Consumed by Accumulation

Proverbs 23:4Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. (NIV 1984)

My Musings – We often wear ourselves out accumulating things to own, only to find out that they own us.

My Advice – There is nothing wrong with wanting to get ahead, as long as it does not consume us. It is foolish to pursue wealth to such an extent that we do not have time to enjoy it, enjoy our friends and enjoy our life.

Following the Lamb

Following the Lamb[The 144,000] are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb. No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless. (Revelation 14:1-5)

Description of the 144,000 – What follows is a multi-dimensional description of the 144,000.

Not Defiled by Women – In a literal sense, the Greek word means virgin. However, it could also mean Continue reading “Following the Lamb”

Conspiracy Theory

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Hebrews 10:25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (NIV 1984)

2 Timothy 4:3-4For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. (NIV 1984)

My Musings – Meeting together as fellow believers has always been important as we “encourage one another” with the truth.  But as the “Day” approaches it is “all the more” so.  Why?  Because “the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine [the truth].”  This is Satan’s grand conspiracy.  Tell us want we want to hear in order to turn us away from the truth.  It was true in the garden (“you will not surely die”), and it is true in many so-called churches today.  The truth is being watered down, distorted and denied.  People are following the lies that appeal to them.  But just because they find it appealing does not make it true.

My Advice – God went to a lot of trouble to build His Church.  Let’s not exchange it for our church.  Don’t scratch that itch unless you are sure it is from God.

 

A Good Name

Proverbs 22:1 – A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. (NIV 1984)

My Musings – Silver, gold and great riches cannot buy a good reputation. It is earned, not bought. As hard as it is to come by, it can evaporate very quickly. Rebuilding it is much harder than the original building of it.

My Advice – Whatever you do, whatever goal you pursue, always consider how it may affect your reputation (and God’s). Do not willingly be involved in anything that might tarnish either. Wealth, possessions and jobs are more easily replaced than a damaged reputation.

The 144,000 With Him

The 144,000[A]nd with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. (Revelation 14:1b -4, NIV 1984)

Their Identity – Given no information to the contrary, it seems reasonable to conclude that Continue reading “The 144,000 With Him”

On Being “Pridefall”

Proverbs 18:12Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor. (NIV 1984)

My Musings – Many times we cannot see the fall coming because we are blinded by pride, when actually undue pride is a fairly good indicator that a fall is coming. Humility over our accomplishments is an admirable trait and is likely to result in honor from others.

My Advice – A fine line exists between a sense of satisfaction over accomplishments or status and excessive pride or ego. Make sure the satisfaction is tempered by a good measure of genuine humility rather than flaunted by unmerited pride.

The Lamb on Mount Zion

THE LAMBThen I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion. (Revelation 14:1)

On Mount Zion – The Lamb is reintroduced, having been seen last in Revelation 8:1 at the opening of the seventh seal.(1) Zion originally referred to the Jebusite stronghold that was captured by David (2 Samuel 5:6–7), and later became known as the City of David.(2) Under Solomon, Mount Zion became the Temple Mount.(3) Here in Revelation the reference to Mount Zion may be to “the Jerusalem that is above” (Galatians 4:26), or to “the New Jerusalem coming down out of Heaven from God” (Revelation 21:2) the seat of the Messianic Kingdom here on earth.(4)For the LORD has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling: ‘This is my resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it’”(Psalm 132:13-14).

Later in the chapter, John states that he hears, “a sound from heaven,” leading some commentators to suggest that he is on earth when he sees this vision.(5) However, in Revelation 4:1, John had been commanded to “come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this,” suggesting he must be seeing this vision from Heaven. Nevertheless, whether he is viewing this scene from a Heavenly perspective or from here on earth does not really answer which Mount Zion is being referenced in the vision.

Up Next – The 144,000.

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References

  1. Barry, J. D., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Mangum, D., & Whitehead, M. M. (2012). Faithlife Study Bible (Re 14:1). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.
  2. Barry, J. D., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Mangum, D., & Whitehead, M. M. (2012). Faithlife Study Bible (Re 14:1). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.
  3. Keener, C. S. (1993). The IVP Bible background commentary: New Testament (Re 14:1). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
  4. Robertson, A. T. (1933). Word Pictures in the New Testament (Re 14:1). Nashville, TN: Broadman Press.
  5. Wiersbe, W. W. (1992). Wiersbe’s expository outlines on the New Testament (p. 835). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.