Isaiah 63:1-5 NLTse Who is this who comes from Edom, from the city of Bozrah, with his clothing stained red? Who is this in royal robes, marching in his great strength? “It is I, the LORD, announcing your salvation! It is I, the LORD, who has the power to save!” (2) Why are your clothes so red, as if you have been treading out grapes? (3) “I have been treading the winepress alone; no one was there to help me. In my anger I have trampled my enemies as if they were grapes. In my fury I have trampled my foes. Their blood has stained my clothes. (4) For the time has come for me to avenge my people, to ransom them from their oppressors. (5) I was amazed to see that no one intervened to help the oppressed. So I myself stepped in to save them with my strong arm, and my wrath sustained me.
Isaiah 63:15-19 NLTse LORD, look down from heaven; look from your holy, glorious home, and see us. Where is the passion and the might you used to show on our behalf? Where are your mercy and compassion now? (16) Surely you are still our Father! Even if Abraham and Jacob would disown us, LORD, you would still be our Father. You are our Redeemer from ages past. (17) LORD, why have you allowed us to turn from your path? Why have you given us stubborn hearts so we no longer fear you? Return and help us, for we are your servants, the tribes that are your special possession. (18) How briefly your holy people possessed your holy place, and now our enemies have destroyed it. (19) Sometimes it seems as though we never belonged to you, as though we had never been known as your people.
I wanted to approach this study a little differently. I’ve done this in the past because there has always been a reason. This time as I was highlighting the texts, going back and forth between chapters, I could see a few details coming out. The first is, studying the prophecy and fulfillment together not only show us how the prophecy is fulfilled, but show us what questions to ask. The first question I saw was, why was Jesus working alone? “I have been treading the winepress alone; no one was there to help me.” Of course this points to us and the lack of cooperation and concern this world has for God’s plan of salvation. This prophecy points to Revelation 19 which of course provided the answer. But first take a minute and think about that question. Why is Jesus working alone? Why aren’t people helping Him? My guess is people reading this book are coming up with 1000 reasons. Are any of them correct? Let’s see how they measure up to the answer in Revelation 19. “The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses.” Jesus was not working alone. That lack of concern points to this world who forgot we have God’s army behind us and with us to help at all times, in every need, with every problem. We have powers at our side we can’t imagine. But this doesn’t stop people from making up excuses. For one reason or another people don’t want to get involved in God’s plan of salvation which at this moment is compared to a war.
Notice how Isaiah introduced this chapter. Who is this who comes from Edom, from the city of Bozrah, with his clothing stained red? Who is this in royal robes, marching in his great strength? “It is I, the LORD, announcing your salvation! It is I, the LORD, who has the power to save!” Why would Isaiah write a prophecy about Jesus coming from Edom and a place hardly anyone knows anything about? Well study the city of Bozrah yourself and you’ll find out. Then maybe you’ll begin learning how God recorded prophecy in His book.
When Jesus comes from Bozrah, He announces the plan of salvation He is fulfilling. Oops, I gave away a portion of the question asked in the previous paragraph. Jesus comes from Bozrah to save. The question may be, to save us from what? Part of the answer is in the first few verses of the introduction. Save us from ourselves. Our foolish pride and the concept we either know the answer, or it’s too hard to figure it out, so we’ll let someone do the work for us. Not many people know why Jesus comes through Bozrah to save this world.
Isaiah 63 gives us a list of key words to lead us to a parallel chapter. Using the key words robe, blood, and winepress make Revelation 19 the evident choice. When people look at Revelation 19, they may ask, why is Jesus robe dipped in blood? I don’t care what you’ve been told or taught, Isaiah 63 provided the answer long before Revelation was written and long before any wannabe teacher thought up an answer. Why are your clothes so red, as if you have been treading out grapes? “I have been treading the winepress alone; no one was there to help me. In my anger I have trampled my enemies as if they were grapes. In my fury I have trampled my foes. Their blood has stained my clothes. Maybe that’s why those teachers don’t want to give you the right answer. They would have to explain why Jesus is left alone to do all the work. Look at a parable Jesus taught with a winepress in it. The owner built a vineyard then rented it out to a few farmers. Those farmers got greedy and didn’t want to share a portion of the harvest with the owner. Remember that one? That was the parable where the land owner sends His messengers, who the tenants killed. Then he sent his son, who the tenants killed. They made up their own plan. In their minds when they killed the son, they would inherit the vineyard. Of course that would require changing a few more of God’s laws. But what’s a few more changes, a few more sins if your willing to go as far as murder to get what you want? Then again — give this some more thought. How does the story about those evil tenants relate to us – living in this hour of earth’s history, sitting around thinking of excuses not to get involved with God’s plan of salvation? When we don’t want to get involved, are we any better than those farmers who killed the land owner’s son?
If those wannabe teachers were able to explain why Jesus is working alone, they could see how they’ve been preaching the wrong message. God’s plan of salvation does not involve making up a whole bunch of prophecies about this world. Wannabe prophets make up those prophecies to attract more people to themselves and make more money. They could care less about God’s plan of salvation or how to correctly study God’s Word. Wannabe prophets make up their own rules, messages, plans, and in most cases make a few changes to God’s laws just like those farmers did to get the owner’s land. Those farmers were so stupid, they forgot the owner was still alive and able to even the score. Wannabe prophets forget God is still alive and kicking. He is also listening and has an army at His command recording everything. Every lie they make up. Every dollar they make. Every attempt God’s Spirit makes to correct them. Every opportunity they are given to bless others with the money they stole. Every change they had to accept Jesus’ sacrifice and begin the process of sanctification. God’s army may be busy recording things now, but one day they’ll be called to action. What do you want your guardian angel doing? Recording a list of sins or helping you do what God needs you to do?
To get a good feeling on what Isaiah 63 and Revelation 19 bring out when they are combined, let’s take a look at the fulfillment of the prophecy in addition to the introduction and summation together.
Revelation 19:11-18 NLTse (11) Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. (12) His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. (13) He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. (14) The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. (15) From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. (16) On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords. (17) Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, shouting to the vultures flying high in the sky: “Come! Gather together for the great banquet God has prepared. (18) Come and eat the flesh of kings, generals, and strong warriors; of horses and their riders; and of all humanity, both free and slave, small and great.”
Revelation 19:1-9 NLTse (1) After this, I heard what sounded like a vast crowd in heaven shouting, “Praise the LORD! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God. (2) His judgments are true and just. He has punished the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality. He has avenged the murder of his servants.” (3) And again their voices rang out: “Praise the LORD! The smoke from that city ascends forever and ever!” (4) Then the twenty-four elders and the four living beings fell down and worshiped God, who was sitting on the throne. They cried out, “Amen! Praise the LORD!” (5) And from the throne came a voice that said, “Praise our God, all his servants, all who fear him, from the least to the greatest.” (6) Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder: “Praise the LORD! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. (7) Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself. (8) She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.” For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people. (9) And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.”
Revelation 19:19-21 NLTse (19) Then I saw the beast and the kings of the world and their armies gathered together to fight against the one sitting on the horse and his army. (20) And the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who did mighty miracles on behalf of the beast—miracles that deceived all who had accepted the mark of the beast and who worshiped his statue. Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. (21) Their entire army was killed by the sharp sword that came from the mouth of the one riding the white horse. And the vultures all gorged themselves on the dead bodies.
As you may have noticed, the introduction to Revelation begins with victory in Heaven. You may not notice it until you compare the introduction and summation together, but the battle is recorded in the summation. Revelation seems to be written out of sequence. You may be asking yourself why. Although Revelation is thought to be written in Greek, like most of the New Testament, remember, John was a Jew. We can see John was Jewish based on the way Revelation was written. His writing style followed a pattern seen throughout the Old Testament. Writers often recorded events highlighting major details, then go back to fill in finer details. This writing style was introduced in Genesis where the author recorded the sequence of creation and later added more details about it. Revelation is written with the same process. When we study an event like Jesus’ wedding, the final battle, destruction of evil, or any other subject in Revelation, we need to collect all the texts on that subject in the chapter, and book, as well as details in other books of the Bible. This is one of those common sense Bible Study rules we should all follow. When we match up the original prophecy with chapters in other books explaining how it’s fulfilled, it becomes much easier to see the proper sequence. Another thing matching the prophecy to it’s fulfillment does is shows us questions we should ask. We’ve seen that in this study.
Isaiah tells us Jesus came from Edom. Revelation 19, like most chapters in Revelation begins in Heaven. See the contrast? Now we can see why Edom is associated with people neglecting the work they are supposed to do for Jesus. Edom represents Jacob’s twin brother Esau. This is the account of the descendants of Esau (also known as Edom). (Genesis 36:1 NLTse). Esau gave away his birth right as the first born for a lunch. Esau said to Jacob, “I’m starved! Give me some of that red stew!” (This is how Esau got his other name, Edom, which means “red.”) “All right,” Jacob replied, “but trade me your rights as the firstborn son.” “Look, I’m dying of starvation!” said Esau. “What good is my birthright to me now?” (Genesis 25:30-32 NLTse). What are we selling our invitation to Jesus’ wedding for?
Jesus’ rode and white linen are also key lessons between Isaiah 63 and Revelation 19. One of the reasons it is key is the colors. I’m sure people like getting into what those colors may represent, but let’s keep this in context. “ “I have been treading the winepress alone; no one was there to help me.” Red blood on white linen is impossible to hide. Jesus wants to make it clear how hard He is working for us. There’s no doubt about it. This is the main theme of salvation – what Jesus has done and continues to do for us. But many Christians never get past that cross. They put Jesus back on that cross every time they want to witness. Their testimony is the same no matter who they meet and what their needs may be. Those type of Christians are in such a deep rut it is almost impossible to get them out of it. Until they open their eyes, they’ll never understand the name Jesus wants to give them.
After the cross Jesus taught His disciples everything over again. This time it only took forty days instead of three years. At least those disciples remembered some of the details. Then Jesus went up into Heaven. What do you think He has been doing there? Do you think He has been sitting around for 2000 years waiting for us? I’ve heard a hundred sermons on what people think Jesus is doing in Heaven. Most claim He is waiting because there are too many souls waiting to be saved to return now. Is that it? What about the judgment? Jesus has been working on the judgment for more than 150 years. When is He going to finish? We don’t know. The world heard those bells on the bottom of the High Priest’s robe when He walked into the Holy Sanctuary to begin judgment in 1844. But who is listening for the sound of those bells when He leaves the Sanctuary signaling judgment is over? Hardly anyone. Is that part of the message we should be preaching now? It is part of Jesus’ ministry, part of God’s plan of salvation. But hardly anyone can teach a thing about Jesus’ ministry. Sure they take a parable every once in a while and preach about what they think it means. But do they know how to show why Jesus taught parables in a certain sequence which was meant to be studied together? It took me years of study to finally see and understand that detail. Then I asked why no one else saw it.
Come on now. I don’t have any formal training and no six year degree in theology. Why is it I can see those details and so many people who claim to be experts, God’s chose people, miss what is now obvious to me and a few others? Then I was shown books written over 150 years ago discussing those sequences Jesus taught in and how they combine to show much, much deeper truth and understanding. It seems the world today is stuck on the milk of God’s Word and like it there. No growth, no advancement, no real relationship with God, and no idea of what to preach or how to preach it. Jesus said, “I was amazed to see that no one intervened to help the oppressed. So I myself stepped in to save them with my strong arm, and my wrath sustained me.” Why does Jesus tell us His wrath sustained Him? Look up the word wrath. It is bottled up anger. Now you know how Jesus is going to feel when He steps out of Heaven’s Sanctuary and sees nothing done. Jesus left this world with explicate instructions and the world let people change them. There will be no room for excuses. It’ll be too late. When we hear those bells, judgment will be over with.
Revelation gives us a bit more hope along with explaining how everything will be accomplished. From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. This follows a detailed description of Jesus for a reason. When people realize what this means and see Jesus for who He really is and what He has been doing for them, it’ll be too late. That’s when your going to see an angel standing in the sun, shouting to the vultures flying high in the sky: “Come! Gather together for the great banquet God has prepared. (18) Come and eat the flesh of kings, generals, and strong warriors; of horses and their riders; and of all humanity, both free and slave, small and great.” Why does God use vultures, birds of prey and scavengers as a symbol? Who wants to get eaten by a crow? That’s what those birds do, they clean up every last scrap. It’s a symbol showing how complete the devastation will be.
Why does Revelation mention the kings and leaders of this world? Revelation 12 and 13 show how Satan, the dragon hides behind images. Kings of the earth hide behind their authority. Look at the kings of this world today. Here in the US we have a leader forcing everyone into his plans to provide health care. His plan does nothing more than making one of the wealthiest people in the world wealthier. One health care company is running the whole show. Laws are changing to increase profits while denying basic health care to millions. The US cannot provide proper health care for its warriors, its military veterans. The plan is not right. Policies are costing people millions and benefit the rich. What is the leader in the US doing? Hiding behind authority. Look at Israel today. Israel is suffering rocket attacks from Gaza. In retaliation Israel is bombing everything from military sites to hospitals. Too many innocent children, women, and men have lost their lives. Neither side is making the right decisions. Neither side is asking God what they should do. Both leaders are making decisions and hiding behind their authority. This is happening all over the world. Fanatic religious leaders wage war on anyone they feel like. Some claim to be led by God. They all claim to serve God. But how? They never explain why. They hide behind their authority. But they can’t hide from God. We see that in Revelation.
Revelation 19 begins with a lot of praise. God is praised for His salvation, glory, power, for punishing the prostitute who corrupted the earth, and for Jesus’ wedding. Get the picture. We just had a quick review of Jesus’ ministry. I’ll bet you missed it because the world thrives on distorted views We have a list of subjects to preach, neither of them included a preacher’s best guess on what is going to happen in the world tomorrow, or a list of doctrines. Just as Revelation 19 begins in Heaven, so should the message we deliver. Not from a board meeting, seminar, or pamphlet written in this world. Revelation 21 tells us about the army God has to back us up, to deliver messages, to help guide us as well as protect us from the attacks we’re going to experience the moment we step up to work along side Jesus. Of course Jesus is not working alone, but uses it as a symbol to emphasize the point He needs more people to stand up.
Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself. She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.” For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people. Once again we see Jesus’ wedding, one of the most important messages we can bring to the world. Revelation 21 gives us the choice of being invited to a wedding or a war. Which one are you waiting for? The choice is yours. That war is described at the end of Revelation 19. The opposing army is led by the beast, Satan, who is supported by a false prophet. We see Satan’s false prophet hard at work these days using all the media and outlets available. Satan’s false prophet is a symbol pointing to that self reliance Satan deceives people with. Many people try to identify all the false prophets. By doing so they either forget general Bible Study rules or want to write their own rules. The fulfillment of a prophecy is always greater than its symbol. Because Revelation 21 uses symbols, we have to follow that rule for every symbol. Not bend it or throw it out the window for one of those symbols. So let’s examine the summations the way we’ve learned. They are the acid test to check for consistency between the chapters.
Isaiah closed with a plea. “LORD, look down from heaven; look from your holy, glorious home, and see us. Where is the passion and the might you used to show on our behalf? Where are your mercy and compassion now?” Isaiah wrote what those people inside Jerusalem felt before it fell to Babylon. They felt alone and abandoned. They finally reached a point where they knew God was not present. In desperation they pleaded for help. “Hey you up there. Remember me? I’m your son, or so you told me long ago.” Isaiah wrote, “Surely you are still our Father! Even if Abraham and Jacob would disown us, LORD, you would still be our Father. You are our Redeemer from ages past.” When desperate times call for desperate measures, where do lost children finally turn? To their parents. Like the parable of the son who takes his share of the inheritance then spends it on parties and whores. That son ran out of money, food, everything. It took him time to remember how good life was like when he lived with his father. Jerusalem was the same in Isaiah’s time. It was much the same in Jesus’ time. It is pretty much the same today. People don’t have a lot of use for God or their parents when times are good. Things have to get bad, real bad before they finally realize what it was like as a child. The happy times. Not a care in the world. Everything they needed was provided for. They may not have had everything they wanted, but they always had more than the needed. That’s where God wants us to be. In a state of knowing everything we need has been provided for. God sees our needs long before we see them. He also sees our trials long before they occur. Many people just can’t believe God is always watching over them and is able to provide for all our needs.
LORD, why have you allowed us to turn from your path? Why have you given us stubborn hearts so we no longer fear you? Return and help us, for we are your servants, the tribes that are your special possession. This shows how shallow their belief in God is and what little faith they have, and how they’ve been deceived by self reliance. They blamed God for the path in life they choose. The blamed God for their hearts of stone. They finally saw how far they drifted away from God, but were not tested enough to realize their choices put them in the situation they were in. Sanctification is a process just like Bible Study is a process. We’ve learned when we follow that process to the letter, God’s Spirit reveals much more than other people ever saw in a few verses or chapters. We’ve seen how one event is linked to another. We’ve seen how choices were made and what the consequences were. Looking back on history is one thing. Looking back on our lives is another matter. It’s hard to admit you were wrong. For some people it’s nearly impossible to admit they made the wrong choice. That is the first step in healing and getting back on the right path. If you look over Jerusalem’s history you’ll see it is filled with instances when Jerusalem found themselves in situations they could never get themselves out of. That’s when they turned to God and of course God came in to save the day in a way only God could do. Jerusalem saw many miracles that could have only come from God. They soon forgot — then went back to doing things their own way. They never really turned to God more than 50%. Each time they drew themselves further and further away from God. Each time it took a bigger and more severe trial to get their attention and finally look at themselves as the cause. What would it take? They saw parents eating children, dead bodies in the streets, the world’s largest army camped outside their walls. All of those physical signs showed how far they drifted from God. If they didn’t understand those physical signs, how are they going to understand the spiritual? “Sometimes it seems as though we never belonged to you, as though we had never been known as your people.”
It’s not by chance John closed the chapter of Revelation 21 with the same scene Jerusalem witnessed. This time, for us, it is still a spiritual symbol, a future event which will one day be physically fulfilled. Is that what we need before we finally see how far we’ve drifted away from God? Do we have to find ourselves outside New Jerusalem’s walls as a member of Satan’s army before we realize our decisions put us in that spot? How does that false prophet put us in that spot? How does that false prophet draw us away from God? For those wannabe prophets, Satan teaches them to be self reliant. He convinces people they have some sort of power to look at a line of scripture, compare it to the world and come up with an interpretation on their own. They rely upon themselves more and more. Of course their prophecies prove to be false. This drives them to a point of relying more and more on themselves and that power Satan promised them. As one prophecy after another proves to be wrong, they try harder and harder to get one right. Those wannabe prophets will do anything to be right once. If a small portion of one of their prophecies appears to be 1% accurate, they shower tons of praise on themselves.
Like those people inside Jerusalem, wannabe prophets don’t want to turn to God. They can’t admit their wrong. Pride will not allow it. Satan convinced them they have to work their way into God’s favor. Or those riches Satan showers upon them convince wannabe prophets they are a success. Once again Satan conquers using pride and riches. Satan uses wannabe prophets to deceive millions. Instead of listening to God, people listen to false prophets. People think salvation comes from prophecy, but just in case they pray to Jesus to forgive their sins. They never stop to listen to God’s Spirit. False prophets send out marching orders from Satan. “Tell the world it is about to end. Share my prophecies with the world. You are doing God’s work.” People following false prophets receive their messages from the world. The world listens because it loves their own. The world listens because those messages ignore the convicting power of God’s Spirit. There is never a need to examine yourself to see what needs change. There is never a message to take to an individual and get involved with their instant needs.
People love those false prophecies. They accept them so readily because it makes them just like the false prophet. People love to walk around thinking they know something other people don’t know. Like the priests Jesus talked about. They love long boarders on their robes and long public prayers. They love to draw attention to themselves. They love the attention. They love putting people down. They love the control, and are willing to pay for it. They send money to false prophets convincing themselves they are supporting God’s cause. But where has God ever said we are supposed to take out messages concerning future prophecies? Can you show me one text?
After Jesus taught in the temple court, He warned His disciples against teaching future prophecies. He told them they are never to join forces with them or adopt their ways. The disciples thought lf they joined forces with the priests and Pharisees, they would be stronger. Of course the disciples thought they would be in charge. But that would never work. The priests and Pharisees would never relinquish their social status. This is why false prophets cause so many divisions. By nature they are controlled by pride and self confidence.
If we looked up the term false prophet in the Bible, we would find dozens of examples explaining what a false prophet is and what he does. Many of them are found in Jeremiah. “A horrible and shocking thing has happened in this land– the prophets give false prophecies, and the priests rule with an iron hand. Worse yet, my people like it that way! But what will you do when the end comes?” (Jeremiah 5:30-31 NLTse). Revelation 19 tells us what will happen in the end. “Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.” It shouldn’t be a difficult decision to make, but many people don’t know there is a decision to make, or what their choices are.
Using simple Bible Study methods we’ve learned from the Bible, we see the beast and false prophet are repeated because they are key words in the chapter. John the author is calling attention to them by repeating them. That’s a signal telling us to study them. Revelation explains the beast’s role and association. I saw a beast rising up out of the sea. It had seven heads and ten horns, with ten crowns on its horns. And written on each head were names that blasphemed God. They worshiped the dragon for giving the beast such power, and they also worshiped the beast. “Who is as great as the beast?” they exclaimed. “Who is able to fight against him?” The devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (Revelation 13:1, 4, 20:10 NLTse). As we can see, key words are explained by the Bible.
On the other hand, the word mark is not repeated in Revelation 19. It only appears once in Revelation 19. Mark of the beast is not a key word. The author didn’t want to draw attention to it, but men do. They like to focus on that mark. Revelation 13 is the only chapter that mark is repeated. He required everyone–small and great, rich and poor, free and slave–to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead. And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name. Wisdom is needed here. Let the one with understanding solve the meaning of the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is 666. (Revelation 13:16-18 NLTse). Revelation 13 is the only chapter in Revelation that begins in this world. Every other chapter in Revelation begins in Heaven. But Revelation is the chapter of choice for most wannabe prophets. They love that chapter because it points them to the world. They use Revelation because the world loves hearing the things of the world. Because Revelation 13 begins in this world, they feel the can use events in the world to interpret every line. They take one line then look for something in the world that seems to fit it. This is not proper Bible Study, but God knew it was going to happen. God arranged His Word so we could see what was happening and why.
There are hundreds of interpretations to the mark of the beast. Every single one of them came from the world, just like the chapter showed. God set up a test the world failed. God also showed us how to distinguish Satan’s false prophets from God’s prophets. How does Jesus put an end to that beast and his false prophet? “Their entire army was killed by the sharp sword that came from the mouth of the one riding the white horse.” Jesus destroys them with His Word. Jesus’ word contains more power than to destroy. If you don’t know how Jesus’ Word saves, you have a lot to learn. If you don’t know how Jesus’ Word reveals that false prophet, you have a lot of studying to do. Most people heard Jesus’ Word cuts both ways, but then again they want to interpret that symbol on their own. There are too many people in this world taking God’s Word and try pulling it down to their level. They don’t know how to ask God’s Spirit what it means and know little or nothing about how God’s Word interprets itself.
It’s not difficult to learn how to study, understand, and teach God’s Word. It’s a simple enough process for a child to learn. It only takes a little time, patients, and a connection with God’s Spirit. Which one do you lack? The steps are easy and illustrated in most of these studies in this book.
Collect the texts to study.
Highlight words that are the same, similar, or related.
Put the study aside and pray.
Look at the texts and identify the key thought.
Use key words that are highlighted to search for related texts.
Compare the main thoughts in the introductions and summations in the two chapters.
Highlight words that are the same, similar, or related in the chapters introductions and summations.
Compare the key words in the chapters introductions and summations.
Put the study aside and pray.
Begin writing by paying attention to the key words.
Expand writing to include the key thoughts.
Put the study aside and pray.
Write the conclusions.
Pray and review
Once you realize this spiritual war we are all facing is fought with words, why would you go to the enemy for ammunition? Do you really want to be shooting off duds like those wannabe prophets? Or do you want to do the right thing? Learn to talk to God and listen. Introduce your friends, family, and everyone your sent to reach to Jesus and let Him handle the situation. Jesus is the only One who knows how to cut straight to the heart and heal.
In the summary to Isaiah 63 we’re shown Jerusalem was destroyed by her enemies. “How briefly your holy people possessed your holy place, and now our enemies have destroyed it.” Revelation 19 shows us how the enemy is destroyed. “Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. Their entire army was killed by the sharp sword that came from the mouth of the one riding the white horse.” We don’t have much of a choice but to prepare for battle one way or the other. Our actions and words support either one side or the other.