This Revelation Timeline Decoded post reviews a video by Joel Richardson of FAI STUDIOS, called ‘The Book Of Revelation. Session 34: The Woman Clothed with the Sun and Her Children.’
Joel Richardson misidentifies that the woman in Revelation 12 as Israel and that the child is Messiah.
The woman is Messiah’s Ekklesia of saints who were born through much tribulation. Messiah repeatedly called His saints His children, children of God, children of the kingdom, children of the bridegroom, children of light. The saints are Sons of God.
Interestingly, the human gestation period is 280 days and there was approximately 280 years from Messiah’s death for our sins until the persecution of His Ekklesia was stopped by Emperor Constantine in 312 AD. The last ten years from 303-312 AD were the most painful of ten persecution periods by the Roman Emperors, as Diocletian sought to wipe out Messiah’s Ekklesia.
This is the ‘ten days’ of great tribulation that Messiah foretold to the church era of Smyrna. The name Smyrna points to myrrh, which is an ointment for burial, a symbol of death.
This is the same message that Messiah gave in the fifth seal, in which the blood of the martyrs of the Roman Empire cried out for vengeance. Their prayers were answered as the trumpet judgments brought barbarian army after army against the Roman Empire which led to the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 AD (as part of the fourth trumpet) and the Eastern Roman Empire in 1453 AD (as part of the sixth trumpet).
Joel Richardson and Dalton Thomas are oblivious to these amazing truths.
Joel Richardson says that it’s about Messiah’s birth but also about the last days.
That doesn’t make any sense!
Revelation 12-13 are about the fourth beast kingdom of Daniel, the Roman beast kingdom. Revelation 12 describes the pagan Emperors who tried to wipe out Messiah’s early church, making its birth painful.
The Revelation 13 sea beast phase of the Roman beast kingdom describes the Popes of Rome rising to power over the sea of people of the ten kingdoms of the fallen Roman Empire. They reigned in power from 1260 years, from 538-1798, and banned and burned the Scriptures and persecuted the saints during the Dark Ages and Inquisition.
The Revelation 13 earth beast phase of the Roman beast kingdom describes the Jesuit General rising to power out of the earth (land) of the Vatican. The black pope and the white pope are the two horns, the two leaders, who pretend to be priests of Messiah (like a lamb) but really serve Satan (the dragon). They are pushing the world into their One World Government, to exalt their god Satan.
Read Prophecy Points To The Leader Of The Roman Beast Study
Joel Richardson didn’t explain the reference to crowns and horns in Revelation 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
How does he skip over such an important description?
John is telling us that the pagan Roman Empire is in power in Revelation 12, as the crowns are on the seven heads, which represent the seven forms of government of the Roman Empire.
Revelation 17:10 is pointing to seven forms of government of the Roman Empire. Five had passed when John wrote down the Revelation vision. The sixth was the Emperor’s who reigned until 476 AD, when they were removed from power. The seventh existed during the short time from 476-538 AD. Then the eighth king, the Popes of Rome took power over the Western Roman Empire. Read
Revelation is about the pagan Roman Empire which Satan used to persecute Messiah’s saints. It’s not about the end times!
Joel Richardson points to Daniel and Messiah setting up His Father’s kingdom in the end times.
Daniel says that the Son of Man would set up His Father’s kingdom in the days of the four beast kingdoms, not after them.
The Jewish leaders proclaimed that it was better for one man to die than for the Romans to desolate the Jewish nation and remove them from power.
For punishment of the Jewish leaders continuing in their rebellion against the Heavenly Father and for rejecting Messiah and delivering Him up to be killed, Messiah caused the judgment of the Jewish nation when He used the powerful Roman army to desolate Jerusalem, the temple and the Jewish nation during the Jewish-Roman War of 66-70 AD.
During this time of great tribulation for the Jewish nation, 1.1 million Jews died in and around Jerusalem from famine, pestilence, infighting, suicide, evisceration, crucifixion and by the Roman sword.
Messiah ended the physical kingdom of Jerusalem, the temple and the Jewish priest system; and He set up His Father’s spiritual kingdom. The Ekklesia of Messiah, His church, which is made up of believing Jews and Gentiles, is called Holy Jerusalem in Revelation.
Messiah’s Ekklesia is the temple that is made without hands in which the Heavenly Father dwells, as Messiah is the cornerstone, the disciples the foundation and the saints are the stones which make up the walls.
Messiah is our High Priest who intercedes for us in the Heavenly Holy of Holies. We are His priests who offer spiritual sacrifices, who proclaim the Gospel of the kingdom to the world.
Read Messiah’s Kingdom
Joel Richardson points to Daniel 12 and the Olivet Discourse time of tribulation for the Jews.
For people who teach about the Jews so much, it’s amazing that Dalton Thomas and Joel Richardson are oblivious about prophecies about the Jewish nation.
Daniel 12 was sealed up from the eyes of the unbelieving Jews, so that they wouldn’t understand the time of Jacob’s Trouble which would come upon them during the Jewish-Roman War of 66-70 AD.
The believing Jews heeded Messiah’s warning in His Olivet Discourse and they escaped to the mountains for safety. The unbelieving Jews stayed in Jerusalem, and they and their Jewish nation were desolated.
The great tribulation that Messiah spoke about in Matthew 24:21, but that was about the judgment of the Jewish nation, in that generation just like Messiah proclaimed. During the Jewish-Roman War of 66-70 AD, 1.1 million Jews died in and around Jerusalem from famine, pestilence, infighting, suicide, evisceration, crucifixion and by the Roman sword.
Read The Great Tribulation of the Olivet Discourse
Joel Richardson points to the final seven years.
The 70th week of Daniel 9 is about Messiah, not the antichrist. Messiah carried out His multi-year ministry during the 70th week and He died in the middle of the week to confirm the covenant (which was mentioned in Daniel 9:4) to atone for our sins as the Spotless Lamb, which ended the need for temple sacrifices.
A 70-week prophecy from the Heavenly Father is fulfilled in 70 consecutive weeks, otherwise is makes no sense to say ’70 weeks are determined.’ It’s not about the end times or the antichrist, that is a deception from the enemy to mislead the end-times saints. This is extremely important to understand.
The concept of a 7-year tribulation is based on a futuristic 70th week of Daniel, but that is a deception to fool the end times saints. The 70th week of Daniel 9 prophecy foretold when Messiah would appear to carry out His ministry, and when (in the middle of the 70th week) He would confirm the everlasting covenant (that was mentioned in Daniel 9:4) with His blood as the Passover Lamb, to atone for our sins. It’s not about the end times or the antichrist.
Read The 70th Week Of Daniel 9 Decoded
Joel Richardson says that we should stand with Israel.
Yes, we should stand with Israel! Unfortunately, Dalton Thomas and Joel Richardson fail to understand who true Israel is, as they apply it to the people in the land of Israel.
Paul tells us that not all Israel is Israel. He is proclaiming that a true Israelite is one who has a covenant relationship with the Heavenly Father through the Son. True Israel is made up of both Jews and Gentiles who believe in Messiah.
The whole narrative of Revelation is about the historical battle between the Satan-empowered leaders of the Roman beast kingdom, called the great city, fighting against Messiah and His saints, which is called Holy Jerusalem.
Messiah is not telling us to support people who follow the false religion of Judaism, which reveres the Satanic Babylonian Talmud and Egyptian Kabbalah. He is telling us to support His Ekklesia, His saints, who are the true Israelites.
I pray that Joel Richardson and Dalton Thomas find the truth about prophecy fulfillment, for they are declaring things which they will regret when they stand before Messiah.
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