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No Night and Beholding the Face of God

No Night

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In New Jerusalem believers will see the face of God, Jesus, who is seated upon the throne (Revelation 22:3-4), but not so the wicked. Those who were judged to be criminals were not permitted to look at the face of the king (Esther 7:8), and such a custom permeated the worldview of the ancients (cp. Exodus 33:20; Judges 6:22-23; 13:22; Isaiah 6:5) Therefore, the wicked are afraid and want to hide from the Lord, who sits upon the throne (Revelation 6:16; cp Genesis 3:8). As was done at the inauguration of the Old Covenant (Exodus 20:18-19), so it was done at the inauguration of the New Covenant (Revelation 20:11). Nevertheless, the elect do see the Lord (Matthew 5:8). We behold him with our unveiled faces and are changed into his image (2Corinthians 3:18; cp. 1John 3:1-2), which, after all, has been the purpose of the Lord from the very beginning (Genesis 1:26-27). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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No More Curse!

No More Curse

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The angel told John that there would be no accursed thing (G2652) in the New Jerusalem (Revelation 22:3), because the Throne of God and the Lamb will be in the city. How should we understand this? First of all, the Greek word is found only here in the Bible. It doesn’t even appear in the Septuagint. It is a noun; its verb form (G2653) appears in Matthew 26:27 where Peter swears he doesn’t know Jesus and calls down a curse upon himself (i.e. destruction), if he wasn’t telling the truth. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The River of Life

River of Life

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Many Christians think the River of Life that flows from the Throne of God in New Jerusalem is a literal river. Yet, how could this be, if there were no literal sea into which all rivers flow (cp. Revelation 21:1)[1]. Moreover, if there were also no literal sun and moon (Revelation 21:23; 22:5) to cause the hydraulic cycle that produces springs, which in turn become streams, which come together to produce rivers, how could a literal, physical River of Life even exist in that context. Oh, but God is able to do anything! Well, yes and no. God cannot contradict terms. He cannot make a lie the truth or the truth a lie; neither could he make a square circle etc. That would be chaos! God created order in the universe, not chaos. In other words, God can do all things that are possible to be done by a Being of his Almighty power. Therefore, if there is no literal sea in the new heaven and the new earth, there can be no literal River of Life. Yet, even if there are oceans in the new heaven and the new earth, this still doesn’t mean the River of Life is physical. There is more evidence that the river should be interpreted spiritually. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Temple of New Jerusalem

IN Christ

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John tells us there is no temple in New Jerusalem, because the Lord God, Almighty, even the Lamb is the Temple of the city (Revelation 21:22). The Greek verb is singular. Therefore, the phrase “the Lord God, Almighty, even the Lamb” describe the glorified Jesus. He is the Temple of New Jerusalem or put another way, we, the New Jerusalem, dwell **in** Christ, our Temple (cp. John 17:21). Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Supper of the Great God!

Supper of the Great God

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In Revelation 19:17 John saw an angel standing in the sun (i.e. in the east), and that angel called to all the fowls of the air to come to the supper of the great God! What I find interesting is what God had prepared for them to eat. It was not a meal that normal people would be expected to enjoy. Rather it was a meal that one would expect carnivorous or predatory beasts to gather to eat. It was: “the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great” (Revelation 19:18). The question is: is this the Marriage Supper of the Lamb? The Greek word used for supper is deipnon (G1173), and it is the same word used in Revelation 19:9. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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His Eyes Were as a Flame of Fire

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John tells us that he sees a rider on a white horse coming out of heaven (Revelation 19:11-12), which in the context of the Apocalypse simply means the Rider came out of the Most Holy Place of the Temple. In other words, the Rider came out of the place where God dwells, and from where he rules. As John observes this Rider, he says the Horseman’s eyes were as a flame of fire, which is also how John described Jesus earlier in the Apocalypse (Revelation 1:14; 2:18). So, the Rider seems to be Jesus, and this becomes clearer and incontrovertible, as we read on (Revelation 19:13-16). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2020 in Book of Revelation

 

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John’s Improper Behavior and the Gospel

Worship of Angel

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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 »

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Reward Her Even As She Rewarded You

Babylon - His feet on Mt. Olives

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After the elect were safe (Revelation 18:4), the text concludes that the Lord remembered the iniquities of the great harlot (Revelation 18:5-6). It is not that the Lord had forgotten all that Babylon had done, but later he, suddenly, recalled it all. Rather, the sense is that the Lord is unveiled in the Scriptures as though he were handing down his verdict over what Jerusalem had done. Her deeds were remembered in that the Lord was now ready to judge her! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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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 Sixth Bowl and the Euphrates

seven vials - 6

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As we continue in our study of the Apocalypse’ seven bowl’s of wrath, we have come to the sixth bowl. The sixth angel poured out his bowl upon the Euphrates River. The Euphrates was one of the four rivers mentioned in Eden (Genesis 2:10), and they have been interpreted by some of the ancient leaders of the Church to represent the four Gospels.[1] In fact, Ezekiel 47:1-12 claims the Gospel is like a great river that issues out of the Messianic Temple (the Church). So, if the Euphrates River was dried up as John claims in Revelation 16:12, and if the ancient leaders of the Church were correct in their claim about the rivers in Eden, John is telling us, in the context of the wrath of God being poured out upon the Euphrates River, this points to the preaching of the Gospel drying up all over the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Those Who Preach the Gospel

Angel and the Gospel

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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 »

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

 

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What Did the Two Witnesses Witness?

Witness

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There seems to be a great deal of controversy over who the two witnesses are in the Apocalypse. They really are very mysterious figures and are likened to furniture found in the Holy Place of the Temple. Many people today look for them to arise shortly before the end of time (something the Bible never mentions), and they are supposed to figure prominently in a battle against a figure known as Antichrist (again something which the Bible never mentions—at least not in the context of modern interpreters). Some even believe Moses and Elijah are the witnesses and they will return to life. In any event, there isn’t a lack of colorful interpretations for these two Apocalyptic figures, but what does the Bible really say about them? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Mysteries of God

Mysteries of God

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John tells us in Revelation 10:7 that in the days of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, that is: before the seventh trumpet was blown, the mystery of God would be complete. What, then is the mystery of God? Well, as it turns out, there are several mysteries of God, and the Apostles, Paul, and the other New Covenant writers are the stewards of what is called the mysteries of God (1Corinthians 4:1; Ephesians 3:4-5). Jesus told his disciples that the world could not understand these mysteries, because it was given that only his disciples would know them (Matthew 13:11; Luke 8:10; in Mark 4:11 it is put in the singular). The Gospel, which is the preaching of Jesus Christ, is the mystery (of God), which was kept secret since the world began, is now revealed according to the command of God, and is to be made known to the nations for obedience through faith (Romans 16:25-26). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Wanabee Prophets and the Apostles

Newspaper Exegesis

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Literally, John tells us that when the seventh angel was “about to sound[1] the mystery of God would be finished, just as the Lord had claimed through his servants, the prophets. So, these things will be fulfilled just before the sounding of the seventh trumpet, according to John. Now, there are several mysteries of God, such as the mystery of godliness (1Timothy 3:16, the mystery of blindness of the Jews (Romans 11:25), the mystery of the faith (1Timothy 3:9), the mystery of iniquity (2Thessalonians 2:7) etc., but all were preached through the Gospel. These mysteries and therefore the goal of the Gospel would be completed by the time the seventh angel was ready to sound his trumpet. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Second Seal – The Red Horse

second seal - 1

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Keeping in mind that the book that Jesus was unsealing in chapter six of the Apocalypse is the same book the Father had given him that would unveil Jesus to his disciples (Revelation 1:1-3), the second seal was removed by Jesus who sat upon the throne (viz. Revelation 5:1-5). When the second seal was broken, John saw the second living being, probably the one who was like a bullock (Revelation 4:7), who then commanded the second rider to “Go!” (Revelation 6:3), and John saw a fiery colored horse, and its rider was given a huge sword (Revelation 6:4). This is the vision, but what does it mean? Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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