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Signs of the End of the World

The Lord, by His grace not only tells us He is coming again but He also gives us signs that will tell us His coming is getting closer.  Lets take a look at Matthew 24: and see what are some of the indications that His coming and the end of this world as we know it.

THE SCRIPTURES:

Matt 24:1-51 (KJV)

THE STUDY:

In the above passages, we find the Lord giving us several  “signs” or marks of His second coming and end of the age in which we are now living…

Matt 24

 

1) And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to [him] for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2) And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

Here, we find that the destruction of the Jerusalem temple would be the first sign, of many, that the Lord gives us to indicate when He is coming back.  This temple destruction took place in 70 AD as the Roman general Titus came into Jerusalem and destroyed the temple.  (Luke 19:41-44)

 

3) And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what [shall be] the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

The disciples linked the destruction fo the temple with Christ’s second coming and the end of the current age.  Why did they do this?  They recognized that all three of these events would take place during the same time period.   It is the period that begins with Christ’s first coming and ends with Christ’s second coming. …

Hebs 1: 1-2 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,   Hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

4) And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.  5) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

The second sign of His coming is the appearance of many false Christs.  The Bible talks about these men as “Antichrist”.  In other words, they come to impersonate Christ, replace Christ or oppose Christ.  In any case, they will be mislead many…

1John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

 

6) And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  7) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:

The third sign of His coming is war.  Warfare and the threats of warfare indicate His coming is getting close.

7b) and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

Here, we find three other marks of His coming…. Lack of food (famines), deadly diseases (pestilence) and earthquakes.  All of these will take place in many varied, numerous places on earth.

 

8) All these [are] the beginning of sorrows.

These are just a beginning list of the sorrows we face before His second coming takes place.  It is important to notice that “sorrows” is the Greek term for “birth pains”.  Just as a woman that gives birth experiences an increase in intensity and frequency of her birth pains… so too,  these marks will be gradually increasing in intensity and frequency as His coming draws nigh.

 

9) Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10) And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

Martydom and hatred towards the true messengers of the Lord will increase.

 

11) And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

False messengers who claim to be sent from the Lord will come on the scene and mislead many people.

 

12) And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

The sinful condition of mankind will cause the natural love between men to become cold and perverted.  Mothers being willing to kill their children through abortions, the increasing divorce rate and the rebellion of children against their parents and the homosexual lifestyle are just four of a multitude of examples of the natural love between mankind being replaced by selfishness and perversion.

 

13) But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

The true followers of Christ possess a faith that will preserver even in the most troublesome of times.   They will remain faithful to their calling and their Lord.  This is the indication of a genuine salvation experience.

 

14) And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

The worldwide proclamation of the gospel is another indication that the Lord’s coming is drawing close. In today’s age of internet and satellite TV the gospel is going into many nations that had been closed to the gospel message. Keep in mind it was only during His first coming that Christ gave the authority and obligation to take the gospel to the Gentiles to the local church (Acts 1:8).  Also, the gospel to the Gentiles was first accredited after His ascension at the house of Cornelius (Acts 10:)

 

15) When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

The abomination of desolation is referring to the acts of the Roman government as they attempted to bring an end to Christianity. (Luke 21:20 makes it plain that the A of D involved armies overtaking Jerusalem)  It was done through the crucifixion of Christ, the martyrdom of the followers of Christ, and the destruction of the temple (see also in Daniel 9:).   Keep in mind the A of D written about in Daniel 11: referred to the slaying of a pig on the altar of God in the temple by Antiochus Epiphanes a general in the Greek army. This was a public display that the true worship of Jehovah (Jewish worship) had ended and had been replaced by Greek Gods.   Likewise the crucifixion and martyrdom of God’s people was a public display of Christianity being put to death under the Roman dictatorship.

 

16) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17) Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18)  Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19) And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20) But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

The need to flee form Israel during the times of the great persecution resulted in Christianity being preserved, and spread throughout the world.

 

21) For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.  22) And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

The destruction that takes place in 70 AD, is the greatest day of tribulation that the physical Jews will ever face as a nation.  It signaled the end of the Lord’s using them in a special way to present Histruth to the world.  Spiritually their desolation began with the accreditation of gospel going to Gentiles at Cornelius house.  The spiritual desolation became complete when Titus destroyed the temple in 70 AD.  Likewise, their physical desolation began with the Greek Empires occupation but came to completion with Titus total devastation of the city.

This tribulation upon the Jews was a foreshadowing of the great troublesome times that the world faces prior to Christ’s second coming.  As bad as things may get in this world, we need to remember that things could be worse, and they will be worse during the Tribulation of the last days.

 

23) Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here [is] Christ, or there; believe [it] not.  24) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.  25) Behold, I have told you before.  26) Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, [he is] in the secret chambers; believe [it] not.  27) For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  28) For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

As we look for His second coming remember, it will be in the clouds!   He will not physically come to the earth during the rapture.  He will gather up His children to be with Him much like eagles go skyward and group together over prey.

29) Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:  30) And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  31) And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

“Those days” refers back to the age of the appearance of all the signs of His coming (vs 4-27, not just vs 15-21).

This is a description of the 2nd coming of Christ taking place immediately following the troublesome times we have been looking at.  At the very instant of His coming great changes in the sky will take place and Christ Himself will appear in heaven. (Isa 12:9-11)

32) Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer [is] nigh:  33) So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, [even] at the doors.  34) Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.  35) Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.  36) But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

All these signs we have looked at give us an indication of the closeness of His coming but they do not give the exact time.  Just like looking at a tree tells us what season it is, so too, these signs help to remind us His coming is close.  We cannot know the exact time of His coming but we know it is coming based on the signs.

Note: in vs 34 – “all these things” refers to the signs of the leaves on the fig tree.  This includes all the signs prior to His coming but it does not include the second coming itself.  Every one of the signs of His coming (including Titus invasion) had appeared in the world by approx. 70-75 AD.

 

37) But as the days of Noe [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  38) For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,  39) And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

For the lost world, the second coming of Christ is not expected, nor prepared for.  That is why He gave these signs to His people, so they would not be unawares.  In Noah’s day, everyone was planning for tomorrow they were marrying and getting engaged, they were partying and not giving a thought to their lives coming to an end the next day.

 

40) Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.  41) Two [women shall be] grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.  42) Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

At the rapture, not everyone will be taken, only those who have trusted in Christ.  The others will be left to face the Great Tribulation and the wrath of God.

 

43) But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.  44) Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.  45) Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?  46) Blessed [is] that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.  47) Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.  48) But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;  49) And shall begin to smite [his] fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;  50) The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for [him], and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51) And shall cut him asunder, and appoint [him] his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

We are told all of this to help us be prepared for His coming.  We are to be always looking and waiting, as each sign takes place it should remind us that His coming is soon and our opportunity to serve is short.  This attitude will result in our receipt of rewards and blessings from the Lord.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

For those who have received the Lord’s gracious offer of salvation, let us serve Him with our whole heart realizing that He is coming soon to take us home.  Our opportunities to serve Him are limited.

If you have never trusted in Christ as your Savior, do it today.  As you can see from the list of signs of His coming… we see them all taking place in today’s time.  His coming is drawing near… we need  to accept this message by faith and turn to the Lord to receive forgiveness and spiritual life.

If you have any questions about salvation, I have a tab available on my blog that gives in depth information on what salvation is and what you must do to be saved.  Please click on this link for more information about salvation.

If you continue to have questions or concerns about your salvation, find a Bible-believing church in your area.  The Pastor would be glad to share Christ and the way of salvation with you.   If you feel more comfortable communicating through email, you are always welcome to email me at settledinheaven@gmail.com.

May the Lord bless you as you seek His truth.

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Do We Tremble Or Have Great Joy Knowing God Knows All About Us?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 2:18 KJV

(18)  And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “…Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt.”

SIH HALTAL ICONHebrews 11:26 KJV

(26)  Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

 

 

Moses knew that the ridicule he received in his service to Christ is of far greater value than all the wealth this world has to offer.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “His eyes like unto a flame of fire”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 2:18 KJV

(18)  And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

 

Our Lord knows all things.  Period.  End of sentence.

 

This basic principle is clearly shown to us in this letter to the church at Thyatira with the statement, “His eyes like unto a flame of fire”.   Nothing is darkened to His sight, nothing can hide in the darkness of the blackest of nights.  Our Lord’s eyes are like a flame of fire that “shines the light upon” all things revealing their true nature.   He has knowledge of all things.  There is no greater source of knowledge, understanding and wisdom.

Our Lord knows all things.  He knows our spiritual condition.  He knows our strengths and our weaknesses.  He knows our acts of service and our acts of sins.  He knows the motives that lie behind every outward action.  He knows our fears.  He knows our sufferings.  He knows our sorrows.  He knows our hurt feelings.  He knows our joys.  He knows the sources of our pride.  He knows our humility.   He knows what awaits us and what our history holds.  He knows the events of our childhood and their lasting effects on us.  He knows why we did what we did.  He knows us better than ourselves.

Our Lord knows all things.   He knows how to comfort us in our time of grief. He knows how to deliver us from every evil that may come upon us, He knows how to teach us His truths.  He knows how to “grow us” into strong Christians.  He knows how to give us the words to speak.  He knows how to lay burdens of service upon our hearts.  He knows how to love us when we are so unloveable. He knows how to forgive us when we do things that are unforgiveable.  He knows how to save us from our sins.  He knows how to prepare us for the troublesome times that are ahead.  He knows how to keep us eternally safe and secure.

Our Lord knows all things.

Psalms 139:1-6 KJV
(1)  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.
(2)  Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
(3)  Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
(4)  For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
(5)  Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
(6)  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

Our Lord knows all things.  Let us be sorrowful, mourn, and repent this day.  To the lost individual… His knowledge of all is a plague that constantly should weigh on your hearts.    He knows your sins, He knows the selfish motives of your mind, He knows your sin darkened heart.  He knows, and someday you will stand before Him covered in filthy robes of sin and rebellion.

Our Lord knows all things.  Let us be glad and rejoice this day.  To those who have been saved by His grace… His knowledge of all is a constant source of strength and peace in the midst of tribulation and distress.  He knows the pardon we have received.  He knows our struggles in His name.  He knows our acts of service.  He knows, and someday we will stand before Him covered in robes of Christ’s righteousness and purity.

 

For those of us who are saved… let us rejoice today… the Lord knows all things!  For those of us who have never been saved… let us turn from our sin to Christ, trusting in Him as our Lord and Savior… the Lord knows all things.

 May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

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Have You Received God’s “White Stone” of Aquittal?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 2:17 KJV – He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “…He that shall come will come, and will not tarry.”

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 10:37 KJV – For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

Christ is coming again and nothing will delay Him!

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Revelation 2: Summary

SIH STSTA ICONSUMMARY OF THE CHAPTER:

 

 

 

 

 

In our previous studies we have seen that Revelation chapter 2:, beginning our section on the individualized letters to the seven churches of Asia, contains 4 main divisions:

 

  1. Revelation 2:1-7 – Christ’s letter to the church at Ephesus
  2. Revelation 2:8-11 – Christ’s letter to the church at Smyrna
  3. Revelation 2:12-17 – Christ’s letter to the church at Pergamos
  4. Revelation 2:18-29 – Christ’s letter to the church at Thyatira

 

SUMMARY OF EACH DIVISION OF CHAPTER:

 

1.  Revelation 2:1-7 – Christ’s letter to the church at Ephesus

In this letter, we see Christ presented as the Shepherd who possessed an intimate relationship with the Pastors of His local assemblies.

We also see the wonderful OUTWARD testimony of the assembly involving their seeming faithfulness in many differing areas of service.  However, in spite of their outward faithfulness, they were failing to put Christ first in all things.

This precipitated the need for Christ to warn them that, in the event they refused to repent, He would have to remove them from His circle of churches and break His fellowship with them.

Finally, we saw that He promised those who were genuinely saved (overcomers) that they could be assured of the receipt of eternal life in the presence of Almighty God.

 

For a much more detailed look at this section of Scripture:

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 2.  Revelation 2:8-11 – Christ’s letter to the church at Smyrna 

In this letter, we see Christ presented as the ultimate Victor over the powers of the darkness of this world.

We also see the condition of the assembly, although they were impoverished and persecuted they remained faithful in their stand for Christ.  The Lord continues by encouraging them to not fear, although greater persecutions would come upon them they were headed for great eternal rewards for their unflinching faithfulness.

Finally, we saw that He promised the overcomers that they would be assured they would not face eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire.

 

For a much more detailed look at this section of Scripture:

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3.  Revelation 2:12-17 – Christ’s letter to the church at Pergamos

In this letter, we see Christ’s Word presented as the weapon which is able to destroy every spiritual enemy of Christ.

We also see the church’s great faithfulness in the midst of intense persecution, while allowing false teachers to continue to dwell in their midst.  What a seeming contradiction this is.. to remain faithful in presenting the truths of Christ while allowing those who hold to false teaching to continue in their membership.  Christ warned that if they did not discipline these false professors that He would come and deal with them using the Word.

Finally, we saw that He promised the overcomers that they were assured of receiving increased intimacy, knowledge and assurance that can be found only in Christ.

 

For a much more detailed look at this section of Scripture:

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 4.  Revelation 2:18-29 – Christ’s letter to the church at Thyatira

In this letter, we see Christ presented as the just and fair Judge over all mankind.

We also see the churches condition was serious.  Although they were faithful in many areas, they were allowing a false prophetess, Jezebel, to mislead others in their assembly to commit idolatry.  He promised He would come and judge her and her followers.  In doing so, he would be setting an example from which other churches could learn.

Finally, we saw that He promised the overcomers that they would receive ruling and judging authority as well as additional truths about Christ.

 

For a much more detailed look at this section of Scripture:

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WHAT’S COMING NEXT IN THIS SERIES?:

In our next lesson, we will finish looking at the personalized letters to the local assemblies found in chapter 3:. In the next chapter, we will be looking at the messages to the churches at Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.

 

Church Location Name Meaning Areas of Faithfulness Areas of Unfaithfulness Possible Punishment Reward To Overcomers (proof of genuine salvation)
Ephesus Desired or Allowed Many areas of faithful outward service.  Hate doctrine of Nicolaitanes. Left first love (Christ)Service not motivated by love for Christ. Removal of candlestick (church no longer enjoying fellowship w God) Eat of Tree of Life in Paradise
Smyrna Myrrh Spiritually rich N/A N/A Not hurt by second death
Pergamos Fortified Tower Faithfulness in face of persecution Allowing doctrine of Balaam and Nicolaitans(physical and spiritual fornication) Will war against those who hold false teaching Be given hidden manna and white stone with new name
Thyatira Sacrifice, Offering, Corpse Works of love, service, faith, patience False Prophetess in midst. (sexual immorality and idol worship) Sickness, tribulation and death upon her and her followers. Be given power over the nations
Sardis Depart, Escape, Exit A few faithful areas of service remain. A few faithful members remain. Testimony that they are spiritually alive but really dead.  Their works not “perfect” before God. Will come upon them as a thief (implied removing anything of value leaving spiritually destitute) White garments.  Name not blotted out of book, confess his name before the Father
Philadelphia Love Of The Brethren Kept Word not denied name of Christ. Persevered in trials N/A N/A Permanent pillar in temple of God.  Name of God and New Jerusalem upon them. New name given to them
Laodicea Judgment Of The People N/A Lukewarm service.  Blinded to their spiritual destitution. Spew out of Lord’s mouth. Rebuking and chastening from Lord. Sit with Christ in throne.

 

We will see that each message contains four basic parts:

  1. Description of Christ
  2. Commendation for faithfulness and consequences
  3. Exposing unfaithfulness and consequences
  4. Promise to Overcomers

 

May the Lord continue to bless us as we continue in our study of The Revelation Of Jesus Christ!

 

 

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Revelation 2:18-29:“Christ’s Letter To The Church At Thyatira”

SIH STSTA ICONTHE TEXT:

 

The Letter To Thyatira…

Rev 2:18-29 KJV

(18)  And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;
(19)  I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.
(20)  Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
(21)  And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
(22)  Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
(23)  And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
(24)  But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.
(25)  But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.
(26)  And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
(27)  And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
(28)  And I will give him the morning star.
(29)  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

 

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

From our previous lesson, we saw a very basic summary of the contents of these letters include:

Church Location Name Meaning Areas of Faithfulness Areas of Unfaithfulness Possible Punishment Reward To Overcomers (proof of genuine salvation)
Ephesus Desired or Allowed Many areas of faithful outward service.  Hate doctrine of Nicolaitanes. Left first love (Christ)Service not motivated by love for Christ. Removal of candlestick (church no longer enjoying fellowship w God) Eat of Tree of Life in Paradise
Smyrna Myrrh Spiritually rich N/A N/A Not hurt by second death
Pergamos Fortified Tower Faithfulness in face of persecution Allowing doctrine of Balaam andNicolaitans(physical and spiritual fornication) Will war against those who hold false teaching Be given hidden manna and white stone with new name
Thyatira Sacrifice, Offering, Corpse Works of love, service, faith, patience False Prophetess in midst. (sexual immorality and idol worship) Sickness, tribulation and death upon her and her followers. Be given power over the nations
Sardis Depart, Escape, Exit A few faithful areas of service remain. A few faithful members remain. Testimony that they are spiritually alive but really dead.  Their works not “perfect” before God. Will come upon them as a thief (implied removing anything of value leaving spiritually destitute) White garments.  Name not blotted out of book, confess his name before the Father
Philadelphia Love Of The Brethren Kept Word not denied name of Christ. Persevered in trials N/A N/A Permanent pillar in temple of God.  Name of God and New Jerusalem upon them. New name given to them
Laodicea Judgment Of The People N/A Lukewarm service.  Blinded to their spiritual destitution. Spew out of Lord’s mouth. Rebuking and chastening from Lord. Sit with Christ in throne.

Beginning in chapter 2 through chapter 3, John writes personalized messages to the 7 churches.  Each message contains four basic parts:

  1. Description of Christ
  2. Commendation for faithfulness and consequences
  3. Exposing unfaithfulness and consequences
  4. Promise to Overcomers

The first of these personalized messages is written to the church at Pergamos.
1. Description of Christ (v 18)
2. Commendation for faithfulness and consequences (v 19)
3. Exposing unfaithfulness and consequences (v 23-25)
4. Promise to Overcomers (v 26-29)

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

Revelation 2: – 

(18)  And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; 

The Lord, through the Apostle John, now addresses the church that was located in Thyatria.  Thyatira was a center for the manufacture of many goods.  Some of the goods manufactured here included wool and linen clothing, dyes, pottery, bronze and leather goods, and baked foods. Because of all this manufacturing activity there was great opportunity for its citizens become financially wealthy and self-reliant.  Due to all of this Thyatira became known as a prosperous city that attracted many individuals in search of the riches of this world.

 

These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

In this description of Christ, we can see a main focus on:

  1. the Son of God – As the Son of God, He possessed great authority to judge others.
  2. His eyes like unto a flame of fire – Christ’s knowledge of all things (omniscience).
  3. his feet like brass – the perfect judgment He executes based upon His comprehensive knowledge.

What a blessing it is for each of us to understand these truths about Christ.  We should never allow concerns about His “fairness” or His “severity in judgment” to concern us.

Christ will, always, treat every human being fairly and justly.  He will always either withhold judgment that is deserved (His mercy and grace based upon His work on the cross) or He will always give that which is deserved (His justice).  He will NEVER judge more harshly than deserved, He will NEVER meet out a punishment more severe than the infraction demands.

He truly judges with His “eyes illuminated” enabling Him to see all the relevant information needed to make a perfect decision on the judgment that is meted out as He tramples upon His enemies.

 

(19)  I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.

Just as in the other letters, Christ now encourages the church by speaking well of them for their service to Him:

  1. works – the effort they took to accomplish the tasks He had given to them.
  2. charity – their self-sacrificial love that motivated their service
  3. service – their effort to minister to others needs as an act of obedience to Christ
  4. faith – their reliance upon Him as they served
  5. patience – their willingness to bear up under the pressures of service, not caving in to the pressures
  6. works – their spiritual growth as they served in greater ways now than when they first began to serve.

 

(20)  Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

Jesus now begins to explain the areas where they have failed in their service.  They were allowing “that woman Jezebel”, a false prophetess, to spread doctrinal error and lead God’s people into sinful acts.  This was due to either a spirit of compromise (knowing that she was a false teacher and allowed her to continue) or a spirit of gullibility (not understanding that she was teaching falsely but believed she was actually the prophetess of God).

There is much that can be said about the name “Jezebel”:

1.  Some believe that this was her literal name given to her by her parents.

2.  Others suggest that this woman was given this name by Christ to link her to the OT character Jezebel (1 Kings 18:-21:). 1Ki 21:25 reminds us of the work of this wicked woman… “But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.”    

Just as the NT Jezebel was seducing others to commit idolatry and related sinful acts and turn from the Lord, so too, the OT woman was a horrible influence in the life of her husband, leading him into idolatry and opposition to Jehovah

3.  Others believe that Christ gave her this name to reveal something of her character, apart from the OT woman. There are MANY different ideas as to the meaning of her name. The best I understand, if it has Hebrew origins, it means “to be cast down” or “to be demoted”, or “to not be exalted”.  If this is so, it is teaching us of her end.  Although she claimed to be a prophetess of God, on judgment day she will not be honored by God but disowned, demoted and put to shame.

However, the most interesting view that I read was that there are scholars (cited by John Gill) who believe “Jezebel” comes from an Arabic word “Zebel” which meant dung. This would make perfect sense considering her teachings and works were simply “dung” in the eyes of the Lord and her end would be rejection by God much like a dunghill that laid outside a city.  (An interesting note…. The OT Jezebel’s end was as “dung” (2 Kings 9:37)

My personal belief is that all of these reasons for this woman’s name to be Jezebel could easily be true.  Our Lord, who is sovereign, controlled the name of this NT woman.  Perhaps, He allowed her parents to give her this name to link her to both the OT woman and the meaning of her name.

Her work caused men to fall into the sin of idolatry which included acts of fornication (acts of sexual or spiritual uncleanness) and eating idolatrous meat.

 

(21)  And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

(22)  Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

(23)  And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

The Lord graciously gives time for Jezebel to turn from her wicked ways, but she refused.  Therefore the judgment of the Lord would fall upon her.

The Lord’s judgment would be based upon her wicked acts (symbolized by being judged in the same bed in which she committed the sins).  Their (her and those with her) only hope of escaping judgment was to repent of their sins.  She would be judged by placing her in the midst of overwhelming pressure and those who followed her false teachings and practices would be killed and face eternal death.

The Lord’s judgment would prove to the churches that He is the One that knew all things, even the thoughts and intents of the heart and that He would then “follow up” by dealing with each sin appropriately.

 

(24)  But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.
(25)  But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.

The Lord now addresses those who have remained faithful to Him by not following after the teachings of Jezebel.  He describes those who have followed the idolatrous teaching as knowing the “depths of Satan”.  Folks, the worship of other gods is the lowest possible act of blasphemy against the Lord.   For a person to place their allegiance upon other gods, serving them, worshipping them and sacrificing for them is the most horrible of events that find their origin in Satan.

Those who have remained faithful to the Lord in the face of this blasphemous teaching are called upon to not forsake the truths they possess but use all their strength to protect them.

 

(26)  And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end,

The Lord now addresses those who will be victorious and faithful to the Lord until the end.

 

to him will I give power over the nations:
(27)  And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
(28)  And I will give him the morning star.

The Lord promises to bless the victorious ones by:

  1. power over the nations, and he shall rule them with a rod of iron as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. – they will receive authority to rule over the lost.  This authority will involve them judging the lost and taking part in their destruction at His second coming. (1 Corinthians 6:2-3, Rev 19:11-21).  This authority will be delegated to the Lord’s people by Christ, who originally was given this authority by the Father.  (Luke 22:29)
  1. And I will give him the morning star. The “morning star” is a title taken by Christ Himself, “I Jesus… am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. (Rev 22:16)  To give the faithful saints of Thyatira “the bright and morning star” is to say that the saints will be given Christ throughout eternity.

How will this take place?  In at least two ways:  they will enjoy His person being in His presence, they will enjoy learning more about Him as they are taught throughout eternity.  This is how He will give Himself to His chosen people to enjoy throughout eternity.

(29)  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Once again, the Lord is stressing that this message was meant only for those who were truly saved members of the church. It was meant for those who had ears that were opened (by the gracious intervention of the Lord) to receive and understand the truths of His Word.

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this passage of Scripture we see several truths about Christ presented.  He knows everything there is to know about  us.  Our outward actions and our inward desires and motives.  Based upon His Omniscience, He judges all mankind justly. When we consider Him as the All-knowing Just Judge over all mankind, it helps us to understand that He deserves to be given all of our worship, adoration, and service.

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

Folks, do we see our need to discern teachers of truth from teachers of error?  Do we see the need to expose and refrain ourselves from anyone who teaches error?  We all understand that our Lord is the Ultimate, Just, Judge that knows all things.  As such, we must make sure we are not partaking in the deeds of those who oppose Christ.  When we, knowingly, receive false teaching into our lives and follow its dictates, we are setting ourselves up to share in the judgment that awaits those who would lead us astray.

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “I give him a white stone,…”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 2:17 KJV – He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

As those who have trusted in Christ as our Savior, although we are guilty of many heinous sins against God, we are declared innocent of our sins.  This wonderful act of God’s mercy is symbolized by the receipt of the white stone, which was a public declaration of release from guilt or debt.  (For more on this white stone and its symbolism, please see the Bible study link at the bottom of this devotional.)

Throughout God’s Word, this acquittal (declaration of innocence) is described by the word “justification”.  Listen to what the Bible teaches us about the justification of God’s people…

Rom 4:24-25 KJV – “But for us also, to whom it ( righteousness) shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;  Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”

 

Folks, stop and think about it… we are told in this verse that our justification is related to two events that took place in the life of Christ…

  1. “Who was delivered” – Christ was delivered into the hands of sinful mankind, He was falsely accused, abused, put to public shame, unjustly punished, experienced separated from the Father, shed His blood and died on the cross. He submitted to all of this, willingly, so that His people might be delivered from their sins (Isaiah 53:5-6).

 

  1. “Who… was raised again” – Following His death, three days later, Christ arose from the dead. This resurrection publically testified that His work was sufficient to secure the justification of His people.

How can we know with absolute certainty that we are justified (declared innocent of our sins)?  We can know this by the resurrection of Christ.  As we see Christ coming out of the tomb, we can know that His sacrifice had been accepted by God, He had satisfied the sin debt of His people, and had accomplished the work He had been given to do.  It is through His resurrection that we have the faith and hope in out eternal deliverance from sins at the hand of Almighty God (1 Peter 1:18-21).

 

As we begin our day for Christ, may we all have thankful hearts…  Christ willingly suffered and shed His blood so that we might be declared innocent from our sins.  And then, let us all be thankful that He arose from the dead, proving to us that He accomplished our justification through His great sacrifice on our behalf.

May we not allow anything to discourage us this day… we can know without doubt, if we have trusted in Him as our Savior, that in His resurrection we have proof that He has secured the deliverance from our sins.   We are forgiven, we are secure in His hands, we are headed for eternal glory in His presence, and NOTHING can separate us from His love…

Rom 8:35-39 KJV – “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?    As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.   Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.   For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  

How can we know these things?  He died on the cross and then arose from the dead.  He accomplished that which He set out to do.  He has saved us from our sins!

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

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Have We Partaken Of Christ, The Manna That Gives Eternal Life?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 2:17 KJV  -  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

 

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “The Lord shall judge His People”

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 10:30 KJV – For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

The People of God will someday stand before their Lord and receive rewards for their acts of faithfulness to Him.

What about their failures and sins that they have committed?  They have been washed away by the blood of the Lamb!

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “I give to eat of the hidden manna“

SIH TOTT ICON

Rev 2:17 KJV

(17)  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

 

 

What is the “hidden manna” that is promised to those who are victorious over this world?   Christ clearly teaches us that He is that manna from heaven…

Joh 6:47-51 KJV – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.  I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.  This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.  I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

 

Why does eating bread picture the salvation experience of the believer?

  1. When a person is saved they are appropriating Christ and His work to their very person.  When bread is eaten that is appropriating the nutrients found in the bread to the physical body of the one partaking of that bread.
  2. The saved individual becomes one with Christ, just as He becomes one with the saint. When an individual partakes of bread, the bread and the one eating the bread becomes one.
  3. When saved, Christ’s work is applied to the saved person making him into a new creature in Christ. When the individual partakes of the bread, the bread aids the process of physical change (growth and maturity).
  4. At salvation, Christ enters into the saint in the person of the indwelling Holy Spirit. When an individual eats bread, the bread enters into the body of the individual.

This is why the partaking of Christ and His work, through saving faith, is pictured as eating the manna which comes from heaven.

 

When Christ promises that overcomers will be given” to eat of the hidden manna”,  He is promising that true believers will partake of Christ on an enhanced level throughout eternity.  Once we receive our glorified bodies, we will experience Christ in a much more clear and intimate way.  Our knowledge of Him will become greater, our relationship to Him will be much closer, and we will forever live in His presence.

1Co 13:12 KJV –  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

1Jn 3:2 KJV –  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

 

What a blessing eternity will be for all of God’s people!  Just think about it.  We will be dwelling with our Savior and our Lord, enjoying an intimate relationship with Him.  May we all allow this promise to encourage our hearts to serve Him in greater ways as we enter our day, and the rest of our lives.

The wonderful promise given to the believing members of the church… For those who are victorious over the dark forces of the world, the Lord will give to them “hidden manna”.   This is speaking of the Lord giving to His people a type of nourishment that cannot be seen in this temporal world…. a more intimate relationship with Him.  In other words, in eternity the Lord will give to His people a much greater knowledge of Himself and a much greater communion with Himself (1 Cor 13:12).

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

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Do We Give Our Lives For Him?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 2:13 KJV   I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

 

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “Vengeance belongeth unto me”

SIH HALTAL ICON

Heb 10:30 KJV – For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

 

Our Lord is the only One who can execute perfectly just vengeance on those who oppose Him and His people.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you “

SIH TOTT ICONRev 2:13 KJV   I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

 

Antipas, a faithful member of the church at Pergamos, was faithful to His Lord….even unto death.  What an awesome display of faithfulness and self-sacrificial love for our Lord and Savior.  What a great honor to give back to Him, in a very small, insignificant way, for the great sacrifice He made for us on the cross.  To be called upon to give our lives for the cause of Christ is truly a privilege.  However, the opportunity to give our physical lives for Christ may never be opened to us.

Is there any other way that we can sacrifice our lives to Him for all He has done for us?  Hebrews 13:13-16 gives us the answer to our question…

“Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.  For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.  By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.  But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”

By continually praising Him with our lips, pleasing Him with our actions, and being charitable to those in need we can be living sacrifices for the Lord’s honor and glory.  Think about it, instead of giving our physical lives through the act of death, we can give our physical lives through words of praise, pleasing the Lord with our actions and meeting the needs of others around us.

 

This is what Paul is speaking of when he describes our need to be “living sacrifices” to the Lord…

Rom 12:1 KJV –  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Note that Paul tells us that offering our lives as a living sacrifice is simply our “reasonable service”.  Why is this?  It is because, when we consider the great sacrifice He made on our behalf … i.e. coming to this fallen world, giving up the exercise of His divine attributes, suffering great temptation, persecution and false accusations, being put to public shame, giving His life on the cross, being separated from His Father as He bore our sins etc… it is only logical and rational that we would be willing to give our lives for Him.

Whether through martyrdom, or acts of praise and service to Christ and others, may we all be ever willing to give of ourselves as the opportunity arises.  By doing this, we will be bringing honor and glory to the One who has given so much for us…

1Pe 1:18-21 KJV –  “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:   Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 
Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.”

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

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Do We Cling To His Name Or Just Brush It Off?

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 2:13 KJV   I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “The Son of God”

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 10:29 KJV – Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

What a horrible punishment awaits sinful mankind  who live “religious” lives, yet despise Christ and His work, and oppose the conviction brought upon them by the Holy Spirit of God.

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “Thou holdest fast thy name, and hast not denied my faith”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 2:13 KJV   I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

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What a wonderful commendation to hear from the lips of our Lord!  To know that we have faithfully grabbed and held tight to His name and did not disowned the doctrinal truths we have learned!

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This should be our ultimate goal in this life, to remain faithful to our Lord through a consistent Christian testimony based upon the truths of His Word.  How do we hold fast to these things when we live in the midst of a sin-sick fallen world?   2 Timothy 1:12-14 gives us the three keys to retaining a Christian testimony in the eyes of others…

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2Ti 1:12-14 KJV – For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.   Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.   That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.

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Keys to consistent testimony in eyes of others:

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1.  I know whom I  have believed – Possession of an unwavering reliance upon Christ.  None of us will remain faithful to the Lord of our own abilities, but we know that as we rely upon Christ we can do all things for Him.

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2.  am persuaded that He is able…that day – Absolute confidence He will keep His present and future promises .  His current promises of protection and enablement, along with His promises of future blessings and rewards throughout eternity, we will be motivated to remain faithful to Him.

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3.  keep by the Holy Ghost   –  Indwelling Spirit’s enabling.  Recognition of the existence of the Lord’s presence and empowerment through the indwelling Spirit, we can find peace and security knowing He is ever with us and enabling us.

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Folks, these are the keys that will enable us to be like the church members of Pergamos… holding fast to the name of Christ while affirming the truths of His Word.   May we all keep in the forefront of our mind the need to rely upon Christ, knowing He will fulfill His many promises to us, through the Holy Spirit who is constantly indwelling us.

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May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

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Are We Waiting Eagerly For His Coming?

SIH HALTAL ICONIsa 25:9  And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this [is] our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this [is] the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

 

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Waiting For That Day

As Christians, we all are waiting for the second coming of Christ.  It will be the fulfillment of all of the many precious promises that our Lord has given to us (John 14:1-3).   It will be the receipt of our long-awaited inheritance (Rom 8:17-18).  It will be our homecoming (Heb 11:13-16).  It will be our reunion with our Lord (Acts 1:10-11).

There are many verses in the Bible that speak of that day.  Some of them are very familiar to those who are acquainted with God’s Word.  There are others of which we may be unaccustomed or, perhaps, even unaware.  Let’s take a look at one of the lesser known of the verses on His second coming to see what we can learn about that great day …

THE SCRIPTURES:

Isa 25:9  And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this [is] our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this [is] the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

 THE STUDY:

 And it shall be said in that day,

What is “that day” of which we are talking?   It is the “day of the Lord” (1 Thess 5:1-5).  It is when our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will come back to take us to be with Him for an eternity.

 Lo, this [is] our God;

When Christ comes back we will recognize Him as our God.  The word translated “God” carries with it two basic ideas:

  1. He is the true magistrate – In other words, He is the one that possesses the Authority to judge and rule over all creation.
  2. He is deserving of all worship – We are to recognize His attributes, His position, His      character, His works and His person. We are to then treat Him appropriately by honoring, praising and worshipping Him.

 “we have waited for him,

This will be the moment of which all of His people are waiting.  The word translated waiting is a very interesting Hebrew word.  It means “to be bound together due to a common expectation”.  In other words…. as Christians, we are united in our expectation of Christ’s coming.

One of the great things that Christians share in common is a love for Christ.  It is this love for Him that produces our feelings of longing for His return.   That’s why Paul in 2 Tim 4:8 describes those who are saved as those who “love His appearing”.  If we are not eagerly awaiting the Lord’s coming, we must place serious doubts on our salvation.  How can someone saved by His grace, due to the sacrifice of Himself on our behalf, not love Him and anxiously await experiencing communion with Him in His presence?

 and he will save us:

Keep in mind, those speaking are those who have already experienced God’s saving grace; they are the ones who “have waited for him”.  If they have already been forgiven, why do they say “He WILL save us”?

The salvation that we receive is actually given to us in three different stages:

  1. At our initial salvation experience, we receive deliverance (salvation) from the penalty of our sins.  We are no longer headed for eternal, divine judgment in the Lake of Fire. We are freed from the PENALTY of sin.
  2. During our life on earth, the Lord is continually giving us deliverance (salvation) from the power of sin in our lives.  We are no longer under sin’s bondage; we no longer serve sin.  We are freed from the POWER of sin.
  3. But at His second coming, the Lord removes us from this fallen sinful world.  We are no longer affected by sin nor a fallen nature.  We are freed from the PRESENCE of sin.

This is the salvation of which Isaiah is speaking.  One reason we are eagerly awaiting His return is that we will no longer be touched by sin and its effects.  No more death, no more sorrow, no more failing our Lord, all of this is taken from us at His second coming.

this [is] the LORD;”

At Christ’s coming we will acknowledge Him as LORD (Jehovah).  When we see Christ as Jehovah God, we see that He is the only true God and the only God that actually exists. His coming back will be a public declaration that all His promises are now coming true because He is the faithful, sovereign God who is in control of all things (2 Peter 3:).

we have waited for him

The sharing of our desire to see Him has caused all Christians to share a bonding of desire and expectancy.

we will be glad and rejoice

Our response to seeing Christ’s return is two-fold:

  1. We will be glad – to outwardly display gladness or joy.  Outwardly, we will be overflowing with gladness and joy, being liberated from sin’s presence and entering eternity with Christ
  2. We will rejoice – to be brightened.   Our beings will be brightened with the  receipt of new glorified bodies that will be similar to that of Christ’s  (Phil 3:21).  This brightening may involve displaying the glory of God in our new bodies.  Or it may be speaking of the brightening  of our countenance due to the extreme joy of entering into eternity with  Him.

 “in his salvation.

The source of our gladness and joy, must ultimately be attributed, in part, to our deliverance from the presence of sin in our spirit, our body and our surroundings. What a day that will be when we will no longer be touched by the sin that had previously permeated our very beings; and when we will be delivered from the effects of sin that had brought sin, sickness, sorrow and death into our existence on earth.  (Rev 21-22)

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

For those who are saved:

No matter what may befall us as we continue in the fallen world around us, we can know assuredly that there is coming a day when our Lord will return and graciously bestow upon us the ultimate eternal salvation that we so long for.

Just knowing that, someday, the struggles of this world will end, and we will enter eternity in His presence, is enough to allow joy to continue to reign in our hearts…

1Pet 1:6-9 “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, [even] the salvation of [your] souls.”

 For those who have never experienced the grace of God in our lives:

Do you see the horrible results of sin in the world around us? Do you see the wonderful future that the Lord is offering to those who will come to Him an place their faith in Him? Do you feel the pain of guilt, realizing that you have rejected the very One who offers salvation from the personal sin that is dominating your life?   Do you understand the offer of forgiveness of sin and a wonderful, sin-free eternity in the very presence of God is what you are spitting upon and trampling under foot?

By God’s grace, may you see the sinfulness of your actions, hate the very acts of rebellion you once enjoyed, and turn from your disobedience and come in faith and submission to the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is then, that you will receive His gracious mercy.  It is then, you will experience a change of heart.  It is then, that you will be able to call these precious promises of a sinless eternity yours.  It is then, that you will be anxiously waiting for the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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