Like the rest of the New Testament, there are many witnesses to the text of the Revelation which are quite old, however, the concern is centered exclusively with those manuscripts which are esteemed to predate the 6th Century AD, which was the time of Justinian and when the Roman church first began to extend its reach and consolidate its power over Christendom. So that the listener has an idea of the age of sources for the text, here are the relevant witnesses to the Revelation which are from that remotest antiquity:
The Papyri (P) designated 18, 24, 47, 85 and 98. The Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece, 27th edition (NA27), tells us where these Papyri are located, university, library or museum, and gives a catalog number for each. I will not include the details here.
P-98 is from the 2nd century and contains Rev. 1:13-20.
P-18 is from the 3rd or 4th century and contains Rev. 1:4-7.
P-24 is from the 4th century and contains parts of chapters 5 & 6.
P-47 is from the 3rd century and contains much of chapters 9 through 15.
P-85 is from the 4th or 5th century and contains parts of chapters 9 and 10.
Next are the Great Uncials, which are Koine Greek vellum manuscripts, which – unlike the Papyri – were made from animal skins and were very durable:
The Codex Sinaiticus: From the 4th century, this is the only complete copy of the Revelation from antiquity which predates the 5th century. While no manuscript can be deemed to be perfect with the information that we have, this is probably the most reliable single ancient copy that we currently possess.
The Codex Alexandrinus: From the 5th century, it contains all of the Revelation. It must be warned that I find the manuscripts of the Alexandrian tradition to be unreliable in many respects. Yet out of all the ancient manuscripts, the King James Version is closest to this one.
The Codex Ephraemi Syri: From the 5th century and a manuscript which closely follows the Alexandrian, it contains text from many chapters of the Revelation.
Other less famous codices are know only by identifying numbers:
0163: From the 5th century, it contains Rev. 16:17-20.
0169: From the 4th century, it contains parts of chapters 3 and 4.
0207: From the 4th century, it contains part of chapter 9.
There are many other manuscripts after these, which contain all or parts of the Revelation, which like the rest of the New Testament is attested to rather consistently down through the centuries. There are also witnesses for the text of the Revelation in the manuscripts of early writers such as Tertullian, Irenaeus, Cyprian, and Victorinus of Pettau, who are all from the second and third centuries. However for the Revelation, and only for the Revelation, the medieval Manuscripts known as the Majority Text are divided into two camps. These are those manuscripts of the Revelation known as the Koine tradition, which are of the majority, as contrasted to a minority of manuscripts known to originate from one Andreas of Caesareia. Andreas was a medieval monk, of possibly the 9th century AD or a little earlier, who wrote a commentary on the Revelation. Many of his notes were, apparently, later incorporated into the text, and those manuscripts copied from it created a second camp of Revelation manuscripts that contain many differences and many interpolations. The King James Version of the Revelation is based on one of these faulty manuscripts. One of the more famous interpolations is found there at Revelation 20:5, and reads “But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.” These words of that verse do not belong in our Bibles. They are the opinion of a medieval monk.
John the apostle wrote the Revelation, as the Revelation itself clearly informs us that he did, and that he was indeed confined to Patmos for a time during the reign of the emperor Domitian. After the death of Domitian, John was able to leave Patmos and retire to Ephesus. Since Domitian ruled from 81 to 96 AD, we see that John was indeed quite aged when he wrote the Revelation. Since he was a very young man during the ministry of Christ, I think we could estimate his age to be around 84 years in 96 AD.
The last book of the Bible opens with the words ' The Revelation from Yahshua the Anointed.'
It contains information given by the Risen and Ascended Christ Himself to the apostle John with the command 'What thou seest, write in a book.'
John was a 'bishop' of Ephesus, having oversight, as well, of the assemblies in the adjoining parts of Asia Minor. When he wrote this book he was a very aged man, and theonly surviving member of the apostolic band.
The Revelation deals with the happenings of three periods.
The things which were seen by John at the opening of the revelation to him.
John was the disciple whom Yahshua loved. When he saw him on the isle of Patmos he saw Him in glory. Here was actuality: here was power, and having seen, he was commanded to write, that not only his generation, but generations to come should be able to read of the 'things which he had seen'. Yet we note that John saw, as yet, no crown on the head of his Prince, for, bearing out the words of the letter to the Hebrews, 'He ever lives to intercede, as High Priest, for those who 'come to Yahweh by Him' during the present dispensation.
The things existing in John's lifetime.
The seven “churches” for which John received messages were literal assemblies existing at that time in Asia Minor.
The things following in sequence after his lifetime.
Future form of administration. At the close of the last “church” age will be the form of the major administrative set-up.
John was shown:
The Throne, with it's occupant surrounded by a rainbow, the mercy sign of Yahweh's enduring promise, perpetuated through all the millenia of the Adamic creation to the end.
24 Elders wearing crowns. Christ promised His twelve disciples that they would sit upon 12 thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel. 12 apostles, 12 tribal patriarchs (Jacob's sons).
4 living creatures, in the shape of, a lion, an ox, a man, and an eagle. The four leading tribes of Judah, Ephraim, Reuben, and Dan.
National Israel's place in the plan of Yahweh is maintained in this last book of the Bible, as it has been throughout. This is because the Bible is the book of the generations (race) of Adam.
The message being to “the seven assemblies”, meaning specific assemblies, there were more than seven assemblies in the Christian world at this time, but these seven are being singled out for examples. They also represent the “church” ages from the time of John until the return of Christ. We are in the seventh age. The number seven resonates through Scripture. From the seven-day creation and sabbath cycles, the 7-year land sabbath and 49-plus-one-year Jubilee period. There were seven times of punishment for Israel, and seven years of banishment for Nebuchadnezzar. There were seven demons cast from Mary Magdalene, and seven others of the parable of the evil demon, which gathered them to himself after finding his house had been tidied. The number seven is also very often found in the Revelation, from these seven assemblies, seven stars, seven Spirits, seven plagues, seven trumpets, seven seals, seven vials, seven horns and eyes of the Lamb, and seven heads of the beast, etc. In the Enochic literature there are seven heavens. This number seven, no doubt, is of some significance in the Creation of God, and perhaps is a number representing spiritual harmony or completion.
Verses 5 and 6 in the original Greek:
1 Enoch 1:9: “9. And behold! He cometh with ten thousands of His holy ones to execute judgment upon all, and to destroy all the ungodly:”
14 And Enoch, seventh from Adam, prophesied to these saying 'Behold, the Prince has come with ten thousands of His saints
15 to execute judgment against all and to convict every soul for all of their impious deeds which they committed impiously and for all of the harsh things which the impious wrongdoers have spoken against Him!
Whoever, or anyone who pierced Him. This is not necessarily talking about the Jews or the Roman soldiers. Rather, it is talking about all of us who reject Christ, for when we reject Christ we uphold His crucifixion. (See what Paul says at Hebrews 6:4-6)
John was in a trance, consciousness on a different plain. (Acts 10:10, 2 Cor 12:2).
The seven-branched candlestick is first described in Exodus. This is an Israelite symbol.
The Jews have 9 candles. Nine is an illuminati number. The Jews are not Israel.
The 7 Stars are Messengers
The 7 Lampstands represent the Assemblies
Each city named was representative of a stage in the total history of the Christian “church” from the time of Yahshua to His eventual return.
The correct word is 'ecclesia'. It never means “church”. The KJV deliberately changed the word and meaning from 'ecclesia' to “church”.
Ecclesia means, a called out body of saints, according to scripture, that would be the children of Israel.
The children of Israel are NOT Jews.
The anglo-saxon peoples of the nations of Europe and America are the true descendants of the children of Israel.
The first works are referring to the law.
Ephesos: The word is apparently from ephesis, which is a word with a wide variety of meanings. It may be a throwing, hurling or shooting, or in another sense permission or license. The name may also be appetite or desire, and so it may mean desirable.
The Tree of Life is Christ Himself and His race. As He told the apostles, “I am the vine, you are the branches”. This phrase first appears in Genesis Chapters 2 and 3, and especially at 3:22 which is properly the first Messianic Prophecy.
(30-64 Rand)(Dan 94-170AD)
Messenger: (Possibly Peter or Paul)
Located in Asia Minor (Turkey)
Paul founded the assemblies in Ephesus.
At one time Ephasus was controlled by Hittites, taken over by Greeks 1087 BC, ruled by Persians, recovered by Alexander the Great, and finally taken over by Romans and made capital of province of Asia in 6 BC.
-Period begins with the resurrection of Yahshua in 30 AD to Johns time around 94-100 AD
-Time of early Christianity, main opposition was the Pharisees (mostly Edomites by then)
-Represents the earliest assembly when it was free from serious persecution.
Praised for loyalty to Yahshua the Messiah’s teachings. False teachers were expelled.
Criticized because “you hast left your first love.” Meaning time passed, Christ didn’t return, things went from bad to worse and they lost their first enthusiasm.
-Hebrewism ( religion of Old Testament) ends and Judaism, based on the Jewish Talmud takes over.
-Nicoliatans (meaning is from several Greek words- “to triumph over the laity”. In other words, 'people conquerors'.)
Here are the beginnings of a class of people who didn’t consider themselves teachers of Yahweh’s Word, but made themselves lords over the congregation.
- Acts 19 Tells how Paul and some apostles were in Ephesus and a riot stirred up against them. A great temple of the pagan goddess(Grecian goddess Artemis, Astarte, Ishtar, where we get Easter from) was their source of great business. Silversmiths and such were getting rich making little silver shrines.
Persecution up to 64AD was from Pharisee Edomite Jews only.
Smurna is ointment, used for anointing.
Since Smurna refers to the ointment used for anointing, and only the people of Israel – along with Christ Himself – are the anointed, and since Philadelphia means brotherly love, it is fully apparent that those who recognize the scope of the covenants and then put to practice that recognition by loving their fellow Israelite brethren, will not be criticized or condemned by Yahshua Christ at the judgment!
Christ mentions the Adversary, the synagogue of Satan, who are those children of Satan who claim to be Judah (Jews), and they are not. These are the Canaanite-Edomite tribes who had infiltrated Judaea in the centuries before Christ, adopted Judaism in name, became circumcised and were left to be known as Jews in the Christian era. These people have actually and literally descended from the tribes of the enemies of Yahweh our God.
Therefore it is evident that the “synagogue of Satan” is only mentioned to these two assemblies (Smyrna and Philadelphia) indicates that the adversary would persecute these assemblies above all others, because they observed the racial aspects of the Covenant.
The assembly at Smyrna is poor, but they are wealthy. This means that while they have no earthly riches, they have stored up riches in heaven through their behavior here in this world.
The Ten Days:
The ten days of verse 10 are often interpreted as pointing to the ten persecutions of Christians under the empire. These occurred with the following emperors and years: Nero (64 A.D.) , Domitian (c.90-96), Trajan (98-117), Hadrian (117-138), Marcus Aurelius (161-181), Septimus Severus (202-211), Maximus the Thracian (235-251), Decius (249-251), Valerian (257-260), Diocletian (303-305).
SMYRNA (myrrh)(bitterness, suffering, period of martyrdom)
Messenger: Possibly Nero, who started persecution of Christians
-Period of Roman persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire
-The city of Smyrna was founded by Greeks about 1100 BC on coast of Asia Minor
-AD 26 a temple was built to emperor Tiberius. This time started the worship of the emperor as a God.
All a Christian had to do to escape martyrdom, was toss a pinch of incense on the altar in this temple to the emperor. But that concession was one that no Christian could make.
-Represents the assembly during a period of intense persecution.
Praised for standing fast through terrible persecution.
-Constantine publishes edict of toleration, Christians could not be persecuted for their religion in 313 AD.
In 330 AD he made Christianity the official religion of Roman Empire.
Nero in 64. Donitian in 95.
Pergamos was originally the name of the citadel of ancient Troy, but later the word came to describe any citadel. This later Pergamos was the seat of the famous Attallid Kingdom of the third and second centuries BC. Towards the end of the third century BC Pergamos defeated the invading Galatae, who then negotiated a deal with its king by which they settled in a portion of the ancient land of Phrygia, which then became known as Galatia.
Pergamos was the capital of the Roman district of Asia, and it had a large and famous altar which was recently excavated, believed to be dedicated to Zeus. With certainty it dates to the time of the Attalic kings.
Attalus the 1st reigned from 241 to 197 BC. Son Eumenes reigned 197-159 BC. Attalus the 3rd from 138-133 BC. He bequeathed his kingdom and title of Pontifex Maximus.
Pontifex Maximus, greatest of Pontiffs to Rome.
The city was the administrative center of a very rich province. Pergamos was also a center of the worship of Asclepius, the ancient Greek pagan god of medicine and healing, and was therefore a center for pharmakeia. (Serpent, emblem of medical profession)
The Teaching of Balaam
Here in the message to the assembly at Pergamos we see a warning concerning fornication – race-mixing – very much like the one to Thyatira which is the next of these messages. It is evident in the account of Numbers Chapters 24 and 25 that Balaam was hired to curse the Children of Israel, but that every time he tried, he could only utter blessings. Then we see that Balak the king of Moab had the women of his tribe go out to seduce the men of Israel, but the entire account – that Balaam had actually instructed Balak to do this, is not related to us in Numbers, except later where it is alluded to in Numbers 31:16. Further details are filled in by later Scriptures:Micah 6:5, 2 Peter 2:15, Jude 1:11
PERGAMOS (marriage and elevation)
Christianity being married to paganism via the Catholic church)(expanded throughout Europe)
(Eli 313-529 AD)(Dan 313-606AD)
Messenger: Possibly Constantine
-The assembly at Pergamos is praised for holding faithful, especially in Satan's dwelling.
Augurs, pagans trying to predict future through augury, omens, etc.
We have satan providing his deceptive counterfeit, a priest-king of a very evil pagan religion.
The Romans reorganized the kingdom of Pergamos into the Roman province of Asia, about 130 BC, Pergamos became its capital city.
This was a period of consistently growing power of the priestly hierarchy.
“Antipas...my faithful martyr” -representing a group or class. These were the martyrs who were martyred for resisting the increasing power of the Pope.
There is no specific records in the early Christian writings of an actual martyr named Antipas.
-The Pope took over, as part of his title he called himself “the holy father”.
In efforts to build up converts rapidly, the Catholic church adopted pagan holidays, rituals, and gods now under the title of saints.
Partial Christianity, but at the same time corrupted by a partial paganism creeping in.
Thuateira (Thyatira) apparently means heavenly sacrifice. In Greek, thua- is a prefix form of thuos, or sacrifice.
This assembly, like the one at Pergamos earlier, was castigated by Yahshua for having tolerance for fornication. The word fornication can be used to describe various illicit and deviant sexual acts, however it can be fully demonstrated, from 1 Corinthians Chapter 10, Jude 7, and elsewhere in the Bible, that fornication is race-mixing.
It is apparent here, that Jezebel is the model whore, as Yahshua describes her. This is a fitting analogy. When Israel plays the harlot, the nation is eaten by metaphoric dogs (Psa. 22:16, Phil. 3:2, Rev. 22:15). Likewise the body of Jezebel the harlot, upon her death, was eaten by dogs, as Yahweh had pronounced would happen to her (2 Kings 9:36). Because of their acceptance of race-mixing, this assembly will suffer great tribulation. They had a temple Artemis, the high priestess or prophetess of Artemis. At a meeting, the assembly of Thyatira was divided on the question, whether their members could retain their old memberships in these pagan trade guilds or not. Evidently Jezebel (name probably used as epithet), the prophetess was preaching you could.
We also see in verse 24, that race-mixing comes from “the depths of the Adversary”, or Satan. All through the ages, it has been the Edomite Jew who has been the promoter of the integration and mixing of the races, and this is even by their own admission, for they are proud of it. This is the first light in understanding mystery of iniquity!
The Morning Star:
Eosphoros, or Lucifer in the Latin, the light-bearer. Yahshua Christ is the true light-bearer, and therefore lays the only legitimate claim to the title. Yahshua is “the life [that] was the light of men” and “the light [that] shines in the darkness” and also the “light [that] was the truth, which coming into the Society enlightens every man”, John 1:4, 5 and 9.
THYATIRA (town of Thyra)(meaning a continual sacrifice, persecution at hands of papacy)
(Rand 529-1529 AD)(Dan 606-1517AD)
-Time of Emperor Justinian
-The Dark Ages, lack of knowledge,
-Thyra was an ancient village, becoming important when king Seleucus Nicator seized Syrian quarter of break up of Alexander the Greats empire and founded a Macedonian colony between 301 and 281 BC.
-The Greek Orthodox Church adopted the same doctrines but maintained a separate church.
The Eastern or Greek “Church” were brought down by the great Mohammedan raids.
-By 604 AD the power of the Pope was as high a degree as it got, and carry to until the starting date of the Protestant reformation in 1517 AD.
-In this period, many pagan and unscriptural doctrines carried into the true doctrine, pagan holidays and ceremonies, worship of Virgin Mary (to bring in worshipers of Semiramis, wife of Nimrod, and Christ reduced from man to a child held in Mary’s arms. The worship of saints as mediators between God and man.
Reformation gets its start with John Wycliffe, mid 1300's, translated Bible into English in 1378, a professor, sent his students out as poor preachers. He was tricked by the Catholic Church, caught, and burned at the stake.
Your garment is your skin color, your race. Do not defile your race with one from another.
These few people may have been those that followed Martin Luther.
Sardeis was the capital city of ancient Lydia.
The town of Sardis was founded beyond the dawn of history. Located on fertile plain of great east and west trade route. Produced the earliest coinage found.
-“I come as a thief”- Refers to being on the watch or they would be taken by surprise, was because their city was a fortified hill, only one attack spot. Yet it was captured twice by surprise.(Cyrus, 549 BC and Antiochus the Great in 218 BC)
It was an important city to the Persians, and held by them throughout the Classical period. The original Lydian cities were all said to have been destroyed by the Persians in the 6th century BC, and until the time of Alexander the Persians held most of Asia Minor. Sardeis was named after the usually transparent-reddish or brownish sardion stone, which is called carnelian by the English. This stone was used in the making of jewelry by the Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans, and in the making of cylinder seals by the Assyrians. It was also widely used by the Romans for signet seals, which may add to the depth of the meaning here, since there is apparently question as to whether these Christians are indeed as sealed, or assured, of their salvation as they seem to think that they are. The Sardians had the Word, but seem not to have acted on it.
SARDIS (remnant, reformation) Means -bright light- those who overcome
(Eli 1529-1789)(Dan 1517-1750)
-The start of the Reformation
During the Middle Ages, all institutions, political and religious suffered corruption.
-Time of Martin Luther
Martin Luther was a Catholic priest in 1507, became a lecturer at U of Wittenberg.
He translated the Bible into German. Nailed up papers stating 95 theses that were corrupt in the church for debate. He did not intend to start a separate Protestant church, he wanted to clean up the things in his own church.
Protestantism filtered into France in 1520's.
-In this period you had few people trying in vain to bring about reform. The “church” held council in Trent in 1545. Priestly hierarchy holds strong, the worship of saints, the doctrine of purgatory, the sale of indulgences, all were affirmed.
The Lutheran doctrine, that salvation is by faith in Yahshua, not payment of money to the church, he condemned as heretical. And all heretics to be exterminated.
-1789 Was the start of the French Revolution
An open door invites the ability to read and understand. Put yourself in position to be led to that door. Obey My Commandments. The Key.
Philadelphia means brotherly love, and this assembly was not criticized by Yahweh, which is certainly why this assembly was chosen for this message, for the meaning of its name, just as Smyrna was chosen for a similar message.
That is also the significance of the Key of David. In order to find where the key fits, one must know the door it unlocks. Yahshua said in John Chapter 10 that “1 Truly, truly I say to you, he not entering through the door into the pen of the sheep, but going up from another place, that man is a thief and a robber. 2 But he entering through the door is the shepherd of the sheep.” So we see that the Key of David opens the door to the sheepfold the right way, and anyone else who comes in, who does not belong to the Shepherd, is a thief and a robber.
PHILADELPHIA (brotherly love)
(Rand 1789-1914)(Eli 1776-1914)(Dan 1750-1850)
Greek for: philos (love)-adelphos (brother, from the womb, same race, peoples, anglo-saxon)
This period covers the expansion of Protestantism in the Israelite Nations (Europe/USA).
-The city was called “little Athens”, because of its paganism and many pagan temples. But Yahweh said those that overcometh He will make a pillar in the temple of El (God).
The ancient city of Philadelphia was founded by king Attalus the 2nd of Pergamos at a natural trade route.
-2 of the assemblies not criticized: Smyrna and Philadelphia
-Time period when the Jews, and their usury were kept in check by the papacy.
Laodikeia is literally “righteous people”, from the Greek words laos and dikaios. Yet it may be shown that dikaios was understood in the Greek mind as being that which is deemed righteous by man, as opposed to another word, hosios, which denoted that which was deemed righteous by the gods, or rather by God.
Therefore the word may be interpreted here as denoting a self-righteous people, and thus the message fits the name of the assembly. The people are neither hot nor cold: they know the Gospel of God and claim to be Christians, but they care not for His will or His works.
LAODICEA (means peoples rights)
(Eli 1914-Present)(Dan 1850-Now)
Messenger: Possibly Woodrow Wilson?
Time period predicted by Paul
Don’t rock the boat, don’t offend the enemy. Toleration.
Laodicea was founded between 261 and 246 BC near city of Colossae
Very few remains remain. Small city until after the Roman period began: then rapidly became great and rich, the center of banking and financial transactions. Destroyed by earthquake in 60 AD. Rebuilt without accepting Roman financial help.
Represents the “Christian church” of our own time.
Today’s “churches” consider themselves rich. Yet they are not rich in Yahweh. They participate in a perversion of true doctrine.
Men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, unholy, etc.
-Up to this point, the prophesy of the Book of Revelation had been concerning the stages of the Assembly.
Now we turn to prophecy of general world history, from John’s time on to the end.
The living creatures are actually cherubs, those chimerical sphinx-like creatures made up of the symbols of the four leading tribes of Israel. Lion-Tribe of Judah. Young bullock-Tribe of Ephraim. Face of a man-Tribe of Reuben. Flying eagle-Tribe of Dan.
Three tribes on each side, hence six wings.
They are often depicted in association with the throne of Yahweh, as they are in Ezekiel Chapter 1, and they adorned the ark of the covenant.
Seven sealed book. A 'seal' denotes 'security' and 'secrecy'.
In the book of Daniel, he was told 'to shut up the words and seal the book even to the time of the end'. Daniel's visions were of the kingdoms of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Alexander the Great and Rome.
John's vision was from his time until the return of our Prince.
Revelation, as with the books of Enoch and II Esdras are for the last generation before our Prince returns.
7 SCROLLS 7 SEALS
Yahshua Christ is the Lion of Judah and He is also the root of David.
The Lamb that appeared as if it had been slaughtered can only be Yahshua Christ, the Lamb of God.
The four living creatures are described much the same way Ezekiel 1:4-11 described them as a part of the throne of Yahweh 700 years prior to John. These are the same as the cherubs which sat upon the ark of the covenant, those sphinx-like creatures which had the attributes of a man, a lion, a bull and an eagle, the symbols from the standards of the four leading tribes of Israel.
The purchase with blood for one's brethren is the ancient Hebrew law of the kinsman redeemer. And if you are not a kinsman to the Redeemer, you have no part with Him in the first place! We see this in the Law at Leviticus 25:47-49.
Galatians 4:4-5: “4 And when the fulfillment of the time had come, Yahweh had dispatched His Son, having been born of a woman, having been subject to law, 5 in order that he would redeem those subject to law, that we would recover the position of sons.” (See also Luke 1:68, 24:21; Galatians 3:13; 1 Peter 1:18; Revelation 14:3, 4.)
A Kingdom of Priests
The idea of a “Christian priest” does not exist in the ante-Nicene writers, because all Christians should be priests in their own right, and there should be no professional Christian priesthood. John the Baptist was the last priest. Christ is our reigning high priest. Those who do the will of God are doing the service to God that He requires and therefore they are all priests of God.
There is nothing in Christianity which requires the performance of any special ritual. We are merely told to keep His commandments and to love our brethren – in action and not in speech only – and by doing those things we achieve the execution of the true Christian priesthood. The idea that each and every Israelite who does the will of Yahweh is a priest of Yahweh belongs to the Old Testament as well as the New, and is evident from Exodus Chapter 19 as well as from the epistles of Peter. Paul, and elsewhere in the Revelation. (See Ex 19:5-6, 1 Pet 2:5,9, Rev 1:6)
Here in Chapter 6 we see the famous Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. It is evident that these four horsemen represent four stages in the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.
It is also evident that many elements in these four horsemen also accurately describe the development and demise of the imperialist empires of modern times.
OPENING OF 1ST SEAL
(Rand: 31 BC-64AD)
The term empire is properly applied to a government which rules over more than one nation of people. From The American Heritage College Dictionary, Third Edition: “empire...1.a. A political unit comprising a number of territories or nations and ruled by a single supreme authority....”
Rome certainly became an empire by the third century BC, by which time it conquered and defeated all of the other tribes of the Italian Peninsula, the Etruscans, Sabines, Samnites and the Greek states of southern Italy and Sicily.
By the end of the second century BC Rome ruled all of Greece, Asia Minor, Sardinia, parts of Spain, and the formerly Phoenician areas of North Africa. As late as the first century BC, there was the Social war in Italy, between Rome and the Italian nations (91-88 BC), and there was Serorius' revolt in Spain (83-72 BC), but these were not civil wars, rather they were revolts by already conquered nations against the Roman dominion. The Caesars did not begin an empire, they inherited one. While further expansion occurred in later periods of Roman history, such as the conquest of Dacia under Trajan, Rome's very founding marked the beginning of the White Horse period, and the time when Rome became an empire, whether the supreme ruling authority was a Republican government or a dictatorship or a monarchy.
The Romans of the early Republican period often appointed a temporary dictator in times of war, who once the threat had passed would revert power to the regular government. Eclipsing the period of the Republic, the first real self-appointed dictator to rule Rome was Sulla. This, it is evident, marked the transition from the White Horse period to the Red Horse period, for the years following Sulla were filled with civil wars. While the White Horse period was marked by a rider carrying a bow, a weapon signifying conquest from a distance, the rider of the Red horse period carries only a sword, a weapon which can only signify the conquest of those who are near.
The first great and actual Civil War was between supporters of Lucius Cornelius Sulla and Gaius Marius and took place from 88-87 BC.
There was the rebellion of Lepidus against the Senate in 77 BC
Catiline Conspiracy of 63-62 BC.
Julius Caesar and Gnaeus Pompey from 49-45 BC – where over half of the empire was the battleground, from Spain to Egypt.
The Post-Caesarian civil war between the Senate army led by Cicero and Octavian (the later Augustus) and the forces of Antony and Lepidus in 44 BC, and then the so-called Liberators' civil war to avenge the murder of Caesar, between Antony and Octavian (who were now allies of the Second Triumvirate) and the forces of Marcus Brutus and Gaius Longinus in 42 BC.
Then a revolt in Sicily led by the son of Pompey against the Second Triumvirate, which lasted from 44-36 BC.
Then the civil war of Lucius Antonius and Fulvia Antonia, the brother of Marc Antony, against Octavian in 41-40 BC.
Finally, there was the last and most famous civil war between Octavian and Agrippa in the west, and Mark Antony and Cleopatra in the east, which ended at the Battle of Actium in 31 BC, and which ended the Roman Republic in a monarchy established by Octavian. This was the Red Horse period of the Roman Empire, where peace was taken from the earth and the citizens of the empire killed one another.
180-192 AD-Period began with emperor Commodus.
26 or so emperors, mostly known for brutality, bloody, debauchery, mediocre, chaotic, and some unimportant.
With the period which begins at the monarchy of Augustus, we see a relative peace brought to the empire which lasted practically 200 years. Yet while there were problems on these frontiers (Britain, Germany), the main portion of the Empire saw a relatively prolonged peace.
However, with success also comes decadence. Therefore we see in the words of Paul of Tarsus that the Romans had become a morally corrupt people.
Compulsory worship of the emperor slowly began to be instituted, and came to the full with Caligula and Nero. For three centuries, Christians were persecuted, usually at the instigation of the Jews who most often remained a privileged class. Usury, prostitution, the circuses and other vices were popular and prevalent throughout the empire, and the Jew grew quite comfortable in pagan Rome. The rider of the black horse carries a scale, which signifies judgment. The decline and fall of Rome is a complex issue. Coin clipping and debasement of the currency were a plague in these centuries, and the over-supply of money in any economy leads to price inflation, as we see here in America today.
The warnings concerning the prices of grain, and the oil and the wine, signify a period of both price inflation and food shortages. As Rome required the hire of larger armies to maintain control of the provinces, as the bureaucracy increased, and as the currency became debased, food prices climbed. This is exactly the same process which we have seen occurring in imperial America over the past 60 years.
“hurt not the oil and the wine”(see that you be not unjust regarding the oil and the wine)(oil-messiah, wine-worship of the people, the quality of their worship)
The rider on the Black Horse has no crown and no weapons. That he had no weapons seems to denote the period of peace which was ushered in by the reign of Augustus. That he had no crown means that these rulers were not true scepter-bearers, those of the line of Zarah-Judah from which the first Caesars had come. Rather, they were a long line of military generals who sought for and gained power either through treachery, through politics, or through usurpation of the previous emperor. While some of these men were noble, such as Vespasian, many were not.
It may be estimated that this period began to wane in the reign of Caracalla, who had granted, in false generosity, citizenship freely to all of the freemen – former slaves - of the empire, primarily because the government could then expect an increase of tax revenue. Citizenship, which was often bought in earlier periods, as it is evident even in the Book of Acts, became very cheap from this time – around 212 AD.
The burden of taxes was so great, farmers had to give up and move to city. Tax burdened everyone, disintegration and decay, and invasion of so-called barbarian tribes.
He also further debased the currency, and increased the pay of the legions, and imposed oppressive taxes throughout the provinces. There were many other evil emperors, but Caracalla stood out among them. Gibbon called him “the common enemy of mankind”. Importantly, Caracalla also fought a battle with the Alamanni, which did not end decisively, except that he bribed the Germanic invaders with a large sum to make peace. This is the same tactic that later emperors used against the Goths, and it failed them miserably. This, it may be esteemed. Is a marked point in the transition from the Black Horse period to the Green Horse period, which represents sickness and decay.
(Rand: Death was pagan Rome, Hell was Papal Rome)
This color represents sickness and decay.
Plague and disease from conditions of 2nd and 3rd seals.
The sickness and decay of the empire under the burdens of race-mixing, vice, and political corruption finally begin its decline, where it finally succumbs to Germanic invaders in the fifth century AD. There was a fifty-year crisis in which there were prolonged periods of virtual anarchy, from about 235-284 AD, a period which the empire barely survived. But the disease which finally kills the empire is now terminal, and it is only a matter of time before its death.
-1/4 killed by sword is when the German tribes (Scythians) and 4 tribes of Alemania (2 Gothic, Visigoths and Ostrogoths) made their push of migration.
293-303 AD (529-1755 AD)
(most severe persecution)
This is a
Those who had been previous martyrs were told “You rest. There is yet more to come, more martyrs: not until the number of them is complete will the end be.”
(depicts the final break-up of the old Roman imperial system)(French Revolution)
Roman Empire, depicted as the sun, it gave no light. Blood red moon because of the cities burned and looted.
Roman nobles who were nearly all pagan.
German tribes migration to S and W, and everything Roman was being taken over by these tribes.
The changes in sun and the moon represent the passing of the government and its bureaucracy. The stars of heaven (for which see Judges Chapter 5 and also the promises to Abraham) are that same “stone cut out of the mountain without hands” from Daniel Chapter 2, those Germanic tribes of the children of Israel that invaded and destroyed the empire, not only in Italy and Africa, but also in Britain, Gaul and Iberia, and in Dacia and Pannonia. (In 330 AD Constantine had granted the Vandals lands in Pannonia.) The heaven which departed are the Germanic tribes of the north and east who suddenly were able to migrate in large enough numbers to the south and west and invaded the empire on all fronts.
Every island and mountain were moved from their place in the great Germanic migrations of the 5th and 6th centuries AD. The Germanic tribes were used by Yahweh to judge the old Roman empire, and the fear of the decadent leaders of the empire is reflected in verses 15 through 17. Yet we must remember, that the people of Rome were every bit as Hebrew and as Israelite in their heritage as the Germanic invaders. Of course Edomite and Canaanite admixture among them.
In 364 AD the empire was divided east and west, and this represents the beginning of the dissolution of the ten toes: the splitting of the original provinces of the empire as it existed under the first Caesars. The eastern portion would last another thousand years, however the west fell quickly. At first the western empire attempted to buy off the Goths with a large sum of gold. Rome was then sacked by the Goths under Alaric in 410 AD. When they still would not go away, a Gothic chieftain was made the emperor. The Huns were bought off in the east with a large grant of land which eventually became Hungary. But bribes were not enough for the Goths, who really wanted the fertile soil of Italy and the treasures of the empire for themselves, and so finally in 476 AD they took it. Rome could no longer defend herself first because the empire was completely corrupt and decadent, but more importantly, as Daniel 2:43 attests, because there was little unity in the citizenry, which was now made up of people of diverse and mixed races. It can be told from Daniel Chapter 7 that upon dissolution of the toes, from one of them would arise ten horns, and an eleventh which would subdue three kings. This describes Justinian, the eleventh emperor of the eastern empire, during whose reign the Vandal King Gelimer and the Gothic kings Witiges and Totila were defeated in Carthage and in Italy. During the wars of this period, much of Italy was laid bare, and the city of Rome was practically deserted for a long period of time. This, it can be ascertained, is the wounding of the head in another vision – that of the beast of Revelation Chapter 13. The empire is dead, but the beast and the dragon which gives its power to the beast still live to rise again – as the Roman Catholic Church!
This is another parenthesis here:
Flash forward to judgment day
The tribe of Dan is not listed because they were a scouting tribe, and in ships up coast, far from Rome by this time.
The destruction of Rome is momentarily suspended while the tribes could be sealed. This assures that a sufficient number of Israelites would survive the judgment to come upon the empire. The tribe of Dan is not mentioned, because the main body of that tribe is not within the bounds of the empire nor among those invading the empire, but rather they are already quite safe in northern Europe.
The phrase “all nations” could only mean all of the nations of the Adamic society – that part of the world which Rome rules over and which has undergone this tribulation. The great crowd, which no one was able to number, is a glimpse into the fulfillment of the promise to Abraham – for all of these people are descendants of the Israelites. .
These saints are the same as in 6:9.
This represents the Hebrew (Job 19:25-27) Christian promise of resurrection and eternal life.
This is leading up to something big.
Flashback to Imperial Rome
Fall of Rome and rise of Justinian as seen in prophecy
A short time of peace.
Edict of Toleration of Christianity gave Israel a period of rest from persecution.
This eighth angel must be Christ, praying for the burnt bodies of the martyrs.
The 7 trumpets played an important part in the life of Israel, and their use was part of the instruction given by Yahweh to Moses. From the number of blasts, or the manner of blowing, the people would be prepared for what was coming.
1ST TRUMPET SOUNDS
(Rand: 396-429 AD) Alleric-Gothic King
The fall of the Roman Empire was in thirds. Each dealt with separately.
Devastation and destruction of western (W Germany, Gaul, Italy, Spain and Carthage in N Africa) part of Roman Empire. (By mixture of 7 Germanic tribes of Israel- so called “barbarians”)
Then German tribe of Alemania overran northern Italy in 272 AD. Another group of Suevi, Alemania,
The Roman Empire had been threatened by the Germanic tribes for quite some time, and even Julius Caesar in his own description of the Gallic Wars complained that the Germanic tribes were forever pushing west of the Rhine.
In 364 AD the empire was divided east and west, and this represents the beginning of the dissolution of the ten toes: the splitting of the original provinces of the empire as it existed under the first Caesars. The eastern portion would last another thousand years, however the west fell quickly. Later in the fourth century the Visigoths, after defeating the Romans in a large battle, were given leave to cross into the lands of the Empire. Eventually they were mistreated by Rome, and rebelled against the empire. Around 406 AD tribes from out of the Vandals, Alans and Suevi crossed the Rhine into Gaul and began to loot and pillage the empire, and take much of its lands in Gaul and Iberia, which were never recovered. The Visigoths at this same time raided Greece, and then invaded Italy. At first the western empire attempted to buy off the Goths with a large sum of gold. Rome was then sacked by the Goths under Alaric in 410 AD. The years from 433-453 AD saw the Hunnic Empire under Attila and Bleda, who raided the Balkans, Gaul, and Italy, threatening both Constantinople and Rome. The Vandals then sacked Rome in 455 AD. The Huns were bought off in the east with a large grant of land which eventually became Hungary. But looting and bribes were eventually not enough for the Goths, who really wanted the fertile soil of Italy and the treasures of the empire for themselves, and so finally in 476 AD they took it, when the Gothic chieftain Odoacer declared himself ruler of Italy. Rome could no longer defend herself first because the empire was completely corrupt and decadent, but more importantly, as Daniel 2:43 attests, because there was little unity in the citizenry, which was now made up of people of diverse and mixed races.
2ND TRUMPET SOUNDS
(Rand: 429-476 AD) Genseric Vandal King (Spain)
In October of 439 AD, the Vandals under Gaiseric made a successful surprise attack on Carthage. He had his designs on both the city and the large port. They took the city and found a large Roman fleet laying in the harbor waiting for them. This was a devastating strategic mistake on the part of the Romans, to allow such a large supply of ships to fall into the hands of their enemies.
The fall of Carthage to the Vandals greatly disturbed both the western and the eastern empire, as there was a large number of galleys and a great shipyard in Carthage, creating a Vandal fleet as great as the joint navies of both empires. That the Romans allowed for so many ships to be left in Carthage's port while the Vandals were so close by, must be one of the greatest errors of Roman history. The very next Spring, that of 440 AD, a vast fleet manned by Vandals and their allies (Alans, Goths, Romanized Libyans, and even Moors) set out from Carthage for Sicily, which at the time was the principal supplier of oil and grain to Italy after the loss of North Africa. All the coastal towns were looted and Palermo was besieged. Ships heavily laden with plunder returned to Carthage. The powerful eastern imperial fleet responded by sailing into Sicilian waters in 441 AD, taking the Vandals by surprise. This was under the command of the Romano-Goth Areobindus, but a major invasion of the Balkans by the Huns and the threat of a Persian attack, forced him to take his fleet back home. After this Gaiseric allowed his fleets to continue plundering throughout the western Mediterranean Sea. The Vandals then plundered Rome itself in 455 AD.
3RD TRUMPET SOUNDS
(Rand: 434-453 AD) Attila the Hun
It can be told from Daniel Chapter 7 that upon dissolution of the toes, from one of them would arise ten horns, and then an eleventh which would subdue three kings. This describes Justinian, the eleventh emperor of the eastern empire, during whose reign the Vandal King Gelimer was defeated in Carthage and the Gothic kings Witiges and Totila were defeated in Italy. During the wars of this period, much of Italy and Sicily were laid bare, the Vandal kingdom of North Africa was wasted and many of the Vandal soldiers were forcibly relocated to the east in the service of the conquering Byzantines. The city of Rome was practically deserted for an extended period of time.
This star which fell from heaven made a third of the waters bitter because Justinian would prevail over the Germanic peoples in Italy and Africa, and this in turn would also pave the way for Catholicism in Western Europe. Therefore, it is evidenced that this passage in the Revelation also refers to Justinian, just as the little horn of Daniel Chapter 7 does.
The Hun invasion- (were paid an enormous tribute bribe to spare Rome, 432 AD)
-In 451 AD Roman and Visigoth forces against the Huns in probably most terrific battle in history
(Disciple Arron) – Wormwood-flowing water (the word). The bitterness was the scribes perverting the word.
4TH TRUMPET SOUNDS
(Rand 476-622 AD) Odoacer the Mercenary
The sun, moon and stars are not to the mere objects in heaven, but rather they are symbols of organized government and people, there is still an absolutely striking occurrence which happened in 536-537 AD, which points to a certain and literal fulfillment of this passage. Of the very time when the great general Belisarius had defeated the Vandals and taken Carthage for the Byzantines. Procopius writes thus: “For the sun gave forth its light without brightness, like the moon, during this whole year, and it seemed exceedingly like the sun in eclipse, for the beams it shed were not clear nor such as it is accustomed to shed. And from the time when this happened men were neither free from war nor pestilence nor any other thing leading to death. And it was the time when Justinian was in the tenth year of his reign.” This is found in the Loeb Classical Library edition of Procopius, Book 4 Chapter 14 Section 5. By this we also know that the interpretation of these passages as having to do with the wars which destroyed the old Roman empire, but also brought great harm to the people of God who brought that empire down, is absolutely certain. Yet the dulling of the Sun during this year only represents and reflects the events as they were happening upon the earth, for after the passing of Rome, much of Europe also fell into the so-called Dark Ages.
And 1/3 of the sun, moon, and stars was smitten- the extinguishing power of Roman Empire.
-In 476 AD Odoacer deposed the last Roman emperor of the west, Romulus Augustulus.
Instead of claiming the title of emperor for himself, he was acclaimed king of Italy by his soldiers. Consequently, the total end of the western portion of Roman Empire. Northwestern third of it had reached extinction. 1/3 sun-empire was darkened, 1/3 moon-ruling power, emperor, was lost, 1/3 stars-important people, princes and generals, those in authority, lost authority.
Something apparently worse was yet to come.
The muslim invasion.
The Arab and Turkic invasions of the Adamic society. Here we see that three woes are announced.
5TH TRUMPET SOUNDS
(Rand: 622-1299 AD)
These last 3 trumpets are about the known world.
Saracen invasion-1/3 of breakup of Roman Empire. (southerly third)
Deals with the Arabs and Mohammedanism and conversion by the sword.
-Mohammed (570-632AD) Had a series of visions, he was in a pit. He was doubtful whether visions were from Gabriel or satanically inspired. He was told to propagate a new religion of Mohammedanism. He taught the Arabs to unite. Converts were to be made by the sword.
-The rise of Mohammedism and the Arab conquests of the formerly White regions of Mesopotamia, the Levant, and the northern coast of Africa.
It is also evident that Mohammed is the “little horn” of Daniel Chapter 8, This little horn is not to be confused with the little horn of Daniel Chapter 7, which we shall see when we get to Revelation Chapter 13 refers to the Emperor Justinian. So it may be seen that just as Daniel in Chapters 7 and 8 prophesied of Justinian, and then of Mohammed, so does the Revelation in Chapters 8 and 9.
The Bottomless Pit
Arabia is renowned as a land of locusts. The locust eggs stay under the desert soil until it rains, and then they begin to hatch and swarm.
The scorpions of the earth are a reference to the Canaanite Jews. This can be seen at Luke 10:18-19. The serpents and scorpions were not to be taken literally in that passage, but as metaphors for certain people, which we see are of the Adversary, or Satan.
The 5 month period of the locusts seems to represent the approximate 150-year period of Islamic conquest over the Byzantine lands. They were commanded not to devastate the land. This period began around 622 AD when Mecca was entered by Mohammed and was eventually conquered, process which ended in 632 AD. Within two years of Mohammed's death, his followers began their conquests outside of Arabia, first taking Syria, Persia and Palestine. Mohammed was succeeded by Omar. (Mosque of Omar, dome in Jerusalem). In 652 AD they already began attacking Sicily, and Arabs occupied parts of the island then for an extended period. By 670 they controlled the entire Middle East and began attacking even Constantinople itself. From this time they began conquering Northern Africa, and by 711 they are crossing into Spain. In 726 and again in 740 they captured Syracuse on Sicily, but never took the entire island until the 9th century. In 736 the Arabs took Georgia north of the Caucasus Mountains. In 751 they even defeated Chinese forces in a battle near the Talas River in modern-day Kyrgyzstan. By 762 Baghdad was created as the capital of the Abbasid caliphs, and Islamic conquests are virtually finished.
Yet it is evident that the main period of Islamic conquest lasted about 5 prophetic months, or nearly 150 years. Until 1060 AD, when the Turks began to take Anatolia from the Byzantines, Arabs competed mostly among themselves, in lands they had already occupied to some extent, such as the taking of Crete and southern Italy – portions of which some Arabs had long occupied - in 820 and 827 AD.
This is dealing with the remainder of the old Roman Empire
- Just previous to the Saracen invasion was breakup of western third of Roman Empire.
-The Catholic Church remained and began gaining strength, empire gone, no authority.
This is a poetic description of the Arab hordes. Apollyon is a Greek word which means destroyer. This is how we should view Mohammedism, even to this very day – as a destructive force to our Christian Civilization.
6TH TRUMPET SOUNDS
(Rand: 1299-to end of 20th century 1917)
Deals with the Turkish invasion.
-Turks took over what Arabs conquered and the rest of Asia Minor. And finally Constantinople.
John gave duration (391yrs) of aggressive phase of Turkish WOE
This second woe as a description of the Turkic invasions of Byzantine lands. This is the release of those bound by the Euphrates, which is metaphorical and not a literal reference, so that the Turkic hordes – already converted to Mohammedism by the Arabs in the 7th and 8th centuries - can begin to cross from the east. This process began in 1055 AD, when the Seljuk Turks captured Baghdad. Eventually they came to control nearly all of the formerly Arab lands, under the Ottoman Empire, but that is not our concern here. They began to move on Christian lands around 1064 AD when they began to clash with Byzantine troops in Asia Minor. In 1067 they attacked Caesarea and then Iconium in central Asia Minor. Although initially repulsed, within thirty years they controlled all of Anatolia. This ushered in the period of the Crusades, but wherever the European nations were able to recapture lands for Christendom, the results were only temporary. Furthermore, the Norman raids of the Balkans and southern Italy and their sacking of Constantinople in 1204 weakened efforts, rather than helping them.
-During 11th century, first portion of Seljuk Turks appear. Then the Osmanli Turks.
-Ottoman Turks(Adopted Mohammadism even though they conquered them)
-Excellent soldiers, nomadic horsemen, relied on calvary. Kept best troops as reserves.
Said it was their duty to convert all unbelievers to Mohammedanism.
Janizaries were “new troops” Christian children boys 8-12, taken by force from parents, trained militarily, and converted to Mohammedanism.
They were primarily interested in conquering and ruling other lands.
They had taken the remaining eastern Roman empire, except Constantinople, who bought them off, but later besieged Constantinople in 1453.
-1453 final trace of Roman Empire extinguished.
Sultan Bayezid, led his Turkish army in 1402 to meet Tamerlane(a Mongol), and were practically exterminated by the Mongols.
The old Turkish cannon, was in the form of an animal, “1/3 part of men killed, by fire, smoke and brimstone which issued out of their mouths.” The wicks were the tails.
By the 14th century the Turks occupied the Balkans, and occupied or subjected many of the Black Sea nations. In 1453 Constantinople, surrounded by lands already fallen to the Turks, finally also fell to them. Looking at Byzantine resources in this period, compared to Turkic resources, it is amazing that the city held out as long as it did.
If we interpret this time period by the prophetic time scale of a year for a day, this would add up to around 391 years and 15 days. The Turkic conquests of Anatolia began around 1067 AD, and their conquest of the of Eastern Roman Empire ended with the taking of Constantinople in 1453 AD, a that is a total of 393 years, very close to the 391 years of this prophecy. The army of two hundred million men in verse 16 need only represent the number of invaders over this nearly 400-year period.
Constantinople was the first major city in history to have been taken with the help of cannon. Sadly, it was a Christian gun-maker, Urban of Hungary, whom the Turks hired to build the cannons, 70 of them.
The Catholics paganized Christianity, by transferring the ancient pagan gods and goddesses into the false conception of “saints”, thereby actually worshipping demons, and by their idolatry in the making of statues representing these things. The anti-Christian practices of pharmakeia – the use of drugs, and fornication – which is race-mixing, were also prevalent in Byzantium and Rome.
Chapter 10 is a parenthesis.
The period known as the Reformation
In his Ecclesiastical History, Bede, the famous English cleric and historian, often described men who were well versed and who read the Scriptures not only in Latin, but also in Greek. Yet shortly after these times, the Romish Church turned in a direction which was absolutely contrary to the Spirit of Scripture, and it made an effort to repress the Word of God, and keep it from the ears of the people.
The Council of Toulouse, which met in November of 1229, about the time of the crusade against the Albigensians, set up a special ecclesiastical tribunal, or court, known as the Inquisition (Lat. inquisitio, an inquiry), to search out and try heretics. Twenty of the forty-five articles decreed by the Council dealt with heretics and heresy.
These edicts of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries were among the first responses of a tyrannical church against people who read the Scripture and disagreed with Rome in the interpretation of its meaning. There were bishops who actively sought to destroy Bibles, and even demanded that people turn them in.
Therefore the angel with the small book which was open, which descends out of heaven, symbolizes the Word of God in the hands of the people, in the form of the Bible, which the people at least in some degree had, and which the Romish Church tried to take away. The invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg circa 1440, upon which one of the first mass-produced books was a copy of the Latin Vulgate Bible, and which a short time later launched a revolution in the distribution of printed matter, especially the works of Christian writers such as Luther and Erasmus, assured that the Bible would forever remain a fixture in Christian homes.
-1535 Coverdale published complete Bible in English
-In 1588, the Spanish armada sent to conquer England and murder all the Protestants, most of the fleet were lost in a terrific storm.
-Angel standing one foot on land one on sea-stopping progression of satanic forces (Spanish armada sent to conquer England and compel kingdom to Catholism, 2/3 fleet destroyed by storm) The Pope tried to stamp out Protestantism by land.
The Mystery of Yahweh is the concealment and the later revelation of His people. The concealment happened after the Assyrian deportations of Israel, and the revelation would happen in the Gospel. He put Israel away, and that He would find them. See Luke 2:30-32, Ephesians 3:1-7, and Daniel chapters 2,7.
The Germanic tribes that destroyed Rome, were the stone cut out of the mountain without hands.
The Germanic peoples break away from the Catholic church in order to obey the gospel of Christ.
Bitter/sweet-The long lost and suppressed Word of Yahweh was sweet, but the consequences of these beliefs will be great persecution. Bitter also because of awareness of the corruptions of the Roman Catholic Church.
Go and prophesy- teach (go and re-teach the Word)
James said “Blessed is a man who endures trial, because being approved he shall receive the crown of life which He promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12) We do not realize these trials when we embrace the things of the world and join ourselves to the world, so long as we have the things of the world. But when we pursue the things of God, then we realize them, and pray that He keeps us from them, covering ourselves with the Blood of the Lamb.
Therefore the Word of God is sweet in our mouths, but bitter in our bellies. If we have joined ourselves to the things of the world, it pains us to hear it, but if we enjoy hearing it, it pains us to live by it because of the strife which we get from the world.
Ezekiel put it this way, at Ezekiel 2:8-10, 3:1-3: “2:8 But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto you; Be not you rebellious like that rebellious house: open your mouth, and eat that I give you. 9 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein; 10 And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe. 3:1 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that you findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. 2 So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. 3 And he said unto me, Son of man, cause your belly to eat, and fill your bowels with this roll that I give you. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.”
The desire of the Germanic peoples to read and their will to follow the Word of God once they were able to read their Bibles, caused them to revolt from the tyrannical Romish Church, which in turn caused great wars throughout Europe, notably the Thirty Years' War in Germany, the destruction of the Huguenots under Catherine di Medici in France, and all the blood-letting of the English Reformation and its temporary reversals in the 16th century. There are estimated to be as many as 12 million deaths in the Thirty Years' War alone, all because the popes thought they had a right to rule over men. None of this is Christian.
Period of The Reformation
God does not dwell in a house built with hands, but He dwells in us, and therefore temple of Yahweh is an allegory for His people in the world.
Innermost of holies, only the high priest once a year could enter.
The two witnesses are the two olive trees, which are also the two lampstands. These are the 2 Houses of Israel and Judah.
We are told in Zechariah Chapter 4 that “These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Prince of the whole earth”. Since Yahshua Christ is the Prince of the whole earth, then the Saxon peoples have proven themselves to be the Children of Israel by becoming the primary vessels of Christendom. Isaiah 62:1 says of Zion that the salvation thereof would be as a lamp that burneth. Christ said at Luke 8:16 “Now no one lighting a lamp conceals it in a vessel or sets it under a couch, but sets it upon a lampstand, that those entering in would see the light. 17 For there is nothing secret which shall not become evident, nor hidden which shall not be known and brought to light.” Yahshua said again at Matthew 5:14-16: “14 You are the light of the Society. A city sitting upon a mountain is not able to be hidden. 15 Neither do they ignite a lamp and set it under a basket, but upon a lampstand, and it gives light for all those in the house. 16 Thusly you must give your light before men, that they may see your good works and they may honor your Father who is in the heavens.” The Saxon peoples are that shining city on the hill, the lamp which could not be hid, and they are the Light of the World, for only they out of all of the world's people have tried to civilize the entire globe and bring it under the rule of law, for better or worse. This all began after the Reformation took place, when the Children of God laid aside the paganism of the Romish Church and embraced the Word of God.
Although blind to their actual identity, Israel and Judah had been accepting and then in turn spreading the Gospel for 1260 years, or in some cases a little longer, which represents the time from the Passion of Christ and the spread of the Gospel into Europe, to the time when His people began to demand that they live by the Word of God and not the word of tyrants. Yet as the spread of the Gospel into Europe was a process which took several centuries, so was the Reformation and the break from the Romish Church a process which took several centuries.
2 olive trees ( Prophets of the Old Testament, Apostles of the New Testament) They furnish the oil. So the lamps may give light.
2 lampstands (2 witnesses-written testimony of those directly inspired, and those who studied and study the Scriptures.)
-Witnesses are also but a few people in each generation who are disturbed by seeing what they know is paganism, and trying to object and bring back the purity of Yahweh’s Word.
Note: Ex 27:20, Lev 24:2, the only oil permitted to be used in the Temple for filling the lamps that were kept burning was olive oil (Israel-anglo-saxons).
The fire is the Word of God to those who resist it, and these two witnesses would prevail over all who opposed them in bringing it to light. The rain is the Word of God to those who accept it, and there would be no fruit on the earth lest it come from Israel and Judah.
1789 AD French Revolution
Verse 6 is symbolic of much death near waterways or sea.
During Napoleonic wars brought death and plaque.
Edomite JEWS, and their usury that comes up out of the bottomless pit. Freed from the 1000 years by the
Homosexuality and Slavery. Jew propaganda and usury.
With a victory of Catholicism over the Reformation, “those dwelling upon the earth rejoice[d] over” the subjection of the Children of Israel to the earthly power of the Pope.
May 5, 1514 there were no witness to the word of Yahweh. Silenced by Catholicism.
Oct 31, 1517 (3 ½ yrs later)
-The papacy of the Catholic church “the man of sin” (Anti-christ) had become established and for a few centuries the corruption was unrecognizable. The identity of the Anti-Christ (“man of sin”) was not preached until the 1100's.
But there are many anti-christ among us, anyone who is not with Christ is anti-christ.
Represents governmental subdivision, provinces broke away.
Second woe is past-1683 was end of Turkish attacks.
1789-1920 was a period of religious warfare. Darwinism, atheism, communism.
3RD Woe comes quickly. (Eli- WWI 1912/14 – Present)
(could the 3rd woe be the muslim invasion today?)
7TH TRUMPET SOUNDS
While it was far from over, the success of the Protestants over the Romish Church ensured the rise to world hegemony of the Christian Saxon peoples, who constitute the true kingdom of God.
The symbolism of the Ark of the Covenant is an assurance that these people who are Christians and bear the witness of the Gospel are those same people who were in the Exodus with Moses and wandered in the desert forty years.
The Children of Israel, as soon as they departed from the Catholic Church and sought the Will of God, in a few hundred years built the greatest nations that the world had ever known. However once Satan was let out of the pit, the great civilization of Protestant Christendom began to decay. The only hope that we have for salvation in this world is to reject the things of this world, and return to Yahweh our God.
Revelation chapter 12 is not new to readers of the Hebrew Bible, nor was it new to Greeks and Romans. For instance, the Greeks had many old stories about the casting down of the serpent Typhon by Zeus, or the Python by Apollo. Since it can be demonstrated that Greek origins are found in the East, and especially with the Hebrews, these stories are certainly recognizable as embellishments on the memory of the oldest Hebrew accounts.
A parenthesis (flashback insert).
At this point, it has been a study of what’s been happening to the “beast” empires, but here is a parenthesis of what was happening to Israel all this time. The break-up of Roman Empire (beast empires)
Our people trying to deliver the word.
The interpretation of this prophecy is three-fold. First, it elucidates many of the secrets of our past, and then it describes the birth of the Christ and the attempt of His enemies to kill Him. But it also describes the birth of the only nation ever founded upon Christian principles, and the place where the woman would once and for all be saved from “that old Serpent”. This shall become manifest as we proceed through the chapter.
The woman with the twelve stars represents the people of Israel in their tribes.
The sun is often used to describe that ruling power ordained by Yahweh God, while the moon is used to describe earthly powers – mere reflections of the sun. Here the woman is seen cloaked with the sun – the power of God – and standing on the moon – which symbolizes the woman's having overcome the earthly powers. In the context, America was born and following God at the time. The woman conceiving in the womb, being about to give birth, primarily describes the birth of the Christ. However this is evidently a dual prophecy, for it also describes the birth of America, the only nation in history, since the Exodus, which was ever founded as a Christian nation. America was also founded out of the Reformation, on Protestant principles.
As the woman represents Israel all through time, this dragon represents the satanic power, Satan or the Adversary, all through time. The seven heads and seven crowns, or diadems, and the ten horns all represent the power and earthly realms of the Adversary, and they are also described in Revelation chapters 13 and 17 where they appear as seven heads and ten horns. Ten horns are also mentioned in Daniel chapter 7 where it is speaking of earthly kings.
The third of the stars of heaven represents those angels of God who joined themselves to the dragon in that original revolt, which is something that occurred long before John's time. These have made war with the Adamic people of God since Adam was first created here on this earth. However, they also may represent those of our own race – since the children of Israel are often described as the stars of heaven, who throughout time have sided with the dragon, rather than with God. Since this entire prophecy has a dual fulfillment, such is also expected to be the case here.
And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, in order that when she should give birth he may devour her child.
The dragon here is represented by the historical Herod the Great, for only he attempted to murder the Christ child as soon as he was born, as we find recorded in the Gospel accounts. That Herod is a representative of the dragon is quite profound once we discover that he was not an Israelite, but an Edomite by race. That Herod was indeed of the seed of Esau is fully apparent in the pages of the Judaean historian, Flavius Josephus, where it is attested to directly or indirectly at least five times, and those instances shall be cited forthwith:
Josephus, Antiquities, 14:8: But there was a certain friend of Hyrcanus, an Idumean, called Antipater, who was very rich, and in his nature an active and a seditious man; who was at enmity with Aristobulus, and had differences with him on account of his goodwill to Hyrcanus. [Antipater was the father of Herod.]
Josephus, Antiquities, 14:403: but Antigonus, by way of reply to what Herod had caused to be proclaimed, and this before the Romans, and before Silo also, said that they would not do justly if they gave the kingdom to Herod, who was no more than a private man, and an Idumean, i.e. a half Jew, whereas they ought to bestow it on one of the royal family, as their custom was...
Josephus, Wars, 1:123: Now, those other people which were at variance with Aristobulus were afraid, upon his unexpectedly obtaining the government; and especially this concerned Antipater, whom Aristobulus hated of old. He was by birth an Idumean, and one of the principal of that nation, on account of his ancestors and riches, and other authority to him belonging...
Josephus, Wars, 1:312-313: 312 And here a certain old man, the father of seven children, whose children, together with their mother, desired him to give them permission to go out, upon the assurance and right hand that was offered them, slew them after the following manner: he ordered everyone of them to go out, while he stood himself at the cave's mouth, and slew each son of his as went out. Herod was near enough to see this sight, and his bowels of compassion were moved at it, and he stretched out his right hand to the old man, and besought him to spare his children; 313 yet did not he relent at all upon what he said, but over and above reproached Herod on the lowness of his descent, and slew his wife as well as his children; and when he had thrown their dead bodies down the precipice, he at last threw himself down after them.
This is, of course, a description of Yahshua Christ, who will rule all of the Adamic nations with a rod of iron – after the tares, the goats, everything which offends, and every plant which Yahweh did not plant are all removed, as Scripture assures us shall happen.
This flight of the woman and the period of time are mentioned again at verse 14, except that there the 1260 days are “a time times and half a time”, 3-and-a-half times 360 being 1260, which is also 42 months times 30 days. The place having been prepared by Yahweh God must be a reference to the Scriptures found at Deuteronomy 32:8 and 2 Samuel 7:10. In these passages it is quite evident that Yahweh God never intended Palestine to be a permanent home for His people.
Deuteronomy 32:8: “When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel”.
2 Samuel 7:10: “Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime”. These words of Samuel's were spoken to David in Palestine, and therefore the place meant cannot be in Palestine.
The 1260 days represents the nourishing of the woman – the nations of Israel - with the Gospel. This is the same period of the Two Witnesses of chapter 11. Since Yahshua Christ is the Word of Life, and He is also the Bread of Life, the true nourishment of the children of Israel can only come from the Gospel. This is the message of John chapter 6.
Except for the original Israelite kingdom, America is the first and only nation to have been founded as a Christian nation, or actually as a federation of Christian nations - which are the original individual States. And just as the Dragon tried to kill the Christ child as soon as it was born, the international Jewish bankers have tried to destroy America ever since it was born.
Flashback from earlier time before Adam.
Yahshua Christ said, as it is recorded at Luke 10:18, that He “beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven”. This must have happened in the past, and in the remote past, since we see the dragon equated with “that Serpent of old, who is called the False Accuser and the Adversary ”.
The Serpent of Genesis chapter 3, and the events which took place in the Garden of Eden, and so Satan must have been cast down to earth before that time.
The underlined should read, 'and the authority of His anointed,'
'Christ' (christos in Greek) means anointed. In many instances it refers to the anointed people, the seed of Jacob.
Love His message more than life.
Refers to when Protestantism was stamped out and silenced by 1514, then 3 ½ years later in 1517, beginning with Martin Luther's 95 thesis, it spread like wildfire.
The dragon was cast down to earth before the creation of Adam, and the result was the seduction of Eve and the proclamation of eternal enmity between the two disparate groups found in Genesis 3:15. The dragon was cast down to earth again in 70 AD, when Jerusalem was destroyed. The dispersed Jews were later behind all of the persecutions of Christians until the time of Constantine. However once Christianity became recognized by Rome, the dragon was locked away in a pit, which shall be discussed at length at Revelation chapter 20. The dragon was again cast down to earth with the Reformation, when it became evident that the jewish popes would not have power over the main of the children of Yahweh. From that time the Saxon peoples, who with the help of their God freed themselves from the beast tyrants (which is a topic of discussion for Revelation chapter 13), have had nothing but persecutions from the dragon, in the 30 Years' War, and from the time of the French Revolution (when Satan fully emerged from the pit, to be discussed with Revelation chapter 20) and all of the wars and revolutions of Europe which have occurred since then, which have all been instigated by the Jews.
Protection of His people in the wilderness of Europe, receiving the gospel.
Time, times, and half of time - 1260
The flood from the serpent's mouth is referring to people. His people seeking to do his work.
Dariel gorge-the pass of Israel-stopped Satan’s outpour.
This is a prophecy that has not happened yet.
The Jews followed Us (anglo-saxon Israel) again
This desert place is another description of what is described in verse 6, and the woman, Israel, had fled into the wilderness of Europe where she received the Gospel, and it took nearly that long for the Saxon Israel and related peoples to convert to Christianity, returning to that God that had cast them off for their sin many centuries before. The water which the Serpent had cast from its mouth were all of the other races which the Jews had brought to fight against the Aryan peoples of Europe and the Near East. First there were the Arab invasions, which were instigated by the Jews, especially the invasion of Gothic Spain (this story is told well in The Plot Against the Church by Maurice Pinay), and the destruction of the formerly White lands of Mesopotamia, the Near East, Northern Africa and the Levant. Then there were the Turkic invasions, and the Turks invaded the Byzantine lands at the behest of Jewish and arab merchants. Then there were the invasions of the Mongols, and Martin Luther had written that it was the Jews in each city of Eastern Europe who had betrayed those cities by opening their gates to the Golden Horde. All of these invasions of Christian Europe ultimately failed, and by the time that America began to be settled, the jew could no longer bring the world's goat nations against Christendom, until these recent days when they have done it by another means, under the guise of egalitarianism and multiculturalism.
Revelation 13 is a prophetic overview of the period of the 2,520 years of Israel's punishment – the end of which began at the founding of this Christian nation, these United States.
So here Revelation Chapter 13 is not interpreted as being an extension of the linear historical narrative that is evident in chapters 6 through 12. Rather, it is a description of those entities and their attributes which Yahweh our God allowed to be the vehicles of our chastisement, those powers which were behind the 2,520 years of tyranny which our race endured in our period of separation from our God – before we returned to His Word beginning with the period of the Reformation.
One head wounded was Roman Empire which had fallen (476 AD), but the power of the papacy was the healing of the wound (Pope Leo the 3rd crowned emperor of Romans in 800 AD, now a military and political western Roman Empire restored. The Holy Roman Empire.
Of course, this is the papacy.
-Vicarius Filii Dei, The Latin numerals add up to (666)
(1260 yrs) The power of the Pope 606 AD - 1866 AD. (Cox: 538 AD - 1798 AD)
More papacy rule.
If you worship the Pope, your name is not written in the book of life.
It shall be manifest, that the first beast is the system of world empires ending with Rome, and the second beast is the Papacy and the Roman Catholic Church.
This is a perfect description of the Romish popes, who under the guise of lambs – in the pretense of Christianity – devoured the sheep, just as the dragon would do. The popes certainly were the “lamb” which “spake as a dragon”, which exercised “all the power of the first beast” (for an example, just examine the Crusades). They ruled over all the kings of Europe, and controlled the hearts and minds of most of the people of Europe. For nearly all of the time from the reign of Justinian to that of Napoleon, the popes were the single dominating force in the fate of the peoples of Europe.
The first beast represented world empire.
The first beast, the fourth world empire of Daniel's vision, had been healed of its wound under the guise of the imperial papacy. The popes, crowning the kings of Europe, had all the power of the first beast. The Holy Roman Empire was not a separate beast, but rather – its emperors being coronated by the popes – it was a part of this beast.
Burning of martyrs?
The popes made fire come down upon the earth by making war against the saints, and forcing the various nations of Christendom into papal idolatry with the threat of war and interdict.
One of Martin Luther's major complaints against the Romish church was the selling of indulgences, tickets out of Purgatory for oneself or one's loved ones that were purchased from the church. Of course, neither Purgatory nor the idea of indulgences are Scriptural, but the Romish church taught them and by them was able to transfer a large amount of wealth from the peoples of Europe and into their own greedy coffers.
Material products. Birth certificate, driver's license, ss number, credit cards, etc.
Mental and material products governed.
1st Half of Rev 13 is a parallel of Daniel Chapters 2 and 7.
First beast had authority for 1260 yrs, Assyrian captivity until fall of Rome.
2nd Half of Rev 13 is 1260 yrs of Papal dominance of Holy Roman Empire.
In 14 AD under Augustus, Empire had Senatorial (10-Belonged to people of Rome/Senate) and Imperial provinces (within, more than 2 dozen)
:22-23 Germanic tribes
:24 10 Emperors ruled E Byzantine Empire- 11th was Justinian- his laws became canon laws of Catholic church and civil laws of Europe until Napoleon.
A flash forward to Judgment Day
'Defiled with women', meaning defiled by False religion.
Here we see a vision of the 144,000 that were first mentioned in Revelation Chapter 7. These were those men who were sealed by Yahweh – kept from the troubles and pollutions of this world and from the wrath that was to come upon the Roman empire, which was the context of Chapter 7, and we see them again here.
It is clear in the text that these are only the first-fruits of those whom He has purchased – the first-fruits of the children Israel and, as it is evident in Chapter 7 at verse 9, they are followed by an innumerable multitude who were clothed in white garments. The promise to Abraham was that his descendants would be an innumerable multitude, as the stars of heaven and as the sand of the seashore, and not a mere hundred and forty-four thousand (Genesis 22:17, 32:12).
-For some 19 centuries now, the “church” has taken a different path. They have not preached the Word, even denounced it and declared the “gospel of grace”, of “personal salvation” as the only gospel.
Christ taught us to seek first the Kingdom. Love our brethren. Not me, me, me.
On the cross He said “It is finished”, it’s accomplished. He died for us once, now it's up to us to follow His laws and seek His face so we may be “saved” (preserved) in this mortal life and prove ourselves worthy by the 2nd advent.
Revelation chapters 14 and 15 are a warning for our present time, this era of self-government and the loosing of Satan from the pit, which we have endured since the French Revolution.
The Reformation, the diminishing of the papacy, and the decentralization of power in Europe invited all of the social revolutions of the nineteenth century, from the first French Revolution to the Bolshevik, and even into America the social revolutions of more recent decades were orchestrated by the same peoples, the anti-Christ Jews, who have been at the root of every single one of them, and conceal as much through the media which they have come to control.
Chapter 14 begins to set the stage for the time of Jacob's trouble, that last period of world history before the Kingdom of Yahweh is finally established.
Babylon is multifaceted, a world system centered upon international trade and the political, social and religious systems which facilitate that trade.
The past century especially, that the global commercial system – particularly the international banks of London and New York – have “made all the nations drink from the wine of the passion of her fornication” by making war with all of those nations which do not join their system of central banks. All of those nations which have resisted the Rothschild-controlled central banking system have either been made to succumb over time, or outright destroyed – such as Tsarist Russia and Nazi Germany. Unto this day, even the arab nations and all the so-called “third world” nations are being forced into this Jewish banking system.
The “mark” of the beast is not necessarily a physical mark. The people described in Revelation chapter 13, those who were trapped under the power of the papacy – which describes nearly all of the Children of Israel through the later Medieval period – they had no practical choice but to worship the beast, the papacy at that time, in order that they may survive in their communities.
We are trapped into the same thing today.
The use of the phrase “from now on” (henceforth) indicates that there is still a lot of history left in this last age, and it also supports the statement made in these comments above at verses 6 and 7, that this chapter is setting the stage for the last period in the history of this present age. If one dies a Christian in this time, one will indeed be rewarded for one's faith – and rewarded whether one is conscious of it or not, since Christianity is much more than a simple profession. It is a way of life which many of us live regardless of our confession – since the laws of our God are written on our hearts.
A passive form of the verb 'xeraino' which means to be parched. Something that is parched, cannot be considered ripe, but rather describes something which is withered.
Verses 15-16 are the reaping of sour or strange grapes.
The ripe grapes represent the harvest of the wheat. As it also does in the harvest of the parched grapes described above, the swinging of the scythe represents the wrath of Yahweh which is manifested in the wars and tumults of this age – which have been far greater than those of previous ages.
Chapter 15 is another parenthesis.”I come as a thief” (Warning us that these events are taking place very shortly before the return of Yahshua the Christ)
The glass sea mixed with fire represents the trials of this life, the “fire” which each of us must pass through. That this fire represents these earthly trials which we endure is evident at 1 Peter 1:3-10. 1 Corinthians chapter 3:11-15.
The Old and New Covenants.
These people are not the one hundred and forty-four thousand of chapters 7 and 14. Neither are they the innumerable multitude of chapter 7. Rather, they are a new multitude – those Israelites from among the Nations who in these last days have prevailed over the beast by not worshiping the beast.
The tabernacle of testimony must be related to the “ark of His testament” mentioned at the end of Chapter 11. There it was remarked that the Word of God is the true ark of His testament, since it holds all of the promises made to Israel, and in that section of the Revelation we saw the opening of the Little Book – the Reformation and the deliverance of the Scripture into the hands of men, and the Two Witnesses, Israel and Judah, who fulfilled their testimony by fulfilling the prophecies concerning them: that they would indeed turn back to Yahweh and His Word through Christ. Their adoption of Christianity and their embrace of the Word of God in the Reformation was indeed the fulfillment of such prophecies. Hosea 2:7
7 LAST PLAGUES
An overall picture of Christian society, because it may be discerned that these prophecies are indeed a premonition of the overall state of the Christian society as it exists after the passing of the two beasts which we saw portrayed in Revelation chapter 13.
The seven vials, which affect only those that 'offend'.
With the French Revolution and the age of Napoleon, the end of the old feudal order had come for certain. The end of ecclesiastical control over the morals and behavior of the people, a power which was often abused under the Romish catholic church system anyway, had also come. The people would now generally be left to their own devices, under the guise of the so-called free and modern society. Yet with the introduction of mass-produced Bibles into the average home, the common person was also given a choice: to follow the Word of God, or succumb to the devices of the society.
Under a usury-based capitalist economy, the enemies of Christ would gain more and more power and influence, enabling them to finance ever-stronger attacks against Christendom, and from within rather than from without.
1st angel pours his vial upon the earth-(A series of plagues on the Catholic nations, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Austria)
We can see from Ezekiel 18:1-9, Joshua 7:20-26 and Jeremiah 31:27-30 what happens when we 'practice' unrighteousness, we are punished.
This represents the death of spiritual life in the Christian nations – as people began to worship the beast the aspirations of Christianity were replaced with the Jewish ideals of consumerism and humanism.
2nd Angel pours his vial upon the sea-(British fleets destroy fleets of Latin nations)(This mostly happened around late 1700's)
( Eli- Volcanic eruption, ashes turning sea with oxide, vaccinations)
Worthy of vengeance.
This represents all of the resulting wars stemming from humanism and the Jewish influence over Christianity.
3rd Angel pours his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters-(Bloodshed in rivers, Rhine, Danube, and Po, from persecution of Protestants, Catholics being guilty were now given their blood to drink)
(Eli- Same volcanic ash affecting the water by oxide)
The sun in the Revelation often seems to represent the powers of worldly governments as ordained by God, who has authority over these plagues. In this age the governments of Adam-kind have become tyrannies. People curse, blaspheme and deny God when they are affected by these plagues, although they are affected by them because they worship the beast system, and not God Himself.
4th Angel pours his vial upon the sun-(sun-Imperial power-Rome, Napoleon)
(Eli- Solar flare)
How often do we hear “why does God permit things to be so?” Or “what kind of God would allow such a thing?” Humanism has replaced God because God is considered to be unfair.
Remember the trial of Job.
5th Angel pours his vial upon the throne of the beast-(Rome and Papal States in Italy)The Pope, 764-1870 loses his kingdom.
(Eli- Seat of the Beast is the banks, economy, Rothschild, Rockefellers, etc)
The industrialization of Asia which began in the 19th century prepared the way of the kings of the east to gain power over Christendom. Today, through the industrialization of China and Japan and the other Asian states, they hold a great amount of power and influence over Christendom. They have also become militarized at the expense of Christendom.
3 unclean spirits, like frogs- communism, and at it’s end Nazism and Fascism (for these 2 were good things in their origin)
The economic, political, and religious systems corrupted by the Jews.
(Eli-Roman Catholicism, Judaism, and modern Protestantism)
1-Dragon Spirit, Satan, Illuminati
3-False Prophet, false church, World Eccumenital Movement, Jesuit Order
Rothschild (usury, Fed Bank)
OVERT Mission- Communist, Catholism, Capitolism
COVERT Mission-Knights Templar, Illuminati, Finance-usury
Clovis- King of the Franks, insignia was 3 frogs , history used to describe a frenchman.
All of the cries for diversity, racial equality, sexual liberation, and every other philosophy detrimental to sound Christian society which has been made these past 200 years have been based upon these Jewish ideals, and Jews have been their chief instigators and promoters.
Garments- blood of the lamb, righteousness, walk naked- be with Christians, not Satan
An ar, or har, is a mountain, and Megiddo means place of crowds. The events described here can be paralleled to the events described in Ezekiel chapter 38. All of the alien nations of the world are gathered to battle against the people of God.
6th Angel pours his vial upon the river Euphrates-Turks lose power of this area-power-Held area
The opposing between nations.
The economic, religious, and political phases of the Babylonian system.
These last verses describe the fall of Babylon.
7th Angel pours his vial into the air-
Stones, weight of a talent- these refer to the bombs of WWI, II
Voices, thunders and lightning- political disputes, warfare
Earthquakes- shaking down of civil institutions
Chapters 17 and 18 are a description of Mystery Babylon and the woman depicted in an entirely different light: as the whore who rides atop the beast.
Also a reference to Rome, the Bishops and Cardinals.
Individual assemblies, ”churches” of Israelites still observing pagan ways, even today.
The seven heads and ten horns again represent the governments and powers which have ruled over the woman.
The Mother of Harlots is a reference to Rome -Arnold Kennedy
The Mother of Harlots claims universality, and she has taught her daughter harlots well.
-All “seduce my servants to commit fornication”. We can see this because the daughter churches have their mother’s doctrines. -All promote racial intermarriage! -All deny the identity of Israel. -All deny the place of God’s commandments.
The Harlot Church does not, “contend for THE FAITH which was once delivered unto the saints” - (Jude 3). They promote A FAITH that is delivered to everyone else as well. The Harlot Church does not really contend for anything other than abominations, following the Mother of Harlots.
Nearly all of the White Adamic peoples killed in our wars or persecutions were killed by their own fellow White Adamites! Yet whether it be the 30 Years' War, the extermination of the French Huguenots, the American War Between the States, or the two World Wars of the 20th century, the aggressors were always convinced that they were doing good – even doing the will of God Himself. The instigators were always Jews and those who the Jews convinced and financed to do their bidding.
The Catholic church murdered many martyrs, burning them at the stake well into the 1800's.
Babylon-was, is not (at time of John), and yet is. Our society is run by this Babylonian system.
The seven mountains are the world empires which have ruled over the woman throughout history.
The five empires which are fallen are the empires of Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia and Greece. The one which is, in John's time, is Rome. The short-lived seventh empire must be that of Napoleon, who only lasted for a brief time. The papacy is not counted here, being a merely revival of one of the heads of the first beast, of Rome, and the Holy Roman Empire was a mere extension of the papacy.
10 kingdoms which formed the Holy Roman Empire.
These statements verify the interpretation given here, and today the children of Israel are spread over the entire globe. Yet the horns of the beast have long been stripping the whore and making her desolate.
The 10 nation states that rebelled against Rome/ The Dollar.
The woman, the great city – representative of a seat of government – did have dominion over the kings of the earth, and the Saxon people still do in pretense, however their own kingdom is handed over to the beast, so it is the work of the beast which is done in the world.
Israel willingly gives in to the beast, the Empire of merchants. Jew deception.
The falling of ancient Babylon and falling of the Babylonian usury system we are in today
The cities of the formerly White Christian nations have indeed “become a dwelling-place for demons and a prison for every unclean spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird”.
When a once pure, separate, and law abiding society allows unrighteousness, it crumbles.
In every empire in history, the destruction comes from tolerance of mixed races, homosexuals, and far left ideology.
The word is 'attud attud', meaning: prepared, full grown, leaders, a ram. (Goat is H8163 saiyr sair)
It is evident, that the current world system, the illusion of security in consumerism, humanism, and global mercantilism, shall come crashing down upon those who worship the beast. Those people of God who do not worship the beast system, they should attempt to separate themselves from it so that when it does crash, they do not suffer its punishments.
The exclamation by the woman, the whore sitting upon the beast, that “I sit a queen and I am not a widow and I have not seen grief”, sounds exactly like the attitude being taught in the “churches” today, where the gospel of personal enrichment is preached.
Global commerce comes to an end, merchandise worthless.
Mystery Babylon, the international mercantile system of debt, credit, and free trade set up by the internationalist Jew. The kings of the earth have compromised the stability of their own nations in order to commit fornication – or open their borders – so that the beast may thrive, hoping to enjoy the benefits of its false prosperity.
A parallel can be found in ancient history. Ancient Tyre was a city of Israel, as both Josephus and the Septuagint manuscripts profess, and history proves, and it too was a great city of international commercial, complete with cosmopolitan attitudes and Canaanite merchants. Ezekiel chapter 27:2-35 is a lamentation for Tyre.
Global commerce will come to an end. It has served only to enrich the enemies of Yahweh and to destroy His people.
The people of God have already condemned international commerce in this modern version of the beast system. Now they await the moment of its destruction.
The Jewish world of sorcery (pharmaceuticals) and multiculturalism and fornication and race-mixing and deviancy and godlessness and everything else which the beast system represents shall fail, and it shall all be destroyed, supplanted by the Kingdom of God.
90% of LSD in U.S. is made in Tel Aviv.
Is there anyone you know that is NOT on some kind of medication?
Chapter 19, portrays the final culmination of the last great challenge facing the people of God, which is described as occurring after the fall of Babylon.
Here in Revelation chapters 19 and 20, we will see the fate of the dragon, the alien multitudes, and all of those who have advanced themselves towards the Christian peoples of Europe and
Only the children of Israel have ever been invited to this feast.
The children of Israel are the bride, and none other: for Yahweh only prophesied these things concerning Israel.
Yahshua returns as judge, jury and executioner.
The trampling of the wine vat mentioned in verse 15 represents that same harvest of parched and ripe grapes described in Revelation chapter 14.
So it should be evident that the current situation, where all sorts of aliens are flooding into White lands, is a judgment from Yahweh. However just as Yahweh used the Assyrians and the Babylonians to chastise the children of Israel in ancient times, and then punished the Assyrians and Babylonians, so He shall punish these beasts which are flooding Israelite lands presently. (America, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, Australia)
Rev 19:19-21 (also explained in Isaiah 30:27-31)
(The Beast and false prophet were taken and destroyed in everlasting fire)(They deceived the Children of Israel by economics (Banks), Judaism, TV, etc.)
Frightful beyond imagination to His enemies, He protects us and brings us through it.
Moffatt says “He clubs him down to peals of merry music”
- In one of Paul’s letters he says that “those people who don’t want to believe the truth and who prefer to believe lies, Yahweh will let them have a strong delusion, since they reject the truth.
The dragon, that serpent of old, is those who are of the assembly of the Adversary who claim to be Judah (Jews) and are not (Revelation 2:9, 3:9). These people are actually the Canaanite-Edomite Jews, all of those tribes being related as is evident in the Book of Genesis chapters 4, 10, 15 and 36, who infiltrated Judaea long before the first century BC (Ezekiel chapters 35 and 36, Malachi chapters 1 and 2, Luke 11:50-51, Romans 9, John 8:33-47, Revelation 12:4). When Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, laws were passed against the Jews in the 4th and 5th centuries, which excoriated the Jew from Christian society. It became unlawful for Jews to hold any public office or military position, to hold Christian slaves, or to loan money to Christians at usury. From the time of Justinian Jews caught owning Christian slaves faced execution. Many Jews were therefore persuaded to leave the grounds of the Empire, and they migrated into Khazaria, Arabia and elsewhere.
In Medieval Europe those Jews who remained were forced to live in separate communities, but within those communities they were allowed their own laws. They existed in Europe as chattel property of the nobles, for the profit of the nobles. This is when it was fulfilled, as found in Revelation 3:9, that those who claim to be Judaeans and are not, Christ “shall make them that they shall come and they shall worship before your feet”, as the Jews were forced to do for a thousand years before Christian nobles throughout Europe.
Eli- Says this chapter is not the next in chronological order, he is saying that Rev 20:1-3 refers to Mohammed as the angel, and the Holy Roman Empire (papal Rome) lasted 1000yrs and ended in 1798 when Napoleon crowned himself in 1804. The Napoleonic wars released the power of Jews. Jewish power re-emerges with a vengeance.
(529 AD, Emperor Justinian threw the Jews out, and not to return until 1789 (1260yrs))
(Holy Roman Empire officially began in 800 AD, Charlamagne crowned, papacy had a tradition of crowning emperors for 1000yrs up to when Napoleon took crown from pope and crowned himself)(The Rothschild family (5sons) were heads of Banks in 5 countries,
For a thousand years – for better or for worse – Christianity prevailed in Europe and Christian governance and was the general way of life.
Verse 5 here contains only the words “This is the first restoration”.
The beginning of verse 5 is an addition to the manuscripts, which found its way into certain texts after the 9th century AD.
1st restoration-1800's, Industrial revolution, population explosion, technology, Christians, etc.
The Word certainly exploded and Christianity grew during the 1000 years.
This has already happened, and it is the very reason why all of the nations of the world are deceived and under the control of the international Jew today! This process began with the di Medici popes and the acceptance of usury by Christendom, and culminated when the Jew was finally emancipated in Europe, at the time of the French Revolution and Napoleon Bonaparte. Satan had surely been locked away, the Jews kept apart from Christians, for a thousand years. Now with his emancipation he was free to go out and deceive the nations with his cries for liberty, equality, and fraternity, which today have all the world's goat nations threatening the very existence of the White Christian race.
Now whether there is ever an actual military invasion of the White Christian nations by aliens does not matter. Already, all of the White Christian nations have been and are currently being overrun, looted and pillaged by aliens without a military. In many White nations today, genocide is being disguised merely as criminal behavior, and hidden behind statistics while reports everywhere are distorted or squelched by Jewish-controlled media outlets. Christendom is overrun by the aliens which hate the whore, while Whites who do stand up and speak out are persecuted even by those of their own race!
Here “the earth and heaven” are allegories for the people of the land and their government. This describes the final judgment of God. All those written into the Book of Life shall live, and all others shall be cast into the Lake of Fire.
Which is death. Hell is simply the grave. Sheol
In the Book of Joel, Chapter 2, Yahweh promises to Israel “25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, My great army which I sent among you. 26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of Yahweh your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and My people shall never be ashamed.” Here in these last chapters of the Revelation we see a vision of the fulfillment of that promise.
Describes heaven on earth
The new heaven and earth represent a new organization of the people of God in a cleansed land.
The dragon is world Jewry and all the other descendants of the serpent, in the sea of the world's peoples. All of these shall be cast into the Lake of Fire. An entirely Adamic world shall be heaven indeed.
The New Jerusalem is the people. The children of the promise. True anglo-saxon Israel.
The promise is established, He will walk with us.
The Greek phrase concerning new things may have been translated “Behold, I shall do all new things!”
'It is done' should be “They are made!”. This further substantiates the rendering in verse 5, “I shall make all new things”
The keeping of the commandments of God means the keeping of the bloodline of Israel. The overcomers are all of those Israelites who remain at the end of the age.
The phrase “second death” may be interpreted as being connected to the fate of those people who are without the Spirit of Yahweh which He Imparted to Adam: the aliens and descendants of the line of the Serpent of Genesis 3.
The names of the twelve tribes themselves are the twelve gates, because the only way into the City of God is to be born of one of those tribes!
Just like the signs on the temple, warning non Israelites not to enter.
The city is foursquare just as the Tabernacle in the Wilderness was foursquare, and just as the sheet in Peter's famous vision of Acts chapter 10 was foursquare. The breastplate made for the high priest, described in Exodus chapter 28, was also foursquare. All of this helps to signify that the Kingdom of Yahweh is meant for the Children of Israel exclusively, because it is measured to fit Israel only.
The non-Israelite Adamites that are saved, preserved. These would be the generations of Adam through Abraham. The other anglo-saxon branches of our race.
The Nations may be interpreted as being those Adamic Genesis 10 nations, which were also those nations which were to be blessed in Abraham's seed (Genesis 22:18). The first promise of the restoration of the Adamic race is found at Genesis 3:22.
This precedes, and is apart from, the special covenants Yahweh later made with Abraham and Jacob, which they do not annul. For Christ testifies that the other Adamic families shall also be in the resurrection.
The seven new things:
A new heaven.
A new earth.
A new way of living.
A new center of administration for the Kingdom.
A new type of worship.
A new 'light'.
A new Paradise.
Don't bow to me, I am a fellowservant, worship Yahweh.
Yahshua Christ is the only true Water of Life (John 4), yet He came only “for the lost sheep of the house of Israel”, those with whom His covenant was made (Jeremiah 31:31). The scope of the original calling has never changed.
It is wise to be careful, examining the manuscripts and producing the best possible text of the book before even attempting to understand its utterances.
Right to the last verse, the favor of Yahweh is with His sanctified ones – which is the meaning of the word saint. Only the children in the loins of Isaac were ever sanctified upon an altar to Yahweh at the command of Yahweh Himself. Only they can legitimately be His sanctified ones, and therefore “in Isaac shall your seed be called”, Saxons, and the European history revealed in the Revelation of Yahshua Christ is the end of all proofs of our Israelite heritage.
Symbolism in the Book of Revelation
Sun- Roman Empire (Imperial power), King, Government
Moon- clergy, church
“the day or that day” - the great and terrible day of Yahweh
Earthquake- a great shake up of earthly institutions
Mountain- kingdom, nation
Sea- non-Israel masses of people, mixed multitudes.
dog- Canaanites, and their followers
assembly - is the body of Christ
Rainbow- promise of divine mercy (flood)
Yousand- symbolic of family, sub-tribe
Heaven- seat of power of Israel nation
Heavens- Israel lands
Beast- government apart from Yahweh's government
Sackcloth- symbolic of calamity and of mourning of wickedness engaged in
Woman- Israel, whore, harlot
Bride- remnant, cleansed, only the children of Israel
Song- return to YHWH's law
Prophesy- to teach
Rain- symbolic of the word of YHWH
OIL- the Spirit of YHWH
The Prophets , Apostles and the true ministers of YHWH are the olive trees which give oil unto the lamp
Olive tree is symbolic of YHWH’s people, Israel
Lamp- truth, light, OT, NT
Beast with 7 heads - represents seven successive stages of empires which were ruled by the Babylonian system
Tree – race, people
REVELATION – CHURCH DOCTRINE VS. SCRIPTURE
Below are 3 sources of what the modern churches preach today about the book of Revelation.
The purpose is to expose the apostasy and perversion of the scriptures, and to educate our people about the truth of our heritage. That we, the anglo-saxon race who are the descendants of ancient Israel, are the people of Abraham's seed and therefore the heirs of the promises of Yahweh. Not the Jews who distort and pervert the scriptures and teach the 'traditions of men'.
The literary genres of the book of Revelation are an Apocalypse, a Prophecy, and an Epistle (or Letter). The Disciple/Apostle John, who followed Jesus Christ and witnessed His crucifixion, authored it.
John wrote Revelation while a prisoner on the Island of Patmos, approximately 85-95 A.D. Its purpose is to give encouragement and hope for all Christians to continue watching for the return and triumph of the Lord Jesus Christ. It also is to warn of the Final Judgment that nonbelievers will endure on that Last Day.
John wrote that Revelation is special because, “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” (1:3).
• In chapters 1-3, John describes the details of the setting as he received this revelation (unveiling of truth). John was elderly and imprisoned on the Island of Patmos when he received an apocalyptic vision from an angel. With this vision he was instructed to write to seven churches (assemblies) about what he had seen. He was not writing to the assemblies, rather they were visions of the stages of Christianity from then till now. Revelation 1:19, describes a basic outline of the entire letter written by John, “Therefore write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after these things” this is the pattern that is followed by John. He describes of the seven churches (assemblies) their qualities and/or their weaknesses and failings (such as Sardis and Laodicea).
• In chapters 4-20, John depicts what he sees in his vision about the Spiritual Realm. He describes Jesus Christ as the “Slain Lamb” who is the only one able to open the book with 7 seals. Aside from the 5th seal, each will bring a judgment upon the populace of the Earth. The 7th seal introduces 7 angels who each possess 7 trumpets, another series of daunting judgments. Incredibly, after the 6th trumpet in which 1/3 of the Earth’s population is killed, John claims, “The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, DID NOT REPENT’ (9:20).
This is speaking of the empire and the known world. Not the globe.
After this, John receives visions of which include the antichrist and Satan who is aware of his looming end. Next, John describes 7 more angles that will each carry 7 bowls of plagues to be poured onto the Earth. Again, amazingly, while hail is raining from heaven during the 7th plague, humankind does not repent but instead, “men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, because its plague was extremely severe” (16:21).
These fierce plagues demonstrate the wrath of God’s holy judgment upon the still wicked Earth.
John describes the eternality of Hell, the final resting place of the unbelieving. In 19:20, the antichrist and the false prophet are cast into the Lake of Fire. One thousand years later after the millennium reign of Jesus Christ in 20:10, the devil is also cast into the Lake of Fire. Christ is returning only one more time, and for good. Those who don't understand that the 1000 years has already passed will believe their “churches” rather than scripture. Scripture does not teach about a “fly by” called the “rapture”, and a 3rd Advent. We also see that the antichrist and the false prophet are still in torment, “day and night forever and ever” because John describes Hell as an eternal place of conscious torment.
• Finally, in chapters 21-22, John writes the last of the cannon of Scripture. Here he describes the New Heaven and the New Earth. In it is the holy city of the New Jerusalem. There will no longer be any crying or tears, pain, mourning, or death because, “the first things have passed away” (21:1). Only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life can enter this place to live eternally with Jesus Christ who sits on His throne. “Come.”And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost” (22:17).
“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” (22:12-13).
Summary of the Book of Revelation
Four times the author identifies himself as John (1:1,4,9; 22:8). From as early as Justin Martyr in the second century a.d. it has been held that this John was the apostle, the son of Zebedee (see Mt 10:2). The book itself reveals that the author was a Jew (the word is Judaean, John was an Israelite, not a Jew), well versed in Scripture, a church (assembly) leader who was well known to the seven churches of Asia Minor, and a deeply religious person fully convinced that the Christian faith would soon triumph over the demonic forces at work in the world.
Revelation was written when Christians were entering a time of persecution. The two periods most often mentioned are the latter part of Nero's reign (a.d. 54-68) and the latter part of Domitian's reign (81-96). Most interpreters date the book c. 95.
Since Roman authorities at this time were beginning to enforce emperor worship, Christians -- who held that Christ, not Caesar, was Lord -- were facing increasing hostility. The believers at Smyrna are warned against coming opposition (2:10), and the church (assembly) at Philadelphia is told of an hour of trial coming on the world (3:10). Antipas has already given his life (2:13) along with others (6:9). Antipas is not a person, rather a class of people who oppose unrighteousness. John has been exiled to the island of Patmos (probably the site of a Roman penal colony) for his activities as a Christian missionary (1:9). Some within the church (assembly are advocating a policy of compromise (2:14-15,20), which has to be corrected before its subtle influence can undermine the determination of believers to stand fast in the perilous days that lie ahead.
John writes to encourage the faithful to resist staunchly the demands of emperor worship. He informs his readers that the final showdown between God and Satan is imminent. Satan will increase his persecution of believers (the children of Israel), but they must stand fast, even to death. They are sealed against any spiritual harm and will soon be vindicated when Christ returns, when the wicked are forever destroyed, and when God's people enter an eternity of glory and blessedness.
For an adequate understanding of Revelation, the reader must recognize that it is a distinct kind of literature. Revelation is apocalyptic, a kind of writing that is highly symbolic. Although its visions often seem bizarre to the Western reader, fortunately the book provides a number of clues for its own interpretation (e.g., stars are angels (messengers), lampstands are churches (assemblies, people, not buildings, or the clerical hierarchy called “church”), 1:20; "the great prostitute," 17:1, is "Babylon" [Rome?] (so many just don't get it. The whore is 'the children of Israel', and her descendants, us. Babylon is not Rome. Babylon represents the Way of the Jew, the system of usury and commerce that they use to enslave us.), 17:5,18; and the heavenly Jerusalem is the wife of the Lamb, 21:9-10).
The 'heavenly Jerusalem' would be 'obedient children of Israel'.
A distinctive feature is the frequent use of the number seven (52 times). There are seven beatitudes (1:3), seven churches (assemblies) (1:4,11), seven spirits (1:4), seven golden lampstands (1:12), seven stars (1:16), seven seals (5:1), seven horns and seven eyes (5:6), seven trumpets (8:2), seven thunders (10:3), seven signs (12:1,3; 13:13-14; 15:1; 16:14; 19:20), seven crowns (12:3), seven plagues (15:6), seven golden bowls (15:7), seven hills (17:9) and seven kings (17:10), as well as other sevens. Symbolically, the number seven stands for completeness.
Interpreters of Revelation normally fall into four groups:
Preterists understand the book exclusively in terms of its first-century setting, claiming that most of its events have already taken place.
Historicists take it as describing the long chain of events from Patmos to the end of history.
Futurists place the book primarily in the end times.
Idealists view it as symbolic pictures of such timeless truths as the victory of good over evil.
Fortunately, the fundamental truths of Revelation do not depend on adopting a particular point of view. They are available to anyone who will read the book for its overall message and resist the temptation to become overly enamored with the details.
Revelation is the history and heritage of our people, true anglo-saxon Israel. It is a book of prophecy and fulfillment of those prophecies. It is about the results of our disobedience to God. It is about His promises to us. It's about judgment and tribulation. It is a warning about our actions and the evil 'practices' of the children of darkness. It is a history lesson and a guide for learning and understanding.
Who wrote the book?
The author of Revelation mentioned his name, John, four times throughout the book (Revelation 1:1, 4, 9; 22:8). Christians throughout history have given almost unanimous affirmation to the identity of the book’s author as John the apostle, who had been exiled to the island of Patmos by the authorities for preaching the gospel in Asia. Some traditions say that the Romans dropped John into a vat of boiling oil, but when the apostle did not die, they instead banished him to the barren rock of Patmos.
The title of the book, Revelation, comes from the Greek word for apocalypse and refers to an unveiling or a disclosure of something as yet unknown. This title is certainly appropriate for the book, a work so interested in making known the events of the future. And the past.
Where are we?
The apostle John wrote the book of Revelation around the year AD 95 from his exile on the island of Patmos. He addressed his work to seven Asian churches (Assemblies in Asia Minor)—Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. Because John worked in Ephesus for so many of his later years, it would have been natural for him to communicate this vision to the churches (assemblies) under his immediate care and influence. Revelation was not written to these assemblies, rather about the stages of Christianity over history. Each of those seven churches (assemblies) received a message directed specifically to (about) them (chapters 2 and 3) before John launched into his account of the future which he received in his vision from God.
Why is Revelation so important?
The book of Revelation provides the clearest biblical portrait of the events of the tribulation, dealing with the specifics of that terrible time (chapters 4–18). The tribulation will be a time of judgment, a time when those left on the earth after the rapture will suffer deeply for their nonbelief. The “rapture” is a false doctrine. We will all go through tribulation and trial. John pictured this judgment as a series of twenty-one events—inaugurated by the breaking of seven seals, the blowing of seven trumpets, and the pouring out of seven bowls. This grand judgment on the sinfulness of humanity shows the seriousness with which God views sin—payment will be exacted from those not covered by the blood of Jesus Christ. To be covered by the blood of Christ, you must be a kinsmen of Christ. And acknowledge, understand, and practice His Word.
What's the big idea?
While Revelation offers many details on the tribulation—even if they are often couched in the mystery of symbolic language—it is the final four chapters that dictate the overall message of the book. Revelation 19–22 portrays Christ’s future triumph over the forces of evil and His re-creation of the world for the redeemed. Ultimately, the book—and the world—end in a final victory for truth and goodness and beauty.
For the bulk of its sixty-six books, the Bible portrays a world deep in the throes of suffering. Human beings have had a problem with sin since the fall in Genesis 3, and verse after verse has recorded our problem in painstaking detail. The brilliance of Revelation is that it provides a final answer to this problem, a hope that Jesus will once and for all heal the wounds wrought by sin (Revelation 19), reign for a thousand years on earth (Revelation 20) (already happened in the time of the Reformation)(He does not come back a 3rd time)(the “rapture” is a Jewish fable), and then re-create the world into a place that represents God’s original design (Revelation 21–22). The Bible’s narrative is a simple one: creation, fall, re-creation. Without the completion of the redeeming work of Jesus recorded in Revelation, we wouldn’t have the end of the story, leaving our hope for the future in serious doubt.
How do I apply this?
Usually when people mention the book of Revelation, they immediately think about judgment. And without a doubt, much judgment occurs in the book. However, Revelation does not end with judgment. Instead, it provides a striking bookend for the entire Bible, which begins in Paradise and ends in Paradise. More than judgment on the evildoers, Revelation is a book about hope for the faithful in Christ. Not “just believers”, but those who 'practice' and DOETH.
What pains or indignities have you suffered? What broken relationship have you wept over? Has death’s sword struck deep into your heart? Revelation promises a world where pain and tears and death pass away. Revelation reminds us that there is indeed hope beyond the momentary trials and struggles of this life. One day the darkness will pass away, and we will all dwell in perpetual light.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus! God be praised.