This is so complicated but that is ok. I still feel strong that we should walk away with a vision of our Lord, His Mightiness, not the details of what will happen. I am going to lightly talk about each chapter just so that we can have a glimpse of what is to come. But I tell you what, if you ever seriously dug in and looked up the Old Testaments Prophecies from Joel, Zechariah, Isaiah…your mind would explode with the most amazing picture of how it is all pre-said before it is going to occur.
I still am going to say that if all this is too much for you in this season of your studying, I think just reading Matthew 24 covers it all.
ALSO, keep in mind that God has a Trinity…well Satan too mimiks that.
- Father, Son, Holy Spirit
- Satan, Antichrist, False Prophet
As you read keep that in mind.
Chapter 12: The woman here may represent Israel, as the baby of course is the birth of the Messiah through them. The Dragon is the Devil. Michael and the angels fight against the dragon. (we just read in Jude this is not the first time Michael confronts the devil). You may be noticing that we are still holding to the time period earlier discussed in Daniel, “a time, a times and a half a time” referring to 3 1/2 years or the same 42 months, and also described as 1,260 days. (Basically 7 years divided into 2 parts)
Chapter 13: Two beasts. One is thought (by futurists) to be a political figure and the other is to be a religious figure. (that is why so many people keep their eyes on political events, presidents or the Vatican). Remember Satan mimics everything Jesus does so just like God has himself in the Trinity, Satan will do the very same thing. SO you will have this Antichrist figure (the first beast) that mimics the Resurrection in its own, when the “fatal wound” heals 13:3 and now people follow him just as they follow Christ. The third part of satan’s trinity is this beast that talks like a dragon but appears like a lamb. (the religious figure). He will aid in helping the first beast.
Chapter 14: We pan back to THE LAMB, our Messiah and am I wrong to say that his angels give 3 more warnings of “repent”. My take on this is that God wants sooooo badly for no one to feel the wrath. I mean the entire Old Testament was one big warning after warning from His heart that said “Please turn from evil and Follow Me!” and here on the cusp of the END, The LAMB stands and sends His angels AGAIN to say, “WHOSE are you?”. See, the entire book of Revelation has 2 classes of people. God’s and The Beast’s. There is no third category. This is where it is bitter-sweet. We may be on God’s but we know so many that are not.
The three angels words in chapter 14 may be the last call also, the second angel alludes to the “one world” nation of political and religion. And the third speaks of our eternity (Heaven or Hell) just as the Gospel does.
So after the angels have a call for repentance then they harvest the righteous and God judges the ones that don’t. This huge imagery of a winepress killing so many that the blood fills the whole area of 1,600 stadia (approximately the same size as Palestine. Hmmmm. think on that.)
Chapters 15 and 16. Did you catch that in verse 15:3 the angels were singing The song of Moses (from Exodus! When God parted the Red Sea, the first thing Moses did was STOP and praise God with this song. Well from the beginning to end this song is used).
Finally, we have the 7 bowls, of judgement poured out, these are the final acts of Judgement. The bowls are the Wrath of God that will finally complete the battle. The two nations are God’s nation (Jerusalem) vs Satan’s (Babylon). THe first 4 bowls are poured out on the earth. Even if you started in October with us, I am sure you will recognize the plagues that are poured out to be like the ones in Egypt. The fifth bowl, is poured out on the throne of the political beast (amen!)
The sixth bowl is released and satan’s army (people on earth that are not on God’s team will be in this army) will gather on the plains of Meddigo. Satan will gather 200 million, which we know would be an easy number on this earth to find. They will gather on this plain which is modern-day Iran, Iraq, and Syria (do I have your attention now?) This will set the stage for the Battle of Armageddon! (This all predicted in Psalms 2:2-4). I know this is long and I am sorry, but take a quick look at a scripture in Levitical Law, what happens to those who blaspheme God:
Then the LORD said to Moses: “Take the blasphemer outside the camp. All those who heard him are to lay their hands on his head, and the entire assembly is to stone him. Say to the Israelites: ‘If anyone curses his God, he will be held responsible; anyone who blaspheme the name of the LORD must be put to death. The entire assembly must stone him. Whether an alien or native-born, when he blaspheme the Name, he must be put to death. (Leviticus 24:13-16)
Now let’s look at the Battle of Armageddon
From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible. (Revelation 16:21)
The possible third part of Satan’s trinity is the false prophet. She sits as Mystery Babylon the Great. She represents all the false and ungodly religion in the world that we have been sold. John will later describe the description if another woman “New Jerusalem” the one Jesus will marry, His Church. I am not going to go into the horns and kings for I really am not confident in anything tat I would say, I am not sure who would.
The city of Babylon is destroyed finally when in chapter 18:21 a great angel of the LORD casts the final stone…a millstone. If you want to dig a little on this one, look at the last chapter in Jeremiah 51