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Rev. 22:13-17

6/8/10 Jesus is all: first, last, beginning, end. All creation, all salvation is wrapped up in what he has done. The universe still doesn’t completely undersand the implications of why God allowed sin to enter and how life will never be the same because of how God will be revealed and his character vindicated and illustrated by what Jesus has done.

A blessing is pronounced upon all who accept Jesus’ sacrifice. Washing robes is a reference to washing them in the blood of the Lamb. Our sinful lives are cleansed by the sacrifice of Jesus. The phrase “wash their robes” is nearly identical in the Greek to “keep the commandments.” These two concepts are just as closely related in reality. Those who do wash their robes will once again have the privilege of eternal life and access to God’s throne face to face with him.

On the other hand, those who will experience eternal separation from him are the dogs. This may well be an allusion to Deut 23:18, which equates dogs with male, homosexual prostitutes. The Adventist commentary suggest that it may simply refer to a generally vile, shameless person, those who practice in the occult, those who have loose moral standards not just sexually but spiritually.

Sexual immorality in Revelation is symbolic for those who are unfaithful to God. Murderers are those who refuse to love. Idolaters are those who recognize themselves as lord of their own lives instead of God. Liars the those who refuse to be authentic about their true nature.

All of this book Jesus signs now with his own signature. He is the root and descendant of David. In other words, he fulfills every prophecy pointing to the Lamb of God. He is David’s father and son. He asked the Pharisees the question, “How can the Messiah be both David’s father and son?” and they were stumped. Spiritual things are understand spiritually.

He is also the bright morning star. Again, this may be point to the prophecies. The Messiah was recognized by many by his star in the east.

The Spirit, God himself, invites us as individuals to come. Also the bride, the holy city, beckons us to come. And all who are already saved also invite us to come. All who are thirsty, even you (the word is singular), are invited to eternal new life. There is not cost to access the kingdom. It has been paid.

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Posted by on August 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 16:3-7

4/17/10 Second Bowl: The second trumpet was a judgment upon the sea just as the second bowl is. The sea is turned to blood. This may not be universal, but it is severe enough to make an impression and disrupt normal life. It kills the living “souls” of the sea creatures.

The redness, smell, consistency is like blood, but this doesn’t necessarily mean it has to actually be blood any more than when the moon turns to blood it’s actually blood.

Third Bowl: This is the blood judgment upon the rivers and springs of water as the third trumpet was, and as the first plague of Egypt was. This affects the drinking supply and is a much more serious problem to people’s day to day lives. During the blood plague in Egypt they found a little water to drink by digging in the banks of the river.

It’s a severe judgment and the angels defend God’s actions saying that he is just in these judgments because those who are affected by these plagues have been taking the lives (spilling the blood) of God’s people. This is a punishment that fits their crime. And from the altar, presumably an allusion to the saints under the altar in Rev 6, they also recognize these plagues as God avenging their blood.

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 14:14-20

4/13/10 This passage strongly recalls Joel 3, which is a scene of judgment upon the wicked. Also Is 63 the first verses are in view in the passage.

The overall picture is of God rescuing his people, those who called out to him from under the altar in Rev 6:9. Jesus comes wearing a victory crown (stephanos) as opposed to a crown of rule (diadema), which he will wear later.

The earth is ripe. The cup of wickedness has been filled to overflowing, and the righteous have been proven. The Greek work used to describe the ripe righteous is xaraino, which is dried up like grain ready for harvest. The word used for the ripeness of the wicked is akmazo, which is a flourishing fullness.

The angel that reaps the wicked is the one with authority over fire. There’s another angel with authority over water (Rev 16:5). Maybe there’s one over the earth. Earth, fire, water?

The reference to the depth of blood is a figure of speech for the wholesale and complete destruction as well as to the great number of the wicked. No one is really sure the number 1,600 stadia is particularly significant. It may not have symbolic value as a specific detail, but gives a general sense of the massive nature of the destruction.

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 14:1-5

4/7/10 Then John sees the Lamb standing on Mt. Zion and with him 144,000 who have Lamb’s and his Father’s names on their foreheads. John just finished describing the beast and those who had his name on their foreheads and hands. The 144,000 are the same as the great multitude in Rev 7. The Lamb’s name on their foreheads are his character and loyalty to him.

Then John hears a sound like a voice from heaven. John is at a loss how to describe the sound so he gives several descriptions: many waters, loud thunder, many harpists. And the 144,000 were singing.

I’m not clear if the sound was their singing or accompaniment to their singing, but it’s probably their singing that was the sound. They stood before the throne of God that John had seen earlier with the elders and living creatures, and they sang a new song that only they could sing. Why could only they sing it? Because the song was about their redemption. They were the ones purchased by the blood of the Lamb, so only they could sing about it.

This group is made up of those who had been faithful to Jesus. They had not followed after strange women, which is standard metaphor for the church. They had remained faithful to the church of Christ and not followed apostate beliefs. They are the ones willing to do whatever the Lamb asked in spite of the consequences. They are the harvest of earth, the wheat among the tares.

No lie was found in their mouths. Laodiceans lie a lot because they say they are rich and in need of nothing, whereas they are really wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. The 144,000 aren’t lying because they have admitted their true condition and have overcome it by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony. Therefore they are blameless.

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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