Archive for January, 2017
Part V, Chapter 20, Satan and his hosts are finally expelled down to hell in order to usher in The Thousand Year Reign of Christ Jesus, thwherein He and His saints will rule over the affairs of men and nations. People, now free of sickness and disease will live for hundreds of years, as long as they obey God’s laws, as enforced by Christ and His Church. At the end of that period, Satan will have a short period to return so he can start a rebellion with those who have chafed against constant submission to God’s will. After that rebellion is put down, The LORD Jesus and His Church will hold final judgments over all fallen men, evil angels and demons, announcing sentences according to appropriate crime levels in hell’s caverns. (See Matthew 13: 41, 49; 1 Corinthians 6: 3: “Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?”).
Part VI, Chapter 21, gives detailed description of ‘The Eternal New Heaven and New Earth,’ because God The Father will move His new headquarters—i.e. His ruling throne—down to earth: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
“And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away (verses 1 – 4).” In other words, those people who survived the horrors of the seven year Tribulation, and who will then live in new supernaturally transformed bodies during The Thousand Year reign, during which they joyfully accept the rules and laws of The LORD Jesus and faithful army who will rule with Him during those centuries—will still be alive. That group of people will live eternally on earth, maintaining homes and serving God, The Father, and God, The Son as they will.
This chapter describes in detail the beauty of this great city, New Jerusalem, having twelve gates each made of one solid pearl, and high walls adorned with all types of pearls and precious stones. Both God The Father and God The Son rule on their thrones in The Temple of this New Jerusalem, with rulers and peoples of the earth coming often to worship Them: “And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it (verse 24).”
In addition, both of these last two chapters give warnings to all people to avoid the judgments coming to those who will not be part of this New Heaven and New Earth, because they refuse to worship The LORD God and His Son Jesus: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” John continues, “And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife (verses 8 and 9).” Another verse adds: “And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but [only] they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life (verse 27).”
Part VII, Chapter 22, gives more description of God’s Temple, Throne, and This New Jerusalem—from which God will rule earth and the universe, as well as the final status of all true believers—“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city (22: 12 – 14).”
Please note that here (as in all of John’s letters giving God’s instructions), The LORD Jesus refers to His words as commandments, not suggestions which believers may choose not to follows. In other words, those wanting to eat of that tree of life, (of which Adam and Eve had the first rights to eat), must obey God’s instructions, not do what they want and then expect to be rewarded by “grace.”
This Chapter also gives the final status of all unsaved human beings: “For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie (22: 15).” It is this last section about loving and making a lie into which so many people, especially some who claim to be Christian believers, fall today. There is little difference between an idolater in India who worships cows, a peasant in China who puts the Communist flag and its party above all that is valued in life, or the person in the United States, the rest of the Americas, or Europe who loves and adores the things of this world while claiming to be a Christian. Sorcerers are witches, students and scholars for Satan and of all things evil; while idolaters are those which worship entities other than Almighty God, whether ideologies, spiritual idols and/or other material objects. The term for ‘dogs’ in this New Testament Greek language does not refer to non-human animals, but to those people who prefer (i.e. agree to and/or support) homosexual life styles.
Finally, the end of the last section (verses 14 to 22) of this chapter and of This Book (which this blog refers to as wholesale Christian Bibles), gives a final message to all categories of people: A) True believers who accepted The LORD Jesus Christ as Savior and who grew up spiritually in Him (verse 14); B) Those acclaiming themselves to be Biblical scholars who add to or take away from The Book of Revelation (verse 15); and C) A final message to all mankind: “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”
Further, The LORD adds: “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen (verses 16 to 21).”
In closing, take care to study the word for yourself. You can find more research of these discussions by visiting our store. And please make sure that you are among those sending up prayers to fill those vials, prayers, which the elders collect in heaven. Remember, Apostle James promises: “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (5: 16).”
Now that you are better familiar with parts of the Bible, according to their historical categories and divisions (i.e. Books of History, Poetry, Prophecy, etc.) in both The Old and New Testaments, let’s move onto understanding the various divisions of The Book of Revelation. It’s own divisions—like ‘Books,’ Epistles and prophecies—would also enable believers to better understand–to quote The LORD Himself–that “which is, and which was, and which is to come (1: 4).”
Indeed, The Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ,
Part I, the whole Book’s Introduction as set forth in this first chapter, explains Apostle John’s location of ‘jailed’ isolation of persecution for preaching The Gospel Truth about His Savior. No doubt after they had inflicted severe physical punishment, Roman rulers imprisoned John in exile, alone on the tiny, treacherous volcano island called Patmos. With no one beside him in that dark, cold, damp, foreboding place, Satan no doubt expected this disciple to fall into depression. But The LORD Jesus came to comfort His faithful servant. This chapter then becomes a description of The Resurrected Christ, and of His present ministry. However, because God moves in the universe with multi-faceted purposes, messages in following chapters also have intent to bless Christian believers of every generation.
Part II, chapters two and three includes epistles which The LORD Jesus sends to seven churches which were alive and somewhat functioning as Christian bodies in John’s day. However, the individual churches have also been applied historically as the Church Age moved through geographical and worldly ruling political ages. His last letter to the seventh church, as being neither cold nor hot, and thus sickening and expelled from His Body, is especially applied to the Church of The Body of Christ in these last days. After Part II, the Christian Church is no longer mentioned in this Book. It is assumed that the Church Age, has passed, that The Present Body of Christ has been raptured (i.e. taken up into heaven)—for the Christians’ seven years of judgments and rewards (see 1 Corinthians 3: 11 – 15)–while God returns to His treatment of Israel and all remaining nations.
Part III, in chapters four and five, readers view things in heaven, where God The Father sits upon His throne surrounded by 24 elders—which may include 12 highly respected saints from the Old Testament and 12 from the New, who are presumably The LORD’s twelve disciples. All believers in God from both ages are, by the end of the Church age, as noted at the end of chapter 3, then in heaven. Four animal-like creatures—each with either a face like a lion, calf, eagle or a man, and each with six wings and covered with eyes all over their bodies (similar to that seen by Isaiah (chapter 6) and Ezekiel (chapters 1 and 3), are accompanied by innumerable numbers and types of angels, all singing, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.”
Then John notices God The Father holding A Book, closed by seven seals—stamped permanently closed–in His hand, as an angel cries “with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?” John begins to weep because no human or angelic being in heaven, earth, it’s seas, or even under them, was worthy to open God’s book. But then an elder (perhaps John’s brother, Apostle James, who was martyred soon after the birth of The Church), tells John, not to worry because “in the midst of the elders, stood ‘A Lamb’–as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth (v.6)”–took The Book from God, The Father’s, Hand. At this point the 24 elders worship The Lamb as each plays a harp and pours out vials of pleasant odors, which indeed are the prayers of all believers, before Him.
Part IV, from Chapters 6 to 19, covers the seven years of The Tribulation (or man’s suffering, earthly punishment), including the 42-month ministries of the prophets Enoch (Genesis 5: 18 – 14) and Elijah (1 Kings 17 to 2 Kings 3), who had been taken live up to heaven, and living there thousands of years are bathed with The Holy Spirit’s anointing. Satan will kill them, but after four days, God will resurrect and take them up to heaven while their persecutors helplessly watch. Two more groups of holy Jewish saints will also be likewise resurrected and taken up to heaven. This section also covers the final destruction of Jerusalem, and rise of the Anti-Christ, (now born today) in Syria, who will rule from Iraq, as well as the ultimate False Prophet, who will convince the world to worship this false Christ and bow down in adoration of his phony, fake, useless materially man-made image. (More on these 14 chapters may be covered in later blogs).