God's Sword of Truth - The Word
By The Holy Spirit's Disciple, Raymond Laginess
"The Revelation of Jesus Christ which God
gave unto Him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come
to pass....". Revelations 1:1
Chapters 1 through 3
The following is the record of the Lord Jesus Christ to all creation as to what MUST shortly come to pass in these last days. For those of us who are alive at this time will bear witness as to what shall occur. The Lord has not left us in darkness..."Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophesy, and keep those things which are written for the time is at hand." Revelations 1:3..... for with the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit, the vision is open to us.
The Book of Revelation was written in the 1st century, around 96 A.D. by the Apostle John, an instrument (or pencil if you will), who was guided by the Holy Spirit. It shows the love of Jesus for us when we shall need it.
There are sections, chapters and verses, put in by man, to assist them in what they thought was a better way to understand the Word on their own. If you are led by the Spirit you do not need man's help. I can give you some scriptural definitions to guide you through the 1st section. In Chapter 1 through 3, the Church, meaning the body of believers, are the body of Christ. At the beginning of Chapter 4, the church has been raptured and is in heaven with the Lord, watching the events which are taking place on earth.
The "Seven Church Periods" depict the life style and spiritual position of a group of people and the growth of these Christians during that particular era. The number seven (a completion number) as used in scripture: Christians have 6000 years on earth as humans and 1000 years with Christ as King of Kings, ruling the earth, free of all sin and the devil. His throne will be in Jerusalem as He told us in scripture.
The "Seven Time Periods" are a replay of the past, present and future in history, a rise and fall of the body of Christ (Christians) and how Satan's influence changed the way of life of the spiritual Christians in their time period.
Seven Church Ages Meaning Period of Time 1. Ephesus Desirable 0 - 100 years a.d. 2. Smyrna Bittersweet 100 - 300 years a.d. 3. Pergamos Marriage or Mixed Union 300 - 500 years a.d. 4. Thyatira Assembly, All One 500 - 1500 years a.d. 5. Sardis Escaping, Come Out 1500 - 1700 years a.d. 6. Philadelphia Brotherly False Love, Religion 1700 - 1900 years a.d. 7. Laodicea Civil Rights, Lukewarm, End Time 1900 - Present
Each letter to the above churches (group of people saved at that time) is a time table or period pertaining to the lives of the saints in the growth of the body of Christ. There were many groups of Christians in many areas and locations in Asia. Each name given the church age was chosen for the meaning of that time period which showed the nature and spirit of that particular time and era. The body was in a baby stage, still on the milk of the Word in learning the ways of the Spirit. Satan was also present to seek and destroy the truth of the Word. He used the flesh of these people so that they would take their eyes off Jesus, making it hard for them to have spiritual growth. He didn't want them to know the truth of the Word by the Spirit, nor did he want them to have salvation. Now if you are told that you need MORE than Jesus and that He didn't do it all and that you need to belong to a religion and do works, earning your salvation, it's a LIE.....YOU ONLY NEED JESUS....NOTHING ELSE!
We have the Word as our road map to Jesus and heaven, it's our spiritual food to salvation. We have spent six thousand years of the total time given us in the Lord's plan. We've had plenty of time to choose (by our free will) where we want to go - to be with Jesus or Satan!......our choice! It's our only reason for life on this earth. It's not on this earth that we have fun or a good life, but the next.......forever!
The first 2000 years was from Adam to Abraham.....the next 2000 years was from Abraham to Christ and from the birth of Christ until His Second Coming is the end of time of our life on earth, 6000 years in all, ("6" - the mark of man). The last 1000 years (the millennium), Christ will rule on the earth, a time of flesh and spirit living together, no crime, no death. Jesus was the LAST PROPHET on earth, He is our new covenant to salvation by love. It was His way to show us, through the Word, salvation. It was not given to any holy man in order to lead us into salvation. In His Book of Revelations, He shows all things we need to know and only by the Holy Spirit can we know them.
He gives us a path through the valley of death, a road map leading to HIM!. No man can come to Christ any other way. It is not a private interpretation, nor through man or religion. The Holy Spirit wrote it and only He can teach it, He has the key. I will teach it through the Holy Spirit, as He taught me. There is an appointed time and it is now. God's wrath is near and has begun....it is the beginning of birth pangs....it's Armageddon time.
#1 THE FIRST LETTER TO THE BODY OF CHRIST - EPHESUS (Rev. 2:1-7)
You must read it for yourself (click on the blue area above to read the scripture). I'll then give you answers.
This church is called desirable because it is the start of the body of Christ, the beginning of the church age from 0 - 100 a.d. It is the start of the involvement of the Holy Spirit. As in all earlier fellowships of believers, Paul mentions in Acts 20, 29-30 that Satan's wolves had entered into the flock as angels of light, sparing none. These false agents were called Nicolaitanes, a group of men who set up a priestly order following the Old Testament of Levites: Bishops, Archbishops, Cardinals and a Pope with a dogma of Apostolic succession. It is written that God hates the sin of the people, their dogma and system of worship. The early church recognized them as false apostles and liars who caused much confusion, who lost their First Love (Jesus) and they did take a few souls with them, backslidden, and back in the flesh of the world.
#2 THE SECOND LETTER TO THE BODY OF CHRIST - SMYRNA (Rev. 2:8-11)
This church is called bittersweet because many Christians were martyred for Christ's sake from 100 - 300 a.d (considered the sweet part). The root word of this church is "bitterness", meaning "myrrh", the ointment associated with death. The Lord had to chastise this body of believers and they had to return to a grace period of love, not a flesh one of the world. The members of this group were told not to fear the things that they should be called on to suffer for Christ's sake, but to be faithful even unto death. They did face martyrdom and they remained faithful...their reward?....the "Crown of Life", the martyrs crown. Jesus had nothing against this body, as they did face death and were killed for Jesus' Name. Oh, what a blessing to die for Christ. Many Christians died during this period. They went underground to hide from false religions of that time. They did the same thing many times during the reformation, inquisition and holy wars.
#3 THE THIRD LETTER TO THE BODY OF CHRIST - PERGAMOS (Rev. 2:12-17)
This church is called mixed union because many beliefs and pagan customs coming together into one in the time of 300 - 500 a.d. If you know history and go back to the time periods, you can see the facts of what is happening, and the history of the past is what Revelations is all about. If you have the key, you can see it all. In this letter (Pergamos era) it's the time era of Attalus III, King of the Chaldeans and the Persians. Satan moved his capitol from Babylon to Pergamos and at first persecuted all followers of Christ and killed many saints. The next main event that took place was the uniting of church and state through the power of Constantine, who offered all kinds of inducements for worldly reasons. He brought all types of beliefs and religions into the fold, even brought pagans into this system, which was for political reasons, not religious reasons. It was under one system and easy to control all the people. All kinds of cults and beliefs were allowed in under one system. Again, believing that there were many roads to heaven. The doctrine and teachings of the Nicolaitanes and Balaam belief was in and it got a good foothold. The first great council held in Nicaea in 325 a.d. was the actual marriage of church and state....meaning marriage (or mixed union). This was known as spiritual fornication or Balaamism. Festivals and doctrines of devils were introduced into the religious church for the sake of pagan and idol worship of the sun god, which to this day is known as the birthday of Jesus (Dec. 25th). Also, Jezebel was made into the virgin Mary and she was allowed to teach her false doctrines, making sacrifice to statues, idols, and having pictures of what the Lord looked like. This letter led to the following letter.
#4 THE FORTH LETTER TO THE BODY OF CHRIST - THYATIRA (Rev. 2:18-29)
This church is called the assembly (or all-one) due to the joining together of different beliefs and pagan customs into an apostolic or papacy for control purposes in the time of 500 - 1500 a.d. Jezebel, a "prophetess", a real person in past history who had high influence with the King, brought in all kinds of pernicious doctrines of the flesh, eating things sacrificed to idols. She seduced the world and religion of the time. She helped to define what religion is which aided man and world religion of the time. The system aided the "papal church", the papal system from 606 a.d. to the reformation, 1520 a.d. During this time the papacy added the sacrifice of the mass (worship to a bread god), with all of this being a form of Jezebelism and worship to Baal (in Jewish history, it is written in the time of I Kings 16:29-33). This brought in much sin and the papal church brought in: images, icons and pictures of all kings of people, even calling them "saints". They even stated that they were superior to the Bible and the Word. They claim to have written the Word of the Lord. The papal church says that they come from Peter, a stone. Yet there is no record of fact to this.
#5 THE FIFTH LETTER TO THE BODY OF CHRIST - SARDIS (Rev. 3: 1-6)
This church is called the escaping (coming out church) because the Christians, even though they realized that they were in an apostolic papacy and came out of it, they didn't all come out totally because they still had some pagan customs which they kept in the time of 1500 - 1700 a.d. This church had a "Formalistic" system, given over to ritualistic worship with the end results of a papal system. It has a zeal but no love of the Lord in Spirit. Spiritual lives were doing works, lacking knowledge of the spirit. They tried to gain their own righteousness by their system of worship in things they could see, not by faith. They might even believe in a christ, a form of antichrist or a false Jesus, spoken of by Jesus in the last days. There are many antichrists in the world today.
During the reformation period, many tried to come out of her (Martin Luther), but they also fell short by keeping some of the papal doctrines, rules and ten commandments, a system of works, not of Spirit. They kept the law alive and joined the local government, becoming patriots of world governments. They did not understand Romans 13 (read it) and how it talks about a spiritual government, not a worldly one. They became flag wavers. It is written: "Love not the World, nor the things of it"...do not be lukewarm. The church of Sardis was as the virgins were in the Word...."no oil in their lamps". They have the church as a building or a social meeting hall where they tried to save the people, saying that they were saved through a system of man or religion of man. They had rules, laws, sacraments, membership, baptism in water, etc....but all were not of the Spirit and the Lord shall say to them, "I know you not". Many who say "Lord, Lord" do not even know Him. They know antichrist.
#6 THE SIXTH LETTER TO THE BODY OF CHRIST - PHILADELPHIA (Rev. 3: 7-13)
This church was called a false love or religious church because they went back into an apostolic church gathering, in the name of revival, in the time of 1700 - 1900 a.d. Throughout this period of history the body of Christ was weak in faith and built their faith on doctrines of a social system, a fellowship church of brotherly love. All the religions did not agree on faith, nor did they agree with scripture of the Word....believing that just saying "Jesus is Lord" was enough for them, and feeling that there are many roads to heaven was acceptable to them, as do today's Catholics. There was no Holy Spirit guiding the body of Christ as there were in the Book of Acts. There were just men, claiming to be holy men who knew all things. These groups of men were not taught by the Spirit, such as today's self-proclaimed "holy men", not really knowing Jesus Christ. That is why, in today's religion, they are always trying to have "Revival", always working for goodness, wanting heaven on earth. They are always trying to save a lost earth....and don't even know their scripture. The wrath of the Lord is coming soon and they will be left behind because they are not ready for the Lord. These same people think about hell, but do not even believe that it is real, they believe that if you are a good person you will make it to heaven. Sorry! No such thing! It has nothing to do with one being "good". You must know Jesus Christ as your Savior. The real one, not the antichrist of the world. The door is about to close on salvation and all must make a choice.
Do not take the "666" mark.....do not follow religions of men....let you heart rule your life through Christ. Trust the Lord! Study to show yourself approved! The religions of today have not studied....it would rather follow after the world's system of grace. You can't pay for grace if it's the Lord's way.....it's FREE....you need nothing else, not even a fellowship, it's faith, not feeling.
#7 THE SEVENTH LETTER TO THE BODY OF CHRIST - LAODICEANS (Rev. 3: 14-22)
Please make sure to read this letter (click on blue area above), because it was written to todays church!
This church was called a lukewarm and civil rights church because even though the church knew of the Lord Jesus Christ, they didn't actually know Him. The time period for this church is 1900 a.d. to present. What is the world about today - these last days? Civil rights for all....which was the meaning of Laodicea. Think about it! Even the children have civil rights - suing their parents; ERA for women, gay and lesbian rights, all kinds of rights! It's all a front of false justice. Things will never be just until Christ returns and He rules. Men are evil, the world is evil and satan is the prince of it for the time being, but it is going to change soon! He is coming! The great wrath comes first....the signs are here, look around you, hear it on TV, read about it in your daily newspaper. You can read about it, hear about it and you can definitely see it happening, can't you?
This is a very lukewarm era. People say they know Jesus, but do not. They say that they believe in Him, but they do not trust Him. They live by sight, by feeling, by teachings of men, not the Spirit. They find church buildings that believe the way they do and therefore they become a member of that church. They want faith and works done for them in the flesh of the world. They can't come together because they do not agree with each other on how to get to Jesus by the Spirit. Each has their own doctrine of faith...having nothing to do with the Word. The Lord shall say to this group - "I know you not".
The Laodicean era, the era we are living in today has no real faith, no real love. This is a cartoon world...full of statues, idols, animals that can talk and have a soul and can think for themselves....kids are brought up with these lies and fantasies and with no solid foundation to grow on. Juveniles are becoming parents and our court system even backs them, can you believe that? The devil has won for now but it shall soon end.
This world has no spiritual atmosphere.....it's lukewarm, naked and wretched. There is no white raiment, they have on the wrong wedding garment and they are spiritually blind and spiritually dead.
Chapters 4 through 22
The time of the great tribulation as told in the Olivet Discourse
In Matthew 24 verse 21-25, Jesus told us what is to come in the last days.
Verse 21: "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor shall be." Verse 22: "And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened." Verse 23:"Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not." Verse 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." Verse 25: "Behold I have told you before."
Jesus is true, His Word is true and He has warned us. For those who are ready He will come and remove, or take out (rapture) the christians before His wrath is poured out on a sinful world that is left behind, especially those in religion - man's church.
CHAPTER 4 begins in heaven...the voice says "come up hither", the vision continues from there, looking down to what is going to happen (Remember, the person looking down is John who is in the spirit). He sees 24 elders (these are the 12 apostles and 12 leaders of the 12 tribes of Israel). The 1st part of the wrath of God begins with seven lamps burning which were the seven church ages of the body of Christ on earth (Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia & Laodicea). We have just covered each period of their life on earth.
In Chapter Four there are four beasts that come out of the great sea. These beasts represent: people, countries and their lives. We will look at each of the Beasts as we get into other chapters.
Jesus, in the presence of the four beasts, was about to open the little book, in John's vision, of the prophecy of Jesus. The little book lists the many punishments poured out on the world for sin of the world from creation until the present time. The wrath of the Lord is upon us as He warned.
CHAPTER 5 - Jesus, because of His death on the tree and by His shed blood for all sin, had the right to open the book which is a record of the world's sins. There are seven seals around the book, holding it closed until the appointed time....we are now at that period of time. When the first of seven seals are opened we hear a great thunder which calls out the four horsemen of the book, each carrying a cataclysm. Read on!
CHAPTER 6 - The First Horsemen sits on a WHITE HORSE with a bow in his hand. The bow, as a weapon, is power. The crown is the sign of authority to carry out his duty. In Verse 4 - the horse is Satan and he is given power and allowed to conquer his people who are left on earth after rapture. The Second Seal is opened and a RED HORSE appears which is given power to take peace from the earth...the result? much killing on the earth. World War 2 shall look like child's game. The Third Seal is next and it brings a BLACK HORSE forward with a balance in his hand, referring to famine and hunger (not a lot of food around). The last horse to come on the scene in Verse 8 is a PALE HORSE, representing death which leads to hell for those who die, for they have not Jesus and they took the mark "666". If there are 6.5 billion people on earth, one fourth will be killed. That's a lot of souls. With the Fifth Seal opened, the souls who died in Christ, and the martyred at the time, will ask for vengeance. They are told to wait a bit more for there will be more brothers and sisters in Christ who have not taken the mark and are saved during the tribulation period. Now we're ready for the Sixth Seal which brings great earthquakes. The sun goes black, the moon turns red as blood, and there shall be stars falling to the earth and things will be a bit frightening, to say the least.
CHAPTER 7 - It's between the Sixth and Seventh Seals that the 144,000 Jews (the first set) will be marked for salvation...for they shall know the Lord and believe. The number of Jews shall be 12,000 of each of the 12 tribes of Israel (Judah, Reuben, Gad, Asher, Naph'tali, Manas'seh, Simeon, Levi, Is'sachar, Zeb'ulun, Joseph, and Benjamin), as the Lord promised.
CHAPTER 8 - And when the Seventh Seal was opened, heaven was silent for the space of about a half hour. The seven angels were seen again (this is looking back again to the beginning of the church periods) and each was given a trumpet to sound, that more woes are to come. Now we shall see the vengeance that is to come on the earth for each of the seven church ages. Note: The Book of Revelation is not in chronological order.....it goes back and forth, telling a little more in each section, some in greater detail. Again, there is a short interval between the Sixth and Seventh Trumpets. We shall read of the little book , the two witnesses and a warning of three woes.
We enter a very frightening era....with earthquakes - and with mountains moving and falling.
Fear is everywhere and people try to hide and they will know it's the Lord's wrath. Next, the Four Angels, are events to occur. These events are involving weather and the Three Woes. The FIRST WOE is plague and locust, the SECOND WOE is the period of the horsemen and the THIRD WOE is the period of trumpets. Again, this looks back to the warnings of the wrath of God poured out by His angels. Each trumpet and angel starts the woe, a happening of what the disaster is: the First Trumpet blows and hail, fire and blood comes to the people. These are literal happenings...they have never happened before, and it has nothing to do with the Jewish history or the past. The event could be a meteor crashing, a volcano erupting, or a tidal wave. How it happens is not important, but the results are....it will be of cataclysmic proportions and many will die in their sins.
The Second Trumpet sounds and begins with a meteor falling into the sea, possibly the Mediterranean, and it destroys a third of the creatures of the sea. And a third part of the ships in the water were destroyed. It shall cause the sea to turn to blood. Next, the Third Trumpet sounds and a falling star, wormwood by name, releases its gases, which is very poisonous, on the rivers and streams and causes the water to be bitter and whoever drinks it shall die. Wormwood is a very toxic mixture and is a form of absinthe and is poisonous. It is used in France.
The Fourth Trumpet sounds (CHAPTER 9:8-12). This trumpet confirms the prediction spoken of by Christ in the Olivet Discourse (Luke 21:25-28) as a sign marking the nearness of His return. As John beheld the prophetic scene, the Third part of the sun and the stars were smitten. While the Fourth Trumpet is still reverberating, the THREE WOES are announced and the angel tells the world. You haven't seen anything yet. There will be more judgments to follow and more terrifying than what has been experienced thus far. People will seek death to escape the wrath of God. There are still three angels to sound more wrath, such as the world has never seen.
The Fifth Trumpet sounds - (CHAPTER 9 cont.) Part of the FIRST WOE, there is sight of a fallen star...it's an angel with power bringing a key to the bottomless pit. When the pit is opened, smoke rises, and out of the smoke comes locusts covering the earth (Verse 2). These verses are literal as read. For those who do not have a seal on their forehead, like the marked Jews (144,000), or saved people who come out of this period and have not taken the "666" mark (the martyred saints), will be attacked by locusts. These locusts (like large scorpions) have wings, and the sound of their wings is as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. These locusts shall "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" (CHAPTER 9:4). This will be a demon invasion to the earth with much torment and destruction to those who are alive (the unsaved). They will run, but there will be no place to hide. But wait, it gets worse, there are 2 more woes to come!
The Sixth Trumpet sounds - (CHAPTER 9:13-21), bringing four angels (bad, fallen angels who have been bound until now to do their demon deeds), leading a 200,000,000 army of supernatural serpents. Three of these angels kill a third part of men by fire, smoke and by the brimstone which issued out of their mouths. For the power of these bad angels is in their mouth, and in their tails; for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and they do hurt. Do not think that this is a normal battle or war, it is not, the souls on this earth lose. Even then, men shall not repent.
Between the Sixth and Seventh Trumpets - (CHAPTER 10 AND 11) there is an interval just as there was in the seals. During this period a mighty angel comes down from heaven and he has in this hand a little book opened. His voice is like a lion, it is Christ with a voice strong and loud.
In CHAPTER 11 - it is Christ who speaks of the Two Witnesses, His witnesses. And He will give them power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy. They will warn the men of the earth of their sin and what is going to happen to them because of sin. These two men are alive at this time. They are the two witnesses (as Christians are called today) and alive at this time, but will be killed by Satan during the tribulation. You can't kill Old Testament prophets who are already dead and have spiritual bodies. These Two Witnesses are the two candlesticks of this last age, and their power comes from the Holy Spirit, the Lord. They will warn souls for three and one half years (3 1/2), then be put to death and their carcasses will remain in the street for three and one half days (3 1/2), then they will rise up and go to heaven. You see, there would be no need to bring two souls down from heaven to do what any saved soul (Christian) can do with the power of the Lord. CHAPTER 12 is mentioned later on.
The SECOND WOE is past; and behold, the THIRD WOE cometh quickly. And the Seventh Angel sounded 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.
CHAPTER 13 - deals with Israel and the 12 tribes along with the red dragon (Satan). It tells of Satan deceiving a third of the angels in heaven to his way of thinking, and they are cast out of heaven and go to the earth to make war against the Lord's people, Israel. During the time of Israel on earth, from the beginning through the end times, the Jews suffer at the hands of Satan who tries to destroy them, even killing them. But Satan cannot succeed because the end-time Jews (144,000 chosen) hide in Petra (in Jordan) until Christ returns at His Second Coming. This period of time is a picture of what is yet to come upon the world. In Verse 12, Satan knows what is coming, "...Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time".The Jews are told to overcome, as there will be some Jews on earth who are saved during this time as Christ promised there would be when He returned.
Also in this chapter, we deal with BEASTS, HEADS and CROWNS OF POWER. The Beasts deal with the devil or his agents. The heads are men in high places on the earth doing the devils work, and crowns are signs of power given to them by Satan to work evil on the saints. The beast that comes next is the sign of the false prophet (Pope of Rome) who helps support the antichrist ("666" man) who later, with the help of Satan, rules the world for 3 and 1/2 years. This man starts out as a great politician and world leader. He makes peace with the Arab and the Jew for a period of time.....it's a false peace which leads to World War 3 and the end of the ages.
Seven (the number of completion) the TEN HORNS and the TEN CROWNS, dealing with the World Kingdoms, kingdoms of the old Roman Empire. Rome is the last great power on earth of the four great kingdoms which are in the following order.
BABYLONIAN under the sign of the LION MEDO-PERSIAN under the sign of the BEAR GRECIAN under the sign of the LEOPARD ROME under the sign of the TEN HORNED BEAST (two sections: #1 being the Western Power of the Papal system and #2 being the Eastern section of the Greek church)
There was another Beast sign to come in, the GOAT, which represents Four Kingdoms to arise and have power: they are Thrace, Macedonia, Syria and Egypt. These powers are all involved in persecuting Israel in the end times. Remember, Christ was born during the Roman Empire and shall return to it when the Roman Empire is revived, as it is today in the Common Market. They are all old Roman powers under the Pope who helped form them. They met in Rome at the Vatican in 1948. Note: in the Book of Revelations we are always looking back (into the past) and looking in the now (present) and what is to come (future). It is not in any order of time, it is in periods.
The BEASTS are countries and people involved, the CROWNS are the power of the people. It is the history of the world and how it grew under Satan's power. It tells how Satan influenced it by sin and evil. It foretells how the Lord is giving everyone a chance to be saved. People must choose between good or evil, Satan or the Lord Jesus. He also warns us about the consequence of our choice. He shall reward those that are His and punish those that belong to Satan. The Book of Revelations is about the wrath of the Lord poured out in a short period of time (3 and 1/2 years), just before His Second Coming.
CHAPTER 14 deals with new born babies during tribulation. The (second set of) 144,000 Jews, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whitersoever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile; for they are without fault before the throne of God. (CHAPTER 14:3-5).
Also, this chapter depicts the fall of Babylon, a name meaning "Great City" with world power. It shall be a City where the antichrist sits. It deals with his followers, their evil ways and the punishment to come from their ways of life in the last days. The world is so evil and the wrath of the Lord shall befall them in a great way such as there never was. The Lord will use nature and its forces. Angels are also used as instruments of HIS wrath, using signs and wonders which pertain to all living things and events which will take place on the earth. The events coming under the Seventh Trumpet lasts until CHAPTER 19. This period includes the LAST WOE and Seven Vials of wrath of the Lord with more thunderings, lightning and earthquakes. Keep in mind the Lord has always used angels and nature to pour out His punishments on mankind. Only this time, it is the last and great wrath of the Lord.
We now have two signs coming from heaven and they are symbols. Once again, it's from the past, looking back. In CHAPTER 12 again, Verse 1, '.....a woman clothed with the sun" is the sign meaning Israel. This sign (or woman) is not the virgin Mary nor the church, but is Israel. This sign is the symbol of Israel with the twelve stars representing the twelve tribes. She was travailing in birth, from which Jesus, the Messiah, was born. The next sign is a red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads with a name of blasphemy which has to do with worldly powers. Satan has always tried to kill the Messiah and destroy Israel and he knew how the Lord would come, but Satan could never destroy the Lord's plan for man's salvation.
Now, power is given to a man, the antichrist, a man who has a peaceful answer for the world at this time. The Pope wants all to recognize the antichrist as a political savior and great world leader which shall be a false vision. This is the "666" man spoken of in CHAPTER 13:18. This is the man who wants to be God just as Satan does, and Satan will give the "666" man power and he will fool many, even into joining him and making him as a god (in a newly rebuilt 3rd Jewish Temple). But the 144,000 chosen Jews (first set) will know then that He is false and they will flee to Petra (in Jordan) in the end time....the 144,000 will hide there and be protected by the Lord.
CHAPTER 15 - deals with Seven Plagues of the wrath of the Lord, and it also deals with those who overcome Satan during the tribulation period. The Lord's people who come out from the tribulation and receive rewards of glory and will sit with the Lord in His house. For those who did not make it, and took the "666" mark, and are evil and enemies of the Lord, will meet Satan in the Lake of Fire forever and ever. Now, all the men of religion (angels of light), false teachers, TV preachers who know not the real Jesus and the money changers who lived for worldly wealth, living in big houses and wearing fine clothes, going to war for all the governments of the world, will pay for their crimes of evil and nothing shall be hid. Their lives will be as an open book. The seven Last Plagues bring on the VIALS of the wrath of the Lord.
SEVEN VIALS - (Note: all sevens used are completion numbers of events, as in a time period) are full of the wrath of God and were poured out upon the earth (CHAPTER 16:1), "And the FIRST went, and poured out his VIAL upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image" (Verse 2). These sores, such as boils, will be on all of the unrepented sinners, as the Word so states, because it is a punishment that comes from heaven. The SECOND VIAL was poured upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man; and every living soul died in the sea. The THIRD VIAL was poured upon the rivers and fountains of waters and they became blood and the drinking water will be as blood. All on earth will know that it is judgment for sins of the earth. The Lord is just and worthy to carry this out on all sinners.
The FOURTH VIAL is poured out upon the sun; and power was given unto this angel to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat (the sun heats up like a nova and the earth is scorched with the fire and heat), and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues; and they repented not to give him glory. Now, the FIFTH VIAL is poured out upon the seat of the Beast (CHAPTER 16:10) and the earth became totally dark; and the people of the earth chewed on their tongues for pain and blasphemed God because of their pain and sores and still did not repent of their deeds. And when the SIXTH VIAL was poured out upon the River Euphrates, the water dried up, making way for the Eastern armies to cross the Euphrates and do battle on the Jews. The Lord knows all is ready for them, they shall be destroyed. The SEVENTH VIAL is poured out into the air; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. Nations will fail and the heavens will open with thunders and lightnings. There is a great fierceness of the wrath of God. Every island will sink and the mountains will disappear, never to be found. And there will fall upon men, great hail from heaven (up to 100 lbs each). This is truly a great plague and it is for real and it is coming to this earth. The Lord's Word does not lie and those left behind, taking the "666" mark and who do not know the Lord, will feel all of this pain from the wrath of God.
CHAPTER 17 - Now for the Pope of Rome (Catholic Church - The Mother of Harlots). If you have any knowledge of history pertaining to the past empires of power, you would know that the Popes of the Catholic Church have had political power and influence with all empires. The Catholic Church is the only religious power who has an ambassador appointed by the United States. Have you ever asked the question, why?
It is well known the part-French Cardinal Richelieu played, under King Louis XIII, in 1629. Richelieu was the virtual ruler of the French government and had many Huguenots (protestants) killed during 1628. The Pope, Martin V, commanded the King of Poland to exterminate the Hussites in 1429. Again, a Pope in the Waldenses era gave remission of all sins to everyone who should slay a heretic. Rome has always been in Apostasy. Who caused the reformation?....get an encyclopedia and read about it, these are facts of past history and a leopard does not change its spots. If you can read plain English, you can see by the Word of God who the Mystery of Babylon is. Verse 3, a Beast having seven heads (again, seven is the number of completion) and ten horns (the common market), started by Rome (the Pope) is full of blasphemy. Verse 4 - the colors of Rome (the bishop of Rome is decked in purple and scarlet [red]), and the golden cup (chalice) is full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication. It's easy to see that she is well named, MYSTERY BABYLON, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS and ABOMINATIONS of the earth. Verse 9 tells us where the Pope sits, and it's well known in history that the seven heads and seven mountains on which the woman sitteth is the holy mother church. The world's powers shall give the antichrist their power and the Pope will add his to it. Verse 15 tells it all - "...The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." Verse 18 tells us "And the woman which thou sawest is that great city [meaning Rome], which reigneth over the kings of the earth."....But all will come to naught.
CHAPTER 18 - the fall of Babylon, a symbol of world power, a very rich city and a sinful city with a power of man. We are warned to come out from her...not to be a part of her for her sins are well known to the Lord. It is written, that for her evil and sins she will receive (Verse 6) "double unto her double according to her works" (sins). She will be given torment and sorrow, and her "...plagues will come in one day; death and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire; for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her". (Verse 8). She will lose all of her precious gold and great riches in one hour..."for in one hour so great riches is come to nought...." (Verse 17). The world shall weep for her (Verse 16) pertaining to the loss of Rome, all lost forever. Lost souls to Satan. Verse 24 tells of Rome's evil deeds during the reformation, the inquisition and the supposed holy wars for the holy grail. "And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth".
CHAPTER 19 - MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB
With all evil being punished on earth, and the Lord having avenged the saints, they are all now in heaven where there is a symbol of a wedding and a marriage feast with all saints in Christ as one body, soul and spirit.
The saved shall now go with Christ to meet the antichrist (Second Coming & Armageddon) and his evil men in a battle which is not really a battle because the Lord, with a two edged sword (His Word) will kill Satan's people. The false prophet and the antichrist (the "666" man) will be cast into the Lake of Fire which is a special place made for all unsaved of the earth, all the ones who died NOT in Christ, and were not found in the Book of Life. Satan will be in the lowest part of this place and all evil souls are now waiting in hell, the core of this place until the time comes.
CHAPTER 20 - THE FIRST RESURRECTION
We now see Satan being bound and placed in the bottomless pit, a special place, possibly in the core of the earth. He is shut up for a thousand (1000) years. Christ and His saints now rule the new regenerated earth and it will be just as the first era of Adam and Eve (prior to the first sin), the earth will be back on its 0 axes, no bad weather, no storms, everything like new, pure and fresh. The saints will rule with Christ as His overseers, with NO crime, NO sin, NO death, it goes on and on, just as if Adam and Eve had not sinned. A PERFECT world. This goes on for a thousand years and then Satan is loosed and goes out to deceive the people who are still human (in the flesh), those that did not take the mark or were born during those 1000 years, for they still have a sin nature and have to make a choice (just as we do today). Satan tries to take them with him to hell. Once again, he will convince many, and one of the lies he will use is that "Jesus and His saints made you do good things and would not allow you to have fun"....again, a lie! Satan and his evil followers marched on the camp of the saints and the beloved city and fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them."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". Never to be seen or heard from again! Amen!
CHAPTER 21 - A NEW HEAVEN AND EARTH
This new creation from the Lord will not have a sea, insects, ants, etc., but it will have pure air, fruit and fresh water. And there will be no more tears as God shall wipe away all tears; and no more death, neither sorrow or pain, for the former things are passed away. Our bodies will be different, immortal, never to die. Eye hath not seen nor ear heard what wonders await us in this new place. This new Jerusalem is from heaven and is a special place which the Lord has prepared for us. The Lord shall, by His consonants, light all the areas. The city has 12 gates made of pearls and the streets of the city will be pure gold as if it were transparent glass, and the walls around our mansions will be made of precious stones, of jasper, sapphire, emerald, topaz, amethyst, and many more. We will all walk in light, "And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it; for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof". No more darkness, crime, bad thoughts or fear to live! Hallelujah!
CHAPTER 22 - THE RIVER AND TREE OF LIFE
Goes on forever - "....a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and the Lamb." (Verse 1). "No night, with no need of candles, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light; and they shall reign for ever and ever". Life shall go on forever in happiness with no more pain, sickness, sorrow nor death, forever and ever. Amen!
Are you ready? Do you have oil in your lamp?
Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
All scripture based on the King James Authorized Version or 1611 Bible, New Testament only, otherwise known as THE WORD. All Old Testament scriptural references used in this article is Jewish History, not canonical, and is used as additional references.