Sunday, December 28, 2014

Revelation 18:11-13

11 And earth’s businessmen will weep and grieve over her because no one buys their freight (cargo) any more.
  • When the anti-christ is in power people are allowed to buy and only sell if they have his mark, but when Jesus returns buying and selling are all done away with. 
  • Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Freely (without pay) you have received, freely (without charge) give. Matthew 10:8
  • And He said to them, Guard yourselves and keep free from all covetousness (the immoderate desire for wealth, the greedy longing to have more); for a man’s life does not consist in and is not derived from possessing overflowing abundance or that which is over and above his needs. Luke 12:15
  • So when Jesus returns the Truth that sets people free is allowed to flourish. It will take time for the world to realize this, but they will. At first they will be fearful, because there will be massive change, but they will come to learn that they are loved and that life is more than money. 
12 Their merchandise is of gold, silver, precious stones, and pearls; of fine linen, purple, silk, and scarlet [stuffs]; all kinds of scented wood, all sorts of articles of ivory, all varieties of objects of costly woods, bronze, iron, and marble;
13 Of cinnamon, spices, incense, ointment and perfume, and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, fine flour and wheat; of cattle and sheep, horses and conveyances; and of slaves (the bodies) and souls of men!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Revelation 18:9-10

And the rulers and leaders of the earth who joined her in her immorality (idolatry) and luxuriated with her will weep and beat their breasts and lament over her when they see the smoke of her conflagration.
  • People will not know what to think when Jesus returns.
  • We are told that Jesus will rule people with a rod of Iron when He returns, Revelation 2:27.
  • So everyone isn’t changed instantly to be like Jesus when He returns, 1 Corinthians 15:52. Only the Bride is changed, the guests are not. So they will need to learn the new ways of Christ. They will be fearful but their fear will be turned to joy as they learn what it means to have Jesus in charge. 
10 They will stand a long way off, in terror of her torment, and they will cry, Woe and alas, the great city, the mighty city, Babylon! In one single hour how your doom (judgment) has overtaken you!
  • Everything changes for the world in a single moment. The people will see the dead in Christ raised up and the living in Him all changed to be just like Him. The people who the world had killed will know be in charge of them. 
  • The world will be a long way off from where the power is.
  • This doesn’t mean that Jesus doesn’t love them or that He will not take care of them.
  • We will bless those who had cursed us and feed and take care of those who had persecuted us.
  • These people will learn the Truth that will set them free. 
  • Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Revelation 3:9

Friday, December 26, 2014

Revelation 18:6-8

Repay to her what she herself has paid [to others] and double [her doom] in accordance with what she has done. Mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed [for others].
To the degree that she glorified herself and reveled in her wantonness [living deliciously and luxuriously], to that measure impose on her torment and anguish and tears and mourning. Since in her heart she boasts, I am not a widow; as a queen [on a throne] I sit, and I shall never see suffering or experience sorrow—
  • Before Jesus returns the world will be saying peace and safety, 1 Thessalonians 5:3. Here we see that Babylon will be doing very well at the end and glorying in herself. 
  • Think about it, when times are bad people do not trust in themselves, they tend to look to our Father. But when times are good, they look to themselves and glorify their efforts. So with what our Father has shown us about the prideful and boastful ways of the world at the end, seem to show us that worldly speaking, things will be good. 
  • However spiritually speaking they will be times of great distress. People will seek joy and peace through money and wealth, but they will not find it. Just as they do not find it today. 
So shall her plagues (afflictions, calamities) come thick upon her in a single day, pestilence and anguish and sorrow and famine; and she shall be utterly consumed (burned up with fire), for mighty is the Lord God Who judges her.
  • When Jesus returns He will end the worlds system of commerce.
  • Jesus will end worldly things quickly. The Light will instantly drive out the darkness. 
  • Jesus tells us that He is coming as a thief in the night. So if He ended all of the commerce before He returns everyone would be looking for Him. But as with a thief, things will all seem good then Jesus will return

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Revelation 18:4-5

I then heard another voice from heaven saying, Come out from her, my people, so that you may not share in her sins, neither participate in her plagues.
  • I do not ask that You will take them out of the world, but that You will keep and protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world (worldly, belonging to the world), [just] as I am not of the world. John 17:15-16
  • You also must be ready therefore, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him. Who then is the faithful, thoughtful, and wise servant, whom his master has put in charge of his household to give to the others the food and supplies at the proper time? Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) is that servant whom, when his master comes, he will find so doing. Matthew 24:4-46
  • During the last days our Father will removes us from needing to be part of Babylon, but we will still be here on the earth. We will be used by our Father during this time to give people what they really need, the Truth. When Jesus returns He will be using us to serve and every nation, tongue, and tribe will be benefiting from what He is empowering us to do.
  • We will also be provided for without needing the world.
  • 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). Revelation 12:14
  • Our needs will always be met by our Father’s riches and glory. We will never be left or forsaking by Jesus. Our burden will always be light and our yoke is always easy.
For her iniquities (her crimes and transgressions) are piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her wickedness and [her] crimes [and calls them up for settlement].
  • In Revelation 2 we were shown that Jesus hates the deeds of the Nicolatians. These people set themselves up as better then others, and that is what Babylon does. It glorifies self and condemns others who are perceived to be inferior. 
  • Jesus empowers us to give and not expect anything in return. Babylon teaches to always receive for what you have done. Jesus tells us to bless those who misuse us. Babylon teaches revenge. Babylon is anti-christ and our Father will destroy it. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Revelation 18:1-3

Then I saw another angel descending from heaven, possessing great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his radiance and splendor.
  • Notice all of the great messages that are coming from Heaven during the end times. John just keeps seeing them over and over. Remember that our Father showed Joel that there would be great anointing during the end times, Acts 2:17-18. 
  • Who does our Father use to deliver His messages? His chosen ones. If we are not here, who will be giving these messages that illuminate the world?
  • The message of the end times is mighty for the whole earth, Revelation 5:9, Revelation 7:9
And he shouted with a mighty voice, She is fallen! Mighty Babylon is fallen! She has become a resort and dwelling place for demons, a dungeon haunted by every loathsome spirit, an abode for every filthy and detestable bird.
  • Babylon, the whore, the world’s economy has fallen. Notice that beings are still involved in it though. It hasn’t been abandoned, it is just defiled.
  • Governments are corrupt, banks and wall street are corrupt. Preachers, politicians, and churches are corrupt, it seems that everyone only wants money and many are willing to do all kinds of evil to get it.
  • Look at so many preachers today and see how their messages all evolve around money, or buying a teaching series, or giving a gift. 
  • This is all evil. Our Lord told us to freely receive and freely give.
  • Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Freely (without pay) you have received, freely (without charge) give. Matthew 10:8
  • And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. 2 Peter 2:3.
For all nations have drunk the wine of her passionate unchastity, and the rulers and leaders of the earth have joined with her in committing fornication (idolatry), and the businessmen of the earth have become rich with the wealth of her excessive luxury and wantonness.
  • The anti-christ will require people to have a mark to buy or sell, so buying and selling will be going on during the end times. This means that most of what we are told in Revelation has to be spiritual. The flesh will be glorying as it never has before, 2 Timothy 3:2, but peoples spirits will be corrupted as never before.  

Monday, December 22, 2014

Revelation 17:18

18 And the woman that you saw is herself the great city which dominates and controls the rulers and the leaders of the earth.
  • Only one earthly thing controls every leader and it is money! They need money to rule. Even if they are dictators, they need money to keep an army to control the people. As soon as the money is gone, so is the rule. 
  • There is not one church that dominates and controls every leader. There is not one faith, or one person.
  • The kings of the earth took their stand in array [for attack] and the rulers were assembled and combined together against the Lord and against His Anointed (Christ, the Messiah).For in this city there actually met and plotted together against Your holy Child and Servant Jesus, Whom You consecrated by anointing, both Herod and Pontius Pilate with the Gentiles and peoples of Israel, Acts 26-27
  • The Rulers came against Jesus out of fear of the loss of money and control and we are now His body, so they will come after us. Because most leaders love the Harlot more then the Truth that will set them free.
  • They came after Paul because they loved the Harlot more then our Father. 
  • But as time went on, there arose no little disturbance concerning the Way [of the Lord]. For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of [the goddess] Artemis [Diana], brought no small income to his craftsmen. These he called together, along with the workmen of similar trades, and said, Men, you are acquainted with the facts and understand that from this business we derive our wealth and livelihood. Acts 19:23-25
  • These two examples of scripture show us that money will drive people to attack the children of God. Neither of these places were poor, they were both prosperous, just as the end times will be. 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Revelation 17:15-17

15 And [the angel further] said to me, The waters that you observed, where the harlot is seated, are races and multitudes and nations and dialects (languages).
  • The world’s economy encompasses most of the world. There are very few places that are not part of the global economy.
  • Right now in 2014 Saudi Arabia is intentionally trying to get the price of oil to $40 a barrel by over producing. We are told that they are doing this to punish Russia for supporting Iran. Russia makes a lot of money from producing oil, so the higher the cost, the more profit they make and the better their economy is. 
  • But there are a lot of Americans who also make money from producing oil. So while we are enjoying low gas prices, many who work in that industry are being laid off and new companies that have prospered from shale oil are struggling. So the actions of one country, who has made a ton of money over the decades and can stand the lower prices is directly effecting the world. 
  • The harlot, the worlds economy, the love of money, effects us all. 
16 And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will [be the very ones to] hate the harlot (the idolatrous woman); they will make her cheerless (bereaved, desolate), and they will strip her and eat up her flesh and utterly consume her with fire.
  • The policies of these ten leaders will actually harm their nations ability to provide wealth for their people. 
  • They will say that what they are doing is for love and equality, but their policies will strangle commerce. 
  • Just look at the socialist economies today and how they all need cash. It takes a ton of money for a government to supply the masses with just the bare necessities. No one ever really enjoys prosperity, except the few leaders in charge.  
  • Why else would the people, who these leaders reign over, give up their authority to the anti-christ’s kingdom? They allow it for the money that they believe that they will receive from the anti-christ. 
  • Our Father never lets governments succeed over Him. It doesn’t matter whether its socialist, capitalist, communist, or fascist. Man was created to trust in and need our Father and He is jealous, so anything that hinders that trust, always fails.  
17 For God has put it into their hearts to carry out His own purpose by acting in harmony in surrendering their royal power and authority to the beast, until the prophetic words (intentions and promises) of God shall be fulfilled.
  • This is a great verse that shows the lie of free will.
  • These leaders do what our Father wants. Our Father gets His way all of the time! 
  • For in this city there actually met and plotted together against Your holy Child and Servant Jesus, Whom You consecrated by anointing, both Herod and Pontius Pilate with the Gentiles and peoples of Israel, To carry out all that Your hand and Your will and purpose had predestined (predetermined) should occur. Acts 4:27-28