Pastoral Counselor ordained Elder/Minister Ambassador at Alpha 7 Ministries M.A.Christian Clinical Counseling Certified in Creation Therapy
JESUS IS Coming Soon! IF HE Came Today; Are You Ready?
A Valid Prophecy
The Book of Revelation is quite an interesting, intriguing narrative account of the grand finale! Bursting at the seam it encompasses a great wealth of relative, similar, prophetic symbolism that is also found in the Books of Daniel and Zechariah. It is in Revelation that John shares his many quite extraordinary, remarkable visions. John endured a lot of persecution because of his faith and belief in Jesus Christ. It is here on the rocky island of Patmos John was exiled because he would not worship the pagan image of emperor Domitian.
What is so amazing there was improvement needed in each of the churches. John writes to the churches to help get them get themselves in order. He is obedient to make known what the Lord has given him to share. He candidly and transparently writes to the Church in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadellphia and unto Laodicea. He warns them and tells them what is to come. He tells them to take head to what he is saying.
The Apostle John was a leader of the Church in Rome. He was placed on the rocky Isle of Patmos to be put to shame. He was isolated or rather banished because of His strong belief and testimony in Christ Jesus. The irony of this is John was deeply inspired by GOD. Therefore he did not allow his physicality to hinder him from being a yielded vessel to the Lord. No doubt he learned first hand "to be in the world but not of the world" Here on Patmos the Lord gave the Apostle John phenomenal vivid picturesque 3D visions of what was to come.
Revelation is a magnificent Book of Prophecy. It was shared and disbursed to the (7) seven Churches within Asia which was a province in the ancient Roman Empire. Today we and the Church at large down through the ages have continued to benefit greatly from Revelation and its intriguing spiritual wisdom. Always keep in mind that seven is the number of completion.
The beauty of the Lord is He does sometime require that we disengage from the world. But never isolate ourselves from Him. "Draw nigh to GOD and HE will draw nigh to you!" Most writers or scribes are accustomed to spending time away in order to bring forth a message. God did not make any of us to be robots. He who in the fullness of His sovereign power allows us to choose. It is wise to spend time in the presence of the LORD! He sharpens and refines our discernment. As we grow in the grace and wisdom of the Lord we become more aware of who He is. The incredible thing about the Lord is we are never away from HIS OMNIPRESENCE.
Scores of readers shy away from reading Revelation and find some of its contents a bit disturbing. Others simply find it weird and even a bit irrational. However, when one looks closer through a spiritual lens you will discover that John truly and unselfishly intended to enlighten, inspire hope and encouragement in the midst of his own personal predicament. Revelation contains valid prophecy and a plethora of spiritual blessings.
The (7) Seven Churches
The person of Jesus Christ, His divine nature and character are transparently revealed in Revelation. Revelation comes from the Greek word apokalypsis, it means the unveiling of something that was previously unrevealed. The Apostle John saw amazing enlightening visions that he was instructed to write down while exiled to the Island of Patmos. He was directed by the Lord to send letters to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea they were within the province of Asia. Within these seven cities the Church had been established. Remember John had been exiled to Patmos for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Revelation has been described as one of the most complicated, intimidating Books in the Bible. One might pose the question; “Well if it is so complicated then why bother at all to read Revelation?” First and foremost because it is the inspired Word of God. John gives us a profound reason to persevere through its contents. One must certainly solicit the aid and assistance of the Holy Spirit to open your spiritual ears for any lucid clarity. John himself really answers that question earlier on. He tells us that “Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take it to heart what is written in it, because the time is near…”
The Apostle John astutely reinforces the fact that Jesus Christ is Lord! Everything was spoken into existence by Him and He is the Head of GOD'S CHURCH! He lived here on earth as the Son of GOD and He is the KING of Kings and the LORD of Lords.
CHRIST JESUS: THE WORD IN SINLESS FLESH
Here in Revelation we are reminded that Jesus created all things and all things are subject to Him. This was also confirmed in Colossians 1 & John 1. This further helps one to understand why Jesus humbled Himself, and actually became the “Word in Sinless Flesh.” It was out of obedience to the will of the Father that JESUS came to earth from Heaven. He Lived a disciplined sinless life and overcame sin in the flesh. He was heinously beaten, persecuted and slandered. He was crucified upon the cross, died, then arose gloriously with all power. CHRIST JESUS BECAME THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE and died for the sins of the world! Here we learn the immense significance of His amazing position as the “Lamb of God.” He once and for all gave His life. For those who believe this is the GOSPEL the “GOOD NEWS!” Just by knowing who we are in Him helps us to live or can help us to live victoriously as John did despite his situation and what was happening in the world!
Essentially our purpose for life and living is to discover GOD as our CREATOR and MAKER. To seek Him above everything else. We as believers belong to GOD. Therefore, we must accept CHRIST JESUS into our hearts as our LORD & SAVIOR! For we who are believers have been purchased with His Blood. GOD bestows upon us the precious "GIFT" of HIS HOLY SPIRIT; HIS COMFORTER TO LEAD US to ALL TRUTH! We must always keep in mind that The CHURCH belongs to HIM. CHRIST JESUS IS THE HEAD OF HIS CHURCH & HIS CHURCH IS HIS BRIDE!
Revelation contains an affluent wealth of prophetic visions that stretches one’s imagination to think far beyond the surface. To ponder and launch out into the deep where one’s faith or lack thereof becomes apparent. John goes on to describe the events on a scroll to be sent to the seven (7) cities where the Church was established. The seven (7) Spirits are the eyes of God which are spiritual facets of God's Holy Spirit. The seven (7) gold lampstands represent the Church. To each of them he has some very specific and interesting comments. Take some time and see where your congregation of choice is? “He who has an ear, let Him hear what the Spirit says to the Church.”
It is important today in this 21st century to be mindful that the scriptures are being fulfilled. GOD’S WORD IS ABSOLUTELY AWESOME! God wants us to have an intimate daily personal relationship with Him. He is the Most High God above Him is no other! It is important to know the Lord’s Word for yourself. This way you “will no longer be infants tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming…” as expressed in Ephesians 4.
Ongoing Spiritual Warfare
It is here in Revelation that we are reminded of the ongoing spiritual warfare that was and has continued to go on within and against God's Church. Keep in mind when Revelation was written the many large, small, storefront and or mega buildings where the Church comes together for worship did not exist. We are to worship God daily. Yes we can come together to worship. With two, three, a few, many or a multitude... We the people are GOD'S CHURCH not the buildings we gather together in. When CHRIST returns we will be "CAUGHT UP TOGETHER WITH THEM in the CLOUDS to MEET THE LORD in the AIR. SO SHALL WE FOREVER BE WITH HIM " I Thessalonians 4
We live within a Spiritual warzone. The war between good and evil continues to divide God's Church. This is again why it is so very important to have an intimate personal relationship with the Lord and know His Word. Revelation does not easily open its contents for one to readily embrace and understand. One must seek and call upon the Holy Spirit to keep you attentive. To continue through the many passages that requires a deep concentration and steadfastness through the many tumultuous interludes. This is also why it is so very important to worship the LORD “in SPIRIT and in TRUTH" whenever or wherever you worship; GOD indeed, is always truly worthy of our sincere praise!
All in all Revelation major overtones reassures us that our HOPE and TRUST must be in the Lord. John clearly reminds us that GOD alone, gave His only Begotten Son to redeem us from the clutches of sin and death and insure our access to eternal life!
Seven (7) is the Number of Completion
It is through Adam & Eve that sin and death entered our existence. During one’s mesmerizing safaric enlightening journey through Revelation there are many turns and unexpected surprises. Vivid, veracious scenes depicting the seven (7) seals, seven (7) trumpets, scrolls, exotic creatures, dragons and angels, seven (7) plagues and seven (7) bowls of God’s wrath, and a wondrous plethora of rare precious gemstones and so much more… Here in Revelation there is also a wonderful vision magnificently illustrating the joy and honor for being invited to the great wedding supper.
SEVEN (7) is the number of COMPLETION! It is within the LORD we can become complete. Everything we will ever need for life, daily living & eternal life we can discover in Him. The KING of Kings and the LORD of Lords emerges and gives us a marvelous glimpse of what Heaven is like. Always keep in mind; It is through Jesus Christ’s love for us, His birth, sinless life, crucifixion, death and resurrection that we have been redeemed and given the gift of eternal life. Within the power of His Glorious Resurrection is our Eternal Hope!
What has been happening within our country and throughout this world...
Yes, our country had a dreadful economic crisis, and property values plummeted and are now slowly rising. Extreme climatic weather conditions worldwide have been occurring. A multiplicity of extreme devastating forest fires persist. And yes, we are also experiencing the collateral damage of this Pandemic Coronavirus all over the world... Millions have been globally impacted. Hundreds of thousands have lost their lives and many have despairingly suffered. Things on the earth will never be quite as they were. As long as there are human beings on earth we can expect something...
In His time the Lord will restore whatever has been unjustly taken from us. God always has something better in store. He will also strengthen and solidify your trust in Him as we embrace and apply His Word to our daily lives... With the Lord nothing is ever really lost it is often shifted to another form or location or held in abeyance momentarily. Know that God never has a recession in Heaven or earth. The earth and everything in it is His! He so graciously allows us here on earth to momentarily partake in His many blessings. Everything really does belongs to Him!
There is much spiritual warfare going on to undermine the principles of God. Look all around and see the things that have happened contrary to His Word! The Supreme Court even voted against the WORD of GOD in favor of "same sex unions."
Yes there has been is a plethora of foreign and domestic terrorism. There is also a resurgence of racial discrimination, systemic racism, racial profiling, violation of privacy as well as escalating of the many varied and random senseless shootings...
Yes, let us be ever mindful of the earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, fires flooding, mudslides, rain, sleet, snow, fierce winds, storms, tsunamis and various horrendous extreme climatic weather conditions. The massive destructive heinous fires as well. Many lives, homes, businesses, possessions and sanctuaries have been lost. Pray for those who are going through and for those who continue to experience the repercussions of the aftermath from all of the various storms. In times like these we need a Savior.
We must learn to keep our focus upon the Lord!
Let us not overlook the scandalous political forum that persists. It is clear that the WORD of GOD is being fulfilled for some of everything is going on. Pandora's Box has lost its lid.
All of this serves to confirm the authenticity of God's Word! There is yet more to come.
It is so very important to spend some time daily in the Word of God! Pray for discernment so you can better discern what time it is. God has forewarned is to live each day as though the Lord were going to return.
The Angel in REVELATION speaks candidly to the Churches
In Revelation an angel of the Lord reminds us that “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord the God of the spirits and prophets, sent an angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.” God knows us from the inside out through and through. He knows the why, who what, and why not. You may not want to think about it but time is of the essence. Our entire lives are an open book to the Lord this is inclusive of everyone all over this entire universe!
It is important that we keep in mind that our life continues on throughout eternity. It is important that you know without doubt for sure where you will spend eternity! This is not based upon what someone says, thinks or does not say about you. It is based on His Word and knowing without a doubt that it is to Him you belong. “It is in Him we move and live and have our being.”
Hear what His Spirit has to say “BLESSED are those who wash their robes, that they may go through the gates of the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehoods...”
Although Revelation may be difficult to comprehend at times, I want to encourage you to read on prayerfully. Remember the Word of God is like no other. It is “quick (alive) and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword…” Since it is so full of vibrant life, each time you take time to read it and glean it’s wisdom your spiritual ears and eyes are opened just that much more! You can learn something new each time. And yes most definitely, Revelation always keep in mind is a valid prophecy
If you have truly accepted Jesus Christ into your heart you have been granted the "GIFT" of Eternal Life in Heaven. God is your Father & Creator! But, have you really given some serious thought to what eternity will be like? Are you really living today to prepare to live with the Lord for eternity? Imagine The Word tells us that there will be no more, death, pain or sorrow! "GOD will wipe every tear from their eyes; AND THERE WILL BE NO MORE death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there b an more pain. for the former things are passed away!" Revelation 21 For there will be ongoing praising & rejoicing...
It is important to realize when you truly are living for the Lord whatever you are going through its not over for you. It's just temporary. REPENT! Have FAITH in GOD! In the end "WE WIN" GOD always has the last WORD! "These are the words of HIM who is HOLY and TRUE, who holds the KEY of DAVID, What HE opens NO ONE can shut, and what HE shuts NO ONE can open!"
GENESIS to REVELATION
The Bible starts with a marvelous story of Creation. Genesis records the Beginning. Revelation records the End. It concludes with the creation of a new heaven and earth in Revelation. Those who overcome through Jesus Christ will "stand firm in the end." (evil will not be able to mimic itself as good and continue to deceive many...) We don't know the day nor the hour but JESUS is coming soon!!! We can draw nigh to GOD everyday. For HE will draw nigh to you. We can also rest assured that CHRIST JESUS is coming back for those who have not already transitioned and gone on to Heaven! Yes; know there will be some who do not believe who will be "left behind." YOU have a choice! Life is but a vapor. Your day of transitioning to the Lord can come any day... So, start preparing and living NOW EVERYDAY as though you really are expecting CHRIST JESUS to return TODAY!
The Promises of GOD will be fulfilled! HIS WORD will not return void.
In this world where disobedience, mistreatment, persecution, immorality, evil, lying, SPIRITUAL WARFARE and deception continue to rise and escalate... CHRIST JESUS OUR SAVIOR tells us to endure by FAITH! TRUST HIM! In spite of how things appear. He really does ultimately have ALL things and everyone under His control! His message of Love, Repentance, Faith and Salvation are extended to ALL!
"THANK YOU HALLLELLLUJAH!"
HE IS The GOOD SHEPHERD! HE IS The "BRIGHT and MORNING STAR!" HE IS The GREAT; "I AM" and above HIM is no other! HE IS The ALPHA and The OMEGA THE BEGINNING AND THE END! THE FIRST & THE LAST! HE IS GOD ALMIGHTY! We CAN ALWAYS have HOPE and TRUST in THE LORD & HIS WORD! Therefore, LIVE EVERYDAY; "TO GOD BE THE GLORY!" & FOREVER BLESS HIS HOLY NAME!!!
REVELATION! See Part 2
- REVELATION A Case Study of A Valid Prophecy ~ 2012? Part II
REVELATION A Case Study of A Valid Prophecy - 2012? ~Part II~ Revelation is an incredibly mesmerizing book about the present, the future and what is to come! Here we can find Hope for NOW and in the future! John prolifically writes as he...
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on April 20, 2010:
Sky2day, So glad to hear that you are enjoying your study of Revelation! It makes all the difference in the world when the teacher enjoys and is committed to whatever she or he teaches! It is a wonderful book full of wisdom and prophecy!
Revelations really puts you in touch with the fact Jesus is coming back! How exciting to know that we can be sure of our eternal home! Therefore we can live each day to please the Lord knowing that we are in His hands and our life’s purpose is to seek Him above all else! Yes! " Do not be asleep..." We an always have HOPE in the Lord!
It is always good to hear from you! You are a wonderful HP angel… keep letting the Lord’s Light shine through you..
THANK YOU for sharing, In His love, Peace & Blessings!
skye2day from Rocky Mountains on April 15, 2010:
DeBorrah, Awesome hub. wowzer. You worked hard.I have been in a Bible study on revelation for a couple of weeks.
The teacher has been awesome. His life long work. You can share about this because the Holy Spirit fills you with understanding. I know I understand allot more then I did just a couple of months ago, by hearing the word. You hit it on the head Deborrah. Very Good. I hope many are Blessed and read this. Yes the time is getting closer. Exciting to think we are in this age. The gathering up picture is nice. wow.It makes one think, be ready. DO not be asleep in Jesus.
Love you Deborrah, you are a sweetie pie. Hugs girlfriend.
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 22, 2009:
Philipo, I am glad you are inspired! Enjoy your reading... Thank you for sharing and visiting as always! Blessings!
Philipo from Nigeria on December 22, 2009:
Very touchy and inspirational hub. I think I really need to do more reading. Thanks for sharing.
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 21, 2009:
Lady E, You are quite welcome! Revelation is complicated. But at least you have not avoided it all together, as some. Set some quiet time aside and pray before you read. I suggest that you go slow perhaps a chapter at a time... I am sure that you will be quite amazed as to how the HOLY SPIRIT will OPEN your spiritual eyes to reveal HIS TRUTH. No matter how many times I read it I learn something new each time. Yet still in comparison to my overall understanding there is so much much more to learn. This is what's so fascinating about the depth of God's WORD!
I think that it is a WONDERFUL GOAL for 2010! A Great way to start out the NEW YEAR... A commentary would be helpful! Thank you for sharing as always it is a pleasure! Continue to seek the Lord above all else I know He has amazing things in store for you! Much Love & Blessings!
Elena from London, UK on December 21, 2009:
Thanks for another insightful Hub; I will admit, I don't understand the book of Revelation. I do however have a favourite verse there: God is the one that opens a door and no one can close it, vice versa.
I think I should put it on my Goal list for 2010. Maybe read it with a commentary. I will also read this Hub again as you have explained a lot of things in it.
Best wishes. :)
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 19, 2009:
Artin2010, The Book of revelation really is a wonderful Book! It reassures us that Jesus is COMING and says: "Behold I AM COMING SOON!" You are so right! We need to live our lives in expectancy each day as though the LORD is coming at any time!
Thank You for your comments and Thank you for stopping by and sharing as well, Blessings!
Art Wartenbe from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast on December 19, 2009:
The disciple John in his elder years while imprisoned on the Island of Patmos prophesied that the risen Christ Jesus would return with an army of God's angels to claim His people. He, John, has explained what shall come to pass when our Savior returns.In chapter 22 , he records three times, " I come quickly." surely this is meaning be ready for me, Jesus, when I return! Beautiful Hub DeBorrah K. Thank you
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 19, 2009:
The voice, Thank you for sharing and taking the time to visit, Blessings!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 19, 2009:
Creativeone, You are quite welcome! Be encouraged! Know you are special to the Lord! He has a plan and a purpose for each of His children! Yes! It is so beautiful to know that because of His gift of eternal life, at some point there will be no more tears, pain and sorrows! Wonderful! Thank you for visiting as always!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 18, 2009:
godpreacher, Thank you, I am humbled by your kind words!
Yes my brother it is quite an interesting as well as fascinating Book! It is full of intrigue and such Powerful Spiritual Inspiration & Hope!
So like the Lord to challenge our finite minds! John did a wonderful work for the Lord to enlighten and inspire us! We need His HOLY SPIRIT to lead us to ALL TRUTH! No matter how much we learn of Him there is always so much more! Thank you for taking the time to visit and share your comments, In HIs Love & Blessings!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 18, 2009:
Judah's Daughter, I so agree it really is an amazing Book!
Yes, It truly is a book of HOPE! We really can have true Security and Significance in the LORD! There is POWER in the BLOOD it washes us from ALL unrigthteousness! We can REJOICE knowing that through Him we have eternal life!
Yes indeed! The signs are all around! All we have to do is as you say "Keep our eyes on the PRIZE" The JOY of the LORD is our strength! Thank you for visiting and sharing your comments! Blessings to you as well!
thevoice from carthage ill on December 18, 2009:
god bless new world faith
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 18, 2009:
Rev Lady, Thank you as always for your wonderful insightful commentary! The Word of God is so amazing! It is often missed just how much He LOVES us! He allowed HIS SON to adorn Himself in flesh to conquer sin in the flesh for us so we can be without excuse. We all fall short of His Glory! It is because of Him we have been redeemed! We need to seek Him diligently for continued spiritual growth! I believe as long, or short the Lord has us here on earth we each always have room for improvement!
I was taught by my Mother that “We are forever becoming, we never arrive…” Yes, my sister as you have said before; you are quite right about us sharing the beauty of having Mothers who loved God and imparted that love to us! It is a wonderful gift that gives reassurance yet keeps you humble… Those words of wisdom are embedded into the core of who we are…Praise God!
Revelation is quite complicated, but what a spectacular glimpse we get to see into eternity that reassures us that Jesus Is coming back for those who remain… What is so fabulous is each time you read it as you so beautifully explained: “In my experience, the more I read it, the more I prosper and with each reading, the Spirit reveals even more truth.” Amen! This is so True!
Thank you again for sharing! The WORD of God is so wonderful! It is so comforting and reassuring of who we are in Him! I know you know this song “JESUS is ALL The WORLD TO ME” May Our Father continue to use you mightily as you expound His Word... May His Light shine through you as you share the gift He has given you; What a wonderful Savior we have…. Love & Blessing!
Benny Faye Ashton Douglass from Gold Canyon, Arizona on December 18, 2009:
Thank you for a very enlightening and uplifting hub on revelation. Want it be a blessing not to have to worry about death,pain or sorrows, when it's all over and done with. Thank you again for sharing. blessings to you. creativeone59
godpreacher from Atlanta,Ga. on December 18, 2009:
You've done it again. Truly the book of revelation is for most an intimidating book, just as Daniel and Ezekiel are. Many people are afraid to venture into it's depths for truth and understanding. The book of Revelation also shows us, in no uncertain terms, the agape love of God, and that all God is doing, is for us.
Judah's Daughter from Roseville, CA on December 18, 2009:
DeBorrah, Revelation is such a fascinating book. I wrote on some of my observations as to when the rapture might take place, who the beasts of Revelation are, what signs prophesied have happened thus far (i.e. the Euphrates River is drying up), just because Revelation is really a book of HOPE! The birth pangs are happening and yet we have anticipation in the midst of it all, for to see our Lord is the PRIZE!! May we keep our eye on the Prize!! God bless you!
RevLady from Lantana, Florida on December 18, 2009:
DeBorrah, I think we would be hard pressed to locate any other book in Scripture that reveals God and Jesus Christ in splendid glory and majesty than does Revelation. Nor is there any other book that reveals more about Jesus' Second Coming as Judge of the world.
Your pointed out that, "Revelation has been described as one of the most complicated, intimidating Books in the Bible" and posed the question, "Well if it is so complicated then why bother at all to read Revelation?”
Good point and good question. God did not say we would understand it all. What He did say, as you quoted from His word, "Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near."
In my experience, the more I read it, the more I prosper and with each reading, the Spirit reveals even more truth.
Beyond that, the hope and encouragement found in Revelation is tremendously strengthening to the spirit. To read and be reminded that the god of this world will be ultimately be destroyed, that God will have the last word in history and God's saints free at last. Glory to His name!
Thank you for directing us to the reading and studying of Revelations, revealing the last things are soon coming to pass.