Exposing the False Teachers of the 21st Century (Titus 1:10) (Hyper Grace)

Exposing the False Teachers of the 21st Century (Titus 1:10) (Hyper Grace) [ Print Document ] Titus 1:10-11 “[10] For there ...

Friday, July 14, 2017

Expounding the Trumpet and Vial Judgments in the Book of Revelation (PART 2 of 2)



Expounding the Trumpet and Vial Judgments in the Book of Revelation (Part 2 of 2) [Print Document]

In the first part, we looked at the seven trumpet judgments and expounded on them a little. We saw how devastating they will be to the wicked, who will not repent from their sins during the seven-year tribulation. Now, we will look at an overview of the vial judgments, which are seven stages of the seventh trumpet judgment, and we will expound on these a little.

An Overview of the 7 Vial Judgments

The 1st vial — (Revelation 16:2) “And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.”

Noisome means “hurtful” and “destructive”, according to Webster’s 1828 dictionary. According to this dictionary, grievous means: “2. Afflictive; painful...” [and] “3. Causing grief or sorrow.” This noisome and grievous sore is a very hurtful and destructive disease that these wicked people will be struck with. Sores will likely rise all over their bodies. They will last for a long time (See the fifth vial).

The 2nd Vial — (Revelation 16:3) “And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.”

Map of red oceans
The second vial and the second trumpet are similar, but the second vial causes all the animals in the sea that have a soul (but not a spirit) to die. All the world’s oceans will become as blood. The second trumpet caused just a third of all the ocean to become blood. Now, the judgment is stronger than ever because the people’s hearts are more hardened than ever. This will devastate the world’s economy.

The 3rd  Vial — (Revelation 16:4-6) “[4] And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. [5] And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. [6] For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.”

(The Yangtze river became red on Sept. 11, 2012.
This is a sign of when rivers will be filled with blood.)
The third trumpet judgment saw a third of rivers, streams, and springs becoming poisonous. But, the third vial causes almost all of the rivers and fountains of water to become blood. The reason we know that not all of these water sources are turned to blood is that God’s people will be in wilderness locations where God will provide for them (Revelation 12).

Expounding the Trumpet and Vial Judgments in the Book of Revelation (PART 1 of 2)



Expounding the Trumpet and Vial Judgments in the Book of Revelation (Part 1 of 2) [Print Document]
Revelation 10:7
“[7] But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.”
God was putting on my heart to write an article about Revelation 10:7. This article will look at the deeper meaning behind the verse and how it applies to the world today and in the future. Let’s look at the last part of Revelation 10:7: “... the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.” When the seventh angel has sounded his trumpet, the prophecy of the future and of judgments on the earth shall be fulfilled.
In Revelation 8-9, we read about six trumpets that are sounded by six angels. The seventh angel blows his trumpet in Revelation 11. These trumpets announce sequential judgments that literally shall fall upon the earth and shall affect billions of people. Some Christians think these judgments are figurative or allegorical, but we must go according to God’s Word and the Spirit of God, and not man’s opinions. I encourage you to seek God for yourselves to see if what I am writing here is of God. (See Jeremiah 33:3 and John 16:13.).
An Overview of the Trumpet Judgments
Let’s look at an overview of the trumpet judgments in Revelation 8-9.
A grass fire
The 1st trumpet — Hail and fire, mingled with blood, are cast upon the earth. All the green grass is burnt up and one third of the trees are burnt up. The blood is literal blood. It is the blood of those who were martyred for their
large hailstones
faith in Jesus and in God’s Word. (God showed me this. You may seek God about this.). In Revelation 16:4-7, the rivers and fountains of water are turned to blood. It is revealed why this will happen. Revelation 16:6 says: “For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.” For the same reason, this blood is poured upon the wicked as judgment for the shedding of innocent blood and for shedding the blood of the martyrs.
The 2nd trumpet — A giant asteroid falls into the sea and a third of all fish and other sea creatures are killed. And, a third of the sea becomes blood. That means, a third of all the ocean is blood. A third of the ships are destroyed. This judgment will devastate the world economy. Many countries depend on the sea for transportation and food. The blood-filled sea would make transportation slower and more costly. Also, without a third of the fish, the food supply would be significantly harmed.
an asteroid

The Marine Stewardship Council said on their website some interesting facts about the consumption of fish:

“In 2013, fish accounted for about 17% of the global population's intake of animal protein.”
“In 2013, fish provided 3.1 billion people with almost 20% of their intake of animal protein.”
“In some countries, fish accounts for more than 25% of animal protein intake.”
The 3rd trumpet — The star wormwood is an asteroid that is filled with a very bitter and poisonous substance. This asteroid breaks apart in the atmosphere and the pieces land in many areas to make the water bitter and poisonous (i.e. it kills men who drink it). The pieces land in a third of the rivers and upon the fountains of water (i.e. streams and springs) around the world.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

THE KINGDOM OF ROME AND THE ANTICHRIST, THE FOURTH KINGDOM (Ancient Rome) (Vatican) (Prophecy) (Pope Francis) (New World Order) (Caesar) (Fall of Rome) (Roman Empire) (Final Pope)



The Kingdom of Rome and the Antichrist, the Fourth Kingdom [Print Document]

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The Roman Empire was the most powerful empire of the ancient empires. It controlled vast amounts of territory around the Mediterranean Sea. Its roads, many buildings, and aqueducts still exist today, revealing how well-designed they were. But, Rome's legacy never ended. In this article, we will show how Rome never truly ceased to exist as a powerful, multicultural, and geopolitical empire. We will show how the Roman Empire is alive and well in a form that one may not expect.

Daniel 7:7-8
“[7] After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. [8] I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.”


The kingdom or Empire to succeed the Greek kingdoms was Rome. After years of fighting on and off with Greece, Rome was able to conquer the Greek city-states, which were not always friendly with each other. Rome spread its control around the Mediterranean Sea and all the way up to Britain. But, the European tribes did not like their conquerors. Later, when Rome was weakened and slowly collapsing, disgruntled Germanic tribes (Goths and others) attacked Italy. The western Roman empire eventually was divided up into small countries or regions controlled by Germanic tribes, including the Franks, Goths, Visigoths, Vandals, and others. But, many of these tribes adopted some of the culture and customs of the Romans.



Diocletian Divides the Empire



(Diocletian divided the empire.)
A couple centuries earlier, when the empire became somewhat weakened and it could not effectively control its vast territories, the emperor Diocletian divided it in two (in 284-285 A.D.), fulfilling the prophecy in Daniel 2. In Daniel 2, King Nebuchadnezzar has a dream about a statue, symbolizing major empires that existed through history during Daniel’s time and afterward. It reveals that the Roman Empire, the legs of iron, would be divided into two realms.  These are represented by the two legs of the statue in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.


A statue from Daniel 2Daniel 2:33 says: “His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.”
Daniel 2:40 says: “And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.”


After Diocletian divided the empire, the western Roman empire continued to struggle with moral, economic, and social issues, and its administrative power eventually collapsed under the weight of its own corruption. The Apennine Peninsula was captured by Germanic tribes who divided up the land into weak kingdoms. However, Charlemagne, the king of the Franks, became the first “Holy Roman Emperor.” Pope Leo III announced, in 800 A.D., that Charlemagne was the Western Roman Emperor or the Emperor of the Romans. So, in actuality, Rome did not end at this time. Its administrative grip over the land was transferred to the political and religious influence of the Roman Catholic Church, and to the weak Holy Roman Empire.



(A map of a divided Roman Empire)
(A map of a divided Roman Empire)
Rome Continues to Exist



Meanwhile, the eastern Roman empire, called the Byzantine Empire, lasted for centuries until it was conquered by the Ottoman Turks. During this time, while the Holy Roman Empire existed, the main power in Europe was the influential power of the Catholic Church, which influenced the way people lived and the politics of their countries. This organization claimed to get its origin from the 12 apostles, whom Jesus Christ appointed. But, its origin is found in the religions of Egypt and Greece, which got their beliefs from Babylon thousands of years ago, around the time that all the tribes of the world were located in the Middle East when it was more fertile. (Note: I write this article not to attack Catholics but because I care about them, and want to point out some historical facts to challenge readers. I present this information to encourage readers to think for themselves about this subject, and to seek God about it.)


(A ziggurat)
(A ziggurat) 
In Genesis 11, the Bible tells us how Nimrod and the people in his area built a city and a great tower. This tower of Babel was being constructed by people who all spoke the same language. But, when God saw how they wanted to corrupt themselves with idolatry and with a desire to become like God, He changed their languages so that they spoke different languages. These languages are the parent languages of the modern ones that exist today.


The Egyptians brought from that early culture ideas about a goddess with a child that they worshiped as Isis and Horus. In the Middle East many people of different ethnic groups worshiped Ashtoreth (or Astarte, Ishtar), a goddess of “love,” fertility, the moon, and other attributes, including being the supposed “mother” or “creatress” of mankind (Reference “Ashtoreth”). She was worshiped in connection with Baal.


The Catholic Church took the concept of a motherly goddess and paired that concept with a child god to form their version of Mary with her son. This baby is by no means Jesus. This baby would be the son of the goddess, which pagans from many cultures would be familiar with.


The pagan Romans did not actually worship a mother goddess with her child in the exact way that Catholics do, but the Egyptians did, and the Greeks had the concept of a powerful mother goddess from ancient times. Long before the cult of Zeus was accepted by ancient Greeks, they worshiped a goddess called Hera (Sidwell), a so-called “great goddess,” or a “mother goddess.” Much later, when they adopted the cult of Zeus, the Greeks made Hera into a wife of Zeus, and no longer worshiped her as a great “mother goddess.”


An article by Robert T. Sidwell details how Hera was worshiped as a powerful goddess before the cult of Zeus emerged in Greece. He wrote:



“Hera, however, was originally connected to an older matrifocal world far more ancient than the cult of Zeus in Greece-a world in which she held a powerful and important status in her own right.” [End quote] (Sidwell).


Early Catholics adopted the concept of a mother goddess for their religion by taking pagan teachings from other religions and bringing them together into many of the doctrines of the Catholic Church. They modified the scriptures or twisted them to suit their pagan beliefs. For instance, Catholics often pray to a statue or a picture of Mary with a halo over her head. The halo can be found in pre-Christian artwork, such as a Roman floor mosaic of Apollo with a halo about his head (right). There are many examples of halos found on ancient vases prior to the time of Catholicism.




Pagan festivals and gods were assigned different names and incorporated into the Catholic Church. Easter is an example. Nowhere in the Bible does it teach that Christians should keep Easter. The Easter egg is not found in the Bible. It comes from pagan festivals. The Encyclopedia Britannica (1991) mentioned that:  “...folk customs have collected, many of which have been handed down from the ancient ceremonial…symbolism of European and Middle Eastern pagan spring festivals…for example, eggs…have been very prominent as symbols of new life and resurrection”[.]  

The Catholic Church Is the Incarnation
of Its Predecessor, the Roman Empire.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Matthew 5:5 Expounded — “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”



Matthew 5:5 Expounded Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”
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God the Father shows us in His Word the blessings of following Him and obeying Him. If we humbly depend on Him, we will be meek, and those who are meek shall inherit the earth. The Greek word for meek is praus. It includes meek and humble in its definition.


But, what does being meek look like? Let’s look at what a 19th century English dictionary has to say about this word. In the 1828 Webster’s dictionary, meek is, in part, defined as: “1. … gentle; not easily provoked or irritated; yielding; given to forbearance under injuries. ...” [and] “2. …  humble, in an evangelical sense; submissive to the divine will; not proud, self-sufficient or refractory [i.e. rebellious] ; not … apt to complain of divine dispensations. …” (See the footnote below).


Being Meek Means Not Being Easily Provoked


A meek person is not easily provoked or irritated with what people do or say, or with circumstances. He (or she) yields to God’s Word, which says in Matthew 5:3: “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Being poor in spirit includes being lowly in spirit. The Greek word for poor is ptóchos and it includes lowly in its definition. When someone does something hurtful to us, we can either hold a grudge or forgive them. Forgiving an offense is humbling, but it is also the right thing to do. If we don’t forgive people, God could not forgive us (Matthew 18:21-35) because the heart that does not forgive — it dies to God (Romans 6:23). This is a serious thing to consider.


I used to have grudges against people, but I learned from reading God’s Word the blessings of forgiving and also the necessity of forgiving all people all their wrongdoings against me and against others. This actually lifted a burden that I had on my chest. It is bondage to be bitter, but it is freeing to forgive. That is something I believe God showed me. Bitterness actually gives the enemy access to harm one’s body physically. According to the Mayo Clinic, bitterness brings, or can bring, with it higher blood pressure; decreased heart health; a weakening of the immune system; anxiety; hostility; and stress (Mayo Clinic).  


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Footnote:


[Refractory, according to this same dictionary, means: “...obstinate in non-compliance...” Dispensation is defined by this dictionary as: “4. That which is dispensed or bestowed…”]
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We ought to forgive others because, after all, God forgave us our sins (if we trusted in Jesus Christ for salvation). Being meek is a blessing because forgiving people helps bring healing to the soul.


Self-Sufficiency Is Not Being Meek