Video Description: MARANATHA Global Bible Study // The Book Of Revelation. Session 25: Demonic Torment, Divine Judgment and the Beginning of the End of All Things – Dalton Thomas
Let me start by saying that the historical fulfillment of the 70th week of Daniel 9 from 27-34 AD, Messiah’s Olivet Discourse which describes events leading to the Jewish-Roman War of 66-70 AD, and most of prophecies in Revelation during the last 1,900 years; validates the authority of Scripture and the deity of Messiah. Dalton’s futuristic explanations serve to hide those proofs.
The Protestant Reformers and great theologians of the 16th-19th centuries all taught the historical fulfillment of prophecy. It’s only during the few centuries that the futuristic deceptions have taken hold as the enemy has deceived even the very elect.
The concept of a future 70th week of Daniel 9, in which a one-man antichrist appears and most of Revelation is fulfilled, is a deception from the enemy. I know that sounds crazy since most people teach these concepts, but the enemy has worked hard to mislead the end-times saints. I pray that you will seek truth, not to defend a belief.
Please understand that I declare these things not because I think that I know it all, and I’m not saying that everything that Dalton Thomas teaches is false. He seems to be very sincere in his beliefs and His love for Messiah. What I’m showing is that what he teaches about prophecy fulfillment is false, because it’s based on the futuristic model that was created by the enemy to deceive the end-times saints.
I don’t proclaim this for my sake, because this isn’t about me. You can dismiss what I’m saying and defend your beliefs, but now you’re accountable and I’ve fulfilled my role as the watchman blowing the trumpet.
Dalton Thomas says that Revelation 9 is pretty straight-forward.
He says that it’s straight-forward, but he has no explanations for all of the detailed description. That’s because he’s applying it all to the end times and he taking it literally, which is the wrong approach.
This really aggravates me, as the fulfillment of all of the details proves the validity of Scripture and the deity of Messiah, who foretold it. But the explanations of Dalton Thomas and Joel Richardson are effectively hiding the glorious truth.
Messiah uses symbols which are defined primarily in the Old Testament to point to literal events. If you take all of Revelation symbolically, you miss the fulfillment. If you take all of Revelation literally, you miss the fulfillment.
When your explanations are based on the understanding that Revelation takes place during a futuristic 70th week of Daniel, you miss the fulfillment. And that’s exactly what Dalton Thomas and Joel Richardson are doing here. Their explanations are based on a faulty foundation.
The 70th week of Daniel is the only prophecy in the Bible that foretold exactly when Messiah would start His ministry and when He would die for our sins. When you understand the fulfillment, you have tangible proof to give to the world, that the Bible is true and that Messiah is deity.
When you understand that the 70th week of Daniel 9 foretold the exact time that Messiah would carry out His ministry and die for our sins; then you know that it’s not about the end times or the antichrist.
We’ll all stand before our Righteous Judge to account for what we believe and teach about the most important prophecy in the Bible. I pray that you will read the explanations in this book about the 70th week of Daniel, compare it to Scripture, and discern it for yourself.
Dalton Thomas talked about a lot of things, but didn’t give explanations for all of the details of the fifth and sixth trumpets.
Dalton says that he doesn’t know what it means that locust and scorpions are released on the earth, he just says that they’re bizarre. Indeed, they are bizarre if you take them literally. But when you understand that Messiah is using symbolic language, then you can see the literal fulfillment.
Dalton ignores the witness of the great theologians of the 16th-20th centuries; such as Albert Barnes, Adam Clarke; E.B. Elliott, Henry Grattan Guinness, John Gill and Matthew Poole; who all prove out how the fifth trumpet judgment points to the rise of the Muslim armies and the false religion of Islam which rose out of the bottomless pit of Satan’s lies.
They all point to the sixth trumpet being fulfilled by the Turkish armies being released from the area of the Euphrates River to attack the eastern Roman Empire and conquer Constantinople by knocking down its thick protective walls with large cannons, that filled the air with fire, smoke and brimstone.
The zoology of the fifth trumpet; horses, locust and scorpions; all come from Arabia, which gives us our first clue.
Judges 6:5 and Judges 7:12 defines that locust represent the Arabians.
“For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers (ARBEH / LOCUSTS)… for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to …DESTROY it.”
Judges 7:12 defines that locust represent the Arabians. “Now the Midianites and Amalekites, all the people of the East, were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the seashore in multitude.”
The Hebrew word for locust is ‘arbeh‘, and the Hebrew word for Arab is “arbe“, which is pronounced the same.
In the Arabian romance The Romance of Antar, the LOCUST is introduced as the national emblem of the ISHMAELITES. Mohammedan tradition speaks of LOCUSTS having dropped into the hands of Mohammed, bearing on their wings this inscription, ‘We are the army of the Great God.‘ (Forster’s Mohammedanism Unveiled 1:217).
The fifth trumpet represents Elohim using the Arabian (Mohammedan) army against the Roman Empire from 612-762 AD, which is 150 years (5 months x 30 days = 150 days).
They wore turbans (crowns of gold); they had beards (faces of men, as the Roman shaved); they had long hair like women; they wore chain-mail (breast-plates of iron); and they were fierce (teeth of lions).
Here’s an image of Antar, a contemporary of Mohammed, with a golden turban crown, a beard, wearing chain-mail, riding on a horse that’s prepared for battle.
The ‘falling star’ was Mohammed, the ‘smoke’ out of Satan’s bottomless pit is the false religion of Islam, which hides the Gospel from Arabs eyes.
When real locust invade a land, all of the vegetation is devoured, so obviously these locust aren’t literal, but symbolic.
During his life, Muhammad gave various injunctions to his forces and adopted practices toward the conduct of war. One of them was “Bring no harm to the trees, nor burn them with fire, especially those which are fruitful.”
That is a perfect match! Unlike the Goths of the first trumpet judgment, who burned up everything they conquered, Mohammed and Abubeker (the first Caliph after Mohammed) declared that they should not harm the trees or the fields, so that they could take them over and make them prosperous.
The Arab warriors are likened to “horses prepared for battle”. This also is a true picture of the type of military force that was used by the Arabs in their method of attack.
Roman Empire historian Edward Gibbon says, “I shall here observe what I must often repeat, that the charge of the Arabs was not like that of the Greeks and Romans, the effort of a firm and compact infantry: their military force was chiefly formed of cavalry and archers.” Decline and Fall Of The Roman Empire, Vol V:478-479
Dalton Thomas points to the four angels of the sixth bowl and says that they’re there right now.
He has no explanation for all of the details of the sixth trumpet.
The sixth trumpet represents Elohim releasing the Turks to cross over the Euphrates River to conquer 1/3rd of the Roman Empire for 391 years (prepared for the hour and day and month and year, 1 + 30 + 360 = 391) from 1062-1453 AD.
They used gunpowder muskets while riding on horses, so ‘fire, smoke and brimstone’ appeared at their horses mouths.
They used large cannons, some with the faces of lions on them, to knock down the thick protective walls of Constantinople, which filled the air with fire, smoke and brimstone. Here’s a replica of the large cannons that were used in the battle.
There’s much more explanation to the detailed fulfillment, which Dalton Thomas fails to understand.
Dalton Thomas points to 1/3rd of people on earth being killed.
He’s misrepresenting to brutality of the Heavenly Father. It’s pointing to 1/3rd of the Roman Empire being attacked. The world ‘earth’ can point to a region, not to the whole globe. In Revelation, John is pointing to events in the known Roman Empire.
The Roman Empire was divided three ways; Western, Central and Eastern. The first four trumpet judgments were against the Western Roman Empire and led to the last Western Roman Emperor being removed from power in 476 AD. The fifth trumpet judgment was against the central part of the Empire and the sixth against the Eastern Roman Empire, which led to the fall of the Roman Empire.
Dalton Thomas points to the idol worship of Revelation 9:20-21.
That’s true, but Dalton is misrepresenting the context of the fulfillment. The Orthodox Christians in Constantinople were idol worshipers, which is why judgment was coming upon them. They split from the Roman Catholic Church in 1054 AD, but they observe the same sacraments to earn salvation and they revere Mary as their intercessor to the Father.
When the Ottoman Empire was sent to attack Constantinople, they prayed to Mary for protection. But Constantinople was conquered and turned into a Muslim stronghold and renamed Istanbul.
The trumpet judgments were against the vast Roman Empire, but the antichrist beast Popes did not repent of their idolatry. The bowl judgments are against the antichrist beast Popes and their harlot Roman Catholic Church.
What Dalton Thomas and Joel Richardson are teaching is effectively hiding the glorious truth about the fulfillment of prophecy. They are effectively hiding the glory of Messiah who foretold these things 1,900 years ago. I pray that they and an army of people come to find out the truth, so that we cast down the power of the enemy for a great harvest of souls for the kingdom, for the glory of our Heavenly Father and beloved Messiah!
Messiah’s apocalyptic vision is a war manual, designed to hide the explanation from those who should not understand it. It uses symbolic words that are defined in the Old Testament to point to a literal fulfillment. If you read Revelation only from a literal perspective, the interpretation is hidden.
Understanding the vision is like taking a Biblical final exam. If you’ve read the whole Word, you will have seen the symbolism that Messiah uses and can apply it to the fulfillment.
If you read Revelation as one chronological narrative, the prophecies seem out of sequence. That’s because it has four chronological layers, each of which spans from when it was written until Messiah returns.
This book explains the prophecies of Revelation on a timeline to help you see how the four chronological layers interact with each other, so that you can comprehend the whole vision.
You will learn how to identify who fulfills the role of the son of perdition, the antichrist beast, the false prophet, and the harlot called ‘Mystery, Babylon the Great.’ You will understand the proper context of the seal, trumpet, and bowl judgments; the little book of Revelation 10, and the two witnesses of Revelation 11.
Whether you’re a novice at Bible prophecy or someone who has studied it extensively, I provide an explanation that is easy to understand yet has the depth of verse by verse explanations to provide you the evidence you need to prove it out.