Hi fellow believers! The times are unpredictable and worrying but it is comforting to know we have a haven in Jesus Christ. Before our Earth was formed, the Godhead had a plan, a redeeming plan, an everlasting plan – and each and everyone of us has been included in that saving plan since the beginning of time. Amazing! Life changing!
Today, I want to talk about God’s plan for humankind, for each of us individually. First, let’s pray. Father God, we humble ourselves before Your throne, seeking Your forgiveness as we prepare to contemplate Your Word and the great plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. Coming to You in prayer is a sanctuary for our hearts – a sanctuary that is greatly needed in these final days of Earth’s sinful history. Lift us up Lord, make us mighty soldiers for Your cause – the cause of saving souls in Your kingdom. As we interact with others, give us Your words and thoughts – helps us to lead all that we meet to the foot of the cross. Please lead and direct, tell us what You would have us do. In Jesus precious Name, Amen!
As we read through the Holy Scriptures, we are given many examples of people being chosen by God for a specific purpose – many of them chosen before they were born into this world. Jesus, Himself is a powerful example of such a life. In Mark 1:1-4, God tells us about the pre-existing plan for the life and purpose of John the Baptist, who was to herald the coming of Jesus. In the first chapter of Matthew, starting with verse 18, we are told of the pre-ordained plan for Jesus to step down from heaven to be born an babe. A master plan set forth as an example of our humankind could live a sinless life and gain eternal life. God’s handiwork in our behalf, is also demonstrated in the pre-existing plans for Jeremiah, Samuel, Samson and many others.
The question I think we need to ask ourselves is…what is God’s plan for each of us? In Jeremiah 1:4-5 God says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I set you apart. I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” God does have a plan for each of us according to our talents and strengths, which are in line – empowered – with the spiritual gifts given us by the Holy Spirit.
So, next question! If everyone’s walk with Jesus planned before their birth, then why isn’t everyone living a sanctified life in Jesus? As we look at what the Bible says, we see the pre-existing plan played out in many lives but not all lives. Yet, if we are interpreting Jeremiah 1:4 and Scripture concerning John the Baptist, Samson and others correctly, we are led to understand that everyone has a pre-destined plan before they are born. Right?
This is where some of us tend to start questioning ourselves. Through these Scriptures, is God talking to all of us or just specific individuals? Let’s look at Ephesians 1:4-5, “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ…” I am convinced that God has a plan for me – one set before I was born. So why does it still seem confusing? If God has a plan, why isn’t everyone living it, why aren’t the populations of the world ready to meet Jesus in the clouds of glory, why are we commissioned to be searching for lost sheep, why does sin still abound?
God’s plan for each of us is for all who will accept it. Look at Matthew 5:6, John 7:37, and Revelation 22:17. A plan is in place for every person who has been born, but why are so few are following the plan? Is it God picking and choosing or is it up to us? In the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew writes God inspired words, “Jesus clearly stated that, comparatively speaking, only a ‘few’ find the way to salvation, whereas ‘many’ enter into the broad way that leads to destruction.” (paraphrased) In the parable of the wedding feast, many of the guests refused to attend. (Matthew 22) Accepting and surrendering to the plan God has laid out for us is a choice. A choice we can refuse to accept. We can refuse at great cost to ourselves for many reasons. But, God willing – and we know He is – we will accept and find peace and joy in the future outcomes of our choice.
We must understand and acknowledge that our tailor made plan has been in existence before we were born. We must pray for a mindset to embrace His plan, not asking, “What is Your plan for me” but rather, “How would You have me carry out Your plan for me?” And like any gift or talent, practice makes perfect. There will be struggles along the way, lessons in surrender and humility, many tearful prayers. Earnest prayer and persistent surrender to God’s plan opens the gateways of heaven so that there may be abundant blessings poured out on us – setting us again and again upon the right path to doing God’s will for our life.
When called by God, Jeremiah resisted because he believed “I do not know how to speak, I am to young.” God replied, “Do not say, ‘I am too young’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.” God did not accept Jeremiah’s excuses because God Himself is the Author of our ministry. We go by the power of God to minister to His people, not that of our own. Our feeble excuses and weakness are nothing to God and if we rely on ourselves we are not fulfilling the plan of God. Through obedient surrender and fervent prayer we are given the power and ability to fulfill God’s purpose in us. We are able to speak blessed words to those seeking a better way. We are able to recognize the needs of those around us and lessen their burdens. We are able to do these acts from heaven because of Jesus abiding in us and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We will be living the plan!
Until next blog, pray God reveals His purpose for your ministry just as He did for Jeremiah. Amen!
Scripture Reading – Matthew 27:15-26, Mark 15:6-15, Luke 23:14-25, John 18:38-19:16
Hi fellow followers of our Lord and Savior Jesus! I am so glad to be back with you in fellowship. Since December, starting with the death of my step-father, my family and I have faced one mountain after another. With thankful hearts, we celebrate Jesus’ victory in every crisis – every battle. Life has calmed down and I am slowly recovering from a ruptured disc. Please pray for my family and me as I pray for all of you. God’s grace and glory shines through all the darkness we will face in the world and He is ever ready to carry us through our darkest hours. Amen!
Today, we will ponder the final hours of Jesus’ time on the earth as He is taken before Pilate. Let’s pray before we get started. 🙏🏼
Gracious and loving Father God, You have granted us the privilege of coming before You in worship and praise, in submission and reconciliation, in a deep desire to know and serve You better. Father, please cleanse us of all unrighteousness and through Your Spirit, put us in the right frame of mind to listen to the message You have for us concerning the topic I wish to share. May my words and our understanding of you precious Word glorify You. In Jesus everlasting name, Amen!
Let me set the stage for Jesus’ second time before Pilate. As we read the Gospels, we see the Jesus’ last night in Gethsemane, He earnestly prayed, if possible (Matthew 26:42,) let this cup pass from Me. So great was His agony that the Gospels tell us He sweat drops of blood. (Luke 22:44). In the early morning hours, His betrayer came – Judas came to kiss Jesus, indicating that He was indeed the Savior of the world, the one they called Jesus. (Mark 14:43)
With much abuse, ridicule and false accusations, they taunted and questioned Jesus, they took Him before Pilate the first time, Pilate sent Jesus to Herod – wanting no part of the insurrection again Jesus, Herod sent Jesus and angry mob back to Pilate. (John 18:28-29 & Luke 23:5-7). All of this painful abuse, our Lord and Savior took with patience and long suffering. And this is the point at which I want to delve deeper.
Jesus now finds Himself back before Pilate – weak, exhausted, and grievously treated. The angry mob, guided by the Jewish leaders and satanic agents, were found behind Jesus once again – shouting, cursing and jeering Jesus, calling for His death. Satan was only to happy to excite and rouse the crowds against Jesus – his true Adversary. Yet, Jesus, praise His holy name, stood firm, in humility and love, for humankind. The Scriptures tell us not even a negative look crossed over His countenance, rather He remained peaceful and submissive to the great plan of salvation. It was His faith and allegiance to God, His sinless life of obedience, His great love for His creation that kept Him faithful and true to His last breath. There will never be sufficient words to convey my thankfulness that Jesus stayed His path. Thank You Lord Jesus, Amen!
Pilate had hoped that the decision concerning Jesus would be taken out of his hands and once again – in fear of losing his high position in the Roman government – he sought to appease the evil mob, priests, and rulers by flogging Jesus and then releasing Him. (Luke 23:13-18). The crowd, incited by Satan and his evil angels, refused. They cried out for the release of Barabbas and the death of Jesus. Each time Pilate tried to placate the angry crowd, their response was the same – release Barabbas, crucify Jesus. Crucify Him, Crucify Him! The shouts rang though the temple courtyard.
Pilate had his guards take Jesus to be flogged. They striped Jesus of His garments and flogged Him, causing agonizing welts and deep cuts all across Jesus’ back. The guards put a purple garment on Jesus, crowned His head with a wreath of thorns, and hailing Him the king of the Jews while slapping Jesus in the face and smacking the crown of horns on His head in order to drive the thorns into Jesus’ scull. After this Pilate brought the robed and crowned Jesus before the angry crowd, hoping they would be satisfied. Yet, history tells us they would not relent, Satan would not relent in his desire to destroy Jesus. Their response – Crucify! Crucify! (John 19:1-6)
At this juncture in the narrative, a very crucial, life changing shift takes place. I firmly believe understanding this dynamic is critical to our own salvation. In Matthew chapter 24, Jesus describes the destruction of Jerusalem as it correlates with end time prophesy. The Jewish leaders of Jesus time sealed the fate of those people denying Him, at this crucial point in history. In John 19:14-15 is described that vital moment – prayerfully consider what transpired. I have bolded key word that changed lives forever. “It was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about noon. Here is your king, Pilate said to the Jews. But they shouted, Take Him away, take Him away! Shall I crucify your king? Pilate asked. We have no king but Caesar, the chief priests answered.” They had no king but Caesar they cried. How those words must have stabbed deep into the heart of God, how they must have broken Jesus heart, how the angels must have wept over the loss of so many souls.
Before the people, were put Jesus, the Heaven sent representation of eternal life, and Barabbas, the self proclaimed messiah that represented Satan in a life of robbery and murder. Good versus Evil and the masses chose, will choose, Evil. It is crucial that we pray and ponder the events of Jesus’ trail and conviction, that we consider the persecution of the disciples and followers down through the ages. We must analyze the similarities facing us in the closing times of Satan’s reign of terror with the trial of Jesus. We literally have two choices and only two choice. Is Jesus our King or is this world run by Satan.
You see, the rulers of the Jews, many of the people, the Roman guards, Pilate and Herod knew who Jesus was – the Son of the Most High. Yet, in the end, they gave themselves over to their wealth, their power, their positions, and the fear of losing them. They forsook Jesus for the fleeting treasures of this world – they forsook so much. Father God, intervene and keep us from this path to destruction, rather deliver us unto eternal life, in the sweet name of Jesus, Amen!
By the will of God, I plan to be back with you every 4 to 5 days with Bible study that profoundly impacts my walk with Jesus. I pray that my thoughts, as they are directed by the Holy Spirit, bring you hope and peace. If so, please share my posts with other. I would love to hear from you, receive topics of interest, needs for prayer, and enrichment in our fellowship one with another. Drop me an email from time to time, using the comment box below.
Until we are back together, God bless and keep you on the path of eternal life! Proverbs 12:28
Hi fellow believers! When we walk with Jesus, we realize that we are living in momentous times, defining times, exciting times, and heart stopping times. We know that God is with us so who can come against us with any success. We know that we must allow Jesus to perfect our characters because we know that He is coming soon and we want to be eagerly awaiting. Yet, we know that these are terrible, heart stopping times because of the daily events happening around the world. Our hearts cry out to many friends and loved ones – if they would only hear what we say and give their lives to Jesus and let the Holy Spirit lead them into all truth. We tremble because we know that Satan is waging a last chance war of unforeseen evil and destruction. We have a promised hope of eternal life, but first we must endure, withstand, and hold strong through the last spiritual battle for our souls. We must remember that the war was won upon the cross of Calvary, that the victory is God’s. Hallelujah!
Today, I want the discuss the Biblical stand on where the Satan, his angels, and human minions end up. Do they burn forever or are they forever gone? Before we get started, let’s pray. 🙏 Holy and Righteous Heavenly Father, we come before your throne, pleading that all our sins be forgiven, our family and friends be saved, and the very end events be shortened by Your great mercy. We thank You for our salvation, how You have led us in the past and how You will lead us in these perilous times. Be our guide and direct our thoughts and understanding as we study Your Word concerning the second death and what happens to the wicked after they are cast into the lake of fire. Praise You in the holy name of Jesus, Amen!
The scriptures I will be sharing uses words like grave, sheol, and hades – therefore I think it is important that we understand the Biblical definition of these words as they relate to death. These words can be very confusing. For example, the Biblical understanding differs greatly from the mythological understanding. Then we add the different understandings found in Hollywood, spiritualism, and half truth lies taught in many religions. “The word sheol means “grave” or “pit.” When Hebrew authors wrote about sheol they were thinking about a hole in the ground in which dead bodies were laid. It does not represent any sort of afterlife experience.” (redeeminggod.com/sheol-hell/) “Hades is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew term “Sheol,” which refers in general to the place of the dead.” (www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hbd/h/hades.html)
These terms can be used interchangeably to refer to the place a person is buried. Let’s look at several scriptures that refer to sheol and hades. Also, I want us to focus on the state in which the person is found in the burial place. (https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Sleep,-And-Death)
Ecclesiastes 9:5 For the living know they will die; but the dead do not know anything, nor have they any longer a reward, for their memory is forgotten.
Job 14:12 So man lies down and does not rise. Until the heavens are no longer, He will not awake nor be aroused out of his sleep.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.
Daniel 12:2 Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.
Isaiah 26:19 You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy, for your dew is as the dew of the dawn, and the earth will give birth to the departed spirits.
1 Kings 2:10 Then David slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David.
Acts 7:60 Then falling on his (Stephen) knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” Having said this, he fell asleep.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.
John 11:11-14 This He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I go, so that I may awaken him out of sleep.” The disciples then said to Him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that He was speaking of literal sleep.
Genesis 37:34-35 “So Jacob tore his clothes, and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days. Then all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. And he said, “Surely I will go down to Sheol in mourning for my son.” So his father wept for him. For Jacob this was not a heaven or hell debate… it was merely saying that the loss of his son would kill him; it would put him in his grave, (not send him to hell).” (https://hebrewwordlessons.com/2019/10/27/sheol-the-grave-gehenna-hades-hell/)
From what I have shared, we can get a very clear picture that the first death is likened to a sleep. The righteous and wicked alike fall into the death/sleep at the end of their lives. Here they stay until Jesus comes to redeem them in the near future. We do know, through scripture, that some of God’s children are already dwelling with Him in heaven – Moses, Enoch, Elisha, and the many elders rose with Jesus. Enoch and Elisha represent those that are living in Jesus when He comes and Moses and the elders represent those who died in Jesus – which will be raised up from their graves when He comes.
When we look at death in this light, we begin to understand that death is a permanent state of being – whether it be the first death or the second death, it is forever. We understand that death is not a state of consciousness, but rather it is more like REM sleep. We have all experienced falling asleep only to feel like we just fell asleep when we wake up hours later. The books of Revelation and Thessalonians tells us that God is the only being that can interrupt the sleep of death – as demonstrated when Jesus called Lazarus from death – and He will when Jesus returns to take us home.
So let’s take this same understanding and these same principles and apply them to the second (eternal) death. Can God insert His will upon the second death? Yes He can, as He raised Jesus from the second death – which gifts us with eternal life. But He will not because evil, sin, and those who perpetuate evil must be forever destroyed. “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be nomore death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be anymorepain: for the former things are passed away.” (Revelation 21:4) I can’t picture Heaven on earth being a tear free, pain free place if there are souls being forever tortured. Could the righteous find peace and comfort with such a scenario?
Let’s looked at this logically, calling upon the Holy Spirit to touch our hearts and minds with Biblical truth. First, the lake of fire death is called the second death not the second life. Second, the wages of sin is death (the punishment for sin) not a brutally pain filled existence for sinners. “These (wicked) will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:46) Third, Revelation 20:14 states that hades and death are thrown into the lake of fire, therefore sheol/hades/hell is forever consumed – not being consumed forever. Fourth, In His Word, God gives us an example of eternal fire. “In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire. (Jude 1:7) Is their evidence that Sodom and Gomorrah are still burning to this day? No, it was consumed by fire and brimstone from Heaven, never to exist again – forever gone.
To sum it up, death is polar opposite of life. When a human chooses sin over Jesus the cost of his choice is death – being tortured forever is still a form of life NOT death. When we embrace the concept of eternal torture we are embracing Satan’s first lie to Eve. “You shall not surely die.” (Genesis 4:3) The father of lies has cast blame and called God a liar long enough! Come soon Lord Jesus! Amen!
May God give you the peace that passes all understanding! (Philippians 4:7)
Hi Everyone! I am so glad to be back with all of you and blogging again. God is good! Today, I want to look at the prevailing school of thought among Christians, as it relates to current events. But before we get started, let’s pray.
🙏 Father God, we come before you this day, repenting of our sins and asking for the covering of Christ’s righteousness. We need Your wisdom and understanding concerning end time events so that we do not stumble and lose our way. Show, in Your Word, the true message to Your people. We thank and praise You, for You guide us in all our ways. In Jesus saving name, Amen!
I make it a point to stay relatively up to date on current events. In my research, I do not go to the mainstream media because I believe the majority of the reporters do not represent the truth and often hide truthful events from the public. The citizen journalists, wanting to preserve our freedoms, I have chosen to follow have demonstrated that they love the Lord – their demeanor, self-control, and mannerisms speak to their faith. This is of key importance to my choice of research connections, but I also look for people that have direct connections with people in the know. It took me a few months to locate the group of people I follow and am confident that I am getting the gist of what is actually going on by praying for understanding and looking for the common thread running throughout their updates. It is through listening to their podcast and following the Patriots on social media that I am consistently coming across thoughts that concern me.
For all intents and purposes, I would probably be considered a Christian Patriot. I profess Jesus first and the constitution of the United States second. I fully embrace the freedoms our country and constitution are based on and believe the power should be with the people. Right now, our country is divided – those that want freedom – Patriots, and those – through the evil influence of Satan – that want to control the people and take our rights away.
The battle between the two groups of this divided country has been going on behind the scenes for many decades. However, in the past year, it has come to light on social media platforms and select news stations such as Newsmax, OAN, etc. This battle has gotten world wide recognition because the outcome of our country will decide the fate of the whole world.
So what exactly am I struggling with in the course of these events? It is important, especially to Christians, that freedom of rights, democracy, a nation ruled by its people, must win this battle. It is the only course that would allow us to continue to spread the Gospel to all the world, to our loved ones and friends. Were it to go the other way, a socialist/communist society would stifle and endanger our efforts. So my vote is that the Patriots win. It is the prevailing thoughts concerning this outcome that concern me.
It is very heartwarming, the number of Patriots that pray, share scriptures, and words of encouragement. I love this part of my research and I often post scriptures and prayers as well. The general belief is that God is in control and He will see us through. Those of you that follow what is going on in social media will know to what I am referring. Many Patriots express their great desire to see our world at peace, where there will be no more wars, child trafficking, violence, and mayhem. Some have even stated that they look forward to “Heaven on earth,” a “utopia,” and an end to the evil in this world. While these thoughts are awe inspiring, they are not Biblical.
The Bible prophecy of Revelation tells us that Heaven will not settle on this earth until all evil – Satan, his fallen angels, and all mankind that has wandered after the beast, are destroyed forever. “Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:14-15) “Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ ” (Revelation 21:1-4) Jesus is telling us that there will never be true peace – no Heaven on earth – until sin is utterly wiped from existence, from the face of the universe.
Let’s think about this logically. Let’s say that all the wicked people, those that have conscientiously chosen to follow Satan, are brought to justice and their evil regime is shut down. That would work for a while, but then what happens when Satan and his angels start whispering in the ears of those that will listen – making them promises of wealth, power, etc? Tempting them just as Jesus was tempted. It would take awhile, maybe a few hundred years or so and we would be right back where we started. As long as Satan and sin is alive there can be no peace on earth, no utopia. As long as Satan, the root of the evil tree is alive, than he can grow a new following. Sin and all its actors must be totally eradicated before God’s children can have true Heaven on earth – before the whole universe can have peace.
This is why God’s plan is so perfect. In the book of Matthew, we are told that all these current events would take place in the last days and the culminating event would be the return of Jesus in the clouds of glory. The story of His coming is laid out (in part or whole) in books such as Daniel, Isaiah, Thessalonians, and Revelation. Actually, the whole Bible is about this very outcome. Soon, Jesus will come in the clouds of glory and call His people – dead and living – up into the clouds to meet Him in the air. (1st Thessalonians 4:16-17)
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (Ephesians 6:10-11) If you read on through verse 18 you will discover that the armor consists of a belt – truth, a breastplate – righteousness, foot gear – readiness, a shield – faith, and a helmet – salvation. Each piece of armor is obtained through studying the Bible through the power of the Holy Spirit. Our connection with our Lord and Savior is our only hope. If Jesus does not stand with us we will not be aware of the spiritual battle waging around us, we will not be aware of the way Satan preys on our minds to destroy us, we open ourselves to deceit and lies that would remove us from Jesus and salvation.
Until our next blog, may God equip you with the full armor, Amen!
Hi everyone, can you believe I am finally back to blogging. The last month and a half have been tough on me. I shared with you, that I was out of town because of the loss of a family member. By the time I got home, after lots of emotions and paperwork, etc, I wasn’t feeling very well. I have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, so when I am on the go everyday for an extended period of time, I usually crash for several days afterward. I appreciate your prayers and glad to be back on my game again. Let’s continue to raise each other in prayer, thanks.
Before we recap and catch up on what is happening in the USA and around the world, let’s pray. 🙏 Father God, so much has happened since my last blog, events that I believe further support my series of blogs. As we see what is going on around us and compare what we read in Biblical prophecy, it is becoming more evident that Jesus’ return is eminent. Even at the door. Life has become so confusing and uncertain that it is hard to know who we can trust, so we turn to You, our Savior and Redeemer. We know that we can find truth and comfort in You. Guide us by Your will and through Your might, in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!
For those of us that love the Lord, His soon return is joyous news, a breath of fresh air, and a force that drives us on to deepen our relationship with Jesus, the author and finisher of our work. Yet there is the constant war raging in our minds, the battle with Satan as he tried to control our life, our choices, our will. He has studied us and knows our weaknesses, when and how to attack, and he is relentless. Jesus is our only refuse, our only hope in defeating Satan’s pull and his deceitful ways. Yes, Satan will battle for supremacy as long as we have breath, but when we stand firmly with Jesus, he is no match for the power that emanates from within us.
As we have studied in Matthew 24, Jesus laid out the events of the final days of earth’s history – wars, rumors of wars, famine, pestilence, earthquakes, breakdown of the family structure, abounding evil, ungodliness, false doctrine, false christs, etc. And He tells us that these are not new events but will continue to increase in intensity and frequency as we draw closer to the time of the end. Just reflect upon the numbers of hurricanes we has this last season. Louisiana was hit over and over again. Crime, riots, murders continues to rise at alarming rates, and Christianity is scorned by many.
Jesus needs us to understand the utter devastation that sin has wrought upon us – there has to be no shadow of a doubt that sin does not work so that none of us would EVER want to repeat this journey through the shadow of the valley of death again. God needs to allow us to comprehend just how evil sin is so that we will never want to repeat Eve’s mistake and put humans through this tragedy ever again. Satan lied to Eve – “surely you will not die.” And he still perpetuates that same lie today. “Surely you will not die” Genesis 3:4 – instead you will go immediately to heaven or hell. This is not what God, in His word, tells us. Search the Scriptures to see what they say. I will cover this topic in depth soon. (I’m side tracking a little and need to get back on topic.) Satan’s persuasive lie tricked Eve and her act of disobedience to God brought approximately 6000 years of sorrow upon us.
The wages of sin is death – the second, eternal death. (Romans 6:23) So how are we able to resist the tempter and have eternal life? What monumental act of love guarantees eternal life to all that seek and surrender to the perfect will of God? From where does our pardon come? About 2000 years ago, the Godhead enacted the most humbling and precious gift ever bestowed on those made in His image. God sent His only son, to lower Himself below the angels, and became a human. Jesus left His Godly throne, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, grew up to give the Gospel to a dying world, and then died the most horrendous, humiliating death to become our sin offering. Upon the cross of Calvary, Jesus took upon Himself the sins of the world – my sins, your sins, every sin down through history – then suffered the agonizing separation from God as He drew His last breath, not knowing if His sacrifice was acceptable. Lord Jesus, how can I not be deeply moved to repentance and love for this unfathomable gift, Amen!
Just as we are powerless to pay our own wages for sin, we are powerless – through our own efforts – to walk in complete obedience to the Commandment of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ. (Revelation 12:17) Yet we have an Advocate, a Savior, and a High Priest that will stand before God in our stead, redeeming us unto Himself, if we will but sincerely repent of our sins and surrender completely to His power to work in and through us. (1st John 2:1)
Every day, throughout the day, we must die of self and be reborn, refresh, made perfect to the abiding love of Jesus. We must selflessly lay aside all our trophy sins – our pet sins, our sinful pleasures – at the foot of the cross. Then take up that cross and follow Jesus wherever He leads us -to the victories, to influencing souls, to help the broken hearted, the sick, the lost, the mountains high and the valleys low. Always acknowledging that with Jesus all things are possible, (Matthew 19:26) always remembering that you and Jesus make an army again the evil ones. Jesus made the choice to put aside his Godly crown for my sake, our sake – by the Power of God I choose to surrender myself to His gift of eternal life with Him.
I pray that as the woes of sin continue to increase that our prayers and fellowship with Jesus in His word will continue to grow and flourish. So be it Jesus, Amen!
Please leave questions and comments below. I would love to hear from you and take our fellowship to a new level. Prayerfully consider opening up more dialogue with me. God bless!
Until next blog, my God find you steadfast in your desire to have a covenant relationship with Him. (Genesis 9:9)
Hi fellow believers! Sorry to go missing in action. I have had a death in the family and been out of town for some time. I am still out of town settling paperwork concerning the will. I hope to be back on track soon!
In the meantime please remember me in your prayers as this has been a trying time for me and my family. I will continue praying for all of you. God bless and keep you! Amen!
Helllo everyone! Here in Minnesota, it looks like winter is upon us. Hopefully, many of you still have fall like weather and you are enjoying it. Winters are cold here but we still have mostly sunny days. So on this sunny day I would like to cover what scripture has to say about the first and second beasts of Daniel and Revelation. What part do they play in last day events? What impact will they have on Christianity and in our lives? Is it important to know the answers to these questions?
Let’s pray! 🙏 Heavenly Father, God of mercy and love, we come to you in humble adoration, asking forgiveness for our sins and the power to forgive our neighbors. We thank You for the bountiful gifts You give us daily, that we still have freedom to worship You. Father, be with each of us, pour out Your Holy Spirit on us so that we can understand what Your Word tells us concerning the first and second beasts. Open our eyes that we may see, hearts and minds that we may understand and embrace Your Word. In Jesus name, Amen!
“The dragon (Satan) stood on the shore of the sea. And I (John the Beloved) saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads with ten crowns on its horns and on each head a blasphemous name…. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority.” (Revelation 13:1-2)
This beast seems to be a conglomeration of the four beast in Daniel 7 – lion, bear, leopard, and a beast with ten horns. (Revelation 13:1a-2a) The prophetic symbolism of these four beast correlate with the dream of the great statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had and Daniel interpreted. (Daniel 2) The four beasts represent world powers from Babylon to Rome – the Biblical interpretation of the king’s statue is: Babylon the head of gold, Medo-Persia the chest of silver, Greece the hips of bronze, Rome the legs of iron, all world powers. Since Rome, the legs of iron, we have not had another world power – this is representative of the statue’s feet made of a mixture of iron and clay. (Daniel 7:17) Historically, we know that the Roman Empire was divided into 10 kingdoms – representing the 10 horns of the first beast. This took place in 476 AD – which is the beginning of the first beasts power.
At this time I think it would be helpful if I clarified some of the Biblical interpretation of some key words in the prophecies.
Prophetically, a horn represents a king or kingdom. “The four horns that replaced the one that was broken off represent four kingdoms that will emerge from his nation but will not have the same power.” (Daniel 8:22) NOTE: This is not referring to the second beast – it is for the purpose of telling what the horns represent.
A sea or waters represents people or multitudes. “Then the angel said to me, ‘The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are people, multitudes, nations, and languages.” (Revelation 17:15)
This is not a comprehensive list, but it gives you a better understanding of the prophecies we are discussing. In another blog, I plan to go into greater detail concerning the little horn.
Now we know that Satan gave the first beast all of his power to deceive and destroyed the children of God. He came up out of the populated area of Rome (the sea) after the Roman Empire was divided into 10 kingdoms (10 horns) in 476 AD. Shortly after this beast come on the scene a “little horn” pops up dislodging 3 of the 10 original horns (3 kingdoms). This little power had eyes and a blasphemous mouth. (Daniel 7) When we take a look at historical documents of that time period we discover events that parallel Bible prophecy to the letter. In 538 AD, Papal Rome, (the Vatican) the smallest country, came into power. “The (Roman Church-State) power became supreme in Christendom in 538AD, due to a letter of the Roman Emperor Justinian, known as Justinian’s decree, which setup and acknowledged the bishop of Rome as the head of all churches. It gave the (Roman Church-State) political power, civil power, as well as ecclesiastical power. This letter became part of Justinians code, the fundamental law of the empire, and that year, pope Vigilius ascended the throne under the military protection of Belasarius (one of Justinians Generals).” (The History of the Christian Church, Vol.3)
The Bible tells us this “little horn” power uprooted 3 of the 10 horns on the first beast. We learn from historical documentation that the Roman Military under the power of the Papal bishop marched on and destroyed 3 of the 10 kingdoms (horns) because they would not follow the decrees of the church state – the papacy. These kingdoms were the Heruli, Vandals, and Ostrogoths. Thus, we can conclude that Satan gave his power to the first beast who’s power comes from the Vatican or Papacy. These historical events fit in perfectly with Bible prophesy.
NOTE – Please let me take a moment to clarify that this is not a disparagement against all Catholic believers. We know that God’s children are in all Christian denominations. There are many Godly people in the Catholic Church and they do not consider their church to be a church state power. Prophecy is speaking of the Vatican – the Papacy specifically.
Knowing that the little horn is a religious state power, let’s take a look at the Biblical description of the little horn as it compares to historical documentation. “To summarize, let’s look at all the identifying marks that the Roman Catholic Church is the little horn power of Daniel 7: (https://www.end-times-prophecy.org/)
A Little horn – The Vatican is a little country
It comes up among the other horns – The Catholic Church came to power among the ten split kingdoms of Europe
It plucks up 3 of the other horns – The Catholic Church destroyed 3 kingdoms
It is diverse from the other horns – The Papacy (Catholic Church) is a religio-political power
It speaks great things against God – The Catholic Church speaks blasphemies against God
It wears out the saints – The Catholic Church persecuted and killed millions of Christians (down through the dark ages)
It thinks to change times and law – The Catholic church thinks it can change the laws of God. The authority of the church could therefore not be bound to the authority of the scriptures, because the church had changed the Sabbath into Sunday, not by command of Christ, but by its own authority.” Canon and Tradition, page.263
It ruled for 1260 years – The Catholic Church reigned between 538AD – 1798AD
From this list, we see that the Papacy held power until 1798 AD. We are told in Scripture, that the first beast received what seemed to be a deadly wound. “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” (Revelation 13:3) What happened, historically, that would indicate this prophecy was fulfilled. “Papal supremacy of the Middle Ages ended in the year 1798, exactly 1260 years after Justinian’s decree established the Papacy as the supreme Christian power in 538 AD. In 1798, Napoleon’s army took the Pope captive and put him into exile.” (https://amazingdiscoveries.org)
So, what about the second beast and when did the first beast’s wound get healed? In order to get our answers, let’s see what the Bible has to say about the second beast. “Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth (unpopulated land). It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.” (Revelation 13:11-12) This beast was given power to show great signs and wonders – fire from heaven. Because of its great signs, the second beast was given power from the first beast and ordered the inhabitants of the world to set up an image to the first beast. The second beast gave breath to the first beast and the first beast commanded all the inhabitants of the world to worship the image or be killed. It also command everyone to receive a mark of the number of the beast in order to buy or sell. (Revelation 13:13-15) Basically, the first and second beast join together to make the world follow Satan or be killed.
Satan gives power to the second beast to heal the first beast, but what is different about the second beast? We know, from Scripture, that the second beast power will come out of the earth or a sparsely populated area of land. Let’s look at historical records to see if we can find a power that comes into existence about the same time the first beast receives his wound. “American colonies, also called thirteen colonies or colonial America, the 13 British colonies that were established during the 17th and early 18th centuries in what is now a part of the eastern United States. The colonies grew both geographically along the Atlantic coast and westward and numerically to 13 from the time of their founding to the American Revolution (1775–81). (https://www.britannica.com/topic/American-colonies) The United States of America perfectly fits into the Bible’s prophetic timeframe as it came into existence on the North American continent which was basically wilderness and at the approximate time of the end of the 1260 years of Papal rule.
The Colonies of America were started due to religious persecution in Europe. Many free and imprisoned people made up the early inhabitants of the “new world.” They were seeking religious freedom and separation of church and state. Thus, America, the second beast is portrayed as a lamb with 2 horns. We know Jesus as the Lamb of God, but the second beast speaks as a dragon – therefore scripture isn’t talking about Jesus. This leads us to conclude that this lamb like nation with horns will appear to be a Godly nation of freedom, separation of church and government – our history tells us this is how America started. In the minds of the people, Christianity was at the root of the nation. However, we seem to be losing the premise upon which our nation was based. The second beast is now speaking in very deceitful ways – leading many souls astray.
We need to take a deeper look at why the prophecies would depict this second beast as lamb like. Jesus is the lamb, so when Revelation 13:14 speak about the second beast showing signs and wonders it is referring to Satan impersonating Jesus. He is acting like a lamb but his mouth is speaking blasphemous lies. He will walk upon this earth, deceiving, if possible, even the elect with his deceitful half truths – his lies mixed with a little bit of Biblical truth. (Matthew 24:23-27) By many, he will be perceived as the Lamb of God come to earth. We must know Scripture so that we are not deceived. Jesus will come in the clouds, His feet will not touch the earth, He will not walk upon the earth – we, His people, will be caught up into the clouds to meet Him. (1 Thessalonians 4:17) This blasphemous lamb like creature will be charismatic, loving, and benevolent and many will wonder after this beast. We cannot let ourselves be deceived. Amen!
Scripture (Revelation 13:13-15) tells us that the second beast will cause people great and small, all over the world to bow down to the image of the first beast. But, that would mean that America needs to have worldwide influence. “America is not only the first, as well as the only, truly global superpower, but it is also likely to be the very last.” (‘The Grand Chessboard’ by Zbigniew Brzezinski, (Former United States National Security Advisor) The history of the United States of America parallels the prophetic Scripture perfectly and clearly represents the second beast.
We are told that the very end of time will be the worst most destructive time in history. This is why I believe it is vitally important that we understand and embrace the prophetic warnings in the Bible. Knowing the prophecies and understanding them will give us some foresight into what to expect, what to be looking for in these last days. However, our only assurance of overcoming evil and having salvation is to remain in Christ Jesus, to keep our focus and center on Him, to surrender to His will and promises, and lean not on our own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5-6) When we are grounded in Jesus, He will work through our surrendered vessels (us) to stand strong against the last day fiery darts the devil throws at us. (Ephesians 6:10-18)
I ask you to prayerfully check out what I blog. If your research brings you to the same conclusion as me, then share it with others. If you are led by the Holy Spirit into deeper insight or further information then share it with the rest of us in a comment. I pray that we will all diligently search the Scriptures and pray without ceasing – Jesus is coming soon. Amen!
As you grow in Christ Jesus, may God’s Word be ever on your mind and heart. Proverbs 3:1
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Hi family in Christ Jesus! What a wild week we have just had and it doesn’t look like it will end soon. So many claims of voter fraud in so many places, is more than I wanted to deal with this week. The media is going crazy, the social media platforms are exploding, conversations seem to center around the 2020 election train wreck. This seems to have everyones’ total attendtion and that is a big concern of mine. Is there something else going on in the background? Are we being deliberately distracted from the bigger issues being played out? I would like to explore this idea today.
Let’s pray! 🙏Heavenly Father, please forgive our tresspasses as we forgive others, give us Your power and grace as we look at current events and scripture today. Father, we are only able to dicipher truth through you Word and the influence of Your Holy Spirit – please give us an abundance of support today. Please guide my thoughts as I convey my concerns about the events taking place in America and around the world as it relates to Your plan. We thank You for how You have led in past and continue to lead today. Your will be done, in Jesus name, Amen!
For several weeks I have had a growing suspecion that the media, political persons, and social media platforms have been taking us on a merry goose chase of propaganda, distraction scenarios, and false narratives to keep our focus and thoughts off the true narrative. Not to say these events that have been keeping the focus of the people aren’t real – they are real in the sense that they are really happening or they are outright lies.
I started blogging because I felt strongly compelled that the return of Jesus, His 2nd Coming, was eminent and the time of the end is upon us. I believe the Holy Spirit was and is leading me to share this good news and the Biblical evidence backing my beliefs.
Back in April, I told my sister that something was amiss with the pandemic – that we were not being told the true story. The pandemic is real, the deaths are real and now we know that it was manufactured in a lab – it does not have a natural origin but is man made. Recently we have learned that it is not as dangerously lethal as we were first told – that there is a 99% survival rate. Also, the CDC has come forth with documentation that only approximately 6% of the COVID related deaths were actually caused by COVID. (I have included a news video about the CDC report, in the list below) Now my suspicions from April have been substantiated. Still even with all the “evidence” from “reliable” sources, many still push the false narrative of mask wearing, social distancing, lockdowns. Just the pandemic alone has divided our nation in very distinct ways.
But the divisive narratives are many. We are at a point in history, I believe, that our only reliable source for truth is the indwelling Holy Spirit and the Bible. Our tendency is to focus on what is most relevant to our life, health, and safety – so naturally the powers that be easily held our attention with a “deadly” virus. Yet, I am sure many of us caught tidbits of other story lines playing out on the world stage. When we look at the bigger picture – COVID, election fraud, Qanon, X22 Report, BLM/Antifa, Deep State, child trafficking, corrupt government, Biden family crime, Russian collusion, Pope’s Global Compact on Education, Laudato si’, etc. – COVID is just the icing on the cake of disastrous activities.
At this time, I would like to share several links with you. You may have seen some or all of these, but I wanted to share them to make a point. Just one or two currently happening probably wouldn’t be cause for concern – but all of them combine should be ringing some serious bells in our minds. Should remind us of Jesus’ warnings in Matthew 24.
This is a small portion of videos addressing what is going on in the world today. I see a definite divide in the world – two opposing views on which direction the world needs to go. This is where I pull back and away from the agenda of these two opposing power groups. I chose to walk the Biblical path set forth in God’s Word.
You see, both sides, of this info/change the world war, are defending a new way of life as we know it – in the form of a the continued history for our existing world. However, God does not say anything about continuing on, new path or not, peaceful or not. “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Isaiah 8:20) This is a vital point that we must always keep at the forefront of our minds as we walk with Jesus. I truly believe there are good, honest people in the world that are not aware of the big picture from God’s viewpoint. Yes, we all want peace, safety, and a comfortable life, but what the world can offer – at the best of times – does not compare to what God has planned. This is very important distinction that must get out to God’s people.
God’s Word tells us a totally different outcome for our current two opposing views. “My Father’s house has many rooms; … And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:2-3) Jesus tells us that He is coming back to get His people so that our peaceful, safe existence can be in a perfect forever place – Heaven. All that has been happening for the past 100 years, as describe in detail in Matthew 24, is leading up to that great day when “the LORD himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the LORD in the air. And so we will be with the LORD forever.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17) Amen!
This is the great hope that has filled the hearts of God’s people down through the ages, kept them faithful, kept them sharing the gospel, kept them praying – keeps us to the end of this world on to life eternal. We are told in Psalms 23 that we are now in the valley of the shadow of death, we are just passing through this world of darkness. Children of God, we are an exiled people striving for the promise land through the justification and sanctification of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Let us not lose sight of this reality.
Until next time, May Jesus bring light to the darkness around us so that evil is revealed! (Ephesians 5:11-12)
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OOPS! So sorry about the post that went out this morning. I thought I had changed the date, but obviously I didn’t. I was compelled by the Holy Spirit, yesterday, that I needed to do a blog about Jesus opinion of the election. So, please overlook my blunder and look forward to that blog on 11/07.
I thoroughly enjoy listening to Dr. Dwight Nelson from New Perspective TV. I am sure you have your favorites as well. There are those who’s personalities click, resonate with us and we can glean wonderful Biblical truths from them. I subscribe to Dr. Nelson’s blog as well. The title of a recent blog was, “Relax – It Doesn’t Matter Who Wins.” Wow! What! It threw me for a loop I must say. However, it did get me thinking, reassessing my priorities, reallocating my time – it impacted my prayer life. I didn’t read the blog for 3-4 days but I am glad I did.
Let’s pray! 🙏🏼 Heavenly Father, I praise Your holy name that You forgive us of our sins and put within our hearts the desire to forgive others, for there would be no eternal life without this gift bought by the blood of Jesus. Father, today will be a monumental day in the life of all humankind. World wide, many are tremendously stressed and fearful of the American election outcomes today. We believe You are in control and the ultimate outcome will be Your’s, yet we have concerns about today. Calm our hearts, give us peace, direct us through Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for hearing our prayer and keeping our minds focused on You, in Jesus name, Amen!
Malachi said to Ester, “And who knows but that you have come to your position for such a time as this?” Easter 4:14. Do we recognize when God sets people in our path for our own salvation sake, for the edifying of our souls, for the purpose of bringing us in to line with God’s will? Now that I have reconciled and refreshed my mind through the Holy Spirit, I can see Dr. Nelson’s blog title in a very different light. If we believe in God with our whole heart and mind, we can accept today’s outcome. We are assured that God knows the business of saving souls and He holds a monopoly on the best way to get it done.
in his blog, Dr. Nelson quoted Proverbs 21:1 “ In the Lord’s hand the king’s (leader’s) heart is a stream of water that He channels toward all who please him.” Nelson goes on to say, “In our Lord Jesus’ nail-scarred hand lies the heart of any ruler (just or unjust, benevolent or malevolent). And holding tightly to that leader’s heart, God can turn that mind any direction He wishes.” We have examples in the New Testament, how God held back the evil nature of the rulers, in order to save the life of His people – Peter and Paul are good examples of how God intervened in their behalf. I want to be clear, God does not change the heart condition of a person without their choice in the matter – God does not change them from evil to righteous. Rather, God postpones their heart’s desire for a time, allows events and people to intercede, puts them off their game for the sake of His people and His outcome. Knowing God has this power at His disposal, we need not fear.
Years ago, I read a statement in the book “ Early Writings” by Ellen G White and I believe it supports the scripture, Proverbs 21:1. White stated, and I’m paraphrasing, “All publicity, including bad publicity, works toward the good of God’s people and His plans.” God is able to take outcomes that we perceive as bad and work them, mold them, shape them to serve His purpose. Amen!
Now we can speculate what the different election outcomes might look like, what they might mean for our future, but we would just be speculating. Instead we can look to God, the Finisher of our work, and put our faith in His knowing. My mantra for today will be Psalms 86:4 “Bring joy to your servant Lord, for I put my trust in You.”
God tells us in Ephesians 5:11 to expose the darkness. He tells us to have no part of the evil darkness, but expose it to the world through His Light. We can fulfill this commission by sharing our personal experience of abiding in Jesus – by telling others about His influence, answered prayers, and the miraculous healing He has done in us. When we do this, we will reach those lost in darkness and bring them To the Light. We don’t have to be Bible scholars, have a divinity degree, or a high IQ. We just have to faithfully believe in the saving grace of Jesus Christ – it is His message we share, His love we demonstrate, His Spirit that brings scripture to our minds as needed. Without Jesus, we are lost, held in the bondage of darkness, slaves to Satan’s evil purposes. Instead, Jesus “Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24. What a glorious message to give to the world – infinitely better than anything this world has to offer.
So, my prayer for you and yours, is to be of good cheer. Count yourselves blessed to be among God’s chosen, to be able to share Jesus with other, to be called to increase His family through the sowing of seeds of truth. Count yourselves privileged to Be callEd to such a work – God does not need us, He wants us to take part in His great plan. Because of Jesus, it really doesn’t matter who wins the election. It does matter that we are ready – waiting and watching – for Jesus when He comes. Amen!
Until next blog, may our God save us to that glorious day! John 3:17
Coming Soon – I am recording my blogs in podcast format and will be attaching them to my blogs so that you have a choice whether you wish to read it or listen. I plan to start attaching podcasts to current blog in early November and will go back and slowly catch up from the past.
Hi brothers and sisters in Jesus! I don’t know about your area, but the fall leaves have been especially beautiful this year. I pray you are enjoying comfortable weather and have beautiful leaves to enjoy – or whatever your fall brings to your area. I enjoy traveling because I am in such awe of the differences God has placed in nature. The collective plants, animals, and landforms that make an area unique are a blessing.
Today, I am blogging about a future landscape that God has planned for us. But before we go there, let’s pray. 🙏 Father God, thank You for accepting our repentance and give us a heart of forgiveness toward others. We continue to praise You for leading us in the path of righteousness in the past and know that we can trust in You to continue leading us to salvation through Your Son Jesus. As we ponder the splendor of New Jerusalem, guide us into a Biblical understanding of the events that will take place after the 1000 year reign. Give us Your Holy Spirit to enlighten us, to revive us, and make us ready for the outpouring of Your Spirit – the Latter Rain. In Jesus precious name, Amen!
After the 1000 year reign of Jesus and the records of the lost have been review, we will have one more painful event to face. Then God will set up His kingdom on this earth. He will bring His seat of power (New Jerusalem) down to earth, recreate the surface of the earth, and we will dwell with Him forever and ever.
Jesus has promised us a special home in Heaven. “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:1-3) In Revelation, John the Beloved is given a very detailed description of this home called New Jerusalem. Here is a list of descriptive verses:
The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal. (Revelation 21:16)
And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever. (Revelation 22:5)
Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Revelation 22:1-2)
And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. (Revelation 21:14)
It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on the, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. (Revelation 21:12)
The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. (Revelation 21:18)
The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. (three gates on each side of the city) (Revelation 21:21)
The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. (Revelation 21:19-20)
Pretty amazing! It will be dazzling to see. Scripture tells us the magnificent city will be brought down to this earth after the 1000 year reign of Jesus (The Millennium). “And he (God’s angel) carried me(John the Beloved) away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.” (Revelation 21:10) In 2 Peter 3, Peter talks about the antediluvian world (prior to the flood), then the earth which existed in his time and ours, and then the world cleansed by fire that will destoy Satan, his angels and the wicked. This cleansing fire will remove all traces of evil from the face of the earth so that God can recreate a new biosphere inwhich the righteous will dwell. (2 Peter 3:6, 7, 13)
Next blog, I will be writing about the final battle of Armageddon. Until next time, take a look at Zechariah 14. In this chapter, Zechariah the prophet bounces back and forth between the historical destruction of Jerusalem, after Jesus’ ascention and the prophecy of New Jerusalem coming down from Heaven after the Millinium. I would say more on this chapter, but I am still working my way through it.
May our Lord and Savior cause you to hunger and thirst after righteousness. (Matthew 5:6)
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