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July 11

The House – then, now & forever
Ezra 5-7/Revelation 1-3

Tutorial for first-timers


OT

7:8-10 Ezra arrived in Jerusalem in August of that year. He had left Babylon on April 8 and came to Jerusalem on August 4, for the gracious hand of his God was on him. This was because Ezra had determined to study and obey the law of the LORD and to teach those laws and regulations to the people of Israel.

NT

1:1-4 This is a revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him concerning the events that will happen soon. An angel was sent to God’s servant John so that John could share the revelation with God’s other servants. John faithfully reported the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ–everything he saw. God blesses the one who reads this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to it and obey what it says. For the time is near when these things will happen. This letter is from John to the seven churches in the province of Asia. Grace and peace from the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come; from the sevenfold Spirit before his throne.


OT Flash Points

Rebuild the Temple – on the site where it was
Cyrus, Darius and Artaxerxes know about the worship of God

NT Flash Points

John is told to write down what he is shown and send it along to the churches
The letter is from Jesus
The grace is from Jesus
He is the faithful witness to these things
He is the first to rise from the dead
He is the commander of the rulers of the world


Perspective

The saint is determined to know Jesus, to Jesus-realization, not self-realization
“That I may know Him”
Every phase of our actual life has its counterpart in the life of Jesus

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