Wow, this is a powerful doctrine here.
The premise that Hell doesn't exist as described, something I've always felt but usually kept to myself because.. well.. it didn't make sense in
the whole scheme of Orthodox Christianity or the New Testament, particularly Revelation.
By the way, I could only find one single fault in your entire essay. Revelation, otherwise known as "The Apocalypse of John", wasn't written by
John the Beloved Disciple, but rather sometime after the death of the Disciples, or towards their old age. John of Patmos, another John of Christian
fame, he was exiled to an isle called Patmos where he had the visions and wrote Revelation. That isn't the same John as the Beloved.. kinda throws
you for a curve ball doesn't it, considering that it doesn't indicate this anywhere definitively in the text, as if to trick you. Heheh..
The Lake of Fire not being Hell makes sense. Before Christianity, there wasn't a Jewish Hell concept, but rather a place called Sheol, which is not
the same as Hell. Sheol was where all men went when they died, the inbetween, to wait for redemption into Heaven I think? Or was it to wait for the
Messiah? I'm not Jewish, I'm Christian, so it's hard to get all this correct all the time.
The thing that is odd is that Jesus (Yahshua) prophecized that the Temple would be destroyed in 3 days, down to the last stone. When Vespasian, aka
Titus, conquered Jerusalem he had the Temple burnt to the ground, and even had the ashes and rocks 'raked across' so that they were spread and one
could no longer discern that a Temple ever even stood there. With the Exception of the Western Wall, which was left up for some reason or another, oh
yeah, I think to provide shade for Legionaries? Or as a Barracks or something. Wait, the Towers were left standing, the 3 Forts, as Barracks, the West
Wall may have been left for another reason.
But nonetheless, its chilling to think of how thorough the Temple was destroyed by Roman
as Jesus described. Not a
stone left standing. Most buildings, when destroyed, still have debris, aka stones left standing. To prophecy that the Temple would be utterly removed
wth not a single stone, and to have it come true a mere 70 years after his passing, is simply amazing and one of the reasons I think Jesus is Messiah.
By the way, the West Wall or Wailing Wall is from the old city, not from Herod's Temple itself, which was utterly destroyed.
Onto the lake of fire. The False Prophet and The Beast are "cast" into the lake, as if they were a net, to catch believers, or is it non believers
getting snared by these? Because it seems that those who follow the Beast already are doing so in the text by the time the lake of fire incident
I always found the U.S. troop level of 144,000 to be extremely odd in Iraq. It has recently been surged, but from the post-invasion until recently we
had exactly 144,000 troops over in Iraq. That sounds like some certain Christian Fundamentalists in our Government of the U.S. are trying to either
replicate End Time prophecy, or bring it about, but these are no Jewish Virgins. Granted I bet almost all of the enlisted men are circumcised, that
doesn't define a Jew. They also don't have Gods name on them. If anything, these would be viewed as possible agents of the Beast.
Onto the Beast: I have two main ideas as to what the Beast is or will be. A Nation/Empire, certainly. Comes from the sea? Maritime power. Marine
invasions. Aircraft Carriers. It says in the text "And people marveled after the Beast, and worshipped its image, saying; Who can beat the Beast? (in
War) Who is stronger than the Beast?" thats not a literal quote, but close enough.
I don't know about you, but the American Military has always touted itself as the strongest, most powerful on the Planet. And I live in America, and
all you ever hear in conversations about wars, and possible wars with other nations is: "Man We'd kick their ass, America has the best military in
the world, no one can beat us." . Tell me you havent heard this line in the past 7 years? I have so many times I cant count. everyone, even the
Israelis and even some Europeans think "Who can defeat the U.S. in open war?"
The answer is no one. In an actual war, Nukes would ensure mutual destruction if America began to lose or was Nuked itself.
But that sounds so strikingly similar to the line from Revelation:
(Who has more Authority on the World Scene than U.S.? U.N. Headquarters is in New York City.)
and they worshiped the beast, saying, Who is like the beast; who is able to make war with it?
Rev 13:5 And a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies was given to it. And authority to act forty two months was given to it.
Rev 13:6 And it opened its mouth in blasphemy toward God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, and those tabernacling in Heaven.
Rev 13:7 And it was given to it "to war with the saints, and to overcome them." And authority was given to it over every tribe and tongue and
nation. Dan. 7:21
Rev 9:2 And he opened the pit of the abyss. And smoke went up out of the pit, like smoke of a great furnace. And the sun was darkened, and the air,
by the smoke of the pit.
Rev 9:3 And out of the smoke locusts came forth to the earth. And authority was given to them, as the scorpions of the earth have authority.
Rev 9:6 And in those days men will seek death, and they will not find it. And they will long to die, yet death will flee from them.
Rev 9:7 And the likenesses of the locusts were like horses having been prepared for war; and on their heads as crowns, like gold; and their faces
like the faces of men.
Rev 9:8 And they had hairs like the hairs of women; and their teeth were like those of lions.
Rev 9:9 And they had breastplates like iron breastplates; and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses running to
Rev 9:10 And they have tails like scorpions, and their stings were in their tails; and their authority is to harm men five months.
Rev 9:11 And they have a king over them, the angel of the abyss. In Hebrew his name was Abaddon, and in Greek he has the name Apollyon.
That sounds like a description of modern events. Men will seek death yet not die, these are terrorist suicide bombers who seek death, yet their device
fails to detonate, or they are non-fatally shot before detonating it, or they are..