Archive for July, 2010

The Seven Churches by Pastor Melissa Scott

Verse 12 starts with John: “And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks.” We know the golden candlesticks are representing the churches, the Seven Churches. “And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle, with a golden sash around his chest. ”

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that his head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; his eyes were as a flame of fire; His feet like unto brass, as if they burned in a furnace; his voice as the sound of many waters.

And he held in his hand seven stars: out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.” You’ve just had the seven descriptions of Christ and, bar none, the only verbal picture we have of Christ in the whole Bible. And people read this and they often tend to glaze right over it and say “Oh, that’s nice.” You’d be surprised I’m, and I’m on this kick because I see, I read everything and I kind of, I grit my teeth and I say “Why, why do people, why do they find it so hard to believe?

Last week when I addressed the fact people say Daniel, Zechariah, John just basically took and borrowed, I’m going to show you why not so. Go to Daniel 10:5. It is the argument of every commentator to say John merely borrowed from what was already there, from what he remembered, from what he saw. 10:5: “Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz.”

We’re not going to stay here long, but I want you to make a mental note his loins were gird “with fine gold of Uphaz: His body was like the beryl, his face as the appearance of lightning, his eyes as lamps of fire, his arms and his feet in the colour of polished brass, the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.” And if you read on down, by the 12th verse you’ll hear the person he’s seeing saying “Fear not, Daniel.” Well yeah, if you’re trying to compare apples and oranges, that sounds pretty familiar. Sounds pretty much like what we just saw in Revelation, right? Want you to program this in your mind. This image that Daniel is seeing His loins were girded.

Travel Through The Bible by Pastor Melissa Scott

We’ll save that for next week. You can’t mistake this, the 7 beatitudes even from Jesus, but here unmistakably bursts into a doxology. You’ll find Paul likewise, when Paul’s writing and he’s really getting into it then he’ll say “Glory to God and peace be to you, amen and amen.” “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him.” Stop. It is not going to be a subjective situation. Not every mind will see Him. “Every eye will see him, every eye and in looking at this, I thought you know if one wasn’t well versed enough there might be people that say that there’s a contradiction because it says He’s going to come with clouds. What’s it say? “He cometh with clouds.” You read in Daniel, you’ll find the same verbiage being used in Daniel, Daniel I believe it’s 7 – let me go find it for you.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that it’s important because you need to see it’s not a one-time writing, some of you will probably find it before me because I’m not going the fast. Daniel 7:13. Tell me if you read things many times over in the Bible, isn’t it confirmation that more than one voice is speaking or the same voice is speaking through and through and there’s some verity, some solid something to hang onto. Daniel 7:13 says, “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him, and you read on but that’s way, way, way before. Of course I said Daniel and Revelation go together but there are other texts that support this very thing.

You can read them in Thessalonians. 1st and 2nd Thessalonians you have references to the same “He cometh with clouds.” Now, if you go and turn to Revelation 16:15, and bear with me because I’m almost done. Revelation 16:15 has Jesus speaking, He says “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.” Everybody there? I want you to read that, then I want you to go back to Revelation 3:3. I’m making you travel through the Bible today. In the letter dictated to the church in Sardis, write – if you look to the latter part of the verse “If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” Go back to 1:7.

The Passage by Pastor Melissa Scott

But there are the seven churches right here under this roof. There are those Ephesian members of this body that were supposedly ‘out called’ that have a waning love. And we have in this, under this roof right here, we’ve got Smyrna Christians, those that have sacrificed a lot, probably sold their house or sold things just to say I support and I’m going to give everything I have to support this work. So we need to be able to look at it and take away some of the mysticism. And by the way, unlike Daniel’s work and you can’t understand Daniel without Revelation – but unlike Daniel’s work, Daniel’s work was sealed, this is a writing. John is the scribe. He’s not the author per se. If you read the opening passages, very simply said.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that if you go to the opening chapter of the book it says you write down, you write down everything that you see; past, present, future. So he’s not going to create a story. He’s like a scribe. He’s taking note of all that he sees. People sometimes think this book lives in some crazy world, for example, when in the 4th chapter John is in Heaven. What’s so preposterous about that? Satan transported Jesus to other places.  And yet we mysticize it and say “Well that’s kind of freaky.” Now let’s get to business here. I put some grammar on the board. Before I get to the grammar, I want you to go, we’re going to do some Bible flipping real quick.

The passage opens we saw last week, “apokalupsis Yesou Christou” and there is no definite article that’s added. I don’t want to tell you what the Textus Receptus that’s behind the King James did to this. I don’t even want to go there. This was added by the translators. “The revelation” and it’s “of Jesus Christ” because it’s genitive. Make a note of what text I’m going to read, you can look them up when you go home. 1st Corinthians 1:7 reads, “So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Unfortunately in your Bible it reads one thing, but if you could see what the writing says in Greek, “the waiting for the coming” that word “coming, of our Lord Jesus Christ” is, ten apokalupsin, the same word. That’s 1st Corinthians 1:7.

God is instructing Noah by Pastor Melissa Scott

Now the word in English ‘ark’ our word comes from the Latin word arko, from the verb arceo or akeo: to be shut in, to protect, so there is a good connection with the English word. “Rooms shalt thou make within the ark.” Now we talked about, you almost have to play ping pong and stay with me a little while because there is so much in here and there is such little time to do it, it seems like I said unfair to try and treat a whole text and pull it apart in a limited time.

You remember when we looked at Adam in the garden; we had that word and I am going to write it in English, we had the word gen or gan, which was like a perimeter around the garden. Everybody translates the word for ‘rooms’ when God is instructing Noah to make rooms. Everybody translates it ‘nests’ or ‘cells’ and that is an okay translation; that’s fine. But think of the protected area that God was trying to give Adam and then reflect on that word because it is the same word being used here. And He says, “Make an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shall pitch it within and without.” Whole thing is going to be covered.

Now some of you who were listening to me last year, it is a lot of Hebrew today but I am going to try and do it now in English so we can have phonetic spelling. The word for pitch, I am just going to write it kappur, that is the word for pitch from which we get Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the day of covering, the kapporeth on the Mercy Seat; so kappur is the pitch. The last time we were here I didn’t do this in depth; we just kind of passed through it. It is a beautiful depiction of how God wove in the tapestry of the text.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that there would be covering for the ark using that same word we use in the atonement. And the ‘gopher’ word nobody seems to know what that is. Everybody speculates what the ‘gopher wood’ is because it doesn’t exist – is in Hebrew the same, gappur. There is a correlation, (I just made sunglasses) there is a correlation, you never know what you are going to see on this board, there is a correlation between the two words kappur and gappur, certainly the pitch. There are many translations for it but it’s important when you look at the big picture of why the ark.

The Corinthian Letter by Pastor Melissa Scott

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that in the New Testament brought to us by the good news of His Son, Jesus Christ. That being said Romans 10:17 “Faith comes by hearing.” You are not going to get up in Faith I don’t care if you listen to the radio or watch the news but I can guarantee you, you watch the news, you are not going to be pumped up in Faith. Is that a license to say you abandon everything of the world? Of course not. But you get Faith, the promise in the Bible says “Faith comes” but it “comes by hearing.” That’s your starting point.  Now I need to put a little footnote on this.

In times past in the Old Testament when the spirit of the Lord came on someone  I’m a lunatic about the Bible. I went and looked up each time the spirit of the Lord came upon somebody. Each time the spirit of the Lord comes upon somebody something happens. They begin to speak. You go right to the beginning of the Bible, this spirit of God hovered over the waters, the face of the waters and then God said “Let there be light.” The spirit of the Lord comes upon, for the most part, most of the examples the spirit of the Lord, comes upon somebody in the Old Testament and they deliver a message.

How are you supposed to hear, how do you obtain Faith if you are not listening? And there are some people that say “Well, you gotta be a spirit filled Christian.” And they don’t even have a prayer of an idea of what that means. I can’t tell you and say do thus and so but I can tell you being around people there are certain people you’re around them and they inspire your faith, you’re around them and you can’t help but be lifted up. That is the spirit of Faith in a person.

The Corinthian letter talks about the gifts of the spirit or concerning the gifts that are listed. Bad translation. It should be concerning the spirit man or the spirit gifts. The gift of Faith is one of them but that doesn’t mean you have to have that particular gift. If you don’t have that do like the people that have a eating disorder. Just keep listening to all the preaching of God’s Word, all you can, just don’t regurgitate it. Take it in. “Well Faith’s hard for me.” “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen. It’s just hard for me to have faith.” Well, read your Bible. Without Faith it’s impossible to please God. And how do you get Faith? By hearing the Word of God. Okay.