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Behold he cometh with the clouds: and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him; and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen (Re.1:7).”
The event of the coming of Jesus Christ as a Sign. Jesus has given a number of signs, ‘as the lightening cometh out of the east’, and ‘the carcase’ drawing eagles to it for example. Here the testimony of Jesus Christ mentioned in the key verse, presents an unmistakable emblem. A sign is both mercy of God and judgment of the Son the rainbow is an example. An emblem on the other hand is an attribute of God set in heaven. In this case It is now revealed all inhabitants of the earth. We read that every eye shall see it. Now the phrase ‘which also pierced’ establishes as to who it refers. With the first…

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And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father;(v.6)”
The Salvation Plan of God explains Core Will and it covers all that was willed by God and fulfilled by his Son. Now when John speaks of ‘Kings and Priests’ firstly we are to understand that we were chosen before the worlds began. It has both sense symbolically as well as from the authority transmitted to us by principle of Association. As a symbol we shall examine the role of Melchisedec who met Abraham after he returned from a war. He stands as an indication of God’s relationship with man. The Spirit establishes his credentials of the King of Salem. He was also the priest of the most high God.
The Spirit presents him so early on in the narrative as a priest representing the possessor of heaven and earth (Ge.14:18-19). Through this incident the Spirit…

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The Book of Revelation is the testimony of Jesus Christ as shown to Apostle John in a series of visions. It is a audio-visual transcript given by his angel. The Spirit has supplied an additional clue: ‘from the seven spirits which are before the throne’. The number of seven (here signified by its perfection) already covers the past present and also the future. Time is God’s Time so when John writes ‘for the time is at hand’ let there be no mistake: the events are in flux where the heavenly realities intercut with events on the earth. It does not however mean there is any going back but what is happening and where these events are leading to which is what we need focus upon. In the previous post I had mentioned of the Four horsemen, which signified war, famine plague and death and are transcribed into visions of what…

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The Seven Candlesticks
While studying the apocalyptic writings the symbolism of lamps, stars to mention a few, must be understood for what it is. God is qualified as the Father of lights (Jas.1:17) and it would make the Son as ‘True Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world (Jn.1:9).’ As Son of man it is found true. While we interpret scriptural passage on the basis of symbols like must be compared with like. Principle of Similitude using the symbol of light would demand the symbol of a candlestick as the most appropriate to signify the church. We have several lamp stands as in the case of the lamp stand of beaten gold used in the Tabernacle (Ex.25:31-40). It is not what was apparently used in the Temple of Herod. In the vision of Zachariah (Ze.4:2) what we are shown is altogether different. It tells us of significant…

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What is the mystery of God? It is the word forever settled in heaven (Ps.119:89). Constitution for heaven and earth is the living Word. Its eternal nature works firstly as the Word made flesh. John in his gospel testified, “(He) dwelt among us and (and we beheld his glory…)full of grace and truth (Jn.1:14).” The power of word can be illustrated as a quality that not even death can quite erase. Mary seeing the risen Christ could not recognize him at first but when he spoke she knew him from his voice(Jn.20:16). Mystery of God in short is Word made flesh and eternally bound with the risen Christ whose glory the disciples beheld as a mystery outside their grasp. In the indwelling experience of the Spirit it is no longer a mystery but to be known and communicated to children of God every where. When John writes what he saw…

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Revelation (v.v.1-3)
How do we explain the term revelation, which in a secular context holds a meaning? Revelation means simply making known where men interact on the basis of established values given to human speech. It covers art and language of human kind. Even here confusion could arise. St Paul while speaking of the practice of speaking in churches provides an example, “And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?…(1 Co.14:7-8)” We make ourselves known so our speech at times could place our antecedences at the same time. We have an example from the denial of St Peter on the night Jesus was taken. St Peter without in the palace of the high priest was challenged three times and on the last time one was certain,’…Thou also art one…

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The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, after that Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had let him go from Ramah, when he had taken him being bound in chains among all that were carried away captive of Jerusalem and Judah, which were carried away captive unto Babylon.

And the captain of the guard took Jeremiah, and said unto him, The Lord thy God hath pronounced this evil upon this place.

Now the Lord hath brought it, and done according as he hath said: because ye have sinned against the Lord, and have not obeyed his voice, therefore this thing is come upon you.

And now, behold, I loose thee this day from the chains which were upon thine hand. If it seem good unto thee to come with me into Babylon, come; and I will look well unto thee: but if it…

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The first six verses concern with the fate of King Zedekiah which God had already determined upon.

Who can thwart God’s will? “For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?(Is.14:27)” Jeremiah was one man chosen to serve as God’s oracle. God had put his words in his mouth thereby indicating who really owned him. His liberty was determined on that point alone. If he could not be true to what God had entrusted him with the eternal word, where would he go to redeem himself?

We are all disciples in a manner of speaking. Truth in our inward parts attests the path to righteousness through the word of God. We live according to the revealed word.  Discipleship of a child of God is to safeguard himself from losing the key to true riches…

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This portion we are considering at present is the end times, the point to which all nations of this world are heading. Core Will of God includes both heaven and the earth. Salvation Plan of God is not static but all events in heaven and on earth are leading to it. Power and Wisdom of God rules out all accidents or coincidence from shaping of human history, We may glimpse its nature for which we shall quote this vision of John and is ushered from heaven.  “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever (Re.11:15) ”  Will and Fulfillment point to Father Son relationship and works at tandem.  For example we read in the creation account how God willed,’Let there be…

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“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much(Jas.5:16)”.Prayer of Elias is given as an example in the following verse. It was not what came out of King David. God found him a man after his heart because He is righteous and any man who seeks to please him must know what He does require from him. David knew just that. He was far from righteous and apart from some serious failings he still clung to him only on that slender thread of trust. Who shall not be moved from his heartfelt cry “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise(Ps.51:17).   Prayer of a child of God is based on trust and faith is the common currency. No cryptocurrency or dud when one seeks God. Like the prodigal son on return straight from the heart. Trust between…

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