First of all, while the Holy writings do not point to the specific year of the RISE of the "seventh king" here in Revelation 17:10 or otherwise the final "birth" foretold for the world power that would exist in the time frame identified distinguished as that of foreign "exile and captivity" for Jehovah's people, they DO actually identify the year of its spiritual demise. (Jer 15:9) (Lu 21:24) Even aside from the fact that an unusually long span of time was not foretold for the preceding spiritual death in this case as well as the issue of it being rather self–evident when a kingdom becomes a world power, it should be rather apparent that the final foretold spiritual "FALL" of "Babylon the Great" would be the paramount issue at this point. (Da 8:13, 14) (Re 6:9, 10) This is because it is now all about pinpointing THE END of these "gentile times." With this in mind, let's not forget the sequence of spiritual deaths and rebirths associated with these "seven times" was always represented as a cycle or "circuit" of events, and a cycle of course ALWAYS ends in the precisely the manner that it begins. In other words, on this basis ALONE the end of these "gentile times" COULD ONLY be associated with a spiritual death. The prophet Jeremiah made it perfectly clear that this all BEGAN with exactly that. (Jer 1:3) Compare (2 Ki 23:34-47)It no longer existed as a nation, but only as a scattered people. It ascended out of the abyss in 1947/48 when it was granted Palestine for a homeland."
Once again the end of this "appointed times of the nations" was always marked not only with a complete forfeiture of DIVINE authority and power in connection with foreign earthly kingdoms, but also very quickly even the authority these "seven kings" would very DESPERATELY require the moment they would once again violate the holy marriage covenant with spiritual "harlotry" and thus "BECOME a dwelling place of demons"…. (Isa 1:21) (Re 18:2) (Da 11:31) (2 Th 2:4) This is namely the temporary authority granted to the "dragon" back in the Garden of Eden when our forbearers chose him over Jehovah, and it is precisely the reason this final "eighth king" is suddenly pictured with no "diadems" or crowns on its "ten horns" here at Revelation 17:3. (Da 7:12) (Lu 4:5, 6) (Compare Re 13:1, 2, 11, 12,)
Yes despite what most of us have long been led to believe by the Watchtower organization, we might notice that this number "1,260" found at Revelation 12: is explicitly associated with ALL the things that are ALWAYS commensurate with a spiritual DEATH of Jehovah's nation as opposed to one of its foretold "births" or "comings." These include "flights" to a kind of spiritual "wilderness," great "woe for the earth" and a condition in which even the ANOINTED ones are in desperate need of spiritual "feeding" and sustenance at the hands of Jehovah's true prophets! (Re 12:6, 12, 14) Compare (Mt 24:15, 16, 45 25:34-40) It is of course Jehovah's ENEMIES that do the "fleeing" when his kingdom is re-established on the earth. Moreover there would be no call whatsoever for a HEAVENLY birth of the Messianic kingdom at this point since the scriptures make it exceedingly clear that this had already occurred in or around the year of 33 CE. (Ga 4:26) (He 12:22) What we are considering there at Revelation 11:15 is simply a confirmation of the points that are repeated in accounts like Daniel 7:12 and Revelation 17:12. Even if satan and his minions continue to exercise much influence over the earth for a short while after this point in time, they no longer possess any AUTHORITY to do so. Undoubtedly this factors in quite significantly to the double portion of Jehovah's adverse judgments that are immanent for them on this final foretold occasion. (Re 18:5-8) But why exactly would these things prove rather crucial for us to understand?
Just in case we are still failing to demonstrate respect for the 2,520 year time span that the scriptures furnish us for these "gentile times" with the instructions for doubling the number "1,260" and then calculating it with this "day for a year" formula beginning with this same starting point found at Jeremiah 1:3, (Compare (Re 12:6, 14) (Nu 14:34) (Eze 4:6)), here are a few things to prayerfully ponder:
Particularly in view of the unusually short life span foretold for this seventh "king" or world power identified in places like Revelation 17:10 before it would experience a spiritual "fall," along with the fact that the Anglo-American world power is recognized by historians as coming into its own at the very end of the 1800s, should the year of 1912 that this number "1,260" points to not make perfect sense? (Re 12:6 17:10) What is more, as if to confirm the truth of this prophecy even further, historians acknowledge that this empire began to experience a decline on really every level right at this very year. But the fact is there are even more confirmations to consider here if we are truly paying close attention to the holy writings.
Only just eight or so years after 1912 this seventh world power openly announced to the entire world that it had in effect done precisely what had been foretold for it all along there at Revelation 13:7 after it would "wage war on the holy ones and conquer them." The Anglo-American world power seemed to actually TAKE PRIDE in the fact that it had taken it upon itself to hand over the reigns of power and authority Jehovah had granted it to a kind of idolatrous "IMAGE of the wild beast" or "EIGHTH king!" (Re 13:14, 15 17:11) We can discern from scriptural prophecy that we now refer to as the United Nations actually experienced its birth sometime in 1912 as the "League of Nations," and even if the existence of this demonic entity was not announced or officially introduced to the world until a few years later. Yes in much the same manner in which the ancient King Jehoiakim handed over his God given authority and power to Pharaoh Necho of Egypt, the Anglo American world power did the same with the League of Nations. Now since this "sin of the priest" or broken holy covenant ALWAYS results in the "removal" of the "continual sacrifice" and its commensurate atoning value from what now WAS Jehovah's earthly "sanctuary" or "temple" and thus brings "guiltiness" right back to what now WERE Jehovah's people, should the words we find in verse 8 of Revelation 13 really come as any surprise to us? (Re 13:7, 8) (Le 4:3) (Da 11:30-32)
Yes regardless of how heavily or effectively we have been indoctrinated over the years to understand things differently, the scriptures as always not only speak for themselves, but also hold true nonetheless. The extremely alarming information the scriptures furnish us here at Revelation 13:7, 8 in connection with the spiritual "fall" of this 7th king should in reality come as no more a surprise to us as the final foretold priestly act of atonement we read of in the very next chapter. (Re 14:15, 16) (Mt 5:18) The reason we read of yet another and much more extensive harvest or "reaping" of the earth immediately thereafter in verses 17-20 is because there is ALWAYS a GENERAL harvest after blood atonement has been furnished for mankind with a "harvest" or resurrection of the "FIRSTfruits." (Re 14:17-20) (1Cor 15:23) Compare (Re 14:4 20:6) Moreover what actually qualifies as a figurative or spiritual rebirth even in connection with this secondary group or "other sheep" (a religious conversion of repentant ones after another "birth" or "coming" of Jehovah's nation) ALWAYS coincides with an outright annihilation of Jehovah's enemies or what is also referred to with terms such as a "bowl of the anger of God" or "a conclusion of a system of things." (Joh 10:16) (Lu 12:32) (Re 7:9, 14 16:1) (Mt 13:39) [NWT or otherwise refer to the koine Greek writings for Matthew 13:39]
Once again this is an ongoing CYCLE or "circuit"/"wheelwork" of events we are ultimately considering here. (Mt 10:23) (Jos 6:3-5) (Eze 10:13) Among the things we would all do very well to take note of however in connection with this final foretold ministry in which even Jehovah's true prophets would qualify as nothing more than repentant spiritual prostitutes (Mt 24:28) (Re 12:14) (Le 11:13) until blood atonement is furnished is the following:
Even if this final foretold abomination we now refer to as the United Nations would qualify as a kind of "eighth king," the scriptures nonetheless make it clear it would manifest itself in the time of the "seventh trumpet blast" or what the Apostle Paul referred to as the "LAST trumpet." (1 Cor 15:51-53) With this in mind, did we happen to notice the kind of theocratic ministers that Paul foretold to be produced here in 1st Corinthians by this final foretold resurrection or "reaping"/"harvest of the firstfruits"? namely the one that the Apostle John identified as eventually following the spiritual death of the seventh world power? (Re 14:15, 16)
Yes it is as if Paul here is actually repeating verbatim precisely what the prophet Daniel had long before foretold for the "time of the end." (Da 12:3) Is it not exceedingly clear that basically EVERYTHING we read there in Revelation in connection with what the Apostle Paul referred to as the final foretold "self sacrifice" of these men who are "reserved" to "die once for all time" to "bear the sins of the many" is now pertaining specifically to what would now be the Millennial Reign? (He 9:26-28) So particularly with this in mind, let's by all means consider the following questions:
Is this unimaginably glorious ministry on the part "incorruptible and immortal" representatives of Jehovah what the earth experienced with the so called birth or re-establishment of the "State of Israel" in 1948? Does it not seem incredibly absurd to even actually CONSIDER a question like this? The fact is however that this is only the beginning of the problems the scriptures pose for such a notion.
Beginning with my next post, let's by all means address some remaining difficulties the scriptures present for such a notion.