Thursday, September 18, 2014

Revelation 5:1-4

And I saw lying on the open hand of Him Who was seated on the throne a scroll (book) written within and on the back, closed and sealed with seven seals;
·         Scroll is a message.
·         Seven Represents God’s timing. God’s perfect number, our Father's perfect message.
·    The message has writing on both the front and back, so the message is complete, Revelation 1:1. Everything is being shown to us in its entirety.
·         Our Father’s hand is open, meaning He holds nothing back from us. We have the Holy Spirit Who teaches us all things. 
And I saw a strong angel announcing in a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the scroll? And [who is entitled and deserves and is morally fit] to break its seals?
·         The angels message is loud and clear. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the same message: that Jesus is worthy. 
And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth [in the realm of the dead, Hades] was able to open the scroll or to take a [single] look at its contents.
And I wept audibly and bitterly because no one was found fit to open the scroll or to inspect it.
·         Remember what John told us in Revelation 1: that he was controlled by the Holy Spirit, that he was wrapped in His power when all of these things began to be shown to him. What is happening here is the Holy Spirit is giving John a great desire to see the Truth. At this moment John needs to see this scroll opened, because Jesus had just told him that He was going to show him everything that was to come in its entirety. John was empowered by the Holy Spirit to desire to see the perfect will of our Father. The same Holy Spirit dwells within us causing us to desire the Truth as well.

·         There are a lot of people in the church that have no desire to read the Revelation of Jesus, beware of them. If a person is truly born again there is a desire in them to know the Truth, because the Truth is what sets us free, John 8:32

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Revelation 4:11

11 Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive the glory and the honor and dominion, for You created all things; by Your will they were [brought into being] and were created.

·         Our Father sees all, past present and future. Our Father is in total control. He is accountable, the twenty-four elders are in total agreement with His actions. And our Father is good, He is love, He is gentle, kind, and He is a great provider! Our Fathers actions bring praise and thanksgiving. He isn’t selfish. Everything that He has, He has given to us through Jesus. Everything that He is, He has given to us through the power of the Holy Spirit. We are now one with Him, even while we are on this earth! The four creatures see it, the twenty-four elders agree with it, and Jesus was willing to die for it. That is how special we are to our Father. That is how much He loves us. And our Father is more than willing to show it!

·         When I see in the Word how Jesus personally dealt with other people I know that these actions that John has seen of the creatures and elders have to be symbolic. Jesus told the disciples that if they had seen Him, then they had seen the Father, John 14:9. When Jesus was raised up from the dead and glorified back to the state that He had before He came to the earth as a man, how did He act? Did He command those who saw Him to bow down before Him to pay Him His rightful homage, or did He prepare a meal for them after miraculously given them a bounty? John 21:7-9. I don’t see our eternity as being an eternity of us bowing down before our Father, we do worship Him, but as a loved child, not as a slave who cowers at the feet of their master. 

·         I don’t believe that God created these Elders just so they would bow to Him constantly. I don’t think our Father is that insecure, because we can plainly see our Father in Jesus? I think these visions show that God has a hierarchy in Heaven that loves Him, trusts Him, honors Him, and agrees with Him. And no one and no angel and no created being can ever say that God did not act in complete love and Truth and fairness.

·         Also notice that the confession of faith in Heaven is that our Father created all things according to His will. The glory given to our Father in Heaven is how His will is in control. How ironic is it that in most churches today the glory spoken of is how our Father gave us a free will, a will separate from His? A confession of free will does not glorify the Truth, it glorifies man, and it will not set you free.

·         For we are God's [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]. Ephesians 2:10

·         Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love. For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will [because it pleased Him and was His kind intent]-- Ephesians 1:4-5

·         The anti-christ will be all about free will, that is why his name is anti-christ, not anti-god or anti-jesus, but anti God’s power working through us. Remember that men will be lovers of self, boastful, prideful, and more arrogant during these days then ever before. So of course they will glorify that they have a free will and that they have decided correctly what to do. They will tweet about themselves, Facebook every thing they do, and take thousands of selfies. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Revelation 4:8-10

And the four living creatures, individually having six wings, were full of eyes all over and within [underneath their wings]; and day and night they never stop saying, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty (Omnipotent), Who was and Who is and Who is to come.
·         6 represents mans time, so the creatures show us that our Father knows completely what is going on in our lives. 
·         We have a High Priest Who knows what it is like to be us.
·         For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning. Hebrews 4;15
·         Wings represent speed. Our Father knows before we do what is going on.
·         Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:16
·         Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Matthew 6:8.
·         Everything that these creatures see is Holy. How can that be?
·         We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. Romans 8:28
·         Even what we so often believe to be bad, actually work’s out for our good. We see this all throughout scripture. Paul was sick and persecuted and it made him stronger, 2 Corinthians 12:10. Jesus was killed and that gave us a sacrifice that set us free. Where sin abounds, grace much more abounds, Romans 5:20.
·         Even the events of the end times will bring many to righteousness. 
And whenever the living creatures offer glory and honor and thanksgiving to Him Who sits on the throne, Who lives forever and ever (through the eternities of the eternities),
10 The twenty-four elders (the members of the heavenly Sanhedrin) fall prostrate before Him Who is sitting on the throne, and they worship Him Who lives forever and ever; and they throw down their crowns before the throne, crying out,
·         Whenever the four beasts see what our Father is doing they give Him the credit, they give Him the glory, and the twenty-four elders agree and all that are in Heaven pay homage to our Father for His goodness. The elders and beasts see our Father’s love, they see the results of His actions, they see how God takes care of His children, and they praise Him for it. The elders throw their crowns at our Fathers feet to clearly show that God is the ultimate authority and that they agree with His actions. They show that His actions are righteous and just, and loving, and that they are Truthful! And our Father must keep giving them back their crowns, because they keep on doing it.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Revelation 4:6-7

And in front of the throne there was also what looked like a transparent glassy sea, as if of crystal. And around the throne, in the center at each side of the throne, were four living creatures (beings) who were full of eyes in front and behind [with intelligence as to what is before and at the rear of them].

·         Our Father sees everything, past, present, and future. In prophesy the word sea is used by God to represent a group of people on the earth and here we see that the sea is transparent, it’s all crystal clear to our Father. There is nothing that we do or think that is hid from God. 

·         For it was in Him that all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen, whether thrones, dominions, rulers, or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [by His service, intervention] and in and for Him. Colossians 1:16

·         Eyes represent Divine Intelligence. The creatures look like 3 different types of animals and a man so our Father knows and is in control of every living thing. The creatures have wings, so they are fast and the wings are full of eyes, so they see all, showing us that our Father knows everything about everything.

·         All things exist by our Father and for Him and through Him.

·         Our Father even knows when a sparrow dies. He doesn’t just know about it, He has to allow it.

·         Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Matthew 10:29-30
The first living creature (being) was like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature had the face of a man, and the fourth living creature [was] like a flying eagle.

·        These four creatures live to serve our Father; which means they live to serve the Kingdom of our Father, which we are now part of! They see everything and all day long they acknowledge that God is right. These creatures may be symbolic, representing man, domesticated animals, wild animals, and the birds or they may be real and this is just how God made them. Look at the world and the animals that God has created down here. The important thing for us is that they see everything that is going on. Our Father knows completely where we are, what is going on, and He is in total control. He will never allow anything to happen to us that He cannot handle through us.

·         But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me! 2 Corinthians 12:9 

·         Our Father sees everything that is coming and He sees it before it was ever created. Because the Truth is for anything to exist, our Father had to first create it! All things exist for and by our Father, Colossians 1:16-17.

·         All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being. John 1:3

·         We have our Fathers complete attention and complete power, even in our weaknesses, especially in our weakness! There is nothing that surprises our Father. This is why I always marvel at those who teach that we can lose our salvation. Salvation is us being chosen by God and grafted into Him through Jesus. Salvation is becoming one with our Father. So if we could walk away, then it means that we would have had to fool our Father to start with. Which means He doesn’t see everything and all of this is wrong? That isn’t right! The Truth that sets us free is that if someone is truly saved, they are that way forever, we cannot fool God, and our Father isn’t allowing the unsaved to become one with Jesus, Romans 11:29! 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Revelation 4:4-5

Twenty-four other thrones surrounded the throne, and seated on these thrones were twenty-four elders (the members of the heavenly Sanhedrin), arrayed in white clothing, with crowns of gold upon their heads.

·         We are told that there are twenty-four elders in Heaven. I have always heard that these elders represent twelve Old Testament Elders and twelve New Testament Elders. But the scriptures never actually tell us this, it is only assumed. So I believe that they are just elders, they may represent the two Testaments, but we just aren’t told that they do. Here is what is important about the elders though: it is that God has elders in Heaven, our Father has order, and it means that He doesn’t act alone; our Father is accountable. We know that He is because when our Father acts, the elders all agree with His actions, we will study this fact in later verses as well. Our Father established a Truth for us, and it is that out of the mouth of two or three let everything be confirmed, Matthew 18:16, and our Father follows His Truth for us by having twenty-four elders, and they all agree with what they hear and see.  

·         You might be thinking to yourself, well of course they do, they have to agree, they have to be just yes men. How could anyone disagree with God? Remember though when God told Abraham that He was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham kept on reasoning with God, what if there is fifty righteous people, thirty righteous people, or ten righteous people? (Genesis 18:25-27) God didn’t just kill Abraham off for questioning Him. Think of when God told Moses that He was going to kill off all of the children of Israel. Moses came right back at Him and the Bible teaches us that God repented, Exodus 32:14. God didn’t just kill Moses off or punish him for his challenge to what He wanted to do. Even consider Mary, Jesus told her that it wasn’t His time to act, and she kept right on pressing Him, John 2:4. These twenty-four elders are in Heaven, right by the Throne, seeing and hearing everything that is going on, and because they are, no one can ever say that our Father acts alone and is unaccountable. In the Book of Revelation we see that our Father’s wrath is poured out on the children of disobedience and we see that our Father has accountability and agreement with the elders of Heaven for His actions. 
Out from the throne came flashes of lightning and rumblings and peals of thunder, and in front of the throne seven blazing torches burned, which are the seven Spirits of God [the sevenfold Holy Spirit];
·         Lightning is a bright light and filled with power.
·         Thunder is a loud noise, heard over miles. Thunder comes with Lightning.
·         The Seven Fold Spirit keeps us and empowers us.
·         We are shown immense power here! We are shown that Jesus is powerful and He is because God is powerful, and the two are One. Our peace is that through Christ we are one with our Father as well! Our Father’s power is not just for Himself, it is for those whom He has chosen as well!  Go and read the parable that Jesus told us of the Prodigal Son and you will see that this is Truth. We are one with our Father’s power, just as Jesus is one with it! We have been given the Holy Spirit to teach us all Truth and to strengthen us and to seal us until the day that Jesus returns. Our power is right from our Father Himself. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Revelation 4:2-3

At once I came under the [Holy] Spirit’s power, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with One seated on the throne!
·         The Holy Spirit teaches us all things. So if He has to take us up to Heaven to do it, He will. If it is a vision, He will use it, or a dream, a sermon. Whatever it takes to teach us He will use it to insure that we are kept.
·         Notice here that John only sees that One is seated on the Throne. This verse really shows us our unity with our Father. Jesus is seated with God in Heaven and yet when John sees the Throne, there is only One. Our Father had it written that we have been raised up and made to sit together in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus. 
·         And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One). Ephesians 2:6 

·         There is absolutely no separation between our Father and Jesus and when John sees the Throne, the place of ultimate authority, He only sees One. Jesus teaches us in John 17:21-24, that we are now one with our Father as He is One with our Father. If you have seen Jesus, you have seen the Father, John 14:7, and we are now one with Jesus. So if you have seen us, you have seen the Father! Just look at the power that we have been grafted into. Really take hold of it, because the revelation of who we now are in Christ and Who He is within us, will give you a peace and an actual joy of being around for all that we are about to study.

·         The Door is open, the separation is gone. The two, Jesus and His Bride, have become one flesh. Nothing is kept from us, nothing hidden, because Jesus was successful and removed anything and everything that could.   

·         For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:30-32
And He Who sat there appeared like [the crystalline brightness of] jasper and [the fiery] sardius, and encircling the throne there was a halo that looked like [a rainbow of] emerald.
·       Jasper has several colors in it. Jesus sacrifice has allowed people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to be His Bride.
·         Sardis is red. Jesus shed His Blood to give us life. His Blood is still active and alive. His sacrifice has eternal power.
·         Emerald is Green and it represents that Jesus is the King and that He has life.
·         Jesus is all of these things. Jesus has John tells us the power and complete victory of Himself before He ever has him talk about the Great Tribulation.
·         Jesus says these things not to brag about Himself. Why would He have to go on and on about how great He was if we were going to be up in Heaven when the Great Tribulation comes? He tells us these things to show us that we will be kept, as He is in total and complete control of the events of the end times.   

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Revelation 4:1

1 After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice which I had heard addressing me like [the calling of] a war trumpet said, Come up here, and I will show you what must take place in the future.
·         A door represents separation. Division between God and man. But here the door is open, so we are shown that there is no more separation.  
·       A trumpet represents a loud proclamation. We are going to be shown the Truth, in its entirety, as Jesus told us that we would in Chapter 1
·         Our peace and joy is that our Lord and Savior, Jesus, always wants us to know what is going on. He does this because we are His body and as He told us, we aren’t just His servants, we are His friends. Jesus even began the Book of Revelation by telling John that He was about to show him all of the things that were to come in their entirety. Jesus wants us to know our Father completely; He wants us to know the complete Truth that will set us free, John 17:26. Jesus wants us to know His full will for our lives, John 16:13, and our place in the Kingdom of Heaven. Our Father wants us to know just how dear we are to Him and how that He is unwilling to be without us. 

·         Jesus absolutely knew what was going on in the Kingdom of Heaven when He was here on the earth as a man and He completely knew our Fathers will for Him. Jesus knew when He was going to die, how He was going to die, and who was going to kill Him. Jesus knew our Father’s will completely and He was empowered with the Holy Spirit to accomplish all that He came do. Jesus knew the Truth that would set us free and He shared it with us. So if Jesus was allowed to know and was empowered to carry out our Fathers will, why wouldn’t we be allowed to live with the same knowledge and power? We have the same Holy Spirit that Jesus has and we are now member of His body, flesh of His flesh, and bone of His bone, Ephesians 5:30. Through Jesus, our Father showed us plainly how man is supposed to be, fully one with Him and fully empowered by Him, John 17 clearly shows us this Truth. Jesus told us that He came so that we might have life and have it more abundantly, John 10:10. Jesus came so that we might have a life as He has life and to know the Truth as He knows the Truth. We have become one with our Lord and Saviors mind, His Spirit, and His Body. As Jesus is, so are we in this world, 1 John 4:17.

·         Revelation 4:1 has been used a great deal in to teach that there is a pre-tribulation rapture for the church. But as we will study in Revelation’s later chapters, the church has a great role to play during the Great Tribulation. While I used to be a big believer in a pre-tribulation rapture of the church, the more the Holy Spirit has shared with me the Truths of the Revelation of our Lord, I no longer do. I really believe that Jesus has far too great of role for us, as His body, to play during the Great Tribulation, for Him not to have us here. 

·         Paul was caught up to the 3rd Heaven as well, 2 Corinthians 12:2, just as John is here. Yet I never hear that Paul’s accession to Heaven was a foreshadowing of a pre-tribulation rapture? It just seems to me that our Father had things to show both John and Paul and He brought them to Heaven to do it. To say that it proves that there is a pre-tribulation rapture is a great reach. Our Father Transformed Jesus while He was still on the earth, and in the flesh, to talk with Him. Our Father is dramatic and you have to love it. 

·    There are 5 verses that clearly prove to us that there is no pre-tribulation rapture, 1 Thessalonians 4:15, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, John 6:39, and Revelation 11:15.

·         For this we declare to you by the Lord's [own] word, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord shall in no way precede [into His presence] or have any advantage at all over those who have previously fallen asleep [in Him [c]in death]. 1 Thessalonians 4:15

·         Take notice! I tell you a mystery (a secret truth, an event decreed by the hidden purpose or counsel of God). We shall not all fall asleep [in death], but we shall all be changed (transformed). In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the [sound of the] last trumpet call. For a trumpet will sound, and the dead [in Christ] will be raised imperishable (free and immune from decay), and we shall be changed (transformed). 1 Corinthians 15:51-52

·       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

·     The seventh angel then blew [his] trumpet, and there were mighty voices in heaven, shouting, The dominion (kingdom, sovereignty, rule) of the world has now come into the possession and become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ (the Messiah), and He shall reign forever and ever (for the eternities of the eternities)! Revelation 11:15

·         The Truth that our Father shows us is that no one who is alive in Christ shall in any way precede those of us who have died in Christ. The Truth is also that the dead in Christ shall not be raised from the dead until the Last Trumpet, on the last day, and we see in Revelation 11, that when the seventh angel, the last angel, blows the last trumpet, Jesus will return and take over the rule of the world. The pre-tribulation rapture theory tells us that Jesus won’t do this until seven years after we were raptured. The Truth is clear, and as we study the Revelation of our Lord, we will actually see that there is far too much work for our Father to do through us, for Him to take us away!