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Blowing the Third Trumpet

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When the third angel sounded its trumpet, a great star fell from heaven (Revelation 8:10). It would be ridiculous to take such a thing literally, since a star crashing into the earth would completely destroy the whole planet. Therefore, it must be taken symbolically to represent something or someone else. Metaphorically, a star can represent Christ (Numbers 24:17), rulers of the land (Daniel 8:10), and the spiritual leaders of the seven churches in Asia (Revelation 1:20). Jude refers to men who have attacked the Gospel as wandering stars (Jude 1:10-13), meaning false teachers. So, the star that fell from heaven in Revelation 8:10 can indicate either a civil leader or a spiritual leader who fell from his high office to do evil in the sight of the Lord. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 11, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Blowing the Second Trumpet

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When the second angel blew his trumpet, a great mountain, as though it were burning with fire, was cast into the sea. If we consider Jesus’ words in Matthew 21:21 or Mark 11:23, it needs to be said that neither Jesus nor any of his disciples had ever prayed to remove a literal mountain and cast it into the sea. Jesus did cause a literal tree to dry up, but nothing was ever done to a literal mountain. Therefore, it seems to me that Jesus was speaking metaphorically, and, if so, he couldn’t have been speaking of Mount Olivet, as many commentaries assume. Rather, he spoke of Jerusalem in a spiritual or metaphorical sense (cf. Daniel 2:35; Zechariah 4:7). Jesus’ words: “this mountain…” was, probably, a gesture toward Jerusalem, which would have been in view from the point where Jesus and his disciples were standing and discussing the dried up fig tree. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Jesus, Our Judge and High Priest

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For the past few studies I’ve been looking at what John saw in chapter four of the Apocalypse. In Revelation 4:3 John saw someone sitting on the throne, and that One had a likeness of “a jasper and a sardine stone”. These two stones were the first and last stones that were on the Breastplate of Judgment (cf. Exodus 28:15-20), which seems to point to the One on the throne in the context of his being the Judge. It also may be equivalent to the words: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, says the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8). In such a case, the One seated on the throne would be Almighty God, and, as we shall see in the next series of studies in Revelation 5, this is exactly who this is. The phrase alpha and omega represents the first and last letter of the Greek alphabet, so this would be similar to jasper and sardine stones being the first and last stones on the Breastplate of Judgment. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Rebuke the Adversary Until I Come!

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Presently I am involved in a study of the seven churches of Revelation 2 & 3, specifically at this time with the church of Thyatira (Revelation 2:29). Thyatira was the smallest of the seven cities, but it received the largest of Jesus’ letters. The church there was commended for several good things it had been doing, and Jesus even mentioned they were doing more or greater works in their latter ministry than they had been doing in the beginning (Revelation 2:19-20). Nevertheless, they were guilty of permitting a false prophetess, Jezebel (the Jerusalem authorities), to seduce his disciples, removing them from his protection and authority. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Jezebel’s Judgment and Killing with Death

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In Revelation 2:21 the Lord is still speaking to the leader of the church at Thyatira, and he is speaking about that Jezebel he mentioned in the previous verse. Jezebel is a name for those who claim to be Jews, but are not. That is, they claim to be the people of God, but they don’t obey him. They are the Jews who crucified the Lord. She was given time to repent, probably the time between Jesus’ resurrection and Stephen’s death (cir. 3 1/2 years), but they didn’t. This period was a period of relative safety granted the elect believers, as mentioned in Revelation 12:14. It culminated in spilling righteous blood, so the Jerusalem authorities simply wouldn’t repent. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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What Do We Do with Jezebel?

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It doesn’t seem that expelling false teachers was an option in the church of God during the first century AD. The Jewish authorities considered Jesus a false teacher, but he wasn’t expelled from the synagogues until late in his public ministry. The threat against folks who confessed Jesus as the Messiah in John 12:42 seems to indicate that Jesus must have been excommunicated late in his ministry. Luke 13:14 is the last time Jesus is mentioned teaching in a synagogue, and this occurred sometime in the third year of his ministry. The fact that the ruler of the synagogue didn’t rebuke Jesus, but did rebuke the people, seems to indicate that Jesus was being shunned by the authorities, except when it was absolutely necessary to speak to him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Wise as Serpents but Harmless as Doves

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If Jesus told the churches in Asia, especially those in Smyrna, that they were about to undergo a season of persecution (Revelation 2:10), how did he expect them to act? I find it interesting how Paul reacted to the persecution that he endured after he became a believer. He didn’t face it the same way when he found himself experiencing the wrath of the enemy. Not long after Paul became a believer, he found his life in danger, but instead of demanding his rights and going toe to toe with his enemies, he simply escaped their wrath by running away (Acts 9:20). Simply put, it may not be necessary to endure persecution every time it rears its ugly head. Paul fled his persecutors in Damascus, just as Jesus said believers should do (Matthew 10:23), and not only did Paul do so in Damascus, but he also fled his persecutors in Jerusalem (Acts 9:29-30), and again in Thessalonica (Acts 17:2-5), Berea (Acts 17:13-15), Ephesus (Acts 19:26-30; 20:1), Corinth (Acts 20:2-3), and Jerusalem a second time (Acts 23:12-23, 31), and a third time he sought to prevent being forced to go there (Acts 25:7-12). Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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