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Lamb Slain Before the Foundation


Rev. 13:8

“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (KJV)

There are actually two legitimate ways this passage of scripture can be translated. One is as the KJV translated it; the other is as the New American Standard Version translates it. It says, “And all who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.” (Rev. 13:8NASB) The questions is, which was done “from the foundation of the world?” Were the names written in the book of life, or was the Lamb slain? Both ideas are supported elsewhere in scripture.

Rev. 17:8 supports the idea that the names that are in the Book of Life were entered there before the foundation of the world. It says, “The beast that you saw was and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and to go t…
May 6


HOW GREAT THOU ART!
English Words by Stuart K. Hine, 1899–
  Every day I will praise You and extol Your name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom. (Psalm 145:2, 3)
Today’s inspiring hymn of praise and adoration reminds us of God’s unlimited power and love in creation and redemption. Although written in the past century, the hymn has become familiar to congregations just since the close of World War II. It especially became an international favorite after the Billy Graham Evangelistic Team used it in their crusades during the late 1940’s and early 1950’s.
The original text was written by a Swedish pastor, Carl Boberg, in 1886. While visiting a beautiful country estate, Boberg was caught in a sudden thunderstorm. The awesome and violent lightning and thunder quickly ended, leaving clear brilliant sunshine and the calm, sweet singing of the birds in the trees. Falling on his knees in awe and adoration of Almighty God, the …
Leveraging Culture

The Monterey County Herald, May 25, 2002 edition is reporting that organized religion lost popularity during the 1990s. Americans who claim no religious preference rose from around 7% at the beginning of the decade to around 14% at the end of the decade. In an article published in the American Sociological Review, University of California at Berkeley Sociologists, Michael Hout and Claude Fischer said the change does not necessarily reflect a decrease in faith. “One of the points we’re trying to make is that most people who have no church still are likely to say things like, ‘God is real. Heaven and hell are real.” Hout said.

Their dissatisfaction isn’t with faith or with God, but with the church. Only 10% of those with no religious preference expressed a “great deal” of confidence in church leaders and churches. Perhaps that is to be expected. But less than half of people with a religious preference have a “great deal” of confidence in church leaders and churches.