Jerusalem is a spiritual Sodom. Isaiah 1:8-10, 3:8,9; Ezekiel 16:2,3,45-56; Revelation 11:2,8
Jerusalem is the center of idolatry. Isaiah 2, 10:11, 31:4-7; Jeremiah 5:1,27; Ezekiel 8; Zephaniah 1:4-6; Zechariah 13:1,2; Psalm 97; Revelation 18:2
Jerusalem is responsible for the blood of the prophets. Matthew 23:29-39 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets. Luke 13:31-35 …it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets. Lamentations 4:11-13; Revelation 18:20,24
Reward Jerusalem double for all of her sins. Isaiah 40:2; Jeremiah 16:18, 17:18; Revelation 18:6
Jerusalem is a burdensome stone. Jeremiah 51:63,64; Zechariah 12:3; Revelation 18:21
The Babylon-Jerusalem connection. Jeremiah 50:28; Zechariah 2:7; Isaiah 46:13, 47:1 (the two verses are consecutive); Isaiah 46-48 these chapters seem to have a dual intertwining theme of both Jerusalem and Babylon
Jerusalem may develop into an international city. If so, the Jews, Christians, and Muslims would look to Jerusalem as the capital city representing the heart of their religions. We could very well have the center of a one world religion based in Jerusalem.
The abomination of desolation would be as simple as the one world ruler walking across town from his headquarters to the Jewish temple and saying, "Not only am I the ruler of this world, but also the god of this world, the god of the Jews. The whole world must take my mark to be a part of my new world order."
> darrin << Babylon falls in two stages, at the return of Christ,
> Revelation 14, and just as His wrath is coming to a close at the
> seventh bowl. Chapters 17 and 18 can be inserted there. >>
with the return of Christ, the very initial part of his second
The 144,000 are sealed, on Mount Zion, and with Jesus. They are
enjoying a new gospel hymn that the angels just wrote. (There will
be drums at that service.)
The gospel angel flies through the midst of heaven having the
spiritual power to ensure that the gospel is preached (through the
martyrdom/testimony of the church) through the entire world. This
corresponds with Christ’s teaching that the end could not come until
the gospel had been preached/published in all nations. This proves
that the end can finally come because, with the aid of persecution,
Christ’s command in Matthew 28:18-20 will finally be fulfilled.
There is an announcement that Babylon has fallen.
There is an announcement of comfort to the saints, 9-13.
14-16=Rapture (Just for fun, look up the two words for ripe used in
verse 15 and in verse 18. First reaping sure seems like the church
17-20=Setting aside for judgement.
All of these are, to me, are undeniably associated with the
immediate events surrounding Christ’s return.
Now in 16:19, clearly under the seventh bowl, Armageddon, God’s
wrath is poured out on Babylon.
In the explanation about Babylon found in 17 and 18, we find two
different ways that God will deal with Babylon. 17:16-17 tell us
that God will put it in the hearts of the ten kings to hate and burn her.
This is where one could easily see the first phase of Babylon’s
fall. Then at the end of the description of Babylon’s destruction, in 18:21,
an angel casts Babylon into the sea never to be found any more at
all. We could easily see this as God’s wrath spoken of at the
Luke 18:7-8, Matthew 24:22, Mark 13:20, II Thessalonians 2:3 (the
great apostasy), Luke 17:22, Luke 21:16-17, John 16:19-22, not to
mention the sad plight of the churches in the midst of the great
tribulation as described in Revelation 2 and 3.
If the days were left alone to run their course, the church would
literally dry up, and there would be nothing to harvest.
Thrust in your sickle and reap because the harvest of believers has
dried up! The time has come! It is time to cut short the days
otherwise if you wait any longer there will not be found faith on
the earth! For the elect’s sake harvest now!