Question: Are you acquainted with a Twitterer who calls himself TheBadDadder?
I stumbled upon him this morning purely by chance.
He has a lengthy thread that ties human history with the Book of Revelation and our salvation as a human race that is fascinating, captivating, engaging, gripping, compelling, intriguing, and informative.
Whatever your religion or belief in the divine, TheBadDadder has written a thread for all of us to educate and hopefully, to understand. [This is PART 1]
Mar 16, 2019
TO HONOR THE SON OF GOD — THE SAVIOR OF MY SOUL — THE KING OF KINGS
THE BIBLE — THE VERY WORD OF GOD — REVEALING GOD’S UNFATHOMABLE LOVE FOR US — DESPITE OUR SIN
700 years before Jesus walked among us — the prophet Isaiah foretold that God would be with us.
Thank you Jesus for taking on flesh and humbling yourself even unto death
About 700 years before Jesus walked among us in flesh and blood — the prophet Micah foretold His birthplace.
Thank you Lord for your powerful and trustworthy Word
About 700 years before Jesus walked among us — Isaiah foretold the coming of our Prince of Peace.
Thank you God for Your priceless gift
500 years before Jesus walked among us — the prophet Zechariah foretold that our King would announce Himself on the foal of a donkey.
Hail King Jesus
500 years before Jesus walked among us — Zechariah foretold the price for our Savior’s betrayal.
Lord Jesus, please forgive us for the times that we have failed to stand up for your Name
700 years before Jesus walked among us — Isaiah foretold the piercing of our Savior’s body to heal us.
Thanks be to God for taking our sins upon Himself
700 years before Jesus walked among us — Isaiah foretold His silent suffering as our Savior.
Lord Jesus, your love is amazing. Please draw many hearts to you while time yet remains
What power there is in fulfilled prophecy — fostering belief in a trustworthy God.
Lord Jesus, thank you for your word — and for preserving it through the centuries despite the vile efforts of the evil one to destroy it — and diminish your revelation
AMAZING PROPHECY OF MESSIAH FROM DANIEL
Over 500 years before Jesus walked among us — Gabriel gave the prophet Daniel the time of Christ’s ministry to Israel.
Prophetic years used.
To understand — consider the decree, the rebuilding of Jerusalem and Jesus’ ministry.
THE DECREE TO RESTORE JERUSALEM
Artaxerxes, King of the Persian Empire, made the decree in or about 457 BC. It’s recorded in Ezra 7.
This is the beginning of the prophetic period of seventy weeks (KJV) (70*7=490) recorded in Daniel 9:24-27.
Following decree in 457 BC of King of Persia — restoration and rebuilding of Jerusalem occurred over next half century.
This is the first phase (seven weeks (KJV) (7*7=49) of the prophetic period of 70 weeks recorded in Daniel 9:24-27.
After rebuilding of Jerusalem, second phase of Daniel 9 prophecy is another threescore and two weeks (KJV) (62*7=434).
So 7 and 62 weeks — or 69 weeks from Artaxerxes decree in 457 BC (69*7=483).
Jesus baptism was in or about 483 years after decree
THE 70th WEEK
Jesus ministry to Israel was about 7 years beginning with His baptism and lasting until His disciples sent to the gentiles after Stephen was martyred.
In middle of 7 years Jesus was crucified — putting an end to sacrifice.
All as foretold in Daniel 9
In the 70th week Messiah was cut off — making reconciliation for iniquity — and bringing in everlasting righteousness.
During these 7 years the covenant was confirmed to many in Israel through Jesus and His disciples.
All as foretold in Daniel 9.
Before becoming Roman emperor, Prince Titus was charged with ending the Jews’ rebellion against Roman rule.
Josephus recorded that when Titus destroyed Jerusalem, his army killed 1.1 million people, mostly Jews — nearly 100,000 more were enslaved.
SIEGE OF JERUSALEM
Nov 66 AD – Roman army surrounded Jerusalem.
Jul 70 AD – Roman army breached Jerusalem walls and daily sacrifice taken away.
Sep 70 AD – Siege ended when Titus gained possession of upper city. Prince Titus then freed survivors who followed Jesus.
ABOMINATION THAT CAUSES DESOLATION
Prophetic years are 360 days (average of solar and lunar years).
Siege of Jerusalem 3 yrs. 7 mos. (1290 days) until daily sacrifice was ended (Nov 66-Jul 70).
Horrific desolation of Jewish nation.
All as foretold in Daniel 12
Josephus recorded that when Titus gained Jerusalem’s upper city he freed those bound by tyrants and left in prisons.
1,290 days to breach Jerusalem’s outer walls and end daily sacrifice.
1,335 days and captives freed.
Foretold 600 years before
HUMBLED BY FULFILLED PROPHECY
490 yrs. (70 prophetic wks.) from Persian decree through fulfillment of Messianic ministry to Israel.
1,335-day desolation of Jewish nation with abominable horrors.
All foretold through prophet Daniel.
Lord, You are an amazing God
REVELATION: A CODED MESSAGE TO MESSIAH’S CHURCH
Symbolic language of prophecy veils the message from the undiscerning.
Book records epic historical battle of ruling world power against Jesus and His church.
Must relearn our history to understand this amazing book.
CHURCH IN EPHESUS
Ephesus means to relax from effort.
Revelation dated to reign of Emperor Domitian (81–96 AD).
After Jerusalem destroyed in 70 AD believers may have expected Jesus to return & relaxed their efforts.
Lord help us return to works of faith & love
CHURCH IN SMYRNA
Smyrna comes from word myrrh — preservative in burial and symbol of death.
During 100-313 AD reportedly about 10 million believers martyred through Roman persecutions.
Worst was during 10-year persecution under Diocletian (303-313 AD). ”10 days”
CHURCH IN PERGAMUM
Pergamos means married to the tower (Babylonian priests moved to Pergamos and established pagan worship).
Satan didn’t destroy church with persecutions — so next strategy destroy it from within.
313-538 AD believers compromised with Roman religion.
CHURCH IN THYATIRA
Thyatira means ruled by a woman (think harlot church).
538 AD Emperor Justinian decreed pope head of all churches (religious & civil power).
Believers labeled heretics and millions killed.
1514 AD Roman Catholic Church declared opposition dead.
CHURCH IN SARDIS
Sardis means the escaping one, or those who come out.
Luther & other reformers protested against false teaching & tyranny of papacy.
Millions of Catholics escaped papal church in Reformation.
1514-1798 (Napoleon’s army reach Rome & capture Pope).
CHURCH IN PHILADELPHIA
Philadelphia means brotherly love.
Many souls were saved during great international missions and revival of 1800s.
God placed an open door of opportunity that no man could shut.
Jesus, increase our faith that we may ever exalt your Name
CHURCH IN LAODICEA
Laodicea means rule of the laity or people.
Today most Christian churches give all power to a pastor and some elders or deacons.
Today’s church is described by Jesus as lukewarm and self-satisfied.
Lord Jesus, please give us spiritual fervor
The Book of Revelation includes the prophetic history of the Roman Empire.
Rome is the 4th kingdom seen in the dreams of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and the prophet Daniel (Daniel chapters 2 & 7).
The first 3 kingdoms were Babylon, Persia & Greece.
THE 1st SEAL
96-180 AD was when Rome was at height of its expansion and military conquests.
Roman victories were celebrated by riding white horses in victory parades.
Laurel wreathes of victory were worn by the Caesars after their armies won battles.
THE 2nd SEAL
185-284 AD was when Rome went through revolution and civil wars including 32 emperors and many others vying for power.
A bloody epoch
THE 3rd SEAL
Romans paid heavy taxes to finance many wars.
A measure of wheat for a penny and three measures of barley for a penny (Rev 6:6) match prices from 222-235 AD.
Period of despair & gloom.
Thank you Lord Jesus for your trustworthy word
THE 4th SEAL
250-300 AD was a period of famine, plague, disease and violence in the Roman Empire.
“Earth” in this passage is better interpreted as “land” — not the entire world.
Roman Empire is land of this prophecy.
Death characterized this era.
THE 5th SEAL
Millions of martyrs killed by Roman Empire.
303-312 AD under Emperor Diocletian was the worst of the Roman persecutions.
Lord Jesus, we know that You shall avenge the blood of believers who would not deny your saving Name. Come in glory mighty King
Think political upheavals & leaders when earthquakes & stars appear in the prophecy (symbolic language).
313-395 AD dividing of Rome & receding of its leaders’ power.
Under Constantine, new state religion, but was pagan idolatry mixed with Christianity.
THE 7th SEAL
Judgments about to come on Roman Empire (7 trumpets).
Rome brutally persecuted Christians for centuries — yet Christ’s church persisted.
Satan took new strategy — infiltrate church & destroy from within.
Foundation of papal church & more persecution.
THE 1st TRUMPET
Think of war when hail appears in the prophecy (symbolic language).
400-410 AD Goths under Alaric attacked Roman Empire from the north in Greece, Gaul, Spain & Italy.
Goths had scorched earth reputation in their invasions (biblical focus on burning).
THE 2nd TRUMPET
Think of great nations when mountains appear in the prophecy (symbolic language).
425-470 AD Vandals under Genseric attacked Mediterranean coasts & islands of Roman Empire.
Vandal conquest of the seas.
Consider Rome’s reaction had symbols not been used
THE 3rd TRUMPET
451 AD Huns under Attila (great star) attacked Roman Empire.
Attila’s major battles fought on rivers. Huns lured Roman armies into crossing rivers by faking retreat, then attacked while Romans crossing rivers, leaving contaminated waters causing disease.
THE 4th TRUMPET
Think of leadership when sun, moon and stars appear in the prophecy (symbolic language for the discerning and to preserve message).
476 AD Heruli under Odoacer invaded Rome and last Western Roman emperor (sun) captured. He was leader of 1/3 of empire.
THE 5th TRUMPET
1st Islamic Empire
610 AD Mohammed (star) received messages.
After Mohammed died 632, Arabs moved out of Arabia to conquer other lands where Romans had ruled.
Muslim conquests tapered off 750-760 or ~150 yrs after Islam born (5 prophetic mos 5*30)
Arab Warriors ”…on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron;” Rev 9:7-9
THE 6th TRUMPET
1062 AD Turks crossed Euphrates River & attacked Eastern Roman Empire (ERE).
Turkish kingdom 4 sections.
1453 Turks captured Constantinople (ERE HQ).
In prophetic time measures: Year(360)+Month(30)+Day(1) = 391
1453-1062 = 391
Turks used large cannon to knock down thick walls of Constantinople.
Lit fuse at TAIL of cannon to ignite gunpowder to launch ball from MOUTH of cannon.
First time a city fell due to such artillery.
Lord Jesus, thank you for amazing prophecy to grow our faith
THE LITTLE BOOK
1455 after invention of printing press, Gutenberg produced first printed Bible.
To John writing in 1st century the Bible would be little compared with long scrolls of his era.
Bibles were godsend since papal church had banned & burned the Scriptures.
The Word of God is sweet to our souls.
But Satan starting in 1500s would intensify his war against Christ’s church and that would be bitter indeed.
Thank you Lord Jesus for Bibles we have today and that so many of our forebears could not have
TRAMPLING ON CHRIST’S TRUE CHURCH
538 AD Emperor Justinian decreed Pope head of all churches.
1798 Napolean’s army reached Rome and captured Pope.
Papal church (Gentiles) trampled true church for 1260 years (538-1798)
Prophetic time measure: 42 mos. * 30 = 1260
TWO WITNESSES Jesus’ witnesses are His word & His true followers.
Papal church burned Scripture & persecuted Christ’s followers.
Some historians estimate that >50 million people were deemed heretics by papal church and eliminated.
1260 days (538-1798 papal rule).
May 1514: 5th Lateran Council — papal church proclaimed Scriptures & Christians silenced (2 Witnesses dead).
Oct 1517: Luther posted 95 theses. Protestant Reformation born.
3.5 years of silence — just as foretold in prophetic time measure (3.5 days)
WOMAN, CHILD & DRAGON
Satan’s efforts to sabotage God’s plan to bring people into His eternal family.
Woman: Old Testament Israel with 12 tribes.
Child: Jesus Christ.
Herod ordered death for boys 2 and under.
Jesus taken to Egypt for safety.