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Rev. 22:6-9

6/6/10 Everything John saw, heard, and understood God guarantees to be true and will happen. The same God who gave the prophecies to other prophets gives them to John. The past prophecies have come about without fail, so will this one.

God’s design for Revelation was to show his people the things that necessarily must happen in this drama, so that we will not be discouraged. We can see that God has foreseen it all and that he is in control.

He is coming quickly to put an end to sin. Though the process seems drawn out to us, in the grand scheme it’s not long.

We must pay attention to this prophecy. John puts his own signature to the book. Once again he feels the need to worship and falls down before the angel. But the angel again tells John that God is the only one we are to worship. That is what this whole controversy has been about.

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Posted by on August 8, 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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Rev. 18:20-24

5/7/10 The people of God are commanded to rejoice. Babylon is being judged as she has judged, and with the measure she used it will be measured to her. Specifically mentioned are apostles and prophets among the saints. They especially have suffered at the cruelty of Babylon’s false religion.

Then a strong angel threw a huge boulder into the sea and said, “In this way will Babylon be thrown down.” This was a common technique the prophets used to illustrate their predictions. Babylon won’t just fade away, it will crash and burn quickly.

The next verses poetically describe her desolation. There are many allusions to the OT here, especially Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel’s descriptions of Babylon’s fall. And the reason given for all of this is that she is a deceiver, that she lied to the world, and that she has on her hands the blood of God’s people.

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 18:9-10

5/4/10 So when her destruction comes it will come quickly and dramatically. One of the allusions is to Eze 26-27, which describes the fall of Tyre. It’s a pattern for the fall of Babylon. Tyre was a small city-state with tremendous influence because of her trade. The world benefited greatly from her business and the people admired and followed her. But when her destruction comes and she is burned, the nations of the earth who had joined her in this adulterous affair, will mourn her destruction. It’s clear that it’s the nations who actually bring about her destruction, but they aren’t pleased with what they had to do.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 17:12-14

4/29/10 V. 12, The ten horns on the beast, which are the nations of the world, are the ten kings that haven’t yet received their power, so they are as yet unidentifiable.

They become rulers for one hour. This time period need not necessarily be seen as prophetic time but may easily symbolize of a short, non-specific period of time. First, one hour is not an unusual way to state a period of time; second, prophetic time isn’t necessarily required to make sense of the prophecy; and third, chapter 18, which is an exposition of this part of the vision, calls this same time period one day and one hour interchangeably (Rev 18:8, 10, 17, 19).

V. 13, These kings have one purpose, they are given authority by the nations of the earth to bring the entire earth into unity with the beast. This is their sole function, and they accomplish it. This union of religion and civil power has one purpose also: the annihilation of God’s people.

V. 14, They wage war against the Lamb, via his people. But the Lamb overcomes, as usual, because he is king of kings and Lord of all lords. And those who are with him are his called, chosen, and faithful people–the same who are part of the kings from the East (Rev 16:12).

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 16:15-16

4/21/10 In the midst of this terrifying time the people of God are to be especially vigilant. Even though it seems that probation will have closed we are to be searching our hearts. We still don’t know exactly when Jesus will come. We must stay awake and Laodicea must purchase clothes from Jesus for coving.

The evil spirits, the counterfeit gospel, goes out to the whole earth and deceives the kings of the earth and gathers them together in some fashion or another for the Mt. Carmel test when the fire falls on the wrong altar.

Har Mageddon is a key allusion to the OT, the full impact of which we can’t very well understand. Megiddo had a heavy symbolic importance to the Jewish culture. We can glean some of it by looking at the OT passages where Megiddo is mentioned. For instance, it was the place where Pharaoh Neco killed King Josiah. But is also a place of victory for Israel in Judges 5.

Deborah and Barak defeated the kings of Canaan when they fought Israel in Judah in Megiddo. The people of God united for the most part and v. 16 says there was great searching of heart. Others despised their lives even unto death. In this great battle the stars in v. 20 fought from heaven. And a woman killed Sisera.

At this great battle of Megiddo, God’s people overcome the forces of evil.

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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