Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Book of Revelation by Chuck Missler – Hour 6 – Thyatira


Dr. Missler begins each week of study with a fairly detailed overview of what we’ve already studied.  Don’t be discouraged by this.  You may actually pick up on something that he’s repeated over and over that you’ve missed each time previously.

Today, Thyatira is known as Akhisar.  It is a small, unattractive town of 30,000 people.  Back in Biblical times, Thyatira was an important military city.  I won’t give you a complete history.  Suffice it to say that the name Thyatira is derived from the Greek word for daughter.  And previously, it had been known by other names including Semiramis.  That name should be familiar.  Semiramis was Nimrod’s consort.  The city having that name shows its Babylonian origins.

This letter contains the only mention of Jesus as the Son of God in the book of Revelation.  His title speaks of Him in His capacity as powerful authority and judge.  He commends them for their works and says they’re even improving in this area.  His concern is that this church didn’t stand up against this woman (Jezebel) who led them into idolatry.

What pagan practices are you personally engaging in that you should stop?  Many traditions that we observe today have their roots in pagan Babylonian culture.  This conclusion is arrived at by studying the Babylonians and the struggles of the papacy.  One fascinating thing I heard was that the title of the high priest of the Babylonian religion was Pontifex Maximus.  Sounds Latin to me, but I’m not familiar with the Babylonian language.  Take a few minutes to study that.

During my study of the title, I learned that the Pontifex Maximus was the head of the Roman pagan religion.  Roman emperors (including Julius Ceasar) held the title.  The Pope is also referred to as the Pontifex Maximus.  A literal translation of the title is “the greatest bridge builder”.  This gives me chills as I wonder if the antichrist will hold this title. 

I learned recently from another study that some scholars believe there is a correlation between the seven kingdom parables of Matthew 13 and the letters to the churches of Revelation.  The church of Thyatira corresponds to the parable of the woman and the leaven in Matthew 13:33.

Homework for next time:  Read chapters 2 & 3.  Outline the letter to Sardis.  What is their primary need?  What are the distinctives of this letter?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Meant to be Mine by Becky Wade

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First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Becky Wade and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Meant to be Mine" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

“Meant to be Mine” by Becky Wade is an engaging, entertaining and uplifting read.  The characters are refreshingly human and encouraged me to look at myself and the people around me with fresh eyes.  In our own way, each of us is broken and we act out in that brokenness.  We are also all in need of a Savior.  This book taught me a lot about re-establishing trust and offering second chances, something I find I’m in need of at this moment of my life.

Celia Park has been in love with Ty Porter since high school.  Years later, she still feels that spark but now Ty feels it, too when they bump into each other at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas where he’s riding bulls.  Acting on those feelings leads them to an impulsive decision, a wedding chapel and an “epic” tale of Ty chasing his dreams while Celia gives up on hers to be responsible.

This is book #2 in the Porter Family Series, but “Meant to be Mine” reads perfectly well as a stand-alone novel.  I do, however, recommend you read Bo Porter’s story in Wade’s novel “Undeniably Yours”.  On a trivial note, this entertaining read is based on a false premise, so anyone hoping to live out this fantasy will have to be less impulsive than Ty and Celia and plan a bit better.  I am a long-term resident of Las Vegas, Nevada and I myself was married to my husband here 27 years ago.  You used to be able to get a marriage license here 24/7, but since September 3, 2006, the marriage license bureau closes at midnight.  Sorry, impulsive nuptial-seekers, you’ll need to pick up that license before the bureau closes if you want to get married in one of our 24-hour wedding chapels.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Book of Revelation by Chuck Missler – Hour 5 – Pergamos


The study of Pergamos was fascinating.  The city’s name means mixed or objectionable marriage.  The official emblem of the city was the Caduceus.  This led us to a study of Aesculapius (whose symbol was a single serpent wrapped around a staff) and discussion about the origin of the snake on the pole being a representation of healing which came from Scripture (Numbers 21:6-9).

Jesus’ title in this letter (he which hath the sharp sword with two edges) identifies Him as the highest official authority. The commendation of the church’s works includes the mention of a faithful martyr named Antipas.  A legendary story says he was shut up into a red-hot brazen bull during Domitian’s reign and that he ended his life giving thanks and prayers to God.

The mention of Balaam referred to being spiritually unchaste, married to the world (sound like the translation of the city’s name?), selling their spiritual gifts for profit and sacrificing eternal riches for temporal gain.  Sounds a lot like our world today.

The overcomer is promised hidden manna, a stone and a new name.  In 1 John 5:4-5, the overcomer is identified as he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God.  Hallelujah!

I learned recently from another study that some scholars believe there is a correlation between the seven kingdom parables of Matthew 13 and the letters to the churches of Revelation.  The church of Pergamum corresponds to the parable of the mustard seed in Matthew 13:31-32.

Homework for next time:  Read chapters 2 & 3.  Analyze the letter to Thyatira.  Read Revelation 2:18-29.  Who was Jezebel?  Read 1 Kings 21.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Book of Revelation by Chuck Missler – Hour 4 – Smyrna


The letter to the church of Smyrna is a letter about suffering.  The city’s name comes from the Hebrew root translated myrrh, which means death.  Does myrrh sound familiar?  It should if you’ve ever heard the Christmas story.  The three gifts presented to the Christ child by the magi were gold, frankincense and myrrh.  The gold was a symbol of Jesus’ kingship.  The frankincense symbolized His priesthood.  The myrrh symbolized His suffering and death.  It’s intriguing that gold and frankincense will be offered at Jesus’ second coming according to Isaiah 60:6.  No myrrh, because the death is behind Him.

Dr. Missler presented a history of the city, including its political risings and fallings and destruction by earthquakes.  The proclivity of the population toward pagan worship was evident on Smyrna’s coins.  Caesar worship was widely accepted.  Annually, each Roman citizen had to burn a pinch of incense on the altar acknowledging Caesar as supreme lord.  What a test for a Christian!  If you didn’t participate, you were either burned at the stake or put in the arena with wild beasts.  A 100ish year old Polycarp was burned at the stake for refusing.  What would be your fate if you were faced with such a choice today?  I don’t know what sort of example I would set.  I think I’ve got some soul-searching to do.

The tribulation that Jesus talks about in this letter doesn’t relate to the Great Tribulation.  It refers to persecution.  Foxe’s Book of Martyrs refers to The Ten Primitive Persecutions which Dr. Missler identifies as the “10 Days” referred to in Smyrna’s letter.  He goes through these very quickly, but I took the time to check out Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.  The “10 Days” were horrifying persecutions!

Presented in the video teaching and also the supplemental notes packet, there is a list of 10 reasons why Christians experience trials with Biblical support for each reason.  This would be a valuable list to refer back to whenever tough times come.  If you’re looking for something to write on the blank “Notes” pages in the back of your Bible, this might just be the list to record!

The comparison and contrast of the Olivet Discourse of Matthew 24 and Luke 21 was brief, but lengthier than the taste we were given in last week’s video teaching.  I do believe that you could study these passages for a lifetime and still not pick up all of the treasure contained within.

I learned recently from another study that some scholars believe there is a correlation between the seven kingdom parables of Matthew 13 and the letters to the churches of Revelation.  The church of Smyrna corresponds to the parable of the tares and the wheat in Matthew 13:24-30.

Homework for next time:  Read chapters 2 & 3.  Outline the letter to Pergamos.  Who was Balaam?  Who was Balak?  Read Numbers 22-25.

Friday, May 09, 2014

An April Bride by Lenora Worth

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Lenora Worth and her publisher for sending me a copy of "An April Bride" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

In the sweet romantic novella, “An April Bride” by Lenora Worth, it appears that Stella may not get her “Happily Ever After” when her fiancĂ©, Marshall is involved in an explosion and returns home from military service with PTSD and lots of holes in his memory.  His memory is returning a little bit at a time, but will Marsh remember his love for Stella before they are scheduled to walk down the aisle?

This story brought tears to my eyes more than once.  The frustration of not being able to count on plans made really put me in touch with what it means to die to self.  It’s difficult to do, but if we keep our eyes focused on Christ, He will always lead us down the right path.  The story is grounded in Christian faith – I really enjoy that.  Some of the narrative and dialog doesn’t flow, causing the minor interruption of having to re-read to grasp where the story is going or thinking about why a seemingly new concept was introduced at that specific moment, but the majority of the tale reads with ease.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

The Book of Revelation by Chuck Missler – Hour 3 – Ephesus


I will confess that I didn’t read the whole book of Revelation this week.  I DID listen to it on The Word of Promise CDs, though.  And I did spend quite a bit of time studying 2:1-7, our text for today.  It is the letter Jesus dictated to John to be sent to the angel of the church of Ephesus.

Dr. Missler has spent quite a bit of time recapping the previous week’s study during the last couple of videos.  The material unique to this week’s study is about the church of Ephesus.  Ephesus means “Desired One” or “Darling”.  Jesus knows their works.  He knows our works, too.  What will that portion of your report card say about you?  What do you want it to say?  What are you willing to do/allow the Lord to do to achieve that?

Ephesus was founded in 1400 BC.  It became associated with Diana (Artemis) in the middle of the 6th century BC when the city was captured by Lydia and Ephesus joined the Ionian Confederation.  Ephesus was called the Queen of Asia, and was an incredibly wealthy and beautiful city.  It was also a busy port of trade with Greece and Italy.  Lots more background information was presented and some incredible photographs were shown in the video.

It’s interesting to know that home fellowships were the original form of fellowship of the church.  It’s also interesting to know that the church of Ephesus is no more – their lampstand has, indeed, been removed.

The church of Ephesus represents the Apostolic Church prophetically.  Even in the first century, Christians were struggling to walk in the Spirit!  So what can we do today to avoid the pitfalls that removed the lampstand of this seemingly spiritual healthy church?  Focus on the teaching of the Word, commit to assembly and fellowship, break bread in remembrance of Christ, commit to pray.  This is convicting for me.  I pray it is for you, too.

I learned recently from another study that some scholars believe there is a correlation between the seven kingdom parables of Matthew 13 and the letters to the churches of Revelation.  The passage that corresponds to the church of Ephesus is the parable of the sower and the four soils in Matthew 13:1-9.  Prayerfully read that passage in conjunction with these seven verses and leave a comment with any thoughts and insights.

Homework for next time:  Read chapters 2 & 3.  Outline the letter to Smyrna.  Contract the Olivet Discourse according to Matthew 24 and Luke 21.