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The Throne Room!

Temple Veil

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I believe one of the things that is missed by many Bible students who study the Apocalypse is that John is given a vision of the Temple of God and what occurs therein. For example, the first chapter revealed Jesus standing among seven golden lampstands (Revelation 1:12-13). The single lampstand with seven branches, upon each of which were seven lamps, stood in the Holy Place, or the first room of Solomon’s Temple, and later Herod’s Temple. Before the building, itself, was a brazen sea, which answers to the sea of glass, which stood before the throne of God in heaven (cf. Revelation 4:6). Therefore, the throne room, into which John was permitted to enter at least in the Spirit (Revelation 4:1-2), would have to be the Most Holy Place. It is in this place that the Mercy Seat was placed in the ancient Jewish Temple. Without this understanding, it may be difficult to interpret what follows. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 30, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Jesus Knocking at the Door

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In this, my final study of the church of Laodicea, Jesus told the church that he was standing at the door and knocking (Revelation 3:20). In Revelation 3:8 Jesus mentioned a door was open for the church at Philadelphia, and no man was able to shut that door. The door was authority to preach the Gospel (Acts 14:27; 1Corinthians 16:9; 2Corinthians 2:12; Colossians 4:3). Jesus is that Door (John 10:7). By knocking (Mark 7:7; Luke 11:9) and walking through the Door (John 10:9), we have authority over the world, i.e. to preach the Gospel, and through it to mold the world’s conscience after Kingdom principles. By Jesus walking through our door (our hearts), he has authority over our lives to mold us into the image of himself (the image of God (Hebrews 1:3; Genesis 1:27). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Zealously Affected by Jesus

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Recently, I have been involved in the study of the seventh of the seven churches of the Apocalypse, namely the church of Laodicea. In Revelation 3:19 Jesus told the Laodicean church to be zealous (G2206) and repent (G3340), because, as many as Jesus loves, he rebukes (G1651) and chastens (G3811). Therefore, the church could expect rebuke  and chastisement from him. The word rebuke (G1651) is translated into several English words in the New Testament. For example the same Greek word in Matthew 18:15 is translated into “tell him (his) fault (G1651).” In John 8:9 the woman’s accusers were convicted (G1651) by their own consciences, which were stirred up by Jesus’ words. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Faith, the Currency of Heaven

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In the past few studies, I have been demonstrating that the church of Laodicea is not at all as we have been taught. Rather, it sought to preach Jesus through its own resources. Jesus counseled the church at Laodicea to buy from him “gold tried in the fire” and “white raiment” and eyesalve to “anoint (their) eyes” (Revelation 3:18) He counseled the church to buy from him, but how would that be done? What do we have that could be used for currency in heaven? After all, Jesus hasn’t set up a marketplace or a business just down the street in our neighborhood. Therefore, these things point to something spiritual, so what does he mean? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Being Rich and Increased with Goods

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Presently, I am wrapping up my study of the seven churches of Revelation 2 & 3, as I consider the seventh of those churches. The city of Laodicea was situated along two major trade routes that connected Rome and Europe to Mesopotamia and to Egypt. Laodicea had three major industries. The first was producing a kind of black wool that was world renowned for its exquisite value. Its second industry was medicine, which produced a medicinal salve that boasted of cures for eye disease and other problems. People came to Laodicea from all over the world, seeking cures for their ailments. The third industry was banking, which was made possible by the huge successes of its first two industries. Laodicea became so rich that when its city was destroyed by an earthquake, cir. 60-62 AD, its inhabitants rejected Rome’s offer to help rebuild, saying they didn’t need anyone’s help and decided to rebuild on their own.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Amen, the Faithful & True Witness

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I am currently involved in the study of the Laodicean church in Revelation 3:14-22. There, Jesus describes himself to the church as the Amen, the faithful and true witness and the beginning of the creation of God (Revelation 3:14). The Greek word amen (G281) is used 152 times in the New Covenant text, and it is translated either into verily (101 times) or transliterated as amen (51 times). Only here in verse-14 is it used as a name for anyone. It is always used elsewhere as an introduction to a statement that is true or as a conclusion to a prayer or a statement that is true. But, here Jesus claims it as a title for himself. It is interesting that Isaiah uses the Hebrew word otherwise translated into amen (H543), 28 out of 30 times, to describe God as the true God or the God of truth: “that he who blesses himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that swears in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes” (Isaiah 65:16). Therefore, by Jesus saying he is the “Amen” in Revelation 3:14, it would seem that he claims to be the Truth (John 14:6) or the God of truth (Isaiah 65:16) or both. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Church of Laodicea

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Photo: © Mark R. Fairchild, Huntington University

Laodicea was built by Antiochus II, King of Syria, in honor of his wife, Laodice. The city is approximately 11 miles west of Colossae and 99 miles east of Ephesus. According to Strabo, it was situated on a main trade route, from which it drew its great wealth and commercial importance in Asia Minor. Late in the third century BC or early in the second, Antiochus the Great transported 2000 Jewish families into Asia Minor from Babylonia,[1] thus testifying of a large Jewish population there in the first century AD. No doubt the displacement of the Jews included Laodicea. The city suffered from earthquakes, and a major quake destroyed much of it cir. 60 AD. However, when Nero offered to rebuild Laodicea, its rich inhabitants declined, intending to rebuild on its own. Paul mentions the church of Laodicea in his letter to Colossae, saying he had not visited them in person (Colossians 2:1), but Epaphras, a teacher and friend of Paul, labored in the Gospel among both Colossians and the Laodiceans (Colossians 1:7; 4:12-13). Evidently, Paul wrote to the church of Laodicea, and his concern for them in particular may indicate his epistle was written at the time of the earthquake mentioned above (Colossians 2:1; 4:15-16). Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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