Four Blood Moons
12 “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people — everyone whose name is found written in the book — will be delivered.
4 But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”
10 Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, because the time is near.
I. The future that speaks of the end was so far away, Daniel would have no way to understand the prophecy, so he was told to seal it.
A. John, the Revelatory, is told to unsealed the prophecy. It was happening before his eyes, and much more in the future was going to unfold.
B. He tells us when the end will come: “Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”
4 “But Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal it up so that it will not be understood until the end times, when travel and education shall be vastly increased!”
- Think about it: travel by horse. Car invented in 1894.
- Plane invented in 1903.
- Education, knowledge. Patents. Picture of Patent
- History of communication. Romans establish first postal service, 14 Ad. Printing press 1455, typewriter 1714, Telegraph line 1793, First photograph 1814, First sound 1821, Morse Code 1843, Pony Express 1861, Phone 1876, phonograph 1877 and first moving pictures 1877,
- Now: High speed internet, (block busters going out of business) Knowledge at a click of the button.
- We are truly at the fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy.
“How long will it be before these astonishing things are fulfilled?”
7 The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and I heard him swear by him who lives forever, saying, “It will be for a time, times and half a time. When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed.”
- Temple was destroyed in 70 AD. Now begins the prophecies.
A. Time, Times (2) and half time comes to 3 1/2 times. Means “time” (long time), “times” (longer than thought) and “half time” (added for good measure).
“Power of the holy people (Jews and Christians) finally broken.”
B. 70 Ad begins the countdown.
III. Interpreting the Book of Revelation. Symbols. Reason: Rome was confiscating and destroying scriptures. Vision in biblical code.
A. Babylon is fallen: Rome is falling.
B. Most people naturally interpret the visions as symbols: whore on a beasts, beasts out of the water, 4 horses, dragon. But then they mistakenly interpret the other symbols literally.
C. Mistake to think the revelation is about the seven year tribulation, and the church is gone from this.
- Babylon is fallen. Christian’s rose in the 4th century. 476 end of the Roman Empire.
- Woman gives birth to male child.
D. The Book is a dramatic retelling of the gospel and of the last days preceding the coming of Christ and the end of the age.
11 Then I was told, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.”
2 because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months. 3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth
IV. Two witnesses (Moses and Elijah) Law and the Prophets preach for 1,260 days or 42 months, equals 3 1/2 years. CHURCH.
a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. 2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.
A. Woman is Israel:
9 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”
6 The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.
B. During this same period of the church preaching the holy Word of God, Israel will be protected during this period, though, she will live in a desert (dry place, exile). “Gentiles will trample the Holy City for 42 months.“
7 Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. 8 Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. 9 For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. 10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.
V. After 42 months. “finished their testimony.” Attack against the church will be about Sodom (homosexuality) and Egypt (killing babies). Sanctity of human life and marriage. Roe v Wade 1973.
A. God is dead philosophy: “Where also their Lord was crucified.”
- “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him” German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, 1883.
- The cover of the April 8, 1966 edition of Time magazine asked the question “Is God Dead?” and the accompanying article addressed growing atheism in America at the time. Picture of Time Magazine, Is God dead?
- So called Christian theologians no longer accepted the possibility of affirming belief in a transcendent God. They concluded that God had incarnated in Christ and imparted his immanent spirit which remained in the world even though Jesus was dead.
13 When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. 14 The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach.
VI. First vision. She “fled”. This time she is given the “wings of an Eagle”. Wings of an Eagle. Symbol of America.
A. Israel got back Jerusalem, thus the 42 months have ended. We are in the 3 1/2 days. Shorter period of apostasy than revival.
B. When Jerusalem got back their city, the prophetic time for the church entered a new period. Two witnesses killed.
2 Thess 2:3
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;