Biblical Q&A: A Question On My “Verse By Verse Through Revelation” Series

Hello Everyone,

I have received an Anonymous email with the question “How can I begin with Revelation 1 in your verse by verse feature.”

By God’s grace, I have completed a “Verse By Verse Through Revelation” (I started on March, 2017 and finished on April, 2019) and each verse was explained through the lens of a layperson. I do hope that it will help you to understand the End Times as described in the Book of Revelation. I also hope that it encourages you to do your own study with prayer.

For Those Who Are interested and Need Help To Start The Study

If there’s someone who would like to start the “Verse By Verse Through Revelation series” from Chapter 1, go to the search bottom on my blog and type “verse by verse through Revelation (1:1-5)” or click on this link: “verse by verse through Revelation (1:1-5)” and it will take you to the beginning.

If anyone has any questions regarding verse by verse through Revelation or any other topic or posts, don’t hesitate to ask me and I will do my best, with God’s help to help you. God bless you all.

Update

I have updated the “Verse by Verse Through Revelation” series to a pdf format where it will be easier for access to any verse or Chapter, and all or part of it can be downloaded. Click on this link: Verse By Verse Through Revelation and it will take you there. I have also put the link in my blog’s sidebar for easy access for those that would like to go there again in the future. May the Lord bless you.

Also, if you use your phone to read the Verse By Verse Through Revelation, download Adobe Acrobat Reader for an easier way to view it. On the app setting, set it to Page-by-Page so you can scroll left or right.

Biblical Q&A: What Does “The Keys Of The Kingdom” Mean?

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Pamela’s question:

“What is meant by the keys of the kingdom?”

Thank you for your question.


Matthew 16:19

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” ESV

Jesus gave to His disciples [believers] the keys of the Kingdom.

Every Christian possesses the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven.


The phrase “the keys of the Kingdom” has to do with binding and releasing. Bind means that a Christian can declare to a person if he/she rejects the Gospel of Jesus Christ that their sins remain. Loose means that the believer can say to them, your sins have been forgiven, if they repent and confess Jesus as Lord [Romans 10:9]. 

John 20:23

If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”


The keys of the Kingdom of Heaven refer to the Word of God as seen in Matthew 23:13 which says, 13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in. ESV


The scribes and Pharisees through their traditions have added to the Word of God which prevented people from knowing the true Living God and making them unable to get saved.

Mark 7:8-13 [Jesus speaking to the scribes and Pharisees]

8 You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.” 9 And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 11 But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to God)— 12 then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, 13 thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.” ESV

Matthew 23:15

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves. ESV


To make matters worse, the scribes and Pharisees who knew the Truth and had access to the Kingdom of Heaven so people can get saved didn’t go in themselves. That is why Jesus said about them in Matthew 15:14, “Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” ESV

I hope this answered your question, Pamela.

 

 

 

Biblical Q&A: Should Christians Today Still Use Holy Water?

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[Anonymous asks] Should Christians of today still use holy water after Christ died for us?


Thank you for your question

Answer:

Holy water under the old covenant was meant for a husband’s jealousy. If he suspected of his wife’s unfaithfulness and became jealous and had reasons not to trust her, he would take her to the priest. The priest would make the holy water which would be bitter putting some of the dust of the floor found in the tabernacle and have the woman drink it from a bowl. If the woman was found guilty by the LORD, her belly would shrivel meaning, she wouldn’t be able to have children [Numbers 5:17-27]. 

Nowhere in the New Testament does it say to use holy water. That was done under the old covenant. Jesus came to fulfill the requirements of the Law, we are under grace.

What is grace? Grace just means favor, God’s favor on you. He did something for you that you didn’t deserve, mainly, keeping the law on your behalf. Through His death on the cross and resurrection, by placing one’s faith in Jesus, His righteousness gets credited to our account. God looks on those who put their trust in Him as if they have kept the whole law.

The Catholic Church still uses holy water to this day for cleansing and for battling the demonic forces of evil. The way they use it has nothing to do with the Biblical meaning of its use and its purpose.  

But the truth is that the only thing for cleansing a person’s life is the Word of God which is also used to battle against the devil’s tactics and schemes [Ephesians 6:10-18-The Full Armor of God]. 

Many false churches who claim to be Christians will always contradict God’s Word and make you do things contrary to what is written in Scripture. We must be students of His Word to be protected from deception.