The Beast from the Sea (Revelation 13:1-10)

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We will turn our attention toward the beast from the sea, also called the Antichrist. He may be examined quite extensively from three chapters in Daniel, from 2 Thessalonians, and from six chapters in Revelation. Here we will look primarily from just Revelation thirteen. We will start with the first six verses.

Revelation 13:1-6.And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore.

Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names. 2 And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority. 3 I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain…

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Who is the Holy Spirit? 5 Descriptions

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There are several ways the Holy Spirit has been described in scripture.  Here are five descriptions:

As Wind

On the Day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit came suddenly as a “rushing mighty wind” (Acts 2:2-4).  This wind—the Holy Spirit—filled the whole house where believers were gathered together for prayer; and they were filled with the Holy Spirit.  Thus we see that the Holy Spirit, just like the wind, is invisible, mighty, and awesome.  And even though we may be unaware of it, He still is moving all over the world.  He rushes in to fill and empower every heart that is prepared by prayer.  I believe He makes His presence especially powerful to those who gather together in one accord.

As Water

In John 4:13-15 and in John 7:37-39 we see that Jesus offers living water to all who thirst.  This living water in fact was and is the Holy…

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The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon – Part 3

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This is my third blog on this topic, from Revelation 12:13-17.  You can go to my first blog on this topic to get introductory information.

Verses 13-17. And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. 14 But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. 15 And the serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, so that he might cause her to be swept away with the flood. 16 But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and drank up the river which the dragon poured out of his…

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8 Ways the Holy Spirit Helps Us Pray

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There are so many different ways the Holy Spirit helps us to pray.  Here are eight ways:

 

1.  He brings to us the Spirit of the Father.  Since the Holy Spirit has the same Spirit of the Father, and since He resides in us, He will convey to us that Spirit, which will help us in prayer. 

Andrew Murray views this Sprit of the Father as a gift given to us by the Father in order that we (His children) may reproduce all the things He brings to us by His Spirit.  He says,

The best gift a good and wise earthly father can bestow on a child is his own spirit.  This is the object of a father in education—to reproduce in his child his own disposition and character.  If the child is to know and understand his father, if he is to enter into all…

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The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon – From Revelation 12:7-12

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This is my second blog on the mid-tribulation events, from Revelation 12:1-15:4. Please go to my first blog to get critical introductory information. That blog covered verses one through six. We return now to the next set of verse, verse 7-12.

Verses 7-12.  And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, 8 and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying,

“Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His…

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4 Ways to have Unlimited Power in the Holy Spirit

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God has such great things in store for you.  He wants to give you all of His power through His spirit.  He wants to give you that power to do His great work.  Here are four ways to get that power: 

1.  Pray that Christ would be Lord in your Life.  When you pray for the Holy Spirit to fill you, pray also for the Lordship of Christ.  For unless Christ is Lord in your life, the Holy Spirit can do no work there.  He is not even welcome there.  So pray that God would help you to make Him Lord, that He would give you the humble submissive spirit of a son—a son that would welcome His Son as Lord, and His Spirit to take control.           

2.  Believe and obey God.  After you have prayed for the Holy Spirit to come in and fill you and for…

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Mid-Tribulation Event (Revelation 12:1-15:4) – Part 1

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To start with, let me clarify something about the title of this section. I am not meaning here that the events from Revelation 12:1 to 15:4 will all occur exactly in the middle of the Tribulation, or that they will even occur between the trumpets and the bowls. I only mean that they are found written about in the book of Revelation between the trumpets and the bowls. Actually, it is a parenthetical passage meant to convey details of key events during all of the Tribulation and especially during the last three and a half years of it. But it is more than a record of key events. The passage is meant to give us background information or a setting for the Tribulation and for the main characters: for Satan, Israel, Christ, the two beasts, the 144,000 witnesses, and certain angels.

We will divide this lengthy passage into seven parts:…

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The Holy Spirit’s Role and Function in the Godhead

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 As a husband or wife have a role and function in their marriage, in much the same way the Holy Spirit has a special role and function in the Godhead.  In connection with the Holy Spirit’s role, I think it is essential, first of all, to understand that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son.  In John 15:26 Jesus explains the Holy Spirit as one who proceeds from the Father.  And I think the Holy Spirit also proceeds from the Son since the Father and the Son are one.  This word “proceed” means to flow from.  That does not mean that He came from the Father and the Son as to originate from them or to be generated from them; but rather, proceed means that He eternally flows from the Father and the Son as to extend or to advance their life and purpose. Also…

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The Seventh Trumpet (Revelation 11:15-19)

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After the terrible events of the sixth Trumpet (which is the second woe), including the things that John heard and saw from the might angel and of the two witnesses, the seventh angel sounded his trumpet. This seventh trumpet (which is the third woe) introduces, opens the door to, and includes all the rest of the judgments, including the seven bowls and the following events leading to the establishing of the millennial kingdom.

Here, in three parts, is the introduction of the seventh trumpet.

Verses 15-17.Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” 16 And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying, “We give You thanks, O Lord God…

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Who is the Holy Spirit?

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As we can see from His name Holy Spirit…

He is holy.  He is holy simply because He is God.  He is the holy spirit of God and we call Him Holy Spirit.  Thus, being God, we know that He is holy.  As 1 John 1:5 indicates, God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.           

We also see in His name that…

 He is spirit.  Being spirit He is never visible and we can not touch Him.  But He does communicate and commune with us, from His spirit to ours, as we attempt to live in His spirit.  The more we put away the deeds of the flesh and walk in the Spirit, the more we will be able to commune with Him and sense in our spirit and in our mind (which I believe has a connection to the spirit) that He is present…

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