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Revelation Unsealed

Revelation Unsealed

(Apocalypse)

 

By F Michael Rodriguez

 

Published by F Michael Rodriguez at Shakespir

Copyright © 2017 F Michael Rodriguez

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And he saith unto me,

“Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book:

for the time is at hand.”

 

Revelation 22:10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 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:

 

A Messenger Angel Speaks to John

From the first verse above it is clear that this book of Revelations that describes the major events that will occur during the end times is revealed to Jesus, the son of GOD. In chapter five we can see that what GOD has sealed has been given to Jesus, who is also known as the Lion of the tribe of Juda, one of the twelve tribes of Israel which is given the ruling scepter (see Genesis 49:8-11), 5^And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. As a way to demonstrate the authority of Jesus over mankind he is also called the Root of King David of Israel. It is also made clear that the person speaking to John is an angel, who is speaking on behalf of Jesus, even in the first person. This is confirmed in chapter 22:16, “I 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.” It is also proven in Revelation 22:8 And 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. [^9]Then 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.” This angel will be showing John the things to come through signs.

 

The Testimony of the Apostle John

The person John who is recording the revelations shown to him by the angel is the apostle and beloved disciple of Jesus. This is confirmed in John 21:20, Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? 21Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? 22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me.

 

Jesus Reveals Mysteries to John

We can see how Jesus reveals the hidden to John, his beloved disciple, in the following passage of John 13:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. 21When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. 22Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake. Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. 24Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake. 25 He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it? 26Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 27And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.

 

1:2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. 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.

 

1:4 John 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; 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, 6And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

 

The term prince of the kings of the earth is another way of saying Son of man, where Jesus the son of GOD has been given dominion over the powers of the earth. This is revealed in Daniel 7:13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 14And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

 

1:7 Behold, 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.

 

The Coming of the Son of man

While no one knows the day nor the hour that Jesus is granted to return to earth to gather survivors and punish the nations that wage war against GOD’s people, Jesus did know the season that preceded this event and that is the time of the great tribulation which occurs at the close of the age. We can see this in Matthew 24:29 where Jesus says, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

 

This tribulation that Jesus refers to, also known as great tribulation is a three and half year period. It is after this period, after all trumpets and bowls have been executed that Jesus will return the second time for his angels to gather those who have survived. There is a pre-tribulation rapture theory implying that Jesus will return an additional time (not to be counted with the first and second) just to pick up selected Christians, but there is no biblical proof or precedent in biblical history that can confirm this. It is important that we heed to the words of Jesus and those he has sent to deliver the word of GOD. In the following passage Jesus offers us a simple summary blueprint of what is to occur and when and it also clarifies that Jesus returns after the end of the world to send his angels to raise his people and it is only after the world ends that they will see the glory of the Father in heaven.

 

The Time of the Harvest

Another passage in the bible that lays the blueprint for the ends and when the harvest of GOD’s people occur is in Matthew 13:36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, “Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

 

1:8 “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending,” saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

 

1:9 I 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. 10I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

 

The voice of an angel is likened to a trumpet in many biblical passages to define the density in their power in speaking in the way that the words profoundly penetrate our minds and hearts rather than describing their vocal tone or pitch.

 

1:11 Saying, “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;

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The Seven Churches

The names of these churches which are located in Turkey were established under the guidance of the apostle John, during a time of persecution by the Roman Emperor Domitian. There are another seven churches mentioned in the Bible that are not mentioned in the book of Revelation. These are the churches that were built under the doctrinal guidance of Paul (aka Saul of Tarsus), a Pharisee who claims he converted to Jesus on the road to Damascus (for all three conversion tales see Acts 9:1-33, 22:6-16 and 26:12-18). The discrepancies in the three accounts of conversion are justified by scholars as the personal use of a literary license by the writer Luke. Paul started the term Christians in Acts 11:25-26, from which the religion of Christianity gets its name. Paul’s distinct founding doctrine is that the law of GOD ended upon the crucifixion of Jesus under the claim that the law was a curse and that believers are justified only by faith. The seven churches that he established are; the church in Rome, Corinth, Galatia, Philippi, Colossae, Thessaly, Crete, but he also taught at an eighth church, Ephesus.

 

John sees the Angel

1:12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; 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. 14His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

 

Daniel sees the Angel Gabriel

Daniel 10:5 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: 6His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.

 

1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. 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:

 

John fell because like Daniel he suffered a loss of strength as we see in Daniel 10:8 Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. 9Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground. 10And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands. 11And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. It is also proven in Revelation 22:8 And 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. 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.”

 

1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

 

Prophecy of Jesus in the heart of the earth (Hell)

Matthew 12: Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. 39But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 40For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

 

Jesus Preaches in Hell

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 19By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 20Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

 

The Dragon is Loosed

A false millennium theology teaches that the devil will be loosed after an earthly, thousand year reign of Jesus on earth, but this would only add an additional thousand years to the Revelation of John and would therefore serve as a curse. We know that the devil is loosed before the great tribulation because he will prepare the Gog and magog nations for making war against Jerusalem. Since we know that Jesus took the keys of Hades and Death in his descent into the Hades, we can also understand that the devil was bound during that moment. Revelation 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 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. We know that the Devil was imprisoned for a thousand years starting the moment Jesus continued his ministry in Hades because the devil is to be loosed before the magog nations invade Jerusalem, which occurs during the midst of the 7 years of Daniel’s prophetic week. A thousand years after the crucifixion of Jesus the devil will be loosed to begin his work of deceiving the nations. Revelation 20:7 reads, “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 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. 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. 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 forever and ever.

 

The Churches and their Angels

1:19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; 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.

 

The Seven Spirits of GOD

Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 2And

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The Work of the Seven Spirits, the Seven Eyes

The work of the seven spirits is found in 2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.

 

Anointed by the seven Spirits before GOD

The nature which becomes of someone anointed by the spirits of GOD is shown through the person of Jesus in Isaiah 11:3 And shall make him (Jesus) of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 4But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. 5And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

 

The Identity of the Seven Churches

The following passage shows how people can come together under the gospel, in their own distinctiveness and natures, under the guidance and authority of Jesus in Isaiah 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 7And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. 9They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

 

Since the work of the spirits of God are to look into the hearts of all inhabitants of the earth for the purpose of proving the glory of God we can also understand that the churches are a collection of people unilaterally, although people may fall into classifications, for example, such as those who follow the ways of Jezebel or Balaam. It is important to understand the messages given in this book because they will help us understand where we stand before the sight of God. Contrary, to religious societies that may attempt to control human behavior to demonstrate a form of godliness, the quality of standard Jesus is looking for is first measured in the heart. The wolf cannot be changed, neither can a leopard or a bear, whoever, what can be changed is their instinctive natures that may be destructive. For example, the wolf or humans that can be likened to such devouring or terrifying qualities of personality may learn to stop preying on the innocent and coexist with the meek.

 

Message to Ephesus

2Unto 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;

 

GOD is telling Yeshua to write to the angel of the church, (John is simply recording what he sees and hears), which means that there are angels tasked with overseeing the people in whom is found the characteristics mentioned within each church. It is important to understand the messages so that we may examine our ways against them, to receive convictions and the encouragements, to find the way and heed the warnings. The churches represent a body of people throughout the earth and are not localized to specific temple congregations as is religious custom. It is important to note that the angels of the churches are not a metaphor to represent human officials, who may or may not be authorized by GOD to deliver His messages into our individual lives. We will see throughout the book of Revelation the various works that the angels perform.

 

2:2 I 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:

 

The Chosen Apostles

Revelation 21:14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

 

The Names of the Twelve Apostles

Matthew 10:1 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these;

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Judas Iscariot is Replaced

Acts 1:15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) 16Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. 17For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. 18Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. 19And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. 20For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take. 21Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. 23And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, 25That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. 26And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

 

The GOD-Appointed Apostle to the Gentiles

Acts 15:7And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, “Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.” Despite God making this choice Paul says in Romans 11:13, “For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:”

 

However, in 1 Corinthians, Paul tries to convince his audience that he is an apostle by his authority over his congregation in chapter 9:1, saying, “Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord? 2 If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.”

The Curse of Adding and Subtracting

Revelation 22:18 For 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:

 

Adding Paul as an apostle will bring the number of chosen apostles to thirteen and taking away from the credibility of the twelve apostles to lift Paul above them all brings down the number to one apostle. In the following passage you will see how Paul regards the chosen apostles of Jesus as messengers of Satan and false apostles as he boasts being greater than they:

 

In 2 Corinthians 11 there’s a discussion where Paul is separating himself from the chosen apostles whom he references as the “very chieftest apostles”, saying of them in verse 13, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

 

We can see the same boastful, prideful attitude and belittling treatment against the chosen apostles in Galatians. 1:1 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) 2And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: 3Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, 4Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: 5To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 6I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. 10For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. 11But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 12For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. 13For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: 14And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. 15But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, 16To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: 17Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. 18Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. 19But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother. 20Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not. 21Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia; 22And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ: 23But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed. 24And they glorified God in me.

 

Galatians 2:1Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also. 2And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain. 3But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: 4And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: 5To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. 6But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man’s person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me: 7But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; 8^(For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:) [^9]And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision. 10Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do. 11But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. 12For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. 13And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. 14But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews? 15We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, 16Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. 17But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. 18For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 19For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. 20I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

2:3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 4Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 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. 6But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

 

Nico- means “victory” in Greek, and laos means “people” or, more specifically, “the laity”. Hence they take the word to mean “lay conquerors” or “conquerors of the lay people”. This authority takes place in religious settings and is proven by officials who use the power of the word of GOD to subdue people onto the pews before them and maintaining a stronghold over them. Whether the goal for this is expressed as simply gathering a church together for learning and worshipping, if there is any work performed which reveals a selfish, controlling desire or results in the misleading or oppressing of GOD’s people it should be convicted, discouraged from power to avoid the suffering.

 

2:7 He 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.”

 

A general closing to all of the messages given to remind us to let the Spirit speak to us individually, to our hearts in real time. The angels of the churches are speaking to us and all we have to do is open hearts to receive the messages we need to receive the kingdom of GOD.

 

Message to Smyrna

2:8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

 

GOD is telling Yeshua to write to the angel of the church, (John is simply recording what he sees and hears), which means that there are angels tasked with overseeing the people in whom is found the characteristics mentioned within each church. It is important to understand the messages so that we may examine our ways against them, to receive convictions and the encouragements, to find the way and heed the warnings. The churches represent a body of people throughout the earth and are not localized to specific temple congregations as is religious custom. It is important to note that the angels of the churches are not a metaphor to represent human officials, who may or may not be authorized by GOD to deliver His messages into our individual lives. We will see throughout the book of Revelation the various works that the angels perform.

 

2:9 I 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.

 

The richness of the servants refers to the heavenly rewards as a result of keeping their works pure. The synagogue of Satan represents the religious authorities that claim to be the light to the nations, which is what the tribe of Judah is supposed to be. It is important to understand the prophecy concerning the Scepter of Judah in Genesis 49:10 “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” In other words, Gentiles have not become the new Judah as is custom for many but rather integrated or surpassing righteousness in spirit and truth, as Jesus explains in John 4:21, Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. This doesn’t mean that Jews have the power to save anyone but that Jesus, being Jewish himself is our Savior and our light.

 

2:10 Fear 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.

 

Mystery of the Ten Days Explained

There is Great Tribulation coming upon all, its presence can be felt ahead of time. Signs of wars, diseases, famine’s, persecutions and countless others testify that it’s near and many will suffer because of not being aware or refusing to believe that one will experience what is to come. When one is caught off guard one falls into fear and the devil knows this and has therefore deceived many in the church into believing fables that block the truth. Contrary to what many believe, that the rapture is a blessing for faithfulness to a church, the true followers are expected to be tried and to be faithful unto death and not go from pew to instant transfiguration. Christians who believe in this false, pre-tribulation rapture theory strive against the suffering-bound life of the true servant by claiming that GOD’s “bride” are not appointed to His wrath, according to Paul’s words in 1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, but a servant of GOD does suffer His wrath but is called to patiently endure through trials and tribulations that are set forth by the devil. The wrath of GOD is for all sinners, beginning with those from among His people. Whether one blindly thinks oneself to be holy without question is something each should assess individually and hopefully avoiding the snare of conceit and self-justification.

In spite of trials and tribulations, the servant of GOD is expected to endure. This will pass through the minds of the solemn assemblies during the great tribulation when they are reminded that it’s after the tribulation of those days that the son of man will appear in the heavens and gather his servants from all the earth if kept alive (Matthew 24:29). 

Daniel 7: 25 confirms that the first beast of Revelation chapter 13 shall challenge the Most High, and wear out His saints, and in addition to changing the times and laws, will overcome His people for a time, two times, and half a time, which translates to the 3 ½ year of Great Tribulation that will impact everyone. The saints will be worn out because everyone else will pledge their allegiance to the beast kingdom and he will conquer them, confirming Daniel 7:25 in Revelation 13:4, And 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? 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. 6And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 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.

The warning in Revelation 2:10 is to not be afraid being thrown into prison by the devil and we can see the dragon go after GOD’s people in Revelation 12:17 “And 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.” The devil is operating through the force of the beast (earth) and the false prophet (waters) but the ten kings are going to help the beast push a global persecution against the saints throughout the whole earth and will fall into captivity as is confirmed under the authority of the Beast in Revelation 13:10, He 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. Let’s separate and examine the captives from the murderers:

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. If any one is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes: Refers primarily to the saints (Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.” The call is to alert GOD’s people to prepare to endure what is to come and to remind them that if they lose faith and take matters into their own hands they will have to be slain.

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p<>{color:#000;}. If any one slays with the sword, with the sword must he be slain: Refers primarily to the beast kingdom that will worship the beast and the dragon (Rev. 13). The saints are also denoted by the term “The Two Witnesses” and the people who would harm them will receive the judgment of the law “an eye for an eye” by the wrath of GOD. We can see this in Revelation 11: 5 And if any one would harm them, fire pours out from their mouth and consumes their foes; if any one would harm them, thus he is doomed to be killed. The fire that pours out from their mouth is the Word of GOD.

 

Not all from the great congregation of GOD’s people will be tested in this manner but those whose hearts are not truly in GOD in order to be tested. GOD will spare those who have His seal on their foreheads and will nourish them and protect them from the plagues. GOD will separate the righteous described as “those who have tribulation and poverty in worldly things but are rich in spiritual things” from the slander of those who claim to be sons of GOD but are of Satan. This should be obvious to everyone that there are two groups in the sight of GOD, the truthful vs. the self-righteous. When the beast and his ten kings throughout the earth begin their raid the first to be caught are religious people because they are easy to identify.

Under this persecution of religious assemblies, the church of Smyrna, who represent people found all throughout the earth, will fall to shame as promised in Revelation 3: 9 Behold, 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. Those who represent the church of Smyrna will be put in prison to be tested but not those who are the true servants. This is the promise for those who are the true servants from the church of Smyrna who are the same as those in the church of Philadelphia, those who keep what is required. GOD is telling us that He is the one who decides, who opens doors and no one can shut and closes doors and no one can open, because religious people are authoritarian have caged many inside their temples, who rule people by speaking in His name and therefore “slander”.

In addition, the true servants will not fall into prison to be tested but will be kept from this affliction. Therefore, the names of the churches are not to say that the messages are restricted to a certain, specific congregation by religious customs, but as a way to convey a perspective to everyone to whom it applies all throughout the earth. In spite of being put in prison there will always be an opportunity for repentance and salvation, provided we endure until the end whether that be death or gathered by the angels.

The “ten days refers” to the global persecution of the saints through the unanimous 1-hour authority of the ten kings that will assist the 1st beast. The revelation of what “ten days” represents is found in Revelation 17:12, And 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. 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. 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.

“The Lamb” is the head of the saints, those who are “called and chosen and faithful”. Making war on the Lamb means the beast kingdom will make war against the people who believe in Him on the earth. During the Great Tribulation the dragon will gather everyone who worships him, the beast and his ten kings and the false prophet and all their peoples to “march up over the broad earth and surround the saints” (Rev. 20:9), showing that there will be no one else to turn to other than the GOD of Israel. This will be a fearful and terrible time and will test the hearts and souls of many.

These days of the ten kings and their hour of authority refers to the Great tribulation, in the same manner that Jesus refers to this time as the “hour of trial” in Revelation 3:10 “Because you have kept my word of patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial which is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell upon the earth.”

This is also confirmed in Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

 

Describing the great tribulation in different time lengths is expressed in several ways:

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p<>{color:#000;}. Jesus calls this the “times of the Gentiles”, or the “hour of trial”.

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p<>{color:#000;}. From the book of Daniel we have the expressions “A time, two times and half a time” and “half a week”.

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p<>{color:#000;}. In Revelation 11 and 13 we have this time expressed as 42 months and as 1,260 days. We know GOD is referring to Hebrew calendar 30-day months and that this time period is 3 ½ years long and in Revelation 11 verses 9 and 11 it is expressed as “three days and a half”. Jewish and Christian theologians believe these “days” to be literal but this is result of a false, “two witnesses” theology that states two individual prophets will reincarnate in those days. GOD’s people will suffer a tribulation similar to the holocaust under Nazi Germany, except for those elected to be spared through it.

 

The reason for imprisonment will be for not worshipping the beast in addition to being sentenced to death. The beast kingdom will not tolerate rejection and the persecution will be global. Forcing worship to the Beast will turn GOD’s people into fugitives and public enemies. We can see this in Revelation 13:12, And 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. 13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 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. 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. 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: 17 And 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.

To put this into perspective, the people who follow GOD will be identified and targeted by everyone. These might have trouble traveling in buses and trains and airplanes and going to supermarkets and shopping in clothing stores, renting housing or working or school or going to the government for help. Enjoying the many aspects of society will become something of the past. There will be deep hatred and harassments and violence against anyone who speaks in the name of the GOD of Israel for the beast will be speaking boastful and blasphemous words against Him and the world will worship him and follow in the ways of the beast, praising it for being a conquering war machine. But the crown of life is for those who live their lives giving testimony to the Lamb until the end.

2:11 He 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.

 

A general closing to all of the messages given to remind us to let the Spirit speak to us individually, to our hearts in real time. The angels of the churches are speaking to us and all we have to do is open hearts to receive the messages we need to receive the kingdom of GOD.

 

The promise of GOD is not that the servant will not die a first biological death, but the second death referring to eternal torment in the lake of fire. The power of the “church” is only to escape the second death. The second death is also mentioned in Revelation 20:14.

Message to Pergamos

2:12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

 

GOD is telling Yeshua to write to the angel of the church, (John is simply recording what he sees and hears), which means that there are angels tasked with overseeing the people in whom is found the characteristics mentioned within each church. It is important to understand the messages so that we may examine our ways against them, to receive convictions and the encouragements, to find the way and heed the warnings. The churches represent a body of people throughout the earth and are not localized to specific temple congregations as is religious custom. It is important to note that the angels of the churches are not a metaphor to represent human officials, who may or may not be authorized by GOD to deliver His messages into our individual lives. We will see throughout the book of Revelation the various works that the angels perform.

 

2:13 I 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.

 

Where Satan dwells refers to the evil that surrounds the people of GOD in broad terms, for this message speaks to everyone even to our current days and therefore not limited to a single location, such as modern day Turkey, where all of these churches were located.

According to Christian tradition, John the Apostle ordained Antipas as bishop of Pergamos during the reign of the Roman emperor Domitian. Christians believe Saint Antipas to be the Antipas referred to as the “faithful martyr” of Pergamos, “where Satan dwells”. The traditional account goes on to say Antipas was martyred in ca. 92 AD by burning in a brazen bull-shaped altar used for casting out demons worshiped by the local population. There is a tradition of oil (“manna of the saints”) being secreted from the relics of Saint Antipas. On the calendars of Eastern Christianity, the feast day of Antipas is April 11. Some Christians pray to this saint for ailments of the teeth. But generally, the beliefs of idolaters should not be taken into account.

There is often persecution that GOD’s people must endure when surrounded by those who disregard His ways. In Matthew 10:16 Jesus speaks of His followers being sheep among wolves and advised to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. When serpents are caged their instinct is to quietly examine every square inch of their environment, looking for a way out. We would be prudent to adopt the same coping behavior, for the world that we live in is a prison. We must beware of men, who for the sake of their inquisitions would subject anyone, whether family, relative, friend or stranger to deliver them up to inquisitions, flogging, punishment and excommunications.

Doves are set apart from others pigeons, but not in a “holier-than-thou” attitude, but rather as simply soaring through the wind, led by the Spirit. These are those who hear what the Spirit is saying very clearly, even at such a present moment of trial and will be told what to say in that hour because the Spirit of our Father will speak through them. Just like a serpent that searches escape and like a set-apart dove, these will flee persecutions and those enduring till the end.

 

2:14 But 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.

 

This message is addressing those who do prove faithfulness against all odds even when faced against the worst that the enemy has to offer but for the sake of tolerance or for any other reason excuse the works of Balaam among the people of GOD. Rules that govern religious congregations protect appointed officials or even non-official members to the extent that doctrines and beliefs often go unregulated. The “doctrine of Balaam” represents any person who sets up snares that lead the people of GOD to stumble and sin. This work of Balaam is motivated by self-interest or any selfishness that disregards the will of GOD over His people. It is possible that a person may not even be aware of such doing’s, however, it is important to understand that GOD is looking for individuals who serve Him above all and clear the path for all of those who would seek the kingdom. Let’s examine the works of Balaam more closely.

 

Works of Balaam

The term “food sacrificed to idols” refers to a “teaching” and not physical food that we eat since Jesus declared that foods are not what make one to become unclean in regards to sin in Matthew 15:11 “ Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.” This allows us to truly understand that GOD’s will, as commanded in Leviticus 11 in regards to the list of clean foods to eat and unclean foods to avoid, is established for the physical health of mankind.

Though eating a healthy diet does improve general well being it should have no impact on the quality of soul as far as salvation is concerned. GOD had changed man’s diet several times throughout the Holy Bible and therefore we shouldn’t let a food diet govern matters of eternal salvation. In the days of Adam green plants were given for food for everyone, Genesis 1:30 and after the flood in the days of Noah GOD gave him everything to eat without any exceptions. To believe that one is going to heaven because he didn’t eat swine or that someone is going to hell because he did eat swine, for example, is creating precepts for purposes of self-justification and/or to condemn others, sin’s that both defile the soul of mankind. However, in spite of this we shouldn’t just do what we want in terms of eating for Daniel did well to avoid the dainties of Babylon.

Now GOD spoke of foods sacrificed to idols for a reason and we can’t ignore this warning. To understand what He was referring to we must seek the scriptures concerning Balaam, especially the writings of the apostle Peter where he wrote in 2 Peter 2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.

The work of Balaam can identify individuals who love gain from wrongdoing. In the next context we will understand that false prophets, such as Balaam, have their own followers and we can see the consequence these types of leaders have on congregations in Numbers 31:16 “Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.”

In Pe’or, the sons of Israel worshipped false gods and bowed down to them and served them and since it is against GOD’s law it is punishable by death and it still is until the close of the age (Matthew 5:18). None of the people of Israel were expected to go after other gods and serve them, since the LORD was their GOD. In doing so, they became yoked to the false god Ba’al, not that prophet Balaam served Ba’al directly, but that his actions were treacherous and therefore the people were misled into trusting those who were guided by Balaam.

In terms of today, many religious leaders are hired to play the role of priests and ministers for multitudes of people. Their followers are confident that their offerings will be honored and serve as profitable spiritual investments. However, we must realize and accept that only Jesus is authorized to promise heavenly rewards, not mankind.

 

2:15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

 

Nico- means “victory” in Greek, and laos means “people” or, more specifically, “the laity”. Hence they take the word to mean “lay conquerors” or “conquerors of the lay people”. This authority takes place in religious settings and is proven by officials who use the power of the word of GOD to subdue people onto the pews before them and maintaining a stronghold over them. Whether the goal for this is expressed as simply gathering a church together for learning and worshipping, if there is any work performed which reveals a selfish, controlling desire or results in the misleading or oppressing of GOD’s people it should be convicted, discouraged from power to avoid the suffering.

 

2:16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. 17He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; …

 

A general closing to all of the messages given to remind us to let the Spirit speak to us individually, to our hearts in real time. The angels of the churches are speaking to us and all we have to do is open hearts to receive the messages we need to receive the kingdom of GOD.

 

2:16 … “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.”

 

Manna is first mentioned in Exodus 16:1, where GOD feeds Israel this bread as they followed Prophet Moses through the wilderness. In verse 31 and Numbers 11:7-8, the Manna was described as white like Coriander seed, with an appearance as bdellium Bdellium is a semi-transparent balsam (oleo-gum resin), which is extracted from Commiphora wightii and from Commiphora Africana trees growing in Ethiopia, Erythrea and sub-saharan Africa. Bdellium consists of a water-soluble gum, a resin and an essential oil. It’s a gum resin similar to myrrh obtained from various trees (genus Commiphora) of the East Indies and Africa.

Today, Jesus is our manna, our bread from Heaven. In John 6 He is telling us that if we accept Him as the Messiah, His teachings and His ways we will have eternal life. He sets apart wisdom about eternal life, unleavened, uncorrupted by the leaven of lies and hypocrisy that are served by the churches of men who speak on their own authority. In John 16:13, Jesus tells us that the Spirit of truth will guide us into all the truth, because He will only speak what is told and only glorify Jesus.

Certainly, all that we posses on this earth is vanity, including our names. It is very interesting how receiving this new name on the white stone would be a secret, instead of something public. It is contrary to our customs, for we are known by our names that identify who we are to others. This offers a deeper insight into the glory of GOD, which is found in wisdom, in the quietness and in the pure.

 

Message to Thyatira

2:18 And 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;

 

GOD is telling Yeshua to write to the angel of the church, (John is simply recording what he sees and hears), which means that there are angels tasked with overseeing the people in whom is found the characteristics mentioned within each church. It is important to understand the messages so that we may examine our ways against them, to receive convictions and the encouragements, to find the way and heed the warnings. The churches represent a body of people throughout the earth and are not localized to specific temple congregations as is religious custom. It is important to note that the angels of the churches are not a metaphor to represent human officials, who may or may not be authorized by GOD to deliver His messages into our individual lives. We will see throughout the book of Revelation the various works that the angels perform.

 

2:19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. 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.

 

This message is addressing those who do well in growing their works in their faith and enduring the hardships of time but for the sake of tolerance or for any other reason excuse the works of Jezebel among the people of GOD. This is prevalent in religious congregations that implement a system of hierarchy and ranks granting privilege to anyone who satisfies the requirements of an assembly or council or church. The “woman Jezebel” represents any person who portrays a prophetic anointing or privilege but serves lies and deceit through messages that seem holy. It is possible that a person may not even be aware of such doings since it is common for preachers to continue what they’ve learned from scholars and teachers, however, it is important to understand that GOD is looking for individuals who serve Him above all. To further understand the biblical Jezebel let’s examine the following biblical history.

 

Biblical History on Jezebel

Jezebel was the daughter of Ethbaal, the king of the Sidonians, and the wife of King Ahab of Israel and as queen Jezebel was a fanatical worshiper of the heathen idol Baal. Jez’ebel was prophetess over 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah who ate at her royal table. She represents a religious leader who charms or enchants in a deceptive way, which is the nature of charisma. Charisma is not a fruit of the Holy Spirit but of Jez’ebel, for it is defined by charm, magnetism, enchantment, enthusiasm, essentially things that are superficial in order to manipulate others.

The name Jez’ebel may be used as a reference to identify any one who uses the methods described. This person is of religious authority, the prophet or prophetess that uses charm, enthusiasm, flattery, beguiling, extortion or coercion, inspiration or anything to manipulate or seduce others into submission to then serve them something that is any abomination within what appears to be clean. It seems, generally, that many do not consider misleading from a church, for they themselves are taught to believe that they are without blemish and do everything right in the sigh of GOD. This is a reason why Jesus warns not to follow the crowd, but to follow Him. Where there is any blind guide, the blind will follow and both will fall into the same pit.

 

The following are biblical citations regarding Jez’ebel that help us to understand more about the kind of person she was:

1 Kings 16:30 And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD more than all that were before him. 31 And as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jerobo’am the son of Nebat, he took for wife Jez’ebel the daughter of Ethba’al king of the Sido’nians, and went and served Ba’al, and worshiped him. 32 He erected an altar for Ba’al in the house of Ba’al, which he built in Sama’ria. 33 And Ahab made an Ashe’rah. Ahab did more to provoke the LORD, the God of Israel, to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him.

1 Kings 18:19 Now therefore send and gather all Israel to me at Mount Carmel, and the four hundred and fifty prophets of Ba’al and the four hundred prophets of Ashe’rah, who eat at Jez’ebel’s table.”

1 Kings 18:13 Has it not been told my Lord what I did when Jez’ebel killed the prophets of the LORD, how I hid a hundred men of the LORD’S prophets by fifties in a cave, and fed them with bread and water?

1 Kings 21:1 Now Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreel, beside the palace of Ahab king of Sama’ria. 2 And after this Ahab said to Naboth, “Give me your vineyard, that I may have it for a vegetable garden, because it is near my house; and I will give you a better vineyard for it; or, if it seems good to you, I will give you its value in money.” 3 But Naboth said to Ahab, “The LORD forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my fathers.” 4 And Ahab went into his house vexed and sullen because of what Naboth the Jezreelite had said to him; for he had said, “I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers.” And he lay down on his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no food. 5 But Jez’ebel his wife came to him, and said to him, “Why is your spirit so vexed that you eat no food?” 6 And he said to her, “Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreelite, and said to him, ‘Give me your vineyard for money; or else, if it please you, I will give you another vineyard for it’; and he answered, ‘I will not give you my vineyard.’” 7 And Jez’ebel his wife said to him, “Do you now govern Israel? Arise, and eat bread, and let your heart be cheerful; I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.” 8 So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name and sealed them with his seal, and she sent the letters to the elders and the nobles who dwelt with Naboth in his city. 9 And she wrote in the letters, “Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people; 10 and set two base fellows opposite him, and let them bring a charge against him, saying, ‘You have cursed God and the king.’ Then take him out, and stone him to death.” 11 And the men of his city, the elders and the nobles who dwelt in his city, did as Jez’ebel had sent word to them. As it was written in the letters which she had sent to them, 12 they proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people. 13 And the two base fellows came in and sat opposite him; and the base fellows brought a charge against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, “Naboth cursed God and the king.” So they took him outside the city, and stoned him to death with stones. 14 Then they sent to Jez’ebel, saying, “Naboth has been stoned; he is dead.” A few verses later Jez’ebel is killed, 19 And you shall say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Have you killed, and also taken possession?”’ And you shall say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD: “In the place where dogs licked up the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick your own blood.”’”

1 Kings 22:29 So the king of Israel and Jehosh’aphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth-gilead. 30And the king of Israel said to Jehosh’aphat, “I will disguise myself and go into battle, but you wear your robes.” And the king of Israel disguised himself and went into battle. 31Now the king of Syria had commanded the thirty-two captains of his chariots, “Fight with neither small nor great, but only with the king of Israel.” 32 And when the captains of the chariots saw Jehosh’aphat, they said, “It is surely the king of Israel.” So they turned to fight against him; and Jehosh’aphat cried out. 33 And when the captains of the chariots saw that it was not the king of Israel, they turned back from pursuing him. 34But a certain man drew his bow at a venture, and struck the king of Israel between the scale armor and the breastplate; therefore he said to the driver of his chariot, “Turn about, and carry me out of the battle, for I am wounded.” 35And the battle grew hot that day, and the king was propped up in his chariot facing the Syrians, until at evening he died; and the blood of the wound flowed into the bottom of the chariot. 36And about sunset a cry went through the army, “Every man to his city, and every man to his country!” 37So the king died, and was brought to Sama’ria; and they buried the king in Sama’ria. 38And they washed the chariot by the pool of Sama’ria, and the dogs licked up his blood, and the harlots washed themselves in it, according to the word of the LORD which he had spoken.

2 Kings 9:30 When Jehu came to Jezreel, Jez’ebel heard of it; and she painted her eyes, and adorned her head, and looked out of the window. 31 And as Jehu entered the gate, she said, “Is it peace, you Zimri, murderer of your master?”

Zimri was a commander who succeeded king Elah as king of Israel for seven days. He murdered king Elah at Tirzah, as Elah was drinking in the house of Arza, his steward. Zimri reigned only seven days, because the army elected Omri as king, and with their support laid siege to Tirzah. Finding his position untenable, Zimri set fire to the palace and perished. The name Zimri became a byword for a traitor who murdered his master, which is why Jehu referred to Jez’ebel as Zimri.

2 Kings 9:32 And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on my side? who? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs. 33 And he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under foot. 34 And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king’s daughter. 35 And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands. 36 Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is the word of the LORD, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel: 37 And the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not say, This is Jezebel. ‘”

 

What Jezebel Represents in the Churches

One of the main features of the biblical Jezebel is her teachings on cult worship. By understanding how the prophets of Baal and Asherah who sat at her table, we can see that this translates to charismatic worship in today’s many charismatic Christian societies. The practice of Jezebel’s prophets limping, crying out loud and self-inflicting wounds is manifested today through the belief that the Holy Spirit will anoint and manifest GOD in persons according to their shouting loudly until their throat gives out, repeating praises and the manifestation of limping and circling around can be observed in Christian churches.

The Wrath followers of Jezebel

2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. 22Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. 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.

 

The fact that all the churches will know that GOD searches the reins and hearts makes it clear that there are no churches that are outside of GOD’s judgment. The churches of men create names and denominational labels in hopes to represent holiness, righteousness and authority that promote a mindset of settling into sainthood in one’s own eyes. However, the eyes of the Lord search the hearts that are blameless, not how people believe themselves to be blameless.

 

It is important to note that those who keep the works of Jezebel, which is to beguile and deceive the true servants (especially by false servants of GOD) are not the only ones to suffer the wrath of GOD but also those who support them. There is no justification for supporting a people who do such evil deeds in a church or elsewhere by any means while believing to be exempt from judgment. Also, suffering such persons, especially in a church setting to either win social acceptance or because of fear in convicting such person(s) makes one just as liable to judgment.

 

2:24 But 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. 25But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. 26And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: 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. 28And I will give him the morning star.

 

The works that are referred to are the commandments that Jesus taught to observe because we will be justified by them and by faithfulness until death. Ruling with an iron rod and having power over the nations is also what is regarded as the saints being given the power to prophesy. This power to prophesy is not a power one can give oneself, it is either ordained by GOD or not at all. In addition, the comparison of broken vessels of a potter should not incite violence in any speaker, to treat people as if they were clay to be beaten with prophetic words. A clean execution of judgment is not the same as venting one’s anger through the guise of righteousness. However, at the end GOD is the one who can truly tell the difference, which is why should we hear what the Spirit says we would have an advantage.

 

2:29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

 

A general closing to all of the messages given to remind us to let the Spirit speak to us individually, to our hearts in real time. The angels of the churches are speaking to us and all we have to do is open hearts to receive the messages we need to receive the kingdom of GOD.

 

Message to Sardis

3:1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; …

GOD is telling Yeshua to write to the angel of the church, (John is simply recording what he sees and hears), which means that there are angels tasked with overseeing the people in whom is found the characteristics mentioned within each church. It is important to understand the messages so that we may examine our ways against them, to receive convictions and the encouragements, to find the way and heed the warnings. The churches represent a body of people throughout the earth and are not localized to specific temple congregations as is religious custom. It is important to note that the angels of the churches are not a metaphor to represent human officials, who may or may not be authorized by GOD to deliver His messages into our individual lives. We will see throughout the book of Revelation the various works that the angels perform.

 

3:1 …I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

 

The term name of being alive refers to religious identities that are adopted for the purpose of enhancing one’s own reputation in public and appearing to be of GOD but underneath lacking in His Spirit and therefore dead in His sight. Under inspiration and brainwashing one may claim to be full of the Spirit, confident in ritual practices and traditions, but lacking in Spirit is proved by deeds or lack of. Let those who glorify themselves compete over who has what and let the rest keep what is valuable well kept and under wise discretion.

 

3:2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

 

While there is a generally accepted social notion that no person can be perfect, Jesus himself did command, “Be perfect as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.” The reason behind this notion is that people generally don’t want to feel judged by other people. It is true that we all have human imperfections, but Jesus did say that with GOD all things are possible. If GOD truly dwells in us He will help us perfect our ways before Him. An example of perfecting a way is a person who abstains from any act of sin that he or she finds difficulty to do. If the person never again repeats a particular sin that such person has perfected his way concerning that before GOD. This is a work, not a matter of faith. Faith may help a person become righteous before GOD by the way of encouragement and dedication, but ultimately we must work on the things that GOD expects us to be better at. Believing that we can’t ever be perfect opens the doors to justify every sin.

 

3:3 Remember 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.

 

This is an exhortation to remain awake and aware of life as Jesus said in Matthew 24:43, “But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.” This means that if a person does not watch then the Lord will come like a “thief in the night” or simply unexpected and what will come is sudden tribulation, hence the house being broken into.

While the expression “thief in the night” leads many people to allude to Jesus stealing saints from the world in a halfway pit-stop that doesn’t count as a coming but as a rapture, the following verse shows that it is the wrath of GOD that is coming like a thief to plunder and destroy all that He has created, 2 Peter 3:10 “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in 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.”

 

3:4 Thou 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. 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.

 

The term soiled their garments refer to sin and to walk in white is defined by deeds of righteousness. This is confirmed in Revelation 19:8, “It was granted her to be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure – for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.” Therefore, one should focus on righteous deeds as much as ironing out the wrinkles and stains that blemish our integrity before the sight of GOD.

 

3:6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

 

A general closing to all of the messages given to remind us to let the Spirit speak to us individually, to our hearts in real time. The angels of the churches are speaking to us and all we have to do is open hearts to receive the messages we need to receive the kingdom of GOD.

 

3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; …

 

GOD is telling Yeshua to write to the angel of the church, (John is simply recording what he sees and hears), which means that there are angels tasked with overseeing the people in whom is found the characteristics mentioned within each church. It is important to understand the messages so that we may examine our ways against them, to receive convictions and the encouragements, to find the way and heed the warnings. The churches represent a body of people throughout the earth and are not localized to specific temple congregations as is religious custom. It is important to note that the angels of the churches are not a metaphor to represent human officials, who may or may not be authorized by GOD to deliver His messages into our individual lives. We will see throughout the book of Revelation the various works that the angels perform.

 

3:7… 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;

 

The term keys of David takes us to the passage concerning a denunciation of hirelings and the appointment of the Messiah in Isaiah 22:15, Thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, “Go, get thee unto this treasurer, even unto Sheb’na, which is over the house, and say, 16 What hast thou here? And whom hast thou here, that thou hast hewed thee out a sepulcher here, as he that heweth him out a sepulcher on high, and that graveth an habitation for himself in a rock? 17 Behold, the Lord will carry thee away with a mighty captivity, and will surely cover thee. 18 He will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball into a large country: there shalt thou die, and there the chariots of thy glory shall be the shame of thy lord’s house. 19 And I will drive thee from thy station, and from thy state shall he pull thee down. 20 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call my servant E-li’a-kim the son of Hil-ki’ah: 21 And I will cloth him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Ju’dah. 22 And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. 23 And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father’s house. 24 And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons. 25 In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off: for the Lord hath spoken it.

 

3:8 I 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.

 

Here is a heartwarming and encouraging reminder that having a little strength does not mean failure, but that GOD supplements vulnerable areas with what we cannot accomplish. Sometimes we may want to force opportunities in life and “open doors” we believe we must go through in order to receive a blessing and often times we find them shut against us and no matter how hard we try we are shut from moving forward. We may even feel like we have little strength in the process. It may seem that even among the people called by GOD’s name there are persons that shut opportunities or grant opportunities to those whose hearts are not with the Lord’s. But will open the way for the faithful ones and no one will be able to take away their reward or hinder their progress.

 

3:9 Behold, 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.

 

This shows that those from the church of Smyrna, who say they are Jews and are not, will bow down before the servants belonging to the church of Philadelphia in Revelation 2:9. This basically means that those who are pretending to be righteous will be humbled before those who are true and faithful when they are persecuted and sent to prison and sentenced to death.

 

3:10 Because 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.

 

The “hour of trial” refers to the 3 ½ years of the Great Tribulation which everyone will experience and we can see this in Luke 21:34 “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” This passage also confirms that the term “thief in the night” refers to great tribulation and not rapture.

The hour of trial also refers to the day of wrath as in Zephaniah 2:1, “Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.” We can see in this passage that there is nothing alluding to rapture, but just as Noah was hidden in the ark so also the servants of GOD may be hidden and protected from harm. In the same manner, the Israelites were living in Egypt during the days of the plagues of GOD’s wrath against the Egyptians and they were not harmed, neither were their livestock and then afterwards it was time to leave Egypt unto the promise land.

In regards to the Great Tribulation or the wrath of GOD, we can see GOD calling for His servants to hide in Isaiah 26:20, “Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. 21 For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.”

 

3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. 12 Him 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.

 

The name of GOD on the forehead is His mark on the saints. There is a precedent in Ezekiel chapters 8 and 9 that reveals that those who groan and mourn over the abominations taking place in the assemblies that call themselves by GOD’s name, things that only few are allowed to see, are the ones who were are given a mark on their foreheads before the destroying angels came to slay the rest of the people beginning with those in the temples. Ezekiel 9:4And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. 5 And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:

In Revelation chapter 7 we see those sealed of the tribes of Israel, the beginning verses read, 1 And 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. 2 and I saw another angels 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, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4 And 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.

The use of the number 144,000 is simply to refer to denote those who will inherit the New Jerusalem temple, those who are integrated with the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve chosen apostles of the Lamb, the multiplication of which is 144,000. This number should not be taken to mean that only this number of people will be saved for there will be salvation for a multitude no man can number.

 

3:13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

 

A general closing to all of the messages given to remind us to let the Spirit speak to us individually, to our hearts in real time. The angels of the churches are speaking to us and all we have to do is open hearts to receive the messages we need to receive the kingdom of GOD.

 

Message to Laodicea

3:14 And 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 is an exclamation uttered at the end of a prayer or hymn, meaning ‘so be it.’ In reference to himself, GOD is saying that His words will be fulfilled.

 

Jesus is the faithful and true witness as confirmed in Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is then 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.

Bibles use concordances such as Proverbs 8:22-36, Wisdom’s Part in Creation, to mean that the person Jesus existed before the creation of the earth and therefore existed as part of a triune GOD, respectively, The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit as recorded in Matthew 28:18. Many also take the passage in John 1:1-18 speaking of the word becoming flesh to literally mean that Jesus existed eternally alongside GOD. From this point it is common to accept the idea that Jesus existed in the creation event with GOD in the book of Genesis 1:1. Also that when GOD said, “Let us” in regards to the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11:9 that it was Jesus He was speaking to. But the creation event and who GOD was speaking to can be clarified in the following passage of the book of Job 38:4, “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding.” 5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? Or who hath stretched the line upon it? 6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner stone thereof; 7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Remember that the first verse of Revelation confirms that every revelation is being showed by GOD, The 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. where we immediately we understand that Jesus and GOD are not the same person and that the person who will be speaking to John through this book is not Jesus himself but an angel sent by Him.

 

3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

16So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

 

The reference hot or cold refers to deeds that are either considered unrighteous (cold) or righteous (hot) in sincerity or full potential. The righteous are expected to live the word of GOD with a sincere devotion, on the other hand, an evil person is expected to live likewise unless he or she repents and turns to righteousness.

The sincere devotion will be confirmed by the Spirit, because the heart and mind and soul of mankind are weighed before the sight of GOD and not measured nor validated by religious authority and social reputation.

Contrary to religious expectations GOD would rather mankind decide to be what we are, which is why Jesus said a tree is known by its fruit. GOD wants a tree to match the fruit and vice versa and not for an apple, as an example, to hang from an orange tree. The reference lukewarm would identify a state of living behind an identity, as is common in religion. Of course, there are those devoted and those who are not and it is not my claim that religious people are lukewarm, but that overall religion is an environment where identity and reputation are at the forefront and many works that may go towards enhancing one’s own image may seem detestable before the sight of GOD.

The lukewarm are not identified by lack of works, but rather certain works that are not pure in quality for either righteousness. A work of the lukewarm may be the work of a soothsayer for example, who sometimes advocates for the oppressed when it suits them, except when favoring the oppressor when it offers social rewards or gain a greater standard of reputation. It is also reflected when one believes in GOD devotedly or worships Him passionately but will not endure trials and tribulations when they come.

 

3:17 Because 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: 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. 19As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 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. 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.

 

Jesus is not referring to those who are rich in earthly things but who believe they are rich but have poverty in the spirit. Believing to be rich comes from convincing oneself to have it all, such that comes with prideful beliefs that are adopted from religious inspirations. The church, being moved to keep the people inspired tend to convince their followers that they are saints, pure and clean and awaiting all the heavenly rewards that are promised to GOD’s elect. The problem with the hireling system is that there are interests that conflict with the truth; the salary, personal praise and position of authority that the church is given by the people, but only GOD knows who the true condition of anyone before His sight.

Wretched may refer to being cast out from GOD’s presence and being poor in the sense of not having the qualities that reflect godliness in GOD’s terms. Here it is important to separate GOD’s terms with the church, for it has always been inclined to the custom of wearing righteousness outwardly, such as measuring holiness through rituals or religious identity. Since the judgment of GOD begins with the assembly of any people calling themselves by His name and who are commonly given to self-justification, it is clear that these would be the first to not know their true condition. Any teaching that hinders sight, such as any that promotes self-glory and believing to be without sin is a stumbling block that promotes blindness.

The church has a custom of attributing wretchedness to those who are not churchgoers or are literally cast off from the churches, but the Spirit is speaking to the churches first. In general, churches are known for the practice of excommunicating people from the church, especially those who challenge their position with righteousness or question their curriculum.

Naked refers to the shame of living life without the discipline that comes from the precepts of GOD, hence the shame of nakedness, which is the rebellious nature of those who forsake GOD. When one observes and practice a precept of GOD one is clothing oneself by not giving in to sinful nature. One is clothed by one’s integrity, but given the superficial customs of many this true image of the human self vanishes from sight. The garments of religious identity may clothe one’s true self in the eyes of society, but GOD see’s the works that come from the heart.

Not having salve for the eyes refers to healing blindness in order to allow for seeing a clarity of truth about themselves and GOD’s will. There is no restoration for those kept from perceiving the iniquities within oneself, which hinders repentance and a true, profound healing. Essentially, we should all beware of any prideful conceit that comes from believing to be perfect.

 

3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

 

A general closing to all of the messages given to remind us to let the Spirit speak to us individually, to our hearts in real time. The angels of the churches are speaking to us and all we have to do is open hearts to receive the messages we need to receive the kingdom of GOD.

 

4After 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.”

 

John shares Ezekiel’s Vision of GOD

4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. 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. 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. 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. 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.

 

In Ezekiel 1, the prophet records this vision of GOD with the exception that in Revelation 15:2 this sea of glass like unto crystal will be mingled with fire as it becomes the lake of fire that will torment all evil doers as confirmed in Revelation 14:9-11. Those martyred for the sake of Yeshua during the great tribulation will reign as priests of GOD in heaven for a thousand years, standing before them.

 

4:7 And 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 waslike a flying eagle. 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. 9And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, 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, 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.

 

These four beasts that carry GOD’s throne and the twenty four elders that serve as kings before Him bow before the Lamb in honor of His being found worthy to receive these Revelations. In Revelation 5:7 we see Yeshua taking the book out of the hand of His Father.

 

5And 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. 2And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?” 3And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 4And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. 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. 7And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. 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.

 

In the vision of the seventh seal and the golden censer in Revelation 8:3-5, we can see that an angel takes the prayers of the saints killed who are upon the golden altar before GOD’s throne by executing vengeance on their behalf against the earth. By this we understand that the seven vials of GOD’s wrath represent His vengeance on behalf of all of His people.

 

5:9 And 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; 10And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” 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;

 

This number of angels expressed here is ten thousand times ten thousand which equals 100 million. Thousands of thousands may refer to a million or times another 100 million which would give 10,000,000,000,000,000. In words this is mean ten quadrillion angels. This should serve as a partial estimate of how many angels exist.

 

5:12 Saying 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.” 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.” 14And the four beasts said, “Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.”

 

The First Seal: The First Beast Rises & Start of Great Tribulation

6And 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.” 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.

 

The rider on this white horse, having a bow and a crown granted to him and going forth conquering is the first beast of Revelation 13, which makes war against the saints. The following

 

The White Horse

With the color white associated with a meaning of peace, purity, goodness and a horse as a symbol of power, then by a logical connection, a white horse may lead many to believe that a person riding it would be Jesus followed by the souls of saints returning to make war against the sinners of the earth. However, this would be an incorrect conclusion provided the details already revealed to us throughout the entire Bible.

 

To summarize quickly, first, Jesus returns to earth after the days of the great tribulation, and therefore would make the opening of the first seal during this time. Secondly, the Christian pre-tribulation rapture theology is an idea having no foundation in scripture but is absolutely subjective interpretation as a hope for the church. Thirdly, Jesus returns with an army of angels, the whole heavenly host including the martyrs of the great tribulation according to the vision of the fifth seal, who were given garments of white. Let us go through all of the characteristics of this first seal before we can identify who is this rider on the white horse that is given a power to conquer.

 

The Bow

The bow by itself is a symbol of empowerment and as it relates to the first seal of Revelation, to raise a kingdom that will make war and conquer the people having any relation to the GOD of Israel.

 

According to Revelation 12:17 and 14:12, the people of GOD or saints are identified as those who keep the commandments of GOD and the faithfulness of Jesus. It is important to understand that a saint does not by default mean Jewish or Christian, for anyone can adopt a religious identity and fail to uphold the faithfulness required. However, regardless of faithlessness there are those who will have the opportunity to be cleansed by the blood of the Lamb which means martyrdom, not ritual practices. When it is said that the beast will make war against the saints, it is targeting those easy to identify abroad the earth to satisfy the judgment of GOD over all the abominations committed by the churches.

Since the targets in this case are those empowered by the Torah and the Holy Bible then it stands to reason that the bow is another religious/political source of authority that aims against it. What empowers a people to make war against Jews and Christians is the Quran, the holy book for Muslims, the adherents of the religion of Islam. The following is a quote from Quran 9:30: “And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!”

As we can see, the holy book for Muslims has a tone of animosity directed openly against Jews and Christians as a people who are turned away from the truth and from whom they believe to be the true prophet, Mohammed. In addition, there is a battle between the Quran, the Torah and the Bible as far as prophetic source, the salvation status of the adherents of Islam, Judaism and Christianity and who the true God is; either Allah or YHWH.

It is the truth, which is the way to redemption that is also the source of all conflict. The fault lies not in the question, what is the truth?, but in the many conflicting propositions that we may have in answering it and when it comes to the question of who holds the salvation for the souls of mankind rest assured there are those would even spill blood if needed to protect the integrity of such an ideal.

It is common knowledge that it is the will of GOD to punish self-righteousness. This begins with the Jews who are still awaiting a Messiah to usher in victory in the form of a military conquest as king David did. Because many Jews do not accept a Yeshua who brought salvation and peace through a gospel of repentance and devotion to GOD, they can’t see Yeshua as the root of David. The root of David represents the essence of GOD’s law. Instead, these are fixed in the view that David must be the root and therefore the Messiah a direct descendant. Joseph, Yeshua’s stepfather was a direct descendant in addition to the understanding that the authority of Yeshua exceeds that of David or anyone else for that matter and this is proved by the wisdom that He shared as reflected in the gospels. This is why it is written: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David.

The justice of GOD is pure without bias nor pitty nor bound by human scruples. By extension, anyone considered a brethren in keeping the commandments of GOD and the testimony of Yeshua is subject to the wrath of the dragon who empowers the beasts (Revelation 12:17), in order to test the quality of their faithfulness.

The following is an excerpt from the Hadith: Bukhari 52:177 – Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say, “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.”

What we can conclude so far is that the Quran is directly targeting people by religious identity or race rather than subject to sinful act alone. It is not the same to believe, for example, that idolatry is a sinful vanity and idolaters should not be consulted by order of GOD than to say that Jews and Christians are sinners because they don’t adhere to the teachings set forth by the messenger of Allah and therefore subject to death. The first is objective and the latter is a subjective interpretation. An idolater is certainly given to superstition, the Jew or Christian might not be.

Though Jesus never said not to cast a stone because He never spoke against the law, He made it clear that only those who are clean can, therefore, one may be better dropping the stones and let GOD execute vengeance for His covenant, especially since the GOD of Israel is merciful and forgives those who turn to Him.

The Hunter

Imagine a hunter armed with a bow carrying a sack of arrows behind him cautiously entering the forest with his eyes looking for prey. Who is the hunter? We begin to understand the origin of this hunter in Genesis 16:7, And the angel of the Lord found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur 8 And he said, Ha’gar, Sa’rai’s maid, whence camest thou? And whither wilt thou go? And she said, I fele from the face of my mistress Sa’rai. 9 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, “Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.” 10 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. 11 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, “Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ish’ma-el; because the Lord hath hear thy affliction. 12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren. 13 And she called the name of the Lord that spake unto her, “Thou God seest me: for she said, “Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?” 14 Where the well was called Be’er-la-hai’-roi; behold, it is between Ka’desh and Be’red. 15 And Ha’gar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son’s name, which Ha’gar bare, Ish’ma-el.

Ishmael is the first Arab (half Hebrew half ancient Egyptian blood) and true origin of Islam, since Arab Muslims believe that GOD established a covenant with Ishmael the first born of Abraham and not Israel. However, Ishmael was born through Abraham’s intermixing with Sar’ai’s Egyptian maid Hagar, since Sar’ai was unable to bear Abraham a child and sought to obtain children through her maid and this was forbidden. GOD made the covenant of salvation with Israel, originally known as Jacob, son of Isaac, Ishmael’s step-brother.

The dispute between the people of Israel and Ishmael is a very ancient one. By the account of Genesis 21:8-21, Isaac (categorically known as Israel through the renaming of his son Jacob) should understand that Ishmael should be treated as relatives since both have the blood of Abraham. In addition, it was GOD’s will for Hagar to submit to Sara and dwell together, but it was Sara’s decision for Abraham to send Hagar away with his son Ishmael, and this displeased him, but it was ordained by GOD to send them away with the understanding that He would not forsake them when the angel said, and shalt call his name Ish’ma-el; because the Lord hath hear thy affliction.

As GOD promised Ishmael became a great nation through his twelve princes and became an expert with the bow (becoming the hunter he was ordained to be) and remained dwelling in the wilderness, but along with all of this a great chasm was created between the two families, one that would lead to bloodshed throughout the generations to come.

It is clear that there are faults in all religious sides. Religion itself is a man-made vanity. Israel must remember that pride and vanity has a way of tearing straight through the fabric of peace and security. On the other hand, Ishmael should consider that Judah, the head tribe of Israel is given the ruling scepter above all nations and this is ordained by the Most High and whether Judah corrupts such a scepter is up for GOD to punish.

While any diplomat would propose solutions to reconcile disputes between adherents of Judaism and Islam into a unanimous peace, unfortunately, none would be ordained by the Most High, unless it’s under the covenant of the Messiah. It is already prophesied, as we can see from the Revelation to John and other biblical texts that things will turn for the worse before any sign of restoration may be found in sight. As it stands, the kings of the east are already on their way to great military prowess to make war with the west and the word of GOD will be accomplished.

The arrows would represent the people who would launch war once lending their loyalty to the beast. The bow has the power to shoot arrows with force upon specific targets. As in any movement, there is always a head motivating a body of people into a like-minded course of action. A rider holding a bow without emphasis of any arrows indicates a motivational speaker who is crying out for vengeance in the name of justice, hence the white horse.

In Islam, a holy war is called a Jihad where extremist Islamists become terrorists, suicide bombers and perform beheadings in order to kill infidels (Revelation 20:4). Muslims also have what they call a Caliphate, which is world domination, in an attempt to force everyone to adopt their religion under threat of death.

 

The Crown

The first beast of Revelation rises to power in the midst of prophet Daniel’s prophetic week, which marks the beginning of the Great Tribulation. This week is a period of seven years as revealed in Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”

A week is a prophetic term for a period of 7 years according to Leviticus 25:8 And thou shalt number seven Sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven Sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years. This day-year principle is also found in Ezekiel 4:5 For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel. 6 And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on the right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Ju’dah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.

The crown given to the beast is a reflection of power and a dominating influence over many people during his 3½ year reign (same as 42 months or 1,260 days or three days and a half). In the case of Islam, this would be a caliph. A caliph is the chief Muslim civil and religious ruler, regarded as the successor of the prophet Muhammad. The identity of this first beast of Revelation is revealed under the interpretation of Revelation 13 after the following paragraphs.

A falling of the saints during the Great Tribulation is a fulfillment of a prophecy in Daniel 7:21, I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them: 22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. Daniel 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws; and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Yeshua prophesies of this Great Tribulation period calling it a “time of the Gentiles” and “days of vengeance” in Luke 21:20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 21 Then let them which are in Judea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. 22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! For there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. 24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

We know that Jerusalem, the holy city, will be trampled by the Gentiles during their time of 42 months. From this we may infer that Rome is not considered the holy city in the sight of GOD. Still, Christianity is a religion that branches from the gospel of the messiah and have to any extent a relation to the Jewish people. To the end that, a kingdom that makes direct war with the GOD of Israel, uttering blasphemies against Him and His dwelling, will have the will to destroy anything relating to Him, scriptures and believers included. This means that Jews and Christians will be targeted whether they fellowship or not. A kingdom having no tolerance for resistance would seek to exterminate all the same, giving no attention to discrepancies and disputes between both houses.

From Luke 21:20 we can clearly see that Jews, in particular those from the house of Judaism who have not accepted Yeshua as Messiah are destined for vengeance, targeted for persecution because they carry the identity of those who keep the commandments of GOD but not the faithfulness of Yeshua. As prophesied, the house of Judaism is forsaken and will fall under the wrath of GOD to keep fulfilling Matthew 23:37, which Yeshua spoke, O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how oftenw ould I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. 39 For I say unto you, “Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

There will be, however, survivors from among the Jews that GOD will call and deliver during this time (Joel 2:32) And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.

 

Conquering and to conquer

We can see the rider in the white horse as the 1st beast of revelation conquering throughout the 3½ year tribulation in Revelation 11:7 And 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. 8 And 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. 9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and ah half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 10 And 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.

In regards to verse 9 the 3 days and a half the day-year principle applies here also, representing 3 ½ years. There is a stumbling block, however, in the way of a belief that these “two prophets” or “two witnesses” mentioned in this chapter refers to the reincarnation of literally two Old Testament prophets, an error that many Jews and Christians teach. See the interpretation of Revelation 11.

 

The Second Seal: The Great Panic

6:3And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, “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.

 

Zechariah 14:12 And this shall be the plague where with 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. 13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the Lord shall be among them; and they shall lay hold everyone on the hand of his neighbor, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbor. 14 And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance. 15 And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague.

Distinct from the nature of conventional warfare, whether military or civil protest, which is organized and limited to warring parties in selected geographies is chaos. Chaos is moved by confusion, hatred or panic and can occur anywhere on earth. This might be initiated by a contagious disease affecting the nervous system spreading an epidemic of rage and violence or an act of brutality leading to civil unrest and rioting. Regardless of the method through which this is fulfilled it is a result of the growing evil in the world, as Yeshua prophesies in Matthew 24:12 “And because wickedness is multiplied, most men’s love will grow cold.”

Another Old Testament example is found in 1 Samuel 14:1-23, but more specifically verse 20, And Saul and all the people that were with him assembled themselves, and they came to the battle: and, behold, every man’s sword was against his fellow, and there was a very great discomfiture. This was a result of Johnathan, the son of King Saul and his armor-bearer rising up against the Philistine garrison and rousing more than twenty of them up into panic, as we can see from verse 15, And there was trembling in the host, in the field, and among all the people: the garrison, and the spoilers, they also trembled, and the earth quaked: so it was very great trembling (or panic).

 

The Third Seal: The False Prophet & the Mark of the Beast

6:5 And 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. 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.”

 

This seal does not refer to famine as is commonly thought but a currency that has little value so that a full day’s salary does not cover much expense. We can see such an example in currency exchanges, when we compare the value of currencies, such as, twenty US dollars equaling $896.00 In Dominican pesos. It will be an economic system implemented for everyone by the false prophet beast of Revelation 13, but without harming those who keep the commandments (oil) and the faithfulness of Yeshua (wine), who GOD will nourish himself throughout the great tribulation. This is confirmed in Revelation 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. 14 And 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.

The oil refers to those who keep the commandments of GOD through prophet Moshe and the wine refers to the keeping of Yeshua’s faithfulness until death along with those commandments. The word of GOD is described as a holy, anointed, a light, or the oil that lights the lamp. Psalm 119:101 makes this clear, “I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep thy word.”

The wine represents the blood of the covenant of Yeshua, as we can see during the last supper that Yeshua had with his disciples in Matthew 26:26 Now as they were eating, Yeshua took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you; 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you I shall not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

The wheat and the barley represent the two beasts of Revelation, where the wheat is the first beast and the barley is the false prophet. Although wheat and barley are mass and not liquid, they are both measured in liquid form because they represent people just as the oil and the wine, which are also liquids represent those who keep the commandments of GOD and the testimony of Yeshua. Revelation 17:15 reveals to us that waters, which is basically a liquid, represents many people. The denarius represents the daily cost of living wages they will implement under their authority. We know that this economic system for the beast kingdom will hurt them, either as a decline in the value of currency or a shortness of food and therefore workers would receive a lot less than accustomed to against their daily expenses, because GOD orders the angels not to hurt His people because of this exchange rate.

GOD’s people will be nourished throughout this time by GOD because of rejecting the new economy. We cannot accept the economic system implemented by the Beast and False Prophet because accepting its mark will also fall under GOD’s wrath. This is confirmed in Revelation 14:9 And 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, 10 The 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: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosever receiveth the mark of his name. 12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Yeshua. Anyone who refuses the mark of the beast will be treated as a fugitive and unable to have access to the daily functions of society and this will test the everyone’s faithfulness.

 

The Fourth Seal: The Four Destroyers

6:7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, “Come and see.” 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.

 

We begin to see a reference concerning the four destroyers in Jeremiah 15:1 Then said the Lord unto me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people: cast them out of my sight, and let them go forth. 2 And it shall come to pass, if they say unto thee, “Whither shall we go forth? Then thou shalt tell me, “Thus saith the Lord; Such as are for death, to death; and such as are for the sword, to the sword; and such as are for the famine, to the famine; and such as are for the captivity, to the captivity. 3 And I will appoint over them four kinds, saith the Lord: the sword to slay, and the dogs to tear, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the earth, to devour and destroy.

We should consider that God is just and he will also avenge animal cruelty and the oppression they suffer throughout the earth. It would stand to reason that at some point animals will get tired of enduring the suffering and it will be ordained by GOD for them to vent their fury unto humans who are selected for death by animals.

 

The Fifth Seal: The Martyrs

6:9 And 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: 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? 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 fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

 

Those to be killed are the ones spoken of in Revelation 7:13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, “What are these which are arrayed in white robes? And whence came they? 14 And 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.

The great tribulation marks a time where GOD’s people will be subject to the worst persecution. This is confirmed in Revelation 14:13 And 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.

Contrary to popular belief that the religious authorities cannot accept much persecution much less murder, though there are plenty of scriptures that are written to prepare the hearts of those who would devote their hearts to the GOD of Israel. For example, Matthew 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

In spite of scattered persecutions here and there throughout history, when Yeshua said “and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake,” He was referring to persecution from the beast kingdom. During this time the persecution against the people of the GOD of Israel will be global.

Luke 21:16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. 17And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. 18But there shall not an hair of your head perish. 19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

It may seem like a contradiction to promise that not a hair on your head will perish while some are being put to death. The clarity comes when we understand that endurance comes at a standard and not all will be able to achieve this. Each will be appointed to a specific fate.

The souls under the altar are those who were killed during the Great Tribulation and are waiting for those on earth to be slain as well. These are those who will stand beside the seal of glass mingled with fire and serve as priests to GOD and the Lamb for a thousand years in heaven, according to Revelation 15:2. These are the last (from the close of the age) who will be first (to enter heaven) that are also referred to in Matthew 19:30 and Matthew 20:19.

 

The Sixth Seal: The Coming of the Son of Man

6:12 And 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; 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. 14And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

 

There is a precedent in Joel 2:30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 31The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come. 32And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.

Isaiah 13 gives us another perspective of why and whom this event will affect, 9Behold, the day of the lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. 10For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.” 11And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. 12I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of O’phir. 13Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.

 

6:13 And 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. 14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

 

Isaiah 34:2 For the indignation of the Lord is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter. 3Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcasses, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood. 4And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host, shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.

 

6:15 And 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; 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: 17For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

 

The Lamb returns with the Angels to the Battle of Armaggeddon

6:15 And 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 ends in the rocks of the mountains; 16 And 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: 17For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

We see the precedent of this prophecy in Isaiah 2:19 And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. 20In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; 21To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the ops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. 22Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?

An example may be the construction of D.U.M.B.S., Deep Underground Military Bases built for the elite government of the world and other bunkers, silo’s and mountain caves that people will go to seeking refuge from terrible things that the earth will suffer, such as, earthquakes, asteroid or meteor showers, nuclear wars, etc.

 

The Seventh Seal will continue on chapter 8

 

7 And 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. 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, 3Saying, “Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.”

 

Ezekiel 9:4 also shows us a precedent where GOD orders an angel to go through Jerusalem and put a mark upon the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in it before sending in the destroying angels. This insight helps us understand why people are being sealed by GOD. It is more a matter of avoiding the things that GOD hates rather than by the good things that He requires, because it is possible to express love for Him yet still participate in practices that He finds abominable. To more information please see Ezekiel chapters seven, eight and nine.

 

7:4 And 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.

 

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. 5Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. 6Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. 7Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. 8Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

 

7:9 After 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;

 

The number 144,000, which is the total sum of all the tribes does not represent the only number of all those sealed by GOD, because the actual number of the multitude is beyond numbering before the sight of man. The number 12 represents the number of the apostles for each tribe of Israel mentioned, representing those who keep the commandments of GOD and the testimony of Yeshua in the form of many, hence a thousand. This is why we see in Revelation 21:14 that the New Jerusalem Temple is built by the names of the twelve tribes of Israel and the names of the twelve apostles and in Revelation 14:1-5 they follow the Lamb where he goes.

 

7:10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. 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, 12Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever. Amen. 13And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, “What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?” 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. 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.”

 

The Reign of the Marytrs

7:16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 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.

 

The Seventh Seal: The Golden Censer

8 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. 2And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. 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. 4And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. 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. 6And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

 

Now John will begin to see the seven angels blow their trumpets, but this doesn’t mean that the events that accompany each trumpet begin after the events shown through the seals, which would be impossible. The seals are visions of stages starting in the midst of the Great Tribulation all the way through the sign of the second coming of man.

The last seal is a follow up vision of the fifth seal and of GOD’s wrath beginning to pour on the earth in vengeance for the blood of the saints. These are the prayers of the martyrs that died during the Great Tribulation and are waiting in the altar.

The expression “peals of thunder, voices, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake” refers to the voice of GOD, according to Exodus 20:18 And all the people saw the thundering, and the lightning’s, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. 19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. 20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not. 21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was. 22 And the Lord said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.

From this passage we can understand that the trumpets are occurring during the 3 ½ years of the great tribulation. This is made evident when the eighth angel with the golden censer was given much incense to mingle with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar before the throne. The saints who are praying or crying out are those martyred throughout the great tribulation according to the fifth seal of Revelation 6:9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne; 10 they cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before thou wilt judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell upon the earth? These are the ones who cry out to God for vengeance and it is their blood that will be avenged and wrath from their blood being spilled will be poured down upon the earth.

In addition, the words there was silence in heaven for about half an hour, refer to the 3 ½ years before the great tribulation begins. In biblical terms, the term “hour of trial” has been associated with the 3 ½ years of the great tribulation (Rev. 3:10, Rev. 17:12) that is the latter half of Daniel’s week of seven years according to the interpretation that the angel Gabriel gave him.

The first 3 ½ years is reserved for the power that the saints will have to prophesy until the midst of the week where the beast rises to power to conquer them. During this time of prophesying the kingdom of GOD is silent. The remaining “half an hour” represents the 3 ½ years of the great tribulation, this is when the latter “trial” part of the hour begins. This is also the time when God is pouring His wrath against the beast kingdom. Avenging the saints is the fundamental significance that explains why the trumpets are being sounded and the bowls of wrath are being poured and more importantly, when they begin.

Now that we know why God plagues the earth during the great tribulation we should seek to understand how the revelations are manifested as an earthly event.

The trumpets are alerts that it is time for the wrath of GOD and the bowl is the pouring of His wrath and just as it takes time to pour out a substance out of a bowl the event will progress into greater calamity until it is complete.

 

The First Trumpet

8:7 The 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.

 

A similar reflection of the seventh plague that occurred in Egypt during the days of the prophet Moses, with the exception of being mixed with blood, as we can see in Exodus 9:23 Then Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven; and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and fire ran down to the earth. And the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt; 24there was hail, and fire flashing continually in the midst of the hail, very heavy hail, such as had never been in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. 25The hail struck down everything that was in the field throughout all the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and the hail struck down every plant of the field, and shattered every tree of the field. 26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the people of Israel were, there was no hail.

In the same manner, GOD’s people will live through the Great Tribulation but will not be harmed because the angels will have sealed them on their foreheads and the destroying angels will know who to harm and who not to. The only difference will be that during the great tribulation the wrath of God is not limited by race or location, but can affect anyone throughout the whole earth. It may seem impossible for many Christians to perceive how God accomplish pouring His wrath without His people being affected but this would simply be a lack of faith since biblical precedents already exist.

In Joel 2:30 we can see another precedent involving blood and fire falling upon the earth, “And I will give portents in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke.” This revelation would be fulfilled in the form of missiles or any military device used in warfare as opposed to the literal “hail”, which is frozen rain. However, missiles can be fitted with radiation or gasses that may have a profound impact in the human body, such as, deformities and central nervous system damages in addition to destroying the environment.

We will need to understand the first bowl of wrath (see Revelation 16:1-2) in order to have a better understanding the full magnitude of what this first trumpet has alerted us to.

 

The Second Trumpet

8:8 And 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; 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.

 

What appears to be an asteroid entering the earth’s atmosphere crashing against the sea, which geographically speaking is much smaller than the ocean and located where the land and ocean meet. There are seven major seas on the earth; the Mediterranean sea, the Adriatic sea, the Black sea, the Red sea, the Arabian sea, the Persian gulf and the Caspian sea.

Ships are mentioned which narrows the vision even further for us showing that the “great mountain” is falling on a port where there is expected to be a concentration of ships. A port is a location on a coast or shore containing one or more harbors where ships can dock. Instead of looking for seas where any “great mountain” may fall, since there are many, we are looking for ports as opposed to ships concentrated on an ocean. There are container and passengers ports all over the world of different sizes, but since 2000 the port of Shanghai in China has become the world’s busiest container port, which may give us one example of location.

We have seen how oil spills (i.e. BP oil spill of) cover the surface of water, killing of creatures, including birds that can’t fly away because of the weight of the oil on their wings. Aside from ports, the top 10 largest oil refineries in the world are:

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Jamnagar refinery in India (the world’s largest)

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p<>{color:#000;}. Paraguana Refining Centre in Venezuela

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p<>{color:#000;}. Ulsan refinery in South Korea

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p<>{color:#000;}. Yeosu refinery in South Korea

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p<>{color:#000;}. Onsan refinery, Ulsan, South Korea

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p<>{color:#000;}. Port Arthur refinery, US

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p<>{color:#000;}. ExxonMobil’s Singapore refinery

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p<>{color:#000;}. ExxonMobil’s Baytown refinery, Texas, US

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p<>{color:#000;}. Rax Tanura refinery, Saudi Arabia

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p<>{color:#000;}. Garyville refinery, US

Also, the percentage of one third shows us that the location being affected is even smaller than the size of a sea. With the vision becoming much more localized and limited we may not perceive any significant impact this would have on the earth, but with careful consideration we might see an even greater catastrophe.

A great mountain may be perceived by many as an asteroid and many films such as deep impact have depicted one falling into the ocean creating massive, forceful waves devastating inland areas. Is this the type and magnitude of what is occurring in this vision?

Mountains have a peak, like pyramids, triangular in nature, so are missile warheads, too. However, given the pin-point precision of areas targeted it is more likely that John saw only one out of many impacts, whether missiles or a meteor shower, which are smaller chunks of heavenly bodies like little mountains. In the same way that Zechariah saw a nuclear missile in the form of a roll which is an object that can be held in the one’s hand, John saw a close up of a small mountain-like object (meteor) that was realized in the size it impacted on earth. There is already a precedent about the heavenly bodies falling like figs from a fig tree when shaken. Given the trumpet being a cause and the bowl of wrath being an effect, let’s see what the following passages shows us.

We will need to understand the first bowl of wrath (see Revelation 16:3) in order to have a better understanding the full magnitude of what this first trumpet has alerted us to.

 

 

 

The Third Trumpet

8:10 And 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; 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.

 

Wormwood: Noun; woody shrub (genus Artemisia) of the daisy family with a bitter aromatic taste, used, esp. formerly, as an ingredient of vermouth and a state or source of bitterness or grief.

 

In the book of the prophet Jeremiah, we read of wormwood mentioned and where we can understand the purpose of wormwood: In the prophets of Samar’ia I saw an unsavory thing: they prophesied by Ba’al and led my people Israel astray. Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets: “Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and give them poisoned water to drink; for from the prophets of Jerusalem ungodliness has gone forth into all the land,” Jeremiah 23:13 & 15. Also, in Amos 5:7 we read, “O you who turn justice to wormwood, and cast down righteousness to the earth!”

A “star” in the fifth trumpet is also an angel, particularly the angel with the keys to the shaft of the bottomless pit. In this case, however, it is clear that what is blazing like a torch is similar to a missile descending unto the earth, since a missile is like a torch with flames burning behind it. Here we can also see that John did not only see one “flaming torch” but enough to affect a third of rivers and fountains of waters all over the earth. This becomes evident in that many die because the drinking water that comes from rivers and waterfalls or any fountain of water is contaminated, because these are the sources for drinking water. This would not happen if the incident occurred in only one specified geographical location.

 

The Fourth Trumpet

8:12 And 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.

 

While it states that the sun, moon and stars were struck it doesn’t mean literally. The Earth can rotate faster upon its axis creating the effect that the length of the day is shortened. It takes the Earth 23.93 hours to turn once on its axis every day. In Matthew 24:22, Yeshua says, “And if those days had not been shortened, no human being would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.” Since a day has 12 hours (The Gregorian calendar includes the 12 night hours altogether), then 1/3rd less would leave us with 8 hour days and respectively 8 hour nights.

One large-scale event strong enough to affect the Earth’s rotation is an earthquake. The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake caused the rotation to speed up by around 3 microseconds by affecting the Earth’s moment of inertia. The 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan that occurred on March 11, 2001 shortened the length of the 24-hour day by 1.8 microseconds, according to geophysicist Richard Gross at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

A Livescience internet article titled A New Spin on Earth’s Rotation talks about the Earth’s rotation being affected by winds. It states that the Earth slows down during the Northern Hemisphere winter of January and February, where the winds streaming predominantly west to east are strongest. The days are lengthened by a few thousandths of a second. Therefore, the opposite must be true, if winds slow or cease then the Earth’s rotation should speed up.

The wind blows because of different temperatures. Heat is drawn to cold, this is called convection. So every place on earth would have to be the same even temperature. The relevance of this information is that in Revelation 7:1 we see angels holding back the winds, After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners _][_of the earth, holding back the four winds _][_of the earth to prevent _][_any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree.

The following angel in verse two shows an angel rising up from the east, which is from the rising of the sun. The earth rotates from west to east. The following event, the fourth bowl of wrath increases the temperature of the sun to scorching heat. Increasing an even distribution of the sun’s heat would make it difficult for winds to form or ceasing winds would allow heat to transfer evenly throughout the earth and build, regardless either trigger would speed up the Earth’s rotation. This is clarified further in the fourth bowl of wrath.

 

The Three Last Woes

8:13 And 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!

The following events that begin with the last three trumpet angels will be worse than the previous.

 

The Fifth Trumpet: The First Woe

9 And 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. ^ 2^And 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.

 

In this vision the star is clearly an angel, in the same way that in Revelation 20:1-3 an angel from heaven seals the devil in the bottomless pit for a thousand years. These thousand years have already expired since it began upon Jesus entering Hades and taking the keys and angel of death with Him and his release coincides with preparing the Eastern nations (Gog and magog) to make war against Jerusalem before the great tribulation era begins. This will be covered in greater detail in my next book, The Thousand Years: Correcting the Millennium Theory. The difference in this event is that in this reopening of the bottomless pit, evil spirits are being released and it is illustrated in the form of a great darkness, a time of evil.

God illustrates through the prophet Amos in 5:18-27 where the darkness is compared to a man fleeing a lion and being met with a bear or going inside a house to find a serpent on the wall, biting him. It essentially describes a time where a problem is followed by a bigger problem and where not even safe havens are safe. What is particularly interesting about this passage is in showing that the first to suffer are the self-righteous temple goers who are constantly praising God, but are refused by Him. The great tribulation era will be extremely difficult for the religious and even greater for those who were misguided with the pre-tribulation rapture theory. It should be common sense that membership to a church does not mean being sealed on the forehead with the seal of God.

 

The Sealed of GOD Protected from the First Woe

9:3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 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.

 

In Egypt there was a plague of locusts, Exodus 10:15 For the locusts covered the face of the whole land, so that the land was darkened and the locusts ate all the plants in the land all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left; not a green thing remained, neither tree nor plant of the field, through all the land of Egypt.

In the case of the fifth trumpet the locusts are not destroying the earth but only people, in particular, those who are not of GOD. Therefore, the locusts described here are not literally insects that will only attack humans.

 

9:5 And 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. 6And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

This is more reflective of a plague rather than war that lasts for 5 months. There can’t be a military war where people don’t get killed. In war, no one “longs to die” or desperately seeks to get killed but rather seeks refuge and to prolong one’s own life. However, we could see a reaction like this given a plague. Locusts are known for swarming and spreading rapidly through the winds. The Scorpion sting in mankind causes severe skin reactions, neurological, respiratory and cardiovascular collapse. Combining the elements of both we have an airborne substance that spreads in epidemic proportions causing excruciating pain lasting five months or 150 days (according to Hebrew months) and having has no cure.

When Egypt was plagued by the locusts Pharaoh himself told Moses, “Now therefore, forgive my sin, I pray you, only this once, and entreat the LORD your GOD only to remove this death from me.” Exodus 10:17. Those who are affected by this plague will feel the same way Pharaoh did, only worse.

 

9:7 And 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. 8And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. 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. 10And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

 

The above description personifies the locusts making them seem human. The locusts becoming like horses represents how much more powerful this plague really is, hence, horsepower. It would be like amplifying the strength of a small virus by many times over. Having crowns of gold on their heads refers to the class of substance, as in an intelligent toxin that is resistance to any class of vaccine. Human faces reflect that it has a direct and brutal affect on the human immune system yet clean and elegant, as suggested by having “hair like women’s hair”. The “teeth like lion’s teeth” is simply another form of strength, since a lion can crush bone with its teeth. The same is with the locusts having scales like iron breastplates. The insect normally has segments in its body, therefore, strengthening it with iron make it impenetrable. It all becomes clear when the swarm of locusts sounds more like that of chariots and horses rumbling through the ground, the purpose of this amplification is to instill a great fear, knowing to expect a certain and great agony lasting five months.

The power to hurt people is focused on the tails of the scorpions according to the vision and we must understand something of the nature of a scorpion tail and sting. First scorpions are predatory in nature and all known scorpion species possess venom, a mixture of compounds such as, neurotoxins and enzyme inhibitors and used primarily to kill or paralyze their prey so that it can be eaten. In general, the effect is fast-acting, allowing for effective prey capture. Now imagine being a paralyzed human suffering intolerable pain for months.

 

9:11 And 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.

 

The Hebrew term Abaddon is an intensive form of the word “destruction” and appears as a place of destruction in the Hebrew Bible. On the other hand, Apollyon the Greek name for Abaddon, is the spiritual being (or place) named as the destroyer (or place of destruction) according to Christian apocalyptic theology. What is common in both names is destruction. This further emphasizes the effect that a powerfully resistant toxin would have on a human body that cannot fight against it.

In knowing that the purpose of this plague is destruction, then given its severity, it’s not something that simply gets people sick and treated in some hospital and released in a few days. This will be an epidemic affecting countless with scientists and medical professionals desperately racing to find a remedy. However, we may see an even greater problem.

In cases of excruciating pain it is part of medical professional to administer strong pain killers, but can only happen if there are hospital and medical facilities still operable. This is the great tribulation era, a period of darkness without light, a time of global warfare. We can’t expect to survive this dark and evil time with all the luxuries that we know in our technologically advanced modern day world. Simply put, should the intense heat of the sun and/or warfare destroy electrical grids and satellites then we’re back to the stone-age.

 

9:12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.

The Sixth Trumpet: The Second Woe

9:13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, “Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.”

 

Yet again, we will see clearly that the trumpet event is followed by the bowl of wrath, which is an extension of the trumpet vision. In this vision, the great river Euphra’tes gives us a geographical location on earth. Euphra’tes is a river which covers Iraq, Syria and Turkey. It measures approximately 2,800 km (1,740 miles). To understand the significance of why the Euphra’tes is being mentioned let us refer to Isaiah 8:5:

The Lord spoke to me again: 6 “Because this people have refused the waters of Shilo’ah that flow gently, and melt in fear before Rezin and the son of Remali’ah. 7 therefore, behold, the Lord is bringing up against them the waters of the River, mighty and many, the king of Assyria and all his glory; and it will rise over all its channels and go over all its banks; 8 and it will sweep on into Judah, it will overflow and pass on, reaching even to the neck; and its outspread wings will fill the breadth of your land, O Immanuel.”

The waters of Shilo’ah represent God word, even His warnings being gentle. Those who refuse this blessing will be confronted by the wicked and their company of man men of violence. Euphra’tes represents the wall of protection between Jerusalem and the kings of the East in order to punish the rebellious among His people.

 

9:15 And 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.

 

To put this in perspective, the global human population in December, 25, 2011 was 6,983,609,270. A third of that number would be 2,304,591,059 people dead.

 

9:16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

 

A third of mankind will be destroyed by an army of 200 million soldiers.

 

9:17 And 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. 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.

 

Fire, smoke and sulphur are all elements of military firepower. The riders are soldiers and their horses are vehicles and that fact that both have the same colors, fire and sapphire are the same, implies that there will be a direct global invasion. This prophecy can be seen in the book of Joel 2:1 Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming, it is near, 2 a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness! Like blackness there is spread upon the mountains a great and powerful people; their like has never been from of old, nor will be again after them through the years of all generations. 3 Fire devours before them, and behind them a flame burns. The land is like the garden of Eden before them, but after them a desolate wilderness, and nothing escapes them. 4 Their appearance is like the appearance of horses, and like war horses they run. 5 As with the rumbling of chariots, they leap on the tops of the mountains, like the crackling of a flame of fire devouring the stubble, like a powerful army drawn up for battle. 6 Before them peoples are in anguish, all faces grow pale. 7 Like warriors they charge, like soldiers they scale the wall. They march each on his way, they do not swerve from their paths. 8 They do not jostle one another, each marches in his path; they burst through the weapons and are not halted. 9 They leap upon the city, they run upon the walls; they climb up into the houses, they enter through the windows like a thief. 10 The earth quakes before them, the heavens tremble. The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining. 11 The LORD utters his voice before his army, for his host is exceedingly great; he that executes his word is powerful. For the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; who can endure it?

 

9:19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tailswere like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.

 

This signifies the capacity to hurt coming and going, as in military crafts and vehicles.

 

9:20 And 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: 21Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

 

Those who worship the beast also consequently worship the great red dragon who gave it power. Therefore, we must understand that in the eyes of GOD worshipping the things that are inspired of demons is the same as worshipping a demon. Worship is the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity, which can be expressed over many things whether knowingly or not.

 

10And 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:

 

10:2 And 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,

 

The reason this angel has a right foot upon the sea and the left foot on the earth is to illustrate dominion over the first beast that rises from the earth and the second beast (false prophet) that rises from the sea and show that at that revelation it is not time for the two beasts of Revelation 13 to rise.

 

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. The first beast of Revelation 13:1 And 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.

 

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. The second beast of Revelation 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

 

10:3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. ^ 4^And 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 seven thunders is the sound of the voice of GOD as we can see from Exodus 20:18-20 and from this passage we can understand why GOD chooses to hide these words that John heard. What Moses answered in response to the people thinking they were going to die as a result of hearing GOD speak is interesting and may provide a reason for the censorship, when he tells the people of Israel, “Do not fear; for GOD has come to prove you, and that the fear of him may be before your eyes, that you may not sin.” During that first time GOD spoke to Israel He was willing to take the time to prove His people for fear of Him because he loved them and wanted them to avoid sin. Here is the key: to avoid sin. During this time of tribulation, however, the time for trying has ended and it is now a time of either rewarding His people or punishing those against Him. All of GOD’s people are expected to be reasonably advised already. Should GOD had intended to advise His people, as He has done throughout the scriptures, He would’ve told John to write it down for He reveals to His servants what is to come. To the prophet Daniel the angel Gabriel ordered to seal up the visions until the end times, because ultimately GOD wants to guide his people and offer sinners an opportunity to repent.

 

10:5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 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: 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. 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. 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.”

 

From a human perspective the word of GOD is regarded as sweet, both the blessings and the curses when considered superficially, but bitter when the words are taken intimately into one’s person life. It’s when a person applies the commandments a burden may be felt against the fleshly desires. The bitterness is a result of convictions against one’s ways, chastity from adhering to commandments or being aware of terrors to come. The apostle John was known for his love for GOD and to His son, but perhaps did reserve capacity for entertaining many aspects of the word of GOD. It is like John took in the entire bible at the same time to experience the many judgments that GOD has pronounced. In Isaiah 6 a seraphim touched prophet Isaiah’s lips with a burning coal so that his words may be purified from after contaminating his self with careless people and prophet Jeremiah felt all that GOD felt, His anger and grief so that he could become His mouthpiece.

 

10:10 And 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. 11And he said unto me, “Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.”

 

The Power to Prophesy Given to Saints

11 And 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.

 

The temple and the altar of GOD is not an earthly 3rd temple in Jerusalem as many expect, even if one should be built. The expression them that worship therein identify only those who are true and faithful on earth, something that cannot be measured by religious standards. This becomes evident once understanding Revelation 6:9, where the lamb opens the fifth seal, and John sees under the altar the souls of those who had been killed for bearing witness and for the word of GOD. These are the martyrs who plea for vengeance before the most High against the beast kingdom that persecuted them unto death during the great tribulation.

In the vision of the seventh seal and the golden censer in Revelation 8:3-5, we can see that GOD responds to the prayers of the saints who are upon the golden altar before GOD’s throne by executing vengeance on their behalf against the earth.

In addition, there is a call for martyrdom in Revelation 14:13 And 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.”

This martyrdom is brought about by speaking the truth, executing justice and righteousness and this conviction of the truth may provoke the rebellious to vent wrath in retaliation. On the other hand, martyrdom in Islam is achieved by taking the lives of others even if that means taking one’s own life to accomplish it.

 

The 3½ year Great Tribulation begins

11:2 But 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.

 

The length of time of the Great Tribulation is expressed in several ways. A time, two times and half a time = half a week = 42 months = 1260 days = 3 ½ years = three days and a half = the times of the Gentiles, as Jesus prophesied in Luke 21:24 that Jerusalem will be trampled until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. The times of the Gentiles refers to the invasion of Jerusalem by the beast kingdom, as we can see from Revelation 20:9 “And 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.

The “court outside the temple” refers to the dwelling of those who are self-righteous and evildoers beginning with the churches. The view of the self-righteous is to interpret this with the “temple” referring to their own earthly temples and that anyone left outside are subject to be trampled. There may still be hope of salvation for those, including the self-righteous who would repent and wash their robes in blood and not by vain ritual practices. The road to obtain the kingdom will always remain to be the commands of the most High in the faithfulness of Yeshua, as we can see from Revelation 22:14 Blessed 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.

 

The Saints: The Power to Prophesy

11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

 

We’ve already established that the length of time of the Great Tribulation is expressed in several ways. A time, two times and half a time = half a week = 42 months = 1260 days = 3 ½ years = three days and a half = the times of the Gentiles.

The “Two Witnesses” is a reference to represent all of the saints who keep the testimonies of the two prophets Moses and Jesus and not two individuals as is commonly interpreted. GOD will grant His servants the power to prophesy which is granted in the first half of the 7 year prophetic week revealed in the book of Daniel until the midst, where the beast rises to the peak of its power to make war against them and conquer them. There are two biblical precedents concerning power to prophecy being granted to His people:

The first precedent concerning power to prophesy is in Numbers 11:25, And the Lord came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.

The second is found in Acts 1:8, But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Sama’ria and to the end of the earth.”

The term “clothed in sackcloth” refers to the saints who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed on the earth and have the seal of GOD on their foreheads, of which we find a precedent for as expressed in Ezekiel 9:4, And the Lord said unto him [Ezekiel], Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

 

11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

 

The Identity of the Two Witnesses

GOD is the Lord of the whole earth, its Creator and the two prophets before Him, anointed to lead His people, are Moses and Jesus. The following are comparisons between Moses and Jesus:

At the time of Moses, Israel suffered under foreign domination and was a nation of slaves under the power of Egypt, under Pharaoh, subjected to forced labor (Ex. 1:11, 14; 5:6-9). At the time of Jesus, Israel also suffered under foreign domination, it was a nation of slaves under the power of the Romans, the emperor at the head, and King Herod. Israel was subject to the decrees of Augustus: the “registration” was a public statement and resulted in heavy taxes (Luke 2:1). The world, both Jews and Gentiles were also oppressed by the self-righteous Pharisees.

Moses did great miracles (Ex. 7-14, Deut. 34:10-12). Jesus also did miracles. Jesus said: “If I hadn’t done among them the works which no one else did, they wouldn’t have had sin.” (John 15:24).

 

GOD gave Moses manna, the bread from heaven (Ex. 16:8, 15); GOD gave Jesus as bread from heaven (John 6:32-35).

The covenant of Moses was initiated with animal blood (Ex. 24:6-8) that of Christ with His own blood (Matt. 26:28; Luc. 22:20).

Moses rescued Israel from captivity and slavery of Egypt (Ex. 3-4; Hand. 7:20-39), Jesus saved the world from the bondage and slavery of sin (Matt. 20:28; Eph. 2:1-8, Rom. 3:28, 4:6)

Moses stretched out his hand over the water and the Lord divided the sea by a strong wind (Ex. 14:21). Jesus rebuked the winds and the sea to create a calm over a storm (Matt. 8:24-27).

The people were ready to stone Moses (Ex. 17:4) and the same threat came over Jesus (John 8:59).

Moses took twelve men separate from the people (Deuteronomy 1:23), Jesus did the same, choosing twelve apostles (Mark 3:14).

Moses gathered seventy men from the elders of Israel (Numbers 11:15) and Jesus appointed seventy also. (Luke 10:1).

Jesus is a prophet like Moses (Deut. 18:15).

Moses was a shepherd (Exodus 3:1). Jesus is also shepherd (John 10:11, 14).

Moses was an intercessor (Numbers 21:7). Jesus was an intercessor (John 17).

Moses was a judge (Ex. 18:13). Jesus is a judge (John 5:27, Matt. 25:31-46).

As a small child, the life of Moses was in danger, when the reigning king, the Pharaoh had given orders, to throw all newborn boys in the Nile, (Exodus 1:22). When King Herod saw that He was deceived by the Magi, he became wrathful and sent orders to Bethlehem and the whole area that all the boys two years old and under were to be killed, (Matt. 2:16)

Moses was called to deliver GOD’s people from slavery in Egypt (Ex. 3:10). Jesus was sent into this world to the lost to seek and to save (Luke 19:10).

The authority of Moses was challenged in Numbers 16:3 of Jesus in Matthew 21:23.

Moses provides water for the people in Numbers 20:11 Jesus does the same in John 4:14 and 7:37.

Both have washed their brothers with water. Moses brought Aaron and his sons, and washed them with water (Lev. 8:6) and Jesus did the same in John 13:5:

 

The reference “two lampstands”, which is the same as candlesticks and olive trees and witnesses refer to Moses and Jesus, the two prophets that GOD chosen to deliver Israel. In the Revelation to John, these two prophets or lampstands refer to all of the people that keep both their testimonies. The following will closely explain the works of those granted power to prophesy.

 

11:5 And 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.

 

Let us examine the precedent of fire pouring out from the mouth of the saints in Jeremiah 5:12, They have belied the Lord, and said, “It is not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine: 13 And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them: thus shall it be done unto them.” 14 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, “Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in their mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.”

This precedent in Jeremiah refers to the power of the word of GOD spoken as a testimony against people. During this period GOD will execute justice on the people so that the crimes they commit against the saints will be returned to them.

For the same reason, the Christian churches should not adopt this over-confident, self righteous mentality and if any should, then the prophets and their followers will suffer a great weaknesses and will fall under the conviction of the truth.

 

11:6 These 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.

 

Are these characteristics speaking of prophets Eli’jah and Moses? This is where Jews and Christians believe that the “two witnesses” are two reincarnated prophets, many debating their selection of two prophets between Moses, Eli’jah or Enoc, an uncertainty from the very beginning.

It is correct to associate the power to shut the sky with Eli’jah and power over the waters to turn them into blood with Moses, but stopping here to draw a conclusion with no further consideration to related scriptures is a stumbling block for everyone. GOD has given us these two pieces of information so that we may search and find the truth of these identities.

Let us begin with the first piece of information, the power to shut the sky that is connected to the prophet of the Old Testament Eli’jah the Tishbite. The prophet Eli’jah shuts the sky preventing rain in 1 Kings 17:1 Now Eli’jah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD the GOD of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.”

There is a prophesy in the Old Testament concerning an Eli’jah written in Malachi 4:5 “Behold, I will send you Eli’jah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes. 6 And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse.”

Now theologians stop here and believe that there will be a reincarnation of the transfigured Eli’jah the Tishbite and return to earth, but further reading shows us that the while the name Eli’jah is used the prophecy does not concern the Eli’jah the Tishbite of the Old Testament. In fact, the Malachi prophecy concerning an Eli’jah coming is fulfilled by John the Baptist according to the testimony of the angel Gabriel in Luke 1:5-24, where he tells Zechari’ah the priest and his wife Elizabeth who was barren but would have a child. 13But the angel said unto him, “Fear not, Zechari’ah: for they prayer is heard; and they wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. 14 And thou shall have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. 15For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. 16And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. 17And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of E-li’as, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

This matches the prophecy regarding the ministry of “Eli’jah” in Malachi 4:5 “Behold, I will send you Eli’jah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: 6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” This is fulfilled through John’s ministry of water baptism through which he began reconciling the people of Israel unto GOD as confirmed in Luke 1:16.

Another confirmation concerning the fulfillment of the coming of Eli’jah through John the Baptist is the testimony of Jesus himself in Matthew 11:7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? 8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. 9 but what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. 10For this is he, of whom it is written, behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. 11 verily I say unto you, “Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12and from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. 13For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14 and if ye will receive it, this is Eli’jah, which was for to come. 15He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

There is yet another account confirming John as the Eli’jah prophesied to come in the passage of Mark 9:9-13, 9 And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead. 10and they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the rising from the dead should mean. 11And they asked him, saying, “Why say the scribes that Eli’jah must first come? 12And he answered and told them, “Eli’jah very cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought. 13But I say unto you,, That Eli’jah is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him.

John the Baptist himself testifies in John 3:28, “Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.” This fulfills Malachi 3:1 “Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me; and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.”

There is also biblical evidence that the saints can also call on GOD to make these things happen, as in James 5:16, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 17 Eli’jah was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.”

For anyone still wondering why GOD what other possible reason why GOD would chose to identify John the Baptist as Eli’jah prophetically would be surprised that both had the same physical appearance. We see this when we compare the following passages, 2 Kings 1:8 They answered him, “And they answered him, He was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. And he said, It is E’li’jah the Tish’bite.”

Now let’s compare Eli’jah the Tishbite with John the Baptist, Matthew 3:4, And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.”

In John 1:19-27, the Pharisees, although learned in scriptures failed to perceive that John the Baptist had the same physical appearance as Eli’jah so they sent messengers to inquire and it is evident that there are Christians who also can’t understand this. In addition, GOD using the name Eli’jah as a prophetic name for John is the same as the name David or Immanuel being a prophetic name of Jesus.

In brief Eli’jah leads to John the Baptist and Moses to Jesus because it is written in John 3:5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of GOD. The water represents repentance as preached by John the Baptist and the Spirit is given by Jesus.

How can anyone waiting for two reincarnated individuals, which is a pagan ancient Egyptian belief, receive power from GOD to prophesy? Even worse, the danger of waiting for an “Eli’jah the Tishbite” to reincarnate during the great tribulation is that these believers will find the false prophet beast who performs the same miracle that Eli’jah did of making fire come down from heaven, as recorded in 1 Kings 18:36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that E’li’jah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou are God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. 37 hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou are the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. 38 Then the fire of the lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God.”

Now the same miracle is seen performed by the false prophet in Revelation 13:11 “Then I saw another beast which rose out of the earth; it had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. 13 It works great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of men;” Those expecting signs and miracles on earth as well in the heavens will be overtaken by the deceptions of the beast kingdom and follow after its prophet.

Now let us examine the next identifying marker in Revelation 11:6 These 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. This leads us to prophet Moses since he turns the water into blood in Exodus 7:17-18, which was one of nine signs that GOD plagued the Egyptians with. Does this mean that same prophet Moses will reincarnate and perform these signs literally on the earth?

There is also biblical proof that Jesus turned water into wine, which is regarded as like blood, at the Wedding of Cana in John 2:7-10, but why leap from Moses to Jesus on the miracle of turning water into blood or wine? Wine is also a symbol of blood as we can see in Matthew 26:28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you I shall not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

More importantly, Moses points to Jesus as the one we should heed in Deuteronomy 18:18, “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brethren; and I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 And whoever will not give heed to my words which he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him. Jesus makes it clear that Moses pointed to Him. In Luke 24:27 And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

In essence, both Moses and Jesus represent the commandments of GOD, since Jesus came to teach us how to observe the law of Moses with our hearts. While these two prophets are the two anointed who elected by GOD to deliver and lead GOD’s people, they are identified by the power to turn waters into blood and by the commandments of GOD.

As far as the power to prophesy and to [_ smite_] the earth with every plague, as often as they desire which concludes Revelation 11:6, let us understand that the destroying angels are in charge of physically smiting the earth and they take their orders from GOD, the one the saints pray to. These are the prayers that the angel in the vision of the seventh seal and the Golden Censer mingled with incense from the altar of GOD and threw it on the earth signifying the wrath of GOD poured onto the earth and its inhabitants. In essence, it is through the prayers of the servants and their power to prophesy that these things are accomplished by the authority of GOD.

Examples of GOD sending His destroying angels to plague the waters instead of His earthly servants are in Revelation 8:8 “The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain, burning with fire, was thrown into the sea; 9 and a third of the sea became blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.” And again in Revelation 15:4 “The third angel poured his bowl into the rivers and the fountains of water, and they became blood. 5 And I heard the angel of water say, “Just art thou in these thy judgments, thou who art and wast, O Holy One.”

The reason why the prophesy of an Eli’jah pointing to John the Baptist and connected the Revelation to John is because John represents repentance and without repentance no one can receive the Messiah. Jesus made this clear when Jesus discussed being born again to Nicodemus in John 3, where being born again of water refers to repentance and of the Spirit referring to himself, since no one receives the Spirit of the Father if not through the Son. In this case, Moses and Jesus represent the same as anointed shepherds, hence the references to the miracles performed by Moses, but connect to Jesus. In essence, those who are born again by repentance and the Spirit of GOD, make up the multitude of the “two witnesses”.

We should note here that both qualities are obtained in truth and faithfulness not by vain religious routine customs. No one should convince themselves of having the power to prophesy, for it is only given by GOD.

 

The Beast Rises into Power

11:7 And 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.

 

Daniel 7:25 And he [the beast] shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

There are many Christians, if not all, who believe that the saints in this case are Jews, designating them as the ones who will suffer the wrath of the beast. However, if this is true and Christians won’t suffer the persecution of the beast, then Christians cannot be saints to begin with. There are no two groups of saints among the assembly upon the whole earth, but there are simply the true and the self-righteous.

Revelation 12:17 And 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.

It is accurate to identify sainthood by the law we practice, not by the religion we entertain. Ask yourselves, why would the beast kingdom, which will have the authority by God to trample the whole earth go through so much trouble to kill only two prophets, hunting them down for forty two months while everybody else watches? It is evident that the beast is uniting the whole earth to make war against a multitude of people, identifying them by their curriculum, and not two reincarnated individuals.

Revelation 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 7 And 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.

Theologian’s who believe that they can be saints and not be pursued by the wrath of the beast, and their followers, are simply creating a lie in order to maintain confidence and security, but that sense of peace is false. It is better to understand what the most High has ordained.

 

11:8 And 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.

 

From Daniel 11:41 we can see the beast conquering throughout the holy city, “He shall come into the glorious land. And tens of thousands shall fall, but these shall be delivered out of his hand: Edom and Moab and the main part of the Ammonites.”

Edom Moab and the main part of the Ammonites is the wilderness. It is interesting that there is a fortress carved into rock in Edom, modern day Petra, Jordan. We can also see from Daniel 12:1 that those who escape the beast have Michael leading them, “At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time; but at that time your people shall be delivered, every one whose name shall be found written in the book.

If God had ordained a pre-tribulation rapture wouldn’t these saints be the first to go who have the privileged guidance and protection of Michael? The people of Daniel, many of which are the ones who will survive this great trouble, are the ones given salvation. The scriptures don’t mention Catholics or Protestants or will all billions of adherents of Christianity idly stand by and watch every prophetic revelation fulfill only upon Jews, again? Are Christians categorically so much “holier” that GOD’s judgment becomes absent?

The “dead bodies” refer to the deaths of the saints in a manner similar to the historical holocaust of the Jews under the persecution of Adolph Hitler during World War II which resulted in the persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. The term “Sodom and Egypt” is used to refer to the evil family that dwell in Jerusalem, and the term “great city” refers to the great whore of Babylon in Revelation 17:18 And the woman that you saw is the great city which has dominion over the kings of the earth.”

 

Holocaust during the Great Tribulation

11:9 And 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.

 

During the historical holocaust event, the dead bodies of the Jewish people were put into mass graves but not before they were piled onto the streets to be seen by many as confirmed by photographs. This is the result of a cruel war, where casualties will not be given proper burials such as tombs.

In the coming prophetic holocaust-like event, there will be a heartless persecution against Jews and Christians.

 

11:10 And 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.

“Making Merry and exchanging presents” reflects the observance of the Christmas holiday on December 25th every year all throughout the world. Present are exchanged in the honor of the “Spirit of Christmas”. It is supposed to commemorate the birth of Jesus of the Holy Bible and the act of giving gifts but shared with the fictional character Santa Claus.

From Jeremiah we can see that Christmas is in fact a pagan custom, from chapter 10:2 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. 4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. 5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

It is also common observation that many people observe Christmas tradition while despising the testimony of the two prophets Moses and Jesus. The way that these two prophets are a torment to peoples is through the commandments of GOD which exact discipline and abstinence from immoralities and worldly things. There isn’t much place for godly restraint in a world fast-growing in the promotion of freedoms that give license to all the sins that GOD warned against.

The fact that many are rejoicing may indicate that rather than celebrating the persecution and death of many directly that the massacre will occur starting or during this holiday. It should also be considered that Jesus warned of this hour of tribulation occurring on a “winter or Sabbath” and of course, Christmas is a winter holiday.

 

 

 

 

The Angels Gather the Elect

11:11 And 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 the three and a half days or 3 ½ years of the Great Tribulation the martyrs will be gathered up and everyone will see this event to fulfill the prophecy in Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

 

11:12 And 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.

 

“Breath of life” and “loud voice” and “loud trumpet call” refers to the second coming of Messiah and the gathering of the saints in the days after the Great

 

11:13 And 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.

 

11:14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

 

The Seventh Trumpet

11:15 And 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. 16And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, 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. 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 event of the seventh trumpet is revealed in, The Rider on the White Horse (see Revelation 19:11-21), where Yeshua comes with the armies of heaven’s angels, to destroy the dragon, the two beasts and their armies and to slay all the wicked of all the nations. Hence, “The nations raged, but thy wrath came.” The rider on the white horse should not be confused with the rider riding the white horse in the first seal of Revelation chapter 6.

 

11:19 And 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.

 

Jesus said that nothing from the law will pass until the heavens and the earth pass away and we understand from this revelation that the ark of the covenant is in GOD’s temple and not destroyed. GOD wouldn’t just destroy His covenant with His people or treat the symbol of his covenant as a decorative piece in His temple. The law continues to serve as a witness against our sins, although we have the blood of the covenant with Yeshua for atonement.

 

12 And 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: ^ 2^And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

 

The woman clothed with the sun represents the purity of zion, the people of GOD who have kept themselves consecrated before Him. The moon under her feet represents the ruling scepter over the rest of the world and the twelve stars represent the twelve tribes of Israel. The child is the messiah, Yeshua.

 

12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 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. 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 great red dragon refers to Satan who used to be an anointed Cherub, created beautiful and full of brilliance before his pride and violence corrupted him and was cast out of heaven (see Ezekiel 28). Satan deceived 1/3rd of the angels of heaven and caused them to fall along with him, known as demons, fallen angels or evil spirits.

Centuries later on earth, Satan would wait for Mary to give birth and unleash his wrath by way of a massacre of infants under the rule of Herod the Great, the Roman appointed king of the Jews. There is no record that states the number of children killed but the massacre was ordered to be an infanticide with only Yeshua recorded to have survived.

 

The Saints Nourished during the Great Tribulation

12:6 And 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.

 

There is a supposition that the wilderness is Petra, Jordan, a formidable fortress in the mountains and having a water conduit system, based on Isaiah 63:1-6 and Daniel 11:41. In Daniel we see that the first beast of Revelation 13, who makes war against the people of GOD, will not be able to conquer Edom, Moab and the main part of the Ammonites which is modern day Jordan, indicating that it may serve as a place of refuge for those exiled out of Jerusalem according to Zechariah 14:2. Petra is a city located amid rugged desert canyons and mountains with its entrance being a tall, carved monastery in the rock. It lends the idea that many people can fit inside it but it was only used as a royal tomb. In Isaiah, we read of those from Edom, in crimsoned garments from Bozrah (Jordan), the treading of the wine press of wrath, of the pouring out of lifeblood throughout the earth and the vengeance of GOD.

 

The Final Battle

12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more 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.

 

Daniel 12:1 shows that the archangel Michael, the great prince will protect GOD’s people during the great tribulation. During the days of Daniel Michael also fought against Satan, called the prince of Persia until he subdued him when Yeshua gave his final breath on the cross and bounded him for a thousand years. The dragon was released a thousand years after to deceive the Gog and magog nations to make war against Jerusalem, but it is not until the tribulation years that they will fight again for the last time. This battle between Michael and the dragon refers to a heavenly battle before losing his place in the heavens.

 

12:10 And 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. 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. 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.

 

Overcoming the dragon by the blood of the Lamb refers to marytyrdom because of giving testimony to Yeshua.

 

12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. 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. 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.

 

Persecuting the woman refers to persecuting the lineage from where Yeshua would come since the beginning of mankind, but during the last 3 ½ years of the end times the people of GOD will be protected. As an attempt to cause GOD’s people to stumble from their devotion to GOD, the devil has sent peoples against them that would carry them away by false doctrines. Prophetically, waters represent people and we know that the serpent cannot reach these elected by war and therefore he attacks their faithfulness to get the people of GOD to violate His commandments through religion.

In 2 Peter 3:15-17 the Apostle Peter regards anyone who discredits the teachings of Paul as being carried away with the error of lawless men, despite the fact that Paul taught that the sacrifice of Christ on the cross was the end of the law and that it is a curse to GOD’s people. In contrast, Jesus clarified that the law would not pass away as long as the heavens and the earth remains (Matthew 5:17-20) and that entering eternal life is in keeping the commandments along with following Him (Matthew 19:16-30). However, it must first be established that in John 21:18-18 Yeshua prophesied to Peter that he would carried away by another away from Him. Yeshua surnamed Peter Cephas, which means rock, not because he was stable but was vulnerable to unstableness as a ship sways against the turbulence of the sea. Again, prophetically the sea represents many people and the social influences that would discourage peter many times against his own faith. Three times Peter denied Yeshua against the tumult of the people (John 18:15-18), despite his boasting in devotion (Matthew 26:35) and three times Yeshua reminded Peter to feed his lambs (John 21:15-17). Peter also suffered the public rebuke by Paul in Galatians 2:11, who also belittled and disparaged the rest of the chosen apostles.

The root prophecy concerning carrying believers away from Yeshua is prophesied in Matthew 24:3-5, which reads, and as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 4And Yeshua answered and said unto them, “Take heed that no man deceive you. 5For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” This meaning of this prophecy is as follows:

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Many people will come and evangelize in the name of Yeshua or Jesus

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p<>{color:#000;}. Saying, “I am Christ”, by way of calling themselves Christian since the suffix ian means to resemble and therefore a person who resembles Christ.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Christians will deceive many by false doctrines and the proof is in the dissension among the tens of thousands of Christian cult societies in the world.

 

Further proof that this prophecy is fulfilled by the evangelism by Christians is found in Matthew 7:21, where Yeshua says, “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name: and in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” The following three features point to what Christians are publicly concerned with the most:

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Prophesying in the name of Jesus

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p<>{color:#000;}. Casting out demons in the name of Jesus

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p<>{color:#000;}. Doing many wonderful works

 

These works are most notable to Christians because of a need to resemble “Christ” more than to resemble the person Jesus. Christ means anointed one and anointing is what Christians generally seek to obtain in the church. The label Christian was started by Paul (Acts 11:25-26) in Antioch when many of the followers of the Way (those who followed Jesus) were converted and not by Jesus. No person can resemble the title of authority given to another because that would make one an imposter, but rather we can adopt the moral principles and behaviors. This is to avoid self-exaltation. In 1 Corinthians 2 Paul writes to his followers that the spiritual man judges all things but not judged by man and, “for, who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” This mind of Christ is founded in the precept that one is justified by faith alone, making clear arguments against the commandments of GOD. This is why there is observable evidence of consistent self-justification behaviors throughout the churches. By this scriptural basis and noticeable fulfillment I am clarifying that deceivers would come in great part against GOD’s elect through Christianity, although, ultimately heavenly acceptance is by doing the will of GOD.

 

12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

 

As we will see in Revelation 13 that the false prophet beast rises from the earth, where the earth refers to the law of GOD from which prophets arise from. Here, the “earth” or “commandments of GOD” maintains the ground by which the elect of GOD can withstand being carried away by deception. The reality of the commandments swallows up any deceptions of the dragon.

 

12:17 And 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.

 

We see here that the dragon is making war with the remnant of her seed, who have not been carried away by deception and are identified as keeping the commandments of GOD (which was given through prophet Moses) and the testimony of Yeshua, but will do so through the first beast of Revelation 13. This makes it clear that keeping either testimony alone, keeping the commandments without accepting Yeshua as Messiah or believing Yeshua is Messiah without keeping the commandments of GOD, does not lead one to sainthood. We can see from 1 John 3:4 that sin is lawlessness.

 

The First Beast Rises

13 And 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.

 

The sea prophetically means many people and therefore this beast will rise up to take dominion over the world.

 

As we read in Revelation 12:3, Satan has seven crowns but this beast has ten crowns, therefore, knowing that the devil gives his power to the beast in verse 4, “…And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast, we know that the beast has only the authority of three crowns by its own. In Daniel 7 an eleventh king representing the fourth and final earthly kingdom will arise from ten kings and subdue three kings. From Revelation 17 we can understand more about the meanings of the descriptions of the beast.

 

The Sea: Represents multitudes, nations and tongues according to Revelation 17:15

Beast: Is an eighth kingdom which belongs to seven prior kingdoms.

Seven heads: According to Revelation 17:9 these seven heads represents seven mountains on which the harlot city sits upon and also seven kings: Five have fallen, one is in power during the time of John’s witnessing and the other hasn’t yet come to power.

Ten crowned horns: These are ten kings that only arise into power during the great tribulation to support the beast kingdom in the global persecution of all of the people identified as believers until reaching Jerusalem. From this persecution we understand the “Ten days” of tribulation mentioned in the message to the church in Smyrna.

 

13:2 And 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.

 

Let us first understand that the use of comparing animals to people can be seen in Isaiah 11:6-9, the interpretation of which is the following:

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. The wolf dwelling with the lamb: The wicked coexisting with the saint under the gospel. This is fulfilled when a person overcomes the things that lead one to sin, desires, impulses or ways of thinking and subdues sin in order to dwell among those who live a righteous life (John 8:34). A wolf does not transform into a lamb, a wolf will always be a wolf, but rather a wolf would kill its own instincts as a testimony and obtain salvation from the Lord. Such a wolf would never again devour the sheep. Gentiles may be integrated into Israel and be a part of the brethren in seeking the knowledge of GOD.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The leopard lying with the kid: What would otherwise be a person learning to be sincerely trusting and peaceful under the gospel as a characteristic of the leopard is to get close to its prey before attacking it.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The calf and the lion and the fatling together: The predator and prey dwelling together in peace under the gospel. The lion represents royal thinking as people who believe they are above the rest in wisdom, strength and wealth. The calf represents the meek, humble and lowly in spirit. The fatling can represent both either the wealthy or having much resource who can help sustain the lowly without being stripped to nothing by the lion or a victim finds a sense of family with those greater than he.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The cow (a humble beast of burden) and the bear shall feed with a fellowship of their young under the gospel. Bears are known to scavenge for food and stopping at nothing to get it and attacking anything that gets in its way.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The lion eating straw like an ox: the proud learning to be humble and disciplined under the gospel.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The sucking child shall play over the hole of the asp and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den: The protection of the servant of GOD from evil spirits or danger (not to be confused with taunting evil or playing with danger in attempt to prove a point, GOD does not reward neither pride nor vanity). Within the message to Thyatira in chapter 2 we see that GOD promises his servants authority and protection, saying, ^ 26^And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: The little child leading the world is the servant of Yeshua as proved in Matthew 19:13-15 in saying that the kingdom of heaven belongs to those who are like the little children. They are all learning not to hurt or destroy in the holy mountain of GOD due to the knowledge of the GOD on the earth: the mountain of GOD refers to His presence under the gospel. Now let’s turn our attention to the feature of leopard that represented the beast.

 

The beast is described as a leopard and therefore we need to understand the nature of the leopard and seek human elements of personality it would fit. Let’s compare each behavior of the leopard to the human most likely to fit the profile:

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. When a leopard stalks prey, it keeps a low profile and slinks through the grass or bush until it is close enough to launch an attack.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Stalking is an act of terrorism, such as low profile Islamic suicide bombers who stalk victims deceptively hiding their bombs in their person to avoid detection and integrates into society discretely until the moment of attack.

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p<>{color:#000;}. When not hunting, the leopard can move through herds of antelopes without unduly disturbing them by flipping its tail over its back to reveal the white underside, a sign that it is not seeking prey.

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p<>{color:#000;}. When Muslims are not terrorizing they proclaim peace (associated with the color white on the horse in the vision of the first seal, representing the beast rising to conquer) among the human population.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Leopards are basically solitary and go out of their way to avoid one another. Each animal has a home range that overlaps with its neighbors; the male’s range is much larger and generally overlaps with those of several females.

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p<>{color:#000;}. In Islam, females are considered properties and the males are declared as superior and having all authority, rights, wealth and property.

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p<>{color:#000;}. A leopard usually does not tolerate intrusion into its own range except to mate. Unexpected encounters between leopards can lead to fights.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Muslims fight to defend against foreign countries, perceiving it to be intrusions and usually do not like to share their lands with foreigners.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Leopards growl and spit with a screaming roar of fury when angry and they purr when content.

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p<>{color:#000;}. When angry, Muslims protest with fury and spit in the way of defamation and insults and loudly shouting threats of deaths to their enemies and when Muslims are pacified they “purr” in the way of not showing too much verbal appreciation, just calm enough. Basically, there’s nothing that can be done to completely satisfy the desires of the Arab unless it turns out to their favor.

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p<>{color:#000;}. They announce their presence to other leopards with a rasping or sawing cough.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Muslims greet each other with a tone of abrupt authority, their language is not smooth.

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p<>{color:#000;}. They have a good sense of smell and mark their ranges with urine; they also leave claw marks on trees to warn other leopards to stay away.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Arabs are territorial, wanting to leave their mark on territories all over the world.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Leopards continually move about their home ranges, seldom staying in an area for more than two or three days at a time. With marking and calling, they usually know one another’s whereabouts. A male will accompany a female in estrus for a week or so before they part and return to solitude.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Muslims only regard their wives to be served by them and then they part to do their own business. Women are not considered equal counterparts to males, hence, returning to their own solitude.

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p<>{color:#000;}. These cats have a reputation as wanton killers and do well in captivity, and some have lived as long as 21 years.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Muslim Arabs also have the reputation with facts to prove that they wantonly kill, torture and behead infidels or violators of Sharia Law with primitive, bloodthirsty behavior and their customs even for their very young involve rituals of blood and teachings of war and terrorism, especially against Jews and Christians. As an example of Arabs doing well in captivity, IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay and was released in 2009 and became the leader of a small army conquering Iraq and Syria.

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p<>{color:#000;}. (Diet) As they grow, cubs learn to hunt small animals. The leopard is a cunning, stealthy hunter, and its prey ranges from strong-scented carrion, fish, reptiles and birds to mammals such as rodents, hares, hyraxes, warthogs, antelopes, monkey and baboons. (Predators) Leopards have long been preyed upon by man. Their soft, dense, beautiful fur has been used for ceremonial robes and coats. Different parts of the leopard the tail, claws and whiskers are popular as fetishes.

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p<>{color:#000;}. It is interesting that only man is the predator to leopards as opposed to other animals, while leopards are hunters of a broad range of prey. Arabs are against all other nations but are preyed upon by men fighting in the name of justice and righteousness.

 

Concerning Ishmael, in Genesis 16:11 And the angel of the Lord said to her, “Behold, you are with child, and shall bear a son; you shall call his name Ish’mael; because the Lord has given heed to your affliction. He shall be a wild donkey of a man, his hand against every man and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”

From the very beginning Ish’mael is to represent a wild people living at odds against every other people and fought against by other nations. Then the prophetic blessing ends with “he (Ish’mael) shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.” This is manifested as a single Arab man (never female) rising in authority over all of the Arabs dissensions by force as “against all his kinsmen”, referring to his own people. We must understand why GOD chose to refer to Ish’mael as a wild donkey of a man so we refer to www.Mike’sdonkeys.co.uk/facts.html to learn about donkey characteristics and consider how it relates to the Muslim Arab:

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p<>{color:#000;}. Donkeys are very strong, stronger than a horse of the same size and have an incredible memory.

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p<>{color:#000;}. They are not easily startled (unlike horses) and have a keen sense of curiosity. Donkeys have a reputation for stubbornness but this is due to their highly developed sense of self preservation.

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p<>{color:#000;}. It is difficult to force or frighten a donkey into doing something if sees as contrary to its own best interest or safety.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Training a donkey relies upon showing him or her, by words and action, that they can trust you to protect them from harm. They learn what it is we want them to do if we take time to show them.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Donkeys originate from desert areas of the earth. In the desert environment a donkey is able to hear the call of another donkey 60 miles away, they have far large ears than horses. Their large ears also help keep them cool.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Because food is scarce in the desert, donkeys utilize 95% of what they eat which means their manure is not a very good fertilizer for land. Their digestive system can break down inedible vegetation and extract moisture from food more efficiently.

Feet like a bear’s

The feet represent power and authority and domination and when illustrated as a bear’s feet, which is heavier, describes an Islamic army that marches with a stronger brutality that commonly known. ISIS is reputed as worse than Al-Qaeda. The Islamic State is reputed to act with “brutal efficiency”, intimidating civilians, fighting to control strategic facilities including oil fields, capturing those who dare speak up against it and executing armed rivals. Well funded and growing fast as the richest militant group including having and arsenal including a scud missile and thousands of fighters.

 

Mouth was like a lion’s mouth:

The mouth is significant with word and authority and leadership and characterized as a lion’s mouth refers to speaking with devouring words, powerfully and aggressively. This is why radical Muslim Arabs can be extremely dominating and threatening with their speech.

 

13:3 And 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. 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?”

 

The wound of this beast, its healing by the false prophet and the world wondering after it are all expressed here as occurring within the great tribulation because of their being worshipped by the world as a result of its conquering military power.

13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

 

Haughty: Blatantly and disdainfully proud.

 

Blasphemy: The act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God. The act of claiming the attributes of deity. Irreverence toward something considered sacred.

 

13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

 

Blaspheming means to speak irreverently, without respect. In this case, referring specifically to the God of Israel and His tabernacle, the one built in the days of Moses. In revelation 11:19 we see the ark of his covenant within His temple and in Revelation 15:5, the tent of witness. These things represent the fact that, though many consider what God has ordained in the Old Testament section of the Holy Bible to be old and vanished, it is not.

 

The Beast Makes War against the Saints

13:7 And 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. 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.

 

This shows the beast rising over the world and being able to overcome the saints to fulfill Daniel 7:12, “He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High” A false pre-tribulation rapture belief convinces Christians that they will be taken away before the great tribulation for having overcome by loyalty to a church, however, this deception has not clear scriptural basis. The foundation of the world refers to the law of GOD from which the saints are slain and not to mean “since the creation of the world” to either indicate that Yeshua preexisted as part of a Godhead or that all of the names written in the book of life is a matter of predestination. There is a call for repentance but Revelations reveals that the beast kingdom will not repent of their doing. During the great tribulation GOD will remove the lamp stand to all who have not repented. However, those who are not part of the beast kingdom have the opportunity to repent.

 

Endurance of the Saints during the Beast Reign

13:9 If any man have an ear, let him hear. ^ 10^He 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.

 

What we need to hear is that judgment will be served swiftly, not only for the wicked but for the righteous who would stumble and lose their way and make others stumble, hence, the “call for the endurance and faith of the saints.” The people of GOD are to endure the challenges during this time of war, not only to cope with being a victim but also to resist the temptation of taking matters into one’s own hands.

 

The Second Beast Rises: The False Prophet

13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

 

We already know that beast refers to kingdom only this time this kingdom rises from the earth. The earth here symbolizes the law of GOD, grounding of doctrines, since that is where a prophet would arise from before straying away into falsehood. The moral principles and rules governing society are the basis for the commandments of GOD and we know that this beast is a false prophet beast having a religious foundation.

This beast kingdom has two horns which would be short like that of a lamb, which is a young sheep less than one year of age (see photo). Prophetically horns mean two kings or two high persons. John did not describe any other physical description aside from the horns and how it spoke, but we know that this beast is a religious kingdom and therefore we should focus on what features we are given. The two highest persons governing the testimony over Israel is the prophet Moses and Jesus, the two olives or lamp stands and the earthly kingdom that represents this is the religion of Christianity. Speaking as a dragon indicates the authority and prophetic certainty over people.

 

13:12 And 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.

 

The power that the first beast exercises is war and therefore the false prophet must represent a religious kingdom that has shed blood in its history, such as the many killed during the inquisitions by the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Causing the earth to worship the beast, where the earth represents laws of GOD, is proved by changing them. In Daniel we see the beast who speaks words against the Most High and will wear out His saints, think to change the times and the law and persecute them during the 3 ½ years of tribulation. What this beast is thinking the false prophet beast will enact by changing the foundation of GOD’s laws, specifically the laws for Israel. The only religious kingdom that has done this by changing the ten commandments is the Catholic Church, considered the “mother”, consequently followed by its denominational daughters (i.e. protestant’s and other Jesus cult societies) as it concerns doctrines and beliefs.

This false prophet beast, being of religious nature will also cause people who worship the laws of GOD to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. Jesus prophesied in John 16:2 that in the end day’s people will believe they are doing GOD a service in killing His people.

 

13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

 

This is the reason why many who believe that Eli’jah will reincarnate as a witness and prophesy during the great tribulation is a dangerous belief, because they will encounter the false prophet and deem him a man of GOD based on this miracle that Eli’jah is known for doing four times, three times against the armies of king Ahab and once against the prophets of Jezebel. Performing this miracle testifies that Christianity fits the profile of the false prophet beast kingdom.

 

13:14 And 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.

 

Here also we see implications of the Catholic Church’s involvement in terms of performing miracles and making images of anyone deemed to be saints or of high stature, a practice that is forbidden in Islam and Judaism.

 

13:15 And 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.

Among Catholic adherents there are claims of apparitions, weeping statues and paintings of Mary. Many within the Christian faith are easily drawn to observations of signs and miracles but Jesus made it clear in Luke 21:17-18 that the kingdom of heaven is not coming with observation, signs or miracles, but that the kingdom of GOD is within His children. With these precedents, whether true accounts or hoaxes creates the conditions for a great miracle and convincing many that creating an image to the beast kingdom is appropriate.

This image that is built for the beast will have the capacity to speak and order death against infidels. It is the image of the beast that is to be worshipped and not the beast directly. The only way the beast and the dragon that empowers it are worshipped is by the marvel of people when they say, “Who can fight against the beast?” The following are just two scriptures from the Quran in relation to ordering death against anyone who doesn’t worship their god:

 

Quran (3:56) “As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”

 

Quran (8:12) “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.”

 

13:16 And 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:

 

In Exodus 13:9, GOD commands that His word and His testimonies should be held as a sign upon the hand and for a memorial between the eyes (the forehead) so that His laws are always in our speech in honor of His greatness. From this passage, Jews have constructed what’s called tefillin, also called phylacteries, a set of small black leather boxes containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah and are worn by male observant Jews during weekday morning prayers. There is an arm-tefillin and a head-tefillin. These are constructed with the belief that they satisfy the command to wear as a sign, but it is a superficial and artificial way to replace proving the testimonies of GOD by deed (sign on the hand) and speech, as a result of having the mind filled with the knowledge of GOD. In Matthew 23:5, Yeshua says of the Jews in the priesthood that they make their phylacteries broad and the fringes on their garments long as a way of having their deeds seen by men in terms of decoration, but were regarded as those who preach but do not practice.

The practice of preaching and not practicing is a condition that still persists. As a result GOD is allowing the dragon to seal his kingdom, while the angels are sealing GOD’s people on their foreheads. This seal will represent the authority of the beast over the whole world. As we can see from the following verse, this seal of authority governs economic matters to fulfill what is revealed in the third seal.

 

13:17 And 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. 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.

 

The number 666 that is regarded as the mark of the beast is an interpretation of the original text using Gematria, the method of translating letters into corresponding numbers. All of the bibles that are published use this interpretation assuming that it is what John meant to express. However, when we look at the oldest Greek texts we see that John did not write numbers, but symbols. When we look at the symbol if resembles closely the Islamic symbol for Bismillah, which means In the Name of Allah, which is found in flags, headbands and armbands.

 

 

 

 

The Lamb and the 144,000

14 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. ^ 2^And 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: ^ 3^And 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. ^ 4^These 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. ^ 5^And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

 

These 144,000 are identified as firstfruits to GOD and the Lamb and are separate from the martyrs of the great tribulation. In Revelation 6:11 we read in the fifth seal of a number of fellow servants and brethren that should have been complete regarding being killed and in Revelation 7:1-8 tells us of an 144,000 sealed from the tribes of Israel before the angels hurt the earth with plagues, but from verse 9 John sees a multitude which no man could number in heaven, martyrs of the great tribulation. There are two groups that are redeemed, the 144,000 firstfruits and the rest who are martyred in the tribulation period. The firstfruits are described as being blameless and singing a song that no one could learn except for them. In contrast, Revelation 15 shows us the rest of the martyrs of the great tribulation who stand as priests of GOD sing the song of Moses and of the Lamb and the lyrics of the song recorded in verses 3-4. Those great tribulation martyrs who have cleansed their sins in the blood of the lamb have harps, the harps that are heard in the background of the firstfruits and are standing beside the sea of glass mingled with fire. But these firstfruits have the greatest privilege to stand with the Lamb in honor of GOD.

An Angel Preaches to the Saints

14:6 And 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, 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.”

 

Call for Holiness

The persecuting of GOD’s people is terrible to the extent that all evangelism and human communication is hindered in any way so that angels are reminding His people to hold on to their faith while there is no one around to preach it. The angels of the churches have already received their messages to communicate spiritually and to help or punish the people and there are other angels tasked with a work during this time. The message of this angel correlate to the Ten Commandments as a way of showing us that they are giving GOD’s people hope:

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Fearing GOD reminds us of the first commandment, “You shall have no other gods before me.” – Exodus 20:3 and the third commandments is an extension of that, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.” – Exodus 20:7

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p<>{color:#000;}. Giving glory to him reflects the second commandment, “You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.” – Exodus 20:4-6

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p<>{color:#000;}. Worshipping him that made heaven, and the earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters is read in the fourth commandment, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your manservant, or your maidservant, or your cattle, or the sojourner who is within your gates; for in six days the Lord made heaven and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” – Exodus 20:8-11

A Second Angel Declares the Fall of Babylon

14:8 And 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.

 

More Revelation concerning that great city continues in Revelation 17.

 

A Third Angel Warns against Worshipping the Beast

14:9 And 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, ^ 10^The 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: ^ 11^And 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. ^ 12^Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. ^ 13^And 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.

 

14:14 And 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. ^ 15^And 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.” 16And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. 17And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. 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.” 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. 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.

 

There are images of a figure personifying Christ on the white clouds holding a sickle to represent his coming but only for rapture, which is a misrepresentation. There are two figures holding sharp sickles and are ordered by an angel from the altar indicating that there are many destroying angels to follow with sickles that will to destroy an aspect of the earth to satisfy the wrath of GOD. These destroying angels will target areas outside of Jerusalem. The length of 1,600 furlongs is equal to a radius of 200 miles.

 

15 And 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 plagues or vials of wrath are commonly interpreted as separate to the seven trumpet events, however, close side by side examination of the events from both the trumpets and vials clearly show that the plagues are simply the worsening of the trumpet has alerted.

 

Revelation of the Thousand Year Reign

15:2 And 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. 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. 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.

 

In Ezekiel 1:22 we see the sea of glass surrounding GOD’s throne, above the four living creatures, but here it is mingled with fire from the torment of those who worshipped the beast. Those who conquered the beast, the martyrs of the great tribulation stand as priests of GOD. Here is the 1,000 reign of the martyrs and of the 144,000 firstfruits.

 

The Last Plagues

15:5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: 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. 7And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth forever and ever. 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.

 

16 And 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 First Plague

16:2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.

 

Continued from the first trumpet sounded by the angel in Revelation 8, this is a great tribulation plague directly affecting those who have the mark of the beast and worships its image in the form of foul and evils sores. It is important to remember that from Revelation 13, we can see that worshipping the beast is as simple as marveling, saying, “Who can fight against the beast?” For the same reason the angel who spoke with John told him not to be marvel by the harlot so that his heart would not stumble by worshipping her.

It seems likely that the mark of the beast implemented by the false prophet who rises afterwards won’t begin until after the beast has begun to make war against the saints. It may be halfway into the 3 ½ years or sooner, but for everything to fit in a 3 ½ year period the prophetic events must be condense and more intense than we are equipped to handle. This is why Jesus said in Matthew 24 that if these days would not be shortened no one would be saved. It would stand to reason that the prophetic events during the great tribulation are fulfilled without delay.

Hail are pellets of frozen rain that fall in showers from dense and towering clouds that are associated with thunderstorms and atmospheric instability. In both the account of the first plague in Egypt and the first trumpet there are hail and fire, but the first trumpet adds the element of blood, which signifies vengeance for the blood of the martyrs being spilled on the earth.

Knowing that blood relates to humans in a fundamental, personal level (Our life is in the blood, Leviticus 17:11), we can see that a hail “mixed with blood” refers to a pathogen, which is a specific causative agent (as a bacterium or virus) of disease. In the case of the first trumpet, the “hail” acts as an agent while the “mixture with blood” signifies that, unlike the hail that fell in Egypt that destroyed the environment, this trumpet will affect the inside of the human body. How can hail accomplish this?

Consider that hail could be a metaphorical revelation for missiles in the same as Zechariah’s vision of the flying rolls in chapter five. Zechariah gave the dimensions for the flying roll, (which were the size of missiles) fitted with a fire in the warheads. Now missiles are made metal and rolls are made of paper but the interpretation of thermonuclear war can be made clear.

In addition, with the hail being described even as much as a hundredweight according to the seventh bowl of wrath in Revelation 16, what John saw as hail would be more conceivable as bombs that act as agents carrying substances that may cause severe sores. This becomes clear when we understand that the mission of the beast kingdom is to launch a global war involving all of the nations of the earth. In a world war missiles would fall as “showers” upon the earth in the same way that hail would in a thunderstorm.

The nations that would provoke or escalate this global war are the Gog and Magog nations, the kings of the east that will wage war against Jerusalem and their allies throughout the world, primarily the United States of America.

Currently the nations are divided by the acronym NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) made up of nations. Representing the east is the acronym BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). These nations make up about 40% of the world population. Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea on March 2014, which was once part of Ukraine, tensions have become more apparent between the eastern and the western nations. The politics of the situation is that the US claims that Russia has invaded the territory and Russia claims that the Russians in Crimea are being oppressed by the Ukrainian government. There is currently a cold war slowly escalating between the United States and Russia and their allies in a collision course, possibly into a third world war.

 

The Second Plague

16:3 And 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.

 

In the second trumpet vision we can see a single event (out of many) as in a meteor shower targeting ports between land and sea, destroying 1/3rd of the sea into blood killing a 1/3rd of the sea creatures. In this vision we see the catastrophe spread continually on through the seas. This is realized in the change from percentage of an area affected to spreading out further. Every living thing died as opposed to only 1/3rd in a specific area.

Now the waters are contaminated with the blood of a dead man, meaning that whatever the substance the situation became worse. A realistic example of contamination is that of the leak of Fukushima nuclear radiation that is said to have contaminated 1/3rd of the world’s oceans since its malfunction in March of 2011.

 

The Third Plague

16:4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. 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. 6For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.” 7And I heard another out of the altar say, “Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.”

 

We saw the third trumpet also affect the rivers and the fountains of water making them bitter (Wormwood) and killing those that drink of it. Here, too, the rivers and the fountains of water become blood. Again, we see that each bowl of wrath follows the each trumpet one at a time. Since the bowl of wrath intensifies the trumpet event, we can conclude that this will be an unfixable event that magnifies and covers the whole earth.

Those in the altar who cry, “Yea, Lord GOD the Almighty, true and just are thy judgments!” are the souls of those martyred. Their victory comes in the form of God contaminating the drinking water of their slayers while at the same time the heat of the sun is increased on the earth. Higher temperatures cause dehydration on the human body, increasing the need to drink water.

Given our system of commerce and technology, drinking water is distributed in water bottles or as tap water throughout the world. Over $100 billion on bottled water (which is free) is spent in each year. While many may wait for the waters to literally turn red or like oil, what the “blood of a dead man” signifies is foulness. This contamination in water may not be visible to the human eye but might require devices, such as ultraviolet LED in order to detect contaminant substances. Regardless of what causes contamination it should not be readily detectable so that before there’s a recall on the mass distribution of drinking water many would have died.

 

The Fourth Plague

16:8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 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.

 

In Revelation 8:12 we can see the fourth trumpet signal for the shortening of the days, which is in preparation for the intensification of the sun’s heat, for the sake of the elect.

We can also refer to Revelation 7 where John sees an angel ascend from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living GOD, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, 3 saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our GOD upon their foreheads.”

According to Ezekiel 9 the seal on the foreheads is given to those who sigh and moan because of the abominations caused by the people. This is what separates those who fear God from those who flatter God and glorify themselves and altogether separated from those who refuse to surrender to God.

From this vision we can also continue to conclude that the trumpets signal events that precede greater catastrophes and come to pass not only to punish the wicked of the earth but also for GOD’s people to be alerted and repent. It is more profitable to discard self-righteousness and self-justification, a common mindset among religious assemblies.

 

The Fifth Plague

16:10 And 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, 11And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

 

Again, we can expect that the bowl of wrath is a worsening of the trumpet and in this case evil spirits that were released plague the beast kingdom with sores painful enough for tongues to gnaw in agony.

A sore is a blister, bump, lesion or ulcer occurring anywhere on the body. There is a precedent of this plague in the Old Testament, the sixth plague to the Egyptians that oppressed Israel in Exodus 9:8, And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Take handfuls of ashes from the kiln, and let Moses throw them toward heaven in the sight of Pharaoh. 9 And it shall become fine dust over all the land of Egypt, and become boils breaking out in sores on man and beast throughout all the land of Egypt.” 10 So they took ashes from the kiln, and stood before Pharaoh, and Moses threw them toward heaven, and it became boils breaking out in sores on man and beast. 11 And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils, for the boils were upon the magicians and upon all the Egyptians. 12 But the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he did not listen to them; as the LORD had spoken to Moses.

In the same way Pharaoh did not repent neither will the beast kingdom repent and once marked by the symbol of its kingdom the only thing to expect is the wrath of GOD. In the same way, also, that the Egyptians suffered the plagues while the Hebrews were kept safe, so also, those who have the seal of God on their foreheads.

 

The Sixth Plague

16:12 And 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. 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. 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.

 

The reason why the river Euphra’tes is mentioned in the sixth trumpet is because it represents the wall separating Israel and the magog nations (kings of the east) coming down. This means that God has removed the protection of Israel (illustrated as the river being dried up) and allows for the full invasion to begin.

By this time, the dragon has already deceived the nations, the beast has risen to make war and the false prophet has imposed laws. The frog-like demonic spirits that are come out of them can be identified by the performing of signs designed to motivate the kings of the whole world to make war against Jerusalem and anyone who represents any affiliation with Israel.

There are many leaders of many nations and the citizen may not see what things are being shown to level government audiences. The work of the devil is to deceive and catch people off guard, but all of their work is the same and that is to provoke violence.

 

16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

 

Those who are awake and keeping their garments will be holy in the eyes of sinners who cannot point out their blemishes because they have none. This is not the same with the self-righteous who cover themselves with religious identities thinking they can hide their sins underneath. The garments are the chastisements that the word of God promotes.

 

16:16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

 

Armaged’don meaning “Mountain of Megiddo” is the Hebrew name for the place where the nations will gather to make war, the holy city, Jerusalem. Megiddo is a tell (A tell is where people build in the same spot) in modern Israel near Kibbutz Megiddo. Megiddo is first mentioned in the Bible in Joshua 12:21. At the time the city was inhabited by Canaanites. GOD will gather the nations as prophesied in Zechariah 12 to make war against Jerusalem and this is the Gog and magog war of the end days that is referred to in Revelation 20:7-10. Armaged’don or Megiddo is another way of saying “Valley of Jehosh’aphat” in Joel 3:1. In Zechariah 14 it is “Jerusalem”. In Revelation it is referred to as “The Holy City”. The Dragon and the two beasts are deceiving the nations to make war against Jerusalem because this is to fulfill GOD’s purpose. The dragon has been released before the Great Tribulation to deceive the nations for a little while and we can see evidence in light of current news events concerning Jerusalem. The second coming is when Yeshua comes with his army of angels to fight in Armaggedon, they gather his elect and destroy the rest on earth “the great supper of GOD”, meanwhile the entire universe is collapsing.

 

The Seventh Plague

16:17 And 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. 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. 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. 20And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 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.

 

The hundredweight or centum weight (abbreviated cwt) is a unit of mass defined in terms of the pound (lb). The definition used in Britain differs from that used in North America. The two are distinguished by the terms long hundredweight and short hundredweight: The long hundredweight is defined as 112 lb (8 stone), which is equal to 50.802345 kg. This is the definition used in the imperial system.

 

The short hundredweight is defined as 100 lb, which is equal to 45.359237 kg. This is the definition used in the US customary system. This is also the usual hundredweight in Canada. The short hundredweight is also called a cental, especially in places which normally use the long hundredweight.

 

According to an article by Wayne Croley (www.prophecyproof.org, March 9, 2012) the size of a 100 lbs hailstone is approximately 29.8 inches in diameter.  With these dimensions, the hailstones’ diameter would be larger than the diameter of an average mountain bike wheel. The sea level velocity can reach up to 284 miles per hour.

This is of course assuming that what John saw was literally hail, pellets of frozen rain and not greater celestial objects like a meteor shower. Given the prophetic indications that the constellations will be moved and the earth will be destroyed by fire, it stands more likely that frozen rain, however great in size will not be enough to destroy the planet and its inhabitants all over the world. Hail is normally concentrated to a localized region, where space debris can swallow the entire planet.

 

17 And 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: 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.”

 

The wine of her fornication refers to the deceptions that lead people to violate the commandments of GOD in the same way that wine impairs judgment when intoxicated.

 

17:3 So 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. ^ 4^And 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: ^ 5^And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. ^ 6^And 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. ^ 7^And 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.”

 

The woman who sits upon the first beast of Revelation 13 is the false prophet beast, which is described as a woman. The people of GOD are also metaphorically called the bride of the Lamb or the woman clothed with the sun representing Zion in Revelation 12 to define how the saints should cling devotedly and faithfully to Him. Since the false prophet violates holiness she is described as a harlot and because of its great influence over the earth called the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth. The image that this false prophet beast or harlot will create for the beast will make all those who refuse to worship it to die.

 

If we look at history we will see that Judaism, Christianity and Islam have bloodshed within its histories through political orders, inquisitions or wars, but we should heed to the distinguishing feature of this religious kingdom having great influence and power over the kings of the earth and the rest of the world and more importantly, that she’s in bed with the beast of the great tribulation.

 

The Mystery of the Beast

17:8 The 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. ^ 9^And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. ^ 10^And 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. ^ 11^And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

 

If looking for a city geographically established upon seven mountains or rather hills we’ll find tens of cities throughout the world. Jersualem has seven hills: Mount Scopus, Mount Olivet and the Mount of Corruption, Mount Ophel (original Mount Zion), new Mount Zion and the hill on which the Anotnia Fortress was built. Rome has seven hills are: Aventine Hill, Caelian Hill, Capitoline Hill, Esquilling Hill, Palatine hill, Quirinal Hill, Viminal Hill. Mecca also has seven hills: Jabal abu Siba’, Jabal safa, Jabal Marwah, Jabal abu Milhah, Jabal abu ma’aya, Jabal abu Hulayah and Jabal abaut Ghuzlan. This is not an effective way to find the identity of the great city or the woman having the greatest influence.

 

The woman represents the false prophet (not a third entity) and the beast is the one making war and beheading the saints, the woman or the false prophet is simply drunk from all the deaths that he has caused through the image of the beast. We see this in Revelation 18:24, And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

 

The woman or the false prophet, which has influence over the first beast of Revelation 13, sits on seven mountains. In Revelation 17:15 she also sits upon waters, which are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues. Prophetically the mountains and hills mean positions of power or stature of authority over others on the earth. In the following example we can see that holding the height of the hill or dwelling in the clefts of the rock, expresses high places within society:

 

Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shoudest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the LORD. – Jeremiah 49:16

 

In the following we can see people classified by rank from mountains (the highest) down to a bush:

 

15And for the chief things of the ancient mountains (those of royal authority and wealth), and for the precious things of the lasting hills (those of fame or permanence), 16and for the precious things of the earth (the common population) and fullness thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the bush (the poor): let the blessing come upon the head (rulership or kingship) of Joseph, and upon the top (crown) of the head of him (Joseph) that was separated from his brethren. – Deuteronomy 33:15-16

These mountains also represent seven kings, which is the highest ruling position before the sight of GOD and who have power over nations and people. There is a history within this great city when it comes to five kings being fallen and one existing at the time of the apostle John as he awaited the next one to come to power after him. From this great city with seven kings in its history, an eighth king will be appointed (given a crown and a bow, Rev. 6:2) to rule a separate the beast kingdom that makes war against Jerusalem before rising up to support it.

 

The Ten Horns

17:12 And 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. ^ 13^These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

 

The ten horns are ten kings who only receive authority as kings by the beast to help it with persecuting the saints worldwide. These represent the “ten days of tribulation” mentioned in the church of Smyrna to test the people of GOD.

 

War Against the Saints

17:14 These 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.

 

In John 10:16 Yeshua is saying that He will make one flock out of other folds, which are people who will hear His voice and follow His direction out of them. These are called, and chosen, and faithful. It is a religious practice to establish folds or churches, where those hired to serve as shepherds have the privilege to bring them to GOD, but this is something that only Yeshua can do.

 

17:15 And he saith unto me, “The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. ^ 16^And 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. ^ 17^For 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.

 

The ten kings that the beast will appoint to persecute the saints will turn on the false prophet as a continuation of their war against religion and their influence.

^ 18^And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.”

 

18 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. ^ 2^And 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. ^ 3^For 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.”

 

A continuation of the angel with the second message of Revelation 14:8, which said, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who made all nations drink the wine of her impure passion.” This angel alerts the time of the falling of Babylon while the following angel will warn GOD’s people to detach any relations. To better understanding the nature and prophesies concerning Babylon we should study the book Jeremiah.

Warning to leave Babylon

18:4 And 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. 5For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. 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. 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. 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. 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, 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. 11And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: 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, 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. 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. 15The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 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! 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, 18And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! 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. 20Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

 

18:21 And 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 millstone is a great, heavy stone used to grind grain. In Luke 17, Yeshua says, “It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! 2It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” When the angel casts a great millstone into the sea it is to signify the vengeance against anyone who oppresses and harms GOD’s people, beginning with those who are called by His name. Jeremiah 25 shows that GOD will feed the false prophets with wormwood, poisoning the waters beginning with Jerusalem all throughout the earth, saving Babylon for the end. Babylon was a nation used to punish Jerusalem for its sins and the rest of the nations until the wrath turned against them (see Jeremiah 25).

 

18:22 And 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; 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.

 

Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.

 

18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

 

In Matthew 23, Yeshua is convicting the priesthood in Jerusalem with murder, saying, 29”Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, 30saying, “If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding blood of the prophets’ 31thus you witness against yourselves, that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets, 32Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers. 33You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell? 34Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from town to town, 35that upon you may come all the righteous bloodshed on earth, from the blood of innocent Abel to the blood of Zechari’ah the son of Barach’ah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. 36Truly, I say to you, all this will come upon this generation.”

 

The above passage takes us through history of killing prophets and servants since the beginning of mankind even through and after, referring to corruption in the priesthood, but not limited to the Pharisee authority in Jerusalem at the time of Yeshua until their destruction in 70 AD by the Roman Empire.

 

19 And 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: ^ 2^For 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.

 

Corrupting the earth with fornication and killing the servants of GOD at her hand has always been proven in Jerusalem. Rome is an extension of the harlotry and corruption that begun with the false prophets of Jerusalem. This is why Jerusalem will be attacked and many of the elect will flee to survive in the wilderness throughout the great tribulation.

 

19:3 And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up forever and ever. ^ 4^And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia. ^ 5^And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. ^ 6^And 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. ^ 7^Let 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. ^ 8^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. ^ 9^And 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. ^ 10^And 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 Return of Yeshua

19:11 And 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. 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. 13And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 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. 16And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

 

The Sacrificial Feast

19:17And 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; 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.

 

The Beast Kingdom Defeated

19:19 And 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. 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. 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.

 

Satan is Bound 1,000 Years

20 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. ^ 2^And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, ^ 3^And 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.

 

The dragon was bound by an angel for 1,000 years when Yeshua takes control of the prison Hades. After his crucifixion, Jesus continues his ministry onto Hades in the spirit for three days and three nights according to Matthew 12:40 where Yeshua says, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

One purpose for this three day ministry inside Hades can be understood in 1 Peter 3:18-19, “For The Messiah also died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to GOD, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit; 19 in which he went and preached to the spirits in prison”. This was necessary for Noah was not sent to preach to the people as many claim, but was instructed to construct an ark. It is true that Noah was a man of righteousness, but that doesn’t mean he was evangelizing as we know it today.

This is made clear in Genesis 6:13, “And GOD said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh; for the earth is filled with violence through them; behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make yourself an ark of gopher wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch.” Contrary to Christian belief Noah was not sent to preach to the inhabitants of the earth during the creation of the ark. Yeshua preached to the spirits who drowned during the flood days in Hades in order to eliminate any excuses during the Judgment of the Nations spoken of in Matthew 25:31.

As a result, Yeshua has the keys of the prison Hades and Death, which is proven by Revelation 1:18 “and the living one; I died, and behold I am alive for evermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.” Why would Yeshua take over Hades and the angel of Death without first subduing Satan and becoming a warden of the prison himself? Yeshua said in Matthew 12:29,^ ^Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house.

This is what Yeshua did, plunder the devil’s house, the prison Hades and took control of the angel of Death. The dragon was to not taken but imprisoned because he was to be loosed after a thousand years to continue his deceiving works upon the nations of the earth.

After this 1,000 year imprisonment the dragon is prophesied to be released to prepare the nations for the Gog and magog war against Jerusalem on earth for the last time, where he will stand in the “sand of the sea”, between the first and second beasts. The term Gog and magog gives us a placement in time, for these eastern kings launch a global invasion against Jerusalem during the 3 ½ years of the Great Tribulation. This means that Satan must be loosed for a little while before this period to deceive the nations, not after. Current events today prove Satan has been loosed preparing the nations.

The 1,000 Year Reign of the Martyrs: The First Resurrection

20:4 And 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.

 

The Judgment of the Nations: The Second Resurrection

20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 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.

 

We can see the judgment of the nations in Matthew 25:31-43, where the sheep and the goats are separated for judgment, which are people who have rested since the beginning of mankind. When Jesus said the first will be last and the last will be first in both Matthew 19:30 and 20:16, he meant that the great tribulation population will be the first to either enter heaven or be condemned to the lake of fire before the presence of GOD in heaven.

 

Satan is Released

20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 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. 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. 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 forever and ever.

 

Judgment Day and the Second Death

20:11 And 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. 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. 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. 14And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

 

Vision of the New Jerusalem City

21 And 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. ^ 2^And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. ^ 3^And 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. ^ 4^And 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. ^ 5^And 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.” ^ 6^And 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. ^ 7^He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. ^ 8^But 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.

 

The first death is biological and the second death is eternal damnation of the soul.

 

21:9 And 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.” ^ 10^And 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, 11Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; 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: 13On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. 14And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

In verse 14 we see, within the construction of the city, those who keep the commandments of GOD and the testimony of Yeshua as the names of the tribes of Israel and the names of twelve apostles.

 

21:15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. 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. 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. 18And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear 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;

 

The foundations of the wall are what connect the wall into the ground. The simplest foundation is the padstone, a single stone which both spreads the weight on the ground and raises the timber off the ground. The following pictures on the following page are the stones John saw that holds up the walls of the city: The first was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; 20The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. 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. 22And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 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. 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. 25And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. 26And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. 27And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

 

The River and the Tree of Life

22 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. ^ 2^In 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. ^ 3^And 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: ^ 4^And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. ^ 5^And 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 forever and ever. ^ 6^And 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. ^ 7^Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.”

 

Epilogue and Benediction

22:8 And 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. ^ 9^Then 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. ^ 10^And he saith unto me, “Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. ^ 11^He 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. ^ 12^And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. ^ 13^I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. ^ 14^Blessed 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. ^ 15^For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. ^ 16^I 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. ^ 17^And 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. ^ 18^For 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: ^ 19^And 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. ^ 20^He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. ^ 21^The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To GOD belongs the honor and the glory!

 

Amen!


Revelation Unsealed

This book contains an interpretation of each chapter and passage of the entire book of the Revelation to John (Apocalypse) using the King James Bible Version, a study guide to help you with your spiritual growth. Any monies collected from this book will be devoted to the work of God and by extension you will be blessed for helping in the ministry of spreading the truth. In Revelation Unsealed, you will learn the meaning behind the messages to the seven churches, including the mystery of the Ten Days in Prison. You will learn the meaning of the seven trumpets and bowls in practical terms. You will discover the mystery of the mark of the beast, which is not the number 666. Each passage that requires an explanation is written in this book. We are living in the end of days and this book will be crucial in our survival.

  • ISBN: 9781370611577
  • Author: Michael Rodriguez
  • Published: 2017-05-18 12:20:45
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