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The Earth Was Lighted with His Glory!

Lighted with his glory

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It seems to me that many Christians today look for Christ’s return in the near future like most Jews looked for the coming of the Messiah in the first century AD. That is, just as the Jews of the first century AD looked for the Scriptures to be fulfilled literally, so, too, do many Christians want to interpret the Apocalypse literally, as much as they think possible. This is a problem, because literalists need such interpretations in order to assure themselves that what they preach about the Apocalypse and future return of Christ is correct. Nevertheless, literalism is not a good tool of interpretation for this book or the return of Christ! The Apocalypse is about Jesus, not about a number of awesome, unprecedented events. It is about Jesus’ Gospel, with which he entrusted his disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). It is about the judgment of the enemy who sought to destroy the Gospel, before it had an opportunity to take hold. In other words, the Apocalypse is all about Jesus, the spread of his word and the victory he had over his enemies in the first century AD. Any attempt to make Jesus’ Coming into a future event is to mock the Gospel and to make light of Jesus’ victory. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Ten Horns Have No Kingdom as Yet!

Delegated Authority

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The ten horns mentioned in the seventeenth chapter of the Apocalypse are described as ten kings (Revelation 17:12). Yet, these ten kings have no kingdom of their own. One could say that a king without a kingdom is no king at all, at least no king of any consequence. This understanding is true, but not entirely so, that is to say: it may be a rule, but there are exceptions to the rule. Notice that these kings “have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast” (Revelation 17:12). Moreover, the text concludes that they give their power or authority as kings over to the beast (Revelation 17:13). In other words, they are the beast’s source of power. Without these ten kings, the beast, upon whom the great harlot sits (Revelation 17:3) would have no power at all to carry out its will! Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Over Whom Did the Beast Reign?

Beast of Revelation 13b

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The beast had power or authority over Jews, and only Jews who were the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He, indeed, had authority over all tribes, no matter which language was spoken, and no matter where they resided in the Roman Empire (Revelation 13:7). However, that authority was limited to the Jewish race. It did not include gentiles. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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What John Prophesied

Taste the Word of God

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The voice that John heard in Revelation 10:8 was the same voice he heard from heaven, telling him to seal up what the seven thunders said in reply to the mighty Angel, who swore there would be no delay (Revelation 10:4). It was probably the same voice that he heard in Revelation 4:1, when he was invited into the Throne Room of the Lamb, which, as we have seen, was the Most Holy Place of the Temple. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Murders, Sorcery, Fornication and Theft

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The text in the ninth chapter of the Apocalypse continues on to say that the rest, who weren’t slain by the judgment of the Sixth Trumpet, refused to repent of their murders, sorceries, fornications and thefts (Revelation 9:21). I don’t believe the sense has to be immediately following the deaths of one-third of the Jewish population. Rather, I think the sense pertains to during the judgment itself, while the deaths were occurring all around them, still the Jews didn’t consider their deeds and repent. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Fourth Seal – The Pale Horse

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With the opening of the fourth seal, the fourth living being commanded the fourth rider: “Go!” (Revelation 6:7; cf. 4:7). What John saw was a pale or greenish horse, whose rider was called Death. It is the only rider that is named among the four, and Hades followed him. Obviously, both Death and Hades are personified in the vision. In chapter one we are told that Jesus had the keys to Death and Hades (Revelation 1:18), so did Jesus actually send out Death and Hades upon the land, or does the opening of the fourth seal point to something else? Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Victory Over the Nations!

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Jesus told the messenger[1] of the church at Philadelphia that the church had kept the word of Jesus (the Gospel) and have not denied his name (Revelation 3:8). That is, the church at Philadelphia had not compromised the word of God, but guarded its purity, preaching it and enduring the consequences for the sake of Jesus’ name. Therefore, Jesus said he had set before them an open door, and I believe he meant he had opened a door of understanding of the Gospel among the people in that city and perhaps the surrounding area. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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