Third trumpet 

And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; 

These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

13I know thy works, 

  • and where thou dwellest, even where Satan‘s seat is
  • and thou holdest fast my name, 
  • and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. 


14But I have a few things against thee, 

  • because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam

  • who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, 

  • to eat things sacrificed unto idols,
  •  and to commit fornication. 
  • 15So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. 

Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. 

17He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, 

  • burning as it were a lamp, 
  • and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, 
  • and upon the fountains of waters; 

And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

Second trumpet

8And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; 

These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

9I know thy works, 

  • and tribulation
  • and poverty, (but thou art rich) and 
  • I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. 10Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; 

    and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. 

    11He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

    And the second angel sounded, 

    and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea

    • and the third part of the sea became blood9
    • And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died
    • and the third part of the ships were destroyed

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      First trumpet 

      The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

      Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; 

      These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

      I know 

      • thy works, and 
      • thy labour, and 
      • thy patience, and 
      • how thou canst not bear them which are evil
      • and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:3

      And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 

      4Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love5Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. 

      6But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 

      The exact origin of the Nicolaitans is unclear. Some Bible commentators believe they were a heretical sect who followed the teachings of Nicolas—whose name means “one who conquers the people”—who was possibly one of the deacons of the early church mentioned in Acts 6:5. It is possible that Nicolas became an apostate, denying the true faith and became part of a group holding “the doctrine of Balaam,” who taught Israel “to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality.” Clement of Alexandria says, “They abandoned themselves to pleasure like goats, leading a life of self-indulgence.” Their teaching perverted grace and replaced liberty with license.

      Other commentators believe that these Nicolaitans were not so called from any man, but from the Greek word Nicolah, meaning “let us eat,” as they often encouraged each other to eat things offered to idols. Whichever theory is true, it is certain that the deeds of the Nicolaitans were an abomination to Christ. They, like the Gnostics and other false teachers, abused the doctrine of grace and tried to introduce licentiousness in its place (2 Peter 2:15, 19; Jude 1:4)

      7He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

      7The first angel sounded, and there followed 

      • hail and 
      • fire mingled 
      • with blood
      • and they were cast upon the earth
      • and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

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        Time portal

        The word “portal” in science fiction and fantasy generally refers to a technological or magical doorway that connects two distant locations separated by spacetime. It usually consists of two or more gateways, with an object entering one gateway leaving via the other instantaneously.

        What if Ezekiel and John saw The Doorway or Portal to Heaven? A “Stargate” with a structure of pure energy that connections our 3-D world with the 4th dimension, with the Spiritual Realm of Heaven?

        After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”


        In Terra Nova The portal is not a time machine, which means people cannot choose where in time they want to go. The portal is a rift in the time stream. The other side of this rift (and where the portal leads) is 85 million years ago in a different time stream. 

         

         In Back to the Future The space-time continuum was the medium through which the DeLorean time machineand the Jules Verne Train navigated to reach a particular point in time. Traveling along this medium resulted from breaking the time barrier. The space around the vehicle did not change on temporal displacement, and within each time, the vehicle would have to travel to that location on its own power.

         In Stargate A Stargate is an Einstein–Rosen bridge portal device within the Stargate fictional universe that allows practical, rapid travel between two distant locations

         In First Contact… In the novel, Sagan describes revolving rings that generate a tremendous amount of energy in order to open up the theoretical worm-holes, or tunnels, that allow passage through the Galaxy.  The passenger(s) traveling in the machine would fall into these worm-holes and go on a fantastic ride through deep space.  These worm-holes are theorized in science known as Rosen-bridges

        15Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces.16The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their workwas as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. 17When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went. 18As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four. 19And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up.20Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels. 21When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

        And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

        Seals 1

        ​Under Roman law, scrolls were required to be sealed seven times, and it is known that the scrolls of Roman Emperors, such as Augustus and Vespasian, were sealed seven times. The point of similarity, here, is that the content would be a secret or a mystery until it was opened following the death of the Emperor. Some of this also seems to apply to Revelation five: Only the Lion-Lamb was qualified to open the seven-sealed scroll, as only God the Son had shed His blood and died; this seems to be emphasized in the statement describing the Lion-Lamb as “though He had been slain.” Though Roman practice may have been of some influence in John’s writing, I think the Jewish background fits it better. However, it is possible that John used both concepts here.

        The First Seal: Rider on a White Horse

        1And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 2And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

        STRONGS NT 3022: λευκός leukos (dead) white

        In ancient Egypt and ancient Rome, priestesses wore white as a symbol of purity, and Romans wore a white toga as a symbol of citizenship.

        White horses have a special significance in the mythologies of cultures around the world. They are often associated with the sun chariot, with warrior-heroes, with fertility or with an end-of-time saviour, but other interpretations exist as well. 

        From earliest times, white horses have been mythologised as possessing exceptional properties, transcending the normal world by having wings (e.g. Pegasus from Greek mythology), or having horns (the unicorn). 

        In Zoroastrianism, one of the three representations of Tishtrya, the hypostasis of the star Sirius, is that of a white stallion (the other two are as a young man, and as a bull). The most commonly used proper name of this star comes from the Latin Sīrius, from the Ancient Greek Σείριος (Seirios, “glowing” or “scorcher”), although the Greek word itself may have been imported from elsewhere before the Archaic period, one authority suggesting a link with the Egyptian god Osiris.

        He that sat on the horse; this rider sets forth at the beginning of the Tribulation therefore it seems best to understand this rider as representing a movement which ultimately culminates in the one whom Jesus described as the Antichrist. 

        STRONGS NT 5115: τόξον. Toxonoften for קֶשֶׁתa bow

        This is the only time this Greek word is used to describe this bow. 

        The Hebrew word commonly used for bow means properly to tread ( 1 Chronicles 5:18 ; 8:40 ), and hence it is concluded that the foot was employed in bending the bow. The bow is a symbol of victory ( Psalms 7:12 ). It denotes also falsehood, deceit ( Psalms 64:3 Psalms 64:4 ; Hosea 7:16 ; Jeremiah 9:3 ).

        They bend their tongue; their bow is a lie, and not for truth, they are grown strong in the land; for they have gone forth from evil to evil, and have not known Me (Jeremiah 9:3).

        That the bow is the doctrine of falsity is plainly shown for it is said, they bend their tongue; their bow is a lie, and not for truth. 

        “The Antichrist is seen riding a white war-horse, and with bow in hand, but with no arrow fitted to it. The symbol suggests bloodless victories.” He would “come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue . . . and after the league is made with him he shall act deceitfully” (. Dan. 11:21-23).

        STRONGS NT 4735 stéphanos – properly, a wreath (garland), awarded to a victor in the ancient athletic games (like the Greek Olympics); the crown of victory NOT to be confused with 1238 /diádēma, “a royal crown”

        [4735 (stéphanos) is used of a plaited wreath (“crown”), like the one made of thorns placed on the head of Christ at His trial (Mt 27:29, Mk 15:17; Jn 19:2,5).]

        1238 /diádēma (“a royal crown”) is used three times in the NT – referring to: 

        • the pagan empires of ancient history which opposed God (Rev 12:3); 
        • the end-times coalition led by Antichrist (Rev 13:1); and 
        • the infinite majesty (kingshipof Christ (Rev 19:12).

        I have loved but one flag and I cannot share that devotion and give affection to the mongrel banner invented for the League of Nations. – Henry Cabot Lodge

          1919

          The forerunner of the United Nations was the League of Nations, an organization / movement conceived during the first World War, and established in 1919 under the Treaty of Versailles “to promote international cooperation and to achieve peace and security.”  The League of Nations ceased its activities after failing to prevent the Second World War.

          Its primary goals, as stated in its Covenant, included:

          The League lasted for 26 years; the United Nations(UN) replaced it after the end of the Second World War on 20 April 1946. 

          And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors have reached their fullness, a king shall arise, having fierce features, who understands sinister schemes. His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; he shall destroy fearfully, and shall prosper and thrive; he shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people. Through his cunning He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; and he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without human means. And the vision of the evenings and mornings which was told is true; therefore seal up the vision, for it refers to many days in the future. (Dan. 8:23-26)

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          11-13 Nisan

          ​12 Nisan

          2Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.

          3Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,4And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him5But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.

          13 Nisan 

          17Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?

          14 Nisan

          … and they made ready the passover.

          20Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve. 21And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

          Passover NOT Ishtar

          Exodus 12; 6And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. 

          8And they shall eat:

          • the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and 
          • unleavened bread; and 
          • with bitter herbs they shall eat it.



          John 19 29Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth…  31The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away