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Revelation Chapter Five – “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book…”

Revelation 5

(The Things Which Shall Be Hereafter…cont’d.)

A. The Proclamation:  John sees an event, which causes despair to flood his soul. The crisis of the seven-sealed book is about to begin.

“And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?” (5:1, 2).  This is more of a declaration or proclamation than a question.  It is very similar to the question often posed in our wedding ceremonies, “Who gives this bride away to be lawfully wedded?”

God the Father holds here in His hand a scroll which is rolled tightly and sealed closely with seven seals. Stauffer is the one who calls our attention to the fact that the Roman law required that a will be sealed seven times, as illustrated in the wills left by Augustus and Vespasian. While it is interesting that this method was used, we know that in the Book of Revelation the number seven is not just an accidental number and that it wasn’t used only because they used it in the Roman Empire. (J.V. McGee)

In Zechariah we read: “Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and     behold a flying roll.  And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof is ten cubits.  Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it” (Zech. 5:1–3).

This flying roll is the same thing as the scroll here in Revelation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ten Shekels and a Shirt – Paris Reidhead

One of the best messages I have ever heard or read.  It can be freely distributed as long as it is not altered.

Introduction

And today I would like to speak to you from the theme “Ten Shekels and a Shirt,” as we find it here in Judges Chapter 17. I’ll read the chapter and then I will read a portion also from the 18th to the 19th chapter so that the background might be clear in our minds. “And there was a man of mount Ephraim whose name was Micah.” A little background if you please. There was a situation where the Amorites refused to allow the people of the tribe of Dan any access to Jerusalem and they crowded them up into mount Ephraim. It is a sad thing when the people of God allow the world to crowd them into an awkward position. So the people of Dan were unable to get to Jerusalem. Out of this comes the problems that we are about to see.

JUDGES 17:1-13 (KJV)
And there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah. And he said unto his mother, “The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from thee, about which thou cursedst, and spakest of also in mine ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it.” And his mother said, “Blessed be thou of the Lord, my son.” And when he had restored the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his mother said, “I had wholly dedicated the silver unto the Lord from my hand for my son, to make a graven image and a molten image: now therefore I will restore it unto thee.” Yet he restored the money unto his mother; and his mother took two hundred shekels of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made thereof a graven image and a molten image: and they were in the house of Micah. And the man Micah had an house of gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest. In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes. Read the rest of this entry »
 

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Revelation 4 (The things which shall be hereafter…)

Revelation chapter four is the beginning of the last section of Revelation.  As I have already mentioned, Revelation is divided into three major sections: Revelation 1:19 “Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter”.  In other words, John wrote about the past (covered in chapter one), the present (covered in chapters 2 and 3), and finally the future which we are about the cover.  Revelation chapter four is a transitional chapter in that the church is seen raptured into heaven and will not reappear on earth until the battle of Armageddon.

Concerning the rapture, there are many who, in an attempt to be as inclusive with the gospel as possible, assume that many are Christians when they are not.  Although the apostle Paul spoke of ‘carnal’ Christians (and there is such a creature), many self-professing ‘Christians’ are not carnal, but natural, unregenerated sinners who are yet in their sin and if they died right now they would open their eyes as the rich man in hell.  Consider the following: Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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Is discipline love?

The quick and short answer is YES!  The Lord’s word teaches that a part of Godly parenting is discipline.  The post-modern new-age parenting of exclusively using “time out” is not taught in God’s word.  In fact, at best “time out” can sometimes qualify as the reproof which must follow Godly discipline.  Proverbs 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.  The Hebrew word used for rod here is Shebet which literally translates to a “stick used for punishing” and the Hebrew for reproof is towkechah which means to refute, argue or, more properly, reason and instruct.  The latter is characteristic of “time out”.  Notice that such reasoning or instruction is to be preceeded by “a stick for punishing”, it takes both to instill wisdom.

First and foremost, parents must always administer discipline from a motivation of love.  It must never be used while angry.  Many parents who have waited to resort to spanking, after multiple warnings to their children to obey, do so in anger and thus afterwards feel guilty and later reluctant to use it again.  But the bible clearly indicates that if a parent loves their child they must use the rod of correction.  Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. (probably one of the most misquoted verses in the bible as many would like to substitute “hateth” with “spoils” which has totally different meanings and implications).  The Lord repeated this truth in Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Revelation Lesson Eight: Chapter Three – Laodicea

REVELATION STUDY (LESSON #8 – Letter to the church at Laodicea): Well, as they say, we have finally come full circle. Well actually the seven churches formed an arc but this is the final letter in the series to the seven churches. Laodicea was about 40 miles east of Ephesus and about 45 miles southeast of Philadelphia. The name of the town means ‘rights or justice of the people’. This is very fitting as Laodicea represents the visible church or Christendom of the last days (these days). Churches today are run by man and not by God in too many cases. People want Burger King religion where they can have it their way. Hence the choices in worship, contemporary vs. traditional, and the choices even in which version of God’s Word best fits you as a person. It is indeed the church of the people. This is likely why, unlike all the previous six letters where Christ says “Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus” (and Smyrna and so on), here He begins with a slightly different phrase. “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans”. Before the letter was to the church of a city, now instead of saying the “church of Laodicea” He says it is a church of those people. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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Revelation Lesson Seven: Chapter Three – Philadelphia

REVELATION STUDY (LESSON #7 – Letter to the church at Philadelphia): Philadelphia is the sixth church addressed in these letters in Revelation.  The name of Philadelphia means ‘brotherly love’.  Perhaps one of the first ancient cities to bear the name Philadelphia, it was established in 189 B.C. by King Eumenes II of Pergamom and he named it for his brother Attalus II who was to be his heir.  These brothers really loved on another and Attalus was even given the nickname “Philadelphos” which literally translated means “one who loves his brother.”  Attalus III would die without a heir and therefore left the kingdom to his allies in Rome in 133 B.C.  The city is located about thirty miles southeast of Sardis. In ancient times it was celebrated for its wine and had a heavy Jewish population some of whom were not tolerant of the new Christian community.  Philadelphia was a very prosperous Byzantine city once referred to as ‘little Athens’ because of its festivals and temples.  The domed Basilica of St. John was built in about the year 600 A.D. the remains of which are still there today. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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Revelation Lesson Six: Chapter Three – Sardis

REVELATION STUDY (LESSON #6 – Letter to the church at Sardis): Sardis is the fifth church addressed in these letters in Revelation. The name of Sardis means ‘remnant’. The ancient city was located some thirty miles south of Thyatira. The original city was thought to be impregnable because it was built on top of a high plateau. On all sides but one the rock walls of the plateau are smooth. As it grew wealthy, the plateau was considered too small and so they built a bigger city to the west at the base of the plateau and used the original city as the acropolis. Sardis was ruled by the Persians under Cyrus, by Alexander the Great, by Antiochus III the Great, and finally by the Romans in 133B.C.

The Greek historian Herodotus tells us that the Lydians were the first people to mint coins. According to Herodotus, King Croesus, who ruled Lydia from Sardis during the years 560 to 546 B.C., was the first person to issue pure gold and pure silver coins. Sardis was a leading producer of gold. The river Pactolus, wrote Dio Chrysostom, swirled down from the heights of Mount Tmolus laden with gold dust, right “through the middle of Sardis,” bringing unimaginable riches to Croesus just “for the taking.” They called these “the golden sands” and according to legend the gold was there because an earlier king of Lydia named Midas used to bathe there. Even today, a memory of that wealth lingers in the expression “rich as Croesus.” The carpet industry was another important industry of the city. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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