Sep 3 2013

The Superbowl Seven Revelation 16

Penny Frantz
This entry is part 29 of 39 in the series Revelation

We now come to the bowl judgments.  First we had the seals which ushered in the tribulation period.  Then there were the trumpet judgments over a period of time that escalated to the period we are about to study tonight.  The 144,000 evangelists have been preaching, the two witnesses have proclaimed God’s truth, the angel has spoken the gospel and man has still refused to repent.  Now the bowl judgments will begin and they will be rapid-fire judgments occurring over a very short period of time marking the final hour of the Day of the Lord.  Immediately following these judgments will be the return of Christ who will destroy the world’s armies and the Antichrist in the Battle of Armageddon.  This chapter takes a look at the bowl judgments as a whole and then the next two chapters look back as they focus on Babylon and the world system led by Satan, Antichrist, and the false prophet.  We will see that the 7 bowl judgments are poured: Continue reading

Aug 27 2013

The Heart of Worship Revelation 15

Rebekyah Brewer
This entry is part 28 of 39 in the series Revelation

The Song of the Lamb

15 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished.

We come to Revelation 15 where John sees another sign in heaven; he calls it great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished. Continue reading

Aug 13 2013

The Messengers Revelation 14

Penny Frantz
This entry is part 27 of 39 in the series Revelation

Chapter 14 is another parenthesis in the progression of the end times.  We have seen the letters to the churches, the rapture of the church, scenes of worship from the throne of heaven, the seals broken, the trumpet judgments, a look at the role of Israel, the beast, the antichrist, the false prophet and now we come to a quick pause before proceeding to the final bowl judgments which will usher in the return of Christ and the final doom of Satan and his followers.  Again in this chapter we fast-forward for a quick peek of Christ returning to Mount Zion and then back up to angelic messengers with warnings and then fast-forward again to judgment and Armageddon.  So hold on to your seats as we again take a roller coaster ride better than any amusement park could ever offer. Continue reading

Aug 6 2013

The Apostate Church Revelation 13

Rebekyah Brewer
This entry is part 26 of 39 in the series Revelation

Last week in chapter twelve we were introduced to some new characters in our story, The Woman, The Dragon and The Male Child who we learned represented Israel, Satan and Jesus Christ our Messiah. We were given the birds eye perspective of the history of Israel, and Satan’s intent and continual efforts to destroy her and the child that she carried and in due time brought forth, Jesus Christ.  Satan was not successful in his attempts to devour Jesus as soon as he was born, although he tried through Herod by killing every male child two years old and under throughout the region of Bethlehem.  (Matthew 2:16)  All throughout Jesus’ ministry to the Jews, Satan tried to destroy Jesus through temptation and through the Jews who sought an opportunity to kill him but were unsuccessful, Jesus either walked away right through their midst or walked away because the fear of the uprising of the people held the Pharisees back. Finally, the opportune time came, the time God himself appointed, through the person God had appointed, Judas Iscariot, who was willing to betray Jesus and given the opportunity did so. Continue reading

Jul 30 2013

The Woman, The Dragon, The Child Revelation 12

Penny Frantz
This entry is part 25 of 39 in the series Revelation

This chapter in Revelation is another parenthesis in the progression of the judgments and God’s dealing with mankind.  This chapter will span thousands of years from Genesis through Revelation.  We will look into the past and look into the future.  There is much symbolism in our text for this week and we will carefully look and see how those symbols or signs fit into the picture John is giving us as revealed by God to him.  There are three main players in this chapter:  the woman, the dragon, and the child.  These three represent Israel, Satan, and Jesus.  You must see the role of all three to get the understanding of this book.  So let’s take a deep breath and read and see what God reveals to us tonight. Continue reading

Jul 16 2013

A Central Message – Revelation 11

Rebekyah Brewer
This entry is part 23 of 39 in the series Revelation

With the blowing of the seventh trumpet we come to the end…again. Once again we stress that you cannot read Revelation in a time line fashion. It is more of a tapestry that you will see various pictures and scenes drawn out in an elaborate arrangement that you have to take in both individually and as a whole to see how all the chapters play into one another. You will see this again as we reach chapter 12 and begin to read about a spiritual warfare in the heaven that takes place between The Woman and The Dragon which has  a timetable that stretches from an unknown beginning, we could say before Genesis one and  extends past the Millennium with the judgment of the dead.  If I was making a tapestry, I would make this portion the border and Christ the center because all the events center around The Lamb. That is one reason we are going to digress about tonight and talk about Israel and The Gospel. Before we entered the Throne Room of God we took a week off to talk about examining our hearts and preparing them for heaven. It wasn’t planned but as we are entering the second half of revelation and stand in the middle of the book, I have felt led to do a similar diversion and talk a little bit about Israel, Christ, The Gospel, The Church, Grace vs. The Law, Faith vs, Works because all of this stands central to understanding the book of Revelation and it really kickstarts us off for preparing our hearts to understand chapter Twelve next week by Centering our hearts in the greatness of the Gospel. Continue reading

Jul 10 2013

Two Powerful Witnesses Revelation 11:1-14

Penny Frantz
This entry is part 22 of 39 in the series Revelation

Throughout history God has always had a spokesman to sound out His message.  He had the Old Testament prophets, John the Baptist ending the OT prophet era and heralding in Jesus Himself the greatest spokesman of all.  Then came the apostles and Paul.  Then down through the ages evangelists, pastors, preachers, teachers and laymen have carried on His message.  That message of grace and salvation have never been silenced and they will not be even when hell breaks loose on earth during the tribulation period.   During that dark time that is to come He will use the 144,000 Jewish evangelists, an angel flying in midair, the testimonies of other believers and these two powerful witnesses that we will learn about tonight. The time period of these two witnesses will likely stretch from the midpoint to just before the sounding of the seventh trumpet.

Jun 25 2013

The Battle Cry Revelation 10:1-11

Rebekyah Brewer
This entry is part 21 of 39 in the series Revelation

It’s interesting that in the beginning of chapter 9 with the blowing of the seven trumpets by the seven angels with the seventh seal opening that we saw a parallel between the blowing of the seven trumpets by seven priests after they walked around the great walls of the city of Jericho seven times on the seventh day. We began to briefly touch on the history of great city of ancient Babylon which was ruled by king Nebuchadnezzar II in the days of Daniel when Israel was unto Babylonian captivity for 70 years.  We talked about it’s great walls that were made of brick which stretched 56 miles long, 300 feet high, were 25 feet thick with another wall 75 feet behind that one and the wall extended 35 feet below the ground.  It had 250 towers that were 450 feet high to watch against invaders. On top of all this a large, wide and deep moat surrounded the outside walls of the city.  In the middle of the city ran the Euphrates River that was closed by draw bridges at night. By hydraulic pumps this river fed what was known as one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, the Hanging Gardens. It is said that Nebuchadnezzar had a wife who was from Media who missed her beautiful homeland so through hydraulic pumps and irrigation, Nebuchadnezzar built her a hanging paradise that became known as a wonder of the world because of its size and irrigation. Continue reading

Jun 18 2013

Locusts & Demons Revelation 9:1-21

Penny Frantz
This entry is part 20 of 39 in the series Revelation

Vs 1    The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth.  The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss.

The fifth angel sounds his trumpet only when given the command from God.  He is of a special group of angels that have been given the task to sound a trumpet heralding in judgment from the throne.  John sees a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth.  This star is not an inanimate piece of cosmic material but rather a fallen angel, most specifically Satan.  Notice that the tense “had fallen” is used.  Satan originally fell as noted in is Isaiah 14:12-15: Continue reading

Jun 11 2013

The Trumpets Warning Revelation 8:1-13

Rebekyah Brewer
This entry is part 19 of 39 in the series Revelation

Not only can the book of Revelation be seen as a giant tapestry of pictures and symbols that all interlink with one another as we have previously discussed, but another great way to view this book is as a magnificent opus, symphony or musical composition. A musical composition has many similar patterns that are repeated, they have a familiar rhythm to them yet the words are different each time and they grow in depth and intensity as they are developed and near their final end and grand finale. In the same way, we see the visions of John repeated with a familiarity and yet with newness offering us more detail and a deeper insight as the opus continue to its grand finale. There are magnificent pauses of silence within it and great crescendo’s throughout in the saint’s worship. The more I study the book of Revelation, the more I am convinced this is not intended to be read in a linear, time line like fashion as we have a tendency to view things but more like a Jewish timeline which sees time not as a linear time line, but more like a spiral time line as time repeats itself in cycles which spiral upward like a giant slinky.  John’s visions repeat themselves. They are similar yet different and add more detail to the ones before. There is a familiarity about them and newness as they give us fresh information. They all end the same, with Christ being revealed, the victory of Christ, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” (Rev. 11:15)  No matter how you cut it, the Lamp triumphs. Jesus wins. There is victory. Continue reading