PTB2-7: News and the Bible, Revelation 8 and 9.

NOTE: Regular programming thru the Bible is interrupted in order to deal with the dominant world news now, and from the Bible, about this Pandemic of a Plague. Also this is an introduction to Book I and II of “A Harmony of Revelation, Daniel, and Ephesians for those serious about Bible”.

It is somewhat letting the cat out of the bag on the second book of a harmony of Revelation and Daniel, but as preachers we have an obligation to warn the world, believers and non-believers, on what is happening and going to happen as God thru Christ and the Apostle John has let us know in Revelation.  In short, even as there has been the effort, and you judge to Harmonize Revelation, Daniel, and Ephesians in Book I and later in Book II, a short of which is this Bible study, even so we are allowed as careful Observers of the world news and careful readers of the Bible, to harmonize world history with Bible.

I.  Revelation 8:  The Great and Notable Day of the LORD and Lord.

One would have to say from total understanding of the scope of eschatological (last days or things) teachings of the Bible, that the most consistent theme is the One day of the LORD in the OT and the One day of the Lord Jesus Christ in the NT.  Scofield mites do not want to admit it because it is inconsistent with their theological system, but any time in the OT Prophets you see the diminished light of sun and moon, you know that is talking about the great and notable day of the Prophet Joel and the first big sermon of the Apostle Peter on the subject on the Day of Pentecost after the Ascension.

The first four trumpet angels are in rapid success as if the tribulation of the one day of vengeance but ending with diminished light with the fourth, a sign of the end; then the fifth with the coronavirus is a flashback in time and the sixth is a partial flashback to that as Bush clears out Iraqi for the passage of the kings of the East.

There is just no way to see the events in the heavenly vision enacted on earth except to consider the Acts 2 passage with the quote from the Prophet Joel.  This is obviously the beginning of the last days, because that is what Peter says it is.  “These men are not drunk since it is so early in the day”, he said; because that is what the observers of events of Pentecost thought as they witnessed the mighty wind, saw cloven tongues, and heard the believers speaking in their own native tongues.

 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:  For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.    But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:  And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:  And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  (Acts 2:14-21)

The really good news is the bottom line of the passage, salvation will continue for those who will call upon the name of the Lord right up through the total sweep of the last days, including the one great and notable day of the LORD.  For we notice in Revelation, as details begin to unfold about that One Day, “for all that happens, unbelievers do not repent”.

And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk…”  (Revelation 9:12)

Even here in Revelation 8 where we are given the more detailed description of a definite number of men killed in the great last was for Israel as one third, yet the rest of men that were not killed did not repent.

NOTE:  Parenthetical we must continue to state that Islam being the beast and the prophet worship a god that does not exist, Allah.  Well, he does exist in the form of Satan and his devils.  This beast of Islam is the same as the man of sin or the son of perdition.  And when Paul was in Arabia immediately after conversion, he was beginning to see with their worship of the moon, the beginnings of lawlessness and sin amassed with the Sharia law of the Mohamed.  Of course, we should remember that Mohammed did not write the Koran with its Sharia law, it was brought about by the Saudi government around 600 A.D. in order to control the world they had previously conquered.  Problems with Muslim Sharia Law where the separation of church and state is eliminated.

  • Slavery.
  • Wife beating.
  • People may be severely flogged for drinking or gambling.
  • Thieves should have their hands amputated.
  • Crucifixion and other forms of torture are allowed to punish some crimes.

You see here in Acts 2 the continuous flow of analog time, giving the whole history of the universe from Pentecost to the END in the great and notable day of justice on earth, the famous One Day of the LORD and Lord.   What happens with the sounding of each trumpet of the seven angels is more like digital time, one slice of time each, or as eschatology has been presented in earlier commentaries, each sweep of the radar of heaven illuminating a period of time on earth with the beginning and end of the sweep different from the others.  God and Jesus, always the Master teachers, provide continuity in the unfolding play/story with the counting of from one to seven with the sounding off of the seven trumpets of seven angels.  (Most people can count to seven, for it does not require all the fingers of both hands; but recall as always in the book of Revelation the basic background statement of fact in that “one day is to the Lord a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day”.  However, you must think of the sounding of the first four trumpets as One Day, that great and notable day of the LORD, because for one reason you see the culminating activity of the diminished earth light.

Revelation 8:12—

And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.”

Notice how in this Alaska like effect of more darkness and less light, the book of Revelation is starting to fill in more details than given in the OT or in Joel and the sermon by Peter, because for the first time in the Bible we have a specific number of 1/3 of the light in the heavens and on earth is diminished.

Even as Revelation acts on most of the senses of sight and sound, so you can feel the rapid succession of so much happening One day in the time slice of One-to-four trumpet sounds from all green grass burned up to the more horrific sun and moon smitten with diminished light.

The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.  And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.  And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.  And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.”  (Revelation 8:7-12)

                                                                                       Justice

There is another repetitive theme in Revelation 8, introduced in previous chapters, of justice on earth for those mistreated, persecuted, and killed by the acts of non-servants of God.  As a matter of fact it introduces chapter 8, reminded all readers of what destruction from God is all about.  (The One Day of wrath is made clear throughout the Bible as from God, the coronavirus of chapter 9 is caused by Satan and his cohorts released with the sounding of the fifth trumpet.)

“And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.

 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto

him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which

was before the throne.  And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God

out of the angel’s hand.  And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there

were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.  And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.”  (Revelation 8:2-8)

II.  Revelation 9:   The Little Season starts (fifth trumpet) with the Release of Satan from bondage, and the Bush Destruction of Iraqi (sixth trumpet).

NOTE:  God sees past, present, and future all at once.  The fifth trumpet goes all the way back in time history with the casting out of Satan from heaven, then jumps forward our time to 2019-20 with the coronavirus; and the sixth trumpet starts with 9/11 as Bush wipes out men, women, and children in Iraqi with a bombing war and invasion, and goes all the way in time to the killing in battle of one third of the world population.

Satan loosed from bondage and the coronavirus only on unbelievers for 5 months, only hurt, and no green grass of green thing to be harmed.  This starts another major theme of Revelation and Daniel, that Satan after the Holy Spirit is withdrawn from earth will be released to do his worse with the certain restrictions from more powerful angels that men can only be hurt, not killed; that no trees or green grass is to be burned up.  There is such a time contrast between the sounding of the fourth trumpet and then the fifth trumpet, as first of all it goes back to where Satan originally was cast out of heaven, then with no green grass or trees destroyed it has to be a flashback in time.  Remember, often the digital scene changes rapidly!  Read Revelation 9 for more: (1). Satan has been loosed and is angry because he has only a little while, (2) This marks the beginning in history of the world for the final tribulation, (3) Hurts but does not kill only those without the signature of God on their forehead, and (4) Lasts in any area for 5 months; and (5) In all probability since the best prediction from the Bible for the little while or little season is 4 years, that does not leave much time for the 3 frogs to bring the world to Israel for the final world battle and the END.

1.  A neat description of the coronavirus pandemic which we could never know had not we seen it now with our own eyes as the whole world is now seeing, such that the vision is of a virus both at microscopic level with the crowns like a king and at the normal level as being carried and sweep across the world as in men and women.  Read below from Revelation 9, and who could have known, even Scofield mites with their wild imaginations, that this is a vision and description of the corona virus pandemic.

 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.  And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.  And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.  And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.

And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.  And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.”  (Revelation 9:3-11)

2.  John wants to make it clear in his recording of what he saw, the proper interpretation, who this was, Abaddon in Hebrew and Apollyon in Greek, Satan and Lucifer as we have none from previous Bible.

3.  We were introduced to the little season of time in Daniel.

4.  We will find the losing of Satan for a little season, the beginning of tribulation, also a repeated theme in Revelation, each repeat supplying us with more details, as God suggested the method of teaching in the OT of line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little.  Of course in Revelation it may be gentile introductions and teachers with digital time slices, but the effects when and as they happed are not little, they are world terminating!

5.  The sounding of the fifth trumpet also marks the beginning of tribulation, except for a general introduction in Revelation 6 with the four horsemen of death, famine and hunger,  and judgment, war and death.  Warnings of the times which are about to change.

6.  With the flashback beginning to the fourth trumpet, the time slice of the fifth in the Bush War and Destruction of Iraqi which paved the way for the kings of the east to go after Israel.

It is marked by a certain year, month, and day; and now we can understand that to be 9/11.

7.  Another reason we know these days of pandemic with the beginning of tribulation and the loosing of Satan for a little season is before and not during the One Great and Notable day of the Lord is because the trend of Acts 2 with “fire, blood, and vapor of smoke” continues, we see, throughout the world with earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other calamities still going on.  For example, the 6.5 magnitude earthquake, the largest in Nevada in 65 years, hit yesterday, Friday, May 15, and we all could name other worldwide calamites like the flooding and locusts plague in Africa.  That brings up the interesting question of how can we tell the calamities on going from the begin to end of last days to the calamities of the final tribulation.  We CAN NOT!  However, we know in both that God is striving to keep the final attention of the world, and as we have always seen through the intervention of the good angels from God, and His mercy, some like babies in a storm and children in the virus will be rescued.

III.  The Little Season of the Last Days, of Revelation 20:3, and then “Time shall be no More”

“And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.”  (Revelation 20:3)

NOTE:  The Little season of tribulation is short but intense, requiring at least 3 sections of Part VII to describe.  As you read all the Revelation chapters on tribulation– the trumpets, and the seals and so on– it is easy to forget “short”, for so much intensity is packed in those many chapters of the book of Revelation to describe such a short season of time.  In this VIIa Part, the goal is to establish some Bible foundation for the Little Season.

Generally we have 4 equal seasons of the year of 3 months each, leading to the speculation that “the short season” of tribulation is either 3 months or 3 years, a season with the release of Satan as the Holy Spirit is withdrawn from earth, and many other last time events, in fact the short season does mark at the end of this season, the end of time itself as the sun and the moon begin to give diminishing light, and in preparation for the “day of the LORD and Lord” (LORD in the OT and Lord Jesus Christ in the NT).  Of course the real length of this short season even as the time of the last days and the time of the thousand years remain uncertain until Christ comes again, since Jesus said no one knows, not Himself, nor the angels in heaven, except God the Father Himself.

  Ecclesiastes 3:1 equates a season with a time, in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8  and both with “a purpose under heaven”; 3:1-8 lists 28 different seasons of life and living, ending of course with the 3:8 of “A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace…” the time of the “little season” of Revelation 22:10. a time of much tribulation on one-third of heaven and earth, is definitely not a time of love as the falling away seeks it climax “because sin will abound the love of many will wax cold”; time for much hate as Satan being released and knowing that he has only a short time left to do his dirty work, will engender after his release from bondage will reek unlimited hate and destruction of the people of the earth living then; it is definitely a time of real war at a real place called Megiddo, as the 3 frogs of the godless bring all the nations to real battle–as short and limited is this time and destruction, that the tribulation of the earth and heaven’s disintegration with the final battle will most likely be viewed on Television by most Americans sitting in their air conditioned homes, except for the large wicked cities in American which like Rome an Babylon will be completely destroyed, very liked for the missiles in Russia, North Korea, and China. 

    Ironically the last time is the time of peace, only after Christ has come and established His full kingdom rule on the new earth, ironical in that this season marks the end of time.

And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, ad sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:  t in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.”  (Revelation 10:5-7)

The last season to be mentioned in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 is the season of PEACE as Jesus sets up the everlasting or for ever kingdom on earth and New Jerusalem is lowered from heaven; ironically again because this is a season of no more time, time is replaced with eternity, evil and war replaced with the rule of Christ.

“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.”  (Revelation 7:15)

Short season but the promised end of peace is sweet; and never forget during the limited tribulation of one third of the earth, in this short time, a seal of approval and preservation is placed on the foreheads for all to see of God’s own servants–

“Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3 saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”  (Revelation 7:2,3)

IV.  A Conclusion for Revelation 8 and 9:  Even as we Bible believers know that the world God made can not contradict the Book He wrote, so the world events unfolding now before our eyes can not disagree, only harmonize, with what we can now see more clearly from the book of Revelation.

1.  As 50% of Americans speculated, this worldwide coronavirus correlates with the beginning of final tribulation, the loosing of Satan from bondage with all this hate being unleased on the world, and precursors of the END with the One Day of the LORD and Lord of the OT and NT.

2.  Realize that hospitals get paid more if patients were other issues are labeled with Corvid-19, and their deaths recorded as such.  This is breeding inconsistency with Revelation 9 where men are only hurt and Satan is allowed to only harm unbelievers.  But who in the world, high or low, rich or poor, especially those who are thoroughly convinced that we are all in this together, wants to admit that they have corvid-19 by virtue of their unbelief.  Goodness, even the Scofield mites, like the professor at DTS that supposedly died of the virus, do not want to admit:  (1) the world is now in the final tribulation, (2) this virus is being caused by the release of Satan from bondage, as they previously and now are not willing to admit that the churches and church are in the great apostasy called the falling away.  Like in Jeremiah, Scofield followers are “Dreamers of Delay and Deceit”, especially those dreamers that believe based on fictional books and movies on a false rapture, which is a “Demonic Veil”.

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