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The Song of The Lamb #6 Revelation 14

Posted on December 22, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

2             The Song of the Lamb                             Revelation 14

The Lamb and the 144,000

1 John looked and saw the Lamb standing on Mount Zion and with Him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.
2 John hears a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. A sound of harpists playing their harps.
3 They sang a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn that new song except the 144,000 who were redeemed from the world.
4 Not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits to God and to the Lamb.
5 In their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God
6 Another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to all those who dwell on earth – on every nation, tribe, tongue and people
7 With a loud voice Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgement has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs if water.
8 Another angel followed saying Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
9 A third angel, saying with a loud voice If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark in his forehead or on his hand.
10 He himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.
11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”
12 Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.
13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”
Yes” says the spirit “that they may rest from their labours, and their works follow them,”
14 John saw a white cloud and on the white cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His Head a golden crown, and His hand a sharp sickle.
15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe”.
16 So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.
17 Another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
18 Another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.”
19 So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God
20 And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of winepress, up to the horses bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs.

Verses 3-4

John hears a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. A sound of harpists playing their harps.
They sang a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn that new song except the 144,000 who were redeemed from the world.

So this is a bit of trick Song to the Lamb in that the words are not actually written for us, as so we can only speculate on the words of this new song.

It is outside the scope of our talk this evening to discuss about what the 144,000 means. But I hope what is being shown to us in the book is the use of symbols which really is almost presenting this lead up to the time of the end. It therefore is difficult to believe that this is a literal number, particularly given its precise nature.

Also, as Wrested Scriptures points out, looking at the context of the chapter – this must surely be visionary and symbolic.

Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him on hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads……

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Looking at the description of the Lamb from chapter 5, this is described v 6 and 7.

And I looked, and behold in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, 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 are sent out into all the earth.
Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.

I am not really sure how we could image or draw this description of the vision.

It is interesting that this song is before the last battle and the defeat of the false religion. This song is a celebration of this multitude being the redeemed of the world. The song of thanksgiving surely is one of thanks for this redemption and what has been done by Christ for us in the giving of His life and the terrible death He suffered for the redeemed.

It is important for us to be part of that great number of those which will be redeemed and saved.

Our own song for the Lamb should also show how worthy we feel He is as He has redeemed us by His life and death. This should be our continual song as we wait for Him to return to the earth and set up His kingdom.

– Steven Robinson

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  2. The Song of The Lamb #2 Sevens
  3. The Song of The Lamb #3 Daniel and Revelation
  4. The Song of The Lamb #4 Methods of Interpretation
  5. The Song of The Lamb #5 Revelation 5
  6. Kingdom Visions of a Man, Throne and Great crowd
  7. Kingdom Visions of Rainbowed angel, Lamb in Mount Zion
  8. Kingdom Visions of God’s judgements and Marriage of the Lamb
  9. Seals, a flying scroll, a statue and blessings

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    the triumph of Jesus has already been spectacularly introduced in Revelation 4–5. The great vision of Revelation 4–5 controls the entire book. There we learn that Christ, this male child, is the only one who is fit to open the scroll in God’s right hand to bring about all of God’s purposes for judgment and blessing. He is the Lion and the Lamb, the reigning king and the bloody sacrifice, the heir to David’s throne yet the one who appears from God’s throne. Because of his struggle, men and women from every tongue and tribe and people and nation are redeemed. Countless millions gather around him who sits on the throne and the Lamb and sing a new song of adoring, grateful, praise.
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An unblemished and spotless lamb foreknown

Posted on December 21, 2012. Filed under: Bible Quotes, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , |

 

And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, having been sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong messenger proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loosen its seals?” And no one in the heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. And I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. And one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. See, the Lion of the tribe of Yehuḏah {1} the Root of Dawid {2} overcame to open the scroll and to loosen its seven seals.” {Footnotes: 1Heb. 7:14 2Isa. 11:1 & 10.} (Revelation 5:1-5 The Scriptures 1998+)

And they sang a renewed song, saying, “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals, because You were slain, and have redeemed us to Elohim by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and made us sovereigns and priests to our Elohim, and we shall reign upon the earth.”{1 Footnote: 1Dan. 7:18-27. }
(Revelation 5:9-10 The Scriptures 1998+)

And Yitsḥaq spoke to Aḇraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “See, the fire and the wood! But where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” And Aḇraham said, “My son, Elohim does provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” And the two of them went together.
(Genesis 22:7-8 The Scriptures 1998+)

and said, “By Myself I have sworn, declares יהוה {Jehovah}, because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son, that I shall certainly bless you, and I shall certainly increase your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore, and let your seed possess the gate of their enemies. “And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
(Genesis 22:16-18 The Scriptures 1998+)

On the next day Yoḥanan saw יהושע {Jeshua} coming toward him, and said, “See, the Lamb of Elohim who takes away the sin of the world!{1 Footnote: 1Mt. 1:21, Titus 2:14, 1 John 3:5 & 8.} “This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who has become before me, for He was before me.’{1 Footnote: 1See v. 15.} “And I did not know Him, but that He might be revealed to Yisra’ĕl,  therefore I came immersing in water.” And Yoḥanan bore witness, saying, “I have seen the Spirit coming down from heaven like a dove and remain on Him. “And I did not know Him, but He who sent me to immerse in water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit coming down and remaining on Him, this is He who immerses in the Set-apart Spirit.’ “And I have seen and have witnessed that this is the Son of Elohim.” Again the following day, Yoḥanan was standing with two of his taught ones, and looking at יהושע walking, he said, “See the Lamb of Elohim!”
(John 1:29-36 The Scriptures 1998+)

And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, pass the time of your sojourning in fear, knowing that you were redeemed from your futile way of life inherited from your fathers, not with what is corruptible, silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Messiah, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, foreknown, indeed, before the foundation of the world, but manifested in these last times for your sakes, who through Him believe in Elohim who raised Him from the dead and gave Him esteem, so that your belief and expectation are in Elohim.
(1 Peter 1:17-21 The Scriptures 1998+)

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of Elohim, to those believing in His Name, who were born, not of blood nor of the desire of flesh nor of the desire of man, but of Elohim. And the Word became flesh and pitched His tent {1} among us, and we saw His esteem, esteem as of an only brought-forth of a father, complete in favour and truth. {Footnote: 1An indication that His birth was during the Festival of Booths}. Yoḥanan bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has become before me, because He was before me.’ ” And out of His completeness we all did receive, and favour upon favour, for the Torah was given through Mosheh – the favour and the truth came through יהושע Messiah.
(John 1:12-17 The Scriptures 1998+)

Therefore, having girded up the loins of your mind, being sober, set your expectation perfectly upon the favour that is to be brought to you at the revelation of יהושע Messiah, as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts in your ignorance, instead, as the One who called you is set-apart, so you also should become set-apart in all behaviour, because it has been written, “Be set-apart, for I am set-apart.”
(1 Peter 1:13-16 The Scriptures 1998+)

‘For I am יהוה your Elohim, and you shall set yourselves apart. And you shall be set-apart, for I am set-apart. And do not defile yourselves with any creeping creature that creeps on the earth. ‘For I am יהוה who is bringing you up out of the land of Mitsrayim, to be your Elohim. And you shall be set-apart, for I am set-apart.
(Leviticus 11:44-45 The Scriptures 1998+)

And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, pass the time of your sojourning in fear, knowing that you were redeemed from your futile way of life inherited from your fathers, not with what is corruptible, silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Messiah, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, foreknown, indeed, before the foundation of the world, but manifested in these last times for your sakes, who through Him believe in Elohim who raised Him from the dead and gave Him esteem, so that your belief and expectation are in Elohim.
(1 Peter 1:17-21 The Scriptures 1998+)

“Speak to all the congregation of the children of Yisra’ĕl, and say to them, ‘Be set-apart, for I יהוה your Elohim am set-apart.
(Leviticus 19:2 The Scriptures 1998+)

And they sang a renewed song, saying, “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals, because You were slain, and have redeemed us to Elohim by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and made us sovereigns and priests to our Elohim, and we shall reign upon the earth.”{1 Footnote: 1Dan. 7:18-27. }
(Revelation 5:9-10 The Scriptures 1998+)

saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb having been slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and respect and esteem and blessing!” And every creature which is in the heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying, “To Him sitting on the throne, and to the Lamb, be the blessing and the respect and the esteem and the might, forever and ever!”
(Revelation 5:12-13 The Scriptures 1998+)

And I heard a voice out of the heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder, and I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps.
(Revelation 14:2 The Scriptures 1998+)

And I saw like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those overcoming the beast and his image and his mark and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, holding harps of Elohim.
(Revelation 15:2 The Scriptures 1998+)

Let all that have breath praise Yah. Praise Yah!
(Psalms 150:6 The Scriptures 1998+)

My mouth speaks the praise of יהוה, And let all flesh bless His set-apart Name, Forever and ever.
(Psalms 145:21 The Scriptures 1998+)

But you have drawn near to Mount Tsiyon and to the city of the living Elohim, to the heavenly Yerushalayim, to myriads of messengers, to the entire gathering and assembly of the first-born having been enrolled in heaven, and to Elohim the Judge of all, and to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, and to יהושע the Mediator {1} of a new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling which speaks better than the blood of Heḇel. {Footnote: 1See 8:6. }
(Hebrews 12:22-24 The Scriptures 1998+)

“But you, Dani’ĕl, hide the words, and seal the book until the time of the end {1}. Many shall diligently search and knowledge shall increase.” {Footnote: 1See v. 9. }
(Daniel 12:4 The Scriptures 1998+)

And when the living creatures give esteem and respect and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and bow before Him who lives forever and ever, and they cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “You are worthy, O יהוה, to receive esteem and respect and power, for You have created all, and because of Your desire they are, and were created.” (Revelation 4:9-11 The Scriptures 1998+)

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The Song of The Lamb #5 Revelation 5

Posted on December 21, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Previously we have seen that the nations are at peace and the saints surround Jesus. John was shown “in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals”  Everything is moving towards the end of God His purpose. As the seven seals are broken, some of these details are revealed.

The Song of the Lamb                             Revelation 5

The first of these songs sung to the Lamb, which I think is the correct way of looking at this.
We have already looked at the context of chapter 5 in terms of Revelation.
The letters to the first seven ecclesia end with the letter to Laodicea at the end of chapter three. The visions then start in chapter 4 when we start to read about the throne in Heaven

4             The throne in heaven
5
1-7         The Lamb takes the scroll
8-11      Worthy is the Lamb
6
1-2         First Seal: The Conqueror
3-4         Second Seal: Conflict on Earth
5-6         Third Seal: Scarcity on earth
7-8         Fourth seal: Widespread Death on Earth
9-11      Fifth Seal: The Cry of the Martyrs
12-17   Sixth Seal: Cosmic Disturbances

1 In the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals
2 A mighty angel proclaimed with a loud voice “who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll”
3 No one in heaven and earth was worthy
4 John wept because no one found worthy
5 One of the elders said – do not weep, the Lion of the tribe Judah, the root of David has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals
6 John sees a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain. Standing in the centre of the throne, encircled by the four creatures and the elders. Seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
7 He took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne.
8 When he had taken it, the four creatures and the twenty four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
9 10 They sang a new song: You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals; For You who were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood – Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on earth.
11 Heard a voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them of them was 10,000 x 10,000
12 Saying with a loud voice: Worthy is the Lamb who was slain. To receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honour and glory and blessing!
13 Every creature which is heaven and on earth and in the sea saying Blessing and honour and glory and power Be to Him who sits in the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever.
14 Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty four elders fell down and worshipped Him who lives forever and ever.

Verse 9/10 They sang a new song:

I think we would all recognize that the Lamb referred to refers to Christ. I think it is still worthwhile reminding ourselves of some of the principles relating to Jesus and the Lamb of God.

The Lamb has been associated with sacrifice since Genesis 22; 7/8 when Abraham offered a lamb as a burn offering on mount Moriah in place of Isaac when the angel intervened.

Abraham names the place Jehovah-Jireh, or “the Lord will provide” and of course we can see the significance of these words to us and God’s plan of salvation for us and there was apt as a symbol.

We know this chapter looks forward to when Abraham’s seed (verse 18-19) who we are told would possess the gate of his enemy / defeat his enemies. Verse 19:

In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.

English: Ceiling painting, Book of Revelation,...

Ceiling painting, Book of Revelation,”Worthy is the Lamb”, showing the Lamb, Godfather, an angel, the four Evangelists as symbolic animals, a row af angels with harps, ca. 1670 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We know the significance of the Lamb in the Passover service (Exodus 12) where it was importance to select a Lamb without spot. Although this referred to the physical characteristic, Jesus fulfilled this in the spiritual sense as he was without sin in his life.

John, in his Gospel, mentions how John the Baptist refers to Jesus as the Lamb of God in the first chapter verses 29-36, the context being , from verse 19 – John denying being the Christ.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said “Behold, The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
This is He of whom I said, “After me comes a man who is preferred before me, for He was before me,” I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God,.”
Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.
And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”.

Another time when Jesus is directly associated as being the Lamb of God is found in 1 Peter 1:19, if we please could turn to this.

The context of this passage is a call to be holy, verses 13/16 set this context and end in verse 16 “Be holy, for I am holy” – an Old Testament quotation taken from Leviticus 11:44,45; 19:2.

V17/21
since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver and gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers.
But with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish and without spot.
He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

Verses 9-10 – Elders

You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals;
For You who were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood –
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on earth.

Verse 12 Saying with a loud voice: – Angels

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain.
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honour and glory and blessing!

Verse 13 every creature which is heaven and on earth and in the sea saying

Blessing and honour and glory and power
Be to Him who sits in the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever.

The song or chant was made by the four creatures and the twenty four elders that fell down before the Lamb. Each had a harp and they were holding the golden bowls full of the incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

We will see that from 14.2 and 15.2 that the harp was the common instrument.
This would imply that there is music being played and that there is an actual song being sung.
We read about harps being used to accompany the singing of Psalms.
This was one of those most ancient of instruments.

Could we please turn to Psalm 33 which talks about singing a new song to the Lord.

Psalm 150:6     Let everything that has breath please the LORD. Praise the LORD.
Psalm 145: 21  My flesh shall speak of the praise of the LORD, and all flesh shall bless His holy name Forever and ever.

Hebrews 12: 22-24

Daniel 12: 4
But you, Daniel. Shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.

Compare this is chapter 4 where the Lamb is worthy to open the scroll.

– Steven Robinson

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An unblemished and spotless lamb foreknown

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    the Father shares His glory with His Son, and no one apart from Him.  The Son is worthy to receive the glory received by the Father.
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    judgments!
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    Lamb oversees judgment of Lost
    Rev 15:3-4 – Song of Praise sung to both Father and Lamb
    Rev 17:14 – He overcomes wicked because He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords
    Rev 21:9-26 – He possesses an eternal city where He dwells with His people.
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    ten thousand thousand are their tongues,
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“Worthy the Lamb that died,” they cry,
“to be exalted thus!”
“Worthy the Lamb,” our hearts reply,
“for he was slain for us!”

 

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Contents of the Book of Revelation

Posted on December 18, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Endtimes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

I. Prolog (1:1-8)

A. Preface (1:1-3)

B. Greeting to churches in Asia (1:4-6)

C. Prophetic sayings (1:7-8)

II. Call vision (1:9-20)

III. Letters to the seven churches in Asia (2:1-3:22)

IV. Seven seals (4:1-8:5)

A. Vision of God’s throne (4:1-11)

B. Vision of the enthroned Lamb with the scroll (5:1-14)

C. Seals #1-4: Four horsemen (6:1-8)

D. Seals #5: Martyrs crying out for judgment (6:9-11)

E. Seal #6: Earthquake, proleptic judgment (6:12-17)

F. Sealing of servants from the twelve tribes (7:1-17)

G. Seal #7: Silence and preparation of the trumpets (8:1-5)

V. Seven trumpets (8:2, 6-11:19)

A. Trumpets #1-4: Plagues fall from the heavens (8:6-13)

B. Trumpet #5: Falling star opens abyss, locust plague led by angel of the abyss (9:1-11)

C. Trumpet #6: Deadly cavalry from Euphrates released(9:13-21)

D. Seer eats the little scroll from the hand of angel: commissioning to prophecy again (10:1-11)

E. Seer measures the temple and the altar (11:1-3)

F. Testimony of the two witnesses in Jerusalem; martyred by the beast; taken to heaven; deadly earthquake in the city (11:4-13) [End of second woe, third to come, v. 14]

G. Trumpet #7: Heavenly acclamation of Christ who rules for ever; vision of the ark with lightening, voices, thunder, earthquake, hail (11:15-19)

VI. Unnumbered visions: Followers of Lamb vs. the beast (12:1-15:4)

A. Woman and her offspring vs. the dragon (12:1-17)

B. Beast from the sea (13:1-10)

C. Beast from the earth (13:11-18)

D. On Mount Zion: song of the 144,000 (14:1-7; cf. 7:1-17)

E. Angelic heralds: warning and the promise to the saints (14:8-13)

F. Son of Man and angels harvest the earth (14:14-20)

G. Sea of glass: those who have conquered the beast (15:2-4)

VII. Seven bowls of wrath (15:1, 5-16:21)

A. Introduction: bowls are end of wrath of God (15:1)

B. Angels given the seven bowls by throne creature (15:5-8)

C. Bowl #1: poured on earth: sores on those worship the beast (16:1-2)

D. Bowl #2: in sea: becomes like blood, everything in it dies (16:3)

E. Bowl #3: rivers and fountains: become blood, just judgment for blood of martyrs acclaimed (16:4-7)

F. Bowl #4: on sun: it scorches humans, who blaspheme god and do not repent (16:8-9)

G. Bowl #5: on throne beast: kingdom darkened; humans curse God for sores, do not repent (16:10-11)

H. Bowl #6: on Euphrates: demonic spirits from mouths of dragon, beast and false prophet assemble armies at Armageddon (16:12-16; c.f. 9:13-21)

I. Bowl #7: in air: voice sounds from temple, thunder, quakes, cities split, island and mountains vanish, hail (16;17-21)

VIII. Babylon and her destruction (17:1-19:10)

A. “Babylon the Great,” harlot to the kings of the earth, drunk with the blood of the saints (17:1-6)

B. Angelic interpretation of the vision: Rome, her rulers, client kings and wars (17:1-6)

C. Heavenly announcement: the hour of judgment on Babylon has come (18:1-8)

D. Laments for the fate of Babylon by kings of the earth, merchants, captains and sailors (18:9-20)

E. Angelic announcement: Babylon and all who dwell in her to be thrown down (18:21-24)

F. Heavenly praise to God for judgment against Babylon (19:`1-4)

G. Praise to Lamb: Celebration of divine marriage feast (19:5-10)

IX. Unnumbered visions: Judgment of the earth (19:11-21:8)

A. Rider on the white horse (19:11-16)

B. Victory feast on bodies of the slain (19:17-21)

C. Angel binds Satan for a thousand years (20:1-3)

D. Victorious martyrs reign with Christ a thousand years (20:4-6)

E. Fire from heaven consumes the Satanic hosts (20:7-10)

F. Judgment of all humanity: Book of life (20:11-15)

G. New heaven and earth: Righteous to dwell with God (21:1-8)

X. Bride of the Lamb: The heavenly Jerusalem (21:9-22:5)

A. Jewels which adorn the bride (21:2, 9-21)

B. God’s presence in the heavenly city (21:22-27)

C. River of water, tree of life and God as its light (22:1-5)

XI. Epilogue: Transmission of the prophecy and beatitudes (22:6-21)

Content of The Book of The Revelation, by Dennis Bratcher

The Beast from the sea with seven heads

The Beast from the sea with seven heads (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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  1. The Song of The Lamb #1 Visions, symbols and suggested meanings
  2. The Song of The Lamb #2 Sevens
  3. Kingdom Visions of a Man, Throne and Great crowd
  4. Kingdom Visions of Rainbowed angel, Lamb in Mount Zion
  5. Kingdom Visions of God’s judgements and Marriage of the Lamb
  6. The Song of The Lamb #3 Daniel and Revelation
  7. Seals, a flying scroll, a statue and blessings
  8. The Song of The Lamb #4 Methods of Interpretation

Next: The Song of The Lamb #5 Revelation 5

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  • An Overview of the Book of Revelation (godsbreath.wordpress.com)
  • The Three Angels (ghettoscorner.wordpress.com)
  • The Anti-Church – Great Falling Away (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
    At center stage of the coming global crisis will be a demonized world leader called the Antichrist (1 Jn. 2:18) who develops and then rules over a worldwide system including government, finances and religion. There is much information on this in the scripture.
  • Revelation 9-13 (westminsterreads.org)
    Revelation, Introduction and Outline
    Apocalyptic literature uses a standard set of symbols that include numerology, catastrophes of cosmic proportions and odd and amazing animals. The purpose of apocalyptic literature was to encourage the faithful to hold firm in their beliefs, to endure, to assure the reader that faithfulness would be rewarded and that ultimately justice would be done.
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    Even though it looks as if evil is in control, this is somehow part of God’s plan. The faithful, who persevere thorough suffering and trials, will receive eternal life with God. God is in control.
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    Between the seventh trumpet and the six bowls will be three distinct visionary “digressions”
  • “Baruch Habah Bashem Adonai” (dailymannablog.wordpress.com)
  • The Antichrist and the Second Coming
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The Song of The Lamb #4 Methods of Interpretation

Posted on December 15, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Endtimes, History, Prophecy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Methods of Interpretation

The book of Revelation has also fascinated Bible students, and there have many attempts have been made to understand its message.

FUTURISTIC: Sees the book as a description of events immediately surrounding the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, probably all occurring during a period of intense activity lasting three-and-half years.

PRETERIST: much of the material as referring to the events occurring around the lifetime of the Apostle John (from Latin, praetor, past).

HISTORIC: see Revelation filling in the details of significant events that affect believers, starting in John’s day and continuing until Jesus returns. This is the traditional Christadelphian view.

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English: Illustration to Book of Revelation Русский: Иллюстрация к Откровению Иоанна Богослова (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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  1. The Song of The Lamb #3 Daniel and Revelation
  2. Seals, a flying scroll, a statue and blessings

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  1. Contents of the Book of Revelation
  2. The Song of The Lamb #5 Revelation 5

Find also other views:

  1. The Idealist View:
    This view uses the allegorical method to interpret the Book of Revelation. The allegorical approach to Revelation was introduced by ancient church father Origen (AD 185-254) and made prominent by Augustine (AD 354-420).
    The symbols in Revelation are not tied to specific events but point to themes throughout church history. The battles in Revelation are viewed as spiritual warfare manifested in the persecution of Christians or wars in general that have occurred in history. The beast from the sea may be identified as the satanically-inspired political opposition to the church in any age. The beast from the land represents pagan, or corrupt, religion to Christianity.

    Icon Apocalypse

    Icon Apocalypse (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  2. The Preterist View:
    Preter, which means “past,” is derived from the Latin. There are two major views among preterists: full preterism and partial preterism. Both views believe that the prophecies of the Olivet discourse of Matthew 24 and Revelation were fulfilled in the first century with the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70. Chapters 1-3 describe the conditions in the seven churches of Asia Minor prior to the Jewish war (AD 66-70). The remaining chapters of Revelation and Jesus’ Olivet Discourse describe the fall of Jerusalem to the Romans.
    Since it is a prophecy of the destruction of Jerusalem, preterists hold to a pre-AD 70 date of writing. According to this view, John was writing specifically to the church of his day and had only its situation in mind.
  3. The Historicist View:
    This view teaches that Revelation is a symbolic representation that presents the course of history from the apostle’s life through the end of the age. The symbols in the apocalypse correspond to events in the history of Western Europe, including various popes, the Protestant Reformation, the French Revolution, and rulers such as Charlemagne. Most interpreters place the events of their day in the later chapters of Revelation.
  4. The Futurist View:
    This view teaches that the events of the Olivet Discourse and Revelation chapters 4-22 will occur in the future.
  1. Symbolic or allegorical approach:
    anti-millennium view which taught a literal millennium reign of Christ on earth.
  2. Preterist (Past) Interpretation:
    views the Church as the “New Israel” and thereby fulfilling verses applied to Israel in scripture.
  3. Historic Interpretation:
    References to  Babylon and the Beast are associated with the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope. Other symbols are viewed as referring to Islamic and Napoleonic wars. The historical approach, like the Preterists, substitute the church for Israel in verses referring to national Israel.
  4. Futurist Interpretation:
    Words mean what they say unless otherwise defined within the context of scripture.
    Since the futurist view looks to a future Millennium, the view is Pre-millennial.
    The futurist view holds to a dispensational understanding of scripture, allowing for the distinction of Israel and the church in God’s end time program.

Find also:

1. Interpreting The Book of Revelation
While there is only one OT apocalyptic book (Daniel) and one NT book that demonstrates some features of this type (Revelation), it was a common form of writing in the two centuries before and after the birth of Christ.
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Because the Book of Revelation is written in John’s own name, it is related to OT prophecy, perhaps more closely than it is to apocalyptic.

2. Views of the  Time Frame of the Book of Revelation by Dennis Bratcher:

  1. Futurist: A Blueprint of the End Times
  2. Historicist: The Road Map of World History + Church Historical: The History of the Church
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    Some hold that the book deals more with the period prior to the present, some see it as unfolding in the present, and some emphasize the future more. All of the book is a symbolic account of the whole scope of world history, with the “beast” identified with various historical figures or peoples, from the Saracens, to Mohammed, to the Pope, to Adolph Hitler. This view arose in the Middle Ages, and was adopted by most of the Reformers in the 16th century, including Martin Luther who popularized the idea that the “beast” was the Roman Catholic Pope. In turn, Catholic theologians were convinced that Luther was the “beast.”
  3. Preterist: The First Century Church
  4. Idealist: Eternal Principles + Theological: An Incarnated Message

3. By which method should we interpret the Book of Revelation? Mike F Blume
“I propose interpretations should be made by comparing scripture with scripture. And that John knew perfectly well what the visions meant. John was not given unknown sights if God did not seal the book from his understanding. He gave John visions that John would immediately recognize as being similar to many, many Old Testament stories and events. And John was directed to recall those similarities and apply the main point of those stories to the visions and figure how they relate to the Church and to Christ crucified for our salvation, and then new Kingdom of a spiritual temple and so on.”

4. Methods of Interpreting Revelation
Determinism was a prominent feature of such literature, which is the idea that any event is determined by an unbroken chain of prior occurrences. In the case of apocalyptic literature, this meant that God has already determined the future by his own counsels, for which reason it was likely viewed as fixed and unalterable.
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events predicted can be lined up with real matching events evident in history. The matched events will show a movement of time and events from John’s time to some future time, usually the Second Coming of Jesus, but some may also extend to the end of the coming millennium.
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The ultimate purpose of the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation is to build faith in God and explain, through the events of history, that God will ultimately triumph over evil and sin will be destroyed someday, along with death, disease, and war.

5. ApproAching hoofbeAts – The Book of RevelaTion

The historical method of interpreting the prophecies of the New Testament is based on the belief that these prophecies are concerning the unfolding of events in the whole of the Church age.
According to this method, the seals of Revelation 6 are events in history. The reformation is symbolised by the discovery of the little book in Revelation chapter 10 and by the death and resurrection of the two witnesses in Revelation chapter 11.
This method of interpretation is fascinating and its proponents are convincing. But this method requires a vast knowledge of history which has only been available to few of the generations of Bible readers since the Bible was written! The breadth of information needed to develop this interpretation is not available to most readers in developing nations and so is irrelevant to such readers.
This method of Bible interpretation has fewer proponents in the 20th and 21st centuries, but was quite popular in the 19th century. Whether or not the symbols of Revelation can be tied to specific events in world history, there is no doubt that the Book of Revelation teaches the ways of God in history. Hence, we know that there are changes in the course of  history, not merely because men have made a political decision, but rather because Christ opened a seal in heaven.

6. Five Ways to Interpret Revelation by Steve Adler:

1. Preterist;
2. Futurist;
3. Historicist;
4. Idealist: Reluctant to identify anything in Revelation with particular events or people, this approach is perhaps the most different. To the Idealist, John’s visions are symbolic of the all the struggles the church faces between Christ’s first and second comings;
5. Eclectic – This last method is an incorporation of the strengths of the other four approaches. Acknowledging Revelation may be written about specific past and future events, but allowing that the interpretation of some events may apply to the church in all circumstances, this approach seems the easiest and most logical to take – however, the interpreter ends up being able to ascribe many different meanings to the same vision.

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Ceiling painting, Book of Revelation,”Worthy is the Lamb”, showing the Lamb, Godfather, an angel, the four Evangelists as symbolic animals, a row af angels with harps, ca. 1670 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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  • Idealists, Preterists, And Futurists (lynleahz.com)
    When you boil it all down there are only three schools of thought for interpreting prophecy. There are idealists, who interpret prophecy symbolically and don’t expect any of it to be fulfilled in the literal sense. Then there are preterists, who see the complete fulfillment of prophecy in past events culminating in the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. And there are futurists who see the fulfillment of prophecy in events still to come. All the major views fit under one of these headings.
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    Futurists who adhere to a literal interpretation of Scripture accuse preterists of spiritualizing some prophecies in order to give them a historical fulfillment. For example, most preterists cling to the opinion that God is finished with Israel. They say prophecies that futurists see as pertaining to Israel’s future have been inherited by and fulfilled in the Church. In this they are like others who embrace replacement theology.
  • Revelation: The Way it Happened (A Review) (davehershey.wordpress.com)
    Studying Revelation with Dr. Lowery opened my eyes to a different way of understanding Revelation, a way that was much more historically grounded, recognizing the book had to mean something to those who first read it, as well as much more challenging, in that it has a message for us today, right now, and not just about the future.
  • A Readable Commentary on Revelation (reformedreader.wordpress.com)
    Poythress keeps the main point the main point: “God rules history and will bring it to its consummation in Christ.  If you read it with that main point in mind, you will be able to understand it.  You will not necessarily understand every detail – neither do I.  But it is not necessary to understand every detail in order to profit spiritually from it”
  • An Overview of the Book of Revelation (godsbreath.wordpress.com)
  • The Anti-Church – Great Falling Away (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
    At center stage of the coming global crisis will be a demonized world leader called the Antichrist (1 Jn. 2:18) who develops and then rules over a worldwide system including government, finances and religion. There is much information on this in the scripture.
  • LOVE GOD LOVE PEOPLE (Sunday, 25/11/2012) (sionnunukan.wordpress.com)
    Revelation is shown in the presence of various forms of vision. The vision presented especially concerning the time of the last days terakhir.Pada this, the powers of evil will oppress the faithful to the teachings of religion, but in the end evil will be destroyed and the believers would be saved through Christ which liberates all human persons.
  • Revelation 5: Worthy is the Lamb! (kingdomnewtestament.wordpress.com)
    We can tell from the seven seals that the writer of this scroll wants to keep its contents well guarded.  John was told at the beginning of chapter 4 that he would be shown what would be coming in the future (4:1), so we assume this scroll contains the future destiny of someone or even the whole world.
  • Why the Modern View of the Book of Revelation may be Flawed. (adw.org)
    the common modern and majority view is that the context of this book is the persecution against Christians by Domitian (Emperor from 81-96 AD) and the Roman Empire which he headed. John has been arrested and exiled to the Island of Patmos. Thus, the chief context for the majority view is the antagonism of the Roman Empire seeking to force Christians to emperor worship and apostasy from the Christian faith in the one true God. Further, the harlot city is defined in this point of view as Rome.
  • Revelation – Historical and Prophetic (Part 4) (revpodcast.org)
    Revelation is actually written as much as a study of church history as it is about the end times. As with the entire Bible, each book was written for the benefit of the original recipients, and for each age of the church thereafter.
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    There are different schools of thought on Revelation and all share some good points about both the end times and our own personal journeys of faith throughout Church history. I believe we just have to be discerning and weed out the good from the bad. Some people believe that all the events in Revelation occurred in the past and I think that is heresy as well. We are still waiting on the ultimate culmination of God’s plan of redemption with His faithful believers.
  • Revelation 12: Victory by Faithfulness (kingdomnewtestament.wordpress.com)
    Behind the persecutions of the Roman government, the economic embargoes on Christians and their businesses, the ways in which people are making their Christian neighbors feel ostracized and unwanted, behind all of this is the fury of Satan who has been cast out of heaven and is on his way down to the pit of fire.  In this cryptic book, this may be the clearest John gets as to why this is happening.  For that reason, some commentators have called it the center of the book, which it pretty much is chronologically too.
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English: Illustration to Book of Revelation Русский: Иллюстрация к Откровению Иоанна Богослова (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Seals, a flying scroll, a statue and blessings

Posted on December 14, 2012. Filed under: Bible Quotes, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Endtimes, Prophecy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


In the third year of Koresh sovereign of Persia a word was revealed to Dani’ĕl, whose name was called  Bĕlteshatstsar. And the word was true, and the conflict great. And he understood the word, and had understanding of the vision. (Daniel 10:1 The Scriptures 1998+)

And he said to me, “O Dani’ĕl, man greatly appreciated, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” And while he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling. (Daniel 10:11 The Scriptures 1998+)

So she ran and came to Shimʽon Kĕpha, and to the other taught one whom יהושע  {Jeshua)  loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Master out of the tomb, and we do not know where they laid Him.”
(John 20:2 The Scriptures 1998+)
“But you, Dani’ĕl, hide the words, and seal the book until the time of the end1. Many shall diligently search and knowledge shall increase.” {Footnote: 1See v. 9. }
(Daniel 12:4 The Scriptures 1998+)

And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, having been sealed with seven seals.
(Revelation 5:1 The Scriptures 1998+)

“You, O sovereign, were looking on, and saw a great image! This great image, and its brightness excellent, was standing before you, and its form was awesome. “This image’s head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. “You were looking on, until a stone was cut out without hands, and it smote the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. “Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing-floors. And the wind took them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that smote the image became a great mountain and filled all the earth. “This is the dream, and its interpretation we declare before the sovereign. “You, O sovereign, are a sovereign of sovereigns. For the Elah of the heavens has given you a reign, power, and strength, and preciousness, and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heavens, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all. You are the head of gold. “And after you rises up another reign lower than yours, and another third reign of bronze that rules over all the earth. “And the fourth reign is as strong as iron, because iron crushes and shatters all. So, like iron that breaks in pieces, it crushes and breaks all these. “Yet, as you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the reign is to be divided. But some of the strength of the iron is to be in it, because you saw the iron mixed with muddy clay. “And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the reign is partly strong and partly brittle. “And as you saw iron mixed with muddy clay, they are mixing themselves with the seed of men, but they are not clinging to each other, even as iron does not mix with clay. “And in the days of these sovereigns the Elah of the heavens shall set up a reign which shall never be destroyed, nor the reign pass on to other people – it crushes and puts to an end all these reigns, and it shall stand forever1. Footnote: 1Dan. 7, Ps. 22:28, Jer. 30:11, Joel 3:16, Obad. 15-17, Hab. 3:12-13, Zeph. 3:8, Hag. 2:22, Rev. 11:15. “Because you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold, the great Elah has made known to the sovereign what shall be after this. And the dream is true, and its interpretation is trustworthy.”
(Daniel 2:31-45 The Scriptures 1998+)

And I looked and saw a hand stretched out to me. And see, a scroll of a book was in it, and He spread it before me, and it was written on the inside and on the outside. And written on it were lamentations and mourning and woe.
(Ezekiel 2:9-10 The Scriptures 1998+)

And I lifted up my eyes again, and looked and saw a flying scroll. And he said to me, “What do you see?” And I answered, “I see a flying scroll, twenty cubits long and ten cubits wide.” And he said to me, “This is the curse that goes forth over the face of all the earth: ‘everyone who is stealing shall go unpunished,’ on the one side, according to it, and, ‘everyone who has sworn falsely shall go unpunished,’ on the other side, according to it.”
(Zechariah 5:1-3 The Scriptures 1998+)

and shall speak to him, saying, ‘Thus said יהוה  {Jehovah} of hosts, saying, “See, the Man whose name is the Branch1! And from His place He shall branch out, and He shall build the Hof יהוה . Footnote 1See 3:8.
(Zechariah 6:12 The Scriptures 1998+)

And the messenger who was speaking with me came out and said to me, “Lift up your eyes now, and see what this is that is going forth.” And I said, “What is it?” And he said, “It is  an ĕphah that is going forth.” Again he said, “This is their appearance throughout the earth: “And see, a lead cover lifted up, and this: a woman sitting inside theĕphah-measure!” And he said, “This is Wrongness!” And he threw her down into the ĕphah-measure, and threw the lead weight over its mouth. And I lifted up my eyes, and looked and saw two women, coming with the wind in their wings. And they had wings like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the between earth and the heavens. Then I said to the messenger who was speaking to me, “Where are they taking the ĕphah-measure?” And he said to me, “To build a house for it in the land of Shinʽar. And it shall be established and set there on its own base.”
(Zechariah 5:5-11 The Scriptures 1998+)

Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and guard what is written in it, for the time is near.
(Revelation 1:3 The Scriptures 1998+)

And I heard a voice out of the heaven saying to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Master from now on.’ ” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “in order that they rest from their labours, and their works follow with them.”
(Revelation 14:13 The Scriptures 1998+)

“See, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who is staying awake and guarding his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”
(Revelation 16:15 The Scriptures 1998+)

And he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who have been called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true words of Elohim.”
(Revelation 19:9 The Scriptures 1998+)

Blessed and set-apart is the one having part in the first resurrection. The second death possesses no authority over these, but they shall be priests of Elohim and of Messiah, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
(Revelation 20:6 The Scriptures 1998+)

“See, I am coming speedily! Blessed is he who guards the words of the prophecy of this book.”
(Revelation 22:7 The Scriptures 1998+)

“And see, I am coming speedily, and My reward is with Me, to give to each according to his work.1 Footnote: 1See Mt. 16:27, John 5:29. “I am the ‘Aleph’ and the ‘Taw’, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. “Blessed are those1 doing His commands,2 so that the authority shall be theirs unto the tree of life, and to enter through the gates into the city. Footnotes: 1See Mt. 19:17. 2Long before the books were compiled to form “The New Testament,” Rev. 22:14 was quoted, as it is here given, by Tertullian (CE 208), and by Cyprian (CE 251) – see the well-known Antenicene Fathers. “But outside are the dogs and those who enchant with drugs, and those who whore, and the murderers, and the idolaters, and all who love and do falsehood.1 Footnote: 1See 21:27, 2 Thess. 2:11.
(Revelation 22:12-15 The Scriptures 1998+)

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The Angel Appears to John. The book of Revelation. 13th century manuscript. British Library, London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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  • Eric: Elaine Pagels on the Book of Revelation : The New Yorker (newyorker.com)
    The Bible, as every Sunday-school student learns, has a Hollywood ending. Not a happy ending, certainly, but one where all the dramatic plot points left open earlier, to the whispered uncertainty of the audience
  • Glorious Return (dailymannablog.wordpress.com)
    Jesus is coming to introduce the Davidic Reign or Covenant.
  • Will God’s wrath relent? (wordsofgrace.wordpress.com)
    Reading a book like Revelation can leave one overwhelmed by the relentless onslaught of God’s wrath. Chapter after chapter devastating destruction pours from God’s throne. It is grievous and wearying.
  • Revelation Six – the Opening of the Seals! (lynleahz.com)
    I would like to make everyone aware that there is much speculation amongst scholars as to whether the opening of the seals are God’s judgment, or not.  Many believe that they are not the judgments of God, rather, the opening to reveal the judgments.  The last one, the earthquake, however, would be the first of God’s judgments in these, as earthquakes are always symbolic of God’s judgment.
  • Zechariah Vision and Prophecies (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
    Being earnestly asked by honoured friends and readers of The Scattered Nation, the Quarterly Record of the Hebrew Christian Testimony to Israel, to write connected expository “Notes on Zechariah,” I undertook to do so, without sufficiently realising—as I must now confess—how formidable the task of a continuous exposition of this particular prophetic book would prove, especially to one whose life is subject to much strain and distraction on account of many other claims and responsibilities in connection with the work of God among scattered Israel.
  • Daniel’s interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the Great Image (ptl2010.com)
    The book of Daniel points out how Israel preserved its Messianic lineage during Gentile captivities through the pages of history. In Daniel Chapter 2 Christ is described as the stone that smote the image and broke them into pieces. This prophecy directly relates to Divine Judgment and shows how Christ will subdue all nations, before He establishes His earthly Kingdom in Israel.

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The Song of The Lamb #3 Daniel and Revelation

Posted on December 12, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Endtimes, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Prophecy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Daniel and Revelation

  • An angel helped Daniel understand the information he was given.
  • Daniel was told that “the message was true but the appointed time was long (10;1). The information given to John explained events that started in his own day and continued through to the return of Christ and the establishment of the kingdom.
  • Daniel was a man greatly beloved (Daniel 10:11) and John was a disciple whom Jesus loved (John 20:2)
  • At the end of the prophecy Daniel was told to shut the words and seal the book until the time of the end (Daniel 12:4). At the beginning or Revelation, John was shown “in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals” (Rev 5:1),
  • Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the metallic image representing the kingdoms of men (Dan 2)
  • Daniel’s visions:

The four beasts (chapter 7)
Of the Ram and the He-Goat (chapter 8)
Of the One Man (chapter 10)
Of the kings of North and South (chapter 11)

The sealed scroll of the Lamb

The Sealed Book of Daniel Revealed: The Linear Bible Code

The Sealed Book of Daniel Revealed: The Linear Bible Code

Daniel is the not the own prophesy about a scroll written on both sides: Ezekiel 2:10
Zechariah 5: 2,3 – he also saw four coloured horses: red, black, white and dappled, like the horses John saw unleashed in Rev 6.

Zechariah prophesied to the captives returning from exile in Babylon. He spoke of the restoration of true worship after the idolatry they experienced in Babylon and he looked forward to the coming of the “the man whose name is the BRANCH! From his place he shall branch out, and he shall build the temple of the LORD” Zechariah 6:12. This is a prophecy about that Jesus that is still to be fulfilled.

Zechariah also saw a vision of a woman called “wickedness” being carried from Jerusalem to a house built for in her in the land of Shinar (5:5-11) – Shinar was the site of ancient Babylon (Genesis 10;10), and Zechariah’s prophecy explained how a false religious system would develop with a Babylonian-like character. Since earliest times, Babylon has always resisted the truth of God’s word and so the symbol of rebellion of man against God.

Cherubim are mentioned in Genesis 3:24 and appeared in a vision seen by the prophet Ezekiel, who was concerned that God’s glory had departed from Jerusalem and the temple. He was concerned lest the true worship should be overcome by false worship.

Ezekiel, Daniel and Zechariah naturally asked about the outcome of the revelations they received. Daniel said, “My lord, what shall be the end of these things?” Dan 12:8. He received the answer that leads us back to Revelation – “Blessed is he who waits” (verse 12).

Seven blessings

1 The Blessing of the Message 1:3
2 The Blessing of the Hope 14:13
3 The Blessing of Watching 16:15
4 The Blessing of the Call 19:9
5 The Blessing of Immortality 20:6
6 The Blessing of Obedience 22:7
7 The Blessing of the Kingdom 22:14

The last blessing in Revelation mentions God’s faithful people entering into “the city”. The book deals with two cities: one is the city of God; the other is the city of man. Because of the connection with Daniel and other OT passages, the city of man called Babylon. God’s city is called New Jerusalem!

Rev 22; 12-15
Behold, I come soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done.
I am the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
Blessed are those who wash their robes. So that they have the right to the tree of life and they enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs, sorcerers, and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

Steven Robinson

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  3. Kingdom Visions of Rainbowed angel, Lamb in Mount Zion
  4. Kingdom Visions of God’s judgements and Marriage of the Lamb

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  1. Seals, a flying scroll, a statue and blessings
  2. The Song of The Lamb #4 Methods of Interpretation

Editorial notes:

Shinar () was the Hebrew name of a land which included both Babylon and Erech, i.e., both northern and southern Babylonia.

Cherub, cherubim: Hebrew masculine plural for a word borrowed from the Assyrian kirubu, from karâbu, “to be near”, hence it means near ones, familiars, personal servants, bodyguards, courtiers. It was commonly used of those heavenly spirits, who closely surrounded the Majesty of God and paid Him intimate service.

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  1. Revelation: Last Book of the Bible: Chapters 1-11
  2. Sealed Biblical Books: In pictures: Biblical bounty
  3. The Revelation Revealed
  4. Heavenly creatures do they exist 

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Page 302v: The Fall of Babylon, Revelation 18:9-24, 19:11-21 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Zechariah 9,10; Revelation 1 (66books.wordpress.com)
    Not only do prophesies help build our faith in the truth of the Bible, but they give us vital information to read and heed
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    Zechariah 11,12; Revelation 2 + Zechariah 13, 14; Revelation 3, 4
  • Eric: Elaine Pagels on the Book of Revelation : The New Yorker (newyorker.com)
    In a new book on those end pages, “Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation” (Viking), ElainePagels sets out gently to bring their portents back to earth.

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    This all leads to the millennium—not the end of all things but the thousand-year reign of Christ on earth—which, in turn, finally leads to Satan’s end in a lake of fire and the true climax. The Heaven and Earth we know are destroyed, and replaced by better ones.

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    Pagels shows persuasively that the Jew/non-Jew argument over the future of the Jesus movement, the real subject of Revelation, was much fiercer than later Christianity wanted to admit.

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    Pagels turns away from the canonic texts to look at the alternative, long-lost “Gnostic” texts of the period that have turned up over the past sixty years or so, most notably in the buried Coptic library of NagHammadi. As in her earlier books (“The Johannine Gospel in Gnostic Exegesis”; “The Gnostic Paul: Gnostic Exegesis of the Pauline Letters”; “The Gnostic Gospels”), she shows us that revelations in the period were not limited to John’s militant, vengeful-minded one, and that mystic visions more provocative and many-sided were widespread in the early Jesus movement.

  • ‘Pre-trib Rapture a Solid Teaching’ (jpfinn7.wordpress.com)
    Scripture clearly teaches there is coming a time when God will pour out His wrath against those on this earth. Both the Old Testament prophets and much writing in the New Testament cover the subject. In the time since Jesus left this earth, it was not talked about or preached much until the 1800′s.
  • Israel: Delivered, Blessed, and Regathered (Zech. 9-10) (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
    After the visions in Zechariah 1-6, the question arises, what about the Gentile nations who oppressed Israel?
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    Judgment and salvation will come to the nations surrounding Israel (9:1-8). Zechariah specifies three cities in Syria (Hadrach, Damascus, and Hamath; 9:1-2a), two in Phoenicia (Tyre and Sidon; 9:2b-4) and four cities in Philistia (Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and Ashdod; 9:5-8). The order of the cities mentioned is from north to south.
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    When Jesus returns He will liberate, empower, defend, and save Israel (9:11-17). He will destroy the Antichrist armies surrounding Jerusalem and liberate Jewish prisoners (12:2-3; 14:2; Joel 3:2, 12). He will empower the Israeli army as His agents for this before He returns (10:3-7; 12:5-8).
  • Alchemy Geometry in the New World (wed-gie.com)
    In the book of Ezekiel, the Prophecy of New Jerusalem (or City (where) God (is) there (יְהוָה שָׁמָּה, Jehovah-shammah), also titled.
    +Many traditions based on biblical scripture and other writings in the Jewish and Christian religions, such as ProtestantismOrthodox Christianity, and Orthodox Judaism, expect the literal renewal of Jerusalem to some day take place at the Temple Mount in accordance with various propheciesDispensationalists believe in a literal New Jerusalem that will come down out of Heaven, which will be an entirely new city of incredible dimensions. Other sects, such as various Protestant denominationsmodernist branches of Christianity, Mormonism and Reform Judaism, view the New Jerusalem as figurative, or believe that such a renewal may have already taken place, or that it will take place at some other location besides the Temple Mount.
    +The surviving New Jerusalem texts in Qumran literature focus specifically on the twelve city gates, and on the dimensions of the entire new city.
  • Gog As Antichrist: A Historical Survey (midnightwatcher.wordpress.com)
    The primary purpose of this article is to catalogue a partial list of historians, Bible scholars, commentators and teachers, both Jewish, Christian, and secular, whose interpretations of ‘Gog of Magog’ of Ezekiel 38-39 support the view that Gog is one and the same with the Antichrist / Beast of the New Testament.
  • Zechariah Chapter 1: Introduction and the Prophet’s Introductory Address (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
    Luther calls Zechariah Ausbund der Propheten—the quintessence of Old Testament prophecy—and this is especially true in reference to Messianic prophecy. Indeed it seems to be the special aim and mission of Zechariah to condense and concentrate in small compass, and in his own peculiar terse style, almost all that has been revealed to the “former prophets” about the person and mission of Messiah—about His Divine and yet truly human character, and of His sufferings and of the glory that should follow.
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    Zechariah (Zekharyah, “he whom Jehovah remembers”) is the central figure in the group of the three post-exilic prophets, and his voice was the last but one of that unique and wonderful succession of men who were, indeed, the oracles of God, and through whom “in divers portions and in different ways” He Himself “spake unto the fathers,” revealing His eternal counsels to men.
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Kingdom Visions of God’s judgements and Marriage of the Lamb

Posted on December 10, 2012. Filed under: Bible Quotes, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

God’s judgements

And I saw another sign in the heaven, great and marvellous: seven messengers having the seven last plagues,1 for the wrath of Elohim was ended in them. Footnote: 1See 21:9. And I saw like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those overcoming the beast and his image and his mark and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, holding harps of Elohim. And they sing the song of Mosheh the servant of Elohim, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and marvellous are Your works, יהוה Shaddai! Righteous and true are Your ways, O Sovereign of the set-apart ones! “Who shall not fear You, O יהוה, and esteem Your Name? Because You alone are kind. Because all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your righteousnesses have been made manifest.” And after this I looked and saw the Dwelling Place of the Tent of Witness in the heaven was opened. And out of the Dwelling Place came the seven messengers having the seven plagues, dressed in clean bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands. And one of the four living creatures gave to the seven messengers seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of Elohim who lives forever and ever. And the Dwelling Place was filled with smoke from the esteem of Elohim and from His power, and no one was able to enter the Dwelling Place until the seven plagues of the seven messengers were ended.
(Revelation 15:1-8 The Scriptures 1998+)

Marriage of the Lamb

And after this I heard a loud voice of a great crowd in the heaven, saying, “Halleluyah! Deliverance and esteem and respect and power to יהוה our Elohim! “Because true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great whore who corrupted the earth with her whoring. And He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.” And a second time they said, “Halleluyah! And her smoke rises up forever and ever!” And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshipped Elohim who sat on the throne, saying, “AmHalleluyah!” And a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our Elohim, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!” And I heard as the voice of a great crowd, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunders, saying, “Halleluyah, for יהוה Shaddai reigns! “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him praise, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife prepared herself.” And to her it was given to be dressed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the set-apart ones. And he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who have been called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true words of Elohim.”
(Revelation 19:1-9 The Scriptures 1998+)

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About the Name and the One to be praised:

  1. Attributes to God, titles ascribed to Him or Names given to JHWH, the God of gods.

    Tetragrammaton (Latin version of divine name, ...

    Tetragrammaton (Latin version of divine name, see Jehovah) at the 5th Chapel of the Palace of Versailles, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  2. Some one or something to fear #3 Cases, folks and outing
  3. Creator of heaven and earth and everything aroundיהוה
  4. The wrong hero
  5. A god between many gods

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  • I am YAHUWAH your Almighty Loving YAH of all Creation.. Have no foreign gods (elohim)before your face (lissakr11humanelife.wordpress.com)
    Today’s most popular translations of The Original Scriptures are riddled with political deception, corruption and pagan gods from 1700 years ago in 321 AD when the “Holy Roman Universal (Catholic) Circe (Church)” was formed by sun-god worshipping Constantine and his pagan bishops! They changed the Scripture enormously, over 66,000 times! Primary Biblical scholars today know of these but are afraid to shake up “the goose laying the golden eggs!”
  • A people for his Name (hadvarim.wordpress.com)
    We have mentioned before that the Yahweh means “cause to breath!”. We plan to address the concept of “breath” in future word studies, for the moment we will draw attention to the beautiful link to the creating of man. Yahweh formed Adam’s body from the dust and he breathed life into him.
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    What is his Name? – A memorial to the Generation of the Race (Part 1)What is his Name? – A memorial to the Generation of the Race (Part 2)Names in Hebrew are words bearing meaning, just like any other word in the language. And while in a wider sense these names were conferred by their parents conveying their desires for their children.
  • What Manner of People (sonlightdevotional.org)
    Brethren, have you ever thought of it, as to what stage in our relationship with God, is the marriage of the Lamb going to take place? Have you ever thought of that?
  • God knows us by our name, shouldn’t we know Him by His? (thechurchatcarrollton.wordpress.com)
    There is no better way to discover what God is like than to look at His names. Knowing Him is and should be the life long pursuit of every believer and the best way to get to know Him is to read and study what He has said about Himself.
  • What’s in a Name? (cracked-pot.com)
    In just two verses of Psalm 91 three titles of God are given besides the personal name of the Lord (Yahweh, YHVH or four-lettered name in Hebrew. ) Elyon, (the Most High), Shaddai (the Almighty), and Elohim (here meaning “the Sublime God.”)

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Kingdom Visions of Rainbowed angel, Lamb in Mount Zion

Posted on December 7, 2012. Filed under: Bible Quotes, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Rainbowed angel

And I saw another strong messenger coming down from the heaven, robed in a cloud, and a rainbow on his head, and his face was like the sun, and his feet like columns of fire, and having in his hand a little book opened. And he placed his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. And when he cried out, seven thunders spoke their sounds. And when the seven thunders spoke their sounds, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from the heaven saying to me, “Seal up what the seven thunders spoke, and do not write them.” And the messenger whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his right hand to the heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created the heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it, that there shall be no further delay, but in the days of the sounding of the seventh messenger, when he is about to sound, the secret of Elohim shall also be ended, as He declared to His servants the prophets. And the voice which I heard out of the heaven spoke to me again and said, “Go, take the little book which is opened in the hand of the messenger standing on the sea and on the earth.” And I went to the messenger and said to him, “Give me the little book.” And he said to me, “Take and eat it,{1} and it shall make your stomach bitter, but it shall be as sweet as honey in your mouth.” {Footnote: 1Eze. chs. 2 & 3}. This is a Hebraism which means to receive knowledge. And I took the little book out of the messenger’s hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter. And he said to me, “You have to prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and sovereigns.”
(Revelation 10:1-11 The Scriptures 1998+)

The Lamb in Mount Zion

And I looked and saw a Lamb standing on Mount Tsiyon, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s Name {1} written upon their foreheads. {Footnote: 1Some texts read: having His Name and His Father’s Name.} And I heard a voice out of the heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder, and I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. And they sang a renewed song before the throne, and before the four living creatures, and the elders. And no one was able to learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth. They are those who were not defiled with women, for they are maidens. They are those following the Lamb wherever He leads them on. They were redeemed from among men, being first-fruits to Elohim and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no falsehood, for they are blameless before the throne of Elohim. And I saw another messenger flying in mid-heaven, holding the everlasting Good News to announce to those dwelling on the earth, even to every nation and tribe and tongue and people, saying with a loud voice, “Fear Elohim and give esteem to Him, because the hour of His judgment has come. And worship Him who made the heaven and the earth, and sea, and fountains of water.” And another messenger followed, saying, “Babis fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her whoring.” And a third messenger followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark upon his forehead or upon his hand, he also shall drink of the wine of the wrath of Elohim, which is poured out undiluted into the cup of His wrath. And he shall be tortured with fire and sulphur before the set-apart messengers and before the Lamb. “And the smoke of their torture goes up forever and ever. And they have no rest day or night, those worshipping the beast and his image, also if anyone receives the mark of his name.” Here is the endurance of the set-apart ones,  here are those guarding the commands of Elohim and the belief of יהושע. And I heard a voice out of the heaven saying to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Master from now on.’ ” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “in order that they rest from their labours, and their works follow with them.” And I looked and saw a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was One like the Son of Adhaving on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. And another messenger came out of the Dwelling Place, crying with a loud voice to the One sitting on the cloud, “Send Your sickle and reap, because the hour has come for You to reap, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.” And the One sitting on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped. And another messenger came out of the Dwelling Place which is in the heaven, and he too held a sharp sickle. And another messenger came out from the altar, having authority over the fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him having the sharp sickle, saying, “Send your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe.” And the messenger thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of Elohim. And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the bridles of the horses, for about three hundred kilometres.
(Revelation 14:1-20 The Scriptures 1998+)

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  • Revelation 13-15 (mybiblereadingplan.wordpress.com)
    And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
  • The great delusion (wordsofgrace.wordpress.com)
    When the first six seals on the scroll belonging to the Lamb (Rev. 5:1-2) are opened (6:1ff), the Lamb’s wrath is poured out (and don’t overlook the fact that the One who is pictured as a defenseless lamb is also capable of sovereign judgment over all created beings).
  • The Message of the Manger (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
    The Birth of Jesus was more than the entrance into the world of another Jewish baby. It marked the beginning of the fulfillment of prophetic promises that would lead to the redemption of the world and the restoration of all things.
  • “Baruch Habah Bashem Adonai” (dailymannablog.wordpress.com)
    The Lord will establish a house in Zion: Micah 4:1-5
    And it will come about in the last days That the mountain of the house of the Lord Will be established as the chief of the mountains. It will be raised above the hills, And the peoples will stream to it.
    And many nations will come and say, “Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord And to the house of the God of Jacob, That He may teach us about His ways And that we may walk in His paths.” For from Zion will go forth the law, Even the word of the Lord from Jerusalem (not heaven). And He will judge between many peoples And render decisions for mighty, distant nations.

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Kingdom Visions of a Man, Throne and Great crowd

Posted on December 5, 2012. Filed under: Bible Quotes, Bible Study and Bible Reading | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Son of Man

And I turned to see the voice which spoke with me. And having turned, I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Addressed in a robe down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. And His head and hair were white as white wool, as snow, and His eyes as a flame of fire, and His feet like burnished brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters. And in His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword,1 and His face was as the sun shining in its strength. {Footnote: 1See 2:16, Isa.49:2, Heb. 4:12}. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead, and He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid, I am the First and the Last, and the living One. And I became dead, and see, I am living forever and ever. AmAnd I possess the keys of the grave and of death. “Write therefore what you have seen, both what is now and what shall take place after these: “The secret of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are messengers of the seven assemblies, and the seven lampstands which you saw are seven assemblies.
(Revelation 1:12-20 The Scriptures 1998+)

Throne in heaven

After this I looked and saw a door having been opened in the heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here and I shall show you what has to take place after this.” And immediately I came to be in the Spirit and saw a throne set in the heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a ruby stone in appearance. And there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance. And around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, dressed in white robes. And they had crowns of gold on their heads. And out of the throne came lightnings, and thunders, and voices. And seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of Elohim. And before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures, covered with eyes in front and in back. And the first living creature was like a lion, and the second living creature like a calf, and the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. And the four living creatures, each having six wings, were covered with eyes around and within. And they do not cease, day or night, saying, “Set-apart, set-apart, set-apart, יהוה Shaddai, who was, and who is, and who is coming!” And when the living creatures give esteem and respect and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and bow before Him who lives forever and ever, and they cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “You are worthy, O יהוה, to receive esteem and respect and power, for You have created all, and because of Your desire they are, and were created.” And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, having been sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong messenger proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loosen its seals?” And no one in the heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. And I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. And one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. See, the Lion of the tribe of Yehud1 the Root of Dawid2 overcame to open the scroll and to loosen its seven seals.” Footnotes: 1Heb. 7:14 2Isa. 11:1 & 10. And I looked and saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders a Lamb standing, as having been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of Elohim sent out into all the earth. And He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him sitting on the throne. And when He took the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the set-apart ones. And they sang a renewed song, saying, “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals, because You were slain, and have redeemed us to Elohim by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and made us sovereigns and priests to our Elohim, and we shall reign upon the earth.”{1 Footnote: 1Dan. 7:18-27.} And I looked, and I heard the voice of many messengers around the throne, and the living creatures, and the elders. And the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb having been slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and respect and esteem and blessing!” And every creature which is in the heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying, “To Him sitting on the throne, and to the Lamb, be the blessing and the respect and the esteem and the might, forever and ever!” And the four living creatures said, “AmAnd the twenty-four elders fell down and bowed before Him who lives forever and ever.
(Revelation 4:1-5:14 The Scriptures 1998+)

A great crowd of people from every nation

After this I looked and saw a great crowd which no one was able to count, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes, and palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Deliverance belongs to our Elohim who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the messengers stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped Elohim, saying, “AmThe blessing, and the esteem, and the wisdom, and the thanksgiving, and the respect, and the power, and the might, to our Elohim forever and ever. AmAnd one of the elders responded, saying to me, “Who are these dressed in white robes, and where did they come from?” And I said to him, “Master, you know.” And he said to me, “These are those coming out of the great distress, having washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. “Because of this they are before the throne of Elohim, and serve Him day and night in His Dwelling Place. And He who sits on the throne shall spread His Tent over them. “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more, neither shall the sun strike them, nor any heat, because the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne shall shepherd them and lead them to fountains of waters of life. And Elohim shall wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
(Revelation 7:9-17 The Scriptures 1998+)

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Preceding articles:

  1. The Song of The Lamb #2 Sevens
  2. Kingdom Visions of a Man, Throne and Great crowd
  3. Kingdom Visions of Rainbowed angel, Lamb in Mount Zion
  4. Kingdom Visions of God’s judgements and Marriage of the Lamb

Next: The Song of The Lamb #3 Daniel and Revelation

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  • The Saints In White Robes (mychristiancoffeeshop.wordpress.com)
    Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the lamb.
  • The “Who” of Thanksgiving (gracedigest.com)
    Today our local newspaper was splattered with Thanksgiving messages, some mentioning God, but many with no mention of God. To whom are we thankful? Upon reflection, it is really odd to be thankful to…nothing, or no one. If you are really thankful for your family, who do you thank? Fate, nature?
  • Edification From Revelation: “Worthy Are You…” (Chapters 4-5) (preacheroftruth.com)
    when we seek to understand Revelation so that we can teach it to others, we must go first to the rest of Scripture to find the meanings behind the symbolism.  Keeping this in mind when we study John’s epistle from Patmos will help us see the many parallels between the physical events and people of the Old Testament and the spiritual truths presented in Revelation (cf. Heb. 8:1-5; 10:1; Rom. 5:14; Col. 2:16-17), and will lead us to a scriptural and logical explanation of its symbols.
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    The “twenty-four elders” who are seated on the twenty-four thrones” around God’s throne (Rev. 4:4) also remind me of the covenants God has made with man, specifically the old covenant made with the twelve tribes of Israel (Deut. 5:1-2) and the new covenant taught by the Spirit-inspired twelve apostles (Acts 2:42; Eph. 3:3-5).
  • On the third day after the superstorm: they have washed their robes (kzlam36.wordpress.com)
    What qualified them to wear white robes?

    1. The blood of the Lamb.
    2. They have not soiled their garments by sins.
    3. They are considered worthy by the Lord.
    4. The one who conquers (overcomes sins)
  • Revelation 5: Worthy is the Lamb! (kingdomnewtestament.wordpress.com)
    Sometimes the best thing to do in life is just to stop and praise before the moment gets away.
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    As the Lamb comes into the light emanating from God we see it possesses all power (horns) and wisdom (eyes) but that it also has the wounds of death on it.  As surreal as it seems, the Lamb has died and is now lamb-that-was_slainalive again.  In fact, this is precisely what has made the Lamb worthy to take the scroll.
  • Revelation 4-6 (mybiblereadingplan.wordpress.com)
  • How we know there are Saints (fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com)
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The Song of The Lamb #2 Sevens

Posted on December 5, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In the previous chapter we saw that the symbols in the book of Revelation are often “clashing”. Though they start in the same way, they develop in different directions until they are directly in opposition to each other.

Another feature of the book of Revelation is the seven fold structure of the book. This also follows examples elsewhere in the Bible.

Sevens in Revelation

7 churches
7 spirits
7 golden candlesticks
7 stars
7 lamps of fire
7 horns and 7 eyes on the Lamb
7 angels with 7 thunders
7 thunders
7 heads with 7 crowns on the Dragon
7 angels with 7 bowls containing 7 last plagues
7 mountains and 7 kings
7 blessings

The Jericho pattern: The heart of the message of Revelation there are three sequences of sevens, seven seals, seven trumpets and seven plagues. The seventh seal opens up into the seven trumpets; and the seventh trumpet sounds the start of the seven plagues. These great sequences of important events divide into three successive sections of the period of time between John receiving the message of Revelation and Jesus returning to earth to establish the kingdom.

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Page 291: The Opening of the Seventh Seal and the First Four Sounding Trumpets, Revelation 8:1-13 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Three main periods described in Revelation

Seals 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Kingdom
Trumpets 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Plagues 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Each sevenfold sequence always looks forward to the completion of God’s purpose. This is emphasised by the fact that every section starts with a vision of the kingdom, and is completed when the kingdom is established. The kingdom visions are a very important focus of this book:

The sevenfold construction of Revelation

Opening Vision Chp Development of God’s purpose Chp
1 One like the Son of Man 1 Letters to the Seven Ecclesias in Asia 2, 3
2 Throne in Heaven 4, 5 Seven-sealed Scroll 6
3 Multitude no man can number 7 Seven trumpets 8, 9
4 Rainbowed Angel 10 Development of Apostasy 11-13, 17,18
5 Lamb on Mount Zion 14 Seven Last Plagues 16
6 God’s judgement 15 Seven Thunders 10: 3,4
7 Marriage of the Lamb 19 Establishment of the Kingdom 20,22

A direct comparison can be made with the siege of Jericho by the Hebrews at the time of Joshua.

Seven Kingdom Visions:

1 One like the Son of Man. A symbolic figure representing Jesus and his faithful disciples encourage John to write down everything he is shown in visions.
Introduction to the letters to the seven groups of believers in Asia
1: 12-20
2 Throne in heaven – a vision of Jesus sitting on God’s throne in the kingdom. The nations are at peace and the saints surround Jesus.
The vision explains how God foresees future events and they occur only at His will.Whatever happens – everything is moving towards the end of His purpose. As the seven seals are broken, some of these details are revealed.
4:1 – 5:14
3 Multitude no man can number. A great crowd of people from every nation stand before Jesus’ kingdom throne.
They are clothed in white after coming through great tribulation and persecution. This is the introduction to the seven trumpet judgements – they reveal the troubles through which God’s faithful people are preserved for His kingdom.
7:9-17
4 Rainbowed angel. A mighty angel descends from heaven clothed in a cloud and a rainbow, and roaring like a lion – it is a vision of Jesus and the saints establishing peace on the earth.
The urgency of the vision expresses Jesus’ reaction to the corruption of the Gospel, and the difficulties faced by true disciples.
Introduces a section in Revelation where the development of and dangers of false religion are graphically described.
10:1-11
5 The Lamb in Mount Zion. Jesus and the saints stand on Mount Zion, and the saints sing for joy because they have been redeemed from the rest of mankind.
This is the introduction to the seven last plagues, which occur before Jesus returns to set up his kingdom.
Despite the fierceness of the plagues – God will ensure than none of Jesus’ true disciples are lost.
14:1-20
6 God’s judgements. The saints are singing – their song is the Song of Moses and of the Lamb, and they stand on the sea of nations, which has been stilled by the work of Jesus.The stilling of the nations and exactly how it will occur is only briefly mentioned in Revelation. It is a work symbolised by seven thunders, which John was told not to describe. (10;4) 15: 1-8
7 Marriage of the Lamb, the saints rejoice because Jesus is finally united with his disciples – the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his wife has made herself ready (19;7)Together, Jesus and the saints rule over the nations of the world, teaching them God’s ways and putting down all opposition, so that the kingdom can be handed back to God and He will be “all in all”. 19: 1-9

Steven Robinson

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Preceding article: The Song of The Lamb #1 Visions, symbols and suggested meanings

Next:

  1. Kingdom Visions of a Man, Throne and Great crowd
  2. Kingdom Visions of Rainbowed angel, Lamb in Mount Zion
  3. Kingdom Visions of God’s judgements and Marriage of the Lamb
  4. The Song of The Lamb #3 Daniel and Revelation

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Also of interest:

“Baruch Habah Bashem Adonai”
End Times also called The Last Days, The Beginning of Sorrows, Nation against Nation, Kingdom against Kingdom -Major world wide conflict that begin the End Times or Last Days: World War I & II (1914 ,1939) Matthew 24:7 Both World Wars had major Jewish implications, The Holocaust, & Zionist Movement, State of Israel is established in 1948. Israel is established as a secular nation in unbelief for a future judgment known as a Time of Jacob’s Trouble, The Bibles speaks of a great gathering of Gentile Armies against Jerusalem.
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The Second Coming is exactly seven years after the signing of the covenant with the Anti-Christ, but the rapture could happen at any moment.
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The  Great Tribulation, Daniel’s 70th Seven, Seven Year Period Of Judgement And Wrath Of God, Signing of the Seven Year covenant with the Anti-Messiah Daniel 9:27 –  Seventy Sevens

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  • Revelation 5: Worthy is the Lamb! (kingdomnewtestament.wordpress.com)
    the Lion has become the Lamb.  Let there be no mistake, the Lamb is powerful like a lion, but his work up until now has always been more like a lamb.  One must be a lamb before they can be a lion.
  • Revelation 4-8 (westminsterreads.org)
    Beginning in chapter 4, the author’s vision starts. The scene shifts from earth to heaven and we enter another world. John’s visions have been the subject of nearly endless discussion and speculation by readers.
  • Why the Modern View of the Book of Revelation may be Flawed. (adw.org)
    the common modern and majority view is that the context of this book is the persecution against Christians by Domitian (Emperor from 81-96 AD) and the Roman Empire which he headed. John has been arrested and exiled to the Island of Patmos. Thus, the chief context for the majority view is the antagonism of the Roman Empire seeking to force Christians to emperor worship and apostasy from the Christian faith in the one true God. Further, the harlot city is defined in this point of view as Rome.
  • Revelation 13-15 (mybiblereadingplan.wordpress.com)
  • Sunday (December 2): “And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (shechina.wordpress.com)
    The people of Jesus’ time expected that the coming of the Messiah would be accompanied by extraordinary signs and wonders. Jesus’ first coming was clouded in mystery and surprising wonderment: Even though he was the rightful heir to the throne of King David, he was born in obscurity in a cave at Bethlehem, near the place where David had watched over his father’s sheep some 1000 years before. A choir of mighty angels chose to announce the good news to a small band of lowly shepherds keeping their night watch nearby.
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The Song of The Lamb #1 Visions, symbols and suggested meanings

Posted on December 3, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Song of The Lamb                            Revelation 5, 14 & 15                             Bible Songs

Revelation is a very difficult book to read and interpret.

It is going to be necessary to fill some brief context of these songs – and in a book that, as you know, due to its very figurative language, is not straight forward, there being also a number of views on its interpretation.

Breakdown by Revelation, by chapter to give the context of our thoughts this evening.

1: 1-8 Introduction
1: 9-20 Vision of man among lamp stands
2:1 – 3:22 Seven Letters
4:1 – 5:14 Vision of the throne in heaven and the Lamb
6:1 –17 Six Seals
7:1 – 8:5 Vision of multitude no man can number
8:6 – 9:21 Six trumpets
10: 1-11 Vision of the rain-bowed angel
11:1-14 Two Witnesses
11: 15-19 The seventh seal
12: 1-17 The Woman and her child
13: 1-18 The Beast
14: 1-20 Vision of the redeemed with the Lamb on Mount Zion
15: 1-8 Vision of the final judgements
16: 1-21 Seven plagues
17:1 – 18:24 Judgement of the great Babylon Harlot
19:1-10 Vision of the Lamb’s Bride
19:11-21 Victory over the Beast
20: 1-15 Subduing of the nations
21:1 – 22:21 Vision of the new heaven and the new earth

Revelation has been rightly described as different to any of the books in the New Testament and also different to most of the books in the Old Testament. The style of the book is more comparable to that of the prophecies of Daniel and Zechariah.

It is primarily a book about visions. The Apostle John describes what he saw, what was revealed to him while he was imprisoned on the island of Patmos, but did not always describe what the vision means. The Greek word for this book is Apocalypse and we can see from the summary that is contains visions of angels, beasts, living creatures, horsemen, armies, rainbows, stars, thunders, lightning and great earthquakes.

The Angel Appears to John. The book of Revelat...

The Angel Appears to John. The book of Revelation. 13th century manuscript. British Library, London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is uncertain when the book was written, John was exciled on Patmos for his faith –this implies must have been a period of persecution. In John’s lifetime there were two periods of extreme persecution in the reigns of Nero (AD54-68) and Domitan (AD81-96).

If the early date – then some of the prophecies could have had an immediate fulfilment in the overthrow of Jerusalem in AD70 by Rome.

The start of the book opens with the words:

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 anger to his servant John.

Therefore everything that written, as far as John was concerned, was to be fulfilled in the future. He was shown the development of God’s purpose from his own times, right through to the times when Jesus was to return to establish God’s kingdom, and beyond.

Some symbols and suggested meanings

Lampstand Congregation of believers
Two-edged sword Word of God
White robes Righteousness
Burnished brass Man’s nature perfected
Heaven Government
Sea All nations
Living creatures Saints
Elders Saints
Lion of Judah Jesus as King
Lamb Jesus as Saviour
Horse Military power
Altar Jesus’ sacrifice
Earthquake Political upheaval
Sun King or emperor
Moon Religious powers, priesthood
Stars Princes, rulers
Trumpets Judgements to come
Censers Prayers
Rainbow God’s glorious covenant
Temple Jesus and his faithful disciples
Court Those who claim to be Christ’s
Bottomless pit Out of bounds
Woman Religious community

Throughout the book of Revelation there is an extensive use of symbolic language. The keys to their interpretation can be found either in Revelation or elsewhere is scripture. Another important principle about the is that they tend to be in pairs. They represent something that can develop either in a Godly way or a worldly way. The symbol of the woman for example can either be faith and become the bride of Christ – but also can be shown to be a fallen woman, a prostitute which represents those people who do not remain faithful to Jesus, corrupt and perverting his teaching.

The symbols therefore are often “clashing”. Though they start in the same way, they develop in different directions until they are directly in opposition to each other.

Steven Robinson

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To be Continued: The Song of The Lamb #2 Sevens

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Also of interest:

Revelation 1:8 – Who is Speaking?

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  • Why the Modern View of the Book of Revelation may be Flawed. (adw.org)
    it bespeaks the end of, and passing qualities of all things of this world.It is also a book of glory, depicting the ultimate victory of our Lord Jesus Christ, after a great period of conflict between the doomed kingdom of this world, and the victorious Kingdom of Christ. In this context the Book of Revelation is not a mere tour guide to the last days, but is a book of glory reminding us that Christ has the total victory already wrapped up.
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    The Majority of modern scholars place the date of the composition of the Book of Revelation between 90-110 AD. There are good reasons for this, not the least of which is the testimony of several Fathers of the Church. Irenaeus places the work at 96 AD. Victorinus places the writing in the context of the persecution of Domitian, and indicates it was thus that John was imprisoned on Patmos. Jerome and Eusebius say the same. This date of composition (90-110) also flows well with modern theories of biblical dating which tend to favor later dates as a general rule.
  • BONUS: An Introduction to Revelation (kingdomnewtestament.wordpress.com)
    They avoid Revelation out of fear, confusion, or intimidation.  Some so neglect the book they don’t even realize the book is called Revelation (singular), not Revelations (plural).
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    There is too many stylistic and theological differences to suggest these were all written by the same author.  Many scholars are content to simple say this is a different John, maybe “John the Revelator,” writing from exile on the island of Patmos just off the coast of Asia Minor near Ephesus.
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    John was speaking in symbols and by nature symbolism is much more timeless and malleable to situation.  We press the images too far when we come up with singular, specific, time-bound fulfillments.  John is speaking of evil in its many faces and forms, all throughout time.  Thus, John is talking about Rome but also our world today and the Middle Ages and the age to come.
  • “The Secret Revealed”; scripture and questions for Nov. 4 (plymouthspirit.wordpress.com)
    Today apocalypse conjures images of disaster and the end of the world but the writer of Revelation meant and act of apocalypse is an act of disclosure. In that vein, what is the secret to be revealed from the Book of Revelations?
  • “I Saw New Jerusalem” (newjerusalem12.wordpress.com)
    Revelation 1:2 tells us that the apostle John “testified the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ, even all that he saw.” In our understanding, much of what is described in Revelation is in the future but this verse says that John “saw”—past tense.
  • Revelation 4-8 (westminsterreads.org)
    You will find an introduction and outline of Revelation, here. > Revelation, Introduction and Outline
    For modern Western readers, Revelation can be a difficult book to read. It is an apocalypse, a type of literature we do not typically read. Revelation does not lend itself to the fact and information oriented method of reading that most of us use when we read. Reading Revelation takes some effort on our part. It is not an “easy read”.
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    Apocalyptic literature uses a standard set of symbols that include numerology, catastrophes of cosmic proportions and odd and amazing animals. The purpose of apocalyptic literature was to encourage the faithful to hold firm in their beliefs, to endure, to assure the reader
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    Human history has a goal, ultimately suffering will end and God’s rule will be established. The wicked will be judged.
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    5:1-14 There is a search for someone worthy to open the scroll. No one, except the Messiah (Lion of the tribe of Judah Gen. 49:9, the Root of David Isaiah 11:1,10) is able.  John does not see a lion but a Lamb (v6).
  • Messianic Prophecy Number 18: Exo 12.5 – An Unblemished Lamb (theoldtestamentandthenewtestament.com)
    While all the sacrifices in some way typified the sacrifice of Christ, the New Testament focuses upon Christ being the sacrificial lamb.
  • Sermon – All Saints’ Sunday Revelation 7:9-17 (deprofundisclamaviadtedomine.wordpress.com)
    the saints in heaven know.  They shout “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”  They are looking at the lamb who was slain, who died like the Passover lamb so that His blood might paint the doors of our houses (Exodus 14); they see the Lamb who makes atonement by His death for our desecration of God’s Holy Name, and Whose blood cleanses us (Leviticus 14: 10, 13-14) from the leprosy and uncleanness of our flesh so that we may come near to God.  His blood which was poured out on the altar (Leviticus 8:30) is also taken from the altar of God and sprinkled on us so that our robes are white and we may enter God’s presence as priests.  The saints in heaven see the reality.  What we ask for when we say “Hosanna!”—the saints in heaven see clearly what the crowd in Jerusalem did not see, and what we see only darkly.  They see that “save us, forgive us,” means, “shed your blood for us”.   And they see the Lamb who was slain, and can say not “save us!” but “He who sits on the throne and the lamb who was slain have saved us.”
  • Jesus as the Judge of All the Earth in Revelation (the-scarlet-thread.com)
    The images of the end of the age are awesome, with horrible judgments poured out on the earth, and a vision of God on His throne so terrible, it says the earth and heaven fled away, and there was no place for them. (Rev. 20:11) People will be so terrified, they will prefer to hide in caves and ask the mountains to fall on them and hide them from the wrath of the Lamb. “For the day of His wrath has come, and who can stand?” Rev.6:14-17
  • Revelation 13-15 (mybiblereadingplan.wordpress.com)
    all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
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    And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
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Scripture Word from God

Posted on November 21, 2012. Filed under: Bible Quotes, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Holy Scriptures, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh | Tags: , , , , , |

 

“Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was reckoned unto him;” (Romans 4:23 ERV)

“20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of private interpretation. 21 For no prophecy ever came by the will of man: but men spake from God, being moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1:20-21 ERV)

“And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly.” (Deuteronomy 27:8 ERV)

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that through patience and through comfort of the scriptures we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4 ERV)

“Write therefore the things which thou sawest, and the things which are, and the things which shall come to pass hereafter;” (Revelation 1:19 ERV)

“The spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was upon my tongue.” (2 Samuel 23:2 ERV)

“But the things which God foreshewed by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ should suffer, he thus fulfilled.” (Acts 3:18 ERV)

“And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel up out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved.” (Hosea 12:13 ERV)

“24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my words: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s who sent me. 25  These things have I spoken unto you, while [yet] abiding with you. 26 But the Comforter, [even] the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said unto you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful. 28  Ye heard how I said to you, I go away, and I come unto you. If ye loved me, ye would have rejoiced, because I go unto the Father: for the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe. 30 I will no more speak much with you, for the prince of the world cometh: and he hath nothing in me; 31 but that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.” (John 14:24-31 ERV)

“And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Isaiah the prophet unto your fathers,” (Acts 28:25 ERV)

“whom the heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, whereof God spake by the mouth of his holy prophets which have been since the world began.” (Acts 3:21 ERV)

“thus saith the Lord GOD, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.” (Isaiah 7:7 ERV)

“16 Every scripture inspired of God [is] also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness: 17 that the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ERV)

“Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I say unto you I speak not from myself: but the Father abiding in me doeth his works.” (John 14:10 ERV)

“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” (Ephesians 6:17 ERV)

 

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  • “Did God Only Preserve His Thoughts?” (jpfinn7.wordpress.com)
    Are the Scriptures just the “ideas” of God, or are they the very WORDS of God? You decide!
  • “Bible-believing” and the authority of scripture: “the unfolding of your words gives light” (derekmaul.wordpress.com)
    The Bible says a lot of things. That’s one of the reasons I love to read it all the time; because God is constantly teaching me, nurturing me, nourishing me, and equipping me to share the Good News of God’s love in this broken world.
  • Why We Should Study God’s Word. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
    The Bible is an incredible book of history and facts that proves that there is a God that created all things. Most important of all, the Bible is the Word of God. It contains the mind of God and His will for each one of our lives. That is why the Bible was given to us.
  • 3 Reasons Scripture is not Relative (boldnetwork.wordpress.com)
    Scripture is relative to who reads it. it is subjct to interrpretation. At least that is what is being pushed upon the Christian church. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Scripture can speak in different ways to you at different places in your life, but it isn’t some free flowing stream of words that is meant to mean different things to everyone. If you believe in God, then you must believe His word is truth, and truth is not subject to inerpretation.
  • Our Holy Scriptures (christiansareus.wordpress.com)
    The idea is that every single word in the Bible is there because God wanted it there.
  • Is Scripture reliable? (devinkroner.com)
    Some people will admit that the Words god spoke were true when they were written by Moses, the prophets, and even the apostles…but over the centuries many contend they have been changed. Not on purpose, but just as a result of errors being made in copies, etc. Therefore, some people say we can’t rely on the Scripture today as authoritative.
  • Fast Forward Chapters (jamesfields.wordpress.com)
    some of the genealogies and other areas I call Fast Forward Chapters.  Since I only use electronic devices for reading
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    Consistent reading of Scripture equates to consistent breathing—you have to do it!
  • Helping Students understand the importance of Reading the Bible (youthmin.org)
    If we only read the Bible for what we can “get out of it” we can be distracted from the heart of God’s revelation, which is Himself. We need to come thirsty.
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    The most important reason to read the Bible is to understand story of the gospel. The Bible is living and active and is not meant for the bookshelf.
  • I am Baptized in the Holy Ghost and with Fire! (hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com)
    There is a powerful balance when you have the power of the Holy Ghost and the knowledge of Scripture engrafted into your Spirit man.

 

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Comparisson Bible Books in English, Dutch and French

Posted on November 19, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Bijbel Studie en Bijbel Lezing, Heilige Schrift, Holy Scriptures | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Order of Bible Books – Volgorde Bijbelboeken – Liste des livres de la Bible

English:

One of the possible orders of the Book of books and common names is the one as presented in “The Scriptures” and used in the ecclesia Brussel-Leuven by the Christadelphian community in their services in Brussels, Leefdaal, Leuven, Mons and Nijvel/Nivelles.
In the French capital, for the three monthly service the oecumenical order is been used (see below) or the one of the Louis Segand Bible or Le Sémur. For the bible studies we also use the most common or frequent order of the majority translations. (see below)

Dutch – Nederlands:

Één van de mogelijke volgordes van de Bijbelboeken is deze die voor komt in de vertaling van “The Scriptures” of “De Geschriften”, welke in de dienst wordt gebruikt door de Belgische Christadelphians in Brussel, Leefdaal, Leuven, Mons en Nijvel/Nivelles.
Tijdens de driemaandelijkse dienst in de Franse hofdstad wordt de volgorde genomen van de oecumenische bijbelvertaling TOB of deze van Louis Segond of  Le Semeur.

Liste des livres de la Bible

Chez les Christadelphes Belge on utilese dans le service en Belgique le canon de la Bible hébraïque et en France le canon des écritures défini au Concile de Trente ou comme les éditions catholiques ou interconfessionnelles (TOB, Jérusalem, Bayard, etc.)

The Pre-Messianic Scriptures – Pre-Messiaanse geschriften – Hebreeuws-Aramese Geschriften – Les Écrits Hebreux

The Tanak – Tanakh = De Tanak = Tenach

The Tanakh (Hebrew: תַּנַ”ךְ‎, pronounced [taˈnaχ] or [təˈnax]; also Tenakh, Tenak, Tanach) is also known as the Masoretic Text or the Miqra.

 

A Tanach

 

 

תּוֹרָה Torah – Teaching (commonly called Law) – Thorah – Thora of Wet – La Torah

Bookname (Alternate name) – Dutch name(s), Nederlandse naam/namen- French name, les noms en Français

Beginning –  Het Begin – De aanvang

Bereshith –  Beres’jiet (GenesisGenesis, = Genèse

 

Illuminated Tanakh

 

 

 

Law – Wet

Chamisha Chumshei Torah (חמישה חומשי תורה) / Chamisja Choemsjee Torah (Hebreeuws: חמשה חומשי תורה, de ‘vijf boeken van de Thora’): Pentateuch: Beres’jiet, Sjemot, Wajikra, Bemidbar & Dewariem

Shemoth – Sjemot (Exodus) = Sjemot – Exodus, Uittocht = Exode
Wayyiqra – Wajikra (Leviticus) = Wajikra –  Leviticus, Levieten, Lévitique
Bemigbar – Bemidbar (Numbers) = Bemidbar (Bamidbar) – Numeri = Nombres
Debarim –Dewariem  (Deuteronomy) = Devariem – Deuteronomium = Deutéronome

נְבִיאִים Nebi’im – Nevi’imNewie’iem – Prophets – Profeten – Grote en Kleine Profeten – Les Prophètes

יְהוֹשֻעַ

Leningrad Codex cover page E (Folio 474a). A v...

Leningrad Codex cover page E (Folio 474a). A very old manuscript of the Hebrew bible. A former possession of Karaïte Jews. They claim its author was Karaite, a position denied by Rabbinic Jews. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

/ Yĕhôshúa‘ Yehoshua (Joshua) = Jehosjoea‘ – Jozua, Jozua, Joshua = Josué
שופטים / Shophtim Shophetim (Judges, Rulers) = Sjofetiem – Richteren, Rechters = Juges

שְׁמוּאֵל / Shĕmû’ēl: Samuel
Shemu’el Aleph (1 Samuel)  =  Sjemoeël 1 – I Samuel,1 Samuël  = I Samuel ou I Règnes
Shemu’el Bet (2 Samuel) = Sjemoeël 2 – II Samuel 2 Samuël = II Samuel ou II Règnes

מלכים / M’lakhim: Kings
Melakim Aleph (1 Kings) = Melachiem 1 – I Koningen, 1 Koningen = I Rois ou III Règnes
Melakim Bet (2 Kings) = Melachiem 2 – II Koningen, 2 Koningen = II Rois ou IV Règnes

יְשַׁעְיָהוּ / Yĕsha‘ăyāhû Yeshayahu (Isaiah) =  Jesja‘jahoe – Jeshajua, Jesaja, Esajas = Isaïe ou Ésaïe
יִרְמְיָהוּ / Yirmĕyāhû Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) =  Jirmejahoe – Jeremia, Jeremias = Jérémie
יְחֶזְקֵאל / Yĕhezqēl Yebezqel (Ezekiel) = Jechezkel – Ezechiël, Ezéchiel = Ézéchiel

דָּנִיֵּאל / Dānī’ēl Dani’ el (Daniel) = Daniël = Daniel
הוֹשֵׁעַ / Hôshēa‘  Hoshea (Hosea) = Hosjea‘ – Hosea = Osée
יוֹאֵל / ’ēl Yo’el (Joel) = Joël = Joël
עָמוֹס / ‘Āmôs Amos (Amos) = Amos = Amos
עֹבַדְיָה / ‘Ōbhadhyāh Obagyah (Obadiah) =  ‘Ovadja – Obadja, Obadia = Abdias
יוֹנָה / Yônāh Yonah (Jonah) = Jona, Jonas = Jonas
מִיכָה / Mîkhāh Mikah (Micah) = Micha = Michée
נַחוּם / Naḥûm Nabum (Nahum) = Nachoem – Nahum = Nahoum
חֲבַקּוּק /Ḥăbhaqqûq Habaqquq (Habakkuk) = Chavakoek – Habakuk = Habaquq
צְפַנְיָה / Ṣĕphanyāh Tsephanyah (Zephaniah) =Tsefanja – Zefanja, Sefanja = Sophonie
חַגַּי / Ḥaggai Haggai (Haggai) = Chaggai – Haggai, Haggaï, Aggeas = Aggée
זְכַרְיָה / Zĕkharyāh Zekaryah (Zechariah) = Zecharja – Zacharia, Zecharias, Zacharias = Zacharie
מַלְאָכִי / Mal’ākhî Mal’aki (Malachi) = Mal’achi – Maleachi = Malachie

כְּתוּבִים Kethubim Aleph KetuvimKetoewiem – Writings – Hagiographa – Geschriften

(Poetic books: Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon or Canticles – Poëtische Boeken: Psalmen, Spreuken, Prediker of Ecliasten, Hooglied of Koningslied of Kantieken)

תהלים / Tehillim Tehillim (Psalms) = Tehiliem – Psalmen = Psaumes
משלי / Mishlei Mishle (Proverbs) = Misjlee – Spreuken = Proverbes
אִיּוֹב / Iyyōbh Iyob (Job) = Iov – Job = Job
שִׁיר הַשׁשִׁירִים/ Shīr Hashīrīm Shir haShirim (Song of Songs)(Song of Solomon) (Canticles) = Sjier Hasjiriem – Hooglied, Koningslied, Kantieken = Cantique des cantiques
רוּת / Rūth Ruth (Ruth) = Roet – Ruth = Ruth
איכה / Eikhah Ekah (Lamentations) = Echa – Klaagliederen, Lamentaties = Lamentations
קֹהְלְת / Qōheleth Qoheleth (Ecclesiastes) = Kohelet – Ecclesiasticus,  Prediker, Ecclesiasten, + wijsheid van Jezus Sirach, wijsheid van Jozua Ben Sirach, Spreuken van Sirach, Sirach of Ecclesiasticus = Ecclésiastique ou Siracide
אֶסְתֵר / Estēr Ester (Esther) = Ester – Esther = Esther

עזרא ונחמיה / Ezra v’Nechemia
Ezra (Ezra) = Ezra, (Eerste boek van Esdras, eerste deel van het Boek Esdras) = Ezra ou I Esdras
Nehemyah (Nehemiah) = Nechemja – Nehemia, Nehemía, (Tweede boek van Esdras, Tweede deel van het Boek Esdras) = Néhémie ou II Esdras

דברי הימים / Divrei Hayamim – Chronicles – Chronieken – Kronieken
Dibre haYamim Aleph (1 Chronicles) = Divree Hajamiem 1 – I Kronieken, 1 Kronieken = I Chroniques
Dibre haYamim Bet (2 Chronicles) = Divree Hajamiem 2 – II Kronieken, 2 Kronieken = II Chroniques

The Messianic Scriptures – De Messiaanse Geschriften – Christelijke Griekse Geschriften

Kethubim Bet – Writings

Gospels – Evangeliën – Evangelies – Évangiles

Plik:Karolingischer Buchmaler um 820 001.jpgDie vier Evangelisten – Aachen Gospels – 13 CE – Dom, Schatzkammer

Mattithyahu (Matthew) = Mattheüs, Matthéüs, Evangelie volgens Matteüs = Évangile selon Matthieu
Marqos (Mark) = Markus, Marcus = Évangile selon Marc
Luqas (Luke) = Lukas, Lucas = Évangile selon Luc
Yohanan (John) = Johannes, Evangelie van Sint Jan, Evangelie van de apostel Johannes = Évangile selon Jean

History of first Christians –  Geschiedenis van de eerste Christenen

Ma ‘asei (Acts) = Handelingen der apostelen, Handelingen van de apostelen

Epistles or Letters or Writings from the apostles – Epistels, Brieven van de apostelen

Paul’s Lettres, Letters by Paul – Brieven van Paulus, Paulus brieven, Paulus Epistels – Épîtres pauliennes

Romiyim (Romans) = Romeinen, Brief aan de Romeinen = Épître aux Romains
Qorintiyim Aleph (1 Corinthians) = 1 Korinthiërs, Eerste brief aan de Korintiërs, I Korintiërs = Première épître aux Corinthiens
Qorintiyim Bet (2 Corinthians) = 2 Korinthiërs, Tweede brief aan de Korintiërs, II Korintiërs = Deuxième épître aux Corinthiens
Galatiyim (Galatians) = Galaten = Épître aux Galates
Eph’siyim (Ephesians) = Efeziërs = Épître aux Éphésiens
Pilipiyim (Philippians) = Filippenzen = Épître aux Philippiens
Qolasim (Colossians) = Kolossenzen = Épître aux Colossiens
Tas’loniqim Aleph (1 Thessalonians) = 1 Thessalonicenzen, Eerste brief aan de Tessalonicenzen, I Tessalonicenzen = Première épître aux Thessaloniciens
Tas’loniqim Bet (2 Thessalonians) = 2 Thessalonicenzen, Tweede brief aan de Tesselonicenzen, II Tessalonicenzen = Deuxième épître aux Thessaloniciens
Timotiyos Aleph (1 Timothy) = 1 Timótheüs, Eerste brief aan Timoteüs, I Timoteüs = Première épître à Timothée
Timotiyos Bet (2 Timo} = 2 Timótheüs, Tweede brief aan Timoteüs, II Timoteüs = Deuxième épître à Timothée
Titos (Titus) = Titus = Épître à Tite
Pileymon (Philemon) = Filémon, Philemon, Filemon = Épître à Philémon
Ib’rim (Hebrews) = Hebreeën = L’Épître aux Hébreux

Letters by other apostles – Verdere brieven van de apostelen of Katholische brieven – Lettres des autre apôtres ou Épîtres dites catholiques (c’est-à-dire universelles)

Ya ‘aqob (James) = Jakobus = Épître de Jacques
Kepha Aleph (1 Peter) = 1 Petrus, Eerste brief van Petrus, I Petrus = Première épître de Pierre
Kepha Bet (2 Peter) = 2 Petrus, Tweede brief van Petrus, II Petrus = Deuxième épître de Pierre
Yohanan Aleph (1 John) =  1 Johannes, Eerste brief van Johannes, I Johannes = Première épître de Jean
Yohanan Bet (2 John) = 2 Johannes, Tweede brief van Johannes, II Johannes = Deuxième épître de Jean
Yohanan Gimel (3 John) = 3 Johannes, Derde brief van Johannes, III Johannes = Troisième épître de Jean
Yehugah (Jude) = Judas, Brief van Judas, Epistel van Judas, Judas = Épître de Jude

Prophetic book, Revelation – Profetisch boek, Eindtijdboek, Revelatie of Openbaring van Johannes – Livre prophétique sur la fin des temps et l’établissement du royaume de Dieu

Hazon (Revelation) = Openbaring, Openbaring van Johannes, Revelatie, Revelatie van Johannes, Apolcalyps = l’Apocalypse

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Order at the Biblestudy:

Tanakh
(Jewish Bible)
(24 books)
Books in bold are part of the Ketuvim
Protestant
Old Testament
(39 books)
Catholic
Old Testament
(46 books)
Eastern Orthodox
Old Testament
(51 books)
Original language
Torah
Bereishit Genesis Genesis Genesis Hebrew
Shemot Exodus Exodus Exodus Hebrew
Vayikra Leviticus Leviticus Leviticus Hebrew
Bamidbar Numbers Numbers Numbers Hebrew
Devarim Deuteronomy Deuteronomy Deuteronomy Hebrew
Nevi’im
Yehoshua Joshua Joshua (Josue) Joshua (Iesous) Hebrew
Shofetim Judges Judges Judges Hebrew
Rut (Ruth) Ruth Ruth Ruth Hebrew
Shemuel 1 Samuel 1 Samuel (1 Kings) 1 Samuel (1 Kingdoms) Hebrew
2 Samuel 2 Samuel (2 Kings) 2 Samuel (2 Kingdoms) Hebrew
Melakhim 1 Kings 1 Kings (3 Kings) 1 Kings (3 Kingdoms) Hebrew
2 Kings 2 Kings (4 Kings) 2 Kings (4 Kingdoms) Hebrew
Divrei Hayamim (Chronicles) 1 Chronicles 1 Chronicles (1 Paralipomenon) 1 Chronicles (1 Paralipomenon) Hebrew
2 Chronicles 2 Chronicles (2 Paralipomenon) 2 Chronicles (2 Paralipomenon) Hebrew
1 Esdras Hebrew
Ezra-Nehemiah Ezra Ezra (1 Esdras) Ezra (2 Esdras) Hebrew and Aramaic
Nehemiah Nehemiah (2 Esdras) Nehemiah (2 Esdras) Hebrew
Tobit (Tobias) Tobit (Tobias) Aramaic (and Hebrew?)
Judith Judith Hebrew
Esther Esther Esther Esther Hebrew
1 Maccabees (1 Machabees) 1 Maccabees Hebrew
2 Maccabees (2 Machabees) 2 Maccabees Greek
3 Maccabees Greek
4 Maccabees Greek
Wisdom books
Iyov (Job) Job Job Job Hebrew
Tehillim (Psalms) Psalms Psalms Psalms Hebrew
Prayer of Manasseh Greek
Mishlei (Proverbs) Proverbs Proverbs Proverbs Hebrew
Qoheleth (Ecclesiastes) Ecclesiastes Ecclesiastes Ecclesiastes Hebrew
Shir Hashirim (Song of Songs) Song of Solomon Song of Songs (Canticle of Canticles) Song of Songs (Aisma Aismaton) Hebrew
Wisdom Wisdom Greek
Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) Sirach Hebrew
Major prophets
Yeshayahu Isaiah Isaiah (Isaias) Isaiah Hebrew
Yirmeyahu Jeremiah Jeremiah (Jeremias) Jeremiah Hebrew and Aramaic
Eikhah (Lamentations) Lamentations Lamentations Lamentations Hebrew
Baruch Baruch Hebrew
Letter of Jeremiah Greek (majority view)
Yekhezqel Ezekiel Ezekiel (Ezechiel) Ezekiel Hebrew
Daniel Daniel Daniel Daniel Hebrew and Aramaic
Twelve Minor Prophets
The Twelve
or
Trei Asar
Hosea Hosea (Osee) Hosea Hebrew
Joel Joel Joel Hebrew
Amos Amos Amos Hebrew
Obadiah Obadiah (Abdias) Obadiah Hebrew
Jonah Jonah (Jonas) Jonah Hebrew
Micah Micah (Micheas) Micah Hebrew
Nahum Nahum Nahum Hebrew
Habakkuk Habakkuk (Habacuc) Habakkuk Hebrew
Zephaniah Zephaniah (Sophonias) Zephaniah Hebrew
Haggai Haggai (Aggeus) Haggai Hebrew
Zechariah Zechariah (Zacharias) Zechariah Hebrew
Malachi Malachi (Malachias) Malachi Hebrew

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  • History books: Geschiedenis Boeken:

1. Jozua; Richteren; Ruth;

2. Samuel en Koningen: 1 Samuel; 2 Samuel; 1 Koningen; 2 Koningen;

3. Kronieken en Ezra: 1 Kronieken; 2 Kronieken; Ezra; Nehemia; Ester;

4. Poëzie en wijsheid: Job; Psalmen; Spreuken; Prediker; Hooglied;

5. Grote profeten: Jesaja; Jeremia; Klaagliederen; Ezechiël; Daniël;

6. Kleine profeten: Hosea; Joël; Amos; Obadja; Jona; Micha; NahumHabakuk; Sefanja; Haggai; Zacharia; Maleachi

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Les Livres prophetiques

les Prophetes premiers

Le livre de Josue; Le livre des Juges; Premier livre de Samuel, Deuxieme livre de Samuel; Premier livre des Rois, Deuxieme livre des Rois

les Prophetes derniers

Esa’ie, Jeremie, Ezechiel, Osee, Joel, Amos, Abdias, Jonas, Michee, Nahoum, Habaquq, Sophonie, Aggee, Zacharie, Malachie

Les autres Écrits

Les Psaumes, Le livre de Job, Les Proverbes, Le livre de Ruth, Le Cantique des Cantiques, Qoheleth (ou I’Ecclesiaste), Les Lamentations, Le livre d’Esther, Daniel, Le livre d’Esdras, Le livre de Nehemie, Premier livre des Chroniques, Deuxieme livre des Chroniques

 

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Follower of Jesus part of a cult or a Christian

Posted on October 24, 2012. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Christendom and Christianity, Faith, History, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Often you hear people calling non-trinitarians heathen and heretics, members of a cult.

Becoming a member or Getting in and out

Normally you would consider a group as being a cult when it is easy to get in but very difficult to get out. Most of the non-trinitarian groups are not so easy to become a member of because they require full notice of their teachings, the Biblical teachings and a life which is acceptable in the eyes of Jesus and most important acceptable for God. Once allowed to become a member and to be baptised, with some, after a questionnaire to cheque if you fulfil the requirements, the person has to live a Christian life according to the ordinances of the Holy Scriptures. As soon as the person does something against the Law of God he or she is mostly requested to leave the association. No foul play or being unfaithful to a partner are accepted so slutty actions are penalised by being put out of the congregation. Fornication is a good reason not to be allowed in the group any more.
Therefore groups like the Jehovah Witnesses are very easy to get out. Even if you have done no whorehopping but tell them so, you may leave for ever. (By matter of speech.) As you can see not really according to the real definition of a cult.

In case you consider every minority group a cult, then yes you can see in the whole history that many groups which started small, like the followers of Jesus where called a cult (The Way), but as soon as they got more money and political power they became integrated in the normal system and where even taken as the normal standard. As such history has seen growing the Lutherans, Calvinists or recently the Mormons.

The Most profitable considered to be the Main

In the United States once again it is proven that people prefer to choose the groups which they think could bring most profit. The Tea Party which has its mouth full of Judeo-Christian Values would never want to go in the sea with Obama, but do not see the danger into giving hands to Mitt Romney. In earlier days they shouted that Mormons where of the devil and today they call everybody to go and vote for Mitt Romney so that he can save America. Once considered a cult to avoid and never to work with is now the hope of American evangelists and conservative Christians.

In the past we have seen when push came to shove (or prison, or death) also most Protestants supported like the Roman Catholic Church, the Nazi regime regardless of where they fell on the theological spectrum. And prominent liberal theologians like Paul Tillich were just as hostile to the Third Reich as were prominent conservative theologians and pastors like Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. And the tragic thing is that while Catholic Church and the Confessing Church rigorously opposed Nazi claims to totalitarian power over their churches and other church-related organizations, neither said much at all in the way of denouncing Nazi policy towards Jews, Jehovah Witnesses, or to the mentally-handicapped.

Lefebvrists SSPX Priest and altar server of the guild of St. Stephen.

When a group Catholics did not want to agree with the teachings of Pope John Giovanni XXIII and preferred to keep to the Latin rite they where considered heretics and the world was confronted with different Catholic Cults like the Lefebvrists or Marcel Lefebvre his Society of St. Pius XPope Benedict XVI had declared that, for doctrinal rather than disciplinary reasons, the SSPX had no canonical status in the Catholic Church and, because of that lack of canonical status, the ministries exercised by its ministers were not legitimate in the Catholic Church. Tensions between the society and the Holy See reached their height in 1988, when Archbishop Lefebvre consecrated four bishops against the orders of Pope John Paul II, resulting in a declaration of excommunication against the bishops who consecrated or were consecrated, an excommunication remitted for those still alive in January 2009 with a hope expressed that all members of the society would quickly return to full communion.
At the end of last century and beginning this century when everything was turned back to previous days they were taken up again in the Roman Catholic Church and are today not seen as a cult any more.

Some years ago people spoke about Catholic institutional cults like the Charismatic Catholics, Opus Dei, a.o.

Several people also used to speak out boldly against the Church of Rome and considered it from the devil or to be the Babylon of which the Bible spoke. Though it no longer seems to be in vogue to speak of the pope as “the antichrist” (Although the following people unhesitatingly did: Martin Luther, John Bunyan, John Huss, John Wycliffe, John Calvin, William Tyndale, John Knox, Thomas Bacon, John Wesley, Samuel Cooper, John Cotton, and Jonathan Edwards.) or the Catholic Church as the “whore of Babylon”. Now many Protestants unwittingly believe that “our differences are not so great”.

Alliances

Franklin Graham told the Indianapolis Star (6/3/99) that his father’s longstanding ecumenical alliance with the Catholic Church and all other denominations, “was one of the smartest things his father ever did.” The charismatic Charisma magazine in 10/95 contained a 7-page article on Franklin Graham. They quoted him as saying, “I thank God for the warmth I see within many of the charismatic churches — their love for the Lord and love for the scriptures. …” He also said, “Probably (Samaritan’s Purse) largest base of support comes from the charismatic community.” He has referred to “Mother” Teresa as an “example of the woman God uses” (4/1/99, Calvary Contender). {Billy Graham General Teachings/Activities}

New Age movements also at one time were considered cults but after a few years many protestants found solace in such groups. Norman Vincent Peale advocated New Age and/or occult teachings as visualization, pantheism, human potential, positive confession, positive thinking, etc. Once on the Phil Donahue Show, Peale, a 33rd degree Mason, said, “It’s not necessary to be born again. You have your way to God, I have mine. I found eternal peace in a Shinto shrine.” (Shintoism is an ancient Oriental religion that fuses ancestor worship with mysticism.) He also denied the necessity of believing in the virgin birth.

Trinity to follow or not

Others would say those who are not following the trinitarian teachings can not call themselves Christian and can not be any different than belonging to a cult.

They forget that being a Christian should mean that one is a follower of Christ. In such respect that person calling himself should be following the Master Teacher Jesus Christ (hence the name Christian).

In case people consider a cult any group which teaches doctrines or beliefs that deviate from the biblical message of the Christian faith, they should first confine that Christian Faith.  In Christendom we see lots of denominations and in each denomination people shall be able to find many more opinions and deviations from their main confession. Some say that  “cults often teach some Christian truth mixed with error, which may be difficult to detect.” But they do not give a proper definition of that Christian Truth, which would be, according to the words of the many denominations being something very different from one to the other denomination, so that every denomination could be categorised as a cult.

Features

According the fundamentalism’s leading spokesman evangelist Billy Graham there are some features common to most cults:

• “They do not adhere solely to the sixty-six books of the Bible as the inspired Word of God. They add their “special revelations” to the Bible and view them as equally authoritative.”
As such all the believers who accept the apocryphal books as worthy spiritual food, would be considered a cult. This also means the Roman Catholic Church is for those Americans a cult. Especially the Roman Catholics should then also be seen as a cult, because they also have several revelations by the saints they take for granted and of inspirational value. But in several protestant denominations we also do find groups which like to use several theological and devotional books by human writers which they consider to be inspired by God. According to Billy Graham they should also come under the denominator of being a cult.

English: The icon was painted by artist Nichol...

English: The icon was painted by artist Nicholas Morosoff in 1935 at the request of Bishop Wedgwood for the St Francis Church in Tekels Park, Camberley, and hangs above its main altar. Courtesy Liberal Catholic Church of St Francis of Assisi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

• “They do not accept that our relationship to Jesus Christ is a reality “by grace through faith” alone, but promote instead a salvation by works.”
By saying this they do not understand what those Christians get from the Bible, the infallible Word of God. For those, like Christadelphians, who agree that Christians should live up to their faith it is clear that it is not enough to be baptised to be saved, because faith without works is death. Strangely the others forget that they also dismember people from their congregation because they have done something which they consider to be bad. But that is in contradiction with what they say, because when that person would be saved for ever than he also should be accepted as Christian for ever. It is not right to think any murderer or wrongdoer shall go to heaven because there is the reality of Christ dying for all sinners. If they do  not repent they shall not enter the small gate of the Kingdom of God (which also shall be on earth).

• For lots of Christians non-trinitarians “do not give Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God, full recognition as the second Person of the Trinity, composed of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.”
Yes they do not recognise him as a part of some trio. They recognise him in his full potential. They do not see a God who came onto the earth to fake his death. Jesus really died, while God, as a spirit, can not die and has ever been and shall have no end. Jesus had a beginning (being born) and an end (died at the stake).
Fully recognising the offer Jesus brought, makes his action much more important than trinitarians want to see Jesus. His humility and his preparedness to give his life for people he did not kno, has more value than a God who could straight ahead, in heaven when the first sin was committed, take action and bring everything to an end. In such instance not so many people had to suffer so much. This would make God also to a very cruel person. But God is a God of love, who wanted to give men a change to prove that they could rule the world better than Him. (Part of the question in the garden of Eden).
We had to wait such a long time because it was only with Jesus, that God did find it time to bring a solution with giving a God send man, who could be tempted (remember God can not be tempted) but did not let himself go. Jesus kept straight in line with God’s teachings. Jesus choose to follow his father and to keep totally to His commandments. He is the only one man who could prove to be able to follow God, out of love for God and not wanting anything in return for it. As such, though at first lower than the angels, Jehovah God gave him a higher position and made him unto a mediator between God and men. The ones who consider, like it is written in the Holy Scriptures that Jesus is the son of God and not god the son or God Son, give Jesus full honour for all the work he has done.

Listening and reacting to Scriptures

When Scripture is life-changing, as God’s Word is “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12) people who get to know the Bible to be infallible should under its inspiration come to insight and how more they come to get to know they should adjust their thinking and their way of living.

When we hear God’s Word, whether at a meeting, church service or in private reading, we should “devour” God’s words to us and allow them to become the joy and happiness of our heart (Jeremiah. 15:16).

After the Torah we got Prophesies and Writings to gut us under way to the Gospels to be able to recognise the God send man Jesus Christ of Nazareth (Jeshua) who was son of men and as son of God brought salvation unto many. His disciples and followers coming out of all sorts of layers of the population where preachers brought the Word of God and the Word of Christ “were persevering in the doctrine of the apostles” (Acts of the apostles 2:42; cf. 2 Timothy 1:14) long before the New Testament was written–and centuries before the New Testament canon was settled. Those who call themselves Christians should carefully to the life and beliefs of those first followers of Christ.

Doing the same

In case you want to call yourself Christian you should do the same as the first Christians who also believed that Jesus never took himself to be God himself or to be equal with Him.

“I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” (John 13:15 NIV)

“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” (1 Peter 2:21 NIV)

“Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:6 NIV)

“5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature {Or in the form of} God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,” (Philippians 2:5-6 NIV)

They believed in Jesus, to be the long awaited saviour who as son of men and son of God brought God to us all to be our Father as well.

“I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one “like a son of man” {Daniel 7:13} with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.” (Revelation 14:14 NIV)

“When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.” (Matthew 10:23 NIV)

“And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”” (Matthew 3:17 NIV)

“”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, {Or his only begotten Son} that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NIV)

For us it should be as for them that Jesus shall have to be the Master Teacher and the example for us to come to God and a better life. He, Jesus, should be our main teacher and not theologians or scholars who say they speak in the name of God. Christians should take Jesus as their Rabbi.

“”You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and rightly so, for that is what I am.” (John 13:13 NIV)

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2 NIV)

“”But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi’, for you have only one Master and you are all brothers.” (Matthew 23:8 NIV)

“Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.” (Colossians 4:1 NIV)

Christians do believe salvation belongs to God and is in Christ who came into existence only a few centuries ago, after 42 generations, when he was born (begotten) in a special way.

 “Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ {Or Messiah. “The Christ” (Greek) and “the Messiah” (Hebrew) both mean “the Anointed One”; also in verse 26.} the Lord.” (Luke 2:11 NIV)

“But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body.” (1 Corinthians 15:38 NIV)

“17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ. {Or Messiah. “The Christ” (Greek) and “the Messiah” (Hebrew) both mean “the Anointed One”.} 18  This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1:17-18 NIV)

“26  In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. 31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; his kingdom will never end.” 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called {Or So the child to be born will be called holy,} the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.” (Luke 1:26-38 NIV)

“Then those who were in the boat worshipped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”” (Matthew 14:33 NIV)

“I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”” (John 1:34 NIV)

“But these are written that you may {Some manuscripts may continue to} believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31 NIV)

“and who through the Spirit {Or who as to his spirit} of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God, {Or was appointed to be the Son of God with power} by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 1:4 NIV)

“(and for this we labour and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, and especially of those who believe.” (1 Timothy 4:10 NIV)

“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world.” (1 John 4:14 NIV)

“And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”” (Revelation 7:10 NIV)

“30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead—whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Saviour that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel.” (Acts 5:30-31 NIV)

“For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9 NIV)

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in {Or through} Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23 NIV)

Jesus Christ, the Messiah, left his followers as a Church in case they listen to him Jesus, with divine authority to teach in his name.

“13  When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, {Or Messiah; also in verse 20} the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, {Peter means rock.} and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades {Or hell} will not overcome it. {Or not prove stronger than it} 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be {Or have been} bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be {Or have been} loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.” (Matthew 16:13-20 NIV)

“”I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be {Or have been} bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be {Or have been} loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 18:18 NIV)

“”He who listens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”” (Luke 10:16 NIV)

“And I tell you that you are Peter, {Peter means rock.} and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades {Or hell} will not overcome it. {Or not prove stronger than it}” (Matthew 16:18 NIV)

“19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in {Or into; see Acts 8:16; 19:5; Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 1:13; 10:2 and Gal. 3:27.} the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”” (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV)

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you for ever—” (John 14:16 NIV)

Following Jesus his teachings

Christians are those who follow Jesus teachings and are also prepared to do what he asked them to do, to go out in the world and to let the name of God, to whom belongs all authority, be known all over the world.

“”I have revealed you {Greek your name; also in verse 26} to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.” (John 17:6 NIV)

“5  May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, 6 so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5-6 NIV)

“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1 NIV)

“Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 2:3 NIV)

“So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.” (Ephesians 4:17 NIV)

“19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more. 20 You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. 21 Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:19-24 NIV)

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2 NIV)

“”You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.” (Isaiah 43:10 NIV)

“I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD {Jehovah}, “that I am God.” (Isaiah 43:12 NIV)

“1  Keep on loving each other as brothers. 2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. … 4 Marriage should be honoured by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” {Deut. 31:6} 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” {Psalm 118:#6,7} 7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever. 9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them. … 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come. 15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. 17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you. … 20 May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. ….” (Hebrews 13:1-25 NIV)

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”” (Acts 1:8 NIV)

“Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ. {Or Messiah}” (Acts 5:42 NIV)

“I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.” (Acts 20:21 NIV)

“When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. {Or Messiah; also in verse 28}” (Acts 18:5 NIV)

“Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring—those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.” (Revelation 12:17 NIV)

Praying Christian

Over the times people could get to read the Word of God. They could learn about Adam, Eve, Abraham, Isaac, David, Christ and God. The apostles could seen and we testified that the Father has sent His son, so did not come down Himself as deliverer of the world, but send a man who could feel how every other human being could feel. He really suffered and died in the hope that many would understand his words and come to the Father to whom he often prayed and learned everybody to pray. As Jesus kept his Father, Elohim Hashem Jehovah holy, he also wanted us to keep his Fathers Name holy and to make it be known all over the world until His Kingdom comes. In our prayers we can make our  requests known to God by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving because it is God who chooses us  and  has commissioned us to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last; so that whatever we ask from the Father in Jesus his name God may give us. It shall be in the name of Jesus {Jeshua} that Jehovah God shall give his followers, trusting only His one mediator between Him and humanity, Jeshua the Messiah, himself human.

“”This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,” (Matthew 6:9 NIV)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6 NIV)

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” (John 15:16 NIV)

“In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” (John 16:23 NIV)

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,” (1 Timothy 2:5 NIV)

Preaching under Christ for God

The apostles knew that Jesus as son of men was very well aware how limited he was and how limited we are. Jesus left his disciples but promised to come back. If we love Jesus, we should be glad that he has gone to the Father; because the Father is greater than Jesus, who now sits at His right hand.

Jesus wanted us to understand that the head of every man is the Messiah, and the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of the Messiah is God. All Christians should accept that. But yes we do see that the majority does not and want to place Jesus as head of everything. It is true that for the moment the world is still in the hands of evil and that there will come a time that everything shall be subjected to the son. But then comes a time that Jesus himself will subject himself to the only One God, who subjected everything to him; so that God may be everything in everyone.

Recognising the humility of Christ, who who served, those who call themselves Christian should also let the greater among us become like the younger, and one who rules like one who serves. Whoever among us wants to be a leader must become servant of the others, and whoever wants to be first must be slave! For the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve – and to give his life as a ransom for many. As he also served his Father in heaven, he demanded us to help him  and not for a single day, either in the temple court, synagogue, church, public square or in private homes, should followers of Jesus stop teaching and proclaiming the Good News that Jeshua is the Messiah. Declaring with utmost seriousness the same message to Jews and other people from all nations. Telling everywhere to: “turn from sin to God; and put your trust in our lord, Jeshua the Messiah.” Making even more people into talmidim, or pupils and disciples, immersing them into the reality of the Father, the son and the Ruach haKodesh or the Power of the Most High His Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that Jesus has commanded us.

All that call themselves Christian should acknowledge publicly with their mouth that Jeshua is lord, but God the Most High Lord of the lord of lords. Telling everybody that this Almighty God raised Jesus from the dead, so that we will be delivered.

For with the heart one goes on trusting and thus continues toward righteousness, while with the mouth one keeps on making public acknowledgement and thus continues toward deliverance. The one following Christ should not be afraid of the world and go into it proclaiming the Good  News of the return of Jesus and the coming Kingdom of God. Like the apostle Paul every Christian should not boast merely because he proclaims the Good News — this they should all do from inner compulsion. Woe is them if they do not proclaim the Good News!

“”You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28 NIV)

“Now I want you to realise that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” (1 Corinthians 11:3 NIV)

“When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.” (1 Corinthians 15:28 NIV)

“26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.” (Luke 22:26-27 NIV)

“26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”” (Matthew 20:26-28 NIV)

“Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ. {Or Messiah}” (Acts 5:42 NIV)

“I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.” (Acts 20:21 NIV)

“19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in {Or into; see Acts 8:16; 19:5; Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 1:13; 10:2 and Gal. 3:27.} the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”” (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV)

“9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10 NIV)

“Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’” (Luke 10:9 NIV)

“Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16 NIV)

“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV)

Willing to follow

Are you willing to follow Jesus, the son of God? Are you prepared to step out of the world and let all traditions for whatever they may be?

Are you willing to follow the example apostles of Jesus and dare  trying to imitate them, even as Paul himself tried to imitate the Messiah? Do you want to become like Christ and become a Brother in Christ, sharing with others in the world the Good News and boasting about the works Christ has done for us all?

Do you think that those who really follow up the task Jesus has given his pupils would be a cult?

The Bible affirms that he Word of Adonai lasts forever and that this Word is the Good News which has been proclaimed to many. The things we have heard from Jesus and his disciples, which were supported by many witnesses, these things commit to faithful people, such as will be competent to teach others also. We should make use of it, to give us the spirit to get others to know God and his son Jesus Christ.

Therefore, brothers, stand firm; though some may consider us a cult we should not like them keep to the traditions of the world, but hold to the traditions we were taught by the men who God had chosen, the Prophets, Jesus and his disciples.

Christians should be those who keep to the Word of God, like Jesus did, and who remembered everything Jesus and his followers told and observe the traditions just the way the apostles passed them on to us.

“but the word of the Lord stands for ever.” {Isaiah 40:6-8} And this is the word that was preached to you.” (1 Peter 1:25 NIV)

“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” (2 Timothy 2:2 NIV)

“So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings {Or traditions} we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.” (2 Thessalonians 2:15 NIV)

“I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, {Or traditions} just as I passed them on to you.” (1 Corinthians 11:2 NIV)

Do you want to be a as “Follower of Jesus, part of a cult, or a Christian”?

Be a follower of the real Jesus of Nazareth who was known as the son of men and the son of God.

Christadelphians or Brothers in Christ, do follow Jesus and accept him for what he did and still does for us, as mediator between God and men.

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Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Volger van Jezus lid van een secte of een Christen

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Please do read also:

  1. Christian values and voting not just a game
  2. Mormons again gaining some attention
  3. Billy Graham Removes Section From His Website Calling Mormonism a Cult After Offering To Do All That He Can Do To Help Mormon Mitt Romney
  4. Billy Graham Risks His “Legacy” By Scrubbing His Website Of Mormonism Cult Reference, But He Also Changed His Views About The Cult Of Rome Over 50 Years Ago
  5. Is the Mormon “god” of Mitt Romney and Glenn Beck, the True God or a False “god”? Is Jesus the brother of Lucifer?
  6. Can A Cult Member Be President Without Cult Influence?
  7. Controversies surrounding the Society of St. Pius X
  8. God’s Salvation
  9. Faith and works
  10. One Mediator between God and man
  11. Proclaiming shalom, bringing good news of good things, announcing salvation
  12. Men of faith
  13. Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #1 Christian Reform
  14. Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #2 Roots of Jewishness
  15. Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #3 Of the earth or of God
  16. Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #4 Mozaic and Noachide laws
  17. Faith related boycotts
  18. Right to be in the surroundings

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  • Cult or True Religion (wordsonsergebenhayon.wordpress.com)
    “…if you believe in it, it is a religion or perhaps ‘the’ religion; and if you do not care one way or another about it, it is a sect; but if you fear and hate it, it is a cult.” Leo Pfeffer.
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    The Roman Catholic Church for example has been around ever since Constantine. He was a Roman emperor who used Christianity, which was a small cult at the time, as a means to impose his belief systems on the bishops; so he promulgated the council of Nicaea and thereby gained control of the populus. Now, over 1500 years later, people in Catholic churches today still recite the creed set down by Constantine.

    Many people question the Catholic Church and other religions, seeing them as some of the biggest cults in the World today: they are viewed by many as man-made constructs which have the potential to lead millions of people astray. Religion in its current form has become divisive due to it’s many man-made and dualistic doctrines which continue to divide, separate and cause wars.

  • Billy Graham’s group removes Mormon cult reference from website after Romney meeting (religion.blogs.cnn.com)
    Shortly after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney enjoyed cookies and soft drinks with the Rev.  Billy Graham and his son Franklin Graham on Thursday at the elder Graham’s mountaintop retreat, a reference to Mormonism as a cult was scrubbed from the website of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

    Billy Graham site removes Mormon 'cult' reference after Romney meeting

    Billy Graham site removes Mormon ‘cult’ reference after Romney meeting

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    The removal of the post from the Graham group’s website was first noted by the New Civil Rights Movement website and then later by the Asheville Citizen-Times, which reported that the information on cults was accessed as recently as Thursday afternoon.
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    When asked about Graham’s beliefs about Mormonism, Graham spokesman A. Larry Ross said in a statement that “Through an inclusive evangelistic ministry spanning more than 60 years, Mr. Graham was called to preach the transformative message of the Gospel to the whole world, regardless of one’s religious background, affiliation or none. As such, he never proselytized, targeted or labeled specific people, groups, faiths or denominations.

  • Defining Christianity (reneland.wordpress.com)
    Simply put a Christian is someone who believes in Jesus Christ.
  • The Whore of Babylon? (inpursuitofhappiness.wordpress.com)
    Baal-vs-The “Catholic” God
  • Catholic Church Abuse Inquiry – Police Expose The Christian Child Abuse – Boy Scouts (truelogic.wordpress.com)
    Even Mitt Romney’s Mormon cult religion has a history of molesting children.  Wow, seems these holy books teach evil over moral behavior.  Good thing we  have several non-believers in this world or we wouldn’t have morals.
  • Billy Graham’s Truce with Mormonism; Scrubs Cult Reference (crooksandliars.com)
    The Christian right has cried uncle and issued a truce on Mormons to try and help elect Mitt Romney.
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    During the Values Voter Summit in October, sponsored in part by the influential Family Research Council and the American Family Association, it caused quite a stir when Pastor Robert Jeffress, after introducing Rick Perry as a genuine Christian, called Mormonism a cult.
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    Christian political operatives are willing to throw away any trace of their contempt for Mormonism during the election cycle. This shows how much hatred they have for the left. They’d rather help elect a ‘cultist’ to the highest office in the land rather than stick to their alleged principles. Typically sickening.
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    To distinguish between a cult and a religion is to distinguish between influence and impotence. Both are, in fact, spawns of a smarmy fakery.
  • Why converting Muslims is taboo in the Catholic Church (catholicherald.co.uk)
    What are they talking about at the Synod for Evangelisation? This article by Sandro Magister tells us that the Bishops have broached the taboo subject of conversions from Islam to Christianity. It makes interesting reading, despite the rather ponderous translation, (read the original here ) and I was particularly struck by this section of it, which I beg readers to consider carefully:

    “The Muslims do not see the difference between Christians and Westerners, because they do not distinguish, themselves, between what is religious and what is political and social. What precedes the Westerners is perceived by the Muslims as preceding the Christians. Now, Western behaviour, especially on the cultural and political level and in a general way, harms the religious and national sensitivity of the Muslims, their values, their ethics and their culture. Consequentially, this forms an obstacle to their openness to Christianity and to their possible evangelisation.”

  • Billy Graham: Mormonism No Cult (orthodoxyandheterodoxy.org)
    Sociologists of religion use cult to refer to a religious group that does not regard itself as exclusively true yet has negative relations with the surrounding society. Those two factors—exclusivity and societal relations—form the basis for sociological definition of religions into four kinds of groups: church (exclusive with good relations), denomination (inclusive with good relations), sect (exclusive with bad relations) and cult (inclusive with bad relations). Yet almost no one uses these terms in the way sociologists of religion use them.
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    I think what is really meant by cult in most modern Evangelical parlance is “bad/weird religious group.” And of course perhaps such a definition is right in its own way.
  • Grahams tighten Romney ties (newsobserver.com)
    The election-year embrace of Mitt Romney by some evangelical Christians now borders on a bear hug, given a series of moves by Billy Graham and his family that appear to say it’s OK to vote for a Mormon.
  • Billy Graham website admits scrubbing ‘Mormons’ from ‘cult’ list after endorsing Romney (rawstory.com)
    The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association confirmed on Tuesday that it had removed all references to Mormonism as a “cult” from its website after their founder announced his support of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
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Breathing to teach

Posted on October 22, 2012. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Churchplanning, Faith, Holy Scriptures, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Manners and Association, Meeting, Preaching, Witnessing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Jesus has given us life-breath. He had only a little three years to go around in the area where he could come, around his habitat. Distances in his time took many hours to travel. Today we can be somewhere far away in a couple of minutes or just a few hours. What took days for the apostles to go somewhere, takes only a few hours today. but today we do hear more excuses than in Jesus time about having no time to teach others about the Kingdom of God or to have others to learn the Bible.

Travelling Master

To get others to know the Bible we do not have to go far. We even can do it from our home, today. We have marvellous tools which brings us very easily much further than the doorstep. Jehovah Witnesses for a long time took it for granted it was the best way to reach people by bothering them at any moment of the day, ringing the bell and talking to them at the doorstep. But it seems that they today, also have found the modern means of the computer and internet. On the internet they now seem to have opened up and present more literature to the general public. Which is nice, because they also have very good literature, which can bring many more people to God.

Kingdomhall in Essen

But, we should not let them do all the work, and let them get people in their Kingdom hall, while we have other thoughts of which we are sure they are also valuable for the people and leaving them more free. We should get others to know that there are other places of worship where honest God loving people can come together as a congregation.They may offer over there Theocratic Ministry School with a common global curriculum and nest to the weekly services with Watchtower-study they also may offer Pioneer Service School for full-time preachers, and the Kingdom Ministry School for elders and ministerial servants. The Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah Witnesses should be known as the only sort of kingdom hall the world offers good Bible teaching and worship to the One and Only God.

We should be more conscious that we also have a lot to offer to the unbelievers and those looking for the Truth. We Can offer the Truth, but than we may not stay in our little cocoon of our armchair at home. We should get off our ass and do something.

It is more than high time that more people would come out of their house and take up the task Jesus has given them.

Worldly and spiritual works

Jesus, in his three years of preaching, has spend a lot of breath, getting people to see the importance of getting to know his Father, Jehovah God. He also spend a lot of words on getting others to know the Gospel of the Good News, of the coming Kingdom of God. In his time he could find many people interested in him and gasping at his wonders, which he did in the name of his Father.

Interior of a Kingdom hall of Jehovah Witnesses, which could be identical as one of the meeting rooms of Christadelphians

All-right, it is true that our worldly works on their own shall not bring us far and it is not only by the works of the law that we shall be sanctified. Grace has come over us by the offer Jesus brought, but we should remember that without works our faith serves to nothing, because without works the faith is dead. We need the faith to be able to survive, and to be counted righteous we shall have to prove that we are worthy of the grace God has given to all.
Even if we would be Jewish by birth, not sinners from other ethnic backgrounds, we would  know that people are not declared to be righteous by obeying sectarian law , but by faith in Jeshua Messiah. All those who call themselves Christians should not only believed in Jeshua, whom they mostly call Jesus Christ. They should know that in order to be declared righteous by faith in the Messiah, and not by sectarian law they also should live accordingly to the Will and Law of God. Jesus has spoken about that many times and has given many parables of what could happen if we do not confirm to the Laws of God. Though no human being will be declared righteous by obeying sectarian law, if we, while trying to be declared righteous by the Messiah, have also been found to be sinners ourselves,  it does not mean that Jeshua Messiah is a of sin.

Words and Jesus living in us

Every Christian should take care to die to the Torah, so that he can live for YHVH/JHWH the Elohim Jehovah God. Sin in us should be crucified with the Messiah. From now on it is no longer us who live, but the Messiah who lives in us, and the mortal life we have lived before we became Christians may still be a live that can come onto an end in this world, but it should be a life full of hope by faith in God’s Son who loved us and gave himself for us. We do not disregard the compassion of Jehovah. Because if righteousness is attainable through sectarian law, then the Messiah died for nothing.

For as many as are of works of Torah are under the curse, for it has been written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all that has been written in the book of the Torah, to do them.” And that no one is declared right by Torah before Elohim is clear, for “The righteous shall live by belief.” And the Torah is not of belief, but “The man who does them shall live by them.” Messiah redeemed us from the curse of the Torah, having become a curse for us – for it has been written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs upon a tree.”1 – Footnote: 1Dt. 21:23. in order that the blessing of Abmight come upon the nations in Messiah יהושע {Jeshua}, to receive the promise of the Spirit through belief.  (Galatians 3:10-14 The Scriptures 1998+)

And we know that whatever the Torah says, it says to those who are in the Torah, so that every mouth might be stopped, and all the world come under judgment before Elohim. Therefore by works of Torah no flesh shall be declared right before Him, for by the Torah is the knowledge of sin.1 Footnote: 1Ex. 20:20, Rom. 4:15, Rom. 7:7. But now, apart from the Torah, a righteousness of Elohim has been revealed, being witnessed by the Torah and the Prophets, and the righteousness of Elohim is through belief in יהושע {Jeshua} Messiah to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the esteem of Elohim, being declared right, without paying, by His favour through the redemption which is in Messiah יהושע {Jeshua}, whom Elohim set forth as an atonement, through belief in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His tolerance Elohim had passed over the sins that had taken place before, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He is righteous and declares righteous the one who has belief in יהושע {Jeshua}.  (Romans 3:19-26 The Scriptures 1998+)

“We, Yehudby nature, and not of the gentiles, sinners, knowing that a man is not declared right by works of Torah, but through belief in יהושע {Jeshua} Messiah, even we have believed in Messiah יהושע {Jeshua}, in order to be declared right by belief in Messiah and not by works of Torah, because by works of Torah no flesh shall be declared right. “And if, while seeking to be declared right by Messiah, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Messiah then a servant of sin? Let it not be! “For if I rebuild what I once overthrew, I establish myself a transgressor. “For through Torah I died to Torah,1 in order to live to Elohim. Footnote: 1See Rom. 7. “I have been impaled with Messiah, and I no longer live, but Messiah lives in me.1 And that which I now live in the flesh I live by belief in the Son of Elohim, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Footnote: 1Rom. 8:10, 2 Cor. 6:16, 2 Cor. 13:5, Eph. 3:17, Col. 1:27, 1 John 4:4. “I do not set aside the favour of Elohim, for if righteousness is through Torah, then Messiah died for naught.”
(Galatians 2:15-21 The Scriptures 1998+)

Honouring the Names

We may not blaspheme the honourable name that we bear and that we can only do when we  fulfil the Torah of Jehovah, the God Most High. And to help us God has given His Word in the Holy Scriptures, for generations to bear and hear. Lots of Christians do seem to forget that it is written in the Holy Scriptures, the Bible which we consider the inspired and infallible Word of God, that whoever obeys the whole Torah, yet fails in one point is guilty of violating the whole Torah! Yes it sounds hard, and it is reality.

But it is also for that reason that Jesus has given his body and blood as an Offer-lamb to his Father, so that we may be purified by his blood. But his death at the stake does not give us the permission to live like we would like and to go on living a frivolous and sinful live. Having been baptised we are cleansed and received a new start. But we should live up to it. From our transformation and baptism onwards we should speak and act like people who are going to be judged by the Torah of liberty.

Faith and works

Faith Without Works is Dead.
What is the use, Friends, if a man says, “I have faith”, but he doesn’t have any works? Can his faith resurrect him to Life?

If you truly accomplish the sovereign law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself,” you do well, but if you show partiality, you commit sin, being found guilty by the Torah as transgressors. For whoever shall guard all the Torah, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of Torah. So speak and so do as those who are to be judged by a Torah of freedom.1 Footnote: 1See 1:25, and John 8:32-36. For the judgment is without compassion to the one who has shown no compassion. And compassion boasts over judgment. My brothers, what use is it for anyone to say he has belief but does not have works? This belief is unable to save him.  (James 2:8-14 The Scriptures 1998+)

Many people when they saw Jesus recognized him and his apostles. So the people hurried there by land from all the surrounding cities, arriving ahead of them to be sure to have a place where they could be close to him and hear all what he had to tell. Wherever Jesus came he began to teach the people around him many things. He taught them many things by analogies.

And He began to teach again by the sea, and a large crowd was gathered to Him, so that He entered into a boat, to sit in the sea. And all the crowd was on the land facing the sea. And He taught them much in parables, …   (Mark 4:1-2 The Scriptures 1998+)

And He went away from there and came to His own country, and His taught ones followed Him. And Sabbath having come, He began to teach in the congregation. And many who heard Him were astonished, saying, “Where did He get all this? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such miracles are done through His hands?  (Mark 6:1-2 The Scriptures 1998+)

And having gone out, יהושע {Jeshua} saw a large crowd and was moved with compassion for them because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. And He began to teach them many matters.  (Mark 6:34 The Scriptures 1998+)

Jesus had learned everything from his Father. We also can learn a lot from this Father, because as Jesus read the Torah and knew it very well, we can read the Torah and further Holy Scriptures, study them, and try to understand them. Listening carefully to all the words in the Holy Scripture we shall be able to hear the Voice of God. The Bible writers worked for the Highest Author, the Elohim Hashem, whose name is Jehovah, the God of gods. Jesus is his son and showed us the way to follow. We also should try to hear everything what Jesus has to tell us. Christ his words are written down in the New Testament. that Bible Book is available in many languages, so we should not have any excuse that it would be in a language we could not try to understand.

Listening and opening up the mind

If we are willing to listen to Christ and God’s Words, we shall feel their breath over our lives. We shall feel that they want to be with us and if we are willing to open up our minds to what the Word of God is saying we shall hear more clearly what those words really meant in their time and what they mean in our time.

Hearing the call of Jesus to go out to preach so that the Word of God shall be know all over the world, we should be aware of this important task and take steps to do this, and not leaving it alone to the Jehovah Witnesses.
As they show the world their love  for the Word of God, all Christians should do that. In the love of Christ they will continue to grow with precise knowledge and spiritual insight, but they shall have to react according the knowledge they receive. By studying regularly the Word of God the Bible reader shall be able to recognize what is genuine, and be pure and blameless in the Day of the Messiah, being filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jeshua Messiah, to the splendor and praise of Jehovah.

Grace was said before the barbeque was served ...

Grace was said before the barbeque was served at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)

Heralding

Reading the Bible the reader should feel God’s Breath and be fulfilled by the Holy Spirit to become driven by the Good News and willing to share it by as many people as possible. Friends in the service of our Master should have courage to go out and to speak God’s Message fearlessly and bolder than ever.

Some actually herald out of envy and rivalry, but others do it out of good will and in the love of the Messiah, knowing that Jesus and his apostles have been appointed to defend the Good News. But those who herald the Messiah from motives of rivalry and selfish ambition are attempting to cause distress. But either way, whether by false or true motives, the Messiah is heralded and that is what Christians should bear on their heart.

We who would like to be honest Christians and go through life as Brothers and sisters in Christ, should love the work for the Lord and expect that no brother or sister will ever have anything to be ashamed of, but with resolute boldness will continue, now as always, to exalt the Messiah in our body, either by my our or by our death. Because for us, living should be for the Messiah, and if we die, we still  ‘win’.

“Go back to your house, and relate what Elohim has done for you.” And he went away proclaiming through all the city what  יהושע {Jeshua } did for him.  (Luke 8:39 The Scriptures 1998+)
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Master until He comes.  (1 Corinthians 11:26 The Scriptures 1998+)
And this I pray, that your love might extend more and more in knowledge and all discernment, for you to examine the matters that differ, in order to be sincere, and not stumbling, until the day of Messiah, being filled with the fruit of righteousness,1 through  יהושע {Jeshua } Messiah, to the esteem and praise of Elohim. Footnote: 1Mt. 3:8-10, Rom. 6:22, Rom. 14:17, 2 Cor. 9:10, Eph. 5:9, Gal. 5:22, Col. 1:10, Heb. 12:11, Jam. 3:18. And I wish you to know, brothers, that what has befallen me has turned out for the advancement of the Good News, so that it has become known to all the palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Messiah; and most of the brothers, trusting in the Master because of my chains, are much more bold to fearlessly speak the word. Some indeed proclaim Messiah even from envy and strife, but some also out of pleasure – the former announce Messiah from selfish ambition, not sincerely, thinking to add distress to my chains, but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defence of the Good News. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretence or in truth, Messiah is announced. And in this I rejoice, in fact, I shall rejoice. For I know that this shall turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of  יהושע {Jeshua } Messiah, according to my intense longing and anticipation that I shall not be ashamed at all, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Messiah shall be made great in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Messiah, and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:9-21 The Scriptures 1998+)

No Postponing

Please do not wait until tomorrow. Do not postpone.

You can form a study group so that you are not alone and can develop long lasting Christian friendships. You can host Biblestudies on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc. It is also not bad to write devotions on a blog, for another blog, or even write a ebook containing a collection of devotions. If you do not know where to place them or do not want to start your own blog, try sharing them on blogs from others so that the blog can become a bigger platform, where like minded people can meet and others can find more information and more impressions about the Word of God.

There are also various ways online to host a class or workshop.  For those who do work in the community already, it is only a small effort to share the preparation work with others on the net. But you also may consider of conducting a class to teach lessons just like Sunday School on the net. You can invite people to your virtual classroom and allow them to interact, give handouts, and even record your lesson.

Preaching all over the world

All those who call themselves Christian should try to do what Jesus did. They should try to get the message across through scriptures, testimonies, prayers, songs, video’s and so on.

Growing up in the love of Christ, you should feel his breath in and aspiring you. With growing years of Bible study knowledge you should be getting to know enough to be able to share, even if it was a minimum of knowledge. Those who have a gift of writing and/or teaching should use those gifts to enlighten and encourage others, around them, in their community, parish, village, town, at work on their blog or webpages.

So, do not hesitate and use your breath to proclaim Christ Jesus and show the world how it can become more peaceful, and how people who love God can find a better life in the future.

Christ and the Good News of the Gospel should be preached all over the world and then the end can come. We all should be witnesses unto Jesus, like the apostles had to be both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

“But you shall receive power when the Set-apart Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Yerushalayim, and in all Yehudand Shomeron, and to the end of the earth.”  (Acts 1:8 The Scriptures 1998+)

“You know what word came to be throughout all Yehuḏah, beginning from Galil after the immersion which Yoḥanan proclaimed: how Elohim did anoint  יהושע {Jeshua } of Natsareth with the Set-apart Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for Elohim was with Him. “And we are witnesses of all He did, both in the country of the Yehudand in Yerushalayim, whom they even killed by hanging on a timber. “Elohim raised up this One on the third day, and let Him be seen, not to all the people, but to witnesses, those having been chosen before by Elohim – to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. “And He commanded us to proclaim to the people, and to witness that it is He who was appointed by Elohim to be Judge of the living and the dead. {1 Footnote: 1 See 17:31, John 5:29, Ps. 96:13, Ps. 98:9, Rev. 19:11. }“To this One all the prophets bear witness, that through His Name, everyone believing in Him does receive forgiveness of sins.” (Acts 10:37-43 The Scriptures 1998+)

“And he said, ‘The Elohim of our fathers has appointed you to know His desire, and to see the Righteous One, and to hear the voice from His mouth. ‘Because you shall be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. ‘And now, why do you delay? Rise up, be immersed, and wash away your sins, calling on the Name of יהוה.’ (Acts 22:14-16 The Scriptures 1998+)

“But he who shall have endured to the end shall be saved.1 Footnote:1See 10:22. “And this Good News of the reign shall be proclaimed in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come. (Matthew 24:13-14 The Scriptures 1998+)

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    The gathering included references to scriptures that might lend comfort in a time of crisis, said a congregational elder, but wasn’t materially different from a regular service.It was Saturday that emotions ran high, when the congregation mourned for Heichel at an impromptu gathering at the hall. Jehovah’s Witnesses from Gresham, Portland, Sandy, and Washington met there, said Jim Vaughn, a family spokesman and one of nine elders who lead Heichel’s congregation.
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Loving the Word

Posted on October 3, 2012. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Christadelphian | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Today let us to consider a portion of Psalm 119,  to the section of verses 97 to 104.

The first verse in this section expresses the Psalmists love for the words of God:
“O how I love thy law! It is my meditation all the day.” (Psalm 119:1).

Characteristic of faithful

Words have a power all their own

Words have a power all their own (Photo credit: Lynne Hand)

The loving of the law of God is a characteristic of the faithful, who search the Scriptures daily as circumstances allow, and this is by no means the only passage in the Psalms that expresses such a sentiment. The very first Psalm reads:
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of Yahweh; and in his law doth he meditate day and night”  (Psalm 1:1-2).

Notice the contrast here: rather than to conform to the ways of the ungodly, the righteous keeps himself separate – and the means by which he can achieve this, is to meditate in the law day and night. The Apostle cites this Psalm:
“I delight in the law of God after the inward man: but I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members” (Romans 7:22-23).

Love for the Word of God and Desire to follow it

The context is to do with an internal struggle between two principles: the love for the Word of God and the accompanying desire to follow it, and the natural inclination of the flesh, styled in this chapter as “sin that dwelleth in me”. There is enmity between the two, as Paul expresses it elsewhere: “the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these things are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would” (Galatians 5:17).

We are yet “without strength” (Romans 5:6) to save ourselves, and overcome this sin that doth so easily beset us – but through Christ we achieve the victory, and can rejoice with Paul: “I thank God through Jesus Christ  our Lord. So then,with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh, the law of sin” (Romans 7:25). That is to say, his mind was dominated with spiritual thoughts, and when he sinned it was not of his own will, but a consequence of the sinful nature possessed by all of Adam’s progeny.

The first Epistle of John describes the means by which we might control our sinful desires: “whosever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9). The mortal brethren in Christ do continue to sin: we do not have the strength to overcome our own flawed nature. But when they do, it is not the “inward man” that sins, but the old man of the flesh which raises its head from time to time, and which we seek to crucify daily. The seed of the word remains in our thinking, and influences our minds to become spiritual, that is, dominated by spiritual thoughts.

Meditation

In Psalm119, and Psalm1 (above), the Psalmist describes how out of love for the Law, he meditated upon it daily – in fact, all the day. It is a consistent principle of Scripture that we must continually attend to the Word, as opportunity arises:
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy2:15).

English: Scroll of the Psalms

Combining the senses of these verses, we find that Christ’s brethren do not study the word out of compulsion, but of desire. We enjoy finding the hidden treasures of the Word, and delight in learning new things.

We might ask the question, how can we possibly meditate on the Word all the day long: we have other things which we must do; daily chores and work. The answer to the problem comes when we realize the meaning of the Hebrew word for “meditate”.
Literally, it means to “speak”: the Word speaks to us throughout the day. We seek to apply the principles of the Word in whatever circumstance we find ourselves. And as we conduct our daily business, we will find that verses of Scripture that we have committed to memory come to mind in particularly appropriate circumstances. We seek to follow those passages as a guide to how to conduct ourselves throughout the day. But if we do not study the word, it will not be dwelling in us, and we will lose the great strength and comfort that it can give.

Wisdom bringing Word

The Psalmist continues to describe the wisdom that the Word can give: “thou hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation” (Psalm 119:98-99).

This is another delightful effect of a continual application to the testimonies of Scripture: it will give us a wisdom that greatly surpasses those who do not engage in regular Bible study. Jeremiah portrays Israel, and the wise men thereof, as spurning the revealed Word:

“how do you say we are wise, and the law of Yahweh is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain. The wise men are ashamed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of Yahweh; and what wisdom is in them?” (Jeremiah 8:8-9).

Here were the great men of the age – but yet they rejected and spurned the Word of God. Professing themselves to be wise, they become fools by comparison. The same is true today: great men of the clergy portray themselves as wise authorities of the Bible, whereas their wisdom is seen to be but folly when compared with the faith of the humblest of Christ’s brethren. So “it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?” (1 Corinthians 1:19-20). The calling of God does not appeal to those who are wise in their own conceits: it is rather extended to those who would delight in, and embrace the Word of God, and the promises it contains. “ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called: but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty” (1 Corinthians 1:27).

Christ’s brethren therefore, in whatever circumstances they find themselves in, possess a wisdom that is greater than those who would profess to be teachers, and greater still than their enemies.
In these things, we have as a preeminent example in Messiah himself. Being but 12 years of age, he was in the presence of the “doctors” of divinity of their day, “both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers: (Luke 2:47-48). At the tender age of 12, Christ’s wisdom was greater than the teachers in Jerusalem – teachers that soon became his foes.

To be implemented to avoid evil

Of course, it almost goes without saying that wisdom is something to be implemented.
It is the ‘doing’ part of knowledge: i.e.we act on and apply the knowledge of Scripture to the various circumstances of our lives. That is wisdom: the application of knowledge.

Verse 101 of our section of verses then, tells us the consequence of keeping wisdom:
“I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word” (Psalm 119:101).

There is a way that is evil, and which we must not walk along. Proverbs chapter 1 exhorts the student of the Word to avoid the path of the wicked: “My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path…” (Proverbs 1:15). Again, Psalm 1, which we just looked at, speaks the same sentiments: “blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful” (Psalm 1:1).

Words

A broad and a narrow way

“The way of sinners”, AKA, the “evil way” of Psalm119 is something to be avoided at all costs. Messiah himself taught that there are essentially two ways traversed by all of mankind: a broad way, able to easily accommodate the multitudes, and a narrow way, whose entrance must be diligently sought for:
“Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there by which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).

The majority of mankind walk forward into destruction at the last, whereas Christ’s brethren walk a lonely path, with only a comparative “few” for company along the way – but theirs is the Way of Life. But how can it be so?

How can so many people have got it all wrong? Why should we suppose that we are in the right, considering that we are in the minority? The answer is in Proverbs 14:
“there is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12).

This is the “broad way” – it seems to be right until scrutinized carefully in the light of Scripture, and being wide, it is able to accommodate all the things that ‘narrow minded’ brethren cannot accept. But it leads to no other destination, than death.

Going back to Psalm 119, verse 103 returns to the delightful aspect of the word: it is pleasant to partake of, comparative to sweet honey to the taste:
“How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter far than honey to my mouth” (Psalm 119:103).
Psalm 19 speaks likewise:
“…the judgments of Yahweh are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold: sweeter also than honey, and the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward” (Psalm 19:10-11).

More precious than gold itself, the judgments of Yahweh are greatly to be desired.
There is pleasure in partaking of it: we have often found that even just the reading of the Word can calm the mind, and lift it to a higher plane. Truly, it is sweet to the Bible Student.

Psalm 34 also speaks in this vein:
“O taste, and see that Yahweh is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him” (Psalm34:8).

Making time

We must esteem the commandments of God as being of greater importance than our daily food, and “taste” them daily. For those who say they have no time for Bible Study: Do you find time to eat your food? Then why not the Spiritual food? Cut something out of your activities if necessary: turn the internet, radio, or television off, and read your Bible instead – the benefits will greatly outweigh the sacrifice.

This section of Psalm 119 ends with verse 104:
“through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way” (Psalm 119:104).

This aspect of hate is something that many of our generation do not understand. “God is love,” we are told, and we ought not hate others. Truly it is that “God is love,” but He is also a God of righteousness and judgment. He does not love those who corrupt His Word into another gospel, which is impotent to save. There is a time and place for all things: “a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace” (Ecclesiastic 3:8). Indeed, Proverbs defines the fear of Yahweh for us: “the fear of Yahweh is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the frowardmouth, do I hate” (Proverbs 8:13).

Beholding love and hate

As we come to focus our attention on the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, we behold both love and hate. Hatred of sin, but love extending to those who repent, and seek first the kingdom of God in their lives. In the death of our Master, we receive love and forgiveness, and in his resurrection, we have a hope of an endless life with him.
The commandments of God are able to make us wise unto salvation, and a love for them indicates a mind which is healthy in spiritual things.

The 1st Epistle of John has as it’s main theme, the aspect of love. Chapter two indicates those things that we ought not love:
“love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 John 2:15-17).

If we love the things of the spirit of God, we will inevitably hate those things that belong to the world. But our hope is not negative, focusing on those hateful things of the flesh, but positive, focusing on the forgiveness of God through the shed blood of His son. Here is the exhortation: if we love the Word, we will love those who follow that Word.

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God towards us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him…” (1 John. 4:7-9).

Token of Love

As we come to the emblems of bread and wine, we behold tokens of love, which speak to us of the sacrifice of our absent Master, and the certain hope that he will surely come at the time appointed by the Father. But the love which we behold, and seek to reciprocate is not a passive emotion, but something which finds its outworking in a practical reality: the crucifixion of the flesh. Even as Christ loved us,we ought to love one another, and help each other along the way. Here is the example of true love: the laying down of life for one’s friends (John 15:30). Even as Christ laid down his life for his brethren, we ought lay down our lives in service to each other, and to Him, seeing to reciprocate that love shown to us. And then, being amongst that band of men who love the appearing of Christ, we shall be given entry into the kingdom to come, to live and reign with Messiah throughout the ages to come.

Christopher Maddocks

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  1. Fixing our attention
  2. The Importance Of Scripture
  3. Bible guide
  4. The importance of Reading the Scriptures
  5. When reading your Bible be aware of changing language
  6. Knowing old sayings to understand the Bible
  7. Another way looking at a language #1 New Year, Books and Words
  8. Another way looking at a language #2 Meanings
  9. Another way looking at a language #4 Ancient times
  10. Another way looking at a language #5 Aramic, Hebrew and Greek
  11. Another way looking at a language #7 Lingua Franca
  12. Pluralis Majestatis in the Holy Scriptures
  13. The Bible and names in it
  14. Position of the Bible researcher
  15. Listening and Praying to the Father
  16. Written to recognise the Promissed One
  17. Holiness and expression of worship coming from inside
  18. Only worhsip the Creator of all things
  19. Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God
  20. Leaving the Old World to find better pastures
  21. יהוה , YHWH and Love: Four-letter words
  22. Self inflicted misery #8 Pruning to strengthen us
  23. Self inflicted misery #9 Subject to worldly things
  24. Worship and worshipping

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The agony of true worship (pastorayres.wordpress.com)
We must find a way to understand the difference between idol worship in the name of God and true worship.2 Corinthians 12:99And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
All throughout scripture we find that worship involves a great cost and sacrifice.

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  • Psalm 5 (asorensen.wordpress.com)
    Psalm 5 has the psalmist seeking God’s ear.  “Give ear to my words…consider my groaning”.  Do you come to God with passion, or just as an after thought?  The psalmist continues “Give attention to the sound of my cry….for to you do I pray”.  He lets us know that he seeks God in the morning, it is how he prepares for his day.  It is a good habit to build – that we start our day on our face before God.
  • What do we Teach our Children? (livingontilt.wordpress.com)
    Jesus may have been thinking about the beauty and nourishment of God’s teachings. He may also have been thinking of all the issues he had to argue with Pharisees who twisted the law to suit themselves. Or perhaps he was simply reveling in the beauty of the psalmist’s meditation on God’s teaching for the good of people
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    The Psalmist’s view of God’s law, or Torah, is very different than the impression secular thinkers express.
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    The Psalmist, on the other hand, found God’s teachings, revealed in books we call the Old Testament, to be inspiring and comforting. They made life rich and good. They called forth not only obedience but admiration.
  • 15 Days in the Word with John Piper – PSALM 135 AND THE PLEASURE OF GOD IN ALL HE DOES (christlikeministriesnwa.wordpress.com)
    Do I have to tell you that it’s necessary to give God glory, honor and praise?  I hope that I wouldn’t have to tell you that, but it seems to me that one of the other epidemics that’s sweeping through congregations across the country is this apathetic worship of our God.Now, I don’t know about you…but I can’t worship God that way.  I don’t dance, shout, and get down…but I still make sure to worship God is a way that He knows I mean business with Him.  There are times I do shout, I do dance, I do jump for joy, but that’s usually in my private time with Him.  But…I can’t be in church and have my hands in my pocket…but there are so many who can.
  • Inspirational Bible Verse Illustrations for Encouragement, Hope and Comfort (darrellcreswell.wordpress.com)
    I love reading God’s word. I love taking truths from the Bible and sharing with readers via my blog. I also enjoy taking those same scriptures and bringing them to life in the pictures I create associated with my blog. There is beauty, power, comfort and encouragement in the word of God.
  • Purified 7 Times (waltbrite.wordpress.com)
    Everyday we go about life looking for something we can rely on. Something that is constant, trustworthy, immovable. We want relationships that are reliable.
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    When the scripture says that God’s words are pure, refined, and purified 7 times, it insists that they have no lies, flattery, insincerity or inconsistencies. It insists that you can rely on his words, his person, his promises. God means what he says; his words are completely pure, completely reliable and completely flawless. In fact the bible says that He watches over His word to perform it.
  • The Word of God Is at Work in You! by John Piper (keyword-power.com)
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  • Christ among the Messiahs – Part 6 (vridar.wordpress.com)
    Paul did not have a radically new conception of the Jewish Messiah that stood in opposition to the very concept among his Jewish contemporaries. Novenson argues that “Christ”, for Paul, is neither a name nor a title, but an honorific (cf. Augustus, Epiphanes, Maccabee, Africanus).
  • The Rise of the Remnant Church I (lynleahz.com)
    The Remnant Church is that part of the Body of Jesus Christ that knows they are sons of God, and that are hearing from and following the leading of His Holy Spirit. Within the Remnant Church there is coming a deeper intimacy with Christ, and while fewer may be called to the Remnant Church, Grace yet abounds in the lives of those who hunger after God’s Word and in this day especially, for His Prophetic teaching. The Remnant Church will diligently study the Word as did the Berean’s, and walk in full authority of the Word as Jesus requires of us. We must realize all things are possible through Him and we have nothing to offer the world other than Christ.
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Fixing our attention

Posted on September 29, 2012. Filed under: Bible Quotes, Bible Study and Bible Reading | Tags: , , |

“so long as we do not fix our attention on the visible things, but rather on the invisible things. For the visible things are temporary, but the invisible things are ageless.” (2Co 4:18 MHM)

“Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.” (Ps 85:11 AV)

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Dutch version: Nederlands > Het oog gericht houden
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Condemnation of the World and Illustration of Justification

Posted on September 25, 2012. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Quotes, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, World | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Are we better off?

In the world we may find atheists, believers in all sorts of gods, and believers of all sorts of denominations in the one they call the Only One God.

Are those who think they believe in Jesus to be God, or those who think Jehovah being God the only righteous? They should know better, because according to the Gospel of the Apostles there is no one righteous, not even one, there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, together they have become worthless; there is no one who shows kindness, not even one.

Ruin and misery are in the paths of this contemporary world. A world where we can see that there is no fear of God.

Some may think the world is going ‘berserk’ because the Judeo-Christian world is not taken serious, as being the only civilisation able to bring forth inventions ans wealth. But they should be aware that God allowed all people to leave on this earth, and that many of them, also those who do not believe, are able to do good works, and able to think and handle the right way, because all men are created in the likeness of God.

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For no one is declared righteous before Him  by the works of the law,  for through the law comes  the knowledge of sin. And that should make us think more. Being aware what evil really  is. Believing in Christ or God does not make us a more important person than somebody who does not believe at all, or does believe something different than us. For there is no distinction, for all have sinnedand fall short of the glory of God.

English: Reading of the Torah, Aish Synagogue,...

English: Reading of the Torah, Aish Synagogue, Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But the good thing about accepting Christ and believing in all the works he and his Father did is that we can become justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

Those who accepted Christ as their Saviour and are willing to read the Holy Scriptures, learning from them, may be blessed when they make work of it to live according those Words of God. Though we shall not be able to be without sin, our sins can be forgiven, when do have regret of what we did wrong and when we also can forgive those who sinned against us. Many their lawless deeds are forgiven, and many their sins are covered; blessed is the one against whom the Lord will never count  sin.

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Romans 3:1-4:25 The Scriptures 1998+

(1)  What then is the advantage of the Yehudor what is the value of the circumcision?
(2)  Much in every way! Because firstly indeed, that they were entrusted with the Words of Elohim.1 Footnote: 1See 2:20.

(3)  For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief nullify the trustworthiness of Elohim?
(4)  Let it not be! But let Elohim be true, and every man a liar, as it has been written, “That You should be declared right in Your words, and prevail in Your judging.”

(5)  But if our unrighteousness establishes the righteousness of Elohim, what shall we say? Is Elohim unrighteous who is inflicting wrath? I speak as a man.
(6)  Let it not be! Otherwise how shall Elohim judge the world?

(7)  For if the truth of Elohim has increased through my lie, to His esteem, why am I also still judged as a sinner?
(8)  And why not say, “Let us do evil so that the good might come”? – as we are wrongly accused and as some claim that we say. Their judgment is in the right.
(9)  What then? Are we better than they? Not at all, for we have previously accused both Yehudand Greeks that they are all under sin.

(10)  As it has been written, “There is none righteous, no, not one!
(11)  “There is no one who is understanding, there is none who is seeking Elohim.
(12)  “They all have turned aside, they have together become worthless. There is none who does good, no, not one.”
(13)  “Their throat is an open tomb, with their tongues they have deceived,” “The poison of adders is under their lips,”
(14)  “Whose mouth is filled with cursing and bitterness.”
(15)  “Their feet are swift to shed blood,
(16)  ruin and wretchedness are in their ways,
(17)  and the way of peace they have not known.”

(18)  “There is no fear of Elohim before their eyes.”

(19)  And we know that whatever the Torah says, it says to those who are in the Torah, so that every mouth might be stopped, and all the world come under judgment before Elohim.
(20)  Therefore by works of Torah no flesh shall be declared right before Him, for by the Torah is the knowledge of sin.1 Footnote: 1Ex. 20:20, Rom. 4:15, Rom. 7:7.

(21)  But now, apart from the Torah, a righteousness of Elohim has been revealed, being witnessed by the Torah and the Prophets,
(22)  and the righteousness of Elohim is through belief in יהושע Messiah to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference,
(23)  for all have sinned and fall short of the esteem of Elohim,
(24)  being declared right, without paying, by His favour through the redemption which is in Messiah יהושע ,
(25)  whom Elohim set forth as an atonement, through belief in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His tolerance Elohim had passed over the sins that had taken place before,
(26)  to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He is righteous and declares righteous the one who has belief in יהושע .
(27)  Where, then, is the boasting? It is shut out. By what Torah? Of works? No, but by the Torah of belief.
(28)  For we reckon that a man is declared right by belief without works of Torah.
(29)  Or is He the Elohim of the Yehudonly, and not also of the gentiles? Yea, of the gentiles also,
(30)  since it is one Elohim who shall declare right the circumcised by belief and the uncircumcised through belief.

(31)  Do we then nullify the Torah through the belief? Let it not be! On the contrary, we establish the Torah.1 Footnote: 1See 7:12.

(1)  What, then, shall we say Abour father, to have found, according to the flesh?
(2)  For if Abwas declared right by works, he has ground for boasting, but not before Elohim.
(3)  For what does the Scripture say? “Abbelieved Elohim, and it was reckoned to him for righteousness.”1 Footnote: 1Gen. 15:6, Gen. 17:1 and 26:5.
(4)  And to him who is working, the reward is not reckoned as a favour but as a debt.
(5)  And to him who is not working but believes on Him who is declaring right the wicked, his belief is reckoned for righteousness,
(6)  even as Dawidalso says of the blessedness of the man to whom Elohim reckons righteousness without works:
(7)  “Blessed are those whose lawlessnesses are forgiven, and whose sins are covered,
(8)  blessed is the man to whom יהוה shall by no means reckon sin.”
(9)  Is this blessing then upon the circumcised only, or also upon the uncircumcised? For we affirm: Belief was reckoned unto Abfor righteousness.
(10)  How then was it reckoned? Being in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.
(11)  And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the belief while in uncircumcision, for him to be a father of all those believing through uncircumcision, for righteousness to be reckoned to them also,
(12)  and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the belief which our father Abhad in uncircumcision.
(13)  For the promise that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abor to his seed through the Torah, but through a righteousness of belief.

(14)  For if those who are of the Torah are heirs, belief has been made useless, and the promise has been nullified,
(15)  for the Torah works out wrath, for where there is no Torah there is no transgression.

(16)  On account of this it is of belief, that it be according to favour, for the promise to be made certain to all the seed, not only to those who are of the Torah, but also to those who are of the belief of Abwho is father of us all –
(17)  as it has been written, “I have made you a father of many nations” – in the presence of Him whom he believed, even Elohim, who gives life to the dead and calls that which does not exist as existing,
(18)  who against all expectation did believe, in expectation, so that he should become father of many nations, according to what was said, “So shall your seed be.”

(19)  And not having grown weak in belief, he did not consider his own body, already dead, being about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb,
(20)  he did not hesitate about the promise of Elohim through unbelief, but was strengthened in belief, giving esteem to Elohim,
(21)  and being completely persuaded that what He had promised He was also able to do.

(22)  Therefore also “it was reckoned to him for righteousness.”
(23)  And not because of him alone was it written that it was reckoned to him,
(24)  but also because of us, to whom it shall be reckoned, to us who believe in Him who raised up יהושע our Master from the dead,
(25)  who was delivered up because of our trespasses, and was raised for us to be declared right.

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    The book of Romans provides much of the basic principles, and what we know as “foundational truths”.  What are “foundational truths”?  These are the core beliefs that all Christians ought to have…just like when constructing any kind of building the first thing that needs to be built is the foundation.  Once you have a foundation laid then you can begin to construct whatever the building is.
  • Proper Judgment (conversationinfaith.wordpress.com)
    Usually we think of this story as one that helps us think about the relationship between sin and judgment.We are all sinners and that knowledge ought to temper our judgment of others.
  • Class Notes: The Jewish Experience: During the Biblical Years by Dr Raymond Gannon @ Beth Yachad (paradoxparables.justparadox.com)
    Adonai desires that all should come to repentance, everyone everywhere, to worship in spirit and truth. He says I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.
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    Circumcision was a nation recognition that the house of Israel belongs to G-d to walk in holiness and purity.
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Only worhsip the Creator of all things

Posted on August 13, 2012. Filed under: Bible Quotes, Bible Study and Bible Reading | Tags: , , |

 

10 And I felled down before his feet, to worship him. And he said to me, See thou, that thou do not; I am a servant with thee [And I fell down before his feet, for to worship him. And he said to me, See, that thou do not; I am thine even-servant], and of thy brethren, having the witnessing of Jesus; worship thou God. For the witnessing of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
– Revelation of John 19:10 Wycliffe translation

10Then I fell prostrate at his feet to worship (to pay divine honors) to him, but he [restrained me] and said, Refrain! [You must not do that!] I am [only] another servant with you and your brethren who have [accepted and hold] the testimony borne by Jesus. Worship God! For the substance (essence) of the truth revealed by Jesus is the spirit of all prophecy [the vital breath, the inspiration of all inspired preaching and interpretation of the divine will and purpose, including both mine and yours].
– Revelation of John 19:10 Amplified version

Dutch translation / Nederlandse vertaling > Aanbid enkel de Schepper van alles

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