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Asaph is the author of twelve Psalms (Psalm 50 and 73-83). It may be argued that not all twelve of these Psalms were written by the same Asaph. Some argue that the name Asaph was common and likely passed down from generation to generation making it impossible to determine who is who. Others argue that the dates of the twelve Psalms span too great a time to be from the pen of one man. It may be equally argued; however, that these twelve Psalms were written by the same man. Each Psalm bears the same name. The time frame of the considered Psalms can in no way be determined with exactness. This article shall approach the character of Asaph from the view that one man wrote all twelve of the Psalms that bear his name in the superscriptions. Asaph was a man of many hats in society. The scriptures tell...
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Does the Book of Revelation Teach The World is About to End?

The apostles once asked Jesus when the world would end (Matthew 24:3). Jesus answered, "But of that day and hour knows no one, not even the angels of heaven, neither the Son, but the Father only" (Matthew 24:36). Why didn't Jesus give the apostles a straight answer to their question? Why didn't the Lord say, "The world will end on December of 2012?" The answer to this question may best be answered by Jesus at Acts 1:6-7. The apostles had asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would be restored to Israel. Jesus replied, "It is not for you to know times or seasons, which the Father hath set within his own authority" (Acts 1:7). The reason it was not for the apostles, or you and I today, to know the "times or seasons" of God's own authority is because God desires that man live faithfully throughout this life as...
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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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