Pro and Con 1694
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I know many are set in the belief that Obama is the AC, but what if the pope really is the first beast of Revelation 13 (who came into power on 3/13/13 at 66 minutes past 6 o'clock AKA 7:06 - Rome time) and described in Revelation 17? I realize that many of you doves have dismissed the pope as the AC, but please take another look. I have also read that he was announced at 3:13 Eastern time and appeared on the balcony at 3:22 Eastern time although I have not been able to confirm these times. Also, the pope could fit the description in Daniel 11 concerning no regard for the desire of women.
The Vatican became it's own kingdom in 1929, ruled by popes who are also the "kings." In other words, since 1929, a pope could also be called a king due to the Lateran Treaty signed on FEBRUARY 11, 1929
FIRST KING - Pope PIUS XI (1929-1939)
SECOND KING - Pope PIUS XII (1939-1958)
THIRD KING - Pope JOHN XXIII (1958-1963)
FOURTH KING - Pope PAUL VI (1963-1978)
FIFTH KING - Pope JOHN PAUL I (1978-1978)
SIXTH KING - Pope JOHN PAUL II (1978-2005)
SEVENTH KING - Pope BENEDICT XVI (2005- resigned FEBRUARY 11, 2013)
Eighth King - Pope Francis I (2013- present)
Rome - also known as the city of seven hills.
Revelation 17 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.
6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
I have thought all along that the beasts of Rev. 13 are Popes. Here is the way I understand it.
Rev 13:1 says, "I stood upon the sand of the sea (i.e., nations, Rev 17:15), and saw a beast (i.e., Satan, Rev 12:3) rise up out of the sea (nations), having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns (then the time is during the Tribulation, AFTER THE FIRST-TRUMP RAPTURE, Rev 17:12-14), and upon his heads (all 7) the name of blasphemy (i.e., Pontifex Maximus).
Rev 17:15 says, "The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and NATIONS, and tongues."
Rev 12:3 says, "And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon (SATAN), having seven heads and ten horns, and SEVEN CROWNS UPON HIS HEADS", so the time is during the Tribulation."
THE SEVEN KINGDOMS
1. Babel, ruled by Nimrod, the first Pontifex Maximus
2. Babylon II
5. Holy Roman Empire
6. Holy Roman Ecclesiastical Empire
7. Babylon III
THE TEN KINGS THAT, AT THE TIME OF THE FIRST-TRUMP RAPTURE HAVE RECEIVED NO KINGDOM AS YET
Rev 17:12-14 says, "And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received NO KINGDOM AS YET; but receive power as kings ONE HOUR WITH THE BEAST. 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. 14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and THEY THAT ARE WITH HIM ARE CALLED, AND CHOSEN, AND FAITHFUL", SO THIS TIME IS AFTER THE FIRST-TRUMP RAPTURE, after the wise-virgins are caught up.
Today, we know what the 10 divisions of the world are, but we do not know who the 10 kings will be.
THE TEN DIVISIONS
1. North America
2. Central America and Caribbean
3. South America
4. Western Europe
5. Eastern Europe and Central Asia
6. Mediterranean and Middle-East
8. North-East and South Asia
9. South-East Asia
10. Australia and Pacific
Rev 17:3 says, "So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness (eremos, desert, i.e., Babylon, in the land of Shinar): and I saw a woman (a religious group) sit upon a scarlet coloured beast (i.e., Satan), full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns."
Gen 11:1-9 says, "And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of SHINAR; and they dwelt there. 3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. 4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. 5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. 8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. 9 Therefore is the name of it called BABEL; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth."
As a warning, Rev 17:5 says, "And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH."
Zec 5:5-11 says, "Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth. 6 And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah (i.e, the largest measure for wheat, i.e., the largest church group) that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth. 7 And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman (i.e., a religious group) that sitteth in the midst of the ephah. 8 And he said, THIS IS WICKEDNESS. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof. 9 Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women (i.e., two religious groups), and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven. 10 Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah? 11 And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of SHINAR (i.e., Babylon, Gen 11:1-4): and it shall be established, and SET THERE UPON HER OWN BASE."
NISAN 10, "THE TIME OF FIGS WAS NOT YET"
Mar_11:13 says, "And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet."
NISAN 16, FEAST OF FIRSTFRUITS, FIRST HARVEST, BARLEY
1Co_15:20, "now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept."
Rom_11:16 says, "For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches."
Jas_1:18 says, "Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures".
"AFTERWARD THEY THAT ARE CHRIST'S AT HIS COMING"
1Co_15:23 says, "But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; AFTERWARD they that are Christ's at his coming."
WHEN IS HIS COMING? FORTY DAYS AFTER THE FEAST OF FIRSTFRUITS, ON ASCENSION DAY?
Act 1:1-11 says, "The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 Until THE DAY IN WHICH HE WAS TAKEN UP, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being SEEN OF THEM FORTY DAYS, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. 6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, HE WAS TAKEN UP; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven AS HE WENT UP, BEHOLD, TWO MEN (probably Moses and Elijah, as at the Transfiguration, i.e., depicting MID TRIB, Rev. 11:1-5, Zech 4:1-14) STOOD BY THEM IN WHITE APPAREL; 11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? THIS SAME JESUS, WHICH IS TAKEN UP FROM YOU INTO HEAVEN, SHALL SO COME IN LIKE MANNER AS YE HAVE SEEN HIM GO INTO HEAVEN."
HE WILL COME IN LIKE MANNER AS HE WENT INTO HEAVEN - ON ASCENSION DAY
We seem to be the barley harvest (i.e., the first harvest, the spring harvest, maybe May 5, 2013, which will be both EASTER SUNDAY in the Eastern Orthodox Church, and Iyar 25, ASCENSION DAY), the participants in the First-Trump Rapture.
The first Omer (a unit of dry measure equal to 4 dry pints) of barley was counted on Firstfruits. The 40th Omer was on Iyar 25, Ascension Day.
Hebcal: "25th of Iyyar, 5773 = Sun, 5 May 2013"
Between now and May 10, 2018, there is only ONE TIME that Ascension Day falls on the Eastern Orthodox Easter, SUNDAY, Iyar 25, 5773, May 5, 2013.
The Holy Fire will probably come to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher a bit after 2 PM on Holy Saturday, May 4, the day before the Orthodox Easter Sunday.
The First-Trump Rapture could happen after midnight, when the Gregorian date changes to May 5, when Saturn will be a morning star. However, Saturn will be up all night.
Rev 2:25-29 says, "But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. 26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: 27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. 28 And I WILL GIVE HIM THE MORNING STAR. 29 HE THAT HATH AN EAR, LET HIM HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SAITH UNTO THE CHURCHES."
The Last-Trump Rapture is the wheat harvest in the summer, probably the Feast of Trumpets, Mon. Sept. 14, 2015.
Rev 6:12,13 says, "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth".
There will be a Solar eclipse on Sept. 13, 2015.
Rev 12:9 says, "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out INTO THE EARTH, and his angels were cast out with him."
Rev 13:2-2 says, "And the beast (i.e., Antichrist, THE FIRST BEAST) which I saw was like unto a leopard (Greece, Dan 7:6):, and his feet were as the feet of a bear (Media-Persia, Dan 7:5), and his mouth as the mouth of a lion (Babylon II, Dan 7:4): and the dragon (Satan) gave him his power, and his seat (thronos, throne; first in Pergamos (Rev 2:12,13), then Attalus III willed it to Rome in 133 BC), and great authority."
Today, the huge stately Pergamon Altar to Zeus is now in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, but the Papal Throne is still in Rome.
Concerning Pergamos, Rev 2;12,13 says, "And to the angel (aggelos, messenger, by implication a pastor) of the church in Pergamos (meaning a fortified tower or castle) write; These things saith he (i.e., Jesus) which hath the sharp sword with two edges; 13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even WHERE SATAN'S SEAT (thronos, A STATELY THRONE) IS (i.e., then in Pergamos, now in Rome) and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas (meaning opposite the father, i.e., a Protestant) was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth" (katoikeo, resides, from kata, in opposition, and oikeo, to occupy).
"Protestantism is one of the major divisions within Christianity. It has been defined as "any of several church denominations denying the universal authority of the Pope and affirming the Reformation principles of justification by faith alone, the priesthood of all believers, and the primacy of the Bible as the only source of revealed truth" and, more broadly, to mean Christianity outside 'of an Orthodox or Catholic church'. It is a movement that is widely seen as beginning in Germany with The Ninety-Five Theses (i.e., of Martin Luther) in 1517 as a reaction against medieval doctrines and practices, especially in regard to salvation, justification, and ecclesiology. The doctrines of the over 33,000 Protestant denominations vary, but most include justification by grace through faith alone, known as Sola Gratia and Sola Fide respectively, the priesthood of all believers, and the Bible as the supreme authority in matters of faith and morals, known as Sola Scriptura, Latin for 'by scripture alone'."
In 1517, Sylvester Prierias, the "Pope's confessor...said it was pure Catholic doctrine that the soul flies to heaven the moment the coin clinks in the chest." (The Concordia Encyclopedia, p 421)
At noon on Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the University's bulletin board on the door of the Castle Church. (Ibid)
Continuing in Rev 13:3-6, it says, "And I saw one of his heads (i.e., the Holy Roman Empire) as it were (i.e., as if it were) wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed (it became the Ecclesiastical Holy Roman Empire): and all the world wondered after the beast. 4 And THEY WORSHIPPED THE DRAGON WHICH GAVE POWER UNTO THE BEAST: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? (i.e., the Pope) who is able to make war with him? 5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies (calling himself Father, Papa/Pope, Pontifex Maximus and Vicar of Christ); and POWER WAS GIVEN UNTO HIM TO CONTINUE (poieo, abide, continue, perform, work) FORTY AND TWO MONTHS (i.e., during the first half of the Tribulation). 6 AND HE OPENED HIS MOUTH IN BLASPHEMY AGAINST GOD, TO BLASPHEME HIS NAME, AND HIS TABERNACLE, AND THEM THAT DWELL IN HEAVEN."
AT THIS POINT, AROUND MID-TRIB, THE FIRST-TRUMP RAPTURE HAS TAKEN PLACE, PROBABLY JUST AFTER SATAN IS CAST OUT OF HEAVEN INTO THE EARTH (Rev 12:9).
Rev 13:7-10 says "And it was given unto him (the FIRST BEAST) TO MAKE WAR WITH THE SAINTS (i.e., including the foolish virgins and the 144,000 Israelites), and to overcome them: and POWER WAS GIVEN HIM OVER ALL KINDREDS, AND TONGUES, AND NATIONS. 8 AND ALL THAT DWELL UPON THE EARTH SHALL WORSHIP HIM, WHOSE NAMES ARE NOT WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE OF THE LAMB SLAIN FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD. 9 If any man have an ear, let him hear. 10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
Rev 13:11, 12 says, "And I beheld ANOTHER BEAST (i.e., Satan who was cast INTO the Earth Mid-Trib, Rev 12:9) COMING UP OUT OF THE EARTH; and he had two horns (2 comings to power, in Judas Iscariot and the False Prophet) like a lamb (Christ, who comes twice), and he (THE 2ND HORN, THE FALSE PROPHET) SPAKE AS A DRAGON (Satan). 12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast (i.e., the False Prophet is also a Pope) before (enopion, in the sight of) him (i.e., the Antichrist is not dead, HE CAN SEE), and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first (protos, former) beast, whose deadly wound (houtou, self, thanatos, death, plege, a stroke, by implication a wound) was healed."
THE UNHOLY TRINITY, THE DRAGON, BEAST AND FALSE PROPHET
Rev_16:13 says, "And I saw three UNCLEAN SPIRITS like frogs come out of the mouth of the DRAGON, and out of the mouth of the BEAST, and out of the mouth of the FALSE PROPHET."
Rev_19:20 says, "And the BEAST was taken, and with him the FALSE PROPHET that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These BOTH WERE CAST ALIVE INTO A LAKE OF FIRE burning with brimstone."
Rev_20:10 says, "And THE DEVIL THAT DECEIVED THEM WAS CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE AND BRIMSTONE, WHERE THE FEAST AND THE FALSE PROPHET ARE, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever."
Note: "according to a Vatican curator: "The Vatican Hill takes it name from the Latin word Vaticanus, a vaticiniis ferendis, in allusion to the oracles, or Vaticinia, which were anciently delivered here." (http://biblelight.net/vatican.htm)
> > The Vatican became it's own kingdom in 1929, ruled by popes who are also the "kings." In other words, since 1929, a pope could also be called a king due to the Lateran Treaty signed on FEBRUARY 11, 1929
> > FIRST KING - Pope PIUS XI (1929-1939)
SECOND KING - Pope PIUS XII (1939-1958)
THIRD KING - Pope JOHN XXIII (1958-1963)
FOURTH KING - Pope PAUL VI (1963-1978)
FIFTH KING - Pope JOHN PAUL I (1978-1978)
SIXTH KING - Pope JOHN PAUL II (1978-2005)
SEVENTH KING - Pope BENEDICT XVI (2005- resigned FEBRUARY 11, 2013)
> > Eighth King - Pope Francis I (2013- present)
Wow! Thanks. Feb 11 bracketing that 7-Pope block sure got my attention. The number 7 is God's number of completion. In The Revelation of Jesus Christ, there are 7 church groups, 7 seals, 7 trumpets and 7 vials of God's Wrath that complete the time up to the Second Advent seven months later.
Eze 39:11-13 says, "And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog. 12 And SEVEN MONTHS shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land. 13 Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I shall be glorified (i.e., at the Second Advent), saith the Lord GOD."
According to Ed Vallow, the number 11, as in FEBRUARY 11, means judgment, disorder. That is a warning of things to come.
I was born in December 1928, before Pope PIUS XI came to power in 1929. These Popes have all ruled during my 84 years on Earth. Pope Francis could be the last Pope.
Why will his installation be attended by "MUSLIM, BUDDHIST AND OTHER FAITHS"?
"Pope Francis will be installed Tuesday, March 19, in an inaugural Mass attended by 132 government delegations, representatives of CHRISTIAN, JEWISH, MUSLIM, BUDDHIST AND OTHER FAITHS, and thousands of other well-wishers and onlookers....
Before the ceremony, Pope Francis will receive the fisherman's ring made of silver and gold that shows the image of St. Peter, and the PALLIUM -- A LAMB'S WOOL WRAP bearing five red crosses which represents the Good Shepherd who carried the lost sheep on his shoulders....
Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope, was elected by the College of Cardinals on March 13 after Pope Benedict XVI announced his retirement last month."
Mat_7:15 says, "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in SHEEP'S CLOTHING, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."
BEFORE NOAH'S FLOOD, THE NUMBER SEVEN, GOD'S NUMBER OF COMPLETION, GRABS OUR ATTENTION
Gen_5:31 says, "And all the days of Lamech (Noah's father) were SEVEN HUNDRED SEVENTY AND SEVEN years (i.e., 777): and he died."
Gen_7:4 says, "For yet SEVEN days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth."
Gen_7:10 says, "And it came to pass after SEVEN days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth."
Gen_8:10 says, "And he stayed yet other SEVEN days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark"
Gen_8:12 says, "And he stayed yet other SEVEN days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more."
Gen_8:14 says, "And in the second month, on the SEVEN and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried."
> > Rome - also known as the city of seven hills.
1. "Aventine Hill (Latin, Aventinus; Italian, Aventino)
2. Caelian Hill (Caelius, Celio)
3. Capitoline Hill (Capitolium, Campidoglio)
4. Esquiline Hill (Esquilinus, Esquilino)
5. Palatine Hill (Palatinus, Palatino)
6. Quirinal Hill (Quirinalis, Quirinale)
7. Viminal Hill (Viminalis, Viminale)
"The Vatican Hill (Latin Collis Vaticanus) lying northwest of the Tiber, the Pincian Hill (Latin Mons Pincius), lying to the north, and the Janiculum Hill (Latin Ianiculum), lying to the west, are NOT COUNTED AMONG THE TRADITIONAL SEVEN HILLS." (emphasis mine)
Vatican Hill is not counted among the seven hills, yet, it is within the city of Rome. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vatican_City
"Vatican City...is a landlocked sovereign city-state whose territory consists of a walled enclave within the city of Rome."...
"The Vatican City, whose official language is Italian, is not the same as the Holy See, whose official language is Latin."
St. Peter's Basilica was built where a Temple to the pagan goddess Cybele had been built in 204 BC.
Lightning struck St. Pater's Basilica twice on Feb 11, 2013, the day Pope Benedict resigned. That seems significant. Luk_10:18 says, "And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven."
It could indicate that Satan and his fallen angels were kicked out of Heaven that day. If so, Feb 11, 2013 could have been Mid-Trib. The next thing on the agenda would be the First-Trump Rapture. After that, Satan would come up out of the Earth and enter into the False Prophet.
Mons Vaticanus (City of the Dead)
As Cemetary pre 600 BCE, as Temple to Cybele 204 BCE"
St. Peter's Basilica's dome is 448 ft. tall, the tallest in the world. It has a lightning rod near the cross on the top. In a video I saw, the lightning struck the lightning rod, taller than the cross. There was a space between the bottom of the lightning bolt and the cross. That space could represent the space between the Crucifixion and the time when Satan is cast out of Heaven.
Rev 17:18 says, "And the woman which thou sawest is that great CITY, which reigneth over the kings of the earth."
REVELATION IS WRITTEN AS IF THE FIRST-TRUMP RAPTURE IS AT HAND
In the first chapter, Rev 1:3 says, "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for THE TIME IS AT HAND."
In the last chapter, Rev 22:10 says, "And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for THE TIME IS AT HAND."
Rev 1:19 says, "Write the things which thou hast seen (i.e., before the First-Trump Rapture), and the things which are (at the time of the first Rapture), and the things which shall be hereafter (after the First-Trump Rapture).
THE FIRST-TRUMP RAPTURE COMES BEFORE THE 10 KINGS ARE REVEALED
Rev 17:9-12 says, "And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains (i.e., kingdoms), on which the woman sitteth."10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen (Babel, Babylon II, Media-Persia, Greece, Holy Roman Empire), and one is (Ecclesiastical Holy Roman Empire), and the other (Babylon III) is not yet come; and when he (i.e., the False Prophet) cometh, he must continue a short space (i.e., the Great Tribulation). 11 And the beast (i.e., Satan) that was (in Judas Iscariot), and is not (in man now), even he (Satan) is the eighth, and is of the seven, and GOETH INTO PERDITION" (the False Prophet). 12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are TEN KINGS, WHICH HAVE RECEIVED NO KINGDOM AS YET; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast" (i.e., the FALSE PROPHET).
We are at this crossroads right now. Five empires have fallen (Babel, Babylon II, Media-Persia, Greece and the Holy Roman Empire. One is, the Ecclesiastical Holy Roman Empire, and one, Babylon III, has not yet come. The ten kings have not yet been announced. The First-Trump Rapture cannot be far away.
We are with Christ in Rev. 17:14. It says, "These (i.e., the 10 kings) shall (i.e., after the First-Trump Rapture) make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and THEY THAT ARE WITH HIM ARE CALLED, AND CHOSEN, AND FAITHFUL."
Rev 17:15-18 says, "And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and NATIONS, and tongues. 16 And the TEN HORNS (kings) which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and BURN HER WITH FIRE. 17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. 18 And THE WOMAN WHICH THOU SAWEST IS THAT GREAT CITY (i.e., Vatican City), which reigneth over the kings of the earth."
AFTER THE RAPTURE, VATICAN CITY WILL BE MOVED TO BABYLON ON THE EUPHRATES
Rev 18:1-3 says, "And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, BABYLON the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication (i.e., joining), and the kings of the earth have committed fornication (joined) with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
THE FINAL DESTRUCTION OF BABYLON
Rev 18:21 says, "And a mighty angel took up a stone (i.e., Satan's home, the asteroid Wormwood, Rev 8:11) like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all." The Tower of Babel will be destroyed again.
THE LAST-TRUMP RAPTURE WILL BARELY PRECEDE THE DESTRUCTION OF BABYLON
Rev 8:11 says, "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."
Rev 18:4 says, "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, COME OUT OF HER, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues."
Rev 6:17 says, "For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?"
Rev 7:14 says "And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."
"IT IS A DAY OF TROUBLE"
Isa 22:5 says, "For it is a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the Lord GOD of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls, and of crying to the mountains."
Isa. 22:16-19 says, "What hast thou here? (Babylon) and whom hast thou here (the Satan-possessed False Prophet), that thou hast hewed thee out a sepulchre here, as he (Satan) that heweth him out a sepulchre on high, and that GRAVETH AN HABITATION FOR HIMSELF IN A ROCK (i.e., the asteroid Wormwood, Rev 8:11)? 17 Behold, the LORD will carry thee away with a mighty captivity, and will surely cover thee. 18 He will surely violently turn and TOSS THEE LIKE A BALL into a large country (Iraq): there shalt thou die, and there the chariots of thy glory shall be the shame of thy lord's house. 19 And I will drive thee from thy station, and from thy state shall he pull thee down."
Continuing, Isa 22:20-25 says, "And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call my servant Eliakim (meaning whom God will raise up, i.e., Jesus) the son of Hilkiah (meaning God is my portion): 21 And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I WILL COMMIT THY GOVERNMENT INTO HIS HAND: AND HE SHALL BE A FATHER TO THE INHABITANTS OF JERUSALEM, AND TO THE HOUSE OF JUDAH. 22 AND THE KEY OF THE HOUSE OF DAVID WILL I LAY UPON HIS SHOULDER; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. 23 And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and HE SHALL BE FOR A GLORIOUS THRONE TO HIS FATHER'S HOUSE. 24 And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father's house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons. 25 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off: for the LORD hath spoken it."
I expect the Second Advent on Nisan 1, 5776, Sat. April 9, 2016, the anniversary of Jesus' resurrection on April 9, 30 AD. That will be the first day of the Jubilee, Regnal and Sacred calendars. The Jubilee follows a Sabbatic Year, 5775. The Lord sure did a lot of planning before the world began. Agape
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