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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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Revelation: Chapter 13, Continued – The Second Beast. (Edited).

F.) The second beast is introduced as the beast out of the earth. A religious power is being discussed evident from the signs. Though the beast has “two horns like a lamb,” a symbol signifying a godlike character similar to what was spoken of Christ, (see C. 5:6) but he speaks as “a dragon.” We noted earlier: The only dragon ever mentioned anywhere in God’s Word is Satan (despite what some translators and linguists have suggested of godly Rahab’s name ……

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Revelation: Chapter 13 continued, The First Beast. (Edited).

 C.) The beast is blasphemous --- blaspheming God, his name, and his tabernacle. I suggest here the word tabernacle may refer to the church, which is in concert and analogous to the signs, symbols and details found in Daniel 7.        D.) The authority of the first beast is over “every tribe, tongue, and nation.” This undoubtedly refers to the Roman Empire and its establishment over the colonized world prior to the beginning of the Christian age. Note that the…

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Revelation: Chapter 13, The Beast from the Land and the Beast from the Sea (Edited)

The two beasts are introduced in chapter 13. The beast that rises out of the sea is first and is accorded the greatest detail. He is described with seven heads and ten horns, with ten crowns and has “on his heads a blasphemous name.” The beast coming up out of the earth, with two horns like a lamb’s follows him, of whom it was said, he “spoke like a dragon.” The first of these beasts is the more powerful and…

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Revelation: Chapter 12, The Woman with Child, and the Dragon (Edited)

Three signs are introduced in the first three verses. e first is of the woman with child. She is described as clothed in the sun, with the moon under her feet, and with a garland of twelve stars with twelve crowns. The honored woman is representative of the faithful remnant from the old covenant, which brought forth the Messiah of promise, and which then becomes or is combined with the faithful of the new covenant and Kingdom of Heaven - the…

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Chapter Twelve: Introduction to The Woman, the Child, the Dragon: The Mystery of God and Avenging of the Apostles and Prophets

Chapter 12 begins with a vision of events that have already taken place, similarly to the manner and in succession to the events of chapter 11. It also sets the time frame for the events that succeed it. This chapter (12) is the beginning of the last major division of the prophetic passages (which runs through chapter 22:5). The first minor division of the book of Revelation includes chapters 1 through 3 and gave us the introductions, salutations, and vision of the letters to…

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