Daily Scripture 

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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The Book of Revelations Part 1

 

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Synopsis of Bible Study 8/23/17

Delivered by Bishop Walker III

 

Rev 12:11  says , “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.”

Introduction

  1. Before we start in this study, let us examine who the disciples were and how they died. How did the disciples die?
  • Peter – Simon, AKA Peter: Simon-Peter, who was appointed by Jesus the leader of the new sect, is viewed by Roman Catholics as the first pope, was eventually martyred in Rome during the reign of the emperor Nero. As the story goes, Peter asked to be crucified upside down, so that his death would not be the equal of Jesus and the Romans supposedly obliged.
  • Andrew, According to 15th Century religious historian Dorman Newman, Andrew—the brother of Peter—went to Patras in western Greece in 69 AD, where the Roman proconsul Aegeates debated religion with him. Aegeates tried to convince Andrew to forsake Christianity, so that he would not have to torture and execute him. But when that didn’t work, apparently he decided to give Andrew the full treatment. Andrew was scourged, and then tied rather than nailed to a cross, so that he would suffer for a longer time before dying. Andrew lived for two days, during which he preached to passersby.
  • James , son of Zebedee, known by James the Greater, was killed with a sword. In Acts 12:1-19, James was jailed by a newly-appointed governor of Judea, Herod Agrippa, who had decided to persecute leaders of the new sect. After James was arrested and led to place of execution, and his unnamed accuser repented and was converted on the spot, because he was moved by James bravery. As result, he requested to be crucified next to him. Both were beheaded simultaneously.
  • Phillip the first of Jesus’ disciples, became a missionary in Asia. Eventually, he traveled to the Egyptian city of Heliopolis, where he was scourged, thrown into prison, and crucified in 54 AD.
  • Bartholomew, Bartholomew supposedly preached in several countries, including India, where he translated the Gospel of Matthew for believers. In one account, “impatient idolaters” beat Bartholomew and then crucified him, while in another, he was skinned alive and then beheaded.
  • Thomas, preached the gospel in Greece and India, where he angered local religious authorities, who martyred him by running him through with a spear.
  • Matthew, According to legend, the former tax collector turned missionary was martyred in Ethiopia, where he was supposedly stabbed in the back by an swordsman sent by King Hertacus, after he criticized the king’s morals.
  • James, son of Alphaeus, known as James the lessor. According to Foxe, James, who was elected by his fellow believers to head the churches of Jerusalem, was one of the longest-lived apostles, perhaps exceeded only by John. At the age of 94, he was beaten and stoned by persecutors, and then killed him by hitting him in the head with a club.
  • Thaddeus, AKA Lebbaeus– According to several stories, he was crucified at Edessa (the name of cities in both Turkey and Greece) in 72 AD.Judah, hung himself.
  • John, was to be sent to an island to die a slow death. John was the only one of the original disciples not to die a violent death. Instead, he passed away peacefully on the island of Patmos in his old age, sometime around 100 AD.While he was there, he wrote the book of Revelation.
  • Simon the Canaanite AKA the Zealot: Simon preached in Mauritania on the west coast of Africa, and then went to England, where he was crucified in 74 AD.
  • Judas Iscariot: According to Matthew 27:3-6, the treacherous apostle quickly felt remorse over his betrayal of Jesus and went to the Temple to recant. When the high priests ignored his plea, he threw down the 30 pieces of silver that he had been paid, and went off and hanged himself. But Acts 1:15-20, gives a different and even grislier version of Judas’ demise. He says that Judas used the blood money to purchase a piece of land and then fell headlong from a high place there, so that “he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.” Jerusalem residents subsequently named the place Aceldama, which means “the field of blood.”

 

Interesting facts about Revelation

  1. The Book of Revelation is written by John. It was written to the 7 churches of Asia.
    1. Revelation 1:1 (NKJV) 1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, – This was during the time of martyrs. Those who were apostles were being killed to detour others from become followers.
  2. Revelation means apocalypse which means to be revealed, to be enlightened, manifestation, coming, and appearing.
  3. The book of Revelation is a difficult book to read, because of all the symbolism found within it.
  4. In this book, what you encounter is an accurate portrayal of what happened to John and what is about to happen to the world.
  5. Also in this, evil will sometimes look like it is winning, but be assured that God wins in the end.
  6. Revelations is the 27th book of the New Testament.
  7. Revelation contains several sets of sevens:
    1. The Seven Churches of Asia (1:9-3:22)
    2. The Seven Seals (5:1 -8:5)
    3. The Seven Trumpets (8:6 – 11:19)
    4. The Seven Significant Signs (12:1 – 14:20)
    5. The Seven Last Plagues (15:1 – 16:21)

 

  1. Christians often use Revelation as a good book to tell about the end of time and the inevitable

Revelation of Christ

  • Revelation 1:9-10 (NKJV) 9 I, John, both[a] your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, – John was in the spirit. He wanted us to know that he was not dreaming.
    • The voice sounded like a trumpet. – Trumpet or sound in the Bible always indicates a shift or move of God. John says he heard a voice that sounded like a trumpet sound, behind him.
  • Revelation 1:11 (NKJV) says 11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and,[a] “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia:[b] to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” – First we have to ask the question, where was the voice? The answer is, it was behind him. John says, it sounded like a trumpet.
  • John went further to say that the voice said He was, “I am”. You have to go to Exodus to really appreciate the magnitude of this statement.
    • God never called himself Jehovah Jireh. It was the people who did, because God did provide. Remember Moses says to God in Exodus 3:13-14, “Who should I say sent me?” “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.”- This is the same “I AM” that is standing behind John.
  • His name is Jesus Christ, the anointed one. He was born and given the name Jesus. His name really preceded his mother. Even though Mary gave him birth, Jesus was really older than her. – Remember the scripture says in John 1:1 (NKJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Jesus was here, before his mother was even created.
  • Jesus started giving hints as to who he was. He says things, like: “I am the true vine” and “I am the way, the truth, and the life”. This same “I AM’ in exodus is the same “I AM” that is behind John.
  • Revelation 1:11a (NKJV) says 11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and,[a] – God is saying, “I am the one that jumped everything off”! He was He was and is all things that are and everything that happened after Him. He is the Omega, meaning he is the final act. God goes further to let John know that there are some things that he was going to see that is going to happen in later days that may trouble him. By God saying that he was the Omega, God was saying that whatever happens in between, know that He controls how it ends up. If God starts it, can’t nobody finish it but him!
  1. God gives John the Command to Write.
    1. God tells John to write what he saw. He instructs him to write it just like he saw it and send it to the 7 churches of Asia.
  2. The Vision of the Glorious Lord
    1. We find out that John saw things. God showed them to him. Revelation 1:2-3 (NKJV) 2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. 3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.- Jesus is going to give John a prophecy. If there was ever any prophecy you believe is going to happen, you need to believe this one.
    2. John greets the churches. Revelation 1:4-5 (NKJV) 4 John, to the seven churches which are in Asia:Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed[a] us from our sins in His own blood,- When Jesus died, he gave the dominion back that we lost in the Garden of Eden.
    3. God is the one who transcends time. He Is!
    4. The In-ness of God is to reconcile the was-ness of God. This is to reconcile that Jesus actually lived on earth. Throughout history, you have to admit that there is a Jesus that walked the earth and who was crucified. Even if you are not spiritual, you have to recognize that this is an historical fact. Spiritual believers however, believe further. We believe that Jesus died and rose from the dead.
    5. He is not just the is God and was God, He is the God to come. He is coming back again!
    6. What would you do if there was a voice behind you that sounded like a trumpet? Guess what John saw when he turned around? John saw this glorified image.
      1. John saw 7 golden lamp stands. He also saw someone that looked like the Son of God. Revelation 1:12-16 (NKJV) 12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.- Imagine turning around and seeing the glory of God like this.
        1. Being somewhat a trained Theologian, Bishop lets us know that he is supposed to warn us about emotion interpretation. The pictures that we see of a white Jesus with blue eyes and the black Jesus with a Jerry Curl are both incorrect images of Jesus Christ. If you look at the region that came from, you would know that Jesus wouldn’t look like either of these images that we argue about. More importantly, neither of these matter. This is much bigger than getting hung up on what Jesus looks like. This is about God’s glory, not His ethnicity.
        2. Jesus on one occasion said he was living water. He said another time, if we drink of his water, we would never thirst again. It is so much bigger than what we think. When John saw Him, he had to fall down as one dead. Revelation 1:17-18 (NKJV) 17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me,[a] “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.- God told John not to be afraid. If you go back to Genesis, when Adam and Eve fell, Satan beguiled the woman. As a result the Devil came in control and took control over death. When Jesus died on the cross, he went to hell and snatched up the keys from the devil. What the devil used to have control over, he no longer has control of.
        3. Revelation 1:19-20 (NKJV) says 19 Write[a] the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this. 20 The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw[b] are the seven churches.

The First Letter: To the Church of Ephesus

  • Ephesus was influential because it was located by water which made it important to commerce.
  1. The works of the Church of Ephesus

Revelation 2:2-3 (NKJV) says 2 “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary.

  1. There are three things noted in the letter to the Ephesian church that Christ knows:
    1. Their deeds
    2. Their hard work
    3. Their preservice.
      1. These good things were noted about this church, but the problem God had with them was they had left their first love. – God said, “You are good with your hands but you heart is not where your hands are.

The Second Letter: To the Church of Smyrna

  • Smyrna was located north of Ephesus.
  • Revelation 2:8-9 (NKJV) says 8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, ‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: 9 “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.
  1. The Struggle over Identity
    1. This church was in a poor area. Even though they didn’t have an economic base, they were rich in their spiritual life. God said that they we’re going to need their spirituality, because of the things that were going to happen. Revelation 2:10-11 (NKJV) 10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”’ – God warns that this church would have to go through some stuff. He warns them to be faithful unto death. You will never be faithful, until you move past being faithful, until… Let nothing separate you from the love of God.
    2. God promised that if they would overcome, they would not be hurt by the second death.

The Third Letter: To the Church of Pergamum

  1. The Location of Satan’s Throne
    1. Pergamum was located in what was known as Satan’s Throne. In this church, they were right in the heart of sin. Revelation 2:13 (NKJV) 13 “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.
  2. The Lessons by Opposing Teachers
    1. Revelation 2:14-15(NKJV) 14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. 15 Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.[a]- We have to reference Numbers 25 to understand this. There was teaching separating God’s people from him. It was the teaching of Balaam. The problem God really had was, He couldn’t tell a difference between the Balaam worshippers and people that worshiped God. For example, in worship they looked like they were worshiping God, but after that, when intermingling with others, they didn’t look like they knew who God was.

Conclusion

  1. Revelation 1:3 (NKJV) 3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.- The most important thing is we understand intimacy. The things we are about to explore in this study of Revelations is all of these things are going to come to pass.
  2. Monday, during the Total Eclipse, everyone was looking up in awe of God. Matthew 24:36 (NKJV) says 36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven,[a] but My Father only., what we are going to learn, the day we are talking about, non one knows . Even the angels in heaven. – God is going to come back, and no one knows when or where, but when he returns, we should be in the same posture as we were during the Total Eclipse. We should be looking in awe towards the hills, waiting for His return.

 

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Thought for the day

imagesLast week at the game, I was about to go and get my car out of the lot and I asked the parking attendant if I would have to pay to park again, when I returned. I explained to him that I was going to get money (out of the ATM) for my son, so he could eat when the band got a break.

The parking attendant asked me how much my son needed, and I told him an amount. Right then, he reached in his pocket and pulled out some money and said, “Give him this”. I was stunned at first. I really didn’t know what to say or what to do, so I asked him, “How will I get this back to you. I don’t know when I will see you again? ” The attendant replied, “Don’t worry about it. Tell him that we said enjoy”.

Of course you know I was happy, because I didn’t have to leave the game, but I was even happier over the attendant’s generous act. The thing about it is, it’s one thing to be generous, but it is another thing when the generosity is extended to a stranger and during a time when the country as a whole, seemed to be divided.

It was a lesson and a reminder that we can’t throw everyone into the same pot, simply because they look like someone that has done something that we don’t approve of. This happens a lot in society on both sides of the aisle and from all ethnicities.
This generous act personally gives me reassurance that there is reason to hope that unity and kindness towards your fellow man is not only possible, but should be expected.

Thank-you “young man”, whoever you are, for being an example to us all, by showing us what a kind-heart should look like.

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It’s Time To Come Back Home, Sermon 8/13/17

It’s time to come back home

 

Synopsis of Sermon 8/13/17

Delivered by Dr Bishop Walker III

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Luke 15:17-22 (NKJV)

17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’

20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring[a] out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.

 

You look at your life and it’s painful. You look on your life and say, “I am where I am in life, because of decisions I’ve made”. Ephesians 5, says his anger endures but for a moment. God would rather love you than leave you. He would rather pick you up, then see you fall down.

It is decision time. You can no longer stay where you are which is disconnected from God. You have to come back home.

In the scripture mentioned above, the father has two sons. One of his sons took his inheritance too soon and started to live reckless with it. There is harm that will come from leaving the house of structure (the house you grew up in), too soon.

You can’t live out the pleasures of the world without the source. Acts 17:28 (NKJV) says  28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ – Being God’s offspring, we can’t afford to be disconnected from the father. Being disconnected from the Father, disconnects us from our destiny.

In the story, the son is asking his father for his inheritance, but note it is not the proper time for him to have it. For us to get all we are supposed to get out of this story, we must examine this problem of being in a rush.

  1. The danger of being in a rush

We live in a day when people want you to take the elevator rather than stairs. Grandmother, used to say, you can’t hurry God.

This young boy found out something by being in a hurry.

  1. You will leave what’s stable running after what’s in the street. – Luke 15:11-13 (NKJV) 11 Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. 13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.- Notice it wasn’t the Father that moved. It was the son.
    1. The son found out that there is nothing better than being under the covering of the father. Psalm 91:1 (NKJV) 91 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. – Stay under your covering. It will shield you. It will protect you. There are things that are trying to kill you. There is a reason for God connecting you to Him. It is tied to your development, like a child being connected to his Mom’s umbilical cord. You must stay connected to God so that He can release you at the right time.
  2. Immaturity will turn a blessing into a burden. – There was a boy that left home as a prince, but he ended up in a pig pen. Proverbs 10:22 (NKJV) says 22 The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it. – Whatever God gives you, will not run you blood pressure You shouldn’t want nothing that God doesn’t want you to have!
    1. Get your blessing too early, you spend a life time regretting it. Think about it. The Father didn’t give the inheritance to the son early in the first place, because he was aware of the problems that this could cause.
    2. Reasons you might want your blessing early.
      1. Affirmation from people.
      2. Appetite for popularity.
  • To adapt to perception – God doesn’t want to deal with this void. Everyone attached to this son is attached to him, because of what he has, not who he is. The more cheese you have, the more rats you will attract.
  1. While in the pig pen, you have to:

 

  1. The decision to make things right.

No relationship will be right, until you get right with God!

  1. Some of the best lessons are learned when you are at the bottom. Lessons we learn are so valuable, they don’t pay past the pig pen.
    1. There is a cost to the pigpen. What was supposed to sustain the son for a lifetime, was depleted in a short amount of time, because he got it too early. It doesn’t take long to squander a blessing, when you are not in the will of God.
    2. The price of rebellion is costly. The son lost all that he had and ended up in the pigpen. When we ran up the debt ceiling of sin, God sent his son. We thank God when we hit rock-bottom, we had sense enough to know that God was the rock-at-the-bottom. He was in the pigpen, but he was still alive.
  2. Don’t allow pride to keep you from your promise. – The young son turned from the pigpen and returned back to his father. He was willing to go back as a hired servant. For many people, they want to come back home, but they want to come back with a title and not to serve.
    1. Many of us think the grass is greener on the other side of fence. It may look greener, but remember, it may be greener, because of the manure. Some of you need to get out of these hobo-sexual relationships. Expel those things that are attached to you, because of what you got. The madness ends today!
  3. The Bible stays and he came to himself. Which sets up the next point.

 

  • Your destiny is about to be reinstated.

Something that you thought wasn’t going to happen for you is about to happen. When God gives you a problem, he doesn’t turn his back on you.

  1. When you move toward the father, he will move toward you. – Sometimes children will make decisions that are ill advised. The bible says, when this son got up, he came to himself.
    1. The pigpen is a mess. Everything about a pigpen is a mess. A mess is full of everything nobody else wants. James 4:8 (NKJV) 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. – God is waiting for you to disconnect from the pigpen. The Father never moved, until the son moved. When the father saw the son, notice that he ran to meet him. In other words, his father closed the gap. If you walk towards God, he will run towards you.
  2. The son left the house of greatness and ended up into poverty. When the young son come home, his Father gave him a robe. That means the father covered him.
  3. The young son’s Father put a ring on his finger. He was still the Father’s child, regardless to what he had done. God loves us this same way. Despite what we have done, God still loves us, because we are his child.
  4. They threw a party for the lost son. Imagine, he was Jewish and ended up in the pigpen with the swine. Tell your neighbor that God is about to change your diet.
  5. When they threw the party and all the Elders came. The other son wanted to know why they were putting up all this fuss, when the young son had done wrong. Know that everyone is not going to be happy because you came home. Don’t let the party-poopers stop the celebration. This was a home coming party! Though you have been lost, know that God will welcome you back home!
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