What is the “first resurrection”?
Answer: From a New Testament perspective, it is baptism into Christ.
The Book of Revelation is remarkably symbolic throughout. Rarely is it relating to literal occurrences, other than perhaps chapters 2-3 regarding the seven churches. Even then, metaphorical language appears in those chapters as well (seven stars, seven ...
Very few know that the vers also could be read; “Defiled among women”.
These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are
virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.
These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and
to the Lamb. (Rev 14:4 - KJV)
ουτοι εισιν οι μετα γυναικων ουκ εμολυνθησαν παρθενοι ...
Since I have cared for my wife during her dementia, I have had intimate evidence of the defilement that sexual activity involves. Cleaning of the excretions that accumulate in the vaginal area are mute evidence of the defilement that occurs when having intercourse. There is no way to avoid the blood, urine and fecal contamination that co-exist within the ...
What does it mean to be cast out from the presence of God, and what does it mean to be in the presence of the holy angel and the Lamb?
How can I explain the difference to someone who thinks Revelation 14:10 contradicts 2 Thessalonians 1:9?
In light of your question why one is cast out from the presence of the Lord and another one is in His presence Being ...
How to reconcile 2 Thessalonians 1:9 with Revelation 14:10
Revelation 14:10-11 NASB
10 he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed [a]in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and [b]brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends ...
26The  kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers  band together
against the Lord
and against his  anointed one.
14They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the  kings of the whole world, to  gather them for the battle on the great day of  God Almighty.
I have numbered and highlighted the ...
10they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb.
The Lamb and the holy angels are in charge of the torment, not Satan and evil angels.
11 And the smoke of their torment will ...
2 Thess 1:9 "away from the presence of the Lord". They are cast out of heaven.
Proverbs 15:11. "Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord".
Psalm 139:8 "if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there".KJB. God's presence appears to be in hell not as Saviour, or in relationship with the occupants. Maybe more as "...
There are several features of Rev 14:9-11 that are sometimes missed:
The torment is not described as eternal - only that smoke from the torment rises eternally
The torment is in the presence of the holy angels and the Lamb. IF this torment is understood as in hell (location actually not mentioned) then the holy angels and the Lamb are also in hell for the ...
οιτινες δικην τισουσιν ολεθρον αιωνιον απο προσωπου του κυριου και απο της δοξης της ισχυος αυτου [2 Thessalonians 1:9 - TR (undisputed) Beza, Stephens, Elzevir and Scrivener all identical.]
απο προσωπου - 'from presence' (KJV) :
There is no article thus I suggest that this is a concept and is not being located, since Deity is being seen - 'of the Lord' . ...
A neutral translation runs thus:
And he said, Look—no! I am thy fellow servant, and that of thy brethren the prophets, and them that keep the words of this book: worship God!
The idea being conveyed is that the angel is the fellow-worker in expounding the revelation of God to His people (John being an Apostle, and the angle, likewise, being a revelator, ...
It's not saying that the angel is of John's brethren the prophets (i.e. one of them); the word "fellowservant" in this translation also goes with the phrase "of thy brethern..." and with "...of them which keep...". So the angel is basically saying that he's John's fellowservant, and a fellowservant of John's brethern the ...
και λεγει μοι ορα μη συνδουλος σου γαρ ειμι και των αδελφων σου των προφητων και των τηρουντων τους λογους του βιβλιου τουτου τω θεω προσκυνησον [TR] Revelation 22:9.
The Englishman's Greek New Testament - interlinear and literal translation - best demonstrates the real meaning of this text :
And he says to me, See [thou do it] not : fellow bondman of thee ...
The text of Rev 22:9 says this -
And he says to me, "See that you not do this. I am your fellow
servant, and with your brothers the prophets, and with those keeping
the words of this book. Worship God!"
The angel is NOT saying that he is one of the prophets. What he DOES say is that he, the angel, is a fellow-servant of the Lord just as John and ...
Colossians 2:13: "When you were dead... He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions"
This is referring to the spirtual death and birth described in John 3.
"You must be born again". The believer in Christ is born twice. Once physically for all people and then, for those who believe, born again ...
How do we reconcile Satan's authority over death with Christ's authority?
First, I would suggest that the sequence of who has the "power of death" is irrelevant: only God has the power of life and death.
From Revelation 12:9, it seems very clear "the dragon" = "the serpent of old" = the Devil and Satan". It should be ...
The question is predicated on the erroneous assumption that Revelation's chapters are Chronological. I know of no school of prophecy that suggests this. It appears, taking the book of Daniel and his parallel prophecies as a precedent, that many of the sections of the book of revelation are parallel; that cover the same things but from different ...
There are two questions raised about Rev 8:7, one textual and the the other interpretive. Let us address these one at a time.
The text as per NA28/UBS5, Byzantine, Majority text is as follows (my literal translation in all cases):
Καὶ ὁ πρῶτος ἐσάλπισεν· καὶ ἐγένετο χάλαζα καὶ πῦρ μεμιγμένα ἐν
αἵματι, καὶ ἐβλήθη εἰς τὴν γῆν· καὶ τὸ τρίτον ...
Rev 8:7 is it a third part of the trees or third part of earth burned up?
Some Greek manuscripts do not have "A third of the earth was burned up". At Biblehub 25 out of 27 include it.
Is this to take literally or figuratively?
The book of Revelation is highly symbolic. Most interpret it figuratively.
Vitringa says the earth denotes the ...
When did the dragon get this authority to be able to delegate authority?
Apparently, it was around the time of Jesus as declared by the devil in
"I will give You authority over all these kingdoms and all their glory," he said. "For it has been relinquished to me, and I can give it to anyone I wish.
Jesus didn't correct him. All ...
The description and activities of the sea beast can be seen in Rev 13;1-10 with the following literary structure
13:1, 2a The sea beast introduced and described (similar to the dragon)
13:2b, 3a Dragon gave power, throne and great authority to sea beast whose fatal wound that had been healed
13:3b A: Whole earth ...
King James Version
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
That is his son Jesus Christ. All other creatures were created, Jesus was born by his mother Mary not created. = firstborn.
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be ...
First, the author of Hebrews appears to be making a direct contrast between the Devil with the power of death, vs, Jesus who is the source of life:
1 John 5:11, 12 - And this is that testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
John 1:4 - In Him ...
Jesus has the power of life - life eternal. He IS 'the Life'! (John 14:6) He gives life to the dead. As the second Adam from heaven, he is "a quickening [life-giving] spirit" (1 Corinthians 15:45). But he has power OVER death, and death is subject to him, due to become the last enemy to be destroyed - by the triumphant, risen Christ (vs. 26).
Some people do interpret the woman of Rev. 12 as the 'Israel of God' of the New Covenant. Others interpret her as being the nation of Israel of the Old Covenant. Yet others interpret her as being the virgin Mary. And still others say she is the New Testament church which 'births' Christ in the believer. There are probably lots of other permutations on this ...
Rev 3:12 contains the metaphor of a person being a pillar in the temple of God.
The one who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of My God,
and he will never again leave it. ...
That is, the person is a permanent pillar, not a temporary pillar in the temple of God.
The Apostle Paul, uses exactly the same metaphor in 1 Cor 3:16 where we read:
The entire OT is understood by the authors of the NT as prophetic of the life and times of the Messiah, up to c. 70 AD/CE. The entire NT is intended to fulfil, in a Middle Platonic way, the OT. The Revelation is a graphic description of what was (prior to that time), what "is" (at that time) and what was to very soon take place. So from our point ...
NIV Revelation 3:
7 “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12 The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it.
The victorious believer is likened to a pillar in the temple of God. In this imagery, he ...
It is not excluded that this going out can refer to the outer darkness of Matthew 8:12, 22:13, 25:30.
But here is what Matthew Henry says on this verse:
Christ promises a glorious reward to the victorious believer: he shall
be a monumental pillar in the temple of God; not a pillar to support
the temple (heaven needs no such props), but a monument of the ...
Rev 1:3 is one of the seven benedictions of the book of revelation - each one is directed to a specific group of people in the Christian era:
Rev 1:3 - Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and obey what is written in it, because the time is near.
Rev 14:13 - And I heard a voice from heaven telling me ...
The book of Revelation describes a vision of the Lord's Day, or Day of the Lord, at the end of this age.
For the relatively few people that are still alive just before this time, the End Times truly are near.
But for the vast majority of people, those that have died before this time, the End Time will begin for them at their resurrection, either the first ...
Is the promise of Revelation 1:3 for Christians in all ages?
In short to your answer is: YES
We have not observed any of the prophecies being fulfilled during the 19 centuries since the death of the apostle John, so we must turn our attention to our times and the future.
Because " the time [of fulfillment] is near."[for God to ...
What the Bible says about Woman as Symbol of Church, from BibleTools.org states:
Every time a woman is used as a symbol, the common denominator is the idea of a system of beliefs and practices that influence other people.
Religions and religious organizations and their leaders are represented by women.
This applies to God's relationship with physical ...
The sword of Revelation is not always ῥομφαία (rhomphaia). In Rev. 6:4 a different word is used, which means ‘a great sword’ – wielded by the rider on the red horse: “and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.” This rider has but one symbol of ...
The woman is portrayed as giving birth to Messiah under great pain, and then fleeing to the desert.
I've known messianic jews that interpret the woman as Israel (the people, not the country) because Messiah came from the jews.
This symbolism is supported by imagery of Joseph in Gen 37.9 (ESV)
"Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers ...
Paul's man of sin is Revelation's false prophet:
Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received
the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
Here we read of the second ...
I'd say it's unlikely that Jesus is holding the sword himself, It's most likely ῥομφαία being used because of the implication of the word ῥομφαία with grief and dominance. Traditionally it was the white horse that was associated with Christ as proposed by Irenaeus but technically in the context of Revelation 6, all of seals including the horsemen are being ...
The word, "antichrist" does not occur in the book of Revelation. It only occurs in 1 John 2:18, 22, 4:3, 2 John 7. In all of these occasions, the antichrist is a person or individual who either:
1 John 2:18 – the existence of antichrist(s) proves that John was writing in the “last hour”. See “Eschatology”.
1 John 2:22 – defines antichrist as ...
Disclaimer: asking about revelation is going to generate a flood of answers. There is no profit in disputing interpretations of Revelation.
"antichrist" doesn't appear in Revelation, it appears only in John's epistles.
In 1 John 2.18-22, the 'antichrist' is used as a reference to false Christians who "went out from us", e.g. ...
Berean Literal Bible 1 John 2:
Little children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen, whereby we know that it is the last hour.
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 500: From anti and Christos; an opponent of the Messiah.
The term ...
The operative word in Rev 16:16 (about which there is little MSS dispute but see NA28 for details) is Ἁρμαγεδών (Harmagedōn). According to the same verse, this is a Hebrew word and thus must be read as Har-Magedōn = "mountain of Megiddo".
Note that "Har" = mountain in Hebrew.
How this should be interpreted is another matter entirely. ...
When Deborah judged the Israelites, they won a great victory against Jabin in
23On that day God subdued Jabin king of Canaan before the Israelites. 24And the hand of the Israelites pressed harder and harder against Jabin king of Canaan until they destroyed him.
Then Deborah sang a song to celebrate in Judges 5:
19“Kings came, they fought,
The Greek word is G717 - harmagedōn from Hebrew origin הַר (H2022) and מְגִדּוֹן (H4023).
הַר means mountain/hill and מְגִדּוֹן Megiddo is a location modern term Tel (city) Megiddo located on the southern rim of the plain of Esdraelon 6 miles (10 km) from Mount Carmel and 11 miles (18 km) from Nazareth
In the book of Revelation, the word, "mountain" only occurs eight times as follows:
Rev 6:14, 15, 16 - mountains vanish and the wicked ask to be destroyed by them
Rev 8:8 - a burning mountain that appears to allude to Ex 19 and Heb 12:18, ie, Mt Sinai
Rev 14:1 - Mt Zion
Rev 16:20 - mountains moved
Rev 17:9 - seven mountains of Babylon
Rev 21:10 - ...
It has two possible names, depending on whether we speak of before or after the New Jerusalem has settled upon it: The Mount of Olives, or Mount Zion.
Before the Holy City comes down to it, the mountain is known as the Mount of Olives.
And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which
is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of ...
The commenter above failed to show how the virgins are literally following a literal lamb.
Plus how do women defile men by having sex according to the Old Testament?
Nowhere in the Bible speaks of it. A woman on her cycle is termed as ritually unclean in the OT, but guess what, the man is termed as ritually unclean too every time he releases sperm.
So I ask ...
The pertinent passage in Rev 19:11-16 says this, set out to display its structure:
Then I saw heaven standing open, and there before me was a white horse. And its rider is called Faithful and True.
With righteousness He judges and wages war.
He has eyes like blazing fire, and many royal crowns on His head.
He has a name written on Him that only He Himself ...
Answer: From an premillennial perspective this seems like wishful thinking.
we really are dead if we have not accepted the Words of our Savior.
The quotations from Romans and Colossians use the concept of death in a larger sense.
This is especially obvious in "sin became alive and I died", where Paul clearly hadn't literally died yet.
Can we interpret the “first resurrection”/“second death” (Rev. 20:6a) as being made alive in Christ?
Answer: From an amillennial perspective this seems most plausible.
The Book of Revelation is remarkably symbolic throughout. Rarely is it relating to literal occurrences, other than perhaps chapters 2-3 regarding the seven churches. Even then, metaphorical ...