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In his invocation, John calls upon all three members of the Trinity to let  grace and peace rest on the seven congregations to whom Revelation was written. The One who is and who was and who is to come is God the Father. The seven spirits who are before his throne is the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. It was in His first coming that Jesus served as the faithful witness and, through His resurrection, became  the firstborn of the dead.

Did Jesus become the ruler of kings on earth in His first coming? Has Jesus been reigning over the kings of the earth for the past 2000 years? Is Jesus presently reigning and ruling in righteousness over President Putin of Russia, President Rouhani of Iran, President Bashar Al-Assad of Syria, President Obama of the U.S.? Is Jesus, at this time, ruling the kings of earth?

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Category:Revelation -- posted at: 7:30am PDT

It is amazing how many people know the hymn "Amazing Grace"; it is sad how few people experience God’s grace. John’s hope and longing was that the persecuted churches to whom he wrote would deeply experience God’s grace and peace in the midst of their trials. 

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Category:Revelation -- posted at: 7:30am PDT

How many of us have read or tried to read the book of Revelation? Did you find Revelation to be an easy or a challenging read? Most of us, including myself, find Revelation to be a challenging read, yet a blessing is promised to anyone who reads and heeds this book.

What makes Revelation so challenging? It is challenging because of the way in which God communicated His message.  As you know, if you've read even just a portion of Revelation, God communicated His message using a lot of symbols. Revelation is not the only book full of symbols;  God also used a lot of symbols in the Old Testament books of Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and Zechariah. In fact, as we will discover, many of the symbols used in these Old Testament books will be employed by God in Revelation.

Direct download: 130908AM.mp3
Category:Revelation -- posted at: 10:45am PDT