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Come, Lord Jesus!

Come Lord Jesus

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Presumably, the angel, whom the Lord had sent, is the speaker in Revelation 22:17, and he quotes the Spirit and the Bride saying to the Lord, “Come!” That is, they bid the Lord Jesus to come quickly, as he promises to do in the Apocalypse. Then the angel, probably speaking to the churches (Revelation 22:16) and by implication to all who hear the Gospel through their preaching, invites them to also bid the Lord to “Come!” Finally, he tells all who are thirsty to “come” and drink freely of the water of life (viz. the River of Life that flows out of the throne of God – Revelation 22:1).[1] Just after the imprisonment of John the Baptist, Jesus told the woman of Samaria that the water he offered her was like “a well of water springing up to eternal life” (John 4:14). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Coming Messiah, the Morning Star

Bright Morning star

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The speaker in Revelation 22:16 is Jesus. The text says so, but the angel, whom Jesus sent to John, may be quoting Jesus as opposed to John actually hearing Jesus speak these words. However, no matter how one sees this, Jesus says he is the root and the offspring of David and the bright morning star. But, what does Jesus mean? First of all, Jesus claimed to be the offspring of David, which, taken at face value, means he is **the** descendant of David, or the one the nation had been seeking, since the time when David was the king. Jesus is claiming to be the Messiah (cp. Luke 2:25, 38; 23:51; Mark 15:43). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The New Creation In Christ

New Creation

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The angel told John: if a man was unjust, let him, henceforth do wickedly, and, if he was filthy, let him become so. On the other hand, if a man was righteous, let him do righteousness, and he that is holy, let him become so (Revelation 22:11). What did the angel mean? Did the angel actually forbid repentance in this text? I don’t believe we should understand this verse to mean one has no choice, and his fate is sealed. Rather, I believe the angel declared that a tree would be known by its fruits. If a man is unrighteous, let him bear that fruit and be known as a tree of unrighteousness. If he has defiled himself, let him bear the mark of defilement. So, too, the righteous, if a man is righteous, let him do the works of righteousness, and if he hasn’t defiled himself by embracing worldliness, let that also be known. So, rather than preaching fatalism, the angel was simply identifying the trees and telling us what sort of fruit to expect. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Behold, I Come Quickly!

I Come Quickly

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The angel who spoke with John told him that everything he saw and heard was faithful and true (Revelation 22:6), and the summation of it all was that the Lord was making all things new (Revelation 21:5), which he who sat upon the throne declared was true and faithful.[1] This angel who spoke with John was the very angel whom the Lord had sent to bring John the message of the Apocalypse at the beginning of the book (Revelation 1:1), the whole of which John had now both seen and heard. He may have had a difficult time putting it all into words that men could understand (2Corinthians 12:2-4), but the Apocalypse was now finished and the angel told John all these things would shortly come to pass (Revelation 22:6). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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New Jerusalem and Heavenly Jerusalem

Heavenly Jerusalem

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New Jerusalem is the Bride, who has been prepared and adorned for her Husband, Christ (Revelation 21:2). John’s vision in Revelation 21 is in contrast with his vision of the Great Whore, who “was arrayed in purple and scarlet-color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls” (Revelation 17:4). The Great Whore, of course, is the former Jerusalem, which represents the Lord’s former, unfaithful wife (cp. Jeremiah 3:8, 20). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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New Jerusalem & Jerusalem that Is Above

Jerusalem above

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In a previous study I contrasted the New Jerusalem of Revelation 21 with the Great Whore of Revelation 17. In my studies of Revelation 17 I showed that the Great Whore was actually Jerusalem, which was destroyed by the Roman armies in 70 AD. If one speaks of the New Jerusalem it is hardly possible not to remember that there was, in fact, an old Jerusalem, hence my pointing to Revelation 17. With this in mind, Paul does the very same thing in his epistle to the Galatians! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Alpha and the Omega

Alpha and Omega - 1

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It has been said by some that the words: “Write, for these things are true and faithful” (Revelation 21:5), were spoken, not by Christ, but by an angel. This might be true, but it seems awfully clumsy to have Christ speaking at the beginning of Revelation 21:5, but then an angel concludes the verse, but then Christ speaks again in the next verse. All this occurs without John ever mentioning an angel had spoken between Christ’s two declarations. It is easier to believe that Christ is speaking to John throughout the discourse, until John begins to describe his surroundings in Revelation 21:8. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Bride Adorned for Her Husband

Bride of Christ

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John tells us that he saw the new heaven and the new earth, because the first heaven and the first earth had passed away (Revelation 21:1). This is covenantal language, which implies, first of all, that all things were fulfilled under the Old Covenant (Matthew 5:18), so it passed away to give place for the New Covenant. Secondly, the Old Covenant was represented in the embroidery on the veil of the Temple, symbolically picturing the heavens and the earth.[1] Therefore, when Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed in 70 AD, “the first heavens and the first earth” were set on fire and destroyed, thus bringing the Old Covenant to an abrupt end, ushering in the new heavens and the new earth. In other words, the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple established the New Covenant. This is what John said he foresaw take place. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Wedding Feast!

Wedding Feast

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One of the great themes of the Bible is the wedding feast, which John begins to describe in the nineteenth chapter of the Apocalypse. Jesus, himself, uses the theme of a wedding in several of his parables. According to the perspective of the New Covenant (Matthew 25:1-13) the women await the coming of the Bridegroom (verse-10), which, of course, pointed to Jesus’ coming at the end of the age (Matthew 25:13; cp. 24:3). Here in Revelation 19:7 the great multitude who had been praising God, declared that the time of the wedding had come. That is, Jesus was at that time returning to take his Bride to himself. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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More About the Great Harlot

Marriage Covenant

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In a previous study I identified the great harlot, Mystery Babylon the Great, of Revelation 17 as the ancient city of Jerusalem, which contradicts just about all of present day eschatology. Some want to make the great harlot Rome, the Vatican, literal Babylon in modern Iraq or some such city that fits their idea of what the “end times” should look like. Nevertheless, the Bible never speaks about the end of time. Imagine that! The **Bible** never once mentions the end of time. In fact, the Scriptures claim the Kingdom of God, which was set up by Jesus during the days of the Roman Empire, would continue forever (Daniel 2:44). How can this be, if one’s eschatology demands the destruction of the universe? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Seventh Bowl & Cities of the Nations

seven vials - 7

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This will be the final study of the seven bowls or wrath mentioned in Revelation 16. After John heard a voice, out of the Temple, saying: “It is Done” (Revelation 18:17; cp. Matthew 13:30, 41-43; 24:31), there were voices, thunders, lightening and a great earthquake (Revelation 16:18). This imagery is used several times in the Apocalypse (Revelation 4:5; 8:5; 11:19; 16:18), and is connected with the coming or return of Christ (Revelation 11:15-18). It is the day of his wrath, or the day of his judgment, when he would return and reward his servants and vindicate them before their enemies (Matthew 16:27-28; cp. Matthew 13:30, 41-43; 24:31). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Son of Man and a Sharp Sickle

Woman reaps wheat with a sickle. Close-up

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Salvation is often pictured in Scripture as the harvest season. While the fruit is still growing, much labor is spent to cause the grain in the field and the fruit on the vine to grow, and thus become a bountiful harvest. In the context of the Scriptures, this points to the Gospel being preached to plant the seed of the word of God in the hearts of men, and thereby cause their lives to glorify God, as that word matures in their hearts. In the Parable of the Sower Jesus spoke of how this occurs, and the trouble that comes upon some of the seed (Matthew 13:1-23). In the context of the Apocalypse in chapter 14:14-20, the harvest represents the end of the age, or when Jesus returns. The earth is reaped and the Judgment is set. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The War Waged Against the Saints

War on the Saints

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Those who “worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name” must “drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb; and the smoke of their torment ascends up forever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:10-11). Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Judgment!

Judgment

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Yet, a third angel in the fourteenth chapter of the Apocalypse arose and said: “…If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb” (Revelation 14:9-10). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Lamb and the 144,000

144000 - 1

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The fourteenth chapter of the Apocalypse opens with the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him are the 144,000. The scene almost immediately goes on to include the fall of Babylon, which we have discovered in earlier studies means the fall of Jerusalem. The chapter then concludes with the harvest of the world. So, this part of the Apocalypse has all the marks of the Second Coming of Jesus, the resurrection, the judgment and all that pertains to those events. Moreover, the Apocalypse seems to say that these events transpire at the fall of Jerusalem, which fell in 70 AD! Is this really true? How should we understand these things? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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