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ARE WE THERE YET?
A look at how things that
happening around us are possible fulfilment of the Book
I am going to
preface this message with the note that I am not saying that what
associations I am making here are truly the fulfilment of a large
number of prophecies that are found in the Book Of Revelation,
what I am saying is that they are certainly capable of fulfilling them.
The Book Of Revelation is a rather fascinating book that has
interested scholars and Christians since it was
first written almost 2000 years ago by the Apostle John from a
revelation he received while he was in prison
on the Island of Patmos. Most scholars agree that John wrote in
'picture' language so that he would be allowed
to share the document without fear of punishment and it is
often that 'picture' language that has fascinated scholars over the
years, because there is nothing to say what is
'picture' language and what is plain language. I certainly won't be
entering into any aspect of that argument in
this message and I will leave it to the individual reader to decide
how what I say, fits into their personal perception of what the
relevant passages say.
In Matthew Chapter 24, Jesus, Himself, warns of
things to come and how they will affect us. These
are the things that must come first, before the end time.
Firstly, we are warned that major times of trouble will
happen to the faithful. There will be the great
deception that is to occur. The deception and lies of Islam are leading
many astray as the message of Islam is spread
further and further afield.
There is also to be wars before the end time comes. The last
100 or so years has certainly seen some
terrifying wars and battles that have encompassed the whole world.
There will also be famines, earthquakes
everywhere - these we have certainly experienced in recent times.
Secondly, and more specifically affecting the faithful, will
be the arrest and punishment (including death)
of those who are loyal followers of Jesus. This persecution will cause
many to turn away from their faith. We don't
have to look very far to see these things taking place, especially
(though not exclusively) in Islamic countries. The believers are
encouraged to hold on to their faith regardless
of the price.
False prophets will abound and anyone aged 50 and over will
probably know of the high profile people who
fit this category. The Good News will be preached to the whole world
and, while this is not 100% done as yet, this
is close to completion.
Then there is the "awful abomination" that will be seen in
the holy place. Some take this to mean the
mosque that now stands on the Temple Hill in Jerusalem (and that may be
so) but it can also mean the false teachings
that are taking place in so called Christian churches, where the
teachings of the world have diluted the Gospel
message in sometimes diverse ways - this is the church trying
to conform to the world to be more acceptable.
Jesus warns His followers that His coming will be seen
everywhere and not just in one place, so believers
need to be aware not to be misled by false messages of His return.
While the signs leading to the return of Jesus
will be clearly visible, no-one knows the exact time Jesus will return,
that is known to no-one but God, so those who prophesy the actual event
are to be deemed as false prophets.
One thing I have become aware of in my extensive studies of
this book (and other prophecies) is that the
written order may or may not correspond to the chronological order of
the events taking place. That must be kept in
mind as we look at this message.
- In the letters to the 7 churches, John has described seven basic
church types that are found. Basically, the
modern Christian churches still fit within these definitions. There is
a call here to the readers of this message
about how these fit. They need to honestly examine themselves
(as an individual), the church congregation they belong to,
and the overall church grouping they belong to
- honestly looking at which of the seven churches (and it can be more than
one) that each is aligned to. Having determined that aspect, working
out what needs to be changed (if anything) and
how it might be done. Great care is advised in these "self checks" for it
is very easy to be over judgmental, if you are not careful. There is
some influence on what takes place in this
interpretation that will affect how the events of the current time fit
into the picture.
In the next section (4:1 to 5:14) there are some further
aspects of the vision that will most probably
have little or no bearing on what is to follow, with reference to this
actual message, but the verses are listed for
those who wish to follow the process in detail.
Then comes the first of the actual prophecies (6:1-17). This
is the passage that deals with the opening of
the first 6 seals that were mentioned in Chapter 5.
The white horse - the horse of the conqueror. We certainly can see
plenty of examples of where this may be
fulfilled in modern times. In respect to Islam, this has so many
fulfilments, especially in Africa, where we see
the large number of countries that have been brought under Islamic
control in recent historic times and this includes much of the north of
Africa. But, looking further back in history,
we see a continuous stream of conquests, from early European exploits onward.
The Americas, Australia and many other countries have been conquered in
one way or another.
The red horse - the horse of the war maker. Once again, there are
plenty of examples of Islam being responsible
for war (Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, etc., are but a few in most
recent times). However, we must note that it is
not only Islam that is endeavouring to make war as we see
many others (North Korea and some of the South American countries
certainly come to mind) that fit into this mold
of making war a priority. And one can hardly rule out the willingness
of the USA to go to war (in so called defence
of 'invaded' nations) along with its NATO allies and UN allies.
The black horse - the rider with the scales - political and economic
turmoil. Here, 2009 would be one of
the best examples and the current crisis in the USA (October 2013)
would also stand, with this one having the
Islamic links. Dominance of the control of oil by the Islamic nations
is also a major factor in the economic instability of the world. The
colour of this horse may have a veiled
reference to the oil factor.
The pale horse - whose rider is death and accompanied by Hades.
Certainly death and violence (not just on a war
level) are a major issue these days. The wholesale slaughter by terrorism
and jihad abound, with both mass executions and individual
deaths coming in to play. Since September 2001,
the statistics of Islamic connected killings is unbelievable (a list of
atrocities can be found on a dedicated website
that is to be found at http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/attacks-2013.htm
and this is just for 2013. Since 9 September 2001,
Islamic terrorists have carried out in excess of 21,800 [as at 25th
October 2013] deadly terror attacks). However,
we cannot overlook the alarming rise in killings all around the world by
individuals and gangs.
An interesting aspect is a news video broadcast during the
first Egyptian uprising (2009) that showed an
unexplainable object that appeared to be a pale horse (Video Ref :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEXMoCwHVTE
- about 5:15 into the video). Many have tried
to explain the pale horse in this video, but none have really done so.
Whilst this may not have any meaning, when we
are considering prophetic fulfilment, anything that might be relevant should
The fifth seal reveals God's martyrs who are crying out for justice and
revenge. Certainly the large number of
Christians that have been killed by Islamic terrorists is high, as they
regularly target and destroy Christian churches
throughout the world and make no secret of the fact. In recent
times we have seen many such attacks, especially in Pakistan. This is
common in Islamic countries as they seek to
remove all Christian influence in such countries. A single attack on a church
in Pakistan recently (September 2013) saw 150 Christians killed with
the church destroyed. I have recently read a
story that suggested that the number of Christians killed under Islam
in the last 1400 years is in excess of two million. With numbers like
that, there are certainly sufficient martyrs to
be crying out for justice.
With this seal, we see nature rebel against the earth and the
implication here especially appears to refer to
massive earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and the possible inclusion of
other natural and man made disasters (such as
nuclear accidents, shipwrecks, including mass drowning of
so called refugee boats) that would all fit into this. There has been,
over recent years, been some very devastating
earthquakes (December 27, 2004; Haiti; Fukushima, Japan are just some) that
have affected more than just the location. These, of course,
are nowhere near them all. We have
also seen some massive volcanic eruptions, huge storms and much more
that certainly fit this prophecy.
The second part of this seal is about man's fearful reaction
to these horrors. However, the reactions of
mankind, while being horrified, suggests that, while these maybe close,
they really haven't taken place yet, suggesting
that maybe much worse is yet to come with respect to the disasters.
If greater disasters are still to come, then we have cause to be
In Chapter 7: 1-17, we see the vision of people who have
been singled out for being saved in the first
wave. The first group is labelled as descendants of Israel. There is
some conjecture as to whether this is literally
those of Israel, or those who may be descended from the dispersion of Israel
(and who may not even know that they are descendants). I don't think
that we need to argue on the technicality of
this group here.
The second group is likely to include those who are not
included in the previous list and would certainly
cover Christians. The implication here might be
that some may be taken away so as to not have to suffer the full force
of what is still to come. Alternatively, it may be Christians who have
already died. It certainly promises good things
to those included in this group.
However these two groups are to be made up, we do not know
whether this has happened or is still to happen
and may not have bearing on what we are discussing in this message.
The breaking of the seventh
seal (8:1-5) is heralded in with complete silence. Keeping
in mind that silence often means peace in
Biblical prophecy and the day often refers to our time span of one
year, this might be seen as the "calm before the storm" and that there
would be an artificial peace (possibly
including with nature) across the entire planet for 6 months.
If that were the case, the arrival of such a period should
raise much terror amongst those who are still
alive. The silence is ended with violent happenings, especially storms
and earthquakes, the likes of which have not
been seen before.
Now, having said all this, there is a possibility that all
seven seals have already been opened and come
to pass. Meaning that we are further into the end times than was first
This next section (8:6 - 9:21) could be referred to as the
This is a series of events (or a massive single event). The prophecy
talks about hail and fire and, over the years,
this has sometimes been interpreted as massive volcanic eruptions, or,
as in recent times, nuclear explosions. Certainly these are both
possible and a combination of the two could not
be ruled out. What we do know is that the result is that one third of
all vegetation would be gone. This would be
catastrophic on such a densely populated planet. Starvation
would be the inevitable product of this event.
This is most likely an asteroid or very large meteor hitting the ocean.
This would appears as a "flaming mountain"
falling into the sea. The destruction suggest one that is extremely large
as it destroys a third of everything on and in the oceans and leaves it
blood red. This could also cause massive
tsunamis of a magnitude only seen in movies up until now. The red could
be caused by the object having large amounts of
iron oxide or from the blood of all the creatures that would
be destroyed (or both). Catastrophic result. Most recently we have seen
such an action taking place over Russia that
caused quite a few problems, though they hardly fell in the catastrophic
category, but they indicate that such an event is nowhere near an
impossibility. Certainly that event lit up the
sky in dazzling light.
This is similar to that of trumpet 2 but the affect is different. Here
we find the poisoning of one third of the
world's fresh water. A different chemical structure and an asteroid/meteorite
that explodes in the atmosphere would certainly cause chemicals/dust to
be scattered across the planet and affect the
water. Another catastrophic outcome.
Similar reaction to that of trumpet 1 with the creation of what was
(and maybe still is) known as the nuclear
winter. The dust from a massive volcano (cast you mind back to Mt. St Helens
years back or to Iceland a few years back) or a destructive nuclear
explosion (such as Chernobyl), could create a
large dust cloud that was capable of covering a third of our atmosphere.
Upper air current would move this cloud around
so it would be unlikely to be only covering a single
part of the planet, giving the appearance of shutting off a third of
the stars. If the cloud was not overly dense,
the sun would still appear though it but with much less warmth and
light. Catastrophic to food production at the
Now when we consider events like Mt St Helens, the volcano
in Iceland and some of the others, trumpets 1
and 4 might be deemed to have already happened. Then there is Ison that
is due in our neighbourhood next year (2014)
with remote possibilities of either hitting us or fragments hitting us,
this could cover trumpets 2 and 3. So these events are within the
realms of possibility for now (and may have
Prefaced with a warning that the remaining trumpets to be blown will
bring greater tragedy than the first 4, does
not offer much joy.
The falling star heralds the release of a plague of
indescribable horror. This horror does not bring death
to people, only a suffering that makes them wish they could die
(though, somehow, it is prevented). We have
seen such a horror on a small scale with Agent Orange in the Vietnam
war and, knowing that most developed countries
have chemical weapons, the accidental release of a stockpile
of these could certainly produce this effect or they could be delivered
by a nation (or group) that was out of control.
The description of the locusts who deliver the plague is not far off the
description of a large helicopter and, for someone living almost 2000
years ago, a very good way of describing
something that was way beyond his imagination.
There is much that can be read into this disaster but some interesting
facts arise. We see an army of 200 million
people who come across the Euphrates River and destroy one third of
the human population. For a long time, because this army comes out of
the east, most people have predicted that only
one country could mount such an army: China. However, we may have been
looking in the wrong descriptive interpretation. Currently there are in
excess of 700 million Muslims in the world who
would, theoretically, cross the Euphrates River as they marched on the world
with an army of 200 million. The Koran openly states (as do the Imams)
that they have a decree and an unchangeable
task to destroy all infidels (that is anyone who will not bow to
Islam). That invasion is well and truly
happening and their record of jihads and terrorism, along with their stated
aims, make it quite clear that it would be within their power to
destroy one third of the human race. This task
is well and truly upon us.
This section concludes with a statement that still people
will not accept God's ways and will not step
back from their various forms of idolatry, which includes the worship
of possessions and trade. Isn't that what we
see today - a world full of apathy towards what is happening all around
The next passage (10:1-11) is about a little scroll and an
unrevealed message. The little scroll is offered
to John and he is told to eat, with the warning that it will
taste like honey in his mouth but it will make
him feel really sick. A possible interpretation here is that mankind is
offered something that, on the surface, looks
like a real blessing but once it has been foolishly accepted, it
backfires and causes no end of problems. Islam marches in under a lying
banner of being a religion of peace and people
like this idea, but once an area or a country has been subjugated and Sharia
law introduced, people have discovered that peace is no longer existing
and it truly becomes a most hated thing, but it
is too late. It is one possible outcome of this prophetic story.
As for the message of the thunder which John was not allowed
to share, we can only guess at what that may
have been. Was it a warning of mankind's failure to be able to truly
see what is happening? As the process must
occur, the warning was not allowed to be known.
In Rev 11:1-14, two witnesses appear on the scene and stand
against the events that are happening all
around. They bring a message of condemnation to the world. Both to
those who are fighting against God and those
who refuse to believe what is actually happening. They are protected
for the duration of their work (42 months) and
they have extraordinary powers whereby they can bring
about destruction and death to the non-believer and they have control
over the rain and the water supplies.
Finally, after their allotted time has expired, they are
killed when the beast that comes from the abyss
(the unknown) defeats them. Their bodies are displayed in the great
city where all can see them. The world
celebrates in great pomp and fashion but the celebrations are short
lived for the two are raised from the dead
after a short period of time (three and a half days in the book that John
wrote) and taken straight to heaven. As they depart, there is
a huge earthquake that destroys 10% of the city
and seven thousand people die as a result. Terror spreads amongst the
survivors at the display of this power, and
they actually praise God.
Certainly, there are people rising up and speaking out
against this evil of Islam, and anyone of these
people could, I imagine, become one of these two special witnesses.
However, no special powers have yet been seen
and so we must wait on this part of the prophecy. They may also be two
people who have not yet been heard.
trumpet sounds (11:15-19) and with it comes the revelation
of God's Heaven and all the glory therein. Here
is the final unleashing of terror, which includes a massive electrical storm,
an earthquake and heavy hail. Judgement is about to be unleashed. I
would see this as a promise of things still to
12: 1-17 - A massive sight appears in the sky which unfolds
a story that encompasses history: from the
birth of a child (who is taken straight to heaven), followed by an
attack by the devil and his followers, who
chase the woman (representing the good of mankind) as she flees to
hiding place prepared for her.
I think there is a need to be aware that some of mankind may
be able to go to a safe haven, where they will
be able to be protected from what is to follow.
With this action, war breaks out in the heavens between the
Army of God and the armies of the devil, and
the devil is banished to earth. Many believe that this battle has
already taken place (in fact, this whole
section has passed) and that the devil is among us. Certainly when we
look at Islam, that event took place in the
early 600's when Mohammed wrote the Koran. The evil has grown
since that point in time. "The dragon was furious and went off to fight
the descendants of the woman." Revelation
12:17. Now I am not saying that evil was not around prior to that time,
because we know that it was. I am saying that it
would now have an applied and increased vigour.
The one that killed the two messengers is now joined by a
beast, who rises from the sea (the sea is
sometimes used to indicate the populace as a whole - someone coming
from the masses of the people) and is given
great power (13:1-18).
With this power he sets out to establish the kingdom of evil
amongst all of mankind and he was allowed this
power for 42 months. The people of the world worshipped this beast as a
hero. This is a period of great killing of
God's people and the faithful are called upon too endure this horror.
Now with the rise of Barak Obama with the start of his
second term in office (notice that he didn't show
his true colours until after the election for the second term) we see
that one who could fit the picture of the beast
has now risen to the forefront of history in the making. If that were
to be so, then we are given just three and a
half years from February 2013 when his second term began. This
would have to mean that the two witnesses actually must be
already here for they have the same time span
as the beast and it is the beast that kills the two witnesses. I don't
have too much trouble with this aspect because,
as I said at the start, written sequence and actual sequence can certainly
overlap, nor necessarily in the exact same order. The big issue here is
that things are going to really start to happen
in the very near future. Certainly the stage is set for this but just how
will it unfold is yet to be fully revealed.
This beast is joined by a second beast who also has power
and it is his task to force the people of the
world to worship the first beast. Part of this process is the creation
of a "living statue" that helps to enforce this
worship because, while it is not living, it can see and speak and act.
Another part of this enforcement is the "Mark
Of The Beast", whereby unless a person bears that mark (referred
to in the Bible as '666') they cannot participate in the general trade
of the world. Many contenders for the title of
the mark have been raised over the years but the one with the most credence
is to be seen in the badge that is worn on the heads (and arms) of
Islamic fighters and terrorists. For a detailed
explanation of this aspect, watch the following YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9I7Q9bbunRg).
The video runs for about 15 minutes but it is
very clear in the explanation. With this mark comes Sharia Law, the
aspect that Islam wishes to subjugate the whole
world under. Muslims make it very clear that this aspect is what they
aim for across the entire world.
Two things come to play here. The first is that the one I
assigned to the beast a couple of paragraphs
early, may, in fact, be the second beast. Certainly, things are being
put in place for the 'mark' to be used on
people and this mark is the one of the 'identifying capsule'
(microchip) that is injected under the skin.
This is similar to the ID that has been placed into dogs and cats for identification.
There is information coming out of the USA at the moment that says that
to participate in the Obama Healthcare System,
you will carry such a microchip to identify you as being
a part of the system. It is only one step to move from identifying you
for healthcare to
identifying for any trading. Thus a potential 'mark of the
beast' system is already in place.
Now I hasten to add here, that much of the time span is
assuming a literal 42 months of time. As most
Bible scholars will tell you, time in prophesy can be stated to mean
extended periods of time, so the idea
of 42 literal months may not be exact in the interpretation. It may be
shorter or it may be longer.
While some aspects of judgement are mentioned in these next
two chapters (14 & 15), much of it
deals with events that will follow and then into the prelude to the
last plagues of God's judgement. It won't hurt
the reader to set aside time to read these two chapters as there are
many words of encouragement to be found in that
passage. As we read the events unfolding, Christians are
going to need all the encouragement they can get. The Bible certainly
tells us that our strength must come from God
but there is much emphasis placed on unity. Petty differences will have
to be put aside - United we stand: divided we
The next passage (16:1-21) covers the final punishment of
the people of earth. How do these fit with
things we know? We will look at each.
1. The first
plague is terrible and painful sores. Not hard to envisage
and could be related to the escape of some of
the germ warfare weapons that have been developed over the years (and
denied by many). We know that some terrible
diseases have been developed and have already accidentally
leaked into the environment with some devastating effect. It isn't hard
to imagine the total release of these and the
damage they would cause to people. This description also clearly fits what
we know of the effects of radiation poisoning.
2. The second
plague is basically the poisoning of the sea. Again, we
know how possible that can be, especially when
we think of the Exon tanker that sank off the west coast of Canada and,
in more recent times, the disastrous oil leakage in the Gulf
Of Mexico. Not hard to imagine this on a much
wider scale, considering what is carried on the high seas and extracted
from the sea.
3. The third
plague is the poisoning of the freshwater waterways across
the planet with catastrophic effects. This
could well be related to the second plague.
4. The fourth
plague is the scorching of the planet by the sun and there
are three main possibilities here. The first is
that we are already aware of the destruction of the protective ozone layer
that protects this planet - that process is well under way. The second
is a massive sun flare which is not beyond the
realms of possibility. The third could be a combination of the two.
5. The fifth
plague is total darkness over the kingdom of the beast.
Again, there are a number of possibilities but
I will mention just two. The first would be a "nuclear winter" that
totally enveloped the planet, being caused by
an out of control nuclear war. The instability of the USA at
present, along with its huge nuclear arsenal, is certainly a strong
contender for this cause. The second would be
mass volcanic eruptions that would also put so much dust into the air
that it would have the same affect.
6. The sixth
plague is the drying up of the Euphrates River that would
allow the passage of the armies of the beast to
move westward. Now there are some who say that this has already happened
and that 'barrier' has been removed and Islam is already advancing
westward. It talks about 3 terrible leaders
(hideous frogs) that will lead that army. There are many contenders to
this role including Hitler, Obama, the United
Nations and others that exist.
seventh plague is one of natural destruction caused by
huge storms, earthquakes of unprecedented
magnitude, the destruction of mountains (swallowed by the earthquakes)
and monstrous hailstones (the Bible says
weighing 1 hundredweight or 50 kilogrammes). Each of those,
in themselves would be bad enough but all together they would be very
destructive. Part of the destruction is the
great city that is called, in the Bible, Babylon. Now Babylon could
easily be representative of the centre of Islam
and the destruction of that area would have a major effect (to
say the least) upon the Islamic way of life. For many years, Babylon
has also been linked to Rome and the Vatican
and this is yet another possibility.
17:1-19:4 - The Destruction Of Babylon: This follows
straight on from the seventh plague. The destruction
of, what would be, the centre of Islam, would be devastating to the
world, the reference here being to Babylon, the
city that has become trade, political and religious centre of the
Because with Islam, by this time in our assumptions, having
gained control, its centre of power and wealth
would suddenly be gone and world leaders, the traders and the transport
systems would no longer have anything to do and
their wealth would be destroyed. This could also indicate
the destruction of the world financial system. Much can be associated
with this destruction prophecy but none of it
is good for the powers of evil.
What follows is a brief section where the good people of the
world are invited to a coming feast that will
take place at the close of the age, termed in the Bible as the Wedding
Feast Of The Lamb.
The armies of God come out of heaven and march upon the
armies of evil. The battle is swift and decisive.
The armies of evil are destroyed and the devil, himself, is imprisoned
for a period of time that the Bible describes
as 1000 years. The result is that there will be no deception of the remainder
of the human race during that period of time. This is so hard to
imagine. This is aworld where there is no wrong
happening. Whilst it will be a wonderful time for those who are involved,
there is a warning that it is not quite over, as evil will get one more
At the end of that period, the devil is released to once
again deceive the world. During this period he
raises yet another army of followers (some people never learn) but that
army is destroyed and, along with the devil, is
dropped into total destruction in the Lake of Fire. The human race is
then judged. All people who have lived from the
beginning of time are judged on how they have lived. Those
deemed as righteous are to have eternal life whilst the rest are cast
into the Lake of Fire.
The remainder of the book is devoted to John's endeavour to
describe, in human language, what is really
indescribable - the everlasting paradise we refer to as heaven.
In Matthew Chapter 24, there is a very great message of
comfort. In verse 22, we are told that, fortunately
for us, God has reduced the number of days in the end time, otherwise
none of us would survive.
In conclusion, I repeat what I said at the beginning of this
message. I am not saying that what associations
I have made here are truly the fulfilment of a large number of
prophecies that are found in the Book Of
Revelation, what I am saying is that they are certainly capable of
Copyright R. J.. Burling
28th October, 2013
Since the writing of this message, I have discovered a very
video that deals with further links between Islam and The Book of
Revelation. This video, approximately 50 minutes in length, has some
extensive imformation regarding the prophecies relating to Babylon. I
found this extensive study fitting very closely with the rest of this
message. The reference to this video is called Babylon The Great
& The Turkish Antichrist - (
recommend you look at this video.
Copyright R. J. Burling
7th December, 2013
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