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Revelation 10

Pacific Ocean off Washington State Coast

Pacific Ocean off Washington State Coast

Before I start I would like to say my wife and I saw the movie Heaven Is For Real. It was a good movie, but it brought up a question. In the movie Colton said his sister, the one who was stillborn did not have a name in Heaven, because her parents never named her. In Genesis 2:19 God let Adam name everything, and we have been doing it ever since. So, here is my question. If Colton’s parents were to name the unborn child now, after all these years, would the child have the name in Heaven? I don’t know. I’m just asking.

Now for Revelation 10. This is one of those times when I wish I had a Jewish Rabbi sitting next to me explaining all of this. For those who don’t know, I am not a pastor or a priest. I have had no training in any of this. I am a mechanic. I have worked on cars, trucks, (both military and civilian) small engines and other things. It would be very wise to test everything I say.

In the first part of Revelation 10 an angel stood with one foot on the sea and the other foot on land. I read in Matthew Henry Commentaries that says this is to show that he had power and dominion over the land and sea. In Genesis 1:26, God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” In Hebrew 2:7 it said we were made a little lower than the angels. So it seems reasonable to me that if us have dominion over the earth, and we are a little lower than the angel, then the angels also would have dominion over the earth.

Often times in the Old Testament a cloud is the sign of the glory of God. The rainbow is used as a sign of God’s covenant that He would not destroy the whole world with a flood anymore, as in Genesis 9:12-17 Is the angel there with the cloud and the rainbow, to remind God of His covenant?

When the angel shouted it sounded like a lion. Then the seven thunders answered. Who were the seven thunders? I don’t know and I have not been able to find out. Maybe you’ll have better luck. And why was John not allowed to write what the seven thunders said? Prophecies are difficult and sometimes impossible to understand. What if what the seven thunders said was so difficult that no one in this life could understand it? What if it was so difficult and so confusing to understand, that it would lead us to the wrong conclusion?

Anyway this angel swore that when the seventh trumpet is blown God’s mysterious plan will be fulfilled.

Pacific Ocean off Washington State Coast

Pacific Ocean off Washington State Coast

Then a voice from Heaven told John to take the scroll from the angel. But when he did the angel told him to eat it, saying it would taste sweet. What’s interesting is Ezekiel 3:1-3. Ezekiel also ate a scroll and it too tasted sweet. My first thought was God’s words are sweet, then I found Psalm 119:103; How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey.

But while Revelation 10:10 said the scroll turned the stomach sour, it didn’t say that in Ezekiel. However the people that Ezekiel were talking to were not going to be happy. They did not like God’s word and even rebelled against it. Ezekiel 3:7-9

Then again bitterness in the stomach could be the terrors that are still to come. By the way the seventh trumpet still won’t be blown for another 3-1/2 years.

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Revelation 9

Revelation 9 is about the fifth and sixth trumpets blowing after the seventh seal is opened. When the fifth trumpet was blown, a star that had fallen to earth was given a key to the bottomless pit. So now for the first question. Was this star the same star that was mentioned in Revelation 8:10? If so, then that would mean the star is a person and not a meteor as I thought in my Revelation 8 post. I know I’m missing something, but what?

Anyway the pit is opened and thick smoke comes out along with these nasty locusts.

I know many people believe the Revelation 9:7-11 are helicopters used in warfare. I don’t believe it. I believe these are real creatures.

Blackhawk Helicopter

Blackhawk Helicopter – U.S. Army

Many quote Revelation 9:7-11 and use it to describe a helicopter with the pilot wearing a helmet with gold colored stuff coming off of it and a machine gun as a stinger. However in verses 4 through 6 it says they will not harm those with the seal of God on them. And they will not kill anyone, only torture. Also people will not die even though they may want to.

The last time I checked (OK I didn’t really check) helicopters used in warfare are not meant to torture, but instead meant to kill and destroy.

Another thing to think about is, if the world is against God and His people; why would attack helicopters attack everyone but God’s people? Who would be flying these things? To me this doesn’t make sense. Remember these locusts came from the smoke that came from the bottomless pit.

The people will be tormented to the point of wanting death, but not allowed to have it. Imagine being driven to the point to where you finally jump off a tall building or bridge. But instead of dieing, you live. Now you’re not only in great pain from the fall; but the locusts are still stinging you.

Anyway the name of the king of the locust is Destroyer.

M1 Abram Tank

M1 Abram Tank – U.S. Army

In Revelation 9:13-14 the sixth angel blew his trumpet and then a voice came from the gold alter that stands in the presence of God. There is an altar made in Exodus 30:1-4 which I believe is a replica of the one in Heaven. The voice said to release the four angels that held back the Euphrates River. These four are to kill 1/3 of people of the earth.

Revelation 9:16-19 is a bit curious to me. I see nothing to suggest that this army of 200,000,000 is anything but human. Some people say that this army is Chinese since they have so many people. Maybe. The army could also be made up of several nations. Also “heads like lions, and fire and smoke and burning sulfur billowed from their mouths” sounds like a large gun or cannon. I wonder if this could be a tank. But if it is a tank, why didn’t John say something like a horseless chariot? Could the tails be machine guns?

20 and 21 says people never repented. When people go through hardships, they usually pray. They are also usually more open to hearing the Gospel and sometimes they will even turn to God. The more hardships there are, the more people will turn to the Lord. I believe that when God’s people are removed and things start getting bad, a few more people will turn to God. However these days people hearts are becoming more and more hard against the Lord. So life will get more and more difficult for for them. Many people will never repent. Ever.

There will be more things happening before the seventh trumpet is blown. I really hope I am correct in thinking that Jesus will call us up first.

Computers, Love Them, Hate Them

Screenshot of my very old Ubuntu computer

Screenshot of my very old Ubuntu computer

Years ago there was a young man in Redmond, Washington who said something like “Computers will make life so much easier.” Hum, who was that man? I know! Bill Gates. The former co-owner and founder of Microsoft. In some ways computers do make life easier, much easier. But when they break down… Oh boy!

A few weeks ago I wanted a new laptop to replace an old one that I used to have Windows XP on it. A few years ago I installed a Linux operating system on it and I love it. But this computer is old and I wanted a new one. By the way the bistro is Ubuntu and I have the 12.04 version. After doing some research I decided on a Dell laptop. To be honest I choose the bottom of the line model for four reasons. One, it was on sale. Two, the processor is very Linux friendly which means it will work well with Ubuntu. Three, I am not going to be playing video games, so why pay for a computer that can do that? And four, I do not want a touch-screen.

I know many of you are thinking, “OK, So what’s the problem?” When I finally got the new laptop, I noticed that I couldn’t adjust the brightness of the screen. Well I don’t like that, but I could live with it. After I installed Ubuntu on my new laptop, I was happy. But after being online for awhile, my new computer locked up. There was nothing I could do but force it to shut down. The next day I was using it again for a couple of hours, and it locked up again.

I called Dell Computer, and found out that even though they can remote access Windows and Apple computers, they can not access any type of a Linux computer. Well Dell replaced the laptop and to my surprise, sent me the second one by next day shipping. (A very happy and unexpected surprise.) Their customer service was great.

After I got my new, new laptop, I tested screen brightness, good; and the Wi-Fi, good; and I even left the computer on all day. So far so good. Then somehow I messed up the trial version of Microsoft Office. Oh man, what else could go wrong?

Our other computer is a desktop with Windows 7. The monitor is old and wearing out. No big deal, I’ll just replace it. So I bought a new monitor locally, brought it home, hooked it up to the computer and… Hey this thing is worse than the monitor I’m replacing! So back to the store I go for a replacement, only to find out there are no more. They’ll have to order it. Oh great!

So now I’m home again and after placing an order for a starter motor for a customer of mine, the old monitor died. Now the desktop computer is useless until I get that second new monitor.

By the way I forgot to tell you that the wireless burned out on the old former XP now Ubuntu laptop. And when I installed the software that should make the wireless adapter work with my computer, it didn’t.

So in three weeks time, I went through one wireless adapter, two laptops, two monitors, (hopefully the next one will work) what else can go wrong?

So now I grab an old paper Bible because after all I still have to do another post on Revelation and, oh no… I can’t believe this. It seems like someone must has broken into my house and replaced the Bibles with ones with small print! Why would they do that? Now I know some of you may say that I’m getting old, but come on. I am no way as old as my parents!

Now to answer a couple of questions you may have. Why do I not want a touch-screen laptop? Simple, I am a mechanic and I do not want dirty, grubby, greasy fingerprints on the screen.

Next question, how did I do this post? I do have another laptop, but I’m still using the old Ubuntu laptop. To go online I use Netgear Universal Wi-Fi Adapter, model WNCE2001. Thing is meant for entertainment centers, but I use it for my old laptop.

I keep thinking about that guy from Redmond, Washington saying, “Computers will make life so much easier.”

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