Revelation 11

Revelation 11

Revelation 11 is exciting from the stand point of all the details God gives us. Plus, keep in mind Revelation 11 is still within the 6th trumpet judgment and falls under the second of three woes.

Not only does God tell us about our spirit man being our breath of life but he identifies specific places and draws a time line. If people during that time know the scripture they know exactly what will happen next. Plus, a rapture is clearly identified, but not a rapture of the church here. God even explains some symbols and notice God says things are known literally and “spiritually”.  This chapter has a lot of “meat”.

Let me suggest divide the chapter by topics and then fit under each topic what specifically happens and time frames. Here is Revelation chapter 11.

Revelation 11:1-19 KJV  ” And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
[2] But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
[3] And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
[4] These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
[5] And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
[6] These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
[7] And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
[8] And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
[9] And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
[10] And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
[11] And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
[12] And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
[13] And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
[14] The second woe is past; and , behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
[15] And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
[16] And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
[17] Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
[18] And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
[19] And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.”

Until next time.

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Revelation 10 Quiz

Revelation 10 Quiz

-1 – John saw a mighty angel come down from where?

– 2 – This mighty angel had a small book in his hand. Was the book open or closed?

– 3 – This mighty angel put his right foot where?

– 4 – The mighty angel put his left foot where?

– 5 – After the mighty angel cried with a loud voice, what happened?

– 6 – John was told  not to write down what?

– 7 – The mighty angel is speaking during the 6th trumpet judgment. True or False.

– 8 – The mighty angel prophesies of what happens in the days of the 7th trumpet. True or False

– 9 – John sees a mighty angel come down from heaven and hears a voice from heaven, so where is John?

– 10 – The voice from heaven tells John to take the little book from the mighty angel and do what with the book?

Until next time.

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Revelation 10 Part 2

Revelation 10 Part 2

Remember, the first woe has passed with the 5th Trumpet Judgment per Revelation 9:1 – 12. And the 6th angel sounded the 6th trumpet in Revelation 9:13 which also starts the second woe. So in Revelation 10, we know this is still the second woe and technically, under the 6th trumpet judgment.

As we said before, the second woe goes from Revelation 9:13 through to Revelation 11:14 and all that is mentioned between these verses, is under the 6th trumpet and make up the second woe. God is chronicling the time of events. If you pull events out of sequence, your theology will be in error.

We notice Revelation 10 deals with what is happening in heaven during this 6th trumpet time and during the second woe. We are told a mighty angel, of God, has a small open book in his hand. We learn when God mentions angels he addresses them in the masculine. The angels are mentioned as he, him, or his. This tells us, angels are male and not female. Not once in scripture are we ever told angels are female but, angels are always mentioned as male.

This mighty angel puts one foot, the right foot, on the sea. He puts his left foot on the earth. This must be one big angel and maybe that is why scripture calls him a mighty angel. This also tells us angels have hands and feet and only two feet, a right and a left foot.

When the angel put his feet on the sea and the earth, he gave a cry with a loud voice and 7 thunders spoke. John was going to write down what the 7 thunders were saying but he was told – do not write this down. The angel said at the time the 7th trumpet sounds, begins to sound, the mystery of God should be finished as he declared to his servants. Who are his servants? The verse tells us in verse 7 – the prophets, not the church. Some claim this means the rapture but nothing of a rapture or catching up is mentioned here. And the church is not even mentioned but it is addressed at the prophets.

The words of the 7 thunders John is told to seal up in verse 4. That phrase seal up should sound familiar to you because that is what Gabriel told Daniel to do in Daniel 9:24; Daniel 12:4 and Daniel 12:9.

John is told to eat the little book. After John ate the book he is told by the Lord he must prophesy again before many peoples, nations, tongues and kings.

So Revelation 10 mentions three main topics: The Big Angel; the little book; 7 thunders speaking in heaven. Other than the angel’s feet touching the sea and the earth, the chapter mentions “things” going on in heaven, not on earth. And this is within the 6th trumpet and the second woe.

Clearly, the 7 thunders have a message but John could not tell the people on earth what the messages were, in writing. He could not write down the messages.

Until next time.

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Revelation 10

Revelation 10

Below,  all eleven verses of Revelation 10. There are three main topics in this chapter. See if you can identify these three main topics.

Also, this chapter shows us things going on in heaven can be hid from the people on earth. We will explore this more next time. Here is Revelation chapter 10.

Revelation 10:1-11 KJV ” And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:
[2] And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,
[3] And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
[4] And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.
[5] And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,
[6] And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:
[7] But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
[8] And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.
[9] And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it , and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.
[10] And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.
[11] And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.”

Until next time

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Revelation 9 Quiz

Revelation 9 Quiz

– 1 – The 5th trumpet judgment is the first of three what?

-2 – The first four trumpet judgments were directed at the earth. The two judgments in Revelation 9 are directed at what?

– 3 – What is the bottomless pit?

– 4 – Who opens the bottomless pit?

– 5 – What is released from the bottomless pit once it is opened?

– 6 – The inhabitants of the bottomless pit have their own leader and it is not God. True or False

– 7 – The 6th angel sounds the 6th trumpet judgment that releases four angels bound where?

– 8 – The four bound angels are released to do what?

– 9 – God is sending these destructions to earth and man to get mankind to do what?

– 10 – God lists seven things mankind needs to repent of and turn away from in the last two verses of Revelation 9. Name three of the seven.

Until next time.

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Revelation 9 Part 2

Revelation 9 Part 2

Remember, Revelation 9 is a continuation of the seven trumpet judgments and starts with the first explanation of the three woes. This post may seem a little scattered so I hope you can follow my train of thoughts.

When looking at Revelation so far, have you noticed a pattern? Let’s try to lay this out. The seven sealed book is mentioned in Revelation 5. Chapter six the seals begin to be opened. In chapter six, 6 of the 7 seals are opened and then there is a pause. During the pause God seals 144,000 Jews. God clearly knows what is coming next so he seals to protect these 144,000 Jews.

We know Jewish and Gentile believers are in heaven from Revelation 7 and the 144,000 Jews are on earth according to Revelation 7. The pause between the 6th and 7th seal God used to seal the 144,000. Then the 7th seal was opened. And the opening of the 7th seal brought the 7 trumpet judgments.

The first four trumpet judgments are directed at the earth, the planet.
1st trumpet – one third of earth’s trees are burned up
2nd trumpet – one third of the sea becomes blood, one third of sea creatures die, one third of ships are destroyed
3rd trumpet – one third of rivers and fountains of water are destroyed by a star called wormwood.
4th trumpet – one third of the sun, one third of the stars and one third of the moon are all darkened. So the planet looses one third of her light.

Revelation 9 starts the last three trumpets sounding, aka the three woes mentioned. The last three trumpets bring catastrophic things. But did you notice after trumpets five and six sounded, there is another pause?

Trumpet five opens the bottomless pit and allows those in the bottomless pit to attack every person on earth except for the 144,000 Jews God sealed. We know God tells us these, from the bottomless pit,  are devils, demons and they have a leader named Abaddon in Hebrew and in Greek the name would be pronounced Apollyon.

Revelation 9:11 KJV  ” And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.”

Just as God has his arch angels and angels that lead other angels, so Satan has his angels and some of those are leaders of Satan’s angels. Scripture records one third of the angels in heaven turned away from God and went with Satan. The angel mentioned here in Revelation 9, Abaddon/Apollyon is one of Satan’s and he is the leader of the demonic angels in the bottomless pit.

So when God sends and angel to open the bottomless pit, God is releasing demonic angels to attack and hurt mankind on earth and that is the first woe. Why would God do this? I thought God loves everybody?

The best way I can think to explain this is think of what Jesus said about the wheat and the tares. One asked Jesus, should we pull out the tares and Jesus said no. Let them grow together because if you pull out the tare, you might injure or damage the wheat. At harvest we will separate.

You see, God created us in his image and planted us here on earth. We have been planted in good soil. We get water, light and nourishment and grow. But while we grow, tares start growing next to us. These tares represent evil, wicked and things in our life that damage or hurt us. God doesn’t remove those hurts or damages but at harvest, God will set the matters right.

Man gets to choose with his free will if he will let the tares overtake him or if he will quit and die. Or, man can decide to stick it out with God. Sometimes plants start to wither because they need water (word of God). But the plant can come back if cared for just as man can repent and turn back to God.

When the sixth trumpet judgment is sounded, the second woe begins. This looses 4 angels that are currently bound – where? In the Euphrates River. Revelation 9 tells us God made these four angels and God bound them. Why? To reserve them for a specific time, a specific day, a specific hour for a specific year. What will these four bound angels do? Kill one third of the remaining population.

Why would God do this?

Revelation 9:20-21 KJV  ” And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
[21] Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.”

God sends a little destruction to get mankind to repent and turn away from their wickedness and turn back to God. If mankind does not repent and turn back, God sends more destruction, turns up the heat so to say. So Revelation 9 shows us God is turning up the heat to get mankind to repent and turn away from their wickedness.

Notice the first of three woes starts in Revelation 9:1 and ends in Revelation 9:12. The second woe starts in Revelation 9:13 but does not end until Revelation 11:14.

Remember I said I watch timelines. When you see what happens in each woe, and you watch with what judgment each event happens, it helps you to be able to say, this happens first, then this, then that and that helps you know if a person or teacher is correct in their doctrine or theology. Next time we will have the Revelation 9 quiz. Until next time.
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Revelation 9

Revelation 9

Let me repeat, it is not my job to define symbols in the scripture, God defines symbols in his word. We dig out the meanings of symbols. I look at the order of events and who is involved with the events. I leave symbol definitions to those God gifts with understanding of symbols and then examine what they say to compare with scripture.

Keep in mind, John the apostle is writing Revelation in about 90AD. So John describes things from a 90AD understanding. So when John describes something like a bright star has a key in his hand, we know stars do not have hands. And we know stars are not called “him” so a bright star, called a him that has hands and can unlock the bottomless pit is referring to someone or something that has hands and can understand how to do things. Also consider, would you give your house key to your enemy? No. Do you think God would give the key to the bottomless pit to Satan?

Remember, at the end, an angel binds Satan and casts him into the lake of fire where the beast and the false prophet were put. This angel that casts Satan into the lake of fire could very well be the same angel given the key to the bottomless pit mentioned in Revelation 9.

Also notice Revelation 8 ends with an angel of God declaring Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth. Students of the word of God know when God says “woe” it means something really bad is going to happen. And if woe is mentioned two times in a row, woe, woe, something really, really bad is going to happen. So the angel declaring woe three times over the “inhabitants of the earth ” something catastrophic times three is coming to the inhabitants of the earth. And notice, the church is never mentioned so the church can not be on earth. The church has been in heaven as we showed from the previous chapters in this study series.

So here is Revelation 9. Pray before you read it and ask God to help you understand what he is saying. We will look at it more next time.

Revelation 9:1-21 KJV  ” And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
[2] And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
[3] And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
[4] And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
[5] And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
[6] And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
[7] And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.
[8] And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.
[9] And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.
[10] And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
[11] And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
[12] One woe is past; and , behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
[13] And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
[14] Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
[15] And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
[16] And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
[17] And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.
[18] By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
[19] For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.
[20] And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
[21] Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.”

Now you understand what a “woe” means. Until next time.

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