We had the March Christian Unity meeting this evening at our usual hangout, Bill Miller’s BBQ in North Austin. We had good attendance, and great fellowship this evening. The Scripture verses were John 15:5, and fit right in with the Abiding life. Jesus does the work (spiritual) and we get to go along for one heck of a ride.
We had out monthly meeting for United Clubs Of Austin today out at Bentwood as has been out custom lately. We had a good crowd, but a fairly light agenda. We did announce that Grim Guardian Shooter will be out Second Vice Chair, as Lobo move to Chair and Sintax moves to First Vice Chair. We look forward to the contributions that Shooter will make to our board, and the community. As always, check the UCOA calendar at UCOTEXAS.ORG for all the details of upcoming events.
Busy day today. Debbie has been shooting photos for the up-coming Motorcycle Safety Proclamations happening in April and May, so we had one photo shoot this morning. Then we visited a good friend Lisa at the rehab hospital she is in, then we headed out to the Time Out Sports Bar for the Escondido MC Crawfish Boil. They were indeed tasty. The weather today was absolutely wonderful, mid 80s. Perfect weather for riding and an outdoor event. We enjoyed the cuisine, and the fellowship, and Debbie managed to find some “fence art”, so all in all it was a great day.
I hear a lot of condemnation expressed by the Christian community toward the world. In particular I hear things like you can’t be a drunk and be a Christian, or you can’t be a prostitute and be a Christian, or you can’t be gossip or a liar and be a Christian. Those are of course only a small selection of the things you can’t be or do and still be a Christian.
Fortunately, everything I just said is a not true. The truth is that once I trust Jesus with my life, He changes me so that I am no longer any of these things even though I may still do them. His Life comes to live in me and changes the very essence of who I am. I am no longer a drunkard, or a prostitute or a gossip or a liar.
So, what am I? What I am NOW is a son of the living God, and He has wiped away every one of my sins, past, present and future, once and for all. By His power I am RIGHTEOUS and PURE.
Now, this leads me to the ultimate question of life the universe and everything. Why do I still have the desires to do all the things I did before I accepted Jesus Christ as my Saviour?
The answer is pretty simple. When Jesus changed you, he changed your heart (spiritually) from being a dead rock, into a new living heart.
Ezekiel 36:26 “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”
Where you were once dead, you are now alive. BUT, He did not change your flesh. What is flesh you might ask. Well, your flesh is the body you are currently living in. You know, the part of you that loves to go out partying like there is no tomorrow, or the part of you that is addicted to any number of things, or the part of you that gossips or lies.
You see, when you become a Christian, you are made NEW, but you also enter a battle that every day tries to pull you back down to the old habit patterns of the flesh. FORTUNATELY, there is good news. As a believer, and a son or daughter of the living God, you have a helper, who is always available living inside you. Yes, Jesus Himself lives in each Christian, and He has absolute limitless power to pour out into each of us to enable us to avoid these old flesh habit patterns.
How do I tap into that power? Just ask Him for it. Admit you don’t have the strength, but He does and He will. He wants nothing more than to provide you and me with everything we need to overcome temptation.
As for me, do I sometimes sin? Yes, but when I look to Jesus for my strength, He provides whatever I need. How about you?
We had a phone meeting of the UCOA officers last evening, as we usually do before the coming UCOA monthly meeting. As we were winding down the discussion topics for the agenda, The question was asked whether anyone had any more topics to discuss. At this point someone piped up and said he wanted me to explain the book of Revelation from the Bible. I was speechless, but Sintax jumped right in and added that he didn’t think he had enough cell phone battery for that. Eventually I managed to respond with; “about Revelations, what I can tell you is it will be vey exciting”. Everyone had a good laugh, and we ended the meeting shortly there after.
All this to say, that as I later thought about our meeting, I decided it would be good idea to take a look at the book of Revelation. That is one of the books I haven’t read in quite a while. I decided to write up a “short” and “encouraging” (well, as encouraging as a book about the end of the world can be), overview. I should also add that this is just an overview, and there is much, much that could be (or has been) written about this account of the end of time. Because there is so much symbolism used, some things are clear, and many things are, well, not.
Finally, before we get into the overview, here is a link to the book of Revelation on Bible Hub; http://biblehub.com/esv/revelation/1.htm in case you want to read more of the details.
So, here it is for your reading enjoyment;
Revelations an Overview
Revelation – was written by John the apostle. That is John as in Mathew, Mark Luke and John, not John the Baptist.
Revelation is the last book of the Bible and gives a description, explanation, and warnings of the events that will happen at the end of time.
It is described as the Revelation of Jesus Christ as revealed to John in a vision.
Chapters 1 contains the introduction.
Chapters 2 and 3 contain the warnings to the seven churches in seven cities to straighten up and fly right, and also contain descriptions of their rewards if they do.
Chapter 4 is a description of Heaven, the throne of God, the crystal sea that spreads out before His throne, and praise God receives from the heavenly host.
Chapter 5 introduces the scroll the describes the events that will happen at the end of time. The scroll is sealed with seven seals, and no-one will be able to open it, until Jesus steps forward as the only one worthy of the task.
Chapter 6 described Jesus opening the first six seals of the scroll, and the events that occur in preparation for opening the seventh seal.
Chapter 7 describes the sealing, setting aside or the saving of 144,000 Jews, 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes. It also describes the sealing, setting aside or the saving of the multitude of Christians who are alive on the earth at this time. the are described as standing before the throne and before Jesus, clothed in white robes.
Chapter 8 begins the description of the events that happen when Jesus opens the seventh seal. There is lightning, thunder, earthquakes and seven angels blow their trumpets in sequence as the world begins to come apart. This continues through chapter 11.
Chapters 12 and 13 describe the destruction of satan’s minions.
Chapters 14 through 16 describe the preservation of the 144,000 jews and why they were saved. It goes on to describe the beginnings of the horrific events on earth as those left behind are harvested, including the seven bowls of Gods Wrath.
Chapters 17 describes the Prostitute and the 7 headed beast. The Prostitute is actually a city that controls much of the world in the last days. I believe the 7 headed beast represents 7 kings under the Prostitutes control.
Chapter 18 describe the final battle of satan as he wars with Jesus and the fall of the city of Babylon. There is some very interesting poetry in this chapter.
Chapter 19 describes the rejoicing in heaven over Jesus’ victory over satan and his host of armies.
Chapter 20 describes the final judgement and the events leading up to it. Satan is locked away for 1000 years before being released for a short time and then finally thrown into the lake of fire forever and ever. The dead are brought back to life and either brought into heaven, or thrown into the lake of fire.
Chapter 21 describes the re-creation of the earth and the new Jerusalem.
Chapter 22 describes life in the new earth. The tree of life provides 12 kinds of fruit and yields a new crop each month. The leaves of the tree of life are useful for healing the nations. There will be no more night, because God will sit on His throne and provide the light forever and ever.
Chapter 22 also contains a final warning and an encouragement that these things will assuredly come to pass, and to be alert to watch for the signs of their coming. It ends with a curse upon anyone that changes anything in this book.