The popularity inside the beyond few years of the apocalyptic fiction series Left Behind by way of Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins in indicative of the truth that humans could alternatively consider a lie informed to them in a attractive, slick way then trust the truth of the Word of God that has been staring them directly inside the face for hundreds of years.
Many Christian agencies today propound that someday soon and it seems like the extra cash that is needed through the preacher the closer the day is that every one Christian believers could be accrued together and hence disappear from the earth and that every one of the unbelievers of the arena will be left at the back of. Is this what the Bible teaches?
With all this is occurring inside the international, wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes, famines, and tsunamis can absolutely everyone deny that we’re near the stop instances? So what does God’s Word train us as to who will get away the approaching tribulation and who might be left behind.
The Book of Revelation one of the most misinterpreted books of the Bible inflicting many sects and believers confusion speaks in bankruptcy 12 of a superb marvel or sign up heaven. This is the primary time the word “signal” (Gk. Semeion) takes place inside the Book of Revelation. The signal is that of a woman “clothed with the solar, with the moon underneath her toes, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars”.
Revelation 12:1 And there appeared a first-rate surprise in heaven; a woman clothed with the solar, and the moon beneath her toes, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
This verse is in direct evaluation with the girl spoken of in bankruptcy 17 starting in verse 3 “…And I saw a girl sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.”
Revelation 17:four And the woman became arrayed (identical phrase as in 12:l) in crimson and scarlet shade, and decked with gold and treasured stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand complete of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
Revelation 17:five “And upon her forehead turned into a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”.
Babylon the fantastic is a town, a bodily metropolis this is upon the earth and in it’s far appear the mystery of iniquity.
Revelation 17:18 And the girl which thou sawest is that exquisite town, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
The sign of chapter 12 that is a female additionally represents a metropolis (and the gadget for which the town stands). The woman of chapter 12 is the proper; the female of bankruptcy 17 is the false, the female of bankruptcy 12 is attacked by means of the dragon, the lady of bankruptcy 17 is supported with the aid of the beast. The girl of bankruptcy 12 is Jerusalem, the metropolis of David and of Israel. She is represented as being on the eve of giving start to a child.
There is some other signal seen in heaven in chapter 12 that of a superb fiery pink dragon and the dragon stood earlier than the girl, ready to consume her toddler as soon as it ought to be born. The solar, moon and stars, the lady’s logos, seem to indicate a energy from heaven. This is in direct contrast with the seven heads and ten horns and the seven diadems, which evidently imply the powers of the beast that help the woman of Revelation 17.
Revelation 17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the desolate tract: and I noticed a girl sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
The dragon inside the signal of bankruptcy 12:4 is stated to draw the 1/3 part of the stars from heaven and forged them to the earth. This is taken by a few to consult the fall of Satan but the language right here is that of an event similar to the time of the tribulation and the towns. The reference to the celebs is defined in verse 9 of chapter 17 “and his angels have been solid out with him”, being at that moment of defeat by Michael the Archangel.
The girl of bankruptcy 17 represents the metropolis of Babylon actually; the metropolis will exist on the time of the tribulation so we will hold to recognize the verses inside the context of the length or time which is noted right here.
Revelation 12:7 And there has been warfare in heaven: Michael and his angels fought towards the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
Revelation 12:8 And prevailed now not; neither turned into their location determined any more in heaven.
Revelation 12:nine And the amazing dragon was cast out, that vintage serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole global: he changed into forged out into the earth, and his angels had been forged out with him.
Revelation 12:five “And she delivered forth a man-child, who changed into to rule all international locations with a rod of iron; and her toddler was caught up unto God and His throne”.
The vital and most exciting passage here is wherein we are advised that the girl brought forth a man-baby. Who is the man-toddler? One may think this first instance is speaking of Christ Himself a success of a prophecy of the Old Testament but in chapter 2:26, 27 those words are used of an overcomer.
Revelation 2:26,27 “And he that overcometh, and keepeth My works unto the give up, to him will I give strength over the countries, and he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be damaged to shivers: even as I acquired of my Father.”
Revelation refers to this guy-child being born in a future day. This can not talk to Christ individually, but it shows a organization of devoted OVERCOMERS who share the millennial reign of Christ.
Who are these overcomers? The overcomers are those who aren’t just in believing unto existence however faithful provider to The Lord. Hebrews eleven seems to offer an tremendous list and the important thing to being some of the overcomers is being one that “loved not their lives unto the death” this does not imply they had been killed (but many were) as members inside the Book of Life in Revelation seems to suggest however a willpower to do God’s Will now not one’s own will although which means to die.
The taking over of this guy-baby or overcomers to God and His throne is before the persecution, and it makes an escape from the problem of that day. In Matthew 24:four-eight we’ve got the start of the birth-pains, which might be, wars, famines, pestilence and earthquakes. These have already been indicated within the establishing of the seals. They lead the manner for the tribulation underneath the Beast and false Prophet, and when they reach their maximum point, the man-baby is born.
After the person-child is taken up to God the female flees into the wilderness. So in Matthew 24, after the length spoken of as the start of start-pains, which synchronizes with Revelation 12:2, we pay attention of discomfort and hatred, of offence and betrayal, of false prophets who mislead. This is on the equal time a gospel activity is indicated witnessing to all nations before the quit comes.
Revelation 12:6 And the woman fled into the wasteland, where she hath a place organized of God, that they ought to feed her there one thousand two hundred and threescore days.
About this same time the abomination of desolation spoken of with the aid of Daniel the prophet (Matt. 24:15) will be installation within the holy region. This evidently refers back to the picture of the Beast; Daniel’s prophecy (Dan. 11) suggests that the putting in of this abomination occurs within the midst of the final seven years there mentioned. This would depart 3 ½ years for the tribulation to run until “the quit.”
So, in best harmony, we read that the lady is fed 1,260 days (12:6), or (as in 12:14), “a time, times and a 1/2,” in keeping with Daniel’s cryptic utterance.
Three years and a half of consequently earlier than the cease, and earlier than the revelation of the Lord, the man-child is stuck up. This is the get away of the overcomers. Some will be “accounted worthy to escape all this stuff that shall come to bypass” (Luke 21:36).
The guy-child caught up and escaping the tribulation, the girl who flees into the desert, and the remnants of her seed which are attacked by means of the dragon, can not possibly represent the same organization of people.
There are the overcomers who’re destined to rule; there is the woman, shielded, fed and guarded inside the desert; there are the seed which might be left, who are persecuted. It is clear that a few believers are left to undergo the fierce wrath of the closing days.
Our interest however should be kept for the prevailing upon the overcomers. Verse 11 adds a detail as to the individual of those overcomers:
Revelation 12:eleven “And they overcame him due to the blood of the Lamb, and due to the word in their testimony, and they loved now not their lives unto the demise.”
The sign is a toddler born beneath the threat of satanic destruction; the truth is the faithful testimony of those who cherished now not their lives unto the dying, the overcomers. The dragon ready to devour is interpreted in verse 10 as “accusing the brethren before God day and night time.” The moment of get away of those overcomers is at the sounding of the 7th trumpet:
Revelation 12:10 ”Now is come salvation and strength, and the KINGDOM of our God, and the energy of His Christ, for the accuser of our brethren is forged down”.
The words “our brethren” ought to entice our interest. Who is it that announces these words? The speaker (“I heard a noisy voice saying in heaven”) is unnamed, however it is clean, from all other comparable references, that it can not be a person. In Revelation 22:9 an ANGEL says to John:
Revelation 22:9 “I am a fellow servant with thee and with thy brethren, the prophets, and with them that maintain the sayings of this book.”
When searching at this verse 9 we would love to undertake the interpretation given in the Emphatic Diaglott. “I am a fellow servant of thee,” seems like a contradiction in English. It manner that the angel and John and the brethren are all upon one commonplace stage on this element. An ANGEL, consequently, seems to be the one who calls the overcomers “our brethren.”
The overcomers are to be identified with the Church of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven (Hebrews 12:22). These have come to Mount Zion (so had the only hundred and forty 4 thousand, Revelation 14:1); and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. This is also stated of the overcomers. These had also come unto an innumerable business enterprise of angels, the general assembly. The casting out of the tremendous dragon to the earth ushers in the 1/3 and last woe:
Revelation 12:12 “Rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that stay in them, woe to the inhabiters of the earth, and the sea! For the Devil is come down, having extraordinary wrath, because he knoweth he hath however a quick time”.
The girl is carried away to an area prepared for her, and nourished in the wasteland for the relaxation of the length till the kingdom is installation on earth. To this era applies the LORD’S PRAYER. “Thy Kingdom come, Thy might be achieved in the world, as it’s far in heaven.” These phrases might be the heartfelt utterance of this persecuted agency, and whilst experiencing once more the manna in the desolate tract, they’ll pray with actual knowledge, “Give us this day the bread that cometh down upon us.” The word rendered “daily” epiousios ep-ee-oo’-see-os in the prayer happens nowhere else in Scripture, nor, as a long way as we know, in any writing in the Greek language. It is a word which can only he fulfilled by using the repetition of the miracle of the manna, and this is what does take vicinity.
The Scriptures talk of numerous classes of believers, a few prepared, some unready, a few watchful, some asleep, some like smart virgins, some like unwise, one taken, the alternative left, one baby of the female stuck as much as God and His throne, different of her seed suffering the wrath of the dragon, some sheltered in heaven and the secret of His presence, others sheltered within the wilderness. The Church of the One Body, whilst not connected with these occasions of the notable plan revealed in Revelation, ought to be privy to those differences and thereby are trying to find to study from them