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The Fourth Bowl and Great Heat

seven vials - 4

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We are presently involved in the study of the seven bowls of wrath, sometimes referred to as the Seven Last Plagues. The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon a heavenly body, the sun. The text goes on to say that, in doing so, men were scorched (G2739) with fire. The Greek word used in Revelation 16:8 for scorched is used in only two other places in the New Covenant text. It is used in the next verse (Revelation 16:9) and once more in Mark 4:6 in Jesus’ Parable of the Sower. There, Jesus describes the seed of the Gospel falling upon stony ground (Mark 4:5-6), which describes a hard heart wherein the word of God couldn’t take a deep root (Mark 4:17). The seed sown in ‘stony ground’ or into a hard heart never matures properly. The word of God may be well received at first, but it has no depth in that one’s heart. So, when they are scorched (G2739), i.e. afflicted or persecuted because of the word of God, they become offended and abandon Christ and the Gospel (Mark 4:16-17). Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Giving Life to the Image to the Beast

Image of the Beast - Life

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The false prophet commanded the “dwellers of the earth” or those who inhabited Jewish lands to make an image to the beast, which, of course, was forbidden for a Jew to do, but we need to keep in mind that the false prophet was a great deceiver (Revelation 13:14). He caused folks to do what they wouldn’t ordinarily do, if they were truly aware of the significance of their deed. So, we probably need to be looking for a figurative image rather than one made of wood or stone. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The False Prophet

Beast

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This second beast or the false prophet exercises or executes (poieo – G4160) all the power (G1849 – exousia) of the first beast (Revelation 13:12). John seems to be saying that the false prophet is the leader or head of state of the “first beast,” which in an earlier study I showed was apostate Israel or apostate Jerusalem. In other words, the power and authority “over all tribes, tongues and nations” that was given to the first beast (Revelation 13:7), was the false prophet’s to use as he deemed was good for the well being of the beast. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Who Is Able to Fight the Beast?

Persecution

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Because the earth (“ge” – G1093) wondered over the beast’s return to power, they worshiped the dragon (Revelation 12:3-4, 9), whom they believed had caused it to occur (Revelation 13:4). What needs to be kept in mind is that the Greek word for world (G1093) in the KJV is translated so, only here in Revelation 13:4. Everywhere else in the New Covenant Scriptures (242 other occurrences) the Greek word, ge (G1093), is translated earth, land, ground or country (in the KJV). So, it isn’t the world, per se, that “wondered after the beast” but rather the citizens of the land—the Jews. They wondered after the beast and ended up worshiping the dragon for giving the beast its authority. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 21, 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 Wrong Way to Preach the Gospel

Legalism - 1

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Jesus told the church at Pergamos to repent (Revelation 2:16). That is, repent of believing and perhaps acting on the belief that they needed to join pagans in worship in order to gain them for Christ. Such a practice would end their persecution, but it would take away their witness. How could they testify of what it means to have Jesus as Lord, if they acted as though the pagan gods were lords as well? Mere doctrine saves no one. Jesus, not a better argument, saves people from their sins. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Widow’s Mites

widow's mite

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After the religious debates of Luke 20 and Jesus silencing all his enemies, Luke seems to imply that Jesus simply looked up from where he taught in the previous chapter (Luke 21:1). However, Mark seems to say Jesus moved to a position near the place in the Temple treasury where Jews deposited their offerings (Mark 12:41), and there he observed what was done. Nevertheless, whatever actually occurred, the fact is that Jesus had to call his disciples to himself (Luke 21:3), and this does indicate Jesus was no longer formally involved in teaching them. So, the debates were over, and Jesus moved on to something else. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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