This is now Paul's Fifth Defense to the masses and Seventh Overall, if You are Keeping Score. Acts 26:1-23 And Agrippa said to Paul, “You are permitted to speak for yourself.” Then Paul stretched out his hand and proceeded to make his defense: “In regard to all the things of which I am accused by … Continue reading The Divine Defense
Acts 25:13-27 Now when several days had elapsed, King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea, and paid their respects to Festus. And while they were spending many days there, Festus laid Paul’s case before the king, saying, “There is a certain man left a prisoner by Felix; and when I was at Jerusalem, the chief … Continue reading The Retelling of Much Ado About Nothing Doing: According to Festus
Acts 24:24-25:12 But some days later, Felix arrived with Drusilla, his wife who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul, and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. And as he was discussing righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, “Go away for the present, and when I find … Continue reading The Appeal to the Emperor
Acts 23:12-22 And when it was day, the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. And there were more than forty who formed this plot. And they came to the chief priests and the elders, and said, “We have … Continue reading The Covenant of Conspiracy
Acts 18:1-11 After these things he left Athens and went to Corinth. And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, having recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. He came to them, and because he was of the same trade, … Continue reading The Departure and The Dwelling
Acts 16:14-30 And a certain woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul. And when she and her household had been baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged … Continue reading The Path of Paul to More Peoples Than Peter
Acts 5:17-32 But the high priest rose up, along with all his associates (that is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy; and they laid hands on the apostles, and put them in a public jail. But an angel of the Lord during the night opened the gates of the prison, … Continue reading The Great Escape and Another Stabbing Sermon
Acts 4:32-37 And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own; but all things were common property to them. And with great power the apostles were giving witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant … Continue reading The CONGREGATION
Matthew 25:14-30 For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves, and entrusted his possessions to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. Immediately the one … Continue reading The Slothful Slave
A Beautiful Beginning A Concerted Calling A Dire Day An Efficacious Edification A Fantastic Fellowship Matthew 24:29-31 “But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken, … Continue reading An Awesome Assembly
Matthew 24:3-14 And as He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one … Continue reading It’s The End of the World as THEY Know It
Matthew 18:7-10, 11 being omitted “Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes! “And if your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better … Continue reading The King of Controversy
Duly Dividing "There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, in the end, 'Thy will be done.'" - C.S. Lewis The reading of Revelation reveals two groups of people, Those with dirty hands and feet, far from shadows … Continue reading Russell’s Revelation Recapitulation; A Tale of two Cities
Yet It Is Only The Beginning "And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. And on either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its … Continue reading The End, Again, Has Ended
See The City Of The Savior Which Has No Sea "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as … Continue reading Saved City
Revelation 20 "And I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the abyss, and … Continue reading A Millennial Milieu
"After these things I heard, as it were, a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God; BECAUSE HIS JUDGMENTS ARE TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS; for He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and HE HAS AVENGED THE … Continue reading City of Servants, People of Perishing
"After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory. And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! And she has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a … Continue reading City of Slaughter, People of Purchase
The Harlot, The Beast and The Believers "And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I shall show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who … Continue reading She Sits on The City
"And I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the seven bowls of the wrath of God into the earth.” And the first angel went and poured out his bowl into the earth; and it became a loathsome and malignant sore upon the men who had … Continue reading An Intolerant Temple Tantrum or Righteous Retribution?
Promise of Persecution and Perseverance. The Overcomers "And I saw--another sign in heaven,--great and marvelous, seven angels--who had seven plagues,--which are the last, because in them--the wrath of God--is finished. And I saw,--as it were,--a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had come off victorious from the beast--and from his image--and from … Continue reading Back to the Future?
"And I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man, having a golden crown on His head, and a sharp sickle in His hand. And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, … Continue reading Chapter 14 Pt.4 “The Harvest”
“And another angel, a second one, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who has made all the nations drink of the wine of the passion of her immorality.” And another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a … Continue reading Chapter 14, Pt.3 “Choosing Sides”
“And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, — having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, –and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people.” And I still wonder…How would a child respond to this? Midheaven according to my spell-check, which I rarely use–sorry, is not a word. … Continue reading Chapter 14 Pt. 2 “The Eternal Gospel”
Fantastic, Not Fanciful "And I looked, and behold,-- the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion,-- and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name-- and the name of His Father-- written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven,--like the sound of many waters-- and like the sound of loud thunder, … Continue reading Revelation 14, Pt. 1 “Multitude Made Manifest by 144,000”
And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. We have much more material and even more imagery, regarding the first beast. However, I believe we will find full fruition further in Revelation--to which I will give you a … Continue reading The Beast of Burning
Finally, we meet the beast. I’m very excited, so that means you should be worried. I can hardly contain myself. Nevertheless, the infallable word of God first: And he (most likely, I) stood on the sand of the seashore (it was written infallable, we’ve done very well keeping it that way, for the most part). … Continue reading The Beast
The Dragon, The Woman and The Child "And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; and she was with child; and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth. And another … Continue reading Sign Language
"Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, 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 shall reign forever and ever.” And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped … Continue reading Is This The End, My Friend, The End?
The Rollercoaster Rolls on: "Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they … Continue reading Capricious Consternation: Us or Them?