Many calories has been eaten and burn since I last posted a post here, but I haven’t disappear totally. The reason for the long time is time… more specific lack of time. I have been in Norway and many other stuff have been going around, but I’m here.
We have went through 11 parts of the series of Revelation of John and are now come to an end. Since I like a series of 12 part better than 11, I want to end the series nicely with a summary, so lets start.
“And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.” (Rev. 16:17-21).
Under God’s wrath in the seventh bowl of Revelation. 16, which continues to unfold the events of the year 70, we are witnessed an even more dramatic evidence of the first century fulfillment. There are two characteristics that appear here. One is that the city is divided into three and the other one is the big hail that fell from the sky.
…and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. (Rev. 6:14).
In this post I want to write about some of the events in the judgment and the meaning of it. I can’t cover every seal, bowl or trumpet because of space and I still not have everything clear of every single verse of them. But the links between the historical facts and Revelation are many, and I take only a few of these. Because of I want to show the historical facts, it will be some excerpts from our friend and historian Josephus, and there again a long post, so I had to divide it into two blog posts.
In these series, I have several times mention that Israel’s rejection of their Messiah and the persecution of the saints would result in a major disaster, which is now happening. This is what the prophesy of John in Revelation is about. A divine judgment on Israel, where the destruction is over the people, land, and Temple. God literally tearing away the temple from the historic scene by using the Roman army, which he prophetically calls “his army” (Matthew 22:7).
Revelation has a couple of important characters and we have already introduced the harlot, but there are a couple more that we must be introduced and one of them is the beast. This guy comes on the stage in Revelation. 13:1.
“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.” (Rev. 13:1).
The beast has a characteristic that I know many fear even today, 666. If anyone has a little fun of “tagging” some people as “the beast”, there are others who are more in earnest and are serious enough. Many politicians and prominent people have unfortunately been tagged as the animal; Ronald Reagan, Michael Gorbatjov, the Rothschild family, Putin, the Pope(s) plus many more, although it has been proven to be none of them. …so who is it? Read on!
“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.” (Rev. 11:8).
I flinched, it was like some thrown a bucket of ice water over me and I froze. I looked down in the Bible and read the verse again … «Yes, it is actually there,» I said to myself. I turn the pages frantically until I find a confirmation. «Yes, there it says …» “And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” The Holly Spirit shaken me vigorously and it was as if you had thrown rocks at the kitchen window and freezes when the window shatters and you realize you’ve done something wrong.
I refer to King James version of the Bible. Please use your own bible if you find KJV difficult to understand, for your own convenience.
It has been several days since I last blogged, but this is probably the way in a active Christian life, even if it does not mean to run down venue doors. Christian life is so much more than that.
I had plans to write about the parable of the fig tree in this post, but I saw that verse 31 of Matthew 24 was slightly a bigger topic than I expected, so I will take verse 31 alone here in this post.
In my previous blog posts, you can read how Jesus presented the events that happen before and which led to the destruction of Jerusalem, in Matthew 24. You’ve also been reading historical writings that this events actually happened in the days immediately before the year AD 70.
We will now turn to verse 31 in Matthew 24, which speaks of the event’s actual coming and its immediate consequence: the beginning of the universal salvation.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: (Matt.24:31)
Thoughtful Jesus. He knew what would happen to Jerusalem.
So far, the time of Jesus’ explanation was something like this: • The disciples seek an answer to when these things will happen (Matthew 24:3). • Jesus warns them that “none must seduce” them when these things will happen (Matthew 24 :4-5). • He says that the early signs means “the end is not yet” (Matthew 24:6). • He declares that the early signs are “just the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:8). • He declares that “for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened” (Matthew 24:22). Now we will look at the “end” in verses 29 and 30, first verse 29.