Revelation 4:1-11 – Our Worship of God in Heaven.

I. Introduction.

A. Consider what it will be like for us to be in the Presence of God.

B. Have you ever wondered what you will do in Heaven? Of course, many people have no idea of the details of Heaven, e.g., where it will be, when it will be, and who will be there. Chapters 4 and 5 of the Book of Revelation, especially discuss who will be in Heaven. An understanding of Heaven, and those who will occupy it, will help us to understand who will be in Heaven during the time of Revelation, Chapters 6 through 19. As we learn more about Heaven, we will learn more about who will occupy “the eternal state of the new Heaven, new Earth, and new Jerusalem, of Revelation, Chapters 21 and 22, as the eternal state is introduced in Revelation 21:1-2.

C. In this article we will discuss the events that are recorded in Revelation 4:1-11, as to timing, events, and participants. Through this study of the Throne Room of God, we should gain an increased desire to be in constant worship of God. We should also come to understand that the primary purpose of mankind is not to lead souls to saving faith in Christ, but to glorify God, whether, inside or outside of a Church sanctuary. If we do not glorify God, soul winning can become an academic exercise, based on “how many people” may have led “how many other people” to Christ. However, whenever a soul is saved, God is glorified.

B. Overview. Revelation Chapters 4-5.

1. Chapters 4 and 5 of the Book of Revelation show the events in Heaven, preceding and during the Godly judgments of the Tribulation (Seal, Trumpet, Bowl), which will be released on earth, “by God,” through the Lamb (the Risen and Glorified Christ) and the angels of God.

(a) Rev 6:1 “Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals.”

(b) Rev 8:6-7. “6 And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound them. 7 The first sounded, and there came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.”

(c) Rev 16:1, “Then I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God.”…

2. We will go into greater detail of the judgments of God (Seal, Trumpet, Bowl), that will be poured out on the earth, which will affect all whom will be left behind from the “catching up” of the born again believers in Christ (Rev 3:10,”…the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” Born again believers in Christ have no need to be tested; “we” have passed the test by knowing Christ as our Lord and Savior.) The catching up of the believers in Christ is known as the rapture (English), harpazo (Greek), rapio (Latin); (John 14:2-6, 1 Corinthians 15:50-54, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

C. Scripture Disussion.

1. Rev 4:1 shows John at the “door standing open in Heaven.” John could only have had access to Heaven by having been born again (John 3:3, “you must be born again”). We, also, will be caught up to Heaven (after also having been born again). This view of Heaven is the same one that is described in John 14:1-6. Consider the following verses that relate to Heaven, and to a special place “in My Father’s house” in heaven, where Christ will be taking “His” bride (the born again believers in Christ), at the time of the rapture. Think! Christ will take His bride to a place in His Father’s house that will be specially made for His (Christ’s) bride. Let me add this thought. On the way to that specially built place in the Father’s house, the Bride will not be “brow beat” at the Judgment Seat of Christ, and will not be subjected to the Godly judgments of the Tribulation. Additionally, Scripture has no such promise for anyone, other than the born again believers in Christ, to being taken to “a specially prepared place” in “My Father’s house.” The promise is not made to the Old Testament saints or to the Tribulation saints; the promise is made only to those whom will be caught up in the resurrection and rapture of believers in Christ (John 14:2-6; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18).

2. John 14:2 “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.” (Christ told the disciples that He was going to prepare a place in Heaven.)

3. John 14:3 “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” (Christ will prepare such a place in Heaven where He will His take born again believers.)

4. John 14:6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. (This verse is often related to faith in Christ as being the only way to heaven, which is true. But, the words in the verse show this to be an event of action, where Christ will take His born again believers to Heaven, and that He is the only one who can take His believers to Heaven.)

5 The Heaven that Christ describes in John 14:2-6, is the place where all raptured saints will be taken after they have been caught up by Christ. On the way to Heaven (John 14:2-3), these born again saints will be taken to the Judgment Seat of Christ where they will receive spiritual rewards (2 Cor 5:10). I like the wording of the HCSB, which also capitalizes pronouns that refer to God.

a. 2 Corinthians 5:10 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
10 For we must all appear before the tribunal of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or worthless.

b. From the Judgment Seat of Christ, we are on our way to an eternity with our Lord. On our way to Heaven (as is described in John 14:2,3), as we are taken by Christ (John 14:6), we and Christ are present at the Marriage of the Lamb.

(1) Revelation 19:7-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Marriage of the Lamb
7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” 8 It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

(2) The born again believers in Christ are the Bride of Christ, and are clothed in righteousness (no need to go through the Tribulation).

(3) 2 Corinthians 11:2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
2 For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin.

c. While the righteous Bride of Christ is present in Heaven with Christ, the following events will take place.

Revelation, Chapters 4-5 will precede the Tribulation. The “One” sitting on the throne (Rev 4:2) is God, the Father. The twenty-four elders (Rev 4:4) are the redeemed, whom are the raptured born again believers in Christ. Israel is not included in the number of the twenty-four elders. OT Jews and will not be resurrected/redeemed until the end of the Tribulation (Dan 12:1-3). Tribulation Jews will not be redeemed until they call on Christ to save them at the end of the Tribulation (Psalm 118:26/Matt 23:39/Zech 12:10). The seven Spirits of God (Rev 4:5) represent the fullness of God (John 4:24, “God is Spirit;” not, “God is a spirit,” which would make Him “one of many spirits.”). The four living creatures (Rev 4:6) are angels, probably Cherubim (Ezek 10:15-20). The redeemed saints (body of Christ) will worship God (the Father), and cast “their” crowns at the feet of God (the Father), in Rev 4:9-11.

d. We will now discuss the crowns that we will “throw, or cast” at the feet of God.

(1) Will we throw “our” crowns at the feet of God, and “leave them there” or, will we pick them up, and cast them at the feet of God again? Will we have only one occurrence of such worship (Rev 4:9-11) during the seven years of tribulation, when we are in heaven, when we will “fall down before God” (vs 10), and “cast our crowns before God,” (vs 10), and say, ““Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created” (vs 11)? I think not.

(2) Let’s consider the crowns.

(a) 2 Cor 5:10 a, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body”

1. The Imperishable Crown – (1 Corinthians 9:24-25)
2. The Crown of Rejoicing – (1 Thessalonians 2:19)
3. The Crown of Righteousness – (2 Timothy 4:8)
4. The Crown of Glory – (1 Peter 5:4)
5. The Crown of Life – (Revelation 2:10)

(b) The crowns that we cast at the feet of God are “our crowns.” I believe that we will continue in our worship of God in Heaven throughout the entire seven year period of time of the Tribulation, and that we will repeatedly cast our crowns at the feet of God. Scripture shows that the crowns are our crowns, as follows.

(c) Rev 2:10, “I will give you the crown of life.”

(d) Rev 3:11, “hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown.” (Salvation can not be lost, but a crown can be (lost), 2 John 8, “Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward.”

e. The events of Revelation, Chapters 4 and 5, take place after the rapture of the church and before the time of the Tribulation.

f. The events, that follow Revelation Chapter 5, take place during Revelation Chapters 6 through 19, which are the Tribulation’s seven years.

(1) In Matt 24:3, “the disciples came to Christ “privately,” saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” (Notice that the conversation is only among Christ and His disciples; no Gentiles are present.)

(2) The events of Matthew, Chapters, 24:3-25:46, take place during Revelation, Chapters 6-19. The Ryrie Study Bible states that Matt 24:29-31 speaks of the sign of “Christ’s coming.” (second coming, mine) 25:4-28 speaks of the sign of the end of the age. Verses 4-14 list characteristics of the first half of the Tribulation period, whereas verses 15-28 deal with the second half (of the Tribulation, mine). This passage is called the Olivet discourse, which was given by Christ (a Jew), to His disciples (also Jews), about Jews in the Tribulation. For example, are we concerned about, “fleeing Judea to the mountains, and if our flight will happen on a Sabbath?” (Matt 24:16-18). Such things will be of significance to the Jews that will have been left behind from the rapture, and who will be experiencing the persecutions and judgments that will be taking place during the Tribulation.

(3) During Rev 6-19, the raptured, born again believers in Christ, will be in Heaven worshiping God. At the call of Israel to Christ to save them, (at the end of the Tribulation, Zech 12:10), Christ, His Bride and angels, will descend to earth for the Battle of Armageddon (Rev 19:11-21), where He will stand on the Mount of Olives, and defeat the forces of the world that are attacking Israel (Zech 14:1-15) (Consider China in Rev 16:12.) The battle victory will come quickly (Rev 19:15).

(4) Christ and His believers of all times will rule and reign for 1,000 years (Rev 20:4, Tribulation resurrected martyrs); (Dan 12:1-3 and Matt 19:28, Old Testament resurrected saints); (1 Cor 6:2, Church age saints).

(5) At the end of the 1,000 years (millennium/Kingdom Age), those whom have not been born again, from all of the ages, will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 20:15). The born again believers of all ages will enter the Eternal State of the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem (Rev 21:1-2). At this time the New Jerusalem, which has been hovering above the earth, will begin its descent to our present earth, which will have been destroyed by God.

g. A New Heaven And Earth.

2 Peter 3:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

h. Considering Heaven.

(1) Three heavens are described in 1 Cor 15:40: the first heaven, “terrestrial,” is where the birds fly; the second heaven, “celestial,” is where the astronauts fly; and the third heaven, being the Presence of God, is where God “doesn’t need to fly.”

(2) The Apostle Paul described his trip to the Presence of God. In the following passage; Paul is the man.

i. Paul’s Vision Of Heaven

2 Corinthians 12:1-4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

1 Boasting is necessary, though it is not profitable; but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a man was caught up to the third heaven. 3 And I know how such a man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows— 4 was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak.

j. We must not forget the place, in “my Father’s house,” that Christ promised to His bride, His born again believers.

(a) John 14:2-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)


2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

(b) As stated above, it is in “The Father’s House” that Christ has been preparing a place for His Bride, whom are the born again believers in Christ. No such promise has been made to any other group of people in all of history. A bride is the joy of every bride groom. No loving bride groom is going to subject his bride to the persecution and judgments, as those which will take place during the Tribulation. Neither will a bride groom “stop off on the way to the wedding alter” to treat his bride with great disrespect, such as has been the teaching of many about the Judgment Seat of Christ.

k. The New Heaven will exist in the eternal state of the New Heaven, New Earth, and New Jerusalem (Rev 21:1-2).

D. Encouragement for Believers In Christ.

1. Church! We are “the Bride!” We are special! Don’t let anybody tell you anything less about your place in Christ! If we are not raptured, we can not be taken to the Marriage of the Lamb in Heaven. If we are not “raptured and taken to Heaven,” we can not return with Christ from Heaven for the Battle of Armageddon. If the church is not raptured, we will be left on earth to go through the tribulation.

2. There are many people who are saying that we are in the Tribulation, because of COVID-19. I must add this thought. During 1918-1920, an estimated 500 million people from the South Seas to the North Pole fell victim to Spanish Flu. The deaths that we are experiencing now, are minuscule, in relation to the number of deaths that occurred during the Spanish Flu.
https://www.livescience.com/worst-epidemics-and-pandemics-in-history.html

3. The Tribulation can come only after a peace treaty is made between the anti-Christ and Israel.

(a) Jeremiah 30:7, “Jacob’s distress.” The coming days of Tribulation that will come upon all Israel (Jacob) [Ryrie Study Bible].

(b) Daniel 9:24:27, vs 27, “And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.” “he”. the anti-Christ, will make a pact with many (of the Jewish people) at the beginning of the Tribulation period. But “in the middle of the week” (i.e., 3 1/2 years later) anti-Christ will break his covenant and desecrate the Temple by demanding worship of himself in it. At Christ’s second coming, anti-Christ and his false prophet will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 19:20). [Ryrie Study Bible]. {mine. No such pact has been made. No such temple exists.}

II. Conclusion.

A. The events of Revelation, Chapters 4 and 5, will occur after the rapture of the church occurs (Jn 14:2-6, 1 Cor 15:50-54, 1 Thes 4:13-18). The raptured church will not be on earth while the tribulation is taking place, but will be in Heaven worshiping God. We are not in the tribulation now. The anti-Christ has not made a peace treaty with Israel, which will mark the beginning of the Tribulation. Israel is not now living in peace.

B. What is necessary for a person to be present during the worship of God, as explained in Revelation, Chapter 4?

1. We must be born again. John 3:3, “unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

2. We must have an intimate relationship with God the Father, through God the Son, being empowered by God the Holy Spirit. John 17:3,

“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”

Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 10 – Key Factors In Daniel’s Prophecy 2.

I. Introduction.

It is necessary to observe the major emphases in the prophecy given through Daniel. In the book, “Daniel’s Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks,” McClain summarizes the prophecy of Daniel, and is provided following paragraph, III. (Alva J. McClain, “Daniel’s Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks.”Ryrie and Rydelnik comments are also provided in this article.)

II. Scripture Text. Daniel 9:27. Christian Standard Bible.

He will make a firm covenant
with many for one week,
but in the middle of the week
he will put a stop to sacrifice and offering.
And the abomination of desolation
will be on a wing of the temple
until the decreed destruction
is poured out on the desolator.”

III. Pentecost Comments.

A. The entire prophecy has to do with Daniel’s “people,” and Daniel’s “city,” that is, the Nation of “Israel” and the city of “Jerusalem.

B. Two different princes are mentioned, who should not be confused: the first is named Messiah the Prince; and the second is described as “the prince that shall come.”

C. The entire time-period involved is exactly specified as “Seventy Weeks;” and these Seventy Weeks are further divided into three lesser periods: first, a period of “seven weeks;” after that a period of “three-score and two weeks;” and finally, a period of “one week.”

D. The beginning of the whole period of Seventy Weeks is definitely fixed at “the going forth of the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem.”

E. The end of the “seven weeks and threescore and two weeks (69 weeks) will be marked by the “appearance of Messiah as the Prince of Israel.”

F. At a later time, “after the threescore and two weeks” which follows the first seven weeks (that is, after 69 weeks), “Messiah the Prince will be cut off,” and Jerusalem will again be destroyed” by the people of another “prince” who is yet to come.

G. After these two important events, we come to the last, or Seventieth Week, the beginning of which will be marked by the establishment of a “firm covenant” or treaty between the Coming Price and the Jewish nation for a period of “one week.”

H. In the “midst” of this Seventieth Week, evidently breaking his treaty, the coming prince will suddenly “cause the Jewish” sacrifice to cease and precipitate upon this people a time of wrath and desolation lasting to the “full end” of the week.

I. With the full completion of the whole period of the Seventy Weeks, there will be ushered in a time “of great and unparalleled blessings for the nation of Israel.”

J. These blessings are: (1) finish up the transgression, (2) make an end of sins, “(3) make reconciliation for iniquity, (4) bring in everlasting righteousness, (5) seal up the vision and prophecy, and (6) anoint the most holy.

K. The six promised blessings are related to the two works of the Messiah: His death and His reign. The first thee have special reference to the sacrifice of the Messiah, which anticipates the removal of sin from the nation. The second three have special reference to the sovereignty of the Messiah, which anticipate the establishment of His reign. The “everlasting righteousness” can only refer to the millennial kingdom promised to Israel. This was the goal and expectation of all the covenants and promises given to Israel, and in its institution prophecy will be fulfilled. This kingdom can only be established when the Holy One or the Holy Place in the millennial temple is anointed. The millennium will witness the reception of the Messiah by Israel and will also witness the return of the Shekinah to the Holy of Holies. Thus, we see that the prophecy anticipates the whole work of the Messiah for Israel: He will redeem and he will reign at the expiration of time stipulated in the prophecy.

IV. Ryrie Comments.

Re: Daniel 9:27. “he.” The prince of verse 26, the Anti-Christ, previously introduced in 7:8, 24-26, who will make a pact with “many” (of the Jewish people) at the beginning of the tribulation period. But “in the middle of the week” (i.e., 3 1/2 years later), Antichrist will break the covenant and desecrate the Temple by demanding worship of himself in it. See notes on Matt 24:15 and 2 Thes 2:4. At Christ’s second coming, Antichrist and his false prophet will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 19:20).

V. Rydelnik Comments.

Re: Daniel 9:27, “weeks.” Re: Daniel 9:24. “Seventy weeks” probably refers to 70 periods of seven years, or 490 years.

VI. References.

A. Paragraph I. “Things To Come, ” 1958, Zondervan, J. Dwight Penteost, Th. D., p. 240.

B. Paragraph II. Scripture cut and pasted from Bible Hub.

C. Paragraph III. “Things To Come, ” 1958, Zondervan, J. Dwight Penteost, Th. D., p. 240-242.

D. Paragraph IV. Ryrie Study Bible, 1986, Moody Publishers, Charles C. Ryrie, Th. D., Ph. D.

E. Paragraph V. Holman Christian Standard Bible, 2010, Holman Bible Publishers, Michael J. Rydelnik, Th. M., D. Miss.

The Coming Kingdom 2

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Andy Woods44.6K subscribersSUBSCRIBEDAn understanding of God’s covenant promises to Abraham is foundational to understanding the kingdom of God. [1 hour 4 minutes]. In this series, we are going through Andy’s book, “The Coming Kingdom: How Kingdom Now Theology is Changing the Focus of the Church.” © Andy Woods Ministries. All rights Reserved. Power points, transcripts, and audio can be downloaded from https://slbc.org/sermon/the-coming-ki… For videos on other topics please visit Andy Woods Ministries YouTube Channel or visit the Andy Woods Ministries website: http://andywoodsministries.org/ PLEASE SHARE AND COMMENT Comments *with a URL attachment or are *longer than 2-3 sentences or have *a disrespectful tone (Colossians 4:6) may be removed.

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  • This video is the beginning of a series of lessons that are provided by Dr. Andy Woods. The teaching that Dr. Woods provides will cover the whole Bible. The purpose is to show a plumb line that goes from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21. Andy has stated that the Bible is about a garden and a city, with a cross in between. Other teaching and preaching videos of Andy Woods can be obtained through FaceBook (Sugar Land Bible Church), YouTube (Andy Woods, Dr. Andy Woods Ministries, ), the link https://slbc.org/ (Sugar Land Bible Church) and Twitter. Andy’s sermons are provided each Sunday morning for people who like Sugar Land Bible Church on FaceBook, and at other times each week. Volunteers monitor comments that are made on the YouTube videos.
  • Dr. Woods has written a book that is a parallel to this teaching series. The title of the book is, “The Coming Kingdom,” by Dr. Andrew M. Woods. I encourage everyone to obtain a copy of the book.
  • Dr. Woods has an amazing resume, as he was a lawyer before entering seminary. The church of which Andy is the Senior Pastor is Sugar Land Bible Church, which is located west of Houston, Texas, in Sugar Land Texas.

Honoring The Lord’s Sabbath

To honor the Sabbath, as being of God’s handiwork.

We met together as believers in Christ to honor the Sabbath. It was five o’clock on the evening of a Friday. I began reading God’s Holy Word.

Genesis 1:5, “Evening came and then morning: the first day.”
Genesis 1:8, “Evening came and then morning: the second day.”
Genesis 1:13, “Evening came and then morning: the third day.”
Genesis 1:19, “Evening came and then morning: the fourth day.”
Genesis 1:23, “Evening came and then morning: the fifth day.”
Genesis 1:31, “Evening came and then morning: the sixth day.”
Genesis 2:1-3, “1 So the heavens and the earth and everything in them were completed. 2 By the seventh day God completed His work that He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work that He had done. 3 God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, for on it He rested from His work of creation.”

At the beginning of this darkened Friday morning, just as it occurs each day, darkness began turning into dawn. Then, dawn turned into daylight; daylight turned into dusk; and, as we were reading God’s Holy Word, dusk began turning into darkness. In our presence, Sabbath began to grace us, and everybody else in our community. Sabbath would continue until sundown on Saturday. In our group we were experiencing a true “Shabbat Shalom,” which means in Hebrew, “sabbath of peace.”

During our time of honoring the Sabbath, we participated in a Passover meal, as described in Matthew 26:17-30. We continued with a discussion of Matthew 5:17, as our Lord said, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.” The Law was fulfilled in Christ: “It is finished” (John 19:30). In Galatians 3:24, we see the purpose of the Law: “Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.”

During this time of of honoring the Sabbath, we discussed true worship. Our scripture text was taken from John’s Gospel, Chapter 4. We discussed the encounter of the Samaritan woman with Christ, verses 19-24., The topic was worship. The woman pointed out the differences of worship between Jews and Samaritans; she said that Jews worshiped at the temple in Jerusalem, but Samaritans worshiped elsewhere (John 4:20). So, the woman was saying, “what gives?” (mine). Our Lord gave a simple answer to the woman. The Samaritan woman had addressed times, days, and places of worship. Plain and simple, Christ said in verse 24, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” In AD 70, the temple in Jerusalem would be destroyed, so that would take care of the “time, day, and place situation.” Christ added that true worship is that of “spirit and truth.” It is a worship that includes, “all that we are,” for “all that God is.” Note that “God is Spirit,” and not “a spirit.” If God were, “a spirit,” He would be one of many spirits, of which God is not.

Remember the words,”God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it.” God made the seventh day. God made the seventh day holy. I choose to honor the seventh day. I try to keep every Friday free of mental conflict, and try to keep my mind on the “sure to arrive” weekly Sabbath. I cherish the time of the arrival of Friday’s sunset, as I know that a “God moment” is in the making. I consider the things of Elohim/Theos and His creation week (Genesis 1:1; Matthew 1:23; John 1:1).

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I worship God for all that He has done to give us the world that we are blessed to inhabit. I thank God for Christ, Who is “God with us,” (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). Maybe you will find your own way of honoring the Sabbath.

Revelation 4:1-4 – The Vision Of The Heavenly Throne.

I. Scripture Text.

Revelation 4:1-4New English Translation

The Amazing Scene in Heaven

1 After these things I looked, and there was a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet said: “Come up here so that I can show you what must happen after these things.” Immediately I was in the Spirit, and a throne was standing in heaven with someone seated on it! And the one seated on it was like jasper and carnelian in appearance, and a rainbow looking like it was made of emerald encircled the throne. In a circle around the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on those thrones were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white clothing and had golden crowns on their heads.

II. Discussion. The Bible Knowledge Commentary.

A. Revelation 4:1.

1. The Invitation.

a. John saw the vision of the heavenly throne after he heard the revelation of the messages to the churches. The time sequence is indicated by the expression “after this (meta tauta, in the NASB, “after these things”).

b. John saw “a door…open in heaven” and heard a voice inviting him, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” The words, “what must take place after this,” are similar to those in 1:19, “what will take place later.” Whereas 1:19 indicates that the events will take place later, in 4:1b the Greek word “dei” is used, which means that the events “must” occur. This points not only to the future but also the sovereign purpose of God. The similarity of the two expresssions confirms the threefold chronological outline given in 1:19. Both the revelation and its fulfillment are chronologically subsequent to chapters 1-3.

B. Revelation 4:2-3.

The Heavenly Throne.

John stated that immediately “he was in the Spirit” (or “in [my] spirit”; cf. 1:10; 17:3) meaning that experientially he was taken up to heaven though his body was actually still on the island of Patmos. “In Heaven” he saw a gret “throne” with One “sitting on it” who “had the appearance of jasper and carnelian.” This jasper (cf. 21:18) is a clear stone in contrast to the opaque jasper stones known today; it may have resembled a diamond. The carnelian, also known as ruby (the NIV trans. it “ruby” in the OT), and sardius, were a ruby-red color. The jasper and the carnelian were the first and last of the 12 gemstones worn on the high priest’s breast (cf. Ex 28:17-21). Jasper and sardius were used in relation to the king of Tyre (Ezek. 28:13) and will be the foundation of the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:19-20). The throne’s overall appearance was one of great beauty and color, enhanced by “a rainbow, resembling an emerald,” which “encircled the throne.” The green color of the emerald added further beauty to the scene.

C. Revelation 4:4.

The 24 Elders.

1. Around the principal “throne” were “24” lesser “thrones” on which were “seated … 24 elders.” “They were dressed in white” and were wearing “crowns of gold on their heads.” The crowns were similar to those given victors in Greek games (“stephanos”), in contrast with the crown of a sovereign ruler (diadema,”diadem”). The crowns seem to indicate that the elders had been judged and rewarded.

2. There has been much speculation on the identify of the elders. The two major views are (1) that they represent the church raptured prior to this time and rewarded in heaven, or (2) that they are angels who have been given large responsibilities. The number 24 is the number of representatin, illustrated by in the fact that in the Law of Mose there were 24 orders of the priesthood. (For further discussion of the identity of the 24 elders, see the comments on 5:8-10, as follows: While scholars differ on this pont, it would seem that since the elders are on thrones and are crowned as victors, they represent the church rather than angels. Angels have not been judged and rewarded at this point in the program of God. But, angels soon join the creatures and the elders in praising the Lamb (5:11-12)).

III. Added Comments.

A. MacArthur Study Bible.

4:4 twenty-four elders. Their joint rule with Christ, their white garments (19:78), and their golden crowns (2:10) all seem to indicate that these 24 represent the redeemed (vv. 9–115:5–147:11–1711:16–1814:319:4). The question is which redeemed? Not Israel, since the nation is not yet saved, glorified, and coronated. That is still to come at this point in the events of the end. Their resurrection and glory will come at the end of the 7-year tribulation time (cf. Dan. 12:1–3). Tribulation saints aren’t yet saved (7:910). Only one group will be complete and glorified at that point—the church. Here elders represent the church, which sings the song of redemption (5:8–10). They are the overcomers who have their crowns and live in the place prepared for them, where they have gone with Jesus (cf. John 14:1–4).

B. Ryrie Study Bible.

4:4. “twenty-four elders.” Some understand these to be angelic beings, though it is likely that the 24 elders represent redeemed people who are glorified, crowned, and enthroned. Angels are never said to be given crowns, though believers are (2 Tim 4:8; James 1:12; 1 Peter 5:4; Rev 2:10).

C. Scofield Study Bible.

4:4. “elders.”

1. These elders represent the Church. The very word, “elder,” has church significance (1 Tim 5:17; Ti 1:5). Crowns throughout the N.T. are exclusively presented as rewards for the faithful in the Church. These elders sit on thrones which are associated with the central judgment throne of God (vv. 2-4; cp. 1 Cor 6:2-3; 2 Tim 2:12).

2. The appearance of these elders, already glorified, crowned, and enthroned before the opening of the sealed book of judgment (ch.5) and before the end-time judgments are loosed upon the world (chs. 6-18), reaffirms that the Church is not to be subjected to the judicial wrath and judgments of that time (compare Jn. 5:24; Rom 5:9; 1 Thes 1:10; 5:1-11; Rv 3:10).

The Coming Kingdom 1

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44.5K subscribersSUBSCRIBEDIntroduction to the study with examples of modern-day confusion concerning the kingdom of God. [1 hour 4 minutes]. In this series, we are going through Andy’s book, “The Coming Kingdom: How Kingdom Now Theology is Changing the Focus of the Church.” © Andy Woods Ministries. All rights Reserved. Power points, transcripts, and audio can be downloaded from https://slbc.org/sermon/the-coming-ki… For videos on other topics please visit Andy Woods Ministries YouTube Channel or visit the Andy Woods Ministries website: http://andywoodsministries.org/ PLEASE SHARE AND COMMENT Comments *with a URL attachment or are *longer than 2-3 sentences or have *a disrespectful tone (Colossians 4:6) may be removed.

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  • This video is the beginning of a series of lessons that are provided by Dr. Andy Woods. The teaching that Dr. Woods provides will cover the whole Bible. The purpose is to show a plumb line that goes from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21. Andy has stated that the Bible is about a garden and a city, with a cross in between. Other teaching and preaching videos of Andy Woods can be obtained through FaceBook (Sugar Land Bible Church), YouTube (Andy Woods, Dr. Andy Woods Ministries, ), the link https://slbc.org/ (Sugar Land Bible Church) and Twitter. Andy’s sermons are provided each Sunday morning for people who like Sugar Land Bible Church on FaceBook, and at other times each week. Volunteers monitor comments that are made on the YouTube videos.
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Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 9 – The Time Of The Tribulation 1.

I. Introduction.

A. In order for us to understand the time elements of the tribulation period, it is necessary to refer to the prophecy of Daniel, where the chronology of Israel’s future history is outlined in the great prophecy of the seventy weeks (Daniel 9:24-27).

B. Notice that in the New International Version, “Seventy sevens,” is used to describe the prophetic time period of Daniel.” The New Living Translation uses “seventy sets of seven.”

Daniel 9:24-27New International Version

24 “Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.

25 “Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26 After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. 27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”

II. The Importance Of Daniel’s Prophecy Of The Seventy Weeks.

A. Many importances may be attached to this prophecy.

B. The literal method of interpretation of prophecy, as is provided by the following authors, provides a concrete foundation on this subject.

1. Properly interpreted, the prophecy of Daniel furnishes an excellent example of the principle that prophecy is subject to literal interpretation. Practically all expositors, however opposed to prophecy “per se,” agree that at least part of the seventy weeks of Daniel is to be interpreted literally….if the first sixty-nine weeks of Daniel were subject to liberal fulfillment, it is a powerful argument that the final seventieth week will have a similar fulfilment (John F. Woolvoord, Th. D., “Is Daniel’s Seventieth Week Future?,” January 1944).

2. The prophecy of the Seventy Weeks has an immense evidential value as a witness to the truth of Scripture. That part of the prophecy relating to the first sixty-nine weeks has already been accurately fulfilled…only an omniscent God could have foretold over five hundred years in advance the very day on which the Messiah would ride into Jerusalem and present Himself as the “Prince” of Israel (Alva J. McClain, B.D., Th. M., LL. D., D.D., Daniel’s Prophecy Of The Seventy Weeks).

3. The prophecy supports the view that the church is a mystery that was not revealed in the Old Testament.

a. The seventy weeks of Daniel, properly interpreted, demonstrates the distinct place of the Christian church and Israel in the purposes of God. The seventy weeks of Daniel are totally in reference to Israel and her relation to Gentile powers and the rejection of Israel’s Messiah. The peculiar purposes of God in calling out a people from every nation to form the church and the program of the present age are nowhere in view of this prophecy.” (John F. Woolvoord, Th. D., “Is Daniel’s Seventieth Week Future?,” January 1944).

b. Walvoord’s above statement gives supporting evidence that the church is not in Revelation four through nineteen, but must have been raptued before Israel’s program began.

c. Daniel’s prophecy gives us the divine chronology of prophecy. In the predictions of the Seventy Weeks, we have the indespensable chronological key to all New Testament prophecy. Our Lord’s great prophetical discourse recorded in Matthew and Mark fixes the time of Israel’s final and greatest trouble definitely within the days of the Seventieth Week of Daniel’s prophecy (Dan 9:27; Mt 24:15-22; Mk 13:14-20). And the greater part of the Book of Revelation is simply an expansion of Daniel’s prophecy within the chronological framework as outlined by the same Seventieth Week, which is divided into two two equal periods, each extending for 1260 days, or 42 months, or 3 1/2 years (Rev 11:2-3; 12:6, 14; 13:5). Therefore, apart from an understanding of the details of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel, all attempts to interpret New Testament prophecy, must fail in large measure (Alva J. McClain, B.D., Th. M., LL. D., D.D., Daniel’s Prophecy Of The Seventy Weeks).

III. References.

A. Scripture of Daniel 9:24-27 was pasted from Bible Gateway.

B. Paragraph I.A. Commentary, “Things To Come,” 1958, Zonderan, J. Dwight Pentecost, Th. D., pp 239.

C. Paragraph II. Commentary, “Things To Come,” 1958, Zonderan, J. Dwight Pentecost, Th. D., pp 239 240.

Revelation 2:1-3:22 – Letters To The Churches

I. Introduction.

A. Translation considerations. Text and Comments. The New American Standard Bible (NASB) translation was chosen for this article, and has been pasted from Bible Gateway. Comments will be chosen from sources that will be identified when they are used.

B. Terms. Repetition will be used.

II. Verse Examinations.

A. Chapter 1 selected verses.

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John, 2 who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. 3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.

a. 1:1 The revelation. [ MacArthur Study Bible] The Gr. word from which the Eng. word “apocalypse” comes lit. means “to uncover, or to reveal.”

(1) {Mine} The whole Book of Revelation is “a revelation” (singular) of Christ, and “not a book of revelations,” (plural). [ MacArthur Study Bible. “apocalypse” relates to an “uncovering or revelation,” as opposed to “a happening,”].

(2) {Mine} The path of the revelation is from “God the Father,” to “God the Son,” via “Angel,” to “John the apostle, to seven churches.”

b. 1:3 The blessing. [ MacArthur Study Bible. This is the only biblical book that comes with a blessing for the one who listens to it being read and explained and then responds in obedience. {Mine} It is clear that many people who claim to be believers in Christ are ignorant of the facts of the Book of Revelation.]

c. 1:3. The reality of imminency. “for the time is near.” [Walvord Commentary note. “For the time is near.” The Greek word for “time” here is “kairos,” which means a season of time in contrast to the term “hour,” which means time on a calendar or clock. The next great event on God’s prophetic calendar, the imminent return of Christ to rapture His church, is near from the standpoint of prophetic revelation and could occur at any moment.] {Mine. It is important to remember the term, “imminency,” when we consider the seven churches of Revelation 2-3.}

d. 1:4. The distribution. “John to the seven churches that are in Asia.”

(1) 1:11. Instructions to John. “Write in a book what you see, and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.” [Mine. Notice the names of the recipient churches that are included in this verse. Notice that the church at Rome is not named, even as being an “info-addressee.”] { MacArthur Study Bible. “book” is a Gr. word that refers to a scroll made of parchment formed from papyrus.}

(2) 1:19. The order of things to be written. “Therefore write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after these things.” [ MacArthur Study Bible. This verse provides a simple outline for the entire book: “the things which you have seen” refers to the vision John has just seen (chap. 1); “the things which are” denotes the letters to the churches (chaps. 2, 3); and “the things which will take place after this” refers to the revelation of future history (chaps. 4–22).]

B. Looking back. [Mine. The instruction from Christ to the churches was for the churches to study “the revelation.” However, that instruction has largely fallen on deaf ears. Consider the reasons that pastors have given for not teaching the book of Revelation, or the other books of prophecy that give scriptural support for a Revelation teaching. If anyone finds it difficult to understand the Book of Revelation, please allow me to recommend the following resoruces: The Ryrie Study Bible, Charles C. Ryrie, Th. D., Ph. D.; “Things To Come,” J.Dwight Pentecost, Th. D.;” “The Coming Kingdom,” Andrew M. Woods, J.D., Th.M., Ph.D.; The books of John. F. Walvoord, Th. D., in the commentaries of Daniel, Matthew, 1&2 Thessalonians, and Revelation.]

C. Looking forward. [Mine. Revelation, Chapters 2 and 3, point to situations that have existed within churches, from the time that the revelation was given to the Apostle John, until today. Such church conditions will continue until the day that Christ comes to catch up His born again believers and takes them to Heaven with Him. Following the rapture (1 Thes 4:16-17), the anti-Christ will make his presence known to the world; his motives will be revealed when he signs a peace treaty with Israel, at which time the Tribulation begins. Mid-way through the seven-year tribulation, the anti-Christ will break his treaty with the Jews, then, the Great Tribulation begins. Revelation Chapter 6 shows the seal judgments which Christ will send to earth; those judgments will include the anti-Christ and his deceptive influence, and persecution upon those on the earth. Christ will use the force of seal, trumpet and bowl judgments to draw unsaved Jews and Gentiles, who were left behind from the rapture, to saving faith in Christ. The judgments of The Tribulation will be severe, becoming much more severe as the judgments follow, one after the other. Israel will see their demise as being imminent, meaning that it can happen at any moment. It will be when Jews call upon Christ to save them from utter destruction and annihilation, that Christ and his raptured believers will return from heaven to earth, at the end of the Tribulation, at the Campaign of Armageddon (also known as the Battle of Armageddon (Rev 19:11-21; Zech 14:1-5; Matt 24:29-31). After Christ is victorious in this battle (Armageddon), the Great Tribulation will end, and the 1000 year millennial reign of Christ will begin (We will continue this timeline in following articles). After Revelation Chapter 3, the church is mentioned no more. The church will have served her purpose. With the church having been removed from the earth, God will then begin to deal with Israel, through the judgments that He will force upon the earth. God’s judgments will be experienced by everyone on the earth, from Revelation Chapter 6 until Revelation Chapter 20. It is important to know that it is God whom is in total control of the events of the Tribulation, and the Great Tribulation. It is the purpose of God that, by using His judgments of the seven-year Tribulation, Jews whom will be left behind from the rapture, may call on Christ to save them. It is also important to remember that the judgments of the tribulation period are God’s judgments that He forces on the earth, and on all who are on the earth, and “are not” judgments of accident, or are judgments that are under the control of Satan and/or the anti-Christ, mankind, or nature.

D. All that is written in the above paragraph, D., is the reason that the Book of Revelation, “must be read, and everyone must heed the things which are written in it,” (Rev 1:3). Because the letters of the Revelation were sent to churches, it is incumbent upon church pastors to ensure that the words of Revelation are made known to the members of each church (Rev 1:4).

E. The events of the Tribulation “will happen!” Many pastors are telling their congregations that “it is all an allegory.” Yet, the Book of Revelation is very clear as to its teaching having a literal meaning. Many pastors are also telling their congregations that Christians will have to go through the Tribulation, or some parts of it. Everyone needs to understand the love that exists between “Christ and His bride, the Church:” Eph 5:25 “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her.” No loving husband would put his bride in the midst of such judgments as those that will come upon the earth during The Tribulation.

F. Here is a word to remember: “imminency.” The Tribulation “will happen.” The “imminency” of The Tribulation can not be shoved aside. For something to be “imminent” means that its happening can occur “at any moment.” Imminency is the meaning of Rev 1:3, “for the time is near.”

III. Article Background.

A. This article is a discussion about the Revelation of Jesus Christ, that He gave to the Apostle John, to be written by the Apostle to the seven churches in Asia. It is important to know that the Book of Revelation is “a revelation,” in singular form, and not “the Book of Revelations,” in plural form.

B. Imminency is a term that must be understood in the discussion of the churches that are shown in the Book of Revelation, Chapters 2 and 3.

C. The churches of Rev 2-3 are common in behavior among many congregations that have come into existence ever since the first church was established in Jerusalem, in A.D. 33. Because of the teaching of imminency (Rev 1:3), Christ could have returned to earth for the rapture, to take His born again saints to Heaven with Him, at any time after he ascended to Heaven. No one knows when Christ will return to catch up His bride, the church, but “the fullness of the Gentiles,” as is discuscussed in Romans 11:25, must be considered, with such fullness being determined by God.

IV. Recipient Churches.

A. The following is a brief description of the churches of Rev 2-3.

Ephesus. Rev 2:1-7. Loveless… Smyrna. Rev 2:8-11. Persecuted… Pergamum. Rev 2:12-17. Compromised… Thyatira. Rev 2:18-29. Compromised… Sardis. Rev 3:1-6 Dead… Philadelphia. Rev 3:7-13. Missionary… Laodecia. Rev 3:14-22. Man-centered.

B. Lesson verses. Revelation 2:1-3:22.

C. Key verse. Revelation 3:10 (NASB)

1. Verse. Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

2. My note. The verse was written to the Church in Philadelphia. However, the promise to that church is a promise to believers of all times. The promise relates to the pre-tribulation rapture of all born again believers in Christ (John 14:2,3,6; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18).

3. The following commentary note comes from the MacArthur Study Bible.

3:10 keep you from the hour of trial. Christ’s description—an event still future that for a short time severely tests the whole world—must refer to the time of tribulation, the 7-year period before Christ’s earthly kingdom is consummated, featuring the unleashing of divine wrath in judgments expressed as seals, trumpets, and bowls. This period is described in detail throughout chaps. 6–19. The latter half is called “the Great Tribulation” (7:14; Matt. 24:21) and is identified as to time in 11:2, 3; 12:6, 14; 13:5. The verb “to keep” is followed by a preposition whose normal meaning is “from” or “out of”—this phrase, “keep . . . from” supports the pre-tribulational rapture of the church (see notes on John 14:1–3; 1 Cor. 15:51, 52; 1 Thess. 4:13–17). This period is the same as Daniel’s 70th week (see notes on Dan. 9:24–27) and “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (see notes on Jer. 30:7).

V. Tribulation Occupants’ Differences.

A. Earth dwellers.

1. Rev 3:10, “to test those who dwell on the earth.”

2. Revelation 6:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
10 and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

3. Revelation 8:13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
13 Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in mid-heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”

4. Revelation 11:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
10 And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate; and they will send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.

5. Revelation 13:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.

6. Revelation 13:14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who *had the wound of the sword and has come to life.

7. Revelation 17:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
8 “The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come.

B. Earth dwellers versus believers in Christ.

1. Earth dwellers are those whom will be left behind from the rapture of the Church; they chose earth over heaven, by refusing to believe in Christ as their Lord and Savior. During the Tribulation, earth dwellers will continue to defy God; they will have the opportunity to come to saving faith in Christ, but most will remain in their states of unbelief. Consider the account of Lazarus and the rich man in Luke 16:19-31. The rich man, whom is in Hades (the place of the unsaved dead, prior to the lake of fire), makes a request concerning his family whom is still alive, but are surely also headed for Hades upon their deaths: “v. 30. if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!” v.31. But, the response to the rich man is: “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.” The earth dwellers whom continue to defy God during the Tribulation will have much of the mindset of the family of the rich man in Luke 16, even as the conditions of the Tribulation become increasingly more severe.

2. All born again believers in Christ have a heavenly citizenship that exists from the time of their new-birth.

Philippians 3:20-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.

3. Nothing stands between us and the time that Christ will come in the air (rapture) to take His born again believers to Heaven with Him, both Jew and Gentile (John 14:2,3,6); “it can happen at any time.” After the rapture takes place, those whom will be left behind from the rapture, Jew and Gentile, will face the deception and persecution of the anti-Christ, as well as the the other judgments of God during the seven-year tribulation. God will bring the anti-Christ into power, and will bring about all of the other judgments of the Tribulation, in order that unbelieving Israel may be brought to saving faith in Christ (Matt 23:39; Zech 12:10).

Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 8 – The Purpose Of The Tribulation.

I. The First Purpose.

A. The first purpose of the tribulation is to prepare the nation Israel for her Messiah. The prophecy of Jeremiah (30:7) makes it clear that this time that is coming has particular reference to Israel, for it is “the time of Jacob’s trouble.” Gerald Stanton (Kept From The Hour,” pp.30-31) shows the Jewish character of the period by saying:

The tribulation is primarily Jewish. This fact is borne out by Old Testament Scriptures (Deut 4:30; Jer 30:7; Ezek 20:37; Dan 12:1; Zech 13:8-9), by the Olivet Discourse of Christ (Matt 24:9-26 ), and by the book of Revelation itself (Rev 7:4-8; 12:1-2; 17, etc.). It concerns “Daniel’s people,” the coming of “false Messiah,” the preaching of the “gospel of the kingdom,” flight on the “sabbath,” the temple and the “holy place,” the land of Judea, the city of Jerusalem, the twelve “tribes of Israel,” the “son of Moses,” “signs” in the heavens, the “covenant” with the Beast, the “sanctuary,” the “sacrifice and the oblation,” of the temple ritual — these all speak of Israel and prove that the tribulation is largely a time when God deals with His ancient people prior to their entrance into the promised kingdom. The many Old Testament prophecies yet to be fulfilled for Israel further indicate a future time when God will deal with this nation (Deu 30:1-6; Jer 30:8-10).

B. God’s purpose for Israel in the Tribulation is to bring about the conversion of a multitude of Jews, who will enter into the blessings of the kingdom and experience the fulfillment of all Israel’s covenants. The good news that the King is about to return will be preached (Matt 24:14) so that Israel may be turned to their deliverer. As John the Baptist preached such a message to prepare Israel for the first coming, Elijah will preach to prepare Israel for the second advent:

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse (Mal 4:5-6 ).

C. This witness is seen to be effective in that multitudes of Jews are converted during the tribulation period and are waiting for the Messiah (Rev 7:1-8, and the wise virgins of Matt 25:1-13). It is also God’s purpose to populate the millennium with a multitude of saved Gentiles, who are redeemed through the preaching of the believing remnant. This is accomplished in the multitude from “all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues (Rev 7:9) and in the “sheep” (Matt 25:31-46) that enter the millennial age. God’s purpose, then is to populate the millennial kingdom by bringing a host from among Israel and the Gentile nations to Himself.

II. The Second Purpose.

A. The second great purpose of the tribulation is to pour out judgment on unbelieving man and nations. It is stated in Rev 3:10 “I will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” This passage has been considered earlier. That this period will reach out to all nations is clearly taught in other Scriptures as well:

1. Jer 25:32-33 (New English Translation).

32 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies says,
‘Disaster will soon come on one nation after another.
A mighty storm of military destruction is rising up
from the distant parts of the earth.’
33 Those who have been killed by the Lord at that time
will be scattered from one end of the earth to the other.
They will not be mourned over, gathered up, or buried.
Their dead bodies will lie scattered over the ground like manure.

2. Isa 26:21 (New English Translation).

For look, the Lord is coming out of the place where he lives,
to punish the sin of those who live on the earth.
The earth will display the blood shed on it;
it will no longer cover up its slain.

3. 2 Thes 2:12. (New English Translation).

And so all of them who have not believed the truth but have delighted in evil will be condemned.

B. From these Scriptures it will be seen that God is judging the nations of the earth because of their godlessness. The nations of the earth have been deceived by the false teaching of the harlot system (Rev 14:8) and have partaken of the “wine of wrath of her fornication.” They have followed the false prophet in the worship of the beast (Rev 13:11-18). For this godlessness the nations must be judged. This judgment comes on “…the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains of the mighty men, and evey bondman, and every freeman…” (Rev 6:15), all of whom “blasphemed the name of God … and they repented not to give him glory” [Rev 16:9]). Since the kingdom to follow is a reign of righteousness, this judgment must be viewed as another step in the process of God’s program in dealing with sin so that the Messiah may reign. This program of judgment on sinners constitutes the second great purpose of the tribulation period.

III. The Times Of The Gentiles.

A. Scripture Reference (Luke 21:24, New English Translation).

They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led away as captives among all nations. Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

B. the times of the Gentiles. This expression is unique to Luke. It identifies the era from Israel’s captivity (ca. 586 B.C. to Babylon; cf. 2 Kin 25) to her restoration in the kingdom (Rev 20:1-6). It has been a time during which, in accord with God’s purpose, Gentiles have dominated or threatened Jerusalem. The era has also been marked by vast spiritual privileges for the Gentile nations (cf. Isa 66:12; Mal 1:11; Matt 24:14; Mark 13:10).

IV. The Fullness Of The Gentiles.

A. Scripture Reference (Romans 11:25, New English Translation).

For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: A partial hardening has happened to Israel until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.

B. mystery. This word is used to refer to NT truth previously not revealed (Rom 16:25; Eph 3:3; 1 Cor 15:51). This mystery has two components: 1) Israel has experienced a partial spiritual hardening, and 2) that hardening will last only for a divinely specified period of time. wise in your own opinion. Another warning to the Gentiles against spiritual pride and arrogance . blindness in part. The nation’s blindness does not extend to every individual Jew. Through all of history God has always preserved a believing remnant . until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. “Until” refers to a specific point in time; “fullness” refers to completion; “has come in” translates a Gr. verb often used to speak of coming to salvation (Mt 5:20; Mk 9:43 45, 47; Jn 3:5; Ac 14:22). Israel’s spiritual hardening (which began with rejecting Jesus as Messiah) will last until the complete number of elect Gentiles has come to salvation.

C. My note. “Fullness” is determined by God. At the time that God’s determined number of Gentiles comes to belief in Christ, the rapture of the Church will take place. This timing has nothing to do with the conduct of mankind, but of God’s plan. At the time that the Church has been removed from the earth, by the rapture (catching up of the saints, John 14:2-6; 1 Thes 4:13-18; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 2 Thes 2:2-3), God will begin drawing left behind Jews to belief in Christ as Messiah; left behind Gentiles will also be drawn to belief in Christ as Lord and Savior. The tribulation will not begin until after “the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.” The starting point for the tribulation will be when the anti-christ confirms a treaty with Israel (Dan 9:27).

V. The Judgment Of The Individual Gentiles.

A. Scripture Reference (Matthew 25:31-46, New English Translation).

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be assembled before him, and he will separate people one from another like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or naked and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘I tell you the truth, just as you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did it for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels! 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink. 43 I was a stranger and you did not receive me as a guest, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they too will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not give you whatever you needed?’ 45 Then he will answer them, ‘I tell you the truth, just as you did not do it for one of the least of these, you did not do it for me.’ 46 And these will depart into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

B. Mt 25:32. “All the nations.” Lit. All the Gentiles. This is a judgment of those Gentiles who survive the tribulation, and whose heart-relation to God is evidenced by their treatment of the Jews (Christ’s brethren, v. 40), especially during that time. Surviving Jews will also be judged at this time.

C. Mt 25:33. “on His right.” The place of honor.

D. Mt 25:35. To do these deeds of kindness to Jewish people during the Tribulation will undoubtedly expose the doers to persecution, and even death, at the hands of antichrist and his agents.

E. Mt 25:37. “when.” They are unconscious of their goodness, in contrast to the ostentation of the Pharisees. In verse 44, we see the opposite: the unconscious neglect of duty.

F. sheep. I.e., believers (10:16; Ps 79:13; Ez 34). They are given the place at “His right hand”—the place of favor. goats. These represent unbelievers, consigned to the place of dishonor and rejection.

G. Mt 25:31-32. He will sit on the throne of His glory. This speaks of the earthly reign of Christ described in Rev 20:4-6. The judgment described here in vv. 32-46 is different from the Great White Throne judgment of Rev 20:11-15. This judgment precedes Christ’s millennial reign, and the subjects seem to be only those who are alive at His coming. This is sometimes referred to as the judgment of the nations, but His verdicts address individuals in the nations, not the nations as a whole (cf. v. 46)

H. Mt 25:40. These “brethren” are Jews who suffer persecution during the tribulation and who receive help from Gentile believers at that time. (Re: “brethren,” Mt 25:40,  “the least of these brothers or sisters of mine”NET).

I. Mt 25:46. everlasting punishment . . . eternal life. The same Gr. word is used in both instances. The punishment of the wicked is as never-ending as the bliss of the righteous. The wicked are not given a second chance, nor are they annihilated. The punishment of the wicked dead is described throughout Scripture as “everlasting fire” (v. 41); “unquenchable fire” (3:12); “shame and everlasting contempt” (Dan 12:2); a place where “their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched” (Mk 9:44-49); a place of “torments” and “flame” (Lk 16:23-24); “everlasting destruction” (2 Thes 1:9); a place of torment with “fire and brimstone” where “the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever” (Rev 14:10-11); and a “lake of fire and brimstone” where the wicked are “tormented day and night forever and ever” (Rev 20:10). Here Jesus indicates that the punishment itself is everlasting—not merely the smoke and flames. The wicked are forever subject to the fury and the wrath of God. They consciously suffer shame and contempt and the assaults of an accusing conscience—along with the fiery wrath of an offended deity—for all of eternity. Even hell will acknowledge the perfect justice of God (Ps 76:10); those who are there will know that their punishment is just and that they alone are to blame (cf. Deu 32:3-5).

VI. References.

A. Paragraph I. Things To Come, 1958, Zondervan, J. Dwight Pentecost, Th. D., pp. 237-238.

B. Paragraph II. Things To Come, 1958, Zondervan, J. Dwight Pentecost, Th. D., pp. 238-239.

C. Pararaph III. NKJV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition, cut and pasted from Bible Gateway.

D. Paragraph IV. NKJV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition, cut and pasted from Bible Gateway.

E. Paragraph V. B-E. Ryrie Study Bible, 1986, Moody Bible Institute, Charles Ryrie, Ph. D.

F. Paragraph V. F-G. NKJV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition, cut and pasted from Bible Gateway.

G. Paragraph V. H. The Moody Bible Commentary, 2014, Moody Publishers, Michael G. Vanlaningham, Ph. D., p, 1505.

I. Paragraph V. I. NKJV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition, cut and pasted from Bible Gateway.

G. New English Translation scriptures were cut and pasted from Bible Gateway.

Revelation 1:1-20

Part I. Introduction.

A. At this time in our world’s situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), it has become my strong belief that I should veer from my intended course of writing, and explain the prophetic events of the end times. There are voices in the Christian world that have attempted to place the things that are affecting our world in the “yet future tribulation.” The events of Matthew 24 and Revelation 6 are said “to be happening now,” without making any mention of Israel, or of Christ. Israel is key throughout the tribulation. God will cause the tribulation events to occur, which will include the persecutions of the antichrist. So, what can we say about the things of COVID-19? Is God aware of the world’s situation? Is God a distanced bystander?

B. The recent article that I wrote, “God’s Purposes,” it addresses our world from Genesis to Revelation, prior and beyond. Psalm 103:19 explains God’s power over the entire world: “The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all.” The strength of Psalm 103:19 is that it is God, “who keeps Jupiter from bumping into Mars;” you can take that train of thought further. As we look closer to earth, Psalm 147:8 explains the governing hand of God: “Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who provides rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.” Again, you can carry that thought further. In this study, we will also introduce and discuss “The Office of Theocratic Administrator.”

C. This study of Revelation will answer many questions about the current world situation as they relate to the end times, and will conclude that we are not presently in any part of the tribulation. The articles in this end times study will show the purposes of the tribulation, which do not relate to anything that is happening in our world today. These articles will also conclude that nothing that occurs during the tribulation will be outside of God’s purposes, and His plan for the salvation of Israel. There will not be an “end of the world, ” which will be caused by global warming, or by “Mother Nature.” God is in charge of global warming, and “there is no “Mother Nature!” I will tip my hand and go “way forward” into this series of articles, and let Scripture speak concerning the subject of world destruction.

(1) 2 Peter 3:7 (NASB) “But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.”

(2) Revelation 21:1 (NASB) “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.”

D. That which has been tainted by sin will be replaced by that which is Holy, and will be based on God’s sovereign purposes. No other factor, outside of God’s plan for the ages, has any place in the affect of the end times, which is known as eschatology.

E. Translation. The text is from the New American Standard Bible. Comments will come from the MacArthur Study Bible, unless otherwise noted.

F. Sources of information. Everyone reads articles and books that have been written by other people. Whenever I choose an author, a speaker, or any other type of teacher for source material for the articles that I write, I try to find out as much as is possible about each potential source of information. I want to know about a person’s reputation among their peers; I also want to know how their writings, or discussions, relate to my understanding of the subject that I will be discussing. A potential source’s length of service, in their field of expertise, is an extremely important factor in my search. Such is the background of the many sources of information whose expertise in Scripture I have entrusted to my writings

Part II. Revelation Chapter 1 Study.

A. The Revelation of Jesus Christ (vv 1-3).

1. Verses. 1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John, 2 who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. 3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.

2. Comments.

a. 1:1. The Revelation. The Gr. word from which the Eng. word “apocalypse” comes lit. means “to uncover, or to reveal.” When it refers to a person, it means that person becomes clearly visible. [My note. Notice that Revelation, “singular,” is used. The entire book of Revelation is “one revelation,” and is not a book of revelations.]

b. 1:1. Jesus Christ. The gospels unveil Christ at His first coming in humiliation; Revelation reveals Him in His exaltation: (1) in blazing glory (vv. 7–20); (2) over His church, as its Lord (chaps. 2, 3); (3) in His second coming, as He takes back the earth from the usurper, Satan, and establishes His kingdom (chaps. 4–20); and (4) as He lights up the eternal state (chaps. 21, 22). The NT writers eagerly anticipate this unveiling (1 Cor. 1:7; 2 Thess. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:7).

c. 1:1. God gave Him. As a reward for Christ’s perfect submission and atonement, the Father now presented to Him the great record of His future glory (cf. Phil. 2:5–11). Readers eavesdrop on the gift of this book, from the Father to His Son.

d. 1:1. shortly. The primary meaning of this word (lit. “soon”; cf. 2:5, 16; 3:11; 11:14; 22:12; 2 Tim. 4:9) underscores the imminence of Christ’s return. [Walvoord Commentary note. That which Daniel declared would occur “in the latter days” is here described as “shortly” (Gr., en tachei), that is, “quickly or suddenly coming to pass,” indicating rapidity of execution after the beginning takes place. The idea is not that the event may occur soon but, that when it does, it will be sudden (cf. Luke 18:8; Acts 12:7; 22:18; 25:4; Rom. 16:20). A similar word, tachys, is translated “quickly” seven times in Revelation (2:5, 16; 3:11; 11:14; 22:7, 12, 20).

e. 1:3, Blessed. This is the only biblical book that comes with a blessing for the one who listens to it being read and explained and then responds in obedience. This is the first of 7 beatitudes in the book (v. 3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7, 14). [ My note. The importance of churches studying the Book of Revelation can not be understated.]

f. 1:3. time is near. “Time” refers to epochs, eras, or seasons. The next great epoch of God’s redemptive history is imminent. But although Christ’s coming is the next event, it may be delayed so long that people begin to question whether He will ever come (cf. Matt. 24:36–39; 2 Pet. 3:3, 4). [Walvord Commentary note. “For the time is near.” The Greek word for “time” here is “kairos,” which means a season of time in contrast to the term “hour,” which means time on a calendar of clock. The next great event on God’s prophetic calendar, the prophetic calendar, the imminent return of Christ to rapture His church, is near from the standpoint of prophetic revelation and could occur at any moment.]

B. Message to the Seven Churches (vv 4-7).

1. Verses. 4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood— 6 and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen. 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

2. Comments.

a. 1:4 seven churches which are in Asia. Asia Minor, equivalent to modern Turkey, was composed of 7 postal districts. At the center of those districts were 7 key cities which served as central points for the dissemination of information. It is to the churches in those cities that John writes. [My note. Notice that John did not address the Church at Rome.]

b. 1:4. who is and who was and who is to come. God’s eternal presence is not limited by time. He has always been present and will come in the future. [Walvoord Commentary note. The “who” relates to “God” the Father.]

c. 1:4. the seven Spirits. There are two possible meanings: (1) a reference to Isaiah’s prophecy concerning the 7-fold ministry of the Holy Spirit (Is. 11:2); or (2) more likely, it is a reference to the lampstand with 7 lamps (a menorah) in Zechariah—also a description of the Holy Spirit (see notes on 4:5; 5:6; Zech. 4:1–10). In either case, 7 is the number of completeness, so John is identifying the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

d. 1:5. firstborn. Of all who have been or will be raised from the dead, He is the preeminent one, the only one who is the rightful heir (cf. 3:14; Ps. 89:27; Col. 1:15). [Walvoord Commentary note. Referring to Christ’s resurrection.]

e. 1:6. kings and priests. More accurately, “a kingdom and priests.” All who believe live in the sphere of God’s rule, a kingdom entered by faith in Jesus Christ. And as priests, believers have the right to enter God’s presence. [Ryrie Study Bible note. “A kingdom, priests.” Description of both Israel {Ex 19:6} and the church. See note on 1 Peter 2:9-10, indicating that we shall minister to Him forever.]

f. 1:7 coming with clouds. This echoes the promise of Daniel: The Son of Man will come with the clouds of heaven (Dan. 7:13)—not ordinary clouds but clouds of glory. In the OT, God often manifested Himself in an energized, blazing light, called the Shekinah or glory cloud. No one could see it fully and live (Ex. 33:20), so it had to be veiled. But when Christ returns, the glory will be completely visible. Cf. Matt. 24:29, 30; 25:31; see notes on 6:12–17. [My note. Not every eye will see Christ when He comes in the air at the rapture to take His born again believers to Heaven {John 14:2,3,6; 1 Thes 4:16-17; 1 Cor 15:50-54}. At the 1:7 coming with clouds, every eye, of those whom were left behind from the rapture, will see Christ when He returns to earth from Heaven with His previously raptured born again believers {Zech 12:10; Matt 24:29-30}].

g. 1:7. they who pierced. Not a reference to the 4 Roman soldiers usually involved in crucifixion, but to the Jews who were actually responsible for Christ’s death (Acts 2:22, 23; 3:14, 15). Zechariah identified the ones who pierced Him as “the house of David” and “the inhabitants of Jerusalem,” and prophesied that they will weep tears of genuine repentance because of what they did to their Messiah (Zech. 12:10). [See my note in 1:7, above.]

h. 1:7. all the tribes…will mourn. The mourning of the rest of the earth’s inhabitants is not that which accompanies genuine repentance (cf. 9:21). It is the result of guilt for sin and fear of punishment (6:16; cf. Gen. 3:8–10). [My note. Tribes more directly relate to Jews, as they were the tribes of Israel; see Gen 49:16.]

i. 1:8 Alpha and the Omega. These are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. An alphabet is an ingenious way to store and communicate knowledge. The 26 letters in the English alphabet, arranged in almost endless combinations, can hold and convey all knowledge. Christ is the supreme, sovereign, alphabet; there is nothing outside of His knowledge, so as there are no unknown factors that can sabotage His second coming (cf. Col. 2:3).

j. 1:8. the Almighty. “Almighty God” occurs 8 times in Revelation, underscoring that God’s power is supreme over all the cataclysmic events it records (see also 4:8; 11:17; 15:3; 16:7, 14; 19:15; 21:22). He exercises sovereign control over every person, object, and event, and not one molecule in the universe is outside that dominion. [My note. See Introduction I.B., above.]

C. The Patmos Vision (vv 9-20).

1. Verses. 9 I, John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet, 11 saying, “Write in a book what you see, and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.” 12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands; 13 and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash. 14 His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire. 15 His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters. 16 In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength.17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, 18 and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades. 19 Therefore write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after these things. 20 As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

2. Comments.

a. 1:9–18. This vision of Christ is equaled in grandeur only by the vision of His final return as King of kings and Lord of lords (19:11–16).

b. 1:9 tribulation and kingdom and patience. Four characteristics that John and his believing readers share: (1) persecution for their faith; (2) membership in the redeemed community over which Christ serves as Lord and King; (3) eager anticipation of the glory of His coming millennial reign on earth; and (4) endurance and perseverance in spite of difficult times.

c. 1:9. island . . . called Patmos. Located in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Asia Minor (modern Turkey) and part of a group of about 50 islands, Patmos is a barren, rocky, crescent-shaped island that is about 10 mi. long and less than 6 mi. at its widest point. Barren in John’s day, it served as a Roman penal colony. According to early Christian historian Eusebius, the emperor Nerva (A.D. 96–98) released John from Patmos.

d. 1:10. in the Spirit. This was not a dream. John was supernaturally transported out of the material world awake—not sleeping—to an experience beyond the normal senses. The Holy Spirit empowered his senses to perceive revelation from God (cf. Acts 10:11).

d. 1:10. “Lord’s Day.” [Ryrie Study Bible note. Likely not a reference to Sunday (which is called the first day of the week) in the NT) but a “Lordian day,” or an “imperial day” (the same adjective is used elsewhere only in 1 Cor 11:20), referring to the contents of the vision that reveal the future time when Christ will judge and rule]. {My note. See Isaiah 2:4a, “And He will judge between the nations, And will render decisions for many peoples.}

e. 1:10. loud voice. Throughout Revelation, a loud sound or voice indicates the solemnity of what God is about to reveal.

f. 1:11 book. The Gr. word refers to a scroll made of parchment formed from papyrus, a reed that grows plentifully along the Nile.

g. 1:12. lampstands. These were portable gold lampstands that held small oil lamps. Each lampstand represented a church (v. 20), from which the light of life shone. Throughout Scripture, 7 is the number of completeness, so these 7 lampstands are representative of all the churches. [Ryrie Study Bible note. “lampstands.” These represent the seven churches mentioned in verse 11 (see also v. 20).]

h. 1:13. Son of Man. According to the Gospels, this is the title Christ used most often for Himself during His earthly ministry (81 times in the Gospels). Taken from the heavenly vision in Dan. 7:13, it is an implied claim to deity. “garment.” Most occurrences of this word in the Septuagint, the Gr. OT, refer to the garment of the High-Priest. The golden sash across His chest completes the picture of Christ serving in His priestly role (cf. Lev. 16:1–4; Heb. 2:17).

h. 1:13.(1). garment. Most occurrences of this word in the Septuagint, the Gr. OT, refer to the garment of the High-Priest. The golden sash across His chest completes the picture of Christ serving in His priestly role (cf. Lev. 16:1–4; Heb. 2:17).

i. 1:14. white like wool. “White” does not refer to a flat white color but a blazing, glowing, white light (cf. Dan. 7:9). Like the glory cloud (or Shekinah), it is a picture of His holiness.

j. 1:14. eyes . . . flame of fire. Like two lasers, the eyes of the exalted Lord look with penetrating gaze into the depths of His church (2:18; 19:12; Heb. 4:13).

k. 1:15 feet . . . fine brass. The altar of burnt offering was covered with brass and its utensils were made of the same material (cf. Ex. 38:1–7). Glowing hot, brass feet are a clear reference to divine judgment. Jesus Christ with feet of judgment is moving through His church to exercise His chastening authority upon sin.

l. 1:15. voice . . . sound of many waters. No longer was His voice like the crystal clear note of a trumpet (v. 10), but John likened it to the crashing of the surf against the rocks of the island (cf. Ezek. 43:2). It was the voice of authority.

m. 1:16. seven stars. These are the messengers who represent the 7 churches (see note on v. 20). Christ holds them in His hand, which means that He controls the church and its leaders. [ Walvoord Commentary note. The seven stars Christ holds in His hand are identified in verse 20 as “the angels of the seven churches.” Since the word “angel” means “messenger, one who is sent,” it is best to understand these angels not as divine beings, but as the leaders in these churches who are responsible for their spiritual welfare. These messengers representing the churches are in Christ’s right hand, indicating possession, protection, and sovereign control.]

n. 1:16. a sharp two-edged sword. A large, two-edged broad sword. It signifies judgment (cf. 2:16; 19:15) on those who attack His people and destroy His church.

o. 1:17. fell at His feet. A common response to seeing the awesome glory of the Lord (Gen. 17:3; Num. 16:22; Is. 6:1–8; Ezek. 1:28; Acts 9:4).

p. 1:17. First and the Last. Jesus Christ applies this OT name for Yahweh (22:13; Is. 41:4; 44:6; 48:12) to Himself, clearly claiming to be God. Idols will come and go. He was before them, and He will remain after them.

q. 1:18. keys of Hades and of Death. See note on Luke 16:23. Death and Hades are essentially synonyms, but death is the condition and Hades, equivalent to the OT Sheol, the place of the dead (see note on 20:13). Christ decides who lives, who dies, and when.

r. 1:19. This verse provides a simple outline for the entire book: “the things which you have seen” refers to the vision John has just seen (chap. 1); “the things which are” denotes the letters to the churches (chaps. 2, 3); and “the things which will take place after this” refers to the revelation of future history (chaps. 4–22). [My comment. Chapters 2-3 relate to the church age, of which time we are a part today. So, we can look at Chapter 1, as being our past, and Chapters 2-3 being our present time, and Chapters 4-22 being our future. The church is never mentioned in the book of Revelation after the end of Chapter 3. After the rapture of the church occurs, the purpose of the church will have been fulfilled, and the church will be non-existent. Rev 21:1-3 describes those whom will inhabit the eternal state, of what many people refer to as heaven. The Bible says that God will create “a new heaven and a new earth,” and the New Jerusalem will descend from God to the new earth (Rev 21:1-2). In this new creation, “the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God” (Rev 21:3). The word,”men,” relates to all whom are born again believers in Christ, as opposed to “unbelievers,” whom are identified in Rev 21:8. At present time, all Jewish and Gentile born again believers in Christ can take pride in knowing that “we are one in Christ” (Gal 3:28).]

s. 1:20. the angels. The word lit. means “messenger.” Although it can mean angel—and does throughout the book—it cannot refer to angels here because angels are never leaders in the church. Most likely, these messengers are the 7 key elders representing each of those churches (see note on v. 16). [Walvoord Commentary note. As earlier noted, the mystery of the seven stars is revealed to represent the messengers to the churches, and the seven golden lampstands are the churches themselves.]

Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 7 – The Source Of The Tribulation.

I. Introduction.

A. In order to understand the Tribulation, it is important to understand the source of the Tribulation. This article will show that God is the architect and orchestrator of the Tribulation, from start to finish, and that its key purpose is to draw unsaved Jews to saving faith in Christ. Consider the following verses of Scripture.

B. Tribulation Overview.

1. The purpose of the Tribulation. Jeremiah 30:7. This prophecy was given in the year 606 B.C., while the Jews were in Babylonian captivity, and speaks of the coming of the tribulation that will come upon all Israel (Jacob). In 30:8 “that day,” the Day of the Lord which will also be the restoration of Israel under Messiah, the son of David. (Ryrie Study Bible)

Jeremiah 30:7, “How awful that day will be! There will be no other like it! It will be a time of trouble for Jacob, but he will be saved out of it.”

2. That which must precede the Tribulation. Daniel 9:27. This prophecy was given in the year 538 B.C., while the Jews were in Babylonian captivity. The Antichrist will make a pact with the Jews, which will mark the beginning of the Tribulation period.

Daniel 9:27,”He will make a firm covenant with many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and offering. And the abomination of desolation will be on a wing of the temple until the decreed destruction is poured out on the desolator.”

3. The Day Of The Lord (Joel 1:15) consists of the events of the Tribulation, the Second Coming of Christ, and the Kingdom Age of the Millennial reign of Christ.

4. In addition to the purpose of the Tribulation for drawing unbelieving Jews to belief in Christ, the entire period of the Tribulation, which will include the Seal Judgments, Trumpet Judgments, and Bowl Judgments, will be a time of testing for all of those that will be left behind from the rapture of the Church (Rev 3:10). Believers in Christ will be “saved from, or saved out of,” the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.” Notice that Rev 3:10 identifies those of the Tribulation as “earth dwellers,” and are also addressed throughout “all of the Tribulation,” in the following verses: 6:10, 8:13, 11:10, 13:8, 13:14, 17:8.

5. The source of the Tribulation judgments, will be God, through Jesus (the Lamb) and God’s angels.

a. Seal Judgments. Revelation 6:1-8:6. Notice that in Rev 6:16-17, those whom have been left behind from the rapture, and have found themselves being the objects of God’s wrath, beginning with Rev 6:1, recognize that “the great day of the wrath of the Lamb has already come upon them.” Notice that in Rev 6:2, the Antichrist is a Seal Judgment which is poured out on the earth by Christ.

b. Trumpet Judgments. Revelation 8:7-9:21.

c. Bowl Judgments. Revelation 15:1-16:21.

6. The Second Coming Of Christ occurs at the end of the Tribulation (Matt 24:29-31 (for Him to set up the Kingdom Age of the Millennium, and to enact judgment on unbelievers of all times) (also Rev 1:7; Zech 12:10, 14; 1-5, 9; Mk 13:24-27; Rev 19:11-21).

7. The rapture of the Church (John 14:7; 1 Cor 15:50-54; Eph 4:13-18; 2 Thes 2:3) is not a part of The Day Of The Lord, but is that event which removes the Church (the born again believers in Christ), from the earth so that God can deal with unsaved Israel and draw them to belief in Christ. Neither the existence of the Church, nor the relationship between Christ and the Church, were known by the Jews in the prophetic writings of the Old Testament prophets. In essence, it was a mystery of Christ and the Church that was not made known until it was revealed in the New Testament (Eph 5:32; 1 Cor 15:51).

8. At the time of the rapture of the Church, all living and deceased believers of Christ of the church age will be taken to Heaven (John 14:3,6); will receive spiritual rewards at the Bema Judgment (2 Cor 5:10); are joined to Christ in Marriage (Rev 19:7-9; 2 Cor 11:2; Eph 5:25-27); will be in the Presence of Christ and God until the end of the Tribulation (Rev 4-5); will return with Christ at the end of the Tribulation, at the Battle/Campaign of Armageddon (Rev 19:11-21).

C. The Seventieth Week Of Daniel Examined (The Tribulation).

a. The church and Israel are two distinct groups with whom God has a divine plan. The church is a mystery, unrevealed in the Old Testament. This present mystery age (Inter-Advent age, mine), intervenes within the program of God for Israel because of Israel’s rejection of the Messiah at His first advent. This mystery program must be completed before God can resume His program with Israel and bring it to completion pg 193). The church will be raptured before the seventieth week (pg 194).

b. The seventieth week has the character of: (1) wrath (Rev 6:16-17); (2) judgment (Rev 14:7); (3) indignation (Isa 26:20-21); (4) punishment (Isa 24:20-21); (5) hour of trial (Rev 3:10); (6) hour of trouble (Jer 30:7); (7) destruction (Joel 1:15); (8) darkness (Joel 2:2). It must be noted that these references describe the period in its eternity, not just a portion of it, so that the whole period bears this characterization (pg 194-195).

c. This period of tribulation will see the wrath of God poured out upon the whole earth (Rev 3:10). While the whole earth is in view, this period is particularly in relation to Israel. Jer 30:7, which calls this period, “the time of Jacob’s trouble,” makes this certain. The events of the seventieth week are events of the “Day Of The Lord.” The use of the name of deity emphasizes God’s peculiar relationship to that nation. When this period is being anticipated in Daniel 9:24 (538 B.C.), God says to the prophet, “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city. The whole period has special reference to Daniel’s people, Israel, and Daniel’s holy city, Jerusalem” (pg 195) (Daniel 9:20-27).

d. Since every passage dealing with the tribulation relates it to God’s program for Israel, the scope of the tribulation prevents the church from participating in it (pg 196).

e. The purpose of the seventieth week is two-fold (pp 197-200).

(1) The first purpose is stated in Rev 3:10, “Because you have kept My word of perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of the testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who live on the earth.” Apart from the question involved as to who will be in this time of testing there are several other important important considerations in this verse.

(a) First of all we see that this period has in view, “them that dwell on the earth,” and not the church. This same expression occurs in Rev 6:10; 11:10; 13:8, 12, 14; 14:7; and 17:8. Since this period is related to “earth dwellers,” those that have settled down to permanent occupancy, it can have no reference to the church, which would be subjected to the same experiences if it were here.

(b) The second consideration to be noted here is to express purpose, when God is its subject, “to inflict evils upon one in order to prove his character, and the steadfastness of his faith.” Since the Father never sees the church except in Christ, perfected in Him, this period can have no reference to the church, for the true church does not need to be tested to see if her faith is genuine.

(2) The second major purpose of the seventieth week is in relation to Israel. In Malachi 4:5-6 (397 B.C.) it is stated: “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord: And he will turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”

(a) The prophet states that the ministry of Elijah was a ministry to prepare the people for the King who was shortly to come.

(b) In Luke 1:17 and Mark 9:12-13, the Lord was showing the disciples that John the Baptist had this ministry of preparing a people for Him. John’s ministry was a ministry to prepare the nation Israel for the coming of the King. It can only be concluded then that Elijah, who is to come before the great and terrible day of the Lord, can have only one ministry: that of preparing a remnant in Israel for the advent of the Lord. It is evident that no such ministry is needed by the church since she by nature is without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but is holy and without blemish.

(3) The two stated purposes of the tribulation, the testing of earth dwellers, and the preparation of Israel for the King, have no relation to the church, whatsoever. This is supporting evidence that the church will not be in the tribulation.

(4) The rapture, the catching up of the New Testament saints (1 Thes 4:16-17) will remove, not all who make a profession of faith in Christ, but only those who have been born again and have received His life. The unbelieving portion of the visible church, together with unbelievers in the nation Israel, will go into the tribulation period.

II. Tribulation Wrath In Focus.

A. Because the postribulation rapturist refuses to distinguish between the tribulations of this age, which the church will endure, and the unique and unprecedented period of tribulation which shall come on the earth, they insist that the rigors of tribulation come only through the agency of man or of Satan, and disassociate God from the period entirely.

B. The tribulation period will witness the wrath of Satan in his animosity against Israel (Rev 12:12-17) and of Satan’s puppet, the Beast, in his animosity against the saints (Rev 13:7). Yet, even this manifestation of wrath does not begin to exhaust the outpouring of wrath that day.

C. Scripture abounds in assertions that this period is not the wrath of man, nor even the wrath of Satan, but the wrath of God.

1. Isa 24:1. Look, the Lord is stripping the earth bare and making it desolate.
He will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants. (Note: The Lord is to deal with the whole earth more severely than He did at the tower of Babel or through the Noahic Flood, MacArthur Study Bible).

2. Isa 26:21. For look, the Lord is coming from his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity. The earth will reveal the blood shed on it and will no longer conceal her slain. (Note: The innocent killed by their oppressors are to come to life (cf. v. 19) and testify against their murderers, MacArthur Study Bible).

3. Joel 1:15. Woe because of that day! For the day of the Lord is near
and will come as devastation from the Almighty. (Note: The Heb. term “destruction” forms a powerful play on words with the “Almighty.” The notion of invincible strength is foremost; destruction at the hand of omnipotent God is coming, MacArthur Study Bible).

4. Zeph 1:18. Their silver and their gold will be unable to rescue them on the day of the Lord’s wrath. The whole earth will be consumed by the fire of his jealousy, for he will make a complete, yes, a horrifying end of all the inhabitants of the earth. (Note: The discussion expands to include the whole earth as in vv. 2, 3, MacArthur Study Bible).

5. Rev 6:16. And they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. (Note: 16. Earth’s inhabitants will recognize for the first time the source of all their trouble, MacArthur Study Bible).

6. Rev 16:7. I heard the altar say, Yes, Lord God, the Almighty, true and just are your judgments. (Note.  The personified altar echoes the words of the angel, reinforcing the truth that God is just in all judgment, MacArthur Study Bible).

D. From the above Scriptures, it can not be denied that this period is peculiarly the time when God’s wrath and judgment fall upon the earth. This is not wrath from men, nor from Satan, except as God may use these agencies as channels for the execution of His will; it is the tribulation from God. This period differs from all preceding tribulation, not only in intensity but also in the kind of tribulation, since it comes rom God Himself.

III. Tribulation Summary.

A. The great tribulation is the period of unexampled trouble predicted in the passages cited under that head from Ps 2:5 to Rev 7:14, and described in Rev 11.-18. Involving in a measure the whole earth (Rev 3:10) it is yet distinctly “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer 30:7) and its vortex Jerusalem and the Holy Land. It involves the people of God who will have returned to Israel in unbelief. Its duration is three and a half years, or the last half of the seventieth week of Daniel.  The elements of the tribulation are:

1. The cruel reign of the “beast out of the sea” (Rev 13:1) who at the beginning of the three and a half years, will break his covenant with the Jews (by virtue of which they will have re-established the temple worship (Dan 9:27), and show himself in the temple, demanding that he be worshipped as God (Matt 24:15; 2 Thes 2:4).

2. The active interposition of Satan, “having great wrath” (Rev 12:12), who gives his power to the Beast (Rev 13:4-5).

3. The unprecedented activity of demons (Rev 9:2, 11).

4. The terrible “bowl” judgments of (Rev 16:1-21).

B. The great tribulation will be, however, a period of salvation. An election out of Israel is seen as sealed for God (Rev 7:4-8) and, with an innumerable multitude of Gentiles Rev 7:9) are said to have come “out of the great tribulation” (Rev 7:14). They are not of the priesthood, the church, to which they seem to stand somewhat in the relation of the Levites to the priests under the Mosaic Covenant. The great tribulation is immediately followed by the return of Christ in glory, and the events associated therewith (Matt 24:29-30).

IV. References.

A. Paragraph I. B. 2. The Moody Bible Commentary, @2014 by The Moody Bible Institute, p. 1307 .

B. Paragraph I. B. 3. Things To Come, @1958, by Dunham Publishing Company, J. Dwight Pentecost, Th. D., p. 231.

C. Paragraph I. B.4. Revelation Commentary, @2011, by John F. Walvoord, Th.D., by Moody Publishers, p. 84.

D. Paragraph I.C. Things To Come, @1958, by Dunham Publishing Company, J. Dwight Pentecost, Th. D., pp 194-200.

E. Paragraph II, A-D. Things to Come, @1958, by Dunham Publishing Company, J. Dwight Pentecost, Th. D., pp. 235-238.

F. Paragraph III, A-B. Scofield Study Bible, @2006, by Oxford University Press, Rev 7:14 Note.

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Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 6 – The Essence Of The Tribulation.

I. Introduction.

A. There is no better way to come to an understanding of the Scriptural concept of the tribulation than to let Scripture speak for itself. It is impossible to set forth all the declarations of the Word on this subject. A few will suffice. The line of revelation begins early in the Old Testament, and continues through the New. Consider the following verses of Scripture.

1. Deu 4:30-31. 30 In your distress when all these things happen to you in future days, if you return to the Lord your God and obey him 31 (for he is a merciful God), he will not let you down or destroy you, for he cannot forget the covenant with your ancestors that he confirmed by oath to them.

2. Isa 2:19. They will go into caves in the rocky cliffs and into holes in the round,
trying to escape the dreadful judgment of the Lord and his royal splendor,
when he rises up to terrify the earth.

3. Isa 24:1, 3, 6. 1:Look, the Lord is ready to devastate the earth and leave it in ruins; he will mar its surface and scatter its inhabitants. 3:The earth will be completely devastated and thoroughly ransacked. For the Lord has decreed this judgment. 6:So a treaty curse devours the earth; its inhabitants pay for their guilt. This is why the inhabitants of the earth disappear, and are reduced to just a handful of people.

4. Isa 24:19-21. 19 The earth is broken in pieces, the earth is ripped to shreds, the earth shakes violently. 20 The earth will stagger around like a drunk; it will sway back and forth like a hut in a windstorm. Its sin will weigh it down, and it will fall and never get up again. 21 At that time the Lord will punish the heavenly forces in the heavens and the earthly kings on the earth.

5. Isa 26:20-21: 20 Go, my people! Enter your inner rooms! Close your doors behind you! Hide for a little while, until his angry judgment is over. 21 For look, the Lord is coming out of the place where he lives, to punish the sin of those who live on the earth. The earth will display the blood shed on it; it will no longer cover up its slain.

6. Jer 30:7. Alas, what a terrible time of trouble it is! There has never been any like it. It is a time of trouble for the descendants of Jacob, but some of them will be rescued out of it.

7. Dan 9:27. He will confirm a covenant with many for one week. But in the middle of that week he will bring sacrifices and offerings to a halt. On the wing of abominations will come one who destroys, until the decreed end is poured out on the one who destroys.”

8. Dan 12:1. “At that time Michael, the great prince who watches over your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress unlike any other from the nation’s beginning up to that time. But at that time your own people, all those whose names are found written in the book, will escape.

9. Joel 1:15. How awful that day will be! For the day of the Lord is near;
it will come as destruction from the Divine Destroyer.

10. Joel 2:1-2. 1 Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm signal on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land shake with fear, for the day of the Lord is about to come. Indeed, it is near! It will be a day of dreadful darkness, a day of foreboding storm clouds, like blackness spread over the mountains. It is a huge and powerful army—there has never been anything like it ever before, and there will not be anything like it for many generations to come!

11. Amos 5:18, 20. 18 Woe to those who wish for the day of the Lord!
Why do you want the Lord’s day of judgment to come? It will bring darkness, not light. 20 Don’t you realize the Lord’s day of judgment will bring darkness, not light—gloomy blackness, not bright light?

12. Zeph 1:14-15, 18. 14 The Lord’s great day of judgment is almost here; it is approaching very rapidly! There will be a bitter sound on the Lord’s day of judgment; at that time warriors will cry out in battle. 15 That day will be a day of God’s anger, a day of distress and hardship, a day of devastation and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and dark skies…18 Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s angry judgment. The whole earth will be consumed by his fiery wrath.
Indeed, he will bring terrifying destruction on all who live on the earth.”

13. Matt 24:21-22. 21 For then there will be great suffering unlike anything that has happened from the beginning of the world until now, or ever will happen. 22 And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.

14. Luke 21:25-26. 25 “And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth nations will be in distress, anxious over the roaring of the sea and the surging waves. 26 People will be fainting from fear and from the expectation of what is coming on the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

15. 1 Thes 5:3. Now when they are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction comes on them, like labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will surely not escape.

16. Rev 3:10.  Because you have kept my admonition to endure steadfastly, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is about to come on the whole world to test those who live on the earth.17.

17. Rev 6:15-17. 15 Then the kings of the earth, the very important people, the generals, the rich, the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16 They said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who is seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, 17 because the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to withstand it?”

B. From the above Scriptures, it is inescapable that the nature or character of this period is that of wrath (Zeph 1:15, 18; 1 Thes 1:10; Rev 6:16-17; 11:18; 14:10, 19; 15:1, 7; 16:1, 19), judgment (Rev 14:7; 15:4; 16:5, 7; 19:2), indignation (Isa 26:20-21; 34:1-3), trial (Rev 3:10), trouble (Jer 30:7; Zeph 1:14-15; Dan 12:1), destruction (Joel 1:15; 1 Thes 5:3), darkness (Joel 2:2; Amos 5:18; Zeph 1:14-18) desolation (Dan 9:27; Zeph 1:14-15), overturning (Isa 24:1-4, 19-21), punishment (Isa 24:20-21). No passage can be found to alleviate to any degree whatsoever the severity of this time that shall come upon the earth.

II. Key Scripture Examinations.

A. Isa 2:19. See Rev 6:15, which vividly describes the desperate actions of people in the coming tribulation.

B. Isa 24:1-13. The coming judgment will be on the entire earth (v. 1, 4), on all classes of people (v. 2), and will remove all pleasures (vv. 6, 13). Only a small remnant will survive (vv. 6, 13).

C. Isa 24:1. The section (chaps. 24-27), that begins here, deals with judgments of the tribulation period and blessings of the millennial age.

D. Jer 30:7. the time of Jacob’s distress. The coming days of tribulation that will come upon all Israel (Jacob).

E. Dan 9:3-19. In Dan 9:3-19, Daniel’s prayer associated himself with the sins of his people 12 times. He approaches God on the basis of His loyal love in His covenant with Israel (v. 4), confesses their sins (vv. 5-10), acknowledges their deserved judgment (vv. 11-14), and supplicates God for His mercy (vv. 15-19).

F. Dan 9:27. The prince of verse 26, the antichrist previously introduced in 7:8, 24-26,who will make a pact with many (of the Jewish people) at the beginning of the tribulation period. But, in the middle of the week (i.e., 3 1/2 years later), antichrist will break his covenant and desecrate the Temple by demanding worship of himself in it. See notes on Matt 24:15 and 2 Thes 2:4. At Christ’s second coming, antichrist and his false prophet will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 19:20).

G. Dan 12:1. at that time. The time of the events of 11:36-45, the Great Tribulation. Michael. See note on 10:13. such as never occurred. Jesus’ words in Matt 24:21.

H. Joel 1:15. the day of the Lord. The major theme of this prophecy, involves God’s special intervention in the affairs of human history. This eschatological “day” includes the time of the Tribulation (Isa 2:12-19; 4:1), the second coming of Christ (Joel 2:30-32), and the Millennium (Isa 4:2; 12; 19:23-25; Jer 30:7-9).

I. Joel 2:1-2. The locust army is regarded as a foretaste of an invading army in the day of the Lord (v. 1); i.e., in the tribulation period.

J. Amos 5:18-20. They thought the day of the Lord would bring judgment only on their enemies, little realizing that it would also include them.

K. Rev 3:10 . I will keep you from the hour of testing. A promise that believers will be delivered from the time of Tribulation that will come upon the entire earth (Mat 24:14-21). See note on 1 Thes 4:16-17.

III. Point Summary.

A. Jeremiah 30:7 points directly to Israel as being the object of the coming Tribulation. Daniel 9:27 points to the event that will bring about the Tribulation, which is the antichrist making a covenant with Israel. Daniel’s prayer in 9:3-19, is further conclusive evidence that it is the nation of Israel for which God’s Tribulation judgments are directed. The church has no purpose for being in the Tribulation, and is never addressed in Scripture as being a party to God’s judgments of the end times.

B. Even with the problems that have been addressed with Israel, there are scriptures that show the strength of relationship that exists between God and the Jews.

1.Deu 14:2. For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. He has chosen you to be his people, prized above all others on the face of the earth.

2. Jer 31:3. In a faraway land the Lord will manifest himself to them. He will say to them, ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love. That is why I have continued to be faithful to you.

3. Zech 2:8. For the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: “For his own glory he has sent me to the nations that plundered you—for anyone who touches you touches the pupil of his eye.

4. Matt 24:22. And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.

C. The comment on Matt 24:22 by The Moody Bible Commentary, shows God’s love for the Jews as Israel is about to be decimated at the end of the Tribulation. “The experience of believing Israel is in view here, not that of the Church.”

IV. References.

A. Paragraph I. Things To Come, Zondervan, 1958, J. Dwight Pentecost, Th.D., pgs 233-235.

B. Paragraph II, Ryrie Study Bible, The Moody Bible Institute, 1960, Charles C. Ryrie, Ph.D.

C. Paragraph III. C., The Moody Bible Commentary, The Moody Bible Institute, 2014, pgs 1500-1501, Michael G. Vanlaningham, Ph.D.

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Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 5 – Waiting For The Last Days?

I. Introduction.

We are now transitioning from scriptures and context that relate to The Day Of The Lord to those that relate to The Tribulation Period In Scripture. Although this point of transition subject has been touched on briefly in a previous connection, it is necessary to set forth the teaching of the Scriptures on this important eschatological doctrine. All verses in this article come from the New American Standard Bible.

II. The Tribulation In Context.

A. In the teaching of “end times terms,” it is important to consider the context of each verse of scripture. As I have written in a prior article, the Old Testament Jewish prophets wrote of: end times, last days, latter days, day of the Lord, etc., the context always related to the times of the Tribulation or Kingdom Age of the Millennium. Additionally, the Gospel writers, as well as the Jewish Apostles on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:17), addressed the prophecies that were spoken and written by the Old Testament Jewish prophets.

B. The Jews in the Old Testament pre-gospel times had been taught by the Jewish prophets about the times of the Tribulation and Kingdom Age. The Gospel era Jews began being taught by Christ and His disciples, of the end times of the Tribulation and Kingdom Age. On the Day of Pentecost, the Jewish prophets told the Jews, who were in Jerusalem for the Jewish festival of Pentecost, of the aforementioned end times. The church, and everything about Christ and the church, had been a mystery to all Jews (Eph 5:32) until they began being taught about this mystery by Jews (Apostles and their disciples) who were believers in Christ, beginning on the Day of Pentecost. Gentiles had never received any teaching on the end times, or Christ, or the church, until the believing Jews began to evangelize the Gentiles. Gentiles of all prior ages had never been privy to the Word of God that was solely between God and His chosen people, who were the Jews (Deu 14:2).

C. From the second chapter of Acts, forward, such words as ” last days and day of the Lord, “are used according to their context. The “perilous times” of 2 Tim 3:1, relate to the times which lead to the Rapture of the Church and Tribulation. This end times subject was preached by born again Jews and Gentiles to Jews and Gentiles (saved and unsaved) who were present on earth after Acts 1:26 (Day of Pentecost), and the beginning of the dispensation of grace. The subject of Matt 24:3-31, was taught by Christ to His disciples (privately, Mt 24:3, also perilous times), about the conditions that will be present on earth during the Tribulation. This teaching of Christ was “from a Jews, Christ,” to Jews, Disciples,” about conditions that will affect Israel and Jews (Jer 30:7; Dan 9:27) who will be left behind on earth after the Rapture. The Jews who will be affected, as well as Gentiles, will have not been born again at the time of the rapture of the church (John 14:2-6; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:16-17; 2 Thes 2:3…”apostasy;” Greek=”aposticia” meaning “falling away,” but more naturally “departure away first.”). God does not react to human behavior, which would make Him a “God of reactions.” Instead, God is a God of Sovereign plans, which He will implement, regardless of human behavior.

III. Key Last Days Scriptures.

A. Isaiah 2:2. Kingdom Age. Millennium.

Now it will come about that
In the last days
The mountain of the house of the Lord
Will be established as the chief of the mountains,
And will be raised above the hills;
And all the nations will stream to it.”

B. Daniel 10:14. Tribulation.

“Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the latter days, because the vision pertains to the days still future.”

C. Joel 2:28-32. Tribulation. Cited by Peter on Day Of Pentecost (Acts 2:17).

1. Joel 2:28. Note. “after this.” I.e., after Israel’s future repentance and restoration (Zech 12:10; 13:1) in conjunction with the second advent of Christ, as written by the portents of verse 30 (see note on Acts 2:16-21). The Holy Spirit will then be poured out on all classes in Israel who belong to the believing remnant (v. 32). For Peter’s use of this passage on the Day of Pentecost, see note on Acts 2:16-21.

2. Scripture. Joel 2:28-32.

The Promise of the Spirit

28 “It will come about after this
That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;
And your sons and your daughters will prophesy,
Your old men will have dreams,
Your young men will see visions.
29 And even on the male and female servants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days.”

The Day of the Lord

30 I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth,
Blood, fire, and columns of smoke.
31 The sun will be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.
32 And it will come about that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord
Will be saved;
For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
There will be those who escape,
Just as the Lord has said,
Even among the survivors whom the Lord calls.”

D. Acts 2:17. Day Of Pentecost. Last Days Connection.

1. Acts 2:17. Note. The fulfillment of the following prophecy will be in the last days, immediately preceding the return of Christ, when all of the particulars (e.g., v. 20 and Rev 6:12) of the prophecy will come to pass. Peter reminded his hearers that, knowing Joel’s prophecy (above Joel 2:28-32), they should have recognized what they were seeing as being a work of the Holy Spirit, not a result of drunkenness. (Ryrie Study Bible).

2. Acts 2:17. Prophecy of “last days” during tribulation.

“And it shall be in the last days, God says,
‘That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;
And your sons and your daughters will prophesy,
And your young men will see visions,
And your old men will have dreams;”

3. Notice that Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17 relate to Jews and Israel, as to their repentance toward Christ, on the day of Pentecost; and during the Tribulation, which will happen prior to the return of Christ from Heaven (second coming of Christ) to physically stand on the Mount of Olives (Zech 12:2-3, 10; 14:1-5; Mt 24:29-31; Rev 19:11-21); and not in the air at the rapture (1 Thes 4:16-17).

E. 2 Timothy 3:1. Church Age. Dispensation of Grace. Preceding Rapture and Tribulation.

“But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.”

IV. Jews In The Tribulation.

The following verses show that Matthew 24:3-29 relates to Israel, and not to the church.

1. Mathew 24:14.  “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (This is not the gospel of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (1 Cor 15:1-8), but of the Kingdom which John The Baptist, Christ and His disciples preached to first century Israel, when they rejected (Matt 3:1-2; 4:17; 10:5-7; 6:9; Lk 10:1, 9).

2. Matthew 24:15-16. “15 Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place—let the reader understand— 16 then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.” (This is purely related to Jews. Daniel the prophet, the Holy Place, the abomination of desolation, have nothing to do with Gentiles. Personally, I am not planning on fleeing to the mountains.).

3. Matthew 24:20. “Moreover, pray that when you flee, it will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath.”  (The Sabbath was of no concern to Gentiles when this passage was written, and is of no concern to Gentiles today, or when the Tribulation occurs.).

4. Matthew 24:21. “For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will again. ” (The events of this verse can not happen prior to the Tribulation, with it being the worst thing ever to happen since the beginning of the world, and still have a Kingdom Age (Millennium) to follow. Consider the Noahic Flood, and the following “day to day” living conditions would not be able to take place during the Kingdom Age of the Millennium. (Amos 9:14, “I will also restore the fortunes of My people Israel, And they will rebuild the desolated cities and live in them; They will also plant vineyards and drink their wine, And make gardens and eat their fruit.”)

5. Matthew 24:29-30. “29 “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.”(This passage shows that “after the Tribulation,” the world will mourn when they see the return of Christ…there will be great cataclysmic eruptions taking place. In sharp contrast to the events of this passage, is joy in the rapture of the church. Consider Titus 2:13:”looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.” There is nothing joyous about the “left behind world” mourning when Christ returns from heaven “for judgment” on the earth in Matt 24:29-30.

V. What Are You Waiting For?

A. There are many people who are waiting for “the last days.” But, please let me say that, as it relates to 2 Timothy 3:1, “we’re there, already.” Just listen to the news events of these days, and you will realize that we definitely are in “perilous times.” But, for believers in Christ, there is coming an event that will remove us from the earth, and the “must more perilous times” of the Tribulation. The event, the rapture of the Church, will have us taken by Christ from earth to Heaven (John 14: 2,3,6), where we will receive spiritual rewards (2 Cor 5:10), and will have a very important position in the Marriage of the Lamb in Heaven (Rev 19:7-8), as well as the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Rev 19:9), which will take place when we return to earth with Christ from heaven at the end of the earth’s seven years of tribulation (Mt 24:29-30), in the beginning of the Kingdom Age of the Millennium, where we will rule and reign with Him for 1,000 years (Rev 20:6).

B. Believers in Christ are not told to look for the antichrist, or the Tribulation; but both “are on the waiting list” for all who have not been born again, who do not believe in Christ (John 3:18).

C. Consider the things that are waiting for those who find themselves in “the last days” of the Tribulation.

1. As opposed to believers in Christ, being in the Presence of God (Rev 4-5), unbelievers will be the targets of the Tribulation judgments of God, which will be released through His angels and Christ. The Tribulation judgments will be unleashed on all unbelievers who will be left behind from the Rapture. Please understand that these judgments are Godly ordained judgments that will be directed at unbelievers, as opposed to conditions that affect all who live in our world today.

a. Christ will unleash the Seal Judgments on the earth (Rev 6:1-16).

b. Angels will unleash the Trumpet Judgments on the earth (Rev 8:5-13; 9:1-21).

c. Angels will unleash the Bowl Judgments on the earth ( Rev 16:1-21).

2. As being believers in Christ, therefore the bride of Christ, we will not come under the wrath of God during the Tribulation (1 Thes 1:10); Christ will not beat up His bride. We have our born again spirits indwelled by God’s Holy Spirit (Jn 14:20), who teaches us the things of Christ (Jn 14:20; 16:7-8). As being the born again bride of Christ, we have a new Spirit (2 Cor 5:17), which is as righteous as the Spirit of Christ (2 Cor 5:21). There is nothing of the Tribulation that can make a born again believer in Christ more righteous. We have no reason to be in the Tribulation, as the Tribulation (all of it, Rev 6:1-19:21) is designed for “those who dwell on the earth,” (Rev 3:10), who are “earth dwellers” (Rev 3:10, 6:10, 8:13, 11:10, 13:8, 14, 17:8). Believers in Christ have made heaven their place of choice, and therefore is where our citizenship lies (Phil 3:20).

D. As a believer in Christ, my salvation is secure in Christ (John 10:28-30). I know that through my belief in Christ, that by believing that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; that I have life in His name (John 20:31).

E. As a believer in Christ, I am not looking for, or waiting for, the last days of the Tribulation. I am eagerly “looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,” (Titus 2:13). Amen.

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Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 4 – The Day Of Christ.

I. Day Of The Lord Scripture Basis. Jeremiah 30:7. The Day Of Christ. Holman Christian Standard Version.

“How awful that day will be!
There will be none like it!
It will be a time of trouble for Jacob,
but he will be delivered out of it.”

II. Discussion. Day Of Christ. 1

A. The expression, “Day Of Christ,” occurs in the following passages: 1 Cor 1:8; 2 Cor 1:14; Phil 1:6, 10; 2:16.

B. The “day of Christ” relates wholly to the reward and blessing of saints at his coming, as “day of the Lord,” is connected with judgment, e.g. Isa 2:12 and Rev 19:11-21.

C. This “Day of the Christ” must be distinguished from the “Day of the Lord,” of 1 Thes 5:2 and 2 Thes 2:2. The latter expression (“Day of the Lord”) comes from the Old Testament, and relates to Christ’s universal kingdom; but the former expression (“Day of Christ) is found in the New Testament only, and relates to His advent for the church.

D. It appears that two separate programs are in view when these two expressions (“Day of Christ” and “Day of the Lord”) are used. They can not be made to refer to the same event. In each case, in which “Day of Christ” is used, it is used specifically in reference to the expectation of the Church, her translation, glorification, and examination for reward.

E. There is thought that “the Day of the Lord” and “the Day of Christ” must come at two different periods of time, usually saying that “the Day of Christ” refers to events of the tribulation period, and “the Day of the Lord” refers to events related to the second advent and the millennium to follow. Certainly, two different programs are in view in these two events of end times teaching, but they fall within the same time areas. Thus, these two events have the same beginning, even though two different programs are in view. It may be that in 1 Cor 1:8, reference is made to “the day of the Lord Jesus Christ” to show that He is related to both events, being both “Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36).

III. Consider Additional Discussion.

A. The day of Christ relates wholly to the reward and blessing of saints at his coming, as “day of the Lord” is connected with judgment. 2

B. the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. This refers to the coming of the Lord for His church, the Rapture. This is to be distinguished from the day of the Lord, a term referring to judgment on the ungodly. 3

C. in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is probably a reference to believers’ righteous standing before God. In the OT “the day of the Lord” was a time of eschatological upheaval and judgment. In the NT, it appears to follow the rapture of the church, and refers to a time from which the Church is delivered. Paul called it the day of our Lord Jesus Christ, possibly because the authority with which God will judge the world has been delegated to Jesus, and possibly because Jesus rescues His people from the tribulation period on that day. 4

IV. Footnotes.

1. “Things To Come,” A Study In Biblical Eschatology, 1958, Zondervan, pgs 231-232, J. Dwight Pentecost. Dr. Pentecost was Distinguished Professor of Bible Exposition, Emeritus, at Dallas Theological Seminary, one of only two so honored. He held a B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College (1937), in addition to Th.M. (1941) and Th.D. (1956) degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary. During his academic career he taught biblical subjects for over 60 years (Philadelphia College of Bible, 1948–55; Dallas Theological Seminary, 1955-2014). His nearly twenty books are written mostly for the general Christian reader. His pastoral career continued through this period. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Dwight_Pentecost

2. Scofield Study Bible.

3. NKJV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition.

4. The Moody Bible Commentary, Moody Publishers, 2014, pg 1776. Michael G. Vanlaningham (B.A., M.Div., Ph.D).

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Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 3 – Events Of The Day Of The Lord.

I. Day Of The Lord Scripture Basis. Jeremiah 30:7. English Standard Version.

Alas! That day is so great
    there is none like it;
it is a time of distress for Jacob;
    yet he shall be saved out of it.

II. Day Of The Lord Prophecies. 1

A. It will be evident that the events of the Day of the Lord are momentous. Therefore, a study of this period must include a study of a great part of the prophetic Scriptures.

B. This study will include the prophesied events of the Tribulation period. Consider the following prophesies:

1. The federation of states into a Roman Empire (Daniel 2 and 7).

2. The rise of the political ruler of the empire, who makes a covenant with Israel (Dan 9:27; Rev 13:10).

3. The formulation of a false religious system under the antichrist (Rev 13:11-18).

4. The outpouring of the judgments under the seals (Rev 6).

5. The separation of the 144,000 witnesses (Rev 7).

6. The trumpet judgments (Rev 8-11).

7. The persecution of Israel (Rev 12).

8. The outpouring of the bowl judgments (Rev 16).

9. The overthrow of the false professing church (Rev 17 and 18).

10. The events of the campaign of Armageddon (Ezek 38 and 39; Rev 16:16; 19:17-21).

11. The proclamation of the gospel of the Kingdom (Matt 24:14).

C. This study will also include the prophesied events connected with the second advent, such as:

1. The return of the Lord (Matt 24:29-30).

2. The resurrection of Old Testament and Tribulation saints (John 6:39-40; Rev 20:4).

3. The destruction of the Beast and all his armies, and the False Prophet and his followers in the Beast worship (Rev 19:11-21).

4. The final judgment on the nations (Matt 25:31-46).

5. The regathering of Israel (Ezek 37:1-14).

6. The judgment on living Israel (Ezek 20:33-38).

7. The restoration of Israel to the land (Amos 9:15).

8. The binding of Satan (Rev 20:2-3).

D. Further, this study will include:

1. All of the events of the Millennial Age, with the final revolt of Satan (Rev 20:7-10).

2. The Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11-15).

3. The purging of the earth (2 Pet 3:10-13).

D. The above, and many related subjects, must also be studied.

III. Scripture Context.

It is important to note that none of the Scriptures in the above sections have anything to do with the time in which we are living now. The above Scriptures relate to the time that begins with the onset of the Tribulation, which will be when the Antichrist confirms a treaty with Israel. The Rapture occurs prior to the Tribulation, and is not present in any of the above Scriptures. All of the above Scriptures relate to Godly decisions and enactments, and are not the result of Satanic initiatives, except when God uses Satan for His purposes. Tribulation judgments are clearly identified as being the results of the actions of Christ and Godly angels. The Scriptures of Matthew 24-25 are those of Christ explaining to His disciples the things that will happen on earth during the Tribulation, at the return of Christ from Heaven to Earth, and at the end of the Tribulation when He will set up His earthly Kingdom (Matt 6:10). As we see in the first scripture, that is presented in this article. (Jer 30:7), the purpose of the Tribulation is to draw unsaved Jews to belief in Christ, and has no purpose for the born again believers of the Church.

IV. Footnote. 1

“Things To Come,” A Study In Biblical Eschatology, 1958, Zondervan, pgs 229-231, J. Dwight Pentecost. Dr. Pentecost was Distinguished Professor of Bible Exposition, Emeritus, at Dallas Theological Seminary, one of only two so honored. He held a B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College (1937), in addition to Th.M. (1941) and Th.D. (1956) degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary. During his academic career he taught biblical subjects for over 60 years (Philadelphia College of Bible, 1948–55; Dallas Theological Seminary, 1955-2014). His nearly twenty books are written mostly for the general Christian reader. His pastoral career continued through this period. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Dwight_Pentecost

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Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 2 –The Time From Rapture To Tribulation

INTRODUCTION

It has been my experience from watching many sermons on tv, as well as videos, that very few pastors teach on any aspect of eschatology. From those sermons, it seems that “all Christians go to heaven,” with that being the end of the sermon. The rapture, when used in sermons, is often used in relation to Scriptures that relate to the second coming of Christ. Very little is mentioned about the time gap between “going to happen,” and anything else in God’s Word. The antichrist, the Tribulation, the Kingdom on earth, the eternal state, are almost subjects of total silence. A subject that is discussed by more concerned theologians is that of how much time will be between the Rapture of the church and the beginning of the Tribulation. This last group of Bible teachers is more inclined to teach the events of the end times in proper order, and with correct scripture applications. This last group of Bible teachers has varying ideas on the length of time that will lapse between the time of the Rapture and the time that the Tribulation begins, but they are serious and honest with their findings. These particular students of critical scripture study are in a vast minority of other pastors, teachers, authors, etc., who are sold out to the teaching of that part of scripture that is often overlooked, improperly taught, and all too often ignored. Based on the study that I have made of eschatology, and of the many quality sermons of the same that I have been blessed to hear, I present this article that may be able to give serious “food for thought,” to others whom may also have a healthy appetite for a deep understanding of the last days. In this discussion, I will present scriptures that relate to the length of time that may exist between the time that believers in Christ will be Raptured and taken to Heaven, and when those whom have been left behind from the Rapture will feel the oppression of the antichrist and the Tribulation judgments of God. It should be noted that the oppression of the antichrist will be part of the Tribulation judgments of God.

DISCUSSION

I. Scripture Text: Genesis 6:11-13 (New English Translation).

11 The earth was ruined in the sight of God; the earth was filled with violence. 12 God saw the earth, and indeed it was ruined, for all living creatures on the earth were sinful. 13 So God said to Noah, “I have decided that all living creatures must die, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. Now I am about to destroy them and the earth.

II. Scripture Comments: NKJV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition.

6:11  corrupt . . . filled with violence. Cf. 6:3, 5. The seed of Satan, the fallen rejecters of God, deceitful and destructive, had dominated the world.

6:13 I will destroy them with the earth. Destroy did not mean annihilation, but rather referred to the flood judgment, both of the earth and its inhabitants.

III. Overview Of God’s Love For Mankind.

This article will show key events of God’s love for the people that occupied this earth prior to a past time of His wrath, and a future time that will precede His wrath being released on the earth. The time of God’s past wrath that will be discussed relates to the flood of Noah’s time. The future time frame that we will discuss relates to the period of time that will take place between the time of the Rapture of the Church and that of the beginning of the Tribulation, when God’s wrath will be poured out on the earth. God’s Word will show that the period of time that precedes His wrath of the Tribulation is a key indicator of His love for all who are in need of having a loving relationship with Him.

IV. The Flood. Causes.

A. Scripture Text. Genesis 6:1-4. Holman Christian Standard Bible.

1 When mankind began to multiply on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of mankind were beautiful, and they took any they chose as wives for themselves. And the Lord said, “My Spirit will not remain with mankind forever, because they are corrupt. Their days will be 120 years.” The Nephilim were on the earth both in those days and afterward, when the sons of God came to the daughters of mankind, who bore children to them. They were the powerful men of old, the famous men.

B. Consider the following comments that come from the NKJV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition, Genesis 6:1-4.

6:1-4 The account that follows records an act of degradation that reveals the end-point of God’s patience.

6:1 Such long lifespans as indicated in the record of chap. 5 caused massive increase in earth’s population.

6:2  the sons of God saw the daughters of men. The sons of God, identified elsewhere almost exclusively as angels (Job 1:6, 2:1, 38:7), saw and took wives of the human race. This produced an unnatural union which violated the God-ordained order of human marriage and procreation (Gen 2:24). Some have argued that the sons of God were the sons of Seth who cohabited with the daughters of Cain; others suggest they were perhaps human kings wanting to build harems. But the passage puts strong emphasis on the angelic vs. human contrast. The NT places this account in sequence with other Genesis events and identifies it as involving fallen angels who indwelt men . Matthew 22:30 does not necessarily negate the possibility that angels are capable of procreation, but just that they do not marry. To procreate physically, they had to possess human, male bodies.

6:3  My Spirit. Cf. Gen 1:2. The Holy Spirit played a most active role in the OT. The Spirit had been striving to call men to repentance and righteousness, especially as Scripture notes, through the preaching of Enoch and Noah (1 Pet 3:20; 2 Pet 2:5; Jude 14). one hundred and twenty. The span of time until the Flood (cf. 1 Pet 3:20), in which man was given opportunity to respond to the warning that God’s Spirit would not always be patient.

6:4 giants. The word nephilim is from a root meaning “to fall,” indicating that they were strong men who “fell” on others in the sense of overpowering them (the only other use of this term is in Num 13:33). They were already in the earth when the “mighty men” and “men of renown” were born. The fallen ones are not the offspring from the union in 6:1, 2.

C. Consider the following comment from the Expositors Bible Commentary.

Gen 6:3. The 120 years was taken by Luther and others to refer to a time of reprieve granted by God to humankind before sending the Flood. This apparently is an attempt to resolve the discrepancy between the limit of 120 years and the record of 11:10-26. The reprieve interpretation may also reflect the influence of 1 Pet 3:20, which many take to refer to the period of 120 years in Gen 6:3.

D. Consider the following comment from the Zondervan KJV Commentary.

Gen 6:3. In the Hebrew, two key phrases in this verse are obscure: strive with (which could be translated “remain in”) and is flesh (which could be translated “is corrupt”). The verse seems to announce that the period of grace between God’s declaration of judgment and its arrival would be 120 years (see 1 Pet 3:20). If “remain in” is accepted, the verse announces that man’s life span would henceforth be limited to 120 years. This interpretation is contradicted, however, by the lengthy life spans recorded in 11:10-26.

E. Consider the following comments from the Jeremiah Study Bible.

6:1-4. “The sons of God…the daughters of men.” Fallen angels took on the form of men and married human women (lit., “the daughters of Adam.”). This illicit marriage of spirit beings and human beings was an affront to the divine order of reproducing according to one’s kind (1:24).

6:3. “My Spirit shall not strive…forever” – speaks of destruction. Like the people of Noah’s day, those who do not respond to God’s Spirit have no guarantee that He will continue to prod, convict, and remind them of the importance of fellowship with Him. That humanity’s “days shall be 120 years” can mean either that the Flood would come after 120 years or, less likely, that the average human lifespan would be 120 years.

6:5. “every intent of every person’s heart was only evil continually.” The people of Noah’s day were exceedingly wicked – in essence, evil all the time in every thought and deed.

F. Consider the following comment from the Scofield Study Bible.

6:4. Satan attempted to so corrupt the race that the Messiah could not come to redeem mankind. But God salvaged a remnant (Gen 6:8), and a godly line was preserved.

V. The Course Of The Flood

Scripture Text: Scripture Text. Genesis 6:17-19. Holman Christian Standard Bible.

17 “Understand that I am bringing a flood—floodwaters on the earth to destroy every creature under heaven with the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will die. 18 But I will establish My covenant with you, and you will enter the ark with your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives. 19 You are also to bring into the ark two of all the living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.

VI. The Deaths Of The Flood.

A. Scripture Text. Genesis 7:15-16; 20-21,23. Holman Christian Standard Bible.

15 Two of all flesh that has the breath of life in it entered the ark with Noah. 16 Those that entered, male and female of all flesh, entered just as God had commanded him. Then the Lord shut him in……20 The mountains were covered as the waters surged above them more than 20 feet. 21 Every creature perished—those that crawl on the earth, birds, livestock, wildlife, and those that swarm on the earth, as well as all mankind….23…. Only Noah was left, and those that were with him in the ark.

B. Consider the comments of the NKJV Study Bible.

7:15  The animals seem to have been drawn to the ark and to Noah by the compelling force of the Lord.

7:16  shut him in: The Lord who had drawn them now closed the door on them. That shut door was a symbol of closure, safety, and God’s deliverance.

7:21  Without exception, death extended to every creature—all flesh—whose home was on the land.

7:23  man: People died—old people and young; beautiful and brave along with the grisly and gray. Only Noah and those with him escaped the terrible, universal death of the wicked. Jesus affirmed the historicity of the “days of Noah” when he compared them to the end days (Mt 24:37-38; Lk 17:26-27). Peter similarly used the story of Noah and the Flood as a pattern for the final judgment (1 Pet 3:20; 2 Pet 2:5; 3:5-6).

C. Consider the comments of the Liberty Bible Commentary. Gen 7:16, “and the Lord shut him in.” ‘The shutting him’ intimated that he had become the special object of divine care and protection, and to those without , “the season of grace was over (Mt 25:10). “When they had gone to buy some, the groom arrived. Then those who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet, and the door was shut” (Holman Christian Standard Bible ).

VII. Conclusion of the teaching of the Flood.

A. The crux of the account of God’s destruction of wicked mankind is shown in the following two verses.

6:3 And the Lord said, “My Spirit will not remain with mankind forever, because they are corrupt. Their days will be 120 years.”

7:23…. Only Noah was left, and those that were with him in the ark.

B. God’s warning of imminent judgment gave a one hundred twenty year warning, of that which would fulfill His judgment.

C. There is current-day teaching that Genesis 6:3 states that the life-span of mankind is one hundred twenty years; such a teaching is wrong. All that is needed to show the incorrectness of the “120 year” life span is to look around, and notice how many people are one hundred twenty years old, and how many people have been known to live to be one hundred twenty.

D. Consider the comment of Gen 7:1 (NASB Study Bible). Noah was a preacher of righteousness. He warned his contemporaries of coming judgment (2 Peter 2:5), and testified to the vitality of his own faith (Hebrews 11:7).

E. Consider the comment of 2 Pet 3:9 (NASB Study Bible). Scoffers fail to recognize that all things have not continued without divine intervention since creation (the flood was an intervention, vv. 4-6). They misunderstand the reason for apparent divine delay (God is a long suffering God.)

F. Consider the comment of 2 Pet 3:9 (ESV Study Bible). “any should perish.” Though Christians long for Christ’s return and the defeat of all evil, as long as the present period of history lasts, an opportunity remains for people to turn to God in faith.

VII. Rapture And Tribulation.

A. The Events. “Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell upon the earth” (Rev 3:10, NASB 1977).

B. The Severity. “for then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall” (Mat 24:21, NASB 1977).

C. God’s Grace. “The Lord does not delay his promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance” (2 Pet 3:9, Christian Standard Bible).

VIII. Conclusions of the teaching of the Rapture and Tribulation.

A. Consider the comment of the King James Study Bible Notes., Rev 3:10:

3:10 . This verse presents a promise that Christ will rapture genuine believers out of the world before the Tribulation period begins. The hour of temptation is the period of worldwide testing (Gr. peirasmos) which has not yet occurred (cf. Dan 12:1; Mt 24:21, 29). Christ promises to keep them from (Gr. ek, “out of”) the period of the Tribulation. That is, they will not even enter into this period of history. The Tribulation is for the purpose of trying or judging them that dwell upon the earth, those who are connected to the earth and its system. Believers are not even included in this term (cf. Phil 3:18-20; 1 Pet 2:11; Rev 6:10; 11:10; 13:8, 12, 14; 17:8).

B. Consider the comment of the NRSV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Matt 24:21:

24:21 great suffering. Dan 12:1 spoke of a final tribulation greater than any that preceded it. not been from the beginning of the world.

C. Consider the comment of the NRSV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, 2 Peter 3:9

3:9 promise. Of Jesus’ coming (v. 4). he is patient. God’s patience may partly allude to the Noah analogy (vv. 5-7; cf 1 Pe 3:20; Ge 6:3). God sometimes delayed judgment to allow opportunity for the wicked to repent (cf. 2 Ki 14:26-27). Some ancient Jewish sources emphasized God’s patience regarding the day of judgment; once that day arrived, repentance was no longer possible.

D. Consider the comment of the Jeremiah Study Bible.

3:8-9. As fallen human beings, it is our nature to become impatient if our expectations are not immediately fulfilled. But, the apparent delay in Christ’s return is a gift of mercy, a sign of God’s patience. In His great love, He waits, granting people the opportunity to be saved, “not willing that any should perish.”

E. Consider the comment from the Scofield Study Bible.

3:9. “not wishing.” Three aspects of the will of God may be observed in Scripture: (1) the sovereign will of God (Is 46 :9-11; Dn 4:17, 35; Heb 2:4; Rev 17:17). (2) the moral will of God, that is His moral law (Mk 3:35; Eph 6:6; Heb 13:21. (3) the desires of God coming from His heart of love (Ezk 33:11; Mt 23:37; 2 Pt 3:9). God does not desire that any should perish, but it is clear that many will not be saved (Rev 21:8).

F. Those who do not have a relationship of belief in Christ will be left behind from the Rapture, and will have to endure all of the Tribulation judgments of Christ and the Angels. The Tribulation judgments begin in Revelation Chapter 6, and continue through Revelation Chapter 19. All of Revelation 6-19 is God’s wrath, just as the flood of Noah’s time was also God’s wrath.

G. The severity of the Tribulation will be greater than anything that has come upon the earth, until the time of the Tribulation. The seal, trumpet, and bowl judgments of God’s wrath begin in Revelation Chapter 6. The judgments increase in severity, and will be greater in wrath than even during the time of the flood of Noah’s time.

IX. God’s Love.

A. Whenever we consider anything of the happenings of the world, we must first of all consider God’s love. Consider the following passage of scripture that comes from the New American Standard Bible.

But when the fullness of the time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons and daughters” (Galatians 4:4-5).

B. Consider the comment on Galatians 4:4-5 that comes from The Moody Bible Commentary, Moody Publishers, 2014, Gerald Peterman, B. Des, M. Div., M. A., Ph. D.

1.”When the fullness of time came” (v. 4) does not speak of human events that constrained God. Rather, the Father set the time in advance. The time’s completion (fullness, v. 4) was brought about by the coming of the “Son.” His coming is the center of history. The “Son” is fully prepared to “redeem” (v. 5) because He is fully human (born) and fully Jewish (under the law is the position of a Jewish person. Rm 2:12; 1 Cor 9:20-21.)

2. Both expressions, “those…under the Law,” and “we,” refer to Jews. Adoption into God’s family was originally a uniquely Jewish blessing (Rm 9:4), which now has come to Gentiles (“you” v. 6; the pronoun is pl.). Closely related to adoption is receiving the Spirit (Rm 8:14-17).

C. When we consider the aspects of God, in Christ, we must also consider His love, and Sovereignty, in everything that we bring into our mind.

1. the first coming of Christ to the world, to bring the Messiah of Israel into the world (Galatians 4:4-5).

2. to remove from the world, those whom had come to belief in Christ, the Messiah, before the onset of the Tribulation (John 14:2-6; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18).

3. to bring judgment on those who will be present on Earth during the Tribulation, those of whom had rejected Christ as Messiah, to draw them to belief in Him as Messiah (Dan 9:27, Rev 3:10).

4. to return “to the earth,” at Christ’s second coming at the Battle of Armageddon, to save the earthbound Jews from total annihilation at the end of the Tribulation, those Jews of whom had come to belief in Christ during the Tribulation (Zech 12:2-14, 14:1-5; Rev 19:11-21; Matt 24:29-31).

D. God has a plan in which he will cause all believers in Christ to be caught up to heaven in the rapture (John 14:6; 1 Thes 4:13-18; 1 Cor 15:50-54), prior to the Tribulation. God’s plan for the rapture is based on the fulness of the Gentiles (Romans 11:25), which will not happen until a set number of Gentiles have come to belief in Christ. The tribulation will not occur until the antichrist confirms a covenant with Israel (Dan 9:27).

E. The Rapture and Tribulation are independent of each other. God’s plan for the rapture, which will occur prior to the tribulation, will not happen until the requirements of Romans 11:25 have been fulfilled; but, the grace of 2 Peter 3:9 will not be trumped by a set number of Gentile salvations. The length of time that will transpire between the time of the Rapture and the time of the peace treaty being confirmed between the antichrist and Israel, will be based on God’s grace, and His desire for those who will have been left behind from the Rapture to come to belief in Christ; such people will be on the side of God during the Tribulation, as opposed to being on the side of the antichrist. The purpose of the Rapture is to take resurrected and born again believers in Christ to Heaven, so that God can deal with unbelieving Jews, who will be left behind from the rapture. Israel was never told that they would go to Heaven, but that they may inherit the Kingdom of God which will be present on this earth at the end of the Tribulation.

F. During the time of Noah, God gave everyone on the earth one hundred twenty years to repent prior to the flood. God will not be any less merciful toward unbelievers who will find themselves left behind on earth between the Rapture and Tribulation.

G. How much time will lapse between the Rapture and Tribulation? Nobody knows when the Rapture or Tribulation will begin. The time when the Tribulation begins may be one day after the Rapture, or it may be fifty years later. In the tabernacle in the desert, the Mercy Seat was placed “above the law.” (Exodus 25:16,21). God’s plan for His creation is based on His love (1 John 4:8, “God is love”).

X. Unlisted Study References. The following references were studied, but were not identified in any of the above comments.

A. The New American Commentary, 2 Peter, Broadman and Holman Publishers, 2003, Dr. Thomas R. Schreiner, B.S., M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D.

B. The Moody Bible Commentary, Moody Publishers, 2 Peter, 2014, Louis Barbieri, B.A. , Th. M., Th. D.

C. The Bible Knowledge Commentary, Old Testament, Genesis, David C. Cook, 1985, Allen P. Ross, B.A., M.A., M. Div., Ph. D.

D. The Bible Knowledge Commentary, New Testament, 2 Peter, David C. Cook, 1983, Kenneth O. Gangel, B.A., M.A., M. Div., S.T.M., Ph. D., Litt. D.

E. Study Bibles: Apologetics Study Bible, Ryrie Study Bible, TNIV Study Bible.

Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 1 – Day Of The Lord – Time Areas Within The Day Of The Lord

I. “Alas, what a terrible time of trouble it is! There has never been any like it. It is a time of trouble for the descendants of Jacob, but some of them will be rescued out of it.” (Jeremiah 30:7, New English Traslation).

A. The above verse forms the basis for this series of articles. The following study note on Jeremiah 30:7 comes from the translators of the New English Translation.

B. As the nations of Israel and Judah were united in their sin and suffered the same fate—that of exile and dispersion—so they will ultimately be regathered from the nations and rejoined under one king, a descendant of David; and will regain possession of their ancestral lands. The prophets of both the eighth and seventh centuries looked forward to this ideal . This has already been anticipated in Jer 3:18.

II. Consider the following comment that comes from the MacArthur Study Bible: 30:7 time of Jacob’s trouble. This period of unprecedented difficulty for Israel, as the verse defines, is set in a context of Israel’s final restoration. It is best equated with the time of tribulation (cf. vv. 89), just before Christ’s Second Advent, mentioned elsewhere (Dan. 12:1Matt. 24:2122) and described in detail by Rev. 6–19.

III. Consider the following detail that relates to this artice, that comes from Dr. F. B. Huey. 1

A. The Lord announced to Jeremiah that “days are coming” when He would bring Israel and Judah “back from captivity.” He was going to restore them to the land that he had given to their ancestors (cf. Gen 17:8; 28:13; Exod 3:17; Josh 1:3). “Days are coming, (Jer 30:5), is an expression that may refer to events in the near future or remote future. “I will surely save…your descendants” (Jer 30:10) could not be an immediate future.

B. Israel and Judah are linked in this passage. As they both would experience Gods judgment, also they both would experience His blessing, and together would be reunited and in their own land. “In that day,” “that day,” and similar expressions are found frequently in the OT for “the Day of the Lord,” which contains two aspects – judgment and restoration.

C. That day will be “awful,” a time of trouble for Jacob. Jacob is sometimes equated with the Northern Kingdom, but in the overall context, it may include both the Northern and Southern Kingdoms–all Israel. A transition to the main point is provided by the final clause of verse 7; in spite of approaching agony, the nation would survive.

IV. Consider the followin comment that comes from Dr. Homer Heater, Jr. Consider his comment on the Covenants of God with Israel. 2

 Jeremiah 30-33 is one of the clearest units in the book. Here the prophet has collected messages preached over some period of time containing messages of hope and consolation. They are placed here to show that in spite of the judgment of God brought upon his people, that there is still a future for Israel. The New Covenant, especially, gives great hope for the future of Israel. The context clearly calls for the seed of Abraham to be restored in the Eschaton. Chapter 32 is a historical account, but it is in the section on hope, because Jeremiah is instructed by Yahweh to buy a piece of land while the city is under siege! This teaches that the “real estate” will again prove to be valuable. Chapter 33 harks back to the Davidic Covenant and shows that the “Branch” spoken of in chapter 23 will rule and reign in equity and justice.

V. Consider the following detail that relates to the title of this article, that comes from Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost. 3

A. Day Of The Lord. One of the major lines of prophecy running throughout the Old Testament, and continuing through the New Testament, is the prophetic truth related to the Day of the Lord.

B. The Day of the Lord includes the following passages: Isaiah 2:12; 13:6, 9; Ezekiel 13:5, 30:3; Joel 1:15; 2:1, 11, 31; 3:14; Amos 5:18 (twice), 20; Obadiah 15; Zephaniah 1:7, 14 (twice); Zechariah 14:1; Malachi 4:5; Acts 2:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:2; 2 Peter 3:10. In addition, the phrase “that day” or “the day” or ” the great day” occurs more than 75 times in the Old Testament. The frequency in which it occurs will evidence its importance in the prophetic Scriptures. These passages reveal that the idea of judgment is paramount in all of them. This is clearly brought out in Zephaniah 1:14-18. This judgment includes not only the specific judgments upon Israel and the nations at the end of the tribulation that are associated with the second advent, but, from a consideration of the passsages themselves, includes judgments that extend over a period of time prior to the second advent. Thus, it is concluded that “the Day of the Lord” will include the time of the tribulation.

C. Zephaniah 14:1-4 makes it clear that the events of the second advent are included in the program of the Day of the Lord. 2 Peter 3:10 gives authority for including the entire millennial age within this period. If the Day of the Lord did not begin until the second advent, since that event is preceded by signs, the Day of the Lord could not come as a “thief in the night,” unexpected and unhearlded, as it is said it will come in 1 Thessalonians 5:2. The only way this day could break unexpectedly upon the world is to have it begin immediately after the rapture of the church.

D. It is thus concluded that the Day of the Lord is that extended period of time beginning with God’s dealing with Israel after the rapture, at the beginning of the tribulation period. The Day Of The Lord will extend through the second advent and the millennial age, unto the creation of the new heavens and new earth after the millennium.

VI. Footnotes.

1. “The New American Commentary, 1993, B&H Publishing, pgs 260-262. Dr. F. B. Huey, B.B.A., M. Div., Ph. D; Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Southwestern Baptist Theologial Seminary.

2. Dr. Heater taught for eight years at Dallas Theological Seminary, served on the faculty of Capital Bible Seminary for 30 years, and spent eleven years as President of the Washington Bible College and Capital Bible Seminary. Having retired in 2007, he continues to minister under the auspices of BCM International. He and Pat have been married over 60 years, and have 4 sons, 9 grandchildren and one great-grand daughter. They currently reside and minister from Kentucky.

3. “Things To Come,” A Study In Biblical Eschatology, 1958, Zondervan, pgs 229-231, J. Dwight Pentecost. Dr. Pentecost was Distinguished Professor of Bible Exposition, Emeritus, at Dallas Theological Seminary, one of only two so honored. He held a B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College (1937), in addition to Th.M. (1941) and Th.D. (1956) degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary. During his academic career he taught biblical subjects for over 60 years (Philadelphia College of Bible, 1948–55; Dallas Theological Seminary, 1955-2014). His nearly twenty books are written mostly for the general Christian reader. His pastoral career continued through this period.

Salvation In Christ (National and Personal). The Book Of John 1:29-34. 26-30 A.D.

I. Title. The Testimony Of John The Baptist. 4.

II. Text: John 1:29-34. All verses come from the Updated American Standard Version. https://www.uasvbible.org/

29 On the next day he saw Jesus coming to him, and said, “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This one is the one about whom I said, ‘After me is coming a man who is ahead of me, because he existed before me. 31 And I did not know him, but in order that he might be manifested to Israel, because of this I came baptizing in water.” 32 And John bore witness saying, “I have seen the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not recognize him, but the one who sent me to baptize in water that one said to me, ‘the one upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon him, this one is the one who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen, and I have borne witness that this one is the Son of God.”

III. Comments. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary (Abridged Edition): New Testament.

A. John 1:29.  

1. The chronological scheme of this section is indicated by the reference to successive days: the first day, when the delegation from Jerusalem questioned John (1:19-28); the “next” (second) day, when John saw Jesus approaching (1:29-34); the “next” (third) day, when John pointed out Jesus to his disciples and when they visited him (1:35-42); and the “next” (fourth) day, when Jesus “decided to leave for Galilee” (1:43-50).

2. The witness of John the Baptist was positive as well as negative and focused on Jesus rather than on himself. Verses 29-34 contain his presentation of the person of Jesus. Two aspects stand out in the titles by which he introduced Jesus. “The Lamb of God” reflects the sacrificial character of Christ’s mission, probably alluding to Isa 53:7 (cf. v.36Ac 8:321Pe 1:19). The sacrifice of a lamb as a substitute or as an atonement for sin appears frequently in the OT, beginning with Abraham in Ge 22:2-8. In Lev 14:10-25, a lamb was prescribed as a guilt offering. The book of Revelation also refers to “the Lamb” (Rev 5:6-136:1-357; et al.), though it employs this title as a triumphal title, memorializing the completion of Christ’s sacrificial work. The title “Lamb of God” here in Jn 1:29 therefore refers to the atoning work of Christ, who by one final sacrifice of himself removed the guilt of our sins and opened the way to God. John the Baptist limited his own function to introducing Jesus and declared that only the latter could take away sin.

B. John 1:30. This verse is essentially a restatement of v.15, with one significant addition. John calls Jesus “a man who comes after me.” The Greek word for “man” in the verse is the word for “male.” It intimates the headship of Christ over his followers in the sense of the man-woman relationship in marriage.

C. John 1:31.  The identity of the Messiah was unknown to John the Baptist. This does not mean that John did not know Jesus personally, for, after all, they were relatives (Lk 1:36). John’s ministry was twofold: he was to lead his hearers to repentance (Mk 1:4) and to reveal the Messiah to Israel. Somehow John understood that the revelation of Messiah would take place in conjunction with his baptizing ministry; therefore, he remained faithful to his calling. However, even after Messiah had been revealed to Israel at the baptism of Jesus, John continued the other aspect of his ministry.

D. John 1:32-34. 

1. The second aspect of John’s witness to Jesus (see comment on v.29) concerned the title “Son of God.” This aspect was related to the work of the Holy Spirit, who both authenticated the mission of Jesus and was the seal of his work in individual lives. John announced that Jesus would impart the Holy Spirit to his followers. To “baptize with the Holy Spirit” means that just as the common experience of baptism in water signified repentance and confession of sin, so the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is the seal and dynamic of the new life. Repentance and confession are the conditions on which the believer receives the gift of the Spirit (cf. Ac 2:38Gal 3:25:16-25). The manifestation of the presence of the Spirit in Jesus’ case was visible (see Lk 3:21-22), though this gospel records the Baptist’s later reflection on that event.

2. John the Baptist’s solemn avowal that he had seen the descent of the Spirit on Jesus and that he is “the Son of God” is the climax of his testimony. The significance of the title can be best understood in the light of 1:18 . John’s emphatic declaration was the reason why the disciples left him to follow Jesus.

IV. Comments. The Bible Knowledge Commentary. 

A. This passage (John1:19-1250) is from “Jesus’ Manifestation To The Nation”.

B. The major part of John’s Gospel describes the public ministry of Jesus to the nation of Israel. It is a “book of signs,” a narrative of seven of Jesus’ miracles that point to Him as Messiah. Along with the signs are public discourses explaining the significance of the signs and two long private interviews (chaps. 3-4).

V. My Comments. 

A. It is important to understand that which is written in the above comment (IV.B.).

B. Consider the role of John the Baptist, who was a forerunner of Jesus. From John 1: 6-7; “6 A man was sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This one came as a witness, in order that he could bear witness about the light, so that all might believe through him.”

C. Consider the audience in the above scripture about Jesus, being the nation of Israel, with varying results. From John 1:11-12, “11 He came to his own people, and his own people did not receive him. 12 On the other hand, as many as received him, he gave authority to them to become children of God, to the ones believing in his name.” At this time in the ministry of Jesus, it was directed at the salvation of the nation of Israel, with personal salvation taking place.. 

1. Consider the words of the forerunner, John the Baptist. Notice the word in verse 2, “Repent.”

a. Matthew 3:1-3:  1Now in those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said,

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness,
‘Make ready the way of the Lord,
    make his paths straight.’

b. Repentance is explained in the Greek Lexicon:3340. metanoeó: to change one’s mind or purpose. UsageI repent, change my mind, change the inner man (particularly with reference to acceptance of the will of God), repent. 

c. The repentance, as spoken by John The Baptist, relates to the Jews’ acceptance of Jesus as God’s prophesied Messiah, “Israel’s Messiah.,” (Isaiah 9:6-7, 740 B.C.), (Deuteronomy 17:15, 1451 B.C.).

d. The ministry of Jesus to the Jews of Israel, in relation to national restoration, is seen in the following verses:

(1) Matthew 4:17:  From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heavens has drawn near.” The Kingdom that Jesus mentioned was the Kingdom that was prophesied in the Davidic Covenant (2 Sam 7:4-12, 1042 B.C.).

(2) Matthew 10:5-7: “These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them: “Do not go off into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans; but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, proclaim, saying, ‘The kingdom of heavens has drawn near.'” Jesus sent His disciples to Israel, saying that the Kingdom was not “here,” but “near.” If Israel had accepted Christ as Messiah, they would have gone into the Kingdom, then.

(3) Luke 9:1-2: “1 And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.” Again, Jesus sends out His twelve disciples to preach the Kingdom, and gave them supernatural powers.

(4) Luke 9:1,11: “But when the crowds found out, they followed him, and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God and cured those who had need of healing.” Jesus spoke of the Kingdom.

(5) Luke 10: 1, 9: “1 Now after these things the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every city and place where he himself was about to go. And heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.'” Jesus now sends seventy of His followers to teach about the kingdom. 

e. The consequence of Israel’s rejection of Christ, as Messiah, is seen in Luke 13:3. “No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

D. It was through belief in Christ that some Jews accepted Him as Messiah. It was due to unbelief, that other Jews did not accept Christ as Messiah. Once the ministry of Jesus turns to individual salvation, the message of “belief,” is the same.  The word, “repent,” is not spoken by Christ to individuals as a part of salvation. The opposite of belief is unbelief. Both words are mentioned in Christ’s words to individuals in the following verses.

1. John 3:16:  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, in order that whoever believes in him will not be destroyed but have eternal life.” In these words of Jesus, He is “to the point,” that it is due to belief in Him that one has eternal life. Eternal life begins at the time of belief. Anyone who was present in this setting, and believed in Jesus, was saved and did not have to return for sessions two, three, four, etc., and didn’t have to do anything of works to attain salvation, or to keep that salvation. No one can repent enough to attain salvation. The “growing in Christ” that occurs in a person’s life comes as a result of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God, with His influence on the believer. (John 14:16; 16:7-11; 1 Cor 6:14-16; 2 Cor 5:17). In 2 Cor 5:17, the “old things and new things,” are the old spirit, which needs to be regenerated through the new birth; and  the  new spirit which has been born again, having been regenerated.  

2. John 3:18: “The one who believes in him is not judged, but the one who does not believe has already been judged, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” In this verse, Jesus is very clear as to the blessings of belief, and the consequences of unbelief. The judgment of condemnation in the lake of fire (Rev 20:15) awaits anyone who does not believe in Christ. That judgment for unbelievers will change to a blessing of spending eternity with Christ, at the time that they believe in Him. John 17:3 shows belief in Christ as being intimacy. 

3. John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one believing in me, though he dies, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone living and believing in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I have believed that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.” Notice the question that Jesus spoke to Martha, “do you believe?” (the word,” this,” relates to that which Jesus told her about belief in Him.”). 

VI. John the Baptist was sent to the Jews of Israel with a message of national restoration (John 1). Isaiah 40:3-5 (712 B.C.) was a prophecy of John, “the voice of one crying in the wilderness.”  In John Chapter 3, the context shifts to personal, individual, salvation. The latter days of the ministry of John The Baptist can be seen in John 3:22-36 (30 A.D,); he was beheaded in Matthew 14:10 (32 A.D.). Christ continued His ministry to national Israel, and to individuals, within the confines of Israel. It can be seen that at the time of John 13, the message of Christ was no longer one of Israel’s restoration, but was of personal salvation. The rejection of Christ by Israel, in Matthew 23:37-39, was the turning point in the ministry of Jesus from Israel to individuals. At that time, Jesus no longer spoke publicly, and will not do so until at the time of His second coming, at which time Israel will recognize and welcome their rejected Messiah (Zechariah 12:10, Ryrie Study Bible note, Matthew 23:39.)

VII.  Conclusion. The message of John The Baptist and Jesus, of national restoration for Israel, to the Jews of the nation of Israel, was that of repentance in receiving Jesus as the Messiah, as Jesus being God’s choice to be the King of Israel (Deuteronomy 17:15), as Jesus being “God with us,” (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). The message of individual salvation, was that of belief in Jesus, and only belief in Jesus. Scripture shows that salvation does not come by “asking Jesus to come into your heart,” or by saying a sinner’s prayer, or by showing a life of repentance. Jesus never told anyone to repent of their sins in order to believe in Him for individual salvation. The following scriptures show “belief,” and only “belief,” as being necessary for anyone to be saved.

A. The message of Christ is spread throughout the world through God’s Holy Spirit to everyone (John 1:9).  “As many as receive Jesus, He has given authority to them to become children of God, to the ones believing in his name (John 1:12).” The purpose of the Gospel of John is  that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name (John 20:31).

B. Consider these words of scripture about the new birth (John 1:11-13): “11 He came to his own people, and his own people did not receive him. 12 On the other hand, as many as received him, he gave authority to them to become children of God, to the ones believing in his name; 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 3:3) 3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly I say to you, unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:8) “The wind blows wherever it wants, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So is everyone having been born from the spirit.” The truth of the new birth is that it happens by God’s Holy Spirit, “to those who believe in His Name.”

C. It is only through the new birth that God’s Holy Spirit takes up residence within each believer in Christ (John 14:16-17). Once we have been born again, we can not be unborn. We can not force God’s Holy Spirit from within our spirit. No one can remove the Holy Spirit from us; neither can we (John 10:28-30). It was not “through us” that we “walked to salvation;” and it can not be “by us” that we “walk away from salvation.”

D. While Israel’s blessings were primarily physical, earthly, and material, the church’s blessings are primarily heavenly and spiritual (The Coming Kingdom, Andrew M. Woods, Pg 152).

E. Israel will see the Kingdom restored at the time of the return of Christ at the Battle of Armageddon. (Zechariah 14:1-4; Matthew 24:29-31; Mark 13:24-27; Luke 21:25-28; Revelation 19:11-21).

Road To Tribulation 14 – Terms Of Significance

Comments from video. In this captivating sequel, journalist Buck Williams and a group of survivors survivors known as the TRIBULATION FORCE know the truth about the new leader of the new Global Community, Nicholae Carpathia. He has not come to save the world, and he is most certainly not the Messiah, he is the Antichrist. But who will believe them as the world rushes toward the apocalypse. Video details. Left Behind II: Tribulation Force ~ Trailer.
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In the opening video of the move, “Left Behind II-Tribulation Force,” we see a group of people who were left behind from the Rapture; they had not believed the message of Christ, and had not believed in Him as Lord and Savior, prior to the Rapture. Because of the information that was “also left behind,” in books, articles, videos, Bibles, and other such sources of Last Days teaching, the truth of the Anti-Christ and the Tribulation is being spread to many people who had neglected the seriousness of the warnings that predicted the circumstance that millions of people had found themselves captive throughout the world. As believers in Christ, we must consider the things that we can do to help those who will be left behind to come to saving belief in Christ, to believe in Him for salvation and to tell others, who will also have been left behind, how they can have an assurance of their own eternal life in the Presence of our Lord.

There are Biblical terms that are often read by Christians about eschatology (the science of last things), yet misunderstood. It is important for Christians of today to understand such information, so that we can leave that knowledge behind for those who will be in a world of total collapse of law and order. We will use this article, and future posts, to make known the things of the Anti-Christ and the Tribulation that await most of the world’s current and projected population.

Two terms that are important to know are “latter days,” and “last days.” Scriptures that are discussed as being “latter days,” relate to the Old Testament. Scriptures that are discussed as being “last days,” relate to the Old and New Testaments. Context is paramount in studying Scripture. The context of the “latter days” Scriptures is that of the words of Jewish Old Testament prophets, as they speak of the Word of God in relation to the seven years of the Tribulation, and the thousand years of the Kingdom Age, which is called the Millennium. The verses that we will examine will come from the New American Standard Bible 2020. Comments will come from the MacArthur Study Bible, unless in noted exception.

In my previous “End Times 13” article, I made known the fact that both the Church and the Rapture were unknown to those of the Old Testament era; they were “mysteries” to the Jews of that time. Therefore the Jewish prophets of the Old Testament did not write on those two future events.

In the Ryrie Study Bible, “mystery” is described in comment to Romans 16:25-26. “the mystery.” A definition of a scriptural mystery: something unknown in times past but revealed in the NT. Here, “the mystery” is the gospel of Christ. OT prophecies of Messiah could be understood, once the mystery was revealed (cf. Luke 24:44-45; 1 Peter 1:10-12).

Dr. Ryrie explains, in his comment to Ephesians 3:3, the “mystery.” The mystery that is spoken of here is not that the Gentiles would be blessed (for that was predicted in the OT), but that Jews and Gentiles would be equal heirs in the one body of Christ (v. 6). This was unknown in OT prophecy but was revealed by the NT apostles and prophets (v. 5).

In his comment on 1 Corinthians 15:51, Dr. Ryrie discusses “the mystery” of the rapture, as follows: The rapture of the church described in verses 51-58 was a “mystery” unknown in the OT but now revealed.

The prophecies of the Old Testament Jewish prophets were those that were given by God to the prophets. Those prophets spoke the same prophecies to the Jews of Israel. Consider the following verses: Isaiah 1:1-2; 2-1 and Jeremiah 2:1-2. None of the prophecies of God to the Jews have any relevance to the church.

We will now discuss the prophetic scriptures of, “latter days.”

Jeremiah 30:24, ” the millennial kingdom of the “latter days.” Jeremiah 48:47, “the messianic era , the latter days”). Ezekiel 38:8, “In the context of Israel’s restoration.” Daniel 2:27-35, “It is a reference to the future millennial kingdom of Christ (exception, Ryrie Study Bible note). Micah 4:4, “this phrase looks forward to greater peace and prosperity in the Millennium (cf. Zech. 3:10).”

It is clear that the prophetic scriptures of “latter days,” as was spoken by God to the Jews, relate to the time after the Rapture takes place. It is also clear that none of these “latter days” scriptures have any relation to the church.

We will now discuss the prophetic scriptures of, “last days,” as they are written in the books of the Old Testament prophets. Notice that the prophesied times are those of the Tribulation and Kingdom Age (Millennium).

Isaiah 2:2, ” The “latter (or last) days” is a time designation looking forward to the messianic era (Ezek. 38:16Hos. 3:5Mic. 4:1). The NT applied the expression to the period beginning with the first advent of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:172 Tim. 3:1Heb. 1:2James 5:32 Pet. 3:3).Old Testament prophets, being without a clear word regarding the time between the Messiah’s two advents, linked the expression to the Messiah’s return to establish His earthly kingdom, i.e., the millennial kingdom spoken about in Rev. 20:1–10.

Jeremiah 49:39, “I will bring back. As with certain other peoples in this section of nations, God would allow Elamites to return to their homeland. In Acts 2:9, Elamites were among the group present at the Pentecost event. This has eschatological implications as well.

Ezekiel 38:16, “that the nations may know Me. The phrase, frequent in Ezekiel, is part of the theme to glorify God and show His sovereign power (cf. Introduction: Historical and Theological Themes). God is the victor, who will be “hallowed” by fire (cf. v. 19).

Hosea 3:5, “David. Cf. 1:11. This must refer to Messiah during the Millennium, as “in the latter days” specifies (cf. Is. 55:34Jer. 30:9Ezek. 34:232437:2425). The Jews did not seek after Christ at His first advent. This reference has the Davidic Covenant as its background (cf. 2 Sam. 7:12–17Pss. 39132).”

Micah 4:1, “In a reversal of 3:12, Micah shifted from impending judgment to prophecies of the future millennial kingdom (“the latter days”) in which Mt. Zion (v. 3), the center of Messiah’s coming earthly kingdom, shall be raised both spiritually and physically (cf. Zech. 14:910). This discussion continues to 5:15.”

We will now discuss the prophetic scriptures of, “last days,” as they are written in the books of the New Testament. Notice that in the Acts and Hebrews scriptures the audience in each situation consisted of those of Jewish ancestry, and would have known of the teachings of the Old Testament Jewish prophets. In the books of the New Testament, whose audience contained those of Gentile ancestry, the Gentile members would not have known the Scriptures of the Old Testament Jewish prophets, therefore, they would not have detailed knowledge of the Tribulation or Kingdom. So, in the New Testament context, “last days” relates to the time which precedes the Rapture, except when the discussion context is that of teaching New Testament Jews about their ancestor relationship with the Old Testament Jewish prophetic scriptures.

Acts 2:17: last days 1. Notice that the occasion is that of the festival of Pentecost. Those who heard Peter’s sermon were Jews; they were aware of the prophecies of the Old Testament Jewish prophets, and of the scriptures that have been discussed up to this point. Therefore, the conversation is Jewish. In the following comment, the old and new covenants are discussed, both of which relate to God and Israel, and both of which Gentile believers will share in the millennium. Spiritual aspects of the new covenant are now being received by Christians (Exception, my comment). 2. In the last days (see Isa. 2:2Hos. 3:5Mic. 4:1Heb. 1:2; discussions on 1 Tim. 4:12 Tim. 3:11 Peter 1:201 John 2:18). In Joel 2:28, the Hebrew has “after this,” and the Septuagint has “after these things.” Peter interpreted the passage as referring specifically to the latter days of the new covenant (see Jer. 31:33-34Ezek. 36:26-2739:29) in contrast to the former days of the old covenant. The age of messianic fulfillment had arrived (Exception, Zondervan KJV Commentary).

2 Timothy 3:1,  “the last days. This phrase refers to this age, the time since the first coming of the Lord Jesus.”

Hebrews 1:2: last days. The primary group addressed were Hebrew Christians who suffered rejection and persecution by fellow Jews (10:32–34), although none as yet had been martyred (12:4).  The second group addressed were Jewish unbelievers who were convinced of the basic truths of the gospel but who had not placed their faith in Jesus Christ as their own Savior and Lord. They were intellectually persuaded but spiritually uncommitted. last days. Jews understood the “last days” to mean the time when Messiah (Christ) would come (cf. Num. 24:14Jer. 33:14–16Mic. 5:12Zech. 9:916). The fulfillment of the messianic prophecies commenced with the advent of the Messiah. Since He came, it has been the “last days” (cf. 1 Cor. 10:11James 5:31 Pet. 1:204:71 John 2:18). In the past God gave revelation through His prophets, but in these times, beginning with the Messiah’s advent, God spoke the message of redemption through the Son. (My comment. Notice that this is a Jewish audience).

James 5:3,  “last days. The period between Christ’s first and second comings.”

2 Peter 3:3, ” in the last days. This phrase refers to that entire period of time from the arrival of the Messiah to His return (cf. Acts 2:17Gal. 4:42 Tim. 3:1Heb. 1:2James 5:31 Pet. 1:201 John 2:1819Jude 18). The entire age will be marked by saboteurs of the Christian truth and especially the hope of Christ’s return.”

At the time of this writing, it is Thursday, the evening of the last Passover meal (Matthew 26:16-30). The crucifixion of Jesus will take place on the following day (Friday; the day of preparation before the Sabbath, John 19:14; Luke 23:54), in less than twenty-four hours (John 19:14-18). The women followed the body of Jesus to His burial tomb at the end of the day (Friday) before the onset of sunset and the Sabbath; they went to their homes and rested on the Sabbath, returning after the Sabbath ended to anoint the body of Christ (Luke 23:50-24:6), but announcing, “He is risen!”

Jews are still observing Passover, which will end on sunset of Sunday, April 4. Jews will begin their observance of the weekly Sabbath all around the world, beginning in just a few hours. The closing video of this article shows a Jewish family as their prepare for the Sabbath.

As you watch the video consider the great symbolism that relates to the trinity, to the woman bringing light into the world, and to “the Light” that can not be extinguished. .

Video details. How to light Shabbat candles? Yahaduton. May 27, 2013.

Salvation In Christ . The Book Of John 1:29. 26 A.D.

I. Video. Sweet, Sweet Spirit [Live]. Doris Akers. Notice the correlation between the song that is being sung and the message of this article. Doris went to be with the Lord in 1995.

II. Title. The Testimony of John the Baptist. 3.

III. Text. John 1:29. New American Standard Bible.

The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him, and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

IV. Comments. All scriptures are from the New American Standard Bible 2020.

A. MacArthur Study Bible Comments.

1. The next day. This phrase probably refers to the day after John’s response to the Jerusalem delegation. It also initiates a sequence of days (v. 432:1) that culminated in the miracle at Cana (2:1–11). 

2. The Lamb of God. The use of a lamb for sacrifice was very familiar to Jews. A lamb was used as a sacrifice during Passover (Ex. 12:1–36); a lamb was led to the slaughter in the prophecies of Isaiah (Is. 53:7); a lamb was offered in the daily sacrifices of Israel (Lev. 14:12–21; cf. Heb. 10:5–7). John the Baptist used this expression as a reference to the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus on the cross to atone for the sins of the world, a theme which John the apostle carries throughout his writings (19:36; cf. Rev. 5:1–67:1717:14) and that appears in other NT writings (e.g., 1 Pet. 1:19). 

3. sin of the world. See note on v. 9; cf. 3:166:3351. In this context “world” has the connotation of humanity in general, not specifically every person. The use of the singular “sin” in conjunction with “of the world” indicates that Jesus’ sacrifice for sin potentially reaches all human beings without distinction (cf. 1 John 2:2). John makes clear, however, that its efficacious effect is only for those who receive Christ (vv. 1112). For discussion of the relation of Christ’s death to the world, see note on 2 Cor. 5:19.

B. My Comments.

1. Notice the words, “sin of the world.” Consider personal sins, such as theft, lying, etc. None of the sins of the human will keep anyone out of heaven, the kingdom age, or the eternal state. However, there are many references to “sins,” that are addressed in the gospels, that relate to the nation of Israel.

2. Consider Matthew 1:21: “She will give birth to a Son; and you shall name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” The “sins” of Matt 1:21 relate to the nation of Israel, as Christ came to “not remember the sins of Israel(Isa 43:25), and to offer national salvation to Israel, which they rejected.

3. Consider John 1:11: “He came to His own, and His own people did not accept Him.” John The Baptist, who was the forerunner of Christ, was a witness of the Messiah, Jesus (John 1:6-8).

4. Consider Matthew 3:1-3: “1 Now in those days John the Baptist *came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said, “The voice of one calling out in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way of the Lord, Make His paths straight!’”

a. The coming of Christ was in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy of Isaiah 40:3 (712 B.C.), as well as Isaiah 7:14 (742B.C.) and Isaiah 9:6-7 (740 B.C.). Isaiah 40:3, 7:14 and 9:6a refer to the first coming of Christ in birth (Matt 1:21-25). Isaiah 9:6b-9:7 refers to the second coming of Christ at the end of the Tribulation (Matt 24:29-31) to set up His Kingdom on Earth (the 1,000 year millennium).

b. The message of national repentance to the Jews is recorded in many other Gospel Scriptures, for them to accept Christ as the Messiah of Old Testament Scriptures. The message of Christ to the Israel was, “I am God with you,” (Isa 7:14, Matt 1:23).

(1). Matthew 4:17: ‘From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” ‘ Jesus wasn’t saying that “the Kingdom was here, but was near,” based on their accepting Him as Messiah. The Kingdom is that which was taught to Israel in the Abrahamic and David Covenants (Gen 15:18-21; 2 Sam 7:8-17)

(2). Matthew 10:5-7: ‘These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them, saying, “Do not go on a road to Gentiles, and do not enter a city of Samaritans; but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.” ‘Jesus sent His disciples only to the Jews, to teach about the kingdom.

(3). Luke 10:9: “and heal those in it who are sick, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.” Jesus sent seventy others to preach about the “nearness of the Kingdom,”

(4). Luke 13:3: “No, I tell you, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” There is sharp contrast to this verse and John 3:16. Luke 13:3 relates to the national salvation of Israel. John 3:16 relates to personal salvation. Notice in John 3:16, the command of Jesus is to “believe;” He says nothing about repentance. At the time of individual belief, “salvation takes place in the life of such a believer.”

(5). The Words of Jesus in John 3:16 are clear, and to the point. Nothing more than belief in Christ is required for personal salvation. Consider the following verses that relate belief to salvation, all of which are from the Gospel of John: 3:15, 3:16, 3:18, 3:36, 5:24, 6:40, 6:47, 7:38, 11:26, 11:40. 12:46, 20:31. Notice that in 5:24, eternal life comes from belief, and can not be reversed, as does John 10:28-30. We can not walk away from Salvation; we did not walk to Salvation. After we have been born again, we can not be unborn.

(6). After the Jews rejected Jesus’s offer of the Kingdom, His ministry was directed to “the world,” per John 1:11-13.

(7). Let’s get back to John 1:29, “the sin of the world,” which is also the unpardonable sin. The outward sins of theft, lying, etc., do not keep anyone from Heaven. But, the inner sin of “unbelief” (John 3:18), is a barrier than can not be removed, except through a personal belief in Christ (John 3:16). Salvation is not a formula of “works plus belief,” or anything else “plus belief.” Through the radiating power of God’s Holy Spirit, the message of Christ is made available to everyone in the world (John 1:5, 9).

(8). If a person were to exhaust a day of analyzing the understanding of “belief” through a Hebrew or Greek dictionary, it is important to understand that those around Jesus did not have Greek as their commonly spoken language. There are seven Greek words that mean “love.” Consider the possibilities for the many meanings of John 3:16, “believe.” 4100 pisteúō (from 4102 /pístis, “faith,” derived from 3982 /peíthō, “persuade, be persuaded”) – believe (affirm, have confidence); used of persuading oneself (= human believing) and with the sacred significance of being persuaded by the Lord (= faith-believing). Only the context indicates whether 4100 /pisteúō (“believe”) is self-serving (without sacred meaning), or the believing that leads to/proceeds from God’s inbirthing of faith. If Jesus has been speaking Greek to his disciples, I can not imagine Him going through every possible meaning of the Greek word for “belief.”. Jesus wanted to convey a clear understanding of what it took for a person to spend eternity with Him, and to avoid eternal condemnation. He spoke “belief.”

(9). Consider the following discussion by “God Questions.” “While Jesus very likely spoke Aramaic, Hebrew, and Greek, Aramaic was likely the language Jesus spoke the most. ” https://www.gotquestions.org/language-Jesus-speak.html

(10). After belief in Christ, there is growing in Christ, which is aided by the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit in the new birth (John 3:3), and the teaching of the Holy Spirit that comes to every born again believer in Christ (John 16:7-11).

V. Article Sources.

1. Video from “Turn Your Radio On” Gaither series of songs, recorded in 1993. The video was posted by Gaither Music TV on December 13, 2012.
2. Article Title from New American Stand Bible Translation 2020.
3. Text from BibleGateway.com print of New American Stand Bible Translation 2020.

VI. Added Comment. Notice that the account of Scripture that is being studied is that of John The Baptist. The writer of the account is John The Apostle.

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Road To Tribulation 13 – Instruction For Those Left Behind – 1

I. In the opening video, we see another inspiring scene from the Left Behind series. This scene is from the first film, Left Behind: The Movie. Bruce and Rayford have missed the Rapture that has taken their wives and children. Now, they need to ask God to forgive them and help them with what’s to come in the next seven years (from video comments).

II. As the opening video shows, there will be people who will come to saving faith in Christ after the Rapture, after they have been left behind (1 Thes 4:16-17). Notice in the video that one of the men coming to saving faith in Christ, is a “left behind pastor.” Those of us who are born again, and are looking forward to the Rapture of the church, have an awesome opportunity to leave behind, for those who will be left behind, such things as “books, tapes, and written articles,” that will be helpful for them to understand the things of the Tribulation that are ahead of them, and for coming to saving faith in Christ.

III. Key items of instruction that are helpful for those of us, whom are already “saved from the wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:10), are things that relate to the Tribulation, the Kingdom Age (Millennium), and the times which precede the Rapture. Old Testament Jewish prophets used certain words to describe the conditions of the Tribulation and Kingdom Age. On the Day of Pentecost, and closely thereafter, the Apostles used some of those same Jewish prophetic terms as they spoke to Jews. As the message of Christ began being received by Gentiles, the words of the epistles began to speak of conditions on earth that will precede the Tribulation. The important factor to consider in understanding such information, is that of context, as we consider such words as End Times, Last Days, Latter Days, etc.

IV. The Jewish Old Testament prophets spoke of conditions that will be present on earth during the Tribulation and Kingdom Age. All Scripture references that follow come from the New American Standard Bible 2020 Update.

V. The Jewish Old Testaments spoke of the conditions of the Tribulation. Consider the following verses.

Zephaniah 1:14-15 – 630 B.C.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Zephaniah+1%3A14-15&version=NASB

VI. The Jewish Old Testament Prophets spoke of the salvation of Israel from out of the Tribulation. Consider the following verses.

Jeremiah 30:4-10 – 606 B.C. – Notice in verse 7 that this time of Tribulation is called Jacob’s distress, and has no relevance to born-again believers in Christ.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+30%3A4-10&version=NASB

VII. The Jewish Old Testament prophets spoke of the conditions of the Kingdom. As you consider the following verses, it is important to note that “the Kingdom” relates to “a land mass, and relating conditions.” The Kingdom is not something that will be “within you,” (Luke 17:21, KJV), but will be that which will be “in your midst,” (Luke 17:21, NASB). “Thy Kingdom come,” of Matthew 6:10, relates to the coming Kingdom that is promised to the Jews, in which born again Jews and Gentiles will reside, which follows the Tribulation, and is not the spiritual indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:11).

A. Isaiah 2:1-4 – 760 B.C.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+2%3A1-4&version=NASB

B. Ezekiel 37:21-25 – 587 B.C.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+37%3A21-25&version=NASB

VIII. Through the Old Testament Scriptures, the Jews were taught about the care, protection, and favor that God promised to them through the Abrahamic Covenant, which would come in the form of “land, seed, and blessing.” The Jews were told of the geographic dimensions of the Kingdom that God promised to them, and that the Covenant is eternal and will be confirmed through the bloodline of Abraham’s Covenant blood line of Isaac and Jacob, and that “Israel” would become the name of Jacob and his descendants. The land of the Abrahamic Covenant extends from the Nile River in Egypt to the Euphrates River in Iraq, and will be confirmed in its fullness during the Kingdom Age, when Christ will rule and reign throughout that Millennium of 1,000 years. (Ryrie Study Bible notes: Genesis 15:18-21; Genesis 17:8; Joshua 23:41-45; 1 Kings 4:21).

A. Genesis 12:1-3 – 2126 B.C. (Covenant of Land, Seed, and Blessing)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+12%3A1-3&version=NASB

B. Genesis 15:5 – 1913 B.C. (God’s Seed Covenant With Abraham)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+15%3A5&version=NASB

C. Genesis 15:18-21 – 1913 B.C. (God’s Land Covenant With Abraham)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+15%3A18-21&version=NASB

D. Genesis 17:13 1911 B.C. (The Abrahamic Covenantis Eternal)
“…My covenant shall be in your flesh as an everlasting covenant.”

E. Genesis 26:1-5 – 1800 B.C. (Abrahamic Covenant through Isaac)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+26%3A1-5&version=NASB

F. Genesis 35:9-12 – 1732 B.C. (Abrahamic Covenant through Jacob; now called Israel)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+35%3A9-12&version=NASB

IX. Through the Old Testament Scriptures, the Jews were told of the blessings that will come through the Davidic Covenant.

A. 2 Samuel 7:8-17 – 1042 B.C. (Ryrie Study Bible notes)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Samuel+7%3A8-17&version=NASB

1. David would have a son who would succeed him and establish his kingdom (v. 12).
2. David’s son (Solomon), rather than David, would rebuild the Temple (v. 13a).
3. The throne of Solomon’s kingdom would be established forever (v. 13b).
4. Though David’s sins justified chastening, God’s “loving kindness,” steadfast love, would be forever(v. 16).

B. Ryrie added note. The Davidic Covenant did not guarantee uninterrupted rule by David’s family (and in fact, the Babylonian Exile interrupted it), but it did promise that the right to rule would always remain in David’s dynasty. Jesus Christ is the ultimate fulfillment of these promises (Luke 1:31-33) and, although at this present time He is not ruling from the throne of David (Heb. 12:2), at His second coming He will assume this throne.

C. My note. The second coming of Christ occurs at the end of the Tribulation, Mt 24:29-31. “…immediately after the tribulation of those days…all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory…”

D. MacArthur Study Bible note. The second coming of Christ is the culmination of world history, ushering in the millennial reign of Christ (cf. Rev. 20:4).

E. Re: verse 16, David’s “house, kingdom, and throne, … forever,” were also understood eschatologically/messianically. In the New Testament they were explicitly applied to Jesus (Heb 1:8). (New American Commentary, 2 Samuel).

X. Jews of the Old Testament era knew nothing of the Church or the Rapture of the Church, which were a mystery to Old Testament Jews, therefore, there was no Old Testament teaching of either subject (Church or Rapture). Consider the following verses:

A. A mystery explained. “that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before briefly,” (Ephesians 3:3, 64 A.D.). Ryrie Study Bible note. “A mystery was not something mysterious (in the modern sense) but something unknown until revealed.”

B. The mystery of the Rapture. “51 Behold, I am telling you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed,” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52, 59 A.D.).

C. The mystery of the church. “This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church,” (Ephesians 5:32, 64 A.D.).

XI. During the next article, I will discuss the coming event of the catching up of the saints, which is called The Rapture. Additionally, I will explain the differences of the uses of similar terms, such as End Times, Last Days, Latter Days.

XII. Opening Video. Left Behind – The Movie – Bruce and Ray’s Salvation. Jul 13, 2010. Josho456123.

XIII. Study References. Scofield Study Bible. J. Dwight Pentecost: “Things To Come.” C. John F. Walvoord: Commentary on Matthew. Ryrie Stdy Bible. The Moody Bible Commentary. The Bible Knowledge Commentary. Libery Bible Commentary. The New American Commentaries, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings.

XIV. Consider Israel.

A. Deuteronomy 14:2 “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for His personal possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”

B. Passover begins at sundown this Saturday, March 27th, and ends at sundown on Sunday, April 4th.
https://reformjudaism.org/jewish-holidays/passover

C. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6).

D. Closing Video.

1. Most Beautiful Shabbat Video Ever!!!! Shabbat.com.Sep 29, 2014.

2. Filmed at the Klatzko Family Shabbat home in Monsey, NY.

XV. Shabbat Shalom (Sabbath Of Peace).
https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/2313062/jewish/How-to-Greet-Others-on-Shabbat.htm

Salvation In Christ . The Book Of John 1:24-28 . 26 A.D.

I. Video. Russ Taff – ‘Farther Along [Live]’, Gaither Music TV. Dec 13, 2012.

II. Title. The Testimony of John the Baptist. 2.

III. Text. John 1:24-28. New American Standard Bible.

24 And the messengers had been sent from the Pharisees. 25 They asked him, and said to him, “Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26 John answered them, saying, “I baptize in water, but among you stands One whom you do not know. 27 It is He who comes after me, of whom I am not worthy even to untie the strap of His sandal.” 28 These things took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing people.

IV. Comments. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary-Abridged Volume 2: New Testament

A. 24-25. The Pharisees represented the strict interpreters of the Law and were particularly interested in examining the credentials of any new religious teacher in Judaism. This gospel does not show unvarying hostility toward them. Nicodemus was a Pharisee and was apparently a sincere if unenlightened person (see 3:1-21). As a class, however, they were hostile toward Jesus because he did not observe traditional rules and because he openly rebuked their superficial and often hypocritical religiosity. These Pharisees challenged John’s right to baptize.

B. 26-27.

1. John suggested that he did not profess to speak with ultimate authority. He was, after all, preaching repentance (Lk 3:3) and was calling for baptism as a confession of repentance in expectation of the greater person who was yet to appear. It seems likely that John’s baptism followed the pattern of proselyte baptism, which required a renunciation of all evil, complete immersion in water, and then reclothing as a member of the holy community of law-keepers.

2. John drew his reference to untying the sandals of his successor from the practice of using the lowest slave of a household to remove the sandals and wash the feet of guests. John’s witness, therefore, reflected the exalted nature of Jesus and placed the latter far above himself.

C. 28. “Bethany on the other side of Jordan” was so named to distinguish it from the Bethany near Jerusalem (see 12:1). Its exact site is unknown.

V. Article Sources.

1. Video from “Turn Your Radio On” Gaither series of songs, recorded in 1993.
2. Article Title from New American Stand Bible Translation 2020.
3. Text from BibleGateway.com print of New American Stand Bible Translation 2020.
4. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary-Abridged Volume 2: New Testament; Comments by
Kenneth L. Barker and John R. Kohlenberger III; a source of BibleHub.com

VI. Added Comment. Notice that the account of Scripture that is being studied is that of John The Baptist. The writer of the account is John The Apostle.

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Road To Tribulation 12 – The Stage Is Being Set

Left Behind ~ Trailer. Oct 30, 2009. Cloud10Entertainment.

I. On an o verseas flight to London, journalist Buck Williams and pilot Rayford Steele are caught in the middle of the most incredible event in history, as without warning dozens of passengers have simply vanished! It soon becomes apparent that this was not an isolated incident and there are millions of people missing. As chaos and anarchy engulf the world, both men set out on different paths in a desperate search for answers.

II. I am amazed at how many Christians have assumed room temperature in their minds, as it relates to the progressive move of the world toward socialism and a one-world government. Many people have become like “frogs simmering in slowly boiling sauce pans.” God’s prophetic Word is in their Bibles, but is never studied for deepness of things that may soon be coming upon the whole world. Just like the frog that slowly dies from the increasing boiling water temperature in the sauce pan, many people are mentally dying concerning their freedoms which are slowly being taken from them.

III. Many pastors are totally unaware of the details of “the rapture of the church, the following tribulation, and the Kingdom on earth” that will follow the tribulation. I had a conversation with a very good pastor friend. I asked him if he had any opinions on the pretribulation or premillennial rapture of the church. My friend really amazed me with his answer, especially considering that this man is a seminary educated pastor. He said, “premillennial, postmillennial, pan-millennial; it’ll all pan out in the end.” I was shocked at such a reply. After all, there probably are members of my friend’s congregation that have honest questions about the subjects of the rapture, tribulation and millennium. I have known other pastors who have exhibited the same ignorance in regard to end times scriptures.

IV. There are seminary leaders who have discounted the value of the Left Behind series of books and movies. The opening video of this article, which is a Left Behind related video, is very close in detail to the events of the rapture, and following events. I have had conversations with one of the pastors who worked on the Left Behind project; I will have to say that he amazes me with his knowledge of all areas of Scripture, as was the case of his partner, Dr. Tim LaHaye.

V. It does not take much of our thinking process to realize that our world is moving very close to a one-world government, as is shown in scripture, as well as in the closing two videos. For those of us whom have been born again, we will be caught up in the rapture (1 Thes 4:16 -17), at such a time that we will not be present on earth for God’s judgment on unbelieving Jews (Jer 30:7), as well as on unbelieving Gentiles (Rev 3:10). The judgments that will be poured out on those on earth during the tribulation will come from Christ ((Rev 6:1, 3, 5, 7, etc.) and Godly angels (Rev 8:7, etc.). There is no purpose for Christ to pour out His tribulation judgments on His Bride, which consists of every born again believer in Christ.

VI. Even though the rapture will take away the Bride of Christ in the rapture (1 Cor 15:50-54), there may be a period of time on earth that follows the rapture, which will precede the tribulation. During such a “post rapture and pre-tribulation period of time, the anti-christ may be actively engaged in setting up a one-world government with world leaders that have been left behind from the rapture. Before the tribulation begins, the anti-christ must confirm a peace treaty with Israel, which he will break midway through the seven years of the covenant; it is at that time that the tribulation will begin.

VII. The anti-christ is not operating on earth now, in such a role, but he may be alive. 1 John 4:3 states that the spirit of anti-christ “is already in the world.” Ungodly governmental control in countries of the world, and the attempts of ungodly governments to bring all nations under such control, is part of Satan’s goal of one-world government coming under his control. With, or without, the active presence of the anti-christ in the world, a system of ungodly one-world government is being set in place, as is being reported in daily news reports of media outlets that are not sold out to the concept of one-world government. An all out assault on the lives of unborn babies is gaining more momentum throughout the world. To accept, or to not accept, the homosexual life style and same sex marriage, can force businesses to close. To affirm Jews as being the legitimate owner of the land of Israel, is to put the mark of xenophobia on a college entrance application. To say that you support the greatness of America is to invite the stigma of national racism on your character. Once the tribulation begins, the anti-christ will have a world government that is waiting for him to assume control, which will have all of the earmarks that liberal Democrats and Rinos are trying to force on the United States, and are trying to export to the other nations of the world through the United Nations and other globalist organizations (the two videos at the bottom of this page show such a takeover of the world’s governments by the anti-christ).

VIII. Prior to the rapture, during this time of unfulfilled prophecies that we have been studying, the unannounced anti-christ may be actively involved in putting together a confederation of ten world governments. Until the time that the rapture takes place, the Church will have to suffer from anything on earth, that unbelievers will also have deal with; the tribulation will not have yet begun.

IX. Under the authority and power of the anti-christ, there will be a confederation of ten world areas, which are said in Scripture to be ruled by ten kings, with such areas being known as kingdoms. Under the control of the United Nations, such kingdoms may be known as “world zones.” You might ask yourself who such a person may be that the United Nations will appoint as its leader of the tribulation era one-world government.

A. The leader of the United Nations is the Secretary General. Consider the appointment process of UN Secretaries General. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Secretary-General_selection
United Nations Secretary-General selection
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

B. United Nations Secretary-General selection is the process of selecting the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. To be selected as Secretary-General, a candidate must receive the votes of at least 9 members of the United Nations Security Council, with no vetoes from permanent members. The Secretary-General is then appointed by a majority vote of the United Nations General Assembly.

C. Although the process is informally called an election, the United Nations refers to it as the “procedure of selecting and appointing the next United Nations Secretary-General.” Since the General Assembly has never refused to appoint the person recommended by the Security Council, it is the selection of the Security Council that determines the next Secretary-General of the United Nations.

D. When considering the appointment process of the UN Secretary General, we must ask ourselves a simple question. Where are you, and I, and the leadership of our respective countries in this process? We might also ask ourselves another simple question. Who is a favorite personality of much of the liberal world? The closest person to taking on the role of the anti-christ will be the person who is the head of the United Nations.

E. The following verses of scripture will shed light on the situation of a one-world government, having a ten-world confederation, which will fall under the control of the anti-christ.

1. Consider Daniel 9:27 (538 B.C.) for prophecy of the peace treaty that will be confirmed between the anti-christ and Israel, which he will break halfway through the seven-year period of the treaty (the tribulation).

2. Consider the following verses that discuss the anti-christ leading the world through ten ungodly leaders in ten world zones. The date that Revelation was written is considered to be 96 A.D.
Daniel 7:24-27 (555 B.C.). Revelation 12:3; 13:1; 17:3, 7, 12, 16.

3. Consider the following verses that discuss the un-godly power that the anti-christ will have over the world directly, and through the false prophet, who is his aid. Read each verse carefully. Verse 17 is key, and has implications to the time in which we are living now.

Revelation 13:1-17. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13%3A1-17&version=NASB

X. Let’s consider again the purpose for the tribulation and, therefore, the rapture.

A. The purpose of this series of Tribulation-related articles is to discuss the events that will lead to the future when the Bride of Christ, the Church, is removed (raptured) from this earth and taken to heaven. It will be at the time of the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17) that God will begin to deal with unbelieving Jews (Jeremiah 30:7), and Gentiles who have no saving relationship with Christ. Both groups of unbelievers will be left behind from the rapture, and will have to go through the time of testing that is identified in Revelation 3:10, and is known as the tribulation. There is no purpose for the Bride of Christ, the Church, to go through the judgments of the tribulation that will come on the earth at the hand of Christ and angels of God. The purpose for such tribulation testing is to lead unbelievers in Christ to saving faith in our Lord, so that they can spend eternity with Him. Notice that it will be from the total time of testing that the raptured church will be removed, and not just from a portion of that period of tribulation.

B. In the direction that our world is heading, it is easy to see that a one-world government can easily be attained through an ungodly leader, who will lord over the world during the tribulation, through ten ungodly world leaders. The timing of the tribulation is based on the anti-christ confirming a peace treaty with Israel; no mortal knows when such an action will take place. The timing of the rapture is God’s decision, and not on acts of worldly disobedience to His Word. No mortal knows when millions of believers in Christ will suddenly, and without announcement, leave this world on their way to Heaven. Ungodly voters vote for ungodly politicians. Those who are left behind from the rapture will have to deal with their choices of elected ungodly leaders who will govern this world, in an ungodly manner. Without a doubt, the stage is being set throughout the world for greater ungodly conditions to find inroads into every part of our lives.

XI. The following two videos add light to this discussion of the control of the anti-christ. In the video, the rapture has taken place, and each person was left behind from the rapture. Buck Williams, who is played by Kirk Cameron, is a journalist who is in the process of coming to saving faith in Christ.

Apr 3, 2020. Thansotir RS.
Left Behind II: Nicolae Carpathia (antichrist) becomes One World Governor.

Nicolae Carpathia. Mar 6, 2009. jscottphillips.
Nicolae Carpathia establishes the 10 kingdoms on earth after the rapture.

XII. Study References.

A. C.I. Scofield: Scofield Study Bible.

B. J. Dwight Pentecost: “Things To Come.”

C. John F. Walvoord: Commentaries on Daniel and Revelation.

D. Charles C. Ryrie: Ryrie Study Bible, Basic Theology, A Survey of Bible Doctrine.

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Salvation In Christ . The Book Of John 1:19-23 . 26 A.D.

I. Video. The Talley Trio – He Is Here [Live]. Gaither Music TV. Dec 13, 2012.

II. Title. The Testimony of John the Baptist. 1.

III. Text. John 1:19-23. New American Standard Bible.

19 This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites to him from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 And he confessed and did not deny; and this is what he confessed: “I am not the Christ.” 21 And so they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” And he *said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 Then they said to him, “Who are you? Tell us, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I am the voice of one calling out in the wilderness, ‘Make the way of the Lord straight,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.”

IV. Comments. Zondervan KJV Study Bible

1:19. And this is the record of John points to the Baptist’s role as witness (see 1:6-7). “Record” (Greek, martyria) is literally “testimony.” Here the testimony of John was given a formal venue with the inquest of the delegation that the Jews sent … from Jerusalem. The phrase “the Jews” occurs about seventy times in this gospel. It is used in a favorable sense (see, e.g., 4:22) and in a neutral sense (see, e.g., 2:6), but generally John used it of the Jewish leaders who were hostile to Jesus (see, e.g., 8:48). Here it refers to the delegation sent by the Sanhedrin to look into the activities of an unauthorized teacher. Levites are descendants of the tribe of Levi, who were assigned to specific duties in connection with the tabernacle and temple (see Num. 3:17-37). They also had teaching responsibilities (see 2 Chron. 35:3; Neh. 8:7-9), and it was probably in this role that they were sent with the priests to John the Baptist.

1:20. The Baptist used the emphatic “I” to establish a stark contrast. His disavowal, I am not the Christ implies the question “Are you the Christ?” according to the pattern of the questions and answers that follow. It may be, however, that the unique introduction of And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed suggests the leading question was more benign, such as, “Who are you?” to which the Baptist assumed a proactive posture (“I am not the Christ”). If so, that triggered the follow-up questions (all associated with messianic expectations). The Baptist’s emphatic use of “I” implies the avowal that another was the Christ. Throughout the following verses, this emphatic “I” occurs frequently, and almost invariably implies a contrast with Jesus, who is always given the higher place.

1:21. Art thou Elias?… I am not. The Jews remembered that Elijah had not died (see 2 Kings 2:11) and believed that the same prophet would come back to earth to announce the end time. In this sense, John properly denied that he was Elijah. When Jesus later said the Baptist was Elijah (see Matt. 11:14; 17:10-13), He meant it in the sense that John was a fulfillment of the prophecy of Malachi 4:5 (see Luke 1:17). That prophet refers to the prophet of Deuteronomy 18:15, 18. The Jewish people expected a variety of persons to be associated with the coming of the Messiah. The Baptist emphatically denied being “that prophet.” He had come to testify about Jesus, yet they kept asking him about himself. His answers became progressively more terse.

1:22-23. The voice of one crying in the wilderness (v. 23). The Baptist applied the prophecy of Isaiah 40:3 to his ministry of calling people to repent in preparation for the coming of the Messiah. The men of Qumran (the community that produced the Dead Sea Scrolls) applied the same words to themselves, but they prepared for the Lord’s coming by isolating themselves from the world to secure their own salvation. John concentrated on helping people come to the Messiah (the Christ). In 1:31, the Baptist expressly stated that the objective of his baptism was to reveal to Israel the Coming One.

V. Article Sources.

1. Video from “Old Friends” Gaither series of songs, recorded in 1993.
2. Article Title from New American Stand Bible Translation 2020.
3. Text from BibleGateway.com print of New American Stand Bible Translation 2020.
4. Zondervan KJV Study Bible, comments by Dr. Ed Hindson, a source of BibleHub.com

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Road To Tribulation 11 – Spiritual Showdowns Are Happening NOW!

I. Opening Video.

A. Guard the Truth | Prophetic Perspectives 136. Christ In Prophecy. Jan 25, 2021.

B. As delusion abounds, how can Christians guard their hearts with the truth? Find out with guest Jeff Kinley and Tim Moore of the Lamb And Lion Ministries evangelism team as they provide their Prophetic Perspectives.

C. God’s judgments, and God’s plan for the rapture of the church, are based on God, and not on a disobedient world to which God will react. The plans of God are cemented in Scripture. The details of God’s plans are often not taught in congregations. Many sermons, teachings, and opinions are present throughout the world of the church of Christ that do not mesh with God’s Word. Consequently, there are many church members that are so ill-informed of the Biblical teachings of eschatology, that when unfulfilled prophecies may be taking place, such Christians will think that they are in the tribulation, or that the rapture of the church is taking place. Part of the reason for so much ignorance of end times teaching is found in scripture. Consider the following information.

1. In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, the Apostle Paul writes about the rapture of the church happening “prior to the Tribulation.” Even though Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica was brief, it is clear the people had come to believe in and hope for the reality of their Savior’s return. The church at Thessalonica thought that the rapture of the church had taken place, and that they were in the tribulation. Their confusion came as they were being persecuted, an experience they thought they were to be delivered from by the Lord’s return (MacArthur Study Bible. The Moody Bible Commentary. Ryrie Study Bible. The Bible Knowledge Commentary. Things To Come, J. Dwight Pentecost, Zondervan, 1958, pg 209. Basic Theology, Charles C. Ryrie, Moody Press, 1986, pg 565.).

2. The above paragraphs point to the importance of not only having a teaching of eschatology, but also having such a study that is thorough and correct in its details.

3. Eschatology is the study of what the Bible says is going to happen in the end times. (From, “Got Questions,” https://www.gotquestions.org/Eschatology.html).

II. NOW And NEXT Prophecies Explained.

A. NOW Prophecies deal with the most relative information for this present age. This is because they describe events that will likely find fulfillment during this generation’s existence. All unfilled biblical prophecy is important to understand, but of most value to any given group, past, present or future, is the information that was specifically provided through the ancient Hebrew prophecies for that generation’s benefit. The NOW Prophecies are the unfulfilled ancient biblical predictions that appear to be imminent, which means they could happen NOW. These prophecies have either minor or no remaining preconditions inhibiting them from happening.

B. In this article we will consider the unfulfilled prophecy of Zephaniah 2:11. We will discuss Spiritual Showdowns that are happening NOW!

C. The fulfillment of the spiritual prophecy of Zephaniah 2:11 is taking place now. The unfulfilled physical prophecy may continue into the tribulation.

III. Preview of Zephaniah’s Prophecy.

A. Key Scripture of Prophecy. Zephaniah 2:11 – New American Standard Bible – 630 B.C.

“The Lord will be terrifying to them, for He will starve all the gods of the earth; and all the coastlands of the nations will bow down to Him, everyone from his own place.”

B. Preview of Key Scripture (Zephaniah 2:11). Consider the account of “The NOW Prophecies.” 1

1. Prophecies are being made ready for the fulfillment of God’s plans for judgment of prophesied nations. The God of the Bible is currently challenging all of His god competitors to prove their worthiness of worship. Like in “Isaiah 46:9-10,” God is forcing the false gods to prove that they are the one and only true God! God is not constrained to prove Himself before the god impostors; rather, He is compelled to prevent people from perishing in these last days. It is His love that always drives His actions. 2. Click onto the link to see Isaiah 46:9-10. 712 B.C. “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me”… (continued in link).
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+46%3A9-10&version=NASB

2. Consider (From New American Standard Bible).

a. 1 John 4:8: “The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (90 A.D.)

b. John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” (30 A.D.)

IV. Consider Zephaniah’s Prophecy. A Spiritual Perspective.

A. Spiritual Showdowns Were Predicted to Happen. 3

1. Zephaniah the prophet foretold of the coming of these spiritual showdowns, per Zephaniah 2:11, “The Lord will be terrifying to them, for He will starve all the gods of the earth; and all the coastlands of the nations will bow down to Him, everyone from his own place.”

2. Zephaniah 2:11 introduces two prophecies. First, it declares that someday, the God (capital G), of the Bible, will eliminate all of the false gods (small g), presently worshipped within the world. Second, the one true God will rightfully receive His due praise throughout the entire earth. This global adoration takes place when Christ returns and rules over the earth in His millennial reign after the tribulation (Matt 24:29-31, Mk 13:24-27, Lk 21:29-31, 33 A.D.), which means that the removal of the false gods must take place sometime prior.

3. The Hebrew word used for “reduce to nothing” can be translated as, “famished, starved, emaciated, or made lean.” There are two primary ways through which the Lord can accomplish this spectacular achievement. One method is that He can “overrun” the pagan deities, and the other is that He can “overshadow” them. He appears to be utilizing both techniques.

4. To “overrun” is to decisively defeat and occupy the territory of an enemy. In this process, the competing god is overpowered, overthrown, and proven unfit for further worship.

5. To “overshadow” is to tower tall above an object, which results in the casting of a shadow over it. In this example, it is the ability of the greater God to prove His prominence and superiority over the stature of the lesser god. To “overshadow” does not require the overrunning of an idol, rather, it is accomplished by making the false god fail in a final choice comparison. It causes the devotee to question the object of his or her devotion. It deflects adulation away from the lying idol by alluring admiration to the obvious greater God.

6. As the Lord steps up His current campaign to overpower and overshadow all the false gods, followers of Hinduism, Buddhism, and other mostly passive religions will have to deal with major theological differences between Christianity and their respective religions. One by one, the pagan deities will succumb to the supremacy of the Lord, and when He upholds His holy name through the nation of Israel in Ezekiel 39:7, everyone dwelling upon the earth at that time will be forced to focus on His sovereign power. See Ezekiel 39:7, NASB, as follow”

“And I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel; and I will not allow My holy name to be profaned anymore. But the nations will know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.”

7. This article will demonstrate that the spiritual showdowns are currently underway. However, it is the fulfillment of Zephaniah 2:11 that officially commences the final elimination process of all of the false gods. Thus, it is important to understand the context and timing of Zephaniah 2:8-11. This prophecy appears to connect with the toppling of Jordan for its participation in the Psalm 83 prophecy. The primary god worshipped in Jordan that stands to be adversely affected is Allah.

8. Among the surplus of pagan deities, Scripture points out that two of the most prominent ones will be overrun. They are Allah and Satan. Allah appears to be represented in Zephaniah 2:9-11. In these verses, Zephaniah is dealing with the famishing of the god of the Jordanians, which are historically Moab and Ammon. Today, the primary god that is worshipped by most Jordanians is Allah.

9. Revelation 12:7-9 states that Michael, the Archangel, and his heavenly armies will win a war against Satan and his fallen angels. This defeat casts Satan and his cohorts down from heaven to the earth. This is followed a few years later by the prophecy of Revelation 20:1-2, which states that an angel eventually overpowers Satan and binds him in chains for 1,000 years in the bottomless pit. These predictions concerning Satan find fulfillment during the LAST prophecies; they are neither NOW, nor NEXT, events.

10. Ultimately, Allah will be overrun, but presently this pagan god is being overshadowed. The Lord is accomplishing amazing things in several Muslim countries, causing many to willingly forfeit their faith in Islam. Allah’s appeal is fading fast. Neither can he control the growing chaos within his religion, nor can he match up with the supernatural miracles, healings, visions and dreams being outsourced from the Lord. Christ is standing tall and casting His shadow over Allah, who is steadily shrinking small. Disillusioned Muslins are abandoning Allah and coming to saving faith in Christ in record numbers. This is taking place in Iran, Saudi Arabia, the Syrian refugee camps, and other oppressed places throughout the Muslin world.

V. Consider Zephaniah’s Prophecy. A Physical Perspective.

A. God’s Word speaks of His love and protection of Israel. (New American Standard Bible)

1. Genesis 12:3. “And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

2. Deuteronomy 14:2. “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for His personal possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”

3. Zechariah 12:8. “For the Lord of armies says this: “After glory He has sent me against the nations that plunder you, for the one who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.”

B. God’s Word speaks of His reaching out to all of the people the world.

1. John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.”

2. 2 Peter 3:9. “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not willing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance.”

C. God’s Word speaks of His Judgment on those who seek to draw people away from Him (Yahweh), who is the true God, and lead them, or force them, to worshiping false gods.

1. Verse. Zephaniah 2:11. “The Lord will be terrifying to them, for He will starve all the gods of the earth; and all the coastlands of the nations will bow down to Him, everyone from his own place.”

2. Commentary. “The Lord destroys the gods by destroying the nations that depend on these gods; these deities have no real existence apart from the people who serve them (1 Co 8:4-6). By revealing the unreal nature of these gods, He brings the nations to acknowledge Him as the one true God.” (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary – Abridged Edition: Old Testament)

D. Consider The Significance Of Yahweh. (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

1. Verse. Genesis 15:7. “He also said to him, “I am Yahweh who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess.”

2. Lexicon. 3068: the proper name of the God of Israel. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/genesis/15-7.htm

VI. Satanic Warfare Against Christians And Jews.

A. Spiritual warfare of Satan, through his allies, is present in the world, and relentless. Such attacks on God’s people comes through the unsaved people and agencies of all nations. Social media platforms, main stream media, government, academia, arts and entertainment, global and new world order types, and those described by the liberal main stream media as “the religious left,” are bold in their attacks on anyone who has says or writes anything that opposes same-sex marriage, abortion on demand, or the support of Israel. The United States has been blessed by God above all other nations, and has been used by God as a refuge for Jews and a protector of Israel. However, the same people and agencies (mentioned above) are actively trying to divide and break down America. Those, “whom have been born again and who know Christ as their Lord and Savior,” have the Presence of God’s Spirit dwelling within their spirit (John 14:16-26), prompting them to righteous living (John 16:7-11). Satan uses those, “who do not know Christ as Lord and Savior, who have not been born again, and do not have the indwelling Presence and influence of God’s Holy Spirit,” to further his un-Godly agenda of killing unborn babies, same-sex marriage, and attacking Israel (physically and verbally).

B. Scripture tells of the influence that Satan has over “Satan’s people.” Scripture also tells us how people can come out from under the power of Satan. Consider the following verses and comments from “God Questions.” (Holman Christian Standard Bible). Follow the conversation.

1. “The prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience.” Eph 2:1-2. ” And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you previously walked according to the ways of this world, according to the ruler who exercises authority over the lower heavens, the spirit now working in the disobedient.”

2. “Those whom have not trusted Christ as Lord and Savior.” 2 Cor 4:4. “In their case, the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

3. “The air in Eph 2:2 may refer to the invisible realm above the earth where Satan and his demons move and exist. Eph 6:12. “For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.”

4. “This evil realm, called the “air” could be an actual locality, but it could be an actual locality, and it could also be synonymous with the world.” John 12:31. “Now is the judgment of this world. Now the ruler of this world will be cast out.”

5. “Although Satan has power and authority in the current world system in which we exist, his power is limited, always under the sovereign control of God.” Job 1:12. “Very well,” the Lord told Satan, “everything he owns is in your power. However, you must not lay a hand on Job himself.” So Satan left the Lord’s presence.”

6. “Satan’s power and authority are temporary.” Rom 16:20. “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”

7. “God has made it clear that there is only one way to escape the power of Satan’s dominion, and that is through Christ.” Acts 26:18. “to open their eyes so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that by faith in Me they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share among those who are sanctified.” (Context is verses 14-18, where Christ is speaking to Paul.)

VII. Summary.

In prior articles in this “Road To Tribulation” series, we have seen God’s prophetic judgments on nations and people groups who have been hostile toward Israel, and continue in such hostility towards God’s chosen people. The truth of the Ammonites and Moabites (Zephaniah 2:8-11) coming under God’s justice is no less valid. The justice of God will occur, based on God’s timetable, and not on anything that would make it appear that God is implementing a reactive act of justice. Please understand that God’s justice is “JUST,” and will take place.

VIII. Israel In The News.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-troops-nab-gazan-infiltrator-who-was-carrying-grenades/

http://www.baptist.org.il/news/post/165/Youth-group-distribute-water-and-sweets-during-Ramadan

IX. Article References.

A. The sources of information that are noted in this article are worthy of being in anyone’s reference library, and should be considered for purchase.

B. Footnotes.

1. The NOW Prophecies, Bill Salus, 2016.
2. The NOW Prophecies, Bill Salus, pg 37.
3. The NOW Prophecies, Bill Salus, pg 38-41.

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Salvation In Christ . The Book Of John 1:15-18 . 26 A.D.

I. Opening Video. Click on the arrow; the video will play.

A. Hunger For Holiness | Music Videos | Carman. May 23, 2016. Carman Licciardello.

B. As you listen to Carman in the video, consider the Holiness of God. Consider the need that we have of seeking Him, and of drawing into worship of our Lord. The following passages of Scripture tell of such a relationship that is present between God and those who seek Him. (HCSB. You may have heard a song that is taken from #3.)

1. Psalm 63:1
God, You are my God; I eagerly seek You.
I thirst for You;
my body faints for You
in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water.

2. Isaiah 26:9
I long for You in the night;
yes, my spirit within me diligently seeks You,

3. Psalm 42:1-2
1. As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for You, God.
2. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I come and appear before God?

II. The Testimony Of John The Baptist Concerning Jesus. John 1:15-18.

A. Introduction.

1. Consider the words of Dr. John F. Walvoord. 1

2. The ministry of John the Baptist as a forerunner of Jesus was prophesied in Isaiah 40:3-5; Matthew calls attention to this (Matt 3:3; Isa 40:3). Luke quotes the whole passage of Isaiah 40:3-5 (Luke 3:4-6). John claimed that he was that prophet in connection with the baptism of Jesus (John 1:23). John had predicted, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me’ ” (v. 15). John traced grace and all the blessing of God through Jesus, stating, “From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth through Christ” (vv. 16-17). John, in effect, announced that a new dispensation would be brought in by Jesus in which grace and truth would be its central feature. These statements are compatible only with the concept that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the promised Messiah of Israel.

B. Scriptures. New American Standard Bible.

1. John 1:15-18.

2. 15 John *testified about Him and called out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who is coming after me has proved to be my superior, because He existed before me.’” 16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. 17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time; God the only Son, who is in the arms of the Father, He has explained Him.

C. Comments.

1. 1:15. He was before me: Jesus was born after John the Baptist (see Luke 1:36) and began His ministry later than John the Baptist. Yet, John the Baptist said Jesus was before him, meaning that Jesus’ existence is from eternity past (v. 30). (NKJV Study Bible)

2. 1:16. Most people take the words of v. 15 to be John the Baptist’s. Probably the words of vv. 16–18 are those of John the writer of this Gospel, although they too may be John the Baptist’s. Grace for grace means grace piled upon grace. The background of this doubled term, as well as the use of the term in v. 17, is found in Ex. 32–34. Moses and the people had received grace, but they were in tremendous need of more grace (Ex. 33:13). (NKJV Study Bible)

3. 1:17. Throughout the NT, grace is God’s favor expressed to sinful humankind apart from any human works or worth. Though there was abundant grace and truth expressed by God through the Law He gave Moses, it is in the person of Jesus Christ that grace and truth are realized to the fullest. (NKJV Study Bible)

4. 1:18. “No one has seen God at any time.” I.e., since God is Spirit (4:24), no man has ever seen God in His essence, His Spirit-being. Yet, He assumed visible form, which men saw in the OT times (Gen 32:30; Ex 24:9-10; Jud 13:22; Isa 6:1; Dan 7:9), and in Jesus men could see God (14:8-9). Christ gives life (v. 12); He reveals (vv. 14, 18); He gives grace and truth (vv. 16-17). (Ryrie Study Bible)

III. Summary.

A. Consider “Grace.”

B. Consider the comments of Drs. Scofield and Ryrie.

1. Grace is “the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man.. . not by works of righteousness which we have done” (Titus 3:4; Titus 3:5). It is, therefore, constantly set in contrast to law, under which God demands righteousness from man, as, under grace, he gives righteousness to man (Romans 3:21; Romans 3:22; Romans 8:4; Philippians 3:9). Law is connected with Moses and works; grace with Christ and faith (John 1:17; Romans 10:4-10). Law blesses the good; grace saves the bad (Exodus 19:5; Ephesians 2:1-9). Law demands that blessings be earned; grace is a free gift (Deuteronomy 28:1-6; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 4:4; Romans 4:5). 2

2. As a dispensation, grace begins with the death and resurrection of Christ (Romans 3:24-26, Romans 4:24; Romans 4:25). The point of testing is no longer legal obedience as the condition of salvation, but acceptance or rejection of Christ, with good works as a fruit of salvation, (John 1:12; John 1:13; John 3:36; Matthew 21:37; Matthew 22:24; John 15:22; John 15:25; Hebrews 1:2; 1 John 5:10-12). The immediate result of this testing was the rejection of Christ by the Jews, and His crucifixion by Jew and Gentile (Acts 4:27). 2

3. Grace has a twofold manifestation: in salvation (Romans 3:24) and in the walk and service of the saved (Romans 6:15). 2

4. The dispensation of Grace will end at the second coming of Christ since, as suggested, the tribulation period itself is not a separate dispensation but is the judgment on those living persons who are Christ rejecters at the end of this present dispensation. The Scripture involved is Acts 2:1 to Revelation 19:21. 3

IV. Sources Of Information. I will put this statement of sources of information on each of my articles.

A. Credential information for named individuals in this article can be found on my Theologians website Page.

B. The following sources of information provide great teaching ideas; I encourage everyone to purchase these materials. The following study Bibles are two of the ones that I most often consult, both of which are key to the study of eschatology.

1. Ryrie Study Bible.

2. Scofield Study Bible.

C. Everyone reads something that someone else has written. Therefore, it is important to choose authors whom have proven to be knowledgeable of the things that they have written, and who also have a high degree of acceptance from their peers. In addition to the sources of information that are noted in the above paragraph, there are many other theologians for whom I have great respect, and whose works I use for reference in the articles that I write. A list of such theologians, along with their credentials, can be found on this website’s Page of my sources of information. On that sources page you can also find linked information that tells of the ministry works of many of those trusted theologians.

D. Footnotes.

1. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy of the Bible, pg 403, Chariot Victor Publishing, 1990.

2. Scofield Study Bible, John 1:17 note.

3. Charles C. Ryrie, Dispensationalism, pg 64, Moody Publishers, 1966.

V. Closing Video.

A. Revelation Song/Holy, Holy, Holy – FBC Jacksonville, FL. videosofblessings. Mar 26, 2012.

B. Revelation Song (Worthy Is the Lamb Who Was Slain) and Holy, Holy, Holy. Performed by Daniel Crews with the choir and orchestra of First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL. (Pastors’ Conference 2012)

C. It is my prayer that as you watch this video, you will sense an experience of true praise and worship of God, (“Father, Son and Holy Spirit; John 14:8-21; 16:5-11), through a deep and intimate relationship with Him (John 17:3).

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Road To Tribulation 10 – Ezekiel 38-39 Invasion Of Israel!

I. Opening Video.

A. Nuclear Showdown in Iran – Bill Salus and Nathan Jones, October 26, 2020.

B. Prophecy Depot Ministries Bill Salus. Jan 3, 2021.

C. What is Iran’s future according to Bible prophecy? Find out with guest Bill Salus and Nathan Jones of the Lamb and Lion Ministries evangelism team as they provide their Prophetic Perspectives.

II. NOW And NEXT Prophecies Explained.

A. NOW Prophecies deal with the most relative information for this present age. This is because they describe events that will likely find fulfillment during this generation’s existence. All unfilled biblical prophecy is important to understand, but of most value to any given group, past, present or future, is the information that was specifically provided through the ancient Hebrew prophecies for that generation’s benefit. The NOW Prophecies are the unfulfilled ancient biblical predictions that appear to be imminent, which means they could happen NOW. These prophecies have either minor or no remaining preconditions inhibiting them from happening.

B. In this article we will consider the unfulfilled prophecy of the Ezekiel 38-39 war, where a coalition of nations attacks Israel. A background on the historical and political factors that have influenced worldly acceptance of the players are included in this article, and should not be a surprise to anyone.

C. The previous article (Road To Tribulation 9) discussed Ezekiel 38. This article will further the discussion of the events of Ezekiel 39.

III. The Ezekiel 38-39 War (The Invasion Of Israel).

A. Prophecy against Gog.

1. Ezekiel 38:1-39:24. In this section dealing with Israel’s blessing is the description of the deliverance of Israel from the invaders from the north in Ezekiel 38-39 led by Gog. 1.

2. The possibility of Russia attacking Israel is a modern concern of the United States and other nations. With both Russia and Red China constituting a major political bloc, the possibility of a future war between Russia and Israel becomes a possibility. 2

3. The word “Russia” never occurs in Scripture, but the description of this war connects these two important chapters of Ezekiel with the future outcome of Russia as a world power. If Ezekiel 38-39 is studied carefully, it reveals a future invasion of the land of Israel by the armies of Russia and five other nations. Though sometimes confused with the battle of Armageddon, which will be a world conflict before the second coming of Christ, this war will be distinct, both in its objectives, its character, and its outcome. According to Scripture the invaders will be totally destroyed which, undoubtedly, will have an effect on the world power struggle in which Russia is now a major factor. As this prophecy was written 2500 years ago, the question remains whether this has ever been fulfilled in the past. A search of history finds no such battle or outcome. 3

B. The identities of the players of the invasion of Israel.

1. Key Verses. Ezekiel 38:1-6 (587 B.C.) New American Standard Bible.

1 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 and say, ‘This is what the Lord God says: “Behold, I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. 4 So I will turn you around and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them magnificently dressed, a great contingent with shield and buckler, all of them wielding swords; 5 Persia, Cush, and Put with them, all of them with buckler and helmet; 6 Gomer with all its troops; Beth-togarmah from the remote parts of the north with all its troops—many peoples with you.

2. Commentary. Ezekiel 38:1-6.

a. Ezekiel 38:2. “Gog.” The derivation of the word is uncertain. It probably refers to the ruler of the people who live in Magog. “Magog” was identified by Josephus as the land of the Scythians, the region N and NE of the Black Sea and E of the Caspian Sea (now occupied by three members of the Commonwealth of Independent States: Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan). “Rosh.” The area of modern Iran. “Meshech and Tubal.” The area of modern Turkey. 7

b. Ezekiel 38:5-6. Other allies include “Persia” (modern Iran), “Ethiopia” (northern Sudan), “Put” (Libya), “Gomer”(probably the eastern part of Turkey and Ukraine), and “Beth-togarmah” (the part of Turkey near the Syrian border).” 7

c. Notice that none of the countries that will attack Israel in the Ezekiel 38-39 war are countries that physically border Israel. The countries that will attack Israel in the Psalm 83 war will be Israeli’s neighboring nations. The participants of each of the wars can be seen in the following link. Notice that the Psalm 83 confederates are Muslim. The Ezekiel 38-39 countries are not all Muslim countries.
https://prophecynewsstand.blogspot.com/2009/12/psalm-83-and-ezekiel-38-reference-maps.html

C. Prophecy against Gog: The destruction of Israel’s invaders.

1. Key Verses. Ezekiel 39:5-8 (587 B.C.) – New American Standard Bible

5 You will fall on the open field; for it is I who have spoken,” declares the Lord God. 6 “And I will send fire upon Magog and those who inhabit the coastlands in safety; and they will know that I am the Lord.
7 “And I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel; and I will not allow My holy name to be profaned anymore. But the nations will know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel. 8 Behold, it is coming and it shall be done,” declares the Lord God. “That is the day of which I have spoken.

2. Commentary. Ezekiel 39:5-8.

a. In repeating aspects of the prophecy of their destruction, God noted again that the invasion of the land was caused by God bringing them into the conflict, “I will turn you around and drag you along. I will bring you from the far north and send you against the mountains of Israel (vs 2). The geographic origination of the invasion was again said to be “the far north.” (vs 2). God further declared, “Then I will strike your bow from your left hand and make your arrows drop from your right hand” (vs 3). 4

b. Because of the various judgments of God mentioned earlier, God declared that the invading army will fall on the mountains of Israel (vs 4). God stated, “I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds and to the wild animals. You will fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Sovereign LORD.” (vs 4-5). From these Scriptures it is clear that the entire invading army will be wiped out. In addition to wiping out the army that will be invading Israel, a judgment of fire will also be inflicted on Magog and “those who live in safety in the coastlands” (vs 6), indicating that a special judgment will be visited also on the land from which the Russian army troops come. 5

3. Key Verses. Ezekiel 39:9-24 (587 B.C.) – New American Standard Bible
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ez+39%3A9-16&version=NASB

4. Commentary. Ezekiel 39:9-24.

a. At the end of the great battle, those who inhabit the cities of Israel will gather up the weapons and burn them, for a period of seven years (39:9). Seven months will be spent burying the dead (39:12). 6

b. The thousands of soldiers killed in the war will be buried in order to cleanse the land (vs 11-13). After the seven months there still will be other bodies located, and according to the prophecy some will be permanently employed to search out the dead and bury them (vs 11-14). 8

c. All the dead will be buried to cleanse the land. An unburied corpse was considered unclean (Deu 21:23), and burial was done as soon as possible after death. Though everyone participated in the burial of Gog’s army (vs 13), a full-time burial corps was employed (vs 14). Anyone who found a bone, skeleton, or any human remains placed a marker on it for the burial corps to find and bury in the valley of Hamon-Gog. 13

d. The gruesome task of the seven month burial (vs 11-13) would appear to have a very sobering influence spiritually. No doubt, it will prove to be one of the means of leading Israel, as well as the Gentiles, to repentance and faith in the Lord. 14

e. See last line of D. 2. b., below, for thought on the timing of the Ezekiel 38-39 invasion of Israel.

f. Immediately after the battle, before the burial takes place, God invites birds and wild animals to feast on the dead bodies. God pointed out how the dead will include riders, some of whom were important people, and also their horses (vs 17-20). 9

g. The judgment on the invaders was designed to display the power of God (vs 21). God had previously judged the people of Israel because of their unfaithfulness, and many of them died (vs 23-24). 10

D. The Restoration Of Israel.

1. Key Verses: Ezekiel 39:25-29 (587 B.C.) New American Standard Bible.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ez+39%3A25-29&version=NASB

2. Commentary. Ezekiel 39:25-29.

a. God here announced the restoration of Israel, as had been predicted in many passages in the Old Testament. This prediction of restoration was just as literal as the prediction of the battle, and both will take place. vs 25-26 below. 11

25 Therefore this is what the Lord God says: “Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob and have mercy on all the house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name. 26 They will forget their disgrace and all their treachery which they perpetrated against Me, when they live securely on their own land with no one to make them afraid.

b. God, having previously predicted His judgments on Israel, here made a point of how they will be gathered completely from the various lands from which they had been scattered. Now, God makes a specific and sweeping prediction, “When I have brought them back from the nations of their enemies, I will show Myself Holy through them in the sight of many nations. They they will know that I am the LORD their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind. I will no longer hide My face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit ON the House of Israel, declares the Sovereign LORD” (39:27-29). Not only will God restore Israel to the land, but He promised to gather all of them from their scattered position and bring them back to the land. This will occur in the opening period of the millennial kingdom. It will not be an option to the Children of Israel, but she will be commanded to come to her Promised Land. This is a sweeping dramatic prediction, and supports the doctrine of a glorious future for Israel in the Millennium. Early in Ezekiel 20:33-38, God had declared His purpose to regather Israel, but will purge out the rebels, or the unsaved, so that only righteous Israel will be allowed to possess her ancient land. An important point in biblical interpretation is to treat these prophecies in the literal sense, as are the other prophecies which have been fulfilled. If so, it requires a coming of Christ before the thousand-year reign of Christ, or the pre-millennial return of the Lord. vs 27-29 below. 12

27 When I bring them back from the peoples and gather them from the lands of their enemies, then I shall show Myself holy through them in the sight of the many nations. 28 Then they will know that I am the Lord their God because I made them go into exile among the nations, and then I gathered them again to their own land; and I will leave none of them there any longer. 29 I will not hide My face from them any longer, for I will have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,” declares the Lord God.

c. The timing of this Ezekiel 38-39 war will be discussed in a later article in detail.

IV. Summary.

A. The apostles Andrew and Philip took the message of Christ to the land of Russia. Other apostles took the Gospel to countries that bordered Russia. http://12tribehistory.com/where-did-the-disciples-go/

B. The key to understanding the attack of Russia on Israel is found in Ezekiel 38-39. Dr. C.I. Scofield provided great understanding on the Russia-Israel conflict through his studies.

1. Dr. Scofield went to Europe in the early years of the 20th century. From Scofield’s studies in Europe, the Scofield Study Bible of 1909 was published. Dr. David Reagan tells the story of some of the findings of Scofield’s studies. At the time of Scofield’s trip to Europe, Russia was an orthodox Christian nation, and there was no such state of Israel. Scofield made the following comment: “I don’t understand it! Russia is an Orthodox Christian nation, and there is no Israel. But, Scripture says that Russia will invade Israel; and, I believe it!” As the following link shows, many anti-Semites disagreed with Scofield’s findings, and were very vocal in their opposition to Israel possessing the land that God had given to them. Such opposition still comes from those without, and within, the church. https://proliberty.com/observer/20090507.htm

2. Biblical and historic truth shows that the apostles Andrew and Philip took the message of Christ to present-day Russia. Other apostles took the Gospel to countries that bordered present-day Russia. Dr. C.I. Scofield was correct in his discovery of the Russia-Israel connection. http://12tribehistory.com/where-did-the-disciples-go/ Others who came to the same understanding as C.I. Scofield, and have gone on to be with the Lord, include John Nelson Darby, Lewis Sperry Chafer, John Walvoord, Charles Ryrie, and J. Dwight Pentecost, and others. The study bibles that I most often consult are the Scofield and Ryrie Study Bibles, both of which explain the truth of God’s abiding love for Jews, and His promises for “Israel in the end times.”

3. Credential information for the individuals that are mentioned in the above paragraph (2.) can be found on this website’s Page of Theologians.

C. God’s Love For The Jews.

1. Genesis 15:18-21 (1913 B.C.) Christian Standard Bible – God’s Promise Of Land To Israel

18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “I give this land to your offspring, from the Brook of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates River: 19 the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20 Hethites, Perizzites, Rephaim, 21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites.”

2. Deuteronomy 14:2 (1451 B.C.) Christian Standard Bible – God’s Special Relationship With Israel

2 for you are a holy people belonging to the Lord your God. The Lord has chosen you to be his own possession out of all the peoples on the face of the earth.

3. Ezekiel 37:21-22 (587 B.C.) Christian Standard Bible – God Will Return Israel To Their Land

21 tell them, ‘This is what the Lord God says: I am going to take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them into their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel, and one king will rule over all of them. They will no longer be two nations and will no longer be divided into two kingdoms.

V. Israel In The News.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/man-with-knife-arrested-trying-to-enter-jewish-school-kosher-store-in-france/

http://www.baptist.org.il/?fbclid=IwAR2MXofJ3agL9r5k8Y6rMfLIBiLHtPFoBTzlUvzgUyojSSS-NcPX3q0y5Pk

VI. Article References. The individuals who are sources of information, that are mentioned in my articles, are listed by education and accomplishment on my Page of theologians. The source documents that are noted are worthy of being in anyone’s reference library, and should be considered for purchase.

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1. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of the Bible, pg 188
2. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 189
3. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 190
4. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 195
5. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 196
6. The Moody Bible Commentary, pg 1262
7. Ryrie Study Bible
8. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 196 (Ez 39:11-16)
9. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 197 (Ez 39:17-20)
10. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 197 (Ez 39:21-24)
11. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 197 (Ez 39:25-29)
12. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 198 (Ez 39:25-29)
13. New American Commentary, Ezekiel, pg 343
14. Liberty Bible Commentary

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Salvation In Christ – The Book Of John – 1:14 – 26 A.D.

I. Video.

A. Carman – I Feel Jesus (Live Performance). CarmanTvOfficialSite. Jun 5, 2012.

B. Carman was an amazing man of God, a most effective minister of the Gospel of Christ through his music, and throughout his total life. I trust that as we are digging deeper into God’s Holy Word, that we are gaining a greater insight into what Scripture says about Christ, our Lord and Savior. As Carman sings this song, “I Feel Jesus,” may we ask ourselves if we sense the Presence of Jesus in our lives, “anytime-every time, anywhere-everywhere, as we feel our head hitting the pillow at night, as we feel our head coming off of the pillow in the morning?” Do we seek Jesus? Are we contented with the relationship that we have with Christ?

C. Consider the Love Question that is found in John 21:15-17. Three times, Jesus speaks the words, “Peter, do you love me?” Consider voice inflection. If Jesus were to come to you, and ask you, “do you love me?” how do you think that His words would sound to you? In your response, how would your words sound to Jesus? Read the words of this John 21:15-17 passage, and consider such voice inflection.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+21%3A15-17&version=NASB

II. Preview.

There are many groups and individuals who deny the deity of Christ. John 1:14, though, provides proof of the deity of Christ. To help you with your own study of the deity of Christ, I have provided the John 1:14 scripture, as well as Greek Lexicon information, both of which are provided by Bible Hub, https://biblehub.com/ In the Summary of this article, scriptures come from Bible Gateway https://www.biblegateway.com/

III. Scripture Text. John 1:14 (26 A.D.)

John 1:14
New American Standard Bible 1977
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

IV. Scripture Comments. (Ryrie Study Bible)

A. “the Word became flesh.” Jesus Christ was unique, for He was God from all eternity and yet joined Himself to sinful humanity in the Incarnation. The God-man possessed all the attributes of deity (Phil 2:6) and the attributes common to humanity (apart from sin), and He will exist forever as the God-man in His resurrected body (Acts 1:11; Rev 5:6). Only the God-man could be an adequate Savior; for He must be human in order to be able to suffer and die, and He must be God to make that death effective as a payment for sin. The use of the word “flesh” contradicts the Gnostic teaching that pure deity could not be united with flesh, which was regarded as entirely evil.

B. “glory.” In the OT, glory expressed the splendor of divine manifestation and attested the divine presence. Here, it means the visible manifestation of God in Christ.

C. “the only begotten.” Used here (and in John 1:18; 3:16, 18) of Christ, meaning the unique Son in a way totally different from any other who believes and is born as a child of God, simply because He is equal with God. Also used of the widow of Nain’s only son (Luke 7:12), Jairus’s only daughter (Luke 8:42), and Isaac, Abraham’s unique son (Hebrews 11:17).

V. Greek Lexicon, and related data, from Bible Hub. John 1:14.

A. NASB: “And the Word.” Greek: logos. Strong’s: 3056: a word (as embodying an idea), a statement, a speech. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/john/1-14.htm

1. 3056. logos. https://biblehub.com/greek/3056.htm

2. Strong’s Concordance
logos: a word (as embodying an idea), a statement, a speech
Phonetic Spelling: (log’-os)
Definition: a word (as embodying an idea), a statement, a speech
Usage: a word, speech, divine utterance, analogy.

3. HELPS Word-studies
3056 lógos (from 3004 /légō, “speaking to a conclusion”) – a word, being the expression of a thought; a saying. 3056 /lógos (“word”) is preeminently used of Christ (Jn 1:1), expressing the thoughts of the Father through the Spirit.
[3056 (lógos) is a common term (used 330 times in the NT) with regards to a person sharing a message (discourse, “communication-speech”). 3056 (lógos) is a broad term meaning “reasoning expressed by words.”]

B. NASB: “became.” Greek: egeneto. Strong’s: 1096: to come into being, to happen, to become. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/john/1-14.htm

1. 1096. ginomai. https://biblehub.com/greek/1096.htm

2. Strong’s Concordance
ginomai: to come into being, to happen, to become
Phonetic Spelling: (ghin’-om-ahee)
Definition: to come into being, to happen, to become
Usage: I come into being, am born, become, come about, happen.

3. HELPS Word-studies
1096 gínomai – properly, to emerge, become, transitioning from one point (realm, condition) to another. 1096 (gínomai) fundamentally means “become” (becoming, became) so it is not an exact equivalent to the ordinary equative verb “to be” (is, was, will be) as with 1510 /eimí (1511 /eínai, 2258 /ēn).
1096 (ginomai) means “to become, and signifies a change of condition, state or place” (Vine, Unger, White, NT, 109).
M. Vincent, “1096 (gínomai) means to come into being/manifestation implying motion, movement, or growth” (at 2 Pet 1:4). Thus it is used for God’s actions as emerging from eternity and becoming (showing themselves) in time (physical space).

C. NASB: “flesh.” Greek: sarx. Strong’s: 4561: flesh. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/john/1-14.htm

1. 4561. sarx. https://biblehub.com/greek/4561.htm

2. Strong’s Concordance
sarx: flesh
Phonetic Spelling: (sarx)
Definition: flesh
Usage: flesh, body, human nature, materiality; kindred.

3. HELPS Word-studies
4561 sárksproperly, flesh (“carnal”), merely of human origin or empowerment.
[4561 /sárks (“flesh”) is not always evil in Scripture. Indeed, it is used positively in relation to sexual intercourse in marriage (Eph 5:31) – as well as for the sinless human body of Jesus (Jn 1:14; 1 Jn 4:2,3). Indeed, flesh (what is physical) is necessary for the body to live out the faith the Lord works in (Gal 2:20).]
4561 (sarks) is generally negative, referring to making decisions (actions) according to self – i.e. done apart from faith (independent from God’s inworking). Thus what is “of the flesh (carnal)” is by definition displeasing to the Lord – even things that seem “respectable!” In short, flesh generally relates to unaided human effort, i.e. decisions (actions) that originate from self or are empowered by self. This is carnal (“of the flesh”) and proceeds out of the untouched (unchanged) part of us – i.e. what is not transformed by God.

D. NASB: “and dwelt.” Greek: eskēnōsen. Strong’s: 4637: to have one’s tent, dwell. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/john/1-14.htm

1. 4637. skénoó. https://biblehub.com/greek/4637.htm

2. Strong’s Concordance
skénoó: to have one’s tent, dwell
Phonetic Spelling: (skay-no’-o)
Definition: to have one’s tent, dwell
Usage: I dwell as in a tent, encamp, have my tabernacle.

3. HELPS Word-studies
Cognate: 4637 skēnóō – properly, to pitch or live in a tent, “denoting much more than the mere general notion of dwelling” (M. Vincent). For the Christian, 4637 (skēnóō) is dwelling in intimate communion with the resurrected Christ – even as He who Himself lived in unbroken communion with the Father during the days of His flesh (Jn 1:14). See 4638 (skēnōma).

E. NASB: “among.” Greek: en. Strong’s: 1722: in, on, at, by, with. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/john/1-14.htm

1. 1722. en. https://biblehub.com/greek/1722.htm

2. Strong’s Concordance
en: in, on, at, by, with
Phonetic Spelling: (en)
Definition: in, on, at, by, with
Usage: in, on, among.

3. HELPS Word-studies
1722 en (a preposition) – properly, in (inside, within); (figuratively) “in the realm (sphere) of,” as in the condition (state) in which something operates from the inside (within).

F. NASB: “us, and we saw.” Greek: etheasametha. Strong’s: 2300: to behold, look upon. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/john/1-14.htm

1. 2300. theaomai. https://biblehub.com/greek/2300.htm

2. Strong’s Concordance
theaomai: to behold, look upon
Phonetic Spelling: (theh-ah’-om-ahee)
Definition: to behold, look upon
Usage: I see, behold, contemplate, look upon, view; I see, visit.

3. HELPS Word-studies
2300 theáomai (from tháomai, “to gaze at a spectacle”) – properly, gaze on (contemplate) as a spectator; to observe intently, especially to interpret something (grasp its significance); to see (concentrate on) so as to significantly impact (influence) the viewer.
[2300 (theáomai) is the root of 2302 /théatron (“spectacle in a theatre”), the root of the English term, “theatre.”]

G. NASB: “His glory. Glory.” Greek: doxan. Strong’s: 1391: opinion (always good in N.T.), hence praise, honor, glory. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/john/1-14.htm

1. 1391. doxa. https://biblehub.com/greek/1391.htm

2. Strong’s Concordance
doxa: opinion (always good in N.T.), hence praise, honor, glory
Phonetic Spelling: (dox’-ah)
Definition: opinion (always good in NT), praise, honor, glory
Usage: honor, renown; glory, an especially divine quality, the unspoken manifestation of God, splendor.

3. HELPS Word-studies
1391 dóksa (from dokeō, “exercising personal opinion which determines value”) – glory. 1391 /dóksa (“glory”) corresponds to the OT word, kabo (OT 3519, “to be heavy”). Both terms convey God’s infinite, intrinsic worth (substance, essence).
[1391 (dóksa) literally means “what evokes good opinion, i.e. that something has inherent, intrinsic worth” (J. Thayer).]

H. NASB: “as of the only begotten.” Greek: monogenous. Strong’s: 3439: only begotten. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/john/1-14.htm

1. 3439. monogenés. https://biblehub.com/greek/3439.htm

2. Strong’s Concordance
monogenés: only begotten
Phonetic Spelling: (mon-og-en-ace’)
Definition: only begotten
Usage: only, only-begotten; unique.

3. HELPS Word-studies
3439 monogenḗs (from 3411 /misthōtós, “one-and-only” and 1085 /génos, “offspring, stock”) – properly, one-and-only; “one of a kind” – literally, “one (monos) of a class, genos” (the only of its kind).

I. NASB: “from the Father.” Greek: patros. Strong’s: 3962: a father. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/john/1-14.htm

1. 3962. patér. https://biblehub.com/greek/3962.htm

2. Strong’s Concordance
patér: a father
Phonetic Spelling: (pat-ayr’)
Definition: a father
Usage: father, (Heavenly) Father, ancestor, elder, senior.

3. HELPS Word-studies
3962 patḗr – father; one who imparts life and is committed to it; a progenitor, bringing into being to pass on the potential for likeness.
3962 /patḗr (“father”) is used of our heavenly Father. He imparts life, from physical birth to the gift of eternal life through the second birth (regeneration, being born again). Through ongoing sanctification, the believer more and more resembles their heavenly Father – i.e. each time they receive faith from Him and obey it, which results in their unique glorification.
[3962 /patḗr (“father”) refers to a begetter, originator, progenitor – one in “intimate connection and relationship” (Gesenius). Just as in the NT, the OT never speaks of universal fatherhood of God toward men (see. G. B. Steven’s concession, The Theology of the New Testament, p 70; see p 68) (TWOT 1, 6).
For more on the Fatherhood of God see: Bruce, F. F., NIDNTT 2. 655-656; Burton, E. de W., The Epistle to the Galatians (Edinburgh: Clark 1921) 384-392; Jeremias, J., The Prayers of Jesus (ET) (London: SCM, 1967) 11-65.]

J. NASB: “full.” Greek: plērēs. Strong’s: 4134: full. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/john/1-14.htm

1. 4134. plérés. https://biblehub.com/greek/4134.htm

2. Strong’s Concordance
plérés: full
Phonetic Spelling: (play’-race)
Definition: full
Usage: full, abounding in, complete, completely occupied with.

3. HELPS Word-studies
Cognate: 4134 plḗrēs (an adjective) – full; used of being full of the presence of the Lord (His provisions) which is the definition of a full life. See 4130 (plēthō). Being “full” (4134 /plḗrēs) brings God’s wisdom, grace and power (Ac 6:3,8).

K. NASB: “of grace.” Greek: charitos. Strong’s: 5485: grace, kindness. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/john/1-14.htm

1. 5485. charis. https://biblehub.com/greek/5485.htm

2. Strong’s Concordance
charis: grace, kindness
Phonetic Spelling: (khar’-ece)
Definition: grace, kindness
Usage: (a) grace, as a gift or blessing brought to man by Jesus Christ, (b) favor, (c) gratitude, thanks, (d) a favor, kindness.

3. HELPS Word-studies
Cognate: 5485 xáris (another feminine noun from xar-, “favor, disposed to, inclined, favorable towards, leaning towards to share benefit”) – properly, grace. 5485 (xáris) is preeminently used of the Lord’s favor – freely extended to give Himself away to people (because He is “always leaning toward them”).
5485 /xáris (“grace”) answers directly to the Hebrew (OT) term 2580 /Kaná (“grace, extension-toward”). Both refer to God freely extending Himself (His favor, grace), reaching (inclining) to people because He is disposed to bless (be near) them.
[5485 (xáris) is sometimes rendered “thanks” but the core-idea is “favor, grace” (“extension towards”).]

L. NASB: “and truth.” Greek: alētheias. Strong’s: 225: truth. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/john/1-14.htm

1. 225. alétheia. https://biblehub.com/greek/225.htm

2. Strong’s Concordance
alétheia: truth
Phonetic Spelling: (al-ay’-thi-a)
Definition: truth
Usage: truth, but not merely truth as spoken; truth of idea, reality, sincerity, truth in the moral sphere, divine truth revealed to man, straightforwardness.

3. HELPS Word-studies
225 alḗtheia (from 227 /alēthḗs, “true to fact”) – properly, truth (true to fact), reality.
[In ancient Greek culture, 225 (alḗtheia) was synonymous for “reality” as the opposite of illusion, i.e. fact.]

VI. Summary.

A. The information that is contained in this one verse of scripture can be discussed, without an ending to the discussion. Therefore, I will add some thoughts of summary that I think can be useful in the world of disbelief in Christ, as being, “God,” and in particular of Christ being, “God with us” [Isa 7:14 (742 B.C.); Mt 1:23 (5-4 B.C.)].

B. Old Testament Prophetic Scriptures Told Of The Coming Of Christ. (Jews For Jesus)

https://jewsforjesus.org/answers/top-40-most-helpful-messianic-prophecies/

1. The Messiah would be born of a virgin
Hebrew Scriptures reference: Isaiah 7:14
New Testament citations: Matthew 1:22–23, Luke 1:31–35

2. The Messiah would come according to a timetable
Hebrew Scriptures reference: Daniel 9:24–27
New Testament citations: Matthew 24:15-16, Mark 13:14-15, Galatians 4:4

3. The Messiah would be preceded by Elijah the prophet
Hebrew Scriptures reference: Malachi 4:5–6 [Hebrew Bible, verses 3:23–24]
New Testament citations: Matthew 11:14–15, Matthew 16:14, Matthew 17:9–13, Mark 6:14–16, Mark 9:11–13, Luke 1:16–17, John 1:21

a. He [John the Baptist] will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” (Luke 1:16–17)

b. Luke here is explicit that John came “in the spirit and power of Elijah”– he is not a reappearance of the actual, literal prophet. Alluding to Malachi 4:5–6 (Hebrew, 3:23–24), he shows that John began to effect reconciliation (through his baptism of repentance) and in that way prepared the people for the coming of Jesus. This explains why in John’s gospel, John the Baptist denies being Elijah.

4. The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem
Hebrew Scriptures reference: Micah 5:2 [Hebrew Bible verse 1]
New Testament citations: Matthew 2:1–6, John 7:40–43

5. The Messiah would be a descendant of David
Hebrew Scriptures reference: 2 Samuel 7:12–16
New Testament citations: Matthew 1:1, Luke 1:32-33, Acts 15:15-16, Hebrews 1:5

6. The Messiah would be the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace
Hebrew Scriptures reference: Isaiah 9:6–7 [Hebrew Bible 9:5-6]
New Testament citations: Luke 1:32-33, Luke 1:79, John 14:27, Acts 10:36, Romans 9:5, Philippians 4:7, Colossians 2:3, 2 Thessalonians 3:3

7. The Messiah would be the seed of the woman
Hebrew Scriptures reference: Genesis 3:15
New Testament citations: Romans 16:20, Galatians 4:4, Hebrews 2:14; Revelation 12:9, 17

8. The Messiah would be called a Nazarene
Hebrew Scriptures reference: Isaiah 11:1, Isaiah 53:3
New Testament citations: Matthew 2:23

C. Consider the following verses that identify Christ as being God.
Christ has always been, “and has always been God.” Lk 1:47. John 1:1, 5:18. Tit 2:13. Heb 13:8.
The world was created by Christ. John 1:3, 10. Col 1:16. 1 Cor 8:6. Heb 1:2
Christ takes away the sin of the world. John 1:29. 1 John 1:9. Eph 1:7. Col 3:13. Mk 2:10. Mt 9:2-8.
Christ and the Father are one. John 10:30; 14:7, 9, 11.

D. Consider thoughts of key theologians in regard to John 1:14.

1. John is saying that Jesus, who was born in Bethlehem, who was known as Jesus of Nazareth, always was, is, and ever shall be God. (Vine’s Expository Bible Notes)

2. Made flesh indicates the incarnation of God the Son. The use of flesh contradicts the Gnostic heresy that God could not be united with human flesh, which was seen as evil. Dwelt among us: John uses the word for “tabernacled,” here translated “dwelt.” The Old Testament tabernacle was where God dwelt among the Jews in the wilderness. In this context, God is dwelling in the person of Jesus Christ. We beheld his glory: Perhaps John refers to the shekinah glory which appeared in the tabernacle of the Old Testament. The expression signifies the visible manifestation of God. John later uses glory to refer to Jesus’ life (2:11), death, and resurrection (12:23). (KJV Study Bible)

3. The Word became flesh. God became human. Jesus took on flesh (“incarnation”) without ceasing to be God (see Phil 2:6–7). The mere formulation scarcely does justice to this most staggering of assertions. made his dwelling. Pitched his tabernacle; lived in his tent. This recalls Israel’s “tabernacle” in which God dwelled among his people in the wilderness (Exod 25:8–9; 40:34–35). Now God dwells among his people in a more personal way: in the Word become flesh. See “Temple.” We have seen his glory. This verse alludes to Exod 33:12—34:28, where God’s glory is supremely his goodness (Exod 33:18–19). John and others with eyes of faith saw Jesus display his glory on earth (2:11; Luke 9:32). See “The Glory of God.” one and only Son. See “Sonship.” full of grace and truth. Describes Jesus’ “glory” and parallels “love and faithfulness” in Exod 34:6 (also in Ps 26:3; Prov 16:6), which describes the nature of the goodness that is God’s glory. “Love” (Hebrew ḥesed) refers to a gracious covenant love (see “Love and Grace”), and “faithfulness” (Hebrew ʾĕmet), when referring to words, means faithful words, truth. The glory that Moses saw in Exod 33:12—34:28 is the same glory that John saw in the Word made flesh. (NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible)

4. the Word became flesh. While Christ as God was uncreated and eternal (see notes on v. 1), the word “became” emphasizes Christ’s taking on humanity (cf. Heb. 1:1–3; 2:14–18). This reality is surely the most profound ever because it indicates that the Infinite became finite; the Eternal was conformed to time; the Invisible became visible; the supernatural One reduced Himself to the natural. In the incarnation, however, the Word did not cease to be God but became God in human flesh, i.e., undiminished deity in human form as a man (1 Tim. 3:16). (MacArthur Study Bible)

VII. Let’s consider Life, as it is discussed in the following news articles.

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Congressman Jerry Nadler: “God’s Will is No Concern of This Congress”

VIII. Sources Of Information. I will put this statement of sources of information on each of my articles.

A. Credential information for named individuals in this article can be found on my Theologians website Page.

B. The following sources of information provide great teaching ideas; I encourage everyone to purchase these materials. The following study Bibles are two of the ones that I most often consult, both of which are key to the study of eschatology.

1. Ryrie Study Bible.

2. Scofield Study Bible.

C. Everyone reads something that someone else has written. Therefore, it is important to choose authors whom have proven to be knowledgeable of the things that they have written, and who also have a high degree of acceptance from their peers. In addition to the sources of information that are noted in the above paragraph, there are many other theologians for whom I have great respect, and whose works I use for reference in the articles that I write. A list of such theologians, along with their credentials, can be found on this website’s Page of my sources of information. On that sources page you can also find linked information that tells of ministry works of many of those trusted theologians.

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Road To Tribulation 9 – The Gap Between The NOW And NEXT Prophecies.

I. Opening Video.

A. Israel’s Role in the End Times. The 700 Club. Nov 17, 2017.

B. Jonathan Bernis is founding Rabbi of Congregation Shema Yisrael in Rochester, New York, where he served as Senior Messianic Rabbi from 1984 to 1993; you can read more about him by clicking onto the following link.
https://www.jewishvoice.org/about/jonathan-bernis

II. The Gap Overview.

A. From the creation of the State of Israel (1948), until today’s date (2021), is a period of almost 73 years. It is important for us to now consider which events will take place between now and the events of Ezekiel 38.

B. Prophecy Against Gog. 1

1. Ezekiel 38:1-39:24. Included in this passage dealing with Israel’s blessing is the description of the deliverance of Israel from the invaders from the north in Ezekiel 38-39, which is led by Gog.

2. The prophecy against Gog is one of the most dramatic predictions of Ezekiel. The passage predicted an invasion of Israel by a great army that will attack Israel from the north.

III. NOW And NEXT Prophecies Explained. 2

A. NOW Prophecies deal with the most relative information for this present age. This is because they describe events that will likely find fulfillment during this generation’s existence. All unfilled biblical prophecy is important to understand, but of most value to any given group, past, present or future, is the information that was specifically provided through the ancient Hebrew prophecies for that generation’s benefit. The NOW Prophecies are the unfulfilled ancient biblical predictions that appear to be imminent, which means they could happen NOW. These prophecies have either minor or no remaining preconditions inhibiting them from happening. 2

B. In this article we will consider the unfulfilled prophecies that will help us to consider the things that will happen on Earth between the time of this NOW writing and the events that will take place during the time of the NEXT prophecies.

IV. What Is In The Gap Between The NOW and NEXT Prophecies? 3

A. As important as the NEXT prophecies described in Ezekiel 38-39 are, they do not appear ready to happen now. There exists a gap between now and then. The following section explains how this conclusion can be drawn.

B. Ezekiel 38:7-13 lists several prerequisites that must exist inside of Israel before the Magog invasion can occur. Israel must be a reestablished nation in the latter years, which is the case today. However, the country needs to be inhabited by a peaceful Jewish people that dwell securely without walls, bars or gates. Additionally, Israel must possess a sufficient surplus of spoils, because that is what the Magog coalition comes after. [587 B.C., https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+38%3A7-13&version=CSB%5D

1. If this prophecy is to be interpreted literally, it is safe to say that Israel is not dwelling without walls. In fact, the Middle East is the most “fenced in” and fortified region in the world, and Israel is arguably the most “walled in” country in the Mideast.

2. Some contend that Israel is dwelling securely today. They generally define the security described in Ezek 38:8, 11 and 14, as a relative confidence in the ability of the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) to defend the Jewish nation. Although I agree that the IDF can defend Israel today, I thoroughly disagree with this interpretation. Ezekiel’s intended usage of the Hebrew words for “dwelling securely,” deals with a security that is achieved through military conquests over Israel’s surrounding Arab enemies; we discover this ten chapters earlier in Ezek 28:24-26 [587 B.C., https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+28%3A24-26&version=CSB%5D.

3. The pertinent question for today is: “Does Israel have enemies surrounding them that despise them?” The answer to that question is definitely YES! They all happened to be enlisted in the ancient prophecy of Psalm 83. They comprise an inner circle of Arab states and terrorist populations within those states, that share common borders with Israel. (See my article, Road To Tribulation 5, https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2021/01/31/road-to-tribulation-5-the-psalm-83-war/)

4. Due to the existence of these unsatisfied prerequisite conditions spelled out in Ezek 38:7-13, the Ezek 38-39 predictions are appropriately classified as NEXT, but not NOW, prophecies. This presumably precludes that at least Psalm 83, the concluding Arab-Israeli war, needs to happen before Israel can dwell securely and remove the walls that protect it from its surrounding enemies.

5. Between now and the NEXT prophecies of Ezek 38, we can insert Psalm 83 as a stage setter for the Ezekiel events. Psalm 83 can happen at any time. The only minor conditions standing between now and Psalm 83 are two paper-thin peace treaties between Israel and Jordan, and Israel and Egypt. Egypt, probably, and Jordan, certainly, are participants in Psalm 83.

V. Which Prophecies fill the gap between NOW and the Magog invasion? 4

A. Psalm 83 is among the NOW prophecies that happen between now and the time that the Lord upholds His Holy Name in the Magog event. However, there are several other Biblical predictions that could possibly happen before Ezekiel 38-39. This is a sobering potential reality if you consider the likelihood that Ezekiel 38 could happen within the next decade or so. I’m not predicting the timing of Ezekiel 38, but many of today’s top scholars believe that the stage is set for Ezekiel 38 to happen very soon.

B. Although the Bible doesn’t give us a specific date for the commencement point of Ezekiel 38-39, we are concurrently over six decades closer than we were in 1948 when Israel was rebirthed as the Jewish state. The question is: “are we looking at another sixty or more years until the Magog Invasion?” My answer to that question is, “I don’t think so!”

C. The NOW prophecies previously identified should all find fulfillment before the Lord upholds His Holy Name through Israel. The possible exception would be the vanishing of Christians, i.e., the Rapture of the Church
(1 Thess. 4:16-17). The timing of the Rapture could be before, during, or after the Ezekiel 38-39 prophecies find fulfillment.

D. Prophecy will be fulfilled, based on the written words of Jewish Biblical prophets, e.g., Isa 1:1; Jere 1:1-2; Ezek 1:3. The prophecies came from God to the Jewish prophets, who in turn gave them to the Jewish people, which related to “prophetic events” that dealt with the Jews. Let me rephrase that statement. God spoke to Jewish Prophets about Jewish matters, which in turn, were told to Jewish people. Such prophecies could have dealt with the time that each prophecy was given, until the end of times. The prophecies related to Jews, but also could have had a collateral effect on other nations, such as in the case of the Psalm 83 War, the Destruction of Damascus, and the Ezekiel 38-39 War.

E. The Rapture will occur based on the words of Romans 11:25 (60 A.D.).

1. Verse. Romans 11:25.

New American Standard Bible 1995
25 For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in;

2. Commentary. Romans 11:25.

a. The fulness of the Gentiles refers to the time when the last Gentile will have been saved and the church will be removed from the earth by the Rapture. It is distinct from the Time of the Gentiles (Luke 21:24), which refers to the period of time from the Babylonian captivity (587 B.C.) to the rapture of the church. 5

b. Notice that the Rapture of the church is not based on Old Testament Prophecy.

c. “Mystery.” The definition of a scriptural mystery is something unknown in times past, but revealed in the NT. 6.

3. The rapture and the church were mysteries until the Apostle Paul revealed those truths:

a. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 (59 A.D.). Mystery of the Rapture.
New American Standard Bible 1995.
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

b. Ephesians 5:32 (64 A.D.). Mystery of the Church.
New American Standard Bible 1995.
32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.

VI. Israel In The News.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-post-wwii-nuremberg-and-new-york-purims-future-once-hung-in-the-balance/

VII. Article References. The individuals who are sources of information, that are mentioned in my articles, are listed by education and accomplishment on my Page of theologians. The source documents that are noted are worthy of being in anyone’s reference library, and should be considered for purchase. Please note that the footnotes for Bill Salus show the fruit of the years of dedication that Mr. Salus has poured into his study of Biblical prophecy.

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1. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of the Bible, pg 188
2. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 9
3. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 23-25
4. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 25
5. KJV Study Bible Notes
6. Ryrie Study Bible, note on Romans 16:25

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Wisconsin: 28-Year-Old Healthcare Worker Has Aneurysm – Brain Dead 5 Days After Taking Second Experimental Pfizer Jab

Wisconsin: 28-Year-Old Healthcare Worker Has Aneurysm – Brain Dead 5 Days After Taking Second Experimental Pfizer Jab

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Wisconsin: 28-Year-Old Healthcare Worker Has Aneurysm – Brain Dead 5 Days After Taking Second Experimental Pfizer Jab
Tim Brown / February 25, 2021

As I spoke about on Thursday morning’s The Sons of Liberty morning show, a young, 28-year-old female healthcare worker from Wisconsin suffered an aneurysm following her second dose of the experimental COVID injection produced by Pfizer, the same people that are producing millions of doses of this chemical poison while telling you they see “no serious safety concerns.” She died on February 17, 2021.

The young woman’s name is Sara Strickles.

MADISON, Wis. (WTVO) — COVID-19 restrictions are keeping a Rockford family from visiting their loved one in a Madison hospital. Instead, they have to pick up the phone and hope she can hear them on the other end.

We caught up with the family who tell us it’s been a heartbreaking week, to say the least.

The Stickles family is now left to picking up their devices to be able to see their sister, Sara, for just a few minutes. They say that all they wish they could do is to be able to hold Sara’s hand.

Sara has a condition called arteriovenous malformation. That’s when a group of blood vessels are abnormally interconnected with one another. Over a week ago, the AVM ruptured.

“Because of the AVM rupture, the aneurysm ruptured and she had a stroke in her brain stem at the same time,” explained Sara’s sister, Jamie Stickles.

She is now in a coma. Sara’s twin sister Kara says she wishes she could hold her hand, but she can’t due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“It’s hard for nobody to be able to just touch her, feel her, feel our presence,” Kara said. “And this is how we have to see our sister now..that.”

That followed Strickles second jab.

Now, she’s dead.

According to her obituary:

Sara Ann Stickles, 28, of Loves Park, passed away after suffering from a brain aneurysm on Wednesday, February 17, 2021. She was born on December 29, 1992 in Rockford to Ezra Stickles and Darla Petit. Sara enjoyed basketball, traveling, reality T.V. and attending concerts. She especially enjoyed country music. Sara had a passion for helping others and was always there for everyone. She loved spending time with her friends and family and her son, Zachary John Gowman Jr. “BZ” was most important to her.

The COVID Blog informs:

BELOIT, WISCONSIN — Sara Stickles shared a Facebook post on February 6 talking about reverse karma.

The young healthcare worker’s life was essentially extinguished the very next day.

Ms. Stickles received the second dose of the Pfizer mRNA shot on or around February 2, according to a family Facebook post. She immediately broke out in rashes. Ms. Stickles had severe headaches five days later, Sunday, February 7. Soon thereafter, she started crying and said “something isn’t right. Just hold me” She lost the ability to speak, her eyes crossed and glazed over, before she lost consciousness, according to a Facebook post by Jacqueline F. Gifford.

She was taken to SwedishAmerican Hospital, just over the state line from Beloit. The initial diagnosis was a ruptured brain aneurysm. She was then airlifted to the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison the next day, according to her uncle, George Allen Petit. Doctors performed a cerebral angiography through her groin all the way up to her brain. Subarachnoid hemorrhage was also mentioned as the possible issue.

Kara Stickles, Sara’s twin sister, posted an update on February 10. Sara “has no brain activity,” she said. Doctors called the family and summoned them to the hospital to say their goodbyes. She died yesterday.

Sara Stickles in the hospital.

Ms. Stickles leaves behind a young son. Her family has established a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses.