Printer’s Ink . . .

Vol.4, No.46 – November 17, 2019, Countdown to the end – 33

This calls for wisdom; let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666 –Revelation 13:18

The world has seen dictators; there is more to come. However, there is a last dictator coming. Supervillain at his worst. This is Satan’s regent prince, the Beast, the man of sin. 666. Revelation 13 is a chapter describing the two striking rebels in all history. They cannot be described as the greatest rebels, because there is nothing great about being rebellious.

The wild Beast comes out of the sea, and a wild false prophet comes out of the land. They represent two movements; they will seek to set up a world-federation of nations for political reasons. They include a world-federation of churches for “religious” reasons. They will do this in the Great Tribulation period—Christ’s Church is no longer present; Christ has raptured them. Caught away to be forever with the Lord.

John Phillips describes these two with his words, “in the Satanic trinity now formed, the Beast is the anti-God (13:6); the false prophet is the anti-Christ (13:11-16). Satan is the anti-Spirit, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience.” (Ephesians 2:2)

This is Satan’s imitation of the Divine Trinity, a deception.

All three are anti (especially anti-Christ). The second wild thing is actually a beast as well—the false prophet. He works collaboratively with the first Beast. He is an administrator of sorts, for the affairs of Satan. He looks and acts like a lamb, but speaks like a Dragon. Together, the Beasts are blood brothers, abetting one another, as the entire world moves toward one vast political/religious unit.

Do you want to know who the Anti-Christ is? I think we are approaching the thousands in guesswork. Some use the term to describe movements (such as the “organized” church). Is it a person we have already experienced? (Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Obama, Kissinger—they get votes of academics and preachers with an agenda.) The identity of the Anti-Christ will not be known until the Church is gone—raptured (2 Thessalonians 2:3-5).

Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead (13:16).

A simple little mark, as a token of allegiance.

Every human being required to display the “passport” of Satan’s brand; without such, no transaction great or small can be made. No billion-dollar deal can substitute for the brand; no little boy or girl can buy an ice-cream cone at the corner store. No seal, no sale! No brand, no dollars! No tattoo, no acceptance! All without the mark, the brand, the tattoo (Printer’s Ink) get rejected by the Federated government/church.

The number 666, what is that? Is it the tax system run amuck? Is it the voter registration number of the future? No one knows for sure. 666 is mystic and mysterious; it taxes the ingenuity of Bible scholars, professors, preachers, and teachers worldwide. Six is the number of man. Six is short of seven (perfect; reflecting God). If you keep adding sixes to man’s identity, you still come up with less than perfect.

If I had started a printer-ink business at age 18, to sell ink to all the folks interpreting the meaning of 666, the thousands of gallons of black ink sold would have produced enough income for me to retire at 29. Just think of the fishing time I would have had.

Worthy are you, our Lord and God! Revelation 4:11

He, who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches! Revelation 2:7

Behold, Jesus is coming soon Revelation 22:6

Life Application

Printer’s Ink. What would you do with the income you could get from selling printer’s ink? I thought about spending time fishing. I think it is still a good plan. Fishing. Perhaps if I would take the time that contemplating 666 and its person, and invest it in fishing for the lost, I could get some great nibbles on the heart strings of those needing to hear of the Lord Jesus Christ, and His great offer of salvation. Unbelievers, like dead fish are just going with the flow. Printer’s Ink. Ha!

Ready to die for Him . . .

Vol.4, No.45 – November 10, 2019, Countdown to the end – 32

Now war arose in Heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back –Revelation 12:7

Germs of anti-Semitism are spreading to epidemic proportions – here in Revelation 12, but also in our present day.

Paul Johnson, in a classic writing, A History of the Jews, presents the entire Jewish phenomenon in a well-studied historical narrative. It is baffling to see the hatred and hostility that the state of Israel endures (including the Holocaust). It is tragic to hear the left wings of political parties in our world so easily joining, together, to mock, and call for defeat of the Jews.

However, nothing will compare with the atrocities and holocaust of the future.

In Revelation 12, the stage is set for the final consummation of the ages. Several authors write about the coming war. One such writer is John Milton, Paradise Lost, reflecting on the violent conflict to come.

After the conflict in Heaven, and the expulsion of Satan, Scripture tells us that in effect “all hell breaks loose on the woman and the man-child.” The woman is a metaphor of the state (nation) of Israel. The “offspring” is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Red Dragon seeks to destroy Christ by decree, prior to his birth to the Virgin Mary. That failed. Satan followed by entering the heart of Herod to effect the killing of all male children of two years and under in Bethlehem (House of Bread).

Satan’s plan backfires. He did get the Pharisees (the religionists) to put Jesus to death on the Cross; however, his conspiracy crashed and burned.

The ancient serpent (the Devil, Satan), brought his ace card to play: crucify the man-child on the Cross of Calvary. The dragon seems finally victorious; the Christ-child destined to rule the nations (the entire world), dies an ignominious death.

Down in the pit, Satan’s home, it is party time. Satan and his demons celebrate. God’s final chapter, however, is not yet written, and Satan is not “omniscient.” He does not know all things. The sovereign Almighty God intervenes with a resurrection, an ascension to the glory of Heaven, all measures of victory, of triumph. (There is more!)

Satan’s game of chess brings him to be check mated and mastered by the One he hates most. Like most losers, he responds as a caged animal. Chocked with fury, Satan is struggling to find ways to vent his anger and hatred. He cannot resist spite upon humanity, not the least of which is anti-Semitism.

Satan cannot touch Christ, so he attacks those Christ loves, the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the believing children of God.

There will be a looming period of terror ahead for Israel. The Scriptures paint the picture under a rubric of the Day of Jacob’s Trouble (Jeremiah 30:7). The last half (three-and-one-half years) of the Great Tribulation is present in chapter 12. Bible versions use descriptive translations for this period: (1) a time and times and half a time, (2) 42 months, or (3) 1260 days. It is a period of waging war against God’s Chosen People.

And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death – Revelation 12:11

This is overcoming; this is the victory of the children of God. Satan cannot win; Satan is a loser from “way back.”

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain –1 Corinthians 15:57-58

Worthy are you, our Lord and God! Revelation 4:11

He, who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches! Revelation 2:7

Behold, Jesus is coming soon Revelation 22:6

Life Application

Do the words: steadfast, immovable, serving, testimony, and not afraid to die for Jesus describe our lives as children of the Most High God. There is none like Him.

Come behold the Wondrous Mystery

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery
In the dawning of the King
He the theme of heaven's praises
Robed in frail humanity

In our longing, in our darkness
Now the light of life has come
Look to Christ, who condescended
Took on flesh to ransom us

Come behold the wondrous mystery
He the perfect Son of Man
In His living, in His suffering
Never trace nor stain of sin

See the true and better Adam
Come to save the hell-bound man
Christ the great and sure fulfillment
Of the law; in Him we stand

See the price of our redemption
See the Father's plan unfold
Bringing many sons to glory
Grace unmeasured, love untold

Come behold the wondrous mystery
Slain by death the God of life
But no grave could e'er restrain Him
Praise the Lord; He is alive!

What a foretaste of deliverance
How unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
Christ in power resurrected
As we will be when He comes

Come behold the wondrous mystery

The Coming Day . . .

Vol.4, No.44 – November 3, 2019, Countdown to the end– 31

“The kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever.” –Revelation 11:15

There will come a day when what we believe (because of God’s Word), becomes visible reality. There will be a time when the walk of faith turns into walk by sight. The first request found in the “Lord’s Prayer” is Your Kingdom come. It has a scheduled answer. At that moment, God’s promises are completely fulfilled. All our hopes will be realized; all of our waiting will be over.

In chapter eleven, there is another visual angle; the shift is to the throne room of Heaven. There is music! It is akin to the Hallelujah Chorus. It is good to sing; it deserves to be sung there. Even the twenty-four elders will sing. (I have heard many pastors say they cannot sing, so they just move their lips. This is going to be a great hymn sing of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Elders will join the singing.)

This is the time for God’s reign to become reality on the earth. “We give thanks to You, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, for You have taken Your great power and begun to reign.” (11:17)

Does this sound a little strange? “Begin to reign.” God is always in control—absolutely. His Kingdom is growing and expanding. However, the reality is that at this period His reign becomes visible to everyone, including the rebellious (His enemies). What believers trust by faith is now visible to the eyes of all. (All means all, and that is all, all means!)

The inauguration of God’s Kingdom on earth has four characteristics:

  1. Your wrath came (The reign of God gives Him the right to meet the rebelliousness and sin of the nations with His wrath. God executes His Divine judgment upon evil. Every human is accountable before God.)
  2. The time for the dead to be judged (The reign of God give Him the right to judge. The moral absolutes that come from the very character of God evaluates the lives of those dead.)
  3. The time has come for rewarding Your servants (The reign of God gives Him the right to reward those who serve Him. The coming of His Kingdom brings delights and rewards found in the promises of His Word.)
  4. The time has come for rewarding the prophets and saints (The reign brings the delight of God to reward the prophets and saints.)
  5. The time has come for rewarding those who fear Your Name (The reign of God gives Him the right to reward those fearing His Name.)
  6. The time has come for rewarding the small and great (God is not a respecter of persons, all are equal before Him – both small and great.)
  7. The time has come for destroying the destroyers of the earth (The reign of God gives Him the right to determine a plan for salvation. The destination of the “wide road” versus the “narrow road” are real and final.)

Interesting . . . our news (regardless of where you tune in or search). The headlines expose the source. There is always an agenda. However, you can believe whatever comes over the media – right? You do not have to fear, or do you? One thing you can be absolutely sure of: We do not have to worry what it all (what we glean from the news) means and where it is all going. We have sure hope. The Scriptures give expectations of us being an encouragement to one another with the certainty of His coming again. Certain of His coming Kingdom.

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea –Habakkuk 2:14

Worthy are you, our Lord and God! Revelation 4:11

He, who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches! Revelation 2:7

Behold, Jesus is coming soon Revelation 22:6

Life Application

The Kingdom of God is coming to rule over the earth. How might you be prepared to meet the needs of the people of the earth before the reign begins on earth? Are we providing the truth of the sure hope in our Lord Jesus Christ? If not, how great is the error of God’s people upon the earth. A recent hymn (contemporary) Donna and I have learned has a great message for our present mission in our world, Let the Nations be Glad.

Let the glory of the Lord forever be a joy; may redemption be the theme of our song. for by grace we have been saved, and by grace we shall proclaim, to the corners of the earth that Christ has come.

Let the nations be glad, let the people rejoice, for salvation belongs to our God. Let the whole earth be filled with the praises of the Lord, for salvation belongs to our God. Let the nations be glad!

Through the ages gone before, through the trial and the sword, many saints and martyrs conquered though they died. Still we’re holding out the cross, crossing ocean suffering loss, shall endure all things to win the crown of life.

As Your holy church goes forth, in the Holy Spirit’s power, with the glories of the Gospel to explain, now we pray Your kingdom come, and we pray Your will be done. For the honor and the glory of Your Name.

Let the nations be glad, let the people rejoice, for salvation belongs to our God. Let the whole earth be filled with the praises of the Lord, for salvation belongs to our God. Let the nations be glad.

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