Revelations In Light of the Present

The internet is an interesting place.  There’s an incomprehensible amount of information available to those inclined to investigate their interests.  Such investigations quickly become dangerous when they begin and end in the world-wide-web.  The internet is a tool and not an end.  I remember the buzz as it started up and began spreading out over the world.  It was to the mechanism for the dissemination of information for the betterment of civilization.  I believe it is that even though one must wade through much muck and mire to discern the facts for which one is searching/surfing. The diligent browser of the web mus remember that the internet is the means not an end.  Even blogs ought to serve a purpose beyond themselves.

The Gutenberg Bible

For instance, reading between the lines among a variety of articles and news sources recently, I was reminded of something I had read in the Bible.  It was rather disconcerting to tell the truth.  I’m not going to name names or even cite sources at this juncture because, I just may be correct. . . . Before you raise your eyebrows and move on to the next blog, read further, please.

In Revelations, John describes visions he has when he was in the spirit  and shown things in the spirit realm.  This is an important point to remember since, I’m sure that reality looks different from the perspective of the Spirit. John relates messages to specific churches that can be interpreted as either particular messages intended for particular churches or these churches may be viewed as archetypes for modern churches that meet those specific descriptions.

After those messages to the churches, John is shown visions of the end of the world in which the battles that are raging in the Spirit realm spill over onto the earth and, in fact culminate on earth.  Satan is described as a dragon that is thrown down to earth.  There is also a demonic figure referred to as “the beast” that is empowered by the dragon, and a “false prophet” who leads people to worship the beast.

It all sounds totally weird until one realizes that John is relating how things appeared to him when he was in the Spirit. The beast and the “false prophet” must be men who wield and inordinate amount of power.  The adversary is at the heart of the beast’s power and he then controls the prophet.  They attack “Babylon” out of hate and Chapter 18’s description of Babylon describes a well know superpower more than any  modern city in Iraq.

The description provided by John’s Revelations is of a man who performs miracles and leads multitudes into the ideals and plan of the beast who hates the whore Babylon and wants her destroyed for his own personal gains. I have noticed two individuals who resemble these descriptions of the beast and his prophet in news sources lately  Of course they are both merely pawns od the adversary and will burn in the end but in the mean time, life on earth is going get complicated, I am afraid.

What then, are the faithful to do?  The faithful are to remain faithful.  They are to love God first and foremost with all their beings and their neighbors as themselves.  They must no get sucked into the hate-mongering.  Praising God for all His many blessings amidst the chaos all around. “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things …[and] practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” [Phillipians 4:8-9, ESV). 

Be Blessed,

Christopher

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5 thoughts on “Revelations In Light of the Present

  1. In Revelation, Babylon is destroyed by God’s actions, not the Antichrist. Babylon stands for all kingdoms who set themselves up in opposition to God’s Kingdom. (Rev 18:8 ” For this reason in one day her [Babylon’s] plagues will come, pestilence and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for the Lord God who judges her is strong.”

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  2. Hi Christopher,

    There are many people who have more than a passing interest in the topic you raise in your posting. There are also many crazy and very speculative interpretations of the Apostle John’s inspired writings.

    A good deal of research has led me to a 6 part (so far) investigation of what John was trying to reveal to a future generation. The big question is: Are we that generation?
    Many ‘signs’ in our time would indicate that we quite possibly are!

    I have kept personal opinion out of the equation as far as possible, and instead have used the Word of God as it is meant to be used – Isaiah 28:10.

    I include the first part of an ongoing research study. If you find it of interest then I can post further parts to your blog if you so wish.

    In Those Days (End of an Aeon) – Part 1

    Prologue

    This topic has been interpreted in so many different ways by so many different people that I hesitate to add yet another. Mainly because it is a lengthy process that requires a close study of the Books of Daniel and Revelation.

    End time prophetic theories and so-called (false) prophets abound in our time. Words like ‘Apocalypse’ and ‘Armageddon’ conjure up visions of total destruction of our planet and of course us with it. “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:4-5)

    Let us see what the two words most commonly used to describe ‘those days’ actually mean:

    Apocalypse – From Greek word – apokalypsis – means: a disclosure of truth, instruction, concerning things before unknown, used of events by which things states, or persons hitherto withdrawn from view are made visible to all. – (Strong’s Concordat #G602)

    The English translation of the word is – Revelation – In itself, the word has no connection to destructive forces except those given to it by numerous people (mainly journalists and other more dubious writers of fiction).

    Armageddon – Greek word – Harmagedōn – means: “the hill or city of Megiddo”
    In Rev. 16:16 the scene of a the struggle of good and evil is suggested by that battle plain of Esdraelon, which was famous for two great victories, of Barak over the Canaanites, and of Gideon over the Midianites; and for two great disasters, the deaths of Saul and Josiah. Hence, in Revelation a place of great slaughter, the scene of a terrible retribution upon the wicked. The RSV translates the name as Har-Magedon, i.e. the hill (as Ar is the city) of Megiddo.
    (Strong’s Concordat #G 717 )

    Armageddon is only mentioned once in the Bible (Revelation 16:16). It means, “fortified hill of Megiddo.” It is located about 70 miles northwest of Jerusalem.

    The following submissions will be based on the Word of God through the printed Word of His Holy Bible. Personal opinion has been kept to a minimum as the Holy Bible, if studied closely, will be found to be self-interpreting:

    Isaiah 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? [them that are] weaned from the milk, [and] drawn from the breasts.
    10 For precept [must be] upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little:

    Books of Daniel and Revelation

    It is generally accepted that the Books of Daniel and Revelation are the framework around which many other end-time Scriptural prophecies can be understood. However, there is a problem here:

    In the Book of Daniel, it is revealed that Daniel himself did not understand many of the prophecies revealed to him:

    Dan. 12:8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what [shall be] the end of these [things]?
    Verse 9 reveals to us that Daniel was told to ..” Go thy way, Daniel; for the words are closed up and sealed til the time of the end”.

    Likewise the interpretation of prophecies revealed in the Book of Revelation were also sealed

    Rev. 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

    That being the case we could ask if any man, or woman, has the ability to interpret these prophecies correctly.

    Rev. 5:2-5 reveals the answer to that question:

    2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

    3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

    4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

    5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

    Verses 2&3 reveal to us that no man in heaven, or in earth, was found worthy to loosen the seals and open the book, or even to look upon it. Fortunately there was one found worthy (v.5) – The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David.

    God’s true Church must be founded on the writings of the prophets and the teachings of the Apostles (as revealed to them). Jesus Christ, Himself, being the head of the body of this Church on earth.

    Ephesians 2:18 – 22 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto a holy temple in the Lord: in whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.

    It would therefore appear, to my understanding at least, that all end-time prophecies can only be interpreted correctly through the revelations presently being given to His present day prophets and apostles, (if indeed we are in the end-times) and only then through their connection with the Holy Spirit.
    As Jesus Christ is head of the Church of God, and He was the only one found worthy of opening the book, then it would appear that it is only through His intervention thro’ the Spirit to His end-time prophets and apostles that a correct interpretation can be made?

    Dan.12:9 and Ephesians 3: 4, 5 would appear to confirm this.

    Ephesians 3:4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)

    5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

    The correct interpretations of these end-time prophecies were impossible for man prior to the Holy Spirit being made generally available (Pentecost) to those who qualify to receive it.

    If we remind ourselves that one of the ”signs” of the end-time era are the many that will come in His name, but preach another gospel, then there are certainly plenty out there to choose from in this present age.

    WORLD RULING EMPIRES

    Both Daniel and Revelation go into some detail in describing the 4 world dominating kingdoms that would arise consecutively.
    Revelations mainly concerns itself with the fourth and last, as the other three had come and gone by the time John was inspired to write this book.
    Brief description of 4 beasts (kingdoms) as Daniel saw them:

    Dan7: 3 thro’7 – 1st. like a lion with eagle’s wings; 2nd. Like unto a bear; 3rd. like a leopard with four wings on the back of it and four heads.
    4th beast – Dreadful, terrible and strong with great iron teeth. Diverse from all the other beasts – it had 10 horns.

    The Apostle John was inspired to write about this fourth beast (kingdom) in the Book of Revelation

    Rev.13:1, 2 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

    v.2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

    The fourth beast that John describes was composed of the most powerful parts of each of the previous three. This kingdom possessed the greatest war-making machine the world had seen, it was swift, cunning and cruel – Body of the leopard.

    This final and fourth beast, kingdom or empire, was to prevail until the Ancient of Days came, and the Saints possessed the Kingdom – Dan.7:22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.

    However, this Empire has not continued in an unbroken dominant position through the ages, but has resurrected itself in different guises a number of times.
    So, we need to look for a kingdom or union of nations that has exerted its influence in the past, and will continue to exert its influence right up to the return of the Ancient of Days.

    TO BE CONTINUED:

    Regards

    John Graham

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