Rapture-holics Lost at Armageddon,-Kings of the East in Revelation?
about. It all happened when during my usual routine day of relaxation, I received an urgent phone call from a customer in distress.
Hurriedly, I ran out of the door, jumped in my pickup and hit the expressway in route to my customer’s location or so I thought. My best customer needed service, -right away. The distance, several miles away, required urgency to arrive before the closing hour.
I didn’t want to go. I wanted a way out, but none existed. So, what did I do? I settled in for the long journey to what seemed as no where land to meet this customer at their location.
A technical issue created a huge revenue loss for them worsening by the hour. Having only been to their location twice, to get their business and to later return and take 15 minutes installing their equipment, the exit was a bit hazy in my mind.
Then, all of a sudden, I got this brilliant idea, to take a short cut. I turned off a familiar road and headed in another direction, unaware at the time that it was the opposite direction! Only, I thought, I was moving faster and closer to my goal. I drove, and drove until the sun began to set. I was headed in the wrong direction.
I traveled 40 minutes out of the way. Now I had to trace that entire distance back to where I got off course then head in the right direction costing me even more time. In the meantime, my customer kept calling, getting more impatient each time, and I kept promising I’d be there soon.
Finally, I arrived at what should have been a 25 minute trip after 90 minutes! My excuse. I belong to the male gender and some of us don’t ask for directions. I didn’t on that occasion, but by retracing my course, managed to get back on track. From that day forward, I ask, use a GPS system, or map an pay closer attention to the signs!
Are You Paying Attention to the Signs?
Like that trip, many Rapture enthusiasts steered off course with their interpretations in the Book of Revelation. They are heading in the wrong direction, hoping to arrive at their destination. This we demonstrate in the following with their views on the direction of the kings of the East in the book of Revelation.
Their eschatology holds that the battle of Armageddon takes place in the future, with Kings who come from the East, versus the West. Now, I can tell you, that could be a huge problem if you’re talking directions right. They’re at opposite ends of the spectrum.
Go West Young Man
Rapture Ready advocates reject the early date of Revelation, ascribe the Battle of Armageddon to contemporary and future events while denying the message of Revelation applies to the destruction of Jerusalem by Rome in AD 70.
Why? It’s because they interpret Revelation 16:12, as an attack from the East for the Battle of Armageddon. We believe they are not paying attention to the signs in the Book of Revelation.
Rapture-holics Lost at Armageddon, Kings of the East or West in the Book of Revelation?
So here is our 12–Step Rapture-holic Anonymous Program. Following this program will resolve the issue of whether these Kings Who fight in “Har-Megiddo” (Armageddon) come from East or the West.
The Twelve Steps
- Acknowledge that Scripture is its own best commentary and interpreter.
- With number one in mind, read the first three verses of Revelation slowly, paying careful attention to any words of statements about time. See also at the end of the book, (Rev. 22:6,10).
- Look up these words or statements in a reputable Greek-English Lexicon (Dictionary) to determine their meaning. For example, “things which must ‘shortly’ come to pass, and the ‘time has drawn near.’
- Apply the message to the seven churches in Asia Minor, (Rev. 1:11), i.e primarily to the contemporary first century audience to whom the letters were originally distributed, (Rev. 2:1,8,12,18, 3:1,7,14).
- Understand that the method the Apostles used to interpret and illuminate New Testament Scripture was primarily the Old Testament Scriptures, (Acts 17:2; 2 Tim. 3:15–17).
- Understand that for dating events and prophecies the Apostles used the chronicles of contemporary kings, (Lk. 2:1, 3:1, Acts 11:28; 12:1, Rev. 17:10–12).
- Avoid the schizophrenia of interpreting the “times, times and a half time,” as one, two and one half years respectively or a sum total of three and a half years in Daniel 7:25; 12:7, and Rev. 12:14, which is three and one half years, then claiming the same time to equal the forty-two months of Rev. 11:2 and 13:5 and the 1,260 days (reinterpreted as 1260 years) of Rev. 12:6.
- If number seven above confuses you, here is what it means:3.5 years (the times, times, and a half time), = 360 days per year corresponding with the Jewish year.12 months per year X 3.5 years = 42 months.360 days per year X 3.5 years = 1,260 days.In other words, the times, times and a half time, = 3.5 years, which also equals 1,260 days, which = 42 months.They’re all the same time!
- Thus, you cannot interpret the 3.5 years to be three and one half years in Daniel, then get to Revelation which is the same prophecy of Daniel and interpret the same 3.5 years to mean 1260 years. 3.5 years do not equal 1260 years! Get over it! I know that 3.5 years do not give a Rapture-holic enough time for a literal 1000 years millennium but that’s the way the Revelation cookie crumbles. John wrote of things shortly to come to pass. Even the Devil understood what shortly meant, (Rev. 12:12).
- If you have a relapse on steps 8 and 9, review steps 2 and 3.
- Take some time to imagine what a new positive worldview will look like once you understand that Christ has come, the millennium is past having occurred long ago in the first century, and the kingdom of God and New Jerusalem is now present with men.You will begin to see all the positive things in the world and transform your mind from all the negative doom and gloom and a-bomb-a-nation mindset.
- Remember not to beat yourself up for not seeing how simple all this was from the beginning. Understand that all wise people change their minds when they realize they’ve been heading in the wrong direction all along. Now for the real answer to the question of the Kings direction, read the comments below. When done, save this post, print it and review the 12 steps often.
Rapture-holics Lost at Armageddon,-Kings of the East in Revelation?
Rapture-holics reason that the message of Revelation and the Battle of Armageddon cannot refer to Jerusalem being sacked by Rome in the first century because Rome is from the West.
Citing Revelation 16:12, they argue that the Battle of Armageddon begins with an attack from the East beyond the River Euphrates. Below is our response.
Ancient Rome was an empire having swallowed up Babylon and Medo-Persia by defeating Greece, (172-168 B.C.). Thus, Babylon at that time was subject to the Roman empire. Revelation 13:1 confirms this in the imagery of the Lion, Bear and Leopard which compositely comprised the ten-horned beast. Compare Dan. 7:1-7.
Rome, through Titus, mustered forces from all over the empire to fight against Jerusalem. Further, after a feast with Titus’ most successful commanders, he sent the rest of his army back to the places where they had been, where they would be best situated, with the exception of the tenth legion who were from the “EAST.”
After completely destroying Jerusalem, Josephus records, “But Caesar resolved to leave there as a guard the tenth legion with certain troops of horsemen, and companies of footmen. So, having entirely completed this war, he was desirous to commend his whole army…” Wars of the Jews, Book vii, i. 3.
Josephus adds that Titus, “…permitted the tenth legion to stay, as a guard at Jerusalem, and did not send them away beyond the Euphrates, where they had been before. So literally, the kings from the East had come as allies with the Roman General to destroy Jerusalem. vii. i. 3.
David Chilton offered these excellent comments on Rev. 16:12:
As we saw on 9:14, the Euphrates was Israel’s northern frontier, from which invading armies would come to ravage and oppress the Covenant people. The image of the drying of the Euphrates for a conquering army is taken, in part, from a strategem of Cyrus the Persian, who conquered Babylon by temporarily turning the Euphrates out of its course, enabling his army to march up the riverbed into the city, taking it by surprise. [Herodutus, History, i. 191]; The more basic idea, of course, is the drying up of the Red Sea (Ex. 14:21-22) an the Jordan River (Josh. 3:9-17; 4:22-24) for the victorious people of God.
David Chilton, The Days of Vengeance, p. 407.
Chilton went on to comment that “’Israel” had become the new Babylon and as the enemy of God must now be conquered by a new Cyrus. Quoting Philip Carrington’s “The Meaning of the Revelation, p. 265,” he says, “As Carrington observes, the coming of the armies from the Euphrates ‘surely represents nothing but the return of Titus to besiege Jerusalem with further reinforcements’; and it is certainly more than coincidental that thousands of these very troops actually did come from the Euphrates.” Ibid.
The historical and Biblical sources demonstrate once again that the “great city” of Revelation 11:8, 17:18; and chapter 18, upon whom God takes vengeance through the invasion of Rome, is none other than Jerusalem of the first century. It is the city where our Lord was crucified.
Jerusalem became a place of false religion as practiced by Judaizers, (Rev. 18:2), but the historical setting removes it from any modern day false religions and from any reference to the Catholic Church as many Protestants, Dispensationalists and Historicists are inclined to do. Following the twelve steps above is a cure for this Raptureholism.
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