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A link to a political post with a Nigerian persecution link October 8, 2007

Posted by roberttalley in Persecution, Personalities, Politics, Religion.
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I mentioned during our discussion tonight, the persecution I had read about in Nigeria. Here is a post with a link within describing the first reports of this persecution. Beware of course, that first reports are rarely totally accurate. I included the post that has the link because the blogger, Dan Ratliff Goldfinch has some good things to say, with which I happen to agree.

Revelation 13 answers “The Beast is…” You didn’t think I really knew, did you? September 25, 2007

Posted by roberttalley in Antichrist, Persecution, Perserverance, Religion, Revelation of Jesus Christ.

 Again, I was overly ambitious and only managed one chapter. Chapter 14 next week.

We first met the beast in Revelation 11:7. When you compare 13:1 with 12:3, what is immediately recognizable about this beast? According to 13:3, who is the “power behind the throne” during the reign of the beast?

The beast is from Satan.

What do we recognize about this beast when we compare 13:1-2 with Daniel 7?

He is part of the same political world system as the empires of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. In fact, the Beast’s empire is the final manifestation of the present world political system.

What does 13:3 and 13:14 tell us about the history of the beast when he comes to power?

He will recover from some deadly blow. Some believe this blow to be political, others that it would be a literal physical injury. Later verses do seem to indicate that either way it will be a violent blow (with the sword).

What will be the result of this event on the people of the world (13:3-4, 8)?

They will worship the beast and through him, worship Satan, many no doubt unknowingly.

How long will God tolerate this “new world order” (13:5)? What will God allow Him to do (13:5-7)?

God will tolerate this for 42 months. He will allow persecution of the saints and miracles to deceive the rest of the world during that time period. 

What is the warning that Christ makes in verses 9-10?

The beast and those who follow him will be judged in the same way as they persecuted the believers.

What is the purpose of the second beast (verses 11-18)? Is he equal in authority to the first beast?

He has great authority but serves to turn men to the first beast rather than to Himself.

Should we be fearful of the number 666? Why or why not?

No. The beast has yet to be revealed and therefore this number does not yet have any current significance.

Revelation chapters 7-8 (Questions, now with answers). July 13, 2007

Posted by roberttalley in Day of the Lord, Eschatology, Judgment, Persecution, Praise, Prayer, Revelation of Jesus Christ, Suffering, Throne of God.
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Revelation 7-8

  1. What theme carries over into 7:1-3 from chapter 6? The events and situations in these two chapters are global in effect and not limited to the Middle East.

  2. What arguments are there in the text for the 144,000 being Jews (verses 4-8)? Other than the fact that it says they are Jews is the fact that they are from twelve specific and named tribes of Israel, Dan is replaced by one of the tribes of Joseph.

  3. To what event in the gospels does the worship around the throne allude (verses 9-12)? Palm Sunday

  4. We have seen earlier that white robes indicate a saved person. What else is indicated in this passage by white robes (verses 13-14)? Those in white robes have been persecuted for their faith.

  5. What in the future do verses 15-17 refer? The believer’s eternal state with God. Although it is speaking specifically about those who came through great tribulation, the implications are there for all believers.

  6. Compare 8:1-6 with 5:8 and 6:9-11. What does this tell us about the seven trumpet judgments? The trumpet judgments are in answer to the prayers of the saints for God to avenge them on the evil world which persecuted them.

  7. The first four seals had the common thread of the horsemen. What is the common thread in the first four trumpets (8:7-12)? One-third of various things are affected.  These angels’ trumpets correspond to the task given to the four angels in 7:1-3.

Let your mouse do the walking! July 11, 2007

Posted by roberttalley in Day of the Lord, Judgment, Persecution, Revelation of Jesus Christ.
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Here is the promised answers for Revelation 6. Just click it!


Revelation 6 (Questions concerning the first six seals) July 5, 2007

Posted by roberttalley in Antichrist, Day of the Lord, Eschatology, Famine, Hades, Hell, Judgment, Persecution, Repentance, Revelation of Jesus Christ, Spiritual Warfare, Suffering, War, Zechariah.

Update:  answers are in italics 

Revelation 6 (compare the four horsemen with Zechariah 6:1-6)

The four horsemen are an allusion to Zechariah 6:1-6 and 1:7-17. What is the main purpose of using the symbol of four horses of varying colors?  It seems to correspond with the emphasis of Zechariah 6 that is also made in other ways in Revelation 6. This emphasis is that the things that coming by way of these horsemen will affect the whole world and not just certain regions.

There are generally two popular interpretations of the first rider on the white horse:  that it is the antichrist and that it is Jesus Christ. What are the arguments for one or the other interpretation? Which of these interpretations is easiest to support from the book of Revelation itself? Depending on your interpretation of the first rider, what purpose does this horse serve internationally?  There are a lot of different arguments put forth but I will mention the two that seem to me to carry the most weight because they arise more from the text and are less determined by the system of interpretation one may already have. 1) The white horse rider being Christ is best supported by the fact that Jesus is pictured in Revelation 19 as coming in victory on a white horse. If this horse is Christ, then it is consistent with the theme presented often in the Revelation, i.e., that Jesus will overcome the forces of Satan. In fact, the sixth seal seems to tell about that event. 2) The white horse rider being anti-Christ is best supported by the fact that the other three horses have a negative impact on the world. If this rider is the anti-Christ it gives credence to a one world government or the domination of the world by the beast. 

If the red horse is war, where will this war take place?  No place on the earth will be untouched.

What conditions in the world are described by the third horse and the voice from the midst of the four living creatures?  Inflation and famine for the poor but the rich may not be affected.

We are told directly who the fourth rider is. What will happen during the time of his working on the earth? Has there ever been a time when one fourth of the people on the earth were destroyed?  The day of the Lord, which seems to be what this chapter is beginning to describe will be a time of much death by all sorts of means.

What prophetic events are the fifth seal looking forward to (7:9-14; 13:14; 14:13; and 17:6 with contexts)?  Revenge on the persecutors of God’s people including but not limited to “the beast” and “Mystery Babylon”.

What prophetic events are the sixth seal looking forward to (Isaiah 13:9-10; Joel 2; Matthew 24:7; Hosea 10:8; Luke 23:30 with contexts)?  The day of the LORD.

Links to Sermons based on 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (or its context) June 29, 2007

Posted by roberttalley in Bible, George Whitefield, Inspiration, Jonathan Edwards, Links, Persecution, Preaching, Second Timothy, Sermons, Spiritual Leadership, Suffering.
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This Sunday begins a two month series on the Word of God. We will begin with the classic verse on inspiration in 2 Timothy 3:16-17. There is some variety in the sermons below but I found them all good.

http://www.biblebb.com/files/whitefield/gw055.htm George Whitefield (on persecution)

http://www.biblebb.com/files/edwards/scripture.htm Jonathan Edwards

http://www.biblebb.com/files/ryle/inspiration.htm J. C. Ryle

http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/Sermons/ByScripture/9/10_Building_Our_Lives_on_the_Bible/ John Piper

http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/Sermons/ByScripture/9/1029_The_Place_of_Preaching_in_Worship/ John Piper

http://www.keepbelieving.com/sermons/read_sermon.asp?id=142 Ray Pritchard