Thursday, October 23, 2014

Revelation 9:10-14

10 They have tails like scorpions, and they have stings, and in their tails lies their ability to hurt men for [the] five months.
  • 5 represents in prophecy a judgment cycle. So those who cause people to sin will be allowed to do so for the 3 ½ years. 
  • Tail in prophecy means degradation, Deuteronomy 28:13; Isaiah 9:15. So these false prophets will bring destruction. Trusting in money, or self, or the world always does bring destruction. Think of how many super rich people are miserable. This is Babylon and this is the end time church of the anti-christ.
11 Over them as king they have the angel of the Abyss (of the bottomless pit). In Hebrew his name is Abaddon [destruction], but in Greek he is called Apollyon [destroyer].
  • Satan is their king, even though they will try to pass themselves off as Jesus’. Satan is a liar and a thief. 
12 The first woe (calamity) has passed; behold, two others are yet to follow.
13 Then the sixth angel blew [his] trumpet, and from the four horns of the golden altar which stands before God I heard a solitary voice,
  • 4 represents everywhere, so during the end times true Christians will be united as never before. A glorious church without spot, wrinkle, or blemish.
  • We will be united in Christ with one voice, one Church, one heart, and one mind. 
14 Saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, Liberate the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Revelation 9:5-9

They were not permitted to kill them, but to torment (distress, vex) them for five months; and the pain caused them was like the torture of a scorpion when it stings a person.
  • The message will not kill people but the sin which it is trusting in yourself and worldliness will cause people stress and cause them great problems.
  • Isn’t that great? The false message will drive people to the Truth. There will be many people who are being set free by the Truth during this time, Revelation 7:9. So as these people see us, they will want it, the lies of satan are never more powerful then the Truth. 
  • Five represents a time of judgment. The time of judgment for the end times is 3 ½ years. 
And in those days people will seek death and will not find it; and they will yearn to die, but death evades and flees from them.
  • Once again, the anti-christ’s message of lies causes problems, but our Father will not allow people to die from it.
  • People will seek what they think is the truth, but our Father will never abandon them. Where sin abounds, our Father’s Grace much more abounds.
The locusts resembled horses equipped for battle. On their heads was something like golden crowns. Their faces resembled the faces of people.
  • The false prophets, that Jesus said would increase during these days, Matthew 24:5, only have a fake crown of gold. They will look religious but they will not be. 
They had hair like the hair of women, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth.
  • Hair represents people. The anti-christ hair is like a woman. It is like the church, it looks religious, but it is not of the Truth.
  • The teeth are like the lions teeth, but they are not the Lion. They are false prophets. They will do people harm, but they will not destroy the people. 
Their breastplates (scales) resembled breastplates made of iron, and the [whirring] noise made by their wings was like the roar of a vast number of horse-drawn chariots going at full speed into battle.
  • The Breastplate of Christ is righteousness, so the false prophets have what seems to be strong righteousness. Just like the Pharisees and Sadducees, but in reality they will be wolves in sheep’s clothing.
  • The anti-christ and his false prophets will come on the scene quick and their message will be loud and heard by many. This why we are shown wings and we are told of a roar.
  • There is a vast number of horse drawn chariots. There will be a ton of people seeking out the false miracles and false doctrine of the world being preached by the anti-christ. They will be loud and heard by the world. They will be militant in their faith. But their kingdom is built on the sand, Revelation 13:1, so it is never on a solid footing. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Revelation 9:1-4

Then the fifth angel blew [his] trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth; and to the angel was given the key of the shaft of the Abyss (the bottomless pit).
  • Satan was cast out of Heaven, Revelation 12:9
  • Satan is given the power to release the anti-christ who comes from the Abyss.
  • Satan is given the power. He does not have this power on his own. So we are shown that our Father still possesses the ultimate power and authority. 
He opened the long shaft of the Abyss (the bottomless pit), and smoke like the smoke of a huge furnace puffed out of the long shaft, so that the sun and the atmosphere were darkened by the smoke from the long shaft.
  • The message of God will be perverted during the end times. The anti-christ will have a form of godliness but deny its power which is Christ in us. 
  • It may be darkened but the sun, Jesus is not eliminated or destroyed. Just like with an airplane, as soon as you get above the clouds it sunny. It is the same way with those who are empowered by the Holy Spirit, the Sun will always be greater in us then anything in this world. 
  • The message and the Truth will still be around and it will still bear fruit.
Then out of the smoke locusts came forth on the earth, and such power was granted them as the power the earth’s scorpions have.
  • Locust represent destruction. So when the anti-christ is released and allowed by our Father to be empowered by satan, Revelation 13:3, great destruction, people will despise and flee from the Truth. They will run to the false success of Babylon.
  • Scorpion represents one who causes others to sin. So the anti-christ will seem religious, but it will all glorify man, so many will sin by claiming that they prophesy and that they do mighty works, Matthew 7, not that it is Christ in them doing the works. They will be prideful and boastful, drawing attention to themselves. 
They were told not to injure the herbage of the earth nor any green thing nor any tree, but only [to attack] such human beings as do not have the seal (mark) of God on their foreheads.
  • The message of the anti-christ and his followers will not hurt the truly saved only the unsaved.
  • But remember countless numbers of people are saved during the Great tribulation, so the message of Babylon is a failure. Money will fail to satisfy and people will seek the Truth, the only thing that will set them free.
  • We have been sealed with the Holy Spirit.
  • We have become one with Jesus.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Revelation 8:15

13 Then I [looked and I] saw a solitary eagle flying in midheaven, and as it flew I heard it crying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, because of the rest of the trumpet blasts which the three angels are about to sound!
  • There will be a loud and clear message heard around the world of what is coming during the end times. 
  • Our Father will be using those of us who are here on the earth to loudly proclaim the Truth.
  • John is shown a solitary eagle here. There is one message and it is clear, if you are not of God, it is going to get worse for you. There will be no doubt what is coming and the message will be unified and it will be loud and clear. Jesus told us that the Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached to every nation at this time. There will not be several different teachings, the message from the children of God will be crystal clear and it will be proclaimed loudly for all to hear. No one will be able to say that they did not know.
  • People will trust in money more and more and yet it will not bring them the peace and happiness that they expect from it. It will be a woeful time. People will have what they thought that they always wanted and it won’t be enough.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Revelation 8:10-12

10 The third angel blew [his] trumpet, and a huge star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it dropped on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water—
  • A star is a leader, so a leader fell from Heaven.
  • Satan was cast out of Heaven to the earth and allowed to go after the woman who birthed the Lord. So the church will be allowed to be attacked.
11 And the name of the star is Wormwood. A third part of the waters was changed into wormwood, and many people died from using the water, because it had become bitter.
  • Wormwood is bitter, satan is bitter, because his time is short.
  • Waters are often a reference to people in prophecy, but I wonder if it could also refer to angels. A 1/3rd of the angels were cast out of Heaven with satan, Revelation 12:4?
  • Many people follow false churches, or false messages, these messages or angels have a form of godliness but they deny the power of it and those who follow them lose their reward, yet they themselves are still saved as ones who passed through the fire, 1 Corinthians 3:15.
  • The love of many will grow cold during the end times, they will become bitter, Matthew 24:12.
  • But not our love which is our Father’s love within us, John 17:28. Where sin abounds our love much more abounds, Romans 5.
  • People will judge their salvation on the worldly wealth that they acquire. Look at the seeds being sown of this today. Mercedes are driving down the road with blessed bumper stickers on them. People judge blessing by wealth and that is not at all how our Father tells us to judge. 
12 Then the fourth angel blew [his] trumpet, and a third of the sun was smitten, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that [the light of] a third of them was darkened, and a third of the daylight [itself] was withdrawn, and likewise a third [of the light] of the night was kept from shining.
  • Sun, light, a 1/3 rd of the saints will be allowed to be killed for the testimony of the Truth.
  • A 1/3 rd of the stars, or a 1/3 rd of the angeles have fallen and have been destroyed by the false message of satan.
  • The Moon, the churches will be affected by the lies and destructive forces of the end times. 
  • So both Heavenly being and earthly beings are affected by the false message of satan.
  • Ties right in with what Jesus said in Revelation 6:9.
  • The message of the Truth will be expensive. Truth will be unpopular, but the Truth will prevail.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Revelation 8:7-9

The first angel blew [his] trumpet, and there was a storm of hail and fire mingled with blood cast upon the earth. And a third part of the earth was burned up and a third of the trees was burned up and all the green grass was burned up.
  • Hail represents Divine Judgment, Exodus 9:23. 
  • Fire represents judgment as well, but fire also represents the power of the Holy Spirit in the Bible. Our Father’s judgment isn’t a bad thing. Its not because it sets us free. It cleanses us and the Holy Spirit is our Father’s power at work on the earth, Hebrews 12:11. None of our works will ever be judged righteous, but thats OK, because Jesus’ will.
  • Tree’s represent great people in the prophecy, Daniel 4:20-22.
  • Green represents kingship. So all of the leaders and so called important people of the earth are caught up in the wrath of our Father. 
  • These end time rulers and leaders will all be looking to Babylon, the worlds systems and economy for salvation and thus enduring wrath.
  •  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. Revelation 18:2   
The second angel blew [his] trumpet, and something resembling a great mountain, blazing with fire, was hurled into the sea.
  • Mountain represents a kingdom. So a great kingdom is hurled into the masses of people and it blazes with fire. The Holy Spirit is Fire, so our kingdom will be right here in the mist of all of the end time’s events.
  • But right along with our Kingdom and its power will come the anti-christ kingdom. This Kingdom is hurled so it comes on quickly. Jesus came on the scene quick, so will the end time church and the anti-christ’s church.  
  • Revelation 7:9, out of every tribe and nation people will be clothed in White.
And a third of the sea was turned to blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea perished, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
  • If a 1/3rd of mankind actually died and a 1/3rd of all commerce ended, would men be saying peace and safety, 1 Thessalonians 5:3? Would they be partying like they were in the days of Lot, Luke 17:28? So this must be spiritual and not physical.
  • Sea represents a group of people. Sea’s are smaller than Oceans. So not all people, but a group of people. 
  • A 1/3rd of mankind, or a 1/3rd of a group of these people will be deceived into trusting in wealth and the world during the Great Tribulation and endure the wrath of our Father. Now what is so cool here is only a third of mankind will be caught up in all of this, that means that 2/3rd’s will not be.  
  • Ship represents commerce, so a 1/3rd of commerce will be destroyed. If it was actually a 1/3rd the world would crumble and peace would not be spoken of. So this must mean that a 1/3rd will be taken over by the anti-christ and His kingdom.
  • Black Horse Rider given a scale and a measure of wheat will cost a whole day’s wages. So a small group of power will cause the Truth to be expensive. To seek the Truth will be frowned upon and aggressively attacked.
  • Most of my life I was taught that all of these things that we have studied so far were physical. But I do not believe that when Jesus tells us that He will come as a thief in the night. The world will be surprised at Jesus’ return and if all these things were physical then no one would be surprised. 
  • Remember that Jesus never changes. He taught in parables and it confused the non-believers. The Jews thought that He would come as a King, yet He was born of a Virgin in a manger. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Revelation 8:4-6

And the smoke of the incense (the perfume) arose in the presence of God, with the prayers of the people of God (the saints), from the hand of the angel.
  • Smoke is the Glory of our Father, so His glory is being seen by John in our prayers. Our Father’s answeres are yes and amen.
  • Jesus tells us that He is returning for a glorious Church, without spot, wrinkle, or blemish, Ephesians 5:27. So this shows our unity with God. 
So the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and cast it upon the earth. Then there followed peals of thunder and loud rumblings and blasts and noises, and flashes of lightning and an earthquake.
  • Our prayers are answered with fire, Fire is the Holy Spirit, so the Holy Spirit is working mightily through us during the end times.
  • John answered them all by saying, I baptize you with water; but He Who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of Whose sandals I am not fit to unfasten. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. Luke 3:16 
  • John 14:12, we will be used by our Father to do the works that Jesus did and even greater ones.
  • Matthew 24:46-47, our Father will have us giving food and supplies when Jesus returns, even though we will not be able to buy or sell. Our Father will have us sharing the Truth and it will set millions of people free.
  • Thunder is God’s voice, so the world will hear us speaking the Truth that will set them free. 
  • We are shown here that the power of our Father is poured out on His children who have been sealed and that He uses us as never before! Our prayers are answered beyond anything that we could think of or ask for here, just as the Holy Spirit had Paul write in Ephesians Chapter 3. I believe that we are going to be one body as never before during the end times, because we are told that there is going to be a great falling away of all of the fake believers. 
  • Let no one deceive or beguile you in any way, for that day will not come except the apostasy comes first [unless the predicted great falling away of those who have professed to be Christians has come], and the man of lawlessness (sin) is revealed, who is the son of doom (of perdition), 2 Thessalonians 2:3
  • Our Father will use us during the last three and a half years of this world to do the works that Jesus did and even greater works, John 14:12. The Holy Spirit had John write in 1 John 4:17, that as Jesus is, so are we in this world. The Truth is that we are more than conquerors through Christ Who loves us, and Greater is He that is within us than he that is in the world! And here we see that during the Great Tribulation there is only going to be hot or cold, the lukewarm will have been separated from the true chosen ones. And with the power of our Father comes lightening, thunders, and earthquakes. Read Psalm 18 and you will see how our Father reacts when His children call upon Him and here in Revelation we read a very similar description of our Father coming to our aide.
  • Before the trumpets were allowed to sound, the angel had to pour out the power of God upon His people, just as before the four winds were allowed to come, we who were chosen had to be sealed. We are sealed with the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is our power and He is our strength. The Holy Spirit clearly shows us things to come, and He teaches us all things, as He causes us to remember everything that Jesus has spoken. 
  • Earthquake represents a major change in attitude. Lightning is bright and clear. It lights up everything for miles around it. We will be used in very powerful ways. 
Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them.