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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Stand by the King


Stand by the King
A Study on Revelation 1-7

Revelation 2-3 describes 7 Churches below is the breakdown of each:
1.      A Loyal Church 2:3-5
2.      A Suffering Church 2:9-10
3.      A Compromising Church 2:13-16
4.      An Overly Tolerant Church 2:19-26
5.      A Dead Church 3:2-5
6.      A Weak but Obedient Church 3:8-10
7.      A Lukewarm and uncommitted Church 3:15-16
These represent not only the 7 Churches in the writer’s time but also 7 States of Christians. We can all identify with at least one of these representing us as a Christian. The two things that Jesus said repeatedly in these passages is this, “I know all the things you do…” “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.” He pointed out each of the churches good qualities along with any bad qualities that the churches needed to take care of. As referred to in Rev. 3:19; also see (Prov. 3:12, 1 Cor. 11:32; Heb. 12:6).  Out of these 7 the one that stood out to me was the 6th as a great role model for each of us to be like. That was the only one with no bad qualities! The worst state to be in is like #5. To all the churches he says: repent, turn back to me quickly, and hold on to your faith.
Chapter 4: Worship in Heaven
“You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power.
For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.” Rev. 4:11
Chapter 5: The Lamb Opens the Scroll
And they sang in a mighty chorus: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered—
    to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength
    and honor and glory and blessing.” And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang: “Blessing and honor and glory and power
    belong to the one sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever.” Rev. 5:12-13
Chapter 6: Six Seals Broken-
Seal 1-4 The four riders represent the destructive, senseless world.
Seal 1: white horse: war, victory won- human depravity
Seal 2: red horse: peace taken, war & slaughter everywhere on the earth
Seal 3: black horse: social & economic imbalance with scales
Seal 4: pale green horse: death-1/4th of the earth
Seal 5: Christian Martyrs and their question
Seal 6: God’s judgment
Chapter 7:  “Wait! Don’t harm the land or the sea or the trees until we have placed the seal of God on the foreheads of his servants.” “And they were shouting with a great roar,
“Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!”  They sang,
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.” That is why they stand in front of God’s throne
    and serve him day and night in his Temple. And he who sits on the throne will give them shelter.
 They will never again be hungry or thirsty; they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun.
 For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water.
    And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

Don’t forget who God is: The King and don’t be impressed by satan: the loser. Love yall!! Kim Fincher
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