The Apocalypse and the Temple (or Tabernacle)
Let us dwell on what the different places
of the temple as a whole and of the temple-sanctuary represent. The great temple encompasses both the great outer courtyard and the temple-sanctuary. The latter has a small inner courtyard where there are the altar and a pool of water, being made of copper
(The three videos in the introduction to this article provide a good overview of the temple).
The sanctuary itself is made up of the Holy, and the Most Holy. These two rooms are separated by a curtain. In the Most Holy was the Ark of the Covenant, symbolizing the presence of God. All the furniture is in gold or covered with
gold. Thus, comparing the symbolism of copper and gold, the first metal, copper, seems to symbolize earthly realities, and gold heavenly realities or a spiritual connection to the heavens.
The introduction to the book of Revelation, which runs from chapters 1 to 5, takes place at the Sanctuary itself. In his first vision, from chapters 1 to 3, John sees Jesus Christ glorified in his priestly garment, addressing to the seven earthly congregations,
symbolized by the seven lampstands, in the Holy of the Temple Sanctuary. In chapter 4, John, by vision, is introduced into the very presence of God, namely into the Most Holy, where the Ark of the Covenant was. In chapter 5, John is still in the Most Holy,
when God, in the presence of many angels, gives Jesus Christ the famous scroll with the seven seals, which will truly begin, the Revelation, from chapter 6, by the opening of the first six seals.
The presence of the glorified Jesus Christ who dwells in the heavens, in the Holy and the presence of the lampstands, the earthly congregations, seem to indicate that this part of the temple is mediator between God and humanity as a whole. This is confirmed
by what the apostle Paul writes, pointing to Jesus Christ as the only mediator between God and mankind (1 Timothy 2:5). However, in his mediating role, the glorified Jesus Christ uses stars, or human angels or messengers, to head each of the earthly lampholders,
the Christian congregations. These men at the head of each of the congregations are priests in the right hand of Christ, who have a role of visible mediation between God and humans, within the framework of adoration, whether by prayer and teaching.
Thus, when it is written that the great crowd serves God in his temple, mentioned in Revelation 7:9-17, it is in the same place as the seven lampstands, on earth. It is part of the sacred service in the temple sanctuary, either in the small inner courtyard, where
the altar is, or in the holy, for men in charge of the priesthood, in the congregation, by prayer and teaching, as human angels.
In Revelation 6:9, at the opening of the fifth seal,
reference is made to the resurrection of the holy ones who, for their part, ask God to avenge their innocent blood shed on account
of murderous persecutions. It is written, that their soul or blood, representing their life, is at the foot of the altar. Indeed, at the foot of the altar in the inner courtyard of the sanctuary temple, there were a base with little canals, where flowed the
blood of the animals sacrificed on the altar. According to Revelation 6:9, this time they were symbolically filled with the innocent blood of the holy ones who died for their faith, and which will be avenged by God at the great tribulation.
In Revelation 11:1-4, the apostle John in vision measures the Temple Sanctuary. In verse 2 it is written, that he does not
measure the outer courtyard of the great temple, which was given to the nations. Therefore, the outer courtyard of the great temple represents humanity as a whole, apart from the sacred service rendered to God, in the sanctuary temple, or outside the framework
of the Christian congregation. The measurement of the sanctuary temple by the apostle John, seems to indicate that the divine standards written in the Bible,
must be applied, within the precincts of this sanctuary temple. The fact that it is John, a human, who makes the measurement, seems to indicate that these Christian standards are maintained in the pastoral work of the priests or overseers
of the congregations. This is confirmed in Revelation 2 and 3, when the glorified Jesus Christ gives his instructions, sometimes very severe, to the seven human angels in charge of the seven congregations.
In conclusion of this part, we can say that the Temple as a whole represents the Heavens, the dwelling place of God, and the Earth, the dwelling place of Humans. The outer courtyard of the Gentiles of the Great Temple, represents the earthly sphere
apart from the Christian congregation, the place of which is represented by the temple-sanctuary with the inner courtyard. In Revelation 21:22 it is written: "And I did not see a temple in it, for Jehovah God the Almighty is its temple, also the Lamb is".
This verse seems to corroborate the fact that the Most Holy of the temple sanctuary is Jehovah God, and the Holy, glorified Jesus Christ.
The Apocalypse and the
Woman with the Crown of Twelve Stars
"And a great sign was seen in heaven, a woman arrayed with the sun, and the moon was beneath her feet, and on her
head was a crown of twelve stars"
This Woman is obviously
the same one mentioned in God's promise in Eden, in Genesis 3:15: "And I shall put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed.
He will bruise you in the head and you will bruise him in the heel".
She represents the heavenly people of God, made up of the angels in the heavens. This woman is described as the "Jerusalem above": "But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother" (Galatians 4:26). she is described as the "heavenly Jerusalem":
"But you have approached a Mount Zion and a city of the living God, heavenly Jerusalem, and myriads of angels" (Hebrews 12:22). For millennia, like Sarah, Abraham's wife, this heavenly woman was barren, childless: "Cry out joyfully, you barren woman that did
not give birth! Become cheerful with a joyful outcry and cry shrilly, you that had no childbirth pains, for the sons of the desolated one are more numerous than the sons of the woman with a husbandly owner,” Jehovah has said" (Isaiah 54:1). This prophecy
announced that this barren woman would give birth to many children (King Jesus Christ and the 144,000 kings and priests).
The childbirth of this heavenly woman is mentioned in Revelation:
"And a great sign was seen in heaven, a woman arrayed with the sun, and the moon was beneath her feet, and on her head was a crown of twelve stars, and she was pregnant. And she cries out in her pains and in her agony to give birth” (Revelation 12:1,2).
This child represents Jesus Christ as the King of the Kingdom of God and the main representative of the Kingdom of God. In the continuation of the narrative of the Apocalypse (14:1-5), we can read that King Jesus Christ is accompanied by 144,000 kings and priests, who constitute the New Jerusalem (21:1,2), the bride of King Jesus Christ.
The King's wife is part of this "child" of the direct offspring of this heavenly Woman because the apostle Paul, in Galatians 4:26, wrote that she is the mother of those, still on earth, called to reign alongside with King Jesus Christ.
According to the narrative the book of Revelation, the woman is suffering, to the point of crying. The birth of the Kingdom of God took place through the heavenly enthronement of King Jesus Christ in 1914, according
to the chronology of Daniel's prophecy (chapter 4). Psalms 2 clearly explains that this enthronement would take place in the midst of the hostility of the nations, which do not want to submit to the King anointed by his Father, Jehovah God: "Why have the nations
been in tumult And the national groups themselves kept muttering an empty thing?The kings of earth take their stand And high officials themselves have massed together as one Against Jehovah and against his anointed one, Saying: “Let us tear their bands
apart And cast their cords away from us!”” (Psalms 2:1-3).
However, it is written about the vision of the Heavenly Woman about to give birth to the child, that this opposition
to the birth of the Kingdom, began in heaven: “And a great sign was seen in heaven, a woman arrayed with the sun, and the moon was beneath her feet, and on her head was a crown of twelve stars, and she was pregnant. And she cries out in her pains and
in her agony to give birth. And another sign was seen in heaven, and, look! a great fiery-colored dragon, with seven heads and ten horns and upon its heads seven diadems; and its tail drags a third of the stars of heaven, and it hurled them down to the earth.
And the dragon kept standing before the woman who was about to give birth, that, when she did give birth, it might devour her child” (Revelation 12:1-4).
The vision parallel of
the dragon in front of the woman about to give birth explains in detail the heavenly war before the enthronement of King Jesus Christ. This extremely violent
war involved expelling the dragon (Satan) and his angels (the demons), from the heavens (towards the end of the article): "And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels battled with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels battled
8 but it did not prevail, neither was a place found for them any longer in heaven. So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth, and
his angels were hurled down with him. And I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come to pass the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ, because the accuser of our brothers has been hurled down, who
accuses them day and night before our God! And they conquered him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their witnessing, and they did not love their souls even in the face of death. On this account be glad, you heavens and you who reside
in them! Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing he has a short period of time”" (Revelation 12:7-12).
continuation of the narrative of the Apocalypse, could make the attentive reader, perplexed. While Satan and his demons are now confined to the vicinity of the Earth. Therefore, the devil (towards planet Earth) should no longer be able to reach the Heavenly
Woman. It is written, for lack of having been able to devour the child, Satan tries to put the woman in danger of death: "Now when the dragon saw that it was hurled down to the earth, it persecuted the woman that gave birth to the male child. But the two wings
of the great eagle were given the woman, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place; there is where she is fed for a time and times and half a time away from the face of the serpent. And the serpent disgorged water like a river from its mouth after
the woman, to cause her to be drowned by the river. But the earth came to the woman’s help, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the river that the dragon disgorged from its mouth. And the dragon grew wrathful at the woman, and went off to
wage war with the remaining ones of her seed, who observe the commandments of God and have the work of bearing witness to Jesus" (Revelation 12:13-17).
How was the devil on earth, shortly
after the enthronement of King Jesus Christ in heaven (in 1914) (Daniel's prophecy reveals when this kingship began), able to reach the
Heavenly Woman in order to damage her? In Revelation 14:3, the passage which mentions the 144,000 who will live as a group in heaven, it is written that they are redeemed humans from the earth. Thus, it can be said, that the congregation of the remnant of the 144,000 who are on the earth, are considered to be part of the Heavenly Woman. So when in verse 12:13, it is written that Satan persecuted the Heavenly Woman on earth, it means
that he focused his attention to this worldwide congregation of Christians, having the heavenly hope of everlasting life.
In Revelation 12:4, when it is written that the dragon stands
before the child ready to devour him, from his birth, this clearly alludes symbolically to the episode in the life of the child Jesus, shortly after his birth, when Satan the devil sought to kill him through King Herod (Matthew 2). However, from Revelation
12:13, regarding the persecution of the heavenly Woman on earth, that is the congregation of Christians having the heavenly hope, it is clearly alluded to the life of Moses, which life has been deadly endangered.
For example in Revelation 12:13,14, it is written that the woman was saved because she was protected by flying away in the desert. In Exodus 2:15, it is written that Pharaoh sought to kill Moses, that he escaped into the wilderness
of Midian. In Revelation 12:15,16 it is recorded that the dragon sought to drown the Woman by vomiting a large amount of water. However, the earth opened, by an earthquake, to swallow up the water. It is interesting to note that the name Moses means "saved
from the waters" (Exodus 2:10). There are two episodes in Moses' life where he was in great danger. The child Moses almost drowned in the Nile, but Pharaoh's daughter saved his life. Another episode of his life shows that the people of Israel were about to
attack Moses and Aaron, to kill them, following the revolt of Korea, Dathan and Abiram (Numbers 16). It is written in Numbers 16:31-35 that Moses and Aaron were saved because Jehovah God caused an earthquake which swallowed up all the rebels.
Comparing Revelation 12:5,6 and 12:13-16, these are two sequences of events describing the same process of the protection of the Woman, by God: namely the persecution of the heavenly Woman on earth,
by Satan, and putting her in protection so that she can recover. This is parallel with verses 6 and 14. In verse 6, it is written that the woman is put under protection and fed during 1260 days, or three and a half prophetic years. Verse 14 describes a similar
event, this time the woman is fed for three and a half times, which corresponds to 1260 days (Daniel's prophecy regarding the 1260, 1290 and 1335 days.
See also the 2300 day prophecy).
In 1914, King Jesus Christ
has been enthroned in heaven (Prophecy of Daniel), and the nations refused his kingship (Psalms 2). In Revelation 12 it is written, that
Satan the devil being in a great anger, caused great misfortunes by world wars, famines, diseases. Of course, the small congregation of Christians with a heavenly hope, were greatly endangered by death, even by being swallowed up by this
worldwide hysteria, particularly during the First World War. The end of this First World War allowed these courageous and faithful Christians to be able to recover spiritually, thanks to God, from this situation, and to be able to recover between the First
and Second World Wars.
However, in verse 17 il is written that after this failure of the devil to exterminate this small fledgling congregation, he did not stop there. This time he attacked
the woman's offspring, up to our day and up to the great tribulation: "So the dragon became enraged at the woman and went off to wage war with the remaining ones of her offspring, who observe the commandments of God and have the work of bearing witness concerning
Jesus" (Revelation 12:17). If the heavenly Woman on earth, represented by the congregation of the remnant of the 144,000 on earth, who will number 7,000 shortly before the great tribulation (Revelation 11:13), "the remaining ones of her offspring", the result
of her preaching, seems to be the set of faithful Christians who will have everlasting life on earth. They will make up the great crowd
that will come out of the great tribulation.
Christians, brothers and sisters with earthly hope, have paid and are paying dearly for their integrity to God. However, Jehovah and his
Son will remember their support for the brothers of Christ, leading them into the future earthly paradise by obtaining everlasting life
(Matthew 25:31-40; Hebrews 6:10).
The Apocalypse and
Obviously, Yehoshuah Mashiah is the name of Jesus Christ pronounced in Hebrew. As surprising as it may seem, in the book of Revelation, he has several names
or titles, depending on the authority and the missions that his Father, Jehovah God, entrusts to him. It will not be a question of listing all these names or qualifiers, but only mentioning those which are found almost exclusively in the book of Revelation.
Yehoshuah Mashiah is the First and the Last, and the living one
am the First and the Last, and the living one; and I became dead, but, look! I am living forever and ever, and I have the keys of death and of Hades"
This statement is explained by what Jesus Christ says, about his kind of resurrection: he is the First to have been raised directly by his Father in view of everlasting
life and the Last, because all the other resurrections, whether in Heaven or on Earth, will be made by the glorified Jesus Christ himself, because he has the keys of death and Hades.
Yehoshuah is the star that fell from heaven to the earth
"And I saw a star that had fallen from heaven to the earth, and the key of the
pit of the abyss was given him"
This star holds great
authority over millions of locusts, who will ravage the whole spiritual sphere of the current philosophical and religious system of things, by preaching the Good News (Matthew 24:14). These locusts are kingdom proclaimers who torture the consciences of those
who do not want to obey the Good News and who, unfortunately for them, will suffer the consequences (2 Thessalonians 1:6-10).
Yehoshuah Mashiah is Abaddon and Apollyon
"They have over them a king,
the angel of the abyss. In Hebrew his name is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon"
The name Abaddon means destruction. The name Apollyon means destroyer. These two names are that of this star which causes unparalleled destruction of human teachings, by means of the preaching of the Good News which
denounces philosophical, religious or pseudo-scientific lies (such as evolutionism). The destruction represents a discrediting of human spiritual teachings of a philosophical, religious or pseudo-scientific nature. Jesus Christ, in his earthly ministry, made
such spiritual destruction (See Christ's statements against the teaching class of scribes and Pharisees, in Matthew 23). It is in Matthew 28:19,20, where it is written that Yehoshuah Mashiah like Abaddon and Apollyon, designates himself as being the one who
henceforth has all authority: "All authority has been given me in heaven and on the earth" (Matthew 28:18). Abaddon or Apollyon is designated as a king over those locusts who are Christian proclaimers and teachers of the Good News (Matthew 24:14; Matthew 28:29-20).
Yehoshuah Mashiah is the powerful angel descended from heaven
I saw another strong angel descending from heaven, arrayed with a cloud, and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as the sun, and his feet were as fiery pillars"
This angel who has one foot on the earth and the sea, with a scroll in his hand alludes to King Jesus Christ according to verse 3, where it
is written: "And he cried out with a loud voice just as when a lion roars. And when he cried out, the seven thunders uttered their own voices" (Revelation 10:3). The lion's roar reminds us of the name of Christ in heaven in Revelation 5: "Stop weeping. Look!
The Lion that is of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has conquered so as to open the scroll and its seven seals” (Revelation 5:5). Thus, the King Jesus Christ, portrayed by this fearsome angel, is vested with all authority. Now, he gives the scroll,
and he commands what it may be or not proclaimed by John. The apostle John can symbolize those who have the authority of priests or elders in the Christian congregations throughout the world, symbolized by the seven human angels in Revelation 2 and 3. The
fact that this powerful angel has one foot on land and the other on the sea, could allude to the fact that during the earthly ministry of Christ, he preached both on land and on sea (in a boat to move from one place to another to preach and teach) and even
he walked on the sea (Luke 5:1-11 (Jesus teaching the crowds on the beach, in a boat slightly far from the shore); Matthew 14:23-33 (Jesus walking on the sea)).
Mashiah is the rider on a white horse
"And I saw, and, look! a white horse; and the one seated upon it had a bow; and a crown was given him, and he went
forth conquering and to complete his conquest"
the enthronement of King Jesus Christ, by Jehovah God, his Father, the world, planet Earth has been in a situation of war for more than a hundred years now, between two sovereignties. This declaration of open war has been brought about by Jehovah God, Himself,
by installing his Son as King, to replace the sovereignty of the devil on the earth. According to Psalms 2, the nations do not openly recognize this kingship. For this reason, Jehovah God will have to show his right to sovereignty over planet Earth, by force,
through his Son King and warrior, Yehoshuah Mashiah. He will complete his victory over Satan and his demon angels, and over the nations that do not want the kingship of Christ, during the great tribulation. In Revelation 19:11-21, King Jesus Christ is depicted
as a warrior priest, accompanied by many heavenly angels to end Godless human sovereignty on earth. In Revelation 19:13 it is mentioned that his garment is sprinkled with blood, which symbolically alludes to his installation as a high priest (compare Leviticus
8:30, mentioning the installation of the Aaronic priesthood, by a slight sprinkling of blood on his priestly garment).
Yehoshuah Mashiah is Archangel Michael
"And war broke out in heaven: Miʹcha·el and his angels battled with the dragon, and the dragon and
its angels battled "
Archangel means chief of angels.
In Revelation 19:11-21, in the description of King Jesus Christ, in verse 14, it is written: "Also, the armies that were in heaven were following him on white horses, and they were clothed in white, clean, fine linen". This text demonstrates that it is the
King Jesus Christ who is the head of the heavenly armies, the archangel.
In Matthew 25:31, Jesus Christ announces that shortly before the great tribulation, he will come to judge the nations: "When the Son of man arrives in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit down on his glorious throne". The expression "and all the angels with him",
shows that he has all authority, as chief of the angels or archangel Michael.
In 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, it is written that Jesus Christ will use an archangel's voice to raise the dead:
"Because the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel’s voice and with God’s trumpet, and those who are dead in union with Christ will rise first" (1 Thessalonians 4:16). Therefore, there is no doubt that
the leader of the angels, Michael, is King Jesus Christ.
The Apocalypse and the Marriage of the Lamb
“After these things I heard what was as a loud voice of a great crowd in heaven. They said: “Praise Jah, you people! The salvation and the glory and the power belong to our God". Let us rejoice and be overjoyed,
and let us give him the glory, because the marriage of the Lamb has arrived and his wife has prepared herself"
The marriage of the Lamb, King Jesus Christ, with the New Jerusalem is described in Revelation 21: "I saw also the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God and prepared as a
bride adorned for her husband" (Revelation 21:2). The New Jerusalem, represents the 144,000 humans redeemed from the earth to live in heaven, with King Jesus Christ: "And I saw, and, look! the Lamb standing upon the Mount Zion, and with him a hundred and forty-four
thousand having his name and the name of his Father written on their foreheads" (Revelation 14:1-5; 5:10 (redeemed humans from the earth)).
Logically, according to the narrative of Revelation
19:1-11, which is before the account of the great tribulation (19:11-21), this joyful event will take place when the last group of the 7000 humans remaining on earth, after their death, will be resurrected instantaneously, shortly before the great tribulation
(Revelation 11:13 (death of the 7000); 1 Thessalonians 4:17 (the instantaneous resurrection)).
This heavenly marriage is also described in Psalms 45 which gives additional information
concerning the "children" resulting from this marriage: "In place of your forefathers there will come to be your sons, Whom you will appoint as princes
in all the earth" (Psalms 45:16). These princes who will rule over all the earth, will be the earthly representatives of the royal authority of Christ and of the 144,000 (the New Jerusalem), that is to say, of the Kingdom of God: "Look! A king will reign for righteousness itself; and as respects princes, they will rule as princes for justice itself. And each one must prove to be
like a hiding place from the wind and a place of concealment from the rainstorm, like streams of water in a waterless country, like the shadow of a heavy crag in an exhausted land" (Isaiah 32:1,2). In Ezekiel's prophecy, these "princes" are designated by the
name of "chieftain": "However, the chieftain—as chieftain he himself will sit in it, in order to eat bread before Jehovah. By way of the porch of
the gate he will come in, and by way of it he will go out" (Ezekiel 44:3).
The Apocalypse and the New Jerusalem
"I saw also the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God and prepared as a bride adorned for her husband"
The New Jerusalem,
represents the earthly administration of the Kingdom of God, by the 144,000 kings and priests in heaven. This administration is described as a symbolic city on earth, in direct relationship with heaven. Here is the description:
"Now the one who was speaking with me was holding as a measure a golden reed, that he might measure the city and its gates and its wall. And the city lies foursquare, and its length is as great
as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs; its length and breadth and height are equal. Also, he measured its wall, one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to a man’s measure, at the same time an angel’s.
Now the structure of its wall was jasper, and the city was pure gold like clear glass. The foundations of the city’s wall were adorned with every sort of precious stone: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedʹony, the
fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh hyacinth, the twelfth amethyst. Also, the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was made
of one pearl. And the broad way of the city was pure gold, as transparent glass" (Revelation 21:15-21).
Before understanding concretely what this measurement of the city and its description
means, let's pay attention on the dimensions: It is a cube of twelve thousand stadia on a side, by its height, length and width (12000x185 (m)=2220 (km)). A cube has six faces, if we reason in area, which is not the case, in the measurement that interests
us. The measurement is expressed in perimeter or in horizontal and vertical parallel lines:
- Base of the cube: four sides of the same length.
- Top of the cube: four sides of the same length.
- Height of the cube: four sides of the same length.
Thus, the total of the straight lines is twelve. A straight line is twelve thousand furlongs (stadium). We have the following equality: Twelve thousand furlongs multiplied by twelve equals one hundred and forty thousand. We have exactly this equality
in Revelation 7:4-8, hence its connection with Revelation 21:15-17 (see the symbolism of numbers in the Bible).
The unit of length is a Roman stadium (185 meters). In that case, a stadium is equal to the earthly ministry (the race properly completed on earth) of a Christian with heavenly hope (see 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (the winner of the race (in the stadium Roman) received a crown (see verse 25, compared with Revelation 2:9; 3:11)); 2 Timothy 4:7; see Revelation 14:20). The
144,000 cubits represent the whole perimeter of the cube. This would mean that the measurement would represent the preparation of a construction of a city or its completed construction in the present case. But also by its vertiginous height, the relations
with Jehovah God, the heaven with the earth, the New Jerusalem acting as an umbilical cord. However, this measurement also expresses a judgment during the
millennial reign, made on the basis of the "law of the temple" written in the "scrolls" mentioned in Revelation 20:12 (Ezekiel 43:10-13: This text links the measure of the house with the "law of the temple", like the New Jerusalem).
The measurement of the wall is expressed only by its height, very small compared to the general height of the city itself, that is to say 144 cubits, a measurement of man that is to say of angel,
according to the Revelation. The thousand is replaced by the cubit (if referring to 144,000), which is a measurement of human length (the length of a forearm, to the elbow). While the length of angels, could refer to the 144000 who will live in heaven (144000
(length of angel) cubits (length of man)). The wall has twelve gates, but its height is twelve times twelve cubits. These are several ways to demonstrate that it will be impossible to pass through this wall without authorization, both by its extent, its number
of guarded doors, and its height.
The wall itself
and its height may well represent the earthly replica of the New Jerusalem sent down from God (See Revelation 21:1-4); the 144,000 in the heavens would represent the cube of 12,000 stadia, while the wall would represent the earthly part of
the city, its foundation or base, the walls and gates acting as protection.
The tent of God mentioned in Revelation 21:3 is associated with the descent of New Jerusalem to earth.
It would be logical to think that it represents the lower part, or the base of the city on earth, the wall, a protective structure for the city on earth. The tent of God on earth, as we have seen above, could constitute a group of humans in the service of
the worship of Jehovah. It should be represented by earthly princes and priests. In Revelation 7:15 it is mentioned that the tent of God will be over the Great
Crowd, implying that this group will be directly subordinate to earthly princes and priests in the administration of Jehovah's worship and the earthly
The measurement of the New Jerusalem is like to that of the Temple Sanctuary, made by the apostle John (Revelation 11:1,2). The measurement of the temple
sanctuary made by the apostle John, seems to indicate that the divine standards written in the Bible, must be applied, within the temple sanctuary, that is to say the Christian congregation. The fact that it is John, a human, who makes the measurement, indicates that these Christian standards are maintained by the pastoral work of the priests or overseers of the Christian congregations. This is confirmed
in Revelation 2 and 3, when the glorified Jesus Christ gives his instructions, sometimes very severe, to the seven human angels in charge of the seven congregations.
Thus, these two
measurements represent a judgment (Matthew 7:2 (Jesus compares judgment to a measurement) and Amos 7:7-9 (Jehovah compares his judgment to the use of a plummet)). Jesus Christ in Matthew 19:28 described the period of "re-creation" or earthly resurrection as
a earthly judgment of all of humanity being resurrected. However, in the case of New Jerusalem, this time it is an angel who measures with an angel's measure. This time, in the earthly paradise, it will be measures certainly applied by humans, under the direct
supervision of angels.
This idea of the judgment of humanity, expressed by Jesus Christ, stands out symbolically by the presence of the twelve precious stones at the entrance to each
of the twelve gates of the city, allowing or preventing entry into this city. What does it mean ? Every gates have the inscription of one of the twelve tribes of Israel, this seems to allude to the twelve tribes of Revelation 7:4-8, therefore the 144,000.
The gates give access to the trees of life or not (Compare Revelation 22:2,13,19 with Genesis 3:24). Now in Matthew 19:28, Jesus Christ said that the 144,000 would be established as judges of the 12 tribes of Israel. It therefore seems logical that these gates
represent the authority of the 144,000 to judge who will be worthy to enter the city or not. Since these gates are part of the wall, it is logical to think that it is the earthly princes and priests, who will notify on earth what the 144,000 will have decided in heaven (themselves supervised by the twelve apostles (Matthew 19:28)) (See Matthew 18:15-17 and then 18-20). Earthly princes and priests
are referred to respectively in the prophecy of Ezekiel 40-48 as "chieftain" (princes) and sons of Zadoc (earthly priests).
The presence of an angel at each door, or twelve angels, seems
to describe them as the executors of God's judgments (Revelation 7:1,2; 12:7; 14:18-20; see also Matthew 13:41,49). They will be decided by the 144,000
in heaven, notified by princes and priests on earth, and effectively enforced by angels. This would also explain that the measurement is made by an angel, to the measurement of man (applied to humans (reed)), that is to say of angel (applied
by angels (the gold symbolizes the heavenly matter that covered all the furnishings of the Holy and Most Holy in the temple sanctuary)) (Revelation 21:15-17).
The wall is built of jasper
(Revelation 21:18). The sparkle of the jasper stone very accurately reflects the glory of God. Similarly, the dominant sparkle of New Jerusalem
is jasper (compare Revelation 4:3, (dominant color emanating from the throne is jasper) with 21:11 (dominant color emanating from New Jerusalem is jasper)). The sparkle of jasper could symbolize the glory of God's sovereignty, expressed by the administration
of New Jerusalem on earth.
What do the twelve precious stones mean? They represent the twelve names of the apostles, which are linked with the twelve names of the tribes of Israel, which
constituted the foundation of this nation. And the text that obviously seems to solve the riddle is Exodus 28:15-21 where it is written about the breastpiece of judgment:
"And you must
make the breastpiece of judgment with the workmanship of an embroiderer. Like the workmanship of the ephʹod you will make it. Of gold, blue thread and wool dyed reddish purple and coccus scarlet material and fine twisted linen you will make it. It should be
foursquare when doubled, a span of the hand being its length and a span of the hand its width. And you must fill it with a filling of stones, there being four rows of stones. A row of ruby, topaz and emerald is the first row. And the second row is turquoise,
sapphire and jasper. And the third row is leshʹem stone, agate and amethyst. And the fourth row is chrysʹo·lite and onyx and jade. Sockets of gold should be in their fillings. And the stones should be according to the names of the sons of Israel, the
twelve according to their names. With the engravings of a seal they should be, each one according to its name, for the twelve tribes".
Thus the twelve precious stones of the foundation
of the wall must probably allude to the "breastpiece of judgment", which was the foundation of divine justice on earth, the name of the precious stones being different for some, because different from the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. More concretely,
in Matthew 19:28, when Jesus Christ says that the 144,000 will judge the 12 earthly tribes of Israel, he is specifically addressing to the twelve apostles. This would mean that it is particularly the twelve apostles in heaven who will be responsible for the
judgment, who will act as chief judges, notifying to the 144,000 in heaven, acting as gates in the wall, who is to be prevented or allow to enter into the city (Ephesians 2:20-21).
Revelation 21:22 it is written: "And I did not see a temple in it, for Jehovah God the Almighty is its temple, also the Lamb is". The New Jerusalem on earth will not need a visible building or an appointed place for the temple sanctuary of Jehovah and Jesus
Christ (alluding to the presence of a temple in the ancient earthly Jerusalem). Jehovah and Jesus Christ, will be the temple sanctuary, Jesus Christ the Holy (see Revelation 1:12-16) and Jehovah, the Most Holy (Revelation 11:19).
The Apocalypse and the Two Witnesses
"And I will cause my two witnesses to prophesy a thousand
two hundred and sixty days dressed in sackcloth.” These are symbolized by the two olive trees and the two lampstands and are standing before the Lord of the earth"
According to the context of Revelation, the Two Witnesses are respectively Moses and Elijah. They are the same ones mentioned in the prophecy
of Zechariah: "He said: “These are the two anointed ones who are standing alongside the Lord of the whole earth”" (Zechariah
Zechariah 4:1-10 describes a lampstand which represents Zerubbabel as the one who would rebuild the temple in Jerusalem, by the force of the spirit of Jehovah: "He then said to
me: “This is the word of Jehovah to Ze·rubʹba·bel: ‘“Not by a military force, nor by power, but by my spirit,” says Jehovah of armies. 7 Who are you, O great mountain? Before Ze·rubʹba·bel you will become
a level land. And he will bring out the top stone amid shouts of: “How wonderful! How wonderful!”” (Zechariah 4:6,7).
In Zechariah chapter 4:11-14, the “two anointed
ones” seem to be the same as Revelation 11: “I will cause my two witnesses to prophesy for 1,260 days dressed in sackcloth.” These are symbolized by the two olive trees and the two lampstands and are standing before the Lord of the earth"
(Revelation 11:3,4). Thees two witnesses are Moses and Eliyah (Elijah), who appeared in the vision ot the transfiguration of Christ with him (Mark 9:1-8 ).
These two representatives
of Moses and Eliyah, are two people, but also two congregations (Lampstands), who organize the worldwide preaching of the good news, in
the period just before the great tribulation (Matthew 24:14). In the book of Zechariah (5:1,2) and in Revelation, this preaching
is described as a plague against Satan's system (towards the end of the article) (Revelation 8:7 to 15:8 (the plagues of the seven
trumpets); Revelation 16:1 at 22:21 (the end) (the plagues of the seven bowls)).
The first witness, Moses, is the representative of the congregation of the Christians who have the heavenly hope and which number of 7000 will complete
the group of 144000, shortly before the great tribulation (Revelation 7:3-8 "144000"; 11:13 "7000"). The second witness Eliyah (Elijah), representative of the congregation of humans who will come out of the great tribulation and have the everlasting life (Revelation 7:9-17 "the great crowd"; 11:13 "the rest became frightened and gave glory to the God of heaven"). The congregation
of heavenly holy ones (Moses), is represented by the woman persecuted on earth, by Satan the devil (Revelation 12:13-17a). The congregation of the earthly holy ones (Eliyah), represents "the remaining ones of her offspring" (Revelation 12:17b).
Do these two anointed ones represent two real men? There is no indication to the contrary. Anyway, only Jehovah and Jesus Christ know them (and possibly the both concerned), and at best, they must
be recognizable by their respective congregation (Matthew 17:12 "they did not recognize him"). The Two Witnesses represent two congregations, for there are two corresponding lampstands (Revelation 11:3,4).
The presence of these two witnesses, in the prophetic narrative of the Apocalypse, makes it possible to understand the enigmas or prophetic allusions. For this, it is necessary to know the biblical historical accounts in linked to these two anointed
The Death and Resurrection of the Two Witnesses
"And when they
have finished their witnessing, the wild beast that ascends out of the abyss will make war with them and conquer them and kill them. And their corpses will be on the broad way of the great city which is in a spiritual sense called Sodʹom
and Egypt, where their Lord was also impaled. And those of the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their corpses for three and a half days, and they do not let their corpses be laid in a tomb. And those dwelling on the earth rejoice over
them and enjoy themselves, and they will send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those dwelling on the earth.
And after the three and a half
days spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet, and great fear fell upon those beholding them. And they heard a loud voice out of heaven say to them: “Come on up here.” And they went up into heaven in the cloud,
and their enemies beheld them. And in that hour a great earthquake occurred, and a tenth of the city fell; and seven thousand persons were killed by the earthquake, and the rest became frightened and gave glory to the God of heaven" (Revelation 11:7-13).
To have the understanding of this enigmatic description of the death and resurrection of the two witnesses, it is worth remembering this:
The first witness, Moses, is the representative of the congregation of Christians who have a heavenly hope of everlasting life and who will number 7,000 to complete the group of 144,000, shortly before the great tribulation (Revelation 7:3-8 "144,000";
The second witness Elijah, represents the congregation of humans who will come out of the great tribulation to live forever on earth (Revelation 7:9-17 "the great crowd";
11:13 "the rest" that give glory to God).
The death of these two congregations obviously represents the stopping and prohibition of Christian ministry, decreed by the world governance,
represented by the wild beast rising from from the abyss. This death will last three and a half days. This is a symbolic duration that echoes the 1260 days, or three and a half years, of testimony from two witnesses. This duration expresses the idea that their
death will be very short, 360 times shorter than the duration of the preaching of the two witnesses (1260 days). To know the chronology of the events which
will lead to the death and the resurrection of the two witnesses, it is advisable to turn to the prophetic account of the book of Daniel, more precisely the prophecy of the 1260 days, 1290 days and 1335 days:
"And I began to hear the man clothed with the linen, who was up above the waters of the stream, as he proceeded to raise his right [hand] and his left [hand] to the heavens and to swear by the One who is alive for time
indefinite: “It will be for an appointed time, appointed times and a half. And as soon as there will have been a finishing of the dashing of the power of the holy people to pieces, all these things will come to their finish.” (…) "And from
the time that the constant feature has been removed and there has been a placing of the disgusting thing that is causing desolation, there will be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.“Happy is the one who is keeping in expectation and who arrives
at the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days!"" (Daniel 12:7,11,12).
The simplified explanation of this prophecy in parallel with the Revelation account is as follows: The
two witnesses will prophesy, 1260 days. At the end of this period, another will begin which will consist in putting to death the two witnesses (the two Christian congregations), over a period of 30 days, which will lead to the end of the 1290 days. The period
between the end of the 1290 and 1335 days, or 45 days or 1.5 month, represents the "three and a half days". Logically, the end of the 1335 days represents the resurrection of the two witnesses, shortly before the great tribulation.
Returning this time to the narrative of the prophecy of the Apocalypse, the resurrection of the two witnesses will simultaneously cause an earthquake, the fall of a tenth of the city, and the death of 7000 people. The
city represents the people of God. The fall of the tenth city, is the death and resurrection of the 144,000 kings and priests, as a fully constituted group
in heaven, which at the same time will instantly bring about the death and resurrection of the remaining 7,000 of the heavenly group of 144,000. The "rest" of the city that will be afraid of this awesome event, and will give glory to God, are the great crowd that will come out of the great tribulation (Revelation 7:9-17).
The attack of the wild beast against the two witnesses and their killing will constitute a de facto frontal attack against the Lamb, the King Jesus Christ, at the head of the millions of heavenly angels ready for the great tribulation ( Revelation 17:14).
The Apocalypse and
“And they gathered them together to the place that is called in Hebrew Har–Magedon”
This expression "Har–Magedon" is to be linked to a moment in the life of the prophet
Elijah. This alludes to an assembly of the nations organized by the propaganda of the demons, in order to gather them to confront the Lamb, who is the King Jesus Christ: "And I saw three unclean inspired expressions [that looked] like frogs come out of the
mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the wild beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. They are, in fact, expressions inspired by demons and perform signs, and they go forth to the kings of the entire inhabited earth, to gather them together
to the war of the great day of God the Almighty. “Look! I am coming as a thief. Happy is the one that stays awake and keeps his outer garments, that he may not walk naked and people look upon his shamefulness.” And they gathered them together to
the place that is called in Hebrew Har–Magedon” (Revelation 16:13-16).
This expression Har–Magedon symbolically described by a place, a world situation which will precede
the "war of the great day of Jehovah", that is to say the great tribulation. The name Har–Magedon remains enigmatic. This expression must allude to a biblical event that took place on a mountain, near Megiddo, where people gathered. It is interesting to note that a
geographical encyclopedia makes the link between Megiddo, Mount Carmel and the prophet Elijah ("The Great Book of the World - Geographical Dictionary of countries, cities and sites - Ed. Selection Reader's digest", page 144): "Carmel, (mount), Israel. Range
which extends over 22 km to the SW of Haifa and culminates at 520 m. To the SW is the Megiddo pass. In the Bible, the prophet Elijah triumphed there over the priests of the Baals". To understand this expression, we must look for an important event that marked
the life of the prophet Elijah. This account is found in 1 Kings chapter 18, where Jehovah instructs Elijah to arrange a confrontation between him, as representative of Jehovah's worshipers, and the priests of Baal, a rival god.
By reading the story, we understand that this assembly took place, on the extension of Mount Carmel, to the East, on the Tel of Megiddo, and this place, there was the torrent valley of Kishon (1 Kings 18:19 20 (the
mention of the gathering place as being on Mount Carmel); 1 Kings 18:40 (the mention of the torrent valley of Kishon)). It is the song of the prophetess Deborah which makes the link between these two places, proving, biblically speaking, that it is probably
there, that this assembly took place, and that it is to be linked to the expression “Har–Magedon” of Revelation.
This song celebrates the victory of Judge Barack over
the armies of Sisera, near the "waters of Megiddo": "Kings came, they fought; It was then that the kings of Canaan fought In Taanach by the waters of Megiddo. No gain of silver did they take" (Judges 5:19). Taanak is located five kilometers southeast of Megguido,
in continuity with the slope of the Mount Carmel range, "near the waters of Meguiddo". The account of the battle between Judge Barack and Sisera refers to the “waters of Megiddo” as being in fact the torrent of Kishon: "And I shall certainly draw
to you at the torrent valley of Kishon Sisera the chief of Jabin’s army" (Judges 4:7). It is precisely the song of Deborah which confirms this fact: "The torrent of Kishon washed them away, The torrent of ancient days, the torrent of Kishon. You went
treading down strength, O my soul" (Judges 5:21).
If the assembly was made at the initiative of Jehovah, the account of 1 Kings 18 shows that it was King Ahab who organized the gathering
of hundreds of worshipers of Baal against the prophet Elijah. Revelation 16 shows that this gathering against the Lamb is initiated by the demons. However, by matching both the account of 1 Kings 18, but also of the prophecy of Ezekiel (38 and 39), where Jehovah
God has his prophet say that he will put hooks in the nose of Gog of Magog, to that precisely, to attack his People, which demonstrates
it is part of his plan, to better annihilate them all, on the day of the great tribulation (Ezekiel 38:4; Revelation 19:11-21).
Thus, Har–Magedon, is an assembly of nations against
the Lamb, and against his People, shortly before the war of the great day of Jehovah, the great tribulation: "And during that time Miʹcha·el will stand up, the great prince who is standing in behalf of the sons of your people. And there will certainly
occur a time of distress such as has not been made to occur since there came to be a nation until that time. And during that time your people will escape, every one who is found written down in the book" (Daniel 12:1) (Mikael represents King Jesus Christ,
the Lamb (1 Thessalonians 4:16 (archangel voice applied to Jesus Christ)).
The Apocalypse and the plagues of the seven trumpets and the seven bowls
In the context of the book of Revelation, the seven trumpets and the seven bowls are proclamations that cause spiritual damage or disrepute to all of Satan's current sovereignty on earth (1 John
5:19 ). How ? First of all, this proclamation is simply the "good news" of the kingdom which is now being preached through all the earth,
before the end of this system of things: "And this good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). How can a message of “good” news constitute
a “plague” or a curse on a large part of the philosophical and religious system of the current system of things, under the control of Satan? To better understand, it is necessary to see the two completely opposite consequences of the proclamation
of the good news, preached by Jesus Christ:
1 - The proclamation of the good news
is a blessing, for those who represent "Lazarus the beggar", for those who suffer from the sovereignty of man on earth and who will eternally enjoy the blessings of God: "Jehovah’s spirit is upon me, because he anointed me to declare
good news to the poor, he sent me forth to preach a release to the captives and a recovery of sight to the blind, to send the crushed ones away with a release, to preach Jehovah’s acceptable year" (Luke 4:18,19; Isaiah 61:1-4).
2 - The proclamation of the good news is a curse, for "the rich", for those who do not want to obey God.
Reading Matthew chapter 23, Jesus Christ made a proclamation of judgment against the spiritual ruling class, of the scribes and the Pharisees, for not having spiritually fed the people. However, it is in the illustration of Jesus Christ, on Lazarus the beggar
and the rich, that we find the two opposite aspects of the proclamation of the good news:
"But a certain man was rich, and he used to deck himself with purple and linen, enjoying himself
from day to day with magnificence. But a certain beggar named Lazarus used to be put at his gate, full of ulcers and desiring to be filled with the things dropping from the table of the rich man. Yes, too, the dogs would come and lick his ulcers. Now in course
of time the beggar died and he was carried off by the angels to the bosom position of Abraham. Also, the rich man died and was buried. And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, he existing in torments, and he saw Abraham afar off and Lazarus in the bosom position
with him. So he called and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish in this blazing fire.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you received
in full your good things in your lifetime, but Lazarus correspondingly the injurious things. Now, however, he is having comfort here but you are in anguish. And besides all these things, a great chasm has been fixed between us and you people, so that those
wanting to go over from here to you people cannot, neither may people cross over from there to us.’ Then he said, ‘In that event I ask you, father, to send him to the house of my father, for I have five brothers, in order that he may give them
a thorough witness, that they also should not get into this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to these.’ Then he said, ‘No, indeed, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes
to them they will repent.’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone rises from the dead’ (Luke 16:19-31).
In the illustration, Lazarus the beggar, represents the spiritually hungry people, without any concrete orientation: "Well, on getting out, he saw a great crowd, but he was moved with pity for them, because they were as sheep without a shepherd. And
he started to teach them many things" (Mark 6:34). In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus Christ made this statement: "Happy are those who are beggars for the spirit, since the kingdom of the heavens belongs to them" (Matthew 5:3).
The rich, represents the men who were to take care of teaching the people and giving them a precise spiritual orientation in life by means of the teaching of the Bible. The death of the beggar and the rich, represents
a change of condition, brought about by the ministry of the Word of Christ. This death, or change in spiritual condition, led the beggar Lazarus, the people eager to please God, to gain the approval of God (Acts chapters 1-3). On the other hand, the death
of the rich, the class of men who were to teach the people, found themselves in a tormented condition of divine disapproval, which engendered in them a murderous fury (Acts 4).
the plagues of the seven trumpets and the seven bowls, are the repercussions (in the form of curses and of feeling of divine disapproval (the blazing fire)), provoked by the proclamation of the good news, on the whole of the current system of things. They represent the judgment and destruction of the works of Satan and his sovereignty and the proclamation of the establishment of the kingdom of God, on earth (Genesis 3:15; Matthew 6:9,10 "Let your kingdom come")). This time, it is the two witnesses (Moses and Elijah) and their
respective congregations, who make this proclamation. There will be a brief comparison between the first five plagues of trumpets and bowls in continuation. But first, we can make some general observations, in these comparisons:
The plagues of trumpets do spiritual damage, only on the third part of humanity, while those of the bowls on the whole part. There are complementarity and sometimes similarity in the different plagues. What the trumpets
cannot reach, the bowls complete the measure to the point of achieving the totality. It is somewhat similar to what we read in Exodus chapter 9 and 10, after the plague in Egypt, Jehovah announces that he will cause a locust plague. We can read: "And they
will actually cover the visible surface of the earth and it will not be possible to see the earth; and they will simply eat up the rest of what has escaped, what has been left to you people by the hail, and they will certainly eat every sprouting tree of yours
out of the field" (Exodus 10:5). Thus, what would correspond to hail, as the plague of the trumpets, the locusts would aggravate the damage, with the plague of the bowls. Sometimes, the similarity between the wounds of the trumpets and those of the bowls,
allows the attentive reader to have the meaning of the symbolism of the description of the plagues.
Another important point, which has been touched above, is that the entire account
of the trumpet plagues seems to allude primarily to the first witness Moses. While the plagues of the bowls are the fact mainly, of the proclamation of the second witness, Elijah (Sometimes it can have crossed allusions at the same time to the actions of Moses.
But it is not systematic (see the third plague of trumpets and bowls which allude only to the action of Moses).These two witnesses represent two Christian congregations, because it is written in Revelation 11:4, that they are represented by two lampstands,
and two olive trees. The lampstands in Revelation represent the congregations on earth (Revelation chapters 1-3), while the two olive trees represent the source of light, the oil to supply the light of the lamps (Matthew 5:14-16).
The congregation called Moses, could correspond to that of the remnant of the 144,000, Christians having the heavenly
hope, being still on earth and in very small numbers. This could explain the important, but limited impact of the trumpet plagues on only the third part of all mankind (Revelation 7:3-8; 14:1-5). This heavenly congregation on earth is symbolized
by the heavenly woman on earth (Revelation 12).
While the congregation that will
be called Elijah, could correspond to the great congregation of humans who have the hope of everlasting life on earth, and whose great crowd will survive the great tribulation (Revelation 7:9-17). Since their number is much greater,
the impact of of the seven plagues of bowls, on a world scale, is much more powerful and this time reaches the entire world population. This earthly congregation of humans who will have everlasting life on earth, could correspond to "remaining ones of her
seed", of the woman on earth, because the existence of this second congregation is the result of the first preaching campaign of the Moses congregation, the renmant of the 144000.
point, before the examination, can we consider the plagues of the Apocalypse, as having a literal fulfillment? In many ways, yes (apart from the symbolism).
However, in the literal fulfillment, they should be seen as consequences of the madness and foolishness of carnal (as opposed to spiritual) humans and not of God (James 1:13). For example, in the plague of the third bowl, the waters turn
to blood (symbolism of water undrinkable) (Revelation 16:4-7). In the spiritual sense of this plague, it is God who is responsible for it (as for all the plagues), and we will see the meaning of it. However, this prophecy finds its literal fulfillment, now,
in the fact, not that the waters are now turning into blood (a symbolism to signify that which is undrinkable), but in the fact that the human misadministration of the earth, with his carnal behavior, made much for the worldwide water pollution (Exodus 7:14-21
"The Egyptians could not drink the water of the Nile"; 1 Corinthians 2:14 "physical man").
The comparison of the first five plagues of trumpets and bowls
First trumpet: "And the first one blew his trumpet. And there occurred a hail and fire mingled with blood, and it was hurled to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a
third of the trees was burned up, and all the green vegetation was burned up" (8:7).
First bowl: "And the first one went off and poured out his bowl into the earth.
And a hurtful and malignant ulcer came to be upon the men that had the mark of the wild beast and that were worshiping its image" (16:2).
This first plague seems to represent the proclamation of judgment and destruction of those who have the mark of the wild beast and worship his image (there will be a later study of the different wild beasts of Revelation).
The first trumpet blast obviously is proclaiming the approach of the great tribulation (compare Revelation 11:19). Those people with the mark of the beast will not survive the coming great tribulation (Revelation 13:9-11; 14:11; 19:19-11). The first plague
of the bowls describes the mind and spiritual state of humans who are unwilling to repent and who are eaten away and tortured by a pernicious and malignant ulcer, much like the rich tormented in the symbolic flames of divine disapproval (Luke 16:19-31).
By his mismanagement of the earth, the physical man has wrought irreversible damage to the earth, causing desolation of the soil and a greater number and immense forest fires (Compare Revelation
11:18 "to bring to ruin those ruining the earth").
Second trumpet: "And the second angel blew his trumpet. And something like a great mountain burning with fire was hurled into
the sea. And a third of the sea became blood; and a third of the creatures that are in the sea which have souls died, and a third of the boats were wrecked" (8:8,9).
bowl: "And the second one poured out his bowl into the sea. And it became blood as of a dead man, and every living soul died, yes, the things in the sea" (16:3).
The sea, mentioned
in the plagues of the second trumpet and bowl, seems to allude to the Dead Sea in present-day Palestine. It is probable that before the rain of fire and sulfur fell, on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, that sea had many fish. The book of Genesis describes
the area of the Jordan estuary, and its surroundings, as very verdant and prosperous (Genesis 13:10). The existence of numerous cities around this sea, before the deluge of fire and sulfur, seems to support this fact. Therefore, this geographical location,
around the Dead Sea before and after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, seems to be the prototype of what will happen to this whole system of things (Genesis 13:12). Thus, the death of the "fish", seems to mean at the same time the complete disappearance of this former depraved civilization, and the whole disappearance of the current system of things just as corrupt, if not more, during the great tribulation
The fiery mountain that was thrown into the sea seems to allude to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Why ? The mention "Sodom and Egypt" (in Revelation 11:8), shows
the main axis of the plagues described in the book of Revelation, namely, the destruction of Sodom by fire and sulfur, on the one hand and the ten plagues of Egypt on the other hand. The burning mountain that is thrown into the sea according to Revelation
8:8, and the expression "thrown into the lake of fire" (the appearance around the edge of the Dead Sea, just after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19 ), is very similar to the description in Revelation 19:20; 20:10,14).
But what has become of Sodom? Although it seems that we will never know for sure, there are theories supported by a few scientists (geologists), who have studied the topography around the Dead Sea, who have come up
with interesting hypotheses as to the disappearance of Sodom, which would seem to corroborate some symbols of Revelation (particularly of 8:8). This somewhat audacious theory was supported by a scientist named Graham Harris, a geological engineer specializing
in the Dead Sea area (Graham Harris (1937–2014), an engineer with broad experience in the practical application of geotechnical engineering to large projects).
These theories would
imply that Sodom and Gomorrah would have been engulfed in the space of approximately less than half an hour, by an immense landslide or by liquefaction of the ground, in the waters of the Dead Sea at the same time as they underwent the rain of fire and sulfur
(by the explosion of the immense reserves of methane in the ground, in this part of Palestine) (In a program produced by the "BBC nov'edit" on DVD). This region has a huge amount of methane, an underground gas, which when exploded can cause an immense deluge
of fire and sulfur. The geology of the ground could provoke both ground liquefaction, resulting in both cities sinking into the waters of the Dead Sea. And for Graham Harris, a huge landslide that would be produced in less than half an hour.
In conclusion to this part of the explanation, this second plague or terrifying proclamation, is the same as the first, namely, the complete disappearance of the present depraved world civilization,
at the great tribulation: "And the fact that the dream was repeated to Pharʹaoh twice means that the thing is firmly established on the part of the true God, and the true God is speeding to do it" (Genesis 41:32).
Third trumpet: " And the third angel blew his trumpet. And a great star burning as a lamp fell from heaven, and it fell upon a third of the rivers and upon the fountains of waters. And the name of the star
is called Wormwood. And a third of the waters turned into wormwood, and many of the men died from the waters, because these had been made bitter" (8:10,11).
"And the third one poured out his bowl into the rivers and the fountains of the waters. And they became blood" (16:4).
The star that falls from heaven, on the waters, making
them bitter like wormwood, therefore unfit for consumption, is Jesus Christ, represented by the congregation Moses (trumpets) and Elijah (bowls). Some believe that this star is Satan fallen from heaven, as mentioned in Revelation 12:9. At first glance, this
interpretation seems quite logical. However, it would imply that Satan would have a mastery over the plagues caused by God, by making the spiritual "waters" of this system of things bitter. But it is God who is the initiator and He masters the effects (Revelation
16:9 "(God) has the authority over these plagues").
The bitterness of the waters regarding the plague of trumpet, also the waters turned to blood, it is linked to the actions of Moses.
In Exodus 15:22-25 it is written that the Israelites came to a place where the waters were bitter. Jehovah instructed Moses to throw a tree into the bitter waters, to make them sweet. In the case of the third trumpet, the Moses congregation does exactly the
opposite, making the water sweet, bitter, in the same way that he made the waters of the Nile undrinkable, turning them into blood, as on the third plague of bowl (Exodus 7). What are the waters mentioned in Revelation? Keeping in the context of the miracle
of bitter waters made sweet in Exodus 15, here is what Jehovah God says next: "IAnd he went on to say: “If you will strictly listen to the voice of Jehovah your God and will do what is right in his eyes and will indeed give ear to his commandments and
keep all his regulations, I shall put none of the maladies upon you that I put upon the Egyptians; because I am Jehovah who is healing you”” (Exodus 15:26). Jehovah seems to be referring to the extremely poisonous effects of bitter waters; He made
them sweet so that the Israelites could drink this water.
Therefore, the "waters", seem to represent teachings. In Revelation, clean water, especially from God, has healing properties and leads to everlasting life: "To anyone thirsting I will give from the fountain of the water of life free" (Revelation 21:6). This water is currently
available only by means of a teaching, it is what the apostle Paul writes, using the expression "that he might sanctify it, cleansing it with the bath of water by means of the word" (Ephesians 5 :26).
Thus, the waters made bitter, unfit for consumption, would seem to represent human teachings. As we have seen above, the plagues are proclamations by means of the good news, which in this case, discredit the human teachings taught in schools, universities
and religious places. For example pseudo-scientific teachings such as evolutionism, which teaches that life appeared by itself. Biblical teachings and simple, logical reasoning are showing these human teachings as stupid: "Of course, every house is constructed
by someone, but the one who constructed all things is God" (Hebrews 3:4). There are many other human teachings which the preaching of the good news
of the kingdom makes "bitter", such as absurd religious teachings such as the immortality of the soul, when the Bible teaches that the soul dies ( Ezekiel 18:4), when the Bible teaches that death is a state of complete non-existence (Ecclesiastes
Jesus Christ is the one who preaches and teaches this good news (Matthew 24:14; 28:19 ,20). He summed up very simply the consequence of human teachings which are not
based on the wisdom of God: "Let them be. Blind guides is what they are. If, then, a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit” (Matthew 15:14). In what sense do these bitter waters cause the death of those who drink it? This is a statement
of Jesus Christ that helps to better understand how this spiritual death occurs: "Jesus said to them: “If you were blind, you would have no sin. But now you say, ‘We see.’ your sin remains.”” (John 9:41). From the moment a human
hears the good news, he is under the obligation to obey it. On the other hand, if he continues to drink these "waters" or human teachings made bitter, that is to say, whose lies have been exposed by the preaching of the good news, his sin remains and the wages
of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
Fourth trumpet: "And the fourth angel blew his trumpet. And a third of the sun was smitten and a third of the moon and a third of the stars, in
order that a third of them might be darkened and the day might not have illumination for a third of it, and the night likewise" (8:12).
Fourth bowl: "And the fourth
one poured out his bowl upon the sun; and to the sun it was granted to scorch the men with fire. And the men were scorched with great heat, but they blasphemed the name of God, who has the authority over these plagues, and they did not repent so as to give
glory to him" (16:8,9).
The fourth plague attacks the luminaries, such as the sun, the moon, and the stars. The plague of the trumpets attacks the heavenly luminaries as sources
of light that allow orientation in time and space. The plague of the bowls attacks the sun, as a source of heat, which in this case, increases the temperature, to the point of burning humans and making them blaspheme. The fourth trumpet, again alludes to the
action of Moses on the light, causing three days of complete darkness over Egypt (Exodus 10:21-23). While the sun that burns humans, with the fourth plague of bowl, alludes to the action of the prophet Elijah, who caused a drought of three and a half years
Jesus Christ described light as a source of spiritual guidance, referring to his followers as those "lights" in this darkened world (Matthew 5:14-16). This plague seems
to repeat, the same kind of spiritual damage as water made bitter. The spiritual luminaries of this system of things, are the teachers and experts of all kinds, who are to teach and guide the peoples. However, the preaching of the good news demonstrates the
inability of these guides to correctly guide the people. As Jesus Christ said, they are blind people guiding other blind people, because they have no reliable source of spiritual light: "A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Both will tumble into a
pit, will they not?" (Luke 6:39).
The unpleasant effects of the fourth bowl is comparable to the fire of torment experienced by the rich in Jesus' illustration of "the beggar Lazarus
and the rich" (Luke 16:19-31). Fire, like the scorching sun, seems to symbolize the unpleasant feeling of not being approved by God, which often leads some humans, who are unwilling to repent, to blaspheme against God. This feeling of divine disapproval often
comes after hearing the good news, and not wanting to obey it (John 9:41).
Fifth trumpet: "And the fifth angel blew his trumpet. And I saw a star that had fallen from heaven
to the earth, and the key of the pit of the abyss was given him. And he opened the pit of the abyss, and smoke ascended out of the pit as the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun was darkened, also the air, by the smoke of the pit. (…) (extract)" (9:1,2).
Fifth bowl: "And the fifth one poured out his bowl upon the throne of the wild beast. And its kingdom became darkened, and they began to gnaw their tongues for their pain, but they blasphemed
the God of heaven for their pains and for their ulcers, and they did not repent of their works" (16:10,11).
The star in the fifth trumpet seems to be the same one mentioned
in the third which makes the waters bitter. Therefore, it can only be Jesus Christ, by means of the congregation of Moses, who caused the plague of the locusts (Exodus 10:12-15). In this case, the locusts can only represent the proclaimers of the good news
of the kingdom. They are responsible for giving a bad conscience to people who do not want to obey the good news, but they prefer to put their trust in the wild beast sitting on a throne (2 Thessalonians 1:6-8).
The fifth bowl discredits human sovereignty, represented by the wild beast. The preaching of the good news asks to the people to put their trust in the kingdom of God. This proclamation denounces the diabolical side of the domination
of the wild beast, thus it is pouring the bowl on its throne. The darkness that follows seems to illustrate the despair of humanity under the yoke of this malevolent and diabolical domination.
The Apocalypse and Babylon the Great
"And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and was adorned with gold and precious stone
and pearls and had in her hand a golden cup that was full of disgusting things and the unclean things of her fornication. And upon her forehead was written a name, a mystery: “Babylon the Great, the mother of the harlots and of the disgusting things
of the earth.” And I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the holy ones and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus" (Revelation 17:4-6).
Babylon the Great
represents the priestly dimension of the devil’s sovereignty on earth: the patriotic (and globalist) and religious spirituality that accompanies
the human sovereignty, led by Satan, enabling relative cohesion of empires and states (2 Corinthians 4:4). To better understand, we can read the account of the last of the devil's temptations: "Again the Devil took him along to an unusually high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him: “All these things I will give you if you fall down and do an act of worship to me”"
(Matthew 4:8,9). In this case, the devil asked for an act of worship and allegiance which represented the spiritual dimension of recognition of his sovereignty on earth (temporary), in exchange for sharing this sovereignty. Jesus Christ rejected this offer,
telling him that exclusive worship belongs to Jehovah: "Then Jesus said to him: “Go away, Satan! For it is written: ‘It is Jehovah your God you must worship, and it is to him alone you must render sacred service"” (Matthew 4:10). In his answer,
Jesus Christ opposes the devil's offer, the fact that every human must offer a sacred service (in worship) to Jehovah God. Where do we offer sacred service? In a temple, which is currently spiritual. This shows that worship (political or religious) is closely
linked to the recognition of the sovereignty of one who is supposed to be worshiped, either God or the devil.
The Christians of the early church and those who lived in the twentieth
century (but also today), were confronted with this same test: their exclusive worship to God (by a sacred service) and obedience to his Son Jesus Christ , was put into severe trials and difficulties, facing with another form of political and religious worship,
required on pain of imprisonment and often death. The holy ones often paid with their freedom and their life, their attachment to God and to his Son Jesus Christ, in the lion pits, the concentration camps, the gulags, the imprisonments (Hebrews 11:32-38).
The Revelation describes Babylon the Great, capital of Satan's sovereignty on earth, as a sanguinary woman: "And I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the holy ones and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus" (Revelation 17:6).
In John 4:23, Jesus Christ talk about "true worshipers", therefore Babylon the Great can only represent the symbolic capital of the "false worshipers". It represents the earthly sovereignty of Satan, through humans
who venerates it by various cult objects, such as statues or flags and political and religious rites, such as prayers and hymns not addressed to God, but to other gods or saints, or simply patriotic worship, or worship or adulation to dictators... The former
city of Babylon refers to the first attempt to organize a worldwide kingdom to worship Satan the devil, through Nimrod who wanted to be the first founder and autocrat or earthly dictator. This new kingdom was to be the earthly capital of sovereignty, rivaling
that which rightfully belongs to Jehovah (Genesis 10:8,9; 11:4 "Nimrod, a mighty hunter in opposition to Jehovah"). The city of Babylon was in present-day Iraq, not far from Baghdad, in the south, on the edge of the Euphrates. This city is the antithesis of
the city of Jerusalem, which is the spiritual capital of Jehovah's "true worshipers" (John 4:23).
In the book of Revelation, the New Jerusalem represents the future heavenly wife of
King Jesus Christ (Revelation 21:2). It is written that the future earthly governance of the New Jerusalem will be both royal and priestly. It represents a kingdom (Revelation 5:10). Likewise, Babylon the Great is a city described as "kingdom over kings" (Revelation
17:18). This kingdom over kings is the exercise of the priestly sovereignty around worship whether in the context of a (religious) temple or a patriotic (political) ceremony.
the Great is described as a prostitute, who commits fornication with the kings of the earth (Revelation 18:3). In this, it is like Jezebel, mentioned in the book of revelation: "Nevertheless, I do hold this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel,
who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and misleads my slaves to commit sexual immorality and to eat things sacrificed to idols" (Revelation 2:20). We can consider this passage to be a simple definition of Babylon the Great: a prophetess who organizes
the worship of Satan on earth. In the Bible it is described as the one that encouraged the worship of Baal, a worship rivaling the true worship of Jehovah (1 Kings 17:31; 18:19). In the biblical narrative she is describes as manipulator of her husband, king
Ahab, even to organize murders (1 Kings 21 the murder of Naboth). Therefore, Babylon the Great is the allusion to the first city organized as worship rivaling that of Jehovah, also symbolized with the bad woman Jezebel the prophetess of Baal (contemporary
of the prophet Elijah).
In the Bible there is the concept of the sovereignty of God through kingship, and the sovereignty of God through the worship (or sacred service) due to it, through
the priesthood. These two concepts, administration of the city by a king or princes (political) and administration of the priesthood, although different, are inseparable. For example, in the Bible, the 144,000 have the function of representing the sovereignty
of God, through the kingship function (administration of the city) and priestly sovereignty (administration of the spiritual temple) (Revelation 5:10). It is interesting to note that the copper altar in the courtyard of the temple sanctuary had four horns
at four angles (Exodus 29:12). What did these horns symbolize? They simply symbolized the sovereignty of God: "Jehovah will shatter those fighting against him; He will thunder against them from the heavens. Jehovah will judge to the ends of the earth, He will
give power to his king And exalt the horn of his anointed one" (1 Samuel 2:10). In this text, the symbol of the horn is associated with the exercise of kingship as an expression of Jehovah's sovereignty. While in the temple, the four horns were associated
with the exercise of Jehovah's sovereignty through the priesthood, as part of exclusive worship (or sacred service).
Even in the book of Revelation, there is a passage which shows that
Babylon the Great is not the symbol opposite to what represents the sovereignty of kings on earth. In Revelation 18:9,10, it is written that the "kings of the earth will weep and beat themselves in grief over her (Babylon the Great)". This shows that if Babylon
the Great were to represent only the false "religion", destroyed by the expression of human political sovereignty (represented by the kings of the earth), does not seem to conform to the context of the book of Revelation. The false worship is far beyond the
mere "religious" context, the worship of a false god in a temple, for example. The false worship can also take place in a political context, or as part of an entire nation. The best known state cult is patriotism, the singing of the national anthem (or worship)
to the fatherland (acting as an impersonal god representing the nation and the people) and the salute to the flag (gestural worship to the impersonal god of the Fatherland or the Nation). Autocratic regimes have often been organized in a cult of the person
of a dictator, greeted in a "religious" gesture of allegiance, or even worship, with the aim of creating national, patriotic even globalism cohesion.
In the book of Revelation chapter
13, it is described a wild beast with two horns, which organizes a false worship around the image of the wild beast which has the number 666. This wild beast is described in a "religious" action while it is supposed to represent a "political" entity. In a
way, this wild beast created a new "religion", for a "political" purpose. This shows that in the Bible, these two Greco-Roman concepts are not separated, they are nested. False worship is also exercised in a "political" framework, it is very linked to the
exercise of human sovereignty.
The five wild beasts of the Apocalypse
- The dragon and the serpent, which represent Satan the devil (Revelation 12:2,3,7-9,13,15-17).
- The wild beast with seven heads and ten horns, with diadems (Revelation 13:1-8).
- The wild beast with two lamb horns, which speaks with the voice of dragon
- There is the image of the first wild beast that is mentioned in Revelation 13:14. This image of the beast seems to be described in detail at Revelation 17:3,9-11.
The wild beast with seven heads and ten horns, with diadems
“And I saw a wild
beast ascending out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, and upon its horns ten diadems, but upon its heads blasphemous names. Now the wild beast that I saw was like a leopard, but its feet were as those of a bear, and its mouth was as a lion’s
mouth. And the dragon gave to the beast its power and its throne and great authority.
And I saw one of its heads as though slaughtered to death, but its death-stroke
got healed, and all the earth followed the wild beast with admiration. And they worshiped the dragon because it gave the authority to the wild beast, and they worshiped the wild beast with the words: “Who is like the wild beast, and who can do battle
with it?” And a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies was given it, and authority to act forty-two months was given it. And it opened its mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme his name and his residence, even those residing in heaven.
And there was granted it to wage war with the holy ones and conquer them, and authority was given it over every tribe and people and tongue and nation. And all those who dwell on the earth will worship it; the name of not one of them stands written in the
scroll of life of the Lamb who was slaughtered, from the founding of the world” (Revelation 13:1-8).
This wild beast represents the entire sovereignty of nations throughout
the world which exercise their dominion apart from the sovereignty of God. The fact that this beast rises from the sea means that it is the result of the earth’s population (Revelation 17:15). The seven heads represent all of the past and current world
powers that constitute human sovereignty. While the horns represent all of the past and present kings who rule over these world powers. The biblical word "king" is generic, it can apply to any form of government, headed by kings, princes, presidents, prime
The fact that this wild beast wears diadems on each of the horns means that they each exercise effective power over the peoples they dominate. The blasphemous names are
the different patriotic names of nations or entities that claim to be globalists, which replace, the True Name, of the True Sovereign and Father of Nations (Matthew 23:9 “Moreover, do not call anyone your father on earth, for one is your Father, the
heavenly One", the word fatherland (Patriotic), which etymologically means, land of the ancestors, comes from the Latin term "Pater" (Patriotic), which means "Father"). The slaughter and healing of one of the heads, seems to allude, to the first world war,
that is the first great industrial war, which caused millions of deaths. This world war was, in fact, the beginning of a world war of more than a hundred years, which will end at the great tribulation (Revelation 19:11-21).
The wild beast with two lamb horns, which speaks
with the voice of dragon
“And I saw another wild beast ascending out of the earth, and it had two horns like a lamb, but it began speaking as a dragon. And it exercises all the authority of the first wild
beast in its sight. And it makes the earth and those who dwell in it worship the first wild beast, whose death-stroke got healed. And it performs great signs, so that it should even make fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the sight of mankind”
This wild beast represents the current world power, because "it exercises all the authority of the first wild beast in its sight". Therefore, it represents
United States power. The fact that it is mentioned that it has two horns resembling those of a lamb, suggests that it gives the friendly appearance of a lamb, or even worse, that it wants to be itself as some kind of messianic lamb, but unfortunately for it,
when it opens its mouth, there are words of dragon (that of the devil). This wild beast has the power to send down a deluge of fire from the sky.
The image of the
first wild beast
“And it misleads those who dwell on the earth, because of the signs that were granted it to perform in the sight of the wild beast, while it tells
those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the wild beast that had the sword-stroke and yet revived. (...) And he carried me away in the power of the spirit into a wilderness. And I caught sight of a woman sitting upon a scarlet-colored wild beast that
was full of blasphemous names and that had seven heads and ten horns. (...) Here is where the intelligence that has wisdom comes in: The seven heads mean seven mountains, where the woman sits on top. And there are seven kings: five have fallen, one is, the
other has not yet arrived, but when he does arrive he must remain a short while. And the wild beast that was but is not, it is also itself an eighth [king], but springs from the seven, and it goes off into destruction” (Revelation 13:14 ; 17:3,9-11).
The link between Revelation 13, where the image of the wild beast is mentioned, and the description in chapter 17, is found in the expression regarding to the beast with seven heads and ten horns,
"that was but is not" (which is the definition of the image, which represents graphically or in the form of a statue, but which object or support, is not intrinsically what it represents). This beast, has the same appearance as the first beast, but does not
have diadems on each horn. Which logically, as an image, suggests that this beast has the role that the two-horned beast wants it to play. The world political body closest to the description of the Revelation, is the current UN (United Nations). This Organization
represents the globalist ideology of human sovereignty. It is written in the book of Revelation, that the beast with two horns (the current United States world power), gave the idea of creating an image, after the healing, of the wound of the first beast.
After the First World War, there was the creation of the SDN (The League of Nations (January 10, 1920)). At the end of the Second World War, there was the creation of the United Nations (October 24, 1945). According to the Revelation, even if this image has
only the role that the whole that the nations, want it to play, it is in fact an eighth king, which represents a globalized government.
The image of the wild beast
and its number 666
"Here is where wisdom comes in: Let the one that has intelligence calculate the number of the wild beast, for it is a man’s number; and its
number is six hundred and sixty-six" (Revelation 13:18).
The creation of the image of the wild beast, represents the bases of a new ideology and a globalist cult around this
idolatrous image. According to the book of Revelation, this number 666 is a historical marker, being the beginning of the concrete application of the globalist ideology. However, the book of Revelation, gives a very precise detail, to know the meaning of the
number 666: "And it puts under compulsion all persons, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free and the slaves, that they should give these a mark in their right hand or upon their forehead, and that nobody might be able to buy or sell
except a person having the mark, the name of the wild beast or the number of its name. Here is where wisdom comes in: Let the one that has intelligence calculate the number of the wild beast, for it is a man’s number; and its number is six hundred and
sixty-six" (Revelation 13:16-18). The "calculation" of this number 666, is in fact, an understanding of its meaning, and not a simple arithmetic operation.
The previous verses of the
same chapter 13, inform us that it is the two-horned beast who brings to life its image of the wild beast and that he puts to death those who do not worship it (Revelation 13:14,15). There is a last point before revealing the exact meaning of these information,
it is written: "The ten horns that you saw mean ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they do receive authority as kings for one hour with the wild beast" (Revelation 17:12). By this verse, we have the confirmation that this image of the wild
beast has no power. However, at a historical moment, this image would have, in the space of "one hour", a crucial global role. When did this happen? To get the answer, you have to start from the number 666 and the information from Revelation 13, regarding
to a right to buy and to sell.
To do this, given that the image of the wild beast, would be the UN, the most logical, is to ask whether there has been, in the past, a resolution 666,
linked to this famous law, allowing or not, to buy or sell (moreover, that will make it possible to check if the interpretation regarding the image of the beast, is right). Does this resolution 666 exist? Yes it does. When was this resolution issued? Shortly
before the first war against Iraq (the former Babylon), September 13, 1990. The Number 666, corresponds to the UN Resolution 666 which is part of the series of other Resolutions against the Iraq (the ancient place where Babylon was) (660, 661, 662, 664, 665,
666, 667, 669, 670, 674, 677 and 678). The period of "one hour" could refer to the time of the presentation and the vote of this resolution n°666. In fact, Resolution No. 666 legislates on how to proceed with the embargo decreed by Resolution 661, stipulating
that the humanitarian needs of the countries concerned (Iraq-Kuwait) must be taken into account at the same time:
The United Nations Security Council Resolution 666 (extract): “United
Nations Security Council Resolution 666, adopted on September 13, 1990, after recalling resolutions 661 (1990) and 664 (1990) which discussed the humanitarian situation in Iraq and Kuwait and the detention of nationals from foreign countries, the Council decided
to ask the Security Council Committee to determine if humanitarian needs have arisen and to keep the situation under review. At the same time, it expected Iraq to comply with its obligations under international law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention,
relating to the safety and detainment of third-state nationals in Iraq and occupied Kuwait” (Wikipedia United Nations Security Council Resolution 666). UN Resolution 666, mentions the regulation of an embargo against Iraq (Babylon), as Revelation 13:16-18,
associated with the number 666.
If we compare the terms of this resolution 666 (including the resolution 661), with Revelation 13: 16-18, the similarity is striking because the prophecy
evokes an "embargo" against those who do not have the "mark" of the wild beast or does not respect the human sovereignty in its nationalist, patriotic and globalist dimension. It is the UN Resolution 678 (November 29, 1990), which will allow the military coalition
of 33 countries, to destroy by massive bombardments, Iraq (the place of origin of Babylon, the city which was the cradle of globalist sovereignty like the past Nimrod purpose), by the first Gulf War ( Desert Storm (January 17, 1991-February 28, 1991) ; (Genesis
10:8; 11:1-4 (first human attempt of globalist government)).
Thus, the number 666 is the historical marker, in connection with resolution 666 (with other resolutions), of the image of
the beast (UN), linked with the effective beginning of the application of the globalist ideology which consists to control the whole of humanity, by the mark on the right hand, to allow people to buy or to sell. The beginning of this new period of the effective
application of globalist ideology has been called, in English, the New World Order. After his overwhelming victory over Saddam Hussein (Iraqi President, at that time), President Bush (Father) (President of the United States at that time), made a speech with
a strong biblical accent, before the American Congress using the expression "The New World Order", a few months before, on September 11, 1990.
The international context of this "New
Order" was the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 and the imminent end of the Soviet Empire which would finally take place on December 26, 1991. This speech (of September 11, 1990), laid the foundations for a new international relationship in the aftermath
of the imminent end of the Cold War. This speech was presented before the American Congress, during the period of the first Gulf War (from August 2, 1990 to February 28, 1991). After the victory of the United States with the coalition of the 32 other countries,
over Iraq, President Bush (father) delivered the State of the Union speech on March 6, 1991, which celebrated the victory . He repeated this expression of "new world order" of peace, security, freedom and respect for the law.
In fact, this act, presented as the beginning of a new world order of prosperity, was a shot at the foot of world governance, because Iraq was precisely the symbol of the cradle of this rival governance to that of God.
Moreover, the book of Revelation mentions that it was God who inspired the wild beast to do this: "For God put it into their hearts to carry out his thought, even to carry out their one thought by giving their kingdom to the wild beast, until the words of
God will have been accomplished" (Revelation 17:17). How did this happen? Simply by means of the Bible the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16,17).
The United Nations is using the Bible as Patriotic
Propaganda of the Worldwide Peaceful Human Sovereignty On Earth: "And he will certainly render judgment among the nations and set matters straight respecting
many peoples. And they will have to beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning shears. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, neither will they learn war anymore" (Isaiah 2:4). The Good News of the Kingdom of God,
written in the Bible, is the Tool by means “God put it into their hearts to carry out his thought”. And we saw how the Bible symbolically described the powerful human prophet in Revelation 13:14-18 and Daniel 11:41-43, he has been imagining to
“fulfill” God purpose in the Restoration of Israel, particularly since 1948. Who mainly did decide the destruction of Iraq (Babylon) of January 17th, 1991, “Operation Desert Storm”? The leader as representation of the prophet: President
George Herbert Walker Bush (1989-1993).
What was the religion of this American political leader? Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. On Wikipedia (French version),
it is written, just before the beginning of the First Gulf War, that he considered as a Crusade War, he consulted his religious mentor, Billy Graham. Who is Billy Graham? “William Franklin "Billy" Graham, Jr., KBE (born November 7, 1918) is an American
evangelical Christian evangelist, ordained as a Southern Baptist minister, who rose to celebrity status in 1949 reaching a core constituency of middle-class, moderately conservative Protestants” (Wikipedia Billy Graham). This man has been a “preacher”
and spiritual mentor for some American Presidents : “A new book by Time Magazine editors Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy, The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House (Center Street, August 2007) tells the story of an extraordinary
private ministry to America's most powerful political leaders.
The mark of the wild beast
"And it puts under compulsion all persons, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free and the slaves, that they should give these a mark in their right hand or upon their forehead, and that nobody might be able to buy or
sell except a person having the mark, the name of the wild beast or the number of its name" (Revelation 13:16,17).
As the God-given date of the Great Tribulation fast approaches, the framework for global and centralized domination of peoples by globalist entities is rapidly taking shape. On a general level, the mark on the right
hand and on the forehead, of the wild beast, is a symbol of belonging. For example, regarding the 144,000, a group that belongs to Jehovah and Jesus
Christ, it is written that the name of the Lamb and that of his Father are written on their foreheads (Revelation 14:1-5).
In the context of the end of chapter 13,
it is written that the two-horned beast, the puppet of the devil, will make a very strong coercion to compel humans to have these two marks on the right hand and on the forehead. This mark is probably similar to that of the temptation of the devil, asking
Jesus Christ to worship him. Humans as a whole will have to position themselves, for or against the domination of God. We have to wait to see concretely the situation or situations that will try to attack the spiritual and physical integrity of humans. The
mark on the right hand may be the presentation, generally with the right hand, of a paper document or in the form of a QR Code (with a mobile phone or a computer), with authorization value. Let's wait, keeping watch.
The great tribulation
I saw, and, look! a white cloud, and upon the cloud someone seated like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. And another angel emerged from the temple sanctuary, crying with a loud voice to the one seated on the cloud:
“Put your sickle in and reap, because the hour has come to reap, for the harvest of the earth is thoroughly ripe.” And the one seated on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped. And still another angel emerged from
the temple sanctuary that is in heaven, he, too, having a sharp sickle. And still another angel emerged from the altar and he had authority over the fire. And he called out with a loud voice to the one that had the sharp sickle, saying: “Put your sharp
sickle in and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, because its grapes have become ripe.” And the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and he hurled it into the great winepress of the anger of God. And the
winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress as high up as the bridles of the horses, for a distance of a thousand six hundred furlongs" (Revelation 14:14-20).
"And I saw the heaven opened, and, look! a white horse. And the one seated upon it is called Faithful and True, and he judges and carries on war in righteousness. His eyes are a fiery flame, and upon his head are many diadems. He has a name
written that no one knows but he himself, and he is arrayed with an outer garment sprinkled with blood, and the name he is called is The Word of God. Also, the armies that were in heaven were following him on white horses, and they were clothed in white, clean,
fine linen. And out of his mouth there protrudes a sharp long sword, that he may strike the nations with it, and he will shepherd them with a rod of iron. He treads too the winepress of the anger of the wrath of God the Almighty. And upon his outer garment,
even upon his thigh, he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords. I saw also an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice and said to all the birds that fly in midheaven: “Come here, be gathered together to the great evening
meal of God, that you may eat the fleshy parts of kings and the fleshy parts of military commanders and the fleshy parts of strong men and the fleshy parts of horses and of those seated upon them, and the fleshy parts of all, of freemen as well as of slaves
and of small ones and great.” And I saw the wild beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage the war with the one seated on the horse and with his army. And the wild beast was caught, and along with it the false prophet
that performed in front of it the signs with which he misled those who received the mark of the wild beast and those who render worship to its image. While still alive, they both were hurled into the fiery lake that burns with sulphur. But the rest were killed
off with the long sword of the one seated on the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth. And all the birds were filled from the fleshy parts of them" (Revelation 19:11-21).
"Woe to those who yearn for the day of Jehovah! What, then, will the day of Jehovah mean for you? It will be darkness, and not light" (Amos 5:18). The article below, about the great tribulation is written in the same mind of Amos 5:18, seriousness and
sadness. When a meteorologist or a team of engineers, analyze the terrifying satellite images of a category 5 cyclone, with winds exceeding 300 km / h (160 knot/h), their feelings could be very mixed. They are between the need to warn the populations concerned,
without triggering a general panic, which could worsen the situation. It is the same with regard to the great tribulation: There is a biblical duty to warn,
without panicking people. It is necessary to show that the great tribulation is a very close event, which will really happen, while showing
as clearly as possible, what it is necessary to do to survive. Jesus Christ himself announced this great tribulation, with a particular reference to the prophecy of Daniel:
"During that time Michael will stand up, the great prince who is standing in behalf of your people. And there will occur a time of distress such
as has not occurred since there came to be a nation until that time" (Daniel 12:1).
"For then there will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again" (Matthew 24:21).
What is the Great Tribulation? To put it very simply, this is the time when Jehovah God, through his Son King Jesus Christ,
will end to this system of things (Revelation 14:15-20; 19:11-21 ). Other biblical prophecies refer to the Great Tribulation as the "Day of Jehovah": "Blow a horn in Zion! Shout a war cry in my holy mountain. Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, For
the day of Jehovah is coming! It is near! It is a day of darkness and gloom, A day of clouds and thick gloom, Like light of dawn spreading out on the mountains" (Joel 1:15; 2:1,2; see also Amos 5:18-21; Obadiah 15; Zephaniah chapter 1 and 2:1-4; Zechariah
chapters 12, 13, 14).
After careful reading of all the prophetic texts mentioning the "Day of Jehovah" or the "Great Tribulation", it can be said, without a shadow of a doubt, that this
day will last only ONE DAY.
The clearest prophetic text over
its duration is that of Zechariah and the Book of Revelation, both of which describe the Day of Jehovah as one day, or the only date of one day:
"And it will become one day that is known as belonging to Jehovah. It will not be day, nor will it be night; and at evening time there will be light" (Zechariah 14:7).
This text alone shows that it is a 24-hour day, and not a period of few days, because it is written that at the time of day, it will be neither day nor night, and that at the time of evening there will be light. However, the most explicit
text is that of the book of Revelation, where this Day is connected with a date on the Jewish calendar. In Revelation 11:18, it is written: "But the nations became wrathful, and your own wrath came, and the appointed time came for the dead to be judged and
to reward your slaves the prophets and the holy ones and those fearing your name, the small and the great, and to bring to ruin those ruining the earth" (Revelation 11:18). This text refers to the time of the Great Tribulation, when God "will bring ruin to
those who ruin the earth". However, what is even more interesting, is that verse 19 repeats this time in enigmatic way, connecting the Day of Jehovah withe the vision of the ark of his covenant: "And the temple sanctuary of God in heaven was opened, and the
ark of his covenant was seen in his temple sanctuary. And there were flashes of lightning and voices and thunders and an earthquake and a great hail" (Revelation 11:19).
This verse has
two main parts: The first is the vision of the "ark of his covenant", the date of only one day. Indeed, Jehovah God did not allow to see the ark of his covenant (by the high priest), any day other than Ethanim (Tishri), 10 (Leviticus 16:2,29). The second part of the verse 19, is the symbolic description of the Great Tribulation. The Ethanim, 10 (Tishri), corresponds to the dramatic celebration of the Day of Atonement. The process of celebration is described in Leviticus chapter 16. It is a dramatic moment, because it describes symbolically, what will happen
during the Day of Jehovah, the Great Tribulation. It will be a day of sadness, because Jehovah had given this instruction regarding this day: "It is a sabbath of complete rest for you, and you should afflict yourselves. It is a lasting statute" (Leviticus