Summary, Conclusions On The Outline Of The Book Of The Revelation!
Not in my lifetime!
Many people chose not to believe in end-times prophecy for it is very inconvenient to think that, God forbid!, these days should occur when they are alive or before their grandchildren are grown and able to chose what to believe for themselves. Some even pray God will not come yet for his Church, and others that the our nation would return to the fear of God and be blessed, correcting the deficiencies in beliefs, economically and of the world's trumoils. For that and many other reasons, many who call themselves Christians, never venture into opening the pages of the Bible, not even to double check on what a pastor has said, and even less investigate the prophetic pronouncements, neither in writing nor even in conversation, which may be considered even taboo`. But in wanting to be fair to the maximum, it is also true that prophecy has been used as a tool of fear by many who either do not understand it or wish to convince the hearers of the preaching that it is now or never, tomorrow may be too late, you may be saddled with a delusion that will make you accept the Antichrist as the returning Messiah or whatnot. It is true that between Daniel and John the Apostle's Revelation of Jesus Christ, many things that sound horrible are written of and described, and if one does not understand who are the very recipients of this wrath of God, then one is bound to mis-apply it to the wrong parties. God is so detailed and specific that unless one pays attention to the commas, and pronouns, to the semicolon, the article and the majuscules, one may miss the entire meaning of the verse or passage. Let me give you some homework so that you that read may understand.
Recall that the King James Version that we have studied in depth, gives us so many hints and clues that no version other comes close to do. In these cases we compared what the verse said in the KJV versus the NKJV. Read up Exodus 22:8, then read up 2 Samuel 12:19-23, and also 1 Peter 4:16-19. These are unrelated to one another but in all 3 the NKJV deceives by despoiling the Lord from glory, by driving the reader away from a the hidden meaning, and by falsifying the very teachings of the Bible as to the fate of the Church at the rapture. Soon my written article will be published or a link given for you to read, and if you love the Scriptures you will be blessed uncommonly.
Now as for the Book of the Revelation, why would God say to John that to read it would be a blessing to the reader and the hearers? He was not being funny for it is a blessing, and it is not just about, "We win and they lose!" But it is about the extent to which God planned to go, till a time appointed, to bring as many men to glory as possible! That would not be the case if he by his indignation decided to wipe out most of the human population! Even for those to whom it it enough to say, 'we win', there is in the back of their mind the weigh of concern for their loved ones who are not believers. And as a Creator, and I am speaking by human wisdom even if bible based, if God had made all of us creatures so that many or the majority would perish in judgments, would a reasonable man not think that God just set the bar too high? But the Scriptures do not set forth that message at all, even less in the book of the Revelation. To the contrary, the great majority of humanity will be saved, even if by death and martyrdoom or by survival in remote places as they respond to the preaching of angels worldwide. If you have read the page to which this is a sub-page, you would have noted that these details of critical importance are uncovered and brought to the forefront so that as many as catch up, their hope for themselves and their loved family and friends give then solace and peace.
Let us begin with the solar and lunar eclipses of 2014/2015, for the message that these prophecies brought in was that these wonders in heaven first needed to be shown so that the world would know that the day of the Lord was at hand, given that the day of the Lord could not come until Joel 2:30,31 and Acts 2:19, 20 had been fulfilled. The importance of the day of the Lord or the period of time in which the Lord would evict the Devil as the god of this world, is that the Church or Bride of Christ would not see the resurrection/rapture occur (1 Thess. 5:1-4, and 2 Thess. 2 2-10) till these wonders were shewen in heaven first and render the time of the day of the Lord now very near. The spiritual condition of the world yet is such that many are rejecting the love of Jesus Christ, who is the truth, and are falling away from his love. This is not speaking of Christians leaving even the visible Church, but of the many who are not coming for they are engaged as these two epistles say, in demonic and occultic activities. The present time is full of that, and it is so visible it is even palpable. The Bride 'scarcely be saved' (1 Peter 4:18), but the meaning of that phrase is that of physical salvation, for our spiritual salvation is ample and wide, since it is all of the Son of God and not of ourselves. The Bride will escape scarcely before the wrath of God begins at the day of the Lord.
Soon after that the Bride is taken out of risk, the reduction of false gods will begin, and it does by the Ez. 38/39 affair by which the god of Islam will be put to rest. The Antichrist/Assyrian will be let loose as the Church is caught up, so that many will confuse him as Messiah when he is messiah instead. At the final defeat of Islam the Antichrist will confirm the covenant with Isreal (Dan. 9:27), and the 7 year tribulation (70th Week of Daniel's prophecy) will begin. Note that all these things happen in the day of the Lord, which is not just a single day, even if in the end it culminates in the worst day the world would ever see, for even the heavens will melt with fervent heat and the earth's works will be burned (2 Peter 3:10-13).
[Let us not get the impression that the reduction of the false gods will do away with the Cherethites (Zephaniah 2:5) or assassins (terrorists, jihadists) of today, blood thirsty thugs like we see today devastating people in the Middle East under many banners, piling up bodies upon dead bodies in order to climb to Paradise and do there what it is prohibited them to do here. These assassins for their cause will switch over at the reduction of their god to the worship of the Goddess Queen of Heaven, and join the armies of the Antichrist in order to now kill more of those who convert to Jesus Christ. Not until their hearts are changed will anything change, really]
The Revelation gives us a good look at Messiah Jesus the Lord, and the apostle John, in his dream has the visions given of end-times, for John was taken in spirit by the Spirit to the very day of the Rapture (the Lord's day of 1:10). We are told that our glorious God has saved us by the washing of our sins by his shed blood, that his voice is like a trumpet and the sound of many waters, that he holds the reigns over the Church and the angels over the churches, and is the centerpiece of the throne room together with the Father. The Saviour instructs John to write his words for us, of that John saw in heaven, of that which would affect the Church till his return, and that which shall be after that the Bride is raptured. In his hands he keeps the keys of hell and death (1:19 and 6:8). But did I just say that, really? That Jesus Christ has all power given to him, and that the Devil no longer has the keys of hell? We do know that Satan was judged at the cross of Jesus Christ, (John 16:11) even if the execution of his judgment is lingering, awaiting exactly that, the time of the tribulation when the Dragon will see his power removed, his world system pulverized and will find himself chained, shut up and cast down. And he will not be alone for long.
Not to ignore chapters 2 and 3, on the future of the visible church as seen from John's stanpoint, she will suffer constant persecution, and of 7 types of churches present then in Asia Minor and Turkey today, we glimpse as the very types that would predominate/be dominant, during the passing of history till today. And today the predominant type is Laodicea, the rich church in need of nothing (she thinks) while the Lord is outside knocking to be let in! These descriptions are of the visible church that contains the Bride while many on the inside, that wish or trust that they are Christians indeed are not. The biggest clue is that the Bride is not in sight from chapter 4 to chapter 19, meaning that she has been caught away at the resurrection rapture and representative Church elders are seen in thrones in heaven, worshipping the Father and the Son, the Lamb of God described as the Lion of Judah.
Visions of the Throne, of God, and of the angelic hosts, of the heavenly altar and activities are described in worship. Note that the Father, who owns the title deed of the Earth, has the scroll that only the One worthy to open it can open it, and in it, inside and out, are written the very judgements God plans to visit on his enemies in order to put all the enemies of Christ under his feet. And the executioner of the very plan of eviction is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, who is in control, and as God has every prerogative to use the demons loosed, imprisoned, and bound (ch. 6, 9) to chase man to himself, in order to save the many!
But before we get too far ahead, let us determine who enters the day of the Lord and subsequently of the tribulation: God says is the heathen (Obadiah 15, Ez. 30:3), by this term meaning 'all in unbelief or disobedient', an unbrella for the rest of humanity, not of the enemies alone. But if you happen to miss that it is the Lord Jesus Christ who is opening the seals and is sending the demons, headed by Antichrist the Assyrian, against humanity, you would have missed the essence of the story. Jesus has loved his Bride unto salvation and many of the heathen will come to realize immediately after the rapture that a supernatural event has happened when millions of Christians worldwide have disappeared. And even if the lie to convince them that these have been snatched by the ET's for reprograming or taken to the underworld for reeducation and re-incarnation, these would know the truth. It will be a time when the Harlot of Babylon who will rule the first half of the tribulation, will have the Assyrian/Antichrist to kill them who come to Christ by persecutions, wars, famines, pestilences, by means of death and demons of hell. (Just recall that demons are disembodies unclean and wicked spirits but can embody a body, with bestial corrupted genetics while apperaring externally as 'normal' humans).
By chapter 6:9-11 a fourth of mankind has been killed! By God? No, but by Antichrist's minions, as they were killed when they come to faith in Jesus Christ and to be saved. We see the same thing happening when nearing the midpoint of the tribulation, as tormenting locust -appearing demons that cause pain for 5 months persecute mankind. Is God enjoying the tortures? No, this second wave of martyrs are a segment of the heathen that were more reluctant to come to Christ, and even though the Book says these will try to commit suicide in order to avoid the torments, God will not take their spirits from their bodies in mercy, so that they would not be damned forever! And the third wave of demoniacs are the ones bound by the river Euphrates, the death demons, who in all kill another third of humanity such that by the first 3.5 years one half of the world population will be dead! Again, these are martyrs, bound for heaven now that they have come to their senses that life and love is with God, not without Him! Having to give up your physical life will be the cost of not accepting Jesus Christ as Saviour today. Being a martyr is not a romantic and idellic response of a man fighting for the cause of God, but is the price of the obstinacy of today.
And finally we have the events at the midpoint of the tribulation, when even Satan and his angels are cast down to earth, having their angelic heavenly abode shut down (not for repairs), and the Devil is wroth, going now to persecute the remnant of Israel, who had been spared to this point but now face the great tribulation wrath against ethnic Jews from the loins of Jacob. Chapters 12 and 13 are thus about the world rule by the Antichrist and his god Satan, the Harlot having just suffered destruction. It is at this point, when the Antichrist sets up an image in the Jerusalem temple of himself and demands worship as God, that the False Prophet demands that all worship Antichrist and then take the mark of the Beast. Here also millions of millions will refuse, and die soon thereafter by thirst and hunger and exposure and beheadings and wild animals. This will be the biggest/largest harvest of the Lord Jesus Christ when these turn to him, for salvation, even at the cost of their lives. Angels from heaven will be preaching the gospel of creation and warning men not to take the mark of the Beast or they will be lost forever! Fom here on the world of the "earth dwellers" will worship the Beast, and most of the rest of the human race be relegated to those far away from the Middle East, the Mediterranean, So. Europe. God is bringing his enemies, the demons, the fallen angels, Satan, idolatrous mankind, to the mountains of Israel to be punished!
Let us again pick up the revealed future history at the midpoint of the tribulation, when Antichrist/Assyrian, together with the False Prophet and now assisted by the Satan and his cast down fallen angels, in full force go against the remnant of Israel [the remnant of Israel are ethnic Jews who trust in the God of Israel but as yet not in the Son of God, their Messiah]. This is the Devil's last hurrah! an attempt to kill as many of those Jews who could call on their Messiah, for if they do He will come to save them! And Satan will be unable to delay nor derail his fated and appointed defeat with destruction, and even if the many millions of men come to Jesus Christ in faith at their refusal to take the mark of the Beast, the fury of God, his wrath by indignation, is undetainable. While Israel suffers invasion, Jerusalem desolation, the many remnant of Jews incarceration/slavery at the second and final captivity in great Babylon (Iraq), and the land parted for gain, the Lord will utterly destroy thee idolaters out from it and the false Jews of the synagogue of Satan that pretend to take over the land. Israel will be destroyed to burn the works of the Devil out from her, but the land subsequently will flourish like there has never any land flourished, and the regathering to restoration of Israel at end-time will be an amazing work of the Lamb of God!
And the vial/bowl judgments will fall in the great tribulation against God's foes, serially and devastatingly, unrelentingly and certain. We are not left without proof of this, so from Rev. 11:15-18 we are told who are the recipients of these awful calamities, of these plagues, for the wrath is come, at this the time of the dead that they should be judged! Who, who? The earth dwellers or the demons, and also the fallen angels/Satan, that being judged have not received their due yet. Why would the demons in the possessed men in the land of the Gergesenes (Matthew 8:28, 29) say to the Lord during the deliverance of the demonized, "Jesus thou Son of God art though come hither to torment us before the time? Hear well and clear, these demons knew that Jesus Christ would one day come to 'torment them', give them their just due! And of such justice we read about in Revelation 16, extending in continuity to Revelation 19:11 to 21, when all these enemies of Christ will be made to cry out, to suffer their due punishment. And it is not that it is incorrect to believe that the day of the Lord is just a single day, but its zenith is exactly that, one day exactly as is described in Zechariah 14:6, 7, that as soon as that day begins in the evening the Lambs epic retaliation against these would be of such proportion that by the morning the enemies would be no more! All will be confined, in the desolate places or in the bottomless pit or in the lake of fire for the AC and FP.
Given this all written in the pages of Scripture, now it is reasonable to think that Revelation is a real blessing, just as chapter One says. But realize that being a "martyr" is neither glamorous nor a batch of honor, but the costly due to all heathens who enter into the day of the Lord, for had these not waited or rejected the love of the truth Jesus Christ, they would not have found themselves in the years of the Tribulation. Foolish delay, rebellion in unbelief, obstinacy, trusting in a neutral space as if it existed between good and evil, will be costly. But blessed be God that is determined to be longsuffering, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance, and be saved by the billions. At in timely continuity to the tribulation will come the Lord's 1000 year reign under renovated conditions such that man will find peace everywhere he lives and while Israel will be the head of the nations at the time with all the resurrected saints of history. Know again that all OT saints, all Church/Bride saints, all Martyred/Tribulation saints by the "first resurrection" be present in the millennial kingdom, making the earth the galactic place to be if this expression finds acceptance as parlance in these concluding remarks. And after the millennial kingdom Satan will be released to tempt 'millennials' truly born during the time, and some will rebel with Satan and be turned to ashes by fire from heaven. But after that, the saved millenial humans too will be transformed as the Church saints are soon to be, to be given resurrection bodies and enter the eternal estate. All the lost, the damned of all times will be resurrected to be judged at the great white throne judgment and be cast into the lake of fire according to their works.
Any remaining theological facts are to be found in the page to which this is a subpage, so we finish at this point, saying and pointing out that it will be as the Revelation describes, the eternal salvation of mankind is coming where most, by one means or another will come to Jesus Christ and only the most wickedly evil will perish. May this be a blessing to you and a source of peace to your mind.
For publishing on December 27, 2015.