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Revelation 16

Our reading reminds us of the of the judgement and plagues that God brought upon Egypt. The image that God will inflict seven plagues (judgments) on them for their sins is classic O.T. imagery – that God’s judgment will be complete! We remind ourselves yet once more that this is deeply and powerfully symbolic language.

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Revelation 15

Our reading declares in very clear terms, judgement is coming! It is judgement eve! The question asked by the Saints who were martyred is about to be answered. “They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”” ‭‭Revelation‬

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Revelation 14

Our reading declares;”Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries.” Babylon, the capital of the great empire that swallowed up the remaining Israelite tribes in 597 BC, was the city that remained ever after in the Jewish memory as the city that was cruel, wicked,

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Revelation 13

In our reading the two beasts in this chapter are the agents of Satan to persecute the saints. The text draws from the imagery of Daniel of these ruling powers. There would have been no question in the minds of John’s readers in his day who these two beasts represent – the civil and religious

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect over our readings. What I am always struck with is the drama portrayed in the book of Revelation. It just reminds me again and again how Satan is all about bring chaos, strife, and drama into the world. As long as the world is being lead astray by him,

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Reflections to consider

It’s a wonderful day indeed when we stop working for God and begin working with God. (Go ahead, read the sentence again.) For years I viewed God as a compassionate CEO and my role as a loyal sales representative. He had his office, and I had my territory. I could contact him as much as

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Revelations 12

We see in our reading the drama that is played out in our lives and in the world around us. Satan (the dragon) who leads the world astray and in the process tries to take out The Savior, the church (the women), and her children (the Christians). Yet, we see that he can not defeat

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Revelations 11

In our reading I believe that it is a vision specifically to comfort the Church. It was a measuring of the inner sanctuary, the altar, and the people who had come to worship. The process of measuring was not only to separate the holy from the common, but also to protect. The thought here is

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Revelations 10

Our reading is more of a transition to the coming message and is a series of pictures. The vision of a mighty angel, the seven thunders, and a little book. John did not record what the thunders said because he heard a voice from heaven commanding him not to write their words down. This first

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Revelations 9

In our reading we learn from Rev 9:20 that these seven trumpets of God’s judgment are not total judgments, or the final end of the world judgment, but are warning trumpets calling on the enemies of the saints to repent, which they refuse to do. These trumpets remind us of the plagues that God brought

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Revelations 8

In our reading it is important to note something about figurative language and that is the images portrayed paint a picture that tells a story. These images not only point to a present and future reality but are also used to create emotion! So in these visions not all the pictures and symbols presented to

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect over our readings. I would suggest a good place to start would the last few chapters we read in Revelations. Chapters 4 & 5 presented two powerful scenes of the supremacy of God and the glory of Jesus. In a world that seems to be out of control, it

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Reflections to consider

“Let he who has ears to hear, use them.” More than once Jesus said these words. Eight times in the Gospels and eight times in the Book of Revelation1 we are reminded that it’s not enough just to have ears—it’s necessary to use them. In one of his parables2 Jesus compared our ears to soil.

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Revelations 7

This reading presents two concepts to God’s people. The first is that God knows who belongs to Him! The image of the angel putting the seal on God’s people, the 144,000, comes right out of Ezekiel (Ezekiel 9:3-6) for the image then and in this chapter is about sealing God’s people before judgment comes. The

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Revelations 6

Our reading today sets the tone for the whole book? In this chapter we see six seals being opened that represents an on going reality that these Christians needed to understand and that is political struggle, war, economic hardship and tragic death (the four horses) will continue in their future (and ours). Even persecution is

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Revelations 5

John present presents to them and us the vision of the “Lamb slain” who is Jesus. The only answer for mankind’s problem and the ONE worthy to redeem mankind. With Jesus is the seven Spirits, a better translation would be the sevenfold Spirit which by all indications is the Holy Spirit. As our reading closes

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Revelations 4

What an amazing scene! Revelations written to a people who were being killed and oppressed for their faith needed to hear a message of hope. Chapter four presents to us the throne of God! We see many of the images presented to us in Isaiah 6:2-3 and Ezekiel 1:4-13 when both Isaiah and Ezekiel when

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Revelations 3

Jesus in our reading told the church in Laodicea “you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” Wow! Jesus told these Christians that to Him they were just like that foul tasting lukewarm water! He told them that He knew their deeds and they

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect over our readings. We have begun to read the book of Revelations. As you read through this book that uses some very figurative language, I would encourage you to see the pictures painted with John’s words, as just that … a picture. Much of the imagery we encounter will

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Reflections to consider

“Of all the times we see the bowing knees of Jesus, none is so precious as when he kneels before his disciples and washes their feet. It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own

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