25.0 The Book of Revelation: Chapter 19: vs.10-21

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Recap Previous Study Rev 19: vs. 1-9 (here)  now continued ….  vs.10-21

verse 10 : [10]And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

If there were any portion of the Book of Revelation John would like to omit, this would be the verse. He has just done a foolish thing. He allowed himself to become so enamored with the angel delivering the message that he began worshipping a created being. 

Such recording of human weaknesses proves that God wrote the Bible, for man would have omitted his mistakes. 

God, however, records them in order to show the world that all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

As John bows his knee to this created being, the angel cries, Don’t do it. Angels are but ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation (Hebrews 1:14). Get up! I am only a servant of God, as you are.

John has just learned an important lesson. Have you? Beware of any religion that honors or reveres angels-including the angel Moroni of Mormonism. Such reverence is wrong: Let no man beguile you of your reward in…worshipping of angels (Colossians 2:18)

Even the angel’s command in our text is, “worship God.” Thus, it is obvious that we are not to worship men, women, angels, or idols (see Exodus 20:4, 5). 

Worship God!

verse 11 - 16 : [1] : [11-16v.11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. v.12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself v.13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. v.14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. v.15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. v.16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

These verses graphically portray the coming of Christ to earth. 

This event is called “The Revelation” among theologians because this is the moment the Lord reveals himself to the inhabitants of earth. The same scene was observed in Revelation 11:15, as well . 

Remember, chapters 12 through 191)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+12-19&version=KJV simply repeat the materials presented in chapters 6 through 11.2)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+6-11&version=KJV

For centuries, the world has scoffingly cried, Where is the promise of his coming? (2 Peter 3:4). 

Now the mocking abruptly ceases. Why? 

Breathtaking signs accompany the One who sits on this white horse-as He comes to judge and make war on the world: 

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect [saved Jews and Tribulation saints] from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Matthew 24:29-32

The scene before us is a literal event because John sees heaven opened.  

This is thrilling. Heaven’s door is opened but twice in the Book of Revelation- once in Revelation 4:1, and now in Revelation 19:11. Chapter 43)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+4&version=KJV pictures the Rapture; chapter 194)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19&version=KJV pictures the Revelation. The door was opened in chapter 45)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+4&version=KJV to receive the saved; now the door is opened again in order that the saints may return with the rider on the white horse-the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Don’t let anyone tell you that there is but one appearing at Christ’s return. Two opened doors tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

The Rider in verse 126)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19%3A12&version=KJV has eyes… as a flame of fire, which are piercing and purging. He can immediately see through the sham and hypocrisy of men. These are the same eyes we viewed in Revelation 1:14. As King, Christ has on His head the crowns of royalty

He also has a special name that will only be exposed at the hour of His return. Until then He alone knows this name and its meaning.

In Revelation 19:13, we see that the Lord wears a vesture dipped in blood – a picture of the judgment He is bringing to earth. None can doubt that this Judge is anyone but the Lord Jesus Christ, for His name is called the Word of God. John often called Him by this name. In fact, he was the only New Testament writer to use this title. 

John 1:1 statesIn the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:14 adds, And the Word was made flesh. He again calls Christ the Word of life in 1 John 1:1.

At this moment John sees the Word of God coming in judgment.  

He also observes a great host called the armies [of] heaven following Him upon white horses. Notice that they come from heaven; they are not already present on earth. They are the saints who were raptured in Revelation 4:1 – the Bride who made herself ready and [wore] fine linen, clean and white in verse 87)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19%3A8&version=KJV of this present study. 

Tens of thousands-yea, millions upon millions in number-avoided the Tribulation hour and are now returning with the King for the conflict at Armageddon. 

They are privileged to stand with Him as He comes to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him (Jude 1:15). 

The time of reaping has arrived. 

As Christ returns to subjugate the earth dwellers, He does so with a sword in His mouth (see Revelation 19:15). This sword is nothing less than the Word of God. His Word always smites men in their consciences and lives. 

This is exactly what happened to the officers of the chief priests and Pharisees when they came to the Garden of Gethsemane, seeking Jesus, As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground (John 18:6). Oh, the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12).

We note in Revelation 19:15 that Christ and His Word alone smash the nations at Armageddon. The armies of heaven only observe as He treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. This moment brings the fulfillment of Daniel 2:34, which predicts that a stone…cut out without hands pulverizes the image-the ten-nation confederacy.  

Then the stone instantly expands and fills the entire earth with a new kingdom, never to be destroyed. Its leader is the King of kings and Lord of lords. 

No one can miss Him, for His vesture and thigh coverings bear His title-King of kings and Lord of lords. The King has come! Oh, hallelujah! The King has come!

verse 17 - 18 : [17-18] v.17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; v.18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

The devastating scene described in these verses is the result of the Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16) fought in the valleys of Megiddo and Jehoshaphat, not Russia’s invasion of Israel (see Ezekiel 38 and 39).8)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+38%2C39&version=KJV

Russia made her move in the middle of the Tribulation hour. Why? The Antichrist came to power, made a false peace pact with the nations, and then broke it in the midst of the seven years (see Daniel 9:27).  At that point Russia invaded the Holy Land, for she went up to the land of unwalled villages; [saying] I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely (Ezekiel 38:11).

Prior to the appearance of the Antichrist in chapter 13,9)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13&version=KJV the nation of Israel is not at rest or dwelling safely. This situation changes when he comes to power, takes control, and initiates his peace plan. Then Israel and all the world proclaim, “Peace, peace,” but it does not last, For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction [comes] upon them (1 Thessalonians 5:3). 

Russia quickly takes advantage of the opportunity and moves against Israel, for she is at rest, dwelling safely. Moscow’s act of aggression, however, proves to be her “Waterloo,” for she is destroyed by the hand of God (see Ezekiel 39:1 -3). 

Conversely, the battle described in this present chapter occurs as God destroys the Antichrist and his ten-homed empire.

The following passages vividly portray the terrible, catastrophic judgment which occurs in preparation for, and fulfillment of, Armageddon: 

{v.1-2} For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. {11-17} Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, 0 Lord. Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down: for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. So shall ye know that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.

Joel 3: 1, 2, 11-17

Revelation 14:14-20, and Revelation 16:17-21, already studied, also have to do with the Battle of Armageddon. Thus, we see that before the Marriage Supper of the Lamb becomes a reality, the supper of the great God occurs.  This event begins as an angel summons all the fowls (or vultures) of heaven to gather together for a feast, For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together (Matthew 24:28). 

At this gathering they eat the flesh of deceased kings, captains, mighty men, horses, their riders, and all men from every rank and position of life. What a horrible nightmare as men suffer the consequences of their rebellion against God. 

Finally the one who made life so miserable upon earth, who gave men a number (666), who would not let them buy or sell without the number of his name, and who had millions of believers beheaded because they refused his number, is judged by God himself!
verse 19 - 20 : [19-20] v.19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. v.20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

What a conclusion! Two world leaders-one political, the other religious; one posing as God, the other promoting him-now discover that their charade is over. They are cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone-the final abode of all God haters and Christ-rejecters for time and eternity. A thousand years later, when Satan joins them (Revelation 20:10), they are still suffering torment day and night. Oh, who is foolish enough to preach immediate disintegration or annihilation in the light of such plain texts?

verse 21 : [21]: And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
The battle has ended. None is spared!

A MESSAGE OF HOPE FROM DR. JACK VAN IMPE

First Published : Jul 04, 2014 | Re Published :

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2. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+6-11&version=KJV
3, 5. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+4&version=KJV
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6. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19%3A12&version=KJV
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8. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+38%2C39&version=KJV
9. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13&version=KJV

24.0 The Book of Revelation: Chapter 19: vs.1 – 9

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Chapter 191)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19&version=KJV is exhilarating because it begins with a heavenly host singing an Alleluia chorus, and this is a Hebrew word meaning “praise Jehovah” or “praise the Lord.” Chapter 19 contains the only mention of the term in the New Testament, and we will find it four different times in the following six verses.

verse 1 : [1]: And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:

John says, after these things

After what things? After the destruction of religious and political Babylon. 

Then what? Then he hears the tremendous sound of a multitude conducting a praise and testimony meeting in heaven. Probably led by the martyred saints of the Tribulation hour (chapter 7, verse 9)2)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+7%3A9&version=KJV, this group eventually includes all the redeemed in glory. 

They are rejoicing because 

(1) evil has run its course;

(2) the Tribulation hour is concluding;

(3) Christ is preparing to return with His saints;

(4) the armies of the world are about to be demolished;

(5) swords will then be remade into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks (see Isaiah 2:4); and

(6) Christ will soon establish His millennial kingdom upon the earth.

Suchgood newswould make anyone shout, “Amen! Praise the Lord!”

The reason this praise is directed to One whose attributes are: 

(1) salvation,

(2) glory,

(3) honour, and

(4) power is revealed in the next verse.

verse 2 - 3 : [2-3v.2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. v.3 And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.

The refrain is repeated as God’s people acknowledge the fact that Babylon’s doom is eternal. Never again will religious or political alliances bring men into bondage. Never again will man be duped, deluded, and destroyed through pompous ceremonialism. No, Babylon’s smoke ascends up for the ages of ages-forever and forever!

verse 4 : [4]: And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshiped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.

At this point the twenty-four elders (those we observed casting their trophies or crowns at Jesus’ feet following the Rapture and Judgment Seat of Christ in chapter 4)3)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+4&version=KJV join the praise session. The world system that so harassed and persecuted them has finally been judged. The four beasts (identified as cherubim and seraphim in chapter 4)4)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+4&version=KJV also lend their voices in glorifying God.  

They are rejoicing over the fact that they did not follow Lucifer, the head angel, as so many of their group did when he rebelled against the Almighty (see Isaiah 14:12-14). Now they are eternally secure, whereas the fallen angels are everlastingly damned.

verse 5 : [5]: And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.

This voice is undoubtedly an angel encouraging the heavenly host to continue the praise session. He is the celestial cheerleader at one of heaven’s most momentous and climactic hours.

verse 6 : [6]: And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

This is the final chorus as all heaven joins together in song. The multitudinous voices resound so loudly that the roar is likened to the sound of many waters and mighty thunderings. 

Why not? The prayer of the ages, Thy kingdom come, uttered by millions upon millions through the centuries, is about to be answered. Thus, the exclamation: [Praise Jehovah!] for the Lord God Omnipotent [soon] reigneth.

verse 7 - 8 : [7-8] v.7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. v.8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

At the hour of Christ’s return to earth with His bride (the Church), His honeymoon is launched for 1,000 years. These verses are further proof that the Rapture is a preTribulational event. The marriage of the Lamb takes place in heaven, not on earth. The Bride prepares herself at the Judgment Seat of Christ (which also takes place in heaven) before the wedding. These are time-consuming events. Then she returns with her lover-the Lord Jesus Christ-from heaven. 

The Saviour is the Bridegroom because He is the Lamb of God, [who] taketh away the sin of the world (John 1:29). The marriage partners at this glorious event include the Lamb (Christ) and His bride (the Church). 

Question: Where have they been during the Tribulation hour depicted in chapters 6 through 18?5)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+6-18&version=KJV

Answer: Heaven! 

You see, the Church was raptured in Revelation 4:1 and has not been mentioned again until this point-the time of preparation for the wedding. During the seven years that earth dwellers suffered judgment from heaven, the Bride was being investigated in heaven, for 2 Corinthians 5:10 states: We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. 

2 Corinthians 11:2 continues: For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste [pure] virgin to Christ. 

For many who were unfaithful to Christ during the engagement period (their years of service upon earth), this will be a time of humiliation (see 1 John 2:28). Since we are then betrothed or engaged to Christ from the time of our conversion until the moment of the Rapture, God commands that we live consistently holy lives (see 1 Peter 1 :16). Then, immediately after we are called home in the “twinkling of an eye,” the premarital examination concerning our faithfulness as His sweetheart begins. 

Today’s signs definitely indicate that the hour is near. 

Our next appointment has been scheduled. How heartbreaking the report should the Bridegroom say, “I have discovered a problem.” Child of God-don’t be among the losers-live victoriously! 

In preparation for the marriage ceremony itself, every believer will be attired in the wedding garment he made upon earth. The material will be composed of the good works remaining after the Judgment Seat has occurred. 

Someone may ask, “Doesn’t the Bible teach that believers are clothed in the righteousness of Christ? “  Definitely (see 2 Corinthians 5:21).  

This is how one becomes a Christian in the first place. However, the word righteousness in the original Greek of verse 8 is not singular – (righteousness based upon Christ’s work) but plural-(righteousnesses based upon the believer’s life and deeds upon earth). At the judgment seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10), every work-good or bad-will be investigated.  Then those works will be placed in the fires of testing (see 1 Corinthians 3:13). At that time if any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss [of rewards]: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire [by the skin of his teeth] (1 Corinthians 3:14, 15).

The two texts just referenced describe the preparation of the bride of Christ (all Christians) for the wedding (the marriage of the Lamb). Clearly, the wedding gown is composed of the believers’ righteousnesses (good works) performed on earth in honor of the lover of her soul. When this great moment arrives-undoubtedly soon, yes, perhaps today-what will you have? 

What will your wedding garment picture? Oh, I plead with you to live for Christ. Give Him your very best and all that you have. If you do, your rewards will be great, your joy complete, and your heavenly entrance abundant (see 2 Peter 1:11).

verse 9 : [9]: And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

This verse discloses the fact that the marriage of the Lamb will include a reception with many guests invited. Please note that the Bride and the Bridegroom are never guests. They are the ones for whom the ceremony is performed. 

Who, then, are those in attendance at the Marriage Supper? 

The guests include all believers up to Pentecost as well as the Tribulation saints. John-the disciple Jesus loved (see John 19:26) and the one who wrote the Book of Revelation-said, He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled (John 3:29). 

No wonder our text states: Blessed [or happy] are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. The bride is composed of all believers who become members of the body of Christ from the Day of Pentecost until the Rapture. Now we find that the guests are those who trusted in the Lord either prior to Pentecost or following the Rapture.  

Since the marriage takes place in heaven, and the Old Testament and Tribulation believers are part of the earthly group, their only hope of participating in this event of the ages is that the wedding reception and Marriage Supper take place on earth. This is exactly what happens. 

The fact that the marriage takes place in heaven and the supper occurs on earth is beautifully portrayed by the parable of the ten virgins: Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh (Matthew 25:1-13).

Notice that verse 6 of the above text states:  Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.  

The reason the emphasis is on the Bridegroom instead of the Bride is because the Lord Jesus is all in all. Even John says, Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come (Revelation 19:7).

Believers-members of the Bride-ought always to remember that the glory is His. He redeemed us. We would be nothing were it not for Jesus. These texts, then, explain the marriage, the supper, the guests, and the location.

A MESSAGE OF HOPE FROM DR. JACK VAN IMPE

First Published : Jun 28, 2014 | Re Published :

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1. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19&version=KJV
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3, 4. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+4&version=KJV
5. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+6-18&version=KJV

23.0 The Book of Revelation: Chapter 18: vs.1- 24

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In the next twenty-four verses, we shall witness the destruction of political Babylon

This Babylon is different from the one just discussed.  

Chapter 17 concerned religious Babylon, whereas chapter 18 pictures political, or commercial, Babylon. Religious Babylon was called “mystery Babylon,” but commercial Babylon is referred to as “Babylon the great.” 

Religious Babylon was presented as a woman or a mother, while commercial Babylon is portrayed as a city-a great city, a mighty city, and eventually a burning city.  

Religious Babylon was situated on seven hills, whereas political Babylon is visible from the sea (see verses 17, 18, and 21).

Religious Babylon was destroyed by the kings of the earth (17:16), but political Babylon will be destroyed by horrendous judgments from the hand of God. 

When religious Babylon was destroyed, the kings rejoiced.  

When political Babylon is demolished, however, the kings and merchants of the earth lament [and weep] for her (18:9, 15).

Let’s study political Babylon.

verse 1 : [1] And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

John says, after these things. 

After what things? 

After the fulfillment of religious Babylon’s destruction. 

John’s statement is further proof that the two Babylons are entirely different and distinctive of one another. Only after the events of chapter 17 does John see God’s judgment upon political Babylon in the verses that follow. 

The angel bringing the warning of impending judgment is powerful and glorious. His appearance lightens the entire globe.  

Quite possibly, this is a christophany or appearance of Christ, as He is the light of the world (John 8:12).

verse 2 : [2] And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

God’s judgment of commercial Babylon has begun.  

The angel’s cry is, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen. Why? She has become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every [evil] spirit imaginable. She is a cage containing every vicious, filthy, and hateful bird in existence. 

A walk through New York City, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, Hollywood, or San Francisco would be helpful at this point.  

America’s major cities-and minor ones as well-are loaded with lust-ridden sinners seeking sex thrills through prostitutes, R- and X-rated movies, and pornographic bookstores.  

Our beloved America could possibly fit the description of political Babylon as a cage [containing] every unclean and hateful bird controlled by foul spirits and demons who inhabit the land and its people.  

God help us to have an old-fashioned, Holy Spirit-empowered revival in “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” 

Otherwise, God’s judgment may soon fall.

verse 3 : [3] For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

Just like religious Babylon, this political system has turned to idolatry and fornication.  

As we saw in chapter 17, these terms refer to the worship of strange gods and a love of this world’s material goods. Seeking prestige and power, commercial or political Babylon has promoted and joined ungodly world alliances.  

The text states that the nations of earth have partaken of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed [spiritual] fornication with her for gain.  

Hence, the merchants of the earth have become exceedingly wealthy by “wheeling and dealing” with this nation who is superabundantly loaded with delicacies.

verse 4 to 5 :
[4-5] v4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. v5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

The believers of the Tribulation hour-those who trusted in the shed blood of the Lamb and refused the mark of the beast-are told to come out of her [and partake not] of her [evil deeds].  

They are to live holy lives in the midst of a cage [full of] unclean and hateful bird[s] whose sins have reached unto heaven and caused an abominable stench in the nostrils of the Almighty.  

They are to be careful of materialism and to refrain from illegal gain through the love of the delicacies of this world.

verse 6 to 7 : [6-7] v6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. v7 How much she hath glorified herself and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

Here we see God’s law of sowing and reaping coming into effect: They that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same (Job 4:8).

Humanity cannot get away with sin forever. 

God hates sin. 

It is inconsistent with His holiness. Except for God’s mercy, most of us would have been dead and in hell long ago. His grace, however, passes all human understanding. 

The Lord is…longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).

Still God cannot tolerate sin forever, and the reaping of political Babylon’s iniquity must finally take place. 

What a terrible experience as Babylon receives a double portion of judgment. 

Literally, the verse should say, “The double is to be doubled?’ 

This was the punishment under the law of Moses (see Exodus 22:4, 7).

Now God says, “Double the judgment upon Babylon according to her works. Reward her even as she rewarded you.” Babylon has glorified herself and lived deliciously. Her wealthy became wealthier and her poor became poorer. As a nation, she did not care about the poor, for she said, “I am a queen. I shall see no sorrow. I do not want to look at the needs of the impoverished.

There is a possibility that James 5:1-6 predicts the judgment administered in Revelation 18:1, 7: Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped [the poor] are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.

The end of the age will not see communism enthroned. 

Instead, capitalism will be the ruling power as ten Western nations bleed the world’s inhabitants of their possessions. 

Now, don’t misunderstand. 

I hate the atheistic, godless monstrosity called “communism.” It will be destroyed, as will Russia, in the Middle East (see Ezekiel 39:1, 2).

However, “double trouble” is also coming for those exploiters of the masses-the rich who starve the poor-according to the verses just investigated.  

Their judgment takes place as Babylon is burned.

verse 8 to 10 : [8-10v8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. v9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her when they shall see the smoke of her burning, v10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

When the news of Babylon’s destruction is received, earth’s kings, monarchs, potentates, and presidents immediately begin to weep. 

Their source of wealth has been disintegrated. 

They are joined by members of the Chamber of Commerce.

verse 11 : [11] And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more.

Let’s view the commodities. 

Not a single item is really necessary. 

In fact, the entire display may be classified as “luxurious worldly baubles used to impress high society.” Imagine, even the mark of the beast won’t hinder wealth in the Western world! Just look at the expensive dainties listed in the following portion of Scripture.

verse 12 to 13 : [12-13] v12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls [for investment portfolios]and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet [for fashionable dress], and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble [for high-class furniture], v13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense [for sensuousness. Also, a stockpile of] wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses [for the satisfying of the flesh], and chariots [for the getaway]and slaves [for labour to increase wealth]and [finally the] souls of men [for lust and other demeaning practices].

But judgment must come. 

The treasures of the Tribulation enterprises do not last. 

Neither will they last for you, if this is all you want out of life. 

Why?

verse 14 : [14] And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.

They will be destroyed in one hour (verses 10 and 17).

verse 15 to 19 : [15-19v15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her; shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, v16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! v17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster; and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off v18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! v19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

No comment is needed at this point, for the preceding texts are self-explanatory. As the world weeps over the destruction of political Babylon, all heaven breaks forth in praise.

verse 20 : [20] Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

To this point there has only been one other command to rejoice recorded in the Book of Revelation. All has been solemn and sad. At the overthrow of Babylon, however, the cherubim, seraphim, and other angelic orders are told to praise the Lord. The holy apostles and prophets-representatives of all Old and New Testament saints-are instructed to join them. 

Why? 

The chief enemy of the people has been destroyed. 

The world persecuted the prophets, apostles, and saints of God during every age. Oftentimes great suffering was inflicted upon them: [Some] were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth (Hebrews 11:35-38)

Now such oppression is finished forever! Babylon… is fallen, is fallen. Praise the Lord! The world can no longer touch God’s people for God hath avenged you on her-or from the Greek, which is stronger: “God hath judged your judgment on her.”

verse 21 : [21] And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

Some Bible scholars identify this stone as Christ. 

Acts 4:11 states: [Christ] is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

The stone strikes at the end time when ten toes or ten Western nations are aligned. 

Daniel 2:34 states: Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet [composed of ten toes] that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.

This explanation is repeated in Daniel 2:44,45And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.

The Lord Jesus Christ may well be the stone that pulverizes Babylon. So thorough is the stone’s destruction that Babylon is finished forever.

verse 22 : [22] And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;

Entertainment ceases in this “laugh-a-minute” commercial empire. 

All music and hilarity is forever silenced. 

The craftsmen-including tool and die makers, auto mechanics, and machinists are put out of business as all production is halted in Babylon, once the international center of commerce.

verse 23 : [23] And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

Lights are extinguished, possibly through energy deficiencies. 

Marriages cease, and heartbreak inundates the land. 

No longer is there time for mirth, joy, love, and romance.

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

The closing verses of this chapter reveal three reasons for God’s judgment of Babylon: 

(1) her love of wealth and riches:
 
– [her] merchants were the great men of earth

(2) her abusive usage of drugs: 
 
for by [her] sorceries were all nations deceived. (The word sorceries in this text again comes from the Greek word pharmakeia, translated pharmacy in English. The term connotes “getting high on” or “getting kicks out of’ drugs.); and 

(3) her hatred, abuse, and persecution of the people of God:
– for in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

Who is Babylon?  

Certain scholars think that the term refers to the ancient city of Babylon on the banks of the Euphrates River in present-day Iraq.  

Interestingly, the city is currently being rebuilt.  

Others, including such prophecy scholars as Dr. S. Franklin Logsden, believe Babylon to be the United States of America-a leader of the Western world aligned with the Antichrist’s ten-toed kingdom. 

Some great scholars believe that America and Babylon the great are one and the same because of the information presented in the prophecies of Isaiah and Jeremiah, plus the words of John the seer in Revelation, chapter 18.

America. & Isaiah’s remarks:

Consider the following momentarily. Isaiah 18:1, 2 depicts a latter-day nation that amazingly resembles modern America.  

This nation 

(1) has the insignia of wings-similar to our national emblem, the bald eagle; 

(2) is a land that is beyond the sea from Israel; 

(3) is scattered and peeled-meaning it is widely spread out or has great land areas; 

(4) is meted out-or staked out-by acres and miles; and 

(5) is a land whose rivers are spoiled-or polluted.

Likewise, in chapters 50 and 51 of the book bearing his name, Jeremiah presents conclusive evidence that a latter-day Babylon-far different from and superior to ancient Babylon-will spring into existence.

America & Jeremiah’s remarks

As you consider Jeremiah’s remarks, and consider modern America it seems fit the picture so it would not be out of  place is America the fulfillment of these predictions because: 

(1) she is a nation of mingled people (Jeremiah 50:37)

(2) she is a nation whose mother shall be sorely confounded and who coexists with the “mother” at the hour of her decline (50:12); 

(3) she dwellest upon many waters (51:13); 

(4) her wealth plagues the nations of the earth to the point of insane jealousy (51:7); 

(5) her space exploits are so utterly fantastic that she tries to mount up to heaven (51:53); and 

(6) she exists when Israel is back in her land.

A MESSAGE OF HOPE FROM DR. JACK VAN IMPE

First Published : Jun 23, 2014 | Re Published :

22.0 The Book of Revelation: Chapter 17: vs.1- 18

Revelation (the Book) feature

Chapters 17 and 18 form another parenthesis. 

They are expositions of two verses previously discussed. Chapter 171)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+17&version=KJV explains Revelation 14:8 and chapter 182)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+18&version=KJV expounds Revelation 16:19.

In Revelation 14:8 we readAnd there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

Likewise, in chapter 16,3)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+16&version=KJV just concluded, we learned that: great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath (verse 19).4)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+16%3A9&version=KJV

As we have already discussed, the Babylon of chapter 145)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+14&version=KJV is a religious system, whereas the Babylon of chapter 166)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+16&version=KJV is political. The chapter before us, then, is the story of the rise and fall of the ecumenical world church, while chapter 187)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+18&version=KJV describes the destruction of a political system. Let’s begin our investigation of chapter 178)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+17&version=KJV and discuss its prophetic implications, historically.

verse 1 : [1] And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

Here we see one of the seven angels who administered one of the seven judgments speaking to the disciple, John, inviting him to view the judgment of the great harlot who sitteth upon many watersThis phrase, many waters, speaks of religious control over humanity, internationally. 

Proof?  Verse 15: The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

verse 2 : [2] With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

Here we discover that this worldwide religious system holds both earth’s leaders and people within its grasp. The fornication committed is between these worldly leaders and the church. Remember that fornication, spiritually speaking, has to do with idolatry, including all its evil connotations and associations. 

Spiritual fornication also has to do with Christianity embracing the world-leaping out of Christ’s arms into those of another lover. 

God’s Word instructs true Christians to be separated from the world (see Romans 12:2), specifically cautioning them not to fall in love with the world or anything that it contains (see 1 John 2:15).

Those who disregard these commands are spiritual adulterers or fornicators.  

That’s why James 4:4 declares: Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 

Harlotry and whoredom, then, speak of idolatry and worldliness. 

During the Tribulation hour, a vast international religious system (the great whore of verse 1)9)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+17%3A1&version=KJV creates impure alignments with kings, rulers, and presidents in an unprecedented way. Her control is so overwhelming that humanity becomes mentally stupefied or hypnotically drugged as they are made drunk with the intoxicating brew of these religious/political alliances.

verse 3 : [3] So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

At this point John, guided by the Holy Spirit, observes the woman (or world church) sitting upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.  

We saw this beast in chapter 13, verse 1I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns.

We immediately recognize him to be the Antichrist, who came to power through a confederation of Western nations pictured by the ten horns and ten toes discussed previously. 

The only difference between the present text and verse 1 of chapter 1310)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13%3A1&version=KJV is that the beast is now described as being scarlet coloured. Most commentators believe this reflects his bloody assault upon the world as he rises to power. He begins his reign with a fake peace pact (see Daniel 9:27) which he later breaks!  

As a result, millions are slaughtered during his rule. Now he bears the blood-red color of an executioner.

verse 4 : [4] And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

As this world church on earth is described, please keep in mind that the true Church-the bride of Christ-is in heaven (chapter 4, verse 1).11)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+4%3A1&version=KJV Her members were raptured from all nations and from many denominations.  

In fact, their song was recorded in chapter 5, verse 9: Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation. 

The lyrics clearly prove that they trusted in the precious blood of Jesus for salvation. There is no other way (see 1 Peter 1:18, 19).

Cain rejected the blood and tried to appease God with a vegetable offering (see Genesis 4:3), but God saidIt is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul (Leviticus 17:11).

One cannot get to heaven by following the commandments of men (Matthew 15:9), observing tradition (see Mark 7:9), or as a result of works (see Titus 3:5). Thus, those who believed and obeyed God’s teachings concerning the blood of the Lamb are in heaven when the false church, the great whore that sitteth upon many waters, holds sway over the earth. 

This false religious system of the Tribulation hour is a complete union of the church and the world. Its members are the leftovers from all denominations. They were either doctrinally or morally wrong.  

One is as bad as the other. 

The doctrinally wrong are described in 2 Peter 2:1,3 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction…whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

The morally wrong are pictured in Jude 1:8,21  Now we understand why theology and morality are so important! When God says, All have sinned (Romans 3:23)

He means all. 

When He declares, The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23)

He means punishment. 

When He declares, The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin (1 John 1:7),  

He means just that! 

There are no two ways about it! God says what He means-and means what He says. If one rejects God’s Word, he will end up among this Tribulation crowd of self-indoctrinated religionists in a world church destined for destruction. 

Secondly, if one says he is a Christian but continues to live in sin, the result will be the same even though his doctrinal theories may coincide with the true teachings of the Word. Yes, disobedience to revealed truth, as well as incorrect doctrine, keeps one from the presence of God for all eternity.

This is why Titus 1:16 states: They profess that they know God [lip service]; but in works[daily living] they deny [God], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate [counterfeit]. 

Therefore, the members of both groups remain on earth when Jesus calls His genuine children home in the twinkling of an eye. Then these leftovers from all denominations become members of the only religious body still in existence-the world church under the false prophet. 

Looking at verse 412)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+17%3A4&version=KJV once again, we notice that the woman or mother of the united world church is clothed in materials of purple and scarlet colour. This signifies rulership, for imperial Rome bedecked its leaders in such fashionable elegance.  

Strange, is it not, that ecclesiastical rulers have always desired temporal authority? They have sought to control the world as well as their parishioners. 

Constantine, who became Emperor of Rome in 312 A.D. and eventually head of the church, is a perfect example of this power struggle which has continued to the present hour. Shades of Nicolaitanism! Remember the church of Ephesus in chapter 2.13)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+2&version=KJV

QUESTION:

Is such a goal scriptural? 

No! Jesus taught His disciples to pray, Thy kingdom come (Matthew 6:10). When that great event takes place in chapter 19, verse 16,14)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19%3A16&version=KJV then and only then, is a theocracy-the government of God-established upon earth.  

This position of leadership is reserved for the Lord Jesus Christ, and no mortal has any business taking His place.  

The throne belongs exclusively to the King of kings and Lord of lords. 

The colors and jewels of verse 415)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+17%3A4&version=KJV picture a church composed of prelates or leaders elegantly dressed in purple and scarlet (the colors of the emperors from the time of Constantine). They are also decked with gold and precious stones and pearls (a picture of wealth) and use idols in worship (pictured by the golden cup in the woman’s hand).  

The cup is full of:

(1) abominations and

(2) filthiness.

verse 5 : [5] And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

Here we discover that the mother church has daughters. Her offspring are groups who either rejected the true teachings of the founder of Christendom or who had a counterfeit experience with the Son of God. They went through the motions but were never truly converted. Among them are cultists, apostates, and unconverted professors of religion-including Baptists, Catholics, Lutherans, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, and those who were members of a host of denominations.  They never really knew the Lord (see Matthew 7:21-23). The fruit of daily living was spoiled. Now they are all united in one homogenized ecumenical monstrosity-the counterfeit church under the leadership of the false prophet. However, the true believers from many denominations are already on the glory side and were evacuated at the Rapture (see Revelation 4:1). Friend, at the Judgment Day, no church-not even your church-will be the final standard of truth. Neither will tradition hold sway at the judgment bar of God. The only and absolute authority of truth, faith, and religious practice is God’s Holy Word! (see 2 Timothy 3:16) 

This is why the Lord Jesus himself said in Mark 7:7,13 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered.

verse 6 : [6] And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her I wondered with great admiration.

As John watches all the cunning antics of persecution this woman used and uses, he [wonders] with great admiration. This does not mean he admires the one who has so mercilessly destroyed so many. Instead, the original Greek is that John “wonders with a great wonder.” He is mystified.

verse 7 : [7] And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

The explanation begins in the next verse.

verse 8 : [8] The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

The angel continues unfolding the mystery of the beast in verses 8 through 17.16)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+17%3A8-17&version=KJV Then, in verse 18,17)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+17%3A18&version=KJV the identity of the woman is revealed. Concerning the beast, the angel declares, 

The beast that thou sawest was [past tense], and is not [present tense]; and shall ascend [future tense] out of the bottomless pit.

This is the same beast found in verse 318)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+17%3A3&version=KJV and also in chapter 13, verse 1.19)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13%3A1&version=KJV The reason the beast was, and is not and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition is that, as mentioned during our study of chapter 13, verse 3,20)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13%3A3&version=KJV he is more than likely assassinated during the Tribulation hour-and thus, is not.  

Then Satan, the great imitator, resurrects him and enters the body of this human for the final forty-two months of the Tribulation. This explanation fulfills the statement, and yet is (verse 8).21)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+17%3A8&version=KJV While he is deceased, the beast is in the place of departed evil spirits-the bottomless pit. At the time of his resurrection, he ascends out of this pit, only to eventually go back into perdition at the conclusion of his reign when Christ comes (at the Battle of Armageddon) and casts him into the lake of fire (chapter 19, verse 20).22)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19%3A20&version=KJV

Verse 8 also tells us that those persons whose names [are] not written in the book of life, are emotionally stirred as they see the beast that was [alive], and is not [because of his assassination] and yet is [because of his resurrection] ruling again.

verse 9 : [9] And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

This is a tremendous text. It locates, geographically, the final world power block and headquarters for the world church as well.

Historically speaking, Rome is the only city situated on seven hills.  

The names of her seven peaks are:

(1) Aventine

(2) Caelian

(3) Capitoline

(4) Esquiline

(5) Palatine

(6) Quirinal

(7) Viminal. 

There is no disputing the fact. The world church, sitting on these seven hills, heading up scores of denominations, rides to power on the back of the ten-horned Western federation of nations.

verse 10 : [10] And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.

As John receives this vision of the seven kings, five have already fallen.  

They were:

(1) Assyria

(2) Egypt

(3) Babylon

(4) Medo Persia

(5) Greece

(6) Rome

…. at the time John receives this revelation, and Number 723)http://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=Number+7&qs_version=KJV is yet to come. He, of course, is the Antichrist whose reign will last briefly, or a short space.

verse 11 : [11] And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

This verse is a thought-twister, but easily understood when one considers it carefully. Who is king number eight if there are only seven kings in the first place? Number eight is number seven resurrected! And the beast that was [before his assassination], and is not [because of his untimely death], even he is [because of his resurrection] the eighth. He is of the seven because Satan, who incarnated his body while dead, also motivated the other seven.  

As further proof that number eight is the resurrected Antichrist (number seven), we are again told that he will eventually go into perdition. This statement is also made concerning number seven in verse 824)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+17%3A8&version=KJV as well as in our text-verse 11.25)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+17%3A11&version=KJV King number seven and king number eight are one and the same.

verse 12 : [12] And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

The ten horns have now become quite familiar to us. They may soon control the world. Communism, as we have learned, is not the final power block of history. Rather, this ten-toed Western alliance is. The power of these nations, however, will be for one hour, or for but a brief moment of time.

verse 13 : [13] These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

The final ten-nation Western federation-after the Antichrist ousts three of the original members and replaces them-becomes so unified that everything they possess, economically and militarily, is placed under the control of this world leader (see Daniel 7:8,24).

verse 14 : [14] These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

This verse is fulfilled in chapter 19, verses 11 through 16,26)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19%3A11%2C16&version=KJV when the world’s armies gather together against the Lord and His anointed as pictured in Psalm 2:2: The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed. 

The Lamb (Christ) is the Lord of lords, and King of kings

The called, chosen, and faithful who accompany Him are the armies of heaven (chapter 19, verse 14)27)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19%3A14&version=KJV composed of the believers (the true Church) who were raptured out of the world in chapter 4, verse 1,28)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+4%3A1&version=KJV and who then waited in heaven seven years to return with the Bridegroom.

verse 15 : [15] And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

As explained in our discussion of verse 1,29)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+17%3A1&version=KJV the woman sitting upon many waters is the world church who exercises religious control over mankind internationally.

verse 16 : [16] And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

The Antichrist eventually betrays his religious followers. They bowed and scraped to his image, but now he no longer wants to share the limelight and glory with them. Thus, the individual leaders of the countries in the ten-nation confederacy turn against the world church. They hate her, strip her of all possessions (the gold, precious stones, and pearls of verse 4),30)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+17%3A4&version=KJV and destroy her by burning her remains to the ground. Who places such a plan of action in the hearts of these rulers? None other than God Almighty!

verse 17 : [17] For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

Imagine, God does it all! This portion of Scripture emphasizes the futility of politics. Despite the methods and manipulations of man, God’s plan always comes to pass. He sets up and knocks down world rulers at will (see Psalm 75:7).  They are but pawns in the game of life (see Proverbs 21: 1). God’s will prevails regardless of what humans attempt to do. Christian, get souls saved! This is your God-given goal. Let the world spend time on temporal issues. The cause of Christ is eternal!

verse 18 : [18] And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

This great end-time city is located within the European Union and proves that the political and religious power brokers exist together simultaneously. Since the world church forms at the time when ten Western nations unite-and both the European Economic Community (now the EU) and World Council of Churches began unity proceedings in 1948-Christ’s coming must be near.  How long, O Lord, ere we shout that glad song, “Christ returneth, hallelujah!” Yes,”Hallelujah!” Amen!

A MESSAGE OF HOPE FROM DR. JACK VAN IMPE

First Published : Jun 22, 2014 | Re Published :

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21.0 The Book of Revelation: Chapter 16: vs.10-21

Revelation (the Book) feature

   Third Woe  cont’d    
 
 Rev 16:1-211)The third woe is revealed after the seventh trumpet judgment. This woe is parallel to the trumpet that sounds in Joel 1:2 and signals the consummation of God’s plan for the entire world. This third woe marks the finishing of God’s judgment on sin; it occupies the book of Revelation through the 19th chapter, when Christ’s Kingdom is established on earth. Incorporated within this third and final woe are the seven “bowls” of God’s wrath, described in Revelation 16:1-21. This series of judgments is the greatest horror the citizens of earth have ever seen. Jesus said, “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive” (Matthew 24:22). source

   Bowl Judgements   

No. 5

verse 1 : [10-11] v10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, v11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

Whereas the fourth judgment produced unusual brightness through the scorching rays of the sun, the fifth bowl unleashes darkness upon the very throne of the Antichrist and throughout his empire. This could certainly be related to the shortening of the days and lengthening of the nights, as already described.

Whatever the darkness is, we take it to be literal as was the Egyptian plague described in Exodus 10:21-23: And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.

What a thrilling moment for the saints on earth! They see the satanically-controlled or devil-incarnated leader humiliated internationally as the power of God is unleashed upon his seat of government.

This scene is equated with the “the day of the Lord.” The day of the Lord is darkness, and not light (Amos 5:18).

Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like [militarily], neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations (Joel 2:1, 2). 

Who is the military colossus that produces such darkness and gloominess in the last days? Russia!

But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great [frightful] things (Joel 2:20).

The only nation in the world north of Israel with a barren area and two oceans surrounding it is Russia.

This is the same nation that comes against Israel from the north in Ezekiel 38:15 and is known by the names Magog, Meshech, Tubal, and Rosh.

How near it all appears!

In our text, the Day of the Lord has arrived. The wicked gnaw their tongues for pain, but continue blaspheming the God of heaven. Apparently, no amount of punishment for sin can change some people. They repented not. Don’t let it happen to you!

   Bowl Judgements   
No. 6
verse 1 : [12-16] v12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. v13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. v14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. v15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. v16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

The sixth trumpet judgment should be recalled in the light of the sixth tipped bowl. 

There is a striking similarity. Revelation 9: 13-18, depicts the sixth angel voicing his commands. As he does, four angels are loosed from the great river Euphrates-the area of present-day Iran, Iraq, and Syria.

Wow!

A total of two hundred million troops (Revelation 9:16) appear in the Middle East from the Orient. This has to be the largest assemblage of military men in the annals of history!

In the text before us (Revelation 16:12), we witness a miraculous drying up of the Euphrates River in order that the kings of the east might cross over unhindered. The word kings pictures the leaders of troops. They cross the Euphrates in order to participate in the greatest Mid-East confrontation ever-the Battle of Armageddon!

Actually, the conflict is a fight against the Lord and His hosts and will be discussed in detail when we arrive at its explanation point – Revelation 19: 11-16.

Upon their arrival in the Holy Land, these oriental kings or rulers join with the leaders of other nations for the war of wars as predicted in Psalm 2:2-4: The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

How near is Armageddon? 

Bear in mind that both chapters 9 and 162)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+9%2C16&version=KJV mention the Euphrates River as a focal point in this war. Keep your eyes on the Mideast-especially Iran, Iraq, and Syria-in the days ahead. The Euphrates was jointly theirs when these nations were called Persia.

Thus, Iran, Iraq, and Syria are a prominent identification point for the end-time war.

Between the sixth and seventh seal and trumpet judgments, we encountered parenthetical utterances.

Now we find another parenthesis between the sixth and seventh bowl judgments. This we shall consider from verses 13-16,3)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+16%3A13-16&version=KJV already quoted.

Verse 134)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+16%3A13&version=KJV reveals three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouths of

(1) the dragon (Satan),

(2) the beast (Antichrist), and

(3) the false prophet (head of the world church).

What we see, then, is an unholy trinity controlled by the power of evil spirits in an age of occultism, as explained in chapter 9, verses 20 and 21.5)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+9%3A20-21&version=KJV

The symbolism of frogs (for the text says “like frogs”) speaks of uncleanness. 

The plague of frogs in Egypt produced an obnoxious stench that filled the land with indescribable odors and filth (see Exodus 8:14).

Thus, the picture is clear. 

The counterfeit trinity-the devil, the Antichrist, and the false prophet-produce supernatural miracles through the power of the devil and his demonic spirits, thus convincing the kings of the earth that these men are gods.

Because of it, the kings willingly follow them to the Middle East for the great day of God Almighty, which is Armageddon.

The entire situation reeks in God’s nostrils.

Verse 156)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+16%3A15&version=KJV is a pause or lull before the storm. God says He will come as a thief. This again proves that the Church is not present, for that day shall not overtake believers as a thief (see 1 Thessalonians 5:4).

The words of verse 15,7)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+16%3A15&version=KJV then, constitute a final admonition to the Tribulation saints, telling them to watch for His coming and to continue walking in pathways of holiness.

The terms watcheth and garments refer to slothfulness and carelessness, spiritually speaking.

Let’s prove this.

In Christ’s day, a one-piece garment was removed at bedtime. It was worn only during waking hours. Here the Lord tells the final group or gleaning of Tribulation saints to watch, for in so doing they will be awake and clothed.

The command is to be prepared. 

Preparation voids their being found naked and ashamed.

The same is true for believers today. When Jesus comes, multitudes will stand at the Judgment Seat naked (without rewards) and ashamed, because they were not watching.

Heed the warning of 1 John 2:28: And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

Verse 168)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+16%3A16&version=KJV names the location of the great day of God Almighty: Armageddon or “the mount of Megiddo”-the place where numerous battles have occurred throughout history. Armageddon will also be the scene of the final battle when the winepress of the wrath of God is released upon the nations.

   Bowl Judgements   
No. 7
verse 1 : [17-21v17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. v18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. v19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. v20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. v21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

Satan is the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2). This is why we wrestle… against [evil spirits] in high places (Ephesians 6: 12).

The seventh angel, in pouring out his bowl into the air, destroys the last traces of Satan’s abiding place.

Armageddon, as will be explained in chapter 19,9)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19&version=KJV also destroys every nook and cranny where Satan has had a resting place. As this occurs, a voice out of the temple of heaven victoriously shouts, “It is done!” The twenty-one judgments are completed.

Interestingly, when Christ bore the judgment for our sins, He cried, It is finished. Now, as unregenerate mankind pays the price for their sin of not repenting and allowing Christ to bear their load, a voice from heaven again cries, It is finished. There will be no further judgments. Judgment number twenty-one is the finale.

The seventh outpoured bowl produces thunders, lightnings, and the most devastating earthquake ever to occur upon earth.

The Prophet Haggai undoubtedly predicted this when he stated: For thus saith the Lord of hosts.. .1 will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations [Christ] shall come (Haggai 2:6, 7).

One should be certain to note that the final bowl judgment does not bring about the end of the world. 

Instead, the Lord Jesus Christ returns at this time, establishes His earthly kingdom, and rules for one thousand years (chapter 20, verse 4).10)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+20%3A4&version=KJV

Still this is the end of civilization as we have known it. 

The destruction divides the great city (Jerusalem) into three parts and causes every major city in all nations to fall. In addition, every island flees away and mountains become dislocated, even to the point of disappearing into the oceans.  

The worst judgment is reserved for Babylon, which receives the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. A detailed study of Babylon’s demise will be conducted in chapter 18.11)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+18&version=KJV

The climax is the raining down from heaven of hailstones weighing from 86 to 120 pounds. 

The Greek talent weighed 86 pounds, the Troy talent 96 pounds, and the Jewish talent 120 pounds. Whatever measurement is used, this hailstorm will do more than dent cars and demolish homes. It will literally pulverize everything in sight.

In spite of this plague, the inhabitants of earth continue calling God dirty names. 

Men never learn.

Finally they must die and suffer eternal banishment from God in a fiery hell. 

Even then they weep and gnash their teeth (see Matthew 8:12). Although weeping denotes sorrow, the gnashing of teeth depicts cursing. No wonder God’s Word says that the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever (Revelation 14:11).

May none of this ever be a part of your experience. 

Make certain you have gotten in on the first “It is finished” cry of Jesus Christ upon the cross of Calvary. 

Do not keep hesitating only to finally hear the “It is done” wail of judgment number twenty-one.

Christ died for you, shed His blood for the remission of your sins, and He longs to save you.

A MESSAGE OF HOPE FROM DR. JACK VAN IMPE

First Published : Jun 20, 2014 | Re Published :

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20.0 The Book of Revelation: Chapter 16: vs. 1-9

Revelation (the Book) feature

The information presented in the following twenty-one verses should cause all men to examine their relationship with the Almighty God.

The events we are about to observe are both awesome and terrifying. In fact, the only consolation for the believer is that he will not be present when the forthcoming scenario actually takes place.

By the time our study is concluded, we will understand and appreciate more than ever before the words of the Apostle Paul in Titus 2:13: Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.

The final seven judgments of the Tribulation hour are about to begin.

   Third Woe    
 
 Rev 16:1-211)The third woe is revealed after the seventh trumpet judgment. This woe is parallel to the trumpet that sounds in Joel 1:2 and signals the consummation of God’s plan for the entire world. This third woe marks the finishing of God’s judgment on sin; it occupies the book of Revelation through the 19th chapter, when Christ’s Kingdom is established on earth. Incorporated within this third and final woe are the seven “bowls” of God’s wrath, described in Revelation 16:1-21. This series of judgments is the greatest horror the citizens of earth have ever seen. Jesus said, “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive” (Matthew 24:22). source

verse 1 : [1] And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

The voice of Almighty God issues forth from the smoke-filled Temple, directing the angels to carry out their duties. Remember, God himself is sending forth these judgments.

His holiness has been offended.

Mankind has worshiped a man-the Antichrist, the devil in human skin-even bowing to his image, the abomination of desolation (Matthew 24:15).

The true and eternal God is justly angry. He cannot allow this iniquity to go unjudged.

In Isaiah 42:8 Jehovah says, I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

Again, in Exodus 20:4-6: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Because mankind, en masse, has grossly violated this commandment during the Tribulation period, the promised judgment must begin.

   Bowl Judgements   
No. 1
verse 2 : [2] The first [angel] went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshiped his image.

What a scene, as the first bowl is poured out and men become covered with ulcerated sores! They had the mark of the beast (666), and now they have the mark of God-ulcers. These festering infections probably obscure the beast’s number.

Can this verse be taken literally? 

The plague is similar to one of past history: And the Lord said unto Moses and unto Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in the sight of Pharaoh. And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains [ulcerated sores] upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt. And they took ashes of the furnace, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses sprinkled it up toward heaven; and it became a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast. And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians (Exodus 9:8-11).

What a terrible price men pay for not believing God!

   Bowl Judgements   
No. 2
verse 3 : [3] And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.

Again history records a time when the waters turned to blood: Thus saith the Lord, In this thou shalt know that I am the Lord: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood. And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall loathe to drink of the water of the river. And the Lord spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone. And Moses and Aaron did so, as the Lord commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood. And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt (Exodus 7:17-21).

If God did it once, He can certainly do it again.  

He is the omnipotent, all-powerful God. His promises never fail.

Pausing momentarily to review our studies, we recall that the second seal (chapter 6:3,4)2)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+6%3A3%2C4&version=KJV brought great bloodshed upon earth and the second trumpet blast (chapter 8:8)3)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+8%3A8&version=KJV caused a third part of the sea to become blood.

In the verse presently under study, every sea creature perishes when the water is turned to blood.

The result is an unbearable stench throughout the entire world as these organisms decease and decay. Think of it! That which always symbolized life-the life of the flesh is in the blood (Leviticus 17:11)-and symbolized salvation-the blood of Jesus Christ [God’s] Son cleanseth us from all sin (1 John 1:7)-now becomes a symbol of condemnation and death.

Wait! 

There is more. 

The third vial extends the destruction to all bodies of water internationally.

   Bowl Judgements   
No. 3
verse 4 to 7 :

[4-7]  v4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. v5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. v6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. v7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.

By this time, one may have been tempted to believe that God is not just. To the contrary, God is always equitable, fair, and righteous in His dealings with men. Genesis 18:25 declares, Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? 

No man has all the facts in his possession.  

Thus, he must wait until he meets God face to face. 

Then and only then will he be able to make unbiased decisions.

Notice that angelic beings have different responsibilities upon earth. In our text, we see the angel of (or over) the waters justifying God’s actions by saying, Thou art righteous, O Lord [the eternal one] … because [of thy judgments].

In effect, the angel is saying, “The wicked beast worshippers who shed the blood of so many of Your saints and prophets may not satisfy their insatiable desire for blood by drinking it to their heart’s content. They deserve what has happened to them. You have answered the prayers of Your saints under the altar” (chapter 6).4)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+6&version=KJV

As this message of vindication to the Almighty is concluded, a voice from the altar replies, “Even so,” or “Amen.”

Justice prevails. God’s judgments are true and righteous.

   Bowl Judgements   
No. 4
verse 8 to 9 : [8-9] v8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. v9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
The inhabitants of planet earth now experience the greatest heat wave in history. Many of us remember what happened in the South during the summer of 1980. Crops were parched and great numbers of people died as temperatures consistently soared over 100 degrees F. Now we see what happens when the sun is out of control.

Isaiah predicted this period of time in chapter 24, verses 4-6:5)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+24%3A4-6&version=KJV The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof, because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

The earth becomes so drastically hot during this judgment that God has to alleviate the suffering by shortening the daylight hours. 

Jesus said in Matthew 24:22, And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

What did He mean? 

Many scholars have proposed the idea of the Tribulation period being abbreviated, but this is an impossibility because God’s predestined program for the Tribulation totals seven years-or eighty-four months, or exactly 2,520 days. Since the scheduled timetable is already prophesied, not one day can be cut from the program. Verse 2 of chapter 116)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+11%3A2&version=KJV mentions 1,260 days as one-half of this period and no one can change God’s plan. Therefore, we must find another explanation.

Is there a solution? 

Definitely!

God shortens the daylight hours and lengthens the night seasons to keep millions alive. He accomplishes this by darkening the sun, as predicted by His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ: Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened (Matthew 24:29). This statement harmonizes with Revelation 6:12: And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair. 

God’s method of shortening the daylight hours hinders the sun’s death purge of earth’s inhabitants by reducing the amount of ultraviolet rays bombarding the planet. This act of mercy is for His people, the saved Tribulation saints, for He adds in Matthew 24:22, But for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. 

Once again we need to remember that the Church, the elect bride of Christ composed of all those who were born again prior to the Rapture (chapter 4, verse 1),7)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+4%3A1&version=KJV is at home in glory during this time. The earthly group of Tribulation saints presently being discussed constitutes the election of Romans 11:28. They are also referred to as Jacobites, or Israelites, in Romans 11:26. These are Jews. They are not members of the bride of Christ, but rather members of the wife of Jehovah (See Isaiah 42:1, Isaiah 45:4, Isaiah 65:9, 22).

Mankind’s reaction to the scorching with fire takes the form of further rebellion. 

Instead of repenting and appealing to God who has power to stay the plague (verse 9),8)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+16%3A9&version=KJV the people aim a barrage of four-letter blasphemies at the Almighty. The human heart is exceedingly wicked and callous (see Jeremiah 17:9). Even in the face of such agonizing judgment, repentance, restitution, and reconciliation are the farthest things from men’s minds. Truly, they are hardened sinners.

A MESSAGE OF HOPE FROM DR. JACK VAN IMPE

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19.0 The Book of Revelation: Chapter 15: vs.1-8

Revelation (the Book) feature

Chapter 151)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+15&version=KJV is a preparatory portion of Scripture. 

Its eight verses serve as an introduction to the:

Seven Vial or Bowl Judgments described in chapter 16.2)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+16&version=KJV

Let’s investigate.

verse 1 : [1] And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.

The sign John now views in heaven is awe-inspiring. Seven angels-possibly the seven angels or messengers of the seven churches mentioned in chapters 2 and 33)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+2%2C3&version=KJV – are about to pour out the final seven plagues upon earth. This is the completion of God’s judgment when His wrath is unleashed against rebellious mankind.

verse 2 : [2] And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

As explained in chapter 4, verse 6,4)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+4%3A6&version=KJV the sea of glass speaks of tranquility. It is calm and stable, and typifies:

1) The Church at rest, or

2) God’s living Word. Solomon’s Temple contained a sea of glass, depicting the Word of God, as a means of sanctification.

Notice that the sea of glass in our text is mixed with fire. 

This is a beautiful picture of believers standing firmly for Christ under the test of fire, having their feet planted on the Word of God.

The Apostle Peter speaks of this matter when he says, That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:7).

Thus, there is no doubt whatsoever that the Tribulation saints enjoy victory over the beast, his image, his mark and the number of his name (666) by the Word of God and prayer. They died for the name of Jesus and are conquerors because of death. Had they remained alive by accepting the beast and his number, they would have been losers. Instead, they are victors, because to die in Christ is gain (see Philippians 1:21). This is why they stand upon the sea of glass-a picture of the Word of God-and are also serenaded and soothed by heaven’s harpists.

verse 3 to 4 : [3-4v3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. v4 Who shall not fear thee, 0 Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
This group, saved out of the Tribulation, sings the song of Moses. 

The meaning?  

Back to Exodus, chapter 14.5)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+14&version=KJV Moses and his people were being hotly pursued by Pharaoh and his armies. Finally the Israelites arrived at the Red Sea. There God parted the waters so that His people could cross over on dry land. As Pharaoh’s military geniuses followed, the waters closed in upon them, and they died.

The Israelites, realizing the protection of God on their behalf in sparing them from the Egyptian ruler-a type of the Antichrist-began to sing a song of worship, praise, and adoration to Jehovah: … The horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea (Exodus 15:1).

Now, centuries later, redeemed Jews who through death left earth’s Tribulation miseries behind, sing the song of Moses and the Lamb. This does not mean they use the same lyrics as the people of Moses’ day, but rather that they-as Jews-identify with Moses, the great Jewish leader. They belong to Moses, nationally and to the Lord Jesus Christ, spiritually, for their song is also about the Lamb.

The words are 

Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

Verse 4 reflects the attributes of the King of the nations during the Millennium. 

Then He is revered because the world fears and glorifies His name. Also, in homage and respect to His holiness and His mighty acts of judgment and subjugation, all nations come to worship in His presence.

This is in harmony with Isaiah 2:2-3: And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

Zechariah agrees in chapter 14, verses 16 and 17:6)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Zechariah+14%3A16%2C17&version=KJV And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.

verse 5 [5] And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:

The Ark of the Testimony was kept in the Temple or the Tabernacle or the Holy of Holies. Under Moses, it was concealed from the eyes of the people. Its mysteries were beyond them. That day is now finally over. The way of the Holiest is open to all, including the Tribulation saints. Now they may view His workings, because they have access to His abiding place.

verse 6 : [6] And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.

The sight of the seven angels coming out of the Temple is breathtaking and frightening. 

In the earthly Tabernacle and Temple, men were not allowed entrance. Even the high priest could go in but once each year, and then only after rigid ceremonial standards had been observed. The angels, however, have been admitted because they are created beings of holiness to administer the upcoming bowl judgments.

The pure and white linen and golden girdles worn by these angels are the same items of clothing worn by Old Testament priests. In other words, angel-priests are about to judge the world from the place where God’s Law rests-the Holy of Holies. This judgment is necessary because mankind has desecrated God’s laws globally.

The fact that there are seven angels- the number of perfection and completeness proves that no stone will be left unturned as they execute their seven judgments upon planet earth. Hence, as they leave the Temple, they are given their bowls or vials of judgment.

verse 7 to 8 : [7-8] v7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever. v8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

In concluding this chapter, verse 87)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+15%3A8&version=KJV conclusively proves that the Temple area is sealed to angels and men during the final forty-two months of the Tribulation hour.

God’s throne, which symbolizes mercy and love, is shut to the public until the period of judgment ends.

This, of course, is during the outpouring of the seven bowls of unprecedented judgment.

When God’s judgment has been completed, men may then again approach the Mercy Seat.

Until that time, however, all is hazy and dark because of the smoke which fills the Temple.

A MESSAGE OF HOPE FROM DR. JACK VAN IMPE

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18.0 The Book of Revelation: Chapter 14: vs.9 – 20

Revelation (the Book) feature
verse 9 to 11 : [9-11] v9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, v10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: v11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

This third angel announces the doom of those who are worshipping the Antichrist and his image, and who have received the mark “666” in their foreheads or hands.

For the weak-kneed sisters of Christendom who claim that “the God of love could never punish sinners,” verses 9 through 111)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+14%3A+9-11&version=KJV are probably the Bible’s most graphic picture of judgment.

Although the text before us is self-explanatory, I feel it prudent to practically state the same truths twice, in order that mockers may see that there is a judgment of hellfire taught in this book, as well as throughout the Bible.

Those individuals who have received the mark of the beast taste of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture [without dilution or weakening of his wrath as it is stirred up] into the cup of his indignation. The judgment is so horrendous as it is administered in the presence of Christ and his angels that the smoke of [the Antichrist’s partners and pawns] ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Contrary to the teaching of certain cultists, this judgment is also endless. 

The words everlasting for the lost and eternal for the saved are identical in the Greek, both places-heaven and hell-last for the ages of ages-eternally, everlastingly.

Thus, Matthew 25:46 states: [The lost] shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

I repeat, both are of equal duration.

Some may raise an objection that this punishment cannot be eternal because of the words “day and night.” Nonsense!

The apocalypse, or Book of Revelation, constantly uses this terminology in place of “unceasingly.” For example, in chapter 4, verse 8,2)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+4%3A+8&version=KJV the four living creatures before the throne of God rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

Isaiah declared this truth in chapter 66, verse 24,3)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+66%3A+24&version=KJV For their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched.

Jesus himself had this text in mind when He said in Mark 9:43, And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off. it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched.

The most terrible experience of time and eternity is to be lost. My wife, Rexella, sings a song that creates a soul-winner’s heart within those who hear it.

The chorus states: Think what it means to be lost forever,No one to guide you across that cold river.Darkness, crying, none to deliver

Think what it means to be lost.

Thank God, this awesome portrait does not have to be the future of any human being, for Romans 10:13 victoriously announces that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Don’t delay making life’s most important decision.

Now, the subject of fire also causes us to recall that time during the Tribulation hour when one-third of the earth’s population is reduced by fire, smoke, and brimstone (chapter 9, verse 18).4)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+9%3A+18&version=KJV

Possessing a foreknowledge of all these events, and knowing that earthly sorrows can last only as long as one has life, the Holy Spirit, through John, gives an assuring promise about the future.

verse 12 to 13 : [12-13v12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. v13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

This will be especially true during the Tribulation hour when the toils of life are so great. Remember, this is the worst time of heartache in history.Jesus said, For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be (Matthew 24:21).

Now, at last, it is over for some. They have died and happiness is theirs. They rest from the heartbreaks of life, exchanging them for rewards as their good works and deeds follow them.

verse 1 : [14] And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.

A white cloud-the Shekinah orglory of Godcloud-is usually associated with Christ. 

This is the same cloud that went before the Children of Israel as they wandered through the wilderness (Exodus 13:21, 22). It was also present at the giving of the Law (Exodus 19:9). This glorious cloud illuminated the transfiguration scene (Matthew 17:5) and received [Christ] out of their sight at His ascension (Acts 1:9).

At the Rapture, all church-age saints, living and dead will be caught up together… in the clouds (1 Thessalonians 4:17). Finally, when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to planet earth, he cometh with clouds (Revelation 1:7). Thus, in verse 145)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+14%3A+14&version=KJV of this chapter the Son of Man is seen situated upon the cloud as He comes to thrust in His sharp sickle of judgment.

verse 15 to 16 : [15 – 16] v15 And another angel came out of the, temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. v16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.

One cannot get away with sin forever: Be sure, your sin will find you out (Numbers 32:23).

Sin will catch up with you, and when it does, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same (Job 4:8).

The time of reaping has come, and the sickle, sharp and steady, does its judgmental work. Verses 17-206)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+14%3A+17-20&version=KJV describe this hour as the greatest bloodbath in history.

verse 17 to 20 : [17 – 20v17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. v18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. v19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. v20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

This final scene of Revelation 147)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+14&version=KJV describes the work of two angels. The one with a sharp sickle comes from the temple in heaven, while the other with power over fire emerges from the altar. The one in command is the angel from the altar. He immediately orders that the vine be cut off and cast into the great winepress of the wrath of God. Since true children of God are branches of the vine (see John 15:5), the members of the one-world church of the Antichrist and false prophet are called members of Satan’s vine. The time of their pruning or destruction has arrived at last, and they are cut off and cast into the great winepress of God’s indignation.

Oh, what a purging of branches takes place during this hour! The conflict begins in the Valley of Jehoshaphat and becomes centered in the Valley of Jezreel, which is on the plain of Esdraelon near the hill of Megiddo (chapter 16, verse 16).8)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+16%3A16&version=KJV

I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord. Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down: for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision (Joel 3:2, 10-14).

Eventually the battle encompasses the entire nation of Israel and is, of course, global in involvement as the armies of the world meet in the Middle East for the final holocaust of history-the Battle of Armageddon (see Zechariah 14:2).

The result is a 200-mile-long area soaked with blood, (one thousand six hundred furlongs, in American mathematics, is a distance of 200 miles.) Interestingly, the nation of Israel is 200 miles long, from north to south. According to Ezekiel 39:8-16, seven months will be required to bury the dead and the armaments of war will be burned for seven years afterward! The tense Middle East situation certainly signals the return of Christ.

In light of the unprecedented devastation just described, a few additional thoughts are appropriate at this time.

First of all, when Russia, under the names Gog, Magog, Mechech, Tubal, and Rosh, invades Israel, the largest armies in the history of the world will converge on the Middle East. Ezekiel states that they will come up like a cloud (see Ezekiel 38:16). John tells us that the number of the army of the horsemen [is] two hundred thousand thousand-or two hundred million (chapter 9, verse 16).9)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+9%3A16&version=KJV No wonder the conflict is so incredible.

Secondly, the weapons are the deadliest ever used in the history of mankind.

A fire goeth before him (Psalm 97:3).

For, behold, the Lord will come with fire (Isaiah 66:15).

The flaming flame shall not be quenched (Ezekiel 20:47).

A fire devoureth before them (Joel 2:3).

Who? 

The northern army from Russia that is driven back to Siberia. 

Hear God’s statement: But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things (Joel 2:20).

The retreat is effectual in Joel 2:30, for the prophet states: And I [saw] wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars [or literally columns] of smoke.

These are the exact characteristics of a nuclear blast! 

The whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy (Zephaniah 1:18). For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven (Malachi 4:1).

Now we understand why the nation of Israel will be drenched with blood. No wonder Jeremiah 30:7 says, Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it.

Daniel 12:1 adds, There shall be a time of trouble, such as never was.

This time is so horrendous that there will never have been anything like it in the past nor shall there be anything like it again in the future.

Jesus agreed. He said in Matthew 24:21, For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Revelation 9:18 adds, By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.

Finally Russia is going to be smashed in the Middle East. 

Proof: Therefore, thou son of man prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee (Ezekiel 39:1,2).

Later, the Battle of Armageddon will be fought and will assuredly become history’s most terrifying holocaust. However, the good news is that, as a Christian, you will not be present-and if you are not yet a believer, you do not have to be present.

So I plead with you to receive Christ without delay.

 

 

 

A MESSAGE OF HOPE FROM DR. JACK VAN IMPE

First Published : Jun 01, 2014 | Re Published :

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17.0 The Book of Revelation: Chapter 14: vs.1 – 8

Revelation (the Book) feature

Chapter 141)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+14&version=KJV deals with the seven visions, each complete in itself.

They are not presented in a chronological sequence of events but rather panoramically with details following later.

Let me illustrate this point.

The pronouncement of doom upon Babylon, for instance, is uttered in verse 8.2)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+14%3A8&version=KJV However, the details are presented in chapter 16, verses 17-21.3)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+16%3A17-21&version=KJV

With this point in mind, let’s investigate.

verse 1 : [1] And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

The Lamb, as we already know, is the Lord Jesus Christ. John the Baptist called Him by this name as he saw the Lord walking upon earth saying, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world (John 1:29).

Also, John sees the Tribulation saints overcoming Satan by the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 12:11). This same Lamb and His bride are the honored participants at a marriage feast conducted in chapter 19, verse 74)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19%3A7&version=KJV which states: Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

The wedding occurs in heaven but the feast probably takes place on earth as the Lamb returns to Mount Sion (or Zion) for His millennial reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. This would fulfill scores of Old Testament prophecies.

Did you know that Zion, or Jerusalem, is the place God seems to love most? 

Today’s anti-zionists should take heed.

They are opposing the Almighty himself as they rebel against His city and His people because-I repeat-Jerusalem is closest to God’s heart.

For the Lord hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it (Psalm 132:13, 14).

While the first verse of Chapter 145)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+14&version=KJV is the only place where Zion is mentioned in the Book of Revelation, it nevertheless authenticates an unlimited number of Old Testament passages that point to Jerusalem as the headquarters of Christ’s earthly kingdom.

Seemingly, God is saying through this text,I know that millions are following the Antichrist. I see that the false prophet is scoring many victories as he, through lying wonders and deceits, turns the hearts of multitudes to the super-deceiver. However, 666 is the number of man. It is the number of incompleteness. It will soon end.

Why? 

I have set my king upon my holy hill of Zion [or Jerusalem] (Psalm 2:6). 

God adds, Though horrendous judgments are about to fall, look up! Your redemption draws nigh. My son, the Lamb, is about to come forth and take His proper position on earth as King of kings and Lord of lords. He shall soon arrive at Jerusalem.

The Prophet Zechariah also stated this same truth: His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south (Zechariah 14:4).

Additional verses depict the establishment of Christ’s earthly kingdom: 

Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion… the city of the great King (Psalm 48:2).

In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion [or Jerusalem] (Psalm 76:2).

Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion [or Jerusalem] (Psalm 102:13).

Psalm 110:2 pictures His reign and states: The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.

Again, The Lord shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the Lord (Psalm 146:10).

As He reigns, the people are pleased and cry, Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their king (Psalm 149:2).

Isaiah the prophet predicted this time of peace. He said, Out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more (Isaiah 2:3,4).

Jesus Christ is coming soon to sit upon david’s throne.

How do I know this momentous event is about to occur? Because Jerusalem, where He will reign-captured by the Jews in 1967-became the eternal, undivided capital of Israel on July 31, 1980. And this is only the beginning. Soon Jerusalem will become the capital of the entire world-upon the arrival of the King of kings and Lord of lords, the Lord Jesus Christ.

The way has been prepared in our day. 

Let’s triumphantly shout the news, “The King is coming! Amen! The King is coming!

First, however, He must return for the Church (all Christians) so that we can return with Him (chapter 19, verse 14).6)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19%3A14&version=KJV Thus, the Rapture cannot be delayed much longer. Since we return with Him, and it is visibly manifest that we must return together soon, then the fact is clear that our remaining time upon earth is extremely limited. 

At this point in our text, that time has come! How glorious is the hour of the Lord’s return to Jerusalem-the capital of the world-with His people. Part of His earthly entourage is composed of the 144,000 Jews mentioned in chapter 7.7)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+7&version=KJV They have the Lamb’s Father’s name written (or inscribed) in their foreheads. This is a result of the sealing mentioned in chapter 7, verses 3 and 4.8)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+7%3A3%2C4&version=KJV

verse 2 : [2] And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps.

What a majestic sound fills the heavens and the earth as the heavenly chorus, with the voice of many waters (an unusual amount of octaves), crescendos into thunder-like proportions. The multitudinous choir is accompanied by harps-a symbol of joy. This joy has to do with Christ’s redemption.

verse 3 : [3] And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

The new song of these redeemed Jews is undoubtedly similar to the song of the saints presented in chapter 5, verse 9:9)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+5%3A9&version=KJV And they [sang] a new song saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred and tongue, and people, and nation.

Still, the song of the 144,000 differs somewhat in that it is exclusively their own. The point is that the redeemed in every dispensation have something about which they can sing-the joy of the Lord. The purity, holiness, and sanctification of this group are described in the next verse.

verse 4 : [4] These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruit unto God and to the Lamb.

Some commentators, particularly priests in the Middle Ages, stated that this honor was reserved for them because they had refrained from sexual intercourse. Such an explanation, however, is impossible in the light of the sanctity of marriage, for marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled (Hebrews 13:4). 

That is why, whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord (Proverbs 18:22).

The meaning, then, has to do with the undefiled walk of the redeemed Jews as stated in the next part of the verse: These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. They are free from spiritual fornication as described in James 4:4 which states: Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Idolatry, the ultimate form of spiritual adultery, is the sin of the hour during the Tribulation period, as we have already observed in chapters 9 and 13.10)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+9%3A13&version=KJV Yet, even during such a time as this, there are multitudes who remain true to the Lord. I dogmatically believe that the “undefiled” of verse 411)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+14%3A4&version=KJV are those who have kept themselves unspotted from the world. 

This truth is also pictured in 2 Corinthians 11:2 concerning the Church, the bride of Christ: God says, I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

Both Christ and His Father want pure sweethearts.

The Jewish virgins in our text are most likely those referenced in Matthew 25:1-13 (the parable of the wise and foolish virgins). In all dispensations, God wants His people to be separate from the world, the flesh, and the devil.

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty (2 Corinthians 6: 14-18).

These untainted Jews who walked the pathway of holiness are the firstfruits of the Tribulation period. The harvest is to follow as millions more turn to Messiah. 

And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins (Romans 11:26, 27).

Another attribute of the 144,000 Jews is mentioned in the next verse.

verse 5 : [5] And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

God hates the sin of lying. In fact, the Bible lists lying as one of the sins that will keep a man out of the Holy City (see Revelation 22:15). The Tribulation hour, under the Antichrist, produces a world inundated with deceit. The Antichrist works lying wonders (2 Thessalonians 2:9), and multitudes believe a lie (2 Thessalonians 2:11).

Even during this age of fraud, however, the redeemed Jews do not follow Satan, who is a liar, and the father of [lies] (John 8:44). Oh, that there were more believers who never used deceit, who never passed rumors (usually exaggerated lies), and who refused to listen to the lies that Satan, the accuser of [the] brethren, hatches! God wants holy people in every dispensation of time.

Let’s be like Jesus who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth (1 Peter 2:22).

verse 6 : [6] And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.

This verse introduces us to the first of the angels who proclaim a special message to the world.

What is this everlasting gospel the angel preaches?

The word gospel simply means “good news.

It is also called glad tidings (Luke 1:19), good tidings (Luke 2:10), and good tidings once again (1 Thessalonians 3:6).

This good news always includes the message of the blood in every dispensation.

To [Christ] give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins (Acts 10:43), and remission of sins is through the blood, for without shedding of blood is no remission (Hebrews 9:22).

In addition to proclaiming the everlasting gospel, the angel announces that all those who have rejected the message of Jesus for the mark of the Antichrist (666) are about to be bombarded with a series of judgments from God himself.

verse 7 : [7] [The angel said] with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

The angel’s message is God’s final call to a Christ-rejecting world, and the message is “turn or burn; repent or die. This is mankind’s last opportunity to receive Jesus Christ as Messiah, as Lord, yea, as the true God.

verse 8 : [8] And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

Here we learn of the impending judgment to be unleashed upon religious and political Babylon in chapters 17 and 18.12)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+17%2C18&version=KJV We will deal with the fulfillment of these predictions, plus the fact that all nations are made to drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, when we reach those sections.

For the present, suffice it to say that the abominable portrait before us typifies a one-world church united to a one-world political system using every type of corruption imaginable to promote herself into prominence at the end time.

BEWARE! 

The present ecumenical effort, attempting to unite all religions under a so-called “banner of brotherhood,” regardless of one’s belief about Christ, is the forerunner of a monstrous fornicator who makes all nations drink of the wine of her wrath.

A MESSAGE OF HOPE FROM DR. JACK VAN IMPE

First Published : Jun 01, 2014 | Re Published :

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16.0 The Book of Revelation: Chapter 13: vs. 4 – 18

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verse 4 : [4] And they worshiped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshiped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

Another reason that verse 31)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13%3A3&version=KJV may speak of an actual resurrection is that millions who previously would not believe in the Antichrist now begin to worship him-and Satan.

In the second half of this chapter, we will see that the false prophet or religious leader of the Tribulation period actually enforces the worship of the Antichrist! Since the people think of him as God, they cry, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? Yes, who can combat this self-proclaimed god and be victorious?

verse 5 : [5] And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
The Antichrist’s blasphemy during the final three and one-half years of the Tribulation hour most likely has to do with his mockery of the Almighty. One of the reasons God hates idolatry (the use of images in worship) is that He wants no rivals.

Hear Jehovah in Exodus 20:4 and 5: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God.

Think of the insult to the Eternal One when the Antichrist says, “I am God,” and teeming millions bow to him, to Satan, to the false prophet, and to the image-the abomination of desolation-erected in his honor. This blasphemy continues.

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

Jesus, the true God, was accused of blasphemy in His day because He claimed to be God (see Matthew 9:3).

Ironically, the world accepts the Antichrist’s claim to deity, and this perpetrated lie is blasphemy to God. The blasphemy is undoubtedly intensified because Satan himself is speaking.

Now, here is a thought-provoking theory:  during the first forty-two months of the Tribulation, the Antichrist acts under the influence of Satan. However, after Satan is cast out of heaven (in chapter 12)2)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+12&version=KJV and comes to earth, he may actually incarnate himself in the dead body of the Antichrist who had the wound by a sword, and did live (chapter 14).3)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+14&version=KJV

Thus, the beast is raised from the dead by the counterfeiter (Satan), who dwells in that body for the final forty-two months, claiming deity.

As a result, he is able to experience that which he sought when he was cast out of heaven, crying, I will be like the most high (see Isaiah 14:12-14). Satan’s ultimate desire is now realized-he is worshiped as God. The blasphemy is unspeakable! He desecrates everything his filthy hands touch, including the Tabernacle and its worshippers.

verse 7 : [7] And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

The fight is on for the saints of the Tribulation hour. Remember, this is not the Church. Satan battles the Church as they return with Christ (chapter 19, verse 14).4)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19%3A14&version=KJV

In the scene before us, he is attempting to destroy the millions who washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb (chapter 7, verse 14)5)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+7%3A14&version=KJV and who also refused the mark of the beast (chapter 20, verse 4).6)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+20%3A4&version=KJV Instead of experiencing defeat, they overcome (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony (chapter 12, verse 11).7)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+12%3A11&version=KJV

During this time, the Antichrist controls the entire world. He is an international despot exercising power over all kindreds, tongues, and nations. Such a one-world government is almost upon us.

Consider for a moment the global organizations which have become existent in our day: 

(01) The International Atomic Energy Agency.

(02) The International Labor Organization.

(03) The Food and Agricultural Organization.

(04) The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, or World Bank.

(05) The International Development Association.

(06) The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. (commonly called UNESCO)

(07) The World Health Organization.

(08) The International Finance Corporation.

(09) The International Monetary Fund.

(10) The International Civil Aviation Organization.

(11) The Universal Postal Union.

(12) The International Telecommunications Union.

(13) The World Meteorological Association.

(14) The Intergovernmental Maritime Consultive Organization.

(15) The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trades Organization.

The formation of such international alliances has led outstanding thinkers to state that “a New World Order” is on the horizon.

Presently we may be witnessing mankind’s final approach to the much-publicized New World Order, or one-world government, of the Antichrist. At this point in history, all the world will be amazed as this self-styled deity takes control, and the majority will submit to his authority. However, God always has a remnant who will not bow to Baal or other deities.

verse 8 : [8] And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

The true believers of the Tribulation hour will have nothing to do with this satanic monster, even though they will not be able to buy or sell without his approval (chapter 13, verse 17).8)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13%3A17&version=KJV

Their love for Christ will mean more than life, shelter, and food.

They will love Christ to the end, for John declares, I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years (chapter 20, verse 4).9)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+20%3A4&version=KJV

Is the Tribulation hour approaching? 

Will a demon-possessed or devil-incarnate human claim deity and be accepted as world leader and be worshiped as God?

I believe so. Why?

Henry Spaak, a spokesman for the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIET) in Brussels, Belgium, headquarters for the Common Market, made a profound statement relevant to that organization’s goals and operations a few years ago.

He said, “We do not want another committee. We have too many already. What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of the people and lift us out of the economic morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, and be he God or devil, we will accept him.

Mr. Spaak, your wish will soon become a reality!

Henry Spaak

The life-and-death matter of verses 1 through 810)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13%3A1-8&version=KJV is so important that God repeats the warning He so often presented to the seven churches.

verse 9 : [9] If any man have an ear, let him hear.

Beware! Take heed! Think seriously! Why?

verse 10 : [10] He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

This is the exact caution Paul stressed in Galatians 6:7: For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

verse 11 : [11] And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb [identifying him with Christianity], and he spake as a dragon [tying him in with Satan].

Verses 11 through 1811)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13%3A11-18&version=KJV introduce us to the second beast (the religious fake, or false prophet) who is the third member of the satanic trinity.

The devil imitates the Father, the Antichrist imitates the Son, and the false prophet imitates the Holy Spirit.

This religious hypocrite fulfills the prediction of the Saviour who said in Matthew 24:24, For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

verse 12 : [12] And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed..

Clearly, the power of the false prophet is in the realm of religion.

He is coequal in power with the Antichrist. One heads up the secular world, while the other controls the religious scene. These two work closely together. The Antichrist shares his authority with the false prophet, protecting him and his religious colossus in return for a promise of loyalty and devotion. Thus, as head of the world church, the false prophet sees to it that the Antichrist-who was wounded and resurrected-is worshiped. What a team! This second beast is also one of the greatest miracle workers in history.

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

These great wonders are called lying wonders in 2 Thessalonians 2:9.

They are not magical, “sleight of hand” manipulations, but the result of supernatural power from the dragon that enables these men to even produce fire. Since God often revealed himself by fire (see Genesis 19:24, Leviticus 10:1, 2, and 1 Kings 18:38), the false prophet also uses fire.

Satan shares his supernatural power for one reason:

verse 14 : [14] And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

The sole purpose of all these miracles is to prepare the people for idolatry. The false prophet actually entices mankind to build the greatest statue in history in the very image of the Antichrist. This monstrosity will be erected in Jerusalem and will be placed in the Jewish Temple. Such a blasphemous act is against the Jewish conscience and is forbidden by the second commandment (see Exodus 20:4). This is why the image is such an obnoxious, hateful, and abominable thing and is labeled the abomination of desolation by the Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 24:15.

verse 15 : [15] And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

Since the image is able to speak, it might well be the ultimate achievement of our present-day computer systems, already capable of conducting intelligent conversations.

The processing power and speed of computers is growing each and every year. IBM’s Roadrunner computer has just shattered the previous speed record. It is capable of processing 1.026 quadrillion calculations per second. That is over 1,000 trillion calculations per second. The previous record was held by another IBM computer; Blue Gene/L which could process 478.2 trillion calculations per second.

Personally, I believe that the Antichrist will enslave and control earth’s billions of inhabitants through such an all-knowing, monstrous computer. Such a system is absolutely essential to his having all the facts on every member of the human race at his fingertips. As a result, he will, with unerring precision, be able to know who receives his orders, obeys his commands, and honors his laws. His computer will also tell him who earth’s rebels are!

The Antichrist will most certainly use such a computer-and it will be fashioned in his own image.

verse 1 : [6 – 18v16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: v17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. v18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

As we have seen, the Antichrist will undoubtedly use a computer to enslave earth’s population during the Tribulation hour. Also we discover that he will effect and maintain this control through commerce- the buying and selling of products. In order to make his plan operable, the Antichrist will also introduce an international identification system in the form of a mark (possibly a laser tattoo) placed in the right hand or forehead of every individual participant. Without this mark, no man-no man-will be permitted to purchase or sell even the smallest item of merchandise.

   666   

According to verses 17 and 18,12)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13%3A17-18&version=KJV this identification mark will be-or will include as a prefix-the digits “666.” The use of “666” as a prefix appears most plausible, as this is the only way one person could be differentiated from another. If all numbers were identical, mass confusion would ensue. Therefore, prefixes preceding the “666” or using the “666” as the prefix code are essential for marketing purposes.

With specific reference to verse 18,13)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13%3A18&version=KJV one should be aware of the fact that there have always been, and always will be, individuals who claim to know the identity of the Antichrist. They take the number “666” and, through all kinds of mathematical formulations, attempt to come to a conclusion. Their efforts, however, can amount to no more than mere speculation because we cannot know who the Antichrist is until he arrives on the scene, and he cannot arrive until the Church is raptured. Still, God’s Word admonishes the Christian to be wise (see Matthew 10:16) and watchful (see Matthew 24:42), especially as the day of Christ’s return approaches (see Hebrews 10:25).

As shocking as the information presented in this chapter may seem, such a day is at hand. A cashless, checkless society is in the planning stages and a number of countries are already experimenting. To be sure, “It’s later than you think!” The reign of the Antichrist is upon the horizon. This new Hitler, with a monstrous computer which will enslave millions, may soon control the earth. Unbeliever, Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near (Isaiah 55:6).

A MESSAGE OF HOPE FROM DR. JACK VAN IMPE

First Published : May 30, 2014 | Re Published :

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