Morning Bible Study
We have made it through the prophetic portion of the book of Revelation:
We saw the
unfolding of the events of the horrible seven year Tribulation.
We saw the
Return of Jesus Christ to the earth followed by His 1,000 year reign.
We saw the New
Jerusalem, where eternity with God unfolds.
Now we finish
the book by putting it all into perspective, kind of like putting a “bow” on
the package. Why all this focus on the future? Is there anything we can do
:14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have
the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.
Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no
night there). 26But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles,
or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s
Book of Life.
:15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and
murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
– exo – without, out of doors
Some think that in the end, every person who has ever lived will be saved. But
the truth is, there are going to be people who will not be able to enter into
– kuon – a dog
I thought that
all dogs went to heaven. What’s up with this?
The term “dogs” is used for more than puppies. In ancient Jewish culture,
dogs weren’t pets, they were annoying animals, despised. This word is used to
describe men of low character, men of an impure mind.
(Pr 26:11 NKJV) As a dog
returns to his own vomit, So a fool repeats his folly.
20For it would have
been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having
known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. 22
– pharmakos – pertaining to magical
We get our word “pharmacy”
from this Greek word.
In the ancient world, this was the use of drugs to create a religious
experience, to try to connect with God through the use of drugs.
Paul lists this as one of many things that keep a person from heaven:
(Ga 5:19–21 NKJV) —19
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery,
fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of
wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the
like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time
past, that those who
practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
immoral – pornos –a man
who indulges in unlawful sexual intercourse
This is a pretty broad word. It seems to cover any kind of sexual
relationship outside of marriage.
Greg Laurie: “But isn’t it okay if
we practice safe sex? You need to save
sex for marriage”
:15 whoever loves
and practices a lie
I can’t help but think of politicians as an example of this.
Don’t get me wrong, not every politician is a liar (Honest Abe). But
sometimes it sure is hard to tell who is telling the truth and who is lying. It
seems that sometimes both sides can’t be telling the truth.
Some people think you can only survive by telling lies. Not so.
In or out?
The choice is yours. Will you be “in” heaven or will you be “out”.
You might think that because you have done some of the things listed here,
that this means you are automatically out.
Not so. You may be doing these things now, but you can change.
(1 Co 6:9–11 NKJV) —9 Do you not
know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be
deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,
nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor
covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the
kingdom of God. 11 And such were
some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were
justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
When you turn to God, He can and will forgive you and wash you. He will
give you a new start.
Will you respond to God’s tug on your heart or just blow
You can’t wait until you
die to choose. You have to choose
now. Are you in or out? Which are you?
:16 “I, Jesus, have
sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and
the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”
:16 I am the Root
and the Offspring of David
Jesus is quoting from a familiar Messianic passage. He is reiterating that
He is indeed the promised Messiah.
(Is 11:1 NKJV) There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch
shall grow out of his roots.
The prophecy speaks of the Messiah coming from David, being the offspring of David.
Jesus goes a step further and says He is also the “Root” of David.
He is the God of David (the Root).
41saying, “What do you
think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They said to Him, “The Son
of David.” 43He said to them, “How
then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying: 44And no one was able
to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him
:16 the Bright and
The “morning star” is a name given to the planet Venus when it appears in the east just
before the sunrise.
After the moon, Venus is the brightest object in the night sky, bright
enough to even cast shadows.
When the planet appears before sunrise, it’s a picture of hope.
Nights can sometimes be very long, especially when you are sick.
Have you ever lay awake at night tossing and turning, waiting for the light
The Morning Star is a hint that the dawn is almost here.
No matter how dark the night of present world history is, the “Bright and
Morning Star”, Jesus, tells us that a better day is coming, a brand new world
where all will be joy and peace forever.
It’s that hope that keeps us going on, making choices to do good instead of
evil, knowing that in the end it will all be worth it.
Hope delivers us from the despair that nothing we do matters, and enables
us to tackle even the most menial job with vigor.
tells the remarkable story of a B-17 bomber that flew a bombing mission over
Germany in the latter days of World War II. The plane was hit several times by
shells and flak, with some of the hits directly in the fuel tank. Miraculously,
the bomber did not explode. When it landed, eleven unexploded twenty-millimeter shells were taken
out of the fuel tank! The shells were dismantled, and to the amazement of
everyone, all were empty of explosives. Inside of one shell was a note written
in Czech. Translated,
it read, “This is all we can do for you now.” A member of the Czech
underground, working in a German munitions factory, had removed the explosives in at least
eleven of the twenty-millimeter shells on his assembly line.
That worker must have wondered often if the quiet work he was doing to
subvert the Nazi war effort was going to make any difference whatsoever to the
outcome of the war.
He kept doing what was right because of he had “hope”.
Jesus is our hope. He is our
guarantee of a sure future in heaven.
Because of our hope in heaven, we can keep doing what is right and saying
“no” to what is wrong.
We couldn’t be more
sure of what we saw and heard—God’s glory, God’s voice. The
prophetic Word was confirmed to us. You’ll do well to keep focusing on it. It’s
the one light you have in a dark time as you wait for daybreak and the rising
of the Morning Star in your hearts.
and I will give him
the morning star.
:17 And the Spirit
and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who
thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
:17 the Spirit and
the bride say, “Come!”
refers to the Holy Spirit.
refers to the church, the bride of Christ (Eph. 5:25)
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the
church and gave Himself for her,
The Spirit works through the church, giving an invitation to the world to
“Come” and follow Jesus.
Jesus said that we (the church) needed the Spirit working through us in
order to be the best witnesses:
(Ac 1:8 NKJV) But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in
Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
It’s the Holy Spirit in our lives that gives us the ability to be good
witnesses of Jesus Christ.
:17 let him who
hears say, “Come!”
That’s us as individuals. We are the ones who have “heard”. Now we say “Come”.
Some people just need us to say “Hi” to start with.
For some folks it’s not an easy thing to cross the threshold of a church. But
if you invite them and sit with them, you take some of the pressure off.
There is even still time to invite a friend to the Harvest
One of the two who heard John speak, and followed
Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41
The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He
found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
The biggest “invite” we can give is to invite people to think about Jesus,
and to make a choice to follow Him. Don’t just share the gospel, invite them.
When Jesus met the Samaritan woman at a well, she was so surprised that He,
a Jew, would say “hi” to her, a Samaritan. As they began to talk, she was blown
away with who Jesus was.
(Jn 4:28–30 NKJV) —28
The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and
said to the men, 29 “Come, see a
Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” 30 Then they
went out of the city and came to Him.
desires, let him take the water of life freely
Anyone can come
“Water of life” refers to salvation, the water of “eternal life”.
All you need in order to drink from the water of life is to “desire” it.
Some folks have
this notion that they are not good enough to find eternal life, that they are
not worthy of heaven.
Even some of the great Christians through history have had this struggle,
thinking that they were not worthy of being saved. The great preacher Charles
Spurgeon even grew up in a preacher’s family, but he thought that he wasn’t
worthy of God’s love:
“Spurgeon Movie” clip
You may think
that you are too great of a sinner.
You may think that you have committed the unpardonable sin.
You may think that you’ve asked for forgiveness too many times.
You may feel like you are just too big of a failure for God to ever love.
The truth is,
God didn’t send His Son to die on a cross for you because you were good enough,
but because you needed Him to pay for your sins.
(Ro 5:8 NKJV) But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were
still sinners, Christ died for us.
All you need is
a “desire” for God.
You too can simply “receive” what God has for you.
(Jn 1:12 NKJV) But as
many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to
those who believe in His name:
“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who
have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money
and without price. 2
It doesn’t cost you anything.
It cost God everything.
God loved you so much that He gave His Son for you, to die
for you, to pay for your sins.
And now all you need to do is to say “yes” to Him.
:18 For I testify
to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to
these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book;
:19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy,
God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from
the things which are written in this book.
:18-19 If anyone adds
… takes away
Messing with truth
Keep in mind
the context here. The warning is about adding or taking away from the book of
It’s a dangerous thing to alter the words of Revelation.
There is a
similar warning in the book of Deuteronomy:
(Dt 4:2 NKJV) You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from
it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord
your God which I command you.
If you want to get specific, this is a warning about the
“Law”, the first five books of the Bible.
these warnings are about specific portions of the Bible, the principle applies
to all of God’s Word.
There are religious groups that can cause a lot of trouble because of what
they “add” or “take away” from the truth.
Some groups like the Jehovah Witnesses try to “take away” the fact that
Jesus is God in the flesh.
They say He is just a created being, like an angel.
Other groups like to “add” to the truth by adding their own books, like the
Mormons adding their “Book of Mormon” and a whole slew of other documents.
Mormonism teaches that all good Mormons will progress
after death into becoming their own “gods” over their own planets.
There is a danger when things are not labeled like they should be.
I keep muriatic
acid in our garage to help with the upkeep of our pool. Muriatic acid is an incredibly dangerous
chemical. You will die if you drink it.
what if I decided to keep some of it in a milk carton, and somehow it made its
way into the refrigerator and I forgot to change the label on it?
What if one of my sons decides to pour himself a glass of
“milk” and drinks it before paying attention to what he just poured out?
contains clear truth about who God is, who we are, and how we are to relate to
It’s really important that we don’t “mislabel” or distort the truth.
:20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
:20 He who testifies to these things
Jesus is the one that is telling the readers that these things are true.
And He is coming quickly.
:20 Even so, come,
This is John’s reply to Jesus saying He is coming quickly.
How do you respond to the truth that He is coming quickly?
Some of us live and plan our lives based on our “to do” list. The busier you get, the more important it is that you learn to
prioritize. When things get busy, only
the most important things stay on your calendar.
Would you be willing to rearrange your calendar and “to do” list if Jesus
:21 The grace
of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
– charis – grace; that which affords
joy, pleasure, delight; unmerited favor
Grace is what God has done for us when we didn’t deserve it.
God sent His
Son Jesus to pay for our sins, not because we deserved it, but because we
This is a great way to end the book about the future – we all need the
grace of Jesus in our lives.
It’s only with God’s grace that we survive.
It’s only with God’s grace that we have eternal life.
Are you “In” or “Out”? Are you ready
to say “yes” to Jesus?