Sunday, January 25, 2015

Revelation 21:9-11


9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven final plagues (afflictions, calamities) came and spoke to me. He said, Come with me! I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
  • Because we are members (parts) of His body. For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is very great, but I speak concerning [the relation of] Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:30-32
  • I have heard it preached that the New Jerusalem is the Bride. I will be honest I have a hard time believing that when our Father makes all things new that there will be a physical city where we dwell. So the City may very well be a parable description for the Bride.
  • I do not believe that we will be given a physical mansion to live in as people say John 14:2 teaches us. If we are to be just like Jesus when He returns, 1 John 3:2, ask yourself this: does Jesus have a mansion that He lives in? Does Jesus need a physical dwelling place? I think John 14 is a spiritual thing that means that we dwell in a large place, or we dwell everywhere just as Jesus does. I believe that we will dwell in the hearts, minds, and souls of mankind just as Jesus does. I believe that we will be interacting with all just as Jesus interacts with all and I do not believe that there are going to be a bunch of mansions for us. 
  • I could be wrong, but I think that what our Father has for us is far greater then the worldly physical things that we are told to avoid now.
  • There may be a physical city our guest can come to, but that is the kind of thing that people do now. So I tend to believe that the New Jerusalem is a spiritual thing that is described to us in physical terms. It may be the Bride or just the power and glory of our Father.    
10 Then in the Spirit He conveyed me away to a vast and lofty mountain and exhibited to me the holy (hallowed, consecrated) city of Jerusalem descending out of heaven from God.
11 Clothed in God’s glory [in all its splendor and radiance]. The luster of it resembled a rare and most precious jewel, like jasper, shining clear as crystal.
  • The city will have our Fathers glory in it. It will be a great place, but our Father’s glory transcends a physical place, our Father’s glory is everywhere, all of the time, and when He returns it will be with all men. 
  • Jasper has several colors in it. Jesus sacrifice has allowed people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to be His Bride and the city, or God’s glory, will allow all people, wherever they cam from to enter it and experience His glory. 
  • The New Jerusalem is also crystal clear. There will be nothing hidden any more. Our Father would that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth. 
  • Who wishes all men to be saved and [increasingly] to perceive and recognize and discern and know precisely and correctly the [divine] Truth. 1Timothy 2:4
  • Take note! I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet and learn and acknowledge that I have loved you. Revelation 3:9
  • Here we are shown that all nations, all peoples, will be enlightened. Here is where all will come to know the Truth and the Truth will set them free.
  • And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free. John 8:32
  • I have always been taught that this New City is a physical thing. We would sing just build my mansion, just over that hill side, but I think it is going to be far different then what I was ever taught. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Revelation 21:8


8 But as for the cowards and the ignoble and the contemptible and the cravenly lacking in courage and the cowardly submissive, and as for the unbelieving and faithless, and as for the depraved and defiled with abominations, and as for murderers and the lewd and adulterous and the practicers of magic arts and the idolaters (those who give supreme devotion to anyone or anything other than God) and all liars (those who knowingly convey untruth by word or deed)—[all of these shall have] their part in the lake that blazes with fire and brimstone. This is the second death.
  • If we just would read this verse alone it sounds like Hell will be filled with tons of people. But let’s look at what the Bible tells us about Judgment Day.
  • For it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God [acknowledge Him to His honor and to His praise]. Romans 14:11
  • We are taught that to be saved a person must believe in their heart and confess with their mouth that Jesus is Lord and here we see that on Judgment Day everyone will do this. 
  • Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
  • We are shown in Revelation 3 that those of the synagogue of satan will come and learn from us. They will clearly see the NEw Heaven and the New Jerusalem. They will clearly see Jesus and our Father, so how can they not believe?  
  • We are told in Romans 11:32 that our Father has consigned all men to disobedience so that He can have mercy on all men alike.
  • We are shown in Romans 5:18 that because of Jesus’ success that all men will be saved.
  • We are also shown in 1 Corinthians 3:15 that even if a persons works are wrong the person will themselves be saved as ones who have passed through the fire. 
  • So how can all of these verses be true and people still have their part in the Lake of Fire?
  • His winnowing fan (shovel, fork) is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear out and clean His threshing floor and gather and store His wheat in His barn, but the chaff He will burn up with fire that cannot be put out. Matthew 3:12
  • What is chaff? It is the dry scaly casing that covers the seed. The chaff is useless for food, so it is cleared away and the seed and then the useful part is left. Chaff is part of wheat, it is not something on its own, all wheat has chaff. 
  • We all at one time or another have been cowards. We all have looked at another person and lusted and Jesus tells us that is adultery. We all have been angry at another person and Jesus tells us that is murder. We all have lied at one time or another. So we have all done these things that we are shown in verse 8. What keeps us from being part of the Lake of Fire? Grace does and grace is freely given by Jesus. Some of us realize this now, some of us will realize it on Judgment Day, but we all will realize it and eternity, or the Wedding Feast, will be filled,
  • We all have a part in the Lake of Fire because we all have works, or chaff, that will be cleared from us and thrown into it. Not all of us will be the Bride of Christ, some of us will be guests, but Jesus will give eternal life to all that He has been given and He has been given all of us.
  • [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
  • Who wishes all men to be saved and [increasingly] to perceive and recognize and discern and know precisely and correctly the [divine] Truth. 1 Timothy 2:4

Friday, January 23, 2015

Revelation 21:6-7


6 And He [further] said to me, It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I [Myself] will give water without price from the fountain (springs) of the water of Life.
  • Jesus is our Shepherd, He is our Head, and He is our Vine, He ever lives to serve us, or give us water freely. That is what makes Him the greatest.
  • Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them. Hebrews 7:25
  • He who is greatest among you shall be your servant. Matthew 23:11
  • Jesus gives to all of us freely. Grace is free, it cannot be earned. Jesus always gave grace freely. He healed those who would later scream for His crucifixion. He fed those who did not believe Him. He forgave those who killed Him and Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever He never changes.
7 He who is victorious shall inherit all these things, and I will be God to him and he shall be My son.
  • Jesus was victorious.
  • All things have been entrusted and delivered to Me by My Father; and no one fully knows and accurately understands the Son except the Father, and no one fully knows and accurately understands the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son deliberately wills to make Him known. Matthew 11:27
  • For He [the Father] has put all things in subjection under His [Christ’s] feet. But when it says, All things are put in subjection [under Him], it is evident that He [Himself] is excepted Who does the subjecting of all things to Him. However, when everything is subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will also subject Himself to [the Father] Who put all things under Him, so that God may be all in all [be everything to everyone, supreme, the indwelling and controlling factor of life]. 1 Corinthians 15:27-28
  • Jesus has inherited all things, mankind is part of all things. 
  • [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
  • The Truth is Jesus never changes.
  • Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages). Hebrews 13:8
  • In the Gospels did Jesus ever damn a person? He didn't, where sin abounded His grace much more abounded. This character trait of Jesus will not change on Judgment Day.
  • 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
  • For God has consigned (penned up) all men to disobedience, only that He may have mercy on them all [alike]. Romans 11:32
  • And those servants went out on the crossroads and got together as many as they found, both bad and good, so [the room in which] the wedding feast [was held] was filled with guests. Matthew 22:10
  • Jesus was very successful and all of mankind is the benefactors of His success

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Revelation 20:4-5


4 God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish (sorrow and mourning) nor grief nor pain any more, for the old conditions and the former order of things have passed away.
  • We are told here that our Father will come and dwell among men and as the Truth teaches us when He does return believers will no longer be men. We will have been transformed to be something else. We are told that we will be just like Jesus, Who was a man, but was raised up to be returned to His former state of being.
  • And now, Father, glorify Me along with Yourself and restore Me to such majesty and honor in Your presence as I had with You before the world existed. John 17:5
  • Beloved, we are [even here and] now God’s children; it is not yet disclosed (made clear) what we shall be [hereafter], but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall [as God’s children] resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He [really] is. 1 John 3:2
  • Our Father tells us in verse 4 that He will wipe the tears away from men. So there has to still be men, or mankind, around in eternity for Him to do this.
  • The Bible tells us in Jesus’ parable of the Marriage Supper that there will be guests in eternity. Now its easy to believe that for those who are here with us that they will not have any tears, fear, anguish, grief, pain, or sorrow. It’s easy to believe that all things will be new for those that are on the new earth.
  • But, what about the Lake of Fire, or Hell? The Bible never teaches us that people are changed to be something other then men if they are thrown into Hell. People who are thrown into the Lake of Fire still will remain men, and as verse 3 tells us our Father will physically dwell with men. We are not told that He will dwell with only righteous men, or saved men, we are told that He will dwell with all men.
  • So let me ask you this: how can there be people, or men, thrown into Hell, or the Lake of Fire, to be tormented forever if: sorrow, pain, anguish, sorrow, mourning, and grief have been done away with and all of the old things have passed away?
  • People will say that this scripture only applies to the new earth, but these verses do not say that. And as we will read at the end of Revelation, our Father tells us not to add to or take away from what He had written. So we cannot add just men on the new earth, we have to read it for what it tells us. 
  • So if someone is thrown into Hell, they have to just cease to be, just as the scriptures tell us. Our Father is Omnipotent and if someone is thrown into Hell they are cast from His presence, so they have to cease to be, because our Father is everywhere.
  • Such people will pay the penalty and suffer the punishment of everlasting ruin (destruction and perdition) and eternal exclusion and banishment from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 2 Thessalonians 1:9
5 And He Who is seated on the throne said, See! I make all things new. Also He said, Record this, for these sayings are faithful (accurate, incorruptible, and trustworthy) and true (genuine).
  • Death and Hades will have been thrown into the Lake of Fire, along with satan. All suffering and anguish will have ended when our Father returns. 
  • Think if there were people who were eternally suffering in Hell as we are enjoying all of the blessings of eternity? Could you enjoy that? Do you really believe that our Father would enjoy that? Do you really believe that we could have unspeakable joy and peace as we knew people were being tormented for ever and ever. 
  • Right now the only people who get joy out of people suffering while they party are dictators, creeps, and tyrants and we go to war to oust those people. But this is what many believe eternity will be like. That is crazy! 
  • The Truth is where sin abounds grace much more abounds, Romans 5. The Truth is every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord and the New Earth and the New Jerusalem will be filled with guests. 
  • Thinks of what so many believe Judgement Day will be like. They believe that our Father will force everyone to bow to Him, tell Him that He is Great, acknowledge Jesus as Lord and then send them to Hell to be tormented for ever after they confess this. That is what Kim Jung Un does in North Korea right now. That is what Hitler did. That is what all tyrants do. 
  • Grace will do far more than most in religion believe it will. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Revelation 21:1-3


Then I saw a new sky (heaven) and a new earth, for the former sky and the former earth had passed away (vanished), and there no longer existed any sea.
  • Here is where everything changes, after Judgement Day. The world does not change right when Jesus returns.
  • The old earth, the worldly divisions, the death, and the sickness are all gone, they have been thrown into the Lake of Fire and they never will return.
  • Satan and his deception and evil will be thrown into the Lake of Fire and they never will return.
  • The sea, or the small groups of people that were not part of the Truth, no longer exist. Everyone is now fully aware of and part of the Truth that sets us all free.
  • Over the years I have heard many who teach that the Lake of Fire is the earth and Heaven being burned up, but remember that the anti-christ and the false prophet were cast into the Lake of Fire a thousand years ago! So the Lake of Fire has to be another thing that exists in another place.
2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, all arrayed like a bride beautified and adorned for her husband;
  • Our Father brings down a new Jerusalem. A new holy city. Later on in this Chapter we will see that the new Jerusalem is a place where people can be refreshed and invigorated. This may very well be a physical place or it may represent an entire new way for people who are not the Bride to be refreshed by the Truth, either way, it will be a place that serves the needs of mankind.
  • So I want you to start thinking of something here, if we have been changed to be just like Jesus, 1 John 3:2, who needs refreshed?   
3 Then I heard a mighty voice from the throne and I perceived its distinct words, saying, See! The abode of God is with men, and He will live (encamp, tent) among them; and they shall be His people, and God shall personally be with them and be their God.
  • We are told that when this all occurs that the abode of God will be amongst men. Think about the word men, not saints, not the Bride, not the saved but men.
  • Beloved, we are [even here and] now God’s children; it is not yet disclosed (made clear) what we shall be [hereafter], but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall [as God’s children] resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He [really] is. 1 John 3:2
  • Neither for these alone do I pray [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for all those who will ever come to believe in (trust in, cling to, rely on) Me through their word and teaching, That they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me. I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one [even] as We are one: I in them and You in Me, in order that they may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and [definitely] recognize that You sent Me and that You have loved them [even] as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also whom You have entrusted to Me [as Your gift to Me] may be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory, which You have given Me [Your love gift to Me]; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. John 17:22-24
  • In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him], because as He is, so are we in this world. 1 John 4:17
  • For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. Ephesians 5:30
  • Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • The Truth is that we are now new creatures in Christ. According to our Father’s Word we are no longer men. Just as Jesus is no longer a man. 
  • So here again we see that there are going to be other people in eternity, we will have guests. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Revelation 20:13-15


13 And the sea delivered up the dead who were in it, death and Hades (the state of death or disembodied existence) surrendered the dead in them, and all were tried and their cases determined by what they had done [according to their motives, aims, and works].
  • Once again the Truth is that everyones works will not stand up. No ones motives or works are ever righteous.
  • As it is written, None is righteous, just and truthful and upright and conscientious, no, not one. Romans 3:10
  • So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance. Romans 8:26
  • For God has consigned (penned up) all men to disobedience, only that He may have mercy on them all [alike]. Romans 11:32
  • Everyone would be judged guilty here if it wasn’t for grace.
  • But if it is by grace (His unmerited favor and graciousness), it is no longer conditioned on works or anything men have done. Otherwise, grace would no longer be grace [it would be meaningless]. Romans 11:6
  • Jesus has been given control over all flesh, all, not just some, not just those who believe now, but all flesh. 
  • [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
  • He has been given such control over all of us so that He may give eternal life to all that He has been given and eternal life is to know God, John 17:3
  • Our Father would that all men be saved and our Father gets His way. Some have told me that He doesn’t, but show me in the Bible were it ever tells us that. Go ask Jonah if our Father gets His way.
  • So here is the Truth, everyones name is in the Book of Life. Some have the reward of being the Bride of Christ, some have lost that reward, yet they are still allowed to have eternal life as our guests, 1 Corinthians 3:15. But either way Jesus was ver successful at the Cross.
14 Then death and Hades (the state of death or disembodied existence) were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
  • Death is done away with, so of course Hades is no longer needed. They are thrown into the Lake of Fire and so they cease to exist, just like everything that is thrown into the Lake of Fire ceases to exist.
  • For the Son of man came to save [from the penalty of eternal death] that which was lost.  Matthew 18:11
15 And if anyone’s [name] was not found recorded in the Book of Life, he was hurled into the lake of fire.
  • 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
  • For the Son of man came to save [from the penalty of eternal death] that which was lost.  Matthew 18:11
  • These verses are intense I know. This Blog is just a starting point, it is not intended to be a complete study of the Truth. That occurs face to face, with a group of believers, Revelation 1:3. This is only a brief discussion of the Truth.  

Monday, January 19, 2015

Revelation 20:11-12


11 Then I saw a great white throne and the One Who was seated upon it, from Whose presence and from the sight of Whose face earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them.
12 I [also] saw the dead, great and small; they stood before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is [the Book] of Life. And the dead were judged (sentenced) by what they had done [their whole way of feeling and acting, their aims and endeavors] in accordance with what was recorded in the books.
  • We are told very plainly here that the dead are judged here, not the living. So we aren’t judged here and those who did not follow after satan when he was released are not judged here, only the dead.
  • He who believes in Him [who clings to, trusts in, relies on Him] is not judged [he who trusts in Him never comes up for judgment; for him there is no rejection, no condemnation—he incurs no damnation]; but he who does not believe (cleave to, rely on, trust in Him) is judged already [he has already been convicted and has already received his sentence] because he has not believed in and trusted in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [He is condemned for refusing to let his trust rest in Christ’s name.] John 3:18
  • I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the person whose ears are open to My words [who listens to My message] and believes and trusts in and clings to and relies on Him Who sent Me has (possesses now) eternal life. And he does not come into judgment [does not incur sentence of judgment, will not come under condemnation], but he has already passed over out of death into life. John 5:24
  • We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life. Romans 6:4
  • We have already passed from death to life, we have been judged by Grace already.
  • Why has this happened to us already? Why just us?
  • For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). Romans 5:17
  • We have been judged already so that we may serve. Jesus said to be the greatest in His Kingdom we must be the biggest servants, Matthew 23:11. We have been chosen, Matthew 20:16, so that our Father may use us to serve the world.
  • Also notice here that people will be judged by what they had done. Jesus came to do away with salvation being by works.
  • But if it is by grace (His unmerited favor and graciousness), it is no longer conditioned on works or anything men have done. Otherwise, grace would no longer be grace [it would be meaningless]. Romans 11:6
  • For God has consigned (penned up) all men to disobedience, only that He may have mercy on them all [alike]. Romans 11:32
  • No work will ever be able to stand up to righteousness. So there is Grace. Every work will be judged guilty, but Grace will overcome the guilty sentence and forgiveness and mercy will be applied. People will be judged innocent in-spite of what they have done. Just as those who sent Jesus to the Cross were forgiven.