Pamphlet 1879 Rev. kc 36
Isn't studying God's Word in these last days exciting?
I mean here we are, present in the 2000's, when these prophecies are coming to pass!
prophets like Ezekiel and Daniel and all the disciples of Christ
wanted to know what it would be like in our day, in the final generation,
the generation of the fig tree which was planted in 1948,
the first born of whom are soon to enter into their 60's and receiving AARP cards in their right hands
(No, it's not the mark of the beast! It's just a sign of aging and the advent of discounts.)!
you realize how blessed we are that our Father saved you and me to be born
at the end of the 6th day, the 6,000 years of flesh man, to witness the birth of a new age?
Do you realize how exciting things will be shortly?
get to face the Dragon and his locust army!
(I said exciting, not easy!)
having come this far,
wouldn't you agree that the Book of Revelation is actually very easy to comprehend?
we take the time to understand the symbolism that the Holy Spirit uses
to paint vivid pictures for us, the meaning becomes self evident.
Often it just requires the application of common sense more so than "doctoral like" scholarship.
In our last few studies
we learned that the old serpent, the dragon,
is actually Satan himself.
we discovered in Rev. 12:7-9 that soon Michael will cast him
and his army of angels out of heaven and to this earth.
"Woe to the inhabiters of the earth", remember?
There will be spiritual warfare such as never was nor ever shall be again!
So, let's continue our study of the revelation of the "Acts of the Dragon" in Rev. 13:5.
Rev. 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
This verse means that Satan will be permitted or allowed to speak and have power for 42 months.
Dr. Moffat translates it:
Rev. 13:5 He was allowed to utter loud and blasphemous vaunts, and allowed to exert authority for two and forty months; (Moffat)
This Big Mouth Dragon also suffers from a severe case of self delusion!
also noted in chapter 12 that all prophecy pertaining to Satan
and his own is given in "lunar" terminology since they are of the "night".
God's children walk not in darkness, but are children of the "day",
i.e. light, and so prophecy pertaining to them is given in "solar" terminology.
Here Satan, the chief "lunar-tic", is allowed 42 months (moons) to do his thing.
course we know that Jesus overrode this time period and shortened it,
else no flesh would be saved.
Mark 13:20 "And except
that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved:
but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days."
We learned in Rev.
the shortened period is 5 months,
the time of the swarming locusts.
Back to old dragon breath:
Rev. 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
But he's not going to be speaking "bad things" about God.
going to be speaking AS GOD,
i.e. everything that comes out of his mouth is blasphemous because he is claiming that HE IS GOD.
That's the blaspheme!
Remember what Paul told us would happen BEFORE our gathering back to Christ?
2 Thes. 2:3 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;
2 Thes. 2:4 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.
Blaspheme of God's "name and His tabernacle and all that is in heaven".
sits in the temple of God claiming to be the Messiah
and all those Christians who didn't have enough oil in their lamps,
i.e. were Biblically illiterate and were not sealed with the knowledge of His Word,
are bowing to the dragon, worshipping Satan, believing he is Jesus!
The dragon is really good at deception.
Just wait a few verses and we'll see him perform "miracles" to dazzle the troops!
course there are those rascally 'bruisers',
those Christians who are sealed with God's Word
who walk around fearlessly with the gospel armour on and in place,
stepping on Satan's little locust buddies and flashing the Big Two-edged Sword.
Dragon doesn't like them!
(Big deal, they don't like him either!)
Rev. 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
He declares WAR on them!
He's angry with them and he hates them!
12:17 "And the dragon was wroth with the woman,
and went to make war with the remnant of her seed,
which keep the commandments of God,
and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."
How does Satan overcome the saints?
He causes them to be delivered up to councils and placed on trial before the world.
Christ foretold us this.
has foretold us all things!
You just have to read them! Open your Bible!
Mark 13:9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
But remember, not one hair on their heads can be harmed (Luke 21:18).
Beaten means the same
thing as "he overcame them"
or let's say they shall be "brow beaten".
Satan is not going to publicly physically beat people on worldwide TV.
He's too smart for that.
all, he's the number one "liberal leftist" in the world
and they believe in rehabilitation (conversion) not corporal punishment.
don't forget he's claiming he is Jesus Christ, King of kings and Lord
the ruler of the whole world with power over all kindreds and tongues and nations.
And all the world believes this imposter!
Rev. 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
you don't know ahead of time that there are two Christs,
if you don't understand 2 Thes. 2 and the 7 Seals real, real good,
then you will worship Satan as Jesus.
from Ezekiel 28 we know how beautiful and marvelous
and wonderful and charismatic this guy really is!
Daniel we know he enters in peacefully and prosperously with a booming
meaning big bucks for everyone ("It's the economy, stupid!")!
the previous chapter in Revelation, chapter 12,
we know that he drew a third of God's children away from God in the first earth age!
he's really, really good at swooning people!
They just love him to death (both figuratively and literally)!
And do you want to know something that's a mystery to most, yet it is real simple?
in chapter 12 we saw the woman,
clothed with the sun, with her 12 stars standing there facing the dragon and his own?
She was standing there
"ready to go" in the first earth age,
before the foundation of this earth age!
is those who stood against the dragon in that first earth age,
before the foundation of the world, who have their names written in the Lamb's Book of Life.
 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
While they may have a special significance to God's elect, here's the shortened version:
"Do you get it?"
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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