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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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“No one knows except the Father!”

 I am amazed when someone will hold to a teaching that is contradictory to the Bible. Even a cursory reading of the bible refutes what they teach. Recently on social network sites I have seen a rise in people putting forth statements or teachings that even in a simple cursory reading of the bible contradicts what they say. That, you think should end the discussion but it doesn’t. I want to take a moment to address one that has been around before and has been exposed as foolishness bringing shame a scorn not only to those who put it forth but also to God. 

If we look at a section of scripture like Acts 1:6-8 what do you see? The Lord Jesus now resurrected is with the disciples on the mount just before he ascends to heaven. They inquire if he is going to restore the kingdom to Israel. The Lord Jesus says “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority,” then the Lord goes on to say they are to be His witnesses, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to the world. 

I could also add where in Matthew 24 it talks about the return of the Lord being like a thief in the night. And it says almost the exact word for word thing in 1 Thessalonians 5. And in both cases we are commanded to be alert. To make it our daily pattern to be ready for when the Lord returns for us because we do not know when he will come. 

How can anyone then be so bold as to say we can know when the Lord returns. Or be so bold as to contradict, that is exactly what it is a contradicting, your God & Father. Or even the Lord Jesus who says himself that “No one except the Father knows when...” How can they twist scripture and contradict the Lord’s own words? 

And the biggest part of this heresy! They go as far as to say The Lord will return on this date. Do they not remember that in 1980’s a twisted soul wrote a book explaining the 80 some reasons why He would return that year? And then next year had to write one additional reason why the Lord would not be coming back until next year. We could also mention how the Jehovah Witnesses have on a number of occasions predicted the Lord’s return at a specific date. Thousands of misguided souls sold their material goods to await the specific date only to still be here and without anything the next day. 

I pray that these souls will release the heresy they are guarding and see the truth. Let me leave a warning for us all. Not just them but all of us. It goes like this: 

“I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plaques described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away from his share in the tree of life and the holy city described in this book.”

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