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 REVELATION 4:6-7

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

Posted by Elfriede Copple

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?

Posted by Elfriede Copple

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.

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

Posted by Elfriede Copple

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


Let us know what your thoughts are. We would like to hear from you.


All Scripture quoted is from the NKJV