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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. 21:5-8

5/22/10 The curse is finished. Everything will be made new. John is told to write because the word of God is faithful and true, which is the description of Jesus among the church of Laodicea. Laodicea is the overcoming church. And the language here connects this passage with Laodicea in the chiastic structure.

Then he said to me, “It is done.” What God in his foreknowledge began is now finished. It was necessary, but now it’s done. The Alpha and the Omega, beginning and end, these were the claims of the the goddess Hekata in Greek mythology. So John would have been familiar with them. Now, anyone who is craving immortality and life with God, it’s completely available to them. It’s available freely to the overcomers.

Overcoming isn’t easy but it can be done in the grace and strength of God, and the reward that awaits is the worth it. Our reward will be God as our Father and we as his sons. We will not be just another created being, as incredible as that is, but we shall have a special status as sons of God.

However, there will be plenty of people who will not receive this reward.

• The cowardly: those who were ashamed to accept God’s grace for overcoming, too lacking in mortal fortitude.
• The faithless: those who didn’t believe in a way that was life transforming.
• The abominable: those who are vile, unclean, and overall picture of the opposite of beauty of character.
• Murders: those who do not care for life either physically or spiritually.
• The immoral fornicators: they are the prostitute-chasers. That was one definition of the Greek word. This is spiritual language, which ties in with the prostitute on the beast in Rev 17. These are the ones who deceived and believed lies about God and followed after Babylon.
• Sorcerers: Those dealing in the occult and supporting Satan’s side of the conflict.
• Idolaters: those whose most important priority in life is themselves.
• Liars: spiritually speaking those who deceived people and painted a wrong picture of God thereby causing God to lose some of his children. God will not let such activity go unpunished.

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Posted by on July 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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