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Charles Holbrook

                                                     REVELATION                                                                                                 Christ’s final warning to mankind                                                                                                                Information for this study was taken from the Bible and from the teaching of Dr. Jack and Rexella VanImpe Jack is considered the walking Bible he has memorized over 1500 Bible verses. I also studied the teaching of other ministers. Also much information was taken from the Inter Net encyclopedias, and other historical sources, but mainly from the Bible. Much of the bible can be referenced by ancient history books meaning the Bible wrote history before it happened. I started working on these two books in 2001, I typed and copied all the verses from my bibles of which I have three, an NIV, a King James, and a Dr. VanImpe prophesy Bible. They all say the same thing a little differently is all, I hate to say it but some people don’t believe in prophesy, so that leads me to believe they don’t really believe or understand the Bible for it is almost half prophesy most of which has already occurred. The book of Revelation was given to the world by Jesus Christ Himself through John and is the most important book in the Bible because it is Christ’s warning to the world of what to expect and when mankind can start  expecting or watching and preparing for it. It is well supported by the book of Daniel and the book of Ezekiel, and many other biblical books throughout the Bible.                         



                                           THE STUDY OF REVELATION                      words 73,399

                           By Charles W. Holbrook -Edited by Dorothy Holbrook  
       Important issues highlighted
                                         Started {2001} finished {2015}                                                                     REVELATION exposes the future of today’s Jewish nation, the Gentile, and the church of Jesus Christ. It also details the return of Jesus Christ. Revelation is a noun. This message was given to John by Christ to reveal Gods Truth for all mankind to see and understand and keep the words thereof It is not a deep mythical mystery as some minister’s say, for it is inspired by the Holy spirit, it  has become much clearer by the unsealing of the book of Daniel by the establishment of the nation of Israel again after 2553 years in 1947, without the nation of Israel Daniel remained sealed. God has made known to man these truth’s, which man on his own could never understand. Revelation is history written in advance from the early church age to eternity. It is God’s last revelation to man this side of Heaven. It is God’s description of future events, and it is completely trustworthy. God knows all things whether actual, or merely possible, [Acts 15:18.] Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. Thus the Almighty God is able to fully and accurately describe the future; because He is the one who has created it, therefore He knows in advance what will or will not happen, and when.                                                                                          CHAPTER 1 
Rev. VERSE 1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servant’s things which must shortly come to pass: and He sent and signified it by his angel unto His servant John                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The book of Revelation concerns the return of, or an unveiling, or revealing the return of Jesus Christ. This will take place at the Rapture. This return will be in the clouds, not bodily to earth as will be His second return after the tribulation is over. This was given to Jesus, as everything is given Him. Revelation is the reveling of signs or the study of signs and prophesies.                  
Matthew 11:27) Jesus speaks All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man   knoweth the Son, But the Father, neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal   These things are presented to him to show his servants things which must shortly come to pass. This book covers the appearing of our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ. This first returning will not be to earth, but an appearing in the clouds, in order to call his church home [Rapture, or snatching away]. When He bodily returns to earth it will be with his Saints to stop the bloodshed  at the Armageddon battle and to destroy the works Satan has created during the tribulation, and He will drive Satan who is incarnated into the Antichrist from the temple and place him in the pit where he will remain a thousand years. This will be the beginning of the thousand year reign of Christ on earth with all his Saints.

 Rev. VERSE 2   [John] bare record of the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ, and all things that he saw.  This statement explains itself. John is to write what he saw to enlighten mankind not to confuse them. 

Rev. VERSE 3   Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep the things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.    A very importantverse, the rapture is near people should be watchful and ready, it could happen at any time Revelation is to be understood it is not a mystery

            This Proves that Revelation is not some deep mysterious confusing book. God would not be an omniscient, all knowing God if he promised a special blessing to those who read, or heard his word, and kept what they read and heard, if they were unable to understand what they read, No, the book of Revelation is understandable, once one see’s its glorious message concerning the Savior it is a great joy to read, it was made totally understandable by Israel becoming a nation again after 2553 years when Babylon dispersed them, and destroyed their temple. It is complimented by the book of Daniel by Israel’s rebirth opening it’s mysteries.                                                                                 [1 peter 4:7] But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.  This is a dire warning to the believer Christ’s is coming soon                                              [Titus 2:13] Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.
This is why as believers in Jesus Christ we should be vigilant and ready at all times. Be watchful.

Rev. VERSE 4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven spirits which are before the throne;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         John now focuses his attention on the seven churches which are in Asia, most likely in the area which is now Turkey. Only seven churches were named. There were probably more, but seven is God’s number of perfection.                                                                           [Titus 2:11] For the grace of God that brinigth salvation hath appeared to men.                  [Romans 15:13] Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holey Ghost.

 Rev. VERSE 5 And from Jesus Christ, who Is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth;. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood:

                      Why is Jesus the first begotten of the dead, when Lazarus and others were raised first?  The others were raised to life, but then they died again. But Jesus was raised not only to life but also unto immortality.
 [Colossians 1:18] And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have preeminence.  Also read Romans (8:29)

 Rev. VERSE 6 And (He) hath made us kings and priests unto God his Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen

             Verses 5 and 6 contain three glorious statements concerning Christ’s work on our behalf [1] He loved us. [2] He washed us from sin in His own blood.[3]He has made us kings and priests unto God his father. We will be given glorified bodies at the resurrection.  [John 13:1] Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. When one trusts in the shed blood of Jesus Christ his sins are gone as far as the east is from the west, never to be remembered again. Read Romans 8:37-39 and john 13:34-39 and Titus 3:5 these passages will give you insight.

 Rev. VERSE 7 Behold he commeth with clouds, and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindred’s of the earth will wail because of him. Even so Amen:                  

            This verse announces the Lords return back to earth. Notice that every eye shall see him. That is why this book is called the “revealing”, or “Revelation” of Christ. [Revelation19:11-16}This is a preview of what is to come when he returns with his Saints as KING OF KING AND LORD OF LORDS. It is now possible for all to see him since TV and satellite is so wide spread throughout the entire world.

.Rev. VERSE 8 I am  Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending,, saith the lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

            Christ is saying he is the beginning, and the ending of all things. He is Alpha and Omega, the beginning, and the end. He uses the title (I Am) which indicates being, not becoming. He always was, and always will be. Read John 1:3 and Colossians 1:16,17

  Rev. VERSE 9 I John who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and the patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle called Patmos, for the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ;

                 John, the writer of this book knows he is an old man, and wants no praise from men for his suffering which is always true when one takes a stand for Jesus. John identifies himself as a brother in Christ. Jesus stated that in the world we shall have tribulation.
                                                                                                                                                              [St. John 16:33.] Jesus’ words These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.    Also read (John 15:18-20

 Rev. VERSE 10 I was in the spirit in the Lord’s Day, and heard behind me a great voice, as a trumpet which saying,

                With this verse we enter into the “Revelation” experience with John, and observe first hand all that is presented to him throughout the book. John hears the trumpet like voice of Christ in this verse. John:s spirit must have been carried throughout the centuries for him to see the visions, and hear the sounds of the great Tribulation day of the Lord, which will be shown to him by God the voice was saying. His visions were both of events in Heaven but mainly events on earth.

 Rev. VERSE  11 I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, what thou seest write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; Unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna. And unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and onto Philadelphia and unto Laodicea:

              This verse is Christ giving instructions to his faithful servant John concerning the seven churches mentioned in verse 4. Some of these churches will be rebuked by Christ and even destroyed some will be commended.

 Rev. VERSE 12 And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

              You usually do not look to see a voice but when the trumpet like voice of Christ sounded John turned to see the voice, and as he looked in that direction John saw seven golden candlesticks which represent the seven churches. Verse 20 will explain the meaning of the seven candlesticks, and the seven stars. (Candlesticks are the churches.) The stars are the angels, (possibly the ministers) of the churches. The fact the seven churches are pictured as candlesticks is significant because believers are the light of the world.

 [Matthew 5:14] Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill which cannot be hid; 

[Matthew 5:16.} Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 

 Rev. VERSE 13 And [I saw] in the midst of the seven candle sticks one like the Son of man, clothed With a garment down to the  foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

              John saw the Lord Jesus Christ clothed in the garments of the Old Testament high priest, because He is risen and in heaven and is, performing His duty                                                                                                                                                                        [Hebrews 7:25] Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that comes unto God by him, seeing he ever livith to make intercession for them.                                         Sixty years after Christ’s death John sees Him in the Heavens as a high priest. John’s spirit has been sent into the future Hebrews 4:14.] Seeing that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God; let us hold fast our profession. Never deny the lord or He will deny you. Next our precious Lord is described in detail.

.Rev. VERSE 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

              This is like the vision Daniel had in verses 9-13 in chapter 7 the ancient of days.
His eyes “shoot out fire”. Christ is angry because of the sins of the churches. To see him now would probably be terrifying the way the whole world is sinning and denying Him and excepting a false religion such as Islam.. 

 Rev. VERSE 15 And His feet {were) like fine brass, as if they were burned in a furnace; and His Voice [was] as the sound of many waters.

               Christ’s feet represent judgment. His voice as of many waters also represents judgment. When he returns to earth the churches will feel His wrath and so will all of sinful mankind. [Revelation chapters 19 & 20]

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

              The seven stars are the messengers, or Angels of the seven churches. The two edged sword is the word of God. The word of God being sharper than any two edged sword, and is also mighty                                                                                                                                           [Hebrews 4:12] For the word of God is Quick and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.          You can hide nothing from God

Rev. VERSE 17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me saying unto me. Fear not, I am the first and the last;    John was terrified but was told not to fear.

 Rev. VERSE 18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, I am alive for ever more, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

              It was breathtaking to see Christ glorified! John fell on his face at his feet, but Jesus told him to fear not. He is saying that to us today, fear not accept Him and you will be safe for all eternity. Without Him you will be eternally lost, and cast into the lake of fire. It will be your choice where you end up.  If you are killed Satan may have your body but not your soul. [Hebrews 2:14, 15] For as much then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself  likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.— And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
             He has the keys to hell and death, and Christians no longer have to fear death. We have also been freed from the fear of Hades as well. Sheol, Old Testament before the cross, Hades in the New Testament. Sheol [Old Testament] Hades had two compartments, one for the wicked, and one for the righteous. The rich man and Lazarus went to their separate places, the rich man to punishment, and Lazarus to a place of comfort. They will finally be brought forth for the final judgment.

Rev. VERSE 19 Write these things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which will be hereafter;       

              This verse gives us the order of the Book of Revelation, which is written as the events happen, past, present, and future. Chapter No.1 is the past, Chapter’s 2 & 3 is the present history of the churches to the present. Chapters 4 through 22, is the future, including the great Tribulation, an   the second returning of Christ which is yet to come and the horrors mankind will face.

 Rev. VERSE 20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. [God explains this to John;]                                                 
                                       CHAPTER 2 THE CHURCHES
  Ephesus Past
              This chapter contains the seven letters to the seven churches. These are actually letters to specific individuals in the churches with praise and judgments some good deeds,m some bad.                                


Rev. VERSE 1 unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write: These things saith he that holds the Seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candle sticks.                                     

              At first Jesus praises the churches for their good acts before scolding them for the bad.  Approximate time period [33 AD], the birth of the church at Pentecost to, [100 AD] about the time when John wrote the book of Revelation. The one who holds the 7 stars, “angels,” and walks amid the 7 candlesticks, “churches,” is of course The Glorified Christ. The Lord holds all believers in his hand and walks among them. The Savior’s walk among us is to bring us closer to him. This is our security. His first message is to the angel of the church of Ephesus. The leaders of this church had become lax in their judgments. This church let wicked prophets prevail, and was finally taken over by Mohammedanism, when it spread throughout the area, and the church became non existent. It became Satan’s domain.

REV. VERSE 2I know thy works and thy labor’s  and thy patience, and know thou canst bear them which are evil: and thou hath tried them which say they are apostles and are not, and hast found them liars.                                         

              John’s Warning now comes To Ephesus. Paul warns the church before he leaves. ( Acts 20:29-3) for know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you not sparing the flock.---  Also of your own selves shall men arise speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember  (1St John 4:1) Try the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world. This church was once mighty under Paul. But false prophets prevailed and the church became nonexistent.

Rev. VERSE 3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.                                                                                                                             They probably failed to have fellowship at the feet of Jesus. They were too busy at other things. When one is so active that he has no time for the Bible, and prayer, he is too busy. They have lost their first love. Part of the reason this church failed was they were too busy to have fellowship and to worship the Lord Jesus.

 Rev. VERSE 4 Never the less I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.                                                                                                                                               This church had left its first love. Losing the Love of Christ is a fatal mistake; that is true today after their first experience with Christ, some grow cold and backslide. They first loved to attend services at Gods house, and witness, but they grew cold. They had lost their first love which was JESUS, and they fell from Grace. They need to repent or be lost for good. They must redo the first works over or perish.

 Rev. VERSE 5   Remember therefore from whence thou are fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place except thou repent.

               It happened.  The church is warned to repent and do their first works over. They failed; The Muslims took it over and it became nonexistent. [Still speaking to Ephesus]

 Rev. VERSE 6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, Which I also hate.

              This verse regards the Nicolaitans, which were religious dictators, which allowed no freedom to the laity or the flock. This was warned against in [1Peter 5:3] He told the church elders not to be lords over God’s heritage but ensamples (examples) to the flock. Ephesus went from a God fearing church to a church ruled by evil Islamic law much worse than the Nicolaitans.  

Rev. VERSE 7 He that hath an ear let him hear what the spirit saith unto the churches; to him that over cometh I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
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              To be an over comer, you must trust in the shed blood of Christ, and you cannot go wrong. You will be a winner. There is no other way.
[1John 5:5] Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
                                                         SMYRNA Past
Rev. VERSE 8 And unto the angel of the church of Smyrna write: These things saith the First and the Last, which was dead, and is alive? (Alpha & Omega) First and Last) is none other than Christ, He begins His message to Smyrna.

 Rev. VERSE 9 I know thy works, and tribulations, and poverty (but thou art rich) and I know the. Blasphemy of them that say they are Jews, and are not, but are of the synagogue of Satan                                                                                                      


About 100 AD to 312 AD   We saw in chapter 1, verse 11, that the first and last or Alpha and Omega is the Lord Jesus Christ. His message now is to the Smyrna church. This church had great tribulations. It was also poor, but rich in heavenly blessings. This churchwas the Christians that were persecuted by the Romans, and murdered for their belief’s, fed to lions and killed in the arenas, but most of them were faithful unto death. Their tireless effort brought the word of God to the entire Roman Empire and the world of that day. [1 John 4:3] every spirit that confesseth not, that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God   [Galatians 1:6-9][Paul said] I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But, though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before say now I again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
             Because of false brethren spreading false doctrine, true Christians were persecuted from within as well as from without. That is happening today through gossip and lying tongs in many churches, Satan uses their toungs.

 Rev. VERSE 10 Fear not none of those things which though shall suffer; behold the devil shall cast   some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give you a crown of life.

              When the hour of trial arrived they were not to fear, but keep their eyes on eternal rewards as mentioned in James.[James 1:12] Blessed is the man that endureth; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised them that love him.The Church of Smyrna was guaranteed the final victory, through the Lords promises, and power. The ten periods of suffering was probably literal. Read James (1:12) again.
The Smyrna church was promised final victory.

 REV. VERSE 11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; he that over cometh shall not be hurt of the second death;                                                                           

                                PERAGAMOS 312 AD to 606 AD PAST
Rev. VERSE 12 And unto the angel of the church of Peragmos write; these things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;                                                                                                                                                                  
Rev. VERSE 13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is; and thou Holds fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth

              To the first three churches, Jesus started by commending them for their good works, but to Peragamos the bad outweighed the good. How sad when backsliding destroys the many good deeds.  Good deeds that were performed in His name. The Babylonian religion had established its headquarters at Pergamos and infiltrated the church with its false teachings and idol worship. This poor church was perched on the doorstep of Satan’s “throne.” It was one of materialism, self-indulgence, and worldliness, and idolatry. Wickedness spread like wildfire. The church of Pergamos became part of Satan’s worldly establishment. The church backslid, and when it did so it lost everything.       

 Rev. VERSE 14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast them that hold the doctrine of Balaam who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

              Pergamos had become a worldly church by embracing the pleasures of the world. Secondly they were followers of false doctrine, the theology of Balaam. Balac had hired Balaam to curse Israel. This was done by using the comeliest of their women, (whores) of Balac’s kingdom to show themselves to the eyes of Gods people. This in turn would blind the men of Israel. They would then became overcome with their beauty, and commit fornication with them. As was expected, even marry them and be drawn into idolatry by them.    [1 Corinthians 10:21] Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lords table and of the table of devils

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

          The people of the church of Pergamos were not only sinful and idolatrous; they also shared the wicked practice of Nicolaitans as did the church of Ephesus. This is a form of Hitlerism. When the minister or leader, says “I am the head,” then no one else has any say in the matter. “You must do as told.”  Which thing I hate was said by God Himself. Man was acting like God.

Rev. VERSE 16 Repent or I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

            This is quiet dangerous. The Christian is not to close his mind, his heart, or his ear’s to Gods warning lest he be ready to face the consequences of his actions. It can mean complete destruction and even death.

Rev. VERSE 17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the spirit saith unto the churches; To him that over cometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

              They are asked to be over comers, and they would eat the hidden manna [the word of God] and be given a white stone. During ancient court trials the jurors were given white stones, and if they were to lay them down, the white stones meant acquittal. Through the Blood of Jesus the white stones of acquittal have been presented, and every Christian has a new name   [1 John 5:4,5] 4: For whosoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith   5: Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?                                                                                                                                                                                           THYATIRA 606 AD TO 1520 AD Past
Rev. VERSE 18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; these things saith the son of God, who hath eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass                                                                                                                                                                       
The son of God speaks again. His description can be found in Revelation [chapter 1 verses 14-15]

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

             To this point all four churches had been complimented for their works. Thyatira was known for its service and deeds. Although this church had many good qualities it had some deep rooted problems also. This church existed around A.D.606 to 1520A.D.

 Rev. VERSE 20 notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce my servants to commit Fornication and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

            Jezebel was a self proclaimed prophetess who served false gods by bringing Baalism into Israel, and breaking Gods commandments by worshiping idols. She also caused God’s servants to commit fornication, thereby breaking two of Gods commandments. God called on Thyatira to turn from their wicked ways. Jezebel was finally thrown from a balcony and eaten by dogs because the people saw the evils of their ways by the worshiping of idols and the acts of adultery Jezebel had brought upon them and they destroyed her. God despises idols, adultery, and fornication. This church could possibly be reestablished to be ruled by the false prophet and during the Tribulation the Antichrist sit on the Throne.                                                                                                               (Exodus 20: 4, 5, 14) (4)Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water that is under the earth: (5) Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them:  for I the Lord 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.

Rev. VERSE 21 I gave her space to repent of her fornication and she repented not.

              God gave Thyatira approximately 1000 years to repent, but the church failed to do so, even with the destruction of Jezebel. Therefore she must face the consequences set out in verse 22.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      REV. VERSE 22 Behold I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

              JUDGEMENT ALWAYS COMES (Numbers 32:23). Be sure your sin will find you out.  God hates sin. God promises to cast this church and her bed partners into the great tribulation for their iniquity, idolatry, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, and unfaithfulness to Christ. At this point the church which sits upon seven hills [revelation chapter 17 verse 9] will be destroyed. These events will be discussed in chapters [17 and18] We know that God is love. This church could be forgiven if it turned back to Jesus Christ .Not doing so would be a pity. But It failed to do so.   [1 John 4:8] He that loveth not knowest not God; for God is love  [John 3: 17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.                                 But when one deliberately follows the course of sin, God’s Holiness demands that the sinner be punished. Christ himself is speaking in verse 23.

 Rev. VERSE 23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto you according to your works.                      

              How sad that the church of Thyatira will be so horribly judged! They lost all their rewards by being followers of sin (2 John 8). Look to yourselves that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but we receive a full reward. A remnant remained faithful in spite of the deterioration of the local church. Jesus will put no punishment on them. They will be saved. Think? what church sits on the hills of Rome?

 Rev. VERSE 24 But unto you I say and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many that have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.             

            Jesus informed John that those who did not succumb to Jezebel’s false teachings, nor fall into fornication, idolatry, adultery, and homosexuality would not have their rewards taken, and would face no other burden because of the idolatry and fornication of the majority. They had had heartaches enough. These four things are an abomination in the sight of God. Think of churches with homosexuals in their pulpits

 Rev. VERSE 25 But that which ye have already, hold fast till I come.                                                            
              The faithful were told to hold fast to the truth of God’s word until Jesus returned.

 Rev. VERS 26 And he that overcometh and keepeth my works unto the end, will I give power over the nations.                                                                                                                                            
              The Lord’s promise for faithfulness to his people, and all that stay faithful will rule over the nations of the earth when they return with Him.

 REV. VERSE 27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; and as vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my father.

Rev. VERSE 28 And I will give him the morning star

             Christ promised faithful believers three rewards upon His return to the earth: [1] Ruler ship over the nations during the Millennium. For they will live and reign with Christ for a thousand years [2] Sharing in this time of perfect order and righteousness, because Christ is the ruler and the enforcer of order and peace during this time (see Psalm 2, 8, 9) [3] The abiding presence of the blessed Saviour throughout time and eternity, as Christ Himself The Bright And Morning Star reigns.        


 Rev. VERSE 29   He that hath an ear let him hear what the spirit saith unto the churches.

                                                               CHAPTER 3
                                                           SARDIS Present                                                                             Rev. VERSE 1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, and thou hast a name that thou liveth, and art dead.                                                                                                                                                                                    
              Sardis began in or around 1520 AD and still exists today with its Luke warm          Churches and most will probably extend into the tribulation. The reason for the deadness in these Churches is that during the reformation many countries became Protestant without being born again.This was made the state religion and accepted by millions that did not know what it meant to be new Creatures in Christ. Many of them today are the same way, if not worse. They had poor, if no teaching.  
[Corinthians 5: 17] Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passedaway; behold all things are become new.                                                                                                               Sardis was the heart of dead orthodoxy. Her members were dead in Christ, and they still exist to this day. Hundred’s of churches followed Sardis’s lead. Instead of standing on the promises, they are sleeping on the promises. The members are dead in Christ   liberal, anything goes churches of today are not God fearing gospel preaching lighthouses. A lot of them are a refuge for Satan, and his angels, and his (demons), condoning all forms of sin, such as Homosexuality, Abortion, Gambling, Drinking, Alcohol Drug   and many other sinful acts. Some things actually done in the churches proper; such as ministers molesting children: homosexuals in pulpits. These churches do not know the meaning of being born again, they are nothing but social oatherings.

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

Rev. VERSE 3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast and repent. If therefore thou shall not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon you. A very dangerous warning it defiantly should be heeded.

 Hold fast and Repent.                                                                                                         Romans 13-11,12,13,14                                                                                                                        11 and that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believe. [12] The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the Armour of light. [13] Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, nor in strife envying.[14] but put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the The desires of the sinful nature.
              In the midst of this deadness Sardis still had a few who could still be spiritual. No wonder the present day off-spring of the Reformation have ministers who say, “No one can understand the Book of Revelation. It is a deep, mysterious, symbolic unrealistic and confusing figurative book”
Baloney!Preachers and laymen, we are the ones Christ had in mind when this book was written.God would not write a book and tell us to keep what we read if we could not understand what we read. Revelation.[Chapter 1 verse 3] Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophesy and keep those things which are written therein; for the time is at hand. What else could He mean but for us to take time to study the scriptures to glean an understanding of Revelation?  So we might follow His instructions He so graciously gave us. It even says so in Revelation. [Chapter 22 verse 10] And He saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophesy of this book: for the time is at hand. God tells John not to make Revelation a mystery. It must be understood, and obeyed, which can be done by the study of the Scriptures for they explain Revelation completely.                                                                                                                                                                Rev. VERSE 4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.                                                                                        
             The reformation church does not practice Holiness unto the Lord, but there are some who still do not compromise with the world, the flesh, and the devil and his evil wickedness. They are promised to walk with Christ. They came out from among the evil ones and did not soil their garments. 2 Corinthians 6:17 )Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate; saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you..

Rev. VERSE 5 He that overcometh, the same will be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

              The white raiment is found upon the bride of Christ (the church) at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Those that have had a real salvation experience will continue to have their names in the book of life.

Rev. VERSE 6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the spirit saith unto the churches,                                                                                                                                                                                                   Jesus speaks again to all [Make sure your experience is REAL.] Only the blood of Jesus can save. There is no other way to the Father than through the Son Jesus Christ. Jesus said so Himself.   
                               TO THE CHURCH Of  PHILADELPHIA The Present
              1750 until the Rapture, but not into the tribulation: This includes the few spiritual churches of today. These people will be snatched away at the rapture and avoid the tribulation.

Rev. VERSE 7 And unto the angel of the church of Philadelphia write these things saith He that is Holy, He that is true, He that hath the key of David, He that oppeneth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth and no man oppeneth;                                                                                                                       
(Verses 8,9,10 is the commendation by Christ Himself  to the Philadelphia church.) Jesus is not only the one who opens the door, but He is the door (Jesus’ own words St John 10:9) I am the door: by me if any man enter in                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Rev. VERSE 8   I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word and hast not denied my name. 

 Rev. VERSE 9 Behold I will make them of the synagogue of Satan which say they are Jews and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee                                                                                                                                 
 Rev. VERSE 10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which will come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.                         
 


            We can see from this text that the church of Philadelphia has many good works. The open door speaks of missions. This church has done more and is doing more than all of the rest of the churches combined. This church has a vision. (Proverbs 29:18) Where there is no vision the people will perish [This church will be gone in the rapture before the tribulation comes]. The reason this church has little strength is because it is a minority, and is growing weaker every day but their great strength is; that they kept His Name and still do. We also must never deny Him. [2 Timothy 2:12] If we suffer, we will also reign with him, if we deny him, he also will deny us The Philadelphians are promised exemption from the Tribulation by Jesus Himself. How dare some say there will be no rapture                                                                                                                                                           Revelation [3:10 Jesus’ own words] because thou hast keep the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Romans 14:11] For it is written, as I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.                                                                                                        Christ promises that the Synagogue of Satan will bow to God, either willingly or unwillingly at a future time. Because of their love for Christ they, the Philadelphian brethren will be spared from the Tribulation [by the Rapture] they will be taken out of harm’s way. They will return with Christ when He returns to stop the slaughter of Armogedon.                                                                                                                                                             .Rev. VERSE 11 Behold I come quickly; hold that fast which thou hast, that no man taketh thy crown.       

              Be faithful so that we do not lose our rewards. Not our salvation, but our crowns.

 Rev. VERSE 12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out, and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

              These blessings are mentioned for the faithful: [1] they become pillars in the temple of God. [2] They have the name of God written on them allowing them entrance into Gods’ holy city New Jerusalem. [3]The new name of Christ allows them to be his servant, where they will see his face. See Revelation chapter 22 verses 3,4 

Rev. VERSE 13 He that hath an ear let him hear what the spirit saith unto the churches.
   

                                               LAODICEA the present
1900 and into the Tribulation Hour; (Some few may be taken up in the Rapture) this is the seventh and last letter to the churches. 

Rev. VERSE 14 And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; these things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation                                                                                                                                                                                  This threefold description of the Savior includes: the Amen which in Hebrew means “true”.
This verse links Christ to chapter 1 verse 5 where He is called: “True” the beginning of the creation of God:  [Colossians 1:15]. Who is the image of the invisible God; the first born of every creature; Since Christ is the first born of all creation we recognize him as the speaker. 
 
 Rev. VERSE 15 I know thy works, that thou are neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot 

             The Laodicea church has works, but they are done in a lukewarm manner. That is a picture of many of the present day churches. Some of them should have on their billboards FIRST CHURCH OF THE ICEBERG - PASTORED BY DR. FROSTY THE SNOWMAN.  Only God knows how serious this situation really is. Some few will still be covered by the blood and will be saved.

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

             This church makes God literally ILL. He will spew them out of his mouth.  They will be lost. The reason for this lukewarmness is explained in verse 17

 Rev. VERSE 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing.; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

              The Laodicea’s are a rich church. They build elaborate churches trying to outdo one another. Think of the buildings used one to three hours weekly, costing millions to build. They attack the electronic ministry which follows the command of Jesus [Mark 16: 15] Go ye into the entire world and preach the gospel to every creature.  Buildings are needed for worship but they need only be humble structures, not multi million dollar mansions such as the crystal cathedral; which at present has gone bankrupt and had to sell the building. The money spent to erect such churches could be better spent helping the poor and bringing the word of God to nations where it is unknown.  (They are rich, proud, but spiritually they are blind, and naked, and cold hearted).  Because of this fact, they are naked now, and unless they accept the Lord they will be naked into eternity: This church has permitted evil ministers in their pulpits, such as Gays and still does, and they tolerate sinful activities in the churches. Some even took the blood of Christ and the cross out of their worship; they don’t want a bloody religion. {God pity them]. Riches usually make one wretched and miserable. Most of their congregations will go into the tribulation. Several churches today fit this category and they are increasing in number.                                  

Rev. VERSE 18 I Counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white regiments that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thy eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see.
 

[1 Peter 1:7] That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perish,eth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.                                           
 [1 Corinthians 2:14]But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.     Bad conditions exist in the Laodicean church; they should heed the warnings of Christ before harsh judgments are sent on them for their laxity, laziness, and ungodliness. 

 Rev. VERSE 19 As many as I love I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

 Look in [Hebrews 12: 6] for whom the Lord loveth he chastened, scourges every son whom he receiveth.       Spiritual spankings are administered in order that we might repent.

 Rev. VERSE 20 Behold I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me

           This is a picture of Christ standing outside the latter day church, rather than the heart of an individual, as so often is stated. Entire churches and denominations are barring the entrance of Christ: [How sad!] But those who listen to the appeal of Jesus will not be sorry. Make room for him in your heart, and you will be saved and walk with Christ. Ignore Him and suffer the second death.

 Rev. VERSE 21 to him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in His throne!

         One last time the Lord gives a warning. A few believers will be saved and taken by Christ from this poor church, but most will face the Great Tribulation. How sad! The preceding warnings to the churches have already been done. It is in the past. Some of those churches are already gone. Only three remain. One of them was created in1520 AD another in 1750 AD. The other in 1900 AD. Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea have survived. They are of several denominations but only a few has stayed true.

 Rev. VERSE 22 He that hath an ear let him hear what the spirit saith to the churches.                                


                             THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF THE FUTURE           

                                                CHAPTER 4 The Future                                                                                        The beginning of Christ’s description of the future to John starts here. Remember in chapter [1 verse 19] Christ told John {Write the things which thou has seen, and the things which are, and the things which will be hereafter.] Revelation is written in chronological order, the past CHAPTER 1; the Present. CHAPTER 2 and 3 the history of the seven churches to the present time: CHAPTER 4 through 22, the future, or the terrible things which are to come to pass. God’s people will have been taken to a safe place before this occurs. Believers in Christ will not suffer the devastation of the tribulation

 Rev. VERSE 1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice I heard was as if it were a trumpet talking with me; which said, come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.                                                                                                                                                                                After what? After the completion of the history of the seven churches: John sees a door open in heaven, and a voice like a trumpet saying come up hither, and I will show you things to come hereafter; John was in the spirit and his body was on the Isle of Patmos his spirit went where it was needed to be an observer of those things God wanted to show him. After the Rapture all believers will then get to meet the Saviour face to face in the clouds. He will come to take the born again believer’s, [the dead in Christ will rise first with a new incorruptible body] literally and bodily with him. This will be a meeting in the clouds, not on earth. Jesus will only appear in the clouds at the resurrection. When he comes bodily it will be with his army of saints to stop the destruction and war at Armageddon. Come soon Jesus. We will not know the day or the hour of his return, but it looks like it must be very close at hand  [Matthew 24:36] But that day and hour knowest no man, no not the angels of heaven, but only the father When he returns he will return literally, visibly and bodily. Proof is found in Acts                                                                   [Acts 1:9-11].[9] And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.[10] and while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood beside them in white apparel;[11] which also said , Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus taken up from you into heaven so shall come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven.                                                                                   The Lord will return exactly as He left. He will set foot on earth again 7 years after the resurrection and tribulation period  starts. [Luke24:39, 41, 42] [39] Christ appeared to his disciples and said. Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as you see me have. Then in verses 41 and 42 he went on to say. Have you here any meat? And they gave him a piece of broiled fish, and of a honeycomb, and he took it, and did eat before them. Jesus Christ had a new resurrected body, a body that could be seen, touched, and a body that could eat and enjoy food.An incorruptible body as we will have after the resurrection. [1st Corinthians [15:3-8] For I delivered unto you  first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then
After that he was seen of James; then of the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as one born out of due time.  [Paul]   Thessalonians 4:16-17 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ will rise first Then we which are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  (Bodies will be changed first) The Raptue   
                                                                                                                                                                  Notice the dead in Christ will be the first to rise and be changed. PROOF is found in Cor {11 Corinthians 15:51-54] Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed [52] in a moment in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. [53]For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.[54] so when the corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then will be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.  This will be the Rapture. If you can’t find the word Rapture in the Bible, which you can’t, it literally means a snatching away.                               Chapter 5 describes what  John saw when the door in heaven was opened. Chapters 6 through 18 covers the seven year period called the Tribulation. During this period, “the Tribulation period,” the church of Jesus Christ, the true believers will be gone from earth when the Tribulation takes place. This will last for seven years. At the end of which will be the battle of Armageddon; at that time the door of Heaven will be opened again so the believers can exit Heaven with Christ leading them mounted on a white horse, to return to earth.  At which time Christ will put an end to the destruction and desolation. There are two aspects to the coming of Christ and they both start with the letter R [Rapture] [Revelation of Christ] Chapter 4 covers the Rapture. Which is a meeting in the air, or phase one? Phase 2 is covered in chapter 19. A return to earth; Chapter 6 through18 covers the judgments or Tribulation’s.                                                                                                    The Bible teaches that there is a difference between the Rapture and Revelation. It is the basis for understanding the Book of Revelation’s prophetical truth, and the placement of signs. Chapters [6 through 18] describes the great Tribulation; the time of Jacob’s troubles. For this is Israel’s punishment found in Jeremiah, and Daniel. The time of Jacob’s trouble.  [Read Jeremiah 30:7[Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it;        .                                                                   Daniel 12:1] And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people (Israel) and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people [Israelites} shall be delivered every one that shall be found written in the book. God chose Israel as his elect wife. The first sixty nine weeks of Daniel’s prophecy involved Israel. Why wouldn’t the seventieth? Which couldn’t happen until there was a nation of Israel, which there now is and has been since Israel again became a nation in 1948.               .              [Daniel 9:24] Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people [Jews ] and upon the holey city, [Jerusalem] to finish the transgression, and make and end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most HolyGod’s punishment of the Jews for heir disobedience will be complete  When Christ returns to Jerusalem, all the tribes of earth will mourn. See Matthew   [Matthew 24:30] And then shall appear the sign of the son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of earth morn, and they shall see the son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory                                                                   The mourners are the twelve tribes of Israel, numbering in the millions who were brought to repentance by the preaching of the 144,000 Jewish representatives from the twelve tribes, the ten lost tribes will be lost no more; 12,000 from each tribe during the tribulation period. Revelation chapter 6 through chapter 18, the portion of the book describes the great tribulation hour. Israel is seen in the midst of the holocaust. (they will be a changed nation when they return to God through Christ)  Matthew [24:22] and except those days are shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.                                                                                                               This elect group is not the Church, but Israel, for God had two elect groups on earth. Israel and the Church; However the Church, the bride of Christ, is not present; they are in heaven via the rapture. Where and when was Israel chosen as Gods elect? In Genesis in the beginning; [Genesis 12: 2, 3} I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shall be a blessing.   And I shall bless those that bless you and curs those that curs you in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed those of Israel that have been sealed by the preaching of the 144,000 will be saved.This makes one wonder if those that say the English speaking people are descendents of the ten lost tribes of Israel might be right, because the English have been greatly blessed nations more than any other nationality.                                                                                                [Romans 11:26, 28] And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, there shall come out of Si’on the Deliverer, and turn away ungodliness from Jacob (ISRAEL).  When God chose Israel for his elect wife he chose her forever. Israel is the elect group mentioned in The Gospel for whom the days of judgment will be shortened. Israelites are the ones who will pray that their flight for safety won’t be on the Sabbath. They are the people who will suffer persecution in their own synagogues, [only Jews meet in synagogues,] and who have the name of Jacob, and will experience Jacob’s time of trouble. Many will be saved during the tribulation, by accepting Jesus as their Savior:  Persecution of the Israel will be over for good.
              [See Jeremiah 30:7] Alas that day is great, so that none is like it: It is even the time of Jacobs’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.    Jacob is Israel see [Romans 11:26} and so all Israel shall be saved;
               As it is written; there shall come out of Si’on the deliverer, and turn away ungodliness from Jacob.  A period of seventy weeks is put upon Israel. See the book of Daniel. {Daniel 9:24] Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holey city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and the prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy   The nation of Israel has seen Jerusalem surrounded with armies many times in the past. It will happen again;one final time for a short time. { [Luke 21:20 ]And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. (Jesus’ own words.)  Israel will once again see the armies of the world posed against Jerusalem for the final war as God gathers all nations to battle against Jerusalem. That could be unfolding now as Iran tries to make atomic weapons Israel may defend against them angering the ungodly UN. China and Russia.    [Zechariah 14:2 -3] For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished, and half the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the lord go forth, and fight against those nations as when he fought in the day of battle. There will definitely be no Christians involved in this battle except those saved during the tribulation. Christens will already be in Heaven. When will believers be crowned?  [1 Peter 5:4] And when the chief shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.  Chapters 4 and 5 picture that which takes place in Heaven, while chapters 6-18 depict that which happens on earth during the great day of punishment or the Tribulation period.       
           
Rev. VERSE 2   And immediately I was in the spirit: and behold a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.[The lord Jesus Christ or the Father)                                                                                                                                                          
               Again as in chapter [1 verse 10] the Holy Spirit takes control of John in order to give him the most glorious visions in all time or eternity. The Lord Jesus Christ on his Throne in his entire Majestic splendor. [Praise God that day will soon be here for all christens to see. Amen! ]. This vision would put any earthly King to shame. John being in the spirit also proves he was not bodily called or changed to ascend into heaven he was not the one that was told to come up hither, that was a call for the dead to rise, and the church to ascend into heaven in their new glorified bodies. John was still earthbound only his spirit was called to view the coming events at this time. I think some bible scholars misunderstand verse one of chapter four. John’s spirit was taken to heaven later. 

 Rev. VERSE 3 And He that sat was to look upon like jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne in sight like an emerald.  

              Here we see the comparison of Christ to two precious stones - the Jasper, and the Sardine The Jasper is clear as crystal, and the Sardine is red, the color of fire or as a ruby. This undoubtedly speaks of the righteous wrath of God and the judgment that is to come in chapters 6 through 18. The rainbow resembling an emerald proves the wrath will not come as a flood. [God’s promise to Noah in Genesis [9:13] I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a token of covenant between me and the earth.  [9 :15] and I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh: And the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. But it will be by a holocaust of fire and brimstone, as in an old song “God gave Noah the rainbow sign, no more water but the fire the next time.”  Much, much worse. (Atomic warfare)

 Rev. VERSE 4   And round and about the throne were four and twenty seats; and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.         
              These are not angels, for elders always depict members of the human race. [They are the redeemed] in their new immortal uncountable bodies. (no flesh and blood humans will ever be in heaven or never was)
              They are also in their resurrected bodies, for they sit down. A bodyless spirit cannot sit. A material body is needed to sit on a material throne. Christ possessed such a new glorified body. After he was resurrected his disciples were astonished, even frightened when they first saw him thinking him a spirit. See Luke [24:39}                                       [Luke 24:39 The words of Christ] behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Handle me, and see, for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.  And when we see Jesus we will be like him. The elders are also clothed in white raiment. It would be hard to put clothes on a spirit. There would be nothing material to hold it. The book of Revelation cannot be spiritalizied. These are real people, with real bodies. Since the judgment seat took place after the “COME UP HITHER” of verse 1, these people are already wearing crowns which they will soon place at the Lords feet in verse 11. These 24 elders could be 12, one from each tribe of Israel and the 12 apostles. This could be. It doesn’t say. Regardless, the Elders represent the children of God. They represent the royal priesthood.    

 Rev. VERSE 5.  And out of the throne proceeded lightning’s and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God.

              Lightning, thunder, and voices speak of judgment. Rumblings resound throughout heaven when the saints are informed of what is about to happen on earth. The seven lamps of fire burning before the throne are the seven spirits of God, and picture the Holy Spirit in all his glory for seven always denotes flawlessness in the bible. This blessed Holy Spirit is also involved in the impending judgments. We may go home momentarily to become the participants around the throne. Jesus is coming very soon.

 Rev. VERSE 6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal; and in the midst of the throne, and round and about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.                        
             You must understand that the beasts mentioned in this book are not some kind of monstrosity, but they are angels, representing the seven spirits of God, created by God to worship Him. Although thunderous judgments will soon be released upon the earth, perfect peace surrounds Gods throne. The glassy sea represents calmness. This is the church at rest in heaven before the storm occurs on earth. Hopefully no one we know will be on earth when this happens Amen.

 Rev. VERSE 7   And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast was like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.

 Rev. VERSE  8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, Holy, Holy,, Lord God Almighty which was, and is, and is to come.             

              These verses are symbolic. Always take every word of the Bible literally, unless God specifically indicates it is figurative. In these texts we find the words, “was like”  and “as is.      [Isaiah 6:1-3] In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.— above stood the serpentines: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.--- And one cried to another, and said, Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.     God created these angels to praise, and exalt the Lord. Angels are not monstrosities. Within each species there is always a leader, the Lion among the wild beasts, the Calf among the domestic animals, the Eagle represents the birds, and Man among all creatures.  These are angels in all their glory saying Holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty which was, and is, and is to come. This three fold adulation of holiness is for the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The praising of God by these living creatures is contagious and the entire group of Gods people pictured by the four and twenty elders joins them in praise.       

 Rev. VERSE 9 And when these beasts give glory and honor and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever.

 Rev. VERSE 10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him Who liveth forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne saying,

 Rev. VERSE 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
           
             This is one of the most glorious moments in heaven. The crowned Saints lay their crowns at the feet of Jesus. They lay aside their glory to add to His glory, thereby giving Him all the glory. They know all their victories were due to His power working in them while they were living on earth as mortals. Both the elders and the angels praise God for creating them. This proves there will be no evolutionists in heaven. Jesus is coming. Be prepared for the greatest praise festival in the universe and heaven. It will occur soon.                                                                                                                                                                               CHAPTER 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chapter Five is a continuation of chapter 4. John continues describing the heavenly scene which is being shown to him by Jesus Christ.           

Rev. VERSE 1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the back side, sealed with seven seals.                                                                                                              
             The book in the hand of him that sat on the throne is probably a scroll. Its subject is redemption, and its contents unlock this chapter. The message is contained on the inside and outside of the scroll, and sealed by seven seals. This scroll is probably sheepskin or papyrus, a material used in early times by scribes.

Rev. VERSE 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
           
             No human, no matter his rank, or no angel, is fit to open the book and loose the seven seals. None is worthy. This book is the title deed to the earth and as long as it remains sealed Satan controls the earth.

Rev. VERSE 3 No man on be earth or under the earth can open the book, or even look upon it.                                                                                                                                                                   John is heartbroken and he weeps sorely.

Rev. VERSE 4 and I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and read the book, neither to look thereon.
           
          John’s sadness is caused by the fact that this scroll is the title deed to the earth and as long as it stays sealed Satan and his angels will be in control of all the earth to do with as they please.

Rev. VERSE 5 And one of the elders saith unto me, weep not: Behold, the lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, hath promised to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.         

          Christ can open the book, and loose the seals, because he is the lion of the tribe of David. Johns weeping ends when he hears this, since Judah is the leading tribe of Israel and a lion is king of beasts. Christ is thus pictured when He becomes King of Israel. It is at this moment that God gives him the throne of his father David. Let’s prove that our Savior is the one John  sees look in Luke                                                                         [Luke 1:32] He shall be great, and shall be called the son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David.      Speaking of Jesus

Rev. VERSE 6 And I beheld, and lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

            The scroll is the title deed to earth, and its subject is redemption, Jesus the Lamb of God, who earned the right by redemption and crucifixion, to the title deed to earth, and to open the seals thereon and He is the only one that can open the book. This is the Lamb that died for you and me. [On the cross] The 7 horns are strength, see Matthew                                                                                                                                                                [Hebrews 4:13]. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do   (Jesus)  Since seven means perfection, there will be no mistakes made when the judgment is meted out, because the seven spirits of God, a picture of the Holy Spirit in all His fullness rests upon Christ without measure. Not one mistake will be made during the Tribulation hour. Not one mistake during the judgment. The one found worthy now acts.
 
Rev. VERSE 7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat on the throne

God Himself is more than likely the one who sits on the throne here
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 Rev. VERSE 8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and the four and twenty elders fell down before the lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.                                                                                                                                                                        The twenty four Elders, representatives of all of Gods saved people share in this glorious moment. The redeemed break out in song, the largest choir ever assembled. What a heavenly choir. Amen

 Rev. VERSE 9 And they [sang] a new song, saying thou are worthy to take the book and 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.

The Choir sings a new song saying the Lamb is worthy to take and open the book. It will be a mighty Choir! This is not a choir of angels for angels don’t sing no place in the Bible do they sing.

Rev. VERSE 10 And hast made us to our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on earth 

              And has made us unto our God, Kings and Priests and we shall reign on earth.[1St Peter 1:19] But with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot. Christ’s sacrifice was for all people, all tongues, and all nations. His precious blood was shed for the entire world, all denominations: Some Christians think they will have their own little private nook in heaven. Not so. Christ’s sacrifice was for all kindred’s and tongues and nations. All that accepted Him as Lord. No politics, no favoritism, no bribes, no racism.  

 Rev. VERSE 11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands.                 .

Rev. VERSE 12 Saying with a loud voice, worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory and blessing; 

            These passages are not a song. Nowhere in the bible does it teach that angels sing. They recite their message, whereas the church triumphant sings her glorious message. Seven being a perfect number, the angels praise the Lord for seven reasons; [1] His Power [2] His spiritual riches [3] His wisdom [4] His mite [5] His Honor [6] His glory [7] His Blessing. [Amen] Carnal Christians who will not bow to Christ here on earth soon will bow to Him. “Amen”

Rev. VERSE 13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sittith upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.    
           
At this point [Philippians 2:9-11 will be fulfilled].9: Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him and given him a name which is above every name 10: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. 11:  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is lord, to the glory of God the Father.  What is the response to this statement? Think of this hour and what it really means. See next verse

Rev. VERSE 14   And the four beasts said Amen, and the four and twenty elders fell down and worshiped him that livith for ever and ever.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 [This is self explanatory] The elders were worshiping the lord Jesus Chris. They could not wait to begin their worship of the Lamb the Lord Jesus Christ.                                                                                                       
           CHAPTER 6 WILL NOW BEGIN THE OPENING OF THE FIRST SIX SEALS.
            CHAPTER 7 WILL BE A BREAK. IT WILL BE DIVIDED INTO TWO PARTS.
           CHAPTER 8 WILL BE THE OPENING OF THE SEVENTH SEAL.
             Verses 1 through 8 will be devoted to the 144,000 Israelites and verses 9 through 17 the multitudes of gentiles IN CHAPTER 7.This chapter also show’s Gods compassionate love, and mercy for mankind. Its mankind’s wickedness, rebellion, and sin that produce judgment: For the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) and they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap  the same. (Job 4:8)e
              Mathew 24:14  says that the gospel must be preached to all nations and then the end will come, some think that Jesus cant return until this is done. Their thinking is wrong there will first be the rapture, or snatching away of the church by Jesus from in the clouds not a return physically to earth, that will occur after the tribulation when he stops mankind from destroying their selves at the battle of Armageddon. The world will have heard the preaching of the gospel which will have been done by the 144,000 Jewish Saints during the tribulation period enraging the Antichrist and false prophet. People are reading the signs wrong. At present the Gospel reaches most of the surface of the earth through the televised messages of many evangels through satellite.  
           The Judgments to be unleashed in chapter 6 and 8 is because of the hardness of men’s hearts. They rebelled and continued to rebel for thousands of years. God however is so great and merciful that he still wishes to save Mankind; He wants mankind to open their minds and hearts, and come unto Him. This completes the first five chapters. We will now begin with chapter 6, the beginning of the Tribulation period, and also the future. But before we continue I want to give a small explanation of the possible enemy that attacks Israel during the Tribulation period. Everything I read and study tends to put this attack in the middle of the Tribulation period or 31/2 years after the Rapture has taken place. And after the Antichrist has established himself as ruler.
            Those of us who believe that the Bible is indeed infallible and is the inspired word of God also realize that when the Bible declares something is going to happen … it is going to happen! To date Bible prophesy has been fulfilled with 100% accuracy …the prophesies in Daniel have mostly been fulfilled to the letter that should make anyone believe. This gives us every reason to believe this trend will continue with the yet to be fulfilled prophecies in God’s word. One such prophesy would be the infamous Magog Invasion of Israel. This is found in [Ezekiel Chapters 38 & 39]. This was written over 2500 years ago. It details an attempted surprise attack on the nation of Israel while they were at peace, a peace instituted by the Antichrist.
           To figure out the countries that have a role to play we need to start at the beginning with the table of nations in Genesis 10:2.This is where we first see the names appear. Many ancient sources  have clearly identified “Magog” as referring to the “Scythians” which were the ancestors of the     Russians.  One of the earliest references to Magog was by Hesiod, “the father of of Greek didactic poetry” who identified Magog with the Scythians and southern Russia in the 7th century B.C. Hesiod was a contemporary of Ezekiel.
            In the 5th century B.C. Herodotus of Halicarnassus known as the “Father of history” wrote extensively about the Scythians and how they terrorized the Southern Steeps of Russia from the 10th century B.C. to the 3rd century B.C. Another well known source is Josephus Flavius who records the Magogians. They were called Scythians by the Greeks.
            Philo is another in the 1st century that identifies Magog with Southern Russia. These early Russians were Barbarians. They were known to drink the blood of the first enemy they killed, and carried the heads of their victims to their chiefs; they scalped their enemies; they used the skin of their victims to cover their quivers, and drank from the skulls of their victims. They practiced blood brotherhood by drinking each others blood [Those Russians were fine people} God pity Israel, they will be attacked by these barbarians during the tribulation period. You can find out what happens to Israel and the Russians by reading the book of Ezekiel.                                         

                                                     CHAPTER 6    {Beginning of the tribulation period]
             Understand that the riding on horses is figurative, especially in the invasion of Israel by Russia. This will probably be aircraft, tanks, and other styles of war armament. The return to earth by Christ and his saints riding horses could, and probably will be a literal event.        
This chapter introduces the tribulation hour upon the earth. Some explanation is needed here.
Some feel the rapture cannot take place because of the misunderstanding of Matthew.                                   [Matthew 24:14] And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come
            But This will be done by the preaching of the 144,000 Jewish saints during the tribulation hour Another thought on this matter the preaching of God’s word most likely touches every inch of the world by either radio television or satellite signals at present. These people have their signs in the wrong place because the rapture is a signless, timeless, event. What relationship exists between the Rapture and prophetic signs? None. The rapture is only an evacuation of believers before the final judgment of the tribulation hour, there will be no warning. It is a meeting in Heaven and not the return of Jesus to earth. His first coming was to earth, so His second coming must be to earth The rapture is only a meeting in the clouds. His return to earth will be seven years later. Let’s prove that the signs are post rapture, and do not indicate the Rapture. The Rapture is sign-less. Since the sign’s are post rapture all signs point to Christ’s return to earth. Since all signs point to the return to earth by Christ, that means they point to our return to earth also with him. Let’s prove this point. Take three Bibles and lay them side by side. Open one to Revelation chapter 6 where the signs begin. Then open the other two to [Matthew 24 ] [Luke 17 } [Mark 13 ]or [ Luke 21 ]. Compare the signs in these chapters with those found in Revelation. They are identical. The texts are practically the same .                                                                                                               
                 The church is raptured in [Revelation chapter 4 verse 1.]  John speaks.                                          After this I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven; and the first voice I heard was as if it were a trumpet talking with me; which said come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.                                                                                                                          Believers represented by the four and twenty elders, are laying their crowns at feet of Jesus before the signs and judgments take place. In chapter 6 through 18 the signs are then post rapture, and are fulfilled after the Rapture. Since the signs point to the return of Jesus to earth, and since we believers return with him, the logical deduction is that all signs point to our return with Christ. Presently the signs are only casting their shadows, but those shadows are growing longer day by day. How much longer will God in all of his mercy, tolerate the sinfulness of this world. Just look around you. We are approaching the sinful times of Noah’s day. Abortion, Drunkenness, Murder, Rape, and Drugs, Homosexuality, by male and female; Denying God, by any mention of him being removed from our schools and all public places;                                                                                                There are Churches that deny the virgin birth of Christ. Also homosexuals and other evil beings such as child molesters being allowed in the pulpits of some churches and other churches taking them as members without their second birth; Churches removing the mention of the blood of Christ from their doctrine: Homosexuals living together as man and wife.  Schools teaching the young children that man came from apes. From whence came the apes? Also Satan worship.           there is a chuch in California that worships Satan. It has over 10,000 members with many offshoots of witchcraft and demon worship with stores popping up everywhere selling Satanic and occult items. And their membership keeps growing, even among some of Hollywood’s most well known people. And much more; how can it get much worse? The major portion of our children are being raised by parents who never darken the door of a church, and the children never hear of Jesus, therefore they have no knowledge of right and wrong, and some therefore even have no conscience to guide them. They are taught no morals at all, not even at home.                                                               They now even have a book and movie called the De Venice code, claiming Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and she had children by him. They also have a sadistic movie called Hell Boy, supposedly the son of Satan. False and dangerous teaching; The Catholic church has many priests that molest children and the sin and crime is covered up by their Bishops to try and protect the church from disgrace and lawsuits. Now many English speaking countries including the USA have legalized same sex marriage.  [The opening of seals follow]                

                                                         FIRST SEAL
Rev. VERSE 1  And I Also saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the voice of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, come and see.                                                                  
              At this command John saw Jesus, [the one who is worthy], take the book and open the seals thereon. This is the blessed Lamb of God beginning the work of the judgment. John hears the sound of loud thunder, a sign of catastrophe. This is the Satan’s cue. His time has now come.     

Rev. 2 And I saw and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went fourth conquering, and to conquer.                                                                                                                                                                                                      
              This is the first seal of judgment. This is a counterfeit trying to look like Christ. Satan imitating Christ when he comes with his armies riding a white horse in chapter 19; Satan always tries to copy the acts of Christ. The demon possessed magicians of Pharaoh’s day were able to accomplish some of the same miracles by trickery that Aaron did at Moses’ orders. This has always been Satan’s ploy. He is not the creator. God is and all he can do is fake the works of God. Satan appears at the beginning of Revelation. There can be no such hour without him, since he is the master counterfeiter. He is imitating Christ when he returns to earth with his faithful in Revelation chapter.                                                                                                                                                               [Chapter 19 verses 11 -14] (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.  [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. [13] And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called the Word of God. [14] And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. This is what Satan wants to imitate in order to fool people,                                                                                                                                                                              Jesus will be seated on a white horse in chapter 19 when He returns to earth with his army of saints to put an end to the strife and turmoil. This is the 2nd coming of the True Christ. He will shortly dispatch the Antichrist who sits in the temple of God, showing himself to be a god.   [2nd Thessalonians 2:4] Who opposeth and exaleth above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sittith in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.   The Anti Christ comes to power with the help of Satan through an international peace treaty as seen in [Daniel 9:27] And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: (seven years)and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.                                                                                                                                                               The Anti Christ conquers by the use of diplomacy as a king. That’s why he has a crown. He takes control of all the world’s nations by a one world government, as in Revelation 13:7                                                                                                                                                                                             [Revelation 13:7]. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindred’s, and tongues, and nations.                                                    


               Satan will be followed by three other riders of judgment. Together these four horsemen of the apocalypse will bring sorrow, and strife, and heartache upon the entire earth, the like of which has never been seen before. The Antichrist {called the beast] gets his power directly from Satan. This is the Beast that will require all people to take his mark, without which they cannot buy or sell, and without this mark they will be killed, especially  if caught worshiping Jesus  [The mark of the beast] ‘666' The Antichrist’s world power signals the releasing of the remaining twenty world Judgment’s.  The peace made by the Anti Christ will be broken by the rider of the second horse, the red horse. This is part of the Anti Christ’s plans. Daniel 9:27 He {Anti Christ] shall confirm the covenant with many. For one week and in the midst of the week (7 years) he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease. When peace is confirmed the Jews will feel safe, but in the middle of the week, or [heptad, or seven year period in Greek] the peace will be broken. Daniel’s weeks are for seven years; therefore the peace will be broken in three and one half years. This is the invitation for the rider of the red horse to make his appearance.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rev. VERSE 3 And when he had opened the second seal I heard the second Beast say, “Come and see”.

Rev. VERSE 4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one-another:  and there was given to him a great sword                                                                                                                            

              This will occur after 3 ½ years of the tribulation period has passed when the peace will be broken. One of the nations that march during this period is almost certain to be Russia, [probably the first to make a move] read.
[Ezekiel 38:2] Son of man set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief princes of Meshach and Tubal, and prophesy against him.
              Ezekiel speaks of Gog and the land of Magog. Each of these names in this verse can be located in present day Russia. Tobolsk, the eastern capital of Russia is the ancient “Tubal” mentioned in the text. Meshach is Moscow which began as “Meshach” then “Moshoch,” then “Moschi” then “Moscoty” then ‘Muscovy” and finally Moscow.  “Rosh” is Russia itself. The great Bear invades Israel from the north. 
              Read [Ezekiel 38:15,16] And thou come from thy place out of the north parts, thou and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army: and thou shall come up against my people of Israel as a cloud to cover the land it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in  the, O Gog before their eyes.
              Chapter 39 verses 1&2 in Ezekiel describe what happens to Russia’s mighty army.       [EZEKIEL 39:1-2] Therefore son of man prophesy against Gog, and say, “Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshach and Tubal: [2] and I will turn thee back, and leave but a sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:                                                                                                                                                 (Russia’s mighty army is to be  destroyed). The attack centers on the Holy land, in fact the name Israel is used eighteen times to identify the nation being invaded. In Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39, this information attests to the divine inspiration of the Bible. There was no nation in modern history called Israel until 1948. This war occurs near or in the tribulation hour.”The facts in revelation tie in harmoniously with the book of Ezekiel’s prophesy”. The 38Th and 39Th chapters contain predictions concerning the tribulation hour, which point to such a Mid East war.                                                                               Revelation Chapter 8 Verse 7 mentions the burning of one third of the earth as the Second angel sounded [and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.  For by these were a third part of men killed, by the fire and the smoke, and by the brimstone which issued out of their mouths.]  More than likely Atomic war is what Ezekiel saw. The European Union now has its ten nations, ready to produce the Anti Christ. Iran is trying to make an atomic bomb and has threatened to destroy Israel. They are supported by the Hamas which now has power in the Gaza strip and is dealing with Russia for weapons with which to destroy Israel. They forget that God is in this picture also. They felt His mighty hand in the 1967 war but were too stupid to realize what happened to their mighty army against a handful of poorly armed Jews who beat that mighty army and air forces totally in only “6 days”.
                 LIFE PICTORIAL ATTLAS Check the internet { www.askjeves.com )
             This ATLAS lists land areas and population figures for all countries on the earth. This atlas contains figures that are shocking proof that all the prophecies in the book of Revelation can now be fulfilled. This was not possible in 1948, the year Israel first became a nation because the world’s population was not sufficient, but now the earth has more than enough people to completely fulfill the prophecy. Plus extra millions. The population of China alone has gained another third.
            According to this atlas, Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America have a total of 56,889,581 square miles. Dividing this by three and you get a total of   18,963,194 square miles, the land area that will burn during the tribulation period according to [Revelation Chapter 8 verse 7] And the first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burned up, and all green grass was burned up.                                                                                                                                Compare this figure to the land areas of the nations predicted to align themselves for the Middle East wars. [Daniel Chapters 9:27,] and [Ezekiel Chapters 38 and 39] Ezekiel describes a country from the north parts coming against Israel when they are at peace. “Draw a line through Jerusalem to the north pole and you will see that it goes right through Moscow Russia.” The first major country that attacks Israel will no doubt be Russia, and since Israel is at peace when this takes place it must be during the tribulation period.  Israel has no peace now or any hope for peace at any time in the near future, before and until the completion of the book of revelation, since all of the Arab states want nothing but the complete destruction of Israel and the nation of Israel driven into the sea to be remembered no more. After the Rapture, the Antichrist had negotiated a peace pact for seven years, or as  in [Daniel Chapter9 verse 27][ And he shall confirm the covenant for many for one  week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate].  One week or “seven years” and it is to be broken in the middle of that period,or 31/2   years. This is no doubt when Russia will make a move against Israel. This is the fulfillment of verse 4 in Revelation, (the appearing of the red horse, ) with power given to him to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another.   (War but not Armageddon yet)                                                        
                                                       THIRD SEAL
Rev. VERSE 5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say. Come and see,I Beheld and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.  

Rev. VERSE 6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, a measure of wheat for a penny, and a measure of barley for a penny, and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine      
 
              Famine and poverty always follow war. The rider on the black horse causes these sorrows upon earth. This was prophesied by Ezekiel also [Ezekiel chapter 4:10 through 16] And thy meat which thou shall eat, shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time thou shall eat it. {11} Thou shall drink also water by measure, the sixth part of an hin: from time to time shall thou drink.{12} And bread thou shall eat it as barley cakes, and thou shall bake it with dung that cometh out of man in their sight. {13} And the Lord said, even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them. {14} there said I, Ah Lord God! Behold my soul hath not been polluted: For from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth. {15} Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given thee cow’s dung for man’s dung, and thou shall prepare thy bread therewith.`{16} Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, behold I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem: and they shall eat bread by weight and with care; and they shall drink water by measure, and with astonishmen                                                                                                                                                                                             [Leviticus 26:26]  And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver you your bread by weight: and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied. This is pictured by the pair of balances in the rider’s hand. In Bible times laborers received a denarius or one penny, as an entire day’s wages. See Matthew. [ Matthew 20:2]And when he had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day he sent them his vinyard                                                                                                                           A measure would be one pound. A whole day’s labor for a loaf of bread, hunger is stalking the earth. Wine and oil are luxuries. Gold and silver which has been hoarded along with precious stones and any other form of wealth, will be useless after the Anti Christ has established his 666 program.  Gold and silver will be thrown in the street, that time is coming soon Read Ezekiel       [Ezekiel 7:19] They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the lord; they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumbling block of their iniquity     Earthly treasures will bring nothing but tears in the last days. Jesus said, “Therefore lay up your treasures in heaven,” as stated in Matthew 6:19-21 (Matthew 6:19-21)  19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.-20--- But lay up for yourself treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal.---21`- For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also.  [and most likely your soul also]             

                                             FOURTH SEAL
            This will be the rider on the pale horse and he will make conditions much worse there will be mass starvation on earth and with grave pestilence.

Rev. VERSE 7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, come and see.

Rev . VERSE 8 And I looked and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And the power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

             The fourth rider is the deadliest of all. This is why death and hell follow him. He destroys the body. Then hell swallows up the souls and spirits of those he kills with sword, hunger, and the beasts of the earth by diseases. At this time we have the beginnings of plagues. That could be the forerunner of this very verse, such as no cure for Aids, caused by the Greene Monkey Virus and spread by homosexuals. Avian flu, caused by chickens and birds of all kinds  also swine flu caused by the swine, Mad Cow disease, West Nile Virus carried by birds and spread by Mosquitoes, and other such diseases which keep popping up every day such as Ebola Hemolytic fever which has no cure .    They fear bird flu could kill millions in a short time. So far, no cure has been found, and no immunity drugs.  These kinds of plagues were not heard of forty years ago, but world corruption has multiplied 100 times since then. Armies could also spread diseases such as Anthrax. The USA alone has 1- No prayer in schools, and removal of the Ten Commandments from all public places. 2 -Abortion, the murder of babies. 3- Homosexual marriage. 4- Gays in the pulpits of some churches. 5 Couples living together as fornicators and switching partners. 6- Child molestation even by some of Gods Catholic priests, and other ministers. 7- Drugs of all kinds coupled with murders and rapes. Seven abominations, Gods perfect number. Help us Lord. This entire country has become an abomination to God. How much longer will He let it last
             The rider on the pale horse kills millions. One fourth of the world’s population dies through his brutality, more than one billion, and five hundred million people at today’s population figures. This could easily happen through famine, and disease, and by atomic weapons, chemical, and germ warfare. This will all probably occur after the three and one half years of peace set up by the Anti Christ. Remember the Anti Christ set up seven years of peace but it was broken after three and a half years, Probably by Russia’s attack on Israel. Some of those plagues may already have started. The signs are there read them.
                                                    FIFTH SEAL
               This brings forth the cries of the slain martyrs. Jesus spoke of this hour in Matthew [Matthew 24:9, 10] 9 hen shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name sake-10- and then shall many be offended and betray one another, and shall hate one another  The ones that are not saved, and who have taken the mark 666 will betray those that are saved in order to save their own necks. Read again Revelation chapter 4. You will see that this relates to tribulation saints composed of elect Israelites, and those. These persecuted Gentiles converted by the preaching of the 144,000 Jewish evangelists saints and martyrs are not part of the church, which is already in Heaven. Revelation chapter 4 verse 1, these Christians will have the seal of God in their forehead.

Rev. VERSE 9   And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the alter the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.

Rev. VERSE 10   And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, Holy and true, dost Thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth. 

Rev. VERSE 11    And white robes were given unto every one of them; that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.                                                   

              These martyred saints are seen under the altar. In the Old Testament, the altar always referred to where blood had been sacrificed. Souls will be saved during the tribulation period the same way souls are saved today, through the shed blood of Jesus. When the believers during the tribulation confess Christ they will be killed if caught, but saved as in Matthew.                                                                                               (Matthew 10:32, 33) explains. 32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess before my Father which is in heaven.—33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Please understand this statement.                          These slain Martyrs are crying. They are not asleep or unconscious.The doctrine of “soul sleep” is not taught in the Bible. [2 Corinthians 5:8] We are confident, I say, and willing to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord The Bible teaches that the soul and the body are separated; the body sleeps in the grave, while the soul is alive in [“Heaven or Hades”]. For Christians to be absent from the body, means to be present with the lord .For sinners it means Hades a place of misery the local jail [Philippines 1:21] For to me to live be Christ and to die is gain.    It is also the reason that when Christ returns at the Rapture he brings those souls (the dead) with him to claim their earthly bodies, not their souls.                                                                                                  [1 Thessalonians 4:14] For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleeps in Jesus will God bring with him How could the Lord bring the dead with Him and still come after the dead? Because the dead are in two places the souls and spirits are with the Lord [absent from the body is to be present with the Lord] but the bodies are in the graves. He brings the souls and spirits so they can come and claim their bodies. This all pictures the Rapture. But we are studying the Tribulation hour. Let’s move on. It is then that the martyred Tribulation saints cry. They also wear white robes. Lifeless spirits cannot cry or wear white robes. Answer, The spiritual being has a temporary covering. Proof 2nd Corinthians 5:1] For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved [dead] we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Being in spirit form does not mean unconsciousness, or a bodyless ghost.
                                              SIXTH SEAL    
Rev. VERSE 12   And I beheld when he opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.

Rev. VERSE 13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs when she is shaken of a mighty wind
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              This is entirely possible. It has probably happened before with an asteroid strike on earth. This verse speaks of the stars falling. This could be asteroids or even a severe meteor shower with the meteors being large enough to strike the earth. Or maybe even comets such as the one that struck Jupiter a few years ago. Either of these things could cause a dust cloud so dense it could blot out the sun and darken the moon. An asteroid would cause damage that could cause earthquakes. An asteroid 1/4 miles in diameter would have the same effect as a hydrogen bomb of several hundred megatons, killing millions and causing worldwide disaster. So don’t take this verse lightly. It ties in with the previous verse. These events would cause mighty earthquakes. A large part of humanity is killed. An asteroid strike is what scientist say killed the dinosaurs and started the ice age.                                                       

Rev. VERSE 14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places    [Due to severe earthquakes and floods]            

Rev. VERSE 15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and the rocks of the mountains;       [terror rulede)

Rev. VERSE 16 And said to the mountains and rocks fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sittith on the throne, and from the wrath of the lamb:

Rev. VERSE 17 For the great day of his wrath has come; and who shall be able to stand 
                                
              In verse 12 we see a great earthquake. There are four such earthquakes in the book of Revelation. The one mentioned here, and one in chapter 8 verse 5, and also in chapter 11 verse 13, and chapter 16 verses 18 and 19.  The judgments of the first four seals were under the jurisdiction of the Antichrist. The opening of the sixth seal is the beginning of supernatural judgments from heaven by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself  One cannot in good conscience take these events to be nothing but real, and why not? Earthquakes have accompanied the judgments of God throughout history. Mount Sinai quaked when God descended upon it in Exodus.   [Exodus 19:18]. And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, Because the Lord descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly Rocks were smashed to pieces during Elijah’s day.                                                                      [1 Kings 19:11]. And he said go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the lord was not in the earthquake. There was a great earthquake when Christ was crucified at Calvary.                                                                                                                                                            [Matthew 27: 51,] And behold the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake and the rocks rent; and the graves were opened; and the bodies of saints which slept rose (a sign to Israel that they had messed up) All these quakes were real events. Then why wouldn’t the scene before us be real? It is exactly what Jesus predicted for the Tribulation hour as he said in Luke. [Luke 21:25,26] And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;  men’s hearts failing them for fear, and looking after those things which are coming on the earth; for the powers will be shaken  The earthquakes are so great the stars of heaven fall like figs being shaken out of a tree prematurely. Strong winds, possibly tornados, and hurricanes also wreak their havoc. The devastating earthquakes cause mountains and islands to be moved from their foundations. No wonder many million die due these catastrophes that strike the earth. Now we understand Christ’s statement in Luke.  [Luke21:26] Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth,  and humanity begging the rocks and mountains to fall on them, and hide them from the face of him  that  sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. The situation becomes so terrible that humanity pleads to die begging the rocks and mountains to fall on them and kill them. 
                                      Reread again above [Revelation 6:15, 16, 17]      
              You can see that up to this point, if you have read all the Bible verses contained herein that every word written in the book of Revelation so far is completely understandable, and can be explained, and was explained in the Bible before it was written. It is not meant to be a mystery, and all the rest of Revelation will also be explained by the books of the Bible as I finish this study. Thank God that the church is in heaven during this terrible time.    
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                                                             CHAPTER 7 
            This chapter is a break in the opening of the seals in order to explain the happenings preformed by the 144,000 Israelites. The seventh seal will be discussed in chapter eight. Chapter seven will be divided into two portions, dealing with two separate groups. Verses 1 through 8 deal with the 144 thousand Israelites preachers, and verses 9 through 17 will deal with the multitudes of Gentiles. This chapter also shows God to be a patient God, stopping the destruction long enough for a great revival to take place. It portrays God as compassionate, merciful and loving; Verses 1 through 3 in Revelation chapter 7 also shows; God’s mercy.                                                                                                                                                  
Rev. VERSE 1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

              The angels standing on the four corners of the earth don’t mean the earth is square it refers to the four directions North, South, East, and West. God is telling them not to harm the earth the sea or man, and to wait until those that will be saved by the great revival which is coming are sealed in their forehead.                                                                                                                
 Rev. VERSE 2    And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea.                                                                                                                                            
Rev. VERSE 3    Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This shows God’s mercy to mankind, He still loves man and wants him to repent.   [1 John 4:8] God is love [John 3:16, 17] 16 God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should no perish, but have everlasting life. 17, For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  [Romans 6:23] For the wages of sin are death [Job 4:8] they that plow iniquity and sow wickedness, reap the same. The judgments already released is caused by the hardness of men’s hearts, and because they rebelled against God for thousands of years and continue to rebel.
              God still loves the human race so at this point he takes a break. He still wants to save mankind. God wants men to open their minds and hearts and come unto Him. This chapter deals with the mercy of God in the midst of the tribulation. God has created a lull before the storm, to call men to salvation and revival. by The 144000 Israelites  preaching the word of  God The wicked had received their seal from the beast, the Antichrist 666, and whosoever had that seal was doomed to Hell. But millions had refused the seal and was still unknown to the beast. They were eking out a living as best as they could, since they could not buy or sell without the mark; a large group of Israelites 144,000 had been sealed by the angel of God, 12000 from each tribe of Israel
, and was to spread the word of God to all Jews and Gentiles that did not have the mark of the beast. A great multitude was saved, one of the greatest revivals in all history. The Antichrist was enraged. No doubt the Holy Spirit was supreme and held him at bay throughout this great revival. This was when the word f God will be spread over the entire earth. not pre rapture

Rev. VERSE 4   And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and   forty and four thousand of all of the tribes of the children of Israel. 

Rev. VERSE 5   Of the tribe of Judah were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Ruben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.

Rev. VERSE 6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manassas was sealed twelve thousand.

Rev. VERSE  7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.

 Rev. VERSE  8 Of the tribe of Zebulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

 `            This group is not the church, for the church is already in heaven by the rapture.               ( Chapter 4 verse 1 ) Also the church is not Jewish, and is composed of all races, people, and tongues. This group is definitely Jewish, and from Israel. Presently the Jews do not know of their tribal heritage, but God will correct this problem for them. Actually no Jew knows what his actual lineage is. The 144,000 Jewish evangelists are anointed by the Holy Spirit. These spirit filled preachers are described in Joel. Several earthly churches claim these saints are their members but they are badly misled by false teaching.  Joel 2: 28, 29] And it shall come to pass afterwards, that I  will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; and your sons and your daughters will prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: and also upon the servants and the handmaidens in those days I will pour out my spirit.                                                                                 Something here is somewhat confusing concerning the presence of the Holy Spirit during the tribulation. This has resulted from the misunderstanding and interpretation of-
 [2 Thessalonians 2:7] For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he now who will letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.                                                                                        
              The word letteth is an Old English term for hinders or blocks. This shows the rise of the Antichrist [Thessalonians 2: 6] states   ye know what withholdeth, that (the Antichrist) might be revealed in his time.  Rev. states For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until He be     (The Holy Spirit) taken out of the way.  It makes it clear that the hinderer the Holy Spirit continues to hinder the Antichrist until He, the Holy Spirit is taken out of the way. Here is another reason to believe in the pre- tribulation rapture. Why? The Holy Spirit lives in the hearts of his people: If any man has not the spirit of Christ, he is none of His {Romans 8:9}. Also [1Corinthians 3:16] Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and the spirit of God dwelleth in you? Because of this, Gods spirit cannot be taken unless those in whom he lives are taken. However the spirits removal only speaks of his restraining power. PROOF: The Holy Spirit Is God, The Third member of the Trinity. As God, He is omniscient (all knowing) omnipotent (all powerful) and omnipresent (everywhere at all times). Therefore the Holy Spirit cannot be removed from the earth.  Because, He, Being God, he is in all places constantly. It is said well in                                                                                                                   [Psalms 139: 7 through 10]     
7Whither shall I go from thy spirit? 8 Or whether shall I flee from thy presence? 9 If I ascend up into heaven thou are there: If I make my bed in Hell, behold thou art there. 10 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me and thy right hand shall hold me.
                   Since the Holy Spirit is everywhere at all times, only his restraining influence over sin is removed during the tribulation hour. The evacuation of Christians in whose hearts the Holy Spirit dwells, is the way, the only way; His restraining influence on sin is removed when the church is removed from earth by the rapture. Literally all Hell will break loose. But the Holy Spirit’s remaining presence on earth produced one of the greatest revivals in the history of the world. Not only by the 144,000 Jewish preachers but also the remaining Gentiles who refused to take the mark of the beast and who also shared the message of the shed blood of Jesus and proclaimed the return of the king.                                                                                                                                                        (Matthew 24:14)  And this Gospel [or good news] of the kingdom shall be preached in the entire world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
              This is not the message of his first coming, but his final return to stop the evil and destruction on earth. He will have his army of saints with him at that time. This is when He will set up his thousand year reign. We will have a new King, revealing Christ as King of Kings.
              Next multitudes of Gentiles are also saved during the Tribulation by the preaching of the 144,000 Jewish evangelists.               

Rev. Verse 9   After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindred’s, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.

              The 144,000 Jewish evangelists were sealed by the Spirit of God first. Then God’s message was first to the Jews and then the Gentiles of all nations  [Romans 1:16]    I am not ashamed of the power of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth: to the Jew first, and also unto the Greek.    (Or Gentile)                                                                                                                                                       John sees a great multitude standing before the throne which no man could count, from every race and nationality. Their white robes prove they have trusted in the message of the blood, and are clothed in the righteousness of Christ. The waving of the palms in their hands signifies victory. They are joyous because they have overcome the world and Satan, and have survived the first six seals of judgment.

Rev. Verse 10 They cried with a loud voice saying, Salvation to our God which sittith upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

            The multitude recognizes the source of their salvation and victory. They cannot be kept silent. Who can be silent when the grace of God does its mighty work of salvation in ones heart? Immediately the angels join with them in praise to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Rev. Verse 11    And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshiped God.   

Rev. Verse 12   Saying, Amen: Blessing and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto God forever and ever. Amen.

            The seven fold praise session to God is as follows. (1) His Blessing (2) glory (3) wisdom (4) thanksgiving (5) honor (6) Power, and lastly (7) might, forever and forever. Amen.  An elder asks a question in the next verse.     

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

Rev. Verse 14   And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me. These are they that came out of the great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the lamb                                                                                                  

              This is still yet another proof that this is not the church, and the church is in heaven. This is also proof that there is also humans with glorified bodies in Heaven Why does John not recognize this group. He knows the raptured church in heaven, but he does not recognize this group from earth. These are the tribulation saints who were saved during the great tribulation period by the preaching of the 144,000 Jews. That is why John does not know them they are after his time, even though they are new brothers and sisters in Christ, they are unknown to John. They were saved at a different time, a time when John and the Church were at rest in heaven, not on earth. Each group saved at different time periods have different duty’s to perform. The Church being the bride of Christ will serve with Him for 1000 years on earth. They then will reign as kings, rulers and priests under Christ forever.                                                                                                                                                                              [1 Peter 2:9]    But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a Holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of the darkness into the marvelous light.  The 144,000 will serve as bodyguards of the Lamb and his bride, the Church.         [Revelation 14:4] describes them] 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 fruits of God and to the Lamb.                                                                 The gentiles saved during the tribulation will be temple servants, waiting on Christ and his bride. They serve in the glorious temple. The Antichrist will be smashed when the Lord returns with His bride. At this time the millennial temple will be erected and the Gentiles will serve with great pleasure. There will be no discrimination there, God loves all nationalities.  

Rev. Verse 15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in the temple: and he that sittith upon the throne shall dwell among them.       

              Because God dwells among them, the sufferings under the Antichrist are abolished. These Gentiles are the ones who refused the mark of the beast 666
. Some were killed, and some eked out a living the best they could, since they could not buy or sell. Now with Christ with them there has been a big change. They no longer have any fear or torment. They are fed by the Holy Spirit and given living waters, they eat from the tree of life.                               

Rev. Verse 16 They shall hunger no more, nor do thirst anymore; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.                                                                                                                                          
              This refers to the scorching heat during the tribulation hour. [As] The fourth angle poured out his vial upon the sun: and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire (chapter 16 verse 8}
 In addition, the word heat refers to the fires of persecution described in 1st Peter.                                           [1 Peter 1:7].  That the trial of your faith being much more precious than gold that perishes though It be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor, and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. From this point on the people of God from all nations enjoy the presence of God. All tears are wiped  away. Their days of suffering, heartache, abuse, and discrimination by an ungodly world are finished. Tears are wiped away as every remembrance of past sorrow is obliterated from their minds.

Rev. Verse 17    For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.                     God will be the master and leader while the bride under Christ rules the earth.
 
                                                      CHAPTER 8
                                                    SEVENTH SEAL
                This seal will reveal the seven trumpet Judgments. They are quiet terrifying. All the hosts in Heaven become totally silent at their opening.
 
Rev. Verse 1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.                                                                                                                                            
This verse 1 chapter 8 in a statement made by Bob Ripley who said it was positive proof that there would be no women in Heaven a woman can’t be quiet that long.   (Joke) This silence was caused by the dread of the forthcoming trumpet blasts and the havoc they would bring to the earth and mankind, all heaven is silent, an unusual occurrence.

Verse 2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God. And to them were given seven trumpets.

               These judgments were predicted by Enoch in the book of (Jude verses 14 and 15)
Psalm 96:13 He Commeth to judge the earth: He shall judge the world with righteousness and the people with his truth.
               Paul also said in [Acts 17:31] Because he hath appointed a day, in which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he has given assurance unto all men, in that he has raised him from the dead.
Jude 14, 15  [14] And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these saying, Behold the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints [15] To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him..
               We witness an unusual prayer meeting in the next three verses.      
 
Rev. Verse 3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer: and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 

               The angel is no doubt Jesus Christ himself. He ministers to both God and man. See first Timothy 2:5 Jesus also appeared as the angel of the Lord in the Old Testament in many instances. He wrestled With Jacob, also walked among Shadrach, Meshech, and Abednego in the fiery furnace, and made many other Old Testament visits to His people. Now He stands at the altar adding incense to the prayers of the saints of God on earth. They are prayers for judgment as in Revelation. 6:10 how long, O Lord Holy and true, dost thou not avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?  At this point their prayers have reached the throne of God
(1Timothy 2:5) For there is God, and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus;
 [Hebrews 7:25] Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that comes unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

Rev. Verse 4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.

              Prayers are being answered, and judgments on the earth are now being prepared. Woe unto those on the earth.

Rev. Verse 5 And the angel took the censer, filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake                                                
              The silence of verse one is now broken. Every kind of noise imaginable is now heard as judgment is prepa

Rev. Verse 6 and the seven angels which had the seven trumpets pre-pared themselves to sound.

              Woe to the evil ones on the earth, their time of judgment has come. This is it                                                     THE FIRST TRUMPET SOUNDS

Rev. Verse 7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burned up, and all green grass was burned up.

             This verse is easy to understand literally. This same kind of judgment occurred in the book of Exodus Chapter 9: verses 22, 23, 24, when God smote Egypt.
            Exodus chapter 9
22, And the Lord said unto Mosses, stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt. 23 And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran upon the ground: and the Lord rained hail upon the land of Egypt.
24, so there was hail and fire mingled with hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation.  (It happened then now it happens again but on a much wider scale covering the entire earth)                                                                                                    
                                               SECOND TRUMPET SOUNDS                                                                                                                                                      
Rev. Verse 8 and the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood.  

              This judgment is no doubt a large meteor falling into the sea. The phrase “as it was a mountain,” is a symbolic description. Always take every word of the bible literally unless God tells you to take it figuratively. This passage is an example of the latter. Something gigantic, as or like a mountain is cast into the sea and causes a third part of the sea to become blood. A similar happening occurred in Moses’ Day, but on a much smaller scale.
 (Exodus 7: 19-21)   And the Lord spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon the streams, upon the rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon 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 his rod, and smote the water that was 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 were in the river died.                                                                                                     This was done before and now it is being done again on a much greater scale. This time to a third part of the sea’s what a stink this is going to make when the blood decays.  

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

              God’s second trumpet blast is so disastrous, killing many creatures, and destroying many ships. Only God knows what horrendous things will happen, when nuclear war, under, upon, and above the seas take place, if He should permit it to happen.        

Rev. Verse 10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon a third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of water.

              The burning as it were a lamp; [figurative]   indicates it might be a meteor or asteroid burning when it was coming through the atmosphere at tremendous speed, as all meteors do. It could explode in the atmosphere spreading particles in a very wide area doing much contamination. 

Rev. Verse 11 The name of the star is called Wormwood: and a third part of the waters became wormwood: and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
                                                                         
The mention of wormwood is found in Jeremiah chapter 9 verse 15                                                    (Jeremiah 9: 15)   Therefore saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will feed them even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink (it happened then and it will happen again)         

               A meteor strike could do this very thing. Meteors and asteroids could be made up of minerals that could be poisonous and bitter.  On March 23, 1823 a volcanic eruption in the Aleutian Islands caused the waters in the area to become bitter and unfit for human consumption. Something else strange is the fact that Chernobyl in the Ukraine means wormwood. The poisonous effect of the atomic disaster at the power plant there has not cleared and will still linger for many years to come. Unless Jesus intervenes

             God created every star. He knows their location and their name. He also knows where the star Wormwood, meaning bitterness is located. It may be close at hand. Even in the asteroid belt.
                                                    Fourth trumpet

 Rev. Verse 12   And the fourth angel sounded , and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

Rev. Verse 13  And I beheld the and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabitants of the earth by reason of the other voices of the  trumpeters of the three angels which are yet to sound!    

             This judgment has to do with the earth’s luminaries. The, sun, moon, and the stars; these were activated in the beginning by God in (Genesis chapter 1 verses 14,15, 16.)    This could have devastating effects on earths weather. (Genesis) 14 And God said let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and for years. 15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 16 and God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.  Sun & Moon The greater light being the sun, the lesser light being the moon, these are to light the earth. The stars were created to illuminate the firmament.  God spoke them into being. He controlled them then. He controls them now. He can darken them as He pleases. This happened in (Exodus 10: 21 through23) in Moses’ day.
Exodus 10 - 21 And the Lord said unto Moses. Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness that can be felt. 22 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days. 23 They saw not one another; neither raised any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.
            God still has control over all the luminaries. In the days of Moses it was in a limited area this will be worldwide. The worst is yet to come as we see an angel flying through the midst of heaven crying, “Woe, woe, woe. The first three and a half years are not nearly as severe as the final three and a half years, will be as stated in Matthew. 
(Matthew 24:8) All these are the beginning of sorrows.
            Finally he referred to the last three and a half years as the Great Tribulation. The following is in the words of Jesus Himself. 
(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.
                    As the tribulation hour approaches its climax, the judgments become more severe, and the loss of life greater. Notice only two verses each cover each of the first four trumpets. However trumpet five requires twelve verses. Trumpet six requires nine verses.and may be worse                      


                                            CHAPTER 9                                                                        This chapter covers the lengthy portion of Scripture covering trumpet five. Fifth trumpet                                                                                                                                 
Rev. Verse 1 And the fifth angle sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto earth: and to him was given the key to the bottomless pit.   Satan arival to earth

                The star John saw is a spirit. This is no doubt Satan being cast from heaven to the earth. Isaiah describes this fall in chapter 14 verses 12  (Isaiah14:12-14) 12 How art thou fallen from heaven O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 for thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven. I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: 14 I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds I will be like the most high..Satan wants to be greater than almighty God he has great ambitions. [Luke 10:18] And He (Jesus) said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. The fall of Satan was caused by pride. He wanted to be co-equal with God. This fallen one was given the key to the bottomless pit, and he now uses it to release his demons..                  
Rev. Verse 2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of smoke of the pit.

              In Greek it is defined as the pit of the abyss. This term is found nine times in the New Testament. It is defined as a place to hold certain beings which has come under the judgment of God. For instance, when Jesus cast the legion of demons out of the man of Gadarene, they begged him not to cast them into the abyss, or pit. They chose to be incarnated in a heard of swine. Their terror and dread of the pit was great. It must be a horrible place and demons are aware of it. It is the prison of fallen angels. What a terrible time it will be when this vile prison is opened. The prisoners will be insanely enraged over their imprisonment, and ready to take violent revenge on anyone or anything that they chance to meet.

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

              These are not literal locusts or scorpions. Their power is too great. These are most likely the fallen angels which God has cast into the pit, such as in 2nd Peter (2 Peter 2:4) For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment. The Pit of the abyss. These wicked beings, chained in darkness for centuries can hardly wait to begin their acts of evil. They are told what they can and cannot do. Talk about terrorism.

Rev. Verse 4 And it was commanded of them that they could not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men that have not the seal of God in their foreheads                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       In chapter 7 we saw multitudes sealed through the preaching of the 144,000 saints. The locust or fallen angels are not allowed to touch those that are sealed. They can hurt only the ones that doe's not have the seal of God, but have accepted the mark of the beast 666. They can torture them but they cannot kill them only make them wish they could die which they couldn’t.

Rev. Verse 5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he strikes man.          
Rev. Verse 6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it: and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

                These tortured men think death would end their suffering. They are wrong. These men took the mark of the beast 666, and at death face hell, a much greater form of suffering. The next 4 verses describe in detail the locust or fallen angels. A lot of the descriptions are figurative such as, “as it were, or like unto, or as they and others.”        

Rev. Verse 7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle (This speaks of strength and speed) and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold (This speaks of royalty; a picture of conquers) and their faces were as faces of men (This represents intelligence)

Rev. Verse 8   And they had hair as the hair of women ( this pictures beauty, and attractiveness ) and their teeth were as the teeth of lions ( This shows viciousness, evil and cruelty )
 
Rev. Verse 9   and they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron
(this represents invincibility ) and the sound of their wings was the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle (this represents the calamity which they will cause.)   God has no pity on evil mankind! Nor should He.

Rev. Verse 10 A nd they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. 
 
                This shows what life on earth will be like for the unsealed of God when the pit of the abyss is opened, and the convicts of the ages, the fallen angels are released. The next verse will reveal who the fallen star, the leader of these evil angels is.   

Rev. Verse 11 and they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue is  Apollyon                                                         
            (These names mean the destroyer, which undoubtedly is Satan.) The term is found only one time in The English Bible but found six times in the Hebrew Bible. He is now fallen to earth. (Pity earth) [Isaiah14:12 -14] How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations![13] For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: [14] I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most high

Rev. Verse 12 One woe is past; and behold; there comes two woes more .hereafter.
                                                        
                                                           Sixth trumpet
Rev. Verse 13 And the sixth angle sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden alter which is before God.

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

              As the sixth angel sounds, John hears a voice from the four horns of the golden alter which is in the presence of God. Many of the judgments are linked to God’s program of atonement. So many have rejected the message of the shed blood of Jesus, Paul warned the human race of the danger of refusing this teaching.  These terrible angels are in the midst of the Islamic nations God’s enemies.
              (Hebrews 10:28- 29–30) He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who has trodden underfoot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the spirit of grace. For we know Him that said vengeance belongeth unto to me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, the Lord shall judge his people.
                The rejection of God’s word always brings serious consequences. Even the alter where sin is forgiven cries out for Gods judgment. Never treat the message of the precious shed blood of Christ lightly. Those who do will be sorry. Islam denies Him woe unto them. The fact the angels in the river Euphrates are bound proves they are the fallen angels, who rebelled and fell with Lucifer at the time of his fall   Now because so many have rejected the message of the blood, the voice coming from the holy alters where blood is shed, tells the sixth angel to lose the four angels which are bound in the river Euphrates                                                                                                                                            Once the church is safely in heaven the four denizens from the Euphrates are released upon the earth. They are commanded to wreak havoc in the area of the Euphrates River. This river starts in Turkey and runs through Iraq and Syria, and will be dried up when the battle of Armageddon begins so the Eastern hordes can walk across on dry land. These evil angels will stir the pot.The wars in that area are the beginning of the end.  As the final pieces of the puzzle come together for the future. This is the part of the world where Satan performed his evil works on Adam and Eve. Man made his first united move against God, trying to build a tower to heaven.
                Genesis 11:1 to 8 And the whole earth was of one speech.– and it came to pass as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plane in the land of Shinar and they dwelt there – and they said one to another , Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly  And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar.– And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, least we do be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. – And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded, and the Lord said behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing  will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.– Go to, let us go down and  there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.– So the lord scattered them abroad from thence upon all the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
            This is the location where God made his unconditional covenant with Abraham Genesis 15:18 in the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abraham, saying unto him. This land belongs to Israel and no one but Israel, and the Lord will see that they get it and soon.  Exodus 23: 31. And I will set the bounds from the red sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before you.  How dare Islam say the kand belongs to them             
               Deuteronomy 11:24 Every place where on the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours: From the wilderness of Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates even to the uttermost sea will be your coast. Joshua 1:4 Again God says; from the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea towards the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.
              All this area was promised to Israel, how dare politicians tell them to give up even an acre of the land they have taken in the wars of their early rebirth; they had taken more land which was the original promised land but was forced to give it up for the promise of peace which has not yet come and never will.
              This area was once the boundary of the old Roman Empire, which is being restored by the European Union, which will be the new Roman Empire with a one world government ruled by the Anti Christ. You should read chapter 7 of the book of Daniel. It explains the ten horned monster which rises from the sea. This being the European Union, which has, and is taking power, using a new money, the EURO and it is spreading ,and will continue to spread until it consumes the entire earth which will probably be after the rapture of the church.  
              (Daniel 7: 23,24) This he said, the fourth beast will be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down; and break it to pieces.--24- And the ten horns out of the kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them: and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.   ( Antichrist)
              (Daniel 7: 25) And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times, and the dividing of time.  (Antichrist rules)
              All this will take place after the church is gone for it is the rising of the antichrist.           
           
Rev. Verse 15 And the four angles were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, to slay the third part of men.

             According to the world atlas, we now have five billion plus people on earth. We saw one fourth of the earth’s population die under the hand of the rider of the pale horse, Revelation chapter 6 verse 8. The earth now only has three billion seven hundred fifty million people left. Now an additional third will be destroyed by the fallen angels when they are released. This will leave two billion five hundred million people on earth. These four evil angels are eagerly waiting to begin their slaughter. Remember that the Euphrates River, where these evil angels are bound is in Middle East territory the location of Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria, and is the center of the Islamic nations                                    Barbaric troops come against Israel from the north. This holocaust no doubt will include Russia, for it is prophesied in                                                                                                                               (Ezekiel Verses 38:15, 16) Thou shall come from thy place out of the north parts, thou and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army: and thou shall come up against my people Israel, as a cloud to cover the land. Russia is north of Israel. This is why Joel also declared.                     
              Joel 2 Verse 20 I will remove far off from you (Israel) the northern army, and will drive him into the land barren and desolate (Siberia) with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder parts toward the utmost sea. (Pacific Ocean) Face toward the East Siberian Sea: back to North Pacific Ocean. In Siberia’s frozen wilderness;  draw a line through Jerusalem and through the North Pole, and it goes directly through Moscow Russia. Try it. That is the only country north of Israel to have such a large army with the ability to do just this, and a place of far off refuge such as Siberia                            Russia is the only country on earth that meets the qualifications of this text. Israel is mentioned as the battlefield of the world 18 times in Ezekiel Chapters 38, 39. 
              The armies that march against Israel are the largest armies in the history of mankind. Russia will return with a rebuilt army, with armies from all nations. China and their Asian allies; Being a cohort of Russia will probably join the revised Russian army in the next attack on Israel. China has the manpower to assemble an army the size of the army spoken of in verse 16. They and the remnant of the Russian army that has reorganized, with blood in their eyes will make their attack. This will be made possible because the Euphrates River is dried up, and the oriental armies will have no trouble reaching Israel with their mechanized troops.

Rev. Verse 16 And the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred thousand thousand, and I heard the number of them.
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              That is two hundred million soldiers. No wonder (Ezekiel said in Chap.38) verse 16 and thou shall come up against my people of Israel as a cloud to cover the land. Nahum describes what some of the horses they are riding may be. They are not literal horses, but machines, such as tanks with flame throwers, “front and back,” artillery and machine guns, maybe even the ability to launch tactical atomic weapons of low yield, for use on a battlefield. The fields will be made red with blood.   
(Nahum 2:3,4 )  3-The shield of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men are in scarlet: The chariots will be with flaming torches in the day of his preparation, and the fir tree shall be terribly shaken.--4-The chariots shall rage in the streets, they shall jostle one against another in the broad ways: they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightnings.         
              When the sixth angel had poured out his vial on the Euphrates it dried up, making it easy for China and its allies to reach Israel. China has the manpower since their population at present is nearly one billion two hundred million people. Some believe this army is a supernatural force due to the following verses.

Rev. Verse 17- And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and jacinth and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire smoke and brimstone.                                                                                     
            This could be powerful flame throwers. Here again we have a figurative description of horses. The {“heads of the horses were as”) this could mean anything from tanks to armored vehicles. It really doesn’t sound supernatural; but an army made up of mechanized equipment, to some people this sounds supernatural.

Rev. Verse 18   by these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone which issued out of their mouths.

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

           Some literalist believes that these verses portray the latest inventions stockpiled in the arsenals of the world. Either way it will be a terrible time as a third of the earth’s inhabitants is killed by the smoke, fire, and brimstone: Tactical nuclear weapons could be considered here. Again we have a figurative description (“For their tails were like unto serpents and had heads.”) We must take every word of the Bible as fact, unless it is figurative. Then it means something else.  Some believe these verses represent the latest devastating military weapons; in this final battle fire should be considered. ( Psalm 97:3) A fire goeth before him                                                                                           (Zephaniah 1:18 )the whole land will be devoured by the fire of His jealousy. (Joel 2:3) a fire devoureth before them.  Who? The Russian army that will be coming from the north        (Joel 2:20)    I will remove far off from you (Israel) the northern army, and will drive him in to a land barren and desolate (Siberia) with his face towards the east sea, Barents Sea, or Arctic Ocean. and his hinder parts toward the utmost sea , North pacific Ocean  and his stink shall come up, and his ill savor shall come up, because he has done great (terrible) things (Joel 2:30) And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. [Atomic weapons most likely)   Malachi 4:1 For behold the day cometh that shall burn as an oven: and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble and the day that cometh will burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it will leave them neither root nor branch. ( many Bible books predict this )  
              Personally I believe both natural and supernatural (men and demons) will be involved in the tribulation woes. Satan and the Antichrist are sure to be involved along with their demons ; some of Gods angels may also take a hand to prevent total destruction of the human race.

Rev. Verse 20   and the rest of the men not killed by these plagues repented not of the fallen works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk.

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

              We have now witnessed the release of thirteen judgments--- seven seals--- and six trumpets. One would think mankind would start considering eternity; wicked sinners do not give up easily. They continue to rebel right into the lake of fire cursing God all the way. There are five major sins which men would rather die than repent for. 1- Occultism, drugs 2.-Murder 3.-Adultery 4- Fornication; And 5 Thievery; Occultism or Satanism. Anton LaVey began the church of Satan in San Francisco. There are now ten’s of thousand in California alone which are members of occult groups, and new members joining every day. Stores are springing up everywhere, where satanic objects can be bought, and books can be bought. God hates this sin. He may well smash them all, and the rest of the people that should try to stop them but don’t. They are an abomination to the Lord. According to the next verses this is a dangerous business. Christian people should stop this abomination.
              Leviticus 19:31 Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord Your God.    Leviticus 20:6 and the soul that turneth after such that have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.   Deuteronomy 18:10-12 There shall not be found among you anyone that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times (astrology), or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter (medium) with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination to the Lord.  
              God hates those that worship idols of any kind. This practice breaks His holy law.
(Exodus 20:4-5)  Thou shalt not make unto the any graven image… Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, for I thy God am a jealous God.
              There are those today that knowingly or unknowingly break Gods laws and commandments by worshipping lifeless, man made idols. One can see that the worship of occultism is paving the way for the greatest imposter of all time, the antichrist.   [Psalm 115:4-8 eyes have they, but they see not: they have ears, but they hear not: noses have they , but they smell not: they have hands, but they handle not: feet they have, but  they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them {helpless and hopeless] so is every one that trusteth them.     Their idols are silver and gold, the work of man’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak [There  are many types of idols today] Murder;  During this same time murder becomes a sport and judgment does not change the situation in the [Tribulation period.]. Today murder is rampant. Some are by terrorist, others for drugs and money. Some terrorist even kill themselves with bombs in order to commit their murders. They do it in the name of religion. There are even some that kill for the pleasure of killing. They have no conscience or fear of the punishment that they could receive. Even mothers killing their children by abortion a holocaust in today’s world; (which God hates) [Matthew 24: 37] But as the days of No’e were so shall also the coming of the Son of God be.   [ Noah]                           (Revelation chapter 21 verse 8) But the fearful, and the unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.              
             This is being fostered in this country by the removal of all religious teaching from our public schools. Children when they are most susceptible to learning morals are being neglected, and most of them do not receive any moral teaching at home, because their parents never darken the door of a church. No wonder we are raising a generation of criminals, drug addicts and sadistic killers, and rapists. Don’t blame knives clubs or firearms they are only useful harmless tools.If you do that you must include automobiles they kill many also. Drugs and Fornication The final sins prevalent during the end time will be related to sorceries, drugs, and the practice of every conceivable sex sin. Girls are being sold into prostitution in many nations. Body parts of aborted babies are being sold. Robberies, burglaries, and murders are being committed to support drug habits. It will get worse the closer to the rapture of the church we get. It is almost as bad now as it was in Noah’s day. Our time as the church on earth is about to end. Pity those who are not ready for they will go into the terrible tribulation lost. Their only hope then is to deny the Antichrist, and possibly be killed, or try to slip through unbeknownst to the Anti Christ. They can accept Christ and maybe be killed if caught praising him, or trying to convince others to accept him.  
              The closing chapters of the book of Revelation portray the terrible consequences of mankind’s enchantment with drugs. What we see now is just the beginning of the disintegration of society. God hates the sin of drugs. He gave us a mind to use for our own well-being, not to be altered, and finally destroyed by the use of drugs and alcohol.
              Each of these five references must be carefully considered in light of their context collectively they clearly reveal:  [1] The prophetic world condition as told in the prophetic Scripture [2] The inevitable result of drug addiction. [3] The certain and definite judgment upon the drug pusher, also [4] the drug victim, and finally [5] the appraisal of this terrible sin in the sight of God Almighty. It is a terrible sin, when one destroys the good mind given to him by God, for the worthless pleasure of the highs from any form of addictive drugs, the pleasures of the moment only.   
              An additional word: Witchcraft is found in Galatians. It is being practiced worldwide today, also some claim to be Vampires, or drinkers of blood Galatians 5:19-21) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: Adultery, Fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, Homosexuality, reveling, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
 
            [Matthew 25: 41] Then he shall say also to them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepare for the devil and his angels:
              There is hope for an escape from this binding habit, and it is the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise God He is the source of liberation, and the only hope 1John 3:8,) for this purposes the son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.            
 
                                                  CHAPTER 10
                 In this chapter we experience a break between the sixth and seventh trumpet blast .The study of this period continues through chapter 11 verse 14.

Rev. Verse 1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillows of fire. 

This angel is Christ. Christ was and is eternal. In fact He was before the angels because He created them under the directions of his Father God. Colossians 1:16  For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers,: all things were created by him, and for him. Christ appeared throughout the Old Testament, usually in the form of angelic manifestations. This angel of God has always acted and worked as a deity. Proof is found in Isaiah.                                                                                                                            Isaiah 63:9) in all their afflictions he was afflicted, saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old;
              We have seen this angelic messenger in action three times up to this point. Once in chapter 7 verses 2 and 3, He holds back the tides of judgments for an hour of grace. In chapter 8 verse 5 He stands as the messenger of the covenant, pouring out fire of judgment upon the earth. Now He appears again in this text. In the first appearance, He is a prophet, in the second as a priest. Now He appears as a king. This is the threefold ministry of Christ, therefore this angel is Jesus. As he comes down from heaven He is clothed in a cloud, with a rainbow upon his head, and He has the countenance that outshines the sun.. Christ’s feet are as a pillow of fire. Christ in His deity is usually surrounded by a cloud. (Psalm 97:2) Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.    Israel in their bickering with Moses saw the Lord in the clouds. (Exodus 16:10) As it came to pass as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in a cloud.
              Exodus (19:9—16) 9 and the Lord said unto Moses, lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee forever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the Lord.—10 And the Lord said unto Moses go unto the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes.--11-And be ready against the third day: for the third day the Lord will come down in sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.--12- And thou shall set bounds to the people round about, saying, take heed to yourselves that you go not up into the mount ,or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall surely be put to death.--13-There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall  surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live:  when the trumpet soundeth long,  they shall come up unto the mount.--14- And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes.-15--And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day; come not at your wives.---16  And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceedingly loud; so that all the people in the camp trembled. Matthew 17: 5  a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye him.
                The God of all eternity made a covenant with Noah, placing a rainbow in the clouds as a symbol of his mercy. The rainbow pictures mercy in the midst of judgment .Who but the Lord is worthy to wear it. Finally Christ’s feet are as pillows of fire. This is a picture of his judgment.                    
Rev. Verse 2  And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon  the sea, and his left foot upon the earth.

              This pictures Christ preparing to take control of the earth and sea, which has always been rightfully His. He created them. For all things were made by him; and without him was not anything made         (John 1:3) When Christ came to take control 2000 years ago, He was rejected, crucified, and buried, but He rose again. Since then He has been at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for His people.                                                                                                      

              (Hebrews 7:25)  Wherefore He is also able to save them to the uttermost that comes unto God by Him, seeing that he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
 At a given moment He will rise from the throne and make a request. This is explained in  (Psalms 2:6—God Says. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion I will declare the decree. Then Christ says. The Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask me and I will give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.  When his request is granted, The Lord Jesus sets His right foot on the sea and His left foot on the earth. He unrolls the scroll which contains the judgments He plans to unleash.      

Rev. Verse 3 And He cried with a loud voice as a lion roareth: and when He cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
                 Other scriptures speak of His roaring when He comes as judge of the universe.

(Hosea 11:10 states)  They shall walk after the lord: He shall roar like a lion: when He shall roar, then the children shall tremble from the west. Joel adds 3:16 The Lord shall roar also out of Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord shall be the hope of the people, and the strength of the children of Israel. Also in Amos 1:2   The Lord shall roar from Zion. And utter His voice from Jerusalem When the Lord roars seven thunders utter their voices. God forbids any explanation of these thunders in the next verse.

Rev. Verse 4    And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices,  I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.

 One day we will know what the seven voices said, but for now, God commands this portion of Scripture be keep secret. It is not for us to know at this time. Only after the Rapture;

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

Rev. Verse 6   And swore by him that liveth forever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth and the things that therein are, and the sea and the things which are therein, and there should be time no longer. 
                                                
              The oath is that time should be no longer, or more understandable, that there will be no more delay. The time has come for the seventh trumpet blast and nothing can stop it. There will be no further waiting or delays, pity mankind their evil ways will find them out.

Rev. Verse 7   But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants and prophets. 

            The seventh angel does not sound at this point, but in Revelation 11: 15. When He does, all of the warnings of the prophets will be fulfilled.. Then the mystery of God will be finished and the Tribulation hour will end. Isaiah 11:9 The earth will be full of knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. When this knowledge floods the land then the mystery disappears. The Old Testament prophets could not understand all the Scriptures concerning this mystery. They could not see Gods timetable as we can. This is described in first Peter.
              (1 Peter 1:10-11) states. Of which salvation the prophets have inquires and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what matter of time the spirit of Christ which  was in them did signify, when he testified before hand the sufferings of Christ and the glory which should follow.                                                     This glory has to do with the return of Christ to earth to establish His millennial kingdom. Although the prophets knew this would happen, they did not see the 2000 plus year span between the rejection of Christ and the establishment of his earthly kingdom. Yet their writings indicated a suffering Savior and a ruling king. Christ speaks in Psalms. About his suffering          Psalms 22:14-16) I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint, my heart is like wax, it is melted in the midst of my bowels. My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws and thou hath brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have compassed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.     
              This is also mentioned in (Isaiah (53:4-6 )  Surely he hath born our grief, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep that  have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 
              Centuries have passed and we are now at the moment when the mysteries of God are finished. The final pieces of the puzzle are now falling into place. The prophetic time clock has struck midnight. On the “zero hour” there will be no further delay. The final trumpet is ready to sound, and the Tribulation Hour is about to come to an end. There is great rejoicing as the heavenly host announces the news. Some may think it strange that the Tribulation hour ends in chapter 11, especially in light of the fact chapters 18 and 19 contain seven more bowl judgments, and the Lord Jesus Christ does not return until chapter19:11-16. The reason?  Chapters 12 through 19:15 run concurrently with the judgments already discussed. They are a repeat of chapters 6 through 11. Actually the simplistic outline of the book of Revelation should be as mentioned in chapter 1, verse 19: The past-chapter 1; the present- chapters 2 and 3; the future, chapters 4 through 22. With chapter 5 through 11, and 12 through 19 running side by side. When you understand this Revelation is understandable. 

Rev. Verse 8   And the voice I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the Hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and the earth. 

              John is told to take the book out of the hand of Christ, who stands upon the sea and the earth. This he does.

Rev. Verse 9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, give me the little book. And he said unto me. Take it and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweeter than honey.

              This book John is told to take is either all or a portion of God dealing with the judgments of the Tribulation.   
  
Rev. Verse 10 And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey, and as soon as I had eaten it my belly was bitter. 

             This verse pictures the devouring of God’s word through study and personal application. At Times it is both sweet and bitter. The prophet Jeremiah stated: Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart (Jeremiah 15:16). The psalmist also stated in Psalm 119:103. How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth: Now John, following the angel’s instructions, also finds the word of God sweeter than honey. This is because he sees the hope and happiness that lies ahead. As he reads the prophecies he can envision the established kingdom, the bride sitting beside the bridegroom, and the peace and prosperity that is prevalent in all the land, with Satan bound and sin abolished. Yet when John learns of the remaining judgments still to be released the word becomes bitter in his belly. How true today! Jesus loves sinners. He shed His blood for the remission of sins. By trusting in Christ, one obtains eternal life. Yea he that believeth on the son hath everlasting life. (John 3:36)     
              But this can be a bitter pill if one rejects the beautiful gospel appeal which will bring judgment, he that believeth not shall be damned  (Mark 16:16)  Don’t be left out, it is for all! For whosoever shall call upon the name of the lord shall be saved, (Romans 10:13). This bittersweet message is now about to be propagated by John.   

Rev. Verse 11 And he said unto me, thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. 

              John will do this as we will see in the remaining chapters. He remains faithful to the end proclaiming both good news and bad.. He warns of the remaining judgments, the seven vials of judgment, and of the Great White Throne of judgment. God commands that we preach the word. Be instant in season, out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine (2 Timothy 4:2)           
                                           CHAPTER 11
            This chapter covers the spiritual life of the Israeli people, and chapter 12 will cover their persecution. We see they have built a temple as a place to communicate with God.

Rev. Verse 1 And there was given to me a reed like unto a rod:  and the angel stood, saying rise, and measure the temple of God, and the alter, and them that worship therein.

              The measuring reed from the banks of the Jordan River valley is probably about 10 feet long. John is told to measure the temple, and also the altar, including the people regarding their spirituality.
              The first place of worship ever built was Solomon’s temple. This temple was destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in approximately 590 B.C. It was then rebuilt about 70 years later by Zerubbabel and Joshua. This temple was desecrated by Antiochus Epiphanies, a Greco-Syrian ruler. He stuck a pig in the temple, an act which prefigured the final desecration to occur under the Antichrist as he sets up the abomination of desolation in the Tribulation temple   (The words of Jesus)  Matthew 24: 15, 16 When ye shall therefore see  the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the Holy place, (Who so readeth, let him understand)—Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains.
           
Rev. Verse 2  But the court that is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.         Last 3 1/2 years tribulation

              This temple, its altar, and attendants are Jewish. There is no outer court for Gentiles as past temples. This temple has nothing to do with the church, which is in heaven during this, the Tribulation period. It is for Jews, not Jews and Gentiles, and the church of God. In the second temple rebuilt and enlarged by Herod the Great in either 20 or 21 B.C. The outer court was marked off from the inner one. The inner court was for Jews only, whereas the outer court was for the Gentiles. This was adhered to closely by the Jewish people, as can be seen as Paul broke this rule by bringing a Gentile into the temple. See Acts 21:28   The Jews almost killed him.
              Acts 21:28   Crying out, Men of Israel help: this is the man. That teacheth all men everywhere against the people, and the law, and this place: and further brought Greeks into the temple, and hath polluted this Holy place.    (talk about discrimination)
              But when John was to measures the Tribulation temple he is told to omit the outer court undoubtedly because the Gentiles will trample the Holy city Jerusalem under their feet for forty two months or the last 3 ½ years of the tribulation period.
               There is no doubt about the basis of this seven year period. Daniel’s first sixty nine weeks total 483 years.  (Read Daniel 9:24 through 27) The term week is Shabua or Shabua in the original Hebrew, and means seven years, thus sixty nine multiplied by seven equals 483 years to the day. If this be so why wouldn’t Daniels seventieth week also be seven years –or 2,520 days as well? The formula is so clear anyone should grasp it. One half of 2520 is 1260 days – or forty two months of 30 days each, or three and one half years. Conversely two times three and one half years equals seven years, or eighty four months of 30 days each  or 2,520 days. Remember the old Jewish calendar contained twelve months of 30 days each or 360 days, not the 365 days of our modern calendar. The Tribulation period is a full seven years, no doubt about it.
               During the final half of the seven years two witnesses appear clothed in sackcloth. And they will preach for 1000+200 and three score days or 3.5 years, before being taken from the earth in a cloud. Undoubtly the Antichrist is furious but can do nothing to harm them until they fulfill their mission, God still has a say in these matters

Rev. Verse 3   And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.                       

               These two witnesses are Gods prophets sent to proclaim his message of doom. Their being clothed in sackcloth means repentance is demanded. Repentance is Gods call to either change or burn.


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

               Olive trees exude oil. Oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Candlesticks are light bearers. Thus we have a beautiful picture of the two chosen witnesses, anointed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
              There has been some dispute as to who these witnesses are. Some believe they are Elijah and Moses, or Elijah and Enoch. Malachi is explicit in predicting Elijah’s future appearance upon earth. He states in.     
              Malachi 3:1 and 4:5   Behold I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom Lord.  ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: he shall come saith the Lord of hosts. Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
              There is no doubt that Elijah is one of the witnesses. This is a prediction corroborated by the fact that Elijah never died a physical death. He was taken up in a whirlwind and a chariot of fire.    See 2 Kings 2:9-11.And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah  said unto Elisha, ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away, from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. [10] And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not it will not be so. And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. Likewise Enoch was taken to heaven without experiencing death See Genesis 5:24 and Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him; for before his translation he had the testimony, that he pleased God.--  Enoch also prophesied the coming of Gods judgment and the return of Jesus Christ with his church.  See Jude verses 14, 15.  Jude was Gods prophet to the Gentiles, and Elijah is Gods prophet to Israel. Moses could be the other witness because he appeared with Elijah on the mount of Transfiguration See Matthew 17:8:  And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.  
                                 Concerning Moses see
Deuteronomy 18: 15 The lord thy God shall rise up unto thee a prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me: unto him ye shall hearken, and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.                                        One should always keep in mind the body of Moses was preserved by God. Jude verse 9                                                             
Jude Verse 9 Yet Michael the archangel when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, drust not bring against a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

            These witnesses dressed in sackcloth and proclaiming the message of judgment will be hated. Many terrorists will try to kill them. God however forbids it and offers them divine protection.

Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

Rev. Verse 5    And if any man shall hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies; and if any man will hurt them he must in this manner be killed.

             This can be nothing but supernatural power derived directly from God. The fact the two witnesses has superhuman anointing is evident from verse 6.

Rev. Verse 6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophesy; and have power over water to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

            Wicked rich men are warned of Gods judgment. “Go to now, Ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries which shall come upon you.”  One of these witnesses Elijah (or Elias) performed this  same miracle in earlier days.
              James 5:17, 18 An Elisa prayed earnestly that it might not rain:  and it rained not on the earth for a space of three years and six months, and he prayed again, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth brought forth her frui No rain meant no crops and near famine. The rich had to use up their reserves or starve.
              Moses, the second witness, also had power, (along with Aaron his brother,) to turn the water into blood and smite the earth with diversified plagues. See Exodus. During this entire period of their witness they cannot be killed. Their death must be at God’s appointed time and by no other hand.

Rev. Verse 7   And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nothing can happen to a child of God without the Lord’s divine permission. At this point the time of the witnesses’ testifying ends. God’s purpose for his two servants has been completed. They are ready to be called home. Their release from the body is death at the hands of the beast which has their bodies displayed in the streets for the whole world to see. As they lay there three and one half days, they can be seen by satellite TV and beamed into every country and home in the world. The whole world celebrates the death of these prophets at the hand of the beast. They were a thorn in the side of the wicked.      

Rev. Verse 8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, Where also our lord was crucified.        [Jerusalem}

                 Since this is the city where our Lord was crucified, we know it to be Jerusalem. Why then is it called Sodom and Egypt? Because it had the same moral and spiritual conditions of Sodom before it was destroyed. Also the same idolatrous iniquities existed in Egypt before God sent Moses. All the preaching of repentance by the two witnesses in sackcloth does not change the wicked complexion of the city. The death of the two witnesses is observed by the whole world as evidenced by the next verse.

Rev. Verse 9   and they of the people and kindred’s and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and a half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

              Satellite television beaming the identical image to every nation on earth, and into every home equipped with a receiver. This action is a victory celebration for the Antichrist. The two gloom and doom preachers are gone. The two witnesses are dead.

Rev. Verse 10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

              Wait a minute something is drastically wrong. Their parties are coming to an end! They will soon strangle on their own beer. A miracle of spectacular proportions is about to occur.

Rev. Verse 11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

Rev. Verse 12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them. Come up hither, and they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. 

                They departed for glory in a twinkling of an eye. As this awe inspiring sight is being observed, God sends judgment for all the sacrilegious acts the violent, drug crazed crowds perpetrated against these two servants. Many of them will lose their life by the vengeance of God and soon. P.S. this is another sign that the preachers that say no humans will never be in Heaven are wrong. They are Human but with Glorified immortal bodies.

Rev. Verse 13  And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and a tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.   


               Talk about a television spectacular! Two men come to life again after being dead for three days, and then vanish in a cloud! Next a devastating earthquake hits the city and 7000 celebrities, even big names among the elite are killed. This video extravagance will no doubt make the nightly news causing millions to have nightmares, and rightly so.
               Those who live through the experience become exceedingly frightened and begin to praise God. However it is not from converted hearts that they exalt Him. Instead their praise is the result of astonishment and fear. Their reaction is similar to that of the scribes and the Pharisees who witnessed the miracle of the healed paralytic and were amazed and glorified God, (see Luke5:26) and they were amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things today.  They did not get saved, just scared! Some people develop a spiritual vocabulary in a hurry when they are scared. Just wait until atomic bombs begin flying. Prayer and praise will become the order of the day.   
                 We come now to the third Woe. Remember the angel in chapter 8; verse 13 who cried, “Woe, woe, woe”? Each woe depicted a different judgment. Each in turn became more severe. The first woe was the fifth trumpet blast, the second woe the sixth trumpet blast. At this point the final woe or seventh trumpet blast is about to sound.

Rev. Verse 14 The second woe is past; and behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

                                                  Seventh trumpet
Rev. Verse 15 The seventh trumpet sounded: and there were great voices in heaven saying. The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever. 

                 The picture before us is the same as the one in chapter 19.verses 11 through 16—The return of the King. If one remembers that chapter 6 through 11, and 12 through 19:15 run concurrently, or side by side. Chapters 12 through 19 are but a repeat of the events described in chapters 6 through 11 During the Tribulation hour, he will understand why the king returns both in chapter11, verse 15, and in chapter 19, verse 16. Chapters 12 through 19 are but a repeat of the events described in chapters 6 through 11. Now as the King returns a praise and worship service begins.
              This is confusing but with a deep study and comparison of these chapters it can be understood. You will see the events are the same, only somewhat differently stated.

Rev. Verse 16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, Fell upon their faces, and worshiped God.

              This is an act of gratitude. Remember that the twenty four elders represent all believers – Old and New Testament—who have lived on the earth and been raptured into heaven. They know that Satan has been ruler of the earth seeking those he can devour, which is many.
              2 Corinthians 4: verses 3,4  But if our gospel be hid ,it is hid to them that are lost--- In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, least the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.    (The god of this world is none other than Satan)          
              Matthew 4: verses 7,8,9 (Jesus speaks)7 Jesus said unto him,(Satan) It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.---8- Again the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them ---9- And saith unto him, all these things will I give thee, if thou will fall down and worship me.
              But now, praise God, Satan’s reign has finally ended.The King has come! There is great rejoicing in heaven among the raptured saints. They are united in prayer glorifying God.

Rev. Verse 17  Saying, we give the thanks, O Lord God Almighty which art, and was, and art to come, Because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

              The prayer is to Christ, the one who used the title, which art, and wast, and art to come.  The power that was always His has now been embraced, and He has begun His reign. The wicked are greatly upset over the Kings return and rightly so for their season is over.

Rev. Verse 18 The nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants and prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
              A great number of happenings occur when the King returns to the earth. First all nations are angry. They don’t want to give up their power and control of their people. This is also observed in the other text describing the King’s descent to earth: 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 (Christ) and against His army. Revelation Chapter 19 verse 19.
              Second, the day of God’s wrath has come as the King returns to earth. This is the time when 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. Revelation chapter 19 verse 15.
              Third, at the conclusion of the Kings 1000 year reign the wicked are judged. This is found in Revelation chapter 20, verses 11 through 15.
              Fourth, the faithful prophets and saints, small and great, are rewarded at the end of the 1000 years. This is not a picture of the judgment seat of Christ and those rewards. (2 Corinthians 5:10) These rewards presented at this time were for those who were faithful during the kingdom age, those who did not rebel and follow Satan at its conclusion. Revelation chapter20 verses 7 and 8. When the 1000 years are expired Satan will be released for a short spell, and will go out to deceive the nations again which are in the four quarters of the earth, and to gather them together to do battle with Jesus and the saints. They number as the sands of the sea, they had a 1000 years to repopulate the earth. They went up against the Holy city to do battle, but God sent fire from heaven and devoured them. At this time He cast's Satan into the lake of fire where the beast and the false prophet are. He shall remain there forever.
              These people are the ones that made it through the Tribulation period. Regular humans had multiplied during the 1000 years. Some stayed faithful to God.Some unwise ones followed Satan when he was released and was destroyed by God.
              Fifth, those who destroyed the earth are destroyed. This refers to the spirit beings that followed Satan during the tribulation. Their destruction is separate from that of the nations at the end of the 1000 year period. In the midst of all this Israel is spared.
                  
Rev. Verse 19   And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His temple the Arc of His testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail. God spares his covenant people.                  

              The temple of God and the Arc of the testament are both connected with Jewish worship. God spares his covenant people.       
                                                    
                                                     CHAPTER 12
              As noted previously, chapter 12 through 19 is a return to the Tribulation hour as presented in chapters 6 through 11. So once again we come to the middle of the Tribulation and to the worst wave of anti –Semitism the world has ever seen.
              Jeremiah 30: 7 Alas! For that day was great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble;                  
              A number of great signs and occurrences are seen in this chapter, each having to do with the judgments which are enveloping the earth, including the persecution being directed against Israel.They include in verse 1 a great wonder verse 3 a great red dragon verse 12 great wrath verse 14 two wings of a great eagle.

Rev. Verse 1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.

              In all, the book of Revelation pictures four different women.  (1) Jezebel, the high priestess of paganism (Revelation Chapter 2 verse 20); Number (2) the scarlet woman chapter 17 verses 4, 5  
(3)  The Lambs wife, the representative of the true blood bought church. (Chapter19 Verse 7) and (4) Israel, in the text before us;

              The word wonder comes from the Greek word sign; therefore the woman is a sign. What sign? The sign of Israel; let’s prove this assertion Reveals the woman in Revelation 12:1 was pictured in the dream of Joseph centuries earlier:                           

              Genesis 37: 9-11   And he dreamed yet another dream and told it to his brethren and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and behold, the sun and the moon[representing father and mother] and the eleven stars [representing Joseph’s eleven brothers] made obeisance to me[the twelfth star]And he told it to his father and his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, shall I and thy mother and thy brethren come to bow down to thee to the earth? And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.
              Clearly the woman clothed with the sun and wearing a crown of twelve stars upon her head just like Joseph’s dream is Israel. The birth of this woman’s (Israel) son is predicted in Isaiah. The twelve stars represented the twelve tribes.
              Isaiah 66: 7, 8 Before she travailed, she brought fourth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. Who had heard such a thing? Who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children (or her son) Isaiah’s prediction is fulfilled in the next verse

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

              Here we have the mother, Israel, bringing forth a man child, who is none other than the blessed Lord Jesus Christ, as one discovers later in verse 5. This verse agrees with many New Testament texts. Romans 9:4,5  {they} are Israelites: to whom pertained the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promise; whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed Amen      
              Christ in the flesh came forth from Israel. Now Christ’s adversary Satan, the one who rebelled against God, is about to strike another blow.

Rev. Verse 3   And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

Rev. Verse 4   And his tail drew a third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

              The red dragon is proven to be Satan in verse 9 when he is cast to the earth. The number seven speaks of completeness, so his seven heads shows wisdom. It is written that Satan is full of wisdom. In [Ezekiel 28:15] Thou was perfect in thy ways from the day thou was created, till iniquity was found in thee  God created him that way when he was the anointed cherub. {Ezekiel 28:14] His ten horns speak of universal power. Just as the ten toes of Daniel’s image does. Satan’s universal power is possible because million’s of demons jump at his commands.  Remember he is the god of this world system.. He is also prince of the power of the air, and the prince of this world but he is not omniscient (all knowing) or  (omnipresent) in all places at all times. Satan must depend on the fallen angels to administer his power (do his dirty work).      Christians are not fighting against flesh and blood alone but against spiritual wickedness in high places as well. (Ephesians 6: 11,12) Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Satan probably enlisted the angels that fell with him at the time of his rebellion, when his tail drew a third part of the stars from heaven [A reference to angels]. This is also found in Jude 13      

               This is past, present, and future history. The scene we are about to witness speaks of the age long conflict from beginning to end. The same devil who attempted to destroy the woman’s (or Israel’s) son in centuries past (see Genesis 3:15) and I will put enmity between thee and the woman and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise his heel. The demon is about to strike out against the woman herself by the greatest anti Semitic purge in history. This will make Hitler’s holocaust look tame.. This will be the holocaust of all time                                                 (Daniel 12:1) There shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, everyone that shall be found written in the book.Jesus also said in Matthew
               Mathew 24:21, 22For then shall be great tribulation, which was not such as the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be, And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elects sake those days will be shortened. {The elect here are the Israelites} Verse 5 proves the age long conflict as stated earlier, past, present, future.                              
Rev. Verse 5 And she brought forth a man child (2000 years ago), who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron (future) and her child was caught up unto God and to his throne (present age of grace)   

Rev. Verse 6  And the woman fled into the wilderness, where: she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and three score days.

              During this final forty two month period, described as the great Tribulation, the children of Israel are protected by God. He took care of them as they wandered through the wilderness, and now He proves his love for his ancient people again by delivering them. (Jeremiah 30:7).Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.  (Daniel 12:1) And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, everyone that shall be found written in the book. (Read Isaiah 42:1, 45:4  65:9,22 ]. Matthew 24:22) adds for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened. [The elect are unmistakably Jews.] In the next verses a space war takes place.

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

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

Rev. Verse 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil, and Satan, which deceived the world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast with him.  

                Some Bible authorities believe that this war in heaven began at the time of the rapture in chapter 4 verse 1. Since a war involves a number of battles, this is a possibility.  
               Those Bible scholars’ reasons that those caught up in the rapture of the church must pass through the area where Satan reins, the aerial and stellar heavens. Satan becomes aroused and try’s to hinder the evacuation of the saints from earth. However as he attempts to interfere in this glorious event, angels—ministers of the saints rush to the rescue and the space war began.

              This happened in the past. Why can’t it happen again?Where did it happen in the past? Consider Daniel 10:13 as we are introduced to Michael, the commander and chief of heavens armies. Daniel says, but the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days; but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes [an angelic name and title] came to help me.  God tells Daniel that Satan hindered his response for twenty one days. God sends Michael to battle Satan in his domain, the first and second heavens. Thus it is possible that Michael will again battle Gods adversary at the time of the rapture to allow Christians into Glory as promised in a twinkling of an eye. This was promised in 1st  Corinthians 15:51-54.     
                Michael the archangel is mentioned five times in God’s word. Three times in Daniel 10:13 and 10:21 And at this  time  shall Michael stand up the great prince that standeth for the children of  thy people also 12:1 and once in Jude 9, and also when he throws Satan and his demon angels out of heaven, and casts them to the earth.
               Many people including some Christians think of Satan as a horned creature in a red suit with a pitchfork. They are badly mistaken. This is all a lot of mythological nonsense.
               Satan is a beautiful creature to behold. In fact his beauty brought his ruin through pride. Ezekiel 28:17 states Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground; I will lay thee before kings that they may behold thee. Satan has never been in hell, he is the god of this world system, the prince of the power of the air, and the prince of this world. He has been in heavens one and two (the aerial and stellar heavens) and he would remain there until he was cast to the earth previously in Verse 9. Notice he is cast into the earth, not the lake of fire. This will not happen until the Millennial reign of Christ is completed and he is released from the pit where he has been held prisoner for one thousand years.
              This is where he has been kept so that peace could rein on earth during the millennium period. There were still many humans with the old sinful nature still on earth. They were the ones who survived the Tribulation period. They would have children and replenish the earth during the 1000 year period. Some of them would accept Christ but as usual some would not, even with the destroyer in the pit. They still had their free will. Some probably resented Christ’s rule with the rod of iron, and were willing to rebel against him, which happens when Satan is released from the pit for a short spell. This will be discussed later.  

Rev. Verse 10  I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God both day and night

                This spontaneous praise session occurs because [1,] salvation from Satan’s atmospheric control has taken place. [2] Gods strength has crushed Satan’s might [3,] the kingdom is about to arrive; [4] the power of Christ will be seen when He comes to set up His kingdom. The united power of Father and Son has cast the accuser of the brethren out of the heavens. Satan has fallen.
                 Accusing the brethren is the present ministry of Satan. He also uses some ministers and holier than thou church members to accomplish this goal. Every bit of slander against a brother or sister is the work of Satan. He has control of the individual’s mind and vocal cords who gossip. Gossip is nothing but the work of Satan, and he uses it on both men and women. 
                 Once Satan is cast to earth the only safe place to be is in the arms of the Savior through the shed blood of Jesus, for Satan will now have free reign to do as he pleases.

Rev. Verse 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death...
                                                                                                                                              These wise saints resisted Satan by the blood of Jesus and by the word of God. They overcame Satan by the word of their testimony, and loved not their own lives unto death. What a crown awaits them they have been loyal to the end!

Rev. Verse 12 Therefore rejoice ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth he hath but a short time.

                 At this point Satan unleashes all his fury. He knows he has but a short time left to wreak his havoc


 He has the forty two months of the Tribulation left. So now the great anti Semitic purge will now begin. After that he will have a 1000 year wait in the pit before he can act again.

Rev. Verse 13 And when the dragon saw he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman who brought forth the man child.

            God immediately takes a hand at this point and intervenes as seen in verse 14

Rev. Verse 14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle that she might fly into the wilderness into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

 This verse describes God in His sovereignty and love protecting his chosen people for three and a half years. The eagle’s wings may mean an airlift or some other form of speedy escape... He promises safety to His people. He protected them in the days of Pharaoh and he will do it again at this point of the tribulation period. In the days of Pharaoh he even parted the sea so they could escape the Egyptian army that was chasing them He destroyed the army by closing the sea on them after Israel was safely across. He certainly has the power to transport them to safety Read Exodus 15:9-12 for a detailed explanation below following verse 16 

Rev. Verse 15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman that it might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

                The flood undoubtedly is a flood of propaganda and anti Semitic slander, released internationally. Yet God promises. [Isaiah 59:19]  When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.

Verse 16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.          (Israel is saved)

              God provided the Children of Israel deliverance like this when they escaped from Egypt. By parting the red sea.
              [Exodus 15:9-12] The enemy said I will pursue, I will overtake, and I will divide the spoil: my lust shall be satisfied upon them: I shall draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them. Thou didest blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters. Who is like unto thee O Lord, among the gods? Who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? Thou stretch out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them.  At this point Satan is totally enraged, he’s been out done again .

Verse 17   And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God. And have the testimony of Jesus Christ. 

                                                 CHAPTER 13                                                                                    
              This chapter describes two beasts. The first is no less than the Antichrist, revealed in Verses 1 through 10. The second beast known as the false prophet is revealed in verse 11 through 18 the first beast, the Antichrist is political. The second the false prophet is a religious figure, but both of them are controlled by Satan. They are his pawn In this picture Satan tries to emulate God as The Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, and God: Satan has, the false prophet, which is his (Holy Spirit). Antichrist represents  (Jesus Christ) Satan tries to represent (God Almighty). Remember Satan is a great imitator.
            Knowing he has but a short time left he tries to usurp Gods authority and wreak havoc on earth, using his two allies, these are the beasts of this chapter.

Rev. Verse 1   And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his ten horns ten crowns, and upon his head the name of blasphemy. 

               Bible chapters and verses came into existence in the early 1500’s. They are helpful in locating passages, but are not inspired. At times they even cloud the information being presented. Actually verse 1 of chapter 13 should have been part of chapter 12, for the subject is Satan and his persecution of earth dwellers. According to the original Greek manuscript the word I in verse 1 should have been he instead, because it pictures Satan standing on the sand of the sea. This should have read. “And the dragon was wroth with the woman … and Satan stood upon the sand of the sea.” The Antichrist the first beast rises out of the sea and has seven heads and ten horns and upon his horns ten crowns, he is a literal demon possessed man for he, or his power comes out of the abyss Rev. chapter 17 verse 8- For the beast thou sawest was and is not; and will ascend out of the bottomless pit. The seven heads loaded with blasphemy (these kings worshiped false gods) represent five kings in the past the sixth king was in power at the time the seventh would be the Antichrist of a future date during the tribulation hour. 
                 Chapter 17 verse 10 confirms this: and there are seven kings five are fallen, one is and the other is not yet come; and when he commeth he must continue a short space.                            The ten horns also represent ten nations over which the beast the Antichrist will rule. This pictures the seventh and final ruler over the ten nation confederacy at the end time. The Antichrist. Read Daniel (2:31-35)  and (2:36-45)  in your study of Daniel if you have studied the book of Daniel it will help you understand this for this is one of the most important passages in the Bible for it will help you understand the history of the world to this time. Please read the entire book of Daniel with an open mind if you haven’t done so.

Rev. Verse 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his, seat great authority 

                Standing on the sand of the sea pictures his control over earth’s teeming millions at an appointed time (chapter17 verse 5 and chapter20 verse 8).This control is established through the two satanically inspired beasts that come out of the sea and the earth. The first beast, the antichrist is a literal man, his demonic power comes from the abyss or bottomless pit for the beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and will ascend out of the bottomless pit. (Chapter17 verse 8).
The seven heads loaded with blasphemy portray the five kings who had ruled up to John’s day.  The sixth king was in power at that time, and the seventh King the antichrist who will rule during the Tribulation Hour.   
                  Chapter 17 verse 10 confirms this: There are seven kings. Five are fallen .One is and the other is yet to come and when he cometh he must continue a short space. Likewise the ten horns also picture the ten nations over whom the beast or antichrist rules. This is the final or seventh world leader ruling over a confederation of ten nations during the end time, during the Tribulation hour. Understand that the ten nations or ten horns are actually ten western nations, each of which was part of the old Roman Empire. We must study the Prophesy of Daniel in chapter 2 and 7. Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon in Daniel’s day, had a dream. When he awoke he could not remember the dream. He called all his wise men, but none could tell him what the dream was. He was going to have them all killed but Daniel told him he could reveal and interpret the dream if he would give him time.                                                                                                                                                            It is important at this point that you read the entire chapter 2 of the book of Daniel  for it ties in with and explains the existence of the new Roman Empire or the ten nations of which it consists. These nations most likely are the European Union which has formed a confederation with common money, the Euro. The seventh king (the Antichrist) will soon reign over this union and the whole world. There is no doubt about it. A confederacy of ten western nations have already been formed; now  another leader will appear, remove three nations, replace them, and rule as Antichrist until the King of Kings returns to earth, and destroys his evil empire. Thus the common market will grow to thirteen nations, and these thirteen could eventually control all nations and finally be reduced to ten at the end, The ten nations has now grown to twenty seven  with others applying, when the ten toed, ten horned confederacy is destroyed. This is the event described by Daniel. As a stone cut out without hands {breaking} in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold.
                   Daniel 2:44,45  And 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 the other kingdoms, and it will stand forever. 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.                              Yes, King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream has come to pass throughout hundreds of years of history, and with the present alignment of western nations in the form of the European Union may well be the final piece in the puzzle. So Prepare to meet thy God (Amos 4:12)
                    We know that (1) Babylon (2) Medo-Persia (3) Greece, and (4) Rome constitute the last four empires of world history. We have also learned that the revived Roman Empire originating in 1948 in the form of a ten nation confederation becomes the end time power block. Daniel pictures these four empires as, (1) a Lion (2) a Bear (3) a Leopard, and (4) a beast that is a combination of the previous world powers he has conquered. The beast’s empire contains a portion of each proceeding Empire. The only difference in John and Daniel’s description in Revelation is that the order Reversed. The reason is, that John is looking back to the beginning, while Daniel is looking forward to the conclusion. Put it all together, the message of the ten horns, the ten toes, and the four beasts are one and the same from different vantage points. They all picture a dictator ruling ten nations at the end. The ten nation confederacy constitutes the revival of the old Roman Empire, or the fourth beast.

Rev. Verse 3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: And the entire world wondered after the beast.

                    A possibility exists that the Antichrist is assassinated mid way the Tribulation period. Such an event would give Satan the great counterfeiter a chance to perform a resurrection. This would be of great value to the Antichrist, since the Lord Jesus Christ was affirmed by his resurrection 2000 years before.             

[Daniel - 11:21- 45-46] and in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they will not give the honor of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.   [46] And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious mountains; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.        
                  I personally believe Satan will raise the Antichrist from the dead and mankind will be literally overwhelmed by the Antichrists power. They will worship him and Satan.

Rev. Verse 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 verse 3 may speak of an actual resurrection is that millions who previously would not believe in the Antichrist now began 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?

Rev. Verse 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 Almighty God wants no rivals and hates idolatry Exodus 20:-4 and 5 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any kind that is in heaven above, or is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water that is under the earth: thou shall not bow down thyself to them or 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, and Satan, and the false prophet, and to the image –the abomination of desolation – erected in Antichrist’s honor. This blasphemy continues.

Rev. Verse 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 And behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, this man blasphemes.
              Ironically, the world accepts the Antichrist’s claim to deity. This lie is blasphemy to God. The blasphemy is made worse because Satan himself is speaking. This could possibly have happened, during the first forty two months of the Tribulation. The Antichrist acts under the influence of Satan.
             However when Satan is cast out of heaven (in chapter 12) and comes to earth, when the Antichrist was killed, Satan may have taken the opportunity to incarnate himself in the dead body of the Antichrist. Thus the beast is raised from the dead by Satan who then dwells in that body for the final forty two months of the Tribulation. Satan’s final desire is now realized. He is worshiped like God. The blasphemy is unspeakable! He desecrates everything his filthy hands touch, including the tabernacle and its worshipers.

Rev. Verse 7   And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindred’s, and tongues, and nations.
                                                                                                                                                                           The saints of the Tribulation hour are now in for a terrible fight. Remember this is not the church. They are in heaven. Satan will battle the church when they return with Christ (in chapter19 verse 14). These are those who were saved during the Tribulation hour by the preaching of the 144000. There is millions of them and they also refused the mark of the beast. Satan despises them. Satan wins but is actually defeated. Satan cannot defeat God his creator he only thinks he can.
              Revelation chapter12 verse 11 and they overcame him by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.They were killed but went straight to heaven. Satan may have killed their bodies, but he still lost; He didn’t get their souls.
              During this time the Antichrist controls the entire world. He is an international despot, exercising power over all kindred’s, tongues, and nations. Such a one world government is almost upon us. Consider the global organizations which have become existent in our day. (1) The international atomic energy agency. (2) The international labor organization (3) the food and agricultural organization (4) the world bank (5) the International Development Association (6) The United Nations Educational and Cultural Organization (7) The World Health Organization (8) The International Finance Corporation (9) 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 Marine Intergovernmental Maritime consulting organization (15) The General Agreement on Tariffs and trade (16) The United Nations. (17) The European Union (18) NATO. This is an indication that a new world order is on the horizon. We may be watching mankind approaching a one world government and soon. (19) The Council of churches (20) the common market.and last of all (21) The united  Nations  All these are a preparation for a One World Government.. and we have a confederation of churches.

Rev. Verse 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                                                              

Those with the mark of the beast 666 will be his, and worship him. Those who have received Christ will flee from him their very lives will be in danger.

            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. Their love for Christ will mean more than life, shelter, and food. They will love Christ to the end, for if they are caught they will be beheaded. John declares Rev. (Chapter 20 verse 4) I saw thrones, and they that 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 reined with Christ a thousand years.
           Will a demon possessed human claim deity and be accepted as world leader and be worshiped as God? I believe so. Why?  Henry Spaak, a spokesman for Society for Interbank Financial Telecommunications, or (SWIET) in Brussels Belgium, headquarters for the Common Market made a profound statement relevant to that organizations goals. 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 together, 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” Antichrist is waiting. 

Rev. Verse 9 If any man hath an ear let him hear (Beware! Take heed! Think seriously! Why?)

Rev. Verse 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 of the saints.

            This is the exact caution Paul stressed in Galatians 6:7 for whatsoever a man soweth, that he also shall reap.    
           
Rev. Verse 11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth: and he had two horns like a lamb.

ientifying him with Christianity] and he spake as a dragon. [Tying him in with Satan] .    
Verses 11 through 18 introduce us to the second beast, the [Religious fake or false prophet.] 
             Who is the third member of the satanic trinity? Satan imitates the Father, the Antichrist imitates the Son and the false prophet imitates the Holy Spirit.
[Jesus said in Matthew 24:24]  For there shall arise false Christ’s and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch if it were    possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Rev. Verse 12 And he exercises’ all the power of the first beast before him, and causes the earth and them that dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.        

            The power of the false prophet is religious. He is coequal with the Antichrist. One heads up the secular part of the world, while the other takes care of the religious section. These two work together. The Antichrist shares authority with the false prophet, protecting him and his religious colossus in return for loyalty and devotion. So as head of the world church the false prophet sees that the Antichrist is worshiped. And they work great miracles to fool many people. The world church will Undoubtly be based on the Muslim faith which is growing stronger every day and spreading  like wild fire. This would eliminate the possibility of the Pope being him. and Islam uses Beheading.

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



             These wonders are nothing but  lies and trickery as [2 Thessalonians 2:9] Even him [false prophet] whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders] They are the result of supernatural power from the dragon that even enables these men to produce fire, since God often revealed Himself with fire. [See Genesis 19:24 and Leviticus 10: 1,2]  Satan shares his supernatural power for one reason and that is to fool mankind into worshiping him.             

Rev. Verse 14 And deceived them that dwell on the earth by the means of these miracles which he had power to do in 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 purpose of all the miracles is to fool the people into idolatry. The false prophet actually fools mankind into building the greatest statue in history in the very image of the Antichrist. This statue will be erected in the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. This is against the second commandment.  [Exodus 20: 4] and is an abominable thing and is labeled the abomination of desolation by the lord Jesus Christ. [Matthew 24:15, 16] And when ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains 

Rev. Verse 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 be killed.
            
             Since the image can speak it is more than likely computerized. We already have computer systems with the ability to hold intelligent conversations...This one is programmed by Satan.
             Professor Seymour Wolfson of Wayne State University in Detroit is an expert in the field of computers. He states: “Already there is a report of computer systems that have a storage capability of ten trillion human beings. There is only five billion people to be controlled. It could control all five billion people with the ability to speak all languages and still have trillions of storage space bits to spare . By using such a computer he will be able to know who receives his orders and obeys them and who honors his laws. He will also know who the earth’s rebels are. The trick would be not to let him know of your existence, and not be listed in his computer It can be done. The Antichrist will certainly use such a computer and it’s control point will be fashioned in his own image...Pride and egotism.
 
Rev. Verse 16 And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand , or in their foreheads:                                                                         
This could be easily be  done by the bar code system now in existence, or an implanted chip which is also available.

Rev. Verse 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of   the beast, or the number of his name.    He will have control over all nationalities.

Rev. Verse 18 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 three score and six.   (666)

           There is no doubt Antichrist will have to use a computer system in order to control the earth’s population during the Tribulation, with the billions of people it could not be done any other way. He will effect and maintain this control through the buying and selling of products.  In order to make this plan work he will have to introduce an international identification system, something that can’t be counterfeited. This can be done with computers and bar codes or implantable chips which now exist; so without his mark, nobody will be able to buy anything or sell anything, including food and rent: there will probably be no more cash money  
            With reference to verse 18 there are people that claim to know who the Antichrist is by the manipulation of the number 666.  This is impossible because he has not yet appeared on the scene. The only way this could be done is through Satan’s power and Satan would not risk harming his protégé by revealing his identity.  
            And this can’t happen until the church is raptured. Still Gods word warns us to be watchful and wise .See [Matthew 10:16 and 24:42.] Jesus’ words… Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.{24 :42] Watch therefore: for you know not  what hour your Lord doth come.
            As shocking as the information in this chapter is, such a day is at hand. A cashless, checkless society is in the planning stages and a number of countries are experimenting. It’s later than you think so be warned be ready.

                                                           CHAPTER 14
            Chapter 14 deals with the seven visions each complete in itself. They are not presented in chronological sequence of events but rather panoramically with the details following later. To illustrate this point the pronouncement of doom upon Babylon, for instance, is uttered in verse 8. However the details are presented in chapter 16, verses 17-21. With this in mind let’s see.

Rev. Verse 1: And I looked and lo, a Lamb stood on the mount and, with him an hundred forty and four thousand having his father’s name written in their foreheads.

            The Lamb we know is the Lord Jesus Christ [John1:29] Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. Also John sees the Tribulation saints overcoming Satan by the blood of the Lamb.  (Revelation 12:11) This very Lamb and his bride [the church] are honored participants at a marriage feast conducted in [chapter19 verse 7] which states: Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb has 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 Zion for his millennial reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. This would fill many Old Testament prophesies. 
            Zion or Jerusalem is the place God seems to love most? If you are anti-Zionists you had better be cautious for you are opposing the Almighty Himself if you rebel against his city and His people the Jews. [Psalm 132:13 ,14]  For the Lord has chosen Zion; He hath desired it for His habitation. This is my rest forever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.The mention of Zion nevertheless authenticates an unlimited number of Old Testament passages that point to Jerusalem as the earthly headquarters of Christ’s Kingdom. God knows that millions are following the Antichrist, and he has established his headquarters on mount Zion. However the number 666 is the number of man, and man is completely fallible. It is the number of incompleteness. It will soon end. Horrendous judgments are about to fall, so look up! Your redemption draws nigh. My Son the Lamb is about to come and take His rightful position on earth as King of kings and Lord of lord. He shall soon arrive at Jerusalem.    
            The prophet Zechariah also stated the same truth. [Zechariah 14: 4] His feet will 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 great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. there   are many other verses that depict Christ’s establishment of his earthly Kingdom on earth, several in Psalms.  And Isaiah the prophet predicted this time of peace. [Isaiah 2: 3, 4] 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 pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation; neither shall they learn war anymore.
            Jesus Christ is coming soon to sit on David’s throne. The reason I know this is about to happen is the simple reason that because Jerusalem, where he will sit and reign –captured by the Jews in 1967—became the eternal, undivided capital of Israel on July 31, 1980. Soon Jerusalem will become the capital of the entire world, upon the arrival of the King of kings and the Lord of lords, Jesus Christ Himself. A few terrible things must happen here first with Satan trying to destroy everything holy and good. Jerusalem will be overrun once again during the tribulation Thousands will be killed by these monsters before Jesus puts a stop to it and binds Satan, and puts him in the pit for a thousand years. The road for Christ’s return has already been paved and growing nearer each day.

Rev. Verse 2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of 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 crescendos into thunder like proportions. This choir is accompanied by harps—a symbol of joy. I hope guitars will be used also I can play one of them or at least I used to. This joy has to do with Christ’s redemption. 

Rev. Verse 3 And they sang 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 four thousand which were redeemed from the earth    [144000 Jewish saints].

            The new song of these redeemed Jews is undoubtedly similar to the song of the saints in chapter 5:9. The song of the 144000 differs in that it is exclusively their own, it will dwarf the songs we played in church. The point is the redeemed in every dispensation have something to sing about the Joy of the Lord. The purity, holiness, and sanctification of the 144000 are described in the next verse.

Rev. Verse 4 these are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb withers ever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruit unto God and to the Lamb.

            Some priests in the middle ages claimed this honor was reserved for them, because they had refrained from sexual intercourse.. Such an Explanation is in error, in light of the sanctity of marriage, for marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled (Hebrews 13:4) that is why, whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing and findeth favor with the lord. [Proverbs 18:22] But God wont pity those that are male and male or female and female claiming to be married and even made legal by the US supreme court and other governments, they are an abomination in Gods eyes.  This then has to do with the undefiled walk of the redeemed Jews as stated in the next part of the verse  [James 4:4] Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity to God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.  Well spoken for God has many enemies today from all nationalities.
           Idolatry is a major sin during the Tribulation period, as we have seen in chapters 9 and 13 but during these times, there are multitudes that remain true to the Lord. These undefiled from verse [4] are those that have kept themselves unspotted from the world. This is also pictured in {2 Corinthians 11:2] concerning the church, the bride of Christ. God says, 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 virgin to Christ. Both Christ and His Father undefiled brides.
            The Jewish virgins are most likely those referenced to in [Matthew 1-13 25:] the parable of the ten wise and foolish virgins. In all dispensations God wants his people to be separate from the world, the flesh, the devil. You can walk down any street today  and see all forms of idolatry in action men women and even children holding a mobile telephone to their ears they do everything with them access news weather even the internet. The bible said the world would be full of knowledge and it was right
2 Corthians6: 14-18 be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light and darkness? And what concord hath Christ Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idiots? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hast said I will dwell 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 to you , and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
             These untainted Jews who walked the pathway of holiness are the first fruits of the Tribulation period. The great harvest is to follow as millions more turn to the Messiah realizing He is the only hope they have during this terrible time. 
[Romans 11: 26, 27] And so all Israel shall be saved as it is written, there shall come out of Zion the deliverer. And shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: for this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.    
            Another praise of the 144,000 is mentioned in the next verse.

Rev. Verse 5 An in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God

            God hates a liar and 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. The Tribulation hour under the Antichrist produces a world full of deceit. The Antichrist works lying wonders. 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.] There were more believers who never used deceit, who never passed rumors and who refused to listen to the lies of Satan.

Verse 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 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] And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee; and to shew thee these glad tidings. Good tidings always includes the message of the blood in all dispensations [Acts 10:43]. To Christ give all the prophets witness, that through His name that whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins. And remission of sin is through the blood. For without the blood there would be no remission of sin. Those who take the mention of the blood out of their churches insult God. Life is in the blood.
            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.      

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

            This angel gives Gods final call to a Christ rejecting world and the message is “accept Christ or burn; repent or die. This is mankind’s last chance to receive Jesus Christ as the Messiah, as Lord or, as the true God, that leaves those who has taken the mark of the beast in a dire irreversible situation.” But those with the mark 666 are already doomed there will be none of them saved but there are some though who refused the mark that can still be saved.

Rev. Verse 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.

            We learn of the judgments to be unleashed on religious and political Babylon. In chapters 17 and 18 we will deal with 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. This typifies a one world church, united to a one world political systemusing every type of corruption possible to promote itself in the end time. Beware! The present effort to unite all religions under a “the so called banner of brotherhood” regardless of one’s belief Christen or Muslim without Christ, it is the forerunner of a monstrous fornicator who makes all nations drink of the wine of her wrath. We have the start with the national council of churches, which is trying to unite all the churches in the USA, and eventually the entire world, this could be the beginning of the one world church ruled by the false prophet. 

Rev. Verse 9  And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, if any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand.

Rev. Verse 10The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holey angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:  This is a dire warning please heed.

Rev. Verse 11 and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name.

           The third angel announces the doom of those that worship the Antichrist and his image, and take the mark of the beast on their hand or their forehead.
For those of Christendom who claim that God “is a God of love and could never punish sinners in this manner.” As in Verses 9 through 11 which is the Bible’s most graphic picture of judgment; these Mockers will also receive this judgment. This 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 forever and ever and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image and whosoever receive the mark of his name.     
Matthew 25:46 states [the lost] shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
             Some people think because the “term day and night” is used this punishment cannot be eternal. They are wrong. The book of Revelation constantly uses this term instead of unceasingly or everlasting. Some think it is the second death sending you into nothingness forever.
            Example, in chapter 4 verse 8 the four living creatures before the throne of God rest neither day nor night, saying Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come; this Is  not just a temporary worship it is eternal.    
            The words of Jesus,  Mark 9:43  and if thy hand offend the, 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 shall never be quenched.  Extremely explicit:  
            Thank God this doesn’t have to be the future of any human being it will be their own choice ether by ignorance or their vile nature Romans 10:13 states that whosoever shall call upon the name of the lord shall be saved  
            Don’t put it off another day. Its life’s most important decision; tomorrow you may not be here, and then it could be too late.  Remember in chapter 9 verse 18 one third of the earth’s population will be reduced by fire and brimstone this population those not knowing God will be lost those who are saved will then be with Christ. Knowing of these events, and knowing that earthly sorrows can last only as long as one’s life, the Holy Spirit through John, gives us an assuring promise about the future.  

Rev. Verse 12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the Faith of Jesus.

Rev. Verse 13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, and blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.

            This will be true during the Tribulation when the toils and dangers of life are so great. This is the worst time of heartache in the history of mankind. Jesus said in Matthew 24:21 `For them shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no nor never shall be.
            Now at last it is over for some. They have died upholding Jesus and happiness is theirs. They are now present with the Lord.

Rev. Verse 14 And I looked, and be hold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat as like unto the son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.

            A white cloud is the Shekinah or “glory of God.” Cloud 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..
            Finally when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to earth; He Commeth with clouds; He comes to thrust in His sharp sickle of judgment.

Rev. Verse 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.

Verse 16 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 [numbers32:23] Sin will catch up with you, and when it does [Job 4:8] they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. The time of reaping has come and the sickle is sharp and steady. It does its judgmental work... Verses 17-20 describe this hour as the greatest bloodbath in history.

Rev. Verse 17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.

Rev. Verse 18 And another angel came out from the alter, 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.

Rev. Verse 19 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.    Trust in Jesus don’t be reaped

Rev. Verse   20 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.      

            The final scene of Revelation chapter 14 describes the work of two angels. The one with the 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 leaving the wicked to be harvested.
See John15:5], Jesus’ words I am the vine, you are the branches. He that abides in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing.                                                 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 in the great winepress of Gods indignation.
           Oh what a pruning 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 Esdraclon near the hill of Megiddo (Chapter 16 verse 16 Revelation)   [Joel 3:2 and 10 through 14] [2] I will also  gather all nations and bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat and I will plead  with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. [10]Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. [11]Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together roundabout: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down O lord. [12] 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. [13] Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down: for the press is full, the fats overflow, for the wickedness is great. [14]Multitudes, in the valley of decision: for the day of the lord is near in the valley of decision   Eventually this battle encompasses the entire nation of Israel and is of course, global, as the armies meet in the Middle East for the final battle, the worst holocaust in history, the battle of Armageddon.
           The result is a 200 mile area soaked with blood. [One thousand six hundred furlongs According to [Ezekiel 39:8 through13] 8 Behold, it is come, saith the Lord God; this is the day whereof I have spoken.-9 And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the hand staves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years. 10 So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forest; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord God.--11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there they shall bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it the valley of Hamon-Gog -12- And seven months shall the House of Israel be burring them, that they may cleanse the land.-13 Yea, all of the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be unto them a renown the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord God.
           Seven months will be required to bury the dead and the distance is 200 miles.] It is interesting that the nation of Israel is 200 miles long from north to south. Armaments of war will be burned for seven years afterwards! The tense Middle East situation signals the return of Christ. Does that mean that the battle with Gog may be fought before the tribulation starts due to the seven years it takes to clean up the mess? That could be because Russia backs Iran and is the northern army. Israel may be forced into striking Iran over their nuclear program; Russia may try to assist Iran this could happen soon. 
           Then when the Armies from the North invade Israel [Russia, Gog and Magog] the largest armies in history will converge on the Middle East. At the beginning of Armageddon Ezekiel states they will come up like a cloud.
[Ezekiel 38:16] And they shall come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog before their eyes John tells us in [Revelations chapter 9 verse 16] that the number of the army of horsemen will be two hundred million. The weapons will be the deadliest ever used in the history of mankind. [Psalm 97:3]A fire goeth before him A. [Isaiah 66:15]For behold the Lord shall come with fire. [Ezekiel20:47]The flaming flame shall not be quenched. [Joel 2:20] But I will remove far off from thee the northern army, and I will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder parts toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savor shall come up, because he hath done great things.
               The retreat is effectual, [Joel 2:30] states “and I saw wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood and fire and pillars of smoke(such as made by atomic weapons) [Jeremiah30:7] says Alas 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. [Matthew 24:21] For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no nor never shall be.  
                Finally Russia is going to be smashed [Proof ][ Ezekiel 39:1]    Therefore, thou son of man prophesy against Gog, and say, thus saith the Lord God: I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: and I will turn thee back, and leave but a sixth part of thee.          This Russian army’s defeat is not the battle of Armageddon. That battle will be fought later. There is some good news here though and that is that those of you that have accepted Christ will not be here during the final battle or Armageddon only those with the mark , and some few that refused the mark.                                                                                                                                                                                                 Chapter 15                                        is a introductory  portion of scripture. Its eight verses are an introduction of the seven vile or bowl judgments described in chapter 16   
                    
                                                            CHAPTER 15
Rev. Verse 1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God
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                The sign John now sees in heaven is awe inspiring. Seven angels that are about to pour out the seven final plagues upon the earth... This is the completion of God’s judgment, when his wrath will be unleashed against rebellious mankind.

Rev. Verse 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, the sea of glass speaks of tranquility. It is calm and stable, and typifies the church at rest, and Gods living word. Solomon’s temple contained a sea of glass, depicting the word of God, as a means of sanctification. 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 when he says [1peter 1:7] That the trial of your faith being much more precious than gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise honor and glory the appearing of Jesus Christ.
               The Tribulation saints enjoy victory over the beast, his image, his mark, and the number of his name. 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 in the end as the many earthly sinners was and will be.
            Instead they are victorious, 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 by heavens `harpists.

Rev. Verse 3  And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, Thou King of saints

Rev. Verse 4  Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? For thou only art Holy; for all nations will come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.             

               The group that was saved out of Tribulation sang the song of Moses. [Exodus chapter 14]. Moses and the Jewish nation were being hotly pursued by Pharaoh and his army. Finally the Israelites arrive at the Red Sea. They were stranded with no way across, and an army bearing down on them, but Moses raised his rod toward the sea, and God sent a wind and parted the waters, so his people could cross over on dry land.  Pharaoh ordered his army to follow, but when the Israelites reached the other side safely, God caused the wind to cease and closed the waters and destroyed the Egyptian army. When the Israelites realized God had spared them from Pharaoh, they began to sing a song of praise, worship, and adoration to Jehovah:  The horse and the rider hath he thrown into the sea [Exodus 15:1].  Now centuries later redeemed Jews who through death, left earth’s Tribulation misery behind, sing the song of Moses and the Lamb. The words they sing are great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, Thou King of saints.
                 Verse 4 reflects the attributes of Jesus Christ King of the nations during the millennium period. He is revered because the world fears and glorifies His name, also in respect to His holiness and His mighty acts of judgment. All nations come to worship in His presence. This is in harmony with   [Isaiah 2:2and 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 will 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 shall walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.           
                 [Also in Zechariah Chapter 14 Verse16and 17] And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all 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 of the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.

Rev. Verse 5 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 of 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 over. The way of the Holiest is now open to all, including the Tribulation saints. They can view His workings because they have access to His abiding place.                                   

Rev. Verse 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.

             In the earthly temple men were not allowed entrance. Even the high priest could go in but once a year, and then only after rigid ceremonial standards had been observed to do otherwise meant death. The angels are admitted because they are created beings of holiness to administer the upcoming bowl judgments. The white linen and golden girdles are the same items worn by the Old Testament priests. This judgment is necessary because mankind has desecrated Gods Laws globally. The number of seven angels means the number of perfection and no stone will be left unturned. Hence as they leave the temple they are given their bowls or vials of judgment.

Rev. Verse 7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth forever and ever.

Rev. Verse 8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from the power; and no man was able to enter the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled. 

            Verse 8 proves that the temple area is sealed to man during the final forty two months of the Tribulation hour. God’s throne which symbolizes mercy and love is shut to the publicuntil the seven judgments end. This is during the outpouring of the seven bowls, or vials of judgment. After that when Gods judgment has been completed men may then again approach the mercy seat.   

                                                          CHAPTER 16
              The following information regarding the final seven judgments should make one think about his standing with the Almighty God. The following events are both awesome and terrifying. One consolation for the believer is that he will not be there to see them. We will appreciate 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 Savior Jesus Christ.
               This will be the beginning of the final seven judgments on mankind and the earth.

Rev. Verse 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 God issues from the smoke filled temple, directing the angels to carry out their duties. God Himself is sending forth these judgments. His holiness has been offended. Because Mankind has worshiped a man, the Antichrist, Satan in human form, even bowing to his image and taking his mark. [Matthew 24:16]  The abomination of desolation; The true and eternal God is justly angry. He cannot allow this iniquity to go un-judged and unpunished any longer.  
                [Isaiah says 42:8] Jehovah God says, I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory I will not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. Also in [Exodus 20:4—6]: Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shall not bow down thyself unto them or serve them: For I the lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquities 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. Mankind has grossly violated this commandment during the Tribulation period by worshiping the antichrist and his demons even Satan therefore the promised judgment must begin.      
                                        First bowl of judgment

Rev. Verse 2 the first angle 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.

            The first bowl of judgment is poured out and men become covered with ulcerated sores! They had the mark of the beast [666] now they have the mark of God—ulcers. Can this verse be taken literally? Yes, I think so. This happened before in the day of Moses. This is just a repeat of what happened in the Old Testament. [Exodus 9: 8 through 11] And the lord said unto Moses and unto Aaron, take to you a handful of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle toward the heaven in sight of Pharaoh. And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and will 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 toward heaven; and it became a boil breaking forth upon man, and upon beats and the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians.This is the price men pay for not believing God.               (God wins again Satan looses)

                                      Second bowl judgment
  Rev. Verse 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.           What a stink this will make when it becomes rotten.

            Again history repeats itself. It records a time when the waters were turned to blood [Exodus 7:17 –21] thus saith the Lord, in this thou shall 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 will loath 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 were in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink the water of the river, and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt. God did it once on a smaller scale; He can certainly do it again on a worldwide much larger scale. He is the omnipotent all powerful God. His promises never fail.
                 Remember that the second seal [chapter 6:3 &4] brought great bloodshed upon earth and the second trumpet blast [chapter 8:8] caused a third part of the sea to become blood. In the verse under study, every creature that is in the sea dies when the sea is turned to blood. The result is an unbearable stench throughout the entire world as this organism’s decay. Think of it, that which always symbolized life, and symbolized salvation, (the blood of Jesus) now becomes a symbol of condemnation and death. There is more. The third vial extends the destruction to all bodies of water internationally. This is total devastation worldwide. Man is paying dearly for his disobedience. 

                                     Third bowl judgment
Rev. Verse 4 And the third angel poured out his vile upon the rivers and fountains of water; and they became blood 

Rev. Verse 5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous O Lord, which art, and wast, and shall be, because thou hast judged thus.

Rev. Verse 6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.        Mankind deserves this punishment.

Rev. Verse 7 And I heard another out of the alter say, even so, Lord God Almighty, True and righteous are thy judgments.

            By this time some people may think God is cruel but to the contrary, God is always fair, and righteous in his dealings with man [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. The worshipers of the wicked beast, who has shed the blood of so many saints, may now satisfy the desire for blood by drinking it to their hearts content. They deserve what has happened to them. God has answered the prayers of His saints under the alter [chapter 6]. As this message of vindication is  concluded, a voice from the alter replies, “Even so” or “Amen” Justice prevails. God’s judgments are true and righteous.  

                                           Fourth bowl judgment
Rev. Verse 8 And the fourth angel poured out his vile upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scotch men with fire.

Rev. Verse 9 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 earth will suffer the greatest heat wave in the known history of the earth. We can now see what can happen when the sun is out of control. Isaiah predicted this period of time [Isaiah 24: 4-6] the earth mourned and faded away the world languished faded away the haughty people of the earth do languish. The earth is also 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 earth are burned, and few men left 
            The earth becomes so drastically hot during this judgment that God alleviates the suffering by shortening the daylight hours.
Jesus said in [Matthew 24:22] “And except those days be shortened. There should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened”. This does not mean that the Tribulation period will be shortened. This is impossible because God’s predestined program for the Tribulation totals seven years or exactly 2,520 days. Not one day can be cut from the program. Verse 2 of chapter11 mentions 1,260 days as one half of this period and no one can change Gods Plan. The only other solution is that God shorten the daylight hours and lengthen the night season to keep millions alive. These ties in with Matthew 24:22. This also harmonizes with [Revelation 6:12]. And I beheld when he opened the sixth seal and lo there was a great earthquake and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair. This is God’s method of shortening the daylight hours. This act of mercy is for his people, the saved Tribulation saints; for he adds in Matthew 24:22 for the elect’s sake those days will be shortenedWe want to remember that the elect bride of Christ, the church which  was raptured, is in heaven while this is happening. This refers to those saved during the tribulation, and the earthly group of tribulation saints that are still on earth and they are referred to as Israelites. They are  mostlyJews. They are not members of the bride of Christ but they are the wife of Jehovah.
            Mankind’s reaction to the scorching is not to repent and ask for God’s mercy but to blaspheme God. The human heart is exceedingly wicked and callous .Truly they are hardened sinners deserving destruction.    

                                             Fifth bowl judgment: 
Rev. Verse 10 and the fifth angel poured out his vile upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain

Rev. Verse 11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.            That shows the stupidity and stubbernness of mankind. 

            The fourth judgment produced brightness by the scorching rays of the sun. Now this fifth bowl produces a complete darkness upon the very throne of the Antichrist and throughout the world. This could be related to the shortening of the days and lengthening of the night. 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.
            This is a great moment for the saints on earth they see the Antichrist humiliated by God’s power being unleashed upon His seat of government and His Empire. This scene is equated with the “day of the Lord,” [Amos 5:18] the day of the Lord is darkness, and not light. [Joel 2:1-2] 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 gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like neither shall be any more after it even to the years of many generations.
             Who is the military colossus that produces such darkness and gloominess in the last days? This is more and likely Gog, Magog or Russia, as described in. 
              [Joel 2:20]  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 parts toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savor shall come up, because he hath done great (terrible) things.
            The only nation north of Israel with a barren area [Siberia] 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. They make their attack in the middle of the Tribulation period. It may be closer than we think
            In our text the day of the Lord has arrived. The wicked gnaw their tongues for pain but continue blaspheming God. It seems like no amount of punishment for sin can change some people. They will not repent they still curse God. Don’t be one of them.

                                              Sixth bowl judgment.
Rev. Verse 12 And the sixth angel poured out his vile upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the East might be prepared.

            This opens the way for the Orient to invade Israel, China, and all of its allies. It will be one of the largest armies in history of the world; all aimed at Israel Gods chosen people, and Jerusalem His beloved city.           

Rev. Verse 13 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.

Rev. Verse 14 and they are 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 the great day of God Almighty.

Rev. Verse 15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, least he walk naked and they see his shame.                                                                                              
            This is a pause between the actions of the angels. The saved should not be taken by surprise read first Thessalonians 5:4 But ye brethren are not in darkness, that that day overtake you as a thief. Also read verses 6-10

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

           The sixth trumpet of judgment should be recalled in the light of the sixth tipped bowl. There is a similarity. Chapter 9 verses 13-18 depict the sixth angel voicing his commands. As was the four evil angels that were loosed from the great river Euphrates – the area of present day Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria.                                                                                                                                                        Revelation Chapter [9:16] describes a total of two hundred thousand thousand or two hundred million troops come from the east, or from the Orient to the Middle East, to come against Israel, and destroy the Jewish nation. This is the largest military force ever gathered in the history of mankind. China alone is capable of forming such an army. [At present there is a situation with Iran and Israel that could turn China and Russia against Israel. Israel has threatened to stop the Iranian atomic enrichment program, and China has trade agreements with Iran the USA under a Godless president that has abandoned Israel. They don’t even want the UN to refer Iran to the Security Council for fear of sanctions.] We witness the drying up of the Euphrates River so the kings of the east might cross over unhindered. The word kings picture the leaders of troops. They cross the Euphrates to participate in the greatest Mid East confrontation ever. The battle of Armageddon! Actually the fight is against God and His hosts. This will be discussed later in chapter 19 verses11 through 16. Upon their arrival in the Holy Land these Oriental leaders will join with leaders from the other nations, for the battle of battles, as predicted in Psalms [2:2to4] The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against His anointed, let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cord from us. He that sittith in the heaven shall    laugh:  the Lord shall have them in derision..
            How near is Armageddon? Remember chapter 9 and 16 both mention the Euphrates River
As a focal point in this war, keep your eyes on the Mideast, especially, Iran Iraq and Syria and even Turkey in the days ahead. The Euphrates was jointly theirs when these nations were called Persia. These nations are a prominent identification point for the end time war.
            Between the sixth and seventh trumpet and seal judgments we encountered a pause. Now we find another pause between the sixth and seventh bowl judgments. This we consider from verses 13—16 already quoted.
            Verse 13 reveals three unclean spirits coming out of the mouths of 1 the dragon Satan 2, the beast [Antichrist] 3, the false prophet [head of the world church.] What we see here is an unholy trinity controlled by the power of evil spirits using occultism to accomplish their goals. Chapters 9 verses 20 and 21. They are symbolized  as frogs [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}. The picture is clear. The counterfeit trinity, Satan, Antichrist and the false prophet produce supernatural miracles through the power of Satan, and his demonic spirits, convincing the leaders of the earth that these men are gods because of the miracles they perform. The earth’s leaders gladly follow them to the Middle East for the great day of God Almighty, which is Armageddon. The entire situation reeks in Gods nostrils.
            Verse 15 is a pause or a 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] This is a final warning to the Tribulation saints, telling them to watch for his coming and to continue to walk in the pathways of holiness. This warning is true for the Christians of today. They should watch for His coming and always be prepared to meet Him, and not be caught unaware.
            Verse 16 names the location of the great day of God Almighty: Armageddon, or “the mount of Megiddo” the place where numerous battles have been fought before 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 and Christ takes his throne.           

                                                   Seventh bowl judgment
Rev. Verse 17 And the seventh angel poured out his vile into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying it is done

Rev. Verse 18 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.

Rev. Verse 19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came into remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

Rev. Verse 20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.

Rev. Verse 21 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 grea                      

            Satan is the prince of the power of the air [Ephesians 2:2].This is why we wrestle against evil spirits. [Ephesians 6:12] the seventh pouring out His bowl into the air destroys the last traces of Satan’s abiding place. Armageddon also destroys every nook and cranny where Satan has had a resting place. This will be explained in chapter 19. As this is done a voice out of the temple of heaven victoriously shouts “it is done”. The twenty one judgments are completed.
            When Christ bore the judgment for our sins, He cries, “it is finished”. Now as sinful 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 more judgments, and number 21 is the final one.
            The seventh outpoured bowl causes thunders, lightnings, and the most devastating earthquake to ever occur on earth. The prophet Haggai predicted this to occur. [Haggai 2:6&7] for thus saith the Lord of hosts… I 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. 
            One should note that this final bowl judgment is not the end of the world. This is when The Lord Jesus Christ returns, and establishes His earthly kingdom, and starts His one thousand year reign. This is the end of civilization as we know it the evil is gone. The destruction divides the city of Jerusalem into three parts, and causes every major city in all nations to fall. [Talk about destruction!] and every island flees away and every mountain becomes 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 fierceness of His wrath. This will be discussed in chapter 18.
            The climax comes in verse 21 when the hail falls from heaven. These hailstones weigh from 86 to 120 pounds depending on whether the Greek or the Jewish measurements are used. Whatever measurement is used this will be a devastating event. It will destroy homes and cities alike. Despite this plague men still continue to curse God. Men never learn and finally they must die and suffer eternal banishment from God in a fiery hell. Even they weep and gnash their teeth. Gnashing of teeth depicts cursing. The smoke of their torment ascends up forever and ever.                                                  
                                                            CHAPTER  17                                                                        
             Chapter 17 and 18 form another pause, to explain previous happenings. Chapter 17 explains Revelation chapter14 verse 8 and chapter 18 explains chapter16 verse 19.
             In revelation chapter 14 verse 8 we read, 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. Remember in the previous chapter we learned that great Babylon came in remembrance before God to give unto her the cup of the wine of his fierceness of his wrath. Verse 19           
            The Babylon of chapter 14 is a religious system whereas the Babylon in chapter 18 is political. The chapter before us then is the story of the rise and fall of the ecumenical world church, while chapter 18 discuses the fall of a political system .Lets study chapter 17 and its prophetic historical implications.

Rev. Verse 1  {chapter 17 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sittith upon many waters;           

                Here we see one of the seven angels who administered one of the seven judgments now speaking to the disciple John inviting him to view the judgment of the harlot who sittith upon many waters. The phrase many waters speaks of religious control over humanity internationally Proof; the waters which thou sawest, where the whore sittith are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.  

Rev. Verse 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 their fornication.

            Here we see the world wide religious system holds both earth’s leaders and people in its grasp. The fornication committed is between the church and the world leaders. Fornication spiritually speaking has to do with idolatry, and Satan worship. Spiritual fornication also has to do with Christianity embracing the world—leaping out of Christ’s arms into the arms of another lover, the world. God’s word instructs true christans to be separate from the world. [James 4:4] 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 an enemy of God. Harlotry and whoredom, then speak of idolatry and worldliness.
            During the Tribulation a vast international religious system [the great whore of verse [1] creates impure alignments with all earth’s leaders in an unprecedented way. Her control is so over whelming humanity becomes mentally stupefied as if they are made drunk or drugged with the intoxicating brew of these religious and political alliances.                

Rev. Verse 3 So, he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. This is the world church.

            At this point John observes the woman {or world church] sitting upon a scarlet colored beast full of names and blasphemy; having seven heads and ten horns. We saw this beast in chapter 13 verse 1:  I stood upon the sand of the sea and saw a beast rise out of the sea having seven heads and ten horns.. This is the Antichrist, who came to power through a confederation of the western nations pictured by the ten horns and ten toes, the European Union most likely.
            The only difference between the beast in chapter 13 verse 1 and this beast is that this one is scarlet colored, most likely from the bloodshed it has caused in its assault upon the world as he rose to power. He begins his rein with a false peace pact which he breaks after 3 and ½ years. Millions are slaughtered during his rule. Now he bears the blood red color of an executioner.
 
Rev. Verse 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication.       

            You must remember when the world church is described, that the true church of God is in heaven. This is a mockery, the great whore sittith on many waters. 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.their doctrinally are described in [2 Peter2:1to 3] 1-but there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privately bring in damnable heresies, even denying the lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction …2- Many will follow their shameful ways and bring the way of truth into disrepute-3-In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.    
            The morally wrong are spoke of in Jude verses 8 through 21. Now we understand why morality and theology are so important! When God says all have sinned [Romans 3:23] He means all. When He declares the wages of sin are death [Romans 6:23] He means punishment.When He declares the blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanses 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 you reject Gods word you will end up with the Tribulation crowd, destined for destruction.
            Also if one claims to be a Christian but continues to live in sin the results will be the same even though his doctrinal theories may coincide with the true teaching 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 both groups remain on earth when Jesus calls his Genuine children home  in a twinkling of an eye. Moat of These leftovers become members of the only religious body still in existence, the world church, under the false prophet, but some will eventually accept Christ and make it through the tribulation period alive.
            Looking at verse 4 again we see that the woman or mother of the world church is bedecked in materials of purple and scarlet. This signifies ruler ship. Imperial Rome bedecked its leaders in such fashion. Is it not strange that ecclesiastical rulers have always desired temporal authority? They have sought to control the world as well as their parishioners. (Nicolaitans}     
            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 still continues. The colors and jewels of verse 4 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 pearls and precious stones, [a picture of wealth] and use idols in their worship, [pictured by the golden cup in the woman’s hand] the cup is full of (1) abominations (2) filthiness.

Rev. Verse 5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT AND THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

            Here we see that the mother church has imitators. Her offspring are those who rejected the true teaching of Christ or who had a counterfeit experience with the Son of God. They went through all the motions but were never truly converted. Among them are cultist, apostates, and unconverted professors of religion from all denominations. These people never really knew the Lord. The counterfeit church under the false prophet, the only and absolute authority of that day; they did not hold to God’s Holy word.  This is why the Lord Jesus Himself said in [Mark7:7and 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.                                                                                  
Rev. Verse 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 John wonders with great wonder. “[He is mystified].” Or puzzled 

Rev. Verse 7 And the angel said unto me. Wherefore didest thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carried her, which has the seven heads and ten horns.
        The explanation follows in verse 8            

Rev. Verse 8 The beast 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 will continue to reveal the truth about the woman in verses 8 through 17. Then in verse 18 the identity of the woman is revealed. The beast 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 3 and also in chapter 13 verse 1 The reason the beast was, and is not and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition,(Hell) is that, as mentioned in our study of chapter 13 verse 3. He is more than likely killed during the Tribulation hour (Antichrist) 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. In verse 8 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 the pit only to eventually go back into perdition. At the conclusion of his 1000 year reign after the battle of Armageddon Christ will casts him into the lake of fire.                                
Rev. Verse 9 And there is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sittith.             
           
              This text locates geographically the location of the headquarters of the final world power block for the world church as well. 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] Vicinal. The world church sitting on these seven hills will be controlling all denominations. This church rides to power on the back of the ten horned western federation of nations. This most likely be the corrupted church which now controls its empire from Rome at present.                             
           
Rev. Verse 10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he commeth he must continue a short space.

                      As John receives this vision of the seven kings, five are already fallen. They were [1] Assyria [2] Egypt [3] Babylon [4] Medo Persia [5] Greece [6] Rome is in power, at the time John receives this revelation. And number 7 is yet to come. He of course is the Antichrist, whose rein will last briefly, or the 7 year tribulation period.  a short space. All six of the above Empires ruled the known world for a period of time. The seventh is most likely being set up now. The revised Roman Empire is now being set up by the European Union. 

Rev. Verse 11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven and goeth into perdition.           Satan         

                   This verse can be confusing, but understandable when one studies it closely. Who is king number eight, if there are only seven kings in the first place? Number eight is number seven resurrected! No. 8 Anti Christ after he is killed. And is the beast that was (because of his untimely death) even he is [because of his resurrection]. The eight He is of the seven because Satan, who incarnated his body while he was dead, also motivated the other seven. As further proof that number eight is the resurrected Antichrist [number seven] we are again told he will go into perdition. (the lake of Fire}This statement is also made concerning number seven in verse 8 As well as in our text in verse 11 King number seven and king number eight are one and the same, becoming number eight when he is incarnated by Satan

Rev. Verse 12 and the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, who has 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.  They are the ten toed western alliance nations. The power of these nations, however, will be for one hour, or but for a brief moment of time. Their power will be taken from them by the Antichrist.     

Rev. Verse 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength to the beast.

                  The final ten nation western federation, after the Antichrist expels three of their original members and replaces them – become so unified that everything they possess, economically and militarily, is placed under the control of this deranged world leader, the Antichrist. Grease is close to being expelled due to it’s debts [See Daniel 7:8, 24]

Rev. Verse 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, chosen, and faithful followers.

                 This verse will be fulfilled in chapter 19 verses 11 through 16, when the world’s armies are gathered 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 the King of kings. The called, chosen, and faithful that accompany Him are the armies of heaven [chapter 19 verse 14] composed of the believers, the true church who was raptured out of this world in[chapter 4 verse 1] and who then waited in heaven seven years to return with the bridegroom. This is the church that Christ took home at the rapture.  

Rev. Verse 15 And he saith unto me, the waters which thou sawest, where the whore sittith, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. 

              The woman sitting on the waters is the world church. This church, being controlled by the false prophet and Satan, has control over all nations, peoples, and tongues, and worships the Antichrist. 

Rev. Verse 16 And the ten horns thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

             The Antichrist betrays his religious followers. They bowed to his image, but he no longer wants to share the glory with them since he now is Satan incarnate. Therefore the leaders in the ten nation confederacy turn against the world church .They hate her. They also strip her of all of her possessions (the gold precious stones, and pearls of verse 4) and they destroy her by burning her remains to the ground. Who places such a plan of defiance in the hearts of those rulers? None other than God Almighty! Next verse;

Rev. Verse 17.For God has put into their hearts to fulfill His will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.     

              This portion of Scripture shows the futility of politics. Despite all man can do, God’s plan always comes to pass. God 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 no matter what man tries to do. Christians you should try to get souls saved. This is your God given duty. Let the world have its pleasures. The cause of Christ is eternal. Christians can have their pleasure when they are in Heaven.

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

              This great end time city may well be located within the western nations and proves that the religious and political power brokers exist together at the same time. The world church forms at the same time the ten western nations unite. Both the European Economic Community and the World Council of Churches began unity proceedingsin1948. They are now a strong group. Christ’s coming no doubt must be extremely near.

                                                    CHAPTER 18
               In the next 24 verses we will witness the destruction of political Babylon. This Babylon is different from the one just discussed. Chapter 17 concerned religious Babylon, whereas chapter18 concerns Political, or commercial Babylon. Religious Babylon was called “mystery Babylon,” but commercial Babylon is referred to as “Babylon the great.” Religious Babylon was referred to as a woman or a mother, while commercial Babylon is portrayed as a city,a great city, a mighty city, and eventually as a burning city. Religious Babylon will be situated on seven hills, whereas political Babylon will be visible from the sea. [See verses 17, 18, and 21] Religious Babylon will be destroyed by the kings of the earth [chapter 17:16] but political Babylon will be destroyed by horrendous judgments from the hand of God due to its ungodly practices. When religious Babylon will be destroyed the kings of earth rejoiced. When political Babylon is destroyed, the kings and merchants of earth will weep for her loss. [chapter 18-:9, 15] They have lost their source of riches. Let’s study political Babylon first.

Rev. Verse 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? The fulfillment of religious Babylon’s destruction John’s statement is proof that the two Babylon’s 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 following verses. The angel who brings the warning of impending judgment is powerful and glorious. His appearance lightens the entire globe. It is quite possible that this angel is Jesus Christ Himself, for he is the light of the world. [John8:12].

Rev. Verse 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 the cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

               God’s judgment of political Babylon has begun. The angels cry “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. (Most likely Vultures’)
            A walk through New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and any other city large or small in this country or the world, would be helpful at this point. Cities are loaded with lust ridden sinners looking for or selling prostitutes X and R rated movies and child pornography, and pornographic book stores. Homosexuals plying their trade on the streets, drug dealers selling their wares; Our America could fit the description of political Babylon, which is controlled by demons and foul spirits who inhabit this land and its people? Let’s hope God will see fit to send the Holy Spirit to start an old fashion Holy Ghost revival in our land. Otherwise God’s judgment may soon fall on our country also.

Rev. Verse 3 For all nations have drunk 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. 

                Like religious Babylon, this political system has turned to idolatry and fornication. As in chapter 17, these terms refer to the worship of strange gods, and a love of this worlds material goods. Seeking power commercial Babylon has promoted and joined ungodly world alliances. Hence the merchants of the earth have become extremely wealthy by dealing with this nation of devils who has everything.

Rev. Verse 4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and ye receive not her plagues.
 
               This is a warning from heaven to the saved people of the Tribulation period to leave these corrupt and wicked cities before they are corrupted, or before God’s judgment falls on the wicked and evil people and destroys their cities and lays waste to everything evil..

Rev. Verse 5 For her sins has reached unto heaven and God hath remembered her iniquities.             

             The Tribulation believers are told to come out of her and live a clean holy life, even in the cage with the evil birds would be better. Not to take unearned gains, or be tempted with her materialism and illegal gains and moral sins through the delicacies of this world.

Rev. Verse 6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath  filled to her double`    

Rev. Verse 7 How much she has 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 Gods law of sowing and reaping coming into effect: [Job 4:8] They that they plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.  People cannot get away with sin forever remember your sins will find you out. God hates sin. It is inconsistent with his Holiness. God’s mercy is the only reason most of mankind is not dead and in Hell at the present time.  [2 Peter 3:9.] [The lord is long suffering to, and not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.] But God cannot tolerate sin forever, and the reaping of Babylon’s iniquity must finally take place. When Babylon’s fate is sealed she will receive a double portion of God’s   judgment. The verse should have said “the double shall be doubled.” This was the law under Moses [see Exodus 22:4-7] Babylon has lived like kings, ignoring the poverty stricken people. They did not want to look upon them. For she said, “I am queen and I shall see no sorrow, I do not want to look at the needs of the impoverished.”
              There is a possibility that James predicts the judgments to be administrated in [James 5: 1-6] 1-Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. 2-Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth eaten. 3-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.4-Ye have heaped treasures together for the last days. Behold the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which has reaped [The poor] are entered into the ears of the Lord of Almighty .5-Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton: ye have nourished your hearts as in the day of slaughter. 6-You have condemned and killed the just: and he doth not resist you.        
             “Double trouble” is coming to those exploiters of the masses. The rich who starved the poor and robbed the week so according to verses six and seven: Their judgment takes place as Babylon burns.

Rev. Verse 8 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 judges her.
 
Rev. Verse 9 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.  

Rev. Verse 10 Standing afar off for fear of her torment, saying Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour is thy judgment come. This great city and everything and everyone in it are now dust and ashes.

               When the kings, monarchs, presidents and the ultra wealthy hear of the destruction of Babylon, they begin to weep and wail. Their source of wealth has been disintegrated. They are joined by all world leaders and financial organizations. Many financial institutions are no doubt collapsing
 
Verse 11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more.     

                Not a single item is really necessary. In fact, the entire display may be classified as “luxurious worldly babbles used to impress society.” Just look at the expensive dainties listed in the following Scripture. These items are items of luxury not items of necessity

Rev, Verse 12 the merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls  and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet and all thine wood, and all manner of  vessels of ivory, and all manner of precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble

All these things are items of high society and are luxuries. and not needed 

Rev. Verse 13 And cinnamon and odours, and ointments, and frankincense [for sensuousness, also a stockpile of] wine, and oil, and fine flower, and wheat, beasts, and sheep, and horses [for the satisfying of the flesh] and chariots [for getaway] and slaves [for labor 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 will not last. Neither will they last for you, if this is all you want out of life. Why?

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

             All these valuable things will be destroyed in one hour in verses 10 and 17 and they will be no more on the earth for man to possess or to steal, rob, fight and kill for
.

Rev. Verse 15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing.                                                           

            These people are terrorized by what has happened so they keep their distance. 

Rev. Verse 16 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!

            The merchants are now mourning Babylon, their source of wealth and pleasure.

Rev. Verse 17 For in one hour so great and many riches has come to naught, and every shipmaster, and all the company of ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off. `    

            They would not come near, or offer to help for fear of the fire and smoke. All they could do is mourn the city’s burning and their misfortune.    [This could well be New York. It is sitting on the side of the sea. Bagdad Iraq which was formally Babylon is not anywhere near the sea. It only sits by a river. No other country fits the biblical description like the USA as you will see. 

Rev. Verse 18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, what city is like unto this great city! 

               Babylon was the city of great wealth, and was the main port of trade for the entire world. The destruction sounds like an atomic explosion, or maybe fire sent down from heaven by God but most likely a sneak atomic attack by their enemy Russia. 

Rev. Verse 19 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 she is made desolate. 

The preceding text and verses was self explanatory
. As the world weeps over the destruction of political Babylon the great, all heaven breaks fourth in praise and rejoicing;  
 
Rev. Verse 20 Rejoice over her thou heaven and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

              To this point there has been only one other command to rejoice in the Book of Revelation. All has been solemn and sad. At the destruction or overthrow of Babylon the great, the angelic beasts and all other angelic orders are told to praise the Lord. The Holy apostles and prophets are told to join them in their praise of God. Why? The chief enemy of the people has been destroyed. The world persecuted the prophets and the apostles, and the saints of God during every age. Sometimes great suffering was inflicted on them.
               [Hebrews 11: 35 to 38] 35-Some were tortured not accepting deliverance: that they might obtain a better resurrection:36- and others had trial of cruel mocking and scourging, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 37-They were stoned, they were sown asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins;38- being destitute, afflicted, tormented: they wandered in deserts, and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.                                         Now such oppression is finished forever! Babylon has fallen. Praise the Lord the world can no longer touch God’s people they are now safe in the arms of Jesus 

Verse 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 to be Christ. [Acts 4:11 states] Christ is the stone which was set at naught 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 states [Daniel 2:34] Thou sawest 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 also repeated in  {Daniel 2:44 and 45] 44-And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.45- 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. 

Rev. Verse 22 And the voice of harpers , and musicians, and of pipers, trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee: and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more in thee. 

                All entertainment, music, all crafts, all work of any kind will be stilled to start no more. All commerce will come to an end forever. Money will no longer exist, nor will plentiful food.  

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

               Lights are extinguished, marriages cease, and heartbreak inundates the land. No longer is there time for mirth, joy, love and romance, labor or pleasure of any kind, only sstrife. 

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

                The closing verses of chapter 18 reveals 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 use of drugs.—for by her sorceries were all nations deceived. [The word sorceries in this text come from the Greek word Pharmacia, translated pharmacy in English. Pharmacy has to do with drugs, and in this instance the term connotes [getting high on drugs] reason no [3] her hatred, and persecution of the people of God For in her were found the blood of prophets and saints, and all that were slain upon the earth.
               Who is Babylon the great?  A great many Bible scholars 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 Isaiah and Jeremiah it seems to be very conclusive.
               Consider the following: [Isaiah 18: 1, 2] Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia [2] That sendeth ambassadors by sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying go ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land and rivers have spoiled.
              This description amazingly resembles modern America. This nation [1] has the insignia of wings, similar our national emblem, the Bald Eagle. No other nation fits this category [2] It is a land that is beyond the sea from Israel [3] Is scattered and peeledmeaning it is widely spread out and has many nationalities and with a vast land area [4] it is meted out, or staked out by acres and miles; counties and states [5] it is a land whose rivers are spoiled or polluted.         
[Jeremiah 50:13] O thou that dwelleth upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness;                                                            
               [The many waters that America sits on are, The Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, the five great lakes, the Bering Sea, the Beaufort Sea, and Arctic Ocean; The USA is surrounded by more waters than any other country in the world except may be for an island, but they are surrou8nded by one body of water.      
                [Jeremiah 50:37] A sword is upon their horses, and upon their chariots, and upon all the mingled people that are in the midst of her; and they shall become as women: a sword is upon her treasures; and they shall be robbed [1]The USA is a nation of mingled peoples. (Many nationalities) 2 She is a nation whose mother shall be sorely confounded and who exists with the mother at the hour of her decline. [3] She dwelleth upon many waters. [4] Her wealth plagues the nations of the earth to the point of insane jealousy. [5] Her space exploits are so utterly fantastic that she tries to mount up unto heaven. [6] She exists when Israel is back in her land. [7] Her people are as women they are opposed to everything she tries to do and they do not agree with each other, and many are ungodly and evil. God pity America if this is her. It could well be. The USA is becoming evil now and will be much worse when all the churches are gone in the rapture and no more God fearing people are left in her. Who else could it be?               

                                                       CHAPTER 19

               Chapter 19 begins with a heavenly host singing an Alleluia chorus. This is a Hebrew word meaning “praise Jehovah” or “praise the Lord.” Chapter 19 of Revelation is the only place the term is mentioned in the New Testament, and it is mentioned four times here in the next six verses

Rev. Verse 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 political and religious Babylon is completed and they no longer exist he then hears the sound of a multitude conducting a praise and testimony session in heaven. 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 to earth with His saints. [4] The armies of the world are about to be demolished. [5] Swords will then be made into plow shares and spears into pruning hooks. (See Isaiah 2:4); [6] Christ will soon establish His millennial kingdom upon the earth. 

Rev. Verse 2 For true and righteous are his judgments: For He hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and avenged his servants at her hand.

Rev. Verse 3 And again they said Alleluia. And her smoke rose up forever and ever.

                The refrain is repeated as Gods 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 deluded into idolatry and slavery and evil.

Verse 4 And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshiped God that was on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.

                 At this point the four and twenty elders join the praise session. The world system that harassed and persecuted them has finally been judged. The four beasts, (cherubim and seraphim seen in chapter 4) also lend their voices in glorifying God. They are rejoicing the fact that they did not follow Lucifer, the head angel, and as 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 eternally damned.

Rev. Verse 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.

               The voice is undoubtedly an angel encouraging the heavenly host to continue the praise session. He is the celestial cheerleader at one of heaven greatest hours leading untold millions in the greatest praise session ever.
           
Rev. Verse 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 course as all heaven joins together in song. So many voices sound like mighty thunderings. Why not? The prayer of the ages, Thy kingdom come, is about to be answered. For the lord God Omnipotent [soon] reigneth. [Praise Jehovah].

Rev. Verse 7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come and his wife has made herself ready.

Rev. Verse 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 Christ returns to earth with his bride (the church), His honeymoon is launched for 1000 years. These verses are further proof that the rapture is a pre -Tribulation 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. A question; where has the church been during the Tribulation hour is described in chapters 6 through 18? The answer is heaven! The church was raptured in Revelation 4:1 and has not been mentioned again until this point – the time of the preparation of the wedding.
                 During the time the  earth dwellers suffered judgment from heaven, the bride was being investigated in heaven ,as per [2 Corinthians 5:10 states]: We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. [ 2 Corinthians continues 11:2] 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 [the years of service upon earth] this will be a time of humiliation. [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.
                Since we are betrothed to Christ from the moment of our conversion, until the rapture God commands that we live holy lives [1 peter 1:16] because it is written. Be ye holy; for I am holy.
               When we are called home in a “twinkling of an eye” the pre marital examination of our faithfulness will begin. It would be heartbreaking to hear Christ say, I have discovered a problem. This will be occurring while the Tribulation hour is being played out on earth.
                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.   
                At the judgment seat of Christ, every work, good or bad will be examined and judged. Then those works will be placed in the fires of testing. [1 Corinthians 3:14-15] 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]: yet he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire[or by the skin of his teeth with flames licking at his shirttail].
                The 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’ righteousness (good works) preformed on earth in honor of the lover of her soul.

Rev. Verse 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. Note that the bride and 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 those that stayed clean during the reign of Antichrist. [John 3:29] he that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoice greatly because of the bridegrooms voice: this  my joy thereof is fulfilled.                                                                                                                                  The bride is composed of all believers who become members of the body of Christ from the day of Pentecost until the Rapture. We now find the guests are those who trusted and turned to the Lord either prior to Pentecost or after the Rapture. The marriage takes place in heaven, but the reception will take place on earth. 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 reception and the Marriage Supper take place on earth. This is exactly what happens. The fact the marriage takes place in heaven and the supper takes place on earth is portrayed by the parable of the ten virgins
                  [Matthew 25:1,13]  1-Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened to ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2-And five of them were wise and five were foolish. 3-They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:4- But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.5- While the bridegroom tarried they all slumbered and slept. 6-And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold the bridegroom commeth; go ye out to meet him. 7-Then all the virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8-And the foolish said unto the wise, give us of your oil:. for our lamps are gone out.9- But the wise answered saying, not so; least there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.10- 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  11-Afterwards came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12-But he answered and said; verily I say unto you, I know you not.13- Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.                                                                                                            Notice that verse 6 of Matthew 25 states Behold the bridegroom Commeth; go ye out to meet him.                                                                                       
              The reason the emphasis is on the bridegroom instead of the bride, is because the Lord Jesus is the all and all. We would be nothing if it weren’t for Jesus.

Rev. Verse 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 prophesy. 

                  If there was any portion of the book of Revelations John would like to omit, this verse 10 would be it. He was so thrilled with the message the angel brought he started worshiping the angel, a created being. As John bowed to the angel, the angel cried “don’t do it” “Get up I am only a servant of God as you are.” John has learned a good lesson. Beware of any religion that reveres angels [Including the angel Maroni of Mormonism]. Such worship is wrong and God gets angry at such foolishness. [Colossians 2:18]Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshiping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind.   
                  It is obvious we are not to worship men, women, angels, or idols of any kind.
That leaves the Muslims in a world of hurt for they worship Allah a different god and to some extent they worship Mohamed a man.  

Rev. Verse 11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Frightful and True, and in righteousness he doeth judge and make war.

                 Christ is ready to crush the wicked men on earth this is His second coming to earth

Rev. Verse 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.

Rev. Verse 13 And he was clothed with his vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God 
                 These two verses describe the appearance of the mighty Christ.

Rev. Verse 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

                 Christ is now ready to crush those that make war on his people Israel

Rev. Verse 15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron:  and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.           

Rev. Verse 16 And he has on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

               These verses graphically portray the coming of Jesus Christ to earth. This event is called “The Revelation” because this is the moment the Lord reveals himself to the inhabitants of earth. The same scene was observed in chapter 11 verse 15 as well,. Remember chapter 12 through 19 simply repeat the material presented in chapter 6 through chapter 11.
                 For centuries peoples of the world have scoffed saying,” when is he going to come. We see no sign of him.” [2Peter 3:4] And saying, where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
                 Now all of a sudden the mocking ceases. Why? Breath taking signs accompany the one who sits on the white horse,--as he comes to judge and make war on the worlds armies.[Matthew 24:29 through 31] 29- Immediately after the Tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:30- Then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in the heaven: And then shall all the tribes on earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory,31-And he shall send his angels with a great sound of 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:
                  The scene before us is a literal event because John sees heaven opened.This is a wonderful event, because heaven’s door is only opened twice in the Book of Revelation---once in chapter 4 verses 1 and now in chapter 19 verse 11. Chapter 4 pictures the Rapture while chapter 19 pictures the Revelation (or the coming of Christ His physical return to earth). The door was opened in chapter 4 to receive the saved: now the door is opened again so that the saints can return to earth 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 rider in verse 12 has eyes …as a flame of fire, which are piercing and purging. He can see through the sham and hypocrisy of men. He also has a special name that will only be exposed at the hour of His return. Until then He alone knows the name and its meaning.
                  In verse 13 we see that the Lord wears his vesture dipped in blooda picture of the judgment He is bringing to earth. No one dare doubt that this is none other than Jesus Christ, for his name is called the Word of God. John was the only New Testament writer to use this term. [John 1:1 states] in the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God. Verse [14] adds And the word was made flesh!.      
                At this moment John sees Christ 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 on earth. They are the saints the church that was chosen in the rapture in chapter 4 verse 1. The bride of Christ who made herself ready, and wore fine linen clean and white; tens of thousands, even millions; the ones that escaped the Tribulation period, are now returning with the King for the conflict of Armageddon God will have no pity on these godless heathen that try to destroy his people. The millions that are with Him are the armies of heaven they are privileged to stand with him.

Rev. verse 15] 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.

                When Jesus comes to subject the earth dwellers, he does so with a sword in his mouth [The sword is nothing less than the word of God]
                We noticed in verse 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 the verses in the book of Daniel       [Daniel 2:34] Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out Without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and break them to pieces; This predicts that Jesus will pulverize 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, none other than Jesus Christ Himself. 

Rev. Verse 17And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the Great God.

Rev. Verse 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 spoils of Armageddon;

                The terrible scene described in these verses is the result of the horrible battle of Armageddon, which will be fought in the valley of Megiddo and Jehoshaphat at the end of the Tribulation period. Not the invasion of Russia on Israel, which battle will be fought during the mid point of the Tribulation period. When the Antichrist came to power he made a false peace pact with the nations. Then he caused it to be broken in the midst of the seven year period. At that point Russia invades the holy Israel, and most likely assisted by some of the Arab nations.                                  
                 See [Daniel 9:27]. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured  upon the desolate  Also see [Ezekiel 38:11] And thou shall say, I will go up to the land of wall-less villages; I will go to them that are at rest, they dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars or gates.
                  Prier to the appearing of the Antichrist in chapter 13, the nation of Israel is not at rest nor are they dwelling safely. The situation changes when the Antichrist comes to power, takes control and initiates his peace plan. Then Israel and the world proclaim peace.           [1 Thessalonians 5:3] For when they shall say peace and safety, then sudden destruction Commeth upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. Russia takes advantage of the situation and moves against Israel, for she is at rest. Moscow’s act of aggression proves to be fatal. God destroys all but a sixth of their mighty army and sends her fleeing to the northern most part of Russia or Siberia.
                 The following passage describes the preparation for the final battle, Armageddon [Joel 3:1,2,11-17] For behold in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, 2-I will also gather all nations, and bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them for my people and my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. 11-Assemble yourselves all you heathen, and gather your selves round about: thither cause the mighty ones to come down O Lord. 12-Let the heathen be weakened, and come up the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. 13-Put ye in the sickle for the harvest is ripe: come get you down: for the press is full, the vats overflow; for their wickedness is great.14- Multitudes in the valley of decision: 15-the sun and moon shall be darkened, and the stars will withdraw their shinning. 16-The lord shall also roar out of Zion and utter his voice out of Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the lord shall be the hope of his people, and the strength of the Children of Israel.17- So shall you know I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy and there shall no stranger pass through her any more.                                                                                               [Verses 14-20 of chapter 14 and verses 17-21 of chapter16 also have to do with the battle of Armageddon. Before the supper of the Lamb occurs, the supper of the Great God occurs. This occurs as the angel summons all the fowls, and Vultures together to feast at the battle of Armageddon. Finally the Antichrist who made life so miserable on earth and gave men the number of his name 666 is judged by God himself.
                Verse 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. Verse 20 And the beast was taken, and the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone
              What a just end for such evil men! Two world leaders, one political, one religious; one posing as God the other promotinghim; they have been found out their trickery is over. Satan has abandoned the Antichrist he has been cast into the pit, so they are now cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. The final home for all that hates God, and reject’s Christ. This will be for all eternity. A thousand years later Satan will join them, after being loosed from the pit, to run amuck for a short spell destroying as many souls as he can before his end comes, for he knows he has but a short while. Satan was cast into the pit when Christ took control of earth for his 1000 year reign. After his short sojourn he also knows he will be cast into the lake of fire. The antichrist still lived after Satan departed his body and he was most likely mentally deprived but aware of Satan’s presence and of the events concerning him at this point.   

Verse 21 And the remnant was slain with the sword of him that sat on the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
              When the battle was over not one evil doer was found alive. Not one was spared.

                                                   CHAPTER 20 
Chapter 20 introduces us to the most peaceful and beautiful period this world will ever see, the Millennium, or the thousand year reign of Christ. As King of kings and Lord of lords! [Isaiah 9:6, 7] He will sit on the throne of David in Jerusalem, and the government shall be upon his shoulders: and his name will be called wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting father. The prince of peace! Of the increase of his government   and peace there shall be no end.
               Those that deny the teaching of the thousand year reign of Christ on earth are in direct opposition to the word of God! Their claim that this teaching is built around one chapter in the Bible proves they are not students of Gods holy word. Many passages reflect and teach this fact.  
               First if Israel has no future then dozen’s of Old Testament prophecies go down the drain. For example, Genesis 49 and Deuteronomy 33 with all of their benedictions upon the people of Israel must be scrapped if there is no place on earth where they find fulfillment. To ignore the future of Israel is to be intellectually blind, or either a bigot. Or maybe a fool.      
               Secondly there must be a millennium, or scores of verses are meaningless such as!
1- The wolf shall also dwell with the lamb (as nature is tamed) Isaiah 11:6  
2- But they shall sit every man under his vine, and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid                              
3- Behold a King shall reign in righteousness! Isaiah 32:1           
4- And in the days of these kings will God in heaven set up a Kingdom, which shall never be destroyed and shall stand for ever.  Daniel 2:44
5- The Lord shall suddenly come to his temple. Malachi 3:1
6- Ezekiel describes this temple, built and located upon the earth [chapters 40 through 48] Israel will be the head, not the tail, of the nations in that day.
7 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.[Isaiah 65:21]  
                  The Lord Jesus referred to the time these events take place as the regeneration. [Matthew 19:28] Jesus said unto them verily I say unto you, That ye which hath followed me in the regeneration when the Son of Man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones Judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
                 Peter also declared [Acts 3: 20, 21] and God shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the time of restitution of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets of Israel.
                The word restitution, meaning giving back or paying for what has been lost or taken away:   Or a “reconstitution” or similar to the regeneration as in [Matthew 19:28] and in addition in [[Ephesians 1; 21] for above all principality, power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come. [That there is an age which is yet to come for the earth and it’s people.] [Ephesians 1:10]  That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him: 
                These things refer to things in Christ, and his people over all the earth. [not just angels as the spiritualists ] would have us believe. For angels to rule the earth is impossible [Hebrews 2:5] For unto the angels hath He put in subjection the world to come, where of we speak, instead [Daniel 4:17] this matter is by decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy one: to the intent that the living may know that the most High rules in the kingdom of men, and give it to whosoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.
               The most High God will also bear the title of the King of Israel. All upon earth shall obey Him for he shall [Psalm 2:9] break them with a rod of iron. [Psalm 100:3] The people will be willing in the day of thy power. The people will love the Lord Jesus so much during the Kingdom age that [Psalm 72:15] daily shall he be praised [Psalm 72:17] Yes, his name shall endure forever.
               The center of all this kingdom activity is no doubt Jerusalem, not heavens golden shores.[Proof :] [Psalm 2:6] Yet have I set my King upon the holy hill of Zion {Isaiah 2:3] Out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord out of Jerusalem [Isaiah 27:13]and they shall worship the Lord in the holy mount of Jerusalem [Joel 3:16] the lord shall roar out of Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem. [Zechariah 8:3] Thus saith the lord I will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem.[Zechariah 8: 22] Yea many people and many strong nations shall come to seek the lord in Jerusalem.
             The preceding evidence is proof enough! Only the spiritually blind could deny the fact of a millennium.Only the willfully ignorant can claim the millennium is based on only one chapter of the Bible. And should it be so based, which it is not, the Bible is still infallible and it still would be true.  Now since mille is the prefix for 1000 and annum means annually let us start our study of the mille annum or millennium, or thousand year reign of Christ.

Rev. Verse 1 And I saw an angel come down from Heaven having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.                     

Rev. Verse 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years

Rev. Verse 3 And cast him in the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years be fulfilled, and after that he must be loosed a little season.  
 
                 What a wonderful sight John sees, an angel coming from heaven with the keys to the bottomless pit and a great chain. John sees Satan chained and thrust back in the pit, and the pit sealed for one thousand years. Satan can no longer harm mankind while he is bound. He has had his ego completely squashed and his anger will build to a crescendo during the thousand year imprisonment. The angel might well be Jesus Himself since he has the keys to hell and death, which he earned by his suffering on the cross at Calvary. Remember his statement in [chapter 1 verse 18] I am He that liveth and was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore and have the keys to hell and death.
               What terrible names the evil one bears. Dragon in Hebrew depicts a hideous monster. The term old serpent portrays a slithering snake that brought ruination on the entire human race through his deceitful work in the Garden of Eden. Satan means slander, for he is the accuser of the brethren. Devil means adversary or foe. He has been a foe of Christ until now. No longer; he is in the bottomless pit where he can do no harm, and will remain there for a thousand years, only to be released for a short season to wreak havoc on the earth, and lead one final revolt against the Lord. He will have thousands of rebels in his army when he attacks Jerusalem, but God sends fire from heaven and destroys the entire army. Jesus then throws Satan in the lake of fire and brimstone where he will remain for eternity, the slain army also accompanies him.       
                The bottomless pit is not the lake of fire where the False prophet and the beast, “antichrist” was cast in chapter [19 verse 20]. Rather it is a temporary prison where Satan will be incarcerated for ten centuries. In order that peace, prosperity, happiness, and holiness may exist on earth during Christ’s millennial reign. There will still be human beings living on earth and multiplying. Why will Satan be released after the millennium for a short spell? Because it is to give the people born during the 1000 years millennium the right to make a choice of who they will serve, Jesus or Satan. Jesus wants to weed out the Goats from the sheep.     

Rev. Verse 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not 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. 
                        
                John now sees thrones now occupied for judgment. Who sits on the thrones? They were members of the first resurrection, which includes the Old Testament saints, church age saints, and Tribulation saints. The Old Testament believers are described in [Daniel 12 : 1 & 2]. And the resurrection of New Testament saints is described in [1 Thessalonians 4:16 &18 and 1 Corinthians 15:15-54]  
               As we have seen the resurrection of the martyred Tribulation saints undoubtedly occurs at the glorious appearing of Christ [Titus 2:13] when He returns to earth. [Chapter 6 verses 9 through 11]  presented this view. At that point these martyrs were told to wait yet a little season until their fellow servants and their brethren should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled, and in heaven. 
              Thus we see the thrones are occupied by resurrected believers from Adams day onward, including the Tribulation Martyrs. Each has been a participant in the first Resurrection. These saints are entitled to sit upon thrones because they are members of the royal priesthood.[1 Peter 2:9] Christ has made them Kings and priests [chapter 5 verse 10] .

Rev. Verse 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished this is the first resurrection.

                The closing sentence of this verse; the first resurrection, should have been the conclusion of verse 4,so verse 5 would then be. And they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years [this is the first resurrection]. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This somewhat clarifies the issue of the dead in verse 5. They were raised one thousand years later and could not be part of the first resurrection [those of verse 4] or Rapture.

Verse 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.    

              Since the remaining dead are not raised until a thousand years later, they are still in the grave.These individuals will be raised, to face the white throne of judgment. While those that took part in the first resurrection will reign with Christ for a thousand years. Those still in the grave are the ones that died while rejecting Christ they died in their sins.   

Verse 7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison.

Verse 8 And shall go out to deceive the nations, which are in the four corners of the earth. Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of which is as the sand of the sea.

Verse 9 And they went upon the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from heaven and devoured them.

                This portion of scripture has caused many people great concern. They ask, “why should Satan be loosed a short season? What purpose could God have in unchaining this monster after having one thousand years of peace?” The answer, the free will of man; Man can choose his own destiny without force from God.
                 All persons who enter the millennium are redeemed people, they are the ones who survived the beast and his mark by eking out a living and staying out of the way of the evil ones.[Isaiah 60:21 and Joel 2:28]  however one must remember that the bearing of children will still takes place during the thousand years of peace, because survivors are still in human form. The people upon thrones have resurrected bodies and do not bear children. Therefore children will be born to the survivors. Those born during the millennium will still have the old Adam like sinful nature which has been an inherent part of man since the fall of Adam and Eve. Many of them accept Christ as their Savior, but many do not. With Satan bound they have little to tempt them. They do not face the problems man faced before the Rapture. Satan’s release is Gods way of testing these children of the millennium to see if they are faithful or have been submissive only because Christ ruled with a rod of iron.  
                  The terrible and sad truth is revealed, when millions rebel, even after living with the Lord Jesus Christ’s benevolent rule, much of mankind follows Satan. He has used his evil charisma to fool millions once again; people will be led to their ultimate doom by this wicked demon Satan. This is Satan’s revenge on Christ. Satan knows he has but a little time and intends to make the most of it by destroying as many of the millennial children as he can dupe.
                Satan has good success. He gathers all that he can deceive together into a mighty army for the last battle to be fought on the earth even though he knows it is a futile jester he only does this for revenge. This is like the way armies did during the Tribulation period [see Zechariah 14:1] Behold the day of the Lord Commeth, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
                 When this army is fully in place around Jerusalem, then in an instant God sends Fire from heaven and destroys them all. This will be Satan’s last attempt to destroy Israel. This will also send a large multitude of people into the lake of fire. All the rebellious people will have no other chance. There will be no other last battle on earth. No more war on earth forever.

Rev. Verse 10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever.

               This is the end of the deceiver of the ages. He is cast in the place prepared for the devil and his angels [Matthew 25:41] It took several thousand years for this old scourge of mankind to finally reach his final destination. He will experience nothing but continual torment forever, day and night.
            Many people think of hell including some uninformed Christians as a place where a little red suited Gremlin with a pitchfork torments his victims and stokes the fires to keep them hot. Satan does neither. He only enters hell when the millennium is complete, and also suffers the same punishment as all the other sinners do. He has received his just deserves.

Rev. Verse 11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heavens fled away; and there was found no place for them.

Rev. Verse 12 and I saw the dead small and great, stood before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things that were written in the books, according to their works. 

Rev, Verse 13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead who were in them: and they were judged every man according to his works.

Rev. Verse 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Rev. Verse 15 And whosoever not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

                Again John says, I saw. This term is found thirty seven times in this book. What a privilege he had! This time he views the gloomiest hour of world history. The judgment of the wicked, as well as Christ sitting on a white throne; White is the symbol of purity, justice, and Holiness in Scripture.
                 How does one know that the tender loving Jesus is the one sitting on the white throne as judge? The answer is found in [John 5:22] for the Father Judges no man, but has committed all judgment unto the Son. [Acts 17:31] for He hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men in that hath raised from the dead. The moment has come every transgressor is present: paupers and presidents alike, high society snobs and skid row derelicts Hitler’s and Muslim’s . Yes this group includes every Christ rejecter of the ages, small and great, rich and poor, free and bond. [John 5:28 &29] Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good to the resurrection of life and they that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation. Make no mistake about it there shall be a resurrection of the dead both just and unjust. [Acts 24: 14 -15] But this I confess unto thee, that after the way they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things written in the law and in the prophets: [15] And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.
              As the unsaved stand before a Holy God the books are opened. Yes, he has a record of every evil deed sinners have ever committed. Nothing remains hidden. Adultery, abortion, drunkenness, drug addiction, sexual promiscuity, wife swapping, harlotry, hatred, murder, rebellion, homosexuality, and every abominable practice are exposed in every detail.
              How can this be possible? Reasons are God is both omniscient [all knowing] and omnipotent [all powerful] omnipresent [everywhere at all times] God knows everything about every member of the human race. God adds I know everything that comes into your minds every one of them [Ezekiel 11:5] I know the things that come into your mind every one of them. [2 Peter 2:14]  I know when you have eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin [Matthew 15:19] for out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornication, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies.
Gods Books will be totally accurate because he sees every move humans make. [2 Chronicles 16:9] The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth. [Hebrews 4:13] All things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him whom we do have to do.
               That aborted fetus flushed into oblivion or parts sold, that illicit sex act in a parked car or motel room, that drug deal, that lustful look; everything is indelibly inscribed in the journal of the Almighty. You cannot hide from God no matter how hard you try. Your sins will find you out. No mistake will be made, for the dead will be judged out of the things written in the books according to their works. We also see that all unbelievers will be present; they will come forth from the sea and the land and Hades. Then body and soul come together to stand before God.
               Many never realized there would be a time when the wicked would be released from hell. This is not a new doctrine or manmade theory. Let us examine a few facts regarding this teaching. It is best to accept Christ as savior and not be found written in the book as evil.
The New Testament contains two Greek words, Hades and Gahanna both of which are translated hell in our English Bible. The Lord Jesus Christ used both words many times. Why two words? Are there two places? Yes! A simple illustration will help us understand.
               `Everyone knows the difference in a local Jail and a Penitentiary. When someone is arrested for a crime he is placed in the local jail to await trial. Then if convicted he is transferred to the penitentiary where he will serve his sentence. The next statement is important. When Jesus used the word Hades, He referred to the local jail, the place where the sinner is bound until judgment day. Then on judgment day the sinner comes out of Hades, stands before the Great White Throne of Judgment, then if found guilty he is sent to Gahanna (the lake of fire).hell.                       
               The eleven instances where Jesus mentions Hades are: [Matthew 11:23 & 16: 18 ] [Luke 10:15 &16:22,23] [ Acts 2:27 &2:31] [1 Corinthians 15:55] and [Revelation 1:18 6:8, 20:13 20:14] Gahanna is mentioned twelve times [Matthew 5:22, 5:29,5:30, 10:28, 18:9, 23:15, 23:33] [ Mark 9:43, 9:45, 9:47] [ Luke 12:5] and [ James 3:6].                   
                  After studying the above texts one can understand verses 13 and 14 of our present study! They now make perfect sense: Death [the grave] and [Hades] hell delivered up the dead which were in them. The plural pronoun “them” indicates two places: the grave and Hades; one for the body the  gravethe other for the soul Hades. Next they were judged every man according to his works (that’s the trial). Then death and Hades are cast into the lake of fire [Gahanna the final penitentiary]
                 If one is saved and knows Jesus he need never be concerned about hell as his final destination. For he that believeth in Christ is not condemned [John 3:18]
               The great judgment is only for those that participate in the final resurrection which occurs after the final 1000 year Millennium reign of Christ on earth. Those who were raised prior to the millennium are eternally secure. For blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power.   

                                                 CHAPTER 21                                                                                
                The final two chapters of Revelations present the glorious future which awaits every believer of all dispensations and ages. The eternal state of both the saved and lost are described in the first eight verses of chapter 21. In addition verses 9 through 27 present a description of the New Jerusalem which is to come.

Rev. Verse 1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.   
[Oceans have been eradicated after the Millennium]

Most likely for the extra land area to serve the multitudes of saved saints:
                 The passing away of the first heaven and earth occurred at the conclusion of the great white throne judgment. This was part of the renovation of the world which Jesus predicted in [Matthew 24:35] when he said Heaven and earth shall pass away. The time and method are described in [2 Peter 3:7,10-13] The heavens and the earth ,which are now, by the same word are kept in store,  reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.10- But the day of the lord shall come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, and the earth also and the works therein shall be burned up.11- Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of person ought ye to be in all holy conversation and Godliness,12- looking for the hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13-Nevertheless according to His promise look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
                In the new world the sea is eliminated, probably because of its connotation with wickedness:  [Isaiah 57:20] the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.  Another reason may be that oceanic vegetation is no longer needed but the land area is.

Rev. Verse 2 And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

               Two Jerusalem’s are mentioned in Scripture [see Galatians 4:25 ,26 and Hebrews 12:22] one is earthly and the home of the believers during the millennium period. The other is heavenly. The New Jerusalem, or celestial city, hovers over earth during the thousand year millennial reign of Christ, and then becomes situated on earth eternally after the thousand year period. [Revelation 21:8 follows 21:9-22:15:1] This is one time the chronological outline of the book of Revelations is different. The New Jerusalem is undoubtedly the one Christ has been preparing for 2000 years, for the Savior said in [John 14:2] I go to prepare a place for you. This magnificent masterpiece is now descending toward earth.
           
Rev. Verse 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.

                 To this time Gods tabernacle has been located in heaven. Now it is being moved to the earth. The Almighty descends to earth with His heavenly entourage, settling in New Jerusalem to begin His rule from this satellite city. The redeemed in their new bodies live in New Jerusalem also. Those with bodies of flesh, those whom were born and saved during the millennial hour, enter the eternal state with their natural bodies, but they live on earth, in and under the light of the holy city. [see chapter21;24]. The true beauty of the entire scene is that God dwells in the midst of his people, for a voice cries; Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them, and be their God.
                 Another glorified fact is that believers with their glorified bodies will be able to travel as fast as the speed of light or faster, yes, as fast as their thoughts.

Rev. Verse 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow; nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.             (Seems to good to be true but is)

                This verse should be a favorite among Gods people; Pain, sorrow, crying, and death are forever eliminated in this land of eternal life. No wonder the redeemed are able to shout     [1 Corinthians 15:55] O death where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory?Never again will a funeral procession take place, for death the last enemy will have been destroyed. Everything associated with death will have been destroyed for all time and eternity.
                Although these truths are wonderful in themselves, the greatest fact is that the Lords people see His face [see chapter 22 verse 4]. Also all sin has ceased to exist because Satan is eternally incarcerated in Gahanna the lake of fire.  A new day and a new heaven suspended above a new earth have arrived because…

Rev. Verse 5 He that sat upon the throne said. Behold I made everything new: And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

Rev. Verse 6 And He said unto me. It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the foundation of the water of life freely

       
                God speaks to John saying, it is done. As Christ completed his redemptive work for sinners on the cross He cried “it is finished”. Now God, who has made all things new again announces, “It is finished, or done.” His will has been accomplished through Jesus Christ. Mainly that the earth should be free from the curse of sin, and that its inhabitants should be conformed to His very likeness. This has happened. It is done God ads. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. Alpha and Omega is the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Hence the explanation, the beginning and the end what does it mean? In Christ all creation began without sin. [see Colossians 1:15-19] Who is the image of the invisible God, the first born of every creature:
                For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, or that are on the earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:… And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist….And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the first born from the dead; that in all things He might have preeminence….For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell.  Now, in Christ it has ended without sin.
                 In this glorious city … New Jerusalem… the spiritual thirst of Gods people is also satisfied forever. While on earth Jesus said to the woman of Samaria. [John 4:13,14] Whosoever drinketh of this water [ the natural water well]shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water I give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. That time has come, and God states: I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the living water of life freely: It is yours to possess throughout the ages.     Also the tree of life and its fruit.
                 However, make no mistake about it. The eternal prize of being in the presence of God in the New Jerusalem, where there is no more death, sorrow, pain, crying, or thirst, is only for those that trust in the merits of the shed blood of Christ.  Believe in Christ and be saved.                             

Rev. Verse 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he will be my son.

                  The over comer is he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God and accepts Him as his Savior and abandon’s his sinful ways forever with His help.
                                                               
Rev. Verse 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, the idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

             The text plainly states that those that were condemned at the judgment of chapter 20 verses 11-15 have been cast into the lake of fire, or Gahanna.  They were given no second chance. Those who stood before Gods Great White Throne did not make it. Who were they?   
The fearful- Are those who rejected Christ to escape the ridicule of their fellow man.
The unbelieving- Are those who rejected Christ, and the shed blood to gain everlasting life the atheist.The abominable –Are those who engage in wicked practices, but are hypocrites.
Murderers- 1 John 3:15 whosoever hates his brother is a murderer, no murderer hath eternal life.
Whoremongers, Are engagers in fornication, adultery, or any other form of perverted sex.
Sorcerers-Are those who use drugs for “kicks’ and “highs” and see visions during stupors, also alcoholics or drunkards. They are also peddlers of drugs and alcohol.  
Idolatersand worshipers of idols or images, money, or anything but the Living God:
Liars-are those who deceive, distort the truth, or bear false witness. Some ministers falsely say the second death is being cast into a state of nothingness or eternal sleep. 

Rev. Verse 9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lambs wife.

                 One of the angels now speaks to John, saying come here I will show you the Lamb’s wife. The one who made herself ready in fine linen clean and white [chapter 19 verses 7, 8] and who returns with Christ for the 1000 year honeymoon: [19: 11 through 16] At this point the bride is envisioned in her final resting place.

Rev. Verse 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.

The bride is pictured as the city of the New Jerusalem because a city is composed of people. Buildings, streets, and light are but aids to the residents. He describes the city as…
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Rev. Verse 11 Having the glory of God and her light was like a stone most precious, even like a Jasper stone, clear as crystal.

Rev. Verse 12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of Israel:

Rev. Verse 13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.     

Rev. Verse 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the name of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

                 In Bible times walls were erected for protection. However, since war is forever finished, one may question the presence of this wall in the New Jerusalem? It serves as a reminder that the God of love protected his people while on earth.
                 The city has twelve gates each inscribed with one of the names of the twelve tribes of the Children of Israel.
                  The gates are staffed with twelve angels who welcome those who have the right and privilege of entering the city.                                    [chapter  22:14]                                                                     The angels standing at these portals may be the same angels that worked jointly with the twelve tribes while they sojourned while on earth in the wilderness. We also note the walls have the names of the twelve apostles who served Christ while on earth. Now let’s consider the size of the city.

Rev. Verse 15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.

Rev. Verse 16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs, the length and the breadth and height of it are equal

Rev. Verse 17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is of the angel.

                The angel measures the city with a golden reed, since the streets are pure gold and the city is pure gold as well [21: 18] a golden yard stick is appropriate. [It’s a good thing that thieves are excluded ….1 Corinthians 6:10 otherwise the streets would disappear piece by piece. Talk about pot holes they would be plentiful.   
                 Verse 16 tells that the New Jerusalem is foursquare in shape. The city is a perfect cube, because, its width, length, and height are equal. The city being twelve thousand furlongs is gigantic. It is 1500 miles square placed over the U.S.A. it would extend from the northern most point in Maine to southern most point in Florida, and from the eastern sea cost to Colorado. [a pretty good size village]. It will hold all the saved from Adam’s time until the end times and not be crowded.
                Because it also extends 1500 miles upward into space, it could contain every person ever born, plus additional billions as well [I’d hate to see the city map but you would certainly need one] If you lived on the top floor you would hope the elevgators never failed. Now let us look at the beauty of God’s holy city.    

Rev. Verse 18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass

Rev. Verse 19 And the foundation of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second sapphire; the third a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;

Rev. Verse 20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, Sardis; the seventh, chrysolite; the eight, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.     

Rev. Verse 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gates were of one pearl: and the street of the city was of pure gold, as it was transparent glass.

                   The gates of the city are made of one pearl each, (I would like to see the oysters those pearls came from) hence the term the pearly gates. The first wall of jasper represents Christ in all His radiant glory, surrounding His saints. Next the pure gold typifies the righteousness of Gods holy nature, and then the precious colorful stones picture the Lords attributes as well as various aspects of his redemptive work.          
               Imagine what it will be like when  the light of the city is the Lord Jesus Christ [verse 23] when Johns vision becomes a reality, we will understand the term THE GLORY OF GOD!
 The beautiful city also picture the saints of all ages joined together in love for the names of the twelve tribes of Israel are joined with the names of the apostles. This means all of Gods people have finally been joined together in one brotherhood. There will no longer be different denominations. Instead we will all be united brethren!

Rev. Verse 22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb is the temple of it

               On earth God always had a temple or dwelling place, where men could come to worship and commune with Him. Such a place is no longer needed for God is now with men. He has chosen to dwell with them. “Hallelujah” He is the temple.

Rev. Verse 23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light there of.     (No heating or air conditioning needed.)

               While on earth Jesus said [John 8:12 I am the light of the world. 12]  Now in the eternal city, Christ in all His glory shines forth so brightly that there can be no darkness. There will never be any night there.

Rev. Verse 24 And the nations of them that are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour to it.  

Rev. Verse 25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

Rev. Verse 26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.

                  These verses undoubtedly picture the multitudes that came through the millennium as born again regenerated believers. They did not follow Satan in the final rebellion upon his release from the Bottomless pit. They have entered the eternal state in bodies of flesh. Their rulers Kings and presidents are also in bodies of flesh, they bring their glory and honour into the New Jerusalem as well. They come to praise Him, the King of Kings. They have no fear, God is present, and Satan is destroyed. Temptation is past so the gates of the city are never closed. Security is needless.  

Rev. Verse 27 And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh Abomination, nor maketh a lie: but they which are written the Lamb’s book of life.

                                                       CHAPTER 22                                  
                   The closing chapter of Revelation continues our “sightseeing tour” of New Jerusalem and explains that no sin will ever enter the city. In fact only those which possess the righteousness of Christ may enter the city.

Rev. Verse 1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and the Lamb.

Rev. Verse 2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manners of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 
          
                   In our new glorified bodies as inhabitants of the Holy city, we will still enjoy the habit of eating. Remember Jesus ate in his glorified body just before returning to the father. [See Luke 24:43]
We will also enjoy drinking the purest water we ever drank, direct from the throne of God. Pollution has become nonexistent.
                 When Adam and Eve sinned by eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge [Genesis 2:17] God drove them out of the Garden of Eden. He stationed an angel at the entrance to keep them from returning and eating fruit from the tree of life, lest they eat and live eternally in their sinful state.
                  Now a new day has dawned. The saints are in the very presence of God, and may eat of the tree of life to their hearts content. This tree may play a part in ones continued existence, for even the leaves contain healing for the nations living under the light of the city. Since there is no sickness sorrow or pain true healing is unnecessary because eternal health is for all.

Rev. Verse 3 And there shall be no more curses: but the throne of God and the Lamb shall be in it: and His servants shall serve Him.

                   The curse which originated in the Garden of Eden and was partially removed during the Millennium is now obliterated forever, and that is the sinful nature of man.

Rev. Verse 4 And they shall see his Face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

                   We will be privileged to view the countenance of our Savior’s face daily as we live in His presence forever and ever.


                    When we look at the One that is altogether lovely and He in turn, looks at us, He will see his name inscribed upon our foreheads. This is our seal of eternal ownership! We belong to Jesus.

Rev. Verse 5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun: for the Lord giveth them light: and they shall reign, forever and ever

                  Because Christ in all His glory illuminates the city and its inhabitants -- No other form of light is needed. Even the sun which warmed the earth for so many centuries is no longer needed. The warmth of the love of God shines upon his people for the ages of ages in this land of eternal day. There shall be no hunger nor thirst nor homeless derelicts or disabled or any form of illness.

Rev. Verse 6 And he said unto me, these sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to show unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

                   At this point the angel tells John the reason God allows him to experience this vision of the Revelation. He says, “The God of the holy prophets who is true and cannot lie, sent me to tell you that the things you have heard and seen must come to pass speedily.

Rev. Verse 7 Behold I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophesy of this book.

                    In verse 6 our Lord told John that the things written in this Book of Revelations must shortly be done “or come to pass speedily.”  Then he adds in verse 7, Behold I come quickly.(or speedily). The term speedily is not used in relationship to hours, days, or even years. Rather it speaks of a series of events happening in rapid succession once they begin. In other words when things begin to come to pass (see Luke 21:28). When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. The signs and events will fall into place so quickly –one after another- that a state of preparedness should be maintained. Hence, the abomination: Blessed is he that keepeth the Sayings of the prophecies of this book: Such an individual will be ready for the Lords return. That also means Revelation is an understandable book not a mysterious confusing book as some say..            

Rev. Verse 8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which showed me these things:

Rev. Verse 9 Then saith he to me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren the prophets and of them that keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

John made the mistake of bowing before an ange
l, a created being and being rebuked in chapter 19 verses, 10. Now he does it again! Fortunately we have a God of love. He is willing to forgive the same mistake. [Matthew 18:22] seventy times seven; only by his grace, love, compassion, and forgiveness are any of us able to continue.   

Rev. Verse 10 And he saith unto me, seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.



                   In 1947 Israel became a nation following God’s revelation to the prophet Daniel whom He instructed to seal the book until the time of the end which was now. John was not to seal Revelation as some think. Revelation is explained continually throughout all the scriptures.
                     People are to be made aware of the future. They must learn the history of the churches and the plan of the ages. Then as they live in these perilous periods of time, they will understand Gods program. They will also realize once events begin they will speedily come to pass. Therefore do not seal the prophecy of this book. Those ministers of Gods word that says Revelation is a mystery are wrong.  The Holy Bible explains itself if you take time to look as you will see from this study. Ministers that fail to preach on Revelation are slighting their flock.    
                     Our study of Revelation has revealed that the Rapture, the Tribulation, and the Great white Throne of Judgment will come to pass sooner than most people think. They don’t have forever for the time is near at hand. Some will ask Christ to save them, while others will continue to harden their hearts. Ones acceptance or rejection of Gods truth and the Lord Jesus Christ as ones personal Savior will determine where one spends eternity and where one will be forever.

Rev. Verse 11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he who is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

                   Choose today what and where you will be eternally. There are no second chances. Once death claim’s you it will be too late. No priest can pray you out of Hell as some believe.
           
Rev. Verse 12 And Behold, I come quickly, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give ever man according as his work shall be..

                   God’s prophetic time clock is ticking and every event will surely and speedily come to pass. The first event was the reestablishment of Israel as a nation in 1947. This event unsealed the book of Daniel which made no sense without a nation of Israel in existence and with Daniel open it helped in the understanding of the book of Revelation, God’s timetable.  

Rev. Verse 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

                   God is saying I will finish the work of redemption which I began. If you receive the gospel invitation you should be happy and grab the chance. Don’t let it pass you by, you may have no other chance Satan wants your soul and will do anything he can to get it.

Rev. Verse 14 Blessed are they that do His commandments that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates of the city.

                   This verse should probably be stated: Blessed are those who wash their robes in the blood of Jesus, for keeping His commandments. Works alone are not enough to get you there. If you wash your robe in the blood of the Lamb you will have the right to enter the Holy City for Jesus is the Light and the way, there is no other way except through Jesus, don’t believe those that say good works is all you need they are liars. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved,  

Rev, Verse 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murders, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

                   This is the crowd pictured in Revelation [21:8]. Both verses speak of individuals who lack


the New birth experience, the only way one can become a new creature in Christ Jesus. There is absolutely no doubt about the destiny of those who reject God’s message and the truths revealed in the Book of Revelation. 

Rev. Verse 16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root of the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The message of the revelation is true because Christ started it and guarantees it. Who would dare question Him? In this verse, the Lord also calls himself the root of the offspring of David. As the root, he is David’s Lord. As his offspring, He is David’s son, the incarnate Christ. [Matthew 22: 41-46] 41-While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them…42- Saying what think ye of Christ? Whose son is he? They say unto him, the son of David …43-He saith unto them, How does David in spirit calls him Lord, saying…44- The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool…45-If David then calls him Lord, how is he his son.46- And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any questions.       
            This is a beautiful picture of the God-man, the Lord Jesus Christ; Jesus is also the bright and morning star. Listen closely. This is very important. This is deeply moving. God so loves sinners that his compassionate heart must extend the gospel call one last time before the book closes. Oh, that modern day ministers were as evangelistic as the Heavenly Father! Hear him in the next verse.

Rev. Verse 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, come. And let him that heareth say, Come, and let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will. Let him take the water of life freely                                  In this text God says Believe in Me; come to Me. Invite Me into your heart and life. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose. Everyone and everything is pulling for you: 1- The Holy Spirit Is 2- The bride of Christ Is 3- everyone who ever heard and believed is 4- The glorious city where the Bride of Christ dwells is saying, Don’t you want me for your eternal home ?  5- Your own spiritual thirst is crying out, I want to be satisfied. Also 5 Many loved ones who have been praying for you to give your heart to the Lord, and are still praying for you. Why not come and drink? The water of life is free. It is without cost or obligation to everyone and whosoever will, may come. It’s easy all you have to do is believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and ask for forgiveness.

Rev. Verse 18 For I testify to every man who heareth the words of the prophesy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are in this book.

Rev. Verse 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of His prophesy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life and out of the holy city, and from the things that are written in this book
                What a strong judgmental warning! What a serious admonition from the Almighty to take the Book of Revelation seriously! God always means what He says and definitely says what He means man cannot change Gods word to try to do so is Blasphemy.

 Rev. Verse 20 He which testified these things saith. Surely I come quickly. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

                 God’s last promise as this Book of Revelation is closed. Surely I come quickly. When one sees the beginning of these events and the rapid succession of signs, Jesus will come quickly or suddenly. The response of his people is: Amen. This expression literally means, so be it [Jeremiah 11:5] and they immediately add, Even so come Lord Jesus.
                
Rev. Verse 21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people  Amen.

 The final message to the church is that our Lord will return. Until that glorious event takes place and He calls us to Himself, in the twinkling of an eye. Be watchful for every born again child of God reflects the benediction of this blessed Book, and for the unsaved, pray they accept Jesus.

 Verse 21    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all Amen.
This verse 21 is the final verse of the book of Revelation I hope Revelation has been read and studied so as to get the full meaning of its words according to the book of Daniel and the book of Ezekiel and their Revealing of our time here on earth which is rapidly drawing to a close. Keep an eye on the news from the Middle East that’s where all the trouble starts and it seem to have already started as of 2015 Terrorism is worldwide and increasing daily, wars are numerous, man has almost destroyed the beautiful earth’s climate, Christianity is under attack by Islam, churches burned, or closed due to poor attendance or bought and converted into Muslim Mosques Christians are being beheaded in many Muslim nations. The new nation of Israel is constantly under attack by Arab extremists and its existence not accepted by many Arabs countries. Nations including the U.S. are abandoning God and His laws creating their own feel god anything goes laws permitting everything the bible says God despises such as abortion and homosexual marriages in many of the so-called civilized nations.  Including hiding His Cross and Ten Commandments or removing them entirely from public places. We are also raising a Godless generation in this nation and others by removing or mentioning anything biblical in all public schools or places, and punishing those that do mention Jesus. The end time signs are increasing every day keep your eye on the eastern sky. Some sports stadiums and school have even banned the singing of God Bless America at sport events, or anything that mentions God.