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Who Is Worthy to Open the Book?

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No doubt the Apocalypse is the most symbolic book in the Bible. Therefore, our understanding of its symbols would be paramount to understanding the book itself. Thus, it is particularly important to consider each word, perhaps more closely than in other books of the New Covenant Scriptures, which may be written using clearer language. As I concluded in a previous study,[1] Paul referred to John’s vision in 2Corinthians 12:1-4, saying John was caught up to the third heaven “and heard things too sacred to be put into words” (NET), “which are not possible for man to utter” (Geneva, Diaglott), hence, the difficulty in understanding this book. In other words, what John saw was extremely difficult to put into human language. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 20, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Pre-Trib Rapture—A False Doctrine

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The roots of dispensationalism are found in works of the British clergyman, John Nelson Darby (1800-82), whose teaching greatly influenced Cyrus I. Scofield, an American. Scofield was so impressed with Darby’s doctrine that he developed his own reference Bible (The Scofield Reference Bible) in 1909 (revised 1917) using Darby’s notes on the same pages as the Biblical text. The result was the Bible became very popular in the United States, in that it was one of the few Bibles containing chain references and Biblical commentary as footnotes beneath the Biblical text. In so doing, Scofield successfully spread the doctrine of dispensationalism among many unsuspecting Bible students, who, otherwise, may not have ever even thought of the doctrine, let alone embrace it as the truth. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Nicolaitans at Ephesus

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In Revelation 2:6 Jesus told the church of Ephesus that one of their admirable characteristics was that they hated the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which Jesus also hated, but who were the Nicolaitans and what sort of works did they do that were so evil? Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Importance of the Church of Ephesus

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It seems that John recorded the very words Jesus dictated to him, so it is Jesus who is actually speaking in Revelation 2:1-7. There are 1822 words accredited to Jesus in the book of Revelation – three times as many words as in the rest of the New Testament outside the Gospel narratives  (Acts is next with 514 words). To put this in perspective, there are 2971 words attributed to Jesus in his table discourse in John 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17. There are 2441 words attributed to him in Matthew’s “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5, 6 & 7), and there are 2296 words in Jesus’ lengthy discourse in the Gospel of  Luke at Luke 14, 15, 16, & 17. Therefore, it seems to me that, if one places special importance upon what is considered the actual words Jesus said over the rest of Scripture, the Apocalypse comes in second in importance only to the Gospel narratives. So, if this is a valid assessment, we should pay particular attention to what Jesus says to these seven churches in Asia Minor. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Great Voice Is the Glorified Christ

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John heard a great voice like a trumpet in Revelation 1:10. This scene recalls an event during Moses’ day when the voice or sound of a trumpet was heard and the people trembled (Exodus 19:16). It was the voice of God that they heard. John mentions the sound of a voice, which is associated with a trumpet, only twice more in this book. The second occasion tells John to ascend (to heaven) and see the things after the things he saw (Revelation 4:1). The third and final time John hears this voice is the occasion of the seventh trumpet (Revelation 10:3-8; 11:15), when Christ begins to reign. This is the occasion of both his coming and the time the righteous dead are resurrected and are caught up to be with Jesus (Matthew 24:31; 1Thessalonians 4:16; 1Corinthians 15:52). Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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In the Spirit on the Lord’s Day

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John tells us that he was in the Spirit in Revelation 1:10. Being in the Spirit does not refer to John having the Holy Spirit. The text literally says “I came to be in the spirit,” meaning he “came to be” in a trance (cp. Acts 10:10; 22:17). It is not the normal spiritual condition of a believer who is characterized as being in the Spirit instead of being in the flesh (Romans 8:9). Rather, it is an extraordinary condition, whereby a believer is able to witness spiritual phenomena that he could not ordinarily see and hear. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Importance of Context

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Perhaps the saddest or most tragic outcome of misplacing the time of the writing of the Book of Revelation is that, in so doing, men must then misrepresent this book by inventing a new theme for it. Afterward, a new theme requires more inventive and more elaborate explanations of the text. Each time men invent a meaning or an interpretation for God’s word, which the Scriptures don’t support, we add to the traditions of men, which in turn make the word of God of no effect upon the hearts of men (cf. Mark 7:13). In so doing, men accomplish the exact opposite of the intention of God’s word, which is to bring the wisdom or plans of men to no effect through the Gospel (Psalm 33:10). Simply put, men are unable to accomplish the will of God through their own wisdom (1Corinthians 1:17; 2:1, 4-5, 13), and neither are men able expect God to verify or establish what they mistakenly say about this book. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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