Revelation

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We made it! Okay, here’s what people do. They start reading Revelation. And they should start with John about His love or Psalms, Proverbs and really be familiar with the Bible from the beginning but they just don’t do it. So, I will help you out, if you are one of those people or just like me trying to get through the whole Bible.

First, you are blessed if you read it. The book of Revelation is just what it says, it is the final revelation of Jesus as Lord, though He is being revealed from Genesis on, you can find Him in the Hebrew texts and word pictures, and He even appeared as the Angel of the Lord.

Revelation was written in about 90 A.D. by John, the last living disciple. Exiled to the island of Patmos, he was able to convey what the Spirit showed him in coded messages that believers would understand, while the Romans just thought he was a crazy old man.

The book is addressed to seven churches and they are al in Asia minor. Jesus tells them what he thinks of them, the number seven figures prominently, churches, stars, candlesticks or menorahs, angels, seals, trumpets, bowls, judgements, plagues and years of the Great Tribulation.

Jesus holds the stars in His hand, in that day coins were minted with images of kings and rulers and of course, He is the coming king. When He returns, He will put His foot on the Mount of Olives and it will split into. That imagery was familiar with the people of that day, they knew about the statue of the Colossus at Rhodes, giving them a good idea of Christ’s return, something that would be colossal. Though, He could have come whenever God chose and there were types of the Antichrist, like Nero, and in centuries past, the technology to rule the world wasn’t there, it is now.

To really delve into Revelation, you need a good knowledge of the Bible and of ancient history. Many people think we are living in the Laodicean age, neither hot or cold. I think it can vary. Since the churches are in Asia Minor and countries that are primarily Muslim or of another religion, with the lost tribes of Israel scattered even to Ethiopia and China, we know that Christian influence may be limited but God never is.

I have to address the issue of what people believe about the catching away of 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17 or the Rapture. Many believers simply don’t believe it. Some believe in what is know as pre-trib, mid -trib or post trib and offer verses to back it. I am pre tribulation, I know the word harpazo means to snatch by force and only the Holy Spirit is restraining the Antichrist. If people were left, it would be hard to be saved, and Lord help them by the end, I don’t know of anyone who could make it without taking a mark. People argue now over anything, imagine having no food or fuel, and the desolation and isolation of war.  That has to come before there is a false peace treaty, and the Pretorists believe it has happened already, that is not the case.

After we have a description of Jesus, He is referred to as the Lamb and the only one worthy to open the Book of Life, and He is the only one, a perfect sacrifice. He will open each seal and angels pour out judgements. In ancient times, seals were opened with proof of ownership that matched the seal,  or with a signet ring. Jesus definitely redeemed our souls and the wrath is poured out on unbelievers, even after the sixth seal, people are unrepentant. It is happening now, witchcraft is the sin of rebellion and even drug abuse, it has roots into sorcery, potions and magic. Notice that I said drug abuse not medicine in general. The Greek word used is  pharmakeía, from pharmakeuō, to “administer drugs”. The Covid vaccine is mandatory for some but we still have a choice, people won’t then. It is no doubt a foreshadow of things to come. By chapter nine, with a third of the people killed, the rest are unrepentant.

Then there are seven more angels with bowls that pour out more wrath. Though it seven years, we know a day can be like a  thousand years with Him and why we don’t know the day or hour of His coming. I do think believers are in heaven and God’s timing is His own. But in the middle of it all there will be a false peace treaty made by a false Christ, who will use a false prophet or religious leader to help him carry out his deception. There will have to be war in order for there to be a peace treaty offered, there is no third temple yet. When Jews try to sacrifice again, he will stop it and claims he is God, he breaks his treaty. God has never done that though He will make ways for us to manage, He sees suffering but abides in the fact that He gave us free will, the Antichrist will not so that but enforce his will on the people with a mark, totaling 666. To take it is damnation forever.

Believers are judged at the Bema seat and unbelievers at the Great White Throne. While many join the Antichrist and false prophet in hell forever, believers will be eternally with the Lamb, Jesus, He will wipe away all tears.

No doubt, there will be war and hail raining, from either weather related plagues or nuclear weapons. People will not be privy to all the spiritual realm as unbelievers, and the demonic rages, disease, death and pestilence. He will raise a remnant of144,000 Jews to minister, and Enoch and Elijah will come and be killed mid way through. They are the only two men who have not died, and there will be those of us who are alive and remain in His love and calling that will not see death but be caught up to meet Him.

Revelation is terrifying, so it is better to believe in His love now and not face eternal hell or what is called the second death. Your name has to be in the Book of Life.

Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Revelation 22:12-13.

I know people like to read books and especially mysteries, and find out the end. Well, we already know who loses here, the devil does. And he always has and will because of Jesus and His sacrifice, Oh, he might start trouble but Jesus will finish it. I hope this helps with Revelation without going into every detail, the world will never truly be destroyed but there will be a new heaven and earth and the real Christ on the throne, Are you ready?

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Jude

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Jude is a very short book, but like John, he warns against the spirit of error and heresy that is being taught among believers. Jude is a half brother to Jesus as is the brother of James. He states that he is eager to speak of salvation but realizes that he must address the teaching that have crept in and drawn some away into sensuality.

While we are not condemned in Christ as believers, Romans 8:1, there are those who are quick to condemn others, and we are to follow Christ closely. Many grace teachers are condemned, however, there is grace in Christ, though it is wrong to continually sin. I believe it is an abuse of the love of God.

That is not just what it sounds like but what we perceive through the senses instead of the Spirit. If you can’t see it, it isn’t so, that is not faith. He mentions that Michael, the archangel did not rail on the devil. He merely stated for the Lord to rebuke him as should we. Yet, is also fleshly, the false teaching and Jude points out that even angels fell, and names the Old Testament wrongdoers of Cain, Balaam and Korah.

Jude also assures us that our salvation is secure in Jesus and it is. As true believers, we are safe in His hands without fear of falling into these traps and devices of the enemy, we must rely on the Spirit to discern legalism and false doctrine. Many have come to ridicule grace but it is what Jesus gave, it was a deep sacrifice, not a license to sin and those abusing it or teaching falsely will be judge.

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory in great joy, the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen. Jude 1:24, 25

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1st,2nd, 3rd John

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He’s back again, the disciple Jesus loved as He referred to himself, John, and with three more books about love.  While these books are relatively short, I just read them all in less than twenty minutes, they are powerful and packed with truth.

John addresses believers as children of God, explaining that we are to walk in the light. He warns of people who are false teachers and the spirit of antichrist. Even to try spirits. or rather discern them as being of God or not. Often, this is a work of the Spirit, or one of the various gifts.

We are saved and redeemed from sin but if we do sin we have Jesus to turn to, however there are some who never give up sin, calling into question if they truly understood or received salvation to begin with. John tells how to discern. We all still sin on occasion but it is no longer our desire or nature to and we should be quick to repent.

John really does speak a lot about love in the first book. The second and third are both greeting believers with grace and peace but he acknowledges the spirit of antichrist and he would rather speak to them than write about certain topics. He gives no new teaching but to love God and not the world.

And I have a strong belief that John was already receiving revelation, not only about these false teachings and Gnostics, who believe Christ had no literal body, but the perhaps feeling the revelation that was yet to come, the one of Christ and the  Antichrist that He will ultimately defeat.

Let’s rely on the Spirit and renew our minds, and look to the love of God.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

I am writing to you, little children,
because your sins are forgiven for His name’s sake.
I am writing to you, fathers,
because you know Him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young men,
because you have overcome the evil one.
I write to you, children,
because you know the Father.
I write to you, fathers,
because you know Him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
because you are strong,
and the word of God abides in you,
and you have overcome the evil one.

1 John 2:12-14

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. 1 John 3:1

And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as He has commanded us. 1 John 3:23

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:7,8

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:17:18

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First And Second Peter

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This is a book or letter written by Peter, though he names a few places, it is for all believers the world over. Peter expounds on living a holy and set apart life. We know that we can only do that in Christ.

Peter was, of course, the rock that Jesus would build the church upon. After being sifted by the enemy and even rebuked by Jesus, for he wanted  Him to lead the Jews in rebellion as Rome, he was restored by Jesus after his denial. While Jesus asks him if he loved him and uses the Greek agape. Peter answers still with the phileo, friend love in his answer.

It is a beautiful example of Jesus meeting us at our own level, He even asks the third time using lambs instead of sheep, a further indication of God’s agape love. Peter was crucified upside down, feeling he was not worthy to be like Jesus. He ministered with his wife who was also killed during the reign of Nero.

Peter explains that by living holy lives the believer is to, “sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.  1 Peter 3:15. Living a holy and set apart life is to obey Christ and Peter states that we are obligated to preach the “Hope that is in you”.  Jesus really is our hope of glory, isn’t He?

He secured our salvation on the cross and Peter is looking back to Isaiah 53’s prophetic words, that by His stripes or wounds we are healed, when he alludes to the present and future, being a witness to it, that “for by His wounds you were healed” 1 Peter 2:24, 2:24, he puts n the past tense as the work of Crist was finished. I have found that many believing for healing fail to realize that He has provided it already, and that we must discern His body. I had to remember this myself even recently.

He also says  that believers should not be surprised when persecution comes upon them, “be on the alert” because satan is continuously, “seeking whom he may devour”  1 Peter 5:8.  And while we are facing persecution to commit our souls to Him and glorify God regardless. Personally, I suppose I was a little surprised by persecution, and sometimes by fellow believers. It does not always mean being in literal chains.

Second Peter is also to believers in general, he wrote both between 60 and 64 A.D. He warns against false teachers and prophets, even gospels, explaining being witness to His majesty. Peter says that men were move by the Spirit to write the gospel.

He also emphasizes that He return and judge accordingly and that we are to hold on to His precious and magnificent promises as partakers of His divine nature. The boisterous and hot tempered disciple who swore, denied Jesus three times and wept bitter has a lot to offer us in these books.

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James

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James is the half brother of Jesus and this epistle was written in about 49 A.D. He encourages believers to be doers of the Word and not merely hearers of it. James invites believers to put their faith into action, not to expect salvation by works but to do what Christ ordained them to do. He declares faith without works to be dead or inoperative faith.

James states, ” Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you. ”  James 4:7 You would be surprised how many times that is misquoted, many people will leave off the submitting to God. I, myself, have had to submit to God knowing I cannot fend off things on my own, like the major attack on my health last year and just letting Him deal with problems I can’t. Sometimes, it means backing off, being still or even saying nothing. You do not have to rail like the devil does,

James emphasizes prayer and is also a short read, but also has some great verses to memorize and remember, so we can obey the Lord, resist, and let Him be in control of our lives and tongues. Chapter 3 has a  lot to say about the tongue. It truly is a fire, isn’t it?

He says to pray for the sick, teaches anointing with oil and the laying on of hands, and this is a verse we can all take to heart, the more I learn, I feel like I know so much less than I ever thought and haven’t done a lot of things right, but was trying.

To him therefore who knows to do good, and does not do it, to him it is sin. James 4:17

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The Wrath Of The Lamb

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For years lambs have been sacrificed. Not only in the Old Testament or even New, that is one reason I never read a lot of the Bible. That was a mistake, not knowing what Jesus truly went through. It had to be done a certain way, then burned. The Passover Lamb was the exception to working on the Sabbath, it could be prepared and served the same day.

Passover was last week, Good Friday, though Jesus was likely crucified on Thursday to account for three days and nights in the tombs, it was measured in twelve hour periods then and today is Easter or more appropriately, Resurrection Day, the first day of the week since we are on the Gregorian calendar, but the Bible is clear that Mary Magdalene went on the first day of the week. The Sabbath was from Friday evening to Saturday evening.

The spotless lamb’s life was over and there were kosher laws about slaughter and sacrifice, but Jesus endured it all for us to have salvation, healing and so much more. He celebrated Passover, tended the lamb, and may have even had to sacrifice it after Joseph’s death. And then to know you were it, the following year.

He was all God but He was all man as well to allow God sacrifice Him, to know what human beings went through in a fallen world. Sacrifices, of all kinds, only sufficed for a while but Jesus was a pure and holy sacrifice, the once an for all and only sacrifice that would redeem us. He bore it all in His own mind and body, His heart, His soul, God had to send the Spirit to raise Him, bring Him from the pit of hell where the demons and death thought they had Him. He retrieve Adam’s authority, the keys of death, hell and the grave. It had to be hard for God to look away.

So, you see, Jesus was literally taking our place. He willingly gave His life and was torture beyond belief, taking upon Himself all the wrath of God to give mankind a chance to believe and be saved. No, not everyone will and that is why it is important to know and understand that the wrath poured out in the Revelation of Christ described by John, is the wrath of the Lamb. He has to judge unbelievers and those who only thought they knew Him. Being told to depart that He never knew you, even if demons fled at His name is a terrifying though.

And what a shame when He has loved so, that believers and unbelievers alike are blinded to the fact of the depths of His great love and mercy. He will have to judge though and is the only one worthy to do so. And the enemy will blind believers out of healing, spiritual gifts and more. But Jesus was every kind of offering, including guilt.

While many believers are like sheep among the wolves, others have gone astray, wandering far off or afield. But it is still not to late to get back into His Word and will. I feel like I have been through a lot especially the past few years but nothing like He bore for me. It is all covered in Isaiah 53.

So please take a moment for Communion and communion with Him having a repentant heart and keeping it everyday. I want to hear the words well done, the only thing worse than eternal hell would be the knowledge that it would have been so simple to repent, for those who really don’t know Him, it is not to late to avoid the wrath of the Lamb but one day soon it will be.

And if you don’t think it is the wrath of the Lamb, think again. God turned it all over to Him, and one day Jesus will give it back.

But when this Priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God.  Since that time He waits for His enemies to be made a footstool for His feet, because by a single offering He has made perfect for all time those who are being sanctified.…Hebrews 10:12-14

God opposed the sacrifice of human beings in pagan religions and protected Isaac from Abraham’s dagger, as he was a type and foreshadow of Christ, and yet the only perfect one was His dearly beloved Son, He offered Him, and looked away as Jesus had agreed to come and give His life taking the wrath of God for those who could believe. There is no greater love, and He is still risen and coming again.

Hebrews

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Hebrews is a book I have really begun to study more. It is the accepted tradition that it was written by either Paul or Barnabas in about 67 A.D. Paul wars martyred the next year. It begins with the comparison of Christ to angels, God never elevated an angels as high, and we know that they have ranks, even archangels do not outrank Jesus, who appeared at times in the Old Testament as the Angel of the Lord.

It also teaches us to focus on Him, so often our attention is distracted onto others our ourselves. And chapter 4 explains in great detail the rest of God, the same that He offered the Israelites and thy rejected, and also Jesus speaks of it in Matthew 11:28-30.

The book was written to believers who were persecuted and under the teaching to return to Judaism. They are encourage to keep Christ as their hope and that He is superior to the law of Moses having fulfilled it. This is how He was made lower than angels. He went to hell to redeem us but was raised by the Spirit.

Since then the children have shared in flesh and blood, he also himself in like manner partook of the same, that through death he might bring to nothing him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might deliver all of them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For, truly, he did not come to help the angels, but to help the offspring of Abraham. Therefore he was obligated in all things to be made like his brothers, that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people. For in that he himself has suffered being tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted. Hebrews 2:14-18

Hebrews is all about faith and hope. Jesus being our blessed hope. Chapter 4 should be studied and restudied and 11 includes the faith hall of fame, the people who walked by faith. And we are encouraged that we can walk in faith, hope and love everyday know that Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever. It delves into great detail how He was the once and for all who would believe, sacrifice and is now our High Priest.

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Philemon

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Philemon is a short read with just one chapter. Paul is again writing yet another letter and Onesimus, a runaway slave belonging to Philemon is delivering the message. He had run away and met Paul in Rome, becoming a convert. Philemon could have had him executed but Paul urges him to accept him in Christ, he was mentioned also in Colossians.

Paul sends the usual grace and peace greetings, and is hope of being released from prison. I like to read the shorter books, two or three at a time and leave the larger ones for a week or a month. There are many Bible reading plans, however you do it. Keep reading.

I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers……Philemon 1:4

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Titus

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Although Titus is another short book to read it is yet another letter from Paul to him. Titus was left on the island of Crete. Titus was a Greek convert. If you recall, Paul went on missionary trips, preached at Mars Hill. He was also shipwrecked and snake bitten. When he lived, that caused many to convert. However, it is not the definition of Mark 16:6. Spiritual vipers, the Holy Spirit will help you discern, avoid or cast out if necessary.

Again we see that the Apostle had adopted the Jewish greeting of peace, often adding grace to it because now Jesus has come. As he greeted Timothy, he greets Titus as his true child in faith. Paul was instructing young ministers, as older ones should be. But how many times have we seen them not taught the purest gospel?

Paul gives the instruction and includes, the husband of one wife. I have seen people disqualified because of divorce, but he was referring to polygamy and adultery. He says for them not  to be greedy and hospitable and, in control and true to his word.

To the pure, all things are pure; but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure. Indeed, both their minds and their consciences are defiled. profess to know God, but by their actions they deny Him. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for any good deed. Titus 1:15,16

Paul continues the letter to Titus telling him to avoid Jewish myths and to continue in faith, submitting to those in authority. He also asks them to have self control and avoid anger, arguments and division.

For at one time we too were foolish, disobedient, misled, and enslaved to all sorts of desires and pleasures—living in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not by the righteous deeds we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of new birth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This is the Spirit He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we would become heirs with the hope of eternal life. This saying is trustworthy. And I want you to emphasize these things, so that those who have believed God will take care to devote themselves to good deeds. These things are excellent and profitable for the people. Titus 3:3-8

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1st And 2nd Timothy

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These are two more epistles written by Paul, both to a young minister in Ephesus by the name of Timothy. He encourages the young man who he has been acquainted with to continue in ministry and gives him a lot of instruction.

Some of it is for ministers, some for deacons, and he details what is to be done for widows, both old and young. In the second letter, he asks him to visit once more, being again in prison. While he had been in prison and persecuted for preaching Christ before, he was in a house, this time, it was a dungeon.

It was a far cry from Timothy, his mother, Eunice and grandmother, Lois. No doubt they had often had him in their home and dined many times. As an indication of Timothy’s age, Paul refers to him as my beloved child. Though we are not told of his father, Paul was obviously a father figure to the young man, and thought very highly of him.

Paul tells him to stir the gift inside which is the Spirit he received by laying on of hands, not to be dissuaded though he is young but to preach the gospel in and out of season. He mentions his suffering and asks for personal possessions. It could have been that he was imprisoned unexpectedly, as a Roman citizen and under Nero who persecuted Christians horribly, he was likely beheaded in the spring of 68 A.D.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7

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