A third common principle of organization is climatic order. Every chronology of events (or timeline) always occurs in some sort of social and political climate. For instance, World War II occurred amid a climate of fascism, communism, democracy, etc. The writer of any Christian work needs to specify this climate in order of importance.
This climatic order comes on the scene after the chronological orderes. The apostle John describes these climates:
6.1. Climate of Evangelization
6.2. Climate of the Second Coming
6.3. Climate of the Seventy
6.4. Climate of the World
6.4.1. The World under Satan
6.4.2. The World under the Heavenly Book
7. Climate of God's Kingdom
7.1. God's Kingdom is Coming
7.2. The Creation under God
7.3. The Kingdom of God the Son
7.4. Eternity in Heaven
THE EVENTS OF any chronology occur in some real-world climate of society and politics. That clime inflates and informs these events, and causes them to happen. Staying with the example of the chronology of World War II: fascism, Communism and democracy all had their influences on the war and its battles. Writers of the chronology of World War II usually do not describe the finer points of fascism, Communism and democracy, because they suppose their readers already know them, that they have learned the details from other books.
The Lord Jesus Christ, as history's best Author, chose only this book to chronicle the events of the End Times. Therefore, it is His duty to describe also the climate of the Chronology. He does so, and in climactic order. This means that the climax of the crusade for the Gospel comes first, and the climax of the Kingdom of God comes last. Included here are also climaxes for Israel and the world.
The New Testament has already described the Church in Gospels, Acts and in the apostles' letters, so the Lord does not need to describe the Church from her beginning. Although the Lord Jesus Christ has revealed the chronology of events for the End Times and detailed the Church's role in it, the crusade for the Gospel occurred already during the writing of the Revelation. What we await, therefore, is more words from Him, to bridge the times from the Early Church to the Church of the End Times. In this way we can learn the initial climate of the first rider of the white horse. The Church has and has always had enemies. Ultimately, they are the same now, in principle, as they were originally; and the same being or beings have always been behind them. It is a good idea, then, to take a look at them before the ride.
Writers use symbols or create new substitutes to describe something whenever their subject demands it. Sentences with fewer words are better understood, though the symbolism of the woman in the sky is not immediately clear. If we stay simply with the meaning of the word "woman," then different interpretations of this mission may emerge. For instance, The Woman might be Israel, and the twelve tribes her twelve stars (Joseph's dream). But now we do not have just one word (woman). There is expression: GIVING THE BIRTH TO A CHILD/CHILDREN IN ORDER TO BE SNATCHED TO HEAVEN.
Historically, Jesus was born an Israelite. Millions of boys have been born in Israel, but none besides Him (and Elijah) were snatched to Heaven. Mathematically, whoever says that this woman is Israel lies at least a million times.
Mary was from Adam's seed and, therefore, she could not cause Him to be snatched to God. The Gospel teaches us that His birth for Heaven was caused by the Spirit of God (Luke 1:35). From this, we can conclude that The Woman giving birth represents the Spirit of God. Now a question could arise: which Person from the Trinity is this Spirit? I believe it is the Spirit of God the Son. The apostle John shows that God the Son is Seven Spirits + Christ Jesus (Revelation 5:6).
The Church began when men received the same spirituality that Jesus had from conception. In this sense they were newborn, as Jesus said to Nicodemus (John 3:5-7). This is the practical result of the Gospel.
As the rider on the white horse is identified later in Revelation (as the Gospel first, and then as He -- see Revelation 19:11-16), so the apostle John identifies this woman in the last verses of this chapter. The Woman's offspring is equal to those who RECEIVED THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS. Do Israelites or others receive the testimony of Jesus? So it is safe to conclude that the offspring of The Woman in Revelation 12 is Christianity, Christians, and thus the Church.
Therefore, if someone wants to express the break in the Church during the Dark Ages by using this symbol, he should say that "The Woman" giving birth for Heaven was not present in the Dark Ages -- that Spirit of God the Son did not give a birth to humans in order to be snatched into Heaven and therefore, newborn Christians did not exist during the Dark Ages.
"Then another sign appeared in Heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the Earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born." The enemy of Christ Jesus and the Church is Satan. If "The Woman" caused their birth, then Satan is the enemy of "The Woman". Now, his power is in men having the authority to kill, and thus in those holding a sword.
Historically, King Herod was the first of these men of authority. He killed every newborn child in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:16). Later, men also upholding the Law, and thus the Bible, joined with men holding the sword of authority. Romans and Jewish priests murdered Christ Jesus. They killed flesh inherited from Mary; However, Christ Jesus possessed spirit from "The Woman" giving birth to eternal spirits. Therefore, When God the Father accepted this spirit, Christ Jesus arose and ascended to Heaven. Then those evil men persecuted "The Woman"'s children. Still, she went on to other places, among the Gentiles in the Roman Empire, where the priests could not reach her.
A world power began to persecute the Church at approximately the time that the Emperor Nero ascended to the throne. Executions increased in A.D. 64, when fire destroyed Rome. Nero lavishly rebuilt the city, but rumor held that he had started the fire himself to make room for his new palace, and that he had recited poetry while watching the blaze. To avert this suspicion, Nero blamed the Christians for the fire, thus initiating the first major Roman persecution of Christians. The Dragon, as embodied in some Roman emperors, killed about 1.9 millions believers who belonged to Heaven.
Children cried when they saw a sword coming. So, we may see "The Woman" as being held in slavery, under strange lords. She is from God, and could not suffer in the Roman Empire any longer than God's Law affords. The longest period allowed is a period of the jubilee (Leviticus 25:10-15). This period is forty-nine years. In the tradition of Daniel's seventy, these should be year weeks, so 49 x 7 = 343 years. Marking from A.D. 64-65, this puts us in the year A.D. 407-408.
Some may claim that we should mark the year when the Emperor Constantine became tolerant, even in favor of Christianity. Still, he was the Emperor of the Roman Empire, although good to the Church. Constantine awarded religious freedom to all citizens in the year A.D. 311. He wrote in his edict that every god was entitled to be worshiped by his own people.
Later emperors sought allies among Christians instead of trying to kill them. They tried to use Christian theologies as tools for building and holding power in their empire, but their ruling staff started to crack. They tried to put their men into leading positions in the Early Church, and called the Church synods and led them. Some priests now began to persecute "The Woman". For instance, they encouraged the Emperor Maximus to murder some Christians because of their different habits in the year A.D. 385. Their guilt was not that they were or were not Christians, but that they were different from other Christians. Augustine of Hippo, who retains a leading position in Christian theology, also lent authority to punishments for heretics, but deprecated the use of the death penalty.
The emperors had broken their staff. This whole process ended with the fall of the constitution of the Roman Empire (by the killing of Stilicho) in the year A.D. 408. We read earlier that in one month God "got rid of the three shepherds" (Zechariah 11:8), and for that time were many emperors:
THE DARK AGES (Revelation 12: 6-12)
"The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days." The departure of many real Christians out of society into deserts may also symbolize this change. They fled from cruel lords and lived rather in cruel, natural monasteries. In this case, the Lord gave "The Woman" time 1,260 days to be taken care of. History gives proof that for more than one thousand years, God's Spirit was not working with as much power as it had in the Early Church. The Dark Ages lasted until the sixteenth century or so.
A Day and a Year, According to Science.
A day is the time it takes for the Earth to rotate on its axis. A year is the time it takes for the Earth to revolve around the Sun (it is a "universe day" of the Earth). We may derive from this that where there is a citizenship on the Earth (Israelites), the time should be counted by Earthly days. However, the citizenship of Christians is also in Heaven (Philippians 3:20). So, they reside on the Earth in flesh, but in Heaven in spirit. Therefore, in heaven time should be counted by Earth's movement in the universe (by universe days of the Earth) -- by what in Earthly terminology is a year. If this is so, then 1,260 days for the world of Christianity means 1,260 Earth years.
The View from Israel
Israel left Egypt and also dwelt in the desert. They, as a nation, were lost there for forty years. This happened as a result of their failing to believe God at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. They did not want to fight for their new land. So the LORD told Moses: "How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them? I will strike them down with a plague and destroy them, but I will make you into a nation greater and stronger than they" (Numbers 14:10-11).
If we stay with the first pronounced Words, then they were fulfilled after 1,260 years. Namely, Christ Jesus came into this world as the new Leader of God's nation, as the 'new Moses' of the new generation after such a period. He leads people into 'the Promised Land' -- that is, the New Earth and the New Heaven. And now the second generation of the Church, arisen after 1,260 years, will be snatched to God -- raptured.
The Day of Atonement
Every child born from "The Woman" receives also the atonement (Lord's blessing) for life. When God applies this atonement to her offspring, his or her relatives (society) also receive atonement (1 Corinthians 7:14). Yet for them, we would apply the timely covering as it existed in the Old Testament.
When "The Woman" left the world, her children were not born in that society. If no one applies the atonement for life, then a timely atonement for society does not exists. And so, we would exist as we would in the times before she started to bear her children, in the Old Testament, when no one made the atonement for life.
If no atonements occurred during those 1,260 days, then 1,260 of the Old Testament's atonements are missing.
The Old Testament atonement was performed once in a year, on the tenth day of the seventh month (Leviticus 23:27). The atonement done on that day held for a year, then expired. Therefore, if the Day of Atonement atoned for a year, then 1,260 of those Days would atone people for 1260 years. If the world was without atonement for 1,260 years, then "The Woman" was outside the Christian world from the years 408-1668. If the atonement wants angels as well, then angels could not have been present on the Earth during those 1,260 years.
"The Woman" was cared for in a place prepared for her by God. This means she that was away from the Earth, out of the world. Some may believe that she went into Heaven, but I do not think so. Namely, God began the process of resurrecting a dead spirit on the Earth. "The Woman" caused this spirit to live. So, where this spirit dies, life arises again.
This spirit died in Adam's body on the Earth even in Eden (Genesis 2:17). Adam's flesh did not die on the day that ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The spirit that came from God (the Creator breathed life in his nostrils, and gave him eternal life) died. Yet I think that what comes from eternity, from Heaven, can neither disappear nor decay. If God said, "It will die," this means that it would no longer work actively among humans. So, saying that "this spirit sleeps" (as, say, conscience) could also fit the circumstances.
Adam's life in flesh continued for 930 years. If Adam did not accept other spirits from the Earth, and did not live in their desires, he was clean. Then, only this spirit in the sleeping form abided in him. So he had to sleep in the second world. Therefore, many people in the Old Testament slept (1 Samuel 28:15) because animals offered to God had made them clean. They had also the right of eternal life, which is first in the awakening of this spirit. So they needed our "Woman".
God had to have a place prepared for these sleeping spirits (Genesis 4:11). Logically, this place should be somewhere on Earth, but hidden, in the spiritual world. Therefore "The Woman" had to enter there also. As Jesus went among dead people to preach to them (1 Peter 3:19), so does she during this time. But she could not dwell among spirits where persecution might exist. I believe that those sleeping in God had a special place to stay.
The statement "There they may nourish her" means that she does not merely sleep herself, but actually lives there. If she lives, then the process of waking human spirits for Resurrection to eternal life continues there. Remember Nicodemus' question: "How can a man be born when he is old?" (John 3:4). The answer is that "The Woman" does not need our material substance or flesh for her job -- only our spiritual substance.
Logically, if the Creator's Law does not allow her to work under tribulation any longer, then God should take her from slavery and place her in a territory where she may continue her life in freedom. If this free society does not exist in the material world, then God should place her in the spiritual world of the Earth. Christ Jesus opened the door of Eden (Luke: 23:43), and so she brought them to life there. Because she was there for a long time, this may mean that many souls requiring her attention awaited her there.
War in Heaven
"And there was war in Heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the Dragon, and the Dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in Heaven." When God called the archangel Michael into Heaven, "The Woman" lost his support. Michael is the Archangel for the Earth. When the Archangel with his place at the Throne in Heaven wanted to come to Daniel, he needed Michael's support (10: 5-13). When Michael left Earth, "The Woman" should have left also. When God took Michael from the Earth, He also had to take "The Woman", and put her in some safe place. She went to "a place prepared for her by God."
If Michael is our prince (Daniel 10:21), then he is the lord of all God's angels who were sent to the Earth. If he and his army left the Earth, then God's presence on the Earth does not exist. God is Light, and therefore light was absent during that time. Historians call those years the Dark Ages.
Michael left Earth for the war in Heaven. The result was victory for God's side. If Michael is our prince, then we are part of this victory, or this victory is for our sake. What is our sake, our fate in relation to Heaven? Consider again that Christ Jesus, as the Resurrected Man, went there early; the answer, then, is in His words. "In my Father's house are many rooms. I am going there to prepare a place for you" (John 14:2-3). So now they complete this promise, these Words. (The Bible shows always the realization of promises.) Our Lord did not go to Heaven to build new houses but to expel Satan's angels from Heaven. To take a land, where myriads dwell, is possible through conquest -- through war. Therefore, a war occurred in Heaven during the Dark Ages.
This war was not an easy one, and therefore did not run just for a few years. It ran for centuries. God's "angels fought against the Dragon, and the Dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their places in Heaven." If this war ran for 1,260 years, then the victorious legions of God prepared abundant places there for His people to occupy.
The battlefield was in Heaven, and therefore strong Earthly powers -- as for instance, the Romans were -- did not exist in those years. No strong kings called people to wars -- popes did. In fact, it was the popes who decided who would be a strong king (the Holy Roman Emperors). "Then I heard a loud voice in Heaven say: "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down."" Hallelujah! The authority of Christ Jesus has come, He has conquered, and now Christianity may be victorious. There will not be another 1.9 million Christians murdered. The suffering Church -- that is, the Early Church -- is no more.
The following words show the reward all believers received for their suffering: "They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death." As the Dragon killed Christ Jesus, and He went into Heaven to take the place which first belonged to Satan. Now, there are many dwelling places available in Heaven for believers. Therefore the words "our citizenship is in Heaven," reflect reality (Philippians 3:20).
"Therefore rejoice, you Heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the Earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short." Meanwhile, the world is going through a difficult period. The hardest period would have begun the moment Michael won a major battle. This main battle should have been against the leader's garrison of the Satanic army. They lost, which means our forces pushed them out from Heaven. Although they lost there, their evil powers were allowed full rein on Earth, since their restrainer, Michael, was not here. I expect that battles continued in Heaven until Heaven was cleansed of every Satanic power, from Satan to the lowest angel serving him.
Notice that some might argue that Satan was hurled down from Heaven at Christ's Resurrection. I think so also. At the very least, he was pushed of from the room where God's Throne sits, and thus away from the place where only Archangels may sit before their God. In any case, any servant of Satan is equivalent to Satan for us, and Heaven is huge.
It appears that the peak of Satanic power during Michael's absence occurred during the 14th century. The epidemic known as the Black Death killed about half the population of Europe in the early 1300s -- some seventy-five million people. As the wars in Heaven came to the end, more angels from Michael's Army were able to return to Earth. They restrained Satanic activities there, and a distinct historical period heralding the modern age, the Renaissance, came to fruition.
According to the words "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ," "The Woman" should have continued in her victorious life in the world, without persecution. However, could they not still persecute her, when angelic powers remained the same as they were during the Early Church? Nevertheless, the risk of her persecution remains. Would it not be better to make a new world, where her enemies would not reach her? At the time, the Earthly power was in the hands of popes. The Roman authorities helped them acquire this power, but they were thieves; Roman emperors called themselves gods, and thus were thieves of God's authority. The popes swore falsely by saying their voice was the voice of Jesus, and therefore God's curse was able to enter their house, as it had entered the Roman Empire (Zechariah 5:2-4).
The Papal Teachings Needed To Be Shaken Up
Historically, the opportunity for anyone to come to know God's Word shone a light of beauty upon our world. Erasmus published the first New Testament in Greek in the year 1516. One year later, the first enlightened men emerged, and the Protestant Reformation began. Martin Luther began the reformation in Germany. He introduced his ideas in 1517; and the Church leaders did not kill him, as for instance they had Jan Hus earlier, because the noblemen and people would nov allnw(it. In France, John Calvin began to preach according to the Bible at the same time as Luther.
The Roman Church accepted the religious situation in Europe, and thus we have different religious states emerging by about the year 1563. The new situation led the Catholic Church toward new directions in their politics. Some movements also existed inside the Catholic Church. Their first "reforming" pope was Paul III (1534-1549), who summoned the Vatican Council.
The historical council that shaped the destiny of modern Catholicism took place in 1545. Some new ideas were accepted into the Church as a result, and the process continued until 1563. The next Vatican Council took place in 1870, three hundred years later. Zechariah tells us in his holy Book that God disposed of three shepherds (Zechariah 11:7-9). It is interesting to note that the first council took place during the lives of three separate popes, on three occasions (1545-47, 1551-52 and 1562-63).
Many countries became Protestant during this period, and the numbers of individual Protestants increased inside the Catholic states. By about 1600, there were more Protestants than Catholics. In addition to internal state squabbles, the conflict between Catholics and Protestants was also international. A war between the allies of Germany and the Hapsburg clan, which ruled many of the royal houses of Europe, broke out. (The Hapsburg family also controlled the throne of the Holy Roman Emperor at that time). The war lasted for thirty years (1618-1648). When the unending battles had finally exhausted both sides, they signed a peace treaty that had begun with peace talks in Westphalia in 1644. This represented the largest, and first nonreligious, European Congress up to that point. This affair, as well as the war and the powers claimed by the states involved, is a measure of the secularization of Europe. We have something new indeed when the pope is sitting down with Protestants.
The religious English Civil War also occurred during this period, from 1642-1646. Later came "the Glorious Revolution," when in 1688 James II was excluded from the throne. The accession to the throne of his daughter Mary II and her Dutch Protestant husband, William III, defeated Catholicism there for good.
When the British made William and Mary joint sovereigns (1689), they acquiesced in a Declaration and BILL OF RIGHTS, which opened the road to a constitutional monarchy. This statement declared that the election of members of Parliament ought to be free; that freedom of speech and debate in Parliament ought not to be questioned in any court or other place; and that Parliament ought to be held frequently. It declared further "that the pretended power of suspending of laws or the execution of laws by regal authority without consent of the Parliament is illegal." The proto-democracy of the English Bill of Rights is as a preparation period for "The Woman" to work again in the world that she had fled.
During this time, some people went further than the classical Reformation. They did not want to live just under the good teaching from the Bible, but wanted to be the "new creation" on the Earth. They looked for experiences with the Lord Jesus Christ; they wanted His power to work in their life and communities as it had in the Early Church. Symbolically, they wanted "The Woman" giving birth for Heaven to return. Groups bearing the marks of to be born for Heaven were founded in connection to Zwingli in a few places. Usually, the groups living under God's Word, and also knowing the revealed God in Christ Jesus, were formed in the Alps (north Italy, Switzerland, south Germany and Austria), or on islands like Great Britain. We can see in this as the place from where she is returning from God: from above, and from the world of souls (the sea). Only the frontier territories of society in Europe (islands and countries near the sea, and the Alps, as the highest mountains in central Europe) registered her presence at first.
The local governments forced these people to leave their homelands and travel from one country to another. They found places to live in countries where the Thirty Years' War had reduced the populations, and noblemen needed serfs to work the land. Therefore, the nobles protected them, and resisted driving them out from their territories for a long time. After traveling to Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia, these believers went further, to Poland and Russia, until they had the opportunity to go to America, where they are known mostly under the name "Mennonites." The roots of the Mennonites lie in the struggle of "The Woman" to give birth for Heaven again on the earth.
This time "The Woman" is flying into the wilderness to give birth for Heaven. The first time she left, "The Woman" went to the place prepared for her by God; but now she flies to a place on the Earth, where they will nourish her. Thus, she flies into a New World. The apostle John does not say anything now about her being nourished by God. Thus, her own job -- to resurrect the spirits of believers -- gives her the sense to live herself. The New World allowed her to do her job.
In 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered a New World, America, for Europeans to colonize. They based the first permanent English colony at Jamestown, Virginia in 1606. This gave "The Woman" a place to work. Roger Williams proclaimed complete religious freedom for his colony when he established Providence, Rhode Island in 1636. The conditions for giving birth to true freedom, religious and otherwise, existed from then on.
I understand that God had chosen this new land as the bastion for settling such power there. As dwellers in that land, the colonists would set up the Kingdom of God on the Earth. There is something similar to this in the Old Testament. God's people suffered very much in Egypt. God did not destroy the Egyptians to free His nation, but withdrew His children from slavery in that land. God took them into the desert, where they could worship Him and live a religious life according to God's Law without any intervention of other nations. Similarly, in the New World God also allowed His children to live in territories that were, at first, wilderness. Today in America, the United States stands as the world's leading country for religious freedom.
In connection to the water, John writes "Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent." First, we have to realize that the image of waters spewing from a mouth represents that he spoke wrongly against her. The Bible declares God's Words as the spring of life-giving waters (John 4 and 7). If God's Words are life-giving waters, then logically death-giving waters must also exist. If God's Words might give life, then some words, following Satan's mind, could also lead to death. Satan spewed false testimonies against saintly people everywhere, trying to harden people's hearts.
"But the Earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the Dragon had spewed out of his mouth." This means that the Earth caused the power of pope to be restricted. It swallowed their blasphemy against Christ Jesus's followers. It is true that Americans generally could not hear the blasphemies coming from Europe in the 16th-19th centuries, thanks to the wide ocean. The connection between the Old World and the New was a very weak, and a journey by ship took weeks. People received little news of events in Europe on the American continent. In any case, many people came to America to make their fortunes, and did not care for the politics and Churches in Europe. From this I conclude that the states persecuting "The Woman" did not have much of a chance to be victorious in the colonial wars and marine battles.
The Dragon was enraged, and went "to make war against the rest of her offspring -- those who obey God's commandment and hold to the testimony of Jesus." The rest of her offspring were those newborn in spirit who had stayed in Europe. For instance, the Moravians were formed in Bohemia. However, they could not exist under Hapsburg rule, and today the large communities of Moravian church are in South America rather than Moravia.
Those who obeyed God's commandments were the churches of the Protestant Reformation. When the Catholics launched the Counter-Reformation, the Jesuit order was its driving force. Jesuits put many lives into danger, and caused them great misfortune. During this time, other lords murdered many people because they owned and read the Bible.
The Period of the Second Dwelling of "The Woman" Outside Europe
The apostle John says "The Woman" went "where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent's reach." If "time, times and half time" are years, together they could represent three and a half years; a year + year in plural (could be two or more) and half a year. I do not believe that there was so short a time between end of the Reformation and the new movement in the Lord Jesus Christ's age -- i.e., the "autumn rain." Do we understand the word "a time" to be just one year? No. Therefore, some other number may be hidden in the word "time." Let us start with that.
One symbol for the first Christians was a fish. Jesus prepared His disciples to go into the world to catch 'fishes;' that is, to be "fishers of men." He performed only one huge miracle for the people's material needs after His Resurrection. The Bible says that Peter and the other disciples caught 153 large fish on His command (John 21:11): "Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn." The apostles caught 153 big fish on His word. The Early Church "fished" with words that Jesus said in flesh, in his ministry before his death. However, the Resurrected Man was already in Heaven (John 20:17), so it is the Heavenly Man who speaks now (John 21:6).
They caught fish on the Lord's word, and so we should catch "fish," to acquire new people for Heaven on the Lord's Word. If this is His word, then is written down somewhere. The Words for the Early Church were the Gospels. They bring the message about Jesus' life according to God's Law and His word, as spoken by his Earthly lips. God wrote words to use to catch fish for the "later rain" in the Heavenly Book. These are the other Words of God that the Lord Jesus Christ has the power to fulfill. Therefore, we should connect the understanding of this miracle to the Heavenly Book. The Lord Jesus Christ breaks the Seals and opens the Scrolls, and so delivers God's words for those who serve Him.
The number (153) does not tell us how many people will be saved, because they are many and should not be enumerated (see the wrath of the Lord against Israel because David took the number of Israel and Judah -- 2 Samuel 24). If the fish do not directly represent fish, then perhaps they represent periods among caught fish. It took some time to finish counting, and the whole time of counting took 153 periods. The shortest period for people should be a year (the Day of Atonement for a year -- Hebrews 10:1).
In our case, the whole period of "fishing," when everything runs according to God's Word taken from the Heavenly Book, will last 153 years. Also, if you were to count all verses relating to the chronology of the Heavenly Book, you would find there are 153 verses (the last verse of Chapter 1, and chapters 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11). Chapter 4 shows the situation in Heaven before the Heavenly Book; Chapter 10 shows the finished Seventy, and together they number 22 verses.
This average number for the End Times is available also, if seven divides 153. (There were seven apostles - John 21:2, and seven churches are mentioned in the Heavenly Book.) We may consider this also to be about 154 years, or simply more than 153 years, because the Lord had a fish on the fire (John 21:9). This last is just the Lord's, and so could represent to be at the Table of the Lord in Heaven.
This agrees also with my revelation. As I observed the gathering in Heaven before the Throne, there I received the revelation that they were gathering in time twenty-two and something. My understanding is that the average period between breaking Seals is twenty-two years, but it differs; it is not always the same period. We already know their periods from the Chronology.
The apostle John introduces "The Woman" "clothed with the sun." We may observe sunspots on the Sun. Because the polarity of sunspot groups reverses itself every eleven years, astronomers refer to a 22-year "solar cycle." Even some men says that the big changes are on the sun after seven "solar cycles." This agrees with the common understanding of our times that changes in our world come in cycles of 22 years. Except that many Churches do not want to see this, although the number 22 is found everywhere in the Bible:
The final destiny for creation is that two men will exist as twins. The one who is according to spirit will dominate over the man according to flesh. Jacob, as Esau, could picture them. They were born to Isaac and Rebecca after 22 years of marriage.
This final destiny of creation is the Millennium. Spiritual people will manage the world. The tribe Levi is represented as the group belonging to God. The issuing point for God's kingdom is the exodus from the powers of Earthly lords (the Dark Ages). Moses counted Levities after the Exodus (Numbers 3:39). There were 22,000 - 22 times one millennium.
Israel will reign in the material world, and the resurrected in the spiritual world. But first, both of God's nations will exist just in the material world, as Israel and Judah existed together. There were 22 kings of Israel and 22 kings of Judah (Saul, David and Salomon count for both kingdoms). This comes from God, according to 2 Chronicles 11:4.
The dominant place of God's presence will be the Temple. This already existed once, and should be built again on the Lord's Word. Cyrus's edict in 538 BC for the Temple was fulfilled; the Temple was finished by the year 516 B.C., after 22 years.
The Temple will be in Jerusalem. The Bible knows the eternal Jerusalem. The New Jerusalem is 2,200 km or 22 hundred km (12,000 stadia) long and as wide and high.
The basis of all good things is in Christ Jesus. He first died, that once will be King of Kings. He died uttering the words of David's Psalm 22.
A large group arose from Him: the Early Church. As "The Woman" was leaving that world, Augustine wrote 22 books under the name "City of God," so that he might show a door for "The Woman" to return, and then the door numbered 22 will be opening and closing.
Revelation describes it, and Revelation has 22 chapters.
The basis of Revelation is the Heavenly Book, which chronicles 22 events (six scrolls + the 144,000 sealed + the Resurrection + the court in Heaven + 6 Trumpets + 7 bowls).
The Menorah is the center of all seven lamps for churches. Moses put 22 scroll flowers on it.
The Hebrew alphabet has 22 letters.
The Bible contains a Psalm where they tune each letter of 22. Because there are eight notes, or an octave (harps of eight strings were used in times of David - 1 Chronicles 15:21), each stanza of eight verses begins with the succeeding letter of the Hebrew alphabet and all eight verses start with the same letter. Therefore, this Psalm is the longest one, having (22 x 8) = 176 verses. Therefore, Psalm 119 brings wisdom in poetic form and celebrates the number 22.
When Jeremiah's lamentation for the end of God's presence in Israel comes, the number 22 sets it. As he laments he also gives hope in the number 22. Together there are 7 times 22 = 144 verses. Yet Lamentation is not split into seven chapters, but into five. So we are leaving the number seven to go forward with the number 22.
But we still need to resolve the term "a time, times, and half a time." On the Menorah, a scroll flower represents seven years (the last one = the last seven from Daniel). Therefore each Scroll (besides the central one) has three scroll flowers, representing 21 years. Because the central branch has four scroll flowers, that one represents a period of 28 years.
As has been discussed, the central one belongs to the Branch, and thus to the Lord. Also, He is the author of Revelation, and so has the right to use personal words, as every writer does. These are in the beginning and at the end of His Book. They total to 28 (19+9). Therefore, a time = 28 years.
"Time, times and half-time" is the literal translation of this passage from the Greek New Testament. There, it is written as kairos kai kairoi kai hemisu kairou. The key word here is 'kairos'. We can find its meaning as "weather," "time," or "season" in any Greek dictionary. The word 'kairos' is used in the Gospels of the New Testament for instances like: Jerusalem did not recognize the unique 'kairos' when Jesus came to save it (Luke. 19:44). Jesus says that people did not know how to recognize the 'kairos' of the coming Messiah (Luke 12:56 and Matthew 16:3). John the Baptist, in introducing Christ Jesus, said that 'kairos,' has come and the Kingdom of God is near. Jesus told the disciples that the right 'kairos' for Him had not yet come (John 7:6).You can see in this some of the Heavenly meaning for "time," which should be hidden among the inhabitants of the Earth. And it is, for the Central Branch, the first word of God.
In English, 'kai' means 'and.' The second word, 'kairoi,' is simply a plural of this word (times). Our plural is for all Scrolls, and so for the Heavenly Book. From the word 'hemisu', the prefix hemi- is taken (e.g., hemisphere). They spell this prefix in Latin as semi, with the same meaning as semi- in the English language. Therefore, we may say that we do not have to take this word to mean strictly 50%. We may also use it as a prefix to words such as semicircle or semicolon, when it means "not fully," or semi-private, when it means "incompletely" or "partly." So the proper translation should be:
time and times and 'semi'time.
Therefore, we see that these are three different values, where none is strictly connected to the others. If this is so, then semitime represents the years for any scroll on the sides of the central branch. They exist due of Earthly influence (see Habakkuk's woes). Therefore, semitime = 21.
When we put these numbers together in our formula, we get:
28 + 153 + 21 = 202 years. Therefore, "The Woman" was in the New World for 202 years, so 202 more years must run until the opening of the Heavenly Book. We went through its chronology, and now are ready for its Climax. John describes the Climax in 202 verses. (Chapters 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, and 12 verses of the last chapter.)
Daniel received a vision of the end of the Seventy; then he sealed the Seventy (Daniel 12:4). After that someone else asked, "How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?" As this question should have come from Christian, how long will it take to reach this point: "... at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book." The answer is "that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.." Therefore, after the war in Heaven, Michael's victory should last for a set number of years (28 + 153 + 21), then a period of holy crusade should run until the end of the Church and the occurrence of the Resurrection. So, the last period which precedes the last seven from Daniel is the period of „the power of the holy people“ lasting about 153 years.
Activities of "The Woman" in the New World
God's purpose in this stage is to prepare people to evangelize to our world in the End Times. Groups of Baptists who do not receive baptism until they see the effects The Woman on themselves formed at the time of the Thirty Years War. Joseph Smith and Thomas Helwys (both Englishmen) formed the first Baptism congregation in 1609. In 1639, Roger Williams formed the first American Baptist congregation in Providence, Rhode Island. The Baptists grew rapidly in the United States. By the year 1666, four Baptist Churches existed in America.
Around 1652, George Fox called individuals to an inward experience with God. In colonial America, enclaves of Quakers existed in Rhode Island, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and western New Jersey.
The Moravians emerged one century before Luther, after the murder of Jan Hus. They called themselves the Brethren, but in performing their mission they were known, among the general populace, by the name of the place where their church was born. However, they could not remain there, and their last bishop, John Amos Comenius, died in 1670 in exile. The Moravians immigrated to South America in 1741.
The Methodists emerged later. John Wesley preached the Word in the second half of the eighteenth century in the territory of Great Britain, and Methodists came to the U.S. during Wesley's life.
Her Influence in the World
Since "The Woman" returned to the world, Light has come into our society. Universities, colleges and other schools have been founded, and have flourished. Manufacturing began to grow, new professions were created, and great achievements stimulated great societal progress in. Not only did peoples' minds become opened, but also the boundaries of the old world disappeared. People could sail to new continents. They could export their lifestyles to the barbarians, and learn about new things from other countries such as China or India.
The system of the Holy Roman Empire in Europe was practically ruined. During this period, The Hapsburg family sat on what was left of its throne, but the landlocked location of their capital city did not allow them to become a major player in the colonial wars on other continents. After the Spanish Branch of the Hapsburg family lost power, Austria became the bastion of the last so-called Holy Roman Emperors. They became weaker and weaker, and as such were forced to make significant reforms. Marie Theresa (1740-1780) and her son Joseph II (1780 -1790) became representatives of the Enlightenment there. Joseph II granted complete liberty of the press, and issued a toleration decree for Protestants. Modern society rose with the French Revolution (1789). The revolutionary idea of new constitutions for self-governing states spread all over the Western world.
These new "horses" needed new energy, and so people learned to harness the energy of wind, water and steam. Our society was on the verge of the Industrial Revolution by the end of this period. The societies of individual states also changed; new ideologies emerged, and people came together to form parties based on them. The global revolution in Europe had begun by the year 1848. Now weapons started to be used inside individual countries or states, or within unions of states. It appears that a huge spiritual power was moving both nations and groups in that year (1848). The process of creating the national constitutions was mostly completed in 1870, moving Europeans in the direction of "the Nation State." Citizens of these states decided who would rule them through elections; there would be no more dogma, no more monarchies. Where monarchies survived, they lost their absolute power, and were liberalized. The result of all these changes is that the "autumn" rain is about to flow; the evangelization of the world can begin.
In escaping the Dragon, "The Woman" fled overseas for the appointed time. They await her return from there. The last verse of the chapter confirms this, because it says: "I stood upon the sand of the sea." So, we wait for "The Woman" to arrive from overseas. Notice that some Bibles do not include this verse in Chapter 12, instead putting it with the first verse of the next chapter. Still, I believe these words should be in Chapter 12, because the issuing point to seven letters must be there.
The Enemies of the Church (Revelation 13)
The Church is composed of the people of eternal spirit and mortal flesh. Therefore, "The Woman" has two enemies. One is a spiritual enemy, harming the soul; and the other is a fleshly enemy, harming the flesh.
The Fleshly Enemy (Revelation 13:1-10)
The apostle John saw the Dragon thus: "And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name." This describes the ultimate manifestation of the Dragon's power. Such a manifestation might appear when the restrainer -- Michael -- was not present to restrain the Dragon's activities (2 Thessalonians 2:6-7).
We saw Herod as the first of the Dragon's men. He tried to use a sword to destroy the flesh of the Baby. Nero is, logically, the next of the Dragon's men. He was as insane as Herod and had great power over the world, and therefore was the Dragon's perfect tool against Christians.
A beast emerged from the sea. A countless gathering of souls takes place in the second world, which is what we call the place where the souls of dead people go. Because they are without bodies and form, we see them as a mass of water. I believe that the sea, as a symbol, fits them well. The gathering of spirits -- the spiritual substances of believers before the Resurrection -- appears to John also as a sea, but as a clean and transparent one belonging to God (Revelation 4:6).
Hence, the best tool of the Dragon is a man with power over the world, and open for possession by the spirits of dead men. Historically, the beast was also Hitler, and some men saw Nero in him. They derived this resemblance from Hitler's charisma in speech. (Nero liked to orate; he considered himself to be the best artist of his time.)
Revelation also speaks to this: "one of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed."
A sea gathers waters from the Earth. According to Revelation 17:15, the waters are peoples, armies, nations and languages. Therefore, I suggest that saying the beast is a man emerging from a mass of peoples is no significant violation of symbolic meaning. He is just one man emerging from among many such peoples. He is a monarch, a dictator; there is no democracy. My conclusion is that the Dragon requires regimes where democracy does not exist. Therefore, totalitarian regimes are likely to become the tools of the Dragon.
Historically, the Dragon used the Roman Empire against the Christians, and there were ten imperial Roman persecutions. These could be the ten horns of a Roman Empire (Revelation 13:1 and Zechariah 1:18-19). Then the popes established the Holy Roman Empire to serve as a tool for the interests of the Roman Church. This power's sword was used to destroy every group that wanted Christ Jesus as their lord. For instance, the Inquisition burned 400 people alive and killed 100,000 people in Lavour in one day, in A.D. 1211.
History shows us other powers unconnected to the Roman Church that wanted to be the superpowers of their eras. First came Napoleon Bonaparte, flying on the wings of the French Revolution. Then came Adolph Hitler, employing his concepts of fascism, and Stalin, using his concepts of Communism. Whom the End Times will use as the last tool of Dragon is not yet known. However, he should come to power after the Church ends, and thus after the Resurrection and the Rapture occur. Therefore I believe that Christians do not need to worry about him.
Once the Church has ended, the Dragon's activities will be directed only against the State of Israel, Jerusalem, and the Temple. From the words, "The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. . ." could be derived an understanding that the world superpower will occupy Jerusalem for 3.5 years. This should occur, as we have already seen, during the second "woe" in the last Scroll (Revelation 11:2).
The Spiritual Enemy (Revelation 13:11-18)
"Then I saw another beast, coming out of the Earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a Dragon." Earthly offices (those "coming out of the Earth") bring the next kind of the enemy. The Roman Empire brought the office of Christ Jesus to the Earth, and so to the material world. Emperors had cruel and devastating powers, which needed to be justified spiritually; and therefore they established the papal office.
The first Bishop of Rome was Innocent I. He called himself "the ruler of the Church of God," announcing his election in his letter to Thessalonica (A.D. 402). Besides there being a ruler for world, there now existed a ruler for the Church also; and therefore "The Woman" had to leave that Church. For her, the Ruler is He who is in the invisible world; and thus the Church was not Christ's Church any longer, but only the popes' church.
Innocent worked with great energy against heretics and schisms, and pressed for the persecution of unyielding Christians. His "supreme official authority" dissolved many disputes, but led the way to establishing the Dark Ages. Many popes thought that they could control people's moral lives. They said: the Church has the power to get a man into Heaven and keep him out of Hell. They took this dogma from pagan religions, where some priests had unique power over evil spirits, and could give souls peace in the future world if people obeyed them.
It went so far that people from Catholic Church began selling papal indulgences: that is, salvation for money. The purpose of this practice was to gain as much money as possible from rich and sinful men. Anyone who was not blinded by the power of papal mysteries had to be able to see that there was a beast working from the pope's throne. The Lord Jesus Christ paid for our salvation with His own life -- and now the Church was asking people to pay money for salvation. This was so strange to Christianity that any who could read the Bible (a practice denied to all but a few) could see that the popes were acting as tools of the Devil -- as beasts. For instance, in Bohemia, Jan Hus and other priests preached against such evil deeds. The Catholic Church condemned Hus to death at the Council of Constance (1415), though the Holy Roman Emperor and Catholic authorities had promised him that he would be allowed to travel and appear safety, if he would just come and explain his teachings. The rulers of the Church claimed that they ruled by Christ's authority (like a lamb); but in reality, they used the powers and evil tactics of a Dragon.
When the Roman Empire fell, the papal seat looked for a strong king to serve as a champion for Catholicism. Pope John XII put a crown on the head of German king Otto in the year A.D. 962. He and subsequent popes blessed the swords (weapons) of their armies, especially those marching to kill any Light coming into the Church, and into that world.
The popes called for crusades to defeat the Light inside Christianity first. For instance, when Jan Hus was excommunicated and burned at the stake, the whole nation felt that they were deceived, and rebelled against the papal seat. Crusading armies invaded the Bohemian (Czech) kingdom three times, and never won. However, if groups looking the truth inside Catholicism did not exist at a particular time, the Catholics used their swords to try to spread papal power over the rest of the world. Crusades were initiated against those outside the Church.
Pope Innocent III could be seen to represent the beast from the Earth. This can be derived from such devilish acts as the Children's Crusade (1212), in which thousands of children perished from hunger and disease, while the rest ended up as slaves in Egypt. He also extended the crusade idea to the suppression of the Albigensians.
This Devil incarnate formulated his own theory of papal power, holding that secular rulers must be subject to the Pope, just as the body must be subject to the spirit. Innocent III was equally successful in developing claims of papal authority over other nations. In A.D. 1208, he placed England under an interdict until King John yielded to him. He also put France under interdict, because King Philip II divorced his wife. (Innocent liked to interfere in marriages, forcing people to marry or divorce as he chose.) In both countries, all church services were forbidden, including burials. Can any Homo sapiens consider this man to be a true Christian?
This beast enacted into the Roman Church's laws the doctrine of transubstantiation, during the four Lateran Councils in 1215. From that point on, Catholics celebrated this change. According them, the Eucharist represents the supernatural phenomenon of "Transubstantiation." The bread and wine are truly transformed into the body, blood, soul and divinity of the Lord, while retaining the appearance of bread and wine.
Some of today's seers (e.g., Julia Kim) also experience this change. So religious teachings about giving life to something already exist. They celebrate also the representation of the Eucharist as the presence of Jesus. Many testify that merely by looking at it, they have been healed or received some other blessing from him. In approaching this image, some kneel; others fall on their faces.
The newest pope, Benedict XVI, has dedicated his pontificate to the Eucharist. He said in his first speech: "the Eucharist will be the center of World Youth Day ... also of the Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, whose theme will be: The Eucharist, source and summit of the life and mission of the Church. I ask everyone in the coming months to intensify love and devotion for Jesus in the Eucharist." Is not he preparing a way for a new beast?
In John's description, a beast should appear at the end of time, when the restrainer will no longer be there to restrain his evil activities. John shows him performing "great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from Heaven to Earth in full view of men…He ordered inhabitants of the Earth to set up an image ...that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed." This historical beast, in relation to members of the Church, required mandatory annual confession to a priest. This was so the Church could learn of every spark of Light among the people, so that crusades would no longer be needed.
The apostle John says: "He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name." Secret services do not need confession in order to collect information about their adversaries. Electronic communications allow them to eavesdrop. Some people have also suggested that we can now put a microchip under a person's skin in order to identify that person -- and maybe to eavesdrop too. "If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666."
If this is a man's number, then it could be his first and last name. "Nero Caesar" has the numerical value of 666 in Aramaic, John's native language. Yet if it is the number of an office that a man holds, then the pope's title -- Vicarius Filii Dei -- illustrates 666 with Roman numerals.
My Concluding Words to the Church
The Church entered the world, where Satan tried to destroy her using men with sword, and through the Devil's practice of placing pagans and pagan rites within Christianity. The Devil uses sinful popes to introduce faith in relics and prayers to dead people (sainthood cults, where most saints have special feast days on which they are commemorated). This climate of the Gospel continues until the opening of the Heavenly Book. John describes the Devil's practices during the "autumn rain" in seven letters to the churches.
The final appearance of the evil in both forms will result from the removal of "restrainer" from the Earth until the Second Coming. Therefore, we will meet with them again.
Historically, the papal seat did not have beasts, since Napoleon refused to carry a sword for their sake. Therefore, the popes could not exercise the authority of the first beast and make the Earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast.
The first task of the Messiah (as we have already seen) was to get humans from every nation, tribe, people and language into Heaven. His second task was to establish God's rule on the Earth, through His return and acquisition of power in both the material world and invisible worlds. Therefore, both angelic powers and His men begin the Second Coming. John shows both angels and 144,000 men on the Earth at the end of the first task in the seventh chapter of Revelation.
Now is the time to say more about them.
The Men of the Second Coming (Revelation 14:1-5)
John saw "the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000." Christ Jesus's entrance to Jerusalem and the Temple cannot be hidden; indeed, it should be a triumphal entry (see John 12:12-16). Therefore, many men and women in flesh should be ready to take a part in this event. They are many indeed. Some 144,000 are prepared to cry: "Blessed is the King of Israel, that comes in the name of God the Father."
For this event, the angels had sealed away 144,000 men before the Earth was damaged (Revelation 7:1-4). Therefore, none may place them in Heaven, as they were not there; they were sealed away. Still, some teachers see them as being somewhere other than where the apostle John sees them. They see them in Heaven, because they do not understand the symbolic meaning of their sealing. So now, the Lord returns with his 144,000 to explain more about them.
The reason these 144,000 were sealed away was to keep them safe for the Second Coming. I conclude this because they and Jesus are on the Earth -- Mount Zion. So, the seal of God on them identifies them as belonging to God, and under His care until this moment.
What is this seal on their foreheads? I derive its nature from their activities. Their activity is to "sing a new song before the throne." This is where the misunderstanding comes from, and some teachers add to this text that they stand at the Throne in Heaven. But does not the Bible teach us that the voices of God's servants in flesh, who had been redeemed from the Earth, are coming to the Throne in Heaven? Where were voices of the disciples heard on the Pentecost? So, let us look at consequence of baptism by Holy Spirit.
Baptism by Holy Spirit means that one receives a part of the second Being of the Trinity, and so a part of God the Holy Spirit. The place of God the Holy Spirit is on the Throne and around the Throne. Therefore, if person in flesh on the Earth prays and praises the Lord by the Holy Spirit, his voice is heard at the Throne in Heaven. If there are many who do this, then it sounds like "the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps."
The conclusion is that these believers are baptized by the Holy Spirit. This does not mean that they are newborn in Christ Jesus, because the seal is placed on their foreheads so that they could remember the words of their song. "No one was able to learn that song except the 144,000 people who had been redeemed out of the world." And if angels put the seal of the living God on them (Revelation 7:2), then they should use the angelic language.
Some religious groups as the Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh-Day Adventists and others claim a sole relationship to the 144,000. However, I conclude that the 144,000 do not belong to any denominations or sects from these words: "These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure." One problem observed with religious groups is essentially the same problem many men have with women. A husband should love his wife. However, a man can so love his wife that he neglects other women. Similarly, many religious groups are so strongly bound into the Earth's organization of their church that they cannot notice any of the Lord's movements outside their denomination. In response, they see them as ugly and call them the works of the Devil.
If you want to be among the 144,000, you need to "follow the Lamb wherever he goes." You need not follow your denomination's teachings, but you do need to follow Him; do so, and no lie is found in your mouth; you are blameless. If "they were purchased from among men and offered as first fruits to God and the Lamb," then their spiritual orientation is to Christ Jesus and to God. John speaks of 12,000 for each tribe in Israel. Society used to call these people "Messianic Jews." Still, they should not seal everyone within this faith, because many Messianic Jews follow the teachings of men, which disqualifies them. ("They follow the Lamb, not men's teaching").
Angels have already been active in the crusade for the Gospel. But as God's servants, they certainly have other task as well. Let us look, then, at the situation from their view -- at an angelic climax.
Every army must know what it marches for; this is true even of God's armies.
According to the New Testament, the Church's crusade doctrine is to take power over the Earth. The first step to it is "that proclamation would be made, in His name, of repentance and forgiveness of sins to all the nations" (Luke 24:47). Those who do not accept this message will not be included among God's chosen. So, the goal of the first crusade is to emplace God's in every nation. Whoever accepts the Gospel will be saved; whoever does not will suffer and perish.
The apostle John symbolizes the first angelic task with his vision of "another angel flying across the sky, carrying the Good News of the Ages to tell to every nation, tribe, language and people, among those who live on the Earth." From this, it appears their first action should be to spread the Gospel. Some readers take this literally, believing that angels will go among the people to preach them the Gospel. However, this is impossible because the MAN HAS BROUGHT THE GOSPEL into world; men received the commission to spread it (Matthew 28:19). Therefore, only humans can do this job (1 Corinthians 15:21; see also Acts 10). Cornelius experienced an angel's attempt to spread the Gospel, but the angel did not preach him the Gospel directly; he told him to call upon the man (Peter) for this purpose.
The first intention of angels is to be helpful everywhere, wherever men and women can preach the Gospel. The symbolic meaning of these words is that angels should care for "The Woman" and not allow her to be persecuted. We live in times when the Gospel is free in democratic states. No one may command anyone else to worship another god, as Jeroboam and some authors of the Dark Ages did. Still, this should continue only until the Rapture, and thus to the end of the Church, until the end of the Sixth Scroll.
The Second Angelic Task
The second angelic commission begins after the first is completed. "And another, a second angel, followed, exclaiming, "Great Babylon has fallen, has fallen -- she who made all the nations drink the wine of the anger provoked by her fornication."" To proclaim the eternal Gospel to every nation, tribe, language, and people is possible only if freedom is loose in the world. Democracy gives people freedom. As democracy spread, so spreads the Gospel. Some power should lead the democratic world. If the Gospel should be victorious, then so should democracy; and so the strongest country in the democratic world should be the one superpower in the world. Also, there should be a capital city for the world.
The Bible uses the word Babylon to represent the world's superpower. For instance, Peter uses the word Babylon for the capital city of the Roman Empire (1 Peter 5:13). According to the language of Babylonian and Assyrians, Babylon means a gate of God. Many people think this represents the United States; it is the leading world power in democracy, and thus in our world. Also, all major Christian activities (printing Bibles, sending missionaries, etc.) have originated from there.
Because we need freedom for the Gospel, the Devil might misuse this freedom. Jesus foretold this occurrence in the parable of the weeds (Matthew 13:24-29 and 36-42). However, we should not try to eliminate the Devil's plants, because this may keep Christians from spreading the Gospel. For instance, Christians march for Jesus in many cities. The Devil's children do the same, and lesbians and gays march publicly also. In order to stop lesbian and gay marches, the leaders of some cities forbid all marches. Thus in removing the weeds, they root up the wheat also.
With this parable, Jesus said that the evil practices of Babylon will be punished when God harvests the good grain. This agrees with the teaching of the Gospel: "avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, says the Lord" (Romans 12:19). So once the Gospel has reached all corners of the world, the revenge of the Gospel will come. It is impossible that God's Word would return unto Him void (Isaiah 55:6-11).
Therefore, where men preached the Gospel and it was not accepted, the angelic second commitment comes into play: the angels must punish the unbelievers there. They were already aware of this during the first task ("Fear God and give Him glory, because the time of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made sky and Earth, the sea and the water-springs"). Peter says that the judgment must begin first at the House of God (1 Peter 4:17).
The second angelic task is to punish Babylon. The superpower is the first on the list of those to be punished. While they received angelic support and God's blessing, they also carried sin into the world -- specifically by making Satanic films and Satanic music. The rest of the world will suffer consequently, as the first five Trumpets sound the Wrath of the Lamb.
The Third Angelic Task
"And a third angel came after them, saying with a loud voice: 'If any man gives worship to the beast and his image, and has his mark on his brow or on his hand. To him will be given of the wine of God's Wrath which is ready unmixed in the cup of his wrath and he will have cruel pain, burning with fire....'"
This happened during the Seventh Scroll, when the Church disappeared. This begs the questions, who will preach these words? Are they angels, Christians or Jews? Some Christians (those who remain faithful to Jesus) will remain on the Earth, because their belief was external, only from teaching. Many Jews also will be faithful to God (i.e., they will obey God's commandments) and altogether, they will number at least 144,000. John shows two witnesses preaching. In any case, angels will be at their side, which will turn people to God.
The Harvest (The Angel with the Sickle)
We should include this task with the third task, because John did not give any number to the next angel with the sickle. From the words ""Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them"" it could be derived that it is time for the harvest. The next task, then, is to separate the wheat from the tares, or to separate the just from the wicked (Matthew 13:49). The harvest should occur three times, as three commands were used in ancient Israel.
"Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the Earth is ripe" (Firstfruit).
Another angel came out of the temple in Heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle (Pentecost).
Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the Earth's vine, because its grapes are ripe (Sukkoth, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, marks the end of the harvest season -- specifically, the vintage and fruit harvest).
The last harvest also brings Christ Jesus to the Earth in the Second Coming. Angels will separate those harvested lastly (the just from the wicked), and 144,000 will welcome Christ Jesus upon His entry into Jerusalem.
The Crusade for the Gospel began with God's decision at the Heavenly session (Revelation 5). So, when the last seven of the Seventy intended for Israel is about to start, God's decision for it must come at that point. God gave the Seventy to the people of Israel. They stopped its operation more than 2,000 years ago by killing the Messiah; and therefore, they must do something so that God might decide whether their Seventy should begin running again.
The last seven should begin with the Seventh Trumpet of the Heavenly Book, because the apostle John sees "seven angels with the seven last plagues -- last, because with them God's Wrath is completed." Then he sees the souls of dead people. "I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire." This sea of souls is different from the transparent and clean sea viewed at the opening the Heavenly Book (Revelation 4:6). The fire in this sea represents the souls' zeal for God in their fight against the evil. Some believed they would be saved without any zeal (fire) for confrontation. They are many, because many people died -- at least two-thirds during the first "woes."
They are going to be resurrected because the door for Resurrection is open. John sees the resurrected ones "standing beside the sea." This agrees with setting the last seven from Daniel into the Chronology. The angel holding them had his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the land (Revelation 10:2). Therefore, the climate for the start of Daniel's last seven is the harvesting of the world, the separation of the just from the wicked, and the resurrected of the chosen ones. The saved and resurrected are present because they "had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name."
"They held harps given them by God and sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb." They are believers in Moses, so they must be Jews. They are also believers in Christ Jesus. That is, Christians and Jews harvested in the first and second harvests will be resurrected and praising God at this time.
"After this I looked and in Heaven the temple, that is, the tabernacle of the Testimony, was opened. Out of the temple came the seven angels with the seven plagues."
Their song gets a response from God. Because Jews believe God's Throne was in the Temple or the Tabernacle, the Temple is opened. When the Temple starts to open again, this means God acts for Israel to be returned to Jerusalem and to its Temple. He has just started on the way there.
The Israelis are the people of God, because God chose their forefathers. If they are the people of God, then God should dwell among them. He already dwelt among them (the Glory of God entered the Temple or the Tabernacle), and then they sinned. He left them, and promised to return after seventy times seven. Sixty-nine sevens passed until the Crucifixion; and now it is time for the last seven to start. Could this represent the beginning of the final events? The Temple begins to open, and so the last events for Israel must start also. Yet the Temple does not belong to Christianity -- it is Judaism's.
"Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of God, who lives for ever and ever." If you compare God's decision for the Wrath of the Lamb (Chapter 8) with these words, you see that God now makes a second decision for the world to be punished. Now the punishment comes not through the Lamb (the Wrath of the Lamb) but through Him who lives forever and ever (God's Wrath). He decided this early, because he saw the Bride of His Son, who had been mistreated in her birthplace (Christians and unborn babies were killed, among other abuses).
Now God the Father sees the murdered Jews and the believers in Jesus, and the zeal for the Coming of the Messiah during the rule of the last beast, and therefore the judgment comes upon him and his world. So God's Wrath is triggered because they tried to block the building of the Temple, and to abolish the Temple's services.
The fact that God's Wrath in included in Chapter 16 of Revelation leads many scholars to believe that the chronology of the Heavenly Book is still running at this point. So a question arises, why is God's Wrath detailed not in the Chronology, but in the Climax of the Heavenly Book?
As I have already said, God the Father had already decided on the punishment of the world because of the Gospel, and it was carried out by the first "woe." This is how he closes the New Testament. Time still runs, and some "postponed" Christians still exist. However, history is no longer advancing because of them. God's actions now mostly involve bringing Old Testament affairs to a close (God's promises to the patriarchs of Israel, various prophecies, Daniel's Seventy and the like). Therefore, He has evaluated the relation of the world to His actions in Jerusalem.
God's Wrath is more closely related to events that began twenty-five centuries ago (during the times of David and Solomon) than to events that began to run during the opening of the Heavenly Book (or from the birth of the Church). "You have so judged; for they have shed the blood of your saints and prophets." At any rate, God's Wrath also has its place in the Chronology of the Heavenly Book (God the Father is its Author) and because the last Scroll ends with the words, "The nations were angry; and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great -- and for destroying those who destroy the Earth. Then God's temple in Heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an Earthquake and a great hailstorm."(11:18-19)
As shown to John in Chapter 10, the seven angels pour God's Wrath out during the sounding the Trumpet of the Seventh Angel, which is the last in the Heavenly Book. John sees a mighty angel robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. He appears at the behest of God the Son, and so carries His authority. For the last Scroll, God the Son gave His authority to seven angels, and this is the last. God the Son took the Heavenly Book, and no one else can lord over the events written there, if he is not clothed in His authority.
The angel also spoke in God's authority: he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion. When He spoke, seven thunders spoke. God's judgment should have been derived from the seven thunders. The apostle John could not write about them - "Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down." It should mean that God's Wrath is not because the New Testament but because the Old Testament; God's Wrath is not because the Gospel but because Jerusalem and its Temple.
In any case, seven angels pour out God's Wrath, as the last angel sounds the Trumpet.
The world was created, and therefore must someday end. Everything running in time must also end, because eternity replaces it. The world is now under in Satanic influence (Luke 4:6) and will be put into hands of Christ Jesus and then, after thousand years, the end can come.
Governments (lords) govern in the world. They can incline now to Satan or to Christ Jesus. However, the time will come when the world will have only Christ Jesus as its lord. Therefore, let us look at the world in climax order.
God's angel names the spirituality of the world "the great prostitute, who sits on many waters." Where "the waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages." If spirituality is the prostitute, then it should not have any dogmatic orientation; so the spirituality of the world changes according to its needs. Now, we are in the New Testament for Christians, so the Author of the Book followed this priority.
The Red Dragon having seven heads and ten horns (Revelation 12:3) maintains her spiritual orientation. When a man exists who may serve as a tool to this Dragon, she grants him spirituality to be more powerful; she sits on this beast, and is dressed in scarlet as the beast. She is his goddess.
Certainly, this spirituality wants to have its bastion where there is a world power, so it should reside in a capital city or in a capital state of a world kingdom. Therefore, her title is "Mystery Babylon the Great, the mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the Earth." Then the Lord speaks: “The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth," and "The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits." These lead to Rome and spirituality coming from this city.
The spiritual orientation of this city is toward defeating The Woman, so she can destroy those Christians testifying about spiritual rebirth. Hence John sees her "drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus."
The peak of such action occurs in the times when Rome ruled over the kings of the earth. This occurred during the Roman Empire, when the beast (Emperors) sat there. Julius Caesar enshrined her as Venus Genetrix, the ancestor of his own family. She was also worshiped in imperial Rome as Venus Felix, bringer of good luck; Venus Victrix, bringer of victory; Venus Verticordia, protector of female chastity; and Venus Libentina, patroness of sensual pleasure. Emperors killed Christians because they did not worship them as to be gods. And so they neither worshiped any goddess.
Then she ruled that world through the Roman Catholic Church as the queen of Heaven. Mary, also called Madonna, was goddess of Rome. The cult of Mary persecuted people just for being the offspring of The Woman (Revelation 12:17).
Revelation tells us, "they are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while. The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction." I believe this means that the world has had seven ruling kingdoms (Empires), and that the last one will bring the beast into the world.
But this notion of seven kingdoms conflicts with the book of Daniel. Daniel tells of four empires rising in the world before the saints receive their kingdom (Daniel 7:16-18). They should have been the Babylonian, the Medians and Persians, the kingdom of Alexander III, King of Macedonia (which split into four kingdoms; Daniel 7:6), and the Roman Empire. If the inhabitants of the Earth will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come, then the Roman Empire would be the last kingdom. Afterward, the saints will take the reins of power. So Daniel is correct that Roman Empire will be the last.
The Book of Daniel compares the world kingdoms next, after the explanation of the Seventy (see chapter 11). Then there is a big jump, a long black hole, and back to the Light. He speaks of the final victory over Satan, and the taking up of power by the saints.
The black hole in the Book of Daniel, which covers thousands of historical years, testifies Biblically that Daniel did not prophesy anything about the history of Christianity. However, Daniel's words about the Seventy serve to bridge the historical years not covered in the book (Daniel 10:14). Yet he did not cover the years between the Crucifixion (the end of the 69 x 7) and the beginning of the last seven introduced in Revelation 10. So explaining the New Testament's Revelation by Daniel is a dark and difficult job.
Therefore the world can easily have more empires than Daniel speaks of. Daniel did not see them, because were in a blank spot in his view. Historically, in the world of Christianity there was the Roman Empire; the Holy Roman Empire; then Napoleon of France, who tried to be an Emperor, and then Hitler of Germany. But Hitler lived in the times of the White Power -- the times of the Heavenly Book and did not win.
When Daniel saw the final destruction of the last empire, he noticed "the rest (first three) of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time." (Daniel 7:12, where a season could be as in Revelation 12:6 and a time as in Revelation 12:14). Must we believe that those three kinds of empires occurred in the age of Christianity, before the End Times? If yes, then the first, which is like a lion having heart of a man, could refer to the Roman Empire of the Emperor Constantine (Christians were not persecuted, for he was considered a Christian). The second, like a bear holding three ribs, could refer to the Holy Roman Empire, which was dominated by kings of German, French and Spanish extraction. And then a leopard: Napoleon was defeated by four heads (the Russian, Austrian, Prussian and Anglo-Dutch armies). Austria, France, Spain and Great Britain became powerful kingdoms thereafter.
"The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast." I suggest that the ten kings acquiring power refer to a union, so let us assume that this is the EU. Although the budding empire in Europe is a union of more than 10 states, I still think that the final Empire will be EU. I think ten refers to the ten lost tribes of Israel, which were taken into Assyria and then went on across the mountains and migrated to the west, so as to populate central and western Europe.
This empire led by the beast "will make war against the Lamb (the Messiah), but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings -- and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers." Then the angel said, "the beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire."
This happened historically in the years 1848-1870, when the European states rejected Rome influence on their national governments. Between 1860 and 1870, the Papal States of central Italy were incorporated into the new Kingdom of Italy. Vatican City lying within the Italian capital city of Rome has become the central government of the Roman Catholic church. Yet Vatican does not rule over kings of the earth.
We know from the Chronology of the Heavenly Book that the Crusade took place under the victorious movement of the USA. The Scrolls were not critical of the USA until the end of the Church; then the Lord's judgment caught them unawares. So, let us look at the USA through hindsight.
An angel shouted: "Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!" The capital city of democracy fell. One might suppose that it fell because it was not needed anymore. The next logical thought could be that it fell because the workers for the Gospel were taken -- that is, raptured. Therefore, it is now a dwelling place only "for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird."
Calling "Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to Heaven, and God has remembered her crimes" could be the calling of the Rapture. Or it could be the last call for repentance. Whoever repents will be raptured. Some might believe that this is a call to move out of the USA. Still, where can they go if the whole globe is going to suffer? Only if they belong among the 144,000 must they move in direction to Zion.
If the just are taken from a territory, then the wicked remain. Or, if the wicked should die, then their spirituality remains. Hence, the spirituality of many Americans is demonic and full of animal desires (a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird). For instance, if gays or lesbians were to open their eyes to see the parasitic beings giving them desires for their unclean deeds, they would have been shocked at the awful creatures that haunted their bodies.
The main sin of Babylon is that "all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the Earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the Earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries." Zechariah showed a woman in a basket (Zechariah 5:5-11). This basket went to Babylonia, where she had a house, a bastion for her activities. This woman used the air to spread her wickedness. She used two more women as well (i.e., womanly characteristics). They were her woman's beauty and woman's voice (image and voices).
I conclude that the center for the making new gods, idols, and wickedness is in the United States. We may specify Hollywood or Los Angeles as her city or house. Filmmakers produce films with unreal beings and worlds, and broadcast them from there. A basket might represent a television. People watch these baskets for pleasure; they go to sleep and get up by its pictures and sounds. People are full of her. Their brains and souls are washed or filled with her. If people are full, they are not free for other things, and so they are not free to receive God's spirit.
Many sects have their bastions there. They attempt to change what a person thinks and believes systematically. One proclaims that Mary is his queen of Heaven, while others say Jesus is God the Father, or that Jesus is not God, but a human. Others say that there is not any god because god is just a word, or that the rider on the white horse is the Antichrist. People spread unreal pictures and blasphemy from America into the world, and make money from it. ("The merchants of the Earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.")
The world pays them for their films, pictures, books, and CDs, and now God's reward comes. "Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done. Mix her a double portion from her own cup. Give her as much torture and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself." USA is also the world's economic superpower. But merchants will lose their incomes, as it is said, "the merchants of the Earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more."
From the words, "then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: "With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again,"" it can be understood that the sea will swallow some part of the Earth's surface. A common expectation is that California should suffer so. Also, the words "The music of harpists and musicians, flute players and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again," might point in the direction of Hollywood.
Only the last verse brings any doubt about this identification of Babylon. The words are: "In her was found the blood of prophets and of the saints, and of all who have been killed on the Earth." This does not fit the USA, if we think only symbolically. Blood means lives, and symbolical meaning is, if believers return to the evil they are lost, killed; they are not able to live for Heaven. Demonic practices and porno pictures have already killed many believers. Or, it could be that the evil ones performed their deeds elsewhere, but built their pagan and Satanic bastions in American territory. We know that many cults and sects have arisen in the USA. Their teachings have been used to foment hate against Jews and Christians and the governments in favor of them. Certainly they hate the government of the USA, because it does not allow the persecution of Christians. To them, the government of the USA is the Antichrist, or Satan.
I think the best understanding of this verse would be if we were to consider that the world has still another superpower, and so another capital city. I suggest that Babylon in God's Wrath will be the capital city of the EU. If the Wrath of the Lamb punishes the USA, then the EU should be punished more. Many people of the Early Church were killed in Europe.
Here, then, is the final judgment of God's Wrath. The last bowl of God's Wrath will be to punish every country fighting against Jerusalem.
We understand that under God's Kingdom, there will be two situations prevailing: God's Kingdom on the Earth, and God's Kingdom in Heaven. Or, God's Kingdom on the Earth for a thousand years; and God's Kingdom in Heaven forever. To understand God's kingdom it is necessary to follow this order:
God's Kingdom must begin in Heaven, and therefore Revelation 19 starts with a Heavenly vision. John hears the song but do not see singers there. The words of the song are: "Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the Earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants."
It must be humans who pronounce these words. How is it possible for John to hear this song at God's Throne without humans there to sing it? Compare it to these words: "And I heard a sound from Heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders" (Revelation 14:2-3). We are hearing the 144,000, as they praise God that they were saved when the judgment fell upon the world.
The song continues. "And again they shouted: "Hallelujah!" The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever." If they mentioned twice the condemnation of the great prostitute, then she was punished twice: First before the Seventh Scroll (Hollywood), and secondly at the end of God's Wrath.
Now John sees that "the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne." Please, those of you who still see twenty-four men in those twenty-four, accept that they are not men. They now neither sing, nor need to bring human praises to God (Revelation 5:8-10). The believers sang, and they cried: "Amen, Hallelujah!"
Then a voice came from the Throne, saying: "Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both small and great!" How is it possible that commands come from God's Throne to praise God? This is possible only if God the Holy Spirit is commanding God's servants to praise God the Father. It commands the four living creatures that are also in the center and around the Throne (Revelation 4:6), and so it must be God the Holy Spirit commanding.
Then John hears the praises of God's servants ring out: "Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the Wedding of the Lamb has come, and His Bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear." The Lord's Bride does not sing this song, obviously. Although John did not mention angels, it must be they who are singing. Angels are God's primary servants. Some are higher in rank than others. If they hear the command of God the Holy Spirit to praise God the Father, they should do so wherever they are. So, not only are the voices of the 144,000 heard at the Throne though they are not there, but so are the voices of angels.
Humans are also God's servants, because when John intended to worship the angel, the angel said to him: "Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God!" From this statement, we can conclude that the humans from now and then are also God's servants. This means that they are going to serve God after the wedding banquet, but serving Him as to be His wife.
Here is their first commission: "I saw Heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. The armies of Heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean." Are there angels among them? John did not show angels in Heaven, and so they should not be there among this host of the Army. Earlier, angels stood by the Throne at the opening of the Book, in order to be sent to fulfill God's will as written in the Book (as reinforcements for Michael). Angels might be busy conducting the affairs of wars and harvesting the Earth. Therefore, these on the white horses are recruits just enrolled in God's Army. They are dressed in fine linen, white and clean, and so are not returning from battles or other commitments.
The result of their expedition is the final destruction of the evildoers, and the rescue of those left behind for the new Lord of the world. They were already performing this task in flesh, when they used faith. At the time, they believed that God's servants were nearby, to help or to save them in all situations. Now, they are going to save and to help other believers in God.
Christ Jesus takes the office of KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS (Zechariah 12). The old lords of the world see that "the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. The rest of them were killed."
The Lord enters Jerusalem. "The day of the LORD is coming when your plunder will be divided among you" (Zechariah 14). And so Lord Jesus comes. The Earth is the first one to welcome Him. The Mount of Olives will split open to form a very great valley; and half the mountain will be moved to the north, and half of it to the south. The light shall not be clear, nor dark in this day, without daytime and without nighttime. So, the Planet will not move on its axis.
The Lord will deliver the city and the people from all those nations fighting against Jerusalem. The people of Jerusalem will see The One who was wounded by their hands, pierced; their grief for him will be bitter, like the grief of one sorrowing for his oldest son. In that day there will be a great weeping in Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:10-14).
The power will take those awaiting Him for so long, those 144,000 who were sealed away and kept safe for this hour. The Lord Jesus Christ will be the King of the material world through them. After they are unsealed, they will work for the new order on the Earth, until others take their places or until they die. One of them will be a prince of the government, probably a prime minister.
The Lord Jesus Christ will show Himself as God the Son. "His voice was like the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with his glory." He will enter the Temple using the gate facing east. He will not return to the material world again. "Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place for the soles of my feet. This is where I will live among the Israelites forever" (Ezekiel 43:1-7). The outer gate of the sanctuary, the one facing east, "remains shut. It must not be opened; no one may enter through it. It is to remain shut because the LORD, the God of Israel, has entered through it. The prince himself is the only one who may sit inside the gateway to eat in the presence of the LORD" (Ezekiel 44:1-4). I understand that the governor of the world will come for advices from God in Christ Jesus. Therefore, he will talk with Him during the Sabbath for creation.
The spiritual healing will occur in the Temple. Priests will serve the people and help them to live a holy life. Ezekiel speaks of the Temple services, as does Zechariah: "In that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and to the people of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity." (13:1)
God needs to heal the material world. This healing will also come from the Temple, because waters will flow from the Temple and into the sea. "When it empties into the sea, the water there becomes fresh. Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live." "Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing" (Ezekiel 47 and Zechariah 14).
Hence, "the name of the city from that time on will be: THE LORD IS THERE" (Ezekiel 48:35).
Viewed from another angle, the impact of the Millennium is that no evil powers will be allowed to afflict Creation for a thousand years. Therefore, the angels should bind them for this period; in a sense, the evil powers shall be put in jail. The apostle John sees "an angel coming down out of Heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the Dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years."
Some new beings in the likeness of angels must inhabit the invisible world of the Earth. These new beings are "those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years."
Here you will not find those who disliked God's rule, because the next verse tells us; "The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended."
Some of these new beings are set higher than others, because John sees "thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge." So, they will judge and rule the material world from the invisible world. They should not be without Christ, and so He will be with them. They cannot die again because are resurrected; and neither can Satan deceive them.
And "when the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the Earth -- Gog and Magog -- to gather them for battle." None of those taking "part in the first Resurrection" can go to war against Jerusalem. They were already in the war for Jerusalem a thousand years ago. Therefore, these new nations must be Earthly beings, created beings -- men in flesh.
During the Scrolls the world will lose two-thirds of its population. The last third will be saved, although they must go through the fire (Zechariah 13:8-9). They will then repopulate and overpopulate the Earth at the end of a thousand years because, "in number they are like the sand on the seashore." Perhaps jealousy or the desire to carry God's blessing away from Jerusalem will lead others into this war against Jerusalem. "They marched across the breadth of the Earth and surrounded the camp of God's people, the city he loves."
Satan intention's in the last war on Earth is to destroy the Temple. "But fire came down from Heaven and devoured them." First they were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of Christ Jesus (i.e., He took power), and now they are destroyed by fire from Heaven (as Heaven or fire takes power over the Earth.).
Here the world ends, because the Earth is on fire. Creation needs a blue planet to survive, not a red one.
Science also tells us that fire will eventually devour the Earth. The fire will come from the Sun. The Sun is mostly made of hydrogen. In the Sun's core, the pressure and temperature are very high, due to the gravitation generated by its enormous mass. The high pressure and heat cause the nuclei of hydrogen atoms to fuse and form heavier atoms. This fusion produces massive amounts of energy, mostly as heat and light.
This new fire coming from the Sun can be compared to fire on the Earth. If we burn a huge heap of soaked wood just in its center, soon the fuel there will be gone, and then the outside wood may sink down, or we may push it to the center. Because this incoming wood is already dry and hot, it makes a bigger fire. A higher temperature occurs in the fireplace, and given the opportunity the fire will spread. So, we will get a huge fire in the second step of burning our fuel.
We can anticipate this as the second step of burning hydrogen in the Sun. When the hydrogen in the core burns out, gravity will crush the core and initiate the burning of the initial products of stellar combustion (usually helium). This will make the fire bigger, so that the heat output will be huge.
According to Isaiah 30: 25-33, "And the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times greater, as the light of seven days."
The nuclear fusion of two atoms of hydrogen to make one of helium (in atomic weights, 1 + 1 = 2) produces energy with a value 2.3 million electron volts (MeV). This fusion can bring the interior temperature of the Sun to more than thirteen millions degrees Celsius (13.6 million Kelvins, or MK). Some sources cite a core temperature of 15 MK for our sun. As the stellar evolution continues, new fuel is burned; then the fusion of hydrogen and helium atoms (1 +2 = 3) makes 5.4 MeV of energy. However, we need more heat and pressure to get this reaction running. These products can burn further.
The fusion of an atomic nucleus having three atomic particles needs a higher pressure and a temperature seven times higher (100 MK) than the initial fusion of hydrogen to helium. This will begin only when the reaction 1+1 runs outside the core, causing a higher temperature and pressure inside the core, so that the first products of fusion will begin to burn.
The reaction of 2 + 2 = 4 produces 23.6 MeV. I conclude that next step of the Sun's cycle may produce seven times more heat. Seven times more heat would cause quick evaporation of Earthly waters. They would then condense as water or hailstones high in the atmosphere, and rain down on Earth. Therefore, "when the towers fall, streams of water will flow on every high mountain and every lofty hill." Here the words "the towers fall" should not refer to the fall of mountains and hills; it refers instead to the "fall" of products of the first nuclear reaction inside the center of the Sun.
Because the reactions now run outside the core as well (in what is today called the radiation zone), the Sun must increase in its volume: the Sun will expand into a Red Giant. This Red Giant will grow to be so large in diameter that it will devour the inner planets of the solar system, including the Earth, or to reach the Earth. The Biblical description of this is as so: "See, the Name of the LORD comes from afar, with burning anger and dense clouds of smoke; his lips are full of wrath, and his tongue is a consuming fire. His breath is like a rushing torrent, rising up to the neck." Waters destroyed the first world, but now "the present heaven and Earth are reserved for fire" (2 Peter 3:7). "The LORD will cause men to hear his majestic voice and will make them see his arm coming down with raging anger and consuming fire, with cloudburst, thunderstorm and hail."
The change of temperature should also cause increased movement of the lithosphere -- that is, the tectonic plates on which the continents of Earth ride. Their movement (specially upon reaching the hot core) should generate an awesome sound. "Topheth (the Hell) has long been prepared; it has been made ready for the king. Its fire pit has been made deep and wide, with an abundance of fire and wood; the breath of the LORD, like a stream of burning sulfur, sets it ablaze." The king should be Satan, who will rule on such Earth. High temperature must set combustible matter on fire, and where there is no combustible material, the incoming hydrogen from the Sun will burn, reacting with oxygen wherever it is be found. If it says that Hell will be deep and wide, then it should be at least 300 million kilometers in diameter.
My conclusion is that the Hell, or the Lake of Fire, is real, and will occur on the Earth when the Sun expands into a Red Giant. Therefore, the Lake of Fire is the next stage of the Earth's evolution. The Earth will become a part of the Lake of Fire. This means the death of any Earthly life, and therefore the Bible calls it also the second death. Satan and his servants will live there as in the desert, in searing heat.
When Revelation says, "And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever," then this could happen when the Sun expands to engulf the Earth. This clarifies the logic of why Satan and His followers were released to come back on the Earth. The Earth will be a ship for them to sail into the Red Giant, into the Lake of Fire.
How will things resolve for the other beings on Earth? Well, since Creation will have ended, so also will the need for humans to remain in flesh. They cannot remain forever as spirits or souls, either, since this is just the Creation level of the Kingdom. They will need to exchange their created forms for their eternal forms, and so they will be resurrected into the eternal form.
The duty of any master whose project has been realized is to examine it. So it is with God's Creation. The Bible calls this the Great White Throne Judgment: "I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books."
"The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done." Here we see mention of Hades -- what might be the temporal and temporary Hell for evil beings and souls awaiting the final judgment, waiting for the Lake of Fire. "Then death and Hades were thrown into the Lake of Fire. The Lake of Fire is the second death." Death is destroyed now, not at the beginning of the Millennium. This means that people will have been coming into life and dying from the beginning, from Adam until the advent of the Lake of Fire.
The Creator initiated His creation using His Power. At first, God decided just to convert energy into matter. (The theory of the Big Bang does not allow for the existence of any matter at the very beginning of time, because matter could not have existed as such in the infinitely hot, infinitely compressed point that would expand to form our universe.) Matter is, in a sense, condensed energy. An atom is among the smallest units of matter. Its nucleus carries the mass of an atom. A nucleus is about one ten-thousandth of the diameter of the atom itself. Therefore, matter consists of much more emptiness than the universe. There are very small subatomic particles in nuclei called protons or neutrons, and almost all the mass of the entire atom is concentrated in them, just as most of the mass of the solar system is concentrated in the Sun. As celestial bodies (including the Earth) orbit the Sun, so too do electrons (which have almost no mass) orbit around an atom's nucleus.
If you look even closer the nucleus of an atom, you find that the protons and neutrons consist of nothing more than energy, quanta energy concentrated in three quarks. Does this not reflect both eternity and the Trinity?
In the nuclei of atoms, there exist the strong nuclear forces, which are not used naturally except in nuclear reactions. However, the force holding together the universe is hidden somewhere within them. This power is called gravity. It holds us onto the Earth, binds us to the Sun, and thence to our galaxy. God must have used gravity in the Creation of the Universe. Namely, the first words of the Bible say that there was already another beginning to the universe ("In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth").
Another force is electromagnetism. The particles that carry it are called photons. We may put the birth of electromagnetism and photons in the atomic nucleus. For instance, a neutron decays into a proton and an electron. Electromagnetism is practically bound to electrons. Photons always travel at the speed of light. If a photon (light) enters a medium and then continues on at its original speed, there is some delay; it appears as if the speed of light has changed. But speed of photons can never change. Continual absorption and re-emission of photons causes their delay. And I see in this our time, our timely world. This delay that we cause to light represents our own time.
Our time might be changed if we could modify this delay. This is possible if the medium moves; then the delay is less, because during absorption and reemission of photon, light travels also with the speed of the medium. If we cause less delay, less time passes and we live longer. For instance, some particles with short lives (e.g., mesons) survive longer if they travel close to the speed of light.
If the medium could travel at lightspeed, there could not be any absorption (a wheel in a wheel), and therefore there could not be any delay -- and so there would not be any time. Therefore, a timely being never could travel at the speed of light. Einstein demonstrated this, and his mathematic formulae do not allow for the existence of any means by which a person could travel at the speed of light. In other words, none may reach the speed of light.
On the Earth that already existed, God said, "Let there be light, and there was light. God saw that the light was good." God gave the unvarying speed to photons, so that He could see the influence of the matter on them. He observed the delay of light's speed because of the presence of matter. Now He could measure this delay, and so time came to be. (Photons are also a wave phenomenon used to transmit information of their source or re-emission from hit matter.) Nothing can escape from His view. Even at night some level of light or other electromagnetic radiation exists. (But less than in day, and therefore demons like to work at the night). If God registers delays from living matter, then He knows that an organism still lives; if its delay is on the way out, then it does not move in light, so he knows that it is dying. Therefore light, besides helping us see, also refers to our time.
The apostle John says: "I saw a new Heaven and a new Earth, for the first Heaven and the first Earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea." This new Earth and the new Heaven exist outside of time, because "the glory of God gives it light." So we will live in relation to God, and not in relation to electromagnetism. We will live directly from the energy coming from God.
The Lord tells us emphatically: "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End." If the beginning and the end lie in Him, then any delay (the time from Alpha to Omega) does not exist in Him. And so, any (created) time does not exist in eternity. I repeat, when we move in Him, there cannot be any delay. We should already, now, move in Him (Galatians 5:25; 2. Corinthian 5:17-18). If resurrected people move in God, then they shall also be free from gravity.
Angels, are also eternal beings. God could not make them timely beings, since they existed before time was created. Still, angels are created beings (Ezekiel 28:14-15), and so they should have been created in gravitation. Our world does not know which particle carries gravitation, though we can guess; scientists are looking for it, and have already named it the graviton. So for angels, gravitons could be something like photons are to us.
Gravitons operate differently than photons. Namely atomic particles oscillate like a mechanical oscillator (spring) and therefore they product the other kind of waves. They are not electromagnetic waves but as would be mechanical waves of any spring. Matter does not absorb them. When a graviton hits matter it moves more quickly through it than before, because atomic particles carry gravitons at higher speeds than normal for these particles. If a delay of photons causes time for us, then for gravitons, it is their acceleration that creates the angelic version of time.
Therefore, matter is a graviton accelerator: it transfers energy to gravitons as atomic particles oscillate. If matter gives the gravitons more energy, then they should move quicker after passing through matter. However, as with photons, I am assuming that the speed of gravitons remains constant. If this is so, then gravitons must accelerate matter. So gravitons force matter to move in the direction of an object radiating gravitons. And therefore we have the force we call gravitation that attracts all objects in the universe. Objects falling freely toward the ground experience a uniform acceleration due to gravity of the Earth.
Energetic matter is a source of photons. When an electron traveling in an orbit jumps in another orbit, a photon is emitted. An object radiating them is cooling -- shifting from an energy state to a lower one. Likewise an object radiating gravitons is in transition, oscillating from higher to lower energy levels (like a spring). Heavier particles and atoms have more "spring" strength (many springs) than lighter ones, and therefore gravitation depends upon mass. In any case, the decline of energy in the matter is the source of both photons and gravitons and we do not have any evolution, but rather a decline, according to the second law of thermodynamic.
So the Creator first used accelerating gravitons to create the universe. I believe that angels were created there, because I consider them to be higher (older) than men. In today's world, we see each other thanks to the delay of photons; beside us there exist angels and their world, where they "see" each other thanks to accelerating gravitons. This is why their world is invisible to us, and we are unable to see them.
We see because we are able to register photons with our eyes. God sees us because God the Holy Spirit is covered by eyes in front and back (Revelation 4:6-8). Angels see because they are able to register gravitons. They need membranes for their registration as we have tympanic membrane for hearing. Maybe therefore some men saw angels with wings. God could register them by wings (some kind of membranes) because God the Holy Spirit has many wings (24). Gravitons are emitted mostly from heavy particles, then they would come from items such as stones. Therefore the Bible describes Satan as a model of perfection, as a model of precious stones (some of which might be unknown to the Earth; Ezekiel 28:13-14). If angels see because of gravitons, then more gravitations means better sight; and so Satan is sometimes called the Son of the Dawn (Isaiah 14:12) -- a morning star, a cherub of light. "I expelled you, O guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones" (Ezekiel 28:16). The planet Venus, Earth's near-twin, might be his first dwelling place, because for us the Morning Star is Venus. Some occult teachings consider Venus to be the abode of some gods or of the Greek goddess of love, Venus.
After the angels God created time, and beings within time. These angels who followed God (moved in Him) would be advancing in another Creation. Those who did not did so because they wanted to stay with the original Creation. This suggests that if someone looks for spirituality in the Sun, Moon, planets and stars, they are looking for Satanic influence. Society has a name for this widespread practice: astrology.
When Satan and the other angels were thrown out of Heaven (that is, when they stopped moving in God), then could have been pulled down to Earth by gravity. The early Satan did not have any problems with gravity: see Job 1:7 and Revelation 12:4. But now we can see the Earth will pull him and the others into the Lake of Fire.
The common understanding is that the invisible world of the Earth does not know gravitation. But look, can the spirits of dead persons go anywhere in the universe, even to other galaxies? They cannot, they stay on the Earth. Yet the words of the Bible are: "The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them" (Revelation 20:13). Also, the spirit of Samuel went out from the earth (1 Samuel 28:13). When Christ Jesus opens the door for Eden, so people who pass away in Him go there? When Satan is hurled down on the Earth, he is not in the timely or visible world. He must remain in the invisible world, because he was not created for the visible world, and is now bound by the gravitation of the Earth forever.
Our basic interest in the world is to find and own houses in it, so that we have places to live. We also need places to live in Heaven. John reveals the city prepared for us there: its name is the New Jerusalem. The resurrected believers in Christ Jesus will dwell there. The Resurrection began before the end of the world, and therefore these resurrected ones should inhabit this city from the opening of the Seventh Scroll. The Bible calls this group "the wife of the Lamb." They should come to the Earth after the Wedding Banquet. This should be at the end of the last Trumpet, because "one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came" and showed "the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God."
We will see then whether Jerusalem will really be replaced. It is quite possible that God will just tunnel it into the Earth. In this tunnel time will no longer exist, so there will be no problems with speed, and there should not be no problems with gravitation. Our position will depend upon God the Son, because we will move in Him.
We understand that any city must be built upon land somewhere. If the city was built up in Heaven, in Heaven it should stay. Ezekiel (prophesying about the Millennium) saw the Glory of God to be on the Earth (the Temple) and connected (above) to the Throne in Heaven (Ezekiel 10). So, in moving in God ("The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp"), they will know no problem with distances. Our new address is: the New Jerusalem. Showing you your house there is not easy, because although the city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide, it was also just as high.
"Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them." Please read chapter 21 to learn more about this city prepared for the new inhabitants of Heaven.
God will disconnect New Jerusalem from the Earth when the Lake of Fire comes into being. God's Kingdom will now be under God the Father. I derive this because the Bible says first "the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp" and now "the Lord God will give them light." Now, we will live in the energy of God the Father.
At first, God the Son sat on the Throne in the Temple, and therefore reigned with Christ Jesus in the timely world. New eternal beings helped Israel to manage the world. Now, "the Throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city," so God the Father is on the Throne now, and therefore this refers to God's Throne in Heaven. The words of the apostle Paul, "then the end will come when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father … then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all" are accomplished now (1 Corinthians 15:24-28).
The Bible says also, "They will reign for ever and ever." So they are in eternity now, where time does not exist. They first reigned on the Earth for just a thousand years. When the Bible speaks of people reigning besides God, it points to small thrones or seats near God's Throne. God the Son had twelve such thrones during his rule on Earth. We saw twenty-four small thrones at the Throne of God the Father in Heaven from the beginning. If God the Son has now come onto God's Throne in Heaven, then His twelve small thrones (of the apostles) are there also. Altogether, there are thirty-six small thrones around God's. If they are spaced evenly around the Throne, then this number better fits a circle than the number twenty-four. The Twelve Princes of God the Son learned to rule on the Earth, and so advance to rule with God the Father.
"His servants will serve him." To serve originally meant to be priests. Now they are servants of God the Father. Our position will be the same as that of God's angels: we will simply be just God's servants. Yet to whom should we be priests?
"They will see his face." First they could not see His face directly; they had to have the Lamb between them and God the Father (see Revelation 7:9-10). Now they have advanced to be servants of God the Father, and He is clear in their site. "His name will be on their foreheads." Since they are in service of God the Father, they should work for Him, and so are under His authority. Therefore, His name must be seen on them, just as when they served God the Son and carried His authority on the Earth. (Words for the overcomers in the churches - Revelation 2-3.)
In earlier chapters and verses of Revelation, we saw 144,000 people with the seal of God on their foreheads, which made it so that no one could harm them, and so that they were able to have their voices heard at the Throne in Heaven. So, the same awaits us in Heaven. We will not have our places at the Throne, however, except for the twelve of us; we will have rooms in the New Jerusalem.
Life will be perfect there. "Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb." So, we must not afraid to be thirsty there, as are those dwelling in the Lake of Fire.
During the Millennium, the waters emerged from the Temple, because God the Son was there. Now He is on the Throne in Heaven and so from the water of life comes out. If I put together all the results of God the Son's energy (creation or evolution first, then making people have eternal spirits and then eternal flesh), then God the Son carries everything needed for life of God's beings. Waters "flow down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the Tree of Life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing." These trees should be similar to the Tree of Life in Eden (Genesis 2:9).
"No longer will there be any curse." First, we heard the individual curses of people and later their collective curses when all the nations rushed into the war to destroy Jerusalem. Now they have lost any connection to the Earth, where cursing will continue forever. (The Earth is in the Lake of Fire.)
The Concluding Words to God's Kingdom
"The angel said to me, "These words are trustworthy and true."" It is certain that the next servants of the Highest God should understand the words of this book. "Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book." If you believe that the time of the Second Coming of the Christ is coming, then I think you should understand the Book of Revelation.
The apostle John testifies, "when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, "Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers the prophets and of all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!"" He had already tried once to worship the angel when those of the Bride of the Lamb became the servants of God the Son. If he tried again, then another kind of service was introduced. They are now (and John will be also) servants of God the Father, just as the angels are. Worshiping anyone in God's Kingdom besides Him Who sits on God's Throne is impossible.
"Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, because the time is near." If the words are not sealed, then they are unsealed for everyone, and everyone can understand them. So, call on Christ Jesus so that you may receive the water of life from this book.
"Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right and let him who is holy continue to be holy."
"Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done."
The Lord's concluding words are: "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End." So, let us hear the words leading to these concluding word. The Blessing comes first: "Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the Tree of Life and may go through the gates into the city." Then the warning comes not to falsely teach His book; that its, there should be no new and false prophets. Zechariah has already shown us the fate of false prophets at the Lord's coming. The prophet's relatives and students will destroy him for misleading them (Zechariah 13:2-6). Their excuses that they were just teachers, preachers, publishers, authors, redactors, or otherwise just workers for Revelation will not help them.
Although every (independent) human, from increased movements on the Earth and in the world, understands that the Book of Revelation is open, false workers fight against this reality. They add to Revelation what is not there: that the first horseman is the Antichrist, that the Rapture occurs before the opening of the Book, that the Book covers only seven years, and much more. The Lord says, "warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book."
False workers take from the chronology of Revelation the Rapture and Resurrection (Revelation 7:9-10) before the unsealing of the seventh Scroll. But the Bible says, "And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the Tree of Life and in the holy city, which are described in this book."
Many deny that Christ Jesus and the apostle John are the most perfect of authors, and consider their book to be a labyrinth of thoughts. Others use Revelation for inspiration to display their mystified identity (they picture a wild rider on a white horse). So they look for a new prophet to reveal the Revelation.
The Lord wants everyone to repent, especially should those who try to put dirty clothes on the rider on the white horse, because the white horses are coming soon to take their revenge.
The Last Words of the Author are:
"Behold, I am coming soon! Amen!"
The last words of the coauthor, the apostle John, are:
"Come, Lord Jesus."
I am sure that the beginning of this book, my discussion of the letters to the churches, did not look very conclusive to the casual reader. However, what are you saying now, when the Lord ends the Book, and the world, with the Climax of God's kingdom? Is it not a good idea to take up the Book of Revelation and read it again from the very beginning? Surely the Lord will bless you by opening your eyes to new discoveries.
I am only a man, as John the Baptist said: "A man can receive only what is given him from Heaven. He must become greater; I must become less." "He is the greatest author; I must become less in your eyes."
"The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the Earth belongs to the Earth, and speaks as one from the Earth. The one who comes from Heaven is above all." The author from above is above all authors of the Earth. Therefore, we must not read any book of any Earthly author more often than Revelation.
"He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony."
"The man who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful."
"Whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him." (John 3:27-36). "The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God's people."