The Book of Revelation Chapter 1, Part 2 Study Guide

Too Incredible to be Chance

Ten years ago Israeli scientists at Hebrew University discovered an incredible phenomenon of Hebrew Codes in the authorized Masoretic Text of the Old Testament.

Words such as “Hitler, Holocaust and Eichmann” were spelled out in the text of Deuteronomy 10:17-22 at an interval of every 22 letters. They call the phenomenon “Equidistant Letter Sequences”

When the computer found the first letter of the word Hitler – , the letter heh , it skipped forward every 22 letters and found the letters of the Hebrew word Hitler- spelled out in the text. However, they also found in the same passage these words: Eichmann, King of the Nazis, Berlin, Germany, Holocaust, Cremetoria, Fuehrer and the death camp Auschwitz.

Also found in the original Hebrew, the name of Jesus, “Yeshua” encoded in the very first verse of the Bible, Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning Yeshua, Jesus created the heaven and the earth.”

Equal in incredibility is the Earth, the Milky Way Galaxy and the Universe itself:

This is a scale diagram of Earth, Jupiter and the Sun

Jupiter is about ten times the diameter of Earth

The Sun, about ten times the diameter of Jupiter

The tiny blue ball is where we are. The Earth is whizzing around the Sun at 67,000 miles per hour. By the time you’ve read this page we have traveled ten thousand miles together.

A Photo from Deep Space, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope:

The image, called the “Hubble Deep Field” taken for ten consecutive days between December 18 and 28, 1995.

Representing a narrow “keyhole” view stretching to the visible horizon of the universe, the image covers a speck of the sky only about the width of a dime located 75 feet away.

Gazing into this small field, the size of a dime, Hubble uncovered a bewildering assortment of at least 1,500 galaxies similar to the Milky Way Galaxy that our Sun, Earth, and other planets inhabit.

Most of the galaxies in this photo are so faint that they have never before been seen by even the largest telescopes.

Some parts of these galaxies probably date back to nearly the beginning of the universe.

Today scientists estimate that there are at least 100 billion stars just in our milky way galaxy. They also estimate that there are more than 100 billion galaxies like the milky way in the universe! Each of these 100 billion galaxies also have within them more than 100 billion stars! If you began counting this morning at the rate of ten stars per second it would take you 100 trillion years to count the estimated total number of stars in existence.

The sun is a part of an enormous spiral galaxy called “the Milky Way”.

The sun moves in a circular course through the universe at more than 600,000 miles per hour. The milky way galaxy is flying through space at over 2 million miles per hour.

Dr. Simon Driver of the International Astronomical Union, said that the newest estimates of the number of stars in the Universe is 70 Sextillion.

That is 70,000 Million, Million, Million

70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 A 7 followed by 22 Zeros

That is 10 times the estimated number of grains of sand on the earth.

Earth, is so finely tuned and delicately balanced, that it is virtually impossible that this absolute perfect balance needed to sustain life, happened by sheer accident.

It is quite obvious that an amazingly intelligent Creator, cause this delicate balance that makes life on earth possible.

The Earth is 2/3rds water and 1/3rd land. If the proportions of water to land were different, all life would die.

The Earth moves through the Universe at 18.4 miles per second, that is 66,240 miles per hour.

We are rotating at 1,070 miles per hour on a tilted axis of 23.5 degrees, that gives us our seasons of Fall, Winter, Spring and summer.

This delicate balance of speed and axis tilt that the Lord created for earth, keeps us at a comfortable, life sustaining temperature of an average 61 degrees F

Our moon is much larger in relation to the size of earth, than other planets moons are.

Because the moon is larger, it has the right amount of gravitational pull on the earth that keeps us tilted at 23.5 degrees

Exactly 23.5 Degrees is what caused the oceans to have movement that cleanses the earth through the tidal cycles the moon creates by its pull on the earth.

If the tilt of the earths axis was greater than 23.5 degrees, the earth would have massive continental flooding and long periods of darkness.

If the tilt of the earths axis was less, the areas around the equator would be too hot for life and the Ice caps would be gigantic.

The chances of earth just accidentally having this perfectly tuned environment is mathematically impossible.

Every system on earth is connected to the other and totally dependant on each other to maintain a perfect balance necessary for us to be able to live here.

If we were just slightly closer or slightly farther from the sun, life would not be possible on earth.

If the earth was 2% farther from the sun, the planet would be too cool for a the winds, and cloud cycle that waters the earth, everything would die.

If the earth was 2% closer to the sun, the earth would be too warm for a the wind, cloud cycle that waters the earth, everything would die.

If our sun was any closer to any other sun, in the universe, there would be no life on earth.

Our sun is exactly the right size that the earth needs to keep the earth rotating at 1070 miles an hour.

If the earth did not have an exact 1070 mile per hour rotation:

All plant life would burn during the day, and freeze at night.

If we rotated just 100 miles an hour faster, The winds on the earth would be so high that they would destroy everything

Jupiter has a rotation period of about 1/2 of earths. Jupiter has 1,000 mile per hour winds.

The distance that the earth is from the Moon is perfect.

If we were just 1/5th closer to the moon, the tides would be so strong that they would cover up all of the land twice a day.

If we were farther away from the moon or had no moon, the earth would “Wobble” like Mars does, causing major catastrophic changes in our weather that would kill us all.

The air that we breath on the earth has exactly the right mixture of gases:

78% Nitrogen, 21% Oxygen, .92%Argon, .035% Carbon Dioxide, and .035% other gases.

If we had just 6 percent less oxygen (15%) all of us would suffocate.

If we had just 9% more oxygen (25%) spontaneous fires would break out all over the earth because oxygen is so flammable.

If there was even a slightly less amount of carbon dioxide on the earth, every plan would starve to death.

The more that scientists study the Universe, the earth and the human body, they increasingly come to the conclusion that “An Intelligent being created everything that exists

Mathematically speaking, there is virtually not one single chance that any of the universe happened by just random chance.

If there is an Intelligent being has the technology to make the Universe, with all of it’s incredible complexities, then doesn’t it stand to reason that this same intelligent being could create a document that would forever prove to us that He exists and that we could know Him by?

Could not this being with all of this incredible technology, make sure that He left us with a document that revealed who He is, and how we could know Him. That this document would come to us through all the generations of man, perfect, without any corruption and without any error? Of course He would!

Just as there are laws that govern the universe:

The Law of Gravity that keeps us from flying off of the earth as it moves through the Universe at 66,240 miles an hour.

The Laws of Electricity that binds every Atom in the Universe together and keeps you from just blowing apart.

There is also the most incredible Law of the Universe: “God Loves You”, and He made it possible that you could know Him, through an equally incredible Book called His Word.

The most awesome Book that proves that God Exists, is The Book of Revelation:

Revelation, reveals and details, , the final outcome for all human life.

The wonderful news, is that all those who love the Lord are going to be the Ones that wins, and they themselves will be the ones that are going to help run the universe.

Last Sunday morning, in our introduction to the Book of Revelation, we covered verses 1-5

Revelation 1:5

and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood

I have often asked the question: “Why did Jesus love me so much?”

If you ever wondered if “God really does love you?”, all you have to do is look at the Cross.

If you can imagine, the Creator of all of this amazing technology that we just looked at, is the same Creator that humbled Himself, died on a Roman Cross, and Shed His Blood, so that you could know for certain that you have really been forgiven of ALL of your sins, and are now entitled to go to Heaven and live there forever!

Verse 5 here in the Book of Revelation, says that it was by this Blood of Jesus that you were cleansed from all of your sins.

You are washed, and made perfect forever in Gods sight, when you trust Jesus to Save you.

The principle of a Blood Sacrifice for sin, might seem like a strange principle to us.

In the Old Testament, the shedding of blood by an “Innocent” for a “Guilty” was established by God, to point the way to what Jesus would do when He came.

The first Sacrifice by blood was in Genesis 3, when after Adam and Eve fell, they tried to cover their sin by the works of their own hands.

Genesis 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.

A short time later, the Lord asked Adam and Eve what they had done. Apparently right in front of them, the Lord killed, what I believe was a Lamb, and took the skins from the Lamb and made them a covering.

Genesis 3:21 Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.

The Lord was saying that a covering of their own for their sin, was not acceptable to Him. It would only be by the shedding of the “Blood of a Lamb”, that the Lord would accomplish by His own hand, that Adam and Eve and everyone after them, could be forgiven of sin.

Later, in the Book of Exodus, this principle is defined in greater detail.

When 2.5 Million people came out of Egypt, after having been slaves for 400 years, on the final night that they were in Egypt, they were to all gather inside of their homes and place “The Blood of a Lamb” on the “Door Post” as “A Sign”.

When “The Angel of Death” came to destroy those in the house, he saw the “Blood of the Lamb” and then “Passed Over” that home, all in the house that were covered with the “Blood of the Lamb”, were spared from Judgment.

Exodus 12:7 and 13 7 And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. 13 Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt

When Jesus came, Even John the Baptist recognized why Jesus had come:

John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world

Jesus, unlike the Lambs that were sacrificed in the Old Testament over and over, Jesus became The One Sacrifice that forever forgave every sin of every person that has been born on the earth.

Hebrews 10:7-10 7 Then I said, “Behold, I have come—In the volume of the book it is written of Me—To do Your will, O God.’ ” 8 Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), 9 then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. 10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

By Jesus becoming this “Lamb of God”, He did away with the Old Testament Sacrifices that had to be offered over and over, and became “One Perfect Sacrifice, forever. This Sacrifice is applied to any person who believes it and receives it personally.

This is what John means here in the Book of Revelation when he said:

Revelation 1:5 To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood

Revelation 1 6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

One of the most exciting parts of Jesus coming for us at the Rapture, is what we are going to be doing after we are taken to heaven.

Every trial, every heartache and difficulty that you are going through in your life right now, is to prepare you for what you are going to be doing in the future with Jesus.

You are going to “Reign” with Him.

Revelation 5:10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.”

The sequence of events in your present and future life, are as follows

Right now, you are enduring trials, difficulties, and struggles in your life.

The next event that will happen to you, is that you will be “Raptured”, that is removed very quickly from the earth, to meet Jesus in the atmosphere above the earth.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

At the instant that you are removed, your body, according to 1 Corinthians 15, will be instantaneously changed into an eternal body just like the one that Jesus had after He was resurrected.

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

You will then be taken along with all other believers, back to heaven with Jesus, where you will appear before Him to receive “Rewards” for every single act of service you did for Jesus while you were alive in your mortal body, before you were Raptured.

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, (Bema, Rewards) that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

The rewards are in the form of 5 different Crowns. The basis for receiving these is “What the motivation was for everything that you did for Jesus. If it was just for you to receive acknowledgment from men, there will be no reward. If the basis for what you did, was so that Jesus would receive Glory and praise, then He will reward you.

1 Corinthians 3:9-14 9 For we are God’s fellow workers; … 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation (Of Jesus Sacrifice) with gold, silver, precious stones, (Right Motivations) wood, hay, straw, (Wrong Motivations) 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.

James 1:12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him

Then, strangely, we will all sit down to what the Bible calls “The Marriage Feast of the Lamb”, where Jesus Himself said that He will serve you.

Revelation 19:9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ”

Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.

While all of this is going on, back on the earth, the 7 year Tribulation period has began, where 2/3rds of the people on planet earth will die.

At the end of this 7 year Tribulation, we will all return with Jesus to the Earth, touching down on “the Mount of Olives”, just outside Jerusalem. Waiting for Jesus, will be gathered all of the armies of the world, in the Valley of Megiddo, just outside Israel. Jesus will destroy this army with the Words from His mouth. The Blood from that carnage will be to the depth of a horses Bridle for over 200 miles, inside the Valley of Megiddo.

Revelation 19:11-19 11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He (Jesus) who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Revelation 19:19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army

Revelation 16:16 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon

Revelation 14:20 And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for 200 miles

The Earth will then enter what the Old and New Testament describes as “A 1,000 year or Millennium Reign” of Jesus as King over the entire earth.

Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. …And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

You will be assigned a position of leadership and rulership, based on your faithfulness to “The Little things”, Jesus had you doing while living here on the earth, before the Rapture happens.

Luke 19:17 And he said to him, “Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.

You will be “Immortal” at this point, living in a Body that will never get sick, tired or die.

The beings that come out of the Tribulation period will be Mortal, like you were before the Rapture.

They will live in conditions upon the earth that will be perfect, under Jesus rulership. No one will hurt or kill another person, everyone will have everything they need for their life.

1 Corinthians 2:16 For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

Because you will now have the “Mind of Christ”, and perfect strength and wisdom, you will be able to help them as a King and Priest of Jesus, just as He would do.

All of the things that you went through and learned while still mortal yourself here on earth, before the Rapture, will be extremely helpful to you when you Reign, because you will understand what these people are feeling and experiencing themselves.

2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,

It appears that the way that you will be communicating with Jesus, who will rule from Jerusalem, is the same way that you are communicating with him right now, PRAYER.

The mortal human beings on the earth during this 1,000 years will come to you for guidance, judgment in the affairs of their life and for help and counseling in their everyday matters.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God

During the Kingdom age, he scripture describes how you will be judging the angels.

1 Corinthians 6:2-3 2 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?

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