1 Timothy 4

Hello ______________________,

Thank you for asking about 1 Timothy 4:4-5.
Here are a few thoughts that I hope will be helpful:
1 Timothy 4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats (the word “meats” doesn’t necessitate flesh food. It many times means food in general. Notice these verses which DO use the word “flesh” that is eaten, “Romans 14:21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. 1Corinthians 8:13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.”), which God hath created to be received (with this clarification, WHICH God has created to be received, we can conclude that there are some foods which God has NOT created to be received. We could ask, after reading this text, “Which foods?”) with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth (“Thy Word is Truth…” John 17:17.).
1 Timothy 4:4 For every creature (WHICH God has created to be received) of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
1 Timothy 4:5 For it (whichever foods one is eating WHICH God has created to be received) is sanctified by the word (extremely important) of God and prayer.
If what we are eating is not “sanctified by the word,” then we are eating things WHICH GOD HAS NOT created to be received with thanksgiving. We are therefore not them which “know the truth,” as stated in verse 3.
All the other Bible verses fit into this context as well.
Here’s a sermon presented that I believe will be helpful as well:
God’s blessing to you!
1 Timothy 42016-10-12T22:30:01-07:00

Verses for Revelation 1:5-6, the Seven Fold Praise

Some verses that go along with the ‘seven fold praise’ of Revelation 1:5-6 are as follows:

Verse 5:

  • Faithful Witness: Psalm 89:36, Proverbs 14:5, Isaiah 8:2, Jeremiah 42:5, Revelation 3:14
  • Begotten: Psalm 2:7, John 1:14, 18, John 3:16, 18, Acts 13:33, Hebrews 1:5, 5:5, 1 John 4:9
  • Prince: Isaiah 9:6, Daniel 8:9-11, 10:13, 21, 12:1
  • Blood: Matthew 26:28, Romans 3:25, Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14, Hebrews 10:4, 1 John 1:7

Verse 6:

  • Kings and
  • priests: Genesis 14:18, Matthew 12:5-6, 39-41, 42(Jesus declares Himself greater than every priest, prophet and king), Hebrews 7:1, Revelation 5:10
  • Dominion: Daniel 7:14, 27, Colossians 1:16, 1 Peter 4:11, 5:11, Jude 1:25
Verses for Revelation 1:5-6, the Seven Fold Praise2019-04-28T15:44:46-07:00

Remittance of Sins

Question for you: obviously we know only God can forgive sins….so how then do you explain John 20:23 to say, a Catholic, who regularly goes to a priest for forgiveness?

Hello ___________,

The question is good. Here are a few thoughts:

When looking at similar concepts, we must look at Matthew 16:18-23. Christ was saying that Peter was Petros, while He Himself is Petra. Two different words with two different meanings. Peter, or Petros, means a piece of, or a fragment of a rock. Rock, or Petra, means not a piece, but the rock itself. Then He states what sounds like whatever Peter does and says, God obeys and does as well. The “keys of the Kingdom of Heaven” does not mean total access to anything at any time. This is not what was being said. For example: Christ states that He would be killed. Peter rejects that. Christ turns from him (Mark 8:33) and says, “Get thee behind me satan…” Now, if what Christ had just said in verse 18 were true, that the gates of hell would not prevail against Peter, than Christ’s promise had just been broken! Peter was overcome! 

Notice also Matthew 18:14-18. If someone sins, go to him personally. If he doesn’t listen, take another. If he still rejects your offer of reconciliation, take it to the church. THEN we have the similar thoughts as found in John 20:23… The church members must work together with prayer, Bible counsel, personal interaction and corporate decisions to come to the conclusions of what God’s thoughts are about a matter. So, when doing these type of disciplinary actions, we are to find out what God has already known about that someone or situation, and do what we can to work together with what we believe God’s will is in that case. 

We are not called to forgive sin that God must then forgive also because we forgave it first. No! We are to prayerfully search out a situation, doing what we can to reconcile, before concluding that God has either already forgiven someone, or has not, because of that persons decisions. 

There are similar ideas behind ordination. We don’t ordain someone to be accepted by God for ministry. We ordain someone because we believe God has already accepted them and is using them in ministry. Or, we don’t baptize someone to be accepted by God, but do so because God has already accepted that person and we’re showing a public demonstration of what we believe has already happened. 

Remittance of Sins2016-10-12T22:30:01-07:00

Table of Shewbread in Revelation Five

Hello, you said,

“My kids and I have been going through verse by verse of Revelation with you.  I have a question.  You mentioned in chapter 8 that Jesus “the angel” is near the table of shewbread having two crowns, according to Exodus 25:24-25.  I looked up in Exodus and it talks about making a crown of gold round about and another Bible Version said a molding of gold all around.  Here is my question: “Are these two crowns on the table or as I see it as a frame around the table to seal or protect it”  How do you get or see two crowns??”

When looking at the table of shewbread, there are two stacks of six loaves of bread.
Leviticus 24:5 And thou shalt take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes thereof: two tenth deals shall be in one cake.
Leviticus 24:6 And thou shalt set them in two rows, six on a row, upon the pure table before the LORD.
There are two crowns, as mentioned in the verse you sited. Sure, they could be guards, but that doesn’t take away from their symbolism. So, because–as covered later in the series–Christ is at the lamp stands in chapter one, at the table of shewbread in chapter five, and at the altar of incense in chapter eight. He later moves into the Most Holy place in chapter eleven. You can see that all articles of furniture are mentioned–as long as the table of shewbread is pictured as having two stacks of bread and two crowns–one for the Father, one for the Son (as Christ sat on the right hand of the throne of majesty). =)
Table of Shewbread in Revelation Five2016-10-12T22:30:04-07:00

The Work of the Minister

“The work of explaining the Bible by the Bible itself is the work that should be done by all our ministers who are fully awake to the times in which we live (letter 376, 1906).”

The Work of the Minister2015-09-14T14:53:50-07:00

The Millennium & the Holy City

Hello…

You wrote:

“Comment: I am a Seventh day Adventist studying with a Baptist preacher. Could you please tell me how you would answer his question regarding Jerusalem in Revelation 20? I told him that was the New Jerusalem that comes down at the end of the 1000 years. He points out that the New Jerusalem does not come down until Revelation 21, after the wicked have been judged. I showed examples where Revelation is not written in chronological order, but I cannot find any scriptural references that support my understanding that is the New Jerusalem instead of the old. How would you address this? I am really enjoying your sermons on going through Revelation chapter by chapter, I first learned about them through audioverse. Thank you for mentioning your website, I will investigate this site thoroughly. You speak in a way that is easy to comprehend. Thank you for your ministry. I will be anxiously waiting for your response. Thank you in advance…”

Revelation 20 plays the future three times over.

Before: 1, “Angel come down”
During: 2, “bound him”
After: 3, “after that he must be loosed”

Before: 4, “I saw thrones”
During: 4, “They lived and reigned”
After: 7, “thousand years are expired”

Before: 11, “a great white throne”
During: 12, “the books were opened”
After: 14, “the lake of fire”

In verse 9, in the context of ‘after’ the millennium, the Holy City–New Jerusalem–seems to be COMING down, though I don’t believe it is pictured there as having COME down completely. Please notice that it is possible that it is still hovering over the earth, if you will, while fire comes down. Then, after the final destruction of sin and sinners, the Holy City continues as pictured in chapter 21.

Please let me know if that makes sense to you. Thanks! Be blessed.

 

The Millennium & the Holy City2015-09-01T18:51:51-07:00

Homosexuality

  1. Exploding the Gay Myth – The Victor J Adamson Story

  2. The All Important Question

  3. Homosexuality in the Bible

  4. Strait Answers to the Gay Question

  5. Making it Real and Practical – Gay Christians Part 1

  6. Making it Real and Practical – Gay Christians Part 2

  7. Sexual Purity, Lost and Found by Danielle Harrison

  8. The Prefix Christian by Ron Woolsey

  9. Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students (May 13, 2016)

  10. Male Transgender Testimony (Short video)

  11. Notes from “The Biblical LGBT”

  12. Kids are not Alright: A Lesbian’s Daughter Speaks Out

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Homosexuality2017-02-08T18:54:55-07:00

Thanking God for RevelationWithDaniel

This is a comment I got through email:

Comment: Hello Pastor Daniel,
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your excellent ongoing series happening right now ‘Revelation verse by verse’
What a blessing and truely God has blessed you to help many grasp a better understanding of this wonderful book which is so crucial at this time.
May God continue to bless you ‘ …more than you can ask or think…’ with ongoing clarity, eloquence and articulation of the fascinating truths of the book of Revelation

Mike

Thanking God for RevelationWithDaniel2016-09-14T02:30:13-07:00

The 144,000 – Literal or Symbolic?

Hello Nigel. Thank you for asking. There are a few reasons I believe what I do, so I will set them out in this response so you can then let me know what you believe:

Revelation 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels (representing God’s providences) standing on the four corners of the earth (symbolic of the entire earth, as the earth is round and has no corners), holding the four winds of the earth (symbolic of the strife and destruction to be let loose in God’s providential timing), that the wind (symbolic of destruction) should not blow on the earth (symbolic of the desolate areas), nor on the sea (symbolic of the populated areas), nor on any tree (symbolic of symbolic of people).

Revelation 7:2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east (symbolic of a message growing in strength like the sun rising), having the seal of the living God (symbolic of God’s people being conformed into the image of God, being obedient to all His commandments–including the Sabbath): and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
Revelation 7:3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees (symbolic of the destruction mentioned above), till we have sealed (symbolic of conformity to God’s will in all points) the servants of our God in their foreheads (symbolic of the where choices are made–in the frontal lobe).
Revelation 7:4 And I heard the number (Literal?) of them which were sealed (symbolic of God’s fitness for heaven, which cannot be seen on their foreheads): and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes (symbolic of the leaders of God’s people in OT history) of the children of Israel (symbolic of the Israel of God, not referring only to the bloodline Israelites, though they can certainly be included).

Now consider a quote used from Early Writings by many people who say that EGW meant that it was literal and ask yourself the question, “Which part of this is NOT symbolizing some greater truth.”:

“I raised my eyes, and saw a straight and narrow path, cast up high above the world. On this path the Advent people were traveling to the city, which was at the farther end of the path. They had a bright light set up behind them at the beginning of the path, which an angel told me was the midnight cry. This light shone all along the path and gave light for their feet so that they might not stumble. If they kept their eyes fixed on Jesus, who was just before them, leading them to the city, they were safe. But soon some grew weary, and said the city was a great way off, and they expected to have entered it before. Then Jesus would encourage them by raising His glorious right arm, and from His arm came a light which waved over the Advent band, and they shouted, “Alleluia!” Others rashly denied the light behind them and said that it was not God that had led them out so far. The light behind them went out, leaving their feet in perfect darkness, and they stumbled and lost sight of the mark and of Jesus, and fell off the path down into the dark and wicked world below. Soon we heard the voice of God like many waters, which gave us the day and hour of Jesus’ coming. The living saints, 144,000 in number, knew and understood the voice, while the wicked thought it was thunder and an earthquake. When God spoke the time, He poured upon us the Holy Ghost, and our faces began to light up and shine with the glory of God, as Moses’ did when he came down from Mount Sinai. {EW 14-15}

Also, if it is literal, why is the tribe of Dan missing?

Please let me know what you think. And if there are other quotes you’d like to have me read, please send them along. Thank you!

Pastor Daniel Mesa.

The 144,000 – Literal or Symbolic?2016-10-12T22:30:10-07:00

Is Ordination Present Truth?

There were three items in the earthly sanctuary: a pot containing manna, the ten commandments, and Aaron’s rod that budded. This can be seen in both Old and New Testaments, but notice Hebrews 9:4 putting each item together in one verse, “Hebrews 9:3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; Hebrews 9:4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant.”

Aaron’s rod was a symbol for a lot of things, as were the pot and commandments (see the above video for a quick overview), but one thing can definitely be found by reading Numbers 16-17–God’s order in the priesthood is important to Him.

Since we are living today in the antitypical Day of Atonement (find a study on that here), which was the only time in Israelite history when the ark was seen during the services, we conclude that the items placed within that ark are especially significant for us today–as present truth.

Is Ordination Present Truth?2016-10-12T22:30:11-07:00

Daniel 2 – the Iron and the Clay

Question:

P.S. do you know any way of connecting the clay in the feet of Daniel 2 with the church / Papacy… in the Bible ? I know that that is easy with Daniel 7… but what about Dan. 2 ?

Answer:

Daniel 2 can be shown as the church and state scenario through the fact that the iron equals Rome (in the division between the iron and clay, there is an obvious change in the character/position of Rome) and the clay is represented as God’s people in Jeremiah 18. “Jeremiah 18:1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Jeremiah 18:2 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Jeremiah 18:3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. Jeremiah 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Jeremiah 18:5 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Jeremiah 18:6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.”

Remember, the ‘clay’ was not only in apostasy when Jeremiah was writing to them (the Children of Israel), but they were also “marred in the hand of the potter.” God’s people have always been either righteous or unrighteous. In the time of Daniel 2, and during the times specified by the clay, God’s people were apostate—the Roman Papacy. Hence the later call, “Come out of her My people…”

It was said in early church history by Paul, “Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. Acts 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Acts 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.” And, unfortunately, we’ve seen that occur in the system of the iron, then the iron and clay.

Daniel 2 – the Iron and the Clay2015-07-19T11:19:55-07:00

Why Did God Tempt Abraham?

Hello _______.

This is an interesting question that has led many a Bible student to stop and think further–myself included.
“God cannot be tempted with evil,” according to James 1:13, neither does He tempt any man. But the Bible says, “God did tempt Abraham” (Genesis 22:1, KJV). How can we reconcile this conflict of terms?
“We read that God tempted Abraham, that He tempted the children of Israel. This means that He permitted circumstances to occur to test their faith, and lead them to look to Him for help.” (BC 1094.2)
The Bible says so little about it, we must believe that God’s Word about Himself is true. If God doesn’t tempt man with evil, then that’s what happened. God must have tempted Abraham with something that was not evil. God must have tempted him with a different motive. We can read that Abraham believed that God would raise His son from the ‘dead’ when his faith was tried.
Hebrews 11:17-19 “By faith Abraham, when he was tried [this same word can be translated examined, tested, proved], offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, [we know Isaac was not Abraham’s only son, but he was the only one begotten according to the promise or prophecy, see Galatians 4:22-31]
Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
Accounting [this word can be translated esteeming, concluding, reasoning or thinking] that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.”
So because Abraham believed God would raise his son from the dead, as it says in Hebrews, that must have been the test. There must have been something to give Abraham the idea that God would raise his only begotten son from the dead, else he wouldn’t have thought or concluded that He could.
James says in 2:21-24, “Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”
God was tempting/testing Abraham’s faith. Why? Because the story of a father offering his only begotten son which was prophesied beforehand, was illustrating the bigger picture of a Father offering His only begotten Son which was prophesied beforehand. So, in order to help the people see the depth of the future sacrifice of the Son of God, God illustrated this amazing scenario through Abraham offering his son.
God was illustrating a symbolic point. The point was not evil, it was beautiful.
Why Did God Tempt Abraham?2015-06-23T11:46:29-07:00

1 Corinthians 11:1-16 Considered

1Co 11:1  Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

1Co 11:2  Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances (this word is translated ‘traditions’ every of the 13 times but this one in the NT), as I delivered them to you.

1Co 11:3  But I would have you know, that the head (symbol of authority) of every man is Christ; and the head (symbol of authority) of the woman is the man; and the head (symbol of authority) of Christ is God.

1Co 11:4  Every man praying or prophesying, having his head (symbol of authority) covered, dishonoureth his head (symbol of authority).

1Co 11:5  But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head (symbol of authority) uncovered (as though she doesn’t have one) dishonoureth her head (symbol of authority): for that is even all one as if she were shaven (which would be unnatural for a woman to have no hair, see verse 15).

1Co 11:6  For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered (showing that she is under authority).

1Co 11:7  For a man indeed ought not to cover his head (symbol of authority), forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man (referring to the creation story).

1Co 11:8  For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.

1Co 11:9  Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.

1Co 11:10  For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head (symbol of authority) because of the angels.

1Co 11:11  Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord (they are referred to as one in the story of creation).

1Co 11:12  For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God (after creation).

1Co 11:13  Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered (while not being submissive to her God given authority)? (This same logic holds true to men in 1 Peter 3:7.)

1Co 11:14  Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

1Co 11:15  But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

1Co 11:16  But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.

1 Corinthians 11:1-16 Considered2016-10-12T22:30:14-07:00

Zechariah 6

I was asked a question about Zechariah 6. Here’s what God lead me to…

Quote:
Are you referring to “Zechariah 6:12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:
Zechariah 6:13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.”??

If so, the BRANCH is the question. Who is that?

Notice a few verses that can be directly applied to Jesus:

Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
Isaiah 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
Isaiah 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
Isaiah 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

Jesse“:
Isaiah 11:10 ¶ And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

Romans 15:12 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.

the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him“:
Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luke 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears
John 2:24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,
John 2:25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

The above could be said of Jesus and therefore He could say, “John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”

meek
Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

smite the earth with the rod of his mouth
Revelation 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

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Jeremiah 23:5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
Jeremiah 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Jeremiah 33:15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.
Jeremiah 33:16 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness.

I will raise unto David a righteous Branch
Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

King
Matthew 27:37 And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
John 18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS
Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

grow up unto David
Matthew 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

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Zechariah 3:8 ¶ Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.
Zechariah 3:9 For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.

the stone
Isaiah 8:14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

1Peter 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

Romans 9:33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

upon one stone shall be seven eyes
Revelation 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
Revelation 5:6  And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes

All these verses, while using symbolic language, are point to Christ.

After looking at all of these things, please share this message: https://www.revelationwithdaniel.com/jesus-is-israel/

Zechariah 62016-10-12T22:30:14-07:00

Did Jesus Need Grace?

Hello ……………..,

You said, “Hello pastor, My name is …………….. and i am writting to ask for clarification on some verses i have had trouble understanding. The verses speak about Grace and they are as follows.
(Luk 2:40)  And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.
(Joh 1:14)  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 

My question is did Jesus need Grace ? And is the Grace spoken of in the above verses similar to that which the apostle Paul in the book of Ephesians ? (Eph 2:8)  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Regards

Thank you for asking. I believe your question is a good one. My first response is that Christ did NOT need the grace as mentioned in Eph 2, though He needed grace.
Here’s why:
Tutus 2:11-12, “The grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world…”
We know Christ didn’t need salvation, as He was salvation. He did not sin, therefore couldn’t be saved from it. But what grace did for Jesus Christ was teach Him, as mentioned in Titus. Grace not only saves those who need it, but also teaches them. Also, God, through grace, is able to keep us from falling (Jude 24).
I hope this starts you in a direction that makes beautiful, spiritual sense.
Did Jesus Need Grace?2016-10-12T22:30:16-07:00

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8 months in the making… (interspersed with preaching an evangelistic series, a six-part series for Secrets Unsealed, creating a slew of videos, editing three video series equaling 20+ videos, designing a TON of graphics for various things… and playing with the company dog Dasher!)

Finally Finished the Secrets Unsealed Website!2019-04-30T21:13:16-07:00

Priesthood of All Believers

Hello ______________,

The text comes from 1 Peter 2:5-10:

1Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 

1Peter 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 

1Peter 2:7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 

1Peter 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 

1Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 

1Peter 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 

The claim will be that EVERYONE now is a priest, because of the wording. But please notice Exodus 19:5-6:

Exodus 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 

Exodus 19:6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom

[i.e. royal] of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. 

Notice the similarities in the verses? 

The problem with what most people say is that the NT gives ability for everyone to be priests, wherein the OT gives us a clear cut example of the entire nation being a ‘kingdom of priests’, but ONLY the Levites were called to serve as the actual priests in the temple, and still ONLY the SONS of Aaron that were Levites were able to serve… So… where’s the disconnect in the NT? 

What our scholars today are doing is a major disservice to the Bible and the truth it upholds. 

Here is a group panel discussion on the subject. You might do well to listen to it as well—(I don’t remember everything that was spoken of, and many times a discussion will go on talking about all sorts of things, but I believe it will be good.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NxVW1qA8Gw

Thanks for asking.

Priesthood of All Believers2016-10-12T22:30:16-07:00

Churches, Seals, and Trumpets All Historic

ChurchThank you for asking about how the seven churches of Revelation 2-3 can be part of the historic view of the Christian faith starting with the time of Christ and going through to the second coming of Christ. I’ll just say that I’ll be part of this conversation, not the final answer.

There are three sevens in the sequences of the churches, seals and trumpets: 

  • 7 Churches
  • 7 Seals
  • 7 Trumpets

There are pictures of Christ in ministry before each of the sevens:

  • Chapter 1 has a picture of Christ followed by 7 churches. 
  • Chapters 4-5 have a picture of Christ followed by 7 seals.
  • Chapter 8 has a picture of Christ followed by 7 trumpets.

I believe there are ways to show the history of the time of Christ on the earth until the time of Christ’s second coming in each of the sevens. Let’s first look at the churches:

  • The churches start with the stars (messengers, or preachers) in the hand of Christ. Christ is also pictured walking in the midst of that church (2:1). This happened physically as well as literally with the first church made up of the Apostles and NT prophets.
  • In the center of the churches, Thyatira is mentioned (2:18). In that church we can read of Jezebel. She happened to be a whore who practiced witchcraft (2 Kings 9:22). She was woman who served Baal and ruled his prophets, having her own priesthood, if you will (1 Kings 16:31, 18:19). She persecuted God’s people in the wilderness (Elijah and the others hiding with Obadiah) for a period of 3.5 years, 42 months, a time/times/and-a-dividing-of-time, or 1260 days. She was married to an apostate king, representing church and state which ruled for the 1260 year period of the dark ages.
  • Then we have a group at the end of the churches, representing the time just before Christ’s second coming, where the Laodiceans are mentioned. The word Laodicean is a name made up of two words: people and judgment—or meaning, the people in judgment. We today, as Laodicean Christians, are a people experiencing the sanctuary-foretold judgment before Christ comes again. 

From what seems to be an obvious layout of symbols representing history to the present, we can see that the churches illustrate the history of the Christian church from the time Jesus was on the earth till the time He comes again in glory—after the pre-advent judgment.

The seals can be seen similarly, as you can read in 6:1 that the Lamb is the One who opens the first seal. How was he pictured just a few verses previously? As a “Lamb as it had been slain” (Rev. 5:6). How is He pictured during the sixth seal of 6:14-17? As a Lamb coming the second time. Obviously, time has passed between the first and the sixth seals.

The trumpets can be seen in the same way mainly from this quote from the book, The Great Controversy, page 334-335:

“In the year 1840, another remarkable fulfillment of prophecy excited widespread interest. Two years before, Josiah Litch, one of the leading ministers preaching the second advent, published an exposition of Revelation 9, predicting the fall of the Ottoman empire, and specifying not only the year but the very day on which this would take place. According to this exposition, which was purely a matter of calculation on the prophetic periods of Scripture, the Turkish government would surrender its independence on the eleventh day of August, 1840. The prediction was widely published, and thousands watched the course of events with eager interest. At the very time specified, Turkey, through her ambassadors, accepted the protection of the allied powers of Europe, and thus placed herself under the control of Christian nations. The event exactly fulfilled the prediction. When it became known, multitudes were convinced of the correctness of the principles of prophetic interpretation adopted by Miller and his associates, and a wonderful impetus was given to the Advent movement. Men of learning and position united with Miller, both in preaching and publishing his views, and from 1840 to 1844 the work rapidly extended.”

Basically, toward the end of the trumpets, God’s messenger was able to place the fulfillment of the sixth trumpet right along with the outplay of history. I can take that to the bank. So, the first through the fifth trumpets must have been before the 1840s, while the seventh is during the time of the judgment when “the ark of His testament” is seen “in heaven” (11:19)—just before the coming of Christ.

Also,

  • The seals have an interlude between the 6th and the 7th seal (seen in chapter seven).
  • The trumpets have an interlude between the 6th and the 7th trumpet (seen in chapters 10 and most of 11).

They must therefore be telling a similar story, as they are laid out the same on purpose—that was not a random happenstance.

The book of Revelation is laid out that way, I believe, showing how we ought to understand it.

Keep studying and we will grow together until we meet under the tree of life!

Churches, Seals, and Trumpets All Historic2017-02-08T21:50:38-07:00

Symbolism Matters

This message was presented at a 21 part symposium at the Secrets Unsealed studio, 2014.

Symbolism Matters2019-04-30T22:27:22-07:00

WO Testimony

I have been so blessed by watching the messages on YouTube from the Women’s Ordination Symposium. After watching Julie Mesa’s presentation, I wanted to share a testimony with you regarding my experience in the career lane and as a mother.

I entered Medical School at the age of 35 because it seemed I was not going to ever have a family. I found that doing medical missionary work was my way of sharing my maternal nurturing as well as giving the gospel message. However, I married during school and had my first and only child. It was all I could do to finish school while I had a child at home (or at a sitter’s). I noticed that the majority of staff in the hospital were women, with children at home. I would ask myself, “Who’s taking care of our children?” When I talked to other women about my burden to be home and be 100% mom, they would all say, “It’s quality that counts. With a good paycheck, I can give my children more than if I was home.” I knew that was a lie. It is impossible to work even 40 hours a week and still have time to take care of a home and children. But we were putting in close to 70-80 hours a week.

When I was in residency, my marriage broke up. My daughter was only 3, and I was devastated. The court split visitation to half a week per parent. It took 2 minutes for me to realize that I would lose my daughter forever unless I quit residency. When I told my resident director (an SDA woman physician with 2 children) that I was going to leave medicine, she had me go to counseling so that I wouldn’t make a decision I would regret later. I went to many counselors, men, women, christian and non-christian. All were professionals, of course. Everyone of them said the same thing after I presented my reasoning to leave residency and a career as a doctor. The response was, with his or her head down, “I agree with you 100%, but I could never make that decision. I would never give up my career for my child(ren).”

I had gone far enough to be licensed as an MD, but without board certification you can only work in 3rd world conditions, like on the reservation or in oppressed situations. It didn’t matter to me if I wasn’t a doctor, I would not give up my privilege and responsibility as a mother.  The most important thing was that I had 100% of my time with my 3 year old daughter. I knew that when she was 18 and left my care, a billion dollars wouldn’t buy back the time I needed to train my daughter for God in her formative years.

I left residency, and gave all I could to direct my child to trust God with her life. Four years after the separation began, Samantha was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 7. My resident director came to see us in the hospital and said, “Now you know why you had to leave residency.” Yes, I had limited time to prepared my daughter for eternity. And God blessed my time. Before she passed away, she was baptized by Shawn Boonstra and she declared before she died she wanted the world to know that Jesus was her Savior.

I want to give a resounding AMEN to Sister Mesa’s talk on the incredible work God has given to women. Thank you for all the inspiring and informative messages given at this symposium. I have been blessed and learned so much.

And as a side note, I belonged to a small church that had 3 women pastors. Our conference president wanted to go down in Adventist history as one who put women in as pastors. We did not thrive, but felt the consequences of not having the strengths that men bring as leaders of the flock.

Blessings,
DB, MD

WO Testimony2016-10-12T22:30:19-07:00

Revelation’s Old Testament Feasts

(Revelation 1:9, 5)

On a barren island with no direction; a rover,

I saw perfect beauty in the Lord’s Passover…

(Revelation 1:16)

I’d heard it said that He’d been given for dead…

Then I realized, He was the Unleavened Bread!

(Revelation 1:18)

Stupendously shocked and near unbelief,

I saw the Lord risen as the true Wave Sheaf!

(Revelation 5:4-6)

I John, had believed that nearly all was lost…

When the Lord Almighty was fulfilling Pentecost!

(Revelation 7:9-12, 8:7)

With dizzying scenes I saw the saints triumphant!

Then I heard a sound, the voice of a trumpet!

(Revelation 10:10, 11:19)

I waited with nausea through a long postponement,

That lead to a day: it was the Day of Atonement!

(Revelation 21:1-5)

I long for the day to be released from shackles…

Oh, that time is coming in the feast of Tabernacles!

~DanielRMesa3

Revelation’s Old Testament Feasts2016-09-14T02:32:53-07:00

Presenting the 3 Angels Message in Daniel 1-6

This coming week, the 18th through the 23rd at 7 pm (2014), Pastor Daniel Mesa will be presenting a series entitled, “The Three Angles` Message in Daniel 1-6.

Pass the flyer along to anyone interested in visiting us in the Fresno, CA area!

ThreeAngelsFlyerForChurches-Single

Presenting the 3 Angels Message in Daniel 1-62017-02-08T19:08:34-07:00

Parallels between Revelation 12, 13 and 17

Oooooooh, look what I found at work today… =)

Parallels between Revelation 12, 13 and 17

Seven heads and ten horns (12:3; 13:1) Seven heads and ten horns (17:3)
Names of blasphemy (13:1) Names of blasphemy (17:3)
Woman (12:1) Woman (17:1)
Call for wisdom (13:18) Call for wisdom (17:9)
Nations, tongues, peoples (13:7) Nations, tongues, peoples (17:15)
Persecution (12:6, 13-15) Persecution (17:6)
Waters (12:15) Waters (17:1)
Waters dried up (12:16) Waters dried up (16:12)
Was (1260 years—12:6; 13:5) ‘Was’ (1260 years—17:8)
Is not (deadly wound—12:16; 13:3) ‘Is not’ (deadly wound—17:8)
Wound healed (12:17; 13:3) ‘Shall be’ (wound healed—17:8)
Beast & false prophet (13:1-18) Harlot and daughters (17:5)
Parallels between Revelation 12, 13 and 172019-04-29T16:18:23-07:00

Question regarding the Sabbath

Hello,

Thank you for writing. You wrote:
I saw your video, & I believe it. I also know Jesus did not rebuke the disciples for picking on the Sabbath, corn, I think. The reason for this question is I went to my work & I asked if I could have every Saturday off. I felt I could not go into detail, but did enough for her to know why. She is a Christian, & I asked her did she want to know facts. She did not. I have one Saturday off a month, so she gave me 3 choices, neither would work. My question is, if we do worship, can we also work, or is working out. I know God rested, sanctified it Hallowed it, &I blessed it. Why did Jesus heal, & not rebuke the disciples?  What do I do?

To be sure, God wants you to be faithful, and He knows your situation–finances and all. Also, He does not lead us out into the wilderness to kill us, but if we walk contrary to His will, we die. Please do what you know to be best in His Word and God will bless you abundantly.

Regarding Matthew 12 when Christ did not rebuke the disciples for picking grain on the Sabbath: they were not working, mind you, they were just eating because it says, “His disciples were an hungred.’ Had they been fishing for pay, harvesting corn as a job, or selling what they had harvested, Jesus would most certainly have rebuked them.

In fact, after Christ died, He left such an example in His life regarding Sabbath keeping that His disciples would not break it. Notice Luke 23:54-24:1:

“54  And that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew on. 55  And the women also, which came with Him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how His body was laid. 56  And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment. 24:1  Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. ”

Have you noticed Nehemiah 13:15-18? (I chose the ESV here):

“15 In those days I saw in Judah people treading winepresses on the Sabbath, and bringing in heaps of grain and loading them on donkeys, and also wine, grapes, figs, and all kinds of loads, which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day. And I warned them on the day when they sold food. 16 Tyrians also, who lived in the city, brought in fish and all kinds of goods and sold them on the Sabbath to the people of Judah, in Jerusalem itself! 17 Then I confronted the nobles of Judah and said to them, “What is this evil thing that you are doing, profaning the Sabbath day? 18 Did not your fathers act in this way, and did not our God bring all this disaster on us and on this city? Now you are bringing more wrath on Israel by profaning the Sabbath.””

The Commandment itself, found in Exodus 20:8-11, states clearly how we should regard work:

“8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.”

There are more references about work on the Sabbath, but you’ve gotten the picture.

Did you know that you would be able to get a letter from a Sabbath keeping pastor, as long as you are a member of that church, and he could write that, due to your religious convictions, you are requesting every Sabbath day off from Friday night sundown til Saturday night sundown? It would also have legal authority, as a letter from the pastor and regarding religious convictions. Could you still loose your job? Yes, but would God bless your faithfulness or your unfaithfulness?

Regarding the last part of your question, ‘Why did Jesus heal on the Sabbath?’ Christ didn’t get paid for healing, it wasn’t regular, carnal work. He was doing ministry, bringing people to a better understanding of His and His Father’s love. He made it clear that we can do good with and for others on the Sabbath days: Luke 14:1  And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath day, that they watched him. 2  And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy. 3  And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath day? 4  And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go; 5  And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the Sabbath day? 6  And they could not answer him again to these things.” Jesus was showing that the Sabbath was and is a blessing to people, not a day to treat as the others of the week. Christ made that clear by example.

Another thing to consider is Daniel 5:1-4: “Belshazzar the king [of Babylon] made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine [ever heard of the wine of Babylon before?] before the thousand. 2  Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein. 3  Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them. 4  They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone…” It was directly after this that God send and clear cut judgment upon Belshazzar and the kingdom of Babylon. The king dies that night and the nation fell to the Medes and Persians.
Here’s what Belshazzar’s tragic end can tell us in principle: don’t treat God’s holy things as though they are common.

The Sabbath is holy, unlike any other day of the week. Please don’t treat it as though it is common.

Please let me know if I can help with anything else.

Daniel.

Question regarding the Sabbath2016-09-14T02:36:33-07:00

Matthew 16:28

“Can you please explain to me matt 16:28 as we studying with group.”

Hello _________________,

Thank you so much for contacting me from RevelationWithDaniel. =)

Good for you studying with others. Here are a few thoughts regarding the verse(s) in question:

Matt. 16:28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His Kingdom.

Matt. 17:1 ¶ And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,

Matt. 17:2 And was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light…

The same story can be found in Mark 9:1-13, and Luke 9:27-36.

Notice, in each of the references made by Christ about ‘seeing the Kingdom of God,’ the comment is followed by the transfiguration. When Christ was “after six days” brought “into a high mountain apart and was transfigured before them,” He was showing the three disciples with Him (Peter, James, and John), a type of the Son of Man being honored, fulfilling the law and the prophets (represented by Moses and Elijah).

Also, you’ll notice that it’s after six days in Matthew and Mark, but Luke says, “about an eight days after…” This is profound, as we know the earth has been here, from the genealogical references in the Old and New Testaments, for over 6,000 years. We also know the weekly cycle is what God has set in order, believing that He will also give this earth 6,000 years of salvation labor with 1,000 years of rest (the millennium), equalling roughly 7,000 years of this earth’s lifespan. So, when looking at the prophecy of the last seal (Revelation 8:1), we can see the amount of time equalling to 7.5 days (“after six days,” “about an eight days…”).

So, could the transfiguration be representing the coming of Christ AFTER 6 (which is 7), yet almost 8 ‘days’?

There’s a lot more I’m sure, but this can get you started in your next study. =)

Matthew 16:282014-06-17T08:40:43-07:00

Running the Race

We are called to run the race… Learn this lesson:

 

 

Running the Race2016-10-12T22:30:23-07:00

7 Angels Dressed as Priests in Revelation 15

Hello again __________,

The significance of the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony being open in Heaven in 15:5 signifies a time frame: the time of the Day of Atonement. It was only during the DoA that anyone (specifically the high priest) would see that part of the temple. Yes, it is at the end of the DoA, but it is during that time when God sends out the seven Angels (the same time the four Angels will loose their holds on the winds in 7:1).

The “seven angels” appear 9 times in the KJV in the Revelation. Each time (in the trumpets of 8 -11, in Heaven during the time of the plagues in 15, on earth during the time of the plagues in 16, during the explanation of the judgment of the great whore in 17, and the blessed judgment of the bride of Christ in 21), it is a time of judgment. Perhaps they are dressed as ministers of the temple–priests–because they are carrying out God’s priestly judgment in the various stages before His final executive judgment of 20:9-15.

7 Angels Dressed as Priests in Revelation 152016-10-12T22:30:23-07:00

3 Woes Part of the 7 Trumpets?

Hello __________,

Regarding your last message about the last 3 woes being the first of the 10 (not just the seven) last plagues: I’ve never heard that before, and don’t believe the person you’re referring to has a strong foundation to stand on, as the book of Revelation is laid out structurally to support something differently. Here’s what I mean:

  • Chapter 1 has a picture of Christ followed by 7 churches.
  • Chapter 4-5 have a picture of Christ followed by 7 seals.
  • Chapter 8 has a picture of Christ followed by 7 trumpets.

The seals have an interlude between the 6th and the 7th seal.
The trumpets have an interlude between the 6th and the 7th trumpet.

The book of Revelation is laid out that way, I believe, showing how we ought to understand it.

Also, an amazing book called “The Great Controversy” on page 334-5 says, “In the year 1840, another remarkable fulfillment of prophecy excited widespread interest. Two years before, Josiah Litch, one of the leading ministers preaching the second advent, published an exposition of Revelation 9, predicting the fall of the Ottoman empire, and specifying not only the year but the very day on which this would take place. According to this exposition, which was purely a matter of calculation on the prophetic periods of Scripture, the Turkish government would surrender its independence on the eleventh day of August, 1840. The prediction was widely published, and thousands watched the course of events with eager interest. At the very time specified, Turkey, through her ambassadors, accepted the protection of the allied powers of Europe, and thus placed herself under the control of Christian nations. The event exactly fulfilled the prediction. When it became known, multitudes were convinced of the correctness of the principles of prophetic interpretation adopted by Miller and his associates, and a wonderful impetus was given to the Advent movement. Men of learning and position united with Miller, both in preaching and publishing his views, and from 1840 to 1844 the work rapidly extended.”

Keep studying and we will grow together until we meet under the tree of life!

3 Woes Part of the 7 Trumpets?2016-10-12T22:30:23-07:00

The plagues of Exodus and the Revelation

Hello ____________,

Glad to hear you are studying this subject. I haven’t don’t a specific correlation study, because what I’ve seen is that people who take the OT plagues and apply them to the book of Revelation, have done it in a way that makes most of the book of Revelation look like it applies to the end as a future application. This is not how I study the Revelation, as it makes better than perfect sense to apply it in the past, present and future, as John does in 1:19.

Because the Revelation uses the term “seven last plagues” in 15:1 and 21:9, I will refer to the seven last plagues of the Exodus (though in the Revelation they are the last plagues this earth will ever have as well).

Egypt (Exodus) End time (Revelation)
1 bloody river, Ex. 7:14— none
2 frogs, 8:1— none
3 lice, 8:16— none
4 flies, 8:20 1 earth, sores, Rev. 16:2
5 livestock struck, 9:1 2 sea, blood, 16:3
6 boils, 9:8 3 rivers & fountains, blood, 16:4
7 hail, 9:13 4 heat from sun, 16:8
8 locusts, 10:1 5 seat of beast, painful darkness, 16:10
9 painful darkness, 10:21 6 Euphrates prepared for kings, 16:12
10 firstborn struck, 11:1 7 air, earthquake and hail, 16:17-21

It’s possible to mix and match them through the Revelation, but they don’t have consistency in chronology as you can see above.

Another important thing in the plagues is the fact that the first three were for everyone in Egypt, including the Children of Israel. The last seven were only for the nonbelievers. The beauty of the seven LAST plagues in the Revelation is that they could be referred to as the last of the ten in Egypt—those that will only affect the nonbelievers. God’s people will be spared during that time, prepared for the coming of our Lord in glory!

I hope this helps!

The plagues of Exodus and the Revelation2016-10-12T22:30:25-07:00

Gluten Free Waffles!

I am a gluten freek… I can’t eat several things because of allergies, so here’s something I LOVE to eat, and my wife asked me to make it!

Forget just making it! Publish it!!!

You will need:

1 large bowl, a whisk, a waffle iron, a rack/place for cooling waffles, and something to pull toasted waffles from your iron.

First:

Boil 2 cups or so of water.

Finely grind  1/2 c flax seed.

Add about 1 c water to flax and whisk until consistency of eggs.  (May need to add more water.)

Then add:

7 c millet and/or corn and/or brown rice flour.

4 T baking powder.

1 heaping teaspoon salt.

1 can coconut milk.

6-7 cups water.

Whisk and bake in waffle iron.

Serve with your favorite fruit sauce thickened with non-GMO corn starch!

UUUmmmm!

P.S. Freeze them for later use. Use them for sandwiches, toasted bread with ‘butter’, covered with maple syrup, and any other way you would normally use bread. It lends itself to a lot of comments from onlookers. =)

Gluten Free Waffles!2017-02-08T19:10:04-07:00

Beautiful Providence

Daniel… “After I talked with you at ____ and ______’s house I was impressed to figure out how I could help with your Revelation project as I saw the passion you have for it. I prayed about it and really felt I should be involved somehow. Then I prayed that if I should work with you the next client I had coming into my office would need to bring your name up within 15 minutes. Your name came up within 12 minutes just through normal conversation without me bringing it up…”

Amazing…

Beautiful Providence2016-10-12T22:30:25-07:00