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Will You Be Joyous Or Wail At His Coming?

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Rev 1:7 KJV – Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

 

 

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “… made higher than the heavens… “

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 7:26 KJV – For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

 

Christ, as our Perfect High Priest, is exalted by God over all authorities…

Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places],   Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:And hath put all [things] under his feet, and gave him [to be] the head over all [things] to the church, (Ephesians 1:20-22)

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.…

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Rev 1:7 KJV – Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

 

 

 

The second coming of Christ is a wonderful day that is eagerly awaited for all those who have trusted in Him. Why is this? It is the day that we will be taken home to be with our Lord and enter into protection from His wrath that is about to fall upon sinful mankind. This event is described in Matthew 24:29-31…

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

However, in both of these texts, we can easily see that this is not the case for all men. We are clearly told that when Christ comes back in the clouds many will mourn (sorrow due to personal loss)…

Mat 24:30 KJV – “and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”

Rev 1:7 KJV – “and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.”

For the saved this is a joyous event, but for the lost who are left upon the earth, it is the cause of great mourning because they understand the time for the judgment of their sins is at hand. The wrath of God is about to fall upon them.

Folks, may we all examine our lives and be sure that we are prepared for His second coming… it could take place today! Have we repented of the many sins we have committed and trusted in Christ as our Lord and Savior? This should take first priority in our lives.

Secondly, if we know we are prepared for His coming, let us remember there are many others who are not prepared. They are yet in their sins. May we feel the great need of taking the gospel to the lost around us (through our words and actions) so that they might come to a saving knowledge of Christ and be prepared for His coming in the clouds.

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of  the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

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Do We Know Our Redeemer Lives?

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Job 19:23-27 (KJV)

23) Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!
24) That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
25) For I know [that] my redeemer liveth, and [that] he shall stand at the latter [day] upon the earth:
26) And [though] after my skin [worms] destroy this [body], yet in my flesh shall I see God:
27) Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; [though] my reins be consumed within me.

 

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Is There Life After Death?

Rob Barkman:

This is a reblog of a posting from 2011. May it be a blessing to all of us!

Originally posted on SettledInHeaven.org Blog:

SIH STSTA ICONThroughout history the subject of life after death has a much debated subject.  It is no different in today’s time.  Views on the existence of life after death vary, based upon the belief set held by the individual.  Some of the most common views include:

  1. Denial – the belief that all aspects of life ceases at physical death.
  2. Reincarnation – is the belief that a soul is reborn in a new body.
  3. Spiritism – in many of its forms, believes that the soul of the dead remain upon the earth in the form of ghosts (or spirits)
  4. Eternalists – teachings include the belief that the souls of the dead continue to exist being separated from this temporal world, and entering into eternal, spiritual habitations.

What we believe about life after death is of extreme significance; what we believe about life after death will dictate how we look at…

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Did You Know When The Lord Comes Back, He Will Descend From Heaven In The Clouds?

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Rev 1:7 KJV – Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3JQ

 

 

 

Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “… holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners… “

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 7:26 KJV – For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

 

Christ is separated for God’s use, innocent, sinless, unfallen. It is only by being sinlessly perfect that He could be our Redeemer and Mediator.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: Behold, He cometh with clouds…

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Rev 1:7 KJV – Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

 

 

 

When our Lord comes back again, He will, literally, come back in the clouds as He descends from heaven to the earth. This will be a fulfillment of the promise of the angel given to His disciples at His ascension in Acts 1:10-11.

 

But did you know there is something else we can learn from His coming in the clouds? Not only will He literally come in the skies, but also He will be coming with the glory of Almighty God.  Many times, in the Old Testament, clouds are associated with the presence and glory of God.…

And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:   He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, [from] before the people. (Exodus 13:21-22)

And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud.(Exodus 16:10)

And the LORD said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the LORD. (Exodus 19:9)

… and many others.

 

When we are told that our Lord will come back in the clouds, it is symbolically teaching us that the second of Christ will be the coming of Almighty God to the earth. Christ the second person of the Godhead will come back to take His people home to be with Him! What a glorious day that will be!

May we all take a moment to think about the fact that God Himself, in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ, will come to personally take us to be with Him eternally. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords loves His people so much, He will come again to rescue us from a fallen, sin sick world and protect us from the wrath that is to come.

 

As we enter our day, let’s serve Him with greater joy, strength and enthusiasm knowing that Christ, our God, will come again someday, we will not be forgotten!

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of  the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3Ju

Is Christ King Of Your Heart and Life?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 1:5 – And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3JJ

 

Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “For such an high priest became us,… “

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 7:26 KJV - For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

 

Christ was perfectly suited to become our High Priest. His person and work were flawless in the performance of His Priesthood, allowing us to enter into the very presence of God for an eternity.

 

 

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Revelation 1:7-8 “Christ’s Coming In Wrath”

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 The Second Coming Of Christ…

Rev 1:7-8 KJV

(7) Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
(8) I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

 

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

 

John now sees Christ coming in His Wrath:

1. The World’s Reaction To His Coming (v 7)
2. Christ’s Description of Himself (v 8)

 

John now presents to us Christ in His authoritative greatness. His second coming is being used to reveal Christ as the Eternally Almighty God. One of the ways He will show His greatness to us is through the judgment of those who have rebelled against Him.

 

 

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

 

Revelation 1: –

 

(7) Behold, he cometh with clouds;

John now allows us to “look” and “place our attention upon” Christ. In this vision, we can see Christ coming during His second coming. He is said to be coming “with the clouds”.
This is a direct reference to the promise given at His ascension when the apostles were told that “…this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11 KJV). When Christ ascended to heaven, we are told that “He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight” (Acts 1:9).   In fulfillment of the promise given to us (Acts 1:11) we are told that, when He returns, He will come “with the clouds”.
This is one of the great hallmark proofs of the authentic Christ coming back to earth. Many throughout the years have claimed to be the returned Christ, but none have been seen coming back in the clouds of heaven. The authentic Jesus, the Son of God and Savior of His people, will be seen coming back in the clouds, which will be one proof of several that will validate His identity.

 

Also, we need to keep in mind that many times the Lord is described as “coming in (or with) the clouds”, the Bible uses clouds to represent His exalted position and dominating authority which will be displayed at His second coming (Ezekiel 1:4-28). In the following verses, we will see several ways in which His authority is declared at His second coming…

 

 

 

and every eye shall see him,
 
After Christ comes back in the clouds, “every eye” (every man who is living upon the earth) will “see” Him (gaze at Him in amazement with eyes wide open).   Who will be living on the earth at this point in time? This group includes both lost and saved mankind. As He first appears in the sky, all men will see Him. Then, just prior to His judgment falling upon the lost, Christ will take up His saints to be with Him, keeping them protected from the wrath that will then fall upon the lost …
Mat 24:26-31 KJV – “Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
1Th 4:16-17 KJV – “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
It is only after this taking of His people, that His judgment will begin to fall upon sinful man.

 

 

and they also which pierced him:

“They which pierced Him” are describing the living Jews. They will be a part of the group that are living on the earth at the time of His second coming. As a nation they are responsible for crucifying their Lord and have rejected Christ as the True Messiah(Zech 12:10, Luke 13:34-35, Matthew 23:34-39).
Although in the OT times the Jews were God’s physically chosen people and were used by God in great ways, John is reminding them that this will not give them “a free pass” to escape the judgment of God that is about to fall.  They will be present at His second coming, and if they have not trusted in Him, they will face the same wrath as the Gentile unbelievers alive at His coming.
Note: There will be some Jews who are saved prior to His coming and these will be taken and protected by Christ. However, based on the next section we are told that there will be many physical Jews that will still be in their sins and facing eternal judgment…

 

 
and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.
 
John reveals to us that the living lost (those who are left after the taking out of God’s people) will be made up of individuals from every family upon the earth. This helps us to understand that these sinful people include individuals from every race, nationality, dialect and bloodline. There will be multitudes of both Jews and Gentiles who will still be in their sins when Christ returns to the earth.
All the lost are said to “wail” at His return. They will not be wailing and mourning over the sins they have committed.  They will be crying out, beating their chest in sorrow, selfishly, as they now understand that judgment has now come upon them. Following the removal of His people from the earth, the God’s wrath upon the lost mankind will begin shortly.

Keep in mind, this text is describing one aspect of His second coming…His second coming and its effects on the lost. As we have seen in the First Thessalonians passage (and others throughout the Bible) His second coming will also affect the saved. For the saved, it will be a great time of blessing and joy; but for the lost it will be a great time of harm, sorrow and fear…
 

Rev 6:15-17 KJV – “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”

 

 

Even so, Amen.
 
“Truly, so be it”.
John concludes this verse by emphasizing:
1. “Even so” – the truthfulness of this teaching
2. “Amen” – the need to recognize this is the Lord’s will, He knows what is best and, therefore, we should willfully accept that this will take place.
 

Although we like to think that the second coming will be a great time of joy and blessing for the saved, it is equally important to understand and accept that it will be a great time of judgment and sorrow for the lost.

 

(8) I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord,

Christ as Creator of Heaven and Earth and the New Heavens and Earth…
This returning Lord describes Himself as the One who has brought into existence, and will bring to an end all things…
1. “Alpha and Omega” – the first and last letter of the Greek alphabet. Just as Alpha begins the Greek alphabet, Christ begins all things. Just as Omega ends the Greek alphabet, Christ will be the ending of all things as well.

2. “The beginning and the ending” – He began it all and will bring an end to it all. He is our Creator and He will bring this current sinful creation to an end by remaking the heavens and the earth. This renovation will take place using the fire of His judgment against sin to bring into existence a new purified heaven and earth wherein will dwell eternal righteousness…
Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”   (2 Peter 3:12-13)

 
He speaks these words as “the Lord”, the One who possesses all authority and power.

 

 

which is, and which was, and which is to come,

Christ as the Eternal God…
He describes His eternal existence by looking at the three main segments of existence… past, present and future. He existed in all three. He existed in eternity past, He exists in the present time, and He will exist into eternity future. As Lord, He is in control of all three segments of existence.
This helps us to understand His eternal existence and, by implication, His deity, as God is the only one that eternally exists. As God, He is in control of all history, from eternity past to eternity future, and everything in between.

 

 

 

the Almighty.
 
Christ as the All Powerful Lord…
The title “Almighty” literally means “One who possesses strength or control over all”. This title is is normally used to describe God (in many cases, God the Father) but it is applied to Christ in this verse. This same relationship between the Son and the Father are given to us in Isaiah 9:6-7 …
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.Of the increase of [his] government and peace [there shall be] no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
At His second coming His great authority and power will be on display…
Dan 7:13-14 KJV – “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.   And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”

 

 

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this text, we can very easily see that Christ is presented as the Authoritative God over all…
1. Christ holds supreme authority over all creation. Christ is shown as coming “in the clouds” (an outward display of His supremacy over all) (v 7)
2. Christ will execute certain judgment of the lost. The lost will mourn when Christ appears in the clouds. They know His judgment is certain . (v 7)
3. Christ declares He is the beginning and ending of all creation and all truth. (vs 8)
4. Christ declares He eternally exists and controls all events in history (vs 8)
5. Christ declares He is the Almighty God (vs 8)

 

 

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY):

May we all see in these verses the deity of Christ and His absolute authority over all His creation. This same eternal God is coming again with the promise of eternal safety to His people and eternal judgment for those who have not repented of their sin and trusted in Him as their Lord.
May we make certain of our salvation and have hearts burdened to take the gospel message through our words and actions to the lost around us before it is eternally too late.
May we all with thankful, reverent hearts open its pages and come to a greater understanding of its teachings.

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: The First Begotten Of The Dead…

SIH TOTT ICONRev 1:5 – And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

 

 

Christ is given the title “the prince of the Kings of the earth”. This reveals Christ to us as the first in rank of all the Kings of the earth…Christ possesses authority over all the Kings; Christ enjoys overwhelming strength over all the Kings.

The Bible, more frequently, describes these principles by saying that Christ is “Kings of Kings” and “Lord of Lords”.   Although these truths about Christ affect His people in many different ways, there are two primary areas of our lives that are affected… our life on earth now and our lives in eternity to come…

1. In today’s time, we can rest assured our Lord is in control of all things and will bring about His will for us….

And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion [is] an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom [is] from generation to generation:

And all the inhabitants of the earth [are] reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and [among] the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? (Daniel 4:34-35)

 

2. We can count on His gaining the ultimate victory over Satan, sin, and death, which allows us to know that our eternity is secure with Him…

These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him [are] called, and chosen, and faithful.(Revelation 17:14)

 

From a practical standpoint, understanding that He possesses the ultimate authority and strength, teaches His people the need to recognize Him as their Loving Ruler, who only desires the best for us. Because He holds that position over us, we are to willingly submit to His authority and seek to please Him in every area of our lives.

By doing this, we will be recognized by others as His disciples and will live blessed lives securing spiritual strength and happiness throughout our time on earth.

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.(Luke 6:45-49)

 

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of  the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3If

Christ Was Victor Over Death… And Proved It By His Resurrection!

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 1:5 - And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3JC

Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “…Seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.“

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Heb 7:25 KJV – Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

 

 

 

Christ never ceases to make intercession for His people. Because of this we are eternally secure in Him!

“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world. (1 John 2:1-2)

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: The First Begotten Of The Dead…

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Rev 1:5 – And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the  prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

 

 

Christ is given the title “the first begotten of the dead”. The word begotten simply means “first born”. How can it be said that Christ is the “first born” of the dead? There have been many people who were resurrected from the dead prior to Christ:
1. Son of Zarephath’s widow (1 K 17)
2. Son of Shunammite woman (2 K 4)
3. Man that touches Elisha bones (2 K 13)
4. Widow’s son (Lk 7)
5. Jairus’ daughter (Mt 9)
6. Lazarus (Jhn 11)
7. Saints at Christ’s crucifixion (Mat 27)
8. and perhaps others I may have missed.

But the resurrection of Christ was different than any of the above examples. Christ was resurrected by His own power, never to die again… following his resurrection (40 days later) He ascended to be with the Father. In that sense, He was truly the first One who gained victory over death!

Folks, this is very important for us to understand, our Lord, although He was resurrected, never died again. The one death that He experienced was sufficient to fully complete the salvation of His people. His resurrection, and the following ascension to be with His Father, is living proof that His sacrifice had been accepted, His work had been fully completed and His people are eternally secure in Him…

But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:And if Christ be not risen, then [is] our preaching vain, and your faith [is] also vain.
Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
And if Christ be not raised, your faith [is] vain; ye are yet in your sins.
Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
But now is Christ risen from the dead, [and] become the firstfruits of them that slept.
(1 Corinthians 15:13-19)
May we all take a moment to stop and praise the Lord for His resurrection and what it means to each one of us who are His. We are eternally secure, not because of what we have done, but because of what He has done for us! May we all serve Him with new strengthened and encouraged hearts being reminded of all He has done for us.
May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3If

Christ Was A Faithful Witness TO Us… Are We A Faithful Witness OF Him?

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Rev 1:5 – And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

 

 

For the SIH Devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3Jj

“Secular Israel, with No Divine Right to Land”

Rob Barkman:

Thanks for sharing this broadcast, Bruce. It is much needed in today’s time with all the misunderstandings about the physical nation of Israel and their place in prophecy. Lord bless!

Originally posted on God's group:

Listen to Pastor John Piper explain why Israel does not have a divine right to take over land from Palestine…  There is a short 9 minute audio found @ http://soundcloud.com/askpastorjohn/should-we-side-with-israel-or-palestine-episode-425

                                            OR:

There is a longer 41 minute sermon by John Piper titled “Israel, Palestine and the Middle East” that can be found @ http://www.desiringgod.org/sermons/israel-palestine-and-the-middle-east#full-audio

I found these extremely interesting in explaining the rights of both Israel and Palestine in their age-old struggle over land…

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “… He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him …“

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 7:25 KJV – Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

 

Christ is able to save those who, through Him, have a relationship with God.  The salvation He supplies saves them fully, bringing them to the completion of their salvation.

 

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.   Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (Romans 8:29-30)

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: The Faithful Witness…

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Rev 1:5 – And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

Christ is described in our text for this morning as “the faithful witness”. Christ faithfully presented to the world the truths of God.

 

Why did Christ faithfully reveal these truths to sinful mankind? He did this for, at least, two different reasons…

1. First of all, He did it to please His heavenly Father, the One who commissioned Him to be a witness.

2. Secondly, He did it out of love for His people to reveal to them His Father, His person and work, the coming Spirit, their need of salvation, and His will for their lives.

Folks, if our Lord came to be a faithful witness to sinful mankind, should we not be faithful witnesses for Him?

 

Stop and think about what He has done for us… Holy God humbled Himself, came as a man to live among sinners, and then He became obedient unto death… all so that we might be saved.  Surely, we can be His faithful witnesses so that others may see His glory, understand His person and work, and come to a saving knowledge of Him!

As we enter into our day, let us thank the Lord for being a faithful witness who has graciously supplied salvation to us. May we shine as bright lights in the midst of a sin darkened world pointing those around us to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

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Did You Know Happiness Comes By Applying God’s Word To Our Lives?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 1:3 KJV – Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

“Blessed” describes being given happiness by God.

 

 

For the daily devotional on this subject:

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