BIBLE STUDY NOTES ON THE BOOK OF REVELATION CHAPTER 6:15-17

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Front Cover of DIGGING DEEP INTO THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST Study Guide

The Book of Revelation teaches us so very much. Once we get to the end we are able to understand prophecies which have already been fulfilled and the ones which are still due to be fulfilled. Armed with this knowledge we are prepared for the day of the rapture, and I believe that we will have the driving desire to reach out to family and friends and maybe even strangers who are not yet prepared and tell them the truth about the future as well as eternity!

Below is another excerpt from the Study Guide: DIGGING DEEP INTO THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST which is still in the design stage but might be going to the printer by the end of next week:

REVELATION 6:15-17
15And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

Commentary on verses 15-17:
See Ezekiel 32:6-8; Joel 1:15; 2:1, 11, 31.
People will want to die but can’t. The great day of His wrath begins Christ’s judgment—a “Day of the Lord.”

REFERENCE SCRIPTURE MENTIONED IN THE COMMENTARY:

Ezekiel 32:6-8   6“I will also water the land with the flow of your blood, even to the mountains, and the riverbeds will be full of you. 7When I put out your light, I will cover the heavens, and make its stars dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light. 8All the bright lights of the heavens I will make dark over you, and bring darkness upon your land,” says the Lord GOD.

Commentary:
Ezekiel 32:6-8 concerns the sun, moon and stars, and Ezekiel’s prophecy lines up with the words of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Joel 1:15   Alas for the day! For the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as destruction from the Almighty.

Commentary:
In Joel 1:15 again the prophecies relating to the beginning of the Great Tribulation are all in miraculous agreement. 

Joel 2:1   1Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; for the day of the LORD is coming, for it is at hand: …
Joel 2:11   11The LORD gives voice before His army, for His camp is very great; for strong is the One who executes His word. For the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; who can endure it?
Joel 2:31   31“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.” …

Commentary:
In Joel 2:1, 11, 31 **the trumpet is used to alarm the people to the seriousness of the crisis that is upon them. A double figure of locusts and a future invading army may be intended in verses 1-11. Nature has not gone awry; the locusts are not beyond God’s control. They move at His specific command.** We read of this also in Exodus when Pharaoh’s heart was hardened: Exodus 10:4: “Or else, if you refuse to let My people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your territory.” The great and awesome day of the LORD spoken of in verse 31 *will be preceded by wonders in the heavens. Some of these predicted signs are blood, fire, pillars of smoke, the sun turning into darkness and the moon into blood. All who turn to Jesus as Messiah (Christ, Savior), calling on His name, will be saved to enter the Millennium with Him.* Joel informs us of the breathtaking might before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.


*…* – quoted from The Believer’s Bible Commentary by William MacDonald Copyright © 1989, 1990, 1992, 1995 by William MacDonald

**…** – quoted from The King James Study Bible. Copyright © 1988 by Thomas Nelson commentary


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TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

BIBLE STUDY NOTES ON COLOSSIANS 2:1-23

Posted by Elfriede Copple

We have been studying the Book of Revelation but the other day while reading Colossians 2:1-23 I realized that this relates to Revelation 3:14-22.

Colossians 2:1 – Paul writes:
“For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea,…”

Laodicea is the seventh of the Seven Churches Jesus speaks to in Revelation 3:14-22. Laodicea is the “lukewarm/complacent” church! They considered themselves “rich, wealthy and have need of nothing” as Laodicea was the centre for three major industries which were banking, textiles and medicines in those days.

Paul tells them in Colossians 2:2-3 that he desires, “that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”.

Life in Laodicea was very difficult for the Christians. For example, in order to get into the “Market Place” where all the trade happened they had to burn incense at the gate in honor and to worship the god of gods—who was “Caesar”! This was a requirement put in place by “man”! God commands that believers have no other gods beside Him though!

Further, in order to belong to the guild—a circle business people were to join—you had to worship other gods (for trade and blessings with finances), and attend the annual celebrations which would end up being festivals of drinking, eating food sacrificed to idols, and sexual immorality that took place in temples of the various gods! A place in complete violation of God’s commands!

To drive home the point, Paul warns them in verses 4-5 not to be deceived with persuasive words but to be steadfast in their faith in Christ. DO NOT FALL FOR THIS!

In Colossians 2:8, 16-18 and 20-23 Paul gives us a preview of what the Christians in Laodicea will have to deal with, and how they will have to stand fast in their faith in order to not fall for the temptation to comply with men’s traditions just so that they can do business.

Colossians 2:8: “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ”.

Colossians 2:16-18: “So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,”

Colossians 2:20-23: “Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations—Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle, which all concern things which perish with the using—according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.”

Are we complying with some of men’s traditions in order to fit in or to belong to the world?

May we stay firm in the Lord!


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WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN THE LORD JESUS SAYS: “BUY FROM ME GOLD REFINED IN THE FIRE”, AND “WHITE GARMENTS”, USE “EYE SALVE”? –continued-

Posted by Elfriede Copple

REVELATION 3:18  [Jesus speaking]
I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.” (NKJV)

Last week we unpacked the meaning of “gold” – “refined in the fire” – “buy from Me gold” and why we should do that. This week we will look at the meaning of “white garments” and “eye salve”.

WHY AND HOW DO WE BUY FROM THE LORD JESUS CHRIST?

Now, before we get to the white garments I would like to share some information I found in the John MacArthur Study Bible with regard to the “gold”, “white garments” and “eye salve” concerning the church of Laodicea. In those days Laodicea was the centre for three major industries which were banking, textiles and medicines.

MacArthur Study Bible commentary quotes:
Jesus offers them the spiritual counterparts to their three major industries. Each item was a way to refer to genuine salvation.”
(pg. 2807, comment on Revelation 3:18)

The spiritual counterpart to banking would be “buying gold from Jesus” becoming pure and righteous through His sacrifice. Spiritually “white garments” would replace the textiles and “eye salve” the medicines.

What does “white garments” stand for? I think we can all agree that “white” is the symbol for “purity”. How can we stay pure in today’s world and society? Not easy with all the temptations around us! There is only One who can assist us and make us strong to stand against the temptations of this world and that is Jesus Christ! Having been baptized in the Holy Spirit when we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we can have the strength to withstand evil. If we read God’s Word and listen, the Holy Spirit within us will guide and protect us.

Buy white garments from Jesus by abiding in the Word, obeying what we read in the Word, and listening to the Holy Spirit through reading the Word!

Let’s continue to the “eye salve”.

Eye salve was one of the major industries in Laodicea. We use our eyes to see, unfortunately not everyone can SEE the TRUTH! Jesus urges the Laodiceans and us to anoint our eyes with eye salve so that we will be able to see the Truth and won’t be deceived!

Most of us have eyes to see, but do we always see the Truth? Or are we blinded by the enemy?

Matthew 6:22-23
The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (NKJV)

2 Corinthians 4:4
whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

There were a lot of different “gods” in Laodecia to be worshipped. The Christians were under great pressure not to fall into idolatry. Their eyes saw all those different gods and rituals going on around them, and the eyes transmitted that to the brain to entice them to follow since it looked good and participation could prosper you! The enemy was trying to sell it to them in whatever package possible. That’s why Jesus told them to buy “eye salve” from Him so that they would see the Truth, that they would be able to discern right from wrong and stand firm!

How do we buy from Jesus?
Quoting Nadia Mikhael M.D. from her book
“Women of the Bible made a Difference”
pg 41, paragraph 4: “remember your ABCDs:

Accept the Word of God as truth,
Be faithful in reading it,
Commit to its ways, and
Do what it says!”

How are we doing? Are our eyes wandering? Do we need to buy “eye salve” from the Lord?


TO GOD BE THE GLORY!


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SEARCHING THE PROPHECIES IN THE BOOK OF DANIEL AND WHAT ABOUT THE ANTICHRIST?

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According to Warren Henderson, in his book: INFIDELITY and LOYALTY – A Devotional Study of Ezekiel and Daniel, the last 6 chapters of Daniel “pertain to future world empires, the Tribulation Period and the Kingdom Age and provide telescoping detail of particular events within future kingdoms“. (pg. 306 para. 4)

Warren further lists (pg. 308 para. 3-5) that:

Daniel 2-6 – The prophetic history of four future Gentile empires, including their moral characteristics, distinguishing features, failures, and their final judgment; this culminates with the setting up of Christ’s kingdom.”

Daniel 7-11 – The prophetic history of the four final Gentile empires, but with a divine focus on their relationship with and treatment of God’s covenant people.”

Daniel 12 – The conclusion and prophetic announcement of the Antichrist’s destruction, the resurrection of the just to enjoy Christ’s kingdom with a refined and restored Jewish nation and the resurrection of the wicked to everlasting torment.”

We also learn from his commentary that “Babylon is a symbol of the religious world throughout Scripture” (pg 311 para. 6) which I think would include today’s world!

Today’s religious world isn’t any different than in Babylonian times. Many have forgotten to seek God’s face and pray. Prayer seems to have taken a very low position in a Christian’s life when it should be the first thing we turn to every day. Our Lord God loves us unconditionally and wants to communicate with us. We talk to Him in prayer and He talks to us through His Word!

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (NKJV)

Just think about it. God the Father made this sacrifice and Jesus His Son willingly went to the cross, died a torturous death, so that we can be forgiven of our sins and receive the gift of eternal life, if we are willing!

How does God define “sin”?

The 10 Commandments say – not to steal, cheat, lie, murder, and more. Most people would say that they are good people, and have never murdered or stolen anything so they should go to heaven!

Unfortunately, that is a lie of the enemy = Satan!
Like “Oh, it’s just a white lie!”
Doesn’t matter! God is a just Judge!
OR
I only took a pencil or paperclip!
Doesn’t matter, it’s still taking something that didn’t belong to you or me even if of little to no value!
You may say that if we apply this STANDARD then NO ONE can qualify for heaven and everyone will go to the lake of fire! And you are right!

God says in Romans 3:10 “As it is written There is no one righteous no not one.”

BUT THERE IS GOOD NEWS!

Jesus said in
Matthew 4:17 “….Repent.”
Mark 1:15 “….Repent.”
Luke 13:3 + 5 “….Repent.”

We are all given the opportunity to repent of any wrongdoings against God’s laws, ask God for forgiveness and turn away from sins; believe that Jesus died for our sins and rose on the third day; invite Jesus into our heart, and receive the gift of eternal life!

Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”  AMEN

Looks like I got off topic here! But then all of God’s word is important. Even though it’s important to know the signs and understand the Book of Revelation and Daniel, most important is to spread the Gospel!

Anyone who would like to study more of Daniel’s prophecies and how to relate to Revelation, Things to Come, and the Last Days check out the following resources:

Listen to Warren Henderson as he teaches the Book of Daniel -10, 11+12 June 2016 TEACHINGS – THE BOOK OF DANIEL

Warren Henderson’s book “INFIDELITY and LOYALTY – A Devotional Study of Ezekiel and Daniel available at GOSPEL FOLIO PRESS


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All Scripture quoted is from the NKJV