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Preface Revelation Commentary

Preface Revelation Commentary

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Published by Sandra Crosnoe
Preface - The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman's Commentary
Written by Jesse C. Jones (shared by Sandra Crosnoe on Scribd upon the author's request and with his permission):

In the mid-1990’s when my wife was in the last stages of Alzheimer’s disease, I got into the habit spending the late hours of the day praying and talking to God. It was during this time that I began to sense God urging me to do something that I would never have considered doing, and certainly did not feel qualified to do under any circumstance: He continually persisted in my writing an exposition on the seven churches of the book of Revelation. Every night it was the same: He would bring it up, and I would argue that I was not qualified to undertake writing on the Bible, nor did I have the slightest insight regarding the seven churches. This went on for some time, and eventually I came across a book that had been written on the seven churches of Revelation. I thought that this was my “Aha” moment, and I immediately brought it to God’s attention, thinking that I was off the hook. No such luck, for God (as I have learned) always has a Plan B that is better, and usually bigger, in mind, and that’s when He hit me with probably what He had in mind all along: writing a commentary on the entire book of Revelation. This hit me like a ton of bricks: I had felt unqualified to write on the seven churches, now I was confronted with something so overwhelming there was no question about my inadequacy. Undoubtedly, that is where He wanted me to be all the time: totally dependent on Him for every idea, concept and interpretation that I put to paper (or computer screen in this case).

So I began to study, search and write, and the words seemed to keep coming. This was something totally new to me. I had co-authored a couple of technical books in my last job as a teacher, but this was different. Here I was dealing with subjects for which I could not reach down within to draw up understanding: I had to depend totally on Him.

I do not want to leave readers with the impression that everything in this book is right out of God’s mouth. What I hope is contained therein is what God gave, processed through an ordinary layman’s mind and body, and therefore susceptible to some misunderstanding. Several years ago a friend asked me why I thought God would give me knowledge that He had not given other men. My answer was that God is no respecter of persons (Ac. 10:34), He gives knowledge to those who have the greatest need and desire, with no consideration of status or position in the world. In fact, He seems to favor the least capable or honorable (1 Co. 12:22-24).

This work can be downloaded, in part or whole.

My hope is that God will use this to change lives.

Jesse Jones
Preface - The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman's Commentary
Written by Jesse C. Jones (shared by Sandra Crosnoe on Scribd upon the author's request and with his permission):

In the mid-1990’s when my wife was in the last stages of Alzheimer’s disease, I got into the habit spending the late hours of the day praying and talking to God. It was during this time that I began to sense God urging me to do something that I would never have considered doing, and certainly did not feel qualified to do under any circumstance: He continually persisted in my writing an exposition on the seven churches of the book of Revelation. Every night it was the same: He would bring it up, and I would argue that I was not qualified to undertake writing on the Bible, nor did I have the slightest insight regarding the seven churches. This went on for some time, and eventually I came across a book that had been written on the seven churches of Revelation. I thought that this was my “Aha” moment, and I immediately brought it to God’s attention, thinking that I was off the hook. No such luck, for God (as I have learned) always has a Plan B that is better, and usually bigger, in mind, and that’s when He hit me with probably what He had in mind all along: writing a commentary on the entire book of Revelation. This hit me like a ton of bricks: I had felt unqualified to write on the seven churches, now I was confronted with something so overwhelming there was no question about my inadequacy. Undoubtedly, that is where He wanted me to be all the time: totally dependent on Him for every idea, concept and interpretation that I put to paper (or computer screen in this case).

So I began to study, search and write, and the words seemed to keep coming. This was something totally new to me. I had co-authored a couple of technical books in my last job as a teacher, but this was different. Here I was dealing with subjects for which I could not reach down within to draw up understanding: I had to depend totally on Him.

I do not want to leave readers with the impression that everything in this book is right out of God’s mouth. What I hope is contained therein is what God gave, processed through an ordinary layman’s mind and body, and therefore susceptible to some misunderstanding. Several years ago a friend asked me why I thought God would give me knowledge that He had not given other men. My answer was that God is no respecter of persons (Ac. 10:34), He gives knowledge to those who have the greatest need and desire, with no consideration of status or position in the world. In fact, He seems to favor the least capable or honorable (1 Co. 12:22-24).

This work can be downloaded, in part or whole.

My hope is that God will use this to change lives.

Jesse Jones

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Preface
 The Lord Jesus was not hesitant in talking about events prior to, during, andfollowing the last days. To insure that His “
bondmen
” knew what would takeplace during this time He sent an angel to the disciple John to
“show andmake known” 
those things which must
“shortly come to pass”.
John’s descrip-tion of what he was shown is recorded in the last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation. The book of Revelation gives us God’s final written word on thequestions raised when He confronted Adam and Eve after the fall, in Genesis3:9-19: who is the seed of the woman that will
“bruise thy head” 
(be victoriousover Satan), and how will the victory be won? Although Jesus bruised Satan’shead and triumphed over him through His death and resurrection (Col. 2:15),the book of Revelation describes how Christ will crush Satan in the final victo-ry, and cleanse the earth in preparation for His earthly rule during the millen-nium. The introduction to the book of Revelation in the John A. Dickson King JamesVersion (KJV) of the Bible says: “. . the book of Genesis gives the creation sto-ry, and at the beginning the first promise of the world’s Savior, so Revelationat the close of the Bible announces the end of the present order, and setsforth the glory and majesty of Christ in his second coming. He first came inhumiliation, the second time He will come in exaltation”. When asked
“pri-vately” 
by the disciples in Matthew 24:3, when the temple would be destroyed
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and what would be the sign of His (second) coming and the end of the world, Jesus answered with what has come to be known as the Olivet discourse, doc-umented in Matthew 24-25 (M’r. 13:3-37, Lu. 21:7-36). Jesus’ words on theMount of Olives, and in the book of Revelation, describe what is surely one of the most perplexing and portentous periods in the history, or future, of mankind. If the words of the prophecies described in the Olivet discourse andthe book of Revelation are heard and understood then His “
servants
” will beable to “
keep those things which are written therein
” and receive the “
bless-ing
” promised in Revelation 1:3.Many of the prophecies of Daniel also provide information as to the timingand significance of end-time events. These prophecies must be conjoined tothose revealed to John and recorded in the book of Revelation, as well as thosespoken by Jesus on the Mount of Olives, if we are to grasp any meaningful un-derstanding of the last days. Other Old Testament (OT) prophets have alsoprovided illuminating (and sometimes confusing) descriptions of end-timesevents, and they must be considered, as well. This is the goal of this commentary: to provide an analysis of the timing andsignificance of these cataclysmic events that can be understood by a typicallayperson. Primary resource materials include the KJV of the bible publishedby John A. Dickson publishing Company; Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible; the Interlinear Greek-English New Testaments by George RickerBerry and Jay P. Green, Sr.; the Interlinear NIV Hebrew-English Old Testamentby John R. Kohnlenberger III; lexicons by Brown-Driver-Briggs, William L. Holli-
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