quick study is a sub-topic support for the foreshadows in
5 - THE BOOK OF REVELATION
- God's Agenda for the End Time.
most powerful and meaningful word in the Bible is the word
"love". Not love based on human definition, but
based on God's love (agape). Love is a most unique virtue
because it flourishes in a heart that is free! Free from
things that inhibit expressions of love. Love is unique
because the power of love requires expression. If love is
not expressed it loses its power. Love is the driving force
in the ministry of the gospel to those who need to know
God's love for them. Every person desires to be loved. People
will open their hearts and trust those who love them. Faith
and trust in God is energized by a person's understanding
of God's love for him. Love for God, Christ Jesus and others
is an eternal life line connection. Love is unique, if unhindered
it establishes emotional connections to others and expands
the horizon of life and interpersonal joy of all who are
connected to each other. Love fulfills God's Word in our
hearts. Love is from God, our Father. God is love!
importance of love in Christians' transformational growth
is emphasized in the following scriptures:
22:37-40 (KJV) - Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the
Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul,
and with all thy mind. (38) This is the first and great
commandment. (39) And the second is like unto it,
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (40) On
these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
states the most important scripture in the New Testament
is love, upon which the entire Word of God hangs (depends).
Therefore, our faith which "comes by hearing and
hearing by the Word" is energized by our wholehearted
love for God and for those whom God loves - Galatians
5:6 (KJV) - For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth
anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh
Corinthians 13:12-13 (NIV) - Now we see but a poor reflection
as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I
know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully
known. (13) And now these three remain: faith, hope
and love. But the greatest of these is love. When
we get to heaven we will fully know God and Christ, even
as they fully know us. This full knowledge of them will
be made known to us by our faith, hope and love. The greatest
of these is love, because faith is energized by love and
hope is based in love. Love for God and for those whom God
loves is the revealing factor of our hearts - "Each
tree is recognized by its own fruit". - Luke 6:44 (NIV).
Accepting God's love empowers the heart to forgive others,
freeing the heart free to receive blessings from God. Love
is the power of God for casting down self-serving attitudes
and vain philosophies.
5:46-48 (NIV) - If you love those who love you, what
reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors
doing that? (47) And if you greet only your brothers, what
are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
(48) Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Christians only love those who love them, it will affect
their reward in heaven. Even pagans love those who love
them. To be like Christ, Christians need to love others
as Christ loves them, even our enemies!
Heart Is the Storehouse for Christ's Testimony - The Gospel.
The love of God stored in the heart of His children. Whatever
is stored in the heart will determine the reward for each
10:10 (NIV) - For it is in your heart that
you believe and are justified.
Samuel 16:7 (NIV) - "Do not consider his appearance
or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not
look at the things man looks at, Man looks at the outward
appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
4:12 (NIV) - For the word of God....judges the
thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
5:8 (NIV) - Blessed are the pure in heart
for they shall see God.
at the ministry of the gospel and the Judgment Seat of Christ
throughout God's end time agenda, and realizing the tribulation
events increase in intensity from the pre-trib judgment
of the house of God into the first half of tribulation,
one begins to see the calloused hearts of carnal Christians
and Jews. Calloused hearts are judged and moved from pre-trib
judgment into the first half and from the first half into
the last half of the tribulation period, as a greater intensity
of tribulation fire is required for separating hard hearted
covenant people from their worldliness. 1 Corinthians
3:14-15 (NIV) - If what he has built survives, he will receive
his reward. (15) If it is burned up, he will suffer loss;
he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through
5 - THE BOOK OF REVELATION
- God's Agenda for the End Time for
a deeper study of the end time harvests and ministries of
is apparent that the heart plays a vital part in a Christian's
readiness for the end time harvests. Love prevent hearts
from becoming calloused and allows the Holy Spirit to fully
reside. Love casts down self-righteousness and legalism.
Fulfills God's Word
13:8 (KJV) - Owe no man any thing,
but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath
fulfilled the law.
(Strong's Concordance / Greek) #3784 - opheilo
(of-i'-lo); or (in certain tenses) its prolonged form opheileo
(of-i-leh'-o); probably from the base of #3786 (through
the idea of accruing); to owe (peculiarly); figuratively,
to be under obligation (ought, must, should); morally,
to fail in duty.
in KJV - behove, be bound, (be) debt (-or),
(be) due (-ty), be guilty (indebted), (must) need (-s),
ought, owe, should.
- ophelos (of'-el-os); from ophello (to heap up,
i.e. accumulate or benefit); gain.
in KJV - advantage, profit
literally means to be in debt to other men. Figuratively,
opheilo means each Christian has an moral obligation (debt)
to Christ that he should love his fellowman. The prolonged
form of opheilo is ophelos which means love is spiritual
gain, benefit and profit.
apostle Paul also emphasizes that love for personal gain
is futile in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (NIV) - If I speak
in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love,
I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. (2) If
I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries
and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains,
but have not love, I am nothing. (3) If I give all
I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,
but have not love, I gain nothing.
13:10 (NIV) - Love worketh no ill to his neighbour;
therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
The entire Word of God is fulfilled in our hearts and minds
by unconditional love. Faith and hope will abound!
Sermon on the Mount was Jesus' first recorded sermon. He
was speaking to Jews who were bound by a form of self righteousness
rooted in their belief that a right standing before God
was based on their observance of the Law.
5:17-20 (NIV) - "Do not think that I have come to abolish
the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them
but to fulfill them. (18) I tell you the truth, until
heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not
the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from
the Law until everything is accomplished. (19) Anyone who
breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches
others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom
of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands
will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (20)
For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses
that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law, you
will not certainly
enter the kingdom of heaven."
this passage of scripture Jesus contrasts the righteousness
of the Pharisee to the fulfillment of the law through love.
The righteousness of the Pharisee is self-righteousness,
because he sees his own works of obedience to the law as
evidence of his righteousness before God.
9:32-10:4 (NIV) - Why not? Because they
pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works.
They stumbled over the "stumbling stone." (33)
As it is written: "See, I lay in Zion a stone that
causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and
the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."
(10:1) Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for
the Israelites is that they may be saved. (2) For
I can testify about them that they are zealous for God,
but their zeal is not based on knowledge. (3) Since they
did not know the righteousness that comes from God and
sought to establish their own, they did not submit to
God's righteousness. (4) Christ is the end of the law
so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.
Jew's efforts to establish their own righteousness through
the law is self-righteousness, which hinders receiving God's
Pharisee Type of Righteousness Through Love
Jews were attempting to fulfill the Law through obedience
Romans 2:28-29 (NIV) - A man is not a Jew if he is only
one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical.
(29) No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision
is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit not by the
written code (Law).
22:34-40 (NIV) - Hearing that Jesus had silenced
the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. (35) One of them,
and expert in the law, tested him with this question: (36)
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the
Law?" (37) Jesus replied, "`Love the Lord your
God with all your heart and with all your
soul and with all your
mind.' (38) This is the first and greatest commandment.
(39) And the second is like it: `Love
your neighbor as yourself.' (40) All the law and the prophets
hang on these two commandments."
came to fulfill the Word of God, not abolish it. For the
Christian, fulfilling the Word of God will depend on the
Christian's love for God and love for his neighbor. This
is why Christ stated in verse 40 that "all the Law
and the Prophets (the entire Word of God documented
at that time) HANG on these two commandments."
Meaning, the entire gospel as it works in the Christian's
life depends on his unconditional love for God and for
his neighbor. (For a capsule perspective
of love study 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.)
is the fulfillment of the law - Romans 13:10
the word of God is fulfilled by love, then faith which comes
by hearing the Word must also be fulfilled by love. Therefore,
one must come to a place of loving others as Christ loved
10:17 (KJV) - "Faith cometh by hearing
and hearing by the word."
5:6 (KJV) - ...Faith worketh by love.
love fulfills the Word of God. Then the work of God
for us is to have faith in the Son of God - "to
believe in the one He has sent" - John 6:29.
Faith is given power when we know beyond a doubt that Jesus
died on the cross because He loved us. Jesus' love for God
the Father and for us, empowered Him to become obedient
unto death, even death on a cross.
9:26 (KJV) - And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah
be cut off, but not for himself. Jesus was cut
off (crucified), but not for himself. He was cut off for
the church because He loved the church! Ephesians 5:25
(NIV) - Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved
the church and gave himself up for her. Why
should we doubt Him when He loved us so much? How we perceive
real love will determine our thoughts and attitude and impact
4:12 (NIV) - For the word of God is LIVING
AND ACTIVE. Sharper than any double-edged sword,
it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and
marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes
of the heart.
5:6 (KJV) - For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth
anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh
end time judgment of the Christian will be based on the
living and active Word that abides in his mind and heart.
truth of God must abide in the heart and mind of each Christian.
Then judgment is good and agreeable with the abiding word.
LIVING Word because the righteous will live by faith
(Habakkuk 2:4 & Romans 1:17) in things unseen
(2 Corinthians 4:18). He walks by faith and not by
sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
ACTIVE Word because faith by itself, without action,
is dead (James 2:17, 26).
2: 20-2(NIV) - "You
foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds
is dead? (21) Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous
for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?
(22) You see that his faith and his actions
were working together, and his
faith was made complete by what he did."
and faith cannot be separated. The work of God through the
gospel is to transform the mind of man to be like Christ.
Christ gave himself over to death for the good of mankind.
Therefore, the work of God is complete when Christians offer
themselves in love for the good of others, without personally
expecting anything in return. Love is selfless.
2:20-21 (KJV) - I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless
I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life
which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the
Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
(21) I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness
come by the law, then Christ
is dead in vain.
Pharisee righteousness can only be attained through love.
Apart from love the Christian will end up in religious rituals
and legalism. At best, he will become a Pharisee. Righteousness
cannot be attained through observing the law. Deeds, apart
from love, will be dead works.
overview of the book of Revelation reveals Christ's salvation,
sanctification and harvest of the church. At the end of
each ministry (pre-tribulation and mid-tribulation), if
additional sanctification is needed, the Christian is moved
into the next ministry and the fires of tribulation are
increased, evidenced by the progressive intensity of events
under the seals, trumpets and bowls of wrath.
pre-tribulation precept is validated by the presentation
of the letters to the churches. Those outside the church
of Philadelphia Christians will be moved into the ministry
of the first half of tribulation under the seals. Those
who fail to repent under the ministry of the seals will
be moved into the next ministry under the trumpets. Those
who fail to repent under the trumpets will be moved into
the time of wrath under the bowls of wrath.
can see why Jesus gave the church another commandment -
Galatians 5:13-14 (NIV) - The entire law is summed
up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as
yourself. Then your reward will be great in the kingdom