Two topics: Words and Revelation by Pastor Don
One of our Friday Bible study regulars, Gabe, mentioned he heard a teaching about how our head has seven openings, three are in pairs and one singular. So we have our eyes, our ears, and our nostrils, and one mouth. Therefore, we need to use our mouth far less than our eyes, ears and nostrils. Pastor Don mentioned that this dovetailed the topic he wanted to teach about – our words, language and power.
We need to understand the spiritual power of our words. Pastor Don told us that we need to understand the context and syntax and impact of our words. He mentioned that there are three good books that cover this topic.
Does Your Tongue Need Healing?
Pastor Don asked us, How does God create things? God spoke creation into existence. And we are created in God’s image. There is great power released when our words are connected to our faith. When words are released, whether they are connected to faith or not, power is released, faith makes the power great. All of us need to be aware of the words we are using.
Jesus said, Matthew 12:36-37 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
Jesus also said, Matthew 12:34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Romans 4:17-18 (As it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations) in the presence of Him whom he believed–God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken. “So shall your descendants be.”
The good news is, when we realize we are speaking what is not godly into our lives, our words can be corrected, rebuked, reversed, restated, and renounced. Those judgments for idle words, once we confess our sin of idle words, will be covered by the Blood of Christ, and when the books are opened, our words will be covered by Jesus’s sacrifice.
Pastor Don then talked about judgment. There is judgment going on now and, when we die, there is a judgment at the point of death. So many consider life ending at death, but really death is like a door that opens to eternal life.
Today there are many who want to think there will be no day of judgment, but that is not so. Pastor Don realized there were some in our Bible study who had not sat through his Revelation studies, and someone asked about the judgments, so Pastor Don took us on a tour of some of the last chapters of Revelation when all the books will be opened and people will be judged.
By the time that happens we will not be on earth. We will have already been raptured and sitting at the wedding feast of the Lamb with Jesus. While we are there (and a Jewish wedding takes seven days – so we will be during the 7 years of tribulation with Christ at the wedding feast as the Bride of Christ).
Paul talks about the different judgments, how the dead in Christ will rise first, then the believers will be raptured, and then later, after the tribulation, there will be the Great White Throne Judgment and all the dead will be resurrected, who have not already died in Christ. All the books will be opened, and the Father will see either the blood of Christ or if unsaved, we will be judged by our works. At that time, those who do not pass the judgment will end up in the Lake of Fire along with satan, the antichrist, the beast, etc.
Then Pastor Don gave us a quick summation starting at Revelation 19.
Revelation talks about the Bride of Christ, the Marriage of the Lamb. Revelation 19:1-11, we will be arrayed in fine linen which is the righteous acts of the saints.
Pastor Don mentioned that we are not to be deceived, Babylon cannot be saved. The city of Babylon was built in the area where the Tower of Babel was built, and it is the root of sin and idol worship. Right now the city is in ruins even though Saddam tried to rebuild it. But the culture from Babel has influenced the world, and right now the area that is a hot spot is the Middle East. But God will (as we see in chapter 18) cause it to fall and be completely destroyed.
Then we get to Revelation 19:11-16 which deals with Christ, who is robed in a robe dipped with blood, and his name is called the Word of God. There will be armies in heaven clothed in white following him on white horses (that would be us), and he will have put on his thigh, “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
Jesus will come down to the earth and defeat the beast and his armies. Revelation 19:17-21 Pastor Don pointed out verse 20-21 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshipped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.
Pastor Don mentioned that this battle was over in an instant. Jesus spoke and that was the end of the battle. It was not a long, drawn out thing. (Heather’s note, I think that is what many who are in new age thinking are forgetting – our creator spoke the world into existence, and it is because of Him that it keeps functioning, that our hearts beat, air, the planets circle the sun, etc. It would only take a few words from Him to take us out of existence. We are here by the mercy of God.)
Then we come to Chapter 20 – which points out that satan is to be bound for 1000 years (Heather’s note, satan was taken down by one angel, and not one of the ones mentioned as a mighty angel, he grabs satan with one hand and unlocks the bottomless pit with the other).
This 1000 years is the period known as the millennial reign. It will be a period of multitasking for the LORD. The church will be off the earth (done in the rapture) and those left on the earth will have gone through the Great Tribulation (also known as the time of Jacob’s trouble), and they will be the ones who blasphemed God during this time. They will be angry, but they will not be the ones who fought against Jesus when he came and spoke the word. And they will be people who were deceived by the antichrist. They will have lived under demonic influence. They will also have had children who have not yet had the chance to make a decision for Christ or not. So the Millennial reign will allow them to make that choice.
Some wonder when the last days will be, and that is something that God is not sharing with us, just that we are to be ready and read the signs of the ages. And if you study Daniel and the prophets, as well as Matthew 24 and 25 it is pretty evident that this day and age the things mentioned that needed to occur before the day of the LORD, have all happened, including the returning of Jews to Israel. The stage is set, but we don’t know when exactly this will occur.
When Jesus establishes his Millennial realm he will be showing the earth the kind of rulership that God had in mind when he created Adam and Eve, and before the fall. Those who come down with Jesus to rule and reign will be those saints who have suffered and died for Christ. They will be in spiritual bodies, and will not have a problem with the flesh, they will be spirit-filled. There will be no serpent, the lamb will lie down with the lion. There will be no confusion, for the rulers will be ruling directly according to God’s desire.The people left on the earth from the tribulation, will also be having children, and Jesus will be showing the children the correct way of life.
Chapter 20:4-6 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshipped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not lie again until the thousand years were finished. this is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
Romans 6 & 7 helps us to understand how we are changed from fleshly beings to spiritual beings.
It is important to realize that our flesh and feelings are not valid in the realm of faith. Faith and feelings do not inhabit the same space. Often when God tells us to do something, our feelings tell us that we can’t do it. Faith tells us to go for it. Faith says, “Do you want to do it?” Feelings say, “You better not do it.” When we are trying to obey God, our spirit searches for a Word from God that we can stand on to defend what we are questioning. So when we are faced with a tough situation we need to look for a Word of God about it and a word from the Spirit about it.
Pastor Don told us that we need to be eating the Word (spending a lot of time studying, memorizing, and reading the Bible) so that when a situation comes up, we will know where to go for a Word from God about the situation. He mentioned that a member of our church called him for some healing Scriptures that he could give to a friend in the hospital. Pastor Don gave him Scriptures and the person said, “Oh, I know that one, and that one….” but then Pastor Don also mentioned to the person that they need to be ready with such Scriptures for situations that may arise in the future.
Those ruling and reigning in the 1000 year period will know the Word of God.
We deal with fact, and they will deal with truth.
Those who are raptured, the Bride of Christ, and these martyred saints will not face a second death. They have already been judged by God, and are with the others who are in Heaven.
Then after the 100 year reign there will be a rebellion, another one that is over almost before it began, over with the speaking of a few words from Jesus.
Revelation 19:7-10 Now when the thousand years have expired, satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth. Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Then comes Judgment for all the rest – The Great White Throne Judgment
No matter what the new age people say, no matter what other religions say, no matter what others believe, there will be a judgment and each and every person who ever lived and walked on the earth, and did not accept Jesus as their savior will stand in judgment, a just judgment. No one will walk away and say, not fair. The problem is, unless we know Jesus as our Lord and Savior, the outcome of the judgment is not good. Revelation 20:11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.
Pastor Don mentioned that there has to be a new heaven and a new earth because the old one is polluted by the blood of all those who died there, and all the sinners. The new earth will be pure and holy.
Revelation 20:12-15 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
While we are in the flesh, we will have battles of will, doing what we don’t want to do, just like Paul did, but once we are in Heaven, whether by the first death or the final judgment, those left will be very humbled, there will be no more sin, for it has been wiped away by Jesus’s sacrifice for us. Our earthly bodies will be gone and we will be dressed in white robes of righteousness, and there will be a new heaven and a new earth, the old will have passed away.
Revelation 21:4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. there shall be no more pain for the former things have passed away.
Pastor Don closed by telling us to stay humble, make sure we are not saying idle words or doing those mean little things that we do. We need to pray to ask God to soften our hearts and put us on a level playing ground. We need to realize that we are not righteous in ourselves, that we need Jesus.
Pastor Don is putting the finishing touches on a book that he will call Take the Lower Seat. He mentioned that there is a dangerous tendency in the church today to establish ways of lording over other people. The church looks down their noses at sinners. Pastors in some churches sit on altars in throne-like chairs. Pastor Don mentions that we do not do that in our church, the pastor sits with the people. And when we have guest speakers they can sit anywhere in the congregation they want to sit, some are not used to that, but they also realize it is a good thing. Pastor Don joked and said that he would like to have a group of people who are professional botherers, who would do things like park other cars in people’s usual parking places, move a person’s Bible, or sit in the chair that they usually like to sit in, to cut in front of people at the buffet table. Just so that people can see their reactions to those situations, and realize that they have not taken the lower seat.
We need to remember that Jesus is Messiah and He is savior of the World.
Well, we did not finish the lesson on Words, but got a good overview of Revelation. I love studying the Bible.
Have a blessed Sunday.
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