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Revelation 14:6-13: A Biblical Study On God’s Final Message To The World!!

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What follows is over 200 Bible Texts contained in 13 Bible Studies all related to Revelation 14:6-13. Please use these powerful studies to draw close to God and He will draw close to you!! James 4:8. It is my deep conviction that Jesus is about to come!!

He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.  Revelation 22:17,20

I entreat you to remain in God’s Word and let Him share His Steadfast Love with you—a love that will change you making you more like Him!!  2Corinthians 3:18     2Corinthians 5:14,17

Why not open the door and let Jesus in right now!! Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20

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Jesus Is About To Come!! Are You Ready?

Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—

saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”

And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”

Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand,

10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the     presence of the Lamb.

11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

12 Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.

13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’”

“Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”

EXPOSITION

What is The Purpose of Prophecy?

The precise future events on earth are known only to God before they actually take place. Prophetic predictions are given in the Bible not to make people speculate about the future, but rather to build faith after they have come to pass (see Jesus’ words in John 14:29). Prophecy has a function in our hearts until its fulfillment arrives. It should make Jesus—“the morning star” and “light” of hope—shine in our everyday lives. Our relationship with Jesus is what saves us with Eternal Life 2Peter 1:19,John 17:3

  Revelation 14:6–13 The three last messages to be preached to the earth by the end-time remnant before the Son of Man arrives in the clouds (Rev 14:14). These are the messages that were commissioned in Revelation 10:11. For more on the mission of the REMNANT, see Revelation 18:1–4.

THE REMNANT
Closely related to the topic of the church is that of remnant. In the Bible a remnant is that part of God’s people that remains faithful to Him, especially in times of crisis and apostasy.

Isaiah 10:20–34
Rom. 11:5
2 Pet. 3:11–14
Rev. 12:17
Rev. 14:6–13
Rev. 18:4
    Revelation 14:6 gospel. Fulfills Matt. 24:14. The first of three angels who proclaim God’s final message to the world. In the context of Revelation, the gospel includes the good news of Christ’s Second Coming, in which He rescues His people.

Matthew 24:14 The great call—or commission—to proclaim the gospel to the world is given repeatedly in the NT (see Matthew 28:19–20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; John 20:21). This worldwide proclamation is a clear sign that the coming of the Lord is about to occur. All humanity will be given an opportunity to respond to Christ. Only then will the cosmic conflict come to an end. On the Great Commission, see also Matt. 28:19–20; Acts 1:8; Rev. 10:11; 14:7.

 SALVATION
Romans 6:23 tells us that sin leads to death. And the rest of the Bible describes a shattered world in the wake of ongoing human sin and its results. Is there no hope for us and our world? The answer to that question is a resounding “Yes, there is!” Salvation is the divine act of delivering believers from the curse and power of sin and then restoring them to fellowship with God.

Mark 10:45
Rom. 3:21–26*
Rom. 4:6
Rom. 5:10
Rom. 6:23
2 Cor. 5:17
2 Cor. 5:19
2 Cor. 5:21
Gal. 2:16
Gal. 3:10–13
Gal. 3:13
Eph. 1:7
Eph. 2:4–10*
Col. 1:15–20
Heb. 9:13–14
1 John 2:2
1 John 4:10

RESURRECTION
   To be resurrected means to rise from the dead. The Bible teaches that Christ won the victory over death and the grave through His resurrection, and that He wants to pass on His resurrection blessings to each of His followers. As such, the Bible’s teachings on the resurrection are among the happiest of any found in Holy Scripture.

Job 19:25–27
Isaiah 26:19
Dan. 12:2
Matt. 24:31
John 5:28–29
John 11:25
Acts 24:15
1 Cor. 15:51–55
Phil. 3:21
1 Thess. 4:14
1 Thess. 4:16
Rev. 20:4–5

THE SECOND COMING
 The Second Coming of Jesus is one of the most widespread teachings in the Bible. It is the hope of the ages. It is at the Second Coming that Jesus brings to completion the work that He began at His incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection. It is only at the Second Coming that human beings will be fully saved from sin and its influence.

Matt. 24:3
Matt. 24:21–22
Matt. 24:26–27
Matt. 24:32–33
Matt. 24:37–39
Matt. 25:31–46
Mark 13:1–37
Luke 21:5–36
Luke 21:25–28
John 14:1–3
Acts 1:11
1 Thess. 4:13–18
1 Thess. 4:17
1 Thess. 5:1–11
2 Thess. 1:8
2 Tim. 3:1–7
Titus 2:13–14
2 Pet. 3:3
2 Pet. 3:10
Rev. 1:7
THE MILLENNIUM
What happens after Jesus comes again? Where will the saved be? The wicked? God and the angels? Those topics have been asked by Christians down through the ages. The Millennium refers to the 1,000 years immediately following Christ’s return.

John 14:3
1 Cor. 6:3
Rev. 20:1–15
Rev. 20:4–5
Rev. 21:2

THE NEW EARTH
God tells us that after the Millennium He will create a New Earth that will not have the problems of this one. This is where the saved will spend eternity.

Isaiah 11:6–9
Isaiah 35:5–10
Isaiah 65:17–25
Isaiah 66:23
2 Pet. 3:13
Rev. 7:15–17
Rev. 21:1

   Revelation 14:7 Fear God. Means “revere, respect, hold in awe” (Ps. 111:10; Prov. 3:7; 9:10). But it can also mean “Be afraid” for those who do not take Him seriously (Rev. 6:15–17). hour … has come. The final judgment begins before the Second Coming. It is the context for the final proclamation of the gospel. For the various stages of God’s JUDGMENT, see note on Rom. 14:10, 12. worship … sea. This language makes an unmistakable allusion to the SABBATH command with reference to CREATION (Ex. 20:8–11), thus indicating that the Sabbath has particular relevance in end-time gospel proclamation. To rest from one’s works is the ideal response to the gospel (see Heb. 4:1–11). The admonitions to “fear” and to “worship” in this verse are placed directly in the larger immediate context of keeping God’s commandments (see Rev. 12:17; 14:12), with obvious references to the Decalogue.

JUDGMENT
Just what is judgment? How does God carry it out? Should Christians fear or rejoice that they are to be judged by God? These and other questions are central to this important Bible theme. The good news about God’s judgment is that it is always in favor of believers. Christians have nothing to fear from God’s judgment. Rather, they have everything to gain.

Ex. 32:33
Ecclesiastes 12:13–14
Dan. 7:10
Dan. 7:22
Dan. 7:26–27
Dan. 8:14
Matt. 7:24–27
Matt. 16:27
Matt. 25:31–46
Luke 10:20
John 5:22
John 5:24
Acts 17:22–31
Rom. 2:6
Rom. 14:10, 12
2 Cor. 5:10
Phil. 4:3
James 2:12
Rev. 3:5
Rev. 6:10
Rev. 11:18
Rev. 14:7
Rev. 19:2
Rev. 20:4–5
Rev. 20:12

CREATION
One of the great mysteries of life is that our world exists in all of its complexity and order. How did it come about and what does God’s work in creation mean for our lives? These are questions that people from all cultures and times have asked. The first words of the Bible treat this important topic.

Gen. 1:1
Gen. 1:2
Gen. 1:3
Gen. 1:26
Gen. 1:27
Gen. 1:31
Gen. 2:2–3
Gen. 2:7
Ex. 20:8–11
Ps. 19
Ps. 33:6–9
Ps. 95:1–6
Ps. 104
John 1:3
Rom. 1:20
Eph. 3:9
Col. 1:15–20
Heb. 1:2
Heb. 11:3
Rev. 14:7

THE SABBATH
Closely related to the creation of the world, and in fact the last aspect of the Genesis creation story, is the reality that God Himself rested on the Sabbath. Thus the seventh-day Sabbath predated by many centuries the origin of the Hebrew people. Jesus asserted that at creation the Sabbath was made for “man” (i.e., all human beings; Mark 2:27); thus, it was not limited to the Jews. Because of the Sabbath’s role in symbolizing allegiance to the God of the universe, Satan and his allies have worked hard to obliterate the Sabbath, or substitute it with something else, in order to turn minds away from the Creator God.

Gen. 2:2–3
Ex. 16:22–30
Ex. 20:8–11
Ex. 31:13
Lev. 23:32
Deut. 5:12–15
Neh. 13:4–22
Isaiah 58:13
Isaiah 66:23
Ezek. 20:12, 20
Dan. 7:25
Matt. 12:8
Matt. 12:12
Mark 1:32
Mark 2:27–28
Luke 4:16
Luke 23:56
Acts 4:23–24
Acts 13:14
Acts 14:14–18
Acts 16:13
Acts 17:2
Acts 18:4
Acts 20:7
Heb. 4:4
Heb. 4:9
Rev. 1:10
Rev. 14:7

 Revelation 14:8 Babylon … great city. The first mention of Babylon, the focus of God’s judgments in Rev. 16–18. See note on Rev.11:7–8. This is a condemnation of corporate opposition to God. Gospel and judgment are closely related in Scripture (see John 3:18–21). all nations. End-time Babylon precipitates worldwide opposition to God. Babylon in the OT also represented the oppressor of God’s people and “confusion” (see Gen. 11:1–9).

  Revelation 14:9–11 If anyone. The focus shifts to individual responsibility in the final crisis. See note on v. 8. worships … hand. Recalls Revelation 13:12–18. wrath of God. The seven bowl plagues of Revelation 16 (see Revelation 11:18; Revelation 15:1). cup … indignation. Allusion to Isaiah 51:17–23. brimstone. Sulphur. See also Rev. 19:20; Gen. 19:24. forever. An obvious allusion to Isaiah 34:8–10. In the Hebrew context, forever is not necessarily absolute; it is long enough to accomplish God’s purpose. For more on HELL and the punishment of the wicked, see Rev. 20:10; Matt. 10:28.

 HELL
Here is another topic that people have a special interest in. Hell is generally thought of as the place where the wicked will spend eternity. But how will that time be spent? Different understandings about hell have made the topic a controversial teaching down through Christian history. Some have taught that the wicked will consciously suffer in hellfire throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity. Others claim that the Bible says that the wicked will be burned up in the fires of hell and will cease to exist. What does the Bible teach on this topic?

Isaiah 34:9–10
Mal. 4:1
Matt. 3:12
Matt. 10:28
Matt. 13:42
Matt. 25:41
Matt. 25:46
Mark 9:43
Luke 16:23
Rom. 6:23
2 Thess. 1:9
2 Pet. 3:12–13
Jude 7
Rev. 14:9–11
Rev. 20:10
Rev. 20:14

Revelation 14:12 patience. Endurance in the context of suffering (Revelation 13:9–10). Might also imply patiently waiting for Christ’s return. keep the commandments of God. Obedience to God’s law is an essential characteristic of God’s people in the end time. faith of Jesus. Can mean “faith in Jesus” or “Jesus’ faith,” meaning what Jesus believed—the doctrines held and taught by Jesus. Revelation 14:12 has a contextual relation to Revelation 12:17 and the conflict pictured in chap. Revelation 13. For more on obedience to God’s LAW, see Revelation 12:17; Ex. 20:1–17; Matt. 5:17–19; 1 John 2:3–6.

 THE COVENANT
A covenant is a binding agreement made by two parties. It is a legal contract, but it is also a relationship. The topic of covenant undergirds an understanding of both Bible testaments. God’s everlasting covenant made with Abraham and his descendants through Christ has always been based on faith.

Gen. 6:18
Gen. 9:8–17
Gen. 12:1–3
Gen. 15:17–18
Gen. 17:7
Ex. 2:24
Ex. 19:5–8
Ex. 24:3–8
Lev. 26:44
Deut. 28:1–2
Deut. 28:15
Jer. 31:31
Jer. 32:40
Ezek. 36:27
Ezek. 37:26
Matt. 26:28
Luke 22:20
1 Cor. 11:25
2 Cor. 3:3
2 Cor. 3:6
Eph. 2:12–13
Heb. 8:10
Heb. 13:20

 LAW
Closely connected with the theme of covenant is that of law. Just as there are laws that guide life and relationships in the physical world, so there are also laws in the spiritual realm. Jesus tells us that the basic law is love (Matt. 22:36–40). How is that law of love related to the Ten Commandments and other facets of God’s law?

Gen. 26:5
Ex. 16:27–28
Ex. 20:1–17
Deut. 5:1–21
Ps. 19:7–11
Ecclesiastes 12:13–14
Matt. 5:17–19
Matt. 22:36–40
John 14:15
Rom. 3:20
Rom. 3:31
Rom. 7:12
Rom. 13:8–10
Gal. 5:14
Eph. 2:10
1 Tim. 1:8
Heb. 8:10*
James 2:10
James 2:12
1 John 2:3
1 John 5:1–5
Rev. 12:17
Rev. 14:12

   Revelation 14:13 Blessed. See note on 1:3. from now on. Those who die in this context (Revelation 14:6–12) will not have to experience the trials of the final events. But this may be a reflection of the persecution of 13:15. their works follow them. Their salvation is secure. See 1 Timothy. 5:24–25.

This Heart Felt Appeal Is By Your Very Best Friend  Jesus Who Died For You Because He Couldn’t Live Without You!!!! He Wants To Save You If You Will Just Come To Him Now!!!!

 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. Revelation 22:17

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Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ Philippians 1:6

 EXPOSITION

John 6:35,51

John 6:35  And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.

 

   John 6:35 I am. The unique expression in Greek recalls Ex. 3:14–15. It is used in three ways in John: (1) simple self-identification at a human level (see note on 6:20); (2) with metaphors that point to the spiritual life Jesus offers (e.g., I am the bread of life, or the light, door, Good Shepherd, etc.); and (3) as a direct claim to deity (8:28, 58; 13:19). bread of life. A revelation of who Jesus is (6:35–50) and a reference to the Lord’s Supper in vv. 50–59. Jesus is the “bread” that leads to eternal life (see 17:3). For more on the LORD’S SUPPER, see Matt. 26:26–29; John 13:1–17.

John 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world!

John 6:53 flesh … blood. The cross is the basis for eternal life. Jesus uses Lord’s Supper language in  John 6:50–59 to describe the benefits of His sacrifice.

There is Plenty of Assurance for our Salvation!! Be Very Encouraged As You Read About:

1Thessalonians 1:5  1John 2:28  ASSURANCE OF SALVATION   1John 5:11-13
Many of us are insecure in our Christian walk. We know that there are things in our lives that are less than perfect. Must we live in insecurity, or can we have peace of mind in our daily walk with God? The Bible tells us that we can have assurance, the divinely given confidence of believers that they are truly saved in Jesus.

John 3:36
John 5:24
Rom. 8:16
Rom. 8:31–39
Eph. 2:8
Heb. 4:16
Heb. 6:19
Heb. 11:1
1 Pet. 1:3–5
1 John 4:17
1 John 5:10–13

Christ “The Reaper”

And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.” So he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped. Revelation 14:15-16

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 I Am Coming Quickly

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”

Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.Amen. Revelation 22:20-21

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Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened,
That it cannot save;
Nor His ear heavy,
That it cannot hear
Isaiah 59:1

Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:4-5

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The Sabbath Is A Gift From Jesus

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 The Sabbath Is A Symbol That We Have Ceased From Trying To Save Ourselves! Jesus Is Our Savior!!

Luke 2:10-11, Ezekiel 20:12,20;36:26-27, 1Thessalonians 5:23-24, 2Corinthians 3:18, Hebrews 3:12,19;4:1-4,10-12,15-16

 

 

 

The Sabbath is a true gift of God to humanity (Mark 2:27).  It was the first complete day that Adam and Eve spent as children of God and their first day as a married couple (Gen. 2:1-3).  On Sabbath we stop worrying about our daily struggles (Ex. 20:8-11).  We do not just rest: any day of the week would do as a day of rest.  The difference between this day and any other day is that the Sabbath offers a rest not for inactivity but rather to undertake different activities similar to the first Sabbath in Eden.  Sabbath is the moment to catch our breath (Ex. 31:17) as we change activities.

Interestingly, Jesus criticizes the inactivity that the religious leaders of His time tried to impose on the Sabbath and affirmed: “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working” (John 5:17).  He, of course, refers to Sabbath work as being redemptive and not the type of daily labor we normally engage in during the week (Matt. 12:7).  God’s idea of rest for us frees us from ourselves and our worries so that we can have time and space for different activities.  According to Jesus, Sabbath is the ideal day for blessing others (verses 9-14).  It’s a day of a change in activities centered on God meeting humanity – those He formed out of dust. It is a celebration of the relationship between God and humanity, the members of the family and our ties to all of creation.  Sabbath is an echo back to Eden.  Sabbath is God’s way of telling us that He wants to have an intimate relationship with us; that we are more important to Him than all the other things He made.

Sabbath is a necessity, not only an obligation.  Just as we need air, light, water, and food in order to survive, we need the Sabbath to truly live.  It is also a day of worship when we kneel before God and recognize that He is Lord.  “It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves” (Ps. 100:3).  Sabbath puts us back in our proper place.  In the six other days of the week there is time for personal goals.  As we manage our time and activities, there is always the danger that we could begin to consider ourselves equal or even superior to God.  We need the Sabbath for this weekly reminder that everything we do, can do, and even all our ability to plan comes from our Creator.

Sabbath is also a day of re-creation.  When everything in life seems to be disintegrating, Sabbath calls us back to Eden.  And once again the Lord turns and creates everything from nothing.  Where we are weak, we can become strong.  Chaos turns into order; fear becomes joy; uncertainty is replaced by certainty and trust; God’s justice puts injustice and oppression into their corner; guilt is transformed into pardon.  This moment of redemption is reflected in Israel’s experience when God’s strong arm brought them out of Egypt (Deut. 5:12-15), and we recognize the Sabbath as our delight (Isa. 58:13).  We not only receive the blessings of this special day, but every Sabbath we renew our covenant with Him and publicly confirm that we want to be God’s children.

Truly understanding the Sabbath changed my life many decades ago – and millions all around the world experience this delight every Sabbath.  Can you imagine the incredible Sabbath celebrations in our new heavenly home – face to face with our Creator and Savior?

The beneficent Creator, after the six days of Creation, rested on the seventh day and instituted the Sabbath for all people as a memorial of Creation.  The fourth commandment of God’s unchangeable law requires the observance of this seventh-day Sabbath as the day of rest, worship, and ministry in harmony with the teaching and practice of Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath.  The Sabbath is a day of delightful communion with God and one another.  It is a symbol of our redemption in Christ, a sign of our sanctification, a token of our allegiance, and a foretaste of our eternal future in God’s kingdom.  The Sabbath is God’s perpetual sign of His eternal covenant between Him and His people.  Joyful observance of this holy time from evening to evening, sunset to sunset, is a celebration of God’s creative and redemptive acts.  (Gen. 2:1-3; Ex. 20:8-11; Luke 4:16; Isa. 56:5, 6; 58:13, 14; Matt. 12:1-12; Ex. 31:13-17; Eze. 20:12, 20; Deut. 5:12-15; Heb. 4:1-11; Lev. 23:32, Mark 1:32)

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Is Sabbath Rest An End Time Issue?-3

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I personally believe we are living at the very end of time and Jesus my Savior is about to come to deliver those who believe in Jesus, Daniel 12:1, Romans 3:26, Revelation 14:12.

The Last Testing Truth For The World

I firmly believe that the testing truth for the world in the final crisis is centered on the issue of proper worship. (Just count the times worship is mentioned in Revelation Chapters 13 and 14, it is very revealing). Please do not attack individuals or denominations over this issue but rather call the Christian church back to The Bible Gospel! The Bible is our only rule of belief and practice! Period!

 

First, Sabbath Rest is about Relationship. Hebrews 4:4, “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works.”  The phrase ‘rested from His works’ is a direct quote from Genesis 2:2.  Resting, too often, will convey an idea of passivity.  A better fit is the word “desisted or ceased”.  A good mental picture of “cease is that of a ship gliding into harbor after a long voyage or a train coming to a halt at the train station.  It is the anticipation of being with someone you love!  Ceasing points to the joy of being with that someone very special.  This is exactly what I believe is meant in Hebrews 4:10.  “God ceased from His works” which is to say God had eager anticipation of being with His creation.  The Sabbath is about an intimate personal relationship with my Creator (Genesis 2:1-3) and His power to save me and make me like Jesus.  1 John 3:2.  The Sabbath is about relationship and resulting loyalty to Jesus Christ.

 

Next the Prophet Ezekiel plainly says that The Sabbath is a relational marker—a sign. Exodus 31:13, 17. Ezekiel 20:12, 20.  Interestingly Paul says that a sign and seal are identical. See Romans 4:11.  Let me emphasize, “The Sabbath is a special time to enjoy more intimacy with The Creator, Jesus.  As a result of this time we become more and more loving and more and more like Jesus and ready for His appearing”  Praise God!  Mark 2:27, 1 John 3:2.

 

Finally, Sabbath Rest is a “ceasing” from all activity of trying to save myself and anticipating an intimate saving relationship with Jesus. Jesus is the only source for true rest and Salvation.  He wants us to “cease” completely trying to save ourselves.  And if we would only come to Him He then will justify us, sanctify us, and make us Holy just like Jesus.  John 17:3, Hebrews 4:4, 10, Matthew 11:28-30, 1 John 3:2,  1 Corinthians 1:29-31, and 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24.

 

Worship is The Final Issue

 

Let me toss Jacob’s Trouble into the mix! The “time” of Jacobs’ trouble (See Jeremiah 30:7, Daniel 12:1-2, Matthew 24:21, Revelation 13:15-18) is specifically centered on the issue of worship and is connected with the enforcement of the image to the beast with a death decree. The pressures will be extreme but God’s power to deliver His people is so much greater!!  And God will deliver all who believe in Jesus Daniel 12:1, Romans 3:26, (Compare Daniel 3:4-13, with Revelation 13:11-18).  So people living at the end of time will fall into one of two groups:  The worshipers of the True God having God’s Seal on their forehead (Revelation 7:3, 14:1) or the worshipers of the satanic trinity (The Dragon, The Beast, and the False Prophet Revelation 16:13-14) who have a mark on their right hand or on their forehead (Revelation 13:16-17, 14:11).

 

So how do I enter God’s rest?

 

We enter God’s rest by believing fully in Jesus!  Hebrews 4:3.

 

And the converse is also true; we don’t enter God’s rest because of unbelief.  Hebrews 3:19.

 

In other words, we have the “assurance” of entering God’s rest when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  It is all about Jesus!  He is the only one who can save us.  Romans 3:26, 5:10.  The truth is we need to stop all efforts of trying to save ourselves!  Jeremiah 13:23, John 15:5.

 

We enter His rest when we consider Jesus Hebrews 3:1.

 

We enter His rest when we listen to His voice Hebrews 3:7, 15, 4:7.

 

We enter His rest when we cease completely from our own efforts to earn Salvation     Hebrews 4:10.

All of these admonitions are saying the same thing, so let me say it again, we have the “assurance” of entering God’s rest and obtaining salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.

Let me say it again: I strongly believe that the last testing truth for the world in the final crisis is centered on the issue of proper worship.

Revelation 13:15-17, 14:6-7

 

Hold firmly to Jesus my friend and never ever let go of your grip!

 

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.  And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.  Hebrews 10:22-25.

 

So What Is Your Conclusion? Is Sabbath Rest An End Time Issue?

Revelation 14:6-7,12

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What Is The Only Mission Of Jesus?

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Clearly The very foundation of Salvation is grounded in the realization that God’s unmerited love toward us is greater than any other power— including death.                                                                                                                                                   Romans 8:35-39, Ephesians 3:14-21

 

For Background Information Please Read Luke 13:10-17


So what is the only mission of Jesus and The Gospel?  Clearly it is His only mission “to heal all Creation of its damage”!! This is Reconciliation at its best! And not only does Paul admonish us to “Be Reconciled to God ourselves but he plainly states that Jesus Christ has given each of us the ministry of Reconciliation!!   2 Corinthians 5:14-17,18-19,20-21

Reconciliation is the very last message of Revelation 14:6-12 as well!!

It’s all about a personal intimate relationship with Jesus!! John 17:3, 1 John 3:2,        1 John 5:11-13   

“Think of it”:  “So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound – think of it – for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” Luke 13:16.  The eighteen years have been registered by Jesus who knows that they have been long years and who makes the length of the years and not just the number of years His reason to intervene.

We do not hear Him say, “Stuff happens,” treating her fate dismissively and the price some people have to pay for living in a disordered and messy world.  To the extent that she is proof of a disordered state, she is the victim of Satan.  This is an additional incentive for Jesus to drive back the forces of darkness and restore her to health.

On this point at least some interpreters see Jesus within the frame of reference of Creation, and the pieces fall into place when it is recognized that the Sabbath is “the designated day for the liberation of Creation.”  Jesus’s ministry cannot be explained apart from the assumption that “it is His mission to heal all Creation of its damage”.

Jesus is in the business of “restoring everything to perfection,” taking it back to the starting point, indeed, changing it “to an earlier good state or condition.”

Jesus’s answer portrays love to God and love for one’s fellow human beings as inseparable.  It one side is emphasized over the other, even as we hear it from Jesus, it is the second commandment because it is on this point that the religious priorities contemporary to Jesus fall short.  Matthew 22:39.  The same thrust is found in Paul, who, in Romans, makes all the commandments come together in the one commandment to love one’s neighbor, Roman 13:9, but who also, in Galatians, sees the full range of this commandment brought to completion in Jesus Galatians 5:14.  Seeing the commandment embodied in Jesus, Paul transforms law into narrative so as to make the living embodiment lead the way instead of law.

But what becomes of the Sabbath in this scenario?  It rises to the highest level in its course because it highlights the meaning of the greatest commandment.  Whereas Jesus’s critics make the Sabbath the inspiration and alibi for their indifference to human need, for Jesus the Sabbath and awareness of human need are indissolubly linked.

The Sabbath is the pledge of God’s healing, restoring presence.  “The Sabbath was made for mankind, and not humankind for the Sabbath,” says Jesus Mark 2:27.  The greatest commandment and the Sabbath, united in living narrative, converge in concern for others and awareness of human need.

When we read Jesus’s justification for His course of action in this light, the points of emphasis stand out distinctly.  His statement to people in the synagogue in Galilee should be read in two stages, like this, my own literal translation merely reinforcing the good work of the New King James Version:  “This woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound – think of it – for eighteen years, must she not be loosed from this chain?”  This is the first stage, and the emphasis on the many years of suffering and the necessity of healing her should not be toned down.  The second stage is this, grasping that Jesus is exposing not only a moral intuition in disrepair but also a defective view of the Sabbath; “This woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound – think of it – for eighteen years, must she not be loosed from this chain on the Sabbath? Luke 13:16.

 We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

Thanks to Sigev K. Tonstad.

“Courtesy Come And Reason Ministries”

The Sabbath”Rest”Is God’s Love- A Brief Bible Study

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What would lead God to set a limit to His creative activity and mark the occasion by hallowing the seventh day?

Clearly by ceasing His creation, the Creator stoops to the level of His creatures because God’s heart desire is to be with His creation. The relation marker becomes clear! This is true because God is love! And God’s love “does not seek its own” 1Corinthians 13:5, NKJV “is not self-seeking” 1Corinthians 13:5, NIV or “never seeks its own advantage or does not insist on its own way ” 1Corinthians 13:5

Indeed, the reason why He refrains from further activity on the seventh day is that He has found the object of His love and has no need for any further works!

This is a staggering thought. On the one hand, God’s love thus magnifies human value, showing forth in bold print the worth of human beings to God! On the other hand, the seventh day thus understood brings God’s love into focus at Creation, placing love at the front and center of God’s character and activity from the very beginning.

In the New Testament John makes love the centerpiece of his description of God. “Whoever does not love, does not know God, for God is love. 1John 4:8. Love is God’s defining attribute from the beginning. From first to last love is the wellspring from which all other actions radiate and around all else unites.

What is most important about God at Creation is that God is love. 1John 4:16. God ceases from working on the seventh to enjoy the company of the person God has created. It is as if we hear God speaking, “I am ceasing on the seventh day not only that you may acknowledge and love me, but in order to make it known that I recognize and love you.

I pray that the lost meaning of The Sabbath will come alive in your heart right now and cause you to have an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

Thanks to Sigev K. Tonstad.

Shabbat Shalom! A Brief Bible Study

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The Sabbath is here!! Praise God!!

This is the day the LORD has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24.

The Sabbath is a sign of my relationship with Jesus! It indicates that I am giving Jesus permission to save me!!

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I Will Give You Rest

12 Moreover I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, that they might know that I am the LORD who sanctifies them.

20 hallow My Sabbaths, and they will be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the LORD your God.’ Ezekiel 20:12,20.

The Sabbath is made just for Us! How wonderful is that?


And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.  Mark 2:27.


The Sabbath is a delight!

12 Those from among you
Shall build the old waste places;
You shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach,
The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.
13 “ If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath,
From doing your pleasure on My holy day,
And call the Sabbath a delight,
The holy day of the LORD honorable,
And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways,
Nor finding your own pleasure,
Nor speaking your own words,
14 Then you shall delight yourself in the LORD;
And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth,
And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father.
The mouth of the LORD has spoken.”  Isaiah 58:12-14.

And Jesus is Lord of The Sabbath Too!!

And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. 28 Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27-28.

Now if Jesus is Lord of The Sabbath, which He is, Then the Lord’s Day mentioned in,Revelation 1:10,is The Bible Sabbath!

The Sabbath is not legalism any more than not stealing from my neighbor is legalistic!

The Apostle Paul addresses the issue in Hebrews 4:3-4,10-11. Paul is simply saying I can stop trying to save myself —– Jesus will save me. The Sabbath is a symbol that Jesus  in fact saves me!! And it’s His creative Power that does just that! Praise God that I can cease from any attempt to save myself!  Romans 1:16-17,19-20.

I repeat, I can’t save myself but Jesus can!! Makes me want to jump for joy when I realize that Jesus would have died just to save me!! John 3:16-17,36.

We will celebrate God’s Sabbath in the Earth Made New!

22 “ For as the new heavens and the new earth
Which I will make shall remain before Me,” says the LORD,

“ So shall your descendants and your name remain.
23 And it shall come to pass
That from one New Moon to another,
And from one Sabbath to another,
All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the LORD.        Isaiah 66: 22-23.

Let me say it again,It makes me want to jump for joy when I realize that Jesus would have died to save just me!!

Shabbat Shalom–Happy Sabbath!

God Is The Subject Of The Seventh Day

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Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.And on the seventh day God ended His work, which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work, which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work, which God had created and made.  Genesis 2:1-3

 

God is the obvious primary subject of the seventh day. If we speak of the lost meaning of the seventh day, that the meaning of the seventh day is now non-existent, then we are really speaking of the meaning that has been lost concerning God!

 

In the context of the creation, God’s rest is a ceasing from creative activity so He could be with His creation, Adam and Eve. This desire for loving fellowship is God’s purpose for creation. 1John 1:3, Colossians 1:16 The rest on the seventh day plainly defines God’s Love!  The rest on the seventh day is plainly a relational marker. Exodus 31:13,16-17, Ezekiel 20:12,20.

 

The reason why God refrains from further activity on the seventh day, therefore, is that He has found the object of His love and has no need for any further works! What a staggering thought! Praise God for His everlasting love! Jeremiah 31:3, Isaiah 43:1,4,6-7.

 

So God ceases from working in order to enjoy the company of the person God created, suggesting that the seventh day speaks as much about the value of human beings to God as of God’s valuation of human life!

 

The God of the seventh day is a near and present God, a person who is committed to Creation and One who is involved in Creation up close and personal. How awesome is that!!

So how do I enter God’s rest? 

We enter God’s rest by believing fully in Jesus! Hebrews 4:3.

We enter His rest when we consider Jesus Hebrews 3:1

We enter His rest when we listen to His voice Hebrews 3:7,15,4:7

We enter His rest when we cease completely from our own efforts to earn Salvation Hebrews 4:10.

 God’s True Rest Is The Only Rest That Matters!! 

Do you have assurance of Salvation this very minute? Or to put it another way: Are you saved right now?

 

You can have full assurance of your Salvation this very moment!! 1John 5:11-13, Romans 10:9, Jeremiah 31:3

He will blot out your sins(Isaiah 43:25), and save you by His life(Romans 5:10),Making you just like Jesus. 1John 3:2. He is everything to us!  1Corinthians 1:29-31. And Jesus wants to be with you ALWAYS!!!! John 3:16,17, 2Peter 3:9, 1John 4:8,16.

PRAISE GOD FOR HIS WONDERFUL GIFT–JESUS!!

 

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it. Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in our future or ourselves. It is just that simple!! John 17:3

 

Thanks to Sigev K. Tonstad,   And  “Courtesy Come And Reason Ministries”

   We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

Shabbat Shalom!

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I invite you take time to read this wonderful story from Scripture!!

A Spirit of Infirmity

10 Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11 And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. 12 But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” 13 And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
14 But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.”
15 The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? 16 So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” 17 And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him. Luke 13:10-17.



SHABBAT SHALOM TO YOU!!