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Revelation 16

“Go your ways and pour out on the earth the seven bowls containing God’s wrath.” And that’s how Revelation 16 starts.

MRSA - Centers for Disease Control US Government

MRSA – Centers for Disease Control – US Government

Revelation 16 is pretty much straight forward and easy to understand. The first angel poured out his bowl full of wrath and it caused festering sores on people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. For those who know anything about open sores that get infected, you know they can stink. Now just think of a large part of the population smelling of infection.

The second angel poured out his bowl and the sea turned to blood and the sea life died. After that the third angel poured out his bowl and caused the springs and rivers to turn to blood. Revelation 16:6 explains why all the blood. Now there’s the smell of infected sores and of blood and dead things.

I remember years ago my wife and I were driving through Idaho, when off in the distance I saw a black animal laying in the middle of the road. What was it? A dog that’s been hit by a car, maybe? I couldn’t tell. As we got closer I could see a white stripe on the black fur. Oh no! Somebody had hit this poor animal and killed it. Now there’s a dead skunk laying in the middle of the road, and we have to drive by it!

Now I know there was a funny song back in the 1970s call ‘Dead Skunk In The Middle Of The Road‘ but this was horrifying! Even though I never hit that animal, we could still smell that thing for miles.

Sun Spots and Solar Flares – NASA

Sun Spots and Solar Flares – NASA

When the fourth angel poured out his bowl of wrath on the sun, it caused the sun to scorch the people with heat. This does two things. One, it makes life very miserable. Think Texas and Arizona gets hot? People then, may wish for that cooler climate. The second thing it would do is to make the first three bowls of wrath stink more. Like my Dad would say “It’s enough to gag a maggot.”

Now think of the hottest day you can imagine. There is a strong stink of blood, dead animals and dead fish, plus the smell of infected sores. Now imagine all this with the sores on you. What’s amazing is after all this, people still won’t repent. They refuse to stop their sinning. They cursed God. Revelation 16:9

Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. His subjects ground their teeth in anguish In pain people still cursed God and still refused to repent. I wonder about the darkness. Will it be just over Jerusalem because that’s where the anti-Christ will be, or will it be over the whole world? The Lord has done this before to the Egyptians shortly before the Israelites left Egypt. Exodus 10:20-22

When the sixth angel poured out his bowl the Euphrates River dried up so the armies of the east could march across. What’s interesting is in Revelation 16:13, John said that three unclean or evil spirits came from the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet, looked like frogs. I remember many years ago someone said they saw a demon and it looked like a shadowy frog. But someone else said they saw what looked like a shadowy blob. It left the person, moved across the floor and out the room.

Revelation 16:15 is the reason why many people say that Jesus will not come until after the anti-Christ gets here. I really hope He comes long before that. However we must remember Jesus said in Matthew 25:13 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.” So be ready.

Revelation 16:16-21 talks very briefly of the world’s armies meeting at Armageddon. But things don’t go very well for them, or anyone else. Horrifying earthquakes that will turn cities into rubble. Imagine New York City, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and many others laying in complete ruin. Guam and Hawaii and other islands, gone. And to make it worse, they get 75 pound (34 kilogram) hailstones falling on them. And the people still cursed God. Amazing.

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Revelation 15

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Looking back at my last post Revelation 14, I said something that may have been misleading. I wrote: “I believe that these people that are ripe for God’s judgment, are those who have worshiped the beast.” This made it sound like the people who worshiped the beast, were destroyed right then and there. But Revelation 16:2 clearly shows this isn’t so. I do not want anyone mislead. And I’m sorry if you were.

And now for Revelation 15. It’s a very short chapter. In fact the whole chapter fits quite nicely on my laptop screen.

There are seven angels holding the seven bowls that will complete God’s wrath. What I find interesting is the sea of glass in Revelation 15:2. It seems to be like glass mixed with fire. But the sea of glass in front of God’s throne was sparkling like crystal. So, in the area of the angels holding God’s wrath; what was causing the sea of glass to look like it was mixed with fire? Was it the angels, or was it the bowls of God’s wrath? What was the glass sea reflecting? I believe its the bowls of God’s wrath, which will be talked about in chapter sixteen.

Anyway standing on the sea glass are all the people who were victorious over the beast and his statue. (some versions say image) This is clear that not everyone will fall for the beast. And all these people will be given harps and will sing the song of Moses and of Jesus. Revelation 15:3-4

Then in Revelation 15:5-8 John saw the Temple in Heaven thrown wide open. God’s glory filled the whole Temple. And the four living creators that I talked about in Revelation 4, were handing out the seven bowls of God’s wrath to the seven angels. Also because God’s glory filled the Temple, no one could enter it until the angel finish pouring out the plagues.

Job 26:7-8

Job 26:7-8

Looking ahead, is interesting and baffling. Some time ago I came to believe the part of the Bible was written only this point in time. For an example: some people seem to think that none of the Bible is true. They say none of it can be trusted. Also they say none of it can be backed scientifically. Well they can think that. But they may have a problem with with Job 26:7 God stretches the northern sky over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing. Either they except the fact that the Bible says the earth floats in space or they better start explaining why they don’t believe it.

About prophesy, the Bible sometimes talks about Israel and Jerusalem in the end times. For many, many years people thought that Israel and Jerusalem were going to be some vague, or spiritual place. But now after 1900 years, we have Israel with Jerusalem. I know many people don’t like the idea of Israel and may believe that Israel has no right to exist, but it does. And there is nothing anyone can do about it. Israel is here to stay.

Revelation 14

Washington State University

Washington State University

One day many years ago there were three 9 year old boys picking on one seven year old boy. Nothing physical, just a lot of name calling and teasing. This young boy ran into the house very upset. What these nine year old boys didn’t know, was this little seven year old boy had a very big eighteen year old, 6 foot 4 inch (193 cm) brother. Me!

I ran after these boys and chased them up the street, up their driveway, and through the gate going into the backyard. I don’t know what I would have done if I had caught up with them. I hadn’t thought that far along. When I went into the backyard, I very quickly came to a stop. There stood their parents and their friends parents standing by the BBQ grilling. Now what? I did say in front of their parents to stop picking on my little brother.

The point to this is when God has had enough of the world picking on His people, He’s going to do something about it. But with God no one can stop Him. His wrath will be unstoppable.

Revelation 14 is the beginning of God’s wrath. It won’t happen all at once. Just like when He brought judgment against the Pharaoh of Egypt when Moses asked to let the Hebrews go. When God did this, then the Pharaoh did that. Then God did something else, and Pharaoh mocked God some more, and did something else. Pharaoh never repented so finally God killed the Pharaoh’s army. This is basically how the next several chapters will be, until God will finally kill His enemy’s army.

Revelation 14 starts with Jesus standing on Mount Zion with the 144.000 Israelis/Israelites standing with Him. These people have been kept pure, and alone have been purchased from among the people.

Now there is an angel flying through the air telling everyone on earth to turn to and worship God. But why would the angel tell people to repent if God is about to do judgment? Because God really doesn’t want anyone to die.

Then another angel is flying, shouting that the City of Babylon has fallen. I wonder where is this Babylon. Many think that it’s Rome. Maybe. But I wonder; if the Anti-Christ restores a country, (and I believe he will) then could he also rename a city? Again, like I say many times before, I don’t know.

Now there is a third angel saying that anyone who gets the mark of the beast, or worships his images will be tormented forever with fire and burning sulfur. People, this is very scary stuff. Imagine every part of your body burning. Even your sensitive parts. And unlike being burned here on earth, where your nerves burn then became numb, there your nerve endings will never burn. Therefore you will always feel pain.

People, any of God’s people still here by this time must stay true to God. Ezekiel 18:23-24 “Do you think that I like to see wicked people die? says the Sovereign Lord. Of course not! I want them to turn from their wicked ways and live. However, if righteous people turn from their righteous behavior and start doing sinful things and act like other sinners, should they be allowed to live? No, of course not! All their righteous acts will be forgotten, and they will die for their sins.

I wondered about Revelation 14:14 where it says “someone like the Son of Man”. It’s either Jesus or it’s not Jesus. After reading it several times and also reading several commentaries, I think I understand. I believe it’s like seeing several people at a distance and going, “ Hey, isn’t that so-n-so?” Anyway, He is seated on a cloud, has a gold crown and a sickle.

Another angel came from the Temple in Heaven and shouted to the one on the cloud, “Swing the sickle, for the time of harvest has come; the crop on earth is ripe.” and it was done. If the one sitting on the cloud is Jesus, then the angel that came from the Temple might be relaying a command and not giving one.

Old winepress. Once used at Nichelini Winery in California

Old winepress. Once used at Nichelini Winery in California

The rest of the chapter says that another angel came with a sharp sickle, and then still another one came that can destroy with fire. And he shouted to the angel with the sickle that the harvest is ready. The grapes are ripe for judgment. The grapes went into God’s winepress and the outcome was a lot of blood.

The grapes of course are the people of the earth. I believe that these people that are ripe for God’s judgment, are those who have worshiped the beast. This sounds like the end, but it’s not. There are seven plagues coming.

Revelation 13

Entitled “Earthrise,” it was taken by astronaut William Anders during an orbit of the moon as part of the Apollo 8 mission. - NASA

Entitled “Earthrise,” it was taken by astronaut William Anders during an orbit of the moon as part of the Apollo 8 mission. – NASA

Revelation 22:18-19 And I solemnly declare to everyone who hears the words of prophecy written in this book: If anyone adds anything to what is written here, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book. And if anyone removes any of the words from this book of prophecy, God will remove that person’s share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book. I take this very seriously. Please check what I say. The last thing I want to do is mislead anyone.

Back in June 2013 I wrote about the Anti-Christ. Looking back, I can see my views about it have changed some.

First, I believe (for the time being anyway) that the beast may be a scuba diver, or was stationed on a submarine, because Revelation 13:1 says he came up out of the sea. But looking at Revelation 13 carefully I now wonder other things about the beast. And the dragon. Many times I have heard that the seven heads and the ten horns and ten crowns are the European Union. I also heard many times that it’s the Vatican, because of the seven hills. And as far as one of the heads being killed and brought back to life… Well I’ve heard the Anti-Christ himself is killed and brought back to life. And for many years I believed it. But now, since the other night, I question it.

For a long time I have believed that the United States of America will fall. I base this on Genesis 12:3 and Deuteronomy 30:7 just to name a couple. There are more. The way we are treating Israel is not good. If we continue we will pay for it. I believe God will see to it.

Satan is called the ‘ruler of this world’. John 12:31 The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast out.

Revelation 12:3 Then I witnessed in heaven another significant event. I saw a large red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, with seven crowns on his heads.

Blue Marble – NASA

Blue Marble – NASA

If Satan is the ruler of the world, and the world has seven continents, then could the seven heads be the seven continents? If the US falls, we could bring down the North American continent.

Revelation 13:1-5 says the dragon (Satan) will give his authority, power, as well as his throne to the beast. One of the heads was wounded beyond recovery and yet was healed. What if, when the North American continent falls, the beast through the power of Satan, heals the US, plus Canada, plus Mexico? That would be amazing. Besides bringing someone back to life from an injury is fairly common place, these days.

So now I wonder if the seven heads and ten horns, with ten crowns on its horns are the seven continents, and the ten horns and ten crowns are possibly ten nations that he owns, or controls.

So now for the next 42 months, the beast will be allowed to speak great blasphemies against God, and he was given authority to do whatever he wanted. And he did. He even waged war against God’s people. And everyone who belongs to the world, that is who does not have their name in the Book of Life from the beginning, will worship the guy. Revelation 13:5-8

I know that Revelation 13:8 says All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, may seem to go against John 3:16, but it doesn’t. I used to have a big dog who loved riding in the back of my pickup. How she gets into the back of the truck was her choice. But I knew my dog. I knew she would jump up and down, run across the street into the neighbor’s yard, then run full speed and jump into the back of the truck. The point is, God knows us so well, even before time itself, He knows what we’ll do.

Now a second beast comes with the authority of the first, does miracles, have people worship the first beast, and then had what I still believes is a 3-D video made of the first beast. Everyone who does not worship the 3-D video of the first beast will die. Revelation 13:11-15

Finally the beast, (I believe the first one) will have everyone get a mark either on the hand or the forehead. If they don’t they can’t buy or sell. My guess is everyone will be more than willing. Now what causes the mark, I don’t know. Revelation 13:16-18

Revelation 12

Cicely, Alaska or Roslyn, Washington?

Cicely, Alaska or Roslyn, Washington?

Revelation 12 was very difficult and very confusing to me. I read, reread, prayed, and read several commentaries, thought about it, and I still wonder what’s going on. One commentary says this, another says that, and I’m thinking, “If these really smart people can’t figure out what’s going, how am I suppose to?” I would remind you as I have many things before, to please remember I am not a theologian, nor am I trained in this in ant way. I am I mechanic.

One of the questions I have is when did happen? The commentaries are divided on this. So far everything in Revelation happened in chronological order. But in Revelation 12:9 says: This great dragon—the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world—was thrown down to the earth with all his angels. Jesus said in Luke 10:18 He saw Satan fall from Heaven.

When I read Luke 10 in the past I always thought that Jesus saw Satan fall at that time. After all He is Son of God. Of course He could have seen Satan fall back in Genesis. Or, what if He saw Satan fall in the future. After reading it again I now believe that this is still in the future.

Another question is, who is the woman in Revelation 12:1-2? After thinking and praying about it, I wonder if it has to do with the bride of Christ. But not the Christian Gentile bride, but instead Christian Jew plus the Christian Gentile. Or maybe only the Jewish believers.

The moon under her feet; I still don’t understand. The twelve stars on her head are either the twelve disciples, which I doubt, or the twelve tribes of Israel. I believe it’s the twelve tribes because the Jews are God’s chosen people. Leviticus 20:26 You must be holy because I, the Lord, am holy. I have set you apart from all other people to be my very own. However only those who believe in the Lord Jesus will be saved, and because of this, many Jews, and Gentiles (like me) are grafted into God’s family.

Revelation 12:3-4 brings up more questions. Everyone will agree that the dragon is the devil, but many will disagree on the seven heads and crowns and the ten horns. Some say it’s Rome, some say it’s the European Union. However one commentary said it was written to make it sound scary. Like a spooky story told around campfires to scare children. I believe this last one is stupid and wrong. One thing I have learned, everything has a meaning even if we don’t understand it.

And then what about the stars the dragon threw down to earth? Some say they are demons. But there are two problems with that. One is if Satan wants to be in control and worshiped; why would he turn against his own angels? Also Revelation12:7-9 says there was a war in Heaven and him (the devil) and his angels were forced out.

About Revelation 12:5, many will say it’s Jesus Himself however others will say it’s the church in general because of Revelation 2:26-27 To all who are victorious, who obey me to the very end,
To them I will give authority over all the nations.
They will rule the nations with an iron rod
and smash them like clay pots.

If the woman is the church after God’s people have been snatched up, it might make sense if you consider new believers coming and God protecting them for 3-1/2 years. (1260 days)

So now in Revelation 12:7-9 there is a war in Heaven and Satan and his angels are booted out of Heaven and casted down to Earth.

In Revelation 12:10-12 some one in Heaven spoke with a loud voice. Scripture doesn’t say this; but I wonder if the one speaking is human. After all he said “For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth” He also said the devil and his angels were defeated by the blood of the Lamb I must add that back in the Old Testament the blood of lambs were used for the forgiveness of sins. However since an animal is temporary, here today and gone tomorrow, the shedding of animal blood is only a temporary fix at best. But Jesus, the Son of God, is eternal. So when he shed His own blood, making Himself the Lamb of God; then whoever believes in Him will be forgiven for eternity. So there is absolute power in the blood of Jesus, or as said here, blood of the Lamb. The one who spoke also prophesied that there will be terror on earth because the dragon is angry.

Revelation12:13 said the dragon will pursue the woman who gave birth to the male child. I believe this is Satan and his followers pursuing the Jewish believers in Israel. The male child, I believe, is Christ. If this is so, then Revelation 12:14 would make sense and may go along with what Jesus said in Matthew 24:15-17

Godzilla coming to shore – Google

Godzilla coming to shore – Google

I don’t understand Revelation 12:15-16. In Revelation 12:17 I am sure the dragon is at war with the rest of God people, both the Christian Jew and the Christian Gentile.

Finally he stands on the shore by the sea.

Again please check everything I say. Because after all, I have had no training in this at all.

Many of you are wondering what the photo at the top has to do with Revelation 12. Well to be honest, nothing. Many of you may recognize it as Cicely, Alaska, from the old TV show Northern Exposure. The show was filmed in Roslyn, Washington. I took the photo last week.

Revelation 11

Flag of Israel

Flag of Israel

Revelation 11 is centered in Jerusalem. By now the new Temple of God has been built. I believe it would be at the present Temple Mount or near there. Which means there is also at least a temporary peace between Israel and the Palestine. Jerusalem will be trampled by different nations. How many, I don’t know. But I’m guessing that it could be an international event building this temple. Also at this temple there will be two witnesses who will prophesy for 1260 days which is 42 months or 3-1/2 years.

There are a lot of thoughts about the two prophets. First at the temple they will stand before the Lord. According to Ezekiel 44:1-3, Ezekiel 46:1-3, and Ezekiel 46:12, I believe they will be at the east gate, since this is to be used for the Priests and seems to be holier than the other gates.

But who are they? Some say one of them may be a pre-flood man name Enoch because he never died. And they say the other may be Elijah because he never died either. Others say it’s Moses and Elijah. Moses because he changed the rivers to blood and Elijah because he stopped the rain from falling.

After the 42 months are up Satan will have them killed and their bodies will be thrown on a main road. Then all the people of the world will see these two dead bodies on their television, computers, i-pads and what ever else they have; and gloat. Revelation 11:7-10

Aerial View of Temple Mount, Jerusalem, Israel – Google Maps

Aerial View of Temple Mount, Jerusalem, Israel – Google Maps

Since the two prophets will be prophesying on the east side of the Temple, (I believe), then the closest main road they would be left on would be Highway 417. This road snakes all through Jerusalem.

So now with these two laying on the main road for 3-1/2 days, and with different TV cameras from around the world pointed at them, they come to life again and rose up into Heaven. I don’t know if Moses will be one of the two or not. But if he is, I wonder what his thoughts would be knowing that first he died, was resurrected by God only to be murdered and resurrected again by God.

While all this is going on there will be an earthquake and 1/10th of Jerusalem will be destroyed and 7,000 people die. Revelation 11:13 People will then give glory to God. Though I believe it won’t last for long for many of them.

Now after all seven seals have been opened; finally the seventh, and the last trumpet, is blown.

Revelation 11:15 “The world has now become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever.”

Now things get very confusing for me. From here to the end of the chapter it sounds like Christ’s kingdom is now here and those who were against him are being destroyed. But we still have eleven more chapters left in Revelation. When I read chapter 12 the number one word that comes to mine is, “huh?”

As I read farther, I wonder, is this still in chronological order, or is it repeating things? I do know that I need lots of prayer and guidance from the Holy Spirit to get this right. Lord please don’t let me get this wrong.

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.

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.

Revelation 8

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Revelation 8 is the beginning of the opening of the 7th seal. And I believe that by this time God’s people will be gone. I hope and pray that I am correct.

A few days ago I was approach by a couple of young women who were Mormons. They were very nice and polite and we talked a bit. One of the women said she prays and she believes in Jesus. I said that’s good, but what about the Bible? The Bible and the Book of Mormon do not agree with each other. She said they did and she knows it because she prays about it. I told her that’s good, but the Bible says you must test everything. Even what I say. She said she would not do that. We talked a little more before we parted ways. This saddens me.

Everyone has sinned and has fallen from God’s grace. Everyone. Because of this we do not deserve God’s grace. Not even the very nice young woman who spoke with me. Also it is absolutely impossible for us to earn our way into God’s good graces. But because of the grace of God, He made it possible for us to enter His Kingdom by sending us His son Jesus. So that who ever believes in Jesus will have eternal life. Believing in Jesus not only means believing that Jesus died for us, but also that He rose physically from the dead. Even though Mormons celebrate Easter, they do not believe Jesus rose with His own body from the grave. They believe He rose only in spirit. (I know sometimes they will say they He rose physically, but I have found they sometimes will say anything to get you to go to their church.) They don’t seem to understand that Jesus paid our way with His blood. There is nothing we can do to earn our way into God’s Kingdom. Jesus did it all for us.

Revelation 8:1-2 says there will be seven angels with seven trumpets and there will be silence in Heaven for one-half hour. Someone told me that this is because of what happens will be so terrible, so horrifying, that everyone will be at awe.

Revelation 8:3-5 talks about prayers of God’s people being mixed with incense by an angel, and smoke of the two rises up to God. After that the angel fills the incense burner with fire and throws it down to earth, where terrible things happens.

Hebrews 10:29-31
Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us. For we know the one who said,
“I will take revenge.
I will pay them back.”
He also said,
“The Lord will judge his own people.”
It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Is Revelation 8:3-5 the beginning of God’s punishment? His revenge?

In Revelation 8:7 the first trumpet is blown and fire is thrown down to earth. I have nothing to back this up with but I wonder if this will be a meteor shower. Not one that passes by the earth, but one that is aimed at us.

Revelation 8:8-9 is the second trumpet, and a mountain of fire is thrown down and 1/3 of the of the sea creatures and a 1/3 of the ships are destroyed. I believe this is one big meteorite hitting either the Pacific or Atlantic Ocean. Thinking about the blood mentioned here, I notice Revelation 16:3-6 seems to be related. If I am correct, this explains the blood. Also I thought of one of the plagues, when God had Moses turn the water into blood in Egypt. Could the Egyptians been so brutal to the Hebrew slaves that God though “If you like blood so much, drink this!”? I wonder.

When the third trumpet blows in Revelation 8:10-11 a great star burning like a torch fell from the sky turning a third of the springs and river bitter causing many people to die. I’m guessing and only guessing that maybe this could be a meteor made of sulfur or some combination of elements that burns brightly. However if sulfur does fall and as it burns and mixes with water, it could turn into something like battery acid.

I remember a story of a volcano erupting in Alaska and a man was caught in his cabin. He ran outside not knowing what was going on. He ran bare footed into what he thought was snow, but it burned his feet. It was hot volcanic ash. His throat dry and scratchy, so he ran to the creek with his feet still burning. He drank the water and it burned his throat because the sulfur in the ash and the water turned to acid. He thought he died and was in Hell. He lived and soon turned he life over to Christ. I don’t know if this story is true, but it’s interesting.

The fourth trumpet in Revelation 8:12 is also clearly supernatural. A third of the day and a third of the night becoming dark is 8 hours of total darkness. Is this for one day, or for now on? If God can stop the sun in Joshua 10:12-14 He can easily do this.

After all this, things will get worse. And what saddens me about that nice Mormon I told you about earlier, is that even though she knows the truth about Jesus, she refuses to believe it. Instead she chooses to believe the Book of Mormon. She may be one of the ones that will go though the woes of Revelation. John 3:16-21 says her and other nice people will be judged.

We should tell more people the good news of Jesus so that they may believe and have eternal life.

Revelation 7

February

Believe it or not Revelation 7 is still part of the sixth seal which we covered in Revelation 6. In chapter 7 there are four angels that will stop the wind from blowing around the world for awhile. In Revelation 7:2 has an angel coming in the morning from the east. I’m going to assume, the sun will be in the true east which I’m guessing will be in the late spring or early summer. Now this angel told the four other angels who were holding back the winds, not to harm the earth, sea, or trees. (I wonder about the other plants.) Anyway no harm is to come to them, until God’s seal is placed on His servants.

Now about the 144,000 Israelis or Israelites. Of course we all know they will be 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes. To most people this is enough information. But I wonder where in time did they come from? I know this is an odd question, so I’ll explain.

Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead four days after he died and had started to decay. As we get towards the end of Revelation we see that many people will be very much alive and well even though they may have died many centuries ago, and more.

Many places in the Old Testament talks about Jesus coming. If you look through what I have written about prophecy, you will see much of it was written by prophets in the Old Testament. Could these prophecies by BC Christians? (Before-Christ Christians)

John 3:14-17
And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

I have to believe that the Old Testament prophets who prophesied about Jesus must have had trusted God enough to believe in the coming messiah, in Jesus. Therefore is it proper to say that at least some of these people were Before-Christ Christians? My wife says they’re more like Before-Christ Believers. I like that term. BCB – Before-Christ Believers or BC Believers.

So here are more thoughts about the 144,000. Even though these people were God fearing and were righteous in God’s eyes, King David is not one of them. Neither is Issac or Jacob. Why would I say that? Revelation 14:4-5 said these men were virgins. David, Issac and Jacob all fathered kids. I also wonder, could these 144,000 be from through time. In other words, could some be from long ago as while as being from this time period? I don’t know. Does it really matter? Maybe not.

Revelation 7:9-12 says there is a great number of people from everywhere, every language, and every people; which means even from nations and tribes that are now extinct. And they will all be around the throne worshiping God. Will we be part of this? These people will be wearing white robes. Will they be the same ones that are mentioned in Revelation 6:9-11, the fifth seal? What I’m asking is, will this vast crowd, too great to count be people who were martyred, or will this be all of God’s people including those of us who will be taken by Jesus?

The people in chapter 6 were souls of those who were martyrs for Christ. They were under the altar and were given white robes to wear. The people in chapter 7 are wearing the same white robes, but now there are lots and lots of them. Not only that, but now they are among the angels around the throne. I believe these people in the white robes around the throne is everybody who has believe in Jesus. And those that were under the alter are now in the group. I also believe that by this time the rapture has happened.

Another question I have is about the great tribulation in Revelation 7:14. Is it the tribulation happening only during the time of the Anti-Christ? If so then why is the Anti-Christ not mentioned until later? Here is a link to tell what tribulation is in the Greek. Is it possible that there is a difference between the tribulation we are in now and the judgment that will happen after the Christians are gone?

If the tribulation started with the opening of the seals, and if we are living through one of the seven seals now; then our time here is short. Jesus could be calling us up at anytime. Even as soon as now.

I hope I am correct in all this. Again I will remind you that I am not a theologian, I have never had any training at all. It would be very wise to test everything I say.

1 Thessalonians 5:20-22
Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil.

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