I. The Seven Blessings
J. A Comparison Between Genesis and Revelation
K. Why the Devil Hates the Book of Revelation
L. Why the Devil Hates the Book of Genesis
M. Outline of the Book: Revelation 1:19
N. Brief Summary of Chapters Four to Twenty-Two
I. The Seven Blessings
The reading of this book is a blessing to the believer, and a curse to the unbeliever. The Book of Revelation is for your understanding. It is a blessing! Here are the seven blessings:
- Those who teach, and those who read the book, are blessed in Revelation 1:3.
“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”
- Dying grace is, also, a blessing that God gives in Revelation 14:13.
“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”
- It gives an alert to the Second Advent of Christ in Revelation 16:15.
“Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”
- Blessed are those at the Wedding Supper of the Lamb in Revelation 19:9.
“And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, these are the true sayings of God.
- Blessed are those who have part in the First Resurrection in Revelation 20:6.
“Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
- Blessed are those that observe and keep the contents of this book in Revelation 20:7.
“Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.”
- Blessed are those that keep His commandments in Revelation 22:14.
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
So, there are seven blessings there. You are blessed for reading the Book of Revelation. Don’t ever let your church, your teacher, or pastor tell you that you can’t understand the Book of Revelation. He will put the curse on you! He’s cursed himself! God says you’re blessed if you read this book.
- The Creation of the Heavens and the Earth. (Genesis 1:2).
The Creation of the New Heavens and Earth. (Revelation 21, 22).
- The First Adam reigning on the Earth. (Genesis 1:26).
The Last Adam reigns in glory, and that is Christ (Revelation 21).
- We have the Night and Seas created in Genesis 1:5, 10.
We have no more night and no more seas in Revelation 21.
- We have a bride brought to Adam. Of course, that was Eve (Genesis 2).
A Bride is prepared for Christ, which is His Church (Revelation 19).
- We have a Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:9; 3:22).
We have a Tree of Life in the New Creation (Revelation 22:2).
- Sin brings death, and a curse (Genesis 3:14, 17, 19).
We find in the Book of Revelation, the consummation of all, that there will be no more curse, no more death, and no more tears (Revelation 21:4).
- We have in Genesis 3:15 the conflict between Christ and Satan.
We find in Revelation 21:10, Satan’s final doom. When he is cast into the Lake of Fire, there will be no more conflict.
- Then, we find in Genesis 3 and 4; man is driven from God’s face in sin.
We find in Revelation 22:4, men see Christ’s face in glory.
- Genesis says believers, like Abraham, are looking for a city of faith (Hebrews 11:9, 10).
We find the Holy City presented in glory, in Revelation 21:10. That is the Second Jerusalem.
- We find Genesis 22:7 asks, “Where is the lamb?”
We find Revelation 22:3 answers, “The Lamb reigns, that is where he is!” He is going to reign forever. First, on this Earth for a thousand years; then, in the New Heavens and the New Earth.
- In Genesis 3:1, Satan utters the first lie.
In Revelation 21:27, nothing that makes a lie enters into that city, the New Jerusalem.
We find that the Devil hates the book of Revelation because it gives his execution. In Matthew 25:41 and Revelation 20:10, the Word of God lets us know that Hell was created for the Devil and his angels.
“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” (Matthew 25:41).
“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:10).
Also thrown into the Lake of Fire will be his sons, or his children, those who have rejected Jesus Christ. I know this is pretty strong, but if you are not saved, you are a child of Satan. You see there are only two options: You are either a child of God by faith in Jesus Christ, or a child of Satan by rejecting Christ. John 1:12 tells us,
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”
John 8:44 describes Satan’s children,
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
If you are not saved, you are a child of Satan, and you will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire with your father. That happens at the Judgment of the Nations when Christ says,
“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” (Matthew 25:41)
If Satan can get you to believe you can’t understand the Book of Revelation, then, you will not believe that the Beast, and the False Prophet, and Satan will be cast into the Lake of Fire.
“And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone” (Revelation 19:20).
Satan hates the Book of Genesis, because that is where he first appeared in the Garden in Eden, and deceived our first parents. That sin has been passed on, and is inherited at birth by everyone.
“For (we) all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23)
The old Devil tries to discredit Genesis, even though the Bible says: “In the beginning God created the Heaven(s) and the Earth” (Genesis 1:1). The Bible, also, says that God made man “male and female,” and He created them in His own image. (Genesis 1:27). Satan always wants to discredit the Word of God, so that we will not believe what it says about mankind being a direct creation of God. This is what he would like us to believe.
“Once I was a tadpole when I began to begin. Then I became a frog with my tail tucked in.
Then, I was a monkey on a coconut tree, and, believe it, or not! Now, I am a professor with a Ph.D.”
That is a joke. Nevertheless, Satan would like for you to believe in evolution, wouldn’t he? However, God says you are a direct act of creation. If Satan can get you to discredit Genesis, and say that it is not true, then you will do the same with the Book of Revelation. You have no reason to believe anything, other than it’s a good book of poetry! You will die and split Hell wide open with that kind of humanistic philosophy!
Believe it or not, some time back a man came to me and said, “I talked to a pastor of one of the large denominations, and asked him if he believed that God created male and female in his own image. I found out that he does not believe that Adam and Eve were real people, or that God remodeled this Earth in six days for mankind. He does not believe that.” Well, here you have one of your modernistic preachers who is actually a child of Satan. He does not believe in Creation, and he will propagate that to his congregation. Not at first, but he will eventually, because that is his belief. This man is lost, yet he’s a preacher that stands up before a large crowd every Sunday morning, and doesn’t even believe the Bible. He will preach other parts of the Bible, and mislead you about the Book of Revelation.
In reality, the Book of Revelation outlines God’s program for the History of Humanity, and what began ages ago in the First Creation will, ultimately, be completed in the New Creation. This is the Book with a blessing, as recorded in Revelation 1:3, and the other six places we have listed as blessings. It shows us that History is “His Story,” and that human affairs are in the hands of our Victorious Christ.
As we study this book we ought to be encouraged, inspired to serve Him, and not be found conforming to this world when He returns.
1. First Division: Chapter One.
“Write the things which thou hast seen,...”
The Past. John saw the vision of the Risen and Glorified Christ. He is the Lord of the Church. He is the Founder of the Church. It is not anyone else. It is none of the Apostles. It’s not Peter, it’s not the Baptists, it’s not the Lutherans, nor the Catholic organization. It is no one but Jesus Christ, who is the Chief Cornerstone. He is the Founder of His Church.
2. Second Division: Chapters Two and Three.
“...and the things which are,...”
The Present. The “things which are” are covered by Chapters Two and Three. Those are the Letters to the Seven Churches existing at the time of the Book’s writing.
3. Third Division: Chapters Four to Twenty-Two.
"...and the things which shall be hereafter;”
The Future. The “things which shall be hereafter,” are covered by Chapter Four to Chapter Twenty-Two. In “...the things which shall be hereafter,” you’ll never find a mention of the Church from Chapter Four on. It is raptured before the Seven-year Tribulation takes place.
- In Chapters Four and Five, we have Heaven openly pictured. The scene is in Heaven, as the seven-year Tribulation Period begins.
- In Chapter Six, we have the Seven Seals. The judgment, or wrath of God, begins as the Seal Judgments are released upon those left upon the Earth after the Rapture.
- In Chapter Seven, we have the saved. It is a parenthetical chapter, showing that the Jews, and members of every nation and tribe, can be saved during the Tribulation Period.
- In Chapters Eight and Nine, the Trumpet Judgments fall upon the Earth.
- In Chapter Ten, the Angel gives John a book. The Seven Thunders do not reveal their message.
- In Chapter Eleven, we have the Two Witnesses. The Two Witnesses will speak for God on the Earth. The Seventh Trumpet Judgment falls upon the Earth.
- And then, in Chapter Twelve, we have Israel pictured. The Antichrist persecutes Israel, and all who believe in Christ.
- In Chapter Thirteen, we have the Antichrist revealed. Here, the Antichrist rises to world power and wants to be worshiped. We’re going to see where he will have you, and all religious people that have rejected Christ, accept the Mark of the Beast, the Number 666.
- In Chapter Fourteen, the 144,000 of Chapter Seven, are seen safe with Christ. The Antichrist’s armies, marching toward Armageddon, appear as grapes ripe for the crushing. It is God’s judgment upon them.
- Then we have the Bowls pictured in Chapters Fifteen and Sixteen. The Bowls of Wrath. These judgments are poured out upon the Earth following the Antichrist’s declaration that he is God. We have these as “vials” in the King James Translation. Literally, in the Greek, they are “bowls.” We find out, here, that God’s judgment and wrath are going to continue.
I believe that God is just about fed up with the abortion, the anti-god attitude, and the “no Bible in schools verdicts.” Judgment is close to coming here upon the Earth. We’re moving toward it with a momentum that is unbelievable. When you compare the condition of our modern-day country, the United States of America, and the deterioration since this nation was founded, you would not know it was the same country. God is going to pour out these bowl judgments upon all those nations that have turned their back upon Him, including the United States of America. It is hard to believe it is the same country.
Thank God you’re a Christian, and when the Rapture comes, and the Lord descends from Heaven with a shout, you’ll be taken up and out of this time! You won’t experience the events spoken of in the Book of Revelation from Chapter Four on. You’ll not be here. You’ll look at all these judgments from Heaven.
- Then we come to Babylon. In Chapter Seventeen. “Mystery, Babylon the Great,” the apostate One-World Religious System of the first three-and-a-half years of the Tribulation Period, is destroyed. And then, in Chapter Eighteen, the Babylon Commercial World Empire of the Antichrist goes up in flames.
Today’s Ecumenical Movement is the forerunner of this apostate system, and you see it everywhere. People hate it when we say this, because they’re involved in it. They have been sucked into it, and have had their minds brainwashed into this humanistic thinking that this is the right thing to do. Let’s have all churches get together. That is never God’s plan, unless those churches teach the Bible. That has never been God’s plan since Nimrod, and the Tower of Babel (Gen. 10:10; 11:1-9).You’re having churches get together that do not even believe the same thing. This is hypocrisy and God denounces that, but that does not stop them!
Maybe you belong to one of these ecumenical churches. You ought to stop, and realize where you are headed. Read the Book of Revelation. You are being brainwashed into accepting the Antichrist. Most of these churches do not have a salvation that is provided by Jesus Christ. Oh, yes, they’ll talk about Christ, but they don’t have a salvation BY Christ! They have it by water baptism, or by their church ordinances. They have it by good works, but not by faith in Christ, alone. People are being programmed today, through the Ecumenical Movement, for the One-World Religious System of the Antichrist.
Food for Thought:
You’ve had relatives that have been caught up into a cult religion. I was talking to a man just the other day and I said to him, “I’d like to come down and talk to you.”
He said, “What about?”
I said, “I’d like to talk to you about the New World Translation (the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Bible), the most perverted thing there is.” He is a Jehovah’s Witness. I said, “I’d like to talk to you about the Hell that you denounce and don’t believe in, and about a Heaven that you don’t believe in, only for the 144,000.” I asked him, “Have you ever studied Greek?”
“No, I haven’t.
I said, “The New World Translation is the most perverted translation I have ever seen in my life. I’ve written those folks from the Jehovah’s Witnesses three times to tell me who these so-called scholars are who made this perversion.”
He said, “Oh, you’ll never get their names.”
I told him, “Why would you not? That shows they are counterfeit right off of the bat! If they did something, they ought to be able to stand up and say, ‘I did this,’ if they are proud of what they have done and have done it correctly.”
They know that if anyone knows anything about the Greek language, and deciphers the perversion of what these people have done to brainwash the people that are in the Jehovah’s Witnesses, their lies will be revealed. That’s the reason you are deceived. You do not know anything about the Greek. You are the people that they are after!”
Now, don’t get mad at me for saying it! We just teach the Bible. You ought to be the one who gets mad, because you have been lied to. You have been siphoned into this, and you’d better get your eyes open! If you read the Book of Revelation, this will be revealed to you, and you will have a decision to make. You will find this in Revelation 18:4:
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”
- In Chapter Nineteen, we have Armageddon. This is the time for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, to the Bride that is the True Church. It is the Body of Christ made up of every born-again believer. You don’t even have to be a member of a local church to be a member of the Body of Christ. The minute you believe, you become a member of the Body of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 12:13 we are told,
“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”
This is the baptism of the Holy Spirit, not of the preacher or the water. “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body...,” is referring to the Body of Christ. That is the Spiritual Body of Christ, with Christ being the Head.
- Then, in Revelation 19, Christ comes to the Earth with His armies, and destroys the forces of the Antichrist, now gathered in Israel at Armageddon, in the Valley of Megiddo. The seven years are now over. This takes place at the end of the seven-year Tribulation Period.
- In Chapter Twenty, we have the Kingdom pictured. Christ establishes the 1,000-year Kingdom of Peace, prophesied in Isaiah 11, and in many other prophecies in the Book of Isaiah.
- The unsaved dead of all the ages are judged at the Great White Throne Judgment, and those not found written in the Book of Life are cast into the Lake of Fire. They’ve been in Hell (English language), or Hades (in the Greek), in the center of the Earth in a place of Torment. They will be brought up, at the end of the Kingdom, to stand before the Great White Throne Judgment and receive their degrees of punishment. They will then be cast into the Lake of Fire, before the New Heavens and the New Earth are created.
- In Chapters Twenty-One, and Twenty-Two, the New Heavens and Earth are formed. The New Jerusalem descends to the Earth. The Redeemed are with Christ in joy for all remaining Eternity.
What a glorious, Blessed Hope we have in the Lord Jesus Christ!
First of all, when you see “The Revelation of Saint John, the Divine” at the head of Chapter One, which is the title given to the Book by the translators of the King James Translation. You are not a “saint” because a certain church canonizes you after death, and places your statue in their churches. All believers are called “saints.” John was a believer, and, as such, a “saint.” He had been “set apart” by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit the moment he believed. We must be “in Christ Jesus” to be a “saint.” This is made very clear by 1 Corinthians 1:2,
“Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified [hagiazō: Gr. ‘made holy’] in Christ Jesus, called to be saints [hagios: Gr. ‘holy’], with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:”
Here is the literal reading from the Greek:
“To the assembly of God which is in Corinth, having been sanctified [hagiazō: Gr. ‘made holy’] in Christ Jesus, called saints [hagios: Gr. ‘holy’], with all those calling on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, both theirs and ours:” (1 Corinthians 1:2, The Interlinear Greek-English New Testament: Zondervan).
We find that Hebrews 10:10 establishes the only way a person can be sanctified, or made holy.
“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for‑all.
John was a “saint” because he believed that Jesus Christ died on the Cross to pay for his sin—after all, he was present at the Crucifixion! He was also a theologian, and the Old English label for such a one, was “Divine.” The King James translators never thought that John was, in any sense, divine, or part of Deity. “Divine” was simply the title given to a theologian. “The Revelation of Saint John, the Divine” does not appear in the Original. You’re going to find out the proper title of the Book of Revelation should be as Chapter One gives it in the First Verse,
“The ReveLation [Gr. ‘apokalypsis’] of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:” (Revelation 1:1).
The Greek word, “apokalypsis,” means “appearing, coming, lighten, manifestation, be revealed, a revelation.” “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” is the title of the Book of Revelation.
We believe that the best, and proper title, for this wonderful book is its biblical one, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.” In the Greek, the initial word “the” does not occur, therefore the exact title would be, “A Revelation of Jesus Christ,” and this is precisely what this book is. It is a showing forth of Jesus Christ as Lord of Lords, and King of Kings, who returns at the end of the Tribulation Period to rescue His people, Israel, and all Christians who have not taken the Mark of the Beast.
Another title for this book is “the Apocalypse.” This is the Anglicized spelling of the first word of this book, as it’s found in the original Greek. This word means “a revelation.” The word “apocalypse” is actually a transliteration of the Greek word, “apokalypsis,” and it comes from “apo” meaning “from,” and “lupto” meaning “to conceal.” Therefore, “The Apocalypse” signifies “the removing of the veil from that which was previously concealed.” It is a revelation of things previously hidden. Many of the visions are identical to those we find in Daniel, Isaiah, Joel, and the other prophets; only, now, we have additional details. The Old Testament, in many cases, is truly the dictionary and the commentary which explains the Apocalypse.
We will also refer, from time to time, back to the Book of Daniel, because these two books are companion books. Daniel speaks a lot about the world governments, and the Fourth Beast, an extension down through to the Tribulation Period showing a matching identification of the Antichrist. So, we will be going back and forth between the Book of Revelation, and the Book of Daniel, on some of these key verses to help explain that.
What Is the “Abomination of Desolation?” What does that mean? That is the desecration of the Temple by the Antichrist in the middle of the Tribulation Period. It is his final attempt to force the Jews to worship him, according to Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:4-12.
3. Who Is the Antichrist?
What do you mean by the Antichrist? It is a name taken from 1st and 2nd John. In Daniel, he is referred to as “the Little Horn” (Daniel 8:9-11), and “the vile person” (Daniel 11:21-44). In 2 Thessalonians, he is referred to as “the Son of Perdition.” In the Book of Revelation he is referred to as “the beast...out of the sea” (13:1), or “the sea of people.”
Satan so completely possesses this man, as to amount to an incarnation. That is why he, as the second person of the Unholy Trinity, is a counterfeit Christ. He is a counterfeit “Emmanuel,” meaning “God with us.” That is why there are three personages in the Unholy Trinity. Satan is the Anti-god, who indwells the Antichrist. The False Prophet is the counterfeit Holy Spirit, because he does not promote himself. He only desires for the world to worship “the Beast,” as the Antichrist is known in the Book of Revelation. Scriptures show that he, as Judas Iscariot, will become indwelt by Satan. These are the only two individuals that we find in Scripture who were ever, personally, indwelt by Satan, himself.
We have demon possession today. When you study your Bible on demon-ism, and realize the similarity to what we have today, it will absolutely shock you. The crime rate and the actions of some people today, parallel what Scripture says we will see at the end of the Tribulation Period. Remember—the end of the Tribulation Period occurs seven years AFTER the Rapture, yet we see these things happening today!
We have seen Satan worship, with Anton Levay, the founder of the Satanic Church in California. Mr. Levay died October 29, 1997, and was cremated. A down-payment on what he is now suffering for all eternity. If he believed what he said, he is in Hell today. For a short time, the Satanic Church was led by Levay’s son, but it has since passed into other hands. These men were demon possessed!
Satan, personally, possessed only two people, but he has many fallen angels that are demons today. They, also, can possess people. They did so at the time of Christ, raising havoc, and can do so today. They are strong, and they can affect you physically, but they can never indwell a believer (1 John 4:4).
The Antichrist will oppose Christ and His children, His saints (the believers), and the Jews. He will be first hailed as “the Man of Peace” (Dan. 11:21), and given unlimited power by the European countries. Even the United States and Israel will be part of this. At his rise, the Antichrist will be only a man, but with great satanic power. Remember, Satan, is so powerful that even...
“Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee” (Jude 1:9).
His sudden, sensational, rise as the “counterfeit savior” of a world threatened by destruction, will mark the beginning of the “the end.” (Matthew 24:14). His later attempt to annihilate the Jews will bring about his defeat at Jerusalem by the Return of Christ. He will rise to power in the first three-and-a-half years, and then he will declare himself to be God, sitting in the rebuilt Temple at Jerusalem. During the last three-and-a-half years, he will require you to take the “Mark of the Beast.”
What do we mean when we refer to Eschatology? Eschatology is from two Greek words, “eschatos,” meaning “last,” and “logos,” meaning “word.” It is the study of God’s “last words” to us about the future, or the study of the Doctrine of the Last Things, or the Last Days.” Eschatology can also be called “the study of the Prophetic Scripture.
5. The False Prophet.
What do you mean by the “False Prophet?” There will be many false prophets, according to 1 John 4:1,
“Beloved, believe not every spirit [Gr. pneuma], but try the spirits [pneuma] whether they are of God: because many false prophets [pseudoprophētēs]are gone out into the world”
The term “false prophet” is translated from two Greek words: “pseudos” and “prophetes,” meaning a “spurious prophet, i.e. pretended fore teller or religious impostor.” Therefore, those false prophets would be men, or women, indwelt by demons, who present themselves as giving out God’s Word, but are actually giving out a false, demonic message.
During the Tribulation Period, the Antichrist will be the political ruler who will “work the works of Satan.” (1 John 3:8). The False Prophet is not just anyone. He will be the religious ruler who will under-gird the work of the Antichrist. While the Antichrist is personally indwelt by Satan, himself; the False Prophet is indwelt by one of Satan’s very strong demons. The False Prophet never will attempt to promote himself. He will never become an object of worship. He will do the work of the prophet, in that he directs attention away from himself to the Antichrist, as the only one, he says, who has the right to be worshiped. He throws all of his power into this.
The False Prophet will imitate many miracles of God. He will cause fire to come down from Heaven in imitation of the miracles of Elijah, in order to convince the Nation of Israel that he, the False Prophet, is Elijah. He is going to try to persuade them that he is the Elijah, whom Malachi had promised to come. (Mal. 3:1) Having achieved this deception, the False Prophet will declare that, since this miracle of bringing fire down from Heaven shows that he is Elijah, therefore the Antichrist is truly Christ and should be worshiped.
He will motivate the unbelievers to build an image of the Beast:
”..saying to them that dwell on the Earth, that they should make an image to the beast (Antichrist)” (Revelation 13:14b).
Through some satanic miracle, or technological marvel, He will cause this image to talk and somehow come to life.
“This false prophet is a worker of signs and miracles (See Matthew 24:24).
‘For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect (Israel).’
Our Lord warned against this false prophet. His deception is that he imitates Elijah in bringing down fire from heaven. He is a combination of Jannes and Jambres. See Exodus 7:11,12:
‘Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments (11). For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods’ (12).
In other words, they were clever magicians, and I believe they had satanic power. This Beast in the end time will also have satanic power.”(Thru The Bible with J. Vernon McGee)
When the people see this miracle, they’ll fall down and worship the Antichrist, believing him to be the true Christ. You have the same thing today. Everyone today wants to see some miracle or mirage. You often hear of some dead person appearing here, or there. Or, there has been miraculous appearance of someone from the Catholic pantheon of idols. This is all satanic, Folks! We just have gullible people that want something to believe, religiously, to justify that the religion that they belong to is correct. How foolish can you be?
The Word of God is the Guideline, and the Foundation, of all of that is true or false. When you take away the Bible as your measure for judging what is right or wrong, and what is true or false, then you’re in deep trouble, because Satan will deceive you. The only way you can ever find out the truth is to read the Bible to see if what you are being told corresponds with the Word of God. If it doesn’t, then you’re being deceived, and there are no “if, ands, or buts about it!”
6. What Do You Mean By Heaven?
The Heaven (s) referred to in the Scriptures, are:
- First of all, the starry heavens, spoken of in Genesis, Chapter One.
- Second, the atmospheric heavens in which the birds fly, as in Jeremiah 4:25.
- Third, the place where God manifests His Presence is called “the Third Heaven.” That’s where the Redeemed have an eternal home prepared for them, as 2 Corinthians 5:1 states.
“For we know that if our Earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
The New Testament emphasizes the fact that, when believers leave this life for Heaven they are alive and “present with the Lord,” as we are told in 2 Corinthians 5:8,
“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
After the Millennium, God will make a New Heavens and New Earth where sin will forever be done away with. (Rev. 21:1). Upon this New Earth, the Heavenly New Jerusalem will descend, and on this New Earth and in this new city, the redeemed will dwell throughout all Eternity with Christ. Therefore, when we talk about Heaven, you will know there are three heavens, and the third one is where our eternal home is located.
7. What Do We Mean By the “Last Days?”
What are we saying when we refer to the “Last Days?” The “Last Days” are the days immediately prior to the Rapture of the saints, and the ushering in of the Tribulation Period of seven years. The Apostle Paul considered the Rapture might happen at any moment, in his time, and expressed this in Hebrews 1:2,
“Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;”
8. What Do We Mean By “Millennium?”
From Revelation 20:1-3, we find the Millennium is the thousand-year reign of Christ, immediately following the Great Tribulation. “Millennium” is from the Latin word “mille” which means “thousand,” and “annum” which means “year.” It is so translated in the Latin Vulgate. In Greek, it is translated from “chilioi” meaning “thousand,” and “etos” meaning “year.” This is where the word “chiliasm” comes from.
Let us pause to learn about the rejection of “chiliasm,” as set forth in Martin Luther’s false doctrine of Eschatology.
In their booklet entitled “THE DOCTRINAL POSITION of the MISSOURI SYNOD,” they state precisely what they reject concerning the Millennium, or the 1,000-Year Kingdom Reign of Christ on Earth as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
- “With the Augsburg Confession (Art. XVII). We reject every type of Millennialism, or Chiliasm, the opinions that Christ will return visibly to this Earth a thousand years before the end of the world...” (P.19, Par. 42).”
The above is not just the opinion of the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church, about what Martin Luther believed, as is often claimed. This is what Luther, personally, believed and taught. Martin Luther’s “Eschatology” consisted of life, death, sleep in the grave for an undetermined length of time, and a general resurrection of one last day. Here are the words of the man, himself.
“We must consider the coffin as nothing more than the bosom of our Lord, or paradise, the grave as nothing more than a downy bed on which to lay ourselves. . . . Death and grave mean nothing more than that God neatly lays you as a child in his cradle, or soft little bed where you sweetly sleep until the Day of Judgment. ...Luther prayed, "Help us not to fear but to desire death." He confessed, "We should be happy to be dead and desire to die." (The Theology of Martin Luther, by Paul Althaus).
“Even so likewise God will deal at the day of judgment [emphasis mine] therewith he will separate all things through fire...will separate the righteous from the ungodly...the righteous shall ascend upwards into heaven and therein shall live everlastingly but the wicked as the dross and filth shall remain in hell and therein be damned... (p. 408, The Familiar Discourses of Dr. Martin Luther, tr. by H. Bell)
The Millennium is the prophesied, thousand-year period of time when Christ shall reign upon the Earth with a “rod of iron.” He will be the King of Kings. He will not listen to any of these atheists. There will be no catering to the hypocrisy of religious people trying to pretend they are children of God, and who run to the church on Sunday, and to the bar on Monday! The Savior, who called the Pharisees of old “hypocrites” five times, and ended with Matthew 23:33, “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?”...will undoubtedly have a few choice words for the modern-day Pharisees!
No! Christ will rule this Earth with a “rod of iron.” There will be no more rapes, thefts, murders, or crime of any kind. It will be an Earth, for a thousand years, as God intended it to be, in contrast to what mankind has done to destroy the beautiful things that God has given him, including his own life, many times. Satan will be bound during this period of time, and earthly peace will prevail.
In the Old Testament, this period is described as the Kingdom of Heaven. Daniel 2:44, Isaiah 11, and Ezekiel 40-48, are the key Old Testament passages which describe the peace and righteousness of this time. Israel will be restored and converted. They will have an honored place in the Millennial Kingdom, and all of the land that God promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will be inherited by them. God will fulfill all His promises to His Chosen People during the thousand-year Millennial Reign. They will rule and reign with Christ.
9. What Do We Mean By “The Rapture?”
One of the key passages for the event of the Rapture is found in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. In Verse 17, "caught up" is the Greek word, "HARPAZO," and means "to be raptured, or snatched away, forcibly and suddenly." The Latin word for "shall be caught up" is "rapiemur." The Latin dictionary says that the root for the Latin word "rapiemur" is "rapio," which means "to snatch, grab, carry off, abduct.”
Birds of prey, also known as raptors, hunt and feed on other animals. The term, "raptor," is derived from the Latin word “rapere” (meaning to seize or take by force). These birds are characterized by keen vision that allows them to detect prey during flight, and powerful talons and beaks. They swoop down out of the night to sink their talons deep, and carry off their prey. One moment the lamb is grazing, and the next he is caught up—never to be seen again.
Latin uses word endings to show case, number, gender, and tense, to clarify the meaning. Many words are "transliterated" directly into English with English endings added. The Latin Vulgate Bible is the Latin translation of the Hebrew and Greek manuscripts by Jerome, completed around 405 A.D., and it does have the word “rapiemur” in 1 Thessalonians 4:17.
From the King James Translation, translated from the Greek of the Textus Receptus, and the best translation in existence today, we quote 1 Thessalonians 4:17,
“Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up [harpazo] together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
In 1 Thessalonians 4:17, the Latin Vulgate reads:
"deinde nos qui vivimus qui relinquimur simul rapiemur [caught up] cum illis in nubibus obviam Domino in aera et sic semper cum Domino erimus."
The Latin Text translated by Erasmus in 1555 reads the same and, also, contains the word “rapiemur.”
"deinde nos qui uiuimus, qui relinqui erimus, fimul cum illis rapiemur? [caught up] in nubib occurfum domini in aëra, & fic femper cum domino erimus."
There you have it. "Rapture" is a scriptural word...just in a different language, or translation!
The Greek verb, “harpazo,” has various meanings according to the context; therefore, it is not translated by only one, uniform, English word. Here are some of the meanings indicated by the context of Scripture:
- "Catch up, or away;" 2. “Rapture by force of divine power;” 3. “Swiftly removed by force from one place to another;” 4. “To pluck.”
- John 10:28, 29, translated "pluck" from the Greek word "HARPAZO."
"And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man PLUCK them out of my hand. (28) My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to PLUCK them out of my Father's hand” (29).
- John 6:15, translated "take by force" from the Greek "HARPAZO."
"When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and TAKE HIM BY FORCE, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone."
- Acts 8:39. This was when Philip was "caught away," translated from the Greek word, "HARPAZO."
"And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord CAUGHT AWAY Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing."
- 2 Corinthians 12:2, 4. Paul was “caught up” to Paradise, translated from the Greek word “HARPAZO."
"I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one CAUGHT UP to the third heaven." (2).
"How that he was CAUGHT UP into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter" (4).
- 1 Thessalonians 4:17. This is the Rapture, when believers are "caught up," meaning “force exercised suddenly,” translated from the Greek word "HARPAZO."
"Then we which are alive and remain shall be CAUGHT UP together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
- Matthew 11:12, translated "take by force" from the Greek word "HARPAZO."
"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent TAKE IT BY FORCE."
- Acts 23:10 translated "take by force." Paul, being rescued from the mob was “taken by force,” translated from the Greek word "HARPAZO."
"And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to TAKE HIM BY FORCE from among them, and to bring him into the castle."
- Acts 1:11. At the Ascension, Christ was “taken up” into heaven, translated from the Greek word “HARPAZO.”
"...Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is TAKEN UP from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven."
You and I, as Christians, because we’ve received Jesus Christ as our Savior, will be at home in Heaven when the awful judgments in the Book of Revelation take place here on earth. God will direct them from Heaven, Himself. He will call this angel over and say, “I want you to go down there. Move the sun closer to the Earth so that it will burn men, and they will seek to have relief, but they will find none!” This is only one of God’s judgments, as recorded in Revelation 16:8, 9:
“And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. (8) And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.”
Before we conclude this introduction, let me ask you this. Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior? Thank God that He loved us, and He sent Jesus Christ to pay for our sin. In John 14:6, he says,
“…I am the way, the truth, and the life: and no man cometh unto the father, but by me.”
You can accept Christ, now, as your Savior, and miss this terrible time. I hope that you’ll do that.