Their power is in their mouth and tails. Revelation 11: 13-19.

At this point in chapter 11, Jesus returns to the WRATH, but remember, there will be no more delays; and yet, we have seen John measure the temple with an emphasis on leaving out the outer courtyard. I told you that this outer courtyard was the only place the women could go and it was the place where Jesus found all the vendors and money-changers and threw them out. It was also deemed the courtyard of the Gentiles, does that mean that when Israel gets attacked that the enemies will not try and get into the inner courtyards? I doubt it, but as I am writing this, it occurs to me that I was a Gentile once. Suddenly I am thankful that I could get close enough to receive His mercy and grace. So, maybe there is a brighter side to this outer courtyard.

And with that comment, we begin.

Revelation 11:14 NASB The second woe is past; behold, the third woe is coming quickly.

I have been doing this study on Revelation for several weeks now, with moderate breaks between sessions, and I will admit that? I have forgotten, at this point, what the other woes were. Let’s refresh my memory.

Revelation 8:13 shows us an angel with a loud voice saying, Woe, woe, woe, and he let us know that the remaining trumpet blasts will signal these coming woes. As far as woes go, Revelation 8:13 has to be what God considers the beginning.

If this is the beginning, what do we call everything that has happened from Revelation 6:1 up to this point?

In Revelation 9:1 the fifth angel sounds its trumpet. John tells us that he sees a star that had fallen to earth. If you recall, I mentioned that our sun is a star and a small one at that. Any star striking the earth should destroy it, so the practicality of an actual star falling to earth makes no sense, so there has to be another explanation, and there is. Isaiah 14 has quite the narrative about Satan’s demise, but the verse we want to pay attention to is verse 12.

Isaiah 14:12-13 NASB “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations! (13) “But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north.

God calls Satan the star of the morning and references the other angelic beings as the stars of God.

The entirety of Revelation 9:1 to 9:11 is the first woe.

Within that woe we got Satan thrown to the earth. You are wise readers so you know this occurrence probably happened before God put Adam on this earth. I say that because the serpent was there, in the garden, waiting to deceive Eve; and, if you were not paying attention you might think that this all happens within the seven years of God’s wrath. The other significant thing that happens is these locusts with scorpion-like tails. Because of their stings, humans long for death for five months but it does not come.

The second woe does not come to an end, (that is an odd way to look at it,) until Revelation 11:14.

Since Revelation 9:11 what has been going on?

With the blowing of the sixth trumpet, four angels, that were bound in the Euphrates River, is released.

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We are told that these four angels kill one-third of humanity on the earth, but what Revelation 9:16 does not tell you, is that these an0gry angels are apparently high ranking demonic angels that command a Calvary of 200 million demonic beings.

Revelation 9:17 YLT And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and those sitting upon them, having breastplates of fire, and jacinth, and brimstone; and the heads of the horses are as heads of lions, and out of their mouths proceeds fire, and smoke, and brimstone;

This is not an army of humans, these are demonic hordes, and the horses with lion heads, breathing out fire, smoke, and brimstone should be a strong clue. Now pay attention to how they kill.

Revelation 9:18-19 YLT by these three were the third of men killed, from the fire, and from the smoke, and from the brimstone, that is proceeding out of their mouth, for their authorities are in their mouth, and in their tails, for their tails are like serpents, having heads, and with them they do injure;

We are aware that two-thirds of humanity continues to live; that is an undefinable number, because, since the catching away of the church the killing of people has been going on with vigor.

Revelation 6:4 NASB And another, a red horse went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.

Only a few sentences later we have this.

Revelation 6:8 NASB I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.

One might assume that by the time that Revelation 9:18 comes along over one-fourth of the earth has been killed by various means. If there are three-fourths left, then what happens in Revelation 9:18 is the death of one-third of that number.

Chapter ten is more informational, as it informs that,

  • It, in the opening verse shows us, Jesus in His splendor.

  • He tells us that there will be no more delays.

  • That the mystery of God is finished.

  • And that John, through his voice and writings, is to continue to preach this message.

Chapter eleven opens with the Apostle John measuring the temple that is to come, but not the outer courtyard, as this is given to the Gentiles to trample, and for a precise time period, forty-two months.

With Revelation 11:3 one might say there is a return to violence, as the two witnesses from God stand their ground in Jerusalem and slay anyone who tries to stop them. Read this on your own. (Revelation 11:3-14.) The two witnesses then, become a part of the woes, as they bring plagues, death, and stop the rain.

The third woe is coming quickly.

Revelation 11:14 NASB The second woe is past; behold, the third woe is coming quickly.

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For God to be able to say, the second woe is past, that would have to mean that the damage the two witnesses do is significant and global, and it is.

This is the next thing we hear.

Revelation 11:15 NASB Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.

There is nothing ominous about verse 15, in fact, my heart rejoices when I hear “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” But it is obvious that something has to take place.

Keep in mind that the seventh announcement of these perilous events has always included the next thing to happen. Considering that we were told that there should be no more delays, that should mean there is only one thing left, the return of the warring Messiah, but no, those going through the time of wrath still have the bowl judgments to go.

The twenty-four elders are worshiping and saying, you have begun to reign.

Revelation 11:16-17 NASB (16) And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, (17) saying, “We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign.

Again, you need to take a moment to think through what the spirit of the Lord just said.

  • We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were,”

    Who are” is present tense, but while God does not change, was He something else at one point and another thing recently?

    Some would say yes, even though those speaking against God, fail to consider the cross and how that “recently” aspect has everything to do with the cross. On the cross, all debts were paid.

    Colossians 2:12-14 NASB (12) having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. (13) When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, (14) having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

    It has taken me years to grasp the enormity of that statement and I do not think I will fully understand it until I meet Him face to face and see the love in His eyes.

    So, ask yourself a question, have you ever perceived God as being gracious and merciful when you read about Him in the Old Testament?

    Well, surprise, He was because He had to operate under the law (a clue to understanding why God had to put Israel through this retraining process, when they came out of Egypt they were effectively Egyptians. One of the proofs of that came from Stephen as he stood before the council defending himself.

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He pointed out to them how “God’s” people brought the tent of Moloch out of Egypt, and, they brought their sex god Rephan along as well. No one disputed what Stephen said and they, under the direction of a man named Saul, stoned Him anyway,) there was little mercy could do to help you, you had to follow the commandments.

Many think that Christ did away with the law, however, Jesus answered that challenge when He said, I did NOT come to do away with the law, I came to fulfill the law.

Matthew 5:17-18 NASB “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. (18) “For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

So, we then, live under grace, but that does not prevent the law from speaking to our spirits, as the law is now written upon our hearts. We live and breathe the perfect law of liberty, and it does not advocate foul mouths and bad attitudes.

  • because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign.”

    We have not seen the events, as we trek through the Revelation, that solidify this image in our heads, as yet, so how can they say this?

    It is only possible because we have bypassed some details and jumped forward in time. These events only happen when we get to Revelation 19:11 through Revelation 20:4, and I am being conservative about this. Read this portion as it defines the warring Messiah that I speak of so frequently. It also describes the reign of, not only Christ but the martyred saints who will reign with Him.

    Revelation 20:4a TLV Then I saw thrones, and people sat upon them—those to whom authority to judge was given. …

    Here, the people sitting on those thrones are defined as those who had been martyred for their testimony and because of the Word of God.

Within the Revelation, the first place we see Jesus taking His throne is Revelation 11.

Revelation 11:17b NASB because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign.

The assumption is, that after coming to earth, with a sword in His mouth, slaughtering His enemies and throwing the antichrist, false prophet, and Satan into the abyss, that He is finally sitting on His throne. The problem is that we seem to forget that when He ascended into the heavens, He sat down on the right hand of the Father, never to relinquish that throne or authority again.

Ephesians tells us that God seated Him and God does NOT change His mind.

Ephesians 1:20a NASB which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,

Hebrews conveys how He was done and sat down next to the Father.

Hebrews 1:3b NASB … and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

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Since we Gentiles were not taught to despise the New Covenant, we should have a grasp on these representations of Christ on the throne, reigning. Now, if we have a problem grasping this, the difficulty could come from the fact that Satan, though thrown out of heaven and formally stripped of his power, is still running around accusing the followers of Christ. Perhaps this will help you understand. Here in America, President William (Bill) Clinton was impeached, the problem for my understanding is that nothing seemed to change. You might have thought, good, now he will be gone, but he did not go anywhere. It kind of made me wonder what was really supposed to happen in an impeachment. But here is what Satan did In a sense Satan, impeached with a perpetual prison sentence awaiting him, deceived Eve. He did NOT deceive Adam, and therefore gained sole and rightful ownership of the earth. Here in the problem lies.

But what about the Jews?

Most will NOT accept any aspect of the New Testament, however, if you were to ask me I would tell you that this book we call a bible is a very Jewish book; and, there is little in the New Testament that is not originally a theme within the law and the prophets. If the Jews cannot now see Him on the throne, then a day is coming when, before their very eyes, He will take His seat once again, and He will do it in a dramatic fashion, right after He slaughters His enemies at the wedding supper of the Lamb.

Watch this interaction.

Revelation 19:7-9 NASB “Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” (8) It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. (9) Then he *said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.'” And he *said to me, “These are true words of God.”

In what seems like only moments later, we see this.

Revelation 19:11-15 NASB (11) And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness, He judges and wages war. (12) His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems, and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. (13) He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. (14) And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. (15) From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the winepress of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.

And then an angel speaks.

Revelation 19:17-18 NASB (17) Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in mid-heaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God, (18) so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.”

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Let’s see if we can fly through these last two verses.

Revelation 11:18 NASB “And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.”

  • And the nations were enraged,” This is a defiant rage.

    Past or a future event? If it’s future it may be referring to a moment like this.

    Revelation 16:10-11 NASB (10) Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast and his kingdom became darkened, and they gnawed their tongues because of pain, (11) and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds.

    If this is talking about a time past, then perhaps 2 Kings has captured it.

    2 Kings 19:27-28 NASB ‘But I know your sitting down, And your going out and your coming in, And your raging against Me. (28) ‘Because of your raging against Me, And because your arrogance has come up to My ears, Therefore I will put My hook in your nose, And My bridle in your lips, And I will turn you back by the way which you came.

  • “ and Your wrath came,” Violent passions.

    You might think that He is referring to their wrath, but it is not. He is talking about the rage that He will pour out upon the nations.

    Daniel 8:19 NASB He said, “Behold, I am going to let you know what will occur at the final period of the indignation, for it pertains to the appointed time of the end.

  • and the time came for the dead to be judged,” The dead?

    First you need to understand something, no one really dies as our souls are eternal. Death is a complete absence from God, and, as yet, no one has truly experienced that condition, as there has been no judgment. That day will come. So these have all been lying in silence until this day; some have been lying in state considerably longer, but time has been of no consequence to them.

    Isaiah 26:19 NASB Your dead will live; Their corpses will rise. You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy, For your dew is as the dew of the dawn, And the earth will give birth to the departed spirits.

    Don’t get all hung up on the idea that all dead will awake to joy. Matthew 25, where we see the sheep and goat judgment is the same scenario. No one appears to say anything, and then God separates them into what He refers to as sheep and goats. He grants the sheep (followers) entrance into the kingdom – something they did NOT expect, and they ask why.

    Daniel 12:2 NASB “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.

    Matthew 25 and Revelation 20:12-15 are the same story from different perspectives.

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      • Revelation 20:12-15 NASB (12) And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throneand books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. (13) And the sea gave up the dead which was in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which was in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. (14) Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. (15) And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

If you were among these dead taunted by these books, only to find that it was all a farce as you were all condemned to a fiery death, then that would make God a liar and worthy of death Himself. God, does not lie, He cannot, so we can know that there is hope for many.

By the way, the usage of the word judged in Revelation 11:18, seems inappropriate as it is the Greek word krínō and means to separate, distinguish, or discriminate between good and evil. This is what we see Jesus/God do in Matthew 25.

  • and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great,”

    If you have spent any amount of time in the church, then you have heard condemning sermons about the bema seat of Christ. You will find references to this in Romans 14:10 and 2Corinthians 5:10. They both speak of the judgment seat, which in Greek is the bema seat. This judgment that we see in Revelation 11 is NOT the bema seat it is the Greek word krínō, a separation, as I mentioned above. The Bema seat is the one that most understand to be in the moments after the rapture of the church. If it is included in Revelation 11, along with the wrath and judgment of the dead, then perhaps we have placed this event in the wrong spot, but I don’t think so as the context of the verse is about God separating the wheat from the tares, which look very similar to a city boy.

  • and to destroy those who destroy the earth.”

    Those who destroy the earth, have done so: in the name of greed and self will. They have shown no kindness to the earth and will be judged harshly, primarily because they have injured the people, the heart of God and His creation.

Revelation 11:19 NASB And the temple of God which is in heaven was opened; and the ark of His covenant appeared in His temple, and there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder and an earthquake and a great hailstorm.

Sometimes I don’t know what to say. I wish I could say it’s done, but I know other aspects, like the bowl judgments will be discussed. For the moment I want you to see what Dr. J. Vernon McGee said about this.

When we see the church again, it will be in the New Jerusalem, and we are told definitely that there is no temple there. Here there is a temple in heaven. The temple which Moses made was made after the pattern in heaven. “And the sanctuary (temple) of God in heaven was opened” means that God is dealing now with Israel.”

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My two witnesses. Revelation 11:3-12

If you were to ask, I would tell you that my favorite biblical character is the prophet Samuel. Like Elijah, this man did it all. Because of Israel’s pleas for God’s help Samuel prayed and the Lord sent lightning strikes, hail, and earthquakes against the Philistines. Look up the dynamics of lightning and you might get this.

Lightning is a discharge of electricity. A single stroke of lightning can heat the air around it to 30,000°C (54,000°F)! This extreme heating causes the air to expand explosively fast. The expansion creates a shock wave that turns into a booming sound wave, known as thunder.

Surprisingly, people have been struck by lightning and lived. But what about the shock wave from a lightning strike?

the brain—even without a direct hit to the head—could be seriously injured by primary blast waves that last just milliseconds. Scientists discovered a distinctive honeycomb pattern of broken and swollen nerve fibers in the brains of five Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans who survived multiple IEDs and died later of other causes. The tiny wounds—different from brain damage caused by car crashes or collision sports—were identified in brain regions that affect decision-making, memory, and reasoning, and maybe “the signature of blast injury,”

Imagine baseball-sized hailstones raining down upon you while you are running for cover, just to have the earth open up and swallow some of your troops. This is how God responded to Samuel’s prayer for help. But the most dramatic aspect of Samuel’s life came when he confronted King Saul for sparing the life of King Agag. Samuel hacks King Agag into pieces. So for a while, when Samuel came into town, the town leaders would ask him if he had come in peace.

As a youth I was anything but feared or respected, and the hope that coming to Jesus might change all that was a real thing for me. I will add, when I graduated from high school I was five foot seven; I am now six foot four, and yes, I have used my size to intimidate, but in truth, I did it to keep people from seeing the fear in me. (If you have been abused in any way, it will take your lifetime to try and get past it, and it is a struggle.)

For the reasons that I have pointed out, I have loved the story of God’s two witnesses; and thus begins this dive into Revelation 11:3-12.

“Also I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, dressed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two menorahs standing before the Lord of the earth. If anyone tries to do them harm, fire comes out of their mouth and consumes their enemies—yes, if anyone tries to harm them, that is how he must die. They have the authority to shut up the sky so that no rain falls during the period of their prophesying; also they have the authority to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want. When they finish their witnessing, the beast coming up out of the Abyss will fight against them, overcome them and kill them; and their dead bodies will lie in the main street of the great city whose name, to reflect its spiritual condition, is “Sodom” and “Egypt”—the city where their Lord was executed on a stake. Some from the nations, tribes, languages, and people see their bodies for three-and-a-half days and do not permit the corpses to be placed in a tomb. The people living in the Land rejoice over them, they celebrate and send each other gifts, because these two prophets tormented them so.

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But after the three-and-a-half days a breath of life from God entered them, they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. Then the two heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here!” And they went up into heaven in a cloud, while their enemies watched them. (Revelation 11:3-12 CJB)

  • Also I will give power to my two witnesses”

    I have said many times that we are to look for witnesses. In this case, the scripture that would explain who these witnesses are according to the Torah or Tenach (for us Gentiles, that would be the Old Testament.)

    In light of their authority – In Isaiah 8:2 NASB God says, “… I will take to Myself faithful witnesses for testimony, …” Now, He goes on, in this instance, to name, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah. Does the mention of those names exclude this from speaking about God handpicking two ancient prophets that never tasted death? Of course not, and, as you may well know, Jesus, on several occasions, used portions of passages to fit the moment. An example of this comes when Jesus announced His mission on earth.

    The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners; (2) To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, Isaiah 61:1-2 NASB

    That Sabbath day, He left off a portion as He said nothing about the day of vengeance of our God. Why leave that part off? Because that time was yet to come when His judgment will be unleashed.

    In Malachi, we find a reference to Elijah coming.

    Malachi 4:5-6 NASB “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. (6) “He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.”

    What is the great and terrible day of the Lord? God’s wrath, that time we so foolishly call the tribulation. Has the time of God’s wrath come? Absolutely NOT, but soon.


    Thankfully, we have a heads up as to who one of the prophets is.

    If you were to ask who the other might be, I would have to lean toward the idea that man is appointed once to die, and there were only two people that the bible tells us did not die, Elijah, who has already been identified, and Enoch; and yes, Enoch is referred to as a prophet. Jude 1:14 tells us Enoch prophesied. Hebrews 11:5 tells us that he was taken up so that he might not see death. You cannot apply these parameters to Moses, as much as you might try. So by witnesses, we have established the authority of these two witnesses.

    A single witness shall not rise up against a man on account of any iniquity or any sin which he has committed; on the evidence of two or three witnesses a matter shall be confirmed.” (Deuteronomy 19:15 NASB)

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  • So this begs the question, are they testifying of God’s power, and who He is, or are they testifying against Israel and the nations?

    What a great question. I believe the answer is both, but don’t expect to hear this answer in church. Our religious mentality perceives testifying as openly speaking about what God has done in your life, with the hope of winning over the lost to Jesus. The testimony services we had in church, were along this same line. While many were interesting the main benefit of these services was that we got to bypass some hell, fire, and brimstone preaching that night.

    With all that in mind what can we expect these two to do?

    Revelation 11:5 AMP

    • And if anyone attempts to injure them,”

      If? how about no doubt about it. Every Islamic will be trying to kill them. At first, because they may look old and feeble, it would be personal attacks. Since that won’t work, it will move on to snipers, rocket-propelled grenades, and perhaps mortars.

    • Fire pours from their mouth and consumes their enemies; if anyone should attempt to harm them, thus he is doomed to be slain.

      An interesting thing about using the Amplified is that they typically give you cross-references, and they did that here. [II Kings 1:10; Jer. 5:14.]

      II Kings 1:10 speaks of Elijah and gives testimony that he had done this before. (One of the reasons that many think Moses would be one the prophets has much to do with the miracles and signs that he performed.)

      Jeremiah 5:14 tells us that God said, “ thus says the LORD, the God of hosts, “Because you have spoken this word, Behold, I am making My words in your mouth fire And this people wood, and it will consume them.” If anything this verse promotes the idea that God’s words would be fire in their mouths and that those words would consume those that hear. Honestly, it is a bit of a stretch to use Jeremiah, but the Jews, hearing these words might say, ah yes.

    Revelation 11:6 NASB

    • These have the power to shut up the sky, so that rain will not fall during the days of their prophesying;

      Why might this be important? Because when they are gone the false prophet does the opposite. He turns the rain back on. Note what the scripture says it does not rain, in at least the region, for the entire time they are prophesying.

    • and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood,

      This should make bells go off in your head. This is what God had Moses do to Egypt. Strangely, the Egyptian priests also turned the remaining water into blood. They took the remaining clean water and ruined to prove their point.

    • and to strike the earth with every plague,

      While the word used does have plague as its main definition, it also means blows, wounds or injury. 

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Why is this important? Because during the entire time of God’s wrath, the earth and the people alive here have been receiving blows, wounds, and injury. There is one other thing, and that is the man-made plagues that the global elite has released upon the earth. God will match you blow for blow. The fact that they can strike the entire earth indicates that there is NO limitation to the Word of God.

  • as often as they desire.

    And this tells me that there are NO restrictions placed upon them. You might think that they would only go after those who have tried to harm them, but that is not the case.

We are told, in Revelation 11:3, that their time on the earth in 1260 days.

Revelation 11:7 NASB

      • When they have finished their testimony,

        Jesus told us, no one takes my life, I lay it down. They knew their time is done and so did God.

      • the beast that comes up out of the abyss

        In a previous post I went into detail about how that this is Satan. You don’t have to answer this, but how many names does Satan have? Go back to Revelation 9:11 and study that out. We are jumping ahead but let’s look at Revelation 17:8 for a moment.

        Revelation 17:8 NASB “The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come.

        Ask yourself, when Jesus comes back as the warring messiah, only three persons are tossed into the abyss, who are they? The antichrist, the false prophet, and, for a time, Satan. In Revelation 13:2 we see the dragon (Satan) give one of the beasts his power. What power does Satan have? None, outside of deception, but there one other thing and the biggest of all, and that would be the title deed to the earth (he stole that title from Adam.) So when he is giving this beast his power, he is offering him power over the whole earth. Have you ever asked yourself, how is it that one person can seem to gain power over the entire earth? Empowered by Satan himself, the antichrist will make war with them, and, as you can tell by the next bullet point, succeed, or so he thinks.

      • will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them.

        The antichrist does not allow anyone to touch them as they want to gloat over their dead bodies.

Revelation 11:8 NASB

    • And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.

      At this point the two witnesses are lying dead in the street. Imagine that, they think they have killed, or at minimum hurt God.

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It is possible that Psalm 79 is addressing this very moment in time.

Psalms 79:1-2 NASB A Psalm of Asaph. O God, the nations have invaded Your inheritance; They have defiled Your holy temple; They have laid Jerusalem in ruins. (2) They have given the dead bodies of Your servants for food to the birds of the heavens, The flesh of Your godly ones to the beasts of the earth.

Pay attention to this part, “their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.”

When you struggle to understand how Babylon can be resurrected and play an end-times role, consider what God is calling Jerusalem. Funny how God has added, where their Lord was crucified. Even then He was their Lord, but they refused Him, now He is making a harsh point.

Revelation 11:9-10 NASB

      • Those from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, and will not permit their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb.

        Prior to the advent of 24 hours news, this aspect did not make much sense, but we come to the point where you are never without news, even if it is scripted and planned lies. There are webcams everywhere, and the fact that two ancient prophets are giving people havoc, is the news. The antichrist will not permit their dead bodies to be moved.

      • (10) And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate; and they will send gifts to one another because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.

        Those who were hoping for the New World Order, will be having a party because of their deaths. Consider that God has been dishing out His judgments the whole of the time they have been standing in Jerusalem. But while standing there, they have been dishing out God’s judgments as well, with NO restraint. No wonder people are celebrating.

Revelation 11:11-12 NASB

    • But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet;

      Just a guess, but I suspect the first thing those watching might say, they will know that we have been laughing and will kill us.

      God resurrects them from the dead; they have now met the requirement.

    • and great fear fell upon those who were watching them.

      I imagine so.

    • And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” Then they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them.

      When God spoke in a loud voice on previous occasions, anyone that heard it said it sounded like thunder, NOT THIS TIME. And God raptured them back up into heaven.

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Revelation 11:13 NASB

    • And in that hour there was a great earthquake,

      Throughout the time of judgment there are several intense earthquakes, some sound as though the continental plates could realign and connect making one land mass, again.

    • and a tenth of the city fell;

      Only a tenth? Considering what much of Israel looks like, I would say it looks like rock and adobe construction. Much of Southern California was built from lath, plaster, and red clay bricks. In one of earthquakes many structures in the town of Whittier collapsed.

    • seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake,

      Again I reference our Southern California earthquakes. In 1994 we had the Northridge quake which struck at 04:30. Fortunately the early hour still had many people in bed and not on the freeways which buckled and collapsed. Multi-story apartments collapsed, and colleges, eleven hospitals sustained varying levels of damage, and of course phone and electricity went down. Surprisingly, only 60 died, but over 9000 were injured.

      Can you imagine how brutal this quake will be to kill over 7000.

    • and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

      The rest”, these were the global spectators who laughed and partied only moments before. The entirety of God’s judgments are meant to drive you to repentance. Apparently, God made a dent in some of them.

For several posts I have referred to chronological timelines. Obviously, not everything fits precisely within a timeline, but, like these two witnesses, they insert easily. Everything about them screams that they come at almost the same time as the construction of the temple. There would be a huge association for the Jews if that happened. The amount of time that they are here is important as well, 1260 days. That is half of the seven years, and what happens at the halfway marker of the seven years? The peace treaty is broken and the false prophet steps forward.

If the false prophet is, as I say, the current high priest that presides over the sacrifices in the new temple, and, he makes a flip, converts to Islam, performs all the signs and wonders that the two witnesses have been performing, then can you see how the ELECT of Israel, the Jewish leadership, might convert and follow along with him?

Islam sees a man like the high priest within their prophecies as well, and strangely, it all makes sense.

I strongly suggest that you turn to Jesus as your savior now, not later. It is going to be unbearably difficult.

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It seems that there is a massive pause. Rev 11:1-4

So, here we are, beginning to read Revelation chapter 11. It seems like just minutes ago that we read

Revelation 10:6-7 NASB and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, WHO CREATED HEAVEN AND THE THINGS IN IT, AND THE EARTH AND THE THINGS IN IT, AND THE SEA AND THE THINGS IN IT, that there will be delay no longer, (7) but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets.

The transition between verses six and seven is the word but; that word could indicate anything coming immediately after this conversation or another future event. The usage of the term “delay” should eliminate any future events. The problem we escapees from the nations have is that we have the worst time separating ourselves from the church age we live, as we apply our mindset and current issues to the book of Revelation. If I think in terms of the immediate and overall context, the conversation is taking place during the time of the seven trumpets; and what they bring to the earth begins in chapter eight.

  • Hail, mixed with fire and blood;

  • A third of the sea becomes blood, and a third of the sea life dies.

  • One-third of all the ships on the sea were destroyed.

  • One-third of the water sources become undrinkable, and many people died.

  • A third of the sun became darkened along with the moon.

I suspect, you get the picture, yet this is only how this “trumpet” phase begins. Any of these events could lead to devastating results. Having already, in our chronology, experienced the seal judgments, the bowl judgments, and now the trumpet judgments, you might think that those who are going to repent and come to the Lord have done so.

And yet, John is still under a directive to –

Revelation 10:11 CEV Then some voices said, “Keep on telling what will happen to the people of many nations, races, and languages, and also to kings.”

Considering where John is when this vision occurs, how is he going to make verse 11 happen?

I suppose, depending on your age and how painful it is to get up and walk, you should rejoice. However, this thought process makes me think about the many ways you could keep on telling what will happen and to whom, and writing could be one of them.

On that note, what is the next thing that John does?

He writes out what he saw and heard, with minor exceptions – like the information he was commanded NOT to share. Yet almost two thousand years later, someone like me is still writing about understanding the Revelation.

Now we have moved into chapter eleven, and it seems that there is a monumental interruption. I say this because, even though “there will be no more delays,” and yet the seventh trumpet does not come until Revelation 11:15. At this point, we need to understand WHY God inserted this coming information about measuring the temple and the two witnesses. These two witnesses are a mystery to most but vital to Israel’s repentance. Remember context, and try to think like a Jew.

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Revelation 11:1-4 CJB I was given a measuring rod like a stick and told, “Get up, and measure the Temple of God and the altar, and count how many people are worshiping there! (2) But the court outside the Temple, leave that out; don’t measure it; because it has been given to the Goyim (Gentiles,) and they will trample over the holy city for forty-two months. (3) “Also I will give power to my two witnesses; and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, dressed in sackcloth.” (4) These are the two olive trees and the two menorahs standing before the Lord of the earth.

At the time of this vision was there a temple?

No, it had been destroyed in 70 A.D., and the Bible Knowledge Commentary tells us that “Most evangelical scholars affirm that Revelation was written in a.d. 95 or 96. This is based on accounts of the early church fathers that the Apostle John had been exiled on Patmos Island during the reign of Domitian who died in a.d. 96. John was then allowed to return to Ephesus.”

John, was well aware that the temple was gone, and would not be thinking in terms of Solomon’s nor Herod’s temple so those would not apply to Revelation 11:1,2. But a future temple, in the millennial kingdom, would, and he had learned of that temple from Ezekiel chapters 40-42, 45.

Ezekiel had been taken captive into Babylon. Since the captivity was to last seventy years, the chances of Ezekiel seeing home again was slim to none. Under these circumstances, the Lord gives him a vision.

Ezekiel 40:1 CEV Twenty-five years after King Jehoiachin and the rest of us had been led away as prisoners to Babylonia, and fourteen years after the Babylonians had captured Jerusalem, the LORD’s power took control of me on the tenth day of the first month. The LORD showed me some visions in which I was carried to the top of a high mountain in Jerusalem. I looked to the south and saw what looked like a city full of buildings.

  • But don’t measure the courtyard outside the temple building. Leave it out. It has been given to those people who don’t know God, and they will trample all over the holy city for forty-two months.” Revelation 11:2.

The outer court was the only place women could go, and, it was where Jesus overthrew the tables of the money-changers and sellers of sacrificial animals.

In the previous post I showed you this passage.

Ezekiel 8:5-9 NASB Then He said to me, “Son of man, raise your eyes now toward the north.” So I raised my eyes toward the north, and behold, to the north of the altar gate was this idol of jealousy at the entrance. (6) And He said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations which the house of Israel are committing here, so that I would be far from My sanctuary? But yet you will see still greater abominations.” (7) Then He brought me to the entrance of the court, and when I looked, behold, a hole in the wall. (8) He said to me, “Son of man, now dig through the wall.” So I dug through the wall, and behold, an entrance. (9) And He said to me, “Go in and see the wicked abominations that they are committing here.”

As far as God was concerned the courtyard was filled with abominations at the hands of the nations (ethnic groups). What then are abominations?

According to Webster’s Dictionary: defilement, pollution – in a physical sense, or evil doctrines and practices – which are moral defilements, idols and idolatry, (all of which) are called abominations. So God is giving us, once again, a definition of why He has poured out His wrath upon Israel and the nations;

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in all of this He wishes to see repentance, but for many, it never comes. We have been using the term nations and gentiles quite freely, perhaps we need to go over how this word was perceived by the Jews. Nation and Gentiles were synonymous terms, however, the Greek term is ethnos. That should sound familiar as it is a base from which we get ethnicity. Sadly, ethnicity is wrapped up in racism, and everyone practices some form of racism. By Jewish standards, it referred to anyone outside of the Jewish religion. Since the time of Christ and the age of grace, “the nations” refers to anyone who is not in Christ. We, by the way, became a part of Christ’s body of believers when we accepted Him and the life He gave for us. Nations then simply boils down to the haters outside of Christ.

Do you know that even within religions there are many haters?

We might assume the Gentiles would be the abomination, but no, it’s aliens (I jest, sort of.) Look at what Jeremiah tells us.

Jeremiah 51:51 NASB We are ashamed because we have heard reproach; Disgrace has covered our faces, For aliens have entered The holy places of the LORD’S house.

Aliens seems to be a hot topic lately. Here it is the Hebrew word zur and means strangers, enemies, illegitimate, adulteress, and outsiders. Maybe it would help you understood if you consider that because Mary stood her ground and insisted that God was Jesus’s Father, that Jesus was deemed to be a mumzer (an illegitimate child.) Do you think for a second that the tightly knit community believed Mary’s story? If you never watched The Chosen, there is a scene when Jesus, and all the disciples, walked into a local synagogue. The priest was reading, with what seemed like a vile anger, Deuteronomy 23.

Deuteronomy 23:2 NASB “No one of illegitimate birth shall enter the assembly of the LORD; none of his descendants, even to the tenth generation, shall enter the assembly of the LORD.

By this standard Jesus could not and should not have entered a Synagogue, nor be taught in the Rabbinical schools; and yet Jesus, at age 12, stood His ground with the learned men in the temple. Jesus birth, by all standards, should have made Jesus the alien because he was thought by most to be illegitimate. Fascinating, and yet He was well educated in the scriptures. Some would use the lame reasoning that He was God and therefore, had special understanding or privilege. The problem with that kind of thinking is that the majority of us only accept that He was God as head knowledge, and then, only because we have heard someone say it; and yet, many will fight with you if you say that Jesus had NO special privilege and had to be taught just as the pharisees were. There is a logical explanation for this but this is not the time or place.

Moving on with Revelation 11:3,4.

Also I will give power to my two witnesses; and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, dressed in sackcloth.” (4) These are the two olive trees and the two menorahs standing before the Lord of the earth.”

I find the introduction of the two witnesses uncomfortable as I try to make them fit into MY scheme of things. (Yes, that’s what we do, and because we are prone to do that, we have to force ourselves to pay attention to context and let scripture define scripture.)

How and why is any of this information that we see in Revelation 11:1-4 significant?

I hope this short dive into the potential chronological events associated with Revelation 11:1-4 that initiate the rapture and immediately after that might help.

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  • The rapture of the church must be the first thing that happens, and then the antichrist comes on the scene. 2 Thessalonians 2:3 Geneva “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a departing first, and then that man of sin be disclosed, even the son of perdition,” (I made it a bit more readable.) I used the Geneva bible because it was one of the first printed translations and they got it right. 

  • The Revelation makes me believe that God’s judgments begin shortly after the church is removed, and with the opening of the first seal (Revelation 6:1) we get the antichrist – the rider on the white horse. A common understanding is that a person scripture calls the antichrist, will make a peace treaty with many. It does not specify Israel and is foolish to think so. The Muslims will not listen to someone who is not a Muslim, and since the majority of players in this war are Muslims, well you do the math.

    Doesn’t the fact that there is a call for peace imply that there will be another hellish war going on? Everything I see tells me that this war will be against Israel, and there is a great chance that the mosque that is on the temple mount will get destroyed.

  • Moments after the removal of the church people will be trying to kill each other. Revelation 6:2,3, the second seal is broken and the rider on the red horse takes peace from the earth. Some might say, that this is nothing new, just look at the news. Yeah, I get that, but the escalation in the number of killings will be horrific.

  • In the midst of all this, the temple in Jerusalem will have to be built, but something has to be done about that Mosque before that can happen. War may take care of that, or the firestorm that Ezekiel 38,39 speaks of. The temple will only function, as the Jews expect, for 1260 days – give or take, and then the abomination that Daniel informed us about will be set up, and the people will be forced to worship the image. There might be months in between the onslaughts, but who can say. Many think building the temple would be time-consuming, not really, for two reasons: First, they can use a temporary structure that can be put up overnight. Secondly, because the design and concrete walls are already made, they merely need to be bolted together. Everything is ready, including the high priest, a fairly young man named Rabbi Baruch Kahane. An article from August tells us about him.

Ah, finally, the two witnesses.

  • Let’s assume that the two witnesses have arrived from heaven at the same time as the construction of the temple. The two witnesses are only here for 1260 days; considering what they have come out of their mouths, they might help serve as force protection for the temple and those making sacrifices. Why say that? Because with their deaths, we have the false prophet shoved down our throats, and he acts similarly to these prophets of God; for example, the prophets stop the rain, and the false prophet turns it back on again. The false prophet also becomes the enforcer of Sharia law. It seems that the death of God’s prophets enables the last half of the seven years to take place.

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While I would love to talk about these two witnesses briefly, the conversation about the two witnesses is a post in itself, and I will pass until the next post.

  • As the third seal is opened, food becomes more scarce, and we all get hit with hyperinflation. So, if you can find any food, you won’t be able to afford it. Revelation 6:5,6.

  • When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.” Revelation 6:7-8. How are these riders killing? Sword, famine, pestilence, and by beasts of the earth. Pestilence, according to The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, is defined as any sudden fatal epidemic. The Greek word is thánatos and means death. The question is, aren’t we currently dealing with a so-called pandemic with a “deadly” Covid virus?

If you are reading along with me in your bibles, then you are aware that God is NOT scheduling these events on the calendar for our direct benefit. He does, however, have a calendar if we are paying attention, and we are deeply entrenched in His calendar right now.

Having spent my life in the church, I have seen everything, and not all of it was good. Several “teachers” have tried to come up with chronological views. One resource on my computer is Rev. Clarence Larkin’s Book of Charts. If this was supposed to make sense and be helpful to me, then why can I NOT grasp most of what I see there?

I am not so unlike you; I want to understand and clearly explain what I see there. Having been attacked by a pastor who said, no one understands the Revelation, I have taken the position that says, I do; and if I don’t, then I will have to rely on doing my homework and the guidance of the Holy Spirit to come up with an answer. (By the way, I do not have to answers immediately and will allow myself time to come up with one.) Study your bibles and lean on the Holy Spirit. Don’t allow someone else to tell you what it means; most of the time, what they are saying is garbage. After several weeks of explaining the Revelation, one such pastor merely noted that the twelve elders were the church. He did not explain why; trust me, it needed an explanation; not just because I say so, but because there is little to define how or why the twelve are the church. Oh, it’s there in scripture, and it took Pastor John MacArthur to explain it, and I can hardly stand the man because he is so mean.

We, the church, are on the edge of eternity right now. Those who are not part of the church are going to have the worst time possible. Just the little bit that I have pointed out here should make that plain.

Put your faith in Jesus Christ. He died for your sins and rose again so that you might have a life with the Father. None of this is automatic and asks that you put your faith in Him. If you do that, you will be His forever, and you will live in His peaceful kingdom.

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The mystery of God is finished. Rev 10:10-11:3.

Let’s look, momentarily, at what we last covered.

Revelation 10:7-9 NLT When the seventh angel blows his trumpet, God’s mysterious plan will be fulfilled. It will happen just as he announced it to his servants the prophets.” (8) Then the voice from heaven spoke to me again: “Go and take the open scroll from the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” (9) So I went to the angel and told him to give me the small scroll. “Yes, take it and eat it,” he said. “It will be sweet as honey in your mouth, but it will turn sour in your stomach!”

  • When the seventh angel blows his shofar, God’s mysterious plan will be fulfilled.”

From the first moments in the garden, the mysterious plan was in action. How appropriate that he would call the plan mysterious and here is why.

    • Eve told God she was deceived, but the word she used was nâshâ’, or as the Word Study Dictionary shows nāšā’. In either case it is a verb indicating lending or interest, serving as a creditor. Wait a minute, she said she was deceived but this word means that they have now voluntarily become indebted to a demonic entity and enslaved the entire human race.

At this point, you should be asking, what just happened?

You might agree that Eve was deceived, but Adam was not. His eyes were fully open and he stood right there watching and listening to everything that Satan/the serpent was up to, including the moment when Eve reached out for the forbidden fruit. What did Adam do, he followed her lead and in so doing handed over the authority and ownership of the earth and all that went with it. In doing this Adam put humanity (for a long time) into the indebtedness of Satan.

Wow, this sounds so hopeless, and it is by human standards, but not by God’s, and thus begins the mysterious plan to get rid of Satan once and for all; to redeem humanity, giving them the right to choose Christ as their master, and to finally bring His followers back into the eternal kingdom of peace.

Genesis 3:15 MKJV And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He will bruise your head and you shall bruise His heel.

(I dislike this word enmity because NO ONE uses it. The dictionary tells us it means “The quality of being an enemy; the opposite of friendship; ill will; hatred; unfriendly dispositions; malevolence.”)

Since it’s obvious that Eve would NOT live forever, the usage of the terminology “woman” is referring to Israel which will produce the Messiah – the He that this verse refers to is Jesus and He will bruise your head (Satan).

Bruise is the Hebrew word shûph and means to crush or snap. It is not the civilized word bruise, it is a death blow. You would think that Satan received such a blow when God threw him out of heaven; and yet, when you read Job you find Satan presenting himself before God in heaven. It is also clear from scripture that Satan is before God perpetually accusing the saints, so the “fatal” blow will come at the end of the thousand years of peace, when Satan is permanently dispatched into the lake of fire, never to be heard from again.

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  • Go and take the open scroll from the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”

    This theme originated in the Tanakh (the Old Testament) and we have several examples.

    Ezekiel 2:8-10 speaks of sadness, mourning, and grief.

    Ezekiel 2:8-10 CEV Ezekiel, don’t rebel against me, as they have done. Instead, listen to everything, I tell you. And now, Ezekiel, open your mouth and eat what I am going to give you. (9) Just then, I saw a hand stretched out toward me. And in it was a scroll. (10) The hand opened the scroll and both sides of it were filled with words of sadness, mourning, and grief.

    Ezekiel 3 expresses how He is primarily directing this message to the people of Israel.

    Ezekiel 3:1-3 NLT The voice said to me, “Son of man, eat what I am giving you—eat this scroll! Then go and give its message to the people of Israel.” (2) So I opened my mouth, and he fed me the scroll. (3) “Fill your stomach with this,” he said. And when I ate it, it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.

    And Zechariah tells us it is the curse that goes out over the face of the whole land. All of these examples sound like the Revelation.

    Zechariah 5:1-3 TLV Once again I lifted up my eyes and behold, I saw a flying scroll! (2) Then the angel asked me, “What do you see?” I replied, “I see a flying scroll twenty cubits long and ten cubits wide.” (3) He said to me: “This is the curse that goes out over the face of the whole land: everyone who steals will be swept away from here according to it, and everyone who swears will be swept away from here according to it.”

    I am just a mortal, but my logical assumption is that God has asked John to consume the scroll that contains the fulfillment of the mystery, the same information that we are reading. The fact that it tastes like honey might have a correlation to our hope where our spirits rejoice because there will be a time in which we finally get to return to our Father. What might explain that it turns bitter in John’s stomach is that the last seven years that fulfill the hope of the Jew, is filled with horror, pain, and death; and, hopefully repentance.

Chapter ten ends with this.

Revelation 10:10-11 NASB, “I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and in my mouth, it was sweet as honey; and when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter. (11) And they *said to me, “You must prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and kings.”

Chapter ten opened with the description of a great angel. I explained how every description of the angel points to Jesus Christ. With that information, I feel comfortable in saying that Jesus handed John the scroll. Since Jesus is the Word, then these are Jesus’ words and He has asked John to prophesy concerning many people, nations, tongues, and kings. Note that there is NO exclusivity to the Jews at this point.

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Chapter ten, it would seem, is done. We have seen a finality in verse seven.

Revelation 10:7 NASB, but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets.

Yes, this is event is yet to come, but it is potentially only seven years away from now.

A key to understanding chapter ten is keeping in mind that we are only introduced to the effects of the seventh trumpet; but, we have been given the impression that, at this point in time, that the seventh trumpet (a shofar) is close, in terms of time, to the events described in chapter ten.

If the mystery, according to Revelation 10, is complete, at this point, with no further delays, then why ten more chapters?

However, we don’t see the seventh trumpet until Revelation 11:15, but I think you will agree with me, as you begin to read chapter 11, that there is a lot going on.

While we are waiting for the seventh shofar to blow, what is going on?

With that we will begin to dip into Revelation 11.

Revelation 11:1 CJB I was given a measuring rod like a stick and told, “Get up, and measure the Temple of God and the altar, and count how many people are worshiping there!

Again, a Jewish theme, and one which is prominent in Ezekiel 40 – 42. Immediately I recognize that I am being given background information.

Ezekiel 40:5 CJB There was a wall surrounding the house. The man had in his hand a measuring rod six cubits long [ten-and-a-half feet], each cubit [twenty-one inches] being a normal cubit [eighteen inches] plus a handbreadth [three inches]. He measured the wall’s width at ten-and-a-half feet and its height at ten-and-a-half feet.

The lengths were standards for Israel. Revelation 11:2 is immensely significant.

Revelation 11:2 NASB “Leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months.

In Luke’s gospel, we are told that Israel will fall by the sword (history tells us that this happened at least once already. The shortlist of invaders includes Romans, Saracens, Mamalukes, Franks, and Turks. Scripture tells us that it will happen again.) It is not that difficult to see that Israel is being trampled underfoot by the nations, to some degree, even now. Since the context applies to the rebuilt temple, we can understand it will be more intense and directly related to a future event associated with this forty-two months.

Luke 21:24 NASB and they will fall by the edge of the sword and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

Trampled is the Greek word pateō. It means to crush, to squeeze the juice out of grapes, to treat with insult, and to trample underfoot.

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Do you want to know why the outer courts and all of Jerusalem will be trampled?

Ezekiel 8:5-9 NASB Then He said to me, “Son of man, raise your eyes now toward the north.” So I raised my eyes toward the north, and behold, to the north of the altar gate was this idol of jealousy at the entrance. And He said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations which the house of Israel are committing here, so that I would be far from My sanctuary? But yet you will see still greater abominations.” (7) Then He brought me to the entrance of the court, and when I looked, behold, a hole in the wall. (8) He said to me, “Son of man, now dig through the wall.” So I dug through the wall, and behold, an entrance. (9) And He said to me, “Go in and see the wicked abominations that they are committing here.”

In the gospels we find this rebuke.

Mark 11:15-17 NASB Then they *came to Jerusalem. And He entered the temple and began to drive out those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who were selling doves; (16) and He would not permit anyone to carry merchandise through the temple. (17) And He began to teach and say to them, “Is it not written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL THE NATIONS’? But you have made it a ROBBERS’ DEN.”

Did this phrase forty and two months catch your attention?

forty and two months. Equal to 1260 days, or 3 years and a half. We know that the antichrist will make a peace treaty with many for a seven-year period. (Israel is not mentioned in this conversation, and therefore safer to assume that they are not direct participants.) That could mean that Israel, without any support, has put up a deadly fight, and its attackers, in appropriate Muslim tradition, are merely reloading their weapons. But, as you know, there is a problem and this so-called global world leader, who has the ear of the Muslim nations breaks his own treaty after the forty-two months.

Right now, I would have 101 questions. Fortunately, God has answers, if we are willing to listen.

Revelation 11:3 ESV And I will grant authority (or power) to my two witnesses and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”

Translations are interesting for they often assume a word or words. Revelation 11:3 is one of those situations, as the word authority/power are not in the Greek text. What is in the Greek text is the word didōmi which means to give something to someone. Didomi forces us to ask, what did He give them? We see this word didomi in the word grantWhen I apply understanding by looking at the context, then it is easy to assume that these two witnesses have been given dunamisor Holy Spirit power. An example of this comes from Acts 1:8.

Acts 1:8 NASB but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

This is the same thing Peter was talking about when he quoted Joel chapter 2. Here in Joel, Peter is talking about power.

Joel 2:28-32 NASB “It will come about after this That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions. (29) “Even on the male and female servants, I will pour out My Spirit in those days.

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(30) “I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth, Blood, fire, and columns of smoke. (31) “The sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into blood Before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. (32) “And it will come about that whoever calls on the name of the LORD Will be delivered; For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem There will be those who escape, As the LORD has said, Even among the survivors whom the LORD calls.

Who are these two witnesses?

Since it is appointed unto man, once to die, then I can assume that these would be the ONLY two prophets that did not die and therefore we are looking at Enoch and Elijah. Yes, Enoch was deemed to be a prophet and apparently walked off the earth. You would have to have been living under a rock to not know that Elijah got caught up to heaven in a fiery chariot.

A pastor who speaks boldly about end times events has said on many occasions that he wants front row seats to see Satan thrown into the lake of fire. That idea seems rather morbid and I doubt God will allow us to watch as it feeds into a side of our sinful nature, something that will be eradicated in that change process on the way up. What I have often expressed is that I would love to see these two witnesses in action. I suppose my desire stems from a lifetime of fear, and what I have described as powerlessness. Perhaps if I watched someone with power and how they used it, then I too would know how to use power. A bit of a useless fantasy seeing as the church will not be here on earth, a fact that should bring a feeling of hope. Anyway, the two witnesses open so many avenues of thought for me, so I am going to end this here and pick it up in the next post.

By the way, you may have picked up on the fact that God allows for exceptions, even though there are some things that have no give in them, such as, you can only get to heaven through Jesus, the Son. The challenging part of this assertion is defining what exactly the process of going through Jesus looks like. When it came to the thief on the cross, I am hard-pressed to define what happened there, but obviously, the man did what it took and found himself accepted.

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He cried out with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. Revelation 10: 3-8.

Do you ever wonder if God is sick of what goes on down here on earth, I know I am?

In an effort to answer a question like this, perhaps you need to ask; have you ever heard the shriek of someone who has just lost their child to some bloody car accident or a murder?

Maybe that is what we are witnessing here.

Revelation 10:3 NASB “and he cried out with a loud voice, as when a lion roars; and when he had cried out, the seven peals of thunder uttered their voices.”

Often, after looking up a simple expression such as “cried out,” I find its meaning to be far beyond what I imagined. An example of what I am talking about comes from the idea of a town crier. This person does not weep or scream, they merely call out at an elevated tone that it was a particular time or they delivered a message for all to hear. The town crier walked about doing this until he felt that most had an adequate chance to hear.

The word used here in Revelation 10:3 is not such a word. It is the Greek word krazō and means to scream or shriek.

In my previous post, this angel was established to be Jesus and intends for everyone to hear. But note something about this piercing voice, it is “as when a lion roars.” This terminology is consistent through most translations.

When and why does a lion roar?

I do not know all the reasons a lion might roar, but it seems they do so when they have had enough of a situation, or the pride has made a kill and they are taking their fill, or they are in a fight for their life with another lion and they are trying to intimidate. There may be more reasons but the one that dominates my thinking is where the lion has had enough.

If you are inclined to ask why Jesus would roar like a lion; perhaps I should ask you why you have never read the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis?

In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Jesus Christ is presented to us as Aslan the Lion.

  • when he had cried out, the seven peals of thunder uttered their voices.”

    Psalm 29:3 has several descriptions of God’s voice. One of those tells us that The God of glory thunders. To go along with that, the apostle John described the moment when God spoke over His Son. In John 12:29, we are told that when God spoke all but Jesus heard thunder.

There is little to define who or what is speaking when we get to Revelation 10:4.

Revelation 10:4 NASB “When the seven peals of thunder had spoken, I was about to write, and I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up the things which the seven peals of thunder have spoken and do not write them.”

I told you a moment ago how that NO ONE understood what God was saying to Jesus, and how that all who stood about heard thunder, quite possibly on a clear day.

How then did the disciples, and by extension, us, come to know what God said to Jesus that day, when He was baptized?

Obviously the disciples asked, He told them, and they shared it with us.

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Give some thought to this idea; is it possible that the Spirit of God has revealed these things to us and we don’t know it?

The Spirit, in speaking to Israel through Isaiah said,

Isaiah 29:6 NASB From the LORD of hosts you will be punished with thunder and earthquake and loud noise, With whirlwind and tempest and the flame of a consuming fire.

The method and means are varied and include a multitude from all the nations. God begins to equate the punishment to a bad dream where you cannot tell what is real.

The Message translates Isaiah 29:9-10 in this manner.

Be shocked and stunned, you prophets! Refuse to see. Get drunk and stagger, but not from wine. The LORD has made you drowsy; he put you into a deep sleep and covered your head.” (Isaiah 29:9-10 CEV)

Pay attention to the terminology in verse 11.

Isaiah 29:11 NASB “The entire vision will be to you like the words of a sealed book, which when they give it to the one who is literate, saying, “Please read this,” he will say, “I cannot, for it is sealed.”

While Isaiah’s prophetic words talk of the vision is like the words of a sealed book. This is in contrast to Revelation 10:4 in which a voice from heaven says, “Seal up the things which the seven peals of thunder have spoken and do not write them.”

I am not saying that we, through faith, much like we did when I was involved with the “faith movement,” pry open the pages of scripture in an attempt at gaining belief for the understanding of the sealed things. But it is possible that God is making His secrets known to those who love Him and pursue His heart. Then again, some things are for us to know, while other things are God’s secrets, which for the moment don’t need to be known.

Daniel 12:4 NASB “But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.”

Ask yourself, do you know with precision what life on earth, during the thousand years, will be like?

If you are honest, you would have to say you are not sure. Some insist that we will have jobs; the problem with this idea is that we are back to managers and corporate executives, along with the graft and theft that we have always known. There is NO WAY that system will be re-instituted on earth, because the corporate system is a part of the Babylon system that emerged out of our brokenness and sin, and God will never allow that again.

Doesn’t Revelation 10:4 indicate that John understood what these voices of thunder said?

Most would never speculate the John understood the words, and yet, there it is, do not write it down, presumably because it is for another time. If all John heard was thunder, what would be the point of writing a detailed description of the thunder; unless he understood the words.

Revelation 10:5-6 CJB Then the angel I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted his right hand toward heaven (6) and swore by the One who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it: “There will be no more delay;

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The prophetic relationship for the Jew is pattern and repetition. We have that here with Daniel’s words.

Daniel 12:6-7 NASB And one said to the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, “How long will it be until the end of these wonders?” (7) I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, as he raised his right hand and his left toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish shattering the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed.

The Complete Jewish Bible relates verse seven like this:

that it will be when the the power of the holy people is no longer being shattered that all these things will end.”

The CJB intrigues me because it defines how the end will come, “when the power of the holy people is no longer being shattered.”

Who are the holy people?

The answer is Israel/the Jews.

What would it have to look like, so that we could determine that the shattering of Israel is over?

That shattering could only happen when Jesus comes back as the warring Messiah, which we see in Revelation 19:11 through 20:3 give or take a few extra passages and that is because Jesus will end all warfare – for a thousand years

Revelation 10:6 and Daniel 12:7, both infer that these things will be completed and that there will be no more delays.

Ah, but when can this take place?

Only here: Revelation 19:11 through 20:3 give or take a few extra passages.

The angel has not changed; it is Jesus. Fascinating how this angel is now swearing by Him who lives forever and ever; and “who created heaven and the things in it. This is the kind of statement that the doubtful and disparaging use to shut people like me up.

What did John tell us about Jesus?

John 1:1-3 NASB In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. (2) He was in the beginning with God. (3) All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him, nothing came into being that has come into being.

Kind of confusing, isn’t it?

And yet, it is NOT so confusing if you accept the fact that the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit there have always been; that and the fact that you ARE made in the image of the three, and they are a part of your very being.

At this point, Jesus announces, there will be NO FURTHER DELAYS. A little chronological timekeeping is in order. In Daniel chapter nine Daniel is given an explanation.

Daniel 9:24-25 NLT A period of seventy sets of seven has been decreed for your people and your holy city to finish their rebellion, to put an end to their sin, to atone for their guilt, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to confirm the prophetic vision and to anoint the Most Holy Place. Now listen and understand! Seven sets of seven plus sixty-two sets of seven (469 years) will pass from the time the command is given to rebuild Jerusalem until a ruler—the Anointed Onecomes. (That anointed one is Jesus.) Jerusalem will be rebuilt with streets and strong defenses, despite the perilous times.

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With Jesus’s death and resurrection the world reached the 469th year of a designated 470 years. The understanding is that Israel, and we who follow after Jesus and long for the catching away of the church and the unleashing of God’s wrath, have all been put on hold.

If Jesus is saying there will be no further delays, then where are we in the sequence of events?

We are going to let scripture answer this question. Revelation chapter nine defined the sixth trumpet.

The sixth trumpet unleashed the four angels bound in the Euphrates, who in turn unleashes two million demonic Calvary, which kills one-third of the earth’s population.

Revelation 10:7 NLT When the seventh angel blows his trumpet, God’s mysterious plan will be fulfilled. It will happen just as he announced it to his servants, the prophets.”

Let me review a teaching point. In each of God’s judgments, there have been seven events. The first six bring the pain, the seventh announces the next string of events. So we have had: seals, bowls, and trumpets.

Get this idea out of your head. NO ONE will be standing around waiting for the next phase of God’s fury to be unleashed. It seems that those alive during this time of judgment will barely recover from one thing when the next comes. And though God’s fury has death associated with it; there is no stopping the acts of violence that humans will perform upon each other.

As the Douay-Rheims Bible puts it, the mystery of God shall be finished, as he hath declared by his servants the prophets.”

Dr. J. Vernon McGee tells us, this brings us to the conclusion of the Great Tribulation.

Did you notice that part of the scriptural statement indicates that God has defined all these events to His servants, the prophets.

If that is the case, then why do we act like this is a great mystery, that NO ONE can understand or figure out?

Revelation 10:8 DRB And I heard a voice from heaven, again speaking to me and saying: Go and take the book that is open, from the hand of the angel who stands upon the sea and upon the earth.

One more time, this angel is Jesus.

  • Go and take the book that is open, from the hand of the angel.”

How many books does God have?

None of us has a legitimate answer to that question, but I want you to see something that will challenge your judgmentalism if you are so inclined to act that way.

Revelation 20:11-13 NASB (11) Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. (12) And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened, and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds(13) And the sea gave up the dead which was in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which was in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.

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1 Corinthians 15: 1-4 is the path of salvation through faith in Christ’s death and resurrection. Ephesians 2:8a CEV “You were saved by faith in God,” And yet in Psalms 62:11-12 (GW), the psalmist exclaims …”God has spoken once. I have heard it said twice: Power belongs to God. Mercy belongs to you, O Lord. You reward a person based on what he has done.” The religious assumption is that these deeds are all bad, but you cannot logically pull that kind of response from the sentence.

So, are everyone’s deeds rewarded, regardless of impact?

The short answer is yes, some to glory and some to eternal punishment, and this is exactly what you see in Matthew 25.

  • “ a great white throne and Him who sat upon it,

In Matthew 25, we see this, “when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.”

Is there any distinction between Jesus and God?

NO! So this, then, is the Son of Man upon the great white throne, isn’t it.

  •  And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne.”

    Now you have to challenge your thinking. We understand that the church is supposed to get caught up to the clouds to forever be with Jesus.

Since we know that the dead in Christ shall rise first, then who are these people?

Hmm, Good question. For all intents and purposes, for all time, these have died outside of an understandable relationship with Jesus; or, so we think. It becomes rather obvious that Jesus sees their acts of kindness as a move toward a relationship. When you get to Matthew 25:31-40 that will become clear.

  • and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life.”

Did you know there were other books?

What kind of cruel joke would God be playing if He laid out many books before Him, knowing full well that the only book necessary, to those standing before Him would be the book of life?

When you look at the judgment from this perspective it does not make sense unless those other books hold out hope for these dead now standing before Him. Religion offers no help, as some “Bible teachers” are willing to condemn all those before the great white throne to hell. If Matthew’s account is just another telling of the great white throne, then there certainly is hope.

What role do these other books play?

We see no definition here in Revelation 20. But if we compare this to Matthew’s account perhaps we can figure out that these other books hold the accounting of our days.

By the way, in Matthew’s account, we see NO books.

Does the fact that we find no books in Matthew’s account diminish the idea that Jesus is seated on the throne of judgment in Matthew 25?

NO, and I say that because you can see the similarities between Matthew’s account and Revelation 20:11-13; in judgment – in that those before the throne are both judged according to their actions, and it is the dead that are being judged.

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I want you to see Matthew’s account here.

Matthew 25:31-40 NASB “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. (32) “All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; (33) and He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on the left. (34) “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. (35) ‘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; (36) naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ (37) “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? (38) ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? (39) ‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ (40) “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

Here is where the ugly side of judgment comes into play.

Matthew 25:41-46 NASB “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; (42) for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; (43) I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ (44) “Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’ (45) “Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these; you did not do it to Me.’ (46) “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Sadly I have sat under teachers who cannot see past the word punishment in verse 46, as these teachers send everyone before the great white throne to hell.

The reality is that at the end of the seven years of wrath, only two persons are thrown into eternal punishment, the antichrist and the false prophet. So no, not everyone is sent to hell, even though they were missed in the rapture and not considered among the martyred saints (a very rough way to go if you ask me.) There is only one other place where we see humans sent to hell and that is at the final judgment where Jesus sits on the great white throne, the same glorious throne that we see in both Matthew’s account and in the Revelation.

If you were to ask me to explain how or why God chooses to act this way I can only convey what I have found in the Word.

Psalms 62:11-12 AMP God has spoken once, twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God. (12) Also to You, O Lord, belong mercy and loving-kindness, for You render to every man according to his work.

Jeremiah 17:10 AMP I the Lord search the mind, I try the heart, even to give to every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.

When you read about this judgment in Matthew 25 you can see that the recipients of His mercy are shocked. He replied, “to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”


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Seal up what the seven thunders have said! Do not write it down!

Imagine sitting and listening to a speaker, very vividly communicate every detail of an event; this was the case when I worked for the phone company, all those years ago. The speaker, an Ohio Highway officer, told us a couple of stories. He had nothing behind him but a chalkboard, where he pointed out which direction each car had been traveling. There was something about his voice and the manner in which he spoke because I still have those verbal images in my head.

Perhaps this is how it was for John because it seems like there was a pause. John finishes his sip of water when he hears this voice, alright, break time is over, now let’s get into Revelation chapter ten.

Revelation 10:1 NASB I saw another strong angel coming down out of heaven, clothed with a cloud; and the rainbow was upon his head, and his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire;

  • I saw another strong angel coming down out of heaven, “ NASB

    In Revelation nine, John saw the fifth angel blowing his trumpet. The announcement was the stinging locusts.

    The sixth angel sounded and a voice was heard instructing that angel to release the four angels bound in the Euphrates. The NIRV translation says they were set free to kill a third of the remaining population. Since the judgment from God has begun, there has been an onslaught of death. These four killer angels have help from two million mounted Calvary. Rev. 9:17 begins the descriptions and it ends with verses 18 and 19, as it tells us of their tails, which were like snakes that actually bite.

  • clothed with a cloud; and the rainbow was upon his head, and his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire;” NIRV

    We were not given a description of the previous two angels that had come to blow their announcing trumpets, but NOW we are. That is curious. Perhaps it would be best to keep in mind that this entire Book is a Revelation of Jesus Christ.

    • Clothed with a cloud.”

      Revelation 1:7 tells us that He is coming with the clouds; in Revelation 14:14 He (Jesus) is sitting on the clouds; In Exodus 16:10, there, in the desert, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud; and finally, in Psalms 97:2 King David says that clouds and thick darkness surround him.

    • the rainbow was upon his head”

      From Revelation 4:2,3 John describes looking into heaven. There in front of me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. The One who sat there shone like jewels. Around the throne was a rainbow that looked like an emerald.

      And from Ezekiel 1:28 NirV we learn that “The glow around him looked like a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day. That’s what the glory of the LORD looked like.”

    • “ his face was like the sun”

      Revelation 1:16 already told us that His face shone like the sun; Matthew 17:2 informs us that He was transfigured before them and His face shone as the sun.

    • “ and his feet like pillars of fire.”

      Revelation 1:15 And His feet were like burnished brass having been fired in a furnace.

      While I think it is important to use previously accepted evidence, for the Jew, going back to the origins – the OT, might be better.

      Daniel 10:6 His body also was like beryl, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze,

      The idea behind using Daniel’s words are that burnished bronze, may in fact, give the appearance of fire. 

      Ezekiel saw the Lord and described Him using terminology that included both burnished bronze and fire.

      Ezekiel 1:27 Then I noticed from the appearance of His loins and upward something like glowing metal that looked like fire all around within it, and from the appearance of His loins and downward I saw something like fire; and there was a radiance around Him.

Why give you all this information?

Because of two things:

1. When I opened The Ultimate Cross-Reference Treasury I encountered a comment. That commentary said, This angel is not, and cannot be, our Lord himself. Such a supposition would, it seems to me, entirely break through the consistency of apocalyptic analogy.” When I saw this my attention immediately was drawn to four words, “it seems to me.” This is something I would say, especially if I am not positive about which answer to give you, the reader. At a point like this, I have hashed out why any of several choices could be a reasonable response, and pointed out why I thought at least one would be the strongest contender for your attention; this, of course, is an attempt at leaving the Holy Spirit to guide you as you make an intelligent decision for yourself. Seeing these words it seems to me,” told me that the commentator was NOT sure.

2. The second component of critical thought, which I immediately applied to the commentary, is to disregard all comments until I cannot ascertain what scripture is trying to tell me after I have looked at the context; considered the origins of the simplest of words making up the sentence and/or paragraph; and, I have analyzed what I see with comparative passages, such as I have done above.

What is my takeaway from all this?

Aside from rarely take anything at face value, I researched the scriptural evidence to prove whether Revelation 10:1 points to Jesus or not, and I have concluded that we are, without a doubt, looking at Jesus Christ.

Wow, so much for verse one. Moving on.

Revelation 10:2 NASB “and he had in his hand a little book which was open. He placed his right foot on the sea and his left on the land;”

This word for book is unusual, as it is the Greek word bibliaridion and is only found in the Revelation. It means a little scroll

As far as I am concerned this is evidence that the entirety of the Bible is Jewish in its driving force and thought. The idea that God would hand a man a scroll is nothing new and therefore familiar to the Jewish readers – John’s primary audience.

Ezekiel 2:9 NASB Then I looked, and behold, a hand was extended to me; and lo, a scroll was in it.

Go just a bit further in Ezekiel and you will find him eating a scroll.

Ezekiel 3:1-3 NASB Then He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” (2) So I opened my mouth, and He fed me this scroll. (3) He said to me, “Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your body with this scroll which I am giving you.” Then I ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth.

Momentarily we will see this same action in Revelation 10:8, 9. The actions are almost word for word. We will tear this apart shortly, but not here.

NASB Then the voice which I heard from heaven, I heard again speaking with me, and saying, “Go, take the book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the land.” (9) So I went to the angel, telling him to give me the little book. And he *said to me, “Take it and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth, it will be sweet as honey.”

This is Jesus and we defined why just moments ago. At this point, Jesus roars like the Lion that he is.

Revelation 10:3-4 AMP “And he shouted with a loud voice like the roaring of a lion, and when he had shouted, the seven thunders gave voice and uttered their message in distinct words. (4) And when the seven thunders had spoken (sounded), I was going to write [it down], but I heard a voice from heaven saying, Seal up what the seven thunders have said! Do not write it down!

John understood what they said, but he was NOT allowed to share the words. Habakkuk has a similar theme, but Habakkuk was instructed to write it down with the intent of sharing those words.

Habakkuk 2:2-3 NASB Then the LORD answered me and said, “Record the vision And inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run. (3) “For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.

Pay attention to the phrase “that the one who reads it may run.” May run” is one Hebrew word rûts. It also means to break down, or to divide speedily.

Do you realize this is exactly what we are doing when we read with intent?

Daniel, in speaking about the entirety of time, which includes this amazingly long pause we have been living in that leads up to the seventieth week also speaks of sealing the vision.

Daniel 9:24 NASB “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up the vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.

The context of Daniel’s vision speaks of:

  • finishing the transgression,

  • making an end of sin,

  • to make atonement for iniquity,

  • to bring in everlasting righteousness,

  • to seal up the vision,

  • and to anoint the most holy place.

Have these things happened?

Without thinking I said an adamant NO. No one heard me voicing my opinion and so I added, and they will not happen until the end of the seven-year period when Jesus comes back as the warring Messiah. Thankfully I slowed down a moment and gave this some thought.

On the cross Jesus said, it is finished. 

What was finished?

Our standard religious response is to say, the law; and that is not entirely wrong, but there was more, specifically, the end of transgression

Transgression, according to Webster’s dictionary, means The act of passing over (through ignorance) or going beyond the bounds of any law or rule of moral duty.

Look at what Colossians chapter two says.

Colossians 2:13-15 CEV “You were dead because you were sinful and were not God’s people. But God let Christ make you alive when he forgave all our sinsGod wiped out the charges that were against us for disobeying the Law of Moses. He took them away and nailed them to the cross. There Christ defeated all powers and forces. He let the whole world see them being led away as prisoners when he celebrated his victory.

Romans chapter three speaks about how the Law points out sin and how God makes us righteous through faith.

Romans 3:20-22 CEV God doesn’t accept people simply because they obey the Law. No, indeed! All the Law does is to point out our sin. Now we see how God does make us acceptable to him. The Law and the Prophets tell how we become acceptable, and it isn’t by obeying the Law of Moses. God treats everyone alike. He accepts people only because they have faith in Jesus Christ.

Romans 11:27 refers to a time when He will forgive Israel’s sins.


Do you really think this only happens after the time of wrath?

Isaiah 60:21 NLT All your people will be righteous. They will possess their land forever, for I will plant them there with my own hands in order to bring myself glory.

As you analyze Isaiah 60:21 can you see that the phrase “your people” could mean both Israel and those who have come into the family. Although Israel currently possesses a portion of the land God promised, there is a day coming when this humanly impractical statement will be fulfilled, and that will come at the end of the seven years.

In Romans 5 we are told that righteousness will reign through that One, Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:17-19 NASB For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. (18) So then as through one transgression there resulted in condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted in the justification of life to all men. (19) For as through the one man’s disobedience, the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One, the many will be made righteous.

Daniel 12 indicates that the prophet was to seal the book for a time specific; the time of the end, to which we have arrived.

Daniel 12:4 NASB “But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.”

All I have to do is to look at Daniel 12:1 to answer the next question.

What end is He talking about?

The one associated with Israel becoming a nation. 

Dr. J. Vernon McGee stated, “These prophecies were to be sealed until “the time of the end.” This does not mean the end of time but refers to that definite period of time which in the Book of Daniel is the Seventieth Week.

Assuming you understand that seventy weeks of years were decreed and that only sixty-nine of those weeks have been accounted for, that leaves only the seventieth week of years. Within that time period, the wrath of God is poured out upon the earth; that has not happened yet. But think about it, during this gap between the sixty-ninth and the seventieth year Israel became a nation. Jesus told us that this generation would not pass away before the end comes. The intelligent realize that we, the church, are living on borrowed time.

Daniel 12:1 NASB “Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued.

The phrase “at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued,” is talking about the church. Don’t try to get exclusionary here, because this includes those Jews who have come to accept Christ as the Messiah.

A couple of questions.

How do you the reader know if the Holy Spirit is permitting us to read and understand the writings of Daniel?

If I had not mentioned one of the biggest clues – Israel becoming a nation (again,) how would you determine that we were finally at the end of this journey?

The Lord, speaking to Israel, points out that their ways and actions have made the “vision of all” to become like the words of a book that is sealed. These would not be good words to hear.

Isaiah 29:10-14 KJV “For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered. (11) And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed: (12) And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned. (13) Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: (14) Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.”

Paul, spoke of a mystery, so are we still wallowing in this lack of knowing?

In Romans 11:25 Paul reminds the reader that there certainly was a mystery. In the letter to the church at  Colossi, he acknowledges that the mystery, which has been hidden for ages, is now made manifest to His saints. By the time he writes the letter to the church in Ephesus, (Ephesians 1:9) he is now telling the church that the Spirit has made known the mystery.

As you noticed Daniel was told to seal up the book, and yet we read it.

Are you aware that the book of Daniel is one that the Jews are NOT allowed to read?

Could you then say that the book is still sealed for many?

One of my pastors told me, “no one can understand the Revelation or the prophetic books, like Daniel.” Is it possible that the book of Daniel is stilled sealed in his mind? Did you pay attention when Daniel 12:4 stated that knowledge will be increased. 

I feel like this has happened to me and I have an insatiable appetite for the prophetic.

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The number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million. Rev 9.

When I was a child watching cartoons on the television, the announcer, in some silly voice, would say, “When we last saw our hero, Dudley Dooright, he was trying to save Nel.” At this point, they would show you Nel tied to the railroad tracks. Well, it is easy to lose your focus on who the hero is when everywhere you look in the Revelation there is death and destruction.

In short, God is trying to get the attention of the Jews who rejected Him; and, He is trying to get the attention of those people who are called the nations/Gentiles. To the Jews, this is everyone outside of the Jewish faith. If you were not born and raised a Jew, and, you accepted Christ into your life, you are adopted into the family and no longer thought of as part of the nations.

Look around you, what are the nations doing? Bombing, shooting and generally causing mayhem. Sadly, this is happening everywhere.

When we last look at Revelation 9 someone unidentified, has said to the sixth, trumpet-blowing angel, release the four angels who are bound in the great river Euphrates.

Revelation 9:14 NASB “one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.”

Ponder this for a moment.

  • Angels who are bound.

    There has to be a reason for this, and it cannot be good. The logical assumption is that they are dangerous, and we see the evidence for this, as they proceed to kill off one-third of the earth’s population.

  • If angels are God’s created beings, then who would be the one to bind them?


  • One last thing. It only took one angel to kill all the unprotected firstborn in Egypt that night of the first Passover, so how much damage can these four pull off?

    The short answer, they kill off a third of humanity.

    • Why did I mention the unprotected? Because Moses made the declaration with the instructions that “God’s people” were to put the blood of the Lamb upon their doorposts (there were a few other things they had to do – all of which were part of a training process necessary because these people, that were to be called Israel was effectively Egyptians.) Because we are selfish humans, you have to know that there were some that did not comply and they found out the hard way that God should not be challenged.

      At the opposite end of the spectrum, there had to be some Egyptian individuals and families that took shelter in the homes of the Jews. In case you did not know, Caleb was a Kenizzite and not a Jew, and yet we come to learn that he and his kinfolk made it out of Egypt after that night; and, Caleb was one of the 12 spies that went into Canaan to spy out the land. He, along with Joshua, came back with a good report about the land, while the other ten whined.

Revelation 9:15 NASB And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year were released so that they would kill a third of mankind.

I want you to hold to a thought, “they, (the four), will kill a third of mankind. I am asking you to hold this thought because the next few verses may confound you. I tell you this because, if a church leader was brave enough to teach on this portion of the Revelation, they typically attributed the 2 million troops to the Chinese. Much like getting us focused on Gorbachev, the then president of Russia, with his red birthmark on his forehead, from in the early ’80s, this misleading information about the Chinese enforced the idea that no one could understand the Revelation.

So, focus on what we do know.

We just saw that four, presumably, angry angels were released from the Euphrates, for the express purpose of wreaking havoc upon the earth.

Revelation 9:14 NASB … “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.”

All doubts about their mission was eliminated when we saw that the outcome of their work kills off one-third of humanity.

Revelation 9:15 NASB And the four angels, … were released, so that they would kill a third of mankind.

If I went no further, I would say, I got it, but suddenly someone hit the pause button for a second, and when they came back they decided we need a full and detailed description of what these four angels are capable of dispatching.

Revelation 9:16-19 ERV I heard how many troops on horses were in their army. There were 200,000,000. (17) In my vision, I saw the horses and the riders on the horses. They looked like this: They had breastplates that were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow like sulfur. The heads of the horses looked like heads of lions. The horses had fire, smoke, and sulfur coming out of their mouths. (18) A third of all the people on earth were killed by these three plagues coming out of the horses’ mouths: the fire, the smoke, and the sulfur. (19) The horses’ power was in their mouths and also in their tails. Their tails were like snakes that have heads to bite and hurt people.

  • Two million troops on horses and they looked like this:

    • They had breastplates that were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow like sulfur.

    • The heads of the horses looked like heads of lions.

    • The horses had fire, smoke, and sulfur coming out of their mouths

  • A third of all the people on earth were killed by these three plagues coming out of the horses’ mouths.

    • The three plagues coming out of the horses’ mouths: the fire, the smoke, and the sulfur.

We have nothing in the context that explains how we went from angels to two million troops on something similar to a horse.

Ezekiel might be able to demonstrate the prophetic pattern, as it speaks of similarly attired horsemen.

Ezekiel 38:3-4 ERV Tell him that this is what the Lord GOD says: ‘Gog, you are the most important leader of the nations of Meshech and Tubal, but I am against you. (4) I will capture you and bring you back. I will bring back all the men in your army, all the horses, and horse soldiers. I will put hooks in your mouths, and I will bring all of you back. All the soldiers will be wearing their uniforms with all their shields and swords.

  • Does Revelation 9:16-19 compare well with Ezekiel 38:3-4?

    Not exactly; they both have horsemen with breastplates, riding horses, but we do not see the riders of Ezekiel killing off a third of humanity.

    The horses in the Revelation have fire, smoke, and sulfur coming out of their nostrils, we do not see that in Ezekiel. If it proves anything, it proves that God has a theme and plausible means to accomplish and end result.

    Think about the practical side of a mounted Calvary; do you see anyone attacking on horseback? What you do see are artillery units, missiles, and unmanned drones.

  • Revelation 9:7-10 tells us that The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle.”

    We are comparing apples to oranges, so this is not the answer.

  • While there is no contrast in the Psalms it does tell us that He punishes the wicked with fire and brimstone.

    Psalms 11:6 NASB Upon the wicked He will rain snares; Fire and brimstone …

It is clear that God is using these angels to bring about some of His wrath; and, it is defined that the angels have enlisted a two million man Calvary of demonic horses and horsemen. These are NOT human by any stretch.

By the time we hit this point in the chronological rendering of the Revelation, we might assume that we are dealing with some point within the last three years of the time of wrath.

Wow, many might breathe a sigh of relief just knowing that you do not have to contend with the four angels. I, on the other hand, pity the fool, as Mr. T used to say, who has to endure this hellish pain and death. I can implore you, as so many do, to accept Christ into your life, so that you can come to the wedding supper of the Lamb. But I cannot make you do it. 

Notice how chapter nine finishes out.

Revelation 9:20-21 NASB (20) The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; (21) and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts.

  • The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, … and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts.”

We are made aware of four terms: 
  • murders
    • The word takes on a whole new meaning when you come to realize that it also means slaughter. We have nothing in our Bibles that defines the Islamic prophecies of how the same man we call the false prophet becomes the enforcer of Sharia. Under this man’s leadership, he mandates that everyone bows to Allah or loses their head. Is this concept found in scripture? Absolutely, as Jesus, in Matthew 24, describes how God has to cut the time short or NO ONE would live.
  • sorceries
    • This is the Greek word pharmekia (sound familiar?) Look at what it means: employment of drugs for any purpose. Open your eyes. Many of you are voluntarily submitting to a “vaccine” (an illegitimate term for a concoction approved for emergency usage. It would have had to go through lengthy trials to gain the name vaccine, but by having it approved for emergency usage the drug companies got to bypass the trials, and those of you who have accepted this “vaccine” have become the lab rats.) Are you aware that this so-called vaccine failed miserably in lab animals, to the point that they were about to give up on it?
  • immorality
    • The Greek word is porneia. What a shock heh? The Word Study Dictionary states that ” Symbolically it stands for idolatry, the forsaking of the true God in order to worship idols.” However, it has most recently come to describe a vast number of acceptable self-driven perversions. Take for example the word illicit. Illicit means: That which was not permitted or allowed; prohibited; unlawful; as an illicit trade; illicit intercourse or connection. It was not permitted, but now it is.
  • thefts
    • This is the Greek word klemma and means a thing stolen or the act of theft. Oh my, where do I begin. We had church stolen from us, along with our health due to a manmade disease. How about our moral base, our nation, our safety, etc…

Isn’t it obvious that a shred of these fools that have stolen our lives, health, and liberty, have survived to this point?

So many have died up to this point that it is hard to say how many are left. One thing is for sure, those who are left seem to be hell-bent on murder.

How would you like that on your tombstone?

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Finally, I understand Daniel 7:26, the court will sit for judgment, and his dominion will be taken away.

A momentary detour.

In working through chapter nine of the Revelation, I came to a place where the antichrist needed a bit of clarification, and that led me to Daniel 7. Daniel is one of those books that carries multiple definitions of the antichrist.

Daniel 7:8 refers to him as the little horn; this is only the first of twelve titles given to the antichrist.

Little horn: The first of twelve titles given to the power commonly known as “the antichrist“.

Other titles:

1. “the king of Babylon” (Isaiah 14:4);

2. “the Assyrian” (Isaiah 14:25);

3. Lucifer, son of the morning,” in opposition to “the bright and morning star” (Isaiah 14:12);

4. “the Prince that shall come” (Daniel 9:26);

5. “the king of fierce countenance” (Daniel 8:23);

6. “the vile person” (Daniel 11:21);

7. “the willful king” (Daniel 11:36);

8. “the man of sin” (2 Thessalonians 2:3);

9. “the son of perdition” (2 Thessalonians 2:3);

10. “that wicked (or lawless) one” (2 Thessalonians 2:3; Revelation 13:18);

11. “the beast with ten horns” (Revelation 13:1);

12. “the little horn” (Daniel 8:8)

In spite of all these titles, his dominion or empire will be taken away.

Daniel 7:26 NASB ‘But the court will sit for judgment, and his dominion will be taken away, annihilated and destroyed forever.

It was not until today, that I finally understood this passage (06//25/2021.) Any confusion that I encountered had more to do with years of false teachings. Trust me, false teachings are everywhere.

  • Court is the English transliteration of a Chaldean word that means judgment.

Reading 7:26 as “the judgment will sit for judgment doesn’t make sense.” The continuation of thought is that this “court,” an assumptive ruling body, will sit in judgment over the antichrist. Our English bibles tend to put this phrase “for judgment” in italics, as it is assumed.

  • his dominion will be taken away.

I remind you, that this is speaking of the antichrist. This word dominion can be exchanged with empire, and can just as easily be read, “his empire will be taken away.”

When I think about the variety of world leaders that religion has verbally placed into the role of antichrist, it is hard to sort out who this person will be. I happen to believe that he will be a Muslim. The reasons why I believe that he will be a Muslim primarily comes out of Daniel 7:25.

Look at what Daniel 7:25 says.

‘He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time.” Daniel 7:25 NASB

We know that the antichrist is alleged to rule the earth for 7 years.

Where do we get the idea that he will reign for the full seven years?

From the fact that he makes a seven-year peace treaty with many, which he breaks.

Consider what Revelation 13:5 tells us.

Revelation 13:5 NET. The beast was given a mouth speaking proud words and blasphemies and he was permitted to exercise ruling authority for forty-two months.

Forty-two months is three and one-half years.

He is permitted to exercise his ruling authority for 42 months. But then goes where? 

Just because it says that his dominion or empire will be taken away does not mean the antichrist will go away, but someone else will step forward as the ruling authority. We call him the false prophet, while Islam calls him the enforcer of Sharia.

Interestingly, Iran just voted in a new president, and he happens to be called, the executioner.

When you see these words, “he will intend to make alterations in times and in law,” where does your thought process go?

What you should be seeing is Israel, but why stop there? Why not bring your influence to the EU and the USA, as both of these nations are on the verge of being crushed by the Muslims.

The times are God’s Jewish holidays and the law, and therefore, the impact is directed at Israel and God’s people. Mind you, all this is happening during the time of wrath, which is directed at Israel, for their unbelief, and, at the nations for their evil actions and unbelief.

This is where you need to look at another translation.

Daniel 7:26 CJB But when the court goes into session, he will be stripped of his rulership, which will be consumed and completely destroyed.

It occurs to me that Daniel 7:26 could be taken to mean the time when Jesus comes back as the warring Messiah; this, of course, is at the end of the seven years of wrath. Certainly, the antichrist, the false prophet, and Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire. The antichrist and the false prophet will be completely destroyed, and we will never hear from them again. Satan, on the other hand, will be brought back at the end of the thousand years for one last attempt at deception, after which he, and those who followed him in that deception, will be forever eliminated.

Someone who has stepped up, and been handed the authority, over what seems like the world, will not acquire this position unless he does so by force, coercion, or convincing words. You would think that for any of those things to happen, that he would be working his magic on people as we speak; and, he may be doing just that. However, there is an alternative school of thought, and that would be that the world is merely blinded by Satan, and they (in general) will see this fool as the answer to their calls for a global world leader.

Were you aware that many world leaders are literally praying for someone just like this?

Some, for a few moments, were thinking that Emanuel Macron could or would be just such a man.

Again, I happen to think that this world leader will be a Muslim. Think about those, like Principe Erdoğan, a man who is trying to reinstate the Ottoman Empire upon the world, and set himself up as the Mahdi. No one, in the current environment, will be able to demand such worship, unless they can appear to be moderate. The new president of Iran is not such a man, and neither is Erdoğan. It hardly seems possible but Barack Obama has displayed such characteristics, on many occasions.

Even though the antichrist gains power, it will be short-lived. Look again at the Complete Jewish Bible translation, which says, “when the court goes into session, he will be stripped of his rulership, which will be consumed and completely destroyed.”

What will be destroyed?

This man’s plans, because they are not radical enough.

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In the Revelation, what have those, who are suffering under God’s wrath, seen so far?

Revelation 9:12 NASB The first woe is past; behold, two woes are still coming after these things.

What have those, who is suffering under God’s wrath, seen so far?

  1. The entrance of the antichrist.

    Revelation 6:2 NASB I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

    If you merely read Revelation 6:2 you will not get the full picture of what this person will quickly do.

  2. Peace is taken from the earth.

    Wow, this is generic, but the general idea is that violence will increase exponentially.

    Revelation 6:4 NASB And another, a red horse went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.

  3. The price of things, (I say things because here in America the price of lumber has gone up 400%,) will go up, but most specifically, food.

    Revelation 6:5-6 NASB When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. (6) And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.”

  4. The fourth seal brings about death again, by famine, sword, pestilence (diseases), and by wild beasts.

    Revelation 6:7-8 NASB When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” (8) I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death, and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.

  5. When the Lamb (Jesus) broke the fifth seal John sees the first, countable number, of dead “believers.”

    These people were not a part of the church and have come to know, or understand who God is, since the rapture of the church, evidenced because of the Word of God and because of their testimony. Testimony is not a tightly defined and can mean judicial evidence.

    Revelation 6:9-11 NASB When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; … and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.

  6. With the sixth seal there is a great earthquake, the sun became black as sackcloth, and the whole moon became like blood, the stars of the sky fell to earth, the sky rolled up like a scroll, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

Page one.

Revelation 6:12-14 NET. “Then I looked when the Lamb opened the sixth seal, and a huge earthquake took place; the sun became as black as sackcloth made of hair, and the full moon became blood red; and the stars in the sky fell to the earth like a fig tree dropping its unripe figs when shaken by a fierce wind. The sky was split apart like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved from its place.”

This earthquake has to be severely damaging, perhaps of the magnitude which causes the continents to reconnect. As for the sun becoming black as sackcloth and the moon blood-red, we have that to some degree now. China has areas where the smog is so bad that you cannot see the sun. But consider that when Mt St. Helens erupted, midday turned to night because of the ash. And the smog that most of us deal with causes the moon to glow blood red.

Consider this idea of the stars falling to earth. The sun is a star, and one of the smallest. If the sun fell to earth the earth would be destroyed; and yet, there are stars falling. This tends to move this conversation over to stars being representative of something else.

Since scripture tends to interpret scripture, is there anything else, that we have recently encountered, which might explain these stars? 

The answer is yes.

Look at Revelation 9:1 NASB “Then the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit was given to him.” This is clearly Satan because we know that Jesus took the keys to hell and the grave, which is what this is referring to, and the Holy Spirit saw fit to call him a star. This train of thought opens a very scary can of worms because the number of fallen angels that this may entail is vast and dangerous.

The writer of Hebrews backs up my assertion that it was Satan controlling hell along with the associated fear. Jesus took those keys and freed us from the fear of death.

Hebrews 2:14 NASB … through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,

Isaiah 14 distinctly calls Satan, the star of the morning.

Isaiah 14:12 NASB “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations!

Job 38 tells us that there were many “stars” of the morning.

Job 38:7 NASB When the morning stars sang together And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Revelation 12 speaks of a past war that took place in the heavens.

Revelation 12:7-9 NASB And there was war in heaven, … The dragon and his angels waged war, and they were not strong enough, … the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, … and his angels were thrown down with him.

Revelation 12 also speaks of the tail of the dragon – Satan, and how his tail drew a third of the stars to earth with him. Since we established that stars and angels are the same things, then we know that Satan pulled them to earth with him.

Page two.

  1. I have no way of understanding what the sky rolling up like a scroll looks like, or the effects of such an event.

    I do know that all things will be made new and perhaps this is part of that process. We should by now, understand that prophecy to a Jew is pattern and repetition, therefore, this reference to stars has to have a witness, and it does.

    Isaiah 34:4 NASB And all the host of heaven will wear away, And the sky will be rolled up like a scroll; …

    While the next reference is from the Revelation, and it is in Greek, it still expresses the same thing.

    Revelation 6:14 NASB The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, …

  2. The four winds of the earth will cease to blow.

    Revelation 7:1 NASB After this, I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth so that no wind would blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree.

    Stopping the wind, in the bigger picture, means that everything will die.

  3. John sees the dead in the Lord, for a second time, but this time is different as they are uncountable.

    Revelation 7:9 NASB After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes and palm branches were in their hands;

    What does this mean? It means that the slaughter of those who follow after Christ continues rapidly.

  4. The seal judgments end with a censer of fire being thrown to the earth. This is the announcement of the trumpet (shofar) judgments.

    With the first trumpet blast fire was thrown to earth, mixed with blood; and, a third of the earth was burned up, along with the trees, and the grass.

    Revelation 8:7 NASB The first sounded, and there came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth, and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

  5. At the second trumpet blast, something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea.

    Revelation 8:8-9 NASB The second angel sounded, and something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood, (9) and a third of the creatures which were in the sea and had life, died; and a third of the ships were destroyed.

    This sounds like a massive meteorite. The result is that: a third of the sea becomes blood; a third of the sea creatures die, and a third of the ships are destroyed.

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Because of the third trumpet blast, something like a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters.

  1. Revelation 8:10-11 NASB (10) The third angel sounded, and a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters. (11) The name of the star is called Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter.

    This is the only place in the Bible that the word wormwood shows up. The word means bitterness. So when it says that the waters became wormwood, it is telling us that the waters were made bitter. The verse tells us that many died from the water.

  2. At the sound of the fourth blast the sun, moon, and stars were diminished by a third.

    Revelation 8:12 NASB The fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were struck, so that a third of them would be darkened and the day would not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way.

    The short answer, from is this: average surface temperature would be an inhospitable -18°C (0°F) instead of the 14°C (59°F) we experience today.”

  3. The fifth angel sounds and God initiates a history lesson about a fallen angel, a star, Satan; who is the lord of the abyss.

    We learn that Satan obtained the keys to hell and death, and therefore controlled people through fear. Out of this abyss come some hellish locusts that have stingers like scorpions. They sting humans and they want to die because of the pain, but cannot.

    This takes up a large portion of chapter 9, and therefore I will only give you the reference. Revelation 9:1-11.

This is how far we have advanced in the Revelation.

Revelation 9:12 NASB The first woe is past; behold, two woes are still coming after these things.

Note how the verse says, the first woe is past, along with all the other stuff. The first woe came in two parts. The first part is that this fallen star, a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit was given to him. Revelation 9:2 tells us that this “star” opened the bottomless pit – hell, and the smoke of a great furnace comes out of the pit.

Can a star, hold a key, and open the door to a pit? 

The logical response is NO.

If a star, even a small one, was to be thrown against the earth, would the earth survive?

Again, the logical response is NO. So, if you have been paying attention, then you know that the Holy Spirit has, on multiple occasions, referred to Satan and his followers as stars.

What is coming out of this smoke?

A locust horde like you would not believe; however, these locusts are not interested in eating your crops and every other living plant. They are coming to sting any human not protected by the mark from God.

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Who is protected?

The arrogant would immediately assume it’s them; it is NOT, it is 144,000 young Jewish men, whom God has picked out, because – as we are told, they are virgins. Our broken nature always leans to the fleshly side of the equation when the term virgin is used, but consider that the Jewish council concocted over 600 additional rules and laws for the purpose of controlling the masses. What if their virgin status, in God’s eyes, reflects their separation from Jewish law and more on their dependence on God’s law?

And, although nothing is said about it, the other two who may have avoided these crazed locusts could be God’s two witnesses. Since we see no mention of witnesses when we hear of the locusts, then it is possible that they have come and gone already; that would put these two witnesses arriving at the beginning of the seven-years, and the locusts arriving after the 42 months. They preach, if you will, for 42 months, and then the Father allows them to be killed. They lie in the streets of Jerusalem for three days (Wow, that is significant,) and then they are taken up to heaven. If we can see the fact that God’s judgments are poured out on everyone on earth, including those who have chosen to follow Jesus, you can begin to understand the gravity when followers of Christ tell you, accept Jesus now, because you don’t want to be here.

Pause here for a moment and consider that the Apostle John saw the martyred saints in heaven, twice.

How did they get into heaven, before the throne?

They were killed, here on earth, by people and those who found them in opposition to their religious ideology or governmental/presidential orders, for their testimony and the Word of God. Let’s take a moment to ponder what I just said. Islam/Boko Haran/ and a few others with the same purpose but different names, make it their goal to slaughter anyone who is NOT a Muslim. This is a generalized statement, but I am also aware that the Quran does not allow for leeway on this, although some refuse to adhere tightly to the Quran.

What, outside of God’s intervention (and we know from scripture that God does intervene or “they” would kill everyone,keeps those who are currently NOT in compliance, from mentally snapping and start trying to kill everyone who is a Jew or a non-Muslim?

It is certainly NOT the laws of the land, as those have gone right out the window lately. It is ONLY God’s mercy.

If much of the martyrdom is associated with the false prophet, then what is the timing of these locusts? 

Just asking. First allow me to point out that Jesus, in Matthew 24, is giving the disciples a chronological briefing, which, for the sake of brevity and context, will start at Matthew 24:15. Here, the false prophet/antichrist has set up that abomination in the temple. This is where the mark of the beast comes into play, for you have to worship the beast (let’s assume that the beast is Allah, worship the image of the beast, and take his mark.) So far, NO ONE has done that.

I forgot to add the fact that in our study of the Revelation we have made to Revelation 9:15.

Revelation 9:14-15 NASB (14) one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” (15) And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year were released so that they would kill a third of mankind.

One angel killed all the unprotected in Egypt, in one night, what kind of damage will these do?

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Release the four angels who are bound. Rev 9: 12-14

We ended the last post with descriptives of locusts, which have stingers in their tails; they act like scorpions; and, they are led by a fallen angel, named Abaddon and Apollyon, which just happen to be the names for Sheol/hell. The clues that we are given are so obvious, that I suspect John wanted us to figure out who it is. We are told in Revelation 9:1, that this fallen angel had obtained the keys to death and hell.

Wow, first off, why would anyone give this loser the keys to hell?

The answer lies in Adam’s actions, or lack thereof, in the garden. It was an act that was sealed when Adam bit into that fruit. In a sense, this is one of those great mysteries spoken of in scripture, but it is only a mystery to those who do not wish to understand.

Consider that Satan told Jesus, all these kingdoms of the world, are mine to give.

The question is, how did Satan obtain such power and authority?

And again, we are back to Adam. God had given the man complete authority over the earth, and he relinquished that authority to Satan. God had to honor the man’s actions, no matter how destructive. That seems like a no-win situation, but Jesus, as Pastor JD Farag consistently says. So God had a plan, and the garden was the opening volleys that would put Satan away permanently, and sort out those who would choose to love and follow Him.

Does Satan still have these keys and therefore the power of fear over hell?

In the first chapter of the Revelation, John describes hearing a voice. When he turned to see who was speaking, he sees Jesus. It is the description of Jesus that is mind-blowing.

Revelation 1:13-18 DRB And in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks, one like to the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the feet, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. (14) And his head and his hairs were white as white wool and as snow. And his eyes were as a flame of fire: (15) And his feet like unto fine brass, as in a burning furnace. And his voice as the sound of many waters. (16) And he had in his right hand seven stars. And from his mouth came out a sharp two-edged sword. And his face was as the sun shines in his power. (17) And when I had seen him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying: Fear not. I am the First and the Last, (18) And alive, and was dead. And behold I am living forever and ever and have the keys of death and of hell.

In the process of His death and resurrection, Jesus stripped those keys out of Satan’s hand.

Back to the locusts.

The sting is so severe that the victims will want to die, but they cannot.

Doesn’t it seem odd that John would describe something as mundane as a locust with such detail?

I have never seen a locust much larger than about four inches, and yet, these have extensive details such as:

  • A gold-tone crown on their heads.
  • Bronze breastplates.
  • Human-looking faces.
  • Hair like a woman.
  • And, there is that stinger, which does not belong on a locust.

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The locusts seem to form militaristic squadrons as they attack humans with their lion-like teeth. The finale to this horror is the fact that these locusts have stingers in their tails. Imagine a locust curling its tail over its head and stinging you.

One woe is past:

Since Revelation chapter six began there has been an onslaught of woes. 

How does it get worse?

Revelation 9:12 DRB One woe is past: and behold there come yet two woes more hereafter.

How much time has passed at this point?

We have no known references to a calendar, and therefore cannot say. Nothing tells us that God’s fury is being poured out in deliberate, five-month segments. We do know that the effects of the stingers cause the victims to suffer for five months; they will want to die, but they cannot.

When the wrath of God begins to be poured out in Revelation six, verse two, one of the first things we see is the entrance of the antichrist persona. Based upon this, all I can tell you is that if you, the reader is experiencing these things, then you are in the seven years of God’s wrath.

Revelation 9:13-14 NASB (13) Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, (14) one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.”

In Revelation 8:1, we are introduced to the trumpet judgments (it is really a shofar blast, but that only makes sense to a Jew, and so our Bible translations like to call it a trumpet blast.)

We are currently on the sixth trumpet blast.

Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.

Are you kidding me; it only took one angel to kill all the unprotected first-born in Egypt that night.

What are these angry and most likely fallen angels, going to do?

Jude 1:6 NASB And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day,

Pay attention to the way the words are laid out. I could interpret this to be saying that these angels are being held so that they can help to bring God’s judgment on the great day. The terminology forces you to understand that judgment will come, and that the phrase “the great day” is referring to, NOT just one day, but the time we understand as the seven-year period in which God’s wrath is poured out in judgment.

Has God used a variety of methods to bring about judgment?

The answer is a decisive yes. For example, He used Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian empire to judge Israel for ignoring the Sabbath years in which they should have given the land rest.

How can we define this great day?

Joel 2:30-31 NASB “I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth, Blood, fire and columns of smoke. (31) “The sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into blood Before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes.

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1 Corinthians explains that we, who are confirmed in Christ, are not lacking as we await our redemption, because Christ will find us blameless in the day of the Lord.

1 Corinthians 1:6-8 NASB (6) even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you, (7) so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, (8) who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Well, that is good news, but why?

It is good because judgment, which is wrath, is not meant for the body of Christ, and that means believers.

2 Peter speaks of the day of the Lord, but here it is described with blunt honesty. We are told that the heavens will pass away and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, all while people continue to try to survive on the earth.

2 Peter 3:9-10 NASB The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. (10) But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

The Revelation itself gives us something that may explain what these angels will do, but we have to jump forward in this saga, momentarily.

Revelation 12:1-4 NASB A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; (2) and she was with child; and she *cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth. (3) Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems. (4) And his tail *swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child.

When we get to Revelation chapter 12, it is best to understand this as a history lesson.

  • The woman clothed with the sun, is Jesus, giving birth to, not only Israel, but to Jesus as well.

    This is not meant to push you into astrology, as that is the demonic version of astronomy, but we have a well-defined reason to understand the stars – astronomy, if you wish.

    • Isaiah 7:14 NASB “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.

      The Hebrew word for sign is ‘ôth and means a signal, a flag, a beacon, or a mark. The language the Holy Spirit chose to use was common, and so those who heard these words understood what a virgin was; they also comprehended the process of birth, but these words would not come to pass, in a physical sense, during any of their lifetimes. This means that they were to look at the stars and their alignments, for they were well aware of the patterns and the meanings. Remember that I said we are looking at Astronomy, not astrology, as astrology is demonic.

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What do some of these scriptural examples look like?

For most, reading this paragraph immediately pulls them into the Zodiac, all of which is a perversion of what God designed to be prophetic beacons in the heavens.

It is evident that the purpose of the signs is multifaceted. 

A touch of honesty, when someone explains a relationship between scripture and the associated astronomical signs, I find it fascinating, for at least a moment, and then I forget what I heard.

When Jesus was born, is this when God, the Father, began pointing out the signs?

The answer is NO, and we have the Magi, who followed the signal that led them to Jesus, to confront such a question, as a portion of our evidence. Read Matthew 2:1-16.

Did the Magi hit the timing exactly and arrive at the moment of Jesus birth?

NO, but God did time it so that what the Jews deemed the lowest of humans, the shepherds, would be the first to see Him. The IVP Bible Background Commentary suggests this “Due to the proximity to Jerusalem, some scholars have suggested that the flocks here are the temple flocks raised for sacrifice. This narrative would have challenged the values of many religious people, who despised shepherds.

The Magi, on the other hand, arrived at a time when Jesus was about two years old. We know this because, Herod, after interviewing the Magi, had all boys two years and younger, in the region of Bethlehem, killed.

      • Genesis 1:14 NASB Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;

        The stars and their alignments, as I have already stated, are for signals.

One of the tremendous events, alluded to by Revelation 12 and these star signs were Israel and the birth of a nation.

      • Isaiah 66:7-8 NASB “Before she travailed, she brought forth; Before her pain came, she gave birth to a boy. (8) “Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once? As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons.

This star alignment was recently brought forth, as Virgo had the sun in the area of her womb just as Revelation 12 spelled out.

Revelation 6:15-17 shows the kings, the rich, and the strong, who are hiding in their luxury, underground, caves, as they cry out hide us from the great day of the Lord. And in Revelation 16:14 the description includes a war associated with the day of the Lord.

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