The End Times 17

1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. 4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. 6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. 7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. 8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. Revelation 18:1-8 (KJV)

The Scripture does not say whether this is a pre-emptive nuclear strike by Israel or not, knowing that the Antichrist is massing his armies to invade – or if this is a divine judgment from God. Any way you slice it, it appears to be a catalyst for the invasion of Israel.

9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, 10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. 11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: 12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, 13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. 14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. 15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! 17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, Revelation 18:9-17 (KJV)

It’s obvious that Babylon will become a hub of shipping and commerce. In many ways, it will become another New York, London or Paris. The loss of it will be catastrophic to the world’s economy. However, the world will not be lasting much longer. this is probably within two months to a month of the Lord’s return.

18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! 19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate. 20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. 21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. 22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; 23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth. Revelation 18:18-24 (KJV)

This is the last straw. Whether destroyed by Israel or destroyed by God, the Antichrist will blame Israel and summon all his coalition forces to attack.

Armageddon is coming.


The End Times 16

five articles on Revelation left!

1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. 3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. Revelation 17:1-6 (KJV)

I recommend Richard Bennet and Dave Hunt’s writings on the identification of the harlot. The purple and scarlet colors are a giveaway, as is the golden cup. The Harlot is the Roman Catholic Church.

If you’re a Roman Catholic, I’m not going to apologize. It was the very realization of this that caused Father Richard Bennet to rethink his position in the RCC, and finally to leave it. What other religion clothes its priests in scarlet and purple, and the highlight of its service is the gold communion cup?

think about that for a bit. And if you are a Roman Catholic, please take the time to start reading my writings on the Roman Catholic Church. Everything they’ve taught you is a lie. Everything. You’re not a Christiam, and you’re not saved. You may be a very devout Roman Catholic, but that will save you about as much as a very devout Buddhist.

7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. 8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. Revelation 17:7-8 (KJV)

This is the Antichrist and his false kingdom. Just as the Lord Jesus Christ will have a literal kingdom, the antichrist will mock it. Just as the Lord Jesus Christ will have a spiritual kingdom as well, so too does the Antichrist require a false religious system he can subvert without too much difficulty.

9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. 10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. 11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. 12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. Revelation 17:9-13 (KJV)

The final identifier is “The city on seven hills.” There’s no doubts any longer – the harlot is the Roman Catholic Church.

14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. 15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. 18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth. Revelation 17:14-18 (KJV)

The difference between Babylon and Rome is this – Rome is the great city, which is the seat of the Antichrist’s religious powers. Babylon will be his capital, his source of government, wealth and power. Verse 16 shows eventually the Antichrist will turn on Rome, tolerating no rivalry whatsoever. The city of Rome will be burnt and looted eventually by the Antichrist and his military might.

If you’re a Roman Catholic, I urge you – come out of her. Please take the time to read what I’ve written about the Catholic Church.

The End Times 15

1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. 2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image. Revelation 16:1-2 (KJV)

This is probably going to be bad – something like an open wound. The idea is to punish those that took the mark, and make all those who have not yet taken it think twice before doing so.

3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea. Revelation 16:3 (KJV)

Humanity will have suffered greatly from the first plague upon the oceans. A third of the living things have died. The oceans are now going to become polluted, literally blood. Every living thing in the seas will die. This will spell famine for many areas o the world, especially Asia. Countries like Japan, Korea, China and Vietnam profide a majority of its food from the oceans. This will mean famine and wholesale death in many of those countries. Scripture does not say that people will die, but people die of famine under NORMAL circumstances if the climate is anything but average! Too hot? Famine and death. Too much rain? Famine. Too little rain? Famine. And in a country where up to two thirds of your diet is fish, this means that people are going to die, in large numbers.

4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. 5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. 6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. 7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments. Revelation 16:4-7 (KJV)

We’re going to add death from dehydration as well. The living things in the fresh waters will now die. Drinking water will become scarce. There’s no telling if this is permanent or not – Scripture does not say. I would hazard a guess this will either not be permanent, or… there will have to be a way to filter water out of it, because otherwise everyone on earth would die within 45 days, and I don’t think we’re two months out from Armageddon yet! Again, scripture is silent on it, so I can’t give you a “definite” answer.

8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. Revelation 16:8-9 (KJV)

This is probably going to be intensive heat, near to the point of killing people.

10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, 11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds. Revelation 16:10-11 (KJV)

All the modern commentators (Ice, Walvoord, Laheye) agree this particular one is local to Babylon and the Antichrist’s personal capital city. Darkness doesn’t cause pain, so there’s not going to be any way for the Antichrist to explain this one away. It’s going to be obvious this is a divine judgment. This one obviously occurs before the destruction of Babylon.

12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. 15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. 16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. Revelation 16:12-16 (KJV)

The time of open demonic activity is here. There’s no point in pretending any longer! The devils are out of time, actually. Although several have speculated this may be a mimicry of “Alien intelligence”, the pretense to being extra-terrestirals. I can’t say either way. They are apparently instrumental in gathering together the entire world’s armies (probably long since compacted into “Coalition forces” under the Antichrist)

17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. 18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. 19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. 20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great. Revelation 16:17-21 (KJV)

The last of the seven plagues, this will cause massive destruction on the gathering armies on the Meddigo plain. Hail doesn’t sound impressive until you imagine 70 to 100 pound ice chunks dropping from the sky, crushing and killing many.

Tomorrow – Babylon the Great examined again, and the harlot revealed…

The End Times 14

1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. 2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. 3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. 4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest. 5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: 6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles. 7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever. 8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled. Revelation 15:1-8 (KJV)

We’re almost done with the study on Revelation, where we will resume our usual apologetics schedule.

This is it. This is the last of the judgments. They are going to be severe. I know I have emphasized how bad the seven seals are. And I spent some time describing the absolute horror of the seven trumpets. But the Seven Viials will inspire horror and death. Each one is a signal to the world that survives it, “Time’s up! Repent, for the Lord is coming soon!!!”

This is the beginning of the worship of God by all creation. Everyone recognizes that we are now within three years of Christ’s return by this point. The kingdom of God is about to be a literal kingdom, in just a short time. Heaven becomes so aware of the holiness of God at this point, that it is like those times that men become aware of just who God is. The Glory of God is revealed to his servants at this time. THe Seven angels come forth… and all heaven is silent as the magnificent spectacle unfolds.

The population of the earth is about to be cut to less than a billion people soon.

The End Times 13

1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. 2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: 3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. 4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. 5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God. Revelation 14:1-5 (KJV)

I’m not going to be overlong with this, as I’ve already talked about the 144,000 in other blog posts. I’ll just run down the highlights, and we’ll finish this chapter and move on.

The 144,000 are Jews. That we know because the tribes they are from specifically are mentioned. At this time, most Jews do not know their tribal designation. The standard assumption is that one is either Kohen (priest), Levi, or Judah. You have to have a strong family tradition of being a Levi or a Kohen to claim it today. There’s been so many “purges” “pogroms” and “Final Solutions” that believe you me, the number of Jews possessing documented proof of what tribe they are is very low.

I know there is an urban legend among a lot of Christians that “no Jew today can prove their lineage”. That’s a myth. There are Jews today who have a Sefer Toldot, a written lineage tracing their family all the way back to Adam. Not many, but there are.

That also puts to death the Khazar myth, which keeps resurfacing among some Christians, in whom the vein of anti-semitism still runs strong. The “We’re the new Jew” attitude among certain groups (I’m trying not to keep picking on the same groups, but your biases and doctrinal errors show up the FASTEST when examining eschatology!) is a doctrinal excuse for hatred of Jews. And many of those will quickly dig for further information to excuse their bigotry. “WEll, all Jews today come from the Khazars…”

Look, here’s one you can take to the bank. ALL JEWS TODAY ARE DESCENDED FROM A COVERT TO JUDAISM! His name was Abraham. “Abraham who???” Abraham Avinu – Abraham our father. In Judaism, if you convert to Judaism from Gentile-ism (how do you words that???), your conversion certificate lists the name of your father… and that name is Abraham (Well, in Hebrew and Yiddish its pronounced Avraham – in Yiddish, the ‘h’ sound slurs to Avra’am). how long are you a Ger, a convert to Judaism? Technically, from the moment of the bris (the circumcision if you weren’t already and the bloodletting if you were) until the climbing out of the mikveh (the baptismal, for want of a better word). Once your last toe emerges from the mikveh, you’re no longer a “Convert”, you’re a full Jew. And that bit of information always angers bigoted Jews! Sadly, bigotry isn’t confined to Gentiles.

So, even if ALL the Jews today came from the Khazars – which they don’t – indeed, genetic markers have already shown that only a very small percentage of Jews today come from the area of the world the Khazars hailed from – they would be… what? JEWS. If an Afraican American man converts to Judaism, who is his birth father as far as Jewish law is concerned? Abraham, you know the guy from the book of Genesis. He’s a Jew. Bottom line. So, why should any Jew whose great-great-great (etc) Grandpa converted in some area below Russia in a small kingdom be any different? The lack of logic people use is astounding.

Let me answer this a little further and we’ll move on. Ashkenazi Jews tend to refer to whatever area of Europe they came to America from. I know at least one Ukrainer, several Litvak (Lithuanians), some Poilishers (Poland), a number of Deusche (I know, I’m probably spelling it wrong, but hey – Yiddish is written using Hebrew characters) who came from Germany and… at least one other Galizianer (from an area of Europe where Prussia used to be). Where did most of the Western European Jews come from? Did they pass throug the Khazari lands as the slander from the bigots maintain?

Nope. They probably came from Rome. Rome??? Yup. After the fall of Jerusalem, many Jews were taken as slaves to Rome, and passed to the rest of Europe due to their buyers. There was another massive influx of Jews into Rome around 132 AD when the Bar Kochba rebellion took place – so many Jews were being brought as slaves to Rome that they couldn’t even give them away. So word spread to the boats on their way into Rome’s harbor that the market was so flooded – they just threw all their Jews into the sea to drown. I suppose the thought of taking them back never occurred to them.

The Khazar myth is hard pressed to explain what happened to all these slaves that were brought over to Rome. Rome depended upon slave labor to run their economy, and to have so many that free slaves was just too much of a good thing… it shoots down the Khazar myth right away.

So, the 144,000 are Jews. Bloodline Jews. Jews most probably from birth. Further, they must be virgins, and converted to Christianity. But lets put that into perspective. Some of the strongest imagry in Romans paints Christianity as a Jewish religion. Huh? Yup. Go read the ENTIRE BOOK of Romans. It’s good for you, I promise. I’ll wait right here. Hmmmm, hmmm, hmmm (taps foot)… okay, you’re back. Spot the “ingrating into the true vine” stuff? The churches are made up of Jews… and Gentiles. Many churches worldwide have no Jews, and many Gentiles. But technically, you’re one or the other. The Lord is the Jewish Messiah, and came to the Jews. He made His church initially from the Jews, and it wasn’t until Cornelius was converted by faith that any Gentiles joined.

We’re good, right? You understand that? Good! This actually is the foundation stone that Replacement Theology is bassed upon, this understanding. They just take it in the completely worng direction. Gentiles are ingrafted into the true vine – Christianity – by faith. The true vine – Christianity – is based upon the idea of a kehillat – a congregation. It helps ENORMOUSLY to keep in mind as you read Matthew 16 that when the Bible uses the word “church”, in almost every case it is referring to a local body. Technically, we should be referring to “all the saved” as the Kingdom of God. That’s a minor distinction, but if the Bible makes it, so should we. Think of how the words Bnai Israel – the children of Israel – and the Kehillat – a congregation are used.

The Lord Called Out his people from among the people of Israel. They formed the Jerusalem church, but were the Kingdom of God. Literally, Christ is our KING. Bottom line. A Gentile joined the church of Caesarea. Why? He was ingrafted by faith. So, how is that different for any Gentile today? You joined a Jewish faith in a Jewish messiah, and by the basis of your faith have accepted Christ as your King, King Messiah (Melech Ha’moshiach, L’olam vayed! Sorry, old habits die hard).

Soi the 144,000 did not join a Gentile religion. The religion is going to return to the Jews as a focus during the Tribulation.

So, let’s return to the earlier point. How will these 144,000 know what tribe theiy’re from if they don’t have a sefer toldot? Does that mean only those Jews with a Sefer Toldot can become the 144,000? There’s two scenarios. THe first one is that the Holy Spirit will tell them what tribe they’re from. I don’t like that – it sounds too much like Messianic Jewish Mishegoss (nonsense). It reminds me of the one gentile who told me he knew he was Jewish because his family came from the tribe of Dan. How do you know? “Every male in my family has a name starting with the letter D.”

um… skip it. Not even going to answer that one. It’s just silly. So how will the 144,000 know for sure? Obviously (to me) Genetic markers. THey’re SOOO BUSY with the human genome project, because they think this proves Evolution, that they’re going to find the Jewish genetic markers. They’ve already found the Kohen genetic marker. So sometime between now and then, they’re going to find it. To tell the truth, I’m surprised they haven’t found it already. With all the push to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem, its only a matter of days before the thought occurs to one of the few wealthy Jews (let’s get THAT slander out of the way too – the majority of Jews in America live at or below the poverty level) to fund the research. Why? Gotta make sure we know who’s who for the dedication ceremony of the Temple! It’s funny how writing this all the Hebrew and Yiddish words I haven’t spoken in 15 years just comes right back.

6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. 8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. 9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. 12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. Revelation 14:6-12 (KJV)

Babylon the great… who is Babylon? Laheye and Ice chooses a literal Babylon. I re-read the arguments raised by commentator Adam Clarke, and he defends the literal Babylon viewpoint. Apparently, Matthew Henry bypasses the argument, and Joseph Seiss takes the argument for many pages and never… comes to a conclusion! I think his conclusion is that it is the system of idolatry, but he was very vague on the conclusion.

So, I’m going to back off a previously held contention, that Babylon was Rome – I just no longer see any Biblical support for it. I do agree with Dave Hunt that the harlot who rides the beast is Rome, but I disagree that the woman and the beast are both the same, or that Babylon is Rome. I think the entire system will subvert Rome and will eventually be housed in Iraq, at Babylon.

There ya go. I took my own advice and studied out in the bible, and changed my position based upon the Bible. There’s hope for me yet. And fortunately, I just read David Cloud, and he too agrees with a literal Babylon. We must ALL study what the word of God says, and if our beliefs are wrong, we need to change them.

The destruction of Babylon is follwed by a massive military assault against a city, either Babylon or Jerusalem. Most commentators agree this is an assault against Jerusalem, so either Babylon was destroyed by Israel, or it was destroyed by enemies of the Antichrist who then marched upon Jerusalem, and fought the Antichrist there at Meddigo, retreating backwards to Jerusalem. It’s an interesting thought, which I’d like to study out in more detail.

The End Times 12

I’m not forgetting my upcoming series’! I know probably a few readers are probably bored with the exposition of Revelation. Indulge me please, because we’re more than halfway through it, and then I’ll start resuming my normal series of apologetics against the various cults nad false religions.

Yes, I’m going to deal with Mormonism and Seventh DAy Adventists. Don’t worry! But it’s absolutely amazing to me in this day and age, that even AFTER the release of the Left Behind series, we have many christians still believing incorrectly about the Book of Revelation. Am I going to write a month long series dealing with the errors of the Left Behind series? No. Let me explain. These books are fiction.

Jerry Jenkins had to find a way to fictionalize a number of elements, and some strong Biblical teachings. He did so fairly well, I thought. The problem in this was twofold, I would say…

Laheye was not writing it himself – that was the first problem. He had the image and understandings of it to carry it out. Jenkins had to go by LaHeye’s vision and understanding, and the difficulty in being a writer and going from someone else’s vision is this – it becomes halty, stop start. You see where the story in YOUR head is starting to go. And LaHeye is seeing where HE thinks it should go. The entire thing becomes an issue of compromise.

The other issue is, they had to keep the series from becoming incredibly depressing. If I wrote the series, I’d have told LaHeye from the start, “It’s going to be like living in the wild – cold, hungry, scary, depressing. People are going to die. Bodies will be lying in the streets, decomposing. It’s not going to be fun or pretty.” It WOULD be depressing, hard, upsetting. Why? I want people SAVED. I want to leave the reader with the unshakeable feel that “the tribulation is going to be horrible.” Towards the end of the series, it did manage to capture a little of it.

And personally, I would have dropped the Hattie character quickly on. Okay, Rayford was unsaved, and contemplating adultery. I’d rather that hadn’t been in the book, but let’s move ON from it. Drop the character quickly, and lets’ not have the lead guy still (as a christian man) having an attraction to someone he’d contemplated an affair for. And speaking of which, if my wife had been raptured, I would not have remarried. Why? You’re gonna see your wife again in seven years. That’s going to be VERY hard to explain. And in the last book, Steele is living with his first wife in Jerusalem… but the second wife is out of the picture. Now, that’s uncomfortable. You love this other woman enough to marry her (when technically you’re still married to the first), but once the Lord returns to the earth, “Well, thanks! Good luck!”.

See what I mean? The whole thing was uncomfortable. I found myself skipping past pages if I saw the name of Steele’s second wife or Hattie when I read the series.

And obviously there were scenes that were only written the one time due to publisher’s deadlines. Here’s how they should have done it… get the prospectus from the publisher, and start working on all the novels at once. Tell the publisher, “I’m not going to guarantee the book for a year. Give me two years max, but expect the first one say 15 months from now. I’ve got over a dozen novels to write.”

What scenes were rushed? Okay, the “seek him in the desert” scene. The dialogue from the devil masquerading as the false messiah was painful at best. Killing someone, raising them from the dead, and kiling them again… that could have been done without dialogue, becuase that was…cheesy. Or the scene could have been left out, and recounted through an eyewitnesses dialogue. And other scenes were rushed as well.

Anyway, I’m not going to talk about the left behind series. I’m just going to repeat, we need the novels written from a fundadmentalist vierwpoint, so people will see what it’s REALLY going to be like.

1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. Revelation 13:1-2 (KJV)

Whether this is describing the attributes of the Antichrist, or giving clues to who he is, i’m going to let you decide. I think it’s telling us he’s going to be like an amalgamation of the four kings of Daniel – like a mix of Alexander, Cyrus and Caesar Agustus – cruel, cunning, relentless, devious, smart… making deals with one hand while planning on how to attack that person from behind at the same time. The Antichrist will defeat many through treachery.

3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. 4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? 5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 9 If any man have an ear, let him hear. 10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. Revelation 13:3-10 (KJV)

The second half of the tribulation, Satan himself will enter the Antichrist. He’s cast out of heaven, and has no place to go. He knows he has very little time, because he KNOWS exactly how long the Tribulation is! Satan, quite simply, has better doctrinal understandings than most Christians, because he KNOWS the truth, and is rebelling against it. Many christians are simply misled. And sadly, many unSaved are deluded by false religions into thinking they’re already saved. That’s the worst part of all.

11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. Revelation 13:11-18 (KJV)

the false prophet. The unHoly trinity is this – Satan, Antichrist, false prophet. Who is the false prohet? Who can he be? Someone influential. Perhaps a wildly popular Pope who has done nothing to merit such crazy acclaim – “The pope of hope”. Perhaps a tall, thin man who speaks in platitudes and smiles a lot, and encourages Christians to worship themselves. Or perhaps its a stout Southern Baptist who wears hawaiian shirts and laughs a lot. We will see.

What is the number of the beast? It’s written right there! 666. Thanks.

See, very often when you read the Bible, the answer that’s right there in front of you is the right one.

The End Times 11

1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: Revelation 12:1 (KJV)

Continuing on with our study of the book of Revelation, we detour to a brief historical sideline. This is one of the mystic visions, and it supports a strong tenet of Dispensationalism: That there is a difference between Christianity and Israel. Christianity. This is not the only chapter or verse in the bible to teach this.

“Wait! The Bible says, 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:12-13 (KJV) !”

Okay, and what is this verse teaching?

“That there’s no longer Jews and Gentiles! We’re ALL Jews!”

No, that’s not it. I’m Jewish, because my ancestry goes back to Judah, son of Jacob. If your ancestry does not come from any of the children of Jacob, you are a Gentile. That’s the facts.

Romans 10 is talking about Salvation, as do all the other “there is no more Jew and Greerk” verses. Is there still men and women? Yes. Are some people worldwide still bought and sold as slaves? Regrettably, yes. So the “Bond or free. male or female” has to do with salvation. Men and women are saved in the same way. There isn’t a different way for Jew and Gentile to be saved – it’s the same way, by faith and repentence toward Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.

There is no such thing as a two-covenant theory. Hebrews makes it abundantly clear in Hebrews 11 that Jews are saved by faith, running through a list of Biblical heroes, concluding they all showed faith.

so there still is a differnce between Jews and Gentiles. There are MANY promises in the Scriptures to the Jews that do not apply to the Gentiles. Just as there are responsibilities incumbant on Jews that are not required of Gentiles.

Most commentators are agreed – the Jewish people owe God proper worship. They owe God the Sabbath day, the Holy days, the offerings rightly done and with the right devotion and attitudes. That’s why there’s a millennium – My people owe it to God. Some observances are done away with, some are required throughout the Millennium. Be careful with your claim to be a “spritual” Jew – because if you’re saved, you may find yourself being required to keep the sabbath and a couple of the holy days during the Millennium!

18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. 20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Romans 11:18-21 (KJV)

Returning to our text…

2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. 3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4 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. Revelation 12:2-4 (KJV)

Israel in Scripture is often pictured as a woman. We see the correct interpretation here is reinforced by the reference to Jesus Christ. The great red dragon here is both a symbol of Satan, and of the world system he created – Rome.

some commentators somehow confuse the manchild with the churchES. I personally think this is a missapropriation of Scripture as the reference to “ruling with a rod iof iron” shows quite clearly this is the Lord Jesus Christ we’re talking about. Do the churchES have any guarantee ANYWHERE in the Bible we are to rule with a rod of Iron? If this is a references to the churches, then we have to conclude its one more reference to the Pre-trib rapture, because the man child is caught up into heaven, and the Dragon is still on the earth. Howver, for reasons stated, I’m pretty sure its the Lord.

5 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. 6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. 7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 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. 10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Revelation 12:5-11 (KJV)

There’s a shift in time now in between verse 5 and 6. Now, it is possible that verse 6 is a multiple fulfilment verse – there’s no denying the Jewish people have been forced out of their homeland and forced many times to relocate for safety’s sake. It’s also true that Petra in Jordan is prophesied to be the place that the believers are to go to during the last half of the Tribulation. So (yes, I’m hedging my bets here!) it is possible this verse referes to BOTH – in which case the verse bridges nicely from the time of the ressurection/ascenscion unto the time of the Tribulation.

How can I say this? Can’t this be a reference to something that happened in 70 AD? Well…. uh… that would place the devil in the bottomless pit in AD 74 or so. And then, around 1074, the new heavens and the new earth would have been created. I don’t think there’s any reference to this in history. Or… what about all those people that have died between 1075 and, let’s say, a minute ago? How do you explain that? The Bible says there shall be no more death or sorrows in the new heavens and new earth. Perhaps it’s just me, and I’m not playing along – but I can recall being very sad a few times in my life. Like, when people I loved died (again, that death thing – thought we weren’t supposed to have that in the New Heavens and New Earth?)

To quote Marc Monte, if this is heaven, I am woefully dissapointed.

“You’re an idiot! The Bible doesn’t literally mean a thousand years!!!”

In other words, what the preterist is saying is – he doesn’t literally believe the Bible. Bottom line. Let’s disregard such a heretical view of the word of God, and proceed.

12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. 13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. 14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. 15 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. 16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. 17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Revelation 12:12-17 (KJV)

Satan is cast out of heaven once and for all, where he takes over the body of the Antichrist. That’s not a LaHeye thing, that’s a Biblical thing. Several interpreters have come to the same conclusion that Satan indwells the Antichrist during the last half of the Tribulation. This coincides with the “Ressurection” of the Antichrist. For the preterist who insists on this being a reference to the pope – hey, at least you’re recognizing the evil nature of the Roman Catholic Church. Good job! Alas, there’s never been a Pope that suffered a grevious head wound and died… then rose from the dead. So again, this HAS to refer to a future event.

Okay, this brings us up to the midpoint of the tribulation! Tomorrow – Rev. 14!