Friday, July 12, 2013

The Bride's Final Invitation


22:17-21 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. 
    For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 
    and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.  
    He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” 
    Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

The Spirit, refers to the spirit of Jehovah.  Christ said, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things. John 14:26.  That is God's method of communicating with us.  In this reference it is the spirit of Jehovah that is saying to non-Christians, Come.  Pay attention, I have warned you, flee from the wrath to come. Luke 3:7.  Repent of your sins, accept Christ as your slave master and worship Me!

The bride, namely, the born again believers also say to the non-Christians; come.  Come and take the water of life freely.  

Let each one who hears them say the same, Come.'  The Living Bible.

Come!  Some Bible teachers say that this is a prayer for Christ to come for His Church.  I think that it is not, because of the way this paragraph blends into one unit, and that unit is come take of the water of life freely.  This is not a prayer for Christ to return.  This is an invitation, by the spirit of God and by Christians for all to come to Christ; to repent; to have their robes washed in the blood of Christ, and to be prepared to enter into the holy city.

When one reads, let him take of the water of life freely, one tends to think of this word, freely, as meaning to enjoy a super abundance of the water of life.  Even though that meaning is possible for the Christian, the more accurate meaning of this phrase is given by Wuest, Vine and The Living Bible as without charge or gratis.  The same idea is expressed by Isaiah, Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink—even if you have no money! Isa. 55:1. The New Living Translation

Christ continues speaking and gives a solemn warning about changing the book by adding to or deleting from the words of this prophecy.  We need to remember that Christ was always more interested in the meaning of the word than in the actual words.  As we recall, being ritualistic and paying too much attention to technical detail was one of the problems Christ’s human peers had.  In studying The Apocalypse, the spirit of love, humility and worship is more important than exactly describing the shapes and activities of the strange creatures, the geographical locations and the timing of the events.  Christ would much rather have us invite sinners to the living water than to have us haggle about the technicalities found in The Revelation.

In 22:20, Christ again encourages his despairing, hurting, weary church.  He says, surely, I come quickly.  He did not say, I am coming soon, He said, I come quickly.  

    Then the church responds with the last prayer of the Bible, Even so, come, Lord Jesus.  We are waiting for the seventh trumpet blast, the last one, because we have made our robes white. 7:14.  Now, in anticipation, we say with Paul, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day.  We repeat, Even so, come, Lord Jesus.  

Until then may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, Amen.
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    Throughout this study I have indicated that I believe that Jehovah is a saucerian; next I would like to take a close look at many of the incidents and teachings in the Bible, and point out that the Bible actually substantiates my belief.  This may seem far fetched to you, but if you come along with me you might see that my thoughts are not as weird as they at first appear to be. Please join me at:                                      http://spaceshiptheology.blogspot.com/2013/07/introduction.html
    
    

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Alpha and The Omega

22:12-16 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” 
Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 
But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.    
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. To change the Greek to simple English, Christ is saying, I am the "A" and the "Z" in the alphabet; He may also have meant, I am the one who started The Church and I will be with it when the Church moves to heaven; maybe He also meant, of all the things that matter to you I am the first and you will find nothing beyond me that matters more. 


In 22:7 are these words, Behold, I am coming quickly! In the previous post I said, there is nothing to indicate that it was Christ that was speaking.  It is the angel, which is talking to John, who said these words.  However, here, in 22:12, Christ starts speaking again, as is clarified by 22:16, and from the description He gives of himself in 22:13.  Also, that it is not the angel that is speaking in 22:12, is obvious from the fact that it is Christ, and not the angel, who will reward his servants.

My reward is with me to give to every one according to his work.  To reiterate a thought made concerning 20:14, Christ will reward even non-Christians who have lived good lives and done good deeds; not only Christians will be rewarded - every one according to his work.

In 22:13, Christ is claiming for himself the attributes that God, His Father claimed for Himself in 21:6.  Christ is the Son of God, why would He not have the same characteristics His Father has!  This is readily acceptable, even though the Son is not equal to the Father as Trinitarians insist that He is.  A human child also has the characteristics of its parents without being equal to them.

Blessed are those who do his commandments has been changed by the newer translations to blessed are they that wash their robes.  With variations in the wording.  One difference is that The Living Bible has it as a continuing operation; are washing their robes.  With clean robes, they have a right to partake of the tree of life and they may enter in through the gates into the city.  Outside the city are dogs, sorcerers, those who are sexually immoral, murderers, idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.  The Jews used the word "dogs" to refer to Gentiles because, according to them, Gentiles are ceremonially unclean.

We need to remember that we are now in the epilogue of The Apocalypse and not in one of the “videos”.  Therefore, when Christ is speaking in the present tense, it is to be understood as referring to The Church age.  That is, the period of time when The Church is living on the earth, and that is why this reference to murderers, sorcerers, etc. is still applicable.  In 21:8 we learned that those groups of people are being eternally punished.  So that in reference to time, 22:15 is actually in effect before 21:8 transpires.

I, Jesus, have sent My angel.  This is the same angel introduced to us in 1:1; He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John.  Perhaps, it is the same angel, which we met throughout the book, John's host. 

I am the Root and the Offspring of David.  Christ is both the source of David's lineage and He is also the continuation of it.
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Throughout this study I have indicated that I believe that Jehovah is a saucerian; next I will take a close look at many of the incidents and teachings in the Bible, and point out that the Bible actually substantiates my belief.  This may seem far fetched to you, but if you come along with me you might see that my thoughts are not as weird as they at first appear to be. Please join me at:                                                    http://spaceshiptheology.blogspot.com/2013/07/introduction.html                                                                

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Christ's Final Invitation

22:6-11  Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place. 
    “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” 
    Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. 
    Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” 
   And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. 
   “He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”  
   
Then he, the angel, said to me, these sayings are faithful and true or as Wuest has it, these things you have heard are trustworthy and dependable.

In the statement, the Lord God of the holy prophets, the word, holy, means sanctified.  The prophets that were used by God were first sanctified, made pure, and then used by the Lord.

Now, in reiteration, the writer takes us back to the introduction.
The word servants, 22:6, take us back to 1:20, where the seven stars are the servants of the seven churches;

the things that must shortly take place, 22:6, reminds us of 1:1 to show his servants --- things which must shortly take place.


Behold, I am coming quickly.  It is easy to believe that it was Christ who said these words since that is what the church has taught us, and the red letter editions of the New Testament have those words printed in red, but here it is not Christ that was speaking.  It is the angel, who is talking to John, who said these words in this case.  The Living Bible changes these words to, Then the angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true: ‘I am coming soon!’  God...has sent his angel to tell you this will happen soon.  That it was not Christ that said these words, is seen by the fact that John was going to worship him and the speaker said, No, do not do it!

I fell down to worship...the angel which showed me these things.  John, a Jew, knew better; in another time and situation, he would not have considered worshipping an angel.  No doubt he knew this portion of scripture: You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve. Ex. 34:14.  Why was John planning to worship an angel so long after the first time he heard that voice?  Perhaps John was awestruck at the sight of the marriage feast, or at seeing all the raptured saints.  In any case, he felt that worship at that time was appropriate.  The voice said to him, do not worship me; I am a servant like you and your brothers are; Worship God. 22:9 

I am a fellow servant...of those who keep the words of this book.  Not including passing references to the book of Life, the last book that was mentioned in The Revelation was in 10:8-10 and there it was concluded that the little book was the Bible.  Here the angel again reminds us that to keep on being Christians we must keep the sayings of this book, the Bible.

Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand.  In the KJV, there appears to be no distinction between this book in 22:9 and this book in 22:10.  The Living Bible has made the difference distinct by writing, this Book, with a capital "B", 22:9, by which is meant the Bible, and in 22:10 they write, what you have written, which, of course, later became the last book of our Bible.

He that is unjust, let him be unjust still.  There are several very different ways of interpreting this.  One interpretation is; it is too late to change, Christ has returned and judgement is imminent.  Another interpretation is the way the LB has it, All doing wrong will do it more and more, the vile will become more vile; good men will be better; those who are holy will continue on in greater holiness.

For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.  Whether right or wrong, The Living Bible has translated this part of 19:10 into understandable English;  The purpose of all I have shown you is to tell about Jesus.
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Throughout this study I have indicated that I believe that Jehovah is a saucerian, and next I would like to take a close look at many incidents and teachings in the Bible, and point out that the Bible actually substantiates my belief.  This may seem far fetched to you, but if you come along with me you might see that my thoughts are not as weird as they at first appear to be.  Please join me at:                      http://spaceshiptheology.blogspot.com/2013/07/introduction.html                                                                

Friday, July 5, 2013

The Lamb is its Light


A New Sky: A New Earth

21:1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. 


Vine defines the word newlike thisnot “new” in time, … but “new” as to form or quality, of different nature from what is contrasted as old.  Isaiah wrote, For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mindIsa. 65:17.  According to Vine the earth and sky will remain but they will be different.  The rulers of the inhabitants of the new earth will periodically visit heaven to worship there.  Note 21:22+24. ...the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. … And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it.


In 21:1 it sounds as if John says that they cease to exist.  According to Peter also, it sounds as if the sky, the earth and the sea will cease to exist.  The heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 2 Peter 3:10.  


However, the words and meaning of 21:1, are entirely different then the words and meaning of 20:11. In 20:11, John wrote that the earth and the heaven fled away or were quickly left behind.

22:1-5  And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 
    In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 
    And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. 
    They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.   
   There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.

   The "he" is still the same angel, one of the seven, who had poured out the bowls of wrath.  


   This river flows down the center of Main Street, or as Wuest has it, the broad avenue.  On each side of the river, but still in the center of Main Street, as a median, is the tree of life.  The Living Bible has taken the liberty to make it more readable by writing, coursing down the center of the main street: on each side of the river grew trees of life.  Then, as a footnote, The Living Bible has, the tree of life-used here as a collective noun, implying plurality.


This tree (or trees) bears twelve kinds of fruit, a different kind each month.  It is interesting that in heaven, the Holy City, there are also twelve months per year.  Does this thought also imply that there will be seasonal changes in the weather in heaven?  Here, on earth at least, some fruits need warmer weather and others need cooler temperatures to produce.

Also interesting is the fact that the leaves are for medicine for the nations, that is, for those people living on the new earth.  Certainly, they cannot be for healing those in the lake of fire; and they are not for the occupants of heaven, for in that city there will be no more sorrow or pain, hence no need for medicine.

The tree of life grows fruit.  It would seem that the fruit would be for eating, it would certainly not for wasting.  Still, in spite of that, Bakers Bible Dictionary of Theology says, there is no eating or drinking (in heaven), and to substantiate that statement they cite Romans 14:17, but give it a totally false meaning.  That dictionary says, the kingdom of God is not meat and drink.  In saying that, Paul did not mean that we won't eat or drink in heaven.  In agreement with Paul's meaning, The Living Bible has worded it correctly, after all, the important thing for us as Christians is not what we eat or drink.  

The statement, pure river of water of life surely must imply that we will be drinking from that river of life, and why would there be fruit trees if we would not be eating in heaven?

There shall be no more curse.  This is a gigantic statement.  The curse has been the problem since Adam ate of the forbidden fruit.  
  • In Genesis 3:14 God said to the serpent, you are cursed, 
  • to Adam God said, cursed is the ground for your sake.
  • to those who are trying to earn their way to heaven by keeping the laws of the Old Testament or by living a good life Paul wrote, for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them." Gal. 3:10. The words to emphasize here are, in all things. 
  • Paul, quoting Deut. 21:23, said, for he who is hanged is accursed of God.  We see Christ, the Lamb of God, hanging on a tree; Cursed by Roman soldiers, cursed by Jewish law-makers, cursed by His Father - for us!  
  • However, there, in heaven, shall be no more curse, for The Destroyer has been destroyed and Jehovah is dwelling with humans.
His servants shall serve him, no doubt with pleasure, not only that, but they shall see His face.  All those who have His name written in their foreheads as we learned in 7:5-12.  Note that before Adam sinned in the garden of Eden he was already working, looking after the garden, and we have been told that The Garden of Eden is a prototype of Heaven.  Work is not a curse, it is a blessing.  If we are healthy enough to work we should be thankful that we can work.
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Throughout this study I have indicated that I believe that Jehovah is a saucerian. In my next blog I will take a close look at many of the incidents and teachings in the Bible and point out that the Bible actually substantiates my belief.  This may seem far fetched to you, but if you come along with me you might see that my thoughts are not as weird as they at first appear to be.  Shortly we will finish this blog, after that please join me  at:                                                            http://spaceshiptheology.blogspot.com/2013/07/introduction.html