THE NEW TESTAMENT
Chapter One hundred-thirty-eight
The REVELATION of Jesus Christ #9
This chapter is an INSET chapter. For the details of chapter
13 I refer the reader to my in-depth studies "The Beasts of
Daniel and Revelation" under the section called "Prophecy" on
A few comments in passing.
The first 10 verses cover the ROMAN POLITICAL/MILITARY
power. It was a mighty WAR machine. It did die, was wounded to
death, but it arose again under a woman false church power. It
did BLASPHEME against God; the theology it taught was false and
in many ways blasphemous to God (verses 3,4,6).
It was a military/religious power that made WAR against the
true saints of God, and it killed many of them (verse 7). It also
ruled over many nations and peoples.
It will arise ONE more times, at the end of this age, it
will rule again for 42 months, and all who will not worship its
system will come under persecution. Only the very elect will not
be deceived (Mat.24:24).
Verses 11-18 focuses on the RELIGIOUS power of this Beast,
coming like a Lamb, looking and saying it represents Christ, but
shall in fact be governed by the dragon - Satan the Devil. It
will have a false prophet that will be able to work miracles. He
will make people worship this whole system. If they do not they
will be killed. A mark is put on the people, without it they
cannot buy or sell, cannot be a part of its society.
To put it in BLUNT and plain words. This is the HOLY ROMAN
EMPIRE, that arose, starting in 554 A.D. It was the might of a
military power governed and ruled by the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.
It will RISE ONCE MORE at the end of this age, in Europe, as it
always has been a European power. The false prophet will be the
POPE. This risen Roman Empire of Europe, will, attack and destroy
the British Commonwealth of Nations and the United States of
America, and many other "Israelite" nations of the Western World.
It will for a SHORT TIME, rise quickly (when in full dress) and
will also bring about the last GREAT persecution of the true
saints of God.
Again, please study my studies called "The Beasts of Daniel
and Revelation" as well as other studies under the category
We are back once more to the major event of the sounding of
the SEVENTH AND LAST TRUMPET. So, this chapter is part of the
story flow, but is focussed on one main event.
We are taken to the wonderful event of that trumpet sound,
the RESURRECTION and JESUS with the saints ON THE MOUNT SION.
This could be a spiritual mount sion in the clouds or the literal
mount Sion at Jerusalem.
With Him are the 144,000 that were sealed earlier. They are
part that represents the whole. This type of Bible point is used
many times in Scripture. We know from many other verses on the
topic of the first resurrection and the coming of Jesus again to
earth, that there will be the saints resurrected and glorified
from all past ages, from Adam to this time of the Messiah's
coming in glory to establish the Kingdom of God on earth.
The PART represents the WHOLE.
John hears a voice of many waters, the voice of a great
thunder, and the sound of harpers harping their harps. He hears
them sing a new song before the throne of heaven, before the four
beasts and the elders, but only the resurrected saints could
learn that song (the 144,000 is the part that represents the
Those in that resurrection are now with Christ, were the
ones who were not defiled with the false woman or women of false
Christianity - they are spiritual virgins - clean and pure from
spiritual fornication. They are the ones who follow the LAMB,
live by His faith, have Jesus living in them, and they are the
ones who have been willing to live by every word of God, to
follow His righteousness, to obey His commandments (verse 12).
They were then redeemed - bought by the blood of Christ, and
they are the very FIRST-FRUITS unto God and to the Lamb, Christ.
They stand before God as having no guile in their mouth and are
FAULTLESS before Him. (verses 2-6). See my study on "The Truth
about Judgment Day" and "Saved by Grace."
At this time, just before the 7 angels pouring out their 7
last plagues of chapter 15 and 16, there is an ANGEL to go forth
having the everlasting Gospel. This is where Jesus' words of
Mat.24:14 are fulfilled. Matthew 24:14 has nothing to do with any
human organization "getting the Gospel to the world" - no human
organization can compare with an ANGEL proclaiming to those who
dwell on the earth, to every nation, kindred, tongue and people,
the EVERLASTING GOSPEL!
The angel says:
"Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment
has come; and worship Him that made heaven and earth, and the
sea, and the fountains of waters."
Another angel follows saying:
"Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made
all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornications."
Babylon fell once, centuries ago, but there is to come an
end-time Babylon of the later chapters of Revelation. She is
Mystery Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots and abominations
of the earth (chapter 17:5-6). She has made the whole earth DRUNK
with her SPIRITUAL FORNICATIONS. There is fast approaching that
there will not be a nation on earth that is not drunk in some way
with the false teachings and customs of the ROMAN CATHOLIC
RELIGION. Most nations now observe Christ-mass, the 1st of
January, in one form or another. The "Christian" world has been
deceived into observing Sunday the first of day of the week,
instead of the 7th day of the fourth commandment of God. And on
and on it goes. Her daughters - the Protestants all have one or
more (mostly more) of her spiritual fornications. The end-time
BABYLON will FALL, we see that in Revelation 18 if you want to
read it now. We have seen in Revelation 9 and the 6th trumpet
sound, that the army from the EAST will have a large part in
destroying this European Babylon. Yes, it is time for you to read
chapter 18, let it all sink deep into your heart and mind. This
BABYLON OF ROMAN CATHOLIC EUROPE will FALL!!
By the time this angel of chapter 14:8 tells the rest of the
world that Babylon is fallen, IT WILL HAVE ALREADY FALLEN!
But this is not yet the final end of all the evil Satanic
falsehoods, the Babylon Beast power will still be in the Holy
Land, still have people and armies entrenched with its mind-set
and brainwashed by its philosophies and theology.
A third angel must sound its voice saying:
"If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark
in his forehead, or in his hand. The same shall drink of the
wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of
His indignation; and shall be tormented with fire and brimstone
in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the
Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and
ever: and they shall have no rest day or night, who worship the
beast and his image, and whosoever receives his mark of his name.
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they who KEEP THE
COMMANDMENTS OF GOD AND HAVE THE FAITH OF JESUS CHRIST" (verses
This is the final warning to those still left on earth who
will NOT give up worshipping the Roman Europe Beast power and its
Roman Catholic religion.
The part about torment, fire, smoke ascending up forever, I
have covered in depth under the studies "Death - then What?
Once more in the last book of the New Testament, God makes
it clear that the true saints are those who KEEP His COMMANDMENTS
and who live by the very faith of Christ (faith OF Christ - see
Yes you Roman Catholics and Protestants, you need to REPENT
of NOT keeping the FOURTH commandment! It is plain to read what
it is in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5. You need to COME OUT OF
BABYLON, with all of her other false practices and doctrines!
John then hears a voice from heaven saying:
"Write! Blessed are the dead, which die in the Lord from
henceforth: Yes, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their
labors; and their works to follow them."
Jesus said that "By their works you shall know them." By the
way His followers live, as He lived (Gal.2:20 once more and
Phil.2:5) shall be the acid test of truth as opposed to falsehood
John then looks and in the time frame he sees the Son of man
in a cloud, having a golden crown and in his hand a sharp sickle.
Jesus is coming in the clouds, just as He left in clouds, so He
will come in like manner (Acts 1).
We are still seeing the major event of the sound of the
Another angels comes and with a loud voice to the One sat on
the cloud, he tells that One, whom is Jesus, to thrust His sickle
and reap, for the time has come for the reaping of the earth. And
He who sat on the cloud did just that - thrust His sickle and the
earth was reaped (verses 15-16).
This should remind you of the parables Jesus gave about
harvest, reaping, fish catching, and all that pertained to this
great event at the sound of the seventh and last trumpet. It's
time indeed now for those who are destroying the earth to be
Still yet another angel comes from out of the Temple in
heaven, he also having a sharp sickle (verse 17).
Then yet again, another angel comes from the altar in the
Temple. He has power over fire, and cries to the angel with the
sharp sickle, "Thrust in thy sickle, and gather the clusters of
the vine of the earth, for her grapes are ripe."
The angel thrusts in the sickle into the earth and gathers
the vine of the earth, and casts it into the great winepress of
the wrath of God. And the wine-press was trodden without the city
and blood came out of the wine-press, even unto the horses
bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs
I have covered in detail the expounding of these last two
verses of chapter 14. I believe it is in my study "Armageddon and
the New Age."
Putting it in a nut-shell. See Joel 2:1,30; 3:1-2, 9-15;
Isa.63:1-4. A furlong is 606.5 feet, so 1,600 furlongs = 970,400
feet which is 183 miles. This distance takes you from Meggido to
Edom, to the end of the depression of the land. It is the last
battle, the famous battle of Armageddon (chapter 16:14-16 with
Zech.14). The armies of the Beast power and armies from the East
of Euphrates (chapter 16:12) will come together to fight Christ
on His return to earth. They will MELT away, Jesus will destroy
them by melting their skin from off their bones (Zech.14) and
their blood will flow for 183 miles from Meggido to Edom, south
You talk about "space wars" - this will be one, but the
armies of human beings will have NO chance at victory. You think
about this. The events of what will happen are ALL WRITTEN in
this book of the Bible. The false prophet guiding the Europe
Babylon Mystery Roman Catholic religion, WILL BE ABLE TO READ ALL
THIS, in the Bible he claims to represent! AND HE AND THE ARMIES
HE LEADS WILL STILL TRY TO DEFEAT CHRIST!!
Talk about the DEPTHS of the DECEPTIONS of Satan the Devil.
This has got to be one of his deepest!
We have been taken to ONE POINT of the SEVENTH TRUMPET, a
VERY important time frame for sure. It was the time frame of
Now we must go back a little, and have presented to us what
exactly leads up to chapter 16:14-16 and the reaping of the earth
in the battle at Armageddon.
John sees a sign in heaven, great and marvellous. Seven
angels having SEVEN LAST PLAGUES, for in them is the full
measure of the wrath of God finalized.
We are on the sea of glass, mingled with fire, the
resurrected saints (and those who got victory over the last great
Beast power, and all that it stood for in all its ways and
teachings and life practices) are ALL THERE. They have harps and
they sing the song of Moses (he will be there with them, maybe
leading them in the song), and the song of the Lamb (whatever
that is, Jesus will lead us to
sing it), saying:
"Great and marvellous are they works, Lord God Almighty; just and
true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear you, O
Lord, and glorify thy name? Thou only art holy; for all nations
shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made
manifest" (verse 1-4).
After that, John looks and the Temple of the Tabernacle of
the Testimony in heaven was opened (verse 5).
The SEVEN angels now come out of the temple, having the
SEVEN LAST PLAGUES. They are clothed in pure and white linen, and
are girded around the beast with a golden girdle.
It should now be clear to us that the SEVENTH TRUMPET is
made up of THE RESURRECTION of the saints and the SEVEN LAST
One of the four beasts around the throne of God, gives the
seven angels, seven vials full of the wrath of God, the one who
lives forever. The Temple then is filled with smoke from the
glory of God, and from His power. No one, angel, beasts, or
whatever is in heaven, was able then to enter the Temple, UNTIL
the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.
We are now at the FINAL end of this age, and very soon we
will have the Kingdom of God on this earth, and the wonderful
1,000 year age shall be a reality, which the holy prophets have
told us about from the ages past.
To be continued
Entered on this Website November 2007
If some of you are shocked at my saying the end-time Beast power,
the Babylon Mystery Religion, is the very Roman Catholic church,
the Papacy, I want you to know that just about all the OLD
Protestant Bible Commentaries, like Albert Barnes' "Notes on the
New Testament" all teach that very thing.