Monday, July 28, 2014

Revelation 1:7

Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth shall gaze upon Him and beat their breasts and mourn and lament over Him. Even so [must it be]. Amen (so be it).
·         Cloud represents the glory of God.
·         Jesus is responsible for all of us, regardless of what we act like.
·         [Just as] You have granted Him power and authority over all flesh (all humankind), [now glorify Him] so that He may give eternal life to all whom You have given Him. John 17:2
·         Even the Father judges no one, for He has given all judgment (the last judgment and the whole business of judging) entirely into the hands of the Son, John 5:22
·         Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, Hebrews 13:8. Jesus never changes, so as He judged 2000 years ago is how He will judge during the Great Tribulation and on Judgment Day.
·         And Jesus prayed, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. And they divided His garments and distributed them by casting lots for them. Luke 23:34
·         Jesus forgave those who lied about Him, who tortured Him, and who were killing him. He forgave them even though they didn’t ask to be forgiven. He forgave them even though they didn’t want to be forgiven or believe that they needed it. As He was, so shall He be.
·          The Truth is also that Jesus is glorified in all of us.
·         But God’s free gift is not at all to be compared to the trespass [His grace is out of all proportion to the fall of man]. For if many died through one man’s falling away (his lapse, his offense), much more profusely did God’s grace and the free gift [that comes] through the undeserved favor of the one Man Jesus Christ abound and overflow to and for [the benefit of] many. Romans 5:15
·         Well then, as one man’s trespass [one man’s false step and falling away led] to condemnation for all men, so one Man’s act of righteousness [leads] to acquittal and right standing with God and life for all men. Romans 5:18
·         All [things that are] Mine are Yours, and all [things that are] Yours belong to Me; and I am glorified in (through) them. [They have done Me honor; in them My glory is achieved.] John 17:10
·         Jesus will return and the lost will be scared when HE does. His return will be as a thief in the night to them, 1 Thessalonians 5:2. They will mourn at first, but their tears shall be turned into joy. Jesus’ sacrifice will lead to the acquittal of all men. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Him as Lord. Romans 5:18 clearly tells us that all men will be acquitted by Jesus’ sacrifice. They may not all be His Bride, or in other words all called to serve with Him, but the Wedding Feast will be filled, Matthew 22:10. Eternity will be filled with a tons of guests as Jesus told us there would be. Some will be first and some will be last, but the room will be filled. This is the glory of Jesus’ return, it is for everyone, not just those of us who know Him.
·         But if any person’s work is burned up [under the test], he will suffer the loss [of it all, losing his reward], though he himself will be saved, but only as [one who has passed] through fire. 1 Corinthians 3:15

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Revelation 1:6

And formed us into a kingdom (a royal race), priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the power and the majesty and the dominion throughout the ages and forever and ever. Amen (so be it).

·        We are now royalty in Christ, we are so blessed, that now we may be called the sons of God! We have been given the very glory of our Lord and Savior, right now, so that we may be one with God, just as Jesus is One with God! 
·        I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one [even] as We are one: John 17:22
·        For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren. And those whom He thus foreordained, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified (acquitted, made righteous, putting them into right standing with Himself). And those whom He justified, He also glorified [raising them to a heavenly dignity and condition or state of being]. Romans 8:29-30
·       We are now a Kingdom of Priests. We are not becoming a Kingdom of Priests, we are a Kingdom of Servants. Just as Jesus is a King and a High Priest, so are we who have been made one with Him. You see we can be no other way, we are now our Lords physical body on the earth, Ephesians 5:30. And as 1 John 4:17 teaches us, as Jesus is, so are we in this world. Jesus prayed in John 17 multiple times that we would be one with Him and Jesus was crucified to insure that we would be! Amen we are now one with Jesus and that is why Revelation is such a great prophesy to read. Just wait and see how God is going to use the Body of Christ on this earth, it is spectacular! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Revelation 1:5

And from Jesus Christ the faithful and trustworthy Witness, the Firstborn of the dead [first to be brought back to life] and the Prince (Ruler) of the kings of the earth. To Him Who ever loves us and has once [for all] loosed and freed us from our sins by His own blood,
·        Jesus has once and forevermore loosed and freed us from our sins! Now that is a revelation in and of itself. Amen we are right now loosed and free from sin! How great is it, that right at the beginning of our Revelation of the end times, comes the Truth that Jesus has released and loosed us from our sins? False religion wants us to be under constant condemnation of sin and the fear of sin. But the Truth that has set us free is that Jesus has once and forevermore loosed and freed us from sin, this is our salvation. This Truth is why we will be so bold, even when the world will be in such turmoil. 

·        We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him in order that [our] body [which is the instrument] of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be the slaves of sin. Romans 6:6

·        Even so consider yourselves also dead to sin and your relation to it broken, but alive to God [living in unbroken fellowship with Him] in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:11

·        Even David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Romans 4:6-8

·        And ye are complete in Him, which is the Head of all principality and power: In Whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, Who hath raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiving you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross; Having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Colossians 2:10-15

·        But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you. Romans 8:9-11

·       Our Father just clearly tells us that because of the success of Jesus we are now loosed from sin. The Word tells us that because of Jesus we are able to consider ourselves dead to sin. Our Father tells us that we are now righteous and we are righteous apart from our works. The Word tells us that we are alive with Jesus and that our bodies that could sin have been destroyed. Our Father knew that we couldn’t keep ourselves from sin, so He sent Jesus and the Holy Spirit, Who is our Comforter, His Seven Fold Spirit, and now our freedom from sin is all just a free gift. My prayer is that all of you have this peace with our freedom from sin, because when the Holy Spirit reveals this Truth to you, all of what our Father has said becomes so easy to hear and live. There is no fear in the Truth, there is no condemnation with it, there is only peace that passes all understanding. Because of Jesus we now and forevermore have life and we have it abundantly. This revelation of our freedom through Christ is our strength and it will only increases as the turmoil's of this world increase.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Revelation 1:4

John to the seven assemblies (churches) that are in Asia: May grace (God’s unmerited favor) be granted to you and spiritual peace (the peace of Christ’s kingdom) from Him Who is and Who was and Who is to come, and from the seven Spirits [the sevenfold Holy Spirit] before His throne,

·        The number 7 represents God’s timing, His completion, His fullness, blessing, sanctification, rest, kingship, or rule in prophecy.

·        Asia means: sunrise.

·        Grace comes from the Greek word: Charis it means that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, favor, loving kindness. The merciful kindness by which God exerts His influence on our souls, turns them to Christ, strengthens us, keeps us and increases our faith.

·        Laboring together [as God’s fellow workers] with Him then, we beg of you not to receive the grace of God in vain [that merciful kindness by which God exerts His holy influence on souls and turns them to Christ, keeping and strengthening them—do not receive it to no purpose]. 2 Corinthians 6:1

·        And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him--the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the reverential and obedient fear of the Lord-- Isaiah 11:2

·        The Seven Spirits is an explanation of all that our Father’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit, does for us. John tells us that the Seven fold Spirit is before our Father’s Throne. He tells us that the Seven Fold Spirit is before the Throne to show us that He is serving us while we are still on the earth; the Spirit is before the Throne not in the Throne, thus indicating serving the children of God on the earth. The Holy Spirit is wise and He causes us to be wise as well. The Holy Spirit is understanding, He lead us to salvation even when we were lost, without any works, and He causes us to forgive as we have been forgiven. The Holy Spirit counsels us, He teaches us all things. Our Father is mighty and so is His Spirit and the Holy Spirit causes us to be more than conquerors through Christ Who loves us. He is greater in us than anything that is in this world. Our Father is knowledgeable, He knows why everything is and where it is going, and Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to show us plainly things to come. The Holy Spirit causes us to be reverent towards our Father. He causes us to be deeply respectful of our Father. Then finally the Holy Spirit causes us to obey our Father. He causes us to walk in our Fathers statutes and He causes us to keep our Father’s judgments. 

·        So one of the first things that Jesus tells us with His Revelation of the end times is that our Father will absolutely keep us and empower us. He tells us that His Grace and His Spirit will cause us to be all that He has called us to be.  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Revelation 1:2-3

Who has testified to and vouched for all that he saw [in his visions], the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who reads aloud [in the assemblies] the word of this prophecy; and blessed (happy, to be envied) are those who hear [it read] and who keep themselves true to the things which are written in it [heeding them and laying them to heart], for the time [for them to be fulfilled] is near.
·        Look at what Jesus tells John to tell us here: there is a blessing in reading and there is a blessing in hearing the Book of Revelation read out loud with other believers. The Truth is that there is a blessing with reading and sowing all of our Father’s Word, for whatsoever thing a man soweth, that shall he reap, Galatians 6:7. But by sowing this Revelation of Jesus, we are told that there comes a special blessing. So with that Truth can you see why satan and the world have tried to make Revelation seem so difficult to understand? Can you see why the forces of darkness have tried to have people shy away from this Book of truth? Even if you think that you do not understand what Jesus tells us in Revelation, read it out loud anyway! Jesus tells us that there is a special blessing if we do. Our peace is that Holy Spirit will empower us to do what is needed 100% of the time, even when it comes to reading Revelation. He will use us to read it to our kids, our spouses, our friends, neighbors, siblings, parents, whoever, our peace is that the Holy Spirit will use us to read and share this Revelation. 

·        The Truth set’s us free and the Truth is that this prophesy of our Lord is not hard to understand for the saved. It’s not hard for us to understand or to keep what is written in it because our Lord has empowered His chosen ones with the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit fully understands what our Fathers will is. The Holy Spirit is our strength and through His strength we are able to fully comprehend exactly what our Father is going to do during the last years of this earth. Nothing is hard for us, our yoke is easy and our burden is light, Matthew 11:30. Jesus has given us the very Holy Spirit of our Father, to insure that there is not one little piece of His Truth that will ever be a mystery to us. We are empowered to know the Book of Revelation in its entirety! The only thing of our Father that we are not permitted to know, is the exact moment of Jesus’ return, Matthew 25:13. But even though we are not permitted to know the exact hour, we are empowered with the very knowledge of our Father to know the season that Jesus will return, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3. That is why we have been given this Revelation of our Lord and Savior! Jesus will come as a thief to the lost, but we are empowered by Him to ever be awake to our Father’s Truth. 

·         We are sealed until the day of our redemption. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [do not offend or vex or sadden Him], by Whom you were sealed (marked, branded as God's own, secured) for the day of redemption (of final deliverance through Christ from evil and the consequences of sin). Ephesians 4:30.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Revelation 1:1

[This is] the revelation of Jesus Christ [His unveiling of the divine mysteries]. God gave it to Him to disclose and make known to His bond servants certain things which must shortly and speedily come to pass in their entirety. And He sent and communicated it through His angel (messenger) to His bond servant John,

·         This revelation, a revelation of the end times, was given to Jesus to make known unto us, His chosen ones. Jesus tells us that we are to know the things that are speedily coming to pass and He wants us to know them in their entirety. That is a such great Truth, Jesus wants us to know everything in its entirety! We have been given the Holy Spirit to teach us all things, John 14:26. Jesus is not a Lord of doubt, confusion, secrets, or mysteries. Jesus wants things clear for us and to insure that His chosen ones, and not the world, know His Truths in their entirety, He has given us the Holy Spirit to teach us all things. 

·          I do not call you servants (slaves) any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing (working out). But I have called you My friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from My Father. [I have revealed to you everything that I have learned from Him.]John 15:15

·         Jesus has given us the Holy Spirit to teach us all things and He calls us His friends. Jesus has complete possession of us, He watches over us perfectly; He never leaves us or forsakes us, Hebrews 13:5. Jesus is always our Shepherd, our Lord, and our Husband. Jesus holds nothing back from His children. The head holds nothing back from the body and Jesus is now our Head, Ephesians 5:30.

·         Also notice here in verse 1, that Jesus calls us His bond servants. This means that we are Jesus’ possession. Jesus is our Shepherd, we are His sheep. Jesus is our Head and we are His body. Jesus has total control of us and because He has total control of us, He also has total responsibility for us. We are the branches that have been grafted in to the Vine of Jesus, John 15:5. As we begin to study this Revelation of Jesus, and the things that will shortly take place, this is a very important Truth to remember. Jesus is responsible for getting us through this life. He is not going to let anything happen to His flesh while we are on this earth, that is not in perfect line with the will of our Father. Not one of His true sheep will ever be lost, not one! We are Jesus’ friends and we are His responsibility, He is our High Priest. We have become one with Him, we are not robots, but we are actually one with Jesus right now. 

·         Who gave (yielded) Himself up [to atone] for our sins [and to save and sanctify us], in order to rescue and deliver us from this present wicked age and world order, in accordance with the will and purpose and plan of our God and Father— Galatians 1:4

·         And this is the will of Him Who sent Me, that I should not lose any of all that He has given Me, but that I should give new life and raise [them all] up at the last day. John 6:39

Monday, July 21, 2014

Jesus' Revelation

When people are saying, All is well and secure, and, There is peace and safety, then in a moment unforeseen destruction (ruin and death) will come upon them as suddenly as labor pains come upon a woman with child; and they shall by no means escape, for there will be no escape. 1 Thessalonians 5:3
For you yourselves know perfectly well that the day of the [return of the] Lord will come [as unexpectedly and suddenly] as a thief in the night. 1 Thessalonians 5:2
As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For just as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, [men] marrying and [women] being given in marriage, until the [very] day when Noah went into the ark, And they did not know or understand until the flood came and swept them all away—so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Matthew 24:37-39
The verses above raise the greatest questions for me about the end times. If the Book of Revelation, the Revelation of our Lord, is talking about our flesh and the hardships that are to come, then none of these verses make any sense to me. If the last 3 ½ years of this earth’s history, as told to John by Jesus in Revelation, is primarily dealing with the woes of our bodies, then none of these verses would be true. Because if Jesus is telling us that our flesh will be tormented as it never has before during the Great Tribulation, then no one would be saying peace and safety. They wouldn't  be saying peace because everyone would be terrified and looking for His return. And no one would be getting married if all of the green grass was gone, a 1/3rd of the trees were gone, everything in the sea was dead, and a 1/3rd of the sun was darkened. But if the events that are told to us by John are dealing with our spirits, then we would not only be saying peace and marrying, we would be doing them to excess. We would because the tragedies of the separation from our Father would all be glorifying our flesh. It would be perilous times because we would be completely focused on our flesh and not at all on the Spirit. The end times will be perilous because the Truth is: those who worship our Father must worship Him in Spirit and Truth, John 4:23.
But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear]. For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane  [They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good. 2 Timothy 3:1-3
The older I get, the more I find myself running from the religion of my youth. I do this because the preaching that I heard in my past is constantly being destroyed by the Truth of our Father’s Word. So many preachers when I was growing up talked about the Great Tribulation and all of the hardships of the flesh that would occur during those times. But when I read what Jesus said, it seems like the flesh will be glorying in itself as it never has before, which will cause our souls and spirits, which are our eternal parts, to suffer as they never have before. So with that thought in mind, let’s begin a study of the Book of Revelation, but let’s focus primarily on our spirits and not on our flesh as is so often the case with Revelation. I don't believe that there are no references to our flesh in Revelation, but I do believe that the Book deals more with our spirits and souls then most of us believe or have been taught.