Excerpt from “DIGGING DEEP INTO THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST” (pgs. 116/117) a Study Guide by Michael Copple (posted by Elfriede Copple)

We are continuing our study in Revelation:

Chapter 13 Verses 1-2 (NKJV)

1Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast [the Antichrist] rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. 2Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon [Satan] gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.

Commentary, Reference Verses and Commentary on those Reference Verses:

The first beast, the Antichrist, who, although not known yet, will already be among the church before the Rapture

1 John 4:3   and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
[In 1 John 4:3 the spirit of the Antichrist which is now already in the world is a solid fact. *There are many today who are willing to say good things about Jesus, but not to confess Him as God incarnate. They say that Christ is “divine,” but not that He is God.*]

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Personal note on a Book tour and Prayer support request!

12 US States in 3 weeks and 5,605 miles round trip

Posted by Elfriede

But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

(Isaiah 40:31 NKJV)

We are excited about our upcoming book tour through 12 US States in 3 weeks and
5,605 miles round trip. We are in the planning and booking appointments phase.

Please pray for us that this trip will be to the Glory of God, and that He will guide us and equip us to encourage souls on the way; for:

1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (NIV)
Proverbs 27:17
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. (NIV)
Romans 15:2
Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. (NIV)
Hebrews 10:24
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, (NIV)

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What is a Bible Church – in the Bible?

Today we are posting a Multiple Choice Test put together by a friend of ours –Randy Amos

Mega Style. 
The Bible is used but more with select phrases on a screen than all reading their Bible.  Biblical relationships with psychological counselling are emphasized.  A Bible phrase is used, not so much for its contextual meaning, but as a nuance proving the concept of a dynamic ‘pastor’.  Not a lot of the Bible warnings are stated for help, hope and happiness is the goal. The church’s methods come more from popular ‘likes’.

Denominational Style. 
The Bible is used, but its headquarters determine its doctrinal understanding.  If one agrees with the headquarters then the local church will mirror that teaching.  You know what you’re getting here.  It’s like a food franchise; its message and methods (recipe) are pretty much the same wherever, as it draws its menu from the tradition of headquarters.  Its chef (‘pastor’) must also be approved by headquarters. 

Independent Style. 
This style is independent from a main human authority for its doctrine.  So its ‘pastor’ has liberty to find his own style for worship and methods. The Bible is used to emphasize the gospel of the Lord Jesus that saves.  The deeper teachings of Scripture are not the first goal but more seeing people saved or restored – again.   

Reformed Style. 
The literal Bible is used for matters of salvation and godly living.  But Israel and future events are often spiritualized matching the Protestant reformer’s understanding 500 years ago.  So, depending on the trained ‘pastor’, the teaching can be deeper and thought provoking.  Its methods of order and worship are more formal.

Charisma Style. 
The Bible is used to tell about Jesus and highlight the Holy Spirit’s apostolic miracle power as normal.  So besides the Bible they have “a word of prophecy”.  Direction is given that doesn’t come directly from the completed Bible but from this further revelation of the “Spirit” that the prophet or ‘pastor’ says they got or dreamed. 

Messianic Style. 
The Bible is used but more from the OT Mosaic law (Torah).  Its Jewish religious tradition is taught as relevant for today (as much as is possible without the Jewish temple that the Lord Jesus prophesied would be removed – and was in 70AD).  Their ‘Rabbi’ uses the NT Bible not as much for congregational policies and doctrine but to mainly verify that Yeshua (Jesus) is the Jewish Messiah who matches the OT prophets.

New Testament Style. 
The gospel has graced all believing nationalities equal in Christ.  All believers are called brothers with no titles in front of their name. The only one with a title is the Lord Jesus Christ.  No human receives glory in the presence of the Lord – for He alone is the Spirit’s wisdom to be glorified.  Their reason for meeting is in remembrance of their Lord and Savior at the Lord’s Supper, and to edify the body by the liberty of a plurality of Spirit-gifted ones – in an orderly way with love.  Different roles for men and women (with the symbol of head covering) are upheld with the women silent in the church – for it is God’s holy temple where His Spirit is.  Its church authority and wisdom are the written commands from heaven’s Head (Lord Jesus) via Paul His apostle.  

Which prescription, do you think, fits a Bible teaching church according to God’s word?

Some things in A-F might have value but the Bible book of 1 Corinthians
instructs in “G”.

REVELATION 13 – The Two Beasts from the Sea and the Land

Excerpt from “DIGGING DEEP INTO THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST” (pgs. 114/115) a Study Guide by Michael Copple

The First Beast is the Antichrist  / 
The Second Beast is the False Prophet

Chapter 13 introduces us to how Satan (the dragon) blasphemously sets up his own false “trinity”. Satan acts as the Father, the Antichrist as the Son, and the False Prophet as the Spirit who attempts to bring glory to the Antichrist.
Satan appoints two great beasts (men): the first beast rising up out of the sea—the Antichrist and his empire—and the second beast out of the earth or land—the False Prophet—possibly a Jew. The land could be the literal earth, or, possibly, the land of Israel.
*These beasts symbolize men who will play prominent roles during the Tribulation Period. They combine the features of the four beasts of Daniel 7:3*-9

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