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  • By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2001 This article looks at the first four trumpets found in Revelation 8:7-13. Do they mark the beginning of the outpouring of God’s wrath? How about the time of t...Read More...

  • The Book of Revelation By: Dr. Robert Thomas Many Christians are afraid of the book of Revelation, considering it too obscure for the average person. In this article Dr. Robert Thomas, the author...Read More...

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2003 When will Satan be bound? Where will it take place? For how long will he be bound? What is the purpose of this binding? These are the questions Dr. Thomas answers in this month’s article. Contents Contents 1 Events of the Seventh Bowl, #4: Satan Bound 1.1 The Time of […]

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    The Book of Revelation By: Dr. Robert Thomas Many Christians are afraid of the book of Revelation, considering it too obscure for the average person. In this article Dr. Robert Thomas, the author of a commentary on the Book of Revelations, begins to open up the message in terms the average Christian can understand and […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2003 This final article in the series on the Book of Revelation discusses the warnings given in Revelation 22:18-19, and John’s response in verses 20-21. Contents The Closing Words of Jesus—Part 2 Our discussion of the last words of Jesus, begun last month, continues in this our final lesson on the […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2003 This month Dr. Thomas begins his look at Revelation 22:12-14. This is important, not just because they are among the last utterances of Jesus in the New Testament, but also because of the message in these words. Contents Contents 1 The Closing Words of Jesus—Part 1 1.1 Those Inside the […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2003 Revelation contains a series of exchanges between one of the angels of the seven plagues and john, and between Jesus and John. This article concentrates on the testimony of the angel and the response of John. Contents Testimonies of a Last-Plague Angel and John In this lesson we come to […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2003 In this section Dr. Thomas discusses what nourishes and enriches the life of new-creation inhabitants and God’s slaves who live in the new Jerusalem. Contents Contents 1 The Seventh Bowl: Part Four of Intercalation #2, Inner Life of the City 1.1 The Water of Life (Rev. 22:1) 1.2 The Tree […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2003 Dr. Thomas explains that there will be not temple in the Holy City because, in a sense, the whole city will be a temple. And the city will not need a created light source, because God’s pervading presence will provide all the light needed. Contents The Seventh Bowl: Part Three […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2003 Who is John’s angelic guide mentioned in Rev. 21:9-10? What will the Holy City be like? Dr. Thomas tells us from Revelation 21:11-21. Contents The Seventh Bowl: Part Two of Intercalation #2, Physical Features of the Holy City In last month’s column we introduced Intercalation #2 (Rev. 21:9–22:5), a description […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2003 Dr. Thomas briefly reviews what he has shown us about the Seventh Bowl judgment, and points out striking parallels in the verses describing Babylon and the new Jerusalem. Contents Contents 1 Second Look at the Seventh Bowl (Vial): A Review and Intercalation #2 Begun 1.1 Announcement of the emptying of […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2003 The eighth scene of the seventh bowl judgment presents a bit of a surprise. Dr. Thomas explains this picture of the new heaven and new earth. Contents Events of the Seventh Bowl, #7: Sketch of the New Jerusalem Our study this month brings us to the eighth scene of the […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2003 Dr. Thomas describes for us the setting of the Great White Throne Judgment, and the ones who will stand before it in judgment. Who will be judged, and on what basis? Contents Events of the Seventh Bowl, #6: The Great White Throne Judgment The sixth scene of the seventh bowl […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2003 In Revelation 20 we learn that Satan will be released for a time. Dr. Thomas paints us a picture of what will happen during that time; what Satan’s army will be like; and what will happen to Satan at the end of that time. Contents Contents 1 Events of the […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2002 Continuing his study of Revelation chapters 17-19, Dr. Thomas describes the events surrounding the fall of Babylon and the attitudes of the people involved. Contents Contents 1 The Seventh Bowl: Part Five of Intercalation #1, Fall of Commercial Babylon Completed 1.1 Prediction of a Voice from Heaven with the Details […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2003 Who are the ones sitting on the thrones in Revelation 20:4? Revelation 20:5 speaks of two resurrections. Who will be involved in each? Dr. Thomas gives us the answers. Events of the Seventh Bowl, #5: Resurrection and Millennial Rule Following the list of scenes comprising the seventh bowl judgment (see […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2002 Event #2: an angel will issue a summons to all the birds of prey to come to the battlefield. Event #3: the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies gather to make war against the Rider and His army. Contents Contents 1 Events of the Seventh Bowl, #2 […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2002 This month we begin an investigation of the events of the seventh bowl found in Revelation 19:11-20:15. This article will concentrate on Revelation 19:11-16, the second coming of Christ. In particular, Dr. Thomas identifies the Rider on the White Horse, and his enemies. Contents Events of the Seventh Bowl #1: […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2002 Revelation chapter 19 reveals five songs. Who sings each? What is the purpose of each song? Dr. Thomas paints a glorious picture of a heavenly “praise service”. Contents Contents 1 The Seventh Bowl: Part Six of Intercalation #1, Celebrating the Fall of Babylon 1.1 The First Song (Rev. 19:1-2) 1.2 […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2002 Babylon’s sins, and therefore her guilt, have already been described, now John describes the judgment that will come upon her. Dr. Thomas leads us through the descriptions found in Revelation 18. Contents The Seventh Bowl: Part Four of Intercalation #1, Fall of Commercial Babylon Begun A review of our April, […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2002 The focus in Revelation 17 now shifts back to the “great harlot” her sphere of influence and her ultimate destruction. Contents Contents 1 The Seventh Bowl: Part Three of Intercalation #1, Judgment of the Great Harlot 1.1 The Harlot’s Control over the World’s Population (17:15) 1.2 The Harlot’s Demise at […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2002 The author of Revelation, John, “marveled with great amazement” at the vision of the beast. In this passage he tries to describe what he has seen. Dr. Thomas helps us to understand what we read about the beast’s heads and horns. Contents Contents 1 The Seventh Bowl: Part Two of […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2002 Dr. Thomas suggests that the section from Revelation 17:1-19:10 provides a parenthetical look at Babylon before continuing with the chronological progression of future events. This month’s article looks at the angelic guide, the harlot and the beast mentioned in Revelation 17:1-6. Contents Contents 1 The Seventh Bowl: Part One of […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2002 During the past three months we’ve looked at the first six of the bowl judgments. Now, in Revelation 16, we come to the initial description of the seventh bowl. The full account of this bowl’s contents extends all the way through the Revelation 22:5. We will begin to explore the […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2002 If you think the misery unleashed by the first four “bowl judgments” was bad, Dr. Thomas says the worst is still to come! This month he will describe the difficulties that will be added to humanity by the contents of the fifth and sixth bowls. Contents The Fifth and Sixth […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2002 Our study this month arrives at Revelation 6, a chapter that begins divulging the contents of the seventh-trumpet judgment that was first mentioned in Revelation 11:15. This month Dr. Thomas will look at the first four bowl judgments. Contents Contents 1 THE FIRST FOUR BOWLS (OR VIALS) 2 The First […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2002 The author of Revelation has provided substantial information in preparation for the seventh trumpet judgment. Now the time has arrived to introduce the contents of that seventh trumpet—the seven bowls filled with the anger of God. Contents THE SEVEN BOWLS INTRODUCED John, the author of Revelation, has provided us with […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2001 Revelation 14:14-20 gives us a preview of the great battle still to come. This preview is described as “the harvest” (14:14-16) and “the vintage” (14:17-20) Dr. Thomas explains what is involved in these graphic word pictures. Contents THE SEVENTH TRUMPET: THE SEVEN BOWLS PENDING—THE HARVEST AND THE VINTAGE The last […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2001 Revelation 12-14 carried us through descriptions of great past and future battles in Satan’s attempt to eradicate national Israel. We have seen the victory of the 144,000. Now we come to four announcements pertaining to the awfulness of the upcoming “bowl judgments.” Contents Contents 1 THE SEVENTH TRUMPET: THE SEVEN […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2001 This month Dr. Thomas considers the victory scene in Revelation 14:1-5, paying particular attention to the victorious Lamb, the heavenly singers, and the redeemed 144,000. Contents Contents 1 THE SEVENTH TRUMPET: THE SEVEN BOWLS PENDING—VICTORIOUS FOLLOWERS OF THE LAMB 1.1 The Victorious Lamb 1.2 The Heavenly Singers 1.3 The Redeemed […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2001 This month Dr. Thomas shows us the accomplishments of the counterfeit Christ, the consequences for saints, and the assistance rendered by the beast’s helper, all from Revelation 13. Contents Contents 1 THE SEVENTH TRUMPET: THE SEVEN BOWLS PENDING—EXPLOITS OF THE COUNTERFEIT CHRIST AND HIS HELPER 1.1 The Accomplishments of the […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2001 This month Dr. Thomas continues his series by giving an account of Satan’s persecution of Israel and an introduction to his chief human agent in that persecution. Contents THE SEVENTH TRUMPET: THE SEVEN BOWLS PENDING—PERSECUTION OF ISRAEL BY SATAN’S CHIEF AGENT The seventh trumpet has sounded in Revelation 11:15, but […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2001 Dr. Thomas explains Revelation 12, which begins with an enactment in heaven and ends with action upon the earth. This chapter furnishes background information that will help us understand the “bowl” or “vial” judgments. Contents THE SEVENTH TRUMPET: THE SEVEN BOWLS PENDING—SATAN’S CAMPAIGN AGAINST ISRAEL AND HER MESSIAH Revelation 12 […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2001 The seventh trumpet has sounded. The earth is awaiting the events set forth in the seven bowls. Meanwhile, two songs are sung in heaven. The first celebrates Christ’s coming kingdom and the second celebrates God’s future judgments. These songs are the topics of this month’s article by Dr. Robert Thomas. […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2001 In Revelation chapter 11 John is told to measure the temple and the worshipers in it. Dr. Thomas explains that we can understand this passage without becoming lost in “a hopeless tangle of symbolic contradictions.” Contents MEASUREMENT OF THE TEMPLE AND ITS WORSHIPERS John’s first directive as part of his […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2001 In previous article we have seen the first six trumpet judgments found in Revelation chapters 8 and 9. Now Dr. Thomas explains two “side trips” that take place before the seventh trumpet sounds. Contents Contents 1 NO MORE DELAY: THE END IS AT HAND 1.1 The angel’s identity 1.2 The […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2001 Dr. Thomas looks at the fifth and sixth trumpet judgments described in Revelation 9:1-21 to show what will be involved in these events during the great tribulation period. Contents Contents 1 THE GREAT TRIBULATION CONTINUED 1.1 The Fifth Trumpet (9:1-12) 1.2 The Sixth Trumpet (9:13-21) 1.3 RESPONSE OF THE SURVIVORS […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2001 This article looks at the first four trumpets found in Revelation 8:7-13. Do they mark the beginning of the outpouring of God’s wrath? How about the time of tribulation? Contents Contents 1 THE BEGINNING OF THE GREAT TRIBULATION 1.1 The First Trumpet (Rev. 8:7) 1.2 The Second Trumpet (Rev. 8:8-9) […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2001 Robert Thomas looks at the events surrounding the half-hour of silence mentioned in Revelation 8 and suggests several possible meanings for the pause. Contents A HALF-HOUR SILENCE IN HEAVEN: WHAT DOES IT MEAN? We come to the eighth chapter in our study of the Book of Revelation. In chapter 7 […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2000 Last month Dr. Thomas explains who the 144,000 are—and aren’t. Now he tackles the question of the “crowd too large to count” to see if the Bible identifies them as well. Contents Contents 1 THE CROWD TOO LARGE TO COUNT: WHO ARE THEY? 1.1 The Time of the Crowd’s Celebration […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2000 Many different groups have tried to claim exclusive right to be the 144,000 mentioned in Revelation 7. Dr. Thomas explains why they are mistaken, on the basis of what the Scripture has to say about the identity of this group. Contents Contents 1 ONE HUNDRED FORTY-FOUR THOUSAND: WHO ARE THEY? […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2000 In this article Dr. Thomas investigates the meaning of the fifth and sixth seals mentioned in Revelation Chapter 6. Contents THE BEGINNING OF BIRTH PAINS, PART 2 Last month we saw certain devastating effects of the first four seal judgments in Revela­tion 6, culminating in the deaths of one-fourth of […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2000 The “divine purgings” detailed in Revelations 4 and 5 are compared to labor pains in Jesus’ Olivet Discourse. Dr. Thomas begins a look at these events. Contents Contents 1 THE BEGINNING OF BIRTH PAINS, PART 1 1.1 The First Seal: Peaceful Conquest (6:1-2) 1.2 The Second Seal: Warfare and Bloodshed […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2000 Dr. Thomas describes a great celebration that will take place in heaven around the throne. Why (What) will they be celebrating? Who will be there? What will they be doing? Contents Contents 1 THE HEAVENLY THRONE-ROOM, PART 3 1.1 Celebration of the Four Living Beings and Twenty-four Elders (5:8-10) 1.2 […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2000 Dr. Thomas explores the importance of the sealed scroll from Revelation 5. What does it contain? Who is worthy to open it? Contents Contents 1 THE HEAVENLY THRONE-ROOM, PART 2 1.1 The Contents of the Secret Scroll 1.2 The Lion 1.3 The Lamb THE HEAVENLY THRONE-ROOM, PART 2 With echoes […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2000 Continuing now with the fourth chapter of Revelation, Dr. Thomas begins to look at the heavenly throne-room, and the identity of those who are described as being around the throne. Contents THE HEAVENLY THRONE-ROOM, PART 1 For our series of studies in the last book of the Bible, we have […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2000 Dr. Thomas explains the political, social, and even environmental situation in Laodicea which would have made it easy for the Christians there to understand the message given to them. Contents LAODICEA: THE CHURCH OF LUKEWARMNESS The last messenger, the one from Laodicea, finally reached his home city after accom­panying the […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2000 The church is given five special promises not given to the other six churches. What are these promises? Can Christians today claim them? Dr. Thomas explains. Contents PHILADELPHIA: THE CHURCH OF PROMISED DELIVERANCE About twenty-five miles southeast of Sardis lay the city of Philadelphia, the next stop on the itinerary […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2000 Dr. Thomas continues his series with the message to the church at Sardis. What lessons could they have learned from history, as well as from Jesus, that would have prevented their slide into complacency? Contents SARDIS: THE CHURCH OF COMPLACENCY Initially seven messengers left John the Apostle on the island […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©1999 Dr. Thomas begins to look at the seven churches mentioned in the Book of Revelation. This month he focuses on Ephesus, the church that had “left its first love.” What did this mean for them, and does carry a warning for the church today? Contents EPHESUS: THE CHURCH OF LOVELESS […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2000 Dr. Thomas explains the circumstances in Thyatira that make it a hard place for Christians to stand for their faith. What did “Jezebel” teach? And why did Jesus commend those who opposed her? Contents Contents 1 THYATIRA: THE CHURCH OF COMPROMISE 1.1 Jezebel and her error 1.2 Christ’s response to […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©2000 Is it all right for the Christian church to be “tolerant” of different beliefs, lifestyle choices etc, in the way our society demands? Dr. Thomas answers that question as he looks at what the Angel to the church at Pergamum had to say. Contents Contents 1 PERGAMUM: THE CHURCH OF […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©1999 What problem was the angel addressing in his message to the church in Smyrna? How does this message differ from all the others? What is the message for the church today? Contents Smyrna: The Church of Martyrdom Christ’s message to the church in Smyrna (Rev. 2:8-11) is the second of […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©1999 Dr. Thomas gives, from chapter one, a brief outline of the rest of the Book of Revelation. If you have been “afraid” to study the Book of Revelation, this series of articles would be an excellent place to begin. Contents Contents 1 THE BOOK OF REVELATION : JOHN’S COMMISSION TO WRITE […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©1999 The article focuses on what Dr. Thomas refers to as the “theme verse” of the Book of Revelation: “Behold, He comes with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him, and all the families of the earth will mourn over Him. Yes, amen.” (Rev. 1:7) Don’t […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©1999 There are two things we can definitely say about Gods plans: What He plans will happen, and what He plans will happen exactly as He planned. Dr. Thomas explains how these things relate to biblical prophecies. Contents GOD PLANS AHEAD We humans are wise to make plans for the future, […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©1999 What is the difference between “imminence,” “immanence,” and “eminence”? How do each of these terms relate to Christ? Contents THE IMMINENCE OF CHRIST’S RETURN The last book of the Bible, beginning with its very first verse, indicates repeatedly that Jesus Christ will return soon. “Things that must happen soon” (Rev. […]

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    By: Dr. Robert Thomas; ©1999 Many Christians are afraid of the book of Revelation, considering it too obscure for the average person. In this article Dr. Robert Thomas, the author of a commentary on the Book of Revelations, begins to open up the message in terms the average Christian can understand and appreciate. Contents THE […]

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