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The Apocalypse of Jesus Christ

Written by John Thomas, M.D.. Posted in Prophecy

A TRANSLATION OF THE APOCALYPSE BY JOHN THOMAS, M.D.

With notes added from “Eureka” & “Thirteen Lectures on the Apocalypse.”

The book of Revelation is as much part of the word of God as all the other inspired books that make up the Bible. To read it regularly and not understand it is unprofitable; not to read it is to despise the word of God. This does not mean that someone desiring to be baptised must understand the detail of the book of Revelation. As in all fields of education, one passes from the simple to the more complex and difficult; so in spiritual things. But it is essential that we progress in our understanding of the divine Will. We have to pass from babes in Christ to the full stature of the man in Christ Jesus. So much in the book of Revelation are themes taking their meaning from previous scriptural matters, that understanding the book of Revelation naturally takes its place as we progress in our studies. It must be the object of all who love God’s word to attain to a fair understanding of this last message; especially so when we remember the insistence of this by God himself in the opening words, “Blessed is he that readeth... and they that keep those things which are written therein.” The book of Revelation is probably of more importance to us than to any previous generation. We are living in the period when all its promises and warnings reach their climax. It may surprise some to realise two thirds of the Revelation — fourteen out of its twenty-two chapters — deal with the time of his return and the setting up of the kingdom. We live in this time and the Revelation is in a special sense OUR book — given specially for us... we have a key to present events, and God’s view of man’s present behaviour; and from our vantage point near the end of history, we can see the outline of the startling events that lie ahead. So we can be assured and enthusiastic about his imminent return. In particular, those attuned to the book of Revelation will know that the God of judgment of the Old Testament is unchanged in the book of Revelation, and they will be warning people of the approaching day of judgment at the hands of Jesus, returned in power to establish the righteous throne of the God of Israel.                                   Graham Pearce, (1974).

PREFACE

The author of “Eureka” wrote of the name he chose for his exposition of the Apocalypse: -

“Eureka signifies ‘I have found.’ If the reader enquire of me ‘What?’ I answer, ‘an Exposition of the Apocalypse in harmony with the things of the Kingdom of God and the Name of Jesus Anointed,’ which completes the title.”

In addition to the exposition he provided the reader with a new translation. This small work is Thomas’s translation of the whole Apocalypse copied from the Robert Roberts’ 1889/90 (volumes 1 & 2) and, Thomas’s 1869 (volume 3) Editions. There are some variations in the translation of the first five chapters, at the beginning of Eureka, and those at the commencement of each section. The latter variations have been chosen for this print, in the belief that these represent Thomas’s preferred choice as he came to expound each section. The emphases are believed to be those chosen by Thomas.

The Compiler

The Apocalypse is a condensed and symbolic exhibition of literal things. There is only so much of the literal throughout as serves to give character and clue to the symbolism. (Thirteen Lectures, p.79).

Publishers Note

For clarity the notes are in ”blue” type and are purposely brief in character for easy comparison to the text of John Thomas’s translation, which is in “black” type. Deeper study can be found in other works by John Thomas such as “Eureka.”

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How Christ's coming will change the world

Written by Aidan Thomas. Posted in Prophecy

What do we mean by the phrase ‘change the world?’

 There have been many people who in some way or another have, in a sense, changed the world for good or ill. 
Discoverers, inventors, scientists, military leaders, dictators, amongst others, could all lay claims to have made an impact on the world and changed the course of history.

Whilst we would not wish to dispute this claim, the change that Jesus Christ is to bring about will exceed all others in its scope and in its permanent effect for good for the earth and its inhabitants.In fact he has already been responsible for a change in the world for good as a result of the manner of his birth, the holiness of his life and the manner of his death.

But the changes he will make when he comes again will be far greater.  They will be those which a benevolent ruler, who has control over the physical, economic and judicial aspects of human life, would introduce for the well being of the earths inhabitants.

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How and when is Christ coming?

Written by A.D.H. Thomas. Posted in Prophecy

How and When will Jesus Christ return to this earth?

It is not a question of whether Jesus Christ will come back to this earth, but in what manner and at what time he will return.

The personal, literal return of Jesus Christ back to this earth is the essential and necessary element for the realisation of the Gospel or the One Hope set forth in the Bible. Without his return there can be no resurrection of the dead; no establishment of the kingdom of God; no fulfilment of the promises to Abraham, David and all those who shared their faith; and no deliverance from the curse of sin and death, which continues to blight the earth.

How Jesus Christ will bring about these changes to the earth is not the subject of this article but to show how and when he will come.

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Where are we in the Divine timetable?

Written by A.D.H. Thomas. Posted in Prophecy

When will Jesus Christ return to this earth? Where are we in the Divine timetable?

Without his return there can be no resurrection of the dead; no establishment of the kingdom of God; no fulfilment of the promises to Abraham, David and all those who shared their faith; and no deliverance from the curse of sin and death, which continues to blight the earth.

The personal, literal return of Jesus Christ back to this earth is essential for the realisation of the Gospel or the One Hope set forth in the Bible. For believers of the gospel then, the return of the Lord Jesus Christ must surely be the single most important event on which all their hopes and expectations are centred.

Not only would we expect that his coming, and the events surrounding it, be the subject of much of the Scriptures, but that its Author would also reveal the time of his coming, for the benefit of those who are looking for and desirous of Christ’s return. And we would not be mistaken in this assumption.

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Illustrations of Prophecy

Written by Mark Smith. Posted in Prophecy

Joseph Lomas Towers 1796

Below are notes taken from this book, Volume 2

Illustrations of Prophecy: in the course of which are elucidated many predictions which occur in Isaiah, Daniel, the writings of the Evangelists, and of the Book of Revelation ... Together with ... extracts ... from Mede, Vitringa, ... Sir Isaac Newton, ... Bishop. Newton, and Bishop Hurd.

Notes from pp.568-569.

Deuteronomy 28:37, 49-52, 59-67.

“And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among the nations wither the LORD shall lead thee. The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand; a nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young: and he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee. And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trusted, throughout all thy land; and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the LORD thy God hath given thee. Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful….and ye shall be left few in number…and the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other…and among these nations shalt thout find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee a trembling heart and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind: and thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life; In the morning thou shalt sat, Would God it were even! And at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! For the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.”

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Future of Europe Biblically foretold

Written by A.D.H. Thomas. Posted in Prophecy

EUROPE’S FUTURE BIBLICALLY FORETOLD

Recent elections in Italy, France and Germany have resulted in less than clear Mandates for the newly formed governments. Their leaders are certainly not finding their constituencies willing to go along with their visions of Europe. And there are clearly differences between member states of the European Union on how far integration should go. Will the vision of the architects of a united Europe be realized? And what does the Bible have to say on this subject.

We readily acknowledge that the Bible does not refer to Europe under that name. Bible prophecy has, amongst other things, to do with the destiny of nations and empires, which may not have appeared on the scene at the time the prophecy was written. These future powers are identifiable through those powers or nations that occupied their territories in the past. They also exhibit similar characteristics. For example, Russia is portrayed as the latter day Assyrian, and Rome as the latter day Babylon.

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