Marriage, Virtue, and Discipleship in Christ

"Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord." (Proverbs 18:22 KJV)

THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN

"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.  The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.  She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.  She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates."  (Proverbs 31:10-31 KJV)

THE WISE AND THE FOOLISH

"Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands." (Proverbs 14:1 KJV)


NOW CONCERNING MARRIAGE

"Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.  Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment. For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife? But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches. Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant. Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God. Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful. I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be. Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife. But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you. But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away. But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction. But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry. Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well. So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better. The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord. But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God."  (1 Corinthians 7:1-40 KJV)

THE CALL OF GOD

"And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life." (Matthew 19:29 KJV)

DOES NOT CALL FOR NEGLECT

"But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel."  (1 Timothy 5:8 KJV)

SUBMISSION AND LOVE

"Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband."  (Ephesians 5:22-33 KJV)

WHAT JESUS TAUGHT ABOUT MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE
The proud religious law-keepers came to Jesus. They tried to trap Him by saying, “Does the Law say a man can divorce his wife for any reason?” He said to them, “Have you not read that He Who made them in the first place made them man and woman? It says, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and his mother and will live with his wife. The two will become one.’ So they are no longer two but one. Let no man divide what God has put together.” The proud religious law-keepers said to Jesus, “Then why did the Law of Moses allow a man to divorce his wife if he put it down in writing and gave it to her?” Jesus said to them, “Because of your hard hearts Moses allowed you to divorce your wives. It was not like that from the beginning. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sex sins, and marries another, is guilty of sex sins in marriage. Whoever marries her that is divorced is guilty of sex sins in marriage.” His followers said to Him, “If that is the way of a man with his wife, it is better not to be married.” But Jesus said to them, “Not all men are able to do this, but only those to whom it has been given.  For there are some men who from birth will never be able to have children. There are some men who have been made so by men. There are some men who have had themselves made that way because of the holy nation of heaven. The one who is able to do this, let him do it.” (Matthew 19:3-12 NLV)
WERE ANY OF THE APOSTLES MARRIED?

According to gotquestions.org"We know for certain that Peter was married because he had a mother-in-law (Matthew 8:14). The apostle Paul, who was not married, asked the Corinthians whether he also did not have the right to take a believing wife (1 Corinthians 9:5), as did “the other apostles and the Lord's brothers and Cephas [Peter].” From this, we can assume that Peter was not the only one to have a wife."

GREAT EXAMPLES OF MARRIED COUPLES IN THE BIBLE

1) See article from timewarpwife.com: Top 6 Couples of the Bible
          a) Jacob and Rachel (Genesis 29)
          b) Hannah and Elkanah (1 Samuel 1)
          c) Esther and King Ahasuerus (Esther 1)
          d) Joseph and Mary (Luke 1)
          e) Priscilla and Aquila (Acts 18)
          f) Ruth and Boaz (Ruth 1)
2) More to come...


BIBLICAL EXAMPLES OF MARRIAGE GONE VERY WRONG

1) Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11 KJV)
2) Sampson and Delilah (Judges 13)
3) Ahab and Jezebel (1 Kings 16)

"LET US HEAR THE CONCLUSION OF THIS WHOLE MATTER:

Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 KJV)

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Being Rich in Mercy

In many of the Epistles, the Apostles began with the wonderful phrase: “Grace and mercy.” (1 Timothy 1:2)  If God began writing many of His holy Letters to us in this manner, then we should do also in our own correspondence with others in the body of Christ. In the beginning of the Book of Jude we read, “Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.” (Jude 1:2) Do we find it easy to wish mercy on others in abundance or are we quick to condemn? One that finds it easy to judge others has lost the perspective that he was shown much mercy from God. For it is by grace and mercy we have been saved by the blood of God’s Son.
James 2:13

In the Book of Titus it says: “Not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.” (Titus 3:5) When we start to look at another’s problems more than our own, we are in a dangerous place in our walk with the Lord. Our Lord Jesus taught a wonderful parable on mercy in Matthew 18. Sadly, it ends with the judging of the wicked servant who did not show mercy but rather had a ministry of choking others: “Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?" (Matthew 18:33) Do we demand of others what we do not accomplish ourselves?

As Jesus told the Pharisees, God considered justice, mercy and faithfulness much more important than tithing, sacrificing and being right before others. We need to get a revelation from the Lord on how important and crucial mercy is to Him. Thus, we will see it as a precious gift to share with others: “You have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.” (Matthew 23:23) When we are seeking to be closer to God we must covet His wisdom and the fruit of His Spirit. Yet even these very attributes are full of mercy, bathed in mercy. Jesus taught us to love our enemies. (Matthew 5:44) We should seek to ensure there is no division by first showing great mercy to others. May our testimony be that we are as full of mercy as is our God.  (James 3:17)

We should constantly remind ourselves that we were forgiven much and therefore should show mercy to all other believers. If we do not and begin to judge and accuse others the Lord will allow us to be in a prison on this earth in our hearts: “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.” (Matthew 18:32-34)

“Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgement.” ( James 2:12-13)

May God fill His body with a powerful unity as we look to Christ our chief Shepherd and emulate His love, care and mercy toward others. Though we can be radical, fervent and know the Bible better than anyone near us, let us not deceive ourselves but prove our Christianity in action by exhibiting great love and mercy for all sinners and the body of Christ, our sisters and brothers.
God bless you!

REALITY OF AND PROTOCOL FOR HANDLING SIN - Including RUMORS and the SPREADING OF RUMORS ... GOSSIP and SLANDER ...

"Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven." (Matthew 18:15-22 KJV)

"These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren." (Proverbs 6:16-19 KJV)

"He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends." (Proverbs 17:9 KJV)

"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward." (Matthew 10:34-42 KJV)

"Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause." (John 15:20-25 KJV)

"Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets. But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again." (Luke 6:26-38 KJV)

God bless you in the MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS CHRIST!

WORTHY SO UNWORTHY

Strife and condemnation (James 3:16, John 3:17)
You've gone and done it again
Worthy so unworthy (Jesus=Psalm 145:3, Man=Romans 3:23)
You've failed and let them in

Might as well just wrap it up
Time to call it quits
Worthy so unworthy
It's the lie that causes you fits (2 Thessalonians 2:1-17)

Believe the truth (John 14:6)
Above all else (Philippians 2:8-10, Ephesians 1:21)
God's Word exceeds (Psalm 138:2)
Those thoughts of yourself (Isaiah 55:8, 1 Corinthians 3:20)

What does it say
About who you are
From death to life (Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 5:17)
You've come thus far (John 5:24)

Consider the past
From whence you came (Romans 13:10-14)
Look into the reflection (Proverbs 27:19)
Do you see the same thing (James 1:23-25)

Child of God (Romans 8:16)
By faith in Christ (Hebrews 11:1-40)
Through grace and mercy (Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:5)
He's paid your price (1 Corinthians 6:20, Galatians 3:13-15)

You are doing your best (Colossians 3:23-25)
For He can see (Proverbs 15:3)
You don't want those evil things (2 Timothy 2:22, 1 Peter 4:1-19)
Because Jesus has set you free (1 Peter 2:15-17)

Ekklesia

What if there was a person
With no desire to take
Who never asked of others
With nothing at all to fake

What if there was a creature
With only desire to give
Able every seal to open (Revelation Chapter 5)

What if there was a group
Fully honest one to another
Fulfilled in being together
Always loving as a brother

What if there were a people
Preferring each other as best
Loving God, loving neighbors
Even helping while at rest

There is this place
This thing, this tribe
This person, this group
Which owns no pride

As well as those inside
House of living stones (1 Peter 2:4-6)
Called where the light abide (Ephesians 5:7-14)

Christ Jesus - Rejected One
Now made Head of The Corner (Psalm 118:22, Matthew 21:42 KJV, Acts 4:11, Ephesians 2:20)
The example left for all
Even scorner, mourner, and foreigner

Crucified is He
Christ died the criminal's death
All wrong did we - not He
Yet through Him we find breath

How can it be
Look and see
66 books, 40 writers, 1,500 years
And all agree

Through all the pages
Each time is read fresh
With eyes of Holy Spirit
The Word is made flesh (John 1:14)

Holy Spirit and Word
Completely agree
Tree of life eternal
Consume it and be (John 6:56, John 14:4)

Yet how is it so
A man He dies
Three days buried
And then He rise

The virgin birth
Emmanuel
God is with us
It's His story we tell

Only begotten
Risen Christ
Far above all others
His life so highly priced

Without blemish without spot
Without sin in every way
Always perfect in deed and thought
No grave can cause His decay

His multitude made great
Here we stand in Him (Revelation 7:9)
One race, one creed, one nation
Kingdom of God entered in

We live to tell the tale
The way the truth the life
The gates of hell shall not prevail (Matthew 16:18)

Ekklesia she stands (Revelation 7:9)
Awaiting the promised groom (Rev. 19:5-9)
House of many mansions (John 14:2 KJV)
For each is plenty of room

All is made by Him (John 1:3)
The one called faithful and true (Rev. 19:11)
Gone to be with our Father (John 16, Matthew 6:9)
To prepare the place for you (John 14:3)

Christ Jesus The Word of God (Revelation 19:13)
He is the risen one (Luke 24)
The one who came in flesh (John 1, 1 John 4)
Who was and is and is to come (Revelation 1:8)

By grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-10)
We run the race
Though glimpse of Him may now seem dim
Soon we'll see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12)

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Notes for further study:

"Ekklesia is a Greek word defined as 'a called-out assembly or congregation.' Ekklesia is commonly translated as 'church' in the New Testament."  
          Source: GotQuestions.org "What is the definition of ekklesia?"

"The phrase 'the Body of Christ' is a common New Testament metaphor for the Church (all those who are truly saved). The Church is called 'one body in Christ' in Romans 12:5, 'one body' in 1 Corinthians 10:17, 'the body of Christ' in 1 Corinthians 12:27 and Ephesians 4:12, and 'the body' in Hebrews 13:3. The Church is clearly equated with 'the body' of Christ in Ephesians 5:23 and Colossians 1:24."  

THINK AGAIN ABOUT SPEAKING IN UNKNOWN TONGUES

According to The Apostle Paul: Speaking in unknown tongues is good.

"For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries... He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself... I would that ye all spake with tongues..."
- 1 Corinthians 14:2-5 KJV

Not all in the Corinthian Church spoke with tongues.  Because, if they did, Paul wouldn't have said: "I would that ye all spoke with tongues." Notice that, even though some didn't speak with tongues, Paul still included them in the Corinthian Church. Some fellowships today could learn a lot from The Apostle Paul.

Additionally, according to The Apostle Paul: Prophecy is good. Interpretation of tongues is good. And, both of these are even better than simply speaking in tongues.

"...But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort... He that prophesieth edifieth the church.  I would... rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying."
- 1 Corinthians 14:2-5 KJV
1 Corinthians 14:39

Like with tongues, not all in the Corinthian church prophesied. Because, if they did, Paul wouldn't have said: "I would... rather that ye prophesied."  Notice again that, even though some didn't speak prophecy or interpret tongues, Paul still included them and encouraged them in the Corinthian church.  

Likewise, The Apostle Paul included and even more so encouraged those speaking in tongues, those speaking prophecy, and those interpreting unknown tongues in the church.  In this way also, some fellowships today could learn a lot from The Apostle Paul.

Of course: "Let all things be done decently and in order."
- 1 Corinthians 14:40 KJV

So, in conclusion: Prophecy is good. Speaking in unknown tongues is good.  Interpretation of tongues is good.  Not everyone is expected to do these things to be a part of the church.  However, these acts (the acts of speaking in unknown tongues, prophecy, and interpretation of tongues) should not be forbidden, but rather encouraged.

Encourage these things. Why?

It's not the act that matters, it's the edification.  It's not the work, but the result, that is needed.  The need is met through the act.  The act need be encouraged.

"...He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself... 

He that prophesieth edifieth the church..."
- 1 Corinthians 14:2-5 KJV

The body of the church needs to be edified!

The Apostle Paul gave everything he had into this single purpose:  The edification of the living body of Christ Jesus - the edification of the church!

"Follow after charity [love], and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy... Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church." 
-1 Corinthians 14:1,12 KJV

EDIFYING definition:
"(the act of) building, building up"

EDIFICATION definition:
"the act of one who promotes another's growth in Christian wisdom, piety, happiness, holiness"

CHURCH:  Be encouraged to EDIFY one another.  Imitate Paul The Apostle as he imitates Christ Jesus (ref. 1 Cor. 11:1) Christ is our perfect example.  Be like Christ.  

God bless you!

John Ankerberg Revelation Study

This is an outstanding study of The Holy Bible.  God bless you!

THE LAST WORDS OF JESUS: THE BOOK OF REVELATION

PART 1 OF 3 The Glorified Jesus Reveals the Future
Revelation Chapters 1 thru 6

THE GLORIFIED JESUS REVEALS THE FUTURE (Part 1, Segment 1 of 3)

In this opening segment:  "The important information from Revelation 1 as well as the opening letters to the seven churches of Revelation in Chapter 2."



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CHRIST'S LETTERS TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES (Part 1, Segment 2 of 3)

In this segment:  "Revelation 2-3 are the letters to the seven churches. Jesus proclaims a message to seven different churches in Asia Minor that all existed in the first century. He says to them 'Here’s what you’re doing right, keep it up; but here’s what you’re doing wrong, you need to repent and correct it.' His words to these churches offer much application for our lives today."



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THE THRONE ROOM OF GOD  (Part 1, Segment 3 of 3)

In this segment:  "Imagine the scene the apostle John must have experienced as he witnessed the throne room of God in Revelation 4-5. The sights and sounds exceeded anything he could have fully explained in human words. Yet in faithfulness to Christ, John penned his vision for us to read and consider. What truths did the Lord share that He wants us to know and apply today?



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PART 2 OF 3:  The Judgments and Main Players of the Tribulation
Revelation Chapters 7 thru 13

THE JUDGMENTS OF THE TRIBULATION  (Part 2, Segment 1 of 3)

In this segment:  "The book of Revelation unfolds a series of three sets of seven judgments. These include the seven seal judgments, the seven trumpet judgments, and the seven bowl judgments. We began looking at the seal judgments in the last session. In this session, we continue with both the seal and trumpet judgments God will one day unleash upon the earth.




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THE MAIN PLAYERS OF THE TRIBULATION (Part 2, Segment 2 of 3)

In this segment:  "We’ll start in Revelation 10 with the little scroll and continue toward the middle of Revelation to discuss the two witnesses. We’ll also discuss chapters 12 and 13 where many of these key players are identified and introduced. We’ll discover both an acceleration of evil as well as God’s ongoing plan of redemption during earth’s darkest days."



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THE ROLE OF THE ANTICHRIST  (Part 2, Segment 3 of 3)

In this segment:  "You’ve probably heard about the Antichrist in films or novels. Perhaps you’ve talked about him in a Bible study or sermon at church. Yet few know the biblical details regarding the future world leader called the Antichrist. Revelation 13 offers clear information regarding who he is, what he will do, and the great power he will have during the tribulation period."



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Part 3 of 3:  Armageddon, the Second Coming and Eternity Future
Revelation Chapters 14 thru 22

THE COMING BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON  (Part 3, Segment 1 of 3)

In this segment:  "From Revelation 14-19 the final events of the endtimes unfold rapidly. By the end of chapter 19 Jesus returns as king with His people to defeat His enemies at Armageddon. The dire physical and spiritual situation on earth will come to an end at the Lord’s second coming. The final chapters of Revelation contrast the evil of the end times with the coming of Jesus to restore justice and make all things new."



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THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM  (Part 3, Segment 2 of 3)

In this segment:  "After the second coming of Jesus, Revelation 20 speaks of a millennial kingdom on earth where Jesus will reign with His people for a 1,000-year period. What is the importance of this kingdom? Why is Satan again unleashed at the end of this time period? What judgments will take place during this time?"



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GOD'S PLAN FOR ETERNITY FUTURE  (Part 3, Segment 3 of 3)

In this segment:  "Heaven. The very word brings to mind a glorious final resting place for the people of God. However, many believers know very little about the biblical details regarding our eternal home. In Revelation 21 and 22, we find two chapters devoted to the new heavens and new earth Jesus will create where His people will dwell with Him forever."



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THE LAST WORDS OF JESUS: THE BOOK OF REVELATION

Source:  John Ankerberg Show YouTube Channel
Host:  John Ankerberg    Host Web Site:  The John Ankerberg Show
Guests:
Dr. Ed Hindson:  Dean - Liberty University School of Religion
Dr. Mark Hitchcock:  Associate Professor, Bible Exposition - Dallas Theological Seminary
Dr. Ron Rhodes:  President, Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries

This program has been made available from The John Ankerberg Show as a DVD and Study Guide set.  The set is currently available HERE.

God bless you!