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A Great Rescue

The book of Revelation is described as a bit like a Russian nesting doll. You take it apart, only to find a smaller one inside. You open that, and there is still another doll inside – and so on. As we have worked our way through the second of the seven cycles of visions in […]

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The Wrath of the Lamb

“Francis Ford Coppola directed one of the most disturbing movies about the Vietnam War, with a title straight out of the book of Revelation. Apocalypse Now described war as a crazed mayhem in which objectives are confused and morality is impossible. In one scene, an American officer arrives in the midst of a firefight. Shells […]

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The Lamb on the Throne

We saw from Revelation 4 that there is a throne at the center of the universe. God is seated on that throne, and around His throne is a rainbow depicting God’s sovereign grace, faithful promises, and abiding covenant. But in Revelation 5, John sets this heavenly scene before us in a different way. Now we […]

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Refresher for Reading Revelation

We have reached the point of no return in our study of the book of Revelation. Many preachers end their series of sermons on Revelation when they complete chapter 3. This is probably because the first three chapters are comparatively easy to understand and interpret. From chapter 4 on, the book of Revelation can be […]

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The Throne of God

It is immensely significant that, when John peeped through the open door, the very first thing he saw was a throne, symbol of the sovereignty, majesty and kingly rule of God. His vision has a strong Old Testament background in Ezekiel 1 and Daniel 7, with echoes from Isaiah 6. The throne is mentioned seventeen […]

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Church at Laodicea

“Jesus Christ is either worth everything or He is worth nothing. If He is the true Savior and Lord – the way, the truth, and life – as He claims to be, He is worth everything. He is worthy to be served with our entire soul, entire mind, and entire strength. If He is not […]

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Church at Philadelphia

Philadelphia, situated thirty-five miles southeast of Sardis, was located at the eastern end of a broad valley near the river Cogamis. The city was at the juncture of trade routes leading to Mysia, Lydia, and Phrygia, earning Philadelphia the title, ‘gateway to the East’. Her economic prowess was based on agriculture and industry. Strabo, the […]

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Church at Sardis

The residents of Sardis knew very well what had happened to their city six hundred years before the Christian gospel reached them. The city had been thought, for a long time, completely impregnable. It was secure, sitting on top of its steep hill. Attackers might come and go, but the citizens were quite content to […]

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Church at Thyatira

In his commentary on the book of Revelation, James Hamilton quotes an account told by Joseph Ellis in Founding Brothers. He writes: “In 1780 Maj. John André was captured while attempting to serve as a British spy in league with Benedict Arnold to produce a major strategic debacle on the Hudson River at West Point. […]

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Church at Pergamum

The seven messages from Jesus to the churches of Revelation seem to be organized in the form of a chiasm. The term chiasm refers to the Greek letter chi, which is shaped like an ‘X’. If you’re not familiar with the term, think of a picture frame. A picture frame has an outer wooden piece, […]

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