Pastor Tom's Blog



Revelation

(April 21 2017)
Revelation 7:13 "Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, "Who are these arrayed in white robes , and where did they come from?". The elders represent the completed church, who have been raptured and are with the Lord Jesus Christ in heaven during the entire seven year Tribulation on earth. One of them asks the Apostle John who the great multitude are, then answers their own question . One thing is obvious, The church represented by the elders in heaven, and the great multitude are not the same group of people. The church has been in heaven since it was before the Tribulation, this "Great Multitude" has come out of the Tribulation (read verse 14). This points to a pre-tribulational rapture of the church. Praise God that we the church are in heaven and not on earth during the Seven year tribulation.
Pastor Tom

(April 19 2017)
Revelation 7:12 "Saying Amen! Blessing, and glory and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen". All the Angels and the elders (representing the completed church in heaven) and the four living creatures are agreeing with the great multitude of those who are saved out of the Tribulation, who are saying "Salvation to our God who sits upon the throne and unto the lamb" (verse 10). And they add to their doxology, ascribing to God and the Lamb, blessing, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honor, power and might forever and ever. All of heaven stands in awe at what God did in saving a multitude of souls out of the tribulation and from judgment. Our god is all of those things and more. We, the church ought to do the same, thanking and praising God for all the souls he has saved over the last two thousand years of church history, Amen!. Thank you God, thank you Jesus.
Pastor Tom

(April 17 2017)
Revelation 7:11 "And all the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 Saying, Amen!". What we see here is all of Heaven agreeing with what "The Great Multitude" is saying in verse 10 "Salvation to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb". All of Heaven is going to agree with God and thank God for saving an innumerable number of people out of the Tribulation. Isn't that just like our God to save multitudes of people during the most dangerous time in all of history to be alive? Our God is full of Mercy, not giving us what we deserve, and full of Grace, giving us what we do not deserve. Thank you God.
Pastor Tom

(April 14 2017)
Revelation 7:10 "And crying out with a loud voice, saying "Salvation belongs to our god who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!". This multitude which no one can number from all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues are standing before the throne of God, and with loud voices ascribing their Salvation to god and to the Lamb, Jesus Christ. These are the multitudes of gentiles saved out of the Tribulation. This great multitude are saved through the ministry of the 144,000 Jews who God has sealed in their foreheads in verse 3. The 144,000 Jews will fulfill God's original intention that the nation of Israel (God's chosen people) would evangelize the world, and lead them to their God and Messiah. God has a wonderful plan for anyone who will turn from their son, and turn to Jesus Christ for Salvation. Today "Good Friday" would be a good day to do that.
Pastor Tom

(April 12 2017)
Revelation 7:9 "After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands,". After the sealing of the 144,000 Jews, the Apostle John sees a great multitude of Gentiles standing before the throne of God and of the Lamb. These are Gentiles (Tribulation Saints) who come to Jesus Christ and are saved during the Tribulation. These are probably the result of the ministry of the 144,000 Jews. The fact that they are standing before God's throne is an indication that they have been slain for their faith and are now resurrected and standing before god in heaven. White robes indicate God's righteousness, and palm branches are typically waved in a gesture of victory. Thank God for a great harvest of souls.
Pastor Tom

(April 10 2017)
Revelation 7:7 "Of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand were sealed; 8 Of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed". Twelve thousand from each of the twelve tribes of Israel, totaling one hundred and forty-four thousand are marked out by God and protected by God throughout the seven year tribulation. Read Jeremiah 30:7 and Revelation 14:4. In Revelation 14:4 it says that these are "firstfruits to God and to the Lamb". The first fruits are the first ones, who will be saved out of the Great Tribulation, meaning that there will be many more. Praise the Lord.
Pastor Tom

(April 5 2017)
Revelation 7:6 "Of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand were sealed;". Revelation 14:1 says "Then I looked, and behold, a lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His father's name written on their foreheads". That's the best kind of tattoo you can get, the seal of God. The original Greek text says: "the name of the Father, and the Son". These 144,000 Jews will be protected by God himself throughout the coming seven year Tribulation. The Church will not go through the Tribulation, we are raptured before the Tribulation. Here's a good question, "Are you a part of the Church?". You have to be "Born Again" to be.
Pastor Tom

(April 3 2017)
Revelation 7:5 "Of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand were sealed;". In Verse 3, we were told that these servants of God will be "sealed in their foreheads" by the Angel. Revelation 14:1 says: "Then I (John the Apostle) looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, (this same group of Jews) having His Father's name written on their foreheads". These 144,000 Jews are believers and are protected by Jesus Christ throughout the seven year Tribulation.
Pastor Tom

(March 31 2017)
Revelation 7:4 "And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:". During the tribulation, a special group of 144,000 Jews are marked out and protected from the judgments of the Tribulation, and from the persecution of the Anti-Christ. These who are marked out, are not the church, they are not Jehovah's Witnesses, or any other group, they are Jews. Others say that 144,000 does not really mean 144,000. All you have to do is do the math. Verses 5-8 tells us that there is 12,000 from each of the twelve tribes of Israel, which equals 144,000. God has always had a remnant in Israel, His people, who believe. These 144,000 are completed Jews, who believe in Jesus Christ as the Jewish Messiah. You can read more about the 144,000 in Revelation 14:1-5.
Pastor Tom

(March 29 2017)
Revelation 7:3 "Saying , "do not harm the earth, the seas, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads". Remember after Cain killed his brother Able, God put a mark on Cain so when people saw it, would not kill him. This is much the same thing. In Revelation chapter 13 the Anti-Christ puts a mark upon all his followers, and whoever does not have this mark, can not buy or sell, and will be killed. God is going to mark out 144,000 Jews, protecting them from the judgments of the Tribulation as well as the wrath of the Anti-Christ. You can read more about the 144,000 Jews in verses 4-8.
Pastor Tom

(March 27 2017)
Revelation 7:2 "Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea,". The earth, the seas and the trees are effected by what these four angels are about to do, and they do that under the first four trumpet judgments in chapter eight. But before that happens, before any further judgment comes which could harm the 144,000 Jewish servants of God, mentioned in verses 4-8, these angels are told to wait until the 144,000 are marked out for protection. This mark from God protects these 144,000 Jews from the judgments of the tribulation and from the Anti-Christ. Thank you for God's protection.
Pastor Tom

(March 24 2017)
Revelation 7:1 "After these things (The opening of the first six seals) I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree". These four angels keep the winds from blowing, that in itself will cause untold havoc on planet earth. The winds control the weather, and the earth's hydraulic system of watering. These four angels are probably the same angels in chapter eight who blow the first four trumpet judgments after the opening of the seventh seal. Chapter seven answers the question in chapter 6:17 "Who is able to stand?", i.e. who is going to make it, who is going to survive the seven year tribulation? The answer is a multitude of people are going to survive. Some will be protected through the Tribulation (the 144,000) and others are going to be killed, but because they believed in Jesus Christ will make it into the Kingdom. These are not the church, they were raptured before the seven year Tribulation began, and are in Heaven with Jesus Christ and with each other. Also note that Revelation chapter does not advance the narrative of events, it is parenthetic. Please read ahead.
Pastor Tom

(March 22 2017)
Revelation 6:17 "For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?". The day of God's wrath, better known as "The Day of The Lord" appears twenty times in eight different old Testament prophetic books. at also appears in the New Testament (e.g. Second Peter 3:10). People have known for a long time that things on planet earth can not continue as they are, that there is a judgment day coming and people will have to answer to God Almighty. Well, that day will come, and when it does, it will be so comprehensive that people will be asking the question, "Who can survive this?". In fact Jesus said "unless those days were shortened, no flesh would survive". The answer to that question is in Revelation chapter seven. Only those who God has sealed, believers in Jesus Christ and those who stand by the Nation of Israel will survive and be ushered into the Kingdom of God. Many who turn to Jesus Christ during "The Day of The Lord" will loose their lives, be killed by the Anti-Christ and His Government. Read Revelation chapter seven.
Pastor Tom

(March 20 2017)
Revelation 6:16 "And (they) said to the mountains and rocks, fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!". After the great earthquake in verse 12, people on earth will be trying to find a place to hide, not only from God who is Judging their sin, but from their sin itself. Even after knowing that the wrath is coming from God, rather than confessing their sin and rebellion against God, they hide from God. This day "The Day of The Lord" was predicted by the Old Testament Prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 2:10-22. A world full of people who are unwilling to repent will be judged by the Lord for their rejection of Jesus Christ and God's forgiveness. The world will be deceived by the the Anti-Christ because they refuse to receive Jesus Christ and they will experience God's wrath. God loves the world, and would rather not judge the world, that's why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ. Read John 3:16-21.
Pastor Tom

(March 17 2017)
Revelation 6:15 "And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and rocks of the mountains," After the great earthquake that the opening of the sixth seal brings, and all of the fallout, rather than repenting of their sin, people on earth are going to try and hide from God. This great earthquake effects everyone on planet earth, rich and poor, free and slave, the weak and the mighty. When it comes to sin and man's repentance of his sin, God is going to level the playing field. Everyone will stand before God and His wrath and answer for their sin. Thank God that our sins, those of born again believers, have been paid for by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. First Thessalonians 5:9 says "For God has not appointed us (believers) to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ". Hallelujah. We are foolish if we think we can hide from God. We need to come to God, confess our sins, be forgiven, and receive salvation through Jesus Christ.
Pastor Tom

(March 15 2017)
Revelation 6:14 "Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of it's place". At the beginning of the seven year Tribulation coming upon this earth to try those on the earth, Jesus Christ begins opening the seven sealed scroll in heaven (Revelation 6:1). The first seal brings the Anti-Christ. The second seal brings war and bloodshed. the third seal brings inflation and famine. The forth seal brings the death of 1/4 of the earth's population. The fifth seal reveals the souls of those who came to Jesus Christ during the tribulation and were killed because of their faith, crying out for justice. And the sixth seal brings a worldwide earthquake that moves every mountain and island out of their place. An earthquake so large that it effects the earth's atmosphere and the sun moon and stars in heavens. All of this is designed to cause those who will, to repent of their sins and come to Jesus Christ for salvation. Thank God, many will.
Pastor Tom

(March 13 2017)
Revelation 6:13 "And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops it's late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind". In verse 12, Jesus opens the sixth seal, which brings tremendous cataclysmic upheaval worldwide. A great earthquake, the sun becomes becomes black like sackcloth of hair, and the moon turns to blood. This "great earthquake" is so powerful that it effects the sun, moon, stars and the earth's atmosphere (Also read Isaiah 13:13, Joel 3:15, Haggai 2:6-7 and Matthew 24:29-30). Possibly combined with a meteor shower, a polar axis shift, etc. This is all designed by God to "try" men upon the earth. To turn those who will turn to Jesus Christ, and to judge those who refuse to come to Jesus Christ. Read Revelation 6:15-17. This has all been predicted by the Old Testament prophets, and the New Testament Apostles. There is only one way to escape, come to Jesus Christ and be saved from the wrath to come.
Pastor Tom

(March 10 2017)
Revelation 6:12 "And I looked when He (Jesus Christ) opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood". In Matthew 24, Jesus said "there will be earthquakes in various places" but these are only "the beginning of sorrows". There are currently as many as 600,000 earthquakes a year worldwide, and they are on the increase. There are several gigantic earthquakes predicted to take place during the Tribulation (Read Revelation 11:3 and 16:18). This one happens near the beginning of the seven year Tribulation, and Revelation says that it will move every mountain and island out of it's place. In Isaiah 13:13 God said: I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall move out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, in the day of His fierce anger". Remember this happens after one quarter of the earth's population have already been killed under the first five seals. Believe me, you do not want to be here for the coming Tribulation. Why not come to Jesus Christ and escape all this?
Pastor Tom

(March 8 2017)
Revelation 6:11 "And a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed". Back in verse 10, the tribulation saints, those who come to faith in Jesus Christ during the Tribulation, ask the Lord the question "how long till you avenge our blood on those who killed them. they are told to wait until the full number of them are killed. Evidently the Lord Jesus Christ knows the exact number, a predetermined number of those who are killed for their faith during the Tribulation. Not only does Jesus Christ know the exact number, but He will avenge their blood at the exact time, because He is in control of everything. More people will be killed for their faith in Jesus Christ during that seven year period that any other seven year period in human history. To tell you the truth this will be the the largest harvest of souls for the kingdom ever. They all receive white robes, indicating God's righteousness (Read revelation 7:14). They are each give rest, absolute peace with God (Read Revelation 14:13). What a blessing and a comfort for them to know that God has it all under control, and is going to make it right, and that they are going to be a part of God's kingdom. Only God can make something good out of something as terrible as the coming Tribulation. Hallelujah.
Pastor Tom

(March 6 2017)
Revelation 6:10 "And they cried with a loud voice, saying, "How lord. O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?". The souls of those under the altar, mentioned in Revelation 6:9, are crying out to God to avenge their lives. These are those who have been killed for their faith in Jesus Christ during the Seven year Tribulation. They are not Church age saints, but Tribulation age saints. These ask the old age question "how Long?" (Read Psalm 94:3). A Question that believers have been asking since the beginning, "how long till you judge the wicked for all they have done against the righteous?". The answer comes in verse 11 "not long". When Jesus Christ returns to this earth at the end on the seven year Tribulation, he will bring judgment. (Read Second Thessalonians 1:6-9). The Lord Jesus Christ will settle all accounts when he returns.
Pastor Tom

(March 3 2017)
Revelation 6:9 "When He (Jesus Christ) opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar (the Altar of Sacrifice in heaven) the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held". The Apostle John, who was an eyewitness to the events he describes in the book of Revelation, sees the souls (the immaterial part of man (the spirits and souls) of those who became believers during the coming seven year Tribulation and were killed by the unbelieving world because of their faith in Jesus Christ. They were killed because they believed the Word of God (conviction), and because they would not renounce Jesus Christ (confession) even though it cost them their lives. They were probably killed during the time of the opening of the first four seals (Revelation 6:1-8). Also read Revelation 1:9, 12:11,19:10 and 20:4. People are still going to be saved after the rapture of the church, but the majority of them will be killed by the Anti-Christ and his minion Government for their faith in Jesus Christ. Not too hard to imagine when we are seeing the World and it's Governments present hostility against Christians. My advice is to come to Jesus Christ now.
Pastor Tom

(March 1 2017)
Revelation 6:8 "And I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on the horse was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a forth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth". When Jesus Christ opens the forth seal from heaven, one quarter of the earth's population at the time is killed. Death claims the body (the material part of man), and hell claims the spirit and soul (the immaterial part of man). These unbelieving are lost in hell until the Great White Throne Judgment, mentioned in Revelation chapter twenty, and then they are thrown into the lake of fire forever and ever. Power was given to them (the four horsemen in verses 1-8) to kill with "Sword" meaning war, and or Governmental authority. With "Hunger" Millions upon millions will die of starvation. With "Death" meaning plagues and disease. And with "The beasts of the earth". Millions upon millions of animals will invade populated areas looking for food because of the drought, and will kill people for food. In Matthew 24:8 Jesus called these "the beginnings of sorrows". The only hope we have is Salvation in Jesus Christ. Please read First Thessalonians 5:9-10.
Pastor Tom

(February 27 2017)
Revelation 6:7 "When He opened the forth seal, I heard the voice of the forth living creature saying, "Come and see". As Jesus Christ opens the forth seal, the rider on The Pale horse is released. The first seal brings the false peace of the Anti-Christ. The second seal brings war. The third seal brings hyper-inflation and famine. And when the forth seal is opened 1/4 of the earths population will die. That's nearly 2 billion people. There are still three seals, seven trumpet judgments and seven bowls of wrath, yet to be poured out on the earth during the coming Tribulation. For the majority it will be too late to make a decision for Jesus Christ. Today is the "Day of Salvation". Make the decision today, before it's too late.
Pastor Tom

(February 24 2017)
Revelation 6:6 "And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, "A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine". When Jesus Christ opens the third seal on the seven sealed scroll, there will be worldwide famine and inflation. The earth's inhabitants will all be in food lines. A quart of wheat for a denarius amounts to a days wages for a loaf of bread. Not enough to feed a family. People will be reduced to buying barley because you can get three quarts for the same cost as one quart of wheat. Barley is something we commonly feed our animals now. When it says "hurt not the oil and the wine" that means the rich, who have been able to build themselves a hedge against the inflation, will be living as they always have, in the lap of luxury. Millions upon millions will die of starvation and issues related to malnutrition, while the rich will be living it up. There are still four seal judgments, seven trumpet judgments and seven bowls of wrath to come. Welcome to the Tribulation. You do not want to be here for it.
Pastor Tom

(February 22 2017)
Revelation 6:5 "When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "come and see". And I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand". On the heels of the Anti-Christ and his policies under the first seal (Revelation chapter 6:1-2), and the war and bloodshed under the second seal (Revelation 6:3-4) there will come worldwide famine and hyper-inflation. Overnight money will be worth a tenth of what it did the day before, yet everything will cost the same. This will bring worldwide starvation. Notice the horse is black, Lamentations 5:10 says: "Our skin is black like an oven because of the terrible famine". Jesus mentioned this in Matthew 24:7 "And there will be famines". Worldwide inflation and famine, bringing malnutrition, starvation and more death. Millions will starve to death, yet the rich will go on living as though nothing is wrong, that's wrong. What we see now in our world with inflation and famine is just a prelude to the coming tribulation period. And you haven't seen nothing yet, there are still four more seals, seven more trumpets, and seven more bowls of wrath coming. Trust me, the coming Tribulation is nothing to look forward to.
Pastor Tom

(February 20 2017)
Revelation 6:4 "And another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given him a great sword". First notice that the horse is fiery red, that's the same color as the dragon, who is Satan. "A great sword" in the Bible is a symbol of military conquest and governmental authority. This is interesting when we realize that the Anti-Christ will champion a one world government., and will kill anyone who does not get in line with that government. The Anti-Christ will promise peace, but will bring war through his military machine (Read First Thessalonians 5:3, Matthew 24:6-7 and Revelation 13:2). The white horse in Revelation chapter 6, verses 1 and 2 introduces the Anti-Christ who brings a false peace through a series of peace agreements, and the red horse takes that peace away and brings bloodshed and war. Finally notice the phrases "it was granted to him" and "there was given to him". The Anti-Christ's power is a derived power, not his own. He get's his power and authority from Satan. How scary to think that the entire world's military might is at the disposal of a madman, who is energized by Satan.
Pastor Tom

(February 17 2017)
Revelation 6:3 "And when He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, "come and see". Jesus Christ has just opened the second seal on the seven sealed scroll, which is the Title Deed to the earth. The opening of the first seal by Jesus released a white horse, whose rider was the Anti-Christ. This second seal releases a rider on a fiery red horse that brings war and death on the earth. This all happens at the beginning of the coming seven year tribulation. There are still five more seals judgments, seven trumpets judgments, and seven bowl judgments yet to be poured out on the earth. You can avoid the coming judgment by receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9-13).
Pastor Tom

(February 15 2017)
Revelation 6:2 "And I looked, and behold, a white horse. And he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer". The opening of the first seal by Jesus Christ triggers the coming seven year Tribulation on this earth (Matthew 24:21). The rider on the white horse is the Anti-Christ, who is revealed to the world at the beginning of the Tribulation. This Anti-Christ will deceive those on the earth (Second Thessalonians 2:3-6 / Daniel 8:25). The crown given to him represents the authority and victory allowed him for a period of time by God. The Anti-Christ is a counterfeit Messiah, and the world, having rejected Jesus Christ, will believe him to be the messiah (Matthew 24:4). Interesting that the Muslim faith believes that the rider on the white horse in Revelation 6:2 is their Messiah (Madhi). The Muslim Madhi is the coming Anti-Christ. Jesus said: "Do not be deceived". The only way that a person will not be deceived (now and then) is to receive Jesus Christ, as Lord and Savior. Jesus is the only one that can save us from our sins, and from the coming seven year Tribulation.
Pastor Tom

(February 13 2017)
Revelation 6:1 "Now I saw when The Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, "Come and see". The scene is heaven, the Apostle John has been translated to heaven, and into the future to actually see and hear things happening in heaven. At this moment in the Book of Revelation, The Lamb (Jesus Christ) has just opened the first seal on the seven sealed scroll, which is the Title Deed to the Earth. This triggers the coming seven year Tribulation on earth (Read Isaiah 13:9 / Jeremiah 30:7 / Zephaniah 1:15 and Matthew 24:21). The church (believers) will be taken to heaven via the rapture, before that day comes. Jesus Christ is coming soon to set up His Kingdom on this earth, but before that happens half of this earths population is going to die. The worse part is that the vast majority of those are going to be unbelievers, and they will not make it to heaven. We can't wait till Jesus comes to take us home, but until then we ought to warn everyone that judgment is coming on planet earth. We need to get to work, once we are taken away in the rapture, it will be too late for the others.
Pastor Tom

(February 10 2017)
Revelation 5:14 "Then the four living creatures said "Amen!" And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever". When all of creation is worshiping God the father and His Son Jesus Christ (verse 13), the four living creatures say, Amen, then we (the church) represented by the twenty-four elders, fall down and worship. This is prophecy, now we are reading about it, but soon we will actually be there experiencing this firsthand. It's important for us (the church) to remember that what happens next is the opening of the seven seals by the Lord Jesus Christ which triggers the coming seven year tribulation on the earth. But, we will be with Jesus in heaven, hallelujah.
Pastor Tom

(February 8 2017)
Revelation 5:13 "And every creature which is in heaven and on earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: "Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to The Lamb, forever and ever!". The entire creation of god, including the spirit world will worship God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. Philippians 2:9-11 says much the same thing. Now "we see as in a mirror darkly, but then face to face". We will be lost in wonder at the Glory of God and His Son. In verse fourteen is says: "Then the four living creatures said, Amen!". all of creation will be in agreement. It will be a glorious day. Take the time to sit down and read Revelation chapter four and five again.
Pastor Tom

(February 6 2017)
Revelation 5:12 "Saying with a loud voice: "Worthy is the lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!". Power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and blessing. Seven words are used here to describe the complete worthiness of the Lamb of God (Jesus Christ) to take the scroll and to loose it's seven seals. The four living creatures and the twenty four elders singing praises to The Lord Jesus Christ, the praises gathering momentum until the entire universe is praising Jesus Christ (Verses 13-14). The entire creation of God is unable to contain it's joy it's redemption (Read Romans 8:19-22). The best worship service ever.
Pastor Tom

(February 3 2017)
Revelation 5:11 "Then I looked, and I heard the voices of many angels around the throne, the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands," Ten thousand is the highest number in the ancient Greek mathematical system. What the Apostle John is saying is that the number was innumerable. Only God knows how many angels He created, innumerable, And only God knows how many living creatures mentioned here in Revelation He has created. And only God knows how many church age believers, represented here in Revelation by the elders there are. Currently there are more church age believers, (those who have gone home to be with the Lord) in heaven than there are on earth. Church age believers have been dying and going to heaven since the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and are all currently in Heaven with Jesus Christ. And then add to that all of the raptured saints, we are talking about an innumerable amount all there in Heaven at one time. And they are all praising the Lord and worshiping to the Lord (verses 12-14). We too will be there doing the same.
Pastor Tom

(February 1 2017)
Revelation 5:10 "And have made us (the church) kings and priests to our God; and we (the church) shall reign upon the earth". This, Revelation 5:10 is a quote from Revelation 1:6 which says that Jesus Christ: "has made us kings and priests to His God and father". Church age believers, that would be you and I who believe in and have received Jesus Christ as Lord and savior are going to be king and priests alongside of Jesus Christ when He sets us His Kingdom upon this earth. As Kings we will represent Jesus Christ to the people on earth, and as Priests we will represent the people on earth to Jesus Christ. The Church will play an important role in the coming Kingdom of God upon this earth. Are you a part of the earth? Do you believe in Jesus Christ, and have you received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? If not it's time.
Pastor Tom

(January 30 2017)
Revelation 5:9 "And they sang a new song, saying: "you are worthy to take the scroll, and to open it's seals; for you were slain, and have redeemed (us) to God by your blood out of every tribe and tongue and nation,". The "they" is referring to the twenty-four elders from verse 8, who represent the completed church in heaven after the rapture and before the opening of the seals which triggers the coming Tribulation on earth. The completed church is in heaven, singing to "the Lamb" singing to Jesus Christ who has redeemed us out of the world by his own blood. This proves a pre-tribulation rapture of the church, because the church, is in heaven, singing to Jesus before the tribulation begins, which also lines up with Revelation 4:1-2. Some modern translations of the Bible use the pronoun "they" in verse 9 instead of "we" as if those singing the song are not singing about themselves, but someone else. The manuscript evidence for "we" is overwhelming. Don't be fooled by the modern translations use of poor manuscripts. We, the church are going to taken out of the world and taken to heaven by Jesus Christ before the Coming seven year Tribulation. Keep looking up, church, Jesus is coming for us.
Pastor Tom

(January 27 2017)
Revelation 5:8 "Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls foll of incense, which are the prayers of the saints". John the apostle was taken to heaven, (Revelation chapter 4, verse 1). John sees the Throne of God, and he sees a scroll in the right hand of God on the throne (chapter 5, verse 1). Then a mighty angel asked: "who is worthy to take the scroll and loose it's seven seals". And no one was found in heaven or earth. Then John begins to weep convulsively (verse 4) , and one of the twenty-four elders says to John: "do not weep, The lion of the tribe of Judah, The Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and loose it's seven seals". When John turned to see, he saw Jesus Christ, the lamb of God, the one who died for our sins (verse 6). Jesus then took the scroll from the right hand of God (verse 7). When that happens, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fall down before Jesus Christ. The twenty-four elders represent the completed church in heaven, after the rapture. They each had harps, the number one instrument of worship in the Bible. They each also had golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. Interesting this this heavenly scene of worship also involves prayers. Praise and prayers are a part of our worship. What happens next is proof that the rapture of the church is pre-tribulation. Read ahead,
Pastor Tom

(January 25 2017)
Revelation 5:7 "Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne". Once the Church is raptured and we are safely tucked away in heaven with God, Jesus Christ is going to take the scroll out of God's right hand and redeem the earth back to man. What happens next is the coming Tribulation on earth. This scene is pictured in Daniel 7:13-14 "I was watching in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a Kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His Kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed". At the same time that Jesus Christ is opening the scroll, and taking possession of the earth, Jesus is dispossessing Satan of the earth. Finally all the nonsense will stop for good. Jesus is coming to take control of the earth, Hallelujah!
Pastor Tom

(January 23 2017)
Revelation 5:6 "And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent into all the earth". Literally, millions of lambs were slaughtered over hundreds of years in the Old Testament Jewish sacrificial system, all of them pointing to the once and for all sacrifice of Jesus Christ, John the Baptist said about Jesus when he saw him coming, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world". The scene here in heaven is of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, who is in the midst of the throne of God because He is God. Jesus is also in the midst of the four living creatures because He is the creator of all. Jesus is in the midst of the Elders too, because He is the head of the church. Jesus is seen here as "a Lamb as though it had been slain" because Jesus was slain, sacrificed for our sins, yet He rose again from the dead and is alive forevermore. Horns speak of governmental power, Jesus is seen here with seven of them, seven speaks absolute power. Jesus is also seen here with seven eyes, picturing the face that He is omniscient, all knowing, He sees and knows absolutely everything. The thing that should strike us here is that when we first see Jesus in heaven (like The Apostle John here does) He is seen with the marks of His crucifixion. We did that to him, it was our sins nailed him to that cross, it was His love for us that kept him there, till our sins were paid for. Hallelujah. Are you ready to see Jesus?
Pastor Tom

(January 20 2017)
Revelation 5:5 "But one of the elders said to me, "do not weep. Behold, The Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose it's seven seals". The only one in heaven and earth found worthy to open the scroll and loose it's seals is "The Lion of the Tribe of Judah, The Root of David". Jesus Christ is the lion of the tribe of Judah. He is a descendant from the Jewish Tribe of Judah, the kingly Tribe of Israel, and as King of all Kings, Jesus is the lion of the "Tribe of Judah". Jesus is also The Root of David. Not just a descendant of King David, who is from the tribe of Judah, but King David's creator. As Jesus Christ begins to open the seals on the scroll, that triggers the coming seven year tribulation ("The Time of Jacob's Trouble") on this earth. Jesus will be in direct control of everything that happen during the Tribulation. Thank God we (The Church) will not be on Earth, but in Heaven with Jesus when that happens. Keep looking up.
Pastor Tom

(January 18 2017)
Revelation 5:4 "So I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it". The Apostle John who had been taken to heaven to witness future events is weeping and crying, he's torn up because of what's at stake. The scroll contains "The Title Deed" to the earth which was forfeited by man in the Garden of Eden because of the fall. Satan is now presently "the god of this world" (Second Corinthians 4:4), and is in control of it. If there is no one able to redeem this world back to man, God's original intention, the world will remain under the influence and control of satan forever. What we see in our world presently, the sin and rebellion is all there is left, if no one is able to open scroll and redeem the earth back to man, so John weeps and cries. Not to worry though, read Revelation 5, verses 5-7). Enter Jesus Christ. Stay tuned,
Pastor Tom

(January 16 2017)
Revelation 5:3 "And no man in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it". No ordinary man, whether in heaven, or on earth, or under the earth, has the right of redemption. or the power or authority to open the scroll ("The Title Deed to the Earth"), or for that matter to even look at it. There is only one Man who is able, Jesus Christ, who is a man, but not just a man, He is also God, God in human flesh. Jesus Christ is the only one able to look at and open the "Title Deed to the Earth" and redeem the earth back to man. Read Isaiah 59:16 and 63:3-4. Jesus Christ met all the requirements in order to open the scroll and loose it's seals, and He is about to do so, that's why it's called "The Day of The Lord". Jesus has done what it takes, and is about to open the scroll and release the Tribulation on this earth. There is still time to "decide" not to go through the Tribulation. Come to Jesus Christ, and be saved from it (First Thessalonians 5:9).
Pastor Tom

(January 13 2017)
Revelation 5:2 "Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose the seals?" In ancient Roman times, whenever a piece of property was about to change hands (be redeemed) it was announced by a public official. This seven sealed scroll (from verse one), this "Title Deed to the Earth" is about to be opened, and the announcement is not made by some public official, but "a strong angel" in heaven, probably "Gabriel" whose name means "strength". But not just anybody can open this "title deed", It can only be opened and redeemed by the person has the right and the ability to do so. As we will see there is only one person in the entire universe who has the right to redeem the earth back to Man, and that is Jesus Christ out Lord. Only God who created the earth, and gave the man who he created dominion over the earth, and then became a man himself can redeem the earth back to man. Then Jesus will set up His Kingdom on this earth. It's almost time, it's very close, Hallelujah.
Pastor Tom

(January 11 2017)
Revelation 5:1 "And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals". The Apostle John sees a scroll in the hand of God. This scroll has writing on the inside and outside, and was sealed with seven seals, very unusual to us, but not to those in ancient times. Roman law required that "a will" which included deeds of property to be sealed seven times. The first seal would be broken, the message would be read, then the next seal would be broken and the message would be read, etc. This scroll in Revelation chapter five is "The Title Deed" to this earth. God created this earth and handed it over to man, to have dominion over it. Man forfeited his dominion of the earth through the fall in the Garden of Eden. Satan "the god of this age" has had control ever since. Jesus Christ, who is God, who became a man, is about to take the earth and dominion over the earth back from satan and set up His kingdom on this earth, Hallelujah. read Revelation chapter five carefully, because we (the church) are going to see chapter five played out before our very eyes, right after we have been raptured and taken to heaven. Soon and very soon, we are going to see our king, Jesus Christ.
Pastor Tom

(January 9 2017)
Revelation 4:11 "You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for you created all things, and for your pleasure they exist and were created". The words "you are worthy" speak of the fact that The Lord Jesus Christ (God in human flesh) is the only one in the entire universe who deserves to be worshiped and praised. The words "to receive glory and honor and power" describe what the Lord Jesus Christ deserves. The words "for you created all things" tells us why the Lord Jesus Christ deserves to receive glory, honor and power. Jesus Christ is the Lord of all creation (Read John 1:3 / Colossians 1:16 and Hebrews 1:2). The words "and for your pleasure they exist and were created" tell us why God created what He did, including you and I. You and I were created by God for His pleasure, and we exist for His pleasure. When we decide to do what we were created to do, (worship Him), then God is glorified and we are edified (fulfilled). We are here for one reason, to bring glory and honor to God. Let's fulfill God's purpose for creating us and live to glorify and honor him, Amen?
Pastor Tom

(January 6 2016)
Revelation 4:10 "The twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:". The four living creatures can't take their eyes off of God, and are constantly crying "Holy, Holy' Holy" (verse 8). The twenty-four elders represent the completed church in heaven after the rapture of the church are continually saying "you are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for you created all things, and for your pleasure they exist and were created" (verse 11). The pre-occupation of heaven is worship, ascribing to God the glory He is due. In a sense, our present church worship services are all practice for the real thing. We cast our crowns (any rewards we receive in heaven) before His feet, for He alone is worthy. "Jesus did it all, all to him we owe". So it's off to heaven, we go. Amen?
Pastor Tom

(January 4 2016)
Revelation 4:9 "And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever,". These four living beings before the throne of God are heavens worship leaders. The twenty-four elders in heaven, who represented the completed church in heaven after the rapture of the church are taking their cue from these cherubim. These four living beings can not take their eyes off of God, crying Holy, Holy, Holy day and night, and when they do we also chime in "you are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you created all things, and for your pleasure they exist and were created" (verse 11). You and I were created by God to worship Him bring Him pleasure. When we seek to please ourselves, we are not answering God's purpose in creating us. It's when we seek to please god that we find our real purpose. We also find true pleasure in pleasing God. To think, that, we can actually bring pleasure to God, who loves us so much that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to die for our sins is something. Let's seek to please God, Amen?
Pastor Tom

(January 2 2017)
Revelation 4:8 "And the four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!". This is a quote from Isaiah chapter 6, verse 3. These four living beings (Cherubim) remind us of God's holiness. They are constantly in the presence of Almighty God, and they see everything. Interesting that they are before God's throne day and night from the time of their creation by god, and are genuinely taken with God and his holiness. Our God is eternal, always has been and always will be, "He was and is and is to come". The thing that this scene the Apostle John saw in heaven pictures is the worship of God Almighty in heaven. Can't wait to arrive and join in.
Pastor Tom

(December 30 2016)
Revelation 4:7 "The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf (ox), the third living creature had a face like a man, and the forth living creature was like a flying eagle". The Jewish Talmud sees these four living creatures as representing the four primary forms of life as God created them, (Wild Animals, Domesticated Animals, Man, and Birds). It's also important to note that O.T. Israel, before they settled in the land of Israel given to them by God, the twelve tribes encamped under four banners (the lion, ox, eagle and man). The presence of these four living beings around the throne of God in heaven pictures the fact that God is in the midst of his chosen people, Israel. Shame on President Barack Obama and Secretary of State, John Kerry and their recent move at the U.N. against the state of Israel. God is watching (Read Genesis 12:3) Pastor Tom.
Pastor Tom

(December 28 2016)
Revelation 4:6 "Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back". Many ancient kings had highly polished marble floors, on which their thrones sat. The marble floors separated them and their subjects. You did not dare step on that floor unless summoned by the king. The four living beings before the throne are Cherubim, an exalted order of angels. You can read more about these four incredible beings before the throne of God in the Old Testament book of Ezekiel, chapter one. The fact that they have eyes in front and behind pictures their awareness and knowledge. They are highly intelligent and efficient, nothing pertaining to their place and duty in heaven escapes their attention. They are eternally surrounding the throne of God, singing God's praises. If we were smart, we would do the same.
Pastor Tom

(December 26 2016)
Revelation 4:5 "And from the throne (of God) proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God". Now that the church is in heaven via the rapture, safe and out of danger (Revelation 4:1-2), the lightning and thunder signal the coming storm (tribulation) on earth. the seven lamps of fire burning before the throne of God are the seven angels which are ready to pour out God's wrath on the earth. (see Revelation 4:7, 8:2-5 and Hebrews 1:7). Judgment day is coming, we all know it, God's wrath will be poured out on this sinful, Christ rejecting world. We have had plenty of warning, yet we live as though there is no tomorrow. The only way to escape the wrath to come (the coming judgment) is to come to Jesus Christ. First Thessalonians 5:9 says that: "God has not appointed us (believers) to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ". The question is, are you saved?
Pastor Tom

(December 23 2016)
Revelation 4:4 "Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads". The next thing the apostle John sees is twenty-four elders all on thrones. Who are they? Because whoever they are, they are in heaven right after the church age and the rapture of the church (Revelation chapter 4:1-2), and not on earth during the entire tribulation period depicted in Revelation chapters 6-19). The number 24 in the Bible represents a larger number (a total group) of people. Things are said about these 24 elders that are said about the church in Revelation chapters 2-3). They are "sitting on thrones" (read Revelation 3:21). They are wearing "white robes" (read Revelation 2:10). They have "crowns" on their heads (read Revelation 2:10). These things are not said about any other group of people, only the church. Our conclusion is that the twenty-four elders represent the church, and are in heaven, not on the earth throughout the entire seven year tribulation period. This proves a pre-tribulation rapture of the church.
Pastor Tom

(December 21 2016)
Revelation 4:3 "And He who sat there (on the throne in heaven) was like a jasper and like a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald". The Apostle John saw God on his throne in heaven. The jasper stone is a crystal clear diamond like stone which speaks of God's light, his holiness. The sardius stone is blood red in color and speaks of God's judgment. The rainbow in color like an emerald reminds us of God's mercy. God is light and in him is no darkness at all. God is judge and he will judge the world for it's rejection of his son Jesus Christ, the only provision for our sin. At the same time God is merciful, not giving us what we deserve. We too will see God on his throne in heaven when we are raptured and taken to heaven. Let's keep looking up,
Pastor Tom

(December 19 2016)
Revelation 4:2 "Immediately I was in the spirit; and behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne". In Revelation chapter four, verse one, the Apostle John was translated into the future and transported "in spirit" to heaven. The timing of John's translation into heaven implies a pre-tribulation rapture of the church. It is after John, who represents the church is transported to heaven that the events of the coming seven year tribulation take place in the book of Revelation. If you look at the book of Revelation according to the divine outline given by God in chapter one, verse 19 it all fits. John said in Chapter four, verse one "After these things" (the church age as outlined in chapters two and three) John saw a door opened in heaven and a voice like that of "a trumpet", called him up to heaven. It says: "immediately John was "in the spirit". The same thing happens to us at the rapture of the church, "we who are alive and remain" will be transformed and taken up to heaven (read First Thessalonians 4:13-18 and First Corinthians 15:51-53). The first thing John sees in the throne of God. We too, will be "in spirit" at the rapture, and the first thing we will see when raptured and taken to heaven by Jesus Christ is the throne of God in heaven. Hallelujah. Can't wait.
Pastor Tom

(December 16 2016)
Revelation 4:1 "After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in Heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, "come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this". Back in Revelation 1:19 we have a divine outline for the book of Revelation. The Apostle John was told to "Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this". Three major divisions of the book of Revelation. In Chapter 1 John recorded what he had sees, his vision of Jesus Christ. In Chapters 2-3 John wrote about the things which are, the church age, and in Chapters 4-22 John wrote about "the things that take place after this", after the church age. The first thing that happens after the church age in Chapters 2-3 is the rapture of the church. Several things happen in verse 1, which indicate the rapture of the church. A voice in Heaven says "come up here" to Heaven, a door is open in heaven, a voice like a trumpet, in verse 2 John found him "in Spirit". Read First Thessalonians 4:13-18. Let's do what verse 18 says and "comfort one another with these words".
Pastor Tom

(December 14 2016)
Revelation 3:22 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches". All seven letters to all seven churches in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 end with this same admonition. Evidently we need to listen to what Jesus is saying in these letters. It's worth while to go back and read all seven letters to the churches in one sitting, and listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to us in each one. Notice that he pronoun "he" is singular, but the noun "churches" is plural. Though the message is for the entire church, only some will actually hear the message and apply the message to their own lives. I'm praying that I will take heed to the messages to the seven churches and I am praying that are reading these posts will do the same thing.
Pastor Tom

(December 12 2016)
Revelation 3:21 "To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My father on His throne". Those who believe in Jesus Christ, those who are born again are overcomers (Read First John 5:4-5). Jesus is promising that we who believe in him will enjoy fellowship with him in the coming Kingdom and throughout eternity. But that's not all, Jesus promises that we will sit on the throne that he shares with his father (God), meaning that we will rule and reign with Jesus Christ (Read Revelation 5:10). Our Lord Jesus Christ has a glorious future planned for us, can hardly wait.
Pastor Tom.

(December 9 2016)
Revelation 3:20 "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me". The condition of the last days church is so bad (Revelation 3:15-16) "Lukewarm") that Jesus Christ is standing outside of the church, knocking on the door to see if anyone will open the door and invite him in. How sad. Jesus stands outside the door of our hearts and is knocking. Have you opened the door to Jesus Christ and invited him into your heart? When you do, he will come into your life, forgive you of your sins and have fellowship with you. Imagine that, God wanting to spend time with you and I. God loves us, and he proved it by sending his son Jesus Christ to this earth to die on a cross for our sins. Only a fool would leave Jesus standing outside of their hearts and lives knocking. I answered the door 37 years ago, and have been enjoying Jesus' presence ever since. I recommend you do the same.
Pastor Tom

(December 7 2016)
Revelation 3:19 "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent". The Lord loves us deeply, how about that? Because the Lord loves us, he does not let us get away with things that are detrimental to our spiritual well being. As a loving father disciplines his children, for their own good, so too the Lord, our heavenly father disciplines us. When we are disciplined by the Lord, it is a proof that we are His and He loves us. We do not spank the neighbors kids, and neither does the Lord (Read Hebrews 12:6-10). Be zealous means get hot, quit being lukewarm, and repent means to change your mind about your true spiritual condition and turn fully to God. Does the Lord love you? do you love the Lord?
Pastor Tom

(December 5 2016)
Revelation 3:18 "I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint you eyes with eye salve, that you may see". According to Jesus, the Church in Laodicea was "wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked" (Verse 17). Jesus is counseling them to seek after spiritual riches rather than material blessing. They were wealthy, interesting that Jesus would counsel them to buy things that you can not purchase with money. Their trust was in themselves, they needed to place faith and trust in God (Read First Peter 1:7). They needed to be clothed in the Righteousness of Jesus Christ, rather than the beautiful garments that Laodicea was famous for. They needed to have their spiritual eyes anointed by God, opened to see spiritual truth, rather than anoint their eyes with the eye salve that Laodicea was famous for. Those in the church in Laodicea, who professed to know the Lord, but did not, needed spiritual riches, spiritual clothing, and spiritual vision, only God can give those things. They needed to be saved.
Pastor Tom

(December 2 2016)
Revelation 3:17 "Because you say, I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing, -- and do not know that you are wretched , miserable, poor, blind, and naked --". Jesus is talking to the "lukewarm", those who profess to know the Lord but do not (verse 16). They think everything is o.k. because they are being blessed financially. Some even see their financial success as God's stamp of approval on their lives. This kind of person, because of their success, has become unaware of their real spiritual need. When in reality they are wretched (sinners), miserable (to be pitied not envied), poor in the things of God, blind to spiritual truth, and naked, (not clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ). This kind of person is worse off than others, because they are unaware of their true condition. They by their own assessment o.k. These are sometimes the hardest people to reach, because they by their own admission have no need. The church in Laodicea had become just like the world around them, and were even comfortable being there. How sad. I think it wise from time to time, to ask God what He thinks about us and where we are at with Him, Amen?
Pastor Tom

(November 30 2016)
Revelation 3:16 "So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold or hot, I will spew you out of My mouth". The lukewarm are those who profess to be Christians but are not. They are in the Church, but not of it. These are the "tares among the wheat" (Matthew 13:24-30), These are the "Birds which lodge in the branches" of the church (Matthew 13:31-32), the "Leaven in the meal" (Matthew 13:33), and the "Bad fish in the dragnet" (Matthew 13:47-50). Jesus says that he will vomit them out of his mouth. Vomiting is a violent expulsion of something that is making the body sick. The truth is that there are a lot of people in Churches who have never been "Born Again", who have never made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ (read Matthew 7:21-23). This is a serious message to unbelievers, and has eternal consequences. Read also John 3:16.
Pastor Tom

(November 28 2016)
Revelation 3:15 "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or Hot". Jesus says "I know your works" to every single one of the seven churches in Revelation chapters two and three. Jesus knows our works, every single one of us. He knows what we do and what we do not do, and he knows our motive in every case. Jesus says to those in the church in Laodicea, "you are neither cold nor hot". Laodicea was part of a Tri-City area which included the cities of Colossee and Hieropolis. Colossee was known for their crystal clear cold water, and Hieropolis was known for their hot medicinal waters, both useful. But, Laodicea was known for their lukewarm, putrid stinking waters, which were of no good use. Jesus says to them "I could wish you were cold or hot". The hot are true believers, the Cold are unbelievers, and the lukewarm are those in the church who claim to be believers but are not. If a person is hot they have a effect on others, if they are cold, believers can have an effect on them, but the lukewarm think they are alright when they are not. What temperature are you?
Pastor Tom

(November 25 2016)
Revelation 3:14 "And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, These things says the Amen, The faithful and True Witness, The Beginning of the Creation of God:" This is the seventh and final letter that Jesus writes to the Seven Churches in Aisa Minor in the first century A.D. Those seven Churches are long gone, but the messages to those churches still applies to Churches and individual believers today. The Church of the Laodiceans represents the last days Church, the Church whose problem is "Material Prosperity". In the Introduction to each of these Seven Letters to the Seven Churches there is a description of Jesus Christ taken from chapter one (Revelation 1:13-18). The description of Jesus Christ in each of these Seven Letters helps us understand the churches problem and the solution to their problem. The word "Amen" from verse 1 is the best known word in the world, it means something is true and we all agree to that truth by saying "Amen". Jesus is the truth of God, Amen? Jesus is the "Faithful and True Witness" The original Greek word for "witness" is martyr, meaning someone who would die for the truth they proclaim. Jesus died for the truth of the Message He proclaimed. Jesus is also the Beginning of the Creation of God" The original Greek word beginning is "ar-che", it the means by which something comes into being, the origin, the active cause. Jesus Christ is the Creator of everything because he is God (read Colossians 1:16). Jesus' introduction to the Church of Laodicea teaches us that we need to believe in and trust Jesus Christ for everything, especially our salvation.
Pastor Tom

(November 23 2016)
Revelation 3:13 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches". Are we as Christians really paying attention to the days we are living in? Are we ready for the return of Jesus Christ? If you are reading this and are not Born Again, do not put it off another minute. Bow your head, confess your sins, and ask Jesus Christ to forgive you your sins and be the Lord of your Life (Romans 10:9-13).
Pastor Tom

(November 21 2016)
Revelation 3:12 "He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. And I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name". The overcomers are the true believers (First John 5:4). What the church is being promised here by Jesus Christ is a permanent place in heaven with Him. This is of special significance to those in the ancient city of Philadelphia (in Asia Minor), who were constantly being shaken by earthquakes. After these earthquakes the only thing left standing were the pillars in the pagan temples. Jesus says He will make us a pillar in the temple of My God. Nothing will ever separate us from our home in heaven with Jesus Christ. And on top of that to have God's Name and the name of God's eternal city "The New Jerusalem" written on us. We are God's eternal possession, and we will abide with Him eternally, and we will reflect His name (His eternal glory) forever. We have a glorious future with Jesus Christ.
Pastor Tom

(November 18 2016)
Revelation 3:11 "Behold, I come quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown". In Revelation chapter three, verse 10 Jesus promised the Church that he is going to keep them from (lit: "out of") the "Hour of Trial" (the coming 7 year tribulation period). I.e. the rapture of the Church is before the coming Tribulation (Pre-trib). Having just said that, Jesus now says "Behold, I come quickly", referring to the nearness and suddenness of his coming for the Church. It is a word of warning to us believers to be ready for his coming for us. We absolutely believe that Jesus Christ could come for us at any moment, yet it's a part of our human nature to think we have more time that we do when it comes to the rapture of the Church. When Jesus comes for us, there will not be any time to get our house in order, so we are ready each and every day. Most believe that the "Crown" Jesus is referring to is the crown of rewards. Only genuine believers in Jesus Christ, are truly watching and making themselves ready for his return, and they receive crowns. Keep looking up, Jesus is coming for us any moment.
Pastor Tom

(November 16 2016)
Revelation 3:10 " Because you have kept the Word of my patience I will also keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth". The original Greek text of this verse says: "I will also keep you (out of) the hour of trial". This is a promise to those who are true believers, that they will not go through the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole earth (the coming seven year tribulation) (Read Second Peter 2:9 and First Thessalonians 5:9). The phrase "those who dwell on the earth" means to identify with the earth and is never used in the book of Revelation for believers, only unbelievers. We the church will be raptured and be together with the Lord Jesus in heaven before the coming seven year Tribulation. We will be taken out before the Tribulation (pre-trib). This is a reason for rejoicing, thank you Lord Jesus.
Pastor Tom

(November 14 2016)
Revelation 3:9 "Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie -- indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you". Throughout Church history, unbelieving Jews have persecuted true believers, and false believers have persecuted the Jews. The Jewish unbelievers in Philadelphia persecuted the true believers (the church) there. They are not Jews in the true sense of the term. They were not committed to the Jewish Messiah, their religion was only outward, external, and not from the heart. Jesus calls it the Synagogue of Satan because Satan is involved in all false religion. In the end, Jesus will honor us who are true believers in the eyes of all those unbelievers (Jew and Gentile) who have been hostile to us believers. We win in the end, Praise God.
Pastor Tom

(November 11 2016)
Revelation 3:8 To the church in Philadelphia (Verse 7) Jesus says: "I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, and have kept my word, and have not denied my name". The Key that opens a the door of a persons heart to Jesus Christ and his salvation is the gospel message. The open door is the opportunity to share the gospel message (Acts 14:27 / First Corinthians 16:7-9 / Second Corinthians 2:12). We in America have been given an open door to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, we need to do that while we still can. The Lord opens the heart, the Lord opens the door of opportunity, but we need to walk through that door, before the opportunity passes. They have "a little strength", though we are weak, we can always depend upon the Lord's strength. They "kept His word", they were dedicated to God's word. They had "not denied his name", they were devoted to the Lord Jesus no matter what. Dependent upon God, Dedicated to God's Word, and Devoted to Jesus Christ, Amen?
Pastor Tom

(November 9 2016)
Revelation 3:7 "And unto the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, These things says He who is holy, He who is true, He who holds the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens". Jesus Christ is Holy (there is no one like him) and True (faithful). What you see is what you get. When we want to honor someone, we give them the Key to the City. Having the "Key of David" means that Jesus Christ is honored above all, and is in complete control of all (Read Isaiah 22:20-22). Having the "Key of David" gives Jesus access to the royal household and treasures of King David. It is literally the Key to the Kingdom. Jesus gave the Apostle Peter the "Keys to the Kingdom" (Read Matthew 16:15-18), which is the Gospel, the key that opens a persons heart so they can enter the Kingdom. Jesus opens the door of salvation to those who receive him, and no one can shut it. Jesus shuts the door of salvation to all those who do not receive him as Lord and Savior, and no one can open it. The Key to Salvation and to the Kingdom of God is Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen?
Pastor Tom

(November 7 2016)
Revelation 3:6 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches". All seven letters that Jesus wrote to the seven churches end with the same words. Notice the singular pronouns "he" and "him" and the plural noun "churches". The point is, though the letter is written to the entire church, only certain individuals in the church will actually listen to the message and apply it to their lives. Also, each of the letters, though written to individual churches, is not just for that church, but for all the churches (plural). We call ourselves Christians, we have a name which says we are alive, but do actually have a vital personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Are we still excited about worship and the word of God? Thanks again Jesus, for reminding us.
Pastor Tom

(November 4 2016)
Revelation 3:5 "He who overcomes (Read First John 5:4-5) shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before my father and before His angels". Not everyone in the church in Sardis were true believers, genuinely saved. The same is true today, not everyone in the church is a true believer, and has had their garments washed in the blood of Jesus Christ, making them "white". For those who are true believers, their names will never be taken out of the "Book of Life" and Jesus will confess them before His father and His angels in heaven (Read Matthew 10:32-33). In many ancient cities including Sardis, your name could be stricken from it's rolls for a violation of it's rules, not so with the "Book of Life", our names have been written there from eternity past and will remain there for eternity future, Praise God. The important thing here is to know that your name is written in the "Book of Life". Come to Jesus Christ and Confess Him as your Lord and Savior, and you will find that your name has been written in the "Book of Life". If you chose not to come to Christ, you will find that your name is not written in the "Book of Life". Why wait, place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ today.
Pastor Tom

(November 2 2016)
Revelation 3:4 "You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy". Even though many in the church in Sardis were nor genuine believers (they had defiled garments), and in fact were dead, the Lord Jesus always has some ("a few") who are genuine. Jesus always has his faithful remnant, in fact that's what Sardis means "Remnant". These faithful few are clothed in white (His righteousness) and will walk with him. Genuine believers are clothed in white (His righteousness). Those who are not genuine, are clothed in their own righteousness, and they will not make it. Thank God for the righteousness which is in Jesus Christ (Read Romans 3:21-22).
Pastor Tom

(October 31 2016)
Revelation 3:3 "Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you". The church in Sardis is told to remember HOW they received and heard, not when or even what, but HOW. Do you remember what it was like when we first got saved, how we were hungry for God and his word, and we could't get enough. We need to go back to that. They are told to HOLD FAST which means to be faithful, and they are told to REPENT of their spiritual apathy. To repent is a choice to change which involves our minds and wills. So we ask God to renew us in worship, renew us in our desire for Him and His word. And then Jesus warned them to WATCH, and if they did not he would come upon them as a thief in the night. The ancient city of Sardis was taken by surprise attack in the night, three different times in it's history because they were not watching, they were asleep. We need to be watching and waiting for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, lest we be caught sleeping, amen?
Pastor Tom

(October 28 2016)
Revelation 3:2 "Be watchful and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God". The church in Sardis was dead, but not totally dead. Jesus looks at them and says, there are some things that if you would do would transform you back into what you once were. They are told to "Be watchful" because they were spiritually asleep, (Read Matthew 24:42, Colossians 4:2, First Thessalonians 5:6, and First Peter 5:8). They are then told to "strengthen the things that remain", the word strengthen comes from the Greek word (ster-rid-zo) where we get the word steroid. They needed to rebuild the things that were once important, that made them alive, read and study God's word, pray, worship God, serve God, trust God for everything and tell others about Jesus Christ and his salvation. Nothing will invigorate us like doing those things. Let's throw a few logs on the fire, Amen?
Pastor Tom

(October 26 2016)
Revelation 3:1 "And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write, 'These things says He who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars: "I know your works, that you have a name that says you are alive, but you are dead." How would you like Jesus to say that to you? The church in Sardis is the church in "Spiritual Apathy". Apathy means no feeling, no emotion, in this case no passion for God. Jesus has nothing positive to say about this church. Like the city of Sardis the church in Sardis was living in it's past. There was a day when they had passion for God, but that day was in the past. They had settled for being proud of their past, but there was nothing recently to be proud of, no recent growth, no victories , etc. It's easy for us to go through all the motions of being Christians and going to church, without there being any real emotion or passion for God. When that happens we need to repent and ask the Lord to rekindle the flame in our hearts for Him. We need to fall back in love with Jesus Christ. There are five things that Jesus tells them to do in order to become alive again, we will look at those in the next few posts. Meanwhile, let's make an honest assessment of our lives.
Pastor Tom

(October 24 2016)
Revelation 2:29 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches". Jesus ends all seven letters to the seven churches in the book of Revelation with this same admonition. Notice that though the seven letters are written to churches, only certain individuals within those churches are addressed here, "those who have an ear". Those who have an ear are those who listen to and apply the message Jesus gives to their lives. It's a sad thing that Jesus Christ speaks to the entire church, but only certain in the church are listening. Jesus give us ears to hear what you are saying to us in these last days.
Pastor Tom

(October 21 2016)
Revelation 2:28 "And I will give him the morning star." Not only is the overcomer (those who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ) promised a place authority and rule among the nations during the coming kingdom age (Revelation 2:26), but they will also receive "the morning Star" (Read Revelation 22:16). Jesus Christ is the Morning Star. Jesus Christ himself will be the believers gift at His return. There is nothing better that to know that we belong to Jesus and Jesus belongs to us in a special way. It's all about Jesus, Amen?
Pastor Tom

(October 19 2016)
Revelation 2:27 "He (Jesus) shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the potter's vessels shall be broken to pieces'-- as I also have received from my Father;" There is coming a new world order, but not the one that the world is currently trying to set up. Jesus Christ is coming to rule and reign on this earth and He will rule the nations of this earth with a "Rod of Iron", meaning He will break those nations who do not get in line. That promise is from Psalm 2:9, it is also mentioned again in Revelation 12:5 and 19:15. Our world is currently posturing itself for a one world government, we see that reflected in the coming U.S. elections. And there will be a one world government for a short time, seven years, until Jesus Christ comes back to the earth and puts an end to it (Revelation 19:15). Then Jesus will sit upon the throne of King David and He will rule and reign on this earth for a thousand years, and we believers will rule and reign with him (Revelation 20:4). Hang in there, the best is yet to come.
Pastor Tom

(October 17 2016)
Revelation 2:26 "And he who overcomes and keeps my works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations--". Over comers, overcome the world that is going down by trusting in Jesus Christ (Read First John 5:4-5). Jesus' disciples asked Jesus, "what must we do to do the works of God?" Jesus answered and said: "you must believe in Him who He sent". Jesus promises Over comers power over the nations. We believers will Reign and Rule alongside of Jesus Christ during the Millennium, the coming kingdom of God upon this earth (Read Revelation 5:10). We must place our faith and trust in Jesus Christ and what He did for us on the cross and not our own efforts for our salvation. Those who do so are overcomers. If you have not done so, why wait?
Pastor Tom.

(October 14 2016)
Revelation 2:25 "But hold fast what you have till I come". The admonition to all us believers is "Hold fast till Jesus Christ comes again". We are to stand fast, and not let go of Jesus and our faith in him no matter how difficult thing get for us. We must bear in mind that we are but, strangers and pilgrims in this world, we are just passing through, and this is not our home. Our hope is in the future, when Jesus Christ returns for us his church in the Rapture. (Titus 2:13 "Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of the great God and our savior Jesus Christ"). We are to constantly be looking up for our redemption is near.
Pastor Tom.

(October 12 2016)
Revelation 2:24 "But to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, and who have not known the depths of Satan, as they call them, I will put on you no other burden". Notice where the doctrine (false teachings) come from, from Satan. No matter how bad things get, God always has a faithful remnant of true believers, in every church, in every age, and they will not suffer His judgment, praise God. God is faithful to the faithful, to the true believers in the church of Thyatira, who are not wrapped up in idolatry and immorality (verse 20) like the others, they will not suffer God's judgment (verse 22-23). God knows those who are His and who are committed to him and His word.
Pastor Tom.

(October 10 2016)
Revelation 2:23 "And I will kill her children with death. And all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts, And I will give to each one of you according to your works". All of those who follow the teachings and practices of the Church in Thyatira and this woman Jezebel are unbelievers and will suffer eternal death (Read Revelation 17:15-18). Jesus knows the minds and hearts of all who profess to know God, and all who believe their own works will save them (Verse 19). Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart. He knows the true condition of the heart. He knows whether or not a person is saved. We need to trust in Jesus Christ alone and what He did on the cross for us, for our salvation. Our works are a result of our salvation, they do not save us.
Pastor Tom.

(October 7 2016)
Revelation 2:22 "Indeed, I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds". The Lord gave Jezebel a chance to repent and she would not. There comes a time, when after repeated warnings to repent, there is no more warning, only sure judgment. Jezebel had enjoyed a bed of sexual immorality, so the Lord will cast her into a sickbed, and if those who follow her do not repent, they will be left behind when the true church is raptured and will find themselves in the great tribulation with the rest of the unbelieving world as well (Read Matthew 7:21-23). Our Lord Jesus never brings judgment where he has not first given ample warning. We would be wise to take His warnings seriously.
Pastor Tom.

(October 5 2016)
Revelation 20:21 "And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent". There was a woman in the Church of Thyatira who the Bible compares to King Ahab of Israel's wicked wife Jezebel (1 Kings 21:25 says: "But there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do wickedness in the sight of the Lord, because Jezebel his wife stirred him up"). This woman Jezebel had a bad influence on the Church in Thyatira. Jezebel represents all sinful things that influence the church today, (false prophets and false teachers / false doctrine / sexual immorality, etc.). God gave her time to repent, but she did not repent. The thing we believers need to take away from Revelation 2:21 is to not allow sinful people and influences to take root in our lives or the life of the church. We need to be quick to repent of sinful influences in our lives.
Pastor Tom.

(October 3 2016)
Revelation 2:20 "Nevertheless, I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce my servants to commit sexual immorality and to eat things sacrificed to idols". The whole problem in the church at Thyatira can be summed up with this woman, Jezebel, who was teaching and seducing it's members. Jezebel in the Old Testament, was the pagan wife of King Ahab. Jezebel introduced Israel to the idol worship and sexual immorality that was a part of her pagan belief system, and this woman in the church in Thyatira is being compared to her. She claimed to speak for God, it does not say she is a prophetess; it says "she calls herself a prophetess". Like Jezebel she introduced pagan practices into the church, and they let her. It was during this time in church history that statues and relics became a part of the churches worship, It's idolatry. It's at this time in church history that celibacy was started which has caused church leaders to fall into sexual immorality. What the early church did not allow, this church was now allowing, that's how compromise comes in, it's gradual and subtle. Let's beware,
Pastor Tom.

(September 30 2016)
Revelation 2:19 "I know your works, your love, your service, your faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first". Jesus knows everything we do or do not do, he knows whether our works are motivated by love or not. Jesus knows what we do for others, and he knows all about our faith. Jesus sees our patience (endurance that results from our faith). Jesus also noticed that this church was becoming more active in the things of God as time went on, and not less. In fact Jesus mentions their works four times in his letter to them. Unfortunately, this was a church that trusted in their own works for their salvation, rather than what Jesus Christ had done for them on the cross. It's possible for you and I to begin to trust in our works, like they did. It's also possible to think everything between us and the Lord is o.k. when it's not, because we are still serving the Lord. Once in a while we need to stop and take stock of things between us and the Lord.
Pastor Tom.

(September 28 2016)
Revelation 2:18 "And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, these things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a fame of fire, and His feet like fine brass: The description of Jesus Christ here is taken from Revelation 1:13-14. The church in Thyatira was getting weak on the deity of Jesus Christ and needed to be reminded that Jesus is the Son of God, and he alone is to be worshipped. His eyes "like a flame of fire" reminds us that his gaze is penetrating and he sees all (see Hebrews 4:13). His feet "like fine brass" reminds us of the coming judgment. Brass in the Bible often speaks of judgment. (see also Revelation 19:15). The church in Thyatira needed to be reminded that Jesus sees all, and that when he returns he is bringing judgment. That's a good reminder for all of us.
Pastor Tom.

(September 26 2016)
Revelation 2:17 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it". In all seven letters Jesus wrote to the churches, there is an invitation to hear the message to all the churches. Jesus is the hidden manna from heaven, that whoever eats will live forever (John 6:48-51). The Romans used white stones with names written on them to grant worthy citizens admission to the games, and to receive food. They were stones of acceptance. This white stone Jesus promises true believers is a stone of acceptance into heaven, where the real food is. Let's seek after Jesus' acceptance and not worry about the world's approval. Amen?
Pastor Tom.

(September 23 2016)
Revelation 2:16 "Repent or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth". Five of the seven churches that Jesus wrote to are told to repent. Not only are individuals told to repent, but churches are told to repent as well. Notice the change in pronouns, "I will come to (you) and fight against (them)". The (you) are true believers, the (them) are not, they are those who hold the doctrine of Balaam (Verse 14) and those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans (Verse 15). These are the tares among the wheat, who infiltrate the church and cause the church to compromise. The individuals and the churches that have tolerated these need to repent. The church in Pergamos failed to use God's Word ("the sword of his mouth") to fight against these false teachers, so Jesus will do it himself. We need to clean up our ranks before Jesus does.
Pastor Tom.

(September 21 2016)
Revelation 2:15 "Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate." The name Nicolaitans comes from two words, Nico which means to "conquer", and Laos which means "laity" or the people. It means to set up a priesthood, a spiritual hierarchy, between God and men. First Timothy 2:5 says: "There is one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus." Jesus says he hates it, because he died so that all men could come directly to God through him. It's interesting that what the church in Ephesus did not tolerate (in Revelation 2:6) is now common practice in the church in Pergamos. Let's beware of Religious compromise in the church and in our lives personally.
Pastor Tom.

(September 19 2016)
Revelation 2:14 "But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine (teaching) of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality." The church in Pergamos had compromised by allowing false teachers to infiltrate their ranks. They eventually compromised with the pagan religious practices of the day, idolatry and sexual immorality. They lowered the biblical standard for God's people and lived like the unbelievers around them. Compromise always ends up there.
Pastor Tom.

(September 16 2016)
Revelation 2:13 "I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan's throne is. And you hold fast to my name, and did not deny my faith even in the days in which Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells." Jesus knows everything about us, what we do and don't do, where we live, etc. He knows the spiritual dangers we face because of where we live, even where Satan is in proximity to us and what Satan is doing to try and destroy our faith. He know how strong our faith is, and will not allow Satan to destroy it. Jesus knows those (by name) who hold fast to what we believe, and everyone who dies for what we believe. We are not sure how hostile our world will become before The Lord raptures us, but like Antipas we are never going to deny Christ's name or what we believe about Christ, amen?
Pastor Tom.

(September 14 2016)
Revelation 2:12 "And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write, these things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword:" The Church in Pergamos represents religious compromise. The Church in Pergamos was no longer standing for the truth of God's Word, and before long it was hard to tell the difference between it and the paganism around it. It's possible for the church to compromise with the world, it's also possible for individual Christians to compromise with the world around them. He who has the two-edged sword is Jesus Christ, the head of the church. The two-edged sword is the Word of God which precedes from Jesus' mouth (read Revelation 1:16 and Hebrews 4:12). The way to stem the tide of compromise in our lives and the life of the church is by reading and heeding the Word of God. God's Word keeps us from sin, sin keeps us from God's Word.
Pastor Tom.

(September 12 2016)
Revelation 2:11 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches; He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death". In every one of the seven letters to the seven churches, Jesus says "He who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the churches" The truth is that not everyone in the church actually listens to what the Holy Spirit is saying to them in the Word of God. Let's make sure we take God's word seriously. The overcomers are those who believe God's word and do what it says (read First John 5:4-5). Those who do will not suffer the second death. The first death is physical death, we will all suffer that, the second death is the Great White Throne judgment in Revelation 20:11-15) which is eternal separation from God. Thank God for his promise to the church.
Pastor Tom.

(September 9 2016)
Revelation 2:10 "Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, so that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life." The Church in Smyrna represents the persecuted Church. Notice where the persecution is coming from, the devil, he's behind it all. Notice that there is a divine reason behind the churches persecution, testing purifies us. It's easy to be courageous when there is no opposition to our faith, but what do we do when there is? We are given two commands, "Do not fear", and "Be faithful until death". A Christians death is not an enemy, but a friend which ends all suffering, and opens the door to eternal life. Let's remember our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering because of their faith in Jesus Christ and pray for them.
Pastor Tom.

(September 7 2016)
Revelation 2:9 "I know your works, tribulation, and poverty, but you are rich; and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan". The Church in Smyrna was heavily persecuted, and represents the persecuted Church throughout it's history. We have a tendency to think that no one knows what we are going through, that no one cares, but Jesus knows and he cares. Jesus knows everything we do for him as believers (Hebrews 6:10), and everything we go through. He knows about the trials and tribulations, the persecution, and those who persecute us. He knows about the poverty some Christians suffer at the hands of their persecutors and reminds us that we are in fact rich in God, in that which really matters (Matthew 6:19-21). The early Church was especially persecuted by the Jews, those who are not really the people of God, but are tools in the hands of Satan, to persecute true believers (Read Revelation 3:9). The Lord Jesus Christ knows us and everything we are going through, and he is going to make it right, Amen? Hang in there, Church.
Pastor Tom.

(September 5 2016)
Revelation 2:8 "And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things says the first and the last, who was dead, and is alive." The church in Smyrna experienced satanic opposition like few have. Christianity was not too popular in a day and age when Emperor worship was the state religion. Tens of thousands of Christians died at the hands of a government and a society which worshiped it's leader (Emperor). The name Smyrna comes from Myrrh, a resin taken from a bush like tree, when crushed releases a beautiful fragrance. Like Myrrh, the lives of those Christians when killed (crushed) for their faith in Jesus Christ, released a sweet aroma pleasing to God. How appropriate that Jesus would remind the church in Smyrna, that he was dead, and is now alive. Eternal life solves every issue of this temporary earthly life, including death. Amen! The coming Anti-Christ and his world-wide government will put to death anyone who does not worship him and his kingdom (Revelation 13).
Pastor Tom.

(September 2 2016)
Revelation 2:7 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God." Jesus Christ is speaking to the church through the Holy Spirit. And though He is speaking to the entire church, only some ("those who have an ear") will hear the message and apply it to to their lives. Those who do ("the overcomers" (genuine believers) are promised eternal life, and a place in Paradise, God's eternal kingdom. The word Paradise means "garden of pleasure", it's what God has always intended for mankind. Let's listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to us in Revelation, Amen?
Pastor Tom.

(August 29 2016)
Revelation 2:5 "Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come unto you quickly, and remove your lamp stand from it's place--unless you repent." When we realize that we have left our "first love" (verse 4), we first need to stop and remember what it used to be like when we were totally in love with Jesus Christ. Then we need to repent, to change our minds and rekindle the flame, say no to the things which have gotten between us and the Lord. And we need to do our first works. First works are related to our "first love", it is dealing with priorities, begin doing again the things we used to do when we were in love with the Lord. Reading His word daily, praying each and every day, singing to and praising the Lord in and out of church, fellowshipping with other believers, sharing our faith with others. etc. If we don't remember, repent and do our first works, the light we once held out for Christ (our witness), will be diminished. It's sad when we consider that Islam is now the predominate religion in the area the seven churches in Asia once occupied. Let's fall back in love with Jesus Christ, Amen?
Pastor Tom.

(August 26 2016)
Revelation 2:4 "Nevertheless, I have this against you, that you have left your first love." The Church in Ephesus was Dedicated to the work, they were Discerning and Devoted, but their love for Jesus Christ was now not as fresh and new as it used to be. It's possible to think everything between us and the Lord is o.k. because we are busy in the Lord, working hard for the Lord, etc. It's possible to love the Lord, but no longer be in love with the Lord like we were at first. Jesus deserves our passion not just our perspiration, he wants emotion not just motion. Jesus cares more about us than what we do for him. Nothing is as important to the Lord as our love for him. Is our Love for Jesus a priority?
Pastor Tom.

(August 26 2016)
Revelation 2:4 "Nevertheless, I have this against you, that you have left your first love." The Church in Ephesus was Dedicated to the work, they were Discerning and Devoted, but their love for Jesus Christ was now not as fresh and new as it used to be. It's possible to think everything between us and the Lord is o.k. because we are busy in the Lord, working hard for the Lord, etc. It's possible to love the Lord, but no longer be in love with the Lord like we were at first. Jesus deserves our passion not just our perspiration, he wants emotion not just motion. Jesus cares more about us than what we do for him. Nothing is as important to the Lord as our love for him. Is our Love for Jesus a priority?
Pastor Tom.

(August 24 2016)
Revelation 2:3 "And you have persevered, and have patience, and for my name sake have labored, and have not become weary." The Lord Jesus Christ notices everything we do for him and for others. Do not be discouraged, be encouraged (read Galatians 6:9 and First Corinthians 15:58). Our devotion to and labor for the Lord will be well rewarded. Let's keep up the good work, It will be well worth it.
Pastor Tom.

(August 22 2016)
Revelation 2:2 "I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you can not bear them who are evil, and you have tried them who say they are Apostles, and are not, and have found them to be liars;" The church of Ephesus had a lot of good things going for it. Jesus commends them for their hard work and their labor in the things of God (they were Dedicated to the work), and Jesus commends them for their (Discernment in the work), they did not put up with sin, and they did not put up with false teaching and false teachers. They were dedicated and they were discerning, and in verse three we will see that they were also (Devoted to the work), But, the work became the focus and not the Lord Jesus Christ (verse 4). Let's not let this happen to us.
Pastor Tom.

(August 19 2016)
Relation 2:1 "Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write: These things says He that holds the seven stars in His right hand (Rev 1:13) , who walks in the midst of the seven golden lamp stands (Rev 1:16)." In each of the seven letters to the seven churches there is a description of Jesus Christ from chapter one, which is also a clue as to what was happening in that particular church. Jesus' right hand indicates his control, and the fact that Jesus walks in the midst of the churches pictures Jesus as the central figure of the church. Is Jesus Christ in control of your life, and is Jesus at the center of your life? If not, you may have "left your first love" (Rev 2:4) and need to get back (Rev 2:5).
Pastor Tom.

(August 17 2016)
Revelation 1:20 "The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand (verse 16), and the seven golden lamp stands (verse 13). The seven stars are the angles of the seven churches; and the seven lamp stands which you saw are the seven churches." There are differing views as to what the term "angels" represent (actual angels, church leaders, etc.). I believe the greater thing to focus on is the fact that the angels (i.e. messengers) are in the right hand of Jesus Christ (verse 16), and the fact that Jesus walks in the midst of the seven lamp stands, which are the churches. The churches (we) are lamp stands holding forth the light of Jesus Christ to the world around us which is full of darkness. There is no doubt, that Jesus Christ is in control of the church and it's message. Thank you Jesus.
Pastor Tom.

(August 15, 2016)
Revelation 1:19 "Write the things which you have seen" (in Chapter 1, the Apostle John saw Jesus Christ in all his heavenly glory, that's (the first division), "and the things which are" (in chapters 2-3 John recorded the seven letters to the seven churches, that's (the second division (which is the church age), "and the things which shall be after these things:" (in chapters 4-22 john recorded the things which "shall be after these things" meaning after the things of the church age, that's (the third division (which is all about the future, after the church is raptured). (chapter 1 is the first division, chapters 2-3 is the second division, and chapters 4-22 are the third division (all future). When we use this outline given by God, the Book of Revelation is not hard to understand at all.
Pastor Tom.

(August 12 2016)
Revelation 1:18 "I am He that lives, and was dead: and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen, and have the keys of hell and of death". Jesus Christ ("the first and last" from verse 17) is the eternal God. At a point in time Jesus (the eternal God) took on human flesh, died in that flesh, for our sins, and rose again from the dead, never to die again. Because Jesus Christ died for our sins, if we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and savior (Romans 10:9-13), we are Justified before God. It's (just as if we'd never sinned). And when we die physically, we too will rise from the dead, never to die again. We will live forever with Our God and savior, Jesus Christ. Notice also that Jesus Christ holds the keys of hell and of death. Jesus has complete control over the bodies and souls of all, not satan, praise God.
Pastor Tom.

(August 10 2016)
Revelation 1:17 "And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His right hand on me, saying unto me, fear not, I am the first and the last; Upon seeing Jesus Christ in all His heavenly glory as described in verses 13-16, the Apostle John falls down, he is absolutely overwhelmed, frightened. John had a healthy fear of God. No one can stand before the Lord and not be shaken by His presence and appearance, He is awesome, too holy to look at in our humanity. John's human weakness is answered by God's diving touch and consolation. Jesus said "fear not", words John had heard many times from Jesus while on earth. And then Jesus says he is "the first and the last", the title of God from Isaiah 46:6. He is before and above all, and he is after all. Jesus is the source and center of all life, he is the hub of the wheel. Can you imagine being in God's presence, seeing him, God speaking to you directly, and God laying his hand on you? Wow. We need to hear from God, we need his touch, and someday we too will see him face to face.
Pastor Tom.

(August 8 2016)
Revelation 1:16 "And He had in His right hand seven stars; and out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword; and His countenance was as the sun shines in it's strength." The seven stars are the angels (messengers) of the seven churches (verse 20). They are in Jesus' right hand, the place of power and control. The two-edged sword coming out of Jesus' mouth is the Word of God (see Hebrews 4:12 and Revelation 19:15). Then the Apostle John notices the striking brilliance of Jesus' face, as the shining sun. In the book of Revelation, the churches are lamp-holders, holding forth the light to a dark world, the angels are stars, but Jesus Christ (His face) is as the sun shining in it's strength. "God is light and in Him is no darkness at all". The glory of the Lord shines in and through us (his church). The entire world is going to see him at his second coming. Hope you’re wearing sunglasses.
Pastor Tom.

(August 5 2016)
Revelation 1:15 "And His feet like fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and His voice like the sound of many waters". Jesus' feet were like red-hot brass. Brass in the Bible often indicates judgment, as in this case. In several places in the Bible the Lord's feet are spoken of as involved in the judgment of unbelievers, (Isaiah 63:3, Revelation 19:5). Jesus' speaks with authority, his words are true and powerful, his voice is like the sound of many waters (Ezekiel 43:2). One day we will all look into the face of Jesus Christ and hear the voice of God saying "enter into the joy of the Lord" (how comforting), others will hear the words, "depart from me, I never knew you" (how terrifying). What words will you hear from Jesus? (please read: 2 Peter 3:9)
Pastor Tom.

(August 3 2016)
Revelation 1:14 "His head and His hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes were like a flame of fire;" White is the picture of wisdom and purity, it also speaks of Christ's eternal nature (Daniel 7:9). His look is piercing, searching all and seeing all (Daniel 10:6 / Matthew 10:26). Jesus Christ sees everything and everyone, no one will get away with anything. The same eyes which were filled with human tears while on this earth, are now like a flame of fire. I hope you have surrendered your life to Jesus Christ.
Pastor Tom.

(August 1 2016)
Revelation 1:13 "And in the midst of the seven lamp stands one like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girded about the chest with a golden girdle," Here in verses 13-16 we have the only description of Jesus Christ in the Bible. Jesus is seen in all of His heavenly Glory as God in His glorified human flesh. His clothing indicates two things, royalty and priesthood. Jesus Christ is both King and Priest. Jesus Christ is our king, and he is our High Priest. The priest's role was to represent God to the people, and to represent the people to God. Only a man can represent man to God, and only God can represent God to man, Jesus is both, God, who became a man. Who better to bring men to God than God who became a man? Thank you Jesus.
Pastor Tom.

(July 29 2016)
Revelation 1:12 "And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden lamp stands (lamp holders),". the Apostle John, in the book of Revelation, mentions 44 times that he actually "saw" these things. The Holy Spirit wants us to know that John was an eyewitness. From verse 20 we know that the lamp holders represent the seven churches he is writing this letter to. Notice the churches are lamp holders, and not themselves light, the Light which the church holds forth is Jesus Christ. We believers are to hold Jesus Christ up high so that the world can see him. Let's do that every day, Amen?
Pastor Tom.

(July 27 2016)
Revelation 1:11 "Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last; What you see (remember the Apostle John was an eyewitness to these future events), write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia: unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea." The Lord Jesus Christ told the Apostle John to address and send the book of Revelation to seven churches in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey). These seven church were in order on an ancient postal route. All seven churches were to get the Revelation and read it. The Book of Revelation is something that every every church, every believer ought to read. It is a letter from Jesus Christ to you and I, filling us in on future events. Inquiring minds want to know, don't you?
Pastor Tom.

(July 25 2016)
Revelation 1:10 "I was in the Spirit on (unto) the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet," The Apostle John was in the realm of the spirit (as opposed to the flesh), transferred unto the "Day of the Lord" (the coming seven year Tribulation period) and actually saw the events of the book of revelation unfold with his own eyes (verse 11). What John saw was the coming judgment on planet earth, the "Day of the Lord" unfolding. The voice that John heard was Jesus Christ. I.E. the Apostle John actually saw and heard everything he wrote in the book of Revelation firsthand, he was an eyewitness to the coming tribulation before it happens.
Pastor Tom.

(July 22 2016)
Revelation 1:9 "I John, who also am your brother and companion in tribulation, and in the Kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the island that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ." When the Apostle John wrote the book of Revelation, sixty years after the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ (95 a.d.) Christians were under heavy persecution by the Roman Government. The Roman Emperor "Domitian" ordered the Apostle John's death. They boiled John in hot oil, but he did not die, so they banned him to the island Patmos, in the Aegean Sea. It was there that God gave to John The Book of Revelation. The world means to persecute Christians, but God uses it to purify us and prepare us for His coming Kingdom. Jesus said: "in this world we will have tribulation, but be of good cheer because I have overcome the world". Someday soon, we are going to rise above it all, and be with Jesus Christ, like the Apostle John did. Praise God.
Pastor Tom.

(July 20 2016)
Revelation 1:8 "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty." How do you describe Jesus Christ, who is indescribable? Well, He is "alpha and omega", the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, i.e. Jesus Christ is all there is to say. He is the beginning and the ending, Jesus Christ is infinite. Jesus Christ is He "Who is, who was, and who is to come", eternal. And Jesus Christ is "the Almighty", the original Greek word is (autokrator) where we get the English word autocratic, meaning Jesus Christ is Sovereign over everything and everyone. Jesus Christ is everything we will ever need, forever, amen.
Pastor Tom.

(July 18 2016)
Revelation 1:7 "Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, and they also (the Jews) who pierced Him (Zechariah 12:10); and all the tribes of the earth (Gentiles) shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen. The word "behold" means pay close attention, i.e. never forget that Jesus Christ is going to return to this earth the same way he left this earth, "in the clouds" (Acts 1:9-11). The only difference is that this time every one will see His return (see also (Dan 7:13, Matt 24:30). It says people will wail (mourn) because of Him. Jesus Christ is returning to this earth at the end of the coming seven year tribulation, believers will mourn for him, and unbelievers will mourn because they literally "missed the boat" like those of Noah's day. Are you ready for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ? The only way to be ready is to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9-13)
Pastor Tom.

(July 15 2016)
Revelation 1:6 "And (Jesus) has made us a Kingdom of priests unto God and His Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen." We believers will rule and reign with Jesus Christ during the thousand year reign of Christ on earth. In response to that fact, we say "unto Him be glory and dominion forever and ever". There is a hint of our pre-trib rapture here (in verse 6) because we "kingdom of priests" are in heaven singing a new song before Jesus Christ opens the seals on the scroll which triggers the seven year tribulation on earth (read revelation 5:5-10). Make sure you read it in a good translation (Kjv or Nkj) Praise God. Pastor Tom.

(July 13 2016)
Revelation 1:5 "And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the Kings of the earth. Unto Him who loved us, and has washed us from our sins in His own blood," As "the faithful witness" Jesus Christ perfectly represented God, as "the first begotten of the dead" Jesus is the first raised from the dead never to die again, and as "the prince (ruler) of the kings of the earth, Jesus is sovereign over all the earth. And Jesus Christ loves us, he proved it at the cross, and at the cross Jesus has washed us from our sins. Only the blood of Jesus Christ (God in human flesh) can cleanse us from our sins. The book of Revelation is a letter to us from God and his son Jesus Christ. Let's read it.
Pastor Tom.

(July 11 2016)
Revelation 1:4 "John, to the seven churches which are in Asia; Grace be unto you, and peace, from Him who is, and who was, and who is to come (The eternal God), and from the seven spirits who are before His throne;" The "seven spirits before His throne", could be a reference to the completeness of The Holy Spirit, or to the seven angels (angels are spirits) who we see throughout the book of Revelation, who are carrying out God's orders. The book of Revelation is addressed to the seven churches which were in Asia minor at the time John wrote. The number seven in the Bible is the number of completeness, i.e. it is written to all the churches. Indeed we (the church) can take this as a personal letter from God to us. God wants to say some very important things to us (you and I) in these last days. We do well to listen very carefully, and ask Him for guidance along the way.
Pastor Tom.

(July 8 2016)
Revelation 1:3 "Blessed is he who reads, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things written in it; for the time is at hand." (also look at Rev 22:7) The book of Revelation is the only book in the entire Bible, which promises a blessing to those who read, hear and keep the things written in it. All three participles are in the present tense, meaning, he who keeps on reading, those who keep on hearing, and keep on keeping. Here to keep means to treasure, and to keep our eyes on with the idea of obeying. The blessing is two-fold, first we are blessed when we learn more about Jesus Christ in all his heavenly glory, and then again as we become more like Jesus Christ by beholding him in scripture (2 Corinthians 3:18). Are you ready to be blessed, read on.
Pastor Tom.

(July 6 2016)
Revelation 1:2 "Who (the Apostle John (Verse 1) bore witness of the Word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things he saw." The Apostle John heard God himself speak, he heard the testimony of Jesus Christ himself, and he saw these things with his own eyes, and he gives a faithful eyewitness account of what he heard and saw in the book of Revelation. John was taken to heaven (in Spirit (Rev 4:1-2), and was translated back and forth between heaven and earth several times during the Revelation. John also had 44 distinct visions where he actually saw these things taking place in the future. The Apostle John actually saw and heard the entire book of Revelation played out in front of his eyes and ears. The Bible says "in the mouth of two or three witnesses, the truth shall be established." So we have the witness of God, of Jesus Christ, and of the Apostle John. We can absolutely trust the book of Revelation when it comes to the truth concerning the future. Let's keep our eyes, ears and hearts open to what God wants to say to us in Revelation.
Pastor Tom.

(July 4 2016)
Revelation 1:1 "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him (Jesus), to show unto His servants (us) things which must shortly come to pass: and He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John (The Apostle John),". The Greek word for Revelation is "Apocalypse", it means to unveil (to reveal) something which was previously hidden. The Book of Revelation reveals Jesus Christ in all His heavenly glory, and it reveals the details surrounding His soon return to this earth to set up His kingdom. Our world is currently experiencing the birth pains that a woman in labor experiences as the Kingdom of God is being birthed. The pains (signs) of Jesus' return are coming more frequently and are more intense all the time. Are you ready for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ? Nothing is more important,
Pastor Tom.

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About Pastor Tom

Pastor Tom Luitwieler Tom Luitwieler grew up in Southern California, and graduated from high school in 1970. It was in 1980 that someone gave Tom one of Pastor Chuck Smith's books on Bible Prophecy called "End Times". He devoured the book in one evening and immediately knew that it was the truth, and that he needed to have Jesus Christ in his life.

It was then that Tom began to sense his need for Jesus Christ, but there was only one problem, he did not know what to say to Sandie, (the woman he was living with), they were not married, and he knew it was wrong.

What he did not know was that Sandie's sister and her sister's husband (who were Christians), and lived across the street from Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa had been praying for them. They would pray for them and when the opportunity presented itself, would share the Lord with them.
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Steps to Knowing Jesus

1) Admit your spiritual need. We are all sinners...people don't always like that title. The one word that defines all sin is the Greek word "harmatia" which means, "to miss the mark." What is God's mark? Jesus said, "Be perfect as My Father in heaven is perfect." Unless a person is perfect, he has missed the mark; therefore, he is a sinner. Romans 3:23 states "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

2) What is the result of sin? In Romans 6:23 we read, "The wages of sin is death..." Every one of us has missed God's mark. Every one of us falls short of being perfect. We are getting only what we deserve, and we are bringing judgment upon ourselves. One thing we need to remember is that God never sends anyone to hell. We send ourselves there by rejecting His truth.
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