Revelations A Study. Section 12. Written by Rev.Anthony Smith
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The Armys of East and The Assyrian. Algeria,Bahrain,Egypt,Syria,Iran,Iraq,Jordan,Kuwait,Lebanon, Libya,Morocco,Oman,Qatar,Saudi Arabia,Tunisia,United Arab Emirates & Yemen. Chapter 15:1 thru 16:21, The seven vials. Rev 15:1 thru Rev 15:8 is self explanitory. These verses are literial. Rev 16:1 thru 16:12 are literial and self explanitory. Rev 16:12 And sixth angel poured out his vial upon great river Euphrates; and water thereof was dried up, that way of kings of east might be prepared. Rev 16:12 is an extremely important verse . This verse is literial but many try to make it out to be a spiritual meaning. We know that this is literial if we look at maps of region and combatents involved. The Euphraties river has allready been damned by The King of Iraq. Rev 16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of mouth of dragon, and out of mouth of beast, and out of mouth of false prophet. Frogs;The word is Egyptian; The three unclean spirits like frogs (Rev_16:13) symbolize (1) "proud infidelity", opposing Christ and God, "out of dragon's mouth"; (2) "the spirit of world", whether lawless socialistic democracy or despotism, setting man above God, "out of beast's mouth"; (3) "lying spiritualism", superseding harlot and proceeding "out of false prophet's mouth." Rev 16:14 explaines 16:13. Rev 16:14 For they are spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto kings of earth and of whole world, to gather them to battle of that great day of God Almighty. Rev 16:15 is a warning from Christ. In ,Rev 16:16, “And he gathered them together” “into a place” “called in Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” = The plain of Esdraelon, "the valley of Jehoshaphat", “the valley of Megiddo": There are many that mis-intrepret this verse. They are failing to see key words, which are, 1.Gathered. 2. Into a Place. 3. Armageddon. Please take a little time and look up The plain of Esdraelon, "the valley of Jehoshaphat", & “the valley of Megiddo". Armageddon will be fought around these areas. Rev 16:17 & Rev 16:18 are self explanitory and literial. Rev 16:19 thru Rev 16:21 are literial. Rev 16:19 And great city[Jerusalem] was divided into three parts, and cities of nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her cup of wine of fierceness of his wrath. Rev 16:20 And every island fled away, and mountains were not found. Rev 16:21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of plague of hail; for plague thereof was exceeding great. [Ref; Isa_49:26, Isa_51:17-23; Jer_25:15, Jer_25:16, Jer_25:26] end section 12.
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The Armorbearer Coach: The Character of Christ In You!Written by Earma Brown
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We develop character every time we make a right choice. John C. Maxwell, America’s expert on leadership and successful executive says, “We create it (character) every time we make choices—to cop out or dig out of a hard situation, to bend truth or stand under weight of it, to take easy money or pay price.” 5 By daily recognizing, developing, and refining moral strength in us, we are co-laborers in building character God desires to see in His children.
We desire people of character in our churches, our cities, our countries, and our world. Most if not all of success stories turned failures in recent years, have been partially due to lack of character. No one can rise above limitations of his character. Billy Graham was asked to comment on how he was able to maintain character in face of so many ministry leaders showing a lack of character.
He responded with, “People have put me on too high a pedestal. We do same with other leaders. I know, however, I am not as good as some people think I am. I have seen men in depths of wickedness and have thought to myself, ‘There I go, except by grace of God.’ I have to depend on God every day to help me live as I should.” We also must depend on grace of God to help us live, as we should. To develop character in your life on a daily basis:
•Make right choices. Remember character is a choice. Invite God in on your choices. You will find it makes a lifetime of difference.
•Recognize your character will preach gospel. Determine to set a good example for those watching your witness.
•Remember bad company corrupts good character. Watch company you keep. Are they a good influence upon your life or a bad one?
•Depend on grace of God. When you make a mistake, repent, and begin again. My pastor, Mike Hayes says, “God is a God of new beginnings. Look at how He provides us an opportunity for a fresh start each new season, New Year, new month, new week, and every fresh morning.”
We have determined that choices create character. If you have been unfortunate to make quite a few wrong choices in life as I have, then this will be good news to you. Pastor Amy Hossler encouraged me saying, “Even a wrong or bad choice repented of can eventually build good character.” Our Father God has promised (if we ask for it) to forgive us and cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Additionally, He promised to work all things to our good.9
It seems our Father God is painstakingly involved in working character in us. However, it is up to us to work together with him so that we may reap harvest of righteousness he longs to give us. Join me as I cooperate with God in creating good character in me with one good choice at a time.
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