Revelation 4 Quiz

Revelation 4  Quiz

– 1 Revelation 4 opens with John located where?

– 2  John was to be shown things happening now on earth, true or false.

– 3 John describes what he sees where?

– 4 John sees someone sitting on a throne in heaven, true or false.

– 5 How many seats were around the throne?

– 6 Who was sitting on the seats around the throne?

– 7 What were those sitting on the seats wearing?
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– 8 John describes 4 beasts he sees. What are the 4 beasts described as looking like?

– 9 Did the 4 beasts speak, yes or no.

– 10 Before the throne there was a sea, true or false.

– 11 How many lamps were around the throne?

– 12 Who was sitting on the throne in heaven?

We will review Revelation 4 next time. Notice in Revelation 4 John sees a door in heaven and Jesus said behold, I stand at the door and knock?  Until next time.

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Revelation 4

Revelation 4 opens with John looking and seeing an open door in heaven. And the first voice John hears is a voice sounding like a trumpet. And the voice says, Come up hither, and I will show you things which must be hereafter.

In Revelation 1, God sent his angel to John. Where? On the Isle of Patmos, 1:9. John hears a great voice as of a trumpet 1:10. A trumpet has a distinct sound. It is a powerful sound. So up until Revelation 4:1 John has been on the island of Patmos, sees Jesus and hears the messages to the 7 churches.

But in Revelation 4, John sees a door opened in heaven and is told to come up hither. John is told he is going to see the future in verse one. And immediately John was in the spirit. Little s meaning in his spirit man. In Revelation 1:10 John was in the Spirit, on the Lord’s day. Capital S meaning Holy Spirit.

Notice John also sees a throne in heaven and someone sitting on the throne.

Below is posted all 11 verses of Revelation 4. On a piece of paper, list the things John sees in Revelation 4.

Revelation 4:1-11 KJV  ” After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
[2] And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
[3] And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
[4] And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
[5] And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
[6] And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
[7] And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
[8] And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him ; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
[9] And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
[10] The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
[11] Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

Until next time.

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Revelation 3 The Last 3 Churches

The last 3 churches in Revelation 3 are Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicean. Compare the last 3 churches to the first 4 churches:

1 – Ephesus – a church that left their first love.

The Good – that church hated the deeds of the Nicolaitans ( licentious practices, women common to prevent jealousy ).

The Bad – that church left their first love.

2 – Smyrna – a church told to stay faithful.

The Good – I know your works, tribulations and poverty and they were  faithful.

The Bad – The devil is going to throw some of you into prison that ye may be tried and you will have distresses of life (tribulation) 10 days – stay faithful.

3 – Pergamos – a church with false doctrine. This church dwells where Satan’s seat is and this church has some who teach the doctrine of Balaam.

The Good – They held fast the Lord’s name and did not deny the Lord’s faith.

The Bad – They had false doctrine in the church, sacrificed to idols and committed fornication.

Thyatira – A church practicing paganism. This church acted like Jezebel. Everything Jezebel did relating to God’s people was to destroy them and bring paganism to the people.

The Good – They had works, charity, service, faith and patience.

The Bad – They allowed paganism practices in to the church.

Sardis – A dead church. A church that identified itself as a church, but it was a dead church, no life there.

The Good – They had works and called themselves a church. Their church lost most of their life and were on life support (what things remain) so they had a glimmer of life, strengthen the little you have left. There are only a few with life left.

The Bad – Your dead, almost. You allowed yourself to die and still call yourself a church.

Philadelphia – God opens a door for them because they kept God’s word.

The Good – They kept God’s word and God promises them blessings.

The Bad – Nothing, no rebuke to Philadelphia. God did tell them to “hold fast” so no man takes your crown.

Laodicea – Their focus was on earthly wealth and power and not God. They were lukewarm towards God.

The Good – Nothing good mentioned.

The Bad – The church was looking for worldly wealth and power in this world and not focused on God or his business. You are blind, naked wretched, poor and miserable. Be zealous and repent.

Many churches do “good works” but so do the heathen. An observation of churches today is churches spend millions to build schools. Did the apostles build schools? Did Paul build a school? It is not that schools are “bad” but the focus is no longer the “Great Commission” Matthew 28:19-20 KJV
” Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
[20] Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

It would appear that believers go to these church built schools more than the heathen going. Why? Why do believers go to Bible colleges? Could it be to learn the Bible? Aren’t Pastors teaching their flock the Bible? Aren’t believers reading and studying the Bible on their own? How many non believers do you think will enroll in a Christian College? So how does the church reach the unbelievers in their country first and then the world?

The church appears to spend more on colleges today than soul winning. The church today appears to be more focused on wealth and power in this world and lukewarm towards God.

When you look at the 7 churches in Revelation chapters 2 and 3, today you can see a little from all these churches. Today’s church has left their first love to build their ministry, not the kingdom of God. Today’s church has allowed false doctrine in to the church. Today’s church practices paganism and the Jezebel spirit is in the church. Many of today’s churches are dead and there are only a few in some churches who truly have life. And today’s church is more concerned about earthly wealth and earthly goods. They look for wealth and power in this world.

These chapters are warnings to believers, not the unsaved. So when will believers take God seriously?  Maybe starting local study groups with people in your homes might be more effective. Having church in your house just like scripture says in 1 Corinthians 16:19 KJV  ” The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.”

Church is looked at by many today as a duty. Just another thing to do to appease God. So people go to church and act like they did their duty for God and checked it off as done. Many churches have their opening messages and no prayer. Then they sing 3 or 4 songs. Then they have a 15-20 minute “message”. Then they close with a song. Few churches give an alter call for people to come forward and accept Christ as their Lord and Saviour.

Even TV ministries have 2 commercials now in a 25 minute message. By the time they are done with a 30 minute program you have 10-15 minutes of preaching or teaching, two 5 minute commercials to promote their ministry. Plus you have an opening and closing of the program. Very few, if any, tell the viewer how to get saved. And even less offer an alter call for viewers to accept Christ as their Lord and Saviour.

Friends, isn’t it time to clean out our house both physically and spiritually? Ask God to forgive you and help you refresh your first love. Throw out the paganism and serve God. Get rooted in sound doctrine and ask God to revive you so you don’t die to the things of God. Be zealous for Christ and scripture and share the gospel of salvation with the lost. Until next time.

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Revelation 3 Quiz

Here is the Revelation 3 Quiz.

1 – Revelation 3 addresses three churches. Which of the three churches did God have nothing negative to say about that church?

2 – Define a “dead” church.

3 – God says to the angel of the church at Laodiceans they are lukewarm. How can a church be lukewarm?

4 – God mentions a book he has in heaven. What is the name of that book?

5 – What is written in that book?

6 – Does God erase things or blot out things in that book, yes or no?

7 – Whose book is that book?

8 – God told the angel of the church of Philadelphia that he was opening a door for them. What does that mean?

9 – God mentions keeping his people from the ” hour of temptation”. What is the “hour of temptation?

10 – Man can take away your crown, true or false.

11 – Where is ” New Jerusalem” right now?

12 – Wealth and worldly possessions Laodiceans focus on but they are really to be what?

Any comments or questions feel free to post here or email us at theheavensrecord@gmail.com

Until next time.

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Revelation 3

I thought the best way to handle Revelation 3 was to provide the 22 verses for you to read. These are three churches God addresses and the last three churches of seven total churches.

Each of the three churches have keys God provides us about “other” things. These “keys” unlock areas in scripture we may not have understood before but here, the Lord mentions the keys.

So as you read about each of these three churches, circle words or write the keys down on a piece of paper. We will cover them but it would help you understand more if you can find them before we cover them. A clue – key words usually identify something and call it by name. So here are the 22 verses.

Revelation 3:1-22 KJV  ” And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.
[2] Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
[3] Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
[4] Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
[5] He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
[6] He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

[7] And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
[8] I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
[9] Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
[10] Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
[11] Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
[12] Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
[13] He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

[14] And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
[15] I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
[16] So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
[17] Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
[18] I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
[19] As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
[20] Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
[21] To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
[22] He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”

Until next time.

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Revelation 2 The First 4 Churches

When we dig into Revelation 2 and what the Lord had to say to the first four churches we see warnings. God not acknowledged good things about the churches but things they needed to change.

It is not just about the good and bad but we are given additional information such as a church can leave their first love as Ephesus did. We also learn there is a test you can give to people who claim to be an apostle. And the church at Ephesus we learn, hated the deeds of the Nicolaitans. So we need to ask two questions:

Who are the Nicolaitans?
What were the deeds of the Nicolaitans?

If God hates their deeds, shouldn’t we learn what the Nicolaitans deeds are?

According to the 1828 dictionary,  the Nicolaitans were a sect in the church. They were named after Nicolas, a deacon of the church at Jerusalem.  They held that married women should be common to prevent jealousy.  The Nicolaitans were not charged with erroneous opinions respecting God, but with licentious practices. See Acts 6:1-7 KJV.

Smyrna
God had nothing “bad” to say about Smyrna, just be faithful. The interesting thing here is God tells them the devil shall cast some of you into prison. Why? That you may be tried. God tells them they will have tribulation 10 days. Be faithful unto death.

They could count the days and know after 10 days went by they would either die or be let go. No matter what happens, be faithful.

Pergamos is an interesting one to me because God reveals where Satan’s seat is located. Government has what we call a seat, a place they are operating from. In America, each state has a capitol which is the seat for each state. That is where the state’s congress is located, the state’s supreme court and the governor’s house is located. All state business comes from the capitol.
We also have county seats for each county in a state. That is where local government operates.

So when Revelation 2:12 tells us where Satan’s seat is, well, we learn a lot. So Pergamos here is where Antipas, God’s faithful martyr was slain “where Satan dwells”.

This Pergamos also holds the doctrine of Balaam, a false doctrine God says. Plus that church has those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans.

According to my 1859 Bible Dictionary, Pergamos here is now called Bergamo, a city of Mysia, in Asia minor and residences of “Attalian princes”.

There are 3 mountains in Pergamos and it was the birthplace of Galen and contained a famous temple of Esculapius, the “god of medicine” who was worshipped under the form of a living serpent. I believe, that is why the medical community has a serpent on a pole for their logo. How many people rush to “medical people” before they take the matter to God.

The modern city of Bergamo has 3 mountains and a large castle in ruins stands. An interesting study about Pergamos and how that church was located “in Satan’s seat” and that church had the doctrine of Balaam.

Thyatira
God tells us Thyatira allows Jezebel, which calls herself a prophetess, teach and seduce God’s servants to commit fornication and to eat things sacrificed to idols.

Fornication is not only unmarried people engaging in impurity, but it is also apostasy, idolatry, heresy and infidelity.

We know Jezebel was Ahab’s wife during the time of Elijah. She followed idolatry ( 1 Kings 16:32,33 ) she destroyed God’s prophets ( 1 Kings 18:4-13 ) she planned Elijah’s death ( 1 Kings 19:1,2 ). Everything Jezebel did, in relation to God’s people, was to destroy them and bring paganism to the people.

The church of Thyatira were engaged in paganism and when the believers would admonish other believers, like Elijah did, the church did not want to hear it. Just like today. There is a Jezebel spirit in churches today and if believers speak out against the paganism, they are made fun of or mocked and told to shut up. Need an example?

God has 7 holidays, what are they? How many of them does the church celebrate?

Pagan holidays the world celebrates, that is what the church celebrates. Oh the church may change the rules or names of the celebration, but it is still paganism. Halloween is not even in the 1828 dictionary but it is in the 1977 dictionary. Halloween means by definition sacred, holy expectation an imagination. Imagination is soul related, not spiritual towards God.

What about Christmas trees in churches? Christmas is a pagan celebration, check it out. What does God say about Christmas trees?

Jeremiah 10:1-8 KJV  “Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
[2] Thus saith the Lord , Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
[3] For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
[4] They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
[5] They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.
[6] Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O Lord ; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.
[7] Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee.
[8] But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities.”

And “Easter egg hunts” most people already know the egg represents fertility of the “goddess of love”.

And believers and churches are practicing the Jezebel spirit today. They engage in idolatry and could care less if God approves or not. They are going to do what they want.

Why not practice God’s holidays?
We will look at the last 3 churches starting Revelation 3 next time. Until next time.

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Revelation 2 Quiz

Revelation 2 addresses four of the seven churches: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos and Thyatira. The Lord mentions different areas of good and areas that need to be corrected for each of these churches. The Lord also mentions the remedy to correct areas needing improvement.

Fill in the blanks.

1 – Jesus identifies 5 things he noticed about the church at Ephesus, what are the 5 things?

2 – Because Ephesus had left their first love, Jesus had somewhat against them, true or false?

3 – Jesus complimented the church at Ephesus for hating the deeds of what people?

4 – The church at Smyrna was noticed for their works, their tribulation and their poverty and for recognizing those who claimed to be Jews. Jesus said those who claimed to be Jews and were not Jews, were of the synagogue of who?

5 – Jesus tells the believers at Smyrna that some of them will be put into prison – Who will put them in prison?

6 – How long will some of these believers at Smyrna be put into prison?

7 – Why will some of the believers at Smyrna  be put into prison?

8 – Jesus tells the angel of the church at Pergamos that they dwell where Satan’s seat is, true or false?

9 – Jesus mentions those at Pergamos have those who have false doctrine there. What is the false doctrine Jesus mentioned?

10 – The church at Thyatira was noted for their works, true or false.

11 – Jezebel was hundreds of years earlier than Jesus. Yet Jesus mentions Thyatira allowed Jezebel to teach and seduce God’s servants. What two things was Jezebel seducing God’s servants to do?

12 – God says he will kill Jezebel’s children with death, true or false.

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