Chapter Five of Revelation opens in the Throne Room of God who has a scroll in his right hand with seven seals. Then a angel appears asking who can open the scroll. One of the elders answered by Jesus Christ the Root of David can and has triumphed. Surrounded by the Elders and the Four Beasts was a Lamb with seven eyes and seven horns, which are the Seven Spirits of God who were sent to the Earth. Jesus Christ is the Lamb who opens the book to read it in Heaven in front of God the Father and the Elders. The John see in vision Christ braking the first seal, hearing a loud thunder and a voice saying, “come and see.” There was a white horseman with a bow and crown who rode a white horse who went about conquering others. The second horseman with a sword who rode a red horse, who’s duty it was to bring peace to the world. The third horseman sat on a black horse, was given scales to measure the earth. The seven seals use prophetic imagery to show the passage of time in the Bible from the time of Babylon to modern times. Read here to find out the rest!
Film: The Apocalypse starring Richard Harris
Video: The Revelation of Jesus Christ, Seven Seals, Overview of Revelation Part 2
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Art: Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse by Albrecht Durer
The Epistle Of Jude
This one chapter letter from a fellow Christian named Jude, who was also the brother of James, was written about 90 AD. It is not clear which James the writer is talking about or to whom Jude is addressing in the letter. Most Bible scholars believe that Jude is one of the brothers of Jesus along with James (Matthew 13:55). But the main object of the letter is clear – “our common salvation,” and apostasy in the church. Jude urges the brethren to stay true to the faith because apostasy has “crept” into the church and will continue to be brought into the church until Christ comes again. These apostates will deny that Jesus is the Christ. Jude gives examples from the scriptures to back up what he says, citing the Exodus, Sodom and Gomorrah, the battle between Michael and the Devil, the murderous corruption of Cain, the greed of Balaam, and the rebelliousness of Korah. Jude then provides a description of the apostate’s true condition:
“They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars; for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.”
The climax of his letter gives the victory and glory to God:
“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
To God our Savior,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.
The Third Epistle of John
John’s third letter is addressed to a Greek man named Gaius. It is believed that the letter was written in Ephesus about 90-100 AD. We find that John praises Gaius for his love of the truth, his Christian walk, and blesses him. John instructs Gaius and the Church that we are to help other brethren and strangers not taking anything because they will remember that we are Christians, bringing glory to God! At this time there were rivalries in the this church, with brethren being kicked out of the church for following the Apostle John. One such a person was Diotrephes who wouldn’t welcome John to the church. In contrast to Diotrephes was Demetrius who was truthful and good bearing good fruits. John ends his letter with a desire to see the brethren soon outside the local church.
Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God.
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The Second Epistle of John
The Second Epistle of John is believed to be written around 95 -110 AD. This one chapter letter from John to an unknown woman holds the message that Christians should love those that follow the truth, the truth that Christ has come in the flesh and is God. In this letter John once again opposes and rejects Gnosticism that some of the followers in the church are falling prey to. The form of Gnosticism being rejected by the Early Church, is Docetism, the belief that Christ was only a Spirit without any semblance to reality. The elect lady had sons who were gospel workers with John and warns her to beware of deceivers!
Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.
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Books: The Second Epistle of John
The First Epistle of John
Scholars believe that The First Epistle of John was written by John the Apostle in Ephesus about 95 AD. John is the youngest apostle and the only apostle to not die a martyrs death and is also the writer of the Book of Revelation. John opens his letter by declaring that the Word of Life was manifested into human form in Jesus Christ. That the Christians are witnesses of Christ, His life and work. God is the light and there is no darkness in him, so if we want to fellowship with Christ we must walk in the light and not the darkness, for God has redeemed us from sin! To be followers of Christ, who is the Gospel, we are to keep the commandments. We believe in Christ through faith and by our faith our works and life will reflect that we love God by keeping His commandments. John tells us not to love the world or the things of the world. John makes it inevitably clear to the brethren that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah and that anyone who denies this is a liar, furthermore, anyone who denies the Father and Son is antichrist! This is important for the Church because Christ is the founder of Christianity and we follow what he says and Jesus himself declared “My Father and I are one and the same.” “If you have seen me you have seen the Father.” John reminds us from Old Testament sources, that sin is lawlessness, but Christ came to redeem us and destroy evil. Just like Peter and Paul, John warns us of deceptions in the church, false prophets and fake Christians. We are to test them, whether they believe that Jesus is the Christ. John reminds us to love each other because God first loved us!
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
“And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”
“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”
“And you have overcome the wicked one.”
Video: Important Themes In I John, The Fruit of the Spirit is Self-Control,
Books: Exploring the Epistles of John,
Articles: The Challenge of “Agape” Love, Christian Courier
Web: First John Outline
The Second Epistle to Peter
The Second Epistle to Peter was written in from between 65-68 AD before is death by Nero. This letter continues his admonitions to the brethren declaring that God has made promises to protect and keep us from evil, according to grace in faithfulness. God wants us to grow in our Christian walk, following him, strengthening our faith. Christianity is a cross not a crutch and takes a lifetime to achieve victory over selfness and sin. Everyone is a hypocrite, and that is why Christ told us to pray for one another. Peter reminds the brethren that he and many others are witnesses of Christ’s life and works and that His return is sure because Prophecy is ‘a lamp that shines in a dark place.‘ Peter warns us of false prophets and teachers who were even at his time bringing destructive heresies into the church. God is coming soon, stay true to the faith!
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were; eyewitnesses of His majesty.
No prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
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Books: The Second Epistle General of Peter, and the General Epistle of Jude, 1 and 2 Peter: Established, Strengthened and Settled
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