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Rev. 21:22-27

6/4/10 In this city was no naos, the sanctuary portion of the temple. The sanctuary was the visible representation of God’s presence among his people. Now that God is there no representation is needed. The capital of the universe has been moved to earth.

As the city comes down Zech 14 describes how Jesus’ feet touch the Mount of Olives and spreads and flattens out a huge plain for the city.

The sun and moon do not necessarily disappear from the earth. If Isaiah 24 can be taken as a literal picture of the new earth then there will still be evening and morning and even seasons. But in the city things are constant. The light of the sun and the moon make no visible impact on the city because the light of the Lamb and God overpower all other light. Therefore it would be reasonable to expect that night still comes in the rest of the earth.

In v. 24 the nations and the kings of the earth are a description of the redeemed, not the wicked, as these terms refer to earlier in Revelation. Earth is restored and God’s people rule. We come to the holy city bringing with us the glory God has given to us.

The city is still the most holy place on the earth. Although the earth is recreated and perfect, the place God dwells is special. The nearer one comes to God the more holy everything is. Nothing unclean will ever enter the city.

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Posted by on August 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 16:8-11

4/18/10 Fourth Bowl: This angel was authorized to send scorching heat from the sun upon the earth. And men become angry with God acknowledging that this is devine punishment. However, they feel they are being punished for tolerating the true people of God. Satan convinces them that these people must be exterminated because of this.

Fifth Bowl: This angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast and his kingdom became darkened. This plague parallels the next to the last plague of the exodus, which lasted for three days. Also there is an allusion to Is 8:22, which describes the protection God gives to his people and the situation of the wicked.

They are ignoring the law and the testimony. They do not speak according to it, therefore there is no light in them. In this plague their disobedience and spiritual darkness results in the plague of literal darkness and cold that accompanies it. They are in contact with the forces of evil and are suffering. and as a result they curse God. And through it all, knowing they are being punished by God, they refuse to repent and instead blame the people of God for their misery.

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 12:1-2

3/26/10 Next John saw a great sign in the heavens. He saw a woman clothed in the sun. In earlier chapters the darkness of the sun was a symbol of the word of God being hidden creating spiritual darkness. So the woman here is clothed in the light of the word of God, which is spiritual light.

She has the moon under her feet. Many commentators see significance of the moon being bright by borrowed light from the sun. Since the sun is the word of God and the word of God is Jesus himself, it follows that the “greater light to rule the day” would overshadow the “lesser light to rule the night.”

In other words, the OT system of laws and types that pointed to the Messiah were glorious in their borrowed light, but in their fulfillment in Jesus the sun arose.

The woman who represent’s God’s people in Israel and later in the Christian church was about to give birth to this “sun of righteousness.” She was in pain of labor, which well describes Israel’s spiritual condition at Jesus’ birth. God’s people needed a Savior.

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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