Revelation Prophecy - Who Cares? Making Revelation irrelevant was the quest of a 16th Century theologian. Protestant Reformation leaders were convinced that the Roman Catholic Papacy was the Antichrist of Revelation. (see Protestant End Times Doctrines)
To avoid this accusation Francisco Ribera invented Futurism in 1590; sealing up the last 19 chapters of Revelation until a mysterious time at the end of the age. But Futurism had a major shortcoming - it placed Christ's return beyond the earthly lifetime of Christians.
In 1827John Nelson Darby* solved this problem by suggesting a 'semi-second-return' which would occur just before Ribera's mystery period; restoring the anticipation of Christ's appearing. *(note Spurgeon calls Darby a heretic at the bottom of this link) -- It's all good; right?
Sealing up the prophetic chapters of Revelation wasforbidden by God - "Do not seal the words of the prophecies of this book" (Rev 22:10).
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Excerpts from Introduction "So what sort of signs of the times should those who "walk in the day" be able to see; as the Day approaches?Some highly visible characters are identified in John’s prophecies.
One of these characters is a nation that rules over all the other nations, and is such a mighty world power that the other nations proclaim, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” (Rev 13:4)
√Trading capital of the world √ Chief military power √ Unknown at writing of Revelation √Unfaithful to God √ Citizens live in luxury √ Given to sinfulness
√Persecuting the saints √Requiring body identifier
The persecution of those who truly believe in Jesus Christ is about to begin in America.
"Another, and perhaps the most significant, similarity between the Great Harlot and the US is how perfectly She exemplifies “the Mother of all Harlots”.What is the source of legalized fetal abortion?Where have premarital sex and the homosexual lifestyle been legitimized and promoted?What is the world’s source of pornographic images?Not to mention the biblical definition of spiritual adultery; turning away from the Holy One of Israel. “The inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornications”(Rev. 17:2b). Has any nation ever been so successful at spreading her filth throughout the earth?Could a future nation possibly match the breadth and depth of moral depravity that this great country has poured out upon the globe?Hard act to follow!Dare I suggest; impossible.What more could be indulged in?How could a nation be more influential?"
The Great Harlot must be destroyed before or during the 1/3 judgment (trumpets). It would not be possible for the golden age of world commerce (described in Rev 17 & 18) to arise within 3 1/2 years after 1/3 of mankind, plants, fish, and atmosphere have been destroyed. (Consider how long it really takes to turn an economy around after relatively minor problems - Japan, Europe, the U.S., Haiti)
"Come out of her, My people" is the only major book of this title which preserves its biblical context. ("Come out of her, My people" (Rev 18:4) is a command to leave a physical location - not merely a separation from world systems.)
The unsealed rendering of Revelation fueled the Reformation and saved countless souls from martyrdom. What might the power of unsealed prophecy do to revive America?