Friday, May 31, 2013

1 Kings Bible Study Notes- Chapter 4

1 Kings 4


-This chapter speaks of how well things were in Israel under the reign of Solomon as it was united from the Euphrates River in the North all the way down to the border of Egypt in the south (1 Kings 4:21). There was great peace and consolidation of power with a structure for provision (1 Kings 4:1-19, 22-28). The times were prosperous and wisdom was ruling. “Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand that is on the seashore in abundance; they were eating and drinking and rejoicing (Genesis 22:17; 32:12, 1 Kings 3:8; 4:20).” Solomon’s dominion was a reward for his asking according to the Lord’s will. He had “very great discernment and breadth of mind” along with wisdom that “surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. He was wiser than all men, …and his fame was known in all the surrounding nations. Men came from all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom (1 Kings 4:29-34).”

-*Application* It is great to get a reprieve of good times and abundant blessing. There are certainly prerequisites to enjoying the Lord’s pouring out of favor that we should pay careful attention to in this historical narrative. Solomon had things organized and had the loyalty of the people. He sought after the wisdom of God in the beginning rather than the wisdom of man. He was not prideful, but humble and obedient in asking for the wisdom of the LORD, which was given to Him generously without reproach (James 1:5). We too can enjoy the blessings of the Father eventually in our lives when we ask for things in the right way and according to His perfect will and plan. When things go well, don’t forget to thank Him and spend time rejoicing in the best moments of your life. Offer the sacrifice of praise (Hebrews 13:15)!


Verses to Memorize: 1 Kings 4:20, 30

Thursday, May 30, 2013

1 Kings Bible Study Notes- Chapter 3

1 Kings 3


-As Solomon’s rule is consolidated, he takes a wife from Egypt, from the Pharaoh, in an alliance of marriage. He brought her to the city of David, which is near Jerusalem, until he had finished his own house, the house of the LORD (The Temple), and the wall around Jerusalem (1 Kings 3:1). In those days there had still been no House built for the Name of the LORD and so people would sacrifice on high places, sometimes doing it in idolatry. Solomon takes part in some of the deviant practices; although, he loved the LORD and earnestly tried to walk in the steps of his father, David, in most situations. It was at Gibeon, the great high place, where Solomon was known to have sacrificed a thousand burnt offerings on that alter. It was here that he had his dream where the LORD appeared to him and ask him what he wanted the LORD to give him (1 Kings 3:2-5). Gibeon is north and west of Jerusalem in what today would be considered the West Bank. It was a Canaanite city that was spared in Joshua’s conquest against the LORD’s will, and the Amorites were known for inhabiting it (Joshua 10:12, 2 Samuel 21:2). It was eventually made a Levitical city (Joshua 21:17).

-Solomon’s dream is absolutely significant in the development of the kingdom of Israel as a nation as well as spiritually speaking. Solomon acknowledges God in the dream for His lovingkindness that He showed to his father David and His extension of that to him as king on the throne of his father. Solomon indicates in the dream how David walked in truth, righteousness, uprightness of heart before the LORD, which blessed him with God’s favor. Solomon acknowledges his dependence upon the LORD for wisdom out of sincere humility with great concern over being a good and just king of the chosen people of God. He quickly realized the responsibility he had to lean on God for his understanding and this would be a trademark of his ministry (Proverbs 3:5-6).

-Because of Solomon’s genuine and honest request for an understanding heart to judge God’s people as the king in righteousness with a heart to discern between good and evil (1 Kings 3:9), the LORD granted him his request according to his words (1 Kings 3:12). In other words, God gave Solomon the desires of his heart because they lined up with His divine will and purpose (Psalm 37:4, James 4:3-10, 1 John 5:14). Solomon did not ask for long life and riches selfishly. He did not ask for the lives of his enemies. He only wanted discernment to understand justice (1 Kings 3:11). This was absolutely pleasing in the sight of the LORD (1 Kings 3:10), and therefore God also gave him riches, honor and long life, besides this great wisdom, and He exalted him above all the other kings of the earth (1 Kings 3:12-14). As the king awoke, he came before the Ark of the Covenant in Jerusalem and offered burnt offerings and made peace offerings along with a feast for all his servants. Solomon was a thankful man who worshipped the LORD!

-His first test came with two harlots that had an issue over the death of a child and baby stealing. Solomon showed his God-given discernment right away in his handling of the situation as he and all gained recognition as to the truth in this civic matter. “When all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had handed down, they feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice (1 Kings 3:16-28).”

-*Application* The theme of this section revolves around the idea of the administration of justice under the authority of God. God desires His servants in leadership to seek to do things the right way without selfish motivations. Just like Solomon, we have the opportunity to ask the LORD for wisdom and discernment to govern whatever He has entrusted to us with integrity. Our own wisdom is not nearly enough. We need God to guide us by His Spirit and lead us into good decisions every day. Seek the LORD (His Kingdom) and His righteousness, and all these other things of blessing will eventually be added to you (Matthew 6:33).


Verses to Memorize: 1 Kings 3:9-15

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

1 Kings Bible Study Notes- Chapter 2

1 Kings 2


-David passes away into eternity and is buried in the city of David (it is uncertain if this refers to Bethlehem or Jerusalem, 1 Kings 2:10). Before he dies, he gives a charge to be strong and manly keeping the charge of the LORD your God to walk in His ways to keep His statutes, His commandments, His ordinances, and His testimonies, according to what is written in the Law of Moses for success in all ways (1 Kings 2:2-3). If these commands are kept, the Lord will deliver on His promise David will not lack a man on the throne of Israel. David gives instruction on traitors to the throne and what to do with them. In particular, he believes in Solomon’s wisdom to vindicate adequately all the wrongs that have been done appropriately. There are some who deserve kindness and that is to be extended as well into the future, just as David had done with Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9). The rest of the chapter deals with how the executions played out with Adonijah, Joab, and Shimei, thus establishing the kingdom in the hands of Solomon (1 Kings 2:5-46). Abiathar was spared, but dismissed from being priest to the LORD in fulfillment of the LORD’s prophecy towards the house of Eli in Shiloh (1 Samuel 2:27-36).

-*Application* The establishment of God’s Kingdom in our lives takes similar eradications to the harmful sins and habits that are left over from our life in the flesh. We must take decisive action to rid ourselves of anything that sets itself up against the God of our eternal life. We live in Him once we have become saved and we make Him the only One to whom we pledge our allegiance. All other things are idols and destructive. Be strong, be a man, keep the charge of the Lord, walk in His ways, adhere to His statutes, His commandments, His ordinances, and His testimonies. Know His Word and do not use the excuse of ignorance. Become wise in God’s sight!


Verses to Memorize: 1 Kings 2:3, 11, 46b

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

1 Kings Bible Study Notes- Chapter 1

1 Kings 1


-As the beginning of 1 Kings commences, King David is found to be of old age and needing attention to keep him warm with the effects of his failing health. Abishag the Shunammite was a young and beautiful woman who was brought in to comfort and care for the king in his final days, but he did not cohabit sexually with her (1 Kings 1-4).

-It comes about at this time that David’s fourth son, Adonijah, from Haggith exalted himself saying that he was going to be the next king of Israel as he saw his father’s health failing. Absalom and Amnon had died, and it is assumed that Daniel (listed in the 1 Chronicles 3:1 genealogy) had already died somehow. This should have paved the way for Adonijah to become the rightful king, but God and His servant David had other plans. Adonijah, who was a very handsome man and was never crossed by his father (1 Kings 1:6), conferred with Joab, the military leader under David, and Abiathar, the priest to stage a sacrifice to initiate his kingdom by the stone of Zoheleth, which is beside En-rogel (an unknown but hidden spring area near Jerusalem probably near or in the Kidron Valley). He invited all his brothers except Solomon, the king’s sons, and all the men of Judah, the king’s servants. However, besides Solomon, he also did not invite Nathan the prophet (a confidant to King David who kept him accountable to the Lord, 2 Samuel 7; 12:1-15) or Benaiah of David’s mighty men (1 Kings 5-10).

-Nathan somehow catches wind of what is happening and conspires with Bathsheba (Solomon’s mother and former wife of Uriah the Hittite, 2 Samuel 11-12) to get the king’s approval for making Solomon the King of Israel as had been promised (1 Kings 1:17, 30, 1 Chronicles 22:9-10). Solomon is given the mule of the king and taken down to Gihon (a vital spring area for the city of Jerusalem) with the trumpet blowing and exaltation of “Long live King Solomon!” He was given the throne before all with the blessing of King David. Benaiah proclaims, “As the Lord has been with my lord the king, so may He be with Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne of my lord King David (1 Kings 1:37)!”

-So Solomon is made king over Israel, and Adonijah along with his group fear for their well being as his guests went each his own way (1 Kings 1:49-50). Solomon promises as long as he, Adonijah, “is a worthy man, not one of his hairs will fall to the ground; but if wickedness is found in him, he will die (1 Kings 1:52).” Adonijah’s wickedness ends up costing him later on (1 Kings 2:13-25).

-*Application* There are several application points to consider from this first chapter of 1 Kings. First, the Bible is a truth book and reveals the inner workings within the King’s family with specific episodes of intrigue and conspiracy. Much of this is because David disobeyed the Lord’s command in the number of wives that he took (Deuteronomy 17:17). Because he multiplied wives there was constant family friction and chaos that ensued, ultimately leading to sorrow and pain through splits and divisions within his family and kingdom. Obedience is paramount to God’s blessings in our lives. Secondly, in this situation we read of today, we see that the prophet Nathan takes the initiative to take corrective action in a situation that could have gone horribly bad with a civil war. He addressed the problem with the people who could do something about it. He didn’t cower back and pretend that everything would be alright if he left well enough alone. This took courage and is an example for us to do the “right thing” in our own life situations that we encounter. Stand up and be a peace maker, not just a peace keeper like Nathan. Thirdly, we see that Solomon offered some grace in his position of authority by pardoning Adonijah when he did not have to do it. Had the situation been reversed, it is almost certain that Adonijah would have destroyed his enemy. But, as it was, Solomon acted as if he had nothing to prove, thus demonstrating his rightful authority and power as the Lord’s chosen. Sometimes forgiving a personal attack shows more strength than lashing out in prideful revenge. Trying to prove one’s power and authority often only proves one’s own fear and self-doubt. Let the Lord fight your battles (2 Chronicles 20:15). Vengeance is His (Romans 12:19).


Verse to Memorize: 1 Kings 1:37

Friday, May 24, 2013

Revelation Bible Study Notes- Chapter 22

Chapter 22


-The completion of the prophecy and the entire cannon of Scripture comes in this chapter as the angel that Jesus sent shows John the water of eternal life, bright as crystal, which flows from the throne of God and of the Lamb. This river goes through the middle of the street of the city, the new Jerusalem, in all it brilliance. On either side of the river was the tree of life for the healing of the nations that bore its fruit of twelve kinds each month (no off season). This harkens all the way back to the perfection of the Garden of Eden in Genesis 2:8-10 as God redeems His people who have turned to Him for forgiveness and restoration. There will no longer be a curse in this heavenly paradise, and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His servants will worship Him. They will see His face, and His Name will be permanently on their foreheads. Night will be no more, and there will be no need for the sun because the Lord God will be their light, and these faithful saints will reign forever and ever (Revelation 22:1-5).

-The angel spoke to John about the imminence of these coming events, and that this prophecy was trustworthy and true. The admonition to keep the words of this prophecy was again emphasized for blessing. John once again attempted to worship an angel, but he was told to only worship God. These words of the prophecy were to be revealed and not sealed up as the angel set forth words for continuance in the way things were progressing. To clarify, the evildoer must continue to do evil, the filthy shall stay filthy, the righteous should still do right, and the holy must remain holy. Jesus is coming soon and His reward is with Him for the righteous or recompense for the wicked. He will repay according to what each person has done. The Lord is the first and the last, the beginning and the end, the Alpha and the Omega. Those who turn to Him wash their robes in His blood and righteousness. These have the right to the tree of life, and these can enter the holy eternal city that lasts forever in paradise. Outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murders, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. These are in the lake of fire that burns forever and ever with torment, suffering, anguish, and pain (Revelation 21:15; 22:6-15).

-Jesus sent His angel to warn us and testify about these things for the churches (the called out ones). He is both the root and descendent of David, the eternal King, that fulfills every prophetic Word of the Lord in faithfulness and truth. Christ is the Bright Morning Star, and His Spirit and His people say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears be able to say, “Come.” May the thirsty and weary be able to say, “Come.” A drink from the water of life that is without price is open for all to come and partake. There is a final warning not to add or take anything away from the words of this prophecy, because a compounding of God’s judgment will be on those who do. Jesus is coming quickly; may His grace be with us all, Amen (Revelation 22:16-21)!

-*Application* Keep persevering and lift your head up towards Heaven if you are a child of God. He will not delay your vindication much longer. He will either take you home to be with Him and His angels at the point of physical death, or He may return to take you home. Both are great options. To be absent from the body (the flesh) is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). We will reign with Him forever if we are the faithful, the called, and the chosen. The great thing is that He loves every single one of us and wants all to come and be a part of His Kingdom worshipping Him for all eternity. Make the decision to follow Christ and live forever! Be alert and be ready, the end is near!


Verse to Memorize: Revelation 22:12

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Revelation Bible Study Notes- Chapter 21

Chapter 21


-John gets a unique glimpse into the future as he is shown the new heaven and new earth. The first heaven and earth had now passed away, and the sea was no more. He saw the new Jerusalem coming down out of Heaven from God as a prepared and adorned bride of her Husband. God was now dwelling with man and they are His people. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, death will be no more, neither will there be mourning, crying, or pain for the former things have passed away totally. Jesus speaks saying, “Behold, I am making all things new…write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true…It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.” He also mentions that He will give the spring of the water of life (Living water, Jeremiah 2:13; 17:13, John 4:10-14; 7:38) without payment (It’s free!). He gives this heritage to the one who conquers through His Name as sons. However, for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, the murders, the sexually immoral, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all liars, there portion shall be in the lake of fire and sulfur that burns forever as the second death (Revelation 21:1-8).

-John is carried away in the Spirit by one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls of the last seven plagues to see the Bride, the wife of the Lamb and her new home in the new Jerusalem that came down out of Heaven, having the glory of God with great radiance and bedazzling rare jewels. The section describes this city in wondrous detail to our imaginations and senses. What a wonderful world it will be (Revelation 21:9-26)! *Application* The incredible future is only for those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life (Revelation 21:27). This comes by faith, and faith comes by hearing the Word of God, or expression (object) of Christ (Romans 10:17). There is only one way into God’s eternal Kingdom and that is through His Son (John 14:6). The Lord is a faithful rewarder of those who diligently seek Him and His righteousness (Hebrews 11:6, Romans 3:21-27). Claim your inheritance today by accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. He will glorify you one day (Romans 8:29-30). Heaven and the new Jerusalem await!


Verse to Memorize: Revelation 21:5

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Revelation Bible Study Notes- Chapter 20

Chapter 20


-Now an angel comes down from Heaven with a key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. He seized the dragon, which is Satan, that ancient serpent who is the devil, and bound him for a thousand years by throwing him into a bottomless pit, shutting it and sealing it over him, so that he cannot deceive the nations any longer during the millennial reign of Jesus Christ on the earth. However, after the thousand years, he is released again for a little while (Revelation 20:1-3).

-Then John saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also, there were the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the Word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or hands. These came to life and reigned with Christ for the thousand years, and the rest of the dead did not come back to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection of the martyred saints, which is blessed and holy. Over these the second death has no power, and they will be priests of God and of Christ Jesus in their reign (Revelation 20:4-6).

-When the 1,000 years ended, the devil is released from his prison and comes out to deceive the nations once again all over the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38:1-39:29), to gather them for battle. They outnumber the sand of the sea and march over a broad plain surrounding the camp of the saints and the beloved city (Jerusalem), but the Lord sends down fire from Heaven and they are consumed. It is at this point that Satan joins the beast and the false prophet in the eternal lake of fire and sulfur that burns forever and ever and they are tormented day and night. This is the ultimate defeat of Lucifer (Revelation 20:7-10).

-Now Christ is presented on His Great White Throne in all His glory. From His presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. All the dead came before Him, great and small, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they have done with their lives. The sea presented its dead, and Death and Hades presented their dead and they were all judged, each of them, according to what they had done. Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire, which is the second death. “And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15).”

-*Application* Knowing the end from the present time is of great benefit is we will pay attention to it (Remember Revelation 1:3?). Our responsibility is to take heed to the power and glory of God and accept His plan for salvation and deliverance. Also, if we have already trusted our souls to Christ, we must take heed to the missionary task that is before us to make disciples of all the nations (Matthew 28:19-20). Realizing the reality of hell in the lake of fire and the torment that it entails, we must DO everything we can to snatch those away from the path of destruction and compel them to be reconciled to Christ (Luke 14:23, Jude 1:3, 23). This is love. Take courage and witness! Don’t fear the rejection of man! Wise is he who wins souls (Proverbs 11:30)!


Verses to Memorize: Revelation 20:2-3, 15

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Revelation Bible Study Notes- Chapter 19

Chapter 19


-Now that Babylon has been destroyed, there is rejoicing in Heaven as Jesus prepares to come back in power, might, and glory. Loud voices call out from Heaven crying out “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for His judgments are true and just; for He has judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality, and has avenged on her the blood of His servants. …The smoke from her goes up forever and ever (Revelation 19:1-3).” The 24 elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped the Lord who was seated on the throne with “Amen, Hallelujah (Revelation 19:4)!” And from the throne came a voice saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants, you who fear Him, small and great (Revelation 19:5).” Then John heard a great multitude crying out like the roar of many waters, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give Him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His Bride (the church, Ephesians 5:23-32) has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure (Revelation 19:6-8).” The fine linen is described as the righteousness of the saints (Revelation 19:8).

*Application* The scene of praise rocks! Exalt the Lord in your spirit even right now and join in a congregation that will lift the Lord high where He belongs while you’re still here on earth realizing Heaven is going to be sooooo awesome!!!!

-The angel attending to John instructs him to write: “Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:9).” The angel also said that these are accurate and true words of God (Revelation 19:9). John fell to worship the angel at this point, but was corrected so as not to do that since it was a fellow servant with him and his brothers in Christ. The angel tells John to worship God, for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10).”

-Now the intensity dramatically picks up as the King of kings and Lord of lords appears as Heaven opens up and He comes riding a white horse as “Faithful and True (Revelation 19:11, 16).” In righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on His Head are many diadems, and he has a Name written that no one knows but Himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the Name by which He is called is “The Word of God (Revelation 19:11-13).” The armies of Heaven are following behind Him all on white horses. “From His mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On His robe and on His thigh He has a Name written, King of kings and Lords of lords “Revelation 19:14-16).”

-At this point there is an angel standing in the sun calling with a loud voice for all the birds to come together for the great supper of the Lord. This is scavenger language for the calamity that is about to befall the unbelieving world that is under the wrath of Almighty God. The armies of the beast with the kings of the earth gather to make war against Jesus, who is sitting on His horse and against the saints. The beast is captured along with the false prophet and the deceivers are thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. The rest were slain by the sword that came from Messiah’s mouth, and all the birds were gorged with their flesh (Revelation 19:17-21).

-*Application* Jesus is coming back as a conquering hero of all that is right and just. He will take no prisoners this time around. This is what the saying “He will rule with a rod of iron” is all about. Vengeance is the Lord’s and His opponents do not have a chance for survival (Deuteronomy 32:41-43, Micah 5:15, Nahum 1:2, Luke 21:22, Romans 12:19, 2 Thessalonians 1:8). Don’t be caught on the Lord’s angry side! He is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24, Hebrews 12:29)! The destroyer of the wicked!


Verse to Memorize: Revelation 19:7

Monday, May 20, 2013

Revelation Bible Study Notes- Chapter 18

Chapter 18


-Chapter 18 depicts the fall of Babylon, which is a rejoicing for Heaven because of God’s righteous judgment (Revelation 18:8, 20), but a torment and sadness for the earth (Revelation 18:9, 11, 15, 17-19, 22-24). Babylon is described as a dwelling place of demons (Revelation 18:2), sexually immoral, luxurious and powerful (Revelation 18:3), sinful (Revelation 18:5), self-glorifying (Revelation 18:7), materialistic (Revelation 18:11-13, 15, 17-19), deceptive in sorcery (Revelation 18:23), and killers of the prophets and saints among others slain on earth (Revelation 18:24). The time phrases for her destruction are important for us to consider here too. She is judged by God in a single day (Revelation 18:8) and even a single hour (Revelation 18:10, 17). Her plagues consist of death, grief (mourning), famine, and being burned with fire for “mighty is the Lord God who has judged her (Revelation 18:8).”

-*Application* Here we see the dangers of living life apart from God with a cocky-arrogant spirit full of sin and depravity. There may be some temporary pleasures and wealth, but in the end the Lord will require humility and contriteness of heart (Isaiah 57:15). Don’t be a personal Babylon. Turn to the Lord and receive mercy rather than judgment (Matthew 9:13, James 2:13).


Verse to Memorize: Revelation 18:8

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Revelation Bible Study Notes- Chapter 17

Chapter 17


-One of the angels who had one of the plagues (or bowls) approaches John and reveals the judgment of the woman (the great prostitute, Babylon, the immoral and abominable entity that defies Almighty God) who is seated on many waters (waters here as we see in verse 15 are peoples, multitudes, nations, and languages in great variety). She is the deceptive spirit who makes the dwellers on earth drunk with her passions and evil desires. She is full of blasphemous names in mockery and is adorned with much wealth and earthly prosperity. She gets drunk (intoxicated, influenced) with the blood of the saints, which are the martyrs (the testifiers who are killed) of Jesus Christ (Revelation 17:1-6). She causes great marveling, even by John the Apostle, but the angel tells him not to marvel (Revelation 17:7).

-The mystery of the woman and the beast is revealed with great symbolic detail and intricate descriptions of the powers that will arise and conflict with the Lamb (Revelation 17:8-13). There is a united front in the beginning (Revelation 17:13), and they make war with the Lamb. However, they are overcome (conquered) by the Lamb, for He is the Lord of lords and King of kings. Those who fight with Him are the called, the chosen, and the faithful (Revelation 17:14).

-There seems to be some eventual division and conflict between the evil woman and the conglomeration of the beast to make her desolate, naked, devoured in the flesh, and burned up with fire (Revelation 17:16). God puts this in their hearts to carry out His purpose to make them utterly evil and united in a common front with all authority given to the beast until the words of God are fulfilled (Revelation 17:17). There is reasonable cause to consider this woman to be the city of Rome and its empire with a possible resurrection to that type of government in the last days (Revelation 17:18).

-*Application* Certainly this is a mesmerizing passage with many variables, which creates a lot of uncertainty in our interpretation. There can be no doubt that we are living in a time where there is as much intrigue and inside corruption that sets itself up against the God of the Universe in every corner of the globe. The time will come when these evil entities will be more clearly revealed and things will go according to the prophecies. This is a time to pray and activate unified Christian effort for America, because of the moral decay and compliance to the unified world system that is setting itself up against the authority of Yahweh (The LORD). Our prayer is that we will never become the Babylonian society that is depicted here in Scripture, but it sure looks possible as we observe in current events.


Verse to Memorize: Revelation 17:14

Friday, May 17, 2013

Revelaton Bible Study Notes- Chapter 16

Chapter 16


-The plagues (or bowls) of the final wrath of God upon the earth for all its sin and corruption is described in this chapter. The Lord’s command is finally, “Go and pour (Revelation 16:1)!”

-The first angel brings: harmful and painful sores on the people who bore the mark of the beast and worshipped his image (Revelation 16:2).

-The second angel brings: upon the sea blood like a corpse killing every living thing in the sea (Revelation 16:3).

-The third angel brings: into the rivers and springs of water blood and words of truth and justice concerning the judgments (Revelation 16:4-7).

-The fourth angel brings: on the sun a scorching fire that burns people with heat causing them to curse the Name of God who had power over theses plagues, and they did not repent and give Him glory (Revelation 16:8-9).

-The fifth angel brings: darkness on the throne of the beast and its kingdom causing people to gnaw their tongues in anguish and again curse the God of Heaven for their pain and sores all while they still would not repent and turn from their deeds (Revelation 16:10-11).

-The sixth angel brings: dryness on the great river Euphrates to prepare the way for the kings from the east, and three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon (Satan), the mouth of the beast, and the mouth of the false prophet. These are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go out into the whole earth to lure the earthly kings into the war of the great day of God, the Almighty at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon (Revelation 16:12-16).

-The seventh angels brings: the beginning of God’s final judgment in which He proclaims, “It is done!” There were flashes of lightening, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a great earthquake such as there had never been since mankind was on the earth. It split the great city (Jerusalem) into three parts and the cities of the nations fell, and God remembered Babylon the great, to make her drain the cup of the wine of the fury of His wrath. Every island fled away (probably a sinking into the ocean), and no mountains were to be found. Beyond all this, great hailstones, weighing about a hundred pounds each, fell from heaven on people and they cursed God once more for the plague and its severity (Revelation 16:17-21).

-*Application* The application here for us is the issue of repentance. God wanted these people to turn to Him so that His justice could be turned into mercy, but they just wouldn’t get it. In the end, if we continue to refuse God’s grace and forgiveness, He has no other alternative but to judge us for our iniquity. That is the bad news, but the good news is that if we do repent (change our mind) and come to Him in faith, we can experience His forgiveness, restoration, and redemption. The choice is always on us. Don’t ever underestimate the wrath and fury of God on disobedience that is obstinate.


Verse to Memorize: Revelation 16:14

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Revelation Bible Study Notes- Chapter 15

Chapter 15


-Another sign is shown is Heaven, which was great and astounding. There were seven angels with seven plagues (bowls), which are the last of the judgments of God upon the earth for its wickedness (Revelation 15:1). All those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name (666) were standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands singing the song of Moses (Exodus 15:1-18) and the song of the Lamb (the greater redemption, Revelation 5:9-10). These songs included great and amazing praises for the deeds of God, His justice and truth, the glory of fearing Him, a declaration of His majesty, His holiness, His worth among all the nations, and His righteousness (Revelation 15:3-4).

-After this, John looked and the sanctuary of the tent of witness in Heaven was opened. Out of it came the seven angels with the seven plagues (bowls). They were clothed in pure, bright linen, with golden sashes around their chests. One of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God, who is eternal. And, the sanctuary was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power. No one could enter the sanctuary until the seven plagues were completed by the seven angels (Revelation 15:5-8).

-*Application* God’s shekinah glory is powerful and amazing. It’s hard for us to capture what John saw, but his descriptions let us know it was incredible. We too can experience this kind of walk and relationship with an All-Powerful God in our lives. When we are truly in His presence, all else fades away and His glory is all we can see. Seek Him with all your heart and He will give you an amazing experience too!


Verse to Memorize: Revelation 15:1

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Revelation Bible Study Notes- Chapter 14

Chapter 14


-This chapter starts with a heavenly chorus of the 144,000 sealed saints who had been redeemed from the earth singing a new song before the Lamb in the spiritual Mount Zion (Hebrews 12:22, Revelation 14:1-3). It is these who are blameless before the Lord by not defiling themselves with women (they are virgins), and they follow the Lamb wherever He goes. They are redeemed as first fruits for God and the Lamb, and they were completely honest (Revelation 14:4-5).

-Three angels fly overhead of John with an eternal gospel full of worship, a denouncement of Babylon, and a repercussion for those who take the mark of the beast (Revelation 14:6-11). Here now is a call, which is repeated often in the prophecy, for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus (Revelation 14:12). At the same time John heard a voice from Heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” say the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them (Revelation 14:13)!”

-The time for the reaping of the earth then came and blood flowed from the winepress, as high a horse’s bridle, for about 184 miles (Revelation 14:14-20). *Application* The wrath of the Lord will come, make the right preparations in Christ our Savior.


Verse to Memorize: Revelation 14:7

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Revelation Bible Study Notes- Chapter 13

Chapter 13


-This chapter exposes two beasts that rise out of the sea and the earth. The first beast is the Anti-Christ who symbolically has ten horns and seven heads with seven diadems on its horns. He has blasphemous names on its heads. His appearance was like a leopard (swift) with bear’s feet (powerful), and a mouth like a lion’s mouth (roaring and devouring). The dragon (Satan) gives this being his power, his throne, and his authority. The beast receives a mortal wound but is healed from it, which makes the whole earth marvel at him and follow him, and worship him. This leads to a worship of the dragon who works in concert with the beast to give him glory. His authority resides for 42 months (3 ½ years) as haughty blasphemous words are given out by him and he has great authority against the Kingdom of God even into the realm of Heaven. He makes war on the saints to conquer them for a time and his dominion is over every tribe, people, language, and nation causing all to worship him (those who do not have their name written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb, who was slain). There is captivity and the sword for these. There is a clarion call out during this time for the endurance and faith of the saints (Revelation 13:1-10).

-The beast that rises from the earth is later revealed as the False Prophet (Revelation 16:13; 19:20). He symbolically has two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. This beast exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence and calls all the earth to worship the Anti-Christ. It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in the presence of people. These signs deceive people and lead them astray to make an image of the beast. The False Prophet is given the power to give breath to the image of the Anti-Christ beast, so that this image can speak and cause those who would not worship it to be slain (killed). It also causes all (small, great, rich, poor, free, and slave) to be marked on the right hand or on the forehead with a mark of this beast. No one can buy or sell (do business, exchange in commerce) unless they have this unholy mark. This number can be calculated with wisdom and understanding because it is the number of a man, and the number is 666 (Revelation 13:11-18).

-*Application* We have now seen in Revelation the revealing of the unholy trinity in the dragon (Satan, the Lucifer angel), the Anti-Christ beast, and the False Prophet beast. These are in union against the true Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and will wage war on the Kingdom of God. They will manifest themselves with great power and authority during the tribulation, but it is only temporary. This is the way the Lord works. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed (Psalm 34:18).” The hardships in this situation, and in our own lives right now, are set ups for a demonstration of the Lord’s greater goodness as Deliverer, Healer, Restorer, and Ultimate Warrior on His behalf and for His glory. The bad only gives occasion for the good to be revealed as dominate and all-powerful. Remember, like Revelation 13:10 says, to endure and keep the faith. Don’t ever quit or give up!


Verses to Memorize: Revelation 13:10, 18

Monday, May 13, 2013

Revelation Bible Study Notes- Chapter 12

Chapter 12


-In the days of the voice of the seventh trumpet there is a great sign in Heaven. A woman (this is Israel apparently) clothed with the sun with the moon under her feet and a head of twelve stars was pregnant and crying with birth pains and the agony of giving birth (Revelation 12:1-2). Another sign appeared in Heaven with the red dragon, who had seven heads with seven diadems and ten horns (this symbolizes great power, Daniel 7:7). His tail swept down a third of the stars of Heaven and cast them to earth (this could possibly mean the downfall of the demonic angels in antiquity). This dragon stands before the woman so that when she bore her child he might devour it. This child is the Messiah, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron (complete strength), but He is caught away to Heaven (this is historical as well) and to His throne (at the right Hand of God, Mark 16:19, Luke 22:69, Colossians 3:1, Hebrews 10:12; 12:2, 1 Peter 3:22). The woman flees into the wilderness (if this is futuristic and if this is literal it would more than likely be the Judean wilderness as one goes toward the Dead Sea) for 3 ½ years where she has a place prepared by the Lord to be nourished and cared for (Revelation 12:3-6). This appears to be the later part of the tribulation period when the woman (Israel) is hidden in a safe place while all hell is breaking loose on the earth. This is a supernatural protection and deliverance, which shows the Divine love of God for His people once again as this age of the Gentiles is drawing to a close and the mystery of God is revealed (Revelation 10:7). *Application* The Word says to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and God’s people (Genesis 12:2-3, Psalm 122:6). He will protect His chosen, and we need to bless them too. Pray for the peace and protection of Israel in these turbulent times in which we live. God is on their side.

-Now a war ensues in Heaven between the archangel, Michael (Jude 1:9), and his angels and the dragon (which is Satan, Revelation 12:9) along with his demonic angels. This is the time (and it will take 3 ½ years to do it) when the salvation and the power and the Kingdom of God and the authority of Christ manifests itself in all fullness. This is when the saints conquer the enemy by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony as they loved not their physical lives, but give everything up for the Lord. Heaven is rejoicing, but there is turbulent times ahead for the earth and sea, for the devil has come down in great wrath knowing his time is short and defeat is close at hand (Revelation 12:7-12).

-The evil one, the dragon, pursues Israel, the woman who had given birth to the male child (Messiah), but the Lord supernaturally protects as she is given two wings of the great eagle so that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness. The serpent tries to pour water like a river out of his mouth to drown the woman and sweep her away with a flood, but the earth (this is from God as well) came to help the woman as it opens up its mouth and swallowed the river. This makes the dragon furious and he goes out to make war with the rest of her offspring (this could mean the church or some other remnant of Israel), of those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. This dragon stands on the sands of the sea with all his venom (Revelation 12:13-17).

-*Application* The scene gets pretty desperate as the accuser comes against God’s people, but God will always show up to help His elect. Count on God to do the same for you if you have trusted in Him completely. Don’t ever allow yourself to focus on the circumstances, they will frighten and deceive you. Instead, focus on the cross of Christ and His righteousness (Hebrews 12:1-2). He will deliver you! Trust, abide, and endure!


Verse to Memorize: Revelation 12:11

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Revelation Bible Study Notes- Chapter 11

Chapter 11


-The two witnesses are described in this chapter as the second woe comes to a close and the third woe begins. John was given a measuring rod like a staff to rise and measure the Temple of God, and the alter, and those who worship there (Revelation 11:1). This many scholars and people of God take as a rebuilding of the Temple during this time of tribulation. It is interesting to note that the court outside the Temple is not to be measured by John as it will be trampled under by the nations (the non-Jews, the Gentiles) for 42 months (Revelation 11:2). Possibly at the same time, but not necessarily, the two witnesses are granted authority for 1,260 days to prophesy, clothed in sackcloth (a demonstration to repent and turn in Godly sorrow) (Revelation 11:3). These two are the olive trees and lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. They have immense power that emanates from them to consume their foes. They can strike with deadly force, turn waters into blood, shut the sky from rain, and impose plagues on the earth as often as they desire (Revelation 11:4-6).

-When these have finished their testimony, the beast makes his first appearance that rises from the bottomless pit. This beast makes war on the two witnesses and conquers them and kills them. The two witnesses lay dead in the streets of Jerusalem for three and a half days as all people from all tribes, languages, and nations gaze at their dead bodies (more than likely this will be a huge media event). They refuse to let them be placed in a tomb and there is great rejoicing over the entire earth with merriment and presents being exchanged, because the two prophets had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth (there was no turning to the Lord in other words for the vast majority of people). However, after three and a half days, a breath of life from God enters these two witnesses and they stand on their feet causing great fear (obviously) on those who saw them. A great voice is heard, “Come up here,” and they went up to Heaven in a cloud (much like Jesus Christ in His ascension) as their enemies watched them. At that very hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city (Jerusalem) fell. Seven thousand people were killed in the great earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of Heaven. This marks the end of the second woe (Revelation 11:7-14).

-Now the third woe is about to come. The seventh angel blows his trumpet. In the days of this trumpet, the mystery of God is completed as God had announced (proclaimed, preached) to His servants, the prophets (Revelation 10:7). This trumpet blast is accompanied by loud voices in Heaven proclaiming that the kingdom of the world has now become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, who shall reign forever and ever (Revelation 11:15). The 24 elders are also involved with reverent worship as they fall on their faces again and give glory to the Lord saying, “We give Thee thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who art and who wast, because Thou hast taken Thy great power and hast begun to reign. And the nations were enraged, and Thy wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to give their reward to Thy bond-servants the prophets and to the saints and to those who fear Thy name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth (Revelation 11:17-18, NASB)." At this point, God’s Temple in Heaven was opened, and the Ark of His Covenant was seen within His Temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail accompanying all of this (Revelation 11:19).

-*Application* The events described here are ominous and extremely frightening. The saddest thing in it all is that those who were opposed to God and His great power refused to turn to Him in time. God is patient and will bear with much, but as we see here, His patience does have its limits and you certainly don’t want to be on the wrong side of His wrath. There is coming a time when the dead will be judged by the Great Judge, the Almighty God. Those opposed to Him and destroy what He is for and has created are in terrible trouble. The good news is that those who do turn to Him in faith will be rewarded. These are His servants, the prophets, the saints, and those who fear His Name, from the least (smallest) to the greatest followers. Determine to be a Christ follower. It will be very helpful in the final analysis.


Verse to Memorize: Revelation 11:18

Friday, May 10, 2013

Revelation Bible Study Notes- Chapter 10

Chapter 10


-The seventh angel descends with one foot on the sea and one foot on the land and is about to blow his trumpet. This is a turning point in the revelation of the God and marks the days in which the mystery of God will be fulfilled (telew, completed, finished, ended), just as He announced to His servants the prophets (Revelation 10:7). At this point, the delay is over and God’s patience has ended. The command to John is to seal up what the seven thunders have said, but there would be things by the end of the chapter that he was to write as further prophecy unto many peoples, nations, languages, and kings (Revelation 10:3-4, 11). John is told to take the “little scroll” from the seventh angel who is standing on the sea and on the land and eat it. It tasted sweet as honey in his mouth, but it became bitter in his stomach (Revelation 10:8-10). This is prophetic language spiritually speaking just as God gave to Ezekiel (Ezekiel 3:1-3, 10). This to me indicates it was a sweet and hopeful word to hear because of the ultimate victory that was coming for the Kingdom of God, but the bitterness of the stomach would be the agonizing events that were to come in wrath and judgment out of the disobedience of the unbelieving and rebellious. *Application* Romans 8 talks about how we, who are in Christ, long for our redemption and greatly anticipate the coming of our Lord and the complete realization of who He is as His mystery is completed. It will be at this time that our faith truly becomes sight and all will make perfect sense to us. Until then, hold on to the promises and never give up faith, hope, and love (1 Corinthians 13:13).



Verse to Memorize: Revelation 10:7

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Revelation Bible Study Notes- Chapter 9

Chapter 9


-The fifth angle blows his trumpet bringing on the first woe to the earth. A star (more than likely this represents an angel from the Lord) comes down with the key to the bottomless pit and opens the shaft of it releasing smoke that darkens the sun and air. It also releases a locust type creature that has the power of scorpions to sting unbelieving mankind in torment, but not to the point of death. They were not to harm any of the grass of the earth or any green plant or any tree. They only were to harm those who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. Their torment last for five months with the torment of the scorpion sting. In those days people will seek to die, but will not be able to find it; death will flee from them (Revelation 9:1-6). The tormenting creatures are described more fully in verses 7-11, and the name Abaddon (in Hebrew) and Apollyon (in Greek are given, which denotes destruction (the destroyer).

-The sixth angel brings about the beginning of the second woe upon the earth. In this occurrence, the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates are released to kill a third of mankind. The number of these released mounted troops is heard, which was twice ten thousand times ten thousand (20,000,000). These are further described in verses 17-19. Their power were in their mouths and their tails (the tails are described to be like serpents with heads).

-“The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality of their thefts (Revelation 9:20-21).” *Application* What an incredible commentary on the condition of the world when the Lord is about to come back and make all things right and new! There will no remorse for sin and no repentance (or turning) to the Lord God Almighty. The resistance is total and unashamed against the Living Lord even in the face of great torment. This reveals the hardness of these hearts. What about you? Will you remain hard towards the power of God and resist His authority? Or will you relent, give in, give up and surrender all to His saving grace and mercy? This is ultimately what He desires and extends to us. Don’t be too stubborn my friend. God will win in the end. Join Him in victory by turning to Jesus in saving faith. This is His desire. You cannot survive on your own strength and power.


Verses to Memorize: Revelation 9:20-21

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Revelation Bible Study Notes- Chapter 8

Chapter 8


-The seventh seal is now opened and there is silence in Heaven for about half an hour before the seven angels (messengers) who stand before God are given seven trumpets (Revelation 8:1-2). “Another angel (messenger) came and stood at the altar with a golden censer and was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel (Revelation 8:3-4).” This censer was taken by the angel, filled with fire from the altar, and thrown to the earth with peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightening, and an earthquake (Revelation 8:5). *Application* If you ever wondered if the prayers you pray have an effect, look no further than this passage. These are the prayers of the saints going into action as an Almighty God who is just and sees all of the chaos and confusion on this earth and will one day make everything right in His perfect judgment. So keep offering your honest and sincere prayers and petitions before Him and wait. He will listen and respond in His perfect time and will.

-The introduction of the first four trumpets is elucidated now as the seven angels prepare to blow them. The first angel blows and there followed hail and fire, mixed with blood, upon the earth. A third of the earth, a third of the trees, and all green grass was burned up. The second angel blows his trumpet and something like a great mountain, burning with fire, is thrown into the sea making a third of it blood killing a third of the living creatures in the sea and destroying a third of the ships. The third angel blows his horn and a great star, named Wormword, fell from heaven, blazing like a torch and destroying a third of the rivers and springs of water. Many people died from the water that was infected from this judgment because of its bitterness. Then the forth angel blows and a third of the sun, moon, and stars were struck so that a third of the day and night were altered. At this point a eagle crying with a loud voice flew directly over John’s head proclaiming three woes upon those who dwell on the earth because of the three remaining trumpet blasts that are about to blow (Revelation 8:6-13).

-*Application* These destructive events are upcoming in the economy of God’s wrath upon a sinful and fallen world. It behooves us to prepare for these cataclysmic occurrences with prayer and fasting. Perhaps He will spare His people from the impending doom and gloom that His Day (of Judgment) will bring. Even so, we know through every birth pang that we are now experiencing (Matthew 24:3-13, Mark 13:4-20, 1 Thessalonians 5:2-6) that He still loves us and is drawing us to Himself for salvation.


Verse to Memorize: Revelation 8:2

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Revelation Bible Study Notes- Chapter 7

Chapter 7


-There is now an interlude of time, it appears from the text, in between the sixth and seventh seals being opened as we get to chapter seven. Four angels are sent to the four corners of the earth to hold back the wind (Revelation 7:1). Then another angel ascends from the rising of the sun with the seal of the Living God. He calls out to the four angels not to “harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads (Revelation 7:2-3).” The number of the sealed was heard as being 144,000 from every tribe of the sons of Israel (Revelation 7:4-8). It is interesting to note here that the tribe of Dan is not listed in the distribution of the sealed, but rather one of Joseph’s sons, Manasseh, is listed instead. Also, Judah is listed at the forefront and the concubine tribes of Gad, Asher, and Naphtali are promoted in order of listing. This, along with some alternative interpretive views, have made for some interesting understandings of this group of God’s sealed people.

-After this, John sees a great multitude that no one could number from every nation, tribe, people, and language standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes made clean by the blood of the Lamb and had palm branches in their hands crying out salvation praise unto the Lord and worshiping Him along with all the angels, the 24 elders, and the four living creatures. Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might unto God for evermore were the specifics of their praise and adoration. One of the elders approaches John and verifies that these clothed in white robes are the ones coming out of the tribulation as enduring overcomers (conquerors) by the power of Christ in them (Revelation 7:9-14). These are before the Lord’s throne serving Him night and day in His Temple, and God shelters them with His presence. They shall not hunger nor will they thirst anymore, and the sun will not strike them or any scorching heart. “The Lamb in the center of the throne will be their Shepherd, and He will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes (Revelation 7:15-17).”

-*Application* The Lord’s Day may come at any time, and the tribulation of the saints is very real and literal. We should be prepared for this intense spiritual struggle and determine in our spirit that we will be part of those numerous believers that were able to come out of the tribulation with the Lamb’s blood covering us and cleansing us if that is required of us. Some scholars and theologians would say that the saints will be raptured out and these are converts to Christ from the witness of the 144,000 during the tribulation, and that may be true. But, if we are indeed asked by the Lord to endure this period as His church, we should be ready, willing, and able, knowing that the reward on the other side is that our Lamb will shepherd us to springs of living water and wipe away every sad tear from our eyes.


Verse to Memorize: Revelation 7:17

Monday, May 6, 2013

Revelation Bible Study Notes- Chapter 6

Chapter 6


-The first six seals are opened by the Lamb in chapter 6 of Revelation. The four living creatures are involved with the word “Come” repeated over and over as they introduce each seal. The first seal can be called the “False Christ,” who rode on a white horse (the first of four horses that represent God’s beginning judgment of humanity’s sin and rebellion). He has a bow and a crown and went out “conquering and to conquer (Revelation 6:1-2).”

-The second seal is broken as a red horse went out with the power to take peace from the earth so that men would slay one another (this is the opposite of God’s command to love one another, John 15:12, 17 among others). He who sat on the red horse had a great sword given to him. Therefore, this seal can be entitled “War” (Revelation 6:3-4).

-The third seal was introduced with a black horse with its rider having scales. This indicates “Famine,” but the oil and wine were not to be damaged (Revelation 6:5-6).

-The forth seal then came with an ashen horse. He who sat on it had the name “Death” and “Hades (Hell)” was following with him. These riders were given authority over a forth of the earth, to kill with the sword, with famine, with pestilence, and by the wild beasts of the earth (Revelation 6:7-8).

-The fifth seal, which the Lamb broke, revealed “underneath the alter the souls of those who had been slain because of the Word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained.” These were crying out as to how long the Lord who refrain from His ultimate judgment in avenging their blood that was spilt. These were given a white robe and told to wait a little while longer, until their fellow servants and their brothers who were to be killed, as they had been, were completed. This seal should then be entitled, “Martyrs” (Revelation 6:9-11).

-The sixth seal sees a progression in horrific judgment demonstrations. There was a great earthquake, the sun became black as sackcloth, the whole moon became red like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth (John compares it to figs falling from their tree out of season in a great wind). “The sky was split apart like a scroll when its rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.” At this point the kings of the earth and great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man began to hide themselves in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They wanted the rocks to kill them because of the horrors that were occurring. They wanted to be hidden from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb. “For the day of Their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” This seal could be entitled “Terror” (Revelation 6:12-17).

-*Application* The presence of the Lord is what we as believers seek out of our adoration and awe in our compassionate and holy God. This is the way God wants it to be. Right now He is being patient and extending His invitation for us to repent and believe in His restoring forgiveness and mercy (2 Peter 3:7-15). There will come a time when His patience is completed and then the fury of His wrath will come on all those who persist in rejecting Him. Don’t be in that category. Accept the Lord Jesus Christ while there is still opportunity. Don’t delay! There is literal judgment coming upon this earth, before the Lord restores and make all things new (Revelation 21:5)


Verse to Memorize: Revelation 6:17

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Revelation Bible Study Notes- Chapter 5

Chapter 5


-Now John sees the Lord on His throne with a scroll having writing on both the inside and the outside, but it was sealed up with seven seals (Revelation 5:1). A mighty angel asked who was worthy to open the scroll and break the seals (Revelation 5:2). No one in Heaven or on earth or under the earth was able and John began to weep because of this (Revelation 5:3-4). This is when one of the twenty-four elders came up to him and told him to weep no more because “the Lion of Judah, the Root of David has conquered (overcome)” and He can (is able) to open the scroll and the seven seals of it (Revelation 5:5).

-The Lamb stands between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders, as though It had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth (the number seven represents completeness and is best understood as God completely going out into all the earth). Jesus, who is the Lamb, went and took the scroll from the right Hand of Him who was seated on the throne. When this happened the four living creatures and the 24 elders fell down and worshiped the Lord with each having a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints (Revelation 5:6-8). They declare His worthiness, which is the meaning of any praise unto the Most High. They thank Him for taking the scroll and having power to break the seals. They adore Him for His death and the shedding of blood for the purpose of ransoming the people of God from every tribe, language, people, and tongue as a Kingdom and priests to our God in reigning power (Revelation 5:9-10). The Lamb was praised by all to receive power, wealth, wisdom, might, honor, glory, and blessing forever (Revelation 5:11-14).

-*Application* A life of praise and declaring the Lord’s worthiness should exemplify our lives. Don’t wait for this incredible scene of future events. Start worshiping the Lord today. He is personally close to you and smiles when you glorify Him as He truly deserves. He’s given everything to bring us close to Him through His death, burial, and resurrection. Through His love He has made the way possible. He is able to save, to deliver, and to open up! Praise His Holy Name!


Verses to Memorize: Revelation 5:5, 12

Friday, May 3, 2013

Revelation Bible Study Notes- Chapter 4

Chapter 4


-Chapter four begins with a time line phrase “after this (Revelation 4:1).” This is a marker in the text and a transition into John’s vision in which he is taken in the Spirit to Heaven (Revelation 4:1-2). He perceives the Lord in His majesty seated on His throne with vivid description and the heavenly hosts are brilliantly described (Revelation 4:2-11). The voice that called him up sounded like a trumpet (compare, this is the same sound as in Revelation 1:10). This denotes symbolically a warning sound to alert. This messenger, or angel, was allowed to reveal to John the things that were to take place after this (Revelation 4:1). This indicates a future revelation as to the things that “will be (Revelation 1:4, 8).” The Lord had the appearance of jasper, carnelian, rainbow, and emerald in majestic brilliance. Around the Lord were 24 elders on 24 thrones clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightening, rumblings, and peals of thunder. Before the throne were seven torches of fires representing the seven spirits of God and a crystal sea like glass. Around the throne were four creatures who were alive that had the appearance of a lion, an ox, the face of a man, and an eagle in flight. These creatures were full of eyes all around and within, and they worshiped the Lord night and day proclaiming, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come (Revelation 4:8).” And whenever the living creatures give this glory, honor, and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, the 24 elders fall down before Him in reverence and worship as well casting their crowns before the throne saying, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory, and honor, and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they existed and were created (Revelation 4:11).” *Application* We have the opportunity to praise and worship the Lord in this exact same way. He is to be exalted. Enjoy His presence where you are on this earth. There is a reason why He prayed while in His incarnation, “Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:10).” God’s presence can come down to us because of His great love. We can look forward to His glory in Heaven, but it can also be experience with great vibrancy here on this earth as well. His Spirit indwells His people! I’m not waiting for the afterlife, we can be filled with Him now! Worship the Lord with gladness (Psalms 100:2, Acts 2:28)!


Verse to Memorize: Revelation 4:11

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Revelation Bible Study Notes- Chapter 3

Chapter 3


-The same format that addressed the first four churchis is used for the last three churches as the Lord addresses the angels of Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. Their works are known and both positive and negative qualities are discussed in each with the exception of Philadelphia, which had no negative.

-Sardis was known for being alive, but it was dead. The Lord told them to wake up and strengthen what remained that was about to die. Their works were not complete in the eyes of God. They were instructed to remember what they had seen and heard, keep it and repent. If they refuse to wake up, the Lord said that He would come against them like a thief at an unknown hour. There were some who had not “soiled their garments (become unclean),” and those would walk with Jesus in white for they are worthy. These would overcome and wear white garments (the righteousness of Christ) and never be blotted out from the book of life (Psalm 69:28, Philippians 4:3, Revelation 3:1-6; 13:8; 17:8; 20:12, 15; 21:27; 22:19).

-Philadelphia had an open door that no one could shut. They had a little power, yet kept God’s Word and did not deny His Name. God promised to make the synagogue of Satan bow before them at their feet. These evil ones would know in the end that God loved Philadelphia and their righteousness. They were commended for patient endurance and would be kept from the hour of testing that is coming upon the whole world. They are told to hold fast what they have, so that no one seizes their crown (reward). These overcomers (conquerors) would be pillars in the Temple of God forever and would receive new names of various kinds (Revelation 3:7-13).

-Laodicea is described as lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, which infuriated the Lord to the point of being vomited up. They claimed to be rich with prosperity needing nothing, but they were actually wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. God’s recommendation was to buy from Him gold refined by fire and white garments of righteousness to gain needed wealth spiritually speaking. This would be healing salve to anoint their eyes so that they could see. Those whom the Lord loves, He disciplines and reproves; therefore, their instruction was to be zealous for the Lord and repent from the evil. Jesus is standing at the door knocking. If anyone hears His voice and opens the door, He will come in and eat with him and abide. To these overcomers (conquerors) will be given the opportunity to sit down with the Father on His throne (Revelation 3:14-22).

-*Application* These churches represent what can also happen in our own spiritual walk for sure. We need to keep enduring patiently, not being stained by this world (James 1:27). We need to walk with Christ every day with His confidence and His righteousness with genuineness. We need to go through His opened doors to minister to people and hold fast to His Word. We don’t ever want to become apathetic and lukewarm to spiritual things where we don’t care. We need refining by the challenges and trials of life. We need to let Christ in and dine with His presence as He longs to abide with us. May we become overcomers (conquerors) in His Name every single day as we await His coming.


Verse to Memorize: Revelation 3:20

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Revelation Bible Study Notes- Chapter 2

Chapter 2


-John begins to pour out what the Spirit of God is saying to the seven churches. The first four churches are addressed in this chapter, those being Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, and Thyatira. He uses descriptions of Christ at the introduction to each church, which are repeated from the first chapter describing important characteristics of the Lord with variety. He also concludes with diverse qualities of Christ, each time with the phrase, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29). The text also gives hope to each of these four churches that if can overcome (or conquer), they will be rewarded (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26). The interpretation of these messages to the churches and the spirits behind them can be seen as two-fold, with diversity of meaning according to biblical scholars and theologians. We can say that indeed there was a literal and historical application to these ancient churches of the first century AD. But, there can also be application and significance to future churches during this age of the Body of Christ. Even this has been seen with different hermeneutics. Some will suggest that these churches represent different eras of the Kingdom’s advancement moving towards the completion of all things with the return of Christ. This is a linear view of the message. Others will point out that these characteristics describe what kinds of spirits preside over particular churches all throughout the age of the church with warnings to those who go astray and blessings to those that abide in the Spirit of God. Both can be accurate and should be heeded as we constantly evaluate what the church of the Living God is doing and where it is going. One thing to remember is that the Lord always gives hope and a way to return to Him in each and every situation that the churches encounter. These messages to the churches are designed to be introspective and contemplative. Therefore, we can conclude that John is talking about the things “that are” in this section, but it also has prophetic implications going on into the church age.

-Ephesus was known positively for its good works, hard toil, patient endurance, testing false apostles, and bearing up for the Name of the Lord (Revelation 2:2-3). They also hated the teachings and works of the Nicolaitans, who were heretics seducing people to idolatry and sexual immorality (Revelation 2:6). However, on the negative side they had abandoned their first love and grown apathetic. They had fallen in the area of their passion and were called to repentance (Revelation 2:4-5).

-Smyrna was known entirely positive for its bearing up under tribulation and suffering with lack of material things. They had been slandered by the false Jews of the synagogue (assembly) of Satan. They had no fear for what they were about to suffer with imprisonments and testings. They were encouraged to remain faithful unto death, which would earn them the crown of life with no hurt by the second death (Revelation 2:8-11).

-Pergamum had endured in a tough spot where the throne of Satan was located. This probably refers to the pagan setting they were at geographically, but again there is deeper spiritual meaning to this. On the positive, they held fast the Name of Christ under persecution and martyrdoms, like in the days of Antipas. They were faithful witnesses of the Lord at certain times. However, some of them were holding the teaching of Balaam, who loved money and put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel through Balak so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and practiced sexual immorality. They also had some who held to the teachings of the Nicolaitans (Revelation 2:12-17).

-Thyatira had on the positive some good works, love, faith, service, patient endurance, and growth. However, they tolerated the Jezebel spirit of control, deception, and seduction. There is another reference to eating meat sacrificed to idols and sexual immorality here in this church under this Jezebel influence. This spirit, or spirits, will make people in the church physically sick and bring great tribulation unless there is a repentant turning back to God. Death is even mentioned as a consequence for the downward spiral in ethics and practice. Some in Thyatira were resisting Satan and his teaching. Those are told to hold fast until the Lord would come, who will rule with a rod of iron and possessing the morning star (Revelation 2:18-29).

-*Application* This list of do’s and do not’s is important for us to live out in our days. Consider the traits of the persevering godly as opposed to the things God detests in His church. Don’t let the wrong spirits take control of your own personal life because you, if you have trusted Christ, are a part of His Church. The value is on repentance when we see that we are doing things wrong and going against Christ. O Christian brothers and sisters, do not harden your heart towards the ways of God. Return to Him and get restoration wherever it needs to be applied. He is faithful to forgive (1 John 1:9).


Verse to Memorize: Revelation 2:26