The Church of Pergamum was known as the ‘compromising church’ because it tried to mix worldliness with righteousness. It can’t be done – in the end they would lose both! I begin this article with the video on Pergamum –
When the Greek successor of Alexander the Great, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, invaded Israel he took over the Temple and desecrated it by erecting an altar to Zeus. He even sacrificed a pig on the altar. It was forever after referred to as the “abomination of desolation”. Continue reading
Remember, we will all face God’s Judgment
As we proceed through Jesus’ letters to the seven churches we come to the second church which is often known as the suffering church – Smyrna. Jesus wants to prepare His Church for facing persecution. That is what this letter is about because Jesus knows that all who will live godly will suffer persecution and we must be strong enough to go through it. We will begin with a video on the church of Smyrna.
One of the phrases used in this letter is “I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are of the synagogue of Satan”. Jesus dealt with this problem often during His ministry. Continue reading
As we approach the end of the age there are some very important truths Christians need to bear in mind and they are highlighted in three Scripture passages:
- Isaiah 60:1-3 “Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.” This is a message to God’s people. Some will go into deep darkness and some will grow brighter with the glory of the Lord. At the end of the age the Lord will arise and shine on His faithful people and they will be shining brighter and brighter. Sadly, the darkness will also be increasing until it becomes “deep darkness”.
- Matthew 13:1-9, 36-43 This is the parable of the wheat and the tares. It is spoken to the church. Both wheat and tares will be there side by side until the very end when the angels will gather out the tares and throw them into the fire. The tares look like the wheat but, they do not bear good fruit.
- Revelation 22:10-12 “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. And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.” This is a message from God saying, ‘If you want to be unjust, go on, live it up, you don’t have long! If you want to be filthy, be still more filthy. But, if you are righteous, be still more righteous and if you are holy, be more holy.’ In other words it is the parting of the ways. It also points out that righteousness cannot be static – you cannot stand still, you are either becoming more righteous or you are slipping backward. There can be no accommodation with wickedness, you must overcome it.
Worldwide Mass die-offs of birds and fish
Since 2010 there have been strange and never before seen signs happening, both on earth and in the heavens. Turtles and fish washing up on beaches dead for no apparent reason. Birds in droves dropping from the sky and cattle and buffalo dropping dead overnight. These events happened all over the earth and they continue to happen, even though the news media has grown tired of covering them. Then there are the strange booms coming from the ground and eerie sounds in the sky. All of which science seems to have no answer, so they conveniently forget about them. No one now can deny the Continue reading
As many of the end-time events are described in the Book of Revelation, I put forth this series, named Revelation for Beginners. In this series, I only attempt to present an outline of the events described. I hope and pray it is enough to encourage you to continue studying the Book of Revelation. Many, over the years, have presented their theories and understandings about these events and I do not wish to prove or disprove any of them but instead present a straightforward outline of events described. Before beginning this article, I will present a movie of basic comparisons between the Seals, the Trumps, and the Bowls of Wrath which Revelation presents. In this article, I have not included the letters to the seven churches Jesus dictated or the judgment on the great whore of Babylon, which I have covered in other Revelation postings. After the movie I will give more information I hope will be helpful. Continue reading
The last two chapters of Revelation describe the new heaven and the new earth that is coming but, more important, they describe the hope of mankind –
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.” – Rev.:21:4,5 Continue reading
The Great Red Dragon Chained
Revelation chapter 20 is a continuation of chapter 19. After the battle of Armageddon is concluded and the beast and the false prophet are thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, the devil is chained and thrown into the bottomless pit for 1000 years.
“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, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.” – Rev. 20:1-3