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Revelation: Philadelphia, The New Jerusalem

Posted in Prophecy, Revelation with tags , , , , on January 14, 2018 by paulthepoke

Revelation 3:12c…and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven…

The name of the city is The New Jerusalem.

It is “the” New Jerusalem. There is a Greek definite article in front of “New Jerusalem”. The text literally reads… “the New Jerusalem” in the original Greek. The koine Greek of the New Testament has no indefinite article like we do in English. There are no “a” or “an” in the language. A definite article is a point of emphasis.

At least three times in the book of Revelation, the text refers to the city of New Jerusalem as descending from Heaven. The first is noted in the verse above. Two other references are indicated in Revelation 21, the definitive chapter on the description of New Jerusalem. See Revelation 22 for additional information regarding New Jerusalem. Jesus says the city is a gift from God. The city is a pure, beautiful, stunning bride. This is our eternal home.

Revelation 21:2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Revelation 21:10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God…

 

Galatians 4:26 But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.

The heavenly Jerusalem is called “free” or ἐλεύθερος/eleutheros in Greek. The comparison is to a slave in Galatians 4:25. Strong’s Concordance defines the term as unshackled or unbound. New Jerusalem is liberated and delivered from obligation.

 

Revelation 3:12d…and my own new name.

Jesus has a name change coming. Christ will have a different name, and it is personal.

Revelation 19:12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself.

And that name will be written on the believer as well.

 

Please listen. Seven times in Revelation, Christ appeals to the churches to listen. This is the sixth time Jesus calls on all the churches to listen. He will appeal once more to the churches collectively to listen. One way or another, we are all running out of time.

Revelation 3:13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

 

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Revelation: Philadelphia, His Name is Yahweh

Posted in Prophecy, Revelation with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2018 by paulthepoke

Revelation 3:12b …And I will write on him the name of my God…

Jesus will write on the believer the name of His God. His name is Yahweh.

The topic of God’s name has been addressed previously to the church at Sardis. God takes the time to repeat the concept of His name to the church at Philadelphia. It bears repeating.

YHWH (scholars refer to this as the Tetragrammaton, Greek for four letters) is the proper name of the Hebrew God of the Bible. The correct spelling is YHWH. Note there are no vowels in this term. Vowels from the name Adonai were substituted and the term Yahweh emerged. Jehovah is a word that has been translated to English from the Hebrew, Yahweh. The name for LORD is Jehovah. It means the existing one. This name is so sacred, Jews refuse to pronounce it. The name is first introduced in Exodus 3:14 when Moses and God are having a discussion. His name is a statement of existence.

Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

If one is looking for proof that God created or God exists, you are wasting your time. It is assumed. God is eternal and self-existent. God always has been and always will be. God was before the creation.

 

Not only does Jesus write the name of Yahweh on the believer, the believer is sealed with the Spirit of God. There are at least 12 verses in the Bible confirming the work of the Spirit in His people.

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put His seal on us and given us His Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

Ephesians 1:13-14 In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory.

All three persons of the triune God are involved: Father, Son, and Spirit. To borrow a line from Stevie Wonder…

Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours.

This name is a promise for all eternity. We see this at the end of Revelation in New Jerusalem. These are the closing comments of the Bible.

Revelation 22:4 They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.

 

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Trend Update: Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, January 2018

Posted in Egypt/Nile River, Isaiah, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , on January 4, 2018 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 19:5-8 The waters from the sea will dry up, and the river will be parched and dry. The canals will emit a stench, the streams of Egypt will thin out and dry up; the reeds and rushes will rot away. The bulrushes by the Nile, by the edge of the Nile and all the sown fields by the Nile will become dry, be driven away, and be no more. And the fishermen will lament, and all those who cast a line into the Nile will mourn, and those who spread nets on the waters will pine away.

Yes, the Bible says the Nile River will go dry. This is part of the end time scenario leading up to the return of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) construction continues on the Nile River. Construction of the dam is located in northwest Ethiopia. When finished, the GERD will be the largest hydroelectric plant in Africa. As of the summer of 2017, the project is estimated to be 60% complete. Once finished, it estimated to take 5-15 years for the reservoir to fill to capacity. There is no definitive timeline for the completion of the project.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Ethiopian_Renaissance_Dam

Egypt is calling for an independent third party to assist with negotiation of water rights for the Nile River. Egypt is admitting previous talks have failed. The World Bank is looking to be an intermediary in the discussions. The Egyptians have concerns about water loss. Proposal of dam in southeast Egypt is now in the works.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/12/egypt-ethiopia-sudan-gerd-shalateen-dam-water-talks-dispute.html?

 

Is the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam the reason for the Nile going dry in the end times? Will God use a drought or a combination with the dam? Time will tell. One thing is for sure, at some point in the future the Nile River will go dry. Economic calamity and social unrest will follow in Egypt. These events are the precursor to the return of a Savior. The story ends well…

Isaiah 19:20 It will become a sign and a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the LORD because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Champion, and He will deliver them.

 

 

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Revelation: Philadelphia, I Am Coming Soon

Posted in Prophecy, Revelation with tags , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2017 by paulthepoke

Revelation 3:11 I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.

Attention, Jesus speaking, “I am coming soon.” The idea in the Greek is He is coming quickly and with speed.

Hold fast what you have. The focus of the phrase is the verb κρατέω/krateó or “hold fast”. Per Strong’s it means to be strong or mighty; to rule, obtain, master, or prevail.

The reward is the crown. Grab and hold onto it with all the gusto you have. It is yours. Christ has given it to you. Own the crown.

Caution, don’t get too attached. It is not about you.

Revelation 4:10-11 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”

 

Revelation 3:12 The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it…

The one who conquers…As a reminder, there is only one way to conquer. This is the Greek word νικάω/nikaó.  We know the word through sports apparel in the 21st century, Nike. Jesus Christ is the answer. We are victorious and prevail through Him.

1 John 5:4-5 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

Romans 8:1-2 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

 

I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Christ “will make”. In the Greek, this is ποιέω/poieó. This is the word of a carpenter. The carpenter is manufacturing and constructing. Christ is building the Temple. Jesus promises the believer to be a pillar of God’s Temple. The believer is a support and upholds the Temple.

The temple is the ναός/naos in the Greek. This is the Holy of Holies, the sacred edifice or sanctuary itself. Naos is the home of God.

Revelation 11:19a And the temple of God which is in heaven was opened; and the ark of His covenant appeared in His temple…

Never shall he go out of it… As a believer in Christ, our position is eternal.

 

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Trend Update: Saudi Crown Prince and King in Waiting, Mohammed bin Salman

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2017 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 38:13 Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all its leaders will say to you, ‘Have you come to seize spoil? Have you assembled your hosts to carry off plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to seize great spoil?’

For details linking Sheba and Dedan to modern day Saudi Arabia, see the link below.

https://paulthepoke.com/2016/02/17/trend-update-russia-magogisrael-ezekiel-38-39-february-2016/

The winds of change are blowing on the Arabian Peninsula. Allow me to introduce the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman. MBS is how he is known in the press. Bin Salman is the king in waiting for Saudi Arabia.

MBS BBC

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December 7, 2017: Press reports indicate MBS is the likely buyer of a Da Vinci painting of Jesus Christ. He is believed to have paid $450 million for the painting.

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/dec/07/world-record-da-vinci-painting-to-be-exhibited-at-louvre-abu-dhabi

 

December 19, 2017: Belgium announces the first female ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5194197/Belgiums-FEMALE-ambassador-Saudi-Arabia.html

 

December 19, 2017: Saudi Arabia looks to issue travel visas to the kingdom for the first time in history. Visas are expected in early 2018. Previously, only work visas were issued and permitted.

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201712191060135486-saudi-arabia-introduce-tourist-visas/

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Learn more about the Saudi king to be, Mohammed bin Salman and his actions as a reformer. MBS looks to moderate the Islamic kingdom.

It would appear Israel and the Saudis are looking to establish friendly relations. Israel believes MBS can help bring peace to the Holy Land. Both countries have one thing in common. They are deeply concerned about a nuclear Iran and what that means to the region.

The prophet Ezekiel in chapters 38-39 details the moves of Saudi Arabia when Russian and allies look to invade Israel. They do nothing when it comes to the protection of Israel.

 

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Revelation: Philadelphia; Stick With It, A Time Is Coming

Posted in Prophecy, Revelation with tags , , , , on December 18, 2017 by paulthepoke

Revelation 3:10 Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.

Perseverance…This is the word for “patient endurance”. Perseverance is the Greek word ηυπομονε/hupomone. Per Strong’s Concordance, it means: constancy, endurance; in the New Testament the characteristic of a man who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith by even the greatest trials and sufferings; patiently and steadfastly enduring.

Patiently waiting is not something we want to hear in the culture of here and now. “Give it to me now! I deserve it!”

But…believers are called to be steadfastly loyal to Christ regardless of what is happening in our lives. It is a commandment from Jesus. The church at Philadelphia obeyed.

 

Perseverance has its reward. Jesus promises believers will be delivered from the hour of trial.

The Greek word for “hour” is ὥρα/hora. Defined by Strong’s Concordance it means: a definite space of time, a season, an hour, the particular time for anything.

A “trial” is πειρασμός/peirasmos in the original language. The word can also be translated as: trial, probation, testing, being tried, temptation, calamity, or affliction.

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Christ makes it very clear who is on trial…the whole world, those who dwell on the earth. The concept is stated two times to make the point. The scope of the trial is the totality of the world.

The “world” or οἰκουμένη/oikoumené properly is the land that is being inhabited, the land in a state of habitation, the inhabited world. Put another way, humanity living on the globe of the earth.

If the previous definition is not specific enough, those who dwell on the earth or the γῆ, ge. This is the the physical earth, soil, or land.

 

Look at the world we are living in today. Inhabitants of the planet earth pay attention. There will be a definite, specific time for trial and judgment. It is coming regardless what any of us think or believe.

During His Olivet Discourse, Jesus said in Luke 21:28 “Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

 

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The Holy Spirit, A Person…Featuring Matt Weinreich

Posted in Matt Weinreich with tags , , , on December 12, 2017 by paulthepoke

When Jesus allowed His living blood to spill into this world before His death, He opened a pathway for us to connect with the Holy Spirit (John 16:7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send Him to you.).  As a redeemed believer, we have the Holy Spirit in us (Ephesians 1:13 In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit…).

Character of the Holy Spirit

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The Holy Spirit is a person. The pronoun “he” is always used in reference to the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not a “force”.  He was involved with creation (Genesis 1:2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.), disciplines (John 16:8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment…), teaches (John 16:13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.), leads, carries (Galatians 5:16 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.), offers freedom (Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.), comforts (John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever…), and grieves (Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.).

However, continuous sinful choices will grieve the Holy Spirit and quench His fire within us (1 Thessalonians 5:19 Do not quench the Spirit.). I felt a burden to write this out of my own personal experiences on this subject. I have found my thoughts to be the greatest challenge (2 Corinthians 10:5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…).

I see and feel a measurable difference when the commandments of Christ are applied in my daily life (John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.).

Constant prayer is required (1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.).

Work with Him and He will work with you…

 

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