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The Bride Adorned for Her Husband

Bride of Christ

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John tells us that he saw the new heaven and the new earth, because the first heaven and the first earth had passed away (Revelation 21:1). This is covenantal language, which implies, first of all, that all things were fulfilled under the Old Covenant (Matthew 5:18), so it passed away to give place for the New Covenant. Secondly, the Old Covenant was represented in the embroidery on the veil of the Temple, symbolically picturing the heavens and the earth.[1] Therefore, when Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed in 70 AD, “the first heavens and the first earth” were set on fire and destroyed, thus bringing the Old Covenant to an abrupt end, ushering in the new heavens and the new earth. In other words, the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple established the New Covenant. This is what John said he foresaw take place. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 19, 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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I Heard a Voice from Heaven!

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 Glory of God Filled the Temple

GLory of God filled Temple

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John closes the fifteenth chapter of the Apocalypse by telling us he saw seven angels come out of the Temple in heaven, and they had the seven plagues. They were clothed in pure white linen, with their breasts girded in gold. He also saw one of the four beasts, and he had seven golden bowls or vials, which were full of the wrath of God, and he gave them to the seven angels Then John said that the Temple in heaven was filled with smoke from the power and the glory of God (Revelation 15:6-8). What does this mean? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 16, 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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Babylon Is Fallen!

Babylon is Fallen - 1

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Yet another angel mentioned in the Apocalypse told John: “Babylon is fallen! is fallen! that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication” (Revelation 14:8). Babylon was the spiritual name for an existing city in the first century AD, and all of John’ readers would have known who he meant. According to Revelation 17:5 she is called mystery Babylon the Great! There she is called a harlot (G4204 – Revelation 17:1) and the mother of harlots (verse-5), and she was responsible for all the blood of the saints and disciples of Jesus (Revelation 17:6). Jesus said Jerusalem was responsible and would be judged for all the righteous blood that was shed from the time of Able to the first century AD, and he included those disciples of his that he would send to her with the Gospel (Matthew 23:34-35; cf. 23:37-38). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2019 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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There Was War in Heaven

War in heaven -- Polaris and Thuban

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Keeping in mind my previous studies on Revelation 12, showing that the Lord had originally named the stars in their constellations in the sky (Psalm 147:4; Job 9:9), there was war in heaven and the conductors of that war were the dragon and Michael, the Archangel. In the context of the theme of the battle between the dragon and the Strong Man in the heavenly constellations, this would be Satan versus Christ. Now, Christ is not an angelic being, but he does rule the angels of heaven, and that is all the prefix, arch, in archangel means. Jesus is God (John 1-3, 14) and not an angel (Hebrews 1:5-8, 13), but he is the Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament, who bears the name YHWH (Genesis 22:11-12, 15-18; 28:12-22 compare with 31:11-13; 48:15-16). He is the Messenger (Angel) of the Covenant in Malachi 3:1, and this is Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Works of Their Hands

Works of their hands

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According to Revelation 9:20, they, who were not among the third of the population of the Jewish state who were killed, did not repent of the evil they committed that brought the Lord’s judgment upon them. The text says: they “…repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk” (Revelation 9:20). It is obvious, therefore, that the sin which the Lord judged was idolatry.  Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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A Great Star Fell from Heaven

Fallen Star

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When the third angel sounded its trumpet, a great star fell from heaven (Revelation 8:10), but what does this mean? First of all, a star represents kings, especially the Messiah (Numbers 27:17), but they can also represent leaders of the church (Revelation 1:16, 20), or even the nation of Israel, itself (Revelation 12:1; cf. Genesis 37:9-12). Secondly, if we consider the veil of the Temple, the significance of the star falling from heaven might impact the reader in a very unexpected manner. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Sealing the Israel of God

Israel of God

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The sealing of the one hundred and forty-four thousand in Revelation, chapter 7, has been a point of interest to many Bible students throughout church history. In fact, some even interpret this group of believers to point to their own denomination, believing they are the most faithful of the faithful. The predominant view, however, is that the number is symbolic of a complete group of disciples of Christ with none missing. Yet, even this point of view is divided into two interpretations. The first explanation is that the group is made up of only believing Jews, i.e. the complete group of Jews with none missing, while the second understanding includes gentiles, pointing to the spiritual understanding of the Israel of God in the New Testament (Romans 2:28-29; 9:6-7). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Ascending to the Open Door

Open Door - 1

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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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Judgment of the Nations

Sheep and GoatsNot long ago I had believed Matthew 25:31-46 depicted a time when Jesus would judge the whole world, i.e. every man and woman who ever lived. The problem with this understanding is, it removes it from the context of the rest of the Olivet Discourse. The Olivet Discourse concerns events that would transpire in the Apostles’ expected lifetimes. Remember, the Apostles were troubled over Jesus’ prediction that the Temple would be destroyed (Matthew 23:37-39; 24:1-2). Therefore, later, four of them approached Jesus privately and asked: when these things would take place, and what would be the sign of his coming and the end of the age (Matthew 24:3). For Jesus at this point to then speak of universal judgment, i.e. every man and woman who ever lived, snatches this parable out of the context of the first century AD. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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