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The Great Multitude Standing Before God

Great Multitude

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Presently, I am discussing what John had seen in his heavenly vision just after the opening of the sixth seal. After the sealing of the 144000, John saw a great multitude stand before the Throne (Revelation 7:9). These came out of all nations, and tribes, and people, and tongues. The multitude included Jews, but, obviously, were not entirely Jews in the physical sense (cf. Galatians 3:28). They were clothed in white robes, which indicates they were righteous (cf. Revelation 19:8), having washed their robes in the blood of Christ (Revelation 7:14; 19:14). Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Worthy Is the Lamb

Lamb that was slain

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John beheld and heard the voices of a group of innumerable angels, together with the voices of the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures (Revelation 5:11). The elders and the beasts and the great myriads of angelic beings shouted: “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing” (Revelation 5:12). The object of their praise was the Lamb (Jesus). Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Praise of the Redeemed

Redeemed

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When the Lamb (Jesus) had taken the book to himself to reveal its contents, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before his feet and worshiped him (Revelation 5:8). The text says that every one of them had harps and golden censors in their hands, however, I don’t believe this means the four beasts and the twenty-four elders had both a censor and a harp in his hands. If that were true, it would be difficult to use either, because both require two hands to use. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Four Beasts

Four Beasts

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We are considering the things that John saw in his vision known as the Apocalypse or the book of Revelation. I’m presently finishing up on chapter four, and I believe this will be the final study of this series. Looking back, I must confess that I’ve been presented with several surprises that I hadn’t considered before embarking on this study, but I could probably say that about each of the four chapters we’ve studied thus far. For example, although I had thought that the one seated on the throne was Jesus our High Priest, I didn’t realize he was set for judgment of his people. Moreover I never considered the similarity between the scene here with that of the Lord coming down to Mount Sinai to establish the Old Covenant with Israel, which also indicates that that was what he was about to do very shortly with the New Covenant. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Parable of the Evil Spirit

Butterflies

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In Luke 11:24-28 Jesus offers his listeners a parable about an evil spirit in an effort to unveil what was at stake for the Jewish nation, if they didn’t receive him as their Messiah. First of all, there isn’t a single example in the Bible where a demoniac was healed but, afterward, became possessed again. Therefore, we need to ask if Jesus’ words have another meaning. Secondly, we need to remember that Jews in the first century thought and spoke differently than did gentiles of the same period. Jews would think and speak in pictures, but gentiles more analytically. For example, a gentile might have claimed Caesar was a great leader, but the Jews would have called David a great shepherd. A gentile might refer to a good man as someone of strong moral character, but an ancient Jew might say he was as a tree planted by the riverside, whose leaves didn’t wither (cf. Psalm 1:3). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Hollowed Be Thy Name

Prayer - 15

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While in Jerusalem for the third Passover of his public ministry, Jesus taught his disciples how to approach God in prayer. He told them, rather than look upon God as a distant deity as the gentiles do (and apparently the Jewish authorities did, as well), approach him as our Father, ‘Abba’ or Daddy in the vernacular (Luke 11:2). The next phrase he taught them was to say hollowed be thy name, which is as much a term of worship as it is a request. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus Rejoices

Jesus Rejoicing - 2

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The rejoicing of Jesus is to be found in the words he spoke to his disciples and in his prayer to the Father. They were spoken in the Spirit, just as his commands in Matthew 28:18-20 (cf. Acts 1:1-2) were done in the Spirit. Jesus’ rejoicing arose out of his hearing that the demons were subject to his disciples (Luke 10:20). The disciples were warned not to rejoice in this thing, probably because it was an occasion for God alone to rejoice in. Rather, the disciples were to rejoice in the fact that their names were written in heaven, i.e. they were citizens of the Kingdom of God. Nevertheless, Jesus rejoiced, taking his pleasure in the news of Satan’s defeat. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Worshiping and Praising God

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What would it mean to worship or praise God, or anyone else for that matter? The Bible concludes that mankind does worship idols, so, whether or not we think it is proper, worship is not exclusive to God. In fact, we often hear of the term idol used of movie stars and famous musicians, whose admirers flock to auditoriums, stadiums and places that advertise the appearance of their favorite celebrity, and fans (short for ‘fanatic’) look on adoringly hoping to touch or speak with the one they worship so much. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2015 in apologetics

 

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All I Have Is Christ

I found this video on the “Already Not Yet” Blog. It blessed me so much that I had to add it here. I’ve been playing it often. The lyrics with the tune are very moving. I hope it blesses you as much as it has been blessing me.

God bless.

All I Have Is Christ

Lyrics:

I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to Your will
And if You had not loved me first
I would refuse You still

But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross
And I beheld God’s love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life

Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me
Oh Father, use my ransomed life
In any way You choose
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You

© 2008 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI), by Jordan Kauflin

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2009 in Grace, Religion

 

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