“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5
LIGHT FOR NOW: A sure way to getting your reading right is getting your observation right in the place of reading.
From our investigation so far, we have consistently seen that all through the scriptures, Jesus was being referred to as a lamb; the lamb of God, and this was figuratively used to describe his sacrificial work, that is, his sacrifice for sins. We’ve not seen John calling Jesus a lion in all of his epistles and this is not in the first three chapters of the book of Revelation nor afterwards; neither did Paul nor any of the writers of the epistles call Jesus a lion. The word was oftentimes used for the devil. In 1Peter 5:8, Peter echoes “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”. Revelation 4:7 echoes “And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle”. In essence, the term “lion” in the New Testament Greek is not a positive adjective. Let’s observe further how it was used.
In 2Timothy 4:17, Paul says, “Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion”. The context of discussion in 2Timothy 4 is the persecution which Paul faced. The word “delivered” was translated from the Greek word “rhuomai” used sometimes for safety from an impending danger. The same word “rhuomai” was used in the book of Thessalonians; “And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have no faith”. He prayed for deliverance from “wicked” and “unreasonable men”. Those terms indicate opposition. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Keep studying as it keeps unfolding.
Prayer: I declare that revelation knowledge is made manifest as I study through, in Jesus Name, Amen
QUOTE: Getting the observation right in reading is a sure way to getting the interpretation right.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2THESSALONIANS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: 2THESSALONIANS CHAPTER 4