Dr. John Barnett of Discover the Book Ministries says that Revelation doesn’t make sense unless you understand that the turning point in the book is the absence of the Church on earth, from Revelation 4 onward.
First of all, he fails to understand that Revelation is not one chronological narrative. It has four chronological layers, each spanning from the first century until Messiah’s return. So it’s a flawed narrative to proclaim that the church is “absolutely absent after Revelation 3.”
Secondly, 12:17 points to Satan making war with Messiah’s saints, “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
Revelation 13:7 points to the antichrist making war with the saints, “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.”
The saints make up Messiah’s Ekklesia, His church, so to say that the saints aren’t present after Revelation 3 is misguided.
Dr. John Barnett of Discover the Book Ministries points to seven types of Christians in Revelation 2-3.
Revelation 2-3 describes seven church eras which span from the first century until Messiah returns. So again, his explanation that the church is absent after Revelation 3 is flawed, as it’s pointing to the saints who have existed during the last 2,000 years.
Dr. John Barnett of Discover the Book Ministries gives false, futuristic prophecy fulfillment explanations, which he learned at seminary.
Dr. John Barnett has studied at Michigan State University, Bob Jones University (B.S., B.A., M.A., M. Div.), The Master’s Seminary (faculty), Dallas Theological Seminary.
DTS is the primary place where the Jesuits have caused their false, futuristic explanation to be given, as the founder of DTS was a protege of Cyrus Scofield.
Dr. John Barnett of Discover the Book Ministries teaches a futuristic fulfillment of the 70th week of Daniel 9, the Olivet Discourse and the prophecies in Revelation.
The 70th week of Daniel 9 is about Messiah’s ministry and His blood sacrifice as the Spotless Lamb to atone for our sins. It has nothing to do with the antichrist or the end times.
The Olivet Discourse foretold the events that would lead to the desolation of Jerusalem, the second temple and the Jewish nation; as punishment for the Jewish leaders continuing in rebellion against the Heavenly Father and for delivering His Son up to be killed. It has nothing to do with the antichrist or the end times.
Most of the prophecies in Revelation have been fulfilled in exacting detail during the last 1,900 years. It describes the historical narrative of the Satan-empowered leaders of the Roman beast kingdom (pagan Emperors > antichrist beast Popes > false prophet Jesuit Superior Generals) fighting against Messiah and His saints.
The explanations of Dr. John Barnett of Discover the Book Ministries serve to deflect blame away from the enemy in Rome, and to mislead the end-times saints so that they’re not prepared for how the end-times will play out, and don’t know the context of Messiah’s return.