A Layman’s Thoughts On Revelation: Jesus the Alpha and Omega

Praise and worship of God is easy when things are going our way. It’s not so easy when we are in the midst of trial. John wrote Revelation to people who were suffering tremendous persecution. When Jesus appeared to John on the Isle of Patmos, John himself was under duress. In the midst of all that, Jesus showed John that He is the God worthy of all glory and honor. Why? Because God is constant, so our worship and praise of Him should be constant also. Because Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, He is worthy of my worship and my praise, not because of what He’s done for me lately, but because of the character of Who He is. Continue reading

A Layman’s Thoughts on Revelation 1:7 — “Behold, He cometh with the clouds”

The return of Christ will be both glorious and terrifying. It will be glorious in that all of creation will see Him as He is and will clearly recognize Him as the Son of God. More importantly, Israel will at last see Jesus as her Messiah and it will lead to national repentance. In all this, God will be glorified. But this will be a terrifying day as well because in the returning of Christ, the unrepentant will see their judgment. Continue reading

A Layman’s Thoughts on Revelation (1:1-3)

Before I get started down this path, I just want to say that these are just my thoughts on the book of Revelation. The material is from commentaries, sermons, and other resources that I have run across over the years regarding this book. I don’t claim to have anymore knowledge than anyone else on the topic of Revelation because even on a good day the most I can claim is that I have the same gift as Balaam’s donkey: I can put some words together. As a gift, it is not something I can lay claim to as my own, but something God has been pleased to allow me. It is my hope as you read my notes on this book that you will receive blessing, insight and instruction. Most of all, I hope that these notes will draw you closer to my Savior and Friend, Jesus Christ.

Prologue

Revelation 1:1-3

(1)  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:

(2)  Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

(3)  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

The Title of the Book

The very first phrase of this book makes its title clear: The Revelation of Jesus Christ. Often this book is mistakenly referred to as “Revelations” plural, but this is The Revelation (singular) of Jesus Christ. Other Bible prophecies can also be described as “revelations” because they all reveal something about God and his future plans for mankind, but this book claims “revelation” as its title because it is the revelation to end all revelations. It is literally the ultimate (definitive, final, decisive) book of prophecy. It has no equal and it comes to us from none other than Christ Himself. To add or detract from it is to destroy its message and diminish its worth. This the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Continue reading

What Our Finances Say About Our Character

Proverbs 6 is one of those passages that illustrates how wonderfully practical this book is. The first part of the chapter deals with what to do when you find yourself caught up in bad debt. Solomon begins with a hypothetical situation: “My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger…” (v. 1).

This hypothetical acknowledges the fact that even people who are purposely trying to live according to wisdom still “mess up.” It is Solomon’s hope that his son never runs afoul of his financial obligations, but he says to him: “In case you do, here’s what steps you need to take.”

We’re human. We’re finite. We are prone to error. We sin. Our character is revealed in how we deal with our failures. Continue reading

Stranger Danger

Who’s the bigger fool? The fool, or the fool who follows her? In the end, I guess it doesn’t matter because if they both continue in their way, they both will end up destroyed. In this passage Solomon deals with the “strange woman,” and the man who falls for her. Proverbs spends a lot of time dealing with the subject of strange women, not so much because woman are particularly evil, but because men are particularly lustful.
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Are You Living on the Edge?

The story is told of a wealthy landowner back in the days of the horse and carriage who was looking to hire a driver. In order to get to one of his properties there was a very dangerous road the led up a mountain side. On one side of the road was the mountain, and on the other side was a sheer drop – and no guard rail. So, the man interviewed three drivers and asked them one key question: “On that mountain road, how close can you drive to the edge?” The first man said: “I can get to within a foot of the edge.” When the rich landowner asked the same question of his second candidate, the man boasted: “I can get right up on the edge and not even break a sweat.” Then the landowner interviewed his last candidate and asked him: “How close can you get me to the edge of that road?” The third man appeared shocked by the question. “How close?” he asked. “I’m going to hug the mountain and stay as far away from that edge as I can.” The rich man smiled and said: “You’re hired!”

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