Thursday, December 31, 2009

Revelation 4 - 6

Revelation 4

John saw a throne in heaven surrounded by 24 other thrones.
There where 4 creatures praising the Lord God Almighty.
There where 24 elders worshipping God.

Revelation 5

Scroll with 7 seals only Jesus can open. Jesus is the Lion and the Lamb.
24 Elders praised Jesus.
Many angels praised Jesus.
Every creature in heaven and on earth praised Jesus.

Revelation 6
First seal is opened by the Lamb. A rider on a white horse rode out as a conqueror.
Second seal opened: A fiery red horse came out. Its rider given power to take peace from the earth.
Third seal opened: A black horse came out. Its rider holding a scale.
This section talks about excessive prices for wheat and barley. (Seems to indicate famine)
Fourth seal opened: A pale horse came out. Its rider named Death, and Hades.
Fifth seal opened: John saw the souls of those who had been slayed because of the word of God.
They need to wait a little longer for Jesus to judge the earth and avenge their blood.
Sixth seal opened: There was a great eathquake. Sun turned black. Moon turned red.
Stars fell to earth. Mountains and islands removed from their place.
People hid in caves and rocks. "Fall on us..." they want to hide from the Lamb's wrath.

The seventh seal is opened later, in chapter 8 of Revelation.

Revelation 1 - 3

I read through these first in Chronological Bible, then in my Archeological Study Bible that has words of Jesus in red. I underlined some scriptures and made some notes:

Revelation 1

Lots of 7's
7 stands for completeness
7 churches, 7 spirits
7 golden lampstands, which are the 7 churches
7 stars, which are the 7 angels of the 7 churches

Revelation 2

Church in Ephesus:
Had forsaken it's first love, need to repent & overcome.
Will then receive right to eat from tree of life in paradise.

Church in Smyrna:
Be faithful even to the point of death, will get the crown of life.

Church in Pergamum;
Have remained true and faithful, but some need to repent.
Those that overcome will receive hidden manna.

Church in Thyatira:
Those who do Jesus' will to the end will be given authority over the nations.

Revelation 3

Church in Sardis:
Remember what you have received and heard, obey it, and repent.
Those who overcome will never be blotted out from the book of life.
Jesus will acknowledge their names before God and his angels.

Church in Philadelphia:
Jesus has placed before them an open door that no one can shut.
Even though they have little strength, they have kept Jesus word and have not denied his name.
Those who overcome will be made pillars in temple of God.

Church in Laodicea:
Those whom Jesus loves he rebukes and disciplines. So be earnest and repent.
To those who overcome, Jesus will give the right to sit with him on his throne.

Lots of overcoming and repenting mentioned in these chapters.
Need to persevere and turn from sin & change.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

my last post for Chrono 2009

Hi Chrono Peeps,

This year def seemed to go by way too fast but at the same time, seemed the longest year for me. Chrono was interesting huh? As I am typing this my mind is flooded with memories; the excitement at the beginning of the year, the first chrono meeting, staying up late to blog, reading so many great thots written by old and new acquaintances, the numerous breakfasts at knollwood, the camping trip, the hope and discouragement, all the stories we have read--Adam and Eve, Abraham, Joseph, David, Jeremiah, Job, Peter, Paul, JESUS--the heartache and victories... WOW.

Thank you for being part of Chrono 2009!


(I also like that the video is scrolling credits to indicate the end of the movie, which is appropriate for the end of our Chrono adventure hehe)

The last verse from today's reading: Praise our God, all you His servants, you who fear Him, both small and great. Rev 19:5

Saturday, December 26, 2009


I hope everyone had a great Christmas !!!

We read about the events around Jesus' birth back on October 18th - 21st.

I'm going to review those today and tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Lord and Christ

Well we're coming down the home stretch. I hope everyone is keeping on pace or catching up. I know I've got some work to do. It seems like the blog is fizzling out this month. I'm going to miss it next year. It's been great. Let's get in a few more great posts this last week or so!

Has anyone ever noticed that though Jesus dying on the cross is the most important event in the bible, in the gospels they spend very little time even describing it? Matthew 27 says, "When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots." The crucifixion doesn't even get its own sentence. The other gospels are similar. I wonder if it's because it was so painful for God that he just didn't have that much written about it.

At the beginning of Acts, it got me when Peter said, "God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both lord and christ." Lord being like my boss, or leader, or authority figure above me who's the best guy we've got. Christ meaning my savior, he came to help us and serve us. And how did we treat this guy? Not only did we reject him, but we killed him and tortured him in a humiliating way. I know it's sort of a famous scripture but it had some new meaning to me after this year of reading the Chrono I think. It sunk in a little more about what I did to contribute to the cross.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Acts and Romans

We have finished Acts and Romans over the past couple of days.

I looked at a mini concordance in the back of one of my Bibles and read through the baptize/baptized scriptures in Acts. This would make a good study on baptism.

I also have a borrowed DVD movie of the book of Acts, similar to the DVD I watched about the Gospel of John. Hopefully I will get to watch this over the next few days.

One of my favorite DPI books ( is Gordon Ferguson’s "Romans: The Heart Set Free". I’ll probably read this early next year.

We just have a couple weeks left. We will be reading the rest of the letters and finishing in the Book of Revelation.

Monday, December 14, 2009

My conscience is clear but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praises from God.
-If we regard ourselves having a clear conscience, it is not enough to call ourselves righteous. God will reveal the truest of hearts. We cannot hide.

When we are cursed, we bless; when we 
are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world. 1 cor 4:9-13
-this is the ultimate way to humilty. So hard. To become scum is so lowly but I need to let my pride go.

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
-don't just talk the talk..walk it!

Hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord. 
1 cor 5:5
- I was very convicted by this scripture. Sometimes we let our own brothers and sisters be given over to Satan...just in hopes that they learn and see their deep desire for God. Harsh...but it's tough love.

Now to the unmarried and the widows I say; it is good for them to stay unmarried, as i am. But if they cannot control themselves they should marry, for it is better to marry than burn w/ passion. 1 cor 7:8-8
- I've always found this passage so fasinating. God tells the singles that it's awesome to be single, but if ur struggling w/ sexual passion, then u should marry.
Advantages of singleness...undivided devotion to the Lord. For no other reason does he encourage marriage.
These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall. No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. 
-sometimes the best lessons learned are from other people's mistakes!

God is faithful, he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 
-Amen to that! God is so amazing in how he cares for us and keep watch over our needs and weaknesses.

??? Man's glory is the image of God. But the woman is the glory of man. 
-What does that mean? Are we (women) suppose to be an outward trophy for men? Or does this symbolize the power women have in affecting men's greatness because she is supportive and strong.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Jesus has the authority

Only one more month to go! The finish line is in sight. Let's all meet there.

Ive really enjoyed reading about Jesus this time around. It's refreshing after the sad history and the prophets.

The gosepels are a different type of book than others in the bible. In the OT we have prophets who say what's going to happen and history that tells us some major events during a kings reign. There might be lessons in what happens but it's not taught to us by a priest who says do this or explains something in a certain way. The priests aren't recorded that much. I think that's what makes Jesus so amazing. He knew the Law and etc but also could give new teachings.

For the November 11th reading, I liked how Jesus handles the pressure of being questioned by the leaders. It says the chief priests, teachers of the law and the elders questioned him. Holy Cow that's a bunch of important guys. Imagine if all the leaders of your church questioned you. The thing is though Jesus had the authority. It'd be like you questioning your boss on what he was doing. Jesus asks them "johns baptism-was it from heaven or from men?" And he throws in a "tell me!" Exclamation point! Jesus doesn't buckle under the pressure and it's really Jesus who should be questioning them. He let's them have it in a few chapters too. He's a tough dude. Good stuff. I think I'd be a little more shaky under that kind of pressure but Jesus is inspiring.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

yeppp He loves YOU :)

I meant to blog last night but I fell asleep hehe... but I wanted to say, I love 1 Cor 13 (yesterday's reading), ah love... the amazing, healing, motivating, life changing... power of love. The standard of real love is quite high huh? (patient, kind, etc... never fails) I know I have not successfully loved someone under this definition of love, I'm glad I still have the chance to aim to love people this way, and I am even more glad that God is able to truly love me---and YOU. I heard this song on Pandora (I "love" the Pandora app on my phone, so useful!), hope you like it too (and what's cool is there is a part in the video that shows the bible open to 1 Cor 13, hehe... PERFECT)

Take a look at the mountain, stretching a mile high
Take a look at the ocean, far as your eye can see
And think of Me
Take a look at the desert, do you feel like a grain of sand?
I am with you wherever, where you go is where I am
And I'm always thinking of you
Take a look around you, I'm spelling it out one by one
I love you more than the sun
And the stars that I taught how to shine
You are mine, and you shine for me too
I love you yesterday and today
And tomorrow, I'll say it again and again
I love you more
Just a face in the city, just a tear on a crowded street
But you are one in a million
And you belong to Me
And I want you to know, that I'm not letting go
Even when you come undone
And I see you
And I made you
And I love you more than you can imagine
More than you can fathom
I love you more than the sun