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Revelation(S1-2): Intro and Disclaimer

THE BOOK OF
REVELATION

(Slides 1 and 2)


Introduction

Welcome to this study on the book of REVELATION. Each blog post will contain a slide or two from a few sequential PowerPoint presentations I have created and which I use for teaching bible study groups that I am hosting. Accompanying the slide image, I will add a short commentary to explain it or provide some points of interest or learning. The idea is that as we advance through the slides, we will learn about the book of Revelation and get a better understanding of its contents; its characters, the prophecies, the events and the judgements.

The primary purpose for this study (through the horrors and drama of this period), is to draw your attention to, and motivate you to your own salvation and that of your family and circle of influence. Today is the time to stir up others to learn about and put their trust in Christ and save themselves from this terrible time of tribulation and judgement!

I trust you will enjoy the PowerPoint presentation of Revelation and that you will follow me through this series. There is a lot to learn and discuss, and the aim is to spend time in God's word and be inspired, motivated and edified in these prophetic events.

Please feel free to leave comments or ask questions.

God bless.


Most people refer to the book as "Revelation" or even "Revelations". But to be accurate, it is best referred to as "The Revelation of Jesus Christ". This book is the pinnacle of ALL the contents of the bible that has preceded it. All the prophecies, all the miracles, all the major and minor events, all the teachings and parables, all sacrifices, including the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. All this leads to the culmination of the plan of God to restore creation, and all this is captured in this final book in the bible, REVELATION

The purpose of this book is to reveal Jesus Christ for WHO He is. It is a time specifically set apart to glorify and honour Him and hand over the title deed of all created things to his ownership and rule! 

The book of Revelation is what we all have been waiting for. It is at hand and right now is the most crucial time to get into the study of it so that we might know the agenda going forward, whether we have a role to play in it or not.

Please take note of the content on the above slide and remember this detail as we proceed in this study. I look forward to presenting you with these slides and commentary and I trust you will enjoy the journey with me.


The Fundamentals of the REAL Gospel



When we share the grace gospel today, we must be careful how we present it. It is important to note that the grace gospel is not only the truth that the Lord died and rose again, but far more importantly, it is that that Lord died FOR OUR SINS and that his resurrection was FOR OUR JUSTIFICATION. This detail is of great importance, as the basis of our faith should rest specifically in the underlined statements above.

What will the gospel be in the tribulation?

Everlasting Gospel in the Tribulation


The church at Galatia was severely affected by the false teachings of the Judaizers who wanted the believers in Galatia to follow the Law of Moses and be circumcised. Paul deals with their false doctrines and their attacks with instructions in his letter that speak boldly and with authority against these teachings, laying out sever consequences to those who skew the grace only message of the gospel. He writes,

Gal.1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

Christ in You vs. You in Christ



Concerning believers in the grace gospel, Paul says these two things: (1) you are in Christ, and (2) Christ is in you.

"To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:" – Colossians 1:27-28

The phrase "Christ in you" is found in Col 1:27, and in the next verse every man is presented perfect "in Christ Jesus" (Col 1:28).

What do these seemingly opposite but similar sounding statements mean?

What's the difference between 'you in Christ' and 'Christ in you'?

 

The song ‘Midnight Cry’ blends the the pretribulation rapture of the Body of Christ with the second coming of Jesus Christ making it doctrinally wrong!

Midnight Cry


The following is a slightly modified extract from an article posted at "Now the End Begins".

"I hear the sound Of a mighty rushing wind, And it's closer now than it's ever been. I can almost hear the trumpet, as Gabriel sounds the call; at the midnight cry we'll be going home!"

The incredibly beautiful and soul-stirring song 'Midnight Cry', sung by John Starnes, —from a spiritual perspective, is wonderful and one could never get tired of hearing it, but from a rightly dividing perspective it's a hot mess.

"While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him." Matthew 25:5,6 (KJB)

Gospels and Raptures (Grace - Part 29) Summary

The Gospels and their Raptures (Grace - Part 29)

Summary

Below is a summary of the details discussed in the preceding lesson parts of this gospel (the gospel of Grace), as well as additional points that highlight its unique standing in relation to the other gospels in this study. The table will also be a useful means to run comparisons with the other gospels to really get a grasp on the differences and transitions that occurred within each.