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Revelation Chapter 16 – Bowls of Wrath

“I heard a loud voice from the sanctuary say to the seven angels, “Go, and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of God’s fury!” (Revelation 16:1).

Yochanan hears a loud voice from the heavenly sanctuary commanding seven messengers to pour out the seven bowls of Adonai’s fury onto the earth. The Hebrew word for ‘fury’ is chemah and means ‘heat’ or ‘burning anger.’ The earth will be judged by Adonai with bowls of wrath similar to how He judged Egypt and her gods with plagues.

“In fury you stride across the land, in anger you trample the nations” (Habakkuk 3:12).

“Therefore I will act in fury, my eye will not spare, I will have no pity. Even if they cry loudly right in my ears, I will not listen to them” (Ezekiel 8:18).

That Day is a Day of fury, a Day of trouble and distress, a Day of waste and desolation, a Day of darkness and gloom, a Day of clouds and thick fog, a Day of the shofar and battle-cry against the fortified cities and against the high towers [on the city walls]. I will bring such distress on people that they will grope their way like the blind, because they have sinned against Adonai. Their blood will be poured out like dust and their bowels like dung. Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them. On the day of Adonai’s fury, the whole land will be destroyed in the fire of his jealousy. For he will make an end, a horrible end, of all those living in the land” (Zephaniah 1:15-18).

“So the first one went and poured his bowl onto the earth, and disgusting and painful sores appeared on all the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped its image” (Revelation 16:2).

The first bowl of wrath or plague judgment will bring disgusting and painful sores on everyone who took the ‘mark of the beast’ and worshiped its image. The Hebrew word for ‘mark’ is avah and means ‘to point out.’ The Hebrew word tavah means ‘mark’ as in ‘setting or making a mark.’ It is used for the ‘mark’ of Adonai that is put on the foreheads of those who grieve over Jerusalem (Ezekiel 9:4).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Mark or Tavah

ת Tav – Crossed Sticks means ‘sign’ or ‘covenant.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

Hey – A Window means ‘reveal’ or ‘behold.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for tav: covenant sign binding revealed.

The ‘mark’ of the beast will be a perversion of the ‘mark’ of Yeshua. Those who take the ‘mark of the beast’ will be bound together. Though accepting the ‘mark’ may not be painful or wrong in the immediate, it has severe consequences –– painful sores.

In Egypt, Adonai sent a plague of boils. This judgment was against Thoth, the Egyptian god of medicine and theology. The plague in Hebrew is shechiyn meaning ‘burning’ spots. In Greek, the word for ‘sorcerer’ is pharmakeus which means ‘poison.’ Adonai’s wrath will be poured out against a ‘beast’ that employs the poison of pharmaceuticals to force people into a false religious system.

In Egypt, the sorcerers were responsible for taking the ashes of human sacrifices and casting them into the air.  Floating human ashes in the wind was considered a blessing; however with the judgment, the ash remains of human sacrifice burned the flesh of the Egyptians (Exodus 9:8-10). With Adonai’s fury, the ash remains of human sacrifice, the murder of innocent unborn, will burn the flesh of all humanity that bought into the sacrificial system.

“The second one poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became like the blood of a dead person, and every living thing in the sea died. The third one poured out his bowl into the rivers and springs of water, and they turned to blood. Then I heard the angel of the waters say, ‘O HaKadosh, the One who is and was, you are just in these judgments of yours. They poured out the blood of your people and your prophets, so you have made them drink blood. They deserve it! Then I heard the altar say, ‘Yes, Adonai, God of heaven’s armies, your judgments are true and just!‘” (Revelation 16:3-7).

The second bowl of wrath turned the sea to blood and every living thing in the sea died. The third bowl turns the water of the rivers and springs into blood. According to the messenger, this judgment is against those who poured out the blood of the Jewish people and the prophets (Revelation 8:10).

In Egypt, the first plague turned the Nile River into blood. This judgement is against Hapi, the god of the Nile. Turning the water of the Nile into blood was a ‘sign’ to Egypt that Adonai controls their water supply.

The first bowl of Adonai’s wrath brought judgment onto those who took the ‘mark of the beast,’ but the seas turning to blood shows the world Adonai controls the heavens and the earth; it is He who is judging the world. The rivers and streams turn to blood as a judgment for all the blood that has been shed in the world –– Abel, infants in the Nile, toddlers in Bethlehem to the the murder of the pre-born, and the last days’ martyrs.

Many people believe that religious wars have killed more people than any other type of war. In the modern era over 150,000,000 people have been murdered by Communist dictators like Stalin, Lenin, Mussolini, Hitler, Kim Jon, Pol Pot (Cambodia) and Mae Setoung. Many of those murdered were religious people who wanted religious freedom, but had atheist, anti-semitic dictators. As the end times progress, more people will be murdered because they put their faith in the Elohim of Isra’el. The ‘beast’ will try to destroy all realities of Adonai’s existence. The ‘beast’ and his false prophet will suffer a great consequence –– drinking the blood of the murdered.

The ‘angel of the waters’ said the judgments of the Holy One are ‘just.’ The Altar in the sanctuary responds, “Yes, Adonai, God of heaven’s armies, your judgments are true and just!” The Altar responds with the voices of the martyrs (Revelation 6:9). This is not the Altar of Sacrifice, but the Altar of Incense where the prayers of Adonai’s people rise like incense (Revelation 6:9; 8:3). Under this Altar are those who have been martyred for proclaiming the Word of Adonai – Yeshua.

“The fourth one poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was permitted to burn people with fire. People were burned by the intense heat; yet they cursed the name of God, who had the authority over these plagues, instead of turning from their sins to give him glory” (Revelation 16:8-9).

The fourth bowl of Adonai’s wrath is poured out on the sun. This judgment is against Ra, the Egyptian god of the sun. He was worshiped for his warmth and life, but Adonai proves His authority and power over the sun. His wrath becomes hotter than the sun and burns the people on the earth (Isaiah 5:24). Instead of turning from their multitude of sins and giving glory to the Elohim of Isra’el who had authority over the judgments, they curse Him.

“Here comes the name of Adonai from afar, his anger burning, in thick rising smoke. His lips are full to the brim with fury, his tongue a consuming fire” (Isaiah 30:27).

“The fifth one poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom grew dark. People gnawed on their tongues from the pain, yet they cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and sores, and did not turn from their sinful deeds” (Revelation 16:10-11).

The fifth angel pours out his bowl of Adonai’s wrath on the throne of the beast bringing great darkness, a darkness that is felt. The ninth plague in Egypt was darkness. This judgment was against Ra, too. The darkness could be felt and covered the entire land of Egypt. The Egyptians spent three days and three nights in the tomb of death’s abyss (Exodus 10:21).

With the fifth bowl of wrath, people gnaw on their tongues from the pain of the darkness and curse Adonai. This bowl of wrath judgment reveals the evil darkness in the souls of humanity. Human souls have become so dark that they don’t repent from their evil deeds. The bowls seem to come quickly as the people still have sores from the first judgment.

“Give glory to Adonai your God before the darkness falls, before your feet stumble on the mountains in the twilight, and, while you are seeking light, he turns it into deathlike shadows and makes it completely dark” (Jeremiah 13:16).

“The sixth one poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water dried up, in order to prepare the way for the kings from the east. And I saw three unclean spirits that looked like frogs; they came from the mouth of the dragon, from the mouth of the beast and from the mouth of the false prophet. They are miracle-working demonic spirits which go out to the kings of the whole inhabited world to assemble them for the War of the Great Day of Adonai-Tzva’ot” (Revelation 16:12-14).

With the sixth bowl, Adonai’s wrath is poured out on the Euphrates River; its water dries up to make a path for kings from the east. In Revelation 9:13-15, at the sound of the sixth shofar blast, four angels are released to kill one-third of mankind; the number of soldiers riding horses was two hundred million.

The Euphrates River flows from Turkey through Syria into Iraq and to the north of Isra’el. According to the land promised to Abraham, Isra’el’s northern boundary is at the Euphrates River, a large protective boundary like a moat (Genesis 15:18). However, because of Isra’el’s disobedience, they have never occupied the entire Promised Land. Divine judgment through war and captivity always came from the north whether it was from Assyria (Syria), Persia (Iran) or Babylon (Iraq). With the ‘drying up of the river’ that Yeshua Himself will come out of the north to deal with his enemies and the ten kings.

Out of the north comes a golden glow, fearsome majesty surrounding God. Shaddai, whom we cannot find, whose power is immense, in his great righteousness does not pervert justice” (Job 37:22-23).

Many people believe the ‘kings of the east’ come from the Orient; however, all end times prophesy must center around Isra’el and Jerusalem. The ‘kings from the east’ will come from the nations that want Isra’el destroyed from the face of the earth. The Hebrew phrase doesn’t use the word ‘east,’ but ‘from the direction of the sun rising.’ As the Adversary gathers the kings of the earth and makes his move to destroy Isra’el, Adonai dries up the river Euphrates so He can rescue His people.

From the mouth of the Dragon, ‘beast,’ and false prophet come three ‘unclean’ spirits symbolized by the frog. Though frogs were the second plague placed on Egypt to judge Heket, the Egyptian goddess of fertility and renewal, these frogs are demonic spirits spewing delusions from the mouths of the evil threesome.

This trinity of demonic voices coming from the ‘beast,’ ‘seed of the Adversary’, and the false prophet will have ‘frog power’ to divine and flatter deceiving the whole world. They will croak out evil speech against the Most High and leap around the world proclaim their delusions of grandeur. They will perform miracles through seductive words and actions. They will entice the kings of the world and two hundred million warriors to gather war on the Great Day of Adonai.

(“Look! I am coming like a thief! How blessed are those who stay alert and keep their clothes clean, so that they won’t be walking naked and be publicly put to shame!”) And they gathered the kings to the place which in Hebrew is called Har Megiddo” (Revelation 16:15-16).

In this interlude, Yeshua reminds his people that he is coming like a thief, to stay alert, and keep their clothes clean. The congregation in Sardis was told that they had the appearance of being alive, but were dead. They needed to ‘wake up’ as Yeshua would return like a thief. Only a few in Sardis had not soiled their clothes and were worthy of walking with Yeshua in white. The messenger to the congregation in Laodicea said they were neither hot nor cold, but lukewarm and worthy of being vomited out of Yeshua’s mouth. They believed their riches were their salvation, but they were poor, blind, pitiful, and naked.

Har Megiddo is the Hebrew for the mountain or hill of Megiddo. Megiddo is an ancient city in Isra’el where archeological digs or tels reveal the remains of a multitude of cultures. Megiddo was originally where the kings of the Hitties, Amorites, Canaanites, Perrizites, Hivites, and Jebusites were defeated by Joshua (Joshua 17:11). Megiddo was in the land inheritance of the Tribe of Manasseh. Deborah dealt with Sisera and Barak in Megiddo (Judges 5:19). King Josiah, who disobeyed a command of Elohim died in battle at Megiddo (2 Kings 23:29-30). The prophet Zechariah refers to the plain of Megiddo or the Jezreel Valley that sits below the hill in his prophecy about the return of Messiah (Zechariah 12:10-12).

From the Hebrew word Megiddo comes the word Armageddon that is used to refer to the ‘end of the world;’ however, Megiddo is where Adonai’s judgment of the nations will take place. It is where the deceptive ‘frog’ demons draw the kings of the world to meet and battle with Adonai.

The seventh one poured out his bowl on the air, and a loud voice came out of the Temple from the throne, saying, “It is done!” There were flashes of lightning, voices and peals of thunder; and there was a massive earthquake, such as has never occurred since mankind has been on earth, so violent was the earthquake. The great city was split into three parts, the cities of the nations fell, and God remembered Bavel the Great and made her drink the wine from the cup of his raging fury. Every island fled, and no mountains were to be found. And huge seventy-pound hailstones fell on people from the sky. But the people cursed God for the plague of hail, that it was such a terrible plague” (Revelation 16:17-21).

The seventh angel pours his bowl of Adonai’s wrath on the air, and a loud voice comes from the Throne in heaven saying, “It is done!” The judgments of Adonai on the earth with the kings and peoples of the nations will be completed with the seventh bowl of wrath. By judging the air, He judges the Ruler of the Powers of the Air, the Adversary (Ephesians 2:2).

The earth is shaken to its core. Flashes of lightning, voices, and peals of thunder come from the heavenly realm as the presence of Adonai. A massive earthquake, such as never happened, rocks the world. When the sixth seal was broken in Revelation 6:12, along with the earthquake, the sun turns black as sackcloth and the moon becomes blood red.

Jerusalem splits into three part. Cities of the world crumble: Tokyo, Japan; Beijing, China; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Shanghai, China; Mexico City, Mexico; Cairo, Egypt; Mumbai, India; Istanbul, Turkey; Moscow, Russia; New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, San Francisco, United States. Every island flees, mountains are leveled. Huge 70 pound hailstones fall from the sky with the final bowl of Adonai’s wrath. Just like the seventh plague judgment in Egypt against Nut, the goddess of sky and heavenly bodies, chaos hits the heavens and the earth (Exodus 9:17-18).

“When that day comes, when Gog invades the land of Isra’el,’ says Adonai Elohim, ‘my furious anger will boil up. In my jealousy, in my heated fury I speak: when that day comes there will be a great earthquake in the land of Isra’el; so that the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the wild beasts, all the reptiles creeping on the ground and every human being there in the land will tremble before me. Mountains will fall, cliffs crumble and every wall crash to the ground” (Ezekiel 38:18-20).

“Adonai has someone strong and powerful. He comes like a hailstorm, a destructive tempest, like a flood of water, rushing, overwhelming; with his hand he hurls them to the ground” (Isaiah 28:2).

“Adonai will make his glorious voice heard, and he will reveal his arm descending with furious anger in a flaming firestorm, with cloudbursts, tempests and hailstones” (Isaiah 30:30).

Adonai will finally judge Babylon and makes the ‘beast’ drink the cup of His fury. Those who remain alive curse Adonai.

Chapter 17 – The Whore and The Beast

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Revelation Chapter 14 – The New Song and The Harvest

“Then I looked, and there was the Lamb standing on Mount Tziyon; and with him were 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads” (Revelation 14:1).

Yochanan looked and saw the Lamb standing on Mount Tziyon. In ancient times, this mountain was the highest point in Jerusalem; today it is the mountain south of the Armenian Quarter of the Old City. The word Tziyon occurs 161 times in the Complete Jewish Bible and means ‘signpost’ or ‘monument.’

King David attacked the Jebusites in Jerusalem and captured the fortress of Tziyon and it became the City of David (2 Samuel 5:6-7). Tziyon in Jerusalem became a possession of Isra’el and King David put up the Tent for the Ark of the Covenant on the mountain next to his palace. Because of the continual worship at the Tent of David, Mount Tziyon became the spiritual center for the world.

Eventually the name Tziyon became synonymous the city of Jerusalem from where the Torah would be proclaimed along with the Word of Adonai (Isaiah 2:3, Micah 4:2) and the vision of the eternal Promised Land and the New Jerusalem (Hebrews 11:10).

“On the contrary, you have come to Mount Tziyon, that is, the city of the living God, heavenly Yerushalayim; to myriads of angels in festive assembly; to a community of the firstborn whose names have been recorded in heaven; to a Judge who is God of everyone; to spirits of righteous people who have been brought to the goal;  to the mediator of a new covenant, Yeshua…” (Hebrews 12:21-24).

Hebrew Word Pictures

צ Tzade – A Fishhook means ‘draw near.’

י Yod – A Closed Hand means ‘finished work.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

ן Nun – A Fish means ‘life.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for tziyon: draw near to the finished work binding life.

Standing on Mount Tziyon were 144,000 men: 12,000 from each of the 12 Tribes of Isra’el. They have the Lamb’s name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. The promise given to those in the congregation of Philadelphia who persevered and won the victory are given the name of Yeshua and Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh. They never disowned the name of Yeshua even when attacked by false Jews. These overcomers will be kept from the time of trial that will test the earth. They have been ‘sealed’ by Adonai.

The Hebrew word for ‘forehead’ is metzak. Some Scriptures suggest ‘forehead’ is symbolic of being stubborn; however, an ornament of pure gold was fastened to Aharon’s turban as a ‘seal’ (Exodus 28:36-38). This ‘seal’ protected the High Priest from the guilt of the people of Isra’el when he accepted their gifts.

As part of the Shema, Isra’el is told to love Adonai with all their heart, mind and soul, and to teach the commandments to their children. As a ‘sign,’ they are to tie them on their hands and bind them on their forehead (Deuteronomy 6:8-9). This command has become literally exemplified by many Orthodox Jews who tie straps on their arms and hands and bind little black boxes to their foreheads. This is a reminder that the commandments protect the thoughts of the mind and are obeyed by the action of the hands.

Yeshua’s name and the name of his Father written on the ‘forehead’ is a sealing of protection, and proof that these 144,000 obey the commandments and their minds are protected from the evils of the world.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Forehead – Metzak

מ Mem – Water and means ‘chaos’ or ‘mighty.’

צ Tzade – A Fishhook means ‘draw near.’

ח Chet – A Fence and means ‘protect.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for metzak: mighty draw near protection.

 “I heard a sound from heaven like the sound of rushing waters and like the sound of pealing thunder; the sound I heard was also like that of harpists playing on their harps. They were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living beings and the elders, and no one could learn the song except the 144,000 who have been ransomed from the world. These are the ones who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins; they follow the Lamb wherever he goes; they have been ransomed from among humanity as firstfruits for God and the Lamb; on their lips no lie was found — they are without defect” (Revelation 14:2-5).

This group of men, B’nei Isra’el were first ‘sealed’ in Revelation chapter 7. They have remained physically and spiritually pure. They follow Yeshua wherever he goes. They are given harps that when played sound like rushing waters and pealing thunder. They sing a new song that only they can learn, and sing before the four living beings and the 24 elders. They are the firstfruits of those who have been ransomed from the world. Like the Lamb, they are without defect.

The phsat or literal interpretation of being a virgin is not being defiled by a woman. The remez or ‘shadow’ of this condition alludes to spiritual purity. These men of Isra’el have never defiled themselves with other religions or religious practices, including Christian. They remained faithful to the Shema, the Torah and the Prophets. They are true Jews with new covenant, circumcised hearts who receive the praise of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh (Romans 2:29).

The prophecy speaks of a new song that only could be sung by those redeemed from the world. The ‘new song’ is spontaneous because they are the only ones who have had victory had over the beast, the dragon, and the false prophet. It is a new victory song because this war had never been fought before by humans, and it will never be fought again (Matthew 24:21).

The ‘new song’ is first mentioned in Revelation chapter 5, but is being sung around the throne in heaven: “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals; because you were slaughtered; at the cost of blood you ransomed for God persons from every tribe, language, people and nation. You made them into a kingdom for God to rule, cohanim to serve him; and they will rule over the earth” (Revelation 5:10). In Revelation chapter 14, the new song is being sung on Mount Tziyon, the mountain of Adonai where those who come out of the Great Tribulation will worship King Yeshua who holds the scepter of promise to Judah and King David (Psalm 2:6, Psalm 110:2). At this time, Mount Tziyon will be called the mountain of the Holy One and Jerusalem will be known as the city of Truth (Isaiah 2:3, Michah 4:2).

“At that time, whoever calls on the name of Adonai will be saved. For in Mount Tziyon and Yerushalayim there will be those who escape, as Adonai has promised; among the survivors will be those whom Adonai has called” (Joel 3:5).

“Next I saw another angel flying in mid-heaven with everlasting Good News to proclaim to those living on the earth — to every nation, tribe, language and people. In a loud voice he said, “Fear God, give him glory, for the hour has come when he will pass judgment! Worship the One who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water!” (Revelation 14:6-7).

Yochanan sees a messenger flying in the mid-heaven proclaiming the message of respentance and salvation to those living on the earth: to every nation, tribe, language, and people. For those who have asked about the Aborigines in the remotest part of the earth, here’s the answer. Everyone will hear the message of repentance. The messenger tells everyone to worship Adonai, the Creator who made heaven and earth, the seas and springs of water.

Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh is compassionate and desires that all men come to a full knowledge of the Truth. When judgment comes, He wants all nations to know that it is His judgment and that they can be saved (1 Timothy 2:4).

“Another angel, a second one, followed, saying, “She has fallen! She has fallen! Bavel the Great! She made all the nations drink the wine of God’s fury caused by her whoring!” (Revelation 14:8).

A second messenger follows saying that Bablyon the Great has fallen. Babylon the Great is great global city comprised of all the nations that embrace the false gods and religions of the world (Leviticus 20:6). She is called the ‘Mother of Whores and Great Obsenities’ –– she is the bride of the Adversary. Her spiritual rebellion draws people away from Adonai and provokes Him to anger, to make them drink the wine of his fury.

The religious system of Babylon goes back to the one religion anti-Elohim pre-flood Babel. More than witchcraft, sorcery, and spiritual idolatry, Babylon, the Mother of Whores, is responsible for the slaughter billions of people on earth from the beginning of time until the judgment; Babylon the Whore is the root of all religious wars against the people of Adonai.

“Another angel, a third one, followed them and said in a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives the mark on his forehead or on his hand, he will indeed drink the wine of God’s fury poured undiluted into the cup of his rage. He will be tormented by fire and sulfur before the holy angels and before the Lamb, and the smoke from their tormenting goes up forever and ever. They have no rest, day or night, those who worship the beast and its image and those who receive the mark of its name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

Those who worship the beast’s image and receive the ‘beast’s mark’ on their forehead or hand will also drink the undiluted wine of Elohim’s fury. The Greek word for ‘mark’ is charagma and means ‘stamp or impression’ like an image impressed upon a coin. It is a undeniable ‘mark’ that proves the identification of its owner and determines their eternal destination. Like the ‘beast’ and the false prophet, they will be tormented in the ‘lake of burning fire and sulfur.’ The smoke will go up before the angels and Yeshua, and their torment is eternal. These people will have no rest day or night if they worship the beast, its image, and receive the ‘mark.’

“This is when perseverance is needed on the part of God’s people, those who observe his commands and exercise Yeshua’s faithfulness” (Revelation 14:12).

This all-important verse reveals the identity of Adonai’s people: they observe His commandments and have a testimony of Yeshua. This is the witness of two for being a saint, set-apart for Elohim. The Holy Ones wholeheartedly understand the message of repentance and a return to Adonai through faith and obedience.

Those who do not put their faith in Yeshua are not called Holy Ones. These could be Jewish people who obey the commandments, but reject Yeshua because of anti-missionaries and the stigma attached to a Jesus who doesn’t keep Torah. Those who do not obey Torah are not called Holy Ones either. These could be Christians who have a testimony of Yeshua, but reject obeying the Torah commandments. The preaching of a Torah-less gospel is called the ‘spirit of lawlessness’ that is at work deceiving even before the ‘man of lawlessness’ is revealed (2 Thessalonians 2:7 Romans 2:7-9).

The Greek word for ‘perseverance’ is hupomone and means ‘remaining behind.’ Those who remain behind are the wheat and not the tares. The tares, the godless, the faithless, and the lawless, are planted by the evil one. They will be gathered together and thrown into the fire. Those who are ‘left behind’ are the wheat that will be gathered into Yeshua’s barn. The Holy Ones are ‘sealed’ by Adonai through their testimony of Yeshua and their obedience to Torah and gathered to Yeshua (Matthew 13:29-30).

“Next I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write: ‘How blessed are the dead who die united with the Lord, from now on!’ ‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘now they may rest from their efforts, for the things they have accomplished follow along with them’” (Revelation 14:13).

The ‘voice’ in heaven speaks to Yochanan. The Hebrew word devar is used for ‘voice’ which means ‘word’ like Devar Elohim or Word of God. Devar (word) is used with katab (write) directing toward something important. This devar holds a blessing for those who die united with Yeshua from this point forward.

These will be the ‘left behind’ martyrs. When they die for their faith, they will rest from the efforts “for the things they have accomplished follow along with them.” The word for ‘rest’ in Hebrew means ‘to lie down and relax.’ These martyrs have a faith they expressed by their deeds and actions which followed them (Psalm 85:14, Ephesians 2:10).

“Then I looked, and there before me was a white cloud. Sitting on the cloud was someone like a Son of Man with a gold crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.  Another angel came out of the Temple and shouted to the one sitting on the cloud, “Start using your sickle to reap, because the time to reap has come — the earth’s harvest is ripe!”  The one sitting on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested” (Revelation 14:13-16).

Clouds are found throughout Scripture. Adonai put his bow in the cloud, He followed the Israelites in a cloud, He rides a swift cloud on His way to Egypt (Isaiah 19:1). The glory of yod-hey-vav-hey departed the Temple and left Jerusalem in a cloud over the Mount of Olives (Ezekiel 10). Adonai makes the clouds His chariot and He rides on the wings of the wind (Psalm 104:3). Clouds not only represent the presence of Adonai, but they are also a mode of transportation (Deuteronomy 33:26).

The Greek word for ‘cloud’ is nephele and means a literal ‘cloud.’   According to Vines Expository Dictionary of Greek and Hebrew, the cloud is ‘a definitely-shaped cloud’.  Nephele comes from the word nephos with a symbolic meaning of ‘a dense multitude or throng.’  A nephele is a large physical cloud comprised of masses of clouds that covers the heavens.  

The Hebrew word for ‘cloud’ is anan and means ‘cloud mass’.  Jeremiah describes the anan, “You have covered yourself with a ‘cloud’ so thick …” (Lamentations 3:44). It is used for the presence of Adonai and His ‘cloud’ sukkah over Israel –– His ‘sign of divine protection.’ The ‘cloud’  served as a barrier to hide the fullness of Adonai’s holiness and glory while giving Israel  divine protection from the Egyptians as well as the Red Sea itself.

The Hebrew word for ‘before me’ is hineni and means ‘here I am’ in the spiritual sense of being ready to do the will of Elohim. Avraham responded to El Shaddai with Hineni when he was asked to take his only son to Mount Moriah. Hineni suggests ‘the cloud’ is prepared to do the will of Elohim. There is a ‘cloud’ of witnesses that has been resurrected and are ready to do the will of Adonai.

Sitting on the cloud was someone like the Son of Man. Daniel had a vision: “I kept watching the night visions, when I saw, coming with the clouds of heaven, someone like a son of man” (Daniel 7:13). This ‘son of man’ was led into the presence of ‘Ancient of Days’ and given a scepter, glory, and an eternal Kingdom. Daniel saw Yeshua coming with the clouds; however, at this time the Son of Man is sitting on the cloud (Matthew 24:30).

The Son of Man wears a crown symbolizing his power and authority. As the King of Kings, Yeshua will wear many crowns on his head representing the many victories he had over the nations’ kings (Revelation 19:12). He wears a crown showing his power and authority to harvest the earth bringing many into the Kingdom (John 4:35).

A messenger comes out of the Temple and tells the Son of Man that the time has come to reap for the harvest is ripe. Some do not believe the person sitting on the cloud is Yeshua because he doesn’t take orders from angels; however the messenger came out of the Temple after having received the order from Yeshua’s Father. As the Son of Man, he waits for his Father’s command to claim his Bride; he must also wait for Adonai’s ‘specific time’ for judgment (Lamentations 1:15).

Yeshua holds a sickle in his hand. A sickle is a reaping-hook with a curved blade used for harvesting crops. The prophet Joel writes, ‘swing the sickle for the harvest is ripe, the winepress is full, the vats are overflowing –– wickedness is great” (Joel 3:13).

Lamentations says there is a ‘specific time’ or ‘appointed time’ for Adonai’s judgment. The Hebrew word used is mo’ed and refers to the Feasts of Adonai. Each of the ‘appointed times’ follow an agricultural cycle. There is the planting of the seed that must fall to the ground and die (John 12:24). There is a firstfruits spring harvest offered Feast of Firstfuits (1 Corinthians 15:20). There is a later firstfuits harvest offered on Feast of Weeks (Acts 3:41). The fall harvest of grapes put into a winepress was known as the final harvest or the ingathering celebrated on the Feast of Tabernacles.

“Another angel came out of the Temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle.  Then out from the altar went yet another angel, who was in charge of the fire; and he called in a loud voice to the one with the sharp sickle, “Use your sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth’s vine, because they are ripe!”  The angel swung his sickle down onto the earth, gathered the earth’s grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s fury.  The winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress as high as the horses’ bridles for two hundred miles!” (Revelation 14:17-20).

One angel comes out of the Temple with a sickle while another from the Altar manages the fire. Together the sickles are swung down onto the earth to gather the clusters of grapes that are ripe for the fury of Elohim. The prophet Isaiah says that the ‘arm’ of Elohim brings forth salvation –– Yeshua. (Isaiah 63:3-6).

Outside the city of Jerusalem, the winepress was trodden and symbolizes the blood that will be shed at the time of judgement. Blood flowed for 200 miles; it will be as ‘high as the horses’ bridle.’ The distance between Jerusalem and Cairo, Egypt to the south is 263 miles, between Jerusalem and Damascus, Syria to the north is 222 miles, and Jerusalem and Ammon, Jordan to the east is 160 miles. Taken literally, the whole Middle East, the war zone from Damascus to Ammon to Cairo will be one large lake filled with blood.

This website actually tried to figure out how many people must die to fill the land with so much blood and came up with between 15,000 and 30,000 people which seems too few. Another interpretation could be that the swinging of the angelic sickles is so violent that blood will be splattered everywhere even up to the horses’ bridle.

Using the measurement of a horse’s bridle suggests the armies will be riding horses. In today’s technology of fighter jets and tanks, it seems odd that there will be mounted armies. Yet, there are five countries that still use horses in their military, and a few of them could be part of this war: India has the last fully-operational mounted cavalry; Jordan uses camels to guard their borders with Syria and Iraq; and the United Nationsuses horses in desert areas like Iran and Iraq.

With the release of Adonai’s fury, He destroys many nations and pours their lifeblood onto the earth.

Revelation 15 – Song of Moshe

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