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Launch of Study of Revelation

I am excited to announce that I have published my blog on the study of the Book of Revelation.  I am presently working on Chapter One. I am sure that you will be excited by the addition of charts, maps, and illustrations in this study.

The blog address is: http://www.finalbattlesite.wordpress.com

I look forward to your comments and questions!



I’ve been so busy teaching Sunday School that I haven’t had the time to complete the Gospel of John. Then I was sick for over a month…from Thanksgiving until December 24th. Then I was trying to finish teaching the Book of Revelation. I plan to have a blog with these lessons on it.

Please look for the update some time this week on the Gospel of John.

Thanks and Blessings…Pam

Spiritual Connection Part One

John 14:20-21

Jesus speaks here of the divine revelation of the connection between the Father, Jesus the Son, and the body of believers. These are all in one. The individual who keeps Jesus’ commandments by believing in Him shows his love. The one who both keeps His commandments and loves Him shall be loved of the Father. This person will experience the manifestation of Jesus to him.


The Day of Pentecost will bring this manifestation to those in the upper room. This will reveal the ascension of Jesus to the Father. This is the believer’s assurance.


Christian love is manifested as a believer obeys the Lord’s words. (Vv. 15, 23). The rewards of loving Him are great:


(a) The Father will show His love (v. 23)

(b) The Son will love him and show Himself to him. This passage does not teach “works” religion, but rather than one who believes and obeys, Christ’s Word is loved by the Lord. Such a relationship between the Father and the child manifests itself by causing the individual to show this relationship through works. Saving faith results in obedience (cf. “the obedience that comes from faith,” Romans 1:5).


John 14:22-24

Judas (not Judas Iscariot) may have been the same man called Thaddaeus. This is not conclusive. See Matthew 10:3 and Mark 3:18. He was puzzled that Jesus would manifest Himself to them and not to the world. See John 14:19. Those who walk in disobedience shall not see the manifestation of Jesus and the Father. Obedience grows out of love for Jesus and His Word. (Note verses 15, 21 and I John 2:3; 3:22, 24. As a result, the Father and the Son abide make our home with him. To rebel against Jesus’ word is to rebel against God the Father who sent Him. Jesus’ words were not His own. He previously made this clear John 12:49 and 14:10


Jesus, the Only Way

John 14:5-6

The perplexity of the Eleven is seen in Thomas’ statement–we do not know where You are going. Peter asks a similar question in John 13:36 (KJV)
(36) Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.

This topic would remain a puzzle until His death and resurrection and until the advent of the Spirit. They had all the information they needed, but it would take the Holy Spirit to reveal this to them.


Jesus’ words, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life are the sixth of Jesus’ seven “I am” statements in this gospel. (John 6:48; 8:12; 10:9, 11; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1). Jesus is the “Way” because He is the “Truth” and the “Life.” As the Father is Truth and Life, Jesus is the embodiment of God so people can come to the Father–John 1:4; 14, 18; 11:25. No one can come to the Father except through Jesus. Salvation is not attainable through many ways. He is the only way. http://ref.ly/Ac4.12 and http://ref.ly/1Ti2.5. Jesus is the only access to the Father because He came from the Father. John 1:1-2, 51 and John 3:13.


A Closer Study of Three Important Words


There are three words in Hebrews 11:1, which summarize what biblical faith, is substance, evidence, and witness. The word “substance” means literally “to stand under, to support.” Faith is to a Christian like the foundation of a house. It gives confidence and assurance that he will stand. Faith is the confidence of things hoped for. Where there is faith, there is confidence. Since our faith finds its object in God, we have a foundation, which is unmovable, unchangeable, lasts forever. Whatever is promised will be experienced.

The word “evidence” means conviction. It is the inward conviction from the Lord that what He has promised, He will perform it. The presence of God-given faith in one’s heart is conviction enough that God will keep His Word.

The word “witness” (KJV “obtained a good report”) is also an important word. It occurs once in verse 2, twice in verse 4, once in verse 5, and once in verse 39. Hebrews 12:1 follows this thought by listing the individuals who had active faith. The witness in these individuals’ lives shows God’s divine approval upon their lives and ministries.

Faith is a practical thing. Hebrews 11:3. This is true despite what unbelievers say. Faith helps to understand what God does. We receive revelation knowledge through faith in God. This kind of faith enables to do what others cannot do! We see what others cannot see. Note bid enabled them to do what they were called to do. They succeeded because of their active faith. Note what Dr. J. Oswald Sanders says on this subject: “Faith enables the believing soul to treat the future as present and the invisible as seen.” [Ibid.]

The best way to grow in faith is to walk with the faithful. The remainder of this chapter deals with the lives and labors of great men and women who walked in faith. These men and women are found in the Old Testament. Here are the elements revealed in the life of these individuals:

(1) God spoke to them through His Word;

(2) Their inner selves were stirred in different ways;

(3) They obeyed God;

(4) He bore witness about them.

Notice the word “obeyed.” Once they heard, they walked in obedience to what they had heard. They did not flinch at what they had received from God.


Lesson One Paragraph Six


This passage has to do with the revelation of Jesus Christ as the Son of God. This is the second day of the week that is recorded by John the Baptist. Some of the same committee members may have been there. This time Jesus is called the “Lamb of God.” This same title is repeated the next day. http://ref.ly/Jn1.35. The message of the Bible can be summed up in this title. asks http://ref.ly/Ge22.7 the question “Where is the lamb?” In the four Gospels, this is answered.http://ref.ly/Re5.12 “Behold the Lamb of God!” Here He is! Note which states, “Worthy is the Lamb!”

John gives the details of the manifestation of the Son of God. This event takes place on the next day. Jesus is announced by John the Baptist. The word “behold” means to take notice, look, be aware. This was the Lamb of God, which would take away the sin of the world. Note the word “sin.” It is not sins plural, but sin singular. Every person is born in “sin” and shapen in iniquity. http://ref.ly/Ps51.5Sin is the nature of the individual. When the individual sins, they are manifesting their sin nature. In verse 30, John states the eternalness of the Son of God. Jesus was and is before all things. John did not know Jesus but by the sign that God the Father gave him . Note verse 32, which reveals the sign that John, was given. The Spirit would come in the form of a dove which would descend upon Jesus. John tells what the Father told him in verse 33. John would not have known Jesus except he was given a sign to look for according to the Word of God. John the Baptist saw and witnessed the fulfillment of the Father’s words.

Since sacrifices and offerings were still being done, Israel was familiar with lambs. At Passover, a family had to have a lamb. Two lambs each day were sacrificed at the temple altar. There were lambs brought for personal sacrifice. These sacrifices involved men only. “…here is God’s Lamb, given by God to men!” [Bible Exposition Commentary (Be Series) – New Testament, p. 287] This Lamb would be slain for the world. Our sins would be forgiven finally. Note http://ref.ly/1Co5.7 . This reminds me of a certain hymn, and it goes like this:


Jesus paid it all!

All to Him I owe!

Sin had left a crimson stain!

Jesus washes white as snow!

Some may ask the question what does John’s baptism services have to do with Jesus as the Lamb of God. Biblical scholars agree that in the New Testament, baptism was by immersion. It was a picture of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. “When John the Baptist baptized Jesus, Jesus and John were picturing the “baptism” Jesus, would endure on the cross when He would http://ref.ly/Is53.7 die as the sacrificial Lamb of God.” [Ibid.] Note and . The death http://ref.ly/Lk12.50, burial and resurrection of Jesus as the Lamb of God would “fulfill all righteousness. . http://ref.ly/Mt3.15

John the Baptist was well known now. John also knew that his ministry end with the introduction of Jesus Christ. He would decrease, and Jesus would increase. John the Baptist was truly humble. Are we this humble when we minister? Do we give God the praise when those who have been ministered to praise us? That is something to think about. Isn’t it? We must be content to do the will of the Father giving the glory to Him.


Why Be Optimistic Part Two

Jonathan had such confidence in God that he told his armor bearer to let them be seen by the enemy. I Samuel 14:8. That is faith and hope! In verse 11, Jonathan and his young man reveal themselves to the enemy. Notice in the latter clause of verse 11 the response of the Philistines. They say that these two men have come out of their holes. Please read verse 9. (I jumped ahead of myself!) Jonathan says to the young man if the Philistines say “tarry,” then they will stand still. If they say, “come,” then they will come out and reveal themselves to the Philistines. In verse 12, the Philistines answer by saying, “come.” This was their signal to come out against the enemy. Jonathan said that the Lord had delivered their enemy into their hands. What confidence and assurance in the Lord is revealed here! The enemies “fell before Jonathan; and his armour-bearer slew after him.” I Samuel 14:13.

Jonathan’s confidence (faith) in the Lord caused him to win the battle. That is what we must place our hope in. God and Him alone. This is hope in action. Hope is never stagnant. It is always moving. This is what our hope can do for us. Are we like the average individual? Do we have the habit of saying “I don’t want to get my hopes up?” We are already defeated if we say that! You should get your hopes up because your hope is in Jesus Christ. Hope is not silliness. I would like to quote what the author of “Practical Christianity” says: “Hope is the quiet whisper inside the Christian’s heart that says, well…it’s possible.” [Practical Christianity, Chapter 8: The Value of Hope – Why Be Optimistic, page 209.] Note the following verse:

Ecclesiastes 9:4 (KJV)
(4) “For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.”

Where there is hope–there is optimism.

It is an assurance that does not work on options. We do not have to work on options either. God is in control of everything! Like Warren Wiersbe calls one of his books, which is entitled “Be Hopeful!”


The Word Became Flesh Part One

The Word Becomes Flesh

Many philosophers to mean, “reason,” the force, which structured the universe, also used the Greek term translated “word”; Philo combined this image with Jewish conceptions of the “word.”

By calling Jesus “the Word,” John calls him the embodiment of all God’s revelation in the Scriptures and thus declares that only those who accept Jesus honor the law fully John 1:17. Jewish people considered Wisdom/Word divine yet distinct from God the Father, so it was the closest available term John had to describe Jesus.

The Logos in eternity and time John 1:1-5

The Word existed before humanity came on the scene. The term “Word” is the common Greek word logos, which meant “speaking, a message, or words.” [The Bible Knowledge Commentary] It was widely used in Greek. John used this word because it was familiar to his readers. He used his own meaning of the word. This is seen in the prologue.

The Word was with God John 1:1, John alludes to the Old Testament and the Jewish picture of God creating through His preexistent wisdom or word. During the time of John, this wisdom existed before the rest of creation but was itself created. By declaring that the Word “was” in the beginning and especially by calling the Word “God” John 1:1; also the most likely reading of John 1:18, John goes beyond the common Jewish conception to imply that Jesus is not created. See Isaiah 43:10-11.

A Cultural Perspective of John’s Gospel


Looking from this perspective makes a difference in how we read the New Testament. The people believed Jesus’ casting out the demon from the girl. There were many exorcists in the ancient world. Therefore, it was nothing new since the exorcists employed magic spells or pain compliance techniques to expel demons. [Bible Background Commentary NEW TESTAMENT-Front Matter – How to Use This Commentary-A Cultural Commentary] The difference between Jesus and the exorcists is seen in the power that Jesus worked these deliverances. Jesus moved in Divine authority and power while the exorcists moved in dark magic. Jesus drove the demons out “by His word.” The audience of Jesus’ deliverance ministry were amazed by this. This reminds me of Moses when he was before Pharaoh. Exodus 7:8-12. The wise men, sorcerers and magicians changed their rods through enchantments to become serpents, Moses’ rod swallowed up their rods. Aaron’s rod was more powerful than any enchantments.


Knowing this type of information is critical to a correct revelation of God’s Word. This may seem tedious to the Student of the Word. It is important if we are to get a complete understanding of the author’s intent of the writing. Understanding the setting of the biblical writers does not deny that biblical passages are valid for all time. They are not valid for all circumstances. Different passages address different circumstances. We need to understand the circumstances which caused the writer to mention certain things. Then we need to interpret those passages in light of the setting.


The reason I am using this Bible Background Commentary is for the purpose of reading the text in its right setting. We cannot allow ourselves to interpret something in a way that is wrong. The Holy Spirit will guide us and direct us in our studies of the Bible. This will cause us to not read more into the text that what is written. This means reading the passage within its original context.


I suggest reading a helpful book by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth (Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 1981). I purchased this book for one of my classes when I was attending Liberty University Online. It is a very helpful book for its small size. I suggest you visit Amazon.com to purchase this book.


You and I need to have a reverential approach to the Bible. We need to be prayerful and attentive to understanding this valuable book. It is a revelation of who the Father is, and how He sent His only begotten Son to save us. Jesus reconciled us to the Father through His death, burial and resurrection. We are blessed to live in a country where we can walk around with our Bible under our arms. There will come a time when we will not be so free. Learn your Bible. Learn the verses. There is life, joy and peace in knowing the Word of God for yourself.