The Star of Bethlehem - The Rest of the Story

 

Looking at the Future Through the Bible

People wonder and speculate about the future all the time. They watch the weather, sports, political events, the markets, the news, bu
siness trends and stats, and etc. They observe, they wonder, and they make decisions based on their observations. They simply act on the information as they understand it at the time. 

 

Nearly 1/3 of our Bible is about prophecy and the future.  People differ on the order  

and timing of things in prophecy, especially looking forward to Jesus Christ's second coming. No one really knows, except God Himself.  That being said ...

Below are my observations and thoughts on Jesus' second coming.  My purpose is to encourage and challenge you to dig into God's Word, to improve your relationship with God, and to watch for His second coming.  Jesus could be coming relatively soon, and we are to watch and be ready.

Why is the order and timing of events surrounding Jesus second coming important? 
1) Jesus commands us through the pages of the Bible to be watchful. 
How can we be watchful if we don't even know what we are watching for? 

2) They help us prepare emotionally and spiritually. 
Isn't it like receiving engagement and/or wedding date announcements? 

3) We can have a better understanding of Bible passages related to these events. 
Wouldn't it be helpful to know how certain passages of scripture relate to others in relationship to Jesus' 2nd coming?  


In sharing my observations and thoughts regarding Jesus' second coming,
I have organized what follows into 3 sections: 

First Section
Matthew chapter 24 and Revelation chapters 1-7
(consisting of the abomination, great tribulation, and rapture) 

 

Second Section
Revelation chapters 11-14
(consisting mostly of the abomination through the end of the 6th trumpet judgment) 

 

Third Section
Revelation chapters 8-10 and 15-22 

(consisting of the judgment, victory, millennium, and final victory). 

 

Grab your Bible, come with me on a journey, and read the Bible passages as you come to them. 

 

First Section - Matthew 24 and Revelation 1-7
(consisting of the abomination, great tribulation, and rapture) 

 

Revelation chapter 1 establishes Jesus Christ as the author of the book of Revelation in the New Testament of the Bible as revealed to the apostle John who wrote the revelation down for us.

 

Revelation chapters 2-3 describe the Church of Jesus Christ after His resurrection until now from different views or vantage points.

 

Revelation chapters 4-5 establish Jesus Christ as the only One worthy to open the seals in Revelation chapter 6.

 

Revelation 6 then goes on to describe the seal events from Matthew 24:5-12 and 15-30. Notice how the first 5 seals talk about conquest through deception, war, famine, death, and persecution.  These characteristics have been going on since Cain killed Abel in Genesis, but Jesus said they are like birth pains. Birth pains start off small, but as time goes on the frequency and intensity of them grow until they climax at child birth.


I believe Matthew 24:5-12 describes an overview of these events up to and including the time of the rapture or gathering of the Church Body of believers to Jesus Christ in the air. This rapture is described by Paul in 1 Thessalonians  4:13-18.  Listen how Jesus talks about these events in Matthew 24:5-12 after the first introductory verses of 1-4:
 

Mathew 24:1Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2"Do you see all these things?"he asked. "I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another;every one will be thrown down."3As Jesus was sitting on theMount of Olives,the disciples came to him privately. "Tell us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your comingand of the end of the age?" 4Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you.5For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many.6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.There will be faminesand earthquakes in various places.8All these are the beginning of birth pains.9"Then you will be handed over to be persecutedand put to death,and you will be hated by all nations because of me.10At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,11and many false prophetswill appear and deceive many people.12Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,13but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.14And this gospel of the kingdomwill be preached in the whole worldas a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

  

Starting with Matthew 24:15, Jesus talks about a point in time, called the abomination, where the birth pains of the seals begin to take on a new and definable level of intensity.  Jesus says to watch for this specific sign of the "abomination that causes desolation" spoken of in Daniel (Daniel talks about abomination in 9:27 and 11:31-45).  Some people believe that Daniel 9 and 11 are different events, and that 9 is past, 11 is prophetic.  I haven't studied that through yet to be convinced either way.  However, most people refer to Daniel 9:27:

 

Daniel 9:27"He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.'In the middle of the 'seven'he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing [of the temple] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreedis poured out on him." 

 

I believe this could be the same abomination implied in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 and
Revelation 13:5-6.  2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 describes this abomination as one where a lawless one is revealed who "will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple proclaiming himself to be God".  Matthew reads at verse 15:

 

15 "So when you see standing in the holy place'the abomination that causes desolation,'spoken of through the prophet Daniel--let the reader understand-- 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the roof of his housego down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers!20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now--and never to be equaled again.22 If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the electthose days will be shortened.

 

Notice how Jesus says this time of great distress, or tribulation, has been "unequaled from the beginning of the world until now - and never to be equaled again". This hasn't happened yet - this is future.  I believe this is the same great tribulation time mentioned in Revelation 7:14, and conditions taking place in Revelation 13:4-10.  Jesus continues:

 

Matthew 24:23 At that time if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'There he is!' do not believe it.24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miraclesto deceive even the elect--if that were possible. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time. 26 "So if anyone tells you, 'There he is, out in the desert,' do not go out; or, 'Here he is, in the inner rooms,' do not believe it. 27 For as lightningthat comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the comingof the Son of Man.28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.

 

29 "Immediately after the distress of those days ...

In other words, immediately after the abomination there will be a time of great distress and great tribulation that has never been greater in all of history ... immediately after this time,


" 'the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.'30 "At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn.They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky,with power and great glory. (Note: Jesus comes after the great tribulation.)

 

Revelation 6 says Jesus comes at the 6th seal:

 

Revelation 6:12-17I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, 13and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. 14The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. 15Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16They called to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!17For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?" 

 

Verse 17 says, "For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?"

1 Thessalonians 5:9 says,"For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ."

 

It seems to me it is at this point, after the abomination, after the great tribulation, after the sun, moon, and stars turn scary in the 6th seal of Revelation 6, that Jesus is coming and the wrath of the Lamb (Jesus) is starting.  God promises deliverance from His wrath to His people who are believers in Jesus Christ.

 

Jesus then continues in Mathew  24:31 ...

 

31 And he will send his angelswith a loud trumpet call,and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. 32 "Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that itis near, right at the door.34 I tell you the truth, this generationwill certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

 

36 "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,but only the Father.37 As it was in the days of Noah,so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage,up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. 

 

Doesn't this sound a lot like the rapture, catching up, or gathering described in
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18:

 

"For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever."

 

In both passages we have, loud announcements, a trumpet call, Jesus in the clouds, and Jesus seen as coming for His elect who are in Christ, separating believers from non-believers like in the days of Noah and Lot. 

Jesus says in Matthew 24:27, 30, 37, and 39 this is His time for coming.  Since Jesus' first coming was at His birth, death, and resurrection,  I take it that Jesus' second coming will be His return as King - just like He said He would when He left the first time (Acts 1:11)

 

Revelation 6:9-11 says, "When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10They called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" 11Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed."

 

When will the number of believers to be killed be completed?  Doesn't it seem reasonable that there are no more believers left on the earth after the rapture?  After all, the rapture will take all living believers up into the clouds to meet Jesus according to 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-52.  The time of martyrdom will be complete as there will be no more believers left on earth to kill.  And the time for Jesus to judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge their blood as He promised in the 5th seal is now.

 

After Revelation 6 announces the wrath of God coming, Revelation 7:1-8 describes the sealing protection of the 144,000 from each tribe of Israel.  Could this be representative of the remnant in the nation of Israel mentioned in:

 

 Romans 9:27-29 "Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: "Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea,only the remnant will be saved.28 For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and finality."29 It is just as Isaiah said previously: "Unless the Lord Almightyhad left us descendants, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah."(Gen. 19:24-29, Rev. 8:6-7)

 

Could this also be the time when "all Israel will be saved" as mentioned in:

 

Romans 11:25-26"I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. 26And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob." (Psalms 97)

Romans 9:33 As it is written: "See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."

 

Could this time in Revelation 7 also be when the "the full number of the Gentiles has come in" with the rapture or gathering of all believers?

 

Rev 7:9-14After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.  13Then one of the elders asked me, "These in white robes--who are they, and where did they come from?" 14I answered, "Sir, you know." And he said, "These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

 

Notice how the people from this group in Revelation 7 are " a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language" and  "These are they who have come out of the great tribulation"  In other words, it seems these are believers who have come out of the great tribulation which began after the abomination talked about earlier.

 

These people in Revelation 7 have white robes like the souls under the alter in the fifth seal in Revelation 6.  Jesus promised the souls under the alter judgment and avengement after the rapture.  If that takes place in Revelation 7, then Revelation 8 begins with the opening of the Trumpet judgments.

 

Revelation 8:6-7Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them. 7The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down upon the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up. 

 

Psalm 97:1-12The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. 2Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. 3Fire goes before him and consumes his foes on every side. 4His lightning lights up the world; the earth sees and trembles. 5The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth. 6The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory.  

 

7All who worship images are put to shame, those who boast in idols-- worship him, all you gods! 8Zion hears and rejoices and the villages of Judah are glad because of your judgments, O LORD. 9For you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods. 10Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked. 11Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. 12Rejoice in the LORD, you who are righteous, and praise his holy name. 


Second Section - Revelation 11-14
(consisting mostly of the abomination through the end of the 6th trumpet judgment)

 

Revelation 11-13 seem to cover periods of time beginning with the abomination and ending after the 6th trumpet judgment of Revelation 8-9, but before the bowl judgments of Revelation 15-16.

Revelation 11 talks about 2 witnesses (prophets) who will prophesy for 42 months
(1,260 days).  These 2 prophets have similar "powers" as Moses and Elijah during the trumpet judgments of Revelation 8-9.  We can tell they are present during the trumpet judgments, because they are called up to heaven during the second woe (Revelation 11:14)  The first woe is the 5th trumpet judgment, the second woe is the 6th trumpet judgment when the prophets are called back to heaven, and the 3rd woe is the 7th trumpet which ushers in the final 7 bowl judgments.

 

Note: Many Bible scholars look to a 7-year period of time surrounding the events of Jesus' 2nd coming according to Daniel  9:25-27.  They believe this passage says there will be an abomination in the middle, or 3.5 years into the week of years.  Note that 3.5 Biblical years of 360 days per year is equal to 1,260 days and also 42 months. Revelation 11:14 says the prophets are gone after the second set of 1,260 days.  That places the 7 bowl judgments of Revelation 15-16 outside of the last 1,260 days (or 3.5 years) and outside of the whole 7 year period of time talked about in Daniel 9:25-27.  That is why some people believe this places the bowl judgments in the period between 1,260 days and 1,290 days talked about in Daniel 12:11. 

 

Revelation 12:6 says, "The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days." Many believe the woman represents Israel being sealed and protected Revelation 7:1-8.  Later these sealed Israelites are seen with Jesus on Mount Zion in Revelation 14:1-5.  It appears that Jesus is taking care of Israel during the 1,260 days after the abomination which would include during the great tribulation (Revelation 12:17) and during the trumpet judgments.

 

Revelation 13:5 says, "The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months."

 

This also seems to fit the time period beginning with the abomination which includes the uttering of the lawless one blaspheming God and the intense persecution of Christians up until the rapture.

 

Revelation 14 seems to be the interlude between the rapture in Revelation 7 and the trumpet judgments that immediately follow in Revelation 8-9.  Notice that the 144,000 sealed Israelites are with Jesus on Mount Zion.  Three angels make pronouncements:

 

The first angel "had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth--to every nation, tribe, language and people. 7He said in a loud voice, "Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water."

 

This fulfills Mathew  24:14 "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come."

 

The second angel says, "Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries." 

 

This predicts the coming judgment of Babylon in Revelation 17-19.

 

The third angel says, "If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, 10he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. 11And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name." 

 

This could cover anyone who receives the mark of the beast during the last 1,260 days mentioned above, but especially those during the trumpet judgments to come.

 

I believe that is why Revelation 14:12-13 says, "This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God's commandments and remain faithful to Jesus. 13Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them."

 

Those who are dead in Jesus Christ are blessed, because they do not have to go through the trumpet judgments to come.  Saints going through the great tribulation can take comfort in knowing that whether they die in the LORD or get raptured, they do not have to go through God's wrath and judgment to come.  They are blessed!

  

Revelation 14:14-20 talks about the harvest of the earth.  Notice that there are 2 harvests:

Revelation 14:14-16I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one "like a son of man" with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. 15Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, "Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe." 16So he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested. 

 

Doesn't this sound a lot like the rapture of Matthew 24:30-31?


Matthew 24:30-31
"At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.31And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

 

In both passages, you have the Son of Man, in the clouds, with His angels, gathering his harvest, his elect.

 

Then Revelation 14:17-20Another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 18Still another angel, who had charge of the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, "Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth's vine, because its grapes are ripe." 19The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God's wrath. 20They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and bloodflowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses' bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia.

 

Doesn't this sound a lot like the beginning of Revelation 8 and the beginning of God's wrath?

Revelation 8:6-7Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them. 7The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down upon the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

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 Notice the similarities of the Day of Atonement in Lev. 16:12-16 with the prelude to the trumpet judgments in Revelation 8:1-7.  Note the fire from the alter in Lev. 16 and Revelation 8 and Revelation 14.  Note the blood in Revelation 14 and the blood in the first trumpet judgment mixed with hail and fire hurled upon the earth.  It reminds me of Noah's day when God used natural elements in a supernatural way.  I wonder if this is why blood rises as high as the horses' bridles for approximately 180-200 miles.

 

(an ancient Greek and Roman unit of length, the Athenian unit being equal to about 607 feet (185 meters)}

 Note: Our LORD said in Lev. 16:2, "... I appear in the cloud over the atonement cover."
And in Lev. 25:9 "Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land." Might it be possible, for Jesus to come and sit on His throne in the clouds with trumpets on the Feast of Trumpets, begin His trumpet judgments on the Day of Atonement, and then be present with His sealed people on the Feast of Tabernacles on Mount Zion?  (Psalm 97)

 

Second Section - Revelation 8-10 and 15-22
(the judgment, victory, millennium, and final victory)

 

Revelation 8 begins the trumpet judgments and the wrath of God with a prelude in verses 1-5.
 

1When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. 3Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. 4The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel's hand. 5Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.6Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them. 7The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down upon the earth.

 

Notice again the relationship between Lev. 16:12-16 Day of Atonement and Revelation 8:1-5.  Notice the relationship between the prayers of the saints in Revelation 8:1-5 with those of the 5th seal in Revelation 6:9-11

 

Revelation 6:9When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10They called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" 11Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed.

 

Now the rapture has happened, the number of martyrs has been completed, and the time for avengement has come. This judgment and time of God's wrath begins with the trumpet judgments of Revelation 8-9.  

 

Notice that these chapters say nothing about people being saved. In fact, after 6 trumpet judgments, Revelation 9:20-21 says, "The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood--idols that cannot see or hear or walk. 21Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts."

 

Maybe this is because of what Paul says in 2 Thessalonians  2:9-12, "The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, 10and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness." 

 

Luke 17:26"Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.27People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.28"It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building.29But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.30"It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 

 

As in the days of Noah and Lot - remnant saved, judgment fell, no one else was saved. 

Revelation 10 talks about 7 thunders that were not to be written down.  This seems to be an interlude between the trumpet judgments and the bowl judgments since the 7th trumpet judgment ushers in the 7 bowl judgments.
 

4And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, "Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down." 5Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. 6And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, "There will be no more delay! 7But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets."

 

I wonder if the angel standing on the land and the sea has anything to do with the beast of the earth and the beast of the sea in Revelation 13.

 

Revelation 15-16 picks up from Revelation 10 after the information intermission of Revelation chapters 11-14.  Revelation 16 describes the 7 bowl judgments of God's wrath.  As bad as these bowl judgments are, you would think there would be repentance and salvation - but no -

8The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was given power to scorch people with fire. 9They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him. 10The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. Men gnawed their tongues in agony 11and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.

 

The 7th bowl of God's wrath is poured out on Babylon and is described in greater detail in Revelation chapters 17-18.

 

Then in Revelation 19:19-21, "the beastand the kings of the earthand their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse (JESUS, THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS) and his army. 20But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophetwho had performed the miraculous signson his behalf.With these signs he had deludedthose who had received the mark of the beastand worshiped his image.The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lakeof burning sulfur. 21The rest of them were killed with the swordthat came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse,and all the birdsgorged themselves on their flesh."

 

Jesus is victorious! He reigns for 1,000 years in Revelation 20, then lets Satan out of prison to deceive the nations and gather them for battle against the LORD.  The LORD devours them with fire from heaven then throws Satan into the lake of burning sulfur with the beast and false prophet of Revelation 13 & 19, and with everyone else whose names are not written in the book of life.

 

Revelation 21-22 go on to describe eternity with Jesus where we "live happily every after".

 
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