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Through the Bible Schedule
Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Through The Bible In One Year

Study Schedule 2009

Jan

1-3

Gen 1-9

Jun

28-Jul 4

Psalm 18-59

4-10

Gen 10-30

Jul

5-11

Psalm 60-100

11-17

Gen 31-Ex 1

12-18

Psalm 101-143

18-24

Ex 2-22

19-25

Psm 144-Prov 22

25-31

Ex 23-40

Jul

26-Aug 1

Prov 23-Isa 4

Feb

1-7

Lev 1-18

Aug

2-8

Isa 5-42

8-14

Lev 19-Num 6

9-15

Isa 43-Jer 6

15-21

Num 7-20

16-22

Jer 7-31

22-28

Num 21-36

23-29

Jer 32-52

Mar

1-7

Deut 1-20

Aug

30-Sep 5

Lam 1-Ezek 19

8-14

Deut 21- Josh 6

Sep

6-12

Ezek 20-42

15-21

Josh 7-24

13-19

Ezek 43-Hos 6

22-28

Josh 25-Judg 17

20-26

Hos 7-Hab 3

Mar

29-Apr 4

Judg 18-1Sam 14:23

Sep

27-Oct 3

Zeph 1-Matt 9

Apr

5-11

1Sam 14:24-2Sam 2

Oct

4-10

Matt 10-24

12-18

2Sam 3-2Sam 20

11-17

Matt 25-Mark 11

19-25

2Sam 21-1Kgs 11

18-24

Mark 12-Luke 9

25-31

Luke 10-24

Apr

26-May 2

1Kng 12-2Kng 5

May

3-9

2Kng 6- 2Kng 23:20

Nov

1-7

John 1-18

10-16

2Kng 23:21-1Chr 16

8-14

John 19-Acts 16

17-23

1Chr 17-2Chr 9

15-21

Acts 17-Rom 10

24-30

2Chr 10-2Chr 33

22-28

Rom 11-2Cor 4

May

31-Jun 6

2Chr 34-Neh 3

Nov

29-Dec 5

2Cor 5-Phil 4

Jun

7-13

Neh 4-Esth 7

Dec

6-12

Col 1-Heb 4

14-20

Esth 8- Job 24

13-19

Heb 5-2Pet 3

21-27

Job 25-Psalm 17

20-26

1John1-Rev 11

27-31

Rev 12-22



Study 53 Sat. Jan 2 ,2010
Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Revelation 12 – 22

Jan 2, 2010

We will begin our study this week in the Book of Revelation. Last week we looked at the letters of John, and Jude then began the Book of Revelation. In Revelation we covered the letters from Jesus to the churches in Asia Minor and the seal and trumpet judgments of God on the earth.

This week, in Chapter 12, the seal and trumpet judgments were complete and the scene shifted to an illustration of Israel, Satan, and Jesus Christ. Verse 1 gave a picture of a great woman who was pregnant and about to give birth. This picture was of Israel, the chosen people of God, and the twelve tribes that were ready to produce the promised Messiah, Jesus Christ. The next sign was of a great dragon with seven heads, ten horns, and seven crowns. This picture was of our adversary, Satan and the earthly kingdoms under his control that were represented in the Old Testament Book of Daniel. Next was an illustration of Lucifer’s rebellion in heaven and his fall to earth with a third of God’s angels he deceived into following him. From this point on Satan’s goal was to prevent the birth of God’s Son. Satan and his angels were unsuccessful and Jesus Christ was born and fulfilled His ministry on earth and redeemed sinful man back to their Creator. The text records that Israel then fled into the wilderness to a place of protection God prepared for them during the final three and one half years of tribulation on the earth. The text then described a war in heaven between Satan with his angels and Michael, the angel we learned from the Book of Daniel stood for Israel, and God’s angelic army. Satan was not strong enough to prevail and was cast to earth to persecute God’s people. Satan was ferocious in his persecution because from verse 12 he knows “he has only a short time.” Satan attempted to harm Israel with a flood of water, but God opened the earth to spoil his plans.

Chapter 13 started out with a terrible beast that rose out of the sea of people. This beast was the Antichrist, the world dictator under the control of Satan who mimicked the acts of Christ but turned against a deceived Israel during the time of the Great Tribulation on the earth. At this time the old Roman Empire will be revived and consist of ten kingdoms or countries. The Antichrist was fatally wounded but rose again and was worshipped by the whole world as Jesus should have been. The text says in verse 7-8 “It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.” Satan and his followers were against all who believe and follow the Lord. Another beast then came out from the earth that compelled, by the authority of the first beast, the world to worship the Antichrist who had come back to life after being slain. This false prophet created an image of the first beast that he breathed life into that man was forced to worship. Under his doing all who worshipped the beast were given on their right hands or their foreheads the name of the beast or his number. Without this mark of the beast men were unable to buy or sell and participate in society. The number of the beast was 666. No one knows exactly what this number represents, but it is believed to have something to do with numerology, or the representation and associations of words with numbers.

John then witnessed another awesome sight in Chapter 14. Jesus was standing on Mount Zion along with the one hundred forty four thousand sealed evangelists from Chapter 7. They sang a new song before the throne of God, the Cherubim, and the twenty four elders. These sealed were purchased as the first fruits of men offered to God. There was then an angel that flew over the earth to preach an eternal gospel to those who remained and would listen. The angel said the hour of judgement had come. Another angel then said in verse 8 “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who has made all the nations drink of the wine of the passion of her immorality.” A third angel then said that all who worship the beast and wear his mark will experience the full wrath of God. The time had come to harvest the earth. Angels then swept their sharp sickles over the earth and threw those they picked into the great winepress of the wrath of God. The text records that for two hundred miles around the press the blood rose to a horses bridle.

Chapter 15 shifts back to heaven where there were seven angels with the seven plagues of God. These were the last and final judgments of God’s wrath upon the earth. Those who had victory over the beast and refused his mark stood on a sea of glass mixed with fire holding the harps of God and sang in verse 3-4 “Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Almighty; Righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations! “Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy; For ALL THE NATIONS WILL COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE YOU, FOR YOUR RIGHTEOUS ACTS HAVE BEEN REVEALED.” The seven angels were then given seven bowls filled with the wrath of God.

In Chapter 16 the angels were told to pour out the wrath of God on the earth. The first bowl caused loathsome and malignant sores to appear on those who had the mark of the beast. The second bowl caused the sea to turn to blood and kill everything in it. The third caused the rivers and springs of the earth to also change to blood to avenge the blood of the saints that had been poured out. The fourth bowl caused the earth and its people to be scorched with fire. In their agony the people blasphemed the name of God and did not repent of their evil acts. The fifth bowl dried up the Euphrates River to prepare a path for the kings of the east. Out of the mouth of Satan, the beast, and the false prophet came unclean spirits like frogs that performed signs and wonders to deceive and gather the armies of the nations together at a place called Har-Magedon for battle on the much prophesied day of the Lord. When the angel poured out the seventh bowl a voice was heard form heaven and said “It is done” The earth was full of lightning and thunder. An earthquake greater then the world had ever seen occurred that caused the city of Babylon to be split into three parts. Men were pounded into the ground by huge hailstones that weighed as much as one hundred pounds each.

Chapter 17 marked the doom of Babylon, the false world religion that had deceived the world. The men that remained on the earth had only a short time left. They will wage war with Jesus but will be overcome because in verse 14 “These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.” This war will last only until the Words of God are fulfilled.

In Chapter 18 an angel cried in verse 2 “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!” The place of sins had been destroyed and judged. The wicked mourn the passing of Babylon and all its lusts because of their greed and sin. A strong angel then threw a great millstone into the sea as an illustration of the future of Babylon and all that had a lust for her.

A great multitude was heard from heaven, in Chapter 19, saying hallelujahs to God for His power, wisdom, and mighty works. The multitudes sang in verse 6 “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.” Then according to the text came the marriage supper of the Lamb in heaven. Those that overcame the tribulation and stayed true to the word of God and refused the beast were invited to be guests in heaven where Jesus is joined to His bride, the church. After the wedding Jesus returned to earth as the prophecy said, not meek and mild but as the mighty King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Jesus set foot on the Mount of Olives to finish off the nations of the earth in the battle of Armageddon. During the battle the beast and the false prophet were seized and cast into the lake of eternal fire that had been prepared for the devil and his angels. The text records that the rest of the enemies of God were killed by the sword that came out of the mouth of Jesus. Their remains became food for the scavenging birds of the earth.

In Chapter 20 an angel came down from heaven with a large chain with lock and key and bound Satan and locked him in the abyss for one thousand years. During this time Jesus and the saints ruled the earth in the Millennial Kingdom promised to Israel long ago. This was a time of great peace and prosperity on the earth. All of God’s people throughout history were resurrected at this time to be part of the Lord’s kingdom and would have no part in the second death that would come to the wicked. Those who were named among the wicked remained in the grave until the thousand years had passed. When the thousand year reign of Jesus was complete Satan was loosed from the abyss for a short time to deceive the nations. Those offspring of the people in the millennia that did not stay true to the Lord were revealed by this act. They gathered with Satan against Jerusalem and were devoured by fire from heaven. Satan faced his final defeat and was thrown into the lake of eternal fire to join the beast and false prophet from before. After this a great white throne appeared in heaven and Jesus sat on it to judge the wicked from the earth. Those wicked dead from the ages were resurrected from the grave to stand for judgement before the Lord. The books were opened and the men were judged according to their deeds. The text records in verse 14-15 “Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”

Chapter 21 records the new heaven and new earth that have been created to replace the old. A great city, the New Jerusalem was seen coming down from heaven. The wonderful truth was told in verse 3-7 “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.” One of the seven angels spoke to John and pointed out the bride of Christ, the church in the new city from heaven. The description of the city and its splendor was unlike anything that had ever been imagined on the old earth. Here God will dwell with His people and be their light. Only those whose names were found in the book of life will be in the city.

Chapter 22 showed the rivers of living water and the tree of life from the Garden of Eden inside the New Jerusalem. Here there will be no more curse. Jesus and the Father will reign forever and ever and we will serve Him. John was then told by Jesus in verse 7 “And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book.” The final message of the Bible is to heed the warnings of this book and make things right so your name will be found in the book of life. Jesus said in verse 12-13 “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” A stern warning is given to anyone who would add or take away from this book of prophecy. At the end of the book those who hold to these words repeated the words of Jesus in verse 20 “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”

This ends our study for this week and also our year long study through God’s Word. Congratulations, I pray you have been blessed as I have been blessed by this year of work.



Study 52 Sat. Dec. 26, 2009
Friday, January 1st, 2010

1 John 1 – Revelation 11

Dec. 26, 2009

We will begin our study this week in the Book of 1 John. Last week we finished up the Book of Hebrews and looked at the Book of James and the two letters of Peter. This week we will start with the first of the Apostle John’s three letters.

The Book of 1 John was written by the Apostle John from the city of Ephesus during 90-95 AD. John wrote his letter as an old man to help stem the tide of the growing heresy of Gnosticism that threatened the early church. The theme of this first letter of John could be viewed as getting back to Christian basics.

John began this letter in Chapter 1 as he began his gospel account. He describes Jesus Christ as the Living Word of God and that He was from the beginning. Mankind knows who Jesus is because they have examined Him with all their senses, ears, eyes, and touch. Jesus Christ is fully God and also fully man. The Gnostics wanted to deny these facts. John then reminded the reader that God is light and when we walk in that light we have fellowship with Him. To know and love God is to obey Him. We all have sinned, but the blood of Christ has cleansed us of sin. If anyone says they have not sinned they are a liar.

In Chapter 2 John reveals that he has written his letter to encourage people not to sin. He does though say that if we do sin Jesus is our advocate to the Father who pleads our case for us. He is able to remind His Father that we are covered by the blood of His ultimate sacrifice. To know the Lord is to keep His commandments. John used a play on words to let readers know that the Word of God has not changed. The old commandments were only brought to life through Jesus. The new commandment of Jesus is love which is the end result of following the original commandments of God. John then spoke on the three stages of believers, little children, young men, and fathers. We are told to not love the world. We have been set apart from the world and all the worldly lusts. This world system will give rise to the antichrist who will deny the Father and the Son. We though, who abide in the Father and Son are promised eternal life.

In the beginning of Chapter 3 John wrote about a marvelous promise of God to those who love Him and keep His commandments. We will be children of God and when Jesus returns for His church we will be raised up and changed to be like Him. Our minds will be opened and our senses will be sharpened to finally understand the true majesty of our Lord and King. John then divided the human race into two kinds of people, the people who practice lawlessness and are of the Devil, and those who love one another and are of God. John then warned us not to be deceived and turn out as Abel’s brother Cain from the Book of Genesis. We should not be surprised when the world hates us, because we are not of the world. God’s will for us is recorded in verse 23 “This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.”

In Chapter 4 John wrote to us that we are to test the spirits to see whether they are from God. If any come to you with new information and ideas first see if they hold to the teachings of Christ, His death, burial, and resurrection before you attribute their words to God. Many false teachers or antichrists will come and attempt to deceive the church. We must be careful to avoid such men. God is love and those who belong to Him exhibit that love for one another.

In Chapter 5 John wrote about our Christian victory. Through our faith in Jesus Christ we have overcome the world. For the one who lives by faith the commandments of God is not a burden. We who have recognized the testimony of God have our own testimony of what Jesus Christ has done in our lives. John then revealed why he wrote this letter and who he wrote it for. This letter was to remind those people who believe in Jesus Christ that they have obtained eternal life. John also clears up any questions about our requests to God in verse 14-15 “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” John’s final topic in this letter is sin that leads to death. A Christian can commit certain sins that will cause God to remove them early from the earth. These sins are not specific sins. I believe they are sins that could cause irreparable damage to the church. At the end of the letter John warns us to beware of idols. This ends the Book of 1 John. We will now turn to the Book of 2 John.

The Book of 2 John was the Apostle John’s second letter from Ephesus. The letter was personal and addressed to a prominent woman that John knew to warn her against the false teachers that had made inroads in the church. He wished to tell her personally but believed this information was too urgent to await a visit to her home. This letter was also written during 90-95 AD.

In the beginning of this letter John called himself the Elder indicating his advanced age and status in the Ephesian church. The letter then named the recipient as a prominent lady and her children in the church. John commended the woman on how some of her children had responded to her teaching and care. He reminded her about the old and now new commandment that we need to love one another. This love is made evident in our walk with the Lord and how we have kept His commandments. John then warned the woman about the deceivers that were around that denied that Jesus was one hundred percent God and one hundred percent man. The woman was told to stay true to what she had believed in the beginning so that she would not lose any of the reward she had gained for her service through her faithfulness. She was told to not allow entry to her home of any false teachers who wished to steer her from true faith. She was not even to give them a greeting. John said to end the letter he would visit her soon. This ends the Book of 2 John. We will now move into the Book of 3 John.

The Book of 3 John was the Apostle John’s third letter from Ephesus in 90-95 AD. John in his old age wrote this short personal letter to a believer named Gaius in a nearby church. He wrote the letter to personally commend Gaius on his Christian hospitality towards the traveling workers John had sent out from Ephesus. John reminded that these men were sent out with nothing and told not to accept help from unbelievers. John then spoke of a leader in the church of Gaius named Diotrephes who thought much of himself and refused to offer the visitors hospitality and threw those who did from the church. John said he would address this man when he comes in person to the church. Gaius was instructed to stay as he was and not to imitate Diotrephes. He was then told that Demetrius was a worthy visitor and needed to be received properly. John had much else to say to Gaius but wished to say it in person, and not with pen and ink. This ends the Book of 3 John. We will now begin the Book of Jude.

The Book of Jude was written by the half brother of Jesus, and the brother of James. Jude became a believer along with his siblings after the resurrection of their brother Jesus Christ and became prominent in the early church. The Book of Jude was written in 70AD shortly after the Book of 2 Peter.

Jude had originally wanted to write a “feel good” letter about their common salvation but became compelled to write against the appearance of false teachers in the church. He told his readers to earnestly contend for the faith. False teachers had crept into the church and attempted to include doctrines that Jesus and the apostles had not taught. These new doctrines were false and needed to be avoided. Jude then spoke of several incidences in the Word of God where gross immorality was punished. The first was the Israelites who disbelieved perished in the wilderness during the forty years of wandering, the second the fallen angels of the Book of Genesis Chapter 6 that sinned were placed in chains and the third, the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah which were destroyed on the plain for their sin. The Lord is longsuffering but also just. Jude then warned about turning to the ways of Cain who killed his brother, or committing the error of Balaam who turned Israel to other gods, or the rebellion of Korah in the wilderness. All people such as this have a place prepared for them in darkness. Jude then brought up a story from the Book of Enoch that said in verse 14-16 “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage.” This is about the coming day of the Lord when Jesus will come to judge the earth. In the end Jude reminds us to keep ourselves in the love of God and not cause divisions in the body. This ends the Book of Jude. We will now begin the final book of the Bible, the Book of Revelation.

The Book of Revelation is not only the last book in the Bible, it was the last book written in the Bible. The Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation from exile on the Island of Patmos in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Asia Minor. John was an old man, all the other apostles had been martyred years before and only the disciple Jesus loved remained to write the Lord’s final prophecy for the earth. The book was written about 94-96 AD and is divided into three parts as revealed by Jesus himself in Chapter 1 verse 19 “Therefore write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after these things.”

In Chapter 1 it is recorded that this book is the revelation of Jesus Christ communicated to His servant John. There is a blessing attached to those who read and heed the prophecy of this book. Revelation was addressed to seven specific churches in western Asia Minor and contains the final words of the risen Christ to creation. Jesus refers to Himself in verse 8 as “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” This title indicates His eternal nature. John was then told to write the sights he saw down in a book and send it to the churches of Asia Minor. This ends the portion of the book which is “the things which you have seen.”

In Chapter 2 the first letter of “the things which are” was written to the church at Ephesus where John was last Pastor. The church was able to discern false teachers, but they had lost their first love. They were going through the motions of work but had forgotten who they worked for. They were told to regain their love for Jesus that they had in the beginning. The letters have impact on the churches today. Many have also lost the love for Jesus as they go about their programs and activities. The second letter was to the church in Smyrna. This church was persecuted and in deep poverty. Jesus let the faithful know that although they were financially poor they were spiritually rich and their reward was waiting for them in heaven. Today’s church in Iran, the Sudan, and China are like the church in Smyrna. The third letter was to the church at Pergamum, the throne of Satan. People there held to the teachings of Balaam and of the Nicolaitans in their false gods and immorality. We also have different gods today that we can be deceived into following. The fourth letter was to the church at Thyatira whose people followed a woman that was like Jezebel of the Old Testament who turned Israel to other gods and committed acts of immorality. The believers of this Jezebel will be judged according to their deeds in the end.

In Chapter 3 the fifth letter was written to the church at Sardis who thought they were alive, but were really dead. We have churches today that have professed faith in Jesus but have never accepted Him in their lives and experienced rebirth. They have been deceived into a false sense of conversion and are believers in name only. The sixth letter is to the church at Philadelphia. This church was persecuted but remained true to the faith. They were promised to be kept out of the time of tribulation that was to come upon the earth described in the last section of this book known as the seventieth week of Daniel and the time of Jacob’s trouble, the tribulation period of God’s wrath on the unbelieving earth. The seventh letter was written to the church at Laodicea, the lukewarm church. The people there were as lackluster as their water supply. Jesus wanted nothing to do with them until they made up their minds. He wanted them to regain the heat they had for God when they were first saved. There are a lot of lukewarm churches today that will be surprised when Jesus returns. In each of the letters the people who overcome the world are promised a place with Jesus in eternity.

Chapter 4 began the third period covered in the Book of Revelation, “the things which will take place after these things.” The scene shifts to heaven and the throne of God. The cherubim are present around the Father and cry out in verse 8 “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME.” There are twenty four elders around the throne who cast their crowns before the throne and say in verse 11 “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”

In Chapter 5 the Father on the throne held a scroll that has seven seals and asked who was worthy to take the scroll and break the seals? The people around the throne wept because no one worthy could be found. The Father said His Son was worthy to open the Book. Jesus appeared as a lamb that had been slain and took the scroll. The elders fell down with the bowls of incense that held the prayers of the saints and sang a new song in verse 9 “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.” All in heaven then worshipped the Lamb and said in verse 12-13 “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”

The seals to the scroll were broken in Chapter 6. The first four seals loosed the horsemen of the apocalypse. The first seal loosed the white horse that held a conqueror. The second seal loosed the red horse which brought war on the earth. The third seal loosed the black horse that brought scarcity and want. Then the forth seal loosed the pale horse that brought death through famine and pestilence. The fifth seal was the souls of those of those that had been slain for the Word of God under the altar crying out for vengeance. They were told to wait for a little while for the rest of their brethren to be killed. The sixth seal brought about terror on the earth through a great earthquake that changed the face of the earth and the sky. People tried to flee from the wrath of the Lamb.

In Chapter 7 before the seventh and last seal of the scroll was opened, a pause occurred to allow time for one hundred forty four thousand Jews to be sealed on their foreheads the seal of the Living God to evangelize the Jewish nation during this time of tribulation. There was a multitude from all nations and tongues before the throne and the Lamb with palm branches clothed in white, worshipping the Lord. When asked, the angel said they were the ones that came out from great tribulation and washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb. They were told in verse 15-17 “For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. “They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

In Chapter 8 the seventh seal was broken and there was a quiet time of half an hour in heaven. Seven angels were given seven trumpets to blow the next judgments on the earth and the remaining people. An angel stood with a censer of incense to add to the prayers of the saints before the throne. After the smoke of the prayers went up before God the angel took coals from the altar and rained fire on the earth. That was followed by lightning, thunder and an earthquake. An angel sounded the first trumpet that caused hail with fire mixed with blood to destroy a third of the earth including a third of the trees and a third of the grass was burned up. The second trumpet sound caused a large mountain to fall from the sky into the sea and kill a third of the fish and destroy a third of the ships of men. The third trumpet sound caused a large star named Wormwood to fall from the sky and poison a third of the rivers and the springs of the earth. Many died from the waters. The fourth trumpet caused a third of the sun, moon, and stars to be darkened that changed the night and the day.

In Chapter 9 the fifth trumpet sounded and the bottomless pit was opened. Creatures came out like locusts to torment those that did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. The locusts were strange in appearance. They were like battle horses with crowns and the faces of men. They had a woman’s hair and tails like scorpions. Those that were stung longed for death but it would not come. Their king was in Hebrew Abaddon and in Greek Apollyon. This was the first of three woes to come. The sixth trumpet sound released four angels that were bound at the River Euphrates that had been prepared to kill a third of mankind. The armies of horsemen numbered was two hundred million. Mankind still did not repent.

After this in Chapter 10 a strong angel came down from heaven with a little book in his hand. He landed with one foot on land and the other in the sea. The angel preached from his position. John was then told to take the book and eat it. The book was sweet as honey, but bitter in his stomach. He was then told in verse 11 “You must prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and kings.”

In Chapter 11 God sent two witnesses to earth to prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days clothed in sackcloth. Some believe that these two witnesses are Moses and Elijah returned to earth for a time. The witnesses had been given supernatural power to protect themselves during their time of witness. The beast that will come from the abyss will make war with the two and kill them. Their bodies will lie in the street of Jerusalem for three and one half days while the tormented people rejoice over their death. The Lord will then call them back to life and they will rise up to heaven while the terrified people watch. An earthquake will then destroy a tenth of the city and kill seven thousand. The remaining people will then glorify the Lord. The second woe had passed and the final woe quickly approached. When the seventh trumpet sounded, loud voices from heaven said in verse 15-18 “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, “We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign. “And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.” Again there came, lightning, thunder and an earthquake on the earth.

This ends our study for this week. Next week we will finish the Book of Revelation and our year long study through God’s Word.



Study 51 Sat. Dec. 19, 2009
Saturday, December 26th, 2009

Hebrews 5 – 2 Peter 3

Dec. 19, 2009

We will begin our study this week in the Book of Hebrews in Chapter 5. Last week we finished up the letters of the Apostle Paul that have been preserved as Scripture in our Bible. This week we will finish up Hebrews and look at Peter’s words to the church.

In Chapter 5 the writer compares Jesus to the character Melchizedek from the Old Testament Book of Genesis. He was the priest/king of Salem that Abraham gave a tithe of the spoils of his victory over the kings after his nephew Lot was taken captive. Abraham recognized the importance of this man and gave him the proper respect he was due. Jesus, like Melchizedek is also a high priest and king. The text says that we do not know all that Jesus has taught us because we have become dull of hearing and are not willing to accept the solid food of the Word, but are satisfied with milk, like children.

The dangers of falling away from the faith are discussed in Chapter 6. The future is dark for those who knew the goodness and teaching of the Lord but have rejected them. It will be hard for them to come to repentance. The writer is assured that these things are not going to happen to us, the readers of this book. God has a plan for each of us that we will not stray from. We have been promised like Abraham that we will be blessed by God. This promise and hope keeps us following the Lord. The text records in verse 19-20 “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”

Melchizedek is brought up again in Chapter 7. The similarities between Melchizedek and Jesus are listed in the text. Jesus is not a temporary priest, but an eternal one. We are given the truth in verse 25 “Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”

In Chapter 8 we are shown that the ministry of Jesus is much better than the Law. God has made a new covenant with man that is described from the Old Testament in verse 10-12 “FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR MINDS, AND I WILL WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS. AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. “AND THEY SHALL NOT TEACH EVERYONE HIS FELLOW CITIZEN, AND EVERYONE HIS BROTHER, SAYING, ‘KNOW THE LORD,’ FOR ALL WILL KNOW ME, FROM THE LEAST TO THE GREATEST OF THEM. “FOR I WILL BE MERCIFUL TO THEIR INIQUITIES, AND I WILL REMEMBER THEIR SINS NO MORE.”

In Chapter 9 the text describes the tabernacle of Moses and also its furniture. Only once a year could the high priest approach God in the Holy of Holies with a basin of blood to atone for the sins of the people. Jesus changed all this by His sacrificial death on the cross and the shedding of his blood to cover our sin. This blood could do what the blood of sheep and goats could not do. The blood of Jesus forever forgives us of sin as long as we have called out his name, and walk in his ways. His one time death was sufficient to reconcile us to God. The text says in verse 27-28 “And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.”

Chapter 10 adds to the fact that the death of Christ was sufficient to take away the sin of the world. The text reveals in verse 4 “For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.” We have been given a better way. We are able to go within the veil into the Holy place through the blood of Jesus and be near to our God. We have all been washed clean of our sin and as the text says in verse 22-25 “let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” But if we do not accept Jesus and the free gift of salvation from the Father and continue in sin, Jesus will come and judge us for our actions.

Chapter 11 is known as the hall of faith. Here are listed the giants of faith recorded in God’s Word. The beginning of the chapter covers those who were blessed with good lives and prosperity for their faith, but the end of the chapter also reveals that faith can be made evident in the suffering of God’s people. Many showed their faith through hardships, even to death. We are to do the work of God; our time on earth is only temporary.

In Chapter 12 the writer told us that because we have been surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses we have no excuse but to live out our salvation correctly. We are to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus who is described in verse 2 as “the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” We are told to not grow weary and lose heart. As revealed in the Old Testament passage in verse 5-6 “MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, NOR FAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM; FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES, AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.” God will discipline us if we stray. He does this to help us as a father would his child he loves. We are told to preserve peace and not to let bitterness overtake us. We are under the new covenant that is expressed in Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, and not Sinai the place of the Law. The kingdom of God is strong and not able to be shaken as revealed in verse 28-29 “Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.”

Chapter 13 reminds us to stay true to the teachings of Jesus and continue to walk worthy of Him. Jesus in unchanging as recorded in verse 8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” We all should offer up a sacrifice of praise to the Lord and give thanks to His name. This ends the Book of Hebrews. We will now begin the Book of James.

The Book of James was written by the Lord’s oldest half brother, James most likely about 44 AD to the Jewish Christians who were dispersed due to persecution from Herod Agrippa 1 the king of Judea and the surrounding provinces. The Book of James can be looked at as a series of tests to determine true genuine faith.

In Chapter 1 we are told to be joyful as we go through trials and persecution for the Lord. This does not include joy in the trouble we bring upon ourselves by our own foolish decisions or wrongdoing, but only what was caused by lifting up the name of Jesus. These trials and tests are to build character and mature our faith and are required so that we will experience growth. We are told in verse 22 “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” One who only hears the Word and refuses to act on what he has heard soon forgets and goes back to his old ways. Another important truth is in verse 26 “If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.” The tongue can cause great damage and will be further addressed in Chapter 3. In the end of the chapter James wrote that true religion includes benevolence.

In Chapter 2 James wrote that we must not hold ourselves more highly than others. Our attitude towards others must be the same whether they are rich or poor, smart or dumb, beautiful or ugly, or any other individual trait. We must strive to follow the whole Law because if we miss the mark on one point, we are guilty of all. Grace is not an allowance for sin. James also wrote in verse 17 “Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.” Mature growing faith is made manifest in good works of the Holy Spirit in a believer. Without good works our faith is useless to God.

James returned to the discussion on the tongue in Chapter 3. He equates the tongue to a horses bit, and a ships rudder. Like these two small things that can control large things, the tongue, even though small can control a great many things. It is like a small fire that can set an entire forest ablaze. It is the tongue that defiles the body and no one is able to tame it. We need to pray that we can gain control over our tongues and what comes out of our mouths. As verse 11-12 reveals “Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh.” At the end of the chapter James instructs that wisdom comes from above and is the perfect expression of God.

James wrote to us what to guard in Chapter 4. We do so many incorrect things and are confused why we do not receive what we ask for. The problem is that we ask for our own foolish desires and disregard the will of God for our lives. God is not a vending machine, prayer in, request out, but a loving father that will only give us what is best for His purpose. The text records in verse 7-10 “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” We are also not to judge our brothers. We are to live our lives as is put in verse 14-17 “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

In Chapter 5 James wrote on the misuse of wealth. Misery can only come to a man who spends his money on pleasures and luxurious living. This will be his only reward. Riches should be used wisely to further the kingdom of God and those in true need. James then told us to be patient and wait on the Lord’s return to the earth. We are to pray and sing praises to God. Elders of the church should pray over the sick, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. We are also as written in verse 16 “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” This ends the Book of James. We will now turn to the Book of 1 Peter.

The Book of 1 Peter is the first of two letters of the Apostle Peter that have been preserved as Scripture. These two books and also the Gospel of Mark are the apostle’s words to the church he had helped to found after Jesus’ resurrection. It is believed that Peter dictated his letter to Silas around 64 AD to encourage believers that were experiencing persecution from Rome. Nero, the Roman emperor, had set Rome on fire in his lust to build. He had to destroy the city to be able to build new buildings. Nero blamed the fire on the Christians, and the devastated inhabitants of the city took out their anger on the Christian church.

In Chapter 1 Peter wrote of the hope a Christian has because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Through Jesus we have obtained an undefiled, imperishable inheritance in heaven. This suffering on earth is only for a little while so we should rejoice in the trials that refine us and make us more precious than perishable gold. Because of this gift we must, as revealed in verse 13-16 “Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.” We have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ.

Peter then wrote in Chapter 2 that we who believe should desire the pure milk of the Word by which we will grow in our salvation. We are all living stones that are building up the house of God where Jesus is the chief cornerstone. We are also as written in verse 9-10 “But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.” We are then told to submit ourselves to every human authority and government which is the will of God for His people. We are to act as freemen and not use our freedom as a covering for evil. Jesus is our example. He submitted to the shame and death on the cross to redeem us to the Father. The text records in verse 25 “For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.”

Peter then wrote on God’s order in Chapter 3. Women need to be submissive to their husbands. They must conduct their lives in obedience to the Word of God. They should possess a quiet and gentle spirit and dress appropriately. Husbands also in the same way must treat their wives with understanding and with the knowledge that they are the weaker vessel. We should all conduct ourselves in harmony and peace. The text records in verse 18 “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit.”

In Chapter 4 we are to keep ourselves from our old nature and the sins the lost commit. The text reveals in verse 7-8 “The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.” We are also told not to be surprised at the trials we encounter. We as believers are going to share in the sufferings of Christ. The truth is in verse 19 “Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.”

In Chapter 5 we are told to be a willing servant of God. To those who do this Jesus will give an unfading crown of glory when they get to heaven. We are to be humble and cast our cares on Jesus. We also must be aware as written in verse 8 “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Our suffering will only be for a little while because Christ will come. We are to remain steadfast in the grace of God. This ends the Book of 1 Peter. We will now move on to the Book of 2 Peter.

The Book of 2 Peter is the second letter of Peter to the church. This letter is believed to have been written from a Roman prison shortly before the apostle’s execution in 67 AD. The letter was written to warn the church of false teachers that had started to appear that had the potential to corrupt body of Christ.

In Chapter 1 Peter encouraged the reader into spiritual growth. He reminded us of what we received along with conversion and the promises of God and the power we had been granted. We have been chosen and called by God and it is our duty to exhibit the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.

Chapter 2 reveals there are false prophets that have risen up among the people who will induce heresies into the faith. Many will be deceived by their words. Peter then gave an example of the fallen angels, the world before Noah, and Sodom and Gomorrah to show God’s judgement over sinful acts. This was to show the reality of God’s penalty on His sin cursed unrepentant creation. The false teachers and their followers will turn to every kind of evil and wicked way imaginable to sinful man.

Chapter 3 is on the coming day of the Lord. During the last days people will mock the faith and turn away from the truth. The earth was created by water and flooded in the past by water. It is now reserved for judgement through fire. The only thing that has delayed this judgement is revealed in verse 8-9 “But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” In the end the heavens and the earth will pass away with a roar. Even the elements will not escape the destruction. We though have been promised a new heaven and a new earth where righteousness will live. Peter in the end of his letter told us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

This ends the Book of 2 Peter and our study for this week. Next week we will look at the letters of John and Jude then begin the Book of Revelation.