Revelation Chapter #4

Revelation Chapter #4

To me chapters #4 and 5 I find quite interesting and I hope that you will feel the same about them. Chapter #4 is a rather short one though having only 11 verses in it. This is the beginning of where the Church goes up to Heaven at the beginning of the Great Tribulation.  Chapters 6-18 covers the Great Tribulation in quite a bit of detail. Chapter 19 is about the ending of the Tribulation. Chapter 20 covers the 1,000 year reign of Christ upon the Earth while the Devil and His Angels (Demons) are locked away in Hell. Then the final two chapters of Revelation covers the rest of eternity. I hope that you will find this letter to you this evening to be of value to your understanding of the material.

 

There are three breakdowns within this chapter that I would like to talk with you about. This chapter starts with what many Theologians refer to as the ‘program of Christ,’ starting here with a scene in Heaven. In verses 1-3 is the material of the Throne of God. Verses 4-5 the subject matter is the 24 Elders then finally verses 6-11 discusses the four Living Creatures that surround the Throne of God. Lets now read these 11 verses then we can break them down for a better understanding. Remember, this Book was written by the Apostle John and he speaks of the things that he was shown and heard. “After this I looked and beheld a door open in Heaven. And the first Voice which I heard was as if it were a trumpet talking with me, which said, come up here and I will show you things which will be in the future.” “Then immediately I was in the Spirit and beheld a Throne which was set in Heaven and One sat on the Throne.” “He that sat on the Throne was like looking upon a Jasper and a Sardine Stone. And there was a rainbow round about the Throne, the color was like looking unto an Emerald.” “Round about the Throne were four and twenty Seats. Upon the Seats I saw 24 Elders sitting. They were clothed in White Raiment and upon their heads were Crowns of Gold.” “Then out of the Throne proceeded lightnings and thundering and voices. There were 7 Lamps of Fire burning before the Throne, which are the Seven Spirits of God.” (The 7 Arch Angels) “Before the Throne there was a Sea of Glass which was like unto Crystal. In the midst of the Throne and round about the Throne were 4 Beasts full of eyes in front and behind.” “The first Beast was like a Lion, the second Beast was like a Calf. The third Beast had the face of a man. The fourth Beast was like a flying Eagle.” “Each of the 4 Beasts had 6 wings about Him. Each of them were full of eyes within and they did not rest day or night. And they were saying holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty, which was, which is , and is to come.” ” And then the Beast gave glory and honor and thanks to Him that sat on the Throne, who lives for ever and ever.” “And the 24 Elders fell down before Him that sat on the Throne and worshiped Him that lives for ever and ever, and they cast down their Crowns before the Throne.” “Saying Thou art worthy O Lord to receive glory and honor and power. For You have created all things, and for Your pleasure they are and were created.”

 

Well friends that is it for the 11 verses of this chapter so now it is time to do a little bit more explaining to help in understanding.  Think back to chapter #1 what John saw and how things happened to him. After the Lord had given John His message to the 7 Churches in Asia Minor do you remember how that Voice sounded like a Trumpet? Next think of the sight that John was shown, not just a stairway to Heaven but an open door to Heaven itself. Notice that John was then called up to Heaven ‘in the Spirit.’ This is because there is no flesh in Heaven. God the Father the Son, the Holy Spirit and all of the Angels are Spirits, not flesh. Do you remember how verse one starts off with “after this”? “After this” in the Greek language in which the Book of Revelation was written, ‘after this’ is “meta tauta”. The definition is “after these things.” It is used two times here, at the beginning of the verse and at the end of it. The Meta tauta that John was referring to is The Rapture. The Rapture is when Christ comes back to Earth with His Angels. At that time the dead in Christ will rise first then those who are still alive who were faithful to Him will depart this Earth in the twinkling (blink) of an eye and will go up into the clouds to be with Christ forever more. (1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17). The word Rapture is not something that you will find in the English Bible but in the original Greek in which it was written the word “harpazo” is used. When this word is used in the Greek it means “to be caught up, rapture, or snatched up.”

 

Now lets explain verse #2 and John’s words. “And I beheld a Throne that was set in Heaven and One sitting on the Throne.” In the Book of  Psalms 11:4 it is written”The Lord is in His Holy Temple, the Lord’s Throne in Heaven: His eyes behold, His eyelids try the children of men.” In Psalms 110:1 it is written “The Lord said unto my Lord, sit thou down at My Right Hand, until I make Your enemies Your footstool.” This Throne of which John speaks is the Throne of God The Father and it is The Lord Jesus His Son who sits at The Fathers Right Hand.

 

In verse #3 John said “and He that sat upon the Throne was like looking upon a Jasper and a Sardine Stone and there was a rainbow round about The Throne, in sight like unto an emerald.” Our attention is directed to “He who is upon The Throne.” What John was seeing is believed to be the Triune (Trinity) God. The Three Persons which are the Trinity of God. The oneness of God are distinguished or ‘shown’ to us in the following Scriptures. In verses 2 and 5 shows shows us God The Holy Spirit. In verse #3 God The Father. In chapter 5 verse #5 is God The Son. What we are being shown here by John is the Trinity upon the Throne. John was not able to distinguish the Form of a person only the magnificent brilliance and brightness that was like unto light upon precious stones. Just for information’s sake, the Greek word for rainbow is ‘iris’ which means ‘halo’.

 

Verse #4 is where John spoke to us of the 24 Elders that sat around God’s Throne. In Greek the word Elder is Presbuteros, this word when translated into English is Presbyterian. It is the Elders who are responsible for the leaders and the overseers of Christ’s Church. The leadership of every congregation of The Lord’s Church are given a very serious requirement, to keep the Bride of Christ (The Church) pure for the return (Second Advent/coming) of the Groom/Christ. When a congregation errs and falls away from the teachings of Christ it is the duty of the leadership to correct the way of ‘the flock’. If they do not do so the blood of the lost will be laid upon those leaders who failed at their main job that they had been given. Here are just a few Scriptures you might wish to look up to help you understand. Titus 1:5, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Corinthians 6:3, 2 Timothy 4:8, James 1:12 and I Peter 5:4.

 

When you get to verse #5 you read about lightning and thunder and voices coming from the Throne of God. If you have ever lived in what we here in the U.S. refer to as Tornado Alley you should be very well familiar with these signs of a bad storm getting ready to descend upon you. With much thundering and lightning (and I personally have been hit by that and it hurts, a lot) you know you need to take shelter or you could die in the storm. Do you see the correlation? All people of the Earth need to seek the shelter of The Lord Jesus Christ, as quickly as possible as there is a storm coming that no one can survive. The wrath of God is coming for all who have rejected The Lamb of God The Father, His Son, Jesus Christ. The Great Tribulation is coming to God’s Footstool, the Earth whether we want it to or not. When we each (and we will) stand before the Judgement Seat of Christ we will all stand or fall according to our faith and our love for Jesus Christ. The deeds that we have done will help prove the purity of our heart whether they were good or evil.

 

Now, lets get to verses 6-11. First lets discuss the 4 Living Creatures first mentioned in Revelation 4:6. But first lets touch on the “Sea of Glass” that is before the Throne of God. In the Book of Matthew 5:8 and Hebrews 12:14 you will see that the Sea represents the Righteousness and Holiness of God. The emphasis at this time is no longer on mercy, it is on judgement. This peaceful beautiful Sea represents the place of rest to which the Lord’s Church has come. After the Rapture the Lord’s Bride, The Church is no longer the victim of the rages and the storms that this world has to offer.

 

The four Beasts in verse 6 are four living creatures. The Greek word used here is Zoa, the English translation is Zoo. Yet the emphasis here is not upon the bestial but on the fact that they are living creatures. If you would please read Isaiah 6:2-3 and Ezekiel 1:5-10 and 10:20. As you can now see, these Creatures do sound a bit familiar, don’t they? In the Gospel of John he communicated to us the Deity of Jesus The Christ who is above all living things. If you will notice the 4 Creatures also represent the animal world. The Lion represents the worlds beasts. The Calf (Ox) represents the domesticated beasts. The Eagle represents the King of Birds. The Man is the head of all creation and the Lord is the Head of all of them.

 

There are two passages I will close with this evening from this Book that I hope you will consider. First is found at 1:8 where The Lord say plainly “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, Saith The Lord, which is , and which was and which is to come, The All Mighty.” The last passage is Rev 4:11 “You are worthy O Lord to receive glory and honor and power. For You have created all things, and for Your pleasure they are and were created.” You see my friends, the world was created by God, for God, and it is His to do with as He wishes. But, God is fair, God is truthful, He can not lie. It is by His grace and love that He set forth a guidebook for all of His children to live by, it is called The Bible. The Lord gave all of mankind a free will. The Lord is a jealous God who wants to be loved and worshiped. But, He wants us to do these things of our won free will, because we want to, not because we have to.

 

If we love God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit and live our lives the way He asks us to do then we do not have to fear the trials of this world. We need not fear a man who can only kill the body but we should fear the Devil who can kill both the body and the Soul, if we let Him. If we hold fast to the love and the promises of God the Evil One can not harm us and eternity with the Lord our God awaits each and everyone of us.

Revelation Chapter #3

Revelation Chapter #3

 

With this letter today I would like for us to discuss the third chapter of the Book of Revelation. Chapter #3 is a lot like chapter #2 was in that the main subject matter is three of the old churches in Asia Minor. In Rev. 22:10 John was told “do not seal the sayings of the Prophecy’s of this Book: for the time is at hand.”  Those that say the Book of Revelation is just a jumble of signs and symbols and is not meant to be understood is directly contradicting the Book and The Lord. The Lord Jesus dictated this information to the Apostle John. This Book is not a closed book that is suppose to be beyond human understanding. This Book is like all Scripture in that for you to really understand it you must read it, see it and understand it through the eyes of the Holy Spirit who indwells us. This is because it is He, The Holy Spirit who is the Author of all Scripture.

 

If a person only sees Scripture through the eyes of the flesh of this world then they will never fully see nor understand what the Truth is. Revelation does not begin anything. Revelation concludes those things which began within the other 65 Books of the Bible. If a person has not studied the rest of the Bible first then Revelation will be very difficult for a person to understand. This Book has 22 chapters and 404 verses. Of these 404 verses 278 of them contain references to the Old Testament.

 

After Chapter #3 the Church is not mentioned again within Revelation. This is because the Church which is the “Bride of Christ” is in Heaven with Him. Now, if you would, lets study what Jesus had to say about the other three Churches of the seven listed, these Churches were in Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. First let us look at the Lord’s words to the Church in Sardis which is in modern day Greece. “To the Angel of the Church in Sardis write: these things saith He that has the seven Spirits of God and the Seven Stars. I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are really dead. Be watchful and strengthen the things that you still have that are about to die. For I have not found your works complete before God. Remember therefore how that you received and heard, hold fast to that, and repent. For if you do not pay attention, I will come unto you as a thief in the night, and you shall not know what hour I will come unto you. There are a few among you even there in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcomes this world shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out their name out of The Book Of Life, but I will confess their name before My Father and before His Angels. He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the Churches.”

 

Friends, as you can see, there is not great mystery here in what The Lord is saying to the people of the Church at Sardis. He points out their good points and their bad points. On the things they are doing good on The Lord tells them to continue. But, on the things they are doing wrong in their lives on He tells them to correct those ways of He will remove their names from the Book of Life. My friends, if our name is not found in the Book of Life at our Judgement we will be cast into Hell at that time. How can things possibly be more plain than what The Lord has laid our to all of us in His own words?

 

Now let us go onto The Lords letter to the Church at Philadelphia. For those of you who are new to this information this letter is not to the people who live in southeast Pennsylvania, it was addressed to a Church in what is now western Turkey. “To the Angel of the Church in Philadelphia write; these things says He that is Holy, He that is True, He that has the Key of David. He that opens and no man can shut. He that shuts and no man can open. I know your works: behold, I have set before you and open door, and no man can shut it. For you have a little power and have obeyed my word and you have not denied My Name. Behold, I will make them of the Synagogue of Satan which say they are Jews and are not, for they lie. Behold I will make them come and worship before your feet. Then they will realize that I have loved you. Because you have kept the word of My patience, I will also keep you from the hour of temptation which shall come upon the whole world, to try them which dwell upon the Earth. Behold, I shall come quickly. Hold fast to that which you have so that no man can take your Crown. To he that overcomes I will make him a pillar in the Temple of God, he shall no more go out, and I will write upon him The Name of God. And the name of the City of God which is the New Jerusalem which shall down out of Heaven from God and I will write upon him My new name for him. He that has an ear, let him hear what The Spirit is saying to the Churches.”

 

Philadelphia did not receive the condemnation that most of the seven Churches received because most of what they were doing was correct in God’s Eyes. Philadelphia was a Church that was getting out the Word of God. They were not just sitting on their hands and only giving lip service to God. Yet Jesus did still warn them about being complacent and not continuing in His Word. As you can see, in these warnings just as within many other places of Scripture it is possible to fall away from doing God’s Work and lose your Crown. Friends, there is no such thing as once saved always saved, friends please do not let the Devil fool you by such false teachings.

 

Now lets go to The Lord’s letter to the seventh Church of the seven listed, the last message was to the Church in Laodicea. “To the Angel of the Church in Laodicea write; these things saith The Amen, The Faithful and the True Witness, the beginning of the Creation of God. I know your works, that they are neither cold nor hot: because they are neither cold nor hot I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing. You do not know that you are really wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. I advise you to buy from Me gold that is tried in the fire so that you may be rich and have white raiment so that you may be clothed so that the shame of your nakedness does not appear, and anoint your eyes with eye salve so that you might see. As many as I love I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hears My Voice and opens the door I will come in to him and will eat with him and he with Me. To him that overcomes this world I will grant him to sit with Me in My Throne, even as I also overcame and have set down with My Father in His Throne. He that has an ear, let him hear what The Spirit is saying to the Churches.”

 

Well friends, that is it for chapter #3, as you can see this is not rocket science or brain surgery, it is quite possible for all of us to understand. Lord willing in the next day or two I will get my notes together on Chapter #4 and get it written up. I hope that you will join me then for that read as well. Good evening and I pray that God will bless and keep you all safe until we meet again.

Revelation Chapter #2

Revelation Chapter #2

 

Chapter #2 is about the Church on the Earth. The Church is the bought and paid for Bride of Christ. In the first 3 chapters of this Book the Church is mentioned 19 times. Yet from chapter 4 through chapter 20 it is not mentioned at all. The logical question at this point would be, why not. The Book of Revelation is about what was, what is, and what will be. So, chapters 2 and 3 are mostly focused on the now. You will see that after chapter 3 the Church leaves the Earth. This is the answer to why the Church is not spoken of in chapters 4-20. These chapters cover what will yet be, what will happen.

 

When Jesus addressed these 7 Churches in Asia Minor He had a three fold message for them. His 7 messages to these 7 Churches of the late first century were direct in their meaning. By the way, the ruins of these 7 Churches still exist today if you ever feel like taking yourself a modern day vacation to the area to visit them. In John’s writing it is also obvious that he knew these Churches personally as well as there local traditions and conditions and that they knew him. Each message to each of the Churches was also a composite picture of the individual Church. All Churches are made up of individual people and they, like people, will tend to have their own personalities about them. An example would be the Church in Philadelphia and it is easy to see within our own mind and heart that the Lord addresses each Church on these matters. You see, every Church then and now must be uniform in that Jesus Christ is The Head of The Church. We must all walk our lives individually by the examples that Jesus lived and spelled out for us, as the Churches that we attend must also do. The Church is the Body of Christ, Jesus is the Head of The Church, it is not the other way around. Chronologically a panoramic history of the Church is given within these 7 Church addresses beginning from the Day of Pentecost in Jerusalem. If you will notice there are 7 periods of Church history written within these 7 addresses.

 

Ephesus represents the Apostolic Church and Laodicea represents the Apostate Church. The prophetic pictures John paint for us within these two addresses to these two Churches have for the most part been fulfilled. Partially this is what help in making these early chapters so interesting. John painted a well defined format that The Lord used in each of the letters to these 7 Churches. If you can remember from Chapter #1 there was some features from the Glorified Lord that was emphasized in the address to each Church, a particular thing that was emphasized for its own reason.

 

The Lord starts off His address to each Church with “I know your works.”  Then in most cases The Lord salutes each Church with a Commendation and then a Condemnation. But, in the cases of the Churches in Smyrna and Philadelphia He gave no condemnation. The reasons for this are simple, Smyrna was a martyr Church and Philadelphia was a missionary Church that was effectively getting out His Word. But it is also very noteworthy to notice that the Church in Laodicea received no commendation. This is because it was an apostate Church, a Church that had fallen away from the teachings of God in which it had been founded upon. Each of the 7 letters to the 7 Churches ends with the following warning, “he that has an ear let him hear what The Spirit says.” If you were wondering why these particular 7 Churches were chosen out of the hundreds that existed at that time, their location is something to consider. This area is where modern day Turkey and Greece are located. This area had a lot of importance within the Roman Empire as it is and was where the East meets the West, this is so in the case of trade, cultures and religion.

 

In chapter #2 you will find The Lords words to the first 4 Churches. In verses (1-7) to Ephesus. In verses (8-11) to Smyrna. In verses (12-17) to Pergamos. Then finally in verses (18-29) to the Church in Thyatira. The letters to the other three Churches you will find in chapter #3, these Churches are Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. Now, if you would please consider the words The Lord had to say to these first four Churches. “Unto the Angel of the Church of Ephesus write these things which The Lord Himself has to say to them.” “I know your works and your labor and your patience. How you can not tolerate them which are evil. And how you have tried them which say they are Apostles and are not, and you have found them to be liars.  Also how you have borne burdens and have been persistent and for My Names sake have labored and have not become weak. Never the less I have something against you, because you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you are fallen and repent and practice your first works, or else I will come unto you quickly and will remove your Candlestick our of it’s place, unless you repent.” “But there is one thing that you hate. That is the deeds of make believe Christians, which I also hate. He that has an ear let him hear what The Spirit is saying unto the Churches. To him that overcomes this world I will give to eat of the Tree of Life which is in the midst of the presence of God.” You see my friends, there is such a thing as falling away from The Truth of God and there is no such thing as once saved always saved.

 

Now the message from Jesus to the Church at Smyrna. ” To the Angel of the Church in Smyrna write; these things The Lord has to say to you, He which is the first and the last, which was dead and is alive.” “I know your works and your tribulation (times of great affliction) and your poverty (but you are rich). I know the blasphemy of those which say they are Jews and are not, but are of the Synagogue of Satan, fear none of those things which you shall suffer. Behold, the Devil will cast some of you into prison that you may be tested and you shall have tribulation. But if you are faithful unto death I will give you a Crown of Life. He that has an ear to hear, let him hear what The Spirit says unto the Churches. He that overcomes shall not be hurt of the Second Death.” (Second death means the permanent separation from God). Again my friends, The Lord says very plainly that we must remain faithful until our death. These Churches that do not teach this are not teaching God’s Word.

 

Now lets read the letter to the Church at Pergamos. “To the Angel of the Church in Pergamos write these things say’s He which has the sharp sword with two edges. I know your works and where you live. I even know where Satan’s Seat is. I know that you fold fast to My Name. And that you have not abandoned My Faith. Even in those days when Antipas was My faithful martyr who was slain among you where Satan dwells. But I have a few things against you because among you there are those that hold to the doctrine of Balaam who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel. To eat things which had been sacrificed to idols and to commit fornication. You also have among you those that follow the teachings of make believe Christians which is something I hate. Repent, or else I will come unto you quickly and will fight against you with the sword of My mouth. He that has an ear let him hear what The Spirit has to say to the Churches. To him that overcomes this world I will give them to eat of the hidden manna and will give them a White Stone. And in the Stone a new name written which no man will recognize except for he that receives it.” My friends, the same thing again and again, we must remain faithful through the time of our own death. Also, that it does matter very much what the Churches are teaching to their flock. Also, it is the duty of the Body of the Church to know what the Truth is by studying God’s Word daily. It is the duty of the Body of the Church to always insist that the Church Leadership is teaching God’s Word.

 

Now for the last of the 4 Churches of chapter #2, Thyatira. “Unto the Angel of the Church in Thyatira write, these things saith the Son of God who has His Eyes like unto a flame of fire and His Feet are like fine brass. I know your works and charity and service and faith and your patience. But I still have a few things against you because you allow that woman Jezebel which calls herself a Prophetess to teach and to mislead My Servants to commit fornication and to eat things that have been sacrificed to idols. I gave her time to repent of her fornication but she did not repent. Behold I will cast her into a bed and those that promote pagan religious ideas with her into great troubles, unless they repent of these deeds. I will kill her offspring with death and all the Churches shall realize that I am He which Judges the wills and the hearts. And I will give unto everyone of you according to your works. But to you I say and unto the rest in Thyatira and for those who do not practice pagan doctrine and have not experienced the depths of Satan as they speak; I will put upon you no other burden. But the faith and the doctrine which you already have, hold firmly until I come. He that overcomes and maintains My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations. He that has an ear let him hear what The Spirit saith unto the Churches.” Friends, as you can easily see The Lord Jesus does have many things to say to the Churches then and to the Churches now, just as He has a lot to say to the individual person then and to you and I today.

The Book Of Revelation: Chapter #1

The Book Of Revelation: Chapter #1

The Book of Revelation is the Book of the end of God’s plan for the Earth and all of it’s people. Revelation is a Book of Prophesy.  This book was written by the Apostle John in about the year 95 A.D. while he was in exile on the Isle of Patmos in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea by the Roman Government. This book is the Revelation of Jesus Christ. The material came from Jesus Christ and the main character of it’s contents is Jesus Christ.

 

The style, smoothness and plan of Revelation shows us plainly that it was written by one Author. Four times within this Book he is named as John. John received this Apocalyptic Subject matter for this Book from a series of startling visions. This Book unlike the other four Books in the New Testament that he wrote John did not have a Scribe to smooth out his Greek so there are some people on this reality alone who have tried to discredit this material.  Reality is such attacks make no sense at all. It is easy to understand why the Devil and His followers don’t like this Book above all of the Books of Scripture. This Book is like turning to the last chapter of a Novel and reading it to find out how the story ends. Reality is that if we are not a follower and a lover of The Lord Jesus Christ then at the end of our life, this system of things,  the Prophetic events of Revelation is an horrific event.

 

This is the Revelation that God The Father gave to Jesus Christ His Son to show His servants the things that would come to pass. Jesus sent and signed it by His Angel to His servant John. John bore record of the Word of God and of the testimony of Jesus Christ and of most all the things which he was shown. “Blessed is the person that reads or hears the words of this Book and does and keeps close to their heart the things that are written within it. For the beginning of these times are now at hand.”

 

As instructed John wrote this Book to the Seven Churches that were in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey). John saluted these seven Churches through the Grace and Peace of Jesus Christ. He which is, which was and He which is to come and from the Seven Spirits (Angels) which are before the Throne of God. For it is Jesus Christ which is the Faithful Witness of the Father and is the first begotten of the dead. It is Jesus who loved the human race and washed our sins away with His Own Blood. Please think about verse seven for a moment, “Behold Jesus will come in the clouds and every eye shall see Him they also which pierced Him. All the peoples of the Earth shall wail because of Him.” What a horrible sight it will be, the return of Jesus Christ for all of those who have rejected Him and have turned their back on Him. Think about how horrifying it will be for all of those who spat on Him, slapped, whipped, mocked and crucified Him when they see Him coming in the clouds with His Angels.

 

John was in meditation and prayer when he heard behind him a great voice like unto the voice of a trumpet. The voice said to him “I am Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last. What you see, write it in a book and sent it to the Seven Churches which are in Asia. Unto Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and to Laodicea.” When John turned to see of whom the voice was that spoke to him, he saw Seven Golden Candlesticks. In the midst of the Seven Golden Candlesticks stood a man who looked like Jesus. He was clothed down to His feet and wrapped around His waist was a Golden Girdle. His Head and His Hair was white like wool, as white as snow. His eyes were like unto a flame of fire. His Feet were like unto fine brass as it glowed in a furnace. His Voice was like unto the sound of many waters.

 

The Lord had in His Right Hand Seven Stars. Out of His Mouth came forth a sharp two edged sword. The Lord’s countenance was like unto the shinning of the Sun in it’s strength. When John saw Him, he fell at the Lord’s Feet as a dead man. Now, I have to admit that I love The Lord with all that I am but I can honestly say that my heart would probably have stopped if I had turned around and seen this Sight. Either from shock or from pure joy but either way I probably would have died on the spot. At this time The Lord put His right hand upon John and said to him, “fear not, I am The First and The Last. I am He that lives and was dead. Behold I am alive for evermore and I have the keys to Hell and of Death.” “I will show you the hidden Truth of the Seven Stars which you saw in my Right Hand and of the Seven Golden Candlesticks. The Seven Stars are the Angels of the Seven Churches. The Seven Candlesticks which you saw are the Seven Churches.”

 

Well folks, this completes our study of chapter one of this fascinating Book of Prophesy. In this letter today we mostly have laid the foundation for the rest of this very important and interesting book. I hope that you will join me as we go through each of these 22 chapters one at a time. I pray that The Lord will bless you and all of your loved ones, until we can meet again, God bless.

The Book Of Revelation

The Book Of Revelation

 

Just as the Book of Genesis is the Book of beginnings, Revelation is the Book of endings. This Book shows us the Divine program of redemption brought to fulfillment and that God’s Holy Name is vindicated in front of all of creation. There are many prophecies scattered throughout other Books of the Bible but the Book of Revelation is the only New Testament Book that focuses mostly on Prophesy. The name Revelation means unveiling or disclosure. This Book is the unveiling of the character and the program that God has set up for the people of this planet. This Book was written by the last of the Apostles, John, on the island of Patmos in the Mediterranean Sea where he had been banished by the Romans for the teaching of Jesus Christ. Revelation centers around visions and symbols of the resurrected Christ, the Son of God The Father. It is Christ alone who has the authority to Judge the Earth, to remake it and to Rule it. The Greek translation of the title of this Book (Revelation) is the word ‘Apokalypis’, or if you prefer, in English it translates into Apocalypse.

 

John directed the writings of these prophecies to seven selected Churches in the Roman Province of what is now the Nation of Turkey. These messages to these Churches can be found in chapters 2 and 3. These messages begin with the Church in Ephesus and they continue in a clock wise pattern ending with the Church in Laodicea. Each of these messages had a particular significance to each of the these Churches. But these messages were relevant to all of the 7 Churches just as they are relevant to all Churches today. “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches.”

 

In chapter 1, verse 1 (1:1), it is stated that this Book is “the revelation of Jesus Christ.” This is a fitting ‘revelation’ since the words of this Book come from Jesus Christ and centers on Him. John’s writing begins with a vision of His (Christ’s) glory, wisdom and His power. Then chapters 2 & 3 portrays the Lord’s authority over all of the Church. In Chapter #5 Jesus is shown as the Lamb who was slain and declared worthy to open the Book of Judgement. In chapters (6-18) the Lord’s wrath is poured out upon the whole Earth. In chapters (19 & 20) Jesus returns in His Power to Judge His enemies and to reign as the Lord over all the Earth. The last two chapters (21 & 22) shows us that Jesus will reign forever from the “New Jerusalem” which will come down out of Heaven and take the place of the current Jerusalem whose remains will be cleansed from the Earth as will all the works of man’s hands. Revelation has a lot to say about all three Persons of “The God Head”  yet it is very clear in its presentation of the awesome power that Jesus Christ who has received all Authority to Judge the Earth.

 

In the writings of this Book it is obvious that there was an influence from the first century struggles between Rome and the Church. What is also obvious is that the bulk of this Book (chapters 4-22) is a Holy Spirit inspired look into the time preceding the Second Advent (the second coming) of Jesus Christ. This ‘tribulation’ will cover a span of seven years. The Lord will create a New Heavens and a New Earth forming a new cosmos. This Book was also written to assure the world that Jesus will ultimately triumph over all people and all Kingdoms who rise up through the Devils Power to fight against God and His Saints, (Armageddon). The first century readers were facing a lot of persecution and it would only get worse for them as it will for the Christians of today. The readers then just as the readers of today needed to be encouraged to continue to stand firm in the Power and the Might of our Lord Jesus Christ. In this Book Jesus spells it out in plain horror and the glory of the End of the Time of this current system of things. The Glory for all of those who stand firm in there devotion and service to God through their very last breath, and the Horror awaiting those who fail to do so.

 

Friends, Lord willing I am going to spend the next couple of weeks breaking down the different Signs and Symbols and Prophecies that are written here in this wonderful Book. Through the Hand of the Holy Spirit this Book was written and it is the Holy Spirit who will guide us all through it as it is the Spirit that gives us understanding. For those who love this life, this world and the things their in, these truths will be laid bare before you. For those who choose to lust after the works of this world they will see that their end is very horrific. But, for those who actually do love The Lord above all things and who wait faithfully for the return of The Lord Jesus, the Light and the Love of our Lord Jesus awaits us all.

Disciple

Disciple

 

Good evening everyone, I hope that this letter finds you all well and I hope that you find this subject matter interesting and an enjoyable read. A lot of the time folks tend to think of the Lord’s 12 Apostles when they hear the word Disciple and it is true that the 12 Apostles were Disciples also.  The meaning of the word Disciple means ‘a follower’ but to be an Apostle a person would have to have been a person who had seen the Lord Jesus and heard His own words from His own mouth and would have had to be chosen personally by Jesus Himself. Obviously there are no Apostles of Christ alive here on the Earth today. The last of the 12 Apostles was John who is credited with writing the Book of Revelation, the last Book of the New Testament. John was also the only one of the 12 who was not murdered for his service to Christ. He was imprisoned, beaten and banished by the Romans but he wasn’t murdered.

 

Those of you who have some Scriptural knowledge know that even an Apostle, one who heard and witnessed the words and miracles of Jesus for three years could, can and did become a disciple of the Devil before his death. Jesus Himself said that it was better for the man Judas who betrayed Him if he had never been born. For it was for this purpose, this act of betrayal that Judas was brought into this world. In the Book of Luke 22:3 it is written, “Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot.” Simply meaning that the Devil or one of His Demons possessed him, took control over him. What a personal horrible thing for this man because the next time that he would see Jesus with his own eyes will be at his judgement before Christ.

 

Disciple, in Mr. Websters Dictionary it reads, follower, one who takes another as a teacher and model. Training that produces orderliness, Obedience and self control. All of these things that Mr. Webster say’s about being a disciple (of Christ) is exactly what I want to be, a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. This is also what I wish for, hope and pray for everyone reading this letter to become before they die. Everyone, and yes I do mean everyone is a disciple of something, some one. Yes, that does mean you too. Everyone is known by their works, the things that we do and say. Everyone around us each day does judge the things we say and do, fair or not, it is still so. None of us are saved by our works, our deeds, but we are known by them. We are all saved by the Grace of God not by our works but if we are indeed followers of Christ, our works will show that. This is why we must all walk in the Light, in the footsteps, the Path of the Lord each and every day. If we choose to walk an evil path then we are not disciples, followers of Christ, we are a follower of the Devil if our works are evil.

 

If a person says, well what if I don’t believe that Jesus is and was the Son of God? My friends, if you have someone in your life who is not a believer, please, please, please do your very best to be a shining light of goodness for their sake. Try your best to help them by the examples that you live by. You do not have to be preaching at people to convert them toward the love of God, live the most perfect life that you can, be an example for them, they will notice. Friends, God is love and He does not want anyone to perish but that everyone would have everlasting life through Him. Remember folks, even though something may be legal for us to do it is not always prudent for us to do it.  For example, it is legal for me to go into a bar or even a strip club and sit down and drink till I can’t hardly stand up and it is legal for me to watch the ladies dance and tip them if we want to but, what about the folks around us, will they see us and think, wow, is this the Christian way? If we by our actions hurt another persons view of what being a Christian is and they turn their back on becoming a follower of Christ and they perish without Christ, their blood will be on our hands. This may seem harsh yet it is the truth that if we are not walking in the light of the Lord Jesus then we are walking in the darkness of this world unto our own destruction. Can we not stay faithful for even a little while? This life is but the blink of the eye in the terms of eternity. What is 80 human years when it is compared to billions of years of eternity?

 

I pray for everyone of us, I pray for everyone’s Soul. The Devil puts so much in each of our path’s, He wishes that each of us stumble in the darkness that He casts. He wants everyone of us to die in darkness. The Devil is like unto a raging Lion walking the Earth everyday looking for people and Souls to devour. The Devil wants you, your Parents, Grandparents, your Children, your Brothers and Sisters, everyone you know and love to go to Hell, literally! He and His Angels (Demons) hate everyone of us. You see, Satan and thousands of Angels fought a battle for Heaven and they lost, now those former Angels are Satan’s Demons and there are thousands of them. All of these Demons have already had their Judgement, they know that when Christ returns they will be cast straightway into the fires of Hell. Earth is for them like the midway point, a stopping off point on the way to their final destination of Hell and they are very very angry about it. They know that God loves us and that we measly little humans have the chance to live in Glory as they used to do so they are doing everything that they can to make sure that none of us get to live in Paradise with God. Friends, each of us really need to ask ourselves the question, if we were to die today or if Christ returned today and put an end to this world, who are we a disciple of. Everyone is either a Disciple of God, or we are a Disciple of the Devil, it really is an either or situation for each of us.

(Theology Poem) Confessing Christ A Staple Of Our Faith

Confessing Christ

 

If we wish for salvation Confession of Christ is required

For Confessing Christ is a foundation of our faith in him

Christ is the Groom and He will return for His Bride the Church

Can Bride and Groom be one without Confessing of each other

If we cower to the world and refuse to Confess our King as Christ

Then our King will not Confess us before the Throne of His Father

(Philosophy Poem) Is A Monster Made Or Is It Born

Is A Monster Made Or Is It Born

 

When a baby is born who really knows its heart or Soul

Will our little one be the Angel for which we have prayed

Is the directions of the path of the child’s feet truly fluid

True, directions from Parents and adults are so important

Actions toward a child as it grows help give them direction

 

Yet, is an evil mind born into a child or is evil instead created

Our little one, will our words and our ways be enough direction

Can an Angelic Soul be raised in a house that is full of horrors

An evil Soul, can the good actions of it’s Parents truly change it

Evil children, do evil parents and teachers of society create them

 

If a child is truly evil can our kindness and love change their destiny

A faithful child, sometimes to save them the Lord will call them up

Sometimes God takes up the Good to save them from their surroundings

Our Children that we prayed for and hope that we have a God sent Angel

Yet, is a Monster born or is it made, sometimes to both the answer is yes

(Philosophy Poem) Following Foolish Leaders With Lying Tongues

Following Foolish Leaders With Lying Tongues

 

Perverse thoughts separates all people from their God

God’s words expose both the words and ways of the foolish

Wisdom will not enter into a Soul that is by their words deceitful

The Spirit of the Lord will not abide with one with an evil mouth

He will leave the foolish thoughts with evil body and Soul behind

 

God is witness of the innermost feelings and thoughts of the Soul

The Spirit tests their hearts and hears the words of their minds

Those who utter unrighteous things will not escape punishment

Keep your tongue and your heart far from the thoughts of evil

For a Leader who lies with their mouth has a Demon for a Soul

 

The ungodly by their words and ways do summon their own death

They have pinned a Will with Hades to bring many with them to the Pit

The Foolish think that at death their Spirit dissolves into the empty air

Only the Foolish take their fill of riches and steal from the poor and Widows

Even the sight of a Righteous Person is a burden to the Soul of the Evil

They who follow Lying Tongues do walk themselves into the Belly of Hell

 

(I got the idea for this poem from the Apocrypha Book of The Wisdom Of Solomon in the first two chapters)

This is also a salute to Donald Trump.

 

 

(Poem About Life) Dedicated To God

Dedicated To God

 

When we are in the womb our Soul is given

A special few also receive God’s Spirit

As a Babe we are closer to the source of Light

Innocent of sin because we know not what it is

Hopefully in love we get to grow like a flower

 

The World is dark and holes for our life and feet abound

The Lamb of God bought us with the shedding of His blood

Wolves and Vipers hide in darkness to steal our life and Soul

Bathe in the Light of God and darkness will slither away

Darkness may steal our Life but let it never touch your Soul

 

A life is like unto a house built on Sand it will fall into the Pit

We were born with legs to stand and not like a snake to crawl

If we seek it there is Power in the Blood of The Lamb Of God

Put on the Armor of God, live your life like a Child of the Light

Dedicate your life to God, stand up for He who gave His life for us

 

Dedicated to a fellow WordPress Blogger, ‘Child of God’ 

I was asked to write a poem “Dedicated to God”

I hope that this poem does not disappoint.