“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.”
“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.”
“The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual
gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent
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.“
by the narrow gate; for wideisthegate and broad isthe 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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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.”
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
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
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
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: