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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

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Revelation 22:20-21 KJV

He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.   The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

 

Well folks, for those of you who have faithfully followed our series in Revelation, we have come to our last devotional.  This has been a true act of God’s grace and mercy over the past 1 year and 1 week.   I thank the Lord for giving me the opportunity, ability, and strength to bring this series to its conclusion.  I would appreciate your prayers as, Lord willing, I now prepare an ebook with all the information found in the Revelation studies and devotionals as well as added information over the next few years.  A very rough, unedited, stripped down copy of the book will be available, as always free of charge, very soon.  Stay tuned for more details.

For our closing devotional, I thought it was only proper to use the closing words of John, as he brought his letter to the churches to a close.

First John begins by sharing the words of Christ… “…Surely I come quickly. Amen.”

Then he follows with his personal closing… “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.   The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”

 

What a wonderful way to bring the book of Revelation, and this devotional series to a close.  After reading all of the wonderful symbolism of the Revelation which points to our wonderful Savior, and the events that will take place prior to, during, and after His second coming, we have a reaffirmation of the promise of His soon coming….

“Surely I come quickly”.   Another way to translate this same sentence is: “Certainly, without doubt, I am coming soon, without delay”.

Folks this was not spoken aby an angel, nor by a human messenger. This statement was spoken by our Lord Himself.  He is the One making the promise, He is the One that will bring this to pass… with certainty.

 

One of my favorite verses is found in 2 Corinthians 1:20…

“For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.”

What a wonderful truth, all the wonderful promises of God are certain to come to pass because Christ’s work has laid an eternal foundation for their fulfillment.  This includes every promise that we have found in the Book of Revelation.  There is no doubt, there is no possible undoing of and of His promises.  They rest upon the assurance of the work of Christ.

One of the greatest of all His promises is set before us this day… “Surely I come quickly”…

It is as good as done.   Our Lord WILL come back, He WILL take us home to be with Him, He WILL eradicate this world of sin and reform it into our sinless, eternal dwelling place, He WILL judge sin, He WILL reward righteousness.

Certainly, without doubt, He is coming soon, nothing will delay Him.

 

John’s response to this great promise is one of submission and agreement… “Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”  In other words… “so be it, may your will be done, I accept your will, come Lord Jesus”

All of us can fall into absolute agreement John…. Come quickly my Lord.

 

John’s final wish for his readers is my final wish for you as well…

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”

Folks, following our study of Revelation, how quickly it is for all of us to come to understand the great need for the grace of Christ in our lives… to escape the coming judgments of sin, to share in the eternal glory of Christ’s presence, to understand and apply the truths of this book to our lives, and to share the gospel message with others around us.

All of these great needs in our lives, and many others, have been presented clearly, emphasizing to us the overwhelming need of the grace of God for each of us.

May the grace of Christ be with each one of us as we take the many truths about Christ, His work, and His promises to us, apply them to our lives, and share them with others who are is desperate need of the truths of His Word.

 

Come quickly my Lord, and until then, please grant me your great grace.  Without you I am, and can do, nothing.

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 22:19 KJV

And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

 

Here, we find a solemn warning concerning changing God’s Word.  The integrity of God’s Word should be of utmost importance to the lives of God’s people.  The basis of our salvation, and our hope of our eternal life, is based wholly upon the testimony of the Scriptures.  If the Scriptures are untrue, unreliable, changeable, or manipulated in anyway the very foundations of our beliefs are destroyed.   This is why the Lord promises such dire punishments to fall upon those who willfully pervert the contents of the Word.

In this verse, we find a three-fold judgment placed upon those who pervert the Scriptures:

  1. God shall take away his part out of “the book of life” (the listing of all who have been eternally chosen to salvation in the counsels of God)
  2. God shall take away his part out of “the holy city” (the holy city of New Jerusalem, the eternal dwelling of God’s people)
  3. God shall take away his part from “the things which are written in this book” (the other eternal blessings promised to the people of God)

 

Please note in all three of these God warns those who change His Word that He will take “their part” out of various aspects the blessed life of His saints.   What is meant by the phrase “their part”?  “their part” is a translation of the Greek word “meros” which means “a share or an allotment”.  The concept is much like a “share” of an inheritance designated in a will that is yet to be received.

Also please note that none of these ever actually partook of any of these blessings.  Their name was never in the book of life, they had never set foot in the New Jerusalem, nor had they ever partaken of the eternal blessings of God’s people.  Although, they had never been blessed in any of these ways, they thought they had a share of these awaiting them.

The corrupters of the Scripture, by removing parts of God’s Word, have shown themselves to be lost.   Under no circumstances could a truly saved individual choose to pervert the very Scriptures upon which His salvation and eternal hope is based.   They would be undoing the very heart of their hope in Christ.

When a person perverts God’s Word they are showing a lack of understanding of the origin, nature, importance and role of the Holy Word as eternal truth.  They are clearly yet in their sin, their eyes blinded to the truths of His Word. Therefore, there is no reason for them to believe they own a share of the book of life, the holy city, and the blessings of eternity with Christ.

No matter how “religious” they may appear, they should not fool themselves into believing that they are saved and have a share of God’s eternal blessings awaiting them.  Their actions clearly reveal to them that their share of God’s blessings was never really theirs.  In that sense, God has removed their “share” of eternal blessings away from them.  It is much like a child who assumes he is in good standing with his parents and will receive a share of their estate, only to find out, he was never in their will to start with.  From his point of view, his share has been “removed” even though, in actuality, he never had a share of the inheritance designated for him.

The Lord addressed this same principle in Luke 8:18 when he said…

“Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.

In this text, may we all learn the importance of respecting, valuing and guarding God’s Word as we seek to minister to others.  By doing so, we are proving that we are truly born again children of God by properly valuing the basis of our beliefs, His Words that He has spoken to us.

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the bright and morning star”

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Revelation 22:16 KJV

I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

 

Jesus identifies Himself as “the bright and morning star” which describes the sun as it arises over the horizon.   Why would Christ liken Himself to the rising sun?  This is a description that pictures Christ at His first and second comings.

 

 

I.  Christ as “Dayspring” (dawn of the morning)

Job 38:12-13 KJV – “Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place; That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?”

Here, the morning sun is called “the dayspring” (dawn of the morning).  God the Father is being exalted for creating the sun and putting it in place every morning.  The sun would lighten the world and reveal those who work wickedness in dark places.

This dawning is seen as a picture of Christ at His second coming who will enlighten the world with the presence of God Himself, take sovereign control of the world as King of Kings and reveal the wickedness of mankind at the final judgments.

 

Luke 1:78-79 KJV – “Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,  To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Here, Christ is also described as a “dayspring” speaking of His first coming when He revealed God to man, giving light to a sin darkened world, and to lead mankind to the path of peace.

 

 

II.  Christ as the rising “Day Star”

2 Peter 1:19-20 KJV – “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” 

We are to take heed to the Word of God (the more sure word of prophecy) until the day dawns and Christ returns at the second coming.  With His second coming will come a more complete knowledge of Christ which will be like Christ arising in our hearts (understanding) as we see Him more fully.

 

 

III. Christ as the Sun

Isaiah 59:19 KJV – “So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.”

In this text, the glory of the Lord is said to come upon man from the rising of the sun.  This is speaking of Christ at His second coming and His wrath that falls against wicked mankind.

 

Malachi 4:1-3 KJV – “For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.  But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.  And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.”

This reference speaks of Christ’s second coming and His sending wrath upon the lost as excessive heat from the sun. Also, at His second coming His second coming is like the rising sun that spreads healing warmth and light to thrive for His people.

 

 

IV Christ As Lightning In The East

 

Matthew 24:27 KJV – “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.”

Christ’s second coming said to be in the eastern sky (where the sun rises) and will be like lightning.  This pictures His second coming as being unexpected, swift, powerful.  His power will be exercised at His second coming by the worldwide destruction of lost and total renovation of the earth.

May we all think of Christ as the Dawning Sun who came to the earth as and brought light into sin darkened world.   And someday, He will come again, as the Dawning Sun to shed the light of God’s glory into the world and to send  the heat of His wrath upon the lost in judgment and renovation of the sinful earth.

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “to give every man according as his work shall be.”

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Revelation 22:12 KJV

And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

 

We all will answer for what we have done in our lifetimes.

For those who are saved, we will all give an account for how we handled the many opportunities for service which our Lord has graciously given to us.   Did we, by faith, step up and take advantage of opportunities to serve our Lord?  Did we do it with the right motives in our hearts?  Did we use methods that were pleasing to the Lord?  These areas, and others, will be areas of judgment for those who know Christ as their Savior.

The Apostle Paul clearly concerning this judgment in 1 Corinthians 3:9-15, while Christ used a parable to illustrate this judgment in Luke 19:11-27.

 

Those who have never trusted in Christ, they too must answer for their actions in this lifetime.   When they stand before the Lord the many times that they have disobeyed the Lord will be brought into clear view.  What act of disobedience was performed?  Was this  sin committed due to  ignorance or was it an act of willful rebellion?  Was it a private act or a public act?  How many others followed the sinful example that was set?  These and other areas of responsibility will be examined during this time.

John describes this judgment in Revelation 20:11-15, where we can see the Lord will use the absence of their name from the Book of Life to reveal their standing before Him and the 66 books of the Bible to reveal the sinfulness of their works.  Paul also speaks of the same judgment in Romans 2:5-8.

 

King Solomon taught on the final judgments in his closing words of Ecclesiastes.  Ecclesiastes is Solomon’s diary that he wrote to share his experiences and the life lessons he had learned as King.  In Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, Solomon summarizes these life lessons in two short sentences….

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”

Not only have these final judgments given us a glimpse of what will take place in the future, but they also give us a tremendous motivation to serve the Lord.   It is just as Solomon says, the whole duty of man is centered upon man’s need to fear, reverence, and obey God.

All three of these involve a recognition and submission to Christ as the Lord of their life.  This only comes when a person turns from their sin and turns to Christ, trusting in Him as their Savior and the Master of their life.  It is only then that a person can come to understand the greatness of their Lord, fear and reverence Him, and live their lives in submission to His authority.

This is the key to being found faithful at the final judgment, this is the whole duty of man.  May we all use the final judgments to motivate us to turn from our sins to Christ before our opportunities to trust in Him pass us by.

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 22:10 KJV

“And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.

 

 

John is told to “seal not” the contents of the Revelation. In other words, he was to begin sharing the visions he had received with the other Christians around him.  Why was he to not delay?  Because “the time is at hand”… the contents of the book were relevant for the people in John’s day, and would continue to be relevant until the second coming of Christ.

John, as we, are living in the last days with the next event in world history being the second coming of our Lord which will begin our eternity with Him. We are now living in the last days.  The need for God’s revelation to man is obvious.  The events in the Revelation account that lead up to the second coming are, and will, take place during this time period in which we live. This is the “last days” before Christ will come again.

 

 

Not only are these the “last days” prior to His second coming, but they are, more importantly, the “last days” of God’s increasing revelation of Himself to man.  This is a much overlooked,  Biblical meaning behind the phrase “last days”…

Prior to Christ’s coming, the revelation of God was made up of an incomplete revelation based upon the messages He delivered to His prophets. From the time Christ appeared on the earth at His first coming, God’s revelation to man was transformed by two amazing events:

  1. With the coming of Christ, we have God being presented fully in the life of Christ, the fullness of the Godhead revealed to men in a bodily fashion (Col 2:8-9). This was God revealing Himself to man in radically different way than ever before.
  1. Also, very shortly after Christ’s ascension, we have the written Word brought to completion with the writing of the book of Revelation by John. This event brought an end to God’s divine revelation to man prior to eternity (Jude 3, 2 Peter 1:3 etc).

 

God’s full revelation of Himself is the hallmark of “the last days” time period. Please notice 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;”

The coming of Christ, the very Word of God brought unto us “the last days”.  In other words, the days when God Himself to man was brought to completion.  This is the final period of history that brings to an end God’s revelation of Himself to man.  With the taking of Christ from the earth (at the ascension) and the completion of the written Word with the writing of Revelation by John, God’s continually increasing revelation to man came to an end.  There will be no other periods in world history that will add to His revelation of Himself to man. This was the last period on this sinful earth for the addition of God’s revelation to us.

The next main event that will bring and addition to God’s revelation to man will take place at the second coming of Christ when, once again, we will be able to see God in a bodily fashion and then dwell with Him eternally.

The time period beginning with Christ and ending just prior to His second coming is the “last days” of His revelation of Himself to man.  No further revelation of Himself will come to mankind until eternity begins at His second coming.

 

May we never forget that to live in “the last days” not only means we are living in the time period just prior to Christ’s second coming, BUT IT ALSO MEANS WE ARE LIVING IN THE TIME PERIOD WHERE GOD FINISHED HIS REVELATION OF HIMSELF TO US.

When Christ came physically and revealed God to mankind on this sinful earth and then, when John wrote this wonderful book of Revelation, God completed revealing Himself to man.  This marked the “last days” of His revealing Himself to mankind.  No other revelation of Him will come to us prior to the second coming of our Lord.

His revelation is complete and His second coming is “at hand”, truly this is the last days.

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4gE

The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “they shall reign for ever and ever.”

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Revelation 22:5 KJV

And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

 

 

The Lord, through His angel, reveals to us that the saints of God will be reigning throughout eternity.  As we know, God, in the person of Jesus Christ, will be eternally reigning over His people as a King reigns over His kingdom (Daniel 7:14, Hebrews 1:8, Rev 11:15).

Now, before Christ’s second coming, the saints are given authority to rule over the powers of darkness of this lost world through the indwelling Holy Spirit (1 John 4:4, 5:4-5, Rev 2:26-27).

At the final judgment, the saints will enjoy a reign over the fallen angels, the lost including the Jews who were active in the crucifixion of Christ (1 Cor 6:1-3, Matt 19:27-30).

However, following the final judgment, the powers of darkness (including Satan, fallen angels and the false religions and world empires and all lost individuals) will be consigned to the Lake of Fire, no longer present on the earth.

 

Again, following the final judgement, the lost will no longer be present on the earth… if this is so, over whom will the saved reign throughout eternity?

For the answer to this question we need to remember our previous devotion concerning the undoing of the curse placed upon mankind in the Garden of Eden.  Please remember, after the fall of man, based upon the curse, mankind lost perfect dominion over the heavens and the earth.  Prior to the fall, there were no weeds, no need to painfully labor for food, the animals were in perfect submission to mankind, never attacking man, never threatening to man, but in perfect submission to him.

Following the fall everything changed… weeds now grow, man must labor for his food, and animal life rebels against man, disobeying him, harming him, and at times killing man.  With the coming of eternity on the New Heavens and New Earth, with Christ as the ultimate authority, man will regain his subordinate rulership over the earth.  The curse will be undone, and mankind will perfectly reign over nature around him, he will take absolute dominion over the New Earth and all will be in perfect peace and harmony once again.

This is the answer to the question before us.  Over what do the saints of God reign throughout eternity?   They will reign over the restored Garden of Eden, nature that is no longer effected by sin or the curse that was placed upon mankind.

What a great type of experience that will be for each one of us, to have the different aspects of nature all perfectly submissive to us.  To share in the dominion the Lord originally gave to mankind that He will restore to us as an eternal blessing!   What a wonderful eternity that awaits us.   What a wonderful Lord to grant us this eternal privilege!

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “no more curse”

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: no more curse

 

 

Revelation 22:3 KJV – And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

What a wonderful blessing… “And there shall be no more curse”!  Stop and think about the curse that mankind brought upon themselves when they choose to disobey the Lord by submitting to the wishes of the serpent (Gen 3:14-24).  There are four basic parts to God’s curse …

 

  1. Curse against Satan – Since Christ did not die for Satan, this aspect of the curse will remain throughout time.

“And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.  

Please note, one of the most important parts to this curse involves ETERNAL defeat at the hands of Christ (the seed of the woman). 

 

  1. Curse against the woman – This aspect of the curse was undone through the work of Christ, any woman who turns to Christ, in faith will no longer feel its effects with the departure of her sinful flesh at death. 

“Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.”

The main pieces to this curse are increased conception, her pain during childbirth, and her desire to hold her husband’s position of authority, while unable to attain it.   

 

  1. Curse against the man – Like the curse against the woman, Christ has undone this aspect of the curse in the lives of saved men. At their physical death, this curse will no longer be in effect.

“And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;  Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” 

The main components of this curse are: it will be loss of control over the physical earth resulting in painful, manual, labor needed to bring forth plants for food.  This would involve the growth of weeds, the need to prepare, plant, maintain, protect from scavengers and reap in fields… all of which demand great painful labor.

 

  1. Curse against all mankind – Christ’s death has undone this aspect of the curse as well. At our entrance into the presence of the Lord, these parts of the curse will not have a hold upon mankind.

“And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:   Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.   So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”

This part of the curse was proclaimed by the actions of the Lord and not verbal statement.  When He drove man out of the garden, he was casting them out from His personal presence on earth and from access to continual physical life (the tree of life).

 

Through the Lord’s grace, following our physical death, at the loss of our sinful flesh, these aspects of the curse will no longer be in effect for the people of God.   When we enter into the New Jerusalem, with our glorified bodies, all of these things will be done away in the life of a Christian.

May we all serve the Lord with encouraged hearts, knowing there is coming a day when all of the results of the fall will be done away, and mankind’s condition will be restored eternally.

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”

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Revelation 22:2 KJV – “In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

 

In this tree, which is symbolic of Christ and His work, we find “healing” for the nations (both Jew and Gentiles).   The idea of healing carries with it the ideas of “to attend to”, “to cure”, “to treat”.  The work of Christ is the source of all healing that comes to man.

This healing involves the curing of the spiritual results of sin in our lives.  The alienation of mankind from God, the possession of a sin nature, slavery to sin, and the inability to understand the Word of God, are just a few of the many spiritual “afflictions” that come upon mankind due to their sinful condition.

However, the healing that the Lord provides to His people is not limited to the spiritual results of sin, but it also includes the physical results of sin as well.   Some of the physical results of sin include diseases, birth defects, physical weaknesses, and even death.

 

It is interesting to note that the prophet Isaiah spoke of these healing graces flowing directly from the work of Christ….

Isaiah 53:4-6 KJV – “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

 

When we come to understand that healing from the effects of sin flow through the work of Christ, we then must also come to an understanding of when this healing takes place in the lives of Christians….

Although the Lord many times graces the Christian with partial healings during the course of his lifetime, He never grants a total healing prior to eternity.  Some examples of this principle include:

  1. the Lord showing His people some of the wondrous truths found in His Word, but never totally taking the veil off of our eyes until eternity.
  2. the Lord removing the bondage of sin from His people and yet allowing the old nature to continue to exist within them.  This allows periodic failures and sins on the part of the people of God. Only in eternity, with the receipt of glorified bodies, will His people be totally freed from the presence of sin in their lives.
  3. the Lord choosing to heal His people from a specific physical sickness, however they remain susceptible to other illnesses and afflictions until they enter eternity.

 

Please note in all the above, the Lord is not obligated to fully redeem His people from these effects of sin prior to our entrance into eternity.    It is only in eternity, with the receipt of their glorified bodies, that the saint is guaranteed of a full deliverance from the spiritual and physical ravages of sin in their lives.  Prior to eternity the Lord is NEVER obligated to totally deliver any Christian from the consequences of sin.

This is a very important point that cannot be overstressed.  Using our above points as examples, prior to eternity, the Lord is NEVER obligated to:

  1. show us ALL the truths from His Word… none of us know all the truths that can be found in His Word
  2. to grant us ABSOLUTE freedom from the power of sin… none of us have total absolute deliverance from sin’s workings in our lives
  3. nor is He ever obligated to heal us from ALL the physical illnesses that may come upon us…. none of us can obligate God to heal us of a specific illness.

The Lord alone, prior to eternity, graciously, sovereignly chooses to bless us with these healings only when He sees fit, it is for our good, and it brings the optimum glory to Himself.   With our entrance into eternity and the receipt of our glorified bodies, God will fully fulfill His promises to bring absolute healing to His people from all  the spiritual and physical effects of sin that have touched our lives.

May we all remember the Lord’s gracious acts of healing in our lives, never take them for granted, never believe that we deserve them, nor that we are owed to us.  They are ENTIRELY at His discretion, based upon His sovereign will for our lives!

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4gA

The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “a pure river of water of life”

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Revelation 22:1 KJV – “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.”

 

 

In the restored Garden of Eden, John sees the river of water of life flowing from the throne of God and the Lamb.  This river is a picture of Christ’s work on the cross, which brings forgiveness and eternal spiritual life to all who partake of it.

 

The prophet Jeremiah saw the Lord as the One who supplied this living waters to those who are spiritually thirsty…

Jeremiah 17:13 KJV – “O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.”

 

This same picture is used by Christ in John 4:14…

John 4:14 KJV – “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”

In this verse, the Lord teaches us not only about His work being the source of everlasting life, but also the source of eternal security as well.  He tells us that “whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst”.   This clearly teaches us that once a person partakes of this living water of life, he will never face spiritual need again.

Christ’s work on the cross, in conjunction with continual intercession, guarantees to save men TO THE UTTERMOST (Hebrews 7:25).    Men, when they partake of the work of Christ by faith, will not lose His salvation, nor will he ever experience a spiritual void in their life…

John 6:35 KJV – “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”

 

What a wonderful Savior!  Not only does He forgive us and deliver us from our sins, but then He keeps us secure in Him.  This security is based entirely on what He does for us.  There is nothing we can do to save ourselves, nor keep ourselves saved.  It is all of His grace and intervention in our lives.

May we all serve Him with thankful hearts knowing that “with Him is the fountain of life”… the One that supplies our never-ending salvation to us…

Psalms 36:9 KJV – “For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.”

 

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple”

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Revelation 21:22 KJV

And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

 

The Old Testament temple, just like the tabernacle, played a very important role in the lives of the Israelites.  The building, and its furnishings, revealed to them the coming Messiah, Jesus, and His work that would be performed for His people.    It was one of the greatest sources of knowledge of the Messiah that the physical Jews were given.

John, in his vision of the New Jerusalem, says that there was no temple building in the city.  Why was this?  It is because the Lord God Almighty, in the person of the Lamb, will be physically present with His people.  This truth is presented in both testaments, by a variety of authors…

 

Both Job and David in the Old Testament:

Job 19:26 KJV – And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

Psalms 16:11 KJV – Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

 

Paul and John reaffirmed this truth in the New Testament:

2 Corinthians 5:8 KJV – We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

1 John 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.

Revelation 22:4 KJV – And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

 

Christ, Himself, clearly presented this truth to His followers:

John 17:24 KJV – Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

 

Why will there be no temple in the New Jerusalem?  Because there will be no need for it.   God, in the person of Christ, will be physically present with His people throughout eternity.  He will teach us about Himself.  We will be able to see Him with our own eyes.   He will reveal Himself to us in all His glory.   What a wonderful experience that will be, to  come to know our Lord as clearly as He knows us…

1 Corinthians 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.

 

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Revelation 21:22-22:5 “New Jerusalem, the Presence Of God and The Glory Of Eden Restored To Man”

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THE TEXT:

Revelation 21:22-22:5 KJV 

(22)  And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
(23)  And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
(24)  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
(25)  And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
(26)  And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
(27)  And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
(1)  And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
(2)  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
(3)  And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
(4)  And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
(5)  And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

In Revelation 20: John’s attention was placed upon the first phase of the Christian’s eternity with Christ on the New Earth… the period of one thousand years, which has been set aside by the Lord for the judgment and reward of His people.  This was then followed by the event that closes the 1000 year time period, the judgment of Satan and his kingdom (including lost mankind) for their sins and their consignment to the Lake of Fire.

Now, in Revelation 21:-22:, John begins to share with us a wonderful description of new Jerusalem, the eternal dwelling place of the people of God….

  1. Rev 21:1-11 – New Jerusalem on the New Heavens and Earth
  2. Rev 21:12-21 – The Walls and Gates of New Jerusalem
  3. Rev 21:22-22:5 – New Jerusalem, the Glory of Eden restored
  4. Rev 22:6-20 – The Conclusion to the Book of Revelation

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

 

Revelation 21:22-22:5 KJV 

Previously, John received a vision of New Jerusalem (the eternal dwelling place of the Lord and His people), being symbolized as a beautiful, glorious city of God.  Now as John continues to view New Jerusalem, the symbolism as the city is brought to a close emphasizing the very presence of God among His people (21:22-27).

And then, New Jerusalem as the center of God’s eternal presence,  is presented it to John in a different light.  New Jerusalem is now symbolized as the Garden of Eden restored to mankind (22:1-5)….

 

(22)  And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.   (23)  And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 

John now sees God’s presence presented in two different ways:

 

  1. The lack of a temple for worship

Keep in mind the OT tabernacle / temple was used by the Israelites as the center for the worship of Jehovah.  Their construction and their furnishings all symbolized the person and work of Christ on behalf of His people.   John sees there is no temple.  Why is there no need for a place of worship that reveals Christ to His people?  It is because, in New Jerusalem, He is physically present with them.  He will be the center of their worship.  They will have no need of human symbolism nor a place of worship to communion with Christ.  He will be physically present communing with His people and revealing Himself to them through His presence, workings, and teachings.

 

  1. The lack of the sun and moon

John also sees there will be no need of external light to enlighten our eternal dwelling.   Again, because Christ, who is God, will be physically present with His people, His glory will enlighten our eternity….

Isaiah 60:19-20 KJV – “The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.   Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.” 

Zec  14:6-7 – “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:  But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.”

1 John 1:5-7 KJV – “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.   If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:   But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 

 

In this passage we also see light symbolizing both holiness and the truths of God’s word.   These both apply to this verse:

  1. light symbolizing holiness

Christ is the true source of holiness, His own, the holiness of His people, and the holiness of the new creation.  There will be no need for any other source of holiness in our new world…. He, alone, is the true origin of all the holiness we will experience.

  1. light symbolizing the truths of His Word that are to be applied to our lives

There will be no need for any other source of truth in eternity.  No need for preachers, no need for missionaries, etc.  He will be the supreme, and only, source of all truth that will be presented to us throughout eternity.  (This is the same reason why there will be no need of a tabernacle or temple.) 

Please note: When this verse speaks of “the Lord God Almighty and The Lamb” it is saying that this is the God that is worshipped in the Old Testament (Lord God Almighty) and the New Testament (The Lamb).  There will not be two different Lords present in eternity.  There will just be one Lord present with us in eternity…  Jehovah, who is the Lamb.

John 10:30 KJV – “I and my Father are one.”

1 Corinthians 15:28 KJV – “And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” 

Colossians 1:19 KJV – “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell”

Colossians 2:9 KJV – “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”

 

(24)  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.   (25)  And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.  (26)  And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.

Those who enter the presence of God’s glory are those who have been delivered from their sins.  Even the kings who are used to the honor and adoration of their citizens will enter New Jerusalem humbly seeking to glorify the Lord alone.   No longer will their positions of authority be recognized, nor selfishly desired, they all will gladly submit and worship the Lord alone.

Continual, eternal access to God’s presence will be possessed by the saved.  His glory will be present eternally, as will the opportunity for us to enter into His presence as we worship and honor Him.    This will be true of all who are saved, which will come from every nation on earth.  You will have the Lord being praised with representatives of every nation on earth being present.

In this context there is no need for the gates to be shut.  The lost will be consigned to the Lake of Fire, the only ones who are present to enter this place will be those who are saved…

Isaiah 60:11-12 KJV – “Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.  For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.” 

 

(27)  And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

The opposite principle holds true for the lost.  NONE will be given any access to this eternal dwelling place.  Nothing that will touch this holy place with sin, none that do works that are hated by God, none that deceive and mislead others into error.  No one who is lost will be in this city, only those whose names are found written in God’s listing of those He has chosen to save from eternity past.  This is pictured by the OT lepers who were not given entrance into the camp…

Leviticus 13:46 KJV – “All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.”  (Nums 5:3, Num 12:15) 

Please note: In the last verse we see other proofs of the symbolic nature of the walls, gates, those who enter and those who are kept outside the city.  In this verse, we see the gates not giving access to the lost (symbolic of the lost’s presence in the Lake of Fire and inability to enter the city).   However in the previous verse, we see the gates are pictured as being opened giving access to God’s people at all times.  This seeming contradiction is easily understood when we accept the symbolic nature of the teachings. 

 

John now sees this same eternal dwelling place symbolized as a Garden of eden that has been restored for all mankind to enjoy and thrive throughout eternity… 

(1)  And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.   

This vision begins by John seeing “a pure river of water of life” flowing from the throne of God.   Prior to this in Rev 21:6, the Lord Himself uses the title “the fountain of the water of life” to describe the source of spiritual life that He offers to any who would partake of it.   He does this same thing later in Rev 22:17, when He tells us “whosoever desires, let him take of the water of life freely”.

These references help us to understand that “the water of life” is a picture of the work of Christ which, when partaken by lost mankind, will secure eternal life and communion with God on the New Earth…

“Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.  The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?  Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?  Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”  (John 4:10-14 KJV)

The origin of this water is found in God, His counsels and workings (“proceeding out of the throne”) and is holy and sinless (“pure river of water of life”).  The Garden of Eden had a rivers (Gen 2:10) that gave life to everything in the garden.  This river in the restored Eden is the source of eternal life for all who live in it.

 

(2)  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Just like the Garden of Eden which had a tree of life (Gen 2:9), so too, the restored Eden is symbolized as having a tree of life within it as well.   This symbolically teaches us that those who live in this Eden possess eternal life and will always dwell within it.  Just as Adam and Eve would live forever in the presence of the tree of life (Gen 3:22-24), so too in the eternal Eden access to this tree symbolizes the eternal life possessed by the saints of God.

This tree finds its life in the river of life (Christ’s work that brings salvation to mankind).  In other words, the eternal life that we possess throughout eternity flows through the work of Christ… the same work of Christ that secured salvation from sin is the same work of Christ that secures eternal life to His people.

This tree is said to bear 12 types (manner) of fruits which symbolizes complete supplies for eternal life.  When God works in the heart of His people granting them spiritual life, there is nothing else needed by man.  Not their good works, not church membership nor baptism.   Eternal life is entirely a gift of grace.  Everything necessary is supplied by this tree apart from Man.

Also it is said to yield her fruit every month… eternal life is just that ETERNAL, there are no “breaks” in it, no loosing and regaining it, no weakening and strengthening of it.  There is fruit on the tree to eat every month so that the eternal life is consistently sustained  throughout one’ s life on earth and throughout eternity.

 

The leaves are said to be “for the healing of the nations”.  These leaves supply the complete healing for sin and its results in our lives.  In eternity, all sin will be undone, sin will be totally eradicated from the New Earth and its results totally undone.  This salvation is made available to all races (nations – Greek; ethnos) of mankind.

Isaiah 53:4-6 KJV – “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

 

(3)  And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:   (4) And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.  

In this restored Eden, the curse that was felt in the earthly Eden (Gen 3:14-19) will be undone.  A part of this curse was removal from the Garden which restrains man’s personal, intimate fellowship with God.  In the new Garden, we have God, the Lamb, physically present, personally served by His people.  No longer will there be a hindrance in our fellowship with Him.  Because of this renewed intimacy we are told that “they shall see His face”…

Job 33:26 KJV – “He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.”

1 Corinthians 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.”

Psalms 16:9-11 KJV – “Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.  For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.   Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

The Lord will not leave our bodies in the grave but resurrect and glorify them so that we might be able to enjoy His presence and the pleasures of eternity forevermore!

We are also told that “His name shall be on our foreheads” symbolic of His ownership of us and our position as His servants and worshippers!

 

(5)  And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

Because the Lord will be personally present in the renewed Garden of Eden (just as He was prior to the casting out of mankind – Gen 3:8), the glory of the Lord will enlighten the entire garden.  Just as the Lord will give His people much greater enlightened spiritual understanding, He will also enlighten His people with the light of His glory both day and night.

Throughout eternity, man will rule over this new creation.  One aspect of the fall of man, was man losing perfect dominion over God’s creation (Gen 1:26-31, 2:19-20, 3:17-19).  In this restored garden, the saints will once again enjoy a complete dominion over creation .  Every creature will perfectly obey him, there will be no weeds, nor the need to labor in this renewed creation of God.

This renewed Garden of Eden is all a part of the undoing of sin and its results upon mankind.  This will all be one of the aspects of our eternity with the Lord…. Truly, all the results of sin will be undone as the Lord graciously remakes this sinful world into a world that is untouched by sin, just like the original Garden of Eden before the fall.

 

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this section of Scripture, we come face to face with the undoing of sin through the work of Christ.

1 John 2:16-17 KJV – “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

Through Christ and his gracious work on our behalf we can know that, although this world (that is filled with sin and its results) will pass away, we are assured of an wonderful eternity with Him.  How wonderful it is to know that our Lord is so great He was able to defeat sin and all of the results that sin has brought into our world (Col 2:13-15).

 

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

What was once a world filled with sins and reeling from the results of sin, will someday be renovated and made perfect once again…

Romans 8:21-25 KJV – “Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?   But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”

2 Peter 3:10-13 KJV – “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.   Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?   Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

 

May we all use these truths to encourage our hearts and seek to remain faithful to Him as we eagerly await our eternal abode with Him…

Hebrews 11:13-16 KJV – “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.  And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.   But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “pure gold, as it were transparent glass”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 21:21

And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

 

The street of this symbolic New Jerusalem is said to be made of “pure gold, as it were transparent glass”.  There is no earthly gold that can be purified to the point of becoming as clear as transparent glass, however, symbolically, this holds for us some great truths…

 

  1. The one “street” found in this glorious city pictures for us the way that leads to eternal communion with Christ. in other words, this street is the way to salvation, forgiveness and eternal life.

There is only ONE way to eternal life (the gospel message), and that way leads to Christ.  That is why this city is said to have only one street in it.

 

  1. This street is said to be of ‘pure gold”. The gospel message is a divine message which is precious.  It originates with God and leads us to Him.  This is why it is said to be of gold.

The gospel message is free from deceit, error or sin.  This is why it is described as being pure.

 

  1. The purity of this street’s gold is emphasized as “it were transparent glass.” It is said to be without any dirt or contamination, it is like glass that is absolutely clear.  It has no dirt, chips, cracks, waves or any other defect which would obstruct our view of Christ and His work.

Folks, when we see others who do not see the value of the gospel, when they misunderstand its intent, or ridicule its priceless message, it is not the fault of the gospel.  The reason why the gospel is misunderstood and rejected by men is because of man’s sinfulness and spiritual blindness.

The gospel does nothing to hinder our view of Christ and His work on our behalf, however, man’s sin hardened heart rejects the truth and mocks Christ and all He has done on behalf of His people.

 

Folks, we need to always remember that, apart from the Lord’s gracious intervention, sharing the gospel with the lost is much like ‘talking to a brick wall”.  Without Christ’s working, one hundred percent of the time, the gospel message will be rejected by the lost.

So as we minster to them don’t’ be surprised if they reject our message and misinterpret our motives.  They are blinded by sin and truly unable to see the truth….

John 5:39-40 KJV – “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.   And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.”

 

However, through Christ’s intervention in the life of a lost person, the spiritually blind can receive sight, and those who were running from Christ can be drawn to Him…

John 6:44-45 KJV – No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.   It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

 

So, as Christians, who love the lost and seek to see them saved, what are we to do?  Share the gospel message with them and PRAY FOR THEM… before, during, and after our witness to them.   We should never rely upon our own abilities to bring them to Christ, because we all have NO ABILITY to bring them to our Savior.   The only One who can bring the lost to Christ is the Lord Himself, as He intervenes in their lives through His ministry as the Holy Spirit.

He alone can bring them to salvation…. this is why we are to look to Him in faith, seek His face through prayer, and give Him all the praise and honor when we see a lost person come to faith.

It is truly a miracle of God when He softens the sin hardened heart of lost mankind and opens their eyes to the need of salvation and the wondrous work He has done on their behalf.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the twelve gates were twelve pearls”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 21:21

And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

 

In the city of New Jerusalem, the wall has twelve gates which control access to this glorious city.  In Revelation, this city is symbolic of the place where God’s people can live eternally in the very presence of God.  The gates, therefore, represent the way to gain access to this wonderful eternity with God.

We are told that each gate is made of one pearl.  Christ used the picture of pearls to represent the precious truths of God’s Word:

 

  1. The truths of God should not be waste upon those who willfully, consistently mock, ridicule and scorn the God’s Word and people of God….

Matthew 7:6 – “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.”

 

  1. The truths of God’s Word are of greater value than anything this world has to offer. We are to sacrifice anything of this world to come to an understanding and application of these truths into his life…

Matthew 13:45-46 – “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:  Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”

 

Why would each gate to the city be made of a pearl?  It is through the Word of God (the gospel message of Christ and His work) that we can gain access to the glorious eternity with God.

Romans 10:12-18 – “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.    How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?    And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!    But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?    So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.    But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.”

 

It is only fitting that the gates to this city be symbolized by a precious, beautiful pearl that is greatly sought by men and held in high esteem by those who understand its great value.

May we all take the message of God’s Word, seriously by applying it to our lives and sharing this precious gift with others around us!

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “garnished with all manner of precious stones.”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 21:19

“And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;”

 

John now describes the foundations of the walls of New Jerusalem as being “garnished with all manner of precious stones.”    He then gives a listing of all the differing stones that decorate the foundation.

When we study the stones in detail we see two main teachings:

  1. The faithfulness of the Lord to keep His promises to His people…

The colors of the stones vary greatly reminding us of a rainbow.  The rainbow, was God’s gift to Noah and all mankind as a type of assurance that He would keep His promise to never destroy the world by water again.

Genesis 9:13-16 – “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.  And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.  And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.”

 

 

  1. This glorious city has its foundations in the intercessory work of Christ and is the place of communion and fellowship with Him…

These stones are the same as found in the breastplate worn by the OT priests.  The role of the OT priesthood was intercessory in nature, standing between God and sinful man offering sacrifices that typified the sacrifice of Christ for the sins of His people.    The typical result of the ministry of the priesthood was to bring peace and communion between God and His people.

Hebrews 7:24-27 – “But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.  For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.” 

Hebrews 9:24 – “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:”

 

As John describes the beautiful symbolism of the precious stones that decorate the foundation of the eternal city of God, may we all understand a far beautiful truth… our eternal dwelling place is given to His people based upon Christ’s faithfulness to His promises and His never-ending intercession for His people.

May we all praise and honor Christ with our lives as we remember his faithfulness to us and the wonderful eternity that awaits us.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “pure gold, like unto clear glass.”

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Revelation 21:18 – “And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.

 

 

John describes the New Jerusalem as “pure gold, like unto clear glass”.

The symbolism that lies behind the gold is very apparent.  Biblically, gold is a symbol of:

  1. greatly valued or desired (Psa 19:1)
  2. a kingly authority (2 Sam 12:30)
  3. the true God, and false deities (Exo 20:23, 37:2, Isa 60:6-9)
  4. indestructibility (Zech 13:9)

Knowing this, it is very easy to see why John saw this eternal city of God symbolized by “pure gold’… It is greatly desired by God’s people; It is ruled over by the Lord, the King of Kings; It is the city of the True God; It will not be destroyed but will exist throughout eternity.

 

Why would this gold be described as “like unto pure glass”?  Pure glass pictures something that can be easily seen through, without cracks, dirt, smoke, or any other material that could obstruct our view.  It presents to us the truth that this eternal city is sinless, not touched by the filth of sin, nor will our eyes be spiritually blinded due to sinful flesh.

1 Corinthians 13:12 – “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.”

 

May we all praise and honor our Lord the wonderful future that awaits us… we will be able to see Him as He is, because we will no longer be touched by sin.  This will all take place in His dwelling place that He reigns over, that will never fade away!

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates”

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“And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:”

John, in his vision of the New Jerusalem, sees the dwelling place of God on the New Earth, has a wall with gates in it. Why would this wondrous city have a wall? We are told that it is used to keep out sin (21:27), its effects (21:4), and those who are enslaved by it (21:8).

Why does this city have gates? To give entrance to those whose names are written in the Book of Life (21:27).

Folks, stop and think about the amazing symbolism that is set before us… in these symbols of the wall with gates we find the truth that those who are the People of God will gain entrance to a sinless, eternal existence in the very presence of God Himself. The sinless eternity awaiting the people of God is promised throughout the Holy Word…

Isaiah 35:8 – “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.”

Joel 3:17 – “So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.”

Zechariah 14:20-21 – “In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD’S house shall be like the bowls before the altar. Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.”

2 Peter 3:13 – “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

What a blessing that will be! To no longer have bodies touched by sin, no longer feel any effects of sin in our lives, no longer be tempted nor be struggling with our sinful desires, no longer being mistreated by those who hate our Lord and all He stands for!

May we all keep our eyes on this glorious future that is awaiting the people of God and know that no matter what we may face in this life, and no matter what effects of sin we might feel, there is coming a day when we all truly be liberated from sin and its effects and jejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

Romans 8:28 – “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Romans 5:1-2 – “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “Having The Glory Of God”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 21:10-11

And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,  Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

 

The glory of God.  We read about it, we talk about it, we hear preaching on it, but what does the Bible mean when it talks about God’s glory?

The glory of God describes different, but related ideas in the Bible:

  1. A literal illumination that radiates from the very presence of God (Revelation 21:23)
  2. Honoring God in our lives through our words, deeds, and thought life (John 11:4)
  3. The perfection of God’s person, attributes, and works (Romans 3:23)

 

Why are these three distinct ideas described as “the glory of God”?

They share one principle in common… each one of the three draw men’s attention to God.  Each one of these is like a spotlight that shines upon an object, bringing it to men’s awareness and concentration…

  1. In the Old Testament and New Testament, when the illuminating glory of the Lord was shown to men, they were in awe as their attention was riveted to the greatness of the Lord being on display in His radiant glory.
  1. When our lives honor the Lord and tell others about Him, it attracts men’s attention to Him. They think about Him, see Him illustrated in our lives, and recognize His presence in our life.
  1. The perfect character and workings of the Lord set the ultimate standard for which mankind is to strive. When we recognize the greatness in His perfection, not only is our attention driven to Him but also to our weaknesses and our great need of Him.

 

Folks, this is one of the key ideas behind God’s glory that is carried throughout the Scriptures.  However the glory of the Lord is manifested, whether by illumination, the testimony of His people, or a recognition of His greatness… our attention is drawn to Him.  This then, leads us to see His greatness more clearly and have a better understanding of our weaknesses and our need of Him.

May we all seek to get a glimpse of His glory, and then seek to share it with others, as we strive to be shining lights pointed at Christ, in the midst of a sin darkened world!

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.”

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Revelation 21:6 – “And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”

 

Here, we see the Lord giving Himself the titles “Alpha and Omega” and “the Beginning and the End”.   These titles reveal the Lord as:

 

  1. The One who has existed from the beginning and will continue to exist through the end of time…

Psalms 90:2 – “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”

 

 

  1. The One who has begun all things and the One that will bring this world to an end…

Psalms 102:24-27 – “I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.   Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.   They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:  But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.”

 

 

Folks, this knowledge is a wonderful blessing for each one of us….

Just stop and think the same Lord that brought the world into existence is the same Lord that we now serve.  The same Lord that existed in the Old Testament times, constantly working on behalf of His people, is the same Lord that is now working on our behalf.

Psalms 111:2-4 – “The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.   His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.   He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.”

 

Moreover, the same Lord that gives us promises of eternity with Him will never be defeated, nor go out of existence, He will live eternally.   He will not leave us nor forsake us, as time continues forward, He will forever be by our side protecting us, enabling us, and keeping His promises to us.

Psalms 103:17-18 – “But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;  To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.”

 

Folks may we honor our Lord with our lives today knowing that He is always existent and forever caring for us…. even throughout eternity!

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “I make all things new.”

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Revelation 21:5

“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”

 

Following John’s glimpse of the new life that Christians will enjoy in eternity, the Lord tells John “Behold, I make all things new”.  This is in direct relation to the new life that Christians will experience throughout eternity.   However, the great change that takes place in the life of a Christian is not limited to our eternal experience.

There is another verse that gives us insight into a new type of life received by the Christian as one of the blessings of Christ’s work on the cross…

2 Corinthians 5:17 says … ““Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”   This verse tells us that we are changed in all aspects of our life (“all things”).

 

There are many, many ways in which our life is changed “in Christ”, actually too many to cover in this devotion.  But there is one outstanding change that touches every area of our life that cannot be overlooked or overemphasized.  It is a change made in our desires.

When we experience a genuine salvation experience, turning from our sins to Christ and accepting Him as our Savior, He becomes the Lord of our lives.  He becomes number one above all else.  Our greatest desire is then pointed to pleasing Him.  Much like the Psalmist that said in Psalm 40:8…“I delight to do thy will, O my God:…” 

This burning desire touches us in every area of our life, as we become “living sacrifices” for Christ which results in no longer being “conformed to this world” but now are“transformed by the renewing of our minds” (Romans 12:1-2).   Put very simply this means our lives are radically changed, our desires, goals and purpose for living is now to honor and glorify Christ in all we do…

Our actions, reactions, and times of inaction all take place in an effort to show Christ to those who are around us; our words, both public and private, are now spoken with an intent to encourage, strengthen and help others, which reveals Christ’s love; and our dreams and hopes are no longer centered on the things of this world but are now centered upon things above, the eternity that awaits us in Christ.

 

Truly, when Christ becomes our Lord and our desires become pointed towards Him, every aspect of our lives will be radically made “new”.

Are we living a “new” life in Him?   If so, we can be confident we have been saved by His grace and have become a new creature in Christ!

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the tabernacle of God is with men”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 21:3 – “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”

Ezekiel 37:27 – “My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

As you can see, the event described in Revelation 21:3 is a fulfillment of the promise that God gave to His people in Ezekiel 37:27.

There are several different aspects to this promise of God.   When He promises that “the tabernacle of God is with men”, He is promising His people that they will possess His eternal presence in their midst.

 

 

Keep in mind, one of the greatest aspects of the OT tabernacle was God’s presence abiding within it….

Exodus 25:8 – “And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.”

Exodus 40:34-35 – “Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.  And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.”

Nowhere in the Bible does the Lord promise a literal tabernacle, or temple, will be present throughout eternity.  There will be no need for them to symbolically reveal Christ to us, because He will be present and revealed clearly to us in His person.

 

 

They simply were a shadow and example of what we will experience now throughout eternity…. the very ministry and presence of Christ Himself…

Hebrews 8:5-6 – “Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.  But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.”

 

 

 

God’s presence among them gives His people access to Himself…

Once a year, on the Day of Atonement, the High Priest could enter into the tabernacle’s holy of holies, entering into God’s presence to make intercession for His people.  In the OT Jewish mind, the tabernacle was where they went to meet with God and obtain forgiveness for their families and nation.

Leviticus 16:2-3,16 – “And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the vail before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat.   Thus shall Aaron come into the holy place: with a young bullock for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering…. And he shall make an atonement for the holy place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions in all their sins: and so shall he do for the tabernacle of the congregation, that remaineth among them in the midst of their uncleanness.”

 

 

Also, God’s presence among them gave them a much greater understanding of His person and attributes…

Remember the materials and colors that made up the tent of the tabernacle, along with all the furniture within the tabernacle, clearly declared Christ, His work and His attributes to His people.

 

 

Below is a very basic look at how Christ is revealed in the OT Tabernacle.  (Christ is revealed in many more ways than is listed below.  This is simply a quick glimpse at how we can see Christ in the Tabernacle for those who are unfamiliar with this teaching.)

Tabernacle Materials / Furnishings Symbolism
Coverings Deity, Royalty, Humanity and Purity of Christ
Altar of Burnt offerings The death / shed blood of Christ on the cross
Laver Confession / repentance of sin and purification
Table of Shewbread Partaking of Christ’s work, Becoming one with Christ, Christ’s enablement of His people
Golden Altar Of Incense Prayer / Communion / Fellowship with God
Golden Lampstand Christ the light of the world / Christ revealing His truths to His people.
Ark Of Covenant The Deity/Humanity of Christ. Christ as Lawgiver, Christ as Bread of Life, Christ as Enabler of His People.
…. And many, many more

 

This is why Christ’s eternal presence with His people is pictured as the tabernacle in the midst of His people.

To quote the hymn of old….

“What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see.  And I will look upon His face, the One who saved me by His grace…  And forever I will be with the One who died for me… what a day glorious day that will be!”

(Partial lyrics to “What A Day That Will Be” written by Jim Hill.)

 

 

AMEN!  Truly the tabernacle of God will be with men and we will enjoy His presence for an eternity!

 

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