Furthermore, the number thing is at odd with where a long name is inscribed on the forehead. It is significant that this construction fits Apollonius Canon i. The implications of this grammatical possibility, exegetically speaking, are simply that the number is the number that represents [ controlled by Satan ] humankind" b The number can easily be interpreted as such: From Wikipedia, Number of the Beast : "The number can be interpreted to relate the nature of human being as Homo sapiens itself, not as any individual. It is also assumed the '6' smallest complete number represents human being itself, and 6 tripled represent mind, body and soul; 7 is the number of God Others take as a symbol for the trinity of evil and imperfection-each digit falls short of the perfect [God's] number 7.
The Reformed scholar, Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. Various schemes for decoding these numbers result in such names as Euanthas, Lateinos, and Nero Caesar currently the favorite. Irenaeus mention of mss that have is balanced by his rejection of such witnesses in this case. As intriguing as the reading is since the conversion of Nero Caesar's name in Latin by way of gematria would come out to , it must remain suspect because such a reading seems motivated in that it conforms more neatly to Nero's gematria.
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Note: 'Nero' would match the two numbers! And the Christian addition "The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction. Entertainment in Heaven. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. But, since there was no census of Jews then, any Jew would think of a larger total.
Certainly Josephus is known to inflate greatly the numbers. So let's say 5 millions, that's 2. That ratio for virgin male Jews then is marginally realistic. Could these , be Jewish Christian male virgins? Then there were relativelyfew Jewish Christians.
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That's apparent in Paul's epistles and other texts. That's probably too generous. But that's not enough in order to extract, from a total of , male Christian Jews, , virgin ones. Therefore it is most doubtful our author thought of those. Rather he had all male virgin Jews on his mind, not the rarer christianized kind. But these , are followers of the Lamb. This Lamb would need to be very popular in order to be followed by the vast majority of virgin male Jews in the known world.
That comes next Note: here, it seems the Lamb had been slain on earth a short while ago but not many years, such as around 65 30 to 95 , as if he were Jesus before the , Israelites catch up with him in heaven. With the revelation claimed to be during Galba's short reign see confirmation later, at verse , and with the expected End coming in , and considering our John had been a priest, who would be a candidate? Nay, they proceeded to that degree of impiety, as to cast away their dead bodies without burial , although the Jews used to take so much care of the burial of men, that they took down those that were condemned and crucified, and buried them before the going down of the sun.
I should not mistake if I said that the death of Ananus was the beginning of the destruction of the city , and that from this very day may be dated the overthrow of her wall, and the ruin of her affairs, whereon they saw their high priest, and the procurer of their preservation, slain in the midst of their city. He was on other accounts also a venerable, and a very just man; and besides the grandeur of that nobility, and dignity, and honor of which he was possessed , he had been a lover of a kind of parity, even with regard to the meanest of the people; he was a prodigious lover of liberty , and an admirer of a democracy in government ; and did ever prefer the public welfare before his own advantage, and preferred peace above all things ; for he was thoroughly sensible that the Romans were not to be conquered.
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He also foresaw that of necessity a war would follow, and that unless the Jews made up matters with them very dexterously, they would be destroyed; to say all in a word, if Ananus had survived , they had certainly compounded matters; for he was a shrewd man in speaking and persuading the people, and had already gotten the mastery of those that opposed his designs, or were for the war. And the Jews had then put abundance of delays in the way of the Romans, if they had had such a general as he was. Jesus [son of Damneus] was also joined with him; and although he was inferior to him upon the comparison, he was superior to the rest; and I cannot but think that it was because God had doomed this city to destruction, as a polluted city, and was resolved to purge his sanctuary by fire, that he cut off these their great defenders and well-wishers , while those that a little before had worn the sacred garments, and had presided over the public worship; and had been esteemed venerable by those that dwelt on the whole habitable earth when they came into our city, were cast out naked, and seen to be the food of dogs and wild beasts.
And I cannot but imagine that virtue itself groaned at these men's case, and lamented that she was here so terribly conquered by wickedness. And this at last was the end of Ananus and Jesus. Note: the " firstfruits " is not Jesus as in 1Co, but , virgin Jews of Israelite descent , " servants of our God " and with "the seal of our God on their foreheads " b , who are "raptured" before the worst of the apocalyptic events.
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Now, let's consider a prior Christian additions passage, When the "servants" are still on earth waiting to be saved, appears " Let's notice the present tense, suggesting the "tribulation" is not over yet! And there is no hint in the whole of that these ones died and were resurrected. They just survive "the great tribulation" as the Christians alive then and destined to be dressed in white of Rev But you were washed , but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus To conclude, because the , virgin Jews are the firstfruits , those alive in 'white robes' who are never mentioned again cannot be the first ones saved in heaven as implied by " Consequently, and also because of the aforementioned Christian connotations others in a,17a , was NOT a part of the original Jewish version.
Furthermore, "a great multitude which no one could number " means the 'white robe' ones greatly outnumber the , Jews implying the Kingdom is for mainly Christians!
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Let's also examine the following passage: Darby "And I saw, and behold, the Lamb standing upon mount Zion, and with him a hundred [and] forty-four thousand, having his name [of the Lamb] and the name of his Father written upon their foreheads. Also, let's notice the similarities with 'Hebrews', where mount Zion seems to be a earthly gathering area for the elects prior to their rapture into heaven: "But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem This one is proclaimed by an angel with no hint a new Christian one was preached before!
It was used as a code name for Rome after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 C. Babylon, as head of a "city empire" just like Rome had been responsible for the only prior total destruction of Jerusalem in B. This one is an angel as implied by the next verse and as stated in v. Probably inspired by the "like a son of man" in Daniel Let's also notice this "Son of Man" resides on a cloud, when the heavenly Jesus is repeatedly placed at the right hand of God in the N.
Furthermore, how could the heavenly Jesus be at the same time, the "Son of Man" on a cloud and the Lamb on God's throne? One more reason to consider the earlier salvation of the Christian "white robes" in , which is out-of-sequence, as an addition! Note: this harvest affects the "bad" people the ones to be eradicated and is performed by the same "one like a son of man" angel who reaped the "good" ones.
Also, in the N. Come, go down; For the winepress is full, The vats overflow ; For their [people of the Gentile "nations" ] wickedness is great. It is their turn to sing].
For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested. But a Christian author would not have preserved it! The worshipping of did not help! For it is their just due. Note: the site Megiddo, in northern Israel is chosen because several ancient battles occurred here already: - B.
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And great Babylon [Rome] was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. And, in the book of Daniel, at the time of the end, a huge mountain is filling the whole earth b.
Would it be a contradiction here? Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail [that does not seem to kill them] , since that plague was exceedingly great. Geographically speaking, the Babylonian empire was not straddling any sea]. I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. The identification is positive enough, short of spelling R-O-M-E, which would have been considered very subversive.
Here it is coin dated 71C. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. It also looks those ten "kings" are no more than glorified hoped for arsonists]. That would have overwhelmed any attempt of extinguishing the fires and made sure of Rome complete burning. Also, this apocalyptic event is the only major one described in 'Revelation' which could be man-made!
That was less true in 95 C. And she will be utterly burned with fire , [not unplausible: a huge fire destroyed most of Rome in 64 C. For in one hour your judgment has come. Luxury goods and slaves were in high demand from emperor, courtesans, aristocrats, profiteers, absentee landlords, etc.
Ostie was the sea harbor of Rome 15 miles away during antiquity. Today, modern Rome has no nearby sea port]. For in one hour she is made desolate. No craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore, and the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived. Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God [the Lord is not Jesus]. Her smoke rises up forever and ever! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.
Note: in these days, most of the Roman army was comprised of foot soldiers, not cavalry men]. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron.
He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And all the birds were filled with their flesh. And there was found no place for them. And another book was opened, which is [the Book] of Life. The number seven resounds throughout Revelation and often serves as a key to important events. There are the seven Churches, and the seven seals, trumpets, and bowls.