Sunday, February 11, 2007
The Mark of the Beast
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in (Lit: ON) their right hand, or in (Literal: ON) their foreheads:
Let us consider the context, and let us move ahead to Revelation 14:1. And there we read:
And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in (Literal: ON) their foreheads.
Here we see the Lamb and His 144,000 faithful ones, having His Father’s Name written on their foreheads.
Why do they have that name written on their foreheads?
It means it is not just an outward show, but the Lord God has placed His mark of ownership in the hearts and minds of His elect people, who are the remnant saved by grace from all nations and kindred and peoples and tongues.
They have the seal of God on their foreheads. On earth no one could see that, but God can. Likewise, all the non-elect have received the mark of Satan on their foreheads or on their right hand, and are the property of Satan. No one can see that on the outside, but Satan can. Satan has placed his mark of ownership on all the non-elect, for that is what Revelation 13:8 teaches us. All those whose names were NOT written in the Book of Life of the Lamb are all the non-elect.
It pictures their total enslavement to Satan in all the works that they do with their hands, as well as in all the thoughts they have in their minds. It pictures again that anyone who is saved must give all the credit to God for his or her salvation. No one can break himself loose from his bondage to Satan. Only God can act and save people.
People who hold on to the charismatic movement, or who are in another one of the many self-help gospels, are filled with fear for a future appearance of the Mark of the Beast. They believe that it is by their own free will that they can choose whether to accept or to reject the Mark of the Beast. They do not know that this decision has been made before the foundation of the world, according to Revelation 13:8.
Buying and Selling
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
In other words all the unsaved, who have the mark of the beast, are buying and selling. However, this chapter was written in symbolic language. This cannot refer to common economic activities,
for what has that to do with the Gospel?
A person’s salvation does not depend on his financial ability to buy and sell.
When we think of buying and selling in the context of the Gospel we think of merchandizing the Gospel. And indeed selling sermon tapes has become a big business these days. It seems that preachers are afraid that they will run out of money and that they will have to close down the business if they do not charge for the tapes.
But what does God have to say about this?
The Lord Jesus said in:
“freely ye have received, freely give.”
If we still have the resources to provide tapes we should give them freely. And if our money expires before we do, then it was God’s decision to stop the distribution of free tapes. Let God decide what He wants to do with our resources, for these are His resources.
We can also see that merchandizing the Gospel for selfish gain has been a practice already since OT times. Four times do we read in the Gospel accounts that Jesus cleansed the temple. Let us follow the account in Matthew 21:
And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Were they merchandizing the Gospel?
Absolutely Yes! The temple servants sold sacrificial animals at a profit. They had a monopoly in this business.
Was it God’s will that the temple servants engaged in selling animals for sacrifices?
Absolutely not! Let free enterprise reign outside the temple, but the religious leaders of the Jews should distance themselves from this secular business. The Lord Jesus called them “thieves”. The people that were merchandizing the Gospel were called “thieves”.
Now, let us apply this information to our days. TV evangelists are raking in many millions of dollars, and the charismatic movement has become even more lucrative than the TV evangelists. More and more churches are jumping on the bandwagon of the charismatic movement because it is so profitable. The pastors of those churches are selling their constituents a bundle of doctrines that is absolutely worthless, for their kind of gospel cannot save anyone. But the people are buying it, for they think that this is finally the church that they feel comfortable with. It is the business of buying and selling false gospels. It is the business of deceit. That is why the Lord Jesus called them “thieves”.
And who is interested doing that?
Only those who have the mark of the beast are interested in this business.
By Alfred Chompff
Saturday, February 10, 2007
A study of Revelation 19:17-18
All the Fowls Were Filled With Their Flesh
Revelation chapter 19 verse 11 begins a new vision that the Lord Jesus gave to the Apostle John. Here John saw the Lord Jesus Christ come out of heaven riding on a white horse, and all the armies which were in heaven followed Him on white horses. We need to keep in mind that this vision is recorded in highly symbolic terms. We must learn to understand parabolic statements in the Bible, which we can understand by comparing Scripture with Scripture. The main point of the passage recorded in verses 11-16 is:
The King Is Coming With All His Saints
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
The Lord Jesus Christ comes out of Heaven as the leader of an army that goes to fight the nations of the world at the battle of Armageddon. He rides on a horse to indicate that He comes to fight a war. He is clothed with a vesture dipped in blood to indicate that He has finished one battle already. It was the battle at the cross where He fought for us, rebellious sinners, but elect of God, and our blood has stained His vesture. And when He comes again He shall bring all the souls of all the saints with Him, as we have read in 1 Thessalonians 3:13 and 4:14, and God will raise up the bodies of all those who have died, “some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12:2, John 5:29).
There are many verses in the Bible that refer to this event, of Christ coming with all the saints. These are the armies that symbolically follow Christ on white horses. For example we read in Jude 14:
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints.
We read Zechariah 14:5
And the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with Thee.
And then He will rapture all His saints. The people that are left on earth are the nations that shall be judged. They shall be judged by the sharp sword out of the mouth of Christ. The Lord Jesus said in John 12:48:
The Word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
Thus we can understand the symbolism of the two-edged sword out of His mouth, “that with it He should smite the nations.”
And then Christ shall break them with a rod of iron, and shall pour His wrath upon them while they are in “the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”
Then shall all the heathen know that He always has been the King of kings and Lord of lords. The exact wording of verse 16 in the Greek text is as follows: “And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name having been written, king of kings and Lord of lords.”
In other words, in a prior action His name has already been written this way. This means that today Christ is already King of kings and Lord of lords. He has had this title ever since He victoriously rose from the grave, for this is what He said in Matthew 28:18. Then we read that He calls. It is:
A Call to the Fowls of the Air
And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
These last 7 words are the title of this article, “All the Fowls Were Filled With Their Flesh”. We are going to see what it means that the Lord Jesus Christ in verse 19 calls for the fowls to eat the flesh of the armies that are gathered together to make war against Christ. Yes it is he Lord Jesus who calls. This “Angel standing in the Sun” is God’s way to symbolize the brightness of Christ’s coming.
In Revelation 1 the Lord Jesus shows Himself to John in symbolic terms. We cannot draw a picture of this scene. We must understand the words.
And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the Sun shineth in his strength.
Not only His face is shining as the sun; His entire being is shining as the sun. We can see this in the prophecy of Malachi. Here in Malachi 4 God speaks about Judgment Day, both the second Judgment Day, the Last Day, and the first Judgment Day at the cross. In Malachi 4:1 God speaks about the Last Day.
For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up (lit: “frisk”) as calves of the stall.
“You that fear my Name” refers to the saints. For the saints the coming of Christ will not be burning like an oven. For the saints Christ shall come as “the Sun of righteousness with healing in His wings”. For the saints Christ shall appear as the Sun, and the rays of this Sun shall bring healing to their dead bodies, and shall raise them up with glorified bodies that will be raptured up to be with Christ forever. What a glory this will be.
Who are the players on this scene?
We see the Lord Jesus Christ. We see all the saints and angels, they are the armies that follow Christ. We see the unsaved people of the world, including the beast and the false prophet, for these are also people in service of Satan.
But where are the symbols of Satan and his fallen angels?
Could it be that the fowls that fly in mid-heaven are the symbols of Satan and his angels?
Let us search this out.
The Fowls That Fly in Mid-heaven
In the Old Testament the complete defeat of an army is symbolized by not burying the bodies of the slain. To give their flesh to the birds of heaven for meat is expressive of the most complete and shameful defeat possible. These birds of heaven are vultures that feed on dead rotting flesh. However, God does not invent metaphors arbitrarily. These vultures feeding on dead people have a deeper spiritual meaning, which we can find in the New Testament. In three of the narrative Gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, the fowls of the air usually represent the Devil and his angels. You find this in Matthew 13:4, Matthew 13:32, Mark 4:4, Mark 4:32, Luke 8:5, and Luke 13:19.
This is the spiritual meaning of the fowls we find in most of the New Testament.
Is it possible that this is also the meaning of the fowls in Revelation 19:17?
Let us first establish where these fowls fly. In Revelation 19:17 Christ is talking to the fowls that fly in “the midst of heaven”. Actually these last four words are in the Greek text only one word, meaning “mid-heaven”.
Where is mid-heaven?
Is mid-heaven the third heaven where God and the angels dwell?
Is it the firmament where the sun and the moon and the stars are?
Therefore this mid-heaven must refer to the sky, where the birds fly. They would not be able to fly in outer space, for there is no air there where they can flap their wings. We read in Genesis 1:1:
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
The Hebrew word for heaven is here a plural word, heavens, indicating that God created more than one heaven, for He created also the heaven of heavens, or the invisible third heaven, where God and the angels dwell. But there is another heaven. Please drop down to verse 14, where we read,
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
And if you drop down to verse 20, you see another heaven where the fowls of the air fly.
And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
That God meant the word “heaven” to be understood in the plural sense is demonstrated in Genesis 2:1
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
No wonder then that the Apostle Paul specified that he was caught up in “the third heaven”, where
God and the angels dwell, in 2 Corinthians 12:2. And thus we see that the “fowls that fly in mid-heaven” refers to the sky above. God gave us here an interesting chapter, which I have titled, “A Picture of Hell”.
Revelation 19:1-8 refers to the end of the world, where all nations and all their armies are destroyed for their rebellion against God. In addition, all the unsaved nations are symbolized by the land of Idumea, or Edom, the land of Esau.
Remember, “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated”, Romans 9:13. All the unsaved of the world are represented by Esau.
And where do all these slain unsaved people end up?
They end up in Hell, which is exactly the description of the second half of this chapter. Interestingly, God fills this horrible Hell with all kinds of wild beasts. The first half of Isaiah 34 concerns people. The enemies of God are killed and are cast into this place that resembles Hell. But the second half of this chapter speaks only about wild beasts and wild fowls of the air. We read in:
And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.
It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever.
But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness.
They shall call the nobles thereof to the kingdom, but none shall be there, and all her princes shall be nothing.
And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons (lit: serpents), and a court for owls.
The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest.
There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow: there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate.
Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.
And he hath cast the lot for them, and his hand hath divided it unto them by line: they shall possess it for ever, from generation to generation shall they dwell therein.
In verse 9, brimstone and burning pitch are typifying Hell. Moreover, when verse 10 says “the smoke thereof shall go up for ever”, we know for certain that it refers to Hell. We know that this earth will be destroyed, and thus for this land, bearing the curse of God, to burn forever it must be a symbol of Hell. Interestingly, most of the wild beasts in this land are unclean predators or are vultures, all meat eating birds of the kind that the Lord Jesus Christ is calling in Revelation 19:17.
Who do these wild animals and fowls represent here in Isaiah 34?
God says in verse 17 that the wild birds shall possess the land forever. Moreover, in verse 14 we read “the satyr shall cry there”. Is there a connection here with:
Satyrs and Demons
The Hebrew word for “satyr” is a word that most often has been translated “goat”, <08163>. This description of a Satyr in Isaiah 34 is anticipating the role of the goats in the “parable of the sheep and the goats” that the Lord Jesus told us in Matthew 25.
Sometimes that Hebrew word <08163> cannot be simply translated as “goat”, since the context indicates that this animal has ominous connotations. Ominous means it is “foreboding”, or “foreshowing evil”. Therefore, two times do we find that this word has been translated “devils”, and two times has it been translated “satyr”.
Now let's look at Leviticus 17:7,
And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils <08163>, after whom they have gone a whoring This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.
Likewise we read of the sin of Jeroboam who made Israel to sin, in 2 Chronicles 11:15:
2 Chronicles 11:15
And he ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils <08163>, and for the calves which he had made.
Moreover, God speaks about Babylon in Isaiah 13 as if it shall reflect the land described in Isaiah 34:
It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.
But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs <08163> shall dance there.
Instead of “forever” the Lord uses the expression “from generation to generation”.
Babylon as a wasteland shall be dwelt in from generation to generation, and “Satyrs shall dance there”.
Of course, satyrs do not really exist. They are a figure out of Greek mythology. But the King James translators chose this word to indicate the ominous connotations attached to this creature here in Isaiah 13:21 and in Isaiah 34:14. And so we see that the second half of Isaiah 34 underscores that this chapter is speaking about Hell.
But since satyrs and wild fowls do not represent people in Hell, who could they represent?
The only answer to this question is that they represent demons, namely Satan and his fallen angels. This is a terrifying conclusion, but it is the only one I know of that harmonizes with everything else.
In Ezekiel 39 God speaks about end time events, where Satan is going to invade the “Mountains of Israel”. And people from the Premillennial persuasion grab the events of this chapter as the evidence that fierce literal battle is going to take place there East of the Mediterranean. They fail to realize that the ground is level at the foot of the cross;
There is neither Jew nor Greek,
We are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise,
We are the Israel of God,
Jerusalem which now is, is in bondage with he children.
They do not take into account that:
We are the circumcision,
He is a Jew which is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart..
..and so on.
And so, when we look at Ezekiel 39 we must understand that God is speaking symbolically. During the Final Tribulation Period Satan is going to invade the churches throughout the world, and the result will be that the church becomes the harlot-church called Babylon. This is the invasion of Satan on the “Mountains of Israel”. In addition, Satan will instigate the nations of the world to oppose God and Christ. And thus, when Christ comes for the second time there will be a great slaughter of all the unsaved who are in rebellion against Christ. And then we read in:
And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood.
Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.
And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you.
Ezekiel 39:20Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD.
Here in Ezekiel 39 it is not only the fowls of the air but also the beasts of the field who are partaking of the dead bodies. These are the beasts and the fowls that we have seen in Isaiah 34, which is a picture of Hell. This is the same event that we have seen in Revelation 19:17-21, for God uses the same terms of His wrath in both these passages. The fowls of the air and the beasts of the field shall eat the carcasses of those that have been slain with the sword. And thus we see that the wild fowls and the wild beasts in Isaiah 34, and in Ezekiel 39, and in Revelation 19 all represent the demons who are invited to eat of the unsaved that are cast into Hell.
Can this be true?
Are people dead when this happens?
And now we remember:
Dust Shall Be the Serpent’s Meat
In Isaiah 65 God speaks of events on the Last Day, and God speaks of two groups of people and two different actions He is going to take to reward those two groups of people. To the unsaved He brings to their remembrance their sins, and God says in verse 12:
Therefore will I number you to the sword.
To those who are saved He brings to their remembrance in verse 9 that their salvation is entirely by grace, where God says,
I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of My Mountains.
Now we turn to verse 25 where God sums up the condition in the New Heaven & New Earth and the condition in Hell. God says in Isaiah 65:25:
The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.
What is this?
Shall the serpent, representing Satan, eat dust?
Is this his punishment?
We know that this is much too lenient a penalty for Satan.
Is God speaking in parables again?
When we think of “Dust shall be the serpent’s meat” we are reminded of another occasion when God said that the serpent shall eat dust. Let me read to you from Genesis 3:14, where God spoke to the serpent indwelt by Satan, who had just successfully tempted Adam and Eve to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
“All the days of thy life”?
Now we understand that God was not speaking to a snake, but to Satan, for we know that a snake is carnivorous. No snake on earth eats dust, ever.
But does Satan eat dust?
Let us look 5 verses down to Genesis 3:19, where God says to Adam:
For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
And thus when we read of Satan eating dust, we should think of him eating people.
Does God more often refer to Satan eating people?
O Yes, of course!
God says in 1 Peter 5:8:
1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
When the devil devours people in this life, it means that he has persuaded those people to abandon the true God and Christ, and either to worship a false god, or to live a carefree life in total absence of God. Either way they are totally in the hands of Satan. Their doom is sure.
But what does it mean when in the life hereafter, in Hell, God says, “Dust shall be the serpent’s meat”?
It means that Satan and his demons shall delight themselves in torturing those who together with him are suffering in Hell. Their doom is sure, and Satan and his demons shall make sure that the suffering of unsaved people in Hell knows no end. Even though Satan and his demons are tortured themselves, he shall delight to bring additional affliction on people he hates most.
Whom does Satan hate most?
God gives him the desire to hate those whom God intends to deserve the deepest place in Hell, for Satan is God’s busiest servant in this life, and he will still be God’s busiest servant in the life hereafter.
Whom does God hate most?
God hates religious people who pretend to serve Him, but instead are serving other gods. The nation of Israel before their Babylonian captivity was one of the nations whom God hated most, for they were busy serving other gods. That is why we read four times in the prophecy of Jeremiah, “And the carcasses of this people shall be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth”, which we read in Jeremiah 7:33, Jeremiah 16:4, Jeremiah 19:7, and Jeremiah 34:20.
Does this not remind you of Isaiah 34 where these fowls of heaven and the beasts of the earth are representing the demons in Hell?
Does this not remind you of Revelation 19:17-18?
We return now to Revelation 19 where the Lord Jesus Christ calls on all the fowls that fly in mid-heaven, “Come to the supper of the great God, that ye may eat the flesh………the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great”. Indeed, rattlesnakes come in all sizes, both small and great. Unsaved people come in all sizes, both small and great. Then we read in Revelation 19:19:
And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
And then follows what is often called:
The Battle of Armageddon
Perhaps you remember how we got to this stage in history.
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
And then we read in Revelation 19:19 that the armies are gathered together.
Is there going to be a literal army with canons and planes that intends to go to battle against God and Christ?
Can we indeed expect that all the nations of the earth under Antichrist shall be assembled here for the purpose of fighting against Christ when He comes again from heaven in His final appearance in glory?
That is ridiculous.
First of all, it is against the Word of God to believe that all the world shall expect the coming of Christ. And certainly that all the people of the world shall be bold enough to strike at Christ or to assemble for battle against Christ is contrary to the Scriptures. In fact, the world does not believe in the coming of Jesus; that is what the Bible teaches, and that is what we see in the world today.
Secondly, there is nothing from which the world weans away faster and faster than from the idea of a second coming of Christ.
Thirdly, it is simply absurd to suppose that even if they did expect the coming of Christ, they would have the courage to gather their armies in order to fight against Him. No, instead they will be filled with fear, for they know that Christ comes with all His angels, and one angel is more powerful than all the airplanes and canons on the earth.
How then do we understand this battle of Armageddon to be?
First of all, we must remember that these words in the prophecy of Revelation are written symbolically. We must search out what these symbols mean by comparing Scripture with Scripture.
Secondly, we must harmonize end time events with the statements by the Lord Jesus, such as those that we read in Matthew 24:37-39, and in Luke 17:26-30.
But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
In other words, no one shall expect Jesus’ coming. It will be business as usual. There will be no great bloodletting on the earth, like in a worldwide persecution. There will be no nuclear war, or another great world war, or great calamity by terrorists. There will be no great famine or starvation of Christians because they do not have the mark of the beast on their forehead. None of these things shall be in place. But what there will be in place is a great apostasy; so great that we fear none of our children will be saved if this apostasy continues for 70 years. This, in fact, is the character of the great tribulation that we will have to endure. The character of the Final Tribulation Period is typified by the statement of the Lord Jesus in Matthew 24:24, where He says,
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
This is the nature of the Final Tribulation Period, and this is the attitude of all the nations of the world against Christ. And this is how they are fighting against Christ: not with physical armor, or bullets, or bombs, but with contempt for Christ, and with contempt for the Bible, and with scorn and ridicule of those who are still holding on to the old time religion, and with false gospels that are designed to deceive, if possible, even the elect, and with ways to put extreme pressure on those who do not want to convert to the Charismatic gospel. Therefore, God warns us for this dangerous period of time, for it is so easy to collapse. Here is:
A Serious Warning From God
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, had a dream in which he saw a great statue, of which Daniel told him that this statue represented all the kingdoms on this earth, beginning with king Nebuchadnezzar as the head of gold. But then we read in:
And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
Let us read this carefully. God said: It shall never be destroyed, and the new kingdom shall not be left to other people, and it shall consume all these kingdoms on this earth, and it shall stand forever.
Can this be accomplished in the New Testament era?
No! This will only be accomplished if this earth shall be destroyed and the New Heaven & New Earth shall be ushered in. Only then shall all these kingdoms on this earth be destroyed, and only then shall the new Kingdom not be left in the hands of other people. And so, Daniel 2:44 speaks of the end of the world when Christ shall come, and all the saints with Him. For the saints it will be a glorious day, full of excitement and glory. But for the unsaved it will be a horrifying day. Just think of it. The most terrifying horror movie would be insufficient to describe the horror of standing before the Judgment throne of Christ. All people wait in line, and all will have a plain view of the Lake of Fire. No one will have an excuse or a defense before Christ. Everyone standing at the Judgment throne before have been picked up by the angels and dropped into the Lake of Fire.
And who is waiting there?
Satan and all the demons with him are tormented in the Lake of Fire, and they are blaming the entire human race for getting them into this nasty situation. Symbolically speaking, “All the fowls of the air are ready to attack our precious body. All the beautiful faces that have been well kept for so many years shall be torn by those birds and shall be scorched by the flames. And there is no one to help, for the day of salvation has past”. Such is the warning of Almighty God to listen to His words of the Bible.
By Alfred Chompff
A study of Revelation 18:6
Reward Her Even As She Rewarded You
When we dove into Revelation chapters 17 and 18 we have seen that God used symbolic language to describe the condition of:
1. The End Time Church
God pictured the church as a great whore that sitteth upon many waters. God also pictured her as the woman in the wilderness who sits upon the beast with 7 heads and 10 horns, who is representing Antichrist. God also called her “Mystery Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth”. God not only called her “the Mother of Harlots” for the spiritual fornications that the end time church will be engaged in, but God also called her “the Mother of Abominations of the Earth” for the many false gospels that she is going to produce, and God also called her “Babylon the Great” for the many idols that she is going to worship, and for her enormous influence over all the people of the world. And how the mighty church of God is going to degrade herself into such a cursed condition is a great “Mystery”, but God already indicated this in the Old Testament in the words of:
“Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the LORD. For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”
But there are many more passages in the Old Testament that are pointing to Revelation 17 and 18 as the condition of the end time church. We have already seen in Isaiah 21:1-10 that God showed us a parable about “Babylon is fallen, is fallen”. But God also shows us the equivalent of Revelation 17 and 18 in Isaiah 23, and Isaiah 47, and Jeremiah 50 and 51, and Ezekiel 27, and Nahum 3. These chapters are all speaking about the same subject matter as Revelation 17 and 18, the city representing the end time church.
But let me make one thing clear:
I did not say that true believers must depart out of their faithful church.
I did not say that God’s wrath is upon all churches worldwide.
I did not say that there are no longer any faithful churches.
I did not say that we should not celebrate the Lord’s Supper or perform Water Baptisms any more.
We do not have a God with a calendar in His hand who states that on a certain date all churches in the world suddenly have become abomination before God. We have a God who is a just God, who is a merciful Father for all those whom He is drawing to Christ, and who has praise for those churches that remain faithful to Him as indicated in Revelation 2 and 3, but who has wrath upon all churches who turn to idolatry by inventing false gospels of their own, as indicated in Revelation 2 and 3.
And why do entire churches fall away into another gospel?
Why is it that congregations are so easily deceived?
It is because they do not read the Bible any more. They listen to their Pastor, rather than listen to God. And thus they leave themselves open to all kinds of false teachings that are symbolically spawned by the 200 million demons that were released in Revelation 9. And so, when we look at most churches today we are reminded of the words in Isaiah 1:21, where God says:
“How is the faithful city become an harlot! It was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers”.
And the murderers that God refers to are not those that murder the body, but those that murder the souls of men. It was so in the days before Jerusalem was destroyed, and it has again become so today, by which we know that WE are living in the Final Tribulation Period, the days of the harlotry of the end time church. And just like in the days of Jerusalem’s spiritual harlotry, even so today there is no repentance in view on the part of the corporate church. They have become unteachable, which is nothing but dirty rotten pride.
We have seen that the woman, the harlot church, sits upon the beast with 7 heads and 10 horns, which represents Antichrist. And since Antichrist rules in the name of Satan and rules over all the nations of the world, Antichrist cannot be one person, but must be many persons ruling in governments and in churches all over the world. They all have one goal, and that is to rule and reign without Christ, regardless of which religion they hold. That is why together they are called Antichrist. The “great falling away” within the corporate church has reached its crest. The church has opened its doors and has received with open arms all those who call themselves Christian, along with all their abominations and sins against God. They hoped to enlarge their congregation, but in the end they will be destroyed by those same people whose tongues they do not understand. For we read in Revelation 17:16-17 that the ten horns of Antichrist shall hate the whore,
And They Shall Burn Her With Fire
And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
This event that was prophesied here in Revelation 17:16, the physical destruction of Babylon, the harlot church, is being fulfilled in Revelation 18. First occurs the great falling away and the spiritual degradation of the church, who becomes the harlot church, Babylon, and then the physical destruction of this Babylon, the harlot church, and then the physical destruction of all the nations of the world. This is the sequence of events in the end time, indicated by God in Jeremiah 25.
For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it.
Further along in this chapter we read:
Therefore thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Drink ye, and be drunken, and spue, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you. And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink. For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.
The nations shall see the destruction of the church, and this is a sign to them that they too shall be destroyed and then be brought before the judgment throne of Christ, and not one of them shall escape, “for we must all appear before the Judgment seat of Christ”.
Right at the beginning of this prophecy of the physical destruction of the church God gives us the time frame when this shall come to pass. God speaks about an Angel, or better a Messenger, coming down from heaven, whose coming will be like the 2nd coming of Christ. Obviously this is not an angel, but is Christ Himself, taking vengeance on all them that know not God.
And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
Verse 2 speaks of the church having fallen into apostasy, and having fallen under the curse of God, and having become the dwelling place of devils, and having become a prison of every unsaved person, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird. When a church abandons the Bible, she has in fact abandoned the only true God and is worshipping another god; regardless what name she assigns to the god she worships, he is always another god. And thus, when a church abandons the Bible, even if it is only a small portion of the Bible, she has become a dwelling place of devils, and has become the prison of every unsaved person.
Because the place that was originally designed to be to the glory of God, has now been converted to a place of contempt for God, a place where God will not find any glory for Him. And this the devil and all his demons like very much. But why did God add to this verse that the church has become a favorite stomping ground of every unclean and hateful bird? The answer lies in the unusual Greek word that God uses for “bird” <3732> in this place. That particular Greek word appears only in two other verses in the Bible, both of these in Revelation 19 where it is translated “fowls”.
And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls <3732> that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls <3732> were filled with their flesh.
What is this?
Does this mean that instead of Hell the unsaved will be devoured by vultures and that will be the end of them?
No possibility whatsoever.
When this world has come to an end there are no more vultures. These vultures represent demons, or the fallen angels. God uses the picture of vultures devouring carcasses of the unsaved, to drive home the principle that Satan and his demons shall be the tormentors, executing God’s wrath upon all the unsaved in Hell. The harlot church, Babylon, has become the favorite stomping ground for demons who are like vultures eagerly waiting for human beings to be cast into Hell. What a horrible prospect for the unsaved in Hell.
Verse 3 of Revelation 18 speaks of “all nations” who have been deceived by the false gospels coming from the end time church. God’s wrath is on them. Verse 3 also speaks of “the kings of the earth”. When we search the Bible we find that the expression “the kings of the earth” can be understood two different ways, the good guys, or the bad guys. Here in Revelation 18:3 the context indicates that these are the bad guys. Verse 3 also speaks of “the merchants of the earth”. When we search the Bible we find that “merchants” can be understood two different ways, the good guys, or the bad guys. Here in Revelation 18:3 the context shows that these merchants are the bad guys. Now please drop down to verses 4 and 5, and there we read:
2. For Her Sins Have Reached Unto Heaven
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
At any time throughout our life as a child of God, but especially during the Final Tribulation Period, we must not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. We all are well aware of this general principle.
But who are unbelievers?
It means nothing if anyone claims to be a Christian. It means nothing if anyone says that he or she believes in Christ. Even Jews and Moslems believe in Jesus Christ. But they do not believe that He is God.
And why not?
It is because they do not believe the whole Bible, like we do. God says in:
“And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God”.
Now we know that the whole Bible is also called “The Word of God”. And thus it stands to reason that the Lord Jesus Christ, our Jesus Christ, is circumscribed by the whole Bible, and by the Bible alone. By this definition of Revelation 19:13 anyone who believes that the Bible plus something else is the Divine infallible Word of God, worships another god, but he is not the God from the Bible whom we worship. For example, anyone who believes that the words from one of the Popes or the words from one of the saints of the past are infallible because they are words inspired by God, believes in the Bible plus something, and thus by the definition of Revelation 19:13 this person is an unbeliever. Anyone who believes that God brings additional Divine revelations today in dreams, or in visions, or in angel visitations, or in tongues, believes that his package of Divine messages from God constitutes of the Bible plus something else, and thus by the definition of Revelation 19:13 this person is an unbeliever. On the other hand, anyone who believes in the theory of evolution has in his mind relegated the first 11 chapters of Genesis to the category of mythology. This person does not believe the whole Bible is the Word of God, and thus by the definition of Revelation 19:13 this person is an unbeliever.
He worships another god, but it is not the God of the Bible. Another example: a person who does not believe Psalm 119, or Isaiah 43, or Matthew 13, or John 6, or John 17, or Romans 9, or Ephesians 1, or Colossians 1, does not believe the whole Bible is the Word of God, and thus this person is an unbeliever. He worships another god, but it is not the God of the Bible. I am not making this up now, for these principles and conclusions are thoroughly supported by Revelation 22:18-19, which you know already.
These are the sins of the church which have reached unto heaven. They are worshipping all kinds of other gods. And this is the present day situation.
But will churches repent and return to the God of the Bible?
No way! They like it where they are now, and they have no intentions to change their beliefs.
And so, what constitutes a Believer?
A Believer believes that the whole Bible is the Word of God, nothing more and nothing less than the whole Bible. And a Believer has a fervent desire to live a life that reflects what he believes, and is always open to correction if justified from the Word of God. A believer has an ongoing desire to do those things that are pleasing to God. A Believer desires to obey what God says in 2 Corinthians 6:14:
2 Corinthians 6:14
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
2 Corinthians 6:15
And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
2 Corinthians 6:16-18
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
We must not be unequally yoked with unbelievers, means if we are not married we must choose a mate who is also a Believer. And if we choose a partner in our business he or she must also be a Believer. If we become saved and we find that our marriage partner is still unsaved, we must remain with that unsaved spouse till death do us part, for God hates divorce. But God hates it when we deliberately choose a marriage partner who is in the army of Satan, while we claim to be in the army of Christ. This is an act of treacherous treason. And thus we read in:
2 Corinthians 6:17
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord”.
It is the same call to separation that we find in:
“Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues”.
Throughout the Bible God calls us to be separate from the heathen. Now we are going to discover God’s rules about:
Double Inheritances and Double Rewards
In the Old Testament God laid down the principle that when an inheritance is divided among the children, the firstborn always receives a double portion. This was a Ceremonial Law since this was a law that looked forward toward the nature of salvation as explained in the New Testament. God says in Deuteronomy 21:15-17:
¶ If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated:
Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn:
But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.
The firstborn among the children is special. He is the one on whom special favors rest. It reminds us of the elect of God on whom His special favors rest. Certainly God is not a respecter of persons, in the sense that He chooses whom He wants to save from all nations and people and tribes and tongues without considering if they are poor, or blind, or lame. But once He has decided to save a person, on that person His special favors rest.
And what is the favor of God?
It is grace, for grace is unmerited favor. And thus God typifies all His elect people as being firstborn. God calls them in:
“The church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven”.
Of course, Christ was also the firstborn, for we read in:
“Who is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead”.
All of God’s elect receive from Him a double inheritance. Our first inheritance is “Mercy”.
What is mercy?
Mercy is when God withholds the penalty that we do deserve. We do deserve to go to Hell on account of all our sins. But when Christ paid for our sins the penalty that we would have to pay, the equivalent of an eternity in Hell, our obligation to go to Hell is completely erased, for our sins have been completely paid. When His payment was applied at the moment that we became born from above, our status was changed from the deepest depth of Hell to neutral ground. That in itself was already an enormous blessing, for we do not have to suffer the torments of Hell. But then God added our second inheritance, which is “Grace”.
What is grace?
Grace is when God gives us what we do not deserve, for grace is unmerited favor.
What does God give us?
He gives us all things we need in this life, and in the life hereafter He literally gives us all things that He owns. He gives us an eternity in heaven. He gives us the status of sons of God. Yea, He tells us in:
1 Samuel 2:8
“He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory”.
Did you hear that?
He makes them (plural) inherit the throne (singular) of glory, His throne. We inherit God Himself.
How could anyone ask for a greater gift than that?
That is why God says in Isaiah 40:1-2:
Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD’S hand double for all her sins.
Our iniquity is pardoned, for we have received of the Lord’s hand double for all our sins. We are Christ’s firstborn and this is our double inheritance: Mercy and Grace. On the other hand, God speaks of those that are condemned also as firstborn. We see both usages in Exodus 4:22-23. Please listen:
And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son,
even my firstborn:
And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.
Therefore, just as the double inheritance for Believers means the highest possible blessing from God, so the double reward for the unsaved means the most grievous punishment possible.
For saints God speaks of an inheritance, since none of these gifts is given by merit. But for the unsaved God speaks of rewards, for all they receive was earned by them through their works. Their rewards are the wages for their works, for God said in Romans 6:23:
“The wages of sin is death”.
We read in Revelation 18:6:
Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
The title of this article is taken from this verse, “Reward Her Even As She Rewarded You”.
Who does “You” refer to?
In the KJV when we see the personal pronouns Thou and Thee it addresses a singular person, and when we see the personal pronouns You and Ye it addresses plural persons. So, here in Revelation 18:6 the voice from heaven says, “Reward her even as she rewarded you, my people”, or when we add Revelation 17:6 we can say paraphrased, “Lord, reward the harlot church, Babylon, double for all the evil she has done to your people, for she is drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And give her double on top of her double rewards for her works, for she has filled the cup of the wrath of God to deserve double for all her fornications. She has not at all glorified God in her works, for she has glorified herself.” We read in verses 7 and 8,
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.
Therefore 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.
And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,
And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.
3. Merchandizing the Souls of Men
What a horrible profession; merchandizing the souls of men. But this is what the harlot church is presently doing. That is why God has the hottest place in Hell reserved for pastors and teachers who preach a false gospel, leading many unto a slippery slide into Hell. God says in James 3:1:
“My brethren be not many masters (or Bible teachers), knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation”.
The merchants of the earth are merchandizing the souls of men. We have seen in Revelation 13:17 that the only ones who are buying and selling during the Final Tribulation Period are those who bear the mark of the beast. We have also seen that those who bought and sold in the temple were those whom Jesus called a den of thieves. They were called thieves because what they sold should have been given free of charge, or not given at all, for many are in the business of deceit. The charismatic movement is even greater business today than that of the TV evangelists. The unsaved are peddling the souls of men. Those who come with false gospels for personal gain are effectively selling the souls of men to Satan. We read in the following verses,
And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.
The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate. Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.
And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;
And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
A stone like a great millstone
And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying,
Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
This very heavy stone was cast into the sea, representing Babylon which must be cast into Hell. 2000 years ago it was Christ, who often is pictured as a rock or a stone, and who had to endure Hell for those He came to save. But now it is Babylon who must endure Hell for her own sins.
Let us find out if this is really the metaphor used by God in this passage of Revelation 18:21. We find a similar passage in Jeremiah 51:61-64. Jeremiah was never taken as a captive to Babylon, but Jeremiah instructed one of the princes, named Seraiah, who went to Babylon with king Zedekiah in the fourth year of his reign. And then we read in Jeremiah 51:61,
And Jeremiah said to Seraiah, When thou comest to Babylon, and shalt see, and shalt read all these words; Then shalt thou say, O LORD, thou hast spoken against this place, to cut it off, that none shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, but that it shall be desolate for ever.
And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of reading this book, that thou shalt bind a stone to it, and cast it into the midst of Euphrates:
And thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her: and they shall be weary. Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.
Here we see that the Word of God is bound to the stone that is cast into the River Euphrates. The Word of God represents Christ, and the River Euphrates represents Hell. The implication is that Christ, by enduring Hell for the sins of His people, has established the principle that all sinners must suffer the wrath of God in Hell. And there we read, “the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee”. It means that the sound of the Lord as the Word of God shall not be heard any more in the harlot church, Babylon. The Word of the Lord shall not be preached at all in the harlot church. “The light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee”, indicates that the church as the appointed light of the world shall not let her light shine any more. The voice of the Bridegroom, which is the voice of Christ, and the voice of the Bride, which is the voice of the faithful in the church, shall not be heard any more in the harlot church. And then God says, “For thy merchants were the great men of the earth”. Man was created to glorify God. But instead he worships the idols of his own liking. These are impotent idols that cannot save. “For by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.” Through the sorceries of the Charismatic Movement all nations were deceived into believing that God indeed is bringing Divine messages today. But they have not read the Bible, for the Bible clearly says in Revelation 22:18-19 that God’s messages ceased when the last page of the Bible was written.
And then we read in Revelation 18:24:
“And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.”
Satan was a murderer from the beginning. All throughout time he and his servants, the unsaved of the world, have persecuted and martyred the followers of Christ. “Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.” AMEN.
By Alfred Chompff
We have here in Revelation 12:7-12 a continuation of the first 6 verses in this chapter. What I mean to say is that we should see the sentences in Revelation 12 in a chronological sequence. This war in heaven follows the event of Ascension Day, in verse 5, when Christ was caught up unto God and unto His throne. Christ is on His throne, all the saints in heaven have had their sins put away on the cross by the Lord Jesus Christ and that is why Satan was cast out of heaven.
Michael and the Dragon (Revelation 12:7-12, Revelation 20:1-3)
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them.
Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
When we read this, about war in heaven, we must remember that this is a spiritual war. These were battles of spirits in heaven. We cannot see spirits, and so it is very difficult for us to comprehend such spiritual battles in heaven. But God revealed it to us here in Revelation 12, and thus we must believe it. And since this battle follows after Revelation 12:5, we therefore know that this battle was fought in AD 33, after the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, 40 days after He rose from the grave.
God does not need a long period of time to win this battle, and thus this battle was over and done by the 50th day, the day of Pentecost. Satan’s power was severely reduced. Not only was Satan cast out of heaven, but as we read in Revelation 20:3 he was cast into the Bottomless Pit, which is this earth, and he was also bound with spiritual chains, as we read in Revelation 20:2. And the person who bound him has the key of the Bottomless Pit and is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ, as we read in Revelation 20:1. And we can actually see the effect of this event described in Revelation 12:7-12, because on Pentecost Peter preached one sermon and about 3000 people became saved. So effective was the binding of Satan that he was not able to stop or to slow down the conversion of souls who came under the hearing of the Gospel preached by Peter on that Pentecost Sunday. It was as if Satan was struck with stupidity, for in the following 300 years the Devil tried to stamp out the church through persecution, but the blood of the martyrs was the seed of the church; it always has and it always will have this result. This is not the way to stamp out the church. But since Revelation 20:1-3 is a parallel description of the same event we read about here in Revelation 12:7-12, the logical conclusion is that Michael is not the archangel we have been made to believe in previous churches that we came from.
Michael is Christ!
Is this possible?
Have so many churches been wrong on this matter for so long a time?
Let us find out if this is indeed so.
In Daniel chapter 12 we read about Michael who is:
The Great Prince on the Last Day (Daniel 11:45-12:4, Matthew 24:21)
And since He is not only the Great Prince on the Last Day, but He is the Great Prince throughout all eternity. Of course we must understand what is meant by the title “Prince” in the Bible. A prince is a leader, an exalted person clothed with authority.
For example Christ is called “Messiah the Prince” in Daniel 9:25.
Christ is called “The Prince of Peace” in Isaiah 9:6. Christ is called “The Prince of Life” in Acts 3:15.
Christ is called “The Prince of the kings of the earth” in Revelation 1:5.
In the Bible a prince is synonymous with a king. Here in Daniel 12 Michael is called the Great Prince.
But who is Michael?
We have here a passage which is clearly a description of the Last Day, the end of time. The context is found in the last verse of the previous chapter, verse 45.
And he (referring to Antichrist) shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.
Speaking of Antichrist, God says “He shall make his palace in the glorious holy mountain”, referring to “Antichrist who shall exalt himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; taking his seat in the temple of God, the church, and showing himself that he is God, or that he is as authoritative as God”. (2 Thessalonians 2:4)
And when Satan has reached the summit of his blasphemous ambition, which is when the people of God shall be at their most besieged condition, then shall the Lord interfere on their behalf and “He (Antichrist) shall come to his end, and none shall help him”, which refers to the Last Day when the Beast and the False Prophet shall be taken and cast into the Lake of Fire.
Now let us look at Daniel chapter 12:
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Who are meant by “Thy people” in verse 1?
Are all the Jews “Thy people”?
Does Judas Iscariot, or Annas and Caiaphas, belong to “Thy people”?
Do the Sadducees and Pharisees who died in their sins belong to the group that is called “Thy people”?
“Thy people” refers to the group of people that like Daniel are on the way to heaven. “Thy people” refers to the people of God, the elect of God, those whose sins were paid for at the cross. What we have here is a passage that summarizes the Final Tribulation Period and the 2nd coming of Christ on the Last Day.
Clearly the words “there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time” refer to the Final Tribulation Period, of which the Lord Jesus said in Matthew 24:21, “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
And when the people of God shall be in their most precarious state, then they shall be delivered by the 2nd coming of Christ, who is coming as the judge of all the world. “Every one that shall be found written in the book of life” shall be delivered. And thus verses 2 and 3 speak of the resurrection on the Last Day and the Rapture.
Who Is Coming on the Clouds of Heaven? (1Thessalonians 4:13-18, Malachi 3:1, Luke 9:26)
Who is coming for His people on the clouds of heaven on the Last Day?
Is it Christ or is it the archangel Michael?
Should we glorify Christ, or should we glorify an angel?
Of course we should glorify Christ at every opportunity. Moreover, it is very clear that this passage is parallel to the description of the Rapture. Look at this glorious passage in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18,
1 Thessalonians 4:13
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
1 Thessalonians 4:14
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
1 Thessalonians 4:15
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
1 Thessalonians 4:16
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1 Thessalonians 4:17
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 4:18
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Whose voice is “the voice of the archangel” in verse 16?
It is the voice of Christ who shall shout the shout of triumph with a very loud shout. Christ is not an angel. The title “archangel” is a mistranslation of the translators. It should have been translated “Chief Messenger”.
Christ is that “Messenger”, for He is the “Messenger of the Covenant”, according to Malachi 3:1.
Those that “sleep in Jesus” are those who have died and their soul has gone immediately into the presence of the Lord in heaven. When Christ comes again He will bring those souls with Him, for in the Rapture that follows they shall receive their glorified resurrected bodies simultaneously with the saints who are still alive on this earth. It shall come to pass at the Last Trump, the trump of God, which is when the 7th trumpet blows.
We must use the New Testament to shed light on the Old Testament. Or to put it in different words, “The New is in the Old concealed, and the Old is in the New revealed”.
And thus, comparing 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 with Daniel 12:1-3 it is very clear that Michael is the same person as Christ.
When Christ appears He will recompense tribulation to those that have troubled His people. And thus what we also see in Daniel 12:2 is that there is a general resurrection of all people, both the just and the unjust, all at the same time. There is no literal 1000 year period of time between those two; all are resurrected at the same time. But it shall be a distinguishing resurrection. Those who have been saved shall receive a resurrected body unto everlasting life, and those who have not been saved shall receive a resurrected body unto shame and everlasting contempt, which means it will be a body that will be able to endure the torments of Hell forever.
And then we read in verse 3, “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever”.
Who are they that be wise?
Well, the same verse explains: Those that be wise are they that have instructed many in the ways of righteousness. In the face of persecution they remained faithful and have witnessed to many of the righteousness that comes by grace through faith in Christ and in His atoning work on the cross. They remained faithful because they have the hope of a resurrection from the dead. If there were not a life after this, they would be of all men most miserable. This verse does not mean that there will be special rewards for those who have worked hard for Christ and for His Kingdom, for everyone who becomes saved will be a witness for Christ. The Lord Jesus said in Luke chapter 9:
For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.
In other words, everyone who becomes saved will be a witness for Christ. Do not pass off this responsibility to Pastors and teachers, for that will prove that you are ashamed of the words of Christ. And so, they that be wise are they who have become wise in the matter of salvation. But now, when we turn to verse 4, we see a few things that look strange and scary. We read in verse 4 about:
Many Shall Run To and Fro (Daniel 12:4, Amos 8:11-13, Proverbs 28:9)
But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
What does it mean, “many shall run to and fro”?
Some people think it means that people run to and fro to search out the Bible, to dig into it, to open the hidden treasures therein, to make copies of it, to read it over and over, to meditate on it, and run it over in their minds, to talk about it with others and compare notes, and thus knowledge shall be increased. But this is not how we should interpret the Bible. We should ask God, and He will guide us to compare Scripture with Scripture. And so, when we ask God, He answers us in the Scriptures, and leads us to another verse that contains these words, “many shall run to and fro”.
Here in Amos 8:11-13 God says:
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.
Almost the entire prophecy of Amos, from chapter 3 through chapter 9, is written concerning end time events, specifically concerning the Final Tribulation Period and the Last Day, the Day of the Lord. This prophecy of Amos is not popular these days, for people’s ears are primarily tuned to hearing smooth things. People do not like to hear the warnings which the Lord so lovingly has placed in the Bible, to warn us for the apostasy in the last days. They do not see the love of God in those predictions of people not willing to hear the Word of the Lord.
What does God say in Amos 8:11?
God will send a famine in the land, but it shall be a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. Spiritually every famine in the Bible is a type or a figure of this famine of hearing the Word of the Lord, but here in Amos 8 God says it explicitly.
Please note: This verse does not say that there will be a shortage of Bibles, and this verse does not say that there will be a shortage of good sermons on the Internet, and this verse does not say that people will not be able to afford their own Bible, or that there will be a persecution of those who have Bibles in their house.
Plainly we read that this verse says: Most people are not willing to HEAR the Word of God. Now that is a very serious matter. God says in Proverbs 28:9, “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination”.
The Law is not only the 10 Commandments; the Law is the whole Bible. God spoke the words of the Bible, the whole Bible, and those words were written by holy men of old for our learning, in order “that we may do all the words of this law”. But if we turn away our ears from hearing what God has said, we fall under this curse that even our best works, like prayer, shall be abomination in God’s sight.
Why Are people not willing to hear? (Isaiah 30:8-11)
WHY are people not willing to HEAR the Word of God?
Let me suggest some of the possibilities.
1) Some carry with them a lot of baggage from previous teachers and they are not willing to test the conclusions those other teachers came to with the Word of God. This feels like the embarrassment of “losing face”. Their pride is at stake.
2) Some have fixed in their minds the doctrines they have been taught from their youth, and they are not willing to modify those doctrines because it makes them feel uncomfortable to admit that they have been wrong for 40 years.
3) Some are only willing to hear smooth things. They do not want to hear everything God has said. They plead with their Pastor to preach only about smooth things.
We will now turn our attention to Isaiah chapter 30, and the question must be asked:
Who is God speaking to in Isaiah 30?
God says in Isaiah 30:1, “Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me”.
God is speaking to the prophet Isaiah, and God is speaking about the rebellious Israelites who call themselves children of God. And God says in verse 8,
Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:
That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD:
Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:
Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.
We read in verse 9, they are people who “will not hear the Law of the Lord”, and we now know that therefore they are under a curse, the curse of Proverbs 28:9. And God says in verse 8, “note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever”.
In other words, God says: “Write it in a book, that the generations to come may learn from it, for it will happen again, and again, and again”. These lying children do not like to hear the truth concerning them, they do not like to hear God’s warnings to examine themselves if they are on the way to Hell, but they say in verse 10 to the prophets, “speak unto us smooth things”.
In verse 11 they are saying to the prophets, “Turn aside out of the path that you always teach, for you always preach to us about Hell and damnation. Stop preaching about the God of the Bible who must avenge every sin, and preach to us about the God of love, and leave out the wrath of God”.
And is that not exactly what we hear and experience in this present time?
O, they do not use exactly these words, but they cast their vote by their attendance. Churches where the truth of man’s depravity is preached, where God’s sovereignty is preached in election and reprobation, where it is preached that Christ’s atonement was only for the elect of God, and where it is preached that God loves His elect, but He hates the non-elect, such as “Jacob have I loved but Esau have I hated”, such churches are small, remain small, and are gossiped about as if they are preaching things that are not in the Bible.
They are gossiped about as if they were a cult. Visitors come one time, and when they have heard what the Bible says about things that they do not want to hear, they stay away.
Their voice is heard loud and clear by their absence. People find it too uncomfortable that the Holy One of Israel is a predestinating God who knows the end from the beginning, and who causes it all to come to pass because He decided it to be so, according to His good pleasure. And our own efforts to work our way into salvation are counted as dung, for God does not take a bribe. This is what is in the Bible, but most people have turned away their ear from hearing what the Bible says.
Is there a Famine Today? (Amos 8:11-12, Daniel 12:4, Hebrews 1:14, Jude 6)
This famine of hearing the Word of the Lord is a condition that exists today. People do not want to hear the Word of the Lord. That is why there is no revival is in sight, and that is why we can see that the 2nd coming of Christ is very near. We are in a condition closely matched by the words of Amos 8:12, “And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.”
Here we have the meaning of “they shall run to and fro”. It means they shall not find the Word of the Lord, because they have their minds closed. They shall not find the Word of the Lord because they have rejected the Word of the Lord for so many years, and now they can no longer comprehend it. They find the sermons too long, because their attention span has become the time span of a TV commercial. This is the meaning of “they shall run to and fro”. And now we have to go back and paste this conclusion into the prophecy of Daniel. And there we read:
But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Let me paraphrase this: “Daniel, you understand this vision, since you wrote of your understanding in Daniel 10:1, but you shall not write this down as you understand this. You shall write down only these words, and thereby seal the scroll, until at the time of the end some will be able to understand it. They who have this understanding, their knowledge of the Word of God shall increase, but for others who remain ignorant, they shall run to and fro, but they shall not find the true meaning of the Word of God”.
Many shall not worship the God of the Bible. Since apostasy has been going on for too long, they do not understand how the Bible can fit in their frame of religious thinking. Many shall worship angels, not knowing that these are fallen angels, for true angels refuse to be worshipped. Many millions, like the Jehovah’s Witnesses, shall imagine Christ as an angel. They have no Savior, for an angel cannot atone for their sins.
They will stand before the Judgment throne of God and will have to pay for their own sins. They cannot put the blame on their false teachers, for every man shall bear his own burden. The passage of Daniel 12:1-3 clearly shows that Michael is Christ, but Christ is not an angel; in fact Michael is not an angel.
Michael is another name for Christ, and Christ is the embodiment of God the Son, the Second Person of the Triune God. But angels are ministering spirits.
We read in Hebrews 1:14, “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”
This establishes the purpose of God for creating angels. This is their job description. And most likely, this was the job description that the angel Lucifer did not want, and therefore he tempted first Eve and then Adam into sin. That is why we read in Jude 6, “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation (literally: left their own station), he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day”.
Again, in defense of my conclusion from Daniel 12:1-3, it must be said that an angel cannot stand as the great defender for the children of God, for in order to be a defender of sinful man that defender first has to atone for the sins of sinful man, and since the payment of these sins requires the equivalent of an eternity in Hell, it stands to reason that an angel cannot take on this role, even if he would take on a human body. In all three places in the prophecy of Daniel where Michael is named, He is called a Prince. A prince is someone who rules. Only Christ qualifies as “the Great Prince which standeth for the children of thy people” at the end of time. An angel cannot fit into this job description. Angels are not rulers in any way. Angels were created to serve the elect of God, and God planned it all this way, including the fall of Adam.
This is how Christ became:
The Great Prince of Life (Acts 3:13-15, Acts 2:27, Acts 2:31, Ephesians 2:4-6, John 5:21, John 5:25, John 14:6, John 17:2)
In Acts chapter 3 we read of a scene which is at the temple in Jerusalem. God healed a beggar who was lame from his mother’s womb, using the Apostle Peter as His instrument. And when a crowd had gathered around Peter and John and the beggar, Peter took this opportunity to preach another sermon. Let us look at three verses of Peter's sermon.
The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.
But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
Why is the Lord Jesus called the Prince of Life?
First of all, He is called the Prince of Life because God has raised Him from the dead, and hereby God demonstrated that the Lord Jesus was 100% successful in having paid for the sins of all His elect people. This was no small miracle. Even though the Lord Jesus himself had raised 3 other people from the dead, they were not in Hell when He made them alive. But when He Himself was raised from the dead it proved that the Father did not leave His soul in Hell for an unfinished satisfaction of the sins that He bore (see: Acts 2:27 and Acts 2:31).
Secondly, Christ is called the Prince of Life since He is the giver of spiritual life. Without the payment for our sins we were dead in trespasses and sins, and thus we were on a sure way to Hell. But before the foundation of the world God had mercy on us and placed us IN Christ, not physically for we had not been created yet, but spiritually we were counted as being in Christ. Just as we were placed in Adam, for Adam is our representative in the flesh, so spiritually we were placed in Christ, for Christ is our representative in the Spirit.
On the cross the Lord Jesus bore the sins of all those whom the Father has placed in Him. When Christ was crucified we were crucified with Him. When He died we died with Him. When He was buried we were buried with Him. This is what the Bible says in various places. And then we read in Ephesians 2:4-6,
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Therefore God will never send us to Hell, for we have been there already with Christ and in Christ. It also means that Christ did not bear the sins of every human being that lived on this earth, for if He did that then no one would go to Hell; but that is impossible, since the Lord Jesus stated that Hell will be heavily populated.
In John chapter 5 the Lord Jesus had healed a crippled man at the pool of Bethesda, but He had healed him on the Sabbath. Therefore the leaders of the Jews sought to kill Him. It is under these conditions that the Lord Jesus introduced the concept of “limited atonement”, or “particular atonement” which ofcourse is an efficacious atonement. He said in John 5:21, “For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.”
Not everyone in the world will be made alive but, “Even so the Son makes alive whom He will”. He is speaking here about making spiritually alive, a concept that the Jews did not understand very well.
And what does it mean to be made spiritually alive?
It means that in our soul we are no longer dead in trespasses and sins, but that we are made alive in our soul, or another expression is, “we are made born again”.
Can we make ourselves born again?
Can we contribute to getting ourselves be born from above?
God does that 100%. And so you see that Christ, who is God, must make us alive, or else we will be condemned to Hell. Only if He has atoned for our sins will God the Holy Spirit soften our heart and make us willing to believe the Gospel. But we believe because He has made us willing in the day of His power.
God said in Psalm 110:3, “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power”.
On our own we will not believe, for the Devil, the prince of the power of the air, will see to it that we are taken captive by him and act according to his will.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
Jesus said, “And now is”. Jesus did not mean to say that the rapture already took place at the time that Jesus walked on earth. Notice that the dead are mentioned but not the grave. (This is in contrast with verse 28 where the graves are mentioned but not the dead.) But in verse 25 the dead are the spiritually dead, the unsaved. Christ is the one who can make these dead hear His voice, just like He made the dead Lazarus to hear the voice of Christ.
The Lord Jesus began His farewell discourse as He spoke to the 11 disciples. And here He made a profound statement which absolutely implies a particular efficacious atonement. The Lord Jesus said in John 14:6,
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
No one can enter into heaven except through the Lord Jesus Christ. It means that millions of people who were born and died prior to the 1st coming of Christ actually lived in a Christ-less universe. The only place on earth where a few people expected the coming of Messiah was in the little country there East of the Mediterranean, but most of the world lived in a Christ-less universe. It means that none of those people can enter into heaven, because it was not God’s will to save them.
We will finish in John chapter 17. This is the Lord’s Prayer before He endured the torments in the Garden of Gethsemane. The Lord Jesus spoke to His Father these words in John 17:2,
As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
“As many as Thou hast given Him” does not mean everyone in the whole world, but only “as many as Thou hast given Him”.
Christ gives life to those whom the Father has given Him, which means that He atoned for the sins of all His elect. He is the Prince of Life for all His elect. And when you discover in your life the faith to believe these statements of the Prince of Life, then rejoice that your name is written in heaven. AMEN.
By Alfred J. Chompff