The Book of Revelation  

Chapter 18

Bible Study-REV-Chapter 18

     I’ve been talking about this five month period as a tribulation, and so it is, but it’s the first of two. This one and the one that happens on the day that our Lord places His feet on Mount Zion.

     The tribulation of our Lord will last less than five minutes.

     There are church systems that teach the pre-trib, the mid-trib, the post-trib and the trib-trib-trib. I don’t know, I never could keep any of that stuff straight in my head and I’ve yet to read about it in Revelation or any other book of the Bible, so I just leave it alone. If that’s what they want to believe, then have at it.

     You should know by now that this life that we live is a test, one that we will either pass or fail. If we pass, we have eternity in heaven with our Father and the Lord; if we fail, we will walk that green mile to the Lake of Fire and you won’t have time to take your coat off before it’s sealed over and everything in it is gone forever.

     Like a wisp of smoke going up in the air and carried away by the currents. Those of us in heaven will not even retain a memory of those souls. It will be sad to know that some of our loved ones never made it to heaven and our Father, promising us that in heaven there will be nothing that upsets us, gives us that assurance in 21:4.

     Ref: Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. KJV

     And after a lifetime of temptation from the pleasures of this world, and from Satan, how sad that day will be, also, if a person spends his or her lifespan trying to please our Father, only to find out on Judgment Day, that the messiah they followed in the time of greatest temptation, was a fake and because they believed in this one, they received a one-way ticket to hell.

     They may have listened to their preacher, who taught the lies of church organizations and seminary schools, and he might have been a nice guy but, in this case especially, this nice guy will indeed finish last and he will be judged for the blood of every soul that he misled.

     I pray that you don’t let that happen to you. And you’ve got an excellent start if you are reading this and studying Revelation right now. And when we get through with this particular book, don’t ever put your Bible down and think that you’ve read enough, that you’ve got the right stuff to make it through this tribulation.

     Read it every day or twice a day. Never put all your stock in the hands of one broker. Check me out, read it from your own Bible, make up your own mind. I will never intentionally mislead you or anybody else but always check out whoever is talking or teaching.

     If what they have said aligns with what you read from Scripture, then you’re probably in pretty good shape. Ask the Holy Spirit for the spiritual discernment to tell the good guys from the bad. He will help you with that.

     Always remember this:

     You, and you alone, will be responsible for your actions during your lifetime. If you depended on a preacher to give you the truth of the Scriptures and he failed to do that, he may pay a price on Judgment Day but it was still up to you to find out the truth for yourself, it was still your responsibility to study the Bible or do whatever you could to keep your soul out of harms’ way.

     You will not be able to stand before our Father and point a finger at your preacher and say:

 

     “It was his fault for misleading me, for lying to me”.

 

     That won’t wash and it won’t fly.

     The life of our flesh and blood body is always going to end, unless you’re here during these five months but your soul will last forever if you receive the truth of our Father while in this earthly body. What a tragedy it will be to have put up with and gone through all of the ups and downs in this life and end up with your soul destroyed in the Lake of Fire. What a waste.

     Hey, I’m no different than a lot of other people. For many years I gave little to no thought about the condition of my soul or what would eventually happen to it. I was working to pay the bills, trying to raise my kids’ right and trying to have a little fun when I could squeeze it in.

     And it’s not my words that should mean anything to you but, rather, the words of our Father. I simply try to put it all together in a way that makes it easy to understand. A little background info. Taking a word or two and going back into the languages to find out the original meaning. Something that any one of us can do if we take the time and put in the effort to do it.

     Many people don’t have that time. I do. I’m retired. (LOL)

     You don’t have to change the Scriptures all that much to turn the truth into a lie but if you take the entirety of current religious dogma, you will find many, many little changes that ultimately lead countless congregations down the wrong path.

     Alright, chapter 18.

    Revelation 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. KJV

     Some will try to tell you that this is our Lord and it’s not. This is not the Shekinah glory that surrounds Him. Another means different. It could also mean in addition to. This is the second of the seven angels that were talked about at the beginning of chapter 17:1.

     Revelation 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. KJV

     (Remember these words when you get to the end of this lecture and read the verses from Isaiah.)

     Jeremiah spoke about circumstances such as this long ago:

     Ref: Jeremiah 5:26 For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. KJV

     They catch men means that they catch the souls of men and there’s no gender in that, it means all people.

     Satan/Antichrist doesn’t do all this deceivin’ and lyin’ by himself, he has a lot of help. There’s a lot of hard-core people in this world that have been waiting for an opportunity just like this. They probably don’t understand that this one is a fake but that doesn’t matter to them because it’s an opportunity for profit and power. They didn't give a hoot about our Father earlier in their life and they sure don't at this point in their life.

     Ref: Jeremiah 5:27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. KJV

     They might be encouraged by the promise of a spiritual bounty offered by this supernatural imposter and supernatural he will be, he is not in human form or shape, he is in a celestial body. And he has enough spiritual discernment to know the good souls from the bad. He knows who he is allowed to go after and who he isn’t:

     Ref:  Revelation 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. KJV

     Ref: Revelation 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. KJV

     Those 7000 angels in the age that was weren’t the only ones that followed him back then. They were IN ADDITION to one-third of all the souls that our Father created at that time. Remember this?

     Ref: Revelation 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. KJV

     The habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird indicates a condition of godlessness, where people choose to live without light and the darkness makes them feel secure. They have no desire for the fullness that comes with loving our Father.

     They are suspended between the earth and the nether world, spiritually speaking, and the only thing that keeps them from sinking any lower is the flesh and blood body that they live in.

     Unclean and hateful birds are those that eat dead flesh, not the flesh of a clean kill, like the eagle or the hawk, but the vultures, the carrion. And that's a good analogy because if you're following Satan/Antichrist, your soul is already dead, spiritually.

     Revelation 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. KJV

     They are spiritually waxed rich because there are so many souls available, just ripe for the picking, just right for the deception. They are biblically challenged and instead of knowing what to avoid, by preparing themselves with the Word of God, they joyfully participate in the spiritual carnage and thank Satan/Antichrist for the opportunity to do so.

     This word abundance has a different meaning in the Greek language than what we know it to mean, which is a very large quantity of something but in the Greek it is:

     ✡  Abundance_ NT:1411 dunamis (doo'-nam-is); from NT:1410; force (literally or figuratively); specially, miraculous power (usually by implication, a miracle itself):

     ✡  Root Word_NT:1410 dunamai (doo'-nam-ahee); of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible:

     Satan/Antichrist, with his political and religious systems as his foundation, will be able to perform his miracles, making that which is unreal seem real. Deception.

     Dunamis is where we get our word dynamite from. Explosive! An explosive force, strong miracles to further embed the deception in their minds.

     And after all he has done up to this point, it would be impossible to convince those that believe in him, that he’s a fake, an imposter. They are hooked and hooked well.

     Even those that know better, that have our Father’s seal, even they will sit back and marvel at what he is able to do. That’s why our Lord shortened this time from 3 ½ years to 5 months and, thank Him for that, or we would all end up believing in this atrocity called Satan/Antichrist.

     Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. KJV

     This is the third angel.

     Don’t go down with that sinking ship called Babylon. Know what’s going on BEFORE it begins, have that seal of our Father in your brain and not even one of these plagues will harm or touch you. Take the time to read and study His letter to us, the Bible.

     If you are reading this today, you have taken one giant step forward, you have the beginning of the foundation that you will need to rely on during this time. And, of course, if one were to get weak, begin to succumb to the deception, He will provide a source of reassurance for you. Rely on it. Depend on it. He won’t turn His back on you, now or ever.

     Revelation 18:5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. KJV

     Every soul in heaven has known about Satan since the beginning and still it filters through.

     There may be some who don’t have the seal of our Father in their mind, who distrust this APPARENT savior and still expect to be raptured out of all this confusion.

     Far, far too late, to expect something that never existed in the first place, for when the Lord does appear, it will be over. Just like five of those virgins who left to go get some more spiritual knowledge and when they came back the door to heaven had been closed.

     Bear in mind, the lamps are our mind, heart and soul. The oil represents how much knowledge we have of the Scriptures. Do they know who the false messiah is?

     Ref:  Matthew 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

     Ref: Matthew 25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

     Ref:  Matthew 25:3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

     Ref:  Matthew 25:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

     Ref: Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

     Ref: Matthew 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

     Ref: Matthew 25:7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

     Ref: Matthew 25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

     Ref: Matthew 25:9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

     Ref: Matthew 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

     Ref: Matthew 25:11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

     Ref: Matthew 25:12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

     Ref: Matthew 25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. KJV

     You have to be prepared BEFORE these five months begin.

     There are scores of people walking this earth today that already have the seal of Satan in their mind. If you believe in the rapture theory or the any-moment doctrine, if these are the crutches that support you, spiritually, because you are too fearful of going through this tribulation, then you are betting your soul on a lie and time may run out before you have time to change.

     There is no courage without fear and that courage comes from having faith in our Father, and that faith removes all fear, and when you believe His promises over the lies of Satan/Antichrist, you have salvation and eternity whipped.

     Revelation 18:6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. KJV

     Here’s something interesting: Let’s go to Daniel 12:12 first:

     Ref: Daniel 12:12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. KJV

     1335 days. If Satan/Antichrist’s number, 666, is related to the 6th trump, 6th seal and the 6th vial, and you double that:   666 plus 666=1332. Just three days short of the 1335 days. How long was Christ in the tomb? Three days and then He came back to His people.

     I’m just sayin’…food for thought.

     Revelation 18:7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. KJV

     Who is the she and the her and the queen? Figuratively speaking, it’s Satan/Antichrist and the system that he controls; how he has set the world up to his liking, through deception. She “glorifies herself” by calling herself the Messiah. “She” makes the world and all its inhabitants feel secure because “she” has cured all the world’s problems.

     No more wars, no more conflicts, nobody is in debt any longer, everything is rosy and good. She calls herself a queen because she has the world leaders paying homage to her. But a queen must have a king if she claims to not be a widow and she has none and that makes her a fake.

     And if you are wedded to this queen that means that you are no longer a virgin waiting for the true Christ. Spiritually speaking, when Christ returns He is expecting a bride, all those that claim to love Him, and many of them do, but they believed that the false messiah was the true messiah and the “marriage” was with the wrong christ. They are now with child and our Lord is not the father. Satan/Antichrist is the father.

     And that makes someone a spiritual whore. Guess who that is? That’s right, you fell for his lies, you believed in his miracles, you relied on him to pay off your mortgage and make you feel secure and you did all this WITHOUT waiting for the true Husband.

     And now you’re really in a jam because the false messiah is laughing at you and there’s no time to make things right with the true Messiah. And for those that end up in this situation, there’s no salvation for you. Repentance won’t work. Time has run out and there’s no way of getting it back. The door to heaven has been closed to you.

     As my Momma used to say to me:

 

     “you’ve made your bed, now sleep in it”.

     If you don’t understand the analogy of the wedding and the bride and with child, I’ll go into that a little later.

     Revelation 18:8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. KJV

     This is why there is no time left for repentance, this is the Lord’s Day and He has come and everything that we have ever done in these earthly bodies, good or bad, has been locked in, chiseled in stone, written in that Book. And that eraser, that Satan/Antichrist promised you that he would provide, isn’t there.

     Everything that was false about her will be burned away by our Lord and the judging has already taken place many eons ago, and it was strong and harsh but fair and just.

     Revelation 18:9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, KJV

     All of these world leaders, because they loved the things of the world more than our Father, end up worshipping an idol, worshipping smoke.

     Revelation 18:10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. KJV

     When the truth of Satan/Antichrist is finally exposed they’re going to stand off to the side, throw their hands up in the air, and say to the Lord:

 

     “I knew the difference between him and You! I just believed that way because everybody else did! But deep down in my heart I knew that he was a fake!”

     Too late for that kind of talk now. You made a choice and it was the wrong one.

     The hour of temptation is over, it was the five months of tribulation by Satan/Antichrist, and the judgment comes at the end of it.

     Revelation 18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: KJV

     There’s nothing left to buy, it’s all gone in the wink of an eye.

     Revelation 18:12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,

     Revelation 18:13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. KJV

     Who was the merchant of the souls of men? Yep. That’s him. If you were willing to sell it, he was willing to buy it.

     Revelation 18:14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. KJV

     All the things of this world that mankind desired, cheated for, lied for, murdered for and died for, are gone in one puff of smoke. Like a drop of fat on a hot coal.

     Revelation 18:15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, KJV

     Their precious way of life that Satan/Antichrist had put in place for them has been taken away. It's possible that he promised them that this would go on for ever.

     Revelation 18:16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! KJV

     Revelation 18:17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, KJV

     They stood off in amazement, stricken by the knowledge that it was probably gone forever.

     Revelation 18:18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! KJV

     The smoke of her burning should take you back in time to Genesis and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah:

     Ref: Genesis 19:23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.

     Ref: Genesis 19:24 Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; KJV

 

     Our Father is destroying these two cities just like He will do to "Mystery Babylon".

 

     Ref: Genesis 19:25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

 

     Ref: Genesis 19:26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. KJV

 

     Why did Lot's wife get turned into a pillar of salt? She was sorrowful that the lifestyle that she enjoyed living was going to be destroyed and she longingly looked back, as if to take one last look.

 

     Ref: Genesis 19:27 And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the Lord:

 

     Ref: Genesis 19:28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace. KJV

 

     Just like "Babylon". They enjoyed the lifestyle that Satan/Antichrist had built for them and they were sorrowful that it was over. Well, that's not the only thing that was going to be over.

 

     In truth, “Mystery Babylon” was nothing more than a state of the mind. She was all the abominations of the world wrapped up in one little pretty package. All that wrapping did was cover up the lies and deception and confusion of Satan/Antichrist.

     I remember seeing a movie many years ago where the plot involved aliens from space invading us and nobody could tell that they were here because they made themselves look just like us.

     And then one day, the hero of this movie, pulled a cardboard box out of a dumpster and when he opened it up it was full of sunglasses. And when he put on a pair he could clearly see how vile and horrible these aliens were but when he took them off, they looked just like everybody else again.

     Some people are going to be praying that there really were sunglasses like that during this time. I think the actor in that movie was Roddy McDowell, the professional wrestler.

     Revelation 18:19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate. KJV

     That’s Old Testament mourning, people. Dust and ashes.

     Revelation 18:20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. KJV

     When she is finally brought down to nothing, by our Lord, all of the righteous of God will rejoice, especially the prophets and apostles, because they warned us of this day over and over again. How many listened? Not many. Are you listening?

     Revelation 18:21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at  all. KJV

     These political and religious systems that Satan/Antichrist created will have been for naught.

     Revelation 18:22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; KJV

     Mystery Babylon has been turned to smoke, what is there to celebrate?

     Revelation 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. KJV

     Do you know what sorceries are? Our word pharmacist comes from it:

     ✡  Sorceries_ NT:5331  pharmakeia (far-mak-i'-ah); from NT:5332; medication ("pharmacy"), i.e. (by extension) magic (literally or figuratively):

    ✡  Root Word_NT:5332  pharmakeus (far-mak-yoos'); from pharmakon (a drug, i.e. spell-giving potion); a druggist ("pharmacist") or poisoner, i.e. (by extension) a magician:

     The entire world was as though they had been drugged. Brainwashed would probably be a better word today. How do you brainwash a person? Or a society? Or the world?

     By repeating the same mantra over and over again until it permeates the mind and it cannot be separated. The lies of religious traditions taught over and over, one generation after another until its embedded so deeply there that it can never be separated.

     Get out of those houses that teach that rot. Unlock that cage that they’ve got you in, along with all the other unclean birds. That’s how our Father looks at you…if you believe all these lies and traditions you are unclean to Him. He doesn’t want you near Him.

     And the only way that you can wash this filth off of yourself is by looking toward Him, and repenting, and studying His Word and by separating yourself from those houses, those Beth Aven, in the Hebrew. Those houses of nothing, the houses of vanity.

     Revelation 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth. KJV

     Yeah, a lot of them were killed for teaching the Word of God. Stephen. John the Baptist, martyred or beheaded.

     We don’t do it that much in this country but go to Iraq or Iran or Turkey or Saudi Arabia. They will spill your blood in the name of Allah in a New York minute. ISIS will line them up in a row, Christians, and behead them one by one, on video, and send it around the world for all to see and fear.

     My words are just a conveyor belt that brings the Scriptures before your eyes and places them in your lap. What are you going to do with them? Brush them off onto the floor or pick them up and assemble them in your mind and feel the spiritual comfort and security that comes with them and makes you far more than just another human being plodding through this life, one day after another, with only the death of your earthly body the solitary result of decades of living.

     Our Lord prays to the Father that His death on Calvary warrants a little more than that from you. He really doesn’t want to pour the contents of that cup out on you but He will if you continue to ask Him to do so by ignoring Him.

     He wants to love you and He wants you to love Him.

     He wants to be your God and He wants you to be His people.

     Ref: Ezekiel 37:27 My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. KJV

     He’s talking to Israel in this verse, but by the grace of God, the Gentile has been grafted into that Branch too, and we will share in all He has to offer.

 

     I Thought about adding these verses earlier to this chapter of Revelation and then decided against it and then, while editing this page, I decided to go ahead and include it, so here it is:

     These words of Isaiah seem to give me a picture of the sense and feeling that a soul might experience while waiting on the left side of Paradise for the Day of Judgment, knowing that the death sentence against them will soon be executed.

     A time when all that's left is desolation, dark moody skies with menacing clouds, leaf-less trees and the haunting feeling of isolation from all that's good. Isolated from the presence of our Lord forever and ever.

     Ref: Isaiah 34:3 Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcases, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood.

     Ref: Isaiah 34:4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.

     Ref: Isaiah 34:5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.

     Ref: Isaiah 34:6 The sword of the Lord is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the Lord hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea.

     Ref: Isaiah 34:7 And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.

     Ref: Isaiah 34:8 For it is the day of the Lord's vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.

     Ref: Isaiah 34:9 And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.

     Ref: Isaiah 34:10 It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever.

     Ref: Isaiah 34:11 But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness.

     Ref: Isaiah 34:12 They shall call the nobles thereof to the kingdom, but none shall be there, and all her princes shall be nothing.

     Ref: Isaiah 34:13 And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls.

     Ref: Isaiah 34:14 The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest.

     Ref: Isaiah 34:15 There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow: there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate.

    Ref:  Isaiah 34:16 Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.

     Ref: Isaiah 34:17 And he hath cast the lot for them, and his hand hath divided it unto them by line: they shall possess it for ever, from generation to generation shall they dwell therein. KJV

 

     And by direct contrast, this WILL be the sense and feeling that a soul WILL experience, after waiting on the right side of Paradise for that Day of Judgment, knowing that all eternity lies ahead of us. Full of light, goodness and love.

     Ref: Revelation 21:21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

     Ref: Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

     Ref: Revelation 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

    Ref:  Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

     Ref: Revelation 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

    Ref:  Revelation 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

     Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. KJV

     There are no greater words in all of Scripture than these:

 

I will be their God and they will be My people.

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