I once live-tweeted the September issue. In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman Sweet Valley High of color The Help while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years Girls, Django in Chains and commenting on the state of feminism today abortion, Chris Brown. The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture. Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.
As familiar to many Hogwarts students as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty are to Muggle children, The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of popular stories written for young wizards and witches. By buying this unique and special book, you are helping Lumos to make sure that, by , no more children live in institutions or orphanages around the world, and that every child is able to enjoy their right to grow up in a family. All profits from the sale of this eBook will go to Lumos. The Lumos Foundation is a charity registered in England and Wales with registered charity number Along with nobles and commoners, Fletcher endures grueling lessons that will prepare him to serve as a Battlemage in the Empire's war against the savage Orcs.
But sinister forces infect new friendships and rivalries grow. With no one but Ignatius by his side, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of the Empire is in his hands. Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground.
Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.
One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable. Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings.
Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity. Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar's niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan's motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war. The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making.
Life before death. Strength before weakness. Journey before Destination. The Alcatraz vs. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places. The playscript for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was originally released as a 'special rehearsal edition' alongside the opening of Jack Thorne's play in London's West End in summer Based on an original story by J.
Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, the play opened to rapturous reviews from theatregoers and critics alike, while the official playscript became an immediate global bestseller. This definitive and final playscript updates the 'special rehearsal edition' with the conclusive and final dialogue from the play, which has subtly changed since its rehearsals, as well as a conversation piece between director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne, who share stories and insights about reading playscripts.
This edition also includes useful background information including the Potter family tree and a timeline of events from the Wizarding World prior to the beginning of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself. In The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi, the author lays out the five elements of battle which are applicable in the boardroom as on the battlefield. Xist Publishing is a digital-first publisher. Xist Publishing creates books for the touchscreen generation and is dedicated to helping everyone develop a lifetime love of reading, no matter what form it takes.
How do you feel about investing years of your life into achieving an important goal — your time, energy, money, blood, sweat, and tears — only to give up and throw it all away? Written by bestselling author Martin Meadows, The Ultimate Focus Strategy: How to Set the Right Goals, Develop Powerful Focus, Stick to the Process, and Achieve Success uncovers a powerful strategy that helped him overcome extreme shyness, get in shape in less than twelve months after years of negligence, launch a successful business after six years of failures, release several bestsellers, learn two foreign languages, dramatically reduce his fear of heights, and travel to exotic destinations.
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Discover the final lesson you absolutely need to heed, to stay successful for the rest of your life. Nothing prevents you from finally escaping the vicious cycle of working on your goals in an uncommitted way. Buy the book now, study the strategy, apply it, and reap the benefits for the rest of your life. Japan's business executives have long applied Musashi's teachings to their business methods. This book - the original life-guide by Japan's greatest warrior - means you can do so too.
Written in by the most famous and unconquerable of all samurai, A Book of Five Rings is the classic guide to kendo swordmanship and a distillation of the philosophies of Zen, Shinto and Confucius. The West is now discovering what the Japanese have always known: that the ancient wisdom of the Samurai Way provides a strategy for decision and action in all areas of life - the home, the battleground and the boardroom.
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to get rich easily, while others are destined for a life of financial struggle? Is the difference found in their education, intelligence, skills, timing, work habits, contacts, luck, or their choice of jobs, businesses, or investments? In his groundbreaking Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, T. Harv Eker states: "Give me five minutes, and I can predict your financial future for the rest of your life!
You can know everything about marketing, sales, negotiations, stocks, real estate, and the world of finance, but if your money blueprint is not set for a high level of success, you will never have a lot of money—and if somehow you do, you will most likely lose it! The good news is that now you can actually reset your money blueprint to create natural and automatic success. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind is two books in one. Part I explains how your money blueprint works.
Through Eker's rare combination of street smarts, humor, and heart, you will learn how your childhood influences have shaped your financial destiny. You will also learn how to identify your own money blueprint and "revise" it to not only create success but, more important, to keep and continually grow it.
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In Part II you will be introduced to seventeen "Wealth Files," which describe exactly how rich people think and act differently than most poor and middle-class people. Each Wealth File includes action steps for you to practice in the real world in order to dramatically increase your income and accumulate wealth. If you are not doing as well financially as you would like, you will have to change your money blueprint. Unfortunately your current money blueprint will tend to stay with you for the rest of your life, unless you identify and revise it, and that's exactly what you will do with the help of this extraordinary book.
According to T. Harv Eker, it's simple. If you think like rich people think and do what rich people do, chances are you'll get rich too! An apt title to be sure, because everyone is obsessed. Dear Ms. Helen Hardt, I toss many profanities your way for making me wait. I need to know what the secrets are Jade Roberts is in love with Talon Steel but no longer welcome in his home.
Talon and his brothers are hiding something, and Jade is determined to find out what it is. The moment Talon saw Jade he wanted her, ached for her, craved her…and now his desire has become his obsession. If he and Jade are to have a future, he knows he must make peace with the dark shadows and horrors of his past. Meet Talon. Talon Steel. Helen exceeded every expectation I had for this book.
It was heart pounding, heartbreaking, intense, full throttle genius. Helen Hardt has truly blown me away with this series. It is dark, emotional, intense, horrifying, and utterly beautiful all mixed together. To that end, she continues her investigation of the Steels…and unknowingly attracts some dangerous foes from their shrouded history. Talon loves Jade deeply and longs to possess her forever, so he faces his worst fears and exposes his rawest wounds in an attempt to heal. Yes, she happens to be my ex-fling.
But that was seven years ago, and it was barely a week-long thing. Maybe a week of taking her to new heights will get her out of my head. So what if we spend a few nights on the town too? So what if I romance her across Manhattan? Hardt has continued to weave her web in this installment, and the results are every bit as good…or perhaps better…than what we have seen so far. With every answer, there is another question. That is definitely a proper name for this book. Not only did I melt many times while reading it, I also went up in flames. Jonah Steel is intelligent, rich, and hard-working.
As the oldest of his siblings, he was charged by his father to protect them. Melanie Carmichael has her own baggage. As Melanie and Jonah attempt to work through their issues together, desperately trying to ignore the desire brewing between them, ghosts from both their pasts surface…and danger draws near. Ice Knights defenseman Zach Blackburn has come down with the flu, and my BFF—his PR manager—begs me to put my nursing degree to use and get him back to health.
Of course she would call in a favor for the most hated man in Harbor City. Paparazzi spot me and pictures, plus accusations that I slept with him, fly faster than a hockey puck. At first, all of Harbor City wants my blood—or to give me a girlie-girl makeover. But then And now this fickle town wants me with the big jerk twenty-four seven. I never slept with him the first time! But no one will listen.
Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity,with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds. Waxillium Ladrian, a rare Twinborn, can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will. After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax has been forced by family tragedy to return to the metropolis of Elendel. Now he must reluctantly put away his guns and assume the duties and dignity incumbent upon the head of a noble house.
Or so he thinks, until he learns the hard way that the mansions and elegant tree-lined streets of the city can be even more dangerous than the dusty plains of the Roughs. In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today.
Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited—"not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault.
Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. From Daniel Silva, the 1 New York Times—bestselling author, comes a modern masterpiece of espionage, love, and betrayal.
In an isolated village in the mountains of Andalusia, a mysterious Frenchwoman begins work on a dangerous memoir. Long ago, the KGB inserted a mole into the heart of the West—a mole who stands on the doorstep of ultimate power. Gabriel has battled the dark forces of the new Russia before, at great personal cost. Now he and the Russians will engage in a final epic showdown, with the fate of the postwar global order hanging in the balance. Gabriel is lured into the hunt for the traitor after his most important asset inside Russian intelligence is brutally assassinated while trying to defect in Vienna.
When stable boy Arcturus accidentally summons a demon and becomes Hominum's first common summoner, he becomes the key to a secret that the powerful overlords would do anything to keep hidden. Whisked away to Vocans Academy so he can be kept watch over, Arcturus finds himself surrounded by enemies.
But he has little time to settle in before his life is turned upside down once again, for Hominum Empire is in turmoil. Rebellious intent simmers among the masses, and it will not be long before it boils over. Arcturus must choose a side. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.
Neil Gaiman, long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin though their upheaval in Ragnarok. Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. How to become invisible, to make someone fall in love with you, to transform into another creature: these are all things that people have believed in, yearned for, or feared, throughout history.
Spells and charms have captured the imagination for hundreds of years. Warding off evil is also something that has concerned people throughout history. This eBook short examines the colourful characters and curious incidents of the real history of magic, and how they relate to the Hogwarts lesson subjects of Charms and Defence Against the Dark Arts. The history of magic is as long as time and as wide as the world. In every culture, in every age, in every place and, probably, in every heart, there is magic.
Potions have been made for thousands of years — associated with bubbling pots and mysterious ingredients, they have been brewed to make medicines, drugs and poisons. Plants have also been important components of medicines as much as myth-making and magic. This eBook short examines the colourful characters and curious incidents of the real history of magic, and how they relate to the Hogwarts lesson subjects of Potions and Herbology. From the use of bones and shells thousands of years ago, to peering into teacups in the parlours of Victorian England, for millennia people have strived to see what fate and fortune holds.
Trying to read our destinies, the study of the night sky has fascinated people for centuries, from the star atlases of ancient China to the celestial globes of 17th-century Venice. This eBook short examines the colourful characters and curious incidents of the real history of magic, and how they relate to the Hogwarts lesson subjects of Divination and Astronomy. In the past, naturalists and explorers travelled the globe to encounter weird and wonderful creatures that enhanced our knowledge of the world and pushed forward the development of science.
Nevertheless, it seems part of human nature to want to believe in the unbelievable: from the bestiaries and cabinets of curiosities of the medieval period onwards. We think that truth and myth are easily distinguished today, but magical creatures and the stories around them continue to fascinate us — and they are as central to the Harry Potter stories as Harry, Hermione and Ron. This eBook short examines the colourful characters and curious incidents of the real history of magic, and how they relate to the Hogwarts lesson subjects of Care of Magical Creatures.
Pottermore Presents is a collection of J. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J. These stories of power, politics and pesky poltergeists give you a glimpse into the darker side of the wizarding world, revealing the ruthless roots of Professor Umbridge, the lowdown on the Ministers for Magic and the history of the wizarding prison Azkaban. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.
In this twisted narrative of love and murder, a horrific crime makes a seemingly normal family question everything they thought they knew about their life—and one another. Eighteen-year-old Stella Sandell stands accused of the brutal murder of a man almost fifteen years her senior. She is an ordinary teenager from an upstanding local family. What reason could she have to know a shady businessman, let alone to kill him?
Told in an unusual three-part structure, A Nearly Normal Family asks the questions: How well do you know your own children? How far would you go to protect them? From Hugo Award finalist Max Gladstone comes a smart, swashbuckling, wildly imaginative adventure; the saga of a rag-tag team of brilliant misfits, dangerous renegades, and enhanced outlaws in a war-torn future.
A wildly successful innovator to rival Steve Jobs or Elon Musk, Vivian Liao is prone to radical thinking, quick decision-making, and reckless action. On the eve of her greatest achievement, she tries to outrun people who are trying to steal her success. In the chilly darkness of a Boston server farm, Viv sets her ultimate plan into motion. A terrifying instant later, Vivian Liao is catapulted through space and time to a far future where she confronts a destiny stranger and more deadly than she could ever imagine.
The end of time is ruled by an ancient, powerful Empress who blesses or blasts entire planets with a single thought. Rebellion is literally impossible to consider--until Vivian Liao arrives. Trapped between the Pride—a ravening horde of sentient machines—and a fanatical sect of warrior monks who call themselves the Mirrorfaith, Viv must rally a strange group of allies to confront the Empress and find a way back to the world and life she left behind.
A magnificent work of vivid imagination and universe-spanning action, Empress of Forever is a feminist Guardians of the Galaxy crossed with Star Wars and spiced with the sensibility and spirit of Iain M. Banks and William Gibson. To be our best selves, we must become secure in our insecurities.
A die-hard meat-lover goes vegan for the first time. A straight-laced father transforms into a fashionista. A perpetually single sidekick becomes the romantic lead. A child of divorce finally grows more intimate with his family. How did we get here? What will be left of America when he leaves office?
At what cost have these deals come? Trump made the sale to enough Americans in three key swing states to win the Electoral College. And with prosecutors bearing down on Trump and his family business, the web of criminality is circling closer to the Oval Office. What is the hidden impact of Trump, beyond the headlines? Through interviews with American and international thought leaders and in-depth analysis, Reid situates the Trump era within the context of modern history, examining the profound social changes that led us to this point.
Account Options Sign in. Top Charts. New Arrivals. Books for every story The library is open. See more. Tina Alexis Allen. The Stonewall Reader. New York Public Library. For the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, an anthology chronicling the tumultuous fight for LGBTQ rights in the s and the activists who spearheaded it, with a foreword by Edmund White. June 28, marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which is considered the most significant event in the gay liberation movement, and the catalyst for the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States.
Drawing from the New York Public Library's archives, The Stonewall Reader is a collection of first accounts, diaries, periodic literature, and articles from LGBTQ magazines and newspapers that documented both the years leading up to and the years following the riots. Most importantly the anthology spotlights both iconic activists who were pivotal in the movement, such as Sylvia Rivera, co-founder of Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries STAR , as well as forgotten figures like Ernestine Eckstein, one of the few out, African American, lesbian activists in the s. The anthology focuses on the events of , the five years before, and the five years after.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Emily M. Marlon James. The attack wounded Marley, his wife, and his manager, and injured several others. Little was officially released about the gunmen, but much has been whispered, gossiped and sung about in the streets of West Kingston. Along the way, they learn that evil does indeed cast long shadows, that justice and retribution are inextricably linked, and that no one can truly escape his fate. Gripping and inventive, shocking and irresistible, A Brief History of Seven Killings is a mesmerizing modern classic of power, mystery, and insight.
Ocean Vuong. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years.
Boy Erased: A Memoir. Garrard Conley. The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. Through an institutionalized Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin.
Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness. By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heart-breaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds. John Waters. No one knows more about everything—especially everything rude, clever, and offensively compelling—than John Waters.
Know-It-All he serves it up raw: how to fail upward in Hollywood; how to develop musical taste, from Nervous Norvus to Maria Callas; how to build a home so ugly and trendy that no one but you would dare live in it; more important, how to tell someone you love them without emotional risk; and yes, how to cheat death itself. None at all. Bad Feminist: Essays. Roxane Gay. New York Times Bestseller A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay. The Color Purple.
Book 1. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this novel about a resilient and courageous woman has become a Broadway show and a cultural phenomenon. She strives to protect her sister, Nettie, from a similar fate, and while Nettie escapes to a new life as a missionary in Africa, Celie is left behind without her best friend and confidante, married off to an older suitor, and sentenced to a life alone with a harsh and brutal husband. In an attempt to transcend a life that often seems too much to bear, Celie begins writing letters directly to God.
The letters, spanning twenty years, record a journey of self-discovery and empowerment guided by the light of a few strong women. The Color Purple has sold more than five million copies, inspired an Academy Award—nominated film starring Oprah Winfrey and directed by Steven Spielberg, and been adapted into a Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Lori Duron. Whereas her older son, Chase, is a Lego-loving, sports-playing boy's boy, Lori's younger son, C. Whatever the term, Lori has a boy who likes girl stuff—really likes girl stuff. He floats on the gender-variation spectrum from super-macho-masculine on the left all the way to super-girly-feminine on the right.
He's not all pink and not all blue. He's a muddled mess or a rainbow creation. Lori and her family choose to see the rainbow. Written in Lori's uniquely witty and warm voice and launched by her incredibly popular blog of the same name, Raising My Rainbow is the unforgettable story of her wonderful family as they navigate the often challenging but never dull privilege of raising a slightly effeminate, possibly gay, totally fabulous son. Rise of Empire. Book 2. The adventure continues as Royce and Hadrian aid the struggling kingdom of Melengar as it alone stands in defiance against the newly formed empire.
War approaches and a desperate gamble behind enemy lines is their only chance at forming an alliance with the Nationalists to the south. But Royce has plans of his own as he uses this opportunity to discover if an ancient wizard is using Riyria as pawns in his own bid for power. To find the truth, Royce must unravel Hadrian's hidden past. What he discovers will lead them to the end of the known world, on a journey rife with treachery and intrigue. When author Michael J. Sullivan self-published the first books of his Riyria Revelations, they rapidly became ebook bestsellers.
Now, Orbit is pleased to present the complete series for the first time in bookstores everywhere. William W. Not every Western hero wears a white hat or a tin star. Most of them are just fighting to survive. Some of them can be liars, cheaters, and thieves. Two wanted outlaws. One hell of a story. Sold out by their old gang, Slash and Pecos have to bust out of jail and pull one last job to finance their early retirement. Caught and quickly sentenced to hang, their old enemy—the wheelchair-bound, bucket of mean, Marshal L. Bledsoe—shows up at the last minute to spare their lives.
For a price. And kill those prairie rats—with extreme prejudice. The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Book 3. All profits from the sale of this eBook will go to Lumos, a charity founded by J. Rowling to end the institutionalisation of children worldwide. Translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, they include fascinating additional notes from Professor Albus Dumbledore, with intriguing glimpses into his life at Hogwarts, as well as illustrations from J. Rowling herself. For wizarding and Muggle readers alike, this is a must-have edition, featuring fate-seeking witches, a hairy-hearted warlock and the tale of the three brothers who tried to cheat Death.
I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. They become soldiers with youthful enthusiasm. But the world of duty, culture, and progress they had been taught breaks in pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. Through years of vivid horror, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principle of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against one another. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will.
Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe. Cullen Bunn. Collects Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe What if everything you thought was funny about Deadpool was actually just disturbing? What if he decided to kill everyone and everything that makes up the Marvel Universe? What if he actually pulled it off? Would that be FUN for you?
The Merc with a Mouth takes a turn for the twisted in a horror comic like no other! The Novice: Summoner: Book One. He can summon demons. But can he win a war? Fletcher is working as a blacksmith's apprentice when he discovers he has the rare ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must travel with his demon, Ignatius, to an academy for adepts, where the gifted are taught the art of summoning.
Book 5. Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them, and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake. The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance.
Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it might be able to stop a war between the two camps. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.
Heroes of Olympus: The Son of Neptune. Percy is confused. When he awoke after his long sleep, he didn't know much more than his name. His brain-fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight. Somehow Percy managed to make it to the camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he had to continually kill monsters that, annoyingly, would not stay dead. But the camp doesn't ring any bells with him. Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn't do a very good job of it. When the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her "gift" for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn't say no.
Now, because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Speak again the ancient oaths: Life before death. The Knights Radiant must stand again. New to rent. Usher's Passing. Robert R. But not for horror novelist Rix Usher. Years ago, he fled the isolated family estate of Usherland in the menacing North Carolina hills to pursue his writing career. He promised never to return. Stirring memories of the grim folktales born out of the surrounding Briartop Mountains and the terrifying legends of missing children, Rix knows that in the dark, twisted corridors of Usherland, that dreadful something he saw as a young boy is still there.
Louis Post-Dispatch. Dragon's Teeth. Pulitzer Prize Winner: An American in Germany fights against the rising tide of Nazi terror in this monumental saga of twentieth-century world history. In Germany to visit relatives, Lanny encounters a disturbing atmosphere of hatred and jingoism. Back in the s, Mary Terrell shot and killed a man. A former member of the fanatical Storm Front Brigade—a splinter group of the notorious Weathermen—Terrell has stayed one step ahead of the FBI for decades.
The sixties are long gone, but Mary is still out there. So one night, Mary sneaks into the maternity ward of an Atlanta hospital. Laura Clayborne has a successful career and now, a newborn baby. But the kidnapping of her infant son has brought out a white-hot fury. But to track a madwoman, Laura will have to think like one. The Fifties. David Halberstam. Joe McCarthy. Marilyn Monroe. The H-bomb.
Ozzie and Harriet. Civil rights. Speaks the Nightbird: A Novel. But Matthew Corbett, young clerk to the traveling magistrate summoned to Fount Royal to weigh the accusations, soon finds himself persuaded in favor of the beguiling young widow. Struck first by her beauty, Matthew believes Rachel to be too dignified, courageous, and intelligent for such obscene charges.
The testimony against her is fanatical and unreliable. Clues to the crimes seem too convenient and contrived. A number of her accusers appear to gain by her execution. God and Satan are indeed at war. Something really is happening in the newly established settlement—of that Corbett is certain. As his investigation draws him into the darkness of a town gone mad, and deeper into its many secrets, Corbett realizes that time is running out for him, for Rachel, and for the hope that good could possibly win out over evil in Fount Royal.
Barbara Lovenheim. In January , unable to flee Germany, the four members of the Arndt family went underground to avoid deportation to Auschwitz. Ellen Lewinsky and her mother, Charlotte, joined them; a year later, Bruno Gumpel arrived. When Russian soldiers finally rescued the group in April , the families were near death from starvation. But their will to live triumphed and two months later, four of the survivors—Erich Arndt and Ellen Lewinsky, and Ruth Arndt and Bruno Gumpel—reunited in a double wedding ceremony.
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Summary: Lucifer is the angel king from the Abyss. Lucifer is the lamb-like beast who will rise out of the earth. His title in Hebrew and Greek for Jews and Gentiles alike means destroyer. The devil will be released on mankind to destroy the world. He will rise to a position of absolute power, but his power will not come from nations or people. He will deceive the world and lead it to destruction.
The release of the devil on the wicked is consistent with the full cup principle. When a majority of people in a group reach a point where extended mercy has no redeeming effect, God always sends a destroyer. Now that we have carefully examined and determined the identity of the four beasts in the book of Revelation, we can proceed through the following two prophecies rather quickly:. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.
Comment: This short prophecy is six verses long. It consists of three characters: A pregnant woman standing on the moon, a great red dragon, and a male child who does not remain on Earth. Finally, Lucifer led a third of the angels into open rebellion and Jesus kicked them out of Heaven. I am speculating that it was thousands of years because the Godhead has spent thousands of years resolving the sin problem with human beings.
I am sure that God loves His angels as much as He loves us, therefore He gave them every opportunity to repent. This prophecy has a cosmic setting. God used objects from the sky such as the sun, moon, and stars to frame this story because elements in this story go beyond events that have transpired on Earth. This story covers thousands of years and involves millions of angels and human beings. John saw a pregnant woman clothed with the sun, who was also wearing a crown of twelve stars and was standing on the moon.
The book of Revelation does not treat the sun, moon, and stars as symbols in this passage. God used a cosmic setting for this story because He wants us to understand the feelings, the actions, and the loathing that Lucifer has for Christ. Who else but God could explain something so huge in eight sentences? If an element is thought to be symbolic, the Bible will interpret the symbol with a relevant text. In other words, if something is to be treated as a symbol, the Bible will define the symbol so that everyone who reads the Bible will have the same conclusion.
The Bible is its own interpreter. For example, the woman wears a crown of twelve stars. The twelve stars are not symbols of twelve angels. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches. In other words, Revelation is relevant to Revelation There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind.
The answer is literal because there is no relevant text that defines them as symbols. In summary, the Bible must speak for itself. When it does not define a symbol with a relevant text, no one has the authority to make the element symbolic. The woman standing on the moon is not the virgin Mary. This woman has been persecuted from the beginning. This woman has existed ever since sin began and she was chased into the desert for 1, years. This woman represents the people of God, His church, a group of people who are the bride of Christ. This woman is in love with God and God loves her His people.
She is pregnant with His Son. She His church loves God with all her their heart, mind, and soul and her their neighbor as herself themselves. Matthew ; Ephesians Jesus came from a long line of people who loved God — people like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and David. Jesus used a woman to symbolize His affection for His people the very day that sin began. The twelve stars represent the twelve tribes 1 of Israel. Revelation Her brilliant, shining garment represents the wedding garment Matthew ,12 which is the righteousness of Christ. Romans This garment is freely given to every repentant sinner.
Ephesians ,9. His tail [pun: tale] swept a third of the stars [angels] out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter [indicating His reign on the throne cannot be broken]. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. Comment: We know that the red dragon is the devil.
Acts ,56; Colossians We know that Jesus will eventually rule all nations with an iron scepter. An iron scepter means that His rule cannot be broken. Revelation When the devil saw that he could not kill baby Jesus, when the devil saw that he could not keep Jesus in the tomb, and when the devil saw that Jesus had returned to Heaven and was out of his reach, he directed his hatred for God at the woman. When Jesus established His church, you could say that a new religious system was established even though the woman already existed.
The new religious system was a visible church. It became an organized body of believers. The visible church was defined by creeds and doctrine, and human beings directed it as they sought the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Matthew ; Acts 15 The visible church had members, buildings, and programs. These individuals follow the leading of the Holy Spirit — wherever He leads.
Individuals who make up the woman may worship in a visible church, but the woman and the visible church are two distinct entities and this confuses a lot of people. Man looks on the outer appearance, but God reads the heart. After the first century A. By the fifth century A. The devil took control of the visible church and used it to persecute the invisible church.
This warfare will be repeated. The woman fled to the desert for survival. The desert represents a desolate hiding place and the 1, days defines her period of persecution. The time, times, and half a time mentioned in Daniel , Revelation and the 1, days of Revelation are the same time period. Beginning in A. The Jubilee Calendar is in operation during this period, therefore the 1, days must be translated as 1, years Rule Four of Apocalyptic Prophecy.
Many prophetic expositors violate valid rules of interpretation in Revelation 12 because they want to make the enormous red dragon into something other than the devil. History does affirm that the devil worked through the little horn in Daniel 7 the Roman Catholic Church to persecute the saints for 1, years, but the enormous red dragon in Revelation 12 is not the papacy. If, in our rush to understand apocalyptic prophecy, we ignore or manipulate the specifications which God has given, we will never be able to arrive at the intended meaning of prophecy.
Follow the logic: The enormous red dragon tried to kill Jesus at birth through Herod. Then, the great red dragon used the Roman Catholic Church to chase the woman into the desert for 1, years. The devil is a determined demon. He is not Herod nor is he the Roman Catholic Church. This brings me to the second point, which is also very important. The leopard-like beast is not the devil even though the devil will control the beast! Revelation When studying the behavior of people or organizations, it is sometimes difficult to determine the extent of control the devil has because generally speaking, adults have the ability to exercise their power of choice.
Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him , standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. Resist the devil , and he will flee from you. The Bible does indicate that the devil and his demons can and must be resisted or they may take control of us. We know demon possession is possible because Jesus cast demons out of many people. See Matthew This loathing has not changed. If it were possible, Lucifer would kill Jesus right now.
Jesus did not have to go to the cross, but infinite love caused Him to be willing to give up His eternal life so that we might have it. Can you imagine killing the very person who would volunteer to die in your place? We have also learned that the devil uses demon possessed people and organizations to carry out his evil desires.
Lucifer, once the greatest and highest of created beings, has become a senseless beast, a raving destroyer. After chasing the woman for 1, years, he has one final chance to destroy her. He is waiting for the leopard-like beast to rise. We have already noticed that the first prophecy began with the birth of Jesus and ended with Lucifer chasing the woman into the desert for 1, years. This prophecy begins with a war on Resurrection Sunday Revelation and it ends with the , standing around the Lamb on Mt.
Zion and singing a new song. The first scene in this prophecy opens triumphantly! Jesus has kicked Lucifer out of Heaven. The final scene in this prophecy also ends triumphantly! Johns sees the , standing with Jesus on Mt. This final scene is very important to the people who will live during the Great Tribulation because most, if not all, of the , will be killed in the line of duty and the remnant of the woman will be totally decimated. As you study this prophecy, it is important that you see four chronological segments. First, there is war in Heaven and persecution of the woman for 1, years.
Second, the leopard-like beast rises from the sea. Third, the lamb-like beast rises from the earth. Finally, the , are taken to Heaven to gather around Jesus. Right now we are living between the first and second segments, Revelation and In other words, this prophecy began on Resurrection Sunday and according to my calculations, it has less than ten years to go until it is completed. Note: Please understand that if time should last longer than ten years, this will have no effect on the meaning or the fulfillment of this prophecy.
It just means that my calculation on the whereabouts of the 6, th year of sin is incorrect. With these things said, let us begin this study with Revelation This is the first verse of a new prophecy because, according to Rule One of Apocalyptic Prophecy, chronological order is broken between verses 6 and 7. In other words, the war in Heaven verse 7 occurs before the dragon chases the woman to the desert verse 6 ; therefore, a new prophecy begins because chronological order is broken. He was hurled [in] to the earth, and his angels with him. This eviction took place on Resurrection Sunday.
Because every war has a history of conflict, we have to start at the beginning of this story to understand the war that took place on Resurrection Sunday. When God cast Lucifer out of Heaven the first time Isaiah , Ezekiel , God did not completely sever relations with the devil and his angels. Even though Lucifer was not permitted to live in Heaven, God did permit Lucifer to attend specific meetings in Heaven. Remember, God loves His enemies just as much as He loves His friends and He commands us to do the same. At these meetings, it appears that the angels discussed matters pertaining to the governance of the universe.
Job This information is pertinent for two reasons. Second, when Jesus died on the cross and shed His own blood, Jesus paid a great price to redeem and possess Earth. Note: You may recall that Lucifer tempted Jesus in the desert. Everything in the universe belongs to the Father and Jesus knew the Father would give Him this world if He faithfully carried out the plan of salvation. Psalm ,8; ; John Many Christians erroneously think this war occurred before Adam and Eve sinned, but according to Scripture, this is not possible. Here is why:. Jesus was given this honor on the basis of His perfect redemption — much to the delight of the holy angels.
Think about this. If this war occurred before Adam and Eve sinned, then sinful people would not have existed and there would be no one for Lucifer to accuse. These accusations were baseless because God waited patiently for the angels to repent, but they would not. Twice in the Bible, Lucifer is rebuked for promoting baseless arguments. See Zechariah and Jude When Jesus walked out of the tomb, the devil and his angels realized their fate and they had no intention of yielding to an honorable defeat.
The only way the devil would surrender to Christ was through force, and that is exactly what happened. Jesus forced the devil and his angels out of Heaven! But woe to the earth [land] and the sea [people and nations of the whole world] , because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his [remaining] time is short.
The Bible says the war in Revelation took place after Jesus was born. There is no wiggle room. Verse 13 says that after the devil was cast out of Heaven, he chased the woman who had given birth to the male child. Therefore, the war in Revelation had to occur between 4 B. There is one more passage in Scripture that we need to consider. No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name! Now [at this time] is the time for judgment on this world [that is, the moment of truth has now come to see who will win the contest for Earth] ; now [at this time] the prince of this world will be driven out [of Heaven.
Adding John 12 to our study, we can assemble three facts. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. When God clothes a repentant sinner with the perfect life of Jesus, the devil cannot say a word. The war in Revelation occurred between 4 B. Third, Jesus predicted in John that the prince of this world would be driven out [of Heaven].
Who is it you are looking for? The Father had promised to give this world to Jesus and He had to go and receive His inheritance. Even though Jesus gave up His life and He perfectly obeyed the will of the Father, Lucifer was still unwilling to yield his position to Jesus and step down.
His loathing of Christ produced the second war in Heaven. Once again, Lucifer was thrown out of Heaven at the speed of lightning — this time for good! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Comment: After Jesus ascended to Heaven, the devil used the Jews and the Romans to persecute Christians with unbelievable zeal. The Jews hated the Christians because they were tearing down the traditions of Judaism.
Remember the stoning of Stephen and Jesus confronting Saul on the road to Damascus? The Romans hated the Christians because they thought Christians were another Jewish sect and they hated the Jews. Remember the destruction of Jerusalem in A. Today, most Christians do not understand or appreciate the decimating persecution that fell upon the early church during the first five centuries after Jesus returned to Heaven.
The Romans drove the woman into hiding, but the implosion of the Roman Empire forced the devil to take another approach to keep the woman out of sight. He had very few options, so the devil joined the Church at Rome! Working through carnal minded church leaders, Lucifer gained control of the visible church. Amazing as it sounds, by A. The devil was determined to eliminate the woman, but Jesus would not allow him to destroy all of His saints. Our understanding of God and His love can be miles away from the truth. The divide between a changeless God and our finite understanding of Him and His plans may remain unknown until a crisis occurs.
For example, millions of Christians have been led to believe in a pre-tribulation rapture. They refuse to accept the idea that a God of love would allow His saints to remain on Earth to suffer persecution and harm during the Great Tribulation. I have several objections to the theory of a pre-tribulation rapture which I will share before I address the issue of God permitting His saints to suffer persecution.
The Bible does not support a pre-tribulation rapture for several reasons and here are at least three: First, a pre-tribulation rapture requires a pre-tribulation judgment. The Bible refutes both ideas. Second, the Bible says the devil is preparing to make war on the last or the remnant of the woman. Hebrews 11 Abel was slain because he obeyed the Lord. Hebrews Nine of the twelve apostles were martyred for their faith. They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God.
The rapture concept seems incongruous when we know that God deliberately handed the woman the saints over to the Roman Catholic Church for 1, years of persecution! The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time. God protected the woman from extinction, not persecution.
More than fifty million Christians died for their faith during the Dark Ages! Revelation I could go on and on about the shortcomings of the rapture doctrine, but you should understand this point: God does not view persecution as a horrible thing because His grace is more than sufficient for every challenge that His children may face. Keep in mind His wisdom goes beyond comprehension.
The fires of persecution separate the faith-full the gold from the faith-less the dross. Many Christians will suddenly discover that they really do not have faith in Christ. Peter did not know it, but he had no faith in God. Peter admitted that Jesus was the Messiah. Matthew Peter expected Jesus to set up His kingdom on Earth. Matthew Peter admitted that he loved Jesus. It is one thing to die in self defense or in the defense of God and country, but it is altogether another matter to suffer death for no other reason than God requires it.
This is the beauty of Isaac surrendering to his father on Mt. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. When he saw Jesus humbly submitting to inhumane treatment, he began to understand the meaning of submission to the will of God. He became ashamed of himself and wept bitterly. Persecution purifies the soul of the persecuted and it often changes the hearts of those who observe such submission. Persecution kept the faith of the woman pure for 1, years.
When Jesus spoke to the seven churches in Revelation 2 and 3, the Christian faith was only sixty-five years old. Already, six of the seven churches in Asia Minor had become corrupted by false doctrines. Because religion mutated quickly, God allowed the devil to chase the woman into the desert.
God knows the desert is a good place for training people. This is why He took Israel into the desert when they first came out of Egypt. The desert is an unforgiving place, a hostile place, a lonely place, and not a place that allows self-indulgence and self-reliance. The carnal nature hates the desert.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. When Jesus is leading, there is no way to know where you are going, but your destination is secure! Family and friends rarely understand or appreciate the faith experience. In fact, family and friends are often opposed to the faith experience.
If necessary, He can make food fall from the sky and water flow from the rocks. The final benefit that comes from persecution is exclusion. Persecution keeps those who love the world and the things of this world out of the invisible church. When the threshold for being a Christian is suffering, the woman remains healthy.
When the threshold for being a Christian is easy, the church suffers. The visible church differs from the invisible church in an interesting way. This visible church exalts unity at the expense of truth. The invisible church exalts advancing truth, social consequences notwithstanding. The pure in heart are the poor in spirit ego. These people are willing to make whatever sacrifice is necessary because they seek only to glorify God and to help their neighbor.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Some historians estimate that fifty million people were martyred for their faith during the Dark Ages, but miraculously, the invisible church did not perish! No doubt, many Protestants wished for the wings of a great eagle as they languished in filthy dungeons.
Even though Prophecy 1 Revelation and Prophecy 2 Revelation are separate and distinct prophecies, the time, times, and half a time in verse 6 is the same time period as the 1, days mentioned in verse This information also proves that the time, times, and half a time mentioned in Daniel equals 1, years.
In other words, the 1, year A. All three instances must be translated using a day for a year because the Jubilee Calendar is operating during this time. Note: For reasons presented in the chapter on the Two Witnesses, the time, times, and half a time in Daniel and the 1, days granted to the Two Witnesses in Revelation are the same time period. The 1, days given in Daniel represent the total time allotted to the Great Tribulation.
Because these time periods occur after the expiration of the Jubilee Calendar in , these time periods should be considered a literal time of 1, days and should not be translated a day for a year. Comment: This is a surprising contradiction. John saw the enormous red dragon spew water out of his mouth! Weighing a little more than sixty-two pounds per cubic foot, a torrent of water traveling at a high rate of speed is a deadly and utterly destructive force, but it is not annihilating. In other words, life resumes after a flash flood; in fact, vegetation often prospers after a flood.
The dragon spoke an endless torrent of laws through church edicts. The devil tried to destroy the woman with wave after wave of persecution, but the blood of martyrs only fueled the growth of the invisible church. The devil soon realized that perpetual persecution required perpetual darkness. In , the devil moved upon King Henry IV to decree that anyone owning or producing a translation of the Bible would be burned at the stake.
In , Archbishop Thomas Arundel imposed punitive measures on anyone who would presume to produce any written material that departed from the Latin Vulgate. In other words, Bible texts could not be translated into the common language of the people. These and other vicious threats did not keep the woman from the Bible. Using the church as a puppet, the devil made it impossible for anyone to disagree with pope or priest without suffering the harshest of penalties. When the church rules over the state, religious freedom becomes a myth.
The church ruled by fear, not love. The devil found a way to torment millions of good-hearted Catholics through false doctrines. For example, Catholics were led to believe that salvation required the receipt of seven sacraments. Consequently, very few parishioners spoke out about the excesses and abuses of the clergy because the cessation of sacraments meant the loss of eternal life. For 1, long, dark years, the devil did everything possible to make life miserable for the people of Europe, whether in the visible church or the invisible church.
Genesis For thousands of years, God reserved a large parcel of Earth that would one day help the woman. Over time, this parcel of land became known as the United States of America. Just twenty-two years before the end of the 1, years , God raised up a new nation to serve His purposes. He gave this nation a form of government that was unlike anything the world has ever seen. God gave Protestants a place where they could freely translate and publish the Bible in hundreds of languages.
He also gave Protestants vast resources and much wealth so they could spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. From onward, the United States has produced more Christian missionaries, published more Bibles, and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ farther than all other nations on Earth combined. The citizens of this wealthy nation have given more money for Christian missions than all other nations combined.
This is amazing considering that Protestants in amounted to less than 0. This phenomenal growth occurred because immigrants came to the United States of America seeking religious freedom. From this Protestant country, Protestantism spread around the globe. Of course, millions of non-Protestants also immigrated to this country because they wanted to live in a land blessed with opportunity and promise.
The United States of America has shared more of its wealth with other nations than any other. Earth physically helped the woman, and the United States became a powerful influence for the gospel of Christ in a short period of time. Unfortunately, the United States has turned away from honoring and serving God.
As a nation, it no longer exalts our Creator with its actions. Christians are entertained with sinful behavior that is constantly glamorized on television and in movies. Its radio stations spew hate talk and music that glorifies drugs, sexual immorality, and violence. The United States is in a state of moral and financial decline. Love for money and pleasure has displaced love for God and His Word. Integrity is disappearing. Honesty and transparency in business and government is fading. Sexual immorality is rampant. Clergy have become multimillionaires and priests have sexually abused thousands of children.
The United States has offended and lost many of its international friends, it has squandered much of its wealth on selfish indulgence, and if the Lord does not come soon, the country will fall, just like all of the great nations in history. The Earth did help the woman, but that helping hand is gone and the remnant of the woman is wondering how much longer will God tolerate this planet before casting down the censer. Comment: When the papacy received a fatal wound in , the devil called off the chase. Even though he had made the woman miserable for 1, years, he realized he could not destroy her.
Being the devil that he is though, he did not give up. He went off to regroup and make plans for a final assault. Lucifer and his demons know all about the Great Tribulation. They understand every verse in the Bible. They were present when every event written in the Bible took place and they personally knew each Bible writer and person mentioned in the Bible! They understand the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation better than we do and the demons know they will be given one final chance to destroy the saints.
Since there is nothing they can do about that, they intend to destroy as many saints as possible before their doom arrives. This is the way hatred works. Lucifer knows that he is going to die just as Jesus knew that He was going to die. Their respective actions and attitudes show the enormous gulf between hatred and love, between selfishness and selflessness. The devil and his demons have had over years to prepare for their final war against the woman.
The stage is set. The world is consumed with idolatry, greed, sexual immorality, and violence. The devil has carefully studied world conditions. He has strategically placed his demons and human agents demon possessed people in highest places. He is delighted that even though hundreds of millions of Christians have Bibles, the vast majority of them are virtually ignorant of his coming ambush. The devil keeps this information hidden from view in various ways. Prejudice and apathy work very well. Many churches discourage or even prohibit discussion of new ideas on Bible prophecy because it is seen as being potentially divisive.
Too many churches are more concerned about unity than truth. They think it is far better to be united in error than to be divided over truth. The Bible has been put in lock down. It is not allowed to speak for itself. Christians are told the Bible is too complicated to understand on its own merit and must be left to the scholars to decipher. How can the Bible teach Christians truths that they do not know and do not want to hear? If we limit what the Bible can say, how can it say something that is new and relevant?
The remnant of the woman will be identified by two key features:.
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Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Revelation ,11 They will expose hidden and secret things. They will have knowledge about matters which will confound their enemies. Remember how the Holy Spirit revealed to Peter that Ananias and Sapphira had lied about the money they received from the sale of their land. Acts 5 Remember how Jesus knew the thoughts of the Pharisees when He healed the paralytic lying on his mat.
Matthew Remember how Daniel was enabled to interpret the dream given to Nebuchadnezzar, even though the king could not remember it. Daniel 2 These are prophetic samples of things to come. The , will confront the thoughts and hidden sins of their enemies. The , will perform mighty miracles, and their enemies will be astonished and left speechless! The gift of prophesy is not to be confused with the nonsense that goes on today in many churches. See Ezekiel When Almighty God has something to say, He speaks and there is a revelation of information that is otherwise unknown.
Prophets of God encounter God as though He were a real person, as one person speaks to another. Genesis ; Exodus ; Daniel ; Revelation ; 2 Corinthians He was exiled on the island of Patmos for obeying the Word of God instead of the laws of men and for speaking the words which Jesus gave him to speak.
As a prophet of God, John spoke the truth regardless of any consequence. This is why he was on Patmos. The Spirit of prophecy is a powerful sword, an inflammatory testimony, and the living word of God. Hebrews When Jesus speaks through His prophets, He speaks with perfect knowledge of any situation. Jesus has divine wisdom and the penetrating power of the Spirit at His disposal.
When a prophet speaks the testimony of Jesus, people with rebellious hearts are left defeated, fuming, and speechless! On many occasions Jesus silenced His opposition on Earth with divine wisdom and the ability to read their thoughts. When He was on Earth, Jesus lamented the untimely death of the many prophets that He had sent to Israel. As we learned from our study on the two witness , the , will remain faithful. They will speak the truth without regard for the consequences. Thus far, we have examined each verse in Revelation Even though Prophecy II does not end with verse 17, this is a good place to summarize all that we have learned so far from Revelation And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea [waiting for the first four trumpets to sound.
When the wrath of God is released on Earth, the whole world will suddenly become afraid of God. And I saw a [leopard-like] beast coming out of the sea. He [the leopard-like beast, also called Babylon] had ten horns [representing ten future kings] and seven heads [representing the seven religious systems of the world] , with ten crowns [of authority] on his horns, and on each head [was written] a blasphemous name [that is, each head insults God].
In the chapter about the Seven Trumpets, we examined the global crisis that will cause Babylon to form. Earlier in this chapter, we also examined the rise of Babylon and the identity of the seven heads and we learned that they represent the seven religious systems of the world. Before we further investigate the sudden rise of the leopard-like beast, a recent event has occurred that illustrates how quickly Babylon could rise from a multitude of nations.
As I am writing this chapter, the world is experiencing a sudden financial crisis. What will world leaders do when our infrastructures are destroyed and 1. With these thoughts in mind, please consider Revelation The dragon [Lucifer] gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority [over the world]. One of the heads of the beast [Catholicism] seemed to have had a fatal wound [February ] , but the fatal wound had been healed.
Who can make war against him? Babylon will arrogantly claim that it has highest authority in all religious matters and opposition will not be tolerated. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. The chronological flow from Revelation into Revelation is very clear, but millions of Christians totally ignore this linkage. Religion is so blinding. They do not have a clue that they are about to be ambushed.
To put this coming ambush in perspective, let us review four items that were examined in the chapter on the Seven Trumpets:. In a vacuum of darkness, fear, foreboding, and global uncertainty, I anticipate the Roman Catholic Church will step forward with leadership. The pope will invite religious and political leaders from all over the world to a worldwide summit. At a minimum, three amazing decisions will come from this summit that would otherwise be unthinkable.
Here is a sample:. Actually, for all the good the leopard-like beast intends to do, it will quickly become a hand-puppet of the devil. Consider this illustration: If you put your hand into a glove and then you hit someone with your gloved hand, who or what is responsible for the pain you caused, the glove or your hand?
When the world exalts the rule of religion over politics and creates Babylon, the devil will quickly enter through the back door to take control of the world. The devil is waiting for Babylon to be formed because he has been preparing to make war on the saints for a long time. Revelation Soon, his chance to destroy them will come.
This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints. We have already seen that the enormous red dragon is Lucifer and the lamb-like beast is Lucifer in human form. Lucifer, the coming Antichrist, will not be a mere man. He is an extraterrestrial being who has been alive for thousands of years. We know from Revelation that million angels will accompany the devil — John heard the number! We know from Revelation , Daniel , 23, Revelation , and 2 Thessalonians , that the devil is an evil king who will be released from the invisible realm at the appointed time.
We have learned from Revelation that Lucifer will be the power within Babylon. Revelation , Several specifications are presented in Revelation on the lamb-like beast. Please consider these seven:. The only being who can rise from out of the Abyss that is, having no political or military support and meet all these conditions during the last days of the Great Tribulation is Lucifer. He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.
To further gain their confidence, the devil will demand that everyone obey the laws of Babylon. Religious leaders will be very pleased. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. Comment: Jesus will release Lucifer and his angels from the Abyss at the fifth trumpet and He will permit Lucifer to use miracle working powers so that people will believe his lies.
Jesus will send this powerful delusion because the world will have rejected truth. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. The devil will use this tactic for two reasons. First, through flattery and miracles, he will want the leaders of Babylon to believe that he really is Almighty God and in turn, their endorsement will convince their respective followers to believe the same.
He will change course by abolishing the religions of the world. He will appoint ten kings. He will do this for several nasty reasons, but this is the argument he will use: There is one God, one faith, and one baptism. Here is a scenario to consider: Lucifer will announce to the world that Babylon needs improvement because there is no place for religious diversity when God lives among men. Lucifer will demand the formation of a theocracy — a government where he rules over church and state.
Remember, the leopard-like beast is a composite beast that represents an amalgamation of seven opposing religions the seven heads under the leadership of the pope. Internal opposition and diverse views will not be tolerated because there will be one lord of lords and one king of kings. Do not forget, the devil will have miracle working powers to back up his blasphemous claims. This will be a very impressive delusion! Millions of people, including people who claim to be Christians, will join a demonic organization to avoid obeying Jesus Christ.
How ironic! Moreover, Lucifer will dissolve the imaginary boundaries that currently separate nations and cultures. He will divide Earth into ten geographical sectors and his ten kings will see that no rebellion exists throughout his great empire of Babylon. Revelation Indeed, the Bible reveals that a third of mankind will die.
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It means an etching or an engraving, a tattoo] on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom. His number is Comment: The Bible says the mark of the beast will consist of two different etchings or tattoos. One etching is the name of the lamb-like beast and the other, the number of his name.
This etching will be a show of rank. This tattoo will be the name that Lucifer uses after he is released from the Abyss. Incidentally, Jesus will assume a new name at the Second Coming which is also unknown at this time. For 2, years, Bible students have tried to determine the identity of the Antichrist by mathematically translating various names into the number For example, early Christians translated the names of different Caesars using Roman numerals.
Each letter in a name is translated into a Roman numeral. The numerals are added together, and any name whose sum is could be the dreaded Antichrist! The problem with this process is that there are several specifications in Revelation that must be fulfilled before the identity of the Antichrist can be accurately determined. During the Dark Ages, Protestants used the Roman numeral technique on various names and titles of popes.
After the fatal wound was inflicted in , Protestants began looking at other names, but I believe these endeavors were totally misguided. Before the number can be calculated, the identity of the beast has to be determined. At this point in our study, we know that the beast who rises out of the bottomless pit in Revelation is Lucifer in human form! The devil himself is the Antichrist. He was the first angel to take a position against Jesus before the world was created and he will be the last angel to die when the world is cleansed by fire.
When Lucifer appears at the fifth trumpet, he will have power and miracle working abilities that dwarfs human beings. He will descend from the sky with million angels, and as needed, he will call down fire from Heaven to prove his assumed divinity. The Bible says he will deceive the inhabitants of Earth. A proper understanding of the mark of the beast requires four prerequisites.
First, to understand that at the sixth trumpet, three groups of people will live on Earth. Second, to understand the meaning of the fifth and sixth trumpets. With these four elements in mind, let us briefly consider these four prerequisites. The first prerequisite is understanding that three groups of people will live on Earth when the mark of the beast is implemented.
The second prerequisite for understanding the mark of the beast is an understanding of the fifth and sixth trumpets. Since we have examined the seven trumpets in an earlier chapter, two short summary statements about them should suffice:. This is a critical matter. In ancient times, when total destruction was justified, a generous king might spare a third of his enemies if he thought there was redemptive value. Please consider the following examples:. God is deliberate and purposeful in everything He does. The number is not a random number. In fact, is precisely two-thirds of Consider this: When the sixth trumpet occurs, I believe Lucifer will divide the people of Earth into groups of 1, for purposes of logistics, rations, and administrative control.
This is a common technique used for crowd control in a crisis. Moreover, there is a biblical precedent for dividing people into groups of 1, He chose capable men from all Israel and made them leaders of the people, officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. They served as judges for the people at all times.
The difficult cases they brought to Moses, but the simple ones they decided themselves. There are several references in the Bible showing that people were commonly grouped into units of 1, See Numbers , Deuteronomy , 1 Samuel , and 1 Chronicles If this arrangement worked well in ancient times, it will work very well during the primitive circumstances of the Great Tribulation. There will be no computers, telephones, or electronic devices with which to manage the needs of people because electricity will not exist. Dividing people into small groups of 1, has proven to be a simple and effective way to manage people throughout history and it will prove to be an effective tool when Lucifer establishes his theocracy.
We know at this point in our study that the lamb-like beast is Lucifer in human form. This fact is crucial because the beast who owns the mark is Lucifer. This etching will be non-removable, non-transferrable, and non-losable. It will be a tattoo on the right hand. Note: A tattoo is a charagma.
A story that runs parallel to the mark of the beast is told in Ezekiel 9. Although this story did not actually take place, the concept of separating people according to a mark etching was presented to Ezekiel in a vision. Consider this possible scenario: When Lucifer abolishes the religious systems of the world, he will set up ten kings. These kings will do whatever the devil wants. Revelation The devil will divide the people of Earth into groups of 1, and one person from each group of 1, will be chosen as the leader. He will report to his respective king.
This will leave people in each group. The devil will tell the world that people in each group will be permitted to live and participate in his theocracy. Therefore, if a person wishes to avoid death, he must come forward by a predetermined date, swear allegiance and loyalty to the devil and his government, and receive a tattoo on his right hand showing the number Only the first people of each group of 1, who come forward and voluntarily receive the mark will be spared. Most people will consider this the good news if there is any in this , because it means that two-thirds of each group will be spared!
This decree will force the wicked to make their final decision. Many will rush to receive the tattoo because they know that each group will be limited to survivors. People will knowingly and willfully worship the devil to survive, and in doing so, will sell their soul to the devil. People who refuse the mark of the beast will become targets for murder. Millions of saints will be slaughtered. Revelation ; ; Most, if not all, of the , will perish. Millions in the non-religious group will also be killed, and if necessary, even those who would worship the devil will be killed.
The devil is a sociopath. He loves no one. Only people will be allowed to live, the rest will be killed as quickly as they can be found. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? The tattoo on the forehead is easy to understand. It is a simple counterfeit. The Bible says the names of Jesus and the Father will be engraved on the foreheads of the ,!
See Revelation , This glorious insignia on their foreheads will indicate their high rank wherever they travel throughout eternity. Lucifer will counterfeit this insignia by putting his name, in the form of an engraving a tattoo , on the forehead of his lieutenant in each group.
The Bible does not indicate or require a Roman numeral translation. His number [of remaining people] is It is interesting to notice that Jesus and Lucifer kill the same number of people and together, they reduce the population of Earth by fifty percent during the Great Tribulation. Indentured slavery will be practiced during the Great Tribulation. People will either a fall into slavery because they cannot pay their bills, or b sell themselves into slavery in order to survive. This practice is as old as mankind. In fact, this is how the children of Israel became enslaved to Pharaoh.
See Genesis 41 and The devil will convince the world that he has come to establish 1, years of peace on Earth, and Earth must be rebuilt and repaired. People will have to work for food. Of course, the devil knows there will be no recovery from the destruction of the first four trumpets and he also knows there will not be 1, years of peace. The 1, years mentioned in Revelation 20 occur in Heaven after the Second Coming.
Before ancient Israel could leave Egypt, God commanded that they rest on His holy day. You have made us a stench to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us. This scenario will be repeated. Those who worship God will obey His laws. Those who worship Lucifer will obey his laws. When the laws of two kingdoms are in direct conflict, the allegiance of every citizen will be revealed. Those serving the devil will submit to his authority and receive his tattoo.
Those serving Jesus will not be able to buy or sell.
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