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Outline to Revelation

Outline to RevelationRevelation 1:19 Excerpt Many understand this verse to provide the key to understanding Revelation. “What you have seen” is John’s vision of Jesus, found in chap. 1. “What is now” is reflected in the letters Christ dictates, to be sent to the seven Asia Minor churches, found in chaps. 2–3. And “what will take place later” is a vision of history’s end, correlated with the O.T. prophet’s vision of that time, found in chaps. 4–21. More Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day
Crucified with Christ
20 I have been hcrucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh iI live by faith in the Son of God, jwho loved me and gave Himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God; for kif righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died 1in vain.”[1] (Galatians 2:20-21, NKJV)

h [Rom. 6:6; Gal. 5:24; 6:14] i Rom. 6:8–11; 2 Cor. 5:15; [Eph. 2:4–6; Col. 3:1–4] j Is. 53:12; Eph. 5:2 k Heb. 7:11 1 for nothing [1]The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.

Mount Carmel

Mount Carmel ‎ Coming back to Lydda, we start with our pilgrims again toward Nazareth. The route north of Lydda is represented as leading by Antiratris and Bethar and Aner, in the Tretrarchy of Herod Archelaus. Entering the plain of Esdrælon, they would be in sight of Mount Carmel, overlooking the sea to their left. Carmel is one of the prominent objects in sight of which Christ grew up. It is one of the sacred mountains of Palestine. It is associated especially with Elijah—1 Kings 17:30. One thinks of the “Altar of God,” the “River Kishon,” and the failure of the “Priests of Baal.” The sea is invisible from the traditional spot of Elijah’s miracle, therefore the Prophet’s servant must have climbed to a higher point of Carmel to see a “little cloud no bigger than a man’s hand spring gradually over the sea.” Carmel is described as “a triangular block of mountains, the apex being the promontory on which the Carmelite monastery stands.” The little town of Haifa nestles under the promont…

Scene of a footrace

Scene of a footrace
‎The picture on a Greek vase shows a footrace. In antiquity, it was common for an athlete to compete naked in a contest. ‎1 Cor 9:24; Heb 12:1

Jerusalem: Chapel of the Ascension

Jerusalem: Chapel of the Ascension ‎ Jerusalem. The Chapel of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives, built over the rock from which, according to tradition, Jesus rose to heaven. A Byzantine chapel was built over the rock in the 4th century and, like many others, it was destroyed in the 7th century. A new church was built by the Crusaders in the 11th century, only to be destroyed in Saladin’s invasion. Peeping behind the Chapel is the tip of the bell-tower of the Russian Church of the Ascension, built in the 19th century.

God's Elect

God's Elect1 Peter 1:1 Excerpt These Christians lived in the Roman provinces which occupied the area of modern Turkey. They were a set of scattered groups and perhaps isolated individuals in a wide territory. In this respect they resembled the many Jews who lived in small communities scattered throughout the ancient world, and Peter’s wording deliberately echoes the self-description of the Jews as the scattered people outside their homeland. More Marshall, I. Howard. 1 Peter. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1991. Print. The IVP New Testament Commentary Series.

Connect the Testaments

April 7: An Irrational Life

Deuteronomy 11:1–12:28; 2 Corinthians 3:9–18; Psalm 35:12–28

Love is irrational. It requires doing things that compromise every survival instinct.

Moses tells God’s people to have a memory of what God has done among them and to love Him as a result: “And you shall love Yahweh your God, and you shall keep his obligations and his statutes and his regulations and his commandments always. And you shall realize today that it is not with your children who have not known and who have not seen the discipline of Yahweh your God, his greatness, his strong hand, and his outstretched arm” (Deut 11:1–2).

The Bible doesn’t say, “Keep Yahweh’s commandments when you feel like you love Him,” or “Keep Yahweh’s commandments when things are going your way.” It says, “You shall keep [Yahweh’s] … commandments always.” God’s greatest commandments are about loving Him and others (Mark 12:28–31; compare John 15:12).

We love God and keep His commandments because He first loved us; we…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 7

  We came unto the land whither thou sentest us … we saw the children of Anak there
Num. 13:27, 28
It is when we are in the way of duty that we find giants. It was when Israel was going forward that the giants appeared. When they turned back into the wilderness they found none.


Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

April 7th
Why are we not told plainly?

He charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead. Mark 9:9.

Say nothing until the Son of man is risen in you—until the life of the risen Christ so dominates you that you understand what the historic Christ taught. When you get to the right state on the inside, the word which Jesus has spoken is so plain that you are amazed you did not see it before. You could not understand it before, you were not in the place in disposition where it could be borne.

Our Lord does not hide these things; they are unbearable until we get into a fit condition of spiritual life. “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.” There must be communion with His risen life before a particular word can be borne by us. Do we know anything about the impartation of the risen life of Jesus? The evidence that we do is that His word is becoming interpretable to us. God cannot reveal anythi…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, January 7Go To Evening Reading

         “For me to live is Christ.” 
— Philippians 1:21
The believer did not always live to Christ. He began to do so when God the Holy Spirit convinced him of sin, and when by grace he was brought to see the dying Saviour making a propitiation for his guilt. From the moment of the new and celestial birth the man begins to live to Christ. Jesus is to believers the one pearl of great price, for whom we are willing to part with all that we have. He has so completely won our love, that it beats alone for him; to his glory we would live, and in defence of his gospel we would die; he is the pattern of our life, and the model after which we would sculpture our character. Paul’s words mean more than most men think; they imply that the aim and end of his life was Christ—nay, his life itself was Jesus. In the words of an ancient saint, he did eat, and drink, and sleep eternal life. Jesus was his very breath, the soul of his soul, the heart of his heart, t…