Yes, Israel was carried captive to Babylon; there an Image was set up, and all were commanded to worship it. Babylon is a type or shadow of the nominal church. Thus the name Babylon (Confusion) is applied to it in Revelation. Papacy was the greatest confusion or mixture of the church and the world. Sadly, [...]
We are students of prophecy, not prophets. The following presents one interpretation of these scriptures. We are not dogmatic as there are other reasonable views. A different interpretation may be posted in the future. “Saying to them that dwell on the earth (independent companies of Christians) that they should make an Image to the Beast [...]
“If any man hath an ear, let him hear.” (Verse 9.) Some Christians had carefully studied God’s word and who had the hearing of faith. They honored God and His word, despite the magnificence, success, and power of error. These dear ones would be able to receive the foregoing scriptures concerning the deceptions of Papacy. [...]
The people respected the BEAST saying: “Who is able to make war with him?” – who would be able to withstand the withering curse of Papacy, the spiritual empire? “And there was given him a mouth (Lion-like – strong – terrible utterance) speaking great and blasphemous things, and authority was given him to act forty-two [...]
Dragon – civil power, Pagan Rome; Heavens – the higher or ruling powers; Earth – the people under, or obedient to the ruling powers (under the heavens); Sea – the general masses of mankind, not under religious restraint. Revelation 13:1,2. The Dragon, symbolizing the Roman Empire, is the fourth beast of Daniel 7:7, “fourth beast [...]
Please cite some historical events with statistics detailing how the apostate church of Rome persecuted God’s holy people (Revelation 17:6).
Some historical events (now buried and forgotten) of the tyrannical reign of the church of Rome include: The city of Beziers, France was stormed and taken in 1209, and sixty thousand citizens, without regard for age or sex, perished by the sword. The blood of those who fled to churches, and were murdered there by [...]
In Revelation (2:20-25; 18:7), Queen Jezebel symbolizes a great religious system (the apostate church of Rome) in this Gospel Age. Roman Catholicism did great violence to the Truth and to true Christians. (That church massacred whole towns of tens of thousands, and tortured and killed hundreds of thousand Christians who studied the Bible.) In symbol, [...]
Revelation 19:9, "Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” If Christians are the bride, then who are the guests?
Throughout the gospel age, two classes are being developed that will receive a spirit resurrection in heaven. The first is the bride class, also referred to as “the little flock,” “the faithful,” “the wise virgins,” “the body of Christ,” “the spiritual house,” and “144,000.” (Revelation 21:9; Luke 12:32; Revelation 17:14; Matthew 25:8-10; Ephesians 1:22, 23; [...]
The Revelation of Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:1), given to the Apostle John, was a symbolic vision using “signs” (verse 1). These symbols are the rule, and literal interpretations are the exception. When Jesus answered his disciples in Matthew 24 regarding his “parousia” (presence, mistranslated “coming”) and the end of the age, he also used symbols: [...]
Remember that Revelation is a symbolic book. The word “signified” in Revelation 1:1 means putting the message in signs, pictures. Verse 1: The church class is the temple of God. (1 Corinthians 3:16). True Christians understand God’s perfect standard of judgment (measuring rod) and they honor the doctrine of atonement (altar). The church participates in [...]