Recompiled by Daniel Lane from the writings of Father David
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THE SEVEN VIALS OF WRATH
WHEN OUR TESTIMONY HERE IS FINISHED, THE LORD WILL HARVEST ALL THE GOOD GRAIN THAT HE POSSIBLY CAN & will gather it & take it into His garner upstairs.—Farmers always keep their harvested grain upstairs in the barn, to keep it away from the pigs & the rats & the varmints & dampness. The Lord will tell His angels, His reapers, “Gather the wheat into My barn!” (Mt.13:30.) And then, according to Revelation Chapter 14, after His grain is safely gathered into His Heavenly garner, He’s going to cast the grapes of wrath, all of the Antichrist forces, into the winepress of His indignation! (Rev.14:14-20.)
This last section of Revelation, Chapters 15–22, begins with this description of the Wrath of God upon our enemies, then goes into a rather raw revelation about these same enemies and their System: A SHOCKING EXPOSE ON THE GOD-DAMNED MURDEROUS SYSTEMS OF MAN that helps us to appreciate God’s vengeance and Wrath that will totally destroy them.
The prophecy concludes with A PICTURE OF THE GLORIOUS GOLDEN AGE TO COME when there shall be no more war, and the ushering in of a New Heaven and New Earth where Heaven shall come to Earth and God shall dwell with man for ever and ever!
VICTORIOUS CHILDREN OF GOD
“And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, SEVEN ANGELS HAVING THE SEVEN LAST PLAGUES: FOR IN THEM IS FILLED UP THE WRATH OF GOD . And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast (the Antichrist)‚ and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb….” (15:1-3)
In the Old Testament, Exodus Chapter 15, MOSES OF OLD SANG HIS SONG OF VICTORY WHEN GOD DELIVERED HIM AND THE CHILDREN OF GOD OUT OF EGYPT by a miraculous parting of the Red Sea and then destroyed all his enemies with the same sea by letting its waters return on the Egyptians, drowning them in a flood. Now in Chapter 15 of Revelation THE ENDTIME CHILDREN OF GOD ARE SINGING THE SONG OF MOSES AND JESUS (THE LAMB) WHOM GOD USED TO RESCUE THEM FROM THE CLUTCHES OF THEIR PHARAOH: THE ANTICHRIST ! The same miraculous Second Coming of Christ which will rescue God’s Children will also begin the Wrath of God on the wicked, many of whom will be drowned in the flood of judgments “POURED OUT ” from “seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.” (15:7)
CHAPTER 16—WRATH OF GOD
IN REVELATION CHAPTER 16, WE ARE GIVEN A VIVID PICTURE OF THE HELL THAT’S GOING TO BE UNLEASHED ON THIS EARTH AFTER JESUS CHRIST HAS DESERTED IT & removed His Church, when God releases His judgements upon the World-kingdom of the Antichrist. In Revelation 15, the introductory Chapter to this event, we see that these final judgements will be delivered by “seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the Wrath of God.” (Rev.15:1.)— Now, for the actual plagues:
“And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and POUR OUT THE VIALS OF THE WRATH of God upon the Earth.” (16:1)
1ST VIAL POURED “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.” (16:2) God with the first vial is going to send a plague on the Earth (or land) which will affect the Beast worshippers, in this way.
The followers of the Antichrist who accepted his Mark & worshipped his Image, develop sores, horrible sores! Maybe the different types of skin cancer that so many people are getting nowadays are a forerunner of the sores that will fall upon the followers of the Beast, the wicked who are left behind to partake of the judgements of God!
2ND VIAL POURED “UPON THE SEA “—”And it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.” (16:3)—No stench in this world is worse than that of dead, decaying human blood!
Now‚ some of these plagues had already been brought about by the judgements of God on the kingdom of the Antichrist during the Tribulation, under the Seven Trumpets of Revelation, Chapters 8 & 9, but they were only partial at that time: A third was destroyed, a third of the waters became blood, a third of the trees were burned up & so on. But this time‚ under these final Seven Vials of Wrath, the destruction seems to be total, horrible! It says the sea became blood‚ apparently all the sea, & everything that lived in the sea died!—What a mess !
3RD VIAL POURED “UPON THE RIVERS AND FOUNTAINS OF WATERS “—”And they became blood…For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets‚ and thou hast given them blood to drink.” (16:4-6)
THE THIRD ANGEL WILL POUR OUT HIS VIAL UPON THE RIVERS & FOUNTAINS & THEY’LL BECOME BLOOD! There’ll be no way for the wicked to get a drink of water, there’ll be nothing to drink but blood! And the angel says they’re worthy of it because they shed the blood of God’s prophets & His children & His people, so they deserve to drink blood!—What a vengeance!—How the blood of the martyrs is avenged! Those that cried from under the altar in Heaven in Revelation Chapter 6, “How long‚ O Lord, how long until You avenge our blood upon our enemies?!” (Rev.6:9,10.)—Well, here it is! And God kind of stretches it out, He doesn’t just kill them off the easy way‚ quickly, with some kind of an annihilation or sudden end!—That would have been too good for them!
4TH VIAL POURED “UPON THE SUN “—”And men were scorched with great heat.” (16:8,9) In the Old Testament it was said that the light of the sun would be increased seven-fold. (Isa.30:26)—and heat intensity increases with light. In fact, it’s going to be so bright that Isaiah said the moon shall be as the sun. It takes temperatures of 200 to 300 degrees to “SCORCH” a man’s flesh, so it’s going to be hot as hell— men burning alive because of the heat.
And will they then repent? No! It say THEY BLASPHEMED THE NAME OF GOD , WHICH HATH POWER OVER THESE PLAGUES: AND THEY REPENTED NOT . ” (16:9) What do the wicked do when they’re punished for their unbelief and sins? Does it drive them to their knees in true repentance? Now, I mean the truly wicked. Everyone is a sinner everyone has done wicked things; but those who humble themselves and accept Christ, they repent and turn from their sins, they have a real revolution in their lives and turn around and go in a different direction. But do the Wicked?—NO !
Under all these terrible plagues, what happens?-“They blaspheme the name of God.” Who? Who do they curse? Who has power over these plagues? The Devil? No, it says God does, and as usual when the wicked curse God when things go wrong, THEY KNOW WHO’S RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR PLAGUES, WHICH SHOWS THAT THEY KNOW THERE IS A GOD , which makes God even more justified in spanking them even harder!
5TH VIAL POURED “UPON THE SEAT OF THE BEAST “— “And His kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain.” (16:10) When the Bible speaks of the seat of a king it’s referring to his throne‚ usually the central HQ where the throne is located. How and where will the Beast or Antichrist rule over the inhabitants of the Earth? Through the Image of the Beast located in Jerusalem , right? It says “that he as God sitteth in the temple of God ‚ shewing himself that he is God.” (2Thes.2:4)
The Antichrist’s seat, then, is going to be the soon-to-be–built Jewish Temple on Mt. Moriah, Jerusalem . As Daniel the Prophet said, “He shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas (Dead Sea and Mediterranean) in the glorious holy mountain” (Dan.11:45)—and there is only one “glorious holy mountain” to Jews and that’s Mt. Moriah! And Jesus said that the A.C.’s Image, this abomination or idol of the A.C., shall “stand in the holy place”—the Temple. (Mt.24:15)
As we said before, the Image will probably be some kind of super computer by which everybody is monitored. What a tremendous way for God to really sock it to ’em through this image or idol that they worship. “Thine own wickedness (this idol) shall correct thee.” (Jer.2:19) By somehow smiting the seat of the government and probably messing up their computer, the Lord is going to make them go from intense light and heat to such gross darkness and horrible pain that men will chew their tongues in agony! Even now scientists can make their human guinea pigs feel intense pleasure or pain through electronic stimulation of electrodes in the brain. Will God do it through the “mark” that all the Beast’s worshippers receive in their forehead or hand?
Here is the picture of the wicked, left on the Earth, deserted by God & His children, who were caught up into Heaven to be with Jesus.—Left to their sufferings & their torments, their tortures & their plagues, licking their sores, drinking blood, scorched with fire & now finally in darkness!—Groping around in such thick darkness that they can’t even find their way!—How horrible!
THE CURSES & PLAGUES & HORRORS WILL BE SO BAD THAT MEN SHALL GNAW THEIR TONGUES FOR PAIN & shall seek death but not find it, & yet repent not of their sins!—Think of that!— So typical of the genuinely thoroughly hard-hearted wicked who hate God & hate Christ!—In spite of the judgements of God, they will still not repent of their sins, will still not cry out to God for mercy nor ask for forgiveness, but will continue to reject Jesus & refuse to believe & still go on in their wicked ways in the midst of all that horror & Hell on Earth!
IMAGINE!—SORES, BLOOD TO DRINK, SCORCHED WITH FIRE & IN DARKNESS! I can hardly imagine any curses or sufferings that could be worse than these horrible plagues that God pours out upon the wicked Christ-rejecting followers of the Antichrist!—These sinful‚ fierce, devilish fiends who have persecuted His children, killed His prophets, made war with His saints & caused us to endure Great Tribulation!
IT’S GONNA BE HELL HERE & HELL HEREAFTER FOR THE WICKED!—For those who insist on being unrepentant & rebellious against God! Isaiah foresaw this time of Wrath & prophesied: “Behold, the Day of the Lord cometh‚ cruel both with wrath & fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: & He shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven & the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, & the moon shall not cause her light to shine.” (Is.13:9,10.)—It’s gonna be so smoky & dark they won’t even be able to see the sun or the moon or the stars!
“AND I WILL PUNISH THE WORLD FOR THEIR EVIL, & THE WICKED FOR THEIR INIQUITY; & I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, & will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. Therefore I will shake the heavens, & the Earth shall remove out of her place, in the Wrath of the Lord of hosts, & in the day of His fierce anger! And it shall be as the chased roe, & as a sheep that no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people‚ & flee every one into his own land!” (Is.13:11–14.) —There won’t be any place to go for some of them, there won’t be any refuge. There will be no place to flee because the whole Earth will become a disaster area under these awful judgements of God!
6TH VIAL-“ARMAGEDDON “—””AND THE SIXTH ANGEL POURED OUT HIS VIAL UPON THE GREAT RIVER EUPHRATES; & the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the East might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, & out of the mouth of the Beast, & out of the mouth of the False Prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the Earth & of the whole World, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” (Rev.16:12-14.) The River Euphrates flows through Iraq, between Jordan, Syria and Iran down to the Persian Gulf. And IT’S GOING TO BE DRIED UP SO THESE EASTERN KINGS AND THEIR ARMIES CAN EASILY PASS OVER .
THE SIXTH ANGEL DRIES UP THE GREAT RIVER EUPHRATES TO PREPARE THE WAY FOR THE KINGS OF THE EAST & THE ARMIES OF THE EAST. In fact, the kings & armies of the entire Earth will be summoned together for one last great battle—still in violent rebellion against God & His angels & His hosts‚ & still trying to conquer the Earth‚ even in their anger & their torment & their pain & their torture!—Still reviling & cursing God & creating even more destruction in a final horrible war called “the Battle of that Great Day of God Almighty”!—Summoned together by the evil spirits of Satan himself & the Antichrist & his False Prophet!
“BEHOLD, I COME AS A THIEF. Blessed is he that watcheth, & keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, & they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” (Rev.16:15,16.) Aha!—Now we see what’s about to happen under these last two devastating Vials of God’s Wrath: Armageddon! You’ve probably heard of the Battle of Armageddon at some time during your life. With almost every great new war‚ World War, that has come‚ people have wondered if Armageddon had finally arrived! But those were only little previews, little samples of the final horror of this final great worst of all wars at the End of the Age of Man!
“ARMAGEDDON” LITERALLY MEANS THE “HEIGHT OF MEGIDDO”, which is a big round mountain in the middle of the Valley of Megiddo in central Israel between Haifa & Jerusalem. On maps it is called either the Valley of Jezreel, or the Plain of Esdraelon, & in the middle of it you’ll find a place called the Ar-megiddo or the Height of Megiddo. And it is around this mount that the “Battle of that Great Day of God Almighty” will rage!
THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON ACTUALLY TAKES PLACE UNDER THE SEVENTH VIAL OF THE WRATH OF GOD.—However the wicked forces & armies of the Antichrist are assembled together from all around the World under the Sixth Vial, & then the battle is evidently fought & great hailstones fall from Heaven & a very great earthquake occurs under the Seventh Vial. So it’s after they have gathered together under the Sixth Vial & are converged into this Valley of Megiddo surrounding the Height of Megiddo, Armageddon, that the seventh angel will pour out his Vial into the air!
THEN JESUS INSERTS A WARNING HERE TO YOU & ME & ANYONE WHO WANTS TO ESCAPE THESE HORRORS: “WATCH OUT, I COME AS A THIEF!—You’d better be ready!—You’d better be ready for the Rapture, the Resurrection, when I come before all this, if you want to escape all this Hell!” And He says you’re to watch & keep your garments.—What garments are these?—That suit, coat & tie you’re wearing?—That lovely dress you’re wearing?—Of course not! He’s talking about the “robe of righteousness & the garments of Salvation” (Is.61:10), not natural clothing! He says, “lest ye be found naked”. That means lest you be found without His Salvation, without His robes of righteousness, without being saved! (See Zech.3:4; Mt.22:10–13; Rev.3:5‚18; 19:8.)
7TH VIAL POURED OUT “INTO THE AIR & THERE CAME A GREAT VOICE OUT OF THE TEMPLE OF HEAVEN, FROM THE THRONE, SAYING, IT IS DONE! And there were voices, & thunders, & lightnings; & there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the Earth, so mighty an earthquake, & so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, & the cities of the nations fell: & 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, & the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of Heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent (about 100 pounds!): & men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great!” (Rev.16:17-21.)
Armageddon begins with the Sixth Vial and ends with the Seventh Vial! A more complete description of this battle is given shortly in our study of the 19th Chapter.
There in the 19th verse we also see “the beast (Antichrist), and the kings of the Earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war” against God, just as it says here in Chapter 16. And SUDDENLY THERE IS AN INVASION FROM OUTER SPACE AND YOU AND I ARE PART OF THAT INVASION . We come charging down from outer space, not on rockets, not on space ships, not on flying saucers‚ but on great white horses with our Space King!
WE INVADE THE EARTH FROM OUTER SPACE, FROM HEAVEN‚ AND WE SETTLE THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON . Maybe that’s why it says the Seventh Vial was poured out “into the AIR “—because we invade the Earth from the AIR ! The return of Jesus and the saints is part of the Seventh Vial’s destruction !
UPON THE POURING OUT OF THIS SEVENTH VIAL, A VOICE FROM THE THRONE SAYS, “IT IS DONE!”—Meaning, “This is the End!”—The last scene of this horrible horrific drama of all the damage that man has wrought on Earth! This is his last horror scene, this last horrific battle, warfare being man’s favourite sport!—War being man’s most ardently pursued occupation, creating the most possible destruction!—Man’s inhumanity to man!
ONE GREAT FINAL EARTHQUAKE IS GOING TO DESTROY ALL THE HELL-HOUSES OF SATANIC POWER CALLED CITIES, those horrible cancers on the body politic of man, those cesspools of iniquity in which man prides himself—his cities! God’s gonna throw them all to the ground! Isaiah also envisioned this great final utter destruction of the City System at the time of the Battle of Armageddon when he spoke of “the day of the great slaughter‚ when the towers fall”! (Is.30:25.)
JOHN’S APOCALYPTIC VISIONS OF THE SIXTH & SEVENTH VIALS HERE IN REVELATION ARE PARALLELED BY EZEKIEL’S DESCRIPTION OF THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON IN EZEKIEL 38 & 39. He says that there’s going to be a great shaking when God finally decides to judge the Antichrist after he has taken over Israel. We know from Daniel 11 & Revelation 11 & 13 that the Antichrist will be there for 3-1/2 years, Jerusalem being his headquarters from where he’ll run the World. But after he’s caused so much trouble‚ persecuting the people of God, the children of God, Christians, Jews & Muslims the World over, God finally has to put a stop to him!
SO AT THE END OF THAT GREAT TRIBULATION, AT THE END OF THAT TERRIBLE TIME, GOD HAS LET THE ANTICHRIST GO FAR ENOUGH, He’s fed up with him & it’s time to judge him, time to stop him!—”For in My jealousy & in the fire of My Wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel!” (Ez.38:19.) When the judgements fall on the Antichrist & his Worldwide kingdom, his anti-God, anti-Christ, anti-religious kingdom of which he’s tried to make himself God, God’s going to send great earthquakes to Israel, because it will be his capital.
“SO THAT THE FISHES OF THE SEA, & THE FOWLS OF THE HEAVEN, & THE BEASTS OF THE FIELD, & all creeping things that creep upon the Earth, & all the men that are upon the face of the Earth, shall shake at My presence, & the mountains shall be thrown down, & the steep places shall fall‚ & every wall shall fall to the ground.” (Ez.38:20.) This sure sounds like part of the Wrath of God, doesn’t it? —A mighty earthquake!
“AND I WILL PLEAD AGAINST HIM WITH PESTILENCE & WITH BLOOD; & I will rain upon him, & upon his bands, & upon the many people that are with him‚ an overflowing rain, & great hailstones, fire & brimstone.” (Ez.38:22.) What did we read about in Revelation that was a part of the Seventh Vial of the Wrath of God?—Mighty hailstones over 100 pounds each! “Thus will I magnify Myself, & sanctify Myself; & I will be known in the eyes of many nations, & they shall know that I am the Lord!” (Ez.38:23.)
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW BAD THIS WAR’S GOING TO BE‚ THIS FINAL WAR, THE WAR OF ARMAGEDDON, this direct confrontation between the forces of God & His angels against the forces of the Devil & his people, you’ll find it in Ezekiel 39!
“And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nation fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God.” (16:19)
BABYLON THAT GREAT CITY has already been mentioned a time or two, and we have discovered that it IS THE GREAT FALSE CHURCH, BOTH RELIGIOUS AND COMMERCIAL . We know that the destruction of Babylon has to begin in the period of Tribulation because of some other things which are said in prophecy about how the false prophet exhorts the whole world to worship only the Antichrist and only his religion‚ and he will cause all other religions to be stamped out, including the False Church System and the capitalistic money-worship System.
BUT THE WHORE BABYLON WILL STILL BE HERE, ONLY IN ANOTHER FORM : that of the Antichrist’s worldwide socialist/Communist empire. Many of the cities will still be here, and whether they use money or not, they will still be worshipping materialism and idols such as the Antichrist’s Image of the Beast. But here, UNDER THE SEVENTH VIAL, BABYLON FINALLY GETS IT FOR THE LAST TIME , “the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath.”
WHEN THE CITIES OF THE NATIONS FALL AT THE SEVENTH VIAL, GOD IS COMPLETING THE DESTRUCTION OF BABYLON : destroying the great towers of mammon worship, the cities of man, which are the centres for all of man’s materialistic idols‚ “For according to the number of thy cities are thy gods…. And the idols He shall utterly abolish…in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.” (Jer.2:2; Isa.2:18; 30:25)
BABYLON: THE FALSE CHURCH SYSTEM
A LOT OF PEOPLE BLAME EVERYTHING ON THE DEVIL, they forget that the Devil can’t do anything except what the Lord allows him to do, he’s literally working for the Lord. So all these things happening in this Chapter are allowed by God & are part of His plan, partly part of His punishment on wicked man. Wicked people deserve a wicked ruler & harsh severe troubles for their sins.
SO A LOT OF WHAT HAPPENS HERE IS GOD’S JUDGEMENTS ON THE WICKED‚ & He usually uses even the wicked as His tools many times, which is the way He did to Israel in ancient times. When they were wicked, He would let their enemies overcome them & persecute them & conquer them & even slaughter them & carry them into captivity & all the rest. But then later on after they repented in captivity & under persecution & under His chastening rod‚ He would slaughter their enemies too!
OF COURSE, THEY NEVER STUCK TO IT, BUT THEY WOULD REPENT & SAY THEY WERE SORRY & beg for forgiveness & beg for restoration & He’d finally let’m out, like any kind‚ loving, indulgent parent, let’m go again & punish their enemies for having done it, clobber them for having harmed His people, even though He let’m do it. They still shouldn’t have done it because they were persecuting God’s people. So that when He got His people out of the way, then He could clobber the enemies. So the picture we have in all of this here, again we have the Beast‚ Chapter 17.
This is one of the most important chapters in Revelation, exposing and analysing for us the relationship between the religious/commercial System and the government, or, as John so aptly describes it, the “fornication” between the “Whore” and the “kings of the Earth.” THIS CHAPTER IS MAINLY `BACKGROUND”, GIVING US AN HISTORICAL ANALYSIS OF THE SYSTEM so we can understand how God sees it and why He so utterly destroys it in the 16th, 18th and 19th Chapters.
“And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I WILL SHEW UNTO THEE THE JUDGMENT OF THE GREAT WHORE that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the KINGS OF THE EARTH have committed FORNICATION , and the inhabitants of the Earth have been made DRUNK with the wine of her fornication.” (17:1,2)
“So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness: and I SAW A WOMAN SIT UPON A SCARLET COLOURED BEAST (the same beast described in Chapter 13)‚ full of names of blasphemy‚ having seven heads and ten horns.” (17:3) The Beast has existed since the beginning of time! Its first major head was Egypt, remember? And she’s been riding it since the beginning as well, she always represents the false bride , the bad woman in opposition, an antitype to the good Woman, the Bride of Christ & the Church.
The Lord is showing us here that YOU HAVE TO DROP OUT SPIRITUALLY “INTO THE WILDERNESS” IF YOU WANT TO SEE WHERE THE WHORE, THE SYSTEM, IS REALLY AT.
And John saw this “woman…arrayed in purple and scarlet colour (royal colours), and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls (precious stones have always represented the power of every economic system from the ancients’ “idols of gold and silver” having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And UPON HER FOREHEAD WAS A NAME WRITTEN, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. ” (17:4,5)
In case you don’t know what “to fornicate” means, it means to unlawfully F—K, and here it means spiritual fornication with the Devil; putting his kingdom (Babylon‚ the System) first in your life and serving it instead of dropping out of it to serve in God’s Kingdom. (New Jerusalem—the Children of God). As James said‚ “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the FRIENDSHIP OF THE WORLD THE SYSTEM, BABYLON) IS ENMITY WITH GOD? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world (the system) is the enemy of God.” (Jm.4:4)
SO WHO IS THIS GREAT WHORE? —SHE IS OBVIOUSLY THE RELIGION OF THE WORLD! She is the antitype of the good Woman of this book. She is the antitype of the Woman in Chapter 12, The Church or all born-again saved Christians. She is the antitype , therefore, of the Bride of Christ . This Whore, this woman is the bride of the Beast & the Devil! So you have two contrasting characterisations here, & each one is a symbol , of course. These are not actual literal things, but they were pictures that God was drawing for John, illustrations of the real thing.
Who is the great whore IN revelation 17 ? IT ALL DEPENDS ON HOW YOU LOOK AT THINGS. The Catholic Church looked at this Whore as the Babel of Protestantism. That’s what the guy said at the World’s Fair in New York when some Catholic official came through the Protestant building with all the various Protestant denominations represented. He said‚ “It’s Babel! It’s Babylon! Confusion of tongues!”
THE PROTESTANTS IN THEIR BIBLES, IN THEIR FOOTNOTES, SAID THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WAS THIS WHORE & THE POPE WAS THE ANTICHRIST & they were very explicit in their footnotes. Well, some of the Popes fulfilled the bill pretty well, especially the way they persecuted the Christians & slaughtered Christians & burned their Bibles, etc. No wonder some of the Early Christians under Rome thought that was the Tribulation & Caesar was the Antichrist! Rome was strictly pagan heathen & worshipped idols—other idols, not Christian idols like the Catholics—but worshipped other idols & other gods, the old Roman gods, etc. So it’s no wonder that the Early Christians thought that was the Tribulation & thought that Caesar & Nero were the Antichrist!
EVERY NOW & THEN WHEN THINGS HAVE GOTTEN REAL BAD FOR THE CHRISTIAN FAITH, THEY HAVE THOUGHT, “WELL, THAT CERTAINLY WAS THE TRIBULATION & the leader of that System must certainly be the Antichrist!” But none of them filled the bill completely. They have come & they’ve gone, all of them from the very earliest days back even in Old Testament times & early history & Roman & Greek history, etc. There were many who caused a lot of tribulation & who fulfilled some of the characteristics of the Tribulation & the Antichrists, which were, you might say, foreshadowings & antitypes, meaning foretypes of the Antichrist to come.
SO THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF INTERPRETATIONS OF THIS CHAPTER! you’ll find that most of them, still calls this Whore who do you suppose? (The Catholic Church.)
NOW TO BLAME ALL THE WORLD’S ILLS ON THE POOR CATHOLICS, I THINK THAT’S A LITTLE UNFAIR, since they’re only a minority of the World’s population. And to blame all the World’s ills on the Pope as being the Antichrist is a little unfair. They try to interpret his name & his crown & all this sort of thing as adding up to 666 BLAH BLAH BLAH!
TO CONFINE THIS AWFUL WOMAN TO JUST THE CATHOLIC CHURCH & say that all the peoples of the World & all the kings of the Earth are worshipping her & committing fornication with her & adultery with her & all that sort of thing, I think that’s kind of really confining it & limiting it to only a part of the World’s most popular & favourite religions.
BUT AS FAR AS I BELIEVE GOD’S WORD IS CONCERNED, & as far as my personal opinion is concerned, if the kings of the Earth & all the peoples of the Earth as a whole are going to worship & commit fornication with her‚ meaning intimate love—I wouldn’t call it love, although they love the World, they love the things—& spiritual sex with her, it’s got to be broader than the poor Catholics‚ or even the poor Protestants. It’s gotta include all false religion!
THE GOOD WOMAN OF CHAPTER 12, THE CHURCH, TYPIFIES ALL TRUE RELIGION‚ Christians of whatever faith they may be, as long as they’re genuine Christians, whatever their denominational name or group name or sect, cult or whatever you want to call them. As long as they’re genuine children of God, genuine, saved, born-again Christians, they are a part of that woman in the 12th Chapter, the True Church‚ the good Woman, the genuine Bride of Christ.
THIS WHORE SYMBOLISES EVERYTHING ELSE EXCEPT THE GOOD WOMAN‚ THE TRUE CHURCH, everything else the people love & commit adultery & fornication with. You didn’t know you could commit adultery & fornication with money, with temples, with possessions? Some people love their cars more than their wives! Some women love their homes more than their husbands! Most churches love their temples more than God! So it’s all fornication as far as God’s concerned, it’s all having sexual intercourse with the Devil, spiritual intercourse with the Devil, & He symbolises it by this foul Whore, an evil woman!
ALTHOUGH SHE’S WORSHIPPED & MADE RICH & FAMOUS & even rides on the back of the Beast & governs what the Beast does & tells the governments what to do—like they stir up governments against us—she’s the foulest, most filthy, miserable system in the whole World, & that’s all false religion no matter what name you give it! I don’t care whether it’s Catholics or Protestants or Buddhists or whatever you want to call’m!
Now that’s a fact! I don’t care whether they’re Catholics, Protestants, Eastern religions or whatever! If they are not a part of the genuine Bride of Christ, the born-again, the saved‚ the Jesus-filled, lovers of the true God & the true Messiah, then they are worshippers of this horrible woman here pictured in this Book! SO ALL THE WORLD WORSHIPS HER & THE BEAST SHE RIDES ON, & THEY COMMIT ADULTERY & PAY BIG PRICES TO DO IT, MAKE HER RICH!
Even if they don’t have a mansion, even if it’s just a little cardboard shanty or a grass shack, if it has become your god, your idol, what you worship, what you’d rather have than anything in this world, it’s your religion, it’s your whore, it’s your witch that has bewitched you with her craftiness and her demonic power to cause you to worship anything and everything except God, in a spirit of selfishness and greed and not love!—Not self-sacrifice, not love for the Lord, not love for the lost, but only love for yourself!
THAT’S THE RELIGION OF THE WORLD, THAT’S WHAT MOST PEOPLE WORSHIP, THEMSELVES AND THEIR OWN PERSONAL DESIRES and greed and selfishness and wants, the idols of their lives.
WHEN IT’S YOUR EVERYTHING‚ YOU’D GIVE UP ANYTHING FOR IT‚ even if it’s just a hut or a tin shanty or grass shack on an island, or a Cadillac or a wooden canoe, if it’s what you’d rather have above all things on Earth and what you worship, what you love above God and others‚ then it’s your idol, it’s your god, it’s your RELIGION! In the capitalistic commercial system of Babylon, its TEMPLES are BANKS! Its temples are office BUILDINGS to which its devotees and worshippers resort to worship eight hours a day from nine to five, five or six days a week!
THAT IS THE RELIGION OF THE WORLD! THAT IS THE GREAT WHORE, BABYLON THE GREAT!—The Mystery of Iniquity, the Great Witch of all Witchcraft that has deceived almost all men upon the Earth into loving things, materials, this life! That is Babylon, that is the Great Whore that the kings of this Earth have made rich and who rides on their backs in power and controls them! It’s their religion of lust for things and wealth and riches and power, and she rides on their necks and controls them! She rides on the back of the Beast!
ALL SEVEN HEADS‚ ALL SEVEN WORLD POWERS, SHE CONTROLLED THEM ALL, BECAUSE THEY ALL WORSHIPPED HER! From Egypt to the Antichrist, all mankind worships her and loves her and f—s her and has fornication and intercourse with her and bestows upon her everything they’ve got and all their power and all! That’s Babylon! Including today’s Babylon, America, the capitalist and the communist They all seek and lust after the same things and not God! They worship things and riches and power and money and wealth, and materialism is the god and the religion of this Earth today! She, the great Whore of Babylon, the Witch that hath bewitched them, is the goddess of this world today! She’s the one they worship and to whom they give their power and who rules over them!
Today virtually the head government upon which this woman rides is certainly the U.S.A., she dominates the most materialistic nation on the face of the Earth today! So in a sense she symbolises the U.S.A., or the U.S.A. is a fulfilment of her symbol of the Whore today.
But the Whore is all of the false religions, including the greatest idolater of all, which is the U.S.A., because it’s the greatest materialistic, richest nation on the face of the Earth, which therefore worships Mammon & money & materialistic things more than any other nation in the World, because she has more of’m!
SO THE U.S.A. IS A FULFILMENT, YOU MIGHT SAY, OF THIS TYPE, OF THIS PICTURE, THIS SYMBOL OF THE WHORE. She’s the Mother of Harlots. My‚ look how many other countries follow after the U.S. & its fulfilment of this symbol, how many other horrible materialistic systems has the U.S.A. spawned as being the present day fulfilment of this Whore!
SO HERE WE HAVE A PICTURE OF ALL BAD PEOPLE, ALL FALSE RELIGION, ALL FALSE WORSHIP, all idolatry summed up in this one horrible woman & the Beast that she rides!—Get it?
GOD SAYS TO US, “LOVE NOT THE WORLD, NOR THE THINGS THAT ARE IN THE WORLD, FOR HE THAT LOVETH THE WORLD IS AT ENMITY WITH GOD! Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world!” (1Jn.2:15; Jam.4:4). For if you love this world and the things that are therein, you are an enemy of God! Because those who love Jesus, “If any man would come after Me,” Jesus said, “let him take up his cross and follow Me. Let him deny HIMSELF”—let him forsake ALL—”take up his CROSS and FOLLOW Me! For he that would save his life shall lose it, and he that would lose his life for My sake and the Gospel’s shall save it” (Mat.16:24,25).
Babel (or Babylon) was the first city man built after the Flood and later in this same chapter it says this woman, Babylon, “is that great city , which reigneth over the kings of the Earth .” (17:18) So BABYLON REPRESENTS THE GREAT WORLDWIDE, AGE-OLD , CAPITALISTIC COMMERCIAL CENTERS OF MATERIALISM: THE CITIES OF MAN !
THERE ARE TWO WOMEN IN REVELATION REPRESENTING TWO KINGDOMS :
(1) New Jerusalem‚ the Kingdom of Christ‚ the Church (Chap.12),
(2) Babylon, the Whore, the System, the kingdom of the Devil. People are working for and building in one or the other.
NEW JERUSALEM IS THE “GLORY OF GOD” (21:11) BUT BABYLON IS THE GLORY OF MAN —man’s greatest achievements are his cities. That’s what he brags about more than anything else‚ his big buildings and his big cities.
But we agree with Toynbee, the historian who said, “Cities are man’s festering sores on the body politic! The curse of civilization is its cities.” They have always been the mother of all abominations of the Earth. And IT IS THESE CENTERS OF COMMERCIALISM THAT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL MAN’S WARS which are always fought for the “love of money” or economic purposes and power, the power of possession of other cities. “From whence come wars and fightings…Come they not hence, even of your lusts?” (Jam.4:1)
It is these centers of Industrialization based on the production of war goods and idols that have polluted not only the entire Earth, air and sea, but also the hearts, minds and souls of all the inhabitants of the Earth with the “filthiness of her fornication.” MAN’S IDOLATRY POLLUTES EVERYTHING “for the LOVE OF MONEY (material things) is the root of ALL EVIL . (1Tim.6:10)
“AND I SAW THE WOMAN DRUNKEN WITH THE BLOOD OF THE SAINTS ‚ and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.” (17:6)
THE WHORE HAS TWO FORMS, RELIGIOUS AND COMMERCIAL , BUT REALLY IT’S ALL THE SAME as they both “go down,” “for the love of money.” In her religious form she’s been responsible for all the martyrs of history, and in her commercial form for all the millions slain in war, as it says in Chapter 18:24, “In her was found the blood of martyrs‚ and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the Earth.”
Sorry to say, that “admiration” was kind of a poorly chosen word in our present day context & meaning. It means with great wonder , astonishment, even horror! Not admiration in the sense in which we use that English word today. To admire today is to respect, to give credit where credit is due‚ etc. But he is marvelling, astonished, awestruck with the horror of this monstrous woman!
AND WHAT’S SHE DRUNKEN WITH? (THE BLOOD OF THE SAINTS.) What does the false church, the false woman , the materialistic religion of this World, the System, what does it always do? It always persecutes the true Woman ‚ the true Saints, the true Church! You can always tell the difference between the two. Whichever government you catch persecuting the true Saints of God, like us, is a part of the governments upon whom she’s riding & controlling.
SHE INSTIGATES THEIR PERSECUTION! SHE URGES THE GOVERNMENTS TO KILL THE SAINTS & SLAUGHTER THEM & JAIL THEM & PERSECUTE THEM. She is the one that controls the governments of the World & tells them what to do, & she tells that Beast to devour the Saints. Therefore she’s drunk with their blood, she drinks their blood literally. She’s not happy unless she can drink the blood of Saints! Isn’t that horrible? She’s terrible! All the false religions, no matter what you want to call them, no matter how pretty they may look on the surface, no matter how nice some of their doctrines may be, no matter how good their people may seem to be, they’re all a part of this Whore if they are not true Christians, saved, born-again children of God! That’s what you need to wake up to!
GOD REALLY SHOOK ME UP & WOKE ME UP ONE TIME ON THE STREETS OF HAIFA AMONGST THOSE JEWS! All my life I’d been taught to adore them, worship them, love them‚ think they were the true children of God & that was His country & blah blah, the holy city & the holy land & all that junk that I’d been taught for years, that my parents & other Gospel people were fed by Scofield & his ilk!
THE WHOLE EVANGELICAL CHURCH, CHURCHES, PENTECOSTALS, FUNDAMENTALISTS, THEY’VE EVEN PERSUADED A LOT OF THE MAJOR DENOMINATIONS, big formal denominations who don’t even know Jesus or the Holy Spirit or anything, to support the Jews‚ to back the Jews as being God’s chosen people & Israel His chosen land! What a deception! What a monumental, colossal, tremendous deception of the churches of the Last Day to get them to support the [Zionists and Israelis]!
“AND THE ANGEL SAID UNTO ME, WHEREFORE DIDST THOU MARVEL? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, & of the Beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads & ten horns.” (Verse 8:) “The Beast that thou sawest was & is not; & shall ascend out of the bottomless pit & go into perdition.” (17:7-8) Now here’s a marvellous verse.
NOW THE BEAST HE IS SEEING IS THE BEAST, IN A SENSE‚ OF ALL AGES. And this evil Whore he’s seeing is the false religion of all ages. Yet God in His revelation is leading up here to the very End, the final Antichrist System led by the final Antichrist man & his final Antichrist religion.
SO JUST CONFINING IT TO HISTORY IS NOT SUFFICIENT. It is historical, but in a sense it’s also present & it’s also future!
SO AGAIN WE GET A LITTLE MORE ENLIGHTENMENT ON THIS BEAST: He “was & is not “—in other words he was, then he disappeared for awhile—then he “shall ascend out of the bottomless pit.” So this Beast is of whom? (The Devil!) He comes out of Hell, he’s of the Devil. But where’s he going to go again? (Perdition.) “Back into perdition.” In fact‚ Paul calls the Antichrist the “son of perdition,” the son of Hell, man of Hell! (2Th.2:3)
THIS IS NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT THE DEVIL & HIS IMPRISONMENT IN THE BOTTOMLESS PIT. —Matter of fact, he’s going to be thrown back in! It is talking about the Beast who is called the Beast, the Antichrist & his government of Revelation 13. Although the Beast with its seven heads symbolises all great World governments of all history‚ he is finalised & epitomised, he is summed up in the last final Antichrist government of the World.
THIS FINAL ANTICHRIST GOVERNMENT IS IN A SENSE PART OF ALL OF THEM, ALL OF THEM ARE PART OF HIM, & HE COMBINES THEM ALL IN HIMSELF. But he is mostly a revival of one which was , but is not for awhile, & yet is ‚ comes back out of Hell, back out of the Bottomless Pit. And what was that major Beast that seems to have vanished from the Earth, but yet is, & is coming back in its fulness? (The Roman Empire!) The Antichrist Government is a revival of old Rome at its worst with its worst of all Caesars!
“AND THEY THAT DWELL ON THE EARTH SHALL WONDER, WHOSE NAMES WERE NOT WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE.” Notice there? Only the people who are not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life are going to really wonder & marvel at him in the sense of worship & falling prey to him & receiving his Mark‚ etc.
“WHEN THEY BEHOLD THE BEAST THAT WAS, & IS NOT, & YET IS.” Remember‚ the Beast is typical of governments, political governments. So this has to be a description of one of these heads, some head that was wounded unto death. “Was, & is not,” & then revives‚ “& yet is.” So the only head of this Beast that that’s characteristic of is which head? It was the 4th Beast in the picture of the Beasts, it was the 4th government in the picture of the Image . But actually‚ in World history, going back to the beginning, Rome was the 6th great World Empire. Let”s name’m again: Egypt‚ Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece & Rome !—Sixth.
ALL RIGHT, THEN WE’RE SAYING THAT THE ANTICHRIST IS THE 7TH BECAUSE HE COMES NEXT AFTER ROME. There’s been no great genuine World government since then. Then the 7th head is in a sense the revival of the 6th head, but it’s made as being distinct & separate because it comes much later .
“AND HERE IS THE MIND WHICH HATH WISDOM. THE SEVEN HEADS ARE SEVEN MOUNTAINS, ON WHICH THE WOMAN SITTETH.” (17:9) Now right away somebody’s going to say, “Aha! That means the seven mountains of the Palatine, the seven hills of Rome upon which sitteth the Catholic Church!” Many Protestants have long called this Woman‚ Babylon‚ the Catholic Church; however, it goes far beyond the Catholic Church! If the Catholic Church fits the picture, well, all right, include her, but it literally means seven great kingdoms or world empires, world powers‚ the same as the seven heads of this great red Monster or red Dragon, this Beast. Seven great world empires, most of whom have already passed across the stage of history by the time this occurs, and at this time there is one last final great seventh world power of the Antichrist.
Now instead of using a beast to characterise these World Empires , He is using seven mountains, always typical of governments or great World empires or powers in the Scripture. When it speaks of “the mountain of the Lord’s House” it’s talking about the Kingdom of God, “the Mountain of the Lord,” it’s talking about God’s Kingdom.—Not that silly little old Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, that’s ridiculous! Just because the Temple was sitting on there, these Jews say that’s the Mountain of the Lord’s House & say that’s all fulfilled.
MOUNTAINS REPRESENT GREAT WORLD KINGDOMS . The ancient kingdom of Babylon during her world reign was called “the destroying mountain” (Jer.51:24,25) and prophecy referring to Christ’s earthly kingdom during the Millennium calls it “the mountain of the Lord’s house.” (Isa.2:2)
THESE SEVEN MOUNTAINS, THEN, ARE THE SEVEN MAJOR WORLD POWERS THROUGH WHICH THE BEAST HAS MANIFESTED HIMSELF and through which the Whore, by sitting on top, a ruling position, has controlled the world.
“And there are seven kings: Also they are typified as kings . Literally the original word used here in the Greek is powers , in other words‚ also symbolising kingdoms , not just the heads of the kingdoms, but kingdoms‚ World powers. And here he describes the seven great World powers specifically:
five are fallen .” AT THE TIME WHEN THIS PROPHECY WAS GIVEN, 90 A.D.‚ FIVE OF THE SEVEN MAJOR WORLD POWERS HAD FALLEN :
4. Medo–Persia, and 5. Greece.
“And one is “: Rome was in power at the time of the prophecy and was the sixth. “And the other is not yet come “: This is the final government of the Antichrist , the seventh. “And when he cometh, he must continue a short space.” (17:10) This is the short reign of the Antichrist world government, only seven years according to Daniel 9:27.
Most of these other Empires lasted for hundreds of years, Rome for a thousand! But when the Antichrist comes, he’s only going to last seven years ! Of course, he’s had hundreds of years of preparation & distinct 150 to 200 years of actual plotting & planning & bringing about his empire. But he’s not going to actually start ruling the World until the last seven years.
“AND THE BEAST THAT WAS, & IS NOT”—MEANING THAT IT IS NOT YET COME IN THIS CASE—”EVEN HE IS THE EIGHTH.” (17:11) Here we pop up with an eighth head, how can that be?” Well, the explanation is right there clear as can be: “And is of the seven .” The eighth head, so-called, is of the seven , it’s one of the seven heads which was wounded unto death & then is revived. Right? So there you have it‚ he’s still the seventh. He’s of the seven. And the amazing thing about it is, he’s also of the sixth. These last two heads are actually one & the same, although some may count him as the eighth, as He calls him here, because he’s going to be very similar to Rome & like a revival of Rome, but still different & worse‚ so much so that someone might call him the eighth.
He says definitely that the 8th one is of the 7 , in other words‚ the 8th one is one of the 7 . And already we know that that final Antichrist kingdom, even though He goes to the extreme of characterising it as being the 8th, is actually the 7th‚ & we know that the 7th is a revival of the 6th. So in a way, these last three, 6th, 7th & kind of a ghostly 8th are all one & the same, they are the Devil’s own Empire, the Devil’s own kingdoms, more of the Devil’s than any other kingdoms or empires that ever preceded them!
ROME WAS THE WORST OF ALL‚ SO THE ANTICHRIST IS GOING TO BE A REVIVAL OF ROME, ONLY EVEN WORSE!—SO MUCH SO THAT HE EVEN SAYS IT’S THE 8TH. It’s like what they call in mathematics, to the 8th power. One number times another, times itself, is the square. Then you go to a little three after the number, that’s cubed, meaning that’s the number times itself times that again. And then you go on up, & it’s all multiples of the same number. 2 x 2 is 4. And then again what do you multiply that by to take it to the cube?: 2 x 4 is 8. That’s cubed. Then you go on up, & in this case you go to the 7th & to the 8th power. But actually the last three‚ 6, 7 & 8 are all one & the same but in various manifestations & in various multiplications, multiple powers, each become worse times itself.
AT THE POINT OF THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION (in the very middle of the last seven years, leaving 3-1/2 years to go) THE ANTICHRIST IS FULLY POSSESSED OF THE DEVIL and he becomes a new man , the Antichrist ‚ with a new government , totally of the Devil. ALTHOUGH IT WOULD BE THE VERY SAME HEAD, SEVENTH HEAD , IT WOULD NOW ALSO IN A SENSE BECOME THE EIGHTH, AND A NEW GOVERNMENT TOTALLY ANTI-CHRIST!
“AND THE TEN HORNS WHICH THOU SAWEST ARE TEN KINGS, WHICH HAVE RECEIVED NO KINGDOM AS YET; BUT RECEIVE POWER AS KINGS ONE HOUR WITH THE BEAST.” (17:12) They had received “no kingdom as yet ” in 90 A.D. during the Roman Empire, HOW MANY HORNS DID THE 4TH BEAST IN DANIEL HAVE?—TEN! How about the final seventh head of the Beast of Revelation 17, how many horns did it have?—Ten! Each of these winds up with ten. The toes in Daniel 2 symbolise the same thing that the ten horns both of Daniel 7 & Revelation 17 symbolise.—Ten final kings or kingdoms or World powers who‚ as the Lord says here in Revelation 17.
Although the 10 horns were on the 4th beast (6th Head) Rome (Dan 7:7,20) it says they receive power as kings one hour with the Beast, So, if they are kings during the time of the Beast’s government, they are therefore on which head?—The last head, the 7th head. Which means, in a sense, they are on the revived 6th head & the shady, you might say like spiritual power 8th head. They’re all on the same head. In other words‚ they all exist at the same time of the Antichrist. They are part of his kingdom, they are leaders of his kingdom.
SO WHAT ARE THESE TEN COUNTRIES, TEN KINGS OR KINGDOMS‚ TEN HORNS WHICH HAVE RECEIVED NO KINGDOM AS YET? —In his day they were not separate kingdoms, countries or powers. In other words‚ they won’t have the power yet . They’re getting the power now ! For the first time since Rome, Europe is being united!—For the first time since the days of Rome, when Rome united them all under its power, just as the Antichrist will unite them all under his power. I hope you’re understanding some of this, at least, so you’ll recognise what’s happening.
THE ROMAN EMPIRE COVERED MOST OF EUROPE & THE MIDEAST. Because those 10 nations are remnants of the Roman Empire, Then they have got to be nations of Europe &/or the Mideast.
WHO COULD IT BE BESIDES EUROPE? IT’S OBVIOUSLY EUROPE! I think it’s apparently Europe! I can’t prove it by the Bible, the Bible doesn’t say anything about the European Economic Community, but it says a lot about the ten nations which grow out of the Roman Empire , & that’s Europe ! And they’re the most powerful. Compared to them the Mideast is nothing, all it’s got is oil. Compared to nations of the World, Europe is the most powerful of all! I’m personally convinced of it! You don’t have to believe it if you don’t want to. I can’t make you believe anything. But I’m convinced that it’s Europe, because Europe is the remnant of the old Roman Empire. Right? It’s still got some of the iron in it, too!
THIS FINAL POWER OF ROME & THE NATIONS OF WHICH IT’S COMPOSED DO NOT RECEIVE POWER OR HAVE A TRULY UNITED POWER AGAIN LIKE WHEN THEY WERE UNITED IN ROME, UNTIL THE VERY LAST DAYS UNDER THE BEAST! He unites them. They receive power one hour with the Beast. You say, “I thought it was 3-1/2 years, I thought maybe it was even 7 years, ” Well‚ here we’re having the use of the term “one hour ” in a figurative sense, in a symbolic sense, meaning a very short time . We talk about, “That was back in Abraham’s day,” but Abraham didn’t just live one day, he lived scores of years! He was 175 when he died, he lived a lot more years than one day!
SO OFTEN THE LORD SPEAKS OF A DAY AS BEING A PERIOD OF TIME. In this case He’s speaking of a very short period of time, so short that it’s symbolised as only one hour , very short. And compared to all these other kingdoms that lasted for centuries, some for almost a thousand years, like Egypt, Assyria & Rome, seven years is nothing!—One hour compared to the rest of World history.
“THEY’LL RECEIVE POWER AS KINGS ONE HOUR WITH THE BEAST” —that’s when Europe will really come into its own with real power at last! They’ve been trying to unite under the EEC, the European Economic Community‚ for a long time‚ trying to unite not only economically , but now they’re trying to unite politically , & when this hour comes they’re going to unite militarily with the Beast ! Because they are going to have the power then with fire, fire power, to destroy the Whore! It says so here. One hour they’re going to unite with the Beast‚ the very last of this World’s history!
“FOR THESE SHALL HAVE ONE MIND, & SHALL GIVE THEIR POWER & STRENGTH UNTO THE BEAST.” (17:13 Which way is Europe going to go? Is it going to side with its present ally America?—No! These ten great world powers or kings or kingdoms or world leaders will GIVE their power to the Beast.
AFTER THREE WHICH he OVERTHROWS—Dan.7:8,24.) they will recognise him as the Superman, the Devil-man, Satan incarnate in the flesh, and they will voluntarily surrender their power and their kingdoms unto him and cooperate with him in order that he might control the whole world and become its great world dictator, the Antichrist. So they have one mind and give their power and strength unto the Beast.
“These (ten horns) shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for He is Lord of lords‚ and King of kings: and they that are with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” (17:14)
But that doesn’t mean He’s going to overcome them right now, right then. This is a future prediction , leaping over the present that He’s describing here, to reassure you, “Don’t worry about it that all these major powers are going to get together with the Antichrist & try to rule you & the World, etc., they’re against the Lord.” They’re even going to try to make war with Him ! But He’s talking about the future‚ not right now. He’s talking about later.
WHEN DO THEY FINALLY GET TOGETHER AGAINST THE LORD & TRY TO ATTACK HIS FORCES, OF ALL THE RIDICULOUS THINGS? (Armageddon.) It hasn’t happened yet. This is describing Armageddon here‚ but it’s a flash –forward in the movie. You can skip over this 14th verse completely & carry on the narrative in perfect chronological order without it. It’s just a reassurance, as the Lord often does in this book, He’ll stop & reassure you about the future. When things are so bad He’ll give you a little promise about the future. It’s happened a lot of times, where there’s a little verse thrown in to reassure you about the future.
“AND HE SAITH UNTO ME, THE WATERS WHICH THOU SAWEST, WHERE THE WHORE SITTETH, ARE PEOPLES, & MULTITUDES, & NATIONS & TONGUES.” (17:15) The whore in verse 2 sits “upon many waters‚” which is interpreted in verse 15: “THE WATERS…WHERE THE WHORE SITTETH, ARE PEOPLES, AND MULTITUDES, AND NATIONS AND TONGUES “—showing the oppressive weight of the System on its miserable masses.
I’d sure hate to have the Whore sitting on me‚ wouldn’t you?—Especially as vile & as filthy as this one is! In other words‚ she rules over the peoples of the World, worldly people, not us, thank God! She tries to rule us, but she has a tough time trying to do that! And when she can’t rule us, then she tries to persecute us & kill us if she can.
“AND THE TEN HORNS WHICH THOU SAWEST UPON THE BEAST‚ THESE SHALL HATE THE WHORE & SHALL MAKE HER DESOLATE & NAKED‚ & SHALL EAT HER FLESH & BURN HER WITH FIRE!” They’ll make her desolate (Barren.) Completely deserted! “And naked.” Boy, she was really dressed up before this! “Shall eat her flesh”— totally devour her—”& burn her with fire.” Now that’s all symbolic here in the case of this figurative woman, but when you apply it to the most Capitalistic nation on the face of the Earth, the head of all Capitalism such as the U.S.A., you can sure see that happening, can’t you?—In an Atomic War or however God chooses to do it. Obviously it’s man’s instrumentality here that God uses. It says that they are going to do it, these ten kings who cooperate with the Antichrist are going to do it, to do his will, have one mind, & apparently that’s his will, to destroy this Whore!
NOW HERE THERE COMES A SORT OF DIVISION. We have talked about Communism & Capitalism in the possible theory of the two horns representing the two different types of Materialism‚ but here it sounds like they have a little parting of the ways.—But maybe not entirely. Because the Antichrist System is going to turn out to be another kind of religion entirely, neither Communism nor Capitalism.
SO IT’S QUITE POSSIBLE HE WILL DECIDE TO DESTROY NOT ONLY ALL THE RELIGIOUS RELIGIONS, AS YOU MIGHT SAY, BUT ALL THIS MATERIALISM OF BOTH CAPITALISM & COMMUNISM! Isn’t that what he’s doing when he sets himself up as god & his Idol to be worshipped? Here’s a new god which his fathers have not worshipped (Dan 11:38), the Jews have worshipped materialism ever since I can remember! But here’s a new god, he’s made himself a new god. He gives his power to a new god that his fathers have not worshipped. Obviously it wasn’t one of their religions, obviously it must not have been even the greatest religion of all, Materialism‚ whether Communistic or Capitalistic.
SO HE DESTROYS THE MOST OBVIOUS SYMBOL OF CAPITALISM. It’s my opinion, my belief at least, that America is the most outstanding head of Capitalism. I think that’s obvious, I don’t have to prove it. But I don’t think he’s going to allow them to worship Communism or any of their former ideas either. It’s all going to be a new religion, total obedience to the Antichrist & worship of his Idol & acceptance of his Mark of the Beast! He’s going to destroy the whole works!
BUT IF THERE’S ANY PICTURE OF THE WHORE, & possibly other Capitalistic cities of the World involved, it’s America
If there was ever a country that typified Babylon, it is today’s United States of America!—A great, evil, wicked, violent country where they worship violence‚ material things, money, war & nearly everything that’s evil! They are creators of evil!
ANYHOW, HE’S GOING TO GET THESE KINGS TO COOPERATE WITH HIM. Apparently they’re going to be willing to fall down & worship him & make him their new god, his Idol their new symbol of worship, accept his Mark of the Beast, & they’re going to destroy the rest, strip her, make her naked, desolate, devour her & burn her with fire!
THE ANTICHRIST WILL DESTROY THE WORLD CAPITALIST SYSTEM! He will destroy the world communist system! He will destroy the world materialistic system and demand worship of HIMSELF as God!—The Devil in the flesh, the Devil incarnate! He will say‚ “I am God! Stop worshipping all these things! Stop worshipping wealth and capitalism or communism or whatever, I am God! Stop worshipping this Harlot‚ this Whore of materialism you’ve always worshipped! From now on, I’M God!” So he destroys her! He destroys capitalism, communism‚ materialism, all of it, and demands self-worship of Satan in the flesh, the Devil in the flesh! He demands that all nations and persons worship Satan—the god of this world! So they destroy Babylon so they’ll only worship him!
“FOR GOD HATH PUT IN THEIR HEARTS TO FULFIL HIS WILL.” (17:17) Whose will is this ? The Antichrist & these kings‚ they think it’s their will, but God has put this idea into their hearts, because He hates the Whore too! So He lets these rascals do His dirtywork.—Get it? “And to agree & give their kingdom unto the Beast, until the Words of God shall be fulfilled.”
IT’S ALL A PART OF GOD’S PLAN, BELOVED! Don’t worry about it! Don’t fear it! God’s just working out His plan. He’s literally getting the Devil to destroy himself & the Devil’s forces to destroy themselves. “A house divided against itself shall not stand!” (Mat.12:25) And the house will be divided against itself‚ the World will be divided against each other, & they’ll eat & devour & destroy each other! So we’ll have a lot less to do when we get here. Praise God
“AND THE WOMAN WHICH THOU SAWEST IS THAT GREAT CITY” — what’s its name?—Babylon, confusion, chaos! “Which reigneth over the kings of the Earth.”—Kings & everybody else apparently, all but us , all but true Christians, thank the Lord!
THE WORLDWIDE CITY SYSTEM OF COMMERCIALISM ‚ composed of churches, banks, and all other “religions” based on the love of money and serving the god of materialism.
What better typifies materialism today—wealth, power, greed, money, riches, things—than the cities of man, like New York, the great city system, the great world city system of man which are his monuments, his gods, his temples of worship!—His banks, his office buildings and all his religious temples, his worship to his god Mammon—materialism, things, riches!
NOW IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT OR WHO IS THIS BABYLON, this Babylon is not just the ancient Babylon city of old—of which that Babylon was a type of the Babylon of all ages and the Babylon of today, the great world city commercial system of wealth and money and riches and things and materialism! The religion of the WORLD is the worship of THINGS and not God! THAT is the Babylon which He’s talking about. That is the Babylon which is used as the symbol and a symbolic name of all other Babylon’s and world systems from the beginning to the end!
IN FACT, FROM THE VERY TIME THAT CAIN DISOBEYED THE LORD and instead of sacrificing the blood sacrifice that he was told to, decided he would sacrifice whatever he wanted to sacrifice‚ he would set his own standards, his own religion and decide on his own sacrifices, that would be his religion. And as a result God was greatly displeased and refused to accept his sacrifice, but rather accepted the sacrifice of his dear brother Abel who sacrificed a blood offering, a lamb, symbolic of Jesus Christ, which was pleasing to the Lord.
AND CAIN WAS VERY WROTH AND ANGRY WITH HIS BROTHER ABEL THERE OUTSIDE THE GARDEN OF EDEN IN THE VERY BEGINNING, because God accepted his younger brother Abel’s sacrifice and rejected his, the older brother Cain’s. And the Lord asked him, “Why art thou wroth? Why is thy countenance fallen? Why art thou cast down?” He said, “If thy sacrifice is not accepted, then sin lieth at the door.” (Ge.4:5-7) There are many people today who try to pretend to worship God and be religious and be holy and have some form of religious worship, but it’s not God’s! It’s not what He has asked for. Only the blood of Jesus Christ can be a sacrifice and satisfy His commandments.
SO CAIN WAS SO WROTH WITH HIS BROTHER—THIS CAIN, THIS FIRST SYMBOL OF FALSE RELIGION and the worship of things and materialism and the gods of this world and disobedience unto the Lord, that he became very angry with his dear little brother whose sacrifice was simpler and perhaps less abundant but was in obedience, a blood sacrifice of a lamb symbolising Jesus. So that Cain, the first false religionist, the head of the world’s first false religion of disobedience to God and substituting his own righteousness and his own way and his own sacrifice instead of that which was commanded by God, became angry with the true believer, Abel, there just outside this Garden of Eden.
HE BECAME SO ANGRY BECAUSE THIS SIMPLE LITTLE YOUNGER BROTHER TRUE BELIEVER HAD BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE LORD because of his simple blood sacrifice, just trusting Jesus! Not mounting up piles of fruits and vegetables and wealth unto his supposed God, but just symbolising the sacrifice of the blood of Christ. So that Cain, the beginning and the head of the world’s first false religion‚ rose up like all other false religions of the world and like the world’s whole false religion from the very beginning‚ the Great Whore‚ Babylon, the great witch who hath bewitched the world with her sorceries and her fornications! He rose up in anger, this self-righteous hypocrite, this Scribe and Pharisaical false religionist like all the rest that followed him!
HE ROSE UP AND TRIED TO KILL THE TRUE WORSHIPPER, THE OBEDIENT, LOVING WORSHIPPER OF GOD, the one who had obeyed God and given the right sacrifice, and he did; he killed him!—Killed his own brother in a jealous, envious rage because his brother’s sacrifice was accepted—so simple, so humble, but so obedient. And his own materialistic, wealthy, abundant sacrifice of his fruits of the field, his fruits of his own hands, his own labors, his own self–righteousness was rejected of God and displeased God because sin lay at his door in disobedience to God!
HE HAD NOT TRUSTED THE BLOOD OF CHRIST BUT HE WAS TRUSTING THE WORK OF HIS OWN HANDS, the labor of his own hands‚ his own works, his own self–righteousness to save him. And when he found out his sacrifice was rejected by God and this simple loving sacrifice of the blood of the lamb was accepted from Abel, Cain rose up in anger‚ self-righteousness, hypocrisy, jealousy, envy, and KILLED his brother Abel!—The true, sincere, obedient worshipper and a truster in the Word of God, a truster in the blood of Jesus, he killed him!
THIS SIMPLE LITTLE PICTURE OF CAIN AND ABEL and the murder of Abel by his older brother Cain in jealous rage is a picture of the False Church and the True Church from that time on through 6,000 years of man’s history. The False Church, the false religion, the self-righteous‚ hypocritical, proud, selfish, self-dependent religion which rules over the kings of the Earth has always persecuted the poor pitiful little minority of Bible-believing, God-believing, God-obeying, Christ-trusting Christians and believers since the beginning of time.
THE FALSE CHURCH HAS ALWAYS PERSECUTED THE TRUE CHURCH, so Babylon, this iniquitous Whore, this false religion of the world, of all false churches and religions of the world put together—including man’s greatest religion, the worship of materialism and wealth and riches and things— has always persecuted the true little church of believers who love and obey God and believe His Word and trust Him and follow Jesus.
HERE IN THIS GREAT BOOK OF REVELATION WE HAVE TWO WOMEN PICTURED: This horrible Whore, witch, deceiver‚ sorceress who has deceived the nations of the Earth and rules over the kings and the powers and the governments of the Earth‚ always persecuting the true Bride of Christ, the true, pure, simple, childlike Church of Jesus Christ, the real Wife of Christ, always persecuted and hounded and vilified and tortured and always suffering under this false bride, this pretended bride of God, the false woman, the false wife‚ the false whore, the phoney church!
WE SEE THE TWO WOMEN OF THIS BOOK, ONE VERY GOOD‚ BEAUTIFUL AND PURE LIKE MARY HERSELF, THE BRIDE OF CHRIST; the other evil‚ wicked—though beautiful—but a licentious fornicator, adulteress, witch, harlot and Mother of Harlots, the False Church! Not only the false religions but the greatest religion of all, that of the worship of things‚ materialism—riches, wealth, power! She is the false bride who rules over the kings of this Earth! She is the bride of many kings and many whoremongers and many governments and many rulers! She loves and f—s them all for gain in order that she might be rich and powerful and rule as a queen, and she thinks she shall see no sorrow!
WHILE THE POOR PITIFUL LITTLE TRUE BRIDE OF CHRIST‚ FLEES LIKE A LITTLE CHILD OUT INTO THE WILDERNESS for protection by the Lord, persecuted by the Devil and hounded by his Witch, chased after by the Monster and persecuted by his Mistress, who at last she gets her due, at last! We’re going to see in this Chapter what happens to her in the end, here at the very end of the Last 7 years when the Antichrist himself finally destroys her! This Antichrist government, this great Red Beast turns upon her and devours her and destroys her with fire‚ and his ten kings devour her, pitch into her and burn her with fire and destroy her!—All the false religions of the world, all the false religions of Babylon city system, the commercial, capitalistic, materialistic system of the world!
SO FINALLY GOD IS GONNA DESTROY THIS GODDESS MAMMON, the great Whore, the great Witch, the great Harlot, Babylon, symbol of all Babylon’s, all wicked, wealthy cities, all the rich and the powerful of all ages! But particularly the Babylon of the Last Day, symbolised and optimised by the leaders of capitalism such as America today!
GOD THINKS IT’S SUCH A TREMENDOUS EVENT THAT HE DEVOTES AN ENTIRE CHAPTER TO IT, a fairly long chapter, in how she is finally destroyed, how the world cities are finally destroyed, how their banks and office buildings and temples of worship are finally totally destroyed, wiped out, and a great deal of the world! Very suddenly, very quick, He says, in a day, in one hour! All the great riches are destroyed!
HAVING COME INTO POWER‚ THE ANTICHRIST, SATAN IN THE FLESH, THE DEVIL-MAN, DECIDES HE NO LONGER NEEDS BABYLON, the great commercial, capitalistic, communistic city system of materialism, so he destroys it! but then the Lord even destroys those who destroyed her, God is just and makes sure everyone gets it! just like He used to do about Israel. He would let her enemies destroy her & scatter her, & then He’d destroy them!
So‚ this destruction of Babylon will have two fulfillments:
- In the destruction of America
- A final fulfilment in the destruction of the Antichrist System at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
First an angel comes down from Heaven crying with a loud voice, “BABYLON THE GREAT IS FALLEN, IS FALLEN , and is become the habitation of devils ‚ and the hold of every foul spirit‚ and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird .” (18:2) This shows THE SYSTEM’S COMPLETE SPIRITUAL FALL TO TOTAL DEPRAVITY AND PERVERSION.
“For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication (the System’s wars for commerce, trade wars for the intercourse of Capitalism, over which every war is fought because of the love of money and the lust for power!), and the kings of the Earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the Earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.” (18:3) EVERY CAPITALISTIC SYSTEM HAS MADE RICH MEN OF ITS MERCHANTS, Doesn’t that sound like the U.S.A.? At least part of it has got to be the U.S.A., that’s for sure! The U.S.A. certainly makes a good dandy bad example of this Whore today!
All these most affluent nations have just rotted , become corrupt, they stink now! No wonder God’s got to wipe’m out!
SO-CALLED HOMOSEXUALITY IS RAMPANT TODAY. They give it a nice big fancy name‚ when it’s nothing in the World but Sodomy !—Sodden with iniquity! And God has wiped out whole nations & empires & cities for those wicked sins of men with men working iniquity! It’s getting popular & accepted & touted & publicised!
WELL, YOU CAN HARDLY PICTURE ANYTHING WORSE THAN THIS GAL! “And the merchants of the Earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.” Well, they got rich on her‚ if you take the U.S.A. as an example of this, you say that she’s Babylon. Every country in the World, who do they want to have as their main customer & who do they want to sell to & who is the main market they aim at?—The United States of America!—Because they’re the only ones willing to pay high prices & will pay the most for their products. So the whole World is trying to sell to the U.S.A. They give as the measure of their success how much they manage to sell to the U.S.A. compared to what they have to buy from the U.S.A.
OH, THEY WANT HER DELICACIES, they want all of her frills & electronics & fancy cars & junk & computers & whatnot, they want those too. But to get those they have to sell to her. So the merchants of the Earth are all seeking to sell to her.
“…Come out of her, My people , that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto Heaven , and God hath remembered her iniquities.” (18:4,5) GOD HAS ALWAYS COMMANDED HIS PEOPLE TO “DROP OUT”‚ TO COME OUT OF THE WHORE , AND THIS IS STILL HIS MESSAGE TO HIS CHILDREN caught in the greatest Whore of all time‚ America, and it is going to be the final message to the Antichrist world empire.
America’s “sins” or idols (“idols… which your own hands have made unto you for a sin”—Isa.31:7), HAVE NOT ONLY BY THEIR SPIRITUAL STENCH REACHED UNTO THE SPIRITUAL HEAVENS , BUT SHE HAS POLLUTED THE CELESTIAL HEAVENS AS WELL .
THE WORLD IS ABSOLUTELY CRAZY FOR VIOLENCE! They love violence! The Bible says, “Them that love death.” Them that lust after blood, God’s Word says. (Pro.8:36; Rom.3:15) They have a bloodlust! They like to see blood shed! They like to see people killed! They like to see violence & suffering! Isn’t it horrible?—Terrible! So I certainly wouldn’t want any of my kids to ever look at that kind of junk!
THE WHOLE WORLD SEEMS TO LOVE VIOLENCE, LOVE DESTRUCTION, LOVE BLOODSHED! Why else would they have these tremendous World wars in which millions of people are killed? How can they stand themselves? I look at pictures of those scientists who are extolled as great men of science, the great sacred cows, the great priests of the great new religion of science, & yet these guys are planning to literally murder millions of people!
“REWARD HER EVEN AS SHE REWARDED YOU, & DOUBLE UNTO HER ACCORDING TO HER WORKS: in the cup which she hath filled, fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself & lived deliciously, so much torment & sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, ‘I sit a queen & am no widow & shall see no sorrow.’ Therefore shall her plagues come in one day , death & mourning & famine; & she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God Who judgeth her!” (18:6-8)
(Isa 47:7-9) And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it.Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children: But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments.
In the final fulfillment of this prophecy, AS WE RETURN TO EARTH WITH JESUS AT ARMAGEDDON, WE WILL LITERALLY, PHYSICALLY DESTROY THE ANTICHRIST FORCES who had been our tormentors and persecutors during the Great Tribulation. “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand; To execute vengeance upon the heathen‚ and punishments upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all His SAINTS (the Children of God!) Praise ye the Lord!” (Ps.149:6.9)
“AND THE KINGS OF THE EARTH WHO HAVE COMMITTED FORNICATION & LIVED DELICIOUSLY WITH HER SHALL BEWAIL HER & LAMENT FOR HER.” (18:9) Are the kings of the Earth going to be sorry that she’s being destroyed?—They certainly are going to be sorry, but not for the same reasons! We’re going to be glad, they’re going to be sorry! “When they shall see the smoke of her burning.” It certainly sounds like atomic fire to me, doesn’t it to you?
“STANDING AFAR OFF FOR THE FEAR OF HER TORMENT‚ SAYING, ALAS, ALAS, THAT GREAT CITY BABYLON, THAT MIGHTY CITY! FOR IN ONE HOUR IS THY JUDGEMENT COME.” (18:10) In one place it says one day , another it says one hour . In other words‚ it’s going to be in one hour of one day , boom, & gone!
“AND THE MERCHANTS OF THE EARTH SHALL WEEP & MOURN OVER HER, FOR NO MAN BUYETH THEIR MERCHANDISE ANY MORE: The merchandise of gold, & silver, & precious stones, & of pearls, & fine linen, & purple, & silk, & scarlet, & all thyine wood, & all manner vessels of ivory, & all manner vessels of most precious wood, & of brass, & iron‚ & marble, & cinnamon, & odours, & ointments, & frankincense, & wine, & oil, & fine flour, & wheat, & beasts, & sheep, & horses, & chariots, & slaves & souls of men !” (18:11-12)—That just about covers everything that the Great Whore trades in, doesn’t it?—All of her products, all of her goods‚ all of her wealth‚ from virtually everything on Earth‚ including the very souls of men, slaves of her religion!
BUT THE WORST IS THIS LAST PHRASE, “AND THE SOULS OF MEN!” She trafficked in souls of men, damning the souls of men‚ sending them to Hell, leading to Hell the souls of men by her doctrines & her churches & her evil practices & her false beliefs, especially in making men love her & love her things & worship her, to make sure they’re damned ! Souls of men‚ that’s the worst traffic of all!
“AND THE FRUITS THAT THY SOUL LUSTED AFTER ARE DEPARTED FROM THEE.” Now who’s He talking to?—The Whore, Babylon. It sounds like the U.S.A., huh? If it’s not the U.S.A., then she’s certainly a dandy bad example of it & certainly part of it, like the head of it, the worst of all! The mother of harlots She’s the most materialistic nation on the face of the Earth! America pretends to be Christian, pretends to be religious: “God’s country! God bless America! Land that I love!”—How horrible!
HOW COULD GOD BLESS SUCH A MONSTROUS NATION THAT HAS SLAUGHTERED MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, that has had nothing but war since its very beginning! It was pioneered with violence‚ it was settled with violence, it spread abroad with violence, it continued to spread violence throughout the World & has slaughtered millions upon millions of people & is still persecuting the poor throughout the Earth.
“AND THE FRUITS THAT THY SOUL LUSTED AFTER ARE DEPARTED FROM THEE, & all things which were dainty & goodly are departed from thee.”(18:14)—All these things that the U.S.A. loves & Europe loves, etc. “Thou shalt find them no more at all.”
“THE MERCHANTS OF THESE THINGS WHICH WERE MADE RICH BY HER, SHALL STAND AFAR OFF FOR FEAR OF HER TORMENT, WEEPING & WAILING!”(18:15) Who’s going to be weeping & wailing? (The merchants.)—Because they loved to sell to America, they were making a lot of money on America.
“AND SAYING, ALAS, ALAS‚ THAT GREAT CITY, THAT WAS CLOTHED IN FINE LINEN & PURPLE & SCARLET & DECKED WITH GOLD & PRECIOUS STONES & PEARLS!For in one hour so great riches is come to nought ! And every shipmaster & all the company in ships & sailors & as many as trade by sea stood afar off.” (18:16-17)
SOUNDS LIKE THE REST OF THE WORLD IS GOING TO WITNESS HER DESTRUCTION FROM A DISTANCE, AS THOUGH IT WOULD BE TOO DANGEROUS TO EVEN GET CLOSE TO HER !…Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.” (Suddenly!)
“AND CRIED WHEN THEY SAW THE SMOKE OF HER BURNING‚ SAYING, WHAT CITY IS LIKE UNTO THIS GREAT CITY!” (18:18) Sounds like New York, doesn’t it?—City of all cities where everybody wants to go, “the big apple,” blah blah! Oh, how sickening! THEY DON’T REALISE WHAT A HORROR IT IS! It’s terrible! It stinks! I mean, it’s a cesspool of iniquity, it’s a sore on the body politic, it’s like a cancer on the World!—And yet it’s praised as the greatest city in the World, the aim of anybody who wants to really enjoy the World & all its things & pleasures, New York is it! And this is the city they all worship & admire, the great Whore, the city that ruleth over the World & the nations. I’ll tell you‚ New York is certainly symbolic, certainly a dandy bad example of this Whore! It sounds just like her!
“AND THEY CAST DUST ON THEIR HEADS & CRIED, WEEPING & WAILING.” I’ll tell you, when it happens I’m going to be shouting, “Hallelujah!
“WEEPING & WAILING, SAYING, ALAS‚ ALAS THAT GREAT CITY, WHEREIN WERE MADE RICH ALL THAT HAD SHIPS IN THE SEA BY REASON OF HER COSTLINESS!” Anybody who can manage to trade with America gets rich. “For in one hour is she made desolate.” Boy, God can finish her off in a hurry!—After all these 200 years they’ve been building America, years & years building that horrible city of New York City! Of course, it’s already beginning to rot & fall apart.
“REJOICE OVER HER, THOU HEAVEN, & YE HOLY APOSTLES & PROPHETS; FOR GOD HATH AVENGED YOU ON HER!” Hallelujah! That’s what we’re going to do! We’re going to rejoice over God-damned New York & God –damned America & the God-damned System, the whole God-damned thing! It’s all of the Devil, the vile Whore!—We’re not going to be crying, we’re going to be praising God & shoutin’ hallelujah!
For GOD HATH AVENGED YOU ON HER …for thy (her) merchants were the great men of the Earth ; for by thy sorceries (the deceitfulness of riches and the witchcraft of wealth!) were all nations deceived .” (18:20,23) American affluence is the dream of every country the world over‚ and her luxuries, sins and violence, from her music to her crimes, are imitated by nations around the world!
“And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone ‚ and cast it into the sea (the nations of the world, see 17:15), saying, THUS WITH VIOLENCE SHALL THAT GREAT CITY BABYLON BE THROWN DOWN , and shall be found no more at all .” (18:21)
THIS IS THE FINAL DESTRUCTION OF BABYLON , “found no more at all “, which happens at the Coming of Christ, and Jesus is that millstone , “the Lord …a Living Stone , disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious. And whosoever shall fall on this Stone shall be broken : but on whomsoever It shall fall , It will grind him to powder .” (1Pet.2:3,4 & Mt.21:44)
“AND THE VOICE OF HARPERS AND MUSICIANS, AND OF PIPERS, AND TRUMPETERS, SHALL BE HEARD NO MORE AT ALL IN THEE!” (18:22) The kind of pipers & musicians & trumpeters that are trumpeting their Satanic music today! ‚ I’ll be tickled pink when they’re all silenced! “And no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; & the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee.”—No more factories‚ no more manufacturing all those steel goods & tanks & armour & guns & atom bombs & all the rest of that slop!
“AND THE LIGHT OF A CANDLE SHALL SHINE NO MORE AT ALL IN THEE.” (18:23a)—No more electricity. “And the voice of the bridegroom & of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee.”—No more peaceful enjoyment of all their riches at the expense of the poor of the World & the suffering & martyrdom of the poor.
for thy merchants were the great men of the Earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. (18:23b) And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the Earth.” (18:24) This Witch who practiced her witchcraft and sorcery to deceive man, to deceive all the world to follow the Beast and his Antichrist, is finally destroyed by her own lover—the Antichrist!
SHE IS MURDERED BY HER OWN MATE, THIS DEVIL-MAN, THIS SATAN-IN-THE-FLESH! This Antichrist destroys her, along with his kings who turn on her, and burn her with fire and destroy and devour her and she is gone forever!—The false Bride, the false Wife, the imitation Bride who is nothing but a whore and a harlot of the kings of this Earth who have lived deliciously with her in luxury and wealth and have promoted her and carried her upon their backs and their necks to great power and glory!
AND HERE IS THE CROWNING CRIME OF ALL! (Verse 24:) “And in her was found the blood of the Prophets, & of the Saints, & of all that were slain upon the Earth!” You say, “What do you mean, There haven’t been many Prophets or Saints slain in New York or in American cities!” Well, when you realise that this Whore represents everything that’s evil in the World as a whole & the World Wars & the warring nations, God is blaming on this woman, this false religion of lust & desire of things & materialism, He’s blaming her for virtually every person in the World that’s been slain through her violence & her corruption, all that were slain upon the face of the Earth!—Not only the Saints & the Prophets whom they persecuted, but think of how many millions have been slain in her wars! Think! Millions upon millions slain in her wars!—Pitiful! Horrible!
All the people of God, all the Christians, all believers in God in both Old and New Testaments were destroyed in her, this worldwide Babylon of sin and iniquity and Mammon and materialism and the worship of the things of this Earth instead of God! This wicked Woman‚ the false Bride is finally destroyed—all false religions, all false worship, all false gods and the things which man today worships.
NOT ALL OF BABYLON IS REALLY COMPLETELY FINISHED OFF IN THAT ONE HOUR OF ONE DAY DESTRUCTION OF THE ATOMIC WAR BY THE TEN KINGS & THE ANTICHRIST, BUT APPARENTLY ONLY THE U.S. It includes a lot more than just one nation, in fact, it includes virtually the whole World System! Because in God’s sight there’s no difference between Capitalism or Communism‚ it’s all Babylon as far as He’s concerned. Wasn’t she riding the Beast with all seven heads‚ including the ten last kings on the seventh head? So she’s a part of it all. She is the Worldly System, literally the religion of the World! you’ll notice down in the 18th & 19th verses of Chapter 16, particularly the 19th‚ it says “cities of the nations.” That’s more than one nation‚ SO APPARENTLY ONLY THE HEAD OF BABYLON IS DESTROYED FIRST, THE U.S., WHICH IS OBVIOUSLY THE GREATEST CAPITALIST NATION ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH & THE LEADER TODAY OF VIRTUALLY ALL MAMMON.
So until God has really destroyed all of Mammon, all of Babylon‚ of all nations, she’s not altogether destroyed‚ & that destruction obviously continues right on through the whole Wrath of God.
THE DESTRUCTION OF THE MOST POWERFUL, GREATEST, RICHEST‚ WORST NATION ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH, THE U.S.A., BEGINS UNDER THE ANTICHRIST WITH THE HELP OF HIS TEN KINGS OF EUROPE, but that’s in the Tribulation, before the Rapture, as according to Revelation 17 & 18, it cannot occur until the Antichrist is already in power & has the cooperation of the ten kings of Europe! But Babylon obviously continues until God has destroyed the entire World System.—Not just America, Then He’ll turn around & destroy the Kings of Europe too & the whole dirty filthy–lucre system of Worldwide Babylon! (Rev 16:18-19)
MARRIAGE SUPPER AND ARMAGEDDON
“AND AFTER THESE THINGS I HEARD A GREAT VOICE OF MUCH PEOPLE IN HEAVEN.” (19:1) After what things? (The destruction of Babylon.) modern Babylon‚ the modern confusion of the System & this Pit that we have to live in. Jesus said we are in the World, we can’t help that, but we are not of the World. (Jn.15:19) We have to live in it but we don’t have to belong to it, & one of these days it’s going to belong to us when we get it a little better cleaned up! I wouldn’t even want it the way it is, would you?
SO THIS CHAPTER TAKES PLACE AFTER THE FALL OF BABYLON. —At the end of the Tribulation by the Antichrist & his kings. So apparently he’s in power & therefore it must be the Tribulation.
ALSO THERE’S ANOTHER SCRIPTURE, QUITE CLEAR‚ THAT SHOWS IT OCCURS JUST BEFORE THE COMING OF THE LORD.
in Chapter 14 we’ve been through the Tribulation & all the Trumpets & everything & one of the first things you hear in the 8th verse is that Babylon is fallen.
THE GOSPEL IS PREACHED TO ALL NATIONS JUST LIKE JESUS SAID! He said, “And then shall the End come!” (Mat.24:14) So there we have it in Revelation 14, the 6th verse. Even if we fail‚ God’s going to get an Angel to finish up the job! “To preach unto them that dwell on the Earth, to every nation, kindred, tongue & people!”—Try to get it out to everybody ! Of course, that still doesn’t mean that everybody that’s ever lived will have heard the Gospel, but that at the very End there‚ God’s going to give those people every possible chance to hear the Truth & hear of His Love & get saved, so they’ll be without excuse when all these other horrors fall upon them!
AND THEN BABYLON IS FALLEN! It’s amazing here, it talks about “she” etc., “the wine of the wrath of her fornication”. (Rev.14:8) This is several Chapters before Babylon’s even described, but it’s obviously the same old gal! Then what comes after that? It keeps talking about Babylon , her fall‚ God’s Wrath on her & the Mark of the Beast , it’s all about the Tribulation in this 14th Chapter. It talks about the martyrs , those that die in the Lord, & then finally you get down to the 14th verse & you’ve got the Rapture . The 14th, 15th & 16th verses are all about the Rapture!
SO ACCORDING TO THE SPECIFIC SCRIPTURES HERE, BABYLON IS OBVIOUSLY DESTROYED BEFORE THE COMING OF THE LORD! So although God says He sent it & He in effect says that He’s doing it, actually Babylon is destroyed by the Antichrist & his ten kings. And when? (At the end of the Tribulation.) Apparently that’s going to be part of the final horrors of the Tribulation, & it sounds like Atomic War to me!
So therefore, the destruction of Babylon occurs toward the end of the Tribulation, & apparently just before the coming of the Lord .
AT THE SOUND OF THE SEVENTH TRUMPET THE CHURCH WAS RESURRECTED TO BE WITH JESUS and the Wrath of God began to be poured out on the wicked remaining on the Earth. During this time of Wrath. (Chapters 15-16), we are going to be up in Heaven having a Heaven-of–a– party.
“I HEARD A GREAT VOICE OF MUCH PEOPLE IN HEAVEN, SAYING, ALLELUIA; SALVATION & GLORY & HONOUR & POWER UNTO THE LORD OUR GOD!”(19:1) It’s obvious that now after that destruction of Babylon, the Rapture has occurred. He’s already told you several other places where the Rapture occurred, He doesn’t have to specifically describe the Rapture again. It’s obvious that the Rapture has already occurred, all these people are up in Heaven saying, “Alleluia! Salvation & glory & honour & power unto the Lord our God!”.
“FOR TRUE & RIGHTEOUS ARE HIS JUDGEMENTS.” (19:2a) What judgements? “For He hath judged the great Whore.” That’s what He’s talking about.—Wiped out millions of people in a big Atomic War, apparently. You say, “Well‚ that’s horrible! Why would God allow such a thing to happen?— Millions of people to get slaughtered!” Well, I’ll tell you why, most of them deserve it! He’s cleaning up the World, & nothing does it like fire!
“HE HATH JUDGED THE GREAT WHORE WHICH DID CORRUPT THE EARTH WITH HER FORNICATION‚ & HATH AVENGED THE BLOOD OF HIS SERVANTS AT HER HAND.” (19:2b) In other words, He’s taken vengeance on all these Antichrist people that have been persecuting Christians & doing horrible things.
“AND AGAIN THEY SAID, ALLELUIA!” (19:3a) Now what’s the difference between “Hallelujah” & “Alleluia”? “Hallelujah” comes from Hebrew & the “Alleluia” from Greek. It’s the same word, meaning “glory to God”.
“AND HER SMOKE ROSE UP FOR EVER & EVER!”(19:3b) Now literally, the actual Greek says “for an age & an age”. But the Bible translators translated it “for ever & ever”‚ probably on the instigation of some of those Catholic church clerics who wanted to make sure that you knew Hell was going to last for ever & you’d better come to church ! But it ain’t necessarily so in that case. This is a translation, their idea. Because the accurate translation—you can look it up for yourself if you want to—is “for an age & an age”.
WHAT DO ALL AGES HAVE? (AN END!) It’s a time period & all ages have an end. So even Hell has an end , believe it or not! So all these places where it says “for ever & ever” does not mean in our language what it was interpreted to be here, eternal, forever, like Eternity. It means for a long time‚ & that’s bad enough! If you were in it, you’d think it was forever! But it’s for a long time, for whatever God’s justice requires that the punishment should be.
“AND THE FOUR & TWENTY ELDERS & THE FOUR BEASTS FELL DOWN & WORSHIPPED GOD THAT SAT ON THE THRONE, SAYING, AMEN;ALLELUIA!” (19:4) What are they doing? (Praising God!) For destroying Babylon. They’re praising God for His just judgements on the vile‚ filthy wicked World!
“AND A VOICE CAME OUT OF THE THRONE, SAYING, PRAISE OUR GOD, ALL YE HIS SERVANTS, & YE THAT FEAR HIM, BOTH SMALL & GREAT!” (19:5) Boy oh boy, it sounds like everybody’s praising the Lord up in Heaven!
“AND I HEARD AS IT WERE THE VOICE OF A GREAT MULTITUDE, & as the voice of many waters‚ & as the voice of mighty thunderings‚ saying, Alleluia!” (19:6) Everybody’s shouting Hallelujah, how about that! I’ll tell you, if you’re in Heaven when all this is going on, I’ll bet you’re going to be shouting Hallelujah, when you see what’s happening on Earth. “For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth!” Hallelujah! Who’s taken over? Who’s going to reign now? (God!) The Lord’s taken over & He’s going to reign ! Here Babylon’s destroyed & God’s raining out His judgements on Earth while we’re having a wing-ding of a party Upstairs!
LIKE AN INVITATION FROM ABOVE AFTER “THE EARTH CASTS OUT HER DEAD” (IS.26:19), JESUS CALLS TO HIS CHURCH: “COME, MY PEOPLE, ENTER THOU INTO THY CHAMBERS, & shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation (the Wrath of God) be overpast. For the Lord cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the Earth for their iniquity!” (Is.26:20,21.) The Bridegroom comes for His Bride, takes her safely away into the Bridal Chamber, shuts the door, & we have the Marriage Celebration with Him!—While the wicked, Christ– rejecting forces & followers of the Antichrist partake of the Wrath of God!
WE WHO ARE RESURRECTED & RAISED & RAPTURED TO BE WITH THE LORD AT THE END OF THE TRIBULATION IN THE FIRST RESURRECTION, we’ll get our rewards right away up in Heaven at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb!—There will be a great feast & a great ceremony & God will pass out the gifts, the presents‚ the rewards to all of those who loved & served Him!—Isn’t that wonderful? That’s going to be better than Christmas!—When Jesus passes out the presents to all the children who’ve been good!
“FOR WE SHALL ALL STAND BEFORE THE JUDGEMENT SEAT OF CHRIST. Every one of us shall give account of himself to God. For we must all appear before the Judgement Seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” (Rom.14:10,12; 2Co.5:10.) When Jesus sits on His Judgement Throne, He’s going to pass out the prizes & the surprises & the rewards.—Or in some cases, maybe no rewards. (Mk.8:38.)
BUT REMEMBER, REWARDS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH YOUR SALVATION! The rewards are something you work for & you earn by your faithfulness & your diligence & your hard work & your soul-winning! But a lot of Christians get confused by the Bible verses on rewards & crowns & apply them to salvation, & then think they’ve got to work for their salvation.—But you can’t work for your salvation!— It is a free gift of God! (See Eph.2:8‚9; Tit.3:5; Mt.16:27; Rev.22:12.)
Now don’t get this judgement & rewarding of the Christians‚ the born-again‚ the saved‚ mixed up with the great final judgement of the unsaved, which is an entirely different occasion at an entirely different time! The judgement of the unsaved dead takes place a thousand years later, after the Millennium, when they are all raised to meet God at the Great White Throne Judgement described in the 20th Chapter of Revelation, which we will cover shortly.
“LET US BE GLAD & REJOICE, & GIVE HONOUR TO HIM: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, & His wife hath made herself ready.” (19:7) Who’s His wife? (We are!)—Right! Praise God! Hallelujah!
THE LAMB’S WIFE IS THE CHURCH OF JESUS , THE SAINTS . As Paul said to the Christians that he had led to the Lord‚ “I have espoused you to one husband ‚ that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ …that ye should be married to another , even to Him who is raised from the dead .” (2Cor.11:2; Rom.7:4) A “marriage ” is not a wedding ceremony but the uniting in one of the man and woman , in this case the total spiritual unification of Jesus and His saints.
“AND TO HER WAS GRANTED THAT SHE SHOULD BE ARRAYED IN FINE LINEN, CLEAN & WHITE: FOR THE FINE LINEN IS THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF SAINTS.”
(19:8) Now when it says fine linen it’s all symbolic here. It’s very symbolic in a lot of these things. I don’t think they make linen up in Heaven, I doubt it. You’ve got to have those trees you get flax from.
LINEN WAS A MATERIAL THAT THEY MADE OUT OF THE STEM OF FLAX PLANTS‚ MADE OUT OF FLAX. They peeled off the stem & they’d beat it to a pulp until then they could spin it into thread & they’d make cloth out of it. Linen was cloth. But it was a very heavy kind of thick stiff cloth, if any of you have ever had any experience with genuine linen. Frankly, I don’t think I’d care to have any real linen! So I don’t think they’re really talking about real linen. It’s symbolic! And He also says it’s righteousness! It hasn’t got anything to do with material cloth, actually. But He had to explain this in childlike terms so you’d understand it.—It’s like robes of Light ! He’s talking about the robes of righteousness! IT’S NOT OUR OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS EITHER ‚ but, as Paul said, “not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, and the righteousness which is of God by faith.” (Ph.3:9)
“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.” (19:9) This is the Marriage Supper, this is the big Party! The wedding is usually first & then they have the Marriage Supper afterwards, like the reception party when they have all the cake & ice cream & wine & all that sort of thing. So this is talking about the celebration, the good time‚ the party, the biggest Party you ever went to!
“AND I FELL AT HIS FEET TO WORSHIP HIM, & HE SAID UNTO ME, SEE THOU DO IT NOT: I am thy fellowservant‚ & of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus; worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (19:10) Who’s this guy he fell down at his feet to worship that was telling him all about these things? Was he an Angel? (No.) He was another Christian, & it sounds like maybe he was a Prophet‚ one of the Prophets like John. And John thought it was so wonderful & he was so wonderful telling him all these things, he fell down to worship him & thought it was some kind of an Angel. But he said, “Don’t worship me, I’m just a guy like you!”—Which goes again to show you there are lots of people like that Up There‚ all the good spirits.
THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE AND CHURCH HISTORY THERE ARE MANY RECORDED INSTANCES OF GOD USING DEPARTED SAINTS FOR SPIRITUAL MESSENGERS like the angels. For one example, Jesus had Moses and Elijah appear to Him to comfort and talk with Him about His coming crucifixion. (Lk.9:30‚31) Verses 8 and 9 of Revelation 20 also show again that this angel was one of the prophets.
WHAT’S THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY? You say, “Well, I’m not a prophet, I can’t prophesy.” (The testimony of Jesus.) Your very witness , talking about Jesus is the spirit of prophecy! See, the trouble is that most people think of prophecy as predicting the future, but the word prophecy here is taken from a Greek word called “prophetes” which actually means forth telling. Not fore telling, but forth telling, preaching the Gospel to all the World, to every creature!
THE FIRST HALF OF THE CHAPTER WAS ABOUT The Marriage Supper of the Lamb! Everybody in Heaven is praising & worshipping the Lord, a very happy scene, & now comes the heavy part!—The Battle of Armageddon! And it’s going to tell you who the actors are here in this scene.
“AND I SAW HEAVEN OPENED, & BEHOLD, A WHITE HORSE; & HE THAT SAT UPON HIM WAS CALLED FAITHFUL & TRUE!” (19:11a) Who is He? “His Name is called The Word of God”—JESUS CHRIST ! The same horse and rider that were under the first seal in Chapter 6, that went forth” conquering and to conquer”, and in this Chapter we have the final conquest! The Lord in the last half of this Chapter has many names, see if you can find them! One’s “Faithful” & one’s “True”! Isn’t that just what the Lord is like? That’s what the Lord is! We’ll come to the rest of them as we go along, but see if you can recognise’m‚ I’m sure you will! In fact, one of them is even a secret name, nobody knows what it is!
THERE ARE CERTAIN SECRETS IN THIS BOOK THAT WE DO NOT KNOW & WE CAN’T EXPECT TO KNOW, & we’re not going to know until it’s God’s time to tell us! There may be secrets that we will be told when the time comes, but we don’t know them now. So anybody that thinks he understands everything in the Book of Revelation, I’m a little doubtful about his veracity!
“AND IN RIGHTEOUSNESS HE DOTH JUDGE AND MAKE WAR!” (19:11b) You mean God even makes war , the Lord even makes war ?—Yes! In fact, we’re making war right now! Mankind has been in a continual war, even Heaven is at war & has been for thousands of years, ever since even before the World was created! Satan fell before the Creation. Satan was the Archangel of God, the right hand of God. He was the Archangel of Light, Lucifer. In Latin that means “the lightbearer”. But he wasn’t satisfied with being next to God, he wanted to be God! So the Lord had to demote him completely. And About a third of the Angels. They’re not cast out of Heaven until the middle of the Antichrist reign, the beginning of the Tribulation, remember? That’s the 12th Chapter of Revelation. (Rev.12:4,9)
“HIS EYES WERE AS A FLAME OF FIRE, & ON HIS HEAD WERE MANY CROWNS! (19:12a) Why does He have many crowns, What is He? (King of kings!) He not only wears His Own crown, but if He’s a King over other kings, He’s entitled to theirs too !
“AND HE HAD A NAME WRITTEN THAT NO MAN KNEW BUT HIMSELF!” (19:12b) So, who wants to tell me what that name was? You mean you don’t know? How come you don’t know?—Because He didn’t tell us, that’s why! “A name written that no man knew but Himself”—what name is this now?—Name number 3! He’s already got Faithful, True‚ & now a secret name!
“AND HE WAS CLOTHED WITH A VESTURE DIPPED IN BLOOD!” (19:13) You could say, well, that was His Own blood He shed for us . Well, that might be one interpretation. But it comes from an Old Testament Scripture about the man coming from Bozrah with his vesture dipped in blood. He was a man of war coming to fight ! It shows that He’s a fighter ! Fighters got bloody in those days, it was hand-to-hand conflict with hand-held weapons!—Really gory! “And His name is called the Word of God!” That’s name number 4 already!
“AND THE ARMIES WHICH WERE IN HEAVEN FOLLOWED HIM UPON WHITE HORSES, CLOTHED IN FINE LINEN, WHITE & CLEAN.”(19:14) Here are the resurrected saints following Jesus into battle. I don’t know where the Lord got all these horses, but if He can create them on Earth, He can surely do it in Heaven!
The term linen is used several times in Revelation because it was the only real white type of material that was considered very fine material. Today even the rich seem to have stopped using it, but it used to be a material of the rich, very fine quality linen. And it used to be decorated with embroidery & lace & all that sort of thing. Anyhow‚ it was the sign of something very fine to wear‚ & white, very white.
“AND OUT OF HIS MOUTH GOETH A SHARP SWORD!” THIS SHARP SWORD IS THE LORD’S WORD. “ (19:15a) The sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” and” by the Word of the Lord were the Heavens made.” (Ep.6:17; Ps.33:6) If the Lord can use His Word to create and give life, He can certainly use it to destroy and kill! He says it’s even sharper than a two-edged sword! (Heb.4:12) So why fiddle around with material swords when you can use the Word , which is even sharper ! “He shall smite the Earth with the rod of His mouth, & with the breath of His lips shall he slay the wicked!” (Is.11:4.) “For, behold, the Lord will come with fire, & with His chariots like a whirlwind‚ to render His anger with fury, & His rebuke with flames of fire! For by fire & by His sword will the Lord plead with all flesh: & the slain of the Lord shall be many!” (Is.66:15,16.)
“THAT WITH IT HE SHOULD SMITE THE NATIONS!”(19:15b)—WITH HIS POWER! Which shows it’s going to be much more powerful than just any ordinary sword. And it sounds like the Word to me! He’s going to just speak the Word. He’s not even going to have to use any other weapon but the Word. The Lord spoke the Word & the Worlds were created! Think of the power of His Words! If He could speak words & the Worlds were created‚ He could certainly speak the Word to destroy His enemies!
“AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON!” (19:15c) —Again the symbolism. Jesus isn’t going around batting people with an iron stick or an iron rod, it’s symbolic ! It symbolises or represents the power , the tremendous enormous power that Jesus will rule with! The Lord is not coming as a gentle babe in a manger this time; He is not coming with mercy now. HE’S COMING AS A GREAT WARRIOR AND JUDGE TO MAKE WAR !!!
“AND HE TREADETH THE WINEPRESS OF THE FIERCENESS OF THE WRATH OF ALMIGHTY GOD!” (19:15d) Now, Jesus isn’t actually trampling around in some kind of a winepress, trompin’ on grapes with His feet!—Here again is a symbolism. This is the time for God to crush the grapes of wrath of the Enemy! It’s a time for God to crush the Enemy so that his blood runs out like wine when the grapes are crushed. (Also Rev.14:20.)
“AND HE HATH ON HIS VESTURE & ON HIS THIGH A NAME WRITTEN, KING OF KINGS & LORD OF LORDS!”(19:16) He is the King of all kings & Lord of all lords! How many names does this make now? We’ve got Faithful, True, Secret, Word of God, Almighty God, King of kings & Lord of lords! That makes a perfect seven! Seven names of God in this passage !
“AND I SAW AN ANGEL STANDING IN THE SUN; & HE CRIED WITH A LOUD VOICE.” (19:17) Boy, I’ll tell you! If any of us stand in the sun, we get a hot foot, that’s for sure! But an Angel can stand in the sun without even burning! Where the temperatures rise to 6,000 degrees centigrade, some phenomenal amount! I don’t know whether they really know or not because they’re wrong about a lot of other things.
IN ORDER FOR YOU TO SEE THE ACTUAL WONDERS OF GOD’S CREATION, you’ve got to spit out the garbage they tell you about how many million years it took for that monkey to grow a tail & all that baloney!—How this clam decided to do so-&-so, or that little animal decided to do so-&-so & adapt itself in order to do this or that! What a lot of bull ! Just plain shit ! The Devil’s own shit! I like to give it the kind of name that it really deserves! Shit is a real bad ugly dirty stinky name. It’s the Devil’s shit, lies, stinkin’ lies, because it’s not so ! But this is so!
“AN ANGEL STANDING IN THE SUN & HE CRIED WITH A LOUD VOICE!” I don’t know whether he meant by this that he was actually standing on the sun or he was shining in the sun so he looked like the sun, but whichever, it’s possible with Angels! “And he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of Heaven, come & gather yourself together.”
NOW WHY IN THE WORLD IS HE SUMMONING ALL THESE BIRDS TO COME & EAT FLESH? Well, if there are going to be thousands & thousands of people killed so that the blood runs deep in Israel, in the brooks & in the rivers, there are going to be a lot of stinking dead people after that war‚ right? Remember how long it took’m to just bury all the dead after this war? (7 months.) (Eze.39:12) That’s bad enough, they’re pretty stinking by that time. In fact‚ a lot of them are down to nothing but bones by that time, as he says.
BUT WHY DO YOU THINK GOD, IN HIS MERCY, ACTUALLY SENDS THESE VULTURES TO EAT UP THE DEAD?—TO CLEAN UP THE MESS! The faster the vultures & the hyenas & the wild dogs & the eaters of carrion & dead flesh eat up all the rotten meat, the quicker the stink will be over & they’ll be able to bury the skeletons‚ at least, & get rid of them! It’s going to be such a horrible battle, so many dead people, as well as a lot of live bad ones, that God’s going to allow the hawks & the eagles to attack even the live ones! Imagine!
BUT IF YOU’VE GOT ALL THESE WARLIKE BIRDS THAT CAN PECK, & PECK OUT THEIR EYES & EAT ON THEIR FLESH, I’LL TELL YOU, THE ANTICHRIST FORCES ARE GOING TO HAVE AN AWFUL LOT TO DEAL WITH! —Not only us riding down on big horses zapping them, but all these birds attacking them! Think of that!—Both the living & the dead!—The living to get rid of the bad people, & the dead to get rid of the garbage! They attack the living to help us , they’re fighting on our side!
THIS IS A DIFFERENT SUPPER FROM THE MARRIAGE SUPPER ‚ the kind you and I don’t want to attend—it’s going to be such a horrible slaughter of the wicked! “For by fire and by His sword will the Lord plead with all flesh: and…the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the Earth even unto the other end of the Earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.” (Is.66:16; Jer.25:33) THE LORD IS GOING TO HAVE TO USE ALL THESE SCAVENGERS AND BIRDS OF CARRION TO CLEAN UP THE PLACE !
AGAIN, EZEKIEL’S DESCRIPTION OF THIS HORRIFIC BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON REMARKABLY PARALLELS JOHN’S, where God says‚ “Speak unto every feathered fowl, & to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, & come; gather yourselves on every side to My sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, & drink blood! Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, & drink the blood of the princes of the Earth…Thus ye shall be filled at My table with horses & chariots‚ with mighty men‚ & with all men of war, saith the Lord God!” (Ez.39:17- 20.)
“THAT YE MAY EAT THE FLESH OF KINGS, & THE FLESH OF CAPTAINS, & THE FLESH OF MIGHTY MEN, & THE FLESH OF HORSES! AND OF THEM THAT SIT ON THEM, & THE FLESH OF ALL MEN, BOTH FREE & BOND, BOTH SMALL & GREAT.” (19:18)—Everybody!—Little people, big people, officers, rich people, poor people, all those that are bad & members of the Antichrist Kingdom are going to get killed.
(Jude 1:14,15.) “BEHOLD, THE LORD COMETH WITH TEN THOUSANDS OF HIS SAINTS, TO EXECUTE JUDGEMENT UPON ALL, & to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, & of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him!”—The word translated as “convince” here in our Bibles is “exelegho” in the original Greek, which literally means to “convict fully” or to “punish”!—And boy, are they gonna get punished!
“AND I SAW THE BEAST & THE KINGS OF THE EARTH, & THEIR ARMIES, GATHERED TOGETHER TO MAKE WAR AGAINST HIM THAT SAT ON THE HORSE & AGAINST HIS ARMY!” (19:19) By the time we’ve ridden out of Heaven & we’re down attacking his forces, he’s going to gather together & try to fight us! Isn’t that silly?—As though he could fight us ! It shows you how dumb the Devil is & how dumb the Antichrist is to think they can fight God ! I mean, he wouldn’t have become anti–Christ in the first place if he hadn’t thought he could fight God & God’s people. So the Enemy’s pretty dumb to think he can overcome us ! He may be able to fight us, but he can’t win! He may be able to give us trouble & battles, but he can’t win the victory! We’re going to win the war! So all they do, they’re just like pests that cause us trouble, but we are going to win!
“AND THE BEAST WAS TAKEN”—who’s the Beast? (The Antichrist.) “And with him the False Prophet”—who’s he? (His propaganda minister.)—I think it’s going to be headed certainly by an actual personality, a man, this False Prophet‚ definitely. “That wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the Mark of the Beast, & them that worshipped his Image.” (19:20a)
“THESE BOTH WERE CAST ALIVE INTO A LAKE OF FIRE BURNING WITH BRIMSTONE.” (19:20b) They don’t go to any temporary waiting place waiting to be judged‚ they’re all tossed right straight into Gehenna, the Lake of Fire, Hell! They get their Hell right quick because that’s what they’re going to get in the long run anyhow! No monkey business, no delays, no court appeals, no technicalities! They were judged on the spot & sent straight to Hell by the Judge Himself!
“AND THE REMNANT WERE SLAIN WITH THE SWORD OF HIM THAT SAT UPON THE HORSE, WHICH SWORD PROCEEDED OUT OF HIS MOUTH.” All He’s gotta do is speak the Word & slaughter them all! We may not have to do anything but just ride along & enjoy the victory & watch Him kill’m!
“AND THE REMNANT WERE SLAIN WITH THE SWORD OF HIM THAT SAT UPON THE HORSE.” Who’s the remnant?—Everybody else who had the Mark of the Beast, all the rest of the Beast’s people. All the rest of the soldiers & warriors & horrible evil wicked Beast people that God said were going to be completely destroyed! “And all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”
He says, “I will render vengeance to Mine enemies, & will reward them that hate Me! I will make Mine arrows drunk with blood, & My sword shall devour flesh! Rejoice, O ye nations‚ with His people: for He will avenge the blood of His servants, & will render vengeance to His adversaries, & will be merciful unto His people.” (Deut.32:41-43.)
AND ALTHOUGH THE SLAUGHTER & CARNAGE RESULTING FROM THIS BATTLE WILL BE UNPARALLELED by any wars or disasters before it, it will not be total.—There will still be some remaining who will survive it. Even of the armies of the Antichrist, the Lord says He will spare one sixth of them. (Ez.39:2.) And as for the wicked nations that these forces come from, many will be destroyed by the horrors of the judgements of the Wrath of God—the earthquake, the great hail & all these horrible horrors that take place under the Seven Vials of God’s Wrath—but some will survive. God will have mercy on some & they will survive!
THE LORD WILL NOT ANNIHILATE EVERYBODY DURING THE WRATH OF GOD, NOR AT ARMAGEDDON WHEN WE RETURN & WIPE OUT THE FORCES OF THE ANTICHRIST & his followers.—Otherwise, if they all died at Armageddon, where would all of the people & all of those nations come from that we’re going to rule over in the Millennium?—You’ll see in the next Chapter, which is a detailed study on the Millennium, the one-thousand-year Golden Age Kingdom of Christ on Earth, that there are going to be lots of survivors!—Probably the most worthy & deserving.
CHAPTER 20 – THE MILLENNIUM
THE WORLD TODAY IS SUCH A MESS & THERE ARE SUCH MESSERS RUNNING IT! In fact, in all the 6,000 years that man has been trying, he has never been able to save himself. Man’s plans have never succeeded & never will!
ANY SYSTEM, WHETHER IT BE CAPITALIST, SOCIALIST, COMMUNIST, DEMOCRACY OR DICTATORSHIP, WHATEVER IT IS‚ IS GOING TO BE A FLAT FAILURE WITHOUT GOD!—And although man’s final one-World government which is soon to arise under the Antichrist will purportedly be the greatest, most powerful, most ideal government he’s ever had, man’s ultimate creation, it will turn out to be the most horrible, hellish, heinous government of Satan himself, Hell on Earth, the worst government the World has ever known!
MAN’S MOST IDEAL GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO FALL FLAT ON ITS FACE!—BUT THEN GOD IS GOING TO STEP IN & REALLY STRAIGHTEN THINGS OUT! For only the direct & forceful intervention of God Himself through the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to mete out His violent Wrath upon the wrong–doers, to save His Own children from His enemies, & to set up His Own Kingdom of totally righteous & authoritarian rule here on Earth‚ will ever bring a reign of true perfection, with peace & justice for all!
AS YOU RECALL FROM OUR LAST CHAPTER‚ immediately after Jesus’ return & our Rapture & Resurrection to be with Him‚ the Church, His born-again children, will join the Lord in that wonderful Wedding Supper of the Lamb in Heaven, while the wicked will be suffering the Wrath of God on Earth‚ where they will finally gather together under their Satanic‚ Devil-possessed, Antichrist leader to actually attempt to war against Jesus Christ Himself & His resurrected Heavenly forces in the horrific Battle of Armageddon!
IN THIS FINAL GREAT BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON, THE FORCES OF GOD GAIN A GLORIOUS VICTORY OVER THE FORCES OF SATAN & DESTROY HIM, or at least defeat him, & his Antichrist Devil-man & his False Prophet & his whole kingdom! Then we, the Saints of God‚ along with our King Jesus Christ, will take over this World as it now is—this present World—& we will organise it & rule it & run it the way it should have been run if man had yielded to God!
THE BIBLE SAYS THAT THIS AMAZING PERIOD WILL LAST FOR ONE THOUSAND YEARS You can’t find the word “Millennium” in the Bible, but it does speak of a thousand years, which is a millennium, coming from the Latin word “mille”, “a thousand”—the thousand year reign of Christ upon Earth! THE FIRST THING THE LORD DOES IN THE MILLENNIUM IS TO GET THE “OLD BOY” TIED UP SO HE CAN’T CAUSE ANY MORE TROUBLE —at least for a while!
“And I saw an angel come down from Heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent‚ which is the Devil , and Satan , and BOUND HIM A THOUSAND YEARS , And cast him into the bottomless pit , and shut him up, and set a seal upon, him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and AFTER THAT HE MUST BE LOOSED A LITTLE SEASON .” (20:1-3)
The Devil is going to be cast into a bottomless pit during the entire Millennium. How could a pit not have a bottom? Well, both science and the Bible teach that THE EARTH’S CENTRE IS A FIERY INFERNO, A HOLLOW SPHERE OF MOLTEN FIRE . If you were able to bore a hole through the Earth’s crust and you got down there and fell in‚ how far would you fall?
You’d fall down until you passed the centre of gravity and then you’d fall upward until you slowed down, stopped, and began to fall back down again—you’d go back and forth, back and forth, like a pendulum, and never hit bottom. THAT’S LITERALLY WHAT THE HEART OF THE EARTH IS: “A BOTTOMLESS PIT “!
“And I saw thrones‚ and they sat upon them‚ and judgment was given unto them (these are all the martyrs of Jesus and those who didn’t worship the Beast)…and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead (the wicked) lived not again until the thousand years were finished.” (20:4,5) THE RIGHTEOUS OF ALL AGES ARE RAISED AT THE END OF THE TRIBULATION TO LIVE AND REIGN WITH CHRIST DURING THE MILLENNIUM. BUT THE WICKED WHO HAVE DIED THROUGHOUT ALL TIME AREN’T RAISED UNTIL THE END OF THE THOUSAND YEARS .
“This (the Rapture) is the first resurrection. 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.” (20:5,6,)
During this thousand years is where all those beautiful verses come in about the lion lying down with the lamb and the bear eating grass like the ox. When the nations “shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks…neither shall they learn war anymore…they shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy Mountain (or Kingdom),” saith the Lord. (Isa.2:4; 11:9) SOME OF THE WICKED WILL STILL BE HERE DURING THIS PERIOD, BUT THEY’LL BE UNDER OUR RULE ‚ rule like a ‘rod of iron”, and they’ll be compelled to do what God says.
IN ORDER FOR THE LORD & US TO ESTABLISH A NICE‚ BEAUTIFUL, GOOD, CLEAN HEAVEN ON EARTH, WE’LL FIRST HAVE TO CLEAN UP THE HELL ON EARTH THAT THE ANTICHRIST & HIS DEMON-POSSESSED PEOPLE LEFT BEHIND!—And the horrible slaughter left behind by God’s Own judgements & our Battle of Armageddon against them! So there will certainly be some cleaning up to do! In Israel alone‚ it’s going to take seven months just to bury all the dead, & seven years to clear away all the wreckage of the instruments of war, to clear away & burn the weapons & vehicles of war, etc.!—Seven years to clean up the rubble, debris & wreckage left behind by the terrible Battle of Armageddon! (Ez.39:9,14.)
SO THAT WILL BE OUR FIRST JOB DURING THE FIRST SEVEN YEARS OF THE MILLENNIUM: DIRECTING THE WORLDLINGS & THE SURVIVORS IN THIS BIG CLEAN-UP OPERATION! It sounds like it will be a pretty big assignment & a tough job, & I’m sure it will be!—But with supernatural bodies & supernatural power & the wisdom of God & the Lord’s direction, organisation & Heavenly government, I’m sure it won’t be too difficult for us!
EVERYDAY, MILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS ALL OVER THE WORLD PRAY, “THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN!” But I’m sure most of them don’t really appreciate the tremendousness of that statement in the Lord’s Prayer & how literally it is going to come true & be fulfilled! It’s actually going to be like Heaven, Heaven on Earth, with God’s Will being done & His Kingdom come—on Earth as it is in Heaven! And we will be His officers, enforcing His Will as we rule & reign over the Earth with Him!
BUT MOST OF THE CHURCH PEOPLE DON’T SEEM TO REALISE HOW REAL THE MILLENNIUM IS GOING TO BE! They’ve got that imaginary picture of just floating around aimlessly on a cloud playing a harp or something! They don’t realise how real & practical & down-to-Earth it will all be!
THE PROPHET DANIEL DESCRIBED THE TAKEOVER OF THIS WORLD’S GOVERNMENTS BY CHRIST’S MILLENNIAL KINGDOM in his famous vision in Daniel, Chapter 2. He saw a great image‚ which represented History’s various great World Empires, being destroyed by “a Stone which smote the image upon his feet”, smashing it to pieces which are blown away like the chaff!—”And the Stone that smote the image became a Great Mountain (Kingdom), & filled the whole Earth!” (Dan.2:34‚35.)
“FOR IN THE DAYS OF THESE KINGS”—the ten toes of the image, the ten final government leaders who fully cooperate with & yield to the Antichrist (See Rev.17:12-14.)—”shall the God of Heaven set up a Kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: & the Kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces & consume all these kingdoms, & it shall stand for ever!” (Dan.2:44.)
ONE OF THESE DAYS VERY SOON, THE KING IS GOING TO COME BACK TO CLAIM HIS KINGDOM!—The Kingdom of the Most High shall come & shall destroy all the anti-Christ kingdoms of the World! Jesus is going to come & destroy’m all! And He’s going to restore the World under us & we’re going to rule & reign over it with Him!
GOD WILL THEN SWEEP AWAY ALL THIS WORLD’S KINGDOMS, BUT NOT ALL THE PEOPLE!—Many of them will still be here, but we’ll be ruling over them.—”And there was given Him dominion‚ & glory, & a Kingdom, that all people‚ nations, & languages, should serve Him: His dominion is
an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away‚ & His Kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. But the saints of the Most High shall take the Kingdom, & possess the Kingdom for ever‚ even for ever & ever!” (Dan.7:14,18.)
WHETHER MAN LIKES IT OR NOT, GOD IS GOING TO BE SUPREME & JESUS WILL REIGN FROM SHORE TO SHORE & we will rule & reign with Him with that rod of iron! Then wicked man will be forced to do what’s right & forced to obey for a thousand years!—”And judgement was given to the saints of the Most High; & the time came that the saints possessed the Kingdom. And the Kingdom & dominion, & the greatness of the Kingdom under the whole Heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High‚ whose Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, & all dominions shall serve & obey Him!” (Dan.7:22,27.)
“AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS IN THE LAST DAYS, THAT THE MOUNTAIN (KINGDOM) OF THE LORD’S HOUSE SHALL BE ESTABLISHED IN THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAINS, & shall be exalted above the hills; & all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go & say, Come ye, & let us go up to the Mountain of the Lord, to the House of the God of Jacob; & He will teach us of His ways, & we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, & the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem!” (Is.2:2,3.)
JESUS CHRIST IS GOING TO SET UP HIS THRONE IN JERUSALEM & make it His Millennial capital!
“AND HE SHALL JUDGE AMONG THE NATIONS, & SHALL REBUKE MANY PEOPLE: & THEY SHALL BEAT THEIR SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES, & THEIR SPEARS INTO PRUNINGHOOKS: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more!” (Is.2:4.)—Complete disarmament at last! That will be the World’s first real genuine disarmament, beating their weapons into instruments of peace!—Hallelujah!
AT LAST THERE WILL BE PEACE ON EARTH WHICH SHALL NEVER END UNDER THE REIGN OF JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD & PRINCE OF PEACE HIMSELF! Today’s wicked & vengeful men of war will be stopped at last as God “destroys them that destroy the Earth”! (Rev.11:18.)— Those who brought war & conflict to the Earth! Only then shall the men of peace & the God of peace & the Prince of Peace rule & reign & bring final “peace on Earth”! (Lk.2:14.)
THEN “ALL THE ENDS OF THE WORLD SHALL REMEMBER & TURN UNTO THE LORD: & all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before Thee. For the Kingdom is the Lord’s: & He is the Governor among the nations. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the Earth; He breaketh the bow, & cutteth the spear in sunder; He burneth the chariot in the fire!” (Ps.22:27,28; 46:9.) He’s going to stop all this war business, He’s going to break the arrows & the swords & the shields & the bows‚ etc. All those chariots & planes & tanks & missiles & bombs & all that are going to be burned up, thank God!
JESUS TOLD HIS DISCIPLES, “THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU” (Lk.17:21), & this is true for all of us who know & love the Lord—we already have Heaven on Earth in our hearts! But the problem is, there is still Hell all around us! But in that day He’s going to wipe away all this Hell on Earth, & He’s going to set up His Kingdom of peace & righteousness & fairness & justice & goodness & mercy & love! And that’s going to literally be Heaven on Earth!—His Kingdom won’t only be within us‚ it will be all around us! PTL!
“THE LORD MOST HIGH IS A GREAT KING OVER ALL THE EARTH.”—In the Millennium! —”He shall subdue the people under us, & the nations under our feet! For God is the King of all the Earth: sing ye praises with understanding! God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of His Holiness.” (Ps.47:2,3,7‚8.)
“THE MOUNTAINS SHALL BRING PEACE TO THE PEOPLE, & THE LITTLE HILLS, BY RIGHTEOUSNESS. He shall judge the poor of the people, He shall save the children of the needy, & shall break in pieces the oppressor.” (Ps.72:3,4.)—The World is going to see a righteous Judge at last, a righteous King, a righteous Ruler, Who will have a righteous government!—No more corruption, vice, crime, payola, bribery or crooked judges & crooked politicians, but a righteous government & righteous, just justice for all!
“HE SHALL COME DOWN LIKE RAIN UPON THE MOWN GRASS: AS SHOWERS THAT WATER THE EARTH. He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, & from the river unto the ends of the Earth.” (Ps.72:6,8.)—The Kingdom of Christ on Earth is going to completely cover the whole World! “For the Lord hath broken the staff of the wicked, & the sceptre of the rulers. The whole Earth is at rest, & is quiet; they break forth into singing”! (Is.14:5‚7.)
THERE’LL BE NO MORE BIG POWERS & OPPRESSED POOR!—Only the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, Heaven on Earth, fairness & justice for all & eternal happiness forever!—”Yea, all kings shall fall down before Him: all nations shall serve Him. And blessed be His glorious Name for ever: & let the whole Earth be filled with His glory; Amen, & Amen!” (Ps.72:11,19.)
THE MILLENNIUM WILL BE ALMOST LIKE AN EXTENSION OF THIS AGE NOW, because the World & its people will still be living in time. But to us who are resurrected & raptured at the Coming of Christ, time shall be no more! (Rev.10:6.)—We will not be bound by time any longer! But those who still remain on the Earth, having survived the horrors of the Wrath of God upon the wicked, will still be bound by time.
THE EARTH WILL STILL BE LIVING IN TIME.—The unregenerate, unsaved people who survive the holocaust of God’s Wrath‚ first of all the Antichrist’s wrath & then Armageddon & Christ’s Wrath—who by some miracle manage to survive it, who are blessed by being allowed to survive it—will still be bound by time & space here on Earth just as we were before we left with Jesus.
BUT THE NORMAL, NATURAL PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE THE SAME THEN AS THEY ARE NOW!—Human beings still in their mortal bodies whom God’s blessed by allowing them to live through the horrors that preceded.—And they’re going to feel blessed, too, when they realise that they managed to be Millennial survivors! But they will live almost exactly like they are living now: They’ll still have to go out fishing, they’ll still have to raise food, they’ll still have to make clothes, they’ll still have to live in a normal natural World—in fact, the same World they’re living in now!
THE NATURAL MEN ARE GOING TO BE JUST WHAT THEY ARE NOW, ONLY THEY WILL BE UNDER OUR GOVERNMENT. So for them, things are going to be exactly like they are today, except for one big difference: We’ll be the top dogs, the officers‚ the supreme rulers! We’ll be in charge‚ Jesus & His Kingdom will be the government, & we’ll be His governors, His officers, His leaders, His rulers of the World! “We shall be kings & priests unto God,” He says (Rev.1:6), & we will rule the Earth!
THE EARTH WILL BLOSSOM LIKE A ROSE & ALL GOD’S CREATION WILL BE IN PERFECT PEACE & BEAUTIFUL HARMONY & AT PEACE WITH ONE OTHER.—No more of man’s cruelty toward man, no more of man’s inhumanity to man, but all will be peace & beauty, like the Garden of Eden restored!—Heaven on Earth once again as it was in the Beginning, but even better, because we’ll have Jesus!
“FOR IN THE WILDERNESS SHALL WATERS BREAK OUT, & STREAMS IN THE DESERT. And the parched ground shall become a pool, & the thirsty land springs of water. And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by. And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the Garden of Eden; & the waste & desolate & ruined cities are become fenced, & are inhabited.” (Is.35:6,7; Ez.36:34,35.)
“LET THE HEAVENS REJOICE, & LET THE EARTH BE GLAD; LET THE SEA ROAR, & THE FULNESS THEREOF!” (Ps.96:11.)—Are the Heavens rejoicing & is the Earth glad today? Paul tells us that the whole Earth is groaning today, not rejoicing!—”The whole creation groaneth & travaileth in pain, waiting to be delivered”! (Rom.8:22,23.) The whole Creation, in a sense, is under the curse of sin & the Devil & his demons & his pests & vipers & thorns & thistles & sin & sickness etc. But in the Millennium‚ it will be partially delivered & greatly restored!
“LET THE FIELD BE JOYFUL‚ & ALL THAT IS THEREIN: THEN SHALL ALL THE TREES OF THE WOOD REJOICE!” (Ps.96:12.)
“THE WOLF ALSO SHALL DWELL WITH THE LAMB, & THE LEOPARD SHALL LIE DOWN WITH THE KID; & the calf & the young lion & the fatling together; & a little child shall lead them. And the cow & the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: & the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, & the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.” (Is.11:6-8.)
THE ONLY FORMS OF TRANSPORTATION THAT ARE GOING TO BE LEFT WILL BE THE GOD–GIVEN, GOD-CREATED, GOD-ORDAINED ONES—horses‚ camels, mules, wagons, etc.—which were good enough for the World for more than five thousand years before they ever heard of anything else! Most of the World lived in peace & plenty without all these God-damned, gasoline-powered, pollution– spouting, environment–hurting & life-destroying automobiles!
IN THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM OF JESUS CHRIST THERE WON’T BE ANY OF THESE STINKING AUTOMOBILES BELCHING FUMES ANYMORE, or any of these big smokey smoke- belching factories! So they won’t have to worry about oil anymore! They’re not going to have all of this modern destructive machinery & smoke & oil & nuclear power & whatnot! The World is going to go back to animal transportation & carriages & wagons etc.! They’ll sure appreciate the animals then! Perhaps for transporting heavy loads of raw materials‚ foods‚ etc., they’ll go back to sailing vessels, powered by God’s Own good clean winds & currents!
THE WORLD’S GOING TO GO BACK TO THOSE BEAUTIFUL DAYS WITH ONLY THE BEAUTIFUL CREATION OF GOD AROUND THEM & the wonderful creatures of God to help them plow & power & transport what little they have to supply their meager needs, even as the poor of the World still do to this very day in the most remote parts of the Earth!
“There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old.” (Is.65:20.)
LIFE IS OBVIOUSLY AGAIN GOING TO BE LENGTHENED TO GREAT LONGEVITY, as it was before the Flood, when men lived to be nearly a thousand years of age! If somebody died at the age of 100 you would have thought, “Poor fellow‚ just a babe!” And that’s what it means in that Scripture, “for the child shall die an hundred years old.”—In other words‚ anybody dying at 100 will be considered just a child!
THE PEOPLE OVER WHOM WE RULE WILL STILL BE LIVING IN THEIR NATURAL PHYSICAL BODIES & WILL STILL BE HAVING CHILDREN, STILL DYING & SO ON. But because the curse will be removed & things will be so natural & it will be such a slower pace, they’re going to live like they did before the Flood.—Everybody will live like Methuselah!—For a thousand years! (Gen.5:27.) So the people who enter the Millennium alive are going to look like they’re almost the same age at the end of the thousand years! They just won’t seem to grow old anymore, or very little.—How wonderful!
“FOR IN THAT DAY SHALL THE DEAF HEAR THE WORDS OF THE BOOK, & THE EYES OF THE BLIND SHALL SEE OUT OF OBSCURITY, & out of darkness. The meek also shall increase their joy in the Lord, & the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. Behold, a King shall reign in righteousness, & princes shall rule in judgement. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed‚ & all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it!” (Is.29:18,19;32:1;40:5.)
EVERYONE ON EARTH WILL SEE HIS GLORIOUS POWER & KINGDOM, & EVERYBODY WILL BELIEVE THEN!—He even says, “And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, & every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord.” (Jer.31:34.)
THERE WILL STILL BE FREE WILL & THERE WILL STILL BE PEOPLE WHO DISOBEY‚ even whole countries & nations that will rebel & refuse to yield! And as a result‚ the curses of God are going to fall on them & they’re going to have drought & famine & all kinds of judgements.—The nations which refuse to obey & are rebellious will be punished! (See Zech.14:16–19.)
NOW WE’VE ALREADY LEARNED THAT AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE MILLENNIUM, immediately after Jesus Christ & His Heavenly forces conquer the Antichrist & his forces at the Battle of Armageddon, Satan will be bound in the Bottomless Pit “till the thousand years should be fulfilled: & after that he must be loosed a little season.”—It is this final “little season” that we are now going to deal with:
AND WHEN THE THOUSAND YEARS ARE EXPIRED‚ SATAN SHALL BE LOOSED OUT OF HIS PRISON, & shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the Earth, Gog & Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the Earth, & compassed the camp of the saints about, & the beloved city: & fire came down from God out of Heaven, & devoured them. And the Devil that deceived them was cast into the Lake of Fire & brimstone, where the Beast & the False Prophet are, & shall be tormented day & night for ever & ever.” (Rev.20:7-10.)
AFTER A THOUSAND YEARS OF THE VISIBLE, PERSONAL, SUPERNATURAL REIGN OF CHRIST AND HIS CHILDREN ON EARTH and a time of beautiful peace and prosperity‚ THE WICKED WILL AGAIN TRY TO OVERTHROW HIS KINGDOM . “Let favour be showed to the wicked‚ yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness (Christ’s Kingdom) will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the Lord.” (Isa.26:10) It just shows you how utterly under control of the Devil the unsaved are—they’ll just do what the Devil tells them. They still won’t love and obey God even after all His mercy upon them during the Millennium.
“HE SHALL GO OUT TO DECEIVE THE NATIONS WHICH ARE IN THE FOUR QUARTERS OF THE EARTH, GOG & MAGOG, TO GATHER THEM TOGETHER TO BATTLE.” Now where have we heard about Gog & Magog before?—The Antichrist & his invasion of Israel & the great Battle of Armageddon, as described in Ezekiel 38 & 39. But be careful you don’t get these two battles mixed up, because although they both involve “Gog & Magog”, they are a thousand years apart!
THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON IS LED BY “GOG”—a name given to the Antichrist in Ezekiel 38—from “the land of Magog”—Russia—& Which at the end of the Wrath of God period, we conquer his forces & take over the Earth at the very beginning of the Millennium! But this Battle of Gog & Magog takes place at the very end of the Millennium, after the thousand years is over & Satan is released from his prison for “a little season”.
THE FACT THAT GOG & MAGOG FEATURE IN BOTH THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MILLENNIUM & THE BATTLE OF GOG & MAGOG AT THE END OF THE MILLENNIUM shows that it is going to be an attempted revival of the same empire & the same forces over which the Antichrist & the False Prophet ruled. Only this time, the Devil won’t be using the body of a man as he did with the Antichrist, but the Devil himself will personally try to revive his anti- Christ Satanic kingdom, the kingdom of Gog & Magog that he had before the Millennium.
REMEMBER, A LOT OF THE PEOPLE THAT WE’RE GOING TO BE RULING OVER ARE REALLY HANGOVERS, LEFTOVERS FROM THE ANTICHRIST’S KINGDOM who somehow managed to live through the Wrath of God & survive it & will still be around when we start ruling & reigning with the Lord over all the Earth. And in spite of the visible, all-powerful Kingdom of Christ on Earth for a thousand years, an awful lot of these people are obviously still not going to receive Jesus as their Saviour & will again be deceived & misled to follow the Devil when he comes back at the end of the Millennium.
SO THIS BATTLE OF GOG & MAGOG IS SORT OF LIKE THE DEVIL’S SECOND COMING!— He comes back to lead his people again, & they certainly will be his people if they didn’t receive Jesus! Imagine, even after a thousand-year reign of Jesus Christ in person‚ with us as His personal officers & police & guardian angels, they will still rebel against the King of kings & His Heavenly Kingdom on Earth!
IMAGINE, MOST OF THE SAINTS WILL HAVE LITERALLY COME BACK FROM THE DEAD! There will be millions of us‚ perhaps billions, who will have returned from the dead to rule & reign with Christ on the Earth over the Worldly people who are left after the horrors of the Holocaust! They will see us, they will hear us‚ they will feel us, & they will feel & see & know the miraculous supernatural powers that we have as rulers of the Kingdom of God! They will see it demonstrated, they will know it’s true, they will know God exists, they will know that Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah! They will know it’s all true, & yet they will not receive it!
TIME DOESN’T HEAL IN THIS CASE, IT DOESN’T CHANGE THE NATURE OF THE TRULY WICKED, it doesn’t change the nature of those & their descendants who had followed the Antichrist & the Devil, who refused to receive & accept & become a part of the Kingdom of God. So in this Heaven on Earth of Christ’s Kingdom on Earth, they’re going to be uncomfortable misfits‚ odd-balls, constantly resenting it & grumbling, complaining & murmuring‚ & finally rejoicing to see the Devil himself let loose so they can follow him to the full again, in open rebellion against the Lord & His Government!
SO WHEN GOD FINALLY TESTS THEM & LETS THE DEVIL LOOSE AGAIN, JUST TO SEE WHO HAS REALLY CHANGED & REFORMED & GOTTEN CONVERTED & SAVED & who really loves the Lord & is really following Jesus, to sift them & to winnow them, the Devil’s going to find a lot of rascals who are willing to again follow him, who believe his lies & think he can win, who didn’t like the bondage of the Kingdom of God & God’s strict rules of behaviour & love! And they will rebel again!— They will go along with the Devil & try to actually destroy God’s camp of the saints!
SO AGAIN, GOD WILL HAVE SIFTED THE TARES FROM THE WHEAT & SEPARATED THE SHEEP FROM THE GOATS! By giving the wicked who want to rebel a chance to rebel, they will come out into the open at the end of the Millennium & follow Satan into the Battle of Gog & Magog & openly show their rebellion, the rebellion they had in their hearts all the time.—Their refusal to become citizens of the Kingdom of God & their refusal to be in subjection to the rule & reign of Christ & His saints on Earth!
“WHEN THY JUDGEMENTS ARE IN THE EARTH, THE INHABITANTS OF THE WORLD WILL LEARN RIGHTEOUSNESS.”—Thank God some will learn & will receive it! But, “let favour be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, & will not behold the majesty of the Lord!” (Is.26:9,10.)
IT’LL BE THE LAST GREAT TEST FOR MANKIND ON EARTH!—And just as Adam & Eve were deceived in the Garden of Eden, & just as the World will soon be deceived by the Antichrist, these rebels who are on probation during the Millennium will again be deceived by the Devil when he’s released & will follow him into battle against the Kingdom of God!
AFTER THE DEVIL HAS GONE THROUGHOUT THE EARTH & GATHERED HIS INNUMERABLE COMPANY OF WICKED, KINGDOM-OF-GOD-REJECTING FOLLOWERS, it says, “And they went up on the breadth of the Earth, & compassed the camp of the saints about, & the beloved city: & fire came down from God out of Heaven, & devoured them!” (Rev.20:9.) The only city that could be called “the beloved city” here is Earthly Jerusalem, which Jesus is going to take over & from where He’s going to reign as King of the Earth during the Millennium.
THE HEAVENLY SUPER-CITY “NEW JERUSALEM” WILL NOT COME DOWN TO EARTH UNTIL AFTER THE MILLENNIUM‚ IN THE NEW HEAVEN & THE NEW EARTH. (Which period we will soon cover in a later lesson!) So this cannot be referring to the Heavenly City but must be Earthly Jerusalem, the Beloved City which is mentioned many times by the Prophets as being the Headquarters of the coming Millennial Kingdom of the Messiah.
IT SAYS THEN THAT “FIRE CAME DOWN FROM GOD OUT OF HEAVEN, & DEVOURED THEM.” (Rev.20:9.) Got the picture?—Here is the Camp of the New Saints, the Millennial Saints, the Saved of the Millennium, surrounded by the forces of the anti-Christ, anti-God Devil—Satan in person on Earth again!—This time not even disguising himself as the Antichrist‚ but leading his human forces personally.
AND THIS TIME GOD IS SO FED UP WITH THEM THAT HE JUST SENDS DOWN FIRE OUT OF HEAVEN TO DEVOUR THEM COMPLETELY! He annihilates all the anti–God, anti-Christ wicked remaining upon the face of the Earth! In fact‚ He causes such a horrible fire to come down from Heaven that it completely wipes out the entire Earth! Not the ball itself, but the entire surface of the Earth will be completely burned over & burned out & purified from all the horrors of man, & God will start all over again with a new creation, as we’ll read in a following chapter!—A New Earth!
HE PROMISED NEVER TO DESTROY THE WORLD AGAIN WITH A FLOOD OF WATER, but this time, at the very end‚ He’s going to destroy it with a flood of fire! He’s going to purify it & destroy the pollution‚ the germs, the contamination, the wicked‚ the curse, & all evil, & remake the surface of the Earth into another Garden of Eden.
HE’LL PURGE THE WHOLE SURFACE OF THE BALL! That’s the only way He’s ever going to get rid of all the nuclear wastes & toxins & pollution & all, not to mention all the junk flying around in the air! There are already around four or five thousand satellites above the Earth‚ besides all the pieces of junk, spent cartridges & spent rockets, etc.! No wonder He’s got to destroy both the atmospheric heavens & the Earth!
FOR “THE HEAVENS SHALL PASS AWAY WITH A GREAT NOISE, & THE ELEMENTS SHALL MELT WITH FERVENT HEAT, THE EARTH ALSO & THE WORKS THAT ARE THEREIN SHALL BE BURNED UP! Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation & godliness, looking for & hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, & the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for New Heavens & a New Earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” (2Pe.3:10-13.)
WE KNOW THAT THIS TERRIFIC, CATACLYSMIC‚ CATASTROPHIC JUDGEMENT OF GOD THAT WILL WIPE OUT THE WICKED MILLENNIAL REBELS IN ONE FINAL GREAT EXPLOSION is only going to burn up & destroy the surface of the Earth & the atmospheric heavens, because God’s Word says that the Earth is established forever! (Ps.78:69.)—And that His eternal Heavenly Space City will come down to this Earth, where God will dwell with men forever! (Rev.21.)
NOW IF GOD’S GOING TO SEND DOWN FIRE FROM HEAVEN TO DEVOUR THE FORCES OF THE DEVIL, can you possibly imagine, by any stretch of your imagination, that this fire devours not only the Devil’s forces, but also the camp of His Own saints? Do you think He’s going to allow His Own children to die in fire & flame, even if they’re saved & would go to Heaven afterward? Do you think He’s going to let them be devoured by fire?—I don’t believe it!
I’M CONVINCED THAT ALL THESE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN WON TO THE LORD & HIS KINGDOM ON EARTH DURING THE MILLENNIUM & are following Him & living righteously & in cooperation & in submission to Him & His saints will be spared in some manner at the end of the Battle of Gog & Magog when this fire comes down from God to destroy their enemies & even the whole surface of the Earth! In some way they will be spared!—Because the fire is to destroy their enemies, not them!
How God does it, I don’t know, because it’s not explained exactly. But obviously the fire is not to devour them, but their enemies & the surface of the Earth, so that the whole ball can be totally purified from all its pollution & contamination & horrors & wreckage & the mess that still remains at the Battle of Gog & Magog.
NO DOUBT BOTH THEY, THE MILLENNIAL SAINTS, & WE, WHO HAVE BEEN SAVED IN THIS PRESENT DISPENSATION & will reign with Him during the Millennium, will all be raptured out of those devouring fires & will be enjoying the Heavenly City! After all, why shouldn’t these newly converted Millennial Saints enjoy the Heavenly City along with us? They got saved & fought the Devil & his crowd just like we did, suffered for their faith just like we did, so why shouldn’t they get raptured just like we did? Why shouldn’t they go to Heaven? Why shouldn’t they even go to the Heavenly City? They bucked the Devil’s wicked crowd during the Millennium, so maybe who knows why not?
“AND I SAW A GREAT WHITE THRONE, & HIM THAT SAT ON IT, FROM WHOSE FACE THE EARTH & THE HEAVEN FLED AWAY; & THERE WAS FOUND NO PLACE FOR THEM. And I saw the dead , small & great, stand before God ; & the books were opened: & another book was opened, which is the Book of Life : & the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works . And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; & death & Hell delivered up the dead which were in them: & they were judged every man according to their works . And death & Hell were cast into the Lake of Fire. This is the second death . And whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the Lake of Fire .” (Rev.20:11–15.)
NOW MAKE SURE THAT YOU DON’T CONFUSE THIS FINAL “GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGEMENT” AT THE END OF THE MILLENNIUM WITH THE “JUDGEMENT SEAT OF CHRIST” (Rom.14:10)‚ which occurred a thousand years earlier at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in Heaven! The Judgement Seat of Christ is an entirely different judgement altogether in which we , the saved , the born-again, are judged by Christ Himself, because we know Him, where He will reward us according to our works, & from where we go on to conquer & rule & reign with Him over the World for a thousand years.
BUT THIS GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGEMENT IS NOT FOR THE SAVED AT ALL! — This judgement is for all the dead, small & great‚ including all those who lived through the Millennium & yet followed the Devil & were then destroyed at the end of it—all the dead of all ages who were not saved & therefore did not take part in the “First Resurrection” at Christ’s Second Coming. All the people who ever lived, whether good or bad, if un saved, will have to stand at this Great White Throne Judgement of God!
HERE IS THE AWESOME PICTURE OF GOD HIMSELF AT THE LAST GREAT JUDGEMENT OF ALL THE DEAD WHO WERE NOT SAVED. Now the preachers always say that this is the judgement of “the wicked”, but it does not say “the wicked” here at all!—It simply says “the dead”.—Some not so wicked, some very wicked, some perhaps even good!—But none of them saved .
SO LET’S JUST CALL THEM THE UNSAVED, BECAUSE THERE’LL BE VARIOUS CLASSES OF UNSAVED, AS YOU’LL SEE. There’ll be the ignorant & the somewhat innocent‚ & the good who tried to do the right thing.—The Bible says so! (Rom.2:12-15.) Then there will also be various degrees of the guilty & the very wicked, the horrible, the cruel & on down the line!
IT SAYS THAT HE SAW “THE DEAD, SMALL & GREAT, STAND BEFORE GOD; & THE BOOKS WERE OPENED” —several books, a lot of books‚ maybe millions of books! “And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life “—a very important book! “And the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works .” (Rev.20:12.) Apparently this could be their own memories, or records that God somehow keeps of their words & works.
THEY SAY THAT EVERYTHING YOU’VE EVER SEEN, HEARD, THOUGHT OR DONE IS RECORDED IN YOUR OWN PERSONAL TAPE RECORDER, YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND. In fact‚ science says that you never really forget anything! So certainly God is able to turn on everyone’s little recorder & run through their entire life‚ in a fraction of a second if necessary, & judge everything they’ve ever done.—He could do it for the whole World simultaneously if He wanted to! So this “opening of the books” might be the Lord reeling off or reading off everything everyone’s ever done, in order to judge them fairly & accordingly.
“AND THE DEAD WERE JUDGED OUT OF THOSE THINGS WHICH WERE WRITTEN IN THE BOOKS, ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS.” Now what does this mean, “according to their works “? Most of the preachers & churchy theologians today teach us that God is just going to toss them all into Hell & that’s that!—Throw them all into the Lake of Fire & be done with it!
BUT IF EVERYBODY’S GOING TO GO TO HELL ANYWAY, WHAT THE HELL’S THIS JUDGEMENT FOR? If everybody who’s going to be spared from the flames of Hell & Lake of Fire has already gone to Heaven & is already saved, what’s the purpose of this Great White Throne Judgement of God?—Of the un saved who were never resurrected to begin with‚ & of all those who were destroyed in the fire when the Earth & atmosphere were burned up? What’s this Great White Throne Judgement for in the 20th Chapter of Revelation?—Why doesn’t God just toss them all straight into Hell?
WELL, IT’S OBVIOUS THAT SOME ARE GOING TO BE PUNISHED WORSE THAN OTHERS, & some are going to get very little punishment, if any! Others are going to get plenty, just what they deserve, but no more! God is going to make a difference & judge everybody justly & righteously & mercifully , according to their works !
THERE’S SO MUCH IN THE WORD OF GOD SHOWING THAT THERE WILL BE DEGREES OF PUNISHMENT JUST AS THERE ARE DEGREES OF REWARD. God is just & God
is thorough & “every man will be rewarded according to his works”! (See Ps.62:12; Jer.17:10; Mt.16:27; 2Co.5:10; Rev.2:23; 20:13;22:12.) We’ll even have to “give an account of every idle word , for by thy words shalt thou be justified, & by thy words shalt thou be condemned.” (Mt.12:36,37.)
JESUS HIMSELF SAID THAT THEY WHICH KNOW THE LORD’S WILL‚ YET STILL DISOBEY & DO THINGS DESERVING PUNISHMENT, shall receive severe punishment! But those who did not know His Will & yet did things worthy of punishment shall receive light punishment.—”And that servant, which knew his Lord’s will, & prepared not himself, neither did according to His will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not , & did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given ‚ of him shall be much required .” (Lk.12:47,48.)
SO THEIR BEING “JUDGED ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS” simply means that they will be rewarded or punished according to how good they were, or how bad they were‚ & obviously there’s going to be a difference ! “For the work of a man shall He render unto him, & cause every man to find according to his ways. Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgement.” (Job 34:11,12.) God is just, fair & righteous‚ & everybody is going to get exactly what they deserve & need.
“AND THE SEA GAVE UP THE DEAD WHICH WERE IN IT; & DEATH & HELL DELIVERED UP THE DEAD WHICH WERE IN THEM: & THEY WERE JUDGED EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS.” (Rev.20:13.) Again‚ here we see the Second Resurrection , of all the un saved dead, some of whom have been confined to the bottom of the sea & other places as ghosts & spirits!—Apparently the punishment, or at least the temporary probation‚ that some of the unsaved dead are given is to be assigned to stick around near their dead body or their former habitat, etc.
BUT DURING THIS SECOND RESURRECTION, ALL OF THESE “REST OF THE DEAD” COME UP FROM EVERYWHERE! —Out of the sea, out of the graves, from past aeons of time—all the unsaved dead that ever lived!—All those who didn’t get saved during this Age of Grace of the past 6‚000 years of Earthly History, plus all those who didn’t get saved during the Millennium!—All those who didn’t get saved in these 7,000 years are going to be raised in this Second Resurrection to stand before the Great White Throne Judgement & to be judged out of the Books!
ANOTHER VERY INTERESTING POINT IS REGARDING “DEATH & HELL DELIVERING UP THE DEAD WHICH WERE IN THEM”. —Does this mean that some will be resurrected out of Hellfire, only to be judged & cast back into the flames from which they just came? Well, if we look up the original Greek word which our translators translated as “Hell” here in this passage, it will shed a lot more light on this question:
THE ORIGINAL GREEK WORD USED HERE IS “HADES”, which, perhaps to your surprise, you’ll find does not mean a fiery, flaming, torturous “Hell” at all! “Hades “, according to the Greek lexicon, literally means “the unseen state “!—In other words, the Spirit World !—The invisible realm of ghosts & spirits! So the unsaved who have died & departed from this life are merely in an unseen state! They’re not all in Hellfire, neither are they stuck in a hole in the ground, the “grave”, which is another translation of “Hades” in our English Bibles.
BUT OF COURSE‚ THE CHURCH DOESN’T WANT TO ADMIT THAT THERE’S ANY PLACE ELSE TO GO BESIDES HEAVEN & HELL! —And that’s been one of the things that has caught in the craw of many a sinner & many an unsaved & potential believer who just couldn’t believe in that kind of Church doctrine‚ that God would send everybody straight to Hell who didn’t happen to go to Heaven!—Here is the original meaning in black-&-white, showing that where it says “grave” or “Hell” in our Bibles it doesn’t always mean Hellfire!—It’s the Spirit World!
THE TRANSLATORS SHOULD HAVE USED THE LITERAL TRANSLATION TO MAKE IT CLEARER. But frankly‚ I think the Churches didn’t want to leave any loopholes to allow anybody to think they could crawl through & escape eternal hellfire torment hereafter, so they just kept translating these words as “Hell” & gave everybody the conception that Hell could be nothing other than the Lake of Fire, & not “the unseen state” of the Spirit World which it really is!
“AND DEATH & HELL WERE CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE. THIS IS THE SECOND DEATH.” (Rev.20:14.)—It does not say here that all these people were cast into the Lake of Fire, only Death & Hell . In other words, Death, or the power of death, & Hades, the Spirit State, are cast into the Lake of Fire. These former places or states of confinement or punishment or imprisonment are now cast into the Lake of Fire.
EARLIER WE LEARNED THAT ONE OF THE “BOOKS” WHICH WAS OPENED AT THIS GREAT JUDGEMENT THRONE WAS THE “BOOK OF LIFE”‚ which you’ll find out now is a very, very important book.—Because after Death & Hell are cast into the Lake of Fire, it says, “And whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the Lake of Fire !” (Rev.20:15.)
IT DOES NOT SAY THAT THEY WERE ALL CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE. It says, “And whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the Lake of Fire.” In other words, there’s going to be another dividing at the last Great White Throne Judgement between the sheep & the goats, between those who deserve to go to Hell & those who don’t!
BUT IF THE BOOK OF LIFE CONTAINS ONLY THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO WERE SAVED IN THIS LIFE, AS THE PREACHERS HAVE ALWAYS TAUGHT, WHY BRING IT OUT AT THIS GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGEMENT OF THE UNSAVED? —Just to prove they’re not in there? If none of these people are going to be spared at all from Hell, why in the World would the Lord need to open this Book at all? If everyone written in the Book of Life is already saved & already raptured & already in Heaven, & none of these folks at this Judgement are written in there & it’s just a bare blank book, then why bother?
NOW DON’T FORGET‚ ONLY THE UNSAVED ARE PRESENT AT THIS GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGEMENT, but nevertheless a difference is made between these unsaved as to whether they are in the Book of Life or not ‚ & only those not found in the Book of Life are cast into the Lake of Fire.—But not all of them! So who’s not found in the Book?—Well, obviously the most wicked & those who absolutely rejected Christ & rebelled against Him, like all of those Mark-of-the-Beast people in the Tribulation & all of those rebels who at the end of the Millennium turned against the Camp of the Saints when the Devil tried to pull his big revolt!
THOSE PEOPLE DESERVE HELL! —I’d say they really deserve the flames & the Fiery Lake!— After a thousand years of the personal, visible, loving reign of Jesus Christ & His Saints on the Earth & the manifestation of God on every hand, they still rebelled against God‚ so they deserve to go to Hell! I’d say if anybody ever deserved it, they deserve it!
SO FROM ALL I CAN GATHER FROM THE SCRIPTURES, IT SEEMS THAT THE LAKE OF FIRE IS PRETTY BAD PUNISHMENT FOR THE VERY WORST! —To be cast into the Lake of Fire you’ve got to be a pretty wicked sinner who has really been defiant of God & of every opportunity God has given you to repent, & really done a lot of damage & hurt a lot of people—like Hitler & some of those sorts of characters—those who have turned many astray.
IN OTHER WORDS‚ ALL OF THE WORST ARE GOING TO BE CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE, THE FLAMES OF HELL! And all of the best true Saints of God are going to inhabit the Holy City ! And those who were not bad enough to go to Hell & yet not good enough, through Christ’s goodness, to go to Heaven, will be in-between somewhere, wherever God chooses to place them!
SO EVEN AMONGST THE UNSAVED THERE ARE BOTH THE GOOD & THE BAD —not good enough for Heaven , in other words, through the Blood of Christ, nor bad enough for Hell .—But they were found written in the Book of Life & thereby spared from the Lake of Fire.—Not saved for Heaven & not damned to Hell, but found written in this Book of Life & spared! Apparently they will be given some form of life instead of the death penalty‚ some fate other than Hell.
MOST CHURCHES TODAY PROMOTE THE FALSE DOCTRINE OF AN ETERNAL HELLFIRE FOR EVERYBODY WHO DOESN’T ATTEND THEIR CHURCH! Religious teachers & church theologians teach that in the Afterlife, all mankind will be divided into two distinct classes: The “Saved” & the “Wicked”, or unsaved.—And they often consign everyone but themselves, who of course they consider the “Saved”‚ to an eternal burning, torturing, fiendish, unending Hellfire, where there’s no difference in punishment or reward!
WHEN A SINCERE YOUNG MAN ONCE TOLD ME, “I CAN’T BELIEVE IN A GOD THAT’S GOING TO SEND ALL THESE PEOPLE TO HELL FOREVER‚ people that never even had a chance to hear about Jesus, little babies & ignorant natives & the millions of people of different religions who are fairly righteous & are trying to do the best they know how, living up to whatever light they’ve got.—I just can’t believe in such a God!” I replied,
“WELL, I AGREE WITH YOU!—I DON’T BELIEVE IN SUCH A GOD EITHER!” For I am personally convinced, from my own study of the Scriptures & people & the nature of God, that God has mercifully made some other provision besides Heaven & Hell for such people. For instance, should people who never heard the Gospel, heathen who never even heard the Name of Jesus, should they all be thrown into an everlasting torment & fiery Hell forever when they never even had a chance? Whose fault was it that they never heard?—The churchy do-nothing Christians ought to be thrown into torment & fiery Hell for their sin of not telling them & not preaching the Gospel to them like they should have! (Mk.16:15.)
CAN YOU POSSIBLY IMAGINE LITTLE BABIES GOING TO A PLACE LIKE THAT? —It’s ridiculous ! I just cannot believe that false, unbiblical, unscriptural doctrine of eternal Hellfire & brimstone & torment & torture that the churches push! If it were true‚ I couldn’t believe in God, for He’d be a monster !—To punish ignorant, innocent people who did the best they could, even though they never heard about Jesus & thus never received Him!
BUT TO THESE EXCLUSIVE EVANGELICALS & FUNDAMENTALIST CHURCHY
THEOLOGIANS, IT’S EITHER HEAVEN OR HELL & THAT’S IT! —Period! “When you die unsaved, Brother, that’s it!—You’re finished !” They say you go to Hell & you’re stuck there in the torment & the flames forever ! It wouldn’t matter if you were the best man on Earth, if you didn’t believe in Jesus, to Hell you go & in Hell you stay & that’s it!—You get the same evil punishment as the Devil & all his demons! That’s what they teach & preach!
BUT WHAT KIND OF A GOD WOULD DO A TRICK LIKE THAT? I just can’t believe that kind of thing! Although that’s what I was taught all my youth‚ thank God I finally woke up to the facts & the Scriptures & the reality & the reason & the logic & the plain common sense that our God is not that kind of a monster!—That there are other stages & grades & levels in-between Heaven & Hell!
AND WHETHER DEAD OR ALIVE, THEY WILL ALL GET THE LIGHT!—SOONER OR LATER THEY WILL ALL HAVE A CHANCE TO BE SAVED OR AT LEAST TO BE RECONCILED! Now doesn’t that fit your picture of an all-loving all-merciful God Who will be merciful not only to the now-living, but also to the dead?—As evidenced very plainly by Jesus’ trip to the place of imprisonment in the heart of the Earth to preach the Gospel to the departed spirits there, that they might believe & be saved & liberated!
“FOR AS JONAS WAS THREE DAYS & THREE NIGHTS IN THE WHALE’S BELLY; SO SHALL THE SON OF MAN BE THREE DAYS & THREE NIGHTS IN THE HEART OF THE EARTH. —For Christ also hath once suffered for sins‚ the just for the unjust‚ that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit : By which also He went & preached unto the spirits in prison . For this cause was the Gospel preached also to them that are dead ‚ that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the Spirit !” (Mt.12:40; 1Pe.3:18,19; 4:6.)
LOOK AT THE MERCY OF CHRIST! He Himself went down into the bowels of Hell, so to speak, the “underworld”, & preached to the spirits in prison! Jesus went down there & was one of them & preached to them & gave them the Gospel of deliverance, “that they might live according to God in the Spirit”!
IN AN OLD TESTAMENT SCRIPTURE WHICH CONFIRMS THIS, GOD, APPARENTLY SPEAKING TO HIS SON, JESUS, SAYS, “By the blood of Thy covenant I have sent forth Thy prisoners out of the Pit wherein is no water!” (Zech.9:11.)—”For He looketh upon men, & if any say, I have sinned, & perverted that which was right, & it profited me not; He will deliver his soul from going into the Pit , & his life shall see the Light! Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man‚ to bring back his soul from the Pit , to be enlightened with the Light of the Living !” (Job 33:27-30.)
GOD’S GOING TO GIVE EVERYBODY A CHANCE—DEAD OR ALIVE, NOW OR THEN— TO SEE THE LIGHT, TO HEAR THE GOSPEL, TO EVEN SEE & BELIEVE & RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR SAVIOUR! —Now doesn’t that fit your picture of a truly just & merciful & all-loving God, that everybody is eventually going to have a clearcut chance to see & believe & receive & obey Jesus Christ?—Everybody!—Dead or alive!
NOW DON’T GET ME WRONG, I’M NOT SAYING THAT THERE IS NO HELL OR THAT NO ONE IS GOING TO GO THERE. —Because the Scriptures make it quite clear that the most wicked “shall have their part in the Lake which burneth with Fire & Brimstone: which is the second death.” (Rev.21:8.) The very worst —the Scribes & the Pharisees & the hypocrites, the ultimately wicked who are just horrible & have slaughtered millions & destroyed nations & killed babies & innocent women & children—Hell could hardly be bad enough for some of those people, & it’ll be plenty bad! But don’t worry‚ it will be bad enough, God will see to that!
SO I DO BELIEVE IN HELL!—I JUST DON’T BELIEVE THAT HELL IS FOR EVERYBODY, NOR IS IT FOREVER! —But that it’s just for the worst , the most rebellious & defiant & disobedient & wicked & cruel & horrible, like the Antichrist & his False Prophet & the Devil & his angels. They’re all going to go to the Lake of Fire, but not everybody !
BUT THOSE WHOSE WORKS WERE EXTREMELY EVIL & EXTREMELY BAD, WHO WERE SO WICKED THAT THEIR NAMES WERE “BLOTTED OUT OF THE BOOK OF THE LIVING‚ & NOT WRITTEN WITH THE RIGHTEOUS” (Ps.69:28), they will deserve Hellfire & extreme punishment! I don’t know how long they’ll have to stay there, maybe some will have to stay there forever !—Or maybe He’ll have mercy on them one of these Millenniums, if they ever repent !
BUT EVEN FOR SOME OF THOSE, I THINK HELL IS GOING TO BE A PURGATORY! I think even some of those will be purged from their rebelliousness & their unbelief & their hardness & rejection, & just like a child being punished or chastised, they’ll be given a chance there under punishment to repent & have some kind of restoration & restitution —if not actual salvation, at least some kind of eventual reconciliation .
SO THE TIME IS DEFINITELY COMING WHEN THEY’RE GOING TO BE TORMENTED, punished & chastised for their wickedness & their trouble-making, until maybe they’ll learn . What’s the use of punishing people if it’s totally impossible to ever teach them anything & they’ll never change‚ never regenerate, never learn? It looks to me like Hell would be a totally useless waste of time if it’s used for nothing but just to give people eternal suffering—which I don’t think hardly anybody deserves!
YOU WILL FIND IN OUR NEXT & FINAL LESSON ON THE MARVELLOUS HEAVENLY CITY & the New Heaven & New Earth that the last two Chapters of Revelation give some hope for everybody ! After all, when they finally see the Truth & know the Truth‚ even the renegades who rebelled again at the end of the Millennium are bound to wake up eventually & realise that they were wrong! You’ll learn in our next lesson that there will be some people living outside of the Heavenly City on the beautiful New Earth who sound exactly like the people who were earlier cast into the Lake of Fire! (Rev.21:8; 22:14,15.)
BUT WHAT ABOUT SOME OF THE VERSES LIKE REVELATION 14:11 that say that the very wicked, Devil-worshipping, Mark-of-the-Beast-receiving people will be “tormented with fire & brimstone, & the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever & ever : & they have no rest day nor night!”? This sounds like an eternal , perpetual‚ never-ending punishment!—Is it?
WELL, YOU’VE GOT TO KNOW THE MEANING OF THIS WORD “FOREVER”, because the original word used here in the Greek is “aeon “, literally meaning “for an age “—which no doubt is for a long time, but does not necessarily mean eternal! And “forever & ever” in the Greek means “for an age & an age”. This Greek word “aeon” is also used in the other New Testament references to “everlasting” & “eternal” punishment, which again implies that it will be “age-lasting” or “for an age”.
SO WHERE IT SAYS “FOREVER” OR “EVERLASTING” OR “FOREVER & EVER”, REMEMBER, IT DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN WHAT FOREVER OR EVERLASTING MEANS TO US! In a couple of places in our New Testament the English translators did actually translate this Greek word “aeon” as “age”, such as in Ephesians 2:7 & Colossians 1:26‚ which speak of “the ages to come”. However in virtually every reference to future punishment they used the words “forever”, “everlasting” & even “eternal”.—And I strongly suspect that this was probably influenced by the Church & their interpretation. They didn’t want to give people the idea that there was ever going to be any end to Hell or that they were ever going to have any chance of getting out.—They wanted to scare’m into going to their Church with the fear of death & eternal, everlasting punishment in Hell if they didn’t!
BUT THANK GOD, SO-CALLED ETERNAL PUNISHMENT, ETERNAL HELL, EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT, HELL-FIRE FOREVER & EVER, IS NOT GOING TO BE FOREVER & is not going to be everlasting & is certainly not going to be eternal! It would be a horrible travesty on the judgement of God & His justice, much less His Love & mercy, if He would allow His creations, both man & even angels, to suffer literally forever !
IT WOULD BE A FAR GREATER CREDIT TO THE JUSTICE & THE LOVE & THE MERCY OF GOD if, after they have suffered sufficiently for their sins & been punished enough to pay for their wickedness & served their term, so to speak, paid their debt to His society‚ that they should then be released in some way & their punishment come to an end.
EVEN IN THIS LIFE ACCORDING TO MAN’S LAW, VIRTUALLY ALL PUNISHMENT HAS SOME KIND OF AN END! There comes a time when the offender has paid for his crimes with his imprisonment or with fines or even with his life! This satisfies the laws of man‚ why not the laws of God? Perhaps some people will pay for their own sins, since they wouldn’t believe in Christ & wouldn’t believe in His death!—So they will have to suffer the prescribed punishment pronounced upon sin, which is death ! (Rom.6:23;Rev.21:8.)
BUT WHATEVER THE SINS & HOWEVER GUILTY THE PARTY MAY BE, THEY WILL RECEIVE A JUST, FAIR PUNISHMENT. And whether they receive “few stripes” or “many stripes” (Lk.12:47,48), they will all come to an end ! A few is a number & many is a number‚ & whether few or many, they will come to an end when they have received enough to have accomplished God’s purpose to cause them to repent‚ to see the Light & be sorry & turn away & change! They will eventually be released from their prisons & their punishments & the worst cases from their torments, whatever they may be.
“Judged according to their works”—THERE ARE GOING TO BE DEGREES OF PUNISHMENT, JUST AS THERE ARE DEGREES OF REWARDS TO THE SAINTS . “And Death and Hell were cast into the Lake of Fire. This is the Second Death. And whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the Lake of Fire.” (20:14,15)
HIS WORD SAYS THAT “GOD IS NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH, BUT THAT ALL SHOULD COME TO REPENTANCE.” (2Pe.3:9.)—And to show His Love to all men, He sent Jesus to live, die & suffer for us: “For God so loved the World‚ that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life . For God sent not His Son into the World to condemn the World; but that the World through Him might be saved .” (Jn.3:16,17.)
JESUS SAID, “I CAME NOT TO JUDGE THE WORLD, BUT TO SAVE THE WORLD. He that rejecteth Me , & receiveth not My Words, hath one that judgeth him: the Word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the Last Day.” (Jn.12:47,48.) He loves you & didn’t come to judge & condemn you, but to save you forever! But if you hear His Word & refuse to receive it‚ if you know that He “stands at the door of your heart & knocks” (Rev.3:20) & you turn Him away & reject Him‚ then you condemn yourself !
“THIS IS THE CONDEMNATION, THAT LIGHT IS COME INTO THE WORLD, & MEN LOVED DARKNESS RATHER THAN LIGHT, because their deeds were evil!” (Jn.3:19.) His Word asks‚ “How shall we escape ‚ if we neglect so great salvation ?” (Heb.2:3.) The answer is simple—you can’t escape! For if you reject Jesus & reject His Blood & refuse to believe & refuse to receive, you will have to suffer for your own sins, your own punishment!—”For the wages of sin is death ; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ !” (Rom.6:23.)
CHAPTERS 21 & 22 – OUR ETERNAL HOME
HAVING COVERED IN DETAIL THE BIBLE’S FASCINATING PREDICTIONS & PROPHECIES OF THE FUTURE IN THE PREVIOUS CHAPTERS, WE HAVE NOW REACHED OUR FINAL CHAPTER, & you will find that it has a very happy ending , because it doesn’t really end !—This is one story that hasn’t got any end, because it’s eternal & it’s forever ! So you won’t be able to say, “That was a Happy Ending‚” because what you’re about to read is really the Happy Beginning !
IN FACT, THE SUBJECT OF OUR FINAL LESSON, THE HEAVENLY CITY & OUR ETERNAL FUTURE HAPPINESS THERE, IS SUCH A TREMENDOUS, STUPENDOUS, MARVELLOUS, MAGNIFICENT SUBJECT & such a wonderful, almost unimaginable “Happy Ending” that the final Chapters of the Bible are also devoted entirely to it!—Revelation Chapters 21 & 22’s description of Heaven is this Grand Finale’ of the Bible, the thunderous climax of the symphony of God, & reveals a place of such resplendent beauty that just reading about it will lift you into the Heavenlies, beyond the imagination of man!
REVELATION CHAPTERS 21 & 22 OFFER THE MOST DETAILED, SPECIFIC DESCRIPTION IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE OF WHAT HEAVEN IS LIKE, so we are going to now have an in-depth verse-by-verse study of the marvels of these Chapters. Come with us now, as we swing out into Space & travel far into the Future! In fact, in these marvellous Chapters we’ll travel even beyond the realms of Space & Time, into the amazing realm where God Himself dwells, the Eternal Now !—Are you ready?—Here we go!…
“AND I SAW A NEW HEAVEN & A NEW EARTH: FOR THE FIRST HEAVEN & THE FIRST EARTH WERE PASSED AWAY; & THERE WAS NO MORE SEA .” (Rev.21:1.) The Earth today is clothed with its surface & its atmosphere ‚ but at the end of the Millennium, in the Battle of Gog & Magog, God is going to completely remove them both by fire & renew & recreate a beautiful New Earth & New Heaven!—Clean air, no pollution, no contamination, no poisonous gases or chemicals or the horrors of man!—It’ll all be cleaned up & purged pure with fire! He will then recreate the beautiful Garden of Eden & the surface of the Earth, not like a paradise, but the Paradise of God‚ & we will have a New Earth under a New Heaven!
“AND I JOHN SAW THE HOLY CITY, NEW JERUSALEM, COMING DOWN FROM GOD OUT OF HEAVEN, PREPARED AS A BRIDE ADORNED FOR HER HUSBAND. And I heard a great voice out of Heaven saying, Behold, the Tabernacle of God is with men, & He will dwell with them, & they shall be His people, & God Himself shall be with them, & be their God.” (Rev.21:2,3.)
YOU’RE NOT GOING TO GO TO HEAVEN TO LIVE WITH GOD‚ GOD IS GOING TO COME TO EARTH TO LIVE WITH YOU! Think of that! The Bible says so! John didn’t say, “I saw the Heavenly City & we took off for it!” He said, “I saw it coming down from God out of Heaven!” How about that?—To a New Heaven & a New Earth!
THE PLACE WE’RE GOING TO DWELL WITH THE LORD FOREVER HEREAFTER IS NOT SOME FANCIFUL DREAMLAND WAY OFF IN OUTER SPACE, but an even more amazing Dream City that’s going to come down from God, out of Heaven, to a New Earth, & God’s going to come down & live with us, & us with Him, in that beautiful Dreamtown! We’re not going to go off to some far– away place called Heaven where God is supposed to live, but we have a real down-to-Earth God, Who’s going to come live with us, & make Heaven on Earth!
“AND GOD SHALL WIPE AWAY ALL TEARS FROM THEIR EYES; & there shall be no more death , neither sorrow , nor crying , neither shall there be any more pain : for the former things are passed away .” (Rev.21:4.)—To me, this is one of the most beautiful verses in the entire Bible! But if you’ll read carefully, you’ll see that it doesn’t say there aren’t going to be any tears! I think a lot of people‚ when they get to Heaven & face the Lord, are going to be ashamed & cry & weep over their sins & their failures.
BUT ISN’T THE LORD WONDERFUL & LOVING & MERCIFUL? He says He’s going to wipe
away all those tears, & He’s going to wipe away all that memory of those evil years, & there will be no more pain‚ no more death, no more sorrow, no more tears!—Only eternal, wonderful happiness, joy & paradise on Earth‚ like what we who love the Lord have now, only better‚ forever & ever & ever! Hallelujah!
ALL THE EVIL & SAD THINGS WILL BE FORGOTTEN & BLOTTED OUT LIKE A BAD DREAM, like a nightmare, & He’ll wipe away all the tears from our eyes. There’ll be no more pain or sorrow or death or crying, & everything will be happiness from then on!—Isn’t that wonderful?
IT’S GOING TO BE SO WONDERFUL THAT YOU’RE GOING TO FORGET ABOUT ALL YOUR TROUBLES OF THE PAST! It’s going to be so wonderful that you’re going to forget about all the trying & terrible things you’ve been through! Hallelujah! (Sings:)
“It will be worth it all when we see Jesus!
Life’s trials will seem so small, when we see Christ!
One glimpse of His dear face, all sorrow will erase!
So bravely run the race, ’til we see Christ!”
“AND HE THAT SAT UPON THE THRONE SAID, BEHOLD, I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW. And I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the Water of Life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; & I will be his God‚ & he shall be My son.” (Rev.21:5-7.)
IN THIS WONDERFUL HEAVENLY CITY, HIS OVERCOMERS SHALL “INHERIT ALL THINGS!” —And “who is he that overcometh the World? He that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the World: & this is the victory that overcometh the World, even our faith .” (1Jn.5:5,4.) The Lord loves faith & He loves His faithful children & He is going to reward them greatly !
YOU’LL INHERIT ALL THINGS, ANYTHING YOU EVER WANTED OR EVER DESIRED! —For it is God’s delight to give us the desires of our own hearts , if we love Him & delight ourselves in Him ! He says, “Delight thyself also in the Lord ; & He shall give thee the desires of thine heart .” (Ps.37:4.) And Jesus told us to “fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom !” (Lk.12:32.)
BUT I DON’T THINK YOU COULD POSSIBLY REALISE OR APPRECIATE WHAT HEAVEN WILL BE LIKE OR WHAT HE HAS IN STORE FOR YOU THERE UNLESS YOU FIRST KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO BE LIKE! If you’ve read Revelation Chapter 14 then you already know that we, His children, will be raptured & resurrected in our new supernatural, eternal, resurrection bodies when Jesus comes to temporarily take His Bride off the Earth at the end of the Great Tribulation period. He’s going to come down in glory & we’re going to rise in glorious, resurrected‚ Heavenly‚ raptured bodies—just like His !
“FOR WE SHALL ALL BE CHANGED, IN A MOMENT, IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE, at the Last Trump: for the Trumpet shall sound, & the dead shall be raised incorruptible ‚ & we shall be changed ! For this corruptible (our present bodies) must put on incorruption , & this mortal must put on immortality . So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, & this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written‚ Death is swallowed up in victory !” (1Co.15:51-54.)
“BELOVED, NOW ARE WE THE SONS OF GOD, & it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that‚ when He shall appear, we shall be like Him ; for we shall see Him as He is!” (1Jn.3:2.) We’re going to see Jesus & He’s going to see us & we’re going to look alike ! That doesn’t mean that we’re
all going to look just exactly like Jesus or like each other, but it means that we’re going to have the same kind of bodies , the kind of body that He has now & has had ever since His Resurrection, the one which He went to Heaven in & came back & visited in & still has today.
WE WILL HAVE A SUPERNATURAL, MIRACULOUS, RESURRECTED FORM OF FLESH & SPIRIT COMBINED, a new supernatural body which will have remarkable supernatural powers just as Jesus did when He was resurrected. And although this marvellous flesh of the future will in some ways be vastly different & more powerful & more glorious than our present Earthly models, & will be able to fly & dematerialise & disappear & walk through locked doors & solid walls, etc.‚ as Jesus did, in some ways it will be very similar to the bodies we have today .
WHEN JESUS CAME BACK FROM THE DEAD, HE STILL LOOKED LIKE HIMSELF, STILL FELT LIKE HIMSELF, COULD STILL EAT‚ DRINK, & EVEN COOK & LOVE & BE LOVED! He said, “Touch Me! Feel Me! See that it is I ! A spirit hath not flesh & bones as ye see Me have!” (Lk.24:39.) Then He sat down & ate with them! And if you ask me‚ that’s pretty human , pretty natural ! He said to Thomas, “Thrust thy hand into My side & see, & touch the nail prints in My hands, & be not faithless, but believing!” (Jn.20:27.)—He still even had the scars !
SO JESUS WAS STILL “HUMAN” & STILL HAD A BODY OF FLESH & BONE! —And we will be the same ! Because “He shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body!” (Ph.3:21.) We are going to have a new kind of spiritual‚ resurrection, marvellous, eternal, glorified body, & yet it’s going to be material enough & natural enough & recognisable enough‚ & seeable & feelable & enjoyable enough to actually be constructed as we are now , of flesh & bones‚ but eternal flesh & bones, incorruptible, immortal flesh & bones.—Flesh & bones! Think of it! And that kind of marvellous, glorified, Heavenly flesh is going to be able to enjoy all the pleasures that our flesh enjoys here & now !
IN FACT‚ I’M CONVINCED THAT HEAVEN WILL BE AN ETERNAL CONTINUATION OF WHAT YOU & I WHO LOVE JESUS ALREADY HAVE RIGHT HERE & NOW IN OUR HEARTS. We are already enjoying a little foretaste of Heaven with all of the love & sharing & sweetness & light & joy & praise & song & communion with the Lord & each other that we have right now !
JESUS SAID‚ “I AM COME THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE LIFE, & HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY!” (Jn.10:10.) He wants His children to be happy & to enjoy life to the fullest, even here & now !—”An hundredfold in this life, & in the World to come life eternal!” (Mk.10:30.)—Heaven on Earth & Heaven hereafter ! And through His liberating‚ life-giving “Law of Love “, to love Him with all our hearts & our neighbours as ourselves (Mt.22:37-39), we are free to enjoy total love , life & liberty in the Lord—providing that whatever we do is in love .
THE SIMPLE PLEASURES & JOYS OF LIFE WERE CREATED BY GOD FOR US TO ENJOY! He even tells us that “all things are yours ” in Christ Jesus (1Co.3:21), “to the pure , all things are pure ” (Tit.1:15), & “all things are lawful ” (1Co.6:12) unto those who are motivated by love , “for against such love , there is no law!” (Ga.5:22,23.)
BUT NOW THE SCRIPTURE GIVES A SOBER WARNING TO THOSE WHO ARE NOT HIS CHILDREN, who didn’t receive & love Him‚ & who will therefore miss out on Heaven & all of the Heavenly delights He has in store for His Own.—How sad ! “But the fearful, & unbelieving, & the abominable‚ & murderers, & whoremongers, & sorcerers, & idolaters, & all liars, shall have their part in the Lake which burneth with fire & brimstone ; which is the second death .” (Rev.21:8.)—Imagine! The very worst , the ultimately rebellious, Christ-rejecting wicked will not only miss out on all the wonderful, thrilling pleasures & beauties & glories that God’s children will inherit‚ but some will even have to suffer the terrible age-lasting punishment of the very fires of Hell!
“AND THERE CAME UNTO ME ONE OF THE SEVEN ANGELS WHICH HAD THE SEVEN VIALS FULL OF THE SEVEN LAST PLAGUES, & talked with me, saying, Come hither , I will shew thee the Bride , the Lamb’s wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great & high mountain, & shewed me that Great City , the Holy Jerusalem , descending out of Heaven from God. Having the glory of God: & her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.” (Rev.21:9-11.)—Like a diamond , in other words.
THE CITY IS SO BEAUTIFUL THAT GOD LIKENS IT UNTO HIS CROWNING CREATION, A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN! He couldn’t think of anything more beautiful to symbolise His Heavenly City than you beautiful girls, so he figuratively called it “the Bride, the Lamb’s wife.” Earlier in verse 2, John said that he saw the Holy City descending “as a bride adorned for her Husband,” so we know this reference to the City as “the Bride” is symbolic , as it’s obvious that this marvellous City which He has prepared for His true Bride, His Church, is a very literal ‚ down-to-Earth, Heavenly Home with literal walls & mansions & a river & trees & gates & exact physical measurements & dimensions.
SO WHEN IT SAYS THAT THIS GREAT CITY IS “PREPARED AS A BRIDE ADORNED FOR HER HUSBAND”, it simply means that it’s as beautiful as a bride !—And why not?—It’s the Bride’s House , her new Home! Kings who were rich & wealthy usually built whole palaces in honour of their queens! Well, our King has built His Queen the greatest palace that has ever existed! Nothing in this World, nothing man has ever built or could build, would even hold a candle to this City!
“AND IT HAD A WALL GREAT & HIGH, & HAD TWELVE GATES, & AT THE GATES TWELVE ANGELS, & NAMES WRITTEN THEREON, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the East three gates; on the North three gates; on the South three gates; & on the West three gates. And the wall of the City had twelve foundations “—or twelve levels—”& in them the names of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb.” (Rev.21:12-14.)
THERE WAS AN ANGEL GUARDING EACH GATE! Now why would the City have a big tall protective wall like that & each gate guarded by an angel unless there were some people outside whom they didn’t want to get in? This is another indication to me that there will be people outside who are not quite in good enough shape to enter the City!
ON EACH OF THE GATES IS A NAME OF ONE OF THE TWELVE TRIBES OF ISRAEL. “The children of Abraham by faith!” (Ga.3:7.) He also says that the names of the twelve original Apostles are on the wall. Well, what better way could He immortalise & honour them for their great work in laying the foundation & preparation for the whole Church than to put their names on the gates & walls?—But that doesn’t mean that they are the walls or that they are the gates!—This is simply God’s way of honouring them!
“AND HE THAT TALKED WITH ME HAD A GOLDEN REED TO MEASURE THE CITY, & THE GATES THEREOF‚ & THE WALL THEREOF. And the City lieth foursquare , & the length is as large as the breadth : & he measured the City with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs . The length & the breadth & the height of it are equal .” (Rev.21:15,16.)
DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW LONG 12,000 BIBLICAL FURLONGS EQUALS IN MODERN MEASUREMENTS? —One furlong equals one eighth of an English mile , or 200 meters . Thus 12,000 furlongs equals 1,500 miles , or 2‚400 kilometers ! And that is a very big City !—1,500 miles in each direction—wide, long, & high! It’s almost beyond comprehension!
CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE A CITY THAT SIZE? —It’s almost beyond your imagination! The base area would be as large as half of the United States or all of Europe or half of Africa! And can you imagine it being 1,500 miles, or 2‚400 kilometers, high ? Intercontinental passenger airlines usually fly their planes around five or six miles high at the most , twenty to thirty thousand feet or so. And even the satellites are rarely launched into an orbit higher than 150 to 600 miles above the Earth’s surface.—But God’s Heavenly City is going to be 1,500 miles high!
HIS GREAT SPACE CITY IS COMING DOWN TO EARTH, BUT IT WON’T EVEN BE ABLE TO GET ALL THE WAY OUT OF SPACE! The apex & most of it will still be up there in Outer Space! —What a view ! Hallelujah! That’s going to be some town! If you were to divide the 1,500 mile height of it into twelve levels, you’d have 125 miles to each level , or about 700,000 feet —room for 70‚000 floors on each level!—Or nearly a million stories high !—How’s that for a skyscraper ? When it comes to building a Heavenly Home for us, God’s no piker! No wonder the Bible calls Him, “He that buildeth His stories in the Heaven ‚ & hath founded His troop in the Earth: The Lord is His Name!” (Amos 9:6.)
AND I AM PERSONALLY CONVINCED THAT THE HEAVENLY CITY IS GOING TO BE IN THE SHAPE OF A PYRAMID! Now, the Bible doesn’t specifically say it’s pyramidical‚ but it definitely says it is foursquare ! (Rev.21:16.)—The base is a square 1,500 miles wide. Well, what kind of a building could you build on a square, besides a cube or a pyramid or some very odd-shaped thing, if it’s going to be just as high as it is wide ?
I BELIEVE THIS IS WHAT THE ANCIENT EGYPTIANS WERE TRYING TO IMITATE WITH THEIR PYRAMIDS! They had some inside information from the Spirit World that that was the shape of the World to come‚ so they were trying to imitate it & make sure their kings were introduced into that World in proper form & proper shape & have all their riches & servants with them!
AND ALTHOUGH I CAN’T PROVE FROM THE BIBLE THAT IT IS PYRAMIDICAL, THERE ARE SOME SCRIPTURES ABOUT HEAVEN WHICH SEEM TO INDICATE THAT IT IS SO. Hebrews 12:22 says, “Ye are come unto Mount Zion ‚ the City of the Living God , the Heavenly Jerusalem !”—So it must be mountain-shaped ! And several other Scriptures speak of “the Mountain of the Lord’s House .” (Is.2:2; Mi.4:1.) And if there’s anything that would look like a mountain , imagine a 1,500-mile-high pyramid ! And since we are comparing these verses with the specific description of that “House” in Revelation‚ I think we can pretty well correlate the two & assume that that’s what He’s talking about!—A Pyramid !
JUST IMAGINE, IF YOU WERE TO GET UP IN THE TIP-TOP OF THAT PYRAMID, 1,500 MILES HIGH, DO YOU KNOW HOW FAR YOU’D BE ABLE TO SEE? —You’d be able to see 4,000 miles or 6,400 kilometers ! Think of that! You’d be able to see almost a quarter of the way around the World one way & almost a quarter of the way around the other way! And since the structure of the whole City is transparent , you’ll also be able to see out through the walls to the beautiful New Earth outside, God’s new Creation, & you’ll still be able to see the beautiful sunrises & sunsets in a new atmospheric heaven, probably even more beautiful than the one we have now!
AND DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS GOING TO BE REAL ESTATE IN HEAVEN? The Lord told His prophet Daniel that he would stand in his lot at the end of his days! (Dan.12:13.)—And I’m going to stand in my lot & you’re going to have your lot & everybody’s going to have his own lot ! There’s going to be a lot of room to have a lot of lots ! “In My Father’s House”, Jesus said, “are many mansions : If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go & prepare a place for you, I will come again‚ & receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there you may be also!” (Jn.14:2,3.)—In your mansion‚ on your lot!
NOW, BACK TO THE ANGEL WITH THE GOLDEN MEASURING REED IN REVELATION CHAPTER 21: “And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred & forty & four cubits”— that’s 216 feet high—”according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. And the building of the wall of it was of jasper : & the city was pure gold , like unto clear glass .” (Rev.21:17,18.)
“AND THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE WALL OF THE CITY WERE GARNISHED WITH ALL MANNER OF PRECIOUS STONES. The first foundation was jasper;”—that’s diamond !—”the second, sapphire ; the third, a chalcedony (sparkling quartz ); the fourth, an emerald ; the fifth, sardonyx (striped onyx ); the sixth, sardius (ruby ); the seventh, chrysolite (olivine ); the eighth‚ beryl (magical crystal aquamarine ); the ninth, a topaz ; the tenth, a chrysoprasus (green emerald or jade ); the eleventh, a jacinth (amber ); the twelfth, an amethyst (clear purple quartz ).” Suffice it to say that they are the most precious stones in the World today, precious jewels of all colours of the rainbow!—What a City!
MIND YOU NOW, EACH LEVEL OR EACH FOUNDATION OF THIS WALL IS COMPOSED OF A DIFFERENT KIND OF PRECIOUS STONE. —216 feet high, 12 levels, each level a solid diamond, a solid emerald, a solid amethyst, etc. And the wall is 1,500 miles long & 1,500 miles wide, a total of 6,000 miles long completely around the City!—6,000 miles of diamonds, 6,000 miles of emeralds, 6,000 miles of rubies, etc.! Man has never seen such beauty, such riches‚ such luxuries, such wealth of precious stones as you’re going to see in the day Space City comes down to Earth! Even the wall is gorgeous! The wall alone would be enough to thrill the heart of any connoisseur of precious stones!
“AND THE TWELVE GATES WERE TWELVE PEARLS; every several gate was of one pearl.” (Rev.21:21.) Can you imagine the gates for such a City, whose wall was 216 feet high?—The gates would have to be at least large enough to permit a man to pass standing erect, & probably on horseback, which would add at least another four feet—probably ten or twelve feet high at the least !—Or even bigger!
CAN YOU IMAGINE A PEARL WITH A DIAMETER OF TEN OR TWELVE FEET? —In other words, a pearl which is higher than the ceiling of the room that you’re now in, which would make it probably half as big or more than the same room! Can you imagine a pearl of that size? Well, that’s the size of the gates, each gate a pearl, twelve gates altogether, three gates on each side of the City‚ North & South, East & West!
“THE STREET OF THE CITY WAS PURE GOLD, AS IT WERE TRANSPARENT GLASS .”
(Rev.21:21.)—That’s a kind of gold we don’t know anything about here! The gold of this Earth is not transparent & it doesn’t look like glass, it’s very heavy & solid. But the gold of the City will be transparent glass-like golden crystal , beautiful! It’s going to be an everlasting eternal gold, crystal gold!—More beautiful than any gold in this World!—The eternal crystal Golden City that will be forever!
AND IT’S NOT ONLY THE STREETS THAT ARE MADE OF THIS PURE CRYSTAL CLEAR GOLD, but as we read a few verses earlier, the entire “City was pure gold , like unto clear glass !” (Rev.21:18.)—It’s like clear golden-coloured glass!—Think how beautiful that is! The whole City is like crystal gold! So you’ll be able to see out of the City through those transparent walls, out onto a beautiful‚ fully–restored & recreated New Earth! You’re going to be able to look out there & see & enjoy the view of that beautiful Creation!
“AND I SAW NO TEMPLE THEREIN: FOR THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY & THE LAMB ARE THE TEMPLE OF IT .” (Rev.21:22.) This gigantic, huge‚ amazing, marvellous, astonishing City has no temple, no church, no cathedral, no synagogue, no mosque! How about that? God Himself & His Son are the Temple of it!—The place of worship is Jesus ! Everyone is going to worship in the Lord without buildings or temples or synagogues or mosques or cathedrals or churches‚ all of which have been such a great waste of man’s time & wealth & resources.
“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, & THE LAMB IS THE LIGHT THEREOF .” (Rev.21:23.) It doesn’t say there’ll be no moon & no sun, but it says in the City they won’t need the moon & the sun‚ because it will have its own light, the Light of God & His Son Jesus ! But the sun & moon will still continue on in the World outside the City on the planet Earth, which will still exist with its new Garden-of-Eden-like surface.
BUT INSIDE THIS HEAVENLY CITY WE WON’T NEED THESE EARTHLY LIGHTS, BECAUSE THE LORD IS THE LIGHT THEREOF & it will be light all the time, all day & all night, & we’ll never have to go to bed, we’ll never have to sleep‚ because we’ll never get tired or weary. And even for those on the outside , it will be a blessing just to live anywhere within view, within sight of that City, just to be able to see it at night & thrill to its gorgeous splendour, resplendent with the golden, supernatural, miraculous Light of God! God’s Word says that even the sun & the moon shall be ashamed in comparison with the glory & the beauty & the light of that Holy City here on the surface of the Earth! (Is.24:23.)
“AND THE NATIONS OF THEM WHICH ARE SAVED SHALL WALK IN THE LIGHT OF IT” —in the City—”& the kings of the Earth do bring their glory & honour into it.” (Rev.21:24.) There will still be nations & there will still be kings on the surface of the Earth, outside the City. Of course, they’ll be nations ordained by God & kings appointed by Him—righteous kings, good kings, teaching the people to love & serve the Lord!—A beautiful, wonderful, Heavenly World & a Heavenly Earth! Heaven on Earth, for sure! And they’ll be bringing glory & honour into the City!
“AND THE GATES OF IT SHALL NOT BE SHUT AT ALL BY DAY: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory & honour of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life .” (Re.21:25–27)
THE CITY’S GOING TO BE OPEN DAY & NIGHT, 24 HOURS A DAY! —And only those written in the Lamb’s Book of Life , shall enter through its pearly portals.—How beautiful! How wonderful!—Nothing unclean there!—
“AND HE SHEWED ME A PURE RIVER OF WATER OF LIFE, CLEAR AS CRYSTAL, PROCEEDING OUT OF THE THRONE OF GOD & OF THE LAMB. And in the midst of the street of it”—or, in other words, in the midst of the course of it—”& on either side of the river, was there the Tree of Life , which bare twelve manner of fruits , & yielded her fruit every month : & the leaves of the Tree were for the healing of the nations .” (Rev.22:1,2.)
WE’RE ACTUALLY SEEING INSIDE THE HOLY CITY NOW, THE NEW JERUSALEM‚ SPACE CITY COME DOWN FROM GOD OUT OF HEAVEN TO A NEW EARTH, the Capital City of the World to Come, Kingdom Come! And here we see a beautiful river that flows right out of the Throne of God right through the center of the City, which is like a beautiful park.
THIS CITY IS GOING TO BE SO VERY, VERY BEAUTIFUL! In some places it’s going to be like a beautiful park , & this wonderful River of Life is going to flow right through it!—”There is a river , the streams whereof shall make glad the City of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High! God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved!” (Ps.46:4,5.) And there are going to be beautiful trees growing in the middle of it & on both sides of it!—So there must be some little islands in the midst of this beautiful river! These Heavenly fruit trees will bear twelve different kinds of fruit, a different kind every month, think of that!
THE PROPHET EZEKIEL ALSO CAUGHT A GLIMPSE OF THIS WONDERFUL RIVER & THESE HEAVENLY TREES & DESCRIBED THEM THUS: “And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side & on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade‚ neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months , because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: & the fruit thereof shall be for meat , & the leaf thereof for medicine .” (Ez.47:12.)
“AND THE LEAVES OF THE TREE WERE FOR THE HEALING OF THE NATIONS.” (Rev.22:2.)—What nations? If there’s not going to be any more pain or death or sickness or sorrow or crying, then what in the World are the leaves of the trees & why do they have to be used for the healing of the nations? Why is healing needed for anybody when there’s not supposed to be any more pain, death, sickness, sorrow & so on?
WELL, TO ME THE ANSWER IS APPARENT. —The kings & nations outside the City who “bring their glory & honour” to the City (Rev.21:24-26), are obviously a class of people who still need some kind of healing . They are not in Hell , not in the Lake of Fire in the center of the Earth‚ nor are they the born –again , the Bride, who enter & enjoy the Heavenly City.
REMEMBER, ONLY THE SAVED WILL BE ALLOWED TO WALK IN THE CITY. —”And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it.” The only ones who can enter it are those “written in the Lamb’s Book of Life “. But it also says that “the kings of the Earth do bring their glory & honour into it.” So it’s clear that there will be whole “nations “, outside the Heavenly City of the saved, whose “kings ” will pay their respects to the City.
NOW SOME PREACHERS WOULD HAVE YOU BELIEVE THAT IT’S ALL GOING TO BE ONE GREAT LAKE OF FIRE OF THE DAMNED OUTSIDE THE HOLY CITY. —But thank God, this is obviously not the case nor the picture given us from God’s Word! Outside the Heavenly City, the New Earth with its new atmospheric heavens is going to be like the Garden of Eden , like man was in his original state before he fell. But there will be no more sea, it will all be land, so there’ll be plenty of room for everybody! And things will be as God originally intended them to be‚ in a completely restored condition.
AND ALTHOUGH THESE “UNSAVED” NATIONS‚ PEOPLES & KINGS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO LIVE INSIDE THE HOLY CITY‚ the beautiful Mountain of the Lord, New Jerusalem, Space City, the Capital of the Kingdom of God to come, they will be allowed upon the beautiful recreated surface of the beautiful New Earth! They will have been resurrected & been to the Great White Throne Judgement of God‚ & each one’s judgement will have been decided, where he should go.
SO APPARENTLY, ALTHOUGH THESE FOLKS WERE NOT SAVED IN THIS LIFE & THUS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ENTRANCE & CITIZENSHIP TO THE GREAT HEAVENLY CITY, they will have either been entirely spared from or even released from the Lake of Fire, the place of severe punishment‚ & will be allowed to live on the surface of the Earth outside the Holy City, where we will rule over them. Speaking of the Saints, the inhabitants of the Holy City, it says, “And they shall reign forever & ever!” (Rev.22:5.)
IT EVEN SAYS THAT SOME OF THOSE LIVING OUTSIDE THE CITY ARE PRETTY BAD, & TELLS US SOME OF THEIR SINS. And even though they sound pretty awful, it doesn’t say they’re in Hell , it doesn’t say they’re in the Lake of Fire, it doesn’t say they’re in the heart of the Earth or the Pit or whatever.—It says outside the City! “Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the Tree of Life, & may enter in through the gates into the City. For without are dogs, & sorcerers, & whoremongers, & murderers‚ & idolaters, & whosoever loveth & maketh a lie!” (Rev.22:14,15.)
NOW WAIT A MINUTE! Didn’t we just read about some of these same people being somewhere else ?—Yes, back in Chapter 21‚ verse 8, we saw that “the fearful, & unbelieving, & the abominable, & murderers, & whoremongers, & sorcerers, & idolaters, & all liars, shall have their part in the Lake which burneth with fire & brimstone : which is the second death !” (Rev.21:8.)—So what are some of these apparently wicked people who were cast into Hellfire doing outside the City on the surface of the New Earth ?
WELL‚ IT LOOKS LIKE THE LAKE OF FIRE IS WHERE THE WICKED GO TO GET PURGED FROM THEIR SINS, or at least purged enough to let them eventually come & live outside the City! So perhaps these folks outside the walls of the Heavenly City are former sinners, former dogs, former liars, etc., that He eventually allows to live outside there! No doubt a few ages in Purgatory or the Lake of Fire would purge even the most wicked & burn all the sin & rebellion out of them until they can at least be trusted to come out to the New Earth! I think God’s even going to make them into some kind of useful —if not citizens—at least slaves of the Kingdom of God !
SO THE NEW EARTH WILL APPARENTLY BE POPULATED BY BOTH THOSE WHO WERE JUDGED AT THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGEMENT & were not considered bad enough to go to Hell but were not saved enough through Jesus to go to Heaven , & those who actually did go to Hell, to the Lake of Fire, but who learned their lessons there, served their sentence & were then mercifully released , having finally come to the Light & repented & reached some sort of reconciliation with God.
SINCE NONE OF THEM WERE A PART OF THE FIRST RESURRECTION —the Salvation of the first Saints of God, the Saved of this Day of Grace—but were all a part of the Second Resurrection, they will be in a separate class from us & will be permitted only to live on the surface of the New Earth outside the Heavenly City‚ while we will occupy the City itself. But to be able to enjoy the surface of the New Earth, a genuine Heaven–on-Earth, will be a Heaven in itself, Salvation in itself, so they will certainly be thankful!
IT WILL BE PARADISE COMPARED WITH HELL & ITS PRISONS & its Lake of Fire & its torments etc.‚ so that they will come, in a sense, to their final reward, depending on the degree of their sin, the degree of their punishment, the degree of their repentance, the degree of their reformation, you might say, or regeneration or reconciliation—but never within the Holy City, only outside .
BUT EVEN THEN, GOD’S GOING TO CONTINUE TO HAVE MERCY! He’s going to send you & me out of those twelve pearly gates of that Holy City with the leaves of the Tree of Life for the healing of the nations !—We must be the ones who get the leaves for them, because nobody can get in but us ! So we must be the ones who take them out for their healing.
NOW IF THAT’S NOT A LITERAL TREE OR LITERAL LEAVES —I’m not going to insist that it is—it certainly is a marvellous figurative picture of the fact that we will be taking life from the City—Salvation In Jesus!
“AND THERE SHALL BE NO MORE CURSE” (Rev.22:3a)—The Curse that came upon the Earth when Man fell into sin will be completely removed , & all of the cursed & poisonous plants & pests of today shall be no more!—And all of rebellious man’s foul & polluting toxic wastes, chemicals, radioactive debris & garbage will be utterly burned up & gotten rid of once & for all! Thank God! —”but the Throne of God & of the Lamb shall be in it & His servants shall serve Him: And they shall see His face‚ & His Name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; & they need no candle, neither light of the sun.” (Rev.22:3b-5a)—That is in the CITY‚ we’re not talking about OUTSIDE on the surface of the Earth.
IT SAYS WE SHALL “REIGN FOR EVER & EVER “! (Rev.22:5b) Well, no matter how powerful & supernatural you are, ruling & reigning & governing is still a form of work .—Even the angels are called “ministering spirits” (Heb.1:14), which means “serving” spirits. So if even the angels are ministering spirits, surely we’ll be ministering & helping others too!
YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE LOTS OF WORK TO DO IN THE AFTERLIFE, BUT IT’S GOING TO BE A LOT EASIER, THANK THE LORD! There’ll be no sorrow, no sickness‚ no pain, no weariness, no death‚ no more tears & no more crying.—That’s certainly going to make things easier! So don’t let it worry you now, it’s not going to be that hard to be in Heaven or the Heavenly City, but you’re still going to have something to do & something to keep you busy!—You wouldn’t be happy if you didn’t!
“AND HE SAID UNTO ME, THESE SAYINGS ARE FAITHFUL & TRUE: & the Lord God of the Holy Prophets sent His Angel to shew unto His servants the things which must shortly be done.” (Rev.22:6) This person speaking to St. John said these things to him. Then Jesus speaks: “Behold I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” Quickly? What do you mean? John got this Revelation 2000 years ago & Jesus isn’t here yet! Well‚ Jesus didn’t say He was coming SOON! He said He was going to come QUICKLY when He came! In other words, when He comes, He’s going to come real quick & in a hurry‚ real fast! But He didn’t say “I’m coming soon” because it’s been 2000 years since then & He hasn’t come yet.
“AND I JOHN SAW THESE THINGS & HEARD THEM. And when I had heard & seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.” (Rev.22:8) He thought it was an angel. “Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, & of thy brethren the prophets, & of them which keep the sayings of this book: Worship God!” (Rev.22:9)
HE SAID, “DON’T WORSHIP ME! I’M ONE OF YOUR BRETHREN OF THE PROPHETS!” He doesn’t say which prophet he was, he could have been any one of the major prophets, minor prophets, Moses, Daniel, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah or prophets since the days of the Lord. He didn’t say which one, but he says, “I’m just another prophet like you! I’m one of your fellowservants. I’m one of the human beings, of the Saints‚ a prophet like you. So don’t worship me, I’m not even an angel, but worship the Lord!”
“AND HE SAITH UNTO ME, SEAL NOT THE SAYINGS OF THE PROPHECY OF THIS BOOK, FOR THE TIME IS AT HAND.” (Rev.22:10) We found out that the Book of Revelation began when? When did the revelation begin? In whose time? John’s time! The sayings of this book, the predictions & prophecies of this book BEGAN right then in John’s day. That’s why he says “the time is at hand!” And this book reviews the whole history of the World, prophetically, from the days of John till the very End. In fact, right on into Heaven, as we see tonight.
HE SAYS‚ “HE THAT IS UNJUST, LET HIM BE UNJUST STILL: & he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: & he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: & he that is holy, let him be holy still.” (Rev.22:11) That sort of shows you how God divides classes of this World. There seem to be two classes of the unsaved or the wicked, classified into those who are unjust or unmerciful, unloving, & those who are just plain dirty, filthy, sickening, vile!—But both unsaved & both filthy & vile & not God’s Children.
“AND BEHOLD, I COME QUICKLY & My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” (Rev.22:12) He didn’t say SOON, but He said QUICKLY! He’s going to come very SUDDENLY when He comes! He’s just warning them, even 2000 years in advance, that when He finally comes, He’s going to come VERY QUICKLY. He says that about three times in this passage.—Not that He’s coming SOON, but that He’s going to come very QUICKLY! He does say that the events talked about in this book are at hand, starting right now, He says to John, & this book covers the whole period from John to the End, even to Heaven.
“MY REWARD IS WITH ME TO GIVE EVERY MAN ACCORDING AS HIS WORK SHALL BE.” (Rev.22:12b) Everybody will be rewarded at the Judgement of Jesus Christ‚ the Throne of Christ. Every saved Christian will be rewarded according to his works when Jesus comes. The judgement of the unsaved does not come until a thousand years later when all the unsaved are dead & then raised to meet God at the Great White Judgement Seat described in the 20th Chapter
“I AM ALPHA & OMEGA, THE BEGINNING & THE END, THE FIRST & THE LAST!” (Rev.22:13) Jesus is speaking again. Alpha & Omega are the first & the last letters of the Greek alphabet, meaning the Beginning & the End. “Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the Tree of Life, & may enter in through the gates into the CITY!” (Rev.22:14) All those who do the commandments of Jesus Christ can eat of that Tree of Life that grows on both sides of the River of Life that flows right through the City like a big park!
“FOR WITHOUT”—OUTSIDE—”ARE DOGS & SORCERERS, & WHOREMONGERS, & MURDERERS, & IDOLATERS‚ & WHOSOEVER LOVETH & MAKETH A LIE.” (Rev.22:15) That’s terrible, huh? Those awful horrible people are going to be outside the City. Outside the City! That’s why they need our help. They need us to go out & heal them with the leaflets, the little leaves of the Tree of Life, outside the City. They’ll still be out there like they are today! We still have to go out there & witness to them & apply the leaflets of God’s Word, the Tree of Life, to heal them of their sins. Isn’t that wonderful?
“AND I JESUS HAVE SENT MINE ANGEL TO TESTIFY UNTO YOU THESE THINGS IN THE CHURCHES. I am the root & the offspring of David, & the Bright & Morning Star.” (Rev.22:16) Who is the Morning Star? (Jesus!) Jesus is the Morning Star! “And the Spirit & the bride say, Come!” “And let him that heareth say …” Come! “And let him that is athirst …” Say come! “And whosoever will‚ let him take the Water of Life freely.” (Rev.22:17)
“FOR I TESTIFY UNTO EVERY MAN THAT HEARETH THE WORDS OF THE PROPHECY OF THIS BOOK, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book. And if any man shall take away the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life, & out of the Holy City, & from the things which are written in this book.” (Rev.22:18-19) Ah! You must NEVER add anything to this book, & you must NEVER take anything away from it!
NOW SOME PEOPLE SAY THAT MEANS THE WHOLE BIBLE!—NO, HE’S JUST TALKING ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR BOOK, THE BOOK OF REVELATION! You shouldn’t add anything to it, & you shouldn’t take anything from it.
AND “HE WHICH TESTIFIETH OF THESE THINGS SAITH”—THAT’S JESUS OF COURSE —”SURELY I COME QUICKLY. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Rev.22:20) Again He didn’t say He was coming SOON‚ He said He was coming QUICKLY!
WHEN ALL IS DONE, WHO KNOWS WHAT GOD WILL HAVE IN STORE FOR US? Who knows but what the Lord may want us to colonise other Worlds! What’s the whole Universe & all this huge amount of space for if He’s only interested in this one little Planet?—So maybe there will be other Worlds that we will have to salvage & save & restore & regenerate, reconcile & teach & train & heal, etc.! Maybe God didn’t go that far in His Word because we don’t have to know that far! He went far enough even to tell us this much, as much as He has!
BUT AS WE SAID IN THE BEGINNING OF THIS LESSON, HEAVEN IS NOT THE END!— IT’S ONLY THE BEGINNING! God only knows how much more we’ll have to conquer after we’ve conquered the Earth & all the souls who have ever lived on it & all their problems! Who knows what other Worlds we may have to conquer, what other Universes we may yet have to learn to rule! We’re going to go right on through the Coming of Christ & the Millennium & Space City & right on out to Outer Space, & God only knows how far we have to go!—And we’ll enjoy every minute of it if we’re faithful servants!
SO I HOPE THIS LESSON HAS GIVEN YOU A LITTLE BETTER IDEA & CONCEPT OF WHAT HEAVEN IS REALLY LIKE, from the descriptions that God has already given us And I hope that it thrills you & fills you with a desire to see it & be there soon!—But don’t run off from your job here too soon! Don’t cop out & want to die & go to be with the Lord before you’re finished!—You’ve got a lot of other folks to round up yet to take with you! Amen?
ARE YOU READY FOR IT? HAVE YOU GOT YOUR RESERVATION IN? ARE YOU GOING TO BE ABLE TO WALK IN THAT CITY? It says, “Only the saved shall walk therein.” (Rev.21:24.) You don’t want to miss that, do you? You don’t want to settle for just living outside the City & viewing it from afar‚ do you? Don’t you want to live there, inside the World of the beautiful Holy City of the Saved‚ & be able to go out & minister to the poor folks who we’re going to be saving & rejuvenating & rehabilitating & reconstructing & reconciling?
ADMISSION TO THIS GREAT HEAVENLY SPACE CITY IS FREE! —Already paid for by the Blood of Jesus on the Cross ! All you have to do is receive Jesus as your Saviour!—Take Him now !— Have your name put in the Lamb’s Book of Life in Heaven so you’ll be sure you’ve got your reservation confirmed for one of those mansions in God’s Golden Space City ! That’s the place you’ll be happy forever with Jesus ! If you love & receive & live for Him now , you can enjoy Him & Heaven forever ! PTL!
“AND THE SPIRIT & THE BRIDE SAY, COME. And let him that heareth say, Come . And let him that is athirst come . And whosoever will , let him take the Water of Life freely !” (Rev.22:17.) God bless you with His wonderful gift of eternal Salvation & a truly Heavenly Future to look forward to!—See you There !
“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” (Rev.22:21)