A Study of the book of Revelation Jun 9, 2020 11:00:34 GMT -5
Post by fearnot on Jun 9, 2020 11:00:34 GMT -5
John doesn't often refer to himself by name, but in the next verse he does when interacting with the angel.
[smear:#1979e6]8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me,
9 but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”
John gives witness that he actually heard and saw these things.
But because he is so overcome but the absolutely unimaginable magnitude of what he has just heard and seen, which his angelic host provided, he once again fall down to worship at the angels feet.
However, there are people and false doctrine, that does center on angel worship.....
No matter, how powerful, brilliant, beautiful, magnificent they are,
they are created beings.....in God's service!!
Therefore we all have to be careful not to fall into
the subtle temptation to worship what is 'good', beautiful, powerful, etc,
in place of, God, who alone is to be worshiped.
Angels did not create everything, the cannot save us for all eternity from our sins.
This brings to mind this verse:
[smear:#0af5f3]18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism
and worship of angels,
going on in detail about visions,
puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind,
And so the angel reminds John that God alone is the only acceptable Person to worship.
The Bible forbids the worship of angels, aliens, saints, the Virgin Mary, powerful people, or any other created being....Only God, is the Creator of all!
10 And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near.
So tho some avoid the book of Revelation, it is made clear, we are NOT to do that. It is not to be hid under a bushel, or a rock, or buried ....rather than 'sealing it up'
we are to proclaim it.....because
the end IS really near.
People often scoff and mock those 'crazy' folks ( and maybe some are....but on the other hand)
those in the street with a sign saying:
The end is near
It is near....how near
I for sure, do not know
If it were another 50 years ( Please Lord not so ....but your timing not mine)
but even IF... that long
( and I personally do not think it is anywhere near that long...
it could even be today....
but days, weeks, months, a few years.....
it is NEAR....
Jesus IS coming back and we need to be spreading the gospel
maybe not on the street with a sign, The end is coming
but there are many many ways to be doing so
and because, I believe we are getting so much closer now
Just look at the amazing and chilling transformation going on world wide now
mind boggling events
its to the point each day I wake up ( tho I am trying not to focus very much on the news any more
I wonder.....so what new crazy thing today???
this all does 'prove' the Bible
and it is only going to get worse
That does not mean, maybe.....( tho I am beginning to wonder about this even)
Things will go back to a 'kind of' normal.....
for a short time....
I guess we will see
but it won't last.
and it will get worse again.....worse and worse
We need to live our every day life, in the truth that Jesus IS coming back
Done for today