500 Years Ago on October 31st

500 yrs ago on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed these 95 Theses to the door of the church protesting unbiblical beliefs and teachings that were taught by the Roman Church. Today, we still need the Reformation, the back-to-the-Bible-movement. We still protest unbiblical doctrines. Read the 95 Theses here (its not that long):

95 Theses Text on Theopedia

 

An Outline on the Book of Revelation

Revelation Outline

I put this together for a course on Revelation I took during my M Div program at Luther Rice Seminary.

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I. Prologue/preface/introduction of the book (Revelation 1)

A. The prologue from Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:1)

B. The authorship of John (Revelation 1:1-2)

C. The blessing for those who read and heed the book (Revelation 1:3)

D. The destination: to the seven churches in Asia Minor (Revelation 1:4)

E. The praise to Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:5-8)

F. The provenance of John: Patmos (Revelation 1:9)

G. The proclamation commencing the book (Revelation 1:10)

H. The addressee of the book: to the seven churches in Asia Minor (Revelation 1:11)

I. The vision of Christ among the seven lampstands (Revelation 1:12-13)

J. The glory and splendor of Christ (Revelation 1:14-16)

K. The commission from Christ (Revelation 1:17-20)

II. Messages to the seven churches in Asia Minor (Revelation 2-3)

A. Ephesus: The “loveless church” (Revelation 2:1-7)

1. The commendation: rejects apostasy (Revelation 2:2-3,6)

2. The condemnation: lost first love (Revelation 2:4)

3. The consequence: repent or “lose candlestick” (Revelation 2:5)

B. Smyrna: The “persecuted church” (Revelation 2:8-11)

1. The commendation: Endured persecution (Revelation 2:9)

2. The comfort: Will receive crown (Revelation 2:10)

C. Pergamum: The “tolerant church” (Revelation 2:12-17)

1. The commendation: Did not deny His faith (Revelation 2:13)

2. The condemnation: tolerated apostate teaching (Revelation 2:14-15)

3. The consequence: repent or Christ will make war (Revelation 2:16)

D. Thyatira: The “pagan church” (Revelation 2:18-29)

1. The commendation: “deeds of late greater than at first” (Revelation 2:19)

2. The condemnation: tolerates “Jezebel” (Revelation 2:20)

3. The consequence: repent or be thrown on “bed of sickness” and children “killed with pestilence” (Revelation 2:21-23)

E. Sardis: The “dead church” (Revelation 3: 1-6)

1. The condemnation: “are dead” (Revelation 3:1)

2. The consequence: wake up and be strengthened (Revelation 3:2-3)

3. The commendation: a few remain alive (Revelation 3:4)

F. Philadelphia: The “mission church” (Revelation 3:7-13)

1. The commendation: kept His word (Revelation 3:8)

2. The comfort: will keep them from the hour of wrath (Revelation 3:9-10)

G. Laodicea: The “lukewarm church” (Revelation 3:14-22)

1. The condemnation: neither cold nor hot (Revelation 3:15)

2. The consequence: will “spew out of mouth” (Revelation 3:16)

III. Throne room vision of God (Revelation 4)

A. John comes up to Heaven (Revelation 4:1)

B. John sees the throne room of God (Revelation 4:2)

C. Throne room described (Revelation 4:3, 5-6)

D. Vision of twenty four thrones with elders (Revelation 4:4)

E. Vision of four beasts (Revelation 4:6-8)

F. The symphony of praise to God by the four beasts (Revelation 4:8-9)

G. The symphony of praise to God by the elders (Revelation 4:10-11)

IV. The opening of the seven-sealed scroll/book (Revelation 5-6)

A. Angel announces who is worthy to open the scroll/book (Revelation 5:1-3)

B. The Lamb (Jesus Christ) found worthy to open the scroll/book (Revelation 5:5-7)

C. All in Heaven praises and gives glory to the Lamb (Christ) (Revelation 5:8-14)

D. First seal broken: antichrist (Revelation 6:1-2)

E. Second seal broken: war (Revelation 6:3-4)

F. Third seal broken: famine (Revelation 6:5-6)

G. Fourth seal broken: death (Revelation 6:7-8)

H. Fifth seal broken: persecution of those saved in the Tribulation (Revelation 6:9-11)

I. Sixth seal broken: catastrophic judgment upon the earth (Revelation 6:12-17)

V. Salvation during the Tribulation (Revelation 7)

A. Sealing of the 144,000 Jewish evangelists (Revelation 7:1-8)

B. Saving of Gentiles during the Tribulation (Revelation 7:9-17)

VI. Opening of seventh seal and seven trumpet judgements (Revelation 8-11)

A. Seventh seal opened: commencement of seven trumpet judgments (Revelation 8:1-6)

B. First trumpet sounded: one third of grass and trees consumed (Revelation 8:7)

C. Second trumpet sounded: one third of sea creatures perish (Revelation 8:8-9)

D. Third trumpet sounded: one third of waters polluted (Revelation 8:10-11)

E. Fourth trumpet sounded: one third of day/night cut short (Revelation 8:12-13)

F. Fifth trumpet sounded: locusts from bottomless pit sting for five months (Revelation 9:1-12)

G. Sixth trumpet sounded: one third of people killed (Revelation 9:13-21)

H. Presentation of little book/scroll to John from angel (Revelation 10:1-7)

I. John “eats” the little book/scroll (Revelation 10:8-11)

J. Measuring of the temple of God (Revelation 11:1-2)

K. Sending of the two witnesses to earth (Revelation 11:3-6)

L. Destruction of the two witnesses from beast (Revelation 11:7-10)

M. Resurrection of the two witnesses back to Heaven (Revelation 11:11-14)

N. Seventh trumpet sounded: worshipping of God as sovereign (Revelation 11:15-19)

VII. Revealing of six persons/individuals (Revelation 12-13)

A. The woman with the child: Israel and Christ (Revelation 12:1-2; 5-6)

B. The dragon: Satan (Revelation 12:3-4)

C. The archangel: Michael, wars with dragon in Heaven (Revelation 12:7-11)

D. Beasts of sea and earth: antichrist and false prophet (Revelation 13:1-18)

VIII. Five visions revealed (Revelation 14)

A. Heavenly singers: 144,000 Jewish evangelists (Revelation 14:1-5)

B. Angel spreading the gospel across the earth (Revelation 14:6-7)

C. Destruction of Babylon (Revelation 14:8)

D. Announcement of destruction on those who took the mark of the beast (Revelation 14:9-11)

E. Angels announcing the “reaping of judgment” upon the earth (Revelation 14:12-20)

IX. Seven bowl judgements (Revelation 15-16)

A. Prologue to the seven bowl judgments (Revelation 15:1-8)

B. First bowl judgment: sores on people (Revelation 16:1-2)

C. Second bowl judgment: all seas destroyed (Revelation 16:3)

D. Third bowl judgement: fresh water destroyed (Revelation 16:4-7)

E. Fourth bowl judgement: sun scorches people (Revelation 16:8-9)

F. Fifth bowl judgment: place of beast’s rule darkened (Revelation 16:10-11)

G. Sixth bowl judgment: Euphrates River dried up (Revelation 16:12:16)

H. Seventh bowl judgment: Earthquake (Revelation 16:17-21)

X. Judgment against the harlot (Revelation 17)

A. The harlot described (Revelation 17:1-6)

B. The harlot revealed (Revelation 17:7-18)

C. The harlot destroyed (Revelation 17:16-17)

XI. Judgment against Babylon (Revelation 18)

A. Judgment against Babylon proclaimed (Revelation 18:1-8)

B. Judgment against Babylon carried out (Revelation 18:7-9)

C. Judgment against Babylon: the reaction (Revelation 18:9-13)

XII. Marriage supper of the Lamb and judgment against evil (Revelation 19)

A. God alone worthy of worship (Revelation 19:1-6)

B. Marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:7-9)

C. Jesus Christ judges evil (Revelation 19:11-20)

XIII. The binding, rebellion, and destruction of Satan (Revelation 20)

A. Satan bound for one thousand years (Revelation 20:1-3)

B. One thousand Millennial Kingdom of Jesus Christ (Revelation 20:4-6)

C. Satan let loose from bottomless pit and revolts, destroyed (Revelation 20:7-10)

D. Great White Throne judgment (Revelation 20:11-15)

XIV. The New Heaven and New Earth (Revelation 21)

A. New Heaven and New Earth described (Revelation 21:1-8)

B. New Jerusalem detailed (Revelation 21:9-27)

XV. Conclusion to the book (Revelation 22)

A. New Jerusalem detailed, continuance (Revelation 22:1-5)

B. Final blessing from Christ and commission to John (Revelation 22:6-10)

C. Final conclusion from Christ concerning His eternity and His coming (Revelation 22:12-17)

D. Final warning and conclusion to the book (Revelation 22:18-21)

Works Consulted

Butler, John G., Analytical Bible Expositor. Accordance electronic ed. LBC Publications, 2012.

Butler, John G., Synopsis. Vol. 1 of Daily Bible Reading. Accordance electronic ed. Clinton: LBC Publications, 2003.

Thompson, Frank Charles. Thompson Chain Reference Bible. Accordance electronic ed. Indianapolis: Kirkbride Bible Company, 2004.

The Problem with Ignoring Haters

The Problem with Ignoring Haters

The Problem with Ignoring “Haters”

While this is not by any stretch of the imagination a new problem within the Church it is still an issue that is still a little prevalent. And people like me (people who call out heresies and heretics for the nonsense or lack of biblical support) are considered haters by most of the unrepentant and heretical false teachers and their sheep– I mean goats.

The idea that I’m talking about is not ignoring trolls who are just out to start drama with ad hominem attacks and other nonsense. I’m specifically writing about how many Christians when having their beliefs tested by other believers will call them haters to defuse the discussion. The same could be said when pastors, preachers and speakers are called out for their heresy. They call their opponents haters and then ignore the issues. For a real world example look up Steven Furtick’s “hey haters” video as an example of when someone can’t actually defend their beliefs and resorts to name calling, motive accusations and straw man fallacies. In addition to that there are Christians who choose not to try to evangelize someone because they are a so-called hater.

 

Plot Twist

By this logic everyone is a hater too. If someone is a hater because they disagree with or dislike you or your ideas then you would be a hater to them for disagreeing with you and your ideas.  The hated also becomes the hater. But in many cases the haters aren’t considered haters because they have degree’s or fame that somehow magically makes them immune from such criticism. I call double standard! By this logic everyone is a hater or no one is a hater.

 

Ad Hominem Fallacy  

Normally people call someone a hater to strike credibility for selfish motive or lack of education. Accusing other people of wrong motive or credibility falls into a category of fallacy known as an ‘ad hominem.’ Even if a person is speaking out of wrong motive or does not have scholarly credibility does not prove they are wrong. A six-year-old can say the same thing as a college professor and it does not make it any less true. In addition, if facts are facts motive means nothing in the debate and would be categorized into a different debate altogether. These are just a couple of defusal tactics used by people when they cannot truly and logically defend themselves. Sadly, most people don’t even notice them.

 

Why Atheists have Stereotypes

This mentality was a worldly mentality long before it was adopted by the Church. Every time someone preaches it they’re saying I love everyone unless they don’t love or agree with me, then I’ll just self-righteously call them a hater and ignore their existence and the Biblical texts that say to love my enemies. In essence, it’s another way the Church is becoming more like the world and believing their right for doing so.

 

What does the Bible Say?

“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.”

–Luke 6:27-28 (ESV)

I’m fairly confident I don’t need to stay on this topic very long because most people already have a somewhat decent idea on how, Biblically, they’re to love their neighbors. The text is self-explanatory but there are people who use the lack of specifics to warp the passage. Let’s use the example of Christ.

“Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly, holding to the tradition of the elders, and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.) And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.” And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to God)— then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.” And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

–Mark 7:1–23 (ESV)

What was the point I was trying to make by including this section of scripture? Christ was omniscient and knew the Pharisee’s hated them. He still preached to them and met all of their challenges head on. Christ knew the Pharisee’s hatred would eventually drive them to kill him, yet he still preached to them and met their challenges head on. Christ did not call his opponents haters he met their challenges Scripturally and logically, proving himself right. That is an example that pastors, preachers and teachers are to follow not hiding behind insults and other forms of character bashing. If you are one of those Christians or Christian leaders then you can repent. But you cannot let your pride or self-righteousness keep you from having a full understanding of Christ and his Word that you would not have without your ‘haters.’

Review: Malcolm Yarnell’s God the Trinity

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Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary professor of systematic theology Malcolm Yarnell offers readers an in-depth overview concerning the doctrine of the Trinity in his resource, God the Trinity. Eight chapters each comprise biblical portraits of the Trinity throughout Scripture. Using a combination of Old Testament and New Testament passages including the Great Commission passage in Matthew 28:19, the Shema passage of Deuteronomy 6:4-7, as well as especially touching on various Trinitarian passages throughout the Gospel of John, Dr. Yarnell beautifully offers an in-depth exegesis of biblical texts throughout Scripture, illustrating to readers that the doctrine of the Trinity is indeed biblical, essential, and foundational for the Christian faith, salvation, and the true worship of God. Read more

The Book

This Book contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword and the Christian’s character. Here paradise is restored, heaven open and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand object, our good is its design and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is given you in life and will be opened in the judgment and will be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labour, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents. – Author Unknown

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