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  • Revelation 15
    of God 3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb saying Great and marvellous are thy works O Lord God the Almighty righteous and true are thy ways thou King of the ages 4 Who shall not fear O Lord and glorify thy name for thou only art holy for all the nations shall come and worship before thee for thy righteous acts have been made manifest In the face of the impending judgement of God the Christian must remember that there is no reason to be arrogant or take for granted that everyone but them will have to give an answer to God for their life The just and the unjust will appear before God 5 And after these things I saw and the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened 6 and there came out from the temple the seven angels that had the seven plagues arrayed with precious stone pure and bright and girt about their breasts with golden girdles 7 And one of the four living creatures gave unto the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who

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  • Revelation 16
    world 6 for they poured out the blood of the saints and the prophets and blood hast thou given them to drink they are worthy 7 And I heard the altar saying Yea O Lord God the Almighty true and righteous are thy judgments 8 And the fourth poured out his bowl upon the sun and it was given unto it to scorch men with fire The heat of the sun is only a precursor to the punishment the godless will suffer in hell This is a good point to remind the reader that the events described in this book are contained in a visionary experience They therefore describe spiritual realities using physical language The fact that exodus language is used concerning those who disregard God is important because the first readers would have been brought to understand that they like their ancient relatives are about to be delivered from their oppressors 9 And men were scorched men with great heat and they blasphemed the name of God who hath the power over these plagues and they repented not to give him glory 10 And the fifth poured out his bowl upon the throne of the beast and his kingdom was darkened and they gnawed their tongues for pain cf Ex 10 21ff 11 and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores and they repented not of their works 12 And the sixth poured out his bowl upon the great river the river Euphrates and the water thereof was dried up that the way might by made ready for the kings that come from the sunrising 13 And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet three unclean spirits as it were frogs 14 for they are spirits of demons working signs which go forth unto the kings of the whole world to gather them together unto the war of the great day of God the Almighty They might fight against God but He will win the war The day of God is the day of God s victory over his enemies The Jews of the first century spoke about this day and used this very same terminology So John is simply using language common to his people 15 Behold I come as a thief Blessed is he that watcheth and keepeth his garments lest he walked naked and they see his shame cf 3 4 16 And they gathered them together into the place which is called in Hebrew Har magedon The city of Megiddo on the mountain Har in Hebrew means mountain This city was one of the most important in the ancient Near East It was situated on the major trade route from Africa to the Middle East Thus the one who controlled it controlled the region The meaning of this battle is simply that God will once more have control over

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  • Revelation 17
    blood of the martyrs of Jesus And when I saw her I wondered with a great wonder Wonder here is not in the sense of delight rather the Greek word literally means horror John is horrified by this city 7 And the angel said unto me Wherefore didst thou wonder I will tell thee the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carrieth her which hath the seven heads and the ten horns Or you need not be horrified by her she is in truth a toothless dog and a clawless cat 8 The beast that thou sawest was and is not and is about to come up out of the abyss and to go into perdition And hall wonder they whose name hath not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world when they behold the beast how that he was and is not and shall come 9 Here is the mind that hath wisdom The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sitteth Here is wisdom or see the symbolism The 7 heads are the 7 hills on which a city sits The writer could not be clearer that he here describes Rome 10 and they are seven kings the five are fallen the one is the other is not yet come and when he cometh he must continue a little while That is the Emperor s since Nero the first and worst of the Christian era The last one will not rule the Church for long 11 And the beast that was and is not is himself also an eighth and is of the seven and he goeth into perdition Domitian He shall not have long to live as John sees it here and hears it from the

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  • Revelation 18
    shall in no wise see mourning A new Exodus is what is here described e for God There is no doubt that John here means that the people of God are challenged to renew their commitment as the people of God and leave the corruption of Roman society behind 8 Therefore in one day shall her plagues come death and mourning and famine and she shall be utterly burned with fire for strong is the Lord God who judged her 9 And the kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived wantonly with her shall weep and wail over her when they look upon the smoke of her burning 10 standing afar off for the fear of her torment saying Woe woe the great city Babylon the strong city for in one hour is thy judgment come 11 And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her for no man buyeth their merchandise any more 12 merchandise of gold and silver and precious stone and pearls and fine linen and purple and silk and scarlet and all thyine wood and every vessel of ivory and every vessel made of most precious wood and of brass and iron and marble 13 and cinnamon and spice and incense and ointment and frankincense and wine and oil and fine flour and wheat and cattle and sheep and merchandise of horses and chariots and slaves and souls of men 14 And the fruits which thy soul lusted after are gone from thee and all things that were dainty and sumptuous are perished from thee and men shall find them no more at all 15 The merchants of these things who were made rich by her shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment weeping and mourning 16 saying Woe woe the great city she that was arrayed in fine linen and purple and scarlet and decked with gold and precious stone and pearl 17 for in an hour so great riches is made desolate And every shipmaster and every one that saileth any wither and mariners and as many as gain their living by sea stood afar off 18 and cried out as they looked upon the smoke of her burning saying What city was like unto this great city 19 And they cast dust on their heads and cried weeping and mourning saying Woe woe the great city wherein all that had their ships in the sea were made rich by reason of her costliness for in one hour is she made desolate In contrast to the reaction of the Godly to the destruction of Rome her children mourn because they are going to lose money She who made us rich is dead Isn t it remarkable that the same type of folk who committed suicide when Wall Street crashed at the beginning of the Great Depression moan when financial crises occur in any period of history Why Because money is the god they worship and their god

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  • Revelation 19
    of the Lamb is come and his wife hath made herself ready 8 And it was given unto her that she should array herself in fine linen bright and pure for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints 9 And he saith unto me Write Blessed are they that are bidden to the marriage supper of the Lamb And he saith unto me These are true words of God We can trust God and what He says Because we can trust Him we can obey him Even if it costs us our lives We are His special guests We are invited to a great celebration What an honor 10 And I fell down before his feet to worship him And he saith unto me See thou do it not I am a fellow servant with thee and with thy brethren that hold the testimony of Jesus worship God for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy The modern fascination with angels and the adoration attached to them is utterly unbiblical Here we have evidence that the angels themselves are not interested in this kind of adoration and instead point people to God 11 And I saw the heaven opened and behold a white horse and he that sat thereon called Faithful and True and in righteous he doth judge and make war 12 And his eyes are a flame of fire and upon his head are many diadems and he hath a name written which no one knoweth but he himself 13 And he is arrayed in a garment sprinkled with blood and his name is called The Word of God The folly of opposition to God is here made manifest He knows all he is all powerful and he cannot be defeated He is drenched in blood because the battle has been fierce but note that the next verse says his followers are quite clean that is he has battled alone and won the victory without any assistance 14 And the armies which are in heaven followed him upon white horses clothed in fine linen white and pure They are nice and clean and this is so because they are passive recipients of the victory of Jesus They follow their king with joy 15 And out of his mouth proceedeth a sharp sword that with it he should smite the nations and he shall rule them with a rod of iron and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of God the Almighty His weapon iis done Why fear Domitian or for that matter anyone else When He appears there is no doubt at all as to who is really Lord 16 And he hath on his garment and on his thigh a name written KINGS OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS And this Domitian cannot say of himself or claim for himself 17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun and he cried with a loud voice saying

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  • Revelation 20
    first resurrection 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection over these the second death hath no power but they shall be priests of God and of Christ and shall reign with him a thousand years The Christian s fellowship with God has eternal value The number 1000 as all the numbers in the book stands for utter completion They shall reign with Him completely as priests and kings 7 And when the thousand years are finished Satan shall be loosed out of his prison 8 and shall come forth to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth Gog and Magog to gather them together to the war the number of whom is as the sand of the sea 9 And they went up over the breadth of the earth and compassed the camp of the saints about and the beloved city and fire came down out of heaven and devoured them Cf Ezek 38 These symbolic countries represent those foreign peoples who oppose God and His people Satan is set free for a brief time and he leads these foreign nations to fight against God in a last gasp effort to overthrow His rule What is the meaning of this I have argued throughout this study that John is having a visionary experience which is communicating Spiritual truths In order to communicate these truths he describes in narrative form the ongoing struggle between God and Satan In this chapter John is simply describing the fact that no matter how clear it is to Satan that he is defeated he still attempts to rebel This text also teaches us that humans are the same way For this reason hell is prepared for God knows that those who rebel in time

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  • Revelation 21
    hope 9 And there came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls who were laden with the seven last plagues and he spake with me saying Come hither I will show thee the bride the wife of the Lamb Jesus has won us and now he is eternally united with us or better we are eternally united with Him 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God The things He has prepared for us are so far beyond our comprehension that every attempt to describe heaven falls short of the actual place 11 having the glory of God her light was like unto a s a jasper stone clear as crystal The divine light is the only light the place needs 12 having a wall great and high having twelve gates and at the gates twelve angels and names written thereon which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel 13 on the east were three gates and on the north three gates and on the south three gates and on the west three gates God will bring to completion the work which He began with the people of Israel Entrance into the city is opened to the people of God and there are plenty of gates by which to find entrance 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations and on them twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb And the foundation of the city is based on the faith of the Apostles Or to say it another way the people of God enter the city because they have faith like the Apostles had faith 15 And he that spake with me had for a measure a golden reed to measure the city and the gates thereof and the wall thereof 16 And the city lieth foursquare and the length thereof is as great as the breadth and he measured the city with the reed twelve thousand furlongs the length and the breadth and the height thereof are equal 17 And he measured the wall thereof a hundred and forty and four cubits according to the measure of a man that is of an angel The city is described as a cube that is a cubicle shape which is an expanded version of the cubicle shape which was the Holy of Holies in the Temple of ancient Israel The whole city is the place where God is The whole city is the Holy of Holies There is no use in trying to calculate the exact size of the heavenly Jerusalem for the numbers are symbolic The meaning is that there is plenty of room for everyone 18 And the building of the wall thereof was jasper and the city was pure gold like unto pure glass 19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned

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  • Revelation 22
    the things which must shortly come to pass 7 And behold I come quickly Blessed is he that keepeth the words of the prophecy of this book 8 And I John am he that heard and saw these things And when I heard and saw I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel that showed me these things 9 Then saith he unto me See thou do it not I am a fellow servant with thee and with thy brethren the prophets and with them that keep the words of this book worship God This repeats the earlier episode where John attempts to adore the angel and he is there also reminded that God alone is worthy of worship 10 And he saith unto me Seal not up the words of the prophecy of this book for the time is at hand 11 He that is unrighteous let him do unrighteousness still and he that is filthy let him be made filthy still and he that is righteous let him do righteousness still and he that is holy let him be made holy still 12 Behold I come quickly and my reward is with me to render to each man according as his work is 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega the first and the last the beginning and the end 14 Blessed are they that wash their robes that they may have the right to come to the tree of life and my enter in by the gates into the city 15 Without are the dogs and the sorcerers and the fornicators and the murderers and the idolaters and every one that loveth and maketh a lie Or you Christians stay the course Let the evil be evil you must remain holy whatever the

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