I want to take a while off from Revelation and think about this last year. It has been one year this last January 21st. since my dear wife’s going to be with Jesus. In that same year I lost my third son, Israel, also. But, my loss is heaven’s gain and I am so thankful to have been given the privilege to have known Anita and Israel. Anita always had a heart for God from the first of our marriage of 60 years. She was truly a righteous woman, always caring for her family of eight children, and me but, still finding time to care for the downtrodden as well, much more so than I. I was a teacher and didn’t make much money so she was constantly on the lookout at thrift sales for clothes for the children. And she always seem Continue reading
“Surely I have taught you statutes and judgments, just as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess. Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the LORD our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him? … Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren,” – Deut. 4:5-9
Now that we have seen the end as God sees it, where are we right now? Revelation 12 and 13 seem to be dropped right into the middle of Revelation, as if they deserve special attention. Revelation 12 describes events that follow the war in heaven between Satan and God’s angels. A war in which Satan loses and is cast down to earth.
“And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” – Rev. 12:7-9
This war happens immediately after another sign appears in heaven –
“Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.
And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.
Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.” – Rev. 12:1-6
This sign is part history and part prophesy. It describes Israel’s history ever since God called Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who became Israel. Satan has been at war with them from the beginning, ever since Cain slew Abel. As Israel gave birth to Jesus the devil was right there trying to devour him, using Herod and the Pharisees and Sadducees and Rome. But God caught Him up to His throne in heaven. It seems like history doesn’t it? But, this sign that John saw has been seen again, in our time.
In 2016 the sign of Virgo (the Virgin) appeared in heaven and Jupiter (the King planet) moved into her womb and began its retrograde motion, which lasted for 42 weeks less a day. This is the normal human gestation period. Virgo gave birth to Jupiter on September 23, 2017, when Jupiter continued its circuit to arrive between the horns of Taurus the Bull on August 13, 2024, where it will meet Mars. Virgo was clothed with the moon under her feet and the Sun under her heard and 12 stars as a crown over her head, the planets Mercury, Mars, and Venus and the 9 stars of the constellation Leo. Just as John’s vision in Revelation 12 states.
As Jupiter, which is known as the King Planet, leaves Virgo it travels to the constellation Taurus. There it meets the planet Mars between the horns of Taurus, the Bull. In Hebrew Taurus is known as Shur (he who comes to judge) and Mars is known as Ma’adim (the Son of Man). Taurus contains the star cluster known as the Pleiades (or Congregation) so the meaning of this constellation fulfillment is “The Son of Man comes with His Congregation to judge the earth”. When will this happen? August 13, 2024, which happens to be the 9th of Av, a day of trouble for the Jews, the very day both their former Temples were destroyed. Or in other words -4 years from now!
Now the interesting thing about this sign is that the time from Jupiter leaving Virgo, Sept. 23, 2017, to the time it goes into conjunction with Mars between the horns of Taurus, August 13, 2024, is exactly 7 years. A time period the prophet Daniel predicts the Antichrist will confirm a treaty with Israel, which he will break in 3½ years.
“Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate.” – Dan. 9:27
John’s prophesy in Revelation 12 has two witnesses in the heavenly constellations, Virgo and Taurus. And other parts of his vision are about to happen. John saw a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads, which speaks of the Antichrist system described by Daniel and John.
“Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.” – Rev. 13:1
The phrase “out of the sea” identifies it as a Gentile empire. And it is this empire out of which the Antichrist comes. I believe the current EU will be the parent of this empire. This weird combination of nations were once Christian in nature but they have long since left that lifestyle. And they have consistently stood against Israel in the UN and in trade. They are the hotbed out of which the Antichrist will come. At first he will will act as a peacemaker, even confirming a covenant with Israel but, he will soon show his true colors and break this covenant. The braking point will probably be the time Satan and his angel are thrown out of heaven.
At some point in the near future, this Antichrist will stand before Israel to destroy her but she will flee into the wilderness, to a place prepared for her by God. There she will be safe for 3½ years, but that will have to be for another article.
Before that time several other wars against Israel will take place. They are described in Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38. We are interring a troubling time of man’s history and only those who take refuge in the Tower of the Lord will come through it.
“Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” – Rev. 12:12
In the Book of Revelation, John sees the seven angels who are about to sound their trumpets beginning the end of man’s reign on earth.
“Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” – Rev. 11:15
This is one of the main themes of the Book of Revelation and the thing Satan hates most, the end of his rule on earth – the end of his Antichrist and False Prophet’s rule and the end of all false philosophies. It also means the end of the spirit of Antichrist’s influence on the earth. Continue reading
As John is pondering what he has seen of the Bowl angels, one of them came and talked with him – “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” – Rev. 17:1, 2
“So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written:
MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.” – Rev. 17:3-6
The angel describes the beast to John first.
“The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition. The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. “These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”
This beast will have eight revelations to the word in different kingdoms which have ruled. They are shown here as heads – “Five have fallen” represents the kingdoms of Egypt, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. Many think they exist no more but Scripture tells us they are yet here. Revelation reveals that they will be active at the end of age as John sees them ascending out of the sea–
“Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.” – Rev. 13:2
These kingdoms were all driven by an evil spirit that will once again ascend out of the bottomless pit,
Something that represents their kingdoms remains and will be incorporated into the final beast kingdom that will grow out of Rome. For example: Greece was known for its philosophy and culture of humanism which is virtually the foundation of all education systems. Rome was known for its governmental system and laws, elements of which exist in most governments today. In Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, the iron legs represented Rome which divided into western and eastern (2 legs) branches and finally into 10 kingdoms of iron mixed with clay. I believe this predicted the rise of socialism (the clay) which was different than the republicanism of the original Roman ruling class.
The last kingdom, Rome, is still with us. It has morphed into many forms from Constantine and the Roman Church to the Merovingian kingdoms of Europe to the modern day European Union ( see the post From Ancient Rome until WWI). While there are different opinions about this, I believe what we see today as the EU will soon morph into the ten horned beast that God showed to Daniel and John saw rising out of the sea. The personal Antichrist will come up among them uniting three of them, or displacing them, in the process. My interest was greatly stirred when three of the EU nations joined recently to form Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg). The Treaty revising the Treaty establishing the Benelux Economic Union, was signed on 17 June 2008. This group exercises authority over the EU in matters of economic and security concerns and is located in Brussels. I believe the Antichrist will be connected with this group in some way. It is interesting to me that while the American news media, which prides itself in being the watchman on the world and American interests, is largely silent about these things.
The angel then proceeds to describe the woman that sits on the Beast. He says – “Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits.” The angel first gives the woman’s location. Now I suppose there are many locations that involve seven mountains but, the most famous one is the City of Rome. The woman is a harlot, meaning she is a false wife. She is pretending to be something she is not and she is adorned in scarlet, purple and precious gems. She represents false religion. Many have thought the Pope represents this harlot but, I believe the harlot is representing all false religion down through the ages. However, the current Pope may indeed be
represented here according to his recent actions. As this Pope pushes for a One-World government as well as One-World religion, even high ranking Catholics are opposing him.
There are also many Protestant Christians who fall into this category of Harlot as well as many Catholics who are true believers. But, as we are nearing the end a voice from heaven will be calling, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.”
Though this Harlot reigns over many people of the world, that will not protect her in the end. Revelation declares that the very Beast the harlot is riding will turn on her and devour her in the end.
“Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.” – Rev. 17:15-18
Revelation chapter eighteen describes her utter destruction in one day by the Lord.
“After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! “For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.” – Rev. 18:1-3
False religion has been he tool of Satan ever since the beginning. It began with Cain shedding the blood of Abel, trying to offer to God that which was cursed in the fall, continuing to the Pharisees and Sadducees killing Jesus. And it continues right down to today as true Christians are martyred by Muslims. But, chapters 17 and 18 of Revelation record God’s final judgment on all such false religion.
“And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.” – Rev. 18:24
“Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth.” – Rev. 16:1
After John gives us a glimpse of the end in chapters 14 and 15, he continues with the details of that end. I believe these seven bowls of God’s wrath are the results of the sounding of the seven angels with trumpets. The Trumpets stand for the announcement of God’s intentions and the Bowls are the results. Continue reading
Whether it happened December 25th or some time in August is of little consequence, the fact is – IT HAPPENED! The baby Jesus was born in a manger in Bethlehem some 2000 years ago. It is the beginning of the Gospel message we Christians proclaim. There is a God and He enters human history and He has moral standards He expect man to follow. It took a supernatural visit to convince Joseph that Mary had not violated this moral code. Jesus, the Son of God, had to be born into a family, a man and a woman joined together in marriage. Continue reading