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Revelation – Encouragement

Revelation – is an encouragement to live a righteous life.

The Book of Revelation as you may know is the last book in the Bible. There were few changes made as to how this book should have been titled as well as how it is being interpreted.

As I may recall, this Book was called the Revelation of John; then the Revelation of Jesus Christ until today that it is called  “The Revelation.”  Christians are so divided not only in our generation but back since the 1st century and were only united during the reign of Emperor Constantine in the 4th century during the time when Christians did not need to hide for fear of persecution.  Christianity became the religion of the empire.

During the time of the Old Testament, the Hebrews were persecuted because of their faith in One True God.  The Ten Commandments, Exodus, Moses, and Spartacus, to name a few were historical and true to life stories of the Hebrews.  The citizens during the Old Testament were referred to as Hebrews and spoke the Hebrew language.  These Hebrews in the later years were and are referred to as Jews. This could be discussed in a separate topic for more clarification.

The connection of the Old Testament with the New Testament should not be treated as different, and question to whom does each book belongs to because it’s the act of God since it is  God’s word Himself.  Whether we are born under the Law or under grace, God brought us here in unison to fight a spiritual battle against the forces of the prince of this world.  It’s not happening due to the flesh that follows the command of wicked spirit but the souls that give way to the desires of the flesh without resistance.

The world started with the word of God, and through an angel, the word of God announced the coming of the Son and also through His word, He revealed the things that must soon take place.  God summoned Jesus to reveal His plan, and Jesus did not directly tell John,  but he asked an angel to do it.  God did not usurp Son’s authority by going directly to John, He has to go through the process since the Son will be the one to rule the earth in a matter of time. The Son otherwise did not disobey the Father delegating an angel to do the job. That is an angel’s job to deliver the message face to face to mankind.

The work of the Trinity (Tri-unity) is carried out by one Spirit in three distinct entities with a purpose to regain the lost perfection of humanity, the lost paradise, and the lost ownership of the earth now ruled by the prince of the air.  God gave us the power and authority to use His word against the minions of the wicked prince.

The Father and the Son seated on their throne monitoring how people deal with the unbeatable foes. We are not winning but we are not giving up the fight of a losing battle. The battle is ongoing and they are more aggressively attacking the believers day and night. They knew that the end is near for them and they are going to face their end.

The evil spirit still owes their existence to God by giving them the chance to live by joining the righteousness of mankind whom they are trying to destroy and instead they want to remain in darkness.  When God said “let there be light”, and God brightened the world and the evil forces trembled because they knew that they are getting their strength from the darkness.  Our bodies have no power against evil forces and they want also our souls so they can hostage the souls to have the leverage to deal with God.

When the Bible is silent God’s gift of imagination can be used to fill up the gap with help of the Holy Spirit.  The doctrine of the so-called, the chosen, and the elect is very important to understand so we will know how to respond. We have to digest the knowledge in our hearts and if we are clouded with doubtfulness, we must ask the Holy Spirit for a clearer, acceptable, and easier way to understand. We will then understand that all mankind in general, and not only Christians can come to the knowledge of God and receive the gift of salvation.  God’s foreknowledge that many people on earth will not choose Him over their religion. Through the work of Christians, they will find that there are many doors open for them and will never be closed whenever they decided to enter.

“Salvation means that it is granted not only to those who explicitly believe in Christ and have entered the Church. Since salvation is offered to all, it must be made concretely available to all…”— Pope John Paul II (Redemptoris Missio #10 – December 7, 1990)

Even the priests that do sin offerings every day would not be able to help us. “And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God” Religion cannot bridge in our own salvation—Hebrews 10:11”

The Book of Revelation is not about Jesus it’s about us. The Father sent this revelation for our awareness of things to come, who is coming, and why?  Who will judge? And who will be the witnesses? Many souls are still lost in translations and they are rooted wrongly since their childhood and not easy to uproot due to fear of the consequences which is part of having brainwashed.

We need courage and help from the Holy Spirit to overcome fear and struggle to accept the new knowledge.

Now is the time to repent, pray for the wisdom of God to bravely face the challenges we are encountering. We are almost at the end of the grace period which is also called millenarianism with a belief that Christ will establish a 1,000-year reign of the saints on earth.  The  Preterits say it was already fulfilled, and further believe that the three events have already been fulfilled such as the Second Coming, Resurrection, and Judgment.  However, the resistance from the Millennialism is much lesser and now lesser than decades ago.

Be baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and be called the children of God.

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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