The Bible Believers Guide To Understanding The Book Of Revelation: Pt. 12

The Bible is comprised of 66 books, all equally important and valuable, but the book of Revelation inspires awe, fear and wonderment like no other.

Understanding what you read in Revelation is not the hard part, believing what is written there is.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” Revelation 1:1-3 (KJV)

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The Bible is comprised of 66 books, all equally important and valuable, but the book of Revelation inspires awe, fear and wonderment like no other. In it is contained the blueprint by which the God of Abraham will End the Church Age, begin the time of Jacob’s trouble, defend Israel, defeat the Devil, reward the saints and judge the wicked lost before destroying everything by fire and then creating it all brand new in eternity.

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On this episode of Rightly Dividing, we look at something called the Mark of the Beast, and meet of group of end times saints known as the 144,000 Witnesses. Things are about to get crazy!

Understanding what you read in Revelation is not the hard part, believing what is written there is.

  • Tonight’s Topic: The Mark Of The Beast and the 144,000 Revealed

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  • ROSSANO WAGNER

    SILENCE…
    “And straightway in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate.

    2 And Pilate asked him, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answering said unto them, Thou sayest it.

    3 And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing.

    4 And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? behold how many things they witness against thee.

    5 But Jesus yet answered nothing; so that Pilate marvelled.

    6 Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired.

    7 And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection.

    8 And the multitude crying aloud began to desire him to do as he had ever done unto them.

    9 But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews?

    10 For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.

    11 But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them.

    12 And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews?

    13 And they cried out again, Crucify him.

    14 Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him.

    15 And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.

    16 And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together the whole band.

    17 And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head,

    18 And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!

    19 And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.

    20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.

    21 And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross.

    22 And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull.

    23 And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.

    24 And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.

    25 And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.

    26 And the superscription of his accusation was written over, The King Of The Jews.

    27 And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.

    28 And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.

    29 And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days,

    30 Save thyself, and come down from the cross.

    31 Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.

    32 Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.

    33 And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.

    34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

    35 And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias.

    36 And one ran and filled a spunge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down.

    37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.

    38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.

    39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.

    40 There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome;

    41 (Who also, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered unto him;) and many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem.

    42 And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,

    43 Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.

    44 And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead.

    45 And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.

    46 And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre.

    47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid.”
    Mark 15

  • As long as you put the fulfillment of Revelation in the future, instead of during their time, you will never understand it. It says at the beginning, at the end, and many times in between that Revelation was written for them and would be fulfilled in their time. To get you started down the right road may I suggest, http://kirbyhopper.com/revelation-wasnt-written-to-lukewarm-lutherans/ and http://kirbyhopper.com/were-jesus-and-apostles-mistaken-about-jesus-soon-return/

    • Ummmm….if Revelation was fulfilled in the past, when did the 100lb hailstones dripping with blood and fire fall? When did the 144,000 Witnesses preach? When was the Mark of the Beast given to all the world? When was the moon turned to blood and the green grass burned up?

      • Trober

        bingo

        When has a 10-nation union been a world dominant military force? A fourth of mankind killed in war? A third of all ships destroyed? And, the list goes on.

      • Taking symbols literally? Do you know ANYTHING about how to interpret prophecy?

    • Trober

      It does not. And, “soon” is in God’s timing, not our’s.

      There is absolutely zero chance Nero or other historical events have fulfilled Revelation. In addition, Daniel’s 2300 days weren’t even over until 1844 (using the 538 decree, the same one to count the 70 weeks when Christ arrived and was cut off, exactly, as counted from that decree).

      Peace.

      • I’m sorry, but “soon” wasn’t written for God as the audience, it was written for men who were being encouraged toward godly living and needed to know it was going to happen in their lifetime. Otherwise all the 22 exhortations to godly living were just a charade and Jesus and his apostles were lying scumbags. If you can accept that as part of your hermeneutic then by all means continue with your futurism.

  • ROSSANO WAGNER

    GREAT TRIBULATION
    “8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

    9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

    10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

    11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

    12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

    13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

    14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”
    JESUS
    Matthew 24

    • Talking about Jews in the time of Jacob’s trouble after the Rapture of the Church.

  • Martus

    Before the rapture of Christ’s Bride(Christ believing faithful) the 144 000 witness from Israel are sealed.

    Revelation 7:1
    [ 144,000 Sealed ] After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree.

    Revelation 7:4
    Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.

    This woman below represents Israel and Joseph had a similar dream which he gave the explanation of. The 12 stars represent the 12 tribes of Israel and the son of this woman represents the 144000 witnesses from Israel that are sealed but now this son is snatched to Heaven i.e. raptured!

    The Woman and the Dragon
    12:1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.

    Revelation 12:5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.”[a] And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. 6 The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.

    The 144000 Witnesses are now in Heaven and there is 1260 days left before the main rapture of the Israel Messianic church occurs + the remainder of the believers.

    Revelation 14:1
    [ The Lamb and the 144,000 ] Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.

    Revelation 14:3
    And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.

  • tiptopsaidhe

    The “Preterist School” originated with the Jesuit Alcazar. His view was first put forth as a complete scheme in his work on the Apocalypse, published in A.D.1614. It limits the scope of the apocalypse to the events of the Apostle John’s life, and affirms that the whole prophecy was fulfilled in the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus and the subsequent fall of the persecuting Roman Empire, thus making the Emperor Nero the “Antichrist.” The purpose of the scheme was transparent, it was to relieve the Papal Church from the stigma of being called the “Harlot Church” and the Pope from being called the Antichrist…”

    The “Historical School”. . . interprets the Apocalypse as a series of prophecies predicting the events that were to happen in the world and in the Church from John’s day to the end of time. The advocates of the School interpret the symbols of the Book of Revelation as referring to certain historical events that have and are happening in the world. They claim that “Antichrist” is a “System” rather than a “Person,” and is represented by the Harlot Church of Rome. They interpret the “Time Element” in the Book on the “Year Day Scale.” This school has had some very able and ingenious advocates. This view, like the preceding was unknown to the early church. It appeared about the middle of the Twelfth Century, and was systematized in the beginning of the Third Century by the Abbot Joachim. Subsequently it was adopted and applied to the Pope by the forerunners and leaders of the Reformation, and may be said to have reached its zenith in Mr. Elliott’s “Horae Apocalypticae.” It is frequently called the Protestant interpretation because it regards Popery as exhausting all that has been predicted of the Antichristian power. It was a powerful and formidable weapon in the hands of the leaders of the Reformation, and the conviction of its truthfulness nerved them to “love not their lives unto the death.” It was the secret of the martyr heroism of the Sixteenth Century.

    The “Futurist School” interprets the language of the Apocalypse “literally,” except such symbols as are named as such and hold that the whole of the Book, from the end of the third chapter, is yet “future” and unfulfilled, and that the greater part of the Book, from the beginning of chapter six to the end of chapter nineteen, describes what shall come to pass during the last week of “Daniel’s Seventy Weeks.” . . . In its present form it may be said to have originated at the end of the Sixteenth Century, with the Jesuit Ribera, who actuated by the same motive as the Jesuit Alcazar, sought to rid the Papacy of the stigma of being called the “Antichrist,” and so referred the prophecies of the Apocalypse to the distant future. This view was accepted by the Roman Catholic Church and was for a long time confined to it, but, strange to say, it has wonderfully revived since the beginning of the Nineteenth Century, and among Protestants. . . ., The “Futurist” interpretation of scripture is the one employed in this book.

    Clarence Larkin – Dispensational Truth

    If Daniel’s 70th week has not been fulfilled, then Jesus was not the Messiah. If we believe Jesus is the Messiah, then Daniel’s 70th week has been fulfilled.

    Dan 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

    Luk 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me…
    to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
    Luk 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
    Luk 4:20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
    Luk 4:21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

    Thusly, and therefore, since Jesus, Himself, said He had been anointed and had fulfilled the prophecies, Jesus has confirmed that the 70th week is fulfilled.

    If we insist upon the arrival of some future event to anoint the most holy, along with those other 5 things that God listed in Daniel, then Jesus was false prophet and a false teacher and a liar.

    I would encourage a “letting go” of the false teachings of the Roman Catholic church.

    As I ponder the marriage language Jesus used, that He would go build a room on His father’s house, and at a time appointed by the Father, would return for His bride and take her to the marriage feast, I wonder about the parable of the marriage feast that He told. Remember, He said the father had invited the notables, but they made excuses as to why they couldn’t attend. So, He sent out to the streets for others who would come, poorly attired, and would celebrate with Him for His son. It makes me wonder, now, if the notables were the apostate Jews, who denied Messiah, and the gentiles who will make up the feast. The marriage parables go on to speak of being shut out of the feast, and those with no oil for their lamps missed the arrival of the bridegroom. Could this reflect that God shut out the Jews when He removed their system of sacrifices and ceremonies? God divorced her (Israel) in Jer 3 v.8, yet in v.14, He longs for her return and says that He is still married to her. He offered her a proposal for her to remarry him when He offered the new covenant. Yet, she scorned His passion and betrayed His good gift by killing His proposal on the cross. He pursued her for 40 more years through the apostles, and finally had to do away with the temple and the ceremonies to let her know her access would come only one way. Was that the end of his pursuit for his wife? Hosea pursues Gomer and buys her back. That speaks of God and Israel. The question is, how does she return to Him with passion….not because she must (which she must), but because she desires to? Is the bride of Christ (those who believe by faith, granted to them by God) the same woman spoken of as Israel?

    If you can help, put it in the language of romance. I don’t want hocus pocus dispensational nonsense or new covenant replacement theory, etc. I want to know the love story and how you see the ending between a man (God) who is passionately pursuing a wife who betrayed Him.

  • tiptopsaidhe

    Further, He can’t marry another unless she (Israel) is dead. That’s how covenant marriage works, and God wouldn’t betray His own marriage rules. So, the church of faith and Israel can’t be 2 distinct brides. Also, God couldn’t rid the earth of Israel because he promised He would never. So, she isn’t dead.

    Rom 11:11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
    Rom 11:12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?
    Rom 11:13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
    Rom 11:14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.
    Rom 11:15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
    Rom 11:16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
    Rom 11:17 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;
    Rom 11:18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
    Rom 11:19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.
    Rom 11:20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
    Rom 11:21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
    Rom 11:22 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.
    Rom 11:23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.
    Rom 11:24 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?
    Rom 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
    Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
    Rom 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
    Rom 11:28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.
    Rom 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
    Rom 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
    Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
    Rom 11:32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
    Rom 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
    Rom 11:34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
    Rom 11:35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
    Rom 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

    Paul speaks of a good olive tree, with some bad branches being removed. Then, a grafting in some branches from the wild olive tree onto the good olive tree. Then, grafting back on some of the good olive tree branches that were broken off.

    I guess v33 sums it up best….His ways are past finding out!

    I love the love story of God and Israel, his wife. It’s hard to watch our Father and his wife live as a divorced family. I hope allows us to be part of that reconciliation and to see what it looks like when she repents of her adultery and how He runs to her to sweep her up into His arms!

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