The Book of Revelation

Chuck Missler has this to say about the book of Revelation:

"The Book of Revelation is the only book of the Bible that promises a special blessing to the reader.

There are many reasons why this book invariably results in a special blessing to the diligent inquirer. Perhaps the most basic blessing accrues from the fact that in order to understand the back ground of the many images, one will have to trace back into virtually every other book of the Bible. The Book of Revelation consists of 404 verses which contain over 800 references to the Old Testament alone! 

Organization of the Book 

Jesus Himself has provided the key to the structure of the book: He told John to write 

  1. the things which thou hast seen, and 
  2. the things which are, and 
  3. the things which shall be hereafter. 
The "things which thou hast seen" refers to the vision of our risen Lord just experienced previously in Chapter 1.

The "things which are" refers to the seven churches which were existing at that time in Chapters 2 and 3. 

The "things which shall be hereafter (meta tauta)" refers to the remainder of the book. 

Joshua as a Model? 

It is interesting to notice the parallels in design between the Book of Joshua in the Old Testament and the Book of Revelation. Joshua's name is in Hebrew; in Greek it could be rendered "Jesus." Joshua's mission is to dispossess the usurpers from the Land on behalf of God's people; in Revelation, Jesus' mission is to dispossess the Planet Earth of the usurpers. 

Joshua initially sends ahead two witnesses. (We call them spies, but all they accomplished was getting a Gentile woman saved.) The two witnesses of Revelation Chapter 11 are a prominent element. 

In the initial attack on the Amorite capital of Jericho, every rule of the Torah was violated: the Levites were exempt from military duties, yet they lead the procession. They were to do no work on Sabbath Day, yet here they march around Jericho once a day for six days, and then seven times on the seventh day! They are to keep silent until the final trumpet blast, etc. It is interesting that the Seven Trumpets in Revelation are introduced after a strange silence. 

The opposing kings align themselves under a leader who calls himself Adoni-Zedek ("The Lord of Righteousness"), who is ultimately defeated with signs in the sun and the moon at the battle of Beth Horon. The defeated kings hide in caves, etc. "

Moses as a Model

We should also consider the remarkable parallels between the deliverance of the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage and the accounts of Revelation. Moses came to Pharaoh and God sent ten plagues onto the land of Egypt, yet Pharaoh "hardened his heart" as God had said he would (Exodus 3:19). In Revelation we see that God pours out a multitude of plagues onto the nations, yet they still "did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts" (Revelation 9:20 - 21).

The Nephilim 

Missler goes on to say:
"Of other interest in the Book of Revelation is the emergence of the "Man of Sin". It is interesting to consider this in the light of Jesus statement that the end times would be "like the days of Noah" (Matthew 24:37). One of the things which finally precipitated the Flood was the intermarriage of angels and women. Their children caused enormous trouble in the old world.

Genesis 6 indicates that the "sons of God" (B'nai Elohim) took wives of the "daughters of men," which gave birth to the "Nephilim." What on earth was going on? 

The B'nai Elohim is a term that refers to angels. It occurs four times in the Old Testament (Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7, as well as Genesis 6. They are said to have "shouted for joy" at the creation) and is rendered "Angels of God" in the ancient Septuagint translation. The intrusion of certain angels into the human family resulted in unnatural offspring termed Nephilim, which derives from the Hebrew naphal (to fall), or the Fallen Ones. 

Incidentally, the Nephilim didn't completely end with the flood. Genesis 6:4 mentions, "...and also after that..." We find the sons of Anak, the Anakim, later in the Old Testament (Numbers 13:3; Deuteronomy 3:11; Amos 2:9; 2 Samuel 21:15-22). 

The Reason for the Flood 

It was the infusion of these strange beings into the human predicament that brought on the Flood of Noah. The Flood was preceded by four generations of prophets/preachers warning of the coming judgment: Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah. 

It seems that this was part of Satan's stratagem to corrupt the line of Adam to prevent the fulfillment of the Messianic redemption. Noah was apparently unique in that his genealogy was still uncorrupted. (Genesis 6:9) 

The strange events which led to the flood are also alluded to in ancient mythologies. (Fallen Angels and the Heroes of Mythology, by John Fleming. ) The legends of the Greek "titans" -- partly terrestrial, partly celestial -- embrace these same memories. (They rebelled against their father Uranus (Heaven) and after a prolonged contest were defeated by Zeus and condemned into Tartarus, the term used by Peter to refer to hell (2 Peter 2:4)) (The Greek titan is linguistically linked to the Chaldean sheitan, and the Hebrew satan.) 

The Angels that Sinned 

The strange events of Genesis Chapter 6 are also referred to in the New Testament. Peter refers to events preceding the flood of Noah

"For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment..." (2 Peter 2:4) 

(Peter uses the term tartarus, here translated as hell. This was a Greek term for "the dark abode of woe, the pit of darkness in the unseen world." Homer's Iliad portrays tartarus "as far below hades as the earth is below Heaven...") 

Also, in Jude, it mentions them: 

"And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." (Jude 6,7) 

Scripture warns against meddling with the spirit world. The punishment which overtook the angels that sinned was to emphasize the serious nature of apostasy: beings of a higher order than ours have been hurled down into a dark place of confinement where they have remained for thousands of years. 

God has not changed His attitude toward them; time has not mitigated the seriousness of their sin. False teachers are pre written into condemnation.

The "Sons of God" Return?

There are many who believe that the recent "alien" involvements are demonic and just another precursor to the end time. Some also believe that the Coming World Leader may boast of an "alien connection." 
(Missler, 1996)

Created: 23 - Jan - 1997.
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