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Gog and Magog and the camp of the saints

January 15, 2014 Comments off

Dispensational attempts to interpret Ezekiel’s prophecy of the Gog & Magog invasion are a huge embarrassment; for example, the weapons of the invaders, bows and arrows, clubs, spears, javelins, swords, shields, bucklers, etc., are archaic. They are made of wood, that is later burned by Israel for fuel, so they no longer need to collect any firewood for 7 years.

The invaders all ride horses, which are very vulnerable to modern weapons such as firearms, bombs, machine guns, etc. There are also logistical problems feeding large herds of horses in regions where fresh water and grass is scarce. And horse populations are quite limited in modern times.

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George Gifford on the first resurrection

August 7, 2013 1 comment

In some of the prophecies of Revelation, life and death have spiritual meanings, which are explained by Jesus in the gospels and by Paul in his epistle to the Ephesians. These concepts underlie the prophecy of Revelation 20, where those who have been beheaded for the witness of Jesus and who do not worship the beast are said to reign with Christ. There are probably no commentators who think that this applies only to those saints who were literally beheaded. The meaning of the saints living and reigning with Christ in this chapter was discussed by George Gifford, in Sermons vpon the whole booke of the Reuelation, Sermon XLIII. 1599.

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Christopher Wordsworth’s comments on Rev. 20

August 2, 2013 Comments off

This post presents Christopher Wordsworth’s comments on Revelation 20, from his Lectures on the Apocalypse critical, expository, and practical, delivered before the University of Cambridge. 1852. 3rd ed.

pp. 404-417.

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Zechariah’s astonished horses and the second woe

July 30, 2013 Comments off

The horses of the prophecy of the 2nd woe may allude to the horses mentioned in Zechariah 12, and 14.

In Zechariah’s prophecies, the armies of those who come against Jerusalem are not killed; instead, they are smitten with “astonishment,” and with “blindness,” and other plagues. This illustrates that they are involved in warfare of a spiritual nature, not a flesh and blood conflict.

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The horses of the sixth trumpet

July 15, 2013 Comments off

Neither the locust plague of the fifth trumpet, which is the first woe, nor the army of horses in the sixth trumpet, which is the 2nd woe, are able to bring the world to repentance. In the sixth trumpet, the horses represent people who lack spiritual understanding.

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Dispensationalism and the Gog and Magog prophecies

February 12, 2013 1 comment

Does dispensationalism deny Jesus is the Christ?

February 7, 2013 Comments off

The keys of the kingdom FAQ

June 7, 2012 2 comments

Thousand or thousands in Revelation 20:1-7

May 27, 2012 4 comments

The question whether a thousand years, or thousands of years, best represents the thought of Revelation 20:1-7, is raised by the translation offered in the Tischendorf 8th Edition of the Greek New Testament, where the expression χίλιοι ἔτος is used, meaning thousands of years, as chilioi is plural. Most texts have χίλια ἔτη, a thousand years.

If chilioi is the correct word, rather than chilia, the idea that Christ will return to reign upon earth for one thousand years in the future is discredited. A spiritual interpretation of the reigns of the saints who are beheaded, and do not worship the beast or his image, seems more promising. Read more…

Richard Baxter on the Millennium

May 20, 2012 Comments off

Richard Baxter (1615-1691) was an influential Puritan leader in the seventeenth century, during a period when the meaning of the thousand years of Revelation 20 was a topic of controversy, especially in England. One of the last books written by Baxter was about Christ’s reign in the present age. Read more…

The great chain of prophecy

May 15, 2012 Comments off

Revelation 20:1-2
And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.

The chain in the hand of the angel in Revelation 20:1 is used to bind Satan for a thousand years. Obviously the chain is a spiritual one, not a literal chain. It is associated with time, and so this chain may be connected to the time prophecies in Daniel 7–12. Time is like a chain, in that it is continuous; each year is linked to the one before, and the one following. Similarly, each day is linked to the one before, and to the one following. Read more…

Deep waters in Ezekiel’s river

May 6, 2012 Comments off

Proverbs 18:4 says, “The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.”

When God was about to deliver the Israelites from the Midianites, a select group was chosen from the people, and the manner in which they were selected was based upon how they drank water at a well. Read more…

Israel, the saints, and the number a thousand

April 30, 2012 Comments off

The use of the number a thousand, and multiples of a thousand, is characteristic in descriptions of the saints throughout the Bible. The number is applied to Israel in the Old Testament, and to the church in the New Testament, which supports the idea of continuity between the two.

When Rebekah agreed to return with Abraham’s servant to become the bride of Isaac, her family said to her, “be thou the mother of thousands of millions.” [Genesis 24:58-60] This seems to be the first time that “thousands” was used in reference to the descendants of Abraham. Read more…

William Hendriksen on the thousand year reign

April 16, 2012 1 comment

The excerpts below from William Hendriksen’s commentary on Revelation, More Than Conquerors, pages 191-192, were found on this site.

Hendriksen wrote:

In order to arrive at a proper conception of Revelation 20:4-6, we must go back to the first century AD. Roman persecutions are raging. Martyrs are calmly laying their heads under the executioner’s sword. Paul had already done this; also James. Rather than say, “The Emperor is Lord”, or drop incense on the altar of a pagan priest as a token of worshipping the emperor, believers confess their Christ even in the midst of the flames and while they are thrown before the wild beasts in the Roman amphitheatres. Read more…

A question on Revelation 20:4

April 15, 2012 Comments off

A question about Revelation 20:4 is discussed at this site.

Question: I have a question re- the beheading reference in rev 20:4.

I am new to bible study, I had read the bible 4 times before but since June the words have different meaning to me. I do not now know if my new interpretations are in the correct direction or indicative of a misunderstanding. Or each person interprets the word differently, based on their experiences and stage in life. Read more…

Revelation and the kingdom of Christ

April 14, 2012 Comments off

In a post on Five Views of Revelation & Rev. 1:1-8, David Bielby mentions the Preterist, Futurist, Idealist, and Historical views, and a 5th view which sees Revelation as “revealing the inauguration of the Kingdom of God.”
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Pareus and the thousand years

March 15, 2012 Comments off

David Pareus (1548-1622) was a German protestant Reformer, who advocated calling rulers to account for their actions. In the year that he died, the authorities at Oxford, England, were ordered to search libraries and bookshops and to burn every copy of his work. In the quote below, from his commentary on the Apocalypse, Pareus discusses the meaning of the thousand years of Revelation 20, and the question whether they are to be taken as definite, or as a literal thousand years. He concludes the thousand years are meant to be taken as a definite period, contrary to Augustine and Ribera. A comment on his argument follows the quotation. [David Pareus. A commentary upon the divine Revelation of the apostle and evangelist John. p. 506ff.] Read more…

The light of day and the thousand years

March 14, 2012 Comments off

One of the keys to understanding the thousand years in Revelation 20 was provided by the apostle Peter, in his second epistle, where he wrote, “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” [2 Peter 3:8]

It remains for us to discover which day he meant. Was it the same as the time signified by John’s use of the figure of a thousand years in Revelation 20? Where else does the apostle Peter refer to a day? Earlier in the same epistle, he said: Read more…

A note on ‘beheaded’ in Revelation 20:4

March 13, 2012 1 comment

In Revelation 20:4 John says “and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God…” The word translated “beheaded” is πεπελεκισμένων, pepelekismenōn which is derived from pelekizó, Strong’s 3990:

pelekizó: to cut off with an ax, esp. to behead

Original Word: πελεκίζω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: pelekizó
Phonetic Spelling: (pel-ek-id’-zo)
Short Definition: I behead
Definition: I behead (with an axe).

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When is the thousand year reign of the saints?

February 10, 2012 Comments off

Kim Riddlebarger presented his interpretation of the thousand years of Revelation 20 in his article: They Came to Life and Reigned With Christ for a Thousand Years — Rev 20:1-15, part of a series of articles on the book of Revelation. He supported amillennialism. Read more…