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Come, Lord Jesus!

Come Lord Jesus

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Presumably, the angel, whom the Lord had sent, is the speaker in Revelation 22:17, and he quotes the Spirit and the Bride saying to the Lord, “Come!” That is, they bid the Lord Jesus to come quickly, as he promises to do in the Apocalypse. Then the angel, probably speaking to the churches (Revelation 22:16) and by implication to all who hear the Gospel through their preaching, invites them to also bid the Lord to “Come!” Finally, he tells all who are thirsty to “come” and drink freely of the water of life (viz. the River of Life that flows out of the throne of God – Revelation 22:1).[1] Just after the imprisonment of John the Baptist, Jesus told the woman of Samaria that the water he offered her was like “a well of water springing up to eternal life” (John 4:14). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Coming Messiah, the Morning Star

Bright Morning star

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The speaker in Revelation 22:16 is Jesus. The text says so, but the angel, whom Jesus sent to John, may be quoting Jesus as opposed to John actually hearing Jesus speak these words. However, no matter how one sees this, Jesus says he is the root and the offspring of David and the bright morning star. But, what does Jesus mean? First of all, Jesus claimed to be the offspring of David, which, taken at face value, means he is **the** descendant of David, or the one the nation had been seeking, since the time when David was the king. Jesus is claiming to be the Messiah (cp. Luke 2:25, 38; 23:51; Mark 15:43). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Behold, I Come Quickly!

I Come Quickly

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The angel who spoke with John told him that everything he saw and heard was faithful and true (Revelation 22:6), and the summation of it all was that the Lord was making all things new (Revelation 21:5), which he who sat upon the throne declared was true and faithful.[1] This angel who spoke with John was the very angel whom the Lord had sent to bring John the message of the Apocalypse at the beginning of the book (Revelation 1:1), the whole of which John had now both seen and heard. He may have had a difficult time putting it all into words that men could understand (2Corinthians 12:2-4), but the Apocalypse was now finished and the angel told John all these things would shortly come to pass (Revelation 22:6). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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He Who Sat Upon the White Throne

Great White Throne

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In Revelation 20:11 we are told that John saw a great white throne, and he mentions that he saw One sitting on that throne. It is difficult to read this and not remember the opening of the sixth seal (Revelation 6:12-17). There everyone tried to hide from him who sat upon the throne. Thus, we are faced with the problem of taking the writing of the Apocalypse in chronological order. Instead, it seems that Jesus is presented first as the High Priest (Revelation 1 through 8:5), then as Prophet (Revelation 8:6 through 14), and finally as the King of kings (Revelation 15 through 22). In each representation of Christ (High Priest, Prophet and King) he is seen as coming to judge the earth (Revelation 6:16-17; 14:1, 14-16; and 19:11). Therefore, his offices are overlaid one upon the other, showing Revelation 6:16 is the same time as Revelation 20:11. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Timeframe for Gog and Megog

Gog and Megog - 2

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At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter what any of us believes about the war of Gog, prince of the land of Megog (Revelation 20:8). What matters is what is recorded in Revelation 20:8 and Ezekiel 38:8, 16. What the Lord says in those two texts is what matters. The spin we may put on these Scriptures and the spiritual worldview we may embrace doesn’t even come close to the weight of what the Lord claims is true. What our God tells us cannot be twisted by anyone, as a lawyer might do when twisting the words of one man for the benefit of the man the lawyer defends (John 10:35; Isaiah 8:20). Truth is what the Lord says it is, is not necessarily what man claims it is. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Millennium & the First Resurrection

First Resurrection

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John recorded that the martyrs “lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4), and this comprises the first resurrection (Revelation 20:5-6), because those who were in the literal graves (Revelation 20:11-12) or who were buried in the sea (Revelation 20:13) didn’t live again, until the end of the thousand years (Revelation 20:5)! What can be understood from this? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Millennium Is a Little While!

Millennium - a Little While

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In the past few studies I’ve been considering those who reign with Christ for a thousand years (Revelation 20:4), or for what modern Christians call the millennium. We have seen that the period of time we understand to be the millennium is, in fact, a far shorter period of time than a literal thousand years. In this study I hope to add even more credence to that assertion, thus establishing a surer foundation for the truth that the millennium both began and ended in the first century AD. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Millennial Reign with Christ

Millennium

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John tells us that he saw thrones and “they sat on them” (Revelation 20:4). Who sat on thrones? Nearly all the scholars of whom I am aware agree that those on the thrones are believers who were martyred for Christ, but I don’t agree.[1] Those sitting on thrones are the Father and Christ. John also tells us that those who had given up their lives for the Gospel had neither worshiped the beast nor his image and had not received his mark. Therefore, they reigned with Christ for 1000 years (Revelation 20:4, 6; cp. 3:21), but, what does “they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” actually mean? Does the text mean they literally reigned in heaven over their enemies? Probably not! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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How Long Is the Millennium?

Millennium - 3

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Many modern Christians believe that Christ will return one day, perhaps in our lifetime, and initiate a thousand years of peace, and this thousand years of peace is referred to as the millennium. Still other Christians would tell us that Jesus won’t return until after the millennium, and the thousand year period is figurative and represents the present Christian Age. Once this age is over, Jesus will return! Finally, a much smaller group of Christians believe the thousand year period is a much shorter block of time and has already occurred in the first century AD. Which point of view is correct, and can we know? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Reward Her Even As She Rewarded You

Babylon - His feet on Mt. Olives

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After the elect were safe (Revelation 18:4), the text concludes that the Lord remembered the iniquities of the great harlot (Revelation 18:5-6). It is not that the Lord had forgotten all that Babylon had done, but later he, suddenly, recalled it all. Rather, the sense is that the Lord is unveiled in the Scriptures as though he were handing down his verdict over what Jerusalem had done. Her deeds were remembered in that the Lord was now ready to judge her! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Seventh Bowl & Cities of the Nations

seven vials - 7

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This will be the final study of the seven bowls or wrath mentioned in Revelation 16. After John heard a voice, out of the Temple, saying: “It is Done” (Revelation 18:17; cp. Matthew 13:30, 41-43; 24:31), there were voices, thunders, lightening and a great earthquake (Revelation 16:18). This imagery is used several times in the Apocalypse (Revelation 4:5; 8:5; 11:19; 16:18), and is connected with the coming or return of Christ (Revelation 11:15-18). It is the day of his wrath, or the day of his judgment, when he would return and reward his servants and vindicate them before their enemies (Matthew 16:27-28; cp. Matthew 13:30, 41-43; 24:31). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Son of Man and a Sharp Sickle

Woman reaps wheat with a sickle. Close-up

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Salvation is often pictured in Scripture as the harvest season. While the fruit is still growing, much labor is spent to cause the grain in the field and the fruit on the vine to grow, and thus become a bountiful harvest. In the context of the Scriptures, this points to the Gospel being preached to plant the seed of the word of God in the hearts of men, and thereby cause their lives to glorify God, as that word matures in their hearts. In the Parable of the Sower Jesus spoke of how this occurs, and the trouble that comes upon some of the seed (Matthew 13:1-23). In the context of the Apocalypse in chapter 14:14-20, the harvest represents the end of the age, or when Jesus returns. The earth is reaped and the Judgment is set. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The War Waged Against the Saints

War on the Saints

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Those who “worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name” must “drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb; and the smoke of their torment ascends up forever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:10-11). Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Blowing the Seventh Trumpet

Trumpet last

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The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and the kingdoms of this world—i.e. the kingdoms of the nations—suddenly became the kingdoms  of God and of Christ, and he (Christ) shall reign forever and ever (Revelation 11:15). Suddenly all Heaven rejoiced, as the twenty four elders fell down upon their faces worshiping the Lord God Almighty, thanking him for taking this great power to himself and reigning (Revelation 11:16-17). Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Fire-Breathing Witnesses!

Two witnesses - fire

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The men who would like to hurt the two witnesses would find fire coming out of the witnesses’ mouths to devour them, and every enemy who would seek harm the Lord’s witnesses would be killed in this fashion (Revelation 11:5). Of course this is apocalyptic language and not to be taken literally. There never was a fire breathing dragon, nor was there ever a man who was able to devour men, literally, through fire coming out of his mouth. The language is a metaphor for how the ministry of the witnesses would be protected by the Lord. For example, it was prophesied of Jesus that “he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked” (Isaiah 11:4). Obviously, Jesus didn’t literally slay anyone during his public ministry 2000 years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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