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What is the Lake of Fire?

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According to Revelation 20:10, the deceiver and slanderer was taken and cast into the lake of fire, burning with brimstone, thus, receiving the same fate as the beast and the false prophet (Revelation 19:20). In order to understand the terms used in the Apocalypse, we need to keep in mind where all the events of the Apocalypse take place. The book opened with Jesus standing in the Holy Place of the Temple among the lampstands, which we found out later were the churches of Christ in Asia. In chapter four John was taken **up** to heaven (Revelation 4:1), which turned out to be the Most Holy Place. So, in effect, John merely entered the next room; that is, he walked from the Holy Place into the Most Holy Place. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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What Is the First Death?

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John tells us that those who have a part in the first resurrection (Revelation 20:6) are blessed and holy (hagios – G40). God is holy, because he stands apart from his creation. Creation, itself, is common, meaning it can be used for corrupt matters or for good purposes. Things set apart for the worship of the Lord were considered holy things, whether that was the land upon which the Lord stood (Exodus 3:5), the sacrifices offered to him (Exodus 29:33) or the ceremonial materials used in worship of him (Exodus 30:25; Numbers 5:17; 1Kings 8:4) etc. All things, objects, animals or men, that were set apart for the service of God were holy (hagios – G40). In the context of those who were part of the first resurrection (Revelation 20:6), they have a special place in the history of mankind, because they had been chosen, set apart if you will, for the fulfilling of the commission of God to spread the Gospel over the whole civilized world (cp. Matthew 28:19-20). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Bottomless Pit & Revelation 9 & 20

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There are many terms found in the Apocalypse that are either found nowhere else in the Bible, or they are found in only one or two other places in Scripture. For example the term bottomless pit (G12; abussos) is found seven times in the Apocalypse, but only once in Luke and Romans, respectively. What does it mean, and how does abussos affect the interpretation of the texts in which it is found? The pagans believed that Orcus (we call him Satan), the god of the underworld, ruled the abussos (G12), which was also supposed to be the abode of demons. Whatever light the New Covenant text sheds upon this Greek word, they certainly would not embrace the pagan thought about Orcus, the god of the underworld, nor would it be the abode of demons, in the sense they would be evil spirit beings roaming about in an imagined underworld, to which one’s spirit goes when one dies. Nevertheless, this seems to be what many modern Christians perceive, when they imagine Satan to be the ruler of hell. Such doctrines are purely pagan and are not supported in the Bible. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Alleluia! The Lord God Almighty Reigns

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The third Alleluia of the New Covenant Scriptures was expressed through the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures (Revelation 19:4). We need to keep in mind that the Seventh Vial judgment of Revelation 16:17-21 is concurrent with the blowing of the Seventh Trumpet (Revelation 11:15-19), and both of these occur simultaneously with the opening of the Seventh Seal (Revelation 8:1-5). Each are the work of Christ expressed as High Priest (the seals), as the Prophet (the trumpets) and as the King of kings (the vials). The Lord holds all three offices and operates out of them in all of his labors. So when he operates as High Priest, he is acting as The Prophet and The King of kings, all at the same time. The Apocalypse expresses his labors in these offices separately, but the Lord is High Priest, Prophet and King of kings all at the same moment. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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I Heard a Voice from Heaven!

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The Psalms are filled with songs of rejoicing, but the very first time the word rejoice is used in Scripture is found in the Law. It had to do with the children of Israel coming into the presence of the Lord with thanksgiving for what he had done for their forefathers in Egypt, bringing them to this very land in which they lived. It was similar to America’s celebration of July 4th. Except, Israel had three seasons of rejoicing. Seven days in the spring, one day in the summer and ten days in the fall. Each season represented something the Lord had done for the forefathers, as he took them from Egypt and planted them in the Promised Land. Their times of rejoicing were seasons of their thanksgiving to the Lord. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Temple OF the Tabernacle of Witness

Tabernacle of Witness

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After the sign of the seven angels was seen (Revelation 15:1), and after John saw the overcomers standing upon the glassy sea before the throne of God (Revelation 15:2, and after John heard them sing the Song of Moses and the Song of the Lamb (Revelation 15:3-4), he looked and saw in heaven that the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony was open (Revelation 15:5). But, what kind of language is “the Temple OF the Tabernacle etc.” To some scholars this doesn’t make sense. Others immediately say it refers to the Holy of Holies, but they don’t bother to explain what “the Temple OF the Tabernacle” means. Still others tell us that probably the Tent of Meeting or the Tabernacle of Witness is in view (Numbers 9:15; 17:7), rather than the Temple at Jerusalem. What can be said of these things? Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Dragon and His Seven Heads

Dragon of Revelation 12

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Something concerning the dragon of Revelation 12 occurs in the Gospel of Luke. Jesus had dispatched the Seventy (70 disciples, including the 12 Apostles) two by two throughout Samaria, as he proceeded on his way to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51; 10:1). Upon the return of the Seventy, they greeted Jesus with great joy, saying even the demons were subject to them in his name. Albeit, Jesus warned them not to rejoice over this but, rather, be glad that their names were written in heaven (Luke 10:17-20). What is most interesting is that Jesus said he beheld Satan “having fallen from heaven, as lightening” (Luke 10:18). In other words, Jesus beheld the fall of Satan from heaven as an accomplished fact during his earthly ministry! Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Measuring the House of God

Measure the TempleRevelation 12:11 seems to encapsulate the entire Gospel period of the first century AD, that is, the period between Jesus’ public ministry and 70 AD. It was in 70 AD that the Kingdom of God was established, because, as the Old Covenant was fulfilled at that time, it was also immediately terminated with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. The word, they, in this verse refers to the woman who brought forth the male child (Jesus) and those who were taught by Jesus for 3 ½ years or during his public ministry. The “they” in the text refers to all the elect or, in other words, the remnant who believed in and trusted the Lord. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Caught Up to the Third Heaven

Third Heaven

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Presently, I am involved in the study of chapter four of the Apocalypse. Previously I had determined John was called into the presence of God in Revelation 4:1, and specifically that meant to arise and come into the Most Holy Place of the Temple in heaven. Immediately upon hearing the voice say: “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things” (NASB – Revelation 4:1), John was in the Spirit, and he saw One who sat on a throne (Revelation 4:2). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Ascending to the Open Door

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At different times in the Bible different people were permitted to peer through an open door, as though they looked into heaven (Ezekiel 1:1; Matthew 3:16; Acts 7:56; 10:11). Different visions were seen, but each one was very significant in its own context. John’s open door, in my opinion, must be viewed in the context of Revelation 1:19. That is, John saw certain things in chapter one, and in chapters two and three, he explained what those things are. In other words, he recorded the meaning in chapters two and three of what he had seen in chapter one. Finally, John was commanded “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things” (Revelation 4:1), which in the context of Revelation 1:19 is to see “the things” beyond the Holy Place, where the seven lamps stood before the throne (cf. Revelation 1:12 and 4:5). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Throne Room!

Temple Veil

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I believe one of the things that is missed by many Bible students who study the Apocalypse is that John is given a vision of the Temple of God and what occurs therein. For example, the first chapter revealed Jesus standing among seven golden lampstands (Revelation 1:12-13). The single lampstand with seven branches, upon each of which were seven lamps, stood in the Holy Place, or the first room of Solomon’s Temple, and later Herod’s Temple. Before the building, itself, was a brazen sea, which answers to the sea of glass, which stood before the throne of God in heaven (cf. Revelation 4:6). Therefore, the throne room, into which John was permitted to enter at least in the Spirit (Revelation 4:1-2), would have to be the Most Holy Place. It is in this place that the Mercy Seat was placed in the ancient Jewish Temple. Without this understanding, it may be difficult to interpret what follows. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Crucifixion and the Temple of God

Door

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The Genesis account of the Garden of Eden, and the activity of Cain and Able portray an interesting comparison to the divisions of the Tabernacle in the wilderness and the Temple of of God at Jerusalem. For example, the Most Holy Place is equivalent to the place in the Garden where Adam and Eve met with the Lord (cf. Genesis 3:8), while the rest of the Garden, where Adam and Eve interacted with one another and satisfied themselves with the fruits thereof, would be equivalent to the Holy Place within the Tabernacle or the Temple. Outside the Garden was the Land of Eden, for the Garden was planted within Eden (Genesis 2:8). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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