Revelation 20:1-2 So Much Greater

Revelation 20:1-2 (KJV)
And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Whatever sort of chain that can hold Satan would certainly be a great one. The terms are physical in nature:

  • A chain is physical
  • To lay hold is physical
  • To bind is physical

As spiritually powerful as Satan is, the Spirit of God is so much greater that it is as if he were no more than mortal.

 

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Revelation 18:2 Come Out Of Her

Revelation 18:2 (KJV)
And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

Mystery Babylon is a good name for this place because it is a mystery where it is:

Some people believe it is the Babylon of Biblical times
This idea seems to be more plausible every day. The power of Islam, which stems from that part of the world, is growing rapidly and covering much of the earth.

Some people believe it is America
No doubt the reach of the United States is huge and is becoming less God honoring.

I am still of the persuasion, taught to me more than 35 years ago, that it is Rome
The universality of Roman Catholicism has little diminished. I can easily see her first compromising with and then swallowing up Islam

What I find interesting, in my visit with God today, is that this Babylon is said to be fallen when she is:

A habitation for devils
They abide in, have made their residence in Babylon

A hold of every foul spirit
It’s a temporary jail for them.

A cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
More than a jail, this is a prison of which they have no hope of escape.

God’s people are called to come out of her. Whatever chains the unclean and foul, it does not bind the believer. Still the believer must be called out.

There are no chains that the child of God cannot be free of. By God’s grace break those chains. Come out of this world and come near to God.

 

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Revelation 13:10 Because We Believe The Bible

Revelation 13:10 (KJV)
He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

Faith in the promises of God leads to patience concerning the judgments of God. I am free to:

  • Forgive
  • Love and
  • Minister to

those who appear to be enemies because I believe in the judgment of God.

The reason a Christian is able to obey the Lord and

  • Love our enemies
  • Bless those that curse us
  • Do good to them that hate us and
  • Pray for those that despitefully use and persecute us[1]

is precisely because we believe the Bible.

Those promises of good cheer and comfort us. Those promises of judgment upon the wicked free us from bitterness and open the door for unconditional love toward them.

[1] Matthew 5:44

 

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Revelation 11:7 This Is War

Revelation 11:7 (KJV)
And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

I am intrigued by the word, war, in this passage. These two are not merely targeted murdered, killed, slain. The Bible says that the beast will make war against them.

Merriam- Webster’s Online Dictionary defines war as,
“(1) a state of usually open and declared armed hostile conflict between states or nations
(2) : a period of such armed conflict
(3) : state of war”

It is aggressive, armed and between nations. The Beast’s conflict is not against these two but the nation for which they stand.

And so it is with any hostility a Christian experiences for his faith. It isn’t personally against them, but rather against God and the nation of which He has made us citizens.

 

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Revelation 9:4 Satan Is A Faker

Revelation 9:4 (KJV)
And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

We will discover later in the Revelation, that the devil, in imitation of God, also has a mark for his followers. We will discover too that the devil will attack those who do not have his mark (in contra-distinction of God, who simply withheld divine protection from His marked.)

Satan is an imitator. He desires what God has so, to the best of his ability he copies what God does. He just never gets it quite right. He has:

  • False Christs
  • False teachers
  • False believers
  • False churches with
  • False Bibles

He exaggerates his imitation of the work of God to make it appear he has outdone God.

In the end we find that it is, for him and his followers, a losing proposition.

 

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Revelation 8:1 Time, Timeless in Heaven

Revelation 8:1 (KJV)
And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.

It seems to me there is a blending of heaven and earth in this verse.
One the one hand, there is no time in heaven
Perhaps one could argue that eternity had not yet begun so time still exists because it exists on earth. That is sort of my point. Heaven only relates to time, as it exists on earth.

On the other hand, the writer still sees according to what he knows
He knows time. He has no tools with which to communicate except those he has received on earth. God’s Spirit gives him his words, but he must communicate them with what he has in common with the earthly.

 

Time, timeless in heaven, must pass very quickly
What is a half an hour measured next to eternity?

Time, contrasted to judgment must seem like an eternity
In my cowboyin’ days, every time I sat on a bull, time seemed to stop the moment I called for the chute. The few times I made it to the eight second whistle always seemed like forever. Imagine how long a half hour of silence must seem in heaven!

Heaven is obviously not a silent place. Silence was meant to mark something. That something is the coming of Jesus Christ to reign over the earth. When heaven comes to earth it will be but a blip in the eternal radar. The saints will rejoice at the victory of Christ over His enemies. But it will seem as if it never ends to those enemies of God. The judgment, as Cain declared, is greater than they can bear.

I plead with all to be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ today.

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Revelation 5:4-5 The Way Out of Tears

Revelation 5:4-5 (KJV)
And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

There is a practical lesson here that might be missed as we gaze upon the spiritual.

At first John wept.
Life is filled with opportunities to weep. There are heartaches, disappointments and upsets in every realm we witness:

  • Family
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Church

The angel was sure to show John that thing over which he wept. He even let him weep much for a time.

John was then encouraged
As difficult as things appeared to be, all was not lost. There was no man but there was the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.

God often brings us to places of great sorrow. We’ll generally be there long enough to weep much. But then God will point us to Jesus.

In every case the way out of tears is Christ.

 

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Revelation 3:4 The Current State of Our Country

Revelation 3:4 (KJV)
Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

It isn’t difficult to picture the current state of our country as Sardis like. Spiritual death is the  norm. We are certainly far from perfect before God. One would wonder if there is any possibility of revival. (Preachers have been speculating on that at least as long as I’ve been in the ministry.)

Though the clouds seem dark these days, and evil seems to be at an all time high, I believe we can claim this passage. There are a few names, even in our day, who have not defiled their garments.

Jesus is coming again. He knows the state of affairs and we can trust Him.

 

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Revelation 2:2-4 A Testimony of Kindness

Revelation 2:2-4 (KJV)
I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

I read an article this week written by a man noted for his “ministry of warning” reporting about the compromised fruit of another man’s ministry. The suggested lesson of the article is that, because this later man’s ministry focuses on what he is for instead of what he is against, some of his followers have drifted into compromise, never being warned of its error.

  • One man is known for his negativity
  • The other for his positivity

Mind you, both men hold very similar doctrinal values yet neither man has great balance.

I think that fairly describes the church in Ephesus. They were right doctrinally, even right in their stands. They were just not right in their balance. Their stand had left them with a testimony of no love.

I have heard the first love preached as being many things:

  • The joy of salvation
  • The faithfulness to church services
  • The passion for soulwinning

I cannot day for sure what it is because the passage doesn’t tell me what it is.

It sure wouldn’t be wrong to suggest that it is a testimony of kindness even while defending our faith.

 

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Revelation 1:1 If You Believe in God Believe His Word

Revelation 1:1 (KJV)
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

A common error regarding the Bible is that it was written by a group of religious or holy men. Another common error is that the Bible underwent the same degradations of copies that plague every other ancient writing. This passage answers both mistakes.

Notice that, in a nutshell, the Revelation is from God to His servants. But the message passes through several channels:

It was given by God to Jesus Christ
Jesus told His disciples that the day and hour of Christ’s coming belonged to God alone. Here He gives a piece of that Puzzle to Jesus.

Jesus sent the message by His angel
Angels are celestial messengers. They are not divine but they do serve the divine.

His angel signified it to John
The translation of the message from heavenly to earthly happens here.

John recorded it in this book for the servants of God to read
John did not write it, God did. Though the message passed through all these hands, it remained intact and blessed.

God’s Word is His Word, preserved through the passing of the generations. If you believe God, believe His Word to be infallible and without error.

 

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