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Friday, January 22nd 2010

8:57 PM

It's a Revelation!

Have you ever read the book of Revelations? If not, you have to! When I took a break from internet, I read it 4 times! It was just so amazing, yet terrifying at the same time.

Revelations is FULL of creatures. From creatures with seven heads and ten horns, with one golden crown upon each horn, to creatures with the heads of lions, ox's and men. With wings like eagles, and eyes covering every inch of their body, including under their wings. Now the creature with seven heads, represents Satan, and the other creatures are all heavenly.

Ever hear of the scrolls with the seven seals? No one could open it, but the lamb.

Revelations also describes Heaven, which is impossible for any man to imagine. Reading the descriptions of Heaven, was amazing!

Peter saw Heaven, and this is how he described it.

"The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long. He measured its wall and it was 144 cubits thick, by man's measurement, which the angel was using. The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass."

Amazing isn't it? Now, I read that 144 cubits thick, equals 216 feet! That is HUGE!

Now Revelation is spread out in many various topics. From covering beasts so awful one would never want to gave into their eyes, to describing things so beautiful, even someone with the wildest imagination could never picture it!

Now, this is a long verse, but it describes the Antichrist.

The Beast out of the Sea

And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name.

2:The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority.

3: one of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast.

4:Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, "Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?"

5:The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months.

6:He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven.

7:He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.

8:All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.

9:He who has an ear, let him hear.

10:If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints. The Beast out of the Earth

11:Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon.

12:He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.

13:And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men.

14:Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.

15:He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.

16:He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead,

17:so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.

18:This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666.

I don't know about you, but I am speechless after reading that.

The book of Revelations covers so many things that we could never comprehend. Creatures we label as 'fictional' or 'mythical' are REAL! God has created them ALL!

Narnia may not be so far fetched after all.

This brings up another topic: Christ's second coming.

Many people believe that it will happen in their lifetime, and I used to think it could. Then I read Revelations and discovered this:

The Thousand Years

1:And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain.

2:He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.

3:He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.

4:I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

5: The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection.

6:Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. Satan's Doom

7:When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison

8:and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore.

9:They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God's people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them.

10:And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. The Dead Are Judged

11:Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them.

12:And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.

13:The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done.

14:Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.

15:If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

Now I hate to admit it, but unless Christ comes RIGHT NOW and I live to be 1,018 years old, I won't be alive to witness His second coming.

Revelations opened my eyes to exactly how powerful and amazing our LORD is. I learned that we don't even know half of the story, there is so much going on behind the scenes that we may never even know about.

Creatures battling each other. The battle and victory of good and evil.

Christs reigning and Satan's fall are the only things we can be one hundred percent positive about.

If you haven't read Revelations yet, I strongly advise you do. And I hope it will amaze you as much as it has me!
7 Comment(s).

Posted by Sharon:

I'm so glad you enjoyed reading Revelation! Just a few things: Christ's second coming happens before His 1000 year reign on earth. His Second Coming is also after a 7 year period called the Tribulation. Before the Tribulation, the Rapture happens, when Christ takes true Christians to Heaven (Check out 1 Thes 4:16-17 and Isaiah 26:20-21). I think that's the event Christians think could happen at any time. I know I sure do! :)
Saturday, January 23rd 2010 @ 12:12 PM

Posted by Alesia:

Thank you for pointing that out Sharon. :)
I will be exploring further into the Bible, learning things that may not make sense etc. I was slightly confused by that, but thank you for correcting me. :)

I actually had to memorize 1 Thes 4:16-17 when I was in Sunday school about 7 years ago. Very long, but it is my favorite verse. :D
Saturday, January 23rd 2010 @ 2:36 PM

Posted by Sharon:

That's my favorite verse too! So cool. :)
Sunday, January 24th 2010 @ 1:38 PM

Posted by Yasutomo:

Yey!! Revelation!!! It is absolutely amazing book. I read through this past summer and after that, did little in-time study. He is coming soon!! Let's get the Gospel out to people. It is often said "If you cannot preach on hell with Jesus' compassion, you should not."
Monday, January 25th 2010 @ 3:41 PM

Posted by Alesia:

SO very true Yasutomo!!!

God Bless
Monday, January 25th 2010 @ 4:00 PM

Posted by Christian:

Revelation is an amazing book. Full of lots of... stuff.
I hope you will not read this the wrong way, or that I have read your post the wrong way. But I think you are taking a very symbolic book of the bible very literarily. For example I just got done reading Isaiah, it says stuff like every valley being raised and every mountain lowered. Now, I do not really think that the mountains are going to all flatten out, rather I think Isaiah is talking about how God will not show partiality based on status. Of course though, I agree with your awe at the supernatural world. I think it is most symbolic. Revelation is so jam packed full of stuff, my dad is listening to series of lectures taking up about 200 hours just on Revelation. And that is by a Bible expert: James Jordan. Also one more interesting point, Revelation 1:1 says something revealing I think about the whole book of revelations. Notice the word shortly. Oh, and I was wondering, you said something about Jesus coming and then coming again in 1018 years. How does that work out, that would be his third coming, since he has already come to earth once, right?

God Bless
Monday, January 25th 2010 @ 9:07 PM

Posted by christian:

Sharon, what about, "not knowing the hour" or "it will come like a thief in the night" And I think every time a Christian dies he is raptured to heaven where God reigns over all the earth with his Son our saviour at his right hand. And will do so, "till his enemies are made his footstool" and "The knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea."
Monday, January 25th 2010 @ 9:19 PM

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