God Hears Your Cry: Seals 5, 6 & 7 – Part 1

Have you ever wondered how long until God puts an end to all the bad things than happen in this world? Where is God while all this evil continues in the world?

You are not alone. Many people have asked this question, including people in the Bible. David asked, “How long Lord? Will you be angry forever?” Psalm 79:5

In other words, when will you do something God?  Like “revenging the blood of they servants which is shed?” Psalm 79:10

This type of revenge is not about getting even, but more about serving justice or making things right. If someone is a murderer, they will go to jail and may even receive the death penalty, if justice is served.

The prophet Habakkuk also asked, “O Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear!” Hab. 1:2

God Is Listening Snapshot of a shedding star

Check out what happens when the last three of the seven seals are broken. All of those who have died (martyrs) for following Jesus cry out symbolically together for help and for justice. God listens and responds.

Seals 5, 6 & 7

Seal 5 – Martyrs cry out, How long O Lord until you help us?Rev. 6:9-10

Seal 6 – God answers and punishes the enemies of his people and those who have not repented of their sins. Rev. 6:12-17

Seal 7 – Silence in Heaven / Jesus Comes to rescue his people. Rev. 8:1 

 

Choose Jesus Today

God will rescue his people from this world of sadness and evil and pain. There will also come a time when it will be too late to repent and give your life to God. Give Jesus your life today! Invite him into your heart today! Don’t wait until it’s too late.

 

More intriguing information on the details of Seals 5, 6 & 7 in Part 2 (coming soon!).

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Revelation Picture Cards

Revelation Picture Cards are here!

I’m very excited to announce the arrival of the new Revelation Picture Cards! If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this set is worth 10,000 words. The set of ten flash cards will help kids learn the themes of the book of Revelation very quickly. The front side has a picture to trigger the name of the theme. The back side has a short summary of what the topic means and a memory verse to go with the theme. Here’s a sample.

Sample cards

Very quickly your kids will know the themes from the book of Revelation and a basic idea of what they are about. How many adults can do that! You don’t have to know all the details of the book of Revelation to lay a firm foundation. These words of truth that we hide in our hearts and in our children’s hearts give them firm footing to build on as they mature and learn to study the Bible more deeply.

 

 

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Revelation Picture Cards: Picture cards that summarize the themes of Revelation in easy downloadable format. Easy for kids to remember. Each card has a picture on one side and short summary and memory verse on the other. Easily learn the themes of the Book of Revelation. Comes in easy downloadable PDF format. Ten cards in set.

Click here to order.

 

 

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Four Colored Horses

Four Seals, Four Horses

The first four seals are broken and four colored horses appear with riders carrying all sorts of stuff. Remember the book of Revelation is highly symbolic, which means we have to look for clues to find out what the stuff means. Are you ready? Saddle up!

4 Horsemen by Waiting for the Word

4 Horsemen by Waiting for the Word

 

First question. Does the Bible mention four colored horses anywhere else?

Wow! Yes it does! This is a big clue, especially since an angel tells Zechariah, the prophet exactly what the horses (and chariots) are. Read Zech 6:2-5

 

In Zechariah the four colored horses are the four spirits of the heavens, which go to all the earth. Zech 6:7

Four usually means it goes to the entire earth. So the Holy Spirit from Heaven is going out to all the world to spread the good news of what Jesus has done for us. The spirit does this through people, just like the disciples became mighty workers for Jesus when the Holy Spirit came upon them. As we learn about the four horses and riders remember they represent the gospel, or good news of Jesus, going into the world.

 

The White Horse – 1st seal opened (Rev 6:1)

White always describes something about Jesus or his followers in Revelation. It is a color of purity. The rider is given a crown of victory and is a conqueror with his bow, and probably some arrows.

Bible History: God uses a bow and arrows in the Old Testament to fight for his people. Zech 9:13-16

 

Church/World History: The early church was pure at first and the gospel spread rapidly.

 

Now: When we accept Jesus and surrender our lives fully to Him, he washes us white as snow and gives us victory over sin! Isa 1:18

 

Note for budding scholars: There are two words for crown in Greek, one is for a kingly crown diadema, and one is for a victory crown or wreath stephanos, like the winners of the Olympics were given in Greek times. The Greek word used here is stephanos, a crown of victory.

 

The Fiery Red Horse – 2nd seal opened (Rev. 6:3-4)

Red is a color of bloodshed and persecution.

Sealed Book

Seven Seals

The word of God is also described as fire. Jer. 23:29

A great sword is given the rider to take peace from the earth. This reminds me of something Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword”. You can read everything Jesus said about this here – Matt. 10:34-39

 

Bible History: The prophets and faithful people of God were often persecuted.

 

Church/World History: As Christianity spread, so did persecution of Christians. Most of the disciples were martyred for their faithfulness to Jesus.

 

Now: In many countries of the world, people are persecuted, put in prison or even killed because they follow Jesus. Sometimes when a person decides to follow Jesus, their family disown them. But Jesus promises if we lose our life for his sake, we will find it. Life with Jesus will be WAY BETTER than this one, for sure!

 

The Black Horse – 3rd seal opened (Rev. 6:7-8)

Black Horse by rawdonfox

Black Horse by rawdonfox

Blackness, or darkness is a lack of the light of God’s Word. The Bible says that God’s Word lights our way. Psalm 119:105 If we don’t have God’s word we will be in darkness, and darkness is black. The rider carries a pair of balances or scales in his hand.

 

Balances or scales measured out grain in Bible times. In these verses there is a shortage of food. Food or grain can also represent Jesus and his word. John 6:35, Matt. 4:4, John 1:1 If we search deeper we find in the Old Testament that famine is sometimes described as a lack of God’s word. Amos 8:11-13

 

Oil and Wine: Oil was used for anointing kings and priests and other things in the Old Testament to make them holy. Psalm 89:20, Exod 40:9 In the New Testament God showed us that anointing was really done with the Holy Spirit. Acts 10:38 The oil was a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Wine represents Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. His shed blood saves us from the eternal death that is a result of sin. Matt. 26:28-29 In the Old Testament wine mentioned with oil was an offering brought to the Lord. Neh. 10:39

 

Putting it all together: Even when there is a lack of God’s word, or the gospel is not being preached everywhere, the Holy Spirit is still at work and people can still find salvation in Jesus. The Bible tells us that even through creation and the wonderful things in nature, people can know there is a creator God. Rom. 1:19-20

 

Bible History: People who rejected Jesus were said to be in darkness. John 1:4-5

 

Church/History: Have you heard of the dark ages? This was a time in history when the Bible was not available to most people. The Roman Church which was the main organized church at that time, did not want people to read the Bible for themselves.

 

Now: Even though most people in developed countries have easy access to the Bible, they are still in darkness if they don’t open the Bible and read it! But Jesus is always working through the Holy Spirit to show people he loves them.

 

Note for budding scholars: A denarius was a full day’s wages for an average person. A quart of wheat would feed one person. Three quarts of cheaper barley could feed a family. So it would take all of a person’s money just to eat. If you had to pay for a home and clothes and transportation, you’d probably be very hungry!

 

The Pale Horse – 4th seal opened (Rev. 6:8)

Death sits on the pale horse and hell follows him. This does not sound good! This is definitely the most serious condition so far. Did you know that when you reject the good news of the gospel, there are serious consequences? God does not cause death, but the wages of sin is death, there’s just no getting around this fact. Rom. 6:23 Without Jesus, we die, because Jesus is the source of life. John 11:25 God does not want us to die. 2 Pet. 3:9

 

So he sends warnings, serious warnings, to try and wake people up and bring them to repentance. He does this through the sword, famine (hunger), pestilence (death) and beasts. This is the same pattern we see in the Old Testament. God sending serious warnings, with the hope that people will turn back to God and live. Ezek 14:10,11,21 Remember, we use the Bible to interpret the Bible. That’s why there are always a lot of texts to connect everything together. Our own ideas mean nothing. But God’s Word is always true.

 

Bible History: Too many examples to name. God let lots of bad things happen to his people because they chose not to follow him. He did this to get their attention so they would turn back to him, have blessings, and live. Ezekiel chapter 14 is but one example.

 

Church/History/Now: Eventually people began to forget about God altogether. As we see now, there are terrible things happening all over the world – wars, famines, death, natural disasters, shootings, killings and so many other terrible things. If that’s what happens when man leaves God out of everything, maybe it’s time to turn back to him, before it’s too late.

 

Whew! That was a lot of information. So if it was too much, here’s a summary.

 

The White Horse

The pure gospel spreading victoriously around the world 

The Red Horse

Where the gospel is accepted, persecution and rejection can follow. 

The Black Horse

Even where there is spiritual darkness because the Bible is not available, the Holy Spirit is still at work, making salvation available to everyone who listens to the Spirit.

The Pale Horse

When people reject the gospel and choose to live in sin, apart from the life-giver Jesus, there are terrible consequences.

 

Jesus is Coming by John

Jesus is Coming by John

 

The opening of the four seals gives us a preview of what happens when the gospel is accepted or rejected. We can choose victory with Jesus on the white horse or death on the pale horse without Jesus. There is a day that is coming soon, however, when the gospel will not be preached anymore and it will be too late. Choose to follow Jesus today and he will give you victory over sin and eternal life!

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The Greatest Coronation EVER!

The Crisis

Picture this. There is a serious crisis in the universe. Satan has rebelled against God and now there’s a huge rebellion on earth as well. Things are spiraling out of control. God’s plan to save mankind from self-destruction will only work if there is someone perfect, and I mean PERFECT for the job at hand. Clearly no man has ever fit the bill. Until…

 

Until God became a man through his son Jesus. Jesus lived the perfect life and died, taking the penalty for man’s rebellion, which is death. But the giver of life could not stay dead. He conquered death and rose from the grave. But wait! If the resurrection was the main event, why did Jesus tell his disciples to, “wait for the promise of the Father”? Acts 1:4 What were they waiting for?

 

The Throne Room

The book of Revelation gives us a peek into the very throne room of God in chapters 4 & 5. There we find a most amazing description of the Most Important Coronation, EVER! And a clue about what the disciples were waiting for.

ESA/Hubble
ESA/Hubble

 

The throne of God is surrounded with dazzling jewel colors and a green (emerald) rainbow. Rev 4:3-4 Various kinds of interesting and bizarre heavenly creatures and some white-robed elders, twenty-four of them  surround the throne. Rev. 4:4,8 Everyone is praising and worshiping the creator of the universe. Rev. 4:9-11 Beautiful right! But then John, who’s seeing this in vision, begins to weep. Rev. 5:4 What?

 

He’s weeping because it seems, there is no man in the entire universe perfect (worthy) enough to open a book completely sealed with seven seals, and is in the right hand of the one sitting on the throne. Yes, that’s God the Father. What is so important about this sealed book?

 

The Sealed Book 

Time to dig for some clues. The special book has writing on both sides. Remember back then books were scrolls, not books with pages.

Sealed Book
Sealed Book

Where else in the Bible are books written on both sides mentioned?

  • God himself wrote on both sides of the two tables of the testimony (the ten commandments). Exod. 32:15

  • Two prophets saw scrolls written on both sides while in prophetic vision. Ezek. 2:9-10 Zech. 5:1-30

So it’s possible this sealed book may refer to God’s covenant with his people and to a prophetic message. Or in the disciples’ language might be called, “the Law and the Prophets”. John 1:45

Just as the scriptures of Jesus’ day (the Law and the Prophets – a.k.a. the Old Testament) all pointed to Jesus and his plan to save mankind (John 5:39), so this special book contained God’s eternal promise to finish his plan of salvation, including judgments on the unbelievers. So if no man could open it and this plan of salvation could not continue – that would be the BIGGEST TRAGEDY ever! We would all eventually die and cease to exist. Yikes! No wonder John was weeping.

 

The Greatest Coronation EVER!

But look! Here comes the hero – the Lion, the Lamb, the savior of the universe, Jesus. Rev. 5:5-6 He takes the sealed book out of the right hand of God and sits down at right hand of God. Rev. 5:7, Col. 3:1, Heb. 12:2 And a HUGE celebration of praise breaks out. Can you imagine ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands of angels singing praises to God.

ESA/Hubble
ESA/Hubble

 

Jesus is worthy to take the book and open the seals. Rev. 5:9 The great plan to eradicate sin and its horrible effects can continue. This is cause for celebration! And the first thing that happens is whoosh – the seven spirits of God (the full, complete measure of God’s Holy Spirit) rush to the earth. Rev. 5:6

 

That is why Jesus told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father. On the day of Pentecost, exactly when the Greatest Coronation EVER was happening in heaven, the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples and they went out preaching the gospel with great power. Acts 2:1-4, 33 Peter, who had denied Jesus three times, now preached boldly. His sermon is recorded in Acts chapter 2.

 

Jesus is now seated on the throne of the universe with complete power . Col. 3:1, Eph. 1:20-22 He has sent us his Holy Spirit which gives us power be witnesses for Him. Jesus will be victorious in this epic battle over evil. This is why all honor and glory belong to Him. Praise the Lord!

This should give you courage as you face challenges in this life. Lift your eyes to Jesus who is working in your behalf with great power and authority.

Do you want your life resting in His capable hands? Give him your heart and your life today. He will not let you down.

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Revelation, Reformation and Resolutions

While thinking about plans for the coming year, these 3 R’s came to mind. Revelation, Reformation and Resolutions

 

Let’s start with Revelation and Reformation

 

Without a basic understanding of the Protestant Reformation, parts of the book of Revelation are very hard to understand. But with a basic knowledge of reformation history, they become much easier to grasp.The Beggars Bible

 

How do you teach a kid about reformation history? We have found reading “living” books, that is, story books about that time period very helpful. At times I read aloud to our kids and other times they read themselves.  As your kids get older you can tackle more heavy reading. Other books we enjoy offer a simple but thorough look at individuals of the protestant reformation and highlight how they stood firm on the word of God in the midst of great tribulation. Here are a few recommendations to get you started.

 

Recommended reads for kids

Living books with exciting stories about men and women of strong faith during the Protestant Reformation.

 

6117328: Beggars Bible: An Illustrated Historical Fiction of John Wycliffe Beggars Bible: An Illustrated Historical Fiction of John WycliffeBy Louise A. Vernon / Herald Press

The author tells of John Wycliffe, the famous Oxford teacher, preacher who translated the Bible and made his translation available to the poor of the land.

6115570: Bible Smuggler Bible SmugglerBy Louise A. Vernon / Herald Press

Read the 16th century story of William Tyndale, who wants to translate the Bible into English. He feels that the common people of England should be able to read the Scriptures for themselves. The church and government violently disagree.Collin Hartley, a boy and Tydale’s helper, works with him on this dangerous project. Tydale has to flee to Europe for his life, and Collin goes along. Their enemies follow and try to capture them, but Tyndale manages to complete his translation work. Then, he mush smuggle the English-language Bibles into England. Along with Collin Hartley, you will participate in all the important events of this daring story. Recommended for ages 9 and up.

116739: Ink on His Fingers Ink on His FingersBy Louise A. Vernon / Herald Press

John Gutenberg is working on printing the first Bible with type. Twelve-year-old Hands Dunne is planning on being a scribe and copying the Bible by hand. But circumstances change and he finds himself working in Gutenberg’s shop as an apprentice printer. Soon, Hans finds himself in the middle of a type-stealing mystery. Herr Fust, the village banker, wants Gutenberg’s type and tries every possible way to get his hands on it. Gutenberg is deep in debt and has borrowed from everyone in town. Gutenberg is sure that he will be able to pay everyone back one the Bible is printed, but he is running out of time. Will Hans, and the other pressmen be able to keep Herr Fust from getting the type? Will they be able to finish the Bible so many people will be able to read and learn from it?

45304: Morning Star Of The Reformation Morning Star Of The ReformationBy Andy Thomson / Journeyforth

The scene is Oxford University in medieval England, a place of high culture, intellectual activity—and danger, at least for reformer John Wycliffe, who challenges the formidable power of the Roman Catholic Church. In the midst of riots, plague, and persecution, Wycliffe risks his life to translate the Bible into English and paves the way for the Reformation. His courage will renew your appreciation for the gift of the English Bible. 134 pages, softcover from Bob Jones University Press.

 

 

Picture Books for all ages

These are exceptionally high quality picture books for all ages with beautiful illustrations and a wealth of information. Gain a new appreciation for the great reformers of our faith through these delightful books.

 

606265: Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the WorldBy Paul L. Maier, illustrated by Greg Copeland / Concordia Publishing House

The reformer, Martin Luther, was a powerful, influential man whose personal quest for peace with God launched widespread change in the church and laid a new foundation for society. As a young monk, Luther searched the Scriptures to ease his anxieties about sin and salvation. He became convinced that the Roman Catholic Church had lost sight of its central themes. Luther challenged the church by posting his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Church, an act that guaranteed attention. Rome responded quickly, demanding Luther to retract his remarks and eventually declaring him an outlaw. Despite its best efforts, the hierarchy of the church could not suppress Martin Luther. These dramatic events of his life sparked discontent that had been smoldering for centuries. Luther’s writings were widely read and accepted as the Renaissance ended and the Reformation began. His words continue to influence the church today as Christians rely on the truth of God’s Word. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

780553: John Calvin John CalvinBy Simonetta Carr / Reformation Heritage / Soli Deo Gloria

This richly illustrated book is the perfect introduction to John Calvin’s life, work, and legacy. Detailed chapters show how Calvin listened to God’s call throughout his life, risking much, living in poverty, and making difficult decisions for the sake of the Gospel he so dearly loved. Children will also gain an understanding of the struggles of the early Reformed church as they struggled to survive the attacks of the Roman Catholic Church and achieve a clear identity and a united doctrine. A timeline and “did you know” section complete the book. 63 pages, hardcover.

781900: Lady Jane Grey Lady Jane GreyBy Simonetta Carr / Reformation Heritage / Soli Deo Gloria

Living only until her execution at age 17, and ruling England for less than two weeks, Lady Jane Grey is still remembered for her intelligence and steadfast defense of the gospel. Declared by the dying (Protestant) King Edward as his successor to the throne- -instead of his half-sister Mary, as his father’s will decreed – -his quick decision caused confusion for Jane’s succession, which was quickly overcome by Mary’s gathering forces and Naval support.This fascinating children’s biography features full-page original illustrations, photographs of places she lived, and easy-to-understand text that conveys the gospel-values that Lady Jane held dear. 62 pages, hardcover.

782890: John Knox - Christian Biographies for Young Readers John Knox – Christian Biographies for Young ReadersBy Simonetta Carr / Reformation Heritage Books

Discover the life of John Knox (1514-1572) with this beautifully illustrated biography. Filled with paintings, illustrations, maps, photographs, and more, this book offers a unique insight into the life and faith of Scottish Protestant John Knox. Includes a time line of his life, a “Did You Know?” section, “The Scots Confession of Faith,” and an introduction and acknowledgements.

 

 

Now on to the third R – Resolutions

 

It has been said that writing down goals and sharing them with someone else leads to a better chance of them happening. So I’m sharing my goals for this website with you. Maybe it will help me keep on track. I have tons of ideas but am trying to be realistic with my schedule since I’m also homeschooling among other things.

 

My resolutions (aka goals) for 2015 for Revelation for Kids

 

        • Add regular blog posts (3-4/month), continuing to cover main topics in the book of Revelation

 

        • Complete a set of lessons for kids on the Book of Revelation

 

        • Complete picture cards on Revelation with key memory verses and main points

 

Seven Last PlaguesNew Heaven & New Earth

 

If you have specific information you are looking for on Revelation for Kids, please comment below. I’d be glad to hear from you!

 

 

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Revelation and Christmas?

This subject could actually fill pages and pages and hours and hours of information. I’ve drafted this post at least three times and it’s always too long, so I start over. It’s supposed to be simple, right! So kids can understand it. So here’s some info my son really connected with. He’s ten years old, and he got it – fast. (Note to grown-ups: Our children can handle more truth than we sometimes think they can. And they actually like being told the truth.)

 

Revelation and Christmas?

Okay, here’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to examine the Bible and history together, because sometimes the stories of history help us understand the Bible. Or more accurately, the Bible helps us better understand what’s happening in history. 

 

Satan has always been trying to take the place of God. Isaiah 14:12-14 He’s a master of deceit. Rev. 12:9 All through the book of Revelation the dragon (aka Satan) tries to take the place of God – as an impostor. An impostor is a person who pretends to be someone else in order in deceive others.  

 

Is there an impostor flying around at Christmastime?

Let’s examine this popular figure to see if he’s an impostor. Then we’ll see if there’s any clues about this in Revelation.

 

Santa Claus                                                                         Jesus Christ

Drives a sleigh through the sky

Drives a chariot up to heaven (2 Kings 2:11)

White hair

Hair white like wool (Rev. 1:14)

Wears a red coat

Wears a robe dipped in blood (Rev. 19:13)

Checks if you’re “naughty or nice”

Judges all according to their works (Rev. 20:12)

Gives gifts

Gives the best gift (Luke 11:13)

Is a carpenter – makes toys

Is a carpenter (Mark 6:3)

Comes from the North (Pole) and wants to take the place of God (Isa. 14:13)

Comes from the North (Ezek. 1:4; Ps. 48:2)

Says “Ho, Ho, Ho” (this phrase was used to introduce the character of the devil in Old English plays)

Holy, Holy, Holy (Rev. 4:8)

Wants little children to come to him

Wants little children to come to Him (Mark 10:14)

Comes as a thief in the night (through fireplace)

Comes as a thief in the night (Matt. 24:43-44)

Must lie about him to your children (Devil is the the father of lies. John 8:44)

Is the truth (John 14:6)

 

What’s the big deal?

Now, we know that Santa Claus is a combination of many old myths and traditions that have changed and combined over time. So what’s the big deal if he resembles Jesus? One obvious reason is Jesus is the truth, and Santa is based on a lie. But beyond that there is some interesting tidbits in Revelation and in the history of the early church.

Digging Into History

The church started growing rapidly after Jesus went to heaven. In fact it grew so quickly that some of the Greek-speaking Jews complained that their widows were not being taken care of. So the twelve disciples of Jesus suggested they choose seven men to be in charge of this ministry. Among those chosen was a man named Nicolas, a convert from Antioch. Acts 6:5

 

Apparently Nicolas, some time after this, began to introduce false teachings into the church. The people that followed him were called Nicolaitans (followers of Nicolas). Quite strongly, Revelation says that Jesus, “hates the deeds of the Nicolaitans.” Rev. 2:6,15 That should give us a big clue as to whether this is a big deal or not.

 

CLUE: Does anything at Christmas time have to do with “Nick” or “Nicolas”?

How about St. Nicholas (also known as Satan’s Claws, oh excuse me, Santa Claus)!

 

Now wait a minute – wasn’t St. Nicholas a priest of the early church who gave gifts to the poor? The truth is, the church very early on had started mixing pagan practices with “Christian” worship. It would be a little hard to explain how St. Nicolas could be a good thing, when the Book of Revelation said Jesus hates the deeds and doctrines of the Nicolaitans (the followers of Nicolas). So they had to embellish the life of a very obscure saint Nicholas who lived many hundreds of years later than Nicolas, the leader of the Nicolaitans, and make him more acceptable and “holy”.

 

In fact, the origins of Santa Claus go even further back than even the deacon Nicolas. Way back, to Babylonian religions. But we don’t have room for all that now. Except to say the Revelation does say loudly, “Come out of her my people”, in otherwords, come out of Babylon. Rev. 18:4

 

The Nicolaitans believed that men could lead lives of unrestrained indulgence. In other words, do whatever you feel like. It was the idea that the law of God is no longer binding, so as long as you “believed” in your heart, you didn’t actually have to do what the scriptures said. This is where we should be careful about saying, “Well that’s not what Santa means to me.” 

 

So we know that Nicolas went way off track somewhere. But there’s more. Another guy by the name of Cerinthus was also a follower of Nicolas. He invented a feast to honor the holy birth of Christ and picked the date December 25. Why would he pick this date? It certainly was not a biblical date. He probably picked it because it was close to the important feasts of two, if not more, groups of pagans – the followers of the sun-god Mithra, who’s birthday was December 25th, and the followers of Saturnus, the god of seed and sowing. These feasts took place during a huge Roman festival called Saturnalia which was celebrated at least 200 years or more before the birth of Christ. But by the middle of the fourth century AD, its festivities had been fully combined with the celebration of Christmas.

 

Now, what do you think the apostle John thought of Cerinthus? We don’t have to guess because Irenaeus, a bishop who studied under bishop Polycarp, who had been a disciple of the Apostle John told us in his writings what John thought about Cerinthus. He told this little story:

 

“There are those who heard from him that John, the disciple of the Lord, going to bathe at Ephesus, and perceiving Cerinthus within, rushed out of the bath-house without bathing, exclaiming, “Let us fly, lest even the bath-house fall down, because Cerinthus, the enemy of the truth, is within!” (Irenaius. Adversus Haeres. Book III, Chapter 3, Verse 4)

 

As for me and my house

This is really just an introduction on Revelation and Christmas. There is way more. But for now the question is, who or what will I follow? The truth or the lie. The real thing or the impostor. Let’s choose Jesus, who is the truth and the way.

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

 

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