Revelation 14:1-5, “The Lamb And The 144,000”

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I. Introduction. Chapter 14 brings to a conclusion the material found in the section of chapters 12 through 14. Chapter 12 deals with the important characters of the period, chapter 13 with the wicked rulers of the period, and chapter 14 with the ultimate triumph of Christ. All of this material is not chronological but prepares the way for the climax which begins in chapter 15. Chapter 14 consists of a series of pronouncements and visions assuring the reader of the ultimate triumph of Christ and the judgment of the wicked. Much of the chapter is prophetic of events that have not yet taken place, but which are now impending. The chapter begins with the assurance that the Lamb will ultimately stand in triumph on Mount Zion with his followers, and it concludes with a series of pronouncements of judgments upon the wicked (Revelation Commentary, John F. Walvoord, https://bible.org/seriespage/14-victory-lamb-and-his-followers).

II. Video A. Who are the 144,000, and what power has God given to them? (See video details at the bottom of the page).

III. Subject Of Study. The Lamb And The 144,000.

A. Text. Revelation 14:1-5 (NKJV)

1 Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads. 2 And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. 3 They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth. 4 These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb. 5 And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God.

B. Comments. Consider the understanding of the following highly regarded theologians on Rev 14:1-5.

1. Ryrie Study Bible. Charles Ryrie (deceased). https://www.moodypublishers.com/authors/r/charles-ryrie/

14:1 “the Lamb,” Christ. “144,000,” The same group that is mentioned in 7:4: “One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed.” (Their work on earth is done; they survived the tribulation.)

14:4 “not…defiled with women.” This may simply mean that the 144,000 were unmarried, or it may indicate their state of separation unto God (2 Cor 11:2). “first fruits,” The salvation of the 144,000 will precede the salvation of a larger group of Israelites, who will turn to the Lord at the end of the Tribulation (Isa 2:3, Rom 11:15).

2. MacArthur Study Bible. https://www.gty.org/

14:2 harps. (note from 5:8). 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.

14:3 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 (Ps 33:1–3; 40:3; 96:1; 144:9, 10; 149; Luke 15:10; see note on 5:9). the four living creatures, and the elders. See notes on 4:4, 6.

Note: 5:9. This new song anticipates the final, glorious redemption that God is about to begin.

Note: 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).

Note: 4:6. 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).

14:5 no deceit. The 144,000 speak God’s truth accurately and precisely, with no exaggeration or understatement (Zeph 3:13). without fault. Not sinless, but sanctified (see Eph 1:4; 5:27; Col. 1:22).

3. Scofield Reference Notes. C.I. Scofield, (deceased) https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/srn.html

14:4 Redemption. Rom 3:24, “to deliver by paying a price.” The N.T. doctrine. The N.T. records the fulfillment of the O.T. types and prophecies of redemption through the sacrifice of Christ.

Video B. Does God specifically protect the 144,000, and if so, why? (See video details at the bottom of the page.)

4. Things To Come. Prophecy study of J. Dwight Pentecost (deceased). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Dwight_Pentecost

Things To Come, Page 300.In Chapter 7, the 144,000 are sealed by God, set apart to a special ministry, before the Great Tribulation begins. They seem to be sealed at the very outset of the tribulation period. In all probability, the multitude of Gentiles, described in the passage that follows (Rev 7:9-17), has come to a knowledge of salvation through the ministry of this group. In Chapter 14 the same group is pictured at the termination of the tribulation, when the kingdom is established. The returning King is on Mt. Zion, as was predicted of Him (Zech 14:4). At his return the faithful witnesses gather unto Him, having been redeemed (Rev 14:4) and having faithfully witnessed in the midst of apostasy (Rev 14:4-5). They are called “the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb” (Rev 14:4), that is they are the first of the harvest of the tribulation period that will come into the millennium to populate the millennial earth. As the judgments are about to be poured out upon Babylon (Rev 14:8), upon the Beast (Rev 14:9-12), upon the Gentiles (Rev 14:14-17), and upon unbelieving Israel (Rev 14:18-20), these 144,000 are viewed as being preserved through all that the the earth experiences so that they they may be the firstfruits of that period.

IV. Saved “through the tribulation.”

As has been explained in this article, the 144,000 Jewish missionaries will be protected by God, and will be saved “through the tribulation.”

Revelation 7:4 (NKJV) 4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:

MacArthur note. 7:4. 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). 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.

V. Video Details.

A. John Ankerberg Show. Sep 28, 2018. From the series “Revelation: The Last Words of Jesus” featuring very special guests Dr. Ron Rhodes, Dr. Ed Hindson, and, Dr. Mark Hitchcock. To obtain this entire series, please visit https://www.jashow.org/resources/the-…(Check the credentials of each man on my Page, “About Sources And Links.”)

B. John Ankerberg Show. Oct 1, 2018. From the series “Revelation: The Last Words of Jesus” featuring very special guests Dr. Ron Rhodes, Dr. Ed Hindson, and, Dr. Mark Hitchcock.

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Rev 13:11-18, “The Beast From The Earth”

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“This beast had all the authority of the first beast. It did what the first beast wanted. It made the earth and all who live on it worship the first beast. The first beast was the one whose deadly wound had been healed.” (Revelation 13:12 – NIRV – New International Reader’s Version)

I. Video. Why does the Antichrist join forces with Satan and the “false prophet”? (See video details at the bottom of the page).

II. The Beast From The Earth.

A. Text. Revelation 13:11-18 (NKJV)

11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or 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 it is the number of a man: His number is 666.

B. Comments: Charles Ryrie (deceased). Ryrie Study Bible. https://www.gotquestions.org/Charles-Ryrie.html.

13:11 “another beast.” This man is Antichrist’s lieutenant, who will enforce the worship of Antichrist by performing miracles (vs 13), by making and animating an image of Antichrist (vs 14-15), by sentencing to death those who disobey (vs 15), and by requiring a mark on the hand or forehead in order that men may buy and sell (vs 16-17). Satan, the Antichrist, and this second beast form and evil trinity.
13:18 “his number is 666.” Somehow, unknown to us, this number will play an important part in the identification of the Antichrist in a future day.

C. Comments: MacArthur Study Bible. https://www.gty.org/

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).
13:17 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. 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.

D. Comments: C.I. Scofield (deceased). Scofield Reference Notes. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/srn.html

13:16 “he causeth.” Antichrist the person is to be distinguished from the “many antichrists” 1 John 2:18 and the “spirit of antichrist” 1 John 4:3 which characterizes all. The supreme mark of all is the denial of the Christian truth of the incarnation of the Logos, the eternal Son in Jesus as the Christ John 1:1; John 1:14. (See Scofield “Matthew 1:16”). The “many antichrists” precede and prepare the way for the Antichrist, who is “the Beast out of the earth” of Revelation 13:11-17 and the “false prophet” of; Revelation 16:13; Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:10. He is the last ecclesiastical head, as the Beast of Revelation 13:1-8 is the last civil head. For purposes of persecution he is permitted to exercise the autocratic power of the emperor- Beast. (See Scofield “Revelation 19:20″).

E. Outline And Comments: Dr. John F. Walvoord (deceased).

1. The following comments and outline of Rev 13:11-18 are from the work of Dr.John F. Walvoord. A complete commentary of Dr. Walvoord on Rev 13 can be read by clicking on the following link. https://bible.org/seriespage/13-beasts-and-false-prophet The following link provides a history of Dr. Walvoord. https://bible.org/users/john-f-walvoord

a. From verses 11-12 of chapter 13: After the revelation of the first beast, John now beholds another beast coming up out of the earth and occupying a secondary role supporting the activities of the first beast. In contrast to the first beast which comes out of the sea, the second beast is said to come out of the earth. He is of similar nature to the first beast. The same word for beast (Gr., the„rion) is used as well as the word “another” (Gr., allo) meaning “one like in kind.” Though some have interpreted the word earth as referring to the Holy Land, it is the general word for the earth (Gr., ge„). If the sea, mentioned as the source of the first beast, represents the mass of humanity indicating the racial background of the first beast as a Gentile, the reference to the second beast as coming out of the earth indicates that this character, who is later described as a false prophet

b. From verse 18 of Revelation 13: Chapter 13, taken as a whole, is one of the great prophetic chapters of Scripture and is the only passage which presents in any detail the two principal evil characters of the end of the age who form with Satan an unholy trinity. Here is clearly presented the fact that the head of the revived Roman Empire ultimately becomes the ruler of the entire world. Dominated by Satan, he is Satan’s masterpiece and substitute for Christ, and is aided and supported by the second beast called the false prophet. Many have alluded to the contrast of this evil trinity with the heavenly Trinity, Satan corresponding to God the Father, the first beast corresponding to Christ, and the second beast corresponding to the Holy Spirit. George W. Davis expresses a common view that this is a false trinity: “This trinity will consist of Satan as God, Antichrist, the counterfeit of Christ, as Christ, and the false prophet, a travesty on the Holy Spirit.”

c. Outline of Revelation Chapter 13.

The Second Beast Out Of The Earth (13:11-12).
The Deceptive Miracles Of The False Prophet (13:13-14).
All Required To Worship The Beast (13:15-17).
The Number Of The Beast (13:18).

2. The following comment comes from “Every Prophecy Of The Bible, Prophetic Revelation III: The Beast out of the Land,” John F. Walvoord, pg 587-588. “The importance of this chapter (Rev 13, mine) is that world history leading up to the second coming of Christ (end of the tribulation, mine) will be dominated by these two characters (Antichrist and False Prophet, mine), especially in the last 3 1/2 years before the Second Coming. The world leader (Antichrist, mine) will actually for a time exercise political authority over the entire world and the supporting character, the beast out of the earth, will give his support supernaturally and cause people to worship the world ruler. The worship of this world ruler and the recognition of Satan also as deity brings apostasy to its most dramatic revelation. The evil in Satan’s and men’s hearts is allowed in its full manifestation but will be subject to the judgment of God at the time of the Second Coming (of Christ, mine).

F. Comments. The Identity Of The Anti-Christ and False Prophet. Revelation Illustrated And Made Plain, pg 189, Tim LaHaye, (deceased) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_LaHaye …. Because the identities of these two beasts will not be revealed until the middle of the Tribulation Period, and the Church will be raptured before the Tribulation, it seems more than likely that “we” will not be given a hint as to the identities of the Antichrist or False Prophet. (the “we,” in the comment of Dr. LaHaye, relates to the born again believers in Christ that will be caught up in the rapture of the church…John 14:2,3,6…1 Cor 15:50-54…1 Thes 4:13-18).

III. Video Details.

A. John Ankerberg Show. 80.3K subscribers.4,702 views•Oct 5, 2018.

B. From the series “Revelation: The Last Words of Jesus” featuring very special guests Dr. Ron Rhodes, Dr. Ed Hinson, and, Dr. Mark Hitchcock. To obtain this entire series, please visit https://www.jashow.org/resources/the-…(Check the credentials of each man on my Page, “About Sources And Links.”)

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Rev 13:1-10, “The Beast From The Sea”

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I. Video. How does the book of Revelation describe the Antichrist? (See video details at the bottom of the page).

II. The Beast from the Sea.

A. Text. Revelation 13:1-10 (NKJV)

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.

B. Comments: (Charles Ryrie (deceased). Ryrie Study Bible. See history of Dr. Ryrie https://www.gotquestions.org/Charles-Ryrie.html.

13:1. “beast.” The Antichrist (note from 11:7, “the beast.”). The Antichrist (1 John 2:18; see Ryrie note), also called “the man of lawlessness” (2 Thes 2:3). The same person is mentioned in Rev 6:2, 13:1, 14:9, 14:11, 15:2, 16:2, 17:3, 13; 19:20, 20:10. He can not kill the two witnesses until God allows him to (11:7).
13:2. “the dragon gave him power.” Satan gives Antichrist power.
13:3. “had been slain.” The same word is used in 5:6 of Christ’s actual death, though here it may indicate a wound that normally would be fatal. “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.
13:5. “forty-two months.” Apparently the last 3 1/2 years of the tribulation period during which Antichrist’s power is practically unrestrained.
13:6. “His tabernacle.” God’s dwelling place, “heaven.”
13:7-8. 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, not to the crucifixion (cf 17:8).
13:10. Assurance that God will punish evildoers sustains the faith of those who are persecuted during these days (note from 14:12: Saints will be able to endure, knowing that God will punish their enemies, vs 9-11).

C. Outline And Comments: Dr. John F. Walvoord (deceased).

1. The following comments and outline of Rev 13:1-10 are from the work of Dr.John F. Walvoord. A complete commentary of Dr. Walvoord on Rev 13 can be read by clicking on the following link. https://bible.org/seriespage/13-beasts-and-false-prophet The following link provides a history of Dr. Walvoord. https://bible.org/users/john-f-walvoord

a. In the first ten verses of chapter 13, a character is introduced of central importance to the events of the great tribulation. This passage is first of all a revelation of the revived Roman Empire in its period of worldwide dominion, but more especially this paragraph directs attention to the evil character who exercises satanic power as the world dictator.

b. Taken as a whole, the first ten verses of Revelation 13 predict a future world government which from God’s point of view will be a continuation of the ancient Roman Empire expanded ultimately to cover not only the area of the ancient empire but the entire world. This government will be empowered by Satan, and its primary objective will be forcing the whole world to worship Satan and his human representative, the world dictator.

c. Outline of Revelation Chapter 13.

The Emergence of the Beast out of the Sea (13:1-2).
The Deadly Wound of the Beast (13:3).
The Worship of Satan by All the World (13:4).
The Blasphemous Character of the Beast as World Ruler (13:5-6).
The Universal Dominion of the Beast (13:7).
The Universal Worship of the Beast (13:8).
Exhortation to Hear (13:9-10).

2. Titles Of The Coming World Ruler (Walvoord Revelation Commentary, Chapter 13 chart). The little horn (Dan 7:8). The coming prince (Dan 9:26). The willful king (Dan 11:36). The man of lawlessness (2 Thes 2:3). The son of destruction (2 Thes 2:3). The Antichrist ( 1 John 2:18, 22). The rider on the white horse (Rev 6:2). The beast (Rev 13:1-10).

D. The last half of the seven-year tribulation described (verses and John MacArthur’s notes; bio on Page, “About Sources And Links).

1. The last half of the tribulation. The Great Tribulation. Revelation Verses.

11:2 But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months.
12:6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
12:14 But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.
13:5 And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.

2. God’s protection of Israel during the last half of the tribulation. MacArthur Study Bible notes.

a. God will protect Israel from Satan by hiding her in the wilderness, perhaps in the region of Moab, Ammon, and Edom, east of Palestine. Interestingly, those countries will be specifically spared from the Antichrist’s attack against the Holy Land (cf. Dan. 11:41). one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

b. At the mid-point of the Tribulation, the Antichrist breaks his covenant with Israel, puts a stop to temple worship, sets up the abomination of desolation (Dan. 9:27; Matt. 24:15), and devastates Jerusalem (11:2). At that time, many Jews flee for their lives (Matt. 24:16ff.). God will preserve them during the last 1,260 days (42 months; 3½ years) constituting the Great Tribulation. See notes on 3:10; 6:1.

E. Consider the following end times timeline.

1. The catching up of the saints from earth by Christ prior to the tribulation (John 14:2,3,6; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18). Only unbelieving Jews and Gentiles will be left on earth after the believing saints are caught up to heaven.

2. God’s encouragement to believers. God’s warning to those whom will miss the rapture. (Rev 3:10). “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” All whom are left behind will come under the judgments of God, which are all Jews and Gentiles that are not been born again; excluding small children.

3. The Antichrist empowered by Christ (Rev 6:1). “Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals.”

4. The Antichrist will be a man of great deception. Israel is not a nation that is presently living in a land of “unwalled cities,” (Ez 38:11). However, the Jews will accept such a dream of peace that will come through the “smooth talking Antichrist,” (Rev 6:2).

a. Rev 6:2 “And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.”

b. 6:2 white horse. The animal represents an unparalleled time of world peace—a false peace that is to be short-lived (see note on v. 4). This peace will be ushered in by a series of false messiahs, culminating with the Antichrist (Matt. 24:3–5). He who sat on it. The 4 horses and their riders do not represent specific individuals, but forces. Some, however, identify this rider with Antichrist. Although he will be the leading figure, John’s point is that the entire world will follow him, being obsessed with pursuing this false peace. bow. The bow is a symbol of war, but the absence of arrows implies that this victory is a bloodless one—a peace won by covenant and agreement, not by war (cf. Dan. 9:24–27). crown. This word refers to the kind of laurel wreath awarded winning athletes. It “was given to him.” Antichrist becomes king, elected by the world’s inhabitants regardless of the cost, and will conquer the entire earth in a bloodless coup (MacArthur Study Bible).

c. Ezekiel 38:11 “You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’—”

d. 38:10–13 This describes the peace in Israel during the period of Antichrist’s short-lived treaty with them (Dan. 9:27) in the first half of Daniel’s 70th week. References to “unwalled villages,” refer to that period of 3½ years when Israel is secure under the protection of the world-ruling “prince that shall come,” called Antichrist (cf. Dan. 9:27). After Antichrist turns on Israel, there is an escalation of hostility until the end of the 7 year time when this great force comes to plunder Jerusalem and the Promised Land (v. 12) (MacArthur Study Bible).

5. The events of the tribulation are discussed, per the Ryrie Study Bible.

a. Matt 24-25 is the Olivet Discourse which took place between Christ and His Jewish disciples, which was a discussion between Christ and Jews, about Jewish matters. No Gentiles were present. Consider Mt 24:14: “the Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached, and then the end will come.” The church preached “the Gospel of Christ” (1 Cor 15:1-8), which is the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. “The end” is the end of the tribulation, which precedes the Kingdom Age of the millennium, which is followed by the eternal state.

b. Matt 24:4-14 is the first half of tribulation.

c. Matt 24:15-28 is the last half of tribulation. Matt 24:15, Antichrist (Man of sin, 2 Thes 2:4) breaks the covenant with Israel that he made with them at the beginning of the tribulation, Dan 9:27, and demands that they worship him.

d. Mt 24:20 warned of “a sabbath flight for safety.” A “sabbath-day’s journey,” Acts 1:12, which was about one-half a mile, which was the distance that Jews could travel on the Sabbath. Gentiles had no such concern for sabbath travel constraints.

e. It has been my pleasure to have been in a Jewish neighborhood, where the neighborhood synagogue was located within “a sabbath day’s journey” of most Jewish homes. I have seen men and boys walking that “sabbath day’s journey” to synagogue on the Sabbath. I have also been blessed by observing Jewish women and children walking that same distance to synagogue on the Sabbath (Psalm 122:6).

6. John Walvoord’s Commentary on the seventieth week of Daniel. Click on the following link for a detailed discussion by John Walvoord on Daniel Chapter 9, on the seven years of tribulation: https://bible.org/seriespage/9-prophecy-seventy-weeks. Taken from the last two paragraphs of Dr. Walvoord’s notes on Chapter 9 are, “a., b. c.,” which follow.

a. The final period of seven years begins with the introduction of a covenant relationship between the future “prince that shall come” (Antichrist), and “the many,” the people of Israel. This covenant is observed for the first half of the future seven-year period; then the special liberties and protections granted Israel are taken away; and Israel becomes persecuted in their time of great tribulation.

b. The beginning of the last three and one-half years of the seventy sevens of Daniel is marked by the desecration of the future temple, the stopping of the sacrifices, and the desolation of the Jewish religion. It is this period that was referred to by Christ as “the great tribulation,” in Matthew 24:15-26.

c. The culmination of the entire prophecy of the seventy weeks is the second advent of Jesus Christ, which closes the seventieth seventh of Israel (aka seventieth week of Daniel, mine).

III. Video Details.

A. John Ankerberg Show. 78.6K subscribers. 2,040 views. Sep 24, 2018

B. From the series “Revelation: The Last Words of Jesus” featuring very special guests Dr. Ron Rhodes, Dr. Ed Hinson, and, Dr. Mark Hitchcock. To obtain this entire series, please visit https://www.jashow.org/resources/the-… (Check the credentials of each man on my Page, “About Sources And Links.”

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Rev 12:13-17 Israel Persecuted

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Who are the main players in the end time events? John Ankerberg Show Published on Sep 17, 2018 – From the series “Revelation: The Last Words of Jesus” featuring very special guests Dr. Ron Rhodes, Dr. Ed Hindson, and, Dr. Mark Hitchcock. To obtain this entire series, please visit
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From the series, “Revelation: The Last Words of Jesus” featuring very special guests Dr. Ron Rhodes, Dr. Ed Hindson, and Dr. Mark Hitchcock. To obtain this entire series, please visit https://www.jashow.org/resources/the-…

I. Opening video details.

In the previous article, we discussed the subject of, “A Shout From Heaven,” which was accompanied by the video, “Who is the child mentioned in Revelation 12??” John Ankerberg Show – Published on Sep 10, 2018. The video that accompanies this article is titled, “Who are the main players in the end time events?

The credentials of each of the video speakers can be found by clicking onto the following link. https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/sources-of-information/

II. Sources Of Information.

The comments in this article come from the writings of Drs. Charles Ryrie, John Walvoord, David Jeremiah, and John MacArthur, and will be preceded only by their capitalized last names. The credentials of these men, as well as other credible sources, can also be found in the above link.

III. Preface To Article

As was stated in the previous article, the church will not be present on earth during the time of these events that we are studying, which will take place during the tribulation. Let’s consider a few of the reasons for such an exclusion: (1) John 3:3 says, “you must be born again,” with the result of the Presence of the Spirit of “Father/Son/Holy Spirit” dwelling within the spirit of each person whom has been born again (John 14:16,17,20), which is an eternal and securing presence (John 10:27-31). The new birth is also mentioned in the Old Testament (Ezek 36:24-29), where the subject is addressed to the “whole house of Israel,” (587 B.C.). (2) The words of Christ in John 3:3, “you must be born again,” were spoken to Jews, and had a promise that the new birth would be accomplished by the Holy Spirit (John 3:8), with the conditions that Christ spoke in John 3:16, 18 (If you believe, you have been born again. if you have been born again, you believe.). To not believe in Christ/to not be born again, has the promise of Judgment (Rom 8:1), which comes from Christ, whom will not condemn those whom have been born again (Rom 8:34). (3) The Apostle Paul spoke of the new birth to the church at Corinth (2 Cor 5:17, 56 A.D.), whether they were Jews or Gentiles, whether they were born again, or not. (4) Each person whose spirit has been born again, has a new Holy spirit dwelling within them, with the old corrupt spirit no longer present in the life of the believer (2 Cor 5:17), and with the new, born again spirit, being as righteous as the righteousness of God (2 Cor 5:21). (5) At the time of the rapture of the church, the following types of people will not be taken to heaven by Christ: (a) those whom have not been born again; (b) those not having the eternal Presence of the Spirit of “Father/Son/Holy Spirit” within their spirits; (c) those not having spirits as righteous as the righteousness of God. (6) Only the “dead in Christ” (1 Thes 4:16), and those alive in Christ (1 Thes 4:17), will be taken by Christ to Heaven (John 14:2,3,6). (7) Only those whom are raptured will be given immortal, perfect, resurrection bodies and souls (to join their born again spirits) at the time that they are caught up by Christ (1 Cor 15:51-53). (8) Only those whom have not been born again, and are known as “earth dwellers,” will remain on earth at the time of the rapture, to be subject to the judgments of God, and the oppression of the anti-christ (Rev 3:10, 6:10, 8:13, 11:10, 13:8, 13:14, 17:8). (9) Many earth dwellers will continue to defy God throughout the tribulation. However, some of those whom have been left behind from the rapture, will come to saving faith in Christ during the tribulation. (10) Anyone denying Christ will have no place in Heaven,” Luke 12:9, John 14:1-3, but will suffer from the wrath to come, 1 Thes 1:9-10, with the wrath occurring during the tribulation, Rev 6:16 (RYRIE). (11) Unbelievers, known as “the dead,” as opposed to “the dead in Christ,” have “The Great White Throne Judgment” awaiting them (Rev 20:10-15).

IV. Article Details

The Persecution of Israel in the Great Tribulation (12:13-16)

The Persecution of the Godly Remnant of Israel (12:17)

Revelation 12:13-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

War On Earth – The Woman Persecuted

13 Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child.

WALVOORD. 12:13. Satan immediately turns his anger toward Israel.This apparently is the beginning of the great tribulation of which Christ Warned Israel in Matt 24:15:22, which at the time of this writing is yet future. The Walvoord commentary links this time of tribulation with Christ’s judgment of the sheep and goats in Matt 25, which relates to the Gentiles’ treatment of Israel as the nation (Israel) undergoes this persecution (Matt 25:31-40). These gentiles are those that missed the rapture, but came to saving faith in Christ during the tribulation, and gave support to Jews during the tribulation.

JEREMIAH. 12:13. Satan’s assault is anti-Semitic — he persecutes “the woman,” a symbol of Israel. Satan has persecuted Israel as God’s chosen people throughout their entire existence (Zechariah 3:1).

14 But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.

THE DETAILS OF REV 12:14 ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND. It is important, also, to understand that not all theologians have the same understanding of this scripture. However, the scholars that I have chosen as references for my study of the end times, are in great agreement with the critical areas of scriptural interpretation.

RYRIE. 12:14. Persecuted Israel will flee quickly as if on wings of an unspecified place in the wilderness where she will have protection and care.

WALVOORD. 12:14. There is some supernatural care of Israel during this period. Whether natural or supernatural means are used, it is clear that God does preserve a godly remnant, though according to Zech 13:8, 2/3 of Israel in the land will perish. The time element of Israel’s suffering is described as “a time, and times, and half a time.” This again seems to be a reference to the three and one-half years, the mention of time being one unit, the second reference to times, being two units, which the addition of one-half a time would make three and one-half units. A parallel reference is found in Daniel 7:25 and 12:7 referring to the same period of great tribulation. Though Rev 12:6,14 referred to the refuge as a desert, and the Synoptic passages referred to the mountains, this is no contradiction as both desert and mountains are in the same area. The flight of Israel to a place of safety was also indicated in Matt 24:16, Mark 13:14, and Luke 21.21.

MAC ARTHUR. 12:14. wings of a great eagle. Not actual birds’ wings, but a graphic depiction of God’s providential protection of Israel (cf. Ex. 19:4). Wings often speak of protection (cf. Deut. 32:9–12; Ps. 91:4; Is. 40:31). Eagles—probably vulture-like griffins—were the largest birds known in Palestine. a time and times and half a time. Three and one-half years; the second half of the Tribulation (cf. v. 6; 11:2, 3; 13:5).

My Note. The duration: Time, 1 year. Times, 2 years. Half a time, six month, which equal 3 1/2 years. The persecution condition. Matthew 24:14: “For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.” The conditions of Matt 24:14 have not happened in past history, and are not occurring at present time; they will only occur during the future time of the great tribulation.

15 So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood.

JEREMIAH 12:15. Some interpret the “water” literally, suggesting there will be a massive flood in Israel during the Tribulation. However, it is more likely that the water symbolizes an aggressive assault by Satan to destroy the Jewish people through their enemies (Isa 59:19).

16 But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.

WALVOORD. 12:16. The flood is the total effort of Satan to exterminate Israel, and the resistance of earth is the natural difficulty in executing such a massive program. Satan strives with all of his power to persecute and exterminate the people of Israel. By divine intervention, both natural and supernatural means are used to thwart the enemy’s program and carry a remnant of Israel safely through their time of great tribulation.

RYRIE. 12:15-16. In an attempt to dislodge the Jews, Satan will bring a flood. God will then cause the earth to open and swallow the water.

MAC ARTHUR. 12:16 earth opened its mouth. A great army will come against Israel like a flood (v. 15; cf. Jer. 46:8; 47:2), only to be swallowed up, perhaps in conjunction with one of the numerous earthquakes that occur during that period (6:12; 8:5; 11:13, 19; 16:18; Matt. 24:7).

17 And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

WALVOORD. 12:17. The godly remnant of Israel is identified by their faith in Christ (“have the testimony of Jesus Christ”).

RYRIE. 12:17. Satan will then attack those who did not flee to the place of assylum.

MAC ARTHUR. 12:17 rest of her offspring. Satan will turn his frustrated rage against every follower of the Lamb he can find—Jew or Gentile. commandments of God…testimony of Jesus. The revealed truth from God and Christ contained in Scripture. Obedience to God’s Word always marks a genuine believer. Cf. John 8:32.

JEREMIAH 12:16-17. Satan’s rage during the Tribulation is toward Israel (the woman) as the people of God and toward the remnant of Israel (the rest of her offspring) – the 144,000 who refuse to take the mark of the beast. Along with an earlier verse (12:14), these verses detail how God will safeguard His own from Satan’s attacks: by protecting them during the later part of the Tribulation (the final three and a half years; for a time and times and half a time.). This is much like the way He protected Israel from the Egyptians at the time of the Exodus.

My note. Look around the world today, and you will find it easy to identify many people, and groups of people, that are waiting to join in the persecution of Israel. Consider BDS: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions.

https://www.wrmea.org/2019-march-april/ten-us-churches-now-sanction-israel-to-some-degree-and-with-caveats.html
https://www.jewishvoice.org/read/article/what-you-need-know-about-bds-movement

The Role of Antisemitism in the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Decision to Support Divestment


https://bdsmovement.net/tags/religion
https://www.adl.org/what-we-do/israel/anti-israel-activity-bds
https://forward.com/fast-forward/428179/congress-bds-aoc-tlaib-omar/

Consider the warning that is given to those “whom would not” bless Israel…Genesis 12:1-3
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=gen+12%3A1-3&version=NASB

V. Closing Video. The Day Of The Lord.

1 Thessalonians 5:2 (NASB). For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.

WALVOORD. The day of the Lord will stretch all the way from the rapture to the end of the millennium.

Dr. Renald Showers (Deceased) What does “the day of the Lord” mean?

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Revelation 12:10-12 A Shout From Heaven

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I. Opening video details follow.

In the previous article, we discussed the subject of, “Satan Thrown Out Of Heaven,” which was accompanied by the video, “Who is the dragon described in Revelation 12?” John Ankerberg Show – Published on Sep 10, 2018. The video that accompanies this article is titled, “Who is the child mentioned in Revelation 12?” The Child of Revelation Chapter 12, as was stated in the video is, “Christ, our Lord and Savior.”

From the series, “Revelation: The Last Words of Jesus” featuring very special guests Dr. Ron Rhodes, Dr. Ed Hindson, and Dr. Mark Hitchcock. To obtain this entire series, please visit https://www.jashow.org/resources/the-…

The credentials of each of the video speakers can be found by clicking onto the following link. https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/sources-of-information/

II. Sources Of Information.

The comments in this article come from the writings of Drs. Charles Ryrie, John Walvoord, C.I. Scofield, J. Dwight Pentecost, and John MacArthur, and will be preceded only by their capitalized last names. The credentials of these men, as well as other credible sources, can also be found in the above link.

III. Preface to article.

With Chapter 12 being the approximate mid point of the book of Revelation, this is a good place to bring some key things into focus which relate to the presence of key players. It will also be good to identify a key player of scripture that is not present. The players that are present will be identified by the verse, and will have the NKJV identity.

v1, woman v2, child v3, dragon v4, dragon, Child (notice the capital C) v5, She, Child, God v6, woman, God v7, Michael and his angels, the dragon and his angels v9, the great dragon, devil, Satan and his angels v10, God, His Christ, “accuser of our brethren and his angels” v11, Lamb v12, inhabitants, devil v13, dragon, woman, male Child v14, woman, serpent v15, serpent, woman v16, woman, dragon v17, dragon, woman, God, Jesus Christ.

It is very noticeable that there are repeated words and names above. But, in keeping with the time from the Day of Pentecost until the time of the rapture, there is a significant word that is missing; that word is “church.” The church is never mentioned in the Book of Revelation, nor is it present on earth, after the end of Chapter 3. The focus of the Book of Revelation, however, relates to the attack of Satan, through the forces of the anti-christ, on Israel and Jews everywhere (consider the world today, and the overwhelming number of opponents of Israel and Jews). The reason for the absence of the church, after Rev Chapter 3, is that it has been removed from the earth by way of the rapture, also known as the catching up of the saints. At the closing of this article, in Paragraph V., there will be a discussion on the rapture of the church and the tribulation.

IV. Article Details.

Revelation 12:10-12 (NKJV)

A Shout From Heaven

10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.

SCOFIELD. The Dispensation of the Kingdom (2 Samuel 7:16 refs.) begins with the return of Christ to the earth, runs through the “thousand years” of His earth-rule, and ends when He has delivered up the kingdom to the Father. (See Scofield “1 Corinthians 15:24”).
SCOFIELD. (Scofield 1 Corinthians 15:24. “Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.” Kingdom (N.T.), Summary: See “Kingdom (O.T.)” Genesis 1:26-28. (See Scofield “Zechariah 12:8”). Kingdom truth is developed in the N.T. in the following order (Scofield note).
MAC ARTHUR. accuser. See note on v. 9. Satan will no longer accuse believers before the throne of God because he will no longer have access to heaven.
WALVOORD. 12:10-12. Beginning at this point in Revelation, Satan and his hosts are excluded from the third heaven, though their temporary dominion over the second heaven and the first heaven continues. Satan’s defeat in heaven, however, is the occasion for him to be cast into the earth and explains the particular virulence of the great tribulation time. Note that even as Satan accuses the brethren before God day and night prior to his being cast out of heaven, so the four living creatures of 4:8 cease not day or night to ascribe holiness to the Lord… Though the events of this chapter deal in general with the end of the age, it is clear that they do not come chronologically after the seventh trumpet. Rather, the fall of Satan may be predated to the time of the seals in chapter 6, or even before the first seal. His fall begins the great tribulation.
PENTECOST. The word, “brethren,” relates to Israel.
My note. Both, here in Rev 12:10, and in Matt 25:40, the word, “brethren,” relates to Israel, as follows:
Bible Hub note. Lexicon, Strong’s concordance: “of our brethren ἀδελφῶν (adelphōn) 80: a brother”.

11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

MAC ARTHUR. blood of the Lamb. No accusation can stand against those whose sins have been forgiven because of Christ’s sacrificial death (see Rom. 8:33–39).

12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”

MAC ARTHUR. he has a short time. Knowing that his time is limited, Satan will intensify his efforts against God and mankind, and specifically target Israel (v. 13, 17).
WALVOORD. 12:10-12. The short time or season (Gr., kairos) refers to the time of the great tribulation after which Satan will be bound for the duration of the millennial kingdom. Though many of the judgments of God inflicted on the earth during the great tribulation “originate in divine power” rather than satanic influence, the afflictions of the inhabitants of the earth spring largely from the activities of Satan, resulting in the martyrdom of countless saints and in widespread human suffering of every kind.

V. The rapture and the tribulation. Persecution by anti-christ. Judgments of God. God is in control.

The following discussion is necessary for an understanding of the absence of the church after Revelation Chapter 3.

Key to understanding God, during the tribulation, is His focus on drawing unbelieving Israel to belief in Christ as Messiah. There will also be gentile unbelievers whom will have missed the rapture and will remain on the earth with the unbelieving Jews. The oppression of the anti-christ, and the judgments of God, will fall on all of those “who dwell on the earth” (Rev 3:10) during the tribulation (“ALL OF THOSE LEFT ON THE EARTH; NO EXCEPTIONS.”). Both of those groups of unbelievers can come to saving faith in Christ, and enter into the Kingdom Age at the end of the tribulation (Matt 24:40-41, righteous Jews are “left” to enter the Kingdom. Matt 25:34, righteous Gentiles are allowed to enter the Kingdom). During the tribulation, The forces of the Anti-Christ will persecute and kill the Jews (consider the world today), as well as anyone else, who will not follow the anti-christ (Rev 13:15-18).

It is important to understand that the church is not present on earth from Revelation Chapter 4, forward. So, where is the church? The answer is simple. The church, to include small children, will be caught up in the rapture, and taken to heaven. Consider the words of John 14:2-3, “2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” These words were spoken by Christ to His disciples on the night before He was crucified. The disciples were born again, and are an example of the church. They were told that Christ was going to prepare a place for them in Heaven, and that He would return to earth and take them to Heaven with him. In 14:6, Christ explained the way that the disciples (and all believers) would be taken to Heaven. “6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Many people have used this verse (6) to prove that only through belief in Christ, can a person be saved. The words of vs 6, actually say that Christ will return to earth and take His believers to Heaven with Him, and that only He can take his born again believers to Heaven. Therefore, v6 is an action statement. Included in the rapture of believers will be small children. God does not have a problem with small children, or with born again believers in Christ. Christ has a problem with people that have refused His offer of salvation through belief in Him (John 3:16-18).

Rev 12 is a key example that shows that the focus of the Book of Revelation is on the Jews; that is why there is no mention of the church in that chapter (12), or anywhere else after chapter 3. God is in the process of fulfilling the Abrahamic Covenant with Israel (Gen 15:18-21), which will be fulfilled after the end of the tribulation, when Israel possesses the promised land of the Kingdom, “thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, in earth” (Matt 6:10). The promised land extends eastward, from the Nile River in Egypt, to the Euphrates River in Iraq. As of yet, Israel has not possessed that promised land.

The raptured born again believers in Christ will spend seven years in heaven with Christ while the tribulation is taking place on earth. A promise was made to believers in Christ, that wherever Christ would be, His believers would also be also (John 14:3, 1 Thessalonians 4:17).

Consider the seven years of tribulation.

My note, from competent sources. Seven years equal one week, which is the length of the tribulation.

Daniel 9:27, “Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.”

MC ARTHUR Daniel 9:27, “He shall confirm.” “He” is Antichrist who comes in the latter days.
RYRIE Daniel 9:27. The prince of verse 26, the anti-christ previously introduced in 7:8, 24-26, who will make a pact with many (of the Jewish people) at the beginning of the tribulation period. But “in the middle of the week” (i.e., 3 1/2 years later) anti-christ will break his covenant and desecrate the Temple by demanding worship of himself in it (Matt 24:15, 2 Thes 2:4). At Christ’s second coming, anti-Christ and his false prophet will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 19:20).
WALVOORD Daniel 9:27 The final period of seven years begins with the introduction of a covenant relationship between the future “prince that shall come” (anti-christ) and “the many,” the people of Israel. This covenant is observed for the first half of the future seven-year period; then the special liberties and protections granted Israel are taken away; and Israel becomes persecuted in their time of great tribulation. The beginning of the last three and one-half years of the seventy sevens of Daniel is marked by the desecration of the future temple, the stopping of the sacrifices, and the desolation of the Jewish religion.

Forces of the anti-christ will persecute anyone who will not follow the anti-christ, Rev 6:1-11, 13:16-18. In Rev 6:12, and forward, we see the judgments of God coming on the whole earth, which will affect “those who live on the earth (Rev 3:10).” From Rev 6:1, forward, God’s wrath is shown in all of the judgments, as well as in the persecutions of the anti-christ. God is in control of all that is described in Rev 3:10, which will begin with Rev 6:1. The anti-christ is a tool of God.

Please remember: The raptured born again believers in Christ will spend seven years in heaven with Christ while the tribulation is taking place on earth. A promise was made to believers in Christ, that wherever Christ would be, His believers would also be also (John 14:3, 1 Thes 4:17, Titus 1:2).

VI. Closing Video

Does the rapture take place before the Tribulation?

Dr. Renald E. Showers (Deceased)

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Revelation 12:7-9 War In Heaven

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I. Video details follow.

In the previous article, “Who is the woman described in Revelation 12?” (Rev 12:1-6), we determined the identify of the woman as being Israel – John Ankerberg Show – Published on Sep 10, 2018). In this article we will determine the identify of the Dragon (Rev 12:7-9).

From the series, “Revelation: The Last Words of Jesus” featuring very special guests Dr. Ron Rhodes, Dr. Ed Hindson, and Dr. Mark Hitchcock. To obtain this entire series, please visit https://www.jashow.org/resources/the-…

The credentials of each of the video speakers can be found by clicking onto the following link. Scroll down past the list of sources, and you will see biographical data of each of the speakers.
https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/sources-of-information/

II. Sources Of Information.

The comments in this article come from the writings of Drs. Charles Ryrie, John Walvoord, and John MacArthur, and will be preceded only by their last names, capitalized. The credentials of these men can also be found in the above link. Additionally, many years of end times study have helped me to develop a personal philosophy on the end times, which has also led me to follow key theologians whom are highly regarded for their knowledge of the end times (Please check the above link.) As a personal note, everyone should have a MacArthur Study Bible, as it contains extremely great data and detail in its comments.

III. Preface to article.

Most of the events of the book of Revelation show an earthly place of happening. However, as you read through this article, you will understand that it is simply, “out of this world!” It is important to know that the time of this event is midway through the tribulation, at the beginning of the “great tribulation” (RYRIE Note. Tribulation is Matt 24:4-28, vs 15-28 is Great Tribulation RYRIE Note).

The details of this article go back to the time prior to the time of Adam and Eve. The following piece of information is provided by Got Questions, and is an excellent “lead-in” to this post.

https://www.gotquestions.org/Satan-fall.html

Question: “How, why, and when did Satan fall from heaven?”

Answer: Satan’s fall from heaven is symbolically described in Isaiah 14:12-14 and Ezekiel 28:12-18. While these two passages are referring specifically to the kings of Babylon and Tyre, they also reference the spiritual power behind those kings, namely, Satan. These passages describe why Satan fell, but they do not specifically say when the fall occurred. What we do know is this: the angels were created before the earth (Job 38:4-7). Satan fell before he tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden (Genesis 3:1-14). Satan’s fall, therefore, must have occurred somewhere after the time the angels were created and before he tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Whether Satan’s fall occurred hours, days, or years before he tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden, Scripture does not specifically say.

Consider the parallel verse to Revelation 12:9: Ezekiel 28:17, “I cast you to the ground.”

IV. Article Details.

Revelation 12:7-9 New King James Version (NKJV)

War In Heaven – Satan Thrown Out of Heaven

Revelation 12:7-9 New King James Version (NKJV) – Satan Thrown Out of Heaven
7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

WALVOORD. Though the conflict of the end of the age is primarily on earth, attention is directed in this section to the war which will be waged in “heaven.” Michael and his angels (that is, the holy angels) fight against the dragon (identified in verse 9 as the devil, Satan) and the wicked angels associated with him, with the result that Satan and his hosts are cast out of heaven. The concept that there is a spiritual warfare in the very presence of God “in heaven” has been resisted by some expositors, preferring to regard this war as being fought in the atmospheric or the starry heaven rather than in the very “presence of God.” The event here prophesied was predicted by Daniel the prophet in Daniel 12:1, where it is recorded that Michael shall “stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people.” This event marks the beginning of the great tribulation defined in Daniel 12:1. It is undoubtedly the same event as in Revelation 12.
MAC ARTHUR. A state of war has existed since the fall of Satan. Something will intensify that warfare—possibly the raptured saints passing through the realm of the prince of the power of the air.

9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

WALVOORD. The devil, Satan, and the wicked angels associated with him, are cast out of heaven.
RYRIE. 12:9-11. Notice two of Satan’s activities in these verses to deceive the world and to accuse the brethren. The believer’s defense against Satan is (1) to bank on the merits of the death of Christ, (2) to be active in witnessing, and (3) to be willing to make any sacrifice, including death (v 11). 12:9. Several judgments have and will be passed on Satan: (1) his removal from guarding the throne of God (Ezek 28:14, 16); (2) the prophecy in the garden of Eden (Gen 3:15), (3) his defeat at the Cross (John 12:31); (4) his being barred from Heaven (here in v 9); (5) his confinement in the abyss (20:3); and (6) his torment in the lake of fire forever (20:10).
MAC ARTHUR. dragon was cast…to the earth. Satan and his demons were cast out of heaven at the time of their original rebellion, but still have access to it (cf. Job 1:6; 2:1). That access will then be denied, and they will be forever barred from heaven. Devil and Satan. Cf. 20:2. “Devil” comes from a Gr. verb meaning “to slander” or “to falsely accuse.” He is a malignant liar (John 8:44; 1 John 3:8). His accusations against believers (v. 10) are unsuccessful because of Christ our Advocate (1 John 2:1). Satan, meaning “adversary,” or “enemy,” appears especially in Job and the gospels. deceives the whole world. As he has throughout human history, Satan will deceive people during the Tribulation (cf. 13:14; 20:3; John 8:44). After his temporary release from the bottomless pit at the end of the Millennium, he will briefly resume his deceitful ways (20:8, 10).

Let’s consider the “lead-in” words of Revelation 12:7 again, “War broke out in heaven.”

Let’s consider the affects on earth of Revelation 12:9, that are provided in the notes above.

The time of Revelation Chapter 12:7-9 is midway through the tribulation. The following video will provide an idea of what life will be like on earth during that time. The tribulation is discussed in Revelation Chapters 6-19, where the oppression of the anti-christ and the judgments of God are described. It is important to know that the cataclysmic disturbances that will take place during the tribulation are not caused by “Mother Nature,” or by “global warning.” As it is written in the tribulation chapters, God is in charge of every oppressive act of the anti-christ, and every judgment that will take place. As you watch the video, you may see small children present, which will not be the case during the tribulation. The scenes in the video show things that may take place at various times during the tribulation. That which is shown in the video is the situation that awaits those whom will be left behind when Christ catches up His believers at the time of the rapture, prior to the tribulation (John 14:2, 3, 6; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18). God will unleash His judgments on the earth during the tribulation, to include the oppressive acts of the anti-christ. The purpose of the tribulation is to bring unbelievers to saving faith in Christ (Rev 3:10). The rapture has nothing to do with small children, or with those whom have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior, prior to the rapture taking place (John 14:2,3, 6; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18). When the rapture takes place, all born again believers in Christ are taken from earth to heaven, by Christ.

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Why is the rapture such an important topic? John Ankerberg Show -Published on Jul 3, 2017
From the series, The Biblical Case For the Rapture of All Christians https://www.jashow.org/resources/the-…

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Scroll down past the video, and the names of sources, to the links that provide the biographical information of the video speakers. Bios of other theologians, that I use for support in my articles, can also be seen in this area of the article.

Consider the following passage of scripture that explains the comfort that believers in Christ have from an understanding of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the church.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Those Who Died in Christ

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Consider the importance of verse 18: “comfort one another with these words”

Consider the following valuable tool, the “Pre-Trib Research Center,” for researching scriptures that relate to:
(1) the rapture of the church, for Christ to take His saints to Heaven prior to the tribulation.
(2) the second coming of Christ to earth, with His raptured saints.
(3) other related end times subjects.

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Ephesians 4:12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ”

The Pre-Trib Research Center is truly an Ephesians 4:12 place of equipping. The site has an abundance of highly credible information that has helped me in my own research of end times matters. I recommend the Pre-Trib Research Center to anyone desiring such Biblical expertise for their particular studies and creative works. The significance of the following verse of scripture is found in the works of the Pre-Trib Research Center: “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near” (Revelation 1:3). The link to the Pre-Trib Research Center Web Site is: https://www.pre-trib.org/

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