“These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
Why do we have such a hard time with Revelation? There is the language, no doubt. John saw a vision of the future, which may have included both technology and natural phenomena that he had no frame of reference for.
For example, from Revelation 8:8 – 8 Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea,…
What do you think? A huge meteor like the one in the movie Armageddon? Why not? The likely result could very well be “…third of the sea became blood. 9 And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.”
There are the locusts from the bottomless pit: 7 “The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men. 8 They had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9 And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses running into battle. 10 They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails.”
Two possibilities exist here. One, John may be trying to describe piece of technology from the future. Two, these may actually be living creatures. How is that possible? You might recall not long ago I published Animal Human Crossbreeding, May 21. It is being done right now. So, if Satan wants to, who says he can’t produce these monstrosities?
Revelation 9:10 – “And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.”
Apollyon. The Greek god Apollo. In other words, at one time Satan presented himself as the Greek god Apollo.
From Wikipedia: “Apollo was an oracular god—the prophetic deity of the Delphic Oracle. Medicine and healing are associated with Apollo, whether through the god himself or mediated through his son Asclepius, yet Apollo was also seen as a god who could bring ill-health and deadly plague.”
Not exactly a nice guy. But then, neither is ol’ pointy tail.
By reading current events NOT from ANY mainstream media, but online, I’ve learned about C.E.R.N. In short, it’s an exceptionally powerful collider used by physicists to smash sub-atomic particles together and…see what happens. One goal they’ve admitted to is to open portals to other dimensions, perhaps send a message through and see what comes back. There are pictures online of shots taken by cameras to document events inside the collider. The purport to be a millisecond opening of a portal. Faces are discernable.
See my article You Can’t Make This Up from May 9. Here is the salient portion on this topic:
One of the facts about this super collider is that “CERN was built at a very interesting location. “CERN is partially situated (at) “Saint-Genus-Poilly.” The name Pouilly comes from the Latin “Appolliacum” and it is believed that in Roman times a temple existed in honor of Apollo, and the people who lived there believed that it is a gateway to the underworld. It is interesting to note that CERN is built on the same spot.”
So they built a dimensional portal machine on the ancient site of Apollo’s/Satan’s temple. And past residents believed it was a gateway to the underworld. And just where will those locusts come from?
Am I saying that CERN will be the mechanism to release the locusts from Revelation? Not definitively, but it lines up OK right now. And this is how you read Revelation. You read it and get it into your head, whether or not you currently understand everything in it. You watch as Jesus said to – stay up on current events and the word around you – and you look for matches.
No one finds Revelation to be an easy read. Herein lies the rub. The current reality of conservative ‘church-dom’ isthe idea that these things are so deeply complex and so highly technical, they are almost completely beyond the reach of the common man. Admittedly, even the church fathers like Dionysius of Alexandra struggled with Revelation. But, given that, we’ve stopped trying.
My friends, we’ve talked ourselves out of being able to understand ANY Revelation – and a good deal of the rest of the Bible – because we don’t speak Greek, Hebrew, haven’t gone to seminary…fill in an excuse. Instead of working at it, we go running back to the Gospels and few of the epistles where the going is a bit easier. Even then, we feel we need an “expert” to teach us the depths of scripture.
Whom did Jesus teach? Who spread His Gospel? Fishermen. Tax collectors. Prostitutes. Do you really think that there’s something they understood that you can’t? They were bright, sure enough. But they weren’t educated. We can hear Jesus’ words just as well as they did.
That’s why a good many of us fell into the pre-trib rapture nonsense. We took an expert’s word for it. Who was the expert? C.I. Scofield were still alive, we could ask him. Scofield is the one who, with the aid of some very strange and very rich bedfellows, pioneered the popularization of PreTrib with enormous success, in the early 1900’s.
NEXT: The Revelation Challenge Part 4 and Scofield’s role