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Hello, I’m Ken Wright, the minister of the Church of Christ in New Iberia, Louisiana – Welcome to In Light of the Word.
If you are like most folks, you have a lot of trouble understanding the book of Revelation. There are so many different approaches to the interpretation of the book in this day and age that it’s very easy to give up on understanding it and taking your chances,
This introductory lesson explores various views held today: The Preterist, the historical, the Idealist and the Futurist. We will try to grasp where everyone is heading with their thought, and then we will look at what the Bible has to say.
So, go get your Bible and study along with me – in light of the word.
: There is a weird myth that has been floating around for a few centuries that really needs to be addressed. Basically, this myth says that as long as someone believes something – deeply, sincerely and honestly, then that belief becomes their truth, and no one has the right to dispute this fact, or inform them otherwise.
This means that I can have my truth and you can have your truth, and both of us can be correct. But we really know better than that, don’t we? This is like saying, “If you want to go to the Holy Lands simply go to the airport and get on any airplane you choose.”
With all the division in the world of Christendom wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were no such things a Protestant, Catholic, or Jews? I mean, would it be great if all we had to say to identify ourselves is say, “I am a Christian,” without out adding the disclaimer as to “what kind of Christian” we are?
Can we really bounce back and forth on the interpretations of the book of Revelation and grasp what God is trying to tell us? Did God lie when he had John write Revelation 1:3 — “Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it …” Is God playing some sort of game with us?
So now I’m confused. How about you?
Hello. I’m Ken Wright the minister of the Church of Christ in New Iberia, Louisiana. Welcome to In Light of the Word.
Are we REALLY supposed to believe those folks who jump all over place and play theological gymnastics in their approach to interpreting the book of Revelation?
If that’s the case, we will never receive the blessing God promised in verse 3 of chapter one, because we can never know anything for sure…
So how do we go about interpreting those fantastic images in the book of Revelation?
Now put yourself in the place of a first century person sitting in the audience of a church gathering and someone is reading Revelation 13. All of a sudden – He starts interpreting it for you with terms like Hitler, the Pope of Rome, The United Nations, Communist, The Federal Reserve Bank, and so on. Remember, you’ve never heard these words before – so to you – he’s speaking JIBBERISH!
Today we’re going to continue with our introductory study of the Book of the Revelation.
We’re goin to ask, “Can the imagery of the Book of Revelation ever mean something that the first century reader could not related to or understand?”
With so much division in the world of Christendom, one has to wonder – why? Jesus prayed of the unity of his followers in John 17 and the writers of the New Testament reinforced his message. In an effort to recall the original message of God we are returning to the basics. If you have grown weary of all the materialism, hype, and hypocrisy being preached in the pulpits around the world; join us this Sunday as we explore the subject: “Who is God the Son?”
Bible study at 9:00 AM and Worship @ 10:00.
Philippians 2:6 – Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness…
This morning I want you to put yourself in the place of a first century Christian living somewhere in Asia.
Hello, I’m Kenneth Wright the minister of the Church of Christ in New Iberia, Louisiana. Welcome to In Light of the Word.
Just imagine that one evening someone bangs on your door one and says, “COME ON! We’ve all got to get together tonight,” and you ask, “WHY?”
The answer shocks you. “Because we’ve just received a letter from God.”
This is exactly what happened to the members of seven different congregations in the First Century.
It’s a lengthy letter sent by the last remaining Apostle of Christ. He’s a man who is suffering, just as you. A man in exile on the ragged little island called Patmos. A man who actually knew Jesus and he sat at his feet.
He saw the Lord die. But he also saw the empty tomb. Remarkably, he sat, ate, walked, and talked with the resurrected Savior. He did this all the way up until he himself saw the Savior ascend into heaven.
And now, this beloved Apostle has sent a letter to your little gathering of Christians — a letter from the Lord Himself.
This – is the letter we call “The Book of the Revelation.
I know your curious, so go get your Bible and study along with me as we explore the first chapter of the wonderful book — In Light f the Word.
If the Spirit stands behind us, throwing light over our shoulder on to Jesus who stands facing us. The Spirit’s message to us is never, “Look at me; listen to me; come to me; get to know me”, but always, “Look at him, and see his glory; listen to him and hear his word; go to him and have life; get to know him and taste his gift of joy and peace.” The Spirit, we might say, is the matchmaker, the celestial marriage broker, whose role it is to bring us and Christ together and ensure that we stay together.
“I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering, and kingdom, and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus; was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.”
Hello. I’m Kenneth Wright, the minister of the Church of Christ in New Iberia, Louisiana. Welcome to In Light of the Word.
Here in the beginning of the Book of Revelation, John has revealed a timeless truth, and he does it so subtly that those of us who are 2000 years removed from the original people and language, may miss it.
It’s a truth that those in the first century needed to hear. But also, a truth that we today, some 2000 years removed from the events of long ago, need not only to hear, but grasp the concept.
There is so much controversy over the imagery in the Revelation that a person doesn’t know what to believe.
So, go get your Bible and study along with me as explore the Biblical principles and imagery found in this wonderful letter from God – In Light of the Word.
There are a couple of curious passages in the Bible concerning the subject of “Angels.”
Hebrews 1:7 reads: “In speaking of the angels he says, ‘He makes his angels spirits, and his servants flames of fire.” Then, in verse 14 we find: “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? “And then there’s Paul the apostle. He wrote in Ephesians 6:12: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
So, what about angels? Are there both good and evil angels still active and working throughout the world today? Are they involved in our lives? Has our battleground changed? Has our enemy changed? Are the rules for us in the 21st century different that the rules they had in the 1st Century?
Join us at the New Iberia Church of Christ this Sunday morning (January 5, 2014) @ 10:00 A.M. as we study “The Angels Among Us.”
It’s Sunday and an exile by the name of John is worshipping. Suddenly, he hears a voice like a trumpet behind him, and the voice tells him to “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”
Hello, I’m Ken Wright the minister of the church of Christ in New Iberia, Louisiana. Welcome to In Light of the Word.
The idea of repetition is found all throughout the Bible. Amos 1:3 – “For three sins of Damascus, even for four, I will not turn back my wrath. In verse 6 he writes, “For three sins of Gaza, even for four, I will not turn back my wrath. In verse 9 he writes, “For three sins of Tyre, even for four, I will not turn back my wrath.
Over and over again in the Bible you’ll find repetition, and the repetition is to emphasize a point. It’s like driving a nail into a board with a hammer. You have to hit it several times to get it home, and that’s what God does all through out the Bible. And we find this done over and over in the book of The Revelation.
John me today as we take an opening look at the first of eight scenes in the Revelation and look a message firm God – In Light of the Word.