Book Of Revelation Chapter #11

Revelation Chapter #11

 

Here in chapter #11 we are going to be talking about the projected time frame from the closing of the Great Tribulation Period. In the first 14 verses of the 19 in this chapter we are still in the interlude between the 6th and the 7th Trumpet. Within the last 5 verses we will have a discussion about the 7th Trumpet. In the beginning of chapter #10 I wrote to you of the 3 Personalities that would be made known to us during this time frame. In chapter #10 we were informed of the ‘Mighty Angel’ who had the ‘Little Book’ in His hand. This is the Angel who had planted one foot in the Sea and the other on the Land. This ‘Mighty Angel’ then claimed all of Creation for their Creator. In these first 14 verses of chapter 11 we are informed of the “Two Witnesses”. Now folks, if you would please stay with me as I put a light onto these two Witnesses and upon this very important chapter.

 

Verse #1.) “And there was given to me (the Apostle John) a reed like unto a rod: and the Angel (the Mighty Angel from chapter 10) stood, saying, rise and measure the Temple of God and the Alter and them that worship therein.” “But the Court that is outside the Temple leave out and do not measure it. For it is given unto the Gentiles (non-Jews): They (Gentiles) shall tread under foot the Holy City for forty and two months.” “And I will give power unto My Two Witnesses and they shall Prophesy (Preach) one thousand and two hundred and sixty days (three and one half years, or 42 months) clothed in sackcloth.” “These are the two Olive Trees and the Two Candlesticks standing before the God of the Earth.” “And if any man will hurt them, fire will come forth out of their mouth and devour their enemies. If and man will try to hurt them,  they will in this manner be killed.” “These (two men) will have the power to shut Heaven so that it will not rain in the days of their Prophesy. And they will have the power over the waters to turn them to blood and to smite the Earth with all plagues, as often as they wish.” “And when they have finished their testimony, the Beast (Devil) that ascends out of the Bottomless Pit shall make war against them and shall overcome them and kill them.” “And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city (Jerusalem) which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” “And the people of all the kindred’s and tongues and Nations shall see their dead bodies three and one half days and shall not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves.” “And they that dwell upon the Earth shall rejoice over them (their dead bodies) and make merry and shall send gifts one to another; because these two Prophets had tormented them that dwell on the Earth.” “And after three and a half days the Spirit of Life from God shall enter into them and they shall stand upon their feet and great fear shall fall upon them that see them.” “And they shall hear a Great Voice from Heaven saying unto them (the two Witnesses) come up hither. And they shall ascend up to Heaven in a cloud and their enemies shall see them.” “And in the same hour there shall be a great earthquake and a tenth part of the city shall fall. And in the earthquake seven thousand men shall be slain. And the rest shall be frightened and they shall give glory to the God of Heaven.” “The Second Woe is past and behold the Third Woe shall come quickly.”

 

Verse 15.) “And the Seventh Angel sounded (His Trumpet) and there were great Voices in Heaven, saying, the Kingdom’s of this world are become the Kingdom’s of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever over them.” “And the four and twenty Elders which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces and worshiped God.” “Saying, we give Thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which is and was and are to come. Because You have taken to Thee Thy great power and hast reigned.” “And the Nations were angry and thy (God’s) wrath is come. And the time of the dead that they should be judged. And that You (God) will give reward unto Your Servants the Prophets and to the Saints and to them that fear Thy Name, small and great and You will destroy them which destroy the Earth.” (Last verse #19) “And the Temple of God was opened in Heaven and there shall be seen in His Temple the Ark of His Testament. And there were lightnings and voices and thundering and an earthquake and great hail.”

 

Folks the Books of Enoch and the Book of Nicodemus, both of which were not Canonized, do give the information as to whom these Two Witnesses are. Think about it for a moment, who are the only two men within Scripture who were “Called Up” to God and did not die a physical death upon the Earth? Even our Lord Jesus (Yeshua) had to suffer a physical death. The answer is really quite simple, Enoch and Elijah! I write this now to all of you, friend of God and Foe, to all who love God and to all who hate Him and His Christ, consider your ways. For the breath of a man is but the blink of the eye and Christ’s Judgement Seat awaits everyone of us. The days of our time is short and eternity is being weighed in the balance for each of us, so friends, please, consider your ways!

 

 

Bible: Book Of Revelation Chapter #10

Book Of Revelation Chapter #10

 

The theme of chapter 10 is the events between the 6th and the 7th Trumpets, the Mighty Angel and the “Little Book.”

“And I (John) saw another Mighty Angel come down from Heaven clothed with a cloud: And a rainbow was upon His head, and His face was like unto the sun, and His feet were as pillars of fire.” “And He had in His hand a ‘Little Book’ that was open, and He sat His right foot upon the Sea and His left foot upon the Earth.” “And He cried with a loud voice, as when a Lion roars, and when He had spoken, Seven Thunders uttered their voices.” “After the Seven Thunders had uttered Their voices, I was about to write when I heard a Voice from Heaven saying to me, seal up those things which the 7 Thunders spoke and do not write them.” “And the Angel I saw standing upon the Earth and the Sea lifted up His hand to Heaven.” “And swore by Him that lives forever and ever who created Heaven and the things that are therein. And the Sea and the things that are therein, that they should be no longer.” “But in the days of the Voice of the 7th Angel, when He shall begin to speak, the mystery of God shall be shown, as He has declaired to His Servants the Prophets.” “And the Voice that I had heard from Heaven spoke to me again, and said, go and take the Little Book which is open in the hand of the Angel which stands upon the Sea and upon the Earth.” “And I went up to the Angel and said unto Him, give me the Little Book. And He said unto me, take it and eat it; and it shall make your belly bitter, but in your mouth it shall be as sweet as honey.” “And I took the Little Book out of the Angels hand and ate it. And in my mouth it was as sweet as honey. But as soon as I had eaten it, it was bitter in my belly.” “And the Angel said unto me, you must Prophesy (preach) again before many people and Nations and Languages and Kings.”

 

Here in Chapter #10 in the space between the 6th and the 7th Trumpet 3 Personalities are introduce to us. Here in Chapter #10 the first of the 3, which is the mighty Angel with the Little Book is introduced to us. Then in the first 14 verses of Chapter #11 the other two will be introduced to us. This ‘Little Book’ is the Book of the 7 Seals. This Book is the Title, the Deed Book, to the Earth. By chance did you notice that this ‘Little Book’ was transferred from the Hands of God The Father to God The Son who then opened it by the breaking of its 7 Seals? Then, the Book was given to the Mighty Angel who had one foot in the Sea and one foot upon the Earth who then claimed all things for God their Creator! Friends, no matter who we are, no matter how powerful or important we think we are, we as Humans, we own nothing in this life! If any of us are doubting these things which are being written by the Hand of God’s Holy Spirit through His Apostle John please pay attention now. Please lend an ear, and open your eyes and heart so that you/we may obtain a better understanding of what the Truth is.

 

If a person truly owns something, for example, land, a house, a car, bank account of jewelry, then no one can legally take it from us, correct? When we purchase something we paid for it, we paid our taxes on it and we received a Title or a Deed from the purchase, it’s ours, correct? No friends, that is not correct. If a person legally owns something then it can not be legally taken away from them at least that is the assumption that we are taught to be the truth, at least it is here in the States. At the very least we the people are being deceived by government propaganda. For the purpose of examples let us use our car and our home that we spent years laboring to pay for. We have the titles, we have the Deed, it is ours, our name is upon them as ‘the owner’ and they are tucked away in our safety deposit box at the place that we bank, so they are secure, they are ours, right? Unfortunately, no.

 

Here is the example I will use for you. Each year the City, County, State and Federal Governments continue to demand more and more tax revenue from the people who live under their authority. Be it a personal property tax, an income tax, or even ‘owed’ Social Security taxes or any other various levels of tax that is laid upon the people by the various ‘Taxing Authorities’, we never ever quit owing these government entities. Here in the U.S. our Country’s Founding Fathers wrote a Constitution making such taxes illegal. But, these career politicians of these past two hundred years have circumvented Our Constitution making it almost completely of no effect. They have done this so that they are the ones with all of the power and money and not the people. Friends, things are only going to get much worse as the Clock of Time continues to wind down. Now, back to the Ownership subject matter. If we as a people decide not to pay Personal Property taxes because we feel that we paid the taxes on ‘our property’ when we bought it, what will happen to us? The only debate will be which government agency will take ‘our property’ and whom will put us in prison first. Folks, it is a reality that the Government owns absolutely everything right down to the clothes on our back and the gold or silver in our mouth. Reality is, the politicians have made it totally ‘legal’ for them to do these things to us, we the people. Folks, we are only renting our possessions from the governments. It is the governments of the world that own every material thing. For it is they who can take our life and everything that we ‘own’. The only thing that they can not take from a person is their Soul. But, if a person desires the material things above all else to where we make ‘things’ our God, then they can win our Soul also.

 

In the Book of Leviticus 25: 23 Moses wrote the following instructions to the people of Israel concerning the land at God’s instruction. “The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine; for you are strangers and sojourners in it with Me.” If you will remember, after our Lord Jesus was baptized and received again His Holy Spirit our Lord went into the wilderness. For 40 days He was tempted by the Devil Himself. Among the temptations the Devil tempted our Lord Jesus (Yeshua) with you can find in the Gospel of Mark 4: 5-8, please consider what is written here. “And the Devil, taking Him (Jesus) up into a high mountain, showed Him all the Kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.” “And the Devil said to Him (Jesus), all this power will I give you, and the glory of them. For they are delivered unto me and to whosoever I will give it.” “If you will therefore bow down and worship me, all shall be yours.” “And Jesus answered and said unto him, get Thee behind me Satan, for it is written, thou shall worship the Lord thy God and Him alone shall you serve.” Please now consider this reality, the Kingdoms (Governments) of the world belong/ed to Satan and He gave the Power and the glory (riches) of them to whomsoever He (Satan) pleased/chose to. Also please consider that if He did not rule/own them, how could He (Satan) give them to Jesus or to anyone else? 

 

Did you notice what the Devils price tag was for Him to give up His power over the Nations? God the Son bowing down and worshiping the Devil! You see that is something that the Devil has always wanted, to be worshiped as God, in other words, Total Submission to Him! Friends, this battle is still true unto this very day and it will be until Armageddon. Just as we humans through our lack of knowledge and ego’s think we own material possessions, but we do not, at best, we are renting them within the Devils system of things. So, the Devil claims all the world’s riches and their governments to be His, and they are, but it is only a temporary thing and He knows it and He is furious about it. The real fact is that all things were created by God, for God and all things belong to God. You nor I nor Kings or Presidents or the Devil Himself truly hold the deed to the Earth, God does. The Devil knows this and it is something we humans need to fully understand, we own nothing, simply put the Devil and His governments claim it. But they are only temporary folks, they shall pass away into the Pit of Hell along with all the people who worship the material things of this life. Friends this world will follow the Demons into the Pit of the Earth and I just pray that none of us ever see the place.

 

Do not be dismayed at these words nor be distraught by them. The Light that is God is only a prayer away. We either serve God or we serve money, no one can really serve both. The Kingdoms of this world will become the Kingdoms or our Lord Jesus Christ (Yeshua) through His judgement as the Creator and the Redeemer of this world. The whole Earth belongs to Him, we are told by the Apostle Paul in the Book of Romans 9: 28 “For He (Jesus) will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the Earth.” The Prophet Daniel labeled this the Tribulation period as 7 years.

 

In the Lord’s Olivet Discourse in the Gospel of Matthew 24: 22 it is written “And except those days should be shortened no flesh would be saved: but for the Elects sake those days shall be shortened.” The Angel is telling the Elect, the believers and follower’s of God “don’t worry, he that endures to the end, the same shall be saved.” Friends, I close this letter to you this evening with the following thoughts. The Apostle John believed that all the Nations, Peoples, Languages and Colors needed to hear and to understand the Word Of God. All people, then and now need to be warned that Judgement is coming to/for all of us. There will be millions of people who will go into the Tribulation Period and it will seem like a thousand years long to them, this period will be literally like a Hell on Earth. We only think that the evil we see now is horrible but as the old saying goes, we ain’t seen nothing yet. The Book of Revelation is 22 chapters long so we are almost half way through this Book of Prophesy. Prophesy about and against the people and the Nations of this System of things is necessary, for reality is that there is a Judgement to come for all of us. Folks, if we will study this Book of Prophesy it will have a definite effect upon our life! Either it will help bring us closer to our Creator, or it will drive us further from Him.

The Book Of Revelation, Chapter #9

The Book Of Revelation, Chapter #9

 

As we begin the 9th chapter of Revelation let us remember the last verse of Chapter #8 and it’s warning to us humans. “And I beheld and heard an Angel flying in the midst of Heaven, saying with a loud voice, woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the Earth by reason of the other voices of the Trumpet of the 3 Angels, which are yet to sound.” As we read this 9th chapter where the 5th and 6th Trumpets are blown all true Christians should be on our knees in worship and in thanks to our Lord Jesus (Yeshua) that we will have been Raptured before these events. These woes that the Apostle John writes about covers the deepest and the most painful events of the Great Tribulation Period. These two Trumpets will be during the last 3 1/2 years of the 7 years of the Great Tribulation Period. This is the Seventh Week of the Prophesy of the Prophet Daniel. This will be the darkest days in the human history of time. (Please read Daniel 9: 24).

 

Let us now study the events of the 5th and 6th Trumpets within this 21 verses of this chapter. Hopefully for all those who prayerfully read these verses the Holy Spirit of God will open many eyes to its understanding. 1.) “And a Fifth Angel sounded and I saw a Star fall from Heaven unto the Earth: And unto Him was given the Key of the Bottomless Pit.” “And He opened the Bottomless Pit, as the smoke of a large furnace; and the Sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the Pit.” “And there came out of the smoke Locusts upon the Earth: and unto them was given power, as the Scorpions of the Earth have power.” “And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the Earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree; but to only hurt those men which do not have the Seal of God in their foreheads.” “And it was given to the Locust that they should not kill the men, but that the men should be tormented by their stings for 5 months. And their torment would be like unto the torment of a Scorpion when he strikes a man.” “In those days men shall seek death and shall not find it. They shall desire to die but death shall flee from them.” “The shapes of the Locusts were like unto horses prepared for battle. And on their heads were Crowns like unto gold and their faces were as the faces of men.” “They had hair like unto the hair of women and their teeth were as the teeth of Lions.” “And they had breastplates as it were the breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of Chariots of horses running in battle.” “They had tails like unto Scorpions and there were stings in their tails and their power was to hurt men for 5 months.” “They have a King over them, which is the Angel of the Bottomless Pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon. But in the Greek tongue His name is Apollyon (which means, a destroyer).

 

“One woe is past, but behold, there comes 2 more woes hereafter.” 13.) “And the 6th Angel sounded and I heard a voice from the 4 Horns of the Golden Alter which is before God.” “Saying to the 6th Angel which had the Trumpet, loose the 4 Angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.” “And the 4 Angels were freed which were prepared for an hour and a day and a month and a year for they were to slay 1/3 of all mankind.” “And the number of the Army of the Horsemen were two hundred thousand thousands: and I heard the number of them.” “And thus I saw the Horses in the vision and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire and of Jacinth and brimstone: and the heads of the Horses were as the heads of Lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.” “By these there was 1/3 of all men killed, by the fire and by the smoke and by the brimstone which came out of their mouths.” “For their power was in their mouth’s and in their tails: for their tails were like unto Serpents and they had heads and with them they do hurt men.” “And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the works of their hands. In that they should not worship Devils or idols of gold and silver and brass and stone and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk.” 21.) “Neither did they repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.”

 

The meaning of “the Star” in verse one is very simple, without a doubt this is Satan. A physical Star can ‘do’ nothing. This verse makes it plain that ‘this Star’ has a “Being” to Him. If you would, please refer to the Apostle John’s writing in the Book of 2 Corinthians 11: 14, or the Gospel of Luke in 10: 18. They will give you further understanding to the fact that this “Star” is the Devil Himself. If you would, please also checkout the Old Testament Prophet Isiah when he wrote what is found in chapter 14 verse 12. “How art thou fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, Son of the morning! How are thou cut down to the ground, which has weakened the nations!”

 

In verse #2, the Pit of which the Devi opened up is Hell. In verse 3 these “Locusts” are like unto something that the face of the Earth has never seen. These Locusts will do the exact opposite of the Locusts that we humans are used to seeing throughout our history. These Locusts will not harm/eat any of the plants and trees but they will bring great harm and pain to the human race where the Locusts that we are used to experiencing do no such a thing. If you are wondering about the meaning of verse #4 please reference the first Book of the Bible, Genesis in chapter 4 verse 15. This passage may give you a little more insight. When we reach verse 13 we come to the 6th Trumpet. The 6th Angel blows His Trumpet then he is commanded by Jesus (Yeshua) to let loose the 4 evil Angels who were imprisoned in the river Euphrates. Jesus has now removed the 7th Seal which led to  the Trumpets which will lead into the 7 Personalities, then the 7 Bowls of wrath. So many of mankind’s sins have generated from this area of the world which is modern day Iraq that the ground is soaked in innocent peoples blood. By the way, in modern day Iraq is where the Tower of Babel is also located and this area that leads to the final attempt to destroy the Nation of Israel through Masada which will lead to Armageddon, the final battle.

 

Friends, in this time of the Great Tribulation 1/3 of all of mankind will be killed. On the planet today there are over 7 billion people so we are talking about approximately 2 and 1/2 billion deaths from this one event. Folks, these are times of many horrors like the Earth has never seen before. Though previous Trumpets we had already seen 1/4 of the worlds population dying and now 1/3 more. If you add 1/4 plus 1/3 that equals 7/12 or more that half of the worlds population, probably somewhere close to 4 billion people dying. Folks, a true Hell on Earth awaits for the people who reject their own Savior Jesus Christ. In verses 20 & 21 we are told that the rest of the human race that survives these horrors will still refuse to repent to God for their sins. How sad of a time this Great Tribulation period will be, I wish it upon no one and there is no reason for anyone to have to experience this horror. We are all given an out, a pass, to this time period. We can miss it simply by living a life of love for each other and trying our best to follow after our Savior Jesus Christ in our daily lives. Faith and love, or a living Hell, it seems like a simple choice yet so many refuse God’s love, so sad.

 

Revelation Chapter #8…The Seventh Seal

Chapter #8…The Seventh Seal

 

As we begin the 8th chapter of Revelation our Lord Jesus (Yeshua) is opening the Seventh of the Seven Seals of the ‘Sealed Book’. When the Seal is opened we are introduced to the Seven Angels with the Seven Trumpets. On a side note, have you noticed that the #7 is quite prevalent within the Book of Revelation just as it is throughout the Scriptures? The pattern the Apostle John used with the Seven Seals he also used throughout this Book. What I mean by this is that after the first set of 7 is followed by 3 more sets of 7. Also, after the first 6 events there is a break in the events.  Then the 7th event leads into the next event of 7. In Johns writing of these events which are yet to happen he is showing us that all of these events are hooked together. These are not unrelated events as one does lead straight into that which is to follow.

 

Folks, we are all Children of God, everyone of us, but are we faithful caring Children or have we chosen to be no more than wild beasts? If we are faithful Children of God we need not fear these events that are about to take place. That is, are we a believer in and a doer of the Will of our Lord and our Father! Friends, if we are, then we will not be on this planet when these events happen here, the reason is that we will have already been Raptured. But folks, we all must be “doers” of God’s Will, not just “hearers” only. Think about it for a moment, how can we honestly say we love our family members, friends, neighbors and coworkers yet stand idly by and let them suffer through these events?

 

In John’s writings here in this Book we see the 7 Seals, the 7 Trumpets, the 7 Angels and the 7 Bowls of wrath that are to be poured out upon a wicked Earth. In the 7 Trumpets that we read about in this chapter you will see plainly that it is God whom is directing these events. In the first verse of this chapter we are told what takes place as the 7th Seal is opened. It reads that when He (Jesus) opened the 7th Seal there was silence in Heaven for about half of an hour. Friends, this is the proverbial calm before the storm. This 8th chapter is only 13 verses in length so let us now go through them and pray the The Holy Spirit will show us all the meaning of them.

 

1.) “And I saw the 7 Angels which stood before God and to them were given 7 Trumpets.” “And another Angel came and stood at the Alter, having a Golden Censer and there was given unto Him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the Saints upon the Golden Alter which was before the Throne.” “And the smoke of the incense which was presented with the prayers of the Saints ascended up before God out of the Angels hand.” “And the Angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the Alter and cast it onto the Earth and there were voices and thundering and lightning and an earthquake.” “And the 7 Angels with the 7 Trumpets prepared themselves to sound their Trumpets.”

 

“The first Angel blew His Trumpet and there came hail and fire mingled with blood and they were cast upon the Earth and 1/3 of the trees were burnt up and all green grass was burnt up.” “Then the 2nd Angel blew His Trumpet and there was as a great mountain burning with fire and it was cast into the Sea and a 1/3 part of the Sea became blood.” “And a 1/3 of the creatures which were in the Sea that had life died and 1/3 of the ships were destroyed.” “And a 3rd Angel sounded His Trumpet and there fell a great Star from Heaven, burning as if it were a torch and it fell upon 1/3 of the rivers and upon the fountains of waters.” “And the name of the Star is called Wormwood and many men died from drinking the waters because they were made bitter.” “Then the 4th Angel sounded His Trumpet and 1/3 of the Sun was smitten and also 1/3 of the Moon and 1/3 of the Stars; so as 1/3 part of them was darkened and the day shone not for 1/3rd part of it and the night likewise.” “Then I beheld and heard an Angel flying through the midst of Heaven, saying with a loud voice, woe, woe, woe, to the inhabitants of the Earth for reason of the other voices of the Trumpet of the three Angels, which are yet to sound.”

 

These thing that the Apostle John has written here are going to be horrible events to have happen to the people who remain upon the Earth during the Tribulation period. The ideal situation would be if at the Rapture that everyone on Earth was Raptured. This would leave Satan and His Angels/Demons “home alone” here on the Earth during these times. There is no one upon the Earth that I dislike enough that I would want them to have to live through these events. Just as there is no one on the planet whom I wish to “go to Hell”, not even the person who killed my Mom in a car accident back in August of 2000. We as Christians must not be filled with hate, nor are we to be judges of others. Remember, it is okay and natural to hate evil acts but not to hate the sinner there of. This is because we all sin, everyone of us and we shall be judged by what degree we judge. Jesus (Yeshua) our Lord is the one True Judge and it is He will will Judge all of us. We all have an obligation to our Lord Jesus and to all of our loved ones and friends to not sit on our God given talents. We are all obligated to spread the Word of God’s love so that as few people as possible will have to be here on Earth during this Great Tribulation Period!

 

Please remember the words of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15: 51-52. “Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep (die), but we shall be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling (blink) of an eye, at the last Trumpet: for the Trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed.” I am going to close this letter to you this evening with one more passage of Scripture from the Apostle Paul that I would like for you to think about, this passage is found in 1 Thessalonians 4: 16. It reads “For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel and with the Trumpet of God and the dead in Christ shall rise first.” Friends, we all have a decision to make and like it of not we all do make that decision many times everyday. It is simply, who do we follow, who do we serve. There are only two choices, we either follow and obey God or we are following and serving the Devil. There is no such thing as a third choice here nor some gray area that we think we can slide into. All humans will spend their eternity somewhere and that somewhere does depend of how we choose to spend this life we are in right now. We will spend our eternity either in Paradise with Christ or we will spend it in Hell’s fire with the Devil. Folks, friends, please choose wisely.

The Book Of Revelation Chapter #6 Part 2 of 2

The Book Of Revelation Chapter #6 Part 2 of 2

 

The opening of the Fifth Seal and the prayers of the martyred Saints is where we begin part #2 at. Please refer to part #1 for the information on the first Four Seals.  The Souls that are under the Alter in Heaven are the Souls of those that were murdered for their actions, sayings, and for living and following God’s Word, and these are those who lived during the time of the Old Testament Law. In the Book of Luke 11:50-51 our Lord Jesus spoke on this matter when He said the following. “the blood of all the Prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation. From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zachariah, which perished (was murdered) between the Alter and the Temple. Verily I say unto you, it shall be required of this generation.”

 

With the opening of the Sixth Seal, the Day of Wrath has come. This is the beginning of the end of the Great Tribulation Period. The events of this Sixth Seal are horrifying just to read them. Please reread chapter 6:12-14. Think about how terrifying to be living in this time. Please also refer to chapter 20:11 and to the Old Testament Prophet Nahum 1:5. It is easy to see how little man kind and our puny efforts are in comparison is to the Might of our own Creator. Satan and His Angels have already learned this lesson the hard way. But because of humans self induced blindness and cold hardheartedness toward God and His Word humankind is walking down the path to our own destruction and into the pit of Hell hand in hand with the Demons they so blindly worship and serve here in this life.

 

Folks, why is it that we humans so often choose to walk away from the Light and into darkness? In Matthew 11:28-29 the Lord gave all of us the invitation “come unto Me all you that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your Souls.” Friends, why do humans walk away from an invitation from our Creator such as this? Is it ego, arrogance, stupidity? There is no doubt that it is the most eternally ignorant thing a human can do yet billions of people do it still every single day. But folks, do not be angry at those around us who have turned their backs on God. Instead, love them, care about them, pray everyday for them. Try to help them see the Light and the Love of Jesus Christ through the examples that we ourselves portray from our own daily walk with God. For if we ourselves instead walk our daily lives in the Devils Darkness of hate, lies and greed then not only are we condemning our own selves to Hell once we have died but we have also helped lead others down that same pathway to Hell.

 

I do wish that all humans would open their eyes and understand and believe in the love, mercy and power of Jesus Christ. I do believe that the human race’s time left before the Rapture is quite short, and no, I do not know the date nor does anyone else know it.  I do believe that we all need to turn our lives over to our Creator and let Him have the controls of our personal operating systems. We are all known by our actions, our works, the way we choose to live everyday. The people around us, our family, friends, neighbors and coworkers notice what kind of examples we set each day whether they are good or bad and God notices these things also. Friends, the four Horsemen are coming, the end of each of our days here on this planet is coming and none of us know how many days we have remaining. When we are standing at the Judgement Seat of Christ and He asks us why we lived our lives the way we did, what will our answers be? There will be many who will try to lie their way out of damnation but even habitual liars like Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump are going to be able to lie their way out of their due rewards.

Revelation Chapter #6 Part 1 of 2

Revelation Chapter #6

Part 1 Of 2

 

For a lot of people it is chapter 6 where things start getting interesting for them. Chapter 6 is the beginning of the events of the Great Tribulation period here upon the Earth. This event is being shown to us through the eyes of the Apostle John. At this point in time John had gone to Heaven ‘in the Spirit’ and while he was there he beheld these events. This is where Jesus broke down each of the 7 Seals. This chapter has 17 verses within it so lets go through them and then break them down for easier understanding.

 

1.) “And I (John) saw when the Lamb (Jesus) opened one of the Seals and I heard what was like the noise of thunder and one of the Four Beasts said to me, come and see.” “And I saw and beheld a White Horse, and He that sat upon him had a Bow; and a Crown was given unto Him; and He went forth conquering, and to conquer.” “And when He had opened the Second Seal, I heard the Beast say to me, come and see.” “And there went out another Horse which was Red. And power was given to Him that sat upon the Horse to take peace from the Earth so that people would kill one another. And there was given unto Him a great sword.” “And when He had opened the Third Seal, I heard the Third Beast say to me, come and see. And I beheld, and lo there was a Black Horse. And He who sat upon him had a pair of scales in His hand.” “And I heard a voice in the midst of the Four Beasts say, a measure (1 quart) of wheat for a penny ( 1 days wages). And three measures (3 quarts) of barley for a penny (1 days wages). But, see that you do not hurt the oil or the wine.” “And when He had opened the Fourth Seal, I heard the voice of the Fourth Beast say to me, come and see.” “And I looked and beheld a Pale Horse: and His name that sat upon him was death, and Hell followed with Him. And power was given unto them over one-fourth part of the Earth to kill with the sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the wild beasts of the Earth.” “And when He had opened the Fifth Seal, I saw under the  Alter the Souls of them that were slain for the Word of God and for the Testimony which they held.” “And they cried with a loud voice, saying, how long, O Lord, Holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those that dwell on the Earth?” “And White Robes were given to everyone of them. And it was said unto them that they should rest (be quiet) yet for a little season (while), until their fellow Servants also and their Brethren, that would be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” “And I beheld when He opened the Sixth Seal, and lo, there was a great (violent) earthquake; and the Sun became black as sackcloth of hair and the Moon became as red as blood.” “And the Stars of Heaven fell onto the Earth, even as a fig tree casts away her untimely figs, when she is shaken from a mighty wind.” “And the Heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were removed out of their places.” “And the Kings of the Earth and the great men and the rich men and the Chief Captains (military leaders) and the mighty men and every bondman (slave) and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in (under) the rocks of the mountains.” “And (they) said to the mountains and to the rocks, fall on us, and hide us from the Face of Him that sits on the Throne (God the Father). And from the wrath of the Lamb (Jesus the Son of God).” #14.) For the Great Day of His Wrath has come; and who shall be able to stand?”

 

Now friends lets break down what we just finished reading. Chapter 6 is the great dividing point of the Book of Revelation. The Apostle Peter told us in 2 Peter 1:20-21 that is two fold and it is something I want us all to remember. He said “knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation. For the Prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but Holy Men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” The two things about which I hope you will remember are 1.) no  one line or bit of Prophecy should be interpreted as though it is an island unto itself. All Prophecy must be looked at as part of a book. It must first fit in with all of the other Prophecies. The Prophecies all form one play, one writing, one book. 2.) All Prophecy was written by the Holy Spirit. The Lord’s Holy Spirit! But, the Holy Spirit also indwells millions of you. These things that I put on paper to you are not some kind of a secret, it is simply the Lord’s Truth being brought out into the light. We, the Lord’s people are all indwelled by the Spirit of God. We are members of the Lord’s Church which is the Body. All parts of the Body have different functions yet all parts of the Body, are one! Just as the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit are one.

 

Chapter 6 covers what will happen to the Earth once the Church leaves at the Rapture. The 7 Seals of the Sealed Book open up the Great Tribulation Period. We need to keep in mind that it is Jesus which is directing these Tribulation events. I do want to make it very clear that chapters 6-20 are events that are yet to happen.

 

Starting with the First Seal, the Rider of the White Horse, this person is the Antichrist, period! The Fake Savior who comes riding in on the White Horse. The world is already now in a lot of trouble as murder and corruption saturate every level of every government and throughout the business world. The Antichrist will be elected, the majority of the people will want Him to be their Leader or at least it will be done through the manipulation of the voting machines. Peace at any price is a very dangerous concept. The events going on right now in the Middle-East and within Israel is a major volley across the bow. This boat that the world is in is ripe for the Dictators who are already in place around the world. We the people of this world are very ‘set-up’ for the destruction that is very soon to come upon us all. When the Antichrist shall be put into place via He and his cohorts all Hell is going to break loose here upon the surface of the Earth. The wicked will never ever allow peace and as is said in the Old Testament Book of Isiah 57:21 “There is no peace, saith the Lord, to the wicked.” They do not bring peace, they bring blood!

 

Now, concerning the Second Seal, the Red Horse of War is unleashed upon the Earth. The counterfeit peace the Antichrist of the First Seal brought was just a ruse. Most Bible Scholars seem to believe that the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 A.D. fulfilled the Lord’s Prophecy of Matthew 24:2 but they are simply wrong on this matter if they think this. In this passage Jesus was talking to his disciples about the Temple buildings in Jerusalem when He said “Do you not see all of these things? I say unto you, there shall not be left here one stone upon another that shall not be thrown down.” But my friends consider the reality, this to this day has not yet happened. Please consider the West Wall of Solomon’s Temple, it stands yet today, most folks of today refer to it as the ‘Wailing Wall’. Friends, the Roman destruction of 70 A.D.  will be considered minute compared to the reality of what is yet to be. As a fellow human, this is very sad that this Prophesy is yet to be fulfilled but reality is that all prophesy must be and will be completely fulfilled.

 

Now, the Third of the Four Horsemen.  As Jesus broke the Third Seal the Rider of the Black Horse came forth. The color of the Black Horse represents mourning. Please see Jeremiah 4:28 and Malachi 3:14. After the arrival of the Black Horse there will be a world wide famine. Folks, please consider the Scripture of Lamentations 4:8-10. “Their appearance is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets: their skin clings to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick. Those that are killed with the sword are better off than those that will be slain with hunger. For those wither away, stricken through for the wants of the fruits of the field.” Folks, famine and disease will be common in these times yet the wealthy will still have their wine and there oil. This is always how it has been throughout human history, those who have a lot will be be last and the least affected. If you don’t think this is possible in this day and time please consider how painful life was in Europe, Russia, the Middle-East and Asia just after world war 2. History has a way of repeating itself except the events spoken of here will be much worse than the world has ever known and it will be on a totally global scale, no nation will escape it.

 

At the opening of the 4th Seal the Rider of the 4th Horse, the Pale Horse comes forth. The Pale Horse represents Plague and Pestilence.  When Jesus was at Mount Olivet He said what has become known as ‘The Olivet Discourse’ in Matthew 24:5-8, please take a moment to read His words. The Four Events are the Four Horsemen. These events that are to come about through the opening of the Fourth Seal will kill a full 1/4 of the world’s population. In Matthew 24:22 the Lord worded the results of the Fourth Seal this way. “And except those days should be shortened, there would be no flesh saved, but for the Elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” The ‘Elect’ that the Lord is speaking of here are those who have been left on Earth after the Rapture who have decided to believe in and to follow after the Lord Jesus and His Teachings.

 

I am going to end Part #1 of this 2 part letter to you here at this point. Lord willing part #2 will follow within 24 hours. I have my notes all written out to finish this letter with but I feel that it is getting to long so I am going to divide it into two sections to hopefully make it an easier read. Lord willing I will speak with you very soon. Please leave me any questions or comments you have and I will get back with your answers as soon as I possibly can. Thank you for the kindness of your time, I hope that this material is being helpful to your understanding of this incredible Book of Prophecy.

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.