Revelation Chapter 7-September 17, 2014

Revelation Chapter 7 Interlude

Chapter 7:1-8 earth:

Faithful of God marked with a seal on their foreheads to protect them. “144, 000 sealed to God from every tribe of Israel” (except the tribe of listed first. None from Dan b/c a writing of the time said one would come who opposed the Messiah from the tribe of Dan. (No indication of evil from the people of God). 2) order of tribes doesn’t mean anything, just that all the people of God will be protected and defended by God so will survive the persecution.

Chapter 7:9-17 heaven:

all the faithful of God’s people robed in white, praising God and the Lamb.

  1. 13 Who are these people in white?
  2. 14 answer to question
  3. 15-17 reward earned by the faithful of God’s people

 

meaning: Those who have given their lives in this present persecution take their place before God and learn what their faithfulness has secured for them.

Our Great God-September 14, 2014

Our Great God

Psalm 103

Praise God for he is worthy and while doing so don’t forget his benefits. Those benefits are forgiving sins, healing diseases, redeems life from the pit, and crowns (tops is off) with love and compassion. God satisfies desires with his good, so that every day youth is renewed like the eagles.

The Lord works in the Lord’s way revealed in the Lord’s deeds. The Lord works righteousness and justice for all oppressed. The Lord’s ways he made known to Moses and to all people of faith. The Lord’s deeds are to his people.

The Lord is compassionate and gracious because it is God’s character. It is because of God’s gracious and compassionate character the God will not always accuse, or harbor anger forever. In other words God is just and has a right to be angry or disappointed about sin, but once the Lord has forgiven he does not hold a grudge. He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us like we have sinned against him. If we think we can be good enough without God’s grace then we are accepting that sin is good enough and the wages of which is death.

Think of the greatest distance you can imagine and then some and that is the greatness of our distance from God in our sin, but even greater is God’s love for those that fear him and call upon him. This is also the greatness of the distance of the removal of our sin as far as the east is from the west.

A loving parent once they have forgiven their child doesn’t want them burdened by the wrongdoing. That is what forgiveness is, if we have to hold the wrongdoing over them have we really forgiven them. Love doesn’t make lists or keep no records of wrongs (1 Corinthians 13) to hold over us. What if God did that to his children?

God knows how we are made (formed), and remembers that our bodies were not meant to last. Our days are but few and fleeting, beautiful and fruitful, but for a moment compared to eternity…so what will you do with your moment (life)? From everlasting to everlasting (eternity) the Lord’s love is with those who fear and love the Lord and his righteousness extends through the generations. God is great enough for us and all those coming after, he does not lack of resource, provision, grace, love, forgiveness, or mercy.

We should follow his commands and decrees because they are for our good and his glory. The Lord’s throne is in heaven, and his kingdom rules all. When Pontius Pilate interviewed Jesus he asked Jesus if he was a king. During the conversation Jesus tells Pilate that his kingdom is not of this world. At this point Pilate either believes Jesus to be crazy or at least no threat to either Rome or Herod. That was flawed thinking in Jesus’ time and now. The Psalmist reminds us that the one who rules on high rules all the same is true today. The kingdoms of this earth think they are in charge, but they are not. The one who rules on high rules all.

Praise the Lord, angels do his bedding and obey his word. Praise the Lord, for all his works his power is everywhere which means we are not subject to the sin that so easily entangles but he has the power to set us free. Every fiber in our being and our very soul should praise the Lord.

Praise God for he is worthy.

He forgives sins

He heals diseases

He redeems life

He is loving and compassionate

He satisfies with good

He renews strength

 

His works are righteousness and justice

His ways are limitless yet he makes them known

He is compassionate and gracious (it is his character)

He is righteous and just but doesn’t hold a grudge

He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve but as his love demands

He doesn’t repay but he prepaid

He filled the distance of the great void with his greater love

He then took the personal transgression and made it to have no power, because it had no purpose

 

He is a compassionate father because he knows we are made fragile

We will only be children but a short while

He loves and keeps his promises now and always

His agreements are worth keeping, (because he will even if we don’t)

His words are worth remembering

His through is in heaven and his rule covers all below

Angels do his bidding, his servants do his will

Won’t you praise the Lord’s works and his rules?

My body and soul long to praise because he is our great God.

 

Revelation Chapter 6-September 10, 2014

Revelation Chapter 6 Vision of the Seven Seals and Interlude

 

Background: three different cycles of seven: 7 seals, 7 trumpets, 7 bowls. Theories-1) each are three separate scenes, that happen in that order in history. 2) each are self-contained, and are a re-telling of the same thing. 3) each is a self-contained scene intended to teach something to the people about their situation. (Teach about the nature of evil and God’s judgement against it).

 

History: If Revelation was written A.D. 90-95 (which is most likely) Christians were undergoing persecution by the Roman emperor Domition, who is believed to have required everyone to worship at the Roman temples and required worship of himself, calling himself “Dominus and Deus” (Lord and God). There’s no definite proof of this, but is likely from other known sources and evidence. Stories say that the temple worshipers were “marked” to show they were loyal to the empire. If someone did not have “The Mark,” (anyone who didn’t worship in the Roman temples-many Christians) they were not allowed to buy or sell in the marketplaces, and were charged outrageous prices. Ex. v.6: 1 quart of wheat for a day’s pay- the amount of wheat it took to stay alive for a day, paid for with the amount of money earned in a day.

 

Chapter 6:1-8

First 4 seals-4 horsemen

White horseman: a conqueror (not necessarily a good guy). Someone who is going to make sure everyone does what he wants…Could be an example of the Roman emperor. (Also referred to as the False Christ)

Red horseman: symbol of War and strife. If the conqueror doesn’t get his way, war will break out.

Black horseman: lack of something (food) famine. When war happens, tough times usually result. (See the above note about wheat and barley). “Oil and wine” probably meant that only the people who opposed the conqueror didn’t have what they needed.

Pale green horseman: color of death. (Often happens during a famine).

Meaning: the one who “came out conquering” will set off a chain of events>>>war>>famine>>death.

 

Fifth seal (Ch. 6:9-11) heaven:

Souls slaughtered for the word of God=martyrs in heaven. Are the martyrs calling out for God to take revenge in verse 10? Or are they looking for God’s justice and will to be done, to prevent the forces of evil from winning? (These are our Martyrs)

 

Sixth seal (Ch. 6:12-17) earth:

Odd occurrences in nature-earthquake, black sun, falling stars, sky vanished, etc. A dramatic change in nature usually was a sign of God’s intervention (think about what happened at the crucifixion) In this case, intervention is a judgement on those who allied with the forces of evil. (Can’t hide from God!!) (Sometimes referred to as terror)