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The Glassy Sea

Sea of Glass

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I am, presently, involved in a study of the Apocalypse, and at this point I’m considering what John saw in chapter four. In previous studies in this chapter, we’ve looked at John’s call to come up and enter the open door. John was taken in vision to behold the Lord sitting on his throne, and he witnessed sights that were difficult to describe, such as a rainbow that resembled an emerald in its brilliance. Around the throne were twenty-four other thrones upon which elders sat, whom I’ve concluded were the captains of the twenty-four courses of priests inaugurated by David, when he brought the Ark of the Testimony to Jerusalem for a permanent residence. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 13, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Zealously Affected by Jesus

Judaizers

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Recently, I have been involved in the study of the seventh of the seven churches of the Apocalypse, namely the church of Laodicea. In Revelation 3:19 Jesus told the Laodicean church to be zealous (G2206) and repent (G3340), because, as many as Jesus loves, he rebukes (G1651) and chastens (G3811). Therefore, the church could expect rebuke  and chastisement from him. The word rebuke (G1651) is translated into several English words in the New Testament. For example the same Greek word in Matthew 18:15 is translated into “tell him (his) fault (G1651).” In John 8:9 the woman’s accusers were convicted (G1651) by their own consciences, which were stirred up by Jesus’ words. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Faith, the Currency of Heaven

Eyesalve

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In the past few studies, I have been demonstrating that the church of Laodicea is not at all as we have been taught. Rather, it sought to preach Jesus through its own resources. Jesus counseled the church at Laodicea to buy from him “gold tried in the fire” and “white raiment” and eyesalve to “anoint (their) eyes” (Revelation 3:18) He counseled the church to buy from him, but how would that be done? What do we have that could be used for currency in heaven? After all, Jesus hasn’t set up a marketplace or a business just down the street in our neighborhood. Therefore, these things point to something spiritual, so what does he mean? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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I Come Quickly

Coming of Christ

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Jesus told the church in Philadelphia that he is coming quickly, and they needed to ‘hold fast’ to what they had, so no man could take or remove their crown (Revelation 3:11). When Jesus said he was coming “quickly” (tachu – G5035), I believe, if we truly take audience relevance into consideration, we would have to say that he meant he was coming very soon, i.e. in the expected lifetimes of his readers (viz. Matthew 16:27-28). The same Greek word was used in Matthew 5:25 for the need of an accused to settle with his adversary quickly, before he had to appear before the judge. It was used of the women fleeing Jesus’ gravesite, after the angels told them to tell the disciples of his resurrection (Mark 16:7-8). Again, it was used of Mary quickly running to Jesus upon learning of his presence at Lazarus’ tomb (John 11:29). Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Synagogue of Satan

False Assumptions

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The doctrine of Satan as understand by Christians today was not so developed in ancient Israel. At least, we have no indication in the Bible that such a doctrine was developed that shows Satan to be a spiritual archenemy of God. From Genesis to Revelation, there simply is no spiritual archenemy of God. As far as Scripture is concerned, satan simply means adversary or enemy. Jesus called Peter his enemy or his satan (G4567 – satanas) in Matthew 16:23. In the Old Covenant the Lord raised up two satans or adversaries (H7854) against Solomon (1Kings 11:14, 23). In fact, the Angel of the Lord was Balaam’s satan or adversary (H7854) in Numbers 22:22. So, what is Jesus referring to when he mentions the synagogue of satan? Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Victory Over the Nations!

spring sunset

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Jesus told the messenger[1] of the church at Philadelphia that the church had kept the word of Jesus (the Gospel) and have not denied his name (Revelation 3:8). That is, the church at Philadelphia had not compromised the word of God, but guarded its purity, preaching it and enduring the consequences for the sake of Jesus’ name. Therefore, Jesus said he had set before them an open door, and I believe he meant he had opened a door of understanding of the Gospel among the people in that city and perhaps the surrounding area. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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He Who Has the Key of David

Key of David

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In my previous study about the church in Philadelphia, I demonstrated that spies had probably infiltrated the church throughout Asia, including this church that is often thought of as a perfect church, one of the two that had no faults for the Lord to mention. However, I believe this is a misconception. Jesus is addressing problems and praiseworthy matters that each of the churches have. Each one may accentuate one or the other, but, in reality all the churches have problems, and all have good works. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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