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David Hill (1 Apr 1999)"The Book of Revelation (Intro)"

I figured that since I had finished my studies on the Book of Daniel, that I might as well put my thoughts down concerning the Book of Revelation, as they are pretty well connected.

I was saved when I was eight years old, and this is when I first really started reading the Word. When my brother was saved, he would spend time with a Christian brother who was a friend of the family. One time he dragged me along,and we sat in our friends trailer and listened to the Book of Revelation on cassette. It was a dramatized version, and it really kinda jumped out and grabbed your attention, and thus was born my 'obsession' with the endtime prophecies of the Bible.

Then several years ago, I had a chance to teach the book to adult Sunday School chass, so I once again immersed myself in the Book. I had a tape deck that had continous play on it and I would literally fall asleep listening to the Book of Revelation. I have read just about every major, and minor book on the subject, the AnteNiacene fathers and some well known and obscure authors from the 1800's, when prophecy was 'reborn'. Unfortunately, you end up taking in alot of misleading theories, and in fact I ended up getting bogged down in them. But some of their work is very helpful, and of all of them George Peters, "The Theocratic Kingdom" is without a doubt the Best of the Best. If you ever have a chance to pick up a copy you should do so. His work is better than all the rest combined, and I owe him alot as to my understanding.

It was during this time that my parents gave me a book on economics that talked about a world wide depression and as well a Christian brother also gave me another book at the same time that had been written several years previous to this one, which also talked about a coming depression (Jubilee on Wall Street) and as well it just so happened that this is when Larry Burkett also published his book on the coming worldwide economic depression. So, I read all of these three books all at the same time that I was studying Revelation, and I realized that they all went together.

So, before I start my actual post on the Book, I wanted to sum up my conclusion on this particular aspect of it as the introduction. While reading the three different books on the Global depression, though they differed in minor points, most of them agreed on the main points. I took these and made my own little list, which happened to fit the Book of Revelation like a Key. You see, during a World Wide Economic Depression, there are four main things that occur. First, the people put one or two politicians in office and give them alot more power than they normally would, so as to draw the country out of a depression. This is easily seen in the Rise of the antiChrist. Second, this person institutes New Economic Policies, in order to accomplish the goal. This is of course easily seen in the Mark of the Beast without which nobody can preform an economic transaction. The Third thing that happens during an Economic Depression, is Revival. Materialism which is a big hinderance to Holy Living is killed overnight, and people start returning to the wisdom of their parents etc. This is also seen in the Great Multitude of the Tribulation that gets saved under the ministry of the 144,000. And Fourth, a World Wide Depression always leads a World War. This is of course known as Armegeddon in the Revelation. These four points are almost exactly the fulfillment of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, which is why I was so taken by the conclusion that most of the Book of Revelation is a result of a World Wide Depression.

By the way, concerning the Mark of the Beast, I wanted to say a couple of things. First off, American's are not real familiar with this aspect of it, but the Mark of the Beast is a form of a Ration Card. In Europe, they would know what I am talking about. Alcohol, Tobaco and Petro are all Rationed. You can only buy a certain amount per month, and as well, you need a Ration Card to purchase it. And as well, though it seems certain at this point in time that this will all be controled by computers, it might be possible that this ends up being some type of actual visible mark. It really depends on what happens to the computers and how severe it is. Some say that this type of control couldn't be accomplished without computers, however if you look at what happened in WWII, I think that you will find that this could indeed be accomplished without the aid of a silicon chip. Different ethnic groups were given different 'badges' to where that identified them, of which the Jewish Star of David is the most well known. So, it could be a 'mark' as well as a chip. Remember as well that the Jews were also given a 'mark' of a number that they were tattooed with for indentification purposes. Just something to keep in mind.

And also, concerning this year two thousand thing. The books I read all agreed that we are on the verge of an economic world wide depression. Our government is in dept the states are in dept, our businesses are in dept and our homes are in dept. The only thing keeping this economy going (and the worlds) is our faith in the system. If anything threatens Americans Faith in the 'almighty' Dollar, than the whole house of cards can collapse over night. Two of the Books expected the depression to occur by 1995. Nothing has changed since than, in fact as everyone knows things have gotten alot worse financially around the world. That said, even if the lights stay on (which they might or might not) and even if the trains and trucks and everything else still runs smoothly, the area of our society that is going to be effected most by the Y2K bug is those areas that are Time Sensitive, which unfortuately, more than anything else, is predominantly the Banking Industry. We are already OverInflated, and this little bug may end up having a little stinger, but it could be more than enough to pop the Dow Baloon.

If this does in fact start the ball rolling, than I believe that the Y2K problem is intimately connected to the second seal of Revelation:

"And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, 'come and see'. And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was givenunto him a great sword."

Those effects describe the breakdown in Society that will be a result of the next World Wide Depression. Note that the 'kill one another' is not necessarily war, but fighting in general.

That being said, the Seven Year Tribulation should be starting any day now...

Editor's Note : September 20, 2007 :

Except for the part about Y2K the rest is right on the money you might say. The reader may also want to check out my post on the Hosea Portfolio.

But, as it stands right now, because we probably have another 25 years to go, you will see the Insiders float the economy, one way or another, for the majority of that time.

David Hill (1 Apr 1999)"The Book of Revelation (Part One)"
Now we should probably look at the outline of the Book, and the one that has stood the test of time, and that makes the most sense is the one recorded in 1:19:

"Write the things that you have seen, the things which are and the things that shall be hereafter."

This is the Books outline for itself, and anyone who doesn't agree with this, usually is trying to prove their own little pet theory. But to ignore this outline, is to become bogged down in a quagmire of theories and 'chronologies' that have absolutely no way of making any sense of the entire book. I know, because I have followed them ALL out (including some of my own), and dead ended at everyone of them. There are just way too many contradictions if you toss out this outline. The Book of Revelation IS NOT SEALED. The last vision of Daniel is the only endtimes Prophecy that is specifically stated to be sealed. And because Revelation is not sealed, there is no reason that a logical understanding of it can not be acheived before the events begin to come to pass. This outline also establishes a predominantly chronological approach to the Book, and again I have found that this is the only logical method for understanding all of the Book as well as the rest of the endtime prophecies. So...

The Things That You Have Seen: Includes Chapter One of the Book. It presents Yeshua as the Churchs High Priest. If I am not mistaken, this is the only place in the Book where He is seen as such, and is an inadvertant prood that at the Rapture, Yeshua takes off the Priests Mitre and puts on the Kings Crown, and then starts breaking the seals to start the Redemption of the Purchased Possession. As well, I think that it is possible to include the Gospel of John in this section, to help us to better understand the qualifications of Yeshua as our High Priest and King.

The Things Which Are: This includes chapters Two and Three, and as well I believe that you could include John's three epistles in this, for further understanding. These chapters of course are the letters to the seven churchs, and the Key that unlocks this portion, while maintaining consistency to the rest of the Word is this. These letters are 1)Actual Churchs and Conditions at the time of writing. 2)Since the Church is the work of the SevenFold Holy Spirit, then it can be safely assumed that these seven letters describe all seven churchs that will be in existence at the time of the Rapture and start of Trib. 3)Each individual Christian can find themselves represented by one of these letters, for they are a type of the Complete Church. 4) It is also apparent that these letters were to outline the History of the Church.

One of the reasons I believe this more now than I did before is because of my post on the Times of the Church, which shows that Daniel Chapter Four is a Sign of the Church Age. The Seven Times that pass over Nebachaddnezzars head is a type of the Seven Times of the Church. Those who say that the Church, and hence the Church age are not seen anywhere in Scripture, don't not know their Bible or their Theology. The Church has been engrafted into the Nation (CommonWealth) of Israel, and their History is our History, and the Word of God is complete on both of these 'peoples', for they are ONE. For instance, the Apostle Paul was a Roman citizen, and he had the right to appeal to Ceaser as well as to be protected from unnecessary punishment. And he appealed to his Free Born status on several occasions. If this is true of Paul and an Gentile Power, how much more true is this of one of God's Saints? So, the Church can be found in the Covenant, for those who know what to look for, and have freed themselves from incorrect theology. And the Age of the Church is also there as well, in Daniel Chapter Four. And of course hind sight is 20/20 and since the Church is predominantly Gentile, and sense Daniel is concerned with the Chronologys of both Israel and the Gentiles, then it is obvious that if the Church Age is seen anywhere in the Covenant, then it would be somewhere in Daniel, and also that it would be connected with Nebachadnezzar somehow, the head of the Gentile Kingdoms, which is exactly the case. The Seven Times of Daniel Chapter four are synonomous with the Seven Times of the Church Age:

1)Ephesus is the Apostalic Church. This would be seen in any churches that are experiencing Revival, or producing prophets and evangelists, which is the Ministry of the Holy Spirit. In these latter years, I have heard of the Gospel sweeping through South America, Africa, Australia and now China. This would probably be a result of the Apostalic Church,which has a tendancy to spread like wild fire. This by the way is a fulfillment of Yeshua's word that the Gospel would be preached in all the world and then the end would come. Russia's revival seems to be indicated as occuring during the trib. So this prophecy appears to have been fulfilled in a major way in the last thirty years, very literaly. There is also one other aspect of this apostolic church, but I don't think I should share that here, cause I don't know if anyone would understand. 2)Symrna would be the Persecuted Church which we know is happening in various places around the globe, especially I believe in China. 3)Pergamos would be the Greek Orthodox Church. This church is actually older than the Catholic Church when you realize that before the Capitol of the Church was in Rome, it was in Ephesus. This is also consistant with the imagery in Daniel Four, where the Babylonian Empire is cut down and a restraining band put around it made of Brass (Greece) and Iron (Rome). My friend Christopher Shay (who still has yet to post on the doves) has told me that he has seen them use bands on tree stumps, and that it is specifically to prevent them from regrowing. Hence the Christian Church through the Greece and Roman sides,have pervented the growth of the Babylonian Kingdom for the last two thousand years. This is the practical understanding of the Restrainer, which is the Holy Spirit working through the lives of the Churches. After the Rapture, this band is cut off and the Empire 'comes back to life' because the Holy Spirit has been taken out of the World in the Body of the Church. 4)Thyatira would be the Roman Catholic Church. This doesn't really need any more explanation. 5) Sardis would be the Protestant Church whose predominant authority rests with the British Monarchy- The Church of England. 6) Philedelphia would be the Evangelical Church, which is basically responcible for the missionary movements of the last couple hundred years. 7) Laodacea I think can safely assumed to be the up-and-coming Ecumenical Church. After the Rapture, all the remaining churches will become one with this one, to help build a house for the whore of babylon (see Zech 5, which was written AFTER the 'fall' of babylon). The Restraining influence of the Spirit in the Church will be gone, and the revival of the Babylonian Empire begins, religious AND POLITICAL. This is what the rest of the Book describes. Mr. Peters has stated in his book that whenever you have a Religious Body married to a Politcal Body, that it eventually leads to persecution. And now you will have the revival of the Original Babylonian Religion, and it will be married to the Original Babylonian Kingdom, and the subsequent persecution is devastating, especially since you realize that satan has been waiting for this day for 2000years.

The Things Which Shall Be Hereafter: This would be the rest of the Book from Chapter 4 to the end. Chapter four opens with the words "After This" bringing you back to the outline. Again, this sets up a chronological approach to the Book and also shows that the Church age must end before the Redemption of the Purchased Possession can begin. This is also in accord with Daniel chapter four which states that Seven Times must pass over Babylon, before it can be restored. The Book of Revelation records the restoration and final overthrow of the Revived Babylonian Empire. Again, this is not America or the current catholic church, but the Revived Babylonian Religon married to the Revived Babylonian Kingdom.

This stage is known as the 'EndGame' to the main players involved (see 'The Keys of this Blood' by Malachi Martin) which is otherwise known as the Redemption of the Purchased Possession, which entails aligning everyone into one of two camps: God's or Satan's. Then when this is accomplished Yeshua starts His Military Campaign to take the control of this earth away from the Prince of the other camp. The World belongs to God's Annointed, however it is 'controlled' by the Prince of this World, and will require King Yeshua to take it back by force. There is a classic book on Military Strategy called "The Art of War" and the author's main premise is that War is NOT an end in itself, but the means to the end. And the art of war is to accomplish your goal, with the LEAST loss of life on BOTH sides. Taken to a Higher Spiritual plain, in which God is primarily concerned with the Spirit of man (and angels?), then it can be safely assumed that God's plan of overthrow of the enemy, is with regards to the least loss of Spiritual Life on BOTH sides. And He has appointed His Son to accomplish this: "Behold, The Lion Of The Tribe Of Judah, The Root Of David, hath prevailed to to open the Book and to loose the Seven Seals Thereof!" This is no longer Yeshua the High Priest, but Yeshua the TheoCratic King.

So, it is not surprising that the outline of The Things That Shall Be Hereafter (The Redemption of the Purchased Possession), that the Lord has shown me, that makes the most sense, is based upon The Sacking Of Jericho...

David Hill (1 Apr 1999)"The Book of Revelation (Part Two)"

The Things That Shall Be Hereafter: The Redemption of the Purchased Possession and the Fall of Jericho (Babylon).

I have tried many, many times through the years to make sense of the Judgements of the Book of Revelation. I have searched out the predominant theories of the pretribbers, the midtribbers, the prewrathers and the posttribbers, and none of them made any sense at all of the ENTIRE book of Revelation. Just when one of them started to make sense, than another part of the Book was thrown in total disarray. I have tried several of my own theories as well, with the same result. The main problems that I have found is this: 1)People come to the Book with their pre approved (prejudiced) theories (opinins) and 2)cut and paste the Book to conform to these theories, especially the chapters that I call the Retrospective passages, which I will post on later. I had finally decided that the interpretation would have to wait until the events started occuring, and then all of a sudden, while I was talking to Norma on the Prophezine wed site, we both kinda tripped over the actual interpretation that made sense. I told her that I thought it had something to do with Jericho, and we both started looking at it and it kinda fell into place. Her understanding of it is slightly different than mine because she feels that the seals have already been loosed but that the actual judgements will take a little time to be realized here on earth. My view is that they haven't been opened yet, but soon will be, especially if the Y2K bug throws us into a depression. And as well, MJAgee has also told me that she believes that the Judgements also follow this sacking of Jericho. So...

God commanded the Israelites to march around Jericho every day for Seven Days. This is the Seven Seals of Revelation. The entire Tribulation is the 70th week of Daniel and lasts four Seven Years. For reference it should be stated that the early church fathers believed that the ENTIRE 70th week of Daniel was still future. So, each one of the Seals is one Year. It has been realized for some time by many scholars that the Seventh Seal judgement contains all Seven Trumpet Judgements, and that when the Seventh Seal is Broken, than the Seven Trumpets Sound. This follows the Chronological approach to the Judgements as established in chapter one, and actually is the simplist explanation, and is therefore, probably correct. As well, the Seventh Trumpet Judgement contains all Seven Vial Judgements and when the Seventh Trumpet Sounds, than the Seven Vials are poured out. So, what you have is that the Seventh Seal contains All Seven Trumpet Judgements, and All Seven Vial Judgements. And this is confirmed and explains the verses that state that there were, "voices, thunders, lightnings and a great earthquake." (6:12, 11:19 and 16:18). These are probably talking of the same event, and they all occur after the Six Seal has been opened, in other words, the Seventh Seal.

Now, on the Seventh Day around Jericho, God commanded the Israelites to march around the City Seven Times. This would be the Seven Trumpet Judgements. All of them occured on the Seventh Day, which is exactly what you have with the Seven Trumpets occuring in the Seventh Year.

And then, on the Seventh Day, and on the Seventh Time around the City, they were supposed to shout, and the Walls would fall down. This is the Vial judgements, which are contained in the Seventh Trumpet which is contained in the Seventh Seal. In fact, it could be said that the Seventh Seal IS the Seven Trumpets, and that the Seventh Trumpet IS the Seven Vials. And at the end of the Seventh Vial is the staement that, "...and the cities of the nations fell..." just like Jericho (16:19).

So, this is the only outline that I have found that makes any since, and I wanted to show something that I just found that seems to confirm this. If each Seal is One Year (360 days) than that would make each Trumpet about 51 days long. This is basically Seven Weeks by the Way. And of course, that would make every Vial about seven days long, or One Week.

Now, at the time that the 5th trumpet sounds, the locust are loosed from the pit to torrment mankind for 5 months (Rev 9:5). Well, if my outline is correct than those five months should bring you to the end of the Tribulation, and this is exactly what you have. For you have the 51 days of the 5th trumpet, and 51 days for the 6th trumpet and 51 days for the 7th trumpet. And those last 51 days contain all of the Vial Judgements. So 51 + 51 + 51 = 153 days (where have we seen this number before?). And if you divide 153 days by one month of 30 days, than you will see that there are exactly five months left from the time that the 5th trumpet sounds, until the end of the Trib (error factor of 3 days). To me this shows that the outline I have above makes the most sense, and doesn't do any harm to the ENTIRE book, but merges it all in a perfect unity.

The only verse that I have found that might have a problem with this is where it says to Loose the Four Angels at the Euphratees (Babylon!)which had been prepared (bound) for a hour,day, month and a year (9:15). I had always assumed that this verse meant that there was that much time left until the end of the Trib, and it totally threw off every chronology and outline I tried. Even with this view however, it could fit in with my outline above. But I got to studying that verse and found out that the Four Angels are mentioned in one other place in the Book, and that is in chapter seven verse two, and it is talking about the Four Angels being Bound until the 144,000 have been sealed. So, when they are mentioned as being Loosed in chapter 9, it can be assumed that they had been bound an hour, day, month and year PREVIOUS to this event. So, now there are no chronological descreptancies to my view, and as well it follows an established outline in the Book itself. And if a person would follow this outline in, it would solve alot of problems with people's endtimes chornologies of events, which is the subject of my next post.

David Hill (1 Apr 1999)"The Book of Revelation (Part Three)"

There is one more area, in the interpretation of the Book of Revelation that needs to be addressed, and that is what I call the Retrospective Passages.

John will be writing along about his vision, and then all of a sudden he will seem to get sidetracked as he expounds on something else he saw, that looks back in time. Everybody knows that these passages exist, however no one that I know of has set down any princicples to interpret these passages, and because of this many erroneous interpretations result from this. People will take these passages out of their context, to make them fit into their own theological theories. It is to be expected that the Angel that showed John the vision, and that John himself, would have placed these passages in a logical place, and therefore there should be some logical principles that will guide us into the proper understanding of their interpretation. I have come up with two, and I don't think any other ones are needed.

First off, the Rerospective Passages are Chapters: Ten and Eleven, which deal with the Two Witnesses. Twelve, which deals with the MaleChild. Thirteen, which deals with the antiChrist and the False Prophet. Fourteen, which is concerned with the 144,000. Seventeen and Eighteen which are concerned with the Fall of Babylon. Twenty, which deals with the period of time that satan is bound. Twenty One and Twenty Two, which refer to the New Jerusalem.

Now, the first principle for interpreting these passages is this: 1) All Retrospective Passages look no futher back in time than to the start of the Seventieth Week. This is basically chapter four, verse one. This principle is supported by the outline that occurs in chapter one concerning The Things That Shall Be Hereafter. All the retrospective passages occur in this portion of the Book, and logically they won't look any further back in time then the start of this section. Now, none of the above passages present any real problem to this view, except one.

The Twelveth Chapter of Revelation, which talks about the birth of the Male Child, has been interpreted as refering to Yeshua Himself. I myself used to belive this, and perhaps for the same reasons as everyone else, and that is that this couldn't refer to anyone else than Yeshua, because it specifically says that this child shall rule the World with a Rod of Iron (Ps 2) and this is undoubtedly Yeshua. So, this retrospective passage seems to look back to the time of Yeshua's first advent. I won't go into a long discusison about the identity of this male child here, however I will show that this passage does not look that far back in time. The Dragon that is mentioned in this chapter, is said to have Ten Horns. These are the same Ten Horns of Chapter thirteen and also of Daniel chapter seven. These horns are Kings,and they are CONTEMPORARIES of the Male Child. The dragon, in control of them seeks to destroy the male child and the Woman. This is clear from the Twelveth Chapter. Well, if you look at Chapter Seventeen, verse twelve, you will see the interpretation of these horns, and that is that they are ten Kings, who HAVE NOT YET RECEIVED A KINGDOM. This was written in 98 ac, after Yeshua's first advent, and the ten kings had not received a kingdom at that time. This means that the passage was still future at that time. This Retrospective Passage, like the others, looks no further back in time than the start of the Seventieth Week, or Chapter Four verse one. There are others points I can make concerning the male child that shows that it is not Yeshua which I will do in a future post Lord willing. But for now, that should establish the first interpretive principle of the Retrospective Passages. All the other passages conform to this rule with no problem that I am aware of, and I don't think anyone else would disagree with me, except in this one passage.

2) All Retrospective Passages culminate in the Passage that introduces them. This is the real reason for these passages. John is describing a particular Judgement, and then he goes back to fill in some detail, and then he completes the judgement. This priciple will clear up alot of problems in interpretation, and it is clear to see in one particular passage, and that is the one dealing with the Two Witnesses. Many people are of the opinion that they minister to Israel in the first half of the Tribulation, and then are killed at the half way point. However, if you look at the passage it specifically says that the earthquake that occurs at the ressurcetion of the two witnesses (completion of their ministry)is the end of the Second Woe which is the Sixth Trumpet. Those who believe that they minister in the first half of the week, would have to believe that all seven seals and six of the trumpets all occur in the first half of the tribulation. However most, if not all of them, contradict themselves in this. It is obvious that the two witnesses minister to Israel during the 3 and one half years that she is in the wilderness. There is no other logical conclusion, that does justice to the ENTIRE Book of Revelation.

Now, that said, there is one Retrospective Passage that SEEMS to disregard this principle and that is the passage that talks about the New Jerusalem coming down from heaven. Most people interpret this as occuring at the end of the 1000 year reign of Christ. However there are many problems with this view that I will go into in another post. For our purposes here, to verify this as a valid principle of interpreting the Retrospective Passages I will confine myself to one point. The New Jerusalem is specifically stated to be the WIFE OF THE LAMB. This occurs in 21:9. Note, it doesn't say, 'Like the Wife', but it says "I will show you the Lamb's Wife." And then the angel shows him the New Jerusalem Coming down out of Heaven. However, the actual first mention of the Lamb's Wife in the book of Revelation occurs in Chapter Nineteen verse seven where it says, "...for the marriage of the Lamb has come and his WIFE has made herself ready." So here we clearly see that chapter nineteen introduces chapters Twenty, Twenty-One and Twenty-Two. And just as the Wife herself 'descends' from heaven with Yeshua, so also will the city that is called the 'wife' also descend at this time, at the start of the Millenium. I will have more on this later, but this shows the proper interpretation of all the Retrospective Passages. And thus ends my 'outline' of this great book. Any other subject that comes up will be interpreted along these guidelines, and I think you will find that it is correct.


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