Monday, February 11, 2013

Grafted Into Israel from Romans 11:24

It is essential to understand what God means in Roman 11:24.
For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, which be grafted into their own olive tree?
vs 25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
I'll give you some points which will help us understand this scripture:
Gentiles in Hebrew means Lost, Confused and Without God. Case in point, He is talking about those who are lost and confused coming into the Kingdom of God; in other words, believing in Jesus because that is salvation. There is no other way to come into the Kingdom of God accept through Jesus Christ.
Mystery: The mystery is God dwells in us. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit.
10 Tribes of Israel were driven out of the Land Of Israel in 721 BC and have not returned. But God has prophesied that He will gather and regather them. First they will begin to return to their Hebrew roots while they are still in the nations. This is happening even now and does not mean they are turning to Judaism, but rather returning to their Hebrew Roots. Scripture says we who have the Holy Ghost will come with Jesus in our hearts and on our lips and will be obeying His commandments.
In Ezekiel 37 we find that God will take two sticks, the lost ten tribes from the nations,called Ephraim and Judah which is in the land of Israel now,and will make them one. Judah is in the land of Israel today and is made up of Judah, Benjamin and Half the Tribe of Levi. Judah is the largest of the three so the group is called Judah. Ephraim is the lost ten tribes still in the nations, scattered, being the remaining 9 1/2 tribes. Ephraim is the largest of the lost ten tribes and represents that group of tribes.
Now, Ephraim includes those who are grafted in, or, in other words those who were lost, confused and without God and were redeemed, becoming believers in Jesus while still in the Nations.
Here is the point of all this: If you believe in Jesus you are grafted in to Israel, you are a part of the Tribe of Ephraim. Slowly God is waking Ephraim and Ephraim is returning to their Hebrew Roots, again, not Judaism. God is coming back for a Bride without spot or wrinkle, not a religion.
It is my prayer that this issue is settled with you and that any antisemitism is purged.
We are Hebrew which means "One who has crossed over from death to life. Just like Abraham, who was not Jewish but became Hebrew when he looked forward to the cross and believed in Jesus. Yes, Jesus said that. "Abraham looked forward to my day and He say it"
There are three kinds of people who will read this. The first are those who never realized these things and I want you to know, it's OK. The Second are those who had a suspicion about these things but just never quite got their arms around it. and Third there are those who say "I knew that".
However you reacted, it is OK because God's word will have it's way with you. At least in this short article we got you thinking. God said His word would not come back void.
In future articles we will dive into these matters one by one in great depth.


Friday, November 11, 2011

The Last Great Revival In Search of the Truth Finding the Hebrew Roots of our Faith This is a series of Lessons produced to lead Christians to the truth of God. It is a provocative series, filled with challenges concerning what we have been taught to believe and presenting to you the great Revival that God has brought to the world beginning in 2000. This Revival is the transition period into the 1,000 year reign of Jesus. This is a description of the movement of God on the earth, bringing redemption the mankind. There is a remnant of people called to follow God’s plan, the one new man is awakening and responding to the call of God, and the revival is growing. This is not to be ignored. I encourage you to keep an open mind, pray, study and let the Holy Spirit of God speak to you. In this revival Christians are witnessing to Jews and they are responding by believing in Jesus. Jewish Rabbi’s are bringing the standards of God to Christians, giving us a more complete understanding of how to live in God’s Kingdom. Together, the body, the one new man, the Bride of Christ is growing. Follow the Lessons “The Last Great Revival” and be blessed.

Monday, October 31, 2011



It’s not hard to notice there’s a lot of trouble in the world. There are a lot of changes taking place. Everything seems to be changing. Nations are being rearranged, economies are faltering and in the United States church attendance is declining and the moral fiber of our nation is eroded. Our lives are being severely impacted and politicians seem to be helpless to do anything to remedy the situation, in fact, they seem to be contributing to unemployment and our financial decline. Most Christians are at a loss for even a clue as to what’s going on. We know that all these things are in God’s plan. Without condemnation we know it’s because Christians have not been exposed to the full meaning of God’s word.
People are searching for answers in all the wrong places. Now is not a time to be backslidden or found outside the kingdom of God because it’s time people of God understand the mandated mission of God and the plan of God. Those who immerse themselves in the word are excited. The prophets of old would die to be living in these times as the final phase of God 7000 year plan of redemption progresses.

Isaiah 2 go through, go through the gates, prepare the way of the people; cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.
Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, say ye to the daughter of Zion, , behold thy salvation,, behold his re-ward is with him, and his work before him.
And they shall call them, the holy people, the retained of the Lord: and thou shalt be called, sought out, a city not forsaken.

Again, without placing blame, it is time to understand and expose the paganism that has infiltrated the religions and denominations of the world in order to understand the true word of God. If you are truly seeking to understand God’s plan this is a study for you. We will declare here it is not our intent to bash any religion denomination or anyone involved with them, but rather to guide you to a more complete understanding of the word of God and his redemptive plan.

Question: how do we find the truth with so many very, diverse interpretations of the word?

Answer: We returned to the original word of God.

Revival begins when we put aside our study of the unknown where we have to put a spin on it to make it comfortable and study the known, undeniable word of God.

The Bible was written in Hebrew, by Hebrews, for the sake of Hebrews, given by a Hebrew speaking God. We should then study it through the filters of the Hebrew language and the Hebrew culture which is the same basis God used to write it.

Before you reject this, consider these facts:

Paul stated God speaks in Hebrew.

Zep 3:9 - tells us Hebrew will be the language of his kingdom.

Jesus, John and Paul were Jewish rabbis.

85% of the New Testament is a restatement of the Old Testament.

So all of Scripture agrees. The known is the consistencies of Scripture on which we must dwell to find the truth. Jesus said in Matthew 5:17 that the law of God as stated in the first five books of the Bible stand as God’s government, His Character and His standard. We can conclude therefore, Christians are under both law and grace. Law if we wish to please God and grace if we fall short. God is interested in the desire of your heart, not whether or not you are perfect. We have fallen victim to the theologies of man trying to make God in the image of man, which is in opposition to God’s plan of making man into his image. John, Paul and Jesus were Jewish Rabbis and Jewish Rabbis know the Bible by heart. We know that Paul could recite the entire Bible from memory before he turned 13 years old. John and Paul, like Jesus never abandoned the Old Testament, the complete Bible in Jesus day. The old and the new Testaments agree and if we see they don't we can be sure we are not understanding it properly. God is consistent. He has a purpose for his creation which is the establishment of His kingdom here on this Earth. How do we know wheter or not we are pleasing God. It's not just our opinion you know. It's not what others think of us. So How do we know? We don’t have to wonder. He wrote the instructions down for us.

Matthew 5:17 Jesus said:
“think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill..
For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no way pass from the law, till all or fulfilled.”

With these words Jesus he deleted the division that man has installed between the Testaments. I say to you now, it’s all God’s word from Genesis to Revelation stated and restated through countless lives and their stories. Jesus spoke in parables for a greater understanding of the points he wanted to emphasize. These parables are also supported by the patterns in the entire Bible. It’s important to realize this because that’s God’s way of teaching us. We have been taught through a Greco-Roman mindset which supplies few straight answers for us and leads to confusion and contradictions in our understanding of the various Scriptures. The reason there are so many discrepancies is that the Hebrew language cannot be interpreted over linguistic lines. One Hebrew word can have a number of different meanings, therefore, translators must choose from as many as 12 different meanings of one translated word. It often time takes one or more sentences to translate one Hebrew word. Compound this when Hebrew is translated first into Greek, then into English, and the original concepts are lost in the translation.
The Greco Roman mindset is always linear, having beginning and end and fits things into timelines called dispensations. The Hebrew mindset and the character of God always views things as cyclical. One example of this is God’s plan. The Greek view is man fell, and God will pick and choose those who will be redeemed and go to heaven. Those chosen will be translated out of here into heaven for eternity. This is escapism. Secondly, in the Greco-Roman mindset the church replaces Israel. This is contrary to Scripture. The Greco Roman mindset has man escaping through death into a blissful life in heaven and all of Israel going to hell. This is in direct contradiction to scripture. God says all Israel will be saved. In fact scripture bares out only Israel will be saved. Boy, I'll bet that stirred you up. Well don't worry, if you love Jesus and have made Him your Lord, you are Hebrew. Check Romans Chapters Nine, Ten and Eleven. Jesus was Hebrew you know, and Israel is God's chosen people. So quit being anti-semetic as you have been taught.

The Hebrew acknowledges that God created man and gave him dominion over the earth to rule and reign with God. God has not changed his plan and implemented a seven day plan( 7000 years) to return mankind to the status God originally gave him in the Garden of Eden. Based on all Scripture and God’s patterns given to us in Scripture and the end of the book of revelation, it is clear the Hebrew view is more accurate.

So God conveys His message to us in parables, and patterns, through the lives and the stories of the Bible and finally, through the Hebrew culture.

Hebrew scholars tell us there 72 layers to God’s word. The word of God is like a diamond, multi-faceted. The more times you read it, the more ways it will speak to you. The word is alive. It is a two edge sword dividing even the bone and morrow.

In the lesson’s to come we will begin to study the methods we should use to correctly understand the Bible

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Revelation Bible Study 5 Ephesus

Revelation Bible Study
To the Church at Ephesus

“To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lamp stand: I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil, And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My; name’s sake and have not become weary, Nethertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lamp stand from its place- unless you repent. But this you have that you hate the deeds of the Nicolations, which I also hate.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.

Revelation 2:1-7

The apostle Paul preached and Ephesus from AD52 to AD55 (Acts 19:1-41, Acts 20:31). During his ministry the whole town was shaken and a cult books were burned.

Paul was arrested five years later in Rome and wrote a letter to the Ephesian church from prison in AD61.

Ephesians 1:17-18 : Paul prays the Ephesian church will no Christ in the fullest sense.

Other pastors ministered there also:
Onesiphorus 2 Timothy 1:18
Tychicus Ephehesians 6:21, 2 Timothy 4:12

Timothy - Paul left Timothy in Ephesus only pass through trip 1 Timothy 1:3

Christ sent his letter to the churches including Ephesus about six years after Paul wrote his letter to the Ephesians.

Normally we measure churches by:
Pastoral leadership
Attractiveness of facilities
Liberal or conservative theology
Evangelistic fervor

But God has other criteria for measuring churches.

John 13:35 by this all men shall know you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

1/8 of the book of Revelation is taken up with the letters to the churches which means these letters are both revelant and important today.

One must understand the format in which Jesus writes to the churches.
1. To each church he introduces himself in a way that addresses their need or problem.
2. After His Introduction comes the review of the church and its ministry - a diagnosis.
3. In each review there is good news and bad news.
4. Jesus always gives instructions on how they are to conduct themselves according to their circumstances.
5. There is a kingdom promise to each church for him during or overcoming their problems.

Jesus salutes the church at Ephesus as: “He who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven Golden candlesticks.

We know from Revelation 1:20 the seven stars ARE THE Angels (Pastors) of the seven churches and the lamp stands are the seven churches.

This is a prelude to his identification of their shortcomings, however, the initial report sounds good on the surface.

1. Ephesus is a dynamic church - Jesus says he knows their works.

They are a busy church with lots of work going on.-Remember, we are not saved by works.

2. Ephesus is an energized church-a missionary church that was instrumental in spreading the gospel throughout Asia.

3. Ephesus was a dedicated church. Jesus said “I know thy works and labor” . these people held jobs, raised families and Them together, and labored to exhaustion in the work of the church. 2 Samuel 24:24 ; the Saints were blessed because they were willing to sacrifice..

4. Ephesus was a determined church: Jesus said “I know that patience”.

Patient’s occurs twice in this letter. In verse two regarding service and in first three regarding suffering.

The patients reflected in first two is enduring while maintaining forth motion.

If you study this church in the book of acts you will find they had opposition. They were hated for the sake of the gospel. Trade unions tried to drive them out. It’s hard to keep going when severe pressure is applied. This church got better under pressure.

5. Ephesus was a disciplined church. Jesus said “How thou canst bear them which are evil”. They were not patient with evil men. They would not tolerate people calling themselves Christians and conducting themselves as unbelievers. A church that does not practice discipline cannot be blessed by God for he is a God of order.

6. Ephesus was a discerning church. Jesus said “Thou hast tried them which say they are apostles and are not, and hast found them liars.” Ephesus cared about the purity of doctrine in its pulpit. They saw the truth of God’s word.

In that day many were claiming to be apostles and were not. Many claim apostolic succession, that is, an original apostle had laid hands owned them transferring the apostolic power to them. This church determined they were liars. This claim of transferred apostolic power continues today and is just as false today as it was in that day. We must be as diligent as the church of Ephesus in our discernment. Perhaps Ephesus discernment was aided by the fact that John, a real apostle, had pastured this church.

Verse six is a little harder to understand. Jesus applauded their dislike of the deeds of the Nicolations which God also hated. Nicolations is a compound Greek word.
Nico - means to conqueror.
Lations - means the general church population.
So the compound word meant “To Conqueror the Laity.”
This is the first evidence of the division between church leaders and clergy. Later when we study the churches st Thyatira and Pergamos we will find this system in full Bloom with bishops and archbishops and other religious dignitaries dominating the people and controlling the congregation.

The more you study church history the more you will realize how much paganism has infiltrated the church.

The Nicolations taught there were classes of people. Nicholas was a deacon in the church at Antioch and he founded the whole sect which was dominated by impurity and immorality.

The church at Pergamos had the same problem.

The Ephesian church had taken a stand of opposition against the deeds of the Nicolations..

Jesus took this same stand.

An early church writer, Clement, spoke of the Nicolations saying “They a abandoned themselves like goats.”

The Nicolations supposed they could do what ever their flash wanted and because they were Christians, they were forgiven.

They were not!

Rev 2:4 “nevertheless, I have somewhat against thee” - “you have left your first love”

Remember - Jesus has eyes that pierced the flesh and look straight into the heart. He tells the Ephesian church - you look good on the outside, but you have a heart problem!

What is first love?

First love spoken of by Jesus is that which is characterized by brand new believers who have just met Jesus.
Ferverent Love
Personal love
Uninhibited love
Openly displayed love

New converts just love Jesus and don’t care who knows it.

Jesus is telling them your first love is Gone from our relationship and from your relationship with each other and with new people coming into the church.

They left this first love and Jesus admonishes them to find their way back to it. “or else”

Jesus has the prescription-

1. Remember from where you fell.
2. Repent: turnaround-go the opposite direction. Find your way back to the point where you worked but calls you love me.
3: Repeat: love is the most important factor of any church.
Love of God
Love of each other

Feelings follow actions - actions do not follow feelings. Just do it and trust God will give you the feelings.

Remember, repent and repeat.

A great prescription.

Jesus gave them an ultimatum “or else” …. I will take your light away.

Your testimony will die
Your witness will end
Your influence will end

ICOBOD - The Spirit of God will depart!

Remember - It’s not our works, it’s God’s merciful love.

Many have forgotten how merciful God really is.
He forgives constantly and repeatedly
He forgives completely
He forgives permanently

I wish those around me were that merciful. They want to charge me for a long time over my mistakes. They want to increase their scrutiny of my behavior so they can keep up the penalty of a indiscretion. They want to make a big deal over little things. They want to hate me and judge me. Sounds just like humanity doesn’t it. That’s what it is, humanity, Babylon, but it is not the Kingdom of God. Jesus was quick to put his finger on the problems of those who came in contact with, but only in a truthful, helpful way. He spoke in a way that said, I love you and want a better life for you. He said, I came to seek and to save that which is lost and I am willing to lay down my life to save them. Life here and in the Kingdom of God. He loved them enough to die for their sins, to make the payment of sin for them. In life we meet those with this spirit on rare occasions, but they are much too rare.

Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and body.
Love each other.

God is love, and without Him you can do nothing.

Look at history, Israel broke covenant with God and he divorced them.

Jesus promises manna from the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God for those who will return to the Love of God.

It’s worth the trip!


May the love of God and fellowship of His Holy Spirit abide with you always.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Revelation Bible Study 4

Bible Study Four
Description of Jesus
Church at Ephesus

Revelation is the documentary of Jesus Christ coming to take rulership of the earth.

It is the story of Jesus in relationship to the church.
His appointment by the father.
His campaign against the attending forces of evil
Jesus final victory.
The establishment of God’s eternal kingdom on earth.

I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, saying, I am the alpha and the omega, the first and the last, and, what you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea. Revelation 1:9 - 11

Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lamp stands, and in the midst of the seven lamp stands one like the son of man, closed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow and his eyes like a flame of fire; his feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and his voice as the sound of many waters; he had in his right hand seven stars, out of his mouth when a sharp to edged sword, and his countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.
Revelation 1:12 - 17

1. Seven Golden lamp stands. Verse 20 gives us the answer to the identity of the seven lamp stands. They are the seven churches.
2. Seven stars: again in verse 20 we find the answer to the identity of the seven stars. They are the Angels of the seven churches.
3. Jesus is standing in the middle of his churches.
4. Out of Jesus mouth went a sharp two edged sword.
5. There follows a description of Jesus:

There is a countenance or and aura around Jesus that is as bright as the sun shining in its strength. He is close to an a garment which is long, all the way to his feet. He has a golden girdle around his midsection. His head and hair are like wool, white as snow. His eyes are like a flame of fire and his feet like burned fine brass as if they were burned in a furnace. Finally his voice is like the sound of many waters.
John Saul Jesus as Yeh Hey Vay Hey the Lord himself. The Jews call him the Lord is one. John sees Jesus in his role as the eternal one the creator. Notice that John is in the spirit.

Exodus 33:20 but he said, you cannot see my face: for no man shall see me, and live. And the Lord said here is a place by me, and you shall stand all the rock. So it shall be, while my glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with my hand while I passed by. Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back; but my face shall not the seen.

John had access to see Jesus as God because he had a covering, his name is Jesus. You cannot see God unless you have Jesus Christ.
Moses had this experience
Ezekiel had this experience
Daniel had this experience

When you look at Jesus: he is the fulfillment of the principles of God

We see protection awarded to the Saints of God throughout the Bible:
Shadrach, Meeshak and Nabendigo

When we examine the passage in Exodus; we come to realize that Jesus is the hand of God. God said I will put my hand before your eyes as I pass by. And when I have passed by I will remove my hand so that you may see my backside.

John’s reaction was the same as Abraham, Daniel, Ezekiel and others. He fell at Jesus feet as if he were dead.

The description of Jesus in this passage of revelation 1:14 - 15 are carried forth throughout the book of Revelation.

The description of Jesus lets us know that he sees and hears all. He speaks to each of the churches with a description of himself that applies to their circumstances.

Never forget Jesus is about the work of purifying the Saints and making the way ready for the establishment of his rule upon the earth. We are the ark meant to carry the principles of God, the Torah.

It is important to know the character of Jesus and what he looks like spiritually. It is also important to know what the spirit of the antichrist looks like.

We see an accurate picture of Jesus Christ in Revelation 19:11 – 16

Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called faithful and true, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed him on white horses. Now out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he had on his robe and on his thigh a name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Jesus is the beginning and the end.
Consider Genesis 1:1, John 1:1 – 4, and Isaiah 46:9 – 11
Jesus is the ”EHT” , the Aleph and the Tav
Jesus is the creative power of God
He is ADONIA creative power injected did into you

He has shown us his character
He is the loving father:
1. He rebukes his children because it is not good for us to remain in Sin.
2. He delivers and restores us.
3. He will be in us and with us – a sustaining power.

Vic Reasoner: “there is nothing in Revelation to frighten the followers of Jesus, but plenty to empower us. We are victors. Jesus Christ cannot be stopped, we are blessed.”

He is Elohim - The power which cannot be stopped
He is Adonai - The righteous force of God that forces Himself into submissive believers and overcomes the power of the enemy in us

Satan may claim authority over this Earth, but the legality of who owns this world was settled at the cross. The cross is where it all happened. Jesus action on the cross started the kingdom forcing itself into the world and it‘s rolling like a steamroller.

Revelation 1:4 Grace be unto you. Shalom

John 16:13
However, when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak; and he will tell you things to come. He will glorify me, for he will take of what is mine and declare it unto you. All things that the father has are mine. Therefore I said that he will take of mine and declare it to you.

Notice that God speaks to the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit speaks what he hears to us.

God speaks his principles to the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit speaks his principles to us.

The Holy Spirit comes to those who love Jesus Christ and who are submissive to the word of the Lord, obeying His principles (Commands).

Now, this Jesus Christ whose eyes are like a flame of fire spoke through the Holy Spirit to John, a book, given to the seven churches of Asia, which represent all churches in all times.

Revelation 2:1
To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, He who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lamp stands: I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars, and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for my namesake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you. That you have left first love. Remember therefore from where you have followed: repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lamp stand from its place – unless you repent. But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolatians, which I also hate.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to the from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Here is an apostasy: this church has left its first love. It has left the faith.

The first church, Ephesus, and the last church Laodicea, are guilty of apostasy. They have left the faith. Ephesus is doing many things right. Let’s review the things they are doing right:

They have lots of works.
They are not afraid of hard work.
They have patience.
They do not tolerate those who claim to be apostles but are not. They have tested the spirits of those around them.
They have labored long and hard for the sake of Jesus Christ without becoming weary.
They hate the deeds of the Nickolations which God also hates.

We’ll go over the things they did right. But the message is: You can do many things right and be totally wrong. This church has left the love of Jesus Christ. And he is saying to them come back to the days you obeyed me because you loved me.
They’ve gotten caught up in work and in legalism. They have forgotten where they were when Jesus found them and saved them and loved them without hesitation.
They have failed to remember the most important thing is love and compassion for the Lord Jesus Christ

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Revelation Bible Study 2

Revelation Bible Study 2
January 25, 2011

Revelation is an Apocalypse - It is part of a body of Apocalyptic writings. Daniel, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, ect
It is written in literary style. The Prophecy is given through a series of visions.
Unveiling, a Revealing of Jesus
It is an intentionally veiled style with:
Coded Imagery
Coded References. Written to a specific group of people. It references something you studied or know.
The study of Revelation will therefore encompass a study of much of the bible.
Revelation reveals Jesus Christ in all of his offices:
There are seven:
King of Kings
The Lamb
The returning King
His Reign
The word of God

1st Corinthians 2:12-13
Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
Through the mysteries revealed in this book, God reveals the things of the world and the things of the world to come. We will better understand our world from this study.

In Revelation 1:1 we find that God sent this message from the throne of God, to Jesus Christ, unto his angel to John, and he signified it through his angel. In other words, God sent it and interpreted it. Then he certified it.
To understand Revelation we cannot leave any Scripture in contradiction to any other part of the word of God.

In the sixth chapter of the book of Ephesians we read about powers and principalities. The study of Revelation is about angels and demons: powers and principalities: agents and nations, potentates and people.

The end days are dominated by the coming of Jesus to judge Babylon and make war against the world’s system called Babylon and its author Satan. Jesus comes with a two edged sword coming out of his mouth which is the word of God.

All of the soft persuasion of love and caring are put aside as Jesus faces the Satanic forces of this world. Jesus is coming to judge sin and the sinful.
Notice God sends this revelation to show his servants what must shortly come to pass.
This is a message of deliverance to the people of God. We should take great encouragement in this book because it shows our deliverance from the evil ways of this world that personally makes me sick.
It is a covenant promise from God of a much better life, an eternal life without the harassment of Satan and his demons.
Revelation 1:8
I am the alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
Thus saith the Lord of host.
We must see and understand something else in this Scripture. It speaks of things which will shortly come to pass.
Please understand this introduction to Revelation.
God’s time is not our time. God measures time by order and events or dispensations. He has spoken a plan that he uttered before the world was established. His plan of events were made before the foundation of the world. Each event has a built-in timer. The next event takes up where the previous event left off. Each period is called the dispensation of which most theologians determine to be seven.
What he is saying in Revelation 1:1 is that there are only a few dispensations between the writing of Revelation and the 1000 year reign of Jesus Christ.
Interestingly, there are seven dispensations. (He is truly a God of order and events, a dispensational God.) Things will occur with a timing that suits God’s overall plan.
We would prefer that God just come right out and say it in our earthly dialogue, however, we must be sanctified and become like Jesus. If God chose our means of communication, man would distort the truth.

The creator will not become like the created; the created must become like the creator. God gives his word so that it takes an understanding of his character to understand it.

You cannot find his character without his word because his word reveals his character. In other words you have to have a personal relationship with Jesus and you can’t have that without his word. Jesus and God’s word are inseparable: Jesus is the Word. Spiritual knowledge and wisdom are found in his word; he is the word. His word is alive, because he is alive and he is real. The Holy Spirit brings us the truth.
The principles of God speak to the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit gives them to those who are God’s people; guiding them in all truth.
So the mysteries of his word in Revelation are conveyed through symbolism to those who belong to Jesus and have accepted his Lordship.
Symbolism is not weakened by time and it cannot be distorted. God has to give the discernment (through the Holy Spirit) to understand it.
James 1:5
if any of you lack wisdom, letting ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and unbraided not; and it shall be given to him.
“Unbraideth not” means do not separate the strands. Since we put wisdom will be given providing you don’t try to interpret Scripture out of context.
The whole word of God is true and you cannot separate it. You will not find any part of the word which disagrees with another part, therefore, the word is inerrant.
Many evaluate the word as having errors in it because human hands wrote it down disregarding the fact God gave it to man. If we find passages that disagree with other passages it is an error in our theology. God’s word is consistent, consistently correct! Scripture is a repeated message. You can’t unlink part of it from the rest.
The word of God is inerrant. If you seek him through his word, you will find him.
Symbolism, through discernment, imparts values and arouses emotions. It’s one thing to call a man a dictator, but call him a beast and it conveys a stronger message.
There is an ongoing war between good and evil, between the kingdom of God and the armies of Satan. Revelation shows the grand culmination of that war and God’s kingdom come to earth. God has given His plan to His Elect.
Revelation makes no sense to those who don’t know Scripture. It made no sense to the Roman soldiers. But it is:
A meaningful book:
In Revelation 22:10
And he said unto me, seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. When God spoke to Daniel in Daniel 12:4 he said shut up the words and seal the book, even to the time of the end. He instructed John not to seal it, but open it.
The time for this book is now!
It is a book written to the Body of Christ to encourage us and warn us so we will know how to handle the attacks of the enemy, Satan and his demons. (Know the enemy and his operations) Sadly, most Christians today can’t defeat even a small insignificant demon. Firstly, they can’t recognize one. Secondly, they would not know how to deal with him if they did. More on this later!
The spirit of God outlined the book. There is something here that’s not seen anywhere else in the Bible. That is: a picture of the whole plan of God. Revelation is laid out as follows:
Things that are seen-chapter 1
Things which are-chapters 2 and 3
Things which shall be hereafter-chapter 4 to the end of the book.
In chapter 4:1 it says: and I will show you things which must take place after this.

Let us summarize what they are:
In chapter 1 visions of God in glory.
Chapters 2 and 3 the dispensation of grace-visions of the church on earth.
Chapter 4 and following: visions of the final defeat of Satan, Babylon and the world system. The end of man’s futile attempt to govern himself without God.
Chapter 22 the end of the book: God’s glorious kingdom established
In the beginning there was God.
Grace - the church age
Government - God’s kingdom
Glory - the New World under God’s reign.
This is God’s outline!
The most exciting thing to me is that the spirit of God operates within the book!
This is a self interpreting book.
In Revelation 1:16 what are the seven stars?
Answer: Revelation 1:20 the angels of the seven churches.
Revelation 4:5 what are the seven lamps burning?
Answer: Revelation 4:5 the seven spirits of God
Revelation 5:6 what are the seven horns? or-seven eyes?
Answer Revelation 5:6 spirits of God sent to the earth.
The vast majority of symbols are explained in the book.
It is a miraculous book
Revelation deals with past, present and future; the only prophetic book in the New Testament. It is the future part of God’s presence.
It is a motivational book:
If there is anything we need today it is to be refreshed in Jesus Christ,
Prayer: Lord, wake us up. Lord your church is asleep. Lord we have lifted into complacency. Our relationship has gone stale. Make our study of Revelation bring us back to a passionate relationship with Jesus Christ. Amen

You will be blessed in the reading and the studying of this book, blessed if you read it understand it and obey it.
Revelation is a personal Book.
It is written to you !
God promised to exhalt His Son Jesus. Jesus sent this book through His unnamed angel to John for You.
Philipians 2:9-11
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Revelation is an opening or unsealing of what has not been disclosed, through Jesus Christ. God chose to work through His Son.
Let’s review a few facts concerning this book to prepare ourselves for our study.
The throne of God is mentioned 46 times in this book
The term King Jesus is mentioned 37 times
It talks about power and authority 40 times.

We will be tremendously moved to see God’s glory through his plan for those who love him.
This is the last book of the Bible which ushers in God’s kingdom come down to earth. In God’s time in order these things will shortly come to pass. This makes the message of Revelation urgent and holy.
We see in Genesis:
The beginning of Earth and the fall of man.
The beginning of Satan and his activities on earth and God no longer residing with man.

In Revelation we see:
The end of Satan and his activities.
We see man and God in a face to face relationship as it was in the beginning.
In Genesis the tree of life was relinquished and in Revelation is regained.
As a result of man’s Sin, death makes its entrance in Genesis, but is wiped out in Revelation.
In Revelation we are ushered right into God’s new Earth and eternal kingdom.
As we study Revelation we will feel as though the period of time from Genesis chapter 1 to Revelation chapter 21 is a parentheses in man’s chapter of life.
Real life was before the fall of man and resumes after his restoration.
Christians have much to celebrate and be joyous about in this book.
It is about the destruction of sin - Satan can harass us no more!
It’s about the end of Death, Pain and Suffering.
The one we have committed our lives to will Rule his Father’s Kingdom.
Revelation contains information to build our faith and prepare us for a successful life on this earth and a glorious future in the Kingdom of God.
Revelation is a book about overcoming.
Revelation 12:11
And they overcame him by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony: and they loved not their lives unto the death.
This book is about Jesus Christ and you.
No man can boast credit for anything.
Man is without excuse.
All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
Jesus does it all in Justification.
Then He sends the Holy Spirit with Sanctification. The process of making us like Jesus Christ.
We overcome evil by our testimony of what Jesus has done for us.
We overcome only when we are washed in the blood of Jesus. Empowered by the Holy Spirit
We overcome by the testimony of what Jesus did on the cross.
We overcome because we lose our life in his.
Revelation is about the great I AM, the alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
My friend Vic Reasoner said-
Prophecy is not to tell the future, it is to enable us to see the present from the perspective of the future.
The spirit of prophecy is to give us life and change our lives.
God’s great plan is an intimate relationship with man.
God has determined that the things of Revelation will come to pass. They must occur. They will occur. God has determined these things are necessary to fulfill his purposes.
Blessed be the name of our God, the father of our LordJesus Christ.
God is gathering back to Israel the Jewish people. He has already started “ingathering” those of the tribes of Israel scattered among the nations, not physically to Israel, but spiritually through the principles of His word. Many are coming out of sin and into a study of the Torah, the principles of God.
Jesus gave us Revelation to prepare us. Those who love the Lord and obey His principles will be sustained even during the tribulation to come. Yes, we have much to joyous about. Ten Thousand may fall at our left and Ten Thousand may fall on our right, but our Lord Jesus will keep those who are known by Him. He said “If you love me, obey my commandments”. It’s time to return to the Principles of God. The call is out, Who will answer the call?

There are seven songs in Revelation
7 Promises to overcomers
7 Churches
7 Lamps
7 Candlesticks
7 Spirits
7 Heads
7 Kings
7 Seals
7 Stars
7 Crowns
7 Beatitudes
7 Horns
7 Eyes
7 Angels
7 Pleagues
7 7 vials
7 Mountains
7 Trumpets
7 Thunders
7 Years of Judgement
7 I Am of Jesus

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The Beatitudes of Revelation are found in the following passages:
Rev 1:3
Rev 14:13
Rev 16:15
Rev 19:9
Rev 20:6
Rev 22:7
Rev 22:14

By the blood of the Lamb
The word of their testimony
Not loving their own lives
John is commanded often to write it down:
Chapters two and three: Write it down

Revelation is about the glory the Father promised the Son and those who will follow him
The destruction of sin and death
The glory of god as revealed through his son.

Revelation is not:
Intended to produce fear
About judgment
Only for the Jews - The house of Judah. It is for the house of Israel
Not warning us to hide in Mountains or caves
Not a survival manual or escape plan.

There is no need to fear if you are the Bride
Ex 14:10 - 14
Do not be afraid, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. Your enemies will be seen no more.

Romans 7 -- It’s either grace or the law. No bride can have two husbands, otherwise that person is an adulterer.

If Revelation is not encouraging, you have been on the Egyptian side of the Red Sea as you look at it.

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