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The Eternal Conflict of the Ages
Text: Revelation 12:1-9
Revelation chapter 12 depicts the events in the spiritual realm as the Christ child was being born, it’s the great spiritual drama of the ages. Let’s see…
1. The Cast of the Great Drama. So, who are the people in Revelation twelve?
The Descriptions given.
• A Wonderful Woman! V1-2 A wonder in heaven! This is symbolism, not a literal woman, you can see that from the language – she is clothed with the sun, and has a garland of 12 stars, and she is in labour, right at the very end of her term.
• A Fearsome Dragon! V3 He is
o A Rotten, Rancid, Rabid dragon. This is a monstrous serpent. What is so ‘great’ about him, so immeasurably vast – is his awfulness, as we see in the rest of the description that ‘great’ has modified. He is…
o A Raging dragon. He’s described here as ‘fiery’ – a serpent that is determined to destroy and burn everything in his path, he is truly fearsome.
o A Red dragon. Not just his hands, but his whole person is soaked in the shed blood of the martyrs of the church?
o A Roman dragon. This dragon has seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his head. Rome, of course was the famous city of seven hills – governed by the Pontifex Maximus, one of the titles used by Julius Caesar.
o A Rebellious dragon. See what he does with that great tail of his? Casting things down, ruining and destroying what God has created. Taking God’s good gifts and distorting them to make them destructive and a curse instead of the blessing they were intended to be. Then there is …
• A Princely Child! ‘She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron’ V4 Imagine a child born with a rod in his hand, – a royal scepter, a prince, – but a rod of iron, a strong, mighty prince! This child is a King.
Identifications made. Wn does these symbolic figures represent?
• Who is this woman?
o Is it Mary? There’s a general principle in interpreting the symbolism in Revelation, and it is this, – look to the Old Testament for help. Scripture always interprets Scripture, and looking at the OT is a great help in understanding this book and this passage. So,
o Is it the church? Gen 37, Joseph’s dream. – Sun, Moon and 11 stars bowed down to Jaseph Jacob knew the interpretation of the dream – Sun, Moon, Stars. Who was Jacob? ISRAEL. Who were his sons? They were the people from whom would come God’s people Israel. They represented and embodied in themselves the whole of God’s people throughout history. Who then is the woman in this passage? THE CHURCH – the redeemed people of God in all ages. It would seem that the woman is symbolic, not any specific woman, but a woman who represents the totality of God’s people in every age.
• Who is this dragon? That too is obvious, for the text tells us in V9. The Dragon is the Devil.
• Who is this child? It is Jesus. Using the same principle, we go back to Isaiah ch 9.
So, the cast is established for us. There is a woman (the church) there is a serpent (the devil) and these is a child (the Saviour).
An article by Matthe Blain at ‘Protect Your Kids’
The Impact of a Gift:
Giving Cautiously This Christmas
Under the sparkling lights of the Christmas tree, a young child ripped through the Christmas paper to find the iPad for which he had pleaded for months. His family smiled at his glee, but very soon they would be heartbroken. Through this gift he received his first exposure to hardcore pornography, which he would keep secret from his family.
Unfortunately, this scenario will occur thousands of times this Christmas as parents with good intentions wrap unprotected mobile devices that are the equivalent of emotional and psychological dynamite.
Please, don’t be one of those parents.
43% of children view pornography for the first time before the age of 13. That’s not a joyful statistic and should serve as a wake-up call about the risks and impact that unprotected computers, gaming systems, and mobile devices may have on a child’s life.
These risks include:
Take the time to get educated on these issues. Life is busy, and these things so easily get put on the backburner. But life will come to a screeching halt the moment you realize your child has been exposed to, or is a part of, an online danger.
Three things you can do now to start protecting your family:
Talk to your children. Let them know that the new device they get for comes with responsibility and consequences. Set a standard in your home for safe Internet use and stick to it.
Do an app inventory. Do you know all the apps your child has on their phone or tablet and what those apps do? Popular apps like Snapchat are getting kids into inappropriate situations, some with legal consequences. Parents need to stay educated and research new apps their kids want to use.
Install protective monitoring and/or filtering software on your children’s internet devices. This gives an extra layer of protection for when you cannot be there to look over your child’s shoulder. Services like Covenant Eyes can help your children make wise choices about the sites they go to, knowing someone will receive a regular report of their activity.
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Mark 9:50, Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another. Matthew 5:13-16
Jesus is still in ‘his own city’ Capurnaum, and he has been teaching his disciples some very important basics regarding his kingdom, and of course, his church. Now we come to another little block of didactic material in the narrative. A Christian must be an influence on the ungodly world. But before we can speak about ourselves as salt there is something that we must note as to how that salt must be applied…
Pride and Humility in the Kingdom!
Text: Mark 9:33-37
Pride is a very great sin, common among Christians, and one that we MUST become aware of, acknowledge and confess, so that we can be forgiven, and having been forgiven we should live lives that are HUMBLE – the opposite of pride. So let’s look at our Biblical text where Jesus is in Capernaum, with His disciples, and in a house – and His conversation with his disciples has been recorded for us by Mark. And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, So, let’s eavesdrop on that conversation…
Originally posted on thinkGOSPEL blog:
A few years ago, when Dr. Paisley made, what some saw as uncharacteristic political choices, the whole of Britain and Ireland, indeed the world media, buzzed with the news. I also was surprised, and, like a good Ulsterman and expat, I had my opinions. Ironically, I was in Northern Ireland at the time doing research on fundamentalism and preached for Dr. Paisley in his church in Belfast. Some wondered how I could disagree with Dr. Paisley and still preach for him.
To my mind the answer was very simple. Unlike many who publicly and vigorously disagreed with him, I found that my differences with Dr. Paisley did not impinge on my relationship with him and did not diminish my respect for him as a preacher of the gospel. Although I still had many questions, I could disagree with…
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John 14:1-6, Rev. 15:1-4
In our recent lecture on heaven, we have seen that the soul of the Christian goes immediately to heaven at death. There are two aspects of heaven that I want to bring to your attention this morning:-
1. Heaven is Our True Home!
Jesus had been speaking of His imminent departure, of His crucifixion, and the disciples were in a sombre frame of mind. They must have wondered what would become of them! They were deeply disturbed! Jesus said to them: Let not your heart be troubled
- They were cheerless and miserable, because He would soon be gone, and three years of life spent together on the road would soon be ended!
- They were embarrassed and humiliated, because of their own selfishness and pride, for they had been arguing among themselves about who would get the prominent places when He came into His kingdom!
- They were confused and bewildered, because they had just been told that one of them would betray the Master!
- They were wavering and unsteady in their faith for they could not understand how someone who is about be crucified could be the promised Messiah!
And so Jesus gives them hope. He says: ye believe in God, believe also in me. What better to talk about than Heaven! Read more…