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Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 19

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The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 19:  Chapter 21

Vrs     21:1              Verse 1 of this chapter is to be connected with 20:11 (see 2nd Peter 3:13).  Earth and heaven will be completely purified. During the Millennium the earth is renovated (Isaiah 35:1; Matthew 19:28 [“regeneration” in this text has nothing to do with spiritual matters, but with the renovation of the earth]).  This new universe will be populated with redeemed, cleansed souls. Righteousness suffers now (the godly suffer, 2nd Timothy 3:12); in the Millennium it will reign (Isaiah 11:9; 32:1); in the eternal state it will dwell (2nd Peter 3:13). John indicates that there was no more sea. This is a symbolic language statement regarding the end of human political and national separations.  Instead, there will be ONE people, living in an absolute theocracy. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 18

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The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 18:  Chapter 20

 

This chapter serves as a Continental Divide of Scripture.  Premillennialists (also known as chiliasts from the Greek word for 1000) use a single interpretive principle and find in this vital chapter that, after the visible coming of Christ in chapter 19, He will set up His earthly kingdom and reign with His saints for a thousand years, while Satan is confined to the bottomless pit.  Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 17

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The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 17:  Chapter 19

 

Vrs     1–2               It is after the doom of mystical Babylon (after these things—see the same Greek wording in 4:1), fully detailed in chapters 17–18, that the invitation to rejoice in 18:20 can be fulfilled. Those participating are indicated only as much people (a great multitude in vrs. 6). There is no profit in seeking to particularize here, when the designation is so broad. It is all the redeemed in heaven, including the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures (vs. 4). The rejoicing begins with the word Alleluia, which occurs four times in this chapter (vrs. 1, 3, 4, 6).  It is a transliterated (not translated) Hebrew word, found no other place in the New Testament. In fact, even in the Old Testament, especially in the book of Psalms, it is correctly translated “Praise the Lord!” It is thus interesting that four times in the Revelation the Hebrew word (actually two words) should be found. It is indeed a beautiful word known worldwide, which needs no translation.   Earth knows much of blasphemy against God and His blessed Name, but heaven gloriously rings with His praises. Three attributes of God are singled out for acclamation: Salvation, and glory, and honor.   Commentator William Barclay has well: “Each of these three great attributes of God should awaken its own response in the heart of man, and these responses taken together constitute real praise. The salvation of God should awaken the gratitude of man. The glory of God should awaken the reverence of man. The power of God is always exercised in the love of God, and should, therefore, awaken the trust of man. Gratitude, reverence, trust—these are the constituent elements of real praise”.    Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 16

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The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 16:  JUDGMENT ON BABYLON. 17:1–18:24 (part 2, chapter 18)

This chapter carries on the subject of God’s judgment on Babylon.  Since the church is the Bride of Christ and a city, the New Jerusalem (see 21:9–10), there is no valid reason to deny that the harlot Babylon is a city (cf. 18:10). It is proper to think of Babylon in chapter 17 as a vast religious (ecclesiastical) system (vrs. 2, 4, 6), and also in chapter 18 as a huge interlocking commercial system (vrs. 3, 11–17). The present chapter pictures the doom of so-called civilization in its social and commercial aspects. Civilization ever since the time of Cain has followed a path apart from God.  Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 15

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The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 15:  JUDGMENT ON BABYLON. 17:1–18:24 (part 1, chapter 17)

That the theme of Babylon is an important one in the Revelation can be seen from the fact that the Spirit of God devotes two chapters in this essential book of prophecy to the subject.  From Genesis 10:10 (Babel is from the Akkadian Bab-ilu, gate of God), which is the first mention, to 18:21, which is the last reference, this subject of biblical city and its impact upon the spiritual realm is given extraordinary coverage.  All the  major prophets (Isaiah-Daniel) have important disclosures concerning Babylon.  Isaiah refers to the city thirteen times, Ezekiel, seventeen times, but Jeremiah most of all with one hundred and sixty-eight references.  In the Revelation, besides chapters 17–18 which are entirely devoted to the subject of Babylon, the first occurrence of the word is in 14:8, the second, in 16:19.  Both passages briefly indicate the fall and doom of Babylon.   In a true sense, chapters 17–18 are an elaboration of 16:19. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 14

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The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 14:  The Seven Vial Judgments, 15:1 – 16:21

The chapters now under consideration form a unit that follows logically after chapter 11, giving the third series of the judgments of God.  Undoubtedly, the vial judgments take place in the Great Tribulation in its last stages. The implication seems to be that they will transpire in a very brief period of time. They will be both rapid and severe.  Also, since they cover the entire earth, the Rapture of the Church must have taken place before the vials begin, since the redeemed are not subject to the wrath of God. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 13

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The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 13:  Chapter 14

Chapter 14 is the sequel (and God’s answer) to the wickedness of the persons in chapter 13. God intervenes in grace and judgment. As stated earlier, chapters 12–14 form a series of their own and are placed between the trumpet and vial judgments, intending to emphasize the individuals who are prominent in the end time.

The Lamb and the 144,000

Vrs     1–5               “And, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion.”  All the persons mentioned in verse 1 have appeared before in the book. The Lamb is Christ, so designated by John as the favorite description for the Savior.  “A hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.”  The Father needs no explanation. The 144,000 are undoubtedly those of chapter 7, the godly witnesses, sealed and marked out for God.  Mount Zion, is the literal city of David (Jerusalem). Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 12

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The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 12 – The False Prophet and the Mark

Chapter 13:11-18   The Beast from the Earth.

The first beast comes from the sea, symbolic of the nations in turmoil; the second has his origin from the earth (or land), indicating one of two things (depending on the interpretation that is given to “earth” or “land”).  If the term is correctly translated as “earth”, then it would indicate that this second beast comes from something more stable or solid than the “sea” of the first beast.  This could easily indicate that the second beast will arise from the RELIGIONS of the world, since religion has lasted longer than any nation, kingdom, or political system in history.  On the other hand, if the word is translated as “land”, it would be a reference to the Land of Israel, which would indicate that he is of Jewish biological descent.  Thus, he would arise from the Land of Promise and will falsely claim to be of the nation of promise and the promised Messiah. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 10

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The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 10:

THE SEVENTH TRUMPET (THIRD WOE). 11:15–19.

vrs     15                Verses 15–18 return to the trumpet judgments, last dealt with at 9:21.  Verse 19, it is generally agreed, belongs to the next chapter and the additional details that follow in the subsequent chapters. The seventh seal and the seventh trumpet are similar in that no judgment is directly announced under them (8:1; 11:15–18). Nothing is spoken of as coming from the sounding of the seventh trumpet; it is wrapped in silence. But loud voices in heaven have a vital declaration to make before the details of the last trumpet are revealed in the seven vials (bowls) of wrath in chapter 16. The heavenly announcement proclaims that the kingdom of this world (Greek “basileia” is singular, as in the New American Standard Bible, not plural as in the AUTHORIZED VERSION) has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ.  This goes along with the idea that the scroll with the seven seals was a “title deed” that is now transferred.  The seventh trumpet does not bring in the kingdom; it only shows its proximity. The kingdom should be in the singular, because under earth’s final sinister political leader there will be an amalgamation of all kingdoms into one universal kingdom. Christ’s reign will be eternal. If His rule is eternal, then how can it be a thousand years, millennial reign? He rules a thousand years (20:1–7) IN TIME to vindicate and execute God’s purposes for earth, as well as to fulfill certain promises made to Israel and to the Messiah; then that kingdom is merged into the eternal kingdom. Verse 15 speaks of the kingdom anticipatively, as a preview; the actual realization is to be seen in chapters 19–20. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 11

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The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 11

Chapter 13:1-10  The Beast From The Sea:

John continues to introduce the chief participants of these final events, adding two more to those given in chapter 12.  A study of the Book of Daniel, chapters 7, 9, and 11 is essential to understanding this vital chapter of the Revelation. In Revelation19:20 the two beasts of this chapter are designated as the beast and the false prophet. With the dragon (vs. 2), they form a horrendous “trinity” of evil that is Satan’s perversion and corruption of the True Trinity of God (see Isaiah 14:12-14).  The beasts are the chief wicked instruments of Satan, used to fulfill his plans to attempt to “conquer” the souls of men.  In these “beasts” is the culmination of the world’s desire for the amalgamation and merger of political and religious power, a combination of church and state.  This UNHOLY trinity compares to God’s HOLY Trinity as follows: Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 9

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The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 9:

A  “PARENTHESIS”. 10:1–11:14.

Just as there was a “parenthesis” in chapter 7 between the sixth and seventh seals, so there is now one that consists of 10:1–11:14 (between the sixth and seventh trumpets). There is a very brief parenthesis (16:15) between the sixth and seventh vial judgments. This shows the purposefully ordered arrangement of the Revelation. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 8

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The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 8:

We now begin the series of three “woe” judgements spoken of at the end of the previous chapter.  These “woes” are far worse than anything that has been seen on earth before.

 

Fifth Trumpet Sounds. 9:1–12.

vrs     1                  The first of the woe judgments is directed against the ungodly (see verse 4).  The star falls from heaven, the seat of authority.   Some suggest it is the Antichrist himself, but to become that specific here without further specific information is unsupportable. Why is this not a literal star?  It refers to a living person, for the work performed is that of a human or living being.  On the basis of 12:12, A. C. Gaebelein (The Revelation, p. 63; so also Seiss, op. cit., pp. 202–203) maintains it was Satan himself. If it is a false teacher, then Satan works through him, as is clear from numerous other occasions in the history of mankind. The key of the bottomless pit (abyss, in the Greek) was entrusted to him. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 7

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The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 7:

Following the “commercial” (Parenthetical Passage) of chapter 7, we now return to the normal flow of the action, and pick up with the seventh seal judgment.

 

The Seventh Seal. 8:1–2.

vrs     1–2              At the opening of the seventh seal, an ominous silence pervades all nature, which is indicative of the solemnity of the things that are about to take place. It is the calm before the storm. The space of half an hour is not a reckoning according to a heavenly chronometer, but it does indicate a very brief period.  To give you an indication of the awesomeness of this moment, realize that there has NEVER been total silence in Heaven since the angels were created to praise God!  For the thousands and millions of angels to be TOTALLY SILENT for even a short time indicates that what they see when the seventh seal is opened is absolutely overwhelming.  The phrase, “the seven angels which stand before God”, refers to what is known in Jewish literature as “the angels of the presence”, the angels mentioned Biblically in Luke 1:19, and Ezekiel 9:2.  These  seven angels are entrusted with the service of blowing the seven trumpets (SHOFARS: Ram’s horn trumpets) of judgment (Zecheriah 9:14-16).  The blowing of the seven SHOFARS is what makes up the fulfillment of the seventh seal. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 6

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The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 6:

PARENTHETICAL PASSAGE AND OTHER INFORMATION.  7:1-17.

Chapter 7 introduces a new item that can be confusing if it is not understood and recognized.  This component is called a “PARENTHETICAL PASSAGE” (as though the material were in parentheses), and it is a “break” in the normal flow and progress of the action.  In the normal “flow” of things, the SIXTH SEAL would be followed immediately by the SEVENTH SEAL.  However, we find that this “flow” is interrupted by the vision of the 144,000 sealed Jews, and the multitude of Gentiles.  It may help you to think of these parenthetical passages as being like a commercial during a television program.  This is NOT to say that their information is any less important, but that they “break” into the normal flow of events.  As we progress through the rest of the Revelation, you will see other parenthetical passages. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 5 THE SEAL JUDGMENTS

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The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 5:

THE SEAL JUDGMENTS.

Chapters 4–5 were occupied with heaven; in chapter 6 events of the earth, with which most of the Apocalypse deals, come before the reader. The method by which the truth of chapter 5 is carried out is presented here: Christ’s entering in upon the purchased possession.  The fulfillment of Man’s rebellion against God and His people, and God’s pouring out of His judgement (in the vial or bowl judgments) is seen starting here. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 4

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The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 4:

The Creator on the Throne. 4:1–11.

Thus far, the first two divisions of the prophecy have been covered (1:19): the things John saw (chapter. 1) and the things which are (the current position of the seven churches, which can also be applied to the status of churches world-wide during the “church-age” (chapters. 2–3).  The largest section of the book (chapters. 4–22) is divisible into three parts:  Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 3: THE LETTERS TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES 2:1–3:22 (Part 2)

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The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 3:  THE LETTERS TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES. 2:1–3:22. (Part 2)

 

The Letter To The Church At Sardis

vrs     1                  Sardis is about twenty-seven miles due south of Thyatira. It was one of the oldest and greatest cities of western Asia. In ancient times it was a proud, wealthy city, the capital of the kingdom of Lydia. It had a history of many wars, and it was the city of the wealthy Croesus. The patron deity of the city was Cybele, whose form appeared on their coins. She was represented as half-human and was regularly associated with a pair of lions or single lion. The deity was supposed to have power to restore the dead. The city fell before Cyrus the Great of Persia in the sixth century B.C. In 17 A.D. the city suffered greatly from an earthquake. When John wrote this letter, the city was a city of the past.  Later, it was restored and continued to flourish until 1400–1403 A.D., when the Tartar (Mongol) Tamerlane swept over the area and destroyed everything. The city has never recovered from this desolation. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 2: THE LETTERS TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES 2:1–3:22 (Part 1)

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The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 2:  THE LETTERS TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES. 2:1–3:22. (Part 1)

There are seven churches chosen, because in Scripture seven is the number of completion. In these seven letters the Spirit gives a complete picture of the moral and spiritual history of the church (along with other truths), not only for that time, but for the church in general through the intervening years until the establishment of the Millennial Reign. The letters have seven exhortations to hear them, yet they are sadly neglected. The messages have spiritual, historical, and prophetic value. Since chapter 1 dealt with the things John saw—the risen Christ—and chapters 2–3 deal with the things that are, we can see that the outline given in 1:19 is truly being followed.  Each letter has four elements: (1) The manner in which Christ presents Himself; (2) the commendation (or condemnation) He gives; (3) the reward He promises; and (4) the exhortation to hear. The messages refer to distinct, historical churches in the province of Asia; they are timely. They also apply to types of believers in every age; they are timeless. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 1: Introduction and Chapter 1

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The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 1:  Introduction and Chapter 1

As we begin our study of the Book of the Revelation, you need to know where I am coming from in terms of theological viewpoint.  As you probably know, every Biblical commentator has a certain viewpoint that they operate from, which directly affects and influences how they deal with the Scriptures (and associated information).  The fancy way of describing my view would be to say that I am a “Pre-Millennial Fundamentalist”.  What that really means is that I believe that the majority of the events described in the Revelation occur immediately prior to a literal 1,000 year earthly reign of Christ, followed by the Eternal Kingdom.  I take the Bible literally, knowing that there is symbolism and allegory in God’s Word, but believing that what God specifically says is what He really means.  For example, I believe that there will be a real, literal “mark of the Beast” that people will choose to take at some point during the events of the 70th “week” of Daniel.  Although many modern commentators choose to teach that such material is only symbolic, I believe that God meant what He said, and that we need to be aware of the fact that a time will come when the people of the earth will have to knowingly choose whether or not to accept the mark of God’s enemy. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Holy Spirit – Lesson 6: Spiritual Gifts Part 2 – The Functioning of the Gifts

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The Person and Ministry of The Holy Spirit

Lesson 6:  Spiritual Gifts  Part 2 – The Functioning of the Gifts  

The Holy Spirit is seemingly the least understood of the members of the Trinity.  Although many churches in the modern era TALK about the Spirit, the vast majority of them focus on the “power” and the “gifts”, rather than the Person and Ministry of the Spirit.  And even then, they produce a lot of unbiblical information on the “power” and “gifts” that leads to a very unbalanced understanding of what Christianity is really all about.

Hopefully, this study will help us gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the Holy Spirit.

 

Romans 12:6-8

6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

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