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How Should You and I Approach The Book of Revelation? (3)

Fourthly, know that the book of Revelation expands upon itself. Early principles such as God's expectation for the church's perfection (see Revelation 2:4, 14, 20; 3:3, 15-16; 18:4) and God's glory (Revelation 4; 10:4; 11:13; 13:1; 14:7; 15:3, 8 etc.) are expanded upon so that the reader becomes more acquainted with God and his expectations as he moves further into the book. Fascinatingly, John expands upon God's plagues that are cast on the ungodly throughout the book by moving from one source of plagues to the next. We read of a book sealed with the seven seals out of which proceeds seven trumpets (see Revelation 511). The plagues of these early chapters have the objective of causing men to repent of sin (see Revelation 9:20-21). Chapter 12 begins a discussion of the warfare that exist between the saints of God and Satan. This war is expanded upon and comes to...
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How Should You and I Approach The Book of Revelation? (2)

We cannot afford to guess or superimpose our own personal opinions when it comes to understanding the Word of God. The things recorded in this book have to do with the eternity of our soul (see Revelation 21:10ff). Our eternal souls are too precious to squander away through ignorance, apathy, sloth, preconceived ideas, or deception. Consider the following approach to understand the book of Revelation. First, approach the book knowing that you can and must understand it (Revelation 1:3). Remember, the word "Revelation" means an uncovering or disclosure. God intends for readers to understand. Those who approach any part of God's word with the attitude that "it is too difficult" or that "only a select few can understand it" are destined for failure and personal confusion. The Apostle John tells us that all who read and understand the book of Revelation are blessed (see Revelation 1:3; 2:11; 3:13). Secondly, approach...
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How to Approach the book of Revelation

There is gold in the Bering Sea off the coast of Nome Alaska. No gold is ever found, however, without planning and hard work. Likewise, truths in the book of Revelation are treasures that no one obtains without thorough investigation and hard work. One wrong turn in the pursuit of knowledge may lead to disastrous conclusions. An ill-advised approach to the study will only result in the rich truths Image slipping between the fingers and down the drain of confusion. The word "Revelation" (Greek apokalupsis) means, "an uncovering or a revelation" (Liddell Scott 99). Arndt and Gingrich define the word as a "disclosure [to expose or uncover]" (see also Moulton 42). The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia el adds, "Disclosures from God of the secrets of the heavenly world..." (ISBE Volume 4; page 172). Our English word apocalypse also means a "prophetic uncovering or disclosure" (AHD 118). The meaning of the...
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The Four Oracles of Haggai

First Oracle - Get Busy Haggai reveals God's displeasure in the people's 15 year period of disobedience (Haggai 1:4). Once again the Lord commands, through Haggai, that the people get to work on the temple (Haggai 1:8). Haggai calls upon the people in Jerusalem to reason with God. Haggai asks them to consider why they are in the current distress of drought (Haggai 1:11), little harvest (Haggai 2:16), mildew and hail (Haggai 2:17). Why all the distress? "Because of my house that lies waste, while you run every man to his own house" (Haggai 1:9). The sovereign God of creation has called upon nature to correct his people. Throughout the scriptures we learn that God created this world to follow his laws and regulations. Those who refuse obedience always suffer consequences (see Psalm 32:4-5 and Hebrews 12:5-13). After Haggai's "stirring" words (see Haggai 1:14) the Jews "consided' these things and...
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The Godhead

Text of Interest: "For in him (Christ) dwelleth all the fullness of the godhead bodily/' (Colossians 2:9). What is the "Godhead?" The word "godhead" is from the Greek theios which means "divinity, deity" (Moulton 193). The American Heritage Dictionary defines the word as "The essential and divine nature of God" (565). The divine nature of God is revealed as eternal (John 1:1ff), omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent (Jeremiah 23:23-24; 32:17). God is revealed to be Holy (Leviticus 11:44), perfect (Matthew 5:48), patient ( I l Pet. 3:9), merciful and comforting (Il 1 Corinthians 1:3). God is the essence of love ( l John 4:8) and peace (l 1 Corinthians 14:33). Identity of the Godhead The Bible tells us that we can identify with deity through the visible creation (Romans 1:19ff) and divine revelation (Galatians 1:11ff). God is identified, early in the pages of revelation, as a plurality of persons. Genesis 1:26 states, "And...
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