Tag: Alpha and Omega

Behold! Jesus is coming–again!

Scripture reading for December 1st: Esther 1-3, Psalm 139, Revelation 1

Revelation 1: 4-8 “John, to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him Who is and Who was and Who is to come, and from the seven Spirits that are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ the Faithful Witness; the Firstborn of the dead and the Ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him Who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of Him. Even so. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “Who is and Who was and Who is to come, the Almighty.””

John the Apostle, was by this time an old man. He was suffering exile on the Isle of Patmos for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and wrote this amazing letter to the seven churches of Asia that God had assigned Him oversight for. John writes a letter of love and grace from the heart of God the Father and Jesus Christ, conveying God’s Word and prophetic insight concerning the things to come. This God we serve is the great “I Am,” and is described by John as the One Who was in existence from everlasting, the ‘Alpha’ and Who is now present and Who also is the One Who is to come in time yet known. Our Father knows it all–past, present, and future! He knows the end from the beginning and His will will be done on earth as in heaven. He will come again with the clouds to receive glory and dominion forever and ever! That is Truth!

Psalm 139:3-4 “You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.”

Prayer: Father God, I am in awe of Who You are–the God Who always was, and is now and will exist in eternity future. You truly know all things and have revealed Your plans to us through Your Word and the prophets and apostles. You place us where You desire and fulfill Your purposes through those who serve You. Use me today to bring others to know You through the Good News of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Esther 2:16-17 “Now Esther was winning favor in the eyes of all who saw her. And when Esther was taken to king Ahasuerus, into his royal palace, in the tenth month, which is the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign, the king loved Esther more than all the women, and she won grace and favor in his sight more than all the other virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.”

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An unveiling of Jesus Christ!

Scripture reading for December 1st:  Revelation 1

“The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show His servants what must soon take place.  He made it known by sending His angel to His servant John, who testifies to everything he saw–that is the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.  Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it because the time is near.”  (Revelation 1:1-3)

John wrote down this prophesy to the Church given to him by Christ’s angelic messenger.  This prophecy is a revelation of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God.  Jesus is the Faithful Witness and First-born from the dead.  When He comes again, every eye will see Him.  This is the only letter of the New Testament that promises a blessing to those who read and take to heart what is written.  The letter closes with a warning against adding to this or taking away from it!  (Revelation 22:18-19)  A key truth is that the time is near for the fulfillment of a literal revelation of Jesus from heaven.

John was imprisoned on the Isle of Patmos because of preaching the Word of God.  While worshiping alone on that rocky island, Jesus appeared to him and he was overcome with His presence.  “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead.  Then He placed His right hand on me and said:  Do not be afraid.  I am the First and Last.  I am the Living One; I was dead and behold I am alive for ever and ever!  And I hold the keys of Death and Hades.”   (Revelation 1:17-19)  Jesus is alive and victorious!  His people are now free from fear of death or punishment! He is aware of each of His servants and with them to encourage them!  The best is yet to come!  Amen!

 

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