The Use of Personification in Scripture

What do I mean by the term “personification?” Personification is the stylistic and literary vehicle of embodying a common nature, establishment, or set of attributes into a personal character. Personification is a special kind of figurative language that writers use when they give inanimate objects and concepts the traits of a human being. Think of […]

Pre-tribulation Rapture: Is It Biblical?

I was raised in the “rapture” belief system. In fact I believed it most of my life, and even taught it to others for the better part of 11 years, after my conversion to Christ. I read all those “Left Behind” fictional books before I ever came to Jesus. If you had debated me on […]

Why Call Him Lord?

Luke 6:46-49“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? This statement of Jesus is one of hundreds that you never hear mentioned in so-called churches today. This one passage alone stands against most false teaching called “Christianity” today. Sadly the plethora of verses in the New Covenant containing the […]

Law of Sowing and Reaping

Galatians 6:7-8Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. As an old farmer once said to […]

The Keys to the Kingdom

At Caesarea Philippi, also known as the “Gates of Hell”, Jesus is gathered alone with the Twelve in Matthew 16. Jesus is asking these chosen Apostles, “Who are people saying that I am?” Peter, with revelation knowledge answers Jesus, saying, “Master, You are the Christ the Son of Yahweh.” And as anyone with a basic […]

The Fear of the Lord

Proverbs 1:7 declares the key to the Biblical understanding. The passage says….. Proverbs 1:7“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” The phrase is repeated many times in Proverbs, stating the same concept using different terms, such as…. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”, […]

The Copper Serpent: Idolatry in the Temple

Numbers 21:6-9So the LORD sent poisonous snakes among the people, and they bit the people; many people of Israel died. Then the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you. Pray to the LORD that he would take away the snakes from us.” So […]

Apocalypse?

When your hear or see the word, “apocalypse”, what comes to mind? Growing up in American movie entertainment, the term presents an entire genre of films based around the end of the world. A mega-hit that immediately arises, with a term often synonymous in our culture, is “Armageddon.” In that Bruce Willis classic, a meteor […]

Nicolaitans?

Here is an excerpt from the writings of Justin Martyr on the Nicolaitans, and the namesakes of various other similar, false teachers, and the doctrines formed of their opinions. Justin Martyr (in Dialogue with Trypho, 35) discusses the fact “that many of those who say that they confess Jesus, and are called Christians, eat ‘meats […]

The Mark of the Beast?

As per usual, “Facebook Christianity“ is being overrun with what is called “Newspaper Hermeneutics” by biblical scholars. It is the biblically illiterate art of taking every current newspaper headline, and trying to predict the prophecies of the Bible by them. To be blunt, it is foolishness that almost everyone in this country, especially western Christianity […]

Revelation Chapter 17

The Great Whore Revelation 17:1 “Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great prostitute who is seated on many waters,” We have in Revelation the tale of two cities: The Lord’s Kingdom versus the Beast’s kingdom, or […]

Revelation Chapter 16

The Bowls of God’s Wrath Revelation 16:1 “Then I heard a loud voice from the temple declaring to the seven angels: “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls containing Godʼs wrath.” The bowl judgments commence here from the heavenly temple perspective in chapter 16. They’re symbolic of the urns in the temple […]

Revelation Chapter 15

The Seven Bowls Revelation 15:1 “Then I saw another great and astounding sign in heaven: seven angels who have seven final plagues (they are final because in them Godʼs anger is completed).” Revelation 15 introduces the “bowls of God’s anger”, starting in verse 7 and will continue through chapter 16 to 17:1, with another mention […]

Revelation Chapter 14

The Song of the 144,000   Revelation 14:1-5 “Then I looked, and here was the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him were one hundred and forty-four thousand, who had his name and his Fatherʼs name written on their foreheads. I also heard a sound coming out of heaven like the sound of many […]

Revelation Chapter 13

THE KING BEAST Who is the Beast? Better yet, in chapter 13 we might ask, “Who are the Two Beasts?” Growing up in the eighties I heard Mikhail Gorbachev could be the Antichrist, due to the birthmark on his forehead and being that he was leader of the Soviet Union, who was depicted as being […]

Revelation Chapter 12

Signs in the Heavens Here in Chapter 12 we see “signs in heaven.” We see the “mother, the child, and the dragon.” Sandwiched between the trumpets and the bowls, chapters 12-14 are the heart of the book of Revelation, and can supply some key points for interpreting the rest of the book. We see “signs”, […]

Revelation Chapter 11

Revelation 11:1 Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and those who worship there, Nippur cubit, graduated specimen of an ancient measure from Nippur, Mesopotamia (3rd millennium B.C.) – displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Istanbul (Turkey). Chapter 11 […]

Revelation Chapter 10

Revelation 10:1 Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow over his head, and his face was like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire. Chapter 10 opens here with an image of a glorious angel, such as seen in Daniel 10:6, other scriptures, […]

Revelation Chapter 9

The Fifth and Sixth Trumpets Revelation 9:1 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. Revelation 9 opens here with John seeing an image of an archangel sounding the 5th trumpet […]

Revelation Chapter 8

The 7th Seal and the Golden Censor….. Revelation 8:1 “When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.” Here in verse 1 we see “silence in Heaven” portrayed in the span of half an hour. There’s been much debate about what it means. Some declare that this […]

Revelation Chapter 7

144,000 male Jewish virgins?!? What….??? Another mark on the forehead of some people? Revelation 7:1-2 “With this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree. Then I saw another angel […]

Revelation Chapter 6

The Seals…… Revelation 6:1 “Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!” We saw in chapter 5 that Jesus Christ has been found worthy to open the seals and the scroll. This book Jesus has […]

Revelation Chapter 5

The Throne Room Scene (cont.) Revelation 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. Chapter 5 continues the same vision. Here we see imagery of an antiquated scroll, in the hand of Yahweh, on His throne. […]

Revelation Chapter 4

The Throne in Heaven Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” “After this” denotes another vision following the previous […]

Revelation Chapter 3

To the Church in Sardis Revelation 3:1-5 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of Him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. “‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is […]

Revelation Chapter 2

Chapter 1 dealt was a synopsis of what Jesus told John to write regarding “the things you have seen.” Chapters 2 and 3 deal with the “things which are”, which are addressing the seven churches of Asia Minor. They were the present issue at the time of John’s vision and writing. The purpose of these […]

Revelation Chapter 1

The Book of Revelation has been heralded by some as a “mystery” or a “coded riddle”, only made known as it unfolds in real time. But by its very title, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ”, it denotes that the book is something already revealed. It is no marvel that so much confusion and speculation has […]