Revelation In Context

The book Revelation In Context, by Irene Belyeu, is a literary and historical commentary on the Biblical Book of Revelation with supporting referents and notes.

Although you will find many helpful articles and blog posts regarding this historical and inspirational book on this website, seekers of the truth of the Revelation will want to study and explore more in depth by purchasing the book.  There are two editions of the book available.

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Did the Law End With Christ?

Romans 10:4: “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”

Does this mean that Christ ended or stopped the Law? No. Let us look at the word end.
The Greek word here is #5056 in Strong’s Concordance. It means “to set out as a goal, a purpose, a point aimed at.” Christ is the goal and purpose of the Law.

Galatians 3:24-25 shows this purpose: “Wherefore the Law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.” The ‘schoolmaster’ has brought us to Christ, the goal, and purpose of the Law.

Jesus said: “Think not that I am come to destroy the Law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law till all be fulfilled,” Matthew 5:17-18.

The Old Covenant of the Law was with the Fleshly Israel, and was broken by them thereby making it obsolete.

Jeremiah 31:31: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

Jeremiah 31:32: “Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord.”

The promise of the New Covenant was: “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel ; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people,” Jeremiah 31:33, quoted in Hebrews 10:16 and in Hebrews 8:8-10.

The New Covenant was to exceed the Old Covenant, not to nullify it.

Whereas the Old Covenant was about external, fleshly actions and works, the New Covenant was to exceed it by also being internalized, a matter of the heart, a spiritual reality in motive, in thought and in intent. The born-again Spirit finds it a delight, not burdensome.

It is more serious to transgress the New Covenant than the Old: Hebrews 10:26-31:

26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31 [It is] a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” – Hebrews 10:26-31 KJV.

Hebrews 6:4 “For [it is] impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put [him] to an open shame.” – Hebrews 6:4-6 KJV.

How God Judges A Nation

The Lord spoke to Ezekiel and pronounced His judgments upon the false prophets of that nation, Israel, and the vain women and their seductive practices, (chapter 13). In chapter 14, the message is to the elders of the people for leading the people into idolatry. Then He describes the judgments that are coming upon the wicked nation, Israel, and its capital city, Jerusalem:

Ezekiel 14:12-21: “The Word of the Lord came again to me, saying,

“Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it.

“Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord God.

“If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts:

“Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, they only shall be delivered, but the land shall be desolate.

“Or, if I bring a sword upon that land, and say, Sword, go through the land so that I cut off man and beast from it:

“Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they only shall be delivered themselves.

“Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my fury upon it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast;

“Though Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.

“For thus saith the Lord God; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast?”

This happened upon Judah in 605 BC.

But even in such a time as this, God had a faithful remnant who would save themselves by faithful obedience, Ezekiel 14:22. This principle held true in the Old Testament destruction of both Israel and Judah. Daniel also had prophesied that a faithful remnant would return from the Babylonian captivity after seventy years, and the nation would be allowed another seventy weeks of years to repent and turn to their God, after which, God’s final judgments would fall upon the wicked.

That time came in the New Testament era.

We find that there was indeed again a faithful remnant, Romans 11:5. But the wicked nation was to be destroyed, Matthew 23-24. The four sore judgments were poured out upon the apostate nation and City, as recorded in Revelation chapters 17 and 18, and historically in 70 AD as recorded by Josephus and other secular historians.

Again, the faithful remnant in Christ, the Church, His Body, the Bride, the New Jerusalem, became the restored nation, the elect, Revelation 19:1-9. The four sore judgments were poured out upon the wicked, 19:11-20:15.

In Revelation 21 and 22, God Himself is dwelling in the midst of His purified people. This is the reason that sin must be destroyed. The Holy God desires to dwell with His people.  But cannot dwell with sinful people for His holiness will destroy sin and the people who refuse to accept His cleansing salvation.

Will our nation turn from its wicked ways? Will we be the faithful remnant?

Let this nation and every nation of the earth be warned by the Biblical examples of God’s decreed judgments.

“Unto Him be glory in the Church throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

Who Is The True Israel?

Jesus, The Prophet Like Unto Moses

Acts 3:22: “For Moses truly said unto the fathers, ‘A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. (23) And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.'” [KJV Referring to Deuteronomy 18:15, 18-19.]

Deuteronomy 18:15, 18-19: “The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me, unto him ye shall hearken….(17) And the Lord said unto me, ‘They have well spoken that which they have spoken. (18) I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. (19) And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.'” KJV

Deuteronomy 18: 20-22: “But the prophet which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. (21) And if thou say in thine heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken?’ (22) When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.” KJV

Jesus was that “Prophet like unto Moses.” All those that refused to hear Him were destroyed from among the people. They were no longer Israelites.

Jesus said: “Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. (46) For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. (47) But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?” John 5:45-47 KJV

Jesus, the True Vine, Israel

Jesus said: John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman….(6) If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”

Those who heard Jesus speak and refused to believe and abide in Him, were cast into the fires of the final destruction of the literal nation, Israel, the City, Jerusalem, and the people, the Jews, as foretold by Daniel 9:24-27 and Jesus in Matthew chapters 23-24. This was all fulfilled according to Jesus’ own words in the time from Jesus death in about 30 AD to 70 AD when Jerusalem was finally destroyed and the people left alive were dispersed.

Jesus Fulfilled the Promises: Acts 13:32-33.

In our times, it is often quoted that the Jews are now being gathered and returned to the land, but the promises of a literal return to the land were made to those who were taken captive to Babylon in circa 605 BC. That captivity was for 70 years and the return happened as promised at that time according to the Biblical account in Ezra and Nehemiah. To take these promises of return out of context is to pervert the truth. After that there were no more promises to a literal return to the land.

The eternal promises cannot be fulfilled in temporal flesh, but are being fulfilled in the Spirit through Jesus Christ our Lord and eternal King and Savior. In Him all the promises are “Yea” and “Amen.” Jesus is the only Savior. To Him be glory in the Church, now and forever, Amen.

Law And Grace – Bonhoeffer

[From Dietrich Bonhoeffer – (The Psalms-) The Prayer Book of the Bible ‘Classification’]

“The Law”

“The three Psalms (1, 19, 119) that in a special way make the law of God the object of thanksgiving, praise, and petition, wish above all to make clear to us the blessing of the law. Under ‘law,’ then, is to be chiefly understood the entire redemptive act of God and direction for a new life in obedience. Joy in the law, in the commandments of God, fill us when God has given to our life the great transformation that comes through Jesus Christ. That God might sometimes hide God’s own command from me, (Ps. 119:19), that God might someday not let me recognise the divine will, is the deepest anxiety of the new life.


“It is grace to know God’s commands. They free us from self-made plans and conflicts. They make our steps certain and our way joyful. We are given God’s commands so that we may fulfill them, and ‘[God’s] commandments are not burdensome’ (I John 5:3) for those who have found all salvation in Jesus Christ. Jesus himself was under the law and fulfilled it in total obedience to the Father. God’s will became his joy, his food. So in us he gives thanks for the grace of the law and grants us joy in its fulfillment.* Now we confess our love for the law. We affirm that we hold it dear, and we ask that we continue to be preserved blameless in it. We do not do this in our own power, but we pray it in the name of Jesus Christ, who is for us and in us.”

*In the Lord’s Prayer: “… Thy will be done….”

Gifts of the Spirit Their Use and Abuse

Reply to comment on FB, October 12, 2015.

I agree with you, totally except that the gifts of the Spirit did not stop with the first generation of Christians. They are alive and well on planet earth now, today, although much maligned, misunderstood and abused. Since the Great Commission is not yet tottaly fulfilled, the Gospel of the Kingdom has not yet gone throughout the whole world to every tongue, tribe and nation, then we are still obligated to go, even as Christ commanded.

Anyone who professes the healing powers as if from himself  is operating just like the old witch doctors in the unenlightened areas of the world. Oral Roberts always declared and emphasized that it was God that did the healing. He often spoke of how God had warned him never to touch the gold or the glory. All those who operate in the gift of healing should and must emphasize that it is God Who does the healing: We are only instruments and vessels through which He works.

Yes, we can and must go to God directly through Jesus Christ. What a privilege! Yet, we also learn from the Scriptures that we are to pray for one another, James chapter 5:13-20 is good and also look in your Concordance under “pray” and you will see many more references to praying for one another.

Yet, there is the necessity that the gifts of the Spirit be operative, not only in our private, personal worship, but also in the Church. My Mother worshiped privately and rejoiced and spoke in tongues when she didn’t know anyone else was listening. I, myself, enjoy praying in the Spirit in tongues that I do not understand mentally, yet know that the Holy Spirit knows how to pray through me for needs that I am not even aware of.

I fully understand how people can object to speaking in tongues because it has been abused. Yet, the abuse does not nullify the promise: It is for us today. Jesus’ great commission to His Church was to “Go ye into all the world, and preach to gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover,” Mark 16:15-18.

Yes, there is also the gift of the ability to learn new languages, as I found out from working with the Wycliffe Bible Translators. Theirs is an amazing gift of tongues! They have and yet are translating the Scriptures for every tongue, tribe, nation and people! It is wonderful, marvelous, and miraculous!!

Yes. There has been much abuse of these miraculous gifts, as Paul deals with in his writings. Yet, there is definitely a spiritual gift of speaking in tongues, I Corinthians chapters 14-15. These are not always intelligible to everyone that hears them, even to the speakers themselves, yet they have their function in the Church. There are also testimonies of ministers who have found themselves in a situation where they do not have an interpreter and the LORD miraculously gives them the ability to speak a language unknown to them and see the powerful results in the people.

All glory be to God in the Highest and on earth, Peace, good will to men! May His Kingdom come and His will be done on this earth as it is in heaven, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.