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Describing the Indescribable One!

Scripture reading for November 29th:  Ezekiel 45-48, Revelation 1

Key Scriptures: Revelation 1:12-16 “Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands One like a Son of Man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest.  The hairs of His head were white, like white wool, like snow.  His eyes were like a flame of fire, His feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and His voice was like the roar of many waters.  In His right hand He held seven stars, from His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and His face was like the sun shining in full strength.”  

Jesus Christ appeared in a vision to John while he was worshiping on the Lord’s day while in prison on the Isle of Patmos.  John’s response was to fall down as a dead man at the sight of such glory and majesty.  He at one time had put his head on Jesus’ chest while they reclined at the last Passover.  Here John attempts to describe the resurrected and glorified Jesus with the best metaphors he can come up with.  How do you describe the Indescribable?

Ezekiel 48:35 “The circumference of the city shall be 18,000 cubits.  And the name of the city from that time on shall be, The Lord Is There.”  

Prayer:  Lord, I look forward to seeing Jesus and living in the eternal city, the New Jerusalem, known by the Name:  The Lord Is There.”

 

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Ready for The Son of Man!

Scripture reading for March 26th:  Judges 2-4, Luke 17

Key Scriptures: Luke 17:24-27  “For as lighting flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in His day.  But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.  Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man.  They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.”

Jesus plainly taught His disciples about the time of His return to earth.  It would be a time when many had fallen away and rejected the Son of Man.  They lived naturally for the desires of their flesh, but were ripe for destruction as in the days of Noah.  The book of Judges tells how God allowed free will and consequences, teaching them to live by faith in His Word.

Judges 2:11-13 “And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals.  And they abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt.  They went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed down to them.” 

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, guide me in Your way today that I might be ready for Your sudden and glorious return.  Amen.

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Thankful for Christ’s Return!

Scripture reading for December 25th:  3rd John, Jude, Revelation 1-2

Key Scriptures:  Jude 20-21; “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith, and pray in the Holy Spirit.  Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.”  

Revelation 1:7  “Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of Him.  So shall it be!  Amen.”

Both Jude and John, author of the Revelation, encouraged the church to watch and be ready for the return of the Lord Jesus.  For those who believed on Jesus Christ and were cleansed by His blood, Christ’s return would bring eternal life and the riches of God’s presence forever!  For the world and the unsaved of the earth, Christ’s return with the clouds of believers would be a cause for mourning as they would know the judgment of God was at hand!

Visions of Christ’s return:  “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven.”  (Daniel 7:13)  “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication.  They will look on Me, the One they have pierced, and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for Him as one grieves for a firstborn son.”  (Zechariah 12:10)

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Thankful for the Son of Man!

Scripture reading for June 21st:  Psalms 79-83

Key Scriptures:  Psalm 80:17-19  “Let Your hand rest on the Man at Your right hand, the Son of Man You have raised up for Yourself.  Then we will not turn away from You; revive us, and we will call on Your Name.  Restore us, O Lord God Almighty; make Your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.” 

The psalmist prayed for God to bring revival and restoration to His people. The key was the Man at God’s right hand!  This person was a “Son of Man” that God raised up for His purposes!   The psalmist desired God’s smiling face to look upon him and all God’s people.  This would result in salvation!  What a prayer a thousand years before Jesus Christ came to earth!

Thankful for God’s Man at His right hand:  “For the law appoints men who are weak; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever. The point of what we are saying is this:  We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man.”  (Hebrews 7:28-8:1)

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The Glorious Appearing!

Scripture reading for October 10th:  Titus 2

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Titus 2: 11-14  “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.”  

God’s great grace, extended to all who will repent and believe, has appeared to all men.  This grace is the forgiveness of all sin and guilt and a gift of eternal life with an immediate down payment through the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit. This grace teaches us to say “NO!” to ungodliness and worldly passions.  We now choose to live life in the newness of God’s Spirit and are ever conscious of the immanent return of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Our “blessed hope” motivates us to be found pure and holy and doing what He has commanded!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers live in expectation of the immanent appearing of our glorious God and Savior, Jesus Christ! “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was One like a Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven.  He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into His presence.  He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”  (Daniel 7:13-14)

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Beware of worldly ambition and pride!

Scripture reading for January 28th:  Matthew 20

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Matthew 20:25-28  “Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.  Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave–just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

Some of the first disciples had a desire for a position of glory in Christ’s kingdom.  They were thinking in worldly terms that position means power.  They wanted to be in charge and have control.  However, Jesus explained that greatness had a real cost–drinking from the cup that He would drink from!  This cup meant enduring suffering and eventual death for God’s purposes to be fulfilled.

Those who aspired to greatness were not condemned but admonished concerning the cost!   Jesus set an example for His followers then and now.  He was a servant-leader who set an example of serving.  He ultimately laid down His life for His own followers that they might have what they needed for eternal life.  Followers must also have a servant’s heart and be willing to sacrifice even their own lives for the cause of the kingdom of heaven.  The proud in heart will never be exalted!

Observation for over-comers:  It is not wrong to strive to be great in God’s kingdom but we must also count the cost and be wary of pride!  Jesus is our example of real greatness–He alone sits on the throne of God!  “Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among great men; it is better for him to say, “Come up here,” than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman.”  (Proverbs 25:6-7)

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Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord!

Scripture reading for December 18th:  Revelation 14

God is merciful and full of compassion for all He has made.  He does nothing by judgment unless he warns the people created in His image.  In this chapter we find God sending angels to proclaim the “eternal gospel” to all who live on the earth.   The first angel proclaimed, “Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come.  Worship Him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.”  (Revelation 14:7)  God called out to all men to honor and worship Him.  He identified Himself as the Creator of the heavens and earth!  A key belief of our day is evolution–a denial of a God who created and the substitution of time and chance for Him.  Men will do anything to deny God so that they may do as they please.

The third angel John saw announced: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of His wrath.  He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb.  The smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever.  There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast  and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.”  (Revelation 14:9-11)  God clearly warns those on earth of the eternal punishment coming to those who worship the beast or receive his mark.  This punishment involves smoke, burning sulfur, and complete lack of rest day or night–forever!

“Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write:  Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”  “Yes, says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds follow them.””  (Revelation 14:13)  John was told specifically to write this statement of blessedness!  Those who die in Christ rest and will surely be blessed and rewarded!

 

 

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The coming of the Son of Man!

Scripture reading for February 26th:  Mark 13

As Jesus and His disciples were leaving the temple for the last time, the disciples were admiring the beautiful buildings.  Jesus remarked that, “Not one stone will be left upon another, every one will be thrown down.”  (Mark 13:2)  This shocked the disciples and they asked Jesus when this would happen and what would be the signs that this prophesy would be fulfilled.  Jesus proceeded to warn them about their need to be watchful and the signs to come!

“Watch out that no one deceives you.”  (Mark 13:5)  Jesus warned them that deception would come and many would fall for the false instead of waiting for Him.  Many would claim to come as the Christ.  Wars and earthquakes, conflict with nations, and famines would precede the coming as the ‘beginning of birth pains.’   (Mark 13:8)

“Brother will betray brother to death and a father his child.  Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.  All men will hate you because of Me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.”  (Mark 13:12-13)  Times would become perilous for disciples of Jesus.  Persecution and hatred would be normal for His followers before the end and His return.  Jesus warned them in advance!

“But in those days, following that distress, ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’  At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.  And He will send His angels and gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.”    (Mark 13:24-27)  We who believe in Jesus Christ long for that Day!

 

 

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Losing to win!

Scripture reading for February 19th:  Mark 8

“He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that He must be killed and after three days rise again.  He spoke plainly about this, but Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him.”  (Mark 8:31-32)   After performing another notable sign, the healing of the blind man, Jesus began to question His disciples about who people said He was.  He then asked them who they thought He was.  Peter had answered, “You are the Christ.”  (Mark 8:29)  Jesus then began to teach them about His mission of suffering and death.  Peter, thinking that He would stop Jesus or impress Him, began to rebuke Him!

Jesus was teaching His followers that fulfilling the mission of God was the way to true victory!  We can’t just have it our way and think the way men do.  Peter was guilty of playing into Satan’s hand and often so are we!  When we only want the blessings of following Christ,  but reject or rebuke Jesus when He asks us to lay our life down for Him we are thinking like mere men.  In God’s economy the way to real life is to give up our worldly thinking and think like Jesus!  He was sold out to do God’s will and we are the benefactors of eternal life!

“If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me and for the gospel will save it.  What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?”  (Mark 8:34-36)

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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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