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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 4:46 pm    Post subject: The Book of The Revelation Reply with quote

Welcome to our study of Revelation.  

This is a great study of End Time events. The book of Revelation is the terminal, like trunk lines running unto a grand central station, where the highways of Biblical prophecy come to an end.  To understand end time events and the book of Revelation, we need to trace the major trunk lines into Revelation.  Most people who study Revelation begin with the book it's self.  They do not have the background for interpretation and therefore we have many interpretations.  

To provide this background, I strongly suggest that you study our other topics in prophecy before beginning this study.

Please study prophecy in the following Order.

1.  Introduction to prophecy

2.  The prophetic books of Daniel

3.  Jesus' discourse on the last days

4.  The Church and the rapture

5.  The book of Revelations


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:18 am    Post subject: Introduction to Revelation Reply with quote

Introduction to Revelation

For years, many have considered the book of Revelation to be a closed book.  Few have understood it and many have misinterpreted it.  However, the first chapter says that those who do read it will be blessed.  We must assume that the blessing will be enhanced if we understand the background of prophecy culminated here.  It has been said that Revelation can be compared to a grand central station as all the major lines of prophecy have fulfillment and termination here.   In many ways, Revelation is a continuation of the Book of Daniel and the two books should be studied together.

Jesus appeared to the Apostle John on the island of Patmos and told him to write what he would be shown.  Then in visions, John was shown the events (in figurative views) of the “End Times”.

The key to understanding the book is given to us in verse 1:19. "Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this” (Rev 1:19).  The book is divided into three parts: (1) “Things which you have seen,” (2) “Things which are” and (3) “Things which will take place after this.”  The “Things which you have seen” are covered in the first chapter, “Things which are” are covered in chapters two and three and “Things which will take place after this” are covered in the remaining chapters.

During the first three chapters, John is seeing things from an earthly view and many believe these chapters cover the “Church age”.  Beginning with the fourth chapter, John has a vision of being taken into heaven to view the activities of the great tribulation which is taking place on earth.  Many believe that John represents “The Church” and is seeing events through the eyes of “The Church”.  If this is true, then “The Church” will be raptured after the events described in chapter three.  There are also other Biblical references implying that “The Church” will not go through the great tribulation.  

The first chapter reveals the gloried Christ.  The second and third chapters provide details of the letters written to the seven churches of Asia.  These churches are represented by the seven candlesticks shown in chapter one.  The remaining chapters cover the great tribulation, the destruction of evil and the second coming of Christ as He establishes His earthly kingdom.  The last two chapters provide details of the new heaven and new earth.

The book is a series of visions which are expressed in symbols.  Interpretation is enhanced if we observe where the events are taking place – either in heaven or on the earth.  Events and characters should be taken literally unless support for symbolic interpretation is given.  Prior to studying this book, a study of prophecy will enable us to identify many of the characters and symbols since they have been previously given to us as covenants, shadows, numbers, and types.

The scenes, characters and events are not necessarily in chronological sequence, although the first five chapters and the seal, trumpet and bowl judgments are in sequence.  Other chapters are sometimes referred to as interlude chapters and they are often parenthetical to other chapters or out of sequence as to unfolding events.


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Summary of Chapters of Revelation

Chapter one – The appearance of the Glorified Christ to John.  Jesus gave John instructions as to how to interpret what he is seeing and what to write.

Chapter two – The letters to the Churches at Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum and Thyatira.  These letters have personal messages to the churches of Asia, warnings to all churches and also seem to be symbolic of the state of churches at a specific time during  Church history.

Chapter three – Letters to the Churches at Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.  The same messages continue.
Chapter four – The scene is the Throne of God surrounded by twenty-four elders.  God is not only being worshiped by the elders but by others around him.

Chapter five – The book of seals is presented and Christ is the only one worthy to open it.  There is universal worship of Jesus who is the Creator and Savior of mankind.

Chapter six – The first six seals are opened by Christ: (1) Rider on a white horse, (2) Rider on a red horse, (3) Rider on a black horse, (4) Rider on a pale horse, (5) Prayers of the martyred remnant and (6) God pouring out his wrath on the people.  The first five seals reflect the actions of the Antichrist and the chaos he creates on earth.  Beginning with the sixth seal God is pouring out His wrath on the earth.  This action by God has resulted in most prophecy scholars believing that the fifth seal ends the first three and half years and the sixth seal begins the second half of the tribulation known as the “Great Tribulation.  There are others who believe that the second half of the tribulation begins with the seventh trumpet judgment.  If we look at the chronological sequence of Revelation, we have the trumpet judgments given in chapter eight and nine before most mid-tribulation events which begins with chapter eleven.

Chapter seven – This chapter is parenthetical and serves as an interlude between the sixth and the seventh seal.  It covers the sealing of a remnant of Israel and a multitude of redeemed Gentiles.  God now turns to a remnant of the Jews to lead evangelistic activities during the Tribulation.

Chapter eight – This chapter presents the seventh seal which introduces the seven trumpet judgments.  The first four trumpets judgments are presented: (1) Burning Trees, (2) Seas become blood, (3) Fresh water becomes bitter and (4) Sun, moon, stars are smitten.

Chapter nine - This chapter describes the fifth and sixth trumpet judgments.  The fifth trumpet judgment begins with a star falling who is Satan and he will be given the key to the shaft of the Abyss.  Locusts will come out of the Abyss and will be given power like that of scorpions.  The sixth trumpet judgment begins with the release of two hundred million mounted troops who will kill many of the people.

Chapters ten – This chapter is also parenthetical and serves as an interlude between the sixth and seventh trumpet judgements.  This chapter has a vision of John eating a little book which the angel gave him.  This is symbolic of feeding upon the word of God.

Chapter eleven - This chapter covers: (1) Date for the ending of “The Times of the Gentiles”, (2) Duration of the prophesying of the two witnesses, and (3) Doom of the second woe – great earthquake.   This chapter also presents the seventh trumpet judgment which opens the seven bowls judgments.

Chapter twelve – This chapter is parenthetical and covers six great performers during the tribulation.  They are (1) The woman, (2) The red dragon, (3) The child of the woman, (4) Michael, the Archangel, warring with the Dragon, (5) The Dragon persecuting the woman and (6) The remnant of Israel. The stage is being set for the final act – the destruction of Satan’s kingdom. During this time the Antichrist will turn against Israel and Israel will suffer great persecution during the last three and one-half years.

Chapter thirteen – This chapter presents the beast of the sea – political and religious Babylon.  Here, we see the final days of the rule of the Antichrist.

Chapter fourteen – This chapter is focuses the events leading to the end of the great Tribulation.  It covers (1) Picture of the Lamb with the 144,000, (2) Proclamation of the everlasting gospel, (2) The angels announcements and (3) The harvest judgments.  The final verses are a preview of Armageddon.  

Chapter fifteen – This chapter covers the preparation for the seven bowl judgments of the wrath that God will pour out from heaven.

Chapter Sixteen – This chapter presents the seven bowl judgments.  They are: (1) Sores fall upon the men who have the mark of the beast, (2) The sea became blood and every living creature died, (3) Rivers and springs became blood, (4) Men were scorched with fire, (5) The earth was filled with darkness and people gnawed their tongues because of the pain, (6) The waters of the river Euphrates was dried up and (7) There will be  a great earthquake and hail from heaven.

Chapter seventeen – Religious Babylon, representing the great apostate church, is destroyed.

Chapter eighteen – The great political kingdom of Babylon is destroyed.

Chapter nineteen – Marriage of the Lamb and the return of Christ in judgment.

Chapter twenty – The millennium kingdom of Christ and the great white throne judgment.

Chapter twenty-one and twenty-two - Entrance into eternity.  A new heaven and a new earth.


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Views of the Millennial Kingdom and the Rapture

There are four major interpretations relating to the kingdom concept of the millennial or thousand-year reign of Christ.  They are dispensational premillennial, historical premillennial, amillennial, and postmillennial.

1.  Dispensational Premillenial View - This view teaches that a literal physical thousand-year reign of Christ will take place after a seven year tribulation and his return to earth to judge and bring peace.  It teaches that the rapture will take place before the tribulation.  This view was held by the early church fathers.

2.  Historical Premillenial View - This view differs from the dispensational premillenial view in the interpretation of scripture as recorded in the book of Revelation. They believe that some or all of the judgments apply to the Roman persecution of the early Christians.  However, they do believe in the thousand-year reign of Christ.  Many with this view do not believe in a rapture of the Church.

2.  Amillennial View - This view denies that there will be a physical kingdom on earth.  The view holds that Christ will return (no rapture) in his second coming and immediate usher in the new heaven and new earth without a thousand-year period.  This view holds that most of the prophecies in the old and new testaments have be fulfilled with events of the past or as fulfilled in a spiritual kingdom.

3.  Postmillennial View – This view holds that the Church will eventually overcome evil and will usher in a period of utopia.  This view began after Rome became a Christian nation and the state and church united.  Some postmillennialist picture a thousand years where Christ rules supremely in the heart of the people.  Many see this as an evolutionary process were people get better and better and there will be utopia on earth.

Note:  When Israel became a nation again in 1948 many changed their view as to the millennial.  Knowledge of Old Testament prophecy greatly influences views on the millennial.

Views on the Rapture

1.  Pretribulation – The rapture will take place before the beginning of the seven year tribulation.

2.  Posttribulation – The rapture will take place after the seven year tribulation and the Church will go through the rapture.

3.  Midtribulation – The rapture will take place after the first 3 and one half years of the tribulation.

4.  Partial Rapture – Only the faithful will be raptured before the tribulation and the others will be raptured at the end of the tribulation.  This concept is based on salvation by works.


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Virtues of the Holy Spirit

“John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne” (Rev 1:4)

Grace: the undeserved, saving work of God in the heart of people.

Peace of God: The harmony God gives to our heart because of his grace.

The Sevenfold Nature or Virtues of the Holy Spirit

•  The Spirit of the Lord – the nature of Jesus

•  The Spirit of Wisdom – the ability to make the right dicisions

•  The Spirit of Understanding – the ability to understand everything

•  The Spirit of Counsel – The ability to give sound advice

•  The Spirit of Might – The power to do what God wants

•  The Spirit of Knowledge – The ability to know beyond human comprehension

•  The Spirit of the fear of the Lord – The ability to respect God’s will


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Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia

Addressed to: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Philadelphia and Laodicea.

Purpose of Letters:  To reveal characteristics which are representative of all churches at any time in history and characteristics which represent most churches during various ages of church history.  These characteristics included commendation, condemnation, counsel and a challenge.


Ephesus (Rev. 2:1-7)

Meaning:  Desirable

Represents:  The Apostolic Church, A.D. 30-100

Commendation:  "I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary.... But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate".

Condemnation: "Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love".

Counsel: "Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works".

Challenge: "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God".

Smyrna (Rev. 2:8-11)

Meaning:  Myrrh (Symbol of Death)

Represents:  The Persecuted Church, A.D. 100-312

Commendation:  "I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich)".

Condemnation:  No condemnation.

Counsel:  "Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer.... Be faithful until death."

Challenge: "He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death."


Pergamos (Rev. 2:12-17)

Meaning:  Has two meaning - Marriage and Elevation

Represents:  The indulged Church, A.D. 312-606

Commendation:  "I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells."

Condemnation:  "But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. 15 Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate."

Counsel:  "Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth."

Challenge:  "To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it."

Thyatira (Rev. 2:18-29)

Meaning:  Continual sacrifices.

Represents:  The Pagan Church, A.D. 606-1520 (some say to the tribulation).

Commendation:  “I know your works, love, service, faith,[b] and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first."

Condemnation: "You allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce. My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols."

Counsel:  "I will put on you no other burden.  But hold fast what you have till I come."

Challenge:  "And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations— ‘ He shall rule them with a rod of iron; they shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’ — as I also have received from My Father;  and I will give him the morning star."

Sardis (Rev. 3:1-6)

Meaning:  A Remnant

Represents:  The Dead Church, A.D. 1520-1750 (some say to the tribulation).

Commendation:  " I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive."

Condemnation:  " You are dead... I have not found your works perfect before God."

Counsel: "Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die.....Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you."

Challenge:  "He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels."

Philadelphia (Rev. 3:7-13)

Meaning:  Brotherly Love

Represents:  The Church Christ Loved.  A.D. 1750-1900 (some say to the rapture)

Commendation:  " I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name."

Condemnation:  No condemnation.

Counsel:  "Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown."

Challenge:  " He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name."

Laodicea (Rev. 3:14-22)

Meaning:  The rights of people

Represents:  The Apostate Church,  A.D. 1900 to the tribulation.

Commendation:  No Commendation

Condemnation:  "You are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.  Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked."

Counsel:  "I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see."

Challenge:  "To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne."


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He that Overcomes (All Born Again Believers)
Chapters Two and Three

"To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God" (Rev. 2:7) (Ephesus).

"He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death" (Rev 2:11) (Smyrna).

"To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it" (Rev. 2:17) (Pergamum).

"He who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—  ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’ —  as I also have received from My Father; and I will give him the morning star" (Rev 2:26-28)
(Thyatira).

"He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels" (Rev 3:5) (Sardis).

"He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name" (Rev. 3:12) (Philadelphia).

"To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne" (Rev 3:21) (Laodicea).
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The Historical Church
(Applies to Revelation Chapters two and three)

It is a sad situation, but for almost two thousand years the physical Church has not fulfilled the requirements of the Scriptures.  Man has corrupted the Church by misrepresenting the Scriptures.  Today, we have many different denominations, and groups who have a wide range of views on the doctrine of the Church.  Some even go so far as to deny the virgin birth, deity and resurrection of Christ.

The apostle John was on the island of Patmos when the glorified Christ appeared unto him in a vision, and told him to record what he was told and what he saw.  Jesus said “Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this” (Rev. 1:19). In the second and third chapters of Revelation, John recorded “things which are” as Christ wrote letters to seven churches in Asia.  These churches were Ephesus, Smyrna, Thyatira, Pergamum, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.  The question must be asked, why would these churches be singled out for special attention when there were many other churches existing at that time?

Since the book of Revelation is prophetic in its view, it seems that the letters to these churches would also be prophetic in scope.  As we look back over the past history of the Church, probably we would find each of these Churches was represented throughout history.  However, some believe that each Church, individually, represents the prevailing Church or predominant groups of Churches during specific periods throughout Church history. These letters follow the format of commending, condemning, counseling, and challenging each of the churches.  All churches, except the Church at Smyma, were condemned and all were commended except the Church at Laodicea.

The Church at Ephesus represents “The Apostolic Church”, and the time period from 30 AD to 100 AD.  It’s name means desirable, but it became a Church of duty without love.  Jesus condemned the Church for leaving its first love.  During the first 70 years of the Church age, divine revelation came to the apostles from the Holy Spirit.  

Scriptures had not been canonized, and the apostles were the authority on all Church doctrine.  During this time, many false teachers came upon the scene, and heresy entered into the early Church.  Ephesus was commended for refusing the doctrine of the Nicolaitans.  It is thought that the Nicolaitans taught that the flesh was not sinful, and therefore immoral conduct was condoned.  There was also an attempt to organize the Church hierarchy so that man could assume power.

The Church at Smyrna, which was located in a wealthy, heathen city, was a most persecuted Church.  It represents the period during which all churches were severely persecuted by the Roman emperors between 100 AD and 312 AD.  Although persecution began in the first century, it became more severe under the tyrannical reign of the later emperors.  Satan made an all out effort to eradicate the Church.  During the reign of Diocletian, the Roman Empire was crumbling, and the Church went through the greatest persecution of its entire history.  During this time, it has been estimated that five million Christians were martyred because of their faith.  Some people even believe that the prophecy of the tribulation of Revelation was fulfilled during this period of history.  It is also during this time that the Church experienced it greatest growth in relation to the world population.

The Church at Pergamum was an indulged Church, and represents the period between 312 AD and 606 AD.  They compromised with the world system by introducing the doctrine of the Nicolaitans into their Church.  What the Church at Ephesus would not do, the Church at Pergamum did.  This symbolism finds its place in history as many changes take place in the Roman Empire.  Constantine followed Diocletian as emperor, and was soon converted to Christianity.  He forced all the people to convert to Christianity, and married the state to the Church.  Soon the Church leaders became more powerful in the government.  

Constantine moved the seat of government from Rome to Constantinople, and ushered in the Byzantine Empire, which ruled the eastern bloc for the next 1000 years.  Local churches were now part of a larger man made organization called “The Church”.  As the years went by, the organized Church was split into two groups.  The Church in the west was under the control of the Roman Catholics, and the one in the east was under the control of the Eastern Orthodox Church.  During this period, man introduced many false doctrines into the Church. These include prayers for the dead, worship of saints and angels, worship of Mary, introduction of purgatory, prayers directed to Mary and many others.  Emphasis was placed on form and not substance.   It was a time where liturgy, relics, and icons became very important in their worship services.  The Church declined drastically in spiritual power and blessings from heaven.

The Church at Thyatira was a pagan Church, where a woman named Jezebel taught heresy.  The Church represents the period beginning in 606 AD, and probably will continue until the rapture.  The leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, which was located in the west, controlled both the state and the Church.  It was during this time that “The Church” took Western Europe into the dark ages by merging paganism with the Church.  A two-class system developed with Church leaders in the upper class, and others in a suppressed lower class.  Later, this developed into the feudal system where powerful lords ruled over lesser lords and lesser lords ruled over servants.  

The Church controlled the masses of the lower class by denying them education, and forbidding them to have Bibles.  Church services were held in Latin, and control was maintained with the threat of excommunication.  Excommunication meant, among other things, that they could no longer associate with other Church members, including their own families.  In 607 AD, Boniface III became the first pope with absolute control over the Church.  As the years went by, tradition was placed on the same level as Scriptures.  Man continued to introduce false doctrine, which included the use of “holy water”, canonization of dead saints, confession, and the forgiveness of sins by priests, doctrine of purgatory, Immaculate Conception of Mary, infallibility of the Pope and many others.  The Church taught salvation by works, and ultimate obedience to Church leaders.

The Church at Sardis was known as the dead Church.  Jesus said to them “but you are dead”.  Sardis represents the Protestant state churches, which began in 1520 AD during the Reformation under Martin Luther.  Martin Luther, after studying the book of Romans, began teaching that salvation is by grace through faith, and that “the just shall live by faith”.  However, this new Church order under Luther and John Calvin continued to practice the same form of Church government as the Roman Catholic Church.  The Church was still married to the state, and the head of state was also head of the Church.  Many of the pagan practices continued in the protestant Church.  Those wanting religious freedom were persecuted, and many people fled to America.  Protestant state churches continue today, and will probably continue until the Rapture.  Many of them are spiritually dead.

Jesus had only praise for the Church at Philadelphia.  He said, “I know thy works; behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it”.  Philadelphia means “brotherly love” and apparently this Church reflected the love of Christ.  Beginning about 1750 AD, several Church movements began, and ushered in the modern missionary movement.  Beginning with William Carey, followed by others, the gospel was taken to other parts of the world.   Revivals broke out under the preaching of great evangelists such as George Whitefield, John Wesley, C. H. Spurgeon, D. L. Moody and others.  These revivals were referred to as “The Great Awakening”, and greatly influenced the thinking of America’s early leaders, and the formation of the American constitution.  Some people believe that these revivals saved England from the same Cultural Revolution that overthrew the French government.

The last letter was written to the Church at Laodicea, and Jesus had no commendation for them.  He said: “Thou are neither cold or hot” and “I will spew thee out of my mouth”.  

The Church at Laodicea represents the apostate Church, which began around 1900 AD.  The apostate Church is a worldly Church with a humanist agenda.  They have elevated man and declared that God is dead, and have replaced the teaching of creation with the teaching of evolution.  Many deny the virgin birth, the deity and the resurrection of Christ.  They have corrupted the teaching of the Bible, and have replaced what God calls sin with a new teaching, called situation ethics.

The apostles had words of warning about these churches.  “Knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, 'Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation'" (2 Pet. 3:3-4).  “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away” (2 Tim. 3:1-5)!

When the apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Thessalonica about the rapture, the antichrist and the great day of the Lord, he was referring to the apostate Church.   He said that there must be a great falling away before these events occur.  “Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thess. 2:1-4).


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:07 pm    Post subject: Pagan Practices Introducted into the Church Reply with quote

Pagan Practices Introduced Into the Church

Historical Pergamum (Pergamos)

AD 300 – Prayers for the dead
AD 300 – Making sign of the cross
AD 375 – Worship of saints and angels
AD 394 – Mass first instituted
AD 431 – Worship of Mary begun
AD 500 – Priests began dressing differently than laymen
AD 526 – Extreme unction
AD 593 – Doctrine of purgatory introduced
AD 600 – Worship services conducted in Latin
AD 600 – Prayers directed to Mary

Historical Thyatira

AD 607 – Boniface III made first Pope
AD 709 – Kissing the Pope’s foot
AD 786 – Worshiping of images and relics
AD 850 – Use of  “holy water” begun
AD 995 – Canonization of dead saints
AD 1079 – Celibacy of the priesthood
AD 1090 – Prayer beads
AD 1184 – The Inquisition
AD 1190 – Sale of Indulgences
AD 1215 – Transubstantiation
AD 1220 – Adoration of the wafer (Host)
AD 1229 – Bible forbidden to laymen
AD 1414 – Cup forbidden to laymen
AD 1439 – Doctrine of purgatory decreed
AD 1439 – Doctrine of seven sacraments affirmed
AD 1508 – The Ave Maria approved
AD 1534 – Jesuit order founded
AD 1545 – Tradition granted equal authority with Bible
AD 1546 – Apocryphal books put into Bible
AD 1854 – Immaculate Conception of Mary
AD 1864 – Syllabus of Errors proclaimed
AD 1870 – Infallibility of Pope declared
AD 1930 – Public schools condemned
AD 1950 – Assumption of the Virgin Mary
AD 1965 – Mary proclaimed Mother of the Church

Outline from “Revelation” by Tim LaHaye
Note: Pagan practice is any religious practice not supports by the Bible.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:19 pm    Post subject: Opening of the Scroll of Revelation Chapter Five Reply with quote

Opening the Scroll of Revelation Chapter Five
(Redemption of the World by Kinsman Redeemer)

When Adam sinned, he was placed in bondage and Satan gained control of the earth.  On the cross at Calvary Jesus paid the price for redeeming the earth and all the people; however, many years have passed since the price was paid.  There was a Levitical law that said if land was claimed in payment of a debt that a kinsman could pay the price and redeem the land at a later time (Leviticus 25:8-28, Jeremiah 32:1-25).  At the time the land was given to the creditor, a scroll with seven seals specifying the conditions for redeeming the land was placed in the temple under the care of the temple priest.  When the land was brought back by kinsman redeemer, he would go to the temple, the seals would be broken and if everything was in order the redeemer would receive ownership of the land.  

In Revelation chapter five, we have the type of kinsman redeemer being fulfilled as Jesus takes the scroll to redeem the earth.  “And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. But one of the elders said to me, 'Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals'"  (Rev 5:3-5).  The scroll contains the judgments, which will be applied on Satan and his kingdom, and these judgments will free the earth and the people from the iron yoke of Satan.  Only Jesus has paid the price and is worthy to open the seals.  He is the Kinsman Redeemer and holds the title deed in his hand.

The scroll contains seven seals with a judgment with each seal.  The seventh seal contains seven trumpets with a judgment with each trumpet and the seventh trumpet contain seven bowls of wrath.  

Seven Seal Judgments

•  First Seal – A white horse (symbolizes the Antichrist) (Rev 6:2).

•  Second Seal – A fiery red horse (symbolizes war) – (Rev 6:3-4).

•  Third Seal – A black horse (symbolizes worldwide famine)(Rev 6:5-6).

•  Fourth Seal – A pale horse (symbolizes death)  (Rev 6:7-8).

•  Fifth Seal – Souls of those who had been slain were under the altar (symbolizes tribulation saints) (Rev 6:9-11).

Note: the first five seal judgments are activities resulting in the acts of the Antichrist.  Beginning with the sixth seal God is pouring out his wrath on the earth.  This has lead many prophecy students to believe that the end of the fifth seal is the mid-point in the tribulation period and thus begins the last three and one half years often called the “Great Tribulation.”  If this is true, then the trumpet judgments seem to be out of sequence as most mid-point activities began in chapter eleven.

•  Sixth Seal – A great worldwide earthquake, sun will turn black, the moon will turn to blood red and the stars (or meteors) in the sky will fall to the earth.  The sky will be rolled up and every mountain and island will be removed (could be nuclear explosions)  (Rev 6:12-17).

•  Seventh Seal – The opening of seven trumpet judgments  (Rev 8:2, 6)

Seven Trumpet Judgments  

•  First Trumpet – Hail and fire mixed with blood will be hurled down upon the earth. A third of the earth, a third of the trees and all the green grass will be burned up.  (A very furious storm) (Rev 8:7).

•  Second Trumpet – A burning object like a mountain (could be nuclear missile or meteor) will be thrown into the sea.  A third of the sea will be turned to blood, a third of the living creatures of the sea will died and a third of the ships will be destroyed.  A great tidal wave will follow  (Rev 8:8-9).

•  Third Trumpet – A great star (could be nuclear missile or meteor), blazing like a torch will fall on a third of the rivers and the springs of water and many people will died from the poisoned waters (Rev 8:10-11).

•  Fourth Trumpet – A third of the sun, the moon and stars will turn dark.  A third of the day and a third of the night will be dark.  All of the heavenly bodies are affected (Rev 8:12).

•  Fifth Trumpet (Woes are about to begin) – A star has fallen and he is Satan.  He will be given the key to the shaft of the Abyss.  Locusts will come out of the Abyss and will be given power like that of scorpions.  They will harm all the people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads (tribulation saints).  They will not be able to kill the people but will torture them for five months.  The agony will be like that of the sting of a scorpion.  Men will seek death but not find it  (Rev 9:1-11).

•  Sixth Trumpet (Second woe) – Four angels of death (demons) were released and they were to kill a third of mankind.  Two hundred million mounted troops will kill the people.  Some believe these are real troops of world armies and other believe that they are symbolic of demonic creatures.  Verse nineteen implies that death will come from the horses mouths and tails (Rev 9:13-21).

•  Seventh Trumpet – Contains the seven bowl judgments (Rev 10:7, Rev 11:18).


Seven Bowl Judgments

•  First Bowl – The bowl was poured out upon the earth and ugly and painful sores broke out on all the people who had the mark of the beast (Rev 16:2).

•  Second Bowl – The second bowl was poured on the sea and it turned into blood like that of a dead man, and every living thing in the sea will died (Rev 16:3).

•  Third Bowl – The third bowl was poured on the rivers and springs of water, and the waters will become blood (Rev 16:4-7).

•  Fourth Bowl – The fourth bowl was poured on the sun and the sun was given power to scorch people with fire. They will not have anything to drink except blood  (Rev 16:8-9).

•  Fifth Bowl – The fifth bowl was poured out on the throne of the beast (Antichrist) and his kingdom was plunged into darkness.  Men will gnaw their tongues in agony (Rev 16:10-11).

•  Sixth Bowl – The sixth bowl was poured out on the river Euphrates and its water was dried up to prepare for the kings of the East.  The battle of Armageddon is about to begin and the end is in sight  (Rev 16:12-16).

•  Seventh Bowl – The last bowl was poured out in the air and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying “It is done”.  The city of Babylon was split in three parts by an earthquake and the cities of the nation collapse.  God gave "Babylon the Great" her cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath.  The surface of the whole earth will be changed.  Huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each will fall upon men and they will curse God (Rev 16:17-20).

Satan is defeated and Christ will put him in the bottomless pit (Rev 20:1).  Christ, the Kinsman Redeemer, has redeemed and reclaimed the kingdom of the earth from Satan.

Footnote:  Considering that there is a conflict of opinions about the mid-point of the tribulation, I offer these additional comments.  The total length of the tribulation period is seven years based upon the “seventy weeks of Daniel 9:27.  The seven years are divided into two halves of three and one half years each.  The second half is the most severe and is a time when the Jews are severely persecuted, the people are required to take the mark of the beast, and God pours out his wrath upon the earth.  The question that is difficult to answer is does God pour out His wrath anytime during the first half of the seven year period?  In Matthew chapter 24 Jesus spoke about the “end of the age”.  He divided the discussion into two time periods:  “A time of sorrows” (Matt. 24:4-13) and “The great tribulation” (Matt. 24:15-27).  Most modern day prophecy scholars identify “A time of sorrows” with the first five seal judgments and “The great tribulation” with the beginning of the sixth seal judgment.  Therefore they conclude that the first half of the seven year period ends after the fifth seal judgment.

The following is a quote from the web site of Dr. John F. Walvoord, an early prophecy scholar.

Quote:
“Expositors of the book of Revelation usually agree that there is some relation between the events at the end of the age and Daniel’s seventieth week, to be understood as the last seven years of Israel’s program prophesied in Daniel 9:27. Many have assumed that the events of earth in chapters 6 through 19 coincide with the seven years of Israel’s program culminating in the second coming of Christ. Expositors of this point of view have usually taken for granted that the book gives a panoramic view of the entire seven years even though there is no explicit proof of this in the book itself. There is some evidence, however, that the events pictured in the seals, trumpets, and vials are instead a concentrated prophecy of the latter half of this week, i.e., a period of three and one-half years, designated as a time of wrath and the great tribulation, and constituting the introduction to the second coming of Christ. Evidence for this is presented as the exposition unfolds.”

“There is a remarkable similarity between the progress of chapter 6 as a whole and the description given by our Lord of the end of the age in Matthew 24:4-31. In both passages the order is (1) war (Matt. 24:6-7; Rev. 6:3-4), (2) famine (Matt. 24:7; Rev. 6:5-6), (3) death (Matt. 24:7-9; Rev. 6:7-8), (4) martyrdom (Matt. 24:9-10, 16-22; Rev. 6:9-11), (5) the sun darkened, the moon darkened, and the stars falling (Matt. 24:29; Rev. 6:12-14), (6) a time of divine judgment (Matt. 24:32-25:26; Rev. 6:15-17). The general features of Matthew 24 are obviously quite parallel to the events of the book of Revelation beginning in chapter 6.”


When read in the greater context of Dr. Walvoord’s dissertation, it would appear that Dr. Walvoord believes the second half of the tribulation begins either with the first seal judgment or after the fifth seal judgment.

Dr. H. R. Ironsides who was one of the founders of Dallas Theological Seminary and probably a professor of Dr. Walvoord’s makes the following statement in his book, Revelation, pp 110-111.

Quote:
“A careful comparison of our Lord’s great prophecy with the portion of Revelation which we have before us, will, I believe, make it plain that the first six seals answer to the first half of the week – “the beginning of sorrows”; while from the opening of the seventh seal we are introduced to the great tribulation itself with all its attendant horrors.  His warning as to false Christs, implying false hopes of a lasting peace, corresponds to the first seal.  His declaration that wars and rumors of wars will follow fits perfectly with the second seal.  In like manner His solemn warnings of famine and pestilence find their counterparts in the third and fourth seals.”

“The Lord then goes on to foretell a time when His followers shall be ruthlessly slain, and when it will be all one’s life is worth to confess His name.  This brings us to the breaking of the fifth seal, when John saw under the altar the souls of those who had been beheaded for the word of the God and the testimony of the Lord.”


It is interesting to observe that Dr. Ironsides places the mid-point after the sixth seal. This would have God pouring out his wrath during the first half of the tribulation.  It should be noted that most modern day prophecy scholars such as Dr. J. Vernon McGee, Dr. Tim LaHaye, and Dr. David Jeremiah were either students of or were influenced by Drs. Ironside and Walvoord.

It is also interesting to observe that charts attached to Dr. Ironside’s and Dr. LaHaye’s books show that the trumpet judgments are within the first half of the tribulation.  It should also be pointed out that the chronological sequence of Revelations places the trumpet judgments before the major activities beginning with chapter eleven which are considered mid-tribulation events.


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