Revelation 19 Commentary, Part 1 (verses 1-5)
By Brother Mike (9-23-13, 53 minutes)
1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God :
This verse begins by saying, And after these things. So we ask, after what things? Well, after the things that we went over in Revelation 18 about the fall of Babylon the Great (the world; the kingdom of Satan). So whereas the context of Revelation 18 was looking back at the fall of Babylon, which had just taken place, the context of Revelation 19 is further into the Day of Judgment after God had finished describing the events of the fall of Babylon. So the context which begins in Revelation 19 is that of being after Judgment Day on May 21, 2011.
Now we read, I heard a great voice of much people in heaven. Although the two Greek words ochlou pollou are here translated as much people, these are the same two words which the King James Bible translates as a great multitude in other places such as in Revelation 7:9. I will read verses 9 and 14:
After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands . . .
14 These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb .
Notice here that the great multitude, the ochlou pollou, is they which came out of great tribulation. Therefore, these are they which were saved during the Great Tribulation from May 21, 1988 to May 21, 2011. Now since this great multitude represents the same two words, ochlou pollou, translated as much people in verse 1 of Revelation 19, could it be that the great voice of much people in heaven is the voice of the great multitude that was saved out of the great tribulation? I think not, for we are told that the apostle John heard a great voice of much people in heaven. That is, the much people are in heaven; not on earth. So the much people cannot be the great multitude which came out the great tribulation because this great multitude is still on earth for the most part. No, the much people in heaven must refer to all the people who have already died and went to heaven throughout history.
Next, we read that the great voice of much people in heaven which the Apostle John heard are saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God. So the first thing we read that they are saying is Alleluia. This is actually a Hebrew word which means praise the Lord, so what God's people in heaven are saying with a Great (loud) voice is praise the Lord. And following this they are saying, the salvation, and the glory, and the honor, and the power, to the Lord our God. Notice that in the Greek the article, the, precedes each of the words salvation, glory, honor, and power. It is the salvation, the glory, the honor, and the power, to the Lord our God. This is to emphasize that this is not just any salvation, glory, honor, and power ascribed to the Lord our God, but this is the salvation, the glory, the honor, and the power ascribed to the Lord our God. To put it another way, the greatest or ultimate level of salvation, glory, honor, and power are ascribed to the Lord our God. And not only this, but there are four listings: the salvation, the glory, the honor, and the power to teach that this is universally the case that the salvation, the glory, the honor, and the power are ascribed to the Lord our God (see
Meaning of Bible Number 4
Now let's take a somewhat closer look at the four things ascribed to the Lord our God. They are the salvation, the glory, the honor, and the power. The first is the salvation. Why would the salvation be ascribed to the Lord our God? Well, because it originates with Him; it is implemented by Him; and it is finished by Him. Quite simply, it is all of Him. Yes, in eternity past, He first determined to save a people out of what would become this sin-cursed world by coming to this earth and dieing for their sins. He would then take this atoning death on behalf of His people and apply its efficacy to each elect person by His Spirit throughout all of history. He could do this because He is not limited to any given time period, but is able to move freely from the present to the past, and to the future, and back, and so on. Now the saving of His elect, he determined, would be accomplished through the hearing of the Word of God, so He would so work in and through the people He saved to send the gospel into the whole world. Once all His elect had become saved, He would then bring judgment upon the world, which is where we are at now in history, and after this, He will give His elect new glorified bodies, and He will create a new heaven and earth for them to dwell in with their new glorified bodies. This will take place on the Last Day of this world's existence. The point that I am trying to make in all this is that the salvation has everything to do with God. It is all His doing! This is why we read, the salvation . . . to the Lord our God.
But, now we read, the glory . . . to the Lord our God. What does it mean to ascribe the glory to the lord our God? Glory is a really loaded word and can mean such things as esteem, majesty, honor, brilliance, brightness, splendor, magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity, grace, and I am sure a whole slew of other incredible descriptors. So to ascribe the glory to the Lord is to give to Him esteem in the highest, majesty in the highest, honor in the highest, brilliance to the greatest, brightness to the brightest, splendor to the fullest, magnificence in the highest, excellence to perfection, preeminence to the greatest, dignity to the fullest, and grace in completeness. Actually, these words can only begin to describe the glory of our Lord. He is so glorious that words cannot describe. And the exciting thing to know is that we shall one day see His glory as we read in 1John 3:
1Jo 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is .
And, in 1Corinthians 13:
"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known ."
Now, the next part of our verse ascribes honor to our Lord. It states, the honor . . . to the Lord our God. The word honor can actually be translated as price depending on the context, and so it carries with it the meaning of value as the price of something indicates its value. To honor someone is to value that person. So to ascribe the honor to the Lord our God is to value Him to the utmost. He is more valuable than anything else in existence, and He is worthy of the honor above all else because He has created all things, and in him we live, and move, and have our being (Acts 17:28). As we read in Revelation 4,
Re 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created .
And our Lord is further worthy of the honor above all else because He was slain for our sins:
Re 5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing .
Finally, our verse says, the power, unto the Lord our God. Remember, this is that great voice of much people in heaven, which refers to all of God's elect in heaven. They are saying, Alleluia; the salvation, and the glory, and the honor, and the power, unto the Lord our God. Go ahead, if you haven't already said this, say it now: Praise the Lord; the salvation, and the glory, and the honor, and the power, unto the Lord our God. This power that God's elect are ascribing to the Lord is not just a power, but it is the power. It is that power by which everything else consists and has its being. From the smallest microorganism to the largest macro organism, from the smallest mass particle to the largest land mass, from everything invisible to everything visible, everything owes its existence to the power of God. The power of God is infinite, but we can only see a very small fraction of the finite. Just imagine for a moment the power of God which never ends. It never shows any sign of wavering. It is as powerful as can be, and at all times as powerful as can be. In fact, it transcends time into eternity. Can any power match the power of our Lord? Not even close! Indeed, we should have no difficulty in ascribing the power, unto the Lord our God.
2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand .
In this verse we are told why God's elect are saying, praise the Lord, and ascribing the salvation, the glory, the honor, and the power unto the Lord our God: we are told, for true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. Let's consider first of all the statement, for true and righteous are his judgments. True means genuine, real, honest, sincere, or right, so when scripture says true are his judgments, it means genuine are His judgments, real are His judgments, sincere are His judgments, and right are His judgments. His judgments are opposite to that which is counterfeit, fictitious, imaginary, pretended, or simulated. On the other hand, the word righteous means in perfect accord with the law of God, so when we are told that righteous are His judgments, it means His judgments are in perfect agreement with His law, and in that His Judgments are in perfect agreement with His law, they are just, right, innocent, guiltless, upright, faultless, and virtuous.
Next, we are told why His judgments are true and righteous in this context: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. Therefore, the first reason given as to why His judgments are true and righteous is that He has judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication. The verb has judged in the sentence he has judged the great whore is in the aorist tense of the Greek, which signifies the action taking place at a specific point in the past, and so should be translated He did judge the great whore. And, the verb did corrupt in the sentence, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, is in the imperfect tense, and so signifies continuous action in the past. It would be more descriptively translated did continuously corrupt. Our verse would now read,
"For true and righteous are his judgments: for he did judge [at one point in the past on May 21, 2011] the great whore, which did continuously corrupt the earth with her fornication . . . "
So why are God's judgments true and righteous? The proof is because He did judge in the past the great whore; that is, Babylon the Great - also known as the corporate church or the world or the kingdom of Satan - which judgment we know began on May 21, 1988 for the corporate church, and May 21, 2011 for the entire world. This judgment upon her was true and righteous because she did continuously corrupt the earth with her fornication. She didn't just corrupt the earth now and then, but she did it continuously. Yes, she has been working hard throughout history to corrupt the earth with her false teachings and belief systems as can be seen in all the false religions and beliefs of the world, and more recently ever since May 21, 1988 in all the false gospels and teachings which have come directly through all the so-called Christian churches and denominations.
But not only are God's judgments true and righteous because He did judge the great whore for her continuous corruption of the earth with her fornication, but God's judgments are true and righteous because we are told, He has avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. Actually, the verb has avenged is in the aorist tense, so it means He did avenge the blood of his servants at her hand. His servants, of course, are all of His elect. So the proof that God's judgments are true and righteous is because He did avenge the blood of His elect at her hand. Throughout history the great whore has killed God's people both spiritually and physically, so in that God did judge her beginning with the churches on May 21, 1988, and then on the entire world May 21, 2011, is God acting both true and righteous, for she deserves the spiritual judgment which has come upon her, and she deserves the physical judgment which will come upon her on the Last Day when she is completely annihilated from existence. We read of God's judgment upon the great whore, the entire world, on May 21, 2011 typified in the fall of Babylon in 539 BC as described in Daniel 5:
And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN
26 This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom [Babylon, which typifies the world], and finished it .
27 TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting .
28 PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians [a type of Christ's kingdom] .
So what this is revealing in its typology is that ever since May 21, 2011, the great whore, Babylon (the entire world), was divided and given to Christ and His kingdom as typified by the destruction of historical Babylon by the Medes and the Persians in 539 BC.
3 And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever .
Here in this verse we find that the great voice of God's people in heaven, which as we have learned is the voice of God's elect in heaven, again said, Alleluia, which is the Hebrew word for praise the Lord. The Greek word translated as again in the phrase, again they said, is actually the word second, so our verse would read, And a second-time they said, Alleluia. Next, the verb said is in the perfect tense of the Greek, which, like the English perfect tense, means that the saying of Alleluia was completed in the past - they said - but, unlike in the English, the state of having said alleluia continues on to the present so that the state of God's people in heaven having praised the Lord over the judgment of the great whore, and over the avenging of the blood of God's elect, continues to the present. In order to express this hidden meaning in the actual translation, the verse might look like this:
"And a second-time they are in the present state of having said, Alleluia . "
This indicates that not only had they said alleluia in the past at the fall of the great whore on May 21, 2011, but they are existing now in that present state of having said alleluia, which is a state of praising the Lord. So they not only praised the Lord in the past, but they continue to do so in the present. And the reason they do this is because God hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.
Next, we read, And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. The verb here translated as rose up is actually in the present tense; not the past tense as it appears in the King James, but in the present tense, which would, therefore, be better translated as rising up. And the phrase for ever and ever is literally translated as into the ages of the ages. So the verse would look better like this:
"And her smoke is rising up into the ages of the ages . "
This does not mean that the great whore will be punished forever and ever. The smoke represents the results or outcome of the burning up of the great whore, which was her complete destruction beginning on May 21, 2011. So in that her smoke is rising up into the ages of the ages means that the outcome of her burning up - her destruction - carries on into the ages of the ages. In other words, her destruction is eternal or forevermore. Never again shall she rise up! The fact that salvation was removed from her on May 21, 2011 means that, in principle, she was completely destroyed because she is now guaranteed to die not only due to the sin of Adam, but also on the Last Day when the Lord will entirely destroy her forevermore. It is as if she has already been burned up, and the outcome of this burning up of her is eternal. Babylon the Great, the great whore, the world will never ever experience salvation again, but only death forevermore, for her smoke is rising up into the ages of the ages.
4 And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia .
Here we realize that the twenty-four elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia because the great whore has been judged, and God's people have been avenged forevermore. But who are the twenty-four elders and the four beasts? First, with respect to the twenty-four elders, they represent the 12 tribes of Israel of the Old Testament, which, in turn, represents God's elect during the Old Testament period, and they also represent the 12 apostles of the New Testament, which, in turn, represent God's elect during the New Testament period. So 12 plus 12 equals 24, which represents all of God's elect throughout history who are in heaven. Next, with respect to the four beasts, we have to first understand the word for beasts in the phrase four beasts can be translated as living creatures. Once we realize that the four beasts are the four living creatures, we are reminded of the four living creatures in Ezekiel 1:
Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man
6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings .
7 And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf's foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass .
8 And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings .
9 Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward .
10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle
Notice that these four living creatures are the same living creatures that we read about in Revelation 4:
And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts [living creatures] full of eyes before and behind
7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf [an ox], and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle .
Now we are told in the last verse of Ezekiel 1, which chapter describes the four living creatures, what exactly these four living creatures represent. We read,
28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake .
What we see, then, is that the four living creatures are a representation of God in His glory. So now we can begin to understand what it means that the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia. It means that all God's elect in heaven and God Himself in His glory fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying Amen; Alleluia. This reveals that God actually worships Himself along with God's elect. It sounds kind of egotistical, but it's not. God is so infinitely perfect in every respect that He is due worship even from Himself. You or I could never legitimately worship ourselves since we are far from being perfect, and even when we as God's elect are made perfect upon the Lord's return, we will still be so far from being infinitely perfect and great that we could never even begin to legitimately contemplate worshipping ourselves, but God, He is another matter. Our Lord will always be greater and more perfect than anyone else, and, therefore, only He can ever legitimately worship Himself without being egotistical. As the scripture declares,
Ex 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God .
Isa 44:6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God .
Now returning to our verse, it reads,
"And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia . "
Put your attention on the part of this verse which says, God that sat on the throne. The verb here which is translated as that sat is a present tense participle, and communicates that it is NOT God that sat on the throne as it appears, but it is God that is sitting on the thrown. The verse should look like this:
"And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that is sitting on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia . "
It is not that God sat on the throne at some point in the past, but it is that God is sitting continuously on the throne. It is perhaps also noteworthy to note that the verb is sitting is in the middle voice of the Greek, which means that the action of the verb, is sitting, is in the interest of, or on behalf of, the subject, God. One possible way to express this would be to translate the verse in this way:
"And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that is sitting Himself on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia . "
The idea is that God is sitting Himself on the thrown; only He is able to do this; as far as anyone else would be concerned, they could not sit themselves on the thrown because to do so is saying that there is no one greater than them who could have set them on the thrown. So in saying that God is sitting Himself on the thrown is an expression of His greatness; it's like saying that I am God, and there is none else. No one sets God on the thrown except Himself, but anyone else is set on the thrown by God.
Now we read that the twenty-four elders and the four beasts; that is God's elect in heaven and God in His glory fell down and worshipped God that is sitting Himself on the thrown, saying, Amen; Alleluia.
We have already learned that the word Alleluia is a Hebrew word and means praise the Lord. But, what about the word Amen? Well, it also is a Hebrew word transliterated into the Greek, but it has come to be known as the best known word in human speech because it has been transliterated over to so many different languages in the world. In the Bible it is most commonly translated as verily, which is just another word for truly. For instance, in John 16, we read,
Joh 16:23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily [truly], verily [truly], I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you .
And, again, we read,
Joh 12:24 Verily [truly], verily [truly], I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit .
The word verily or truly means for sure, this is true. So in that the twenty-four elders and the four beasts; that is God's elect in heaven and God in His glory fell down and worshipped God that is sitting Himself on the thrown, saying, Amen; Alleluia, they are saying truly, this is true, praise the Lord. Everything that was just said in the last four verses about God's people ascribing salvation, glory, honor, and power to the Lord, and the Lord having judged the great whore as well as avenging the blood of His people, and revealing that the great whore is judged forevermore is true, praise the Lord. Indeed, God is true, praise the Lord!
5 And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great .
In this verse a voice came out of the throne. We don�t learn whose voice this is until we get to verse 10 where we read,
"And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus . . . "
From this, we realize that the voice which came from the throne is the voice of one of God's elect, for it is said of the voice, I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus.
Next, we find that this elect person in heaven is saying, praise our God, all you his servants, and you that fear him, both small and great. When the elect person says, Praise our God, it is in the imperative mood or voice of the Greek, which is the mood of command. So it is a command to all you his servants, and you that fear him, both small and great to praise our God. The all you his servants refers to all of God's elect, so we who are God's elect should praise our God, and it would be amiss to not stop right now and actually praise Him . . .
Now having praised Him, let's continue on with our verse. The verse states, praise our God, all you his servants, and you that fear him, both small and great. We can surmise that you that fear him, and both small and great, refer to God's elect just like all you His servants also referred to God's elect. But why might the Lord give reference to the elect in three different categories: all you his servants, you that fear Him and both small and great? First of all, by listing 3 categories, the Lord is making it known that it is His purpose that God's elect praise Him (see Meaning of Bible Number 3). Second of all, by listing His elect in three different ways, we learn a little more about His elect in each category. In the first category, we are told that God's elect are His servants. The word servants is literally translated as slaves, and this reveals that God's people are under the authority of Christ, and their role is to serve Christ in obedience to everything that He teaches through the Bible. In the second category, we are told that God's elect fear Him, for it states, you that fear Him. The verb translated as that fear in the sentence, you that fear Him, is a present tense participle, middle voice verb in the Greek, so it means that the action of the verb is in the present - you that presently fear Him - and God's elect fear Him in the interest of themselves. They have learned that every disobedience to the Lord's teachings is worthy of death, so they have a Godly fear in order that they might not sin, but rather walk in their Lord's commands as perfectly as possible. They do this not to be saved, for no one can be saved by obedience; it is a gift of God, not of works (Eph. 2:8-9), but they have been instilled by God with a fear that presses them on toward obedience. As the Lord says,
1Jo 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him .
And, again, in 1John 2,
1Jo 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments .
Now, in the third category, we are told that God's elect are both small and great. What is the difference between small and great in the kingdom of heaven? We begin to understand the difference when we read Matthew 5:
Mt 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven .
This reveals that the least or the small ones in the kingdom of heaven are those who break a commandment of the Lord, and teach others to do the same, while the greatest in the kingdom are those who do and teach the commandments of God. This emphasizes the importance of making sure that one first properly understands the commandments of God, and then also keeps them. As it is written in John 14,
Joh 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him .
Furthermore, we learn a little more about the differences between the small and great in the kingdom of heaven in Matthew 20:
Mt. 20:25 (Mk. 10:42)
But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them
26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister ;
27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant :
28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many .
From this passage we discover that to be great in the kingdom of heaven is not to Lord it over others, but it is to minister to them and serve them. Therefore, to be small in the kingdom of heaven is to not minister to and serve others as one should. We read of what it takes to be great in the kingdom in other passages as well:
And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest
25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors .
26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve .
27 For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth .
And, again, we read in Matthew 23,
Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ
11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant .
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted .
And we read in Mark 9,
And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way
34 But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest .
35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all .
Once again, in all these passages, we see that to be great in the kingdom of heaven is to be a servant to others. In fact, it requires one to be a servant of all. But, if we were paying close attention to the verses which were read, we would have begun to see something else that is required to be great in the kingdom of heaven: It is required that one have a great amount of humility. This is what it reveals in the last verse that I read, which states, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and also in Luke 22:26 and Matthew 23:12 that I previously read, which stated, but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. We see further emphasis upon humility in Matthew 18:
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven
2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them ,
3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven .
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven .
Now returning to the question, what is the difference between the small and great in the kingdom of heaven, we must conclude that the great ones in the kingdom of heaven are those who teach and do the commandments of God with great accuracy, who are ministers and servants to all, and who show great humility as a child. On the other hand, the small ones in the kingdom would be those who manifest less and less of these character traits. So if you want to be great in the kingdom of God, you must first study to learn the commandments of God, which are more than just the Ten Commandments, but really are found throughout the Bible. This means that one must be a Bible studier; there is no way around it, and one must be a doer of what they learn. Furthermore, one must also become a servant of all in great humility. Yes, these things are impossible apart from God, but with God, all things are possible.
Now may the Lord bless thee, and keep thee; may the Lord shine His face upon thee, and be gracious unto thee; the LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace .
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