As we open Revelation 1:1, stop for a moment and remember how God starts this final book. We read that:
God Wants His Servants to Understand the Future
God opens the Book of Revelation by telling us that He wrote this book “to show His servants” (Rev. 1:1) things that we need to know about the future. Only followers of God and servants of Christ have the incredible insight for living that comes from knowing for sure, what will happen in the days, months and years ahead.
BNW-12 GEN-36 LWP-24 960811AM 1 Corinthians 10:14-22 In C. S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters, Uncle Screwtape offers his nephew a little advice on the goal and strategy of temptation. You will say that these are very small sins; and doubtless, like all young tempters, you are anxious to be able to report spectacular wickedness. But […]
GNB-18 070429PM I invite you to examine one of the most amazing chapters in the Bible, Acts 19. In this chapter we find the key to enduring, powerful churches that God can use, and where Christ’s glory is supreme. Today many churches all over the world are involved in what is actually often just […]
GNB-17 070429AM As we open to Acts 19:19-20, we meet a group of people convinced that any contact with demonic materials is deadly and to be avoided at all costs. In the last hundred years we have made great strides towards understanding how dangerous germs and viruses really are. We know that even the […]
GNB-16 070422AM There is a habit common among humans that many of us practice from time to time. This practice is called “ignoring things we don’t like and hoping they will go away”. With minor aches and pains—that method often works. With leaks, debt, and mechanical problems it almost never works. When we […]
GNB-14 070415AM Jesus was sinless and never sinned, we are not. Jesus was tempted and resisted sin; we do not. We are tempted and sin because we have sin dwelling within us. Sin Still Dwells in Us Paul testified to that in his greatest doctrinal epistle, Romans 7:20. Paul affirms, that […]
GNB-12 070325PM What is Satan up to right now? Do you know? We can’t see him, hear him, track him—but we do know exactly what he is up to with his vast army, because God’s Word has told us! Paul concludes his mighty epistle to the Ephesians with some sobering words, often unheeded by […]
GNB-11 070325AM Above all the vast reaches of the cosmos, above all the swirling galaxies, shining stars and circling planets God made some special creatures, fashioned for His own service—the angels. And in this angelic host of the Almighty God in heaven, above the super-powerful archangels, above the fiery seraphim, and above the mighty […]
GNB-09 070318AM Today we are God’s servants and living a life that worships God. But while we are living a life of worship we are being stalked by the most deadly and harmful predator in existence. His name is Satan our Adversary. His goal is to devour us, making us stop serving and worshiping God. […]
Q&A-71 140706PM 140622PM Q&A Genesis 3 & Satans Lies.docx Footholds of the Devil Q&A: What Does it Mean to Give Place to the Devil in Ephesians 4? What are Ways Believers Can Invite Demonic Troubles? We are in a MIND War Satan never sleeps, never stops stalking each of God’s children. But, as we turn […]
We open to what most Bible commentators over the centuries have called perhaps the most challenging chapter in the Bible, Revelation chapter 9. Before we dive in we need to step back and remember one of the most amazing features of this book: the role of the Gospel in relation to the horrors of the Tribulation.
An Invitation from God
The Bible closes with one of the greatest invitations of all, found in the final chapter, of the last book of the Bible. So, before the horrors of Rev. 9, listen to the offer of endless life from Jesus Christ to all who will listen:
Revelation 22:16-17 (NKJV) “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
One of the reasons God has left us as believers on earth is to resist the Devil and stand against Satan’s plans. God wants us aware that Satan is alive and well on planet Earth, We are to neither ignore nor fear Satan, we are to resist him. That is the truth that God wanted emphasized in the Church, and that is the theme of Revelation 9.
Satan is constantly prowling the world seeking to demote God, and derail God’s work from being accomplished on Earth among people, but we are called to resist and stand against him.
When Jesus faced off with the Devil His weapons were simple—three carefully chosen verses from God’s Holy Word. As we open to Revelation 2, we find that same Jesus writing to a church that had learned the same lesson—how to use God’s Word to overcome and resist the devil, his demons, and their own flesh.
As we open to these verses we are reading Christ’s 1st personal letter to a church. In this letter He commends a group of believers who followed Paul’s teaching and Christ’s example of how to resist the devil at every level in life. We need to pause and ask about what kind of people were these Jesus wrote to at:
Ephesus in the