Revelation 5:4 (KJV) I Wept Much

Revelation 5:4 (KJV)
And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

 

Someone has suggested that the apostle is here a pattern to imitate of the one eager and teachable concerning the things of God. He seeks the Word of God and he longs for the one who can open the Word to him.

 

The best of us need God’s Word. We need:

  • to look upon it
  • to read it and, most of all
  • to be instructed in it

Having said that, the teacher we most need to sit under is no man of the earth, but the Lord of heaven.

 

  • To anxiously wait to hear from God,
  • To fear lest you might never be instructed of Him
  • To weep until God assures you that He will teach you;

this is a pattern worth imitating.

 

 

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Revelation 5:4 (KJV) I Wept Much

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Revelation 4:5 (KJV) Wherever God Is

Revelation 4:5 (KJV)
And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

The Spirit of God, first seen in this book in Revelation 1:4, and throughout the letters to the seven churches, is seen again in Revelation four (and will be again in chapter five). The working of the Spirit in the churches (hinted at be the mention of the seven lamps of fire) has moved from the earth to heaven where the believers are now represented to be.

  • Wherever God is, believers will be found as the mark of true faith is that they follow the Lord
  • Wherever believers are, a local church will be found as the character of Christians is to assemble into churches.
  • Wherever there is a church the Holy Spirit will be found as the great work of the Holy Spirit is among the churches
  • Wherever the Spirit is there will be Christ as He loved the church and gave Himself for it

 

 

 

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Revelation 4:5 (KJV) Wherever God Is

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Revelation 3:1 (KJV) As Christ Directs

Revelation 3:1 (KJV)
And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

 

I think John Gill is on track when, of Revelation 1:4 he writes, “…by these seven spirits are intended the Holy Spirit of God, who is one in his person, but his gifts and graces are various; and therefore he is signified by this number, because of the fulness and perfection of them…”

 

The Lord Jesus claims possession of the stars or angels (pastors) as well as that of the seven Spirits of God. His possession speaks of his authority over. The pastor of each church is subject to Christ. He is not in charge but he is under the direction of the Lord.

 

The same may be said of the Spirit of God. Though He is co-eternal and equal to Christ in every way He is subjected to Christ in the same manner that Christ is subjected to the Father. The Spirit’s ministry upon churches, each loved of Christ, is directed by Christ. The

  • perfections,
  • completions, and
  • fullnesses

of the Holy Spirit are poured out to Christ’s own churches as Christ directs.

 

 

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Revelation 3:1 (KJV) As Christ Directs

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Revelation 2:1 (KJV) Bible Continuity

Revelation 2:1 (KJV)
Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

 

It strikes me that, though chapter two begins the letters to the seven churches, there is a continuity of thought that runs from chapter one to these seven letters. The Lord, who instructs John to write these letters, assumes that the readers of these letters (Ephesus expressly) will have read what is in chapter one of Revelation first.

 

That suggests that the seven letters were always a part of something bigger than themselves; that the seven letters were never meant to be sent individually to each one of these churches. It tells me that, though each church was a whole in and of itself, it was not to think of itself as isolated and alone. It tells me that the seven letters rest upon each other for interpretation and that the whole message of the Lord is not to be found in one letter or the other but in all of the letters taken together and in consideration of the book of the Revelation as a unit.

 

This principle would be true of the Bible. No one part of it stands without every part of it.

  • A verse of the Bible,
  • A chapter of the Bible,
  • A book of the Bible; yea,
  • A Testament of the Bible

taken without consideration for the rest of the Bible, is wrested from the Bible.

 

 

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Revelation 2:1 (KJV) Bible Continuity

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Revelation 1:7 KJV Coming With Clouds

Revelation 1:7 (KJV)
Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

 

Concerning the opening words of this verse, John Gill writes,
“The manner of his coming will be “with clouds”; either figuratively, with angels, who will attend him both for grandeur and service, or literally, in the clouds of heaven…”

 

Albert Barnes says,
“The design of introducing this representation of the Saviour, and of the manner in which he would appear, seems to be to impress the mind with a sense of the majesty and glory…”

 

Jamieson, Faucett and Brown adds to this that clouds often represent “wrath to the sinner.”

 

Clouds can mean:
Something of grandeur to us
Those billowy shining white clouds are a magnificent sight to behold.

 

Something of peace to us
I am reminded of my brother and me in our youth, laying in the grassy yard, looking at the clouds as they peacefully floated by.

 

Something ominous to us
This became the most real to me when, for a brief time, I lived in Oklahoma. Dark clouds there often indicated hailstorms and possible tornadoes.

 

 

So when Christ comes:

  • It is magnificent and glorious to the believer
  • It signals a time of great peace to those who are his but
  • It ushers in a great storm of tribulation for those who have refused him

 

 

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Revelation 1:7 (KJV) Coming With Clouds

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Judges 9:1-3 (KJV) Come to Ruin

Judges 9:1-3 (KJV)
And Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem unto his mother’s brethren, and communed with them, and with all the family of the house of his mother’s father, saying,
Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the men of Shechem, Whether is better for you, either that all the sons of Jerubbaal, which are threescore and ten persons, reign over you, or that one reign over you? remember also that I am your bone and your flesh.
And his mother’s brethren spake of him in the ears of all the men of Shechem all these words: and their hearts inclined to follow Abimelech; for they said, He is our brother.

 

Israel’s first king was not:

  • David, whom God anointed or
  • Saul, upon whom the people insisted or
  • Gideon, who was first approached by them to rule over them

Israel’s first king was Abimelech, Gideon’s son by a concubine.

  • It was not God who chose him or
  • A prophet who anointed him.
  • It was not the people who appointed him.

Abimelech approached them first.

 

Seeing their scattered and vulnerable state, sensing his own opportunity for advancement, he swayed them and them destroyed those he viewed as his only threat, his brothers.

 

Gill calls this, “a most bold and daring action;” and explains, “being done without asking counsel of God, without which no king was to be set over Israel, and by a single city, without the knowledge, advice, and consent of the body of the people of Israel…”

 

Nothing good could possibly have come out of this “daring action” and nothing good did. After three years the very people who had made him king revolted against him. Before it was said and done, Abimelech had devastated Shechem and Shechem had succeeded in killing Abimelech.

 

We do not need:

  • The one who climbs his own ladder or
  • The one who seems best to the majority

to rule over us. We need God to be our authority and seek His guidance in appointing our leaders.

 

Anything else will come to ruin.

 

 

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Judges 9:1-3 (KJV) Come to Ruin

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Judges 8:23 (KJV) Longing for Leadership

Judges 8:23 (KJV)
And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you.

 

Jamieson, Fausett and Brown
“Gideon knew too well, and revered too piously the principles of the theocracy, to entertain the proposal for a moment. Personal and family ambition was cheerfully sacrificed to a sense of duty, and every worldly motive was kept in check by a supreme regard to the divine honor. He would willingly act as judge, but the Lord alone was King of Israel.”

 

Long before Samuel was demanded of Israel to anoint them a king, Israel had already made up their mind they wanted one to rule over them.

 

I have speculated that this longing for leadership may trace back to Joshua not providing for Israel a replacement before his own death. This emptiness may have led them first:

  • to scatter as sheep without a shepherd and then
  • to seek leadership indiscriminately

 

The Lord is the only ruler we ought to have but He has ordained that we be gathered around undershepherds.

 

A people not Scripturally led will either run off into anarchy or else choose to themselves leaders to their own destruction.

 

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Judges 8:23 (KJV) Longing for Leadership

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2 John 1:1-2 (KJV) By Truth, John meant Christ

2 John 1:1-2 (KJV)
The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;
For the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.

 

The word truth is used five times in the first four verses of this thirteen-verse letter. With only a bit of examination, one can see that, by truth, John meant Jesus Christ.

 

He loves these people in the Lord
Indeed, it is because of the Lord he has cause to know them. If it had not been for the Lord he would have been fishing with his brother.

 

He has known the Lord
Through personal contact and communication. Further, many others have come to know Him through the ministry of John and other witnesses.

 

The Lord dwells in us and shall be with us forever
This is true of the Holy Spirit and of the Word of God but is so obviously applied to Christ in this case.

 

This letter is a battle for the truths surrounding Jesus Christ. But more so it is a battle for Christ.

  • It is Christ who is defamed by heresy
  • It is Christ who is betrayed by backsliders
  • It is Christ who is trampled by those who lightly treat the faith

 

Some people argue that truth is relative. Jesus Christ is not. He is. He is the same yesterday today and forever. He is the way the truth and the life for all men.

 

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2 John 1:1-2 (KJV) By Truth, John meant Christ

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1 John 5:1 (KJV) Jesus Christ, the Fulcrum

1 John 5:1 (KJV)
Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.

 

The contest of the spiritual world revolves around Jesus Christ.

  • His person
  • His presence and
  • His passion

are become the fulcrum over which faith becomes a broken religion or an elevating devotion. Here is the dividing line between those who say they love God and those whom God says love Him. If you love God you will in turn love the one who is begotten of Him; Jesus Christ.

 

By using the concept of the begotten here, the Apostle points us to the incarnation. This is that breaking point for so many religions

  • The Catholics venerate Mary almost more than Christ
  • The Mormons and JW’s make Christ less than God with us
  • The Muslims reject that Christ was more than a great prophet
  • The eastern religions are ignorant of Christ
  • The atheists deny Christ
  • The worldly ignore Christ

To love God is to love Christ. To love Christ is to not merely believe in His existence but to embrace His every teaching.

 

 

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1 John 5:1 (KJV) Jesus Christ, the Fulcrum

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Judges 3:1-4 (KJV) Why My Enemies?

Judges 3:1-4 (KJV)
Now these are the nations which the LORD left, to prove Israel by them, even as many of Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan;
Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing thereof;
Namely, five lords of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and the Sidonians, and the Hivites that dwelt in mount Lebanon, from mount Baalhermon unto the entering in of Hamath.
And they were to prove Israel by them, to know whether they would hearken unto the commandments of the LORD, which he commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.

 

Though the responsibility for leaving Canaanites in the land is placed, first upon the tribes of Israel and then upon Joshua, God here assumes that responsibility and lays a purpose for allowing them to remain. We see in this the melding of the free will of man versus the sovereignty of God. Men are responsible to do right before God. Their disobedience, however, in no way foils the plan of God. He has seen it from the beginning and even incorporated it into his good plan.

 

There are three purposes either stated or implied for leaving these Canaanites in the Promised Land:

To teach Israel
If Israel had no enemy she would forget how to fight. If Israel lost the skills of combat an enemy would surely rise up and take her. It is necessary that a civilized and godly people have a “well regulated militia”.

To prove Israel
An unproven people are an unsure people. No one, including themselves, has any idea what they are or are not capable of, what they do or do not believe who they will or will not follow.

The chasten Israel
When the children of Israel turned from God, He turned their enemies against them. God allowed that enemy to have its way with Israel until she returned to the Lord.

 

 

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Judges 3:1-4 (KJV) Why My Enemies?

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