PROPHECY HEADLINES: 10,000 ISIS fighters prepared to attack Baghdad | Iran warns U.S. of attacks on Israel if Assad is overthrown | British MPs vote in favor of recognizing the ‘state of Palestine’ | Mount Sinabung in Indonesia continues to erupt | Turkey says it won’t conduct ground war against ISIS alone
The Bible says in Revelation 19:15: “And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”
PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: “The Nature of Symbolic Language, Part 1” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book, “Revelation: Unlocking the Future”.
The events predicted in the Revelation are stated in symbolic language. Many of these symbols are taken from Old Testament passages. These include: tree of life, Lion of Judah, song of Moses, book of life, Lamb of God, throne of God, Wormwood, Sodom, Babylon, Jezebel, Gog and Magog, and Armageddon. Some symbols are drawn from other New Testament passages. These include: Word of God, “first-born of the dead,” eternal gospel, Son of man, marriage supper, the Bride, “first resurrection,” and “second death.” In fact, of the 404 verses that are contained in the Revelation, 278 are drawn from Old Testament passages.
Some of the symbols in the Apocalypse have no biblical parallel and are left unexplained. These include: mark of the beast, image of the beast, beast of the sea, scarlet beast, seven thunders, synagogue of Satan, “hail and fire mixed with blood,” great army of the Euphrates, little book, and great white throne. Other symbols are specifically explained and identified. The Alpha and Omega is Jesus Christ. The seven lampstands are the seven churches. The “new song” is the song of the Lamb. The “great day of their wrath” is the Great Tribulation. the 144,000 are Jews from the tribes of Israel. The dragon is Satan. The scarlet beast is Rome (the city on seven hills). The New Jerusalem is the church (the Lamb’s Bride). Other symbols are self-explanatory: numbers, angels, the open door, golden bowls (or vials), seals, trumpets, songs, horses, fire, death and hell, the holy city, and the glory of God.
OCCUPY TILL I COME: “Waiting on the Second Coming — Comfort at the Grave (Part 1)” by Ray C. Stedman
MUSICAL SELECTION: “Days of Elijah” by Twila Paris