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The book of Revelation has an alarming warning for those who cling to a certain traditional belief in the book of Revelation and ignoring or denying it does not mean it will go away.  Are you brave enough to challenge Biblical traditions?

Of all the books in the Bible, the book of Revelation is the only book that:
1. is attributed as Jesus’ own personal testimony
2. has a blessing for those who read it.
3. has a specific and unavoidable judgment for those who abuse it.

If you haven’t read lessons # 1 & 2, go back and do it now!  You will need it for this lesson.  Click “Basics” in the Category list to find them.

When you look at the book of Revelation what do you see?

Confusion, Conflict, Repetition and Complexity that doesn’t make any sense
Or do you think you’ve got it all figured out in spite of all the confusion?

I Cor 4:33 says that God is not a God of confusion, but of peace.
Therefore, the book of Revelation should be easy to understand.
So, why do we have such a problem with the book of Revelation and how do we make it simple?

Do you remember what was said in lesson # 2?  In the mid 1800’s, 100 years before the book of Daniel was unsealed, Bible Scholars were looking for a way to better understand the book of Revelation.  They thought they found it in Daniel 9:27.

Dan 9:27 (NLT)
27 The ruler will make a treaty with the people for a period of one set of seven, but after half this time, he will put an end to the sacrifices and offerings. And as a climax to all his terrible deeds, he will set up a sacrilegious object that causes desecration, until the fate decreed for this defiler is finally poured out on him.”

During that time period the book of Daniel was sealed and a secret, so there was no way they could understood that what they were about to do would violate TWO commandments in the word of God.

They knew there was a period of seven years (one week) yet to be fulfilled from the prophecy of Daniel 9 and they came up with an idea.  They noticed a reference to 42 or 3 1/2 years mentioned in the story of the Trumpets and even though there was no reference to time in the story of the Bowls they took this one verse and added it to the book of Revelation stretching it across the 7 Trumpets saying they were the first 3 1/2 years  and the 7 Bowls of Wrath were the second 3 1/2 years creating what we know today as the Seven-Year Tribulation and used the “after half this time (midst of the week)” to explain the gap between those two periods (or stories).

All of this seems to make sense, except for two very important commandments.  Doing this not only violated the commandment of Daniel 12:4 being sealed, it also violated the commandment of Rev 22:18, 19.

Dan 12:4 (NLT)
But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end, when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase.”

Rev 22:18-19 (NLT)

And I solemnly declare to everyone who hears the words of prophecy written in this book:If anyone adds anything to what is written here, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book. 19. And if anyone removes any of the words from this book of prophecy, God will remove that person’s share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book.

God knew what man was going to do in the 1800’s, therefore he placed these commandments (Daniel 12:4 and Revelation 22:18,19) in the scriptures as a warning not to do the very thing they did anyway.  In fact, God knew how popular this doctrine would become and how it would corrupt and confuse the teachings of Jesus’ testimony not only in the book of Revelation, but also our understanding of prophecy throughout the Bible.  Therefore, He placed very explicit judgments in this scripture when the Lord solemnly declared, if anyone adds anything to the book of Revelation, God is going to add to that person the plagues described in His book.  The use of this word “solemnly” is a legal term to give testimony in a legal context that he is being very serious, somber and saying that NO ONE who violates this command is going to get around it,

There is a principal repeated throughout the Bible, which teaches if anyone receives a teaching and accept it as truth they connect themselves to that teaching and are then judged the same as the originator of that teaching.  Eve believed what Satan said and ate of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  But Adam knowing it was wrong followed and they both fell, breaking their connection with God and connecting themselves to Satan.

When these scholars added Daniel 9:27 to the book of Revelation they violated these commandments and became subject to this judgment.  In the same way anyone who accepts and believes in this teaching of a Seven-Year Tribulation they are connecting themselves to this judgment as well.  This one teaching of a Seven-Year Tribulation has released many erroneous teachings into the church that has created nothing but confusion and conflict.  (We will go through some of these in future lessons.)  But the truly unfortunate result of believing in a Seven-Year Tribulation is not the confusion and conflict it has created, but rather the judgment that has been declared upon all those who believe it.

Stop and think about this for a minute:

  1. The Lord has made a solemn decree and as such no one is going to get around this.
    a. For God to break this commandment would call God a lair and
    b. He would have submitted to Satan’s authority.  That is not going to happen.
  2. This decree applies only to those who add to the book of Revelation.
    a. Daniel 9:27 was added to the book of Revelation creating a Seven-Year Tribulation.
    b. The only way to create a Seven-Year Tribulation is to take Daniel 9:27 out of context.
    c. There is no support for a Seven-Year Tribulation in the book of Revelation or the Bible.
    d. All references to the Tribulation are 3 1/2 years.  (We will prove this out in future lessons.)
  3. This judgment requires that those who violate this commandment receive extra suffering from the plagues.
    a. Anyone who believes this teaching of a Seven-Year Tribulation connects themselves to it.
    b. The plagues are what are poured out in the Bowls of Wrath.
    c. The Trumpets and the Bowls happen at the same time. (We will cover this in future lessons.)
    d. The plagues are part of the 3 1/2 year Tribulation, what the Trumpets begin, the Bowls make worse.
  4. The Rapture happens during the Sixth Seal. (Please refer to the Revelation Cross Reference Chart.
    a. The Rapture happens after the Abomination of Desolation is setup.
    b. The Rapture happens just before the Tribulation begins.
    c. The Bible is in agreement with this and gives us a 30 day windows between these two events.
  5. Conclusion:
    a. For someone to experience the plagues requires that person to go through the Tribulation.
    b. For someone to experience the plagues requires that person to miss the Rapture of the Bride.
    c. Being left behind DOES NOT mean one has lost their salvation.
    i. It means they ignored the commandments of God and disqualified themselves
    ii. It means they will not partake in the “Glory” of the resurrection with Jesus.
    d. God so vehemently hates what this teaching has done to His Church He is willing to issue a solemn
    decree in hopes it will shock His Church into rejecting it before it traps them in the judgment of the
    Tribulation.

Please remember these are just the Basics.  I can go into much more detail, but I am trying to keep these short and to the point.

I am going to say it again: God knew what was going to happen in the mid 1800’s and He knows the power of traditions in our lives and our stubbornness to change even in the face of the truth.  So, He was forced to placed these two commandments in the Bible in the hopes that some of those who believed this deception would be humble enough to look at the evidence and choose the truth of the word of God.

Therefore, the more terrifying revelation is not that these commandments were broken, but that those who were deceived by a Seven-Year Tribulation disqualified themselves from the Rapture of the Bride of Christ and would wake up, repent and turn to the truth.

Most of the Church has no idea what they doing by believing in a Seven-Year Tribulation and are not prepared for the consequences of that decision.  Even after what was just revealed, many will harden their hearts and cling to their traditions in spite of the fact that it violates the commandment of God and God will have no choice but to execute this judgment in their life.

This is the shaking that must happen in the last days within the Church.  This is the Final Restoration, bringing unity in our faith and knowledge of Jesus’ Christ in Eph 4:13-15, the book of Revelation (Rev. 19:10) and prophecy throughout the Bible, restoring all things (Acts 3:21).  This is the calling and purpose of this Ministry.  Remember the 10 virgins in Matthew 25:1-13?  They were all virgins (“Saved”), but the foolish ones were left behind.  For those who are willing to exam these things in light of scriptures, they will be found wise and prepared for the Rapture of the Bride.  For those who harden their hearts and are unwilling to repent, they will be found foolish, unprepared, and left behind to be judged according to these commandments to suffer the plagues of the Tribulation.

There is a better way
that keeps these commandments
and makes the book of Revelation 

simple to understand!One that removes
all the confusion,
all the conflicts,
all the complexity,
and all the repetitions
that a Seven-Year Tribulation created.

I’ll explain how in the next: Just the Basics # 4

Make plans now and don’t miss my message: The Sixth Seal at Tree of Life Church on October 5th, 2014.  It will transform and prepare you for the events of the last days.  There are still many events that MUST happen before the Rapture can occur.   Come and discover what you are missing out on!

Live in God’s Love!

Richard Billingsley

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We MUST get this word out before it is too late. 
We are now in the midnight hour and the Church must awaken to these truths.

For the Record:
For more than 150 years much of the church has believed in a Seven-Year Tribulation and that tradition is so rooted in the church it has taken on a life of its own.  Those who believe can’t imagine things being any different and are often unwilling to consider any alternative.  The truth is there is an alternative and it is solidly rooted in the truth of scriptures.  If one is willing to give it a chance and prove it out for themselves, they will find it will makes immensely more sense than that old tradition.  The challenge is to be willing to put ones tradition to the test.  If it can stand up against the truth of scripture, wonderful.  But if the tradition falls, be willing to let go of it.  There is absolutely no Biblical support for a Seven-Year Tribulation ANYWHERE in the Bible and any attempt to create one requires breaking these two commandments. The Bible as a whole agrees with and teaches a Tribulation of only 3 1/2 years and if you keep an open mind reading these lessons you will discover the truth of that.
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