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Revelation: Thyatira, Stay the Course

Posted in Prophecy, Revelation with tags , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2017 by paulthepoke

Revelation 2:24-25 But I say to you, the rest who are in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not known the deep things of Satan, as they call them-I place no other burden on you . Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come.

This message is for those in the church at Thyatira who did not follow the teachings of Jezebel. These believers have not studied the ideas of Satan…allegedly. These folks are off the hook as far as Christ is concerned. These believers are encouraged to stay the course in their lifestyle in Jesus.

…until I come…This is the Greek word ηεκο/heko. Strong’s defines the word as: to have come, have arrived, be present. Metaphorically: to come to one, i.e. to seek an intimacy with one, become his follower: to come upon one (unexpectedly); to come upon one, of things endured.

This word ηεκο/heko captures the essence of Christ’s work in the resurrection and rapture of the church. Jesus is returning for His bride. Christ calls on us to persevere and endure the pressures of this world. He desires a personal relationship with believers, those who follow Him. And He will come like a thief in the night if one is not ready.

Revelation 2:26-27 The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father.

The one who conquers…This is the Greek verb νικαο/nikao. It is a term for a victorious military hero. Again, the shoe brand Nike comes from this Greek root word. The grammar states the action is continuous.

…and who keeps my works…Again the action of the verb is continuous. The believer is to continue the deeds and works of Christ. It should be the attitude of the believer to continuously do the will of Jesus. Again, until the end when He comes again.

Pay attention, there are rewards on the line. Believers will be political rulers in the future Millennial Kingdom. This is not an honorary position. Jesus is making the claim. Details of the leadership are noted below.

…I will give authority over the nations…What kind of authority are we promised? The Greek word is εξουσια/exousia. Strong’s Concordance defines the word as the following: power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases; physical and mental power; the ability or strength with which one is endued, which he either possesses or exercises; the power of authority (influence) and of right (privilege); the power of rule or government (the power of him whose will and commands must be submitted to by others and obeyed); universal authority over mankind; the power of judicial decisions; the sign of regal authority, a crown.

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…and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces… Jesus is quoting the Psalmist. This is the power and authority promised to the Messiah. He will share in His power with His bride the church.

Psalm 2:9 You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.

Notice the chain of command with authority in verses 26-27. It starts with God the Father. The Father hands authority to the Son. And the Son shares it with believers who are in Him. Believers will rule and reign with Jesus Christ in the Millennial Kingdom and into eternity.

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Millennial Kingdom: Massive Crops

Posted in Millennial Kingdom, Prophecy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2016 by paulthepoke

Amos 9:13 “Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “When the plowman will overtake the reaper and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; when the mountains will drip sweet wine and all the hills will be dissolved.

This verse is in reference to the agricultural cycle in Israel. It speaks to the volume of workers necessary to manage the harvest of crops.

When the plowman will overtake the reaper… In Israel, plowing and tilling of the ground takes place in October and November. The harvest of the grain crops occurs in April and May. The point is the bounty of the crops. Grain will be so plentiful, the reapers will take all summer to harvest. It will be time to work the ground again before the harvest is finished.

…the treader of grapes him who sows seed…To make juice and wine, workers stomped on the grapes in bare feet to crush. It is going to take a lot of folks to manage the volume of grapes. The grape harvest occurs in August and September. Planting is done in November and December. The number of clusters will be ridiculous. The workers who stomp grapes for juice will still be working until November and December.

…when the mountains will drip sweet wine and all the hills will be dissolved. The idea is the grape juice and wine will be so abundant the hills will melt.

The man in charge during the Millennial Kingdom who will oversee the volumes of grape juice has a history of generosity when it comes to wine.

Bumper crops will be year around whether it is grain or fruit.

Agricultural cycles and related information provided by NET Bible.

John 2:6 Now there were six stone water pots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each. So there were 120-180 gallons of water…

John 2:9-10 When the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom, and said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.”

Jesus serves and gives freely and abundantly to all. He always gives His best. He does not hold back. It does not matter if one is rich or poor. Christ has done it in the past. He continues in the present. And Yeshua will do it again in the future.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Millennial Kingdom: Geological/Geographical Implications

Posted in Earthquakes/Volcanoes, Millennial Kingdom, Prophecy with tags , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2016 by paulthepoke

Revelation 6:12 I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood;

The context of the set of verses in Revelation 6 is the initial third of the Tribulation, the seals. This event takes place approximately 7 years before the beginning of Christ’s Kingdom. Granted, there appears to be significant issues with the sun, moon, stars, atmosphere and sky in this context. But, the focus of the series is the geological and geographical changes coming to planet Earth.

The earthquake starts the chain of events in the sixth seal. The quake is described as “great” or μεγασ (megas) in the Greek. It can be translated as significant, severe, gigantic, or YUGE (huge) per Strong’s Concordance. This earthquake will be a big deal.

Revelation 6:14 The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

…and every mountain and island were moved out of their places…This is exactly what the verse says in the Greek. “Every” mountain and island moved out of its place. Each, every, the whole, all of them are moved.

The root word for “moved” is κινεο (kineo). It can also be translated: to cause to go, to move, set in motion. Figuratively, it will cause a commotion (NET Bible/Strong’s Concordance).

This verse is suggesting tectonic plate movement and change across the planet. The earthquake will knock things out of their place. Consider all of the mountain ranges in the world: The Rockies, Andes, Urals, Alps, Himalayas…Consider all of the islands in the world…

Recent history (early 21st century, May 2016) has not seen an earthquake that has caused continents to initiate movement and drifting. Modern day maps and globes will be obsolete.

Revelation 6:15 Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains;

God does not care how deep your bunker is. God does not care how much you have prepared. God does not care if you are the leader of a country. Military training will not save you. He does not care how much money and wealth one has acquired. Your intellect is no match for the Lamb (Jesus). It does not matter if you are isolated. A piece of advice to the social elite, you can run but you cannot hide.

Revelation 6:16 and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb…

Be careful what you wish for. God will give you what you want. Revelation 16:20 beckons.

Millennial Kingdom: Yasha` Yeshua

Posted in Gospel, Millennial Kingdom, Prophecy with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2016 by paulthepoke

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.

The term “victorious warrior” is most interesting in the original language. The Hebrew word for “victorious” is yasha`. It is a verb. The grammar says the warrior is the cause. It means to save, deliver from moral troubles; to give victory to.

The Hebrew word for “warrior” is gibbowr, a strong and mighty man. –Strong’s Concordance

The strong and mighty warrior will be a savior. He will and has delivered from moral trouble or sin. He will give military victory to Israel.

The noun form of yasha` is Yeshua. The Hebrew name for Jesus is Yeshua.

The term for LORD is Yahweh, The Existing One. This is the definitive name for God. This is the proper name of the Hebrew God of the Bible. Jehovah is a word that has been translated to English from the Hebrew, Yahweh. The correct spelling is YHWH (Hebrew font is not available).  Scholars refer to this as the Tetragrammaton, Greek for four letters. 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. 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.’”

The LORD, Yahweh is speaking in this verse in Zephaniah 3.

Yeshua Himself connects the dots in the Book of John. Jesus makes seven statements in the Book of John explaining “I am…”

I am the bread of life (John 6:35).

I am the light of the world (John 8:12).

I am the gate (John 10:9).

I am the good shepherd (John 10:11).

I am the resurrection and the life (John 11:25).

I am the way and the truth and the life (John 14:6).

I am the vine (John 15:5).

Yeshua is Yahweh, The Existing One. He saves. He will have military conquest.

John 8:58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I AM.”

Jesus Christ is the victorious warrior. He will dwell or tabernacle with the nation we know as Israel. The verse uses four different terms in Hebrew to describe the excitement and joy of Christ. He too will shout for joy with the introduction of His Kingdom. Yeshua will celebrate.

Good times are coming.

Millennial Kingdom: Joy, Part 2

Posted in Millennial Kingdom, Prophecy with tags , , , , , , on May 8, 2016 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 42:11 Let the wilderness and its cities lift up their voices, the settlements where Kedar inhabits. Let the inhabitants of Sela sing aloud, let them shout for joy from the tops of the mountains.

The wilderness is the desert or the uninhabited land. To the towns of the desert…belt it out, a joyful cry!

Kedar is the second son of Ishmael. Genesis 25:13 and these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, in the order of their birth: Nebaioth, the firstborn of Ishmael, and Kedar and Adbeel and Mibsam.

His name means “dark” per Strong’s Concordance. Kedar settled in the region consistent with modern day northern Saudi Arabia.

Sela is first mentioned in Judges 1:36 And the border of the Amorites ran from the ascent of Akrabbim, from Sela and upward. Akrabbim is also known as Scorpion Pass. This would be the southern border of the Amorites. It is also the southern border of the tribe of Judah. This is the modern day region that extends up from the Dead Sea to the southwest in Israel.

Even those in the desert will have something to shout about.

Isaiah 52:9 Break forth, shout joyfully together, you waste places of Jerusalem; for the LORD has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem.

This verse implies that Jerusalem will be a city of destruction. Jerusalem is described as chorbah in the Hebrew. At the end of the tribulation Jerusalem is described as a place laid waste, a ruin, and a desolation.

Jesus will intensively console the people of the city.

He has redeemed Jerusalem. The word for redeemed is go‘el. This is the same word that is used for the kinsman redeemer (see the book of Ruth). The role of the go’el is to avenge. He will seek revenge on behalf of the people. His blood has paid the ransom for sin. The people of Jerusalem will be redeemed from bondage and slavery. Jesus is a kinsman from the tribe of Judah.

Jerusalem, give an ear splitting yell!
Isaiah 60:15 Whereas you have been forsaken and hated with no one passing through, I will make you an everlasting pride, A joy from generation to generation.

The verse above is the history of Israel for roughly 2000 years after the death of Christ. The Jewish people were dispersed from the land in 70 AD. This is how the land of Israel was viewed: left behind, departed, left alone, abandoned, and neglected. Just let it go. Neighbors surrounding Israel hated the Jewish people even when they were not there. The land laid effectively dormant until the early 20th century. Then, there was the Balfour Declaration in 1917. Fast forward to 2016, Israel is a nation and Jerusalem is its capital.

Things are going to change under the direction of Christ. The nation will become ga’own in the Hebrew, a place of majesty, pride, and excellence for generations and eternity.

Millennial Kingdom: Joy, Part 1

Posted in Millennial Kingdom, Prophecy with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2016 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 12:6 Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

One of the characteristics of the Millennial Kingdom is joy. The expression of joy is not a warm fuzzy passive feeling. Fun haters and negative attitudes are not welcome. The Scripture references are consistent and clear…cry and shout with passion!

The Hebrew word for “cry aloud” is tsahal. Per Strong’s Concordance it means to cry shrilly intensively and intentionally.

The Hebrew word for “shout” is ranan. It means: to give a ringing cry in joy, exaltation, or distress; to cry aloud in summons, exhortation of wisdom.

Zion is Jerusalem. They are to emphatically know with passion there is to be joy in Zion.

The Holy One of Israel is a term that is used scores of times in the Old Testament. The Holy One of Israel is equated with the Lord. The Holy One is the creator God. He is in control and has a plan. Isaiah 45:11 Thus says the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: “Ask Me about the things to come concerning My sons, and you shall commit to Me the work of My hands.

The New Testament confirms the identity of the Holy One of Israel. It is Jesus. Colossians 1:15-17 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

 

Isaiah 9:3 You shall multiply the nation, You shall increase their gladness; they will be glad in Your presence as with the gladness of harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

The grammar in the Hebrew says, God will magnify and make great their gladness. The concept with gladness is joy, mirth, gaiety, and pleasure. He (Jesus) will be in their presence. The pleasure will be like the ultimate bumper crop of fresh home grown tomatoes. The original grammar indicates the mirth will be like winning the greatest all time lottery, resources galore.

Isaiah 30:29 You will have songs as in the night when you keep the festival, and gladness of heart as when one marches to the sound of the flute, to go to the mountain of the LORD, to the Rock of Israel.

The Millennial Kingdom is described as a concert type atmosphere. There will be singing at night and gatherings with lots of food.

The Hebrew word for “heart” is lebab. Culturally, the lebab is viewed as the inner man, mind, will, heart, soul, understanding. The lebab will be giddy with joy. The people will have an extra hop in their step when they go to the mountain of the Lord or the Temple in Jerusalem. The place is going to be rocking.

Who is the Rock of Israel? The Apostle Paul in the book of Romans quotes Isaiah 8:14 and 28:16 to identify the Rock. Romans 9:33 as it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

If you believe in the Rock, you will be saved.

Millennial Kingdom: One Universal Language

Posted in Millennial Kingdom, Prophecy with tags , , , , , , , , on February 28, 2016 by paulthepoke

Zephaniah 3:9 For then I will give to the peoples purified lips, that all of them may call on the name of the LORD, To serve Him shoulder to shoulder.

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What in the world are purified lips? The Hebrew word for “lips” is saphah. Per Strong’s Concordance it means: lip, language, speech. The term “lip” is synonymous with a language or speech.

The New Testament equivalent is “tongue” or glossa in the Greek. For example Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. 

The Bible is talking about foreign languages. This is not a reference to a bunch of “spiritual” non-intelligible mumbo jumbo that nobody knows what is being said. 1 Corinthians 14:4 The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. Get over yourself. If nobody understands it, what good is it? The context of 1 Corinthians 14 is a discussion about foreign languages. There are better gifts, desire those.

The future kingdom holds one language.

“Purified”…The Hebrew word is barar. It means: to purge out, purify, to choose, select; to cleanse, make shining, polish. It is a simple action verb in Hebrew.

The context of the verse in Zephaniah 3 is all the peoples. Verse 6 mentions “nations”. Verse 8 talks about the “nations, kingdoms and the whole earth”.  Verse 19 states the “whole earth”. Verse 20 discusses the “nations of the earth”.

Simply stated, God is going to purge the languages and choose one. Zephaniah 3:9 states there will be one language spoken on Earth in the Millennial Kingdom. I suspect the chosen language will be Hebrew, but whatever God chooses.

Once upon a time, humanity spoke one language. Genesis 11:1 Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words.

Genesis 11:4 They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

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The pride of humanity is on display. They were out to “make a name for themselves”. Man is telling God, “We know best. We know the consequences. And we are going to do this regardless.” Humanity chose to separate itself from God’s direction. This was likely not the first warning from God. Humanity knew the consequences. Mankind knew there was a risk of being “scattered abroad”. But, man rebelled…

…And God responded accordingly as promised. Genesis 11:9 Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.

Babel means confusion. And the tower was not completed. Man apart from God equals confusion.

Zephaniah 3:9 will undo the scattering and confusion created at Babel. In the Millennial Kingdom, humanity will be under the leadership of Jesus. People will be personally taught by Him in His ways. Under the leadership of Christ, people should generally have a better sense of direction and focus.

When channeled in the right direction…Genesis 11:6 The LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them.

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