Things are not going to calm down in the Middle East, Israel, or Jerusalem. If anything, they will worsen, until at some point Daniel 9:27 will be fulfilled. Note the first part of that verse tells us that a covenant will be brokered between Israel and surrounding Arab nations and the “he” in that verse (Antichrist). Antichrist will have great interest in gaining peace for that area of the world for one “week” or seven years, so that Israel can undertake the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple. Antichrist needs that temple to be rebuilt so that at the midway point of three and a half years, he can defile it. Once he declares himself God, it is then that persecution breaks out onto the world such as has never been seen before nor will again (cf. Matthew 24).
This is massive. The contents of the second bowl of God’s wrath is poured out into the sea and the sea became blood. Because of that, everything in the sea that was alive died. There are no living creatures left because of this bowl of God’s wrath! Imagine the stench. Imagine that any desalinization systems that turned sea water into potable water would no longer work! Imagine what that would do to the world and its population.
This beast of course, is the Antichrist, who is completely indwelt by Satan himself. Not only does the Antichrist kill these Two Witnesses, but prohibits anyone from burying them. He wants their dead bodies to remain in the streets for three and a half days. I find verse 10 very interesting. The people are so happy about the deaths of these Two Witnesses that they have a worldwide celebration even sending gifts to one another. Obviously, most people did not heed the message at all in spite of the terrible things that the Two Witnesses brought upon the earth. The people were simply very glad they were finally gone.
We are living in a world in which the end is coming. Every day brings us one day closer. There are so many things happening in the world that are the result of corrupt governments, treasonous laws and dealings with society. We have a government in the USA that seems not to care whether society is overwhelmed by Ebola. President Obama made the decision to keep our borders open and to even purposefully bring those infected with Ebola into America. We are now seeing how it is spreading from Dallas to Atlanta. Even though 30 countries have travel bans in place, President Obama does not believe that is the way to go. Because of this, Ebola is literally being carried and spread into the US. This is actually treasonous and it is only one example of how things are going.
After reading this section of Scripture, it is fairly easy to understand these 200 million as being of supernatural origin. John is not describing human beings here, is he? He is describing creatures that carry riders. These creatures have heads like lions instead of heads like horses. These lions are able to shoot fire, smoke, and brimstone. They almost sound like dragons. The “horses” not only have power in their mouths, but in their tails as well. Their tails are like snakes including heads. These creatures have the ability to kill what is in front of them as well as what is behind them.
With respect to assurance of salvation, there are essentially two main groups. First, there is the group (of which I am part) that says salvation is eternal. Once God grants it, He will never take it back. Second, there is the group that does not believe the Bible teaches eternal salvation as such. They believe that salvation can be lost if the Christian does not stay on the proper path.