Alpha & Omega — Session 11 — Before the Throne of God Above

From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, 6and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal. And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind.

[Revelation 4:5-6]
The picture depicts the Holy of Holies as it appeared in ...
Artist rendering of the Holy of holies in the temple in Jerusalem

When the LORD gave the instructions to build the earthly tabernacle and temple, He patterned them both from the heavenly temple in the New Jerusalem. God’s heavenly throne is the most holy place in all the universe — the place where God resides in all His concentrated glory and power.

John — like so many of the prophets before him — was taken in the Spirit to stand before the throne of God, and this supernatural vision of God would become the foundation of his prophecy that is known as the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

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MARANATHA!

Alpha & Omega — Session 10 — The Church at Laodicea

I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

[Revelation 3:15-16]
A Message straight to Laodicea (Part 1 of 2 ...

God would have us be either hot or cold — never lukewarm.

But what does it really mean to be hot or cold for God?

It may not be what you think.

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MARANATHA!

Alpha & Omega — Session 9 — The Church at Philadelphia

I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name

[Revelation 3:8]
The Seven Churches of Revelation: The Church of ...

The church at Philadelphia proved to be faithful in the face of persecution and pagan idolatry, and followers of Jesus can learn much from its example today.

Once again, proponents of the pre-tribulation rapture use Jesus’ words to the church at Philadelphia as a proof text to support their view — particularly Revelation 3:10.

Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.

[Revelation 3:10]

What does this promise mean?

When we allow Scripture to interpret Scripture, we learn that John recorded an identical promise from the words of Jesus in John 17. This passage provides the answer to what Jesus intends to communicate to us. Consider how John uses identical language in both passages.

I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.

[John 17:14-15]

Jesus clearly prays for His devoted followers to faithfully endure suffering and persecution, not that we are taken out of this world but rather that we are kept in His loving care through promised tribulation [see also John 16:33].

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Maranatha!

Alpha & Omega — Session 8 — The Church at Sardis

Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you. 

[Revelation 3:3]
The Day of the Lord Comes as a Thief « Friends of Jehovah ...

The Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

Like many, I grew up being taught that the surprise element of Jesus’ return was indisputable proof of a pre-tribulation rapture of the church.

And then I read my Bible.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

What we discover when we take the Scriptures at face value is that this common idiom about “a thief in the night” is always used in a negative context when speaking of those who will be spiritually asleep, blinded by sin, and dreadfully surprised when Christ returns to earth in flaming fire to judge the wicked.

Jesus warns the church in Sardis about the dangers of being spiritually dead and asleep and in jeopardy of being caught by surprise in judgment.

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MARANATHA!

Alpha & Omega — Session 7 — The Church at Thyatira

But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some call the deep things of Satan, to you I say, I do not lay on you any other burden. 25Only hold fast what you have until I come. 

[Revelation 2:24-25]
The Jezebel Spirit // Part 1 | Capstone Church

Jezebel was a wicked, pagan queen in the days of Elijah, but her spirit lives on today and remains one of the biggest threats to God’s people.

The spirit of Jezebel is one in the same as the spirit of harlot Babylon — using the allure of sexual seduction to lead the world into all forms of immorality and idolatry. Satan uses this spirit to gain power and control over the lives of people and entire institutions.

Just as Elijah stood boldly against Queen Jezebel and her false prophets of Baal, God is calling His people to withstand this evil spirit today.

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Maranatha!

Alpha & Omega — Session 6 — The Church at Pergamum

I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 

[Revelation 2:13]
What is the Throne of Satan?
Altar of Zeus from ancient Pergamum — Berlin Museum

Do the principalities and powers of darkness who rule in heavenly places occupy literal thrones? Does Satan himself have a throne located in a specific geographic location on the earth?

According to the Lord’s letter to the church in Pergamum, Satan’s throne is concentrated somewhere along the western coast of modern day Turkey. The Bible teaches the concept of cosmic geography, especially in regard to the spiritual forces of evil that rule over the nations and their territories.

If Satan’s throne is in some way tied to the modern territory of Turkey, then perhaps Turkey will play a central role in the great tribulation and the final battle of Armageddon on the Day of the LORD.

To discover more about this fascinating topic, check out the video teaching and digital resources below!

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Maranatha!

Alpha & Omega — Session 5 — The Church at Smyrna

Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.

[Revelation 2:10]
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The theme of persecution runs consistently like a scarlet thread throughout the book of Revelation. God’s people are promised persecution and suffering for the sake of Christ and His gospel.

The church at Smyrna was suffering for their faith in Christ during John’s day, just as so many have suffered throughout the centuries unto this very day.

The call to follow Christ is the call to remain faithful … even unto death.

Discover more about God’s faithfulness through tribulation in this message.

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MARANATHA!

Alpha & Omega — Session 4 — The Church at Ephesus

I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. 4But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. 

[Revelation 2:3-4]
To the Loveless Church: Knowing When You Have Lost Your ...

The Lord Jesus commissioned the Apostle John to write epistles to 7 historical, local churches with words of encouragement and admonishment.

The church at Ephesus was intentional about keeping sound doctrine yet was guilty of lacking devotion to the Lord Jesus, who purchased us with His blood.

We have much to learn from the church at Ephesus, as we too can become so busy doing the Lord’s work that we forget about the Lord and our love relationship with Him.

To discover more, be sure to watch the video session and access the digital files for this session below.

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Alpha & Omega — Session 3 — Overview of the 7 Churches

I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”

[Revelation 1:10-11]
The Letter to Sardis - Waypoint Church

Jesus commissioned the Apostle John to write and circulate specific messages to historical, local 1st-Century churches in Asia Minor. The following session is an overview of these letters and how we should interpret and apply them to our lives today.

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Alpha & Omega — Session 2 — A Vision of the Son of Man

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.

[Revelation 1:17-18]

All throughout history, the Biblical prophets have been given the unique privilege to see behind the veil and behold the Lord Jesus Christ in His divine glory. Whether Moses, Ezekiel, Isaiah or Daniel, God has used visions to reveal Himself in a personal yet profound way.

John was the last of the prophets to see a vision of the Son of Man, and it is not unlike many of the great prophets before him.

The following session unpacks chapter 1 of Revelation and discovers the true identity of John’s closest earthly friend — Jesus of Nazareth.

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