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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. 14:6

4/8/10 Another angel, representing God’s people, goes throughout the earth evangelizing the world with the gospel. The same words here “every nation, tribe, tongue and people” are parallel to Rev 13:7 where the beast wars against the same. Evangelism is war. We demolish strongholds, arguments, anything that sets itself up against the knowledge of God (2 Cor 10:4-5).

So God’s people before the parousia go out proclaiming the gospel. Their message is “fear God.” How do we fear God? Ec 12:13-14 says “Fear God and keep his commandments for this is the whole of man.” We fear God by taking him seriously, by obedience to him. This is what the saints are known for: keeping the commandments (obedience) and having the testimony of Jesus (sharing the gospel, evangelism).

“Give him glory,” is the second part of the gospel message. We teach people holistically how to glorify God in our bodies, in our actions, in our characters, in our obedience. Glorifying God is an all-life encompassing proposition.

This passage has a strong allusion to Ps 96 in which the world is called to fear, glorify, and worship God in a context of judgment–and to do so in the understanding that he is the Creator.

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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