Tag: prophetic vision

God’s Only Son!

Scripture reading for February 8th:  Mark 1, Psalm 29, Proverbs 29

Key Scriptures:  Mark 1:7-11 “And he (John the Baptist) preached, saying, ‘After me comes He who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.  I have baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’  In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.  And when He came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove.  And a voice came from heaven, “You are My Beloved son; with You I am well pleased.””

Mark, a first-generation believer, was a church leader in the church in Rome.  He wrote this gospel account of the life of Jesus Christ to tell the love story of Jesus to Gentiles.  He wrote this as an action account.  Here he lays the foundation of our faith understanding about who Jesus Christ is:  God’s beloved Son.  He relays how John the Baptist prepared the way by preaching repentance and pointing to the coming Messiah.

Faith Confession:  I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God the Father, and that Jesus Christ baptizes me in the Holy Spirit.  (The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophesy.)

Proverbs 29:18  “Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.”  

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A panorama of the future!

Scripture reading for September 3rd: Daniel 7-9

Daniel saw the four winds of heaven stirring up a great sea and out of the sea came four great beasts.  The first was like a lion and the second looked like a bear.  The third beast was like a leopard and the fourth beast was something terrifying.  It had iron teeth and ten horns on it’s head.  It was devouring  it’s victims and crushing them.  (Daniel 7:4-7)  These beasts corresponded to the dream of Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 2 and represented the kingdoms that followed that time, starting with Babylon, the lion, and moving to Persia, the bear.  The leopard was Greece and the ferocious beast was the Roman Empire of Jesus’ day. (Revelation 13:1-4)

Daniel saw another horn, a little horn that came up among the ten horns of the last beast.  This horn had eyes like a man and a boastful mouth.  (Daniel 7:8)  Many commentators think that this horn represents the evil ruler of the last days that will be known as ‘Antichrist’.  (Revelation 13:5-7)(2nd Thessalonians 2:8-10)

Next, Daniel’s attention focused on thrones that were set in place.  One came and took His seat whose name was the “Ancient of Days”.  This Ancient One had clothing that was brilliantly white and hair that was white like wool. His throne was ablaze with fire and full of wheels of fire, and a river of fire was flowing out before Him.  There was a host attending Him that could not be numbered.  This Ancient One was the judge in a court and there were books present that were opened. (Daniel 7:9-10) (Revelation 20:11-12)

As Daniel watched, the last beast that the little horn had come from was slain and thrown into the blazing fire.   Then, suddenly, before Daniel was one like a ‘Son of Man’ coming on the clouds of heaven. (Mark 13:26)  He approached the Ancient of Days and was given glory, authority, and power over all nations and men.  All worshiped Him in an everlasting kingdom that would never end! (Daniel 7:11-14)(Revelation 5:11-13)

Daniel’s visions are an amazing panorama of history from his day down to the second coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of Man!   Be encouraged today that the Ancient of Days is in charge!  The evil world system will be destroyed and the Ancient of Days will reign forever!

 

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