Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Book of Revelation

The Book of Revelation

By Abraham Israel

The whole book of revelation is not fully sequentially arranged in order but rather some parts of it is sequential arranged in order; the problem with many people is that they think that it is fully sequential arranged in order. This is the reason of confusion that exists about its meaning. And I believe that the churches are arranged in sequential order according to various time periods in the church history. But after that all the events are mixed up and jumbled. If only we will take the thread over there and tie it in a chronological order according to the time periods and events that happen in it, then we will be able to tie the pieces of it together to see the whole length of it clearly.

This Book of Revelation is all about the “The Revelation of [the person of] Jesus Christ [in all His majesty and glory], given to show His servants the things which must shortly [quickly or swiftly] take place. But when the angel gave the message to Apostle John nearly all of the contents of the book was signified. In other words, the message was conveyed in signs and symbolism (Revelation 1:1). The Book of Daniel is used as a reference in explaining the Book of Revelation more in-depth. The Book of Daniel in the Old Testament is the Book of Revelation concealed. The Book of Revelation in the New Testament is the Book of Daniel Revealed. Praise the Lord!

The Seven Year period of Anti-christ’s false covenant with Israel can be exactly termed as the time of the End (Daniel 12:4, 9). This same ‘time of the End’ which is also described as ‘the appointed time’ in the preceding Chapter11 of Daniel (Daniel 11:27, 29, 35, 40, 45; Matt 24:6,13). So only we will be referring to the Book of Daniel often to understand the Book of Revelation in-depth. The sign that the terminal generation is nearing the time of the End [i.e. Sign of Jesus’ coming and the end of this age (Matt 24:3)] will be when the terminal generation that Jesus described in Matthew 24:34 will be present on earth to experience the forth-telling of Jesus, till all the scenarios that Jesus described will be fulfilled even to the last word of prophecy to this particular generation (Matt 24:35).

The opening of the seals by the lamb and consequently the horses going in to the earth to create a catastrophic and cataclysmic situation in the earth (Rev 6:1-6), perfectly fits the sign that Jesus spoke as a prelude (Matt 24:3-8) before the end [i.e. 7 years covenant of anti-christ during the time of the end] comes in Matt 24:13. This is also the reason Jesus said at the end of Chapter 24 and Verse 6 in Matthew, “….all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” If we ask ourselves the question, what end Jesus is referring to? In the suceeding verses Jesus is particularly referring to a very intense time of persecution against the preaching of the gospel, a time of lovelessness due to lawlessness, revelation of the Anti-christ to the beleivers, rapture of the Body of Christ, Tribulation and the Second Coming ( Matt 24:9-31).All these events are termed as the end. The time frame for all these things to take place will be with in the time frame of Seven Years in which the Anti-christ will rise to world prominence. But the things of Matt 24:7, “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places” Jesus is only calling it as “….the beginning of sorrows.” (Matt 24:8). This also reveals that the End-time will be very hostile to the true saints of God. In spite of such hostility of the world towards the gospel and the saints who proclaim them, the saints will preach the gospel in all the world as a witness to all the nations and then the end [i.e. The time of the end or the appointed time] will come (Matt 24:9-14). This preaching of the gospel and the obvious result of Billions of souls turning to God is termed as the ‘harvest of the earth is ripe…and the earth was reaped’ in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 14:14-16; John 4:35-38).

The more closer we get to the time of the end [i.e. the 7 years of false peace covenant of anti-christ with the nation of Israel], the more sorrowful, fearful and distressed the world will become according to the forth-telling of Jesus Christ (Matt 24:8; Luke 21:24-26; 2 Tim 3:1). If we ask why these things will be increasing at the time of the end, is it fateful? In other words can’t we do anything to prevent it from happening? The answer is because men will love wickedness more than they love the truth of God and His word, God will give them over to a debased mind which will not only corrupt the people involved in such activities but also the atmosphere and environment surrounding them as a sign of the judgment that is coming ahead in to this world political and religious arena as a warning from God to repent (2 Tim 3:2-9; Rom 1:18-32; Matt 24:9-14; 2 Thess 2:9-12). If the people who are living at this time of the end, heed to the warning’s of Christ and repent from their wicked ways and as a result of it if they continue to endure to the end, they will be saved during the time of rapture (Matt 24:30). Once the rapture happens, anti-christ will pursue his purpose to establish his one world government with in the world economy and will establish himself as that one world leader. This one world leader will boast himself to be God by seating himself in the temple demanding to be worshipped as God (Matt 24:15-28; 2 Thess 2:3-4). Those who will not accept his stance will be hunted by him in every corner of this planet earth. And this is what is called as ‘the tribulation’ in the Bible (Matt 24:29; Rev 6:7-11). Then exactly after these things, there will be a great earthquake, the sun will become black as a sackcloth of hair, and the moon will become like a blood and the stars of heaven will fall like a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind…and Jesus will return back at this time to this planet earth to reign and to rule the nations with a rod of iron as the king of kings and the Lord of Lords for a 1000 years (Matt 24:29-31; Rev 6:12-17; Acts 2:19-21). When Jesus will come back to this planet earth with His heavenly armies of saints, He will fight against anti-christ and his armies to slay them with the breath of His mouth, kill them with the sword that will proceed from His mouth and they will be destroyed forever by the brightness of His coming (2 Thess 2:8; Rev 19:19-20; 6:14-17).

Thus there is a perfect co-relationship and sequence of events in unison between Matthew 24th Chapter and the seals of Revelation 6th Chapter. The seals are hence opened years ahead of the 7 year false covenant period of anti-christ with the nation of Israel which is the real end time scenario or apocalypse. The 7 Trumpets are contained within the 7 seals and the prophets will start blowing the trumpet through the angels, after the rapture of the Church will take place right after the abomination of desolation happens inside the temple and may be the tribulation might have just started to spread around the world slowly (Matthew 24:15-21). Just like Moses and Aaron confronted Pharaoh the King of Egypt [i.e. the house of bondage (Exodus 13:3; Jud 6:8)], so will these two prophets [Elijah and Enoch] will confront the anti-christ who will act as like a pharaoh in the days of old when he ruled the world from Egypt as its headquarters (Rev 8:6-8, 10,12; 9:1,13; 11:15). The 7th Trumpet will contain the seven bowls of wrath which will be mainly directed towards anti-christ and His followers for their rebellion before the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ to this planet earth (Rev 11:15; 10:7=>Acts 3:21; Rev 15:1-2; 11:19; 15:5, 8; 16:1-2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 12, 17).

The Trumpets will be blown by the two prophets as a sign of the coming judgment that will come upon the whole world when Messiah Jesus Christ will appear on this planet earth. This is also a warning sign given to people to turn from their wicked ways, to repent and turn towards God in humility so that they can receive salvation. The Babylonian politico-religious capital city and the false church headquarters will be destroyed by the ten kings right after the rapture of the Church takes place. After the rapture of the Church takes place there will still be a gathering of ‘the clusters of the vine of the earth …[because] her [i.e. believers in Christ (Eph 5:25)] grapes are fully ripe [i.e. the saints who will accept Jesus as their Messiah and Savior and will not take the seal of anti-christ on their foreheads or in their hands, many of them will die as martyrs for their testimony they will hold on to, even up to the battle of Armageddon takes place (Rev 12:17;13:7-10; 14:19-20;19:15)]’ (John 15:1-8;Daniel 11:32-35;Rev 14:17-20;Acts 2:20-21=>Matt 24:29-30). Jesus is the one who conducts the harvest and He is the one who has the sickle in His hand [i.e. harvesting tool which represents the controlling authority of the process of harvest] (Rev 14:14, 18). Praise the Lord!


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