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Chris Holland
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Chris Holland

Associate Director of HopeLives365 and World Evangelist for Adventist World Radio



  • November 8, 2014
    11:30 AM
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for him to eat his dude test time gone the Bible student in today's complex defeats for him to him to a drive has been the initial hold of the Canadian prime minister since nineteen fifty one projected by the Royal Canadian mounted police the Prime Minister is able to rest securely in his own home however on November the fifth nineteen ninety five someone was able to penetrate the defenses of twenty four Sussex Andre Daguerre who was in evening convenience store clerk made his way to twenty four Sussex he was able to wander onto the grounds and then made his way into the residence he broke a side door window and then entered he entered with one purpose to assassinate Prime Minister Jean Krejci and years suffered from a mental illness and believed that killing Krejci and would make him a national hero dog ear was unsuccessful in his attempt and was brought to court for his actions billionaire forced his way as an unknown welcome visitor into the prime minister 's residence ditto friends that the King of the universe has a residence is his residence in which she has also prepared a place for you however you won't be able to sneak in war break-in there is a requirement that every person who goes there must fulfill today we have come to the last of the Beatitudes of revelation this beatitude concludes with one of the most amazing promises of the entire Bible for the last six weeks we have been studying the blessings of the book of Revelation and in our study we have discovered that a blessing is something that brings happiness or joy because of the symbolism found throughout the book of Revelation many are fearful or confused by the book yet in the midst of revelation God has placed seven blessings seven promises of happiness the book of Revelation is not a book that should scare us but rather it is a book that should bring us joy and happiness because of the promises of God each of these promises builds one upon the other and now climaxes with the seventh listen to the first six beatitudes in brief review blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy and keep those things which are written in Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on blessed is he who watches and keeps his garments blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book each one of these promises of happiness is bestowed upon one who is faithful faithful to Jesus until the very end now the seventh beatitude is found in Revelation chapter twenty two the very last chapter of the entire Bible it says this blessed are those who do his commandments that they may have the right to the tree of life and they may enter through the gates into the city some of you might be just a bit confused right now I am reading from the new King James version of the Bible and if you're reading this verse in the King James version you will see that it is the exact same as the new King James version however if you're reading for a newer Bible than the verse reads as follows blessed are those who washed their robes so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates this is the English standard version but almost all modern versions say the exact same thing now before we understand this beatitude fully it is important for us to understand why there is a difference among the translations on a previous episode we talked about the authenticity and reliability of the Bible that show was called the book that couldn't be silenced it is available through our website it is written Canada .ca or through our YouTube Channel YouTube .com eye IW Canada and while that episode does not specifically answer the question of why the difference in this particular text me can know and understand that the Bible can be trusted and a slight variation shouldn't be surprising then to explain why this is the case I'm going to give you the Coles Notes version of the history of the Bible today the New Testament of the Bible was originally written in Greek and those Greek writings help us to formulate the versions we have today in English in ancient literature the original writing is referred to as autograph previous to the invention of the printing press almost seven hundred years ago ancient autographs would then be handed a copy those copies that were copied someone itself with those copies are what we would refer to today as manuscripts the complete Bible as we know it today comes from a lineage of thousands of manuscripts in fact there were over five thousand Greek manuscripts that make up the New Testament over time as other languages developed they were also utilized in making copies this is particularly true of Latin and so for the New Testament alone there are over twenty four thousand manuscripts that are primarily made up of the Greek and Latin versions and this my friends are tests to its reliability as some of these copies were made there were at times variations on different letter here or a different word there however some of the best scholars have estimated that any substantial variation only exists in less than one tenth of one percent in all of the New Testament know what is that practically mean that means that all of the approximately hundred and forty thousand words of the Greek New Testament one hundred and forty of them have some type of variation here is the key love those variations change any meaning of any text in fact it led professor of biblical criticism and exegesis at the University of Manchester Doctor F F Bruce distress the following theories nobody of ancient literature in the world which enjoy this is such a wealth of good and textual test station as the New Testament the evidence for our New Testament writings is adverse so much greater than the evidence for many writings of classical writers the authenticity of which no one dreams of questioning and if the New Testament were a collection of secular writings their authenticity would be generally regarded as beyond all doubt so why then the difference in this last beatitude of revelation first let's look at the original text right now you see a graphic on your screen that allows you to see the original language as you can see the difference in the original language between that keep his commandments and wash their robes is just a feel letters in the ancient Greek language but what is more pertinent to our study is due to the differences change the meaning of the text I would humbly assert to you that the answer to that question this it seems clear from the Scriptures that those who wash their robes will keep God 's commandments and those who keep his commandments will have washed their robes as we continue studying this last blessing found in the book of Revelation I think that you will find that to be true as well and while the robe certainly wasn't covering worn in ancient times the role is also used around Scriptures as a symbol for one's spiritual condition we find this apparent need for covering right in the beginning of the Bible with Adam and Eve in Genesis two twenty five there we discover how things first began for them Genesis chapter two and verse twenty five and they both weren't making the man and his wife and were not ashamed so in the beginning they did not have a covering they did not have a role but they were naked when we think of the word naked today we think of being unclosed and while it's true that Adam and Eve were not closed by any man-made or artificial means we see that most importantly they were not ashamed they were sinless or completely innocent and nothing to five however when Adam and Eve disobeyed God this is when they tried to cover themselves Genesis three seven states then the eyes of both of them were opened and they knew that they were naked and they so think leaves together and made themselves coverings Adam and Eve and making themselves clothing from thick things while literal also symbolizes their effort to cover their own sense of trying to cover our own sins like Adam and Eve trying to cover their bodies with the weeds it is not effective or practical but God had a plan for them and later in chapter three and in verse twenty one the Bible says also for Adam and his wife the Lord made tunics of skin and close them hear God instituted a principle of half of being covered by him while Genesis three does not explicitly say that the sacrificial system was instituted here the reality is that the tunics of skin likely require the death of an animal and it is here that the imagery for the beatitude we are studying today is found friend we need to be covered but we cannot effectively call for our own sins we need to be covered by the role with that Christ provides for us that will be spoken of in a number of places in the Bible Isaiah chapter sixty one and verse ten tells us of the robe that we need for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation he has covered me with the role of righteousness and Zechariah chapter three in verse four which is a metaphorical judgment scene speaks again of that garment take away the filthy garments from him and to him he said see I have removed your iniquity from you and I will clothe you with rich robes friends when we rely on ourselves we have filthy garments and a filthy garment prevents us from entering the city of heaven what do we do the beatitude tells us that we need to wash our rope what do we learn from the Scriptures about what it means to wash one's robe the book of Revelation tells us clearly what the roads are washed in in Revelation chapter seven and in verse fourteen speaking of the hundred and forty four thousand it says this these are the ones who come out of the great tribulation and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb this sounds a great irony how rodents made white by Washington in blood what does it mean to be washed in the blood of Jesus were friends first John chapter one and verse seven says this one of Jesus Christ his son cleanses us from all sin and then in first John one nine it says if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness when your friends to wash our roads means to be forgiven of our sins and to be cleansed from all unrighteousness it means coming to the conclusion that we cannot depend on ourselves that we cannot fix ourselves that we can only depend on him to be washed in the blood of Christ ultimately means that we have made a decision to no longer live for ourselves that we realize that there is someone to save us from our sin and someone to save us from ourselves friends we are in desperate need of Savior even when we think that we are doing right the Bible tells us in Isaiah sixty four six and all our righteousness are like filthy rags but there is hope Isaiah one verse eighteen tells us what happens when we are cleansed by the blood of the Lamb though your sins are like scarlet they shall be made white as snow though they are red like crimson they shall be as wool and with great assurance the Bible also promises in Romans chapter ten and in verse nine if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead you will be safe what does this look like practically speaking as you make a decision to give their life fully to Jesus Christ what does this look like Romans chapter six tells us what that life will look like or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death therefore we were buried with him through baptism into death that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the father even so we also should walk in newness of life fourth we have been united together in the likeness of his death certainly we also shall be in the likeness of his resurrection knowing this that our old man was crucified with him that the body of sin might be done away with them we should no longer be slaves of sin for he who has died has been freed from sin we are no longer slaves to send we are no longer trapped by this sin in our lives for sin and self have been done away with we can walk in the newness of life what is that new life look like that if is portrayed in first John chapter two and versus three and four L five this we know that we know him if we keep his commandments he who says I know women does not keep his commandments is a liar and the truth is not in this is where the meaning of the two translations of the text come together to wash your world means that you have been forgiven of your sins and are cleansed from all unrighteousness and friends the only way that we know what sin is and that it needs to be forgiven is because of the Commandments Paul points out in Romans Chapter seven and in verse seven I would not have known sin except through the law is only as we do his commandments that we realize our need to wash our ropes Jesus himself emphasize the importance of keeping the commandments on several occasions in Matthew chapter nineteen in verse seventeen he said these words if you want to enter into life keep the Commandments he also added in John fourteen fifteen if you love me keep my commandments our obedience demonstrates that we are in a knitted relationship with Jesus but the keeping of the commandments cannot be done through some near to do checklist in fact first John chapter five anniversary emphasizes this point for this is the love of God that we keep his commandments and his commandments are not burdensome the keeping of God 's commandments demonstrate our love to Christ but keeping them is not a burden it is not some great encumbering challenge but through faith in the power of the Holy Spirit we as God 's people are able to be all radiant to those ten Commandments found in Exodus chapter twenty the first three commandments give us guidance in our relationship with God the fourth commandment is a bridge that helps us connect our relationship to God with our relationship to each other then the last six commandments having to do with our relationships to each other what might happen friends if each of us through a committed relationship with Jesus kept his commandment have taught others to do the same what is this world when this nation of Canada looked vastly different no more killing no more crime no more hatred this is what Jesus desires that his people would bring a taste of heaven here on earth this is the attitude of revelation can be read either way because the meaning is just the same those who wash their robes will keep God 's commandments and those who keep his commandments will have washed their robes the fulfilled promise of this blessing is that those who have committed their lives to Jesus Christ and have the fruits of obedience manifested their life will experience the greatest joy to ever be experienced the Bible says that they will have access to the tree of life and Nick Gates of Heaven friends the story of humanity is a story of Paradise lost as a result of sin of Adam and Eve humanity was forbidden to partake of the tree of life Genesis chapter three and verse twenty four tells us in Genesis three verse twenty four and he drove out the man and he placed cherubim at the East of the Garden of Eden and a flaming sword which turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life but now here in the last beatitude of revelation paradise is restored saved humanity can now partake of the tree of life those who wash their robes those who've obeyed Jesus can now enter into the joy of the master were wonderful day that will be the days here's the beautiful thing Jesus is doing and has done everything he can to make sure you're there do you want to be there he wants to take you at your home he's prepared it just for you he died for you so you can be cleansed going to today just make a decision to come to him all the way some a that you might be prepared to go all in good movies when he is a no I mean Jean and nine days to name I I he will he is in I him and CA is now seen him in the and and at the him a him I friends the seven beatitudes of Revelation are seven promises for those who wash their rooms and give their life to Jesus for the offer to you today this seven part DVD series the Beatitudes of revelation I know it will encourage you and it will encourage others here's the information you need to get today's offer to requested a longer just log onto www. users written Canada .ca www. readers written Canada .ca and selected TV programs for Canadian viewers the offer will be sent free and postage-paid reviewers outside of Canada shipping charges will apply if you prefer you may call toll-free at one eight eight eight all I I W that's one DVD called by IW called anytime lines are open twenty four hours daily that's one eight eight eight all I awarded you wish you may write to us at reviews written box twenty ten off to Ontario L1 eight seventy four friends the book of Revelation brings happiness and joy hope today's program is right you happiness and joy and encouragement thank you so much for watch encourage you to watch again next until then remember it is written Man shall not live by bread alone but I have read word that proceeds now is in


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