With the Apocalypse finished, and John having seen and heard all of what the Lord wanted to convey to the churches, he immediately fell down before the angel’s feet whom the Lord had sent to bring the message of the Apocalypse to him (Revelation 22:8; cp. 1:1-4, 11). The sense seems to be, at least according to most Biblical scholars, that after seeing all the visions recorded in this prophecy, and hearing all of what the Lord wanted John and the elect to know, John placed himself in position to ‘worship’ the angel who had delivered the Lord’s message to him? And, this wasn’t even the first time John tried to do such a thing (Revelation 19:10)! Is this an accurate understanding of what John had tried to do? Read the rest of this entry »
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Presently I am involved in a study of the Apocalypse, chapter 19. The faithful in Christ had been called to echo the praises for the Lord, which they heard from heaven. Immediately after it was announced that the Lord God, omnipotent, reigns (Revelation 19:6), John was told: “Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And the angel told John, “These are the true sayings of God” (Revelation 19:9). Read the rest of this entry »
In the fourteenth chapter of the Apocalypse, John saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven (Revelation 14:6), and this angel had “the everlasting Gospel to preach to them upon the earth…” Thus, the text seems to reveal that this angel had the responsibility of preaching the Gospel to mankind. But, is this really so? Do angels preach the Gospel? Read the rest of this entry »
How would you measure the Temple of God, especially if the Temple is a spiritual Temple, whereby the Apostles and Christ are its foundation, Jesus, himself, being its chief cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20-21)? If the disciples of Jesus are living stones, built up into a spiritual House or Temple (1Peter 2:4-5), with what tool would any of us be able to measure such a Temple. Yet, this is John’s task, and John does what he is commanded to do with the tool that he is given, and he describes it all in apocalyptic language in order to convey to us what human words are unable to describe (2Corinthians 12:4). Read the rest of this entry »
In Revelation 10:4 John tells us: “When the Seven Thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write.” The fact that he was ready to write down what he had heard indicates the “thunder” must have been intelligible. John seems to have understood what was said, so what was heard must have been in the sense of John 12:28-29. In other words, those who have ears to hear would be able to understand (Matthew 13:9). However, we are then told that John heard a voice from heaven (cf. Revelation 1:10-13; 4:1; 18:4; 21:5, 15), commanding him not to write what he heard. This seems to contradict what John was told earlier (Revelation 1:11, 19). Therefore, we need to consider closely what John was told to do in place of writing what he heard said. Read the rest of this entry »
The Angel who stood on the sea and on the land had a little book in his left hand (Revelation 10:2, cf. verse-5; Ezekiel 2:9). Although many scholars don’t believe the book in the Angel’s hand is the same book that was sealed in Revelation 5, it seems to me that they are the same. I think this is why John specifically pointed out that this little book was opened (Revelation 10:2). At this point in the Apocalypse the sealed book of chapter five would have been open with all of its seals broken. Read the rest of this entry »
A rhetorical question is one that a person asks when he is more interested in developing his own thought about a matter than he is in seeking information. Rhetorical questions are used to express deep emotion (Job 3:11), surprise and/or joy (Luke 1:43), when one wishes to have his hearer to think more deeply about a subject (cf. Luke 11:11-13) and for many other reasons. Rhetorical questions are used quite often in the Bible, actually, and behooves the reader of the text to consider them when he comes to them, and discover why they are used in God’s word. Read the rest of this entry »
Luke’s account of Jesus’ prayers in Gethsemane is the shortest of the three Synoptics. According to the other two, Jesus prayed three times (Matthew 26:39-44; Mark 14:35-41). He prayed, because he was overwhelmed with sorrow and felt he was at the point of death (Matthew 26:38). Nevertheless, he interrupted that prayer for short discussions with Peter, James and John asking them to keep awake and pray with him. Why was it so important that these three stay awake? Read the rest of this entry »
After Jesus’ resurrection he was with his disciples for 40 days (Acts 1:3), and on the day of his departure he took them to the Mount of Olives. There he was asked, if he would at that time restore the kingdom to Israel (Acts 1:6). That is, his disciples wanted to know if, now that he had been resurrected, would he restore the Kingdom of God to Israel, namely make it once again a Theocracy, as it had been before the reign of Saul. Jesus replied that it was not for them to know the times (G5550 – meaning the greater period of time) nor the seasons (G2540 – meaning the lesser period of time). In other words, Jesus was saying it was not for them to know the day or the hour, which God had placed under his authority alone (Acts 1:7; cf. Matthew 24:36). Read the rest of this entry »
The first persecution of the Church that ended in death concerned how we understand God’s Presence in the world. In Acts 7 Stephen was killed by overly zealous Jews who could not tolerate the idea that God never intended us to understand his Presence locked into a fixed location – i.e. the Temple at Jerusalem. Rather he revealed himself to us as a mobile God who could be in Mesopotamia to call Abraham, in Egypt to call Moses or anywhere else in the world. Such an idea was completely foreign to rabbinical thought, but, once revealed, it couldn’t be expunged from a valid understanding. The New Testament theology of God’s Presence within man and traveling with him, wherever he goes, has its context in the Wilderness years of Israel’s history. Read the rest of this entry »
In the first chapter of Luke and angel visits the priest Zechariah while he was praying at the altar of incense in the Holy Place of the Temple. In yesterday’s offering, I submitted that Zechariah was praying for the Messiah. The angel told Zechariah that his prayer is answered—the Messiah was coming. To prove to Zechariah that the Messiah was indeed coming in that very generation, the angel promised Zechariah that he and Elizabeth would have a son!
The angel said Zechariah was to name him John, and that the babe would grow to be great and powerful in the Spirit. He would turn many in Israel to God and would prepare the way for the Lord (the Messiah) in the spirit and power of Elijah! Read the rest of this entry »
The other Gospel accounts go right into John’s ministry, never mentioning his parents or the circumstances of his birth. What did Luke want to express to Theophilus by speaking of Zechariah’s experience as a righteous priest?
Luke begins and ends his Gospel narrative in the Temple. This would direct Theophilus’ attention to the priesthood, its duties to their brethren and to its service to God in the Temple ceremonies. Zechariah was a priest belonging to the course of Abijah, the 8th division of the 24 division priesthood (Luke 1:5). This means his time of service came close to the time of Pentecost. Each division served for one week and all divisions served during the Holy Days—like Passover and Pentecost (Feast of Weeks). Every 6 months the courses would begin again. Read the rest of this entry »
Jesus is God and is often seen in the Old Testament as the Angel of the LORD. This Angel is a very significant figure, but he is not an angelic being. The word is malak (H4397) in the Hebrew and pronounced mal awk. According to Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon, the word comes from an unused root that means to dispatch as a deputy. It is a messenger specifically of God, that is, an angel, but also a prophet, priest or teacher. This word is used to describe the office of the prophet, Haggai (Haggai 1:13), of the priest, Malachi (Malachi 2:1), or the office of John the Baptist (Malachi 3:1; cp. Matthew 11:10; Mark 1:2; Luke 7:27). It can also mean a messenger from one man to another as in Genesis 32:3, 6 (cp. Numbers 20:14; Joshua 7:22; Judges 6:35 etc.). It can also mean an ambassador or a prince as in Isaiah 30:4 which may also be implied in Isaiah 33:7. Therefore, since this word describes a number of offices, it does not necessarily mean an angelic being. The Angel of the LORD may just as well have been translated as the Messenger or Ambassador of the LORD, and may imply being the LORD’s Prophet, Priest or Prince—all titles of Jesus in the New Testament! Read the rest of this entry »