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- We ended yesterday with the 7th trumpet. Now keep in mind we have this section (an interlude) of details. The result of the 7th trumpet being blown will begin in Chapter 15. So let’s start with 12, 13, and 14. (These 3 are visions of “explanations” or “what is happening behind the scenes.”
Back in Chapter 1:19, John was told:19 “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.
The way I picture it is John is seeing a series of visions. Some are “what is now”-like the state of the 7 churches”. Some are what will occur, and some are what happened even before creation. This is the point in the book that can seem confusing, BUT it is NOT. John is shown visions here, picture him sitting there with 3 projectors on the screen, and they all overlap to give us the “Full Story.” So incredible!
Chapter 12: A great sign appeared in heaven: (movie time!) Here are some cliff notes that you can refer back to.
- The Woman=ISRAEL
- The Baby=JESUS
- The Dragon=SATAN
- 7 Heads= (World Powers he has controlled)-Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, (and the last one to come)
- 10 Horns=horns of power- the future nations (10 in all) that he will rule in the last days
- Think back to the Daniel Study (The Body and the 10 toes) 😁
- The Beast of the Sea(Notice his resemblance to his Master (10 horns/7Heads)=antichrist
- 10 Horns= 7 horns of power
- 7 heads are the world powers past-Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, (and the last one?)
- Think back to the Daniel Study
- The Dragon and the Beast are in reverse order because Satan has them in chronological order; the Antichrist sees them in the review mirror.
- The Beast of the Land=The false prophet/religion
- 7 Bowls= The second half of the 7 years- The GREAT Tribulation
- Babylon= Enemies of God
- The Prostitute= False Religion
7 Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the
dragon Satan, and the dragon Satan and his angels fought back. 8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 9 The great dragon Satan was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth and his angels with him.
(writing in your Bible like this might help you when you read this through again)
During this time, God will protect Israel.
12:But woe to the earth and the sea,
because the devil has gone down to you!
He is filled with fury,
because he knows that his time is short.”
In his fury, it is time for satan to play his final cards: He opens the door for the Antichrist (The Beast out of the Sea) and the False Religion/Prophet (the Beast of the Land)
Chapter 13: The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a
beast antichrist coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. 2 The beast antichrist I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon Satan gave the beast Antichrist his power and his throne and great authority. 3 One of the heads of the beast antichrist seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed.
A few of my notes:
- leopard/bear/lion- The Antichrist will have the power of all the world powers combined.
- the head had a fatal wound, but healed- does this mean the last world power will be from Babylon area?? IDK?
Sorry, I am getting off track. So the Antichrist will be Satan’s figurehead on earth for 42 months.
So we have the counterfeit “father”- Satan. Counterfeit “son”-the Antichrist. Now we meet the Counterfeit “holy spirit”-the false prophet.
verse 11- Let’s look at his characteristics (it will lead to a worldwide religion)
- two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. (looks harmless, but embodies Satan)
- It exercised all the authority of the first Beast on its behalf; it made its inhabitants worship the first Beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. (they will not know they are worshiping satan because of its disguise)
- performed great signs
- was given the power to perform on behalf of the first Beast (given power from the governing nations as the world religion)
- it deceived the inhabitants of the earth.
- It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the Beast
- The second Beast was given the power to give breath to the image of the first Beast so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.
- It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the Beast or the number of its name. 666
Chapter 14- How much does Jesus love us??? Enough to show that He has protected Israel (the 144,000) and made a call for Repentance. But, it is NOT too late! It never is. Well, it will be in a minute, I guess. We are about to see Jesus go from the Sower to the Reaper.
Literally, we could take Revelation scripture by scripture. Actually, we could take it word by word (each word symbolizes a character of God and is referenced all over the Bible), But that would make this post crazy long! HOWEVER, think back to ALL the times in the O.T. we talked about the Threshing Floors. Where the wheat is harvested, and the chaff is burned away. One that comes to mind is when David bought the land for the Temple to be built by Solomon. The land was a Threshing floor. There are so many more. But for those who jumped in at the New Testament, think of all the ones in the N.T. too: Jesus speaking in Matthew 13:
The Parable of the Weeds Explained
36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.
In Revelation, the earth is harvested. I know this is hard to read but look back on all the warnings that have been given. Many will come to the Lord during the Tribulation; however, many will not. When the earth is harvested after the 7 bowls are poured out, blood will fill the land for 200 miles (1,600 stadia), measuring about 3 feet high.
✅. Take note of verses 14 and then 17. They are separate visions. The first one is a symbol of the wheat harvest. The second one is a vision of what happens AFTER the 7 bowls. John, were you feeling overwhelmed with all these visions! I need sequence next time!
Chapter 15-The Heavens rejoice! Now listen for it….did you hear that 7th Trumpet (chapter 11)? And now it is time to begin the GREAT Tribulation. The second 3.5 years! This will be “U.G.L.Y.- they ain’t got no alibi”!!
The first 5 plagues are God’s FINAL CALL for repentance! “Last Call!!” No Takers? You have been warned!
Bowl 6- 3 unclean spirits (the unholy trinity) go and gather the kings of the nations the Antichrist ruled and bring them to the Armeggedon for a Battle (boy, are they stupid!)
17 The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the Temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, “It is done!”
(Babylon the Great are the enemies of God-those that reject Him)
Chapter 17: Field Trip!!- Let’s go show John what will be destroyed!
One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters. 2 With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.”
From the moment Satan spoke to Eve in the Garden of Eden, he taught a False Religion. The Prostitute (Harlot) represents all the religions that have steered us away from the Gospel. During the horrible time, people WILL turn to religion (as they do today). Unfortunately, it will mimic but not be Christ-centered. It will be self-centered and idolatrous.
- sits by MANY waters. It is in powerful cities everywhere
- she is associated with world powers
- she intoxicated and seduces them
- she sits on the back of the Satan
- she is wealthy
John is astonished!
When I saw her, I was greatly astonished. 7 Then the angel said to me: “Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the Beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns. (the religious system will be tied to the political system with the Antichrist) 8 The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come (he will fake death and resurrection to look like a Messiah) up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the Beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.
“This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. 10 They are also seven kings. Five have fallen (you know who they are: Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, and Greece), one is (Rome!!), the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while. 11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.
Ok, ok, I will stop inserting every scripture… it’s just so good!
Wait! One More!
16 The Beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the Beast their royal authority, until God’s words are fulfilled.
The Antichrist and the government powers will eventually reject the religious system so that they only worship the Antichrist!
Some spicy angels cheering the demise of the false religion! BUT MANY people were profiting from it. It took a mere hour to take her down…and they now are freaking out because they were hit in the wallet!!
Sorry so long! I tried!!!
Tomorrow is our Last Day 😢