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The Book with Seven Seals

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John saw the One who sat upon the throne, and “in his right hand” was a scroll, and it was sealed with seven seals (Revelation 5:1). If we are to understand that the scroll was actually in the hand of the One sitting on the throne, the Greek word should have been en (G1722). However, instead the word is epi (G1909) and should be translated upon or at the right hand of the One sitting on the throne.[1] So, John doesn’t see a scroll in the right hand of the Father but, rather, sees a scroll, lying at the right side of the One sitting on the throne. This is significant, which we shall discover in later studies. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 18, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Four Beasts

Four Beasts

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We are considering the things that John saw in his vision known as the Apocalypse or the book of Revelation. I’m presently finishing up on chapter four, and I believe this will be the final study of this series. Looking back, I must confess that I’ve been presented with several surprises that I hadn’t considered before embarking on this study, but I could probably say that about each of the four chapters we’ve studied thus far. For example, although I had thought that the one seated on the throne was Jesus our High Priest, I didn’t realize he was set for judgment of his people. Moreover I never considered the similarity between the scene here with that of the Lord coming down to Mount Sinai to establish the Old Covenant with Israel, which also indicates that that was what he was about to do very shortly with the New Covenant. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Glassy Sea

Sea of Glass

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I am, presently, involved in a study of the Apocalypse, and at this point I’m considering what John saw in chapter four. In previous studies in this chapter, we’ve looked at John’s call to come up and enter the open door. John was taken in vision to behold the Lord sitting on his throne, and he witnessed sights that were difficult to describe, such as a rainbow that resembled an emerald in its brilliance. Around the throne were twenty-four other thrones upon which elders sat, whom I’ve concluded were the captains of the twenty-four courses of priests inaugurated by David, when he brought the Ark of the Testimony to Jerusalem for a permanent residence. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Twenty-Four Elders

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I am nearing the end of this study series as it pertains to the fourth chapter of the Apocalypse. In Revelation 4:4 we are told that around the throne, John saw twenty-four seats or thrones (G2362). These are provincial seats of authority, and upon them sat twenty-four elders. Who these elders might be has troubled Biblical scholars throughout the centuries, ever since John wrote the Apocalypse. What it comes down to is they are either human believers or angels. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Jesus, Our Judge and High Priest

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For the past few studies I’ve been looking at what John saw in chapter four of the Apocalypse. In Revelation 4:3 John saw someone sitting on the throne, and that One had a likeness of “a jasper and a sardine stone”. These two stones were the first and last stones that were on the Breastplate of Judgment (cf. Exodus 28:15-20), which seems to point to the One on the throne in the context of his being the Judge. It also may be equivalent to the words: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, says the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8). In such a case, the One seated on the throne would be Almighty God, and, as we shall see in the next series of studies in Revelation 5, this is exactly who this is. The phrase alpha and omega represents the first and last letter of the Greek alphabet, so this would be similar to jasper and sardine stones being the first and last stones on the Breastplate of Judgment. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Caught Up to the Third Heaven

Third Heaven

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Presently, I am involved in the study of chapter four of the Apocalypse. Previously I had determined John was called into the presence of God in Revelation 4:1, and specifically that meant to arise and come into the Most Holy Place of the Temple in heaven. Immediately upon hearing the voice say: “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things” (NASB – Revelation 4:1), John was in the Spirit, and he saw One who sat on a throne (Revelation 4:2). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Pre-Trib Rapture—A False Doctrine

Rapture

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The roots of dispensationalism are found in works of the British clergyman, John Nelson Darby (1800-82), whose teaching greatly influenced Cyrus I. Scofield, an American. Scofield was so impressed with Darby’s doctrine that he developed his own reference Bible (The Scofield Reference Bible) in 1909 (revised 1917) using Darby’s notes on the same pages as the Biblical text. The result was the Bible became very popular in the United States, in that it was one of the few Bibles containing chain references and Biblical commentary as footnotes beneath the Biblical text. In so doing, Scofield successfully spread the doctrine of dispensationalism among many unsuspecting Bible students, who, otherwise, may not have ever even thought of the doctrine, let alone embrace it as the truth. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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