Leaving Laodicea
096 - A Picture of True Salvation, Part Two

096 - A Picture of True Salvation, Part Two

September 27, 2009
Remember the story of the prodigal son?  Picture the younger son coming to the father, contrite, repentant, and begging for forgiveness.
Now, do you remember the older son?  The one who was dutifully working in the field, the one who became angry at the father's display of lavish grace, and the one who refused to come in and share in the father's joy?

Do you also remember how this story ends?  How the conflict was resolved?  

I think you'll be shocked to find out how this parable actually ends. 

Note:  This is a study of Revelation 19:1
095 - A Picture of True Salvation, Part One

095 - A Picture of True Salvation, Part One

September 26, 2009
You know, some of the most complex and influential stories actually begin in the simplest ways.  Take this one for example:

And He said, "A man had two sons."

That's it.  "A man had two sons."  And from this small beginning, Jesus weaves a master parable that will challenge and change the way you view salvation, forgiveness and eternal life.  And He will change them totally!

Are you interested in hearing more? 

The following is a study of Revelation 19:1
094 - Your Best Life Now!  Not even close, dude.

094 - Your Best Life Now! Not even close, dude.

September 15, 2009
Did you know that in the Revelation there is a command to rejoice in the destruction and damnation of the wicked, the lost?  How intolerant of God, our culture would say.  Nevertheless, truth is truth:

"Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets, because God has pronounced judgment for you against her."

Kind of flies in the face of the Laodicean, "Your Best Life Now!" crowd, doesn't it?

The following is a study of Revelation 18:9-24
089 - The Whore and the Beast

089 - The Whore and the Beast

August 11, 2009
The Revelation tells us about a strange relationship between a whore (harlot) and a frightening scarlet beast. In fact, for a season, the whore actually rides the beast... until, that is, the beast tires of her and:

"Hates the harlot and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and will burn her up with fire."

Wow!  Talk about a first-class dysfunctional relationship.  But there's more.  

Listen and find out.

The following is a study of Revelation 17:7-18
088 - Who is the Mother of Harlots?

088 - Who is the Mother of Harlots?

August 5, 2009
And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns.

The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality,
and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, "BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH."

The following is a study of Revelation 17:1-6
086 - They Deserve It!

086 - They Deserve It!

July 31, 2009
God never has to explain or defend His actions to us.  Never.  For He is God and we are... uh, stuff.

But in Revelation 16, God does explain the horrific judgments He brings upon the earth. And His reasons are scary and sobering.

And I heard the angel of the waters saying, "Righteous are You, who are and who were, O Holy One, because You judged these things; for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. They deserve it."

The following is a study of Revelation 16:1-11
085 - Behemoth and Leviathan… no, Literally

085 - Behemoth and Leviathan… no, Literally

July 26, 2009
In the book of Job we read:

"Behold now, Behemoth, which I made as well as you."  And later, "Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook?"

Ok, so God is talking to Job about some really strange and scary creations.  But what does any of this have to do with the last two bowls of the wrath of God?  What do Job and the Revelation have in common?

Listen and find out.

The following is a study of Revelation 16:12-21
084 - A Long Walk on a Short Pier

084 - A Long Walk on a Short Pier

July 13, 2009
John gives us a word about those who abandon the faith, those who simply walk away.  His word: You can only lose what you have.

They (what) went out from us, but they (what) were not really of us; (why) for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us. - 1 John 2:18

What does this all mean?  Listen and find out.

The following is a study on the Great Apostasy
080 - The Prelude to the Wrath of God

080 - The Prelude to the Wrath of God

May 31, 2009
As bad as this stuff sounds to those who survive this far in the book of the Revelation:

"And men were scorched with fierce (or great) heat...and they gnawed their tongues because of pain."

Hell will be infinitely, unbelievably worse for those we know and love.  God is full of mercy and forgiveness and does not desire any to perish but all to come to faith in Him.

But that time doesn't last forever.  And what are you prepared to do about it?

The following is a study of Revelation 15:1-8
075 - The Perseverance of the Saints

075 - The Perseverance of the Saints

April 26, 2009
Right in the middle of these three angels who (1) preach the gospel to all the world, and (2) pronounce judgment to Babylon the great, and (3) those who worship the beast and receive his mark, we have these words:
 
"Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!"

Gulp.  What does that mean?  And what does it have to do with the perseverance of the saints?
Stay tuned and find out.

The following is a study of Revelation 14:12-13