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"And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.  And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.  And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever."  Revelation 5:11-14

 

 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LESSON 1: 

There are three views of the Book of Revelation that seem to be prominent today.

One, held by many theological "liberals," suggests that everything in the Book (Revelation) is past!  Already over!  Fulfilled in totality!  The problem with this one is that I can't remember a time in all of history when such things happened like all the stars falling from the heavens!

Another view "changes" the literal meaning of the Book's paragraphs into some sort of a spiritualized or symbolized concept.  (In other words, a dragon does not mean a dragon, just a mean person!  And a white horse of course is not a white horse, but is only John's way of revealing a victorious individual!)

Yet, thank God, there is a third view!

This one tells us that the Holy Spirit has placed the "key" that unlocks the whole Book of Revelation near the front door!  It's carefully placed in chapter one at verse nineteen.  "Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter."  Revelation 1:19

Look at that!

God Almighty commands ...

"John, on the Isle of Patmos, write a Book."   The Apostle is then instructed to include in it three segments.  Things past ("which thou hast seen") ... things present ("things which are") .... and things future ("things which shall be hereafter").

And Revelation perfectly follows that outline!

The things past include chapter 1 of the Book ... where John had that glorious vision of Jesus in all His glory!  That occurred sometime around 96 AD and is a fact of history!

The things present include chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation ... describing the 7 churches from Ephesus to Laodicea, representing the age of Grace in which we are now living!  Again, those are the things present!  (Didn't we all go to Church last Sunday?)

Next comes the largest section of the Book.  From chapter 4:1 through the end of chapter 22 we read of things that are now still future.  To give us a "hint" John opens that forth chapter with these words ... "after this!" 

After what?

After the church age has run its course!

When the Bride of Christ is complete!

I have just described for you hermeneutically a "literal" approach to Revelation, which means just taking God at His Word!  ("Hermeneutics" is the science of interpretation.)

To further validate this view, once chapter 4 begins John has been taken up into Heaven!  Raptured away from earth into glory!  There he describes for us many wonderful sights, one of which is the saints of the Lord (along with innumerable angels) worshipping our great God!

Listen to them:  "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."  Revelation 4:11

What a grand ending to the story of Scripture!  Saved folks ... in heaven ... worshipping and praising God for evermore!

And is all this "prophecy" important?

Must be!

Because the Book of Revelation is the ONLY one to which God attaches this special promise.  Now before you read it remember this:  the word "blessed" means happy or prosperous or delighted!  "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand."  Revelation 1:3

God promises to bless anyone who just reads His great Book of Prophecy!  Or who hears it read!  And certainly the one who obeys it!

Therefore I conclude ... this last Book of Scripture must be significant in God's eyes!  Revelation is "critical" to a complete understanding of God's future program!

And studying it brings bundles of "built-in" rewards!

Do not neglect the end of your New Testament!

Amen!

                                                                            --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 2:

Something unusual happens in Revelation 4:1.  John puts it this way:  "After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter."

One of John's key "time indicators" is that little formula:  "after this."  A major event has occurred!

What is it?

One pretty good "hint" is this fact.  Up until Revelation 4:1 the "church" is mentioned again and again in the text (10 times).

But after Revelation 4:1 the word is not used again (not even once) in the rest of the Book of Revelation until the final summary chapter (22:16)!

This leads me to conclude that Revelation 4:1 is the place at which the Church (the Bride of Christ) is removed from this earth and taken to be with Jesus for evermore!

Often this event is called the "rapture."

All I'm trying to say today is that once John (as a member of Jesus' Body the Church) is snatched away to heaven ... through that "open door" after hearing that "voice" along with the clear sound of a "trumpet" ... he sees and hears things that have seldom (if ever) been described in Scripture.

Such things as the Throne of God ... and One sitting on that Throne!  And 24 Elders (perhaps representing the 12 Old Testament Patriarchs and the 12 New Testament Apostles ... in other words picturing all the saints of all the ages) worshipping our great Almighty God! 

And 4 beautiful living creatures ... also praising the Lord! 

Then ... He appears!

Who?

"The Lion of the tribe of Judah!"

"The Root of David!"

"The Lamb of God!"

Jesus, the slain but alive for evermore Son of God!

And once He appears, heaven bursts into a hallelujah chorus of praise!

And that leads me to what will become our text for a while.

"And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.  And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.  And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever."  Revelation 5:11-14

What worship!

What adoration!

What glory!

And we born-again but still earthly creatures had better get "tuned" to such activity!

We shall participate in it for all of eternity!

And just to get "warmed up,"  sometime today tell the dear Lord Jesus (Who saved your soul from Hell) that you adore Him and worship Him and praise Him and thank Him for all He is and for all He's done!

I'll guarantee you this:  your heart will become fervently warm as you exalt your Lord and Saviour!  And ... you will be speaking the language of Heaven itself!

Amen!

                                                                       --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 3:

Although the word "worship" is found only twice in the Revelation 4 and 5 context, the real atmosphere of Heaven is depicted as one of constantly exalting the Saviour!

Multitudes are seen adoring our God!

Really, this portion of Scripture may be our best "text-book" on how to worship Him!

Interestingly, the first use of the word is in Genesis 22:5 where Abraham, traveling to the Mount to sacrifice his son Isaac (!!!), says to his servants: "Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you."  It's obvious that the Patriarch saw more in this "death scene" than a test of faith!  He saw a Father giving His own Son, the whole event being set in a context of substitution!  That is worship ground!

Surprisingly there was worship at Mount Sinai too!  See Exodus 24:1.

And worship in the wilderness journeys for Israel!  Joshua 5:14

As well as in the land of promise!

The Book of Psalms also includes worship 16 more times!

And nearly all the Old Testament Prophets spoke of it.

Then came Jesus!

And the Wise Men worshipped Him!

And next Satan sought worship from ... Jesus!   Matthew 4:9

We learned from the Saviour that there is such a thing as "vain" worship too! See Matthew 15:9.

In fact, Jesus had a full discussion with a Samaritan woman about worship in John 4!

It's there that we learn how God the Father longs for the worship of His people! "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him."  John 4:23

Plus ... the early church services were just full of worship according to Paul in 1st Corinthians 14:25.

But THE premier Bible Book when it comes to worship is ... Revelation!  I find the word 22 times there!  (More than in any other Book of the Bible, including Psalms which is 5 times longer!)

What does this say to you and me this Wednesday in April?

That human history, which began in worship back in the Garden of Eden ... is headed toward a great day of culmination in eternity future!

A day that knows no sunset ... eternal in the heavens ... in which (saved) mankind will worship God for evermore!

THAT is what this Revelation 5:11-14 text is picturing!  It's focus is on worship!

I'm asking the Lord to teach us some of the spiritual "mechanics" of such worship as we explore these precious verses, word for word.

Lord willing, more tomorrow!

                                                                               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 4:

The Apostle John, while a prisoner on the small island called Patmos (in the Aegean Sea just off the west coast of what we today call Turkey), was "in the spirit" caught up to Heaven!

There he saw some things that impressed him no end!

(Now keep in mind that one day all we who are saved shall make this same journey!) And we shall see these same things as well!

Just to briefly review, the first thing John saw was a Throne!  "And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne."  Revelation 4:2

I just counted the number of times the word "throne" is used in Revelation chapters four and five:  seventeen (17).  The Greek noun for throne is spelled "thronos!"  It means a seat.  Especially a seat of state or a seat of government.

Suffice it to say that one main emphasis of this "heavenly" scene is that Someone is ruling this universe!  It is NOT out of control!  An Almighty Sovereign sits enthroned in Heaven!

John even noticed the One Who sat on this Throne!  He was to behold like a "jasper" and a "sardine" stone!  "And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone."  Revelation 4:3 

The jasper stone in Scripture is clear and white and brilliant, like a diamond! And the sardine stone of highest quality is red in color! 

Look at that!

When John saw the Lord God Almighty on His Throne He was brilliantly reflecting 2 colors ... red and white!  (This reminds me of the Gospel!  "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."  Isaiah 1:18)

Even in Heaven there are constant "reminders" of the beautiful plan of salvation!

Then notice one more thing.  There is a rainbow about that Throne!  "And there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald."  Revelation 4:3

The rainbow, a picture of God's grace, is displayed in Glory!

But this one is unusual. 

See that it's like an emerald ... all green in color!

That's the Bible color of life and freshness and vitality!

Plus this bow is all the way around the Throne of God!   In a circle ... over It and under It too!  (We are only used to seeing half a rainbow!  In Heaven it will be a complete one!)

What does this picture!  Life that never ends.  (A circle or a ring is endless, having no beginning or stopping place!)

And isn't That the Source of eternal life?  The Person of God Himself!  Jesus, in John 17:3 said to His Father:  "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."

No wonder they worship God and praise Him incessantly in Heaven!

I feel like I've written a "travelogue" this morning!  And I do not mean that in any disrespectful way.

But indeed ... we have been Scripturally prepared for things to come!

Rapture to Heaven!

A Throne!

A rainbow!

All the colors!

And the One on the Throne Who is GOD!  "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."  1st John 3:2

Maybe these are among the reasons Paul had when he expressed "a desire to depart and be with Christ!"  Philippians 1:23

And all this beauty is presented as a prelude to ... worship and praise of our great God for evermore!

Amen!

                                                                      --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 5:

The day our Lord "called" John in the spirit from the isle of Patmos to Heaven above was glorious indeed!

What sights he saw!

You will recall the open door in Heaven!  And the voice like a trumpet!  And the summons "Come up hither!"  And the promise to see "things that must be hereafter!"

Then John began to observe some things.  A Throne!  A rainbow all the way around that Throne too!  Twenty four representative believers in Christ, seated with golden crowns upon their heads!  Seven lamps of fire, picturing the "seven Spirits of God!"  A "sea of glass" before God's Throne, much like the brass laver that sat out in front of the mercy seat at the Tabernacle in Old Testament days!  Four living creatures ("beasts") who each typify our Lord Jesus Christ in some lovely way!  Then ... a "seven sealed book."  Some say it would have contained the "title-deed" to all of creation (since such books were always so sealed in Romans days).  Others say it stands for the unfolding of future events in God's great program of the ages.  Either way, no one was qualified to open it!

John wept over that situation.

Then ... Here is Jesus!  The "Lion of the Tribe of Judah!"  The "Root of David!" The "Lamb" of God!  (Note His resurrection ... "a Lamb as it had been slain" ... but obviously has been made alive again!)

He alone was able to proceed to the Throne of His Father ... take the book ... and prepare to open it ... unfolding the seven seals one at a time!

Then ... all heaven (and ultimately all creation too) bursts into praise! 

It's just too much for them to handle! 

Amid all these glorious sights ... add some sounds now!  Lightnings and thunderings and voices from the Throne!  The living creatures crying "Holy, Holy, Holy!"  And choruses of "Thou art worthy, O Lord!" 

Then billions and billions (an innumerable number) of angels begin saying with a loud voice:  "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing."  Revelation 5:12

Thus ... we have observed through the eye of Scripture today ... eternal worship already in progress!

They didn't wait until we got there, did they?

But ... praise the Lord ... when we do arrive (through the Blood of Jesus shed on Calvary) we will join the throngs, all of whom are uplifting His Name!

Are you ready?

                                                                                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 6:

In the Bible Book of Revelation two of the "key" words are hear and see!

For example Revelation 5:11 begins with these words:  "And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands ...."

John the Apostle wrote those words nearly 2000 years ago!

Fifty five times I counted the Greek word "eidon," meaning to see or behold. That's 55 times!

Another forty three times did I find the word "akouo," to hear.  Again, 43 times!

Revelation is certainly a book of sights and sounds!

John is astounded!

Of course, he has every right to be!

He has been "in the spirit" raptured to Heaven itself and is seeing and hearing that grand Place for the first time!

"After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter."  Revelation 4:1

The whole Book of Revelation is a record of the things John saw ... all that he saw!  "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw."  Revelation 1:1-2

Of course, nearly everything John "saw" dealt (either directly or indirectly) with Jesus the Son of God!  That includes the last thing he saw in the book:  "And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it."  Revelation 21:22

The same thing is true about what John heard in Heaven!

The first Thing John heard in Revelation was a Voice ... the Voice of Jesus our Saviour!  "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea."  Revelation 1:10-11

And the last thing he heard?  "And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things."  Revelation 22:8

And obviously so much of what John saw and heard ... drove him to worship! To worship the Lord God Almighty!

Why, in Revelation a blessing is even promised for those who hear the Book being read!  "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand."  Revelation 1:3

And a warning is issued for those who hear and change the words of the Book!  "For I testify unto every man that HEARETH the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."  Revelation 22:18-19

(John is just the kind of person who needs to hear and see!  Those things impress him!  Listen to Him as he opens His first Epistle.  He's talking about Jesus.  "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;  (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ."  1st John 1:1-3)

Wow!

Therefore ... you might call the Book of Revelation an EYEWITNESS account!

A first hand report of Heaven and all that lies ahead for the Believer in Christ.

That is ... if you yourself have "heard!"  "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that HEARETH say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."   Revelation 22:17

Heaven ... Home of the SAVED!

Get you Bible sometime soon ... open it to the Book of Revelation and journey with John throughout all of Glory!  Enjoy by faith the sights and sounds the great Apostle experienced!  And (guaranteed) you too ... will be motivated to WORSHIP and PRAISE  the God on the Throne!

That's the real goal of Scripture anyway ... to exalt the Father God and His Son Jesus Christ!

Amen!

                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 7:

Revelation 5:11 opens with a group around the throne praising God in true worship!

Within the group are "many angels."  That noun for "angels" (in Greek = "aggelos") means something like "messengers!"  Divine errand runners!

How "many" (in Greek = "polus") are there?  Our verse says:  "ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands."   Wow!  (Mathematically 10,000 X 10,000 = 100,000,000!)  But that's not the total yet!  Our verse adds: "and thousands of thousands" more!  In Greek the words read like this: "arithmos" (number) "murias murias" (myriads of myriads) kai (and) "chilias chilias" (thousands of thousands)!

Better yet, we are seeing described here what Hebrews 12:22 calls "an innumerable company of angels!"  Yes!

Countless voices worshipping God!

I got to thinking about "angels" and Jesus.

They announced His Birth!

They aided Him at the end of His Temptation Victory!

They heard Him preach!  1st Peter 1:12 speaks of ... "them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into."  Wow!

The strengthened Him at Gethsemane.

They were on "stand-by" at the Cross!  "Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?"  Matthew 25:53

They guarded His empty Tomb!

They announced (at His Ascension) His second coming!

And ... they are now constantly worshipping Him in Glory!

Amazing!

Now, here's our whole verse.  John says:  "And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands ... saying with a loud voice ...."   Revelation 5:11-12a

There we have the "math" of it.  Four beasts (living creatures) ... twenty four Elders (picturing saints of all ages) and ____________ angels!  (Can't be counted!) 

What a worship service!

So ... if you worship each week in a small church ... few people attending because of a godly stand or an old fashioned Bible ... enjoy it!   Savor each moment! Some day (and it may be soon) you will be in a throng!  A true mega-church of saints praising and adoring and worshipping our dear Lord Jesus!

Then you'll remember His Presence ... even when only two or three of you were gathered together in His Name!  You'll again remember how Jesus promised:  "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."  Matthew 18:20

Heaven, what a Place!

                                                                                   --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 8:

The greatest worship service of all time has not yet occurred!

It most assuredly will happen though, just as John said it would!

He describes it carefully in Revelation 5:11-14.  "And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever."

It appears to me that "everything that hath breath" is going to praise the Lord, just as Psalm 150 commanded!

However notice in our "text" that the angels are mentioned first ... many angels.

But a specific verb is used in reference to these angels.  They are "saying" with a loud voice ... "Worthy is the Lamb!"

This is unusual because earlier in chapter 5 the "redeemed" are said to be "singing" unto the Lord.  "And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation."  Revelation 5:9

The redeemed sing!

The angels say!

Do the angels sing?

Perhaps they do.  Or at least at some point in history they possibly did.  During Creation week we are told (by Job) that "The morning stars (angels) sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?"  Job 38:7

But, once sin entered the world, I can find not one reference to angels singing!

They did not sing in Eden!

They did not sing during all of Israel's history!

They did not even sing when Jesus was born!  Read the verses carefully:  "And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."  Luke 2:13-14

They certainly did not sing when He was crucified!

And even in Heaven itself ... no record exists of angelic singing!

But their just speaking ... with loud voices ... billions upon billions of them ... saying "WORTHY IS THE LAMB" ... will be a moving experience!

(One reason for this lack of angelic singing might be this.  Scripturally speaking, only the "saved" are to sing for evermore!  Those redeemed from sin!  And, remember, "angels" are not fallen creatures needing redemption!  They are observers of these things called Grace and Salvation!  The first singing in the whole Bible occurs in Exodus 15 ... right after the Blood of the lamb has been shed and Israel had been delivered from Egyptian bondage!   The redeemed sing!)

But whether they sing it or say it ... praise to God and worship of the Lamb (Jesus) pours forth from their mouths!

Yes, the "talk" of heaven is Jesus the Redeemer!

And the angels are leading the way!

Tomorrow at Church, when they announce the hymn number, remember that you are about to have the privilege of doing something even the angels are not said to do ... SINGING unto the Lord!

The heavenly hosts will just have to watch! 

Don't squander your opportunity!

Of course if you, like me, can't sing very well ... then just SAY it anyway!

"Oh, Lord, my God ... How great Thou art!"

                                                                           --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 9:

There's something "special" about the praise of angels ... as they adore their Creator and God!

We Christians can all learn something about worship from them too!

God the Father said in Hebrews 1:4 --- "And let all the angels of God worship Him (Jesus)."

They do and they will for ever!

In some ways their worship is the fullest and the most excellent of all the adoration in the Bible!

Let me show you what I mean.

As far we we redeemed ex-sinners are concerned, our worship of God GROWS as we progress through the Book of Revelation.

In Revelation 1:6 John the Apostle (just a man saved by God's grace) begins uplifting our Lord.  He uses a two-fold doxology:  "And (Jesus) hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him (Jesus) be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."  See, it's two-fold --- glory and dominion!

Next comes the worship of the 24 Elders (representing the saints of all the ages, probably 12 from the Old Testament and 12 from the New, the Patriarchs and the Apostles).  Revelation 4:11 quotes them.  "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."  Now, it's three-fold blessing to God --- glory and honor and power!

And soon our human benedictions become even greater!  For in Revelation 5:13 we hear a four-fold one!  "And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever."  Now, "every creature" includes the redeemed!  Count these multiple thrusts of praise --- blessing, honor, glory and power!  See!  They're four-fold!

I am assuming that the longer we are in Heaven the more we Believers will really adapt to an ever fuller and purer worship of Almighty God and His Son our Saviour!

BUT while our worship is expanding and including more and more areas of glory ... the angels have already arrived!

Their praise of God is not two-fold or four-fold or even six-fold, but ... seven-fold!  Count its beauties:  "And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne ... saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing."  Revelation 5:11-12

1. Power!

2. Riches!

3. Wisdom!

4. Strength!

5. Honour!

6. Glory!

7. And Blessing!

Wow!

How majestic!

Seven ... how spiritually complete and perfect!

And here's some additional "good" news.  The verses to which I just alluded also say that along with those angels (the worship "instructors") ... someone else joins this great assembly of praise! 

Again:  "And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing."

I've capitalized "and the elders!"  Those earthly Believers ... seen by John as already being in Heaven and symbolizing all the redeemed ... are participating in this seven-fold poem of praise also!

We shall "arrive" at full and perfect and mature praise and worship "in the sweet by and by!"

In the mean time, keep on worshiping Him!

We are simply in training ... but even the learning is delightful!

I've heard of people who made school (education) their career, just advancing from one "degree" to another!

I never thought that alone would bring any pleasure ... until I enrolled in God's School ... the school of Worship!

I plan to stay in that one until I graduate ... and go to that great Baccalaureate Service in the sky!

What a Day that will be!

Praise the dear Lord!

                                                                              --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 10:

It is perhaps the best known praise expression in all the Bible!

"Worthy is The Lamb That was slain!" Revelation 5:12

No doubt it has been voiced to our Lord Jesus Christ countless times since His Death, Burial and Resurrection!

That opening adjective "worthy" comes from a Greek word ("axios") which means "deserving, proper, or fitting."  Once in the King James Version it is translated "due reward!"  (Luke 23:41)

But, if so, what is the "due reward" bestowed upon Christ Jesus by the Father in Heaven?

I say the full answer to that question still remains unknown.  But 7 aspects of Jesus' eternal state are mentioned immediately:  power, riches, wisdom, strength, honour, glory and blessing!  Again, that's in Revelation 5:12.

Even the main verb in today's verse (clause really ... "Worthy is The Lamb That was slain") is heavily freighted with significance!  "Is" is derived from the Greek word "eimi" (central stem of the verb "to be") but here framed in the indicative present active 3rd Person singular form.  Jesus IS worthy now (and that's an eternal now) ... and has been being so worthy since John wrote those memorable words about 96 AD!  The "indicative" mood simply means that John is stating a FACT!

Then notice with me the noun "lamb."  It is spelled like this in Greek:  "arnion." Now the normal word for a grown lamb is "amnos."  But when "arnion" is used a specific kind of lamb is in the author's mind.  "Arnion" is a diminutive!  It means a "little" lamb!  A precious lamb!  A "pet" lamb!  Now, get the "math" of the words for lamb.  Every time the animal is mentioned (New Testament) outside of the Book of Revelation ... "amnos" is used (4 times).  But of the 30 times the Lamb (or lamb) is mentioned in the Book of Revelation it's "arnion!" John is showing us Jesus as God the Father's little Lamb!  As His darling Son! As the very Delight of Heaven!

The auxiliary verb "was slain" (in Greek = "sphazo") means to murder or to butcher or to kill violently!  The word pictures the aggressiveness launched against Jesus at His Death on Calvary!  It is a participle (a perfect passive nominative one), the "tense" idea ("perfect") suggesting that Jesus' Death is still in force yet today as far as its sin forgiving Power and soul cleansing ability are concerned!  (By the way, how did John KNOW this lamb had been "slain?" Of course he was physically present at Jesus' Crucifixion and would have know this fact historically, but I believe Jesus yet today in Glory has some "marks" of His violent substitutionary Death on Calvary!  "Scars" ... even in His glorified body!  At least He offered to show them ... after His Resurrection ... to doubting Thomas!)

And yet at the same time His Resurrection is obviously being taught in that He (The Lamb) was seen by John alive in the very center of Heaven, walking around and speaking and receiving Worship!  (The "context" of Revelation chapters 4 and 5 prove that fact.)

"Worthy is The Lamb That was slain!" 

This expression I believe is carrying the same idea as Revelation 1:18 where Jesus said:  "I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death."

Here in one sentence we have the essence of Heaven's praise distilled into a few monosyllables!  (All right, "worthy" has two syllables!)

If you profess Jesus as your Saviour this morning ... and cannot whole heartedly agree with that statement about Jesus being worthy of all the honour God the Father is bestowing upon Him ... something is wrong, badly wrong!

You truly need to do what Paul required of the Corinthians:  "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?"  2nd Corinthians 13:5

I guess this is maybe being too repetitious, but here goes ... one more time in this Lesson:  "WORTHY IS THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN!"

(I just can't help it!)

Praise His Name!

Does anybody agree?

                                                                    --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 11:

The crucified, resurrected and ascended Lord Jesus has been given great reward by His Father in Heaven!  According to Revelation 5:12 those areas of esteem are in at least seven categories.

"Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing."

Notice that these angels and others do not say that Jesus is going to receive adulation in these areas, but that He has already done so.  At least that's the import of the infinitive "to receive."  The Greek word "lambano" here is expressed in the aorist tense ... Jesus' receiving these things is something already accomplished!  Past action!  Completed in time!  In other words the Father has already heaped upon Jesus power and riches and wisdom ...!

This great throng of worshippers is simply affirming what God has already done to Jesus!

Jesus, Thou art worthy to receive (as God has already given to Thee) "power!" This noun is "dunamis" and means inherent power!  Power within! (Not borrowed power or imported power!)  And dear Lord, You deserve such Power!  Need proof?  "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth."   Matthew 28:18

Then Jesus is worthy to have great "riches!"  The noun "ploutos" means wealth or abundance of possessions!  Paul constantly talks about the riches in Christ Jesus that he has known!  "That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus." (Ephesians 2:7) Or again in Philippians 4:19 --- "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

Then ... "wisdom!"  I guess so!  Paul says of Jesus ... "In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."  Colossians 2:3

Next we come back to an "ability" word --- "strength!"  The Greek "ischus" usually means sheer brute force, physical strength!  It means might!  This may include His great miracle working capacity and total absence (for all His eternal existence) of any discouragement!  Isaiah 42:4 tells us of the coming Messiah (Jesus) ... "He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law."

Then comes "honour!"  It means the value or price which is attached to One! (In Greek = "ti-me," pronounced tee-may')  Jesus by rank and constitution and character is priceless!  Listen to Jesus teach in John 5:23 --- "That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him."  And carefully read John 8:54 --- "Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God."

This is followed by "glory!"  Our word is "doxa" and means (in its very root) an opinion or evaluation or estimate or view or judgment of Someone!  Jesus, the God of Grace ... is the very Essence of the God of Glory also!  God the Father has invested in God the Son all His very being.  They are One!  (Many theologians define Glory as the total essence of God!  The sum of all His attributes!)

Then ... ending in "blessing!"  The Greek "eulogia" means literally "well/good sayings" about Someone!  It's a synonym for laud or praise or exaltation! Listen to Psalm 106:48 --- "Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD."  Since God is eternally and perfectly "blessed" anyway, Jesus is complete and happy and fulfilled and satisfied at all times in His Father!  No wonder Jesus said in Psalm 16:11 --- Father "at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore."

Please see today that these worshippers in Revelation 5 are not adding to Jesus any thing!  He is already the perfectly full One ... nothing can be added to Him!  They are simply agreeing and describing the 7-fold essence of Jesus the Christ, THE Son of God!

And to their ascriptions we can only say ... AMEN!

                                                                               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 12:

In the last paragraph of Revelation chapter five there is a "chorus" of praise.  It is all directed toward our Lord God Almighty and His Son Jesus Christ.

It seems to me that God is being exalted because of two things He has done!

First, He has made possible the redemption of lost sinners!  He is addressed as "The Lamb That was slain!"  Then follows an immediate seven-fold benediction.

Secondly, He is recognized as the Creator! That's when John writes:  "And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever."  Revelation 5:13

See those words "every creature?"

That noun is in the neuter gender.  It's not just talking about people!  Oh, yes, it's true that "God also hath highly exalted Him (Jesus), and given Him a name which is above every name: 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 2:9-11)  But it is also true that due to sin "the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now!"  (Romans 8:22) And it is Biblical to believe that Jesus the Creator is going to deliver this whole world from bondage and restore it to its sinless state!  And when He does, all of creation ... "every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them" will gladly praise His Name!

Notice that the praise offered to God in our verse above (Revelation 5:13) is four-fold in character ... "blessing, and honour, and glory, and power." Four is the Bible number for earth, for creation ... as in North, South, East and West ... or as in Summer Fall, Winter, Spring!  To Jesus they say ... We praise Thee for being the Creator ... as well as being the Redeemer!

See that these adorers are in the heavens, on the earth, under the earth and in the sea ... everywhere! 

This is almost a duplication of the Truth illustrated in the 148th Psalm!  There the stars of the heavens are invited to praise the Lord ... then the angels ... then the sea creatures and all that are in the "deep" ... then hail, snow, rain and wind join the chorus!  Next come the animals of earth (including the birds) ... plus humanity; kings and princes and judges and young men and young women and old men and children!  The Psalm then closes:  "Praise ye the Lord!"  That's exactly what Revelation 5:13 is describing!  "And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever."

Get ready!

What John saw here as prophecy will some day become history!

Jesus IS coming again!

                                                                            --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 13:

I suppose it's not best to build Bible doctrine around a point of grammar, but one can certainly draw truth from Bible nouns, verbs and adjectives nonetheless!

Today's verse gives us a case in point.  "And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever." Revelation 5:13

As you can obviously see ... all of creation is here praising God.

"In heaven" ... sun, moon, stars, angels!

"On earth" ... all that walks and crawls and flies and breathes!

"Under the earth" ... worms and moles and for that matter coal (or diamond) miners too!

"In the sea" ... from plankton to porpoises!

"All that are in them!"  Now who or what does that omit?

They join together "saying, blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever."

See those four qualities they ascribe to God?

"Four," being the number of earth and creation (in the Bible), is used specifically here!

But in the Greek text (known as the Textus Receptus) which gives us the King James Version of the Bible ... the little adjective "the" is used in front of each of those ascriptions!  It literally says:  To Jesus be ... THE Blessing and THE Honour and THE Glory and THE Power ... for ever and ever!

Now, what's the point in studying an adjective?  And even at that ... the small article "the?"

There of course would be no point if one did not believe the Bible was verbally (word for word) inspired!

Not one word is out of place in the Holy Book we carry!

To Jesus ... we attribute not just any blessing or honour or glory or power. (That would be like saying to Him ... any blessing be Thine, O Lord!)  Oh, no!  To our Lord here they add THE very highest and THE very most noble and THE very best blessing they know!  And so on with the honour and glory and power too!

Jesus possesses not just a power!  Not just some power!  Not just a portion of God's power!  But THE supreme power of the universe!  (One of a kind Power!)  He Himself calls it ALL POWER!  See Matthew 28:18.

Also one of a kind blessing!  ("A Name which is above every Name!")

And one kind of honour ... ("This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased!")

And one kind of glory!  ("Glory to God in the Highest!")

This is unique adoration!  The very highest of exaltation that man and creature can give!

And I say HE IS WORTHY to receive it too!

Today sometime, friend, get alone with God and think of the most lofty thing you can say to Him ... the highest blessing your mind can conceive ... and let it flow ... from your tongue into the heavens above ... where HE is waiting to hear it!  God seeks such worship!  So says Jesus: "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him."  John 4:23

Amen!

                                                                                   --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 14:

We are told that in Heaven the angels say the word "amen!"

John the Disciple heard them do so many times in his great Book of Revelation.  "And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped Him (Jesus) That liveth for ever and ever."  Revelation 5:14  (Those "beasts" or living creatures are angels!)

Also the saved of all the ages who eternally dwell in the Presence of God say it too ... "Amen!"

Even Jesus says it on occasion!  Listen to Him in Revelation 1:18 --- "I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death."

The word "amen" is of Hebrew origin.  It means in the Old Testament "truly" or at times simply "truth."  It is spelled "amen!"

The first use of this precise word is in Numbers 5:22 where a woman, accused of unfaithfulness to her husband, had to take a divinely appointed "test" to prove the charge wrong!  During the process (in the context of "faithfulness/unfaithfulness") she responded:  "Amen!"  Look at that!  "Amen" is first used as a "code" word for faithfulness or truth!  It's Biblical meaning has not changed since!

As a verb ... and thus spelled "aman" ... we have a key action word of the Old Testament ... one meaning "to believe!"  Here is its initial use:  "And he (Abraham) believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness." Genesis 15:6

Folks, right now, the "amens" are rolling in Heaven!  To put it in John's words "day and night" ... "for ever and ever!"  It must therefore be an important term for the Believer in Christ!

Here's a quick Bible history of the word "Amen:"

The people of Israel shouted the word ("amen") in agreement with the words of the Law ... 11 times ... in Deuteronomy 27!  Moses there read the Law ... the folks hearing it agreed, saying "amen .... amen .... amen!"  Here's one example:  "Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen."  Deuteronomy 27:15

It was a word common in the Royal Courts of the Jewish Kings!  "And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king, and said, Amen: the LORD God of my lord the king say so too."  1 Kings 1:36  (Used in the context of Solomon's accession to the throne!)

It was a word commonly used in Israel's worship, especially during the days of King David!  "Blessed be the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the LORD."  1 Chronicles 16:36

They used it in the time of Nehemiah too, especially during the great Revival of chapter 8!  "And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground."  (Also see Nehemiah 5:13.)

And of course it is strategically placed through the Psalms, being used four more times!

Once "amen" is translated (in the "King James Version") as "so be it!"  See Jeremiah 11:5.

And furthermore, if Jeremiah is a good example (which he is), the Prophets loved the word too!  "Even the prophet Jeremiah said, Amen: the LORD do so: the LORD perform thy words which thou hast prophesied, to bring again the vessels of the LORD'S house, and all that is carried away captive, from Babylon into this place."  Jeremiah 28:6

"Amen" is such an important word that in the New Testament the Holy Spirit just "picks it up" out of Hebrew and "drops it over" into Greek, letter for letter ... "amen!"  (Then it becomes a "loan word!")

Its first use there:  Jesus teaches us to close our prayers with "amen!" (Matthew 6:13 --- "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.")

And each Gospel writer ends his Book with it: "amen!"  That basically says, "All I've written is TRUTH!"  (Matthew 28:20, Mark 16:20, Luke 24:53 and John 21:25)

And it is reverently sprinkled throughout the writings of Paul!  (29 more times!) The Apostle even shows us the word being used in their early worship services ... 1st Corinthians 14:16!  "Amen!

And we've not even counted the times it's used in the General Epistles or Revelation!

Here's what I want to emphasize today.  If "amen" is used that much in Scripture ... and if it's being spoken constantly in Heaven right now ... shouldn't we Christians get more accustomed to using it here on earth!  Shouldn't our worship services thunder with its sounds of affirmation and agreement? Shouldn't our daily conversation be "seasoned" with it too?

Why, it is in many ways the very "watchword" of Christianity!

Is that really so, Preacher Bagwell?

YES!

In Revelation 3:14 Jesus calls Himself THE AMEN!  It is One of His Divine Names!  Jesus is the Faithful One!  He is The Truth!  He is The Amen!  "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God ...."

What do you all think?

Here's what I think (and say) ... "Amen!"

"Lord, help us to further build this great and holy word into our vocabularies we pray.  In Jesus' Name, Amen!"

                                                                            --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 15:

The last sentence of Revelation chapter 5 says this:  "And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever."

It is often suggested by those who study Scripture that those 24 elders  may represent both Old and New Testament saints who have lived on earth, been saved by the Grace of God, subsequently died and gone to Heaven!  There, in Glory, they are seen simply "worshipping" our dear Lord!

Think of that!

An eternity of loving and adoring and magnifying the Lord Jesus!

Today let's examine that little verb "worship."

In English the noun "worship" is derived from a Saxon word that means "worthy!"

In early British history it expressed the idea of "worth-ship" or value!

And in Greek (the language the Lord chose to first express New Testament thought) it is "proskuneo."  Those who study ancient languages tell us that that word has embedded in it the verb for "kiss!"  A literal meaning world be "to kiss towards!" 

That's worship!  Loving Jesus!  Expressing sincere heart-felt appreciation for what He did for us on Calvary!  Throwing Him an occasional "kiss" of adoration and gratefulness!  Listen to Psalm 2:12 --- "Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and ye perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him."  (And think of all the times in the little Book of Song of Solomon where the Bride loves and kisses the Bridegroom!  She's a type of the Church and He a Type of our Saviour!   Loving Jesus!  Worshipping Him for ever!)

But the etymology of that little word for "worship" gets even more interesting than that!  According to dozens of lexicons (the most readily available being Strong's Concordance and its glossary of word meanings) the verb "proskuneo" is derived from the Greek noun for "dog!"  (A little doggie, a house pet ... not a wild mangy creature!)  That word is "kuon."  Do you see it in "proskuneo?" 

The background of the New Testament word for "worship" is a lovely little excited doggie who gets so thrilled when His Master comes home!  He barks and jumps and (if allowed) licks and kisses the one who has been so kind and true to him!  I can just see the scene in my mind right now!  Talk about loyalty! Talk about dedication! 

I hope we're getting the point today!

Worshipping our dear God and Saviour involves love and respect and honor (and maybe a dash of excitement) and expressing such adoration in terms that show His value and worth to each of us!

Now whether you agree or disagree with this definition ... you'd better do one thing if you're really saved!  You had best study "worship" and determine in your heart what the Bible means when it uses the term! 

Why?

Because you're going to be doing that a lot when you get to Heaven!

How do I know?

Again I quote:  "And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever."

Here's the Bible word count for words in the "worship" family:  Worship = 108 times!  Worshipped = 70 times!  Worshipper = 2 times!  Worshippers = 7 times!  Worshippeth = 6 times!  And Worshipping = 5 more times!

Need I say more?

Sometime today ... WORSHIP HIM!

                                                                         --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 16:

The last five Psalms (Psalms 146-150) are sometimes called "The Hallelujah Psalms."

That's partly because each of them opens and closes with the same words, "Praise ye the Lord!"

As you may already know, those four English words translate one Hebrew verb, "Hallel," plus its direct Object "Jah," God's very Name!  Hence we get "hallel-u-jah!"  And that's exactly how it is spelled in the Hebrew Bible!

"Praise ye the Lord!"

And it's also a well accepted fact (among folks who take the Bible literally) that the whole Book of Psalms "builds" on the theme of Praise.  I mean it builds as it progresses through its 150 chapters.

The "Blessed is the man" of Psalm 1 ... quite some time later ... thunders "Praise ye the Lord" (ten times) in those closing chapters!

Here's my point today.

When will those final five Psalms be fulfilled?

When will such praise be offered?

When will God's Name be "blessed for ever and ever?"   Psalm 145:1

When will "the Lord reign for ever ... unto all generations?"  Psalm 146:10

When will Jerusalem "praise the Lord" and Zion join her in the anthem?  Psalm 147:12

When will "the heavens and angels and sun, moon and stars and the depths and the weather (wind and snow and hail) and trees and beasts and birds and young men and maidens and old men and children" join in such praise?  Psalm 148

When will a "new song" be sung unto God "in the congregation of the saints?" Psalm 149:1

In fact, when will "everything that hath breath praise the Lord?"  Psalm 150:6

Here's what I'm suggesting to you today:  The initial phases of this great "Hallelujah Chorus" of Praise will be sung at the very moment Revelation 5:11-14 is fulfilled!

The two Scripture passages converge!

Right beside Psalms 146-150 you can place Revelation 5:11-14.

Listen:  "And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.  And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever."  (This is Revelation 5:11-14.)

What a day that will be!

Truly, all creation will join!

Yes, "At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth!"  Philippians 2:10

On this we can all agree ... "Even so, come, Lord Jesus."  Revelation 22:20

Are you ready?

                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

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