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Bible Study on Revelation 5: Why Was the Lamb Considered Worthy to Open the Book?

Posted on May 31, 2018 in Uncategorized

The vision of John as recounted in Revelation 5 is about developments in the heavenly courts that set the stage for the opening of the seals in the next chapter. The vision of this heavenly scene had its beginning in chapter 4 where the prophet saw the setting of thrones in place as if a judgment sitting or tribunal is about to be in session. It seems as if the opening of the book was the center of attention in this sitting and that somebody who is worthy to open that book must be found.

This book in question was seen in the hand of the Father and based on Johns reading of the situation heaven seemed to be in a crisis because no one was found worthy to open the book and look thereon. So serious was the situation that John, who was not even apart of the proceedings, got emotionally involved and began to weep. Based on how the prophet conveyed the message, it was if a search was made in heaven, on earth, and under the earth and none was found worthy to take the book out of the Father’s hand.

When I was studying this particular chapter in Revelation for the first time, the question that often comes to mind is, what are the qualities that God was really looking for in a person that would make him worthy to open this book? I understand why it is said that no man on earth was found worthy because we are all sinners at least by inheritance. But why couldn’t anyone be found in heaven? In heaven there are the angels who have never fallen, why couldn’t that be enough to make them worthy to open the book?

As the scene unfolds, one of the 24 elders that were seen sitting around the throne of God came to John with the comforting words saying,

“Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.” Rev. 5:5 (KJV)

After the prophet was greeted with the comforting news he saw Jesus under the symbol of a Lamb that had been slain. The introduction of Christ under this symbol points us to His work as Saviour and Redeemer and this is mainly what qualifies Him to undertake this function. It seems to indicate that the work of losing the seals and opening the book in the context of a tribunal has to do with those for whom He died. This is the sentiment that was expressed in a show of gratitude to the Lamb:

“Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.” Rev. 5:9 (KJV)

The characteristic value of the Lamb that makes Him worthy to open the book can be broken down into two distinct categories:

1. His identification with the human family:
2. He has personally prevailed in the conflict with evil

THE HUMANITY OF THE LAMB: In the announcement that the Lamb was found worthy to open the book, He was introduced as coming from the tribe of Judah. As a member of an earthly tribe, it clearly identifies Him with the fallen sons and daughters of Adam. When I recognize this fact, it helps me to see why angels do not qualify. It takes someone who knows what it is like to be human, someone who understands the weaknesses and imperfections in the human experience to be able to empathize with humanity.

The critical importance of the humanity of Christ to us is clearly expressed in the following statement from the book of Hebrews:
“Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his bretheren., that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted.” Heb. 2:17, 18 (KJV)

Because Jesus was “made like unto his bretheren”, we can be assured that we have someone in heaven on our side; who alone is found worthy to approach the Father on our behalf. The act of looking on the book is not just a mere glance at words but an examination of matters as it relates to the eternal destiny of man. It is for this reason why the Son of man had to be chosen to deliberate on these cases and to make a ruling.

With regard to the authority that will be vested in the Son of man in matters of judgment, Jesus has made the following declaration: “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son” Jn 5:22 (KJV). Thus we are seeing the exercise of this authority in the opening of the seven seals.

THE LAMB HAS PREVAILED: It was said that the Lamb has prevailed to open the book. How did he prevail? He prevailed because of two things. Firstly, he lived a sinless life by the means of which He was victorious over Satan. One of the qualities that made Christ able to deliver us from the power of sin is the fact that He is “holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners” Heb. 7:26. Secondly, He prevailed in that He has accomplished the plan of salvation and gave assurance of eternal redemption to penitent sinners.

Satan in his desperate attempt thwart the plan of salvation had made numerous attempts to get Christ to yield to temptations but they all failed. In claiming victory over the prince of this world, Jesus made the following statement: “Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.” Jn 14:30.

And again He said: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Jn 16:33

In Revelation chapter 5 we have the comforting assurance that the only one that was found worthy to take the book and to look thereon is a human being like us. He is made worthy because he is our sinless Redeemer who can identify with our situation on earth. Because of this, we too are assured of victory over sin and the privilege of being considered worthy to open the books in the millennial judgment of Revelation 20 (See Rev. 20:4, 12).

Top Benefits of Booking a Crewed Yacht

Posted on May 23, 2018 in Uncategorized

Yachting is considered to be very luxurious as it offers everything that completes a holiday. Lots of countries are nowadays providing yachting services to people who are looking forward to a nice sea holiday. Yachts are very comfortable as their design is precision crafted and comprise of beautiful decks and cabins. You can easily book a suitable yacht for yourself online but if you do not know how to handle it, then it would be wise if you go for a crewed yacht.

Maximum comfort
Crewed yachts are very comfortable as they are handled by a team of professionals so that the people on the yacht can live their holidays up to the fullest. These kinds of yachts are very comfortable as they don’t burden the people with any responsibility. The level of comfort however increases depending upon the professionals you hire in the crew. Yes, you also get the liberty to choose the number of professionals you want to hire for taking care of your selected yacht.

Budget friendly
Yachts that are hired without any crew are very costly as you will have to deposit the security for the one you choose. This security will have to be deposited by you before you start your journey into the sea. Crewed yachts on the other hand are very budget friendly as there will be some professionals deployed by the company on the yacht that will make sure the yacht remains intact and sails according to the guidelines.

Easy booking
Crewed yacht charters are very easy to book as all you need to do is go online and surf the most reputed website for getting the service. Yacht companies have lots of contacts all around the world and they never leave their customers unsatisfied. It is however crucial that you choose the yacht that is in line with your taste as you might not be able to derive the desired level of satisfaction by choosing one in a hurry.

High end facilities
Crewed yachts are rich in high end facilities, for example; superior kitchen, spacious cabins, lifeboats and whatnot. These facilities will not increase the overall package of your selection and you can choose one without worrying about it.

No interference
You must be thinking that the professionals who will accompany you on the yacht will try to interfere in your personal space but there is nothing like that. They mind their own business but you have the authority to talk to them in order to ask for any special service, for example; stopping at a beach-side for camping. Lots of people ask for this as it is absolutely risk free given the fact that yachts have jet propellers and can stay at a single place even during tidal waves.

So these were the top benefits of booking a crewed yacht. I am pretty convinced that if you do your research well, you will be able to find the best in class crewed yacht for yourself. You can surf the internet for more information on these types of yachts.

Book Summary: Negotiation Genius Written by Deepak Malhotra and Max Bazerman

Posted on May 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

Negotiation is at the heart of human communication. Think about it. Most conversations are a sale in the making. You are either selling to a yes or accepting a no in everything you do. At work this shows up in what you do, how you do and what you get paid. All of these facets are negotiable. Deepak and Max go far beyond the Win/Win, Win/Lose and Lose/Win mentality and show how to create value. The whole goal of the book can be summed up in a quote by Emerson: “Man Hopes; Genius Creates”

Why is this important to me?
I start all of the book summaries with this question because if we cannot answer it then there is no sense in wasting your time watching the video. People do anything to avoid pain and gain pleasure. When in the middle they attain their COMFORT ZONE! The comfort zone may be the only place where good negotiation is not needed. Otherwise you need to know how to negotiate – PERIOD. This book will show you how.

Win/Win is seen as the ultimate end to good negotiations. Is it the best outcome? Negotiation genius will show that it is not always the best outcome. Amateur negotiators pull at each side of the rubber band hoping it does not break before they can come to an agreement or settlement. This is claiming value in a nutshell. Johnny wants to pay only $50,000 and Jane wants $100,000. Typically, they meet somewhere in the middle at $75,000. Claiming value is not nearly as powerful as creating value which we will examine in more depth.

Deepak and Max break down the book into 3 sections. I will cover portions of each section for the sake of time. Claiming value is the first part. Claiming Value – is when each party tries to gain the most out of negotiations for themselves.

1. BANTA – Best Alternative to Negotiated Agreement! Identify all of your best options. Do your homework and prepare
2. RV – Reservation Value – This is your walk away point. Understanding BANTA allows you to really know what your Reservation Value.
3. ZOPA – is the ZONE of Possible Agreement – This is the spread between sells reservation value or walk away point and the buyer’s reservation value.

Common negotiation mistakes are as follows: 1.) You made the first offer when you were not in a strong position. 2) You made a first offer that was not sufficiently aggressive. 3.) You talked but did not listen 4.) You tried to influence the other party but did not try to learn. 5.) You did not challenge your assumptions about the other party. 6.) You miscalculated the ZOPA and did not reevaluate it during the negotiation. 7.) You made greater concessions than the other party.

Contingency Contracts are designed to draw out lies and deception as well as extremes in any contact. They leave certain elements of the deal unresolved until uncertainty is resolved in the future.
Silence – be comfortable with silence. Just remind yourself that if you speak when it is their turn, you will be paying by the word.

Investigative negotiation is just what it says. Probe and ask questions to gather information. How can we get information so we can create value, resolve conflicts, and reach efficient agreements?

1.) Trust is critical in all relationships. You can have a weak agreement with good people and have a great outcome. You can also have a rock solid agreement with bad people and have a terrible outcome. Trust is the glue that holds the deal together after it is done. Sharing information can help you gather information.

2.) Negotiate issues simultaneously – When you do this then more information is shared and the dialogue is more open. Once people are comfortable with you then they will dump more information.

3.) Ask good questions and LISTEN – If you take nothing else from this video review then this one piece of advice will serve you well. Asking open ended questions in their TERMS like “Why”, “Tell me more”, “Can you be more specific” will allow you to get a full spectrum of what they are concerned about, what is important to them and what areas are NOT important to them.

The power of questions can be mind blowing. Think about if Microsoft wanted to buy your software company. You value it at three times revenue which is $15 million dollars. If you accept this offer with knowing all you can know then this may be good enough. What if because of their distribution that they will be able to generate $100 million per year in revenue with your software. Don’t you think they would pay you more? They could pay you triple your price. The key here is knowledge. Understand why they want to buy and the consequences if they don’t and this will yield exponential results.

Several principles are critical for you to learn. Remember that in any negotiation if you get a No, don’t accept it. Your goal is to understand “Why NOT”. Once you do you may be able to open it back up and get to a yes.

I hope you have found this short summary useful. The key to any new idea is to work it into your daily routine until it becomes habit. Habits form in as little as 21 days.

One thing you can take away from this book is don’t accept NO. Instead ask why!