Revelations IV, Bible Study 09/13/17

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Synospis of Bible Study 9/13/17

Delivered by Bishop Walker III, DMin.

 

I.         Introduction

  1. In the period of tribulation, this is simply talking about the end of days.
  2. We’ve have talked about the 7 seals and the 7 trumpets, so now we are about to see the 7 bowls

II.         The seven last Plagues

A.    The First Bowl: Foul and Painful Sores

Revelation 16:1-2 (NKJV) 16 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the bowls[a] of the wrath of God on the earth.” 2 So the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.

  1. Those who were following and worshipping the image of beast will experience boils when the first bowl is poured out onto the earth.

B.    The Second Bowl: The Sea Turns to Blood

Revelation 16:3 (NKJV) 3 Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it became blood as of a dead man; and every living creature in the sea died.

  1. When the second bowl was poured, the sea became a sea of blood. This began the destruction of everything that was created that lived in the sea.

C.    The Third Bowl: The Water Turns to Blood

Revelation 16:4-5 (NKJV) 4 Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. 5 And I heard the angel of the waters saying: “You are righteous, O Lord,[a] The One who is and who was and who is to be,[b] Because You have judged these things.

  1. The third bowl is poured and now the springs and rivers turned into blood. Notice the angel says, “You are righteous…” The angel says this, because God’s wrath is just. Because mankind shed the blood of God’s children, they have to drink the blood of the water, as part of God’s wrath.

D.   The Fourth Bowl: Mankind Scorched by the Sun

Revelation 16:8-9 (NKJV) 8 Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory

  1. With the pouring of the Fourth Bowl, mankind was Instead of being in a mode of remorse or repentance, mankind cursed God for the torture they endured.

E.    Fifth bowl – Darkness and pain.

Revelation 16:10-11 (NKJV) 10 Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain. 11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.

  1. When the Fifth bowl was poured, it was poured on the throne of the beast. His kingdom gnawed their tongues and blasphemed God, because of their pain.
  2. This is about system and kingdoms. This is judgment poured out upon a government. Why would God pour out judgment on the government?
    1. Some people think the answer to the world is to deal with the sin within man. The problem is, the sin within man is not the only sin in world. You can’t deal with just the sin within me, you have to deal with the sin that I am in too. An example of the sin I’m in is my government. They try to make the bad look good and good to look bad. God is going to attack those systems and kingdoms, because they have also sinned against him.

F.    The Sixth Bowl: The Euphrates Dried Up

Revelation 16:12-13 (NKJV) 12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

  1. When the Sixth bowl was poured, we see three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet.
    1. These spirits are coming out for a reason. They are trying to organize all wickedness to fight against rightness. Revelation 16:16 (NKJV) 16 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.[a]
    2. Armageddon is the prophesized location for the final battle between God and Satan.
  2. Notice the three identities. Everything God does, Satan tries to copy. Example: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. Satan has the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet.
  3. False prophets are people who lie about prophecy. This is a false copy of a prophet. What you have then is prophecy without the anointing.
    1. Note that God never anoints copies, only

G.    The Seventh Bowl: The Earth utterly Shaken

Revelation 16:17-18 (NKJV) 17 Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18 And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth.

Revelation 16:21 (NKJV) 21 And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great. – When the Seventh bowl was poured, there was a voice from heaven saying, “It is done”.

  1. There was a great earthquake, bigger than any that ever occurred on earth before.
  2. There was hail that fell from heaven about the weight of a talent. A talent is about
  3. Now the entire earth is repositioned. God is uprooting evil out of the earth.
  4. With this event, everything is starting to shift and move. God is proving that He and He alone is in complete control. Everything man has relied on at this point has been taken away!

III.         The Triumph of Almighty God

A.    Judgement Of the great whore. – civilized man part from God

a.     The woman seated on the beast (17:1-6)

Revelation 17:1-6 (NKJV) 17 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me,[a] “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” 3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication.[b] 5 And on her forehead a name was written:

MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS

OF THE EARTH.

6 I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.

  1. The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet. This suggests that she had wealth.
  2. The woman was a harlot which suggests spiritual infidelity.
  3. She had her hands stuffed with things others were intrigued by. This is sin is wrapped up in sin.
  4. Her being is mysterious. Ex – If you will remember in the garden, this is how Satin seduced Eve. He made her think that God was trying to keep something from her, by not allowing her and Adam to eat of the tree. This created a mystery. It created doubt within her doubt.

b.     The significance of the woman and the beast (17:7-14)

  1. Revelation 17:7-14 (NKJV) 7 But the angel said to me, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. 8 The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.[a] 9 “Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. 10 There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. 11 The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition. 12 “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. 13 These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. 14 These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”
  2. The 7 heads represent seven mountains on which the woman sits.
  3. The seven horns represent seven kings who receive authority for one hour.
  4. The inhabitants will be amazed when they see what the beast really is. They will be amazed that the attractive woman was a beast as well.
  5. All these give their power and authority to the beast.
  6. Wickedness will have authority for one hour. Everything has a reason behind it.
    1. Remember when Jesus told Peter and the other disciples with to watch and pray. They could not stay awake for one hour. In that our, Roman authority (the enemy) came!
  7. The beast and those that follow him will make war with the Lamb, but they will lose.
  8. Those that are with the Lamb are called chosen and faithful.

c.      The punishment of the whore (17:15-18)

Revelation 17:15-18 (NKJV)  15 Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which you saw on[a] the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. 18 And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.”

  1. Everyone was consumed with her.
  2. The water where the harlot sits, represent people, nations, and tongues.
  3. The ten horns represent those who hate the harlot and who will eventually, burn her.
  4. The woman represents that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.

B.    The Judgement of Babylon

a.     The fall of Babylon (18:1-3)

Revelation 18:1-3 (NKJV) 18 After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily[a] with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! 3 For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”

  1. Babylon is the system of the world that says we don’t need God.
  2. The people mentioned here are those, tied to the whore of Babylon.

b.     A call to leave the city (18:4-5)

Revelation 18:4-5 (NKJV) 4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached[a] to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.

  1. God is going to give her double of what she gave to you.
  2. God warns of the price to pay for not leaving the city.

c.      Judgement on the city (18:6-8)

Revelation 18:6-8 (NKJV) 6 Render to her just as she rendered to you,[a] and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her. 7 In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’ 8 Therefore her plagues will come in one day—death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges[b] her.

  1. Babylon will in that day, reap for what she has sown.

d.     A lament over the city’s fall (18:9-19)

Revelation 18:9-19 (NKJV) 9 “The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning, 10 standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’ 11 “And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore: 12 merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of object of ivory, every kind of object of most precious wood, bronze, iron, and marble; 13 and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and souls of men. 14 The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and splendid have gone from you,[a] and you shall find them no more at all. 15 The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 16 and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls! 17 For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.’ Every shipmaster, all who travel by ship, sailors, and as many as trade on the sea, stood at a distance 18 and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What is like this great city?’ 19 “They threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and wailing, and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in one hour she is made desolate.’

  1. Babylon was all about economy.
  2. The love of money is the root of all evil. If you really think about it, most retaliation with God’s people, is about money.
    1. Remember when Paul and Silas were cast into jail for casting the demon out of girl who told fortunes for her master. Her master was mad, because with the demon out of her, she was no longer able to tell the fortunes. This cost her masters a lot of money.
    2. What about Jesus who turned over the money tables in the temple, because they had basically turned the temple into a market place?
  3. Many lamented over the fall of the city. After all they had gained, there judgement was just one hour. They lost everything they gained within one hour.

e.     The destruction of the city (18:20-24)

Revelation 18:20-24 (NKJV) 20 “Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles[a] and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!” 21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore. 22 The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. No craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore, and the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore. 23 The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived. 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.”

  1. Here the city is finally destroyed.
  2. A milestone was thrown by angel, into the sea. This ushered in the destruction.

f.      A thanksgiving for the judgement of Babylon (19:1-5)

Revelation 19:1-5 (NKJV) 19 After these things I heard[a] a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord[b] our God! 2 For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.” 3 Again they said, “Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!” 4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, “Amen! Alleluia!” 5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both[c] small and great!”

  1. Here Babylon has fallen and Heaven rejoices.
  2. Why is all that we have seen important? Because God is ridding the earth of its corruption. He is preparing the world for His return.
  3. People have aligned themselves with the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet. They are mad, because everything that they have depended on, up until that point, is gone.
  4. Remember in the beginning, God made the world and he created the Garden of Eden. It was like heaven, until sin came in. Sin had to be dealt with at Calvary. The place God creating again, is just Him creating what he originally set out to do. Before he can allow this to come to pass, he has to deal with the evil in the world first.

C.    The Marriage of the Lamb (19:6-10)

Revelation 19:6-10 (NKJV) 6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the[a] Lord God Omnipotent reigns! 7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. 9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.” 10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

  1. The bride of the Lamb is the church. Therefore, as the church, we have to represent ourselves like a good bride.
  2. Verse 6-8 – The church has made herself ready for the groomsman, the Lamb. Who is then is the church? The church are the people, not the building itself.
  3. Verses 9-10 – John got this word and was so overwhelmed, he fell at the angel’s feet. The angel, however, told John not to do this, because he was not God. Too many of us try to worship angels.
  4. John is the writer. All the other writers of gospel, introduce Christ by telling of his birth through Mary, but John starts introducing him by saying, “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.

D.   The Final Victory

a.     One called “the Word of God” (19:11-16)

Revelation 19:11-16 (NKJV) 11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had[a] a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean,[b] followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp[c] sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND

LORD OF LORDS.

  1. God returns on a white horse to judge and make war.
  2. His name is “The Word of God” and he is followed by an army from heaven, clothed in white, dipped in blood, each on a white horse.

b.     The overthrow of the beast and of the false prophet (19:17-21)

Revelation 19:17-21 (NKJV) 17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God,[a] 18 that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free[b] and slave, both small and great.” 19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh. –

  1. The beast and the false prophet wage war against the One who sat on the horse.
  2. The birds were called together to eat the flesh of both kings and slaves.
  3. The beast and the false prophet was cast alive into the lake of fire burring with brimstone.
  4. Those that followed and worshiped them and the image were killed with the sword which proceeded out of the mouth of Him who sat on the white horse.

Revelation 19:11-14 (NKJV)  11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had[a] a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean,[b] followed Him on white horses.- John saw the third heaven (the place where God resides) open up.

  1. He sees someone sitting on a white horse and He on the horse was called “The Word of God” All the saints of God are behind him.
  2. An Angel standing in the sun cried with a loud voice telling all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven to gather for the supper of the great God.
    1. They were instructed to eat the flesh of kings, of captains, and of mighty men, kings, horses, and those that sat upon them.
  3. The beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies gathered to make war against Him who sat upon the horse and his army
  4. The beast and the false prophet were captured and cast into the lake of fire.
  5. The rest were killed with the sword from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse and then the birds ate their flesh.

c.      Satan bound (20:1-3)

Revelation 20:1-3 (NKJV) 20 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.

  1. Satin (the dragon) was bound and cast into the bottomless pit.
  2. He was bound for 1000 years, but later released for a little while.

d.     The first resurrection (20:4-6)

Revelation 20:4-6 (NKJV) 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a[a] thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

  1. John saw thrones and on them sat the souls that were beheaded in the name of the word and those that didn’t have the mark of the beast.
  2. Judgement was committed to them and they reigned with Christ for 1000 yrs. This was the first resurrection.
  3. The 1000 that God reigns is considerate the first resurrection.
  4. Those that take part in the first resurrection will not undergo the second death.

e.     Satan’s final overthrow (20:7-10)

Revelation 20:7-10 (NKJV) 7 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. 9 They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. 10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where[a] the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

  1. Satan is released from the bottomless pit. He goes out to deceive the nations and to gather people to battle.
  2. As they go into the city of the saints, fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.
  3. The devil, the beast, and the false prophet are cast into the lake of fire and brimstone and they will be tormented day and night forever.

 

f.      The last judgment (20:11-15)

Revelation 20:11-15 (NKJV) 11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God,[a] and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.[b] 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

  1. John saw the dead standing before God and the books were opened, which was the Book of Life.
  2. The dead were judged according to their works, the things written in the books.
  3. The sea, death, and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them and they were judged according to their works.
  4. Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire which is considered the second death.
  5. Anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into this lake of fire too.
  6. Satan was taken and bound up for a thousand years. The beast and false prophets were thrown in lake of fire alive.
  7. You have hell and then the lake of fire. The Jews call hell, the state of being apart from God.
  8. After those thousand years, the devil was bound up, but finally loosed.
  9. This is the fall of Satan.
  10. Satin, the beast, and the false prophet failed.
  11. Satin is the serpent, manipulator of it all. During the 1000 yrs he was in prison, God’s people ruled the earth. After Satan is released, God will finally defeat him.
  12. Satin knows he is defeated, but he is trying to recruit people to go down with him, just like he did when he was kicked out of heaven.
  13. All evil is now out of the earth and now it is time for judgement.
  14. No one wants to experience the second death.
  15. There is a book and God judges you by your works.
  16. There is another book where he is looking for your name.
  17. Imagine what this must look like. The kingdom of righteousness has won. Those on earth then are looking.

IV.         A New Heaven and a New Earth

A.    “God with them” (21:1-4)

Revelation 21:1-4 (NKJV) 21 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2 Then I, John,[a] saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

  1. John sees the holy city, the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God.
  2. A loud voice from heaven says:
    1. The tabernacle of God is with me, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people.
    2. God Himself will be with them and be their God.
    3. God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
    4. There will be no more death, sorrow, or crying.
    5. There will be no more pain, former things have passed away

B.    Separation between good and evil (21:5-8)

Revelation 21:5-8 (NKJV) 5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me,[a] “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” 6 And He said to me, “It is done![b] I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. 7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things,[c] and I will be his God and he shall be My son. 8 But the cowardly, unbelieving,[d] abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

  1. He who sat on the throne made a declaration:
    1. Behold I make all things new
    2. He tells John to write, because these words are true and faithful
    3. He tells John, “It is done, I am the Beginning and the End”
    4. He also tells John, “I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things.”
    5. God warns that the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake of fire, the second death.

C.    The holy city (21:9-21)

  1. Revelation 21:9-21 (NKJV) 9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me[a] and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.”[b] 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy[c] Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. 12 Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 13 three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west. 14 Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names[d] of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15 And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. 16 The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal. 17 Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel. 18 The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. 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.
  2. One of the seven angels had seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues. This angel told John that he would show him the bride of the Lamb
  3. John carried away in the spirit to a high mountain, was shown the great city, the holy Jerusalem descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God
  4. The Bride (the New Jerusalem)
    1. Her light like jasper stone or clear crystal.
    2. She had high walls with twelve gates.
    3. There were 12 angels at the gates and the names of the twelve tribes were written on them.
    4. There were 3 gates on the East, the North, the South, and the West.
    5. There were 12 foundations and on them were written the 12 apostles of the Lamb.
    6. The wall of the city was 142 cubits.
    7. The wall was of jasper and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.
    8. The foundations of the wall were adorned with precious stones.
      1. 1st foundation – jasper
      2. 2nd foundation – sapphire
  • 3rd foundation – chalcedony
  1. 4th foundation – emerald
  2. 5th foundation – sardonyx
  3. 6th foundation – sardius
  • 7th foundation – chrysolite
  • 8th foundation – beryl
  1. 9th foundation – topaz
  2. 10th foundation – chrysopras
  3. 11th foundation – jacinth
  • 12th foundation – amethyst
  1. The 12 gates were twelve pearls.
  2. The street of the city was of pure gold.

D.   “No night there” (21:22-25)

Revelation 21:22-25 (NKJV) 22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it,[a] for the glory[b] of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. 24 And the nations of those who are saved[c] shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.[d] 25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there)..

  1. You thought you were going to heaven, but heaven is coming to you.
    1. When your loved ones die, they rest in Christ. There is peace in that rest. They are in the place that we refer to as the 3rd heaven, the place where God resides, but when God returns, they will come back with him.
  2. Those that died in sin, are in hell. Note, this is not the lake of fire at this time. Though it is not the lake of fire, they are in hell, and they know it.
  3. Everything sin brought in your way such as pain, death, and tears will go way at that moment.
  4. John saw that there was not temple in the New Jerusalem. There was no need, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb ae the city’s temple.
  5. There is no need for the moon or sun to shine in the city. God’s glory will illuminate it.
  6. There will be no nighttime there either.
  7. The Lamb is the light and all who is saved will walk in it and bring their glory to it.

V.         Conclusion: Epilogue

There will come a day, when things will come to end. Tribulation will come and pass. What will occur then? We will be with the Lord in paradise. No pain, no crying, no worry! Everything will be the way God intended it, before sin entered the Garden.

 

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“A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭16:9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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Revelation III, Bible STudy 09/06/17

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Revelation III

Synopsis of Bible Study 09/06/17

Delivered by Bishop Walker III, DMin.

I.                   Introduction

Revelation 12:11 (NKJV) 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

  1. One of the most important things to remember is the 7 seals, the 7 trumpets, and the 7 significant signs.
  2. The #7 is about completion.
  3. When you move towards tribulation, there are some folk called redeemed. These are people who are what we call, “saved”.
  4. On last week, we saw God on the throne. In his right hand was a scroll. There was seven seals on the scroll and no one in heaven, on the earth, or under the earth, was worthy to open that scroll.
    1. Then there was a voice that said, “Behold the Lamb of God”. We found out that the Lamb of God, was worthy, because he had been slain and the elders fell down and worshiped Him.
  5. What we see now, in this lesson, is the time of tribulation. Lots of things will happen during that time, in this space we call Imagine being caught up or raptured by God.

II.               The Seven Seals

A.                 The First Seal (The conqueror)

Revelation 6:1-2 (NKJV) 6 Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals;[a] and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.” 2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

  1. When the first seal opened, John saw a white horse. The rider that sat on the horse, had a bow and his mission was to conquer.
  2. The rider had a crown, meaning he was guaranteed victory.
  3. The white horse represents power that no one can resist.

B.                 The Second Seal (Conflict on Earth)

Revelation 6:3-4 (NKJV) 3 When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.”[a] 4 Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.

  1. The second living creature said, “Come and see” and John saw a fiery red horse.
  2. The rider was given a great sword and he was given power of conflict over the earth. In other words, peace was taken from the earth.

C.                  The Third Seal (Scarcity on Earthy)

  1. Revelation 6:5-6 (NKJV) 5 When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. 6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart[a] of wheat for a denarius,[b] and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.” –
  2. A third living creature says, “Come and see” and John sees a black horse and the rider has a pair of scales.
  3. This represents a time of famine over the earth.

D.                 The Fourth Seal (Widespread Death on Earth)

Revelation 6:7-8 (NKJV) 7 When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.” 8 So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.

  1. The fourth living creature says, “Come and see” and John saw a pale horse and the rider was named
  2. This horse had Hades following him. This represents death.
  3. He was given power over a fourth of the earth to kill with sword, hunger, death, and beasts.

E.                 The Fifth Seal (The Cry of the Martyrs)

Revelation 6:9-11 (NKJV) 9 When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.

  1. 5th seal was about those who were martyred. John seen the souls of the martyred people, under the altar.
  2. Many had died because of their convictions for Christ, such as the 12 apostles.
  3. These martyred souls asked when their blood would be avenged, and Lord told them to rest a while longer.
    1. These were people killed in the earth. They are in heaven alive, but resting. This suggest that those that die in the Lord, don’t die, they sleep. Remember when Lazarus died, Jesus said he was sleep.
    2. Paul also said, “I would not have you be ignorant of those when are sleep”. If somebody sleeps or dies in the Lord, there is a day that they will wake up. If you get eternal life, you don’t die. You just rest until your day to get up.
  4. Notice that they were given white robes. This was a portion of their reward. The white robes given to the martyrs in Revelation 6 no doubt symbolize that they were made white by the blood of the Lamb, and that those clothed in Christ’s righteousness may wait in confident expectation that He will avenge their untimely deaths.

F.                  The Sixth Seal (Cosmic Disturbances)

Revelation 6:12-14 (NKJV) 12 I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold,[a] there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon[b] became like blood. 13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. 14 Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.

  1. Please know that during this time, God will use nature to make things happen.
  2. Look at what John saw:
    1. He said he saw a great earthquake. It looks like an eclipse and stars fell like meteor showers.
    2. The sky receded like a scroll and everything shifted including the mountains.

Revelation 6:15-17 (NKJV) 15 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders,[a] the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16 and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

  1. The mighty men, the slaves, and the free men hid in caves, trying to hide from the wrath of the Lamb. The Lamb of God, Jesus, is the God of grace, however, there is another side of Him coming. This side of Him is called, “Wrath”. You want to fall on the grace side of the lamb, not the wrath side!
    1. Salvation is broken down like this. You regenerate. You are justified. It’s like when you buy a used car certified. The car was bought with a price. You drive off the lot, confident, because although there may have been pre-existing problems with the car, you know that it has been certified. This is justification.
    2. Because you appreciate the value of the car, you will keep it washed. This is called sanctification. You don’t want to be caught riding dirty when the Lamb of God returns. That day is going to come.

G.                 The Seventh Seal (Prelude to the Seven Trumpets)

Revelation 8:1-5 (NKJV) 8 When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. 3 Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake. – When the angel took the censer from the altar and threw it to the earth, there was thunder, lightning, and earthquakes.

  1. During the first part of seventh seal, there was a silence in heaven of half an hour. No one really knows why.
    1. Ex – Bishop explains that when his first wife died, he was in a bad place. He got to a point that he had questions for God. When he asked God for answers, God took him to this scripture listed above about the half an hour of silence. We say this to just to say, it is believed that in those 30 mins, everything you didn’t understand (concerning why God did certain things) will become clear in those 30 mins.

 

III.            The Seven Trumpets

A.                 The First Trumpet

  1. Devastation of VegetationRevelation 8:6-7 (NKJV) 6 So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. 7 The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth.[a] And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.
  2. God is burning up all the vegetation from the earth as we know it now.

B.                 The Second Trumpet

  1. Destruction of the waterRevelation 8:8-9 (NKJV) 8 Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood. 9 And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
  2. A third of the sea becomes blood and a third of the living creatures in the sea die. Also a third of the ships are destroyed.

C.                  The Third Trumpet

  1. Destruction on the water and of the landRevelation 8:10-11 (NKJV) 10 Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11 The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.
  2. A star (or meteor) comes to the earth. Back in those days, this was something that was not envisioned.
  3. The name of the star is
  4. A third of the waters became wormwood and men died from the poisons of the water.

D.                 The Fourth Trumpet

  1. Disruption in the cosmosRevelation 8:12 (NKJV) 12 Then the fourth angel sounded: And a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night.
  2. A third of the sun, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars were struck, so a third of them were darkened.
  3. As a result, a third of the day did not shine and likewise the night.

E.                 The Fifth Trumpet

  1. The plague of monstrous locustsRevelation 9:1-6 (NKJV) 9 Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. 3 Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4 They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. 6 In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee.
  2. Locusts come out of the bottomless pit and they were sent to torment those that didn’t have the seal of God on their forehead.
    1. This torture will last for 5 months.
    2. Revelation 9:7-9 (NKJV) 7 The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men. 8 They had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9 And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses running into battle.
    3. Revelation 9:10-12 (NKJV) 10 They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails. Their power was to hurt men five months. 11 And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon. 12 One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things.
  3. Description of the locusts.
    1. They had crowns like gold on their heads.
    2. Their faces were like that of a man.
    3. They had hair like women.
    4. They had teeth like lions.
    5. They had breastplates of iron.
    6. Their wings sound like chariots and horses.
  4. They had tails like scorpions with stingers.
  5. Controlled by the angel of the bottomless pit.
  6. One woe is past and two are yet to come.

F.                  The Sixth Trumpet

  1. The Four angelsRevelation 9:13-17 (NKJV) 13 Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” 15 So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. 17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone.
    1. It always seems to be a third. Remember when Satin was thrown out of heaven? A third of the angels went with him.
  2. During the sixth trumpet, a voice from the four horns at the golden altar said, “Release the four angels at the river of Euphrates that were prepared for this very day”.
  3. These four angels killed a third of mankind.
  4. The army of horsemen were about two-hundred million.
  5. Those that sat on the horses had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow.
  6. The heads of the horses was like the head of a lion and from their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone.
  7. Revelation 9:18-21 (NKJV) 18 By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed—by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths. 19 For their power[a] is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they do harm. 20 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. 21 And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries[b] or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
    1. A third of mankind was killed by the fire, smoke and brimstone from the horse’s mouth.
    2. These horses also had tails like serpents.
    3. The rest of mankind who were not killed, still did not repent of their works, idol worship, or demonic worship.
    4. They also failed to repent from sorcery. God still gives them another chance, and they fail to repent.
      1. This reminds us of today. We have taken everything that is righteous and conformed it to a world system. We have accepted everything!

G.                 The Seventh Trumpet

Revelation 11:15-17 (NKJV) 15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms[a] of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” 16 And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying: “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come,[b] Because You have taken Your great power and reigned.

  1. God is going to make a transfer. If you don’t release to the power of His presence, you want ever worship, because you yourself, want to be worshiped.
  2. All of our lives, God has given us power. He entrusted us to be stewards of power. The power belongs to God. Some people used the power for evil, some used it for good. That day, God will come to take it back. No power will be able to stand before him that day.
    1. Remember, Jesus was standing before Pilate and Pilate says to him, “I have it within my power to free you or crucify you”. Jesus responds to Pilate by saying, “You have no power unless my Father gives it to you” – In that day, all your power and all of your titles will be taken away.
    2. Imagine what we deal with on the earth today. We could be in a war between people’s ego and people’s power at any time.
  3. Revelation 11:18-19 (NKJV) 18 The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, And those who fear Your name, small and great, And should destroy those who destroy the earth.” 19 Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant[a] was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.
    1. After death comes judgement. The temple (the place where God dwells) will be opened for access.
    2. The Ark of the Covenant was seen in the temple, in John’s vision. When you feel the hail coming down, you know the storm is coming. These recent hurricanes have shown winds up to 185 mph. Meteorologist call this, the Finger of God. If a Cat 5 hurricane and an F5 tornado is just the finger of God, imagine the whole weight of God, coming down to the earth.
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16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. – Ephesians 6:16 #WordAlerthttp://appsto.re/i6Lb9p2

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Revelation Part II, Bible Study 08/30/17

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Revelation Part II

Synopsis Bible study 8/30/17

Delivered by Bishop Walker III, DMin

 

  1. Introduction
  • Revelation 12:11 (NKJV) 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
  • When dealing with the book of Revelation, you are dealing with two heavenly places.
  • Pay attention to where each of the seven churches are located and it will give you a better understanding of the letters.
  • Revelation is about a human experience from a heavenly perspective.
  • In the letters to the churches of Asia, God offers divine solutions.

 

  1. The Fourth Letter: The Church at Thyatira
  2. Thyatira was known for its trade market.
  3. It was a small town located north of Ephesus
  4. This is the home town of a woman in the bible called Lydia. Lydia is introduced to us in Acts 16:14-15 (NKJV) where it says 14 Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. 15 And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So she persuaded us.
  5. The 4 Letter: Revelation 2:19 (NKJV) says 19 “I know your works, love, service, faith,[a] and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first.- The letter to the church of Thyatira starts out as saying they had done some amazing things, as it relates to works, love, service, faith, and patience. God said that this church had incredible character in these areas
    1. What then could be wrong? Revelation 2:20-23 (NKJV) 20 Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow[a] that woman[b] Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce[c] My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent.[d] 22 Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their[e] deeds. 23 I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works. – The woman mentioned here is Jezebel, the wife of King Ahab. She not only seduced people into sexual immorality, she also called herself a prophetess.
    2. There is one thing we must know about the Spirit of Jezebel. It is not gender specific. There are some men walking around with this same Jezebel Spirit. This spirit uses sexual seduction to manipulate people and gain power.
    3. The revelation of this is letter was this. You can be a church of service, but you have to guard against seducing spirits. The Spirit of Jezebel is a seducing spirit. These spirits are brought in to pull you away from God.
    4. Another thing to know is seducing spirits always have titles. In other words, it is common to find this spirit in someone that you may follow.

 

  • The Fifth Letter: The church of Sardis
  1. Sardis was located 55miles north of Ephesus.
  2. It was called the dead church. They existed in name only. They looked live on the outside, but they were dead on the inside. Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 23:27 (NKJV) when he said 27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.
  3. This Fifth Letter: In Revelation 3:1 (NKJV) it says 3 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, ‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. – You can look the part and have all church paraphernalia, but the people inside the church can be dead as a door nail.
    1. Revelation 3:2-5 (NKJV) says 2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.[a] 3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. 4 You[b] have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. 5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.- God says in this letter to Sardis to be mindful, come alive, an get yourself together.
      1. Having said this, we must remember not to throw the baby out with the bathwater. This simply means, don’t kill or condemn the whole church, because of a few people that refuse to do right.

 

  1. The Sixth Letter: The Church of Philadelphia
  2. The Church of Philadelphia was called the faithful church.
  3. Revelation 3:7-8 (NKJV) says 7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”:[a] 8 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it;[b] for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.- God says to the Church of Philadelphia, you are faithful and have done what I asked you to.
    1. God says, since they have done what he asked, he knew he could trust them. As a result, God would lay an open door in front of them. The open door represents the faithful person.
      1. Revelation 3:10-11 (NKJV) 10 Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11 Behold,[a] I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.- According to the letter, the church of Philadelphia was going to be granted Immunity from the tribulation, because they were faithful.
    2. Because they were faithful, stuff would come to them. Revelation 3:12 (NKJV) says 12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.- God is basically  laboring over us. God chose to put his name on them, because they were faithful.

 

  1. The Seventh Letter: The Church of Laodicea
  2. This church is fascinating.
  3. This was a wealthy city near the city of Colossae,
  4. It was known to be a strategic banking center.
  5. It was so wealthy that around 60 AD, an earthquake destroyed them and they were in a position where they were able to refuse money from Rome, because they had enough wealth to rebuild their own city.
  6. Its water supply was relevant to the message today. The water that this city used had to travel lots of miles underground before reaching this city. Because of this, it was often foul and warm when it finally reached the city.
  7. John 3:14-18 (NKJV) says 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but[a] have eternal life. 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. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. – Know that he who does not believe is condemned.
  8. God says here’s the problem. God says He would rather them be all the way or all the way out. He said the going back and forth, made him sick.
  9. Because they are lukewarm, God says, “Remember, if you come to me and stop pretending, I can fix whatever is wrong in your life”.
  10. The Seventh Letter: Revelation 3:19-21 (NKJV) says 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. – When God whips the Church of Laodicea, it is because he loves them. God is at the door knocking. If you let him in, he will dine with you.
    1. We spend a couple of hours in church on Sunday and approximately one hour in Bible Study per week, so let’s say most people are spending about 4 hrs per week communing with the Lord. The problem is, this is not enough time to help us deal with all week. God says that we need to let him come in and dine with us.

 

  1. A Vision of Heaven
  2. The Throne of God
  3. John was invited to see these things in heaven.
  4. Revelation 4:2-3 (NKJV) says 2 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. 3 And He who sat there was[a] like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. – Remember, we said that the use of capitalizations on certain words used in the bible, was representative of divinity. Having said this, pay attention to the grammar and the Capitalization of words in this particular scripture.
    1. John says in the scripture that he was in the Spirit and he saw that One was on the throne. – Again, the capitalizations found in the scriptures represent God’s deity.
    2. John said he was like a jasper and sardis stone. What does this mean? Well think of the most brilliant stone you could think of. With this in mind, think about it. When he looked at God on the throne, it was so brilliant, he couldn’t make out the construct of what he was seeing. It was so brilliant and amazing, John was saying that we can’t even behold that kind of
  5. Twenty-four thrones – Revelation 4:4-5 (NKJV) says 4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns[a] of gold on their heads. 5 And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices.[b] Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the[c] seven Spirits of God.-
    1. Who are these 24 elders? Some scholars argue that they were angels. Let’s take it off the table, because angels don’t have thrones, therefore, they can’t be angels.
      1. Also, angels don’t wear robes.
    2. Who then could these elders be? They are humans who represent something.
      1. You will later hear about 12 gates in the city, but lets go back to the Old Testament when God was putting Israel into order. God allowed them to be 12 tribes of Israel. In the New Testament, he chose 12 disciples. Even the one that hung himself was replaced. The disciples became apostles. The foundation was 12tribes and the manifestation of this were the 12 apostles. Just like this, the Elders are the manifestation of the redeemed Church of God.
      2. Look at how the elders were dressed. They had on white robes and they had golden crowns. Remember we used to sing the song with the phrase, “I’m going to put on my robe, tell the story, of how I made it over”? Also, remember Paul talked about a crown of righteousness being laid up for him.
    3. Lightning, thunder, and voices from the throne – Typically there is lightning, thunder, then rain. So if we look at it, there is lightning, thunder, then water. God’s voice was like the sound of rushing water.
    4. Sea of glass – This represents the progression, before the throne. It was like a reflection. What was on the throne was reflecting off the sea of glass around the throne. The closer you get to God, the more you see him in the glass. Revelation 4:6a-7 (NKJV) says 6 Before the throne there was[a] a sea of glass, like crystal.
    5. 4 living creatures. – Revelation 6b-7 (NKJV) And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. 7 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.- The word of God is living. That is why it said 4 living creatures. That word was moving around the throne.
      1. Revelation 4:8-9 (NKJV) 8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy,[a] Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” – These 4 creatures had eyes in front of them and behind. They could see what was ahead them and what was behind them.
    6. The four LIVING CREATURES are CHERUBIMS (Refer to Ezekiel 10 :20, 21).
      1. In describing the four living creatures, John says that the first “beast” was like a LION. A LION is the “King of the beasts” and represents majesty. Thus Christ is portrayed in the Gospel of Mathew as “King of Kings”.
      2. The Second living creature is said to be “like a calf”. The word translated “calf” can also be translated as “bullock” or “heifer”. This of course, was an animal frequently used for sacrifice. CHRIST here is portrayed as “Sacrifice” for our sins. Mark in his Gospel presents “CHRIST as the SERVANT who was to be sacrificed.”
      3. The Third living creature “had a face as a man”. The third creature would represent CHRIST as a MAN. The Gospel of Luke presents CHRIST as the Perfect Man. Also, as described in Philippians 2, Christ left His position of Glory with the Father and became a man so that He might die on the cross for our sin.
      4. The fourth living creature was “like a flying EAGLE”. The eagle symbolizes Sovereignty and Supremacy. Thus the living creature represents CHRIST in all his DEITY. The Apostle John in his Gospel presents JESUS CHRIST as the SON OF GOD and shows His relationship with heaven.
        1. These four living creatures do not rest day or night as they protect the throne of GOD in its holiness. In the old testament we read something very much similar to Rev 4. When Israel was camping in the wilderness, there were special precautions taken with the tabernacle which was the habitation of God in their midst. The Tabernacle was always in the center of the camp and was surrounded by 12 tribes.

 

  1. EPHRAIM WEST -> OX FLAG
  • DAN NORTH -> EAGLE FLAG
  1. REUBEN SOUTH -> MAN FLAG
  2. JUDAH EAST -> LION FLAG.
    1. On the east side was Judah which had a banner of a Lion. Ephraim was on the west with a standard of the ox. Reuben was on the South with the standard of a Man and Dan was on the north with a standard of an eagle. The 4 beasties represents the 4 gospels. Eyes represent what has happened and what shall be.
  3. They did not rest – the word was moving around the throne. Once the word of God is in your life, seeing where you’ve been and where you are going, it creates a spirt of worship. When the word gives God glory, there is a corresponding action. Revelation 4:10-11 (NKJV) 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: 11 “You are worthy, O Lord,[a] To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist[b] and were created.”- The elders fell down before him and cast their crowns. In other words, they were saying this gold crown doesn’t mean nothing right now. They exist and were created to worship!
  1. The Unopened book.
  2. Revelation 5:1-6 (NKJV) says 5 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. 4 So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read[a] the scroll, or to look at it. 5 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose[b] its seven seals.” 6 And I looked, and behold,[c] in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. – Abraham had Isaac who had Jacob, who married Rachael, but not before marrying tendered eyed, rejected Leah.
  3. It was rejected Leah who had sons name Simeon, Reuben, and Levi, trying to get Jacob to love her. When she got tired of bearing children for one that didn’t love her, she had one that she named Judah, which meant “praise”. She had decided that now she would just give God praise.
  4. Out of Judah came King David and eventually Jesus.
  5. There was a the Lamb – Revelation 5:7-10 (NKJV) 7 Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. 8 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, 10 And have made us[a] kings[b] and priests to our God; And we[c] shall reign on the earth.”- First the elders fell down before the Lamb. When the blood of lambs and bullocks wasn’t enough, God sent his son, the Lamb that had been slain.
  6. Why were they worshipping the lamb? The golden bowls of incense contained the prayers of the saints. When your prayers get to heaven, they will trigger something to happen in heaven. They were worshipping the Lamb, because Jesus is worthy to be worshiped. He was worthy to open the scroll. He is worthy, because he was the Lamb that was slain.
  7. The bible says, every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess. This holds so true that in recent days, even Louis Farrakhan professed that Jesus was his savior.

 
Farrakhan
“I thank God for guiding me for 40 years absent my teacher. So my next journey will have to answer the question. I’m gonna say, I know that my redeemer liveth. I know, I’m not guessing, that my Jesus is alive. I know that my redeemer liveth and because he lives I know that I, too, will pass through the portal of death yet death will not afflict me.

 

So I say to the devil, I know I gotta pay a price for what I’ve been teaching all these years. You can have the money, you can have the clothes, you can have the suit, you can have the house but, me, you can’t have.” ~ Louis Farrakhan

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Which is Greater?

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If I am called upon to teach, but I never said I was a teacher.

If I am called upon to preach, but I never said I was a preacher.

If I am called upon to serve, but I never said I was a willing vessel.

If I am called upon to pray, but I never said I was a Believer?

Again, which is greater? It is when you walk in a way that people know who you are and what you are, without you ever saying a word.

Your actions should be greater than your words. Your actions have more impact than anything you could ever say.

Today I challenge you to make a self evaluation and ask yourself, which is greater? If what you do and how you live doesn’t define who you claim to be, then make changes, so that you may be the blessing that you were created to be.

Blessings family!

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Daily Scripture 

“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭15:3‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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