The People’s Revelation Chapter 13:What WAS the Mark, the Number and the Name of the Beast?

Number of the Beast 666
He who has wisdom can count the
number of the beast, and it is 666

13 And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. 2The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. 3One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. 4Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?”

5The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. 6He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast-all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.

9He who has an ear, let him hear.

10If anyone is to go into captivity,

into captivity he will go.

If anyone is to be killed with the sword,

with the sword he will be killed.

This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.

11Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. 12He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.

13And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. 14Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.

18This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.

INTRODUCTION

In chapter 11, John gave us an account of the witnesses of Jesus, the Word of God, from the time it was all completed and brought into one volume, to the time it was restored to the Lord’s people after lying dead (in dead languages) for 1260 years (chapter 11). In chapter 12, he gave us an account of the church in the wilderness (during the time the Bible was not used as a measure) for 1260 years. Now, he gives us a perfect view of the power that put down the Word of God and drove the church into the wilderness. He speaks of the power that was to wear out the saints, war against the Word of God, blaspheme the God of heaven, the tabernacle (church) and them that dwell therein, and compel the world to worship him.

The word “sea” is a symbol of the religious or Christian world. He sees a beast rise up out of the sea. This beast comes up out of the religious part of humanity. This beast is a kingdom. We know this for certain because the seventh chapter of Daniel says it was. This beast has the same number of heads and horns as the red dragon that made war on the woman, chapter 12. But the red dragon gave his seat (ROME) and power (OF THE SWORD) and great authority (OF THE CAESARS) to the beast that came up out of the religious world. This second beast is spotted. It is both political and religious. He has the three-fold appearance of the leopard, bear and lion. He is characterized by strength, thirst for blood, destructiveness.

This beast is the last part of the Roman Empire that drew the third part of the stars of heaven (illustrious men of the church) and cast them down to the earth (worldliness) again. It is the Papal power that grew up out of the Pagan form of Roman Government. Proof of this is: the dragon gave him his seat, power and authority. Now let us sum it up: the two witnesses lay dead (in dead languages) 1260 years. The woman was in the wilderness 1260 years. The measuring rod was not used for 1260 years. This beast had power to blaspheme and persecute for 1260 years.

The very constitution of the Catholic Church proves its Pagan origin and nature. Most of the doctrines and practices of present day Catholics are little more than a revamping of ancient heathenism.

The beast exists now. Many honest Christians who are now involved with it will soon learn the facts about it. God says “come out of her my people”. It has characteristics of the four beasts (nations) which existed before it. Let’s take a look at them.

The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. Rev. 13:2

What nations are these? The Bible tells us who they are.

The four great beasts are four kingdoms that will rise from the earth. Daniel 7:17

These are the four world empires, ruling consecutively from the time of Daniel down to the time of the fall of Rome. They are Babylon (605 – 538 B.C.), Medo Persia (538 – 331 B.C.), Greece (331 – 168 B.C.), and Rome (168 – 476 A.D.). For a more complete picture Danial said:

In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea. The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a man, and the heart of a man was given to it. And there before me was a second beast, which looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, ‘Get up and eat your fill of flesh!’ After that, I looked, and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard. And on its back it had four wings like those of a bird. This beast had four heads, and it was given authority to rule. After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast-terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns. While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully. Daniel 7:2-8

Wow! What a picture:

THE LION — BABYLON THE BEAR — MEDO PERSIA THE LEOPARD — GREECE

THE TERRIBLE BEAST — ROME

Babylon which is represented by the two-winged lion, ruled the world when Daniel was alive. Today, in the ruins of ancient Babylon can still be seen broken statues of lions with two wings. The lion was a fit symbol of Babylon. The two wings tell us of the swiftness in which the “golden kingdom” conquered the civilized world of that time. The rulers of ancient Babylon claimed worship from its subjects. So also does Rome demand worship from its followers.

What about the next Kingdom? The history of how Medo Persia conquered Babylon is laid out in book 6 chapter 32 of Cyclopedia Universal History. Medo Persia took over on that terrible night when King Belshazzar, the last king of Babylon, half drunk, threw a party for a thousand of his lords and drank from the sacred vessels from the temple of God. That was the last straw. Belshazzar’s knees knocked together in fear as he watched a bloodless hand trace his doom upon the palace wall. Here is the description of that fearful night:

King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his nobles and drank wine with them. While Belshazzar was drinking his wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them. So they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken from the temple of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them. As they drank the wine, they praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone. Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. Daniel 5:1-5

Old Belshazzar is paralyzed with fear. He calls in all the “astrologers, the Chaldeans, and sooth-sayers,” but they’re no help. Finally, the queen suggests that Daniel be called in. The corrupt king isn’t ignorant of the fact that he had shown himself able to interpret dreams and solve mysteries because the God of heaven is with him. But Belshazzar hates Good and doesn’t even class Daniel with the wise men. But now he’s scarred half to death. At the queen’s suggestion Daniel is called in. Watch what happens. Daniel 5:13-17. And now comes the shocking news. Daniel 5:25-28. The king is stunned. Can you imagine the desperation! He didn’t have long to be in suspense. Daniel 5:30,31. There you have it. The two-winged lion was dead, the year was 538 B.C. Medo Persia, under Darius, had taken over right on schedule!

The bear of Daniels dream had conquered the world. How is the “beast” of Revelation 13 like Medo Persia? It was a rule with the Medo Persians that once they made a law – it stuck, and could never be reversed. The government was considered infallible. So in a parallel way the Pope’s of Rome claim infallibility! Medo Persia ruled until the empire met up with a young man whose military genius was uncanny – Alexander the Great. His wild thirst for power made him world ruler at the age of 25! It was October 1, 331 B.C. At the head of his armies Alexander met the Persian forces head on and defeated them in the battle of Arbela. His military genius made Greece to emerge as the third world empire. The leopard with four heads and four wings of Daniel’s vision had replaced the Medo Persian bear. Alexander had conquered the world. But he hadn’t conquered himself. At a drunken debauch, he drank the Herculean cup full of alcohol. It was a huge thing. The human stomach can hardly hold more than a quart. Of all horrors, he drank it twice! And it killed him. Alexander died with a raging fever at the age of 33. The year – 323 B.C. His will had declared, “let the kingdom go to the strongest.” His four generals, Cassander, Lysimachus, Seleuchus, and Ptolomy took over the empire and divided it into four parts. These divisions are represented by the four heads of the leopard beast. What about the four wings? They represent swiftness. Alexander had conquered the world in only 13 years. Such a feat has never been equaled. Before his death, Alexander had ordered the Greek cities to worship him as a god. The “beast” of Revelation 13 is “like unto a leopard” because it took the Greek culture and also has a leader that claims worship as God.

Who is this fourth terrible beast of Daniel 7? Let Daniel tell us:

After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast-terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns. Daniel 7:7

He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. Daniel 7:23

The fourth kingdom, represented by this terrible beast is Rome. Rome conquered Greece in 168 B.C. and eventually give its power to the “beast” of Revelation 13. Out of the fourth “terrible beast” comes a “little horn” Now here’s something amazing. The beast of Revelation 13, and the “little horn” of Daniel 7, are one and the same power. God wants to make sure that there’s no mistaking who this power is and so He describes it in both prophetic books. Isn’t Bible prophecy fantastic! Lets look at the description of the “little horn.”

While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully. Daniel 7:8

The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time. Dan 7:24,25

If you compare this description of the “little horn” with the description of the “beast” of Revelation 13, you’ll see that they are one and the same power. One of the most fantastic things about this power is that it would think to “change times and laws.” Daniel 7: 25. Here’s a man that sets himself up as equal with God and dares tamper with God’s law. With blasphemous audacity he does his work. He changes the calandar, he changes the ten commandments, he changes the Lord’s supper, he changes baptism, he changes marriage etc. But God has said,

The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. They are steadfast for ever and ever, done in faithfulness and uprightness. Psalms 111:7,8

The next clue as to who the beast is, is the time period which God gives for its reign before it receives its “deadly wound.” It would reign for 1260 years. Just so there’s no mistake on this, He repeats this period seven times in Daniel and Revelation! Now just one more clue before I tell you who the beast is. Its not only the same as the “little horn” of Daniel 7, but it’s also the same power as the “great whore” of Revelation 17:

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.

Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. Revelation 17:1-3.

She’s called “THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” It’s not only a church, it’s a mother church. It’s a world power.

I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus. When I saw her, I was greatly astonished. Rev. 17:6

Oh yes, It kills the saints! I know it’s shocking, but here’s a corrupt church power that Satan has used to rip off the whole world and rob men and women of eternal life.

Now who is the “beast?” What power?

1) Received its “seat” and authority from Rome. Rev. 13:4.

2) Rules the world for 1260 years (533A.D. – 1793 A.D.)

3) Received a deadly wound which later heals. Rev. 13:3.

4) Is both a political and religious power, which is worshipped. Rev.13:4.

5) Tampered with God’s law. Daniel 7:25.

6) Has a leader who claims to be God on the earth and to be able to forgive sins (which is blasphemy). Rev. 13:1, 2 Thes. 2:4.

7) Is a mother church. Rev. 17:5.

8) Made war with the saints. Rev. 13:7.

9) Is a world power that is wondered at. Rev. 13:3,4.

10) Has “a man” at the head of it with the number of his name being 666. Rev. 13:18.

11) Has an “image” made to it. Rev. 13:14.

12) Has a dreaded “mark” which, if received, will cause a person to be cast into the lake of fire. Rev. 14:9,l0.

By now most people has guessed that it’s the Papacy. They’re correct. It’s the only power on the face of the earth that fits all of these characteristics.

EXPOSITION

1 And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name.

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There has never been a nation on earth except Rome that meets the requirements of this chapter. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea.

Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.” Rev 17:15

What John saw was a nation rising from a chaotic condition of many nations. It was out of this condition that the Roman power came. He had ten horns. The ten horns represent the l0 kingdoms over which she ruled:

1. German empire 6. Spain

2. Austrian Empire 7. Italy

3. Belgium 8. Switzerland

4. Holland 9. Portugal

5. France 10. Great Britain

This Beast has passed through seven heads of Government:

1. 7 Kings ruled for about 200 years

2. Consuls

3. Tribunes

4. Decemvirs

5. Dictators

6. 65 Emperors ruled in Rome for 5 centuries

7. Exarchs of Ravenna ruled for more than a century

On each head a blasphemous name. Each head claimed the power that belonged only to God.

2 The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority.

The leopard is distinguished for its bloodthirstiness and cruelty, and thus becomes an emblem of a fierce, tyrannical power.

In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying on his bed. He wrote down the substance of his dream.

Daniel said: “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea.

“The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a man, and the heart of a man was given to it.

“And there before me was a second beast, which looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, ‘Get up and eat your fill of flesh!’

“After that, I looked, and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard. And on its back it had four wings like those of a bird. This beast had four heads, and it was given authority to rule.

“After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast-terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns. Dan. 7:1-7

One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. Men worshipped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshipped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?

The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. Rev 13:3-7

When the great sea of humanity was stirred we see four kingdoms brought forth. As Daniel says, they were different from each other. He therefore, uses four different animals to describe them. The first is described as a lion. The Babylonian empire at first appeared as purely animal. i.e. heathen. But after a while it is given a man’s heart, weak, timorous and faint. He was led to calm reflections and to think like a rational being. In its closing years it became weak through luxury. Babylon was referred to as a lion because he was warlike, supreme in power and dominion. A lion is distinguished for the power to keep other animals at awe. His ability to spring on his foe and severity of blow represents Babylon. Nebuchadnezza is referred to as a lion in the following passages:

A lion has come out of his lair; a destroyer of nations has set out. He has left his place to lay waste your land. Your towns will lie in ruins without inhabitant. Jer. 4:7

Israel is a scattered flock that lions have chased away. The first to devour him was the king of Assyria; the last to crush his bones was Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. Jer. 50:17

Babylon is also represented as having eagle’s wings:

Look! An eagle will soar and swoop down, spreading its wings over Bozrah. In that day the hearts of Edom’s warriors will be like the heart of a woman in labor. Jer. 49:22

Our pursuers were swifter than eagles in the sky; they chased us over the mountains and lay in wait for us in the desert. Lam. 4:19

Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: A great eagle with powerful wings, long feathers and full plumage of varied colors came to Lebanon. Taking hold of the top of a cedar.’ Eze. 17:3

Say to this rebellious house, ‘Do you not know what these things mean?’ Say to them: ‘The king of Babylon went to Jerusalem and carried off her king and her nobles, bringing them back with him to Babylon. Eze. 17:12

The second beast described by Daniel was like a bear. This beast distinguished mainly for two things, cunning and ferocity, when hungry or robbed of its whelps. Notice that it raised itself upon one side. It denotes a kingdom that had been at rest, but now rousing itself as a bear going after its prey. The kingdom signified was the MEDO-PERSIAN. The Medes rose up first. It had three ribs in its mouth. This beastly kingdom of Medo-Persia had devoured the three providence’s of Babylon, Lydia and Egypt. This beast fell in 331 B.C. at the battle of Arbella. The third beast is described as a leopard. This was the Macedonian Kingdom under the leadership of Alexander the Great. In a period of 12 years he had conquered the world. This leopard like kingdom was addicted to conquest and preyed on others. It is described as having four wings of a fowl, denoting the rapid movement of his armies. His rapid movements have no parallel in ancient times. This leopard also had four heads. When Alexander the Great died his kingdom was divided among his four generals:

SELECUS — took Syria and the East LYSIMACHUS — took Blythnia and Thrace PTOLEMY SOTOR — took Egypt CASSANDER — took Macedonia

The Leopard was strong, dreadful and terrible. So was Alexander. The fourth beast is NON-DESCRIPT. It has all the characteristics of the previously mentioned animals. Whatever this beast could not devour it stamped down to the earth. It had ten horns (Rome ruled over the 10 kingdoms of Europe). Notice that all these horns appeared at the same time. They derived their power from the same source. This beast had a mouth speaking great things. Rome was a power with pride and arrogance. It is estimated that 3 million Christians perished in the first 3 centuries. The dark ages were even worse. It wore out the saints.

Daniel was troubled about this beast so he asked one that stood by the truth of all this. Dan. 7:25 Then I wanted to know the true meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others and most terrifying, with its iron teeth and bronze claws-the beast that crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. Dan. 7:19 He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it.’ Dan. 7:23

Now you have Daniel telling us the meaning of the fourth beast. This is the key to chapter 12 and 13 of the Revelation. Unless we go back to the seventh chapter of Daniel and understand the true meaning of the Beasts we will never understand the book of Revelation. Jesus said,

Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. Rev. 1:3

Once we unlock the secrets of the four beasts the book of Revelation begins to come clear. We again repeat that no other Nation on earth meets the description other than ROME. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. The dragon (Pagan Rome) gave him (Papal Rome) his seat (Rome) and his power (absolute rulership) and great authority. THE VATICAN OCCUPIES THE ORIGINAL GARDENS OF NERO!

3 One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast.

The sixth head was wounded unto death when the old Pagan power collapsed, but the deadly wound was healed and the seventh head comes to power in the form of the Exarchs of Ravenna who will rule for more than a century.

4 Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?”

Roman Catholicism brought the idols of paganism into their church with them. It is the same beast in another form. The Roman Catholic church maintained a large Army and Navy during the dark ages and made war against the saints. There was no one big enough or strong enough to make war against Rome.

5 The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months.

While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully. Dan. 7:8

Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I kept looking until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire. Dan 7:11

I also wanted to know about the ten horns on its head and about the other horn that came up, before which three of them fell–the horn that looked more imposing than the others and that had eyes and a mouth that spoke boastfully. Dan 7:20

He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time. Dan 7:25

By the arrogant claims of authority the NAME OF GOD was blasphemed, for only GOD has such power as the beast presumed to exercise. The tabernacle of God refers to the true worship. She took the wine from the laity in 1414. Lets look at the claims of the Pope’s and see if they are blasphemous.

    1. He claims to be head of the church. How can this be in the light of Scripture: And he (Christ) is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. Col 1:18What blasphemy for any mortal man to claim what belongs only to God.
    2. The Pope claims that he is the Judge of the Living and the Dead. (Cath. Ency. XV. page 126). This is some more of his blasphemy. The Scriptures teach just the opposite. In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Tim. 4:1
    3. Authority above all and subject to none. (Pius VI Ency. 65.) Some more of their great swelling words. Doesn’t sound like the teachings of the Bible. Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Romans 13:1
    4. “We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty.” (Leo. XIII Ency, 304). You can’t find a more blasphemous statement than that. No wonder God calls her MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. Rev. 17:5
    5. The Vicar of Christ. (Cath. Dic. 258). The Pope has this inscription on his crown VICARIVS FILII DEI. Translated this means Vicar of Son of God. It is interesting to learn that when we add up the numerical values of this inscription we have

2 V’s = 10 6 I’s = 6 1 L = 50 1 C = 100 + 1 D = 500 TOTAL 666

6 He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven.

The Pope is as it were God on earth, sole sovereign of the faithful of Christ, chief of kings, having plenitude of power, to whom has been intrusted by the omnipotent God direction not only of the earthly but also of the heavenly kingdom. The Pope is of so great authority and power that he can modify, explain, or interpret even divine laws. (Luclus Ferraris Vol 6 p.26)

popecrossYOU WILL DRAW ATTENTION TO THE “INVERTED CROSS” WHICH IS USED IN BOTH BLACK WITCHCRAFT & SATANISM TO MOCK CHRIST’S DEATH !

“The inverted cross is a blaspheme or mockery of the Christian cross.” The Texas Cop Shop Occult Dictionary

The inverted cross This cross is not broken, but turned upside down. It indicates the rejection of Jesus Christ and contempt for the gospel of salvation. Inverted symbols are typical of the opposite values pursued by Satanists. People who are sometimes sacrificed to Satan on Black Sabbath are crucified upside down in accordance with this tradition.

satan-with-upside-down-crossPAGAN ROME USED IT TO KILL HIS FOLLOWERS AS A MOCKERY TO THEM! They SAY it is the Cross of Saint Peter,because he was killed on one! I offer the following quotes from official Catholic books to prove that she fulfills that which was spoken by Paul:

He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God. II Thess. 2:4

He is the keeper of the keys, the judge of the living and the dead, and sits on the throne of justice, with power to extirpate all iniquity, He is the head of the church, which is one and stainless, and not a many-headed monster, and has full divine authority to pluck out and tear down, to build up and plant. Let not the king imagine that he has no superior, is not subject to the highest authority in the church. (Catholic Ency. II p 666)

Now, therefore, we declare, say, determine and pronounce that for every human creature it is necessary for salvation to be subject to the authority of the Roman Pontiff. (Cath. Ency. XV p 126)

Pope Pius XI said in his Encyclical, Light of Truth, “the Roman Pontiff has from on high an authority which is supreme, above all others and subject to none” (page 5).

Pope Leo XIII said: “We (the pope) hold upon this earth the place of God almighty.” (Great Encyclical Letters, 304).

Hear Pope Leo XIII again: “But the supreme teacher in the church is the Roman Pontiff. Union of minds, therefore, requires together with a perfect accord in the one faith, complete submission and obedience of will to the church and to the Roman Pontiff as to God Himself.” (Great Encyclical Letters of Leo XIII, p. 193)

Wherefore resting on plain testimonies of the Sacred Writings, and adhering to the plain and express decrees, both of our predecessors, the Roman Pontiffs, and of the General Councils, we renew the definition of the Ecumenical Council of Florence (1439 A.D.), in virtue of which all the faithful of Christ must believe that the Holy Apostolic See and the Roman Pontiff possesses the primacy over the whole world, and that the Roman Pontiff is the successor of the Blessed Peter, Prince of the Apostles, and is true Vicar of Christ, and the head of the whole church, and the Father and teacher of all Christians; and that full power was given to him in Blessed Peter to rule, feed, and govern the Universal Church by Jesus Christ Our Lord, as is contained in the Acts of the General Councils, and in the Sacred Canons. Hence we teach and declare that by the appointment of Our Lord, the Roman Pontiff possesses a superiority of ordinary power over all other churches, and that this power of jurisdiction of the Roman Pontiff, which is truly Episcopal, is immediate; to which all, of whatever rite of dignity, both pastors and faithful, both individually and collectively, are bound by their duty of hierarchical subordination, and true obedience, to submit not only in matters which belong to faith and morals, but also in those that pertain to the discipline and government throughout the world, so that the Church of Christ may be one flock, under the one supreme pastor, through the preservation of unity both of communion and profession of the same faith with the Roman Pontiff. This is the teaching of Catholic truth from which no one can deviate without loss of faith and of salvation. (Dogmatic Decrees of the Council of Trent, p.159,160; Also in Teachings of the Catholic Church, p. 143,144).

There is nothing strange in attributing to the Roman Pontiff, as the Vicar of Him whose is the earth and the fullness thereof, the world and all that dwell therein, the fullest authority to lay bare, a just cause moving him, not only the spiritual but also the material sword, and so to transfer sovereignties, break scepters and remove crowns. (Catholic Dictionary, p 258)

Let’s look at the lives of these infallible Pope’s.

The list is endless. These are the kind of infallible men that the beast has had at her head. These Popes were adulterous as confessed by their own Encyclopedia. But according to their own definition of morals there was nothing wrong with that type of behavior. The priest does not break his vow of “chastity” by adultery!

All celibates are not chaste: celibacy is not necessarily chastity; by a large majority. Unless something other than selfishness suggests this choice of life, the word is apt to be a misnomer for profligacy. And one who takes the vow of celibacy does not break it by sinning against the sixth commandment, he is true to it until he weds. (Explanation of Catholic Morals p. 149)

Now do you wonder why God calls her “MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH?” (Rev. 17:5)

7 He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.

I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus. When I saw her, I was greatly astonished. Rev. 17:6

Rome’s long history was marked with the shedding of the blood of saints. Can anyone doubt that this belongs to the Popes? In 1208 Pope Innocent III wared against the Waldines and Albigines, in which one million perished. From the beginning of the Jesuits 1540-1580 nine hundred thousand were destroyed. One hundred fifty thousand perished by the inquisition in thirty years. In the low lands fifty thousand persons were hanged, beheaded, burned alive or buried alive for the crime of heresy (Christianity). Within 38 years from the edict of Charles V eighteen thousand were executed. The Popes tried to put down the reformation in Germany and Switzerland. The slightest acquaintance of the history of the Popes will convince us that this verse refers to them. The historian W.E.H. Lecky says, “The church of Rome has shed more innocent blood than any other institution that ever existed among mankind, will be questioned by no protestant who has a complete knowledge of history.” Some historians have estimated that the persecuting hands of Rome have been reddened by the blood of fifty million saints. I doubt that anyone can come close to the exact number.

In Revelation she is known as Babylon the Great, or better known to us as Union of Church and State. The church was driven into the wilderness for 1260 long years. During this long dark period of history she dealt with a high hand. During this time she made and unmade kings. She changed the laws respecting the Lord’s supper, set up images,enacted celibacy of the clergy. In 1075 Gregory VII declared all clerical marriages invalid. This was the greatest mass divorce in history. She changed the l0 commandments. In general she claims absolute control of all religion. She not only made war against the saints but she overcame them. She ruled world wide over all. Daniel saw the same thing happening in Daniel 7:25.

8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.

They call him Holy Father, Lord God the Pope. They bow with reverence and kiss his foot.

Kissing of the Popes foot characteristic act of reverence by which all the faithful do honor him as the vicar of Christ is found as early as the 8th century. (Cach. Ency. XII, p. 270)

John the Revelator attempted to worship an angel but was forbidden to do so:

I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, “Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers the prophets and of all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!” Rev. 22:8,9

Crowds throng to see the pope. Every picture on TV shows multitudes gathered.

9 He who has an ear, let him hear.

We should be willing to be instructed and give heed to what is said about the beast.

10 If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed [ Some manuscripts anyone kills ] with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.

Jesus wants us to know that the beast which has been killing with the sword must be killed with the sword. That she had led others into captivity and now she must go into captivity. She must pay for her crimes is a foregone conclusion.

“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.” Matt. 26:52

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Gal. 6:7

Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man. Gen. 9:6

In chapter eighteen and nineteen we will see detailed the retribution.

11 Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon.

The first beast (Imperial Rome) came up out of the sea of humanity. The second beast (Papal Rome) came up out of the earth (World of religion). The next time you look at the Pope’s crown observe that it has a sword (Power over the temporal empire) and keys (Power over the spiritual dominion).

12 He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.

He not only enjoys the same power as the first, but exercises it in the same place. Cf Verse 2 The dragon (Imperial Rome) gave the beast (Papal Rome) his power (Sword) and his throne (Rome) and great authority. (Of the Caesars). (Parentheses mine.)

Made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast. Lets take a look at old Rome and compare it with new Rome and you will see that Catholics worship the Pagan system.

OLD ROME HAD NEW ROME HAS

Pontifex Maximus Supreme Pontiff

Purgatory Purgatory

Priests and Priestesses Priest and Nuns

Victims Victims

Hosts Hosts

Lustral Water Holy Water

Vestal Virgins Nuns

Pantheon Vatican

Worshiped dead heros Worshiped Dead Saints

Goddesses Lordesses

Demi-God’s Angels

They brought paganism into their churches.

13 And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men.

The beast still seems to counterfeit the power of God. Rome has claimed the possession of miraculous power in all ages, and no fact of history is better established than that she has resorted to lying miracles. The Breviary teems with examples of miracles wrought by the saints. For instance:

St. Francis Xavier turned a sufficient quantity of salt water into fresh to save the lives of five hundred travellers who were dying of thirst, enough being left to allow a large exportation to different parts of the world, where it wrought astonishing cures.

St. Raymond De Pennafort laid his cloak on the sea, and sailed from Majorca to Barcelona, a distance of a hundred and sixty miles, in six hours.

St. Juliana lay on her death bed; her stomach rejected all solid food, and in consequence she was prevented from receiving the Eucharist. In compliance with her earnest solicitations, the consecrated wafer was laid on her breast; the priest prayed; the wafer vanished, and Juliana expired.

Many pages might be filled with accounts of modern miracles of the most ridiculous description, yet believed by Roman Catholics—the undoubted means by which Papal Rome “deceives the world,” and keeps up its ascendancy in this age. (Barnes) The Word of God tells us that we can expect such counterfeit power:

The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. 2 Thess. 2:9-12

14 Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.

See comments on verse 13. As you travel and visit their Cathredials you will see images of saints. These idols are the same as old imperial rome had.

15 He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.

The image of the beast is the revival of Imperial Rome, which was wounded unto death but revived under the influence of the papacy. It was overrun by barbarians and was revived. In the time of Charlemagne a coin was struck bearing this inscription “REVIVAL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE.” …all who refused to worship the image to be killed. Those who would not honor it or acknowledge its authority. This law had death, banishment, and confiscation of property or a universal boycott to enforce it.

This living image, endowed with life by the second beast, had power to speak and slay those who would not do it homage. There can be no doubt as to what this means, nor as to the facts of history. The dragonnades of southern France, the relentless wars waged upon the Huguenots, the 18,000 victims of the inquisition in Holland, the cruel wars of Alva for the extermination of the Protestants, the persecution conducted by Bloody Mary in England, all demonstrate how those were put to death who would not worship the image of the beast. The Pope has demanded implicit obedience to his temporal as well as spiritual demands, and in the days of his power, those who refused him homage, brought down the terrors of both temporal and eternal ruin. (Johnson)

16 He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead,

Jesus said that He would write upon Christians at Philadelphia His new name. The beast is trying to imitate this. When a person becomes a Roman Catholic he receives this mark. “The Bishop…anoints the forehead with Holy Chrism in the form of a cross” Connell’s Catacism #3 p.144 ART 332 “Confirmation is a spiritual and indelible sign which Marks the Christian as a soldier in the army of Christ. ” ART 339. They make this same sign with the right hand. It is remarkable, however, that a mark on the forehead converts a person into a Roman Catholic, and without this mark none are regarded heirs of salvation. If the little infant should die without this mark it has no chance of salvation, but if the priest makes upon its forehead the sign of the cross with water, it is safe forever. Jesuit priests upon fields of battle have gone around among wounded and dying savages who had never heard of Christ, and made this sign, the mark of the beast, upon their foreheads of the dying pagans and thus converted them into good Catholics and heirs of eternal bliss.

In all our travels and movements, in all our coming in and going out, in putting on our clothes and shoes, at the bath, at the table, in lighting our lamps, in lying down, whatever employment occupies us, we mark our forehead with the sign of the cross. (The Question Box)

In 1191 Pope Celestin III sanctioned the use of ashes on Ash Wednesday. The present custom in the Roman Catholic Church is to take the ashes, made by burning the palms or their substitutes used in the ceremonial of the previous Palm Sunday, and after a prayer the priest, dipping his thumb in the ashes, marks those present, as they kneel, with the sign of the cross on the forehead. Americana Ency. Vol. 2 P. 383.

17 so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.

Those who would not acknowledge her authority must face death, banishment, and confiscation of property. Pope Alexander III commanded, “no man should entertain or cherish them in his house or land, or traffic with them.” Pope Alexander and Pope Martin passed a law that they were not to exercise commerce with them in buying and selling. In Spain today one must be a Roman Catholic to hold public office or teach school.

18 This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.

NO NUMBER CAN BE CORRECT UNLESS IT APPLY EQUALLY TO THE MAN AND THE KINGDOM. The first beast, or Pagan Rome, was seen coming up out of the sea. The second beast, or Papal Rome came up out of the earth. This second beast was lamb-like in outward appearance (Professedly Christian), but “he spoke as a dragon” (his teaching had every mark of the working of Satan.) This second beast obliged the entire world to bow to his religion, or be killed; only those lived (were honored and unmolested) who had the “mark” of Catholic affiliation prominent in his life and religion. This beast, says John, bears a distinct name, and his name (identity has a “number” that totals “666” This “number” is the number to two objects; one is “a man,” and the other, “the kingdom” which he heads; and both the man and the kingdom, are observed bearing the same number—the number 666. It is clear, then that no number can be the correct one, unless it apply equally to the man and to the kingdom he rules. Keep this in mind. Greek letters stood for numerals; as “a” = l, “b” = 2, etc. There are two, and only two, names (one of the kingdoms, the other of the man who headed the kingdom) that does or can form the numerals 666. The man comes first in signifying this number, then the kingdom over which he was head. I therefore present the number of the man first. This number identifies the Pope as the Head of the Catholic Church, by naming the founder of the Latin Empire: each Head was also a founder, since there could have been neither a kingdom nor a church without a founder of the former. The founder of the Latin Kingdom was Lateinos, the letters of whose name make exactly the 666. Here they are in their true numerical value:

LATEINOS (Founder of the Latins)

L 30

A 1

T 300

E 5

I 10

N 50

O 70

+ S 200

Total 666

There we have the name of the man who originated the Kingdom of the beast, whose “authority” was exercised by the second beast, Papal Rome. (Rev. 13:11,12). This man, Lateinos, stood at the head of both kingdoms—Pagan Rome and Papal Rome, since it was the “authority” of the beast of the former that was “exercised” by the beast of the latter.

In 1837 Alexander Campbell debated the Catholic Church in Music Hall Cincinnati Ohio. The proposition was: SHE IS THE BABYLON OF JOHN, THE MAN OF SIN OF PAUL AND THE YOUNGEST HORN OF DANIEL’S SEA MONSTER. The man who heads this kingdom wears a crown on his head with this inscription: Vicarvius Felii Dei (Vicar of The Son of God). Now add up the roman numerals of this inscription and you will have the sum total of 666. How can anyone doubt that this prophecy does not belong to the kingdom of imperial Rome and Papal Rome.

The Mark of the Beast

It’s obvious to those who know the history of “the cross” and what it represents, that the cross IS THE MARK OF THE BEAST. The Mark of the Cross spread into Christianity around 300-340ad and the record occurs with the writer Tertullian (de Corona 3). He asserted that at every step the Christians marked their foreheads with a little sign of the cross. The usage referred to by Tertullian drew the charge of idolatry. We know the Cross was a sign of the sun and also death. Roman Catholic writers admit that the cross has become the object of a veritable cult. Didron states: The cross has received a worship similar if not equal to that of the icon Christ; this sacred wood is adored almost equally with God himself. So you see this Mark of Death (beast)and sun god (baal/satan) worship is quite obvious to Theology & Historian Scholars and Archeologists who know the true story behind the many forms of pagan crosses. The Mark of the Beast in scripture can be seen even deeper then this mere symbol of the cross, like as the path you set for yourself as in setting a mark out for yourself to get where you’re going. The mark set by G-d is the straightest most successful path to where we could and ought to be, but the Mark of the beast is the path that leads us astray which is a mark leading us downhill and to destruction. Once you see you are off mark going in the wrong direction (society today) then you must rethink your mark and consider where that mark is coming from and where it’s leading you. You’ll then notice you’ve all been deceived and following the Mark of the beast not the Mark (direction) of G-d. Marking out where your path is set: The Mark of where you’re going and where you want to be. The Mark Christians take and try and reach is in DEATH, even realized in their mark, the cross, which represented death prior to their faith and wasn’t adopted till around 300-340AD. For they see death as their salvation and their achievements are in death and reaching their kingdom is in, by, and through the portals of death & thus their worship is of death. The Mark Jews and JW’s reach for and many other cultures and faiths reach for, is a perfection of this Life we were graciously given, so that we can live in peace fulfilling all we could be and fulfilling all our dreams for the enjoyment, happiness, love, & Justice in life and so we can pass that onto our offspring as well out of love and bestowal. So the Mark Christians put in their minds (head) is the curse according to DeuteronomyDevarim: 30:19 and warned about in Ezekiel 13:20-22. Since the Beast represents death & decay (Hebrews 2:14) then this Mark is of the Beast. **(Backing this up with proof, besides the Cross itself being very revealing- Read: Apocryphon of James “…. become seekers for death, like the dead who seek for life; for that which they seek is revealed to them. And what is there to trouble them? As for you, when you examine death it will teach you election. Verily I say unto you, none of those who fear death will be saved; for the kingdom of death belongs to those who put themselves to death!” The Church teaches the curse when they say: “solution for mankind’s dilemma lies in suffering, and through the portals of death”-

THE PEOPLE’S REVELATION-CHAPTER 14-15: The Fall of Babylon

BABYLON IS FALLEN
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14 Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. 2And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. 3And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. 4These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb. 5No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.
6Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth–to every nation, tribe, language and people. 7He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
8A second angel followed and said, “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries.”
9A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, 10he, too, will drink of the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. 11And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.” 12This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.
13Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”
14I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one “like a son of man” [Daniel 7:13] with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. 15Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, “Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16So he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.
17Another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 18Still another angel, who had charge of the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, “Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth’s vine, because its grapes are ripe.” 19The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath. 20They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia. [That is, about 180 miles (about 300 kilometers)]
INTRODUCTION
Here we have a resplendent scene, 144,000 have their Father’s name on their foreheads. In the previous chapter those who followed the beast had his mark on their forehead. The 144,000 are seen as singing a new song. “On Zion’s glorious summit stood a numerous host redeemed by blood! They hymned their King in strains divine; I heard the song, and strove to join, I heard the song, and strove to join. Here all who suffered sword or flame for truth, or Jesus’ lovely name, shout victory now and hail the Lamb, and bow before the great I AM, While everlasting ages roll eternal love shall feast their soul, and scenes of bliss, forever new, rise in succession to their view.” The scene changes and we see an Angel flying in mid-heaven with the everlasting gospel to preach to all the world. While the dark ages was in progress the everlasting gospel was hidden from the people now the reformation and restoration have come and the reformers are preaching the gospel to all humanity, “Fear God and give Him glory.” No longer did men have to fear the Pope. He had been locked up in exile.
Following the announcement that the gospel has been preached again to all the world by the reformers, comes the second announcement: “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great,” (better known to us as Church and State). The Pope had lost the 10 kingdoms of Europe. Hallelujah! She had made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. Now God says that his judgments have come. The imagery is awesome. All who have the mark of the beast must suffer its doom. All who have a part with the religion of Catholicism will be doomed. God says “come out of her my people.”
EXPOSITION
1 Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.
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The lamb has been identified as Christ in an earlier chapter:
Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. Rev 5:6
In a loud voice they sang:
Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth
and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever! Rev. 5:12,13
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. Rev. 22:1
When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” John 1:36
“but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” I Pet. 1:19
“Standing on Mount Zion” is typical of the church:
But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, Heb. 12:22
But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother. (NOT the Catholic Church & certainly not “The Virgin Mary”) Gal. 4:26
2 And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps.
As the voice of many waters (Rhythm). As the voice of a great thunder (Volume). As the voice of harpers playing their harps (Melody).
3 And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.
See comments about the four living creatures in chapter 4:6,7. See comments about the 144,000 in chapter 7:4. With the 1260 years of struggle between the saints and Catholicism, the saints needed encouragement; without it they would faint and not endure through the great tribulation period. None could learn the song but the redeemed. None but the redeemed can fully appreciate the joys of salvation.
4 These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb.
At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’
‘No’, they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’
But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’
But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’
Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. Matt. 25:1-13
“If a man divorces his wife and she leaves him and marries another man, should he return to her again? Would not the land be completely defiled? But you have lived as a prostitute with many lovers–would you now return to me?” declares the Lord. “Look up to the barren heights and see. Is there any place where you have not been ravished? By the roadside you sat waiting for lovers, sat like a nomad [Or an Arab] in the desert. You have defiled the land with your prostitution and wickedness. Therefore the showers have been withheld, and no spring rains have fallen. Yet you have the brazen look of a prostitute; you refuse to blush with shame. Have you not just called to me: ‘My Father, my friend from my youth, will you always be angry? Will your wrath continue forever?’ This is how you talk, but you do all the evil you can.
During the reign of King Josiah, the Lord said to me, “Have you seen what faithless Israel has done? She has gone up on every high hill and under every spreading tree and has committed adultery there. I thought that after she had done all this she would return to me but she did not, and her unfaithful sister Judah saw it. I gave faithless Israel her certificate of divorce and sent her away because of all her adulteries. Yet I saw that her unfaithful sister Judah had no fear; she also went out and committed adultery. Because Israel’s immorality mattered so little to her, she defiled the land and committed adultery with stone and wood. In spite of all this, her unfaithful sister Judah did not return to me with all her heart, but only in pretense, declares the Lord.” Jer. 3:1-10
I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. 2 Cor. 11:2
The 144,000 had not followed “THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS.”
5 No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.
No deceit. No fraud. No hypocrisy. No guile. No treachery. No craftiness.
6 Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth–to every nation, tribe, language and people.
The everlasting gospel was first preached on the day of Pentecost.
He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” Luke 24:46,47
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8
Jesus said this gospel was to be preached till the end of the world.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in [Or into; see Acts 8:16; 19:5; Romans 6:3; 1 Cor. 1:13; 10:2 and Gal. 3:27] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matt. 28:19,20
After the long period of the dark ages, when the gospel was obscured and hidden in dead languages, and the church refused to give it to the common people; the spell of Rome was broken and the mighty Reformation occurred. This gave way to liberty and the gospel spread as though it had angels’ wings. This long night of religious slavery had ended. The glorious freedom of the gospel had finally arrived. All nations would soon have the Word of God again. Hallelujah!
7 He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
Catholic power was broken. During this period they had given glory to the beast. They had said “Who is able to make war with her” All nations had drank of the wine of her fornication. Its different now. You and I can thank God for the greatest movement, since Pentecost, that occurred in this world, the mighty Reformation.
8 A second angel followed and said, “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries.”
Literal Babylon took Jerusalem, destroyed the temple, removed the vessels and put the people in bondage for seventy years. The papal hierarchy through its perversion of the church took away the true worship and put the people in spiritual bondage for 1260 years. The reformers ended the bondage but did not destroy the papal system any more than freeing Israel from Egyptian bondage destroyed Egypt. Wine of her adulteries:
Babylon was a gold cup in the Lord’s hand; she made the whole earth drunk. The nations drank her wine; therefore they have now gone mad. JER 51:7
Awake, awake! Rise up, O Jerusalem, you who have drunk from the hand of the Lord the cup of his wrath, you who have drained to its dregs the goblet that makes men stagger. ISA 51:17
9 A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand,
In chapter 13:15,16 we learned that worship was given to the beast and that the beast had a number which was 666.
10 he, too, will drink of the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb.
We are repeatedly told that all who are associated and affiliated with the Catholic church will suffer for her crimes. Fornication is typical of false doctrine, idolatrous practices, heathen rites and observances–which leads to confusion and rebellion against God. Remember when God pours out his wrath without mixture (KG) it will be undiluted or in other words full strength.
11 And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.”
cf. Sodom in Gen. 19:28. The destruction of the wicked often fall under this image.
12 This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.
Nothing but the strongest faith can meet such tests.
13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”
You can’t die in a state or relationship that you did not sustain in this life. If you are a friend of Jesus in this life, you will be his friend in death.
14 I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one “like a son of man” [Daniel 7:13] with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.
This reaping is not the end of the world! It is the reaping of Babylon. Her harvest of sin was ripe and God is going to cut her down and tread her in his wine press of wrath. This could hardly be the end of the world for we still have chapters l5 through 22.
15 Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, “Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.”
The great day of accounting has come for spiritual Babylon just as it had come for literal Babylon in the Old Testament.
16 So he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.
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In the next chapter we will see how God meets out his wrath on spiritual BABYLON.
17. Another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle.
All the reaping is not done by the Lord himself. In this instance he employs an Angel, and in the following verse still yet another angel.
18. Still another angel, who had charge of the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, “Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth’s vine, because its grapes are ripe.”
The whole episode it likened to reaping ripe grapes. A cluster of grapes must be harvested when they are fully ripe. Harvest does not begin until they are ripe, nor does it wait until after they are ripe. The whole analogy of the vineyard is to liken spiritual Babylon to a vineyard of grapes that are to be harvested. These are grapes of wrath.
19. The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath.
A winepress was a vat for treading out the juice from grapes. This is therefore a symbol of God tromping and stomping the wicked. “Vengeance is mine. I will repay,” says the Lord. After 1260 long years of the sins of the Catholic Church, God began to tread her in his winepress of wrath.
20. They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia. [That is, about 180 miles (about 300 kilometers)]
Winepresses were generally built outside the city and a person hopped into the press barefooted and began to tread out the grapes.
Who is this coming from Edom, from Bozrah, with his garments stained crimson? Who is this, robed in splendor, striding forward in the greatness of his strength? It is I, speaking in righteousness, mighty to save. Why are your garments red, like those of one treading the winepress? I have trodden the winepress alone; from the nations no one was with me. I trampled them in my anger and trod them down in my wrath; their blood spattered my garments, and I stained all my clothing. For the day of vengeance was in my heart, and the year of my redemption has come. I looked, but there was no one to help, I was appalled that no one gave support; so my own arm worked salvation for me, and my own wrath sustained me. I trampled the nations in my anger; in my wrath I made them drunk and poured their blood on the ground. Isa. 63:1-6
Edom was a bitter enemy of Israel. Isaiah represents Jehovah as a warrior with bloodstained garments. Edoms destruction was to be utter–overwhelming–absolute.
The wicked of this chapter will in a similar manner be trodden under the foot of Jehovah. The winepress is represented as overflowing with blood as high as horses bridles and 180 miles long.
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REVELATION Chapter 15 SEVEN LAST PLAGUES WRATH OF GOD

15 I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues–last, because with them God’s wrath is completed. 2And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name. They held harps given them by God 3and sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb:

“Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty.

Just and true are your ways, King of the ages.

4Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name?

For you alone are holy.

All nations will come and worship before you,

for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

5After this I looked and in heaven the temple, that is, the tabernacle of the Testimony, was opened. 6Out of the temple came the seven angels with the seven plagues. They were dressed in clean, shining linen and wore golden sashes around their chests. 7Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of God, who lives for ever and ever. 8And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.

INTRODUCTION

The “key” to this chapter is the words “last” (15:1) “seven last plagues,” and the word “completed,” “God’s wrath is completed.” This does not, however, mean that the world has come to an end. There is much more to come after the seven bowls of wrath, which we will detail in coming chapters. Please notice that there are saints singing praises because they have gained the victory over the beast (Catholicism). Like the Israelites when they crossed the Red Sea they composed a song and sang because of the victory, the words of the song are as follows:

Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty.

Just and true are your ways, King of the ages.

Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name?

For you alone are holy.

All nations will come and worship before you,

for your righteous acts have been revealed.

Heaven’s temple is opened and seven angels who are dressed as priests are given seven bowls full of the wrath of God. No one can enter the temple to the place of testimony to avert the judgments of God upon the beast till the last bowl of wrath is poured out.

EXPOSITION

1 I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues–last, because with them God’s wrath is completed.

What John saw was a sign or symbol and it was great and marvelous. If he thought it was marvelous shouldn’t we think it was marvelous? It was so marvelous that many Christians refuse to believe it. John saw the victory people, he saw the reformers who had been victorious over the “number of his name.” He saw them singing the victory song, he saw them singing praises to the Lamb. John saw the temple of God opened–the church which is the temple of God had been closed during the dark ages–now it is opened again. He sees all nations come to worship Jehovah again. He sees the preparations being made for the last plagues. Dear Christian Brother and Sister you too should be rejoicing over the same things. Note that these are called the LAST. Seven seals leads us to the overthrow of Paganism, Seven trumpets leads us to the overthrow of the Empire, and Seven bowls of wrath leads us to the overthrow of the beast (Catholicism). These seven scourges will not end the church age but will usher in the golden age of Christianity, described in the future chapters of this book.

2 And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name. They held harps given them by God.

A sea of glass mingled with fire–what a spectacular and glorious scene. It must have been dazzling to John. Standing beside this background was a group of saints who had gotten the victory over the “man of sin,” the beast, the 666, the apostate church, Babylon the great, the mother of harlots.

3 and sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb: “Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the ages.

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In verse two they are with the harps of God which are mentioned in Gen. 4:19-21; 31:27; I Sam. 10:5; 16:14-23 and Ps. 33:1-4. We should always interpret any passage literal unless it is impossible to be otherwise. Harps are found four times in this book. Rev. 5:8; 14:2; 15:2,3; 18:22. I believe they are literal harps. In the verse under consideration these same people are singing and praising Moses and Jesus.

4 Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.

In this doxology Christians are seen glorifying and magnifying the name of the Lord. The dark ages has ended, the Bible is free to be published, God’s people are free to worship and praise Him. We serve a Holy God.

I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. Do not make yourselves unclean by any creature that moves about on the ground. I am the Lord who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy. LEV 11:44,45

But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: Be holy, because I am holy. 1 PE 1:15,16

Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the Lord your God. LEV 20:7

5 After this I looked and in heaven the temple, that is, the tabernacle of the Testimony, was opened.

The temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened. The key word that we are going to investigate is the word “testimony” in heaven. Now we know that testimony is the evidence being presented by a witness. Therefore heaven is called upon to give “testimony” to what is about to happen.

6 Out of the temple came the seven angels with the seven plagues. They were dressed in clean, shining linen and wore golden sashes around their chests.

Seven angels now appear, each one having a plague to send upon the Catholic church. Their clothing is described as ornamental and bright. They are not dressed in dungarees and a tee shirt. Their clothes indicate their importance and mission. In the following chapter the angels will descend with their plagues.

7 Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of God, who lives for ever and ever.

I commented on the four living creatures in chapter 4:6-10. Heaven has four living creatures known as seraphims who carry out the legislation of heaven while the angels do the bidding of this body. They have the “bowls” or vials of wrath, and will execute it on the earth. They are not going to resurrect the dead or usher in the coming of Christ but will bring to an end the power of the beast.

As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze. A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened. Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I kept looking until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire. (The other beasts had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time.) In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. Dan 7:9-14

In the above text we see Jehovah on his throne with his attendants. A decision is reached regarding the horn and the beasts. A book with her deeds was opened It was decreed that its power was to come to an end with an utter overthrow, then in verse 13 and 14 Daniel sees the Ascension of Christ and the kingdom that was given to him at Pentecost.

8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.

This was not ordinary smoke but the Sheckinah glory of God. We need to be familiar with the old testament to understand such an event.

On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. EXO 19:16

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. “Woe to me!”” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, [6:12] and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” ISA 6:1

While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the Lord appearing in the cloud. EXO 16:10

and the glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from within the cloud. EXO 24:16

When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled it. When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying, He is good; his love endures forever. 2CH 7:1

None was able to enter the temple. No one was able to intercede or intervene in behalf of those to whom the plague was directed until the seven angels had completed their mission.

THE PEOPLE’S REVELATION: CHAPTER 16

REVELATION Chapter 16
VIALS OF WRATH ON
MARK OF BEAST

16 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.”

2The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly and painful sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped his image.

3The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead man, and every living thing in the sea died.

4The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. 5Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say:

“You are just in these judgments,

you who are and who were, the Holy One,

because you have so judged;

6for they have shed the blood of your saints and prophets,

and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve.”

7And I heard the altar respond:

“Yes, Lord God Almighty,

true and just are your judgments.”

8The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was given power to scorch people with fire. 9They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.

10The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. Men gnawed their tongues in agony 11and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.

12The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East. 13Then I saw three evil [Greek unclean] spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.

15“Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.”

16Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.

17The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. 19The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. 20Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. 21From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.

INTRODUCTION

This chapter will give us the detailed accounts of the judgments upon the “beast and its image.” The fourteenth chapter is but a summary of the events while the fifteenth, sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth presents the unfolding of the events. The seventh seal leads us to the overthrow of Paganism–the seven trumpets lead us to the overthrow of the Roman Empire–Now the seven vials lead us to the overthrow of the Beast. Each one of the series of sevens leads up to the fulfillment of an epoch. It is important to understand that the seven bowls of wrath are to be poured upon the “beast with seven heads and ten horns.” She is variously described as the harlot, the great city Babylon, the scarlet adulteress, etc. After the Reformation, which brought untold misery to the Roman Church, she still did not repent but rather asserted that she was infallible. As we look at 2 Thess. 2:9,l0 we are told that she would use signs and wonders, lies and miracles. Now John sees unclean spirits, as it were frogs, coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.” The final triumph will come when the Lord calls her to judgment at Har-Magedon.

EXPOSITION

1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.”

Notice that these seven angels have the seven last plagues that will be sent upon mankind. The text declares that they contain the wrath of God. These series will bring everything to a close regarding the beast with seven heads and ten horns. Do not confuse this with the end of the world. Remember we still have chapter twenty, twenty one, and twenty two.

2 The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly and painful sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped his image.

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The prophet describes a painful and malignant sore filled with foul corruption. (Loathsome miligant ulcers) Modern English. We will look for a moral and spiritual corruption that took place at the end of the 1260-year period that will be a fitting symbol of that event. France had been the strongest and staunchest supporter of the Roman Church. Charlemagne had bestowed the temporal power upon the Papacy. France had long been styled “The eldest son of the church.” She had perpetrated the massacre of Bartholomew, the banishment of the Huguenots, Popes war against the Albigenses (Bohemian Brethren) Martyrdom of John Calas, the inquisitions (150,000 in 30 years). The rise of the Jesuits in 1540, in which 900,000 persons perished. In 1793 this ulcer of the French Revolution had festered and broke–the enslaved masses who were maddened into fury sent Catholic king, royal families, nobles and priests to the guillotine by tens of thousands, impelling the nation in madness and fury to declare itself atheistic. At one time over 200,000 were imprisoned and as many as 80 were sent to the scaffold in one day in Paris alone. The papal power received a shock from which it has never recovered. Few events have so powerfully influenced the political and economic development of the modern world as the French revolution. This seems to fit the chronology of events in world history.

3 The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead man, and every living thing in the sea died.

Cf. The second trumpet in Chapter 8:8. During nineteen years of almost constant war Napoleon inflicted upon Europe the most appalling miseries. In 1780 France and England were nearly matched upon the sea. With 1793 begins a contest for the mastery of the seas. It continues for 20 years. France, by Napoleon’s concordat with the Pope, with Catholic Spain, Portugal, and Italy, fought with Protestant England for the masteries of the sea. The old Catholic powers who have been vile instruments of Papal wrong go down to defeat. In the deadly struggle 600 ships of the line (Largest war vessels) and l,000 smaller war ships are sunk. The naval power of Catholic Europe is swept from the ocean. Once the Pope claimed dominion of the seas. Now his proud claim is gone forever. The Spanish empire was practically destroyed and the Catholic church lost control of the sea. In 1801 Napoleon became ruler of France and soon virtual ruler of all Papal Europe, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Austria. France was the controlling power of the continent. No such scorching sun had arisen in the political horizon for more than a 1,000 years. The world had never seen such a scourge of a man. He converted all Europe into a camp. 2,000,000 men perished by the sword, misery, despair, brooded over the lands. In 1797 He entered the Papal dominions. The Pope bought him off with large sums of money and half his provinces. The next year the Pope is taken a prisoner to France to die–the next Pope is elected in Venice. In 1800 he is permitted to return to his broken sepchere–in 1804 he was compelled to journey to Paris and crown Napoleon old emperor of Romans. Four years later Pius VII was dragged from his palace and sent a prisoner into France. His personal belongings were confiscated. Napoleon broke the spell of Rome. Until the fall of Napoleon the Pope was without temporal possession.

4 The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood.

World War 1 was known as the Great War. Read the account of it in the history books and it will be apparent that this war was aimed at the guilty sinners in the continent over which this apostate Catholic Church ruled. It is also noteworthy to notice that a large number of battles took place on rivers and fountains of waters. The following quotes from the war chronicles of the New Columbia Ency. will surely substantiate this claim:

Battle of the Marne[p.1702]: Two important battles of world war I that are named for the Marne River. In the first battle (Sept. 6-9, l914) the Germans advance on Paris was halted at the Marne by the Allies under Joffre, Gallileni, and Sir John French. The German retreat that followed signified the abandonment of the Schlieffen plan. In the second battle (July 1918) the last great German offensive was decisively repulsed by the Allies.

Battle of Ypres (between Scheldt River and the North Sea) [pages 330-331]: Three major engagements of World War I fought in and around the town of Ypres in SW Belgium. The first battle of Ypres (Oct.–Nov. 1914) was the last of the series of engagements referred to as the race to the sea. The German thrust toward the Channel ports of Dunkirk and Calais was stopped by the British at Ypres, but in the process of British Expeditionary force of l00,000 was reduced to half its original size. The second battle began on April 22, 1915, when the Germans using poison gas for the first time in the war, launched another massive assault on the salient at Ypres. The attack was unsuccessful and was broken off in May. The third battle for Ypres,popularly known as passchendaele, began on July 11, 1917, and continued until November. The British sought to break the German line, but, bogged down by mud and rain, they advanced only 5 miles at a cost of 300,000 lives.

Battles of Masuria {page 1719}, The Masuria Lakes region, North Poland, where more than 2,700 lakes are located, was the scene of heavy fighting early in World War I.

Battle of Verdun [page2878], Verdun, located on the Meuse River, was an old, famous, influential Roman Catholic Church city. It was the longest and the bloodiest engagements of World War I. Two Million men were engaged…in the end the losses for the German Army was 328,500 and the French 348,000.

5 Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say: “You are just in these judgments, you who are and who were, the Holy One, because you have so judged;

6 for they have shed the blood of your saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve.”

7 And I heard the altar respond: “Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are your judgments.”

8 The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was given power to scorch people with fire.

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The flag of Japan has the Sun on it . This empire had a scorching sun when two atomic bombs exploded on Hiroshima Aug 6th 1945, and on Aug 9th 1945 on Nagasaki. During the six years of World War II the most powerful weapons were used to scorch men with fire. The following quote from The New Columbia Ency P. 3009 will illustrate this:

Despite the birth of the UN, the world remained politically unstable and only slowly recovered from the incalculable physical and moral devastation wrought by the largest and most costly war in mankind’s history. Civilians and soldiers had suffered alike in bombings that had wiped out entire cities. Modern methods of warfare, together with the attempt of Germany to exterminate whole racial groups (particularly the Jews), famines, and epidemics had brought death to tens of millions and made as many more homeless. The suffering and degradation of the war’s victims were of proportions that passed the understanding of those who had been spared. The conventions of warfare had been violated on a large scale, and the technique of warfare itself was revolutionized by the use of nuclear weapons.

9 They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.

10 The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. Men gnawed their tongues in agony

From the time that Napoleon crossed the Alps, descended on Italy and took Pope Pius VI a prisoner into France to die, The Catholic church has been in turmoil. She has been in disarray year after year. Her problems have extended from priests marrying, Having Sex with men & boys, nuns having more say, doctrine and tradition changes to ecunimunism. This once all-powerful apostate church has sunk into a quagmire of darkness. She still refuses to repent of her idolatry and continues to blaspheme God.

11 and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.

12 The sixth poured out his bowl on the on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East.

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While desert storm may not meet all the requirements of the text if we are prepared to wait the final outcome of this engagement we will probably witness in graphic detail all the things that are within the confines of this text. It appears to the author of this book that it is still an ongoing operation. We are concerned about biological, chemical and germ warfare. This rogue kingdom at the Euphrates River with Former Leader Sadam Hussain at the head claimed to be the Nebuchadnezzar of ancient times. We must look for something more to develop in that area of the world. When it does it will be easy to identify by Bible believers.

13 Then I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

Take a look at what the Apostle Paul said about signs and lying wonders in 2 Thess. 2:9-l0. Notice that these are unclean spirits, spirits of demons working miraculous signs. No church on earth has so many lying wonders and miraculous signs as Catholicism. During the final plague out of paganism, Papalism, and Mohammadism will come evil spirits that will assemble nations for the final battle.

14 They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.

15 “Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.”

16 Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.

The final warfare will be in the Far East.

17 The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, “It is done!”

Take note that the other plagues took place on land, rivers, and waters but this one will have something to do with the air. Could this have reference to space? Could this have some connection to satellites and other future space vehicles? There is little doubt that this battle will make World War I and II look insignificant. It is shaping up to happen in the near future. This is Armageddon!

18 Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake.

This could be triggered by atomic blasts.

19 The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath.

20 Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found.

As we have noted in previous chapters that Mountains represented kingdoms and Islands represented small nations scattered throughout the ocean. Such as the British Isles. This could have reference to the collapse of governments.

21 From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.

Remember that John had never seen airplanes or space vehicles. He had never seen a bomb. Could this symbolize a terrible bombing raid?

REVELATION Chapter 17-18 : THE GREAT WHORE MYSTERY BABYLON THAT GREAT CITY

REVELATION Chapter 17

THE GREAT WHORE
MYSTERY BABYLON
THAT GREAT CITY

17 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters. 2With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.”

3Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. 4The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. 5This title was written on her forehead:

MYSTERY
BABYLON THE GREAT
THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

6I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.

When I saw her, I was greatly astonished. 7Then the angel said to me: “Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns. 8The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come.

9“This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. 10They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while. 11The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.

12“The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. 13They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. 14They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings–and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”

15Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. 16The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule, until God’s words are fulfilled. 18The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”

INTRODUCTION

Come with me and I will introduce you to the harlot. She is drunk (not with intoxicants, but with the blood of saints). She is on a scarlet colored beast. No one can take a picture of her hierarchy without seeing this color. The Catholic church has blasphemed and held out a cup luring people into sin by her indulgences. The ten kingdoms of Europe helped the Catholic church who opposed God’s people. Many people were bamboozled and hoodwinked by this religion of whom God declares does not have eternal life. It was such a riddle and mystery that even the apostle wondered with great admiration. John tells us that the beast he saw was the ten kingdoms of Europe and that they would give the Catholic church their power for a period of time and then hate her. She would make war with the Lamb and his followers but in the final analysis the ten kingdoms of Europe would finally bring her down. God’s word was and is being fulfilled. Alleluia. Daniel the Prophet declared, “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 times” Dan 7:25. She claims the power to make and unmake kings. She changed the laws respecting the Lord’s Supper. She set up images. In l075 Pope Gregory VII declared all clerical marriages invalid. This was the greatest mass divorce in history. She changed times and laws. She changed our calendar. In 1518 Pope Gregory changed our calendar ten days. She changed the l0 commandments. In general she claims absolute control of all religion. The last verse of the chapter tells us that the “Woman” is a “City” which rules over the earth. If this isn’t ROME, then please tell me what city he had in mind.

EXPOSITION

1 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters.

What a word picture. The scripture represents her under the image of a corrupt, idolatrous, and abandon woman. This city reigns over the kings of the earth. Scholars are universally agreed that the city is ROME. Those familiar with Old Testament prophecy will know how often the term “fornication” and “adultery” are used to describe unfaithfulness of a city.

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See how the faithful city has become a harlot! She once was full of justice; righteousness used to dwell in her– but now murderers! ISA 1:21

Long ago you broke off your yoke and tore off your bonds; you said, ‘I will not serve you!’ Indeed, on every high hill and under every spreading tree you lay down as a prostitute. JER 2:20

‘If a man divorces his wife and she leaves him and marries another man, should he return to her again? Would not the land be completely defiled? But you have lived as a prostitute with many lovers–would you now return to me?’ declares the Lord. JER 3:1

During the reign of King Josiah, the Lord said to me, “Have you seen what faithless Israel has done? She has gone up on every high hill and under every spreading tree and has committed adultery there.” JER 3:6

I gave faithless Israel her certificate of divorce and sent her away because of all her adulteries. Yet I saw that her unfaithful sister Judah had no fear; she also went out and committed adultery. JER 3:8

At that time Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years, the span of a king’s life. But at the end of these seventy years, it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the prostitute: Take up a harp, walk through the city, O prostitute forgotten; play the harp well, sing many a song, so that you will be remembered. At the end of seventy years, the Lord will deal with Tyre. She will return to her hire as a prostitute and will ply her trade with all the kingdoms on the face of the earth. ISA 23:15-17

all because of the wanton lust of a harlot, alluring, the mistress of sorceries, who enslaved nations by her prostitution and peoples by her witchcraft. NAH 3:4

Verse 15 explains that “many waters” are “peoples and multitudes, and nations, and tongues,” over which she rules.

2 With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.”

The Kings of the earth aligned themselves with the Roman Catholic Church and became partners with her. Nations were so intoxicated with her power that they could not see the truth. She is still deceiving millions today. Chapter eighteen,verse 23 declares that, “by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.” Could anything be more plain?

3 Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns.

Lets look at some of the claims of the Pope’s and see if they are blasphemous.

(1) He claims to be head of the church. How can this be in the light of Scripture. “And he (Christ) is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.” Col 1:18 What blasphemy it is for any mortal man to claim what belongs only to God.

(2) The Pope claims that he is the Judge of the Living and the Dead. (Cath. Ency. XV. page 126). This is some more of his blasphemy. The Scriptures teach just the opposite. “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge:” 2 Tim. 4:1

(3) Authority above all and subject to none. (Pius VI Ency. 65.) Some more of their great swelling words. Doesn’t sound like the teachings of the Bible. “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” Romans 13:1

(4) We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty. (Leo. XIII Ency, 304). You can’t find a more blasphemous statement than that. No wonder God calls her “MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Rev. 17:5

(5) The Vicar of Christ. (Cath. Dic. 258). The Pope has this inscription on his crown VICARIVS FILII DEI. Translated this means Vicar of Son of God. It is interesting to learn that when we add up the Roman numerical values of this inscription we have 2 V =10 + 6 I =6 + 1 L =50 + 1 C = 100 + 1 D = 500, Totaling 666

(6) He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven.

The Pope is as it were God on earth, sole sovereign of the faithful of Christ, chief of kings, having plenitude of power, to whom has been entrusted by the omnipotent God direction not only of the earthly but also of the heavenly kingdom. The Pope is of so great authority and power that he can modify, explain, or interpret even divine laws. [Luclus Ferraris, Vol 6, p.26]

I offer the following quotes from official Catholic books to prove that she fulfills that which was spoken by Paul in II Thess. 2:4, “He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.”

He is the keeper of the keys, the judge of the living and the dead, and sits on the throne of justice, with power to extirpate all iniquity, He is the head of the church, which is one and stainless, and not a many-headed monster, and has full divine authority to pluck out and tear down, to build up and plant. Let not the king imagine that he has no superior, is not subject to the highest authority in the church.” [Catholic Ency. II, p 666]

Now, therefore, we declare, say, determine and pronounce that for every human creature it is necessary for salvation to be subject to the authority of the Roman Pontiff.” [Cath. Ency. XV, p 126]

The Roman Pontiff has from on high an authority which is supreme, above all others and subject to none. [Pope Pius XI said in his Encyclical, Light of Truth, page 5]

We (the pope) hold upon this earth the place of God almighty. [Pope Leo XIII, Great Encyclical Letters, 304]

But the supreme teacher in the church is the Roman Pontiff. Union of minds, therefore, requires together with a perfect accord in the one faith, complete submission and obedience of will to the church and to the Roman Pontiff as to God Himself.” [Great Encyclical Letters of Leo XIII, p. 193]

“Wherefore resting on plain testimonies of the Sacred Writings, and adhering to the plain and express decrees, both of our predecessors, the Roman Pontiffs, and of the General Councils, we renew the definition of the Ecumenical Council of Florence (1439 A.D.), in virtue of which all the faithful of Christ must believe that the Holy Apostolic See and the Roman Pontiff possesses the primacy over the whole world, and that the Roman Pontiff is the successor of the Blessed Peter, Prince of the Apostles, and is true Vicar of Christ, and the head of the whole church, and the Father and teacher of all Christians; and that full power was given to him in Blessed Peter to rule, feed, and govern the Universal Church by Jesus Christ Our Lord, as is contained in the Acts of the General Councils, and in the Sacred Canons.

Hence we teach and declare that by the appointment of Our Lord, the Roman Pontiff possesses a superiority of ordinary power over all other churches, and that this power of jurisdiction of the Roman Pontiff, which is truly Episcopal, is immediate; to which all, of whatever rite of dignity, both pastors and faithful, both individually and collectively, are bound by their duty of hierarchical subordination, and true obedience, to submit not only in matters which belong to faith and morals, but also in those that pertain to the discipline and government throughout the world, so that the Church of Christ may be one flock, under the one supreme pastor, through the preservation of unity both of communion and profession of the same faith with the Roman Pontiff. This is the teaching of Catholic truth from which no one can deviate without loss of faith and of salvation. [Dogmatic Decrees of the Council of Trent, p.159,160; Also in Teachings of the Catholic Church, p. 143,144]

There is nothing strange in attributing to the Roman Pontiff, as the Vicar of Him whose is the earth and the fullness thereof, the world and all that dwell therein, the fullest authority to lay bare, a just cause moving him, not only the spiritual but also the material sword, and so to transfer sovereignties, break scepters and remove crowns. [Catholic Dictionary, p 258]

How much more blasphemy do you need to hear? I believe this is enough to convince any honest, Bible believing Christian.

4 The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries.

The Catholic church has untold wealth. Nino Lo Bello says, “on the question, How rich is the Pope?, suffice it to say that it has become increasingly clear he doesn’t even know himself.” Again he says it is “one of the greatest fiscal powers in the world.” [The Vatican Empire, p.8]

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She owns water companies, telephone companies, gas companies, breweries. “One could also mention the Church’s invaluable collections of antiquities–gold and silver crosses, Byzantine jewelry, altar pieces, furniture, chalices and other vessels. The five hundred thousand aged volumes and sixty thousand old manuscripts in the Vatican Library are also part of the Church patrimony. Because none of the treasures will ever be put on the market, it is folly even to hazard a guess as to the cumulative worth of these items. But, conceivably, they could bring a billion dollars under an auctioneers gavel.” [p. 13] Mr. Lo Bello describes in fascinating detail Vatican investment in real estate–one third of Rome is owned by the Holy See–electronics, plastics, airlines, and chemical and engineering firms. He also gives evidence that the Vatican is heavily involved in Italian banking and that it has huge deposits in foreign banks. Some of these accounts are in America; many are in Switzerland. The Vatican financiers prefer numbered Swiss accounts because they allow them to maintain anonymity when gaining control of foreign corporations. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. She makes large offers and absolutions, and positively lures men into sin. Abominable things and adulteries are her stock in trade. According to her a priest does not break vow of “Chastity” by adultery!

All celibates are not chaste: celibacy is not necessarily chastity; by a large majority. Unless something other than selfishness suggests this choice of life, the word is apt to be a misnomer for profligacy. And one who takes the vow of Celibacy does not break it by sinning against the sixth commandment, he is true to it until he weds. [Explanation of Catholic Morals p. 149]

5 This title was written on her forehead: MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

Her doctrine of purgatory, transubstantion, relics, miracles, signs, sacraments, etc. are all mysterious and unfathomable. It is mysterious how anyone could be so zealous and profess to be Christian and practice these sins.

6 I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus. When I saw her, I was greatly astonished.

Consider: Persecutions and death of Waldenses, Popes war against the Albigenses (Bohemian Brethren), Massacre of St. Bartholomew, Martyrdom of John Calas, the Inquisition (150,000 in 30 years), John Wycliff, John Huss, Jerome of Prague, Tyndale, Luther, Persecutions in Germany, France, Scotland, England, Ireland, persecution of Quakers. From the order of the Jesuits of 1540 it is supposed that 900,000 persons have perished through papal cruelty. Dear reader do you think she is drunk on the blood of Saints? Is there any other institution on the face of the earth that more likely fits the above description?

7 Then the angel said to me: “Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns.

When you first read the history of Roman Catholicism you will wonder with great admiration, you will be amazed beyond measure. Her acts will astound and perplex you beyond measure. I have her own books, and encyclopedias written by her own priests. God has made her confess her own sins.

8 The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come.

The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. The dragon (Pagan Rome) gave him (Papal Rome) his seat (Rome) and his power (absolute ruler-ship) and great authority. THE VATICAN OCCUPIES THE ORIGINAL GARDENS OF NERO! God said, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.” Rev. 18:4,5

9 This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits.

Rome sits on seven hills, thus the seven-hilled city is a representation of the seven forms of government that she has passed through.

10 They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while.

The remaining part of the book will talk extensively about this red dragon. It is therefore necessary that we identify who or what he is. The Dragon was the standard of Pagan Rome in the third century. The best way to explain the meaning of the Dragon with seven heads and ten horns is to let the Prophet Daniel tell us the meaning. Here is what Daniel has to say about it.

After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast–terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns. Dan. 7:7

Then I wanted to know the true meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others and most terrifying, with its iron teeth and bronze claws–the beast that crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. Dan 7:19

Dear reader, are you anxious to know the true meaning of the fourth beast with 7 heads and 10 horns? If so, then lets have Daniel tell us who it is:

He gave me this explanation: “The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it.” Dan. 7:23

Now that should forever settle whom the beast is. In Daniel chapter two he speaks of four Kingdoms and identifies them as Babylon, Media Persia, Greece and the fourth as the Roman Empire. It is stated in both Daniel and the Revelation that this Empire would have seven heads. As we examine the Empire we notice that it passed through seven Heads:

1. It was ruled over by seven kings for about 200 years.

2. Consuls

3. Tribunes

4. Decemvirs

5. Dictators

6. 65 Emperors ruled in Rome for 5 centuries.

7. Exarchs of Ravenna ruled for more than a century.

This 7 headed beast has 10 horns, or ten Kings (kingdoms) over which she ruled for 1260 years. We identify them as the ten kingdoms of Europe:

1. German empire

2. Austrian Empire

3. Belgium

4. Holland

5. France

6. Spain

7. Italy

8. Switzerland

9. Portugal

10. Great Britain

11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.

  • The Beast was when Rome was in power.
  • The Beast was not when Rome fell.
  • The Beast “yet is” when it reappeared in Roman Catholicism.

Out of the seventh head of the Roman Empire (the Exarchs of Ravenna) who ruled for a short time (about a century) came the eighth king (the Pope) who is going into perdition.

12 “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast.”

At the time that this book was written none of these ten kings or kingdoms had received power. We identified them above as the ten kingdoms of Europe. This verse affirms that when John was here that Europe was not divided into ten kingdoms.

13 They have purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast.

These powers aided the false church in her religious wars. During the dark ages she used these Kings and their armies to destroy heretics (Christians).

14 They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings–and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.

He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. Rev. 13:7

I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus. When I saw her, I was greatly astonished. Rev. 17:6

Rome’s long history was marked with the shedding of the blood of saints. Can anyone doubt that this belongs to the Popes. In 1208 Pope Innocent III warred against the Waldines and Albigines, in which one million perished. From the beginning of the Jesuits 1540-1580 nine hundred thousand were destroyed. One hundred fifty thousand perished by the inquisition in thirty years. In the low lands fifty thousand persons were hanged, beheaded, burned alive or buried alive for the crime of heresy (Christianity). Within 38 years from the edict of Charles V, eighteen thousand were executed. The Popes tried to put down the reformation in Germany and Switzerland. The slightest acquaintance of the history of the Popes will convince us that this verse refers to them. The historian W.E. H. Lecky says, “The church of Rome has shed more innocent blood than any other institution that ever existed among mankind, will be questioned by no Protestant who has a complete knowledge of history.” Some historians have estimated that the persecuting hands of Rome have been reddened by the blood of fifty million saints. I doubt that anyone can come close to the exact number. In Revelation, she is known as Babylon the Great, or better known to us as Union of Church and State. The church was driven into the wilderness for 1260 long years. During this long dark period of history she dealt with a high hand. During this time she made and unmade kings. She changed the laws respecting the Lord’s supper, set up images, enacted celibacy of the clergy. In 1075 Gregory VII declared all clerical marriages invalid. This was the greatest mass divorce in history. She changed the l0 commandments. In general she claims absolute control of all religion.

15 Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.”

John wanted to make sure that we had the proper key to interpret these verses. The pope is an international figure and millions adore and worship him. He rules over a large population of the earth.

16 The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire.

All of the ten kingdoms of Europe finally turned against the Pope and withdrew their power. Consider the following: France was considered the “eldest son of the church,” she turned against the church and invaded Italy and locked the Pope up in Prison. Read the history of the French Revolution and see how they hated the Catholic church for its sins.

17 For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule, until God’s words are fulfilled.

Our God is Sovereign and is Omnipotent, Omnific, Omnipresent, and Omniscient. Consider how God put into the heart of Cyrus King of Persia to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem:

In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it in writing: This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. EZR 1:1,2

While the ten kingdoms of Europe gave their power to the pope and allowed him to rule through them over the “Holy Roman Empire,” all that took place was “until God’s words are fulfilled.”

18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.

No King was made or unmade in all the ten kingdoms of Europe without the will of the pope of Rome. He claimed the right to transfer sovereignties, break scepters, and remove crowns:

There is nothing strange in attributing to the Roman Pontiff, as the Vicar of Him whose is the earth and the fullness thereof, the world and all that dwell therein, the fullest authority to lay bare, a just cause moving him, not only the spiritual but also the material sword, and to transfer sovereignties, break scepters, and remove crowns. The canonists produce numerous instances where this has been actually done, as when Gregory VII deposed of Byzantine, emperor Leo III; Gregory VII deposed the emperor Henry IV; Innocent IV in the Council of Lyons, deposed the emperor Frederick II. [Cath. Dic. 258]

Sometimes the Popes declared rulers unfit to reign:

Emperors and kings had to profess the true faith, and be in communion with the Pope, as essential conditions of their reigning lawfully; if these conditions were broken, of which the Pope was the judge, then, at the demand of the subjects, he could relieve them of their allegiance and declare their ruler unfit to reign. [Cath Dic, 257]

Did they claim the right to depose Kings and Queens? Pius V (Cath. Ency., V,449), Gregory XIII (Cath. Ency., VII,3) and Sixtus V (Cath. Ency., I,729), Excommunicate Protestant Queen Elizabeth, and Sixtus promised the Spanish King a subsidy for the Armada, with which England was to be subjugated. Sixtus V excommunicated Protestant Henry of Navarre, and sent an army to unseat him, but he died before this was accomplished (Cath. Ency., VII,4) Lets take a look at how Pope Gregory compels King Henry to freeze three days before he would received him:

Striped of his royal robes, and clad as a penitent, Henry had to come barefooted mid ice and snow, and crave for admission to the presence of the pope. All day he remained at the door of the citadel, fasting and exposed to the inclemency of the wintry weather, but was refused admission. A second and third day he thus humiliated and disciplined himself, and finally on 28 January, l077, he was received by the pontiff and absolved from censure, but on condition that he would appear at the proposed council and submit himself to its decision. Cath. Ency. VI, 794

All of this shows how arrogant the Catholic Church was during the dark ages and how she ruled over the ten kingdoms of Europe. This power that once ruled the world has now been broken, Alleluia. Dear reader is it still ringing in your ears, “until God’s words are fulfilled?”

610x7REVELATION Chapter 18

BABYLON THE GREAT

IS FALLEN

COME OUT OF HER

18 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. 2With a mighty voice he shouted:

“Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!

She has become a home for demons

and a haunt for every evil [Greek unclean] spirit,

a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird.

3For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries.

The kings of the earth committed adultery with her,

and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.”

4Then I heard another voice from heaven say: 4

“Come out of her, my people,

so that you will not share in her sins,

so that you will not receive any of her plagues;

5for her sins are piled up to heaven,

and God has remembered her crimes.

6Give back to her as she has given;

pay her back double for what she has done.

Mix her a double portion from her own cup.

7Give her as much torture and grief

as the glory and luxury she gave herself.

In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit as queen;

I am not a widow, and I will never mourn.’

8Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her:

death, mourning and famine.

She will be consumed by fire,

for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.

9“When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. 10Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry:

“‘Woe! Woe, O great city,

O Babylon, city of power!

In one hour your doom has come!’

11“The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because

The Freind of our enemy?
The Freind of our enemy?

no one buys their cargoes any more–12cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; 13cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and bodies and souls of men.

14“They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’ 15The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn 16and cry out:

“‘Woe! Woe, O great city,

dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet,

and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!

17In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’

“Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. 18When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great city?’ 19They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out:

“‘Woe! Woe, O great city,

where all who had ships on the sea

became rich through her wealth!

In one hour she has been brought to ruin!

20Rejoice over her, O heaven!

Rejoice, saints and apostles and prophets!

God has judged her for the way she treated you.'”

21Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said:

“With such violence

the great city of Babylon will be thrown down,

never to be found again.

22The music of harpists and musicians,

flute players and trumpeters,

will never be heard in you again.

No workman of any trade will ever be found in you again.

The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again.

23The light of a lamp will never shine in you again.

The voice of bridegroom and bride

will never be heard in you again.

Your merchants were the world’s great men.

By your magic spell all the nations were led astray.

24In her was found the blood of prophets and of the saints,

and of all who have been killed on the earth.”

INTRODUCTION

b478The great blasphemer is now receiving her retribution from a just and holy God. She was the hold of every foul and unclean bird and the habitation of demons. To the student of history the Vatican is the headquarters of the rottenest and most corrupt acts in history. Our God is seen saying, “come out of her…do not partake of her sins.” There is nothing holy about the “holy Catholic church.” God is going to pour out his judgment double unto her. The sentence is pronounced and execution is certain. She is going into hell at last. She must pay for her involvement in killing saints and prophets and trafficking in the souls of men. Well! God had a score to settle with the old “mother of harlots” and in this chapter he tells us about it. Read on brother and sister!

EXPOSITION

1 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor.

This is a different angel from the one mentioned in 17:1.

2 With a mighty voice he shouted: “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil [Greek unclean] spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird.

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This angel came to tell John about the fall of Babylon the Great–also known as church and state. Similar language is derived from the prophets:

But desert creatures will lie there, jackals will fill her houses; there the owls will dwell, and there the wild goats will leap about. Hyenas will howl in her strongholds, jackals in her luxurious palaces. Her time is at hand, and her days will not be prolonged. Isa. 13:21,22

The desert owl and screech owl will possess it; the great owl and the raven will nest there. God will stretch out over Edom the measuring line of chaos and the plumb line of desolation. Her nobles will have nothing there to be called a kingdom, all her princes will vanish away. Thorns will overrun her citadels, nettles and brambles her strongholds. She will become a haunt for jackals, a home for owls. Desert creatures will meet with hyenas, and wild goats will bleat to each other; there the night creatures will also repose and find for themselves places of rest. The owl will nest there and lay eggs, she will hatch them, and care for her young under the shadow of her wings; there also the falcons will gather, each with its mate. Isa 34: 11-15

Babylon will be a heap of ruins, a haunt of jackals, an object of horror and scorn, a place where no one lives. Jer. 51:37

John is telling us that the desolation will be so great that it will be inhabited only by wild beasts and birds. Ancient Babylon is and always will be uninhabited.

3 For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.

As we have seen in the introduction the figure of fornication is repeatedly used to describe faithlessness towards God. The expression “wine of her fornication,” is a repetition of that in Rev. 14:8 and is derived from Jer. 51:7. Cf. also Rev. 16:19; and 18:3.

4 Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues.”

The harlot is identified as Babylon of which we identified in the previous chapter as the Catholic church. The Angel of verse one is calling for God’s people to come out of her and not be partakers of her sins. The departure from her began at the end of the dark ages and continues to this present time. My great grand parents were once a part of her but they came out of her. The words of the Angel resemble those found elsewhere in scripture:

Leave Babylon, flee from the Babylonians! Announce this with shouts of joy and proclaim it. Send it out to the ends of the earth; say, “The Lord has redeemed his servant Jacob.” Isa. 48:20

Depart, depart, go out from there! Touch no unclean thing! Come out from it and be pure, you who carry the vessels of the Lord. Isa. 52:11

Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Jer 1:8

Flee from Babylon! Run for your lives! Do not be destroyed because of her sins. It is time for the Lord’s vengeance; he will pay her what she deserves. Babylon was a gold cup in the Lord’s hand; she made the whole earth drunk. The nations drank her wine; therefore they have now gone mad. Babylon will suddenly fall and be broken. Wail over her! Get balm for her pain; perhaps she can be healed. Jer 51:6-8

The chant of doom resembles the Old Testament prophetic passages:

Like a hunted gazelle, like sheep without a shepherd, each will return to his own people, each will flee to his native land. Isa. 13:14

5 for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.

The accumulation of her sins were so high that it appeared to reach all the way to Heaven. God had said this long ago of literal Babylon:

We would have healed Babylon, but she cannot be healed; let us leave her and each go to his own land, for her judgment reaches to the skies, it rises as high as the clouds. Jer:51:9

6 Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done. Mix her a double portion from her own cup.

The description of God’s judgment is still founded on the denunciations against Babylon in Jeremiah:

Before your eyes I will repay Babylon and all who live in Babylonia [ Or Chaldea; also in verse 35 ] for all the wrong they have done in Zion,” declares the Lord. Jer. 51:24

Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs. ISA 61:7

The legal retribution ordered in from the law:

If the stolen animal is found alive in his possession–whether ox or donkey or sheep–he must pay back double. If a man grazes his livestock in a field or vineyard and lets them stray and they graze in another man’s field, he must make restitution from the best of his own field or vineyard. If a fire breaks out and spreads into thornbushes so that it burns shocks of grain or standing grain or the whole field, the one who started the fire must make restitution. If a man gives his neighbor silver or goods for safekeeping and they are stolen from the neighbor’s house, the thief, if he is caught, must pay back double. Exodus 22:4-7

7 Give her as much torture and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn.’

These words are an echo of Isaiah:

You said, “I will continue forever–the eternal queen!” But you did not consider these things or reflect on what might happen. Now then, listen, you wanton creature, lounging in your security and saying to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me. I will never be a widow or suffer the loss of children.’ Both of these will overtake you in a moment, on a single day: loss of children and widowhood. They will come upon you in full measure, in spite of your many sorceries and all your potent spells. Isa. 47:7-9

She forms an estimate of herself and asserted the right to rule.

8 Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.

The word of the Lord informs us that she will be consumed by fire. Some have thought that this is merely a figurative representation rather than an actual happening. But to the writer it seems a strong probability that God intends in this way to end the Papal power that have been so long a blasphemous power. Gibbon says:

In the opinion of a general conflagration, the faith of the Christian very happily coincided with the tradition of the East, the philosophy of the Stoics, and the analogy of nature; and even the country, which, from religious motives, had been chosen for the origin and principal scene of the conflagration, was the best adapted for that purpose by natural and physical causes; by its deep caverns, beds of sulfur, and numerous volcanoes of which those of Aetna, of Vesuvius, and of Lipari, exhibit as very imperfect representation. Gibbon, Vol. l p. 263, ch 15

When Mr. Towsend made his tour of Italy in 1850 he wrote the following:

I behold everywhere–in Rome, near Rome, and through the whole region from Rome to Naples–most astounding proof, not merely of the possibility, but the probability, that the whole region of central Italy will one day be destroyed by such a catastrophe (by earthquakes and volcanoes). The soil of Rome is tufa, with a volcanic subterranean action going on. At Naples the boiling sulfur is to be seen bubbling near the surface of the earth. When I drew a stick along the ground, the sulfurous smoke followed the indentation; and it would never surprise me to hear of the utter destruction of the southern peninsula of Italy. The entire country and district is volcanic. It is saturated with beds of sulfur and the substrata of destruction. It seems as certainly prepared for the flames as the wood and coal of the hearth are prepared for the taper which shall kindle the fire to consume them. The divine hand alone seems to me to hold the element of fire in check by a miracle as great as that which protected the cities of the plain, till righteous Lot had made his escape to the mountains. [Quoted in part from Barnes commentary, p. 399,400]

Dear reader do not be surprised to wake up some morning to the news that this has happened.

9 “When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her.

One of the greatest cities of ancient times was Tyre. Equal in that day to New York or London. For l500 years the armed forces of other nations had attacked this proud city but always unsuccessful. Thirteen years after the prophecy of Ezekiel 26, Nebuchadnezzar took the city, demolished the mainland and as predicted Tyre was forgotten for 70 years. Now listen to the cry over this city and compare the cry here in this verse to their cry:

This is what the Sovereign Lord says to Tyre: Will not the coastlands tremble at the sound of your fall, when the wounded groan and the slaughter takes place in you? Then all the princes of the coast will step down from their thrones and lay aside their robes and take off their embroidered garments. Clothed with terror, they will sit on the ground, trembling every moment, appalled at you. Then they will take up a lament concerning you and say to you: ‘How you are destroyed, O city of renown, peopled by men of the sea! You were a power on the seas, you and your citizens; you put your terror on all who lived there. Now the coastlands tremble on the day of your fall; the islands in the sea are terrified at your collapse.’ Ezek 26:15-18

10 Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry: “Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power! In one hour your doom has come!”

Judgment may be delayed but not forgotten!

11 “The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more–

This is analogous to Tyre:

An oracle concerning Tyre: Wail, O ships of Tarshish! For Tyre is destroyed and left without house or harbor. From the land of Cyprus [Hebrew Kittim] word has come to them. Be silent, you people of the island and you merchants of Sidon, whom the seafarers have enriched. On the great waters came the grain of the Shihor; the harvest of the Nile [Masoretic Text; one Dead Sea Scroll Sidon, / who cross over the sea; / your envoys are on the great waters. / The grain of the Shihor, / the harvest of the Nile,] was the revenue of Tyre, and she became the marketplace of the nations. Isa. 23:1-3

12 cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble;

13 cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and bodies and souls of men.

Such was and is the attire of the Harlot. First, articles of personal adornment; Second, articles used for furniture, etc.; Third, objects of sensual gratification–smell, etc.; Fourth, articles of food; Fifth, animate possessions; Sixth, Slaves – Rome was a keeper of slaves. Slaves had no status as human beings. There were hundreds of thousands of them. They were used in every part of Roman life, on small farms and big estates, and in village huts and luxurious houses, in mines and the inner offices of the government. None exploited slaves more thoroughly, squandered them so wantonly or depended on them so completely as the Romans did. It is estimated that in the first century a third of the population of the city of Rome was slaves. In 201 B.C. 35,000 of Hannibal’s followers were enslaved. A few decades later Sardinia supplied Rome with 40,000 slaves, northern Greece with 150,000. (Life magazine, March 1966) Seventh, Souls of men. The whole system of mass for the dead is a traffic in the souls of men.

14 “They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’

All the things which was dainty and splendid are perished from Babylon the Great.

15 The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn.

They are mourning because they have no sale for their merchandise.

16 and cry out: “Woe! Woe, O great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!

The identity of description of the woman of 17:1 and O great city, is double proof that they are the same.

17 In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’ “Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off.

Like the merchants, the men here described regret the loss of their wealth. The words describe a common sign of lamentation. The businessman’s motto was “all hail to profit!”

18 When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great city?’

Rome was a republic until 27 B.C. then as an empire.

19 They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out: “Woe! Woe, O great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth! In one hour she has been brought to ruin!

Like the merchants, the men here described regret the loss of their wealth. The words describe a common sign of lamentation.

20 Rejoice over her, O heaven! Rejoice, saints and apostles and prophets! God has judged her for the way she treated you.

The Roman empire had persecuted the saints for centuries and now her dooms day had arrived and the saints of God are whooping it up.

21 Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: “With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again.

Never to be found again…thank God! Read her history and you too will see how her sins reached to heaven and now God is bringing her down like Babylon of old. Compare this with what was said in Jeremiah:

He said to Seraiah, “When you get to Babylon, see that you read all these words aloud. Then say, ‘O Lord, you have said you will destroy this place, so that neither man nor animal will live in it; it will be desolate forever.’ When you finish reading this scroll, tie a stone to it and throw it into the Euphrates. Then say, ‘So will Babylon sink to rise no more because of the disaster I will bring upon her. And her people will fall.’” The words of Jeremiah end here. Jer. 51:61-64.

22 The music of harpists and musicians, flute players and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again. No workman of any trade will ever be found in you again. The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again.

Well! I believe this verse says it all for Rome. No harpists, no musicians, no flute players, no trumpeters, no workman. Like ancient Babylon there will be no one there.

I will banish from them the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, the sound of millstones and the light of the lamp. Jer. 25:10

I will put an end to your noisy songs, and the music of your harps will be heard no more. Eze. 26:13

23 The light of a lamp will never shine in you again. The voice of bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again. Your merchants were the world’s great men. By your magic spell all the nations were led astray.

They have candles lighted on their altars in the daytime, candles are burned before the shrines of their saints and around the bodies of the dead. Untold millions of dollars are spent to lighten the dead through purgatory. Marriage ceremonies performed only by the priest of Rome will no longer be tolerated. She had deluded and deceived all nations.

24 In her was found the blood of prophets and of the saints, and of all who have been killed on the earth.”

Rome was held responsible for what had happened in the empire for she was “The mistress of the world.” The Eternal has a controversy to settle with the Popes and now he is seen as consigning her to Hell at last.

The People’s Revelation: Chapters 19-20

REVELATION Chapter 19

THE MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB

19 After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting:

“Hallelujah!

Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,

2for true and just are his judgments.

He has condemned the great prostitute

who corrupted the earth by her adulteries.

He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”

3And again they shouted:

“Hallelujah!

The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.”

4The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried:

“Amen, Hallelujah!”

5Then a voice came from the throne, saying:

“Praise our God, all you his servants,

you who fear him, both small and great!”

6Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:

“Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.

7Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!

For the wedding of the Lamb has come,

and his bride has made herself ready.

8Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.”

(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)

9Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!'” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”

10At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

11I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. 12His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” [Psalm 2:9] He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

17And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, 18so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great.”

19Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. 20But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. 21The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.

INTRODUCTION

People will be living to witness the destruction of “Babylon The Great”” better known as “union of Church and State.” In the previous chapter and in verses 9,15, 16, 17, men were witnessing the destruction of Romanism. Christ is on the battlefield and her demise is sure. We are informed in this chapter that God “hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand” (ver.2) Heaven’s ruling class of twenty-four elders are shouting Alleluia. We are then told that our Omnipotent God reigns! He is elsewhere described as Omnific, Omnipresent, and Omniscient. Our God invites us to the “Marriage supper of the Lamb.” This scene is anticipatory; the full vision is reserved for chapter 21. We are now told of a warfare waged by the one who is called Faithful and True: with eyes like as of fire and many crowns on his head and wearing a vesture dipped in the blood of his enemies and his name is called The Word of God. This will be warfare in defense of truth. During this great period of time He will smite the nations; and rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the enemies of truth like grapes in a winepress. Will you join me as we gather at the supper of the great God? Verse twenty tells us that the Beast (Papal Powers) and the false prophet (Mohammedan Powers) are captured and reserved for severer fate than death on the battlefield. The scene ends with God casting them into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. Join me with an exposition and analysis of the very verses that describe these scenes. I will give you a tour of the battlefield where the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but spiritual.

EXPOSITION

1 After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,

After the fall of Babylon The Great, a multitude in heaven had a victory party. Lots of shouting and hallelujah! The hurrahs were so great that it took John six verses to describe it. There were no sympathies, no tears, no lamentations no sobbing for her demise. After the fall of Babylon The Great there was a victory rally held in heaven. This was a great song of triumph.

2 for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”

This was not a negotiated peace settlement! God had condemned old Babylon the great and now he was going to execute his judgment against her.

3 And again they shouted: “Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.”

Compare notes on 14:11 Take note how the people were shouting with joy.

4 The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried: “Amen, Hallelujah!”

In this verse we are told that the ruling class in heaven join in the celebration. This ruling class had already held court. The indictment had been handed down, trial proceedings had been conducted, and she was found guilty as charged.

5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying: “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both small and great!”

The voices of praise ring throughout heaven because God had overthrown the whore.

6 Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.

Thunder and rushing water give us a vivid description of the volume of this shouting that took place that day in heaven. Only an omnipotent (All POWERFUL GOD) could bring down this power. The means by which he brought her down are described in chapter sixteen.

7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.

Consummation of this marriage is described in chapter twenty-one. This is somewhat anticipatory; the full vision will be discussed later.

8 Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)

The righteous acts of the saints, exhibited in fidelity to God and hostility to the world, obtained and retained by the grace of God. When you attended a wedding you were required to wear a wedding garment? Matt 22:11,12 ”

9 Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”

The wedding invitations have already been sent out. God is asking you for your R.S.V.P. You must answer with joyful duty. You could become one of the chosen few. This is not like those invitations you receive in the mail telling you that you are a winner. Those invitations are mostly from the scam artist. We dispose of such trash in the wastebasket. BUT this invitation has the divine stamp of God on it. He declares it to be the true words of God. With such blessed assurance you will never be ashamed of Jesus.

10 At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

We do not worship saints, or images, or crucifixes, or potentates, or kings or popes or heavenly beings. Only God is worthy of such worship (Exo, 20:3-5).

11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war.

Heaven was opened so John could see what God had planned for the future. The general who had won the victory over he foe rode a white horse. In this verse the rider is Jesus and he is to make war with his enemies and defeat them. The Lord sent a pagan nation to trample under foot Israel in the days of Coniah because of their many sins. The entire book of lamentations covers this period of history. God laid waste her dwellings, He rejected her altars, He abandoned his sanctuary, He determined to tear down the walls of Zion, He exiled her king and her princes among the nations. He overthrew them without pity and exalted the horn of her foes. God was angry with them and sent the Babylonians against them. In a similar way the rider on the white horse will take vengeance against Babylon The Great and send an army to destroy her.

12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.

His eyes were as penetrating as a laser beam. He can look into the innermost recesses of ones heart to the secret recess of our souls. On His head were many crowns. We crown him Lord of all, We crown him Prince of Peace, We crown him lion of the Tribe of Judah, We crown him Root of David, We crown him Shepherd and Bishop of our Souls, We crown him chief cornerstone, We crown him head of the church, We crown him Alpha and Omega, we crown him King of Kings.

13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.

His vesture is dipped in blood from the enemy he is fighting against. His name is the Word of God.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

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The battle had been fought and victory achieved: now they 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.

are marching with white raiment in a victory lap. The beast had defied heaven’s authority for 1260 years.

15 Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” [Psalm 2:9] He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.

A sharp sword comes from His mouth.

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Eph. 6:17

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged 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. Heb. 4:12.

This war is described in symbolic terms. The meaning is that the Word of God had prevailed over the beast. The second chapter of Second Thessalonians describes the falling away and the rise of the one who would claim to be God and sit in the temple of God, and then goes on to describe how the Lord would consume him with the Spirit of His mouth and destroy him with the brightness of his coming.

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 2 Thess. 2:4-8

The Word of God will break this anti-Christian power of Papal Rome. Jesus, with his faithful warriors, will defeat this arch enemy.

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

Remember the Word of God clearly says,

And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. Rev. 18:23

Every true believer knows that among her are the great men. Every rung on the ladder of humanity has great men from every walk of life and she has them within her fold because she has deceived them with her sorceries. Now, God is smiting the nations with His sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God and will rule them with a rod of iron. Iron is firm and severe and will be used to rule wicked nations. He will tread them in the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God.

For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it. And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad, because of the sword that I will send among them. Then took I the cup at the LORD’s hand, and made all the nations to drink, unto whom the LORD had sent me: Jer 25:15-17

Wine has been used to symbolize wrath and anger, and other conditions of the intellect.

Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’s hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad. Jer. 51:7

The entire chapter tells us how God will tread the wicked down.

16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

The beast had a name written on her head : “MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT.”

And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. Rev. 17:5

Our Lord has a name on his robe and thigh: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. Make no mistake about it: our General has two titles and the decorations distinguish him as commander. His army of saints may not be the largest, but they are elite forces who are using the secret weapon known as the word of God.

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. Rev. 12:11

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 the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Eph. 6:11-17

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; 2 Cor. 10:4

17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God,

In ancient times a battlefield was left for buzzards to come and eat the fallen warriors. This feast of the fowls was called “the Supper of the Great God.” When David met Goliath on the battlefield Goliath threatened to give David’s flesh to the fowls of the air.

And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field. I Sam. 17:44

18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great.”

This verse is but an extension of the preceding verse with an explanation of who fell in the battle. We must keep in mind that this is highly symbolic of the victory of Jesus and his church fighting the battle against the beast (Catholicism) and winning the war.

19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army.

No doubt the power of this world would combine their forces against Christianity. World religions including Catholicism, Islam, Atheism and Secularism will combine their forces with Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Shinto’s, Sikhism, Jainism, and Zoroastrianism. The polytheistic religions, the monotheistic religions, the philosophic and metaphysical religions will all combine their forces against the “Word that proceeds from the mouth of Jesus.”

20 But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.

The two most notable and opposing ones are the beast and the false prophet. These two powers have always been at war against the saints. Today the greatest enemy is the clerics of Islam with their holy jihad of hate against Christianity as the Jesuits of Catholism fought their wars against protestants. Jesus will throw both of them into the lake of fire.

21 The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.

The sword that came out of the mouth of the rider killed the rest of heathenism. There was a moping up of the “die-hards.” This battle has been ongoing since the protestant reformation and will continue till the end of time. This is not “Custer’s last stand.” This is the battle of Armageddon. It is a battle between the forces of darkness and the forces of light. This war is being fought right now. Christians have put on the armor and are engaged in the thick of battle. This is a defensive and offensive war. The battle of Armageddon is being fought every day in every nation where Christians stand for truth and right. Some are labeled as bigots and others as against the right of free speech, but as the smoke clears the word of God shall prevail. The real arena is the struggle that men have over abortion, prayer in public places, indecency on public airwaves, and pornography.

Three hundred men held the army of one million Persians at the battle of Thermopylae until the Greeks could muster their forces. All three hundred lost their lives that Greece might be free. The reformers such as John Wyclif, Geoffrey, Chaucer, Joan of Arc, The Lollards, John Huss, Luther, John Calvin, Erasmus, Zwingli, John Knox, and the list goes on fought against the tyranny of Rome. This is a battle of ideologies. The Word of God will win the battle because He is on the white horse giving commands.

REVELATION Chapter 20

REIGNED A THOUSAND YEARS

DEVIL BOUND

MILLENIUM

20 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. 2He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. 3He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.

4I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5(The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. 6Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.

7When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison 8and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth–Gog and Magog–to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. 9They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. 10And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

11Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. 14Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

INTRODUCTION In our discussion of the seven seals we disclosed the fall of the Roman Empire. The seventh seal is developed by seven trumpets, and when the last is sounded this announcement is made: “The kingdom of the world is become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ: and He shall reign for ever and ever (Rev. 11:15) Now the real question is what the kingdom of the world became. Did the kingdom of the world go to the Devil or become the kingdom of the Lord? Is this world headed for a better day or headed for the rocks? Did Jesus send us out with a message of despair or a message of hope? Either the gospel is good news or bad news. Either Christ and His kingdom shall triumph or the kingdom of Satan. In this chapter we will find the answer to these questions. We know that “the gospel is the power of God” (Rom 1:16) and that it is the means of Satan’s downfall. (Rom. 16:20) Jesus shall reign until every enemy is abolished (I Cor. 15:25,26). Yes Christian friend there is hope for a brighter day and this chapter forecasts such a triumph. Alleluia! We have heretofore described the proclamation of “eternal good tidings” (Rev. 14:6,7). This proclamation of the Gospel has been committed to the church. Therefore, the idea of an angel “flying through the midst of heaven proclaiming the word to every nation and tribe and tongue and people.” must have reference to an effort to evangelize the world by means of telstar and other satellite communications used by the people of God to proclaim the gospel. In the previous chapter (19:11-16) we have the following description: A rider on a white horse, followed by warriors “clothed in fine linen, white and pure,” a sword is protruding from the mouth of the rider on the horse. This sword is the word by which he will smite the Nations and take rule of the world resulting in the fall of “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and of the Abominations of the Earth” (17:5). We have already described the power and the Roman Catholic church. The False Prophet of which we have described as Mohammed, these two powers along with the Kings of the Earth are described as being overthrown. The nations of this earth are doomed because of their misrule, because they supported these beastly institutions. Evidence of that fact at present is the diplomatic relation between the Vatican and all civilized nations. The Devil is arrested and incarcerated. He is sentenced without parole for a thousand years. Our Lord spoke of Satan’s defeat as a result of preaching by the seventy (Luke `10:17,18). In Rev. 12:10-11, Satan (who is called the dragon with seven heads and ten horns) is overcome by three means–the blood of Christ, the testimony of the gospel, and the suffering of the church. Martyrs are reigning with Christ for a thousand years. This is called the first resurrection. After the millennium Satan will be released for a short period. Like most released convicts he is incorrigible and goes out to stir up more trouble but this time God will put him and the false prophet where they belong–in the lake of fire and brimstone to be tormented for ever and ever. In the previous chapter we noted that the beast and the false prophet were already in the lake of fire and brimstone. The general resurrection will then occur in which all the dead will participate. The whole world will be judged and those written in the book of life will experience all that is promised them in the next two chapters. You are now invited to join me in an analysis of the text. EXPOSITION 1 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. revch20a.jpg (51332 bytes) Prisoners were generally taken to dungeons where there were bars and little or no light. In this verse we are told of a pit in which the Devil is thrown and the door is closed behind and locked. He is chained to the walls of this prison and will be there for a long, long time. 2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. Yes, they caught the dragon (Paganism) Alias the Devil, Alias Satan, Alias the Seducer, Alias the Father of Lies, Alias the Evil One, Alias the Angel of the bottomless Pit, Alias god of this World, Alias Prince of the Power of The Air, Alias Apollyon, Alias Abadon, Alias Beliel, Alias Beelzebub. 3 He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time. The seal would prevent intrusion by secretly opening the door. It will be a long, long time before the parole beard meets. 4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. This is the reign of the martyrs. In 6:9-11 these martyrs are seen “underneath the altar,” crying for judgment on those who had slain them. They are told to “rest yet for a little time” until more have been killed. In 13:15 power is given the Beast to kill those who would not worship his image. In 17:6 Babylon, the papal church, is described as being “drunken with the blood of the saints.” Since the same martyr class is spoken of in the twentieth chapter as reigning with Christ, it follows that the millennium is the reign of martyrs. Many speak of the millennium as if they were going to participate in it when they haven’t suffered a briar scratch for Jesus. Our generation has had clashing, discord, strife, wrangling, contentions, but few can lay claim to martyrdom. John would have seen Stephen, who suffered martyrdom at Jerusalem, James the son of Zebedee, Martyred by Herod Agrippa, Phillip suffered martyrdom at Heliopolis, in Phrygia. He was scourged, thrown into prison, and crucified. Matthew suffered martyrdom Ethiopia he, being slain with a halberd in the city of Nadabah. James the Less, he was beat and stoned by the Jews; and finally had his brains dashed out with a fuller’s club. Matthias, He was stoned at Jerusalem and then beheaded. Andrew, He preached the gospel to many Asiatic nations; but on his arrival at Edessa he was taken and crucified on a cross. Mark was dragged to pieces by the people of Alexandria. Peter, crucified, as some do write, at Rome. Paul, Crucified at Rome under Nero. Jude, Crucified at Edessa. Bartholomew was crucified in India. Thomas was martyred by Pagan priests in India. The idolatrous priests of Greece hanged Luke on an olive tree. Simon was crucified in Britain. The list is endless; historians estimate that at least fifty million were killed by Papal Rome during the dark ages. But, the church daily increased, deeply rooted in the doctrine of the apostles and watered with the blood of saints. Beloved how does it appear to you? Does it not say in this verse of scripture that these martyred ones are going to reign with Christ a thousand years? I am not interested in speculative theories but rather in the truth of Gods word. 5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. According to sound hermeneutics the meaning of any passage is to be obtained from its context and to harmonize with it. According to the text only those who risked their lives and were killed for their faith shall share in this blessed millennium. The highest degree of honor is reserved for those who drink his cup of suffering. Respected reader, how does it appear to you? 6 Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. There is an absurd doctrine being taught and widely accepted that this has reference to baptism. Such a doctrine is so ludicrous and incredible that one wonders how intelligent reasoning students of the scripture could think so irrational. 7 When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth–Gog and Magog–to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. revch20b.jpg (83142 bytes) The term four corners of the earth mean four directions North, South, East and West.

In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, [Hebrew from Pathros] from Cush, [That is, the upper Nile region] from Elam, from Babylonia, [Hebrew Shinar] from Hamath and from the islands of the sea. He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth. ISA 11:11,12

The terms Gog and Magog are found in the Old Testament. First we consider the passages in which Gog is mentioned:

The descendants of Joel: Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son. I Ch. 5:4

Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of [Or the prince of Rosh,] Meshech and Tubal; prophesy against him and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of [Or Gog, prince of Rosh,] Meshech and Tubal. Eze. 38:2,3

Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: In that day, when my people Israel are living in safety, will you not take notice of it? You will come from your place in the far north, you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army. You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, O Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I show myself holy through you before their eyes. ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Are you not the one I spoke of in former days by my servants the prophets of Israel? At that time they prophesied for years that I would bring you against them. This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the Sovereign Lord. EZE 38:14-18

These are the passages in which the term Magog occurs:

The sons [Sons may mean descendants or successors or nations; also in verses 3, 4, 6, 7, 20-23, 29 and 31.] of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech and Tiras. GEN 10:2

The sons [Sons may mean descendants or successors or nations; also in verses 6-10, 17 and 20.] of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech and Tiras. I Ch. 1:5

Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of [Or the prince of Rosh,] Meshech and Tubal; prophesy against him. Eze 38:2

I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in safety in the coastlands, and they will know that I am the Lord. Eze 39:6

I have set before the reader all the passages in which the term Gog and Magog occur. In Ezek.38 we have a Scythian attack upon Israel which was made by Gog and Magog, this included Persia in the East, Cush in the South, Put in the West, and Gog and Magog, Rosh Mesh, and Tubal in the North (which he calls the four corners) This four corner attack was a massive attack upon Israel. Now John is prophesying of a similar attack from the same regions (namely a four corner attack) against his beloved city.

9 They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. This must have reference to Jerusalem:

For the Lord has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling: Psalms 132:13

Brothers, this is the last war and Satan will lose the battle because God himself will intervene with fire from Heaven and destroy the enemies. Satan will be tried for war crimes and thrown into the lake of fire. God has been known in the past to destroy his enemies with fire. Let’s take a look at some of the passages:

Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah–from the Lord out of the heavens. Gen 19:24

Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. 1 Kings 18:38

Elijah answered the captain, “If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!” Then fire fell from heaven and consumed the captain and his men. At this the king sent to Elijah another captain with his fifty men. The captain said to him, “Man of God, this is what the king says, ‘Come down at once!’” “If I am a man of God,” Elijah replied, “may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!” Then the fire of God fell from heaven and consumed him and his fifty men. So the king sent a third captain with his fifty men. This third captain went up and fell on his knees before Elijah. “Man of God,” he begged, “please have respect for my life and the lives of these fifty men, your servants! See, fire has fallen from heaven and consumed the first two captains and all their men. But now have respect for my life!” 2 Kings 1:l0-14

When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. 2CH 7:1

10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Well finally the Devil ends up where he belongs. If the lake of fire is only figurative, then it must be more awful for the fact must of necessity be stronger than the figure. If this is, as some affirm, figurative, then the devil is figurative, and so also is God. Children of God, be careful not to be entrapped with such interpretaions that TAKE AWAY FROM THE WORD OF GOD it’s power and meaning! 11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. When Luke wrote to Theophilus, he tells us that his coming would be like his departure:

“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” ACT 1:11

When he ascended, a cloud received him out of their sight. Acts 1:9.

When he comes again it shall be with clouds and every eye shall see him.

Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen. REV 1:7

His departure was with Angels and his coming will be with angels.

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. MAT. 25:31

Jesus will descend from heaven, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God to wake the dead from their sleep.

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 1TH. 4:16

Paul wrote to Titus and spoke of it as follows:

while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, TIT. 2:13

Listen to what Paul says will happen when Jesus comes.

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. PHI. 2:10,11

Simultaneous with the raising of all the dead saints the living saints will be changed from mortality to immortality.

According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 1TH 4:15-17

12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. OH! My soul: You and I must be there. Our history known and our conscience laid bare. Jesus said we would be judged by His words.

There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day. JOH 12:48

This fact is further established and collaborated by the scriptures:

And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. JOH 6:39

For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. JOH 6:40

Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” JOH 11:24

13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. According to Paul, God will judge the world:

For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead. ACT 17:31

Jesus taught that all nations would be present for this judgment.

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” MAT 25:31-46

14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Jesus Christ will deliver His kingdom to God at this time according to I Correntians:

Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For he “has put everything under his feet.” [Psalm 8:6] Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all. I Cor. l5:24-28

15 If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. The word of the Lord teaches that the present material universe will be destroyed by fire and a new universe created.

In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. Ps. 102:25,26

This event is connected with the Lord’s coming.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. [Some manuscripts be burned up] Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. [Or as you wait eagerly for the day of God to come] That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. 2 Pet. 3:8-13

Again we are told by Paul that the heavens and earth will be destroyed:

He also says, “In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.” [Psalm 102:25-27] Heb. 1:10-12

Accordingly, John “saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth are passed away: and the sea is no more” (Rev. 21:1). Furthermore, John saw the “new Jerusalem,” defined and explained as the “wife of the Lamb” coming down from heaven to the new earth as the saints eternal home.

THE PEOPLE’S REVELATION : Chapter 21

REVELATION Chapter 21

NEW HEAVEN AND NEW EARTHimages1

LAMB’S BOOK OF LIFE

HERE’S A LINK TO AN INTERESTING P.D.F.Formated Article about VISIONS OF THE NEW JERUSALEM’S APPERANCE:“Visions of other parts of the heavenly city” by A.H.Baker Missionary to Tibet,China,& Formosa

7be221 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

5He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

6He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

9One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last

Sorry.....this is SATAN'S Bride of Evolution...Wow, that isn't pretty!
Sorry.....this is SATAN'S Bride of Evolution...Wow, that isn't pretty!

plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. 11It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. 13There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. 14The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

15The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. 16The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia [That is, about 1,400 miles (about 2,200 kilometers)] in length, and as wide and high as it is long. 17He measured its wall and it was 144 cubits [That is, about 200 feet (about 65 meters)] thick, [Or high] by man’s measurement, which the angel was using. 18The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass.

19The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, 20the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. [The precise identification of some of these precious stones is uncertain.] 21The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.

images522I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

INTRODUCTION

HEAVEN AT LAST

“On the jasper threshold standing, Like a pilgrim safely landing, See the strange, bright scenes expanding, Ah, ’tis Heaven at last! “What a city, what a glory, Far beyond the fairest story, Of the ages, old and hoary, Ah, ’tis Heaven at last! Christ Himself the living splendor, Christ, the Sunshine, mild and tender, Praise to the Lamb we render, Ah, ’tis Heaven at last!

newJThis is not a description of a renovation or remodeling job. The Bible is explicit about the destruction of heaven and earth. John sees the New Jerusalem not the one located in the holy land but one descending from heaven. In the vision he sees God dwelling among us with no death, mourning, crying or pain. A special announcement is being given from the throne of God; “I AM MAKING EVERYTHING NEW!” God promises all this to the OVERCOMER. The second death is for all unbelieving, vile etc. An angel shows John the Lambs wife–the Holy City Jerusalem. It shined with brilliance like Jasper. It had 12 gates, 12 angels, and inscriptions on the gates of the 12 tribes. The walls had 12 foundations with an inscription of the 12 apostles. The city was 1400 miles square with walls 200 feet high all of which was made of precious stones. God and Christ were there and their brilliance lightened the city. The pearly gates are always open but only the saved can enter. The redeemed will walk on streets of Gold. Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

EXPOSITION

1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.

“Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.” ISA 65:17

“As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me,” declares the Lord, “so will your name and descendants endure.” ISA 66:22

But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. 2PE 3:13

He also says, “In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.” HEB 1:10

In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end. Psalm 102:25-27

090404-chandra-nebula-02According to Foy E. Wallace in his commentary he says the evident meaning of the new earth was that the surroundings were prepared and made favorable for the expansion of the kingdom of Christ, made possible by the removal of Judaism, the Jewish theocracy and the Jewish state….It was the vision of the pure church Bride descending from the high realm of holiness in contrast with the fallen harlot city. According to F.I Stanley in his commentary he claims that the churches in chapter one are the new heaven and the new earth in chapter 21. How anyone in their wildest imagination could get the new heaven and the new earth to be the church is a mystery that baffles my imagination. Read the above verses of scriptures, think soundly for a few days and you will see that this verse has nothing to do with the beginning of the church on Pentecost as alleged by the new thinkers. Now lets get down to business. What we see transpiring here is happening after the First Resurrection, after the millennium, after the general Resurrection, after the wedding supper of the lamb. This old earth will be so polluted by mankind that it will be necessary for God to make a new one. The writer of this commentary firmly believes that there will be a new heaven and a new earth. As we have already quoted from the inspired book of 2Pet. 3:13 where he tells of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and then promises a new heaven and a new earth. This did not happen at Pentecost! Thirty some years after Pentecost the Apostle Peter wrote that the NEW HEAVENS AND NEW EARTH would occur at the coming of Christ. Like Peter, brothers and sisters, I believe It will happen when the Lord comes.

2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

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In ver 10 John describes the great city the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. Remember when Jesus was with us he said,

“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.” John 14:2

This heavenly city is the place that Jesus has prepared for us. It has a golden street, gates of pearls, walls of jasper etc. I believe the people of heaven will be immortal and that We shall see God and Christ and the Holy spirit, and angels and saints past and present. These People with a figurative city that they call the church will not have any place to go when this life is over. If this city isn’t real is anything else in this book real? Hurry and get ready! Join the throng that will be singing the song of Moses and the Lamb! Don’t miss out on eternity!

3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

This hasn’t happened yet brethren. Since the resurrection hasn’t occurred this couldn’t have possibly occurred as alleged by the new wing thinkers.

4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Now the new wing thinkers really have a problem, since they maintain this chapter was fulfilled at Pentecost. But the fact remains that John says there will be no more death. There was death when John wrote and we still have death. What this verse teaches is that there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. If Stanley and Wallace are correct then we had better get a new hymn book. Foy E. Wallace explains this verse as follows:

“No more death referred to the martyrdom of the saints as in chapter 2:l0; neither sorrow nor crying referred to the sorrows of persecution; and neither any more pain was just another phrase for no more tribulation.”

According to F. I. Stanley the wiping away of all tears, no more death and no more crying has already been fulfilled when you become a Christian. Brethren, if these People are correct, we need to revise our hymn books and stop preaching funeral orations. Why are we singing “when the trumpet of the Lord shall sound and death shall be no more?” Luther wrote this hymn in l535 and it has been sung for the last four hundred plus years. Listen to the words of it and you will see where the author of this book stands.

“Great God, what do I see and hear! The end of things created! The Judge of mankind doth appear On clouds of glory seated! The trumpet sounds; the graves restore The dead which they contained before: Prepare, my soul, to meet Him. Amen.

The author of this commentary is not ashamed to admit that he believes in the “Old Time Religion”.

5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

I got the message! Did you? Everything new!! God is trustworthy and his word is true.

6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.

It’s hard to wait for something as wonderful as the promises that are in this chapter, but God says, “I will give to drink without cost.” You will not need to check your pocket for money because it’s free!

7 He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.

“Overcomes” is a favorite word of Jesus. When you feel crushed, defeated and downcast Jesus calls upon you to surmount, and subdue, and conquer, and overthrow your enemy. Dear reader if your soul has wandered into sin you may overcome the fetters that hold you. If you have been in the lowlands of strife and despair Jesus calls upon you today to overcome. If you are in Satan’s sway you can overcome today. If you are bruised and fainting, footsore and weary, Jesus calls upon you to overcome. If your days are dark and fears possess you then Jesus says overcome. The hymn writer R. Kelso Carter wrote:

Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,

Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,

Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,

Standing on the promises of God.

0280_sign_hell4real_christian_aniLets examine the verse together. What John says is that if we overcome we will inherit all this that is the new heaven and the new earth.

8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

There is always those who are afraid to do right or resist wrong, then there is the unbelieving (atheist) and the abominable, who practice detestable things, and murderers who take the life of people, and traffickers in sex, and dealers in magic, idol worshippers and those who knowingly utter falsehood. These people are surely not in heaven. They end up where they belong–in the lake of fire. It is interesting to note what G. K. Wallace says about the second death:

In this context the second death was a figurative description of the punishment of the persecutors in contrast with the deaths of the martyrs of the first resurrection.

It is clear from their books that they no longer believe that the wicked will suffer a second death in the lake of fire. They say it is all figurative and has already happened. Shades of heresy! This slick doctrine had permeated our churches. If Wallace is right about the second death, that is, it has already occurred when the persecutors of Christians were punished, then the dead have already been judged and punishment in the lake of fire is now in progress. But lets hear the word of the Lord on this matter:

Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Rev. 19:14-15

th_atheYou will not need to adjust your bifocals to see that the second death has not yet occurred but will take place when the Lord comes and sits on his great white throne and gathers all nations before him and judges them out of the books. He will then cast the unrighteous into the lake of fire, which is the second death.

9 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

Read on friends and you will see that the bride is not the church as claimed by the new right-wingers. It is a city where the redeemed of God will eventually dwell. Remember that John saw all this after the resurrection of the dead! Wallace again says, “The descriptions of the holy city were not visions of heaven the home of the soul, but of the glorious church of Christ.” Brethren this doctrine didn’t spring from the Jehovah Witnesses or the Mormons it came from the lips of our own preachers. On resurrection day all these folks will need is a copy of the yellow pages of the telephone book so they can look up the local church!

10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.

Was this the church that John saw coming down at Pentecost? F. I. Stanley says, “We conclude, therefore, when John saw the new heaven and earth, the new Jerusalem, he saw the church and those who dwell therein.” Foy E. Wallace likewise says, “the new Jerusalem, the Lamb’s bride–the church of Christ.” Now this just doesn’t fit with the rest of the chapter. Where are the high walls in the church? Where are the twelve gates? Where is the golden street? There was no Temple therein! John says,

And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it. Rev. 21:24

Notice that the saved are walking in it! Finally John says that only those whose name is in the Lamb’s book of life will enter it. You can be assured that I believe that a real “prepared place” will descend from heaven from God for the righteous to dwell in. These fellows don’t have a prepared place to go to, all they have is a church. All they need on resurrection morning is a copy of the yellow pages of a telephone book so they can look up the local church.

11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.

Jasper is a precious stone–quartz like, variegated with divers colors, some sea green and dazzling in brilliance. I get excited just thinking about a city with such splendor. Some of our fine cites have granite, and stone buildings but none can be described as being built of such precious stones.

12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.

The description of this wall is reserved for later in the chapter. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. This shows that Israel was recognized among the saved.

13 There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west.

On the East was Judah, Issachar and Zebulun. On the North was Dan, Ashar and Naphtali. On the South was Reuben, Simeon and Gad. On the West was Ephraim, Manasseh and Benjamin.

14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

John would have found the following names on the walls of the city. Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddeus, Simon Zelotes, and Matthias.

15 The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls.

In chapter eleven a reed was used to measure the true worship. Now a rod of gold was used to measure the eternal city. A rod is a length of measurement used by surveyors.

16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia [That is, about 1,400 miles (about 2,200 kilometers)] in length, and as wide and high as it is long.

The survey crew reported the measurements. As we calculate it the measurement would be three hundred and fifty miles on each side giving us fourteen hundred square miles.

17 He measured its wall and it was 144 cubits [That is, about 200 feet (about 65 meters)] thick, [Or high] by man’s measurement, which the angel was using.

The ancient city of Babylon had walls that were 15 miles square, 350′ high, 87 feet thick and l00 gates and towers. The walls of Ninevah were l00 feet high 50 feet thick and defended by 1500 towers each 200 feet high. The city was 60 miles in circuit. When Nehemiah received permission from king Artaxerxes to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the walls of that city he found them lying in ruins. Jerusalem was in waste, the gates burned with fire and the wall torn down. They rebuilt the sheep gate, the fish gate, the valley gate, the dung gate, the gate of the fountain, the water gate, the horse gate, the east gate, and the gate Miphkad. As we can readily see ancient cities had gates with names and walls that were high. Here we have a picture of the city in which the redeemed will occupy having walls and gates that excel anything that mankind could imagine. The ancient city of Jerusalem was patterned after the heavenly city.

18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass.

in the fourth row a chrysolite, an onyx and a jasper. [The precise identification of some of these precious stones is uncertain.] Mount them in gold filigree settings. EXO 28:20

19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald,

First Jasper–Milky white and clear (diamond). Second Sapphire–Bright blue. Third Chalcedony–Milky peach color. Fourth Emerald–Rich green.

20 the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. [The precise identification of some of these precious stones is uncertain.]

Fifth Sardonyx–Flesh color, kind of onyx used in cameos. The Sixth Carnelian–Blood red, Sardis stone in K.G. The Seventh Chrysolite–Pale sea green. Eighth beryl–Blue green. Ninth Topaz–Bottle green. Tenth Chrysoprase–Apple green. Eleventh Jacinth–Light red with sparkle. Twelfth Amethyst–Violet purple.

21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.

Only God could make a pearl this size. Fort Knox doesn’t have enough gold to pave these streets. King David donated 110 tons of Gold for the building of the temple, but that would not begin to pave the streets of the eternal city. Likewise the tribes of Israel contributed 865 tons of gold toward the building project. That too, would not complete the paving project.

22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.

The ancient city of Jerusalem had Solomon’s temple in it, and the city of Babylon had the temple Belus in it. It was three miles in circumference and had two royal palaces one three and a half and the other eight miles in circumference. It was connected with a subterranean tunnel under the Euphrates river.

23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.

There will be no need of street lights there.

24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.

When the prophet Isaiah prophesied of the coming of the Gentiles into covenant relationship with God he used similar language in Isaiah chapter sixty.

25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.

We will not need to lock the doors at night for there will be no criminals there. You will not need a security system with an automatic dialer.

26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.

The saved of every nation are its glory and honor.

27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Cf. the following verses

DENIAL.....It's like putting a Gun to your head!!!
DENIAL.....It's like putting a Gun to your head!!!

“He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.” Rev. 3:5

“All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. [Or written from the creation of the world in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain]” Rev. 13:8

“The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come.” Rev. 17:8

thetruth“And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.” Rev. 20:12 “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” Rev. 20:15

THE PEOPLE’S REVELATION: Chapter 22 “The End is the Beginning”

REVELATION Chapter 22

THE TREE OF LIFE

images22 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

6The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”

7“Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.”

8I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. 9But he said to me, “Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers the prophets and of all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!”

10Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, because the time is near. 11Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy.”

12“Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. 13I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

14“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

16“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you [The Greek is plural.] this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

17The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.

18I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. 19And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

20He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

21The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.

INTRODUCTION

The grand theme of the bible is the story of human redemption. This theme is well illustrated by how it is discussed in the first and last books of the bible.

_MISSING_YOU__by_evol1314l. Genesis begins with creation of the heavens and the earth. Revelation ends with the creation of the new heavens and earth.

2. Genesis begins with man in the garden of Eden. Revelation ends with man back in a garden with the tree of life.

3. In Genesis man meets Satan, is overcome and falls. In Revelation Satan meets the Son of God, is cast out of heaven and stripped of all his authority.

4. In Genesis man is cast out of Eden and deprived of the tree of life. In Revelation the redeemed are invited to eat of the tree of life and live forever.

5. In Genesis is a tree, the fruit of which was the curse of all nations. In Revelation is a tree, the leaves of which are for the healing of all nations.

6. In Genesis we see the beginning of sin, pain, sorrow and death. In Revelation we see the end of sin, pain, sorrow and death.

7. In Genesis we see Satan enter to deceive man and the world. In Revelation Satan is cast out that he may deceive the nations no more.

Heaven is pictured as a Holy City. All the cares of this life are over. There will be no sorrow in Heaven. Great joy will abound. This vision is both profound and exciting. Reader you can experience all these joys for the Spirit and the Bride say come!

EXPOSITION ch22_pat_41_River_Water_of_Life1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb

In the new Jerusalem; the happy abode of the redeemed. The phrase “water of life,” means living or running water, like a spring or fountain, as contrasted with a stagnant pool.

“but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14

The allusion here is doubtless to the first Eden, where a river watered the garden (Gen. 2). This is a description of Eden recovered, or paradise regained. It does not spring up from the ground as some sources of water, but flows from the throne of God and the lamb. cf. this with Eze. 47:1-12.

2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

The supply never fails; the tree is never barren.pd-tree-of-life-28x38-steel-365

3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.

No more curse like that which broke out in Eden.

4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.

One of the longings of mankind has been to see God’s face. Moses wanted to see God. Elijah wanted to see God.

5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

They shall need no artificial light. The sun and moon was not created until the fourth day. On the first day of creation there was light and darkness. Now we are told that the need of sun and moon will be no longer needed.

6 The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”

ch2_He_Lives by Simon DeweyCompare this with my notes on chapter one verse one. Jesus is the one in whom we can put complete reliance. If these words are not trustworthy then whose word is trustworthy? Scores of pages have been written trying to prove from the words “soon take place” that all of this was to transpire in the first century, therefore, revelation had its fulfillment at the destruction of Jerusalem. If “soon take place” means what some say and others affirm, then we now have all that is promised in the last chapters. Would it not be a sounder interpretation to examine the whole book and then interpret it under the search light of hermeneutics? Remember that chapter four and verse one says “Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.” So I have interpreted the events from chapter four onward as things “hereafter.”

7 “Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.”

No other book has laid so much stress on keeping the “prophecy of this book.”

8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me.

Angel worship is forbidden! We are to worship God and him only.

9 But he said to me, “Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers the prophets and of all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!”

This was no human being speaking. It was an angelic being. Don’t be confused with semantics.

10 Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, because the time is near.

The idea being that they should be communicated to the world.

11 Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy.”

If you have been reading this book and seeing the fulfillment of prophecy. If you have received the testimony of the everlasting gospel and it still hasn’t made an impression on you then you will have to just go on doing wrong. When the Word of God does not awaken the conscience; alarm the fears or lay bare the secret feelings of the heart or cause you to tremble at the thought of coming judgment, then you will have to continue to do wrong; there is no power to stop you. God’s Word is like a sword it destroys the hope of a sinner, cutting him down under conviction; prostrating him as if a sword had pierced his heart. It slays the old man of sin.

12 “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.

The fundamental truth of the whole Bible is that the saints shall be rewarded. Remember that “soon” doesn’t necessarily mean this generation. Remember the words of 2 Pet. 3:4.

13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

Cf notes on 21:6 He was our Alpha and Omega before the world was and shall be when the world is not.

14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.

This verse is further proof that the city is for real. The city is not as some claim, the church, but a place where the redeemed will enter into by going through the gates. Paul speaks of a washing of water by the word in Eph. 5:26. We are made clean by taking heed thereunto according to the word of God. The Psalmist said “wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereunto according to thy word.” Psalm ll9:9

15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

The term dogs means impure, lascivious persons. These wild people lead unregulated, unclean and offensive lives. They are more like a cur than a human being. Paul uses this term in Gal. 5:15 “If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. See Rev. 21:8 for my comments on the sexually immoral etc.

16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you [The Greek is plural.] this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

The morning star is the harbinger of the day so likewise Jesus is the one who brings light, life, and joy. Jesus is the one who can make your day!

17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.

The Holy Spirit working through every Christian says come. Let every saint say come and he who is thirsty for the water of life say come.

18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book.

Such warnings are to be found frequently in the Bible.

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Pet. 1:3

Brothers, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. Gal. 3:15

Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you. Deut. 4:2

See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it. Deut. 12:32

Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar. Prov. 30:6

19 And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

Compare my comments on previous verse.

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.

This is the usual apostolic benediction. The term grace occurs 129 times in the King James Version, is translated “benefit” one time, “favor” six times, “liberality” one time, “thanks” four times. The primary definition of the term means sweetness, charm and loveliness. It therefore means that which affords joy, pleasure and delight. So Jesus brings us good will, loving kindness and favor. Has Jesus brought this charm, loveliness and good will to your life? If not, accept him today, and you will experience such good will.