Road To Tribulation 3 – Prophecy Against Elam

I. Introduction.

What specific nations will come against Israel in the last days?

From John Ankerberg Show. Mar 18, 2013. This clip is from our series entitled, “Signs of the Last Days”. It answers the question: What specific nations will come against Israel in the last days? Credentials for the speaker, Dr. Jimmy DeYoung, and host, Dr. John Ankerberg can be found on the Sources Page of this website. All other sources that are listed in this article can also be checked for credential information on the Sources Page.

II. The Tribulation

A. We are now entering into a study of the future events that will lead to the tribulation. Scripture tells us of the destination of our journey of study. The events of unfulfilled events of prophecy will happen, and should not be dismissed.

B. The events of unfulfilled events of prophecy will happen, and should not be dismissed.

C. The Ryrie Study Bible divides the Tribulation into two stages in Matt 24. Verses 4-14 list the characteristics of the first half of the tribulation period, whereas verses 15-28 deal with the second half. Verse 21 identifies the second half of the tribulation as being “great tribulation.” The second coming of Christ to earth is shown to occur in verses 29-31, “after the tribulation.” (Notes are shown under Mt 24:3).

D. Consider the following passage that relates to the tribulation.

1. Jeremiah 30:7-9 (606 B.C.)
New American Standard Bible 2020 Update.

2. Verses:

7 Woe, for that day is great,
There is none like it;
And it is the time of Jacob’s distress,
Yet he will be saved from it.

8 ‘It shall come about on that day,’ declares the Lord of armies, ‘that I will break his yoke from their necks and will tear to pieces their restraints; and strangers will no longer make them their slaves. 9 But they shall serve the Lord their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them.

3. Commentary: Ryrie Study Bible. Jer 30:7. “the time of Jacob’s distress.” The coming days of tribulation that will come upon all Israel (Jacob).

4. Commentary: Ryrie Study Bible. Jer 30:9. “that day.” I.e., the Day of the Lord, which will also see the restoration of Israel under Messiah, the son of David. (See the introduction to Joel, and the note on 1 Thes 5:2.

5. Joel Introduction (800 B.C.) Note: Ryrie Study Bible Note from Jer 30:9. “The Day Of The Lord.” The Day of the Lord, the major theme of this prophecy, involves God’s special intervention in the affairs of human history. Three facets of The Day of the Lord are discernable: (1) the historical, that is, God’s intervention in the affairs of Israel (Zeph 1:14-18; Joel 1:15) and heathen nations (Isa 13:6; Jer 46:10; Eze 30:3); (2) the illustrative, whereby an historical incident represents a partial fulfillment of the eschatological Day of the Lord (Joel 2:1-11; Isa 13:6-13); (3) the eschatological. This eschatological “day” includes the time of the Great Tribulation (Isa 2:12-19; 4:1) the second coming of Christ (Joel 2:30-32), and the Millennium (Isa 4:2; 12; 19-23=25; Jer 30:7-9).

6. 1 Thes 5:2 (54 A.D.) Note: Ryrie Study Bible Note from Jer 30:9.
New American Standard Bible 2020 Update.

a. Verse: “For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord is coming just like a thief in the night.”

b. Commentary: Ryrie Study Bible. “the day of the Lord.” An extended period of time, beginning with the Tribulation and including the events of the second coming of Christ and the millennial kingdom on earth. Here, Paul focuses on the beginning of that day, which will begin (come) unexpectedly (“like a thief in the night”).

c. Commentary: Mine. The Second Coming Of Christ occurs when Christ stands on the earth and sets up His earthly Kingdom. (Mt 24:29-31; Rev 19:11-21). The Rapture of the Church occurs when Christ comes in the air from heaven and catches up His born again believers, and takes them back to Heaven with Him. At the time of the Rapture, Christ does not set foot on the earth (John 14:2-6; 1 Thes 4:13-18, 1 Cor 15:50-54).

III. Prophetic Events That Take Place Prior To The Tribulation.

A. As part of this study, we will discover judgments upon nations that have been unfriendly to God’s chosen people, Israel (Deu 14:2). We will begin this study in regard to nations that have common borders with Israel.

B. A study on God’s judgments against Israel’s unfriendly nations, that do not share borders with Israel, will take place later in this series of articles.

1. The judgments upon Nations Adjacent to Israel. These predictions are set forth in various portions of the OT, e.g., Babylon and Chaldea (Isa 13:1-22; 14:18-27; Jer 50:1—51:64), Moab (Isa 15:1-9; 16:1-14; Jer 48:1-47), Damascus (Isa 17:1-14; Jer 49:23-27), Egypt (Isa 19:1-25; Jer 46:2-28), Philistia and Tyre (Isa 23:1-18; Jer 47:1-7), Edom (Jer 49:7-22), Ammon (Jer 49:1-6), Elam (Jer 49:34-49). 1

2. The prophecies that will be shown in this series will be identified as being NOW Prophecies, which deal with the most relative information for this present age. This is because they describe events that will likely find fulfillment during this generation’s existence. All unfilled biblical prophecy is important to understand, but of most value to any given group, past, present or future, is the information that was specifically provided through the ancient Hebrew prophecies for that generation’s benefit. The NOW Prophecies are the unfulfilled ancient biblical predictions that appear to be imminent, which means they could happen NOW. These foretellings have either minor or no remaining preconditions inhibiting them from happening. 2

3. The NOW Prophecies include, but are not limited to, the globally impacting events that are shown on page 10 of THE NOW PROPHECIES. We will begin our study with “The Disaster In Iran” (Jeremiah 49:34-39), as follows. 3

4. Scripture.

a. Jeremiah 49:34-39 (600 B.C.)

b. New American Standard Bible 2020 Update

c. Prophecy against Elam.

34 The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning Elam, at the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying:

35 “This is what the Lord of armies says:
‘Behold, I am going to break the bow of Elam,
The finest of their might.
36 I will bring upon Elam the four winds
From the four ends of heaven,
And will scatter them to all these winds;
And there will be no nation
To which the outcasts of Elam will not go.
37 So I will shatter Elam before their enemies
And before those who seek their lives;
And I will bring disaster upon them,
Even My fierce anger,’ declares the Lord,
‘And I will send the sword after them
Until I have consumed them.
38 Then I will set My throne in Elam,
And eliminate from there the king and officials,’
Declares the Lord.
39 ‘But it will come about in the last days
That I will restore the fortunes of Elam,’”
Declares the Lord.

5. Commentary. The prophecy concerning Elam referred to an area east of Babylon, known today as Iran. The destruction of Elam was described as breaking her bow, for, like Kedar, Elam was noted for archery. The complete destruction of Elam does not seem to have been fulfilled in history and may have its final chapter in the future in connection with judgments at the second coming of Christ. Elam was promised, however, restoration (v. 39). 4

6. Commentary. Jeremiah’s statement about Elam’s destruction seem to take on eschatological dimensions, as God said He would “set up My throne in Elam to supervise her destruction.” These events were to happen in the last days (cf. Jr 23:20). Yet, Elam’s destruction will not be total because God will restore the fortunes of Elam (cf.48:47; 49:6). 5

7. Commentary. Connect Jer 23:20 with Jer 49:39.

a. Jeremiah 23:20 – New American Standard Bible 2020 Update

“The anger of the Lord will not turn back
Until He has performed and carried out the purposes of His heart;
In the last days you will clearly understand it.”

b. Commentary. “latter days.” They wouldn’t listen, but the day would come (v. 12) when the judgment would fall and then they would “understand.” (MacArthur Study Bible).

8. Commentary. In this prophecy Jeremiah declares that a time would arrive when the Lord would be furious with the leadership of Iran. We know this because Jeremiah 49:38 says that the king and the princes will be destroyed. This most likely represents the Iranian government in place when the prophecy occurs. The Lord would never destroy good kings and princes, so we can safely presume that bad Iranian leadership is the problem. But, why is the Lord fiercely angry with the government of Iran at the time of the prophecy? The reason is because Iran wants to launch something powerful somewhere. This is why the Lord will break the bow at the foremost of Iran’s might in order to prevent such a lethal launch. This qualifies Israel today, because Iran has declared on numerous occasions that it wants to wipe Israel off of the map. Thus, it is safe to say that Israel and Iran are presently enemies. Should Iran get nuclear weapons, the destruction of Israel becomes a strong possibility. Even the attempted destruction of Israel is not something the Lord will tolerate. A few years ago, former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Khamenei issued a decree to close all home churches, imprison all pastors and persecute all Christians. This ruthless behavior has increased with the advent of the JCPOA nuclear deal negotiated on July 14, 2015. Converting to Christianity in Iran today is a guaranteed push to severe persecution, if not martyrdom, and yet Iran has the fastest growing evangelical population in the world. But, the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, and his radical regime are proactively attempting to extinguish the growing flame of Christianity inside Iran. This can not please the Lord! 6

9. It is important to locate ancient Elam on a modern day map. Elam is the area of Iran that hugs the Persian Gulf. Elam represents about one-fifth of modern day Iran, and Persia spreads across the remaining four-fifths of the nation. Persia was the name for Iran until 1935. 7.

10. We must consider how God’s judgment will be inflicted on Iran. Psalm 83 was authored by Asaph about 3000 years ago. Among Asaph’s several spiritual attributes, was the gift of prophecy. He was a prophet according to 2 Chronicles 29:30. 1 Chronicles 25:1-2 informs that Asaph and his sons were specifically instructed by King David of Israel to prophesy. It is important to emphasize Asaph’s ability to prophesy because some Bible experts don’t consider Psalm 83 to be a prophecy. They treat it simply as an imprecatory prayer, or a prayer of lament. In the Psalm 83 War, the Psalm foretells of a coming Arab alliance that conspires together to eradicate the Jewish state of Israel. This confederacy will be soundly defeated by the IDF (Israeli Defense Force). 8

11. God will utilize whatever means of judgment that He finds to be sufficient for the task at hand. Gods will, “will be done.”

IV. Consider the following video.

A. Where is Iran mentioned in the Bible?

B. John Ankerberg Show. Aug 25, 2017. Drs. John Ankerberg, Ron Rhodes, and Mark Hitchcock discuss the situation of Iran vs Israel. From the Series, 5 Great Debates of the End Times https://www.jashow.org/resources/5-gr…
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1 J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come, pg 314.
2 Bill Salus, THE NOW PROPHECIES, pg 9.
3 Bill Salus, THE NOW PROPHECIES, pg 10.
4 John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy of the Bible, Prophecy concerning Elam, pg 151.
5 Charles Dyer with Eva Rydelnik, Moody Bible Commentary, pg 1181.
6. Bill Salus, THE NOW PROPHECIES, pg 31, 32, 34, 35.
7. Bill Salus, THE NOW PROPHECIES, pg 29.
8. Bill Salus, THE NOW PROPHECIES, pg 111.

Road To Tribulation 2 – The Rapture Described

The Rapture and the Return of Jesus

I. Introduction to this this article’s video speaker. Dr. Mark Hitchcock. Jun 25, 2014. 100huntley.

A. In the opening video, Dr. Mark Hitchcock talks a little about the end of the tribulation period. He distinguishes the difference between the rapture and the second coming of Christ. In our previous article, we discussed the conditions of the Tribulation. In this article we will discuss the Rapture, as to when it will happen, how it will happen, and those will be caught up in the rapture. Credentials for Dr. Hitchcock, can be found in the following paragraph.

B. “The one biblical truth that has affected my Christian life more than any other is the rapture of the church—the belief that Jesus could come at any moment to take His people away to be with Him. It deeply affects how I view my life, this world, and how I live each day. I have always wanted to write a book that clearly explains the truth of the any-moment rapture and how it should affect our daily lives. I’m grateful that the good people at Multnomah have given me the opportunity to share my passion for this blessed hope with others.” — Mark Hitchcock
https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Mark_Hitchcock_Could_the_Rapture_Happen_Today?id=5F0hAT_ZFXgC

1. Hitchcock Education (J.D.,Th.M., Ph.D.) https://www.dts.edu/employee/mark-hitchcock/

2. Hitchcock Education Details. BS, Oklahoma State University, 1981; JD, Oklahoma City University School of Law, 1984; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1991; PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary, 2005.

3. Hitchcock Accomplishments. Mark Hitchcock http://marklhitchcock.com/about/
Mark Hitchcock is a leading Bible prophecy expert, prolific author who has penned over 20 books on the end times, senior pastor, and adjunct faculty member of the Dallas Theological Seminary.

4. Hitchcock Books. https://www.thriftbooks.com/a/mark-hitchcock/227833/

II. Article Objectives.

A. In our previous article, we discussed the conditions of the Tribulation.

B. In this article we will discuss the Rapture, as to how it will happen, and those who will and will not be caught up in the rapture. We will also discuss a Godly accomplishment which will precede the occurrence of the rapture.

C. We will be referring to the word, or place, called Heaven. We must address:

1. Heaven.

Revelation 4:1 – New American Standard Bible 2020 Update.
Scene in Heaven
4 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.”

2. New Heaven.

Revelation 21:1-3 – New American Standard Bible 2020 Update
The New Heaven and Earth
21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among the people, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,

III. Where did the term ‘rapture’ come from? https://bible.org/question/where-did-term-8216rapture%E2%80%99-come

A. Regarding the term rapture and its use in theology, the following should answer your questions. It is taken from Ryrie’s Basic Theology, Electronic Media from Parsons Technology.

B. Our modern understanding of rapture appears to have little or no connection with the eschatological event. However, the word is properly used of that event. Rapture is a state or experience of being carried away. The English word comes from a Latin word, rapio, which means to seize or snatch in relation to an ecstasy of spirit or the actual removal from one place to another. In other words, it means to be carried away in spirit or in body. The Rapture of the church means the carrying away of the church from earth to heaven.

C. The Greek word from this term “rapture” is derived appears in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, translated “caught up.” The Latin translation of this verse used the word rapturo. The Greek word it translates is harpazo, which means to snatch or take away. Elsewhere it is used to describe how the Spirit caught up Philip near Gaza and brought him to Caesarea (Acts 8:39) and to describe Paul’s experience of being caught up into the third heaven (2 Cor. 12:2-4). Thus there can be no doubt that the word is used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 to indicate the actual removal of people from earth to heaven.

1. Ryrie Education. (A.B., Th.M., Th.D., Ph. D.)

2. Ryrie Education Details. Charles C. Ryrie. (A.B., Haverford College; Th.M. and Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of Edinburgh; Litt.D., Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary).

3. Ryrie Accomplishments. https://voice.dts.edu/article/dr-charles-c-ryrie-1925-2016-tribute/
Dr. Ryrie taught Systematic Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary before serving as dean of doctoral studies for more than two decades until his retirement in 1983. He passed away at 12:37 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

4. Ryrie Books. Charles Ryrie Ryrie Study Bible
https://www.thriftbooks.com/a/charles-c-ryrie/207331/
https://www.moodypublishers.com/authors/r/charles-ryrie/

5. Ryrie Lifespan (March 2, 1925-February 16, 2016).

IV. The Rapture In Verses (NASB 2020 Update).

A. John 14:2,3,6 (33 A.D.). “2 In My Father’s house are many rooms; if that were not so, I would have told you, because I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I am coming again and will take you to Myself, so that where I am, there you also will be. 6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.” (Note: Christ will come from Heaven and take His believers back with him. We can not get to Heaven by any other way, or by anyone else.)

B. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (54 A.D.). “13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as indeed the rest of mankind do, who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose from the dead, so also God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus. 15 For we say this 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, who remain, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore, comfort one another with these words.” (Note: Deceased and living believers in Christ will be taken to heaven by Christ. We will meet Christ in he air; He will not set foot on earth. Caught up in English is used for rapture, harpazo, and rapturo.).

C. 1 Corinthians 15:50-54 (59 A.D.). “50 Now I say this, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold, I am telling you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” (Note: We can not enter heaven or the eternal state in our mortal bodies; we must be changed to be immortal. This change was unknown until Paul spoke these words. The change will occur quickly. Not all believers will die, but all believers will be changed to be immortal/imperishable. Dead believers will be raised and made imperishable. Living believers will be changed and made imperishable. We will never die, or suffer from sickness again.).

V. Purposes Of The Rapture. https://bible.org/seriespage/4-translation-church

A. Explanation Of The Rapture. In Chapter 14 of John, in the very shadow of the cross, Christ reveals an amazing new revelation which He had not tried to teach them before, that is, that there was another purpose of God to be fulfilled first before bringing in the millennial kingdom. Christ told the disciples that He was going to leave them and go to heaven, that He would prepare a place for them in heaven, and that He would come back to receive them unto Himself. In other words, He revealed to them that before He fulfilled His purpose to bring in a kingdom on earth He was going to take them home to glory first. He would come back for them and take them to dwell with Him in the Father’s house in heaven before His return to the earth (Dr. John F. Walvoord).

B. The Coming Of Christ Details (Walvoord Commentary, 1-2 Thessalonians, pg 113).

1. Comes in the air (1 Thes 4:16-17).
2. Comes for His saints (1 Thes 4:16-17).
3. Believers depart the earth (1 Thes 4:16-17).
4. Christ returns to earth with His bride to establish His Kingdom (2 Thes 1:10).
5. Christ gathers His own (1 Thes 4:16-17).
6. Christ comes to reward (1 Thes 4:17).
7. Not in the Old Testament (1 Cor 15:51).
8. There are no signs; it is imminent (1 Thes 5:1-3).
9. It is a time of blessing and comfort (1 Thes 4:18).
10. Involves believers only (John 14:1-3; 1 Cor 15:51-55; 1 Thes 4:13-18).
11. Will occur in a moment, in the time it takes to blink. Only His own will see Him (1 Cor 15:51-52).
12. Tribulation begins (Rev 6).
13. Christ comes as the bright morning star (Rev 22:16).

C. Walvoord Particulars.

1. Walvoord Education (B.A., M.A., Th.M., Th.D., D.D., Litt.D.).

2. Walvoord Education Details. Attended Wheaton College in Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1931. Entered Dallas Seminary, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s of theology (Th.B., Th.M.) degrees, magna cum laude, in 1934 and doctorate in theology (Th.D.) in 1936. He went on to receive an M.A. in philosophy from Texas Christian University in 1945. Wheaton College awarded him a doctor of divinity (D.D.) in 1960; Liberty University conferred the Doctor of Letters (Litt.D.) on him in 1984.

3. Walvoord Books. https://www.thriftbooks.com/a/john-f-walvoord/203232/

4. Walvoord Accomplishments. https://walvoord.com/about-dr-john-walvoord
John was a member of the Dallas Theological Seminary faculty for 50 years, from 1936 to 1986. He served as president of Dallas Seminary from 1952 to 1986, and as chancellor until 2001. He continued to teach and preach until a few weeks before his death at the age of 92.

5. Walvoord Lifespan (May 1, 1910-December 20, 2002).

VI. Considering Rapture Distinctions.

A. The Nature Of The Church. There is a distinction between the true church and true or spiritual Israel. Prior to Pentecost, there were saved individuals, but there was no church, and they were a part of spiritual Israel, not the church. After the day of Pentecost, and until the rapture, we find the church which is His (Christ’s, mine) body, but no spiritual Israel. After the rapture we find no church, but a true or spiritual Israel again. These distinctions must be kept clearly in mind. The rapture will remove, not all who make a profession of faith in Christ, but only those who have been born again, and have received His life. The unbelieving portion of the visible church, together with unbelievers in the nation Israel, will go into the tribulation period.

B. The Doctrine Of Imminence. Many signs were given to the nation Israel, which would precede the second advent, so that the nation might be living in expectancy when the time of His coming should draw nigh. Although Israel could not know the day nor the hour when the Lord will come, yet they can know that their redemption draweth nigh through the fulfillment of these signs (prophetic signs, mine). To the church no such signs were ever given. The church was told to live in the light of the imminent coming of the Lord to translate them in His presence (John 14:2-3; Acts 1:11; 1 Cor 15:51-52; Phil 3:20; Col 3:4; 1 Thes 1:10; 1 Tim 6:14; Jas 5:8; 1 Pet 3:3-4). Such passages as 1 Thes 5:6; Tit 2:13; Rev 3:3 all warn the believer to be watching for the Lord Himself, not for signs that would precede His coming. It is true that the events of the seventieth week (the 70 weeks of Daniel; Dan 9:1-27; mine) will cast an adumbration before the rapture, but the object of the believer’s attention is always directed to Christ, never to these portents (signs, mine) (J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come, pg 202-203).

1. Pentecost Education. B.A., Th.M., Th.D.

2. Pentecost Education Details. Pentecost was Distinguished Professor of Bible Exposition, Emeritus, at Dallas Theological Seminary, one of only two so honored. He held a B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College (1937), in addition to Th.M. (1941) and Th.D. (1956) degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary. During his academic career he taught biblical subjects for over 60 years (Philadelphia College of Bible, 1948–55; Dallas Theological Seminary, 1955-2014).

3. Pentecost Books. https://www.thriftbooks.com/a/j-dwight-pentecost/202850/

4. Pentecost Accomplishments. https://voice.dts.edu/article/an-enduring-ministry-the-life-and-times-of-j-dwight-pentecost-karen-giesen/
DTS president John Walvoord invited Dr. Pentecost to teach in three departments—theology, Greek, and Bible exposition—while he completed his Th.D. This year marks Dr. P.’s fiftieth on the Dallas Seminary faculty. (Dr. Pentecost is now deceased).

5. Pentecost Lifespan (April 24, 1915-April 28 2014).

VII. Preceding The Rapture. The Fullness Of The Gentiles.

A. Romans 11:25, New American Standard Bible 2020 Update.

25 For I do not want you, brothers and sisters, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in;

B. Commentary.

1. Ryrie Study Bible, Rom 11:25. “This mystery.” A definition of a scriptural mystery: something unknown in times past but revealed in the NT ( Ryrie Study Bible, Rom 16:25). See other “mystery” verses: Eph 3:3, 5:32, 6:19; Col 1:27,2:2, 4:3; 2 Thes 2:7; 1 Tim 3:16; Rev 1:20. Keep in mind that the mysteries that were revealed in the NT were things of scripture that were not revealed anywhere in the OT.

2. Ryrie Study Bible, Rom 11:25. “Israel’s hardening” is partial (Jews are being saved today) and temporary (“until” they acknowledge Jesus at His second coming). “the fullness of the Gentiles,” i.e., the full number of Gentiles who will be saved (Acts 15:14). After that, God will turn again to the Jews and will save “all Israel” at the Lord’s return (vs 26).

3. John Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 454. The background of this (The Promise of Israel’s Restoration, pg 453, Rom 11:25-27), is the NT doctrine of the Rapture of the church. When the church is taken out of the world in fulfillment of Gods purpose for the church, Israel’s present experience of hardening will also be removed, and revival will come to Israel (vs 25). Their early conversion to the Gospel will help spread the Gospel throughout the world after the Rapture of the church, as there are Israelites in every major nation who already know the languages and the people.

4. J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come, pg 298. It is to be noted that the remnant of Rom 11:26 is not converted until the second advent of Christ and the 144,000 are ministering as sealed witnesses immediately after the church has been raptured.

5. MacArthur Study Bible, Rom 11:25 comment. “until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.” “Until” refers to a specific point in time; “fullness” refers to completion; “has come in” translates a Gr. verb often used to speak of coming to salvation (cf. Matt. 5:20; Mark 9:43, 45, 47; John 3:5; Acts 14:22). Israel’s spiritual hardening (which began with rejecting Jesus as Messiah) will last until the complete number of elect Gentiles has come to salvation

C. Consider Today’s World.

1. Many things are going on in our world today, that make many people (including Christians) think that we are in the end times, or will soon find ourselves in the tribulation. But, there is nothing in scripture that tells us that rioting, the virus that began in China, or anything else is a precursor to the “last days, end times, or tribulation.” Matt 24-25 relates to the events that will take place when “left-behind Israel” finds itself in the tribulation (Matt 24:1-3). Ryrie states in his Mt 24 notes that vs 4-14 relate to the first half of the tribulation, whereas, 15-28 deal with the second half. Matt 24:36 states, “of that day and hour, no one knows.” Neither the rapture (John 14:2-6), nor the second coming of Christ (Matt 24:29-31) are events that can be tied to anything that is going on in the world today, or will take place in the future. (See Matt 24 of the Ryrie Study Bible for comments about Israel’s tribulation prophecies).

2. Consider Yesteryear.

a. Russian Civil War. 1917-1923.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Civil_War

(1) There were an estimated 7 to 12 million casualties during the war, mostly civilians. Russia was an Orthodox Christian nation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Russian_Orthodox_Church In 1914 in Russia, there were 55,173 Russian Orthodox churches and 29,593 chapels, 112,629 priests and deacons, 550 monasteries and 475 convents with a total of 95,259 monks and nuns.

(2) The year 1917 was a major turning point for the history of Russia, and also the Russian Orthodox Church. The Russian empire was dissolved and the Tsarist government – which had granted the Church numerous privileges – was overthrown. After a few months of political turmoil, the Bolsheviks took power in October 1917 and declared a separation of church and state. The government seized all church lands. Thus the Russian Orthodox Church found itself without official state backing for the first time in its history. One of the first decrees of the new Communist government (issued in January 1918) declared freedom of “religious and anti-religious propaganda”.

(3) The mass closure of churches continued until 1939, by which time there was only a few hundred left. According to the official data of the government Commission on Rehabilitation:[28] in 1937 136,900 Orthodox clerics were arrested, 85,300 of them were shot dead; in 1938 28,300 arrested, 21,500 of them shot dead; in 1939 1,500 arrested, 900 of them shot dead; in 1940 5,100 arrested, 1,100 of them shot dead.

(4) Because of the Christian population of Russia, it would be conceivable that some of those Christians may have thought that they were in the tribulation.

b. The Spanish Flu. 1918-1919.
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/1918-commemoration/1918-pandemic-history.htm

(1) It is estimated that about 500 million people or one-third of the world’s population became infected with this virus. The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide with about 675,000 occurring in the United States.

(2) Because of the worldwide spread of the Spanish Flu, it is also conceivable that many of the world’s population thought that the tribulation had begun.

c. The Holocaust. 1933-1945.
https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/an-introductory-history-of-the-holocaust

(1) The Holocaust (also called Ha-Shoah in Hebrew) refers to the period from January 30, 1933 – when Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany – to May 8, 1945, when the war in Europe officially ended. During this time, Jews in Europe were subjected to progressively harsher persecution that ultimately led to the murder of 6,000,000 Jews (1.5 million of these being children) and the destruction of 5,000 Jewish communities. These deaths represented two-thirds of European Jewry and one-third of all world Jewry.

(2) There may have been Jews who were alive, and who died, during the Holocaust who thought that they were present during the conditions of “Jacob’s Distress” (Jer 30:7) and “Daniel’s Seventy Weeks” (Dan 9:1-27), both of which will be the tribulation.

3. Consider History. Based on the events of history, it is obvious that we can not latch onto an event or group of events, that will let us know of God’s sovereign plan for His creation. We may ask if there is anything that we can identify as being a stimulus for the event that is described in Romans 11:25? Based on the information that is provided in the paragraph “VII. A. The Fullness Of The Gentiles,” we have learned that the tribulation will not occur until after the rapture of the church has taken place. The fullness of the Gentiles relates to a number of Gentiles coming to saving faith in Christ; such a determination of “church growth,” can only be determined, and known, by God.

4. Consider falling church growth. There is diminishing church growth in North America, and has been that way for years in Europe. Consider a report that relates to the Southern Baptist Convention: “The Southern Baptist Convention lost 2 percent of its membership last year—the largest drop in more than a century, according to its annual report.”
https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2020/june/southern-baptist-sbc-member-drop-annual-church-profile-2019.html

5. Consider Evangelical Growth Areas. If church growth is not taking place in much of “the Bible Belt” (SBC), where can the needed growth take place? Consider the following report. https://www.operationworld.org/hidden/evangelical-growth

Countries with the Fastest Growing Evangelical Population (the list is long; check the link).

Rank Country Ann Gr*

1 Iran 19.6%
2 Afghanistan 16.7%
3 Gambia, The 8.9%
4 Cambodia 8.8%
5 Greenland 8.4%
6 Algeria 8.1%
7 Somalia 8.1%
8 Mongolia 7.9%
9 Kuwait 7.3%
10 Tajikistan 6.9%

6. Consider Global Missions. When we consider Romans 11:25, it is very clear that global missions are essential to church growth. We must never forget the emphasis that our Lord placed on taking the His message to all of the world, even to the United States Of America. When I use the words, “church growth,” I am relating to lost souls coming to saving faith in Christ as their Lord and Savior.

a. Matthew 28:18-20
New American Standard Bible – 2020 Update

18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

b. Acts 1:8
New American Standard Bible – 2020 Update

8 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 as far as the remotest part of the earth.”

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The World’s Largest Religious Gathering

IMB. Mar 7, 2017 .

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Road To Tribulation 1 – The Tribulation Described

I. This website has taken on a new name, which is “Eternity.” The purpose of the change is to identify a greater scope of subjects that will tell of God’s plan for His written Word which extends from eternity to eternity.

II. This opening article will explain the scriptural definition and purposes of the Tribulation. Also, those whom will, and will not, find their place in the Tribulation will be identified, with the reason for both destinies being shown.

III. Consider the following Tribulation data.

A. The Jewish Prophet, Jeremiah, and his prophecy are discussed in the following comment from the Scofield Reference notes:

1. Book Introduction – Jeremiah

a. Jeremiah began his ministry in the 13th year of Josiah, about 60 years after Isaiah’s death. Zephaniah and Habakkuk were contemporaries of his earlier ministry. Daniel of his later. After the death of Josiah, the kingdom of Judah hastened to its end in the Babylonian captivity. Jeremiah remained in the land ministering to the poor Remnant (2 Kings 24:14) until they went into Egypt, whither he followed them, and where he died, early in the 70 year’s captivity. Jeremiah, prophesying before and during the exile of Judah, connects the pre-exile prophets with Ezekiel and Daniel, prophets of the exile.

b. Jeremiah’s vision includes: the Babylonian captivity; the return after 70 years; the world- wide dispersion; the final regathering; the kingdom-age; the day of judgment on the Gentile powers, and the Remnant.

c. Notice that the Book of Jeremiah is a prophecy from God, to a Jewish prophet, who passed the information on to other Jews, about Jewish matters (Jer 1:1-5; 2:1-4). Notice that God put His calling on Jeremiah before Jeremiah was born (Jer 1:5), as He also did with the Apostle Paul before he was born (Gal 1:15).

2. Jeremiah 30:7 – New American Standard Bible 2020 – 572 B.C.

a. Verse. “Woe, for that day is great, There is none like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s distress, Yet he will be saved from it.”

b. Comments.

(1) 30:7 “time of Jacob’s trouble.” This period of unprecedented difficulty for Israel, as the verse defines, is set in a context of Israel’s final restoration. It is best equated with the time of tribulation (cf. vv. 8, 9) just before Christ’s Second Advent, mentioned elsewhere (Dan. 12:1, 534 B.C.; Matt. 24:21, 22, 33 A.D.) and described in detail by Rev. 6–19. (MacArthur Study Bible)

(2) 30:7 “the time of Jacob’s distress.” The coming of days of tribulation that will come upon all Israel (Jacob) (Ryrie Study Bible).

(3) 30:7 “this period (tribulation)” is peculiarly the time when God’s wrath and judgment fall upon the earth. This is not wrath from men, nor from Satan, except as God may use these agencies as channels for the execution of His will; it is tribulation from God. This period differs from all preceding tribulation, not only in intensity but also in the kind of tribulation, since it comes from God Himself (Things To Come, J. Dwight Pentecost, pp 236-237).

(4) 30:7 The Time Of Jacob’s Distress Prior To Restoration (30:4-7). “The final return of Israel and Judah” to the land will be preceded by a time of national distress. “Cries of terror” will be heard among the residents of Israel in the latter days, during the time of Jacob’s distress, and there will be no peace. Jeremiah compared the anguish of men clutching themselves in fear to a woman in childbirth (cf. 4:31, 6:24, 13:21, 22:23, 49:24, 50:43). The second calamity will be so awful that there is none like it (cf. Mt 24:21; Dn 12:1).

(5) 30:7 “time of trouble” refers to a the still-future Tribulation period when the remnant of Israel and Judah will experience a time of unparalleled persecution (Dan 9:27, 12:1; Matt 24:15-22). The period will end when Christ appears to rescue His elect (Rom 11:26) and establish His kingdom (Matt 24:30-31, 25:31-46; Rev 19:11-21, 20:4-6) (Bible Knowledge Commentary, Charles H. Dyer). (My note: the elect are Jews, Deu 14:2, 1451, B.C.).

(6) 30:7 “(Jer 30:1-11).” This section is a far-reaching prophecy from Jeremiah concerning the ultimate regathering of Israel and restoration to their land (vv. 2-3). In particular, the Lord prophesied a time of distress for Israel, such as she had never experienced before (vv. 4-7; c Matt 24:15-30). God assured Israel, however, that “he (Jacob) will be saved of it” (Jer 30:7). (Every Prophecy Of The Bible, John F. Walvoord, pg 138).

(7) 30:7 “time of distress for Jacob.” The time of trouble for Jacob is identical to the tribulation. The great tribulation is the period of unexampled trouble predicted in the passages cited under that head from Psalms 2:5 to Revelation 7:14, and described in Revelation 11-18. Involving in a measure the whole earth Revelation 3:10 it is yet distinctly “the time of Jacob’s trouble” Jeremiah 30:7 and its vortex Jerusalem and the Holy Land. It involves the people of God who will have returned to Israel in unbelief. Its duration is three and a half years, or the last half of the seventieth week of Daniel (Scofield Study Bible).

IV. The Seventieth Week Of Daniel Examined (The Tribulation) (Things To Come, J. Dwight Pentecost, pp 194-200).

A. The church and Israel are two distinct groups with whom God has a divine plan. The church is a mystery, unrevealed in the Old Testament. This present mystery age (Inter-Advent age, mine), intervenes within the program of God for Israel because of Israel’s rejection of the Messiah at His first advent. This mystery program must be completed before God can resume His program with Israel and bring it to completion pg 193). The church will be raptured before the seventieth week (pg 194).

B. The seventieth week has the character of: (1) wrath (Rev 6:16-17); (2) judgment (Rev 14:7); (3) indignation (Isa 26:20-21); (4) punishment (Isa 24:20-21); (5) hour of trial (Rev 3:10); (6) hour of trouble (Jer 30:7); (7) destruction (Joel 1:15); (8) darkness (Joel 2:2). It must be noted that these references describe the period in its eternity, not just a portion of it, so that the whole period bears this characterization (pg 194-195).

C. This period of tribulation will see the wrath of God poured out upon the whole earth (Rev 3:10). While the whole earth is in view, this period is particularly in relation to Israel. Jer 30:7, which calls this period, “the time of Jacob’s trouble,” makes this certain. The events of the seventieth week are events of the “Day Of The Lord.” The use of the name of deity emphasizes God’s peculiar relationship to that nation. When this period is being anticipated in Daniel 9:24 (538 B.C.), God says to the prophet, “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city. The whole period has special reference to Daniel’s people, Israel, and Daniel’s holy city, Jerusalem” (pg 195) (Daniel 9:20-27).

D. Since every passage dealing with the tribulation relates it to God’s program for Israel, the scope of the tribulation prevents the church from participating in it (pg 196).

E. The purpose of the seventieth week is two-fold (pp 197-200).

1. The first purpose is stated in Rev 3:10, “Because you have kept My word of perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of the testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who live on the earth.” Apart from the question involved as to who will be in this time of testing there are several other important important considerations in this verse.

(a) First of all we see that this period has in view, “them that dwell on the earth,” and not the church. This same expression occurs in Rev 6:10; 11:10; 13:8, 12, 14; 14:7; and 17:8. Since this period is related to “earth dwellers,” those that have settled down to permanent occupancy, it can have no reference to the church, which would be subjected to the same experiences if it were here.

(b) The second consideration to be noted here is to express purpose, when God is its subject, “to inflict evils upon one in order to prove his character, and the steadfastness of his faith.” Since the Father never sees the church except in Christ, perfected in Him, this period can have no reference to the church, for the true church does not need to be tested to see if her faith is genuine.

2. The second major purpose of the seventieth week is in relation to Israel. In Malachi 4:5-6 (397 B.C.) it is stated: “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord: And he will turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”

(a) The prophet states that the ministry of Elijah was a ministry to prepare the people for the King who was shortly to come.

(b) In Luke 1:17 and Mark 9:12-13, the Lord was showing the disciples that John the Baptist had this ministry of preparing a people for Him. John’s ministry was a ministry to prepare the nation Israel for the coming of the King. It can only be concluded then that Elijah, who is to come before the great and terrible day of the Lord, can have only one ministry: that of preparing a remnant in Israel for the advent of the Lord. It is evident that no such ministry is needed by the church since she by nature is without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but is holy and without blemish.

3. The two stated purposes of the tribulation, the testing of earth dwellers, and the preparation of Israel for the King, have no relation to the church, whatsoever. This is supporting evidence that the church will not be in the tribulation.

4. The rapture, the catching up of the New Testament saints (1 Thes 4:16-17) will remove, not all who make a profession of faith in Christ, but only those who have been born again and have received His life. The unbelieving portion of the visible church, together with unbelievers in the nation Israel, will go into the tribulation period.

V. The following article will focus on two key factors that relate to the removal of the church from the earth prior to the tribulation. We will discuss scriptures that explain the rapture of the church, and the Christ-likeness of those who will be taken from this world to Heaven prior to the tribulation.

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A. The Seven Years of Tribulations. Jun 18, 2014. 100huntley.

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The Birth Of Christ – “Who Told What To Whom?”

Nearer, My God, to Thee – André Rieu (live in Amsterdam)

I. Old Testament Prophecy and the Birth of Christ.

A. There are quite a few names throughout Scripture spoken about Jesus or given by Jesus himself. One of the most prevalent titles is “Christ” (or the Hebrew equivalent, “Messiah”).
https://www.christianity.com/wiki/jesus-christ/what-does-christ-mean.html

B. The appearance of Christ (a Baby) to the shepherds has taken place (Luke 2:1-20). The appearance of Christ (a Child) to the Magi will take place about two years later (Matthew 2:1-11).

C. As we continue the season of Advent, we wait and reflect on what it means that Jesus fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament, especially the prophecies that foretold His birth. We look at three specific prophecies about Christ’s birth found in Isaiah and Micah. Advent means “Coming” in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world. https://www.whychristmas.com/customs/advent.shtml (My note: The first advent of Christ was also prophesied in Isaiah 9:6a. There will be a second advent of Christ, as is described in Isaiah 9:6b-7, 740 B.C. for both.).

D. It is very important for us to understand, in reference to the prophecy of the birth of Christ, “Who told what to whom?” It is also important to understand to whom the prophecy of the birth of Christ, “was not foretold.”

II. Let’s consider two “Jewish” prophets, “to whom the prophecy of the birth of Christ was given.” These two Jewish prophets, as well as all other prophets of the Old Testament, received prophecies from God that related to Jews, which, in turn, were given by the prophets to the Jews of Israel.

A. The importance of the Jewish prophets to the Jews of Israel, is made clear in Amos 3:7. The significance of the Jewish prophets can not be under stated, as it relates to the Jews and Israel, “past, present and future.”

Amos 3:7 – New American Standard Bible 2020 – 787 B.C.

7 Certainly the Lord God does nothing
Unless He reveals His secret plan
To His servants the prophets.

B. Note: Donald R. Sunukjian, B.A., Th.M., Th.D., Ph.D., The Bible Knowledge Commentary. “Just as one event does not take place unless another event has already happened, so the sovereign LORD does nothing regarding the history of Israel without first revealing His plan to His servants the prophets. But once this revelation has occurred, once the sovereign LORD has spoken – Israel’s judgment is sure to follow.”

III. Book Overview – Isaiah – by C.I. Scofield – 760 B.C.

A. Isaiah is justly accounted the chief of the writing prophets. He has the more comprehensive testimony and is distinctively the prophet of redemption. Nowhere else in the Scriptures written under the law have we so clear a view of grace. The New Testament Church does not appear (Ephesians 3:3-10), but Messiah in His Person and sufferings, and the blessing of the Gentiles through Him, are in full vision.

B. Consider the authority of Isaiah, as a Jewish prophet of God.

1. Isaiah 1:1;2:1 – New American Standard Bible 2020 – 760 B.C.

a. 1:1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz concerning Judah and Jerusalem, which he saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

b. 2:1 The word which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

C. The prophecies of Isaiah were given to him by God. Those God-given prophecies were given by Isaiah to the Jews of Israel.

1. Let’s consider Isaiah’s prophecy of the Messiah.

(a) The Messiah would be preceded by a forerunner (Isaiah 40:3–5).

(1) Isaiah 40:3-5 – New American Standard Bible 2020 – 712 B.C.

3 The voice of one calling out,
“Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness;
Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4 Let every valley be lifted up,
And every mountain and hill be made low;
And let the uneven ground become a plain,
And the rugged terrain a broad valley;
5 Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
And all flesh will see it together;
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

(b) The Messiah would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14)

(1) Isaiah 7:14 – New American Standard Bible 2020 – 742 B.C.

14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and she will name Him Immanuel.

IV. Book Overview – Micah – by C.I. Scofield – 750 B.C.

A. Micah, a contemporary of Isaiah, prophesied during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah over Judah, and of Pekahiah, Pekah, and Hoshea over Israel 2 Kings 15:23-30; 2 Kings 17:1-6. He was a prophet in Judah Jeremiah 26:17-19 but the book called by his name chiefly concerns Samaria.

B. Let’s consider the authority of Micah, as a Jewish prophet of God.

1. Micah 1:1 The word of the Lord which came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and which he saw regarding Samaria and Jerusalem.

C. The prophecies of Micah were given to him by God. The prophecies of Micah were given by Micah to the Jews of Judah and Samaria (southern and northern Israel). Like his contemporary Isaiah, Micah prophesied about the Assyrian destruction of the Northern Kingdom and the later defeat of the Southern Kingdom by the Babylonians.

1. Consider the prophesied birth place of the Messiah.

a. The Savior would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2).

(1) Micah 5:2 – New American Standard Bible 2020 – 710 B.C.

2 But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
From you One will come forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
His times of coming forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity.”

V. Let’s consider the prophecy of the Messiah, as it is shown in Matthew 1:18-25, and fulfills Isaiah 7:14:

A. Matthew 1:18-25 – New American Standard Bible 2020- 5 B.C. – Immanuel, God With Us.

18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, since he was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. 20 But when he had thought this over, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a Son; and you shall name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 22 Now all this took place so that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet would be fulfilled: 23 “Behold, the virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son, and they shall name Him Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” 24 And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, 25 but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he named Him Jesus.

VI. Let us now consider to whom God did not foretell the birth of Christ. God did not give a prophecy of the birth of Christ to “Gentiles.”

A. The purpose of the coming of Christ to our world is described in the following verse:

1. Acts 26:23 – – New American Standard Bible 2020.

23 as to whether the Christ was to suffer, and whether, as first from the resurrection of the dead, He would proclaim light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.”

B. The order in which the message of Christ would go forth is described in the following verse”

1. Romans 1:16 – New American Standard Bible 2020.

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

C. God has made it clear that Israel is His chosen people.

1. Deuteronomy 14:2 – New American Standard Bible – 1451 B.C.

2 For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for His personal possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

V. A key truth of this written article is contained in the following verse:

A. John 3:16 – New American Standard Bible 2020.

16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.

VI. It is important to know that Jews, whom had come to belief in Christ as Lord and Savior, took the message of Christ to the Gentile world.

A. Acts 1:8 – New American Standard Bible 2020

8 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 as far as the remotest part of the earth.”

VIII. Christ – God with us.

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Shepherds And Wise Men Together?

Were shepherds “and” Magi present at the manger, at the time of the birth of Christ? Let’s investigate the matter.

“We Three Kings Of Orient Are.” In the above video, shepherds and Magi are seen together in the manger scene, on the night of the birth of Christ. In this article, clarity will be brought to the matter of whom was present at the manger scene, and whom was not. As you read the article you will notice that repetition is used, with the reason being for the reinforcement of facts.

The Wise Men Seek Jesus – In the above video we see the Magi during their trip, probably from somewhere in Persia, or Babylon, to the “house” of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem. The distance between the cities of Baghdad and Bethlehem is 684 miles; the travel time is debatable, but “two years” must fit into the equation (Matthew 2:16). Upon reaching the “house,” (Matthew 2:11) the Magi see the Holy Family, with the Christ “child,” probably being two years old (Matthew 2:16). The video ends with the Holy family on their way to Egypt for the protection of the Christ child. As I watched the video, a sense of Holiness came over me. The video shows changing weather conditions, which indicates a lengthy time of travel for the Maji.

Epiphany – The Appearing Of The Christ Child To The Magi; “They All Didn’t Show Up At The Same Time.”

The revealing of Christ to the Gentiles, in the persons of the Magi at Bethlehem; also called twelfth night. Observed on January 6th. Webster New World Dictionary Of The American Language College Edition, Copyright 1964 and 1953 to 1964.

The twelve days of Christmas in the song are the twelve days between the birth of Christ (Christmas, December 25) and the coming of the Magi (Epiphany, January 6). Precisely, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” start with Christmas Day and ends with the eve of Epiphany on January 5th. The Sunday nearest to 6 Jan can be celebrated as Epiphany Sunday, or the first Sunday after Epiphany (The Baptism of the Lord).

For frequently asked questions about the 12 Days of Christmas, please click onto the following link. http://www.12days.com/faq.htm

Epiphany Scripture. Matthew 2:11 New King James Version (NKJV)

11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Scripture tells of the birth of Christ, the infant, with the shepherds being present, (Luke 2: 1-20). Scripture also tells of Christ, the young child, with wise men being present (Matthew 2:1-12). So, we see that, “they all didn’t show up at the same time.” Scripture also tells us that the Christ will be “God with us.” (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25), and will be “Mighty God.,” (Isaiah 9:6). The story of the Epiphany may be new to some believers but, nevertheless, it is good for all who know Jesus as Lord and Savior to be aware of the information. The account of Luke is celebrated as Christmas, on December 25th of each year. The account of Matthew is celebrated as Epiphany, twelve days later, with January 6th being Epiphany, sometimes being known as “the Epiphany.”

Isaiah 7:14 New King James Version (NKJV). The Immanuel Prophecy (742 B.C.).

14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

Isaiah 9:6 New King James Version (NKJV). The Government of the Promised Son (740 B.C.).

“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

The first phrase of Isa 9:6 relate to the birth of Christ, His first advent. The remaining words of verse 6, as well as all of the words of verse 7, relate to the second coming of Christ, or His second advent.

Matthew 1:18-25 New King James Version (NKJV) Christ Born of Mary

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

Matthew 2:1-12 New King James Version (NKJV) Wise Men from the East

1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: 6 ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’” 7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.” 9 When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.

Matthew 2:13-15 New King James Version (NKJV) – The Flight into Egypt

13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” 14 When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, 15 and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”

Consider. The wise men may have traveled for a period of two years (Matthew 2:16).

Matthew 2:16 New King James Version (NKJV) – Massacre of the Innocents

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.

Consider. Three Magi show up in Bethlehem, looking for a “new King, a King of the Jews.” Herod, the King, feeling “a bit insecure,” gets concerned; he doesn’t want any competition. So, he decides to eliminate all possible opposition to his throne by killing all male babies that were two years old, and younger; so, the Christ Child must have been two years old when the Magi arrived in Bethlehem. These “wise men” were not present at the same time as when the shepherds of Luke 2 were led to the manger, where they (shepherds) saw Mary, Joseph, and “the infant Jesus.” The star (Matthew 2:2) led the Magi to Bethlehem. There, they saw Mary, Joseph, and “Christ.” We know from Scripture that Christ “is” the Light Of The World (John 1:9).

Consider. The wise men followed a star that led them to the Christ child (John 1:9: “That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.”).

Consider. After the wise men “came to Jesus,” they departed…another way.” (Matthew 2:12).

Question. After you were led to Christ, did you return…”another way?”

Christ was first made known to the Jews. Then, he was made known to the Gentiles. There are differences of opinion as to when those things happened. But, please! Don’t carry this battle of ideas out into the world of unbelievers; they have more serious things to think about, such as coming to belief in Christ as their Lord and Savior (John 3:18: ““He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”)

Consider the following information that has been written on Epiphany.

http://www.cute-calendar.com/event/epiphany/19352.html

Epiphany

January 6 in the World

Epiphany is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ. It falls on January 6 or, in many countries, on the Sunday that falls between January 2 and January 8. Since the Julian Calendar, which is followed by some Eastern Churches, is at present 13 days behind the Gregorian Calendar and the revised Julian Calendar, 6 January in that calendar corresponds at present to 19 January in what is the official civil calendar in most countries.

On this feast, Western Christians commemorate principally the visitation of the Biblical Magi to the Baby Jesus, i.e., his manifestation to the Gentiles. Eastern Christians commemorate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, seen as his manifestation to the world as the Son of God. It is also called Theophany, especially by Eastern Christians. In both traditions, the essence of the feast is the same: the manifestation of Christ to the world (whether as an infant or in the Jordan), and the Mystery of the Incarnation.

In Christian tradition, the Magi, also referred to as the (Three) Wise Men, (Three) Kings, or Kings from the East, are a group of distinguished foreigners who are said to have visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, myrrh and frankincense. They are regular figures in traditional accounts of the nativity and in celebrations of Christmas. Magi is a term derived from Greek meaning a priest of Zoroaster. (From: Wikipedia, License: CCA-SA)

Background

https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/epiphany

Epiphany is one of the oldest Christian feasts. It has been celebrated since the end of the second century, before the Christmas holiday was established. It is commonly known as Twelfth Night, Twelfth Day, or the Feast of Epiphany. It means “manifestation” or “showing forth”. It is also called Theophany (“manifestation of God”), especially by Eastern Christians. Epiphany also refers to the church season that follows the day.

The Epiphany commemorates the first two occasions on which Jesus’ divinity, according to Christian belief, was manifested: when the three kings visited infant Jesus in Bethlehem, and when John the Baptist baptized him in the River Jordan. The Roman Catholic and Protestant churches emphasize the visit of the Magi when they celebrate the Epiphany. The Eastern Orthodox churches focus on Jesus’ baptism.

My thought on the meaning of Epiphany. It is “the appearing” of the Christ Child to the Magi, who were Gentiles. The initial appearing of Christ, “the infant,” was to the Shepherds, who were Jews. The Magi found the Christ Child in a house. The Shepherds found “Christ, the infant,” in a cave. There was approximately two years time passage from when the Shepherds saw “Christ, the infant,” until when the Magi saw, “Christ, the child.”

My thoughts on the opening video. The video is very good. The story that is laid out in it shows a good chronology of events that led up to the arrival of the wise men at the “house” where Jesus and Mary (Matthew 2:11) were mentioned in scripture (Consider all of the people who may have traveled with the wise men). I think that the video clearly shows, as it relates to the Shepherds and Magi, “they all didn’t show up at the same time.” In no scripture are the shepherds and Magi present at the same time. Neither the shepherds, nor the Magi, knew where to go to find Christ; they were led by God’s Holy Spirit, in every aspect of their journeys. In today’s world, neither do we know the way to Christ, nor that we are even, “supposed to go.” We are led by the Spirit of God, in every aspect of our Journey. (John 1:9; John 6:44). Without the prompting of the Holy Spirit, we wouldn’t know that we need Christ (1 Cor 1:18; 1 Cor 2:14). Without the work of the Holy Spirit, we will not spend eternity with Christ (John 3:3; John 3:8).

Consider the definition of Epiphany, per the Merriam Webster Dictionary.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epiphany

Definition of epiphany
plural epiphanies
1
capitalized : January 6 observed as a church festival in commemoration of the coming of the Magi as the first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles or in the Eastern Church in commemoration of the baptism of Christ
2
: an appearance or manifestation especially of a divine being
3
a (1) : a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something (2) : an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking (3) : an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure
b : a revealing scene or moment

“We Three Kings”, also known as “We Three Kings of Orient Are” or “The Quest of the Magi”, is a Christmas carol written by Reverend John Henry Hopkins, Jr., who wrote both the lyrics and the music as part of a Christmas pageant for the General Theological Seminary in New York City. It is suggested to have been written in 1857 but did not appear in print until his Carols, Hymns and Song in 1863. Hopkins composed the song in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where he was a pastor at Christ Episcopal Church (which still stands at the corner of Fourth and Mulberry Streets).

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A Marriage Carol 2020

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At the time of this writing, it is two days until Christmas eve. Six years ago I wrote the following comment in an article that I had published that relates to the subject of the article that I am publishing this evening….. “Earlier today, as I was driving through a sleepy area of my city, a dreary air was cast over the town. The sky was heavily cloud covered, and dark. A light mist was falling. Very few people were seen on the streets. The day seemed to match the condition of the story that I was hearing on Moody Radio, which was a feeling of utter despair for couples experiencing struggles in their marriages.”

This is the sixth year that I have published this article. Minor changes are made each time that I update this article, but never is an update just a carbon copy of the previous article, but is due to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Each time, before I publish this article, I watch the video, and listen to the audio of the story, “without interruption;” each time strong emotions emerge from within me, and tears begin to flow. Normally, I will publish this article sooner in the month; for this late date post, I am very sorry. But, the truth of the article remains truth.

Please, read the entire text of this article. Please, watch the video and listen to the audio recording. Please! Understand that “which is” being said and that which is not being said in this article.

The story of Jacob and Marlee is that, just a story. But, I know that their situation is one that many married couples, “are facing, have faced, or will face,” in their marriages. Many struggling couples need to come to the truth that they need, “not to give up” on their marriages, but that they should try to make their marriages work. “Jacobs and Marlees” whom are in the process of ending their marriages today, should remember the words that Jacob said about marriage (those words are “on the way.”).

Not all marriages are dying, or are dead, but may need attention. There is a high rate of marriages that are failing because of affairs. A thought stays in my mind today, just as it has in the past; and as it relates to infidelity. That thought is very strong, and is this: “If you are in an affair, “GET OUT OF IT!” Just get out! Don’t wait! Just get out! Get your life right with God! Please understand that which I am saying, and that which I am not saying. I am saying that if you are in an affair, “GET OUT” of the affair; “JUST GET OUT!” “DON’T WAIT!” “JUST GET OUT!” “GET YOUR LIFE RIGHT WITH GOD!” The knight in shining armor, standing on a lush green field, may someday have his armor to tarnish, and the grass under his feet to turn from rich green to dirty brown. No one really can be sure if the grass is greener, unless they’re actually standing in it; and then, it may be too late to stop the damage that has already, by collateral affect, begun to harm other innocent people.

Consider a memorable story of another couple.

Luke 2:1-10 Christ Born of Mary
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+2%3A1-20&version=NASB

As is recorded in the above scripture, Mary and Joseph were on their way to Bethlehem, where Mary would give birth to Jesus, the Savior of the world. Consider the story of Marlee and Jacob, and their “Christmas Eve” journey; it was being made for quite a different reason. The recording of Marlee and Jacob may be difficult for some people; I understand that. I moderate all comments that are made on my WordPress site. If anybody comments on this post on WordPress, please know that I will not publish that comment without gaining permission to do so. If you are seeing this article on any other social media site, you may want to sent your comment to me via private message.

If you are considering a Christmas Eve “divorce papers appointment,” please, let me ask you to listen carefully to the following audio recording of Marlee and Jacob, as they are on their way to sign their divorce papers, “on Christmas Eve.” Listen very attentively. As you listen, think about your wedding vows. Think about your marriage. Think about your children. Please understand that marriage is worth fighting for.

After you have read, listened to, and watched everything that is in this post, please ask yourself a very personal question (you can answer to yourself). Here it is. When you are having a conversation on social media with a “friend” of the opposite sex, “do you get a rush, or a spark?” If your answer is “yes,” maybe social media is not something that you should have as a part of your life.

As you have learned from the audio of Marlee and Jacob, they were married on Christmas Eve, “twenty years ago.” On this particular Christmas Eve, the couple is headed to an attorney’s office to sign divorce papers. Think about Marlee, Jacob, and your marriage situation. Do you remember the words that you and your mate said to each other as you stood before God, the minister, family and friends, and the rest of the people who were watching and listening as you professed your love for one another? If you have forgotten those special words, I have written some words from a traditional wedding vow for you to consider. Please read them now.

“To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish…’til death do us part.”

Please understand that I have no room for spousal abuse in a marriage.

Your particular marriage may not be failing, but there are others, of whom you know, whose marriages are falling apart. Please share this article with those people.

With Christmas being so very near, as you consider the message of this Christmas story, remember its two sets of Christmas characters, both being “J” and “M.” Joseph and Mary, two thousand years ago, were on their way to Bethlehem to bring a life into the world, with that life being Christ, the Savior of the world. In this story, Jacob and Marlee are two character types whom are present in the lives of many people all around the world today, with many being in the process of ending their marriages; such divorces will affect the lives of many others whom are part of their lives. Of the “Jacobs and Marlees” whom are in the process of ending their marriages; they should remember the words that Jacob says about marriage, “marriage is worth fighting for.”

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End Times 35, Revelation 22:1-21, New Heaven-New Earth- New Jerusalem

How does John describe the new Jerusalem?
From the series “Revelation: The Last Words of Jesus” featuring very special guests Dr. Ron Rhodes, Dr. Ed Hindson, and, Dr. Mark Hitchcock. John Ankerberg Show. Nov 30, 2018. Credentials for each of the speakers can be found in my Page that discusses my sources of information.”

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I. Introduction. Consider what life will be like in The Heavenly City, The New Jerusalem (“Things To Come, J. Dwight Pentecost, pp 581-583).

A. A life of fellowship with God (1 Cor 13:12; 1 John 3:2; John 14:3; Rev 22:4).

B. A life of rest (Rev 14:13).

C. A life of full knowledge (1 Cor 13:12).

D. A life of holiness (Rev 21:27).

E. A life of joy (Rev 21:4).

F. A life of service (Rev 22:3).

G. A life of abundance (Rev 21:6).

H. A life of Glory (2 Cor 4:17; Col 3:4).

I. A life of worship (Rev 19:1; 7:9-12; 1 John 3:2; Rev 1:5-6; Rev 5:13; Rev 7:12).

II. Consider Heaven (Rev 4:1). Consider the New Heaven (Rev 21:1). As wonderful as the eternal state of the New Heaven, New Earth, New Jerusalem will be (Rev 21:1-2), not everyone will be granted entry into that Godly paradise. This article will discuss those whom will, and those whom will not, spend eternity with God; the blessings of the eternal state will also be discussed.

III. Many of you have had many pets, of many types and breeds. The last video will discuss the eternal state, as it relates to pets; I trust that you will receive a blessing from Dr. Randy Alcorn’s discussion.

IV. Scripture Study Details. Revelation 22. New American Standard Bible 2020 Update.

A. Introduction. Revelation 22 Text and Comments. Scripture notes come from the Ryrie Study Bible, due to the demonstrated knowledge of scripture of Dr. Ryrie, and because of the concise way that he makes his thoughts known. The credentials of Dr. Charles Ryrie (deceased) can be found on the Page that discusses my sources of information. Everybody should have a Ryrie Study Bible.

B. Text. The River and the Tree of Life. vs 1-9.

1 And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, 2 in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; 4 they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. 5 And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illuminate them; and they will reign forever and ever.

6 And he said to me, “These words are faithful and true”; and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent His angel to show His bond-servants the things which must soon take place.

7 “And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed me these things. 9 And he *said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brothers the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God!”

C. Comments. The River and the Tree of Life. vs 1-9.

1. vs 1-2. These descriptive phrases indicate fullness of life and continuous blessing in the New Jerusalem.

2. vs 3-5. The “curse” and all darkness will be excluded, and service, communion, and reigning will be the believers’ privileges.

3. vs 8-9. Again, John is commanded not to worship angels (see 19:10).

D. Text. The Final Message. vs 10-21.

10 And he *said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. 11 Let the one who does wrong still do wrong, and the one who is filthy still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous still practice righteousness, and the one who is holy still keep himself holy.”

12 “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to reward each one as his work deserves. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life, and may enter the city by the gates. 15 Outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the sexually immoral persons, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.

16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you of these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires, take the water of life without cost.

18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.

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

21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

C. Comments. The Final Message. vs 10-21.

1. vs 11. When Christ comes there will be no more opportunity for a man to change his destiny. What he is then, he will be forever.

2. vs 12. Salvation is not of works but rewards are.

3. vs 14. “Blessed are those who wash their robes.” I.e., believers.

4. vs 15. “dogs.” Not animals, but people of low character (cf. Phil 3:2).

5. vs 16-17. Jesus is gracious because (1) He gave the book of Revelation to the churches, (2) as the son of “David” He will fulfill Israel’s promises, (3) He is the “morning star,” the precursor of the new day, and (4) He offers the “water of life” freely.

6. vs 18. For similar OT warnings against additions or omissions, see Deu 4:2; 12:32; Prov 30:6.

7. vs 20. “Yes, I am coming quickly.” The third occurrence of this promise (see vv 7, 12). The believer’s reaction is, “Do come quickly, Lord Jesus.”

V. Verses of significance.

A. Rev 22:15. Walvoord Revelation Commentary. Dr. Walvoord makes it clear that the unsaved are not permitted into the eternal state. Rev 21:8, 27 show people who, by evidence of their sinful lifestyles, remained unsaved and were cast into the lake of fire (Rev 20:15). In essence, these people were never born again (John 3:3, 2 Cor 5:17).

1. Vs 15: a… the reference is to those who qualify for entrance; believers have access to the tree of life and the right to enter through the gates of the city. The right to the tree of life and the right to enter through the gates of the city are one and the same as the right to eternal salvation.

2. Vs 15: b… unbelievers are characterized as being excluded and are described as “dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” This is the third description of unsaved people in this general passage (cf. 21:8, 27). The main emphasis in each of them is on the deceitfulness and lying of those who are unsaved. The reference to dogs refers not to the animal but to men of low character (cf. Phil. 3:2). As in the former description of the unsaved, the issue is not that they have at some time committed sins of this character, but rather that these are the settled characteristics of their lives from which they were never delivered although the grace of God made possible that deliverance.

B. Rev 22:21. NKJV Study Bible Note.

1. 22:21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ begins and concludes the Book of Revelation (1:4), implying that the message of grace and the free gift of eternal life in Christ (see Eph. 2:8, 9)—not merely the message of judgment upon unbelievers—can be found in this book.

2. In this study of revelation, we are seeing that “the best is left for last,” which is “life with God, forever!”

VI. Conclusion.

A. When Christ was discussing the coming earthly kingdom with the Jews in first century Israel, he used the words, “I never knew you” (Matt 7:21-23). Christ was discussing those whom would not be allowed to enter the Kingdom, which will take place, on earth, at the end of the tribulation. Israel will be coming under the attack of the Battle of Armageddon, and will call upon Christ to save them from total annihilation (Zech 12:10). Only those Jews whom have come to saving faith in Christ will be saved by Christ and allowed to enter the Kingdom age of the Millennium. The Jews whom are not born again will call on Christ to save them, but their response will be, “I never, never, never, ever, had a relationship of saving faith with you; “I NEVER KNEW YOU!” Matt 24:40-41, “40 At that time there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left.” The Jew, that is taken, is taken in death to the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:15). The Jews that are left, are left to enter the Kingdom Age. The same thing relates to unbelieving Gentiles who survive the tribulation. Matt 25:41 “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, you accursed people, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels.” Gentiles who come to saving faith in Christ during the Tribulation will be allowed to enter the Kingdom. Matt 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

B. Only born again people will enter the Kingdom Age. Only born again people will enter the eternal state. Let’s also consider the closing video.

VII. Closing Video.

A. Snooky was my family’s first pet, a blonde colored cat. One day Snooky was crossing a nearby street and was run over and killed by a passing car. My mother heard the commotion, and went to where Snooky was lying lifeless in the street. She picked up Snooky and carried him into our back yard, where she buried him. My younger brother and sister and I were devastated by the loss of Snooky. I am sure that many of you have experienced similar losses of your pets (really family members). So, save you ever wondered if you will ever see your deceased pets again? Listen to the discussion of Randy Alcorn; you may receive comfort, and a blessing (The video may not be reset to 0:00).

B. The New Heaven and New Earth

C. Closing Video Details. John Ankerberg Show. March 3, 2014.

D. In the third program of this series, we’ll look at what the Bible teaches about the New Heavens and Earth.The Bible discusses a time in the future when a new heaven and earth will be recreated from the ones that exist today. Dr. Ankerberg and Randy Alcorn discuss what will take place along with applications for how we live today.
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Georgians! Read This Before You Vote! 2 Timothy 4:14

Raphael Warnock “You cannot serve God and the military” at the same time.

2 Timothy 4:14. Watch out for Alexander the coppersmith. Fiercely opposed to our Message, he caused no end of trouble. God will give him what he’s got coming. (The Message)

Radical Raphael Warnock was educated by Marxists, praised by socialists, and even welcomed Communist leader, Fidel Castro, to his church. He defended Jeremiah Wright’s “God Damn America” agenda, decried the right to life and the 2nd Amendment, and proudly touts his support of organizations that want to destroy the nuclear family and undermine our longstanding support of Israel (See last link).

Hey Georgia, Candidate Warnock Has Another Shocker for You

Warnock repeatedly declares Jesus to have been a “poor Palestinian prophet” and a “Palestinian peasant.” This is not a one-time accident.

If you’re into anti-Semitic revisionist history, or just the latest in Replacement theology and cultural appropriation, Georgia’s Democratic candidate for Senate Rev. Raphael Warnock has a great one for you. It was previously exposed that Warnock accused Israel of shooting non-violent, unarmed Arab protesters like animals, and signed off on an anti-Semitic document accusing Israel of war crimes and comparing Israel to Apartheid South Africa.

After that information was exposed, Warnock penned an editorial denying that he believes Israel is an apartheid state and that he condemns BDS.

In Warnock’s latest sermons that have come to light (skip past the part where he appears to be preaching Marxism), Warnock enters the anti-Semitic world of historical anachronism and revisionism, and we can throw in cultural appropriation for good measure.

Warnock repeatedly declares Jesus to have been a “poor Palestinian prophet” and a “Palestinian peasant.” This is not a one-time accident.

Except, at that time, the Land of Israel where Jesus lived was then called Judea and not Palestine. Roman Emperor Hadrian didn’t rename the Jewish country to Palestine (named after the foreign invaders that plagued Israel) until after the suppression of the Bar Kochva revolt against the Roman occupiers, in 135 C.E., long after Jesus died.

Which makes Warnock’s repeated claim that Jesus was a “Palestinian” an anachronism.

And since Jesus was a Jew, just pile onto that some plain old historical revisionism and cultural appropriation.

The preacher doesn’t even know his own scriptures, instead he is channeling arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat who first crowned Jesus as the first Palestinian martyr, a lie further perpetuated by the likes of no less than Linda Sarsour and Ilhan Omar.

Warnock is running against Senator Kelly Loeffler (R) in the upcoming Georgia runoff election for Senate.

“Raphael Warnock signed letter likening West Bank to apartheid South Africa,” Jewish Insider reported Thursday.

The publication followed up with another story this week saying that Warnock, a Black pastor who leads the church helmed by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. until his assassination in 1968, “blasted Israel” in a 2018 sermon.

On Monday, Loeffler amplified that sermon on Twitter, accusing Warnock of having “a long history of anti-Israel extremism.”

Just days into the U.S. Senate runoff campaign, Rev. Raphael Warnock, the Democrat running against Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, is under fire for his defense of a controversial African American pastor and his own statements about Israel and the Palestinians.

The latter includes a sermon in which Warnock, the senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, voiced support for young Palestinians “who are struggling for their very lives.”
https://atlantajewishtimes.timesofisrael.com/loeffler-supporters-signal-angles-of-attack-on-warnock/

Warnock tweeted Tuesday he was a “pro-choice pastor,” which inherently goes against the pro-life views of most Christians. https://www.foxnews.com/sports/nfl-coach-tony-dungy-warnock-faith

WARNOCK COMPARED AMERICA TO COMMUNIST CUBA, SAID FIDEL CASTRO HAD ‘COMPLEX’ LEGACY IN RESURFACED VIDEO

When a Twitter user pointed out on Wednesday that “pro-choice pastors” do exist, the Super Bowl champion head coach appeared skeptical.

“Rev Warner may be a pastor. My question would be ‘Is he a Christian?’ That is, does he follow the teachings of Jesus and does he believe that the Bible is the absolute word of God?” tweeted, who is a football commentaror for NBC.

He added: “I would think it would be difficult for someone who believes that God sees us when we are in the womb (Psalm 139:13-16) to think that it is OK to choose not to bring that life to fruition.”

Rev. Raphael Warnock, Georgia Senate Candidate, Says Abortion OK with Christian Faith

In reference to 2 Timothy 4:14, consider the comment on 1 Timothy 1:20, from the Reformation Study Bible.

1 Timothy 1:20 “of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.”

1:20 Hymenaeus and Alexander. Singling out these two individuals raises the question whether they were leaders in the church. Hymenaeus is mentioned again in 2 Tim. 2:17, 18 as one who has “swerved from the truth.” It is unclear whether the name “Alexander” here and in Acts 19:33, 34 and 2 Tim. 4:14, 15 all refer to the same person.

“I have handed over to Satan.” This is probably a reference to putting these two individuals outside the fellowship of the church and, hence, back into the world—the domain of Satan (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:2). Paul uses a similar expression in 1 Cor. 5:5 (cf. Matt. 18:17).

“may learn not to blaspheme.” The purpose of this excommunication is disciplinary—that the two would recognize their errors and repent (2 Tim. 2:25, 26; Titus 3:10).

Consider the rich history of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. It is beyond me, as to why that congregation sits under the ungodly teaching of this pastor whom has strayed far from God’s Holy Word. It is also beyond me as to why so many Georgians want him to represent their state in the United States Senate. What are his credentials, other than speaking against America and against God’s inspired Word? (2 Timothy 3:16)

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End Times 34, Revelation 21:1-27, “Heaven And Hell.”

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I. Introduction. Most people use the terms, “Heaven and Hell,” to relate to the eternal destinations for all of humanity, as to whether they have been said to be “good or bad.” In this study of the twenty-first chapter of Revelation we will discuss the subjects of heaven and hell, in their correct translations. We will also discuss the qualification for anyone to have a joyful eternal presence with God, and the life conditions that will cause anyone to have an eternal existence of torments.

II. Consider heaven and hell.

A. The present world in which we reside will be destroyed at the end of the millennium (2 Peter 3:10-12). We are promised to have new heavens, a new earth, and a new Jerusalem (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1-2).

B. The eternal state of torment is described in Revelation 20:10-15. Verse 10 states, “lake of fire,” which is correct. Verse 13, uses the words “death and hell.” The word, “death,” relates to the state of death, in relation to dead bodies (Luke 16:22). “Hell,” which is incorrectly translated in some bibles, should be translated “hades.”

1. Rev 20:13, death: 2288. thanatos (Strong’s Concordance).

2. Rev 20:13, hadés: 86. Hades, the abode of departed spirits (Strong’s Concordance).

a. As is seen in Luke 16:22, death relates to the physical death of a body.

b. As is seen in Luke 16:22, death relates to the physical death of a body.

C. As is seen in Luke 16:23, Hades refers to the conditions of the conscious state of torment of the soul, for those whom have died not having a saving relationship with God, and which will remain until they stand at the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:13-15).

1. Rev 20:13, dead: 3498. nekros. Usage: (a) adj: dead, lifeless, subject to death, mortal, (b) noun: a dead body, a corpse (Strong’s Concordance).

2. Rev 20:13. “death and hades gave up the dead.” The physical bodies of the unsaved will be joined with their spirits which have been in hades, regardless of how far a body has disintegrated. (Bible Knowledge Commentary, John F. Walvoord, B.A., M.A., Th. M., Th. D., D.D., Litt. D.)

3. As is seen in Luke 16:22a, we see righteous Lazarus in death, whose soul is in the bosom of Abraham. In Luke 16:23, while in torment, the unrighteous man’s soul is conscious of his torment. In Luke 16:25, we see that righteous Lazarus is in a state of comfort, while in death, while the agony of the unrighteous dead man is being restated.

D. Consider the Apostle Paul’s understanding of death and the eternal conscious state of deceased believers in Christ.

1. 2 Cor 5:8, “but we are of good courage and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.”

2. Comment. 5:8. After the parenthetical thought of v. 7, Paul resumes where he left off in v. 6. He was not only confident (v. 6) that he was going to be with the Lord, he was pleased that he would be with the Lord after his death. This is one of the passages in the NT that indicates where believers will go immediately after their death; they will be with Jesus in heaven (see also Phil. 1:23). Jesus’ promise to the repentant criminal on the cross next to Him indicates this: “Today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43) (NKJV Study Bible). The thief would soon experience the same eternal blessings as did righteous Lazarus (mine).

E. Consider the following description of conscious states of death. Abraham’s Bosom, Hades, Sheol.

1. “Abraham’s bosom.” This same expression (found only here in Scripture) was used in the Talmud as a figure for heaven. The idea was that Lazarus was given a place of high honor, reclining next to Abraham at the heavenly banquet. “Hades” was the Gr. term for the abode of the dead. In the LXX, it was used to translate the Heb. “Sheol,” which referred to the realm of the dead in general, without necessarily distinguishing between righteous or unrighteous souls. However, in NT usage, “Hades” always refers to the place of the wicked prior to final judgment in hell. The imagery Jesus used paralleled the common rabbinical idea that “Sheol” had two parts, one for the souls of the righteous and the other for the souls of the wicked—separated by an impassable gulf. “I am tormented.” Christ pictured Hades as a place where the unspeakable torment of hell had already begun. Among the miseries featured here are unquenchable flame (see note on Matt. 25:46); an accusing conscience fed by undying memories of lost opportunity (v. 25); and permanent, irreversible separation from God and everything good (v. 26). (MacArthur Study Bible, Luke 16:22-24.).

2. Consider body, soul and spirit (1 Thes 5:23). Body: eyes, nose, toes. Soul: consciousness, emotions, mind. Spirit: that part of us which either has the Spirit of Christ, dwelling within it, or does not have the Spirit of Christ dwelling within it. If the Spirit of Christ does not dwell within our spirit, we have not been born again; we do not have an eternal presence with Christ (John 3:3; 2 Cor 5:17).

III. Who will be in the eternal state?

A. Whether a believer is resurrected, or raptured, their mortal body must undergo a total change. Consider 1 Corinthians 15:50-54.

50 Now I say this, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold, I am telling you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.

B. In our present mortal bodily state, we will either die, or be raptured. Whether dead, or alive, our body must be changed from one that is susceptible to sickness and death, to one that will never succumb to sickness or death. At the time of resurrection, and immediate-following rapture, the body of every believer in Christ will be given a resurrection body that will never be sick or will die.

C. In order for us to enter the eternal state, we must be given an imperishable, immortal, eternal, resurrection body, which will be provided by God; this will happen at the time of the rapture of the church (John 14:2-6; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18).

D. Consider the words of the Apostle John, as he describes what we will be like at the time of the rapture:

1. 1 John 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope set on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

2. My note: “We will be like Him.” Notice that, at the time of the rapture, and forever more, we will be incapable of thinking, saying, or doing, anything that is sinful.

IV. Scripture Study Details.

A. Introduction. Revelation 21 Text and Comments. Scripture notes come from the Ryrie Study Bible, due to the demonstrated knowledge of scripture of Dr. Ryrie, and because of the concise way that he makes his thoughts known. The credentials of Dr. Charles Ryrie (deceased) can be found in the About Sources Page of this site. Everybody should have a Ryrie Study Bible.

B. Text. Revelation 21.

The New Heaven and Earth

1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

5 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” 6 Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. 7 He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. 8 But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

The New Jerusalem

10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper. 12 It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. 13 There were three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

15 The one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall. 16 The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal. 17 And he measured its wall, seventy-two yards, according to human measurements, which are also angelic measurements. 18 The material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19 The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; 20 the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

22 I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. 25 In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; 26 and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; 27 and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

C. Comments. Revelation 21. Ryrie Study Bible.

1. 21:1. “a new heaven and a new earth.” The present creation will be destroyed so that it may be cleansed from all the effects of sin (2 Peter 3:7, 10, 12). “No more sea” because climatic and human conditions will be completely different.
2. 21:2. “new Jerusalem.” This heavenly city will be the abode of all the saints (Heb 12:22-24), the bride of Christ (vv 9-10), and the place Christ prepared for His people (John 14:2). During the Millennium, the Jew Jerusalem (described in Rev 21:9-22:5) apparently will be suspended over the earth, and it will be the dwelling place of all believers during eternity (as is emphasized in 21:1-8).
3. 21:3-4 People will enjoy a new intimacy with God and the elimination of those sorrows that sin brings.
4. 21:8. Those whose lives can be characterized in these ways will be cast into the lake of fire, because they have shown themselves to be unbelievers. “brimstone = sulphur.
5. 21:11. The city will shine with the “glory of God,” like “crystal-clear Jasper,” which will allow that glory to shine brilliantly.
6. 21:12-14. Though both Jewish saints and Christian saints will inhabit the city, the names of the “twelve tribes” and the “twelve apostles” are a witness to their continued distinction.
7. 21:16-17. Shaped foursquare like a cube, the city is 1380 mi (2,220 km) on each face, including height, with a wall 72 yd (66 m) thick. It has been calculated that even if only 25 percent of this space were used for dwellings, 20 billion people could be accommodated spaciously.
8. 21:19-20. “chalcedony.” Probably a greenish blue agate stone. (The exact composition and color of all these precious stones is unknown.) “sardonyx.” Bright red. “chrysolite.” Golden in color. “beryl.” Sea green. “topaz.” Yellow-green. “chrysoprase.” Apple green. “jacincth.” Blue. “amethyst.” Purple.
9. 21:24-27. The inhabitants will be only those which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

V. Verses of judgment and condemnation. In the verses that follow, are the lifestyles of people whom have not been born again, “those whom are not Christ’s.” Those whom are alive during the time prior to the tribulation had been exposed to Christ by eyewitnesses of our Lord, and by those whom had been won to Christ by those whom had been won to Christ by converts of eyewitnesses (from the first century until now). Because only eyewitnesses of Christ had actually seen the Truth of Christ, “those whom had not/have not/ seen our Lord,” based their decisions to accept Christ as Lord and Savior on faith, which will be the case of those whom will be tribulation saints. Those whom will live during the Kingdom Age as unbelievers will have the physical Presence of Christ in their lives, and will come under His teaching. In Rev 21:8 such words as “cowardly, fearful, liars,” along with the other verse qualifiers, show a lifestyle of unbelief in Christ, of not having been born again. All whom have direct access to the Person of Christ and to His teachings, should have no reason to be cowardly, fearful, or liars. But, because of their not having been born again, such Kingdom Age unbelievers will find their eternal destination to be in the Lake Of Fire (Rev 20:15), because they did not receive the Person and teaching of Christ; they will have been born in the Kingdom Age as unbelievers, and will exit the Kingdom Age as unbelievers. In essence, those of Rev 21:8, have not been born again (John 3:3). It is important to know that “Kingdom of God” can relate to the Millennium or to the Eternal State, depending on context. John 3:3 and 1 Cor 6:9-10 directly relate to people who be allowed to enter the Millennium/Kingdom Age (Rev 20). Those whom have been born again will also enter the eternal state of the new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem (Rev 21-22).

A. Pre-Tribulation Warning. This message is being taught now, and relates to those whom have not been born again, but may be born again.

1. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. Text.
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

2. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. Comment.

a. Vs 9-10. These sins, if of lifestyle, show that such a person has not been born again, not having the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, which prompts believers to righteousness.

b. Vs 11. Any unbeliever can come to saving faith in Christ, which will cause such a person to live a righteous way of life.

B. Post Tribulation Judgment. This message is written to relate to those who will be living in the Kingdom Age of the Millennium. The particulars also relate to this age in which we live.

1. Revelation 21:8.Text.
8 But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

2. Revelation 21:8. Comment.

a. A solemn, serious warning about the kinds of people who will be outcasts from the new heaven and the new earth in the lake of fire. The NT often goes beyond just citing unbelief in listing character and lifestyle traits of the outcast, so that believers can identify such people (1 Cor. 6:9, 10; Gal. 5:19; cf. John 8:31). sorcerers. See note on 9:21. lake which burns with fire. See note on 19:20. brimstone. See note on 9:17. second death. See note on 20:6. (MacArthur Study Bibe.).

b. For the people who are identified in this verse, there is no recompense. Their eternity in the lake of fire was affirmed when they denied Christ as their Lord and Savior, and died, while living in the Kingdom Age. For those, who either remained alive throughout the Millennium (not having accepted Christ as Lord and Savior), or were killed as they joined forces with Satan and came against Christ and His people at the Battle of God and Magog (Rev 20:7-9), their eternity in the lake of fire was also sealed.

c. The dead of all time (those not born again, John 3:3), as opposed to “the dead in Christ” (those born again) (1 Thes 4:16), will stand before God, be judged according to their works, which are written “in the books,” and be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 20:11-15).

d. The “book of life” (Rev 20:12) contains the names of all of those, of all time, whom will have been born again. Their offenses had been “nailed to the cross” (Col 2:13-14), whereby Christ had paid their sin debt.

C. Sin Applications.

1. In today’s world, we have a close resemblance to the events of the Battle of Gog and Magog (Rev 20:7-9). Those whom reside on earth during the Kingdom Age will be taught the truth of Christ (Isa 2:1-3; Zech 8:3). But, in spite of the truth of the words of Christ, many people will not accept His teachings. They will become pawns of Satan in his attack on God’s people at the end of the Millennium, and will show by their works that they have not accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. Consider the words of Rev 21:8, which identify the people directly, whom will be living during the millennium, but have shown by their lifestyles that they have not come to saving faith in Christ. Anyone can have a day where they may commit any of the sins of 21:8, but only if those sins are lifestyle patterns, do they show that they have rejected Christ.

2. In the Apostle Paul’s personal world, he had a daily battle with sin. Consider Romans 7:14-21.

a. The Conflict of Serving Two Masters. The Truth Of Indwelling Sin.

14 For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am fleshly, sold into bondage to sin. 15 For I do not understand what I am doing; for I am not practicing what I want to do, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 However, if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, that the Law is good. 17 But now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that good does not dwell in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. 19 For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. 20 But if I do the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin that dwells in me. 21 I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.

b. To paraphrase the words of Paul, he said: “The things that I know I should do, I don’t do. The things that I shouldn’t do, I do. It is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.

3. When we have been born again, our spirit, is dwelled within by the Spirit of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (John 14:16, 17, 20). Our old spirit has passed away, and replaced by a new spirit (2 Cor 5:17). We have a spirit as righteous as the Spirit of Christ (2 Cor 5:21). But, we still have the problem that was present in the life of Paul, which is indwelling sin. When we are born again, our spirit has been born again, but our soul (our mind, our emotions, our consciousness) has not been born again; and “sin which dwells within me,” will stay within us until we die, or are caught up from this earth in the Rapture.

4. The dwelling of God’s Spirit, within our spirit, prompts us to righteousness, per the following scriptures: John 14:26; 16:5-11). When indwelling sin tells us to commit sin, the indwelling Holy Spirit tells us to live as Christ would live. Concerning Rev 21:8, a person having such deadly sins controlling their life, is providing evidence that they do not have the Spirit of Christ dwelling within their spirit, prompting them to righteous living. For example, in the Millennium, nobody having accepted Christ as Lord and savior, should have any fear in their lives, because Christ’s influence, Presence, and protection will be everywhere.

5. Consider the following scriptures and associated details that tell of the influence of Christ over everyone who will be living in the Millennium.

a. Isa 2:3. And many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways And that we may walk in His paths.” For the law will go forth from Zion And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

(1) “law.” 8451. torah.

(2) When these events take place many nations will be attracted to Jerusalem (cf. 14:1; 27:13; 66:23; Zech 8:23; 14:16) and to God’s house (the temple, Isa 2:2a). The attraction will be the Lord’s ways, paths, Law, and Word, which will be made known from that place. In fact, the Lord Himself will give forth the Law (51:4). (Zion, referred to dozens of times by Isiah, more than any other author of Scripture, is here a synonym of Jerusalem; cf. 4:3; 40:9; 52:1; 62:1. See comments on Zech 8:3). In the Millennium, people everywhere will realize that God’s revelation is foundational to their lives. They will want to know it (He will teach us) and to live according to it (walk in it). (Bible Knowledge Commentary, John A. Martin, B.A., Th. M., Th. D.).

b. Zech 8:3. “Thus says the LORD, ‘I will return to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth, and the mountain of the LORD of hosts will be called the Holy Mountain.’

(1) 571. emeth. firmness, faithfulness, truth.

(2) At this time, His (Christ’s) truth and holiness (Joel 3:17; Obad 17) will be imparted in the city (Jerusalem) and throughout the the earth (Bible Knowledge Commentary, F. Duane Lindsey, B.A., B.D., Th. M., Th. D.).

VI. Conclusion. Everyone who will be alive during the Kingdom Age of the Millennnium will have the truth of God made known to them (Isa 2:3/Zech 8:3). Everyone who resides on this earth, prior to the Millennium, is currently receiving the message of Christ through God’s Holy Spirit (John 1:9). To reject Christ is to have a destiny in the lake of fire (Rev 20:15.

A. John 1:9. “This was the true Light that, coming into the world, enlightens every person.”

B. Ryrie Study Bible. John 1:9. “enlightens everyman.” Not that every man is redeemed automatically, for redemption comes through faith in the Savior.

C. John 1:12. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”

D. Ryrie Study Bible note. John 1:12. “even to those who believe in His name.” An explanation of what it means to “receive” Him.

VII. Video Details.

A. What will the new heaven and the new earth be like?

B. John Ankerberg Show. Nov 28, 2018.

C. From the series “Revelation: The Last Words of Jesus” featuring very special guests Dr. Ron Rhodes, Dr. Ed Hindson, and, Dr. Mark Hitchcock.(Credentials for each of the men in this video can be found on my “About Sources” Page.

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End Times 33, Revelation 20:1-15, The Millennium

I. Introduction. Revelation Chapter 20 discusses the Kingdom Age of the Millennium. The Kingdom is an earthly existence. The Millennium is the length of time that the Kingdom, or Kingdom Age, will exist. In order for anyone to understand Revelation Chapter 20, there must be an understanding of what the Kingdom is, and what the Kingdom is not. This article will first explain the things that relate to the Kingdom, in its prophesied earthly existence. Following, will be a discussion on the events that must occur between the time that we now occupy in history, to the time of the Kingdom Age. Then, each verse of Revelation Chapter 20 will be discussed, as to the things that will occur during its duration.

A. Series Title. Israel In Revelation.

B. Opening Video Title. Marking the Times Episode 29: Millennial Kingdom.

C. Article Title. End Times 33, Revelation 20:1-15, The Millennium.

D. Article Focus. End Times and Present Time.

II. Key Focus. Understanding The Kingdom Age.

A. In Revelation 20:4, we see the words, “a thousand years.” A millennium (plural millennia or millenniums) is a period of one thousand years, sometimes called a kiloyear. … Millennia sometimes have religious or theological implications (see millenarianism). The word millennium derives from the Latin mille, thousand, and annus, year. Also check: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/millennium#other-words

B. The millennium (thousand years), as shown in Rev 20, is the length of time of the fulfillment of:

1. The Abrahamic Covenant: Gen 12:1-3; 15:18-21, 17:1-8.

2. The Davidic Covenant:2 Sam 7:8-16.

3. Pre-Christ Prophecy: Isa 2:1-4. Mic 4:1-4.

4. Time Of Christ’s Teaching. Matt 3:1-3; 4:17; 10:5-7. Luke 10:9.

C. The term, “millennium,” is not shown in Scripture. The “thousand years” of Revelation 20:4, is the length of time that will cover the Kingdom Age.

D. A dispensation is a period of time during which man is tested in respect of obedience to some specific revelation of the will of God. Seven such dispensations are distinguished in Scripture. (Scofield’s Reference Notes).

E. The Kingdom Age (1,000 years) is the final dispensation of seven dispensations. 1. Innocence (Gen 1:3-3:6). 2. Conscience (Gen 3:7-8:14). 3. Human Government (Gen 8:15-11:9). 4. Patriarchal Rule (Gen 11:10-Ex 18:27). 5. Mosaic Law (Ex 19:1-Acts 1:26). 6. Grace (Acts 2:1-Rev 19:21). Kingdom. (Rev 20:1-15). (Scofield’s Reference Notes; Ryrie, “Dispensationalism).

F. The Kingdom Age will have the “very good” conditions of the Garden of Eden that existed through Gen Chap 2 (Gen 1:31, 2:25). Such Edenic conditions in the Kingdom will exist until the Battle of Gog and Magog (Rev 20:7-10) takes place, which is a result of the attack on God’s people by the many children (Rev 20:8) of Jews and Gentiles who enter the Kingdom, having been born again, but entering the Kingdom in mortal bodies. These Kingdom-born children will have to accept Christ, and be given resurrection bodies by God, to enter the eternal state (Rev 21:1-2); but, many will not come to such saving faith in Christ. Such unbelievers will be like unbelievers in our present age; they will be taught the truth of Christ (Isa 2:2-3), but many will reject Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Rev 19:16), and will be the deceived members of the army that will attack Jerusalem at the end of the 1,000 years (Rev 20:8-9). [(1) Anyone living in the Kingdom, having a natural body (flesh and blood, perishable) will not be able to enter the eternal state (1 Cor 15:50). (2) In the Rapture, “the dead in Christ” will rise first, and then “the living” will be instantaneously transformed (1 Cor 15:51-52). (3) The dead and the living will exchange the temporal and imperfect for the eternal and perfect (1 Cor 15:53-54).] {David K. Lowery, Th.M., Ph.D. Bible Knowledge Commentary, all three examples}. (Consider: “the dead in Christ,” 1 Thes 4:16, vs ” the dead,” Rev 20:12, 13).

G. The Jews of the Tribulation who come to saving faith in Christ (Mt 24:31, 40-41), will be left behind on earth to enter the Kingdom in mortal bodies. Gentiles of the Tribulation who come to saving faith in Christ, will also be left behind on earth to enter the Kingdom in mortal bodies (Mt 25:31-34).

H. Raptured and Resurrected saints of the church age will return from Heaven (Jn 14:2-6) with Christ for the Battle of Armageddon (Rev 19:14), and will enter the Kingdom in resurrection bodies. Old Testament saints will be resurrected at the end of the Tribulation to enter the Kingdom in resurrection bodies (Dan 12:1-3). Saints who die during the Tribulation will be resurrected at the end of the Tribulation to enter the Kingdom in resurrection bodies (Rev 20:4).

I. Old Testament saints will rule and reign with Christ (Dan 12:1-3; Matt 19:28) in their promised Kingdom area (Israel, Gen 15:18-21). Church age saints will rule and reign with Christ outside of Israel (1 Cor 6:2). In these two examples of ruling and reigning, those whom have resurrection bodies will rule and reign over those whom have mortal bodies. During the Kingdom Age, people from all over the world will go to Jerusalem to keep Jewish feasts, and to worship Christ (Zech 14:16-19; Mt 26:29); those not having resurrection bodies will come under the rule and reign of those whom have resurrection bodies (1 Cor 6:2).

J. See the following MacArthur Study Bible note: 14:16–19 This very important passage reveals that some Gentiles will go into the millennial kingdom alive along with the redeemed Jews. A converted remnant from those heathen nations will make annual pilgrimages to Jerusalem to worship the LORD and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles during the Millennium. Commemorating the time when God “tabernacled” with Israel in the wilderness, the feast represented the last of the 3 major pilgrimage festivals (Lev. 23:34–36), marked the final harvest of the year’s crops, and provided a time of rejoicing. In the Millennium, it will celebrate Messiah’s presence, again dwelling among His people, and the joyful restoration of Israel, including the ingathering of the nations. Those who refuse to go will experience drought and plague. Tragically, as the thousand years go on, there will be many people from all over the world who will reject Christ as Savior and King, joining in a final war against Him, only to be destroyed and cast into hell forever (cf. Rev. 20:7–15). [my note: Mt 26:29, which was not Christian communion but was an observance of Passover (there was no church then), will also be observed in the Kingdom.] (My note: the correct wording of Rev 20:10, is “the lake of fire and brimstone, and Rev 20:14,15 is “the lake of fire,” as opposed to “hell.” The correct wording of “hell” in Rev 20:13, 14 is “hades.”)

K. When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, which was followed by the curse (Gen 3), the Kingdom was removed from the Earth, and will not return until Christ reigns on the throne in Jerusalem (Rev 19:11-21; Isa 2:1-4). The Kingdom was restored in a limited form during the time of Moses, and continued until the fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C.; the “times of the Gentiles” (Lk 21:24, Gentile domination of Jerusalem) followed and will last until Christ takes His place on the throne in Jerusalem. The lack of a Jewish King over Israel began when King Zedekiah was dethroned by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. The next Jewish King that will reign over Israel will be Christ, when He returns from Heaven at the end of the Tribulation (Mt 24:29-30). Because of the sin of Adam and Eve, and the following curse, the total perfection of the Garden of Eden, will not be present again until the time of the eternal state (Rev 21-22). During the time of the the Kingdom (Rev 20), the Garden perfection will be limited on earth. There will be death in the Kingdom Age (Isaiah 65:20); Satan will be released from the abyss to deceive unsaved mankind at the end of the Kingdom Age (Rev 20:7), and will launch an attack against Christ and His people (Rev 20:8-9); Satan loses (Rev 20:9). In the eternal state, Satan will not be present (Rev 20:10); there will be no death, or any kind of sin, or anything that is sin-related (21:8).

L. At our present time, God is keeping Jupiter from bumping into Mars, but Satan is “the prince of the power of the air (Eph 2:2), and is the ruler of this world (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; 2 Cor. 4:4.).

M. God has chosen the covenant seed of Abraham to be the people through whom He will provide a Savior for a fallen world (Gen 3:15), and through whom He will reestablish His Kingdom on earth (Gen 12:1-3; 18:6-8; 26:1-4; 35:9-12; Isa 9:6-7). It is very clear in Deu 14:2 of God’s choice for Israel to be, “… a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for His personal possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”

N. There are Bible translations that translate Luke 17:21 as, “the kingdom of God is within you”. So, we will address such a wording.

1. The Kingdom is described in Gen 15:18-21 as being a parcel of land that extends from the Nile River in Egypt to the Euphrates river in Iraq.

2. The Kingdom is described in 2 Sam 7:8-16 as being a place for Israel, where a seed of David will establish His Kingdom.

3. The Kingdom is described in Isa 2:1-4 as being a place of ideal living conditions, being taught and ruled by our Lord, Messiah, Christ.

4. The Kingdom is described by Christ in the Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5-7), and other teachings of Christ (Lk 6:27-38), as being a place of Godly ethics and morality.

5. Considering the fact that the Kingdom will be a place with people, a place of Godly rulership, a place having
the mountain of the house of the Lord, with teaching and judging by Yahweh, where such as Mt 5:41-42 will exist: “41 Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.” We must conclude that the translation of Lk 17:21 must be reconsidered. We will add 17:20 for proper context.

a. 20 Now He was questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, and He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs that can be observed; 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

b. Notice that Pharisees, whom had not accepted Christ as Messiah, were questioning Him. Those people had not been born again. They were hostile to Christ, so nothing Godly could be “within them.” Per Ryrie Study Bible, “the Kingdom was completely unconnected with the Pharisees.” Per Scofield Study Bible, “the kingdom was actually ‘in the midst’ of the Pharisees in the persons of Christ and His disciples. Ultimately, the kingdom of heaven will come visibly to earth at our Lord’s second coming. See, 17:24, “For just like the lightning, when it flashes out of one part of the sky, shines to the other part of the sky, so will the Son of Man be in His day.” The phrase, “Son of Man,” was known to Jews from Daniel 7:13.

O. A comparison of Bible translations can be seen via the following links:
https://biblehub.com/luke/17-21.htm
https://www.biblegateway.com/verse/en/Luke%2017:21

P. The correct translation of Lk 17:21 is: “the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

Q. By believing that “the Kingdom of God is within you,” there is a common misunderstanding that the born again process puts the Kingdom “within us,” but the born again experience allows us to be present in the Kingdom, as is described in Rev 20:1-6, and other scriptures, per Ezek 36:24-28, John 3:3, 2 Cor 5:17. In other words, the kingdom doesn’t go into people; people go into the kingdom.

R. The words, “Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Heaven” have the same meaning. The Kingdom on earth will be under the power of God in Heaven. The new heaven, new earth, and new Jerusalem of Rev 21:1-2 will appear after the present heaven, earth, and Jerusalem are destroyed at the end of the Kingdom Age of the Millennium, per 2 Pet 3:10. Consider heaven and heavens. https://biblehub.com/greek/3772.htm

S. An often overlooked teaching of the Kingdom Age is that saved Gentiles will share in the blessings that God has promised saved Israel. The subject of being “grated in,” (Rom 11:17-24), has an important not in the Ryrie Study Bible, “The root of the tree is the Abrahamic Covenant that promised blessing to both Jew and Gentile through Christ. See Gen 12:3. Saved Gentiles will not become Jews during the Kingdom Age, but will share in the Covenant blessings that God has promised for the Saved Jews to inherit.

III. Key Events Leading To Kingdom Age.

A. From where we are now in present day history, there are two key events that remain to be fulfilled in God’s calendar that will precede the Kingdom Age.

1. 1 Thes 4:16-17; which is the Rapture of the church age saints. The purpose of the rapture is to remove church age saints from earth, where they will be taken to Heaven (John 14:2-6; 1 Cor 15:50-54).

2. Regarding the term rapture, and its use in theology, the following should answer your questions. It is taken from Ryrie’s Basic Theology, Electronic Media from Parsons Technology. https://bible.org/question/where-did-term-8216rapture%E2%80%99-come

a. Rapture is a state or experience of being carried away. The English word comes from a Latin word, rapio, which means to seize or snatch in relation to an ecstasy of spirit or the actual removal from one place to another. In other words, it means to be carried away in spirit or in body. The Rapture of the church means the carrying away of the church from earth to heaven.

b. The Greek word from which this term “rapture” is derived, appears in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, is translated “caught up.” The Latin translation of this verse used the word rapturo. The Greek word it translates is harpazo, which means to snatch or take away. Elsewhere it is used to describe how the Spirit caught up Philip near Gaza and brought him to Caesarea (Acts 8:39) and to describe Paul’s experience of being caught up into the third heaven (2 Cor. 12:2-4). Thus, there can be no doubt that the word is used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 to indicate the actual removal of people from earth to heaven.

3. Jer 30:7, which tells of Israel’s place in the Tribulation, will follow the Rapture, and is designed for God to draw unsaved Jews to saving faith in Christ. With the church having been removed from the earth, God’s sole focus is unsaved Israel. Unsaved Gentiles, whom are also left behind, will be blessed by the Jews, even during the time of Tribulation.

4. Dan 9:27, which tells of the Tribulation, will not occur until the Anti-Christ affirms a covenant with the Jews, which will begin the seven years of Jacob’s distress (Tribulation).

B. God has promised the Church deliverance from divine wrath (1 Thess. 1:10; 5:9; Rev. 3:10) God made a special promise to the church that it will be delivered from the future, tribulational wrath of God. It is best to take this deliverance as a physical removal (Rapture)from this time of divine wrath. https://www.biblebb.com/files/rapture.htm

C. At the time that anyone comes to saving faith in Christ, and is born again, such a person’s spirit has the Spirit of Christ dwelling within their spirit, and is therefore as righteous as is the Spirit of Christ, (2 Cor 5:17,21). No Godly judgment of the Tribulation can make a born again believer in Christ, any more righteous, or any more worthy, of dwelling with Christ throughout eternity. All judgments of the Tribulation are poured out on earth by Christ or angels (Rev 6:1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 8:1, 2, 5, etc.)

D. The Tribulation must precede the Millennium (Ryrie Study Bible, note on Joel 3:9-17). We will now discuss things of the Kingdom Age of the Millennium.

IV. Kingdom Age. Rev 20.

A. Preview.

1. Rev 20 is a view of the Kingdom Age in a nutshell. The duration of the Kingdom Age is 1,000 years, and is also known as the Millennial reign of Christ.

2. MacArthur Study Bible Note. Rev 20:1—22:21. Chapter 19 ends with the Battle of Armageddon and Christ’s second coming—events that mark the close of the Tribulation. The events of chap. 20—the binding of Satan, Christ’s 1,000 year earthly kingdom, Satan’s final rebellion, and the Great White Throne Judgment—fit chronologically between the close of the Tribulation and the creation of the new heaven and the new earth described in chaps. 21, 22.

B. Rev 19 NASB 1995 Text and Comments (MacArthur Study Bible notes, unless otherwise noted). .

1. Satan Bound-Text-vs 1-6.

a. 1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 and he threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed; after these things he must be released for a short time.

b. 4 Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

2. Comments vs 1-6.

a. 1-3. KJV Study Bible. 20:1–3. The bottomless pit is simply the Abyss (Gr. abussos), the abode of evil spirits (cf. 9:1–11; Luke 8:31). The key shows authority, and the chain depicts imprisonment and binding. Before the millennial kingdom begins, Satan (cf. 12:9) is bound in the Abyss. The seal indicates God’s authority and guarantee that Satan will not be released until a thousand years have passed. During the Millennium (Latin for “one thousand years”) Satan will not be able to tempt or deceive the nations. Any temptation to sin during the Millennium must come from within those people who are born after the kingdom begins. It must be assumed that all of Satan’s demons or fallen angels are also imprisoned at this time (cf. Is. 24:21–23). Christ will reign on earth without opposition, and His kingdom will be characterized by righteousness, peace, and love (cf. Is. 2:3, 4; 11:3–5; 35:1, 2; Dan. 7:14; Zech. 14:9). However, after the thousand years Satan will be released for a short while (vv. 7–9).

b. 4. the souls of those who had been beheaded. These are tribulation martyrs (cf. 6:9; 18:24; 19:2). The Gr. word translated “beheaded” became a general term for execution, not necessarily a particular method. his mark. Tribulation martyrs will be executed for refusing the mark of the beast. reigned. Tribulation believers, along with the redeemed from both the OT and NT eras, will reign with Christ (1 Cor. 6:2; 2 Tim. 2:12) during the 1,000 year kingdom.

c. 5. the rest of the dead. The bodies of unbelievers of all ages will not be resurrected until the Great White Throne Judgment (vv. 12, 13). first resurrection. Scripture teaches two kinds of resurrections: the “resurrection of life” and “the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:29; cf. Dan. 12:2; Acts 24:15). The first kind of resurrection is described as “the resurrection of the just” (Luke 14:14), the resurrection of “those who are Christ’s at His coming” (1 Cor. 15:23), and the “better resurrection” (Heb. 11:35). It includes only the redeemed of the church age (1 Thess. 4:13–18), the OT (Dan. 12:2), and the Tribulation (v. 4). They will enter the kingdom in resurrection bodies, along with believers who survived the Tribulation. The second kind of resurrection, then, will be the resurrection of the unconverted who will receive their final bodies suited for torment in the lake of tire.

d. 6. Blessed. Those who die in the Lord (14:13) are blessed with the privilege of entering His kingdom. second death. The first death is only physical, the second is spiritual and eternal in the lake of fire, the final, eternal lake of fire (v. 14). It could exist outside the created universe as we know it, outside of space and time, and be presently unoccupied.

3. Satan Freed, Doomed. Text. vs 7-10.

a. 7 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. 9 And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them. 10 And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

4. Comments. vs 7-10.

a. 7. Satan…released. He is loosed to bring cohesive leadership to the world of rebels born to the believers who entered the kingdom at the beginning. He is loosed to reveal the character of Christ-rejecting sinners who are brought into judgment for the last time ever.

b. 8. Gog and Magog. The name given to the army of rebels and its leader at the end of the Millennium. They were names of ancient enemies of the Lord. Magog was the grandson of Noah (Gen. 10:2) and founder of a kingdom located N of the Black and Caspian Seas. Gog is apparently the leader of a rebel army known collectively as Magog. The battle depicted in vv. 8, 9 is like the one in Ezek. 38, 39; it is best to see this one as taking place at the end of the Millennium.

c. 9. beloved city. Jerusalem (cf. Pss. 78:68; 87:2), the capital city during Christ’s millennial reign (Jer. 3:17). The saints will be living around the city where Christ reigns (cf. Is. 24:23; Jer. 3:17; Zech. 14:9–11). fire. Frequently associated in Scripture with divine judgment of wicked men (Gen. 19:24; 2 Kin. 1:10, 12, 14; Luke 9:54; 17:29).

d. 10. deceived. Just as his demons will entice the world’s armies into the Battle of Armageddon, Satan will draw them into a suicidal assault against Christ and His people (16:13, 14). lake of fire and brimstone. tormented day and night. Continuous, unrelieved torment will be the final state of Satan, fallen angels, and unredeemed men.

5. Judgment at the Throne of God. Text. vs 11-15.

a. 11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

6. Comments. vs 11-15.

a. 11. great white throne. Nearly 50 times in Revelation there is the mention of a throne. This is a judgment throne, elevated, pure, and holy. God sits on it as judge (cf. 4:2, 3, 9; 5:1, 7, 13; 6:16; 7:10, 15) in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. See 21:5, 6; John 5:22–29; Acts 17:31. earth and the heaven fled away. John saw the contaminated universe go out of existence. Peter described this moment in 2 Pet. 3:10–13. The universe is “uncreated,” going into non-existence (cf. Matt. 24:35).

b. 12. standing before God. In a judicial sense, as guilty, condemned prisoners before the bar of divine justice. There are no living sinners left in the destroyed universe since all sinners were killed and all believers glorified. books. These books record every thought, word, and deed of sinful men—all recorded by divine omniscience (Dan. 7:9, 10, the passage that is the source of this text). They will provide the evidence for eternal condemnation. Cf. 18:6, 7. Book of Life. It contains the names of all the redeemed (Dan. 12:1). judged according to their works. Their thoughts (Luke 8:17; Rom. 2:16), words (Matt. 12:37), and actions (Matt. 16:27) will be compared to God’s perfect, holy standard (Matt. 5:48; 1 Pet. 1:15, 16), and will be found wanting (Rom. 3:23). This also implies that there are degrees of punishment in the final judgment (cf. Matt. 10:14, 15; 11:22; Mark 12:38–40; Luke 12:47, 48; Heb. 10:29).

c. 13. Death and Hades. Both terms describe the state of death. All unrighteous dead will appear at the Great White Throne Judgment; none will escape. All the places that have held the bodies of the unrighteous dead will yield up new bodies suited for hell. [death represents the deceased body…see Lk 16:22b. hades represents the condition of torment…see Lk 16:23].

d. My Comment. 20:13. Luke 16:19-31. The rich man was dead, with his body in the grave; this man was dead, with his soul experiencing torment in Hades. Once a believer dies, the body is in the grave (so to speak) and the soul is in the Presence of God, in a state of comfort (as was Lazarus). At the time of the rapture and resurrection, the church age bodies of the “dead in Christ” will be raised to be physically in the Presence of Christ, forever (1 Thes 4:16-18). The righteous whom die prior to the church age, and in the tribulation, will have their deceased bodies raised at the end of the tribulation (Dan 12:2, Rev 20:4). As in the case of Lazarus, all deceased righteous saints, of all times, will have their souls (consciousness) in the Presence of God, from the time of their death until the time of their bodily resurrection, at which time their “bodies, souls and spirits” (1 Thes 5:23) will be reunited. There is no such thing as soul sleep.

e. 14. second death. See note on v. 6.

f. 15. lake of fire. See note on Rev 19:20. 19:20 beast was captured, and…the false prophet. In an instant, the world’s armies are without their leaders. The beast is Antichrist (Rev 13:1–8); the false prophet is his religious cohort (Rev 13:11–17). cast alive. The bodies of the beast and the false prophet will be transformed, and they will be banished directly to the lake of fire (Dan. 7:11)—the first of countless millions of unregenerate men (20:15) and fallen angels (cf. Matt. 25:41) to arrive in that dreadful place. That these two still appear there 1,000 years later (20:10) refutes the false doctrine of annihilationism (cf. 14:11; Is. 66:24; Matt. 25:41; Mark 9:48; Luke 3:17; 2 Thess. 1:9). lake of fire. The final judgment, the place of eternal punishment, for all unrepentant rebels, angelic or human (cf. 20:10, 15). The NT says much of eternal punishment (cf. 14:10, 11; Matt. 13:40–42; 25:41; Mark 9:43–48; Luke 3:17; 12:47, 48). fire…brimstone. These two are frequently associated with divine judgment (14:10; 20:10; 21:8; Gen. 19:24; Ps. 11:6; Is. 30:33; Ezek. 38:22; Luke 17:29).

V. Summary.

A. The Kingdom of God is that of which Isaiah prophesied, as a physical Kingdom which will be present on earth, with Christ ruling from Jerusalem (Isa 2:3, 9:6-7, etc.).

B. There is discussion today of “Kingdom Now Theology.” However, there can be no Kingdom without a King present and ruling. The King, Christ, is not presently ruling on earth, and will not be present on earth until the events of prophecy are fulfilled, such as those stated in Zech 12:9-10 and 14:1-4, at the end of the Tribulation and in the Battle of Armageddon:

1. “And in that day I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem” (Zech 12:9).

2. “Behold, a day is coming for the Lord…. (He) will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle…Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle….His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east;” (Zech 14:1-4).

C. Peace will not come upon the Earth until Christ returns from Heaven to Earth, and physically rules and reigns from Jerusalem.

1. “And the Lord will be king over all the earth; in that day the Lord will be the only one, and His name the only one.” (Zech 14:9)

2. There will be only one religion in the entire world during the millennial reign of Christ. Ruling with a rod of iron (cf. Rev. 19:15), Christ will have done away with all false religions spawned by Satan. This will be the ultimate fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant providing a Jewish people, the nation of Israel, and the land given to Abraham; the Davidic Covenant which promised a king from the tribe of Judah and the line of David; and the New Covenant which held out the hope of spiritual redemption for Jew and Gentile. All of this will be fulfilled in and by the Lord Jesus Christ. (MacArthur Study Bible note). [The new covenant is an example of Gentile believers being blessed by God’s blessings on Jews. Jer 31:31. “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.” The new covenant is made between God and Israel, and will be fulfilled when Christ returns to earth with His born again believers (Ryrie Study Bible). Although certain features of the New Covenant have been fulfilled for believers in the current Church Age, e.g., knowledge of God and forgiveness of sin, the covenant remains to be realized for Israel according to the explicit statement of v 31, “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.” (Scofield Study Bible).

D. If we were to think that we are in the Kingdom Age now, we would have to conclude that Christ is not doing a good job of ruling and reigning. Worldly peace is not present. The conditions of Isaiah 2 are nowhere to be found.

VI. Closing Video.

A. Marking the Times Episode 29: Millennial Kingdom

B. Join Dr. Hitchcock as he answers your questions relating to the role of believers after the Millennial Kingdom and Christ sitting on King David’s throne.

C. Aug 31, 2018. Mark Hitchcock.

1.Mark Hitchcock (J.D.,Th.M., Ph.D.)

2. Mark Hitchcock http://marklhitchcock.com/about/

3. Mark Hitchcock is a leading Bible prophecy expert, prolific author who has penned over 20 books on the end times, senior pastor, and adjunct faculty member of the Dallas Theological Seminary.
Mark Hitchcock (J.D.,Th.M., Ph.D.)

End Times 32, Revelation 19:1-21, Christ Returns, The Tribulation Ends, Judgment Follows.

THESE THINGS WILL HAPPEN! The scenes in this opening video show a world of people, which have turned their backs on Christ as their Lord and Savior, and have found themselves in the Tribulation. Those whom have accepted Christ have been removed from the world and taken to Heaven by Christ. Tribulation judgments on the world, by Christ and His angels, are shown in this opening video. God has chosen the Tribulation judgments to draw those, whom had previously rejected Christ, to saving faith in our Lord (Note. Young children may be seen in the video, but will not be left behind to undergo the judgments of the Tribulation.)

I. Introduction. It is at the end of the Great Tribulation that Israel is being attacked by all of the nations of the world at the Battle of Armageddon; the USA is one of those worldly attackers. The Jews see no way out of their impending destruction. Israel, and Jews everywhere, have denied Christ for centuries, but now they call on Him, in faith, to save them, which our Lord does. Christ descends from heaven with angels, and born again believers in Christ whom were resurrected or raptured prior to the beginning of the tribulation; they were then taken to Heaven where they have been waiting for this prophetic event for the salvation of God’s chosen people (Deu 14:2). This article will discuss the second coming of Christ, when He will stand on planet earth.

A. Series Title. Israel In Revelation.

B. Opening Video Title. REVELATION.

C. Article Title. End Times 32, Revelation 19:1-21, Christ Returns, The Tribulation Ends, Judgment Follows.

D. Article Focus. End Times and Present Time.

II. Key Verse. Revelation 19: 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. 16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written: “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

III. Preview of Revelation Chapter 19.

A. The events of Rev 19 are identified in verse order, as follow: The Marriage of the Lamb; The Marriage Supper of the Lamb; The descent of Christ from Heaven with the raptured and resurrected believers of the church age, and angels, for the Battle of Armageddon.

B. With some repetition, at the second coming of Christ from heaven to stand on planet earth, the Tribulation comes to a close. In Rev 19 Christ returns to Earth to judge sin and to set up the prophesied Kingdom Age, also known as the thousand year millennial reign. Accompanying Christ, will be the born again believers in Christ, whom were alive and caught up to heaven in the rapture of the church prior to the tribulation (John 14:2,3,6; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18). Also, with the returning Christ, will be the born again believers which died during the church age (prior to the tribulation), and were resurrected from death immediately prior to the living believers being raptured. At the time of the rapture, Christ will come in the air, but will not stand on planet Earth. These returning saints will rule and reign with Christ for the duration of the Kingdom age (1 Cor 6:2, Rev 20:4). In a future article, we will discuss the details of the ruling and reigning of saved Jews, pre and post Christ, in conjunction with the ruling and reigning of the the returning, resurrected and raptured, saints (1 Cor 6:2, Rev 20:4).

IV. Rev 19. Text And Comments. Unless otherwise noted, comments come from the MacArthur Study Bible.

A. Rev 19:1-6. The Fourfold Hallelujah. Text.

1 After these things I heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God; 2 because His judgments are true and righteous; for He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and He has avenged the blood of His bond-servants on her.” 3 And a second time they said, “Hallelujah! Her smoke rises up forever and ever.” 4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sits on the throne saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!” 5 And a voice came from the throne, saying, “Give praise to our God, all you His bond-servants, you who fear Him, the small and the great.” 6 Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters, and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying,

“Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.

B. Rev 19:1-6. Comments.

1. 19:1-6. 19:1–6 Alleluia. The transliteration of this Heb. word appears 4 times in the NT, all in this chapter (vv. 1, 3, 4, 6). This exclamation, meaning “Praise the Lord,” occurs frequently in the OT (cf. Pss. 104:35; 105:45; 106:1; 111:1; 112:1; 113:1; 117:1; 135:1; 146:1). Five reasons for their praise emerge: 1) God’s deliverance of His people from their enemies (v. 1); 2) God’s meting out of justice (v. 2); 3) God’s permanent crushing of man’s rebellion (v. 3); 4) God’s sovereignty (v. 6); and 5) God’s communion with His people (v. 7).

2. 19:1 “After these things.” This is a time key. After the destruction of Babylon at the end of the Great Tribulation, just before the kingdom is established (chap. 20). This section bridges the Tribulation and the millennial kingdom. “great multitude.” Probably angels, since the saints join in later (vv. 5ff.; cf. 5:11, 12; 7:11, 12). The imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ prompts this outburst of praise.

3. 19:2. judgments. Saints long for the day of judgment (cf. 6:10; 16:7; Is. 9:7; Jer. 23:5). Godly people love righteousness and hate sin, for righteousness honors God and sin mocks Him. Believers long for a world of justice and it will come (v. 15; 2:27; 12:5).

4. 19:3. smoke rises. This is because of the fire (cf. 17:16, 18; 18:8, 9, 18; 14:8–11).

5. 19:4. twenty-four elders. Best understood as representatives of the church (see note on 4:4). four living creatures. A special order of angelic beings. These compose the same group as in 7:11 and are associated with worship frequently (4:8, 11; 5:9–12, 14; 11:16–18).

6. 19:5. small and great. All distinctions and ranks are to be transcended.

7. 19:6 Omnipotent. Or “Almighty.” Used 9 times in Revelation as a title for God (cf. v. 15; 1:8; 4:8; 11:17; 15:3; 16:7, 14; 21:22). The great praise of the multitude sounds like a massive crashing of waves.

C. Rev 19:7-10. Marriage of the Lamb. Text.

6 Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. 7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” 8 It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. 9 Then he *said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’” And he *said to me, “These are true words of God.” 10 Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he *said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

D. Rev 19:7-10. Comments.

1. 19:7. The marriage of the Lamb. His bride. It is the rapture of the church that takes the bride (the born again believers in Christ) to the altar of the wedding, and is the only way that the bride finds her way to the wedding (John 14:2-6. vs 6 is key: “Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.”). It is through a belief in Christ (John 3:16) that precedes Christ personally taking His bride (the church) to Heaven in the rapture (John 14:6); the rapture precedes the bride (Eph 5:25-32) being taken to the marriage of the Lamb Rev 19:7). If there is no rapture of the church, there will be no marriage of the Lamb.

2. 19:8. righteous acts of the saints. Not Christ’s imputed righteousness granted to believers at salvation, but the practical results of that righteousness in believers’ lives, i.e., the outward manifestation of inward virtue.

2. 19:9. In as much as the Greek text does not distinguish between marriage supper and and marriage feast, but uses the same word for both, and since the marriage supper consistently is used in reference to Israel on earth, it may be best to view the marriage of the Lamb as that event in the heavens in which the church is eternally united to Christ and the marriage feast or supper as the millennium, to which Jews and Gentiles will be invited, which takes place on the earth, during which time the bridegroom is honored through the display of the bride to all His friends who are assembled there. (Things To Come, J. Dwight Pentecost, pp 228).

3. 19:9. “those who are called.” This is not the bride (the church) but the guests. The bride doesn’t get invited, she invites. These are those saved before Pentecost, all the faithful believers saved by grace through faith up to the birth of the church (Acts 2:1ff.). Though they are not the bride, they still are glorified and reign with Christ in the millennial kingdom. The guests also will include tribulation saints and believers alive in earthly bodies in the kingdom. The church is the bride, pure and faithful—never a harlot, like Israel was (see Hos. 2).

4. 19:10. Men are not to worship angels, only God. Prophecy is designed to reveal the Lord Jesus (Ryrie Study Bible).

E. Rev 19:11-19. The Coming of Christ. Text.

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. 13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. 16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” 17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.” 19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.

F. Rev 19:11-19. Comments.

1. 19:11–13.KJV Study Bible. This white horse is not that of 6:2. Here the True Messiah returns in victorious conquest. He is Faithful to His Word and promises. He will fulfill the twofold role of judge and warrior. His judgment of the earth will be totally righteous (cf. 16:5–7; 19:2; Ps. 96:13). The fire depicts glory and judgment. The crowns indicate total sovereignty and authority (contrast 12:3; 13:1). The secret name expresses the mystery and greatness of the person of Christ (cf. 2:17; 3:12; 19:13, 16; Phil. 2:9–11). The blood represents the judgment of Christ’s enemies (cf. 14:14–20; Is. 63:1–6). The name “Word of God” presents Christ as the revelation of God Himself (cf. John 1:1, 14; 1 John 1:1). In His first advent, Jesus especially revealed the love and grace of God (cf. John 1:17; Rom. 5:8). But in His second advent, He will reveal the holiness, justice, and judgment of God (cf. Heb. 4:12).

2. 19:14. John F. Walvoord Revelation Commentary. Accompanying Christ on His second coming are those described as “the armies which were in heaven.” Some, such as J. B. Smith, have limited this army to the church, the Bride of Christ, on the basis that it is described as clothed in fine linen, white and clean. There is, however, no reason to limit this to the church, though the church is arrayed in fine linen. The church is not alone in having righteousness in the form of righteous deeds, and it is more probable that here not only the saints but also the holy angels are meant.

3. 19:15. NKJV Study Bible. The sword from His mouth depicts judgment through His spoken Word (cf. 1:16; 2:12, 16; Is. 11:4; 2 Thess. 2:8). Smite the nations: Christ will destroy all unbelievers (cf. 19:21; Matt. 25:41, 46; 2 Thess. 1:8, 9). Rod of iron: Christ will subject all nations to Himself, and destroy all His enemies (cf. Ps. 2:8, 9; 1 Cor. 15:24, 25). Winepress: See 14:17–20. Words relating to wrath and anger are found 15 times in Revelation. KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS: Christ has universal sovereignty. He is King over all who call themselves kings, and Lord over all who call themselves lords (cf. 17:14; Deut. 10:17; Dan. 2:47; 1 Tim. 6:15).

4. 19:16.NKJV Study Bible. KING OF KINGS means the One who is supreme over all earthly rulers. The phrase “Lord of lords and King of kings” is found in 17:14, anticipating the Second Coming.

a. Christ, as the King, will judge between the righteous and unrighteous Jews who are alive at the end of the Tribulation (Matt 24:27-31; 24:38-42), as to who will be allowed to enter into the Kingdom Age, or who will be taken in death to the Great White Throng Judgment (Rev 20:15).

a. Christ, as the King, will judge between the righteous and unrighteous Gentiles who are alive at the end of the Tribulation (Matt 25:31-46; Matt 25:31-33; Matt 25:34-40; Matt 25:41-45; Matt 25:46), as to who will be allowed to to enter into the Kingdom Age, or who will be taken in death to the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:15).

c. Christ is known as the “King Of The Jews.” (Matt 2:2; 27:11; 27:29; 27:37) (Mark 15:2; 15:9; 15:12; 15:18; 15:26) (Luke 23:3; 23:37; 23:38; 23:51) (John 18:33; 18:39; 19:3).

d. Christ is known as the “head of the church.” (Ephesians 5:23) (Colossians 1:18).

e. In the rapture, believers are taken by Christ to Heaven. Unbelievers are left behind to face judgment.

f. In the second coming of Christ, believers are left behind to enter the Kingdom age, to be blessed by all of the Kingdom’s blessings. Unbelievers are taken, in death, to the great white throne judgment (Rev 20:15).

5. 19:17, 18. NKJV Study Bible. The birds are told to gather to feast on the carcasses of the fallen armies gathered in opposition against Christ (Matt 24:28).

5. 19:19. kings of the earth. See 17:12–17. their armies. See 16:13, 14. His army. Zechariah describes this army of the Lord as “all the saints” (14:5).

G. Revelation 19:20-21. Doom of the Beast and False Prophet. Text.

20 And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire, which burns with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.

H. Rev 19:20-21. Comments.

1. 19:20. Ryrie Study Bible. The beast and his false prophet will be the first occupants of the lake of fire; other unbelievers, now in hades, will join them at the end of the Millennium (Rev 20:14).

2. 19:21 sword. See v. 15; cf. Zech. 14:1–13. birds were filled with their flesh. All remaining sinners in the world will have been executed, and the birds will gorge themselves on their corpses (Luke 17:37).

V. Consider.

A. Two leaders are prominent in the Tribulation period: one is political, and the other is religious. World government is represented by the “beast” (anti-Christ) and the religious system of the end times is controlled by the “false prophet” (the second beast). World government will have control over world religion. The dragon (Satan) will give the first beast his authority; such authority will also be given to the second beast. The religious leader does nothing without the approval from the political leader. He exercises his authority “before him,” meaning “in his presence,” the presence of the first beast, the political leader. The religious leader will promote the worship of world government. His purpose is to get people to support and follow world government and its special leader, the anti-Christ. We should be hesitant about all attempts to promote a global government, either through economics, politics, or religion. According to Bible prophecy, it is satanic. Without the rule of the Messiah, world government is doomed to failure. It is Satan’s plan, and will result in the persecution and death of believers (The Book Of Revelation, David Hocking, pp 422-424.)

B. A time is coming (“the fullness of the Gentiles,” Rom 11:25) when the last Gentile will come to saving faith in Christ. At that point in time, Jews will be able to see Christ as Messiah, although not all Jews will accept Him; the rapture of the church will then take place (John 14:2-6, 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18). If the Rapture were to take place now, the governments of the world, most of whom are un-Godly, will be in a position to impose on the world’s nations the Draconian harshness that will come through a satanic leader, whom will be the anti-Christ. We are now seeing such preparations being made through the Democrat party in the United States, which is supported by the anti-Christ forces of mainstream media and religious left denominations, academia and entertainment, and new world order and globalism types. Member countries of the United Nation, which are largely anti-Christ, will add to the lockdown measures and civil rights infringements, that will be used to control the masses of our world. Approximately 24-30 percent of the Bible relates to prophecy; it should be studied, and not ignored (Rev 1:3).

C. Don’t miss the Rapture. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

VI. Video Details.

A. REVELATION. Aug 6, 2019. REVELATION STATION.

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End Times 31, Revelation 18:1-24, The Destruction Of Commercial Babylon.

I. Introduction. This article is a very important “look ahead” view of what our world will be like after Christ removes His born again believers, and only those remaining will be people who do not have a personal, and saving, relationship with Christ. Consider a world where governments and citizenry have no understanding of God, “Father, Son, Holy Spirit.” Revelation Chapters 17 and 18 have a number of references to a woman. The identity of that woman is clearly stated in Rev 17:18, “The woman whom you saw is the great “city,” which reigns over the kings of the earth.” Babylon is the city of Rev 17:18. Babylon, which is called Babylon, will be a literal city, and will be the headquarters of the Anti-Christ during the tribulation. Rev Chap 17 and 18 are not in chronological order. The events of Chap 17 will occur during the first half of the tribulation; the events of Chap 18 will occur during the last half. Babylon will be the headquarters of a worldwide religion and political system during the tribulation, as seen in Chap 17, and will be the headquarters of a one-world commercial system as seen in Chap 18. The seventh bowl of God’s wrath will bring about the destruction of Babylon. When Babylon is destroyed, the judgments of God are complete. It must be noted that the Judgments begin in Rev 6:1 (Seal, Trumpet, Bowl). Each judgment comes against an unbelieving world. God does not have an agenda against born again believers in Christ, whom will be taken out of the world prior to the tribulation, and will be taken to heaven by Christ (John 14:2,3,6; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18). It will be Israel, and not Gentiles, who will call on Christ to save them from total destruction at the end of the tribulation (Deu 14:2; Jer 30:7; Mt 23:37-40; Mt 24:22; Zech 12:10).

A. Series Title. Israel In Revelation.

B. Opening Video Title. Apocalypse: Chapter 18 – The Fall of Babylon.

C. Article Title. End Times 31, Rev 18:1-24, The Destruction Of Commercial Babylon.

D. Article Focus. Rev 18 shows the condition of the world, not having the presence and influence of born again believers in Christ. The view of the “ten nation” Anti-Christ tribulation confederation, that was shown in the Tim LaHaye “Left Behind” series of books and videos, will be shown to be, as fact. As you read the verses and comments of this article, you will recognize a world that is much of which our unbelieving world leaders would like to have as controlling factors today. Most of the United Nations member nations would like to see the Nation of Israel dissolved, destroyed and removed from the face of the earth; they would also like to negate the influence of believers in Christ. Not only has the United Nations proven to be a threat to Israel, the liberal forces of America’s Democrat Party have also shown a total lack of proper respect for “God’s Chosen People,” Israel (Deu 14:2), and an increasing hostility toward Israel. Those, of whom, having a strong witness for Christ, are berated by members of the Democrat Party, mainstream media, academia, new world order and globalism types. After the rapture of the church takes place, the democrats will control all three houses of U.S. government, as the U.S.A. and all other nations, come under greater control of the Anti-Christ and the United Nations. The truth of Matt 24:12 will be realized, “lawlessness is increased.”

II. Key Verse. Jeremiah 51:8.

“Suddenly Babylon has fallen and been broken; Wail over her! Bring balm for her pain; Perhaps she may be healed.

The focus was first on Babylon’s sudden fall on one night in 539 B.C. (Dan. 5:30). The far view looks at the destruction of the final Babylon near the Second Advent when it will be absolutely sudden (Rev. 18). (MacArthur note).

The destruction of Babylon according to Jeremiah 51:8 was to be sudden. This is confirmed by Revelation 18:17-19. As far as the physical city of Babylon was concerned, this was not true of ancient Babylon as it continued for many years after its political downfall. Further, it is pointed out that the prophecy of Isaiah 13:6, 11, which formed the context of Isaiah 13:19-22, indicates that the destruction of Babylon would be in the day of the Lord. Hence, it is held that Babylon will be rebuilt and then destroyed by Christ at His second coming (Walvoord note).

Isa 13:6. From the near future, Isaiah returned to the distant future. The ultimate fulfillment of these prophecies of Babylon’s desolation will come in conjunction with Babylon’s rebuilding and utter destruction when Christ returns (Rev. 14:8; 18:2). Obviously, Isaiah was unable to see the many centuries that separated Babylon’s fall to the Medes from the destruction of the final Babylon by God (see Rev. 17, 18) (MacArthur note).

Isa 13:11 arrogance. The same sin of pride that led to Israel’s judgment (5:21; 9:9) will cause Babylon’s downfall (47:5, 7, 8; Rev. 18:7) (MacArthur note).

Isa 13:19-22. From the near future, Isaiah returned to the distant future. The ultimate fulfillment of these prophecies of Babylon’s desolation will come in conjunction with Babylon’s rebuilding and utter destruction when Christ returns (Rev. 14:8; 18:2). Obviously, Isaiah was unable to see the many centuries that separated Babylon’s fall to the Medes from the destruction of the final Babylon by God ((MacArthur note).

III. Consider. The “religious body,” which will be called “the church” during the Tribulation, will be that which today’s mainstream media calls, “the religious left.” This false church will be highly organized, and accepted by the anti-christ. Such an ecclesiastical system will mirror the liberal, highly organized, “so called” church of today. The religious left supports homosexuality, and ordains homosexuals to lead denominations and lower ranking “churches.” The religious left also supports same sex marriage, and abortion on demand. A great lack of respect and support for God’s chosen people (Israel, Deu 14:2), as well as its open hostility toward Israel through the BDS (boycott, divest, sanction) movement will keep this apostate ecumenical “church” in good standing with the United Nations and the anti-christ, until the anti-christ turns on that apostate church midway during the Tribulation. The Biblical indictment on this “religious left” group of “so-called” churches is that its members will not be “born again”(John 3:3, John 3:18, Rev 20:15). Tribulation saints, which were unbelievers who were left behind from the rapture, but come to saving faith in Christ during the Tribulation, will oppose the anti-christ empowered ecclesiastical church. The closing video, which comes from the Left Behind series of videos of Dr. Tim LaHaye, shows Tribulation saints who are being encouraged by the testimony of a highly respected Jewish leader, when he acknowledges Christ as Messiah. You will also see the anti-christ, false prophet, and a woman who was a close confidant of the anti-christ. Of key significance to me is a scene of two women (one saved and the other unsaved), when the unsaved woman accepts Christ as her Lord and Savior (it is truly soul-stirring).

IV. Revelation 18. Text and Comments.

A. Babylon Is Fallen.

1. Verses 1-3 (Text). 1 After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory. 2 And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird. 3 For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.”

2. Comments: vs 1-3.

18:1 “earth was illuminated with his glory.” The fifth bowl (16:10) will have plunged the world into darkness. Against that backdrop, the sudden, blazing appearance of another angel (not the same as in 17:1, 7, 15) will certainly rivet the world’s attention on him and his message of judgment on Babylon (cf. 14:8).
18:2 “Babylon the great is fallen.” Rev 14:8, (see Isa. 21:9), the verse from which these words come. The Gr. text views the results of this as if it had already taken place. But the seventh bowl is being referred to here and it is yet to come at this point (16:17–21). When it comes, devastation and annihilation will take place, leaving the place to demons.
18:3 “wine of her fornication.” Religious Babylon (chap. 17) lures the nations into spiritual drunkenness and fornication with false gods (17:2, 4); commercial Babylon (chap. 18) seduces the unbelieving world into a materialistic stupor, so that the people of the world will become drunk with passion because of their relationship with Babylon. “kings…merchants.” Political rulers and corporate leaders alike are swept up in this worldwide system of commerce (14:8; 17:2).

3. Verses 4-8 (Text). 4 I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; 5 for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. 6 Pay her back even as she has paid, and give back to her double according to her deeds; in the cup which she has mixed, mix twice as much for her. 7 To the degree that she glorified herself and lived sensuously, to the same degree give her torment and mourning; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as a queen and I am not a widow, and will never see mourning.’ 8 For this reason in one day her plagues will come, pestilence and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for the Lord God who judges her is strong.

4. Comments: vs 4-8.

18:4 “Come out of her, my people.” God will call His own to disentangle themselves from this evil system. This may also be God’s calling the elect to abandon the world system and come to faith in the Savior. In either case, the message is to abandon the system before it is destroyed (cf. 2 Cor. 6:17; 1 John 2:15). The judgment of God on that society living in sinful, arrogant self-indulgence can be avoided. Cf. Isaiah’s and Jeremiah’s message to their people to leave Babylon (Is. 48:20; Jer. 50:8; 51:6–9, 45).
18:5 “remembered.” See 16:19. God does not remember the iniquities of His people (Jer. 31:34), but does remember to protect them (Mal. 3:16—4:2). For unrepentant Babylon, there will be no such forgiveness, only judgment.
18:6, 7a “repay.” The angel calls for God to recompense wrath to Babylon in her own cup to repay her according to her deeds. This is an echo of the OT law of retaliation (Ex. 21:24) which will be implemented by God (Rom. 12:17–21).
18:6 “double.” Has the sense of “full,” or “overflowing.” The punishment will fit the crime (cf. Jer. 16:18). “cup.” The cup of wickedness from which so many have drunk (14:8; 17:2, 4, 6) will call for the cup of wrath (14:10; 16:19).
18:7b “am no widow.” A proud, but empty, boast of self-sufficiency, also made by historical Babylon (Is. 47:8). Cf. 1 Cor. 10:12.
18:8 “her plagues.” These could include those of 16:1ff., but must be the special destruction of the city as well, described as “death, mourning and famine.” “in one day.” See vv. 10, 17, 19. The special judgments on Babylon take place in a brief period of time. Daniel 5:30 records that Babylon of old fell in one day.

B. Lament for Babylon

1. Verses 9-10 (Text). 9 “And the kings of the earth, who committed acts of immorality and lived sensuously with her, will weep and lament over her when they see the smoke of her burning, 10 standing at a distance because of the fear of her torment, saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’

2. Comments. vs 9-10.

18:9–20 (Note). This section records the lament over Babylon’s destruction, not her sin, by those who were part of her system.

18:9 “kings.” The political leaders of the world will weep because the loss of his capital city will signal the doom of Antichrist’s empire, and with it, the source of their power. Cf. v. 3; 17:2. “weep and lament for her.” “Weep” means “to sob openly.” “Lament” translates the same Gr. word used to express the despair of the unbelieving world at the return of Christ (1:7).
18:10 one hour. Cf. vv. 8, 17, 19.

3. Verses 11-20 (Text). 11 “And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more— 12 cargoes of gold and silver and precious stones and pearls and fine linen and purple and silk and scarlet, and every kind of citron wood and every article of ivory and every article made from very costly wood and bronze and iron and marble, 13 and cinnamon and spice and incense and perfume and frankincense and wine and olive oil and fine flour and wheat and cattle and sheep, and cargoes of horses and chariots and slaves and human lives. 14 The fruit you long for has gone from you, and all things that were luxurious and splendid have passed away from you and men will no longer find them. 15 The merchants of these things, who became rich from her, will stand at a distance because of the fear of her torment, weeping and mourning, 16 saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, she who was clothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls; 17 for in one hour such great wealth has been laid waste!’ And every shipmaster and every passenger and sailor, and as many as make their living by the sea, stood at a distance, 18 and were crying out as they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What city is like the great city?’ 19 And they threw dust on their heads and were crying out, weeping and mourning, saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, in which all who had ships at sea became rich by her wealth, for in one hour she has been laid waste!’ 20 Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets, because God has pronounced judgment for you against her.”

4. Comments. vs 11-20.

18:12, 13 Over half of their commodities appear in the list of Ezek. 27:12–22.
18:13 “bodies and souls of men.” The slave trade, long banned by the civilized nations of the world, will reappear in Antichrist’s debauched commercial system.
18:17 “shipmaster.” Ship captains will mourn the loss of Babylon and the lucrative transport business that went with it.
18:19 “threw dust on their heads.” An ancient expression of grief (cf. Josh. 7:6; 1 Sam. 4:12; 2 Sam. 1:2; 15:32; Job 2:12; Lam. 2:10; Ezek. 27:30). “in one hour.” Not just 60 minutes, but one brief period of swift judgment.
18:20 “God has avenged you on her.” The angel will exhort the tribulation martyrs (6:9–11) to rejoice, not over the deaths of those doomed to eternal hell, but, because God’s righteousness and justice will have prevailed (Babylon had slain the saints; now, God slays Babylon).

5. Verses 21-24 (Text). 21 Then a strong angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “So will Babylon, the great city, be thrown down with violence, and will not be found any longer. 22 And the sound of harpists and musicians and flute-players and trumpeters will not be heard in you any longer; and no craftsman of any craft will be found in you any longer; and the sound of a mill will not be heard in you any longer; 23 and the light of a lamp will not shine in you any longer; and the voice of the bridegroom and bride will not be heard in you any longer; for your merchants were the great men of the earth, because all the nations were deceived by your sorcery. 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth.”

6. Comments. vs 21-24.

18:21 “great millstone.” Millstones were large, heavy stones used to grind grain. This metaphor portrays the violence of Babylon’s overthrow. Cf. Jer. 51:61–64; Matt. 18:6.
18:22, 23 The fall of Babylon ends whatever semblance of normalcy will still exist in the world after all the seals, trumpets, and bowls. Life will be totally disrupted and the end near. No more music, no industry, no preparing of food (“millstone”), no more power for light, and no more weddings because God will destroy the deceivers and deceived (Babylon deceived the nations).
18:24 “blood of prophets and saints.” The religious and commercial/political systems embodied in Babylon will commit unspeakable atrocities against God’s people (cf. 6:10; 11:7; 13:7, 15; 17:6; 19:2). God will avenge that slaughter of His people (19:2) (Babylon killed the saints).

V. The identity of the anti-christ and the false prophet (Re: Walvoord Commentary). It would seem quite unlikely that either of the two beasts of Revelation 13 will be a Jew inasmuch as they both persecute the Jewish people and are the final Roman rulers of the times of the Gentiles. The general character of the great tribulation, however, is graphically portrayed in this chapter. It will be a time of absolute rule, and Satan will have his way. The ultimate in false religion will sweep the entire world in a manifestation of evil never before seen on the earth. The fact will be demonstrated beyond question that man is not able to solve his own problems and only God can bring righteousness and peace to the earth. The present attempts at unification of ecclesiastical and political power seem to be the forerunner and preparation for this end-time situation.
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VI. Video Data.

A. Opening Video Title. Apocalypse: Chapter 18 – The Fall of Babylon. I AM SESTAK. Jun 2, 2012.

B. Closing Video Title. Testimony of Ben-Judah. gregorija1.Jan 4, 2009. From “Left Behind – Tribulation Force.”

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End Times 30, Revelation 17:1-18, The Destruction Of Religious Babylon

I. Introduction. Chapters 17 and 18 of Revelation tell of the final destruction of Babylon in both its religious and political forms. It is helpful to consider chapter 17 as dealing with Babylon as a religious entity and chapter 18 as dealing with Babylon as a commercial and political entity. It is also helpful in chapter 17 to distinguish the vision in verses one through six from the interpretation in verses seven through eighteen.

A. Series Title. Israel In Revelation.

B. Video Title: New Babylon Rising.

C. Article Title: End Times 30, Revelation 17:1-18, The Destruction Of Religious Babylon.

D. Article Focus: “Babylon means Babylon,” and not Rome, or New York City, or any other city. Additionally, the words in Rev 17:5: “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,” are incorrect. The correcting wording is: “a mystery, “BABYLON THE GREAT.” Consider how many times we have heard, MYSTERY BABYLON; we will address this controversy. The second video discusses Babylon, in great detail.

II. Key Verse. Rev 17:5. There are many opinions of this verse. We will discuss the factors of the verse, as well as those of the total 17th Chapter of Revelation. We will consider the worldwide ecumenical religion that will be driven by the forces of the antichrist, which will be responsible for the persecution and murder of Jews and Gentiles, those of whom choose not to become a follower of this worldwide religion, and will not worship the image of the beast (Rev 13:4-17), but whom come to saving faith in Christ during the tribulation.

A. Revelation 17:5 (NKJV)
5 And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

B. Revelation 17:5 (NAS77)
5. and upon her forehead a name was written, a mystery, “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”

III. Consider “mystery.”

A. Ephesians 5:31-32 (The mystery of Christ and the church).

31 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. 32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.

B. Colossians 1:26-28 (The mystery of the Spirit of Christ dwelling within the spirit of believers in Christ).

26 that is, the mystery which had been hidden from the past ages and generations, but now has been revealed to His saints, 27 to whom God willed to make known what the wealth of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles is, the mystery that is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every person and teaching every person with all wisdom, so that we may present every person complete in Christ.

C. 1 Corinthians 15:50-51 (The mystery of: (1) the resurrection of deceased believers in Christ. (2) The mystery of the rapture of living believers in Christ.

50 Now I say this, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold, I am telling you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed.

D. Consider the meaning of mystery.

1 Corinthians 15:51 mystery. This term refers to truth hidden in the past and revealed in the NT. In this case, the rapture of the church was never revealed in the OT. It was first mentioned in John 14:2-6, when it is specifically explained, and is detailed in 1 Thes 4:13–18.

E. Consider the translation of Rev 17:5. “a mystery, Babylon” and “MYSTERY, BABYLON.”

1. Greek Interlinear states, “a mystery” Babylon https://biblehub.com/interlinear/revelation/17-5.htm
2. NIV, NASB, CSB, NET translations state, “a mystery, Babylon.” (The NIV 2011 translation).
3. NKJV, KJV, KJV 2000, American KJV, ASV, ERV translations state, “MYSTERY, BABYLON.”
4. Necessary conclusions.

(a) What is the correct Bible translation that relates to Rev 17:5?
(b) What is the mystery of Babylon?

F. Location Considerations.

1. The city of Babylon. There are 259 OT scriptures that identify the literal place of Babylon. In the NT, the following verses clearly identify the literal location of Babylon (Matt 1:11, 12, 17; Acts 7:43; 1 Pet 5:13; Rev 18:10).

(a) 1 Peter 5:13 (NASB) “She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you greetings, and so does my son, Mark.”
(b) Rev 18:10, “Babylon, the strong city!” 18:21, “Babylon, the great city.”

2. The great city of Babylon, vs “no great city.” Some may say that there is no such city in Iraq that represents the Revelation depiction of Babylon. The following link discusses how quickly cities can be built in the Middle East. https://www.businessinsider.com/dubai-rapid-development-skyscrapers-expansion-warning-2018-12

IV. Full Text. Revelation 17 (NASB).

A. The Doom of Babylon. Chapters 17, 18 focus on one aspect of those bowl judgments, the judgment of Babylon.

1. Verses 1-7.

1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality.” 3 And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality, 5 and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” 6 And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. When I saw her, I wondered greatly. 7 And the angel said to me, “Why do you wonder? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.

2. Notes: 17:1-7.

vs 1: “great harlot.” Prostitution frequently symbolizes idolatry or religious apostasy. “sits on many waters.” This picture emphasizes the sovereign power of the harlot. The picture is of a ruler seated on a throne, ruling the waters, which symbolize the nations of the world (see v. 15)
vs 2. “committed fornication.” The harlot will ally herself with the world’s political leaders. Fornication here does not refer to sexual sin, but to idolatry. All the world rulers will be absorbed into the empire of Satan’s false christ. “wine of her fornication.” The harlot’s influence will extend beyond the world’s rulers to the rest of mankind. The imagery does not describe actual wine and sexual sin, but pictures the world’s people being swept up into the intoxication and sin of a false system of religion.
vs 3. “a woman.” The harlot of v. 1, Babylon. “scarlet beast.” The Antichrist, who for a time will support and use the false religious system to effect world unity. Then he will assume political control (cf. v. 16). “having seven heads and ten horns.” This pictures the extent of Antichrist’s political alliances.
vs 5. “forehead.” It was customary for Roman prostitutes to wear a headband with their name on it. The harlot’s forehead is emblazoned with a 3-fold title descriptive of the world’s final false religious system. “MYSTERY.” A NT mystery is truth once hidden, but in the NT revealed. Spiritual Babylon’s true identity is yet to be revealed. Thus, the precise details of how it will be manifested in the world are not yet known. “BABYLON THE GREAT.” This Babylon is distinct from the historical, geographical city of Babylon (which still existed in John’s day). “MOTHER OF HARLOTS.” All false religion stems ultimately from Babel, or Babylon (cf. Gen. 11; see note on 14:8).
vs 6. “the blood of the saints…martyrs of Jesus.” Some see the first group as OT saints, and the second as NT saints—an unimportant distinction since this pictures the martyrs of the Tribulation. John’s point is that the harlot is a murderer. False religion has killed millions of believers over the centuries, and the final false system will be far more deadly than any that preceded it.
vs 7. “mystery.” Not that Babylon is a false system of religion, because that is already known, but that the beast will fully support the harlot and together exert vast influence over the whole earth.

3. Verses 8-13.

8 “The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come. 9 Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits, 10 and they are seven kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while. 11 The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction. 12 The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour. 13 These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast.

4. Notes: Verses 8-13.

vs 8. “The beast.” Both a king and kingdom are referred to by this term. was, and is not, and will ascend. A reference to the Antichrist’s resurrection (13:3, 4, 12–14). “out of the bottomless pit.” After his “resurrection,” the Antichrist will become possessed by a great demon from the abyss. “perdition.” “Eternal destruction. “This is the lake of fire, the place of Antichrist’s destruction (19:20). “Book of Life.” Written in eternity past by God.
vs 9. “seven mountains.” The Gr. word is often used of hills. the final worldwide system of false religion includes. the 7 mountains in context likely symbolize the 7 kingdoms and their kings of v. 10.
vs 10. “seven kings.” Representatives of the 7 great world empires (Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, and that of the Antichrist). Cf. Daniel’s image in Dan. 2:37–45. Five have fallen, one is, and the other. When John wrote, the Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Medo-Persian and Greek empires had gone out of existence; Rome still existed; and the Antichrist’s empire had not yet come. When it does, it will be brief (12:12; 13:5) and he will end in perdition.
vs 11. “and is not…the eighth.” The Antichrist’s kingdom is said to be both the seventh and eighth kingdoms because of his supposed demise and resurrection. He is the seventh king before and the eighth king after his “resurrection” when he destroys the harlot’s religious empire and demands exclusive worship of himself (v. 16).
vs 12. “ten kings.” (cf. Dan. 2:41, 42). These kings are sub-rulers under the Antichrist, whose empire will apparently be divided into 10 administrative districts. “no kingdom as yet.” Thus, the kings cannot be identified with any historical figures. “one hour.” Symbolic of the brief 3½ year period of time (cf. 11:2, 3; 12:6, 12, 14; 13:5; 18:10, 17, 19).
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B. Victory for the Lamb.

1. Verses 14-18.

14 These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.” 15 And he *said to me, “The waters which you saw where the harlot sits, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the harlot and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and will burn her up with fire. 17 For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled. 18 The woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.”

2. Notes. Verses 14-18.

vs 14. “make war.” A reference to the battle of Armageddon (16:14–16), where the Lamb will utterly destroy the kings (19:17–21). “Lord of lords and King of kings.” A title for God (19:16) that emphasizes His sovereignty over all other rulers to whom He has delegated authority.
vs 16. “these will hate the harlot.” After using the false religious system to unify the world kingdoms and gain control of all, the Antichrist—with the help of his 10 sub-rulers—will turn against the system, plunder and destroy it, and seize all power and worship for himself. They will be carrying out God’s will (v. 17). Cf. Gen. 50:20.
vs 18. “great city.” Here is another identification of the capital city of Babylon, centerpiece of Antichrist’s empire.

V. Conclusions.

A. Conclusion 1. “Babylon means Babylon.” The NIV (2011 Translation), NASB, CSB, and NET are correct in their translation of Rev 17:5, “a mystery, Babylon.” The closing video, that is provided by Dr. Andy Woods, provides a clarifying discussion of this subject. Check out my Equipping Site Page, “About Sources,” to see Andy’s credentials, “degrees and linked experiences.”

B. Conclusion 2. The MacArthur note on verse 7 provides the answer to the question about the mystery of the text: “mystery.” Not that Babylon is a false system of religion, because that is already known, but that the beast will fully support the harlot, and together exert vast influence over the whole earth.

VI. Video Details.

A. Opening Video.

1. New Babylon Rising – Mark Hitchcock – Truth To Go. Jun 29, 2010. 100huntley.

2. Mark Hitchcock is a leading Bible prophecy expert, prolific author who has penned over 20 books on the end times, senior pastor, and adjunct faculty member of the Dallas Theological Seminary. He has appeared on hundreds of radio programs and in print as well as The History Channel, MSNBC, Fox, The Glenn Beck Show, and CNN. He is teaching on his book, “The Amazing Claims of Bible Prophecy”

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B. Closing Video.

1. This video digs deep into the facts that reveal the location of Rev 17 Babylon.

2. Andy Woods – Revelation (Crash Course) Part IX: Chapter 17-19. Oct 11, 2019. 29:31.
Unravelations. Dr. Andy Woods teaches 10 sessions of 30 minutes covering the entire Book of Revelation. These presentations were featured on the College of Biblical Studies’ TV program entitled “Up With the Son.”

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Punish Who? For What? How?

Chris Cuomo says, “And please, show me where it says protesters are supposed to be polite and peaceful.” He’s inciting violence with this statement. He’s also clearly wrong and should have learned about the First Amendment in high school. The First Amendment clearly says USA people have the right to peaceably protest. (Swimming in the Deep. Jun 13, 2020.)

Consider the following article that report Chris Cuomo’s violent words against the supporters of President Trump. This is what happens in banana republic countries! It should not be happening in the United States Of America.

Punish Who? For What? How?

The above words are serious words. They relate to the words that were spoken by a major media spokesman, which is also a large supporter of the democrat party.

Click on the following link to read the article that tells of Mr. Cuomo’s opinion of that which should happen to supporters of President Trump. You can also read the article on this page.

Chris Cuomo Threatens Trump Supporters: “They Must Answer for Defending Trump”

Chris Cuomo Threatens Trump Supporters: “They Must Answer for Defending Trump”

From the words of Christ Cuomo, Democrat supporter.

“According to him, “the blame” for President Trump’s refusal to concede “must be put on those who ignore and, therefore, empower,” by which he meant the GOP. He then instructed his viewers to do what murderous regimes throughout history had done: make an enemies list. “I’m telling you. Remember the people who are enabling this fraud. They must answer for defending Trump’s delusions.”

CNN PrimeTime host Chris Cuomo has a very long and well-documented history of not only supporting the left-wing domestic terrorists known as Antifa, but he also has a penchant for resorting to physical violence. So, it was concerning when he rails against Republican lawmakers for several minutes Wednesday, calling them “toxically partisan,” and proclaiming “they are going to lose way more than this election.”

In the past, he has threatened to seriously injure a Trump supporter by throwing him down a flight of stairs, and more recently, he said he wanted to “choke” and “punch” his critics. And in his rant that openly admitted he was politicizing Veterans Day, he let it be known how much he hated Republicans

Happy Veterans Day to the men and women who serve now and who did serve, and to the families. The husbands and wives worrying at home. The kids with missed memories. The brothers and sisters and loved ones wondering when those who risk it all for us to have it all will be home. Thank you to each and all of you. We appreciate, certainly I appreciate your service.

And may we take this message of this day, the ideal of putting nation before self, even committing to the ultimate sacrifice more to heart. Yeah, I’m politicizing it. And I’m looking at you, GOP enablers. And you know why.

“And these GOP cronies know it is over. Shame on you for allowing crazy to become contagious as COVID in your ranks,” he declared.

Cuomo continued his roid rage by suggesting, without evidence, that Trump was installing “loyalists” in the Pentagon because he was planning some kind of villainous military action abroad or possibly at home:

Why do you think Trump is ousting Pentagon leadership and loading up with loyalists? Maybe it’s for troop withdrawal. Maybe it’s to get Russian information released. And maybe it is because he is twisted enough to try to do something way worse.

According to him, “the blame” for President Trump’s refusal to concede “must be put on those who ignore and, therefore, empower,” by which he meant the GOP. He then instructed his viewers to do what murderous regimes throughout history had done: make an enemies list. “I’m telling you. Remember the people who are enabling this fraud. They must answer for defending Trump’s delusions.”

And when complaining about how GOP lawmakers “won’t even say President-Elect Biden in public,” he dehumanized them by comparing them to some of the world’s dictators. “You know who else is doing that? Vladimir Putin, President XI, and Kim Jong-un. Great company,” he sneered.

“Even Karl Rove, remember him? He penned an op-ed saying this is over,” he added. “Do you know how toxically partisan you have to be for Karl Rove to be more fair to Democrats than you? And remember, the shame is that this is a game for them.”

After playing a video of Republicans and Trump campaign officials calling out Democrats for not accepting the results of the 2016 election, that’s then made his apparent threat. “Shame on them. A wax museum is less cold-blooded than these people are. And let them know they are going to lose way more than this election,” he stressed.

Ignoring how some Democrats refused to go to Trump’s inauguration and spend four years claiming he was an “illegitimate” president (including Hillary Clinton), Cuomo showed another montage claiming the opposite.

This is CNN.

Cuomo’s apparent threat to the lives of GOP lawmakers was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Liberty Mutual and Humira. Their contact information is linked so you can let them know about the hatred they’re funding.

LifeNews Note: Nicholas Fondacaro writes for Newsbusters, where this originally appeared.

End Times 29, Revelation 16:1-21, The Bowl Judgments.

I. Introduction. The opening video has a very realistic view of what life will look like when God unleashes His Bowl judgments of His anger on a sinful and unrepentant world during the, “yet to come,” great tribulation. As we look into the sixteenth chapter of the Book of Revelation, there are key factors that must be considered. The seven bowl judgments, that are discussed in this chapter, have often been compared to the seven seal and trumpet judgments, especially to the trumpet judgments. There is similarity between the trumpet and bowl judgments. In both the trumpet and bowl judgments, the first in the series deals with the earth, the second with the sea, the third with rivers and fountains of water, the fourth with the sun, the fifth with darkness, the sixth with the Euphrates River, and the seventh with lightnings, thunders, and a great earthquake. The principle is often overlooked, however, that similarities do not prove identity. A careful study of the seven bowl judgments, as compared to the seven trumpet judgments, will expose significant differences. The first four trumpet judgments deal only with one-third of the earth, while the bowl judgments seem to be worldwide in application and much greater in intensity. Therefore, the bowl judgments follow the trumpet judgments and come out of, and make up, the seventh trumpet. The judgments that are described in the trumpet and bowl announcements follow in rapid order; they all will be completed within a short timeframe, toward the end of the great tribulation. The bowl judgments, which are the peak of God’s Holy dealings with an unholy earth, lead to the second coming of Christ, who is our Lord and Savior.

A. Series Title. Israel In Revelation.

B. Video Title: The Seven Bowls.

C. Article Title: End Times 29, Revelation 16:1-21, The Bowl Judgments.

D. Article Focus: Matthew 24:21, “For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will again.”

II. Text. Revelation 16:1-21.

A. The Bowls of Wrath

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

2 So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth; and a harmful and painful sore afflicted the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.

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

4 Then the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of waters; and they became blood. 5 And I heard the angel of the waters saying, “Righteous are You, the One who is and who was, O Holy One, because You judged these things; 6 for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. They deserve it.” 7 And I heard the altar saying, “Yes, Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.”

8 And the fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun, and it was given power to scorch people with fire. 9 And the people were scorched with fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues, and they did not repent so as to give Him glory.

10 And the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became darkened; and they gnawed their tongues because of pain, 11 and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pain and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds.

12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the east.

B. Har-Magedon (Armageddon)

13 And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs; 14 for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the entire world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty. 15 (“Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his clothes, so that he will not walk about naked and people will not see his shame.”) 16 And they gathered them together to the place which in Hebrew is called Har-Magedon.

C. The Seventh Bowl of Wrath

17 Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl upon the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying, “It is done.” 18 And there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder; and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been since mankind came to be upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty. 19 The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. Babylon the great was remembered in the sight of God, to give her the cup of the wine of His fierce wrath. 20 And every island fled, and no mountains were found. 21 And huge hailstones, weighing about a talent each, *came down from heaven upon people; and people blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, because the hailstone plague *was extremely severe.

III. Translation Considerations. “The New American Standard Bible (NASB) translation was chosen for this, and other studies, because of two main reasons. First, the NASB capitalizes the first letter of pronouns that relate to God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit); not all Bible translations show that same respect for God. Second, the NASB has a history of correctness in translation.”

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V. Comments. Revelation 16:1-21.

A. 16:1. The loud voice from the temple is likely the voice of God, since no other heavenly being could enter the heavenly temple “till the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed” (15:8).

B. 16:2. The effect of the first bowl being poured out is a terrible sore upon all who had the mark of the beast (13:16, 17).

C. 16:3. The second bowl turns the sea into blood, as did the second trumpet (8:8). However, only a third of the sea was affected by the trumpet (8:8, 9). This bowl brings about the death of every living creature in the sea.

D. 16:4. The third bowl, like the third trumpet (8:10), targets the rivers and springs of water. This time, however, the impact is worldwide (compare 8:10, 11), and the water sources turn to blood instead of just becoming “bitter” (see 8:11).

E. 16.5. The angel of the waters is probably the same angel who poured out the third bowl (v. 4), and not a separate figure. Because God is eternally righteous, His judgment of the inhabitants of the earth (v. 10) and their violent, unrighteous works is completely just.

F. 16:6. God forces the unrepentant (v. 9) unbelievers who have shed the blood of God’s people to drink blood in order to avenge the deaths of the martyrs, as some of them requested in 6:10.

G. 16:7.” altar.” The personified altar echoes the words of the angel, reinforcing the truth that God is just in all judgment (Rev 19:1-2. Gen 18:25. Ps 51:4. Rom. 3:4).

H. 16:8. The fourth bowl is reminiscent of the fourth trumpet in its effect on the sun (8:12). But in this plague, the sun’s heat is intensified instead of diminished.

I. 16:9. “they did not repent.” Amazingly, sinners (see vs 11 and 21) will still refuse to repent and instead blaspheme God, Who is the One that they know has caused their afflictions.

J. 16:10. “throne of the beast.” This refers to either Antichrist’s actual throne, or his capital city, but extends to all his dominion. Regardless of where the darkness begins, it eventually covers Antichrist’s entire kingdom. “full of darkness.” Worldwide darkness is elsewhere associated with the judgment of God (Isa 60:2. Joel 2:2. Mark 13:24-25). “gnawed their tongues.” A futile attempt to alleviate the pain from their sores, the drought, and the fierce heat.

K. 16:11. “blasphemed the God of heaven.” A sign of their continued loyalty to Antichrist and their anger at God for the cumulative miseries brought about by the first 5 bowls. “God of heaven,” a frequent OT title for God, appears in the NT only here and in 11:13. “their sores.” The lingering effects of the first bowl are the chief cause of their blasphemy.

L. 16:12. With the water of the river Euphrates completely dried up, invasion from the east would be much easier. The kings from the east have been understood as the Parthian armies that menaced the eastern half of the Roman Empire, though any powerful force from Asia would fit the wording of this verse.

M. 16:13. “the dragon.” Satan. “the beast.” Antichrist (Rev 13:1-10). “the false prophet.” The lieutenant (Rev 13:11-18). The dragon; the beast; the false prophet. The “unholy trinity,” composed of Satan (the dragon, 12:3); the Antichrist (the beast, 11:7), and Antichrist’s associate (the false prophet; 13:11). The antichrist, a political leader; the false prophet, a religious leader.

N. 16:14. “the war of the great day of God, the Almighty.” The war will consist of several battles, beginning with antichrist’s campaign into Egypt (Dan 11:40-45) and including a siege of Jerusalem (Zech 14:2), as well as the final battle at Armageddon (vs 16).

O. 16:15. A call to surviving believers to watch and be alert. The clothes of a guard caught asleep on duty were taken from him, leaving him naked and disgraced.

P. 16:16. “Armageddon.” The Hebrew name for Mt. Megiddo, 60 miles north of Jerusalem. The battle will rage on the nearby plains, site of Barak’s victory over the Canaanites (Judg 4), and Gideon’s victory over the Midianites (Judg 7). Napoleon called this valley the greatest battlefield he had ever seen. But the Battle of Armageddon will not be limited to the Megiddo plains; it will encompass the length of Israel.

Q. 16:17 The seventh bowl is the climax of all of Revelation’s judgments. It is done: This is God’s final act of judgment before Christ comes.

R. 16:18. As in the case of the final seal and the seventh trumpet (8:5; 11:19) the final bowl judgment is introduced by the sound of voices, thunderings, lightnings, and a great earthquake. The earthquake is declared to be greater than any previous earthquake. The earth literally convulses as the times of the Gentiles come to an end. The voices, thunders, and lightnings are the prelude to the earthquake which is the express judgment from God.

S. 16:19. There does not seem to be any clear evidence that Jerusalem is destroyed with the judgments which overtake the earth at the end of the great tribulation. Babylon, however, according to Scripture, is destined to be completely destroyed. It is clear in that Babylon is the special object of the judgment of God, expressed graphically in the statement “to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.” Here the word for “wrath” is orge„, a strong word often related to thymos which refers to divine anger. This is the final judgment of this wicked city. The fact that the judgment is an earthquake seems to indicate that a literal city is in view, and that the judgment results in its physical destruction. The time is just prior to the second coming of Christ.

T. 16:20. This powerful earthquake will radically alter all the earth’s topography, preparing it for the coming kingdom age, of the millennial reign of Christ (See Rev 6:12–14; Isa 40:4-5; Jer 4:23–27).

U. 16:21. Hail falling from heaven, with each stone weighing about 75 pounds (a talent), would be unparalleled in destruction (see Mt 24:21).

VI. Summary.

A. A time is coming when all born again believers in Christ will be caught up in the air from the earth, and will be taken to Heaven by Christ (John 14:2-6). At that point in time, the earth will be inhabited only by people who have no intimate relationship with Christ; they will very soon come under the persecution of the antichrist and the judgments of God in the time of tribulation. The tribulation will consist of Seal Judgments (Rev 6:1-8:6), Trumpet Judgments (Rev 8:7-9:21), and Bowl Judgments (Rev 15:5-16:21). All judgments will be poured out on the earth, through Christ and angels, 6:1, 8:1-6). The judgments will become more severe as they are poured out on the earth, “to test those who dwell on the earth (Rev 3:10)”. As Christ’s caught up believers are in Heaven with God, those unbelievers who will be left behind on earth will experience pain and death, with only the last bowl judgment to end their torment. Those left behind earth dwellers will become increasingly more hostile to God’s calling on them to come to saving faith in Christ (Rev 16:11), with their eternal destination yet ahead of them at the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:15), where they, and all unbelievers of all times, will be cast alive into the lake of fire where they will be tormented forever and ever (Rev 20:10).

B. The preceding scenario paints a very grim eternity for anyone who does not know Christ as their Lord and Savior. The truth of the lake of fire awaits anyone who does not know Christ as Lord and Savior. The way out of the lake of fire is to never be put in it. The formula for such avoidance is found in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” Romans 8:1 adds comforting words, “Therefore there is now no condemnation at all for those who are in Christ Jesus.” To believe in Christ is not to merely acknowledge Him, or to have church membership, but to have an intimate relationship with Christ as Lord and Savior, per John 17;3,” And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” Belief in Christ is an individual responsibility, one that will lead to eternal life with Christ. Unbelief in Christ is also an individual responsibility, one which will result in eternal suffering. For anyone who doesn’t know Christ as Lord and Savior, “It’s your choice.” It’s as serious as a heart attack!

VII. Video details. The Seven Bowls. REVELATION STATION. This video is a segment from ‘THE GREAT TRIBULATION SERIES’. The series is a FICTIONAL montage comprised from movie clips in which is edited into a high intensity storyline. The series is entirely BASED off events prophesied in ‘THE BOOK OF REVELATION’ and elsewhere in the Bible.

VIII. God’s love for Israel can not be denied. Isaiah 14:1. When the Lord has compassion on Jacob and again chooses Israel, and settles them on their own land, then strangers will join them and attach themselves to the house of Jacob.

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Click On, End Times 28, Revelation 15:1-8, Prelude To The Bowl Judgments.

I. Introduction. In the opening video, Dr. Jimmy DeYoung provides a brief overview of the remaining Tribulation Judgments; in Chapter 16, greater detail of the bowl judgments will be provided. Dr. DeYoung also explains the purpose of God for the Tribulation. Chapters 15 and 16 of Revelation bring to consummation the chronologically ordered events leading up to the second coming of Christ described in chapter 19. These are introduced in this chapter as “the seven last plagues” which are the divine judgments preceding the second coming of Christ. The chronological order of events in Revelation is presented basically in the seven seals (6:1-17; 8:1). The seventh seal includes all of the seven trumpets (8:1-9:21; 11:15-19). The seven vials or bowls of divine judgment are included in the seventh trumpet. From this it can be seen that the order of events is one of dramatic increase, the seventh seal being all-inclusive of the end-time events including the seven trumpets, and the seventh trumpet including the events described in the seven vials. The second coming of Christ follows this order of events immediately after the seventh vial. The intervening sections such as 10:1-11:14; 13-14; 17-19 do not advance the narrative chronologically. Chapter 19 of Revelation follows immediately after chapter 16 in the chronological development.

A. Series Title. Israel In Revelation.

B. Video Title: What happens to the earth as a result of the vial judgments?

C. Article Title: End Times 28, Revelation 15:1-8, Prelude To The Bowl Judgments.

D. Article Focus: As we consider all of the actions of God that will occur during the, “yet future,” bowl judgments, we must also consider the holiness and Glory of God. In this article, we will go back to the times when God’s Glory and Holiness were made to be so very visible, and powerful, to His chosen people, the Jews (Deu 14:2); we will cite examples of 1491 B.C. and 1012 B.C. In 626 B.C., we will see all of those on earth who were to be in awestruck reverence before God, Who is in Heaven. In the future millennial reign of Christ, this prophecy will be fulfilled in Messiah’s Presence, on earth. Consider how it will be to kneel before Christ.

1. 1491 B.C.

Exodus 40:34-38

34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 36 Throughout their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the sons of Israel would set out; 37 but if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out until the day when it was taken up. 38 For throughout their journeys, the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and there was fire in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel.

2. 1012 B.C.

2 Chronicles 5:11-14

11 When the priests came out from the holy place (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves, without regard to divisions), 12 and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and kinsmen, clothed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps, and lyres, standing east of the altar, and with them 120 priests blowing trumpets 13 in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the Lord, and when they raised their voices accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other musical instruments, and when they praised the Lord saying, “He indeed is good for His kindness is everlasting,” then the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not rise to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.

3. 626 B.C.

Habakkuk 2:20

But the Lord is in His holy temple.
Let all the earth be silent before Him.”

4. 64 A.D.

Philippians 2:9-11

9 For this reason also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

E. Key Thought. The Holiness Of God.

II. Text. Revelation 15:1-8.

A. The Vision Of The Seven Last Plagues.

1 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels who had seven plagues, which are the last, because in them the wrath of God is finished.

2 And I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who were victorious over the beast and his image and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, holding harps of God. 3 And they *sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,

“Great and marvelous are Your works,
Lord God, the Almighty;
Righteous and true are Your ways,
King of the nations!
4 Who will not fear You, Lord, and glorify Your name?
For You alone are holy;
For all the nations will come and worship before You,
For Your righteous acts have been revealed.”

B. A Scene Of Heaven.

5 After these things I looked, and the temple of the tabernacle of testimony in heaven was opened, 6 and the seven angels who had the seven plagues came out of the temple, clothed in linen, clean and bright, and their chests wrapped with golden sashes. 7 And one of the four living creatures gave the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God, who lives forever and ever. 8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power; and no one was able to enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished.

III. Translation Considerations. “The New American Standard Bible (NASB) translation was chosen for this, and other studies, because of two main reasons. First, the NASB capitalizes the first letter of pronouns that relate to God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit); not all Bible translations show that same respect for God. Second, the NASB has a history of correctness in translation.”

IV. Sources of Information can be found in my Page, “About Sources.”

V. Comments. Revelation 15:1-8.

A. 15:1. Another sign looks back to 12:1,3, where the symbolism of the woman and the dragon also appeared in heaven. This sign is great and marvelous, apparently because it deals with the seven last plagues sent by the Lord. The plagues, “the bowls of the wrath of God” (16:1), are much stronger and more widespread than the trumpet judgments in 8:2-11:19. The wrath of God is complete with the seven last plagues (see 15:1-19:5). They are immediately followed by the Second Coming and the marriage supper of the Lamb (19:6–21).

B. 15:2-3. The martyrs sing “the song of Moses,” praising God for His faithfulness and deliverance (Ex 15; Deu 32) and magnifying God’s Righteousness and His Holiness.

C. 15:4. God’s holy and perfect character inevitably demands that He judge. After God’s righteous judgment is complete; He will set up Christ’s millennial kingdom on earth, and the elect from every nation will come and worship Him.

D. 15:5. The temple of the tabernacle links the powerful imagery of the heavenly temple in 11:19 with the strong parallels in chap 15 to the Exodus period, when the majestic presence of God was clearly seen in the tabernacle. The tabernacle of the testimony calls attention to the Law or the tablets of testimony given to Moses (see Ex. 31:18; 32:15). In the new heaven and new earth the tabernacle of God will be with believers because He will dwell eternally with them (21:3).

E. 15:6. “seven plagues.” The final, most severe judgments from God, described in chap 16. linen . . . golden bands. The fabric represents holiness and purity (19:14). These are belts or girdles, running from the shoulder to the waist, that each of the 7 angels wear over his garments. The bands demonstrate riches, royalty, and untarnished glory.

F. 15:7. The seven angels described as already having the seven plagues in verse 6 are given seven golden vials or bowls described as full of the wrath of God in verse 7. The reference to plagues in verse 6 may be prophetic, or the bestowal of the vials may be the authorization to use them. The extent of the divine judgment is indicated by the word “full,” indicating the devastating character of this divine judgment. The word for “wrath” here is “thymos,” which relates to anger. The solemn reminder that God lives forever and ever gives a solemn cast to the wrath that is to be poured out to be inflicted forever and ever upon those who perish.

1. Consider thymos. 2372 thymós (from thyō, “rush along, getting heated up, breathing violently,” cf. J. Thayer) properly, passion-driven behavior, i.e. actions emerging out of strong impulses (intense emotion).

2. When 2372 /thymós (“expressed passion”) is used of people it indicates rage (personal venting of anger, worth). This flaw is completely absent of the Lord expressing (inspiring) intense anger. Accordingly, 2372 (thymós) is used of God’s perfect, holy wrath in Revelation (Rev 14:10,19,15:1, etc.). This anger is directed against sin with intense opposition and without sin.

G. 15:8. As the angels emerge from the sanctuary, it is filled with smoke proceeding from the glory of God and His power, a pointed reminder of the ineffable holiness of God. The scene can be compared to that when the cloud filled the Tabernacle in Exodus 40:34-35. Access into the sanctuary is made impossible by the smoke until the judgments contained in the seven plagues are fulfilled. It is an ominous sign of impending doom for those who persist in their blasphemous disregard of the sovereignty and holiness of God.

VI. Summary. The seal, trumpet and bowl judgments are poured out on earth by Christ and angels (Rev 6:1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 8:1, 5, 6, etc.). Their targets are not born again believers in Christ, but have a purpose for drawing unsaved Jews (Jer 30:7) to saving faith in Christ; unsaved Gentiles will also be able to come to saving faith in Christ. Born again believers in Christ will be caught up to heaven prior to the Tribulation (John 14:2-6, 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18). The Tribulation will not begin until after Israel makes a peace treaty with the antichrist (Dan 9:27).

VII. Video details. What happens to the earth as a result of the vial judgments? This clip is from our series entitled, “Step by Step through the Book of Revelation.” John Ankerberg Show. Dec 29, 2011. Credentials for the speaker, Dr. Jimmy DeYoung, can be found in my Page, “About My Sources.”

VIII. God’s love for Israel can not be denied. Deuteronomy 14:2. “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”

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Click On. Bible? Virus? Riots? Rigged Elections? Which will cause, “End Of The World, 2nd Coming Of Christ, Tribulation, Rapture?

I. Introduction. In this article, we will consider the events of today’s world, and historical events, as they relate to the suggested outcomes of personal opinion and Bible prophecy. The USA is dealing with the effects of a virus that began in China. Rioting has been taking place throughout the USA, with the city of Portland, Oregon experiencing 100 days of violent riots, as of September 20, 2020. The many voting irregularities of the November 3, 2020 Presidential election have many Christians and Jews wondering if the USA will survive as a nation that God has used to support His Chosen People of Israel (Deuteronomy 14:2).

A. Video Title. Revelation.

B. Article Title. Bible? Virus? Riots? Rigged Elections? Which will cause, “End Of The World, 2nd Coming Of Christ, Tribulation, Rapture?

C. Article Focus. God’s Plan, or God’s Reaction.

1. Many among Christian and Jewish groups are attributing the current day events to God’s response to today’s lawlessness and turmoil. But, there has been a great lack of misunderstanding of events that have happened in world history that have resulted in far greater deaths than those that are being experienced today. Before anybody assumes that today’s world events will cause God to do anything to His creation, we must consider the great numbers of deaths that have resulted from past wars, disasters, pandemics, natural disasters, and other catastrophies.

a. List of wars and anthropogenic disasters by death toll.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars_and_anthropogenic_disasters_by_death_toll

b. List of epidemics.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_epidemics

c. List of natural disasters by death toll.
https://www.wikiwand.com/en/List_of_natural_disasters_by_death_toll

d. Conclusion. In spite of previous atrocities, pandemics and wars, with deaths that greatly surpass those of today, God has not responded with the end of the world, the second coming of Christ, the Tribulation, or the rapture of the believers in Christ. God has a plan for His creation that will not be thwarted by events that come as a result of His creation’s bad behavior, or by the effects of nature or anything else that may happen in this world (there is no mother nature!).

II. Today’s World. God’s Plan. The Times Of The Gentiles; The Fullness Of The Gentiles.

A. The Times Of The Gentiles…The Fulness Of The Gentiles. In the Book, “Things To Come,” written by J. Dwight Pentecost, there is a good study on this subject on pages 303-304 (re Romans 11:25-27). Pg 303, in Lk 21:24, Christ referred to the “times of Gentiles” as continuing as long as Jerusalem is “trodden down of the Gentiles.” The reference in Luke is to the political domination of Jerusalem by Gentiles which began with the fall of Jerusalem at the time of the captivity and has continued to the present day. While the terminology is not significant in itself from the context of the two passages involved, it seems clear that the expression “times of the Gentiles” has reference to political domination of Gentiles, while the expression “fullness of the Gentiles” has reference to Gentile blessing and opportunity in this present age. If this analysis is correct, the times of the Gentiles and the fullness of the Gentiles are two entirely different ideas. The times of the Gentiles began long before Christ, and will continue until Christ returns to establish His kingdom. The fullness of the Gentiles began at Pentecost and will continue only as long as the present age of grace. From the standpoint of eschatology, the important point is that the fullness of the Gentiles will come to its close before the times of the Gentiles are run out …{“it seems clear that the fulness of the Gentiles will come abruptly to its close when the church is caught up to heaven” (John Walvoord, “Israel’s Blindness, July, 1945}.

B. The MacArthur Study Bible adds the following note on Romans 11:25 (Times Of The Gentiles): “Until” refers to a specific point in time; “fullness” refers to completion; “has come in” translates a Gr. verb often used to speak of coming salvation (Mt 5:20, Mk 9:43, 45, 47; Jn 3:5, Ac 14:22). Israel’s spiritual hardening (which began with rejecting Jesus as Messiah) will last until the complete number of elect Gentiles has come to salvation.)

C. The Ryrie Study Bible explains the time of Tribulation and Second Coming of Christ in Mt 24:3 note: Christ speaks of the end of the age in vs 4-28. Vs 4-14 lists the characteristics of the first half of the Tribulation period, whereas vs 15-28, deal with the second half. In vs 29-31 Christ speaks of his second coming. Zech 12:10, At the second coming of Christ, Israel will recognize Jesus as her Messiah, acknowledging with deep emotion that He was the One whom their fathers pierced …(Jn 19:37)]

D. Mt 24:31 is not the rapture; neither is Mt 24:40-41. Zech 14:1-5 and Rev 19:11-21 tell of Christ returning “to earth” with his saints and angels (as opposed to the rapture in the air, Jn 14:2-6, 1 Cor 15:50-54, 1 Thes 4:13-18). Zech 14:9,11, tells of Christ taking His throne, with peace finally coming to earth. The 1000 year millennial reign of Christ (Kingdom age, Rev 20:4) will follow the tribulation (Rev 6:1-19:21) and the 2nd coming of Christ (Mt 24:29-31). The rapture of the church will occur prior to the Tribulation, when the predetermined number of Gentiles has come to saving faith in Christ, which will occur during the Church age of grace. The tribulation will follow the rapture (Rev 6:1-19:21), being followed by the Kingdom Age (Rev 20:1-10), and the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11-15, where unbelievers of all ages are cast into the lake of fire). The destruction of the world in which we live will follow the Great White Throne Judgment (2 Pet 3:7-12, Rev 21:1). The eternal state of new heaven, new earth, and new Jerusalem, will follow the destruction of the former (Rev 21:1-1).

E. Re: Rom 11:25. God has determined “a fullness” of Gentiles (the number of saved Gentiles). Then, the rapture of the church (born again believers in Christ) will take place. The fullness of the Gentiles is based on God’s measure, and doesn’t happen in, and of, itself.

F. Credentials.

1. Charles C. Ryrie (Th.D, Ph.D.) (Deceased).

2. J. Dwight Pentecost (Th.M., Th.D.) (Deceased).

3. John F. Walvoord (Th.M., Th.D.) (Deceased).

4. John MacArthur (M.Div., Litt.D., D.D.). Walvoord has made reference to McArthur’s writings.

III. The Cause Of Today’s World’s Problems.

A. Upon the completion of God’s creation of our world, and all that is contained, the words “very good,” are found in Genesis 1:31 to assess the condition of the newly created world. Everything that is found in Chapters one and two of Genesis show perfection; without error, without sin (1 Tim 4:4).

B. Sin entered the world through the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden (Gen 3:1-13).

C. A curse on all of God’s creation followed the fall (Gen 3:14-19), which included death (Gen 2:17; Rom 5:12). There were no human or animal life before the creation in the Garden. There was no death of pre-Adamic cavemen, or dinosaurs of billions of years ago. The perfection of Genesis chapters 1 and 2, is no longer present in our world, and will not return until the time of the eternal state (Rev 21:3-4).

D. The world in which we now reside is affected by the effects of the fall of Adam and Eve, and the resulting curse, and is shown in the words of Ephesians 6:12: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Such sin from the fall and the curse, causes pandemics, riots, and election rigging. Such persistent sin is evidence of people not having been born again, not having the righteous influence of the indwelling Spirit of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Jn 3:3; 14:20; 16:7-14), NOT HAVING BEEN SAVED!

IV. Considering References. Everybody reads something that someone else has written. It has been my goal to study the works of pastors, seminary instructors, and authors of books, who have a history of being respected for their works by others of their peer groups. No conclusion that I draw comes without having also been such a conclusion coming from one of my sources of information. A list of my sources of information can be found on my website Page, “About Sources.” https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/about-sources/

V. Translation Considerations. “The New American Standard Bible (NASB) translation was chosen for this, and other studies, because of two main reasons. First, the NASB capitalizes the first letter of pronouns that relate to God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit); not all Bible translations show that same respect for God. Second, the NASB has a history of correctness in translation.”

VI. Video Details. REVELATION. REVELATION STATION. Aug 6, 2019.

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Philadelphia Election Center Refuses To Let Trump Officials Watch Vote Counting Despite Court Order

In the United States, Election Day is the annual day set by law for the general elections of federal public officials. It is statutorily set by the Federal Government as “the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November” equaling the Tuesday occurring within November 2 to November 8.

Notice that Election Day is held on the first Tuesday of November. Ballots are to be cast and counted on that Tuesday, and not on any other day. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Election_Day_(United_States)

In this election context, the President and Republicans are calling for “all legal votes” to be counted. In opposition, the former VP and democrats are calling for “all votes” to be counted. If this election is stolen, all Americans will be greatly affected, whether Independent, Democrat or Republican, and our country may never recover.

Global News: Trump senior adviser Corey Lewandowski, alongside Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, announced on Thursday that an appellate court had granted Republican observers the right to enter the Philadelphia building where poll workers were counting ballots and observe the process. (See more details at the bottom of this page.)

As you read the details of this article, consider the affects that voter fraud will have on the children of those who are causing, and allowing such fraud. Children are being shown how that it is okay to be untruthful. This situation is but one of many that will be polluting the minds of so many impressionable children. Adults that engage in such voting fraud should be ashamed of the things that they are doing, or are allowing to be done, that are clearly dishonest. Every American should be appalled at the attempts that are being taken to altar the results of this most recent Presidential election.

Consider the next story about the refusal to keep Trump Officials from observing the vote count.

Philadelphia Election Center Refuses to Let Trump Officials Watch Vote Counting Despite Court Order

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Philadelphia Election Center Refuses to Let Trump Officials Watch Vote Counting Despite Court Order

Chaos is currently ensuing in the city of Philadelphia, where the election headquarters is refusing to allow Trump campaign officials to watch the vote counting process despite a court order from a state court permitting them to be 6 feet away from election workers tabulating the votes in order to monitor potential fraud.

Earlier in the day, in a huge victory for the campaign of President Donald trump, a Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled that the Trump campaign can monitor the ballot counting in the contested battleground state. Trump campaign observers had previously been pushed away in Philadelphia sometimes as much as 100 feet away, where they were unable to properly observe the fairness and accuracy of the counting.

Justin Clark, Trump 2020 Deputy Campaign Manger and Senior Counsel, responded to the ruling, which he labeled a major victory:

“In a major victory for election integrity, election transparency, all Pennsylvania voters, and the rule of law, the Trump Campaign has prevailed in our suit challenging our Republican poll watchers’ complete lack of any meaningful access to the ballot processing and counting process.

“The eyes of the country are on Pennsylvania, but Pennsylvania Democrats, led by their radical left Secretary of State whose only goal is to steal this election from President Trump, has kept eyes off of the absentee ballot counting process. That ends now in Philadelphia.

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“As a result of this incredible legal victory, the lower court’s order has been reversed. Now, according to the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, ‘all candidates, watchers, or candidate representatives’ shall ‘be permitted to be present for the canvassing process’ and ‘be permitted to observe all aspects of the canvassing process within 6 feet, while adhering to all COVID-19 protocols, including, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.’

“For the good of the nation, every Pennsylvania county should follow the lead of this judge and provide access for observers to ensure transparency and integrity in Pennsylvania. That is the only way to ensure a fair, transparent election in which all Pennsylvania voters can have confidence their vote will count.”

Meanwhile, Trump’s presidential campaign has filed another lawsuit in a contested battleground state seeking to ensure the integrity of the presidential election. The Trump campaign’s lawsuit filed to ensure election integrity in Georgia comes after a similar lawsuit in Michigan and legal action in the state of Pennsylvania.

The Trump team wants to ensure that only legal ballots cast on election day are counted so the final vote reflects a fair process that follows the law.

“President Trump and his team are fighting for the good of the nation to uphold the rule of law, and Georgia’s law is very clear: to legally count, mail ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. That’s still the law, even after Democrats sued earlier this year to extend the deadline and delay Election Day—President Trump and Republicans fought to uphold Georgia law, and we won,” Justin Clark, Deputy Campaign Manager and Senior Counsel said in a statement.

“But today, a Republican poll observer in Georgia witnessed 53 late absentee ballots illegally added to a stack of on-time absentee ballots in Chatham County. We will not allow Democrat election officials to steal this election from President Trump with late, illegal ballots. President Trump and the Georgia Republican Party have filed suit to require all Georgia counties to separate any and all late-arriving ballots from all legally cast ballots to ensure a free, fair election in which only legal, valid ballots count,” he added.

He continued: “We look forward to the court swiftly resolving this issue and to President Trump’s upcoming repeat win in Georgia.”

Yesterday, the Trump campaign filed a lawsuit in the state of Pennsylvania to ensure the integrity of the legal vote counting process there. And in a conference call with reporters, campaign manager Bill Stepien: “We are declaring a victory in Pennsylvania.”

The Trump campaign has taken legal action to ensure that that legal ballot counting process is not compromised and Justin Clark, Trump 2020 Deputy Campaign Manager, says the campaign has filed suit to intervene in current litigation in the state about which ballots can be counted and the integrity of that ballot counting process.

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“This is the most important election of our lifetime, and President Trump made clear our path forward last night: ensure the integrity of this election for the good of the nation. Bad things are happening in Pennsylvania. Democrats are scheming to disenfranchise and dilute Republican votes. President Trump and his team are fighting to put a stop to it.

“Pennsylvania’s unhinged, radical left Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar has tried her hardest to bake in a backdoor to victory for Joe Biden with late, illegal ballots in collusion with the partisan state supreme court. The United States Constitution is clear on this issue: the legislature sets the time, place, and manner of elections in America, not state courts or executive officials. As the President has rightly said, the Supreme Court must resolve this crucial contested legal question, so President Trump’s Campaign is moving to intervene in the existing Supreme Court litigation over the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s unlawful extension of the mail-in ballot receipt deadline. The law is on President Trump’s side: as the Eighth Circuit just said, to change the ballot receipt deadline is in fact a change of the time, place, and manner of the election—and only a state legislature or the United States Congress can do that under the Constitution.

“In addition to the Trump Campaign’s motion to intervene in Pennsylvania Republican Party v. Boockvar, we are taking two additional critical legal actions today to ensure the integrity of Pennsylvania’s election. We are suing to stop Democrat election officials from hiding the ballot counting and processing from our Republican poll observers—observers whose only job is to make sure every valid ballot is counted, and counted once. The eyes of the country are on Pennsylvania, but Pennsylvania has kept eyes off of the absentee ballot counting process all along, and that must stop today. In Philadelphia and elsewhere, Democrat officials forced our observers to stay 25 feet or more from the counting process, leaving no meaningful way whatsoever for our observers to do their jobs. We are also suing to temporarily halt counting until there is meaningful transparency and Republicans can ensure all counting is done above board and by the law.

“The Trump Campaign is also suing to stop Pennsylvania Democrats from breaking the very law that helps America vote—the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). While HAVA requires that states ensure certain first-time voters provide identification in order to vote, Secretary Boockvar—three days ago—re-wrote Pennsylvania Election Code to abuse her unilateral executive fiat and move the deadline for absentee and mail-in voters to provide missing proof of identification well past the deadline. Without our action, Pennsylvanians, and possibly all Americans, may be forced to wait yet another several days for the outcome of the election – all because of the Secretary’s ridiculous eleventh-hour guidance that directly violates the Election Code.

“With these key actions, President Trump is telling all Americans he will do whatever it takes to ensure the integrity of this election for the good of the nation.”

The campaign of President Donald trump has filed a lawsuit in the state of Michigan after it says election officials there prevented its officials from observing the vote counting process. The campaign wants to ensure the integrity of the vote tabulation in the key battleground state that is one of several that will determine the outcome of the election.

The decision comes after the Trump team indicated it will request a recount of the votes in Wisconsin.

With the outcome of the 2020 presidential election still very much in doubt and recounts, investigations and potential lawsuits likely looming, the head of President Donald trump campaign said yesterday morning he believes the president has a pathway to victory based on their estimation of the remaining battleground states.

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See more of the video details of an appellate court that had granted Republican observers the right to enter the Philadelphia building where poll workers were counting ballots and observe the process.

All eyes were on U.S. election results out of Pennsylvania Wednesday as neither Donald Trump or Joe Biden had the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House.

Trump leads by just under 600,000 votes in Pennsylvania as of 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Biden chances in the Keystone state will hinge on whether he can win a large percentage of the more than 1.4 million absentee ballots that are still to be counted.

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Click On, What We Were Not Told About The ACA (Affordable Care Act)

This article comes from an article that was written by the CATO Institute.

Consider the Cato Institute

https://www.cato.org/about

The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization — a think tank — dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.

Consider the article, which relates to The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Five Problems with Democrats’ “Preexisting Conditions” Strategy

https://www.cato.org/blog/despite-dishonesty-hypocrisy-democrats-preexisting-conditions-strategy-will-probably-work

Democrats think preexisting conditions will once again carry them to electoral victory. Despite their own liabilities and callousness on the issue, they’re probably right.

In 2018, Democrats accused Republicans of wanting to deny health care to the sick. Exhibit A, they said, was the GOP’s attempt to repeal ObamaCare’s popular preexisting-conditions provisions. The accusation worked. Democrats flipped a net 41 House seats to take control of the chamber. Conventional wisdom considers the outcome to be proof that ObamaCare is (finally) popular with voters.

In 2020, Democrats are deploying the same strategy. A meritless yet somewhat successful Republican-led legal challenge to ObamaCare now sits before the Supreme Court. Oral arguments will occur mere days after the election and mere days after the GOP replaces the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a jurist who is unlikely to approach ObamaCare with the same reverence Ginsburg did: 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett. This confluence of events again enables Democrats to accuse Republicans of wanting to deny care to the sick by eliminating ObamaCare’s popular preexisting-conditions provisions.

1. Congressional Republicans didn’t try to repeal ObamaCare’s preexisting-conditions provisions.

2. ObamaCare’s preexisting-conditions provisions deny care to the sick.

3. ObamaCare’s preexisting-conditions provisions deny coverage to the sick.

4. ObamaCare’s preexisting-conditions provisions are not popular.

Click On Before You Vote, Consider Choice and Those Having None

***Abby Johnson, “I know what abortion smells like”*** |

Consider the following discussion of the procedure that destroys an unborn baby.

In the baby there is a beating heart.

The human heart is an organ that pumps blood throughout the body via the circulatory system, supplying oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and removing carbon dioxide and other wastes.
https://www.livescience.com/34655-human-heart.html

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood,” Deuteronomy 17:11.

Abortion kills 1,000 black babies every day in America.

Abortion is not just a woman’s issue. It’s a human rights issue. Click onto the following link.)

Genocide: Black Abortions in America

Today, with more than 28% of all black pregnancies ending in induced abortion, it is a human crisis.

Abortion is the number one killer of black lives in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, abortion kills more black people than HIV, homicide, diabetes, accident, cancer, and heart disease … combined.

In 2014, African-American women comprised 13.3% of the U.S. population, but black women had 36% of all abortions.

Visit the websites below to learn more about the genocide of black babies in America.

Do black lives really matter? Consider the next video.

A Philadelphia abortion doctor has been charged with eight counts of murder in the deaths of a woman patient and seven babies that prosecutors say were born alive and then killed with scissors.

An unborn baby has no choice, and is innocent of any offense that would result in death.

Democrats are clear in their position on the killing of unborn babies. Republicans do not have that position. Former Democrat President Bill Clinton said that abortions should be “safe, rare and legal;” two of those aspects of killing babies have gotten lost somewhere. Of course, Former Democrat President John Kennedy said, “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country;” Democrats have destroyed the initiative for work. As a former democrat and union worker, I am appalled at how the party of my family, and of my youth, has been commandeered by baby-killing Marxists.

The video of Kamal Harris (a trojan horse presidential candidate) states that equality of outcome is her goal. In her view of America, there will be no incentive for anyone to excel, if everyone receives the same pay and same outcome. If Democrats win the White House, Senate and House of Representatives, we can all say, “Good Bye America!”

The Harris/Biden administration will support abortion up to death, and will force all taxpayers to pay for abortions.

FACT: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Support Abortions Up to Birth at Taxpayer Expense

Democrat presidential team Joe Biden and Kamala Harris support aborting unborn babies without restriction and want to force taxpayers to pay for them.

Abortion is the number one killer of black lives in the United States. Do black lives really matter?

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Click On, “We’re about to go into a dark winter.” (Encouragement????)

The opening video is from the final presidential debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Does Biden instill hope and encouragement for Americans? But, maybe Joe didn’t listen to two other democrats who said that, “everything is ok!”

So, let’s consider the words of other democrats, who have said that they don’t go along with the “dark winter” assessment. As an American, I still am free to offer the following thoughts.

Let’s consider the news report of CBS New York on Feb 8, 2020:”The flu has been much deadlier than the Corona Virus so far this winter.”

New York City, Gregg Bishop (Democrat), Department Of Small Businesses Services being interviewed.

Feb 8, 2020. City Officials Urge New Yorkers To Visit Chinatown Amid Coronavirus Outbreak. CBS New York. Amid the coronavirus outbreak, New York City officials are reminding the public that it’s safe to head to Chinatown.

Remember the quote from the CBS report: “Health officials say that The flu has been much deadlier than the Corona Virus so far this winter.”

Let’s consider the news report from San Francisco on Feb 24, 2020.

Pelosi: “Virus fears shouldn’t stop Chinatown trips; it’s very safe to be in Chinatown”

(24 Feb 2020) U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took a walking tour of San Francisco’s Chinatown Monday to let the public know the neighborhood is safe and open for business. Pelosi, a Democrat who represents the heavily Chinese American city, visited the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, whose owner Kevin Chan, says his business and others are down 70% since the outbreak of the new coronavirus. “You should come to Chinatown,” Pelosi said before stopping to lunch at Dim Sum Corner. “Precautions have been taken by our city, we know that there’s concern about tourism, traveling all throughout the world, but we think it’s very safe to be in Chinatown and hope that others will come,” she said.

Let’s hear it again from Pelosi, but from ABC News in the following report.

https://abc7news.com/sf-chinatown-pelosi-san-francisco-coronavirus-fears/5964696/

Nancy Pelosi’s Pandering.

Pelosi Comments Of Safe To Go To Chinatown February 24, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a point of taking a walk through San Francisco’s Chinatown on Monday to show that it is safe, after some merchants have seen a 50% drop in business as some fear they could be exposed to the coronavirus.

As her visit began, a large portion of Chinatown had lost power. That didn’t deter the Speaker from walking along Ross Alley and Grant Avenue.

“I’m here,” she said. “We feel safe and sound with so many of us coming here. It’s not only to say it’s safe but to say thank you for being Chinatown.” 

So, what does “encouraging Joe” mean when he says, “we’re about to go into a dark winter?” Does it mean that he will be like what most other democrat mayors and governors have done, by: locking down their cities and states and causing businesses to go “out of business:” by closing churches and synagogues….while allowing riots to go on with no concern for the China spawned virus to be spread among rioters, and with no concern for the cities and businesses that were burned, and law enforcement officers being attacked by “so called peaceful protestors?” (I could go on). Georgia and Florida had close elections for their Governors in their last elections, with dem elites taking the side of the losing dem candidates. Those two states are open and functioning safely.

Concerning VP Joe (who most think will be a trojan horse for Harris), we have nothing to go on, except for the words that he has spoken. He has said that he will lock down our country; I believe him, and have already voted against him, because of my fear that he will lead fellow dems to destroy our Constitution. As I have said previously, I grew up in a union family, and have been a union member. But, I also have an investigative nature about me, and have researched the facts that MSM has been reluctant to do, or has refused to do.

I do not want our country to be shut down and be forced to depend on dem handouts!

Btw, did you see anybody in any of the videos wearing protective masks? (Do as I say, not as I do???)

Click On, Who Said “No New Fracking?” Consider The Job Effects!

Listen to the above words of Presidential Candidate Biden, carefully, especially about the loss of jobs in America.

1. Does anybody remember $5.00 per gallon gas prices during the Obama/Biden administration? Click on and gasp!

a. Calif. gas prices spike at $5 per gallon

b. https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2012/10/06/calif-gas-prices-spike-at-5-per-gallon/1616773/

2. Does anybody remember the adverse effects that the Arab Oil Embargo had on America in 1973-74?

a. Does anybody remember the long gas lines during the embargo, and not all service stations having gasoline?

b. The OPEC oil embargo was a decision to stop exporting oil to the United States. On October 19, 1973, the 12 OPEC members agreed to the embargo. Over the next six months, oil prices quadrupled. Prices remained at higher levels even after the embargo ended in March 1974. A review of the history of oil prices reveals they’ve never been the same since. The chart below tracks both nominal and inflation-adjusted oil prices since 1946. During the OPEC oil embargo, inflation-adjusted oil prices went up from $25.97 per barrel (bbl) in 1973 to $46.35 per barrel (bbl) in 1974.

c. https://www.thebalance.com/opec-oil-embargo-causes-and-effects-of-the-crisis-3305806

3. Does anybody remember the rationing, and odd-even days, for buying gasoline, and a nation’s speed limit of 55 MPH to conserve fuel?

a. In 1973 and again in 1979, drivers frequently faced around-the-block lines when they tried to fill up. Drivers would go to stations before dawn or late at night, hoping to avoid the lines. Odd-even rationing was introduced — meaning that if the last digit on your license plate was odd, you could get gas only on odd-numbered days.

b.Back in the ’70s, some gas stations took to posting flags — green if they had gas, yellow if rationing was in effect and red if they were out of gas. To cut energy consumption in the broader economy, daylight saving time was introduced year-round at the beginning of 1974, facing criticism from parents whose kids had to go to school before sunrise in the winter months.

c. https://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2012/11/10/164792293/gas-lines-evoke-memories-oil-crises-in-the-1970s

4. How The Fracking Revolution Broke OPEC’s Hold On Oil Prices

a. The “fracking revolution” caused U.S. oil production to turn upward in 2009, and then rise over the next seven years at the fastest rate in U.S. history. While it is true that OPEC still produced 42.6% of the world’s oil in 2017, the majority of new oil production since 2008 has come from the U.S. Of the 10.3 million BPD (barrels per day) of new oil production since 2008, the U.S. supplied 6.2 million BPD (60%). The world’s two other major oil-producing countries, Saudi Arabia and Russia, saw their production increase by 1.7 million BPD and 1.2 million BPD respectively since 2008.

b. OPEC overall increased its production by 3.6 million BPD since 2008, primarily as a result of production growth in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Iran. But OPEC’s gains were limited by production declines in Venezuela, Libya, and Nigeria. There were also regional production declines in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South and Central America. Also notable is that Canada and Mexico are major oil producers (although Mexico’s production has been declining). Overall, North America supplied 20 million BPD of the world’s oil in 2017 (22%). This was ahead of every other region of the world except for the Middle East, which produced 31.6 million BPD, or 34.1% of the world’s total.

c. According to the BP Statistical Review, the U.S. now leads both Saudi Arabia and Russia in crude oil production. It is hard to overstate the consequences of the fracking revolution, because the U.S. oil production surge broke OPEC’s stranglehold on global oil prices. Every country in the world would likely have paid much higher oil prices over the past decade if the new oil boom in the U.S. hadn’t happened, further enriching OPEC and Russia in the process.

d. https://www.forbes.com/sites/rrapier/2018/07/22/how-the-fracking-revolution-broke-opecs-hold-on-oil-prices/?sh=5ca4986648ef

5. Consider the strength of the U.S. being the world’s leader in the exportation of all oil products.

a. As of 2014, the United States was the world’s third largest producer of crude oil, after Saudi Arabia and Russia, and second-largest exporter of refined products, after Russia. In November 2019, the United States became a net exporter of all oil products, including both refined petroleum products and crude oil.

b.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_energy_independence#:~:text=In%20November%202019%2C%20the%20United,petroleum%20products%20and%20crude%20oil.

6. Considering the upcoming elections.

a. It is good for the USA to be energy sufficient, especially in view of the past years when we were under the hard hand of OPEC oil pricing and distribution. To vote for Harris/Biden is to vote for higher gas prices, and for OPEC to once again dictate oil prices and availability of Americans, as well as for many lost jobs in the oil industry and, in collateral oil dependent businesses.

b. I have not heard of any Democrat saying that they want to protect our nation from the adverse affects of eliminating fracking. A vote for a Democrat, any Democrat, is a threat to our nation’s energy independence, and an invitation for us to return to the days when our nation’s security was highly dictated by the whims of OPEC.

c. It is a fact that not until the Trump/Pence administration took office that the U.S. has become energy self-sufficient. By the way, I grew up in a Democrat family. My father was a merchant seaman and a union member; he also walked picket lines. I have also been a union member.

Consider the above words of the proposed Harris/Biden administration leader, in relation to “no fracking.”

Click On, DOJ official confirms FBI 2019 criminal investigation into Hunter Biden, still active

Click onto the following link for the story:

DOJ official confirms FBI 2019 criminal investigation into Hunter Biden, still active

https://abc3340.com/news/nation-world/tony-bobulinksi-i-have-now-put-myself-in-huge-risk-for-the-sake-of-the-american-people

WASHINGTON (SBG) – A justice department official has confirmed to Sinclair Broadcast Group that the FBI opened up a criminal investigation into Hunter Biden and his associates back in 2019, focused on allegations of money-laundering and that the probe remains active.

Sinclair investigative reporter James Rosen has also spoken with a central witness in these allegations, which suggests that former vice president Joe Biden knew more than he has acknowledged about his son’s overseas dealings.

Click On, Virus Comments Timeline

Anne Makovec reports on Rep. Nancy Pelosi paying visit to San Francisco’s Chinatown to allay fears over coronavirus (2-24-2020)  

Much has been said about, “who should have done “what,” when?” The following comments should provide the answer that MSM and Democrats have avoided reporting.

Donald Trump’s Actions.

Trump Administration Restricts Entry Into U.S. From China Moving to counter the spreading coronavirus outbreak, the Trump administration said Friday that it would bar entry by most foreign nationals who had recently visited China and put some American travelers under a quarantine as it declared a rare public health emergency.  

https://www.cerescourier.com/opinion/editorial/biden-flips-china-travel-ban/

Joe Biden’s Criticisms of the President.

Biden flips on China travel ban  

On Jan. 31, President Trump issued the travel restrictions from China. One day after the travel restrictions were put into place, Biden said in Iowa, “We have, right now, a crisis with the coronavirus… This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysteria and xenophobia – hysterical xenophobia – and fearmongering to lead the way instead of science.”  

On Jan. 27, Biden wrote an op-ed published in USA Today, perhaps anticipating the upcoming travel ban and blasted President Trump’s calls in 2014 for travel restrictions during the Ebola outbreak as “reactionary.”  

On March 12, the very same day President Trump implemented further travel restrictions on Europe, leaving little doubt about his thoughts on the travel ban, Biden said, “Banning all travel from Europe or any other part of the world may slow it but as we’ve seen will not stop it. And travel restrictions based on favoritism and politics, rather than risk, will be counterproductive.” 
You know who wouldn’t stop the virus? Joe Biden, that’s who. We know Biden wouldn’t have done the travel ban in late January, because he told us every chance he got. He called it “reactionary,” “hysterical,” “xenophobic,” and “counterproductive.” All he has done up to this point is mock and deride President Trump’s efforts.

Finally, on April 5, Biden completed his about-face on the issue on ABC News with George Stephanopoulos, who must have simply forgotten to roll the video tape of Biden blasting the travel ban. 

Gregg Bishop’s Pandering.

New York City, Gregg Bishop (Democrat), Department Of Small Businesses Services being interviewed.

Feb 8, 2020. City Officials Urge New Yorkers To Visit Chinatown Amid Coronavirus Outbreak. CBS New York. Amid the coronavirus outbreak, New York City officials are reminding the public that it’s safe to head to Chinatown.

Remember the quote from the CBS report: “Health officials say that The flu has been much deadlier than the Corona Virus so far this winter.”

https://abc7news.com/sf-chinatown-pelosi-san-francisco-coronavirus-fears/5964696/

Nancy Pelosi’s Pandering.

Pelosi Comments Of Safe To Go To Chinatown February 24, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a point of taking a walk through San Francisco’s Chinatown on Monday to show that it is safe, after some merchants have seen a 50% drop in business as some fear they could be exposed to the coronavirus.

As her visit began, a large portion of Chinatown had lost power. That didn’t deter the Speaker from walking along Ross Alley and Grant Avenue.

“I’m here,” she said. “We feel safe and sound with so many of us coming here. It’s not only to say it’s safe but to say thank you for being Chinatown.”  

Considering.

The statement from the New York City CBS report is deafening: “Health officials say that The flu has been much deadlier than the Coronavirus so far this winter.”

Former VP Biden has been very critical of the President, saying that he is more interested in the welfare of “his Wall Street fatcats,” than he is of other people. But, as a result of ending China travel to our country, stocks plunged, which does not match the criticisms that were made by the former VP.

Concerning protecting our country from the virus that started in China, the President acted as a statesman. The other three Democrats in this article acted as politicians. MSM has not reported on the proper actions that the President took, or on the political pandering that Biden, Bishop and Pelosi did. Such pandering was done without proper regard for the health of the people who were being told that there was nothing to fear by going into highly suspect Coronavirus areas. Because of the preferential reporting of MSM (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, PBS, NYT, WAPO, et al), I have removed them from my life, to include sports and any kind of traditional programming. I will not reward their bad behavior with any kind of viewing, listening, or reading support.

I say again, “Health officials say that The flu has been much deadlier than the Coronavirus so far this winter.”

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Click On To See “Lost And Missing Ballots”

Much has recently been said about the subject of “mail in ballots.” The purpose of this article is not to discuss fraud in the “mail in” process, but to make known the reality of ballots being lost, or discarded, while being transported by the USPS from the address of the voter to the ballot collection point, which may be a county courthouse. Opinions on “mail in voting” vary, from Democrats and Republicans, as to the safety of mail-in voting; I will let you determine within your own mind as to which party is truer to the facts.

Much has also been said about the importance of each citizen’s vote. I have shown in this article information that relates to ballots not being delivered to their ballot collection points. I have also included data on elections that have been determined by one, or a few votes. Also, “voter intimidation” is addressed in this article.

Let’s consider the “one vote” aspect of elections. The follow article from Fayette County, PA says a lot.

https://www.fayettecountypa.org/233/One-Vote-Counts

ONE VOTE COUNTS
The Importance of Your Vote: Does it Make a Difference?
“You Better Believe It”
One vote made Oliver Cromwell Lord Protector of the Commonwealth and gave him control of England.
One vote caused Charles I to be executed.
One vote kept Aaron Burr (later charged with treason) from becoming President.
One vote made Texas part of the United States.
One vote changed France from a monarchy to a republic.
One vote elected Rutherford B. Hayes to the Presidency, and the man in the Electoral
College who cast the vote was an Indiana representative also elected by one vote.
One vote made Adolf Hitler head of the Nazi Party.
One vote maintained the Selective Service System only 12 weeks before Pearl Harbor.
One vote per precinct would have elected Richard Nixon rather than John Kennedy to the presidency in 1960.
And in our own Fayette County, one vote has elected:
Assessors
Auditors
Constables
Council Members
Inspector of Elections
Judge of Elections
Mayors
Party Committee Members
School Board Directors
Supervisors
Tax Collectors

Consider the following link that discusses the importance of “one vote.”
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/59873/10-elections-decided-one-vote-or-less

1. THE 2017 VIRGINIA HOUSE OF DELEGATES ELECTION
2. THE 1910 ELECTION FOR NEW YORK’S 36TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
4. THE 1839 MASSACHUSETTS GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION
6. WYOMING’S 1994 CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION
11. NEVADA’S 2002 AND 2011 COUNCIL ELECTIONS

Let’s now consider ballots that USPS never delivered to designated collection points.

Potentially thousands of requested mail ballots lost in Butler County, official says
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/10/29/thousands-requested-mail-ballots-lost-butler-county-pennsylvania-election-2020/stories/202010290124

Butler County Elections Director Says Postal Service Lost Unknown Number Of Mail-In Ballots

Butler County Elections Director Says Postal Service Lost Unknown Number Of Mail-In Ballots

USPS confirms missing ballots but ‘doesn’t have any additional information’
https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2020/10/06/usps-confirms-missing-ballots-but-doesnt-have-any-additional-information/

SECRETARY RAFFENSPERGER OPENS INVESTIGATION INTO POTENTIAL MISSING ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATIONS
https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/secretary_raffensperger_opens_investigation_into_potential_missing_absentee_ballot_applications

Let’s also consider voter suppression and intimidation.

Watch the following video. Consider what would happen if someone were to wear a red MAGA hat outside of a voting precinct.

Watch the following video, which shows Black Panther supporters of the defeated Democrat candidate Stacey Abrams, who still claims that voter suppression caused her the election for Governor of Georgia in 2018. Consider the verbal attacks that would be mounted by MSM and Democrats if Trump supporters were to be acting in the same way as the Black Panthers who were dressed in Par-military attire. Stacey Abrams has not refuted the actions of the Black Panthers in the video, and has not been criticized by MSM (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, NYT, WAPO, et al), or fellow Democrats, for not doing so.

Based on good common sense, and the news reports that I have read, and heard, I will never trust my vote to anyone else, and will consider the motives of Democrats who are pushing “main in ballots.” As I have said before, I grew up in a Democrat family.

Click On: Freedom Warning

The Bill of Rights – Text
Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

https://billofrightsinstitute.org/founding-documents/bill-of-rights/

It has been my observation that much of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America is under attack. I have seen the phrase, “freedom of religion,” being changed to “freedom of worship.” Former President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, have used that incorrect wording change many times. Freedom of worship means that we can go into a building and learn. Freedom of religion means that we can take that which we learn in such a building, and share that information outside of the building. Freedom of Speech is allowed, and not allowed, based on the media platform of print and broadcast news organizations. Freedom of the Press was put into the Bill of Rights so that the government can be watched by a disinterested third party, for the purpose of informing the citizens of America about that which goes on within our political establishment, truthfully and objectively, and not withholding information that is objectionable “to the press.” “Peaceable assembly to petition the government for a redress of grievances,” does not allow rioting, looting, personal damage and attacks on persons and properties that have nothing to do with a redress of grievances against our government. Destroying public property, monuments, etc., is not peaceful, and can not be allowed to happen because of the opinion of one group of citizens. Much of the Press has reported that such rioting and destruction is permitted, and has been called “peaceful,” even when a burning building can clearly be seen behind the media reporter who is reporting that “peaceful protest” is taking place. The Press has found nothing wrong with thousands of rioters, shoulder to shoulder, in “so called peaceful protests,” while verbally attacking churches and synagogues for their meetings, and small businesses safely opening. The Press has sided with Palestinians over Israelis, even though there was never a land of Palestine, with appropriate corresponding government records or currency. The Press has sided with same sex marriage, and with the punishments that have come when lawsuits have been filed against “so called” perpetrators of the same-sex marriage law. When a baker in Colorado was sued because he would not sell a cake to a homosexual couple, the truth was withheld by the Press that the baker was being asked to design a homosexual wedding cake. The truth is that the baker would have sold “the couple” a cake but he did not want to get involved with creating a cake having the images of two homosexuals entering into an ungodly marriage. However, the Press did not make known a televised interview where a Muslim business owner had the same view of homosexuality as did the Colorado baker.

MSM has a lackluster and selective reporting on the riots that have resulted in “cities burning, personal properties destroyed, citizens and law enforcement attacked,” calling such things, “peaceful protest.” MSM has not asked Presidential candidate Biden anything about the Bobulinski account of the Biden dealings with China. I will not watch, or listen to, any programming that comes from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, NPR. I will not reward such media bad behavior with my viewer or listener rating.

It is unfortunate that the acts of favoritism by the Press match those of the Democrat party, new world order and globalist types, as well the industries of academia, education and entertainment, to include what the Press calls, “the religious left.” By the way, I grew up in a democrat family.

I have found a serious threat to our nation’s constitutional freedoms, that relates to news stories that are not being reported by the Press. I wrote an article on that threat on one of my other blogs. The link to that post is provided, as follows:

https://considering573076699.wordpress.com/2020/10/28/click-on-and-listen-b4uvote/

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View The Video. Read The Text. Acts 3. The Promised Messiah, 33 A.D.

I. Introduction. Concurrently, I am writing a series of articles on Israel, and how God’s chosen people fit into the timelines of the books of Acts and Revelation. In this Acts 3 article, we will see the Apostle Peter sharing the message of Christ to Jews, in a very direct manner, with the purpose of drawing them to saving faith in Christ, as a nation, and as individual Jews. In this article, as we follow the preaching of Peter, we will also delve into the Kingdom Age of the Millennial reign of Christ. We will follow the contextual timeline of Israel from 1004 B.C., when Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem was completed, to the preaching of the Apostles to the Jews in Jerusalem in 33 A.D. We will continue to the yet future fulfillment of 2 Chr 2:14, at the end of the Tribulation, and on to the Godly reconstruction of the Millennial Temple in the Kingdom Age of the Millennium that will take place in Jerusalem.

A. Series Title: Israel In The Book Of Acts.

B. Video Title: What Does Acts Chapter 3 Mean?

C. Article Title: Acts 3, The Promised Messiah, 33 A.D.

D. Article Focus: “Repent,” metanoeó: to change one’s mind or purpose (about Christ).

E. Key Verse: Deu 14:2, “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”

II. Text. Acts 3:1-26 (33 A.D.).

A. Healing the Lame Beggar (Vs 1-10).

1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer. 2 And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms. 4 But Peter, along with John, fixed his gaze on him and said, “Look at us!” 5 And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!” 7 And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened. 8 With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God; 10 and they were taking note of him as being the one who used to sit at the Beautiful Gate of the temple to beg alms, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

B. Peter’s Second Sermon (Vs 11-26).

11 While he was clinging to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them at the so-called portico of Solomon, full of amazement. 12 But when Peter saw this, he replied to the people, “Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this, or why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His servant Jesus, the one whom you delivered and disowned in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him. 14 But you disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15 but put to death the Prince of life, the one whom God raised from the dead, a fact to which we are witnesses. 16 And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all.

17 “And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also. 18 But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. 19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; 20 and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, 21 whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time. 22 Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brethren; to Him you shall give heed to everything He says to you. 23 And it will be that every soul that does not heed that prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’ 24 And likewise, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and his successors onward, also announced these days. 25 It is you who are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ 26 For you first, God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways.”

III. Translation Considerations. “The New American Standard Bible (NASB) translation was chosen for this, and other studies, because of two main reasons. First, the NASB capitalizes the first letter of pronouns that relate to God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit); not all Bible translations show that same respect for God. Second, the NASB has a history of correctness in translation.”

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V. Comments.

A. 3:1. “the hour of prayer.” This is the ninth hour, 3:00 p.m. The Jews had 3 daily times of prayer (Ps. 55:17); the other two were 9:00 a.m. (third hour) and 12:00 noon (sixth hour). The Apostles, and other Jews whom had come to saving faith in Christ, continued in daily Temple worship, but also met as believers in Christ in their homes (Acts 2:46). We will learn more about how Temples became a place of sharing the message of Christ (e.g., Ac 17:10-12).

B. 3:2. “the gate of the temple, which is called Beautiful.” A large and ornate gate inside the temple mount on the eastern side, separating the Court of the Gentiles from the Court of the Women. “alms.” A charitable donation of money.

C. 3:3. “into the temple.” Beggars considered the temple the best site to operate because the daily crowds of Jews came to impress God with their pious good works, including offerings at the temple treasury (the Jews in this context appear to not have come to saving faith in Christ.).

D. 3:6. The apostles heal not by their own power but “in the name of Jesus,” through the authority Jesus gave them. Acts reports the continuing work of Jesus through His church.

E. 3:7. Luke, a physician by profession, described what took place. Instantly strength was given to the portions of the body that needed it. Blood supply was increased to the muscle. The brain sent signals to the nerve endings of the ankles and feet. The hardened fluid between the joints was softened, and the atrophied muscles and ligaments regained flexibility. The feet suddenly could bear the man’s weight.

F. 3:8. “jumped” comes from the same root as the verb used in the Greek version of Isa 35:6, where “the lame” will “leap like a deer” at the restoration of creation.

G. 3:9. “praising God” is a major theme throughout the books of Luke and Acts. Those two books were penned by Luke, through the inspiration of God’s Holy Spirit.

H. 3:10. The people had seen the beggar day after day, maybe year after year. His healing was not a staged event. When the beggar stood and walked, the only reasonable explanation was that God had healed him.

I. 3:11. “the portico of Solomon.” A porch surrounding the temple’s Court of the Gentiles. This was also where Jesus had taught about the Good Shepherd (John 10:23).

J. 3:12. Peter addressed the situation and used it as an opportunity to preach. His message included an explanation (vs 12-16), and an exhortation (vs 17-26).

J. 3:13. “his servant Jesus.” A reminder of the suffering servant prophesied in Isa 52:13—53:12 (Mt 12:18; Ac 4:27,30). “disowned him.” Voted against Jesus, spurned him, denied him and refused to acknowledge Him as the true Messiah. “Pilate,” when he had decided to let him go (Jn 19:12).

K. 3:14. “the Holy One.” Ps 16:10; Luke 4:34; John 6:69. “the Righteous One.” 1 Jn 2:1. “murderer.” Barabbas (Mt 27:16–21; Mk 15:11; Lk 23:18; Jn 18:40).

L. 3:15. “You put to death.” “God raised.” “We are witnesses.” A recurring theme in the speeches of Acts (see 2:23–24; 4:10; 5:30–32; 10:39–41; 13:28–29; cf. 1Co 15:1–4). “Prince of life.” See Jn 6:27, 50–51,63; 10:10; Php 1:21; 1 Jn 5:12.

M. 3:16. “on the basis of faith,” i.e., through the apostles’ faith, or possibly the lame man’s faith.

N. 3:17. “you acted in ignorance.” They did not know that Jesus was the true Messiah (Lk 23:34). Nevertheless, God will be generous in his mercy if they only repent and turn to him in faith (“Repent,” metanoeó: to change one’s mind or purpose (about Christ).

O. 3:18. “foretold through all the prophets.” Echoes that which Jesus had said (Lk 24:26–27). The suffering was prophesied (compare Isa 53:7–8 with Ac 8:32–33; Ps 2:1–2 with Ac 4:25–26; Ps 22:1 with Mt 27:46; see also Lk 24:44; 1 Pet 1:11).

P. 3:19. The word translated “refreshing” refers to restoration of strength and nourishment. Strength is restored when hope is restored. Peter challenged the people to repent and be converted, to change their thinking about Jesus as their Messiah and to serve Him. (“Repent,” metanoeó: to change one’s mind or purpose (about Christ).

Q. 3:20. If Israel as a whole would repent, a second more remote goal, the coming of the Kingdom. Such “metanoeó” will occur at the end of the Tribulation when Israel calls on Christ, in faith, to save them (Zech 12:10).

R. 3:21. The times of refreshing at the second coming of Christ would be fulfilled. The sending of the Christ, that is Messiah, meant the coming of the Kingdom. The Old Testament told of these days. The Old Testament prophets did not predict the church; to them it was a mystery (Rom 16:25; Eph 3:1-6).

S. 3:22. Quoted from Deu 18:15. Moses was revered by the Jews as their first and greatest prophet, and the Jews viewed the prophet “like him” to refer to the Messiah.

T. 3:23. Quoted from Deu 18:19. Also see Lev 23:29. Peter’s audience was in the precarious position of losing covenant blessings by rejecting the Messiah.

U. 3:24. “prophets, from Samuel.” Samuel was called a prophet in the OT (1 Sam 3:20). Although he did not directly prophesy about Christ, he did anoint David as king and speak of his kingdom (1 Sam. 13:14; 15:28; 16:13; 28:17), and the promises David received were and will be fulfilled in Christ (2 Sam. 7:10–16).

V. 3:25. “in your seed.” Quoted from Gen 22:18; 26:4. Jesus Christ was the ultimate fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant and its blessings (Gal 3:16), which are still available to the Jews.

W. 3:26. Jesus, God’s Servant (vs 13; 4:27, 30), was sent…first to you, that is, to the Jews. This chronological pattern was followed throughout the Gospels and Acts (Mt 10:5; Ac 13:46; Rom 1:16). The reason for this is that the establishing of the Kingdom depended, and still depends on, Israel’s response (Mt 23:37-39; Rom 11:26).

VI. Times Of Refreshing. (Acts 3:19-21). 19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; 20 and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, 21 whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.

A. Acts 3:19–21. “times of Refreshing.” The Kingdom Age Of The Millennium. “Times” means epoch, era, or season. Two descriptions are given to the coming era of the millennial kingdom. This is clear because they bracket the reference to Jesus Christ being sent from God to bring those times. Peter points to Christ’s earthly reign (see Acts 1:7; Rom. 11:26). The period will be marked by all kinds of blessings and renewal (Is 11:6–10; 35:1–10; Ez 34:26; 44:3; Joel 2:26; Mt 19:28; Rev. 19:1–10). It is not the church that brings in the Kingdom Age; it is Christ.

B. Lev 23:33-43. Feast Of Tabernacles. This festival commemorated God’s deliverance, protection, and provision during the wilderness wanderings of the Exodus (Ex. 23:16; Num. 29:12–38; Deut. 16:13–15). It is also known as the Feast of Booths (Deu 16:13) and Feast of Ingathering (Ex 23:16). The people lived in booths or huts made from limbs (Neh 8:14–18), remembering their wilderness experience. It also celebrated the autumn harvest and will be celebrated in the Millennium (Zech. 14:16).

C. Deu 2:7. During the time of Israel’s forty years of wandering in the wilderness, “God tabernacled with the Jews.”

D. 2 Chr 7:14 (in context). The fulfillment of this promise of God to Israel is found in Zech 12:10. Solomon finished the Temple in Jerusalem, the ark was taken in, and the Glory of the LORD filled the Temple (2 Chr 5:1-14). Solomon preached a sermon to the Jews about the Temple (6:1-11), and offered a prayer of dedication about the Temple (6:12-42). Fire came down from Heaven and consumed a burnt offering; the Glory of the LORD filled the Temple; the Jews worshipped God (7:1-3); sacrifices were offered (7:4-7); a feast of dedication followed for seven days (7:8-10); God’s promise and warning to Solomon followed (7:11-14); ” Then the Lord appeared to Solomon at night and said to him,” (7:12); If “My people” (7:13-14), who are called by “My name” (My people, Israel, Deu 14:2), “humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chr 7:14: the people are Israel; the land is Israel; neither Gentiles, nor the church meet the qualifications of “people and land.”).

E. 2 Chr 7:14 relates to Israel, and will be fulfilled in the last of the Tribulation when Jews call on Christ (in faith) to save them from utter destruction (Zech 12:10).

F. 2 Chr 36:19 tells of the destruction of Solomon’s Temple by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.

F. Ezek 37:26 (574 B.C.) tells of God’s promise to Ezekiel for His Millennial Temple (aka Ezekiel’s Temple).

G. Ezek 40:5 (574 B.C.) tells of God’s vision to Ezekiel of God’s Millennial Temple.

H. Ezek 10:1-18 (594 B.C.) tells of Ezekiel’s vision of the Glory of God departing Solomon’s Temple.

I. Ezek 43:4 (574 B.C.) tells of Ezekiel’s vision of the Glory of God entering the Millennial Temple.

J. The Glory of God did not fill Zerubbabel’s temple (Ezra 6:11-15, 515 B.C., the rebuilt Solomon’s Temple). Neither will the Glory of God fill the Tribulation Temple (Rev 11:1).

K. Zech 14:16-19. During the Kingdom Age of the Millennium, God will, again, “tabernacle with the Jews.”
This very important passage reveals that some Gentiles will go into the millennial kingdom alive along with the redeemed Jews. A converted remnant from those heathen nations will make annual pilgrimages to Jerusalem to worship the LORD and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles during the Millennium. Commemorating the time when God “tabernacled” with Israel in the wilderness, the feast represented the last of the 3 major pilgrimage festivals (Lev. 23:34–36), marked the final harvest of the year’s crops, and provided a time of rejoicing. In the Millennium, it will celebrate Messiah’s presence again dwelling among His people and the joyful restoration of Israel, including the ingathering of the nations. Those who refuse to go will experience drought and plague. Tragically, as the thousand years go on, there will be many people from all over the world who will reject Christ as Savior and King, joining in a final war against Him, only to be destroyed and cast into hell forever (cf. Rev. 20:7–15).

L. Rev 20:4. The duration of the Kingdom Age of the Millennial reign of Christ is one thousand years.

VII. Summary. The Apostle Peter was very direct with his witness of Christ to his fellow Jews. Scripture shows that the best way to witness to Jews, Gentiles, Muslims, etc., is to tell them about “Christ, and Him crucified,” just as was the example of Peter (Acts 2:36; 1 Cor 2:2). No religion can claim that their leader gave his life for them. Judaism and Christianity are not religions. See my Page, “About Equipping For Eternity Website,” on my “Equipping For Eternity Website,” for a discussion on “religions.”

VIII. Video Details. What Does Acts Chapter 3 Mean?

A. Jewish Voice. Jonathan shares inspirational insights about the promised Messiah as they take a closer look at Jesus in the light of biblical prophecy.

B. Jonathan Bernis, President and CEO of Jewish Voice Ministries International

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View The Video. Read The Text. ET 27. Rev 14:14-20. The Reapers.

I. Introduction. The opening video clip is from the series “35 most asked questions concerning Bible Prophecy”. This clip answers the question: “What happens during the seven year tribulation period, or the seventieth week of Daniel 9?” What happens when Jesus breaks the seven seals of the sealed scroll? It is important to understand that each of the judgments of the tribulation are caused by God, either through Christ or angels. See Rev 6:1 for seal judgments, Rev 8:1-2 for trumpet judgments, and Rev 16:1-2 for bowl judgments. A description of the 70 weeks of Daniel can be found in Daniel 9:20-30 (538 B.C.). Notice that the 70 weeks of Daniel relates to Israel (vs 20,24). Notice in Jeremiah 30:7 that the Tribulation relates to Israel. The King of the Jews is Jesus (Matthew 25:34; Rev 19:16). “The head of the Church” is Jesus (Col 1:8). In Rev 19:11-21, Christ is descending from heaven with His raptured saints to take His rightful place on His throne in Jerusalem, for the Kingdom Age of the Millennium. The Kingdom is not established until Christ takes His place on the throne, which has not yet happened. Video details are found at the bottom of this page.

A. Series Title. Israel In Revelation.

B. Video Title: The tribulation period or 70 week of Daniel 9.

C. Article Title: End Times 27, Revelation 14:14-20, The Reapers.

D. Article Focus. In this article we will consider “reaping, the reapers, and the final judgment.”

a. Reap Definition: Taken from Mirriam-Webster Dictionary. (1) To cut with a sickle, scythe, or reaping machine. (2) To clear of a crop by reaping. (3) To gather by reaping : HARVEST.

b. Reaping Definition: Taken from Unger’s Bible Dictionary. (1) The reward of wickedness. (2) The reward of righteousness. (3) The final judgment.

E. Key Thought. The Kingdoms.

1. In this article we will consider an area of Scripture that will add great understanding. Matthew Chapter 13 is discussed by Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost (JDP), Th.D, in his book, “Things To Come,” pages 142-147, Copyright 1958. Credentials for Dr. Pentecost are shown in my Page, “About My Sources.”

2. “The time element in Matthew 13.” Ryrie writes to show that these parables are limited to the inter-advent period. He says: “The kingdom of the heavens has become like unto.”… The end of the time period covered by these parables is indicated by the phrase “end of the world,” or more literally “the consummation of the age.” (vs 39-40). This is the time of the Second Advent of Christ, when He shall come in power and great glory. Therefore, it is clear that these parables are concerned only with that time between the days when Christ spoke on earth, and the end of the age. This gives a clue to the meaning of the phrase “the mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven.”

a. “The mystery form of the kingdom.” That God was going to establish a kingdom on the earth was no mystery. The mystery form of the kingdom has reference to the age between the two advents of Christ. The mysteries of the kingdom of heaven describe the conditions that prevail on the earth in that interim while the King is absent. These mysteries thus relate this present age to the eternal promises of God in regard to His kingdom.

b. Concerning this mystery form of the kingdom, it is observed in “the first place,” that it can not be equated with the millennial kingdom, for that kingdom was no mystery but was clearly predicted in the Old Testament. In “the second place,” it can not refer to the spiritual kingdom, for that kingdom consists only of saved people, who enter it by new birth, but this mystery form of the kingdom is composed of saved and unsaved alike (wheat and tares). It can not refer, “thirdly,” to the eternal kingdom for these mysteries are limited in time to the interadvent period. It can not be limited, “fourthly,” to the church, for this mystery form of the kingdom includes more than the church. “On the other hand,” it must be observed, this mystery form of the kingdom is limited as to time, and represents the entire sphere of profession in the present age. It is most important, eschatalogically, to keep these three usages of the term “kingdom” separate and distinct (spiritual, millennial, mystery).

c. “The Wheat And The Tares.” (Mt 13:24-30; 36-43). There will be a judgment at the end of the age to separate the good from the evil. The good will be received into “the millennial kingdom” and the evil excluded… Many feel that this parable relates to the “tribulation period.”…(1) The term “children of the kingdom” is used in Matthew to refer to Israel (Mt 8:11-12); (2) the judgment outlined relates to the time when God will again be dealing with Israel as a nation, that is at the end of the age; (3) the wheat and tares grow together until the judgment, but the church will be raptured before the Tribulation begins; (4) the judgment that falls upon the wicked comes through angels before the righteous are rewarded, so that the chronology here depicts the removal of the wicked so that only the righteous are left; (6) the church is never judged to determine who will enter into glory, and who will be excluded. This seems to indicate that this parable has primary reference to Israel during the Tribulation period. Yet, it is true that the entire age is to be characterized by a false sowing in competition with the true.

II. Text. Revelation 14:14-20.

14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man, having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16 Then He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.

17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, and he also had a sharp sickle. 18 Then another angel, the one who has power over fire, came out from the altar; and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Put in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe.” 19 So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God. 20 And the wine press was trodden outside the city, and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses’ bridles, for a distance of two hundred miles.

III. Translation Considerations. “The New American Standard Bible (NASB) translation was chosen for this, and other studies, because of two main reasons. First, the NASB capitalizes the first letter of pronouns that relate to God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit); not all Bible translations show that same respect for God. Second, the NASB has a history of correctness in translation.”

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V. Dates of scriptures come from the Scofield Study Bible, copyright 1909.

VI. Comments. Revelation 14:14-20.

A. Rev 14:14-15. The reference to the Son of Man with a golden crown on His head indicates that the figure is Jesus Christ (see Rev 1:13, and Dan 7). The Son will judge humankind. A sharp flint or iron sickle was the primary tool for an ancient grain harvest. Since the 144,000 have been received by God as the firstfruits (vs 4) of His harvest, the rest of the harvest of the earth is surely ripe for salvation (see Mt 13:37–43), as well as judgment. This judgment relates to those ungodly people which were left behind from the rapture, and are still alive at the end of the Tribulation.

1. Mt 24:29-31, at the return of Christ to Earth at the end of the Tribulation, angels will be sent forth to gather “the elect” of God (Deu 14:2, the Jews).

a. Mt 24:31 does not relate to the Rapture of the Church. “The elect of God,” relates to Jews (Deu 14:2).

b. Titus 2:13 relates to the Rapture, “looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.” The context of this verse does not match the judgment which follows Mt 24:31.

c. Mt 24:29 begins a discussion on the judgment that will come on the earth at the time that Christ returns from Heaven (with His previously raptured saints) for the Battle of Armageddon (Rev 19:11-21). There will be great destruction of unsaved mankind (Rev 19:18-20). There will be great fear for those, who are unsaved on earth, who see the Lord’s appearing (Zech 12-10-12; Mk 13:24-26; Lk 21:27), and there will be widespread earthly destruction (Rev 16:17-21).

d. The rapture (harpazo) of the Church will be a time of joy, and will remove born again believers in Christ from earth to Heaven (Jn 14:2-6; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18; 1 Thes 1:10; 1 Thes 5:9). The Noahic flood (Gen 7:23-24) was God’s wrath. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah was God’s wrath (Gen 19:28-29). The seal, trumpet and bowl judgments of the Tribulation are all God’ wrath (Rev 6:1-16:21). The return of Christ at the Battle of Armageddon, with His saints and angels (Zech 14:1-5), is God’s wrath. God’s people have always faced the effects of perilous times, that are described in 2 Tim 3:1-13, which come as a result of the fall of Adam and Eve, and the resulting curse (Gen 3:15-19). However, Christ, who is the Bridegroom of all bridegrooms, will not subject His Bride (the born again believers; the Church; 2 Cor 11:2; Eph 5:22-32; Rev 19:7-8) to any of “His” judgments that will come upon “all that dwell on the earth” (Rev 3:10). God’s wrath is shown throughout Revelation, from 6:1 through 19:15. Additionally, the Bride of Christ will not be present on earth when any of the judgments of God’s wrath are poured out on the earth. There is no purpose for the Church being in the Tribulation. Here is a hint. The Tribulation was designed by God for the purpose of drawing unsaved Jews to saving faith in Christ. I included a discussion on Tribulation inhabitants in my previous End Times article; click onto the following link:

https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2020/10/09/end-times-26-revelation-149-13-doom-for-worshipers-of-the-beast/

2. Rev 14:15. “The harvest of the earth” (in this case relates to the ungodly people of the world) “is ready” to be gathered up and judged (Jews, Mt 24:40-41, “taken to death and judgment”); (Gentiles, Mt 25:41, “taken to death and judgment”). The deaths will be immediate. The judgment will be 1,000 years later, when “the unsaved dead” are resurrected to stand at the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11-15, for unbelievers), where they will be cast into the lake of fire.

B. Rev 14:16. The power of the Son of Man (Jesus Christ) is shown in that, with one thrust of His sickle, the harvest of the earth is reaped. This pictures the events of Rev 16-19 as parts of one rapid succession of judgment. Thus this judgment is experienced by the inhabitants of the entire world.

C. Rev 14:17 “temple.” This refers to the heavenly dwelling place of God, not the Tribulation temple in Jerusalem, (Rev 11:1).

1. Rev 11:19 “temple of God was opened in heaven.” The heavenly Holy of Holies, where God dwells in His glory, already is identified as His throne. John had seen the throne (Rev 4:5), the altar (Rev 6:9; 8:3–5), and here the Holy of Holies.

2. Rev 11:1. Then there was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, “Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it. [(A rebuilt temple will exist during the time of the Tribulation (See Dan 9:27; 12:11; Mt. 24:15; 2 Thes. 2:4)]. {The Tribulation temple will not be a dwelling place for God, as were the Tabernacle in the Desert (Ex 40:34-35); Solomon’s Temple (1 Kings 8:11; 2 Chron 5:13-14); the Heavenly Temple during the Tribulation (Rev 15:8); the Millennial Temple (Ez 43:1-3)}. In the Eternal State there was “no Temple, for the Lord God, the Almighty and the Lamb are its Temple (Rev 21:22).

D. Rev 14:18. This angel is coming from the heavenly altar to ensure that all the prayers of all the saints for judgment, and the coming of the kingdom, are answered. He calls for judgment to start. “sickle.” See the note on Rev 14:14.

E. Rev 14:19. This verse relates to the slaughter of all the enemies of God who are still alive, who are facing destruction at Armageddon, which will be the final battle against God’s enemies. The image is that of the fresh juice of stomped grapes splattering and running down a trough from the upper vat to the lower vat of a stone winepress.

F. Rev 14:20. This is apparently a reference to Armageddon (Rev 16:16; 19:17-19), when the blood from the slaughter will flow 180 miles (290 kilometers) to the depth of about 4 1/2 feet (1.3 meters). The blood of horses, added to that of the large armies of human soldiers, could easily cause such an enormous river of blood.

VII. Summary. As we conclude Revelation Chapter 14, we can see that it refers to the preservation of the 144,000 through the Great Tribulation (the church is saved, “from the Tribulation,” by the Rapture). Additionally, it shows some of the terrible judgments that will be poured out on the world which will reject Christ, and will follow the substitute of Satan for our Lord.

VIII. Video details. John Ankerberg Show. May 29, 2009. Credentials for the speaker, Dr. Renald Showers (deceased), can be found in the Page, About My Sources.

IX. God’s love for Israel can not be denied. Deuteronomy 14:2. “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”

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View The Video. Read The Text. Acts 2:42. Which Teaching? Which Gospel?

Acts 2:38, “Repent,” metanoeó: to change one’s mind or purpose (about Christ).

Series Title. Israel In The Book Of Acts.

Video Title. Day of Pentecost.

Article Title. Acts 2:42. Which Teaching? Which Gospel?

I. Introduction. When I consider the opening video of this article, the thought that is brought to my mind is, “consider God.”

II. Consider the following verses that are foundational to the considerations of this article.

A. Acts 1:-8-9.8 “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.” 9 And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.”

B. Acts 2:42. “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

III. Let us consider the gospel message that the Apostles learned from Christ. The meaning of Gospel is “good news.” In the following verses, we will see that the “gospel of the Kingdom” relates to Israel. Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Heaven have the same meaning.

A. Let’s consider the Kingdom, as it relates to “of God” and “of Heaven.” First of all, the Kingdom will be “on earth,” and will be empowered by God, whom is in Heaven (Matt 6:10). Secondly, the Kingdom will be ruled by Christ, and relates to national Israel (Lk 1:32-33).

B. The Kingdom is the result of a promise between God and Israel, and is described in the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants. The Kingdom is not a frame of mind, or a thought process. The Kingdom is not in place at this time, but will come into being at the time that Christ returns to earth from Heaven at the end of the Tribulation (Mt 24:29-31, Rev 19:11-21, when Christ (King of Kings, Rev 19:16) sets up His 1,000 year reign, where He physically reigns upon the earth (Isa 2:3-4).

1. The Abrahamic Covenant is described as being a land, a people, and a blessing (Gen 12:1-3; 15:18-21; 17:7-8). Gentiles who bless Jews will also be recipients of God’s blessings for Jews (Gen 12:3). The land will extend from the Nile River in Egypt, to the Euphrates River in Iraq, and will be approximately ten times the size of current Israel.

2. The Davidic Covenant describes a Godly government that will rule over the “Kingdom Of God”(2 Sam 7:8-16).

3. Some of the conditions of the Kingdom are discussed in the prophecies of the Jewish prophet, Isaiah, whose prophecy came from God, to Isaiah, to Israel (Isa 1:1-3). Conditions that Isaiah prophesied, which relate to the time of the Kingdom are stated in the following verses: Isa 2:1-4; 4:1-6; 9:6-7; 11:6-9; 25:6-8; 26:1-21; 32:1-20; 35:1-10; 42:1-6; 43:1-7; 49:1-12; 52:13-53:12 (53:5 is a promise of God’s spiritual healing of disobedient Israel also see Ps 103:12); 56:1-8; 60:1-22; 62:1-12; 66:18-25.

4. When Christ was on earth, He taught the details of the “good news” of the Kingdom. Notice that the gospel of the Kingdom was taught to Jews. The Kingdom was said to be “near,” but not here(per Andy Woods). Had Israel accepted Christ as being the choice of God for the Kingdom (Deu 17:15), all of the promises of the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants would have immediately been fulfilled. Also, all of the conditions of the Kingdom, that Isaiah and over Jewish prophets had spoken to Israel, would have come to fruition.

a. Matthew 3:1-2. 1 Now in those days John the Baptist *came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, 2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

b. Matthew 4:17. From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

c. Matthew 10:5-7. 5 These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: “Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; 6 but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’

d. Mark 1:14-15. 14 Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

e. Luke 8:1. 1 Soon afterwards, He began going around from one city and village to another, proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God. The twelve were with Him,

f. Luke 10:8-9. 8 Whatever city you enter and they receive you, eat what is set before you; 9 and heal those in it who are sick, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ (vs 1, Now after this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them in pairs ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come.)

5. In addition to the teachings of Christ about the Kingdom, He also spoke to the Jews about the Law, which involved Jews treating others according to God’s will for their lives. Consider the teaching on the Sermon on the Mount, per Ryrie Study Bible.

6. The Sermon On The Mount (Matthew). Consider the Law.

a. The Picture of Kingdom Life (Mt 5:1-16).

b. The Precepts for Kingdom Life (Mt 5:17-48). The law of Moses (Mt 5:17-20). The law of reconciliation (Mt 5:23-26). The law of Adultery (Mt 5:27-30). The law of divorce (Mt 5:31-32). The law of oaths (Mt 5:33-37). The law of nonresistance (Mt 5:38-42). The law of love (Mt 5:43-48).

(1) Mt 5:40. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also.

(2) Mt 5:41. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.

(3) Mt 5:42. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

c. The Practice of Kingdom Life (Mt 6:1-7:12). In relation to almsgiving (Mt 6:1-4). In relation to prayer (Mt 6:5-15). In relation to fasting (Mt 6:16-18). In relation to money (6:19-24). In relation to anxiety (Mt 6:25-34). In relation to Judging [I say again, “in relation to judging” (Mt 7:1-5)]. In relation to prudence (Mt 7:6). In relation to prayer (Mt 7:7-11). In relation to others (Mt 7:12).

d. The Proof of Kingdom Life (Mt 7:13-29).

7. The Sermon On The Mount. Luke 6:20-49. Consider the Law. Notice that as we finish considering the Sermon on the Mount, that we are not bound by the Sermon on the Mount, or by the Law. Lk 18:22 was stated outside of the Sermon on the Mount.

a. Lk 6:30. Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.

b. Lk 6:38. Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”

c. Lk 18:18-23. It is at this time in the teaching of Christ about the Kingdom and the Law that the opportunity arises to discuss personal salvation.

(1) Lk 18:18 A ruler questioned Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
(2) Lk 18:20 (Jesus said) “You know the commandments……”
(3) Lk 18:21 (the ruler said) “I have kept all these from my youth.”
(4) Lk 18:22 (Jesus said) “One thing that you still lack, sell all that you have and follow Me.”
(5) Lk 18:23 (The man) “was very sad, for he was extremely rich.”

d. RSB note: Lk 18:22. Apparently the man had kept the laws of vs 20, but Jesus saw his attachment to material things. Rather than admit this, the man turned his back on Christ’s help.

e. BKC note: Lk 18:21-22. The reasoning of Jesus was clear: (1) one must keep the law perfectly in order to inherit eternal life (cf. James 2:10). (2) Only God was good — truly righteous. (3) Therefore, nobody can obtain eternal life by following the Law (cf. Rom 3:20; Gal 2:21, 3:21). (4) The only course of action left to an individual is to follow Jesus in order to obtain eternal life.

f. BKC note: Mt 19:16-22. The young man affirmed he had kept all these things, but he still sensed a lack (Mt 19:20, “The young man *said to Him, All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?”). Whether he had truly kept these commands, only God knows. The young man believed he had, and yet he knew something was missing in his life. Nothing more was written about this young man; probably, he never left all and followed Christ. He loved his money more than God, and thus he violated even the first commandment (Ex 20:3).

g. It is important to remember that in the midst of the teaching of Christ for national Israel to accept Him as Messiah for them to enter the Kingdom [Mt 3:2,”repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.” Luke 13:3. “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”], Christ also taught that only born again, believing Jews, would be able to enter the Kingdom, which is personal salvation [Jn 3:3, “Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he can not see the kingdom of God.” Jn 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”].

h. Mt 3:2, “Repent.” (metanoeó: to change one’s mind or purpose…about Christ).

8. The Applicability Of The Law.

a. Lev 23:1-2. “Speak to the sons of Israel”.

a. Ps 147:19. “He declares His words to Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances to Israel.”

IV. Let Us Consider Salvation. For National Israel. For Individuals.

A. It is important to know that all verses are “for us,” but not all verses apply “to us” (per Andy Woods).

1. Consider two verses that discuss salvation.

a. Luke 13:3. “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

b. John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

c. Both of the above verses relate to salvation, but they are “miles apart” in application. Lk 13:3 relates to the national salvation of Israel. John 3:16 relates to personal salvation, of everybody, even Jews.

2. We will discuss the determining factors of each of the above two verses (Lk 13:3 and John 3:16).

B. Salvation For National Israel.

1. The synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke tell of Israel’s national salvation. Christ not only gave the Jews a refresher on the Kingdom, He also spoke to them on the Law. Christ was qualified to speak on the Law because He was totally compliant with the requirements of the Law (Heb 4:15); yet, He fulfilled the law (Mt 5:17).

a. Heb 4:15. “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.”

b. Mt 5:17. “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.”

2. The law was given only to Israel. Consider Ps 147:19. “He declares His words to Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances to Israel.”

3. The offer of the Kingdom to Israel was set aside after Christ was rejected by the Jews, and will not be offered again until the time of the Tribulation (Mt 23:37-39; Zech 12:10).

C. Salvation For Individuals.

1. The Gospel of John (the good news of John’s gospel) shows Christ’s teaching on personal salvation, of Jews and Gentiles. Consider: Jn 1:7, 9, 11-13, 29. 3:3, 6-8, 15-18. 6:40, 10:27-30. 14:1-6, 16-20. 16:7-15. 17:3, 21-26. 20:31. John 3:3 states that in order for anyone to be allowed into the Kingdom, they must be born again. The new birth is also stated by the Apostle Paul, in 2 Cor 5:17, and in Ezekiel 36:24-29. The time of the Kingdom, which will take place on earth after the Tribulation, and will not have anyone entering it without having been born again (John 3:3; Mt 24:40-41…which is not the rapture; and Mt 25:34). Old Testament saints will be resurrected at the end of the Tribulation, and will enter the Kingdom (Dan 12:1-3). Church age saints will be raptured and resurrected, and will return to earth with Christ from Heaven to enter the Kingdom (Rev 19:11-21). Deceased Tribulation saints (those who accept Christ during the Tribulation) will be resurrected at the end of the Tribulation and will enter the Kingdom (Rev 20:4). Living Tribulation saints (those who accept Christ during the Tribulation) will enter the Kingdom in their living bodies (Mt 24:40-41; Mt 25:34). The Kingdom will last for a millennium (1,000 years, Rev 20:4). Following the millennium, all whom have been born again will enter into the eternal state of the new Heaven, new Earth and new Jerusalem (Rev 21:1-2).

2. Included in the synoptic gospels, Christ also taught about His death, burial and resurrection, per Mt 16:21: “From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day (notice, “third day”).”

D. The Teaching Of The Gospels.

1. The Gospel of the Kingdom was taught until the day that Christ ascended to Heaven (Acts 1:1-7).

2. The Gospel of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ began being taught by the Apostles on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:22-36), as is shown in 1 Cor 15:1-8), will be taught until Christ sets foot on earth at the end of the Tribulation (NAC).

a. 1 Corinthians 15:1-8. 1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8 and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.

b. The key message of the New Testament is “Christ and Him crucified:” Acts 2:36, 1 Cor 2:2).

3. The Gospel of the Kingdom will not be taught again until the time of the Tribulation (Mt 24:14), when it will be preached “as a testimony to all the nations.” In the mean time, it is incumbent upon believers in Christ to teach the gospel of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (1 Cor 15:1-8). Therefore, the teaching of the Apostles would find its foundational backing on “Christ and Him crucified,” and not on the Law or the Kingdom. However, Scripture will show that the Apostles made references to the Law and the Kingdom, when the time was appropriate to draw unsaved Jews to saving faith in Christ.

E. The Teaching Of The Apostles.

1. Acts 2:46 tells that the earliest Christians, who were also Jews, continued in temple worship. They also met in their homes as born again believers in Christ: “Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,”

2. The Apostles would continue keeping the feasts (Acts 20:6): “We sailed from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and came to them at Troas within five days; and there we stayed seven days”(Ex 12:17). While at the Feasts, the Apostles would explain the fulfilment of Christ in each of the festivals, as follows:

a. Passover (Ex 12:1-14; Mt 26:17-20) – The Death Of Christ (1 Cor 5:7).
b. Unleavened Bread (Ex 12:15-20) – The Sinlessness Of Christ (1 Cor 5:8).
c. First Fruits (Lev 23:9-14; Num 28:26) – The Resurrection Of Christ (1 Cor 15:23).
d. Pentecost (Deu 16:9-12; Acts 2:1) – The Outpouring Of The Spirit Of Christ (Acts 1:5, 2:4).
e. Trumpets (Num 29:1-6) – Israel’s Regathering By Christ (Mt 24:31).
f. Atonement (Lev 23:26-32; Heb 9:7) – The Substitutionary Sacrifice By Christ (Rom 11:26).
g. Booths/Tabernacles/Sukkot/Ingathering (Neh 8:13-18; Jn 7:2) – The Rest And Reunion With Christ (Zech 14:16-19).

V. Video Details. Day of Pentecost. ewlady. Excerpt from the movie “Acts of the Apostles.”

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