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Revelation 13:16-18 – COMPLETED

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S = ScriptureRevelation 13:16-18 [GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)]

16The second beast forces all people—important and unimportant people, rich and poor people, free people and slaves—to be branded on their right hands or on their foreheads. 17It does this so that no one may buy or sell unless he has the brand, which is the beast’s name or the number of its name.

18In this situation wisdom is needed. Let the person who has insight figure out the number of the beast, because it is a human number.[a] The beast’s number is 666.

 

E = Explanation

As the world gets closer to the end, evil will find a way to convince people to follow it.  There will be some marking that all people will be asked to take that will somehow seem good, but will actually be a mark that signifies an allegance to evil.  This mark will contain the number of man three times which is the number six three times.  Since most of the world is aware of this, it must somehow be coded or disguised but has something to do with our hands or heads.

This ability to say who can buy or sell means control of the world and control of it’s systems.  Much of the control that evil will gain in the world as we get close to the end will be voluntarily given to it by the people of the world.

 

A = Application

I will look at the things I find to be helpul in the my life that may be giving power to hidden evil. 

 

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Revelation 13:16-18 – Study

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S = ScriptureRevelation 13:16-18 [GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)]

16The second beast forces all people—important and unimportant people, rich and poor people, free people and slaves—to be branded on their right hands or on their foreheads. 17It does this so that no one may buy or sell unless he has the brand, which is the beast’s name or the number of its name.

18In this situation wisdom is needed. Let the person who has insight figure out the number of the beast, because it is a human number.[a] The beast’s number is 666.

 

E = Explanation

 

 

 

 

 

A = Application

 

 

Current Study – 2 Peter 3:3-9 (Filled in)

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S = Scripture:   2 Peter 3:3-9 [GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)]

3First, you must understand this: In the last days people who follow their own desires will appear. These disrespectful people will ridicule God’s promise 4by saying, “What’s happened to his promise to return? Ever since our ancestors died, everything continues as it did from the beginning of the world.”

5They are deliberately ignoring one fact: Because of God’s word, heaven and earth existed a long time ago. The earth appeared out of water and was kept alive by water. 6Water also flooded and destroyed that world. 7By God’s word, the present heaven and earth are designated to be burned. They are being kept until the day ungodly people will be judged and destroyed.

8Dear friends, don’t ignore this fact: One day with the Lord is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. 9The Lord isn’t slow to do what he promised, as some people think. Rather, he is patient for your sake. He doesn’t want to destroy anyone but wants all people to have an opportunity to turn to him and change the way they think and act.

E = Explanation

Many people are going to believe that God is not going to end all of this evil in the world and will even not believe in such things as God.  We are not to be concerned with when it is going to happen as much as we are supposed to always live as if this moment is our last; because one of these moments will be.

The world has been created by God and even destroyed with the same water He started with in creating.  Just because it seems like He is taking a long time from our perspective, He created time and is outside of time.  He does not see time the same as we do.  If He said He is coming to destroy evil, He will come and evil will be destroyed. 

  

A = Application:  I am going to look for 3 ways that I am not actually living like I believe He could returna t any minute and try to change them.

Current Study – 2 Peter 3:3-9

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S = Scripture:   2 Peter 3:3-9 [GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)]

3First, you must understand this: In the last days people who follow their own desires will appear. These disrespectful people will ridicule God’s promise 4by saying, “What’s happened to his promise to return? Ever since our ancestors died, everything continues as it did from the beginning of the world.”

5They are deliberately ignoring one fact: Because of God’s word, heaven and earth existed a long time ago. The earth appeared out of water and was kept alive by water. 6Water also flooded and destroyed that world. 7By God’s word, the present heaven and earth are designated to be burned. They are being kept until the day ungodly people will be judged and destroyed.

8Dear friends, don’t ignore this fact: One day with the Lord is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. 9The Lord isn’t slow to do what he promised, as some people think. Rather, he is patient for your sake. He doesn’t want to destroy anyone but wants all people to have an opportunity to turn to him and change the way they think and act.

E = Explanation

 

 

 

 

 

A = Application

2 Timothy 3:1-7 (Filled In)

S = Scripture2 Timothy 3:1-7   [GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)]

Old Bible

1You must understand this: In the last days there will be violent periods of time. 2People will be selfish and love money. They will brag, be arrogant, and use abusive language. They will curse their parents, show no gratitude, have no respect for what is holy, 3and lack normal affection for their families. They will refuse to make peace with anyone. They will be slanderous, lack self-control, be brutal, and have no love for what is good. 4They will be traitors. They will be reckless and conceited. They will love pleasure rather than God. 5They will appear to have a godly life, but they will not let its power change them. Stay away from such people.

6Some of these men go into homes and mislead weak-minded women who are burdened with sins and led by all kinds of desires. 7These women are always studying but are never able to recognize the truth.

  

E = Explanation

  One of the ways we can know we are near to the end is that there will be more than the usual self focus, more than the usual love of money, and more than the usual amount of rudeness in the world.  Respect for parents and respect in general will be nonexistent.  Love of everything that God has said is evil will be far more prevalent than it is normally.  When all of this gets so bad that it is noticeably worse than it has been throughout history the end is near.

The worst part of all of this is that it will not just be those who do not believe.  There will be those that seem to be believers that will have all of these problems at such terrible levels and will mislead others to follow their examples.

A = Application

I will continue to look for some who have been in teaching, imparting, mentoring, and leadership roles who may be the ones spoken of as misleading others here to make sure I am not being influenced or misled as described here.

Current Study – 2 Timothy 3:1-7

S = Scripture2 Timothy 3:1-7   [GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)]

Old Bible

1You must understand this: In the last days there will be violent periods of time. 2People will be selfish and love money. They will brag, be arrogant, and use abusive language. They will curse their parents, show no gratitude, have no respect for what is holy, 3and lack normal affection for their families. They will refuse to make peace with anyone. They will be slanderous, lack self-control, be brutal, and have no love for what is good. 4They will be traitors. They will be reckless and conceited. They will love pleasure rather than God. 5They will appear to have a godly life, but they will not let its power change them. Stay away from such people.

6Some of these men go into homes and mislead weak-minded women who are burdened with sins and led by all kinds of desires. 7These women are always studying but are never able to recognize the truth.

  

E = Explanation

  

A = Application

Matthew 24:3-14 – Filled in

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S = ScriptureMatthew 24:3-14 – GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

3As Jesus was sitting on the Mount  of Olives, his disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will this happen? What will be the sign that you are coming again, and
when will the world come to an end?”

4Jesus answered them, “Be careful not to let anyone deceive you. 5Many will come using my name. They will say, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and they will deceive many people.

6“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. Don’t be alarmed! These things must happen, but they don’t mean that the end has come. 7Nation will fight against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8All of these are only the beginning pains of the end.

9“Then they will hand you over to those who will torture and kill you. All nations will hate you because you are committed to me. 10Then many will lose faith. They will betray and hate each other. 11Many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12And because there will be more and more lawlessness, most people’s love will grow cold. 13But the person who endures to the end will be saved.

14“This Good News about the kingdom will be spread throughout the world as a testimony to all nations. Then the end will come.

E = Explanation:

The way that we can tell that the end of the world is near and that Jesus is going to return is to watch for there to be more and more wars (even more than is usual in our fallen world).  There will be a rise in the number of people who claim to know when the end is coming and those who will claim to understand how Christianity or worship of God is suposed be and teach something other than what Jesus taught.  These will be wrong and will be in place to distract us and as the end draws near more and more people who did believe will leave their faith and belief behind.  There will also be persecution of various kinds of those who believe in Christ and try to live as he instructed.

In spite of all of this, another sign that the end is near is that the message of the Gospel and the Kingdom of God will reach the whole planet giving everyone the opportunity to accept or reject.

A = Application

I am going to look at the messages and messangers I listen to and the ones I don’t like to listen to and relook their messages.  I am going to look at each messenger with the filter of these passages to consider if they are the false messengers/prophets of this passage or the messengers of God.