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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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Measure the Temple of God

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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 »

 
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Posted by on October 6, 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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Sealing the Words of the Seven Thunders

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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 »

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Who Is Worthy to Open the Book?

Seven Seals Scroll - 1

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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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Every Eye Will See Him

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Many folks have used Revelation 1:7 to say that Jesus’ Second Coming has not yet occurred. After all, if every eye would see the Lord, coming on a lily white, cumulus cloud when he returns, and, given the fact that no one has reported seeing such a news worthy event up to this present day, then surely we must still look for Jesus’ Second Coming in the future. Personally, I think it is high time we stop shooting from the hip with the word of God and take the time to investigate what the text really says. Do you really believe you are able to interpret Jesus’ coming by understanding Biblical language in a 21st century context? We need to consider the fact that the whole Bible, that is, the first and second covenants, were written by Jews and for Jews, using a Jewish manner of speaking. In other words, we need to acquaint ourselves with the Jewish culture of the day, and take advantage of the Greek lexicons and other scholarly writings about the Bible available to us today. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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John’s Greeting in the Apocalypse

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Specifically, John wrote to the seven churches of God, which were in Asia (Revelation 1:4), part of the same area to which Peter sent his epistles (1Peter 1:1). The Apostle Paul also wrote letters to churches in seven places: Rome, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Philippi, Colossae, and Thessalonica. The number seven is used 54 times in 31 verses in this book. It is seven churches, seven spirits, seven horns, seven eyes, seven seals etc. Why seven? Many scholars would conclude it is the number of completeness, perhaps derived from the creation week of Genesis 1 & 2. It took God six days to create the universe and every living thing in it, but he didn’t stop there. He created a day of rest on the seventh day by resting on that day. That is, he ceased his labor on that day, not that God was weary and needed to relax. Later he would command that the seventh day would be used as a day of worship to commemorate the completed or whole creation of God (Exodus 20:8-11). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Seven Blessings of the Apocalypse

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In Revelation 1:2 John describes himself as one who bore record of the word of God, the testimony of Jesus and all the things he saw (cf. 1John 1:1-4), and here tells us that blessings are pronounced upon all who read, believe and obey the testimony he reveals, about what was given to Jesus (Revelation 1:3). The reason folks were blessed, if they read, heard and heeded John’s testimony, was because its fulfillment was at hand. John’s readers were persecuted (cf. Revelation 1:9), and John’s testimony was to give them hope. He who endured would be blessed. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2019 in Book of Revelation

 

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John’s Prologue

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Understanding when the Apocalypse (the Book of Revelation) was written is very, very critical to one’s eschatology. After all, if it was written by John, late in the first century AD, as most scholars believe today, then there was no event at that time (90-100 AD) that would provide the framework into which we could place this prophecy. Therefore, we must look for its fulfillment after the first century AD. On the other hand, if the Book of Revelation was written earlier in the first century AD, during the lives of the Apostles, Peter and Paul, then this prophecy would fit very well within the framework of the Lord’s judgment upon Jerusalem cir. 66 – 70 AD! Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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