Thursday, August 31, 2006

Revelation 13 - The Antichrist Beast

The Antichrist Beast

Rev 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.

John's vision shifts to earth, standing on the seashore. The sea represents the restless people of the world.

Isa 57:20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
Isa 57:21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.

Coming from the restless sea comes trouble. I saw a beast come out of the sea. The word here for beast is therion, representing a wild beast. A beast of prey, like the venomous beast that bit Paul's hand.

Acts 28:4 And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.
Acts 28:5 And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.

Another word used for beast is zoon, from zoe, meaning life. It refers to a living creature. Such as the angels around God's throne.

Rev 4:8 And 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.

The evil beast arising from the sea was described as having seven heads and ten horns, like the dragon; he was not the dragon, but he was of his likeness. He was clever and powerful.

Rev 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.

This was the beast, the antichrist that will come as a man of peace to rule the nations as a false Christ.

1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

This was the beast in Daniel that would rule over ten nation powers (horns).

Dan 7:7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.

The seven heads, were evil thinking and speaking heads.

Dan 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.

WE know the work of the devil that this man represents. People are drawn to him by his charismatic personality, smooth lying words and false promises. The people look to him for peace and safety. No way will there ever be peace in satan's people, nor honor, or truth. They are not found in this character. Beware of the antichrist spirit; you shall know him if you discern the spirits.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Put off and put on

Put off the old man  and put on the new

Eph 4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
Eph 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

This we must do ourselves. We put off the old man, the person we once were, with it's bad habits and incorrect thoughts. We, must put them off. Seriously, this may take time, but we are being made in his image, day by day.

Eph 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

Where is the power for change? It is within, the spirit of the mind. The Holy Spirit that has made you new in Christ, shall change you.

Eph 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Again, it is our responsibility to put on the new man in God's Spirit, which is righteousness and true holiness. True, not false, not error and corruption, but truth and incorruption. Each day we must put on the new man, much as we are commanded to put on the whole armour of God. The purpose is to be equipped to lead a holy life and to resist the old man and the devil. The world, flesh and the devil are the enemies to our new Spiritual walk in the new man. We must learn our authority and walk in it, it is our choice.

Keep from Sinning

Eph 4:25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

Putting off the old man who is so easily influenced by the devil, the liar.

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Put on the new man and truth, for we are members one of another in Christ Jesus. Jesus is our foundation and he is the truth of God, the word of God is truth; Christ Jesus is the word of God.

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

We are responsible, not God, to put off the old man, the old ways of thinking, the thoughts that cause us to loose hope. We are to put off all that is not of God, even the words of family and friends...satan sends fiery darts our way, in anyway he can find to do so.We are responsible, not God, but we are, to put on the new man. The clean white garment of forgiveness in Jesus Christ. As we think, so we act. Renew your mind in the word of God, in prayer and in the Holy Ghost. Put on the new man and put on the armour of God, that he has supplied. We are the Lord's property and by being so, we are in a battle. Satan is your enemy, he wants to lie to you, that he is your friend.


When Saul chased David for all those years, David never raised a finger against him; respecting God's anointing. Time came when he grew weary, he was tired of running from God's anointed one. Why do those who are our friends oppose us? David went to the enemy, joined their army. He thought there was security in the enemy. The enemy king said he loved David, but soon another enemy came, taking David's wife and possessions, taking the families of his brave men who followed him. They blamed David...Where could David go now? Satan wanted to kill David, and he wants to kill each one of us. He came to kill, steal and destroy. David went to God.

1 Sam 30:6  And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.
1 Sam 30:7  And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech's son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David.
1 Sam 30:8  And David inquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.

 We are to put on the righteous garment in Jesus Christ. Encourage yourself in Him, hear him, not all the voices in your mind and those around you. Put off that which is not of Christ. Put off the words of flesh and the devil and the lusts therein. It is our responsibility to put on the new man and to be renewed in the mind by the word of God. We belong to God, living in righteousness, not sin. Take up your cross, deny the old self and walk in the new man, a holy walk, a living sacrifice unto God, not killed by satan and our foolish living, but a living servant of the Lord. Soldiers of the cross; put on the garment of a new man and the armor of God, live, truly live in His Spirit as Hisservant. His love will flow through you to others. Walk in His Spirit and beware of the evil one. Encourage yourself in the Lord, resist the devil and he will flee.



Monday, August 28, 2006

Revelation 12 - Angry dragon

Angry dragon

Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

They, who spoke with one voice from heaven. The voices of the martyrs, who overcame death, hell and the devil by faith in the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony, the Word of God.

It (the blood) works because the death of Jesus on the cross as our substitute purchases us as God's personal property, and this makes us want to live unto God. "If anything can make a man holy it is a firm faith in the atoning sacrifice. When a man knows that Jesus died for him, he feels that he is not his own, but bought with a price, and therefore he must live unto him that died for him and rose again." (Spurgeon)

Rev 12:12 Therefore 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.

Rejoice, you who are in heaven, the departed saints and the angels, for satan is no longer given access to God. Woe to those on earth and of the sea! The devil is coming down, having great wrath. He is angry now, but will really be angry in the mid tribulation time.

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

He will persecute the nation Israel, which brought forth the Christ child.

Rev 12:14 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.

Many would escape into the wilderness, perhaps like from Egypt, on the wings of an eagle. It would be God's deliverance, perhaps by the wings of an airplane?

Exo 19:4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself.

This too points to the last half of Daniel's seventieth week. Satan has always persecuted the Jewish people, because they are God's people.

Rev 12:15 And 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.
Rev 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.

Isa 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

Rev 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 remnant of Jews who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, would be attacked by satan and there would be many killed.

Rev 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;
Rev 7:10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

Satan is angry at the Jews and those who trust in Jesus now. He is controlling the minds and hearts of many nations, even our own. He is making way for the coming lying savior, the antichrist, the man of (false) peace.

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Revelation 12 - Micael, the archangel

Michael, the archangel

Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

It was (or will be) spiritual warfare; good angels against bad angels. Michael, the head angel or the captain of the Lord's good angels fighting satan and his demonic angels. Michael is not Jesus as some of the false religions claim.

Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

Michael could not rebuke satan, being a created angel, but the Lord of Hosts could; God the Father and God the Son.

Mal 3:11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

Rev 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
Rev 12:9 And 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.

The bad angels, or stars were cast out with him.

Mat 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:

When was satan cast out? In context this would occur in the middle of the last week of Daniel.

Dan 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Jesus spoke of having seen satan cast out. He was in the serpent in the Garden of Eden, so it was some time before this.

Luke 10:17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Satan still had access to heaven as an accuser of the brethren;

Job 1:12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

Michael cast him out permanently. Satan again would be cast into the bottomless pit for a thousand years, loosed and then the final casting into the lake of fire. (Rev 20)

Rev 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.

Who spoke? it was a saint of God, a human in glory, one of the brethren? Or perhaps the voice of the martyrs calling out in one voice?

Rev 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:
Rev 6:10 And 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?

Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Revelation 12 The great red dragon

The great red dragon

Rev 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.

The second sign was a great red dragon, symbolic of satan, the devil. Seven heads, authority, intelligence, deceit, the king of liars. and ten horns, great power for evil.

Daniel spoke of ten horns, representing the ten nations of the revived Roman empire.

Dan 7:7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.

Seven crowns upon his head, he claims to be royalty; the prince of Babylon, the god of this world's lost people, the ruler over the darkness and the fallen demonic angels.

Rev 12:4 And 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.

A third part of the stars, the angels, fell with satan to the earth, joining him in his war against people; to tempt, to steal, kill and destroy, through dark powers and lies. They enter idols that are worshipped and encourage rebellion and sin.

Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Satan attempted to kill the newborn child, when Jesus was born.

Mat 2:13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

Rev 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

The man child Jesus, was the third sign; he grew into a man, and went to the cross, arose and returned to the Father. He will come again to rule on the earth with an iron rod.

Rev 2:27 And 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.

Rev 19:15 And 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.

Rev 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.

One thousand two hundred and sixty days: This reference to a three and one-half year period connects these events with the final seven years of the Daniel 9 prophecy. The woman cannot be Mary, for this half of the final week of Daniel refers to Israel. The woman fled into the wilderness:

Mat 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Mat 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
Mat 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
Mat 24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
Mat 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
Mat 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Mat 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Revelation 13 - The sign of the woman

The sign of the woman

Rev 12:1 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:

The woman is not Mary.

There appeared a great sign in heaven, one of seven signs of seven prominent personages.

Scripturally, this woman clothed with the sun should be identified with Israel, according to Joseph's dream (Genesis 37:9-11). In that dream, the sun represents Jacob (Israel), the moon represents Joseph's mother Rachel, and the eleven stars are the sons of Israel which bow down to Joseph. In this sign with twelve stars, Joseph is now "among" the other tribes of Israel. (Guzik)

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

She, a daughter of Israel, gave birth to Jesus the messiah in a time of travail and Roman rule.

Gen 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

The birth of Jesus was different, because he was born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Ghost. A man child in the likeness of God the Father.

Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

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Monday, August 21, 2006

Revelation 11 - The Seventh Trumpet

The Seventh Trumpet

Rev 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.

The seventh trumpet sounds announcing the soon triumphant return of the Lord Jesus Christ, to rule over the nations. His rule is everlasting.

Psa 146:10 The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD.

Rev 11:16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
Rev 11:17 Saying, 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.

At last the beginning of the everlasting reign of God. His Son will return to earth for a thousand years to rule over the nations.

Rev 11:18 And 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 end is near. At the end of the thousand year reign would be the judgment of the wicked. Rewards would be given by Jesus to his faithful, they shall not see the wrath of God. The wicked would be eternally separated from God and heaven; no more sin, no more death.

Rev 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.

The ark of his testament is in the heavenly temple, representing God's faithfulness. Here is a revelation and a view into heaven not previously seen. With the event there were lightenings and voices. On earth there were, or will be, thunderings and an earthquake, and great hail, perhaps such as occurred with Moses on Mt. Sinai at the giving of the law. Now it is God's grace we celebrate.

Exo 19:16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.

We fear God in love, not fearing judgment, but respecting His power and Glory. He created us and all there is from nothing; now that really is something to praise him for.

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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Gospel Power?

Power over people is what most of the world desires. A religious leader may seek power over people, the Chief Priests, Scribes and Pharisees, at the time of Jesus, were not accepting truth, they were not believing in Jesus, it wasn't about obeying God; it was about their power over men. In seeking to keep the people under their power, they saw Jesus as a rival, a threat. They were jealous and envious of him, because the people saw something real and powerful in his words and life. They were driven by envy and satan is behind this sin. By their fear of losing power they killed their Messiah. We are to not seek our own power. The power we have is for the work of God. By our fruit, through His power, he is glorified.
1 Th 1:5  For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

Speaking the gospel word, the way of salvation; there is power in the gospel message.
Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
There is power in the blood of the Lamb. Jesus without sin, the Son of God, The Living (Loving) Word from heaven; He came to fulfill the righteous judgment of God for sin. He died on the cross and arose on the third day, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

Paul spoke that he did not come in word only, be sure he did not speak his own words and thoughts; he spoke the word of God, powered by the Holy Ghost. If we speak God's word as he commands, there is power available for a new life. Must we speak only the word in the Bible to have God's power?
There is the Spirit of prophecy, but that must line up with God's revealed will. All the Spiritual Gifts come with the power of God. The power for mercy, exhortation, mercy, giving, healing, tongues and more; all come with Holy Ghost Power.
Peter was moved by God's Spirit to use the gift of healing.
Acts 3:2  And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
Acts 3:3  Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
Acts 3:4  And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
Acts 3:5  And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
Acts 3:6  Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
Acts 3:7  And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
Acts 3:8  And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
Acts 3:9  And all the people saw him walking and praising God:

There is power in the gospel and in the gifts and in your life. People watch you, to confirm that you truly are of God. We do not live in a way to cause others to stumble. If we are of God, all is through His Spirit and for His glory.
1 Th 1:6  And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
1 Th 1:7  So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.

Friday, August 18, 2006

REVELATION 11 - Witnesses Revived

Witnesses Revived

Rev 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.

The grace of God was available to anyone who repented and came to Jesus, they would receive God's protection, but those who opposed the two men sent from God, by the word of these two witnesses plagues would come on the earth as in the time of Moses. Plagues should make the people cry out to God. Perhaps these were the trumpet judgments spoken of earlier.

Rev 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.

Rev 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.

Satan would kill them, probably through the antichrist, so these were not immortal glorified beings, as the real Moses and Elijah; these were not yet glorified. Remember the witnesses had power given to them for protection and for judgment, so apparently God allowed them to be slain, as Jesus allowed himself to be slain for a purpose.

Rev 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.

On the streets of Israel, in or near Jerusalem, where our Lord was crucified. The Holy City had become worldly and evil, with sexual perversion, because of the people who worshipped the antichrist. There would be open homosexuality. Already they are converging on Jerusalem. That spirit is unleashed in all nations, it is the opposite of holiness and obedience to God.

Rev 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.

The unburied bodies, is a show of disrespect and a seeming victory for evil people. They thought that Satan had overcome the people of God.

Rev 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.

Sending gifts and greeting cards with lewd messages, rejoicing that good had been destroyed.

Isa 5:14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.
Isa 5:15 And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled:

Rev 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.

As Christ was risen on the third day, the life giving spirit of God entered into them, they were revived and great fear fell upon them which saw him. It may have seen around the world in newscasts.

Rev 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.

A great voice from heaven bidding them to come up. They went up in a cloud as the church was raptured; and their enemies left behind. Were these two ministers symbolic of the witness of the church? Perhaps, but these appear to be actual servants of God who had great power, as Jesus, they died and were resurrected. Never was the church commanded to curse the earth, as these men were given power to do. The old testament men of God were given such powers, Moses and Elijah, these were types of the old testament saints, people that those of the old covenant would recognize and obey.

Rev 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.

God's wrath poured out, with the purpose of driving more to repentance. The remnant, those who come out of the worlds evil, they repented and gave glory to the God of heaven. What will it take to change a stubborn sinful heart?

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

Two woes and a third on it's way, quickly it will come.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Revelation 11 - The Two Witnesses

The Two Witnesses

Rev 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.

The angel speaks the message of Jesus about two witnesses. Who are these witnesses? Their ministry is prophetic, they are to speak the words given to them by God for 1260 days or three and a half years, the same time that Jerusalem will be inhabited by Gentiles. They will be dressed in sackcloth, which is the clothing of repentance, so their message must be of warning and repentance.

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

These are two olive tees, Holy Spirit filled Jewish men, and two candlesticks, they will speak truth and light before God.

Zec 4:12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?
Zec 4:13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.
Zec 4:14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.

The two men referred to in Zechariah were Joshua and Zerubbabel.

Rev 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.

Perhaps they spoke the fiery judgment of God; the power of God's word spoken by the Spirit of God. Jesus said these words could not be resisted..

Luke 21:15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

Rev 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.

Elijah the prophet had power to cause the rain to stop and Moses was used to bring plagues to Egypt and to turn the waters to blood. These two men were like Elijah and Moses, as John the Baptist was like Elijah. They will be actual people representing prophesy and the law; convicting of sin, preaching the righteousness of Jesus Christ to a sinful people, warning them of a coming judgment.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Revelation 11 - The Temple of God

Temple of God

Rev 11:1 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.

This is a rebuilt temple, that will be in place when the antichrist rules. There are plans now to rebuild the temple and to once again have animal sacrifices. The sacrifices are not God's will, for Jesus was the last accepted sacrifice; the shedding of blood for our sins. The angel said rise and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. Measuring represents God's knowledge of every detail. He is both creator, designer and judge of a perfect justice and measure.

Isa 40:10 Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
Isa 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.
Isa 40:12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
Isa 40:13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him?
Isa 40:14 With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and showed to him the way of understanding?
Isa 40:15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.

The temple place was thought to be where the Dome of the Rock, the Muslim worship place is. Because the original temple foundation was mostly removed by the Romans, some believe that the actual location will be north of this mosque. This temple will be taken over by the antichrist who sets himself up as the Messiah.

Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

This will be the final week of Daniel's seventy week prophecy.

Dan 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.

2 Th 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 Th 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
2 Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2 Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

This falling away is after the deception of a man of sin. Daniel speaks of this man who comes promising peace, but instead sets himself up to be worshipped as a god in the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem.

This man of sin has many other titles in the Scriptures. He is called the little horn the Daniel 7:8. He is the king of fierce countenance of Daniel 8:23. He is the Prince that shall come of Daniel 9:26. He is the willful king of Daniel 11:36-45. He is the one who comes in his own name in John 5:43. And here, he is known as the son of perdition, the man of sin, the lawless one (2 Thessalonians 2:3 and 2:8). (Guzik)

Rev 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 dome of the rock may actually be located on the court of the Gentiles. The outer courts will be under non Jewish rule for forty-two months, the final three and a half years of the last week of years. And then the Lord shall come, destroying the destroyers and gathering his people to himself. Other things will occur before this happens. Two witnesses of God will arrive in Jerusalem.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Revelation 10 - The Book Eaten

Open Book Eaten

Rev 10:1 And 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:

After the sixth angel blew the sixth trumpet, we have a pause and another angel appears. This was not Jesus, because Jesus is not an angel. He was clothed in a glory cloud with a rainbow upon his head, representing God's covenant promise. His face was bright as the sun and his feet, pillars of fire. Was this the angel that guided Israel in the wilderness? Angels from God do the will of the LORD.

Exo 13:21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:

In Daniel we learn that Michael is the Arch angel and that he is the angel of Israel.

Dan 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Rev 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,

Was this the book of life, as described in Daniel? Michael stands up for the people of God in Israel.

Rev 10:3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

Seven the number of perfection; he spoke the perfect will of God.

Rev 10:4 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.

Psa 29:3 The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters.
Psa 29:4 The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

Daniel was not to write down the words spoken by the seven thunders.

Rev 10:5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,
Rev 10:6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

The angel had power over land and sea, as God's servant. It was the end of the world, drawing near, the time of God's kingdom was near.

Rev 10:7 But 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.

When the seventh angel sounds the trumpet, then the end time mystery shall be revealed, as spoken by the prophets of God. Mysteries are in the Bible that need to be revealed. The church was a mystery revealed; that all nations may come to God through Jesus Christ. There is the seventy week prophecy of Daniel, the final week being the final seven years at the end of satan's rule and the beginning of the kingdom of God on earth for a thousand years. These things shall be revealed as we continue in the book of Revelation.

Rev 10:8 And 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.
Rev 10:9 And 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.

Psa 119:103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

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

Daniel was given a revelation of the antichrist, the mystery revealed made him sick, yet he too was to share what he had heard.

Dan 8:23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.
Dan 8:24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
Dan 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.
Dan 8:26 And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days.
Dan 8:27 And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king's business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it.

God's word is to be eaten, taken within, it is sweet in the mouth, but often the hard things, the judgments of God leave bitterness in the stomach, but not in the Spirit. The Spirit of God speaks forth the ingested word of God and many are blessed if they take heed to it.

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Friday, August 11, 2006

Importance of Revival

We are at war. We are at war with an ideology where people will die willingly to see you killed, you being the infidel. Islam seeks to kill all who are not as they. They are willing to die for their false belief of rewards for death. All is death and allegiance to a god of death.
We cannot just sit back in comfort hoping they will go away by being tolerant. They want to kill you, the infidel.
Rev 3:16  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Rev 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:
Rev 3:18  I 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.
Rev 3:19  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

If you are under the covenant with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, you must obey God. For the Jew, seek him and believe in His promises. Stop going in your own will and seek the will of God Almighty.
For those who believe that Jesus Christ is the way to God; and I believe this, the New Testament faith in Jesus, my savior. We must seek his word and will and obey him. By faith we are saved, but we must believe and act on our belief. Our God is greater than Allah. Allah was defeated at the cross. We are at war, revive yourself, encourage yourself in the word of God. Be alive in the Power of the Holy Spirit. Your call to war is under the banner of Love, the banner of faith in Jesus Christ, the way the truth and the life for All Nations. Trust and obey, the end is drawing near.
John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Revelation 9 - The Sixth Trumpet

The Sixth Trumpet

Rev 9:13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,

The golden altar was the altar of incense where the prayers of the saints were heard. The horns were where the blood was applied.

Rev 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:
Rev 6:10 And 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?

Rev 9:14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
Rev 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.

The four angels were given authority to kill one third of mankind.

Rev 9:16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
Rev 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.
Rev 9:18 By 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.
Rev 9:19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.

These were actual demonic creatures, 200 million in number, who killed over a billion people. There was demonic torment followed by death, would those left alive repent?

Rev 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:

No repentance, they still worshipped idols of things made by hand.

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

No change of heart. Has there been wide scale repentance since 911? Or the hurricanes? I see no evidence, God still is not wanted in the public life by most. Signs and wonders do not change hearts. They need to hear the gospel and be touched by God.

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Monday, August 7, 2006

Revelation 9 - The Fifth Trumpet

The Fifth Trumpet

Rev 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 angels were mourning the people of earth, because of the remaining three trumpet judgments.

Rev 9:1 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.

The star that fell was a him, a spiritual creation, an angelic being. He fell to the earth with the key of the bottomless pit, abussos, the abyss.

Luke 8:30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.
Luke 8:31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep. (abussos)

Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

The owner of the key is the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus gave the key to a star, an angelic being.

Rev 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.

Was the key given to a good angel or to satan, as in Vs 11? One thing we know is that God gave the permission and God would allow this to happen in His will.

Rev 9:2 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.

Perhaps the smell of burning sulfur, as rotten eggs, fire and brimstone arising from the bottomless pit. This was a real physical happening, from a spiritual place of darkness, maybe in the center of the earth. The sun and air were darkened by the smoke, perhaps reminiscent of the burning oil wells in Kuwait in the Gulf War. This was not that time, for worse things were coming.

Rev 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.
Rev 9:4 And 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.
Rev 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.

Hell is a place of torment, here the demons that were locked in hell are loosed upon the earth. They looked like grasshoppers, these were used in judgment, but were not to harm trees or grass. They had stinging tails. like scorpions, to be used upon the people on earth. God commanded that none of those who were sealed on the forehead by God would be hurt. God's wrath does not abide upon those who are saved, His own beloved. For a period of time of five months, the number of grace, the people were tormented without relief. Let me warn those who preach that God is love and that he loves everyone as His children, that this is error. To be under God's love and protection we must receive his Son, Jesus Christ. He saves us from sins punishment. God is also judge of sins and punisher.

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

The torment was so great that men desired to die, but they could not die. This is a picture of hell, where torment continues without end. Those who seek to kill themselves, because of tormented minds on earth, shall find everlasting torment in hell, unless they are in Christ Jesus. Hell is not being taught in "user friendly" churches. But, it is real and must be taught along with the gospel message, that Jesus gave his life blood for your sins and has risen from the dead. In repenting of sins and receiving Jesus as savior from sins punishment, we are saved and made the spiritual children of God.

Rev 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.
Rev 9:8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.
Rev 9:9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound oftheir wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.
Rev 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

John describes the creatures in terms that were familiar to him, be sure these were not ordinary creatures. They had the shape of horses with armor, faces like men, perhaps representing men that they had at one time inhabited. They wore crowns, perhaps representing demonic principalities, hair as women, perhaps representing the Jezebel spirit of intimidation, as with Elijah.

1 Ki 19:2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.
1 Ki 19:3 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.
1 Ki 19:4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

And teeth as lions, representing the adversary, who is as a roaring lion.

1 Pet 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

They had tails as scorpions, with stings and they had power to hurt men for five months. These were to torment the unsaved, the followers of the antichrist. A child of God was not touched by these.

1 Cor 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
1 Cor 15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
1 Cor 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Breastplates as iron and wings sounding like horses and chariots running. This sounds as if the were indestructible and the noise alone would strike fear into hearts. Appearing as living creatures of substance but being spirits, that can only be destroyed by God.

Demonic powers in our lives now?

Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Rev 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.

Their king was Abaddon, destruction; Apollyon, destroyer, the angel of the bottomless pit, the devil, satan who will be cast into the bottomless pit, but who now is the prince of the powers of the air and the god of this world's lost people. Satan does not live in the pit yet but he commands the demons who were loosed. He had been given this time of torment for five months only, he was under the command of Almighty God and the Lord Jesus Christ who had defeated his power on the cross.

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

Would these torments lead people to call on the name of Jesus? Or was this to show the hardness of their hearts? To be sure, this was a just punishment in God's perfect plan.

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Saturday, August 5, 2006

Revelation 8 - The second, third and forth trumpets

The second, third and forth trumpets

Rev 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;

This may be a comet or meteor from outer space. It was burning and turned a third part of the sea as it were blood. One object fell in a sea. There are seven seas and four oceans. This must refer to the sea near Israel. Was this the lake called the Sea of Galilee? No, the Mediterranean Sea is a larger sea in this region near Jerusalem and the Mideast nations.

Rev 8:9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

A third part of the sea and a third part of the ships, perhaps with their crews, were destroyed.

Rev 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;

Another object looking like a burning star, falls from heaven. This time it falls upon a third of the streams and the springs of water.

Rev 8:11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

The waters were made bitter causing many to die. Wormwood is a bitter weed. This was a bitterness of the natural waters. To be sure many were perplexed and were bitter of spirit.

Exo 15:23 And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah.
Exo 15:24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?
Exo 15:25 And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD showed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,

Jesus on the tree, removes the bitterness of life.

Heb 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

These people were already defiled by following the antichrist. They were receiving judgment for their wrong choices and the creation suffered because of them.

Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
Rom 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

Rev 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.

Mat 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:

A third of the day will be in complete darkness, no sun and a third of the night, with no light from the moon or stars. God is in control of His creation. He covered this region with a blanket of darkness. These things must occur before Jesus returns.

Mat 24:30 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.

Revelation is a look into the future. The Chapters are not necessarily in order of things happening, rather they are a record of what was revealed to John by Jesus. These things will occur as God sends them according to His time. People tend to trust in their natural things; God will remove them. Those who trust in themselves and government see that these things are crumbling. God is to be honored and trusted above all else.

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Revelation 8 - The First Trumpet Judgment

The First Trumpet Judgment

Rev 8:6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

Now begin the judgments of God upon the earth and those who serve the Beast. I am reminded of the old testament story of Moses and Pharoah, where plagues from God were poured out upon the people of the world and the people of God were spared. Yet the people of God suffered under the hand of the wicked king. Moses would lead his people to freedom, but many lacked faith. The people of God are known for their faith in Jesus. Jesus will lead them all the way to his kingdom.

The first four of the seven trumpets are towards the elements of creation, the last three are towards man. The first of the seven angels who were before the throne of God, sounded the trumpet signaling the following events:

Rev 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.

Exo 9:23 And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt.

Hail and fire, mingled with blood? Was the blood of those killed by this judgment, or perhaps symbolic that blood is required for sin? A third of the trees and grass were burnt up. Trees may refer to leaders as in Daniel 4. Yet it is hail and hail does damage the earths greenery. This was not caused by anything normally seen in nature. He has used natural things such as weather and foreign nations to do his will, but this appears to be uniquely created for this time, it was judgment from God.

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Friday, August 4, 2006

Revelation 8 - Seventh seal

The seventh seal opened

Rev 8:1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.

The seventh seal is opened. What is next? Many questions, but there is silence in heaven above. The space of silence was a half an hour. Silence speaks loudly, it is a time to reflect, to think, to examine our hearts.

Job experienced a time of silence.

Job 4:13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,
Job 4:14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.
Job 4:15 Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:
Job 4:16 It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,
Job 4:17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
Job 4:18 Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:
Job 4:19 How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?
Job 4:20 They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it.
Job 4:21 Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.

Silence can be filled with our undoing, especially in the presence of Almighty God.

Psa 50:3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.

It was silent in heaven.

Psa 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

The seventh seal was opened.

Rev 8:2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.

Seven angels and seven trumpets to proclaim a message from heaven, or a sound for battle.

Rev 8:3 And 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.
Rev 8:4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.

A censor with incense was to burn at the altar of God. Here it is referred to as the prayers of the saints. They are a pleasant offering to God.

1 Th 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
1 Th 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Rev 8:5 And 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.

The opening of the seventh seal began the final events, beginning with the wrath of God being poured out upon the earth and those who refused to obey God. Before this God stopped the angels from hurting the earth until 144,000 Jews were sealed. These would not be hurt by the things God would send upon the earth. We have the antichrist destroying and now God comes to destroy the work of the devil and to judge the earth with his wrath. It is a time of great tribulation.

There were voices, Greek word phone, pronounced fo-nay. Sounds, as instruments, perhaps trumpets or voices. Jesus' voice was as a sound of a trumpet. (Rev 1:10)

There were thunderings and lightnings and earthquakes. These certainly would draw attention, yet more was to come, this was only the beginning.

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Thursday, August 3, 2006

Revelation 7 - Tribulation martyrs

Tribulation Saints

Rev 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;

Following the sealing of the 144,000 and perhaps as a result of their witnessing, there were a great multitude in heaven from every nation and race and language. These stood before the throne and the Lamb, for they are together, Father and Son. They were clothed in white robes, the righteousness received by faith in Jesus and in their hands, palms or palm leaves, as in worshipping Jesus as he entered Jerusalem.

Mat 21:8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strowed them in the way.
Mat 21:9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.

Hosanna, save us now; these were the saved in Jesus, those washed in the blood of the Lamb.

Rev 7:10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb who came out of the tribulation.

Salvation belongs to God and the Lamb. The multitude knew where salvation was given.

Rev 7:11 And 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,
Rev 7:12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

The angels as God's creations also fall before the throne and worship, not for salvation, for this was strange to them.

1 Pet 1:12 ... unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever.

Rev 7:13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

Good question.

Rev 7:14 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.

These are the saints of God who were killed during the great tribulation. Killed by the antichrist and his followers, for God does not send his wrath to his own people. The question again, who are these? Is it the church, those who we thought were to be raptured? Maybe, or they are those who came to Jesus as the result of the witness of the 144,000 sealed of Israel.

Rev 7:15 Therefore 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.

They serve God day and night, dressed in priestly robes, desiring to have their king dwell with them.

Rev 7:16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
Rev 7:17 For 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 Good Shepherd shall forever meet their needs. Interesting, they will be fed food, yes and spiritual food. The word of God; they shall never hunger or thirst again. The need for sun shall be supplied by the Son of God. They shall have living fountains, symbolic of the abundant Holy Spirit. and no more sorrows, for God shall wipe away ALL their tears. Earth is the place for tears and it is the place where we begin to follow, depend upon and trust our Good Shepherd.

Heb 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Heb 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Psa 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psa 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

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Revelation 7 - Israel chosen sealed

Twelve thousand of twelve tribes of Israel were sealed

Rev 7:5 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.

God knows who is from each tribe listed. There are no longer records kept, but He knows. These are all Jews, not the Church. The church many believe would have been taken up to be with Jesus. These chosen of Israel are sealed by God in their foreheads, the mark of ownership as we were sealed by His Holy Spirit. Jesus was sealed by God and then through him we were sealed.

John 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

2 Cor 1:21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
2 Cor 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

Rev 7:6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.
Rev 7:7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.
Rev 7:8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

The tribe of Dan is not listed, perhaps because they were into idolatry. The tribe of Joseph is listed, actually his two sons were of the tribes: Manasseh was listed, the other was Ephraim, which also was into idol worship. Those chosen were sealed on their foreheads, which included a new heart, perhaps a change of mind indicated, or an outwardly visible seal to mark them for the angels and for man.

They seemed to be protected and triumphant through the period of God's wrath, meeting with Jesus at Mount Zion at His return (Revelation 14:1).

They are celibate (Revelation 14:4).

They are the beginning of a greater harvest (Revelation 14:4).

They are marked by integrity and faithfulness (Revelation 14:5).(Guzik)

These were sealed after the church was caught up; but they will be included with the church as God's redeemed. Paul was perhaps symbolic of these chosen ones. He was not with the original twelve apostles and yet Jesus chose him and sealed him as an apostle to the Gentiles, as one born out of season.

1 Cor 15:8 And last of all he (Jesus) was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
1 Cor 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
1 Cor 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

The church of mostly Gentiles must come to it's fulness and then Israel has it's time.

Rom 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
Rom 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

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