I fully understand this is not for our time on earth but there may be those who hear my voice and come to Christ during this time of tribulation.
However here is a symbolic picture of Christ the Lamb of God standing on Mount Zion with forty four thousand.  Are these same ones in Chapter 7?
Some commentators say yes and others say no.  I would rather say yes.  Notice this is right after the anti-christ and his henchman is identified also before the Mighty Angel with the reaping side comes to reap the vine of the earth.
Now I will say more about the 144,000. They have the Father’s name on their forehead.  There are harpists and they sing a new song.  And there is purity among them. I will leave more to be said to someone else.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
Peter writes this to elders among the Christians.   I am afraid by requiring certain education we have stuffed part of the voice of the church.  The flock of God is to be shepherded by elders. We will be rewarded when Christ the Chief Shepherd appears.  Elders are to be examples to the flock of God.  One man cannot do it all.  The younger people are to look to them and learn from them. 
This group of verses of today closes with the younger looking to the elders with these words, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God casting all your care upon Him for He cares for you.  Are you that kind of person young or older?
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
 
I wonder how much Peter had left when here he said, “The end of all things is at hand.” We do know that he was eventually crucified in Rome.  However since we can look for the end (1000 years later) we surely can say the end of all things really is at hand.  We are to be serious and watchful in our prayers.  No room for careless Christians.
We are to have a warm love for each other and we can overlook sometimes petty sins.  We are to be good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  Manifold means many aspects of the same grace of God.  Notice the verse doesn’t say those who preach but those who speak are to speak or minister (speak) the oracles of God (God’s very voice) with the ability which God supplies.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
This thought actually begins with verse 10 speaking to husbands and how we should love our wives but finally in our verses we people of the church are to be of one mind to love one another continuously. How am I to act among the Lord’s people?
Then we have this wonderful verse caption, “He who would love life and see good days let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.” Then another verse which says, “Turn from evil and do good, seek peace and pursue it.” Then another verse, “The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous and His ears are open to their prayers.” I must add this, “The face of the Lord is against them who do evil.”
I have nothing to add to this wonderful set of verses.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
In this section we have a talk on servants and masters. I would like to examine the motives as to why servants are to be obedient to a master.  First of all if you suffer for doing wrong you are at fault but if you do right and suffer for it then it is commendable.
Peter then brings in about Christ and why and how He suffered.  He suffered for something that I deserved in fact that is why He comes.  So He is the great example as to our motive as to why we can suffer at the hands of a boss who can’t be pleased in anyway.
There are a few things about Christ I would bring out.  He did no sin neither was guile found in His mouth.  When He suffered He did not threaten.  His words were Father forgive them for they know not what they are doing.  I needed a ton of forgiving.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
 
This is quite a package of things we ought as believers to just let go of. Three things do more to disrupt than help church life.  We are to be thirsty and hungry as much as a baby desires milk.
Now we come to the truth about what the Church is.  It is made up of what we called living stones in a spiritual building. There is one chief stone in this building called the Chief Cornerstone.  Paul brings this out in Ephesians 2.  Now as we come to the following verses nothing more is said about the people of the church until verse 10.  What is spoken about is the prominence of Christ as the Stone rejected by the builders now has become the Chief Corner Stone. To some a Stone to stumble over but to us He is precious. 
We are finally brought out as His own peculiar people brought out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Written Pastor Curt Darling

 
Peter is directing this letter to pilgrims of the distribution wherever they may be found.  Notice they as well as us are the elect according to the fore knowledge of God.  They were of God’s choosing and it is because of the blood of Jesus Christ.
Now we have this loving hope given by God the Father through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  Without that we are nothing. Because of this we may have nothing in this world but everything in the world (Heaven) to come.  These people Peter wrote to had nothing here in the world.  Now they had an inheritance, incorruptible that would not fade away but reserved in Heaven.
Now it says we are kept by the Power of God. Now for a little time because of many trials we are in heaviness.  We can rejoice that our future is greater than that of the past.  We are waiting for the reading of Jesus Christ.  We love Him and we will see Him one day.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
The book of Revelation has much in it which we could call symbols.  This chapter is symbolic almost from the beginning to the end.  First of all we have a woman about to give birth to a baby.  Interestingly this is clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet and has a garland of 12 stars.  This is symbolic of Isaiah and the child she feeds is Christ. Notice He is to rule all nations with a rod of iron.
There is an adversary however in all this.  This adversary Satan called the dragon or Satan.  We then have Michael the ark angel fighting with him and casting him out of Heaven.  He goes after the woman to pursue her but is helped by God all the way. Israel plays an important role in the end times as she is the important part of God’s covenant with Abraham many years ago.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
 
First I would like to turn in the book of Daniel 9:2-27 where we find that at the 69th week it ends with the cutting of (or circumcision) of Messiah. Then we have a time which is our period of the grace of God. But in Daniels vison we still have seven years.  These seven years is reckoned from Revelation 6 -8 and chapter 19 which is the second coming of Christ to reign on the earth for 1000 years.
So far I didn’t say anything about what is written in our chapter.  This is very difficult as there are many differences of opinion as to who or what these strange beings are.  They came from what we call the bottomless pit and seem to be Satanic in origin.  It seems their purpose is to torment what is left of mankind.  I thank God our portion is the heavenly men of chapters 4 & 5.  I do know that people will be saved (chapter 7) during that time. God will care for them too.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
 
In the previous chapter John was looking for someone to be worthy to open the seals, which to me represents the title deeds to this world.  The Lamb was found.  Then we find Jesus the Lamb of God opening a certain number of seals in chapter 6.  I would caution you in trying to find people in this world to represent the angels who are the riders of these horses. Creator caution is not to remove symbols when it is right to do so.
These horsemen represent periods of time in this world system. Now if the Rapture and heavenly scene represents our portion these horsemen don’t have anything to do with us.  It is part of the judgement of this world after we leave.  If I may say so it represents Daniels 70th year of weeks left for God to do.  It is Jesus hated by some in this world who opens the seals.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling