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Unraveling Revelation

End times prophecy!

Preparing for the Kings of the East

January 30, 2023 • Revelation 16:8–12

The fourth, fifth, and sixth bowls of wrath poured out in the end times finally move us into judgments reserved specifically for the spirit realm. The fourth bowl judgment, when the sun scorches the earth, is global warming that not even the most ardent climate justice warrior can imagine. The fifth bowl judgment, however, targets the kingdom of Antichrist specifically, and it’s the first judgment that targets the beast and his kingdom. The sixth bowl judgment is a callback to the sixth trumpet. In this judgment, the Euphrates River is dried up “to prepare the way for the kings from the east.” This seems to be a precursor to the invasion of Israel by the army of 200 million described in Revelation 9:13–20. These three bowls echo the fourth, fifth, and sixth trumpet judgments of Revelation 8 and 9, in which the sun is darkened (rather than scorching the earth), the abyss is opened, and the four angels bound in the Euphrates are released. We explain why we believe that army is demonic and why we think the drying up of the Euphrates is a symbol for tearing down the barriers between the physical world and the spirit realm.

Judgment on Worshippers of the Beast

January 23, 2023 • Revelation 16

The seven bowl judgments decreed by God are reserved for a world that is beyond redemption. While we believe that a remnant will survive into the period of the Lord’s wrath, it will not be a good time to be alive for anyone. This week, we look at the first three bowl judgments: Ugly and painful sores on everyone who takes the mark of the Beast and worships his image and the transformation of the waters of the world into blood. Beyond echoing plagues that struck Egypt during the Exodus, Sharon observes that pouring out the judgments from bowls is a reversal of the ancient pagan ritual called kispum, a necromancy ceremony in which spirits of the dead (actually demons) were summoned to a meal at which a drink offering was poured out. We also note that there is an angel in charge of the waters, just as there is an angel in charge of the fire on the altar of God (Rev. 14:18) and four angels who hold back the four winds (Rev. 7:1). Israel is open for tourists again! For details on our Israel Tour March 19–30, 2023, visit http://www.gilberthouse.org/travel. New dates for our tour of Türkiye: We’ll visit the churches of Revelation, Abraham’s home city Harran, Göbekli Tepe, and more in October of 2023. Find out more at http://www.gilberthouse.org/travel.

Where is Mystery Babylon?

January 16, 2023 • Doug Woodward

One of the greatest mysteries of end times prophecy is the location of Mystery Babylon, the city of the Antichrist’s one-world religion of the end times. https://www.faith-happens.com/, author of https://www.faith-happens.com/store/?variation_id=2969023#!/will-babylon-be-rebuilt-in-the-last-days/p/510194458/category=0, joins us to discuss his belief that contrary to some popular teachings, the ancient city of Babylon will not be resurrected during the reign of Antichrist. Israel is open for tourists again! For details on our Israel Tour March 19-30, 2023, visit http://www.gilberthouse.org/travel.

Rewriting History to Change Prophecy

January 9, 2023 • Doug Woodward

Prominent rabbis in the second century AD changed the timeline of their scriptures—what we Christians call the Old Testament. Why would they do such a thing? Doug Woodward (http://www.faith-happens.com/), author of the two-volume set Rebooting the Bible, explains that years were deducted from the ages of the patriarchs (and kings deleted from Persian history) to discredit the claims of Christians that Jesus was the promised Messiah. Israel is open for tourists again! For details on our Israel Tour March 19-30, 2023, visit http://www.gilberthouse.org/travel.

The Apostles' Bible

January 2, 2023 • Doug Woodward

Prominent rabbis in the second century AD changed the timeline of their scriptures—what we Christians call the Old Testament. Why would they do such a thing? Doug Woodward, author of the two-volume set Rebooting the Bible, explains that years were deducted from the ages of the patriarchs (and kings deleted from Persian history) to discredit the claims of Christians that Jesus was the promised Messiah. Israel is open for tourists again! For details on our Israel Tour March 19-30, 2023, visit http://www.gilberthouse.org/travel. Watch every episode of Unraveling Revelation at http://www.unravelingrevelation.tv. And please subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/unravelingrevelation. New dates for our tour of Türkiye: We’ll visit the churches of Revelation, Abraham’s home city Harran, Göbekli Tepe, and more in October of 2023. Find out more at http://www.gilberthouse.org/travel.

Removing the Restrainer

December 26, 2022 • Dr. Doug Hamp

Three of the characters that prophecy scholars have tried to identify for the last 2,000 years are the two witnesses (Rev. 11:1–14) and the restrainer (2 Thess. 2:6–7). Dr. Doug Hamp, pastor of The Way Congregation in Denver and author of Corrupting the Image III: Singularity, Superhumans, and the Second Coming of Jesus, explains the connections between the witnesses, who he identifies as Elijah and Moses; the restrainer, who he believes is the archangel Michael; the Antichrist; and the covenant with death that we discussed last week. (For the record, we agree with Doug on the identities of the two witnesses and “he who now restrains” the “mystery of lawlessness.”) Israel is open for tourists again! For details on our Israel Tour March 19-30, 2023, visit http://www.gilberthouse.org/travel. Watch every episode of Unraveling Revelation at http://www.unravelingrevelation.tv. And please subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/unravelingrevelation.

A Covenant With Death

December 19, 2022 • Dr. Doug Hamp

The two witnesses of Revelation 11 may be seen by a fallen world as evil aliens, prompting a global demand for a false savior—the Antichrist. Dr. Doug Hamp, author of Corrupting the Image III: Singularity, Superhumans, and the Second Coming of Jesus, explains why what sounds like a science-fiction scenario may actually be part of the modern UFO disclosure movement. Israel is open for tourists again! For details on our Israel Tour March 19-30, 2023, visit http://www.gilberthouse.org/travel. Watch every episode of Unraveling Revelation at http://www.unravelingrevelation.tv. And please subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/unravelingrevelation.

The Wrath of God

December 12, 2022

God’s wrath will be poured out on an unrepentant world in a sequence of events you definitely want to miss. We return to the Book of Revelation this week and pick up with chapter 15. We discuss John’s vision of the angels receiving bowls of judgment from the cherubim, the throne guardians, those who had “conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name,” and of the nations (Greek ethnē, as in “ethnicities”) who join in singing the song of Moses—a radical idea for Jews in the first century! The first three judgments—painful sores, and the transformation of the sea and rivers to blood—echo several of the plagues that struck Egypt during the Exodus, which is not a coincidence. And we learn in Rev. 16:5 that there is an angel in charge of the waters, just as there is one over the fire (perhaps of the altar; Rev 14:18) and the four winds (Rev. 7:1)—an idea that certainly runs counter to our modern, scientistic worldview. Israel is open for tourists again! For details on our Israel Tour March 19-30, 2023, visit http://www.gilberthouse.org/travel.

The Resurrection War

December 5, 2022

Jesus declared war on the demonic spirits of the dead Rephaim from the very beginning of his ministry. This week, we show the geography of Galilee to explain why Jesus was baptized where he was. It wasn’t near Jericho, contrary to popular belief, but north of the Sea of Galilee in Batanaea—the Greek name for Bashan—a land covered in megalithic monuments to “the dead” believed to be the literal entrance to the netherworld. A key aspect of Jesus’ mission, which we’ve forgotten over time, is the resurrection of the dead in Christ. And he made that clear with where he chose to base his ministry. Israel is open for tourists again! For details on our Israel Tour March 19-30, 2023, visit http://www.gilberthouse.org/travel.

Jesus and the Book of Enoch

November 28, 2022

We take it for granted that “the Son of Man” is a messianic title. After all, Jesus applied it to himself more than 80 times in the New Testament. However, we’ve learned just recently that the title was unknown to Jews until the writing of the Book of Parables, chapters 37–71 of the Book of 1 Enoch, in the late 1st century BC. (Yes, it’s in Daniel 7, but as a description—“one like a son of man”—rather than a title.) We discuss the Essene community near the Sea of Galilee, authors of this text, and why its location in the north, rather than at Qumran, was significant. Galilee in the early 1st century was ready and waiting for the Messiah—and Jesus deliberately chose that place and the title “Son of Man” to announce his role in the coming supernatural judgment of fallen angels and their human agents.

Enoch, Essenes, and End Times

November 21, 2022

What do the Essenes, the Book of Enoch, and Bible prophecy have in common? A lot more than we thought! The Book of Parables, which is what scholars call chapters 37–71 of the Book of 1 Enoch, had a powerful influence on the New Testament—especially end times prophecy. It was probably written by Essenes, but not at Qumran. There was another Essene community in Galilee, near the town of Magdala. Next week, we’ll explain how the Book of Parables influenced John the Baptist and John the Revelator, and why the location of the Essene community near the Sea of Galilee is significant. 

Mount of the Destroyer

November 14, 2022

Nearly 3,000 years ago, Solomon built cult sites for the pagan gods Astarte, Chemosh, and Milcom on the Mount of Olives. Because of this, the priests called it the Mount of Corruption. Derek showed in his book The Second Coming of Saturn that a better translation from the Hebrew is Mount of the Destroyer—which is important, because the evidence also shows that Milcom, better known as Molech, is also “the Destroyer” of Revelation 9, Abaddon/Apollyon. We also continue our discussion from last week about the potential rivalry between Abaddon and Satan. If, as Derek argues in The Second Coming of Saturn, “the Destroyer” is the entity who led rebellious sons of God in Genesis 6:1–4, will he be happily reunited with Satan when he’s freed from the abyss, or will there be civil war amongst the Fallen?

Satan vs. Saturn

November 7, 2022

When the “sons of God” mentioned in Genesis 6:1–4 came to Earth, were they disobedient from the start or were they lured into sin by Satan? We engage in some speculation this week as we discuss the entity called Shemihazah by the Jews of Jesus’ day, the leader of the rebellious Watchers who sinned by commingling with human women (2 Pt. 2:4; Jude 6–7). We believe that entity has been known by many names throughout history, including Kronos by the Greeks and Saturn by the Romans. But John foresaw a day when Saturn is released from the abyss, described in Revelation 9:1–11, because we think Saturn/Shemihazah is “the Destroyer,” Abaddon or Apollyon. The question is this: When Saturn is let out of the abyss, will he follow Satan in his war against God?

The Red Heifer

October 31, 2022

Five red heifers were shipped from Texas to Israel in September. They may be used in a mysterious ritual described in Numbers 19, a precursor for construction of the Third Temple. We discuss the red heifer, how much of what is believed about the rites are actually in the Bible, and how we as Christians should process this development that is bound to ramp up religious and political tensions in Israel. Israel is open for tourists again! For details on our Israel Tour March 19-30, 2023, visit http://www.gilberthouse.org/travel.

Petra and the Original Kaaba

October 24, 2022

WE WRAP our six-week series based on our last tour of Israel with a look at the incredible city of the Nabataean Arabs, Petra. Petra was a cult center, a pilgrimage destination for pagans of the ancient world until the time of Muhammad in the early 7th century. That’s because Petra was the site of the original Mecca—and may have been the location of Mount Sinai, as well. Israel is open for tourists again! For details on our Israel Tour March 19-30, 2023, visit http://www.gilberthouse.org/travel.

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