Thursday, November 20, 2014

Revelation 13:7-9

He was further permitted to wage war on God’s holy people (the saints) and to overcome them. And power was given him to extend his authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation,
  • God allows the beast to attack us. Never forget that our Father has to first allow everything. Also never forget that our Father is Love, so these events are to better us all. 
  • When we are weak, our Father is strong within us, 2 Corinthians 12:10, 1 Corinthians 4:10.
  • Jesus is returning for a glorious Church, without spot, wrinkle, or blemish, Ephesians 5:27. 
  • Our Fathers Word is eternal, it never passes away, Mark 13:31. So even during this time, we are more than conquerors through Christ Who loves us, Romans 8:37. Even during this time our yoke is easy and our burden light, Matthew 11:30. Jesus will never leave us or forsake us, Hebrews 13:5, and our Father will never allow us to be tempted above that which we can bear. The power of our Father will be mighty in us during the end times. Our Father will be using us to do greater works than He used Jesus for, John 14:12. Our Father’s strength is perfected in us when we are our weakest, so just think of how great the power of the church will be during this time! 
  • Also, once again, the Church is mentioned here before Chapter 20. It is a flat out lie that teaches the church is not mentioned from Chapter 4 of Revelation until Chapter 20. You may have never heard this teaching, but I sure have. I have heard it a lot and it is wrong! 
  • We have seen that the Church is kept safe and fed for the three and a half years of the anti-christ’s rule. So how is it that we are allowed to be overcome? Christians have always been allowed to be martyred, but death where is thy victory and grave where is thy sting, 1 Corinthians 15:55? The grave has no victory over us, for us to be absent from the body, is to be present with Christ, 2 Corinthians 5:8! So what we have seen all fits together. We may be killed, but we will never be lost and Jesus will always be victorious through us, even in death.
And all the inhabitants of the earth will fall down in adoration and pay him homage, everyone whose name has not been recorded in the Book of Life of the Lamb that was slain [in sacrifice] from the foundation of the world.
  • John 17:2, tells us that Jesus Alone has been given all flesh
  • Romans 5:15-18, Jesus’ sacrifice brought all men to righteousness
  • Romans 10:10, confess with mouth, believe with heart salvation
  • Romans 14:11 every knee will bow, every tongue will confess
  • The fallen angels are on the earth, Revelation 12:9. Their names have not been written in the Lambs Book of Life. But there are a lot of scriptures that seem to show us that all humans have been written in our Father’s Book of Life. There are a lot of scriptures that speak of Jesus’ absolute victory over the separation caused by sin. 
  • There is only one unforgivable sin and that is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. Yet our Father never tells us exactly what that sin is. Why? If it was such a dangerous thing, you would think that it would be clearly spelled out, repeatedly as to what it is. This is why I believe that while the sin is unforgiveable, we cannot commit it. If we could I believe that our Father would have clearly defined it several times throughout His Word. We are to come to Him as little children, not lawyers, little children need things spelled out plainly and precisely. 
If anyone is able to hear, let him listen:
  • John 10:27, we are empowered with the Holy Spirit to hear.
  • John 15:15, Jesus calls us His friends because He tells us what is going on.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Revelation 13:5-6

And the beast was given the power of speech, uttering boastful and blasphemous words, and he was given freedom to exert his authority and to exercise his will during forty-two months (three and a half years).
  • Notice that the beast is allowed to exercise his power. Our Father has to allow him first to do it. Our Father has to give the Beast the power of speech. 
  • This is important, because our Father does everything in love. So He gives the Beast these abilities out of love for us. The things that the Beast is allowed to do will cause an uncountable number of people to be set free. 
  • Satan will give his power to the anti-christ, and he will be allowed to do it for 3 1/2 years. And as we were shown in Revelation 12:14, the church has been provided with an escape and we are protected for this entire time, and it infuriates satan to no end! Because he will see the Gospel of the Kingdom being preached to every nation, tribe, and tongue. During the Great Tribulation satan will see the righteous being used by our Father to do the works that Jesus did and He will see us being used to do even greater works then Jesus did. We will give food and provision when the anti-christ tries to have total control over such things. We will be a blessing to every tribe, nation, and tongue during these times. We will be the one sign that Jesus spoke of regarding His return!
  • Think of the blasphemy now of the Pope. People bow down to him, this is nowhere to be found in the New Testament, and it is actually spoken against, Acts 10:26. People kiss a ring on his finger. He has people bow down and kiss a graven image. The ring is supposedly Peter’s ring, and Peter said never to do such things! The Pope believes that He is the Christ on the earth. He places himself above people and it all looks very religious and loving. It is not hard to imagine how the Pope will be when he has the backing of kings and a fearful and wondering population. And to try and maintain his power this Pope will be able to speak as no one has before. But once again, the children of God are protected from the wrath of our Father. We may be asked to be sacrificed during this time, yet we will have the anointing of Christ upon us to endure it and further the Gospel of the Kingdom, just as we read about with Jesus, Stephen, Paul, John, and Peter. The death of our flesh is not persecution it is just the next step in life. 
And he opened his mouth to speak slanders against God, blaspheming His name and His abode, [even vilifying] those who live in heaven.
  • Blasphemy is taking what our Father does and giving credit to someone or something else.
  • Look at what the religious phonies said to Jesus: didn’t we prophesy, didn’t we do mighty works, this is blasphemy, Matthew 7:21-23.
  • The anti-christ, will claim that he has done miraculous things. He will claim that only through him and his church can the world survive. When it is brought to his attention what the Bible teaches, he will vilify those who the Holy Spirit uses and dwells in. People will listen, and they will flock to him, praising his wisdom, and worshipping him, and arresting and even killing those who oppose him. They will do it all in the Name of God! Just as they did during the Dark Ages and just as the radical Muslims do now! The anti-christ will teach that the Bible is being mistranslated by us and that we are taking God’s Word out of context, this is how he will attempt to maintain a form of godliness.
  • We are where our Father lives and we have been raised up and we now sit with Jesus in Heavenly places, Ephesians 2:6, and the anti-christ will vilify us. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Revelation 13:3-4

And one of his heads seemed to have a deadly wound. But his death stroke was healed; and the whole earth went after the beast in amazement and admiration.
  • The anti-christs will seem to have been killed, or should have been killed, but he will live.
  • Notice that he was healed, only our Father’s power can heal, so our Father is in control of the whole situation. 
  • We are told that the Earth paid homage to the beast, why the earth? Jesus told us the Earth because we will not pay homage, the saints will not, but all of those of the earth will.
  • Could earth be the fallen angels that are amongst us. In John 17:2 we are told that Jesus was being sacrificed so that He could have power over all mankind and so that He could give eternal life to all that He had been given. So earth could very well be the fallen angels only, who appear to  be like men. 
  • The Popes power was taken away by Napoleon in the 1798. From the time of Justatine in 538 when the Bishop of Rome became the Pope, until 1798, 1260 years, the Pope had a great army and was the world leader. The Pope will come back into great power as the anti-christ, the leader of the beast. He will speak with such power that he will actually seem to unite Christian and Muslim believers, and the world will marvel at how great a leader he is. He will offer peace, and the world will believe him. Just as now, people look far more at how people say things, then actually at what they do. And this guy will say things with such glory and the world will marvel and follow right along! The wicked will erect statues to him and pass laws that tell people to worship him. The anti-christ will seem exactly like what the world has always needed.
  • But his kingdom is built on the sand. It will never stand.   
They fell down and paid homage to the dragon, because he had bestowed on the beast all his dominion and authority; they also praised and worshiped the beast, exclaiming, Who is a match for the beast, and, Who can make war against him?
  • Fallen angels will worship the beast, because he came from the abyss. He is a leader amongst them. 
  • Think of how people fall down before the Pope now, and then think of when he has the full support and power of Europe, the Middle East, and satan. Our Father during this time will have caused a great falling away of the false believers, He will have spewed the luke warm out of His mouth. These false christians will probably run to the fake church of the anti-christ, which I believe to be the Catholic faith, ran by the anti-christ who is acting as the Pope.
  • Also notice how our Father finally permits satan to try and imitate Him. Our Father finally allows satan to give all his power and authority to the anti-christ, just as Jesus has given all of His power and glory to us. Think of what satan is thinking here, that he can finally control and empower things. All of his schemes and plans will fail though, because it is all our Father’s plan and it is our Fathers wrath. Satan is still a servant of our Father, even though he believes that he is in control, it is all our Father’s will being done on earth, as it is in Heaven.
  • But remember this Truth, just because some people will be fascinated by the beast and think that he is of God, our Father will not allow them to take his mark. Our Father would that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth, 1Timothy 2:4. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord, romans 14:11. So our Father will never allow people to commit the unforgivable sin of taken the mark of the beast. But with Angels it is a very different story.
  • A 1/3rd of the angels have been cast to the earth and they seek the destruction of the church, Revelation 12:4. These are the beings that have taken the mark and worship satan. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Revelation 13:2

And the beast that I saw resembled a leopard, but his feet were like those of a bear and his mouth was like that of a lion. And to him the dragon gave his [own] might and power and his [own] throne and great dominion.
  • The Leopard represents the Greek Empire, a leopard hides then pounces on its prey. 
  • Bear represents Persia, Iran, powerful, stubborn, and ferocious. 
  • Lion, Babylon. Fast and powerful. King of all the beasts. 
  • The anti-christs kingdom will be powerful and fast and will include parts of the middle east as well as Rome and Greece.
  • The anti-christ is fully powered by satan. Which means that he is fully powered by a loser, a loser who has failed at everything that he has ever attempted. Think about satan now, he and a third of the angels who followed him have been kicked out of heaven and they have been suffering defeat after defeat for thousands of years! So the anti-christ is in for one huge loss after another, because his kingdom will be built upon the sand. Everything that he will attempt will fail and it will cause him to become angrier and angrier. 
  • Look at popular politicians today when things don’t go their way and how they act. The beach is sandy and the storms are great, so it all erodes quickly for him and the kings who side with him. Think of it, all of these things that we have been shown in the Book of Revelation only last for 3 1/2 years. These leaders come on the scene fast and are destroyed fast. 
  • The beast is a symbol for a revised Roman empire and Rome is where the Pope is headquartered. The leopard represents the empire of Greece. The beast also has feet like a bear, the Persian Empire, and a mouth like a lion, the Babylonian Empire, Daniel 7:4-6. 
  • The anti-christ has the power behind him of Europe and the Middle East. This makes sense, think of the oil and the money that the Middle East possesses. The anti-christ will need it to secure his power and our Father will allow and empower the union. Look at how tolerant Europe is now of radical Islam, all in an attempt to secure peace. The alliances that the anti-christ will use are being formed right now. People will say that it is for tolerance and peace, but it is for money. The love of money is the root of all evil, it always has been and it always will be! 
  • Remember that the Four Angels have been released from the Euphrates River. Right now the world is terrified of the threats of radical Islamists.  For people to be saying peace and safety the anti-christ, empowered by satan, will have to appear to bring peace and unify Europe and the Middle East. The anti-christ and false prophet will have entered into treaties that will allow the money from the oil to come to them. The love of money will still be the root of all evil, even during the end times. So it is easy to see how the anti-christ power will be from the leopard, the lion, and the bear. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Revelation 13:1

[As] I stood on the sandy beach, I saw a beast coming up out of the sea with ten horns and seven heads. On his horns he had ten royal crowns (diadems) and blasphemous titles (names) on his heads.
  • A beach is not a solid foundation.
  • And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like a stupid (foolish) man who built his house upon the sand. Matthew 7:26
  • The beast will seem to come from among a group of people, even though he actually comes from the Great Abyss, Revelation 17:8
  • Sea is the place where satan lives. Sea is a smaller body of water then an ocean, the Sea of Galilee, the Sea of Cortez. Sea’s seem to be associated with a region of group of people.
  • 10 Horns. 10 Kingdoms. Usually a kingdom will have a military force.
  • 7 Heads are 7 rulers. 
  • Blasphemy: crediting the works of God to something other than our Father.
  • On the heads of these ten kings we are shown that there are blasphemous titles. So these kings are claiming that the things of God are theirs. Blasphemy is basically taking something of our Father and claiming that it is not of Him. We can see this in the Gospel’s when people told Jesus that the works that were being done by God through Him where actually of the devil. When Jesus heard what the religious leaders were saying about the miracles being performed through men, He warned the leaders of the unforgivable sin of Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, Matthew 12:31. These kings will be glorifying themselves and the anti-christ, and while they very well may have a form of godliness, they will deny our Fathers power and place it all on man’s abilities.
  • Jesus tells us that right before the Great Tribulation begins people will be saying peace and safety, 1 Thessalonians 5:3. Why is this important? It is because we are told that these ten kings are saying blasphemous things. They will be taking credit for the power of the Holy Spirit that is working on the earth. During the end times these leaders will be glorifying themselves and the laws that they have passed as the power behind the peace and safety, instead of the power of the Holy Spirit that will be pouring out through the body of Christ. They will be in danger of blaspheming the Holy Spirit. It will all look religious and it will all be done in the name of love, yet all of the glory will be.2 directed towards man, towards government, towards policies, and not towards God.
  • They will be boastful, prideful, arrogant, and lovers of money. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Revelation 12:15-17

15 Then out of his mouth the serpent spouted forth water like a flood after the woman, that she might be carried off with the torrent.
  • There are going to be a lot of people who are against us trying to change people’s hearts and souls by whatever means.
  • Satan pours people out to persecute the Church. Most of the world will be and are against us, many are called but only a few are chosen. Many of these people will be doing their actions against us in the Name of the Lord too. Waters represent people in prophetic writings. We can look at History and see that this is true; the world has always been against our Father and His chosen ones. Our Father has always allowed them to be, it allows us to see that He is alive and real, and it gives the world no excuses when they are judged. We can especially see that satan has always used wolves in sheep’s clothing. He has always used those who look religious, but whose hearts desire is to take you from God and place your trust in a lie that will destroy you. Examples like praying to Mary, or some other person that was used by our Father. Making graven images and bowing down before them. Placing one man above every other and then telling us that that man is the substitute for Christ on this earth. There are several other religions that do the same things, I am only pointing out the Catholic Church here, to go along with the anti-christ, who I believe will be the last Pope. The anti-christ’s seat is in Rome and he will have great political power. We will study more on this later, but as we study the Revelation of our Lord, keep this in mind.
16 But the earth came to the rescue of the woman, and the ground opened its mouth and swallowed up the stream of water which the dragon had spouted from his mouth.
  • By us not having to depend on Babylon we will be protected.
17 So then the dragon was furious (enraged) at the woman, and he went away to wage war on the remainder of her descendants—[on those] who obey God’s commandments and who have the testimony of Jesus Christ [and adhere to it and bear witness to Him].
  • We are shown that during the end times our Father will allow satan to actually kill many of us. 
  • We have been shown how the world reacts when the 2 witnesses are killed. 
  • Satan failed before, he has always failed, and he will fail again here. Even when the whole world is against us, through Christ, we will absolutely prevail. During the end times many of us will be martyred for being used by the Holy Spirit to tell of Jesus. Satan will be furious because of it, think of it, he will have empowered the anti-christ and the false prophet with all of his power, and through Christ we will still prevail. He will have ordered that we cannot buy or sell, and we will prevail. Satan will see millions of his people being killed by plagues, wars, and diseases, and yet we will prevail. Everything that satan does has failed, and everything that he will do will fail. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Revelation 12:13-14

13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast down to the earth, he went in pursuit of the woman who had given birth to the male Child.
  • Satan hates the Church. He can’t help but to hate us, he was created to. 
  • You are of your father, the devil, and it is your will to practice the lusts and gratify the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar [himself] and the father of lies and of all that is false. John 8:44
  • Satan is only allowed to do to us what our Father tells Him that he can, look at Job.
  • Also look at Luke 22:31, Simon, Simon (Peter), listen! Satan has asked excessively that [all of] you be given up to him [out of the power and keeping of God], that he might sift [all of] you like grain,
  • If satan is so strong why did he have to ask?
  • After Jesus’ resurrection the Church has always been persecuted, yet for the true chosen ones, God has always been victorious through us, Romans 8:37! Satan has always failed and he always will. Our Father is always in control and that is our peace that passes all understanding, Philippians 4:7. Remember too that God is constantly telling the demons what they can and cannot do, satan is no different, and he can only do what our Father first allows him to do.
  • Satan wages war on the Church, the woman, because that is who salvation has come to. Salvation has not come to Israel, they rejected Jesus. Salvation will come to Israel during the Great Tribulation, but not until then. And here we see that as soon as satan was cast down to the earth that he pursued the woman. This is the Church, we are the only ones that were here from the beginning.  
  • And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 2 Corinthians 3:13-15.  
14 But the woman was supplied with the two wings of a giant eagle, so that she might fly from the presence of the serpent into the desert (wilderness), to the retreat where she is to be kept safe and fed for a time, and times, and half a time (three and one-half years, or 1,260 days).
  • Wings represent great speed. 
  • Eagle represents speed.
  • Isn’t it wonderful to think of how Christianity has flourished in the wildernesses of the world? God clearly spoke that when the devil would begin his attack, the church would flee into the wilderness. Today there is America, which began as a vast wilderness. Christianity flourishes in the USA and God has used America from its very beginning as a nation to be an instrument of His righteousness. I find it interesting too that America is known as the Eagle and before it ever was, God was speaking of the wings of an eagle to be there for His church. But there were wildernesses for the saved before America and even today in the wildernesses of Africa, Asia, and South America, Christianity is protected by our Father and flourishes when the world attacks it so. John was given this vision almost two thousand years ago and we can see that God knew what He was talking about. The Church will always be provided for and protected in the wilderness.