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.”

Click On, DOJ official confirms FBI 2019 criminal investigation into Hunter Biden, still active

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DOJ official confirms FBI 2019 criminal investigation into Hunter Biden, still active

https://abc3340.com/news/nation-world/tony-bobulinksi-i-have-now-put-myself-in-huge-risk-for-the-sake-of-the-american-people

WASHINGTON (SBG) – A justice department official has confirmed to Sinclair Broadcast Group that the FBI opened up a criminal investigation into Hunter Biden and his associates back in 2019, focused on allegations of money-laundering and that the probe remains active.

Sinclair investigative reporter James Rosen has also spoken with a central witness in these allegations, which suggests that former vice president Joe Biden knew more than he has acknowledged about his son’s overseas dealings.

Click On, Virus Comments Timeline

Anne Makovec reports on Rep. Nancy Pelosi paying visit to San Francisco’s Chinatown to allay fears over coronavirus (2-24-2020)  

Much has been said about, “who should have done “what,” when?” The following comments should provide the answer that MSM and Democrats have avoided reporting.

Donald Trump’s Actions.

Trump Administration Restricts Entry Into U.S. From China Moving to counter the spreading coronavirus outbreak, the Trump administration said Friday that it would bar entry by most foreign nationals who had recently visited China and put some American travelers under a quarantine as it declared a rare public health emergency.  

https://www.cerescourier.com/opinion/editorial/biden-flips-china-travel-ban/

Joe Biden’s Criticisms of the President.

Biden flips on China travel ban  

On Jan. 31, President Trump issued the travel restrictions from China. One day after the travel restrictions were put into place, Biden said in Iowa, “We have, right now, a crisis with the coronavirus… This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysteria and xenophobia – hysterical xenophobia – and fearmongering to lead the way instead of science.”  

On Jan. 27, Biden wrote an op-ed published in USA Today, perhaps anticipating the upcoming travel ban and blasted President Trump’s calls in 2014 for travel restrictions during the Ebola outbreak as “reactionary.”  

On March 12, the very same day President Trump implemented further travel restrictions on Europe, leaving little doubt about his thoughts on the travel ban, Biden said, “Banning all travel from Europe or any other part of the world may slow it but as we’ve seen will not stop it. And travel restrictions based on favoritism and politics, rather than risk, will be counterproductive.” 
You know who wouldn’t stop the virus? Joe Biden, that’s who. We know Biden wouldn’t have done the travel ban in late January, because he told us every chance he got. He called it “reactionary,” “hysterical,” “xenophobic,” and “counterproductive.” All he has done up to this point is mock and deride President Trump’s efforts.

Finally, on April 5, Biden completed his about-face on the issue on ABC News with George Stephanopoulos, who must have simply forgotten to roll the video tape of Biden blasting the travel ban. 

Gregg Bishop’s Pandering.

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

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

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

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

Nancy Pelosi’s Pandering.

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

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

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

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

Considering.

The statement from the New York City CBS report is deafening: “Health officials say that The flu has been much deadlier than the Coronavirus so far this winter.”

Former VP Biden has been very critical of the President, saying that he is more interested in the welfare of “his Wall Street fatcats,” than he is of other people. But, as a result of ending China travel to our country, stocks plunged, which does not match the criticisms that were made by the former VP.

Concerning protecting our country from the virus that started in China, the President acted as a statesman. The other three Democrats in this article acted as politicians. MSM has not reported on the proper actions that the President took, or on the political pandering that Biden, Bishop and Pelosi did. Such pandering was done without proper regard for the health of the people who were being told that there was nothing to fear by going into highly suspect Coronavirus areas. Because of the preferential reporting of MSM (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, PBS, NYT, WAPO, et al), I have removed them from my life, to include sports and any kind of traditional programming. I will not reward their bad behavior with any kind of viewing, listening, or reading support.

I say again, “Health officials say that The flu has been much deadlier than the Coronavirus so far this winter.”

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Click On To See “Lost And Missing Ballots”

Much has recently been said about the subject of “mail in ballots.” The purpose of this article is not to discuss fraud in the “mail in” process, but to make known the reality of ballots being lost, or discarded, while being transported by the USPS from the address of the voter to the ballot collection point, which may be a county courthouse. Opinions on “mail in voting” vary, from Democrats and Republicans, as to the safety of mail-in voting; I will let you determine within your own mind as to which party is truer to the facts.

Much has also been said about the importance of each citizen’s vote. I have shown in this article information that relates to ballots not being delivered to their ballot collection points. I have also included data on elections that have been determined by one, or a few votes. Also, “voter intimidation” is addressed in this article.

Let’s consider the “one vote” aspect of elections. The follow article from Fayette County, PA says a lot.

https://www.fayettecountypa.org/233/One-Vote-Counts

ONE VOTE COUNTS
The Importance of Your Vote: Does it Make a Difference?
“You Better Believe It”
One vote made Oliver Cromwell Lord Protector of the Commonwealth and gave him control of England.
One vote caused Charles I to be executed.
One vote kept Aaron Burr (later charged with treason) from becoming President.
One vote made Texas part of the United States.
One vote changed France from a monarchy to a republic.
One vote elected Rutherford B. Hayes to the Presidency, and the man in the Electoral
College who cast the vote was an Indiana representative also elected by one vote.
One vote made Adolf Hitler head of the Nazi Party.
One vote maintained the Selective Service System only 12 weeks before Pearl Harbor.
One vote per precinct would have elected Richard Nixon rather than John Kennedy to the presidency in 1960.
And in our own Fayette County, one vote has elected:
Assessors
Auditors
Constables
Council Members
Inspector of Elections
Judge of Elections
Mayors
Party Committee Members
School Board Directors
Supervisors
Tax Collectors

Consider the following link that discusses the importance of “one vote.”
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/59873/10-elections-decided-one-vote-or-less

1. THE 2017 VIRGINIA HOUSE OF DELEGATES ELECTION
2. THE 1910 ELECTION FOR NEW YORK’S 36TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
4. THE 1839 MASSACHUSETTS GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION
6. WYOMING’S 1994 CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION
11. NEVADA’S 2002 AND 2011 COUNCIL ELECTIONS

Let’s now consider ballots that USPS never delivered to designated collection points.

Potentially thousands of requested mail ballots lost in Butler County, official says
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/10/29/thousands-requested-mail-ballots-lost-butler-county-pennsylvania-election-2020/stories/202010290124

Butler County Elections Director Says Postal Service Lost Unknown Number Of Mail-In Ballots

Butler County Elections Director Says Postal Service Lost Unknown Number Of Mail-In Ballots

USPS confirms missing ballots but ‘doesn’t have any additional information’
https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2020/10/06/usps-confirms-missing-ballots-but-doesnt-have-any-additional-information/

SECRETARY RAFFENSPERGER OPENS INVESTIGATION INTO POTENTIAL MISSING ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATIONS
https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/secretary_raffensperger_opens_investigation_into_potential_missing_absentee_ballot_applications

Let’s also consider voter suppression and intimidation.

Watch the following video. Consider what would happen if someone were to wear a red MAGA hat outside of a voting precinct.

Watch the following video, which shows Black Panther supporters of the defeated Democrat candidate Stacey Abrams, who still claims that voter suppression caused her the election for Governor of Georgia in 2018. Consider the verbal attacks that would be mounted by MSM and Democrats if Trump supporters were to be acting in the same way as the Black Panthers who were dressed in Par-military attire. Stacey Abrams has not refuted the actions of the Black Panthers in the video, and has not been criticized by MSM (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, NYT, WAPO, et al), or fellow Democrats, for not doing so.

Based on good common sense, and the news reports that I have read, and heard, I will never trust my vote to anyone else, and will consider the motives of Democrats who are pushing “main in ballots.” As I have said before, I grew up in a Democrat family.

Click On: Freedom Warning

The Bill of Rights – Text
Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

https://billofrightsinstitute.org/founding-documents/bill-of-rights/

It has been my observation that much of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America is under attack. I have seen the phrase, “freedom of religion,” being changed to “freedom of worship.” Former President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, have used that incorrect wording change many times. Freedom of worship means that we can go into a building and learn. Freedom of religion means that we can take that which we learn in such a building, and share that information outside of the building. Freedom of Speech is allowed, and not allowed, based on the media platform of print and broadcast news organizations. Freedom of the Press was put into the Bill of Rights so that the government can be watched by a disinterested third party, for the purpose of informing the citizens of America about that which goes on within our political establishment, truthfully and objectively, and not withholding information that is objectionable “to the press.” “Peaceable assembly to petition the government for a redress of grievances,” does not allow rioting, looting, personal damage and attacks on persons and properties that have nothing to do with a redress of grievances against our government. Destroying public property, monuments, etc., is not peaceful, and can not be allowed to happen because of the opinion of one group of citizens. Much of the Press has reported that such rioting and destruction is permitted, and has been called “peaceful,” even when a burning building can clearly be seen behind the media reporter who is reporting that “peaceful protest” is taking place. The Press has found nothing wrong with thousands of rioters, shoulder to shoulder, in “so called peaceful protests,” while verbally attacking churches and synagogues for their meetings, and small businesses safely opening. The Press has sided with Palestinians over Israelis, even though there was never a land of Palestine, with appropriate corresponding government records or currency. The Press has sided with same sex marriage, and with the punishments that have come when lawsuits have been filed against “so called” perpetrators of the same-sex marriage law. When a baker in Colorado was sued because he would not sell a cake to a homosexual couple, the truth was withheld by the Press that the baker was being asked to design a homosexual wedding cake. The truth is that the baker would have sold “the couple” a cake but he did not want to get involved with creating a cake having the images of two homosexuals entering into an ungodly marriage. However, the Press did not make known a televised interview where a Muslim business owner had the same view of homosexuality as did the Colorado baker.

MSM has a lackluster and selective reporting on the riots that have resulted in “cities burning, personal properties destroyed, citizens and law enforcement attacked,” calling such things, “peaceful protest.” MSM has not asked Presidential candidate Biden anything about the Bobulinski account of the Biden dealings with China. I will not watch, or listen to, any programming that comes from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, NPR. I will not reward such media bad behavior with my viewer or listener rating.

It is unfortunate that the acts of favoritism by the Press match those of the Democrat party, new world order and globalist types, as well the industries of academia, education and entertainment, to include what the Press calls, “the religious left.” By the way, I grew up in a democrat family.

I have found a serious threat to our nation’s constitutional freedoms, that relates to news stories that are not being reported by the Press. I wrote an article on that threat on one of my other blogs. The link to that post is provided, as follows:

https://considering573076699.wordpress.com/2020/10/28/click-on-and-listen-b4uvote/

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View The Video. Read The Text. Acts 3. The Promised Messiah, 33 A.D.

I. Introduction. Concurrently, I am writing a series of articles on Israel, and how God’s chosen people fit into the timelines of the books of Acts and Revelation. In this Acts 3 article, we will see the Apostle Peter sharing the message of Christ to Jews, in a very direct manner, with the purpose of drawing them to saving faith in Christ, as a nation, and as individual Jews. In this article, as we follow the preaching of Peter, we will also delve into the Kingdom Age of the Millennial reign of Christ. We will follow the contextual timeline of Israel from 1004 B.C., when Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem was completed, to the preaching of the Apostles to the Jews in Jerusalem in 33 A.D. We will continue to the yet future fulfillment of 2 Chr 2:14, at the end of the Tribulation, and on to the Godly reconstruction of the Millennial Temple in the Kingdom Age of the Millennium that will take place in Jerusalem.

A. Series Title: Israel In The Book Of Acts.

B. Video Title: What Does Acts Chapter 3 Mean?

C. Article Title: Acts 3, The Promised Messiah, 33 A.D.

D. Article Focus: “Repent,” metanoeó: to change one’s mind or purpose (about Christ).

E. Key Verse: Deu 14:2, “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”

II. Text. Acts 3:1-26 (33 A.D.).

A. Healing the Lame Beggar (Vs 1-10).

1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer. 2 And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms. 4 But Peter, along with John, fixed his gaze on him and said, “Look at us!” 5 And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!” 7 And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened. 8 With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God; 10 and they were taking note of him as being the one who used to sit at the Beautiful Gate of the temple to beg alms, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

B. Peter’s Second Sermon (Vs 11-26).

11 While he was clinging to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them at the so-called portico of Solomon, full of amazement. 12 But when Peter saw this, he replied to the people, “Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this, or why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His servant Jesus, the one whom you delivered and disowned in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him. 14 But you disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15 but put to death the Prince of life, the one whom God raised from the dead, a fact to which we are witnesses. 16 And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all.

17 “And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also. 18 But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. 19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; 20 and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, 21 whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time. 22 Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brethren; to Him you shall give heed to everything He says to you. 23 And it will be that every soul that does not heed that prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’ 24 And likewise, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and his successors onward, also announced these days. 25 It is you who are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ 26 For you first, God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways.”

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

IV. Sources of Information can be found in the following link: https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/about-sources/

V. Comments.

A. 3:1. “the hour of prayer.” This is the ninth hour, 3:00 p.m. The Jews had 3 daily times of prayer (Ps. 55:17); the other two were 9:00 a.m. (third hour) and 12:00 noon (sixth hour). The Apostles, and other Jews whom had come to saving faith in Christ, continued in daily Temple worship, but also met as believers in Christ in their homes (Acts 2:46). We will learn more about how Temples became a place of sharing the message of Christ (e.g., Ac 17:10-12).

B. 3:2. “the gate of the temple, which is called Beautiful.” A large and ornate gate inside the temple mount on the eastern side, separating the Court of the Gentiles from the Court of the Women. “alms.” A charitable donation of money.

C. 3:3. “into the temple.” Beggars considered the temple the best site to operate because the daily crowds of Jews came to impress God with their pious good works, including offerings at the temple treasury (the Jews in this context appear to not have come to saving faith in Christ.).

D. 3:6. The apostles heal not by their own power but “in the name of Jesus,” through the authority Jesus gave them. Acts reports the continuing work of Jesus through His church.

E. 3:7. Luke, a physician by profession, described what took place. Instantly strength was given to the portions of the body that needed it. Blood supply was increased to the muscle. The brain sent signals to the nerve endings of the ankles and feet. The hardened fluid between the joints was softened, and the atrophied muscles and ligaments regained flexibility. The feet suddenly could bear the man’s weight.

F. 3:8. “jumped” comes from the same root as the verb used in the Greek version of Isa 35:6, where “the lame” will “leap like a deer” at the restoration of creation.

G. 3:9. “praising God” is a major theme throughout the books of Luke and Acts. Those two books were penned by Luke, through the inspiration of God’s Holy Spirit.

H. 3:10. The people had seen the beggar day after day, maybe year after year. His healing was not a staged event. When the beggar stood and walked, the only reasonable explanation was that God had healed him.

I. 3:11. “the portico of Solomon.” A porch surrounding the temple’s Court of the Gentiles. This was also where Jesus had taught about the Good Shepherd (John 10:23).

J. 3:12. Peter addressed the situation and used it as an opportunity to preach. His message included an explanation (vs 12-16), and an exhortation (vs 17-26).

J. 3:13. “his servant Jesus.” A reminder of the suffering servant prophesied in Isa 52:13—53:12 (Mt 12:18; Ac 4:27,30). “disowned him.” Voted against Jesus, spurned him, denied him and refused to acknowledge Him as the true Messiah. “Pilate,” when he had decided to let him go (Jn 19:12).

K. 3:14. “the Holy One.” Ps 16:10; Luke 4:34; John 6:69. “the Righteous One.” 1 Jn 2:1. “murderer.” Barabbas (Mt 27:16–21; Mk 15:11; Lk 23:18; Jn 18:40).

L. 3:15. “You put to death.” “God raised.” “We are witnesses.” A recurring theme in the speeches of Acts (see 2:23–24; 4:10; 5:30–32; 10:39–41; 13:28–29; cf. 1Co 15:1–4). “Prince of life.” See Jn 6:27, 50–51,63; 10:10; Php 1:21; 1 Jn 5:12.

M. 3:16. “on the basis of faith,” i.e., through the apostles’ faith, or possibly the lame man’s faith.

N. 3:17. “you acted in ignorance.” They did not know that Jesus was the true Messiah (Lk 23:34). Nevertheless, God will be generous in his mercy if they only repent and turn to him in faith (“Repent,” metanoeó: to change one’s mind or purpose (about Christ).

O. 3:18. “foretold through all the prophets.” Echoes that which Jesus had said (Lk 24:26–27). The suffering was prophesied (compare Isa 53:7–8 with Ac 8:32–33; Ps 2:1–2 with Ac 4:25–26; Ps 22:1 with Mt 27:46; see also Lk 24:44; 1 Pet 1:11).

P. 3:19. The word translated “refreshing” refers to restoration of strength and nourishment. Strength is restored when hope is restored. Peter challenged the people to repent and be converted, to change their thinking about Jesus as their Messiah and to serve Him. (“Repent,” metanoeó: to change one’s mind or purpose (about Christ).

Q. 3:20. If Israel as a whole would repent, a second more remote goal, the coming of the Kingdom. Such “metanoeó” will occur at the end of the Tribulation when Israel calls on Christ, in faith, to save them (Zech 12:10).

R. 3:21. The times of refreshing at the second coming of Christ would be fulfilled. The sending of the Christ, that is Messiah, meant the coming of the Kingdom. The Old Testament told of these days. The Old Testament prophets did not predict the church; to them it was a mystery (Rom 16:25; Eph 3:1-6).

S. 3:22. Quoted from Deu 18:15. Moses was revered by the Jews as their first and greatest prophet, and the Jews viewed the prophet “like him” to refer to the Messiah.

T. 3:23. Quoted from Deu 18:19. Also see Lev 23:29. Peter’s audience was in the precarious position of losing covenant blessings by rejecting the Messiah.

U. 3:24. “prophets, from Samuel.” Samuel was called a prophet in the OT (1 Sam 3:20). Although he did not directly prophesy about Christ, he did anoint David as king and speak of his kingdom (1 Sam. 13:14; 15:28; 16:13; 28:17), and the promises David received were and will be fulfilled in Christ (2 Sam. 7:10–16).

V. 3:25. “in your seed.” Quoted from Gen 22:18; 26:4. Jesus Christ was the ultimate fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant and its blessings (Gal 3:16), which are still available to the Jews.

W. 3:26. Jesus, God’s Servant (vs 13; 4:27, 30), was sent…first to you, that is, to the Jews. This chronological pattern was followed throughout the Gospels and Acts (Mt 10:5; Ac 13:46; Rom 1:16). The reason for this is that the establishing of the Kingdom depended, and still depends on, Israel’s response (Mt 23:37-39; Rom 11:26).

VI. Times Of Refreshing. (Acts 3:19-21). 19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; 20 and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, 21 whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.

A. Acts 3:19–21. “times of Refreshing.” The Kingdom Age Of The Millennium. “Times” means epoch, era, or season. Two descriptions are given to the coming era of the millennial kingdom. This is clear because they bracket the reference to Jesus Christ being sent from God to bring those times. Peter points to Christ’s earthly reign (see Acts 1:7; Rom. 11:26). The period will be marked by all kinds of blessings and renewal (Is 11:6–10; 35:1–10; Ez 34:26; 44:3; Joel 2:26; Mt 19:28; Rev. 19:1–10). It is not the church that brings in the Kingdom Age; it is Christ.

B. Lev 23:33-43. Feast Of Tabernacles. This festival commemorated God’s deliverance, protection, and provision during the wilderness wanderings of the Exodus (Ex. 23:16; Num. 29:12–38; Deut. 16:13–15). It is also known as the Feast of Booths (Deu 16:13) and Feast of Ingathering (Ex 23:16). The people lived in booths or huts made from limbs (Neh 8:14–18), remembering their wilderness experience. It also celebrated the autumn harvest and will be celebrated in the Millennium (Zech. 14:16).

C. Deu 2:7. During the time of Israel’s forty years of wandering in the wilderness, “God tabernacled with the Jews.”

D. 2 Chr 7:14 (in context). The fulfillment of this promise of God to Israel is found in Zech 12:10. Solomon finished the Temple in Jerusalem, the ark was taken in, and the Glory of the LORD filled the Temple (2 Chr 5:1-14). Solomon preached a sermon to the Jews about the Temple (6:1-11), and offered a prayer of dedication about the Temple (6:12-42). Fire came down from Heaven and consumed a burnt offering; the Glory of the LORD filled the Temple; the Jews worshipped God (7:1-3); sacrifices were offered (7:4-7); a feast of dedication followed for seven days (7:8-10); God’s promise and warning to Solomon followed (7:11-14); ” Then the Lord appeared to Solomon at night and said to him,” (7:12); If “My people” (7:13-14), who are called by “My name” (My people, Israel, Deu 14:2), “humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chr 7:14: the people are Israel; the land is Israel; neither Gentiles, nor the church meet the qualifications of “people and land.”).

E. 2 Chr 7:14 relates to Israel, and will be fulfilled in the last of the Tribulation when Jews call on Christ (in faith) to save them from utter destruction (Zech 12:10).

F. 2 Chr 36:19 tells of the destruction of Solomon’s Temple by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.

F. Ezek 37:26 (574 B.C.) tells of God’s promise to Ezekiel for His Millennial Temple (aka Ezekiel’s Temple).

G. Ezek 40:5 (574 B.C.) tells of God’s vision to Ezekiel of God’s Millennial Temple.

H. Ezek 10:1-18 (594 B.C.) tells of Ezekiel’s vision of the Glory of God departing Solomon’s Temple.

I. Ezek 43:4 (574 B.C.) tells of Ezekiel’s vision of the Glory of God entering the Millennial Temple.

J. The Glory of God did not fill Zerubbabel’s temple (Ezra 6:11-15, 515 B.C., the rebuilt Solomon’s Temple). Neither will the Glory of God fill the Tribulation Temple (Rev 11:1).

K. Zech 14:16-19. During the Kingdom Age of the Millennium, God will, again, “tabernacle with the Jews.”
This very important passage reveals that some Gentiles will go into the millennial kingdom alive along with the redeemed Jews. A converted remnant from those heathen nations will make annual pilgrimages to Jerusalem to worship the LORD and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles during the Millennium. Commemorating the time when God “tabernacled” with Israel in the wilderness, the feast represented the last of the 3 major pilgrimage festivals (Lev. 23:34–36), marked the final harvest of the year’s crops, and provided a time of rejoicing. In the Millennium, it will celebrate Messiah’s presence again dwelling among His people and the joyful restoration of Israel, including the ingathering of the nations. Those who refuse to go will experience drought and plague. Tragically, as the thousand years go on, there will be many people from all over the world who will reject Christ as Savior and King, joining in a final war against Him, only to be destroyed and cast into hell forever (cf. Rev. 20:7–15).

L. Rev 20:4. The duration of the Kingdom Age of the Millennial reign of Christ is one thousand years.

VII. Summary. The Apostle Peter was very direct with his witness of Christ to his fellow Jews. Scripture shows that the best way to witness to Jews, Gentiles, Muslims, etc., is to tell them about “Christ, and Him crucified,” just as was the example of Peter (Acts 2:36; 1 Cor 2:2). No religion can claim that their leader gave his life for them. Judaism and Christianity are not religions. See my Page, “About Equipping For Eternity Website,” on my “Equipping For Eternity Website,” for a discussion on “religions.”

VIII. Video Details. What Does Acts Chapter 3 Mean?

A. Jewish Voice. Jonathan shares inspirational insights about the promised Messiah as they take a closer look at Jesus in the light of biblical prophecy.

B. Jonathan Bernis, President and CEO of Jewish Voice Ministries International

C. https://www.jewishvoice.org/about/jonathan-bernis

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View The Video. Read The Text. ET 27. Rev 14:14-20. The Reapers.

I. Introduction. The opening video clip is from the series “35 most asked questions concerning Bible Prophecy”. This clip answers the question: “What happens during the seven year tribulation period, or the seventieth week of Daniel 9?” What happens when Jesus breaks the seven seals of the sealed scroll? It is important to understand that each of the judgments of the tribulation are caused by God, either through Christ or angels. See Rev 6:1 for seal judgments, Rev 8:1-2 for trumpet judgments, and Rev 16:1-2 for bowl judgments. A description of the 70 weeks of Daniel can be found in Daniel 9:20-30 (538 B.C.). Notice that the 70 weeks of Daniel relates to Israel (vs 20,24). Notice in Jeremiah 30:7 that the Tribulation relates to Israel. The King of the Jews is Jesus (Matthew 25:34; Rev 19:16). “The head of the Church” is Jesus (Col 1:8). In Rev 19:11-21, Christ is descending from heaven with His raptured saints to take His rightful place on His throne in Jerusalem, for the Kingdom Age of the Millennium. The Kingdom is not established until Christ takes His place on the throne, which has not yet happened. Video details are found at the bottom of this page.

A. Series Title. Israel In Revelation.

B. Video Title: The tribulation period or 70 week of Daniel 9.

C. Article Title: End Times 27, Revelation 14:14-20, The Reapers.

D. Article Focus. In this article we will consider “reaping, the reapers, and the final judgment.”

a. Reap Definition: Taken from Mirriam-Webster Dictionary. (1) To cut with a sickle, scythe, or reaping machine. (2) To clear of a crop by reaping. (3) To gather by reaping : HARVEST.

b. Reaping Definition: Taken from Unger’s Bible Dictionary. (1) The reward of wickedness. (2) The reward of righteousness. (3) The final judgment.

E. Key Thought. The Kingdoms.

1. In this article we will consider an area of Scripture that will add great understanding. Matthew Chapter 13 is discussed by Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost (JDP), Th.D, in his book, “Things To Come,” pages 142-147, Copyright 1958. Credentials for Dr. Pentecost are shown in my Page, “About My Sources.”

2. “The time element in Matthew 13.” Ryrie writes to show that these parables are limited to the inter-advent period. He says: “The kingdom of the heavens has become like unto.”… The end of the time period covered by these parables is indicated by the phrase “end of the world,” or more literally “the consummation of the age.” (vs 39-40). This is the time of the Second Advent of Christ, when He shall come in power and great glory. Therefore, it is clear that these parables are concerned only with that time between the days when Christ spoke on earth, and the end of the age. This gives a clue to the meaning of the phrase “the mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven.”

a. “The mystery form of the kingdom.” That God was going to establish a kingdom on the earth was no mystery. The mystery form of the kingdom has reference to the age between the two advents of Christ. The mysteries of the kingdom of heaven describe the conditions that prevail on the earth in that interim while the King is absent. These mysteries thus relate this present age to the eternal promises of God in regard to His kingdom.

b. Concerning this mystery form of the kingdom, it is observed in “the first place,” that it can not be equated with the millennial kingdom, for that kingdom was no mystery but was clearly predicted in the Old Testament. In “the second place,” it can not refer to the spiritual kingdom, for that kingdom consists only of saved people, who enter it by new birth, but this mystery form of the kingdom is composed of saved and unsaved alike (wheat and tares). It can not refer, “thirdly,” to the eternal kingdom for these mysteries are limited in time to the interadvent period. It can not be limited, “fourthly,” to the church, for this mystery form of the kingdom includes more than the church. “On the other hand,” it must be observed, this mystery form of the kingdom is limited as to time, and represents the entire sphere of profession in the present age. It is most important, eschatalogically, to keep these three usages of the term “kingdom” separate and distinct (spiritual, millennial, mystery).

c. “The Wheat And The Tares.” (Mt 13:24-30; 36-43). There will be a judgment at the end of the age to separate the good from the evil. The good will be received into “the millennial kingdom” and the evil excluded… Many feel that this parable relates to the “tribulation period.”…(1) The term “children of the kingdom” is used in Matthew to refer to Israel (Mt 8:11-12); (2) the judgment outlined relates to the time when God will again be dealing with Israel as a nation, that is at the end of the age; (3) the wheat and tares grow together until the judgment, but the church will be raptured before the Tribulation begins; (4) the judgment that falls upon the wicked comes through angels before the righteous are rewarded, so that the chronology here depicts the removal of the wicked so that only the righteous are left; (6) the church is never judged to determine who will enter into glory, and who will be excluded. This seems to indicate that this parable has primary reference to Israel during the Tribulation period. Yet, it is true that the entire age is to be characterized by a false sowing in competition with the true.

II. Text. Revelation 14:14-20.

14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man, having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16 Then He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.

17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, and he also had a sharp sickle. 18 Then another angel, the one who has power over fire, came out from the altar; and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Put in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe.” 19 So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God. 20 And the wine press was trodden outside the city, and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses’ bridles, for a distance of two hundred miles.

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

IV. Sources of Information can be found in the following link: https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/about-sources/

V. Dates of scriptures come from the Scofield Study Bible, copyright 1909.

VI. Comments. Revelation 14:14-20.

A. Rev 14:14-15. The reference to the Son of Man with a golden crown on His head indicates that the figure is Jesus Christ (see Rev 1:13, and Dan 7). The Son will judge humankind. A sharp flint or iron sickle was the primary tool for an ancient grain harvest. Since the 144,000 have been received by God as the firstfruits (vs 4) of His harvest, the rest of the harvest of the earth is surely ripe for salvation (see Mt 13:37–43), as well as judgment. This judgment relates to those ungodly people which were left behind from the rapture, and are still alive at the end of the Tribulation.

1. Mt 24:29-31, at the return of Christ to Earth at the end of the Tribulation, angels will be sent forth to gather “the elect” of God (Deu 14:2, the Jews).

a. Mt 24:31 does not relate to the Rapture of the Church. “The elect of God,” relates to Jews (Deu 14:2).

b. Titus 2:13 relates to the Rapture, “looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.” The context of this verse does not match the judgment which follows Mt 24:31.

c. Mt 24:29 begins a discussion on the judgment that will come on the earth at the time that Christ returns from Heaven (with His previously raptured saints) for the Battle of Armageddon (Rev 19:11-21). There will be great destruction of unsaved mankind (Rev 19:18-20). There will be great fear for those, who are unsaved on earth, who see the Lord’s appearing (Zech 12-10-12; Mk 13:24-26; Lk 21:27), and there will be widespread earthly destruction (Rev 16:17-21).

d. The rapture (harpazo) of the Church will be a time of joy, and will remove born again believers in Christ from earth to Heaven (Jn 14:2-6; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18; 1 Thes 1:10; 1 Thes 5:9). The Noahic flood (Gen 7:23-24) was God’s wrath. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah was God’s wrath (Gen 19:28-29). The seal, trumpet and bowl judgments of the Tribulation are all God’ wrath (Rev 6:1-16:21). The return of Christ at the Battle of Armageddon, with His saints and angels (Zech 14:1-5), is God’s wrath. God’s people have always faced the effects of perilous times, that are described in 2 Tim 3:1-13, which come as a result of the fall of Adam and Eve, and the resulting curse (Gen 3:15-19). However, Christ, who is the Bridegroom of all bridegrooms, will not subject His Bride (the born again believers; the Church; 2 Cor 11:2; Eph 5:22-32; Rev 19:7-8) to any of “His” judgments that will come upon “all that dwell on the earth” (Rev 3:10). God’s wrath is shown throughout Revelation, from 6:1 through 19:15. Additionally, the Bride of Christ will not be present on earth when any of the judgments of God’s wrath are poured out on the earth. There is no purpose for the Church being in the Tribulation. Here is a hint. The Tribulation was designed by God for the purpose of drawing unsaved Jews to saving faith in Christ. I included a discussion on Tribulation inhabitants in my previous End Times article; click onto the following link:

https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2020/10/09/end-times-26-revelation-149-13-doom-for-worshipers-of-the-beast/

2. Rev 14:15. “The harvest of the earth” (in this case relates to the ungodly people of the world) “is ready” to be gathered up and judged (Jews, Mt 24:40-41, “taken to death and judgment”); (Gentiles, Mt 25:41, “taken to death and judgment”). The deaths will be immediate. The judgment will be 1,000 years later, when “the unsaved dead” are resurrected to stand at the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11-15, for unbelievers), where they will be cast into the lake of fire.

B. Rev 14:16. The power of the Son of Man (Jesus Christ) is shown in that, with one thrust of His sickle, the harvest of the earth is reaped. This pictures the events of Rev 16-19 as parts of one rapid succession of judgment. Thus this judgment is experienced by the inhabitants of the entire world.

C. Rev 14:17 “temple.” This refers to the heavenly dwelling place of God, not the Tribulation temple in Jerusalem, (Rev 11:1).

1. Rev 11:19 “temple of God was opened in heaven.” The heavenly Holy of Holies, where God dwells in His glory, already is identified as His throne. John had seen the throne (Rev 4:5), the altar (Rev 6:9; 8:3–5), and here the Holy of Holies.

2. Rev 11:1. Then there was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, “Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it. [(A rebuilt temple will exist during the time of the Tribulation (See Dan 9:27; 12:11; Mt. 24:15; 2 Thes. 2:4)]. {The Tribulation temple will not be a dwelling place for God, as were the Tabernacle in the Desert (Ex 40:34-35); Solomon’s Temple (1 Kings 8:11; 2 Chron 5:13-14); the Heavenly Temple during the Tribulation (Rev 15:8); the Millennial Temple (Ez 43:1-3)}. In the Eternal State there was “no Temple, for the Lord God, the Almighty and the Lamb are its Temple (Rev 21:22).

D. Rev 14:18. This angel is coming from the heavenly altar to ensure that all the prayers of all the saints for judgment, and the coming of the kingdom, are answered. He calls for judgment to start. “sickle.” See the note on Rev 14:14.

E. Rev 14:19. This verse relates to the slaughter of all the enemies of God who are still alive, who are facing destruction at Armageddon, which will be the final battle against God’s enemies. The image is that of the fresh juice of stomped grapes splattering and running down a trough from the upper vat to the lower vat of a stone winepress.

F. Rev 14:20. This is apparently a reference to Armageddon (Rev 16:16; 19:17-19), when the blood from the slaughter will flow 180 miles (290 kilometers) to the depth of about 4 1/2 feet (1.3 meters). The blood of horses, added to that of the large armies of human soldiers, could easily cause such an enormous river of blood.

VII. Summary. As we conclude Revelation Chapter 14, we can see that it refers to the preservation of the 144,000 through the Great Tribulation (the church is saved, “from the Tribulation,” by the Rapture). Additionally, it shows some of the terrible judgments that will be poured out on the world which will reject Christ, and will follow the substitute of Satan for our Lord.

VIII. Video details. John Ankerberg Show. May 29, 2009. Credentials for the speaker, Dr. Renald Showers (deceased), can be found in the Page, About My Sources.

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

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View The Video. Read The Text. Acts 2:42. Which Teaching? Which Gospel?

Acts 2:38, “Repent,” metanoeó: to change one’s mind or purpose (about Christ).

Series Title. Israel In The Book Of Acts.

Video Title. Day of Pentecost.

Article Title. Acts 2:42. Which Teaching? Which Gospel?

I. Introduction. When I consider the opening video of this article, the thought that is brought to my mind is, “consider God.”

II. Consider the following verses that are foundational to the considerations of this article.

A. Acts 1:-8-9.8 “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” 9 And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.”

B. Acts 2:42. “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

III. Let us consider the gospel message that the Apostles learned from Christ. The meaning of Gospel is “good news.” In the following verses, we will see that the “gospel of the Kingdom” relates to Israel. Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Heaven have the same meaning.

A. Let’s consider the Kingdom, as it relates to “of God” and “of Heaven.” First of all, the Kingdom will be “on earth,” and will be empowered by God, whom is in Heaven (Matt 6:10). Secondly, the Kingdom will be ruled by Christ, and relates to national Israel (Lk 1:32-33).

B. The Kingdom is the result of a promise between God and Israel, and is described in the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants. The Kingdom is not a frame of mind, or a thought process. The Kingdom is not in place at this time, but will come into being at the time that Christ returns to earth from Heaven at the end of the Tribulation (Mt 24:29-31, Rev 19:11-21, when Christ (King of Kings, Rev 19:16) sets up His 1,000 year reign, where He physically reigns upon the earth (Isa 2:3-4).

1. The Abrahamic Covenant is described as being a land, a people, and a blessing (Gen 12:1-3; 15:18-21; 17:7-8). Gentiles who bless Jews will also be recipients of God’s blessings for Jews (Gen 12:3). The land will extend from the Nile River in Egypt, to the Euphrates River in Iraq, and will be approximately ten times the size of current Israel.

2. The Davidic Covenant describes a Godly government that will rule over the “Kingdom Of God”(2 Sam 7:8-16).

3. Some of the conditions of the Kingdom are discussed in the prophecies of the Jewish prophet, Isaiah, whose prophecy came from God, to Isaiah, to Israel (Isa 1:1-3). Conditions that Isaiah prophesied, which relate to the time of the Kingdom are stated in the following verses: Isa 2:1-4; 4:1-6; 9:6-7; 11:6-9; 25:6-8; 26:1-21; 32:1-20; 35:1-10; 42:1-6; 43:1-7; 49:1-12; 52:13-53:12 (53:5 is a promise of God’s spiritual healing of disobedient Israel also see Ps 103:12); 56:1-8; 60:1-22; 62:1-12; 66:18-25.

4. When Christ was on earth, He taught the details of the “good news” of the Kingdom. Notice that the gospel of the Kingdom was taught to Jews. The Kingdom was said to be “near,” but not here(per Andy Woods). Had Israel accepted Christ as being the choice of God for the Kingdom (Deu 17:15), all of the promises of the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants would have immediately been fulfilled. Also, all of the conditions of the Kingdom, that Isaiah and over Jewish prophets had spoken to Israel, would have come to fruition.

a. Matthew 3:1-2. 1 Now in those days John the Baptist *came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, 2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

b. Matthew 4:17. From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

c. Matthew 10:5-7. 5 These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: “Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; 6 but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’

d. Mark 1:14-15. 14 Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

e. Luke 8:1. 1 Soon afterwards, He began going around from one city and village to another, proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God. The twelve were with Him,

f. Luke 10:8-9. 8 Whatever city you enter and they receive you, eat what is set before you; 9 and heal those in it who are sick, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ (vs 1, Now after this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them in pairs ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come.)

5. In addition to the teachings of Christ about the Kingdom, He also spoke to the Jews about the Law, which involved Jews treating others according to God’s will for their lives. Consider the teaching on the Sermon on the Mount, per Ryrie Study Bible.

6. The Sermon On The Mount (Matthew). Consider the Law.

a. The Picture of Kingdom Life (Mt 5:1-16).

b. The Precepts for Kingdom Life (Mt 5:17-48). The law of Moses (Mt 5:17-20). The law of reconciliation (Mt 5:23-26). The law of Adultery (Mt 5:27-30). The law of divorce (Mt 5:31-32). The law of oaths (Mt 5:33-37). The law of nonresistance (Mt 5:38-42). The law of love (Mt 5:43-48).

(1) Mt 5:40. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also.

(2) Mt 5:41. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.

(3) Mt 5:42. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

c. The Practice of Kingdom Life (Mt 6:1-7:12). In relation to almsgiving (Mt 6:1-4). In relation to prayer (Mt 6:5-15). In relation to fasting (Mt 6:16-18). In relation to money (6:19-24). In relation to anxiety (Mt 6:25-34). In relation to Judging [I say again, “in relation to judging” (Mt 7:1-5)]. In relation to prudence (Mt 7:6). In relation to prayer (Mt 7:7-11). In relation to others (Mt 7:12).

d. The Proof of Kingdom Life (Mt 7:13-29).

7. The Sermon On The Mount. Luke 6:20-49. Consider the Law. Notice that as we finish considering the Sermon on the Mount, that we are not bound by the Sermon on the Mount, or by the Law. Lk 18:22 was stated outside of the Sermon on the Mount.

a. Lk 6:30. Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.

b. Lk 6:38. Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”

c. Lk 18:18-23. It is at this time in the teaching of Christ about the Kingdom and the Law that the opportunity arises to discuss personal salvation.

(1) Lk 18:18 A ruler questioned Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
(2) Lk 18:20 (Jesus said) “You know the commandments……”
(3) Lk 18:21 (the ruler said) “I have kept all these from my youth.”
(4) Lk 18:22 (Jesus said) “One thing that you still lack, sell all that you have and follow Me.”
(5) Lk 18:23 (The man) “was very sad, for he was extremely rich.”

d. RSB note: Lk 18:22. Apparently the man had kept the laws of vs 20, but Jesus saw his attachment to material things. Rather than admit this, the man turned his back on Christ’s help.

e. BKC note: Lk 18:21-22. The reasoning of Jesus was clear: (1) one must keep the law perfectly in order to inherit eternal life (cf. James 2:10). (2) Only God was good — truly righteous. (3) Therefore, nobody can obtain eternal life by following the Law (cf. Rom 3:20; Gal 2:21, 3:21). (4) The only course of action left to an individual is to follow Jesus in order to obtain eternal life.

f. BKC note: Mt 19:16-22. The young man affirmed he had kept all these things, but he still sensed a lack (Mt 19:20, “The young man *said to Him, All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?”). Whether he had truly kept these commands, only God knows. The young man believed he had, and yet he knew something was missing in his life. Nothing more was written about this young man; probably, he never left all and followed Christ. He loved his money more than God, and thus he violated even the first commandment (Ex 20:3).

g. It is important to remember that in the midst of the teaching of Christ for national Israel to accept Him as Messiah for them to enter the Kingdom [Mt 3:2,”repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.” Luke 13:3. “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”], Christ also taught that only born again, believing Jews, would be able to enter the Kingdom, which is personal salvation [Jn 3:3, “Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he can not see the kingdom of God.” Jn 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”].

h. Mt 3:2, “Repent.” (metanoeó: to change one’s mind or purpose…about Christ).

8. The Applicability Of The Law.

a. Lev 23:1-2. “Speak to the sons of Israel”.

a. Ps 147:19. “He declares His words to Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances to Israel.”

IV. Let Us Consider Salvation. For National Israel. For Individuals.

A. It is important to know that all verses are “for us,” but not all verses apply “to us” (per Andy Woods).

1. Consider two verses that discuss salvation.

a. Luke 13:3. “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

b. John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

c. Both of the above verses relate to salvation, but they are “miles apart” in application. Lk 13:3 relates to the national salvation of Israel. John 3:16 relates to personal salvation, of everybody, even Jews.

2. We will discuss the determining factors of each of the above two verses (Lk 13:3 and John 3:16).

B. Salvation For National Israel.

1. The synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke tell of Israel’s national salvation. Christ not only gave the Jews a refresher on the Kingdom, He also spoke to them on the Law. Christ was qualified to speak on the Law because He was totally compliant with the requirements of the Law (Heb 4:15); yet, He fulfilled the law (Mt 5:17).

a. Heb 4:15. “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.”

b. Mt 5:17. “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.”

2. The law was given only to Israel. Consider Ps 147:19. “He declares His words to Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances to Israel.”

3. The offer of the Kingdom to Israel was set aside after Christ was rejected by the Jews, and will not be offered again until the time of the Tribulation (Mt 23:37-39; Zech 12:10).

C. Salvation For Individuals.

1. The Gospel of John (the good news of John’s gospel) shows Christ’s teaching on personal salvation, of Jews and Gentiles. Consider: Jn 1:7, 9, 11-13, 29. 3:3, 6-8, 15-18. 6:40, 10:27-30. 14:1-6, 16-20. 16:7-15. 17:3, 21-26. 20:31. John 3:3 states that in order for anyone to be allowed into the Kingdom, they must be born again. The new birth is also stated by the Apostle Paul, in 2 Cor 5:17, and in Ezekiel 36:24-29. The time of the Kingdom, which will take place on earth after the Tribulation, and will not have anyone entering it without having been born again (John 3:3; Mt 24:40-41…which is not the rapture; and Mt 25:34). Old Testament saints will be resurrected at the end of the Tribulation, and will enter the Kingdom (Dan 12:1-3). Church age saints will be raptured and resurrected, and will return to earth with Christ from Heaven to enter the Kingdom (Rev 19:11-21). Deceased Tribulation saints (those who accept Christ during the Tribulation) will be resurrected at the end of the Tribulation and will enter the Kingdom (Rev 20:4). Living Tribulation saints (those who accept Christ during the Tribulation) will enter the Kingdom in their living bodies (Mt 24:40-41; Mt 25:34). The Kingdom will last for a millennium (1,000 years, Rev 20:4). Following the millennium, all whom have been born again will enter into the eternal state of the new Heaven, new Earth and new Jerusalem (Rev 21:1-2).

2. Included in the synoptic gospels, Christ also taught about His death, burial and resurrection, per Mt 16:21: “From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day (notice, “third day”).”

D. The Teaching Of The Gospels.

1. The Gospel of the Kingdom was taught until the day that Christ ascended to Heaven (Acts 1:1-7).

2. The Gospel of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ began being taught by the Apostles on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:22-36), as is shown in 1 Cor 15:1-8), will be taught until Christ sets foot on earth at the end of the Tribulation (NAC).

a. 1 Corinthians 15:1-8. 1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8 and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.

b. The key message of the New Testament is “Christ and Him crucified:” Acts 2:36, 1 Cor 2:2).

3. The Gospel of the Kingdom will not be taught again until the time of the Tribulation (Mt 24:14), when it will be preached “as a testimony to all the nations.” In the mean time, it is incumbent upon believers in Christ to teach the gospel of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (1 Cor 15:1-8). Therefore, the teaching of the Apostles would find its foundational backing on “Christ and Him crucified,” and not on the Law or the Kingdom. However, Scripture will show that the Apostles made references to the Law and the Kingdom, when the time was appropriate to draw unsaved Jews to saving faith in Christ.

E. The Teaching Of The Apostles.

1. Acts 2:46 tells that the earliest Christians, who were also Jews, continued in temple worship. They also met in their homes as born again believers in Christ: “Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,”

2. The Apostles would continue keeping the feasts (Acts 20:6): “We sailed from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and came to them at Troas within five days; and there we stayed seven days”(Ex 12:17). While at the Feasts, the Apostles would explain the fulfilment of Christ in each of the festivals, as follows:

a. Passover (Ex 12:1-14; Mt 26:17-20) – The Death Of Christ (1 Cor 5:7).
b. Unleavened Bread (Ex 12:15-20) – The Sinlessness Of Christ (1 Cor 5:8).
c. First Fruits (Lev 23:9-14; Num 28:26) – The Resurrection Of Christ (1 Cor 15:23).
d. Pentecost (Deu 16:9-12; Acts 2:1) – The Outpouring Of The Spirit Of Christ (Acts 1:5, 2:4).
e. Trumpets (Num 29:1-6) – Israel’s Regathering By Christ (Mt 24:31).
f. Atonement (Lev 23:26-32; Heb 9:7) – The Substitutionary Sacrifice By Christ (Rom 11:26).
g. Booths/Tabernacles/Sukkot/Ingathering (Neh 8:13-18; Jn 7:2) – The Rest And Reunion With Christ (Zech 14:16-19).

V. Video Details. Day of Pentecost. ewlady. Excerpt from the movie “Acts of the Apostles.”

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End Times 26, Revelation 14:9-13, Doom For Worshipers Of The Beast

Video Title: Why has God revealed information about the end time events?

Article Title: End Times 26, Revelation 14:9-13, Doom For Worshipers Of The Beast.

I. Introduction. In the opening video discussion of Dr. Jimmy DeYoung, we are briefly told about the events that will take place during the Tribulation, in the form of the judgments of God.

A. The Tribulation Judgments will be, Per Ryrie Study Bible:

1. Seal Judgments (Rev 6:1-8:6).

2. Trumpet Judgments (Rev 8:7-9:21).

3. Bowl Judgments (Rev 15:1-16:21).

B. Each Tribulation Judgment will as a direct result of God:

1. Seal Judgments come as a direct result of the actions of Christ: Rev 6:1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12; 8:1.

2. Trumpet Judgments come as a direct result of the actions of Angels: Rev 8:2-6, 7, 10, 12; 9:1, 13; 11:15.

3. Bowl Judgments come as a direct result of the actions of Angels: Rev 16:1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 12, 17.

C. In each of the Judgments, the seventh of those judgments opens up the following series of seven judgments:

1. Rev 8:1, the seventh seal opens up the seven trumpet judgments.

2. Rev 11:15-19, the seventh trumpet opens up the seven bowl judgments (Prelude: Rev 15:1-8; bowl judgments described: 16:1-21).

D. Tribulation Particulars:

1. Is designed for Israel, and not for the Church (Jer 30:7).

2. Will happen after a peace treaty is confirmed between the anti-Christ and Israel (Dan 9:27).

3. Has a purpose of drawing unbelieving Jews to saving faith in Christ (Mt 23:37-39).

4. Will last until Jews recognize Christ as Messiah (Zech 12:10), which will occur at the end of the Tribulation.

5. Nothing in the Tribulation is designed to draw any Christian to saving faith in Christ, because they will have already come to saving faith in Christ; will have spiritually been “born again” (2 Cor 5:17); will have a spirit as righteous as the Spirit of Christ (2 Cor 5:21); will have the Spirit of Christ dwelling within their spirit (Col 1:27); will have their spirit dwelling within the Spirit of Christ (Col 1:28); will be spiritual light, dwelling within the Spirit of God, “who has no darkness dwelling within Him (1 John 5:5); will forever be light due to the cleansing power of Christ (1 John 5:7).

6. Nothing in the Tribulation will make a born again believer in Christ any more righteous than the day of such a person’s being born again.

7. Nothing in the Tribulation will make a pre-rapture born again believer in Christ any more deserving of spending eternity with Christ; because such a person will already be spiritually “in Christ,” whether dead or alive, at the time of the catching up of the saints (1 Thes 4:16-17; 1 Cor 15:52); because born again believers in Christ will be taken by Christ to Heaven (John 14:6); because the born again believers in Christ, who are the bride of Christ (2 Cor 11:2; Eph 5:32..vs 22-33), will be wed to Christ at the marriage of the Lamb in Heaven (Rev 19:7-8); because such born again believers in Christ will return to earth from heaven, with Christ, for the Battle of Armageddon (Rev 19:11-21); because such born again believers in Christ will rule and reign with Christ (1 Cor 6:2) for the 1,000 years of the Millennial reign of Christ (Rev 20:4).

8. Because Christ is “the Bridegroom of all bridegrooms,” He will not subject His Bride to any of the Judgments that He will cause to come on “all those who dwell on the earth” (Rev 3:10). The Bride of Christ will already have “passed the test,” at the time of coming to saving faith in Christ.

II. Text. Revelation 14:9-13.

9 Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” 12 Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.

13 And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.”

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. Comment Providers. Unless otherwise indicated, AMW=The Coming Kingdom; BKC=The Bible Knowledge Commentary. DHC=David Hocking Commentary; HC=Holman Commentary; JDP=Things To Come; MSB=MacArthur Study Bible; MBC=Moody Bible Commentary; NAC=New American Commentary; NIV=NIV Study Bible; NKJV= New King James Study Bible; RLT=Robert L. Thomas Commentary; RC=Ryrie Commentary; RSB=Ryrie Study Bible; SRN=Scofield Reference Notes; WC= Walvoord Commentary. Credentials for individual commentators can be found on my “About Sources” page. Note: AMW=Andrew M. Woods; JDP=J. Dwight Pentecost.

V. Dates of scriptures come from the Scofield Study Bible, copyright 1909.

VI. Comments. (MSB, unless otherwise indicated).

A. 14:9 worships the beast. See notes on 13:14, 15; cf. 13:8.

1. 13:14 make an image. This refers to replication of Antichrist that is related to the throne he will erect during the abomination of desolation, halfway into the Tribulation period. This will happen in the Jerusalem temple when Antichrist abolishes the former false world religion and seeks to have people worship him alone as God (cf. Dan. 9:27; 11:31; 12:11; Matt. 24:15; 2 Thess. 2:4). The false prophet and Antichrist will later return and reign from the true throne in Jerusalem.

2. 13:15 speak. The false prophet will give the image of Antichrist the appearance of life, and the image will seem to utter words—contrary to what is normally true of idols (cf. Ps. 135:15, 16; Hab. 2:19). cause . . . to be killed. His gentleness is a lie, since he is a killer (7:9–17). Some Gentiles will be spared to populate the kingdom (Matt. 25:31–40), and Jews will be protected (12:17).

3. 13:8 Book of Life. Antichrist’s rule will extend to all except believers whose names have been written in “the book of life.” The phrase “from the foundation of the world” relates to the writing of the names (RSB).

4. 3:5. “I will not erase his name.” Not a threat but an assurance that saved peoples’ names will always be in the “book of life” (RSB).

B. 14:10 cup of His indignation. Anyone loyal to the Antichrist and his kingdom will suffer the outpouring of God’s collected wrath, done with the full force of His divine anger and unmitigated vengeance (cf. Ps. 75:8; Is. 51:17; Jer. 25:15, 16). Divine wrath is not an impulsive outburst of anger aimed capriciously at people God does not like. It is the settled, steady, merciless, graceless, and compassionless response of a righteous God against sin. fire and brimstone. These are two elements that are often associated in Scripture with the torment of divine punishment (Gen. 19:24, 25; Is. 34:8–10). Here the reference is to hell, the lake of fire (cf. 19:20; 20:10; 21:8). Brimstone is a fiery sulfur (see note on 9:17).

C. 14:11 torment ascends forever and ever. A reference to the eternality of hell (cf. Matt. 3:12; 13:41, 42; 25:41; Mark 9:48). Torment is the ceaseless infliction of unbearable pain (cf. Luke 16:23, 24), here prescribed for all who are loyal to Satan’s leader.

D. 14:12 This is excellent scriptural support for the doctrine of perseverance, which assures all true believers in Christ that they will never lose their faith. The regenerate will continually endure, right to the end, in obedience to the truth, no matter what may come against them (see notes on Rom. 8:31–39; Phil. 1:6; cf. Jer. 32:40; Matt. 24:13; John 6:35–40; 10:27–30; 1 John 5:4, 11–13, 20).

E. 14:13 Blessed. See note on 1:3. 1:3 Blessed. This is the only biblical book that comes with a blessing for the one who listens to it being read and explained and then responds in obedience. This is the first of 7 beatitudes in the book (v. 3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7, 14). time is near. “Time” refers to epochs, eras, or seasons. The next great epoch of God’s redemptive history is imminent. But although Christ’s coming is the next event, it may be delayed so long that people begin to question whether He will ever come (cf. Matt. 24:36–39; 2 Pet. 3:3, 4).

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Views Of Life

NICU nurses sing holiday carol to preemie baby. Sunnybrook Hospital. Two of Sunnybrook’s NICU nurses shared the holiday spirit with baby Anya this week by singing her a carol.

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Leviticus Chapter 17. God=LORD=Yahweh (the proper name of the God of Israel).

Levitucus 17:11,14. 11 “For the life of the flesh is in the blood….” 14 “For as for the life of all flesh, its blood is identified with its life….”

Comment, MacArthur Study Bible: “life of the flesh is in the blood.” This phrase is amplified by “its blood sustains its life” (17:14). Blood carries life-sustaining elements to all parts of the body; therefore it represents the essence of life. In contrast, the shedding of blood represents the shedding of life, i.e., death.

Pharoah.

Herod’s Death Of Jewish Male Babies.

Exodus 1:15 Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other was named Puah; 16 and he said, “When you are helping the Hebrew women to give birth and see them upon the birthstool, if it is a son, then you shall put him to death; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.” 17 But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live. 18 So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this thing, and let the boys live?” 19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife can get to them.” 20 So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty. 21 Because the midwives feared God, He established households for them. 22 Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, “Every son who is born you are to cast into the Nile, and every daughter you are to keep alive.”

God’s Retribution

Exodus 14:23-30

23 Then the Egyptians took up the pursuit, and all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots and his horsemen went in after them into the midst of the sea. 24 At the morning watch, the Lord looked down on the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud and brought the army of the Egyptians into confusion. 25 He caused their chariot wheels to swerve, and He made them drive with difficulty; so the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from Israel, for the Lord is fighting for them against the Egyptians.”

26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may come back over the Egyptians, over their chariots and their horsemen.” 27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal state at daybreak, while the Egyptians were fleeing right into it; then the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen, even Pharaoh’s entire army that had gone into the sea after them; not even one of them remained. 29 But the sons of Israel walked on dry land through the midst of the sea, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.

30 Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.

Herod.

Herod Slaughters All Males In Bethlehem, Two Years Old and Younger.

Matthew 2:16 Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi.

Herod’s Demise

https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=98107&page=1#:~:text=Jan.&text=The%20clues%20to%20Herod’s%20diagnosis,and%20gangrene%20of%20the%20genitals.%22

The leader is probably most notorious for the “Massacre of the Innocents,” as described in the gospel of Matthew. When, upon hearing that a new king of Jews had been born in Judaea, Herod ordered the killing of all male infants of Bethlehem aged 2 years or younger.

Herod was a ruthless man who died a miserable death.

More than 2,000 years after Herod the Great succumbed at age 69, doctors have now settled on exactly what killed the king of ancient Judea: chronic kidney disease complicated by a very uncomfortable case of maggot-infested gangrene of the genitals.

The clues to Herod’s diagnosis were listed in ancient history books and, according to Jan Hirschmann, the lead diagnosing doctor in the case, included “intense itching, painful intestinal problems, breathlessness, convulsions in every limb and gangrene of the genitals.”

The clues to Herod’s diagnosis were listed in ancient history books and, according to Jan Hirschmann, the lead diagnosing doctor in the case, included “intense itching, painful intestinal problems, breathlessness, convulsions in every limb and gangrene of the genitals.”

Hirschmann, who is a physician at the Veterans Affairs Puget Sounds Health Care System in Washington state, said chronic kidney disease could explain nearly all of Herod’s symptoms. However, he said the king’s case of gangrene (now a rare condition known as Fournier’s gangrene) could not be explained by kidney disease and was “unusual.”

Hirschmann suspects one of three conditions likely introduced Fournier’s gangrene to the leader’s “privy parts.” An infection in Herod’s abdomen could have spread to his groin and rectal areas (Herod is said to have complained of abdominal pain).

He may have sexually contracted gonorrhea, which could have led to an infection of the urethra — the tube connecting the bladder to the outside world. This infection could have cause urine to leak inside the king’s body, spreading bacteria.

Finally, since reports indicate the king “had a terrible desire to scratch himself,” this scratching could have introduced gangrene directly into the area.

Records also indicate the swelling at the leader’s groin was further wracked by an infestation of worms. Hirschmann says what may have looked like “worms” could have actually been shredded pieces of skin, although, he says there is a possibility they were real.

“There could have been maggots feeding on the tissue,” said Philip Mackowiak, chief of the Medical Care Clinical Center at the Veterans Affairs Maryland Healthcare System, who oversees an annual conference at the center to diagnose historical figures. “It’s tough to know how long he was suffering but it was probably months, possibly a couple years.”

Biden And Harris.

Biden’s View of Deaths Of Babies.

Joe Biden Wants to Make Killing Babies in Abortions Up to Birth “The Law of the Land”

Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden promised Monday to pass legislation that could make the killing of unborn babies up to birth in abortions “the law of the land.”

FACT: Joe Biden Supports Killing Babies in Abortions Up to Birth

“Biden and Democrats just clarified the fact that they are fully in favor of (very) LATE TERM ABORTION, right up until the time of birth, and beyond — which would be execution,” Trump wrote Tuesday morning on Twitter. “

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Support Legalizing Abortions Up to Birth Nationwide

Conflicting Claims.

At the 2020 Republican National Convention, keynote speakers and others stated:

“Joe Biden supports taxpayer funding of abortion right up to the moment of birth.”
– Vice-President Mike Pence
“Joe Biden claims he has empathy for the vulnerable—yet the party he leads supports the extreme late-term abortion of defenseless babies right up to the moment of birth.”
– President Donald Trump
“President Trump will stand up against Biden-Harris, who are the most anti-life presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide.”
– Deirdre Byrne, a Catholic nun, retired surgeon, and retired Army officer
“If you watched the DNC last week,” their “argument for Joe Biden boiled down to the fact that they think he’s a nice guy,” but policies that “allow abortion up until the point of birth are not nice.”
– Ronna McDaniel, Chair of the Republican National Committee

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Demise Of Biden And Harris.

Galatians 6:7: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”

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Israel In Acts, Chapters 1 And 2, A Jewish Context, 33 A.D.

Video Title: Holy Spirit Comes

Article Title: Israel In Acts, Chapters 1 And 2, A Jewish Context, 33 A.D.

Introduction:

In this study of the Book of Acts, we have been focusing on the presence of Jews in Jerusalem. We have seen the activities that led up to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Jews while they were In Jerusalem for the Feast of Pentecost. Some Jews had already come to saving faith in Christ, “but many more had not.” The significance of Pentecost is that it was a day that ensured that numerous nationalities of Jews would be directed by the Law to be present in Jerusalem, on that day (Ex 23:14-17). Notice that in the video, the prayer is “Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven” (Matt 6:10). These disciples of Christ are still praying for the Kingdom, which was promised to Israel, to come to earth “now.” They are not praying to be taken up to Heaven, which is not a teaching of the promise of Kingdom life. The Kingdom will be on earth (Gen 12:1-3; 15:18-21; 17:8). The disciples have not been given the teaching of Heaven in great detail, other than in John 14:2-6. In time, they will come to understand the Resurrection and Rapture of the church in 1 Cor 15:50-54 and 1 Thes 4:13-18, as well as many other doctrinal teachings that are mysteries to them.

Looking Back:

Acts 1:1-26

We have seen that for a period of 40 days, after the resurrection of Christ, that He spoke about the Kingdom of God, not only to the disciples of Christ (Acts 1:3), but also to more than 1500 brethren (Jews, 1 Cor 15:6; Mt 25:40) “at one time.” (The gospel of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ is stated in 1 Cor 15:1-8; the Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached during the Tribulation by the 144,000 Jews (Mt 24:14, Rev 7:3.)

Prior to the ascension of Christ to Heaven (Acts 1:9), He told the disciples to “stay” in Jerusalem for what “The Father had promised” (Acts 1:4). We saw that the disciples were still waiting for the the restoring of the kingdom to Israel (Acts 1:6. The Abrahamic Covenant: Gen 12:1-3; 15:18-21; 17:8: “land, people, and blessings.” The Davidic Covenant: 2 Sam 7:8-16: A Godly government; taught by Christ and His disciples to Jews (Matt 4:17; 10:7; Lk 10:9, 11), and not to Samaritans or Gentiles (Mt 10:5-6). The Kingdom and Second Coming of Christ “to earth,” relate to Israel. Christ did not teach about the rapture of the Church to Jews, because the Rapture of the Church was a “mystery” (1 Cor 15:51) to the Jews at the time of Christ, and would not be revealed until 59 A.D. (1 Cor 15:50-54), and relates to those of us who are living during the Church age (saved Jews and saved Gentiles). The Rapture does not relate to those who are left behind from the Rapture and come to saving faith in Christ during the Tribulation (when the Church will not be present). The term, “mystery,” relates to something that had not been previously revealed by God.

We also saw where angels told the disciples” (Acts 1:11), that just as Christ was lifted up to Heaven, He would return to earth in the same manner (Matt 24:29:31; Zech 14:1-5; Rev 19:11-21). This return of Christ to earth, will result with Christ returning “to the earth, standing on the earth, at the place from where He ascended, on the Mount of Olives (Zech 14:4). In the Rapture of the Church, Christ will return in the air (not touching the earth), and will catch up His born again believers from earth, and take them with Him to Heaven (John 14:2-6; 1 Thes 4:16-17; 1 Cor 15:50-54).

We saw where the disciples returned to Jerusalem (a Sabbath Day’s journey…Acts 1:12, Mt 24:20), which is the distance that Rabbis allowed Jews to travel on the Sabbath, i.e., 2,000 cubits, appx 1/2 mile/1 km (Ex 16:29; Num 35:5, RSB). We saw where the disciples entered Jerusalem, and went up to the upper room, where they, and women (appx 120 people), devoted themselves to prayer (Acts 1:13-15). The upper room may have been the house of Mary (Acts 12:12), or the location of the last Passover meal, that Christ had with His disciples (Mk 14:12-15; Lk 22:11-12; MSB). The upper room may have also been on the top of a largge house (NAC). The Passover meal of Matt 26:26-30, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:14-20, John 13:1-5, was not Christian communion. Passover meals would continue to be observed annually, and continues to be observed by Jews each year, even to the year in which we find our place.

Acts 2:1-36

We saw in Acts 2:1 that the Day of Pentecost occurred 50 days after the resurrection of Christ (RSB), a total of 10 days from the day of the ascension of Christ (RSB). Many Christians observe “Ascension Sunday” (the Sunday after the ascension of Christ),” and “Pentecost Sunday” (the Sunday when the Holy Spirit fell on Jerusalem). On the Day of Pentecost, those in the upper room, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, spoke the message of “the mighty deeds of God” (Act 2:11). The miracle of Pentecost is that 120 Jews in the upper room (Acts 1:15), spoke in the languages (tongues) of the Jews, who were in Jerusalem for the Feast of Pentecost (Acts 2:6); it was like a United Nations translation of a speaker into the languages of all of the international people who are present. “The Day of Pentecost,” the fourth of the annual feasts of the Jews (after Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits; it came 50 days after First Fruits, a type of resurrection of Christ… 1 Cor 15:23). Pentecost was the Greek name for the Jewish Feast of Weeks, so called because it fell seven (a week of) weeks after First Fruits. It celebrated the wheat harvest (Ex 23:16). This Day of Pentecost in Acts 2 marked the beginning of the Church (Matt 16:18). Possibly at Acts 2:3, the group left the house and went to the Temple (RSB). In Acts 2:14-36, the Apostle Peter preached the first message of Christ to Jews, in the Dispensation of The Church (SRN). The conclusion of Peter’s sermon is stated in Acts 2:36: “Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.”

It was truly an act of God for the 120 Disciples in the upper room, and the Apostle Peter to preach the message of Christ (Acts 2:14-36), so that all of the assembled Jews in Jerusalem could understand the message in their own languages (Acts 2:8), with a total of 3,000 unbelieving Jews coming to saving faith in Christ on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41).

It is important to understand that the events of the Day of Pentecost relate to Jews. Gentiles are not the focus of the message of Christ, at this time. Read the following, by Howard Culbertson http://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/personal

In its infancy, the Early Church was almost 100% Jewish. That should not surprise us. Those whom God inspired to write the books of the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament) had all been Jews. The promised Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, was Jewish. Though the 3,000 people converted on the Day of Pentecost were “from every nation under Heaven,” (Acts 2) they were obviously not Gentile pagans since they were all in Jerusalem to celebrate a distinctly Jewish festival. http://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/gentile.htm

Looking Ahead: Acts 2:37-47. The Results Of Peter’s Pentecost Sermon.

2:37, Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?”

Note: 2:37. “cut to the heart.” The Gr. word for “cut” means “pierce” or “stab,” and thus denotes something sudden and unexpected. In grief, remorse, and intense spiritual conviction, Peter’s listeners were stunned by his indictment that they had killed their Messiah.

2:38, Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Based on Acts 2:8, tongues as are prominent in many of today’s churches, are not words that are unintelligible, and in the context of Acts 2, do not need interpretation by others.

Note: 2:38a. “Repent.” To change one’s mind; specifically, here, about Jesus of Nazareth, and to acknowledge Him as Lord (=God) and Christ (=Messiah). Such repentance brings about salvation. (RSB)

Note (Mine) 2:38b. “be baptized…for the forgiveness of your sins.” Matt 3:2, “Repent”, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The word to Jews was to repent “change their minds about Christ.” The offer of the Kingdom, not Heaven, was being offered to Israel, (metanoeó: to change one’s mind or purpose; same as in Acts 2:38). Matt 3:6, “and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.” These Jews were being baptized in response to their belief in Christ as Messiah, as the King that God has chosen for Israel (Deu 17:15). In response to the Pharisees and Saducees, who were going to John for baptism, John said in Matt 3:8, “Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance;” their “metanoeó” was not genuine. The Jews who were serious in their metanoeó had the result of John 3:3: ‘Jesus answered and said to him,’ “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” The new-birth is promised to those in the Church Age as a condition for Heaven (2 Cor 5:17), “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

Note (Mine) 2:38c. “the gift of the Holy Spirit.” We may ask, “what is the gift of the Holy Spirit?” (This verse relates to Jews at Pentecost, in 33 A.D.). The following verses tell of a chronological listing of the giving of Spiritual gifts, that are provided by God to those whom have been born again, to be taught by God’s Holy Spirit, who will teach the world through His born again believers in Christ.

(33 A.D.) John 14:16,17,26, (16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.). 16:8, And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.

The following verses of Spiritual gifts relate to those in the churches that are composed of Jews and Gentiles. These gifts are given by God to those whom He may choose. In the Book of Acts, there is no such detailed spiritual gifting.

(59 A.D.) 1 Cor 12:1, “Now concerning spiritual gifts,” 12:4, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.

(60 A.D.) Rom 12:6, “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us”

(64 A.D.) Eph 4:8, “He gave gifts to men.”

(64 A.D.) Heb 2:4, “gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.”

(33 A.D.) Mark 16:16. There are two different accounts of the Resurrection of Christ. vs 1-8 are consistent with the Resurrection and great commission accounts of Matt 28, Luke 24, Acts 1, and John 20. Vs 9-20 show a different cast of women who are present at the tomb. vs 1 shows two women; vs 9 shows one woman. Vs 16, “he who has believed and been baptized;” John 3:16, Rom 10:9 state that belief in Christ is necessary for salvation, and not any inclusion of baptism in attaining salvation. Vs 17, (believers will) cast out demons, speak with new tongues, vs 18 pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. Note that in vs 17, “speak with new tongues,” is not consistent with the other accounts of the resurrection. Consider the following comments from the MacArthur Study Bible.

16:9–20 The external evidence strongly suggests these verses were not originally part of Mark’s gospel. While the majority of Gr. manuscripts contain these verses, the earliest and most reliable do not. A shorter ending also existed, but it is not included in the text. Further, some that include the passage note that it was missing from older Gr. manuscripts, while others have scribal marks indicating the passage was considered spurious. The fourth-century church fathers Eusebius and Jerome noted that almost all Gr. manuscripts available to them lacked vv. 9–20. The internal evidence from this passage also weighs heavily against Mark’s authorship. The transition between vv. 8 and 9 is abrupt and awkward. The Gr. particle translated “now” that begins v. 9 implies continuity with the preceding narrative. What follows, however, does not continue the story of the women referred to in v. 8,

The NASB, NKJV, ESV, and NIV agree with the MacArthur Study Bible comments on vs 9-20.

Acts 2:42, “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

Note (Mine). They=early Church).  These were Jews who were in Jerusalem for the annual Feast of Pentecost (Ac 2:6-11; Lev 23:15-22).

Note (Mine). Breaking of bread does not indicate Christian communion, especially at such at early date in the spiritual growth of Jewish believers in Christ. When we consider the events of Pentecost, we notice that on the day prior, all of these Jews were unbelievers. On the day of Pentecost, they became believers in Christ. The theme of the NT is “Christ and Him crucified,” (Acts 2:36, 33 A.D., 1 Cor 2:2, 59 A.D.). The term, “breaking of bread,” was used in Luke 24:30, where the meaning was that of a meal, and can not relate to Christian communion. These Jews had no preconceived ideas of, such as, “First Baptist Church Of Jerusalem.” That which they knew dealt with “Christ, and Him crucified.”

Acts 2:46, “Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,”  

Note (Mine). These were Pentecost Day Jews; they met as believers in homes having meals= breaking bread (see Lk 24:30-35, which was not Christian Communion). This was too soon for “formal Church functions.”  3,000 Jews accepted Christ on the Day of Pentecost (Ac 2:41), but continued going to the temple, as did other Jews who came to saving faith in Christ; follow the Acts timeline. One of my Jewish Messianic believers in Christ discussed the aspect of these Jews continuing their attendance at the Temple. He said that Jews would not bring embarrassment on their elders by immediately dismissing themselves form Temple worship. As we continue with this study of Acts, as we key on the Jewish element of the early church, we will see born again Jews continuing in Temple worship.

Acts 2:47, “praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.”

Note (Mine). The Holy Spirit led: (1) 120 “believing Jews” to speak in the languages of Pentecost Day “unbelieving Jews” in Jerusalem (Ac 2:8); and (2) Peter to “preach Christ” (Ac 2:14-36); (3) leading 3,000 unbelieving Jews to belief in Christ on that day (Ac 2:41). Those whom had been baptized were believers prior to their baptism (Ac 2:37-38). They repented (metanoeó: to change one’s mind or purpose) of their unbelief in Christ.

This article is part of a timeline study of the Book of Acts, keying on Israel. Please remember that the context of the early Church is that of Jews, who remained Jews, but grew in their belief and understanding of, “Christ and Him crucified.” Editing details are shown, as follows:

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.”

Comment Providers. Unless otherwise indicated, BKC=The Bible Knowledge Commentary. DHC=David Hocking Commentary; HC=Holman Commentary; JDP=J. Dwight Pentecost; MSB=MacArthur Study Bible; MBC=Moody Bible Commentary; NAC=New American Commentary; NIV=NIV Study Bible; NKJV= New King James Study Bible; RLT=Robert L. Thomas Commentary; RC=Ryrie Commentary; RSB=Ryrie Study Bible; SRN=Scofield Reference Notes; WRC= Walvoord Commentary; AMW=Andrew M. Woods. Credentials for individual commentators can be found on my “About Sources” page.

Dates of scriptures come from the Scofield Study Bible, copyright 1909.

Video Details.

Video Title: Holy Spirit Comes.

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In NBC’s A.D. The Bible Continues portrays the Holy Spirit coming down to the Disciples of Jesus Christ.

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End Times 25, Revelation 14:6-8, The Vision of the Angel with the Gospel

Video Title: What are the three main events in the book of Revelation?

Article Title: End Times 25, Revelation 14:6-8, The Vision of the Angel with the Gospel.

I. Introduction. In the opening video discussion of Dr. Jimmy DeYoung, we are told about three key events that are yet to happen in the future. We are told about the Rapture of the Church (1 Thes 4:16-17); the Tribulation (Rev 6:1-19:10); and the Second Coming of Christ with His raptured saints (Rev 19:11-21).

II. Text.

Revelation 14:6-8. The Vision of the Angel with the Gospel.

6 And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; 7 and he said with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.”

8 And another angel, a second one, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who has made all the nations drink of the wine of the passion of her immorality.”

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. Comment Providers. Unless otherwise indicated, BKC=The Bible Knowledge Commentary. DHC=David Hocking Commentary; HC=Holman Commentary; JDP=Things To Come; MSB=MacArthur Study Bible; MBC=Moody Bible Commentary; NAC=New American Commentary; NIV=NIV Study Bible; NKJV= New King James Study Bible; RLT=Robert L. Thomas Commentary; RC=Ryrie Commentary; RSB=Ryrie Study Bible; SRN=Scofield Reference Notes; WRC= Walvoord Commentary. Credentials for individual commentators can be found on my “About Sources” page.

V. Dates of scriptures come from the Scofield Study Bible, copyright 1909.

VI. Comments. (MSB, unless otherwise indicated).

A. 14:6. “midst of heaven.” From a Gr. term (“mid-heaven”) denoting the point in the noonday sky where the sun reaches its zenith. This is the highest and brightest point, where all can see and hear. “the everlasting gospel.” The angel is preaching the good news concerning everlasting life and entrance into the kingdom of God (cf. Matt. 24:14; 1 Cor. 15:1–10). He is urging the people of the world to change their allegiance from the beast to the Lamb. The whole world will hear this preaching by the angel as God graciously calls all to salvation.

B. My notes on 14:6.

1. MSB note, “entrance into the kingdom of God.” It is important to remember the “Tribulation context” of this verse. The people that are hearing this message from the angel, in vs 6, have been left behind from the rapture of the church (1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18; John 14:2-6). The invitation to OT Jews was the Kingdom (Matt 3:2, 4:17). The invitation to everyone during the church age is heaven (John 14:2-5,6; Rev 19:11-14). The Kingdom Age will be an earthly reality, and is not, “of the mind, or in the spirit.” The Kingdom Age will consist of a literal “land, people, and blessing” that was promised to Jews, and will be present “on earth” after Christ returns to earth after the Tribulation, for 1,000 years. Resurrected (OT and NT) saints, and raptured NT saints will rule and reign during the Kingdom Age of the Millennium

2. Those saints that will be caught up in the rapture, prior to the Tribulation, will be taken to Heaven by Christ, and will return with Christ for the Battle of Armageddon (Rev 19:11-21), and are not the audience of the message of the angel.

3. The listeners of the angel’s message, whom are left behind from the rapture, are present during the Tribulation, and are being subjected to Godly Tribulation judgments; their eternity will depend on whether they come to saving faith in Christ, or not.

4. “Left behind Jews” that are alive at the end of the Tribulation are discussed in Matt 24:40-41. Those “taken” did not come to saving faith in Christ during the Tribulation; they will be taken in death to the end of the Millennium, to the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11-15), where they (the unbelieving dead, vs 13) will stand before Christ and be cast into the lake of fire. (In 1 Thes 4:16, the “dead in Christ” are “believing” resurrected saints, and are taken to heaven by Christ). In Matt 24:40-41. those who are left came to saving faith in Christ during the Tribulation; they are left to enter the Kingdom Age of the Millennium. (In the rapture, those who are left, are left behind to be present during the Tribulation and will come under its Godly judgments; those that are taken, are taken to heaven by Christ (John 14:2-4, 6) to remain there with Christ until the end of the Tribulation, when they return with Christ for the Battle of Armageddon).

5. “Left behind Gentiles” that are alive at the end of the Tribulation are discussed in Matt 25. In vs 34, those left behind Gentiles that came to saving faith in Christ during the Tribulation, will enter the Kingdom Age of the Millennium. In vs 41, those left behind Gentiles, that did not come to saving faith in Christ during the Tribulation, are taken in death to the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11-15). In vs 46, the fate of both groups are repeated.

6. Old Testament born again saints will be resurrected at the end of the Tribulation to enter the Kingdom Age of the Millennium (Dan 12:2a). Old Testament “unborn again” people will be resurrected at the time of the Great White Throne Judgment (Dan 12:2b).

7. Left behind Jews and Gentiles, who come to saving faith in Christ during the Tribulation, and die during the Tribulation, will be resurrected at the end of the Tribulation to enter the Kingdom Age of the Millennium (Rev 20:4). In Rev 20:5, the phrase, “first resurrection” refers back to vs 4 (RSB). In vs 5-6, we see the blessings of the Millennium that await the righteous dead after being resurrected at the end of the Tribulation.” These vs 5-6 blessings also apply to all saints in the Millennium who are there in resurrection bodies.

8. Deceased unbelievers of the church age, and of all times, will be raised at the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11-15). They will be cast into the lake of fire. They are, “the rest of the dead” (20:5a), and “the dead” (Rev 20:13), as opposed to “the dead in Christ”, (1 Thes 4:16).

9. Matt 24:14 relates to the gospel of the Kingdom (Matt 3:2. 4:17, 10:17), which was preached to Jews.

10. 1 Cor 15:1-10 relates to the gospel of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, which has been, and still is, being preached to all people in the church age.

C. 14:7. “Fear God.” Not Satan, or Antichrist. This is the theme of Scripture, calling people to give honor, glory, worship, and reverence to God (cf. Prov. 23:17; 1 Pet. 2:17). See notes on Rom. 1:18–21. “hour of His judgment has come.” The last moment arrives to repent and believe before God’s wrath is poured out. This is the book’s first use of the word judgment, a term that has the same meaning as wrath (see 6:17; 12:12). “Him who made heaven and earth.” Creation is the great proof of God, which preachers will appeal to as the ground for all people to believe in Him and worship Him (cf. 4:11; 10:6; John 1:9; Acts 14:15–17; 17:23–28).

D. My note on 14:7. MSB note, “repent.” metanoeó: to change one’s mind or purpose (concerning Christ).

E. 14:8. “Babylon is fallen.” Lack of response to the first angel’s message causes a second angel to pronounce this judgment. Babylon refers to the entire worldwide political, economic, and religious kingdom of Antichrist. (cf. 16:17–19 for details of this fall.) The original city of Babylon was the birthplace of idolatry where the residents built the Tower of Babel, a monument to rebelliousness and false religion. Such idolatry was subsequently spread when God confounded man’s language and scattered them around the world (cf. Gen. 11:1–9). “wine of the wrath of her fornication.” This pictures Babylon causing the world to become intoxicated with her pleasures and enter an orgy of rebellion, hatred, and idolatry toward God. Fornication is spiritual prostitution to Antichrist’s false system, which will fall for such iniquity.

F. Note on 14:8. (WRC)

1. Revelation 17 discusses Religious Babylon.

a. Focus: Babylon as a System.
b. Timing: Falls at the Beginning of the Great Tribulation.
c. Destroyer: The Beast and the Ten Kings.
d. Result: No Mourning.

2. Revelation 18 discusses Political/Commercial Babylon.

a. Focus: Babylon as a City.
b. Timing: Falls at the End of the Great Tribulation.
c. Destroyer: Jesus Christ at His Second Coming.
d. Result: Great Mourning.

G. We have said that born again believers in Christ will be caught up to Heaven, prior to the Tribulation, at the time of the Rapture. We have also said that Christ, and those same raptured saints will return to earth with Christ for the Battle of Armageddon. On earth, the Kingdom will cover an area of land, that will be known as Israel, and that will be about ten times the size of current day Israel. There will be a Godly government that rules over Israel, with Jewish King David having a key role of leadership. Outside of Israel, other nations will reside, and will come under the rule of Christ. At the end of the Kingdom Age, amazing thing will happen. Let’s read the account of what the Apostle John saw, and what he recorded in Revelation 21:1-5, as follows:

1.The New Heaven and Earth described.

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

5 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”

2. The New Heavens, New Earth, and New Jerusalem explained.

There will be new heavens, a new earth, (Isa 65:17, 66:22) and new Jerusalem (Isa 65:18…”I create Jerusalem for rejoicing and her people or gladness”). The former heavens and earth will be destroyed (2 Peter 3:10). Consider the “new Jerusalem.” This heavenly city will be the abode of all the saints (Heb 12:22-24), the bride of Christ (vv 9-10), and the place that Christ is preparing for His people (John 14:2). During the Millennium the new Jerusalem (described in detail in Rev 21:0-22:5), apparently will be suspended over the earth, and will be the dwelling place of all believers during eternity (as is emphasized in 21:1-8). With the new Jerusalem hovering above the earth, and with the earthly Jerusalem existing on earth, it will be the earthly Jerusalem that will be destroyed, along with “the heavens and the earth.” The new Jerusalem will apparently be withdrawn from its proximity to the earth when the earth will be destroyed at the end of the Millennium, and then will come back after the new earth is created. People will enjoy a new intimacy with God, and the elimination of those sorrows that sin brings. The city will come down out of heaven. Both Jewish and and Christian saints will inhabit the city. The names of the 12 tribes and the 12 apostles will be a witness to their continued distinction (Rev 21:12-14). The names of the 12 sons of Israel will be on the 12 gates (vs 12). The names of the 12 apostles will be on the 12 foundation stones (vs 14)). Shaped “four square” like a cube, the city is 1380 miles (2,220 km) on each face, including height, with a wall of 72 yd (66 m) thick. It has been calculated that even if only 25 % of this space were used for dwellings, 20 billion people could be accommodated spaciously (BKC; JDP; MSB; RSB; WRC; MBC).

VII. Video details.

John Ankerberg Show. What are the three main events in the book of Revelation?
This clip is from our series entitled, “Step by Step through the Book of Revelations.” For speaker credentials, see my “About Sources” page. The speaker is Dr. Jimmy DeYoung.

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The Romans Road And Salvation

Baptism – An Instrumental Song against the backdrop of the Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan

Title: The Romans Road And Salvation.

“What is the Romans Road to salvation?”  

The Romans Road to salvation is a way of explaining the good news of salvation using verses from the Book of Romans. It is a simple yet powerful method of explaining why we need salvation, how God provided salvation, how we can receive salvation, and what are the results of salvation.  

Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”

Romans 5:8  “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”

Romans 10:9  “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”

Romans 10:13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved”

Romans 5:1 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”

Romans 8:1 “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”

Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”

Would you like to follow the Romans Road to salvation? If so, here is a simple prayer you can pray to God. Saying this prayer is a way to declare to God that you are relying on Jesus Christ for your salvation. The words themselves will not save you. Only faith in Jesus Christ can provide salvation! “God, I know that I have sinned against you and am deserving of punishment. But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. With your help, I place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness – the gift of eternal life! Amen!” 

The above outline comes from Got Questions https://www.gotquestions.org/Romans-road-salvation.html

Video information. Baptism – An Instrumental Song against the backdrop of the Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. Ben Bennett.

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Israel In Acts, 2:1-36, Pentecost, 33 A.D.

Video Title: Day Of Pentecost.

Article Title: Israel In Acts, 2:1-36, Pentecost, 33 A.D.

Introduction:

It has been fifty days since Passover. Notice in the video the prayer in the upper room (Acts 1:13) being from Matt 6:10, “Thy kingdom come.” Jews were still waiting for the Kingdom, not Heaven (Acts 1:3, 6), and were praying for “the Kingdom to come.” Notice that the words of those Jews were being spoken in the languages of the Jews who were in Jerusalem for the Feast of Pentecost (Acts 2:6), and that those in the upper room were men and women, totaling 120 Jewish believers in Christ (Acts 1:13-15). See foot of page for comment providers.

Deuteronomy 16:9-12

9 “You shall count seven weeks for yourself; you shall begin to count seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain. 10 Then you shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks to the Lord your God with a tribute of a freewill offering of your hand, which you shall give just as the Lord your God blesses you; 11 and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God, you and your son and your daughter and your male and female servants and the Levite who is in your town, and the stranger and the orphan and the widow who are in your midst, in the place where the Lord your God chooses to establish His name. 12 You shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt, and you shall be careful to observe these statutes.

Note: 16:10–12 the Feast of Weeks. Seven weeks later this second feast was celebrated. It was also called the “Feast of Harvest” (Ex. 23:16) or the “day of firstfruits” (Lev. 23:9–22; Num. 28:26–31) and later came to be known as “Pentecost” (Acts 2:1). With the grain harvest completed, this one-day festival was a time of rejoicing. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit, 50 days after the death of Christ at the Passover, was on Pentecost and gives special meaning to that day for Christians (cf. Joel 2:28–32; Acts 2:14–18). (MSB)

Acts 2:1-36. A Jewish Feast. Jews in town from many countries, hearing the truth Of Christ in their own languages. (Notes: MSB, unless otherwise noted).

Acts 2:1-4

The Day of Pentecost.

1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.

Note: 2:1. “Day of Pentecost.” “Pentecost” means “fiftieth” and refers to the Feast of Weeks (Ex. 34:22, 23) or Harvest (Lev. 23:16), which was celebrated 50 days after Passover in May/June (Lev. 23:15–22). It was one of 3 annual feasts for which the nation was to come to Jerusalem (see note on Ex. 23:14–19). At Pentecost, an offering of firstfruits was made (Lev. 23:20). The Holy Spirit came on this day as the firstfruits of the believer’s inheritance (cf. 2 Cor. 5:5; Eph. 1:11, 14). Those gathered into the church then were also the firstfruits of the full harvest of all believers to come after. “in one place.” The upper room mentioned in 1:13.

Note: 2:2. “a sound . . . as . . . mighty wind.” Luke’s simile described God’s action of sending the Holy Spirit. Wind is frequently used in Scripture as a picture of the Spirit (cf. Ezek. 37:9, 10; John 3:8).

Note: 2:3. The disciples could not comprehend the significance of the Spirit’s arrival without the Lord sovereignly illustrating what was occurring with a visible phenomenon. “tongues, as of fire.” Just as the sound, like wind, was symbolic, these were not literal flames of fire but supernatural indicators, like fire, that God had sent the Holy Spirit upon each believer. In Scripture, fire often denoted the divine presence (cf. Ex. 3:2–6). God’s use of a fire-like appearance here parallels what He did with the dove when Jesus was baptized (Matt. 3:11; Luke 3:16).

Note: 2:4. “all.” The apostles and the 120. Cf. Joel 2:28–32. “filled with the Holy Spirit.” In contrast to the baptism with the Spirit, which is the one-time act by which God places believers into His body (see notes on 1 Cor. 12:13), the filling is a repeated reality of Spirit-controlled behavior that God commands believers to maintain (see notes on Eph. 5:18). Peter and many others in Acts 2 were filled with the Spirit again (e.g., 4:8, 31; 6:5; 7:55) and so spoke boldly the Word of God. The fullness of the Spirit affects all areas of life, not just speaking boldly (cf. Eph. 5:19–33). “with other tongues.” Known languages (See Acts 2:6, 11 notes).

Acts 2:5-13. The Crowd’s Response. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+2%3A5-13&version=NASB

Note: 2:5. Jews, devout men. Hebrew males who made the pilgrimage to Jerusalem. They were expected to celebrate Pentecost (see note on v. 1) in Jerusalem, as part of observing the Jewish religious calendar. See note on Ex. 23:14–19.

Note: 2:6. “this sound.” The noise like gusty wind (v. 2), not the sound of the various languages. “speak in his own language.” As the believers were speaking, each pilgrim in the crowd recognized the language or dialect from his own country.

Note: 2:7. “Galileans.” Inhabitants of the mostly rural area of northern Israel around the Sea of Galilee. Galilean Jews spoke with a distinct regional accent and were considered to be unsophisticated and uneducated by the southern Judean Jews. When Galileans were seen to be speaking so many different languages, the Judean Jews were astonished.

Note: 2:9–11 The listing of specific countries and ethnic groups proves again that these utterances were known human languages.

Note: 2:9. “Parthians.” They lived in what is modern Iran. “Medes.” In Daniel’s time, they ruled with the Persians, but had settled in Parthia. “Elamites.” They were from the southwestern part of the Parthian Empire. “Mesopotamia.” This means “between the rivers” (the Tigris and Euphrates). Many Jews still lived there, descendants of those who were in captivity and who never returned to the land of Israel (cf. 2 Chr. 36:22, 23). “Judea.” All the region once controlled by David and Solomon, including Syria.

Note: 2:9, 10. “Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia.” All were districts in Asia Minor, in what is now Turkey.

Note: 2:10. “Egypt.” Many Jews lived there, especially in the city of Alexandria. The nation then covered the same general area as modern Egypt. “Libya adjoining Cyrene.” These districts were W of Egypt, along the North African coast. “Rome.” The capital of the Empire had a sizeable Jewish population, dating from the second century B.C. proselytes. “Gentile converts to Judaism.” Jews in Rome were especially active in seeking such converts.

Note: 2:11. “Cretans.” Residents of the island of Crete, off the southern coast of Greece. “Arabs.” Jews who lived S of Damascus, among the Nabatean Arabs (cf. Gal. 1:17). “we hear them speaking.” See note on v. 6. wonderful works of God. The Christians were quoting from the OT what God had done for His people (cf. Ex. 15:11; Pss. 40:5; 77:11; 96:3; 107:21). Such praises were often heard in Jerusalem during festival times.

Note: 2:13 new wine. A drink that could have made one drunk.

Acts 2:14-36. Peter’s Sermon. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+2%3A14-36&version=NASB

Note: 2:14–40. After the Holy Spirit’s arrival, the first major event of church history was Peter’s sermon, which led to 3,000 conversions and established the church (vv. 41–47) (My note. These were Jews who came to saving faith in Christ. See 2:36’s Jewish context.)

Note (Mine): Consider the audience of Peter. Acts 2:14: they are Jews. Acts 2:16-21: the message is related to Jewish prophecy. Acts 2:22-24: they are Jews. Acts 2:25-35: the message is related to Jewish prophecy.

Note: 2:22–36. Here is the main body of Peter’s sermon, in which he presented and defended Jesus Christ as Israel’s Messiah.

Note (Mine): Verse 36 is key: “Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Note: 2:36. Peter summarizes his sermon with a powerful statement of certainty: the OT prophecies of resurrection and exaltation provide evidence that overwhelmingly points to the crucified Jesus as the Messiah. “both Lord and Christ.” Jesus is God as well as anointed Messiah (cf. Rom. 1:4; 10:9; 1 Cor. 12:3; Phil. 2:9, 11).

Note (Mine): The message on Pentecost was spoken by a Jew (The Apostle Peter), “to Jews,” who were in Jerusalem for one of three required Jewish feasts (Ex 23:14-17, Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, Tabernacles). The message was about a Jew, “Christ,” whom had been crucified after Jews in Jerusalem, whom had not come to faith in Christ as Messiah cried, “Crucify Him,” (Matt 27:22). It is important to understand that whenever a verse has the words, “the Jews,” it is important to understand whether “the Jews” relates to believing Jews or, whether it relates to unbelieving Jews. Have “the Jews accepted Christ” as Messiah, or have “the Jews not accepted Christ” as Messiah?

Note: 23:14–19 Requiring all males to be present for 3 specified feasts at a central sanctuary would have had a socially and religiously uniting effect on the nation. The men must trust the Lord to protect their landholdings while on pilgrimage to the tabernacle (cf. 34:23, 24). All 3 feasts were joyful occasions, being a commemoration of the Exodus (the Feast of Unleavened Bread), an expression of gratitude to God for all the grain He had provided (the Feast of Harvest), and a thanksgiving for the final harvest (the Feast of Ingathering). Alternative names appear in the biblical record for the second and third feasts: the Feast of Weeks (34:22) or Firstfruits (34:22; Acts 2:1), and the Feast of Tabernacles or Booths (Lev. 23:33–36). For additional discussions, see, Lev. 23:1–24:9; Num. 28, 29; Deut. 16. (Pentecost, Harvest, and Weeks are the same feast).

This article is part of a timeline study of the Book of Acts. Editing details are shown, as follows:

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.”

Comment Providers. BKC=The Bible Knowledge Commentary. DHC=David Hocking Commentary; HC=Holman Commentary; MSB=MacArthur Study Bible; MBC=Moody Bible Commentary; NAC=New American Commentary; NIV=NIV Study Bible; NKJV= New King James Study Bible; RLT=Robert L. Thomas Commentary; RC=Ryrie Commentary; RSB=Ryrie Study Bible; SRN=Scofield Reference Notes; WRC= Walvoord Commentary. Credentials for individual commentators can be found on my “About Sources” page.

Dates of scriptures come from the Scofield Study Bible, copyright 1909.

Video Details. Day of Pentecost HD. Gise Ríos.

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Israel In Isaiah, 4:2-6, 760 B.C., The Millennial Kingdom

Video Title: Bill And Gloria Gaither – Where Could I Go (Live) Gaither Music TV.

Article Title: Israel In Isaiah, 4:2-6, 760 B.C., The Millennial Kingdom.

I. Introduction.

A. In the opening video we see many gospel singers, whom are “in Christ” or whom have died “in Christ.” Notice that Vestal Goodman held a handkerchief in her hand, almost all of the time (special memories). Consider the blessings of seeing so many of our deceased loved ones in heaven, on earth during the millennium, and on into the eternal state. As we, “Go To The Lord,” in the rapture, consider all of the born again believers in Christ, “who will be going with us!” Consider all of our saved friends and loved ones who will exit planet earth with us, and land in one of those “many dwelling places,” in “My Father’s House,” (John 14:2).

B. At the time of the rapture of the church (1 Cor 15:50-54; John 14:2-6), the “dead in Christ” will be raised from where their deceased bodies lie (1 Thes 4:16). We who are alive, will be caught up in the air, after the deceased saints are resurrected” (1 Thes 4:17). We, “saints of Christ,” will stay in God’s Presence, throughout the time of the seven years of Tribulation (which follows the rapture), and will return to earth at the Battle of Armageddon (Rev 19:11-21). Upon arrival back on earth we, “resurrected and raptured saints,” will remain on earth for one thousand years (Rev 20:4), which is called the Kingdom Age of the millennium. Following the millennium we will enter into the eternal state of the “new heaven, new earth, and new Jerusalem,” (Rev 21:1-2).

C. During the millennium, all of those whom will be present will go to Jerusalem for Jewish feasts, as follows: MSB Note. Zechariah 14:16 Feast of Tabernacles. The historical background can be found in Lev. 23:33–36; Num. 29:12–38; Deut. 16:13–17. In addition to the Feast of Tabernacles, two other feasts will be celebrated in the Millennium, i.e., 1) Feast of the New Year (Ezek. 45:18–20) and 2) Passover (Ezek. 45:21–25). These feasts are no more efficacious than were the feasts of the Mosaic era or the Lord’s Supper in the church age. They all provided a symbolic anticipation or remembrance of Christ’s unique and once-for-all sacrifice at Calvary.

D. The following passage tells of some of the conditions in the Kingdom (Isa 2:1-4, 11:6-9; 56:3-8; 65:25); the passage relates to the Jews (Isa 1:1) whom will come to saving faith in Christ. These “born again and resurrected” Jews of the Old Testament (Ezek 36:24-29; John 3:3) will rule and reign, under Christ’s authority, over the land of Israel (Gen 15:18-21, Dan 12:1-3; Matt 19:28). New Testament “born again, resurrected and raptured saints,” (2 Cor 5:17) will rule and reign (1 Cor 6:2) over the the land that is outside of Israel. Those having resurrection bodies will rule and reign over those whom do not have resurrection bodies.

E. Jews and Gentiles who will be left behind from the rapture, but come to faith in Christ during the tribulation, and survive the Tribulation, will enter the Kingdom Age in mortal bodies. Those Jews who die during the Tribulation, after having come to saving faith in Christ, will be resurrected at the end of the Tribulation and will rule and reign (Dan 12:1-3; Matt 19:28-29) within the boundaries of Israel. Those Gentiles who die during the Tribulation, after having come to saving faith in Christ, will also be resurrected at the end of the Tribulation and will rule and reign outside of Israel (Rev 20:4).

F. Gentiles and Jews, who come to saving faith in Christ during the Tribulation, and survive the tribulation, will enter the Kingdom Age with born again spirits, but not having resurrected bodies and souls (Jews Mt 24:40-41; Gentiles 25:31-34); they will be given resurrection bodies and souls prior to their entry into the eternal state of Rev 21:1-2. Children will be born to those in the Kingdom age who do not have resurrection bodies; these children will have to come to saving faith in Christ in order for them to enter into the eternal state. Everyone who enters into the eternal state must have resurrection bodies and souls, which comes as a result of the new birth.

G. In Matthew 24:40-41, (Jews) “those taken” will be taken in death to the Great White Throne Judgment where they will be resurrected and thrown into the lake of fire (Rev 20:11-15). In Rev 20:12, notice “the dead,” as opposed to “the dead in Christ” in 1 Thes 4:16. In Mt 24:40-41, “those that are left,” are left to enter the Kingdom. In the Rapture, “those that are taken” are taken to Heaven by Christ (John 14:6); “those that are left,” will be left behind to be tested in the Tribulation, per Rev 3:10.

H. Gentiles who survive the Tribulation, but don’t come to saving faith in Christ, will be taken, in death, to the Great White Throne Judgment (Mt 25:41, 46); where they will have the same judgment as the unbelieving Jews of Mt 24:40-41.

I. The Abrahamic Covenant with the Jews gives them “land, people, and blessings” (Gen 12:1-3; 15:18-21; 17:8). The Davidic Covenant provides for a Godly government within the area of the Abrahamic Covenant (2 Sam 7:8-16). Nations, who are located outside of Israel, will be governed by born again leaders (Zech 14:16). In all of the world, “the Lord will be King over all the earth,” (Zech 14:9). Gentiles will be blessed during the Kingdom because they had previously blessed Jews (Gen 12:3), and will be “grafted in” to the blessings of the Jews (Rom 11:17-24); unbelieving Jews can be grafted back into the blessings that they had forfeited. MSB note: 11:17: Once grafted in, Gentiles partake of the richness of God’s covenant blessings as the spiritual heirs of Abraham (see notes on 4:11, 12; Gal. 3:29). MSB note: 11:23, 24: In the future, Israel will repent of unbelief and embrace the Messiah (Zech. 12:10). In the terms of Paul’s analogy, God will at that time gladly graft the (believing) Jewish people back into the olive tree of His covenant blessings because it was theirs originally (9:4)—unlike the wild branches (the Gentiles, cf. Eph. 2:11, 12).

J. The millennium’s peacefulness will be changed to violence, as the children who are born during the millennium do not accept Christ as Savior, and join the released Satan for the battle of Gog and Magog; they lose (Rev 20:7-10).

II. 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.”

III. Comment Providers. BKC=The Bible Knowledge Commentary. DHC=David Hocking Commentary; HC=Holman Commentary; MSB=MacArthur Study Bible; MBC=Moody Bible Commentary; NAC=New American Commentary; NIV=NIV Study Bible; NKJV= New King James Study Bible; RLT=Robert L. Thomas Commentary; RC=Ryrie Commentary; RSB=Ryrie Study Bible; SRN=Scofield Reference Notes; WRC= Walvoord Commentary. Credentials for individual commentators can be found on my “About Sources” page.

IV. Dates of scriptures come from the Scofield Study Bible, copyright 1909.

V. Article Text: Isaiah 4:2-6.

2 In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth will be the pride and the adornment of the survivors of Israel. 3 It will come about that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy—everyone who is recorded for life in Jerusalem. 4 When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and purged the bloodshed of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning, 5 then the Lord will create over the whole area of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, even smoke, and the brightness of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory will be a canopy. 6 There will be a shelter to give shade from the heat by day, and refuge and protection from the storm and the rain.

VI. Comments.

A. 4:2. “Branch of the LORD.” I.e., Messiah (RSB)

B. 4:2 “Branch.” This messianic title occurs also in Jer. 23:5; 33:15; Zech. 3:8; 6:12. The thought behind the title relates to 2 Sam. 23:5, that of growth. The life of the Branch will bear spiritual fruit (cf. John 15:4, 5) (MSB)

C. 4:3-6. “God’s Glory” will be a canopy of protection for the nation. Fulfillment awaits the return of Messiah and establishment of His kingdom. (RSB).

D. 4:3 “he who is left . . . holy.” “Holy” or “set apart” is another way of describing the remnant who will inherit God’s prosperity in that day (cf. 1:9, 27; 3:10) (MSB).

E. 4:4 “spirit of burning.” For other instances of purging by burning, see 1:25; 6:6, 7 (MSB).

F. 4:5-6 “covering . . . tabernacle.” The future inhabitants of Jerusalem will enjoy the Lord’s protective covering over the glory on Mt. Zion. This recalls Ezekiel’s prophecy of the return of the Shekinah to the temple (Ezek. 43:2–5) (MSB).

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End Times 24, Revelation 14:1-5, The 144,000 On Mount Zion

Video Title: Does God specifically protect the 144,000, and if so, why?

Article Title: End Times 24, Revelation 14:1-5, The 144,000 On Mount Zion.

I. Introduction:

A. In any, and every, setting in the Bible, there is a specific scripture that must be considered. As we consider the verses of this article, we must consider the words of that verse, Romans 8:28, as follows:

1. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

2. Let’s consider God’s purpose for the Jewish prophet, Jeremiah:

a. Jeremiah 1:5

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
And before you were born I consecrated you;
I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
And before you were born I consecrated you;
I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

b. The calling on the life of Jeremiah took place before he was conceived. There was nothing that could have prevented the purpose that God for Jeremiah from being fulfilled.

3. Let’s consider God’s purpose for another Jew, the Apostle Paul:

a. Galatians 1:15-16

“15 But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased 16 to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles,..”

b. The calling on the life of the Apostle Paul took place from the time of his birth. There was no force that could have undone God’s calling and purpose for the life of Paul.

4. We have discussed the individual lives of Jeremiah and Paul. Now, let’s consider the purpose that God has planned for millions of born again believers in Christ:

a. Revelation 3:10

“Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”

b. In this verse, the “hour of testing” relates to the Tribulation, which will come upon those “who dwell upon the earth;” these are people whom had not accepted Christ as Lord and Savior prior to the Rapture of the church (1 Thes 4:16-17). Other verses that relate to “earth dwellers are:” Rev 6:10, 8:13, 11:10; 13:8, 13:14 and 17:8. As the chapters increase in number, the tribulation increases in severity for those “who dwell on the earth.” Believers in Christ have the promise of God that they will be saved from the hour of testing, which is more correct in saying, “out of the hour of testing.” Christ said that “he will keep” those who have kept the word of “His” perseverance. It is not of the believer’s perseverance that brings about eternal life; Jude 24 says that Christ keeps us from stumbling. Also, once we have been born again, we can not be unborn. Each believer is a part of the body of Christ, which is the Bride of Christ (Eph 5:22-32). Christ is the Bridegroom of all bridegrooms; He is not going to leave His prized possession on this earth (His bride) with the knowledge that He will be submitting her to the tribulation judgments that He and angels will be pouring out on those “who dwell on the earth.” See Rev 6:1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12; 8:1, etc. (Ref: Walvoord, Ryrie, MacArthur, Hocking, Patterson). The key teaching of Rev 3:10 is that born again believers in Christ will be “saved out of the tribulation.” The object of the Tribulation is Israel (Jer 30:7). The purpose of the Tribulation is to draw unbelieving Jews to saving faith in Christ (Mt 23:37-39; Zech 12:10). There is no mention of the church being in the Tribulation anywhere in Scripture; neither is there any purpose. Consider that which happens when we are born again: (1) Our spirit dwells within the Spirit of “Father, Son, Holy Spirit” (John 14:20). (2) Our spirit is as righteous as the righteousness of Christ (2 Cor 5:21). The righteousness that we attain when we are born again does not increase or decrease; we are the “righteousness of Christ;” period! (3) Once the Spirit of Christ “dwells within” our spirit (Col 1:27), nothing that we may do can force the Spirit of Christ out of our Spirit (John 10:28-31). (4) God has given us eternal life (1 John 5:11). (5) Nothing about the Tribulation can make us (The Bride of Christ), more righteous. (6) Nothing about the Tribulation can make us (the Bride of Christ) more holy, or more worthy, for spending eternity with God.

5. We will now consider God’s purpose for “the 144,000 Jews” in Revelation Chapter 7.

a. Revelation 7:3-4

3 saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads.”
4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:

b. In these verses (7:3-4) we see that the 144,000 Jews are sealed. The seal on their foreheads symbolizes protection and ownership and God’s intention to protect the 12 tribes of vs 4 during the Tribulation (Walvoord). Will the seal be spiritual, or a physical mark? Your guess is as good as those of the many theologians that I checked; they have differing ideas.

6. We will now consider God’s purpose for “the 144,000 Jews” in Revelation Chapter 14.

a. Revelation 14:1

“Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.”

b. In this verse (14:1) we see that all of the 144,000 Jews, having been sealed (7:3-4), are still alive. The purpose of these Jews is to witness to others who were left behind from the Rapture. The church has been raptured, and is no longer present on earth; so, the role of witnessing goes to these 144,000 Jews (J. Dwight Pentecost). By divine sovereignty, the 144,000 are chosen by God for His purposes. We see that the 144,000 have survived the tribulation (with all of its Godly judgments), and have gone directly to the millennium (kingdom age), where they (all 144,000 Jews of Rev 7:3-4) are alive at the second coming of Christ (Matt 24:29-31). Mt. Zion is on earth, and not in heaven (Walvoord).

7. The conclusion of the salvation of the church and the 144,000 Jews is that the church is saved from (saved out of) the time of the Tribulation, whereas, the 144,000 Jews are saved “through the Tribulation.”

II. Text. Revelation 14:1-5.

The Lamb and the 144,000 on Mount Zion

1 Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads. 2 And I heard a voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder, and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps. 3 And they *sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth. 4 These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb. 5 And no lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless.

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. Comment Providers. BKC=The Bible Knowledge Commentary. DHC=David Hocking Commentary; HC=Holman Commentary; MSB=MacArthur Study Bible; MBC=Moody Bible Commentary; NAC=New American Commentary; NIV=NIV Study Bible; NKJV= New King James Study Bible; RLT=Robert L. Thomas Commentary; RC=Ryrie Commentary; RSB=Ryrie Study Bible; SRN=Scofield Reference Notes; WRC= Walvoord Commentary. Credentials for individual commentators can be found on my “About Sources” page.

V. Dates of scriptures come from the Scofield Study Bible, copyright 1909.

VI. Comments. Revelation 14:1-5 (MSB).

A. 14:1 “Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.”

1. “a Lamb.” See note on Rev 5:6, as follows:

a. “Lamb.” Hearing of a lion, John turns to see a lamb (lit. “a little, pet lamb”). God required the Jews to bring the Passover lamb into their houses for 4 days, essentially making it a pet, before it was to be violently slain (Ex. 12:3, 6). This is the true Passover Lamb, God’s Son (cf. Is. 53:7; Jer. 11:19; John 1:29).

b. “as though it had been slain.” The scars from its slaughter are still clearly visible, but it is standing—it is alive. seven horns. In Scripture, horns always symbolize power, because in the animal kingdom they are used to exert power and inflict wounds in combat.

c. “Seven horns” signify complete or perfect power. Unlike other defenseless lambs, this One has complete, sovereign power.

d. “seven eyes . . . seven Spirits.” Cf. 4:5; see note on Rev 1:4, as follows:

(1) “seven churches which are in Asia.” Asia Minor, equivalent to modern Turkey, was composed of 7 postal districts. At the center of those districts were 7 key cities which served as central points for the dissemination of information. It is to the churches in those cities that John writes.

(2) “who is and who was and who is to come.” God’s eternal presence is not limited by time. He has always been present and will come in the future.

(3) “the seven Spirits.” There are two possible meanings: 1) a reference to Isaiah’s prophecy concerning the 7-fold ministry of the Holy Spirit (Is. 11:2); or 2) more likely, it is a reference to the lampstand with 7 lamps (a menorah) in Zechariah—also a description of the Holy Spirit (see notes on 4:5; 5:6; Zech. 4:1–10). In either case, 7 is the number of completeness, so John is identifying the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

2. “Mount Zion.” The city of Jerusalem, where Messiah will return and plant His feet (cf. Pss. 2; 48:1, 2; Is. 24:23).

3. “one hundred and forty-four thousand.” See note on Rev 7:4, as follows:

a. “One hundred and forty-four thousand.” A missionary corps of redeemed Jews who are instrumental in the salvation of many Jews and Gentiles during the Tribulation (vv. 9–17). They will be the firstfruits of a new redeemed Israel (v. 4; Zech. 12:10). Finally, Israel will be the witness nation she refused to be in the OT (see notes on Rom. 11:25–27).

b. “all the tribes of the children of Israel.” By sovereign election, God will seal 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes, promising His protection while they accomplish their mission.

4. “name.” The counterpart to the mark of the beast. It is the stamp that will identify the 144,000 as belonging to God (See note on Rev 13:6).

B. 14:2. “And I heard a voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder, and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps.”

1. “harps.” See note on Rev 5:8, as follows.

a. “harp.” These ancient stringed instruments not only accompanied the songs of God’s people (1 Chr. 25:6; Ps. 33:2), but also accompanied prophecy (cf. 1 Sam. 10:5). The 24 elders, representative of the redeemed church, played their harps in praise and in a symbolic indication that all the prophets had said was about to be fulfilled.

b. “bowls full of incense.” These golden, wide-mouth saucers were common in the tabernacle and temple. Incense was a normal part of the OT ritual. Priests stood twice daily before the inner veil of the temple and burned incense so that the smoke would carry into the Holy of Holies and be swept into the nostrils of God. That symbolized the people’s prayers rising to Him.

c. “prayers of the saints.” Specifically, these prayers represent all that the redeemed have ever prayed concerning ultimate and final redemption.

C. 14:3. “And they *sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth.”

1. “new song.” The song of redemption, which is being sung by all the redeemed saints in one gigantic choir. They are rejoicing over the accomplishment of God’s entire redemptive work before Christ’s return (cf. Pss. 33:1–3; 40:3; 96:1; 144:9, 10; 149; Luke 15:10; see note on Rev 5:9).

2. “the four living creatures, and the elders.” See notes on Rev 4:4, 6.

a. Rev 4:4 “twenty-four elders.” Their joint rule with Christ, their white garments (19:7, 8), and their golden crowns (2:10) all seem to indicate that these 24 represent the redeemed (vv. 9–11; 5:5–14; 7:11–17; 11:16–18; 14:3; 19:4). The question is which redeemed? Not Israel, since the nation is not yet saved, glorified, and coronated. That is still to come at this point in the events of the end. Their resurrection and glory will come at the end of the 7-year tribulation time (cf. Dan. 12:1–3). Tribulation saints aren’t yet saved (7:9, 10). Only one group will be complete and glorified at that point—the church. Here elders represent the church, which sings the song of redemption (5:8–10). They are the overcomers who have their crowns and live in the place prepared for them, where they have gone with Jesus (cf. John 14:1–4).

b. Rev 4:6 “sea of glass.” There is no sea in heaven (21:1), but the crystal pavement that serves as the floor of God’s throne stretches out like a great, glistening sea (cf. Ex. 24:10; Ezek. 1:22). four living creatures. Lit. “four living ones or beings.” These are the cherubim (sing., cherub), those angels frequently referred to in the OT in connection with God’s presence, power, and holiness. Although John’s description is not identical to Ezekiel’s, they are obviously both referring to the same supernatural and indescribable beings (Pss. 80:1; 99:1; see notes on Ezek. 1:4–25; 10:15). full of eyes. Although not omniscient—an attribute reserved for God alone—these angels have a comprehensive knowledge and perception. Nothing escapes their scrutiny (cf. v. 8).

D. 14:4. “These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb.”

1. “not defiled with women.” An illustration of God’s ability to keep believers remarkably pure in the midst of great difficulty. This phrase indicates that the 144,000 Jewish evangelists will have not only resisted the perverse system of Antichrist, but they will have also resisted all temptations to illicit sex. Cf. 2 Cor. 11:2.

2. “follow the Lamb.” This indicates partisanship for Jesus Christ. The victorious 144,000 are unwaveringly loyal to Him, whatever the cost (cf. Matt. 16:24; Mark 10:21; Luke 9:23; John 10:27; 12:26; 14:15).

3. “firstfruits.” Like the OT firstfruits offerings, these men will be set apart for special service to God (cf. Deut. 26:1–11). Some see firstfruits as the first large group of redeemed Israel (see note on 11:13), saved much earlier, and representative of more converts to follow (cf. Rom. 16:5; 1 Cor. 16:15), the first fruits of a redeemed Israel (Rom. 11:1–5, 11–15, 25–27).

E. 14:5. “And no lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless.”

1. “no deceit.” The 144,000 speak God’s truth accurately and precisely, with no exaggeration or understatement (cf. Zeph. 3:13).

2. “without fault.” Not sinless, but sanctified (see Eph. 1:4; 5:27; Col. 1:22).

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Israel In Acts, 1:1-11, 33 A.D., Notes

Article Title: Israel In Acts, 1:1-11, 33 A.D., Notes

Introduction.

What is the Kingdom?

Consider a time in the history of our created earth that there was no challenge to the rulership of God over His creation. That time was in Genesis before the fall of Adam and Eve (Gen Chapters one and two). Adam and Eve were appointed to rule over God’s creation (Gen 1:26), with Adam being given the overall charge. When Adam and Eve fell in Genesis Chapter 3, the appointment of Adam and Eve to be administrators of God’s creation was taken away. Consider the following, more in depth discussion of Dr. Andrew M. Woods, which come from his book, “The Coming Kingdom, pages 6-8. Credentials for Dr. Woods can be found in my Equipping Site page, “About Sources.” Everyone should have a copy of “The Coming Kingdom.”

[The biblical story of the kingdom begins as early as the Garden of Eden. Here God placed Adam and Eve in a position of Authority over God’s creation. (See Gen 1:26-28).

The technical term for this hierarchy, where God rules over a man who, in turn, governs creation on God’s behalf, is “the office of Theocratic Administrator.” This term simply refers to someone who governs for God. In other words, God ruled the world, indirectly through the first Adam.

However, Satan soon took the form of a serpent with the specific goal of perverting and reversing this divinely ordained hierarchy. Instead of governing the physical world for God, Adam and Eve were influenced by creation (the serpent) to rebel against God (Gen 3). Such rebellion represented a top to bottom reversal of God’s original intention of the office of Theocratic Administrator. Adam, who was supposed to be the spiritual leader of his marriage, blamed Eve for the sin. Similarly, Eve, who was supposed to be governing the animal kingdom for God, blamed the serpent for this rebellion (Gen 3:11-13). Satan’s success in inciting the rebellion against Adam and Eve removed the office of Theocratic Administrator from the earth, as Satan at that point became the ruler of the world (Luke 4:5-8; John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; 2 Cor 4:4; Eph 2:2; 1 John 5:19). What then is the story line of the Bible? It is how this office is restored through the messianic kingdom. Just as God the Father originally intended to indirectly govern the physical world through the first Adam, He will one day govern the world through the Last Adam, or God the Son.

The restoration of the physical kingdom, or office of Theocratic Administrator as the dominant theme of the Bible, has been recognized by numerous theologians, such as the late Drs. Charles Ryrie and Harold Hoehner, both of Dallas Theological Seminary.]

Consider a key scripture passage that relates to the Kingdom, as follows:

Luke 17:20-21 (NASB) “20 Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

What is the Kingdom? The kingdom is not heaven, but is the result of a covenant between God and Israel. The kingdom will exist on earth for 1,000 years (Rev 20:4), and is also known as the “millennium.” During the kingdom age Gentiles will also be present, and will be blessed too (Gen 12:1-3; 15:18-21; 17:7-8; 2 Sam 7:8-16; Isa 2:1-4; 11:6-9; 56:3-8; 65:25; Mt 3:1-2; 4:17; 10:5-7; Lk 10:1, 11).

The Kingdom is a place, a people. and a blessing, per Gen 12:1-3, and can not be placed within us. But, we can be placed within the Kingdom, which will happen for those whom have been born again. (See Ezekiel 36:24-29, John 3:3, and 2 Cor 5:17). Please read the scripture particulars that are placed in the above paragraph. The correct translation of Luke 17:20-21 is important to understand, “The kingdom of God is in your midst” (NASB), and not “within you,” (KJV). The meaning is that the kingdom is near, but not here. If first century Israel had accepted Christ as Messiah, the Kingdom would have been present, with all of the blessings that are contained in scripture, as are stated above.

Ezekiel 36:24-29 was a prophecy to Jews of the new birth, and the blessings that will accompany those whom will be born again and reside in the Kingdom (587 B.C., NASB).

24 For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land. 25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. 28 You will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers; so you will be My people, and I will be your God. 29 Moreover, I will save you from all your uncleanness; and I will call for the grain and multiply it, and I will not bring a famine on you.

John 3:3 was a statement that Christ spoke to Jews, about the necessity of the new birth, when He was teaching them about the Kingdom (30 A.D., NASB).

3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 was a statement that the Apostle Paul made to Christians about the benefit of being born again (60 A.D., NASB).

17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

Consider Matthew 3:2, “repent” (27 A.D., NASB), which is the same “repent” as is stated in Acts 2:38 (33 A.D.)

2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Repent, “metanoeite,” 3340: means to change one’s mind or purpose,” about Christ, which is the same as in Acts 2:38, “repent.”

Consider a sermon that was preached by Dr. Andy Woods, in relation to the Kingdom, as follows:

[Youtube video,” The Coming Kingdom 08. The Kingdom Offered – Matthew 3:2; beginning at 45.00 minutes. ”

These are notes that were taken from the sermon of Dr. Woods.

The kingdom is the unchallenged rulership of God that has drawn near to man in the Person of Christ.

“The kingdom of heaven,” because of it source, originates in heaven; it comes from heaven; it is talking about the origin of the kingdom.

The words, kingdom of heaven and kingdom of God, are interchangeable. The rule of heaven, drawing near to earth, comes in the person of Christ.

The kingdom is not some mystical reign of Christ in the heart.

The Kingdom is “at hand” (Matt 3:2), does not mean “here,” but “near,” and was spoken only to national Israel (Matt 10:5-7).]

Acts 1:1-11. Verses and Notes.

Acts 1:3. “To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.”

Note. Ryrie Study Bible note.. “Forty days.” The only reference to the length of Christ’s ministry on earth between His resurrection and His ascension.

Acts 1:6. “So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” 

Ryrie note: The Messianic, Davidic, millennial kingdom on this earth. The time of its coming is unrevealed (Matt 24:36, 42.)

Acts 1:11. “.They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”

My Note: See Zechariah 14:1-5, 9. Matthew 24:29-31. Revelation 19:11-21. The elect of Mt 24:31 relates to Israel (Deu 14:2).

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.”

Comment Providers. BKC=The Bible Knowledge Commentary. DHC=David Hocking Commentary; HC=Holman Commentary; MSB=MacArthur Study Bible; MBC=Moody Bible Commentary; NAC=New American Commentary; NIV=NIV Study Bible; NKJV= New King James Study Bible; RLT=Robert L. Thomas Commentary; RC=Ryrie Commentary; RSB=Ryrie Study Bible; SRN=Scofield Reference Notes; WRC= Walvoord Commentary. Credentials for individual commentators can be found on my “About Sources” page.

Dates of scriptures come from the Scofield Study Bible, copyright 1909.

Video details. JESUS, (English), Jesus Gives Great Commission and Ascends to Heaven. Jesus Film.

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End Times 23, Revelation 13:11-18, The False Prophet

Video Title. What does the false prophet do to honor the Antichrist?

Article Title. End Times 23, Revelation 13:11-18, The False Prophet

I. As we learn of the False Prophet in the opening video we see the final character of the unholy trinity, which consists of Satan, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet, who act in opposition to the Holy Trinity of God The Father, God The Son, and God The Holy Spirit.
https://www.compellingtruth.org/unholy-trinity.html
The Antichrist will be a political leader.
https://www.davidjeremiah.org/age-of-signs/6-answers-to-questions-about-the-antichrist
The False Prophet will be a religious leader. https://davidjeremiah.blog/the-false-prophet-in-the-book-of-revelation/
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II. Text. Revelation 13:11-18. The Beast From The Earth

11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon. 12 He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. 13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men. 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who *had the wound of the sword and has come to life. 15 And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, 17 and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.

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. Comment Providers. BKC=The Bible Knowledge Commentary. DHC=David Hocking Commentary; HC=Holman Commentary; MSB=MacArthur Study Bible; MBC=Moody Bible Commentary; NAC=New American Commentary; NIV=NIV Study Bible; NKJV= New King James Study Bible; RLT=Robert L. Thomas Commentary; RC=Ryrie Commentary; RSB=Ryrie Study Bible; SRN=Scofield Reference Notes; WRC= Walvoord Commentary. Credentials for individual commentators can be found on my “About Sources” page.

V. Dates of scriptures come from the Scofield Study Bible, copyright 1909.

VI. Comments. Revelation 13:11-18.

A. 13:11. (MSB)

1. “another beast.” This is the final false prophet (called such in 16:13; 19:20; 20:10) who promotes Antichrist’s power and convinces the world to worship him as God. This companion beast will be the chief, most persuasive proponent of satanic religion (cf. 16:13; 19:20; 20:10). Antichrist will be primarily a political and military leader, but the false prophet will be a religious leader. Politics and religion will unite in a worldwide religion of worshiping the Antichrist (see 17:1–9, 15–17).

2. “out of the earth.” Likely another reference to the abyss that lies below the earth. The false prophet will be sent forth and controlled by a powerful demon from below. The earth imagery, in contrast to that of the foreboding, mysterious sea in v. 1, may imply that the false prophet is subtler and more winsome than Antichrist.

3. “two horns like a lamb.” This describes the relative weakness of the false prophet compared to Antichrist, who has 10 horns. A lamb has only two small bumps on its head, very inferior to the 10-horned beast.

4. “like a lamb.” The lamb imagery may also imply that the false prophet will be also a false Christ masquerading as the true Lamb. Unlike Antichrist, the false prophet will come not as a killing, destroying animal, but as one who appears gentle and deceptively attractive.

5. spoke like a dragon. The false prophet will be Satan’s mouthpiece, and thus his message will be like the dragon, Satan—the source of all false religion (cf. 2 Cor. 11:14).

B. 13:12. (See individual comments)

1. “exercises all the authority of the first beast.” The false prophet exercises the same kind of satanic power as Antichrist because he is empowered by the same source. He, too, will have worldwide influence and a reputation as a miracle worker and speaker. (MSB)

2. “causes . . . to worship.” “He causes” is used 8 times of him. He wields influence to establish a false world religion headed by Antichrist and to entice people to accept that system. (MSB)

3. “whose fatal wound was healed..” This phrase should be taken at face value, as is described in the Lexicon. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/revelation/13-12.htm (Mine).

a. “fatal.” 2288. thanatos: death. 2288 thánatos (derived from 2348 /thnḗskō, “to die”) – physical or spiritual death; (figuratively) separation from the life (salvation) of God forever by dying without first experiencing death to self to receive His gift of salvation.

b. “healed.” 2323. therapeuó: to serve, cure. 2323 therapeúō – properly, heal, reversing a physical condition to restore a person having an illness (disease, infirmity). [2323 (therapeúō), the root of “therapy” and “therapeutic,” usually involves natural elements in the process of healing.]

c. From Rev 13:3. “his fatal wound was healed.” Apparently Satan will miraculously restore Antichrist to life in imitation of the resurrection of Christ. No wonder the world will acclaim Antichrist (RSB). As in 13:12, “fatal: 2288, and healed: 2323,” are consistent in both verses (13:3, 13:12). (Mine)

C. 13:13. (MSB)

1. “great signs.” The same phrase is used of Jesus’ miracles (John 2:11, 23; 6:2), which indicates the false prophet performs signs that counterfeit Christ’s. Satan, who has done supernatural works in the past (e.g., Ex. 7:11; 2 Tim. 3:8), must use his strategy of false miracles to convince the world that Antichrist is more powerful than God’s true witnesses (chap. 11), including Jesus Christ.

2. fire come down from heaven. The context indicates that the false prophet does counterfeit pyrotechnic signs continually to convince men of his power, and also in imitation of the two witnesses (11:5).

D. 13:14. “make an image.” This refers to replication of Antichrist that is related to the throne he will erect during the abomination of desolation, halfway into the Tribulation period. This will happen in the Jerusalem temple when Antichrist abolishes the former false world religion and seeks to have people worship him alone as God (cf. Dan. 9:27; 11:31; 12:11; Matt. 24:15; 2 Thess. 2:4). The false prophet and Antichrist again will deceive the world with a clever imitation of Christ, who will later return and reign from the true throne in Jerusalem. (MSB)

E. 13:15. (MSB)

1. “speak.” The false prophet will give the image of Antichrist the appearance of life, and the image will seem to utter words—contrary to what is normally true of idols (cf. Ps. 135:15, 16; Hab. 2:19).

2. “cause . . . to be killed.” His gentleness is a lie, since he is a killer (7:9–17). Some Gentiles will be spared to populate the kingdom (Matt. 25:31–40), and Jews will be protected (12:17).

F. 13:16. “a mark.” In the Roman Empire, this was a normal identifying symbol, or brand, that slaves and soldiers bore on their bodies. Some of the ancient mystical cults delighted in such tattoos, which identified members with a form of worship. Antichrist will have a similar requirement, one that will need to be visible on the hand or forehead. (MSB)

G. 13:17. (MSB)

1. “buy or sell.” Antichrist’s mark will allow people to engage in daily commerce, including the purchase of food and other necessities. Without the identifying mark, individuals will be cut off from the necessities of life.

2. “number of his name.” The beast (Antichrist) will have a name inherent in a numbering system. It is not clear from the text exactly what this name and number system will be or what its significance will be.

H. 13:18. “His number is 666.” This is the essential number of a man. The number 6 falls one short of God’s perfect number, 7, and thus represents human imperfection. Antichrist, the most powerful human the world will ever know, will still be a man, i.e., a 6. The ultimate in human and demonic power is a 6, not perfect, as God is. The 3-fold repetition of the number is intended to reiterate and underscore man’s identity. When Antichrist is finally revealed, there will be some way to identify him with this basic number of a man, or his name may have the numerical equivalent of 666. (In many languages, including Heb., Gr., and Lat., letters have numerical equivalents.) Because this text reveals very little about the meaning of 666, it is unwise to speculate beyond what is said. (MSB)

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Israel In Isaiah, 3:1-4:1, 760 B.C., Notes

Israel In Isaiah, 3:1-4:1, 760 B.C., Notes

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The Book of Isiah is about a prophecy that was given by God to Isaiah, who was a Jewish prophet who, in turn, spoke God’s prophecy to Jewish people about Jewish circumstances and situations.

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

The Book Of Isaiah.

Purpose of Writing: The Prophet Isaiah was primarily called to prophesy to the Kingdom of Judah. Judah was going through times of revival and times of rebellion. Judah was threatened with destruction by Assyria and Egypt, but was spared because of God’s mercy. Isaiah proclaimed a message of repentance from sin and hopeful expectation of God’s deliverance in the future. (gotquestions.org)

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.”

Comment Providers. BKC=The Bible Knowledge Commentary. DHC=David Hocking Commentary; HC=Holman Commentary; MSB=MacArthur Study Bible; MBC=Moody Bible Commentary; NAC=New American Commentary; NIV=NIV Study Bible; NKJV= New King James Study Bible; RLT=Robert L. Thomas Commentary; RC=Ryrie Commentary; RSB=Ryrie Study Bible; SRN=Scofield Reference Notes; WRC= Walvoord Commentary. Credentials for individual commentators can be found on my “About Sources” page.

Dates of scriptures come from The Scofield Study Bible, copyright 1909.

Introduction. Isaiah 3:1-4:1. The Lord’s indictment against, and judgment of, Jerusalem and Judah continued. (MSB)
Text, in full. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+3%3A1-4%3A1&version=NASB 

Isaiah 3:1
For behold, the Lord GOD of hosts is going to remove from Jerusalem and Judah
Both supply and support, the whole supply of bread
And the whole supply of water;

Note. 3:1. “remove.” Through Nebuchadnezzar (see 2 Kings 24:15-16). “supply and support.” Both words indicate something one leans on. (RSB)

Note. 3:1. the Lord (136) Adonay: Lord, the proper name of God. GOD (3068) Yahweh: the proper name of the God of Israel. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/isaiah/3-1.htm

Isaiah 3:2-3.
2 The mighty man and the warrior,
The judge and the prophet,
The diviner and the elder,
3 The captain of fifty and the honorable man,
The counselor and the expert artisan,
And the skillful enchanter.

Note. 3:1–3 “Takes away . . . expert enchanter.” God’s judgment was to include a removal of the people’s leadership. (MSB)

Isaiah 3:4-5
4 And I will make mere lads their princes,
And capricious children will rule over them,
5 And the people will be oppressed,
Each one by another, and each one by his neighbor;
The youth will storm against the elder
And the inferior against the honorable.

Note. 3:4-5. (children . . . honorable.) Inexperience in government was to lead to degeneration and irresponsibility at every level of national life. (MSB)

Isaiah 3:6-7
6 When a man lays hold of his brother in his father’s house, saying,
“You have a cloak, you shall be our ruler,
And these ruins will be under your charge,”
7 He will protest on that day, saying,
“I will not be your healer,
For in my house there is neither bread nor cloak;
You should not appoint me ruler of the people.”

Note. 3:6-7. “let these ruins . . . ruler of the people.” Conditions of anarchy were to be so bad that no one would accept a position of authority over the people. (MSB)

Isaiah 3:8
“For Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen,
Because their speech and their actions are against the Lord,
To rebel against His glorious presence.”

Note. 3:8 Jerusalem . . . Judah. The fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. was only a partial fulfillment of this prophecy. The final fulfillment awaits the times just prior to Christ’s second coming. against the LORD. The root of Zion’s problem surfaces: overt rebellion against the Lord. The people sinned shamelessly; they made no effort to conceal it (3:9).(MSB)

Forward Note: 3:10–15 This oracle against Judah’s leaders is in three parts: (1) an affirmation that God repays good and evil (vv. 10, 11); (2) an accusation that Israel’s leaders were leading people astray (v. 12); (3) a divine lawsuit against the leaders for exploiting their subjects (vv. 13–15; see 1:23). (NKJV)

Isaiah 3:9-11
9 The expression of their faces bears witness against them,
And they display their sin like Sodom;
They do not even conceal it.
Woe to them!
For they have brought evil on themselves.
10 Say to the righteous that it will go well with them,
For they will eat the fruit of their actions.
11 Woe to the wicked! It will go badly with him,
For what he deserves will be done to him.

Note. 3:9. Considered a horribly sinful city (1:9), Sodom had been destroyed by God (Gen. 19). Yet Judeans were parading their defiance against God just like the Sodomites. (NKJV)

Note. 3:10. “eat the fruit.” Compare this idea with 1:19. (NKJV)

Note. 3:11. paid back for what their hands have done. Cf. Pr 26:27 and note; Gal 6:7–9 and note on 6:7.(NIV)

Isaiah 3:12
“O My people! Their oppressors are children,
And women rule over them.
O My people! Those who guide you lead you astray
And confuse the direction of your paths.

Note. 3:12. “children . . . women.” Children and women were considered ill-suited for governmental leadership, so they figuratively depicted the incompetent rulers. (MSB)

Isaiah 3:13-15
13 The Lord arises to contend,
And stands to judge the people.
14 The Lord enters into judgment with the elders and princes of His people,
“It is you who have devoured the vineyard;
The plunder of the poor is in your houses.
15 “What do you mean by crushing My people
And grinding the face of the poor?”
Declares the Lord God of hosts.

Note. vs 14. “vineyard.” The spoiling of the vineyard by the leaders amounts to their inequities in ruling the nation. Isaiah gave a more detailed comparison of God’s people to a vineyard in 5:1–7. (MSB)

Isaiah 3:16-17
16 Moreover, the Lord said, “Because the daughters of Zion are proud
And walk with heads held high and seductive eyes,
And go along with mincing steps
And tinkle the bangles on their feet,
17 Therefore the Lord will afflict the scalp of the daughters of Zion with scabs,
And the Lord will make their foreheads bare.”

Note. “daughters of Zion.” When women cultivate beauty for beauty’s sake, they thereby reflect the moral decay of the nations and detract from the glory of God. Rather than emphasizing outward apparel and activities (vv. 16–24), ladies should cultivate the beauty of the inner person (1 Tim. 2:9, 10; 1 Pet. 3:3, 4). mincing as they go. Ornamental chains about the ankles necessitated shorter steps and produced tinkling sounds to attract attention. (MSB)

Isaiah 3:18-23, “18 In that day the Lord will take away the beauty of their anklets, headbands, crescent ornaments, 19 dangling earrings, bracelets, veils, 20 headdresses, ankle chains, sashes, perfume boxes, amulets, 21 finger rings, nose rings, 22 festal robes, outer tunics, cloaks, money purses, 23 hand mirrors, undergarments, turbans and veils.

Note. vs 18, “in that day.” The Day of the Lord. (See note on Isaiah 2:12). (RSB)

Isaiah 3:24-26
24 Now it will come about that instead of sweet perfume there will be putrefaction;
Instead of a belt, a rope;
Instead of well-set hair, a plucked-out scalp;
Instead of fine clothes, a donning of sackcloth;
And branding instead of beauty.
25 Your men will fall by the sword
And your mighty ones in battle.
26 And her gates will lament and mourn,
And deserted she will sit on the ground.

Note. 16-26. The fashionable women, seeking to lure other women’s husbands with their imported luxurious dress, would soon be destitute (cf. 1 Peter 3:3-4). (RSB)

Isaiah 4:1, For seven women will take hold of one man in that day, saying, “We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name; take away our reproach!” 

Note. 4:1. “seven women . . . one man.” In the day of the Lord (see note on 2:12), He will judge wicked women indirectly by allowing a slaughtering of males, thereby producing a shortage of husbands. (MSB)

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End Times 22, Revelation 13:1-10, The Antichrist

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Article Title. End Times 22, Revelation 13:1-10, The Antichrist

I. In the above video we see people who have been left behind from the Rapture. The key figure is the Antichrist, as he is taking control of the world by creating ten global regions of nations that will come under his heavy-handed control (Revelation 13:1). This Left Behind movie, and others, came as a result of the Left Behind series of books that were written under the leadership of Dr. Tim LaHaye, whose credentials can be found in my “About Sources” page. The Left Behind books and movies tell of the upcoming time in our world when those whom are left behind from the rapture of the church have to deal with the persecution of the Antichrist, even more so if they come to saving faith in Christ. The Left Behind movies and books are very much in sync with the scriptures of the Bible that tell of the end of times event that we are studying, and relate heavily to the time of the Tribulation. Video details can be seen at the bottom of this page.

II. Text. Revelation 13:1-10. The Beast From The Sea.

1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. 4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”

5 And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. 6 Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. 7 It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. 8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear. 10 He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

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. Comment Providers. BKC=The Bible Knowledge Commentary. DHC=David Hocking Commentary; HC=Holman Commentary; MSB=MacArthur Study Bible; MBC=Moody Bible Commentary; NAC = New American Commentary; NKJV= New King James Study Bible; RLT=Robert L. Thomas Commentary; RC=Ryrie Commentary; RSB=Ryrie Study Bible; SRN=Scofield Reference Notes; WRC= Walvoord Commentary. Credentials for individual commentators can be found on my “About Sources” page.

V. Comments. Revelation Chapter 13:1-10.

A. 13:1. “a beast.” The Antichrist. Many emperors of Rome defiled themselves, but Antichrist will far outstrip all of his predecessors in his blasphemous ways. “ten horns.” The 10 kings that gave their power and authority to the Antichrist (17:12-13) (RSB). The fact that the beast rises out of the sea is taken by many to indicate that he comes from the great mass of humanity, namely the Gentile powers of the world. Others take it as a reference to the Mediterranean, namely, that the beast will arise from the Mediterranean area. Probably both are true in that the beast is a Gentile and does come from the Mediterranean scene (WRC). Since Daniel identified this beast as arising from the world’s fourth great empire (Rome), this is understood by many to refer to a revived Roman empire (MBC). Daniel 7:7-8, “a fourth beast.” Rome. The 10 horns are explained in vs 24, and the little horn (Antichrist) in vs 24-25 (RSB).

B. 13:2. “the dragon gives him power.” Satan gives his power. (RSB)

C. 13:3-4. “One of his heads” may stand for a specific ruler, but more likely it stands for an empire. The unbelieving “world” is enticed (12:9) by Satan to follow and worship the beast. Those who “worshiped” the beast also unwittingly worshiped the devil, “who gave authority to the beast.” Any false worship or idolatry is ultimately demonic and satanic (see 1 Cor. 10:20–22). The beast is worshiped because the world is convinced that no one is “like” him and that no one can successfully “make war” against him. (MSB)

D. 13:5. “was given.” The sovereign God will establish the limits within which Antichrist will be allowed to speak and operate. God will allow him to utter his blasphemies, to bring the rage of Satan to its culmination on earth for 3 1/2 years (v. 5; 11:2, 3; 12:6, 13, 14). “forty-two months.” The final 3 1/2 years—1,260 days—of the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7) and Daniel’s 70th week (Dan. 9:24–27), known as the Great Tribulation (see notes on 11:2; 12:6; cf. Dan. 7:25). This last half is launched by the abomination of desolations (see note on Matt. 24:15). (MSB)

E. 13:6. “His name.” This identifies God and summarizes all His attributes (cf. Ex. 3:13, 14). “His tabernacle.” This is symbolic of heaven (cf. Heb. 9:23, 24). “those who dwell in heaven.” The angels and glorified saints who are before the throne of God and serve Him day and night. (MSB)

F. 13:6. “His tabernacle.” God’s dwelling place in Heaven. (RSB)

G. 13:6. “those who dwell in heaven.” These are they of the raptured and resurrected Church. End Times 4, Comment 4:4, following link:
https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2020/04/19/end-times-4-revelation-41-4-john-caught-up-to-heaven/

H. 13:7. “make war with the saints.” The Antichrist will be allowed to massacre those who are God’s children (cf. 6:9–11; 11:7; 12:17; 17:6; Dan. 7:23–25; 8:25; 9:27; 11:38; 12:10; Matt. 24:16–22). See note on 17:6. (MSB)

I. 13:8. Just as the entire world is under the political domination of the beast, so all the world except the saints will worship him. All who are not saved will worship the beast; those who are saved will not worship him. These who worship the beast are described as not having their names written in the book of life, a book frequently mentioned in the Revelation (3:5; 17:8; 20:12, 15; 21:27; 22:19; cf. Luke 10:20; Phil. 4:3). Those worshiping the beast are the unsaved of both Jews and Gentiles in contrast to saved Jews and Gentiles whose names are written in the book of life. (WRC). The book of life is a book of the names of those whom are saved (RSB. Rev 3:5).

J. 13:9. Cf. 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22. This phrase omits “what the Spirit says to the churches” as in the 7 letters to the churches, perhaps because they have been raptured. (MSB)

K. 13:10. Assurance that God will punish evidoers sustains the faith of those who are persecuted during these days. (RSB)

VI. The Antichrist is described in Revelation 6:1-2, where he is given authority by the Lamb, “the resurrected Christ,” to deceive and conquer the nations. These two verses constitute the first of seven seal judgments of the Tribulation. Following the Seal judgments will be seven trumpet judgments, which will be followed by seven bowl judgments.

VII. Video details. Nicolae Carpathia. Carpathia establishes the 10 kingdoms on earth after the rapture. jscottonphillips.

VIII. Our next End Times article will discuss the False Prophet. Revelation 13:11-18.

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