Showing posts with label Revelation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Revelation. Show all posts

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Revelation 22

A pure river of the water of life, as clear as crystal flows from the throne of God and of the Lamb. The tree of life bears twelve fruits every month. The leaves of the tree have healing properties. There shall be no more curse. God’s servants serve Him with His name on their foreheads, there shall be no night.
Revelation 22:5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
"These words are trustworthy and true," the angel said to John. Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book. John fell down to worship the angel, and is chastised a second time. John is told not to seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand.
Revelation 22:10 Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near. Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”
Jesus declares he is coming quickly, to give to everyone according to his work. Jesus also declares He is the Alpha and the Omega. Blessed are those who follow His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. Those outside the city are cursed.

Jesus testifies the truth of the testimony, and declares Himself to be the root and offspring of David, the bright and morning star. The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. If anyone adds anything to this books, God will add plagues to him; if anyone takes anything anyway, his name will be taken from the Book of Life.

He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming quickly.’

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

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

Revelation 21

John saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth has passed away. There is no more sea. The New Jerusalem descends from heaven, prepared as a bride for her husband.
Revelation 21:3-4 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
God, who was seated on the throne said to John, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
Revelation 21:6-8 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars - they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
One of the seven angels showed the Lamb’s bride, the new city, descending from heaven. The city’s light was like a precious stone, with a great high wall, and twelve gates, with the names of the twelve tribes written on them. The angel measured the city – it is square, with its length, breadth and height equally 144 cubits. The walls were of jasper, and the city of pure gold. The foundation of the wall were adorned with twelve precious stones. The twelve gates were made from twelve pearls.

There was no temple, for the Lord and the Lamb are the temple. There is no need for the sun or the moon.
Revelation 21:23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 
The nations of those who are saved will walk in its light. Its gates shall not be shut - nothing impure will enter the gates. Only those whose names are written in the Book of Life shall enter the city.

Revelation 20

John then saw an angel come down from heaven with a key to the Abyss and a great chain in his hand. This angel captured Satan, bound him, and threw him into the pit for a thousand years. After the thousand years, Satan will be released for a little while to deceive.

Then was the first resurrection, these were who did not receive the mark of the beast or worship him. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

After the thousand years were ended, Satan was released to deceive the nations whose number was like the sand of the sea. God sent fire down from heaven and the Devil was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur where the beasts and false prophets had been thrown - to be tormented forever and ever.

Then John saw the great white throne where judgment takes place. At the sight of the face of He who sits on it, earth and heaven flee. The book of life is opened. This is where the dead were judged according to what they had done. After this judgment those judged are thrown into the lake of fire which is the second death.

Revelation 19

God was worshiped in heaven for the judgment against Babylon. John heard "Hallelujah" being shouted everywhere. The marriage of the Lamb to His bride, the church who has made herself ready and was clothed in fine linen - representing those righteous deeds of saints. Then the angel said to John, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” John worshiped the angel, and was chastised for it.

A white horse appeared from heaven; the rider is called Faithful and True. With justice and he judges and wages war. His eyes were like flame, and there were many crowns on his head. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed in a robe dipped in blood.

The armies of heaven followed Him on white horses. A sharp sword goes out of His mouth. He will rule with a rod of iron, and tread the wine-press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
Revelation 19:16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:
An angel standing in the sun invited the bird to gather for the supper of great God, where they can eat the flesh of God’s enemies, both small and great. There was a battle, and the beast and his false prophet are cast into the fiery lake. The rest were killed with a sword and devoured by the birds.

Revelation 18

An angel with great authority came down from heaven and declared, "Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great?" She had become a dwelling for demons and prison for every impure spirit. All nations drank the maddening wine of her adultery; merchants had become rich through her abundant luxury.

God’s people were instructed to separate themselves from Babylon. Babylon will be utterly destroyed by the judgment of the Lord. Those kings who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will lament at the swiftness of the judgment against her. Those merchants will lament that nobody is buying their precious merchandise anymore. Those sea-captains who earn a living from the sea will also lament.

An angel threw a great millstone into the sea saying, "So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence, and will be found no more." The blood of prophets of God's holy people was found in her.

Revelation 17

One of the seven angels showed John the judgement of the great prostitute who is seated on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality, and with the wine of whose sexual immorality the dwellers on earth have become drunk. John was carried in the Spirit into the wilderness, where he saw a woman on a scarlet beast which was full of blasphemous names. It has seven heads and ten horns.

The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with precious stones and gold. In her hand was a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her adulteries. On her forehead was written, "Babylon the Great, the mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth." The woman was drunk with the blood of God's holy people who bore testimony to Jesus. John became greatly astonished when he saw this.

The seven heads of the beast represent seven kings. Five have fallen, the other has not yet come. When he does come, he must continue for a short time. The ten horns are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet – they are allies of the beast, and will war against the Lamb, but the Lamb shall overcome them. The ten kings will hate the prostitute, making her desolate and naked, eating her flesh and burning her. The woman is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.

Revelation 16

A voice from the temple commanded those seven angels to pour the bowls of wrath upon the earth. The pouring of each bowl had its own unique consequence:

First angel – a loathsome sore came upon on those who had the mark of the beast upon them

Second angel – the sea turned to blood, and all living creatures died.

Third angel – all rivers and springs of fresh water turned into blood.

Fourth angel – the sun scorched men with fire; they blasphemed, and did not repent.

Fifth angel – kingdom was plunged into darkness and people gnawed their tongues in anguish and cursed God.

Sixth angel – Euphrates river dried up. Three unclean demonic spirits like frogs came out of the mouths of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet. These spirits went to the kings of the world to gather them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty. The place that they gathered for war is called Armageddon.

Seventh angel – a voice from heaven declared, ‘It is done!’ there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a great earthquake such as there had never been since man was on the earth, so great was that earthquake. The great city was divided into three parts; God gave Babylon the cup of the wine of His fierceness. And great hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, fell from heaven on people; and they cursed God for the plague of the hail, because the plague was so severe.

Revelation 15

John saw seven angels with seven plagues. Those victorious over the beast stand on a sea on glass, holding harps. They worship with song. They are clothed in pure, bright linen, with golden sashes around their chests.

Those four creatures were given seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of God to the angels. The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power. Nobody was permitted to enter the temple until these seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.

Revelation 14

John saw the Lamb stand on Mount Zion with 144,000 who had His name and His Father's name written on their foreheads. He heard sounds from heavens - a roar of rushing waters. The 144,000 were redeemed as virgins, the first fruits for God and they were seen as blameless.

Then he saw an angel who said to those on earth: “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come.”

Then a second angel said “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who made all nations drink the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality”.

A third angel said, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God's wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb”.

John saw a white cloud and one like a son of man was seated on that white cloud, with a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand. Then another angel came out and called with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud: “Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” So he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was harvested.

Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, the angel who has authority over the fire, and he called with a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, “Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth’s vine, because its grapes are ripe.” So the angel swung his sickle across the earth and gathered the grape harvest of the earth and threw it into the great winepress outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 180 miles.

Revelation 13

At this time John saw two beasts, Satan's two agents for waging war against God's people - the beast out of sea and beast out of the earth.

The one that rose out of the sea, had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. On one of its head’s it had a mortal wound that had been healed. He had been given great power and authority from the dragon and the whole earth followed him and worshiped the dragon because of this. This beast was allowed to use this authority for forty-two months (three and a half years - half of seven). During this period God’s name was blasphemed and the saints were persecuted.

The first beast commonly referred to as antichist, represents pagan political and military allied with Satan.

The second beast had come out of the earth and it had two horns like a lamb but spoke like a dragon. It also had the same authority as the first beast and led the people of the earth to worship the first beast. This beast performed many great signs by which he deceived the people of earth and forced all to be marked on their right hand or forehead with the mark of the beast so that no one could buy or sell unless they had this mark. This beast is known as the False Prophet.
Revelation 13:18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.

Revelation 12

John saw a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of stars. She was pregnant and gave birth to a male child, "who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter." This child was snatched up to God's throne and the woman fled to a place prepared by God where she will be taken care of for 1,260 days - three and a half years. The male child is Christ and the woman is the nation Israel.

Then a war broke out in heaven between Michael and his angels and the dragon. The dragon, (Satan) and his angels fought back. Satan and his angels were defeated, and they were thrown down to earth and those in heaven rejoiced.

When Satan saw that he had been thrown down to earth he went after the woman who gave birth to the male child, but could not capture her so he became furious and went away to make war with those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.

Revelation 11

John is told of two witnesses, thought to be Elijah and Moses, who will have authority and will prophesy for 1,260 days (i.e, three and a half years). They will be given power to pour fire out of their mouth, and to control rainfall during the days of their prophesying. They will also have the power to turn water into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague. Once their work is finished a beast will come, overpower and kill them. They will be killed by the beast in the same place where the Lord was crucified (Jerusalem). Their lifeless bodies will be on public display for three days and the people of the world will rejoice over their death. Then at the end of the three and a half days, a breath of life from God will enter them causing them to stand on their feet. At that moment they were called and snatched up to heaven in a cloud. After this, there was a severe earthquake causing a tenth of the city to fall and seven thousand people to be killed. Terrified survivors gave glory to God after witnessing these events. The second woe has passed; the third woe is approaching soon.

Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet and there was great worship in heaven following the declaration of God’s reign over the kingdom of the world. God's temple in heaven was then opened and the Ark of the Covenant was seen there, and there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and severe hailstorm.

Revelation 10

A mighty angel appeared, clothed with a cloud and a rainbow above his head. His face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire. He held an open scroll in his hand. He set his left foot on the land, and his right foot on the sea. Seven thunders uttered their voices, but John was forbidden to write down what they said.

A voice from heaven told John to go and take the scroll from this angel, so he did. The angel then said to John “take and eat it: it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.” So John took the scroll and ate it. It tasted just like how the angel told him it would be. The scroll represents the word of God. John is told that he must prophesy about many people, nations, tongues and kings.

Revelation 9

The fifth angel blew his trumpet and John saw a star fall from heaven to earth, and he was given a key to the shaft of the bottomless pit. The fallen star is Satan who opened the bottomless pit and smoke rose out, he released locusts that were given power, not to kill, but only to torment those without the seal of God on their foreheads for five months. This torment is like that of a scorpion - men will seek death, but unable to find it. The locusts looked like horsed prepared with battled. They had crowns of gold, men’s faces, women’s hair, lion’s teeth, iron breastplates, and tails like scorpions. The sound of their wings is like the sound of chariots. The king of the locusts is the angel of the bottom pit, called Abaddon in Hebrew, and Apollyon in Greek.

The sixth angel blew his trumpet and four fallen angels who were bound at Euphrates river were released to kill a third of mankind. Troops that had an army two million had the heads of lions – they kill by the fire, smoke and brimstone coming from their mouths. They were released to kill a third of mankind by their fire, smoke, and sulfur. Even after all of this those who were not killed by these plagues refused to repent of their murder, magic arts, idolatry and sexual immorality.

Revelation 8

When the seventh seal was opened by the Lamb there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Then John saw seven angels who stand before God, were given seven trumpets. Then he saw another angel with a golden censer filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and there were thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.

The first angel blew his trumpet which brought hail and fire, mingled with blood, and it was thrown upon the earth. This burned up a third of the earth, trees, and all of the green grass This represents judgment on vegetation.

The second angel blew his trumpet and something like a great mountain which was burning with fire was thrown into the sea turning a third of the sea blood, killing a third of the living creatures in the sea, and destroying a third of the ships. This represents judgment on earth.

The third angel blew his trumpet and a great star named Wormwood fell from heaven on to a third of the rivers and on the springs of water killing many people because it turned the water bitter. This represents judgment upon man.

The fourth angel blew his trumpet and a third of the sun, moon, and stars were struck so that their light would be darkened. This represents judgment on heavens.

Then John heard an eagle that was flying in mid air warning, “Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!”

Revelation 7

After the opening of six of the seven seals John saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back four winds, so that no wind would blow. He then saw another angel who called out with a loud voice to the four angels not to harm the earth, sea, or trees until God’s servants had been sealed on their foreheads. Those sealed were 12,000 of each of the twelve tribes of Israel - 144,000 were sealed in total.

Then John saw a great multitude from every nation, tribe, people and language, that no one could number, in white robes with palm branches in their hands standing before the throne and before the Lamb. All heavenly creatures join in.
Revelation 7:10 And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
These are believers who came out of the great tribulation. They serve Him day and night in His temple. They shall hunger and thirst no more, nor shall the sun strike them, but the Lamb will shepherd them to the living fountain of waters. God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

Revelation 6

As The Lamb opened those seven seals, John saw a sequence of visions at the opening of each seal

First Seal: John saw a white horse with a rider who had a bow, and a crown that was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer - representing the antichrist's deception

Second Seal: He saw another horse, bright red in color. The rider of this horse was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that men should slay one another, and he was given a great sword - representing resurrection.

Third Seal: John saw a black horse whose rider had a pair of scales in his hands. He also heard a voice which said “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine” - representing famine.

Fourth Seal: John saw a pale horse and its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. They were given authority over a fourth of the earth to kill - representing death.

Fifth Seal: John saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for their witness. They cried out for the Lord to avenge their blood on those who dwell on earth but were given white robes and told to wait a little longer. This represented martyrology.

Sixth Seal: A great earthquake took place, and the sun became black, and the moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell. The kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid themselves in caves and called to the mountains and rocks to fall on them to hide them from God. This represented tribulation.

Revelation 5

God holds in His right hand a scroll sealed with seven seals. An angels asks who is worthy to open the scroll and loose its seals. Initially it appears to John that nobody in heaven, or earth, or under the earth is worthy to open it - therefore John weeps. However, one of the elders tell John that the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, will open it and it's seven seals because he has conquered.

John saw a Lamb, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent into all the earth. The Lamb takes the scroll from the One Who is seated on the throne. Immediately, the four living creatures and those twenty four elders fall down to worship.
Revelation 5:9-10 And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased for God
persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign on the earth.”
Countless angels also join the worship: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!"

All creation then worships the Father and the Lamb: "Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!"

The four living creatures said, "Amen."

Revelation 4

The scene now shifts to heavenly throne room, where God reigns in majestic power. All of heaven worship the Creator and Lion-Lamb (Christ).

Here John sees a throne and one seated on the throne whose appearance was that of jasper and carnelian stone, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. The One Who was seated on the throne was God, The Father.

Surrounding the throne were twenty four thrones with an elder seated on each of them. Thunder, lightening and voices proceeded from the throne. Before the throne were seven burning torches of fire, which were the seven Spirits of God (Holy Spirit).

The throne also had a sea of glass, like crystal, before it. Then all around the throne, on each side were four living creatures (angels). The angels looked like full of eyes at the front and back - one was like a lion, one like a calf, one like a man, and one like an eagle. They each had six wings, who day or night never stop singing “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”

The elders worship the throne.
Revelation 4:9-11 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
   “You are worthy, our Lord and God,
    to receive glory and honor and power,
    for you created all things,
    and by your will they were created
    and have their being.”

Revelation 3

Letter to Sardis: They are condemned for acting alive but being dead. They are told to hold fast and repent. Christ will come like a thief in the night. Few in Sardis have not defiled their garments.

Letter to Philadelphia: They are commended and promised great victory. There has been set before an open door, which no one can shut. They have not denied Christ's name.

Letter to Laodicea:  They are condemned for their spiritual blindness and warned to repent or face judgment. Their deeds are neither cold nor hot, and therefore to be vomited out of Christ's mouth. You are rich, and actually wretchedly poor - the opposite of Smryna. They are told to be zealous and repent. Christ is standing at the door and knocking.

This chapter concludes the writings to the seven churches.