Revelations A Study. Section 12. Written by Rev.Anthony Smith
Revelations A Study. Section 12. Each part of Revelations leads into next section. Prophecy must be utilized to get full meaning. In this section we will be useing many references and compairing scripture with scripture. I want to look at Nations that Revelations speaks of; Rev 20:8 And shall go out to deceive nations which are in four quarters of earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: number of whom is as sand of sea. Rev 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. Rev 20:8 And shall go out to deceive nations which are in four quarters of earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: number,(454,900,000 (EU-25)) of whom is as sand of sea. Revelations speaks of a great number that will gather together as sands of sea. Today we find European Union trying to ratify a compact with all members and prospective members. This would form a singel Nation larger and stronger than United States. There are currently 25 member states in European Union. Together with their dates of accession, these are: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Solvakia, Solvinia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom. Acceding countries Bulgaria, Romania. Candidate nations Turkey, Norway, Switzerland, Croatia, Ukraine, & Republic of Macedonia. Probabel Members; China 1,306,313,812, Russia 143,420,309 Withholding Nation United States 295,734,134 Total 2,200,368,255. This does not include other non-aligned Nations nor will it ever include Israel There are about 4-6 liters of blood in an average human body Rev 16:16 And he gathered them together into a PLACE called in Hebrew tongue Armageddon. Armageddon; "Mount of Megiddo": from a root gadad, "to cut off," i.e. "slaughter" (Rev_16:16)). The plain of Esdraelon, "the valley of Jehoshaphat", “the valley of Megiddo": Rev 16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of mouth of dragon, and out of mouth of beast, and out of mouth of false prophet. Rev 16:14 For they are spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto kings of earth and of whole world, to gather them to battle of that great day of God Almighty. Rev 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. Frogs;The word is Egyptian; The three unclean spirits like frogs (Rev_16:13) symbolize (1) "proud infidelity", opposing Christ and God, "out of dragon's mouth"; (2) "the spirit of world", whether lawless socialistic democracy or despotism, setting man above God, "out of beast's mouth"; (3) "lying spiritualism", superseding harlot and proceeding "out of false prophet's mouth." Lets compare Joel with Revelations. Joe 2:1 Blow ye trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all inhabitants of land tremble: for day of LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; Joe 2:2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as morning spread upon mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever like, neither shall be any more after it, even to years of many generations. Joe 2:3 A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: land is as garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. Joe 2:4 The appearance of them is as appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. Joe 2:5 Like noise of chariots on tops of mountains shall they leap, like noise of a flame of fire that devoureth stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. Joe 2:6 Before their face people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. Joe 2:7 They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: Joe 2:8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon sword, they shall not be wounded. Joe 2:9 They shall run to and fro in city; they shall run upon wall, they shall climb up upon houses; they shall enter in at windows like a thief. Joe 2:10 The earth shall quake before them; heavens shall tremble: sun and moon shall be dark, and stars shall withdraw their shining: Joe 2:11 And LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for day of LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?
The Armorbearer Coach: The Character of Christ In You!Written by Earma Brown
Our Father God is painstakingly involved in working character in us. Read this article and discover how to cooperate with Him through one good choice at a time...
And even though Jesus was God’s Son, He had to learn from experience what it was like to obey, when obeying meant problems and difficulties. –Hebrews 5:8 TLB paraphrased by author
Recently, an actor with a career spanning over half a century told of his humble beginnings and one of his character choices that changed his life forever, “I was newly married and a new father. We were barely making it; living off my waiting tables and doing a few acting jobs here and there.
A man called one day offering an assignment paying a lot of money (back then) to play a young rebellious man spewing out obscenities to his father. After thinking of disrespect it would bring to my father, a good man, I turned it down and declared I would only play roles in which my family could be proud.
Almost a month later, man called back with a respectable role and an offer to represent me as my agent. He said he could not stop thinking about me. He said, ‘If a man feeding his family off pennies could turn down an assignment offering this much money, there had to be something to him.’ He represented me as my agent for 30 years until his death.
The role he offered me was Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” That actor was Sidney Poitier, who went on to win for his work in movie, Lilies of Field, 1963; only Oscar for Best Actor awarded to an African-American in a 40 year span of U.S. history. Mr. Poitier’s choice during that difficult time changed course of his life.
Have you noticed that much of how we respond to life’s circumstances has to do with our character? God desires to build character within us. He desires to train (discipline) us as His children.1 Training and disciplining does not always feel good. In fact, it can be downright painful.
Ask any private in a military boot camp or any professional athlete during his training season. The Apostle Paul encouraged us about God’s training, “No discipline seems pleasant at time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” 2
Many times, throughout Scripture we find God saying to man…I wanted to know what was in your heart. I tested you to know if you would keep My commands. After Abraham’s character test, God said, “Now I know that you love Me.” To Israelites He said, “I tested you in wilderness so that I would know what you would do.” 3
As with any test, day or season of test is not time to develop and prepare. Therefore, I believe time to cooperate with God to build character is now—everyday. In everyday processes of life, we have opportunity to develop character (moral strength). Choices create character.
Problems and adversity give us opportunity to develop character. The Apostle Paul (as incredible as it may sound) in one of his letters to Roman church, encouraged them to rejoice when facing difficulties, “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally, our hope and faith are strong and steady.” 4