BE ENCOURAGED NAME BY NAME

by Tammy Phillips
September 25, 2021

I believe this will be the last encouragement from Revelation for now.  This journey through Revelation began back at the first of September.  For me there have been highs and lows. The most beautiful thing to me is that in the last book of the Bible, the last stanza in His love letter to us, He lays it all out there.  He tells us how things will “end” only to tell us about the new beginning He has planned for the children of God.  He also reveals to John and the Churches that’s us, many, many, facets of His glorious name.  To God be the Glory.

On September 25, I posted “ JESUS HOLD THE LAST NOTE,” It is a compilation of His names in the first three books of Revelation.  Holy Spirit showed this picture:

“I envisioned the Savior.  He was standing with arms outstretched like an opera singer, singing a song, and holding the last note for a very long time.  I could hear Him sing, and boldly declare, “I am Jesus Christ. I am the First and the Last.  I am the Amennnnnnnnnnnnnn!”  Holy Spirit showed me that the book of Revelation is like a fermata that facilitates the cadenza, the brilliant, virtuosic display of Jesus Himself as King of kings, in the final paragraphs of our love letter from the Lord.”  – Tammy Phillips  from JESUS HOLD THE LAST NOTE (click here to read if you missed it.)

Below is a treasury of  His Names from Revelation 5-22.  Be encouraged as your read! 

Satan, the great pretender, was described “like” a lion in 1 Peter 5:8.  Jesus, our brave, strong, and mighty hero, is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. (Revelation 5:5,9) I see Him and the “King of the beasts.”  He is King of Satan, King of the Antichrist Beast.  King of the false prophet.  He of all their followers.  The elders in heaven describe Jesus as a lion.  John was expecting to see the Lion and he saw “a lamb as it had been slain.” (Revelation 5: 6,7) I am sure in the spirit he saw the scars of Jesus from his beating and crucifixion. Jesus’ scars told the story that He should be dead, but He was and is very much alive.

Jesus is the Lamb (Revelation 5: 8,9)who offered himself up for us.  He was the sacrificial Lamb who paid the price for our sins. He was meek, mild, and gentle.  He allowed himself to be slaughtered for us. He gives us every opportunity to follow Him into His kingdom where He is…

Lord of lords and King of kings (Revelation 17:14). There have been, and are, so many evil leaders in the world.  Instead of doing good with the power and authority they have been given, they choose to do evil.  Personally, I look forward to the day “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth; and [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:11 KJV) All the leaders driven by money, power, and Satan himself will one day know the only King and Lord is Jesus.

When Satan has exhausted all his resources to gain world domination and Jesus is ready to return the sky will unfold  to reveal Him, the One called Faithful and True. (Revelation 19:11) He is the one we can trust.  He is the one in which we can always be confident.  He is “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8 KJV) He keeps His word.  If He makes a promise, we can bank on it.  He is True.  He is the real deal, true and genuine. He is not fake.  He is not hidden nor concealed but revealed.  He loves truth, speaks truth and is the Truth. 

Jesus is also called the Word of God. (Revelation 19: 13). “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” (John 1:1 KJV) and end the was the Word of  God.  All things were made by “the Word” ; and without “the Word” was not anything made that was made. In the Word was life; and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:3-4 KJV). The Word was the creative force that formed the world, and the Word is the force that will end the world as we know it.

I have said this before.  Nike is not creative nor original in their branding.  The billions of dollars Nike has made is a feeble attempt to brand “victory.” Victory was originally branded on clothes 2000 years ago.  It was an original God idea. We see it in Revelation 19:16 when Jesus returns wear clothes designed by God and branded  KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS on His robe and on His thigh.  I absolutely love this picture of Jesus.

Jesus is pictured as ruling and  reigning Christ, the Anointed and appointed. (Revelation 20: 4)

Jesus tells us that He is the Alpha and Omega, Beginning and the End, the First and Last. He had the first word, and he has the last.  And  He declares the end is near and  He IS coming quickly. (Revelation 22:13)

“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.” (Revelation 22:16; 5: 5,9 KJV).

The Root and Offspring of David:  This is a Messianic title of Jesus. (Isaiah 11:1). Jesus is both the Creator of King David and His descendent.  The Bright and Morning star. This is also a Messianic title. (Numbers 24:17).  The Messiah has spoken.  He is coming and He lets us know.  

I enCOURAGE you to hear the sweet melody of our precious Savior revealing Himself to you Name by Name.  Be encouraged.  He is the Champion. He is the soon and coming King.  To God be the Glory!  Thanks for sticking with me through this journey. 

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you all. Amen.” (Revelation 22:21 KJV) 

“I AM COMING QUICKLY!”

by Tammy Phillips
November 25, 2021

 Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed [is] he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” … And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. … “And behold, I am coming quickly,and My reward [is] with Me, to give to everyone according to his work…”He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”  (Revelation 22:7, 10, 12 ,20 NKJV)

Happy Thanksgiving!  I am most thankful to God, then my family and friends.  I could not do like without Him or them.  I am thankful for His love letter that He inspired men to write, the Bible. I am thankful that although “we” fell in the “Genesis” of the book that He had a plan of redemption and restoration from before the beginning.  I am so thankful in the end of the book that God reveals Jesus to us in the biggest way  and we see in detail “the last act of God’s master performance.” -Hilton Sutton

Anytime we cry out for help, we are asking for salvation from the current situation or circumstance.  What is the answer we want to hear in response?  “I am coming!” When a child gets a boo-boo and cries out, he wants to hear his parent say, “I am coming!”  When we fall, hurt ourselves, and cry for help, we want to hear, “I am coming!”  When we cry out to Jesus, we long to hear, “I am coming.”  The earth has been crying out for a Savior since it fell.  In the final chapter of the written word of God, the Savior answers our plea, not once, not twice but three times.  He leaves us with this hope, “I am coming quickly!”

We pick up where we left off yesterday in verse seven.  The angel had been talking to John, but now Jesus interjects,   “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed [is] he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” (Revelation 22:7 NKJV)   Jesus’ message was always urgent…no time to wait…be ready! “You also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Matthew 24:44 NKJV) Are you ready for the suddenly of His return?  If you are, Jesus calls you blessed because you have kept and trusted His word to be faithful and true.  

“And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand.” (Revelation 22:10 NKJV)

In the book of Daniel, his prophecies were sealed to “the time of the end (Dan. 18:26).” The book of Revelation was never sealed.   When Jesus said on the cross, “It is finished,” and He rose from the dead, the time was at hand.  “Daniel was told to seal; John is told to reveal.”-Billye Brim

“He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.” (Revelation 22:11 NKJV)

The Bible, and its last chapter, have exhorted and warned all of us.  If what we have read in Revelation does not change us, there is not much hope. This is God’s final warning to turn to the Savior.  When He comes quickly, there will be no do-overs, nor second chances.

“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward [is] with Me, to give to everyone according to his work.”(Revelation 22:12 NKJV)

We hear a second warning. He is coming quickly,  And…there are rewards in heaven!  God is a just God.  He doesn’t have the mentality of the present-day world of everyone is a winner and gets a trophy just for playing.  We gain rewards in heaven for what we do for Him here on earth.  It’s a bonus program.  We only gain entrance to heaven through the Savior.  We cannot work our way in, however, with the right heart and attitude, we do earn bonuses. Rewards are always nice.  God has given us much and it is what we do with what we are given that earns us His reward.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, [the] Beginning and [the] End, the First and the Last.”” (Revelation 22:13 NKJV).

Jesus reminds us Who He is lest we have forgotten at this point.  He is the beginning, middle and the end.  He has the first word and last word.  He is the bomb.com!  To leave Him out of life is to leave out everything! He is everything beginning to end. 

“Blessed [are] those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter through the gates into the city.” (Revelation 22:14 NKJV)

When we recognize and come to know Jesus, we desire to do His word.  When we become doers of His word, accepting his call, and not just hearer’s, we are granted entrance into THE CITY, New Jerusalem, Heaven!   Sadly, there are outsiders not granted entrance, they ignored or forwarded His call to voice mail,

“Outside [are] dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.” (Revelation 22:15 NKJV)  No one wants to be an outsider.

Jesus closes and signs His letter in the final verses with an invitation,

“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star and the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.” (Revelation 22:16-17 NKJV) 

His salvation invitation is “COME!” If you hear, if you are thirsty, if you desire, WHOSOEVER, “COME!”  Salvation is free. Salvation is paid for. Our entrance fee into heaven is compliments of Jesus. Can you hear Him pleading?  He keeps calling. Answer His call.

Jesus’ “P.S…”
WARNING:  Do not add or take away words from Revelation.  Super bad consequences and high price to pay for tampering with the word of God. (See Rev22:18-19)

In Revelation 22:20, it is like Jesus is saying, “Wait! I have one more important thing to tell you before I sign off, ‘Surely, I am coming quickly. Amen.’”  Do you hear Jesus? “Surely, assuredly, verily, truth, yes, I am coming quickly!  So be it. I have told you.”

I  hear Him say, “I know you think it’s been two thousand years, but a thousand years is like a day to me.  It’s has only been a couple of days since I said this.  A lot has gone on, but it has only been two days.”

John’s response was, and ours should be, “ Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

I enCOURAGE you to heed John’s words!  Listen to the word of God.  Do the word of God.  Jesus is coming!  You might deny Him. You may even scoff, “He has not come again, yet!”  You  cannot stop,  nor delay his sudden return.   Do not wait until its too late.  Surrender today to Jesus.  What better day, Thanksgiving Day?  Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (Ps. 188:1)

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you all. Amen.” (Revelation 22:21 NKJV)

REVELATION 22:  THE FINAL CHAPTER IN THE BOOK, OR IS IT?

This little tree is a tree and it is alive.
It sits in the middle of a river by a home that is called the Healing House.
It serves as a tiny peek into heaven.
It gives me hope for the future in the promises of the Lord!

by Tammy Phillips
November 24, 2021

“But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’” (1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV)

If you are like me, when you read a  good book, you cannot wait to see how it ends.   However,  when you near the final pages, you slow the pace of your reading and turn the pages ever so carefully because you do not want the book to end.  Revelation 21 and 22 are like that for me.  They are so good! The last two chapters of the Good Book are like the most exquisite dessert.  They are to be eaten slowly.  We are meant to enjoy and savor every last bite.  John attempted to paint a picture of the exceeding abundance of heaven. Usually, I devour a book until is finished within a day, or two.  Revelation has been a feast that has fed me since early September.  To quote my Mom, Marie Poon, “The beauty of this Book is that it is not over!  It will last throughout all eternity! Praise God!”   As His kids, the Lord God is sweetness that we will enjoy forever!

“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.” (Revelation 22:1 NKJV)

There may not be a sea in heaven, but there is abundant, flowing water and it is life!  

“In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, [was] the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations.” (Revelation 22:2 NKJV)

What a tree!  It is in the middle of the river, and it reaches to either side.  God began life in the garden with the tree of life.  He comes full circle in His plan of redemption and restoration.  Direct access to God and the tree of life is restored us, and it yields different abundant fruit each month.  The leaves of the tree were for healing, therapy, serving and ministering to the nations.

“And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name [shall be] on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.” (Revelation 22:3-5 NKJV)

No more curse. No more tears. No more sickness. No more darkness.  How is this possible?  Because the throne of God and the Lamb shall be in the city. Hallelujah!  We will serve Him and we shall reign forever and ever!

No more curse Perfect Restoration
Throne in their midst Perfect Administration
Servants shall serve Perfect Subordination
Shall see His face Perfect Transformation
Name on foreheads Perfect Identification
God is the light Perfect Illumination
Reigning forever Perfect Exultation”– David Guzik (https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/guzik_david/StudyGuide2017-Rev/Rev-22.cfm?a=1189001)

 God is in the House, forever and always!  Love is in the House! Peace and Joy are in the House.  Blessing is in the House.  Worship, song, and dance are in the House. Life is in the House.  We are His and He is ours.  His name will be on our foreheads.  We are God’s!  We are the Untouchables because we will ever be in His presence.  We shall see His face!  What will it look like to gaze into the face of unconditional, unadulterated Love? 

The LORD graciously allowed me a glimpse into my Nanny Abney’s ascent into heaven, as she passed from this life to the next.  I was about two hundred miles away from her when she moved on. However,  I knew she had taken off into her forever because I  heard her say in the spirit, “It is so Love!  It is so Life!  It is so Love.”

I enCOURAGE you with the eternal hope that is waiting for us as children of God.  I know that I know that I know that there is life after we die on earth.  The only way there is Jesus.  We can rest assured. His word is faithful and true.

But when the kindness of God our Savior and his love for mankind appeared, he saved us –not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy ​– ​through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit. He poured out his Spirit on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior so that, having been justified by his grace, we may become heirs with the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:4-7 CSB)

NEW JERUSALEM IS “THE PLACE” TO BE

“Glimpse of Glory” by Tammy Phillips, December 23, 2016
It does not remotely compare to the glory of God and New Jerusalem.
Use your own imagination and try to imagine what heaven will be like.

by Tammy Phillips
November 23, 2021

“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, [there] you may be also.”-Jesus  (John 14:2-3 NKJV)

We all want to go to the newest resort or the newest place to eat.  We all have our favorite places.  This is not an original idea.  The LORD chose “The Place” that Israel was to worship Him, and it was not under every green tree.  Read Deuteronomy 12.  “The Place” was mentioned over 150 times  in only 32 verses.  “The chosen Place” of worship was important to God. “The Place” should be important to us because it is “The Place” to be. 

“But you shall seek the place where the LORD your God chooses, out of all your tribes, to put His name for His dwelling place; and there you shall go.” (Deuteronomy 12:5 NKJV)

Abraham (Gen.22:4) and Jacob (Gen.28:11, 16-17) saw “The Place.”  David sought and found “The Place” (Ps. 132:5, 1 Chronicles 15, 18, 20).  Solomon built and found “The Place” with David’s  direction (2 Chronicles 3:1, 1 Chronicles 7:12,15).  This was the earthly place Israel was to worship God. One of the names Jews have for Jerusalem is Ha MaKom, “The Place.”

Jesus told His followers, “I go to prepare a place for you, and nobody comes to the Father , but by Me.” (John 14:2, 6)  Our Ha Makom, “our Place,” is the Father’s house.   Our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20-21). We are raised up together and  seated together in heavenly places (Eph. 2:6). We are His heavenly people; complete in Him. (Colossians 1,2)  We are His chosen place, and He is our place. (John 15:4)

Let’s look at New Jerusalem, Heavenly Jerusalem, “The Place” he has prepared for us!  The place to be! 

“And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, “having the glory of God. Her light [was] like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.”  (Revelation 21:11 NKJV)

Jasper is defined as a precious stoned of different colors.  When I “googled” jasper, I saw the colors of the rainbow and more.  One type of Jasper is called kaleidoscope.  (See dream in yesterday’s post)

New Jerusalem has Walls And Gates

She had a great, high wall with twelve gates, three to north southeast and west. The gates were named after the twelve tribes of the children of Israel. (Rev. 21:12-13) The wall of the city had twelve foundations with names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. (Rev. 21:14) The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth.

New Jerusalem’s Size

The angel measured twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal.” (Revelation 21:16 NKJV). The Greek word for furlong is stadion  and it’s the derivative of our word, stadium. (Yep, there are “stadiums” in heaven, men.)   New Jerusalem is about 12,000 stadiums long, high, and wide.  One furlong is about 660 feet or .125 miles, multiply by 12,000 and you get about 1500 miles. This is equivalent to 2,250, 000 square miles. The distance from Nashville, Tennessee to Las Vegas, Nevada  is about 1576 miles.  And the distance from the Gulf of  Mexico to the Canadian border  is roughly 1500 miles.  This is some city.  Don’t forget, it is reaches 1500 miles high, too. Denver is dethroned as the “Mile High City!” 

The Wall

He measured the walls and found them to be 216 feet high (according to the human standard used by the angel).(Rev. 21:17) This is near the height of 15 to 20 story building.  This is the wall.  The wall was made of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. (Rev.21:18)

The Foundation Walls

The foundation was adorned with all kinds of precious stones:

  • the twelfth amethyst
  • the eleventh jacinth
  • the tenth chrysoprase
  • the ninth topaz
  • the eighth beryl
  • the seventh chrysolite
  • the sixth sardius
  • the fifth sardonyx
  • the fourth emerald
  • the third chalcedony
  • the second sapphire
  • the first foundation: jasper
  •  (Rev. 21:19-20 )

“The twelve gates [were] twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city [was] pure gold, like transparent glass.” (Rev. 21:21 NKJV)

For fun, let’s guess and say the gate was only one fourth the height of the wall, 54 foot high or  five stories high.  Have you ever seen a pearl of that magnitude?  …And the streets of gold.

The Temple

“The Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.” (Rev. 21:22 NKJV)
The presence of the LORD!

New Jerusalem’s Light Source

The glory of God illuminated it. The city did not need the sun, nor the moon because there is no night either.  The Lamb is the light. (Rev. 21:23, 25).  “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5 NKJV)

New Jerusalem’s Gates are Always Open

“Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there).” (Rev. 21:25 NKJV). Then why have gates?  I do not know. 

New Jerusalem’s Entrance Mandate

  • R.S.V.P to Jesus
  • Name written on the list: the Lamb’s Book of Life
  • Followers of Jesus Only
  • No walk-ups at the gate
  • No unclean, evil, profane, polluted, or impure
  • No one who  practices shameful idolatry or dishonesty
  • Nothing that causes an abomination or a lie
  • Nothing detestable or deceitful
    (Revelation 21: 27 NKJV)

I enCOURAGE you to follow Jesus in all your ways.  He is the way to “The Place.”  I promise you this is a ticket you do not want to turn down!  It is a life and a hope you do not want miss.  It is Glory.  It is forever living in the presence of God, Light and Love.  I promise you  that it is everything you have ever wanted, or have been looking for.  Make your reservations now!   Choose Jesus!

*The blue portion of today’s post was inspired and borrowed from Billye Brim’s, The Book of Revelation Syllabus, pg.80-81

ALL THINGS NEW:  NEW HEAVEN, NEW EARTH, NEW JERUSALEM

Earthly Jerusalem meets Heavenly Jerusalem by Alex Levin

by Tammy Phillips
November 22, 2021

“Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new, ‘and He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’” (Revelation 21:5 NKJV)

I have been so anticipating the last chapters of Revelation!  Believe me, I know how hard the preceding chapters have been.  I have read them and  have tried to present them to you as best as I could led by the Holy Spirit.  The bad in the book was so bad and very painful to read, but the great end of the book is beyond imagination.  And, I have a VIVID  imagination.  Now that we are at the end of Revelation, it has been worth every difficulty and every tear.  As I read chapter 20, I am overwhelmed trying to fathom what God has been preparing for us, “all things new.” 

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also, there was no more sea.”(Revelation 21:1 NKJV)

The key word in Revelation 21:1-5 is “new.”   It is the Greek word, kainos, which means recently made and superior to what it succeeds; fresh; unused, unworn. This is not a restoration nor renovation of the old heaven and earth.  This is new!  Also, the Bible uses the word heaven in three different ways.   

“The first heaven is the earth’s atmosphere, the ‘blue sky.’ The second heaven is outer space, the ‘night sky.’  The third heaven is the place where God lives in glory. When the Scriptures speak of a new heaven, they mean a new “blue sky” and a new “night sky,” not a new heaven where God dwells.”- David Gusik

I have always had difficulty with “there was no more sea.”  If you know me, you know the seaside is my favorite place in the world.  I always thought my heavenly mansion would be by the shore.  However, the word of God also says,

“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; For behold, I create Jerusalem [as] a rejoicing, And her people a joy.”(Isaiah 65:17-18 NKJV)

We are not going to remember the sea. Ok,God! We will be glad and rejoice in the new You create!  We trust you with the new!

“Looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” (2 Peter 3:12-13 NKJV)

The word of God says in our focus verse, Revelation 21:5, “I make all things new…these words are true and faithful!”  We can believe it.  God said it.  We can put it in the bank.  It is true. It is done.  He is, and has, the First and Last word on everything.  He goes on to say:  “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning, and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.” (Revelation 21:6 NKJV) We do not need a vast sea because He gives us the fountain,  “the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts!”

Now let’s talk about where we will spend eternity…

“Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them [and be] their God.’” (Revelation 21:2-3 NKJV)

One of the most beautiful things ever is a glowing bride in love, prepared, and ready to meet her groom!  I had a dream once about the return of Jesus.  The sky unfolded and atop  massive cloud was a bigger-than-life Jesus.  I didn’t see His face.  I just saw His outstretched arms holding back the saints in heaven. I heard His command to them, “Wait!”  It was almost time for His return, but the command was to wait.  Their backdrop was a large metropolitan city painted the most vibrant colors.  It was as if it was glowing in all the colors of the rainbow and more.  Tomorrow we will see how John’s description of New Jerusalem.  It will be beautiful, but the most important treasure in the above verses is that God will live with us.  We will walk and talk with Him.  We will be in His presence forever.

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4 NKJV).

I don’t believe they had exclamation points when the Bible was written because there would have been one after every point in verse 4. These verses bring me to tears and I am at a loss for words. We can only imagine.

I enCOURAGE you with the word of God, “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.” (Revelation 21:7 NKJV).   As a child of God, we have this to look forward to! We must trust Him, and through Him overcome! Sadly, those who do not truly choose Jesus as their Lord AND Savior, “the cowardly (fearful, timid,  faithless)  unbelieving, abominable (stinky, to break wind, smell like a fart, disgusting, detestable), murderers, sexually immoral (prostitute, fornication), sorcerers (drug dealers, “druggist,” poisoners, drug makers), idolaters (worship false gods, worship images, or any god other than Yahweh), and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (Tammy’s Interprative Version of Revelation 21:8 NKJV, see Rev. 21:8 )

Spirit of Jerusalem by Alex Levin
Jerusalem Paintings by an Israeli Artist Alex Levin.
Obviously, Holy Spirit gives us the same kind of dreams.
by Daniel B Holeman

JESUS REIGNS AND SATAN IS TOSSED

You paint your own picture of Revelation 20. It is beyond imagination.

by Tammy Phillips
November 21, 2021 

REVELATION 20

Satan Bound 1000 Years (Rev.20:1-3) 

When criminals have been proven guilty or admitted to heinous crimes, family and friends of the victims rejoice when criminals receive their just due. This is the scene of Revelation 19. The Antichrist and the false prophet have been thrown into the lake of fire.  Revelation 20  begins by describing the arrest and imprisonment of the dragon, the serpent, Satan himself, our adversary,  also called the Devil, the Accuser of the Brothers.  He has many alias’ and none of them good. He is locked up for a thousand years. Finally!

Several commentators point out that an unnamed angel (v.1)  bound Satan. It was not the Father, nor Christ.  Satan is not on God’s level as an opposite.  An angel with God-given authority bound him.

“And he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.”(Revelation 20:3 NKJV)

Satan is thrown  into the bottomless pit for the millennial reign of Christ on earth.  I wonder if the devil will feel like he is literally falling for a thousand years since the pit is bottomless?   Wouldn’t that be the justice of God?  Satan has always tried to deceive us and make us fall. Makes me smile to think about it. Notice, Satan is not thrown into the lake of fire, and he has to be released for a little while. But why? Answer later. 

“Till The Thousand Years Were Finished” (Rev.20:3)

During the Millennium :

  • Israel will be the superpower of the world.   The Temple Mount will be the “capital” of the government of the Messiah. (Isaiah 2:1-3, Ezekiel 17:22-24)
  • Earthlings will submit to the Lordship of Jesus. (Isaiah 2:1-5)
  • No more war. (Isaiah 2:1-5)
  • All animals live in peace with each other and humans. (Isaiah 11:6-9)
  • King David will have a prominent place ruling over Israel. (Isaiah 55:3-5, Jeremiah 30:4-11, Ezekiel 34:23-31, Ezekiel 37:21-28, Hosea 3:5)
  • Israel will be blessed and secure. (Amos 9:11-15)
  • The temple will be rebuilt, and service restored. (Ezekiel 40-48, Ezekiel 37:26-28, Amos 9:11, Ezekiel 20:39-44)
  • Resurrected saints  will be given assignments on Earth according to their faithful service. (Luke 19:11-27, Revelation 20:4-6, Revelation 2:26-28; 3:12, 22, 1 Corinthians 6:2-3)

“The Millennium is important because it will demonstrate Jesus’ victory and worthiness to rule the nations.  The Millennium is important because it will reveal the depths of man’s rebellious nature in a perfect environment. (Revelation 20:11-15).  The Millennium is important because it will display the eternal depravity of Satan, who continues his evil as soon as he is released from his incarceration.  The Millennium is important because it will show the invulnerability of the city of God and God’s new order.”-David Gusik, BLB Commentary

The Saints Live And  Reign With Christ On Earth 1000 Years (Rev.20:4-6)

After the raptures and all the judgments of the Great Tribulation, it is hard to believe many people will be left on earth. However, there are.

“And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. (Revelation 20:4 NKJV)

The Word of God says to us:   “To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me on my throne even as I have sat down with my Father on his throne”(Rev 3:21). “  And so, the promise of sitting on their thrones and judgment given unto them. “Know ye not,” Paul said, “that you are going to judge the angels”(1 Corinthians 6:3).

Also, the beheaded for God, those who didn’t worship the beast and get his mark also live and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (Rev. 20:4).

“But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This [is] the first resurrection.” (Revelation 20:5 NKJV)

The first resurrection includes all Christians who were called up:  the dead in Christ, Old testament saints, living Christians, the 144,000 and Tribulations saints.

“Blessed and holy [is] he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ and shall reign with Him a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:6 NKJV). Hallelujah. 

As blessed followers of Christ we have eternal living, ruling, and reigning with Him in the near future!

Satan Released and Crushed (Revelation 20:7-10)

 “Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison.” (Revelation 20:7 NKJV)

God is a just God. Satan is released to tempt people who have lived during the one-thousand-year reign. From the time of Adam man has been tempted.  If Satan hadn’t been released, all who had previously been tempted  and yielded could have accused   God of being unjust.  Satan had one thousand years to reform.  Nope, he is released, and he is his same old hard hearted criminal self with his same old plans…deceive the nations and battle Jesus. He gathers troops again. “And he gathers them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.” (Rev 20:8). Can you believe people who have actually seen Jesus for a thousand years can still be deceived by him?  They surround Jerusalem and God decides he has had enough.  “Fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.” (Rev:20:9). Finally, the devil is thrown to the lake of fire to be tormented forever. (Rev:20:10). Raise a Hallelujah!

The Great White Throne Judgment (Rev.20:11-15)

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.” (Revelation 20:11 NKJV)

John saw all the wicked dead not in Christ resurrected and standing before  the throne of God.  Books were opened including the Book of Life.  The dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.” (Revelation 20:12 NKJV).  We are alive at this time and not dead because we part of the first resurrection.  Hallelujah!

“Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death, and anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:14-15 NKJV).

The end of Death. The end of Satan on earth.  He gets to live forever tormented with his followers in the lake of fire.

I hope you are enCOURAGED!  As followers of Christ, we have the promise to live forever with Jesus, as well as rule and reign with Him for a thousand years in His kingdom, and so much more.  If you are not a follower of Jesus, you have a promise, too,  the lake of fire, burning eternally with Satan.  I enCOURAGE you to really think about your eternity and where you want to live.

JESUS RETURNS 

by Tammy Phillips
November 20, 2021

 “Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.” (Revelation 19:11 NKJV)

What a scene!  All of earth has been waiting for this climax!  Jesus’ return to earth!

Jesus originally came to earth to make love.  Since Jesus’ death on the cross, we have been in the age of grace.  When we get to heaven,  wouldn’t you love to know how many times Jesus called us to surrender all.  I know the number would probably be greater than the days of our lives. Actually, I am sure I  would not want to know, nor would it matter, in the loving face of our Savior.  Revelation 19 is what the earth has been groaning  for and we have been waiting for, the return of Jesus to earth.  Humanity has been given every chance to surrender to Him.  In 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 the Lord came and gathered His bride in love in the sky, but in Revelation 19, He comes to earth in judgment and to make war.

He is “called Faithful and True.”  He is trustworthy. He is our confidence. He is True.  He is not hidden nor concealed.  He is revealed and He alone is the Real Thing.  We see in Revelation 19 that Jesus keeps His word and returns to earth.  A glorious picture is painted of Him in the following verses…

“His eyes [were] like a flame of fire, and on His head [were] many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.” (Revelation 19:12 NKJV)

A fire has its own character, both captivating and sedating, drawing people near to watch the dance of its flames as it gives out its warmth.  Jesus’ eyes were compelling, irresistible, riveting, and gripping.”- Rick Renner(https://renner.org/article/his-eyes-were-as-a-flame-of-fire/) Fire also symbolizes purification and judgment in the Bible.  We have the choice to surrender to the purification process in Him or one day experience His judgment.  Again, the choice is ours.  

“He [was] clothed with a robe dipped in blood… (Revelation 19:13 NKJV)

I do not know if Jesus’ clothes are red from His own blood,  from stomping evil grapes or both.  Either way, He is taken care of business.

“Why [is] Your apparel red, And Your garments like one who treads in the winepress? ‘I have trodden the winepress alone, And from the peoples no one [was] with Me. For I have trodden them in My anger and trampled them in My fury; Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, And I have stained all My robes. For the day of vengeance [is] in My heart, And the year of My redeemed has come.” (Isaiah 63:2-4 NKJV)

“…and his name is called The Word of God.” (Revelation 19:13 KJV)

Jesus is revealed so many different ways in Revelation 19 that it is impossible to grasp the magnitude of all that He is.  I love John’s word painting of Him.  It is just so hard to fathom.  He is the Word of God.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the “Word was God” (John 1:1 KJV).   The Word is alive, creative, and powerful. He is the building block of all things, from beginning to end.

“And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.” (Revelation 19:14 NKJV)

In our focus verse we saw Jesus returning on a white horse.  Here “the armies of heaven” are pictured following Him on white horses. You and I are included in this army as followers Christ!  (Revelation 17:14,  Jude 14-16)  He is the Lord of the Armies!  “In Biblical times – especially among Israel – most soldiers were foot soldiers. To have a horse in battle was a significant advantage. A horse spoke of honor, of power, and of speed.” -David Gusik (BLB Rev. 19 Commentary) Jesus returns on a white horse for battle, and we do, too!  He also dresses us in white for battle.  I believe He  has it taken care of. 

“Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” (Revelation 19:15 NKJV)

 When a band of 600-1000 Romans attempted to arrest Jesus in the garden, He dropped them to the ground with three words, “I am He.” (John 18:4-6) He needs no other sword than His Word and neither do we.  The war will not last very long.  All He has to do is speak and evil will be obliterated. Can’t wait to hear what He says!  He also makes another statement…

“And He has on [His] robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:16 NKJV)

What a statement! I love that branding was an original God idea.   Jesus does not come back wearing Nike, Adidas, nor Under Armor.  He wears His own exclusive brand boldly written: “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”  What a smack in the face to the thugs left on earth! He returns declaring who He is and who they are not!

Picture this.   Revelation 19:17-20 concludes with an angel standing on the sun calling all birds to come and eat supper. The Lord is serving up kings, captains, might men, and all the marked people as dinner for the birds.  John saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Jesus and His army.  Then…the beast and false prophet who deceived people into the mark, were captured and cast alive into the lake of fire!

“And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.” (Revelation 19:21 NKJV). Jesus has the last WORD for sure.

I enCOURAGE you join the army of God. If you haven’t chosen, Jesus as your Savior and Lord choose Him. Invite Him into your life.  If you have already decided to follow Christ, choose His will and way in all things.  Follow Him into His Word. Spend time with Him and get to know your soon and coming King more intimately.  Love Him with all your heart.  Keep His commands as a good soldier in the Kingdom. Choose Him always.  He always chooses you!  THE KING is coming!

PS…where is the Dragon?

THE PARTY IN HEAVEN

November 19, 2021

I honestly do not believe that anybody loves a party more than God.  His parties look a little bit different, but I know He is all about rejoicing and having a good time.  In the Old Testament He established dates and times to remember and celebrate victories in Him.  God’s parties are a time to join together and worship Him.  We do the same on earth.  We join together to celebrate birthdays, weddings, and world championship wins like the Braves!  This chapter begins with the music turned up in heaven in celebration of the fall of Babylon and in preparation for the party-of-all-parties, the marriage feast of the Lamb.  Picture Sanford Stadium on a cool crisp fall Saturday with 100,00 of your closest friends.  One side yells, “GEORGIA,” and the other side exclaims, BULLDAWGS!”  As cool as Sanford is on a Saturday,  it is nothing in comparison to the great multitude of Revelation 19 in heaven erupting with loud voices of Alleluia!

“Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication!” (v.1)

 “Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!” (v.3)

“Amen! Alleluia!” from the bowed down and worshipping twenty-four elders and the four living creatures. (v.4)

“Then a voice came from the throne, saying, ‘Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!” (v.5)

 “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!” came from the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings! (v.6)

Can you picture it?  There are cheerleaders in heaven leading the “alleluias!”  His bride is so thrilled with the LORD GOD and His victory over the Scarlett Harlot.  It’s wedding time in heaven!  He has prepared His bride for the wedding and celebration.  Heaven is the venue for the Marriage of the Lamb and the Supper.   More importantly, the Lord God Omnipotent reigns.  He is the Ruler of all and all ruling. He is the reigning God Almighty. He who holds sway over all things. He is all powerful. He is everything mighty. He is the “Force!”

Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright white, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” (Revelation 19:7-8 NKJV)

He even picked out our wedding dress for us! Can you imagine if your groom picked out your dress for you? No hassle just show-up and put it on.  He tells John to write:

“Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, these are the true sayings of God.” (Revelation 19:9 KJV)

We are blessed and supremely happy.  We are blessed because of Jesus. We are blessed because we are called.  We are blessed because we are invited. We are blessed because we are eternally His  and we will enjoy the benefits of a great marriage to the Lamb of God and KING OF KINGS!  

I love that John’s guide told him to write it down. These are the true words of God.  This is no fairy tale.  This is what we have to look forward to if we choose to believe  and follow Jesus. 

I enCOURAGE you to first, choose Jesus.  Second, do not waste time preparing for the wedding of all weddings.  If you do not trust Jesus, the Bridegroom, and His words here on earth, why do you think you will when, and if, you make it to heaven.  We will meet Jesus face to face and we will not be able to stop singing His praises.  And one day, sooner than later,  we will meet Him either as our Groom and King, or as our Judge. It is your choice.  Choose Jesus, now!  You DO NOT want to miss the party!

THE HARLOT’S EPITATH: BABYLON THE GREAT HAS FALLEN 

by Tammy Phillips
November 18, 2021

“And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” (Revelation 18:1-2 KJV)

The Harlot, Babylon the great, has many tentacles.  In chapter 17 (over the past two days) we have seen that the Harlot was a false religion system. In chapter 18 we discover  that Babylon, the religious system, falls.  Babylon also had a commercial tentacle and place of residence. It was a city named  Babylon. Remember, the Hebrew word for Babylon means confusion.  It was in Babylon where man rebelled against God’s directive to spread out over the earth.  They decided to build a tower to heaven and plant in a city. (Genesis 11:1-9) The ancient city of Babylon was located in Iraq.  The Babylonian city talked about in chapter 18 will fall too, just do not know the exact location of this city.

We read that Babylon falls in Rev.18:1-2.  In verse 4  God warns His people:

“And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.’

Dr. Hilton Sutton in Revelation Revealed, page 211, said it best, “Within the world religious orders are many God-fearing men and women who have no desire to be part of the harlot church.  The Holy Spirit warned these people of the danger and pleads with them to draw away from these religious organizations moving from God.”  These people are described by Paul as “having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:5 KJV)  Paul says, turn away from them!  If we do not know the word of God, how will we know what we are to turn away from?  How will we heed the warning to  “beware of false prophets who will come looking like sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Matthew 7:15).  Paul and Matthew were talking about  the same group of people.

The Harlot religious system was so bad that in chapter 17, the ten kings turned on the Harlot and planned her destruction. “The ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire.” (Revelation 17:16 NKJV).  The religious system, the seat of Satan, seemed to be based in one commercially thriving city, Babylon.  I do not know if this city is now or will be rebuilt. We see there will be a multitude of economic development and great wealth built in the Antichrist system.  

“For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.” (Revelation 18:3 NKJV) Does the city already exist, or will it be developed quickly? I do not know. 

I do know that in  the verses below she will be wiped out by fire in one day…in one hour.

“Therefore, her plagues will come in one day–death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong [is] the Lord God who judges her.” (Revelation 18:8 NKJV)

“The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning, standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.'” (Revelation 18:9-10 NKJV)

She will be “utterly burned by fire” and they will be “standing at a distance for fear of her torment.”   Many interpret this to mean that nuclear weapons may be used, and that radiation will keep people away from the city.  “For in one hour she is made desolate.” (Revelation 18:19 NKJV) How else could this happen?

The world will mourn their beloved Scarlett Harlot, Babylon.  What they thought they wanted and longed for is gone.  The Babylonian system and its tentacles are gone to be found no more.   “And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore: … “The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and splendid have gone from you, and you shall find them no more at all.” (Revelation 18:11,14 NKJV)

I enCOURAGE you to read  Revelation 18 and learn from it.  I have, or Lord, I hope I have.   The stuff is NOTHING.  “For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.” (Revelation 18:17 NKJV) Jesus is everything.  He alone makes our life rich.  Nothing, no clothes, no jewelry, no house, no car, no drug, no food, no alcohol, and no one, can fill the hole that can only be filled by Jesus.  Keep looking if you must.  You are wasting your time.  Fill your life with Jesus not things. They can be gone in a second.

Also, get into the word of God so that you KNOW what is wrong and right for yourself.  Be led by your pastors, evangelist, prophets, and teachers, but  do not lean on their words alone.  They are men and can err.  If they have a form of godliness, but deny the power and the faith, RUN!

 

THE MYSTERY OF THE BEAST and THE OVERCOMING LAMB

by Tammy Phillips
November 17, 2021

“But the angel said to me, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. “The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition.” (Revelation 17:6-8 NKJV)

In Revelation 17 John is connecting  history past to future happenings.  The “beast” was, the beast went away and will come again.   According to hours of reading and research, the beast is a system and a man.  The beast described in the verse above is the revived Roman Empire that was, was destroyed and will be revived again as the European Union and will also be the Antichrist.  See further explanation below. 

“And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, [and] the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.”   (Revelation 17:10 KJV)

Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come.  This is one of the more difficult passages in the Book of Revelation.  Some explain these seven kings, five past, one present, and one to come in the succession of Roman Emperors in John’s era, but there are many historical difficulties with this approach. More likely, it is a reference to:

“‘Five have fallen’ refers to the five world empires before John’s day: Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Medo-Persia, and Greece. ‘One  is’ refers to the world empire of John’s day: Rome. ‘The other has not yet’ come refers to the one world empire to come: a revival of the Roman Empire”-David Gusik(https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/guzik_david/StudyGuide2017-Rev/Rev-17.cfm?a=1184017)

“The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.” (Revelation 17:11 NKJV).

This beast is the eighth king with characteristics of the seven empires. He is “going to perdition”  or destruction.  He will be destroyed and has a one-way ticket to destruction and hell!

“The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. “These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.” (Revelation 17:12-13 NKJV)

It’s kind of like Europe, the revived Roman Empire brought back from the dead says, “Hey!  Let’s unite and become a super-power and take over the world, a United Nations of Europe.” This does not necessarily mean that ten horns are individual nations forming the union, Europe could be divided into ten regions or kingdoms and ruled by ten kings. Not sure how this will pan out, however, scripture obviously points to the fact that they will appoint one leader.   Guess who?  You got it.  The Antichrist.  They will align and become allies with the Antichrist.  “They will give their power and authority to the beast.” 

The Antichrist spirit has been trying to wipe God off the face of the earth since his fall.  Plans have been in the making.  Satan has fooled himself into believing  that he has amassed a kingdom and army powerful enough to take over the world and wipe God out.  Not so!  Satan tried to set himself up as king of kings.  But God…

“These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those [who are] with Him [are] called, chosen, and faithful.” (Revelation 17:14 NKJV)

I enCOURAGE you to always keep this in the forefront of your thoughts:  THE LAMB OVERCAME!  THE LAMB WILL OVERCOME!  The name of Jesus is above all names.  He is above the name of the Beast and his empire.  We win.  No matter what it looks like right now.  The Kingdom of God prevails with Jesus as our leader, King of kings and Lord of lords. The battles are hard, but  JESUS WINS!  We Winn because we are on the winning side!

I strongly encourage you to ask Holy Spirit to reveal the meaning behind Revelation 17 and the rest of His word to you.   Do your own research.  Read.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV)