Saturday, October 20, 2012

Revelation Bible Study - Lesson 36 - Revelation 14:1-13

Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps, and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb, and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless.

Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, "Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water."

Another angel, a second, followed, saying, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who made all nations drink the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality."

And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, "If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God's wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name."

Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.

 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Write this:  Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Blessed indeed," says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!" (ESV)

The Lamb And 144,000


How did these 144,000 people get to Mount Zion? What does their presence there reveal about God? 
 

The 144,000 are found on Mount Zion, the city of David, which is Jerusalem. Have you ever wondered how they got there? After all, this is the end times and if they were super evangelists as described by some, the Anti-Christ would certainly not allow them free travel. He would rather kill them on sight. Why would they all head for Mount Zion? I know they follow the Lamb wherever He goes, but why here and now?  

For the Lord hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it. I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread. I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy. (Ps 132:13-16 KJV)  

I think Jesus is marking out His territory, God’s chosen place for His dwelling. In Rev 12:10, it says that the authority of Christ has come. Chapter 13 describes the opposition to His authority and now we can see Jesus making His presence known in the spiritual realm.  

Why would this be a spiritual visit and not a physical visit? 
 

It is spiritual because His physical return will be accomplished with a much different effect.  

And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. (Zech 14:4 KJV)

Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. (Acts 1:11 KJV) 

The next few verses in Zechariah describe the day that Jesus comes back physically and it simply doesn’t match up with this encounter with the 144,000. Another reason that I think this appearance is spiritual rather than physical is that within the next couple of verses, they are singing before the throne and in front of the twenty-four elders and four living creatures. This couldn’t happen if they were physically on the Mount of Olives as described in Acts 1:11.  

Since the 144,000 are all Jews, what could their arrival on Mount Zion symbolize? 
 

And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. (Rom 11:26-27 KJV)  

This prophecy could be fulfilled by Jesus’ appearance on Mount Zion. This could be the point in the tribulation when all of Israel is saved and turns to Jesus as their Messiah.  

But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. (Heb 12:22-24 KJV)  

Mount Zion is also referred to as the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. All of us who have been born again have already come to Him in the spiritual realm. The 144,000 that now appear with Him have come to Jesus as well, which means they are all dead. They have been martyred and have completed the number of the fellow servants who are to be killed in Rev 6:9-11. With this, God no longer has any reason to hold back His wrath. 

How can these 144,000 be so pure? 
 

And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem: When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain. (Isa 4:3-6 KJV)  

There seems to be even more in store for the future of Zion. The correlation I see here is that all who remain in Jerusalem will be called holy. It isn’t something that they have done, but they are washed clean and then protected by the Lord. Notice that the 144,000 haven’t been defiled by sexual impurity and no lie was found in their mouths. How can you find that many men on earth that would meet these standards whether they are Jewish or not? No, this can only come because they have been washed clean by the blood of the Lamb. They are in this sense just like any Christian who is in the presence of the Lord after death. See lesson 22 for previous discussions about the 144,000.

Two Names on Their Foreheads


Why would there be both the names of Jesus and the Father on their forehead? 
 

When we last saw these people being sealed, it wasn’t specified how they were being sealed, just that it was on their forehead. Here we see that it is the name of Jesus and of God the Father. Some people have a concern with the concept of the trinity. They are a little worried that by worshiping Jesus, they are not worshiping the Father. Some are concerned that they aren’t giving proper time to the Father if they worship Jesus. Among Jews who don’t know Jesus, it is more than a little problem; it is blasphemy to worship Jesus. These names let us know that to worship one is to worship both. The beautiful thing is that these are all Jews and they have come to the realization that Jesus and God are one and the same. 

How are all Christians like the 144,000? 
 

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. (1 Peter 1:18-21 NIV) 

The Gospel is presented clearly in these verses. Like the 144,000, we have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus. It was established to happen this way before the creation of the world. When we finally believe in Jesus to be our God and Savior, it is only then that we truly believe in God. Anything other than this is not a true (or saving) belief in God. It isn’t Jesus or the Father. It is both as represented by the seal on the foreheads of the 144,000.

First Fruit


What is the meaning of the first fruits in the Old Testament and how are these 144,000 first fruits? 
 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When you enter the land which I am going to give to you and reap its harvest, then you shall bring in the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest. He shall wave the sheaf before the Lord for you to be accepted; on the day after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. Now on the day when you wave the sheaf, you shall offer a male lamb one year old without defect for a burnt offering to the Lord.’” (Lev 23:9-12 NASU)  

The first fruit is a sample of that which is about to be harvested. The lamb to be sacrificed at the same time was to be without defect. The offering was presented openly and visibly, waved before the Lord. Unger tells us that it became a tradition and the harvest could not start until the ceremony of the first fruit had first taken place.[1] The first fruit was brought in a basket and presented to the priest who placed it before the altar of the Lord.

Here we see the 144,000 with the high priest, Jesus who is also the Lamb without defect. Then we see them before the altar. Unger also tells us that when the whole village could not make the trip, they sent representatives with the first fruit, at least 24 people. Only the ones that follow the Lamb can come into the city singing the new song. When the Jews went to Jerusalem with the first fruits, they also sang songs along the way. Ps 122 and Ps 150 are two examples of the songs they sang. Understanding the importance of the first fruits in the Old Testament shows us that this scene from Revelation indicates that the rest of the harvest can now take place.  

The last two chapters of Revelation may mess with our minds as far as timing goes. What clues help us re re-establish the time-line?  
 

Three Angels


Another angel appears. The previous angel appeared in chapter 11. This shows that the chapters 12 and 13 are parenthetical chapters. They do not occur in the same time sequence but are a “time out” to explain some things that have already happened as well as to introduce more information about the beast and his origin. We are now picking up again with the last of the three woes.

Eternal Gospel


We have been commanded to spread the Gospel. Why would God now use an angel to proclaim the Gospel? 
 

The first thing of interest to note is that the beast has authority over the people who will hear the first angel’s proclamation of the gospel. God is not going to leave anyone with an excuse. Nor is He going to leave anyone who earnestly seeks Him without an opportunity to come to Him (Heb 11:6). The harvest will not start without fair warning.

We have been told to go to all of the nations and make disciples (Matt 28:19). This is more than just preaching the Gospel. We are to teach those who believe to observe what they have been taught. It is a long-term commitment. This is not the case with the proclamation from the angel. He is proclaiming a last chance to declare allegiance to God. By this time most people will have already made up their minds.  

What is the difference between seeking a sign vs. understanding the signs and how does this relate to the angel? 
 

A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed. (Matt 16:4 KJV)

The religious leaders were looking for a sign, but they had already made up their minds that Jesus wasn’t the Messiah. The only sign that they were given was Jesus’ resurrection and they even refused to believe that. When this angel appears in the heavens and broadcasts the message, people will reject it also. 

And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? (Matt 24:3 KJV)  

There is a big contrast between Jesus’ response to this question from His disciples and His response to the Pharisees. He went on for two chapters explaining the signs of the end of the age. We should be looking for signs of His coming. We should inquire about the signs we have already seen but we shouldn’t be asking for signs when we’ve already made up our minds that we will ignore them – especially when Scripture is already clear as it was for the Pharisees. 

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. (Matt 24:14 KJV) 

This is one of those signs. Many assume that our task is to preach the Gospel to every nation before Jesus will come back again. However, if you look carefully at the task and the weakness of men, we cannot do it.

But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come. (Matt 10:23 KJV)  

That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try because He has commanded us to go to all nations.  

Why or why not would this angel be a technological advance of mankind that would enable us to fulfill the sign? 
 

Some think that the angel that John saw was actually a satellite transmitting the Gospel by radio or TV There is always that possibility, but the text says that the angel flew in midair, which is a pretty specific phrase. If John did see a satellite, I would think that he would describe it as something other than an angel, which generally looks like a person, and would have said in the heavens rather than midair. The other thing is that the angel proclaims this with a loud voice. It is audible to people whether or not they have radios or TVs Sometimes we forget that there are still many people in the world without radio and TV. 

Why is it called an eternal Gospel?
 

As was stated in 1 Peter 1:20, Jesus was chosen before the creation of the world. The plan of salvation is eternal. It is also called the eternal Gospel because this is what God has been saying all along. The following passages from the Old Testament demonstrate the consistency of the message that the angel is proclaiming.

And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good? (Deut 10:12-13 KJV) 

We are to fear Him, to walk in all His ways and to love Him. How can you both fear and love someone at the same time? Isn’t this fear our awesome response when we finally realize who He is and who we are not? Isn’t it the knowledge that, if He wanted to, He has the ability to cancel everything and start over? Yet He loves us! Our love and service are based on an awareness of who He is and what He has done for us, not a fear of eternal damnation. This love certainly isn’t a result of our efforts to be good enough for Him so He won’t punish us. Jesus has already taken our punishment for us.  

Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. (Josh 24:14 KJV) 

This kind of fear causes us to toss everything out that comes before Him because we have a desire to serve Him. Solomon echoed Joshua’s words many years later.  

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. (Eccl 12:13 KJV)  

Solomon clearly stated that our purpose is to fear God and keep His commandments. Of course the only way to do that is through Jesus. 

This fear God command doesn’t sound like the Gospel that we usually understand. How does it relate to Jesus and the fact He paid for our sins? 
 

For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. (John 5:22-23 NKJV)

Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. (1 John 2:23 NKJV )

If anyone truly fears God, then he will honor Jesus; he will accept Jesus because the Father has sent Him. If the true motive of people’s hearts is not a loving fear of God, then they will reject Jesus. 

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: (1 Cor 15:3-5 KJV)  

This is the Gospel that Paul preached. Since Christ died for our sins, our fear of Him is not a fear of rejection or condemnation. The fact that this is not that kind of fear is proved by His resurrection and appearance before others.  

And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. (1 John 4:17-18 NLT)  

If anyone fears God only because he is afraid of being punished, then he doesn’t really know Jesus or His love. If they did, they would have confidence that there would be no punishment for them on the Day of Judgment, but rather open loving arms.

Fallen Babylon


How does the second angel declaring that Babylon has fallen tie in with the eternal Gospel? 
 

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. (Rom 1:18-25 KJV) 

Because God has created all things, because it is evident to men that there is a Creator, He is to be worshiped. This is part of the eternal Gospel. We get into trouble when we turn to other things than Him. It doesn’t matter if it is an image of the beast or an image of any beast. We are without excuse, yet God loves us so much that He is willing to give us every chance. He has sent His messengers, and then He sent Jesus to tell us. Now He sends these angels. Yet these verses say that the desire of men’s hearts is sinful, therefore He will finally give them over to their sin. Babylon is synonymous with sin, especially with the degrading downward spiral described in the verses above and those that follow them in Rom 1:26-32. This lends meaning to why the angel declares that Babylon has fallen. Sin is going to end! 

What else does Babylon symbolize? 
 

The root word of the name Babylon comes from the Hebrew, which means to confound and refers to the confusion at the tower of Babel. As used symbolically here and other places in Revelation, Babylon has confounded the nations again. This time it has come with false religion and political power.

God’s order for the future is Jesus as King and the center of all things. Everything will revolve around Him. The Gentile nations are blessed because of Him (Isa 11:10-12). However, before that time comes, Jesus tells us that the time of the Gentiles will come and they will rule.  

And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. (Luke 21:24 KJV)  

In the Old Testament, Babylon was the first to take Judah into exile and Nebuchadnezzar basically set himself up as God. It was the center of political power and false religion. So the Babylon of Revelation is a religious (Rev 17:3-6), political, and economic force (Rev 18:3). This angel has announced the destruction of this false religion and political system that has been opposing Jesus for centuries. 

How is Babylon’s evil sexual influence related to its false religion? 
 

From the NIV translation we get a sense of the power of the false religion represented by Babylon. It states that Babylon made the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries (Rev 14:8). The idea of maddening adulteries refers back to God’s concept of what a person or nation does when they leave Him to look for other gods.  

And yet they did not listen to their judges; for they played the harlot after other gods and bowed down to them; they soon turned aside from the way in which their fathers had walked, who had obeyed the commandments of the Lord, and they did not do so. (Judg 2:17 RSV) 

There is a long chain of references from this verse that show that this is what Israel did over and over again. Judg 8:27 shows that even Gideon, who had served the Lord mightily, was susceptible and prostituted himself after his conquests. There are many more Old Testament references, but the most common thing about them is that they usually refer to idol worship, which is now related to occultic activity. Astrology is often related to Babylon, the tower of Babel, and is thought to have developed in that area of the world. The Lord is fed up with this junk and has sent His angel to declare that this system is about to fall.

Final Warning


How do we know that if a person doesn’t worship the beast but receives the mark, he will suffer God’s wrath? 
 

The third angel gives a double warning about receiving the mark of the beast. The first warning makes it sound as if a person must both worship the beast and receive the mark for God’s wrath to be poured out on him. But the second warning clarifies that there will be no rest for them if they do either. Again, it appears that by receiving the mark, a person is identifying himself with the beast and thus worshiping him. 

What is the difference between God’s wrath and His anger? 
 

In these verses, we have two different words that appear almost the same, God’s wrath and anger. To confuse the issue, some translations reverse the use of the two words or use fury instead of wrath.

Thumos (thoo-mos’); passion (as if breathing hard): KJV-fierceness, indignation, wrath.[2]  

This Greek word for wrath or fury is something that describes a passionate or sudden outburst. In the New Testament, this is the first time it is used to describe God’s wrath. Every previous reference is used to describe man’s wrath or anger and is never used to describe a positive attribute. It is used again in the next few chapters to describe God’s wrath.  

Orge (or-gay’); properly, desire (as a reaching forth or excitement of the mind), i.e. (by analogy,) violent passion (ire, or [justifiable] abhorrence); by implication punishment.[3] 

This word is translated as anger and is something that has been thought over, considered, and more consciously dealt with, including punishment. It is very odd to have both of these words in the same verse related to attributes of God. Since both are used, this angel is describing something more than His contemplated, anger.

Even Christians can experience His anger when we disobey and He has to discipline us. It appears that His wrath is in subjection to His anger for it isn’t until they are mixed that it is poured out. When it is mixed, it is full strength and not diluted. It can be seen that those who taste these combined attributes of God are not His children. 

What does the Bible say about a person always having the ability to repent regardless of his sin? 
 

There are many verses in the Bible that are intended to assure us that we can repent and be saved. We have Jesus’ words in John 3:16 that promise anyone who believes will have eternal life. We have numerous verses about repentance. Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:38) or after healing the cripple at Solomon’s Portico (Acts 3:19) promise salvation. However, there are also a few verses that make it clear, from early on, people make choices that are final in God’s book.  

But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them. (Isa 63:10 KJV)

Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. (Matt 12:31 KJV)  

Both of these verses talk about a sin against the Holy Spirit that turns God against them. Jesus even says that if someone is to blaspheme against the Holy Spirit, then he or she can never be forgiven. A conscious decision to take the mark of the beast is doing just this. Understanding what the mark signifies, worship of Satan and his cohorts as an unholy trinity, reveals that taking the mark as a seal of ownership to Satan closes the door for salvation forever. 

What is hell’s purpose and what is it like? 
 

Jesus made it clear that the original purpose of hell was for Satan. If it were not a place of eternal fire, then He would not have used these words:  

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: (Matt 25:41 KJV)

And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. (Luke 16:23 KJV) 

Hell is also a place of torment. Many say that Luke 16:23 is only in the context of a parable so that it is to be discounted. But we know that Jesus always used real situations in His parables. This was not something that couldn’t happen, but was very possible.

People often say that the reason for the torment in hell is that God is not there. They also say that people who don’t want to be with God get their wish and God lets them go to hell.  

Are these views of hell true? Explain why or why not. 
 

Again, the parable in Luke helps us understand. This description of hell puzzled me because they could see Abraham even though he was far away. I had always thought of hell as a place where there would be no visibility of God or for that matter, anyone else in heaven. But Rev 14:10 affirms the fact that those who do perish will see God. They will be tormented in the presence of the Lamb. This will make their torment even greater since they will continually see what they missed.  

How do we know that hell is eternal? Will there be any relief? 
 

The smoke rises day after day for eternity. There will be no coffee breaks as some joke about. There will be no rest.

People just don’t want to believe and accept the reality of hell. They tell jokes about it. They draw cartoons about it. All of these things are designed by Satan himself to ridicule and make the idea of eternal punishment in a hot fire ludicrous. If they can get eternal punishment out of their minds, then they don’t have to make a decision about Jesus. I’ve talked to people about heaven who have stated that since they don’t believe in hell there is no reason for them to believe in heaven or anything else either. They should read these passages.

Patient Endurance


What tells us whether or not there will still be Christians on earth at this time during the tribulation? 
 

Again, we are warned that it will require any saints who are still alive to have patient endurance. There will be great temptation to succumb to the beast and receive his mark so that they can have the physical pleasures of the world or to escape torture and persecution (1 Peter 1:6-7). They are the ones who keep their faith in Jesus. It is obvious from Rev 14:12 that there are still believers on earth. They will die rather than receive the mark. But when they die in the Lord they will be at rest in contrast to those who have no rest in the fires of hell; believers will rest and the rewards of their deeds will be given to them.

Anyone who dies in the Lord from this point on will be blessed. Again, this shows that there are still Christians or perhaps, that some who have not made a choice to follow the beast will turn to Jesus in faith.

Those who had previously “accepted” Jesus but didn’t have genuine faith will take the mark. This will be in spite of the eternal displeasures that it will reap. They have a choice. 

If you were in their place, would you endure? How are you enduring right now?  
 

Receiving the mark of the beast seems black and white to us on this side of the tribulation. Our choices aren’t always as black and white. Our marks may be slowly etched on our forehead as we neglect little things in our lives. They may come in horrendous pressures when a loved one suddenly dies or financial ruin crashes in the roof. Haven’t we all known someone who walked with the Lord and then has become angry with God? Do you ever get tired of resisting sin in your live? It isn’t anything like our brothers and sisters in the future will face. The message is the same for us as it is for them. Don’t give up. 

I am tired of resisting temptation
I am weary
I don’t feel good
I need a rest.
This calls for patient endurance for the saints
Don’t give up!
Don’t do it!
This one small sin won’t matter
Life will be better
Who is your master?
You could regret it forever.
This calls for patient endurance for the saints
Don’t give up!
Don’t do it!
There is no relief in sight
I can’t continue to resist
The pain won’t let up
I just want to give up.
This calls for patient endurance for the saints
Don’t give up!
Don’t do it!
You will not be tempted beyond what you are able
You will be blessed
With every temptation, there is a right way out
He will provide the rest.
This calls for patient endurance for the saints
Don’t give up!
Don’t do it!


[1] The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary. Originally published by Moody Press of Chicago, Illinois. Copyright (c) 1988.
[2] Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.
[3] Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.

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