Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Rev. 9-12


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Revelation Chapter Nine

(Outline from Ch. 8 continues with Ch. 9)

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    3. Trumpet #5 (Woe #1) is the permission God gives to Apollyon (Hebrew Abaddon) to unlock the Abyss, and release all the demonic inhabitants therein (Rev. 9:1-12).
    4. Trumpet #6 (Woe #2) is the 200,000,000 man army—led by four great fallen angels, and empowered by the unleashed demons of Trumpet #5 (Rev. 9:13-21).

Revelation Chapter Ten

  1. As a pause in between Trumpet #6 & #7, John witnesses more angelic activity on behalf of God’s mercy.
  2. A strong angel holding a little book bellows forth a message containing seven peals of thunder (Rev. 10:1-11).
    1. John was not permitted to record the content of those thunder peals (v.4).  This is similar to previous classified Divine messages (Dan. 12:4,9).
    2. John was even instructed to eat the little book, further concealing the content of the seven thunder peals (vv.8-10).
    3. The angels then instructed John to return to his prophecy concerning the Tribulation (v.11).

Revelation Chapter Eleven

  1. John is instructed to survey the Tribulational temple, and to take note of the defilements it will experience (Rev. 11:1-2).
  2. John is informed concerning two witnesses who will prophecy during the 42 months of the Great Tribulation (Rev. 11:3-13).
    1. This passage does not name them.
    2. They are clothed humbly, like Elijah & John the Baptist (v.3).
    3. They are described as olive trees and lampstands, like Zerubabbel & Joshua (v.4).
    4. They have miraculous powers similar to OT prophets Moses & Elijah (vv.5-6).
    5. They will be publicly executed (vv.7-10), publicly resurrected (v.11), and publicly ascended (vv.12-13).
    6. Tremendous speculation on the identity of these two witnesses usually focuses on two options.
      1. Moses & Elijah because of the similarity of miracles they performed in the OT, and because of their appearance with Christ on the Mt. of Transfiguration (Matt. 17:3).
      2. Enoch & Elijah due to their not yet experiencing physical death.  This used to be Pastor Bob’s belief.
      3. Two men of that generation, called by God to serve their people in their day. This is now Pastor Bob’s belief.
  3. Following the heavenly pause, Trumpet #7 (Woe #3) is finally blown (Rev. 11:15).
    1. The heavenly response to this trumpet is recorded here (Rev. 11:16-19).
    2. The earthly response to this trumpet is recorded in the bowls of wrath (Rev. 16).

Revelation Chapter Twelve

  1. Chapters 12-15 form broad pictures of the angelic conflict before the Tribulational narrative resumes in ch.16.
  2. John sees in the ch. 12 panorama a symbolic representation of the Satanic opposition to Israel.
    1. The woman with twelve stars represents Israel (Rev. 12:1-2).
    2. The great red dragon stood upon the earth and desired to devour the child (Christ) (Rev. 12:3-4).
    3. The ascension of Jesus Christ (Rev. 12:5).
    4. The Tribulational provision for Israel’s remnant (Rev. 12:6).
    5. The heavenly victory of Michael’s army over Satan’s army (Rev. 12:7-12).
    6. The insane wrath of the dragon during the final Great Tribulation, in his desperate attempt to thwart the promises of God (Rev. 12:13-17).