God , but that God will prevail. It is believed it is Abaddon, or God's chosen Angel of Death, who releases the locusts. These aren't just any locusts, either. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces The one with eyes of fire and feet of brass The one possessing the key of David The Amen a The Lion of the tribe of Judah a The root of David b The smitten Lamb The God of heaven Lord God Almighty The man child The all-powerful Christ The reaper King of saints Lord of Lords a King of Kings b The spirit of prophecy Faithful and true The Word of God The great God The universal Judge The bridegroom The bright and morning star This will involve a brief twelve-stage pilgrimage, highlighting the key acts and events.
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The following overview has been prepared with this in mind. Questions: Whatever happened to Jesus? Is He still alive? If so, where is He and what is He doing? Verse 18 in chapter one answers the first question:. The remaining verses answer questions two and three where Jesus is seen dressed in His high priestly garments in heaven ministering to His churches and people.
Seven golden candlesticks, or lampstands , a reference to the seven key churches in Asia Minor. The servants of our God, and the first fruits unto God and the Lamb ; , a reference to , Jewish evangelists. The two olive trees and lampstands , a reference to the two prophets of God later martyred by the antichrist. Note : Someday even the fallen angels and unsaved human beings will acknowledge both the sovereignty and eternal reign of the Lamb!
By simple definition an oxymoron is in essence a contradiction of terms, such as jumbo shrimp, Christian atheist, cold heat, etc. In other words, it cannot be both. But not so in Rev. This gentle Lamb who once came providing salvation for man, NOW becomes the angry Lamb, pouring out judgment upon man!
As seen by the seal judgments 6 2. As seen by the trumpet judgments 8, 9, 3.
As seen by the vial or bowl judgments 15, 16 4. As seen by the judgments upon Babylon 17, 18 5. As seen by the Great White Throne Judgment Never before or never again will the full, unchecked fury of an angry God be poured out in such measure upon this sinful world! The following passages perhaps say it best:. First —Hail and fire, causing one-third of the earth to be burned Second —Falling meteorite or asteroid destroying one-third of sea life and ships Third —Another meteorite to poison one-third of the rivers and springs of water Fourth —One-third of the light from the sun, moon, and stars to be diminished Fifth —The first of two demonic invasions, resulting in all unsaved being tortured for five months Sixth —The second demonic invasions releasing million of these hellish creatures; one-third of the unsaved to die.
First —Grievous, malignant sores to plague the bodies of the unsaved Second —The death of all sea life Third —The probable death of all fresh water life Fourth —Sun flares so intense so as to scorch human bodies Fifth —An unnatural darkness to fall upon the domain of the antichrist bringing with it some kind of pain Sixth —The drying up of the Euphrates River in the Middle East in preparation for Armageddon Seventh —The greatest earthquake of all time, accompanied by the greatest hailstones, with each hailstone weighing pounds!
It is the opinion of this author that ancient Babylon will be rebuilt and eventually become the headquarters of the antichrist. Furthermore this city will serve as the center for two godless systems, the religious described in Rev. Both systems will eventually be destroyed by God, the religious indirectly and the economic, directly.
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As seen by the Great White Throne Judgment—. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. John had probably never witnessed anything exactly like this before. The scene was both fascinating and frightening. Here is his actual eye witness account in regard to what he saw:. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him; And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
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Many evangelical Bible students would identify the persecuted woman as Israel. She is seen as being persecuted while awaiting the birth of her Messiah, who came, died, rose again, ascended, and now awaits his future rule over all nations. The woman will however continue to suffer throughout the ages but will be divinely protected, especially during the last part of the Great Tribulation.
There is no doubt in regard to the identity of the great red dragon who hounds the woman, namely, Satan himself! He will however be eventually defeated and cast out of heaven, never more to persecute either Israel or any single believer! Revelation 13 gives us the most descriptive overview of the coming wicked antichrist that can be found in all the Bible.
We are told regarding:. His source of power: Satan himself 2. His racial background: Many believe he will be a Gentile 3. His hellish helper: the false prophet 4. His universal influence 5. His persecution of the elect 6. His obsession to be worshipped as God 7. His statue: placed in the Jewish Holy of Holies 8. His mark: And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
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And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. He is the architect, builder, and owner of that shining city among the stars!
And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. Rather, it was written to encourage believers of all times that despite the troubles faced, God will win in the end.
Good will triumph evil. The powers of darkness will be confined by the powers of light. Revelation tells us much about God, Christ, humanity, sin, the church, angels, as well as Satan and his demonic forces. The book hosts an introduction ; letters given to the seven Churches of Asia ; depictions of what will happen in the end-times by three septets—seven seals leading to seven trumpets leading to seven bowls of wrath—ultimately leading to a new heaven and a new earth ; and a conclusion Be encouraged by Revelation!
God gave John the apostle this vision for a reason. It was to let us know that the believer should hold an eternal perspective understanding that God has won, is winning, and will win in the end. Alexander Roberts, James Donaldson, and A. Cleveland Coxe, vol.
John D. Barry et al. Brian Chilton is the founder of BellatorChristi. Brian is currently a student of the Ph. Brian has been in the ministry for over 14 years and serves as the pastor of Huntsville Baptist Church in Yadkinville, North Carolina.
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