Thursday, June 22, 2017

Revelation 22

The tree of life and the pure water that comes from the throne of God are the source of healing and happiness of God's people. In our new home, there is no night, no affliction, no diversion of service, but a complete different from the human point of view of happiness. While God will hide His face to the unbelievers, the redeemed shall see His face always, and His name shall be in our foreheads (v4). The entire message in the book of Revelation is faithful and true, therefore we should read and meditate it for the complete redemption of our souls. John declares that only God is to be worshipped, because angelic worship is part of idolatrous practice among the pagan people. God calls the believers to witness for the declaration of this prophecy, that it should be kept open, and internalize with their holy living. Jesus himself is our reward, for He alone can satisfy our hunger and thirst. Let us remain faithful to the teaching of the Bible, don't add nor deduct, and be ready for His imminent return. God bless.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Revelation 21

God will make all things new, with new heaven and new earth. The old world, with its troubles and turmoils had passed away. No more sea, no sin, no evil, no sorrow, no crying, no pain, no death, but full of light, full of righteousness, and full of God's presence. The New Jerusalem, the Lamb's wife, shall be the eternal home of the redeems. It has 12 gates bearing the name of the the 12 tribes of Israel, and 12 foundations exhibiting the names of the 12 apostles of Christ. It has 12 sorts of precious stones, indicating the variety and excellence of the gospel of Christ. Our new home is a safe  and wonderful place, each gate has a pearl, and  the main street is pure gold, as clear as glass. We will not be idle there, but we shall have a perfect fellowship both with God and His holy people. The glory of God lightens the entire place, and the Lamb is the Light in there. This place is exclusive only to those whose name are written in the Lamb's Book of Life. God bless.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Revelation 20

Satan is bound into the bottomless pit, and Christ will come to earth to reign for 1000 years, together with the believers. But after 1000 years Satan will be released and will go out to deceive the nations, and gather them together to battle against Christ. This will be final test of the nations' loyalty to God, and they shall fail. God shall devour and cast them into the lake of fire as their eternal doom. Then Christ shall judge the unbelievers at the Great White Throne, a place of judgement different from the redeemed. Their names are not written in the Book of Life because they had not been born in the kingdom of God, but rejected the gospel. Another book will be opened because God will recollect all of their past actions, sins that had not been erased by the blood of Christ, and each one is judged according to his works. Their eternal destiny is lake of fire, the second death and final separation from their Creator; men and demons in the same place. Let it be our concern, that Christ died for us, and there is no condemnation to those who are in Him. God bless.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Revelation 19

Let us rejoice and be glad, and always give glory to Jesus Christ, because of what He has done in our lives. He called us, saved us, adopted us, and soon He will glorify us. Only Christ is worthy of praise, worship and adoration, and no other name, not even those ministering angels (v10). Christ is the Head of the church (not Peter), He remains faithful to us even though we are sometimes unfaithful, His blood takes our sins away, He feeds our souls by His Word, and He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. John described Him as the One riding on a white horse, coming down from heaven to earth as the emblem of justice and holiness. He is perfect in all His ways, but His perfection cannot be fully understood by any creature on their own; they need the Word of God. Those who believe in His name will share their joy on the marriage of the Lamb and His bride. But the beast, the false prophet, and their followers will cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone (v21). The words in the Bible are true, they are reliable and faithful promise of God to His people. God bless.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Revelation 18

Babylon is a symbol of the entire world's system for economics, politics and military rule. The wickedness was very great, forsaking the true God, setting up idols, and had drawn all sorts of men and women into immoral lifestyle, spiritual adultery and false worship. By deceitful manner, people get rich, and by their wealth and luxury, this evil system had kept the people's interest. John tells that the Lord has people in Babylon, but He called them to get out from it, and not to partake in their sins, or else they shall receive their plagues too. The kings and political leaders of the world mourned as they saw the collapse of the entire world. The merchants and businessmen wept too because no one buys their merchandise anymore (v11). The riches of the ungodly people will avail nothing, and their love for money shall bring them to their own destructions. They lament not for the anger of God, but for the loss of outward comforts. On the other hand, the heaven rejoices, including the apostles, prophets, and all believers, for God had judged evil men for our sakes. Indeed, God is alive, and He knows all things. God bless.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Revelation 17

The mother of great harlots and abominations of the earth shall be judged finally. She sat on a red beast having seven heads and ten horns, arrayed in purple and red, holding a golden cup full of blood. She intoxicated herself with it, and this blood represents the lives of the Christians and martyrs of Jesus Christ. John explained that the beast on which the woman sat was a seat of idolatry and persecution. The seven heads are the kings of the earth or empires in different generations; five had gone when this book was written, one was during the day when John wrote it, and the one is yet to come (v10). The ten horns are ten kings that shall rise in the last days including the "one is yet to come" (most probably in our generation). These ten kings will allow the beast to rule over them, and make war against the Lamb. But Christ who has supreme dominion over all the earth shall defeat them, and God will cause people to realize their sins and see the wickedness of the harlot and the beast. The believers will be received to the glory of God, while wicked men and women will be destroyed in the most awful manner. May the Lord find us faithful on His return. God bless.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Revelation 16

Here is the succession of terrible judgments, and there are similarities to some of the plagues in Egypt in the book of Exodus; malignant sores, water to become blood, darkness, blast of heat, earthquake, etc. All things throughout the earth, air, sea, rivers, cities, are all condemned to ruin, all accursed because of the wickedness of the people. They are haters of Christ and God, and in the midst of the sufferings, they never repent from their sins, nor acknowledge their sinfulness. Darkness is the opposite of light, and those who do not live in the light of God will be doomed forever, separated from the knowledge and wisdom of God. They are confused as they follow the wicked wisdom of the beast, of the dragon and his false prophet (v13). The battle of Armageddon shall take place and Christ is shall come. When the angel poured forth the last bowl, Babylon collapsed (political, economic, religious system in this world), and the inhabitants of heaven saw it and rejoiced. Blessed are those that watch and keep themselves away from the impurities of this world because they will be with Him forever and ever. God bless.