Reve;ation Explained

Leslie M John

God named Jacob as “Israel” and loved Israel more than we can imagine. He has called Israel as His first born son.   

It is not a name given by human but it is the name given by God; it is ”Israel”, which in Hebrew means God has striven, or God has saved.

”And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.” Genesis 32:28.  

The descendants of Jacob are Israel.  To be specific, the tribe of Judah, and the tribe of Benjamin, and those, who are from the tribe of Levi, who have joined with Judah are called, ‘Jews’; and the rest of them are called, ”Israel”. God has given great privilege to the ”Israel” as a whole to be called as His first born. ”And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn” Exodus 4:22 

 A Canaanite woman stricken with devil approached Jesus for healing of her daughter, crying ”O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil” but Jesus replied, ” … I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Matthew 15:24. 

However, because of her faith in acknowledging her lowliness, when she said to Jesus, ” yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table”, Jesus had compassion on her.

”Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour”. 

The woman was gentile; her plea was heard by Jesus because He had compassion on her. This is a mystery not seen in the Old Testament.   

God blessed Abraham and said, whoever blesses Abraham will be blessed and whoever curses Abraham will be cursed, and likewise, God gave privilege to only Jacob’s descendants to be called as “Israel”.  Whoever calls himself/herself a ‘Jew’ or ‘Israel’, not being really a Jew or Israel will face the anger of the Lord.

”I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan”. Revelation 2:9.   

It is very serious to identify oneself as ”Jew” when one is not a Jew. Jacob and his descendants had all the priority in the presence of the Lord. ”The portion of Jacob is not like them: for he is the former of all things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: The LORD of hosts is his name”. Jeremiah 10:16   

Yet, when it comes to the Church, the Church is His bride, heavenly possession. The Church stands over the Israel and the Jews.  God fulfilled most of the covenants made to the children of Israel. The restoration of the kingdom unto them is yet to come. Jesus will reign from the throne of David for one thousand years after restoration of the kingdom to them.

Do not believe false prophets, false preachers, who predict the day of coming of Jesus.  The Church will be ‘caught up’ when Jesus comes again.   

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)


When the first seal was opened one of the living creatures announced of the entrance of an imposter, who is Antichrist on his white horse onto the earth to commence his reign of the last week of Daniel’s seventy-week prophecy.

As the second seal on the scroll is opened by Lord Jesus Christ, the second living creature announces of the entrance of one who is empowered to take away peace from the earth.  The second horse that comes onto the earth is bright red in color, which signifies that there will be blood-shed on the earth, and its rider is given a sword as an emblem of authority. It is so easy for the second rider to cause wars because all that he has to do is nothing but take away peace from the earth; and there follows wars and turmoil as a consequence.

Nations rise against nations and there will be heavy blood-shed. The opening of the second seal marks the onset of wars and disasters on the earth. The wrath of the LORD begins at the opening of the first seal itself; however the “great tribulation” begins at the second half of the seventieth week of Daniel’s prophecy.

The first four seals of the seven seals open before the mid-point of the last week of Daniel’s seventy week prophecy (Daniel’s prophecy is 7weeks+62 weeks = 69 weeks [when Messiah was cut off]+ 1week). The church era, which was a mystery in the Old Testament period, has come in between 69th week and 70th week with Lord Jesus showing mercy on Gentiles, who along with Jews have become the “One New Man”. The details are described in my book “Second Coming of Jesus”).

God’s wrath on earth and earth-dwellers is for seven years, of which the “great Tribulation” is for 3 ½ years during the last half of 70th week of Daniel’s 70-week-prophecy.

“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21)