. "The song of Joy." Why? Time to get rid of all the evil ones in the world. Pay close attention to (Deuteronomy 32:15-18), where it says to beware of the wicked party boys "Jeshurun" (prosperous), "waxed fat" (oily or gross), "and kicked" (trample down). Speaking of the "good timers" who gain wealth, women, and power, forgetting about God. They follow the ways of the world and strange doctrines. (They don't care, or need God anymore). "At least they think so." Also, pay close attention to (Deuteronomy 32:31-33), where is says "their rock is not our Rock." Notice the lower case "rock" representing Satan; and the upper case "Rock" representing Christ. (The wicked follow the false rock). Their day of calamity is at hand. (Deuteronomy 32:35).
4Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest. Everything is rectified. Judgment is for the good and evil alike. (God is always fair in His judgment).
5And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened. Tabernacle of the congregation; as it reads in the earlier ancient manuscripts.
6And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles. Pure and ready to do the work of the Lord. Girded up for what is coming. (Remember, white linen also represents the righteous acts of the saints).
7And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever. The wrath of God; if He is angry with you. If God is not angry with you, then you need not worry. God takes care of His own (the righteous), so why would you be afraid to be here during the tribulation. (Psalm 37), will tell you that the election (the righteous), will see this come to pass. "God's wrath is only for the wicked!"
8And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled. The Temple filled with with smoke from the Glory of God. (The "Shekinah" Glory). Heaven is closed before this time of the correction (testing), taking place from the vials of wrath. I hope that you are on the good side of God my friend. It is up to you, weather you want to be protected during the tribulation under the care of the Heavenly Father. But, you can also follow the ways of the world and Satan, as he comes to deceive as many as he can. Remember that Satan has already been sentenced to death; and he wants to take as many with him as he can. DO NOT BE DECEIVED!
Chapter 16 deals with the wrath of God upon the earth as the vials come forth. This wrath from God is not upon His faithful children, but rather the enemies of God.
1And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. The vials that are filled with the wrath of God will be focused upon the earth.
2And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and gievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image. Speaking of wicked bad people (Those with no consideration for God, or fellow man). But wait... There are many others who already have the beast mark. (Those being deceived by following traditions of men rather than God's Word).
3And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea. Yes the seas will become polluted and some will be turned to blood. However, the sea also represents the great sea, or multitudes of people. (Revelation 17:15). The two witnesses would also have power over these natural acts. (Revelation 11:6).
4And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. Rivers and streams will be turned to blood. But again, you have the people who are deceived that receive God's wrath. (These vials of wrath are very similar to the plagues in Egypt when Moses the Israelites out of Egypt).
5And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. God's righteous judgment is accurate, fair, and just, even to the wicked.
6For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. The blood is poured out upon those who have martyred the saints and prophets of the past. (Those who have done this deserve what they get). Many believe this ties in with Rome because they persecuted many Christians, and the Romans had their part in the crucifixion of Christ. (Again, this would be another type in the end times, just as the King of Babylon, or King of Tyre). But, do not forget the other group that was present at the crucifixion of Christ. Those who stirred up the crowd to crucify Him. The "Kenites." Those pretending to be Jews, but were not of our brother Judah. They are the son's of the devil. (John 8:44, Matthew 23: 30-35).
7And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments. Every act of God is righteous and an act of love. (Sometimes it needs to be tough love).
8And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. Remember that God is a consuming fire. He can burn His enemies while He warms the hearts of His servants. The Word of God can also scorch as a consuming fire to the wicked, while it gives relief and assurance to the good.
9And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. With the truth of God's Word they were scorched, as they did not change their mind and attitude. (No good would come out of their mouths as they blasphemed the name of God).
10And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, The day is coming soon. Darkness will come upon the Creature from the sea, and his kingdom will perish. (The kingdom of the antichrist). Many scholars believe this is a Revived Roman Empire of the (European nations). We will need to wait and see.
11And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds. Those who follow false teachings and curse God for their own problems which they brought upon themselves. But still refuse to repent for their evil deeds. (These people do not want to change). Do you know anyone like that?
12And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. This is when the sixth seal, sixth trump, and sixth vial announce the appearance of antichrist. (666), the beast and his mark. Early manuscripts read "those of the rising sun," rather than "kings of the east." The river "Euphrates" has always been a boundary between Israel and Babylon, both physical and symbolic. Between truth and confusion, between God and Satan's camp. This boundary will be removed.
13And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. The frogs represent unclean spirits which out of their mouth comes deception and false teachings. (Satan's power structure). (Revelation 9:18-19), they lie to the people as to deceive them.
14For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. There will be visible miracles to see by these demons as they gather for battle against the Lord. (Revelation 19:19). "The battle of Armageddon." The Apostle Paul warns us of this coming day. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-9). These kings of the earth are the ones who form the one world system.
15Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. Now Christ begins to speak to us. He lets us know that those who await His coming will not need to walk naked and ashamed. The garments that we will be wearing are the robes woven together by our righteous acts. (The wicked and unbelievers will not have any righteous acts). "They will be spiritually naked."
16And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. Armageddon (Gathering place of crowds). Gathered with Satan, his angels, and those deceived; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (2 Thessalonians 2:4). He will defy God and will try to take the place of God, sitting in the temple of God in Mount Zion. (Isaiah 14:12-16). Keep in mind: Satan comes in peacefully and prosperously.
17And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. The last wrath of God has been poured out. "It is finished." Christ will return at this time. (Things will all be under control at His return).
18And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. When Christ's feet touch the ground, it will be leveled and cleanse mount Zion. (This will be the biggest earthquake ever recorded). This is when we are all gathered back to Christ and are changed to our spirit bodies. (I Corinthians 15:51-53). This seals, trumps, and vials happen simultaneously. The seals tell you what is therein, the trumps tell you when that round is executed, and the vials show you the wrath of God and how He feels.
19And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. Babylon splits into three sections, and the cities around the world fell in heaps of rubble. God remembers the sins of Babylon, and punishes her to the last drop of anger in His wrath. (This is the cup of wrath Jesus did not want to execute, but was needed).
20And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. Mountains represent the nations that were flattened, because the King of Kings and Lord of Lords returns with a rod of iron. "It will be like one nation under God." (No other nations will be needed).
21And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great. An incredible hail storm as never before fell from the sky. (The weight of a talent is between 110 and 180lbs). They cursed God for the terrible hail storm, but our Heavenly Father is always fair. Where will you stand at His return? If you follow Christ; come out of confusion, and study his word of truth, you don't need to worry. "He is not out to harm you if your on His side."
Chapter 17 of Revelation is a very important chapter as it explains symbolism. God interprets the symbolism for you, to clarify the book. Our heavenly Father teaches by signs and utilizes objects to help us better understand His interpretation. Never try to change what God has already interpreted. (Forget what man says, listen to God).
1And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: The seven vials have been poured out. Now He will explain who the great whore is and how she came about.
2With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. These are earthly kings we are speaking about. What we are talking about is religious fornication, better know as idolatry. False teachings and worship of things that they should not.
3So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. She looks so holy and religious, but has blasphemies against God written all over her. The seven heads and ten horns is a political system which teams up with the church. But, what church? (Revelation 13:1, Daniel 7:8). I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. (Daniel 7:8). Believed by many to be the rise of the Roman empire that could be utilized by the beast. (Another type like the king of Babylon). However, here we are speaking of the little horn being the false Christ, or antichrist of the end times. (Revelation 13:11-14). Who will the antichrist utilizes during this period? We will just need to wait and see. (It will all come together).
4And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: "Her idolatry." The woman is a city, or group of people. "Babylon, the city, or state of confusion." Again, many believe this is connected to a revived Roman empire. (There are many abominations going on within the Roman Catholic church).
5And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. She is the mother of prostitutes and of idol worship, the harlot that whores around with Satan. Mystery in the Strong's #3466 is (Musterion), initiation of religious rights. The religious rights of Satan. As explained in (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12), the mystery of iniquity doth already work and will be revealed. But God will send many a strong delusion that they should believe a lie. (The apostasy). Falling away from the true religion, or Christ. (Many will not know they have been deceived and follow antichrist when he returns first).
6And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. Many believers in Christ have been put to death at the order of this woman. Keep this in mind... Look at the alleged heresy in Europe during the reformation, where innocent Christians were tortured and put to death. Millions of believers in Jesus Christ have been put to death at the order of the Roman Catholic church over the last 1,500 years. "John was totally amazed when he seen this fake religion."
7And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. God will tell us the secret of who the harlot is and what the beast she is riding represents.
8The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. The beast that rises out of the bottomless pit is Satan. Go into perdition: Satan is already sentenced to death and will be turned to ashes from within. The son of perdition. (Revelation 9:11).
9And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. The seven heads represent a certain city. (That city is Jerusalem). However, The Catholic Encyclopedia states: The city of Rome is called the "city of seven hills." (Could there be a connection)?
10And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. Seven kings: This interpretation typically identifies the first five kings either as being Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Pagan Rome, and Papal Rome; or as being Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, and Greece. One is: i.e. at this stage of the vision. Other: The seventh. (See appendix 124). Not yet come: We are speaking of an entity here. "Satan!"
11And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. The son of perdition which is Satan.
12And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. The ten kings who have not yet risen to power; but they will be appointed to their kingdoms for a brief time to reign with the religious beast. (Satan will bring them into power).
13These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. They will all sign a treaty giving their power and strength to the antichrist. (Satan has total control of them).
14These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. Together they will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them; for the Lamb is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (The true Christ). This takes place at the battle of Armageddon (Revelation 19:19). Don't worry, we are with the one who wins the battle.
15And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. The waters which the woman is sitting on represent masses of people of every race and nation. (Billions who are deceived). Those who play church; attending once a week and then back to their everyday lives, never learning the truth of God's Word. Don't be deceived; and don't be brainwashed by false doctrines and traditions of men.
16And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. Remember, the ten horns are the ten kings Satan brings with him. (Revelation 17:12). Burn with fire: (Revelation 18:8-9).
17For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. God will put a plan into their minds, a plan that will carry out His purpose. "IT WILL HAPPEN AS IT IS WRITTEN."
18And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth. Again that woman represents the "great city" that will rule over the kings of the earth. "Babylon." Nimrod named it. Nimrod’s motive was to keep the promised child from ruling, he used the fear of the wild beasts as a pretense for uniting the people, and established the kingdom of Babel. Presenting himself as savior, Nimrod convinced the inhabitants to look to him as the lord of the earth instead of the true God. Thus, the establishment of the kingdom was the beginning of the Babylon we read about in the Bible. Historically and symbolically, Babylon is any organized system that replaces God’s rule with human, or demonic rule. "God is not the author of confusion; He is the God of truth and peace."
In this chapter we will cover the fall of Babylon (the harlot religious system), because of her fornications with all nations. She will be paid for her works and blood of the prophets by The Wrath of God.
1And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. To the earth; prepare to receive the light or truth.
2And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. Within the confounds of Babylon, are caged everything that is spiritually unclean and evil. (It will all be destroyed).
3For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. The ten kings (rulers of the earth), and businessmen throughout the world have grown rich from her luxurious living. "Attraction of a material world." (Jeremiah spoke about the fall of Babylon in ancient times, but it also refers to what takes place in the end times). And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwellingplace for dragons, an astonishment, and an hissing, without an inhabitant. (Jeremiah 51:37). A dwelling place for demons and hunting place for unclean birds.
4And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. We are to come away from her and not take part in her ways. (We do not need to worry about any of the plagues when we know the truth of God's Word and follow His ways).
5For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. God knows and remembers all that has happened, and is going on in the world today. He is giving every soul a chance to make their own decision (free will), on who they want to follow. God has "had it up to here," with this world, but He is not going to rush to judgment. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9). God is very patient with us because He wants us all to turn from our fleshly sin, worldly ways, and repent. But, soon the day is coming when He is finished with patience.
6Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. She (the harlot), will get hers with a double wrath of God.
7How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. God doesn't glorify her. She glorifies herself with her followers (those who live deliciously), the biggest and prettiest church. We are so wealthy, pious, and smart. Sound familiar? She identifies herself as a queen, and her king is none other than Satan himself.
8Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. Tested by fire, because God is a consuming fire. (Deuteronomy 4:24, Hebrews 12:29). He can warm the hearts of His people while He consumes the rudiments of evil.
9And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, Kings of the earth: The world leaders have all taken part in her immoral acts. "They will all see her burn up in smoke with nothing but charred remains."
10Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. The so called religious will be judged by what they teach. When? In the hour of temptation. "Satan's hour." (This takes place during the five month period of Satan's reign on earth).
11And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: "Selling religion!" How many churches and ministries are all about the money today? Waiting to rip you off using the Word, and their religious doctrine. (It won't be there anymore).
12The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, All which will have no value in the end times. What type of church would have all these things?
13And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. You can't buy religion, and you can't just put on a show. (But they look so pious and holy)! Now... What about these souls of men? "Satan wants your soul." He is already sentenced to death, and He doesn't want to be alone.
14And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. All the fancy things are gone. Truth is the only thing of value. Keep in mind: We are in our spirit bodies at this time and in a different dimension. (All material things will mean nothing to us).
15The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, All those taking part in making her rich with these things stand back and watch in fear for their destruction. The earth will not be destroyed, only the rudiments. Heaven and God's Kingdom will be right here on earth.
16And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! The false teachers and their false doctrines that support the harlot will be gone.
17For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, All commerce is done away with. (We don't need the merchants any longer).
18And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! Where else in the world is such a great city. (This harlot, or false religion).
19And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate. She made us all rich with her great wealth and false teachings, and in one hour it is all gone.
20Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. She is set for judgment from God. "Payback time!"
21And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. The great religious church shall be thrown down. (Combination of the one world religion). All that are teaching false religion and doctrines of men. They will be bundled up into one religion in the end times.
22And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; Entertainment and industry will exist no more, and there will be no more milling of the grain. The millstone was used to produce bread. Here it represents the bread of truth. (There is no more truth in them). "All is lost."
23And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. No light because the prince of darkness is present. The light is blinded by their sorceries. This word sorceries in the Strong's Greek dictionary is #5331 (Pharmakeia) medication "Pharmacy" from #5332 (Pharmakeus) a drug, spell giving potion, druggist, or poisoner. We are not talking about legal Pharmacist here, or are we; We are mainly speaking of drug dealers pedaling their poison to children and adults. However, today we even find doctors prescribing drugs that they shouldn't, turning patients into addicts. But, It doesn't stop there... Thy merchants were the great men of the earth: Those in high places with money and power; that's who controls the drugs coming into this country. Don't be deceived!
24And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth. She was responsible for the blood of all the martyred prophets and the saints. The true teachers put down by the false prophets and false religion. Don't get tangled up in the world, or a worldly religion my friend. God wants you to become free of bondage to any religion as well as the world. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? (1 John 5:4-5). It is faith in Jesus Christ that gives you victory over the world.
1And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: Shouting "Praise Ye The Lord," salvation is from our God. Honor and authority belongs to Him.
2For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. Fornication used symbolically through the prophets for the worship of false gods. (God always takes care of His own). "Vengeance is mine says the Lord."
3And again they said, Alleluia And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. The smoke from her burning ascends for ever and ever. Not burning in hell forever; you will find the likeness in (Psalm 37:7, 37:20 37:34). This is why many would ask; why do the wicked always prosper? "They don't." They will be corrected at the right time. Just like what will happen to Satan. (Ezekiel 28:18-19), "turn from ashes within." (Meaning blotted out forever, never to exist again).
4And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia. "That's that." Praise Ye The Lord.
5And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. Alleluia. (Fear means to revere). We are to revere God, not some man with a title in a fancy robe.
6And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Shouting of many waters (many people), for the one and only God.
7Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. Time for the wedding banquet of the Lamb, and His bride has prepared herself. For those He knew before and justified. (Romans 8:29-30).
8And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. Meaning pure because her deeds are pure. "The righteous acts of the saints." (The good deeds done by the people of God).
9And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. These are the true words of God and you will never find a better truth. "Many are called but few are chosen." (Matthew 22:11-14).
10And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. The purpose of all prophecy is to tell about Jesus. The Spirit of prophecy is the living Word, and "Christ is that living Word."
11And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. Yes... He is the real thing, and Jesus is the one who justly punishes and makes war. (Zechariah 9:10).
12His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. Remember that God is a consuming fire. (Deuteronomy 4:24, Hebrews 12:29).
13And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. "The Word of God." All of it! In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1).
14And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. Christ's second advent and His return. His army is coming. The horses here represent the vehicles that the army of Christ will arrive upon.
15And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. His mouth is a two edge sword. (Revelation 1:16). Striking down the nations with power and He will rule them with an iron grip. (This wrath is only against His enemies, not His people).
16And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. The one and only "King of Kings, and Lord of Lord's."
17And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; A feast for the birds of the earth.
18That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. Again, this is for the enemies of God. Zechariah 14 gives a good explanation of what happens to the flesh at this time. And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. (Zechariah 14:12).
19And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. The evil creature (antichrist); gathers the governments of the earth (the one world political and religious system), and their armies to fight against the army of God.
20And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. The antichrist along with his one world political and religious system will be destroyed. Those who worship him and had received his mark of deception. (Revelation 13:11-16). Remember, Satan has many rolls. He will have another short reign, but his roll as antichrist is over. (It is sad that some will still follow him).
21And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. Any remaining that have not chosen to follow Jesus Christ will die by the sword of Christ. "The two edged sword of His mouth." The birds of the air will feast on the flesh of their bodies.
In chapter 20 we will be entering the millennium. Keep in mind that at this time we are changed into our spirit bodies. (This is after the seventh trump and the return of the true Christ). Everyone will be taught the truth of the Word for the 1,000 year period. (The millennium). We will find that there is a second death for those not written in the book of life. Death and Satan will be destroyed forever. (You do not want to be part of the second death).
1And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. The angel could very well be Michael the archangel. He already fought once against Satan and kicked him out of heaven. (Revelation 12:7-9). This is not a physical chain, but a spiritual chain that will bind Satan.
2And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years. All the roles of Satan shall be bound. Remember that Satan is a actor, imposter, and a fake with many rolls that he plays throughout the bible. (Abaddon, Apollyon, The Dragon, King of Babylon, The Little Horn, Lucifer, Prince of the Air, Son of Perdition, just to name a few).
3And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. This is a full proof seal from almighty God. Satan's evil spirit is locked up so that he cannot fool the nations any more until the thousand years are finished. But, then he must be loosed for a short period of time. Why? To test those who never new the truth before. There will be many at this time of the millennium (1,000 years of teaching), who never had a chance to know the truth of God's Word. Those who have been deceived most of their lives.
4And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. These are the souls who had overcame Satan's lies and deceptions. Many had been tortured and died for their testimony of Christ. These are the ones who will teach with Christ in the millennium.
5But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. This first resurrection. (Those who overcame and were not deceived by Satan; many who were martyrs because of their faith). There has been no gathering back to Christ before this time and don't let anyone tell you different. (The rest of the dead did not come back to life until the thousand years have ended). We are speaking of the spiritually dead. (Some take part in the first resurrection, and some don't take part till the second resurrection after being tested by Satan). Paul gives a good explanation about the return of Christ, and how we are changed to our spiritual bodies at the seventh trump.
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. (1 Corinthians 15:50). We would not survive God's presence in these physical bodies. You can’t enter the Kingdom of God with an earthly body. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, (1 Corinthians 15:51). The secret Paul is revealing here is that; we may not all die and experience physical death, but we will all be transformed. (1 Corinthians 15:52). In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:52). The last trump "the seventh trump." (Revelation 8:2). We will be raised to live forever. (Revelation 11:15). For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (1 Corinthians 15:53). Mortal is liable to die; we will be transformed into immortal. However, there is the second death. (Matthew 10:28, Revelation 20). So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. (1 Corinthians 15:54). The flesh body will be transformed into the spirit body. Death is swallowed up in victory. (Isaiah 25:8, Hebrews 2:14-15, Revelation 21:4). "This is how it will go down."
6Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. Blessed are those who take part in the first resurrection, because the second death cannot effect them. What is the second death? "The death of the soul." (Matthew 10:28). Those taking part in the first resurrection will be priests of God that teach the spiritual dead.
7And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, Satan will be loosed for a short time to test those who were spiritually dead. (Better get their act together now).
8And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. Satan will go out to deceive the nations of the world once again; gathered from the east to the west and the four corners of the earth. (This takes place at the end of the millennium).
9And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. God fights this battle; "remember that God is a consuming fire."
10And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. All the roles of Satan are gone. Satan is turned to ashes forever. Blotted out! (Ezekiel 28:18-19). "That's what the second death is all about." If you take part in the second death with Satan; you will be no more. It will be as if you had never existed.
11And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. The white throne judgment. "The presents of the full God head." (Yahveh Shamah), "God is there."
12And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. Talking again of the spiritual dead. Those who were never taught the truth. They will be judged according to their works (good deeds), not just by their faith. (This only applies to those in the second resurrection).
13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. Again, judged by their works. Note: The sea, or waters represents the people who give up the spiritually dead. (Those who have been deceived and want to follow Satan).
14And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. The second death is the death of the soul. (Matthew 10:28). Blotted out forever!
15And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Are you in the book of life? Remember that all who are not in the book of life will be blotted out for ever. Do not be deceived!
Did you ever wonder what heaven is like? Chapter 21 of the book of Revelation will tell us. Keep in mind that at this time; everyone has been changed to their spiritual bodies and all flesh is gone. (The millennium 1,000 year reign has passed). We are totally spiritual now.
1And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. We are speaking literally here of the heavens, earth and sea. The oceans are all dried-up, back to like it was in the first earth age. (Before Satan's overthrow). Peter tells us how the heavens and earth pass away. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. (2 Peter 3:10). "All the evil rudiments will be burned up." (The earth is put back into it's original order). Read our bible study topic titled: "Three Earth Ages."
2And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. The new city is the "new government" of the full God Head. "Yahveh Shamma." (God with us, or God is there). The last verse in the book of Ezekiel in the English language. "The Lord is there." (Ezekiel 48:35).
3And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. He will dwell here with men. In Hebrew; "The Shekinah Glory." Shekinah meaning "He caused to dwell."
4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. No more pain because all is destroyed including hell. "GONE," the second death!
5And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. It is going to be an awesome time. His Word is trustworthy and true, and you can count on it. We will all be there one day, so forget the earthly things, and lay up your treasures in heaven. "Study Gods Word."
6And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. "It is finished." Draw from the deep waters; the wells of salvation. "The Truth of His Word."
7He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. Everyone who overcomes will inherit all the blessings. And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations. (Revelation 2:26).
8But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. It will be the second death (death of the soul), for those who enter the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:14, Matthew 10:28).
9And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. Here we have the bride and the wife. We are to be as the virgin bride (Symbolically speaking), at the return of Christ. The wife is symbolic of God's people who have overcome since the beginning of time.
10And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, New Jerusalem, "the full Godhead is returning."
11Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; "The Shekinah Glory." The very presents of God so clean and pure.
12And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: Each of the names of the tribes of Israel.
13On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. Three gates on each side of the city. (The pearly gates of the twelve tribes of Israel).
14And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. The twelve apostles of Christ. (Including Judas), who had repented. Remember, Judas did not commit suicide, he was killed. Some believe the twelfth apostle was Matthias, who the other apostles chose to replace Judas. (Acts 1). Some believe it was Paul. (We will find out in the end).
15And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. The reed used for measuring, not a reed of destruction. (A reed to bring peace and justice).
16And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. A perfect cube that is 1,500 miles each way. (God's heaven if you will).
17And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. A cubic was measured from the elbow to the tip of the finger. (approx. 1.5 ft.). The thickness of the wall was 216 feet across.
18And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. A figure of speech that it was pure, likened to glass.
19And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald.
20The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. The same type of stones that the priests wore on their breastplate to symbolize the twelve tribes of Israel. (Exodus 28:17-21).
21And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. A time of purity and beauty that we will be living in.
22And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. Christ is that temple that we look forward to, the "Temple of God." Emmanuel, "God With Us." (If you see Christ, you see the Father).
23And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. "The Shekinah Glory." Jesus would say... "I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD." (John 12:46).
24And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. "Nations" plural is #1484 in the Strong's Concordance. Meaning (Ethnos) which are the (non-Jewish), or Gentiles. Abraham was to be the father of all nations. All those saved by the Word of God and His salvation. (Isaiah 60:1-3, 18-22). Spoken of in the prophets of old, talking about the eternity. The Kings = those nation leaders that come to bring glory to God. Written long ago in the old testament. (Isaiah 60:11-12, 18-22). "The time of the end when God dwells with us."
25And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. The gates will be open all the time, and the sun will shine as a prism through the firmament.
26And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. All the nations. (The Ethnos).
27And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life. Nothing evil... Anyone immoral, or dishonest, will not be permitted in. "Nothing left to defile." Only those written in the "Lamb's Book of Life" will be allowed to enter into the city. IS YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK?
At the end of chapter 21 in the book of revelation we covered that those who are written in the "Lamb's Book of Life," will be the only ones who enter into the city (New Jerusalem). In chapter 22 we will cover the "God giving Light," and that "Water of Life," proceeding out of the throne of God.
1And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. This is a spiritual water of life that is pouring fourth in front of the throne. The book of Ezekiel speaks of "Living Waters," as Ezekiel was shown the vision of the temple. (Chapter 47:1-12). (Chapter 40 till the end of Ezekiel speaks of the end times millennium and the eternity).
2In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. The tree of life is Christ that will spiritually heal the nations. Keep in mind the word nations. (Ethnos, ethnic gentile people). All people will be included. (A never ending healing and feeding to the people who overcome).
3And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: "Yahveh Shamma." (God is there). "This is the full Godhead."
4And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. The seal of God; IN THEIR MINDS!
5And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. The messiah! The "Light of the world." (Everything will be back in it's original order at this time).
6And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. The "Holy Spirit" was sent to the prophets. Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. (Amos 3:7). The Lord never does anything without revealing it to His servants first. (Revelation 1:1, 1:19, 4:1). God always warns His people.
7Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. Blessed are those who believe what is written and "TEACH THIS BOOK." The Word of God; all of it! Many will tell you that you do not need to understand the "Book of Revelation," because it does not pertain to us, or the church. That is an outright lie! (Don't listen to a fool).
8And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Keep in mind that in chapter 1 verse 10, John was taken to the millennium. (In this 8th verse, John is brought back to 96 A.D.).
9Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book. worship God. Do not worship me the angel tells John, for I am just a servant like you. "Worship God Alone."
10And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. The angel tells John not to hide anything written in the book of Revelation. This book is to be understood by all. (Revelation means the unveiling). Again, many believe Revelation is to hard to understand and we should not teach the book. However, if you take your time going through the book, it is not that hard to understand, but rather easy as it all flows together with the other books of the bible.
11He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. When that time comes; all doing wrong will be doing it more. Those doing God's work will continue on even greater. (In other words, let those who choose their way, stay that way). Remember what Christ said; Cast not your pearls before swine. If someone does not want to hear the truth of God's Word, don't force it on them, just plant the seed and move on. God is always fair, and He gives everyone free-will to make their own decision.
12And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. Christ is returning soon to reward everyone according to the deeds he has done. DO YOU HAVE A REWARD COMING? You may be poor on earth, but you can be rich in heaven with your righteous acts. (Money won't get you to heaven, but good deeds will).
13I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. From A to Z, "I AM EVERYTHING." Jesus is the beginning of everything; and the end of all things.
14Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. Those keeping His commandments and doing His work, will have the right to enter in through the gates of the city. (Those with the seal of God).
15For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. Outside the city are all those who have strayed away from God. (The drug dealers, the immoral, murderers, idolaters, and those who like to make up lies). Don't be deceived by false preachers and teachers. Those who are to lazy to dig in and study the manuscripts to uncover the truth of the Word. Instead, they are worrying about church attendance and cash flow. Teaching traditions of men and false doctrine just to please their congregation. You know who you are and so does God. (Keep in mind what the two churches taught that Christ approved).
16I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. Testify to the churches "all these things." Jesus quoting from a familiar passage. And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: (Isaiah 11:1). Make sure you accept the right morning star (Jesus Christ). Remember that Satan was also called "The morning star." He returns first pretending to be Christ to deceive even Gods elect if possible.
17And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Never hold back the truth of God's Word when someone thirsts for it. But don't waste your time on those who will not listen, and do not accept the Word.
18For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book. Do you hear the words of this prophecy with understanding? (Don't change what is written in the manuscripts). "You may find yourself in trouble." There was a similar warning in the book of Deuteronomy about the commandments of God. Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. (Deuteronomy 4:2).
19And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. Many so called teachers want to take away the whole book. That isn't what God says; He wants us to understand what is written, as it is written.
20He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Christ is coming soon at the seventh trump no matter what you do. Better be ready!
21The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Amen meaning: "That's That." The true church does "God's Work" on this earth, and it will be here at the return of Christ. DO NOT BE DECEIVED!
Keep The Faith,