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Age of Fulfillment - Daniel in Revelation

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SYNOPSIS:The prophecies of Daniel find their fulfillment in the Book of Revelation, beginning in the first century A.D.
The Book of Revelation uses passages from the Hebrew Bible more frequently than any other book in the New Testament, especially from the Book of Daniel. But it does so allusively, never employing direct citations. Instead, John folds phrases from key texts recorded in Daniel into his narrative, often modifying them to make a point.

Reign and Priesthood of the Saints

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SYNOPSIS:  The saints reign with Jesus in the present age as a “Kingdom of Priests” – Revelation 20:4-6.
Only two activities that are to occur during the thousand-year period are recorded - The imprisonment of Satan, and the reign of victorious saints. Ironically, the “rest of the dead” do not live until the “second death.” There is no mention of any temple, the city of Jerusalem, the restoration of animal sacrifices, or national Israel in Chapter 20 of the book of Revelation. Furthermore, the passage is the ONLY one in the entire Bible to refer to a thousand-year period during which the saints “reign.”

Antichrist - What Kind of Leader?

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SYNOPSIS:Will the Antichrist be a global political leader or the ultimate deceiver sent by the Dragon to destroy the Church of Jesus Christ from within? 
The Antichrist is popularly portrayed as a global political leader, often a militaristic tyrant bent on global domination. Perhaps, in the end, this will prove to be the case. However, New Testament warnings place far more stress on future deceivers, often ones that originate from within the church.

Universal Extent of the Beast's Reign

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SYNOPSIS:In Revelation, “all” means “all.” All rulers, nations, and inhabitants of the earth that refuse to follow the Lamb render homage to the Beast.
Some prophecy teachers contend the scope of the Antichrist’s rule will be geographically or politically limited. Some suggest certain nations will opt out of his empire and resist his rule. Most commonly, the United States of America and the modern state of Israel are assumed to be exceptions to the global reach of the “Beast from the sea.”

Fall of Babylon Pronounced

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SYNOPSIS:Two more angels appear to announce the judicial sentence of God on “Babylon” and the “inhabitants of the earth” that give homage to the Beast - Revelation 14:8-11.
The angel “flying in mid-heaven with the everlasting gospel” is followed by “another angel, a second one” who announces the fall of Babylon. In turn, “another angel, a third one” appears to pronounce a judicial sentence on all men and women who give allegiance to the Beast.

The vision in this next section incorporates language from key Old Testament passages about ancient enemies of Israel that were judged by Yahweh. This includes the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and the forces of Gog and Magog after invading Israel.

Announcement of the Everlasting Gospel

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SYNOPSIS:Having contrasted the followers of the Lamb with the men that pay homage to the Beast, the book presents a definitive choice with two very different and everlasting consequences - Revelation 14:6-7.
The two preceding paragraphs presented two different groups. First, the “inhabitants of the earth” that render homage to the Beast. Second, the 144,000 saints purchased from the earth who “follow the Lamb wherever he goes”  - The ones who "tabernacle in heaven." There is no third category or middle ground them (Revelation 13:6-1814:1-5).