This Is Pretty Cool (Don’t Ya Think?)

My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother– Proverbs 1:8. In this verse, God’s Word divides the responsibilities of raising children between mom and dad.  I understand that some families only have a mom or a dad and in these cases God’s grace covers to allow the single parent to assume both jobs. The instructions of thy father relate to the father teaching the Scriptures, to teach the children about spiritual matters as the father learns them himself.  The law of thy mother relates to giving loving counsel and understanding regarding physical matters. In the eastern cultures even today they practice this eternal truth, and we hardly ever hear of juvenile delinquents when this simple principle is adhered to in their families. Following God’s instructions literally brings Him into the family so that there is a standard of truth beyond simply what mom and dad may instruct; this is pretty cool, don’t ya think?” ~LMJ~

Revelation – Revealing Our Revelation of Jesus Christ

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of Revelation is by far the most misunderstood and misinterpreted Book in the entire Bible. At the beginning of the book it reads on its heading “THE REVELATION of St. John the Divine,” yet, in the Greek Text it plainly states at the top of the book only the words “The Revelation,” with no mention of John. Then in the very first verse we read, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.” So the question is, whose revelation are we reading, John’s or Jesus’? The answer is clear: The entire book is The Revelation of Jesus Christ; he is the subject (as he is in every book of the Bible).

Without knowing whose revelation we are reading, how could we even begin to understand its significance? Some well-intended scribe took the liberty and added “of St. John the Divine”; obviously he forgot the words in Proverbs 30:6 “Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar” or the words of Jesus in Revelation:

Revelation 22:18 – For I {Jesus} testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

The Revelation of Jesus Christ is mainly a future revelation of the end times which are not here yet – contrary to the thousands of books that have been written over the centuries claiming we are living in those horrific times.

It was John who wrote the words in Revelation, but the words that he wrote and the things he saw were given to him by Jesus Christ.

What is literal in Revelation some people interpret as figurative, and what is figurative in Revelation some people interpret as literal, and almost everything written ABOUT the book is confusing.

The Book of Revelation has yet to commence; whatever is happening on earth today is nothing in comparison to what is going to happen as is revealed in Revelation.

Today we believers live in the age of God’s grace, and the Church Epistles are written to us, for our inspiration and guidance. However, the Book of Revelation is written for Israel’s future guidance and instruction, and is addressed to seven specific churches or rather assemblies (see Revelation chapters 2 and 3). And when we read the book we should be BLESSED (that is if we are reading through correctly), “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy” (Revelation 1:3), trust me, just knowing that no born again Christian is going to have to live on the earth during those day of wrath is an awesome blessing to our hearts and lives (see the verses below, Romans 5:9, I Thessalonians 1:10, and I Thessalonians 5:9-11)!

The Revelation of Jesus Christ explains some details regarding Satan’s reign that will commence after our gathering together up to Christ, and some of the events that will occur simultaneously in heaven and on earth (not just on the earth).

Revelation reveals Satan’s end, and the blessings of the new heavens and earth, with the new Jerusalem coming down from heaven.

The events recorded in Revelation are mostly a mystery today, but in the future they will be current events that will bring real understanding to the believers of those future times.

Honestly, we do not have a clue, for instance, what the “seven seals” really involve or who the people of the “seven Churches” are, or for what hidden purposes they will represent when they are revealed.

We do not know the true spiritual significance of the seven seals (until a seal is opened, we cannot fully understand what the significance is, as we studied in Daniel), any more than we can relate the Book of Revelation to current world events, or to three French hens, or two turtle doves, or a partridge in a pear tree.

We also cannot imagine what it really means when Christ is referred to as having eyes as a flame of fire, or feet like brass as if they burn in a furnace, or having a two-edged sword coming out of his mouth (other than noting that a two-edged sword represents God’s Word: Hebrews 4:12), or locusts that have faces like men, etcetera. We do know that these things are to some degree figurative statements, nevertheless the true interpretation and application belong to Israel in their future. However, this we do know, that Christ is our Lord and Savior today, and because we believed in him we have escaped all the future wrath to come.

The whys and the wherefores of Revelation man today can hardly comprehend, so those who attempt to relate the current day’s events to the record of Revelation are doing an injustice to the Words of life, not to mention the fact that they scare God’s children half to death with their attempts to prove they somehow have a corner on the truth and know more than God and the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

Why do people want to be so morbid when today we live in the age of grace and in the times of the celebration of the resurrection? As we maintain humble hearts before our God, we can graciously receive an abundance of revelation as we acknowledge our true deliverance from all of the wrath to come: in this we may happily receive Our Revelation of Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:9 – Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him {Jesus Christ}.

I Thessalonians 1:10 – And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

I Thessalonians 5:9-11:
-9: For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
-10: Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
-11: Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

Ask yourself these questions: What comfort and edification would we really have to give each other if in fact we are still going to pass through the future wrath and Armageddon?  There would be no edification and certainly no comfort!

Jesus is our Savior! But what did he save us from, if we still have to pass through the judgments?  We would be saved from absolutely nothing!

The future events that are recorded in the Book of Revelation are some of the things we are saved from, and this is the truth of the Revelation of Jesus Christ given to us today.

One of the greatest blessings that we can receive from the Book of Revelation is thankfulness that we have been delivered, and knowing in our hearts that we will not pass through any of the wrath to come is comforting to our souls and overall well-being; Praise God!


The Golden Thread (The Series Conclusion from Genesis to Revelation)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In concluding our study of The Golden Thread in our Bible Byte series, I pray that you have recognized Christ the Lord from the Scriptures to a much greater degree, as he in turn reveals the heavenly Father to the heart and soul of our understanding so that we may joyfully walk with our God in the light of His healing Word.

We have studied a little about Christ from every book in the Bible, and still we could have gone through the Scriptures a dozen times or so looking at different characteristics of Christ. (For us this is not the end of this study, but a beginning in our daily lives to walk with our Savior.)

The more we learn God’s Word, the more we will recognize Christ throughout; still, even though we do not know it all (I Corinthians 13:12), we are always students of the Scriptures, and the children of God. We can always learn more about Christ, so long as we are humble and meek to our God’s wonderful Word and His heart-felt inspirations.

When we look to Jesus Christ and see him from the Scriptures as the golden thread who holds the Word together in complete perfection, the greater the thread becomes a woven tapestry that knits our hearts together into the love of God which He has so graciously given to us.

Studying the Scriptures in daily Bytes is a wonderful way to become rooted and grounded in God’s Word, as His Word becomes an unshakeable foundation on which we may build our spiritual lives, being in Christ our Savior, and with our God – Who is the Rock of all ages.

Isaiah 26:4, 7-8: (The Amplified Bible*):
-4: So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].
-7: The way of the [consistently] righteous (those living in moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relationship of their lives) is level and straight: You, O Lord, Who are upright, direct aright and make level the path of the [uncompromisingly] just and righteous.
-8: Yes, in the path of Your judgments {Your righteous judgments}, O Lord, we wait [expectantly] for You; our heartfelt desire is for Your name and for the remembrance of You.

Our trust can always be in our God, for He is our rock, and His way is always level and straight (and perfect: Psalms 18:30-32). His righteous judgments are revealed to the just, the believer who has been given the righteousness of God by the life of our Savior Jesus Christ, and they together fill our heartfelt desires to really walk with them in the light of the truth.

In each study in The Golden Thread we had two words at the top of every byte: “Revealing Our” because as we are in Christ we can find our own identity in him, for he reveals to us our true godly spiritual life and in and with Christ our Lord we continue walking in God’s grace.

“. . . Learning about Jesus’ identification with us and our new identification with (and in) Christ and the enormousness of freedom we today have in Christ from sin and sin’s motions in our mortal bodies is a thrilling study in the Scriptures. As we recognize that our Savior was indeed humiliated just as all men are; we will learn that he not only has, but even more emphatically, he still currently is genuinely able to identify with us. In his resurrection he was made totally free from sin and humiliation. Christ Jesus experientially knows the hold sin still has on humanity. Man’s total escape from his inborn sin nature comes from knowing his Savior and the victory God in Christ now provides for us, and in the end (which will really be our new beginning) there will be complete victory over all sin, its humiliating nature, and all death. . .” From the Book: “A Refuge from the Storm” by ~LMJ~.

Isaiah 25:8 (The Amplified Bible *):
He will swallow up death [in victory; He will abolish death forever]. And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; and the reproach of His people {the humiliation of His children} He will take away from off the earth; for the Lord has spoken it.

Colossians 3:4 (The Amplified Bible **):
When Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in [the splendor of His] glory.

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE, Old Testament copyright (c) 1965, 1989 by the Zondervan Corporation. Used by permission.

**The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.


Posted titles in this series that you may enjoy reading:

Genesis – Revealing Our Promised Seed
Exodus – Revealing Our True Passover
Leviticus – Revealing Our Saviour’s Offering
Numbers – Revealing Our Morning Star
Deuteronomy – Revealing Our Prophet
Joshua – Revealing Our Captain of Salvation
Judges – Revealing Our Wonderful Secret
Ruth – Revealing Our Redeemer
Samuel – Revealing Our Deliverer
Kings – Revealing Our Still Small Voice
Chronicles – Revealing Our Eternal Answer
Ezra – Revealing Our Spiritual Revival
Nehemiah – Revealing Our Heavenly Pardon
Esther – Revealing Our Good Day
Job – Revealing Our Arbitrator
Psalms – Revealing Our Song in the Night
Proverbs – Revealing Our Path of Righteousness
Ecclesiastes – Revealing Our Duty
The Song of Solomon – Revealing Our Beloved
Isaiah – Revealing Our Refuge
Jeremiah – Revealing Our Righteousness
Lamentations – Revealing Our Hope
Ezekiel – Revealing Our Covenant of Peace
Daniel – Revealing Our Power and Wisdom of God
Hosea – Revealing Our Ransom
Joel – Revealing Our Heavenly Standing
Amos – Revealing Our Salvation
Obadiah – Revealing Our Deliverance
Jonah – Revealing Our Sign of Christ’s resurrection
Micah – Revealing Our Spiritual Strength
Nahum – Revealing Our Stronghold
Habakkuk – Revealing Our Joy in God
Zephaniah – Revealing Our Eternal Rest
Haggai – Revealing Our Desire
Zechariah – Revealing Our Total Forgiveness
Malachi – Revealing Our Lord and delight
Matthew – Revealing Our Shepherd King
Mark – Revealing Our Ideal Servant
Luke – Revealing Our Example – The Perfect Man
John – Revealing Our Example – the Son of God
Acts – Revealing Our Spiritual Love
Romans – Revealing Our Justification
Corinthians – Revealing Our Sufficiency
Galatians – Revealing Our Liberty
Ephesians – Revealing Our Heavenly Standing
Philippians – Revealing Our Joy
Colossians – Revealing Our Completeness
Thessalonians – Revealing Our Comfort In Hope
Timothy – Revealing Our Faithful Witness
Titus – Revealing Our Promise of Eternal Life
Philemon – Revealing Our Forgiveness
Hebrews – Revealing Our Heavenly Calling
James – Revealing Our Prayer of Faith
Peter – Revealing Our Stewardship of Grace
John – Revealing Our Fellowship
Jude – Revealing Our Common Salvation
Revelation – Revealing Our Revelation of Jesus Christ

A Very Good Promise for the Adults

CHILDREN, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother: which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth– Ephesians 6:1-3. When we read the Ten Commandments from the Old Testament (Exodus 20:1-17), we will see that the first commandment contains a promise which is stated, above. However, please understand that this section in Ephesians is sometimes used to scare children half to death by telling them that if they do not obey, then they cannot live long! That is cruel and abusive treatment, and no promise of God given to any believer in God’s graces contain threats, doubts, or maybes.  This is why the very next verse Ephesians 6:4 we read, And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath.

This first commandment with promise was not spoken to little children at all but to the children of Israel, grown up people, and the scope of this promise was to ensure that they would have a continued inheritance in the land, that they would live long as a ‘nation’ in that promised land of milk and honey. God does instruct fathers to teach the Word of God to their children to obey their parents, and again the promise follows that the fathers shall prolong your days in the land (see Deuteronomy 32:46-47), again with reference to their receiving and enjoying the promised inheritance.” ~LMJ~

How to Walk with God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Jesus, when speaking to his disciples in the Gospel of Matthew encouraged them (as well as us) to think heavenly thoughts, for when believers have heavenly thoughts, they will begin realizing how much they walk with our God.

Matthew 6:19 – Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

“Moth and rust” means doubts and worries, and the “thieves” represent fears. In the culture that Jesus lived in they were always consciously aware of what they would think about and what they would allow into their minds. “Treasures” mean thoughts. Jesus was laying the foundation for not only how to walk with God, but also how to recognize God Who walks with us.

Matthew 6:20 – But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

Jesus was instructing his disciples to think the Word of God, to hold in their minds the words of life that are (according to Jesus) heavenly treasures. These heavenly treasures will assuredly cast out doubts, worries, and fears, and replace them with confidence and believing trust in our God.

Matthew 6:21 – For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

When we are thinking about God and His wonderful Word, our hearts will be right-on with God’s thoughts, which are His treasures. Nobody walks around continuously thinking about God and His Word (for we are not perfect); however, we can at least have precious moments of serenity throughout the day that can help us to remember God and His many promises to us.

Philippians expresses further dynamic truths that can help us discover God in our hearts. His Word shows us many wonderful things that are all around us which are godly and are thought-worthy and spiritually inspirational.

Philippians 4:8-9:
-8: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
-9:  Those things {listed above}, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me {in the life of the Apostle Paul}, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

When Christians place heavenly thoughts in their minds, they will have the assurance that the God of peace shall absolutely be with them; this is how to walk with God. So enjoy this day knowing (thinking) that as you indeed walk with God, you will be walking with “the God of peace.”

Take Two

In Romans 6:3 we are encouraged to walk in newness of life; the Greek word for newness is kainotēs meaning to be made new, and different from that which came before, and in the sense of coming in the place of what had been earlier. Romans 6:3 is in reference to our walk with God as being something new in every detail, and the details are pervaded by the impulses of the newness within. Then we further ahead read that we are to serve in newness {kainotēs} of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter- Romans 7:6. As Roman 6:3 kainotēs is relating to our new walk before God, Romans 7:6 is relating to our walk of service before God. This is so new that we cannot read how to serve by knowing the oldness of the letter which is the letter of the law and connects only to the intellect, but to our new (kainotēs) spiritual nature and identity in Christ that inspires us to serve through spiritual impulses that guide the heart into a gracious walk before God. We have received the newness of life within to walk before God, and we have received the spirit of God (that newness of life) so that we may also serve without.” ~LMJ~