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PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “War in Heaven? Part 9” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”
— Key Players: “The rest of her offspring,” saved Israel
When Satan is thwarted in his attempts to destroy national Israel, he will turn against the “rest (remnant) of her offspring” that has the “testimony of Jesus.” These are converted Jews who have come to faith in Jesus as their Messiah. They will be persecuted severely by the two “beasts” that are forthcoming in Revelation 13.
This is the only explanation that makes proper sense of the text and maintains the distinction between Israel and the Church. If the “rest of her offspring” are Church Age believers, how are we to distinguish between them and the woman if the woman is also the Church? Only by viewing the woman as Israel and the “rest of her offspring” as converted Jews of the Great Tribulation does this section make any sense at all. By chapter 14, we again see the 144,000 Jews with Christ, the Lamb of God. The entire context from chapters 12-14 is Jewish.
OCCUPY TILL I COME: We are continuing our journey through the book, “Coming Events and Present Duties,” by J.C. Ryle. This section is titled, “Watch” (Part 39) based on the parable of the foolish and wise virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. J.C. Ryle writes:
How long is this sleep to go on? When do you mean to arise and live as if you had a soul? When will you cease to hear as one who hears not? When will you give up running after shadows, and begin to seek something substantial? When will you throw off the mockery of a religion which cannot satisfy, cannot comfort, cannot sanctify, cannot save, and will not bear a calm examination?