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Rev. 22:18-22

6/9/10 Jesus is still speaking via his angel and signs the document with his testimony. Then he adds a solemn warning not to tamper with it. This is the same command he gave for the Ten Commandments in the OT. As Jon Paulien points out, few people would consider cutting and pasting in the Bible, but most of us  ignore large portions or are unfamiliar with what it says. This is in effect subtracting from the words of the book. Others think things are written in the Bible that are not, which is effect adding to it. It’s not worth it. The cost is eternal life. We must know our Bibles!

Jesus again states as a foregone conclusion, “I am coming quickly.” And John responds with anticipation.

This brings to a close this devotional study. Find devotional commentaries on other books of the Bible at www.scoggins.biz. Also find information about my book on Revelation.

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Posted by on August 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 20:7-10

5/18/10 The background allusion here is Eze 38-39. The thousand years are done. Satan has been imprisoned on the decimated earth with no one to deceive because the wicked died at the glory of the Second Coming and the righteous went to heaven. The holy city coming down isn’t described until the next chapter, but this scene takes place after the holy city has descended from heaven.

Satan is released by a resurrection of all the wicked who have lived since the beginning. Fhe forces of Gog in Ezekiel are listed and they are all traceable back to Noah. So Satan deceives the nations (four corners of the earth) convincing them that they can take the city for themselves.

There is an innumerable host of them and they surround the city. It would have to be a great number in order to surround a city that is possibly 1,500 miles per side, or maybe 300 miles. Still, either way, it’s big.

When the New Jerusalem descends it creates a vast plain. This is where the wicked gather and God rains down fire upon them. This is hell. They are devoured, literally “ate down.” They will be like stubble, says Malachi. The devil himself will receive his punishment and the earth will be purified of all evil and made ready for re-creation.

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 20:4-6

5/17/10 This is obviously a judgment scene with allusions to other judgment scenes in the Bible. In Dan 7:9 the Ancient of Days is seated and judgment was given to the saints. In Mt 19:28 Jesus talks about the same scene. In 1 Cor 6:2 Paul says the saints will judge the world.

The picture here is of the redeemed going to heaven during the thousand years and being given the work of judging and sentencing the wicked dead. Specifically mentioned here are those who went through the tribulation, but there is also an allusion to the souls under the alter of Rev 6:9, which seems to refer to all saints, at least those who have suffered. They have an incredible reward and task awaiting them. V. 6, they will be priest and kings with Christ!

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 20:1-3

5/16/10 The sequence of events continues chronologically. The world is in its former state and John sees an angel coming to perform some actions which are symbolic of what will really happen someday.

The angel holds a key and a chain representing God’s power to release and restrain the powers of evil at will. He seizes the dragon and throws him into the abyss and lock and seals it over him.

While pictured as a hole in the ground with a lid on it and a chain actually binding Satan, these elements represent the fact that Satan is restricted to earth–the abyss without form and void.

This passage has Is 24 in view. At the second coming the earth is decimated, the wicked mourn and die, the righteous rejoice. The earth is in shambles. For a thousand years the devil cannot deceive anyone because there is no one to deceive. After the thousand years it will be necessary to release him for a short time. Why would it be necessary? Because there is still a little more to be revealed about God in the actions of Satan after the thousand years.

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 19:17-21

5/11/10 John sees an angel standing in the sun, which may be Jesus or a separate herald. The one who looks like the sun is Jesus, so this angel may be standing hear him or it may be him. This angel stands “constantly” in the sun. He called out to the birds to come to the feast, which is the alternative to the wedding feast of the Lamb. At this feast there is to be total destruction.

This call to the birds is an ancient language of personal combat. See, for instance, David and Goliath’s verbal sparring where they threaten to feed each other to the birds.

Next John sees the beast, the same beast as Rev 17 probably, and the kings of the earth. The other beast, the sea beast who is also the prostitute Babylon, has, by this point in the story, been destroyed by the scarlet beast. Now, the people see Jesus and the armies of heaven and they know they are doomed. They assemble to fight for their lives, but they are easily captured by Jesus.

The allusions here are to Eze 39 where it says that Topheth has been prepared. That was the place of human sacrifices offered to Molech. So Jesus, by the word or sword of his mouth, creates a lake of fire and burns them, and those not included in this fire are struck down by his glory and his word.

In the end, after all of the plages have devastated the planet and taken it nearly to complete ruin, this fire now finish it it off. The world is once again an abyss without form and void like it was in the beginning.

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 19:7-10

5/9/10 The universe is right to celebrate. Evil conspired against this event, but it has come. It is the wedding of the Lamb and his bride who has been made ready. His bride is the New Jerusalem, which is in contrast to Babylon. Babylon symbolizes the apostate church, Jerusalem symbolizes the true church of Christ.

The people of God and the kingdom of earth are all involved in this wedding/coronation. God’s people are ready. They have been purified in the fire of suffering as Jesus was. They have dressed themselves in the righteousness of Christ living in them and working through them. They have been transformed in heart and deed.

Later when the New Jerusalem comes down out of heaven prepared as a bride, it is the people of God returning to the kingdom of earth as Jesus claims it as his own and sets us up as rulers, as Adam had been originally.

John was commanded to write this down, “Blessed are those called to the wedding banquet.” It’s a forgone conclusion. There is no question about the outcome of this controversy. God’s word is never void. He is never wrong.

John, overwhelmed, responds to this part of the vision in a way he has not responded so far in everything he has seen. He falls down to worship, but the angel must stop him saying that he is only a bond servant like John. We labor together with angels.

“Worship God.” That is what all this has been about: worship. The testimony of Jesus is defined here. It’s not a testimony about Jesus in just any terms, but specifically in prophetic terms.

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 19:1-6

5/8/10 After these things refers to the things he just wrote down.

Chapters 18-20 are probably sequential.

John heard many voices from heaven shouting praise to God because of his judgments, which are just. So heaven is leading out. The passage recalls the time Elisha anointed Jehu as king with the task of destroying the house of Ahab and Jezebel’s works in particular (2 Kg 9:7).

A second time the multitude in heaven praises God using words of Edom’s destruction in Is 34:10, the smoke of her torment goes up forever. This is a poetic expression. It has to be since Edom isn’t still burning, nor is Sodom as indicated in Jude 7.

In v. 4 the rest of heaven is joined by the 24 elders, the representatives of the human race in heaven and the four living creatures.

Finally, the entire universe joins in proclaiming God’s justice. Obviously God is interested in clearing his reputation. He wants everyone to see that his ways are the best ways for the universe. His rule is what leads to peace and joy and justice.

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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