ALL THINGS NEW:  NEW HEAVEN, NEW EARTH, NEW JERUSALEM

Earthly Jerusalem meets Heavenly Jerusalem by Alex Levin

by Tammy Phillips
November 22, 2021

“Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new, ‘and He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’” (Revelation 21:5 NKJV)

I have been so anticipating the last chapters of Revelation!  Believe me, I know how hard the preceding chapters have been.  I have read them and  have tried to present them to you as best as I could led by the Holy Spirit.  The bad in the book was so bad and very painful to read, but the great end of the book is beyond imagination.  And, I have a VIVID  imagination.  Now that we are at the end of Revelation, it has been worth every difficulty and every tear.  As I read chapter 20, I am overwhelmed trying to fathom what God has been preparing for us, “all things new.” 

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also, there was no more sea.”(Revelation 21:1 NKJV)

The key word in Revelation 21:1-5 is “new.”   It is the Greek word, kainos, which means recently made and superior to what it succeeds; fresh; unused, unworn. This is not a restoration nor renovation of the old heaven and earth.  This is new!  Also, the Bible uses the word heaven in three different ways.   

“The first heaven is the earth’s atmosphere, the ‘blue sky.’ The second heaven is outer space, the ‘night sky.’  The third heaven is the place where God lives in glory. When the Scriptures speak of a new heaven, they mean a new “blue sky” and a new “night sky,” not a new heaven where God dwells.”- David Gusik

I have always had difficulty with “there was no more sea.”  If you know me, you know the seaside is my favorite place in the world.  I always thought my heavenly mansion would be by the shore.  However, the word of God also says,

“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; For behold, I create Jerusalem [as] a rejoicing, And her people a joy.”(Isaiah 65:17-18 NKJV)

We are not going to remember the sea. Ok,God! We will be glad and rejoice in the new You create!  We trust you with the new!

“Looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” (2 Peter 3:12-13 NKJV)

The word of God says in our focus verse, Revelation 21:5, “I make all things new…these words are true and faithful!”  We can believe it.  God said it.  We can put it in the bank.  It is true. It is done.  He is, and has, the First and Last word on everything.  He goes on to say:  “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning, and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.” (Revelation 21:6 NKJV) We do not need a vast sea because He gives us the fountain,  “the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts!”

Now let’s talk about where we will spend eternity…

“Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them [and be] their God.’” (Revelation 21:2-3 NKJV)

One of the most beautiful things ever is a glowing bride in love, prepared, and ready to meet her groom!  I had a dream once about the return of Jesus.  The sky unfolded and atop  massive cloud was a bigger-than-life Jesus.  I didn’t see His face.  I just saw His outstretched arms holding back the saints in heaven. I heard His command to them, “Wait!”  It was almost time for His return, but the command was to wait.  Their backdrop was a large metropolitan city painted the most vibrant colors.  It was as if it was glowing in all the colors of the rainbow and more.  Tomorrow we will see how John’s description of New Jerusalem.  It will be beautiful, but the most important treasure in the above verses is that God will live with us.  We will walk and talk with Him.  We will be in His presence forever.

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4 NKJV).

I don’t believe they had exclamation points when the Bible was written because there would have been one after every point in verse 4. These verses bring me to tears and I am at a loss for words. We can only imagine.

I enCOURAGE you with the word of God, “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.” (Revelation 21:7 NKJV).   As a child of God, we have this to look forward to! We must trust Him, and through Him overcome! Sadly, those who do not truly choose Jesus as their Lord AND Savior, “the cowardly (fearful, timid,  faithless)  unbelieving, abominable (stinky, to break wind, smell like a fart, disgusting, detestable), murderers, sexually immoral (prostitute, fornication), sorcerers (drug dealers, “druggist,” poisoners, drug makers), idolaters (worship false gods, worship images, or any god other than Yahweh), and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (Tammy’s Interprative Version of Revelation 21:8 NKJV, see Rev. 21:8 )

Spirit of Jerusalem by Alex Levin
Jerusalem Paintings by an Israeli Artist Alex Levin.
Obviously, Holy Spirit gives us the same kind of dreams.
by Daniel B Holeman

JESUS REIGNS AND SATAN IS TOSSED

You paint your own picture of Revelation 20. It is beyond imagination.

by Tammy Phillips
November 21, 2021 

REVELATION 20

Satan Bound 1000 Years (Rev.20:1-3) 

When criminals have been proven guilty or admitted to heinous crimes, family and friends of the victims rejoice when criminals receive their just due. This is the scene of Revelation 19. The Antichrist and the false prophet have been thrown into the lake of fire.  Revelation 20  begins by describing the arrest and imprisonment of the dragon, the serpent, Satan himself, our adversary,  also called the Devil, the Accuser of the Brothers.  He has many alias’ and none of them good. He is locked up for a thousand years. Finally!

Several commentators point out that an unnamed angel (v.1)  bound Satan. It was not the Father, nor Christ.  Satan is not on God’s level as an opposite.  An angel with God-given authority bound him.

“And he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.”(Revelation 20:3 NKJV)

Satan is thrown  into the bottomless pit for the millennial reign of Christ on earth.  I wonder if the devil will feel like he is literally falling for a thousand years since the pit is bottomless?   Wouldn’t that be the justice of God?  Satan has always tried to deceive us and make us fall. Makes me smile to think about it. Notice, Satan is not thrown into the lake of fire, and he has to be released for a little while. But why? Answer later. 

“Till The Thousand Years Were Finished” (Rev.20:3)

During the Millennium :

  • Israel will be the superpower of the world.   The Temple Mount will be the “capital” of the government of the Messiah. (Isaiah 2:1-3, Ezekiel 17:22-24)
  • Earthlings will submit to the Lordship of Jesus. (Isaiah 2:1-5)
  • No more war. (Isaiah 2:1-5)
  • All animals live in peace with each other and humans. (Isaiah 11:6-9)
  • King David will have a prominent place ruling over Israel. (Isaiah 55:3-5, Jeremiah 30:4-11, Ezekiel 34:23-31, Ezekiel 37:21-28, Hosea 3:5)
  • Israel will be blessed and secure. (Amos 9:11-15)
  • The temple will be rebuilt, and service restored. (Ezekiel 40-48, Ezekiel 37:26-28, Amos 9:11, Ezekiel 20:39-44)
  • Resurrected saints  will be given assignments on Earth according to their faithful service. (Luke 19:11-27, Revelation 20:4-6, Revelation 2:26-28; 3:12, 22, 1 Corinthians 6:2-3)

“The Millennium is important because it will demonstrate Jesus’ victory and worthiness to rule the nations.  The Millennium is important because it will reveal the depths of man’s rebellious nature in a perfect environment. (Revelation 20:11-15).  The Millennium is important because it will display the eternal depravity of Satan, who continues his evil as soon as he is released from his incarceration.  The Millennium is important because it will show the invulnerability of the city of God and God’s new order.”-David Gusik, BLB Commentary

The Saints Live And  Reign With Christ On Earth 1000 Years (Rev.20:4-6)

After the raptures and all the judgments of the Great Tribulation, it is hard to believe many people will be left on earth. However, there are.

“And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. (Revelation 20:4 NKJV)

The Word of God says to us:   “To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me on my throne even as I have sat down with my Father on his throne”(Rev 3:21). “  And so, the promise of sitting on their thrones and judgment given unto them. “Know ye not,” Paul said, “that you are going to judge the angels”(1 Corinthians 6:3).

Also, the beheaded for God, those who didn’t worship the beast and get his mark also live and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (Rev. 20:4).

“But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This [is] the first resurrection.” (Revelation 20:5 NKJV)

The first resurrection includes all Christians who were called up:  the dead in Christ, Old testament saints, living Christians, the 144,000 and Tribulations saints.

“Blessed and holy [is] he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ and shall reign with Him a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:6 NKJV). Hallelujah. 

As blessed followers of Christ we have eternal living, ruling, and reigning with Him in the near future!

Satan Released and Crushed (Revelation 20:7-10)

 “Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison.” (Revelation 20:7 NKJV)

God is a just God. Satan is released to tempt people who have lived during the one-thousand-year reign. From the time of Adam man has been tempted.  If Satan hadn’t been released, all who had previously been tempted  and yielded could have accused   God of being unjust.  Satan had one thousand years to reform.  Nope, he is released, and he is his same old hard hearted criminal self with his same old plans…deceive the nations and battle Jesus. He gathers troops again. “And he gathers them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.” (Rev 20:8). Can you believe people who have actually seen Jesus for a thousand years can still be deceived by him?  They surround Jerusalem and God decides he has had enough.  “Fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.” (Rev:20:9). Finally, the devil is thrown to the lake of fire to be tormented forever. (Rev:20:10). Raise a Hallelujah!

The Great White Throne Judgment (Rev.20:11-15)

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.” (Revelation 20:11 NKJV)

John saw all the wicked dead not in Christ resurrected and standing before  the throne of God.  Books were opened including the Book of Life.  The dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.” (Revelation 20:12 NKJV).  We are alive at this time and not dead because we part of the first resurrection.  Hallelujah!

“Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death, and anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:14-15 NKJV).

The end of Death. The end of Satan on earth.  He gets to live forever tormented with his followers in the lake of fire.

I hope you are enCOURAGED!  As followers of Christ, we have the promise to live forever with Jesus, as well as rule and reign with Him for a thousand years in His kingdom, and so much more.  If you are not a follower of Jesus, you have a promise, too,  the lake of fire, burning eternally with Satan.  I enCOURAGE you to really think about your eternity and where you want to live.

JESUS RETURNS 

by Tammy Phillips
November 20, 2021

 “Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.” (Revelation 19:11 NKJV)

What a scene!  All of earth has been waiting for this climax!  Jesus’ return to earth!

Jesus originally came to earth to make love.  Since Jesus’ death on the cross, we have been in the age of grace.  When we get to heaven,  wouldn’t you love to know how many times Jesus called us to surrender all.  I know the number would probably be greater than the days of our lives. Actually, I am sure I  would not want to know, nor would it matter, in the loving face of our Savior.  Revelation 19 is what the earth has been groaning  for and we have been waiting for, the return of Jesus to earth.  Humanity has been given every chance to surrender to Him.  In 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 the Lord came and gathered His bride in love in the sky, but in Revelation 19, He comes to earth in judgment and to make war.

He is “called Faithful and True.”  He is trustworthy. He is our confidence. He is True.  He is not hidden nor concealed.  He is revealed and He alone is the Real Thing.  We see in Revelation 19 that Jesus keeps His word and returns to earth.  A glorious picture is painted of Him in the following verses…

“His eyes [were] like a flame of fire, and on His head [were] many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.” (Revelation 19:12 NKJV)

A fire has its own character, both captivating and sedating, drawing people near to watch the dance of its flames as it gives out its warmth.  Jesus’ eyes were compelling, irresistible, riveting, and gripping.”- Rick Renner(https://renner.org/article/his-eyes-were-as-a-flame-of-fire/) Fire also symbolizes purification and judgment in the Bible.  We have the choice to surrender to the purification process in Him or one day experience His judgment.  Again, the choice is ours.  

“He [was] clothed with a robe dipped in blood… (Revelation 19:13 NKJV)

I do not know if Jesus’ clothes are red from His own blood,  from stomping evil grapes or both.  Either way, He is taken care of business.

“Why [is] Your apparel red, And Your garments like one who treads in the winepress? ‘I have trodden the winepress alone, And from the peoples no one [was] with Me. For I have trodden them in My anger and trampled them in My fury; Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, And I have stained all My robes. For the day of vengeance [is] in My heart, And the year of My redeemed has come.” (Isaiah 63:2-4 NKJV)

“…and his name is called The Word of God.” (Revelation 19:13 KJV)

Jesus is revealed so many different ways in Revelation 19 that it is impossible to grasp the magnitude of all that He is.  I love John’s word painting of Him.  It is just so hard to fathom.  He is the Word of God.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the “Word was God” (John 1:1 KJV).   The Word is alive, creative, and powerful. He is the building block of all things, from beginning to end.

“And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.” (Revelation 19:14 NKJV)

In our focus verse we saw Jesus returning on a white horse.  Here “the armies of heaven” are pictured following Him on white horses. You and I are included in this army as followers Christ!  (Revelation 17:14,  Jude 14-16)  He is the Lord of the Armies!  “In Biblical times – especially among Israel – most soldiers were foot soldiers. To have a horse in battle was a significant advantage. A horse spoke of honor, of power, and of speed.” -David Gusik (BLB Rev. 19 Commentary) Jesus returns on a white horse for battle, and we do, too!  He also dresses us in white for battle.  I believe He  has it taken care of. 

“Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” (Revelation 19:15 NKJV)

 When a band of 600-1000 Romans attempted to arrest Jesus in the garden, He dropped them to the ground with three words, “I am He.” (John 18:4-6) He needs no other sword than His Word and neither do we.  The war will not last very long.  All He has to do is speak and evil will be obliterated. Can’t wait to hear what He says!  He also makes another statement…

“And He has on [His] robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:16 NKJV)

What a statement! I love that branding was an original God idea.   Jesus does not come back wearing Nike, Adidas, nor Under Armor.  He wears His own exclusive brand boldly written: “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”  What a smack in the face to the thugs left on earth! He returns declaring who He is and who they are not!

Picture this.   Revelation 19:17-20 concludes with an angel standing on the sun calling all birds to come and eat supper. The Lord is serving up kings, captains, might men, and all the marked people as dinner for the birds.  John saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Jesus and His army.  Then…the beast and false prophet who deceived people into the mark, were captured and cast alive into the lake of fire!

“And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.” (Revelation 19:21 NKJV). Jesus has the last WORD for sure.

I enCOURAGE you join the army of God. If you haven’t chosen, Jesus as your Savior and Lord choose Him. Invite Him into your life.  If you have already decided to follow Christ, choose His will and way in all things.  Follow Him into His Word. Spend time with Him and get to know your soon and coming King more intimately.  Love Him with all your heart.  Keep His commands as a good soldier in the Kingdom. Choose Him always.  He always chooses you!  THE KING is coming!

PS…where is the Dragon?

THE PARTY IN HEAVEN

November 19, 2021

I honestly do not believe that anybody loves a party more than God.  His parties look a little bit different, but I know He is all about rejoicing and having a good time.  In the Old Testament He established dates and times to remember and celebrate victories in Him.  God’s parties are a time to join together and worship Him.  We do the same on earth.  We join together to celebrate birthdays, weddings, and world championship wins like the Braves!  This chapter begins with the music turned up in heaven in celebration of the fall of Babylon and in preparation for the party-of-all-parties, the marriage feast of the Lamb.  Picture Sanford Stadium on a cool crisp fall Saturday with 100,00 of your closest friends.  One side yells, “GEORGIA,” and the other side exclaims, BULLDAWGS!”  As cool as Sanford is on a Saturday,  it is nothing in comparison to the great multitude of Revelation 19 in heaven erupting with loud voices of Alleluia!

“Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication!” (v.1)

 “Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!” (v.3)

“Amen! Alleluia!” from the bowed down and worshipping twenty-four elders and the four living creatures. (v.4)

“Then a voice came from the throne, saying, ‘Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!” (v.5)

 “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!” came from the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings! (v.6)

Can you picture it?  There are cheerleaders in heaven leading the “alleluias!”  His bride is so thrilled with the LORD GOD and His victory over the Scarlett Harlot.  It’s wedding time in heaven!  He has prepared His bride for the wedding and celebration.  Heaven is the venue for the Marriage of the Lamb and the Supper.   More importantly, the Lord God Omnipotent reigns.  He is the Ruler of all and all ruling. He is the reigning God Almighty. He who holds sway over all things. He is all powerful. He is everything mighty. He is the “Force!”

Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright white, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” (Revelation 19:7-8 NKJV)

He even picked out our wedding dress for us! Can you imagine if your groom picked out your dress for you? No hassle just show-up and put it on.  He tells John to write:

“Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, these are the true sayings of God.” (Revelation 19:9 KJV)

We are blessed and supremely happy.  We are blessed because of Jesus. We are blessed because we are called.  We are blessed because we are invited. We are blessed because we are eternally His  and we will enjoy the benefits of a great marriage to the Lamb of God and KING OF KINGS!  

I love that John’s guide told him to write it down. These are the true words of God.  This is no fairy tale.  This is what we have to look forward to if we choose to believe  and follow Jesus. 

I enCOURAGE you to first, choose Jesus.  Second, do not waste time preparing for the wedding of all weddings.  If you do not trust Jesus, the Bridegroom, and His words here on earth, why do you think you will when, and if, you make it to heaven.  We will meet Jesus face to face and we will not be able to stop singing His praises.  And one day, sooner than later,  we will meet Him either as our Groom and King, or as our Judge. It is your choice.  Choose Jesus, now!  You DO NOT want to miss the party!

THE HARLOT’S EPITATH: BABYLON THE GREAT HAS FALLEN 

by Tammy Phillips
November 18, 2021

“And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” (Revelation 18:1-2 KJV)

The Harlot, Babylon the great, has many tentacles.  In chapter 17 (over the past two days) we have seen that the Harlot was a false religion system. In chapter 18 we discover  that Babylon, the religious system, falls.  Babylon also had a commercial tentacle and place of residence. It was a city named  Babylon. Remember, the Hebrew word for Babylon means confusion.  It was in Babylon where man rebelled against God’s directive to spread out over the earth.  They decided to build a tower to heaven and plant in a city. (Genesis 11:1-9) The ancient city of Babylon was located in Iraq.  The Babylonian city talked about in chapter 18 will fall too, just do not know the exact location of this city.

We read that Babylon falls in Rev.18:1-2.  In verse 4  God warns His people:

“And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.’

Dr. Hilton Sutton in Revelation Revealed, page 211, said it best, “Within the world religious orders are many God-fearing men and women who have no desire to be part of the harlot church.  The Holy Spirit warned these people of the danger and pleads with them to draw away from these religious organizations moving from God.”  These people are described by Paul as “having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:5 KJV)  Paul says, turn away from them!  If we do not know the word of God, how will we know what we are to turn away from?  How will we heed the warning to  “beware of false prophets who will come looking like sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Matthew 7:15).  Paul and Matthew were talking about  the same group of people.

The Harlot religious system was so bad that in chapter 17, the ten kings turned on the Harlot and planned her destruction. “The ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire.” (Revelation 17:16 NKJV).  The religious system, the seat of Satan, seemed to be based in one commercially thriving city, Babylon.  I do not know if this city is now or will be rebuilt. We see there will be a multitude of economic development and great wealth built in the Antichrist system.  

“For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.” (Revelation 18:3 NKJV) Does the city already exist, or will it be developed quickly? I do not know. 

I do know that in  the verses below she will be wiped out by fire in one day…in one hour.

“Therefore, her plagues will come in one day–death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong [is] the Lord God who judges her.” (Revelation 18:8 NKJV)

“The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning, standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.'” (Revelation 18:9-10 NKJV)

She will be “utterly burned by fire” and they will be “standing at a distance for fear of her torment.”   Many interpret this to mean that nuclear weapons may be used, and that radiation will keep people away from the city.  “For in one hour she is made desolate.” (Revelation 18:19 NKJV) How else could this happen?

The world will mourn their beloved Scarlett Harlot, Babylon.  What they thought they wanted and longed for is gone.  The Babylonian system and its tentacles are gone to be found no more.   “And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore: … “The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and splendid have gone from you, and you shall find them no more at all.” (Revelation 18:11,14 NKJV)

I enCOURAGE you to read  Revelation 18 and learn from it.  I have, or Lord, I hope I have.   The stuff is NOTHING.  “For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.” (Revelation 18:17 NKJV) Jesus is everything.  He alone makes our life rich.  Nothing, no clothes, no jewelry, no house, no car, no drug, no food, no alcohol, and no one, can fill the hole that can only be filled by Jesus.  Keep looking if you must.  You are wasting your time.  Fill your life with Jesus not things. They can be gone in a second.

Also, get into the word of God so that you KNOW what is wrong and right for yourself.  Be led by your pastors, evangelist, prophets, and teachers, but  do not lean on their words alone.  They are men and can err.  If they have a form of godliness, but deny the power and the faith, RUN!

 

THE MYSTERY OF THE BEAST and THE OVERCOMING LAMB

by Tammy Phillips
November 17, 2021

“But the angel said to me, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. “The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition.” (Revelation 17:6-8 NKJV)

In Revelation 17 John is connecting  history past to future happenings.  The “beast” was, the beast went away and will come again.   According to hours of reading and research, the beast is a system and a man.  The beast described in the verse above is the revived Roman Empire that was, was destroyed and will be revived again as the European Union and will also be the Antichrist.  See further explanation below. 

“And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, [and] the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.”   (Revelation 17:10 KJV)

Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come.  This is one of the more difficult passages in the Book of Revelation.  Some explain these seven kings, five past, one present, and one to come in the succession of Roman Emperors in John’s era, but there are many historical difficulties with this approach. More likely, it is a reference to:

“‘Five have fallen’ refers to the five world empires before John’s day: Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Medo-Persia, and Greece. ‘One  is’ refers to the world empire of John’s day: Rome. ‘The other has not yet’ come refers to the one world empire to come: a revival of the Roman Empire”-David Gusik(https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/guzik_david/StudyGuide2017-Rev/Rev-17.cfm?a=1184017)

“The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.” (Revelation 17:11 NKJV).

This beast is the eighth king with characteristics of the seven empires. He is “going to perdition”  or destruction.  He will be destroyed and has a one-way ticket to destruction and hell!

“The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. “These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.” (Revelation 17:12-13 NKJV)

It’s kind of like Europe, the revived Roman Empire brought back from the dead says, “Hey!  Let’s unite and become a super-power and take over the world, a United Nations of Europe.” This does not necessarily mean that ten horns are individual nations forming the union, Europe could be divided into ten regions or kingdoms and ruled by ten kings. Not sure how this will pan out, however, scripture obviously points to the fact that they will appoint one leader.   Guess who?  You got it.  The Antichrist.  They will align and become allies with the Antichrist.  “They will give their power and authority to the beast.” 

The Antichrist spirit has been trying to wipe God off the face of the earth since his fall.  Plans have been in the making.  Satan has fooled himself into believing  that he has amassed a kingdom and army powerful enough to take over the world and wipe God out.  Not so!  Satan tried to set himself up as king of kings.  But God…

“These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those [who are] with Him [are] called, chosen, and faithful.” (Revelation 17:14 NKJV)

I enCOURAGE you to always keep this in the forefront of your thoughts:  THE LAMB OVERCAME!  THE LAMB WILL OVERCOME!  The name of Jesus is above all names.  He is above the name of the Beast and his empire.  We win.  No matter what it looks like right now.  The Kingdom of God prevails with Jesus as our leader, King of kings and Lord of lords. The battles are hard, but  JESUS WINS!  We Winn because we are on the winning side!

I strongly encourage you to ask Holy Spirit to reveal the meaning behind Revelation 17 and the rest of His word to you.   Do your own research.  Read.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV)

THE GREAT SCARLET HARLOT:  DON’T DRINK THE KOOL-AID

“Don’t follow her into the darkness!”

by Tammy Phillips (only with the aid of Holy Spirit and many commentators) November 16, 2021 

“Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” (Revelation 17:1-2 NKJV)”

Let’s start strong today.   The word harlot is the Greek word porne which means a female whore, or prostitute who sells herself for gain.  Porne is a derivative of pornos which is a male whore, or prostitute.  Obviously, it is the origin of the word pornography.   Many  great leaders and persons have been seduced by her and sold their self for power and money.  They drank her “Kool-Aid.”

Many commentators see the “great harlot” as a false religious system leading humanity to trust in anything other than Jesus Christ for their relationship with God.  For example, many believe works, election, their goodness, or something other than or in addition to Jesus will  bring them to or closer to God.  Jesus is the only way.  In the Bible, “spiritually,”  adultery is the worship of any another god.  It is the worship of money (Mammon in the Bible), sex (Baal in Old Testament), drugs/alcohol (sorcery), food, child sacrifice/abortion (Molech in the Bible), power, fame, sports, or music “stars.”  It is putting anything before God.  I see the Scarlet Harlot as anything that entices you and leads you away from God.  It is anything that sets itself in your life above your worship of God.  It is anything that sets itself as an authority which you have to go through to reach God.   Jesus is the only way!  There is nothing or no one, including the Pope or a priest, that bridges the gap to God. Only one road leads to God. it is Jesus.   Anything else is an enticement by the Scarlet Harlot.  Don’t “drink her Kool-Aid” because it really is a “Hot-Hinderance.”  It is suicide and will lead directly to hell.

THE SCARLET BEAST (THE ANTICHRIST)

“So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast [which was] full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.” (Revelation 17:3 NKJV)

This beast is described  first in Revelation 12 and 13 and is exposed as the Antichrist.  The woman riding the antichrist spirit is the great Scarlet Harlot.

DESCRIPTION OF THE HARLOT

“The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name [was] written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” (Revelation 17:4-5 NKJV)

This is not your picture of a prostitute or streetwalker.  This a picture of a high-class hooker.  She is “dressed-to-kill.”  She is a tool of the antichrist  that has been walking the streets of earth for a long, long time.  Her mission is to entice and get people “hooked” on the false in order to reject the TRUTH.  God sees her as  “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

Let’s look at her names:

“MYSTERY,” oddly enough, means hidden or secret thing, hidden purpose, or counsel.   It is a derivative of muo,  to shut the mouth.

 “BABYLON THE GREAT” means “Confusion the great.”  We get the word babble from Babylon.  There is a whole lot of babbling and confusion going on right now. Jesus made the way to God very simple.  Man, and religion has confused the way to God. 

 “THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS indicates that every evil and destructive thing on earth results from the operation of Satan and through her.” -Hilton Sutton, pg. 177 

“THE MOTHER OF ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” An abomination is a foul, detestable thing and is often used of idols and things pertaining to idolatry. She is the mother of all detestable things rejected by God for immorality and impurity.

“I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.” (Revelation 17:6 NKJV)

 I enCOURAGE you “My son, keep my words, And treasure my commands within you. Keep my commands and live, And my law as the apple of your eye. … That they may keep you from the immoral woman, From the seductress [who] flatters with her words. … With her enticing speech she caused him to yield, With her flattering lips she seduced him. … Now therefore, listen to me, [my] children; Pay attention to the words of my mouth: Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, Do not stray into her paths; For she has cast down many wounded, And all who were slain by her were strong [men]. Her house [is] the way to hell, Descending to the chambers of death.” (Proverbs 7:1-2, 5, 21, 24-27 NKJV) Don’t drink the Kool-Aid. 

If you think this was hard to read and understand, imagine how hard it is to write.

GOD WILL NOT BE CANCELLED AND NEITHER WILL YOU OR I

Sunset in Clarksville, Tennessee on November 14, 2021

by Tammy Phillips
November 15, 2021
REPOST OF NOVEMBER 15, 2020 (with a slight title change) 

Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
THE EVERLASTING GOD, the LORD,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable. (Isaiah 40:28 NKJV)

There is a quote: “Nothing lasts forever.”  It is a lie.  Our God is forever.  He is ever.  He is everlasting, evermore and perpetual.  He is the beginning and the end; He is the First and the Last.  He is from along time ago.  He is now and He will always be.  He is the Ancient of Days. He is eternity.  

God is not a television show that can nor will be cancelled.  God is eternal.  During prayer this week, I heard deep in my spirit:  “I AM GOD.  I WILL NOT BE CANCELLED.”

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.  I have come that they may have life, and that they may have [it] more abundantly. (John 10:10 NKJV)

The thief attempts to cancel God.  Why do you think the enemy is trying to remove His name and word from our great country?     

Be clear!  Satan came to cancel you and me.  His mission is  to bring us to nothingness, annul, invalidate, abolish, put an end to, to deface, to invalidate for reuse, to mark us and strike us out for deletion, and to render us useless by  destroying our life force and effectiveness.  He would  love to silence us, and Not happening. 

Here is the good news!

  • God is not cancelled
  • Hope is not cancelled.
  • Deliverance is not cancelled.
  • Healing is not cancelled.
  • Salvation is not cancelled.
  • Righteous is not cancelled.
  • Truth is not cancelled.
  • The word of God is not cancelled.
  • As children of God, you and I are not cancelled.

 “But despite all this, I will not utterly reject or despise them while they are in exile in the land of their enemies. I will not cancel my covenant with them by wiping them out, for I am the LORD their God. (Leviticus 26:44 NLT).

This also applies to Christians under the New Covenant. God will always be faithful to the covenant, for the sake of the covenant we have with God through Jesus.

 “Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.  For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So, you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.”  (Colossians 2:8-10 NLT)

Christ is the Ruler of all.  We are complete in Him and cannot be cancelled.   We were created to live eternally with God and then sin entered into the world and attempted to cancel that plan.  BUT GOD…had a better plan to buy us back. 

“He cancelled the record of the charges against us and took it out of the way by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross”. (Colossians 2:14-15 NLT)

Cancel is the Greek word exaleiphō which means blotted out; wiped away; washed in every part; whitewashed; obliterated; erased; deleted.  

We are not cancelled and never will be as children of the Most- High EVERLASTING GOD who follow Him and are obedient to His word.  We are the opposite of cancelled.  Meditate on each of the following words.  We are approved, established, upheld, continued, authorized, supported, called, strengthened, mended, favorited, elected, preserved, chosen, endorsed, verified, enlarged and written in the Lamb’s book of Life.

We should always follow God’s word and  strive not to be like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day.  Jesus said of them:   ” And so, you cancel the word of God for the sake of your own tradition. (7) You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, (8) ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. (9) Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.'” (Matthew 15:6-9 NLT)

I enCOURAGE you to receive the cancellation of your sins by Jesus.  Do not allow anyone else to cancel you nor silence your God given voice.  When you follow the LORD God, the Everlasting Father, you can rest assured that God will never be cancelled, nor will He allow you to be.  Stand and courageously proclaim  His Truth.  Hallelujah!

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 NKJV)

WHAT IS GOOD?

by Tammy Phillips
November 14, 2021

“He has shown you, O man, what [is] good; And what does the LORD require of you But   to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8 NKJV)

What is required?   What is good according to God?  God has shown us:

  1. Do justly

Do the right thing.  Do what is right to all and do wrong to none.   Do what is true and honest.  Do what is fair. Do the will of God according to His word.  Be true to your word.  Treat all the way God would treat them.  Doing good is doing the right thing.

  1. Love mercy

Delight, desire,  and breathe after mercy.  Love kindness. Desire goodness.  Delight in lovingkindness.  Seek to be loving and kind.  Doing good is showing favor like God and unconditional lovingkindness. Loving mercy is a strong desire to good for others.

  1. Walk humbly with God

God is God and we are not.  Go low with God because  He is the Highest.   Walk submissively with Him.  We are inferior to the Superior, Supreme God.  Remember, Satan tried to elevate himself above God and it will land him bound in hell.  When we choose to do our own thing, and not what God has asked of us, we act just like Satan.

“Every proud thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5 CSB)

Walk modestly with the LORD.  Give the Lord His due respect.

“Humility must be in the heart, and then it will come out spontaneously as the outflow of  life in every act that a man performs.” -Charles Spurgeon

I enCOURAGE again to do good and do God.  God has shown us what is good and what is required.  He has made it plain and  simple:  do the right thing, love doing the right thing, and be humble.

DO GOOD-DO GOD-JUST PAUSE

by Tammy Phillips
November 13, 2021

GOD IS GOOD!  (Psalm 73:1, 100:5, 135:3, 145:9, Lamentations 3:25, Nahum 1:7)

God is good and He does good. (Psalm 119:68). Since God IS GOOD, can we deduce that doing good is doing God, or doing things the God way.  Doing good is doing things the right way. 

“Depart from evil and DO GOOD; Seek peace and pursue it.” (Psalm 34:14 NKJV)
Depart from evil and do God.

“Trust in the LORD and DO GOOD.”  (Psalm 37:3 NKJV)
Trust in the LORD and do God.

“Learn to DO GOOD; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.” (Isaiah 1:17 NKJV)
Learn to do God.  Do things God’s way.

“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, DO GOOD to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,” (Matthew 5:44 NKJV)
DO GOD to those who hate you!  Love your enemies!  Bless those who curse you!  Pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you!  Jesus did. 

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us DO GOOD to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”(Galatians 6:10 NKJV)
Do God to all.  Be the hands and feet of Jesus to all.

“But do not forget to DO GOOD and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” (Hebrews 13:16 NKJV)
Do not forget to do God.  This rings in my ears.  How often do we forget to do things God’s way?

“Therefore, to him who knows to DO GOOD and does not do [it], to him it is sin.” (James 4:17 NKJV)
When we know how God wants us to do good and act like Him, and we don’t., it is sin. OUCH! 

“Turn away from evil and DO GOOD; seek peace and pursue it.” (1 Peter 3:11 NKJV)
Turn away from evil and do God.  Do it all His way, the right way.

“Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21 NKJV)
Overcome evil with God.

I enCOURAGE you to do God and do good.  Choose the God way. Choose the good way.  Choose the right way. This is something that will have to be repeated over and over again until we get it right.  As we present our bodies as a living sacrifice, living dead in Him, crucified in Christ,  we become more like Him in doing good.  Sometimes doing good and doing God is simply taking a pause before we speak or react.  Yes, there is a lot of doing good in the pause.  In the pause the flesh is crucified and the Spirit of God who lives inside us is allowed to rise above.  Do good; do God.  Just pause.

“For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men–“ (1 Peter 2:15 NKJV)

 

 

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