Today’s reading is: Rev. 9-12
Revelation Chapter Nine
(Outline from Ch. 8 continues with Ch. 9)
- 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).
- 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
- As a pause in between Trumpet #6 & #7, John witnesses more angelic activity on behalf of God’s mercy.
- A strong angel holding a little book bellows forth a message containing seven peals of thunder (Rev. 10:1-11).
- 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).
- John was even instructed to eat the little book, further concealing the content of the seven thunder peals (vv.8-10).
- The angels then instructed John to return to his prophecy concerning the Tribulation (v.11).
Revelation Chapter Eleven
- John is instructed to survey the Tribulational temple, and to take note of the defilements it will experience (Rev. 11:1-2).
- John is informed concerning two witnesses who will prophecy during the 42 months of the Great Tribulation (Rev. 11:3-13).
- This passage does not name them.
- They are clothed humbly, like Elijah & John the Baptist (v.3).
- They are described as olive trees and lampstands, like Zerubabbel & Joshua (v.4).
- They have miraculous powers similar to OT prophets Moses & Elijah (vv.5-6).
- They will be publicly executed (vv.7-10), publicly resurrected (v.11), and publicly ascended (vv.12-13).
- Tremendous speculation on the identity of these two witnesses usually focuses on two options.
- 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).
- Enoch & Elijah due to their not yet experiencing physical death. This used to be Pastor Bob’s belief.
- Two men of that generation, called by God to serve their people in their day. This is now Pastor Bob’s belief.
- Following the heavenly pause, Trumpet #7 (Woe #3) is finally blown (Rev. 11:15).
- The heavenly response to this trumpet is recorded here (Rev. 11:16-19).
- The earthly response to this trumpet is recorded in the bowls of wrath (Rev. 16).
Revelation Chapter Twelve
- Chapters 12-15 form broad pictures of the angelic conflict before the Tribulational narrative resumes in ch.16.
- John sees in the ch. 12 panorama a symbolic representation of the Satanic opposition to Israel.
- The woman with twelve stars represents Israel (Rev. 12:1-2).
- The great red dragon stood upon the earth and desired to devour the child (Christ) (Rev. 12:3-4).
- The ascension of Jesus Christ (Rev. 12:5).
- The Tribulational provision for Israel’s remnant (Rev. 12:6).
- The heavenly victory of Michael’s army over Satan’s army (Rev. 12:7-12).
- 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).