Aussie Bob

Adelaide, Australia

#1086 Oct 31, 2013
This is a very interesting thread to me. How does Israel feature in the book of Revelation? And does this Israel relate to the Israel (tribes) of biblical times or the same Israel that we know today?

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Since: Jun 09

Covington, TN

#1087 Nov 21, 2013
I cannot help but think of Romans 9:6 where we are told, "But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel, that are of Israel". I do believe that Israel is involved in the last days, but I also beleive it is the Remnant of Israel that John is talking about. If you notice, the tribes of Israel mentioned in the Old Testament are different than the tribes of Israel mentioned in The Book of the Revelation. There were two tribes of Israel that turned to idolatry and were replaced. It is interesting to note how and why this came about.

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Since: Jun 09

Covington, TN

#1088 Nov 21, 2013
Revelation 18:4-5 “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.”

God never destroys the righteous with the wicked. Jeremiah 51:6 tells us, "Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the Lord’s vengeance; He will render unto her recompense." Jeremiah 51:45-46 tells us, "My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver ye every man his soul from the fierce anger of the Lord. And lest your heart faint, and ye fear for the rumor that shall be heard in the land; a rumor shall both come [one] year, and after that in [another] year [shall come] a rumor, and violence in the land, ruler against ruler.” When the Lord destroyed the world with a flood he first saved Noah. When God destroyed Sodom he first rescued Lot and his family. Our Lord told the disciples to flee from Jerusalem when they saw the city surrounded by armies. It is as Abraham asked, "Shall not the judge of the earth do right." Every nation has a measuring cup. The cup measures the level of iniquity in that nation. There is a level of wickedness beyond which a nation is not permitted to go without punishment. We do not know and it is not our place to know when a nation crosses over the line. But God know! "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, sayeth the Lord”. It was true in Abraham's day, and it is true in our day. This is told to us in Genesis 15:15-16, "And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full." Abraham's people would possess the Land of Canaan but not at that time. It would be four hundred years before the Amorite's cup of iniquity would be full. It would have been unjust for God to judge and destroy them in a preemptive fashion. When the cup of iniquity of the Amorites reached the brim it was time for Israel to enter Canaan and execute the judgment of God upon the Amorites. Their orders were to completely destroy the inhabitants of the land. It is God alone who knows the time and the season. Such times and seasons are not proper subjects for our speculation. Babylon has a long history of evil. From the days of Nimrod, Babylon has alternately waxed fat and waned thin according to the evil of her doings. She has been a great political force among nations. In Nimrod's day and later in 606 B. C. she was the ruling governmental power in the world. Her power and glory have risen and fallen by the dictates of God. The pride, the confusion, and the mystery of iniquity of Babylon have had a more potent influence over the world than her military forces. During the reign of the beast, because her cup is full, the people of God are called out of her so as not to share her punishment. The level of her sins will have reached unto heaven. God's people are not to partake of her sins or of her plagues. For Babylon it will be time for her judgment. One of Babylon's greatest iniquities has been her hostile treatment of the people of God. And on that basis will be her greatest judgment.
susanblange

Norfolk, VA

#1089 Nov 21, 2013
Babylon was the first world ruling kingdom and in the latter days represents Christianity. The scriptures about Lucifer are imbedded in prophecy about Babylon and Tyre (Lebanon). Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28. Lucifer means morning star, or light bringer and Jesus calls himself the morning star. Rev. 22:16. He is also called the anointed cherub who was perfect in his ways till iniquity was found in him. Ezekiel 28:14-15. Crucifixion is called the death of the uncircumcised. 28:10. The scripture says Jesus' fate is to be brought to ashes and never to be anymore. 28:18-19. Because of his sin, he has lost his life.

Since: Aug 12

Location hidden

#1090 Nov 22, 2013
Brother Lee Love wrote:
Greetings, salutations and shalom.
This thread was started so that any one that desires to learn about the book called Revelation can enter in and do just that; LEARN.
Discourage disputes. Encourage respectful, congenial debate, especially if it's going to lead us to a better understanding of what's written.
This thread is NOT to discredit what's written. If you aren't a "believer," PLEASE, keep your comments to yourself. Believers, please do not respond to those that enter here only to discredit and deny because this will only encourage non-believers to continue. By responding, this will, inevitably, lead the conversation to a point where more time is spent defending what we "believe" than discussing the topic at hand. This "defense time" will only be a waste of all of our time. Of course, we'll have to discern whether a non-believer is just trying to cause confusion, or actually has a genuine question regarding the topic.
"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." James 1:5
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Since: Jun 09

Ripley, TN

#1091 Dec 27, 2013
Revelation 18:6-8 “Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judges her.”
Babylon has dealt with God's people with rough hands and haughty manner. It will never be so again. When the cup of Babylon's iniquity is full, the cup of God's wrath
will also be full. His cup will be given her to drink. Babylon has twice ruled over the glory and splendor of nations. She will then be rewarded double for her sins. God will put her destruction into the minds of the ten kings. They will burn Babylon to the ground. All her glory, luxury, commerce, and pleasures will not be seen again. She sits, smug in the sense of her own power, confident that her control over the nations is secure. Isaiah 47:5-9 tells us, "Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, 0 daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The Lady of Kingdoms. I was wroth with my people; I have polluted mine inheritance, and given them into thine hand: you did show them no mercy; upon the ancient have you very heavily laid your yoke. And you said I shall be a lady forever: so that you did not lay these things to your heart, neither did remember the latter end of it. Therefore hear now this, you that are given to pleasures, that dwells carelessly, that says in your heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children: but these two things shall come to you in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon you in their perfection for the multitude of your sorceries, and for the great abundance of your enchantments." It is a just judgment. Her judgment is according to her evil works and pride. Her downfall will come suddenly. It will be complete.
This is as good a place as any to deal with a common misconception concerning the Babylon mentioned in these two chapters of Revelation. Some have seen two Babylons in these chapters. One Babylon that they believe is ecclesiastical Babylon and is symbolized by the great harlot, which they say represents the Roman Catholic Church.
The other Babylon according to their belief is political Babylon symbolized by the beast and his associates. This is taught as being a revived Roman Empire. The idea that two Babylons are in view is based on the mistaken belief that Isaiah 13:19-22 has already been fulfilled. This is the driving force behind the mistaken view of these two chapters. There has been a refusal to believe Babylon will be rebuilt. This view totally disregards the repeated references, within these two chapters, to Babylon as a city. But in both these chapters the common designation is; "that great city Babylon".
*cont*

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Since: Jun 09

Ripley, TN

#1092 Dec 27, 2013
The rebuilding of Babylon was foretold by Zechariah the prophet through his vision of the woman in the ephah. Many of the writings which promote the mistaken view of Babylon were written prior to 1987. Those who wrote such things would be hard pressed to explain their view if they could see the present construction at the site of ancient Babylon. Iraq has already held an open house festival, in 1987, celebrating the
restoration of that ancient seat of power. Another reason for seeing two Babylons in these chapters comes from a careless reading of God's prophecies. Such careless reading creates a situation where the scriptures must be strained in order to conform to these viewpoints. The word of God is worthy of being believed down to each fine detail of what is written. God's word will be exactly and precisely fulfilled. Time always reveals the mistakes of careless teachings. God meant it quite literally when He said Babylon would never be inhabited again. God was not using hyperbole when He said not a stone of Babylon would be used for building elsewhere. One other point should be made. Some are so sure that Isaiah 13:19-20 was fulfilled in the past that the present rebuilding of the city makes them doubt the Word of God. It is strange that they would rather suggest an error in the written word than to change their minds and admit their belief was simply wrong to begin with. It is not Isaiah or his prophecies that have been proved false by this rebuilding of Babylon. It is those who incorrectly taught that the prophecies have been fulfilled that have been proven false. They have been caught short in their teachings by the forward march of history. Isaiah's prophecy simply has not yet been fulfilled. That will come when the ten kings do according to the will of the Lamb and destroy the city of Babylon. The fulfillment of God's promises and prophecies are not to be taken as fulfilled just because something seems to be in the "ball park". We must expect the word of God does not lie, and is to be fulfilled to the letter.

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Since: Jun 09

Jackson, TN

#1093 Jan 14, 2014
Revelation 18:9-10 “And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the
smoke of her burning, Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city for in one hour is thy judgment come.”

Babylon is beyond redemption. She holds nothing but the filth and waste of the earth. It did not have to be so. There was a time when choices were made. There was a time when even Babylon could have repented. Jeremiah 51:8-9 tells us, "Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed. We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reaches to heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies". During the days of the beast it will be too late for Babylon's healing. The time of offered repentance and healing will have passed. The day of the Lord's vengeance will have come. Her sins will have reached to heaven and God will have remembered her. The same kings who burn Babylon will a short time later cry for her passing. It is almost always the case. Jesus said of the Jews, "Your fathers killed the prophets and you build their monuments. Full well you allow the deeds of your fathers." It is here where they have the same attitude. They will destroy Babylon. They will weep at the destruction of Babylon. They will be afraid to offer Babylon any comfort for fear that they should share her torment. But they will be saddened at her destruction.

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Since: Jun 09

Medon, TN

#1094 Feb 11, 2014
Revelation 18:10-19 “Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city for in one hour is your judgment come. And the
merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buys their merchandise any more: the merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and
of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all your wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass,
and iron, and marble, and cinnamon, and odors, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and
chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. And the fruits that your soul lusted after are departed from you, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from you, and you shall find them no more at all. The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, and saying, alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in one hour so great riches is come to naught. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, and cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What is like unto this great city! And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! For in one hour is she made desolate.”

This will be the day confusion dies. The pride and the glory that built the tower at Babel will have come to final fruition. World commerce will be disrupted her sudden overthrow. The merchants of the earth and the shipping industry will feel the abrupt squeeze of hard times when Babylon falls. Those kings and nation who sucked wealth and luxury from her breast will bemoan the loss of prosperity previously gained through their relationship with her. The Lord is not without mercy or compassion. The Lord in His mercy offered healing to Babylon, but in her pride and strength, Babylon knowingly rejected any healing from the Lord. Jeremiah 51:8-9 tells us,“Babylon has suddenly fallen and been destroyed. Wail for her! Take balm for her pain; perhaps she may be healed. We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed. Forsake her, and let us go everyone to his own country; for her judgment reaches to heaven and is lifted up to the skies”.

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Since: Jun 09

Medon, TN

#1095 Feb 11, 2014
It is in that day, the Bible tells us that it is Babylon that will dominate the world. The capitol of the beast will be Babylon, and he will have total dictatorship. The antichrist will rule the world through the beast. The world has already seen the judgments of God through the seven seals, the three woes, the seven bowl judgments; and will now face the anger of the beast. Everything will center in Babylon; the world government, the world religion, the world bank, economics, the arts, the fashion styles, everything will come through and must be approved by Babylon. And sadly, everything in that city will be in total rebellion and will center on the beast. There is no one that would dream that this great city could and would fall. By the time the sun sets in the sky, Babylon will be a smoking ruin. The kings of earth will lament and weep when the see the smoke of her burning. The merchants of the earth will also weep and mourn over her because there is no one to buy their goods. And every shipmaster and the ones who sail anywhere, and as many that make their living from the sea stood at a distance and cried with a loud voices, and they will throw dust on their heads and cry out, weeping and mourning their loss, for in one hour Babylon has been laid waste. And the sound of harpists and musicians and flute players and trumpeters will not be heard in Babylon any longer. And no craftsman will be found in Babylon any longer.

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Since: Jun 09

Medon, TN

#1096 Feb 21, 2014
Revelation 18:20-24 “Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her! Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore. The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. No craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore, and the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore. The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.”
The downfall of Babylon will throw the world into disorder and despair. But that despair will not be shared by heaven and heaven's inhabitants. In heaven, the apostles, and prophets are encouraged to rejoice over Babylon's overthrow and the justness of her judgment. Babylon will be deserted. The long trail of evil that has wound its way through history will come to a sudden end. The misery and agony she forced upon the righteous will end. She will be gone. She will not return. Her sorceries will never again deceive the nations. Her power over commerce will never again buy the bodies and souls of men. With great violence she will be burned. She will fall as a millstone cast into the sea and sink into the oblivion of history. Babylon has a bloody history. The world has largely ignored her bloodiness because it is the blood of prophets and saints on which she has gorged. But God noticed! The world will not understand Babylon's influence over the politically powerful and money hungry leaders of the world. The world has no ability to detect the mystery of iniquity effecting society. She is the one that stirs nations to wars for the sake of profits. James 4:1 tells us,“Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? Powerful and money hungry men make fortunes from strife and wars. Franklin D. Roosevelt used World War II as a tool to overcome the great depression of the 1930's. Defense industries made millions by the manufacture of arms to kill and mangle. Mothers lost their sons. Fathers were deprived of heirs because Mystery Babylon inspired and continues to inspire world leaders to adopt policies that ultimately lead to war. The blood of all the slain of the earth is found in Mystery Babylon. It has not mattered to her who was hurt or killed so long as she could continue her whoredom and pleasures. She has satisfied herself and lived deliciously. When she is punished for her sins, saints of heaven will rejoice! God is Just. He will do what right and fair to Babylon and to His own people. Rejoice! "Come out and be separate", says the Lord. In order to maintain perspective, we need to keep in mind that Babylon
will fall during the early days of the forty-two month reign of the beast. This means that the downfall of Babylon takes place during the, "the second woe". The terrible plagues of the seven bowls will be poured out upon the earth when the forty-two months comes to a close. The judgment of God upon Babylon will uncover her bloodiness and
expose her hidden shame. It is not hard-heartedness for the saints to rejoice over
her downfall. God and his people always rejoice in justice.

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Since: Jan 09

Nowhere/Now here

#1097 Feb 26, 2014
Greetings, salutations, and shalowm, Brother Halycon!

It's been a long time, yes. But, I should be back for a little bit if our Godhead permit. I've got a lot of catching up to do, but I had to stop in to say "Shalowm" before I began.

Until next time, Brother...

Shalowm.

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Since: Jun 09

Covington, TN

#1098 Mar 1, 2014
Brother Lee Love wrote:
Greetings, salutations, and shalowm, Brother Halycon!
It's been a long time, yes. But, I should be back for a little bit if our Godhead permit. I've got a lot of catching up to do, but I had to stop in to say "Shalowm" before I began.
Until next time, Brother...
Shalowm.
Good to hear from you Brother....I have missed your posts. This forum has changed so much, most of the old posters are gone and a new group is now posting....looking forward to read your posts once again...

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Since: Jun 09

Covington, TN

#1099 Mar 22, 2014
Revelation 19:1-6 “After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power to the Lord our God! For true and righteous His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her. Again they said, Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever! And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, Amen! Alleluia! Then a voice came from the throne, saying, Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great! And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thundering’s, saying, Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!”

Chapter nineteen opens with a reminder that God is not just lashing out in spite or revenge at the great whore. That is a big point. God does not revenge but rather avenges the blood of his servants which had been shed at her hands. His judgments are true and righteous and she will be judged on the basis of her deeds. His true and righteous judgments become a cause for praises and thanksgiving. Heaven truly rings with the sounds of, Alleluia! God is praised for His salvation, glory, honor, and power. The sight of her smoke rising up brings joyous praises from all God's creatures great and small. During the reign of the beast many will think the beast to be irresistible. He will hold himself out as god and claim to be all powerful. It will be a lie! The Lord God is the only omnipotent entity in existence. At that point in time the beast will be about to feel the brunt of God's might. The word "reigneth" is simple past tense in the Greek New Testament. This better suits the context than the King James Version. God is not only reigning but has always reigned. God has never lost control of his creation. The rulers of this world and especially the government symbolized by the beast must now reckon with the true God who always controls the outcome of earthly affairs. It is ever God who sets up kings and puts down kings. It is He who plants nations and plucks up nations according to His own will and purposes. It is God who inspired the ten kings to fulfill his will by destroying the great harlot, Babylon. The Lord, the God, the Almighty, reigns.

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Since: Jun 09

Medon, TN

#1100 Apr 28, 2014
Revelation 19:7-8 “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. And to her was granted
that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.”

There are several past tenses in this passage. The first concerns the marriage of the Lamb. The literal translation is, "The marriage of the Lamb came". Why the past tense? In the Book of The Revelation it is past tense because the marriage of the Lamb is not a future event. When did the marriage take place? The Apostle Paul gives us the answer in perfect agreement with John's use of the past tense.
In Romans 7:4, we are told "Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.
In Ephesians 5:23-24, we are told “Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God”.
In 1st Corinthians 6:17, we are told “But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones”.
In Ephesians 5:30 it is made very clear “For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones”.
We are not waiting for the marriage of the Lamb. It has already taken place! That explains the use of the past tense. It is not the wedding but the wedding supper that is yet to come. The invitations for the supper have gone out. During this present time choices are being made as to whether to attend or not. That is what the preaching of the gospel is all about. When the last person has made the choice the supper will be
held but not before.
The past tense is also used regarding the apparel of the bride. The active word is "given”. The bride does not furnish her own garment. She has been given her wedding garment, in past time. What materials compose the robe which the Bride of Christ is dressed? She is arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright. The fine linen symbolizes the righteousness of the saints. The Bride is arrayed in the righteousness given her by Jesus. Some see the word, "righteousness" as meaning the righteous deeds of the saints. While that is a legitimate translation of the word it does not fit the context. The word “given” makes clear the bride will be clothed with the free gift of righteousness, namely, the righteousness of God by faith.

Since: Feb 13

Location hidden

#1101 Apr 28, 2014
Halycon wrote:
Revelation 19:7-8 “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. And to her was granted
that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.”
There are several past tenses in this passage. The first concerns the marriage of the Lamb. The literal translation is, "The marriage of the Lamb came". Why the past tense? In the Book of The Revelation it is past tense because the marriage of the Lamb is not a future event. When did the marriage take place? The Apostle Paul gives us the answer in perfect agreement with John's use of the past tense.
In Romans 7:4, we are told "Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.
In Ephesians 5:23-24, we are told “Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God”.
In 1st Corinthians 6:17, we are told “But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones”.
In Ephesians 5:30 it is made very clear “For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones”.
We are not waiting for the marriage of the Lamb. It has already taken place! That explains the use of the past tense. It is not the wedding but the wedding supper that is yet to come. The invitations for the supper have gone out. During this present time choices are being made as to whether to attend or not. That is what the preaching of the gospel is all about. When the last person has made the choice the supper will be
held but not before.
The past tense is also used regarding the apparel of the bride. The active word is "given”. The bride does not furnish her own garment. She has been given her wedding garment, in past time. What materials compose the robe which the Bride of Christ is dressed? She is arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright. The fine linen symbolizes the righteousness of the saints. The Bride is arrayed in the righteousness given her by Jesus. Some see the word, "righteousness" as meaning the righteous deeds of the saints. While that is a legitimate translation of the word it does not fit the context. The word “given” makes clear the bride will be clothed with the free gift of righteousness, namely, the righteousness of God by faith.
God in spirit form is both male and female and consists of a husband (Energy), and a wife (the Messiah). Our sun is the source of energy for the universe. Isaiah 54:5-6 "For thy Maker is thine husband...For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God". Psalm 19:4-5 "...in them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun. Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber..." Energy and the Lord are one flesh. Genesis 2:24. They were married in November, 1983 but there was no formal ceremony. Just a commitment. There will probably be a formal service when the Messiah (the Lord) goes to Jerusalem.

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Since: Jun 09

Henderson, TN

#1102 Jun 7, 2014
Revelation 19:9 “Then he said to me,‘Write: Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ And he said to me,“These are the true sayings of God.”

According to Revelation 19:7, the marriage of the Lamb has taken place and the marriage supper is prepared. Happy are those who have been called to the marriage supper of the Lamb. The word "called" is from a Greek word in the perfect tense which places emphasis on a state of being. There has been a long wait for the cry, "Behold!
The Bridegroom comes; you go out to meet Him." At this moment in time the
parable of the ten virgins will apply. Many of the kingdom parables can only be
explained in this context. Matthew 24:44 through Matthew 5:1 tells us, "Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of Man comes. Then at that time shall the kingdom of heaven be likened to ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom." We may ask, when? It would be clearer if there were not the unfortunate chapter break between these two verses. There have been many awkward and strained misuses of the kingdom parables by attempting to apply them to the present time as parables of salvation instead of what they really are, namely, parables of the return of Jesus. Many of them do seem to apply in general to the church but we should note carefully which applies when. It is only when we view them in their proper setting that the meaning becomes clear.
There is still yet one more delay before the marriage supper can begin. After all the invitations have been answered God will deal with those who refuse the invitation. After this one final delay the marriage supper will proceed. This is made clear by another of our Lord's parables. Matthew 22:2 tells us, "The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son”. The things to notice in the parable is the sequence of events. First a marriage is made for the son of a king. Matthew 22:3-8"And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come." Invitations to the marriage are sent out and some are refused. The marriage is made but the supper is delayed until the king sends out his armies to destroy those who refused to honor his son. That is more or less the sequence in these final chapters of Revelation.
In chapter nineteen the bride is ready. The supper was announced. But the supper must wait until the armies of heaven have destroyed those who refused to come to the marriage. The destruction of those who refuse the invitation will occur immediately upon the return of Christ at a place called, Armageddon.
What John is seeing this vision, as we would expect, perfectly fits the teachings of Jesus. It is not make believe. There is no pretense. "These are the true sayings of God."

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Since: Jun 09

Jackson, TN

#1103 Jul 6, 2014
Revelation 19:10 “And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me,“See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

The sight of the Bride overwhelms John's senses. He falls before the angel to worship him but is immediately forbidden to do so. Angel worship is always forbidden. John already knew that. But he could not contain himself. The sight of the bride arrayed in her wedding finery arouses in him a need to worship. But the angel is a fellow-slave of John and refuses his overtures. The exact translation is, "a fellow-slave of you I am and of the brothers of you ..." What this does from the Greek translation is to alter the meaning slightly from what we find in the King James Version. In the King James it reads as if the angel is a fellow-worker of John and the brothers. No! This idea does not fit the teachings of the Bible concerning angels. Angels are not fellow-workers with the apostles but are fellow-slaves of Christ. They do not slave along with the saints rather they slave for the saints. An angel is a spirit but not one we should worship. Angels minister to those who have the witness of Jesus. We are to "Worship God" because the witness of Jesus is the Spirit of the prophecy, not an angel. 1st John 5:6 tells us,“This is He who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth”.
To summarize this far: The Mystery of God was completed immediately before the sounding of the seventh trumpet. During the days of the seventh angel belong the forty-two month reign of the beast. This period also covers the time remaining for the court of the temple and city of Jerusalem to be trodden by the Gentiles. The two witnesses will live, be slain, revive, and be caught up to heaven during this same forty-two months’ time frame. The woman, Zion, will dwell safely in the desert for the same forty-two months period. All of these things happen during the second woe. Also in the days of the seventh trumpet the plagues of the wrath of God will be poured upon the earth. Near the end of the forty-two month period two harvests will be made of the earth. There will be a harvest to gather the elect remnant of Israel and the second to harvest the clusters of the vine of the earth. The grapes of the vine were cast into the great winepress outside the city. It is now time to crush the grapes. All the events of history point like an arrow to that time we are about to study. All history has moved unavoidably toward this moment.

“He is Risen”

Since: Jun 09

Jackson, TN

#1104 Jul 28, 2014
Revelation 19:11-13 “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war. His eyes were as aflame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God.”
Not to be confused with the rider on the white horse in Revelation 6:2; the rider on this white horse is Jesus of Nazareth. This is a vision of His return to the earth. The white horse is a symbol of victory. He is called faithful. He is called true. In righteousness He judges and makes war. He has come to deal with those who refused the wedding supper invitation. This is the revelation of Christ. It is also the rapture of the church. There is, as we have already seen, no secret return of the Lord. Revelation 1:7, "Behold, He is coming with the clouds; and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him: and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. Even so. Amen."
What was stated as a prophecy in chapter one now comes to fruition. The Book of Revelation opens with a prophecy and closes with the symbolic description of its fulfillment. The image is the same as that given in chapter one. He is wearing many
crowns of rulership. At the time of His resurrection the Father told the Son to sit in the seat of honor until all things were placed under His feet. Now is the time when all things will be put under the feet of the Son, as symbolized by the many crowns. He wears the crowns and the footstool is ready. There is a name written which we are not given to know. At the time of His return no one knows the name but Him. It is unclear as to whether we will be given to know it after His arrival. Throughout the Book of Revelation we have never been far from the cross. We encounter it again in the symbolism of His vesture. His clothing is not dipped in the purple dye of Thyatira. It has been dipped in the blood of a cross. It is not the royal finery of earthly kings. His blood-stained garment proves His worth to wear the crowns. "Stained" is in perfect tense to show that His bleeding was a sacrifice in perpetuity. We read in one of Paul's writings in Hebrews 10:12 "But this man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God". Jesus offered himself as a "sacrifice in perpetuity" for sins. That is why the clothing of the King of kings and Lord of lords remains stained with blood. His vesture, blood-stained at Golgotha, is about to become stained with different blood. He is about to tread the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of God. He will tread it alone. None are qualified to execute that judgment but Him. We now read a name familiar to us,"... His name is called the Word of God". John 1:1-2 tells us, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." And John 1:14 tells us,''And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth". His name was The Word of God when he was the invisible Anointed One in the eternal past. He was the Christ, an invisible Spirit, during the times recorded in the Old Testament. At Bethlehem the invisible Christ, who was with God and was God, emptied Himself and became a man.

“He is Risen”

Since: Jun 09

Jackson, TN

#1105 Jul 28, 2014
When He came to earth He brought with him one of His heavenly names, The Word of God. All the promised features of His return are in this passage. The cloud of His army clothed in white linen. The shout of the archangel. The seventh and last trump has blown. The angels said to the apostles at His ascension, Acts 1:11 "...You men of Galilee, why stand you gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen Him go into heaven". It was a visible, physical departure. His return will be the same. He was taken up in a cloud. He returns with clouds. He went back
to the Father with the name, Word of God. When He returns we will know Him by the same familiar name, "The Word of God".

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