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Cliff notes to the apocalypse
Here is some of the information I have been able to accumulate about
the prophecies in the book of Revelation since naming my industrial
band 7 Vials, heh, I thought I was naming it after the destruction of
the earth, not so.
The book of revelation, at least the prophecy part of it, is a series
of descriptions of the same events from several different perspectives
and is not to be taken in chronological order.
A common misconception among christians is that they get whisked away
by Jesus before anything bad happens. Not so, they are persecuted and
killed. It actually says all the saints are killed. Jesus doesn't show
up again until the 7th vial which is basically the last inning of the
ballgame. He is coming back to massacre the armies lined up against
Another common misconception is that the great tribulation is terrible
for everyone. Its not, its business as usual for non-believers, its
the Christians who suffer during this time. After enough saints have
been killed the non-believers catch the 7 vials of the wrath of God,
then its bad for everyone.
The great whore of babylon is the Roman Catholic Church, the daughters
of the great whore are the protestant churches. The great whore sits
on the city of 7 hills(Rome).
Animals usually represent nations. Horns are leaders. Isreal is always
described as a woman. In the book of revelation the lion represents
Great Britain, the leopard represents Germany, the bear is Russia, the
eagle is the US, the woman is always Isreal. Horns represent the leaders
of the nations. So a beast with a bunch of different kinds of heads
and horns is a rising of a group of nations and their leaders.
The antichrist is a nothing more than a world leader, the false prophet
is the pope at that time. The pope lends the political support of the
vatican to the world leader's cause. This pope is supposed be able to
perform miracles and will decieve many. The antichrist's power won't
be all pervasive since he is at war the whole time he is power.
1st seal: era of Catholicism
2nd seal: era of Communism
3rd seal: era of Capitalism
4th seal: era of Famine and Death
5th seal: Souls under the altar in heaven cry for revenge.
6th seal: Wrath of God
7th seal: Silence in Heaven
1st trumpet: WW1
2nd trumpet: WW2
3rd trumpet: Chernobyl disaster(Chernobyl mentioned by name)
4th trumpet: days shortened ???
5th trumpet: Gulf War (Saddam mentioned by name) or the war Bush Jr
is about to undertake.
6th trumpet: future war that kills 2 billion people over a period of
time, this war will be started by an army capable of fielding 200 million
7the trumpet: Armageddon
7 Vials(wrath of God):
1st vial: Sores on people who take the mark of the beast
2nd vial: a sea becomes blood and every living thing in it dies
3rd vial: drinking/fresh waters become blood
4th vial: Sun scorches men with great heat
5th vial: Darkness
6th vial: Flow of Euphrates river stopped (Turkey has a Dam)
7th Vial: Thunders, great hail, big earthquake, islands sink into sea,
mountains fall down, Armageddon, destruction of Babylon(the vatican
The 6th seal, the 7th trumpet and 7th vial all happen at the same time.The
7 Vials happen in a relatively short period of time, 3.5 years or less.
The Trumpets happen over a longer period of time and last for several
years each. The seals happen over a much longer time period.
The final 7 years the prophet Daniel speaks of happen after the 6th
trumpet and before the 7th vial. The first 3.5 years of this 7 yr. period
are relatively non-eventful other than there is peace in the middle
east and Jerusalem for long enough for the Jews to build a new temple
and resume animal sacrifice. The second 3.5 years is the great tribulation,
its beginning is marked by the abomination of desolation. The abomination
of desolation is when the antichrist steps into the temple, stops the
animal sacrifice, and defiles the temple. The great tribulation is the
antichrist's effort to exterminate jews and christians. At the very
end of the tribulation is armageddon.
It is worthwhile to note that the only unforgiveable sin mentioned
in Revelation is taking the mark of the beast. The mark of the beast
is part of a plan to economically sanction persons unwilling to submit
a new government led by the antichrist. Basically if you take the mark
you are headed for a BBQ in the afterlife no matter what.
The 7 vials are theoretically localized. So when it hails 75lb hailstones
its only supposed to hail on the coalition of armies invading Isreal
led by Russia. The coalition of armies become confused and kill each
other. This also implies that the US is no longer a world superpower
or that the US is no longer allies with Isreal.
For those still interested in living, the 6th trumpet is really the
biggest milestone to survive. Its next in the lineup of things to happen.
During the the 6th trumpet 1/3 of mankind is killed over a period of
several years. Today that is 2 billion people. It is a war that is started
by a nation or group capable of fielding 200million soldiers. Its most
likely a war of weapons of mass destruction.
Lastly the apocalypse in Revelation isn't really the end, the world
and humanity goes on for another 1000 years after all this calamity
before God decides to destroy it for good. Hope this clears things up