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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3. Credentials for Mark Hitchcock can be seen on my About Sources Page.

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.”

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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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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.”