This Revelation Timeline Decoded post features a video from Dr. John Barnett of Discover the Book Ministries DTBM, called PEACE & SAFETY AS SATAN’S SUPERMAN ARRIVES–THE PEOPLE GET WHAT THEY’VE ALWAYS WANTED
Video description: As we open to Revelation 6:2, I wonder if most of us remember what directly precedes the launch of the Tribulation? The way that Jesus, Paul, John & Daniel all describe the start of the Tribulation is not with disasters, wars, famines, and pestilences. The Tribulation begins, according to the Bible, with global peace, safety, and prosperity.
Dr. John Barnett of Discover the Book Ministries teaches that that Revelation 6 first seal points to a time of peace and safety, and then the antichrist superman will appear.
The first seal is not about the end times or the antichrist! John was given the Revelation in the 90-95 AD, and in Revelation 1:1 Messiah told him that these things would take place shortly.
The white horse represents the ‘conquering’ Roman Empire, from 98-117 AD, as under the reign of Emperor Trajan it was a time of its greatest expansion and their military conquests were celebrated by riding ‘white horses’ in their victory parades. Roman Emperors Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius, were descendants of the Isle of Crete, who were famous bowmen, so the ‘bow‘ points directly at them. The ‘crown’ represents the laurel wreathes of victory that were worn by the Caesars after their armies had won a military battle.
During the first few centuries, Messiah set up His kingdom which grew into millions of followers in a short period of time, as the apostles and early church were scattered due to persecution, so the Gospel was spread around the Roman Empire. Paul’s missions expanded the kingdom and established many Churches.
“And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.” Daniel 2:44
Messiah went forth on His victorious mission of taking control of countries with His Gospel and of avenging the martyrs deaths by causing the Roman Empire to decline during the seal judgments. Messiah overthrows the greatest power the world has ever known, the mighty Roman Empire, not with weapons, but with the sword of His Word. Messiah will return on a white horse to destroy the last phase of the Roman beast.
Dr. John Barnett of Discover the Book Ministries prayed, may we hear and the Word open the eyes of our understanding.
The sad irony is that he prays this prayer and then misleads people with false, futuristic prophecy fulfillment explanations which have blinded people.
The great theologians of the 16th-20th centuries taught that the prophecies in Revelation have been in the process of being fulfilled since the first century. It’s only during the last century, that the false, futuristic explanations have become so popular.
Dr. John Barnett of Discover the Book Ministries teaches that Superman, the one-man antichrist, will solve all of the world’s problems.
In the 16th century, the Jesuits created the narrative of a one-man end-times antichrist, in order to deflect blame away from the Pope; as the Protestant Reformers all proclaimed that the office of the papacy, the Popes of Rome, fulfill Bible prophecy as the ‘little horn’ of Daniel 7, the ‘son of perdition’ of 2 Thessalonians 2, and the ‘beast’ of Revelation 13, who leads the ‘harlot’ church of Rome.
Dr. John Barnett of Discover the Book Ministries teaches that it will be the first time that Satan will channel his power through a human.
Daniel 2 and 7 point to four beast kingdoms; Babylon > Medo-Persia > Greece > Rome, and that the last kingdom will stay in power until Messiah returns.
In Revelation 12-13, John picks up the narrative of the Roman beast kingdom, and describes the Satan-empowered leaders of the different phases; the pagan Emperors > the antichrist beast Popes > the false prophet Jesuit Superior Generals.
Dr. John Barnett of Discover the Book Ministries teaches that the antichrist will be like Joe the Plumber.
Daniel, Paul and John all point to the enemy of Messiah being a false teacher who proclaims to represent Messiah.
They are pointing to the Popes of Rome who proclaim to lead Messiah’s church, but they teach a false gospel of works through the sacraments and that Mary is the intercessor to the Father. They have used the Catholic Church to deceive billions of Catholics. And they have used Catholics to kill tens of millions of Messiah’s saints during the Dark Ages and Inquisition.
Revelation 13:11 points to two horns, two leaders, the black pope and the white pope, the antichrist beast and the false prophet; who proclaim to be priests of Messiah (like a lamb) but really serve Satan (the dragon) to make war with Messiah and His saints.
Dr. John Barnett of Discover the Book Ministries points to the Olivet Discourse describing end times events.
He says that Revelation 6 is the same script as Matthew 24. How does such an esteemed theologian not understand the symbolism of the sun, moon and stars being darkened describes leadership systems losing power?
The sun, moon and stars are symbolic of earthly dignitaries, great political authorities and great lights in the political or religious heavens.
We know this because in Genesis 37:8-10, Joseph had a dream, ..”And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me. So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?” It was symbolic of the power structure.
Isaiah used this same terminology when he referred to the judgment of God against the leadership of Babylon in Isaiah 13:10 “For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their light; The sun will be darkened in its going forth, And the moon will not cause its light to shine.“ And indeed, the power of Babylon was destroyed by the Medo-Persian empire.
Read these examples which are clearly not about the literal sun, moon and stars.
Isaiah 13:10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
Isaiah 34:3-5 Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcases, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood. And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree. For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.
Ezekiel 32:6-8 I will also water with thy blood the land wherein thou swimmest, even to the mountains; and the rivers shall be full of thee. And when I shall put thee out, I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light. All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over thee, and set darkness upon thy land, saith the Lord GOD.
Amos 8:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:
These are not descriptions of final judgment. They are oracles against Babylon (Is. 13) and against Edom (Is. 34) and Egypt (Ezek. 32) and the northern kingdom of Israel (Amos). Point at issue: We are not dealing with literal events here, but apocalyptic imagery
So in the 6th seal of Revelation, it represents the downfall of Roman leadership, as they used to rule a large empire, but now their power was diminishing.
In His Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24, Messiah is pointing to the downfall of the Jewish leadership system, who He had just berated in Matthew 23 and proclaimed that judgment was coming on them in that generation.
Applying the symbols to Matthew 24:29, we can see that the Jewish leaders having their power structure removed, is clearly indicated, as the High Priest (sun), Sanhedrin (moon) and priests (stars) were all either killed or taken captive during the Jewish-Roman War of 66-70 AD., when Jerusalem, the temple and the Jewish nation were desolated.
Dr. John Barnett of Discover the Book Ministries teaches a false, 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.
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