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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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