The Revelation of Jesus Christ

THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRISTThe revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: (Revelation 1:1-4a)

The Purpose – The opening words of the Book indicate that the purpose of the entire book is “to show his servants what must soon take place.” As previously noted, the word revelation is a translation of the Greek word apokalypsis, meaning Continue reading “The Revelation of Jesus Christ”

Responsive Humility

Responsive Humility

2 Kings 22:19Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the Lord…I have heard you, declares the Lord. (NIV 1978)

My Musing – It is much better for us to humble ourselves before God, than for God to have to humble us.

My Advice – Be a man of humility, who is responsive to God’s commands.

What Was, Is and Is to Come

What Was, Is and Is to Come

INTRODUCTION – “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.” (Revelation 1:19)

Revelation, the last book in the New Testament is considered by Bible scholars to be the consummation of all previous Bible prophecy. In this one book, all Scripture is tied together: what was, what is, and what is to come. Continue reading “What Was, Is and Is to Come”

How Full Is Your Glass?

How Full Is Your Glass?

 

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Tom Cheney, The New Yorker magazine, October 10, 2016.

Amusing Musings – The following quips, while amusing, can also get us to thinking about how full our lives really are.

  • Some see a glass half empty. Others, a glass half full. I just see that someone forgot to put his glass into the dishwasher upside down and we’ve talked about this, [Steven].” – “Tim Siedell (@badbanana)
  • “Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty.  I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be.― George Carlin

My Musing – How full is your glass? Does it really make a difference whether it is half-empty or half-full, or how you put it in the dishwasher? In each case, Continue reading “How Full Is Your Glass?”

Study 7: An Invitation

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Study 7: An Invitation

So now, just like Nicodemus, we know the what, why and how of being born again. We know that God began with a plan for us. We spoiled the plan by our disobedience, resulting in separation from God and the prospect of spending eternity in Hell. We cannot make it right again by our own desires or efforts. They all fall short of what God requires. Yet, in His love and mercy, God still has a plan for our salvation. Through Jesus’ death on the cross for our sins, and His victory over death and sin by His resurrection from the dead, we can be reunited with God. By putting our faith in Him we can be born again. All we need to do is repent, believe and receive. The gift has been purchased. It is freely offered to all. The question is, will we respond by accepting the gift?

Jesus concluded His discussion with Nicodemus by saying: Continue reading “Study 7: An Invitation”

I’ve Got A Secret. Really?

I’ve Got A Secret.  Really?

2 Kings 17:9The Israelites secretly did things against the Lord their God that were not right. (NIV 1978)

My Musing – There is no need to hide things from God if what we are doing is right. If we feel we need to hide things from Him (and we know we cannot), it is very likely that they are not right.

My Advice – A good way to discern right from wrong is to consider how God might view things. Do not do anything that would make you feel ashamed if God knew about it. You know that He knows about it anyway.

This Generation Shall Not Pass Away

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I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.” Matthew 24:34

We cannot know the day or the hour of Jesus’ physical return to earth. But we can know when it is “near, right at the door,” by watching for the signs. Jesus expressly stated that this generation will not pass away until “all these things” are seen. Yet many generations have come and passed away and we have yet to see the consummation of all these things? Could Jesus possibly have been wrong in His predictions? If He was wrong, that would disqualify Him from being a true prophet of God and as a result would mean He was not the Messiah. If this was the case, we may as well conclude the study at this point. Since we believe He is the Messiah, then what He said must be true, and we need to dig deeper to gain a clearer understanding of what He might have meant.

There are a variety of viewpoints on what “this generation” meant.

That Specific Generation – He might have meant the generation that was then living would not all die until all the signs were fulfilled. But we are hard pressed to account for all the signs having taken place nearly 2000 years later.

The Jewish Race – Some believe he meant this race (Jews) would not pass away. As a race, despite persecution, dispersion and attempts at extermination, the Jewish people have miraculously survived through the many years that have since passed. This certainly gives this view some degree of plausibility. But others find it doubtful that the Greek term that is used (genea) could have this meaning.

Temple Signs Only – He might have only been referring to the signs relating to the destruction of the Temple, in which case that generation did live to see its fulfillment.

This Generation Type – Jesus might have meant that this type of generation would not pass away, referring to a yet future generation of wicked humanity. Then the point is that humanity will not perish, because God will redeem it.

• The Generation Seeing All the Signs – This generation may refer to the generation that sees the completion of all the signs of the end, will also see the end itself. (1) This would underscore the imminency of His return. Events will occur suddenly once they begin. It did not necessarily mean that they would begin shortly (within that generation) after they were recorded by Matthew. But once the end-time events begin (which could now be close at hand or still far into the future), they will proceed in such rapid succession that the generation seeing the signs will see the Parousia. (2) Theologians call this the doctrine of the imminent return of Christ.

A Combination – First, as noted, within a generation Jesus’ prediction of the destruction of the Temple did come to pass. Second, today, some 2,000 years later, the Jewish race miraculously survives to see the final fulfillment of God’s promises to them. Third, as Jesus predicted, once the signs begin (“even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door”) His return is imminent, with the likelihood that the generation seeing the signs will see the Parousia

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  1. Biblical Studies Press. (2006). The NET Bible First Edition Notes (Mt 24:34). Biblical Studies Press.
  2. Walvoord, J. F. (1985). Revelation. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 928). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.