Overcomers Pt 3 Pergamus: The church that needed housecleaning

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Now compare this to the next church, Pergamus the church that needed house cleaning.

Rev 2:12  And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

Rev 2:13  I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

Rev 2:14  But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

Rev 2:15  So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

Rev 2:16  Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

Rev 2:17  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

Again He knows their works and where they are situated and their faithfulness and it almost sounds like a repeat of Smyra and then He indicts them.

Rev 2:14  But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

Rev 2:15  So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

You see they are not tolerating these people like the church in Thyatira, but these people are in the midst and that will not be tolerated by Jesus one bit.  This is how Israel was nearly wiped out before it ever got to Canaan.  Jesus threatens to come contend with these individuals with the Sword of His mouth! In like manner He pronounces His judgment on the Prophetess of Thyatira.  He will always come against that which does not serve His purposes and He will be rid of those things in our hearts and in our lives which He deems to be His enemy. He will pursue to destruction all that He does not find to be pleasing to Him.  Of course the cure is repentance and there will be house cleaning done. Folks there is a message here that we ourselves are to look in the Scripture as in a mirror and see how it reveals us to be before God and then we need to obey what it tells us in so far as the needs of obedience are concerned.

And to the overcomers?

… To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

The hidden Manna… In the Ark of the Testimony there was a Omer crock filled with the Manna of the Wilderness; an Ark which disappeared in the Diaspora of Jeremiah’s day. There is suggestion that Jeremiah may actually have had that Ark hidden. Either way, by that time I believe Scripture suggests that all that was left in the Ark was the stone tablets.  This is the only Manna that was ever HIDDEN.  However there is also the Manna of Heaven which is revealed in the Christ of God, Jesus who is the Bread of Heaven.  Now as to the stone In Greek traditions there was the stone or pebble which a victor of the games would receive that entitled him to be fed at public expense for one day.  There is also a pebble of acquittal that was apparently handed down in the court system of that day.  Now Jesus is the Stone which the Builders rejected and in a manner of speaking this appears to very much apply to Him as the “white stone” per se or clean Corner stone.  The new name it has been suggested may be a fresh revelation of Jesus or may be a new name written down in glory as has also and more often been implied.

Jesus reveals Himself here as the Judge.  These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;…   It is with the Sword which is the Word of God that Jesus will slay those who oppose Him in two battles on two battlefields in this book.

He judges His enemies and in this church it was those who preached a different doctrine than the foundational doctrine set forth by the Apostles.

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The Overcomers Pt 2 Smyrna: The suffering Church

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Rev 2:8  And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

Rev 2:9  I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

Rev 2:10  Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

Rev 2:11  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

He knows what they are going through but still plugging along doing what He wants, and blasphemies of certain individuals who say they are jews but are of “the synagogue of Satan”.  He tells them to endure what they are about to go through, imprisonment and even death for a ten day period.  This is a major trial for these people, and those who hold fast and die get the Crown of life.

He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. Now this is important because all those who are dealt with at the place where rewards are dealt with are not touched by the “second death”.  The second death is also called the Great White Throne Judgment.  This is for those who names are NOT written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  To truly read this one church’s letter is to truly begin to understand the Christian life.  There is no other reward besides the Crown of Life for those who are “martyred”.

But what do we learn about Jesus here? These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;…  This is His power folks.  He shows us here that He is before all things and after all things cease continues to be Eternal. He also shows us the Cross and the empty tomb. For He came in flesh was crucified and being the Resurrection and the Life He was raised up on the third day. The whole letter to this church is about ENDURING to the end and this Revelation is of He is IS ETERNAL and ENDURING.

The Overcomers Pt1 Ephesus: The church that lost it’s first love.

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Now first off every one of these letters dealt with specific issues of specific churches that were dotted along eastern area of Asia Minor, two of which were on inlets to the coast.

Ephesus the church who left its first love

 Rev 2:1  Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

Rev 2:2  I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

Rev 2:3  And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.

Rev 2:4  Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Rev 2:5  Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Rev 2:6  But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

Rev 2:7  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

 

“Rev 2:4  Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Rev 2:5  Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”

Left your first love…  In the Greek we find that this more like having forsaken the foremost affection and or benevolence. Now all these things this church did, the labor for His name’s sake and the patience and not putting up with evil people in the midst and testing out those who were false apostles and finding them out as liars and more than likely taking the heat for it too. He is even happy that they nicolaitins because He hates them too.  But in all this stuff they were doing they were not fainting or quitting but they were… losing the fervor, the fire of His love in them and this is a problem.  Paul says1Co 13:1  Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

1Co 13:2  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

1Co 13:3  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.”

Now the words translated charity and love are the same Greek word.  So all that they were doing was beginning to be fruitless and we are of course to be … bearing fruit.  So the cure was repentance and getting back into that “first love”.  If one did this, one overcame and for that overcomer is this reward.

To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.   Now the last time we saw this tree, it was being guarded by a flaming sword and two hapless individuals were being thrown out of the Garden called Eden.  That tree makes apparently for immortality or really great health and longevity; however you want to think about it.   Now how does one rekindle that type of flame?  By receiving and living in the love of God which is shed into the heart.

Eph 3:17  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

Eph 3:18  May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

Eph 3:19  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Finally what is the Revelation of Jesus here?  These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;…  The stars and candlesticks are representative images here. Remember this book is the record of a vision and is therefore very symbolic in nature.  In Chapter One of this book we were told what the candlesticks and or lamps on stands actually and the stars represented. Rev 1:20  The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

There you have it.  This is the One who said that whosoever was committed into His hand He did not drop.

Joh 10:27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

Joh 10:28  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

Joh 10:29  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

The Churches are represented as LIGHTS because the entire church system of the universal or global network of Believers who gather together in their localities are considered to be one WHOLE BODY and SALT AND LIGHT IN THE WORLD. So then the love of God is what causes the zeal for the work of the Lord.  In His power yes, but also in His LOVE He holds the angels or messengers each assigned to a distinct church but notice that the churches themselves are on stands.  When this was rewritten into the English for King James the church of the day used candles, not oil lamps and the concept was rather difficult to convey so they use the image of the candle but the original concept was laid out by the Lord when He spoke of the lamp being not covered under a bushel basket or placed under a bed but placed on a lampstand.  This is the image of the church. In that He walks among the lampstands means He is ALWAYS WITH us.

Beginning to Begin Anew

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Rev 20:13  And the sea gave up the dead that were in it; and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

Rev 20:14  And death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death, even the lake of fire.

Rev 20:15  And if any was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire.

Ok here is something I bet none of us ever considered.  Look at verse 14, death and hades are cast into the lake of fire.  When we think of death, we think of cessation of bodily function as in the heart arrests and stops and the lungs fail and cease to bring in the oxygen we so desperately need for physical continuance in the physical plane or the world around us. The eyes close the final exhalation and the brain madly scrambles to perhaps restart things or run the video of your life before your eyes, and you … die.  But God sees this form of death as a pause and discontinuance of the life in the flesh; never forget Jesus experienced this process first hand.  He experienced it in perhaps one of the most gruesome manners ever, Roman crucifixion. Now Jesus being fully God as if He were no man AND fully man as if He were not God is His own conundrum of existence, He being God in flesh had a “deathless life” He actually had to permit Himself to be torn apart with whips and bruised with impacts and pierced with nails and allowed to let go of that which made His body function even under such strain.  It is said that the true cause of death may very well be a “broken heart” in that the strain may have actually ruptured His heart.  If He keeps all things by the Word of His power and those things are the universe around us how hard do you think it is for Him to keep alive despite all the major damage until the precise moment when the wrath of the Father had fully spent itself and that is another thing altogether in that this wrath He took and took and took until there was no more to take must have had an impact on Him physically.  Thus once the task of redemption ransom expiation propitiation atonement and fulfillment of His own law was complete His purpose for remaining was over and He committed His spirit to the Father.  But having died on one day and being entombed the next and over the night part of the third (Jewish days run sundown to sundown so they start at night) such that as the sun rose perhaps during what we would call the morning watch part of the third day, Jesus body not only is restored to full function but that void of decay and somehow it slips it bindings.  It is said that the thing which made the disciples believe was that the wrappings of the body from the neck down were INTACT or still as if wrapped around something but the something was missing.  The napkin over the face is what was tampered with in a manner that suggested the occupant was finished with His occupancy. At least that is one theory put forth of the facial napkin and the other may be that it was not tampered with at all and simply lay as if it had been covering something that sunk beneath it and was gone.  Either way it was its own mystery until He showed up in a locked upper chamber of someone’s home.  Is it not interesting that the gospels don’t record that the owner of the house below the locked upper room never saw Him at all?  So the way we view death is not the way God views death.  Also if you go back to the passage in Revelation that talks about the prophetess Jezebel, Jesus speaks of killing her children WITH DEATH.  It would appear that to God Death and Hades are entities which might also be places but all this goes into one lake that burns eternally.  A lake of fire with brimstone is only place… where the lava is constantly molten.

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth are passed away; and the sea is no more.

Now there are passages all over scripture that allude to this verse.

2Pe 3:5  For this they willfully forget, that there were heavens from of old, and an earth compacted out of water and amidst water, by the word of God;

2Pe 3:6  by which means the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

2Pe 3:7  but the heavens that now are, and the earth, by the same word have been stored up for fire, being reserved against the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

2Pe 3:10  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall be dissolved with fervent heat, and the earth and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

2Pe 3:11  Seeing that these things are thus all to be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy living and godliness,

2Pe 3:12  looking for and earnestly desiring the coming of the day of God, by reason of which the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

Mat 5:18  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass away from the law, till all things be accomplished.

Mar_13:31  Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

Luk_21:33  Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

Heb 1:10  And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning didst lay the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the works of thy hands:

Heb 1:11  They shall perish; but thou continuest: And they all shall wax old as doth a garment;

Heb 1:12  And as a mantle shalt thou roll them up, As a garment, and they shall be changed: But thou art the same, And thy years shall not fail.

In fact this is even referenced to in the Old Testament.

Psa 102:25  Of old didst thou lay the foundation of the earth; And the heavens are the work of thy hands.

Psa 102:26  They shall perish, but thou shalt endure; Yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; As a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:

Psa 102:27  But thou art the same, And thy years shall have no end.

Isa 34:1  Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye peoples: let the earth hear, and the fulness thereof; the world, and all things that come forth from it.

Isa 34:2  For Jehovah hath indignation against all the nations, and wrath against all their host: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter.

Isa 34:3  Their slain also shall be cast out, and the stench of their dead bodies shall come up; and the mountains shall be melted with their blood.

Isa 34:4  And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll; and all their host shall fade away, as the leaf fadeth from off the vine, and as a fading leaf from the fig-tree.

Isa 34:5  For my sword hath drunk its fill in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Edom, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.

Isa 34:6  The sword of Jehovah is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams; for Jehovah hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Edom.

Now verse four is what we are looking at but I chose the passage because it also speaks of the last major battle before the second death.

In each verse we find the old being “rolled up” or gathered up or burned up and being destroyed and disposed of, which means our monuments and legacies will go with them, so much for enduring testimonies of men.

(Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth are passed away; and the sea is no more. )  So we have NEW GENESIS, God has created again.  Recall that He has told us He will make all things … new?

But lets go on.

Rev 21:2  And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.

Now it may seem as though this is   It is a ready-made place and in today’s thought of building and construction one might say it is “modular” and they would be correct.  This is a complete ready to go assembly that will be placed on a massive piece of real estate.  What we need to remember here is that the maps of the Earth as we know it with its seas do NOT exist now.  So the land masses are different which means the national boundaries are different.  This then gives credence to certain passages of the Old Testament.

Isa 11:16  And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.

Isa 19:23  In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians.

Isa 19:24  In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land:

Isa 19:25  Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.

Isa 35:8  And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.

I cannot at present locate the passage I want but it talks about there being land set aside and sparely inhabited all throughout the Palestinian lands ( I think) It is a massive foot print.

Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of the throne saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he shall dwell with them, and they shall be his peoples, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God:

This is Temple, the Greek word of Tabernacle is a tent or a gathering place as it were, but this place is where the Living God will now once again be among humanity but as King of the Nations and those who are not fearful, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sorcerers, idolaters, or liars, these do not inherit the Kingdom because this is the Kingdom fully manifest.  Here there will be no sorrow no tears no pain no sickness no evil, in the presence of This King no sadness or darkness will be. Because Jesus will remove all the reasons of the heart and circumstances for it.

Rev 21:4  and he shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more; neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more: the first things are passed away.

Rev 21:5  And he that sitteth on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he saith, Write: for these words are faithful and true.

Rev 21:6  And he said unto me, They are come to pass. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

Rev 21:7  He that overcometh shall inherit these things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

He who over comes….  This references the first three chapter so the book which I shall cover.

Judgment Day

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Rev 20:11  And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat upon it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

Rev 20:12  And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne; and books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of the things which were written in the books, according to their works.

In Jewish tradition, at Yom Kippur they tend to say “may your name be written in the Book of Life”; we know this to be the LAMB’s Book of Life. But there are other books opened.  In the next verse we find that somehow every person who is now produced to stand before this Great White Throne is being judged according to “THEIR WORKS” and in the fifteenth verse the deciding factor of their judgment was whether or not they were found in the “book of life”.  In some Jewish tradition they talk about the book of deeds.  It is said that on Yom Kippur each year that the books are opened and it is decided who lives and who dies and who prospers and who does not. The other Book by virtue of a need for a Standard of Law would be the book of the Law.  By these two books perhaps does a soul get judged, and is weighed and found wanting for as James will tell us, if in any point of the Law we fail to live up to it and comply with it then we are guilty of the whole law. (Jas 2:10  For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is become guilty of all. )  Here are a few more facts that argue for the Book of the Law being used to compare to the Book that may well record all the deeds of men.

Rom 2:12  For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without the law: and as many as have sinned under the law shall be judged by the law;

Now look at this; this one statement covers the Jew who is NOT IN CHRIST and the Gentile as well.  The Law of Moses judges the Jew and the Deeds of the Gentile either stack up to Christ or … they are found … wanting.

Rom 3:20  because by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified in his sight; for through the law cometh the knowledge of sin.

Justification is the key for without being able to be justified before God as Judge Eternal there is no entrance into The Kingdom and realize this that there are no Christians here….at least there are none whose names were recorded in the Lamb’s book of life.  In Justification you are made Not Guilty, which puts you in “right standing” before God and grants you access into the Kingdom.  But since by the Law or Deeds no one can be “justified” these have no chance.  You see dear reader there is no deed, no action or sacrifice or ceremonial thing that will replace being recorded in the Lamb’s Book of Life which means saved by grace through faith and that not of yourselves.  This Justification is Salvation and that as a free gift. Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Just as in the other judgment previously the wages of their being in Christ were paid, now here for these the wage is being paid.

One more book is actually recorded in Scripture.  A book of Remembrance.

Mal 3:16 Then they that feared Jehovah spake one with another; and Jehovah hearkened, and heard, and a book of remembrance was written before him, for them that feared Jehovah, and that thought upon his name.

This was in connection with a rebuke of Malachi the Prophet against the Israelites. Now the actual book may still be used or was only used on this occasion. However what this does tell us is that God listens in on and considers every word of our mouths.  Jesus confirms the thought of God listening on and weighing out our conversations.

Mat 12:32 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him; but whosoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, nor in that which is to come.
Mat 12:33 Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by its fruit.
Mat 12:34 Ye offspring of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
Mat 12:35 The good man out of his good treasure bringeth forth good things: and the evil man out of his evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
Mat 12:36 And I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Mat 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Now some folks say they will have some explaining to do before God when they get there but the reality is that the explanations and adjustments were to come in our lives in flesh un-glorified here on Earth BEFORE death.  It appears that Eternity is a fixed aspect.  There will be no explaining or reasoning with the MIND of God.

So then its not just what we did or didn’t do with Jesus but also what we said.

Second Act

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Rev 20:7  And when the thousand years are finished, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

Rev 20:8  and shall come forth to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to the war: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

Now we have these passages all over the Old Testament about this day.

Eze 38:1  And the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying,

Eze 38:2  Son of man, set thy face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him,

Eze 38:3  and say, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal:

Eze 38:4  and I will turn thee about, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them handling swords;

Eze 38:5  Persia, Cush, and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet;

Eze 38:6  Gomer, and all his hordes; the house of Togarmah in the uttermost parts of the north, and all his hordes; even many peoples with thee.

Eze 38:7  Be thou prepared, yea, prepare thyself, thou, and all thy companies that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.

Eze 38:8  After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, that is gathered out of many peoples, upon the mountains of Israel, which have been a continual waste; but it is brought forth out of the peoples, and they shall dwell securely, all of them.

Eze 38:9  And thou shalt ascend, thou shalt come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy hordes, and many peoples with thee.

Eze 38:10  Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: It shall come to pass in that day, that things shall come into thy mind, and thou shalt devise an evil device:

Eze 38:11  and thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell securely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates;

Eze 38:12  to take the spoil and to take the prey; to turn thy hand against the waste places that are now inhabited, and against the people that are gathered out of the nations, that have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the middle of the earth.

Eze 38:13  Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take the spoil? hast thou assembled thy company to take the prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take great spoil?

Eze 38:14  Therefore, son of man, prophesy, and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: In that day when my people Israel dwelleth securely, shalt thou not know it?

Eze 38:15  And thou shalt come from thy place out of the uttermost parts of the north, thou, and many peoples with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company and a mighty army;

Eze 38:16  and thou shalt come up against my people Israel, as a cloud to cover the land: it shall come to pass in the latter days, that I will bring thee against my land, that the nations may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.

Eze 38:17  Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Art thou he of whom I spake in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, that prophesied in those days for many years that I would bring thee against them?

Eze 38:18  And it shall come to pass in that day, when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord Jehovah, that my wrath shall come up into my nostrils.

Eze 38:19  For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;

Eze 38:20  so that the fishes of the sea, and the birds of the heavens, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.

Eze 38:21  And I will call for a sword against him unto all my mountains, saith the Lord Jehovah: every man’s sword shall be against his brother.

Eze 38:22  And with pestilence and with blood will I enter into judgment with him; and I will rain upon him, and upon his hordes, and upon the many peoples that are with him, an overflowing shower, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.

Eze 38:23  And I will magnify myself, and sanctify myself, and I will make myself known in the eyes of many nations; and they shall know that I am Jehovah.

This in so far as I know is also part of it.

Joe 2:1  Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain; let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of Jehovah cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

Joe 2:2  a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, as the dawn spread upon the mountains; a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after them, even to the years of many generations.

Joe 2:3  A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and none hath escaped them.

Joe 2:4  The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so do they run.

Joe 2:5  Like the noise of chariots on the tops of the mountains do they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.

Joe 2:6  At their presence the peoples are in anguish; all faces are waxed pale.

Joe 2:7  They run like mighty men; they climb the wall like men of war; and they march every one on his ways, and they break not their ranks.

Joe 2:8  Neither doth one thrust another; they march every one in his path; and they burst through the weapons, and break not off their course.

Joe 2:9  They leap upon the city; they run upon the wall; they climb up into the houses; they enter in at the windows like a thief.

Joe 2:10  The earth quaketh before them; the heavens tremble; the sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining.

Joe 2:11  And Jehovah uttereth his voice before his army; for his camp is very great; for he is strong that executeth his word; for the day of Jehovah is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

Amo 5:18  Woe unto you that desire the day of Jehovah! Wherefore would ye have the day of Jehovah? It is darkness, and not light.

Amo 5:19  As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.

Amo 5:20  Shall not the day of Jehovah be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

The Ezekiel passage is the best indicator of the play by play that is performed once the Adversary is loosed.

Rev 20:9  And they went up over the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down out of heaven, and devoured them.

Now here is the difference between the first and second battles in Revelation.  Jesus shows up astride His white horse all blood soaked and furious, opens His mouth and they drop like flies.  Jesus doesn’t even bother to show up.  They come at the camp of the saints and the fire falls.  There is but one Beloved City and that is the place wherein God chose to put His name… Jerusalem. Israel by this time is without walls or DEFENSES and DOESN’T NEED THEM.  We the saints are there and when the vast armada comes… that real estate and its inhabitants are DEFENDED FROM ABOVE.

Rev 20:10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where are also the beast and the false prophet; and they shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Now the Dragon joins the other two.  There will be NO MORE BATTLE and in so far as this book indicates that is an Eternal Fact.

The Showdown

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Rev 19:11  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Rev 19:12  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

Rev 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Here you go.  This is the Revelation, this whole book has been penned to house.  In the very first chapter of Revelation we saw this personage.  Rev 1:12  And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

Rev 1:13  And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

Rev 1:14  His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

Rev 1:15  And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

Rev 1:16  And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

Compare that to the figure mounted astride and riding forth.  In the first chapter there is the garment and wrapped around the “breast” or pectoral area, I suppose, would be the golden girdle or sash.  Don’t forget this is not just a king but He is also HIGH PRIEST.  Here nineteen chapters and much drama later, He is clothed in a garment “dipped in blood”.  Stop right there.  When we think dipped what do we think?  KitKat bars have this running drama in advertisements about the two factories and that one DIPS and the other CLOAKS and its two entirely different processes?  Either way the cookie wafer portion is COVERED in chocolate.  But what does the Greek think about “dipped”? Well this is surprising.

Strongs # 911 baptō. A primary verb; to whelm, that is, cover wholly with a fluid; in the New Testament only in a qualified or specific sense, that is, (literally) to moisten (a part of one’s person), or (by implication) to stain (as with dye): – dip.

To cover completely to stain…where have we heard this before?  Isaiah 63:1-6.  Isa 63:1 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, marching in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.

Isa 63:2  Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winevat?

Isa 63:3  I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the peoples there was no man with me: yea, I trod them in mine anger, and trampled them in my wrath; and their lifeblood is sprinkled upon my garments, and I have stained all my raiment.

Isa 63:4  For the day of vengeance was in my heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.

Isa 63:5  And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my wrath, it upheld me.

Isa 63:6  And I trod down the peoples in mine anger, and made them drunk in my wrath, and I poured out their lifeblood on the earth.

This concept of “sprinkling” or “staining”, is best illustrated with those who tread grapes. If you have ever looked at grape “dancers”, they are whatever color the vintage is from like the knees down at least and grape juice is the sort of thing that is hard to wash out of garments and off of skin.  People who do this for a living really stand out in a crowd.  But this grape juice is the life blood of Christ’s enemies.    This is the person astride the horse.  It means He is the warrior who HAS CONQUERED.

Rev 19:14  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

Now look at the entourage by comparison.  Clean white bright raiment on white horses… the pure victorious army or “Host”.  It is an army but the only one who is looking like He’s seen battle is Their King.  It’s the oddest military act ever!

I am going to go out on a limb here and I may have a valid point and I may not.  We know from Paul’s writings that the remnant remaining at His coming are caught up to meet Him in the air and forever to be with Him. Moreover the raiment of the “bride” is the righteousness of saints, or rather, is Christ who is the righteousness of the saints.  Are we not instructed to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ”? I put that this army may very well be… us.  We the Body of Believers are also called the Bride who has made herself ready.  I am reminded of the concept of first the blade then the ear then the corn in the ear (Mk 4:28), or as John the Apostle put it children young men and fathers (1Jn 2:13).  Paul made mention that we to at some point become “a mature man to the measure of the stature of Christ”, for these reasons I suggest that we are the ARMY OF WITNESSES to the Mighty Deed about to be done.  For if you have been following along you will note that many of the white robed are already IN HEAVEN because they were Martyred Up. Think about it.

Rev 19:15  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

In the first chapter of Revelation we see mention of the sharp sword that goes out of the mouth, and that is also the description of the Word of God. (Heb 4:12  For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart.) (Isa 55:11  so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.)  In the case of Revelation this verse certainly applies; (Isa 11:4)  “but with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth; and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.”

Consider this from God’s angle, whoever is on the opposing side out in that field of battle IS HIS ENEMY AND WICKED.

Rev 19:16  And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

This stained raiment of the Warrior who has conquered and on His thigh is a title that world rulers use.  King of kings and Lord of lords is the title given to the suzerain who has conquered the known world of his day. In this time of this kind of title you would have many people groups with headmen over them as leaders and those leaders might establish dynastic rule and bear an emblem or artifact that marked them out as a “king”. But if another comes and begins to absorb these little kingdoms and bring them “under one banner” whilst leaving them culturally intact with their “headman” or “king”, but owing fealty and homage and tribute to the one absorbing them under his banner, that man is said to be “King of kings”. Jesus is setting down His opposition and will rule ALL THE WORLD or the planet for one thousand years.  I think this eminently qualifies Him to bear THAT title by Earthly standards.

Rev 19:17  And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

Rev 19:18  That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

Rev 19:19  And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

Here is the prophecy of this event. Eze 39:17  And thou, son of man, thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Speak unto the birds of every sort, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh and drink blood.

Eze 39:18  Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.

Eze 39:19  And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you.

Eze 39:20  And ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord Jehovah.

This really isn’t much of a battle.  He has the two trouble makers the Beast and the False Prophet… this is the first time we have a name for the second beast and how do I know this?  The words “that wrought miracles before him” stand out.  If you will recall,” Rev 13:11  And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like unto a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

Rev 13:12  And he exerciseth all the authority of the first beast in his sight. And he maketh the earth and them dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose death-stroke was healed.

Rev 13:13  And he doeth great signs, that he should even make fire to come down out of heaven upon the earth in the sight of men.

Rev 13:14  And he deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by reason of the signs which it was given him to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast who hath the stroke of the sword and lived.

Rev 13:15  And it was given unto him to give breath to it, even to the image to the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as should not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

Rev 13:16  And he causeth all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free and the bond, that there be given them a mark on their right hand, or upon their forehead;

Rev 13:17  and that no man should be able to buy or to sell, save he that hath the mark, even the name of the beast or the number of his name.

This we now see is called the False Prophet.  A prophet, any prophet is speaking for a deity.  Muhammad is considered the “prophet of God”, the God of the Muslims. Now, it is said that the God of the Muslim is not actually the God of the Old Testament, but I am not arguing that point.  A prophet is the spokesman for a god.  This god is false so his prophet is false also.  Now we understand who is who.

Rev 19:20  And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Rev 19:21  And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

In classic battle theory, if you can strike down the head of the army that is opposing you, they will scatter and be demoralized before you.  Jesus, ever the consummate at whatever He does, takes out and casts into the lake the leadership which was influencing the opposition.  He then SPEAKS and they are slain.

But just as you have Father Son and Holy Spirit you also have Beast of the sea, Beast of the land and … The Dragon. The two beasts have served their part and are immediately cast into their eternal punishment. But you would think the Dragon would be joining them, but he’s not. Take a look at the next few verses.

Rev 20:1  And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand.

Rev 20:2  And he laid hold on the dragon, the old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years,

Rev 20:3  and cast him into the abyss, and shut it, and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years should be finished: after this he must be loosed for a little time.

Now you see Jesus came and won the day and all the associated prophecies have been by now fulfilled. But this is one of two confrontations with the Dragon or should I say one of THREE.  You see when on Earth Jesus faced off with the Dragon while in flesh, in the wilderness. (Matt 4:1-11, Lk 4:2-13) Now the Dragon is bound over to be released in one thousand years to deceive a whole new set of people, or to test the loyalties of the end generation of that era.

Rev 20:4  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus, and for the word of God, and such as worshipped not the beast, neither his image, and received not the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand; and they lived, and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Here is what we call the inheritance reception as it were. The souls… of those beheaded for the testimony and those who neither worshipped the beast nor bore the mark.  Now stop right there.  Anyone telling you that the bearing of the mark and worship of the beast are separate needs to read this verse, it is that they worshipped not, AND had NO MARK.  Both these camps the dead who raised up and the living who remained are found here.  Somewhere along the line whatever the rapture is, has taken place.

Rev 20:5  The rest of the dead lived not until the thousand years should be finished. This is the first resurrection.

Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: over these the second death hath no power; but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. 

These are the Priest Kings of whom Jesus is the High Priest and King of kings over. Can you begin to get a picture of who we are and what we will do?  Consider that there is power in the second death.  For we have been told only to fear the One who can kill both body and soul…

Mat 10:28  And be not afraid of them that kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 

The Harlot Revealed Part Two

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Rev 17:7  And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou wonder? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and the ten horns.

Rev 17:8  The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and is about to come up out of the abyss, and to go into perdition. And they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, they whose name hath not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast, how that he was, and is not, and shall come.

Jaimeson Faucett and Brown, has one opinion while Gill, Clarke and the Geneva Bible commentaries have another.  They see this beast as the Extended Roman Empire under the Papacy.  Jaimeson Faucett and Brown may see it the same way but their commentary places a different spin on the whole “was is not and is” thought.  They show that the Beast WAS in that he has become a player on the global stage but that he received a “fatal wound” to one of his “heads”.  During this “downtime” of  Fatal Injury the Beast “is not” or “is not active”  we don’t see it in the world running the world.  But then it is miraculously “healed” and “reappears” to “be” again or rather to be seen and have a dynamic impact on the world.

Now the other commentaries have the same concept of being a major player in the world and then all but disappearing and then reappearing again.  They say it is the Roman Empire or the Latin Kingdom.  I ask, what was a religious force that Christendom has fatally wounded and so has been “quiet” even “non-existent”  but …. will return and that with a vengeance and be seen as having miraculously survived a horrific “HEAD WOUND”.  This would have to have been something from the era of John the Apostle.  But this is a religio political thing.   Catholicism and Gnosticism are religious but I will say that old Catholicism had popes who were considered “King Makers”.   Others cite that Rome as a political power was broken by Christendom in the rule of Constantine who outlawed the persecution of Christians and made Christendom the “state religion”.  In this also the Harlot is seen to be sitting over SEVEN HILLS.  They cite this as the Roman Empire and yet the two beasts are working together, as deity and devotee.

Also please note who the devotees are.  They are all whose names are NOT written in the Lamb’s book of life or are NOT Believers in Jesus the Christ the Nazarene the Word made flesh.

Rev 17:9  Here is the mind that hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth:

In this kind of writing mountains that are not specified but general, like “waters” usually means government. There have been many opinions on just who this is talking about.  Some say Rome the ancient government reborn, others point out the Vatican, which is its own government, situated on the seven supposed hills of Rome is the so called “Beast” Also these are Headships like as to INDIVIDUAL Governmental bodies, so some say it’s the European Union.  Others point to clandestine groups such as Bilderbergers and Trilateralists and such as the heads/ mountains.  Now to know more about those things you can go to osol.zxq.net.  While I seriously doubt these are those titular heads I do believe that such organizations and groups have been major players in the fomentation of the Antichrist reign and may indeed have their place facilitating the rule thereof.  The next verse builds on this one and goes from general to more specific.

Rev 17:10  and they are seven kings; the five are fallen, the one is, the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a little while.

So I am correct in the assessment of these being individual sovereigntys and it is very much like the great statue of Nebuchadnezzar where the head represented Babylon the arms and chest the Medes and Persians and the legs Alexander’s two generals and feet the Roman era. Because there have been so many theories I am not going to add to them.  But there are some clues.  At the time of this writing five may have fallen and they might be the ones of the statue. One is and that one prevalent in John’s day was Rome itself.  However one is “not yet to come” but when “he or it” comes “he or it” has to continue for a “little while”. So many theories from Hitler to the United Nations all with their own paper trails have flooded the internet that you are welcome to take your pick.  The next line makes things even more specific.

Rev 17:11  And the beast that was, and is not, is himself also an eighth, and is of the seven; and he goeth into perdition.

The Beast himself who was and is not… now we go back to the beginning. The scarlet beast who as Jaimeson, Faucett and Brown may have been that which was religiously prevalent and then “conquered” by Christianity.  It is the Religions of Rome and the Emperor/Deity worship that Constantine ended when he had his revelation of Jesus Christ or so we are told; that “wounds” this Head.  This is the Eighth and is of the seventh and he winds up in hell basically.  So we are reading the rewording of the idea of one who existed then was out of commission for a season and reemerges.

Rev 17:12  And the ten horns that thou sawest are ten kings, who have received no kingdom as yet; but they receive authority as kings, with the beast, for one hour.

Now we are getting specific still because the ten horns or ten RULERS don’t exist in John’s day and may not even now but are there for one purpose, to serve the beast.  Now I think about the second beast whose job it is to advertise for the first Beast may be peopled by these Rulers.  Who they are is up for grabs.

Rev 17:13  These have one mind, and they give their power and authority unto the beast.

Remember that this beast is SCARLET.  And scarlet which isn’t blood but is meant to convey Christ but is not Christ.  So it is possible that the Harlot rides the second beast as it were.  Yet both Beasts work together to break the power of the Holy Ones… (Dan 8:24) The final clue is in that they do come together to wage war on the Real Christ, thinking they can defeat Him.

Rev 17:14  These shall war against the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them, for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings; and they also shall overcome that are with him, called and chosen and faithful.

Rev 17:15  And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the harlot sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

Isn’t it nice when God gives the explanation to His own mysteries? This is how we know that waters and hills are symbolic. The waters are the populace of the world as they are in this time.  This time is not going on right now.

Rev 17:16  And the ten horns which thou sawest, and the beast, these shall hate the harlot, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and shall burn her utterly with fire.

Now here is the irony.  She rides it as in she is in control of it and IT HATES HER!  In fact both the rulers who serve the “beast” will destroy her…  this is how the “Babylon” “falls”.

Rev 17:17  For God did put in their hearts to do his mind, and to come to one mind, and to give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God should be accomplished.

This is why they do this. To fulfill God’s Word written all over the Old Testament, but having a real home in Daniel.  God forever does have the last word.

Rev 17:18  And the woman whom thou sawest is the great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

This is the reality.  Babylon is a place that manipulates one thing, the money flow.  So then we have the place that moves the money that funds the work of the Beast and controls the advertising spin to the masses, giving them the “desire of nations”, opulence and wealth.  Right now the American church is preaching a “prosperity now” teaching.  This so plays into the work of the harlot and the beast.

Rev 18:1  After these things I saw another angel coming down out of heaven, having great authority; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

It is not much the angel as the message.

Rev 18:2  And he cried with a mighty voice, saying, Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, and is become a habitation of demons, and a hold of every unclean spirit, and a hold of every unclean and hateful bird.

Rev 18:3  For by the wine of the wrath of her fornication all the nations are fallen; and the kings of the earth committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth waxed rich by the power of her wantonness.

Remember that this is she whom the Kings and the beast of scarlet wanted “ruined”.  The “wine” of the “wrath of her fornication or intercourse of opulence and wealth with the Nations as the money trail for the work of the beast; tells me she had no love for what she rode or controlled. By this wine the nations and their rulers who were intimate with her and her wares have fallen, in intoxication and death and of course the money made the purveyors really rich.  Unbridled wealth without the love of God to temper its allure is wanton.

Rev 18:4  And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come forth, my people, out of her, that ye have no fellowship with her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues:

Now this is an important verse.  That God is calling His people out of “her”, the great city that He has or is destroy (ed) (ing)

Tells us that there is still a portion of the “invisible church” or the “saints” alive on Earth and well yes there must be for this one reason. 1Th 4:15  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we that are alive, that are left unto the coming of the Lord, shall in no wise precede them that are fallen asleep.

1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first;

1Th 4:17  then we that are alive, that are left, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

This is the “rapture” the “hapedzo” the Catching away. But the Lord descends with a shout with a archangel’s voice with the Trump of God…  the last trump the seventh trump.  But when we saw it in chapter eleven did He descend? I didn’t see it. Yet there is much goings on and drama and the pouring out of the wrath and this whole harlot and beast and kings and the panorama of the world as it is arraying itself to battle the “Great King of Kings”.  When He comes does He not DESCEND?  So where is everybody?  Those for whom He has decided they are to be true witnesses or martyrs to the cause of the Gospel of Jesus Christ are gone but then there are the ones remaining.  Here they are.  You see the prophecy is clear there is to be a “remnant” remaining.  But He is YET TO COME.  By no means is all this drama quite done. Please realize that whilst John is getting this whole view and understanding it is coming almost in a play.  The characters of the harlot and beast and kings are part of the next chapter and in reality whatever we see as in the effect of the outpouring of the bowls/ vials etc; is still possibly happening. You see the eighteenth chapter is one to disclose the system in play at this time.  It is an aside as it were.  But why call them out? Well look down at the next verse.

Rev 18:5  for her sins have reached even unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

Rev 18:6  Render unto her even as she rendered, and double unto her the double according to her works: in the cup which she mingled, mingle unto her double.

Rev 18:7  How much soever she glorified herself, and waxed wanton, so much give her of torment and mourning: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall in no wise see mourning.

Rev 18:8  Therefore in one day shall her plagues come, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire; for strong is the Lord God who judged her.

Rev 18:9  And the kings of the earth, who committed fornication and lived wantonly with her, shall weep and wail over her, when they look upon the smoke of her burning,

Remember what we previously said about the intercourse of the nations of this time with the opulence and wealth generated by this “lady” who is controlling the “beast” who hates the control she has on him/it.  This is that desire of the nations the thing the Gentiles or un-covenanted pagans as it were are seeking after.  With what to be fed or clothed or the means by which to live and that IN EASE and SPLENDOR even.

Rev 18:10  standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

The great the strong city, plundered as a stronger than strong who would be The LAMB.  Notice where the people who she made rich are in her hour of destruction, they are at a distance… she makes the rich but they are not going down with her.  Yet they do lose.  Noone will be buying the merchandise anymore.

Rev 18:11  And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, for no man buyeth their merchandise any more;

Rev 18:12  merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stone, and pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet; and all thyine wood, and every vessel of ivory, and every vessel made of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble;

Rev 18:13  and cinnamon, and spice, and incense, and ointment, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and cattle, and sheep; and merchandise of horses and chariots and slaves; and souls of men.

Look at this list.  Gold, Silver, Brass, Iron all the metals for “chariots” or “cars” or machines or what have you not to mention… jewelry. Precious Stone Pearls, again all the fineries and jewelry. Fine Linen and “purple” or really high quality fabrics with silks and scarlet, also represent something. Purple or The Purple in John’s day meant status and wealth and opulence along with place, power and prestige.  If you wore The Purple you were somebody.  Scarlet is the color of the beast that looks like The Lamb and speaks like The Dragon.  It is NOT the color of blood it is the color of sins; fornication and adultery. The list continues.  Thyine wood, now this is an interesting wood. It is also called citrus wood or sacrificial wood as it was aromatic and often used is sacrificial fires.  But there is a resin that is used or has been used in mounting for microscopy. This wood was also used in furniture, in fact according to Wikipedia, workers of this wood and gold had their own guild in Grecian times. Now we are going from Jewelry, textiles, and what not into furniture and whatever else you might nowadays use that wood for. Moreover we are dealing in Ivory, looks like animals are being freely slaughtered again from elephants to walruses and anything else with ivory tusks. Precious woods, like perhaps fine grained varieties like rose wood ebony teak mahogany red oak tropical oak, these are actually the wood being logged right now by a company called … Precious Woods. But it doesn’t stop there.  She is also dealing in wine oil (now is this cooking as in olive or fossil fuels or shale or hybrid oils for industry or even for cooking.  But it is oil and can even include essential oils as it also talks about ointment.  Yes she is into the marble industry which means mining. Then there is cinnamon and spice and incense frankincense and these have to do with worship. But she also into the wheat and out of it the fine flour or sifted flours used in pastry industries who make “dainties”.  She is also into the foods as in cow and sheep.  The cattlemen and shepherds are making fat profit off her. Moreover the horse breeders or thoroughbreds are making a “killing” in profits. But when you get to chariots you have two streams of industry.  One is regular transportation or sport and the other is military.  All those cars and tanks and troop transport are being supplied by her.  But finally we see slaves.  Human trafficking is what it is called today, and it is a booming business.  But then you see “souls of men” and the explanation of what she has done hits home. Jesus said…Mat 16:26  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? In the ASV the word is “life”.  Under her influence the merchant has sought and sold the world to the masses and they in turn have bought it all and in so doing they have taken …. The mark…. And lost their…. Souls.  Remember in chapter thirteen…Rev 13:16  And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

Rev 13:17  And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

So anyone who profited by her has done … this. Now they have lost their souls and “the world”.  You see at the end of it all our Harlot best represents the world system of sin and Satan that is prevalent in that era of time.  Is it now?  One might have great cause to wonder with all the available “stuff” and yet….  Is antichrist around right now?  Is the mark out there excluding the Believer?  I don’t see it yet do you?

Rev 18:14  And the fruits which thy soul lusted after are gone from thee, and all things that were dainty and sumptuous are perished from thee, and men shall find them no more at all.

The fruits that the soul lusted after, like flesh lust and pride of life and the eye candy that the flesh lusts after.  All of the industry of it is in one hour… destroyed.

Rev 18:15  The merchants of these things, who were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and mourning;

Rev 18:16  saying, Woe, woe, the great city, she that was arrayed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and decked with gold and precious stone and pearl!

Rev 18:17  for in an hour so great riches is made desolate. And every shipmaster, and every one that saileth any wither, and mariners, and as many as gain their living by sea, stood afar off,

Rev 18:18  and cried out as they looked upon the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like the great city?

Rev 18:19  And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and mourning, saying, Woe, woe, the great city, wherein all that had their ships in the sea were made rich by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

How in one hour is she or rather her industry made desolate I will not hazard a guess, but look at what is affected.  The merchants the shipmasters sailors mariners and “as many as gain their living by the sea” are in ruins.

She was that place decked out in all the glitter and glamour of the fine linen purple scarlet gold precious stone and pearl.  It is that opulent place that, quite possibly, like New York… never sleeps.  Every industry generated by her is stopped in its tracks the moment she is destroyed.  In one hour everyone of them is ruined.

Rev 18:20  Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye saints, and ye apostles, and ye prophets; for God hath judged your judgment on her.

Rev 18:21  And a strong angel took up a stone as it were a great millstone and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with a mighty fall shall Babylon, the great city, be cast down, and shall be found no more at all.

Rev 18:22  And the voice of harpers and minstrels and flute-players and trumpeters shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft, shall be found any more at all in thee; and the voice of a mill shall be heard no more at all in thee;

Rev 18:23  and the light of a lamp shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the princes of the earth; for with thy sorcery were all the nations deceived.

Rev 18:24  And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all that have been slain upon the earth.

Because she rides and controls the Beast of scarlet, the first beast as perhaps an image of the second, for the church is also prefigured as a she, she is co-persecuting the prophet and the saint.  Her merchants were the “princes of the Earth” or the Kings confederate.  She has been around a long time…. and was at one time considered to be Jerusalem. Mat 23:37  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

This is the harlot the Mystery Babylon.

The Harlot Revealed: Part One

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Rev 17:1  And there came one of the seven angels that had the seven bowls, and spake with me, saying, Come hither, I will show thee the judgment of the great harlot that sitteth upon many waters;

Rev 17:2  with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and they that dwell in the earth were made drunken with the wine of her fornication.

Rev 17:3  And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness: and I saw a woman sitting upon a scarlet-colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

Rev 17:4  And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and decked with gold and precious stone and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations, even the unclean things of her fornication,

Rev 17:5  and upon her forehead a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF THE HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

Goodness gracious who is this woman?  Well she is the Apostate Church.  One question you may ask is why the Church is prefigured as a Bride, as female like Israel of old.  Because if you looked at the Mount Sinai Covenant through Moses and think it through you will quickly see that this is very much a marriage contract between Creator and created and CHOSEN.  She is His Property, she is in the recipient position to receive all He wills to pour out and lavish upon her.  Hence the Apostate church, like Israel when she rejected God to go after other gods, is also female.  If you read the Prophets especially Hosea whose wife was an ex-prostitute whose tendency was to from time to time go back and do a little trade.  This is the Adultery and Idolatry of which God grieved over quite often in the Old Testament and it is a rejection of Jesus and these are those of whom Jude speaks, they look impressive and promising but they are nothing, but a sham.  Now lets look at the symbolic dynamic of the Beast and the Woman.  The beast is Scarlet colored.  We find scarlet as a color is the Old Testament verse. Isa 1:18  Come now, and let us reason together, saith Jehovah: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Interestingly enough I have also found this verse which beautifully explains the Whore to a T. Jer 4:30  And thou, when thou art made desolate, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with scarlet, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou enlargest thine eyes with paint, in vain dost thou make thyself fair; thy lovers despise thee, they seek thy life.   Jeremiah is talking about Jerusalem in this passage.  It is amazing how this description so matches the one in Revelation.  What was it about Jerusalem which especially angered God when she sinned?  It was the place where the Temple Mount lay and by extension then the City of the Great King and the Place where He chose to put His name.  His Name…. His good name is being assaulted by the conduct of this City. How might you feel if those who represented your good name dragged it through the mud by poor representation?  You might consider a lawyer and filing suit for liable, or slander, I would.  This is mildly put how He feels.  But He doesn’t use lawyers …. He just gets even.  The idea of the scarlet color was only ONE SIN, sexual sin.  In sexual sin you are covenanting in union of bodies with someone else.  In sex this is the ideal for the married couple that “fruit” might be produced.  Its archetype is found in the Covenant of Sinai and the relation of the Church and Christ.  He is supposed to “get into you” by His Spirit in Vital Union.  This is a “seal” or “mark” on the soul of Election. The Fruit is that of the Holy Spirit. (Gal 5)

Hence to have coupled in the sex act with another under the covenant of Marriage and then go and do the same with another partner WHILE THE FIRST LIVES… Please let me be perfectly clear, if the first partner has passed on you are free of that covenant and if you must have another by all means select one UNATTACHED… is considered ADULTERY.

In this act both parties have a function.  He gives of himself to her that she may “bear the fruit”.  She gives of herself to him by ALLOWING HIM TO GIVE UNTO HER.  She furthermore sacrifices herself to him in that she BEARS AND TENDS the fruit TO MATURITY.  In this she lays down HER LIFE.  Now this is marriage.  This is man and wife.  But if she goes and does THIS ACT with another, she is receiving of HIM ALSO. You watch these TV things where DNA tests are done to determine paternity.  They have to do these because she was with MORE THAN ONE and now has MIXED FRUIT.

In legal terms Adultery is considered BREACH OF CONTRACT.  It can result in the prior contract being rendered null and void and terminated.  This is the problem with God, in that under the terms of His contract, you are blessed. Breach it and the blessing stops.  Moreover because He has invested Himself into you there is the matter of the heart to be considered.  SO then our Harlot is riding a Scarlet Beast.  If you look at the description of the Beast you will note that you have seen this before.  The last time you saw it; it was red as in FIRE.  The color of the Beast represented the Fire of the Holy Spirit or the Flame of Yah as He is called.  This is false fire or false anointing or what have you. Now we see the Scarlet.  The scarlet represents a false UNION.  He who is counterfeit Fire and Union or Anointing and Covenant has astride him a woman.  She is arrayed in Purple.  Now purple is an important color in scripture.  In the era of this book the color purple still stood for wealth, status, prestige, importance, blessing, authority, and power.  It is all about the temporal and Earthly things.  Right now in the church in North America there is a teaching about Prosperity.  This Prosperity Doctrine has more to do with how the materially benefit by pressing the Covenant with God than by living within the confines of the Covenant itself.  This is the Purple.  Wearing the Purple meant you were a person of means and influence.  You were somebody, and you were going places and making your mark in the World, whereas Jesus who was somebody made Himself of NO REPUTATION.  She is also arrayed in Scarlet which indicated her relationship to the Beast she rides as “Being His”.  She is decked with GOLD, PRECIOUS STONES and PEARLS. Gold represents the immutability and divinity of God, Precious Stones represent the works wrought in obedience by the Holy Spirit in and through the life of the Believer, for which they are rewarded at Judgment; and the pearl represents the Savior. She has the complete look of the counterfeit Church, just as on the outside Israel in sin looked nice and clean. In her hand is a cup. It is GOLD.   This represents again the immutability and Divinity of God.  In the cup is the wine and wine does one thing; it intoxicates.  Wine, in Proverbs is for those who are suffering to make them forget for a while.( Pro 31:6  Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, And wine unto the bitter in soul: Pro 31:7  Let him drink, and forget his poverty, And remember his misery no more.)  It is not for Kings BECAUSE it makes them FORGET.  (Pro 31:4  It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; Nor for princes to say, Where is strong drink? Pro 31:5  Lest they drink, and forget the law, And pervert the justice due to any that is afflicted. ) In that she RIDES the beast or is ASTRIDE the beast it says she is IN CONTROL.  Most of us think the Beast is running the show…. Not true.  The Harlot runs the Beast and this may be the image of the Second Beast with the lambs horns and appearance and the “Dragon Speak”.  In 17:1 -2 it makes mention that this Harlot sits on “many waters” and the kings of the Earth FORNICATE with her.  Now fornication and adultery are not the same. The sex act is but the relationship of the one being acted upon in relation to others is not.  To fornicate with is to commit the act with a UNATTACHED SINGLE person.  (1Co 6:18  Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.) He sins against HIS OWN body.  But the adulterer is BREAKING MARITAL COVENANT.  This means the woman is SINGLE and UNATTACHED though the scarlet she wears identifies her WITH THE BEAST SHE RIDES.  Remember, I said that in riding the Beast it means she is controlling the Beast.  But she sat astride MANY WATERS… the Greek is specific and indicates that this is many as in lots and large quantities or sizes and water as in the element.  But in Biblical Interpretation there are rules and one is that if the Item is not specifically tagged with a person, place or thing name then it means the general area or populace of Earth.  In other words she SAT on all the Peoples of the Earth or she RULES THEM.  She is greed lust licentiousness luxurious indulgence decadence and that sort of thing.  People usually think of that as of the rich, but I can tell you unequivocally that this can apply to the poorest of poor as well. It is a mindset.  Kings committed contractual relations with her… or business wise they “got into bed” with her.  Kings are leaders of business, government, organizations, charities, you name it; if they run it they are KINGS.  Think about it.

Rev 17:6  And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I wondered with a great wonder.

Now in the cup is blood. Interestingly enough it is not the blood of the prophets of old but the blood of the saints and the martyrs, which brings a fascinating thought to light.  Saints and Martyrs were in the early church in the times of Irenaeus and Polycarp,  considered confessors and witnesses.  The concept was that the Believer was a “mere confessor” whereas those who gave their lives were witnesses, and that was the ideal to aspire to in “giving all” to Him who gave “all” for us.

Plagues: continuation and The Showdown is set up.

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Rev 16:1  And I heard a great voice out of the temple, saying to the seven angels, Go ye, and pour out the seven bowls of the wrath of God into the earth.

Now note….   In the previous chapter the Temple was closed.  This means the Angels are not in it.  The order is given and The Living God begins His recompensure.   What follows is what we on Earth see.  We see the results of a spiritual action.  Also note that the Dragon was cast down in Chapter 12. All there is, IS GOD. Without the voice of the accuser He is now free to dish out the justice mankind has called for over the years. Notice that there is no commentary, no talking, just cause and effect statements.  The angel pours and it becomes. It comes hard and fast right up to what I will call … the Show Down.

Rev 16:2  And the first went, and poured out his bowl into the earth; and it became a noisome and grievous sore upon the men that had the mark of the beast, and that worshipped his image.

In Exodus the ash of the kiln produced the same plague. This is the plague of boils.

Rev 16:3  And the second poured out his bowl into the sea; and it became blood as of a dead man; and every living soul died, even the things that were in the sea.

Rev 16:4  And the third poured out his bowl into the rivers and the fountains of the waters; and it became blood.

Now notice this.  The second and third containers are devoted to the Plague of Blood.  Jesus turned water into wine for a wedding feast, Moses stretched forth the rod and the waters of the Nile and the surrounding areas and all standing water in one nation were turned into blood, but God seems to empty out judgment on the oceans and then on the fresh water.  Also realize that a full one third of the marine life had previously been killed off when the asteroid or meteor fell.

If you have been following along on this blog you would have realized that a partial judgment had already been rendered on the whole Earth.  They already had massive losses and were just struggling along.  Now, there will be no fishing industry.

The maritime and military may find that blood is not something to set any marine vessel into.  Lord only knows what may have happened to shipping on the seas when the “bowl” was poured out. But after the third judgment there is NO MORE WATER!  Water is used for so many things, that whole industries will now fail.  Moreover it is the hydration for most all the foodstuffs and if as I suspect the water table itself is now blood, then produce of anything in the ground will die as well as anything that gets its nourishment from the ground water table.  This is an devastation on an epic scale and I don’t see the rapture. This is also one of the plagues of Exodus.

Rev 16:5  And I heard the angel of the waters saying, Righteous art thou, who art and who wast, thou Holy One, because thou didst thus judge:

Rev 16:6  for they poured out the blood of the saints and the prophets, and blood hast thou given them to drink: they are worthy.

This right here may be the identity of the grapes trod.  It may not be the identity though either. Recall that the sole agenda of the first Beast is the eradication of the Saints.  He has already incited to the spilling of the blood of the Prophets.

Rev 16:7  And I heard the altar saying, Yea, O Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.

Rev 16:8  And the fourth poured out his bowl upon the sun; and it was given unto it to scorch men with fire.

Rev 16:9  And men were scorched with great heat: and they blasphemed the name of God who hath the power over these plagues; and they repented not to give him glory.

You would think that with such a water shortage that making the sun hotter might bring about repentance… yet it is amazing the heart’s resilience to hate.  However this brings up an important consideration.  The sun is shining and can be seen, and for some reason it is “hotter”.  This is NOT one of the original plagues of Egypt

Rev 16:10  And the fifth poured out his bowl upon the throne of the beast; and his kingdom was darkened; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,

Now in Exodus pharaoh sued after Moses to intercede and relief was given.  Just as in Deuteronomy 28 of the curses there are pauses to allow for repentance, it is know there will be no repentance and Grace has been removed, so we see the plague of the “darkness” but we also see the plague of boils has NOT been lifted. This also sounds like the Outer Darkness with the grinding of teeth.  Grace delays recompensure. Grace allows for Redemption, but it also MITIGATES.  It reduces the destruction of Wrath.  This is what happens when Grace is not involved.

Rev 16:11  and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they repented not of their works.

Ironically this verse mirrors the verse in Deuteronomy where the warning to repent is given.  Without the Grace of Salvation repentance cannot happen.  Also Rom 2:2  And we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against them that practise such things.

Rom 2:3  And reckonest thou this, O man, who judgest them that practise such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

Rom 2:4  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

Rom 2:5  but after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up for thyself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

Rom 2:6  who will render to every man according to his works:

Rom 2:7  to them that by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and incorruption, eternal life:

Rom 2:8  but unto them that are factious, and obey not the truth, but obey unrighteousness, shall be wrath and indignation,

Rom 2:9  tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that worketh evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Greek;

Rom 2:10  but glory and honor and peace to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek:

Rom 2:11  for there is no respect of persons with God.

Rom 2:12  For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without the law: and as many as have sinned under the law shall be judged by the law; …

Rom 2:16  in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men, according to my gospel, by Jesus Christ.

Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Rom 1:17  For therein is revealed a righteousness of God from faith unto faith: as it is written, But the righteous shall live by faith.

Rom 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hinder the truth in unrighteousness;

Rom 1:19  because that which is known of God is manifest in them; for God manifested it unto them.

Rom 1:20  For the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity; that they may be without excuse:

Rom 1:21  because that, knowing God, they glorified him not as God, neither gave thanks; but became vain in their reasonings, and their senseless heart was darkened.

Rom 1:22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Rom 1:23  and changed the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.

Rom 1:24  Wherefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts unto uncleanness, that their bodies should be dishonored among themselves:

Rom 1:25  for that they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

Rom 1:26  For this cause God gave them up unto vile passions: for their women changed the natural use into that which is against nature:

Rom 1:27  and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men with men working unseemliness, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was due.

Rom 1:28  And even as they refused to have God in their knowledge, God gave them up unto a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not fitting;

Rom 1:29  being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

Rom 1:30  backbiters, hateful to God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

Rom 1:31  without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, unmerciful:

Rom 1:32  who, knowing the ordinance of God, that they that practice such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but also consent with them that practice them.

This passage of Romans about the downward spiral of sin and depravity is being displayed openly in Revelation.  This is what happens when Grace is removed.  It may well be that it is Grace and the Grace of God and the Grace of Regeneration by the Holy Spirit that “let” in this passage: “2 Thess 2:7  For the mystery of lawlessness doth already work: only there is one that restraineth now, until he be taken out of the way.”

Rev 16:12  And the sixth poured out his bowl upon the great river, the river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way might by made ready for the kings that come from the sunrising.

Rev 16:13  And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits, as it were frogs:

Rev 16:14  for they are spirits of demons, working signs; which go forth unto the kings of the whole world, to gather them together unto the war of the great day of God, the Almighty.

Now we come to the set up for the Showdown.  Thus far the plagues have been sufficient to get the attention of the First Beast, the Dragon, and rile him up.  Please understand who is actually in control of all this glorious havoc being wreaked on a defiled and ruined world.  What it had become in God’s eyes it is now becoming in man’s as well.  There are TWO battles of the Prince of Darkness and his ilk and The Lord of Glory and the Hosts of Heaven.  It is God who sets the time and place and makes the call.  However the unclean spirits are the clarion call from the seat of Satan.  Both Beasts utter and these unclean spirits which are spirits of demons that have a dynamic impact on the Earth and move the hearts of the world leaders to obey an edict issued to come to battle.

Rev 16:15  (Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.)

If the church were not even at this hour still on the Earth this verse would not be included. Unless it is an addition to the original autograph of John the Beloved Apostle, then it indicates that there are those who must needs be vigilant of soul. Also this is RED letter in the KJV.

Rev 16:16  And they gathered them together into the place which is called in Hebrew Har-Magedon.

Rev 16:17  And the seventh poured out his bowl upon the air; and there came forth a great voice out of the temple, from the throne, saying, It is done:

And now…. The Showdown!   With this last outpouring the voice of the Father in Heaven or quite possibly the voice of the Godhead together, utters the same sort of thing that Jesus cried out from the Cross. Unfortunately it is not the same word. Jesus uses “Teleo” (Strong’s #5055) which means finished and accomplished, executed, discharged and paid as in a debt paid in full, in John 19.  The word used here is Ghinonmai, which is actually stronger than teleo.  This “ghinomai” (Strong’s #1096) means not only accomplished, finished, paid, but full, complete accomplishment and payment; the type which brings about closure.  This is not the debt paid, it is the account closed.  There is a great difference.

The wrath against the Elect was ended in the Cross but the Recompense of the “Deeds of men” is finished here.  There is no more wrath.  But this is round one.

Rev 16:18  and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunders; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since there were men upon the earth, so great an earthquake, so mighty.

Rev 16:19  And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and Babylon the great was remembered in the sight of God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

Rev 16:20  And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.

Rev 16:21  And great hail, every stone about the weight of a talent, cometh down out of heaven upon men: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof is exceeding great.

If we thought Seal Six was bad…. And it involved a tectonic plate shift, what happens here makes that, tame, by comparison. It is what happens to the Great City that is most important here.  Rev 11:8 talks about the Great City who is known spiritually as Sodom and Gomorrah before God, where the Lord of the Two Witnesses was crucified and that is Outside Jerusalem.  We showed proof that Scripture indicates Jerusalem as being called a Spiritual Sodom and Gomorrah. But this is not the Rapture and indeed the church and or Believers still remain.

Rev 18:4  And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come forth, my people, out of her, that ye have no fellowship with her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues:

This indicates that there is still the presence of the Church, even now.  But I will have pity on my gentle and not so gentle readers here.  The actual battle part one, itself, doesn’t commence until Chapter 19:11; but you will have to read that for yourselves.