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

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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


We always enjoy any commentaries from our readers. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments. Have a blessed day!

TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

Bible Study Notes on the Book of Revelation Chapter 5:1, 2-4

Posted by Elfriede Copple from the Study Guide: DIGGING DEEP INTO THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST



Revelation 5:1
1And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.

Commentary on verse 1:   John sees in God the Father’s right hand the scroll sealed with seven seals. All the messages have been sealed by the authority of God. We know the Father is the One seated on the throne, because we learn in verse 6 that the Lord Jesus is standing in the midst of the throne, and He is in the midst of the elders. The breaking of the seals will reveal the message inside each part of the **scroll which contains the Tribulation judgments of God** (Ezekiel 2:9-10; Daniel 12:4; Revelation 6).

REFERENCE SCRIPTURE MENTIONED IN THE COMMENTARY:

Ezekiel 2:9-10   9Now when I looked, there was a hand stretched out to me; and behold, a scroll of a book was in it. 10Then He spread it before me; inside and on the outside, and written on it were lamentations and mourning and woe.

In Ezekiel 2:9-10 the prophet *was forewarned that his ministry would be unpopular. We too are forewarned that a true presentation of the Gospel will be offensive to the unsaved. It is commonly known as “the offenses of the cross.” To some people we are the aroma of death* (2 Corinthians 2:15).

Daniel 12:4   “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

Daniel 12:4 teaches us that *(quoting Tregelles) “many shall scrutinize the book from end to end.” Many will study the prophetic Word and knowledge of it shall surely increase during the Great Tribulation.*

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Revelation 5:2-4
2Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” 3And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. 4So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it.

Commentary on verses 2-4:   **No one among mankind or angels could be found to remove the seals and read the scroll.** Only Christ can do so. (Isaiah 29:11)

REFERENCE SCRIPTURE MENTIONED IN THE COMMENTARY:

Isaiah 29:11   The whole vision [of the false seers—false prophets] has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one who is literate, saying, “Read this, please.” And he says, “I cannot, for it is sealed.”

People’s willful blindness brings judicial blindness upon themselves. God’s Word is unintelligible—indiscernible—to them (1 Corinthians 2:14). To some it is a sealedbook, to others it is illegible. Everyone who does not accept it has an excuse. The Revelation of Jesus Christ is hereby opened.


Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

*Quotations and paraphrased quotations marked *.. quoted text * taken from The Believer’s Bible Comentary by William MacDonald Copyright © 1989, 1990, 1992, 1995 by William MacDonald. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson. www.thomasnelson.com

**Quotations and paraphrased quotations marked **.. quoted text ** taken from The King James Study Bible. Copyright © 1988 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson. www.thomasnelson.com

UPDATE ON OUR PROGRESS TO IMPROVE THE REVELATION STUDY GUIDE

Posted by Elfriede Copple

Mike and I are very excited that we are almost finished reformatting the “DIGGING DEEP INTO THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST” Study Guide. It is going to be more user friendly in its entirety.

Below is a screenshot of what it will look like:

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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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

BIBLE STUDY NOTES ON REVELATION 4:6-7

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Revelation 4:6-7
Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.

Verse 6 and 7 have quite a bit to unpack. We will start with verse 6 today and continue with verse 7 next week.

What’s the sea of glass like crystal?
William MacDonald explains: “The sea of glass like crystal tells us that the throne is located in a place undisturbed by the relentless temptations of this world, or by the opposition of the wicked, who are like a troubled sea.” 

Revelation 15:2
And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God.”

Revelation 21:21
The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

The sea of glass, undisturbed, perfect, something to look forward to!

UNDISTURBED BY THE RELENTLESS TEMPTATIONS OF THIS WORLD

 Ephesians 4:14
that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,”

In Ephesians 4:7-16  Paul is talking about the spiritual gifts that are being poured out. In verse 12 he specifically points out that the gifts of evangelizing, pastoring and teaching is: “for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,“.
We, the saints, received the Holy Spirit and by studying God’s Word we will be equipped to discern the dangers of deception! In this world, today, we will come across false teachers who sound like true believers by talking enough truth to make it attractive. Watch out! Use God’s Word to make sure that what they preach is the Truth. We are to check whether someone speaks the Truth or a different kind of god!

When we find out, we are to avoid them and to withdraw ourselves from such!
Proverbs 4:14-16
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,
And do not walk in the way of evil.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
Turn away from it and pass on.
16 For they do not sleep unless they have done evil;
And their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall.

Romans 16:17
Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.

Matthew 7:13
Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

May we walk in the Truth, stay on the narrow path, and follow the Lord Jesus Christ’s direction for our path to eternity!


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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

EVER WONDERED TO WHICH OF THE SEVEN CHURCHES MENTIONED IN REVELATION YOU BELONG TO?

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Bible Study Notes on the Church of Philadelphia!

In our weekly Bible Study we finished chapter 3 this past week. Now we have looked at all the Seven Churches! However, today, I would like to share some Bible Study Notes on Chapter 3 Verses 7-13 covering the church of Philadelphia.

The message in chapter 3:7-13 is to the church at Philadelphia which means “Brotherly Love” as they have faithfully kept God’s Word and have been righteous and faithful in all the counsel of God.

William MacDonald (New Believer’s Bible Commentary) says: “By having been true believers they will be raptured, and they will be kept out of the seven-year Tribulation Period.”

This is the church which goes by the principles and prescriptions of the New Testament.

This is the church we desire to emulate.

We, like the church at Philadelphia want to be ever pleasing to our God (Philippians 2:13; Colossians 1:10a; 1 Thessalonians 4:1b; Hebrews 13:21) and see every soul in His flock receive blessings referred to in the Book of Revelation (1:3; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7, 14). There are two more blessings in Revelation, but these refer to the saints who will come to believe during the Tribulation Period (Revelation 14:13b; 16:15b), and it is our prayer that all in our midst will be raptured, either from the grave or while still alive and will not have to go through the Tribulation Period.

Sincere confession of Jesus Christ involves commitment to Him as Lord and the One and Only Savior. The indwelling Holy Spirit guides each believer to walk worthy of the calling and to be pleasing to Him
Philippians 2:13  “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”
Colossians 1:10a  “that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him,”

We need to stay focused and listen to and apply God’s Word to be pleasing to Him.
1 Thessalonians 4:1b  “you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God;”
Hebrews 13:21  “complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”

We also need to remember the price He paid for our souls. And we need to stay motivated by the hope we have of His soon coming appearing to take us up alive forever.
Revelation 14:13b  “‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’”
Revelation 16:15b  “Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”


TO THE GLORY OF GOD!


Note:  Scripture quoted was taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

BIBLE STUDY NOTES ON THE BOOK OF REVELATION 2:12-17

Posted by Elfriede Copple

In Chapter 2 Verses 12-17 Jesus Speaks to the Third of Seven Churches (Compromising Church)

Revelation 2:12
12And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write, ‘These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword: “

W. MacDonald comments: The sharp two-edged sword is the word of God (Hebrews 4:12-13) and represents Jesus Christ as Judge” (John 5:22, 27).
-Hebrews 4:12-13 – 12For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
-W. MacDonald says: “The Greek here for “word” is logos. This refers, not to the living Word Jesus, but to the living written word, the Bible.”
It is the Word that judges us, not we who judge the word. Nothing escapes our Creator’s notice; He, being omniscient, is constantly aware of all that is going on in the universe. Unbelief is detected by the living Lord.
-John 5:22, 27 – 22For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son. …. 27and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man.”
All things now and at the final judgment are committed to the Son, as we honor the Father. And every one who does not thus honor the Son, does not honor the Father who sent Him (1 John 2:23 – Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.).

Revelation 2:13
13I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.”

The reason Pergamos was called the place of Satan’s throne in verse 13 was because, according to MacDonald, “Pergamos was the Asia Minor headquarters for the cult of emperor-worship. Antipas was of this assembly, and he was martyred for his confession of the Lord Jesus. He was the first known Asian to die for refusing to worship the Roman emperor”.

Revelation 2:14-16
14But I have a few things against you, because you have those there who hold the doctrine of Bālaam, who taught Bālak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. 15Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicōlāitans, which thing I hate. 16Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.”

MacDonald is quoted: “But the Lord reprimanded them in verses 14-15 for permitting men with evil doctrine to attempt to continue in Christian fellowship”. Thus the church at Pergamos who held fast to the name of Jesus but ate things sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality must repent.
Some have said that the doctrine of Bālaam written in 1400 BC (Numbers 22-25; 31) indoctrinates flocks of the churches still today. Also the doctrine of the Nicōlāitans points to one who serves for monetary gain (1 Timothy 6:3-5 – “3If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, 4he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, 5useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.”). So additional to the problems mentioned this refers to the practice of preaching for hire (John 10:11-13 – “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. But a hireling [hired man], he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.”)

Revelation 2:17
17He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.”

Jesus repeats “ He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” to every church! When God says something once it is important; when he says it twice it is really important; when repeats again and again God is serious and we better listen!


OUR FIRST LOVE IS GOD –the Father, Son and Holy Spirit—!
First God, second our family, and third our country!


All Scripture quoted is taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.