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The Good News About Christ Holds Many Eternal Blessings For Us!

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 14:6 KJV  And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “The Everlasting Gospel”

SIH TOTT ICONThe Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “The Everlasting Gospel

 

Rev 14:6 KJV  And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

 

For most Christians, the gospel message is very familiar… it is the death, burial, resurrection and its proofs:

1Co 15:1-8 KJV… “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;  And that he was buried,  and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:  After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.  After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.  And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.”

 

And most of us also understand that this gospel message is powerful… it is the tool used by God to save members of fallen mankind from the penalty, power and presence of sin:

Rom 1:16 KJV … “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

 

But not as many of us, I am afraid, understand that it is the everlasting gospel message.  It is perpetual, without end in two different aspects…

 

  1. Its EXISTANCE is everlasting:

Eph 3:11 KJV… “According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:”

Heb 13:20 KJV… “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,”

It was a part of the eternal purpose of God, Who made this everlasting promise to all His people.

 

  1. Its EFFECTS are everlasting as well:

2Th 2:16 KJV – “Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,”

Tit 1:1-3 KJV – “Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;  In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;   But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;”

It results in God’s people being given everlasting comfort and good assurance of eternal life.

 

May we all bow before our God this day and praise Him for His great eternal purpose that included Christ’s sacrificial work on behalf of His people.   It is this very work that is declared plainly in the everlasting gospel message.   It is this everlasting message that gives us access to His work of grace!

 

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God’s People Are Firstfruits Brought To Him For His Use!

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 14:4 KJV – “These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

 

 

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Revelation 14:6-13 “The Warnings Of The Three Angels”

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THE TEXT:

 

 

Rev 14:6-13 KJV

(6)  And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
(7)  Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
(8)  And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
(9)  And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
(10)  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
(11)  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
(12)  Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
(13)  And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

After looking at Satan and his earthly kingdoms and their opposition to Christ and His spiritual kingdom (Rev 12: & 13:), we now begin a new vision.  Our review of Satan’s kingdoms on earth has been brought to completion now we look at the very next event that will take place in time… the second coming of Christ.

In this look at His second coming, we will see Christ being praised for the redemption of His people; the protection of His people; and His wrath that will destroy the kingdoms of Satan…

  1. The Redeemed of God singing a song of praise to their Redeemer, the Lamb (14:1-5)
  2. The Warnings Of The Three Angels (14:6-13)
  3. The Two Reapings Of The Earth (14:14-20)

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

Please note in the following passage the messages of the three angels are related and should be taken as one unit.  We can see this when verse 9 says “the third angel”.  This points us to the fact that these three angels present a series of three warnings that refer to the same basic event…. The wrath that falls during the second coming of Christ.

Also, please remember these warnings of coming judgment are being proclaimed prior to the second coming of Christ.

When these warnings are delivered, both lost and saved still dwell on the earth.  It will be in the immediate future that Christ appears, takes His children to be with Him, and begins to release His wrath upon fallen mankind that remains upon the earth…

 

Rev 14:6-13 KJV

 

I…  Warning Of God’s Wrath That Is Ready To Fall Upon All Mankind

 

(6)  And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven,

John says that he sees another similar angel flying in heaven.  “Another” implies that there was a previous angel that John has seen.  Which angel is he referring to?  The last angel that delivered a message was the angel written about in Revelation 11:15, the angel that announced the final stages of wrath that would bring God’s punishment upon mankind to a conclusion.

The angel we are reading about in this verse is a similar type of angel.  He, too, is delivering a message of the impending wrath of God that is ready to fall upon lost mankind.

 

having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

This angel possesses the everlasting gospel message (death, burial, resurrection) of Christ that he will be proclaiming to the entire world giving the lost one last chance to repent before the judgment falls upon them.

This angel and his message is symbolic of the gospel being proclaimed throughout all the world during the last days prior to Christ’s coming.  Christ said that this would take place….  Mat 24:14 KJV – “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”

The gospel, in actuality would be proclaimed by the Lord using nature, His people and, especially, His local churches.  This is shown to us by the symbol of the “angel” (the gospel proclaimed by a “messenger” of God).

 

(7)  Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

The angel, in the context of the gospel message, proclaims mankind’s need to “Fear God and give glory to Him”.  This is describing mankind as coming to salvation and honoring and worshipping their Lord.   Why should they act immediately? “for the hour of judgment is come”.

The angel also reminds mankind that the God they are to worship is their Creator… the One that holds the ultimate authority over them (Roms 9:19-26).

 

 

II…  Warning Of Certainty Of God’s Wrath

(8)  And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

The second angel now explains that God’s wrath has already been accomplished in the eternal counsels of God.  it is as good as done.  That is why he makes the statement “Babylon IS fallen, IS fallen”.  This fall is prophesied in Isaiah 21:7-10 and Jeremiah 51:6-10.

Please note: “Babylon” is a term that is being used to describe Satan’s kingdom(s).  This would include the religious and political aspects to that kingdom.  We will see this in much greater detail in Rev chapters 17-18.

Why does “Babylon” to refer to his kingdom?  Babylon finds it beginning with the tower of Babel event of the Old Testament (Gen 11:1-9).  The tower of Babel was mankind’s first attempt at organized rebellion against the Lord.   It is mankind wanting to pridefully “make us make a name (for ourselves) and seek to always remain united in their rebellion “lest we be scattered abroad”.   This is the epitome of Satan’s kingdom.  Both the political and religious aspects of his kingdom seek to rebel against the Lord, relying entirely upon themselves (their knowledge, strength, and abilities) instead of humbly recognizing their need of God and submit to His worship and service.

Babylon’s fall comes upon her because she has corrupted lost mankind to commit acts of uncleanness (fornication) with her.  Therefore she must partake of the fitting results of her sins and corrupting of the lost.  She entirely deserves the wrath that is about to fall upon her.  Her certain fall brings a just end to her sinful ways.

 

III…  Warning Of God’s Wrath That Is Ready To Fall Upon Satan’s Kingdoms

(9)  And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

The third angel now delivers his warning to those who are members of Satan’s kingdom.

He describes these members of Satan’s kingdom as those who “worship the beast”, “worship the beasts image”, and “receive his mark in his forehead or his hand”. These descriptions mirror the description of lost mankind found in Rev 13:11-18.  Those who follow the political, religious kingdoms of Satan show themselves to be:

  1. worship the beast – those who honor and submit to Satan and his kingdoms
  2. worship his image – those who worship themselves, their abilities, their works, their knowledge etc
  3. receive the mark in his forehead or in his hand – bear fruits of sinfulness in their thoughts, desires, and outward works

 

(10)  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God,

Anyone with these above marks will face God’s wrath at Christ’s second coming…

 

which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation;

God’s wrath pictured as being undiluted and based upon God’s “indignation” (violent passionate anger).  Sin angers God, especially when that sin is propagated through methods of deceit and enticement of the lusts of the flesh….

Rom 1:18-19 KJV – “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;   Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.”

 

and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:  (11)  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night,

The wrath of God being poured out involves being “tormented” (tossed and pained) with fire and brimstone. This symbolism comes for the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 19:23-28, 2 Pet 2:4-6)

This torment begins at Christ’s second coming when His wrath falls upon sinful mankind on the earth (2 Peter 3:10-12, Luke 17:29-20, Psalm 11:4-6, 2 Thess 1:6-9) and then continues for an eternity in the Lake of Fire immediately following their time of judgment before God (Matt 25:41, Mark 9:43-48).

When both of these punishments take place, at the second coming and the final judgment of the lost, the Lamb and the angels of God will be present (Mrk 8:38, Lk 12:9).

 

Verses that teach the existence of an eternal punishment:

Isa 33:14 KJV – “The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?”

Isa 66:23-24 KJV – “And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.   And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.”

Dan 12:2 KJV – “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”

Mat 5:29-30 KJV – “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.   And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”

Mat 7:23 KJV – “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Mat 10:28 KJV – “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Mat 25:41 KJV – “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:”

Mar 9:43-48 KJV – “And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:  Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.   And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:  Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.  And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:  Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”

Luk 8:30-32 KJV – “And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.  And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.  And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them.”

Luk 16:19-31 KJV – “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:  And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,  And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.  And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;  And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.  And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.  But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.  And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.  Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:  For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.  Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.  And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.  And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”

2Th 1:6-9 KJV – “Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;  And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,  In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;”

Heb 6:1-2 KJV – “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,  Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.”

1 Pe 3:19 KJV – “By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;”

 

Based upon these verses, we can see the teaching of eternal punishment is found in both Old and New Testaments, in a multiplicity of verses and texts.

 

who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Who are the recipients of God’s wrath?  Those who are followers of Satan and members of his political and religious kingdom.

 

 

IV…  Summary Of Above Warnings

 

(12)  Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Knowledge of the coming judgment of the Lord against the abusers of His people is a source of great patience for His people.  There are the people whose lives are characterized by an obedience to the commands of the Lord and continuing proclamation that hands down to others the truths of God’s Word.

 

(13)  And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

After seeing the horrible end of the wicked, John is now prompted to emphasize the great blessings of the saved who are kept secure in Christ and pardoned from sin’s penalty.

What a drastic difference between the lost and saved!  The lost are destroyed at His coming, and sentenced to an eternal punishment. While the saved, on the other hand, enter into a Godly rest from their earthly labors (Hebs 4:8-9. Isa 57:1-2) and gain rewards for their obedient works (2 Cor 5:10, 1 Tim 5;24-25).

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this text, we find a four-fold revealing of Christ…

  1. In the message of the first angel, we can see the GRACE & GREATNESS of Christ revealed as He consistently presents the gospel message to the lost up to His second coming. This gives lost mankind every possible opportunity to repent and come to faith.   In this message He is also revealed as the True God and Creator of all mankind illustrating His greatness in comparison to fallen mankind.
  2. In the message of the second angel, we can see the SOVERIEGNTY and VICTORY that He has won over Satan and His kingdoms. His victory is an absolute certainty, being won at the cross and manifest at His second coming.
  3. In the message of the third angel, we can see His WRATH and His JUSTICE on display as He clearly displays His victory over the powers of darkness.
  4. In the angels’ instructions to John, we can see the FAITHFULNESS of Christ, as He remains faithful in keeping the promises of future blessings for His people to enjoy.

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

Servants of the Lord, may we all find encouragement to continue to take the gospel into the lost and dying world around us.

We have learned of the great need of the lost to come to Christ before they face their eternal punishment, the blessings awaiting each one of us, and the Lord’s promise of future victory and retribution in Him.

May we allow these truths to burden our hearts and motivate us to greater service to Christ!

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 14:4 KJV – “These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

 

 

The 144,000, symbolic of all who are saved, are described as being “the firstfruits of God and to the Lamb” here in Revelation.  The same title is also given to God’s people in James 1:18…

“Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”

 

What is meant by the term “firstfruits”?

The firstfruit was the early portion of a crop that was given back to the Lord as an act of worship and thankfulness for His gracious supply…

Pro 3:9 KJV – “Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:”

 

Some of the basic priniciples of the firstfruits involved:

  1. a separation TO the Lord for His use
  2. a separation FROM the other portion of the crop
  3. a separation MOTIVATED BY thankfulness
  4. a separation RESULTING IN bringing honor God

 

What can we learn about God’s people from these truths concerning His firstfruits?

  1. God’s people are brought to Himself – John 6:44
  2. God’s people are brought out of fallen mankind – Romans 5:8-9
  3. God’s people serve Him out of thankfulness/appreciation of heart– Col 3:17
  4. God’s people serve Him resulting in God being glorified – 1 Peter 2:12

 

Are we living as firstfruits for our Lord and Savior?

After all He has done for us by graciously bringing us to Himself, removing us from the bondage of sin, and making us new creatures in Him, how can we not live as if we were offerings given to Him for His glory and praise?

 

May we all be firstfruits for His glory and grace!

Heb 13:15-16 KJV – “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.  But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”

 

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Do We Follow Our Lord Or Expect Him To Follow Us?

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 14:4 KJV – “These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.”

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 14:4 KJV – “These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.”

 

The saved that have died and gone to heaven are described as “these are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.”    One of the great hallmarks of the life of a child of God is their willingness to follow their Lord in every area of their lives.   Christ Himself explained this principle to us when He said ….

Joh 10:27-29 KJV – “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”

 

WOW. What a wonderful passage for us this morning.  In this text, our Lord relates to us three characteristics of those who have turned from their sins and, by faith, accepted Christ as the Lord of their life and Savior from their sins…

A genuine believer will:

  1. My sheep hear my voice, – be able to understand God’s Word, and recognize His will for their life    
  2. and I know them, – the Lord recognizes and accepts them, forming a relationship with them
  3. and they follow me: – will willfully submit to His desires and calling for their life.

We need to be honest with ourselves.  Do these three marks characterize our life?  If so, then we can know that we have been given spiritual life and eternally secure in Him….

“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”

Folks, these are the people that John saw standing before God’s throne in heaven.  Will we be found there as well?

 

 

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Are We Spiritually Faithful To Christ ?

SIHs HALTAL ICON FPMaster 457x453Rev 14:4 KJV – “These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.”

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “they are virgins”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 14:4 KJV – “These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.”

 

The purity of God’s people is described using the symbolic phrase “for they are virgins”.  This is a wonderful description of the people of God  who are now in heaven.  These believers who have gone on before us, are pure in the sight of the Lord in two different ways…

  1. First, they are pure (sinless) based upon the blood of Christ which has cleansed them from all their sins that they have committed….

1Jn 1:7 KJV – “…and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

Based upon Christ’s shedding of blood in His death on the cross that God the Father no longer sees us as sinners but we are now looked upon as reconciled in Christ.

Col 1:21-22 KJV – “And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:”

 

  1. But secondly, based upon their physical death, these beloved of the Lord have left their sinful flesh behind (in the grave) and now their spirits stand in sinless perfection before the Lord.

Both Paul and Peter affirm that at death we leave our bodies behind as we enter into the presence of God…

2Co 5:6 KJV – “Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:”

2Pe 1:14-15 KJV – “Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.  Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.”

This is why our spiritual brethren, who have gone to heaven are said to be “virgins” (pure, sinless) as they stand before the throne.  This stands in direct opposition to those who are looked upon as spiritual “adulterers” which symbolically describes those who are unfaithful to the Lord by turning our affections from Him to the fallen world and all its sinful pleasures..…

Jas 4:4 KJV – “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

 

May we all be pure virgins in the sight of our Lord and Savior, having His blood covering our sins and remaining faithful to Him while on earth as we wait to be with Him at our death!

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Do We Worship The Lord Based Upon Our Experiences With Him?

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 14:3 KJV – “And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.”

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “No Man Could Learn That Song ”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 14:3 KJV – “And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.”

 

 

In John’s vision, he hears a song of praise being sung by the 144,000 (the saints in heaven).  As they sing this song, John tells us that “no man could learn this song” with the exception of the people of God.

To better understand this passage, we need to remember the true nature of praise and worship.  Folks, when each of us praise and honor our Lord, much of it is based upon our personal experiences with Him.   Moses understood this truth when he linked the Israelites praise to the Lord with His wondrous works on their behalf…

Deu 10:21 KJV – “He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen.”

 

Although we can learn about the Lord from His Word, we gain a much greater understanding of Him when we experience Him in our personal lives.   This is why we are told that… 

Psa 25:14 KJV – “The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.”

Through life experiences, we have learned to reverence the person and workings of the Lord.  During this process, we have come to an understanding of many truths about the Lord that remain a secret to others.   Also, as He keeps His promises that He has given to us, He is revealing to us His covenant.  This, in turn, results in our greater experiential knowledge of His gracious workings on our behalf.

This experiential knowledge of the Lord and His workings results in the enriched praise and worship of Him.

 

This is why only those who have been saved by His grace, and now in heaven with Him, can learn this wonderful song of the redeemed that is sung in John’s vision.  Unless we experience both His salvation, and his gracious acceptance of us into His sinless presence in heaven, we can never really experience this level of worship and praise of Christ.   This song will be a secret to us until we enter into heaven with Him at our death.

Based upon our differing personal experiences in our walk with Christ, each one of us has a very unique song of praise that we can offer to our Lord.  May we all live our lives seeking to sing this song of praise to Him who has done so very much for us!  If we do not sing our song, it will go unheard by those around us…  remember no one can sing our sing for us!

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The Glorious Mt Zion… Home Of The King Of Kings!

SIH TOTT ICONRev 14:1 KJV – “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.”

 

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “Lamb Stood On Mt Sion”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 14:1 KJV – “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.”

 

 

What a glorious site that John is seeing in this vision…. Christ standing in heaven (symbolized by Mt Zion) in the midst of His people. How can we know that Mt Zion is this vision is a symbol of heaven, the dwelling place of God Himself?

 

There are two main uses of this title in the Bible…

First of all, Zion is a description of the earthly city of Jerusalem. This is the capital of Israel, the seat of the kingdoms of David and Solomon, and most importantly the home of the temple where the true worship of Jehovah took place. Zion is the place where God met with man and man worshipped God.

 

 

Secondly, Zion is a title given to the spiritual city of the Heavenly, New Jerusalem…

Heb 12:22 KJV – “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels”

What a wonderful thought. Our heavenly home, Mt Zion or New Jerusalem is where our Lord will meet with us (in perfect communion) and we will worship Him (in sinless perfection)! What a blessing that will be to live with Christ in the New Jerusalem on the New Earth for an eternity! This is what John sees in his vision… Christ standing in heaven among His chosen people!

 

When we understand these truths about Mt Zion, we begin to see the relationship between the communion and worship of the temporal and eternal Mt Zions. The Mt Zion on earth is simply a faint reminder to us of the wondrous, eternal, relationship that we will enjoy with our Lord upon the future Mt Zion on the New Earth.

But how can this take place? How can we be so blessed that, although we are sinful, fallen beings we can look forward to a perfect eternity with Christ? We have that answer given to us in 1 Peter 2:6…

“Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.”

The wonderful eternal blessing of Mt Zion (heaven) is brought to us through Christ and His work on the cross. This is why Christ is described in this verse as the “cornerstone” of Zion. In other words, all the blessings that heaven holds for the people of God are built upon the person and work of Christ. Without Christ, the blessings of heaven cannot exist because He is the basis of them all.

May we all serve Him with renewed strength and love, as we remember His great work on our behalf which gives us access to a glorious, eternal future with Him in the New Jerusalem, Mt Zion, Heaven come down to earth!

 

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What Is “666”… A Computer Chip? A Tatoo? A Bar Code? Or Something Else?

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 13:18 KJV – Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 13:18 KJV

Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

 

The mark of the beast consists of the number 666 and is described as the number of a man.  These two descriptions are simply teaching us the same truth in two differing ways.  This is because the number 666 is the number that represents mankind:

  1. Man was made on the sixth day
  2. Man falls short of perfection (7 is the number of perfection)
  3. Man was consigned to 6 days of labor (day 7 was the day assigned to rest and worship)
  4. Man, due to their fallen nature, stands opposed to the Lord and His people (Goliath is the perfect illustration of this principle – notice the repeated usage of “6” in the description of Goliath the enemy of God and His people in 1 Sam 17:1-7)

Alongside this principle of 6 being a number that is associated with the sinfulness and opposition of lost mankind to the Lord and His people, please notice that “666” stands in stark contrast to “777”.    777 is the perfect number listed three times which denotes a perfect Triune God (The Father, The Son and The Spirit).   Therefore 666 seems to indicate an imperfect, rebellious false triune god… (Satan, the beast of the sea, the beast of the earth)

666, as the number of man, teaches us that humanism is the core philosophy of Satan, the beasts and lost mankind.  What is humanism?  It is the exaltation of man.  It is saying that man should be the center of our attention, interest and devotion.  Basically, it is giving to man the honor that is due to God alone.  In that sense, humanism is making man equal to, or surpassing God Himself.

 

Humanism seeks followers by exalting man, using man’s pride and arrogance to appeal to the lusts of lost mankind attracting them to become followers.  Within the lost community humanism runs rampant affecting every aspect of life…

  1. Beliefs that mankind can somehow remove the guilt, shame and punishment of sin through a religious reformation, human psychological methods, censoring of the truths Of God’s Word, or even religious genocide can be seen all around us.
  2. The literal worship of other men can easily be seen in the cult following of political, entertainment, and even religious figures of our day.
  3. The praising of men works and achievements with absolutely no acknowledgement to the God that has given these men their abilities. Without God they could never have begun to achieve such great accomplishments.
  4. Looking to men to solve all of the problems of this world is lost mankind’s replacement to looking to their God as the only One truly able to resolve these issues.

These are just a few of the ways humanism can be seen in our society today.

 

As we see all of these attitudes in the world around us, may we always, as Christians, be on guard to not allow the humanist influences of the world enter our lives.  May we always remember that “…For in him we live, and move, and have our being…” (Act 17:27-29), and ALWAYS give to the Lord the honor and glory that he deserves!

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Revelation 14:1-5 “The Song Of The 144,000”

SIH STSTA ICONTHE TEXT:

Rev 14:1-5 KJV

(1)  And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

(2)  And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:

(3)  And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

(4)  These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

(5)  And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

After looking at Satan and his earthly kingdoms and their opposition to Christ and His spiritual kingdom (Rev 12: & 13:), we now begin a new vision.  Our review of Satan’s kingdoms on earth has been brought to completion now we look at the very next event that will take place in time… the second coming of Christ.

In this look at His second coming, we will see Christ being praised for the redemption of His people; the protection of His people; and His wrath that will destroy the kingdoms of Satan…

  1. The Redeemed of God singing a song of praise to their Redeemer, the Lamb (14:1-5)
  2. The Messages Of The Three Angels (14:6-13)
  3. The Two Reapings Of The Earth (14:14-20)

 

 

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY: 

Rev 14:1-5 KJV 

(1)  And I looked, and, lo,

Following a review of Satan’s kingdoms on earth, John now begins to see a new vision.   This vision shows us events that take place at the final hours of Satan’s kingdoms on earth.  The first part of this vision takes place immediately prior to Christ’s second coming…

 

a Lamb stood on the mount Sion,

John sees Christ standing on “Mount Sion”.  This Mount Sion is located in heaven, the dwelling place of God and the angels (Hebs 12:22).

The symbolism for this part of John’s vision comes from Psa 48:1-3, Joel 2:32.  In these passages Mt Sion is presented as the dwelling place of God and the place of refuge for His people.  Likewise, Mt Sion (heaven) in this vision is the dwelling place of God and the refuge of God’s people for an eternity.

Here, Christ is seen standing in heaven (symbolized by Mt Sion) waiting to descend and deliver His people at His second coming.

 

and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

John sees the 144,000 symbolizing the people of God who have died prior to His second coming, whose spirits are now in heaven.  Their presence in heaven is the mark of their ownership by God and their membership in the eternal kingdom of God.  Their sin’s punishment has been paid by Christ’s shed blood and they are eternally secure in Him.  They are His redeemed whose spirits are in heaven, eagerly awaiting the resurrection of their body and living an eternity with Him beginning with His second coming.

What a comparison to the “The mark of the beast” from chapter 13 is the identifying mark of the people of Satan and his kingdom. What a contrast we see in these two marks.  “The mark of the beast” is the mark of Satanic ownership and influence, membership in the kingdoms of Satan and the coming judgment that awaits them.

 

(2)  And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: 

The 144,000 (saints of God from both OT and NT) now sing with one voice signifying their absolute unity in Christ.  Without their sin natures to now hinder them they are perfectly unified in motive, goal, and love for their Lord and Redeemer.  Their voice I loud, attracting all the attention of John.  Their voice is much like great waters flowing over a falls or the great pealing of thunder announcing a coming storm. 

 

and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:

He also hears harps being played in honor of their Lord.  These harps symbolize: joyous celebration, praise, worship of their Lord.

Why this great time of worship?  He is about to being His second coming to the earth.  In doing so, He will be resurrecting their dead bodies and untiing them with it, He will be judging the lost and fully defeating the Satan and his kingdoms.  This will all be done in preparation for their living with Him eternally. 

 

(3)  And they sung as it were a new song

The redeemed of the Lord are now heard singing a “new song” of praise to the Lamb.   Just like the song sung by the 4 beasts and elders in 5:9, this song is a song that the 144,000 is not accustomed to singing.  Why?  Because this song will only be sung immediately prior to the Lord’s second coming.

The two songs are related in 5:9 the Lord is being praised for the salvation of His people based upon His work on the cross.  Here, the song is being done immediately prior to the taking of His people at His second coming… this is the physical salvation of His people from His wrath that is about to fall.

Both Psalm 98:1-9 and Psalm 144:9-10 speak of a new song that was sung by God’s people in the Old Testament.  It is interesting to note the similarities between these songs and the Revelation “new songs”…

Psalm 98:1-9 is very similar to the “new song” spoken of in Rev 5:9, both speak of God’s redemptive for His people.

On the other hand, Psalm 144:9-10 is more similar to the “new song” found in Rev 14:3, in both of these songs, we can see God’s physical rescuing of His people in view. 

 

before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders:

This new song sung by the 144,000 is sung in the presence of God (throne) and His people (the four beasts, the elders, the 144,000).

Keep in mind, the people of God are symbolized in three ways in the book of Revelation:

  1. the beasts represent God’s people as the recipients of spiritual life
  2. the elders represent God’s people as the recipients of divine authority to judge and rule in eternity
  3. the 144,000 represent God’s people formed into His mighty nation by His sovereign intervention in their lives

Literally, the song is sung by the redeemed in the presence of God alone.  The sing being sung by the 144,000 and not the elders nor the beasts helps to remind us that the subject of this song (His deliverance from wrath at His second coming) is a sovereign act of God that will manifest His spiritual kingdom by separating them from the fallen world and uniting them with Him throughout eternity. 

 

and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

Only those who are sovereignly delivered from the wrath of God could learn and sing this new song immediately prior to His second coming.  The angels could not learn this song nor could any other created being.  Those who had already been redeemed and separated from this fallen earth could learn this song (from their personal experiences).

 

(4)  These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins.   These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.   These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.   (5)  And in their mouth was found no guile:  for they are without fault before the throne of God. 

God’s people who are in heaven are described as:

  1. “These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins.”

They are not dirtied with illicit unions of unfaithfulness (Hebs 13:4).  They are totally devoted to the Lord and spiritually pure.  (James 4:4, 2 Cor 11:2)

 

  1. “These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.”

They are in union with and followers of the Lamb wherever He leads His people.  Dedicated obedience to Christ is shown (John 10:26-27, John 8:47, 1 John 4:5-6).

 

  1. “These were redeemed from among men,”

They were bought with a price… the shed blood of Christ on the cross (1 Peter 1:18-19)

 

  1. “being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.”

They were separated from other of mankind for God’s use (James 1:18).  This is much like the OT first fruits that were separated from the remaining portion of the crops and then given for God’s use (Deut 18:4-5, Lev 23:17).

 

  1. “And in their mouth was found no guile:”

They speak honest, sincere words that are not touched by deceit.  Here we see their sincerity in service to Him (Mat 6:1-6, John 4:23-24).

 

  1. “for they are without fault before the throne of God.”

In God’s eyes they are looked upon as sinless based upon Christ’s work (Heb 9:14, Jude 24, 1 Thess 5:23, Phil 3:10-14)

 

The above description of God’s people can be also seen in Zephaniah 3:9-13. 

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

Christ, in this section of Scripture, is shown to us as the ultimate Savior of His people.

Not only does He redeem us through His death on the cross (Col 1:14) but, as a result, He saves us our spirit from the grave at our death (2 Cor 5:8) and later delivers our body at our resurrection (1 Cor 15:52).  As His redeemed people we are welcomed into His presence and forever with Him (1 Thess 4:17).

He truly is the ULTIMATE Saviour of His people, saving them from the penalty, bondage and presence of their sins, and the final wrath to come at His second coming!       

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

As we experience the Lord at work in our lives, we learn new things about His person and workings among us.  We see His grace, mercy, and sovereignty on display in our lives as He intervenes in the affairs of our life, actively bringing about His will.   Based upon these new experiences in our walk with Christ, may we all sing “new songs” of praise as we tell others of His wondrous works.

 

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SYMBOLS EMPLOYED IN THIS TEXT:

  1. a Lamb
  2. the mount Sion,
  3. an hundred forty and four thousand
  4. having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.
  5. a voice from heaven
  6. the voice of many waters
  7. the voice of a great thunder
  8. the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
  9. a new song
  10. the throne
  11. the four beasts
  12. the elders
  13. not defiled with women; for they are virgins.
  14. the firstfruits

 

THE RELATED SCRIPTURES:

 

SUPPLEMENTAL STUDIES/NOTES:

Is Your Life Marked By The Beast Or By The Living And True God Over All?

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 13:17 KJV – And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

 

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 13:17 KJV

(17)  And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

In this section of John’s vision, we can see that the mark of the beast can be described in two other ways… “the name of the beast” and “the number of his name”.

Please keep in mind, the symbolic “the mark of the beast” refers to the different inward and outward characteristics of lost mankind.  The inward characteristics include the mind, desires, and conscience that are corrupted due to mankind’s fallen nature.  The outward characteristics of lost mankind involve living an habitual lifestyle of sin based upon selfishness and moral corruption.

However, according to our text this morning there are two other aspects to this mark of the beast that is placed upon all lost mankind…

  1. First of all it is described as “the name of the beast”.

Wearing the name of someone implies ownership and usage.  For example, if I write my name in a book I am saying I own the book and the book is being used by myself.  This is the same basic principle of saying that the mark of the beast involves wearing his name.

In prior verses of this vision, we have seen that “blasphemy” is one of the names that is worn by the beast from the sea (Rev 13:1).   And it is a perfect characterization of how the lost are used by Satan and his kingdom to blaspheme the most Holy God. (2 Timothy 3:2).

  1. Secondly, it is described as “the number of his name.”

Later in this vision, we see that the number referred to is the number 666 (Rev 13:18).  This is is a number that symbolizes humanism (more on this in our next devotional).   What is humanism?  It is the exaltation of man.  It is saying that man should be the center of our attention, interest and devotion.  Basically, it is giving to man the honor that is due to God alone.  In that sense, humanism is making man equal to, or surpassing God Himself.

These are the aspects of the mark of the beast that is seen placed upon all lost mankind.  The prefect text that describes this mark of the beast is found in Rom 1:21-32…

“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and   fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.   

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

These characteristics make up the “mark of the beast” clearly displaying the lost man’s influence by and submission to Satan and His worldly kingdoms.

May we as Christians understand their spiritual blindness and show Christ to them in a very kind and gentle manner, knowing that we were in the same spiritually blind condition before Christ opened our eyes to the truth!

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Have You Ever Been Excluded By Others Due To Your Stand For Christ?

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 13:17 KJV – And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

 

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “no man might buy or sell”

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 13:17 KJV

(17)  And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

 

 

Those who do not bear the mark of the beast are unable to buy or sell.  In other words, those who are the servants of Christ cannot fully participate in the world’s systems, for to do so would mean great compromise in our stand for Christ.

So, because of our stand for our Lord, we are excluded, mistreated, rejected and taken advantage of by this fallen world’s economic, political and religious systems.   We can see this taking place all around us, the degree of mistreatment varies based upon each particular situation the Christian is facing.

For some, it may mean simply being mocked or judged falsely; for others it may mean loss of a promotion, or even a job; there are those who may face ostracization from their circle of friends or even their families; or perhaps, losses in the legal, political, or economic systems may take place.  For many Christians, especially in foreign lands, they may face physical abuse, torture and even death.

 

Paul described the types of mistreatment that he faced from the lost world…

1Co 4:12-13 KJV – “…being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:  Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.”

 

Some of the types of mistreatment he mentioned include:

  1. Being “reviled” (vilified)           2.  Being “persecuted” (hunted down)
  2. Being “defamed” (spoken against)      4.  “made as the filth” (garbage, waste)
  3. “made as the … offscouring” (scum).

 

Wow! Have you ever felt like Paul?

Has the world ever lied about you, and mocked you as they mischaracterized your act of honesty which looked like foolishness and naiveté to them?

Have you ever felt as though the lost world treated you like waste or scum because you choose to abstain from sinful pleasures to remain faithful to Christ?

Do you remember how “small” you felt when you were made fun of at school for carrying a Bible?

What about the feeling you had when your family turned their back on you because you had left their false religion in order to be a follower of Christ?

Our list could go one and on.

Probably, to a certain extent, we have all felt that way at one time or another.  We all have been called upon to suffer abuse at the hands of the fallen world.  Some of us have been greatly abused, others not so much.  But in each and every case, it hurt us within and brought some type of loss into our life.

 

But if you notice, back in our 1 Corinthians 4: passage, we can see that Paul recognized this abuse was a tremendous opportunity to be faithful to His Lord.

Paul:

  1. “blessed” (spoke kindly about and to his abusers)
  2. “suffered” (held remained firm through God’s intervention in his life)
  3. “intreated” (he prayed for his abusers and their spiritual needs)

By handling his abuse in this way, he was being faithful to the Lord in four ways…

  1. He was continuously pleasing to the Lord, before, during and after the abuse
  2. He was setting a wonderful example for other believers to follow
  3. He was showing Christ to his abusers through his acts of kindness and love towards them
  4. He was laying up for himself eternal rewards

May we all follow Paul’s wonderful example of faithfulness in the abusive situations we face.

 

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