Revelation 12 -16

WAR IN HEAVEN

The Woman, Son, and the Dragon – (Revelation 12:1-5 A “sign” appears in the heavens, a woman clothed with the sun and the moon beneath her feet)

War in Heaven and on the Earth – (Revelation 12:7-17The Dragon attempts to destroy the Woman, her Son and “seed”)

WAR ON THE EARTH

The Beast from the Sea – (Revelation 13:1-5John saw a horrific beast ascending from the sea, a creature summoned by the Dragon to make war on the Woman’s “seed”)

An Ancient Beast – (The “beast from the sea” is the latest incarnation of an ancient creature that has been active since the fall of Adam)

War Against the Saints – (Revelation 13:6-10The Beast from the sea wages war on behalf of the Dragon to destroy the “saints,” the “seed of the Woman”)

The Persecuting Beast – (Consistently, in Revelation, the targets of the Beast’s assaults are the saints who follow the Lamb)

The Beast Ascending from the Earth – (The beast from the earth mimics the Lamb. It is the mouthpiece of the Dragon, and the propagandist for the first beast – Revelation 13:11-15)

Beastly Economics – (The False Prophet employs the economical means to coerce men and women to render homage to the “beast from the sea”)

The Mark of the Beast – (Revelation 13:16-18 – (The Beast from the Earth compels all to take the “mark” or the number of the Beast from the Sea)

FINAL HARVESTS

The Priestly Company on Mount Zion – (The 144,000 “males” seen on Zion comprise the “first-fruit” of the final harvest, the priestly company that “follows the Lamb” – Revelation 14:1-5)

The Everlasting Gospel Prepares the Final Harvest – (Revelation 14:6-7Another angel appears to announce the everlasting gospel to prepare for the coming harvest)

The Fall of Babylon Announced – (Revelation 14:8-11Two more angels appear and announce the judicial sentence of God on “Babylon” and the “inhabitants of the earth”)

The Final Grain Harvest – (Revelation 14:12-16Two different “harvests” are to occur at the end of the age – The reaping of the “grain,” and the ingathering of the “fruit of the vine”)

The Final Ingathering of “Grapes” – (The final ingathering of the “fruit of the vine” portrays the outpouring of the “wrath of God” on all men who take the “mark of the Beast” – Revelation 14:17-20)

SEVEN BOWLS OF WRATH

The Seven Bowls of Wrath – OVERVIEW – (Chapter 15 introduces the seven angels with the seven bowls of wrath)

The Song of Moses and the Sea of Glass – (Revelation 15:1-4Having “overcome” the Beast, the saints stand on the Sea of Glass and sing the song of Moses and of the Lamb)

The Tent of Witness – (The destructive force of the seven “last plagues” corresponds to the destruction of the Egyptian host in the Red Sea Revelation 15:5-8)

The First Four Bowls of Wrath – (Revelation 16:1-9Modeled on the plagues of Egypt, God dispenses judicial punishment on the inhabitants of the earth)

The Fifth Bowl of Wrath – (Revelation 16:10-11The first four “bowls” undermined the economic structure of the World-Power; now, the fifth “bowl” targets its political dimension)

Armageddon – Sixth Bowl of Wrath – (Revelation 16:12-16The sixth “bowl” begins the final battle between the “Lamb” and the “Dragon” – Armageddon)

The Seventh Bowl of Wrath – (Revelation 16:17-21God passes judicial sentence on End-time Babylon)

RELATED TOPICS

The Victory of the Saints over the Dragon – (The followers of the Lamb overcome the Dragon through the blood of the Lamb and their faithful testimony)

Embracing the Mark of the Beast – (The “inhabitants of the earth” are willing participants in the veneration of the Beast, but Christians may also succumb to the false faith)

The Mark of the Beast or the Seal of God – (Humanity in Revelation falls into two groups: those who take the Beast’s mark and those sealed by God)

The Counterfeit Religion of the Beast – (The “beast from the earth” mimics the Lamb by presenting a counterfeit of the true faith – Revelation 13:11-18)

The Antichrist: What Sort of Figure? – (Is the Antichrist a global political leader or a deceiver who originates from within the church?)

The Military Campaigns of the Beast – (Revelation uses “war” language to portray the Devil’s persecution of the saints)

The Extent of the Beast’s Reign – (In Revelation, “all” means “all.” All rulers and nations that refuse to follow the “Lamb” will render homage to the “Beast from the sea”)

The Mark of the Beast – Some Considerations – (Aspects of the Beast’s mark and reign for Christians to contemplate)

The Kings of the East – (Revelation 16:12-16The “Kings of the East” are identical with the “kings of the earth” gathered to Armageddon for destruction)

Armageddon – One Final Battle – (The several “battle” scenes in Revelation all present the same final assault by Satan against the people of the Lamb)

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