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Revelation: Chapter 22. The River of Life, Admonitions and Warnings. The Conclusion.

The first portion of the chapter rightfully belongs to the previous chapter, (v.1 - 5) as it is describing the river of life that flows from the throne of God. It is the concluding portion of the descriptions of the new heaven and earth, the New Jerusalem, and those who are to be found therein. The vision ends with the final note “and they shall reign for ever and ever.” After the description of Heaven is a warning of the…

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Revelation: Chapter 21. The New Heaven and Earth, the New Jerusalem, and Glorification of the Saints.

The time frame for this chapter is after judgment has been handed down and all the saints have been together with God and Christ. Contrary to the non-scriptural doctrines of millennialism (and it does not matter which ones), we have been told that the heavens and earth will have been destroyed and replaced with a new heaven and earth. John now has a vision of this new heaven and earth. That this has no relationship to the earth and sky…

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Revelation: Chapter 20. The Thousand Years, the Capture and Judgment of Satan. The Judgment Day.

 Chapter 20 deals with the glorification of the saints who suffered at the hands of the beast Rome, and the eventual judgment of Satan. It introduces us to the vision of the saints who reign with Christ. The 1000-year reign is another misused portion of the book. It is the source of all advent and millenialists doctrines concerning Christ’s return. Yet, a careful reading of the text will dispose of those notions. They have no textual foundation. Verse 1 states…

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Revelation: Chapter 18. The Fall of Babylon. Chapter 19.Praise in Heaven for the Avenging of the Apostles and Prophets

 Chapter 18 is dedicated to musing over the destruction of the great city. The subject clearly to be rendered to oblivion as a power of government (v. 3, 7, 9), of commerce (v.3, and 11 - 19), society (v. 22, 23), and religion (v. 3, 5, 8, 9, 20, and 24). This city, “Babylon,” is burned in v.18. Note that in meting judgment to the harlot, God has again carried out “the avenging of his apostles and prophets” (verse 20…

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Revelation: Chapter 17. The Harlot and the Identity of the Beast, Concluded.

“There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. And the beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition. And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These…

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Revelation: Chapter 17. The Harlot and the Identity of the Beast. (Edited)

From chapter 17:1 through 19:10, the topic is the judgment and destruction of Rome. The descriptions of the woman and the beast leave no doubt. The taking of Jerusalem had been concluded in chapter 11. Descriptions of the woman: “The great harlot,” also a symbol of idolatry, is the usual case in prophetic scripture. “With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication…” etc. This statement and those following would eliminate Jerusalem as the identity of the harlot, as…

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Revelation: Chapter 16, The Pouring Out of the Bowls of Wrath. (Edited).

The pouring out of the wrath of God is concluded in this chapter. Once more, these are the same signs that we read of in chapter 4 with the opening of the seven seals. In the pouring out of the seventh bowl judgment is now set to “Babylon” (v.19), the source of judgment is the one now to be judged. As with the earlier pronouncements of judgment these are designed to bring about repentance, which, in this case, is not…

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Revelation: Chapter 15. Prelude to the Pouring out of the Bowls of Wrath – The Coming Conclusion of the Wrath of God (Edited)

Chapter 15 introduces “the seven angels having the seven last plagues.” This is a reiteration of the sending forth of the wrath of God as witnessed by the several series of signs earlier in the book. Note the text says that with the pouring out of the plagues of the seven angels, “the wrath of God is complete.” This is the exact same comment made in chapter 10:7 prior to the sounding of the seventh trumpet. What does the word…

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Revelation: Chapter 14: The 144,000, the Fall of Babylon, The Reaping of the Earth and the Grapes of Wrath.

 The 144,000, the Fall of Babylon: The Reaping of the Earth and the Grapes of Wrath.  We are re-introduced to the 144,000 now standing with the Lamb upon Mt. Zion (in Jerusalem?). As is noted by most commentators, there is no reason to believe these are not the same as those introduced to the reader in chapter 7. We note the seal these wear on their forehead is now told us as being, “…his Father’s name written on their foreheads.”…

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Revelation: Chapter 13, Concluded. (Edited).

G.) Those who worship the beast are marked, in contrast to the sealing of the faithful (c. 7). So, there would be two distinct groups of people around – those who worship God and serve the Lamb, and everybody else: the greater majority who fold and have bowed to the government under its corrupting power forsaking Christ in order to save their lives. I have previously dealt with the historical record noting that emperor worship existed from the time of Julius…

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