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REVELATION CHAPTER 7 - 9

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1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, so that no wind would blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree.

 

Rev 7,1-17

(50d) Judgment >> Last Days >> Jewish Led endtime revival >> Jews lead the world into revival >> Leading the harvest at the end of the age – A Jewish revival is coming, and it will be an ingathering of souls in numbers like sand on the seashore. The sin that God will take away is unbelief, and disobedience will disappear with it. In these last days God is about to call His chosen race back to faith in Jesus, calling them to initialize and orchestrate a Great Endtime Revival involving the gentiles. This has been God’s plan for Israel from the very beginning. God will use Israel’s rejection of the gospel to indoctrinate them with His Truth, apart from all the false doctrine they passed-over through their unbelief, which has spurned the gospel for centuries, writing His truth in them on a clean slate. For this reason we believing gentiles need to recognize ourselves as spiritual Jews, so when we hear the call of the Jewish people toward repentance and faith in Jesus, and they disseminate the true doctrines of the faith, we may follow their lead and be saved from this present age to the Kingdom of God that is about to appear on the earth.

(228g) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> God is working in you to place you in His will >> To lead you in His purpose – We are talking about millions upon millions of people being saved in the last days, and what is most amazing is that people in the Church today have not even accounted for a revival in their theology, but have completely overlooked it as a result of their vanguard pre-tribulation Rapture doctrine. They figure they will be raptured, so it doesn’t matter if there is a revival or not. They interpret this multitude in verse 9 as those who were left behind and later got saved. The generation that sees the coming of the Lord will be part of this revival, but if we are not looking for it, if it doesn’t jive with our theology, we could make up excuses for not wanting to be a part of it. Our religiosity might blind our eyes to the truth and leave us unprepared for the visitation of Christ, just as Israel was unprepared to receive Christ at His first visitation. This will actually happen to many who consider themselves Christians in the world today, considering themselves the true church, yet they will reject the will of God for themselves, because this revival does not jive with their theology. They will witness the seals being fulfilled in their very presence, yet they will hold onto their pre-tribulation Rapture theory, because they are too proud and stubborn to admit they are wrong. This scenario will fulfill itself in a lot of church people, but there will be many who will acknowledge they are witnessing a holy move of God; people will wake up and abandon their previous beliefs, and God will add countless millions of souls to the Church. As the four horsemen of the apocalypse are ravaging the earth, people will see this revival's early stages and clamor to it, seeing that it offers hope, salvation and deliverance both for this life and also for the life to come. There will exist a unity in the body of Christ like no other time in history, far greater even than the early church. Many millions will be saved, but the rest will be hardened. So, this revival will have the effect of drawing a line and requiring everyone in the world to make a decision on which side of the line they will stand. It will be a dividing line between the righteous and the wicked. Riding the fence will not be possible. 

Rev 7,1-8

(50g) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> Second half of the tribulation >> Sealing the 144,000 Jews

(210i) Salvation >> Jews and gentiles are being saved >> Salvation is from the Jews >> Jews are believers >> Gospel belongs to the Jew first – John the revelator takes the time to make it crystal clear that these 144,000 witnesses are all Jews, twelve thousand from each of the twelve tribes of Israel. Obviously, they have kept records of their genealogy throughout the entire age of grace, otherwise they would not have known their tribe, or that they were Jews in the first place. What Jew has kept track of their Jewish heritage all these centuries, but the orthodox Jew? They are the ones who are still zealous for the ancient promises to the patriarchs, and they are the ones whom God would seem least likely to choose to do His will, but then so was Paul. God will choose those who have been following their Jewish roots from the beginning, who hold to the beliefs of antiquity, who still consider them significant to this day. God is about spinning an unbroken thread throughout the course of man so anyone can trace it back to discover its origins coming from the faith of Abraham. God has already told us that He chooses, “…the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-and the things that are not-to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him” (1Cor 1,27-29). God did not get His way in the early days of the Church, but turned to the gentiles and offered them the administration of the gospel, who have held that office to this day. However, God always gets His way, particularly in the last days when He restores the Jewish race to fulfill the promises made to the patriarchal fathers of Israel. The faith the gentiles have in Christ they have borrowed from the Jews. The gentiles may imbibe from the richness of the gospel, but only after the Jews have had their fill (read Romans 11 again). God intends to restore the Jews to their rightful place in the world as leaders in things pertaining to God. 

(219b) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> The elect >> Man is a spectator of his own salvation >> Man is not in control of God’s calling – The vast majority of gentiles today interpret this last day’s Jewish enlightenment as occurring just prior to Christ’s return, too late to conduct any kind of ministry toward the gentiles, suggesting that the gentiles don’t want the Jews to rule over their faith. 

Rev 7,1-3

(15i) Servant >> Angels execute Judgment >> For the sake of the Church

(111j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Word and the judgment of God – Far as we know there is no judgment in the book of Revelation that involves wind; so the four angels holding back the four winds from the earth, if it doesn’t pertain to judgment, then what does it mean? We know that Jesus equated the activity of the Holy Spirit with wind, saying, “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit” (Jn 3-8). These angels who are holding back the four winds indicates that there will be a period when God is silent, representing a lull before the storm. People have reported being victims of a tornado, saying that before it came the air became eerily calm, not a leaf shuddered or grass swayed in alarming silence. In the last days just before all hell breaks loose a deep quietness will envelop the earth, and God Himself will be quiet. There was a fifth angel that ascended from the rising of the sun, making daylight come unexpectedly early, and the angel had a message for the four angels who were holding back the four winds, telling them not to harm the earth or the sea, indicating that when the angels release the wind, it will blow judgment upon the earth, but not to release the wind until they have sealed the bondservants on their foreheads. There is a special period that occurs in total silence when God seals His Jewish witnesses. Why is there silence at a time when God is spiritually active? This seal is in reference to a countenance that they will receive from God as a ministry designated before the foundation of the world. They have been given authority by God to speak the word of God to the world that many should be saved, but why the silence? Go back to the Old Testament where God sent to Elijah a strong wind, an earthquake, fire and at last a gentle breeze, and God was in the gentle breeze (1King 19,11-14). Peace that passes all understanding will be the seal of the 144,000, and their countenance will reflect this and will war against the antichrist.

(148k) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Obligation to preach the gospel >> Consumed by the desire to do it – All 144,000 will have experiences similar to Paul, who had an encounter of Jesus Christ along the road to Damascus. This experience seared the truth into Paul, permanently sealing it into him, and from that day he was a changed man, whose passion for God was redirected into the ways of truth. These Jewish ministers will preach the gospel, first in Jerusalem, then to all the surrounding areas, even to the remotest parts of the earth, just as the early apostles did. God used twelve apostles then, but in the last days He will have 144,000 at His disposal; that’s twelve thousand ministers of fire for every early apostle, twelve thousand times the manpower, all endowed with an anointing similar to Paul, who never personally met Jesus in the flesh, but in the Spirit, and his encounter enabled him to literally change the world.

Rev 7-1

(250f) Priorities >> God’s prerequisites >> Sequence of priorities >> Natural then the spiritual (obedience then anointing) – This absence of wind is indicative of silence. A hush came over the earth for a season. This hush is like the silence that comes over an area just before to a tornado comes and levels everything. This is verse one, and in the very next chapter it speaks again in verse one of a “silence in heaven for about half an hour” (Rev 8-1). The earth gave a moment of silence in chapter seven because of the act of God’s grace and mercy that He was bringing to it from heaven in the form of the 144,000, but in chapter eight it was a moment of silence in heaven because of the hell that God was about to be unleashed on the earth. “However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual” (1Cor 15-46). This is the pattern we often see in Scripture. The earthly silence is one, but the heavenly silence is another, like comparing apples to oranges. They are suggestive of a difference in judgment; one is judging the Church from the earth’s standpoint, while the other is judging the world from heaven’s standpoint. There was silence on the earth while the angels sealed the bondservants of God on their foreheads, and after they had sealed them, there was silence in heaven for about a half an hour. “After this” means what John is about to say came after chapter six, so there is no way to misconstrue the sequence of events, suggesting the revival that began in chapter six happened before the 144,000 were brought on the scene in chapter seven. Moreover, you cannot have martyrs without a revival, and you cannot have a revival without faithfulness. Remember that prior to this was the apostasy, an abject lack of faith in the Church, suggesting that God's gentile believers repented when they saw the antichrist coming to power. Therefore, just as we must be obedient before we can receive an anointing, so the Church had to be obedient until death according to Rev 6,9-11 before God would send His 144,000, who will lead the saints to victory over the beast.

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2-8 And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the seal of the living God; and he cried out with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3 saying, "Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads."4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel: 5 the tribe of Judah, twelve thousand were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand, from the tribe of Gad twelve thousand, 6 the tribe of Asher twelve thousand, from the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand, from the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand, 7 the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand, from the tribe of Levi twelve thousand, from the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand, 8 the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand, from the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand, from the tribe of Benjamin, twelve thousand were sealed.

 

Rev 7,2-8

(71k) Authority >> Ordained by God >> We have His seal The book of Revelation refers to three kinds of seals. It refers to the seven seals of God’s judgment, to the seal of the 144,000, and to the seal of Satan’s mark. This seal of the 144,000 is an anointing that God will bestow on His Jewish bondservants to empower their ministry of evangelism to the gentiles. The seal is applied to the forehead, suggesting that it is a seal of knowledge, permanently stamped in them as with a hot branding iron. It acts as a certification if you will, in order that the gentiles may implicitly trust them with their lives, giving them a spiritual understanding of God and a revelation of Jesus Christ. This revelation of the truth will drive their ministries, giving them the passion to fulfill it. The gentiles who are saved out of this evil and perverse generation through the ministry of the 144,000 will be the children of the seal, and they will inherit the seal as a benefit of believing in their ministry, for they have obeyed the truth that God put in the mouth of His Jewish evangelists and have followed their doctrines and commandments. The seal will immune them to the trumpet judgments of God that He intends for the world and will protect them from those who reject the message of the gospel and from the persecution and martyrdom of the gentile saints, similar to the days of Moses and the Israelites who were immune to God’s judgments against the Egyptians while they remained in the land of Goshen. The first seal of the early apostles came with a mighty wind at Pentecost to blow the gospel into an age of grace that would last for 2,000 years, while the second sealing of the apostles came with angels holding back the wind, signifying the conclusion of that age. 

Rev 7-2,3

(8i) Responsibility >> Responsible to defend God's cause >> Preparing for Judgment – The angels of God will place His seal on the foreheads of His chosen saints, just like He ordered Israel to place blood on the doorpost of their houses in ancient times during their rescue from Pharaoh’s hand in the land of Egypt. This act will also prove the well known ‘mark of the beast’ to be just another mimic of the devil, giving one more illustration of his total lack of creativity. In fact, in order for Satan to mimic God’s seal on the saints, the mark of the beast must come after this mark, hinting at the chronological order of events that will unfold in the book of Revelation.

(101f) Thy kingdom come >> Zeal >> Fulfill your calling with zeal

(132d) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> God gives his spirit as a pledge >> His Spirit is a seal

Rev 7-2 

(112h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Light >> Light exposes sin >> Light reveals hidden deeds – It was still night when the angel beat the sunrise so the day came early. Man thought he had more time to do his works of darkness, calculating to the minute when the sun would rise like vampires, before the exposing light of day would put their deeds to rest, but God proved them wrong with the angel who cut the time short and caught them in their sins. Instead of finding themselves in great horror, suffering and torment, they discovered a sense of peace all around them, and they didn’t know what to make of it. This was the time when God was sealing His bondservants 144,000 on their foreheads, putting His mark on them, a countenance of peace.

Rev 7-3

(12h) Servant >> Bond servant >> Their indifference to the world

(80b) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word in spiritual warfare >> To deliver yourself from bondage

Rev 7,9-17

(50j) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> Second half of the tribulation >> The seventh seal - trumpets of God's judgment >> Seventh trumpet - Rapture of the Church

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9-12 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; 10 and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, " Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb." 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, " Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen."

 

Rev 7,9-12

(224l) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> The holy of holies >> The throne room of heaven – This is the kind of thing that endlessly happens in heaven. Giving of thanks and glory to God sounds boring to the unregenerate, but those of us who are bought by the blood of the lamb love to worship God; we look forward to it. Besides, heaven is more than this. What John is describing is an event that calls for celebration and worship. We won’t stand around the throne and worship God forever; God will give us things to do. Nevertheless, there will be festivals, celebrations and ceremonies like this one that John is describing where we will all come together and worship God, giving thanks and praise to Him who sits on the throne and rejoice in our salvation.

(237j) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> Citizens of heaven The subject of the Church being transferred to the kingdom is in reference to the ascension, speaking in future tense that one day we will be with the Lord in heaven and in the presence of God the Father, seated with Jesus at His right-hand, who also is seated at His Father’s right-hand. This is the authority we will have in eternity. This multitude is saved from the great tribulation. These are the Rapture saints. It says in verse 9, “Behold a great multitude, which no one could count… standing before the throne,” sounding as through they suddenly appeared. These are gentile children of the 144,000, saved through their Jewish ministry; they are participants of the Rapture that will take place later. So, what are they doing in heaven before the time? The Bible teaches that prior to the Rapture, the Church will undergo a spiritual experience like an ascension, a spiritual Rapture you might say, so whether we go to heaven or heaven comes down to us we are with the Lord. When does the actual Rapture take place? It will occur at the last (seventh) Trumpet, according to 1cor 15-52, just prior to the bowls of God’s wrath, which is so severe there will be no place to hide the Church, being the reason for the Rapture.

(252h) Trinity >> You shall put no other gods before Me >> Worship God >> Worship God for who He is >> Worship God for being God

Rev 7-9,10

(252a) Trinity >> You shall put no other gods before Me >> Worship Jesus (Because He is equal with God) >> Jesus is worthy of our worship >> Worship Jesus for His inherent worthiness

Rev 7-9

(113c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Heaven’s clothes >> Clothe yourself with good works -- This verse goes with verses 13-15

(149d) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Compel them to come in >> Forceful persuasion

(218j) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> Reaping the harvest >> Reaping the harvest in eternity -- This verse goes with verses 13&14. This “great multitude, which no one could count” are obviously gentiles, since they are “from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues….” Keep in mind that the previous chapter spoke of martyrs. It stands to reason, then, that this Jewish-held ministry is responsible for the great multitude of people in heaven, since they were mentioned directly after introducing the 144,000. They will direct a global revival that is happening as a result of the four horsemen of the apocalypse ravaging the human populations, creating hell on earth, as the antichrist comes to power. This Jewish-held ministry is God’s answer to the martyrdom of His saints as mentioned in chapter six, suggesting that their purpose is to guide and protect the gentile church from the antichrist, who is seeking to destroy them. The 144,000 will protect the gentile church by multiplying their numbers into the billions, and by leading them into the wilderness. The truth practiced through the power of the Holy Spirit in a relationship with Jesus Christ will become a threat to the antichrist and to his world empire. Unity will become a threat to him, along with its consummate signs, wonders and miracles. We see revival transpiring parallel with the four horsemen of the apocalypse in the midst of Christian martyrdom. The Church will obey Jesus Christ and develop the courage and boldness in their God to grow in power, affluence and numbers right under the nose of the antichrist, while he is trying to rid the earth of Christianity. The two witnesses, mentioned in a later chapter, are two of the 144,000 witnesses. There are not 144,000 plus two; there are 144,000, and the first two are the Two Witnesses.

 

Rev 7-11

(15g) Servant >> Angels >> The presence of angels denotes authority

Rev 7-12

(82h) Thy kingdom come >> Prayer >> Thankfulness >> Giving thanks for His mercy

(89j) Thy kingdom come >> Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom >> Jesus is the wisdom of God

(244b) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> There shall be no end to his increase >> The Father is eternally glorified

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13&14 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, "These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?" 14 I said to him, "My lord, you know." And he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

 

Rev 7,13-17

(32f) Gift of God >> Father will honor you if you die to self >> In His service – His tabernacle refers to the New Jerusalem. It is an expandable building to accommodate its inhabitants, however many people are in heaven. The New Jerusalem will be a 1500-mile cube; that’s a big tabernacle, and God’s throne is in the center of it. What service does God need or want from us but worship? We will worship God day and night. Someone might say, ‘That sounds pretty boring; I don’t think I want to go to heaven.’ Do you think hell will be any better? I would rather go to heaven and worship God than worship myself in hell. Those who have this attitude have no idea of the glory of heaven; worshipping God will definitely be part of our experience, but we will do more than that. We worship God in this life and also do other things; we worship Him in everything we do, and the same is true in heaven. We dedicate our lives for the purpose of worshipping God, and if we will become His worshippers, He will honor us.

(39e) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Victory >> Jesus overcame the world

(98g) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> (Faith à Suffering à Glory of Christ) >> The resurrection

(102k) Thy kingdom come >> Loyalty (Faithfulness) >> Tried and true >> Loyal

(119i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Curse of sin is broken >> Curse of death is broken

(224f) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> The joyful kingdom >> We shall always be with the Lord – In Jn 17-24 This is a wonderful description of heaven, yet most people want nothing to do with it. ‘I don’t talk about religion or politics,’ they say if we try to converse with them about the Lord. Apparently they don’t want to live in a world where starvation and dehydration are impossible, and where there is no sun to give them heatstroke. They don’t want to have a Great Shepherd who guides them to springs of the water of life. They don’t want to live in a world where there is no sadness. How could they not want these things? It is a mystery. 

Rev 7,13-15

(4f) Responsibility >> Responsible to advocate God’s cause >> From him who has shall much be required – Paul said that the Rapture will occur at the last trumpet (1Cor 15-52), mentioned in Rev 11-15. This means that the people of God will remain on the earth throughout the seals of Satan’s wrath and throughout the trumpets of God’s judgment with the Rapture occurring at the last trumpet blast. Although Satan will have martyred a large number of Christians, being the reason for God’s trumpet judgments in the first place, their numbers will not be as great as this throng of people mentioned in Rev 7-9 that speaks of a multitude too great to number. Satan will claim thousands of Christian’s lives before God puts an end to his carnage, mentioned in Rev 6,9-11. This passage refrains from speaking about them as a great multitude.

(5f) Responsibility >> Discipleship tested >> God tests your faith through hardship

(113c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Heaven’s clothes >> Clothe yourself with good works -- These verses go with verse 9. The saints have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamb; this denotes Working the Grace of God. The Lord has furnished His blood that we use to wash our robes, which represent our good works. Our works were dirty and we washed them in His blood, which represents Jesus good works. That is, the saints have washed their good works in the righteousness of God. Unbelievers have robes made of sin, and if they tried to wash them, their works would disintegrate, and they would be found naked and unable to live in heaven with God, because they had no good works with which to clothe themselves. There are two kinds of good works: our righteousness, which are the good works that God has called us to do, and the righteousness of God that is epitomized in the blood of Jesus. Together these make up our heavenly attire; one without the other is useless. His righteousness apart from our righteousness amounts to licentiousness, whereas our righteousness without His righteousness is legalism.

Rev 7-13,14

(218j) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> Reaping the harvest >> Reaping the harvest in eternity -- These verses go with verse 9. People from every corner of the globe will be part of this throng, counted as tribulation saints. In verse 9 it says about them, “A great multitude which no one could count” stood before the throne; they account for millions of people. If these were Rapture saints, they couldn’t be from a pre-tribulation Rapture; otherwise how could they be called tribulation saints? Some say these are Christians who result from the Great Tribulation after the Rapture; they were left behind and suddenly awoke to realize the Bible was true, but these numbers are too big to account for those who realize they made a mistake and repent of their unbelief after the Rapture. Those who realize they made a mistake after the Rapture are a mere remnant that will repopulate the earth during the thousand-year reign of Christ. Satan, the antichrist and the false prophet will have duped the world into following him, with few who have neither believed in Christ nor taken the Mark of the Beast.

Rev 7,14-17

(34g) Gift of God >> God is willing to Give >> He is generous with His spiritual blessings

(228a) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> Comforted >> God comforts you in times of adversity >> He comforts you in your suffering

Rev 7-14,15

(91e) Thy kingdom come >> The called >> Purpose (of God’s calling) >> God has a reason for the things that happen to us

(98k) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Endurance invites the Holy Spirit into your life >> The salvation of God >> Endure to the end

(103a) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> God’s cleansing power >> Blood of Jesus

(140b) Temple >> Temple made without hands >> Hiding place >> Worshipping God in His temple

(189e) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Martyr >> Tested for faithfulness to the death

Rev 7-14

(37h) Judgment >> Redemption of man >> His blood delivered us from destruction

(115l) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through Good Works >> Works that God prepared for you – There will be a Great Tribulation, but what is less known, because of the pre-tribulation Rapture hoax, is that there will be a Great Endtime Revival. If we added up all the people who claim to be Christians these days, it wouldn’t account for half the number that we see in this multitude. However, we are not talking about people who claim to be Christians but real Christians, who have washed their robes in the blood of the lamb, their robes referring to their works and the blood of Jesus referring to the grace of God. Their clothes are spotless, and they are holy to the Lord; they are totally committed to their faith in Jesus, and there are millions of them that will result from the Great Tribulation, indicating that there will be at the same time a Great Endtime Revival, and God will call them to go through the tribulation.

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15-17 "For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. 16 "They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; 17 for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes."

 

Rev 7,15-17

(28h) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> God protects His people

(229c) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Kingdom grows by itself >> Growing In Numbers Corresponds With Spiritual Growth >> Kingdom grows in size – The word “tabernacle” is taken from the old covenant temple that God commanded Moses and that Solomon later built for Him. The idea of spreading His tabernacle over them (NASB) gives an elastic sound to His temple, as though it could stretch over His people to accommodate an expanding kingdom. The tabernacle refers to the heavenly city New Jerusalem, being a dynamic house, though it has a definite shape and size; God knows the dimensions it needs to be in order to accommodate His whole family. It won’t be crowded there but will have plenty of space for everyone. The New Jerusalem is our hometown, where we will live forever. God’s throne is the city itself, and Jesus is at the center of it, and He is our shepherd. The New Jerusalem is paradise. God lives there; He is paradise.

(245a) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Literal manifestation of Jesus Christ >> Manifesting the body of Christ

Rev 7-15

(81b) Thy kingdom come >> Prayer >> The priesthood >> Striving to please Christ

Rev 7-17

(240a) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Pursuing the knowledge of the kingdom >> Pastor (Shepherd) >> Jesus is the chief shepherd

(254h) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Holy Spirit >> Holy Spirit is life >> Spirit of God is the life of Christ

 

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REVELATION CHAPTER 8

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1 When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

 

Rev 8,1-7

(140d) Temple >> Temple made without hands >> Hiding place >> Living in the spiritual revelation of the word – It says that the first trumpet involved hail and fire mixed with blood that burned up one third of the earth, according to the purpose of the trumpets, leaving two thirds of the earth unharmed. This means there will be plenty of opportunity for God to hide His church from his judgments, especially since the vast majority of His judgments will target the larger cities of the world. God intends to show man what He thinks of civilization. There is ample place for the Church to dwell on the earth during the trumpet judgments, as in the days of Israel's slavery to the Egyptians, when God commanded the sons of Abraham to remain in the land of Goshen while He paid Egypt a visit with His many plagues. Again, God will command the Church to remain outside the boundaries of His plagues, using the 144,000 to lead the gentile church into the wilderness, while he judges the cities of the world who were mostly responsible for martyring the saints during the seals. When it says that one third of the earth was burned up indicates that there will be a drought. Later in chapter 11, it speaks of the two witnesses shutting off the earth from rain on certain parts of the earth, and then calling down fire from heaven on the parched land, ensuing fires that cannot be extinguish. It will not rain on one third of the earth for 3 ½ years. That is probably true now from the number of vast desserts there are on the earth. Based on the way the earth works, when the sun shines on the oceans, it evaporates the surface of the waters and saturates the atmosphere and then rains somewhere else, but on one third of the earth it will not rain, places that are used to getting rain, such as metropolitan areas. Suddenly the rain will shut off there and rain on the deserts and wilderness areas, where God is hiding His people. 

Rev 8,1-6

(8i) Responsibility >> Responsible to defend God's cause >> Preparing for Judgment It says that there were seven angels and seven trumpets were given to them, and then it says another angel, and eighth, was given the incense to disperse among the saints, that it might fall to the earth like angel dust and rest on the saints as an anointing and on the ground as manna. They were seven angels who would blow seven trumpets of judgment against the world mostly in response to the martyrdom of the saints. When we think of all the sin and wars throughout the age of grace, hypocritically many of them were fought in the name of Christ, fiercer and with more bloodshed than any wars before their time. This shows the lack of appreciation man has for the love of God that was spilled for them through in His Son; it is virtually absent. 

(84a) Thy kingdom come >> Be on the alert >> Remain on duty >> Stay awake – Prayer is the way we prepare for judgment. Because this is such a tremendous event, God will give the Church a special anointing to pray, so they will have the strength, courage and wisdom to handle the tribulation that is coming to the world. Although there was no mention of the gentile church waking up with this first trumpet, in reference to the parable of the ten virgins, yet this was the event, sort of speak, that awakened them. Although they have been in the midst of revival since the advent of antichrist rising to power, there is still an awakening that must occur above and beyond any human effort at revival. Perhaps more accurately stated, in verse one of this chapter it testifies that there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Perhaps there was silence in heaven because of all the commotion transpiring on earth, awaking the Church from its duel-millennial slumber with a shout. This awakening is in reference to an anointing that God's people will possess and maintain all the way to the Rapture, an anointing so great and powerful that it will daunt anything God has endowed on any people of this magnitude in the past. 

(189a) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Holy sacrifice >> The smell of death >> Priestly anointing perfume of sacrifice – God’s people will experience an anointing in a way that the Church has never known, far greater even than the early church. God will grant them a prophetic anointing to seek the oracle of God to conquer their enemies who are seeking to destroy them, just as Daniel received understanding through the angel that came and ministered to him after spending weeks in prayer (Daniel chapters 9 and 10), in a similar manner the Church in the last days will remain in their wilderness prayer closet for a period of three and a half years. So the implication is, if the Church will hold up their end of the deal and remain in constant vigilant prayer manifesting the fire of incense that the angel threw to the earth, then God will hold up His end and give power to his two witnesses to judge the earth with fire, burning up her enemies as an animal sacrifice for the remission of sin, a pleasing aroma in the nostrils of God.

Rev 8,1-5

(50h) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> Second half of the tribulation >> The saints flee into the wilderness - spiritual warfare  (Pre-rapture ascension) – The prayers of the saints will shake the antichrist’s kingdom to its foundation. This will be God’s method of destroying Satan’s kingdom in the last days, using His people’s prayers to accomplish his work. Their prayers will strengthen the angelic heavenly host to fight against the antichrist and the powers of Satan, and the rulers and authorities in high places, as Paul mentioned in Eph 6-12. So there will be massive spiritual warfare between the angelic host of heaven and the forces of evil that hold the world in its spell, and the saints will be in the middle of it, knowing they will win this war even if they die as martyrs. Go back to the book of Daniel 10,10-13 and see the spiritual war that resulted from his prayers; Daniel represented the Church in the last days. The prince of Persia detained the angel and it wearied Daniel almost to the point of death. Many Christians will die at the hands of wicked men in the coming days.

Rev 8-1,2

(224g) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> The joyful kingdom >> Rejoicing in heaven – The activities of heaven were interrupted for the space of about a half-hour, for its inhabitants will be in awe at the severity of God’s judgment. He will judge the earth with the saints still remaining on it. He will advocate for them during the Trumpets in answer to their prayers, who have been crying to Him day and night for justice. God will do a marvelous thing in the world for the sake of His people, for many Christians during the time of the seals were being martyred, and the antichrist had established a system of rounding up Christians into his concentration camps and abruptly eliminating them. His plan was to completely exterminate Christianity, until no Bibles and no believers in Jesus could be found anywhere on the earth, making it against the Law to believe in the God of heaven. These things will be in full operation at the time of the seals, and many Christians will lose their lives, and the people of God will cry to God, and the inhabitants of heaven will become somber at the judgments that are about to strike the earth. Note that God’s Bowl judgments will be more severe than His Trumpets, yet there is no silence in heaven when the Bowls are released. The First Resurrection and the Rapture will occur between the Trumpets and the Bowls, and so the Church will no longer be on the earth during the Bowls. Therefore, this half-hour silence in heaven is for the sake of the Church.

Rev 8-1

(250g) Priorities >> God’s prerequisites >> Sequence of priorities >> Spiritual then the natural (heavenly then the earthly) – The prayers of the saints are for the purpose of destroying the principalities and powers that govern this world on a spiritual level. God intends to tear down the satanic forces of wickedness before He sets foot on this earth for two reasons: because the earth belongs to man, and therefore man must play a part in the work that God is doing in the earth, and because God wants to demonstrate to Satan once again that the weakness of human flesh is stronger than all the forces of wickedness, when powered by God, who already proved this to him “when He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him” (Col 2-15). This shows how committed God is to teaching Satan (and the rest of creation) a lesson about the foolishness of rebellion, that it has absolutely no power over God. Perhaps Satan has been thinking for the last 2,000 years that God was helpless to do anything about Satan’s rampages on the earth, and in his great pride he believed he was bigger than God, but at the end of the age, God will reveal to him this was never the case; He just allowed Satan to do what he wanted, since man was just as much at fault as the devil for the wickedness that ensued. The moment Christ stood from his glorious throne, everything came to a screeching halt. Allowing sin demonstrates the wisdom of God and stopping it demonstrates the power of God, not by swords and clubs, and not be bombs and guns, “but by My Spirit says the Lord” (Zechariah 4-6), through prayer.

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2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. 

 

Rev 8,2-13

(15j) Servant >> Angels execute Judgment >> In regard to the world – Daniel acts as a microcosm of the Church, who is heavily in prayer in the book of Daniel chapters 9 and 10. He goes through extraordinary measures in prayer to understand God’s plan for the last days. Daniel was a tremendous man of God with a profound anointing, yet his time was of the old covenant, suggesting that he represents the Church prior to the anointing that God will personally bestow on those who live in the last generation, upon whom the angel hurled the fiery incense to the earth. If it was important for Daniel to know the plan of God, then how much more important should it be for us to have an accurate understanding of God's plan, for we may be living in the last days? After many weeks in fasting and prayer the angel Gabriel approached Daniel and said to him in Dan 10,12-14, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.” This prince of Persia to which Gabriel referred was not the human prince of Persia, but a very powerful demon that had Persia in its domain, confirming Paul’s description of a satanic realm, Paul referring to Satan as “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph 2-1,2).

Rev 8,2-6

(61a) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Waiting for a savior—To come back spiritually / To come back physically – Why didn't Jesus return in the first or second century when the Church, even then, was awaiting His return? He Probably would have returned, only on the terms that His Kingdom had superceded all other kingdoms. Such a thing was probably possible, only at the cost of many martyrs, as there will be in the last days. Had the Church conquered its demons, God would have come and established His kingdom in their generation, but God will not establish His kingdom for a church that will not serve Him with a whole heart. We can say that about the Church all the way back to the first century. People can say what they want about the first and second century, boasting about their faithfulness (they were faithful compared to our generation), but they were not faithful according to Christ’s standard. Obviously, there were some who were faithful, just as there are some who are faithful in our generation; nevertheless, they lost the anointing that God will bring back to the Church in the last days. The first century church lost the anointing by losing the teachings and the doctrines that pertain to the anointing. The anointing cannot stand on its own; it needs a platform of knowledge and acceptance in the Church, otherwise people will not pursue it or possibly even shun it.

(104f) Thy kingdom come >> Pure in heart shall see God >> Shall see the Father >> Being in the presence of God – This angel with the golden censer, and much incense is in reference to the Golden Altar of Incense, a piece of furniture they used in the old covenant temple. This article of the Holy Place was placed in front of the veil, though it was considered part of the Most Holy Place (compare Exodus 30-6 with Heb 9-3,4). Its natural position in front of the curtain was for the purpose of daily maintaining the perpetual incense, while its divine position behind the curtain in the Most Holy Place symbolized prayer. The Golden Altar of Incense is therefore the structural motif that transitions the Holy Place to the Most Holy Place. It says that the angel added incense to the prayers of the saints, like a company would pledge money to an employee retirement fund, matching whatever the employee invested. However much the saints pray, God will pledge the same amount or more, so their prayers would be doubled or even tripled in both fervency and effect, depending on what God means by “much.” When God says much, we can know that it is a lot if He thinks about it anything like time, such as when he says ‘I am coming soon’ and already 2,000 years have elapsed. Imagine how much help God will give His saints to pray. God will give His people an anointing to pray, so seven hours will feel like only one, and its effect will be multiplied likewise. He will give this ability to the saints during the last days just before the trumpet judgments.

(116b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through worship >> In prayer – The anointing revolves around the relationship between the Holy Spirit and the word of God through the obedience of prayer. The interaction of these three elements in a Christian’s life is the concept of working the grace of God. Some individuals live this way as an exception to the rule, but the Church as a whole was always miles from this level of faith. Consequently, this is what the first century church lost and replaced with a God centered grace that considers man’s participation to nullify the very notion of grace. Just about any Christian will quote Isaiah 64-6, ‘all our righteous deeds are as filthy rags.’ This is true before we get saved, but afterward God has a plan for us that involves doing things for Him (Eph 2-10). As saints of the Most High, our good works are holy to the Lord; prayer is how we interact with Him. When we take the word of God with us into prayer, we bring together two of the three elements of the anointing. Add obedience to God’s purpose and our lamps will glow with the radiance of God. The fire that burns in our lamps only God can light, and if it goes out, we cannot relight it ourselves.

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3-6 Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel's hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar, and threw it to the earth; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake. 6 And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound them.

 

Rev 8,3-5

(31i) Gift of God >> Grace >> Having the ability to respond to the word – These earthquakes mentioned in the book of Revelation are not random and insignificant but can be felt around the world. God will use them to communicate with His people that represent either transitions between judgments or else judgments themselves. This particular earthquake represents a phase of prayer that will last until the Rapture. This is written in chapter eight in preparing for chapter nine when God releases demons upon the world to torment the ungodly and ultimately kill one third of mankind. When God begins to orchestrate His trumpet judgments, it says they will occur on one third of the earth, meaning that there are two thirds of the earth that will be left intact, so God will have all kinds of room to hide His people, calling them to certain places in the world, places where His trumpet judgments will not take place. The saints will assemble in large groups located in the wilderness, called “Camp of the Saints”. Within these camps God will call His people to pray continually for 3½ years, during the trumpet judgments, praying for God’s protection and strength to subdue His enemies. The censor that the angel threw to the earth originating from the presence of God will give His Church a special anointing to pray. The more they pray, the more power they will give to the angels of God to protect them and to judge their enemies and fulfill the prophecies that were written centuries ago to occur in the last days. God will supply all the needs of the people while they live in these camps, sending them manna just as He did in the days of Moses.

(81l) Thy kingdom come >> Pray without ceasing >> For the Church >> Anointing to pray – Rev 3-8 says, “Behold, I have put before you an open door, which no one can shut.” When the Church entered through this door, they entered a higher spiritual realm for the purpose of remaining in effectual prayer that even calls down fire from heaven upon their enemies. It says, “The smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand” (Rev 8-4). This is according to Lev 2-2 and Lev 6-15. God commanded the Levitical priesthood to maintain a perpetual burning of incense in the temple, alluding to the Royal Priesthood, their ministry of prayer. They passed through this door enabling them to remain in vigilant prayer. The result of this incense of perpetual prayer will be the burning of one third of the earth by fire, reminiscent of the animal sacrifices, a burnt offering for the remission of sin, required in the Old Testament. Ex 29:18 says, “Then burn the entire ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the LORD, a pleasing aroma, an offering made to the LORD by fire.” 

(82k) Thy kingdom come >> Power of prayer >> Prayer prepares you to meet Jesus – God has a habit of getting everyone involved in whatever He is doing. For this reason there are five tiers to His judgment: there is God Himself who oversees everything; there are the seven angels dealing out retribution to the world for martyring the saints and for their godless deeds; there are the two witnesses handling things on the ground; there are the 144,000 directing the Church; and there is the gentile church, whom God has given the duty of prayer. Knowing the main principle of God's kingdom upon which He has established heaven: the least are greatest and the greatest are least, the Church which appears to have the least important job, God will bestow the greatest honor, implying that if the Church doesn’t pray, then it halts the entire process of judgment, and her enemies will be free to continue enslaving and martyring the saints. 

Rev 8-3,4

(187d) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Die to the flesh >> Dying to receive the glory of God >> Die to self through prayer – The people of God who are praying will not be scattered to the ends of the earth as we are today, each living in his own home, but we will have come together in various stationary camps located in the wilderness. There is one camp of the saints (Rev 20-9), the city of the saints, a makeshift New Jerusalem, where every person who has ever been saved throughout the ages will live, but before the Millennium, during the tribulation of the saints, these camps will be destinations of a great migration, where the saints will go for safety from the antichrist. The prayers of the saints will be so powerful that people in the world who mean them harm will not be able to touch them, so long as they remain in these camps and in a perpetual state of prayer.

(228j) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> God works in the garden of your heart

Rev 8-5

(101d) Thy kingdom come >> Zeal does not count the cost >> Zeal of God has consumed me

(104d) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Purified by fire >> Purified through the fiery anointing – Note that there are two forms of fire being hurled to the earth. There is the spiritual fire in the form of an anointing to pray given to his faithful believers, and there is the fire of retribution He is hurling at their enemies. These seven angels are the seven stars that Jesus held in His right hand in the first chapter of Revelation, in verses 16 and 20, who were assigned to the seven churches. Note that they are not assigned to the world to judge the earth but assigned to seven churches, suggesting they are still here, that the Rapture has not yet occurred. These seven angels now hold seven trumpets and are about to sound them. Their purpose is to judge the world as a means of protecting the Church, which has finally awakened after 2000 years of dissipation. At the end of the age, the Church will finally awaken and the five wise virgins will trim their lamps according to the parable of the ten virgins (Mat 25,1-13). Jesus said there was a shout that announced the coming of the bridegroom, that the woman should prepare herself to meet Him. This shout was the first trumpet. There may be some human effort for revival prior to the sounding of the first trumpet, since they had just gone through the seals of Satan’s wrath, but most of the Church’s effort to effect a spiritual awakening will not rise above mere floundering, compared to the revival that God will effect in the two witnesses. Nevertheless, God will reward His people’s efforts to awaken themselves; the result of their floundering is described in Rev 3-8, “…because you have a little power, and have kept my word, and have not denied my name. Behold, I have put before you an open door….” They will have accomplished this word primarily in the flesh through sheer determination, so then God will avail them an open door via the first trumpet, the sound of the angel’s voice, the shout that the ten virgins heard in Mat 25-6 saying, “behold the bridegroom, come out to meet Him.” There is a door in the parable of the ten virgins, just like there is a door in Rev 3,8-10; both doors are the same door, and the door represents a spiritual domain that the gentile church sought to open on its own with no success, a domain that is off limits to the dragon and his constituents, a spiritual domain defined in the natural realm as the wilderness. When the five wise virgins walk through this door, it will transform them from telluric people to the bride of Christ, preparing to meet her husband.

(117ga) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Vision >> Real-eyes God’s purpose for the Church >> Understand Jesus' subordinate position with the Father

Rev 8-6,7

(50i) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> Second half of the tribulation >> The seventh seal - trumpets of God's judgment >> First trumpet - Fire mixed with blood – The first three trumpets involve fire falling from heaven, which is iconic to Satan’s fate at his initial rebellion against God according to Jesus testimony in Lk 10-18, “He replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” This fire from heaven is God dropping the hint on mankind that people are forming their worldviews and behaviors around the perspective and mentality of fallen angels. The first trumpet described pebble-sized oxidized iron meteorites mixed with hail and blood falling to the earth, hail being characteristic of ominous weather patterns, and blood reminding mankind what they did, martyring God’s people during the seals of Satan’s wrath.

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7 The first sounded, and there came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

 

Rev 8,7-13

(49c) Judgment >> Enemies of God’s righteousness are destroyed – Most of the trumpet judgments refer to blood, memorializing the fate of so many saints during the seals of Satan’s wrath. Observe that the two witnesses were able to call down fire from heaven, which essentially coins the trumpet judgments which also call down fire from heaven, so the logical mind can see the correlation between them: the two witnesses pronounce judgment against their enemies as the angels sound their trumpets. This means the two witnesses are already on the earth during the trumpets, in fact, they have been here since they were mentioned in chapter seven. The two witnesses are merely two of the 144,000, engaged in ministry prior to the trumpets, leading the gentile church into the wilderness to avoid the mark of the beast and God’s trumpet judgments. This gives us a hint as to how we should read the book of Revelation. It is not out of chronological order as some would attest; the ancient writers of the Bible could tell time with the best of us. It would behoove the reader to read the book of Revelation in the following sequence: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 13, 14, 7, 11, 12, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22. Note that the chapters appearing to be out of order are superimposed over the chapters that follow. The reason for the chapters seemingly out of order is due to the fact that John the revelator did not want to interrupt his train of thought but finished his discourse to the end, and then started on the next event in the sequence of endtime events. Once John finished writing about the seals, he went back to describe the great red dragon that was coming to power at the same time. Same with the trumpets, he went back and described the ministry of the two witnesses and the woman with the rise of Satan’s empire and the harlot. He is retelling the same period from different perspectives. The world did not receive correction from the Lord in the trumpets, but the people hardened their hearts as did the pharaoh of Egypt during the days of Moses, and in fact it says that God hardened his heart, so He could judge him more severely for his sin, hence the reason for the bowls, which was not designed as a lesson, but as a bloodbath. God had to Rapture His church, because there was no place on earth to hide so many people during the bowls of his fierce wrath.

 

Rev 8-7,8

(104c) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Purified by fire >> Purified through fiery judgment -- These verses go with verse 10. Note, it says about the two witnesses that they are able to effect the same kind of plagues that proceed from the angels’ trumpet blasts, suggesting that they are working in consort with each other. That is, whenever the two witnesses call for judgment, the angels respond with their trumpets. The two witnesses were sent only to protect Israel from their enemies, so their plagues are regional, but the angels will mimic whatever the two witnesses do with the ministry of protecting the gentile church, multiplying their judgments throughout the earth against the cities that are working against God to destroy His people.

(238h) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Pursuing the knowledge of the kingdom >> Teachers >> Teachers "remind" their students >> Strong reminders


8-11 The second angel sounded, and something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea; and a third of the sea became blood, 9 and a third of the creatures which were in the sea and had life, died; and a third of the ships were destroyed. 10 The third angel sounded, and a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters. 11 The name of the star is called Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter. 

 

Rev 8-8,9

(50i) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> Second half of the tribulation >> The seventh seal - trumpets of God's judgment >> Second trumpet - Massive volcano erupts – The second trumpet described "something like a great mountain burning with fire fell into the sea." This sounds just like another asteroid. However, an asteroid does not account for the other descriptions we see later in this chapter. Therefore, the better interpretation of the second trumpet is a super volcano blowing its cap and a chunk of earth the size of a great mountain was blown into the sky and fell into the sea, spewing smoke and ash that blocks out the sun, moon and stars for a third of the earth, which becomes the fourth seal. The fact that the sea became like blood is proof that these judgments are God’s direct response to the martyrdom of the saints. When Mount Saint Helen blew its top in the state of Washington, it spewed red ash into the air as far as Wisconsin. We could see the red ash riding on the currents of the stratosphere, and could draw a line through the red dust that was collecting on our white dodge! The angel in charge of the third bowl said in Rev 16-5,6, “You are just in these judgments, you who are and who were, the Holy One, because you have so judged; for they have shed the blood of your saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve.”

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Rev 8-10,11

(50i) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> Second half of the tribulation >> The seventh seal - trumpets of God's judgment >> Third trumpet - Asteroid hits the earth, poisoning the water – The third trumpet describes another asteroid or comet. One explanation is that it fell on the earth, but before it made contact it burst with a great explosion in the sky, and the fragments fell to the earth and poisoned a third of the streams and rivers. The name of the star was called wormwood; whatever the asteroid’s composition, it made a third of the fresh water bitter. This is iconic of man’s hardened heart against God. The fact that this comet poisons a third of the rivers and springs suggests that its components were spread almost evenly over a third of the earth. Therefore, explanation is that the comet did not actually hit the earth but near-missed it, and much of the debris emitting from its tail is pulled into the atmosphere by earth’s gravity and spread evenly over a third of the earth. Note that it didn’t say anything about the lakes, suggesting that whatever noxious substance the earth received is relatively heavy and settled to the lake floors and out of harms way, but rivers by the moving waters kept the deadly contaminant suspended in solution, and the springs are poisoned by the mysterious toxin leaching into the ground water, finding its way into the aquifers and then returning to the surface. Mercury or lead may be the culprit element, except that it says the waters become wormwood, meaning bitter, back to sulfur.

(53k) Paradox >> Opposites >> What I used to think >> I thought sinners liked bitterness

(61e) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> The water of anointing—God’s bitter revenge for sin fell on men and they died / God’s purifying vision fell on bitter men and they died to self – This star that fell from the sky was a burning asteroid that broke apart before it hit the earth, called an airburst. When this happens, the explosion occurs in the atmosphere, and just like an observer has a wider view from a vista, so airbursts can destroy a wider area. In this case, the asteroid affected one third of the earth, indicating a very large asteroid, and evenly spreading a toxic substance from outer space over a third of the earth’s surface that made the waters undrinkable. We know that most meteorites are either made of rock or metal, and since there are virtually no known poisonous rocks, that leaves metal such as lead, mercury or aluminum. In the case of lead entering the atmosphere, it would heat to a boiling liquid, then explode in midair. Rain would wash the toxic metal into the streams and rivers, making them poisonous. There are two implied meanings to this passage. In literal baptism, the symbolism indicates that we submerge underwater and drown, which depicts dying to self; then we rise from the water as from the dead to a new life in Christ through the anointing of the Holy Spirit. However, for those who have rejected the purpose of God in the last days, they will be subjected to a baptism that will cause them to literally die, representing God’s bitter revenge for sin. In both cases we will die and be raised from the dead; the question is, will we be raised for eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven or will we be raised for eternal judgment in hell?

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(60c) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> The second coming / End time revival -- This verse goes with verse 12. Note that one third of the earth will be poisoned by the star, suggesting that two thirds of the earth are not poisoned. The reason for this is that the Church will still be here during the Trumpet judgments, disregarding the pre-tribulation Rapture advocates, who say that God will Rapture them before any judgments fall on the earth, but in this case and in so many other cases there is room for the saints to avoid God’s judgment, suggesting that He will call his people to migrate away from a certain side of the planet, the side that He intends to judge, the side where the nations reside that have already heard the gospel of Christ centuries prior and have since rejected it. We could draw an oval on a world-map representing a third of it, including the United States and Europe, where most of God’s judgment will fall. Consequently, God will call his people to migrate to third-world countries in the wilderness and preach the gospel to the people living there to prepare them for the return of Jesus Christ.

(104c) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Purified by fire >> Purified through fiery judgment -- This verse goes with verses 7&8. John called it a star, but it was either an asteroid or most likely a comet. Astronomers call comets dirty snowballs because they are mostly made of ice, but they also have other elements in their amalgam. This suggests that it is anybody’s guess what toxicity it has in store for the earth, but based on the rest of Scripture, as more of these trumpet judgments are fulfilled, they take on the form of what unbelievers will experience in hell. So, based on many things that are written in the book of Revelation, it reads like hell has figuratively lost its patients waiting for its occupants to descend into its lair and ascends from the abyss to torment those who dwell on the earth whose names are not written in the Book of Life, and this trumpet judgment would be no exception. This comet’s composition could be sulfur, which the Bible says is the experience of hell’s fire that burns with brimstone. Sulfur gives a very pungent and nauseating odor, and it doesn’t take much to poison a person.

(112h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Light >> Light exposes sin >> Light reveals hidden deeds – To the naked eye it appeared as a star for many weeks and possibly months, getting bigger and brighter with each passing evening until it lit up the sky it says “like a torch.” Back then people used the light of torches to see their way in the darkness. It lights up the entire sky and analogously exposes man’s sin. When the fire flashes in the sky and reveals the activities of men in their darkness, they will know the true condition of their hearts.

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12&13 The fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were struck, so that a third of them would be darkened and the day would not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way. 13 Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in midheaven, saying with a loud voice, "Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!"

 

Rev 8-12,13

(50i) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> Second half of the tribulation >> The seventh seal - trumpets of God's judgment >> Forth trumpet - Smoke from the volcano and asteroid  block out the sun – These trumpet judgments affected a third of the earth, meaning two-thirds of the earth were left untouched, so the trick is to live where these plagues are not happening. If they are happening where we live, then we have two choices to either stay or move, but if everyone moves to places that are not affected, maybe the next trumpet will hit that region of the earth where so many people moved. Most likely, the places where these plagues hit are where the most sin occurred that corrupted the planet and brought the antichrist to power. One thing is sure that there will be some places on the earth that will not be touched by the trumpet judgments, and those few places will be where God will call His people to move. God has a plan to help His people get through the tribulation so they won’t have to suffer any of the judgments that He intended for the world. If we don’t know what to do, then maybe it is because we have not cultivated the hearing ear, and if not, then what makes us think we are any better than the world? Under those conditions, maybe we should be judged along with the world. What did Paul say about this? “But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world” (1Cor 11-31,32).

Rev 8-12

(60c) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> The second coming / End time revival -- This verse goes with verse 10. God will set up camps in certain places in the world, where anybody who believes in Jesus can go and be safe from judgment, where God Himself will protect him, places where His judgment will not fall. Anybody is free to sojourn to these camps and find refuge from God’s judgment and from the wrath of the antichrist, but the only ones who will go there are those who believe in Jesus. These camps of the saints will be located throughout the world, and our job there will be to seek the knowledge of God and pray. There will be solid teachings about what is happening to the world and how to pray, and there we will live out the rest of our lives in the flesh, awaiting the First Resurrection, when God raptures His people.

(245m) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestations of the devil >> Manifestation of darkness

Rev 8-13

(51a) Judgment >> World & church >> Warning of wrath >> Consequences of sin – This eagle-like creature was preaching the word of God to mankind, indicating that preaching the gospel at that time will be obsolete, because doing so would be essentially forfeiting our lives, identifying ourselves as Christians, and they would quickly arrest us for extermination. They will not listen to the gospel and be saved anyway, for people will have already made up their minds at that point to serve Satan. The lines will have already been drawn between the righteous and the wicked, whether they belong to the Christ or to the antichrist. If we have an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying we will know that the Camp of the Saints is God’s plan of salvation; we can choose to go there by faith.

 

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REVELATION CHAPTER 9

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1-3 Then the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit was given to him. 2 He opened the bottomless pit, and smoke went up out of the pit, like the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the pit. 3 Then out of the smoke came locusts upon the earth, and power was given them, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

 

Rev 9,1-21

(26h) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Death is the result of sin – The things that happen on the earth during the tribulation will be unlike anything this world has ever seen or known, exceeding even the most imaginative horror/Sci-Fi movies. We will have already gone through the first six seals and seen the total collapse of the world economy, which brought poverty, killing millions through rioting, war and anarchy. Through starvation and disease a pandemic will no doubt become entrenched, and as these things run their course people die by the millions. By the end of the seals ¼ of the world’s population will have died. Through this disorder the antichrist will set up his one-world government run by the mark of the beast and will be in the process of martyring undesirables, including and especially Christians. God will call His seven angels to blow their Seven Trumpets of judgment as God’s reaction to the martyrdom of the saints. As we go through the Trumpets we will see demonic creatures coming out of the ground that sting those who have received the mark of the beast, inflicting so much pain that their victims will wish for death. Then these creatures will transform into horsemen and kill millions of people. They wished for death and God will give it to them. By the end of the trumpets, 1/3 of the world’s population will have perished. When we add up these two (1/4 and 1/3), they equal ½, and the amount of souls that die in each case are the same, because of the reduced population prior to the Trumpets. If the world population is seven billion, those killed by the seals is 1.75 billion and those killed by the trumpets are 1.75 billion, together representing one half of the earth’s population, killed by the end of the trumpets. The world will have seen so many strange things by this time that everyone will know there is a God in heaven, for if there are demons, then there is also a God.

(49c) Judgment >> Enemies of God’s righteousness are destroyed– Chapter nine is a very dark and foreboding depiction of satanic activity on the earth. Stars in the book of Revelation represent angels, and the star that fell to the earth is none other than Satan. It is stated in Rev 12-9, “And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth.” It says that the key to the bottomless pit was given to him. Rev 1-18 says, “I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” Christ gave the key of hell to Satan, not to keep, but only to use for a short time. The one who holds the key to the bottomless pit has the authority to decide who goes there, and what comes out of it. Satan has been given authority to send whomever he wishes to hell, but those who have the mark of God on their foreheads are off limits. Other than God's worshippers, Satan's goal is to send as many people there as he can in the allotted time that he has been given. Normally, people make their own decision to spend eternity in hell by rejecting the offer of forgiveness through the blood of Christ, but during the last days mankind is hardening his heart against God by the definitive line that has been drawn by the truth in the mouths of God’s 144,000 witnesses, so that every person in the world is either for or against Christ, and there is no gray area. Essentially, the book of Revelation is a depiction of mankind developing the reprobate mind by siding with the devil, and these are the ones over whom Satan has the authority of hell.

Rev 9,1-19

(15j) Servant >> Angels execute Judgment >> In regard to the world Demonic angels have unleashed these monsters on the world through God's permission. These monsters have the appearance of horses. Later in this chapter it talks about horses again, saying that there is an army of them 200 million strong. John calls them horsemen, meaning they are men riding on them. So, we have locusts that look like horses, but act like scorpions; then later we have horses that look like lions. These locusts had teeth like lions but do not bite anybody, their canines revealing their predator nature. Their teeth depict the authority of lions, but these locusts didn’t use the authority in their teeth, but used the authority in their scorpion-like tails. They have no personal dignity or divine authority except permission to torment the human race who lack the seal of God on their foreheads. In their tormenting they do not deal out justice. God is using them to do so for the world’s disobedience and unbelief and for their rejection of all that is good and right, and for casting their vote against Christians to see them slaughtered by the millions, just so they could retain their precious economy and move on with their lives. God is using them to deal out justice, but these creatures’ motive is not justice, but the malicious joy of tormenting mankind. Their teeth provide another connection to these horses mentioned later. It also says that these horse-like locusts were prepared for battle, similar to the horsemen in verse 16. So it seems the locusts have many things in common with the horsemen. It says on the heads of the locusts they had, “as it were, crowns like gold.” They were not crowns of gold, but crowns like gold, meaning they don’t actually have authority, but have a false authority. It says they had faces like men, suggesting that these horrible creatures were not so unlike the people they tormented. The human race had stooped to such a level as actually able to relate to these things, but were unwilling to relate to God, though they were created in His image. It says, “They had hair like the hair of women,” so not only can men relate to them, but also women. Paul said in 1Cor 11,5-10 that a woman’s hair is a symbol of authority because of the angels. Therefore, men can relate to these locust creatures in their false authority, and women can relate to them in their allegiance to demons. Mankind can relate to these creatures in the type of authority they had that did not originate from God. Although they had permission to torment mankind for five months, they lived by their own authority; this is how mankind can relate to them. Again, as the locusts had breastplates, so did the horsemen. The sound of their wings are like the sound of chariots, so obviously they can fly. Many people interpreting the book of Revelation have attributed these locusts to helicopters, but the rest of this description of the locusts does not fit their helicopter theory. We must take all of Scripture into account in order to properly interpret it.

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Rev 9,1-12

(47f) Judgment >> God Judges the world >> Hell is a place of torment – These little monsters are described as locusts, not that they are literally locusts; they actually resemble scorpions. Is it possible that creatures like these actually exist in hell and go around stinging people, making them long for death, but they cannot die because they are already dead? This is an illustration of hell anticipating a great influx of human souls, which cannot wait for its occupants to descend, so up it reaches from the bowels of the abyss to torment its inhabitants before the time. Unnatural things will be commonplace as humanity approaches the end of the age. It is anyone’s guess whether these creatures actually exist in hell, but we do know that demons do, and we also know that they are able to mutate their appearance. 2Cor 11-14 says, “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” So, the most fitting interpretation of these locusts is, they are literally as John described them, or else they are demons that have mutated their appearance. Bill Wiese, the author of 23 Minutes in Hell (page 30) described creatures he saw in a vision that God gave him of hell, similar to what John the revelator is describing here in chapter nine. It would behoove us the take these hellish locust-like creatures literally. They were told not to hurt the grass or any green thing, but only to hurt people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. These are not natural locusts; these are insects from hell!

(50i) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> Second half of the tribulation >> The seventh seal - trumpets of God's judgment >> Fifth trumpet - Demonic insect-like creatures  torment mankind – These will be really hard times for genuine Christians, but for the complacent who don’t serve the Lord, it wont be so bad; they will just take the mark and persecute the saints, but their end will be the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death, and the smoke of their torment rises up forever and ever (Rev 19-4; 20,10-15). Persecution of the saints will happen for a season, and then God will bring a solution, starting with the first trumpet. He will create a diversion for the saints, so they can run to a place that God has prepared for them in the wilderness, and during the first six trumpets all hell will literally come upon this world for martyring the saints and for the 2000-year backlog of sin. God will tell the world through the trumpets, ‘So you want to worship demons; I will give them to you.’ Demonic entities will crawl from the bowels of the earth to attack people who have the mark of the beast and torment them, and the next trumpet will signal these demonic creatures to mutate their form in preparation to kill 1/3 of mankind. It will be hard for Christians for a while, but when the tables turn and God brings relief, leading to eternal life in heaven, as opposed to the wicked who are condemned to the fires of hell for eternity, it is far better to be a Christian than an unbeliever. There may not be easy decisions to make, but there is one that is infinitely better than the other, and that is to remain faithful to Christ, even if we must forfeit our lives. If we remain faithful to Him, we will inherit eternal life and God will reward us as martyrs, which holds great reward, and He will append our rewards to our resurrected bodies for all to see throughout eternity.

(64k) Paradox >> Anomalies >> God helps Satan >> God’s judgments accomplish the devil’s will – This sounds like an erupting volcano, and look what proceeds from the plume of smoke, little monsters from hell. When it says that they were not permitted to kill anyone, who gave them their orders? Certainly it was not Satan, because he would have commanded them to kill, since that is all he knows. It was God who gave them their orders. Through all the chaos, God is still in control and calling the shots. He could stop this whole endtime scenario from happening, but He is the one behind it. He is using the devil to judge the world for choosing darkness over light, evil over good and Satan over Christ.

(216k) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> God Is Independent Of His Creation >> You cannot control God’s desire for you >> man is not in control of God’s gift – There were demonic entities that emerged from the earth and tormented mankind during the period of trumpets, but only through the direction of God’s judgment, and for this reason, though these were indeed demonic entities, this was not considered the activity of Satan, but the activity of God. He used Satan and the demons of hell to judge mankind. It was God’s way of saying, ‘If you want to worship demons, then worship this,’ and they emerged as from what it sounds to be a volcano, “the smoke of a furnace,” and stung men with a venom that did not kill, but made their victims wish they could die, only because they didn’t know what happens to people when they die outside of faith in Christ. They wake up in hell where these creatures live!

(239k) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Pursuing the knowledge of the kingdom >> Teachers >> Let not many of you become teachers >> Dividing accurately the word of truth – The description of these locusts has discredited the book of Revelation, which has cast a shadow on the entirety of Scripture in the minds of critics. They have used passages like this to laugh at Christians for the things they believe. It is a difficult passage, but Jesus said some difficult things too that He fully expected His disciples to believe, such as the comment He made about Himself in Jn 6-53, “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of God and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.” Who was able to understand this statement at the time? Yet, later we had hindsight with the apostle Paul and others who explained these things to us, so it is not a stumbling block anymore. Now we run across passages like this one and can’t see the possibility of a rational explanation and are tempted to throw in the towel. We don’t have the hindsight, since these verses have not yet been fulfilled, and we don’t have anyone to explain how much symbolism we should assign and how much we should take literally. These monstrous locust-like creatures, what are they? How much of this is literal and how much of it is figurative? Are these actually locusts from hell, or should we attribute some level of symbolism to them? We could assign layer upon layer of symbolism to relate to such a description, and there is much symbolism in the book of Revelation, but we need to be careful. When does the figurative end and literal begin? The rule of thumb for interpreting Scripture is, less is more. Why did John speak in this manner, requiring so much interpretation, if fact it does need interpreting? Some say that John was trying to describe the visions he saw that may be commonplace in the last days with all our gadgets and flying machines in a technological age, but was completely foreign to John. There are those who try to naturalize these verses, saying these locusts describe helicopters. That would account for verse 9, but what do they say about verses 1-12? Explaining one verse out of a dozen is not good enough. The book of Revelation and the Bible as a whole gives us reason to view these things as they are described; they are monsters from hell.

Rev 9,1-6

(186j) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> The reprobate >> God’s role in forming a reprobate >> Marked out for destruction – The fate that befalls the world in the words of this chapter pertain only to those who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads, but have received the mark of the beast. In the last days there will be two kinds of people in the world: those who take part in the Great Endtime Revival and those who develop a reprobate mind and reject the purpose of God for themselves who will persecute the Church and seek to destroy it. God will impose all His judgments that He has laid up for mankind since Jesus shed His blood on Calvary; a storehouse of judgment extending back 2000 years. His judgment will be extremely severe for choosing the antichrist over Jesus to be their savior, though they will know by revelation that the Father loved His Son and sent Him into the world to redeem mankind from their sins. Some of the most evil and maniacal creatures will emerge from the bowels of the earth to torment mankind and ultimately destroy the wicked before the Rapture occurs, and once this happens, then the bowls of God’s fierce wrath will commence, which will be so severe, there will be no place to hide, hence the Rapture. Only be a remnant of mankind will survive, and they will become the seed that God will use to replenish the earth during the Millennium.

Rev 9,1-3

(245m) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestations of the devil >> Manifestation of darkness – In the last days the satanic kingdom of darkness will literally manifest show mankind, one: they have in fact been following a spirit, and two: the true nature of that spirit is the true nature of man in his fallen state. On the one hand, the book of Revelation depicts a literal manifestation of satanic alliance, but on the other hand, it depicts God choosing His own people out of the world to be His worshipers by giving them His mark on their forehead. This too is a literal manifestation of their salvation, and much more is the Rapture when it occurs a literal manifestation of God choosing us out of the world. So, the book of Revelation is about literal manifestations of the spirit realm, Satan’s kingdom of darkness being pushed lower, while the kingdom of light and righteousness being exalted higher, until it finally blossoms into the natural realm as God’s millennial kingdom.

Rev 9-1,2

(47h) God Judges the world >> Prison of the bottomless pit 

Rev 9-1 

(112h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Light >> Light exposes sin >> Light reveals hidden deeds

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4-13 They were told not to hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 And they were not permitted to kill anyone, but to torment for five months; and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings a man. 6 And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them. 7 The appearance of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle; and on their heads appeared to be crowns like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men. 8 They had hair like the hair of women, and their teeth were like the teeth of lions. 9 They had breastplates like breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots, of many horses rushing to battle. 10 They have tails like scorpions, and stings; and in their tails is their power to hurt men for five months. 11 They have as king over them, the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek he has the name Apollyon. 12 The first woe is past; behold, two woes are still coming after these things. 13 Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,

 

Rev 9-4

(28h) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> God protects His people

(132d) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> God gives his spirit as a pledge >> His Spirit is a seal

Rev 9-6

(26c) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Death is separation from God’s presence

Rev 9-11

(26g) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Death is Satan’s nature – God will instruct Satan to kill his own followers from absolute contempt for anybody who would follow him, who don’t believe in God but believe in his world system. We think Satan would go after believers because of his hatred of God; instead, he kills his own followers. They have sacrificed literally everything to serve their malevolent ruler who hates them with a perfect hatred. They sacrificed the love of Christ and their inheritance that Jesus bought for them with His own blood, and they sacrificed their eternal future in heaven. This malevolent creature originating from the abyss, this ruler of demons, is more hateful than the most evil human dictator that the world has ever known. He will make Hitler look like a naive schoolgirl. Anybody alive at this time will wish for death, and then they will get their wish, and then they will wish they were never born.

(151i) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Creation is evidence of God >> No other source but God can explain the creation – People question the existence of Satan, though the confirmation of his existence suggests that God must also exist. However, the devil is a poor evidence of God’s existence, in that he is devoted to refuting the existence of God. That is, as the knowledge of Satan confirms the existence of God, so his mere presence and purpose disproves His existence.

(158a) Works of the devil >> Excerpts of the greatest verses of this chapter – This is one of the most relevant verses in the New Testament regarding the works of the devil. He is defined as the destroyer and is named after the works of his hands. This king that is coming, whom John described as the ruler of demons, reigns over locusts-like creatures that appear as horses prepared for battle (read all of chapter nine). It says they have crowns, meaning they have received authority from the destroyer, who received his authority from God. This malevolent angel reigns over malevolent creatures of his own kind, whose purpose from God is to destroy a portion of mankind in the allotted time he is given, only those who live in opposition to God, who have advocated martyring the saints by the mark they received as their vote against the saints. Throughout the Trumpet judgments one third of mankind will die. It will literally be hell on earth in those days from these creatures ascending from the abyss, as though hell lost its patience waiting for man to descend into it after a lifetime of disobedience and unbelief. This is a time when unbelievers throughout the earth will experience hell in the flesh. If they only believed in Jesus, they wouldn’t have to worry about these creatures, for they were ordered not to attack God’s elect. They are like heat-seeking missiles that pursue unbelief in man to destroy it.

Rev 9,13-21

(50i) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> Second half of the tribulation >> The seventh seal - trumpets of God's judgment >> Sixth trumpet - Demons mutate from insects to horses

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Rev 9,13-19

(245ll) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestations of the devil >> Manifestation of the spirit of murder – John is essentially describing fire-breathing horses. The riders wore breastplates of bright colors symbolic of the horses’ power, implying that it was in their hearts to destroy, since the breastplate is worn over the heart. There is no one to say that the riders were men, demon or perhaps they were an appendage of the same creature. The riders had no power, nor had any apparent purpose, but were merely along for the ride. A third of mankind was killed by these three plagues, by the fire, by the smoke and by the brimstone, which proceed from the horses’ mouths. All three of these are ingredients of a volcano. We are talking about hell lusting for human souls that it reaches into the realm of the living and pulls men to its grave darkness of eternal damnation. It says that the scorpion-like locusts came from the bottomless pit, but it doesn’t mention the origin of the horses and their riders. However, it did say in the beginning of this chapter that when the lord of the abyss (Satan) opened the lid to the bottomless pit, smoke as of a great furnace ascended, blocking out the sun, suggesting that these horses have something to do with the opened bottomless pit. They also have a lot in common with the locusts, such as: lions (a top predator) describe them both in certain terms. The locusts looked and sounded like horses prepared for battle. It also says they both had breastplates and had stinging tails designed to hurt people, but not to kill. It never said how many locusts escaped from the bottomless pit, so it is possible that there was one locust to every horse and its rider, suggesting that the locusts and the horses are one and the same creatures that underwent transmutation, maintaining many attributes of its previous form. Their purpose also underwent a transformation from hurting people to killing them. The smoke that exuded from the horses’ mouths is suggestive of the smoke that came from the bottomless pit that released the locusts. People are being choked out and killed by fire, smoke and brimstone, the ingredients of a volcano, so either these aspects of volcanism are coincidental and the creatures are real, or they are symbolic and John is actually describing a super volcano that erupts and wipes out a third of mankind. There is no apparent reason John would describe a volcano in these terms, so the only logical conclusion is to assume these horses and their riders will one day pay mankind a visit. If this is the case, we can say with confidence that life as we knew it had suddenly become a very spiritual place, and in fact the book of Revelation is about the disclosure of spiritual entities of both realms of evil and good.

Rev 9,13-15

(8i) Responsibility >> Responsible to defend God's cause >> Preparing for Judgment

 

14-21 one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates." 15 And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they would kill a third of mankind. 16 The number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million ; I heard the number of them. 17 And this is how I saw in the vision the horses and those who sat on them: the riders had breastplates the color of fire and of hyacinth and of brimstone; and the heads of the horses are like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths proceed fire and smoke and brimstone. 18 A third of mankind was killed by these three plagues, by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which proceeded out of their mouths. 19 For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents and have heads, and with them they do harm. 20 The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; 21 and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts.

 

Rev 9-14,15

(220d) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> Predestination >> Divine appointments – The four horns of the golden altar refers to the object of the old covenant temple upon which they once sacrificed animals, draining their blood into a golden basin for the propitiation of sin, prior to Christ shedding His own blood for the same purpose. It resided outside the tabernacle but within the outer court. The horns represent power. The voice that spoke from the four horns of the golden altar is about to use His power to offer the sacrifice of human flesh as a means of curbing God’s mighty anger for sins committed outside the forgiveness of Christ’s blood. These four angels that are about to be released are demons and the lord of the abyss who releases them, together show a hierarchy of authority that exists among the demons. They are about to release horse-like creatures, which are no doubt demons themselves that are assigned to kill a third of mankind. We have four demons in charge of an army of demonic, horse-like creatures These four demons have been bound there since the beginning of time along the headwaters of the Euphrates River, the approximate location of the Garden of Eden, and in fact it even says, “After God drove the man out, He placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life” (Gen 3-24). It could be that these are the very creatures mentioned in Rev 9,13-15. It is ironic that the Garden of Eden was the origin of man and was once a habitat designed specifically for them, that they might be nurtured and protected from the outside world, but has now been revealed to also be the location where demonic wickedness had been stored for millennia, suggesting that God placed the Garden of Eden right on top of the portal to the bottomless pit.

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(119h) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Freedom >> Having freedom to minister

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Rev 9-20,21

(18i) Sin >> Twisted thinking >> Unable to distinguish between good and evil >> God’s purpose is evil

(25h) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Thief >> Stealing from some one

(74i) Thy kingdom come >> Heart of man is sinful >> It is deceitful and desperately wicked

(134k) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Sins of the body >> Immorality >> Sexual perversion >> Basic immorality – With the Israelites in the days of Moses an entire generation of unbelievers fell in the wilderness, and He used the next generation to accomplish His will. He refuses to work with reprobates. What must have happened after 300 years of enslavement? They had closed their hearts to God and gave up believing that He cared about them, having given up all hope of deliverance. God deliberately waited those 300 years to test His people to see if they would harden their hearts against Him. This was to show the rest of mankind that no matter what happens, never give up hope in God. When God finally revealed Himself to His people, they had already made up their minds and wanted nothing to do with Him. No matter what He did for them they would not change, because their hearts were hardened to stone, so they could not change their minds and acknowledge God. The same will happen in the last days; God will reveal Himself after man has hardened his heart against Him, both in judgment and in the Great Endtime Revival. Millions of people will come to Christ and be saved, but there will be others who will not repent and believe, but will continue in their predisposed course to spite the divine evidence of His love for mankind. This is what immorality does to a person. No matter what God does or how much mercy and grace He shows, it will never be enough. There will be millions of people in the world who will see His glory in full display and reject His offer of eternal life, hating God all the more for revealing Himself. Many will appropriately respond by getting saved and joining this revival, but others will hate Him to the point of establishing a system of rounding up Christians and eliminating them from the earth. There will be many martyrs in the last days.

(162g) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> Addicted to sin >> Being a slave to the sinful nature

(181b) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Rebellion >> Rebelling against God >> Rebelling against the witness of God – God intends to reveal Himself in the last days, not just in judgment, but also in grace and mercy. God will not tolerate the world in the last days anymore than He tolerated Israel. Over the thousands of years of man’s reign on earth people have emulated these two verses, worshipping anything and everything but God, and God tolerated it, until the time of their judgment, and then He judged a single generation for centuries of sin. God does not reveal Himself to every generation, but occasionally He has, and judgment has always accompanied His visitations because of those who have rebelled in the past and because of those who rebel in His very presence. God will judge the idolatry of the world because He revealed Himself to His people and the world’s response was to martyr them.

(183a) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Spirit of Error (Anti-Christ / Anti-Semitism) >> Witchcraft >> Sin is the incubator of witchcraft >> Through rebellion

(186h) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> The reprobate >> Man’s role in becoming a reprobate >> Being unable to repent

(195i) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Idolatry >> Worshipping other gods >> Worshipping other gods as a god yourself – All these things God will do, because the world had been martyring His saints during the seals. Although the world has suffered horrible and gross torment at the hands of wicked people, yet they refuse to repent of their worship of demons, and they refuse to repent of their immorality, thefts and murders. John writes about the last days worshipping gold, silver, and brass, a very common form of idolatry today, which has turned the world into barbarians and a conglomerate of reprobates. The world does not innocently worship demons; their greed, lust and pride are turning their minds into reprobates and murderers. The sorcery they commit is in reference to drug addiction. The world did, however, stop martyring the saints. These trumpets have essentially stopped martyrdom in its tracks, in that all the energy of the world will be spent on trying to survive. The world’s functionality has been reduced to the inability to accomplish the most basic tasks, much less continuing a sophisticated technological society. God has placed mankind in survival mode. Human culture will regress to a point of making each person on earth either a Christian or a reprobate, and there will be nothing in-between. Everyone will be required to jump off the fence, either to stand at the Christian’s side or on the side of reprobates, but once they side with the reprobates, they cannot go back. The truth is being thrown in their faces with ever-increasing clarity with each blast of the trumpet. They must make a choice to either become worshipers of God or worshipers of the very demons that are tormenting them. Since worshipping demons that are torturing them is unnatural, rejecting Him has become that much more of an offense. By rejecting God under those terms is saying they would rather bend the knee to something that has proven to hate mankind, rather than bend their knee to God who loves them and desires to forgive them while His offer of eternal life is withstanding, so long as they have not taken the mark of the beast.

(196b) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Idolatry >> Worshipping the devil – This passage separates idolatry into two classes: worshipping idols made of various materials and worshipping the idol of our flesh with its passions and desires. In modern times people buy gold and silver to protect against the falling value of the dollar; otherwise people invest in the stock market or choose to hold their money in a bank account, and they view their stockpile of financial reserve as the thing that will save them from catastrophe and poverty, or maybe it will give them their heart’s desire. America is a very materialistic country; though we don’t see people bowing to idols, people no less worship money and prosperity. In ancient times people worshipped the Baals. People literally bowed to these things and prayed to them for favors, such as a good harvest or the spring rains. They envisioned a god behind the Baals they worshipped, hoping it was listening and would respond favorably to them, but the gods behind the Baals were demons. The other class of idolatry was described in behavioral terms of worshipping the flesh. If they felt mad, they would kill somebody, and if they were horny they would have sex with somebody; if they felt covetous, they would steal from somebody, so their emotions were their god. They obediently worshipped their flesh by doing whatever it dictated to them, and of course demons are always involved, antagonizing them into various emotions that lead them into sin. Therefore, what God hates about idolatry is the worship of demons. There has always been a private contest between God and Satan ever since the fall of man to see whom he will worship, and though the Bible says that our idolatry incites God’s jealousy, it is not because He misses our attention. Rather, the nature of God is to subject His creation to His authority, and our idolatry defies Him, raising the hair on His arm to destroy those in rebellion against Him. In the last days God will act much the same way with the world as He did with the Israelites in the days of Moses. The Egyptians defied His authority after God revealed Himself by the power He exerted to deliver His people from their hand, even as He intends to reveal Himself to the world in the last days when He delivers His true worshippers from the antichrist. God teeters between His grace and His will to subject all things to Himself.

(249i) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Wealth >> World’s perception of wealth >> The world's wealth erodes good values >> Being a slave to wealth

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