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What Is The Book Of Revelation About?

I have an opportunity to once again study the book of “Revelation”. I will jot some of my thoughts throughout the study here as I go along. Let me begin with a question that I came across in a commentary. What is the book of Revelation about? As this author had stated and I agree with him, we need look at the first few words. “The revelation of Jesus Christ…”(emphasis added).

This book shows us the things which are and the things that will come to pass. However, it all centers around the revealing of Jesus Christ, the Alpha and Omega, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty! I get caught up in all the trumpets, bowls, judgments, horsemen and other things but those in reality are all subtext to who is being revealed and will one day arrive and everyone will know who he is and will morn as they look on the one whom they crucified.

Take a look at the first 8 versus and see how many times the focus is on Christ!

All right this was short and I will post more thoughts later. Until then may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ fill you at all times.

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It Is Time To Call Harold Camping What He Is.

In 1994 he was mathematically wrong and now he misunderstood the
hidden message. In the meantime he has made millions of dollars from his
multiple end of the world campaigns and lead many devotees down the wrong path.
I have discussed his position with some of those who have swallowed his theory
hook, line and sinker. It is disturbing to see the attitude and stance they
have taken.

Scripture is clear that no one, let me repeat that, NO ONE knows
the appointed time of the Lord Jesus’ return except God the Father. The Lord
Jesus himself doesn’t know the appointed time. The Lord said that and the gospel
writers recorded that in their gospels. However, when you raise that point to
Camping and his supporters they say the Lord was hiding the truth from
unbelievers. That is why He said that.

They will go on to say that only those who are truly believers will
be able to see what they are saying is true. They cut and splice verses out of
context and twist them into heretical positions that have no foundation in
scripture at all. You have to be careful when handling God’s word and taking
verse and putting them together doesn’t mean that your position is scriptural.
Let me give you and example:

“..And he went away and hanged himself.” Matt 27:5

“You shall do the same with your oxen and sheep. It shall be with
its mother seven days and then you shall give it to Me.” Ex 22:30

Take these two verses and you can say that the truly spiritual
after betraying someone should hang themselves after spending seven days with
their mother. Do you see how outlandish and disgraceful that can be?

It is time to call Harold Camping what he is. He is a false teacher
even a heretic. The scripture is clear that anyone who distorts the truth and
then teaches it as truth is a false teacher. Try these two portions of
scripture to see what I mean.

1 John 4:1

Matt. 7:15-20

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The Message of the Cross

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1:19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will thwart the cleverness of the intelligent.”
That is how Paul described the message of the Gospel to the Corinthians. As I listen to some of the sermons that seem to be coming from a large number of preachers, it is shocking to see how they try to make the message of the cross more palatable. So I guess my question is, if the scriptures say the message of the cross is foolishness to those who don’t believe then why do we try to make it not foolish? Why do we want to soft pedal it or make it seem like it is wisdom from a self-help manual?

Look I am not abdicating that we close the doors and shut ourselves off from the outside world. NO!! What I am saying is we should tell them the plain unaltered truth of the Gospel. We have to be like Paul describes those a little later in the chapter. One planted and one watered however, it was God who gave the growth. God will destroy the wisdom of the wise. He will take what is foolish to the perishing and turn it into wisdom. Then they will understand and see and experience the power of God.

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