Prov 2:1My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
2turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding,
3and if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
4and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.
What He showed me raised more questions than were answered, but I am thankful for what was given nonetheless. What was shown to this writer? It is likely that most if not all of what we have been taught about the book of Revelation is wrong. What? Before you think "uh oh, he's gone off the deep end this time," hear me out. Everything that the bible says will happen, will happen, no debate there....What trashes everything we've been taught about the book is when these things will happen.
The "when" things will happen is a very very big deal in understanding the book, and almost everyone I've heard or read that teaches Revelation has had it wrong. What I would like to do here is like going to a bowling alley. I am throwing the bowling ball down the lane and scoring a perfect "strike" on all the pins (our understanding the "when" of Revelation), knocking them to the ground. This writer will also tell you that he does not know enough to stand any of the pins back up for you, he just knows enough to knock them down. That means this writer does not know much...
So here goes with "knocking pins down:"
The Fall of Babylon
Rev 18:7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. 8Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
The "what" here is plagues in one day. Death, mourning, famine and being utterly burned with fire, that's the what that's going to happen to Babylon. The "when" is in one day. The "what" in this case are seals 2,3,4: plague, famine, death.
So what? So, the linear reading of the book of Revelation is out the window. That is, reading Revelation 1-22 and thinking to yourself, okay, so Rev 1 happens first, then Rev 2, then Rev 3, then Rev 4, etc etc etc will not give you a good understanding of "when" things are going to happen.
The most stunning example of "we have no remote idea when things are going to happen" is this. In Revelation 10 we read:
Rev 10:5And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 6And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: 7But 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.
WHAT???? Did you read that? I've read it probably 100 times but this time it stopped me in my tracks....there should be time no longer. Now remember, we are being told "there should be time no longer" in Revelation 10....So, time stops, it no longer exists as of Revelation 10. That's a BIG deal and I cannot remember a single teacher, preacher or anyone else ever stopping to point that out to anyone. Do you think its a big deal that our God stops time at some point in the book of Revelation? I think its a big deal. I think its a really big deal. Well, what does that mean, "there should be time no longer?" It means, we have no idea how radically different things will actually work out from the way we have been taught that they will work out.
Do you need more proof that the preachers and teachers of yesterday taught you a flawed view of Revelation? Here you go :
|If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for|
the sake of the elect those days will be shortened
Once again, we are coming at this thing from a time perspective, a "when" perspective, and once again, we see the Lord messing with time, changing the "rules" as we have known them.
Will there be a day during the time of "Jacob's trouble" when time will be no more? Correct. Will days be shortened? Correct. Will judgments be happening all in one day, not over a long period of time? Correct. Where does that leave us? How about here: