Revelation 1:4-8 Is, Was, and Is to Come

“This page intentionally left blank to be filled in by His witnesses.” Not enough space for ALL of Heaven but at least the ones mentioned today would fit.

John defines his audience. He also further clarifies those who are bearing witness to what he is about to share.

The very first groups that John mentions are the “seven churches that are in Asia” (verse 4a). What is about to be revealed is especially pertinent to them. But that is not the whole of his audience. This message is also for everyone; “every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him, and all the tribes of the earth will wail on account of Him” (verse 7b). My name and location may not be specified in this letter but I am CERTAINLY part of the everyone being addressed her; and so are you.

We have now determined who this letter is to. The last time we were together we identified Who this letter was from. Now I want to look at the witnesses to this letter. Read more »

Revelation 1:1-3 A Tell-All

I know that even when I’m not holding on tight, He is. So here we go!

John has a special message he gets to share with us. Today he establishes Who the source is; God Himself.

When Jesus was walking with His disciples they asked Him about the end times. They did this because He spoke frequently of a final judgement and a reckoning that would occur. His disciples wanted information about what that time would look like. “Is it soon? How will we know? What do we need to do?” Jesus gave them some of the answers they were seeking but left a LOT of detail out. For John, and the rest of us who read about John’s vision, He filled in SOME of the missing detail.

Jesus doesn’t have ALL the details Himself. He told His disciples that He doesn’t know the day, hour, or timing of His return; only the Father does. So this gift to John was first a gift to Jesus. “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His servants” (verse 1a). And He was supposed to share this knowledge with His servants, starting with John. Read more »

Jude 24-25 He is Able

SO looking forward to that face to Face meeting!

Jude closes his letter with a promise and a praise. A promise that God is able to care for us, and praise for the AWESOME God we serve.

Jude’s original intent on writing to his fellow believers was to share the joy of their salvation. The salvation that he discovered AFTER his Brother’s work here on earth was finished. Jude didn’t recognize the truth until after Jesus’ resurrection, but, PRAISE GOD, he did get it then! And he wanted to share that joy with others. Read more »

Jude 17-23 Still Have Mercy

KNOWING the original makes spotting a fake MUCH easier!

The last time we were together Jude told us to watch out for those masquerading as believers. Their actions can cause a LOT of trouble. But today he tells us how to deal with such people.

Jude tells us to “have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garments stained by the flesh” (verse 22). Dictionary.com defines mercy as:

 

“compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy,
or other person in one’s power; compassion, pity, or benevolence”

Jude breaks our mercy down into a couple of categories. The first category is for those who doubt. The second is for the one stirring up dissention or confusion. Read more »

Jude 3:-16 Worth Fighting For

Don’t let those who sneak in trip you up. Be aware and step away.

Jude’s original intent in writing this letter was to share a joy with his readers. But instead he found a battle he couldn’t refuse. A battle for faith.

Those refusing to accept God’s boundaries was not something new. Jude pointed to three very famous instances in history. The new church was experiencing them too. He wants the true believers to be aware and to be on the lookout. “For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were destined for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ” (verse 4). Read more »