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Daniel: Looking at Relationships

The Setting

Daniel was dragged into Babylon after he was made a eunuch and was made to feel like his God had either forsaken him or just did not exist. He along with his friends were made to feel that their God was irrelevant in this new world where Babylon ruled the world.

In spite of the heavy handed actions done to Daniel and his friends, they realized that God was with them and they specifically chose to serve God with all their strength.

It is easy to see that Daniel's heart really ached for his own people. His devotion to God and His people were uppermost in his heart and he looked forward to a time when the Jews would be a united people under God.

It should not be an automatic assumption that Daniel understood the true meaning of the visions he received from God. He could however understand from the visions that his people would be hurting and in big trouble but that one day would be a united people under God.

Today we can look at the whole history of Israel and Judah and realize that the Jews have never been good followers of God. However I must ask, are we any better? Just from this perspective alone we can suspect that the fulfillment of Daniel's visions may be some time future. It must be at the end, the time of trouble when God's people will be united under God. Jesus and His people are not just of the Jews, The Bible speaks of His people coming from all the world.

We who are not Jews can take comfort in the various texts of the Bible that refer to us: "Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.." Genesis 12:1-3

When speaking of the rebuilt Temple Haggai spoke of One who comes to that Temple that all desire: "And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts." Haggai 2:7-9

Isaiah once spoke of God's purpose for the tribes of Jacob, that they were to be a light to the Gentiles so that all experience the salvation of the Messiah: And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. Isaiah 49:6

Both Zechariah and Isaiah spoke of one who will build the Temple of the LORD, and that strangers will help build the temple: "And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:And they that are far off shall come and build in the temple of the LORD, and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. And this shall come to pass, if ye will diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God." Zechariah 6:12,15 "And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee." Isaiah 60:10

I believe the BRANCE is Christ. Look at what Jesus said when He was on this Earth: "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." John 10:9,14-16.

Paul in his letter to the Ephesians used both Zechariah and Isaiah to emphasize that the Ephesians were part of God's church: "For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit." Ephesians 2:18-22

Paul also said the same to the Corinthians: "For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building." 1 Corinthians 3:9

Paul in his most detailed discussion of us who are grafted into His people also spells out a warning: "And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?" Romans 11:17-24.

Peter was especially directed to the fact that God will bless anyone, Gentile or Jew. Take time to read of his experience when he was asked to go to Cornelius' house who was a Gentile. Story is in Acts chapter 10. While with Cornelius he said this: "Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him." Acts 10:34(part)-45.

Later on Peter, "because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost" Acts 10:45(part), said: "Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord." Acts 10:47-48(part).

It looks like God would have all to be specially blessed by Him. However it should be clear to all of us, whether Jew or non Jew that we can be grafted in or out. It is our choice! In addition we can either receive the mountain of blessings or the mountain of curses. Especially in Daniel and Revelation do we see how God rewards the righteous, and the wicked.

"We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump." "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God;" "the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." "The dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Theesalonians 4:16-18.

Just imagine the overwhelming joy that could flood your own heart as you hear His call of love to you. It is at that time that He will announce to you in the presence of all the angels of heaven "My grace is sufficient for you." It is at that time that the unlimited realities of Jesus, God, and heaven will be opened to you.

It will be the biggest homecoming that we will ever experience. The whole universe is looking forward to it. We must not miss our chance to witness and feel the happiness of those who love the Lord!

Then you will have direct access to your God who so dearly loves you. You will then have a place that is yours in heaven given to you personally by your loving Creator to inhabit for the ceaseless ages of eternity. You will be forever surrounded by the things that God has made for you and your life will be completely satisfying as you live and function with a purpose in this new wonderful place. We will be doing things that we, today can only imagine!

Differences between Daniel and Revelation

There are striking differences between Daniel and Revelation that we need to look into.

Daniel emphasizes on the human side of the controversy. Daniel 7, 8, and 10-12 specifically concentrate on the activities of nations and the persecuting of God's people. Daniel 9 concentrates on the 70 weeks which is a specific time when God's people have to get rid of sin and to finish transgression. The direct connection between Heaven and Earth is not seen as clearly.

Revelation primarily looks at the last days in reference to what happens in Heaven. Every activity on Earth is related to some action in Heaven. But don't forget that even though Revelation primarily deals with what happens in Heaven, very real physical events occure on Earth as a result of the Heavenly activities. The whole point to Revelation is that Earthly events occur when something has already happened in Heaven. Another way to say this is that when something happens in Heaven, then some event will occur on Earth in response.

Organization of Daniel

Daniel is composed of four different visions. They are found in Daniel 7, 8, 9, and 10-12.

  1. Daniel 7 Is an over-view of the time of trouble including not only the trouble in this world but Judgement and the Second Coming of Christ.
  2. Daniel 8 Focuses more closely on the Ram and the he goat that act just prior to the scenes described in Daniel 7 (This is easily placed by comparing Daniel 8:8 "Four notable ones came up toward the four winds of Heaven" and Daniel 7:3). The rest of Daniel 8 concentrates on the power that will persecute God's people.
  3. Daniel 9 Concentrates on the seventy-Weeks Prophecy which is concerning God's People.
  4. Daniel 10-12 Looks at the specific activities of the Nations in the time of trouble, ending with Michael standing up and taking His rightful position.

Daniel 7

The Four Winds of Heaven Were Stirring up the Great Sea Daniel 7:1-2

Daniel's first vision begins with the four winds stirring up the great sea. This action of the wind can only mean a time of great upheaval. The sea usually refers to people so we see the peoples of the world as being upset and the unsettled conditions of the times is the force that is upsetting the people.

Daniel 7 must be opening with the great time of trouble.

The Four Winds of Heaven Were Stirring up the Great Sea Daniel 7:3-8,11-12

Point 1

The four great beasts coming out of the sea could be a response to the up-side-down conditions Satan has brought on the world.

A beast in prophecy usually represents a power; a nation or kingdom. Since we seem to be looking at a world-wide scenario "the Great Sea", we could be seeing some system of government that might be set up in order to reverse the trouble that is on the earth.

This closely parallels our understanding of what will happen in the last days. We know that because of the trouble in the world, people will blame the people of God, who keep the commandments of God in their hearts, for the troubles that are on the earth. In reality, this world government system is set up by Satan to bring on persecution to God's people. Especially will the Sabbath be attacked at this time.

Point 2

The first beast is the lion with eagle's wings, the second beast is like a bear. The third beast is like a leopard having four heads and four wings, and the fourth beast is a terrible beast.

Many associate these four beast with the great image described in Daniel 2. So they apply the four beast to Babylon, Medo-persia, Greece, and Rome. It is important to realize that, Daniel 7 does not fit the description of Daniel 2.

In verse 11 of Daniel 7 we see the fourth beast destroyed and given to the burning flame, but the first three beasts, described in verse 12, are allowed to survive for a while longer.

This scenario is not the same as is found in Daniel 2 where Daniel interpreted the image as describing a series of powers on the earth. First Babylon rules before Medo-persia takes over the city. Then after Medo-persia rules for a while, it is destroyed by Greece which is eventually replaced by Rome.

Daniel 7, on the other hand, describes a very different scenario. Four beast come out of the Great Sea, but the last beast, the terrible beast is destroyed first while the first three beasts are allowed to survive for a time.

It seems reasonable to surmise that the four powers represent four parallel powers that exist at the same time.

Point 3

On close examination of the beast we see some strange things going on. The first three beast don't seem to have any mind of its own. The lion with eagle's wings has its wings plucked and is lifted up. It is made to stand on its feet like a man, and a man's heart is given it.

Notice that the lion doesn't do anything. If it really was a great power than why isn't it doing anything or making any decisions on its own? It seems that this power is a pawn. A power controlled by some other organization. (Its interesting that we are seeing a similar situation today with the new world order where the New World Order dictates what other nations are to do.)

Lets look at the bear which is the second beast. If we only look at the King James version, we see that the bear is told to arise and devour much flesh.

If we look at another version of the Bible such as the New King James, we see that bear is raised up on one side. It looks like the bear doesn't even get up on its own, it is raised up by others. The third beast is said to have dominion given to it. It looks like the leopard like beast is a kingdom that is set up by others. So it looks like the first three beasts represent three kingdoms that are either set up and controlled by someone else or it is taken over and controlled by someone else.

Point 4

The fourth beast is very different from the first three beasts. Suddenly we see a beast that is doing everything itself rather than being told what to do. In addition we see that it is doing terrible things: it has huge iron teeth, and it devours the residue with its feet.

It would seem reasonable that this terrible beast is the power that forces the other three to act. The four beasts are actually a single system. In Revelation 13 we actually see this same system as a single beast but it has all the parts of the four beasts found in Daniel 7.

It is very possible that these four beasts represents a world system that much more powerful than today's New World Order. It could be that the New World Order might evolve into the power described by these four beasts.

Point 5

The terrible beast is a multifaceted power with 10 horns which are eventually broken down to 7, and a great horn that speaks great things against the Most High.

The great horn seems to do the direct work of Satan in killing and persecuting the saints. From Satan's perspective, the four beasts are the framework from which Satan, which could even be the identity of the great horn, works.

More will be said later in this chapter.

The Ancient of Days is seated and the Books are opened Daniel 7:9-14

It is now that God sits down to judge the world and one of the first things He does is to put a check on the activities of the great horn.

Once the terrible beast is destroyed; then Jesus is seen as inheriting the kingdom from the Ancient of Days. In spite of the fact that Jesus inherits the kingdom, the other three beasts are said to remain for a little while.

Daniel's Vision Explained Daniel 7:15-28

Point 1

Verses 15 to 18 recaps the first part of chapter 7. Four kingdoms arise out of the earth but the saints will possess the kingdom that was given to Jesus.

Point 2 verses 19-22

Daniel seems especially upset over the terrible beast since he sees that it does terrible things to the people of God. It devoured and broke in pieces and trampled the residue with its feet. We often speak of the remnant of God's people, well the residue is the same thing. The terrible beast is killing God's people until judgement begins.

Point 3 verse 23-25

Finally Daniel receives some more information on the terrible beast with the great horn. We see that this terrible beast will triumph over the whole world and it will subdue it. We could even understand from the text that the actual world could be destroyed from verse 23 (And shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces.)

We see that the ten horn are ten kings of this power. Some new power will rise and he will subdue three of these kings. Once his place is assured he starts a war against the people of God, and God says that the saints will be given into his hand for three and a half (part) years.

A new point is given us, this king will think to change times and laws. We know that the Sabbath will be attacked by Satan. This is a clear indication of this attack.

Point 4 verses 26-28

The judgement and the inheritance of God's people is expanded. . . .

Daniel 8

The Ram and the He Goat
Prior to scenes in Daniel 7,
Four Notable ones come up
2300 Days
Persecuting God's People

The Ram and the He Goat Daniel 8:1-7

The Ram and the He Goat must occur first before the things in Daniel 7 take place. This becomes obvious when studying the rest of Daniel 8.

Daniel is very specific in telling where he saw the vision. In addition, we in his vision that he is next to the river Ulai. Many think because of the importance that Daniel places on the location that the actual activities described by the vision will take at or near that site. The location is at the southern border that separates Iran and Iraq. This is a location with much tension in today's world.

The ram is seen first as it pushes westward, northward, and southward. Apparently no nation can withstand their forces and the ram is allowed to do anything it wants. Apparently this situation is not an overnight situation since the ram is allowed to become great through the process.

The ram is apparently the union of two previous powers. Today, names such as Iran, Syria, and Iraq come to mind as possibilities for the two horns. Another possibility are some of the tribal groups within these countries.

The He Goat (male goat) which either represents the US, the united nations or some form of the New World Order, becomes upset over the activities of the Ram and it travels over the face of the earth (either by air or sea) to attack the ram.

The contest is apparently so one sided that there is no chance for the Ram. The He Goat thoroughly destroys the Ram.

The Four Notable Ones and the Little Horn Daniel 8:8-10

This is the part of the story where we can relate what we learned in Daniel 7. In Daniel 8:8 we see that the single horn of the He Goat is broken and four notable ones come up toward the four winds of heaven. These four horns are the same as the four beasts in Daniel 7. How do we know that? Look at the next verse and beyond.

Out of one of the horns came a little horn which casts down some of the host and the stars to the ground and tramples them. This description is similar to the activities of the horn that spoke great things and persecuted the righteous in Daniel 7.

In verse 11 of Daniel 8, we see that this little horn exalts himself even as God! He takes the daily (continual) away and throws truth down to the ground.

Why this matches Daniel 7:8,25 where the horn speaks with pompous words against the Most High. In addition he tries to changes times and laws etc. It is clear by the four horns and the activities of the little horn that Daniel 7 and 8 overlap in time.

The Daily and the 2300 Days Daniel 8:11-14

The little horn apparently takes over the control of the temple in Jerusalem and throws the place of His sanctuary down. He takes away the daily or continual. The word sacrifice is not in the original script. It was added because the translators thought it would add meaning.

The period of time that the little horn controls the temple is 2300 evening morning. The meaning of that could either be 2300 days, 2300 years, or 1150 days. The 2300 or 1150 days is a more literal approach, but the 2300 years uses the year for a day approach.

Gabriel Interprets the Vision of the Evenings and Mornings Daniel 8:15-27

Gabriel then explains in more detail what has already been seen in the vision. He mentions the kings of Media and Persia as being the two horns of the Ram. Today these could be Iran and some power between Syria and Iraq, possibly the Curds of northern Iraq.

The male goat is said to be the kingdom of Greece in the Bible; However, on looking at the original language, we see that Greece could be replaced by some power from the west.

The later rising of a cunning power described in verses 23-26 is really the little horn of both Daniel 7 and 8.

In verse 25 we see that this cunning king will be broken with human hand. This matches the destruction of the little horn when the terrible beast is destroyed.

Daniel 9

70 Weeks Prophecy

Daniel is sick over the actions of his people. He sees that the time of the 70 year prophecy according to Jeremiah the prophet but he sees that the Jews do not want to go back to Jerusalem. They are now accustomed to Babylon.

Daniel pleads for God to take things into His own hands and remedy the situation. Upon close examination of Daniel's prayer we see that it is an intercessory prayer.

Daniel probably interpreted the 70 weeks prophecy to be directly related to his prayer and his people. It does. There are obvious historical but there are more literal last day interpretations a well. Look in the time chart region of this harmony for a more complete discussion of the 70 Weeks.

Daniel 10-12

Daniel Specific Activities of the Nations
Michael stands up
Time of trouble Such as Never Was Before
1290 and 1335 Days
Blessed Is He Who Waits

Practically all of Daniel 10 is a description of Daniel as he began to receive his last vision. We also are able to listen in on much of the dialog between Gabriel and Daniel and we are able to see to some extent some behind-the-scenes look at the battle that is raging between Christ and Satan.

Daniel 11 describe the battles between the King of the North and the King of the South. These two kingdoms somehow relate to the four beasts of Daniel 7 and the little horn of Daniel 7 and 8, because the same activities that we have already seen in Daniel 7 and 8 are again explained in greater detail. Only this time, we see the picture from the prospect of the Northern and Southern Kingdom.

Daniel 11:29-39 describes the terrible things that the little horn does except that now we see that it is the Northern King that is doing these things.

There seems to be an endless series of wars described in Daniel 11. We almost seem to get lost in the description until we reach Daniel 12. Suddenly we have Michael Standing up and all things are coming to an end.

We now know where to put the long series of wars and actions of the various parties. The whole vision ends at the end of time so it seems reasonable to assume that Daniel 11 concerns itself with the secular events of the time of trouble that directly cause Michael to stand up.

Revelation: Looking at Cause and Effect

We often choose to read the Bible when we are in need of peace and solace; However, it is in the Bible that we read of severe conflicts that speak of a desperate war between good and bad.

In the Gospels we see Jesus, who usually speaks of peace and love, speak words of heated anger and wrath, we see that the look on His face is such that the priests and scribes run in terror from His presence. After that incident they decided that they would never run from Him again. Well, Jesus came the second time to cleanse the temple, and in spite of their determination not to run, they ran in absolute terror. They could not even face Jesus at this time. What is happening? What is the reason why Jesus has to act this way? Also, What is it that the priests and scribes are running from?

We know God operates on love. We also know that love can result in rather harsh treatment. Often a parent, who truly loves his child, has to face this reality. The parent will give a stronger punishment if he or she feels that the punishment will help change the actions and outlook of the child.

Others, not directly involved with the child might let some types of bad behavior slide, but the loving parent who sincerely wants the child to improve will press on harder.

Christ's actions suggests a similar situation. Jesus is facing a crisis. People all around Him would eventually be led by the leaders He is facing to face eternal death unless He can reach their hearts. God is apparently willing to whip or even kill in order to save them.

We also find ourselves in this same life and death struggle while not fully realizing it. God would have us depend on Him for much more than solace, because there is an intergalactic war in the Universe. A war between Christ and Satan.

Listen to what Isaiah says about Satan: "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit." Isaiah 14:12-15

No other place in the Bible speaks as clearly of this war than Revelation. There are, of course, indications throughout the Bible of the struggle, Job being perhaps the most notable; However, the main emphasis of Revelation centers on the dramatic closing events of this war.

In Revelation 4-22, we see how Jesus will end the misery that Satan has brought in starting this war. In spite of the fact that Revelation speaks of war and bloodshed, of evil and God's wrath, we can have comfort in knowing that Jesus will be eradicating sin from the face of the universe. All evil and misery will be done away.

As evil and sin increase we will feel an ever increasing need to know the assurance that God still is in control, that He will end all the confusion and that if we choose to believe in Him, that we will end up in a place that will be free of the death and destruction that is so common in today's world.

In that place, the place where Jesus lives, will be a place of love and peace. The promise that Jesus has given us is at the very center of our hope of the future and we must read and study His promises again and again.

Please note that when John wrote Revelation, he did not tell what the order of the events would be. Instead, what John did was to describe them how it was told to him by Jesus. We must remember that in the beginning of the book, the revelation is identified as the Revelation of Jesus Christ. What Jesus did was to show what would take place in the last days by allowing John to view a series of events that will take place in their order. Then Jesus allowed John to see another series of events which was different from the first.

So, John described several series of events. First he described the first series, then he would start over and describe another series of events. One might call them parallel accounts, but I have called them anything from pictures, subjects or themes.

Because Revelation is organized by themes, the book is topically driven rather than being event driven. Instead of having a list of events, John the Revelator discusses different topics of note. So, Revelation is composed of a series of verbal pictures or subjects or themes. John discusses every thing within a single topic before approaching another topic. Because of this the timing of the events between two different typics cannot easily be placed, indeed one is not often sure how these series of events or pictures relate to one another; they definitely seem to be far more theme orientated than time orientated.

The Five subjects which I have coined as pictures are as follows:

  1. Rev. 4-6 Opening of Judgement, ending with the Second Coming of Christ
  2. Rev. 7-11 Close of probation, ending with the Second Coming of Christ
  3. Rev. 12-13 Activities of the Dragon (Satan)
  4. Rev. 14-16 The Loud Cry followed by the Wrath of God upon the Wicked
  5. Rev. 17-22 Punishment of the great whore; Rejoicing in Heaven; The complete destruction of evil; and the New Jerusalem and the New World.

Picture 1

A Meeting in Heaven,
Opening of the first six seals, The Second Coming of Christ Revelation. 4-6

Heaven Praises God and the Son
Revelation 4:1-11 :5:1-14

Something special happens in Revelation 4 and 5. After all if the process was not important, why would Jesus Himself go through the effort to give us this book!

We are seeing the beginnings of the process that will start the events as described in Revelation, we are seeing the process that will end pain and bloodshed and allow peace to reign everywhere in the universe.

Point 1

Notice that before either God or Jesus chooses to do something, that all of heaven praises Their worthiness to do what They are about to do.

Remember, there is a war of trust! It was Satan who accused both God and Jesus of being selfish in not letting the angels do anything they want to do. Read Paul's description of what Satan has done:

"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4.

In addition we can see that Satan has succeeded in deceiving one third of the angels of heaven:

"And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

"And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." Revelation 12:3-4,9

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 and Revelation 4:11; 12:3-4,9 indicate the following points

1) That Satan's plot will be discovered, "that man of sin be revealed"

2) Satan wanted to be God yet without the Godly character.

3) In the process of wanting to be God he has turned himself into a dragon having:

.a) deceived a third of the angels of heaven so that they would get the same reward of death as himself.

.b) deceived the whole world.

4) In the process His character has been revealed to the whole of the universe

5) God has created all things. It is evident that even God's pleasure is good

A third of all heaven did not trust God originally to stay with Him, instead they chose to follow Satan.

However, as described in Revelation 4 and 5, we see that the angels in heaven are fully decided. They are declaring both God and Jesus as the winners in the contest because of their character and power.

This action on the part of the angels was part of God's plan. God chose that not He but His creations decide who was to be worthy to sit on the throne. God chose to wait until all of heaven could exclaim with their voices that He was indeed worthy to sit on the throne. Read the following verse: "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." Revelation 4:11

Point 2

Immediately after God is declared worthy, we see that He has a scroll. It seems to be very important because the cry is made: "who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals."

Since heaven has just finished praising God for being worthy, it stands to reason that God Himself wrote the words in the scroll. Only God could write something that could cause all of heaven to wonder who was worthy enough to open it.

As heaven is waiting for the answer to who is worthy to receive the scroll, the angel gently informs John that one has prevailed. The angel must be hinting at Christ's prevailing against Satan on earth in spite of everything that Satan could do to Him.

Jesus, standing with those at the throne of God reaches out and takes the scroll. The response is immediate. The creatures and the 24 elders fall before Christ (the Lamb) and declare Him worthy to take the scroll.

Only after Jesus is declared worthy is He able to open the seals of the scroll.

We can only wonder what is in the book. It is not clear what is in the book that has the attention of all heaven. Could it be the book that has the names of all the righteous? Maybe the message and purpose of the trumpets are in the book, or maybe it contains the mystery of God that is spoken of later in the book.

Opening the First 6 Seals Revelation 6:1-17

As the Lamb opens the seals, things begin to happen on earth. This connection between heaven and earth is strong. As the lamb opens the first seal we see the first man going forth conquering and to conquer. apparently the earth is immersed in war.

When the second seal is broken we see that peace is taken from the world.

The third seal results in famine. Starvation will be a major concern

The fourth seal results in massive death across the earth.

The breaking of the first four seals could very indicated the initiation of the time of trouble. This is the time when we know there will be sudden unrest on the earth.

Especially is the unsettled nature of this evident when the fifth seal is opened. We see that the righteous will be killed for their faith!

The question: "How long?" Indicates time. More time than the righteous want. The time of the breaking of the seals may cover the entire time of trouble.

In verse 11, the righteous are told to rest awhile while others are to be killed as well.

Apparently the Greek could be made to say: rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be threatened with death as they were killed, should be fulfilled."

It is quite possible that the fifth seal is indicating the close of probation.

The sixth seal results in many signs in the heavens: A great earthquake, the sun turns black, the moon turns red, and the stars fall.

At this the people of the world hide from the face of the one on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb.

The end of Chapter 6 Ends with the second coming of Jesus.

Picture 2

Close of Probation,
Sounding of the 7 Trumpets
, God's Two Witnesses,
God Inherits the World,
The Temple of God is Opened
Revelation. 7-11

Opening the First 6 Seals Revelation 7:1-4

Point 1

We see four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth. Then another angel comes with a loud voice, saying hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

Could the four angels holding the four winds of the earth be the four horsemen of the first four seals in chapter 6? In the Book of Zechariah we get a possible connection:

Zec 6:1 And I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came four chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of brass. In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses; And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses. Then I answered and said unto the angel that talked with me, What are these, my lord? And the angel answered and said unto me, These are the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth. Zechariah 6:1-5

The similarities are striking, also the angel has named the four horsemen, the four spirits that which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth. It's quite possible that the four angels of chapter 7 are also the four horsemen.

If so then it only stands to reason that chapter 7 describes the conditions when the four horsemen start their actions.

The four angels must hold back the winds of strife until God's people are sealed on their foreheads.

Point 2

Since the four horsemen are to spread war and bloodshed, famine and unrest; it would seem that they would actively cause the misery. However, in Revelation 7:1 we see that the four angels are holding back the four winds of strife. When the death and destruction begin it is because these four spirits stop their work. Its not the time they start their dirty work.

God has all along helped to control this world's peace. It is only because of God's protective hands that we have received the blessings of peace, law, and order.

Once God's people are sealed that complete anarchy will prevail.

144,000 Sealed Revelation 7:5-8

We see that the 144,000 come from the 12 tribes of Israel.

Right away this scenario does not seem right. Where are these tribes today? They don't exist. Only a few tribes exist today. Most disappeared when the northern kingdom of Israel was taken away to Assyria. Those tribes today don't exist.

What are the possible meanings? Some ignore this list of tribes and the numbers. Others declare that Christians have been drafted in to the various tribes, according to the character of each person drafted in.

Still others suggest that the 144,000 were selected long ago when the tribes actually existed, possible from the time of Christ. Could they possibly arise from the special resurrection?

The major problem for having the tribes sealed from the past is found in verse 3. Don't harm the servants of our God until they are sealed on their foreheads.

The 144,000 must be living on earth in the last days when the time of trouble comes on the world.

A Great Multitude Revelation 7:9-17

Point 1

John's attention now seems to be directed to heaven and he sees a great multitude so large that he can't number them.

Who are these people? "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." "They serve Him day and night in His temple."

This language sounds much like the description of the 144,000 as described in Revelation 14:1-5. Also, remember,The earlier part of Revelation centered on the 144,000 as well. Would it make any sense to suddenly jump to another group other than the 144,000. John is talking about the righteous who were sealed on their foreheads. If the great multitude is not the 144,000 then who are they?

Some say that since the great multitude is so large that no one can count it, shows that the group can't be the 144,000 since a 144,000 is a number that can be counted. An additional reason is in the identification of the group. The 144,000 comes from the 12 tribes of Israel; However, the great multitude of composed of people from all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues.

What could this great multitude be? Some suggest that it is composed of all who are saved upon the earth, from all times. Even of those who are long dead. Others think that a second group other than the 144,000 will go through the time of trouble, however they are not part of the first fruits group that is identified as the 144,000.

There are some reasons not to go along with the notion that the great multitude is some other group than the 144,000.

1) Looking at John's prophecy so far, we see that John has introduced each new topic in a logical sequence. John first sees the opening scenes in heaven that allows Jesus to start opening the seals of the scroll. Then we see what happens when the seals are actually opened. Then in the seventh chapter we see that the seals can't be opened until the 144,000 are sealed.

John now starts describing the 144,000. Why would John now start speaking of another group without saying what the group is or how it relates to the sealing or to the seals?

Contextually John is still talking about the 144,000. The 144,000 could be the great multitude.

2) The arguments against the great multitude are not conclusive. When John says the groups is too large to number, he could just be using a figure of speech. Any group composed of humans can be numbered since the number of humans throughout history is a finite number. Even if we include the wicked.

John could we seeing 144,000 and find the group too large to number. In other words, he could not then easily determine the number of people in front of him.

3) The other argument says: look the 144,000 are from the 12 tribes of Israel, but the great multitude is from all peoples of the world. How could they be the same group?

We need to remember that there is a problem with having the 12 tribes making up the 144,000. Most of the tribes no longer exist now, much less at the time of trouble. Either the 144,000 was chosen from people from an earlier time when the tribes existed or some other explanation is needed.

Some think that since Christians have been drafted in to Israel, making up Spiritual Israel that it is only natural that the 144,000 would be comprised of people from all the peoples of the world.

Another explanation might be: Yes the tribes don't exist as tribes any longer but the descendents of the lost tribes could be found among all the peoples of the world. They might be found among all races.

It makes no sense to say that these people come from before the time of trouble. Since in verse 14 the angels says "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation." It seems safe to assume that the great multitude are the ones who went through the time of trouble.

We also remember that the 144,000 also are living in the time of trouble as the seals can't be opened until they are sealed of their foreheads.

It seems that the 144,000 and the great multitude is the same group. In heaven we see that they "serve Him day and night in His temple." Etc. This description sounds like the 144,000 as well.

Point 2

It seems strange to have the 144,000 being sealed on their foreheads on earth before the seals can be opened yet to have them in heaven following the lamb where ever He goes. The second coming doesn't seem to have yet happened, yet we find the great multitude in heaven. How did they get there? Is it possible that they are there because they are the first fruits and thus will be brought to heaven earlier. If this is true then why doesn't John describe the 144,000 departure from earth separately from the others?

Either John is describing things in the order that they happen or he is describing things in the order that will give the greatest sense to the topic that he is discussing.

If John is describing things in order than the great multitude is in heaven (the 144,000 is in heaven). This logic has encouraged some to assume that these people came up in the special resurrection when Christ was brought up after He rose from the grave 2000 years ago.

There are problems. This would allow them to be composed of the 12 tribes however it does not explain why they must be sealed before the seals are opened. If they are in heaven they should already be sealed.

The other explanation is that John is describing things in the order that will give the greatest sense to the topic that he is discussing.

John has just introduced the 144,000, it makes sense that he would give us a larger picture of who this group was. Also, John shows the position that the 144,000 will have in heaven.

It is the opinion of the author of this harmony that John introduces subjects topically. The events are not always introduced in their correct order but instead he introduces things in a way that will give the greatest sense to the topics he discusses.

Point 3

What is the main point of seeing the great multitude (144,000) in heaven. In this text we not only hear who this group is and what it continues to do, we are told what they say before the throne of God.

They cry out saying: "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" We now see a new group who praises both God and the Son.

The 144,000 is an important group in the world. They are those who will live through the time of trouble. Its important that we see that they also will praise God, even after experiencing the trials of the time of trouble.

It makes sense for John to add this small section to the prophecy since he has shown others to have the same attitude toward God. Remember God's purpose is to win the hearts of the universe. He especially wants to win those of this world.

Opening of the Seventh Seal Revelation 8:1-5

Point 1

If the first six seals goes from the time that the 144,000 are sealed to the time of the second coming of Jesus Christ, when does this seventh seal get opened?

If everything is discussed according to a sequence of events, then we would expect the seventh seal to be opened at or after the second coming of Christ. But it is clear from the text describing the seven trumpets that are sounded once the seventh seals is opened.

The time of the different trumpets is marked as being given at a time when the people on earth will not want to follow God. It must be during the time of trouble that the seventh seal is opened.

So the trumpets are discussed out of sequence. This scenario fits in with the rest of Revelation that has been discussed so far. John discusses the different aspects of prophecy in a way that will add to the meaning of the prophetic events, not to the order of the events.

Why would John separate the first six seals from the last seal? They must be different in character. One possible difference is that the first six seals result directly in trouble on earth. The seventh seal seems to result in some action in heaven, a golden censer with fire in it is cast to the earth.

However the distinction between the two groups of seals lessens when the trumpets are blown. The trumpets seem to result in much trouble on the earth.

It must be realized that all actions in heaven are felt on the earth. The throwing of the censer with fire somehow enables the seven angels to blow their trumpets that cause misery on the earth.

Point 2

Some wonder if the throwing down of the censer is not the close of probation. Others believe that the close of probation is between the fourth and fifth trumpets. Still others believe that the close of probation is after the seventh trumpet.

One of two things is happening in Revelation 8:5. Either the angel throws down both the censer and the fire or he throws down only the fire. The Greek is not fully clear on this distinction either. The only way to determine which is correct is to determine the logic of the text and to determine what makes the best sense taking in to account what was before and after that event.

If only the fire is thrown down then the event is only seen as a special time when the prayer of the saints are answered. Sins are dealt with.

On the other hand, if both the fire and the censer is thrown down it then represents a time when the sanctuary process is stopped in heaven. This action would mean the close of probation. A time when the sins are no longer dealt with.

You will see evidence that a change has occurred when the later trumpets are sounded. The people no longer come back to God when trouble occurs. Also we see the people of the Earth (except those who are sealed, the Righteous) only curse God for their problems.

In the description of these trumpets there is no evidence that the wicked have any conscience any more. They no longer hear that inner voice so they do not ask help from God.

Because the people act this way, the author of this harmony believes that the censor along with the fire was thrown down, indicating that God is no longer forgiving sins as He previously did.

These people, the wicked, are fully decided against God and as a result, God no longer strives with them. Their case is decided because the people themselves have fully decided against God to the point where they will not change their mind.

In this way the wicked people of the world become life their leader, Satan. Satan, long ago has become a decided enemy of God and Jesus. So it is with the wicked of the Earth. They will not change and so they cannot change. God responds by letting the people reap their own reward which is the natural outcome of their decision. Probation is closed for them!

Opening of the First Six Trumpets Revelation 8:6-13; 9:1-21

Point 1

What are the trumpets? Are they really plaques like the 7 plaques of wrath described in Revelation 16 or is there a difference. Also we need to ask what the difference is between the seals and the trumpets.

A difference between the trumpets and the plaques might be seen upon close comparison.

The plaques are literally described as bowls of wrath of God and the bowls are to be poured on the earth. The different plaques are poured directly on the object that is to have the plaque. That has the connotation that God is directly producing the plaques.

The trumpets on the other hand do not have the same connection with what happens on earth. A trumpet sounds and things happen. The trumpet does not directly connect with the object. It is not described in the same way as the plaques are described, where wrath is poured directly on the object.

Its true that the sound of the trumpet is heard by something but what is it or who is it that responds to the trumpets?

Looking at the actual results of the trumpets indicates a series of natural disasters. A trumpet blows then hail mingles with fire are thrown to the earth; Or, a great mountain is thrown into the sea. A great star fell from heaven. A third of the sun, moon, and stars are struck.

The fifth and sixth angels give a different kind of result. The fifth results in opening the bottomless pit.

The sixth angel's trumpet produces an interesting result. Four angels held at the Euphrates are let loose so they can kill one third of the people on earth.

Are these the four spirits involved with the first four opening of the seals of the scroll? Its a possibility. If true than the trumpets are describing with even more clarity the circumstances of the seals.

However there are some differences between the four spirits (horsemen and the four angels held at the Euphrates. The two groups could be just that, two separate situations. So what is the difference between the plaques and the trumpets. The plaques are the direct result of God's wrath. The trumpets could be the result of letting go of protecting the earth.

We know that God has kept Satan at bay, limiting his power. If God did not limit Satan, there would be no one alive today. Satan hates us with more passion than we can know.

It could be that God is finally letting loose of the reigns that have held and limited Satan all these years.

The first four trumpets could either be the result of Satan inflicting harm on the earth be cause God is now letting Him do so, or the they could be a natural result of God no longer protecting the earth.

It may be that this world is constantly protected by God. But now, as His Spirit leaves the earth, the world will start to feel the result of God not protecting the earth. So the earth could be pelted with comets, meteorites, etc.

Point 2

How might the seals be different from the trumpets. The seals may be the releasing of the God's protection of the people of the world. As a result, total unrest gets established since God no-longer restrains people.

The trumpets then would represent the time when God no longer protects our world (the physical planet) from natural disasters and from Satan's anger.

Point 3

When is the close of probation in relation to the trumpets?

1) If the censer is indeed thrown down to the ground, then the close of probation could be before the first trumpet.

2) On the other hand, many have determined that the trumpets are all before the close of probation. This position seems to ignore all what John has introduced thus far. The context of the seals and trumpets is that the righteous have been sealed on their foreheads. This would indicate the close of probation.

The conditions concerning the fifth and sixth trumpets enhance this position that the close of probation has already occurred.

In Revelation 9:4 we see that the locusts were commanded not to harm what? They could only harm those who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.

In the sixth seal we see even more evidence: Those who were not killed would not repent of their works; Instead, They chose to worship demons and idols. Also they decided to continue to murder, rob, steal and to commit sexual acts.

We can see that the people are fully decided in their sins. They will not change. On the other hand God's people are protected. It really looks like all the decisions have been made, that the close of probation is passed. 3) A third position is that the close of probation is between trumpet four and five. It is true that the first four trumpets are of a different nature than the last three trumpets.

It is also true that people can only be seen to have fully made their decisions from the fifth trumpet and on. The first four trumpets give no indication on how people respond.

Since the fifth and sixth trumpets have to happen after the close of probation, the only choices are to have the close of probation before the first trumpet or between the fourth and fifth trumpet.

The question revolves around the throwing of the censer and fire or only the fire. The other text that is in question is Revelation 8:13. The angel saying with a loud voice "Woe, Woe, Woe to those who live on the earth for the next three angels are about to sound!"

One of those two places is indicating the close of probation. The author of this harmony favors the close of probation before the first trumpet because of the way John introduces the different elements of prophecy. The sealing of God's people has already become a reality.

Point 4

What are the trumpets? Are they really A point by point blow.

The Little Book Open in His Right Hand Revelation 10:1-11

Point 1

Who is this angel who stands with one foot on land and one on water? His appearance should give us our first indication. He is clothed with a cloud, a rainbow (of promise?) on his head, and his face was like the sun. His feet were like pillars of fire. Have we seen anything like this before? This description is a little like the description of Christ in Revelation 1:13-16 but the match is not very good.

The next indication is that the angel rases his hand and "swear by Him who lives for ever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be delay no longer"

Who is it that has power to swear by the God of Heaven? Is it Jesus?

Point 2

What is the little book the angel has in his hand. Could it be the scroll that only the Lamb of God was able to open? We don't know. If it is, than the Christ's part in this process becomes evident. Only Jesus could open the scroll, but now that it is open (He has paid the price) John in now able to take the book.

Could the seven thunders be indicating what is in the book? Who knows. They are sealed up till they are to sound in the future.

What does the sweet as honey in my mouth, bitter in my stomach mean? Somehow the truth found in the book will seem good to John but as the experience of that truth becomes a reality it will turn into a bitter experience.

Because of the new truth, John (or is it us who will live through this time?) will have to prophesy again.

The author of this harmony believes that there will come a time when God's people will understand the little book (could it be the book of Daniel or even both Daniel & Revelation?) to such as extent that they will have extreme pleasure, knowing that the end of all things is at hand and they are soon to live with Jesus!

However, once they understand the nearness of Christ's coming, the awful experience of the time just before Christ's coming, God's people will experience the times described by the little book. That time will be a bitter experience inspite of the fact that Christ's coming will be so very soon in the future!

Measuring the Temple of God Revelation 11:1-2

John is to measure the temple of God, and altar, and those who worship there. However he not to measure the court which is given to the gentiles. The word eqnesi really means nations instead of the more limited meaning gentiles. So the court is given to the nations for 42 months or 1260 days. Some see that Jerusalem will be controlled by the nations of the world for 42 months at the end of time. In addition, since the nations are apart from those who worship there it can only mean that the nations are not of God. It could even be the one world government that Satan sets up to try to rule the world.

The Two Witnesses Revelation 11:3-13

Point 1

Who or what is the two witnesses. A prominent position that the two witnesses represent the old and new testaments of the Bible. A careful reading should discount that idea.

In the Bible, the two witnesses are real messengers with real bodies that lie dead in the streets fore three and a half days!

Looking at what these two witnesses do it becomes easy to guess who they might actually be. One has the power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy. The other is able to turn water into blood, and to strike the earth with all plaques as often as they desire. Look up the following verses 1 Kings 17:1; 2 Kings 1:10; Exodus 7:19

These are the things that Moses and Elijah did. The Jews for a long time have known that Moses and Elijah will come back before the Messiah is to come. Read the prophecy of their appearing:

"Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." Malachi 4:4-6

Some wonder at having Moses and Elijah come back to die. Why would they do that? We'll have to wait on the whys later. One thing is sure, Jesus came to die on this world first. The idea of one coming to this world to die is not totally foreign to us.

Point 2

Notice that the time period is the same period that the court of the temple, the holy city will be tread underfoot for 1260 days. Presumably both occur at the same time, the same 1260 days.

The Seventh Trumpet Revelation 11:14-19

Point 1

Remember what the angel of Revelation 10:7 said? "When the seventh angel is to sound that the mystery of God would be finished.

When the seventh angel sounds his trumpet there is an announcement; "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!" This announcement initiates the new reign of Christ. It is when all the mysteries of God will be made plain.

Point 2

This announcement that Jesus now reigns forever and ever is the result of the court proceedings in heaven. Revelation chapter 4 and 5 show the beginning of the process. Now the Earth has been taken from Satan and given to Jesus Christ. In addition Jesus also becomes the ruler of the whole universe!

Point 3

The seventh Trumpet that brings on the new reign of Jesus could not happen until the two witnesses could give their testimony. Satan could only be laid aside when the proper witnesses could testify to what Satan has done. The killing of the two witnesses ended that process.

Point 4

The time of the seventh angel does not necessarily represent the time that Jesus comes in the clouds. Instead, it could be called the blessed day when God announces the day and hour of His coming.

Picture 3

The Activities of the Dragon (Satan) Revelation. 12-13

Both Revelation 12 and 13 center on the activities of Satan. They can be considered as parallel passages. In fact, Revelation 12 can also be broken up into two accounts as well. Both chapters cover the 1260 years of Satan's activity of persecuting and killing the righteous.

The Woman Clothed With The Sun Revelation 12:1-17

Point 1

Chapter 12 concerns itself with the woman and how the Dragon persecutes her as well as her offspring; However, John does not seem to cover the conflict in an orderly sequence. Instead, John seems to go over the scenario twice.

In the first six verses, John takes time to describe the woman, the red dragon, and also the circumstances concerning the birth of the male child. Then he mentions that the woman flees into the wilderness for 1260 days.

John then starts over and discusses how Satan comes down to earth and why he is angry at the woman. John then goes into quite some detail of the battles during the 42 months (also 1260 days, the same period of time).

This second time, John says that the woman was able to fly into the wilderness where she is protected from the serpent for 42 months.

Point 2

It is easy to see that Satan doesn't wait until some group tells him he is worthy. He is definitely not worthy for anything except death. In chapter 12 we see that Satan runs on fear, anger, and hate. He only seeks death and destruction for others.

The Beast With Seven Heads and Ten Horns Revelation 13:1-10

Point 1

The beast rising out of the sea is described elsewhere in prophecy as is seen in the harmony. However, there are specifics found here that are not found anywhere else.

Chapter 13 can also be seen as a parallel to chapter 12. Both cover the activities of Satan during the 1260 days (42 months or three and a half years). In addition, both concentrate on the activities of Satan to kill the saints.

The difference between chapter 12 and 13 lies in the way Satan's activities are seen. In chapter 12, Satan's position and loss in heaven is the concentration. Because he was ousted, he returned to earth really angry and decided to really attack the woman and her offspring because he knows his time is short. The prospective is of the great controversy between him and heaven.

Chapter 13 on the other hand specifically centers on the manner in which he is able to persecute the righteous.

Point 2

This beast rising out of the waters represents a great system of government that will rule over the people of the world. It could very well be the New World Order that today is slowly gaining strength.

This power very specifically is given power to blaspheme God's name and to overcome the saints.

Another Beast: With Two Horns Like a Lamb and Spoke Like a Dragon Revelation 13:11-18

Point 1

The second power gives power to the first beast. We use to apply this power to the United States. However if the first beast is really the New World Order than the second beast may not be visible yet. It may be some power that is able to act as a police for the New World Order. On the other hand, we may yet find that the US will be this power. We will have to wait and see.

Point 2

It should be easy to see in the description of the second beast that it actually forces all to worship the first beast. The first beast must not have the physical armaments to threaten directly but apparently it does have political clout and it is able to use the second beast as its big stick.

Picture 4

The Activities of the Righteous The Loud Cry The Wrath of God Upon the Wicked Revelation. 14-16

Remember that God never does anything until His subjects in heaven declare that He is righteous and deserves to do what He is about to do.

This very thing is seen in these chapters. We begin with the 144,000 always following the Lamb where ever He goes; then, we see the three angels crying out to the world that the time is now, That the coming of Jesus is imminent, even at the door.

In Chapter 15 we apparently see all who have overcome Satan through the ages. Just before the bowls of wrath are poured on the earth, they sing a song declaring: Great and marvelous are Your works. . . Who shall not fear You, . . For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested.

It is only then that the seven angels come out of the temple with the seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God.

The 144,000 Revelation 14:1-5

We again have the 144,000 on the forefront. However this time they are before the Lamb on Mount Zion. In Revelation 7 they were before the throne of God.

We have to face the same controversy again. Are the 144,000 in heaven? There possibly is a Mount Zion in heaven as well as the one on earth. After all, the word Zion can mean heaven, paradise, beyond or Eden in addition to being the mountain that Jerusalam is on.

It is clear in Revelation 7 that 144,000 were sealed just before the earth is hurt in the time of trouble. On the other hand we see that they are chosen from 12 tribes of Israel which don't seem to exist at this time.

So, whether we have them sealed long ago or whether they are sealed in the last days, there is a problem!

In verse 4 is reads "These were redeemed from among men, being first fruits to God and to the Lamb".

There is a possibility that they were redeemed before the others at the second coming. That would explain the term first fruits.

On the other hand, the organization of these chapters could be organized to show this relationship between God's created beings acknowledging God's right to do what He is about to do and His actually doing it.

The Three angels Messages Revelation 14:6-5

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