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A beast with ten horns and seven heads; really? Revelation 13:1

This title is fairly close to what one of the guys said, as he ranted on how no one can understand the book of Revelation.  This particular guy acts like a baby and I am quite certain he would have to be spoon fed to get him through most the Revelation. The oddity is that he was a gunnery sergeant in the military. He of all people knows that there are rules to making and keeping things working, like a mortar. Those things have to be cleaned or they blow up in your face. Where did you learn that skill set? You either read it, or listened intently because you wanted to go home that night.  Why do we not apply this level learning to the word of God? As you read Revelation 13:1 you get the sense that John is in mid-thought, and it may help us gain clarity and context if we back up a step. Revelation 12:17 ESV Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And …

What does it mean to be blessed?

In Matthew chapter five we find the Beatitudes. You know them as the “Blessed are the ….” statements. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. The Sermon of the Beatitudes (1886-96) by James Tissot from the series The Life of Christ, Brooklyn Museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:3-5 KJV) What does it mean to be blessed?The Greek word from which we get blessed is: makarios – meaning, supremely blest; by extension fortunate, or well off. So, if I look at this first blessed statement and restate it, I get this: “Well off are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” This alone gives me problems because I see this condition in recovery every time I go there. People that are poor in spirit because of their hangups, but they are anything but well off. So this must have a meaning beyond the idea of bouncing around like a cheerleader, lead…

The Rapture is Imminent - Revisited. Part 1

English: The Flight of the Prisoners, c. 1896-1902 , gouache on board, 8 15/16 x 11 5/8 in. (22.7 x 29.7 cm), Jewish Museum, New York, NY. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I came across a blog entitled: The Rapture is Imminent. Since I happen to feel strongly about that I indulged myself. The page began with "Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city", however the prominent caption read: The Great Tribulation - The Seventieth Week of Daniel - It's All About Israel. With a title like The Rapture is Imminent, and an opening line of "Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city", the association my mind wanted to make, but now clarify is: I am supposed to be looking for some connection between the seventy weeks and the Great Tribulation? What can I determine from the statement, "Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city"? That God is mad at Israel and Jerusalem. Is that the case? Absolutely. Is…