Revelation 13:1-18. The Antichrist.

In looking at Revelation chapter six, I only made it to verse two, so far. 

Here we see a white horse with a rider carrying a bow but no arrows. This character goes out to conquer, and it would appear that he is successful.

If I were foolish enough to say that this is Jesus Christ the Messiah, then I would have to ask if what we see is a description of Jesus.

Since a conviction can only be made based upon two or three witnesses testimony, this same rule of law applies where a prophetic word is concerned. Since that is the case, then there should be other passages that validate a claim, no matter who is making a claim; the problem is, there are not any. There are, however, passages that demonstrate that this is the antichrist, and that is why we are now looking, for a moment, at Revelation 13:1-18 using the NASB.

Verse (1) And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore. Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names.

  • The dragon” is Satan.

    John Gill’s commentary tells us that the Arabic version reads expressly, “and the serpent stood.” Where else do we see a serpent? In the garden working his deception over Eve and her husband. If you don’t know this story, I suggest you read it because you will find that Adam was standing right there listening to every word this serpent and did NOTHING.

  • The sand of the seashore” represents the hordes of people deemed the nations, but more specifically, the Middle Eastern nations.

    Why would I be so directed toward the Middle East? Because the story and our Biblical influence is centered on the Middle East and oil.

  • a beast coming up out of the sea,” is an empire/kingdom.

    Once again, the Jewish audience would have had a familiarity with the terminology, as they have been made aware of this through Daniel’s prophecies, particularly chapter seven.

  • having ten horns and seven heads.” This specific empire exerts its influence for a very long time and has multiple rulers.

    One of the leading “nations” in the Biblical narrative is Persia/the Assyrians. When we think of Persia, who are we thinking about today? Iran.

    In my lifetime, I can think of four horns or heads that have led that nation. Only one ruled the country in a semi-democratic manner, and from pictures, it looked very modern, but not now. Daniel 2:41-42 tells us of the ten toes, all of which are derivatives of the legs of iron and other similar empires.

    On the Frontier Alliance app, Dalton Thomas gives a very comprehendible account of what we see in Daniel 11 (a study on the ships of Kittim.) Chapter 11 lays out who many of these ten horns and seven heads are. You can read this same report here.

    Revelation 13:1 talks about the crowns on their heads and tells us that they have blasphemous names. Isaiah 37:23 NASB “Whom have you reproached and blasphemed? And against whom have you raised your voice And haughtily lifted up your eyes? Against the Holy One of Israel!

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Revelation 13:1 defines the majority of the world these days, but there is an ideology that comes to mind, and it is Islam.

I had not published this study on Revelation 13 at this point and so I ran it past a few of my friends to get their input. One quickly admitted to reading it and said he had questions. He rapidly asked the other gentleman if he had read it, and what did he think. The second man answered, yes, I read it, but he had no comment as to what he thought. I cannot imagine even those who deem themselves to be “senior” Christians to NOT have questions. I say this because few are willing to take on the Revelation and fewer can understand what it says.

The man I have known the longest, said, how do you know the dragon that stood on the sand of the seashore is representative of the hordes of people deemed the nations, but more specifically, the Middle Eastern nations?

To be painfully honest my memory is slipping away and I have been working on this piece on Revelation 13 for several weeks up to this point, so NO I could not remember where or how I got this information. Several hours have passed since the morning’s discussion and I am going to answer this question now.

The first approach: Scripture defines scripture.

Look at Revelation 20:7-8

When the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison, (8) and will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together for the war; the number of them is like the sand of the seashore.” NASB

Yes, I realize Revelation 20 is after the fact, but Satan, as you will see, never changes his tactics. Here, in this passage, he goes to deceive the nations, a method and plan that has never changed since the garden.

The nations and the Gentiles are one in the same.

And, you need to pay attention to the terminology when it says, the number of them is like the sand of the seashore. There is NO seashore in Revelation 20, and yet the relational terminology appears here. This alone can give me the basis of seeing the seashore and the sea as completely symbolic.

The second approach to understanding Revelation 13:1 is to find comparative passages, preferably in the Old Testament, and we have such evidence.

In that day the LORD will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, With His fierce and great and mighty sword, Even Leviathan the twisted serpent; And He will kill the dragon who lives in the sea.” Isaiah 27:1 NASB

I cannot say for a fact that Satan does not live in the sea, but I do have a biblical reference that defines where Satan’s seat is, and it is Revelation 2:12,13.

And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: The One who has the sharp two-edged sword says this: ‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.” NASB)

Writing to the church in Pergamum and then saying that this is the region where Satan dwells, tends to divert us away from the concept of Satan living in the sea; and, that the sea is representative of something else.

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Another substantiating verse comes from Daniel 7:1-3.

In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel saw a dream and visions in his mind as he lay on his bed; then he wrote the dream down and related the following summary of it. Daniel said, “I was looking in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea. “And four great beasts were coming up from the sea, different from one another.” (NASB)

The four winds of heaven, stirring up the great sea. And for great beasts were coming up from the sea. Is this real or representative? That is what Daniel also wanted to know, and we see him asking for an interpretation of this bizarre dream.

As for me, Daniel, my spirit was distressed within me, and the visions in my mind kept alarming me. “I approached one of those who were standing by and began asking him the exact meaning of all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things:”
(Daniel 7:15-16 NASB)

Here is the beginning of the answer he received.

‘These great beasts, which are four in number, are four kings who will arise from the earth.

(Daniel 7:17 NASB)

Didn’t we just read, in Daniel 7:3, that the four beasts came up out of the sea? We did, and yet here, in the interpretation given by the angel sent from God, it is clearly stated that the four beasts arise from the earth. These beasts have changed from beasts to kingdoms and they have obviously come out of the earth, a more practical location. This, once again, proves that the sea is symbolic.

Having dealt with that, let’s move on.

(2) And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.

We already are aware that the beast is an empire and one that has outlasted most others. We also know that the empire is centered in the Middle East. The dragon, once again, is Satan. If you have a problem with this concept of Satan empowering people, then remember that it was Satan who took Jesus to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world, saying, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” Satan was made the dictator of this world through Adam’s actions in the garden. Jeremiah 5:6 Speaks of “a leopard watching their cities,” and how that “everyone who goes out of them will be torn in pieces,” All of this, “because their transgressions are many, and their apostasies are numerous.” The writer is speaking toward Israel.

Because of the actions of Israel, Hosea 13:7-8 tells us that God, like a leopard, will lie in wait by the wayside, and He, like a bear, robbed of her cubs will tear open their chests; and He will devour them. In a short span, we see external, deadly aggression against Israel and God taking the credit for it; what knowledge do you gain from this? That God uses people and circumstance to accomplish His will.

(3) I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast;

Empires, with many and varying rulers, however, for a time, one of those ruling bodies will be crushed, as if it had been slain. I have said it many times; this could easily be seen in the Ottoman Empire’s restraint in 1924. The world rejoiced in the fact that they had been quieted. How do you think we got movies like Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart? If the beast was Islam and got crushed, how and where did we see the entire world following after Islam? We didn’t unless that “world” was solely comprised of Esau and Ishmael’s descendants.

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(4) they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?”

The only way this makes any sense is if we see the beast as Islam and its leader Allah.

The presumption, then, would be that Allah has given his power to the beast. Followers of Islam are quite confident that they will rule the world in a coming time of chaos and that the infidels (anyone outside of Islam) will bow their knees in worship of Allah. So we can expect some horrific chaos to be unleashed upon the world at any moment. I am reasonably confident of this as I watched the interactions in the Middle East.

(5) There was given to him a mouth-speaking arrogant word and blasphemies and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him.

If this beast is Islam, then very soon, Satan will give this ideology a spokesperson. I do not believe he will wholeheartedly adhere to Islam’s tenets because he will be looking at MONEY and GLOBAL domination, and they claim that they are Holy and thoughts like this are against Allah’s will. Scripture tells us that Sheba and Dedan will protest his actions of war. Sheba and Dedan are modern-day Saudi Arabia, and, if you have been paying attention, Saudi Arabia is now allied with Israel.

(6) And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven.

he” is the spokesperson, the antichrist. Scripture tells us that there have been and are now many antichrists in the world. If an Antichrist is merely someone in opposition, well then, you are surrounded by them. So THE antichrist will have what seems like a global persona and influence.

(7) It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him.

Now, it turns ugly as this spokesperson is given the green light to make war. He makes war with: the saints; and everybody who is NOT a Muslim. Note that I, nor scripture, is calling them the church. Make no mistake, the church is in the midst of a war with antichrists, but we ARE NOT into the time of God’s wrath.

I am a pre-tribulation believer. I believe that because of passages like: 1Thessalonians 2:3, which in its origins read “unless the gathering comes first, and then the man of lawlessness is revealed.”

If you wish to cling to the idea of apostasy, I can assure you; we are about as apostate as you would want to get. This time, the seven years we love to call “The Tribulation” is God’s wrath. One brother in Christ angrily replied to me; it is NOT God’s wrath; apparently, he values the fairy tale version of the Bible.

Romans 1:18 says, “For the Wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men…”

John 3:36 “He who believes in the Son has eternal lifebut he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

1Thessalonians 5:9, For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. God’s wrath is not for the church, those in Christ.

  1. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, every one whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.

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  • Pay attention to the wording as all will worship this spokesperson.

    At this point, it will be very apparent that he will be deemed the Mahdi, the awaited one of Islam. Those who worship him will be those whose names ARE NOT WRITTEN in the book of life.

    Slain, they will be caught up into heaven. Scripture, in Revelation 20:4,5, tells us, this is the first resurrection. The rest of the dead are not resurrected until the end of the thousand years. This book of life flaunts itself in the face of the judgmental religious who believe that all those who approach the great white throne are sent to hell. Since Matthew 25 also conveys imagery of that throne, where many, deemed sheep, are given life in eternity, God must have written their names in that book of life.

(9 -10) If anyone has an ear, let him hear. (10) If anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword, he must be killed. Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints.

If anyone has an ear, let him hear.” What does that mean?

Since we all have ears, [there are minor exceptions,] it has to be speaking to a willingness or ability to hear. If you have ears, then you should be able to hear unless you are losing your hearing, as I am, and yet, I can still hear things, and I choose to pay attention.

Ah, but to what then are we paying attention?

I refuse to pay attention to what my government tells me anymore, as they do not deserve my trust or engagement. On the other hand, the Word of God has become vital to me. I think it is because I decided to trust God that He has opened my eyes and ears. I may not be able to re-convey that information back to you, but I am trying.

During the days of the “mouth,” it will get ugly, so much so that non-compliant people, like myself, will be taken captive. This also speaks to me about trying to rise up in violent defiance.

Scripture does not tell me not to; it merely says if you live by the sword or gun, you will die by the same.

(11 -14) Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. (12) He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. (13) He performs great signs so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men. (14) And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beasttelling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who *had the wound of the sword and has come to life.

Another beast? 

This is what we Christians understand to be the false prophet. Islam calls him the enforcer of Sharia law – ‘Isa (Jesus).

Note how this beast looks like a lamb. Who is the Lamb in the Revelation? It is Jesus Christ, the lion of Judah, and the only one worthy to open the seals. Because of the directions of this false prophet, the followers of Islam will lop off the heads of infidels at an increased rate.

The passage also tells us that he will speak as a dragon, not just any dragon, the dragon, Satan.

What does that mean?

Back to the Islamic prophecies, for they believe that Isa will be of the lineage of Aaron.

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Why is that important?

Because you have to be of Aaron’s lineage to be a priest in the temple; and, that is what their prophecies and God’s word prescribes.

Did you know that such a man exists and already has the appointed assignment when the temple proceeds?

Do you realize that the man who has the potential to deceive the elect of Israel is already in place?

And since Satan is the great deceiver, it will be an unimaginable event when this man joins the opposition. Simply switching teams is not considered to be the thing that convinces the elite of Israel; it is the signs and wonders; stuff they did not see coming; and, he, who has the look and feel of the Messiah – the lamb, will tell those who dwell on the earth to make an image of the beast.

Wait a minute, since the beast, as mentioned earlier, is an empire or ruling authority, how do you possibly make an image of such an intangible entity?

This opens the door to some strange possibilities doesn’t it.

But what if they declare the beast to be Allah?

No one has seen Jehovah, but some have seen His Son. No one has seen Allah, especially since Allah is a creation of Satan’s deceit, and none have knowingly seen him either. Just keep in mind that this is the same beast that had the “mortal” wound come upon it. The passage makes it seem as though it appeared to have died due to the injury from a sword. All that means is that the empire was brought to its knees in warfare, which is the case with the Ottoman Empire, an Islamic caliphate.

(15) And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed.

So they make an image of Allah, whom no one has ever seen, and this false prophet now makes the image come to life. As a result, Allah is now talking and requiring that everyone listen. The image demands that all those on the earth must worship his image or die.

(16-17) And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, (17) and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.

And he” this beast that looked like a lamb, causes all, the great, and the rich and the poor, free and slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads.

[Wait a minute, I thought guys like Bill Gates and Klaus Schwab were going to be at the top of the pyramid and rule this whole mess? Sorry, as they too are merely pawns in this game, and they don’t realize it.]

Along with this “vaccine” there has been a bit of talk about a micro-needle imprint installed through a bandage-like device on the back of your hand. It will allow you to have the necessary information to live your life without ATM cards or “constraints; how convenient. They tell us you won’t even feel it as it creates a micro tattoo, installs operating instructions, and communicative devices in your body. There is already a diabetes monitoring system that uses similar technology. Don’t be surprised to find that a European manufacturer claims it will be ready within three years from this date 03/30/21.

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Islam already utilizes a method of marking people, much like the Nazis did with the yellow star on the Jews in WW2. If that is the case, then the “vaccine” seems unnecessary and is most likely no more than a method of slowly killing millions of people.

The most dominant aspect of this conversation is the questions people have asked, such as, am I taking the beast’s mark when I get the vaccination?

The short answer is NO, as there is no beast as yet. But, you need to know that you are not getting a vaccine; you are getting gene therapy and a mild dose of Covid 19 genetically modified to do what “they” have instructed. That genetically modified organism is delicate and must be covered or spiked with Propylene glycol to ensure that the instructions survive the journey into your body and do the damage they were designed to do. And, you surely must realize that in taking the “vaccine” you have had your resistance broken to the point where you are compliant. How do you think you will resist the mark of the beast when that comes?

Just for the fun of it, here is a definition of Propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is a viscous, colorless liquid, which is nearly odorless but possesses a faintly sweet taste. It is compatible with a broad range of solvents, including water, acetone, and chloroform. [From Wikipedia.And many people are highly allergic to it; that is why we have seen many die of Anaphylactic shock.

(18) Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man, and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.

The word calculate is not as overwhelming as one might think. It is the Greek word psēphizō and means to count with pebbles, to compute, calculate. The usage of pebbles was employed mainly by the Greeks and Egyptians in their calculations. The feeling for me is like looking at an Abacus, and I don’t know what to do with it.

The Number 666 speaks of man corrupted. Many think the number 666 to be purely symbolic, expressing all that is corrupt in humanity when directed by evil himself.

The Ultimate Cross-Reference Treasury points us to the Psalms where it says,

Jehovah is King forever and ever; the nations have perished out of His land. Jehovah, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart, You will cause Your ear to hear, to judge the fatherless and the oppressed, so that the man of the earth may no more terrify.” (Psalms 10:16-18 MKJV)

Perhaps verse 18 is trying to give us the answer, although not the name. 

Psalms 10:18 ISV, “to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed, so that men of the earth may cause terror no more.”

Think about the condition of the world right now. It is turning into a world of them-versus-us (those who refuse to submit to genetic modification through some bogus vaccine, and those who still put their faith in Jesus Christ.)

Let me refresh your thinking just a bit.

The second beast forces all people—important and unimportant, rich and poor, free, and slaves—to be marked on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that no one may buy or sell unless he has the mark, which is the beast’s name or the number of its name. In this case wisdom is needed: Let the person who has understanding calculate the total number of the beast, because it is a human total number, and the sum of the number is 666.” (Revelation 13:16-18 ISV)

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I stumbled upon a website The article, entitled The Antichrist Has Been Identified and Located, appears to be written by Addison BachmanIn the article, he explains that the antichrist has been identified using the Apostle John’s clues.

Mr. Bachman says the antichrist has been right in front of our eyes this whole time. He goes on to say, “Could the answer be we didn’t recognize the obvious because we have all been hoodwinked (tricked.) Mr. Bachman then refers us to 2 Timothy 4:3,4.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 AMP For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold, (4) And will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions.

Sound and wholesome instruction is referred to by many as sound doctrine. Doctrine is a school of thought or belief within a religious organization; and, doctrines can vary from religion to religion.

So the question is, what is sound and wholesome?

For me, it is God’s word, and that does NOT mean King James only. Look, you have the Holy Spirit living inside of you. He came in when you requested the life of Christ to dwell in you. Since Christ is sitting on a throne next to the Father, and the Holy Spirit is here on earth leading us and guiding us into all truth, then how about we listen to Him. I suppose that means you might have to learn to pay attention to His voice because it is often still and small.

What do we see when we read 2 Timothy 4:3-4?

We see people of every race and tongue choosing to do things their way because they will not tolerate someone pointing out, in scripture, that their actions are sinful or an abomination, they find some ‘church’ that will condone and cater to their lifestyle. Choosing to do this tends to exclude you from all other truths merely by your actions.

In other words, if you would not read and accept the word concerning you; why then will you listen to anything else God has to say? This was Israel’s problem as well.

The second beast, the false prophet, comes at the halfway point in the time of wrath. For the sheep who like to follow, this is what you call the Great Tribulation.

Mr. Bachman points out that the word “antichrist” (is never capitalized), and only shows up four times in the Bible; and he challenges the reader to prove him wrong. Yes, I looked, and he is right. This Antichrist character is alluded to in many locations and many of those locations are in Daniel’s writings but the terminology is not there.

One of our first instances of the antchrist comes from 1 John 2:18

Children, it is the last hour, and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this, we know that it is the last hour.” NASB

Antichrist is the Greek word antichristos and means the adversary of the Messiah or the opponent of the Messiah. Well, that seems easy enough to understand and could apply to many people.

Coming is the Greek word erchomai and means to come from one place to another; to come into being, or to become known. I can see how this can apply to many things, like demons/fallen angels or people.

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When we read 1 John 2:18, we see that the Apostle John believed he was living in the “end times,” as Mr. Bachman noted. John’s belief can be seen in this statement “it is the last hour.” Here we are, some 2000 years later, and some of us are still living on the edge of our seats, as though Jesus was coming back for His church at any second. The writer of Hebrews validates what John is saying when they state,

in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.” (Hebrews 1:2 NASB)

If you feel like you need one more validation on this theme, I give you the Prophet Joel.

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. “Even on the male and female servants, I will pour out My Spirit in those days.” (Joel 2:28-29 NASB)

These words should be familiar to many of us, as these are the words Peter, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, declared to the large crowd on the day of Pentecost.

but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel:” (Acts 2:16 NASB)

Peter added this line, moving it into this window of time we are NOW entrenched in.

Do you NOT realize that this style of anticipation is what we have called to?

To substantiate this statement, here is a taste of what the Apostle Paul had to say.

I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge, even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you, so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:4-8 NASB)

He expects us to be eagerly awaiting Him. This became rather important to me because I got criticized by a man I called a friend and a pastor as well; it seems they both believed that we would not see the Lord for at least another forty years. We, believers, won’t live that long as “they” will kill us first.

Note how 1 John 2:18 indicates that there are many antichrists already here; this statement evidences it: “even now many antichrists have appeared.” You would think they were lined up, waiting for their entrance on stage.

John informs us that the antichrist is also a spirit and isn’t simply a person.

The second time John uses the term antichrist is found in

1 John 2:22-23 NLT “And who is a liar? Anyone who says that Jesus is not the Christ. Anyone who denies the Father and the Son is an antichrist. (23) Anyone who denies the Son doesn’t have the Father, either. But anyone who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”

Dr. J. Vernon McGee, in a simple way, tell us,

The language is much stronger here; it is, “Who is the liar?” In other words, all lies are summed up in the one who is the prince of liars, the Devil. There is coming a man who is Satan’s man, and he is the liar. And a liar is one who does not tell the truth.”

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Dr. McGee goes on to say,

“Who is a liar, but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denies the Father and the Son.”

Note how it says, He is antichrist; not the antichrist but merely one of many, and this person gains that title through their denial of Christ.

This will be the embodiment of the Antichrist, but there are many antichrists.”

This is now the third instance of the word antichrist.

1 John 4:3 NASB “and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.”

It is evident that in time, someone will finally take the helm of antichrist.

We understand this from passages like Daniel 9:26,27, where this person is referred to as the prince that is to come.

Then after the sixty-two weeks, the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end, there will be war; desolations are determined. And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.” NASB

In verse 27, we see the antichrist referred to as “he.”

In Revelation 13:5, we are told, “there was given to him a mouth.” This statement does not make sense without the context, and so we will look there.

Revelation 13:1-6b NASB And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore. Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names.

(2) And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority. (3) I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast; (4) they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?” (5) There was given to him a mouth-speaking arrogant words and blasphemies, and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him. (6) And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven.

John sees a beast coming up out of the sea; the sea is representative of the vast number of people included among the nations. In other words, we are not looking specifically at the Middle East; and, because this beast has seven heads, it is obviously NOT a human; these are empires, kingdoms, or, Caliphates.

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Now, look at verse three, as one of those seven heads sustains a wound, and the world perceives this wound as fatal. In 1924 such a thing happened as the Ottoman Caliphate was forced by a treaty and weapons to surrender and submit to being dismantled. If you don’t know it, the Ottoman empire empowered the pirates of the Mediterranean and is one of the main reasons that the United States formed the Marines. The Ottoman Empire seemed to stay dead until the Islamic/Iranian revolution of 1979. Now Islamic fighters are a perpetual thorn in just about everybody’s flesh.

So the mouth speaking is merely a spokesperson for this beast empire. Most leaders with this kind of clout do not, as a rule, openly blaspheme God unless they are Islamic.

We know, at this point, that there will be a man who has power (from Satan), and, in time, he will curse God. I still don’t know who this is, but there are several who could be contenders.

The fourth instance of the word antichrist shows up in 2 John 1:7.

2 John 1:6b-7 AMP “…continue to walk in love [guided by it and following it]. (7) For many imposters (seducers, deceivers, and false leaders) have gone out into the world, men who will not acknowledge (confess, admit) the coming of Jesus Christ (the Messiah) in bodily form. Such a one is the impostor (the seducer, the deceiver, the false leader, the antagonist of Christ) and the antichrist.

I give you the NLT because it is quite clear.

I say this because many deceivers have gone out into the world. They deny that Jesus Christ came in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist. (2 John 1:7 NLT)

If the Pope, Emanuel Macron, or Barak Obama, denies that Jesus Christ came in the flesh, then they too are living the life of an Antichrist.

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Someone worthy to open the seals. Revelation 6:1-2.

In chapter five, the Apostle John saw the sealed scroll in the hand of God. He understood the serious nature of the information in the scroll, but NO ONE under the earth, on the earth, or in heaven was worthy to open the scrolls.

As a follower of Christ, this last statement puzzles me – as I find myself asking, where is Jesus?

John begins to weep because there is none worthy. If there is none worthy, how will we ever find out what is in the scroll? This might lead to another assumption, as there was no one closer to Jesus on earth besides John, and in his vision, he does not see Jesus anywhere.

An elder comes to John, stops him from weeping, and affirms that there is one worthy – the lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David. This description is distinctly speaking of Jesus Christ, and it is so because Jesus alone paid the price for our redemption.

However, when John turns to see his best friend, Jesus, the majestic and conquering lion, he sees a lamb, as if it had been slaughtered.

Is this cause for dismay? Not at all, for He is the Lion of Judah; the Lamb that was slain – the final sacrifice; and, He is God.

Having someone worthy to open the seals, we begin our look into chapter six.

Revelation 6:1 NASB “Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.”

The opening of this first seal is, according to Dake’s commentary, “one of 62 events of Rev. 6:1-20:3 that will be fulfilled during Daniel’s 70th week.

Daniel’s 70th week refers to Daniel 9:26-27, where the Antichrist establishes or makes an existing peace treaty better.. The treaty is broken halfway through the seven-year treaty period.

[By the way, Israel is NOT mentioned when this peace treaty is made and, therefore may not be the recipient of its benefits.]

Most translations read something like what we see in the NASB version of Daniel 11:23, (After an alliance is made with him he will practice deception, and he will go up and gain power with a small force of people,) but look at how the NIRV [New International Reader’s Version] states this same verse, The king of Syria will make an agreement with that prince. But then he will not keep his word. He will rise to power with the help of only a few people.” When I read something like this my first question is, how did the contributors to this translation come to this conclusion? If I treated my statement as a question, then the legitimate response is that Daniel 11:23, is a very concise history lesson; a history lesson that is an reference to a future event. God is not random as we are, therefore, we could look at the history of Daniel 11 as a pattern for what is to come, and that means that we could be looking for one that is an Assyrian to bring about this covenant with the many. (Yes, I change it from Syrian, to Assyrian as the entire region falls under the appropriate category because they are all descendants of Esau and Ishmael.)

The first seal is now broken, and immediately a living creature, who speaks with a voice like thunder, says, come. John is meant to see this.

Revelation 6:2 CJB “I looked, and there in front of me was a white horse; its rider had a bow and was given a crown; and he rode off as a conqueror to conquer.”

In most cowboy movies, the rider on the white horse was the good guy, the hero; that is not the case here. An intriguing piece of information is that Islam also puts their hopes in Revelation 6:2, as they believe that this is the only scripture in the Bible that is valid, as, for them, the rider on the white horse is their Messiah.

To the Jews reading or hearing this talk about the rider on the white horse, it is not something new to them. Zechariah 6:7 speaks of horses similar to what we will soon see. The difference is that the Lord sends those in Zechariah. Their mission is to be revealed at a prescribed time; perhaps that time is now. Zechariah 1:7-11 also speaks of horses similarly colored; they report back to the Lord that all is at rest.

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It seems that prophecy is validated in the mind of the Jewish audience through repetition. Seeing as we DO NOT know the entirety of these riders’ mission in Zechariah, it leaves a door open to God using them for His purposes, even if it is troublesome.

Dake’s commentary declares that this is the Antichrist and gives us seven proofs.

What follows is taken from Dake’s commentary, and he provides scriptural references. When I see something like this coming from someone so adept at Eschatology, you might think I could merely take the man’s word for it. I have learned otherwise, and therefore, always attempt to validate the information given. Many of the references given DO NOT seem to define what Dake is saying. Be cautious in your studies and who you pay attention to. Just recently one dear sister that I listen to asserted that 1 Thessalonians and 2 Thessalonians are depicting sequential events; she went on to explain that the events in 1 Thessalonians must happen before anything in 2 Thessalonians can happen, and she made a bit of a scene, saying, see! One is named as the first and then the second. I put my head in my hands and said dear Lord help her.

I said all this because we are going to examine Dake’s seven points.

Seven proofs that this rider is antichrist:

  1. An individual is referred to.” (Rev_6:2) Many translations use the terminology “he that sat,” to describe this rider on the first white horse.

    The terminology “its rider,” as seen in Revelation 6:2, directs us to look for an individual, in contrast to a multi-headed beast, which is representative of kingdoms. See Daniel 7:6-7 for descriptions of some of the beasts.

    Isaiah 41:2 speaks of one from the east. It is obvious to me that it is God who has called this “one.” “Who has aroused one from the east Whom He calls in righteousness to His feet? He delivers up nations before him And subdues kings. He makes them like dust with his sword, As the wind-driven chaff with his bow.” (NASB )

    Since I am looking for at least two witnesses, then perhaps Ezekiel 25:4 helps to understand this individual.

    Ezekiel 25:4 CJB I will let the people from the east take possession of you. They will set up camps and build their homes among you; they will eat your fruit and drink your milk.

    I would think that the people from the East would have a leader. If this is a definition of this rider, the Antichrist, then why would we be looking to the Roman Catholic Church?

2. “he comes on a white horse, imitating Christ and claiming to be Him.” (Rev_6:2; Mat_24:4-5; Joh_5:43; Dan_9:27; Dan_11:37).

Let me interject something here; it is obvious that he has a bow and he is on a mission, but the passage does not say anything about him claiming to be Christ. If we pursue the parallels in Daniel, then we have a chance at validating the claims that Dake makes.

Daniel 11 has the strongest correlation to him claiming to be God when it says “he will magnify himself above them all.” The reference is to all gods.

Daniel 11:36-37 NASB “Then the king will do as he pleases, and he will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will speak monstrous things against the God of gods; and he will prosper until the indignation is finished, for that which is decreed will be done. (37) “He will show no regard for the gods of his fathers or for the desire of women, nor will he show regard for any other god; for he will magnify himself above them all.

Notice how the Psalms defines the way the wicked act. All these descriptions fit the man, but they do not exactly say that he will set himself above God.

Psalms 94:3-4 NASB How long shall the wicked, O LORD, How long shall the wicked exult? (4) They pour forth words, they speak arrogantly; All who do wickedness vaunt themselves.

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The (Ultimate Cross-Reference Treasury) states, “This seems to be a representation of the person and dignity of Christ, and the mild and beneficent triumphs of his Gospel …” Unless you pay attention and look at the context, you might be deluded into thinking this is Christ as well.

Revelation 19 gives us a clarifying parallel when it shows us Jesus upon the white horse coming to close out the seven-years, kill off those who choose to fight with Him, and begin the millennial reign.

It seems like a stretch to say, “he comes on a white horse, imitating Christ and claiming to be Him,” as we do not see an intentional act of imitation. What we do see, is this rider going on a mission in which he goes out conquering and to conquer.”

Isaiah 41:2 speaks of a king and it is apparent the God has helped him win his battles.

Isaiah 41:2 NIrV “Who has stirred up a king from the east? Who has helped him win his battles? I hand nations over to him. I bring kings under his control. He turns them into dust with his sword. With his bow he turns them into straw blowing in the wind.

Keep in mind that scripture tells us that God used Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian empire, to bring about God judgment and punishment upon Israel. Jeremiah 21:7 and 22:25 both speak of God giving over Judah into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon and into the hand of the Chaldeans.

Habakkuk 3:8,9 also speaks of a horse, and a bow. I point this out because of the prophetic symbolism and familiarity to the Jewish community. I will also note that the standard of validation is two or three witnesses, and we have this here.

Habakkuk 3:8-9 NIrV LORD, did your anger burn against the rivers? Were you angry with the streams? Were you angry with the Red Sea? You rode your horses and chariots to overcome it. (9) You got your bow ready to use. You asked for many arrows. Selah You broke up the surface of the earth with rivers.

In Dake’s reference to Matthew 24:5 (NASB) , where it says, For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many,” there is NO specific reference to who will make this claim. It is ludicrous to think that someone would claim to be Jesus. The more reasonable claim would be for someone to declare that they represent god, which the Mahdi of Islam does.

Revelation 19:11 NLT Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war.

Revelation 14:14 speaks of the crown.

Revelation 14:14 NLT Then I saw a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was someone like the Son of Man. He had a gold crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.

3. “A bow in symbolic language in connection with man pictures evil designs and conquests (Psa_7:12; Psa_11:2; Psa_37:14; Psa_46:9; Psa_58:7; Jer_49:35). Christ is always symbolized as having a sword, not a bow.” (Rev_1:16; Rev_19:15, Rev_19:21).

Psalm 37 defines the evil designs and conquests. We are experiencing the evil designs and conquests with the advent of the Covid 19 virus and ensuing “Vaccine.”

Psalms 37:14 NLT The wicked draw their swords and string their bows to kill the poor and the oppressed, to slaughter those who do right.

Note how this rider has no arrows; however, the intent to harm is there.

4. “Scripture makes it clear that Satan is the one who gives Antichrist a crown.” (Dan_8:24; Dan_11:38-39; 2Th_2:8-12; Rev_13:2, Rev_13:4).

Daniel 8:24a NLT He will become very strong, but not by his own power.

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Daniel 11 gives us a clue when it says he will honor “a god of fortresses.”

Daniel 11:37-39 NASB “He will show no regard for the gods of his fathers or for the desire of women, nor will he show regard for any other god; for he will magnify himself above them all. (38) “But instead, he will honor a god of fortresses, a god whom his fathers did not know; he will honor him with gold, silver, costly stones, and treasures. (39) “He will take action against the strongest of fortresses with the help of a foreign god; he will give great honor to those who acknowledge him and will cause them to rule over the many and will parcel out land for a price.

Fortresses is an English transliteration of the Hebrew word mâ‛ôz. This word is most commonly defined as strength. So he is worshiping a god of strength. If this man is a Muslim, then it is no coincidence that Muslims say, Allahu Akbar as the phrase means Allah is greater. Couldn’t I perceive that they believe that their god is strength?

2 Thessalonians distinctly conveys that it is Satan empowering the one who is coming.

2 Thessalonians 2:8-10 NASB (8) Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; (9) that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, (10) and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.

If you understand that the Dragon of Revelation 13 is Satan, this verse makes sense.

Revelation 13:2 NASB And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.

5. “Antichrist is the only person predicted in Scripture as going forth “conquering and to conquer” at this particular time, beginning Daniel’s 70th week….” (Dan_7:7-8, Dan_7:20-21, Dan_7:23-24; Dan_8:23-25; Dan_9:27; Dan_11:36-45; Rev_6:1).

Daniel 7:7 speaks of “the fourth beast.” This beast devours, crushes, and tramples down; this describes the Antichrist as well. We have been clinging to Rome and the Catholic church as the fourth beast, in doing that we have prevented ourselves from considering Islam as the fourth beast.

Daniel 7:7-8 NASB “After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrifying and extremely strong; and it had large iron teeth. It devoured and crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet; and it was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. (8) “While I was contemplating the horns, behold, another horn, a little one, came up among them, and three of the first horns were pulled out by the roots before it; and behold, this horn possessed eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth uttering great boasts.

This horn that we see in verse eight is the only thing here that identifies a person.

Verse eight, however, speaks of a mouth uttering great boasts. You can’t have a mouth without having a body, but this does not mean that the “little horn” and the mouth uttering great boasts are the same person. We are looking for a false prophet as well, and this mouth may well fit that description. I say that, but in reading other translations I can see how this might be a descriptive of the Antichrist.

Daniel, desirous to understand the meaning of the fourth beast, just as we all do, prayed for an answer; this is what he received.

Daniel 7:23-25 NASB “Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the earth, which will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth and tread it down and crush it. (24) ‘As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will subdue three kings.

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(25) ‘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.

    • The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the earth,”

      Unlike the first three empires, this does not have to be sequential, and even if you must insist that we should be looking for the Roman empire, it too was non-sequential. If you consider the Grecian empire’s end, it ended under the rule of two generals Ptolemy and Seleucus.

      The Seleucid empire, which was most anything North of Egypt, encompassed many kingdoms, one of which was the massive Assyrian empire. When you think about the Assyrian empire, think about the Persians or the Islamic world.

      In terms of being different, most conquering kingdoms/empires did not try to change the people’s religion; they sought to dominate those captured and do away with your faith if necessary. What does Islam do? It forces all captured nations to bow their knee to Allah.

      Daniel 8:23-24 is another reference Dake gives us. This one is quite specific.

      Daniel 8:23-24 NASB “In the latter period of their rule, When the transgressors have run their course, A king will arise, Insolent and skilled in intrigue. (24) “His power will be mighty, but not by his own power, And he will destroy to an extraordinary degree And prosper and perform his will; He will destroy mighty men and the holy people.

      While the terms “going forth, conquering and to conquer,” are not explicitly mentioned, we do have the phrase “destroy to an extraordinary degree.”

      Destroy is the Hebrew word shâchath and means to ruin.

      An extraordinary degree is the Hebrew word pâlâ and means a surpassing action. It does not carry the violence we have come to expect and perfectly fits this global vaccination scheme.

  1. This rider will cause the wars, famines, pestilences, death, and the horrors of the following three seals.” (Rev_6:3-8).

    Revelation 6:3-8 NASB When He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come.” (4) 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. (5) 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.” (7) 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.

    The reference to He is to the Lamb, not the rider on the white horse. Keep in mind, “He” is opening the seals. There are other horses, but these are independent of the white horse rider.

    The rider on the red horse removes peace from the earth.

    The rider on the black horse causes astronomical inflation.

    The rider on the ashen horse has the name Death. This rider has the power to kill with sword, famine, pestilence, and wild beasts of the earth.

    Go back to Revelation 6:2, and you will see this, “he went out conquering and to conquer.Conquer is the Greek word nikaō and means to subdue.

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How he subdues people is not defined, although many will see the word bow and say, see, he subdues through archery.

What if this “vaccine” is how he subdues?

7. “If this is not Antichrist, then we do not have him mentioned in Revelation before the middle of the week (Rev_13:1-18). Were that the case, we should have two men going forth to conquer at the beginning of the week—one is clearly pictured in Dan_7:23-24; Dan_8:23-25; Dan_9:27; Dan_11:36-45, and one here. Without these passages in Daniel, the sphere of conquest, the number of nations conquered, the conqueror’s identity, his rise to power, and other facts could not be defined. But putting these passages with Rev_6:1-2; Rev_13:1-18; Rev_14:9-11; Rev_16:13-16; Rev_17:1-17; Rev_19:19-20 we have the complete revelation of the one man. If we do not take the one in Daniel and the one here as being identical, then we can know nothing regarding the identity of the white horse rider.”

Allow me to restate this opening assertion that Dake makes; If this rider on the white horse is not the Antichrist, then we DO NOT see him until we get to Revelation 13:1-18.

This is where we will take a momentary break, for the next thing I want you to see is Revelation 13:1-18, and I will post this shortly.

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At the cost of blood, you ransomed us for God. Revelation 5:8-14.

Then the Lamb, which looked as if it had been slaughtered, is now standing between the throne and the four living beings and among the twenty-four elders, right where I expected to see Jesus Christ, the warring Messiah. This lamb had seven horns and seven eyes. I quickly learned that what I saw represented the seven-fold Spirit of God sent out into every part of the earth. I strongly suspect this to be the Holy Spirit of God. This slaughtered lamb stepped forward and took the scroll from the right hand of the one sitting on the throne.

I adapted this paragraph above is from Revelation 5:6-7. Perhaps you recognized some of the terminologies, as we recently covered this section of scripture?

“When he took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down in front of the Lamb. Each one held a harp and gold bowls filled with pieces of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people; and they sang a new song, “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals; because you were slaughtered; at the cost of blood you ransomed for God persons from every tribe, language, people and nation.” (Revelation 5:8-9 CJB)

  • The four living beings.

In front of the throne was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living beings covered with eyes in front and behind. The first living being was like a lion, the second living being was like an ox, the third living being had a face that looked human, and the fourth living being was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living beings had six wings and was covered with eyes inside and out; and day and night they never stop saying, “Holy, holy, holy is Adonai, God of heaven’s armies the One who was, who is and who is coming!” And whenever the living beings give glory, honor, and thanks to the One sitting on the throne, to the One who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before the One sitting on the throne, who lives forever and ever, and worship him. They throw their crowns in front of the throne and say, “You are worthy, Adonai Eloheinu, to have glory, honor, and power because you created all things—yes, because of your will, they were created and came into being!” (Revelation 4:6-11 CJB)

  • Each one held a harp and gold bowls filled with pieces of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.

I would hope that you understand how vital your prayers are.

Psalms 141:2 CJB “Let my prayer be like incense set before you, my uplifted hands like an evening sacrifice.”

Proverbs 15:8 CJB “Adonai detests the sacrifices of the wicked but delights in the prayers of the upright.”

  • and they sang a new song,”

When we get to Revelation 14, we will see the 144,000 singing a “new song,” which only they will know.

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Revelation 14:1-3 NASB Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him, one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads. (2) And I heard a voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder, and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps. (3) And they *sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders, and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth.

While Revelation 14 is in Greek, Psalm 40, where King David is speaking, is in Hebrew, yet both convey the idea of a new song, and both can also mean fresh. You might think these 144,000 had already been singing some form of song unto the Lord.

Psalms 40:1-3 NASB “… I waited patiently for the LORD, And He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear And will trust in the LORD.”

  • You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals.”

In the previous post, we talked about Revelation 5:4-5, where John is weeping because there was no one worthy to open the seals. One of the 24 elders tells John to stop crying because there is one, the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Well, that’s quite a visual, and yet what does John see? A lamb that looks as if it had just been slain.

The bottom line is this, Jesus Christ was and is worthy, and the Revelation is about to tell you why.

  • because you were slaughtered; at the cost of blood you ransomed for God persons from every tribe, language, people, and nation.”

He wasn’t merely whipped, although that alone killed most people; He was bludgeoned – beaten with fists; had his beard pulled out, a crown of thorns was pressed into His skull, and then the cross arm was lashed to His severely wounded back, stretching out His arms making it impossible to prevent more injury to His head and face as He fell. All of this was an aspect of the price He paid on our behalf.

1 Corinthians 6:20 tells us that we have been bought with a price.

Hebrews 2:9 informs us that Jesus, because of the suffering of death, was crowned with glory and honor so that by the grace of God, he might experience death for everyone so that we don’t have to. Common sense tells us that every person must die sometime, so the author of Hebrews must be talking about something other than physical death.

Hebrews 2:14, in the NLT translation, explains, “Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death.” Since the devil’s only hope is to bring about a spiritual death, which is separation from God, we must understand that Jesus’ actions in death restored us.

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Acts 13:38-39 conveys the idea that through Him, we have forgiveness of sins, and through Him, everyone who believes is freed from all things the Law could not free us from.

Ephesians 1:7 establishes that in Him we have redemption because of this blood He shed, not only that, but we have the forgiveness of our trespasses; and, He uses the riches of His grace as the standard.

No one was left out of this deal; how is it that many will not accept this love, grace, and acceptance?

It is all about free will, and therefore, their choice to refuse.

If you have chosen to follow after Jesus, you are deemed a kingdom and priests to our God.

Revelation 5:10 KJV And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Hebrews 12:22 tells us that the number of angels is a countless multitude.

Revelation 5:11 NASB Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders, and the number of them was myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands,

Angels, living creatures, the elders, and every created thing cries out; Worthy is the lamb that was slain.

“saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.” And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped.” (Revelation 5:12-14 NASB)

When I opened our look into Revelation chapter five, I asked why wouldn’t the church be the focus of chapter five since chapter four is a definitive boundary between the church age and the time of wrath. The answer to the question is that the entirety of the Revelation is focused on Jesus. What we have also learned is that the elders represent the church.

The problem for us humanoids is that we continue to apply our human emotions to God repeatedly; this is a pointless effort. God is not affected by our human emotions, although, through the Son, He can undoubtedly comprehend our feelings but not be ruled by them.

Now, here we are, represented by the elders, along with every living creature, crying with a loud voice,

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain

to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”

Along with this cry,

To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb,

be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”

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A scroll, sealed with seven seals. Rev 5: 1-6

We previously covered Revelation chapter four, which opened with “after these things.” The terminology is understood by many to mean after the church age, and chapter four ends by describing the 24 elders. Having covered the clues as to who the 24 elders are in the previous study, it is evident that they, at minimum, represent the church.

Now we move into Revelation chapter five. After our journey into chapter four, one might think that the focus would remain with the church, or perhaps the elders and some role they might continue to play, but that does not happen because the focus of this book is that it is a revelation of Jesus Christ. We learn of this fact in the opening statement of the Revelation. With that in mind, we continue.

I give you the Complete Jewish Bible version, as it specifically refers to the document as a scroll and NOT a book.

Revelation 5:1 CJB Next I saw in the right hand of the One sitting on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals;

The CJB chooses to show respect for Jehovah by referring to Him as the One. The NASB uses what I have come to see as a standardized capitalization of Him, but insisted on referring to the document as a book.

Revelation 5:1 NASB I (John) saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals.

Using the term “book” is a modern and logical direction as it gives us Gentiles an easy way to visualize this scene. If you felt the need to seal the “book,” why would you need to put seven seals upon it. Merely breaking one seal should give someone access to all aspects, whether you wanted them in there or not. To some degree, a bound book protects the words inside, but NOT on the outside; because of this, the mental imagery doesn’t work as this is a scroll, sealed and secured for a specific time and a specific person to open it, by breaking the “wax” seals marked with an official stamp.

The problem with the modern terminology became immediately apparent as I began looking for the term “a book” as a comparative so that I might understand what this book in God’s hand, was associated with. (My initial thoughts went to the Great White Throne.)

Revelation 20:12 CJB “And I saw the dead, both great and small, standing in front of the throne. Books were opened; and another book was opened, the Book of Life; and the dead were judged from what was written in the books, according to what they had done.”

We have nothing in Revelation 20:12 to tie this scroll to what we see in Revelation 5:1, but there is a correlation to Ezekiel 2:9-10.

Ezekiel 2:9-10 NASB Then I looked, and behold, a hand was extended to me; and lo, a scroll was in it. When He spread it out before me, it was written on the front and back, and written on it were lamentations, mourning, and woe.

Woes can also be parallelled to Revelation 8:13, which does not speak of a book, however, the information is the same and the result of a seal being opened.

Revelation 8:13 NASB Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in mid-heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”

We are continuing with chapter five and a question, who is worthy?

Page one.

Revelation 5:2 CJB and I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?”

  • A mighty angel?

This is not a foreign statement to the Jewish community, as they are very familiar with the concept of angels and their power. Daniel, in an explanation from an angel, hears this.

Daniel 10:13 NIrV But the prince of Persia opposed me for 21 days. Then Michael came to help me. He is one of the leaders of the angels. He helped me win the battle over the king of Persia.

The Dake’s Bible, in his side note commentary, states that,

[the prince of the kingdom of Persia] …is the satanic prince or ruler of the kingdom of Persia (a fallen angel,) one ruling the kingdom of Persia for Satan who is recognized in Scripture as being the god and ruler of this world, having usurped man’s dominion.”

Dake refers to many passages, but one of the first is Matthew 4:8-9.

Matthew 4:8-9 NLT “Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. (9) “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.”

The devil/Lucifer is a fallen angel. He was the prince/ruler of all the angels.

What you need to ask is, how did Satan obtain authority and ownership of the earth?

The answers are out there if you are willing to find them but I am not going into that here. Since an angel, with a simple touch, disabled Jacob, we should never try to exert power over an entity like this without the backing of the Holy Spirit.

  • “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?”

John Gill’s commentary says this is “suggesting, that if there was any such person, that he was desired to come, and do it.”

This is like a teacher asking if anyone has the answer to a question, and NO ONE raises their hand. As I read this, I think it would be only the arrogant who would dare to approach the scrolls. Having been involved in the faith movement, I can picture a few who think their faith would give them the prestige to step forward; however, scripture proves that is NOT the case, as there is only ONE who is worthy, and that is Jesus because of the cross.

Here again, this should evoke other questions in your mind, such as, why is He the only one?

I am not going to into the why’s of Him being worthy, as that would be another six-page study; so suffice it to say that you should look at the events that include and surround the cross. Continuing on.

Revelation 5:3-4 NASB And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it. (4) Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it;

This is an intriguing plot. If we have been raptured, then our status, in Him, would perhaps be seen as worthy, but that does not happen. I suppose the practical reasons for not being able to open the seals that go back to a time before time. Jesus’ authority, responsibility, and right to open the seals may well have been established before time began.

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Dake refers to this statement “no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth” as “Men Conscious in Three Realms.”

The realms then are:

  • In heaven.
  • On the earth.
  • Or under the earth.

According to scripture, is what Dake says a valid assessment?

Those under the earth are those that have died without Christ.

Psalms 9:17 NLT The wicked will go down to the grave. This is the fate of all the nations who ignore God.

Wicked is the Hebrew word râshâ‘ and conveys the meaning of wicked, criminal, hostile to God, or guilty of sin.

Since we don’t know why they did not go up in the rapture, we must leave it to God to sort out what He will do with them, and He does; but for the moment, we understand that they are in Sheol.

Sheol is “the OT designation for the abode of the dead.” (BDB)

Because of Revelation 5:3-5, we know that there is NO ONE in Sheol worthy to break open the seals.

Alright then, what about those on the earth?

Scripture tells us,

“The path of life leads upward for the wise That he may keep away from Sheol below.” Proverbs 15:24 NASB

Pay attention to the wording in Proverbs 15:24. It is the wise who walk the path leading upward; and the wording, “that the wise MAY keep away from Sheol below. I am going to put it this way, even if you are wise, you may potentially get yourself caught in a trap. Some traps will kill you. Many teach, once saved always saved, but doesn’t that apply to God’s attitude toward us? We are still liable and responsible for the poor choices that we make here on earth.

This response “who rescues us from the wrath to come” is froth with arguments, as some cannot see the church in heaven until the end of the time of wrath (the Great T. This argument commits the church to endure God’s wrath, which is what these seven years are designated. The problem with that presumption is that those who argue for it ignore the fact that Jesus took all of God’s wrath upon Himself.

1 Thessalonians 1:10 NASB (10) and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.

This same Jesus bought us out of the slavery and bondage that we were due, thereby, once again escaping God’s wrath.

Ephesians 1:7 NASB In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace

Here in Ephesians 1:7, the word redemption is the Greek word apolutrōsis and means a ransom paid in full. In other words, we were freed from the bondage that was our fate. None of this, however, gives us an escape from the tribulations that are a part of our daily lives as followers of Jesus Christ. Since we know that the number of those who accept Jesus Christ after the rapture will be innumerable, we could conclude that there are still Christians here on earth.

Why not draw from one of these?

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(I can guarantee that some of you are pointing out that there is a simplistic answer, and there is, but it does not explain the reasons why Jesus is the only answer. Allow patience to work as the answer is provided and will soon be seen.)

We seem to set aside the fact that the age of grace has been removed from the earth along with the church; this removal has nothing to do with the action of the Holy Spirit, as He continues to draw all humanity to God. With grace being gone, all those acknowledging Jesus Christ will have to prove their loyalty through their death. When you think about this process, it makes sense why there is NO ONE worthy, on earth, to open the seals.

So then, the last option is to look for someone in heaven, and apparently, they do, but what an odd statement since we know that Jesus is in heaven, seated on a throne, next to the Father, ever making intercession for us. You have to believe that they looked around and see no one with their hand raised, saying, pick me.

What happens next?

Revelation 5:4-5 NASB Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it; (5) and one of the elders *said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.”

More so than anyone else, John would be the one who knew Jesus was already here in heaven. Jesus was John’s best friend. In the last hours of Jesus’ life, we find John with his head lying on Jesus’ chest. Try to imagine the significant loss he felt when He saw Jesus die, and the shock he felt, when, upon running to the tomb on the third day, found it open and Jesus was gone. You might think that John would expect to see Jesus strutting out on stage, dressed as a Messianic warrior, declaring that He would open the seals, but that did not happen.

One of the elders consoles John and says, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.

Even with this noble description, what does John see?

A lamb, as if it had been slain.

Revelation 5:6 NASB And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth.

On a side note. As a city kid, I never saw horns on a lamb. All that changed one recent year at the county fair, walking around with my grandchildren. We saw a lamb that had massive horns. It was then I remembered a friend, who managed the small farm for his parents, and he told me they cut the horns off when the sheep are young.

A lamb as if had been slain?

I cannot detach myself from the imagery portrayed in the Mel Gibson movie, The Passion, and yet, I believe the brutality was worse than the film depicted. Now we have a lamb as if slain. To slaughter an animal for dinner is a different process than one to be sacrificed, as the throat is slit, and the animal is then hung up and left to bleed out. Indeed, in this case, the lamb is covered in its blood, so much so that there would be no reason to understand how this animal could be standing, but there He is triumphant.

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Seven horns and seven eyes?

Initially, I wanted to back away from this section as it is bizarre and confusing. The Holy Spirit said to me, those people you lead are looking for answers, so give them an answer. I put aside the doubt and fears, and this is what I heard. 

We are told they are seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. When Jesus left the earth, He said, He would send the comforter – the Holy Spirit. That Spirit of God went into all the earth.

Dr. J. Vernon McGee tells us,

the Seven horns denote complete power. A horn speaks of power (see Dan. 7-8). He is omnipotent. Seven eyes denote complete knowledge. Christ is omniscient. He is the omnipotent and omniscient God. He moves in the fullness of the Spirit, who is the Spirit of wisdom and understanding.”

To be honest, it is a freakish image, but if that completeness of power and knowledge is all that they mean, it would be enough, for certainly Christ was and is all of those things that Dr. McGee says.

Paul stated that by proclaiming Christ, they sought to present every man to Christ, complete.

Colossians 1:28 NASB We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.

On the part of Paul and his missionary buddies, this goal was never fully accomplished and still goes on today. So, how could Paul then say, “… you have been made complete in Him.” Well, it does not say precisely that; it says that “in Him, you have been made complete.”

Colossians 2:9-10 NASB For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, (10) and in Him, you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;

So being in Him is a mandatory aspect of our completeness.

Dake’s commentary indicates that there are 27 references to lambs in the Revelation. While that is fascinating information, they are not all of Jesus, and here is one that conveys an opposing and deceiving image.

Revelation 13:11 NASB “Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon.”

What is newsworthy is how Satan has mimicked God at every turn. God marks those who are His own and Satan, will make it mandatory for people to take a mark to buy or sell anything at some point.

God has the 144,000 sealed with a mark on their foreheads; and what does Satan do? Enforces the mark on the right hand or the forehead.

Revelation 9:4 NASB “They were told not to hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.”

The point in time, where buying food is restricted to those who have a seal in their right hand or forehead, is three and one-half years into the time of wrath; and is associated with the Antichrist. On the other hand, we live in a period that, as they used to say on Star Trek, is moving at warp speed, and it feels as though taking a mark through a “harmless” vaccine may happen within months.

For the sake of brevity, I want to end here; however, I am not done.

Because of Jesus’ willingness to be beaten, go to the cross, and endure the taunts of Satan as he went down to Sheol, He can stand there, the Lamb as it had been slain, worthy to open the seals.

What is our proof that this happened?

Psalms 16:10 NLT For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.

Psalms 71:20 NASB You who have shown me many troubles and distresses Will revive me again, And will bring me up again from the depths of the earth.

Acts 2:23-24 CEV God had already planned and decided that Jesus would be handed over to you. So you took him and had evil men put him to death on a cross. (24) But God set him free from death and raised him to life. Death could not hold him in its power.

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Let’s end on this.

Ephesians 2:13-21 NLT

But now you have been united with Christ Jesus.

Once, you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.

For Christ, himself has brought peace to us.

He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.

He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations.

He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups.

Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.

He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near.

Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.

So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.

Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself.

We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.

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And behold a throne, the 24 elders. Revelation 4:1-11.

We closed our ‘quick’ look at Revelation chapters 1-3, with this, “those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.” He is not just talking to the Pastors, who have some form of authority over the congregants; he is talking to you and me as well.

There is a problem, we are lukewarm, to the point that God will vomit us out of His mouth, but it can be fixed, and you fix it by being proactive and telling people that He is coming soon; here are the signs and you need to prepare your heart to greet Him. (You do this by accepting Jesus to be your life.)

Let’s assume the rapture has taken place; therefore, the common but logical assumption is that the church is now with Jesus, in the heavens.

Revelation 4:1 CJB “After these things, I looked; and there before me was a door standing open in heaven; and the voice like a trumpet which I had heard speaking with me before said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after these things.”

What happens next?

No one with a sound mind can tell you how rapidly any of these events will take place. They can’t tell you because the rapidity is NOT laid out in scripture; this, however, plays into a problem we have, as we tend to see these biblical events/stories in 15-minute increments, and there is nothing to say it must happen that way.

Revelation 4:2-3 NASB “Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. (3) And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance.”

When I went through my introduction, I believe I mentioned that the Revelation was a very Jewish book. If I did not, then I am telling you now. If you wish to understand it, you have to try to think like a Jew, and the primary source of information is still today, the Old Testament. When the Jews heard these words that we see in Revelation 4:2-3, their thoughts turned immediately to Ezekiel’s writings. It would help if you also kept in mind that they had NO Bibles (no scrolls) and NO chapters and verses. The passage selection was the Rabbi’s option and was read in the Synagogue that Saturday and rehearsed throughout their lives, hopefully building it into your memory.

So, what did Ezekiel give them?

(Ezekiel 1:26-28 NASB) “Now above the expanse that was over their heads there was something resembling a throne, like lapis lazuli in appearance; and on that which resembled a throne, high up, was a figure with the appearance of a man. 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. As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking.”

Just for fun, Sardius and Jasper have a very similar look, with a coloration much like fire, and in many cases are often aggregated in nature. Now it gets interesting.

Page one.

Revelation 4:4 NASB “Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones, I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads.”

I struggled for years to understand what I read in Revelation 4:4. This drive to grasp what we see here motivated me to sit through three sermons of a seven-week series, given by a former Pastor, on Revelation. When he got to the elders, he merely said, the twenty-four elders are the church, and quickly moved on with no further explanation. I had had enough, and I quit this pastor and that church.

Several years later, I heard Pastor John MacArthur teach on this very thing, but this time there was an explanation and, it made sense. Let me try to explain it to you.

This is essentially what John MacArthur said about the elders.

Their joint rule with Christ, their white garments (Rev_19:7-8), and their golden crowns (Rev_2:10) all seem to indicate that these twenty-four represent the redeemed (Rev_4:9-11; Rev_5:5-14; Rev_7:11-17; Rev_11:16-18; Rev_14:3; Rev_19:4).”

Let’s see if these passages that Pastor John gives us define the church as the elders.

Revelation 19:7-8 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.” 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.”

When we look back at Revelation 4:4, we see them “clothed in white garments.” I give you a portion of Esther’s story, for it demonstrates that the linen, made from flax, is white.

Esther 1:5-6 NASB When these days were completed, the king gave a banquet lasting seven days for all the people who were present at the citadel in Susa, from the greatest to the least, in the court of the garden of the king’s palace. (6) There were hangings of fine white and violet linen held by cords of fine purple linen on silver rings and marble columns, and couches of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl, and precious stones

And there is in Ezekiel a description of how the Levitical priests were to be dressed.

Ezekiel 44:15-17 NASB “But the Levitical priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the sons of Israel went astray from Me, shall come near to Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me to offer Me the fat and the blood,” declares the Lord GOD. (16) “They shall enter My sanctuary; they shall come near to My table to minister to Me and keep My charge. (17) “It shall be that when they enter at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with linen garments; and wool shall not be on them while they are ministering in the gates of the inner court and in the house.

And though you may not feel like it, this passage from Ezekiel applies to us, at some point, as Jesus did this through His actions on the cross.

Revelation 1:6 NLT He has made us a Kingdom of priests for God his Father. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.

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There are always those who resist the truth, and I did tell you to look to the Old Testament for confirmation, so I give you Exodus 19.

Exodus 19:5-6 NLT Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me. (6) And you will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation.’ This is the message you must give to the people of Israel.”

It is looking more like these 24 elders are the church with every passing minute.

Both Exodus 3:16 and Deuteronomy 31:28 speak of the elders being gathered before Moses. As a young man, I went to a Katherine Kuhlman meeting at the Angelus Temple in Los Angeles. When the doors opened, and we were right at one of the doors, the crowd pushed hard so they could get up front, next to Ms. Kuhlman. In this crazed state, we had to get an old lady off the ground so that she did not get trampled. Imagine all Israel trying to get to Moses. From reading the Bible, it is evident that God is inclusive, and no one will be left out. I still struggle to grasp how WE are a part of this group of elders unless they represent us.

I am going to be painfully honest here. I have NEVER felt included in anything until I met Jesus. Sadly, the imagery that I have of heaven is frequently tainted with these broken thoughts. Needless to say, my self-esteem has been shot full of holes. Thankfully, God found me and did not leave me there. I fight hard against the enemy when he comes against me with thoughts of nonacceptance, and I choose to adjust my thinking. So, all this talk about 24 elders, from a broken point of view, lends itself to false pastors who had stood before their congregations and bragged about the cost of their suit or where they can go to eat. Others don’t brag about their premier passes to Disneyland; they merely show you the pictures of their frequent trips and exclusive vacations. These, according to Satan, will most likely be the elders because of the many books they have written, and they, just like here on earth, will be pushing people like me around once again. That kind of negativity makes me think, why would I want to be there. But, I know that those who were able to be first down here will NOT be first in heaven, as they have already acquired their reward, which will burn up at the Bema seat of Christ.

Matthew 19:30 NLT “But many who are the greatest now will be least important then and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.”

As for the Bema seat.

2 Corinthians 5:10 NLT For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.

1 Corinthians 3 tells us that all our works or actions will be tested with fire; so, if you are putting your faith in fancy suits, places you can eat, or premier amusement park passes, they will burn, and you will be left with yourself and Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:13-15 NLT But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. (14) If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. (15) But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.

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Revelation 4:4 tells us that they have golden crowns on their heads.

Revelation 2:10 informs us that we will be given a crown of life, but it sounds like an “if-then” statement that includes painful testing and death.

Revelation 2:10 NASB ‘Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

This verse has no mention of a golden crown, but there is always that possibility, and I will remain open to it.

Zechariah 3:5 speaks of a turban.

Zechariah 3:4-5 CJB “who said to those standing in front of him, “Take those filthy garments off of him.” Then to him, he said, “See, I am taking your guilt away. I will clothe you in fine robes.” I said, “They should put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and gave him fine robes to wear, while the angel of Adonai stood by.”

The Word Study Dictionary defines the turban in this way: It indicates a headpiece often worn by persons in authority in the ancient Near East. It was created by folding long pieces of cloth around a person’s head. It was worn by the high priest of Israel (Zec_3:5). It is used figuratively of righteousness (Job_29:14). People considered it a valued luxury in some cases (Isa_3:23). Zion is described as the royal turban or diadem of the Lord (Isa_62:3).

This turban may well be the crown; however, Revelation 4:4 is particular about it being a golden crown.

In the Psalms, David speaks about what Jehovah had done for him.

Psalms 21:1-3 NASB For the choir director. A Psalm of David. O LORD, in Your strength the king will be glad, And in Your salvation how greatly he will rejoice! (2) You have given him his heart’s desire, And You have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah. (3) For You meet him with the blessings of good things; You set a crown of fine gold on his head.

David has always been spoken of as an analogy of our own lives and God’s love for us.

Psalm 8:5 is talking about Christ, but aren’t we in Christ when we accept Him?

Psalms 8:4-6 NASB What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? (5) Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty! (6) You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,

If we are in Him, then it just makes sense that we get to share His crown. Now, before you get too locked into this crown and the attitude that may be associated with it, look at this.

Revelation 4:9-11 NASB “And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”

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I attended a church where the elders, who were the only ones who could or would pray for you, frequently spoke of adding more jewels to their crown. Apparently, they ignored the fact that these elders cast their crowns before the throne.

We are NOT told what becomes of those crowns after this, so don’t worry about it.

Perhaps the better question is, where did these Elders come from?

If I am thinking Jewish, then I did not hear elders, I heard the Greek word presbuteros. This word presbuteros was used of the Sanhedrin, and for many, just saying that word leaves a bad taste in their mouths. It was “the supreme council of the Jewish people, in the time of Christ,” and it played a role in Jesus’ death and the persecution of the early church. None of this fits the occasion, so I must be looking for some other definition.

Matthew 19:28 may fill the momentary void, as I scramble to find a correlation with the elders in the Old Testament.

Matthew 19:28 NASB “And Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

Now, I will admit that I try to be conscientious about context when explaining a biblical concept, so I must admit that the context lends itself to a conversation Jesus had with Peter, a Jew, and a disciple. The response that Jesus gave to Peter could be construed to be exclusive to the disciples; I might agree with you if Jesus had not said these words, “you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne.”

Haven’t we who accepted Christ followed Him in the regeneration; and, isn’t He NOW sitting on that Glorious Throne?

The short answer is yes.

Titus also addresses regeneration.

Titus 3:5 NASB “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,”

We were regenerated by the washing and renewing of the Holy Spirit; this happened when you accepted Christ, and it continues throughout this walk here on earth. This Idea of washing also appears in Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus, where he tells us that it is the Word of God that sanctifies and cleanses us. But there is one more aspect of Paul’s statement that should take your breath away, and that this cleansing by the Word has one specific purpose, “that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.”

Ephesians 5:25-27 NASB “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.

Obviously, there is no mention of elders in Ephesians 5, but it is Jesus who, in a sense, reintroduces us, as the church, to the Father.

Page five.

In this first letter to the church in Thessalonica, Paul addressed their fears that they had been left behind – well, that is one way of putting it, and it is a good one. Here is what he said.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 NASB (13) But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. (14) For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. (15) For this, we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. (16) For the Lord, Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. (17) Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. (18) Therefore comfort one another with these words.

It is obvious to me that Jesus will come back and retrieve us, and there we will sit with Him at the throne of God.


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Thinking biblically, we are watching the beast in action. Very soon, the great dragon, Satan, will give power to one. He will then be the Antichrist.

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An introduction to the Revelation.

I felt that I needed to dive into the Revelation once again. I think that the pressing need for me has everything to do with our rapidly changing global environment; that, and the fact that so many of the video bloggers are seeing the same thing, I see – Jesus is just moments away from gathering the church to Himself.

The Revelation spells out several things, but one of the dominant messages is that God is about to pour out His wrath upon the nations and the Jews.

Notice how there is no church involved in that wrath, and that migration of the church from the earth is where I want to start this study.

It is not that I feel the backgrounds of the churches are not essential, but they have been, in my book, beaten to death. All I need to say is this, if you have ears to hear, then hear this, we are living in the age of the Laodicean church, and as such, we have been spewed out of His mouth.

‘So because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. (Revelation 3:16 NASB)

This lack of consistent stance or position on scripture, in our churches today, is deplorable and will only worsen. We, as a nation, are done.

Considerations as you dive into the Revelation.

Most important and vital to your understanding of the Revelation is found in chapter one, verse one.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John, (Revelation 1:1 NASB)

Take that verse apart, and you get this.

  • It is the Revelation (the apokalupsis – the uncovering, unveiling, or, if you will, the disclosure) of Jesus Christ.

Is there anything about those three words that indicate that this message is coded and not meant to be understood? And yet, to many, it does seem like it is coded and anything but understandable. I mention this because one of my pastors preached that very concept.

  • which God gave Him.

Since I know that this was all revealed to John in a vision, I might assume that the “Him” could be John, it is not. The NirV puts it this way, “This is the revelation that God gave to Jesus Christ.” Now, why would Jesus not know precisely what the Father was doing? What I just asked is a rhetorical question because, except for one piece of information (the exact timing of the rapture of the church,) the Father has held nothing back from the Son. The entirety of the message was then given to John and he has given it to the churches. [If you do not understand, I am trying to provide you with some clues that might help your understanding.]

Operating on the understanding that this phrase “which God gave Him,” is referring to the Apostle John, it is important to know that John no advantage over us excluding one thing, he was able to physically feel the love and intimacy of and with Jesus Christ. John got to witness the character of God. But keep in mind that John, almost exclusively, lived off of oral history and presentations of the Old Testament that were given from the Synagogue. We can understand this, as there was very little that was written, and the information that was was written on scrolls made of parchment or skin.

Page one.

  • and communicated it by His angel

I want to tell you that this angel is Jesus, but I am not so sure. There is a reasonable assertion, referred to as a Christophany, where Jesus showed himself to humans before His birth, but it was described as the Angel of the Lord. There are 49 verses throughout the Old Testament to back this up. One of the first comes from Genesis 16:7, where the angel of the Lord finds Hagar by a fountain in the wilderness. Here, angel is the Hebrew word malak. The Word Study Dictionary tells us that it is “a masculine noun meaning a messenger, or an angel. The term often denotes one sent on business or diplomacy by another.”

The phrase “of the LORD” is simply the word yehōwāhself Existent or eternal one. We tend to pronounce it Jehovah. Dr. J. Vernon McGee tells us this is the Lord Jesus Christ before His incarnation, and he is not alone in his understanding or belief.

Since we know that the LORD sent angels, such as Gabriel and Michael, to deliver messages to people, then it is easy to accept that assertion now.

  • to show to His bond-servants

John wrote down everything he saw in this vision, unlike me, who did not write down anything I saw in my vision concerning my own life. However, I remembered that Jesus was there and that I saw the end of this journey, and it was filled with joy.

The idea of being a Bond-servant is an important one, as it is an admission that I, the human, am not in charge, but He is.

We see the Apostle Paul saying this of himself.

Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God (Romans 1:1 NASB)

James, Peter, and Jude all confessed that they too were bond-servants, so we stand in good company.

The phrase bond-servant is the Greek word doulos and has a literal meaning of being a slave. In a qualified sense, it is one who is in subservience or subjection, much like a slave.

Are we slaves?

In reality, we still have our free will and can therefore choose NOT to follow after Jesus Christ and these laws that are written upon our hearts. Having chosen to follow Him, I would not consider anything else; and have, therefore, put myself in subjection to Him. Since making that decision, I have never felt more loved.

How this should affect you is in your decisions to test the mercy and grace of God.

I used to sit with a group of men; the leader called our meeting place the man cave. Apparently, for some, this meant pushing the boundaries of God’s grace. The problem with such excesses arises when we read things like we see in Galatians chapter five, which tells us that we have self-control, or James chapter three, which speaks about controlling your tongue so that you don’t set everything on fire with it.

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. (Galatians 5:18-25 NASB)

Page two.

Fascinating how verse 18 opens this treatise by saying, “if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law,” (as in the Mosaic law;) and yet we are, for the law is now written upon our hearts. The presumption then is that you have not put yourself under subservience to Jesus Christ, and therefore, not subject to the Law of the Spirit.

Just in case you don’t wish to buy into the idea that the law is written upon your heart, have a look at
2 Corinthians 3:2-3.

You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

The other thing to cling to as you read through this book is that the Revelation is the only book of the Bible that has a special blessing upon it. But to be honest, it does come across as an if-then statement.

Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near. (Revelation 1:3 NASB)

Some interpretations convey the idea of those who read to others. Having lived my life, it was not until the Holy Spirit came into my life and filled me, that I had any desire to speak to others about this Jesus I serve. But even at that, I have come to learn that my gifting is to teach. In those moments I am reading, but only because it is a necessity as I know that most of you will NOT read, even as you sit in church.

The “if-then” portion shows up when you read where it says, “and heed the things which are written in it (the Revelation.)

I believe that a portion of this blessing comes when you put what the book says into action. What I mean is, teach clearly what this book says, and make sure those you teaching, understand it.

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If you have not had this “life-saving” vaccine injected into your body, I would like you to consider a few things.

I recently began, over a two-week period, to do what I know most will NOT do, and that is to research what this vaccine is intended to do and is it safe. What I came up with is a nine-page assessment, that answers most of the questions I have, and hopefully will answer questions for you.

As a side note. If you have already taken the vaccine and not yet experienced any of these “side effects” then I say congratulations. Some have asked if they have taken the mark of the beast by doing this. The short answer is NO, but by your actions, you demonstrated a lack of faith in the God who saves. Think about that, you, by taking whatever is in that shot you received, think that man has just saved and made you immune to future COVID attacks on your body. The problem with that thought process is that “they” have been telling that the inoculation does NOTHING to prevent you from obtaining COVID, nor does it prevent you from giving someone else the COVID. If that is the case, then why are they giving you an inoculation?

You, especially if you already got your first shot and think nothing happened to you, might be interested to know that you beat the odds, for as of March 24, 2021, there have been over 1700 deaths directly related to COVID19 injections. Did they die immediately? No, not all, some died within hours, while others took longer, but it could be determined that their death was directly related to the injection.

One of biggest issues surrounding this COVID 19 vaccine is the question, are there any side effects?

Let’s attack this from the point of the arguments, as I have heard many of these.

  • I am doing this because I want to be safe and to keep the world safe.

The problem with that, starting with the mask, which has been pushed as a “safety feature,” is that it does you NO good whatsoever. Unless it is an N95 mask, which in itself has safety drawbacks, the box your mask came in will tell you that the mask is NO help with bio hazards. By the manufacturers own admission, the vaccine will not prevent you from getting the virus; and in fact, the vaccine makes you a carrier of the virus, nor does it prevent transmission.

The following is from Moderna’s website unless it is in parenthesis, then it is mine.

  • The vaccine will prevent me from getting the Covid 19.

The manufacturers want you believe that it is a preventative, and therefore they say, “The vaccine works by teaching your immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and this protects you from getting sick with COVID-19.” Sadly, we have learned that they had no intentions of preventing this disease, as you will see if you continue.

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mRNA Prophylactic Vaccines. “We designed our prophylactic vaccines modality to prevent or control infectious diseases. Since we nominated our first program in late 2014, this modality has grown to include nine programs, all of which are vaccines against viruses. The goal of any vaccine is to safely pre-expose the immune system to a small quantity of a protein from a pathogen called an antigen so that the immune system is prepared to fight the pathogen if exposed in the future and prevent infection or disease.”

What does mRNA do?

“mRNA produces instructions to make proteins that may treat or prevent disease.”

“Recognizing the broad potential of mRNA science, we set out to create an mRNA technology platform that functions very much like an operating system on a computer. It is designed so that it can plug and play interchangeably with different programs. In our case, the “program” or “app” is our mRNA drug – the unique mRNA sequence that codes for a protein.”

“Generally, the only thing that changes from one potential mRNA medicine to another is the coding region – the actual genetic code that instructs ribosomes to make protein. Utilizing these instruction sets gives our investigational mRNA medicines a software-like quality. We also have the ability to combine different mRNA sequences encoding for different proteins in a single mRNA investigational medicine.”

“mRNA medicines aren’t small molecules, like traditional pharmaceuticals. And they aren’t traditional biologics (recombinant proteins and monoclonal antibodies) – which were the genesis of the biotech industry. Instead, mRNA medicines are sets of instructions. And these instructions direct cells in the body to make proteins to prevent or fight disease.”

From an interview with Dr. Lee Meritt

they have made Mrna that will reproduce this human-made spikelet in every cell in your body. You are actually creating the pathogen in your body with the first dose of their vaccine. The vaccine produces something called immune enhancement, autoimmune enhancement, or antibody-dependent enhancement.

Let’s talk about antibody-dependent enhancement for a moment. The Mrna regimen changes your genetics and takes over as the immune system. The entire body is now the host for the virus thanks to this added protein, and you effectively have no natural antibodies. The vaccine now potentially sees your own organs as an enemy; therefore, you will need continued updates to survive, and you will have a permanent lifetime dependence on this new governing body – the New World Order. Moderna has made statements to this very effect.

Back to Moderna

Overcoming Key Challenges. “Using mRNA to create medicines is a complex undertaking and requires overcoming novel scientific and technical challenges. We need to get the mRNA into the targeted tissue and cells while evading the immune system. If the immune system is triggered, the resultant response may limit protein production and, thus, limit the therapeutic benefit of mRNA medicines.”

We also need ribosomes to think the mRNA was produced naturally, so they can accurately read the instructions to produce the right protein. And we need to ensure the cells express enough of the protein to have the desired therapeutic effect.”

From We get an article BY SABIN RUSSELL / FRED HUTCH NEWS SERVICE, entitled “Vaccines stop COVID-19 symptoms, but do they stop transmission?”

“…the problem: The giant, successful studies that determined that both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines were an astonishing 90%-95% effective in preventing disease cannot completely answer the question of how they worked.”

  • One person challenged my wife by saying, my vaccine came from Johnson & Johnson, which uses DNA not mRNA.

I found this information on

End, page three.

Again, the italicized wording is my commentary

“mRNA vaccines take advantage of this process by introducing the mRNA for an important protein from the virus that the vaccine is trying to protect against. In the case of COVID-19, the important protein is the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.”

What are the side effects of the mRNA vaccine?

Sadly, most people will not read and research and therefore do not know what the side effects are. Still working from the site.

Side effects from both mRNA vaccines are caused as part of the immune response to the vaccines. In some ways, the more vigorous the immune response, the more common the side effects. The most common side effects from the mRNA vaccines are: Fatigue, Headache, and Muscle aches.”

Side effects occurred during the first week after vaccination but were most likely one or two days after receipt of the vaccine. Side effects were more frequent following the second dose and more likely to be experienced by younger, rather than older, recipients. In the clinical trials, side effects occurred at varying rates, for example only about 1 to 20 of every 100 people had a fever.

From –

CDC: 10 life-threatening reactions linked with Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, By Brian P. Dunleavy.

Below is typical of the standardized answers you get from the manufacturers.

Jan. 22 (UPI) — Ten of the more than 4 million people in the United States who received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine through Jan. 10 experienced a potentially life-threatening side effect, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The side effect, anaphylaxis, is a severe allergic reaction that can occur within seconds or minutes of exposure to an allergen. Symptoms of anaphylaxis include a skin rash, nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing and shock. In most cases, it can be treated quickly with the “epi-pen.” Nearly 1,300 given the shot as of that date reported side effects as a result. All but 53 of these were considered minor, non-allergic reactions to the vaccine, such as swelling at the injection site, the CDC said. That figure includes the 10 cases of anaphylaxis, as well as 43 other allergic reactions that include itchy skin, rash, itchy sensations in the mouth and throat, sensations of throat closure and respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath, according to the agency. The 10 cases of anaphylaxis all occurred in women who received the shot, half of whom had a history of having a reaction to a vaccine and all but one of whom had medication allergies, the CDC said. The women ranged from age 31 to 63, and all but one began to experience the symptoms of anaphylaxis fewer than 15 minutes after receiving the shot, the agency said. All 10 were treated with the epi-pen, which contains the drug epinephrine and all are believed to have recovered fully, according to the agency.” “Vaccine facilities are also urged to be prepared to treat patients for anaphylaxis and have epi-pens available in case they are needed.”

While the standardized propaganda claims that only 10 people were seriously affected, in reality, as of 02/04/21, there have been over 1700 cases where the vaccine targeting COVID19 has been used and the patient has died. You can find this information at Med

Lifesite website – gives us this information.

FDA: Death, heart attacks, stroke, blood disorders all possible side effects of COVID vaccine
A slideshow presentation compiled by the FDA in October contains an extensive list of possible side effects which are to be monitored in conjunction with administering a COVID-19 vaccine.

Pfizer COVID jab warning: No breastfeeding, avoid pregnancy for 2 months, unknown fertility impacts A safety instructions document published by the UK government states ‘For women of childbearing age, pregnancy should be excluded before vaccination’

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Priest who participated in the trial for unethical Moderna vaccine dies suddenly
The vaccine uses the ‘aborted fetal cell line HEK-293′ in the ‘fundamental design of mRNA technology, their Spike protein and in the research, development, production, and testing.’

Coronavirus vaccine trial volunteer dies in Brazil
The volunteer was 28 years old and taking part in AstraZeneca’s vaccine trial.

I hope you get the general idea. If I cling to the propaganda, they say,

The vaccine is not expected to have long-term negative effects for a few reasons:

First, most negative effects occur within 6 weeks of receiving a vaccine, which is why the FDA asked the companies to provide 8 weeks of safety data after the last dose.
Second, the mRNA in the vaccine breaks down pretty quickly because our cells need a way to stop mRNA from making too many proteins or too much protein. But, even if for some reason our cells did not breakdown the vaccine mRNA, the mRNA stops making the protein within about a week, regardless of the body’s immune response to the protein.

Perhaps this is one of the reasons for second and third vaccinations. By the way, just this morning, 02/12/21, Johnson and Johnson CEO claims that you will likely have to get update shots every year.

  • Once I have been vaccinated against coronavirus, am I exempt from lock down restrictions?

Everyone will still need to practice recommended public health measures for a while because it will take some time to slow or stop the spread of the virus. Two factors are important for understanding why: While the vaccines appear to be highly effective at preventing disease, it might not prevent asymptomatic infection, meaning vaccine recipients might still be able to get infected, but not have symptoms and, therefore, unwittingly spread the virus.”

Why is it that lockdown restrictions will have to continue for a while. Because, this vaccine has nothing to do with you gaining your freedom or immunity, the purpose has always been to restrict, monitor, and control your actions. Allegedly, “they” will be looking for a herd immunity response. In reality, there are a number of things that must happen, including a massive population reduction, and a new global economy.

This next paragraph speaks to herd immunity.

“Scientists estimate that to control COVID-19, about 7 or 8 of every 10 people will need to be immune. Given that the U.S. population is more than 330 million people, this means that almost 250 million of them will need to be immune to reach this goal. If we had to rely on infections alone to stop the spread of COVID-19, between 1 million and 5.4 million people would die on the way to 250 million people becoming immune.”

End, page six.

“For these reasons, there will still be some period of time during which other measures, such as masks, social distancing, and other public health measures will be required to slow or stop the spread of the virus. And, because we won’t know who might still be able to be infected after vaccination or previous illness, everyone will be asked to comply.”

Note how this ends. Everyone will be asked to comply. It will NOT be an option. Non-compliance will be dealt with by incarceration in detention compounds. Do any of you remember FEMA camps?

  • Do you know if the COVID-19 vaccines contain a live virus?We are still dealing with second-hand information on the website.

“None of the early vaccines (those by Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, or Johnson & Johnson) are using live weakened versions (similar, for example, to the measles, mumps, rubella, or varicella (chickenpox) vaccines). Moderna’s and Pfizer’s are mRNA vaccines, and AstraZeneca’s and Johnson & Johnson’s are non-replicating vectored vaccines. You can learn more about the different types of vaccines being tested in the response to “What types of COVID-19 vaccines are being tested?”

“For COVID-19, several viral vector, nucleic acid-based vaccines, and antigen-presenting cells are in (pre)clinical development (Fig. 1). Viral vector vaccines consist of a recombinant virus (that is, the viral vector), often attenuated to reduce its pathogenicity, in which genes encoding viral antigen(s) have been cloned using recombinant DNA techniques. Vector vaccines can either be replicating or non-replicating. Replicating vector vaccines infect cells in which the vaccine antigen is produced as well as more infectious viral vectors able to infect new cells that will then also produce the vaccine antigen. Non-replicating vector vaccines initially enter cells and produce the vaccine antigen, but no new virus particles are formed. Because viral vector vaccines result in endogenous antigen production, both humoral and cellular immune responses are stimulated. One advantage of these viral vector-based vaccines is therefore that a single dose can be sufficient for protection, as in the case of the vesicular-stomatitis virus-based Ervebo vaccine against Ebola virus11.”

The explanation from explains that the virus is weakened to reduce the power of the infecting agent. Try telling me again how there is no virus being injected. But there is something we are missing in this conversation, and that is a direct reference to COVID 19 because I am beginning to get the impression, that, as one theorist explains, they are giving us an injection spike with HIV – human immunodeficiency virus. If that was the case, it is no wonder people are reacting strangely after injections. This also feeds into the planned depopulation.

End, page seven.

“For efficient uptake of the construct into cells, injection needs to be followed by electroporation. After uptake into cells, the vaccine antigen is expressed from the DNA construct. mRNA-based vaccines work on the same principle as DNA vaccines, except that the first steps (nuclear translocation of the DNA construct and transcription into mRNA) are bypassed. Self-replicating RNA vaccines are likely to induce protective immunity using a lower dose because more vaccine antigen is expressed per cell. Since mRNA is not very stable, these constructs include modified nucleosides to prevent degradation. A carrier molecule is necessary to enable the entry of the mRNA into cells; lipid nanoparticles are most commonly used. Nucleic acid-based vaccines induce a humoral and cellular immune response, but multiple doses are required.”

electroporation -is the action or process of introducing DNA or chromosomes into bacteria or other cells using a pulse of electricity to briefly open the pores in the cell membranes.

Initially this idea of electroporation did not make sense, especially if thousands are lining up in their cars at our local baseball Stadium, that is, until it occurs to me that this electroporation could easily be achieved through 5G antenna arrays and associated cell phone usage. Welcome to the New World.

One of the statements from Pastor JD Farag, was that the vaccines used fetal tissues from aborted babies; this, in turn, created a challenge as the manufacturers deny this statement and governmental agencies are in concert. I did a search through DuckDuckGo (because Google will probably block you from finding this information, and it led me to

Here is what they said.

  • Do the COVID-19 vaccines contain aborted fetal cells?

Answer from infectious diseases expert James Lawler, MD

“No, the COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any aborted fetal cells. However, Pfizer and Moderna did perform confirmation tests (to ensure the vaccines work) using fetal cell lines.”

“But it’s important to have the full context: Fetal cell lines are not the same as fetal tissue. Fetal cell lines are cells that grow in a laboratory. They descend from cells taken from elective abortions in the 1970s and 1980s. Those individual cells from the 1970s and 1980s have since multiplied into many new cells over the past four or five decades, creating fetal cell lines. Current fetal cell lines are thousands of generations removed from the original fetal tissue.”

This is nothing more than doublespeak, and the answer is yes, fetal cells were the originating source.

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Against such, there is NO law. Galatians 5:22-23.

A Christian brother recently brought up the fruits of the Spirit; that day, the item that stuck in my mind, and has been there for weeks, was self-control.

Self-control speaks to me about the multitude of times that I have been restrained by the Holy Spirit, thereby preventing me from doing something stupid, illegal, or deadly. Almost a month after that conversation, my pastor, Jack Hibbs, integrated the fruits of the Spirit into his teaching this last Wednesday evening, 2/3/2021. I felt impressed to share some insights with you.

Galatians 5:22-23 NLT But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I used the NLT because it directly infers that the Holy Spirit produces this fruit in us, in contrast to the fruit as seen in the NASB, which could be thought of as something I could merely pick off a tree when needed.

Just seeing these words “as something I could merely pick when needed,” as though these fruits are not mine, accosts me.

Pastor Jack spoke about the Holy Spirit in two ways.

First, the Holy Spirit is the one who brought you to Jesus Christ, and therefore, comes into you when you receive Christ. Jack Hibbs says that this is the baptism into Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit. 

I suppose the logic to this comes from the fact that God is: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and that the soul, having asked Jesus to come in, now belongs to God, and therefore, the Holy Spirit. A roundabout way of saying this is that by inviting Jesus into my life, I am and have invited the Holy Spirit into my life.

(Think about this. Jesus, just before He went to the Father, said, 

John 16:7-15 NASB “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. (8) “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; (9) concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; (10) and concerning righteousness because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; (11) and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged. (12) “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. (13) “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. (14) “He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. (15) “All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.

Look at John 16:7-15 NASB above, for it says, that when He, Jesus, leaves the earth, the Holy Spirit – the comforter will come. The implications of this are that the interactions with man are fully enveloped in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit acts and responds just as Jesus did, for He did nothing without hearing from the Father.)

An example of what I just said about the Holy Spirit coming into our lives could come from Paul’s address to the church in Rome, which you can see in Romans 2:14-15.

For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, (Romans 2:14-15 NASB)

To say, “their conscience” can just as easily be stated, their spirit. The person indwelt by the Holy Spirit is then directed accordingly. The problem is that the majority of us think that whatever good thing we did was our great idea.

To be honest, I don’t thoroughly understand this teaching of how the Holy Spirit is instantly a part of every believer, although it makes sense that God would be looking for a way to regain those He has already paid for through the cross. Not being able to grasp this concept most likely comes from seeing so many, over the years, stumble back into the darkness; this is especially disturbing when you know that the verses before and after the reference in Galatians above tell you why you do what you do. The answer to the problem, every time, is to admit that you just did what you wanted to do, change your ways, and get yourself into the Word. Scriptural references speak of receiving of and from the Holy Spirit.

Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38 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.” (Acts 1:8 NASB)

In both of these instances, Receive is the Greek word lambano and means to take hold of.

When Peter, in Acts 2:38, instructed the large crowd that upon repenting and being baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, they would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, was he telling them that they would receive the power and speak in other tongues?

I do not try to put God into a box anymore, nor do I try to control how God uses the box I assigned to Him or what is inside; so, to be honest, I do not know what parameters God was operating in that day.

In Acts 1:8, we see Jesus speaking to the disciples, of which there were many. He said, they would receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon them; this is entirely different for the disciples, as they were already followers of Jesus, however, without the apparent infilling of the Holy Spirit; that came later as they waited, in that room, as told.

Galatians 5:22-23 speaks directly about the Holy Spirit being in us, so for the sake of argument let’s say you have received the gift of the Holy Spirit in your life and you are very much aware of that through evidence. That evidence, for me, exhibited itself by Him talking to me in conversational tones with frequency.

Paul tells us “ the Holy Spirit, produces this kind of fruit in our lives.” Those fruits look like this.

  • Love,
  • Joy,
  • Peace,
  • Patience,
  • Kindness,
  • Goodness,
  • Faithfulness,
  • Gentleness,


  • Self-control.

Nothing deserves to go un-discussed but the Holy Spirit spoke to me rather pointedly along the line of self-control.

Pastor Jack, in that Wednesday night message I spoke about, talked about meeting a young man at the grocery store, in which Pastor was recently shopping. The young man recognized him through the mask and asked if he could speak openly with the Pastor. He then told the pastor that he was living a life that was displeasing to God and what could he do about it. The bottom line answer was to get yourself into God’s word. Do not pursue Christianity or religion, but pursue a relationship with the Father; in other words, get to know Him intimately.

Self-control seems to speak of one who rejects God and tries to fix things themselves; that is not the case here. We are dealing with the Greek word egkráteia which means Continence, temperance, self-control.

TEMPERATE means moderatenot excessive

CONTINENCE, is to withhold; but also means the restraint which a person imposes upon his desires and passions; this includes sexual passions and lewd pleasures.

Now, this one thing alone would save many of us from a world of grief, and should, if we are listening cause us to wonder why are we doing things we don’t want or need to do.

Paul said this very thing, and if there was someone who would understand what this passage in Galatians 5 is saying, it would be him.

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand, I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin. (Romans 7:18-25 NASB)

Simply put,

I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. (Romans 7:19 NLT)

There is an answer.

Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind, I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin. (Romans 7:25 NLT)

It almost seems hopeless but there is Jesus. I work hard at living a life like Christ, but occasionally I choose to react inappropriately, and I am not talking about lewd acts, I am talking about anger and rage. The thing that caught my attention that Wednesday night as I watched Pastor Jack, was the tail end of Galatians 5:23. There it says,

There is no law against these things!

Those things are the fruits of the Spirit, not your spirit, but God’s Spirit – the Holy Spirit, and it is He – the Holy Spirit, that is growing those fruits inside of you.

On your own, you are a hopeless cause. I know, you think you have got it all together, but you don’t, and sadly, you know that. I suppose that knowledge and the fact that you keep running from God makes you rather pathetic. Let me know how it works out for you.

Instead of struggling, turn your life over to Jesus Christ and receive His free gift of the Holy Spirit.

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A sincere and unqualified faith. 2 Timothy 1:5.

It seems that I have been in 1 Timothy for months, and I need a break, but as I sit here pondering whether to go on and dive into 2 Timothy, which has a wealth of depth in it, my heart feels a strong need to jump back into the Revelation. This compulsion to study the Revelation once again has much to do with the political agenda, the globalists and their efforts to reduce the surface population (as Scrooge said,) and the overall violent nature of the environment in which we live.

Having said all that, I took a quick dip into one verse in 2 Timothy, so here goes.

I am calling up memories of your sincere and unqualified faith (the leaning of your entire personality on God in Christ in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), [a faith] that first lived permanently in [the heart of] your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am [fully] persuaded, [dwells] in you also. (2 Timothy 1:5 AMPC)

In my mind’s eye, I see myself writing to Christians, who, like myself, have had to endure false teachers and therefore ended up with some tainted ideas about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. After almost 15 years of looking into the Word of God and growing with you, I find I have readers all over the world. If there is one, the problem is that I don’t know you, so how could I call up memories of you?

I would, however, know you if we, through, say, battle, have come to build a bond, a bond which demonstrated your real heart, your courage, willingness to endure hardships, and proven that you have my back as I have yours.

How do we know Paul had Timothy’s back?

I thank God Whom I worship with a pure conscience, in the spirit of my fathers, when without ceasing I remember you night and day in my prayers, And when, as I recall your tears, I yearn to see you so that I may be filled with joy. (2 Timothy 1:3-4 AMPC)

Along with so many others, this young man was always on his mind, and he constantly prayed for Timothy.

But what specifically did Paul think about?

The sincere and unqualified faith that Timothy demonstrated. Having spent some time in the faith movement, where faith is primarily evidenced by your “Godly” reaction to negative issues, this can include a simple cold, a horrific injury, or financial matters. A man I admired, upon hearing you describe what was going on in your life, would immediately approach you and ask, may I pray for you. In my mind, this is a demonstrated faith, which has NOTHING to do with results.

Alright, let’s talk about expected results for a moment. What did Jesus say to his disciples?

These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name, they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:17-18 NASB)

If you have believed in Jesus’ name, then things should and will happen.

  • They will – cast out demons.
  • They will – as the ERV states, speak in languages they never learned. I have primarily understood this to be languages that the Holy Spirit gives me, and there have been many. The problem I had, and many have spoken of similar experiences, is that some ancient person (and some would say that I am now one) who would speak out in their “tongue” to the church body would hover about you and essentially tell you what sounds to make. For years I floundered in that backroom experience and did not understand anything about it; that is until I read this passage.

But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, (Jude 1:20 NASB)

After hearing about this, I understood that I was building myself up, on the inside, by praying in the Holy Spirit; this understanding had nothing to do with impressing people or scoring more points to improve my position in heaven.

  • They will – lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. Our command, directive, admonition, is to lay hands on the sick; and then what happens to them? They recover. The Word Study Dictionary tells us that recover means to have and hold, implying continued possession. Ah, but hold what? The obvious answer would be that to which you held before but now, no longer hold, such as health. Within the faith movement, many hold on to wealth; they stake this claim based upon God’s promises to Abraham and his descendants. I suppose we forget that much of Abraham’s wealth was wrapped up in sheep and camels, so enjoy that. If I may, this command does not imply that the result has anything to do with our actions or faith. Of course, it takes faith to open your mouth and ask that person if you could pray for them, but beyond that, the action that takes place in the life of the sick person falls entirely upon God’s mercy. One last thing. If I wanted to thwart God’s plan to heal, and therefore, touch people’s lives, then I would do something so drastic that just the mention imparts fear and separates the “believers” from those who need help. Can you now see how something like a human-made creation, such as COVID 19, which has everyone cringing in fear, attempting to sterilize their hands at every turn, maintaining a minimum of six feet away from others, and wearing a mask over your nose and mouth could further impair your sense of reason and ability to communicate while adding to your fear.
  • What does scripture say?Yeah, well, I noticed that the COVID 19 escaped His attention, there in Isaiah, so now what? For this reason also, God highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11 NASB) And while this may be a shock to your system, COVID is nothing but a name, and it too will bow its pathetic knee to the name of Jesus. The unbelievable aspect of these statements is how quickly we as followers of the living God have forgotten how much He cares for us and who we are.

Since we only know about Timothy based upon Paul’s words, how do we comprehend what Paul is trying to say in his description of this young man?

Note that I used the Amplified Bible; I did so because it expounds, with accuracy, about the alternative meanings of the Greek and Hebrew, and that is what they have done here. So it is the passage itself that reveals the key in the success of young Timothy, as this sincere and unqualified faith is “the leaning of your entire personality on God in Christ in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness.”

I asked my wife to read this and tell me if I made any sense. I do this because I know I am prone to type faster than my mind can crank out the words and leave out entire descriptive sentences. She did just that and then asked me why I included anything about Benny Hinn.

I may or may not have expounded upon a video log by Chelsi Bedell in a previous post, in which she described going to a “Christian conference.” After a short time, the audience was introduced to Benny Hinn (apparently, the speaker is the son-in-law of Benny.) I have been aware of Benny Hinn for years now, and I always thought the man was nothing less than a religious charlatan who raked in money from little old ladies like my mother.

Since Paul told Timothy to speak to those who had money about how it was a trap and not to love it, I can see where some of Benny’s problems came from. He divorced the wife he swore he would never leave in 2010 and for many in the religious world, this is an unbearable injustice. I have since learned that he remarried Suzanne three years later. From: “Benny explained how his ministry schedule affected his marriage. “In my case, it was family and the stress of ministry and being too busy. I didn’t pay attention to Suzanne’s pain. That’s what caused our problem. And then Suzanne having to struggle with what was happening to our family,” he added…” It goes on, but having spent some time in recovery, I do not see any ownership of what happened, so I still don’t trust the man.

Chelsi Bedell told us that Benny said coming to Christ is easy; remaining a Christian is difficult. Chelsi said, I knew there was something wrong with this man immediately, and there may be, but that is not the point here. Having looked at what Paul said about Timothy, I can see how Benny, and so many more of us, are NOT leaning our entire personality on God in Christ in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness.

Honestly, that is a mouthful. It is much like going to a buffet – if you can still find one. There are so many choices, things I rarely get to eat, and I want a piece of everything. Yes, this is a bizarre way of relating to this life we signed up for when we became Christians. Upon learning of things, such as the fruits of the spirit – self-control or patience, I want it all, along with the potential changes they can bring to my life, I want it all now.

I cannot remember being able to take in more than a couple of God’s menu items at any one time, and, though, over time, I have become better at this leaning into God, there is never some aspect of life that I don’t mess up. A generalized way of saying this is, I sin, in little ways, frequently, but then so do you, so don’t get all judgmental on me. Some would say that I deserve to burn in hell’s flames for sinning, but they forget that OUR debts were wholly paid for on the cross of Jesus. However, his act of putting himself on that cross did not give us automatic freedom; we had to accept it by faith.

As used by the Amplified Bible, the word absolute, to define Timothy’s devotion might be a stretch, as Timothy lived in the same world I live in, and he too was broken by sin. At best, I can see Timothy, just like me, working at it daily.

Hopefully, someone out there looks at your life and says, “when without ceasing I remember you night and day in my prayers,” I remember that God is working in your life in unique ways. I know you don’t always see it, as you are standing so close to the flame, but it’s there. You had my back when I needed it, and hopefully, you realize that I had yours.

This God we serve is larger than anything we can understand, and since you cannot measure the ever expanding universe, it is safe to say that His mercy is like that, unsearchable and so overwhelming at times. Trust me, here on this earth; we will never be able to wrap our minds around that mercy.

Do everything you can to place yourself so deeply in His love that the world disappears; Enoch did that very thing, and he walked off the earth and into the Father’s arms.

I long for the day, and it will come sooner than you think.

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