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WHAT WE COULD HAVE


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“See that you do not refuse Him who is speaking.” (Heb 12:25)

WE COULD HAVE CHRIST SPEAK TO US

 

The Hebrews “said to Moses, ‘You speak with us; and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.”  The Presence of the LORD on Mount Sinai was a frightening sight to them.   But what if they had wanted to hear God for themselves?  (Exo 20:18-20)  In this age of grace, we need not go to that scary, smoking Mount Sinai but we “come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God… to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant…” (Heb 12:22-24)  But do we still say “let not God speak with us” ?  We will go to hear short, sweet sermons but do we wait on Him to hear His still whisper in our spirits?  Are we afraid to hear Him?  Is our carnality afraid to hear Him because we might be convicted to “die to self”, to selfish, worldly desires?  Do we choose to hear the fallen world but close our ears to the Maker of heaven and earth?

 

“See that you do not refuse Him who is speaking.” (Heb 12:25)

 

WE COULD HAVE CHRIST MEET WITH US

The Hebrews stood and worshiped God, but in their own tent doors, from a distance.  Joshua entered into the “tabernacle of meeting” to seek God and tarried there in His Presence.  (Exo 33:8-11) Was it during that intimacy with the LORD that Joshua was imbued with his unique courage?   It is , after all, perfect love that casts out fear.  (1 John 4:18)  We could know He is love in His Presence.  “Oh, but there’s so much to do…..,” you protest.  But the LORD answers, “‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary.  Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”  (Luke 10:41-42)

See that you do not refuse His invitation to sit at His feet!

 

 

WE COULD HAVE CHRIST BAPTIZE US

 

There were 120 tarrying in prayer with one passion in the upper room on Pentecost.   (Acts 2)  Yet more than five hundred people had seen the risen Christ. (1 Cor 15:6)  Could more people have been there for this promised outpouring of the Holy Spirit?

 

See that you do not refuse Him who is baptizing in the Holy Spirit!  (Matt 3:11)

“… you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the LORD calls to Himself.”  (Acts 2:39)

See that you do not refuse Him who is bestowing spiritual gifts!

 

WE COULD HAVE CHRIST HEAR US

 

Through Christ’s atonement for our sins, today we, who have received the Savior, have the privilege to come boldly before the throne of grace with our needs, our thoughts, our prayers! (Hebrews 4:16)

See that you do not refuse Him who will hear our prayers!

We have free, unlimited access to the throne of our Father, but are we tarrying there in His Presence, which is our right as sons of God?  What are we choosing instead of His Presence?  Are we Christians despising our precious birthright?  (Gen 25:34)

See that you do not refuse Him who is beckoning.

 

WE COULD BE CHRIST’S BRIDE

We may have a guarantee of eternal life through our Savior Jesus.  But we could be His Bride.   Selah.

“And His Bride has made herself ready.”  (Rev 19:7)  Are we part of the Bride, waiting and ready for the return of our Bridegroom?   Or are we foolish virgins?  (Matt 25:1-13)  Are we crying out for our Bridegroom to  come in concert with the Holy Spirit? (Rev 22:17) If we are not, then, though we have our “fire insurance” salvation, are we truly His Bride?  Selah.  Think upon that.  Maranatha! (Rev 22:20)

See that you do not refuse the Bridegroom.

 

WE COULD HAVE MORE OF CHRIST IN OUR CHURCHES

 

But do we?  Is Christ the focus of our services?

We may have passion for our ministries.  But does that supersede our passion for Jesus?  Have we left our first love?  (Rev 2:4)

Our churches have programs, good programs, galore.  But we could have His Presence!  

We have plenty of good – and not so good – entertainment.  But we could have a Word spoken from His throne.

We have all the latest technology and modern conveniences.  But we could have His ancient wisdom and established values.

We have carefully-crafted sermons designed not to offend.   But we could have the Holy Ghost!  Oh, how our churches need a fiery exhortation coming with the conviction to live Godly lives and bring us closer to Him!  Was barely a word is mentioned of Jesus Christ in the last sermon you heard?  They are too many feel-good sermons, “tickling ears” (2 Tim 4:3) and not enough sermons that give the meat of the Word of God!   And we wonder why the Church is in its present condition!

We have music to hype up the congregation and mimic the world’s pop hits.  But we could have a holy hush!   Our times of musical worship could lead us past the outer courts, into the inner court, into the Holy of Holies!   But oh, that might take more than ten minutes!

So, yes, we have very good, proper services.  But we could have the very Best!

 

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights”.  (James 1:17)   There are many good gifts, many better gifts, but the Gift-Giver Himself is the BEST GIFT!  We could have more of Jesus the Christ!  

See that you do not refuse Him who is standing at the door knocking, waiting to be heard in His Church!  (Rev 3:20)

 

WE COULD ALL OF THE ABOVE …

OR WE COULD HAVE  REGRETS!

“…and those who were ready went with Him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut.”   (Matt 25:10)

“And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness.  In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”   (Matt 25:30)

 

PRAYER 

Oh, LORD, we come to You, as you counseled us, admitting our spiritual poverty, asking to buy that spiritual gold refined by fire; asking to have you anoint our eyes, because we are blind!   (Rev 3:18)  We ask You to clothe us  that the shame of our spiritual nakedness will not be seen.  Clothe us, LORD, in the “fine linen, bright and pure” of Your Bride (Rev 19:8), and enable us by the power of Your Holy Spirit to live doing “righteous deeds” to build Your Kingdom, not ours, as the Bride is to be the helpmate of her Bridegroom.  Stir our love and passion for You and baptize Your Church anew with the Holy Spirit and fire!  (Matt 3:11)  We, cry out to You, “Come, LORD Jesus, come!”  And so be it!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HE WHO SITS IN THE HEAVENS LAUGHS


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Psalm 2:1-6

Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”

He Who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
Then He will speak to them in His wrath,
and terrify them in His fury, saying,
“As for Me, I have set My King
on Zion, My holy hill.”

So the liberals and the liberal media are gloating over their supposed victory – an election bought with corruption, fraud, bribes, and propaganda.

He Who sits in the Heavens laughs!

I had a flashback this morning to the movie “The Passion”.   In the scene where Jesus was carrying the cross, Satan walked behind the crowd sneering and gloating because he thought that he had triumphed by his own crafty devices over the Anointed One.   Jesus was beaten, bloody and on His way to a horrid crucifixion.    But in reality, the cross was the necessary path to victory – victory not for the devil but for God and mankind!  Here, in weakness and death to self was birthed the victory!  The Lamb was to be slain, but He was slain from the foundations.  It had always been the Father’s plan.

So the unrepentant lawless ones are gloating.   They have and will continue to shake their fists at God Almighty right up until they are banished to hell.   But Jesus WILL come again, this time in majesty to deliver His Covenant People and to judge evil.  That’s been the Father’s plan all along.  Jesus will then separate the goats from His sheep.  (Matt 25:31-33)

Just as there are two flocks in the world, one of sheep and one of goats, there are two Israels: one God’s covenant people of faith in the Messiah and the other a counterfeit, “a synagogue of Satan”, “who say that they are Jews but are not”.  (Rev 2:9)

This last election drives home the fact that there are also two Americas. One is that of God-fearing people submitted to their Creator and His laws.   The other is lawless Babylon with the elite godless usurpers lording over slaves who sold their souls for cheap tokens and empty promises.

I believe God will deliver and “keep” His people in God-fearing heartland America on the basis of His faithfulness and His Word (Rev 3:10).

On the other hand, that left hand,  Babylon can only expect judgment.

We are living through the book of Revelation, and things are escalating.  The hurricane of God’s judgment is upon the earth.  We can be devastated or ride out the storm within the calmness of the eye.  God says, “Come out of her [Babylon] my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues.”  (Rev. 18:4)  Come out of the dead, idolatrous “churches” preaching false “doctrines of man” instead of the Word of God; pull your  children out of the socialist schools; and pull your money, as much as is possible, out of banks and businesses that are supporting iniquity and a godless system.

Fill your lamps with oil – that means get filled with the Holy Spirit!    (Matt 25:1-13)  Help God’s persecuted people.  (Matt 25:35-40) Bless the Israel of God.  Read Matthew 24 and 25.   Read the book of Revelation.  Read this also:  http://hisinheritance.biblefox.com/2011/10/22/eleven-points-on-how-to-be-hidden-through-impending-judgment/

The goats are doomed.  The Good News is that Jesus invites you to follow Him.  All it takes to be a sheep is a willing heart to trust and follow the Good Shepherd.  Jesus Christ is the King of Kings and the ONLY Savior of this world!   Cry out to Him before it is too late!

War of the Worlds


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There is a war going on out there, OUTSIDE.  Bill O’Reilly calls it the “culture war,” and that is a factor. (Pun intended.)  But the war is HUGE, a matter of life and death.  It is a war for the souls of men.  It is a War of the Worlds.  The war is raging throughout the earth because the earth is the last battleground.   But this war has an ending, and we can know who wins. (Read Revelation)  The final battle  will determine the outcome, but the outcome has already been determined by the only One who can win.

 

For now, the two kingdoms are clashing.  But the “domain of darkness” will soon be overcome by the Kingdom of Light. (Col 1:12-13)  Light always forces out darkness.  God spoke, then light appeared.  This very God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of the Holy Bible, the ONE TRUE God whose name is YHWH, YAHshua, Jesus Christ,  He reigns now and forever!  His Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom!  Jesus Christ is LORD!  Our prayer should be His prayer, “Thy Kingdom come!  Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  (Matt 6:10)  Sadly, the world is, for the most part, in rebellion to their Creator, the King of the Universe.  God’s will will be done on the earth. The Kingdom of Light, His dominion reigns!

 

 

THE KINGDOM OF LIGHT

The LORD, has defined His Kingdom as one “of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”  (Romans 14:17)  Sounds like a perfect place!  Do you anticipate heaven’s perfect reign on the earth?  Will you be a part of His righteous kingdom?  Will you enjoy its peace?  Will you enter it’s joy?

 

More to come….

Eleven Points on How to Be Hidden through Impending Judgment


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Perhaps the Book of the Prophet Zephaniah is skipped over by some who would rather not hear its proclamations of judgment: judgment on Judah (Zeph 1); judgment on the Gentile nations (Zeph 2:4-15); judgement on Jerusalem (Zeph 3:1-7); judgment on the nations: “All the earth shall be devoured with the fire of My jealousy.” (Zeph 3:8). Gloom and doom is decidedly forecast.*

However, while judgment is the theme of Zephaniah, it is not the theme of this essay. This theme is how to be hidden through the judgment. Zephaniah holds hidden treasures beyond the reach of the gloom and doom. Indeed, the name “Zephaniah” means “the LORD hides”. That’s very comforting in times of disaster. Wouldn’t you be grateful if you were hidden through disasters? Wouldn’t you be praising the LORD had He by His divine Providence kept you away from the World Trade Center through unusual circumstances as He did for so many on 9-11?

Zephaniah tells us how to be hidden through disastrous times. “It may be that you will be hidden in the Day of the LORD’s anger.” (Zeph 2:3) For a believing Christian, Colossians 3:3 reads that “your life is hidden with Christ in God.” That’s why the devil can’t touch your eternal spirit. It’s hidden in Christ where the enemy has NO access! HalleluYAH1 On the other hand, we might through disobedience give the devil opportunity to mess with our souls (mind, will and emotion) and bodies. The Colossians passage goes on to tell us to “put to death” (Col 3:5) those tendencies that would give the devil a foothold. (James 4:7) (Eph 4:27)

Chriistians are “not appointed to wrath” (1 Thess 5:9) referring to some horrid judgments of Revelation, but nonetheless there are tough times ahead for all. So what keys does Zephaniah give us as to being hidden through troublesome times ahead?

Eleven Points for being Hidden through Impending Judgment

1. Seek the LORD

2. Inquire of the LORD

3. Be silent in the Presence of the LORD (Zeph 1:7)

4. Don’t be complacent (Zeph 1:12)

5. Don’t think that the LORD is aloof or apathetic (Zeph 1:12)

6. Don’t rely on riches for deliverance (Zeph 1:18)

7. Uphold justice (Zeph 2:3)

8. Seek righteousness (Zeph 2:3)

9. Seek humility (Zeph 2:3)

10. Don’t curse Israel (Zeph 2:10)

11. Intercede!!!! (Zeph 3:18-20)

1. SEEK THE LORD

Points number one through three, are actions not being done by Judah and are cited as reasons for the judgment. Judah has turned from the LORD. They are not seeking nor inquiring of the LORD.

We need to seek the LORD daily to learn to recognize His voice. It is crucial to know the LORD’s voice so that we clearly hear from Him, especially during crucial times.

2. INQUIRE OF THE LORD

Many a battle has been lost because of failure to consult the LORD. King Ahaziah died because he did not inquire of the LORD, but instead inquired of another god. (2 Kings 2:16) On the other hand, King David had a godly habit of inquiring of the LORD before decisions. In times of crisis, it is even more crucial to ask the LORD, “What do I do now?” Much pain and suffering on the part of the saints could be avoided would we only consult with the LORD before taking a course of action.

In the days to come, it will become more and more critical for us to consult the LORD. Sadly, even Christians listen more to other voices than to the voice of their Father. But if you want to be hid, you will need to hear His voice telling you which way to turn.

3. BE SILENT BEFORE THE LORD

Many of us fail to listen and sit quietly before the LORD to wait upon His voice, His guidance, His heart. Even if we don’t have a specific inquiry at the time, the LORD can warn us of snares ahead of which we are unaware.

4. DON’T BE COMPLACENT

In this list of eleven, there are seven “do’s” and four “don’ts”. This first “don’t” cautions against complacency, against “lukewarmness”, against apathy. You might NOT be hidden from judgment if you are hiding in front of the television or in your own little world all the time. Will you be prepared for trouble, if you have the attitude that you need only concern yourself with your own life?

“First they came for the communists,

and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,

and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,

and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me

and there was no one left to speak out for me.”

(Attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) concerning apathy towards the Nazis.)

5. DON’T THINK THAT THE LORD IS ALOOF

Some think the LORD created the world and then left it to its own devices. They don’t believe in a God who interacts with His creation. They think we need to fend for ourselves. Their unbelief in a caring Father cuts them off from the grace and mercies of God available through faith!

Some say the LORD will not “do good” – in other words, the LORD won’t help us through. Therefore, they don’t turn to Him for help.

Some say the LORD will not “do evil” – in other words, “God wouldn’t send an earthquake in judgment. God is love.” I hear this a lot even from leaders in the church. They say that since we’re “under grace” now, that all these current disasters have nothing to do with the judgment of God. “God is love”, they opine. Yes, God is love. But a loving Father does discipline those He loves. (Heb 12:5-11) Love does not neglect to give a warning before the Final Eternal Judgment. In His mercy, He has provided the warnings and signs that Jesus spoke of in His Olivet discourse. (Matt 24; Mark 13; Luke 21) God will not allow evil to forever run rampant because sin brings death and destruction. Though He is extremely patient, “not willing for anyone to perish,” (2 Peter 3:9) there is an end to evil. That is good news for those who would live righteously in peace!

If you still think God does not judge in our days of grace, have you read the Scriptures for yourself? Or have you only had your ears tickled by politically-correct speakers? (Can one rightly call them pastors if they don’t warn against the wolves in sheep’s clothing?) There are plenty of instances of judgment in the New Testament. Ananias and Sapphira were struck dead for lying “to the Holy Spirit” (Acts 5:1-5) Herod was struck dead “because he did not give glory to God.” (Acts 12:20-23)

If that’s not enough for you to see that God can in our days of grace bring severe judgment, then listen to His rebukes to the churches in the Book of Revelation:

  • “or else I am coming to you swiftly, and will move your lampstand out of its place, unless you repent.” (Rev 2:5)

  • “Repent therefore, or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of my mouth.” (Rev 2:16)

  • “If therefore you won’t watch, I will come as a thief, and you won’t know what hour I will come upon you.” (Rev 3:3)

  • “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of my mouth.” (Rev 3:16)

Perhaps the strongest warning is that to the compromising church in Thyatira:

  • “Behold, I will throw her into a bed, and those who commit adultery with her into great oppression, unless they repent of her works. I will kill her children with Death, and all the assemblies will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. I will give to each one of you according to your deeds.

    (Rev 2:22-23)

If you’re in a compromising church, may you seek the LORD for guidance because judgment will come to the churches! It is the Word of the LORD.

You may want to heed this warning:

Come out of her, my people,
lest you take part in her sins,
lest you share in her plagues”
(Rev 18:4)

God is calling His people out of the Babylonian captivity of the church to a place at His feet, listening to His voice and not the voice of those who would use and abuse God’s people for their own greed and empowerment. The warnings in Revelation show clearly to the wayward churches, that they will experience judgment from God in the last days.

The Good News? You can choose to be part of the faithful church of Philadelphia who are promised:

“Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” (Rev 3:10)

That sounds a lot like Zephaniah’s word that “It may be that you will be hidden in the Day of the LORD’s anger.” (Zeph 2:3)

It also sounds like Psalm 27:5 : “For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of the tabernacle He shall hide me.”

If you don’t know where the “secret place” is, you had better find out before the “time of trouble” is upon us! Seek Him.

6. DON’T RELY ON RICHES FOR DELIVERANCE

If you can’t rely on your riches (Zeph 1:18), then you had better be trusting the LORD! In times of trouble, God works miracles for His people. He can have a prophet strike a rock in the desert and water gushes forth! He can send manna from heaven. Don’t think that God won’t do it! (Point #5)

Seek the LORD (Point #1) whether or not you need to stockpile something. He may have some doing this, but others are called to something else. Only run with the pack, if the LORD told you to run with the pack. What does God want you to do in preparation? As the song goes. “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way…”

7. UPHOLD JUSTICE

8. SEEK RIGHTEOUSNESS

9. SEEK HUMILITY

These three exhortations in Zephaniah 2:3 are echoes of the words of the Prophet Micah:

“He has told you, O man, what is good;

and what does the Lord require of you

but to do justice, and to love kindness,

and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

10. DON’T CURSE ISRAEL

Judgment is pronounced on Moab and Ammon because “they have made arrogant threats against the people of the LORD of Hosts.” (Zeph 2:10) If you threaten God’s people (Israel or the Church), you are messing with the “apple of His eye” – not a smart thing to do.

For thus said the Lord of hosts,…. for he who touches you [Zion] touches the apple of His eye.” (Zech 2:8)

Indeed, the LORD said to Abraham, from the Book of Beginnings: “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you. All of the families of the earth will be blessed in you.” (Gen 12:3)

Be very careful how you speak of God’s anointed people.

11. INTERCEDE

Those who sorrow over Israel, those who bear the burden to pray and intercede for Zion, have a promise that the LORD will “deal with all those who afflict” them, and a promise that the LORD will give them, in the end, “fame and praise among all the peoples of the earth.” Wow! (Zeph 3:18-20)

A duty of a priest is to make intercession before the throne of God on behalf of others. We, Christians have the great privilege to intercede. And our promise is that we shall “reign with Him’. (Rev 20:6)

So, Zephaniah closes on a note of hope – not with gloom and doom but with the glory of God in His overcoming saints! “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Rev 2:7)

Insights from Isaiah


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INTRODUCTION

When I was a baby Christian, a Bible teacher was inquiring which books we would like to study. I chimed in, “Isaiah!” His comment, however, was in the negative, saying it was a lot of dry history and judgments. That was certainly not my take on the prophet. Even as young in the Lord as I was back then, the Holy Spirit had shown me some wonderful tidbits in Isaiah. It seems that every time I read that book, my spiritual adrenalin starts revving! No, this is not just a dry, historical record! It is full of wisdom for our times! And it holds prophesies of my dear Savior Jesus Christ, both as the Suffering Servant (Isa 53) and as the victorious King of Kings! (Isa 63:1-6; Rev 19:11-16)

Jesus “was, and is, and is to come” the King of Kings! This is who the Jews were anticipating, two thousand years ago. Perhaps some Jews failed to recognize Jesus of Nazareth as their Messiah because they did not embrace the Scriptures that pointed to His suffering. They expected only that triumphant King who would throw off the cruel Roman yoke of oppression. Today, do many Christians make a similar mistake in overlooking that He is also the Lion of Judah? We acknowledge Him as the Lamb and the One Atonement for our sins, but do we fail to warn the lost that He will come again as the King of Kings in righteousness, judging and making war on evil? (Rev 19:11-16)

ON THE JUDGMENT OF GOD

Oh, “God is love” some retort. “There’s no judgment. God couldn’t do that!” Actually, I heard something akin to this from a young seminary student recently! Yes, God is love. (1 John 4:8) But as I pointed out to him, we cannot just read the “nice” verses in Scripture and disregard the others. Evil will be judged to the desired effect that peace and goodness will reign!

Isaiah is admittedly full of judgments on nations who defy the LORD. The title given by the editors of my New King James over chapter 24 reads: “Impending Judgment on the Earth”. It states: “Behold, the LORD makes the earth empty and makes it waste, distorts its surface and scatters abroad its inhabitants.” (Isa 24:1) Another chapter predicts “a destruction determined even upon the whole earth.” (Isa 28:22) Gee, that sounds a lot like some chapters in Revelation! Pretty heavy stuff.

But some would relegate all that judgment to former times. Now, we are “under grace”. Yes, some of us are under the grace of God because we are IN Christ, but those outside of Christ are still under judgment. (John 3:18) (John 3:16 is so often quoted but there’s more following it!) The Good News is that God’s Door is open wide! Jesus is the Door. (John 10:7)

MORE THAN HISTORY

Isaiah’s prophecies of judgments did actually occur. If you want to study the historical battles and such, this is not that study. Those historical studies are vitally important as they confirm the Word of God and establish the veracity of Scripture. I love to read the historical and cultural footnotes that illuminate the Scriptures but the best illumination comes from the Holy Spirit! The Word of God is living! (Heb 4:12) His Word is not to be confined to ancient history. Nor is God’s Word only understandable to historians. The ancient prophecies echo down through time, as the New Testament teaches:

“Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the ages have come.” (1 Cor 10:11) I’m convinced that that passage does not intend to refer exclusively to the Books of Exodus and Numbers quoted, but points to a principle for studying the Old Testament. The Apostle Peter wrote similarly that the OT prophets were ministering to us about “the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow”! (1 Peter 1:10-13) (Please note “glories” is plural and note verse 13) The Apostle Paul also taught “whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” (Rom 15:4) (Also see: Col 2:16-17)

THE HOPE OF SCRIPTURE

What then is our hope? Is it not that through everything, God is working for good? We can find that hope in story after story of Old Testament saints. Is it not that God can deliver His praying, faithful people from evil as He delivered Hezekiah (Isa 37)?

Is not our hope that in the end, God wins and evil is no more? We can find that hope in Isaiah’s judgments proclaimed against rampant evil because those many judgments came to pass and God’s will prevailed. Why do we then doubt that evil will not again be judged similarly?

Is not our hope for peace? Do not good people long for the day when “the wolf dwells with the lamb” and “they shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain”? (Isa 11:6-9) Christ is revealed in Isaiah as the Son who is also the Mighty God who is also the “Prince of Peace”! (Isa 9:6) Yet so many reject Him! Truly Christ is our hope and the purest “desire of all nations”! (Hag 2:7 KJ or NKJ) Next time you see a “Pray for Peace” bumper sticker, cry out, “Come, Lord Jesus!” He is our only hope for peace!

Surely our hope is of glories to come. “Christ in us” IS “the hope of glory!” (Col 1:27) Saints, we have much more to look forward to! “But hope that is seen is not hope.” (Rom 8:24) Yet our Blessed Hope will come! (Titus 2:13) “When He appears, we shall be like Him!” (1 John 3:2) Wow! I’m going to be like Jesus! John also wrote in that same verse, “it has not yet been revealed what we shall be”. Why? Because the full revelation of Christ Himself has not yet been revealed! But “we shall be like Him” when “we shall see Him as He is!” Again, I say, WOW!!!!! Now that’s something for which to hope! “And everyone who has this hope in him, purifies himself, just as He is pure.” (1 John 3:3)

The Book of Revelation is about, as its full title indicates, the Revelation of Jesus Christ. It contains prophesies of His Coming again when “we shall see Him as He is!” This is our hope, “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think!” (Eph 3:20) That nice song may say “I can only imagine…” but more accurately, we can’t even imagine all the wonders God has in store for us who love Him!

Now, one more point before I get back to Isaiah, for the benefit of those who think the Book of Revelation was fully fulfilled in 70 AD: please have the humility to admit that you, nor I, are not yet like Christ, even if you put us all together! Since “when He appears, we shall be like Him” hasn’t happened, then Christ is yet to come! As another song goes, “What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see!” “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

As I re-studied this book recently, what amazed me were the many similarities between Isaiah and the Book of Revelation. Why should that be amazing? Really, it’s to be expected, since many of the prophetic Scriptures are also looking far ahead to the absolute Day of the Lord! The many correlations and parallels between the two books make this very logical reasoning. Let Scripture interpret Scripture. I will be posting a chart with these many similarities. The Old Testament prophets echo through time, right up until the end, when the Alpha & Omega, the First and Last (Rev 22:13 and Isa 41:4) closes the old chapter of human history and ushers in visibly and unquestionably His Kingdom! (Heb 2:8)  We have not yet seen “every knee” bowed, but we can rest assured that we will see that Day! (Phil 2:10 and Isa 45:23) “Look up! Your redemption is nigh!”*

* from a line in my song based on Luke 21:28;  http://heartsinspired.biblefox.com/2009/07/13/hello-world/

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The 144 thousand of Revelation 14:4 praise and pray with Psalm 144 and the LORD God of Israel answers with what is prophesied in Zechariah 14:4 !!!!

Read it for yourself!  (Rev 14:4; Zech 14:4; Psalm 144:5 particularly)  Is this not amazing???   Yet Christ’s triumphant Return will be more than amazing!!!

Psalm 144:

1.  Praise to prepare for war (v. 1-2)

2.  Humility and confession of their weakness (v. 3-4) – a wise heart because “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6)

3.  A plea for deliverance (5-8; 11)

4.  An expression of faith in God’s deliverance: “I will sing a new song…” (v. 9-10)

5.  A prayer of “so that”, expressing their desire for peace and prosperity.  It looks forward to the establishment of peace and security for all (prophetically, the Millennial Reign of Christ).  In order for peace to reign, evil must be conquered!  Evil does not negotiate but wants to subdue all under its hand.   However, the Prince of Peace wins and His Kingdom is established forever!  HalleluYAH!

FYI: As with many prophetic Scriptures, I believe the 144,00 to refer particularly to the remnant of Israel who will follow Messiah AND ALSO spiritually those Holy Spirit-led Church saints “who follow the Lamb wherever He goes.”  The remnant of Israel will be waging war in the physical threatened with their very extinction as a people;  the Church saints will be doing battle against evil in the spirit realm.  (Ephesians 6)

And so the true “Desire of all Nations shall come”!!!

(Haggai 2:7)

Christ will come again!


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We confess this frequently at my church:  “Christ has died. Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.”   These are foundational Christian beliefs.  Do you believe Christ is coming again?   Many,many  Scriptures reference the Lord’s Coming.  Some of these just reference the “Day” or the “Revelation” but are included to show how foundational the Second Coming is to the apostles’ doctrine.  Others have details of the event.  To get a Scriptural view of the Lord’s Coming, here’s just the New Testament list:

Matt 16:27-28

Matt 24:27-30 (The Lord’s own words on His Return)

Matt 25:31

Mark 13:26

Luke 21:27

John 14:3

John 21:22

Acts 1:11

Romans 8:17-24

1 Corinthians 15:23

1 Corinthians 15:49-54

Philippians 1:6   (This passage shows that the ultimate “Day of the Lord” is still in the future because we are not yet perfected!)

Colossians 3:4

1 Thessalonians 4:13 – 5:11 (Lots in here!)

2 Thessalonians 1:7-10

2 Thessalonians 2:1-3

2 Thessalonians 2:8

2 Timothy 1:12

2 Timothy 2:18

Titus 2:13

James 5:7-8

1 Peter 1:5

1 Peter 4:13

2 Peter 3:10

1 John 2:28

1 John 3:2-3

The Book of Revelation:

Promise of 2nd Coming:  Rev 1:7-8; Rev 22:12; Rev 22:20

Event Details of 2nd Coming:  Rev 6:12 -17Rev 14:1; Rev 14:14; 19:11-16

Warning of 2nd Coming: Rev 16:15

Maranatha!

unholy trinity


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Satan doesn’t have a creative bone in him.  He is an imitator, but when he imitates he perverts. Revelation 13 and Rev 20:2 reveal the corrupt alliance of dragon, beast, and false prophet which tries to imitate the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

While we may not fathom the depths of holy relationship in the One Triune God, we know that the Father is the authority figure and that the obedient Son carries out the actions of the Father through the empowerment of the Spirit. The cosmos was thus created. Salvation was thus imparted to mankind. The Church exists thusly. The Father is the heavenly manifestation of the Great Triune I Am; Yeshua (Jesus Christ) is His Arm (metaphorically speaking) that extends into a physical plane; and the Spirit is His Presence permeating the hearts and minds of His saints. The three are one.

Satan was not a triune creation, to my understanding, lacking a body for this earthly plane. In order to operate here, he needs a body. In Eden, it was a serpent. Usually, it is a man who has a similar desire to Satan’s: to be like the Most High. So they work in an unholy alliance. Satan is the authority figure while the obedient beasts or antichrists carry out the actions of the devil through the empowerment of an indwelling evil spirit, particularly with the aid of false prophets and false religious beliefs. This is how Satan has operated on earth throughout history. Pharaoh had his magicians. Hitler had his satanists and occultists. All were doing the will of Satan. The “beast” kingdoms throughout the centuries were thus devised: Satan behind the despot with the cooperation of the occult and/or false belief systems. The false belief systems are crucial to get the support of the masses of mesmerized people. The last scenario set forth in Revelation will be the last desperate stand of the unholy trinity. But they are all defeated and eventually “cast into the lake of fire” and so will be banished forever.

That which is portrayed in Revelation has had relevance for all time periods in terms of discerning “beast” empires, their modus operandi and their eventual overthrow, yet there remains to be fulfilled in this temporal realm that final big rebellion against the Most High which will end triumphantly with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ!

The Kingdom of Our Lord Jesus Christ is the everlasting kingdom of joy and peace and righteousness!

Portrait of the Antichrist


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“Little children, these are the end times, and as you heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen. By this we know that it is the final hour.”  1 John 2:18

Do you think you can spot an antichrist spirit?  If you know the real Jesus Christ, you should be able to discern the counterfeit!

That being said, here’s a compilation of the passages many scholars believe give insight into an antichrist type.

There have been and there are many “antichrists” who may exhibit all or some of these traits to varying degrees.   Certainly, they are all deceivers!  (A guy living near Houston claimed to be the second coming of Christ and had a following of over a million duped souls!)  However, I reckon THE final Antichrist, the one who comes on the scene just prior to Christ’s return, will have ALL the traits listed.

from Daniel 7:25

  • “He shall speak pompous words against the Most High” (blasphemous)
  • “shall wear out the saints of the Most High” (persistent persecution from every side?)
  • “he shall think to change the times and the law”  (Maybe he’ll want to get rid of the “year of Our Lord” or “AD” ref?)
  • will persecute the saints:  “and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and half a time.”

GOOD NEWS: his power will be taken away (v 26)

Antiochus IV Epiphanes

Jesus Christ used Daniel’s  reference to the “abomination of desolations” (Daniel 11:31)  in Matthew 24:15 , indicating  that the prophecy would have an ultimate fulfillment other than the now obvious, partial fulfillment in the historical personage of Antiochus IV Epiphanes.  While Jesus’ particular “abomination” prophecy also had a verifying and specific fulfillment in 70 AD, it was only partial in that the latter part of the prophecy, Christ’s return, has not yet been fulfilled.   The “abomination” is one of the signs that will indicate Christ’s soon return.  The two are linked in the Matthew passage and also in 2 Thessalonians 2:4.  Obviously, Christ hasn’t come back yet, therefore expect another “abomination of desolations” prior to His Coming as well as signs in the heavens.

Daniel 8:9-12

  • he opposes the daily sacrifice (historically, offerings in the temple but spititually, since the Church is now the temple, could this mean prayer? or the atonement of Christ?  or all of the above?)

Daniel 8:23-25

  • “a king of fierce face” OR “stern-faced”
  • “understanding dark sentences”  OR “master of intrigue” OR “sinister schemes” (various translations )
  • “His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power”  (By whose power, then?  Satan’s! )
  • “he shall destroy astoundingly”
  • “and shall prosper and do his pleasure” (as opposed to praying, “Our Father..Thy will be done.”)
  • “he shall destroy the mighty ones and the holy people.”  (being Anti-Christ, He is both anti-Christian and anti-Jew)
  • “Through his policy he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand”  (“craft” could include fraud, deceit, witchcraft, etc.)
  • “and he shall magnify himself in his heart”   Arrogance!
  • “in their security shall he destroy many”  (“Peace, peace… then sudden destruction.  See 1 Thessalonians 5:3 )
  • “he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.”

Historically, Antiochus IV Epiphanes took his power illegally – he was not heir to the throne.  He was a usurper.  He had people call him the Greek equivalent to “God Manifest”!  These, therefore, may also be indications of THE Antichrist:

  • by deception or illegal means, he comes to power
  • he is a usurper (illegally gains position)
  • he’ll claim to be “God”  (Do not the New Age thinkers think themselves gods?  Do not the Mormons aspire to become gods?  Do not atheist make themselves their own god when they deny the Creator King?  Have not many ceasars and emperors claimed deity?)

Antiochus also wanted the Jews to be Hellenized and forget their holy traditions.  Therefore, it seems that

  • the Antichrist will most likely want Christians and Jews to be secularized and forget their Godly heritage.

Daniel 11:21-39

  • “a contemptible” or “vile person”  (at least to the Godly)
  • “to whom they had not given the honor of the kingdom”  (again, he got his power illegally)
  • “but he shall come in time of security, and shall obtain the kingdom by flatteries.”  (quite the charmer?)
  • “After the treaty made with him he shall work deceitfully; for he shall come up, and shall become strong, with a small people.” (not to be trusted)
  • “In time of security shall he come even on the fattest [richest]places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers’ fathers;
  • he shall scatter among them prey, and spoil, and substance: yes, he shall devise his devices against the strongholds, even for a time.  (He’ll redistribute the plundered wealth among his supporters.)
  • “he shall devise his devices against the strongholds, even for a time.”
  • “they shall speak lies at one table: but it shall not prosper; for yet the end shall be at the time appointed.”
  • “his heart shall be against the holy covenant”
  • “he shall do his pleasure”
  • “have regard to those who forsake the holy covenant”
  • His army “shall take away the continual burnt offering” (Thought: A Christian’s “offering” or “sweet-smeling sacrifice” is prayer/praise.)
  • and they will “set up the abomination that makes desolate” (defiles the temple which causes it to become desolate – without the Presence of God)
  • He will pervert by flatteries those who will violate the covenant

Let me interject the GOOD NEWS here: “but the people who know their God shall be strong, and do exploits . Those who are wise among the people shall instruct many; yet they shall fall by the sword and by flame, by captivity and by spoil, many days. Now when they shall fall, they shall be helped with a little help; but many shall join themselves to them with flatteries. Some of those who are wise shall fall, to refine them, and to purify, and to make them white, even to the time of the end; because it is yet for the time appointed.”

meanwhile, the Antichrist…

  • shall do according to his will (v. 36)
  • and he shall exalt himself,
  • and magnify himself above every god,
  • and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods;
  • and he shall prosper until the indignation be accomplished
  • neither shall he regard the gods of his fathers
  • nor [have/regard] the desire of women  (There’s debate about just what this means.  Will he be a homosexual?  Will he limit childbearing – a great desire of women?)
  • nor regard any god; for he shall magnify himself above all.  (What arrogance!)
  • But in his place shall he honor the god of fortresses (He worships power?)
  • and a god whom his fathers didn’t know shall he honor with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.
  • He shall deal with the strongest fortresses by the help of a foreign god:  (supernatural, satanic power)
  • whoever acknowledges him he will increase with glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many,
  • and shall divide the land (Israel?) for a price.

THE BEAST

Revelation 13:3

  • “One of his heads looked like it had been wounded fatally. His fatal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled at the beast.”

THE MAN OF SIN

2 Thessalonians 2:3-9

  • the man of sin, the son of destruction
  • opposes and exalts himself against all that is called God or that is worshiped
  • so that he sits as God in the temple of God, setting himself up as God.
  • has “the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders”
  • “with all deception of wickedness for those who are being lost, because they didn’t receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”

FALSE CHRISTS

Matthew 24:15-23

  • will make appearances
  • show great signs and wonders

Other relevant Scriptures

1 John 2:22

  • Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the Antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.

1 John 4:3

  • and every spirit who doesn’t confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God, and this is the spirit of the Antichrist, of whom you have heard that it comes. Now it is in the world already.

2 John 1:7

  • For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who don’t confess that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the Antichrist.
I hope this has been helpful in knowing what to look out for!  It’s more important to know what the Scriptures say than to have our own (or someone else’s)  “vain imaginations”.  Most of all, keep looking to Jesus!  He’s Our Blessed Hope!

Revelation Simplified


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Revelation Ultra-Simplified

Jesus Christ returns, banishes Satan and evil, and reigns with His Saints forever!

Don’t be intimidated into not reading Revelation because of all its symbolisms or because it has a lot of disturbing predictions.  There’s also a promise of blessing to those who read, hear and keep “the words of this prophecy.”  (Rev 1:3)   Furthermore, it is the “Revelation of Jesus Christ”!   And to know Him more should be our goal.  (See previous blog “The Revelation of Jesus Christ”)  Additionally, there are numerous promises to which the saints can look forward!   Here are just a few:

 

Jesus Christ is revealed as the omnipotent King!

Evil is judged and banished forever! (Rev 20)

No curse, no death, no tears, no sorrow, no crying, no pain for the saints! (Rev 21)

The saints of God are rewarded!

The saints of God spend Eternity with God!

Revelation Simplified

St. John has a vision of the Lord Jesus Christ who then gives warnings, commendations and promises to the churches, words to heed, considering what will soon come to pass.  John is transported to heaven where he sees creatures and saints worshiping God.  Jesus Christ, as the sacrificial Lamb, alone is deemed worthy to open the scroll disclosing things to come.  The Savior holds history in His nail-scarred hands. He looses one by one the seals from the scroll, unleashing the judgments warranted by wickedness.   But first, those from the twelve tribes of Israel are sealed for protection from these coming plagues. Nonetheless, evil inherent in the beastly religious and political world systems (aka Babylon) has throughout time persecuted and killed God’s people and that persecution continues.  So John sees in heaven many white-robed saints from every tribe and nation who have died in that great and final tribulation.  Amid lightnings, thunders, and earthquakes, Jesus Christ opens the last seal and the “trumpet” judgments begin. Still the unrepentant cling to their idols, demons, witchcraft and sexual immorality. The even more dreadful “bowl” judgments, the “wrath of God”, are poured out on those with the mark of the beast, on those who will not turn to God Almighty.   Pompous Babylon falls.  Christ returns astride a white horse with the heavenly hosts to crush His enemies at Armageddon. “The dragon, that serpent of old” is defeated and thrown in the “bottomless pit” for “a thousand years”, after which he is released for a short time.   So Satan goes out again to make war against the saints.  This time, the devil is thrown into the “lake of fire” where he’s forever tormented.  And “anyone not found in the Book of Life is cast into the lake of fire.”   A new heaven and a new earth is established.  God dwells with His blessed people.  There is no more curse, no death, no tears, no sorrow, no crying, no pain for the saints!  Ultimately and everlastingly, Jesus Christ reigns with His saints.  Therefore, we pray, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”

Is your name written in the Lamb’s “Book of Life”?

Revelation Simplified

INTRODUCTION 1:1-8

Rev 1:9-3:22           1st VISION:  OF JESUS CHRIST who gives letters to the 7 CHURCHES

Rev 4:1-6:17           2nd VISION:  PRAISE in HEAVEN and the LAMB opening the 7 SEALS on the scroll

Rev 7:1-7:8             3rd VISION:  SEALING of the 144,000 of the 12 TRIBES of the children of Israel

Rev 7:9-15:4           4th VISION:   7th Seal = 7 ANGELS with 7 TRUMPETS

Rev 15:5-17:18       5th VISION:   7 ANGELS pour out 7 BOWL  JUDGMENTS: the WRATH of God

Rev 18:1-18:24       6th VISION:   The Fall of Babylon “Come out of her, my people” v.18:4

Rev 19:1-22:5         7th VISION:   Marriage, Second Coming of Christ, Armageddon, Millenium, Eternity

EPILOGUE 22:6-22:21

(Each new vision, not excepting first because it is first, begins with “After these things….”  This is seen more readily maybe in the KJ or NKJ versions.   Studying the whole book with this outline brings clarity to some chronological questions such as why the Lord returns/appears more than once within the book of Revelation.  There does seem to be a chronological order within each vision.)